Saturday, 24 September 2016

Navy Pier

'What is this?' I hear you asking. Yes, I have finally found time to scrap something that isn't for a design team! It somehow still took for three nights, spread out over a week and a half to do, but it's a 'just for fun' layout and I'm happy I got to do it.

Photo is an old one, from our trip to America pre-baby in 2012-2013. Papers are a mixture of different Kaisercraft patterns, had a lot of fun mixing and matching rather than sticking to a collection. There is journaling, it's on a card behind the photo.

I took my inspiration from the Stuck?! Sketches September challenge. This is probably my favourite sketch challenge site. The sketches are always easy to use and the design team is very creative in their interpretations.

Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge has an easy challenge this month, the project just had to include red.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Thank You Card - Scrapmatts DT

My second Scrapmatts DT project is a card I made to say thanks to my manager who is leaving for a new position. I like the mix of grungy and feminine on this card, by combining the messy background with a big floral cluster.

To create this background, I applied gesso through the squares stencil, this sprayed three different mists over the cardstock. Once it had all dried though I decided I didn't like the effect, so painted gesso over the top of the whole thing, before selectively spraying smaller areas of mist and playing with a drip effect. I like the subtle effect it has created.

Scrapmatts chipboard: CB6020 Words 06, CB5144 Layered Poinsettias 01, CB5142 Retro Squares 02. Stencil: ST1038.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Floral Frame - Scrapmatts DT

September already! Where has the year gone? Hopefully you've spent at least some of it getting to play with some Scrapmatts stencils and chipboard like me. :) My first DT project for this month is a wooden photo frame I've decorated. I gave it a quick coat of gesso to start with, then sponged on a few different shades of Distress Inks through a beautiful Scrapmatts stencil, finishing with a quick varnish spray to stop the inks smudging. The leaf sprays were the perfect accent to my flower clusters and then I just popped a Scrapword in the negative space of the photo.

Scrapmatts chipboard: CB1146 Leaf Spray 01 and CB1241 Scrap Words 27. Stencil: ST1011.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Perfect Beach Adventure

As soon as I started planning my family holiday to Fiji, I was thinking about all the beach and nautical themed Scrapmatts chipboard I could use to decorate the layouts I would create. This is a double which has been perfectly finished off by the chipboard.

The seashells were in the white finish and I've painted them with some Gelatos so they have a light shimmer to them.

Chipboard used: SW004 Beach, CB1218 Scrap Words 19, CB4059 Nautical Design 03, CB4067 Marine Life 02.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Petting Zoo - Scrapmatts DT

It's coming up on time for the Gold Coast Show so I'm starting to create a few double-page layouts to enter. I don't think I'll enter every category this year, I'm getting sick of making some pages just for the sake of getting an entry in each category, but it's still fun to challenge myself to create in a different way to normal.
I thought I might curry some favour by scrapping a layout using photos from last year's Show. :) Harrison absolutely loved spending time at the petting zoo and was so gentle with all the animals there.
Scrapmatts products used on this layout as my second DT project for this month.
Chipboard: CB5101 Flags 02, CB5147 Gum Leaves 01, CB1239 Scrap Words 25. Stencil: ST5007.
Close up shot to show the beautiful leather/mottled-brown look of the scrapwords, which is a standard finish these come in. My tip to let you keep the cut details on your chipboard is to colour it with ink pads, like I've done on the gum leaves.


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

BFFs - Scrapmatts DT

I didn't get this layout completed in time to be a design team example over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration but the colour scheme was too good to pass up, so I've created a layout to enter instead. Photos are from a recent dessert tour of Brisbane my friends arranged for my birthday, it was amazing!
Chipboard: CB2008 Page Borders 07, CB5122 Hexagon Mesh 01, CB1070 Hearts 03, CB6106 Assorted Words 24. Stencils: ST5007, ST5016.
Close up details to show some of the subtle background details. If you click on the image to show it full size you should also be able to see the crackle gloss accent on the flourish as well.

Here are the details for Case 204. I used all the colours in the Scheme. From the Evidence I used hearts, flourishes, flowers, doilies and lace. My Testimony talks about how much I love these girls.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Times Square - Scrapmatts DT

Scrapmatts is sponsoring CSI: Color Stories Inspiration this month and so we've been given the opportunity to be guest designers over there. It was too much fun last year to say no this year, so here is my first layout based on their Major Case File. The circle frame is one of the fantastic brand new designs Sofie has created and I had only received the day before I put it on this layout. I actually changed the whole design to get it on the page. :)
Chipboard: CB5152 Circles 02, CB5126 Diamond Mesh 02. Stencil: ST1002 Stencil Diamonds.
So how have I solved the case? The scene inspired me to use a photo of my husband from our trip to  New York. The colour scheme should hopefully be fairly obvious. From the evidence I used diamonds (chipboard scatter and gesso through a stencil in the background), transparent accents (the black travel words) and stamps. My journaling includes the Testimony words "so far, stand, big" as I talked about this being our biggest holiday so far and standing in Times Square. I was inspired by the circle elements of the sketch, the position of the title and the misted background. 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Messy Birthday Cards - Scrapmatts DT

I had actually made the bases for these cards a few weeks ago, but I put them under my craft mat to dry without warping and must have forgotten about them. Sofie from Scrapmatts had just sent me out a new shipment of chipboard as part of their DT so I decided to combine the new chippies and stencils to add to my stash of birthday cards to have on hand for emergencies.

I find the most difficult part of creating cards is coming up with the design, so you can save some time by creating a few in a similar design each time. If you're interested in making something similar, here is how I made them:
Prep the background
1/ Cut your base cardstock to size. Mine are 4'x6'.
2/ Smear white gesso over the front and allow to dry.
3/ Spray mist through a stencil. I used pink Glimmermist through ST5007 which has given a very subtle effect for the card on the right and aqua Dylusions through ST5003 for the card on the left. Because the Dylusions ink pooled on the stencil I then flipped it over and used the excess like a stamp to get the reverse image on the middle card.
4/ Splatter black ink over the cards. Put aside for mists/ink to dry.
5/ Randomly stamp a script image over the background.
6/ Edge the card with black ink, applied in a messy fashion.
Create the tags
7/ On a scrap of kraft cardstock, apply white gesso through a stencil. I used ST5023 and ST5024. These are new stencil designs and I just LOVE them! Wait for the gesso to dry before moving on (even though you can see from my smudge I didn't wait).
8/ Mist randomly over the cardstock. I found Glimmermists didn't give me a bold enough coverage so used Dylusions instead. Wait for the ink to dry.
9/ Stamp a decorative image over the top in black ink. I used a Kaisercraft stamp which was the perfect width to then create tags from.
10/ Cut the cardstock scrap down into different sized tags.
Assemble the card
11/ Colour the background chipboard (CB5151 Webbing 01) black, I used stamp ink.
12/ Adhere the tag to the left side of the card using foam mounting tape.
13/ Adhere the webbing chipboard around the tag. I only used one piece for all three cards (and even have a bit left over) because I cut it into smaller sections and placed these around the tag.
14/ Adhere the leaf spray chipboard (CB1235 Leaf Spray 14). There are only two sprays in the pack but I again cut it down into pieces to suit my cards.
15/ Cut three small rectangles of muslin and distress these. Adhere over the bottom of the leaf sprays.
16/ Adhere the Happy Birthday sentiments (CB1243 Scrap Words 29) using foam mounting tape.
17/ Adhere three small white flowers to the bottom left of the sentiment.
18/ Scatter rhinestones across the card.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you do make a similar card please let me know and if it contains Scrapmatts chipboard don't forget to upload it to our Ning site, we would love to see your creations.

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