Sunday, 22 May 2016

A Love So Deer - Scrapmatts DT

One of my favourite things about chipboard is how easy it is to modify to suit your projects. For example, I have a variety of different reindeer designs from Scrapmatts, so when I wanted to do a layout with these deer feeding photos fro my sister's wedding it was super easy to just cut off their antlers and paint up to suit the layout.
I have used two of the stencil designs on the background of this layout. The paint splatters are just your basic spray with a mist but the leaf pattern is a bit more complicated. I masked off the areas of the stencil I didn't want, then applied Versamark ink through it and clear heat-embossed this. It's given it a very subtle effect that I love.
Chipboard: CB1094 Reindeer 02, CB2020 Vines 01, CB6109 Lamps 11, CB1229 Chains 02, CB6105 Assorted Words 23, CB5132 Chains 01. Stencils: ST5004, ST5010.


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Our Family

I saw a sneak peak of Kaisercraft's Sea Breeze range back at the start of the year on Instagram and I've been eagerly awaiting it's release ever since. I just love the large floral patterns, which I immediately thought would be perfect for fussy cutting, plus that beautiful turquoise colour pallet. Here is my first layour using this range, showcasing a beautiful family portrait by Divine Life Photography from Harrison's first birthday shoot.
I'm trying to scrapbook on a budget at the moment to make me use up some of my supplies. I purchased the Sea Breeze paper pack and everything else came from my stash. I love those rhinestone swirls and even though my stash is running low I happened to have the perfect green shade waiting for this layout. The frames and tags are actually diecuts from the Blue Bay range but the colours matched perfectly. Kaisercraft stamp to add some extra texture to the background.

I based this layout on the April Kaisercraft Challenge sketch.
KC april 16

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Steampunk Tags - Scrapmatts DT

I had wanted to do a steampunk-style piece for quite a while now and decided the canvas I shared two days earlier would be the perfect chance to give it a go. Of course, being a new style I thought it best to practice on a smaller scale before starting work on the canvas so I tried out two different styles on some tags. Tags are so versatile for this purpose and now I can keep them to refer to later or add to layouts/cards in the future.

 A lot of the chipboard is the same as used on the canvas. Left tag: CB3007 Tags 03, CB5132 Chains 01, CB1239 Scrap Words 25, CB1078 Gears 05. Right tag: CB3007 Tags 03, CB1078 Gears 05, CB1017 Keys 01, CB6113 Scrap Words 32, CB602 Ornate Frame 02, CB5111 Layered Fob Watch 02.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Scrapmatts DT Canvas

I'm starting my 4th year on the Scrapmatts Design Team so I thought it was about time I made a new display canvas for them to show at craft expos. I had such a blast playing with a couple of different techniques and getting to mix old and new chipboard together to come up with this piece. I'm actually a bit sad that I have to send it away. :)
I covered the canvas in sewing pattern paper, then covered that in gesso. I applied texture paste through a stencil in a couple of random spots. Randomly sprayed 4 different mists over the canvass and selected chipboard pieces. Applied some builders tape randomly. Painted the honeycomb black and embossed the chains in silver. Stuck it all down, added some flowers and bling and there you go!
I've used quite a few different chipboard pieces here: CB5132 Chains 01, CB6113 Scrap Words 32, CB5137 Ornate Toppers 01, CB5124 Hexagon Mesh 03, CB1017 Keys 01, CB1230 Hinges, Keys & Keyholes 03, CB1124 Hinges 01, CB1078 Gears 05. I also used ST5007 Stencil Stones on the background.
Just in case you're wondering what my original canvas looked like, I hunted down a photo. I think the new one does a much better job of showcasing the amazing chipboard designs Scrapmatts sells. Let me know which one you like best. 


Saturday, 5 March 2016

Happy Birthday Card - Scrapmatts DT

Hello chipboard fans. It's great to be back on the 2016 design team, I'm so excited to see how different everyone's styles are. Unfortunately, having my reveal day moved to earlier in the month has caught me off guard, so I only have one card to share today.
I've mixed CB6018 Words 02 Happy Birthday and CB5137 Ornate Toppers 01 with the ST5003 stencil.
I did have an amazing shaker card to share too, but I already gave it to my husband and he took it to work before I could get a photo. :(

Friday, 19 February 2016

Love You

The Sweet Nothings Just Add Paper Kit over at D-lish Scraps was too good to pass up! I loved the colour scheme and the love theme, plus it made putting together this layout so easy. The beautiful black and white photo was taken by Divine Life Photography on the Gold Coast for Harrison's first birthday. The papers are a mish-mash of different Kaisercraft scraps I had lying around.
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I love using these kits because I normally do alright getting paper layers happening but always struggle with the embellishment side of things. Here you can see the flowers, journal tabs, glitter edging strip, wood veneer, washi tape and doily all being put to good use.

The best part about the Just Add Paper kits is that they always match the mood board for the month, so I'm entering this layout in that too.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Greeting Cards - Scrapmatts DT

The new Scrapmatts stencils are also perfect for using to create backgrounds on cards. I whipped up this one for my husband for Valentine's Day. I used the diamonds stencil to add a subtle white gesso pattern and then misted over the paint splatters in two different colours.
Chipboard used: CB5113 Heart Frames 10, cb1199 Scrap Words 07.
Stencils: ST1002, ST5010.

This one has a wash of gesso for the background then the smaller paint splatters stencil in two colours. I love the random effect they give whilst in actual fact giving you total control of where the colour ends up.

This one has a wash of gesso for the background then the smaller paint splatters stencil in two colours. I love the random effect they give whilst in actual fact giving you total control of where the colour ends up.

Chipboard used: CB1121 Words 26 Best Wishes
Stencil: ST1009 Stencil Paint Drips
Don't forget that Scrapmatts is having a Design Team Call at the moment. Entries close on the 19th so you'll need to get a wriggle on but we would love to see you join the team!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

No Place Like Home Canvas - Scrapmatts DT

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to find out Scrapmatts was expanding into stencils! Stencils are probably my second favourite scrapbooking item, after chipboard of course. :) They can be used in so many different ways and create so many different effects.
First up for my DT reveal this month, I created this canvas display piece. I had been saving this idea for a while now and the brick stencil was the last item I needed to make it happen. I applied texture paste through the stencil over the whole canvas, the different way the paste absorbs the mist makes for some great definition of the shapes. I then built up the scene with various chipboard pieces painted with acrylics. 

Chipboard used: CB5137 Ornate Toppers 01, CB2026 Picket Fences 09, CB4058 Australian Federation Detail 03, CB5120 Windows 04, CB1146 Leaf Spray 01, CB2020 Vines 01, CB6071 Assorted Words 07.
Stencil: ST5013.

Don't forget that Scrapmatts is having a Design Team Call at the moment. Entries close on the 19th so you'll need to get a wriggle on but we would love to see you join the team!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Card Catch Up

I have been making a couple of cards here and there but haven't gotten around to actually posting them on the blog. I thought I'd do a quick catch up post to share them.

This first one was just made up quickly to say thank you to some of my mum's friends so sending a very generous gift to my son from Indonesia. I had a sheet of this floral paper lying around and decided to fussy cut the images out. There is actually a fair bit of layering on the card which you can't really see from the front on photo. Chipboard sentiment is by Scrapmatts.

This one was a very quick birthday card I whipped up in about an hour. It used a Kaisercraft 6x6 paper pad and a Heidi Swapp die-cut for the 'happy'. I'm not 100% sold on it, but the recipient liked it and that's the important thing.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Gingerbread Memories - Scrapmatts DT

Scrapmatts came out with a couple of great new Christmas designs in late 2015 and I couldn't wait to have an excuse to use them. It just happened that my mother-in-law decided to have a gingerbread decorating contest after Christmas lunch this year so I got the perfect photos to use with the CB5145 Christmas Shapes 01. I teamed it up with CB5144 Layered Poinsettias 01.
I have used the Cocoa Vanilla Studios 'Tis the Season' range and for this layout. I got so much use out of the couple of sheets of 'Flying High' I had previously purchased from them and have great expectations for the versatility of this new range too.

I kept a lot of my paper off-cuts from designing the background and added them as extra detail layers under the photos right at the end. I found this to be a great technique both to use up scraps and add extra depth.

 This layout shows how many different techniques you can use to colour chipboard. Some parts have been inked with a stamp pad, some have been painted with acrylic paints and some parts have been coloured with pens.

I used the current sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches as the basis for this layout. Who says you can't create a double page layout from a single page sketch? :)