Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Christmas in July - Couture Creations DT

 Couture Creations is showcasing their beautiful range of Christmas themed die-cuts and embossing folders in a special Christmas in July serious of projects. I love creating Christmas scrapbooking items and chose to go with a tree ornament/painters tray as my contribution.
This is actually a really easy project to create. Start by preparing your painters tray. I have used CB3005 Mini Tray Round 01 from Scrapmatts as my base. I painted mine gold initially, then applied a layer of crackle medium and then white acrylic paint over the top so you can only see the gold in the crackles. This takes a while as each layer needs to dry thoroughly between applications but it creates a lovely subtle effect.
Select the patterned paper you want to use and adhere this to the different sections as needed.
If you want to have a dangly charm at the bottom like I have, punch the hole now and thread it through before you adhere the frame to the base.

Cut your relevant die-cut decorations. I have used the largest dove (this comes in a three pack) and the Pine Needles from the Merry Little Christmas Collection. Use a stamp pad to colour the vine in the dove's mouth. Adhere your die cuts to the tray and them embellish with chipboard and flowers. I have also use some Gemstones as accents and for the dove's eye. I have thrown in some more Scrapmatts chipboard in my decorations (CB1058 Words 11 Season's Greetings and CB1212 Scrap Words 14) which I have inked up in the desired colour; as well as some Manor House Creations flowers and berries from a $2 store sprig.

Couture Creations Materials List:
CO721996 Gemstones Crystal
CO723780 3D Foam Dots

I was inspired by the great sketch over at Just Add Ink with this project, it suits the painter's tray perfectly.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Joining the Shadow Box Fun - Scrapmatts DT

When I was first sent two of the new Shadow Box kits in my design team pack I thought I would never use them, and that doesn't happen very often to me with Scrapmatts products! I just couldn't get my head around how I would want to use them or what to include inside the box. However, then I saw the beautiful display some of the other design team girls had created for the Brisbane Expo and suddenly I couldn't wait to get home and start playing with my own. A lot of the ladies have already shared their shadow box designs on this blog, so hopefully they have inspired you as well.
I was given some lovely beaded good luck charms on the day of my wedding from my new cousin-in-law and grandmother-in-law. I kept them because I knew I wanted to scrap them eventually but their bulkiness had always been a problem for me in the past. This made them perfect to use in the shadow box and they will up the feature space so well. I have looped their ribbons around the back and made a little pouch/envelope for their attached cards to be stored in as well.
The front is decorated with a couple of extra Scrapmatts pieces and some flowers/bling. The filigree pieces at the top come in the set with the frame, they have been inked and then had a light layer of gesso applied over the top to match the colour of the inner mat in the shadow box. The Scrapword has just had some liquid pearls brushed over it to match the colour of the pearls in the good luck charms.
Scrapmatts used: Shadow Box 1B16; Ornate Frames 22 CB1220; Scrap Words 08; CB1200.
My second project for you today is a birthday card for my Nana, who turns 76 next Wednesday. I loved these hot air balloon chipboard designs as soon as they were released and had to get a set even though they don't match my normal style of scrapping. They came in handy on this card though. I have adhered some cardstock behind the chipboard, sprayed it with two colours of mists and them applied two layers of dimensional magic over the top. I hadn't expected the cracked effect but when I saw it the next morning I decided I quite liked the end result.
Scrapmatts used: Ribbon Banners 01 CB1204; Hot Air Balloons 01 CB5035; Words 26 CB1121.
Thanks for checking out my projects, I hope they have inspired you. Don't forget to share your Scrapmatts projects with us, either on Facebook or at the Ning gallery.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Get To Know Me Blog Hop

You might have already come across this new type of blog hop, as it seems to be spreading like wildfire. It is a blog hop that is not affiliated with a scrap store, or scrap company etc. It's a blog hop to share a little more about yourself, introduce your readers/followers to some scrappy lovelies that they may not already know and it's all about having fun. Tina Connelly invited me to be part.
Tina is a new scrapbooking buddy I have made since joining the Couture Creations design team. She is a lovely, friendly person who creates such wonderfully detailed and layered pages. I got to take one of her classes at the Scrapbook Expo in June and had a great time.  If you want to check out her blog hop post, it's here.  
So, moving on to the 'get to know you' part of the blog hop. It looks like some people have changed the questions around so they might be different depending on who they are following on from. I've taken questions from a lot of different people who have taken part in this hop.
1. What am I working on?
I'm meant to have been working on my Scrapmatts DT projects over the past four days however I ended up doing baby-related things instead so I'll have to whip them up tomorrow night now, which is a bit last minute given I need to have them ready to post on the 16th! I'm definitely a last minute scrapper, though I'm hoping to get ahead during my coming start of maternity leave from the 18th. I have also been taking part in the D-lish Scraps cybercrop to celebrate their 5th birthday. This was another thing I wanted to work on more over the last four days but didn't get around to. I can share a sneak peak from my Couture Creations Christmas in July project which will be shown on my blog in the next fortnight. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Umm...I don't know. Lots of the scrapbookers I admire have quite distinctive styles, whether it's the way they use paint or layer their paper or even just a similar composition on most of their layouts. I don't think I've really developed this myself, I tend to jump around a lot depending on what challenge I'm working towards.
3. Why do I create what I do?
I like to have an excuse to get messy. Scrapbooking for me is about getting a chance to play with the paints/mists/glues and let loose. I also like that it gives me a reason to go through all my old photos and remember different moments spent with my family and friends. I wish I was better at recording journaling in my layouts though, as the memories get pretty fussy after time.

My 'Feed the Birds' layout is a perfect example of this. There's paint on the shipboard and flicked over the page. The photo is of my and my family on holiday from way back in 1989. I think it's a great photo and I would hate for it to remain stashed away in an album and never looked at again if I hadn't scrapped it.

4. How does your creating process work?
I normally need a reason to scrap, whether that is a challenge or a design team commitment. It's very rare I will create 'just because'. I like that this gives me a jumping off point, sometimes it's only a little jump and sometimes I can take quite a broad interpretation of the challenge but I need that prompt to start me off. Once I have that it's normally a matter of choosing my photo(s) to suit, picking papers to match the photos, messing it all up with wet mediums and then embellishing to finish it off.

5.  How long does it take to create a project?
How long is a piece of string? I used to be a quick scrapper, sitting down to create a layout and not getting up again until the layout was finished, normally 1-2 hours later. Then I started playing with mists and paints, so you need to walk away while they dry (I didn't have a heat gun) and now I end up working on most projects over a number of days. I think this is partially why I'm less productive recently. Having said that though, I'm also a very impatient scrapper and after getting the bare bones of a layout sorted I will quickly move to just sticking things down, often meaning I need to peel things up again later when I change my mind. :P

6. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
The internet definitely helps me to stay inspired. Whether it's looking at the blogs of so many of the wonderful scrappers I follow, or popping into a forum for some feedback, or taking part in a challenge, or even just scraplifting something from Pinterest. Conversely though, I think the internet is also the thing that takes up the most of my time away from scrapping as I know I am guilty of wasting hours sitting on the computer when I should be cleaning the house or creating.
From here I'm meant to link you up with three other fantastic artists who inspire me and they would schedule their post for next week. Unfortunately, no one I asked was able to participate so this part of the hop ends with me. :( If you want to take part and follow on just leave me a comment and I'll give you a shout out here.

In the mean time though I can't leave you without any inspiration, so here are a few of my favourite artists.

Linda Eggleton (Lou's World) - Linda is such a creative scrapper, I always turn to her blog when I need more inspiration. I love the way she uses stencils and layers her paper. She also seems like a lovely lady from the interactions I've had with her. Linda has already taken part in the blog hop, her post is here.

Natalie Elphinstone (One Scrappy Doctor) - Natalie has a very different style of scrapping to me but I love how much journaling she includes in her layouts. She is very honest, both in her journaling and on her blog. She also has two of the most adorable girls who feature in most of her layouts.

Annette (Annette's Art Alchemy) - Annette does not consider herself a scrapbooker, despite creating some amazing paper creations. She is definitely an amazing jewellery maker, specialising in steampunk designs. I'm lucky enough to have one of her wonderful rings which she sent me as a present.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Need for Speed - Couture Creations DT

Looking for an easy way to make a pretty doily die work on a grungy boy layout? Trying turning it into a gear like I did on this layout.
I cut a Moulin Rouge doily from The Treasures range out of black cardstock, then used my craft knife to remove some extra parts of the pattern to give me more of a 'gear' shape. I also cut a Cog Border from The Metricon range. Both of these die cuts were them heat embossed, first with gold powder and then with brown powder, to give them an aged metallic look. Apply the same process to your chipboard title. 

The background was created by trimming down a sheet of white cardstock and roughing up the edges with my scissors before applying this to a sheet of black cardstock. Use the reverse of your new gear die cut as a stencil and spray a metallic mist in opposite corners.
Grunge up the background by applying strips of scrap paper and some builders tape. Stamp over this randomly with black and brown pattern stamps. Tie is all together by swiping gesso over the background randomly. Lastly, flick some watered down black paint over the background for splatters.

 Silhouette cut one of your photos and then arrange the photos and gears together with the title. I have used a piece from Imaginarium Designs which suited my photos perfectly. Don't forget to include some journaling to preserve the memory.
Couture Creations Materials List:
CO723739 The Metricon, Cog Border
CO721956 Stainless Steal Scissors
CO721986 Handheld Essentials Craft Knife, Piercing Tool and Scoring Tool


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Strike a Pose

After the very traditional non-messy layout I created yesterday I had to go a different style this time around and pulled out the mists, stamps, gesso and stencils. This layout is also for D-lish Scraps 5th birthday cybercrop. Photos are proofs from a photoshoot Ben and I did almost 10 years ago, I've had them sitting around for that whole time without scrapping them however recently re-discovered them.
Challenge #2 is a sketch challenge, which I always enjoy doing. Like always, I have stuck very close to the original design of the sketch. I love getting to see all the different interpretations of the same sketch, some of the entries are just stunning.
Once again, I have utilised an adorable D-lish Scrap flair in this design, along with some wood veneer, buttons, threads and one of the great new Scrapmatts chipboard pieces.

Saturday, 5 July 2014


D-lish Scraps is having a 5th birthday cybercrop weekend long celebration and I was inspired to take part. It felt so good to be creating something that wasn't for a design team. It was a bit odd not to pull out the paints or mists for the background though.
Challenge #1 was a scraplift challenge. It has been quite a long time since I've done a scraplift and it really helped the layout come together quite quickly. Tarrah used a photo of her groom's shoes, I have chosen to use a photo of my hasband's cufflinks on our wedding day. These cufflinks were loaned to him from his grandfather who wore them on his wedding day. I have also kept the layers and overall placement of many of the items from Tarrah's layout.
I recently received a shipment of wonderful D-lish Scraps goodies and have used one of the flairs on this LO.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

One Card Two Ways - Couture Creations DT

Welcome back! Everyone can use more birthday cards in their stash, so for today's project I have whipped up two very similar birthday cards suitable for a variety of ages.

To prepare the background cut some white cardstock to 4" x 5". Mist with a couple of different colours of ink, ensuring you let each colour dry individually to prevent them all blending together and turning brown. Once the whole card is covered and dry, run it through an embossing folder to add texture. I used Velvet Tea Lights from The Marriot range because I think it is so lovely. One card has the design raised and the other has the design recessed, play around to see which you prefer.
You want to cut the black card slightly larger than the white piece to create the border effect, keeping in mind the need to create the front and back pages of the card.

To create the first card, I cut the Ornate Rectangle die from black cardstock.
Cut a piece of white cardstock to fill the gap left in the middle and stamp with your sentiment, then adhere this to the frame die.
Run some Glitzin Glamour around the edge of the white card and pop some Gemstones in the corners.
While you wait for the Glitzin Glamour adhere some blue twine around the middle of the coloured card and then affix this to the black cardstock.
Mount your frame to the card on an angle, using foam mounting tape to lift it up and add dimension.

To create the first card, I cut the Ornate Rectangle die from black cardstock. I then covered this in Versamark ink and embossed it in a metallic silver powder. Pop some Gemstones in the corners and other areas of the frame.
Cut a piece of white cardstock to fill the gap left in the middle. Stamp with your sentiment, ink the edges, apply some Glitzin Glamour to certain elements of the sentiment, then adhere this to the frame die.
While you wait for the Glitzin Glamour adhere some black lace around the middle of the coloured card and then affix this to the black cardstock.
Mount your frame to the card using foam mounting tape to lift it up and add dimension.

Couture Creations Materials List:


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Little Mischief - Scrapmatts DT

Project number two for my June Scrapmatts DT projects is a single page layout of my parent-in-laws' puppy, Josh. He is very cute (aren't all puppies?) but he is also going through all the typical puppy stages of chewing/biting everything, too much energy and problems with toilet training. I will use this entry as my Pets theme submission for the Gold Coast Show this year.

The picket fence is such a cute design but I had never found a use for it on any of my layouts previously. The title comes from an assorted set which seems to be more targeted towards little boys but I thought it suited Josh perfectly. You can see in the close up I left the fence raw to tie in with the natural feel I was going for. The title is painted with acrylic paint and then covered with crackle medium. The Scrap Word in the corner just has stamping ink whipped over the top to let the recessed black words still show through.
Scrapmatts used: CB1198 Scrap Words 06; CB2026 Picket Fences 09; CB4055 Assorted Words 09.

I was inspired by the Once Upon A... Sketch June challenge for this layout. The journaling prompt for this month is 'The best things in life aren't things'. I've left my journaling visible on this layout, talking about how Josh's cuteness outweighs his mischief at the moment. 

Monday, 16 June 2014

Family Happiness - Scrapmatts DT

It's a double layout, which can only mean one thing - I have started creating for the Gold Coast Show! I was so excited when I found out the Show was relocating this year to a venue which is within walking distance of our house, then I realised it is being held only two weeks after my due date. I figure I'll try to get my projects created nice and early and just see how we go in terms of submitting them/actually visiting the show.
My first layout for the Scrapmatts DT in June is this double featuring family photos from my wedding back in 2011. Some people asked why I allocated so much of our wedding budget to the photographer, stating 'you'll only look at the photos once and then put them away'. Ha! Shows they have no idea of the longevity a scrapbooker can get from quality wedding photos.
In respect of the chipboard, the large rose piece is so delicate and beautiful, I fell in love with it at the Expo last November when it was released but was saving it for a special occasion. I have simply painted it with acrylics and let it shine as a feature. I used up the last of my Flags in the title, and squeezed in some flowers which I heat embossed silver to match the colour scheme.
Scrapmatts used: CB2023 Roses 01; CB5101 Flags 02; CB1145 Flowers 09

The left page has a large cluster element created using multiple die-cuts from this range. I wanted to bring in the purple wedding colour too, so have a purple mini-bloom and some gem stones in the cluster too.

The right page has the parent's photos and some hidden journaling, along with a smaller embellishment cluster.


Friday, 13 June 2014

Its Your Smile That Captures My Heart

Class three was on Monday, the tutor was the fantastic Tina Connolly and this was hosted by Couture Creations. This is the second time I've taken a Couture Creations class at an expo and the kit always comes with some great extra products you can continue to use, in this case a sanding block and embossing folder.

Tina creates lovely messy, layered pages which is style I have previously tried my hand at but am not sure I nailed so thought I might see how an expert did it to get some more ideas. I enjoyed creating all the paper strips, adding the lace and builders tape then some punched scraps, gesso and acrylic paint circles. The black border also used a couple of different embossing and distressing techniques. I was very happy to also complete this layout in class and didn't need to add anything to it once I got home.

All the Couture Creations tutors dressed up in a Once Upon A Time theme for their classes, Tina was Aurora/Sleeping Beauty. Doesn't she look amazing in costume?

Tina had an amazing tutor display filled with so many amazing layouts. I also really loved her journal covers and was so tempted to sneak one into my bag. :)