Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Love H - D-lish Scraps DT

After using so many different flowers on my canvas earlier this month, I decided I wanted to create a project without any flowers. Luckily, D-lish Scraps still has a huge range of other embellishments available to create with.

Don't you just love it when you find a photo that matches perfectly with a paper range? This beautiful photo of my little boy by Rachel Wilson Photography just goes so well with the Baby Mine range by Paper Bella.

My title cluster features a lot of D-lish Scraps products. I've used the Love chipboard from the Pretty in Pink JAP kit, blue Bitty Bow, resin glitter dots, punchinella, and the orange muslin is from my stash but doesn't seem to be stocked any more. The only missing D-lish product is the washi tape, which I've taken from a retired JAP kit.

Chipboard circle is by Scrapmatts, of course.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

From the Heart - D-lish Scraps DT

D-lish Scraps runs monthly cybercrops from mid-month to mid-month over on Facebook at The Scrap Suite and I was lucky enough to create one of the challenge samples for this month! My theme is 'Frame It' - use at least one frame on your layout. There are so many interesting designs using frames at the moment, I'd love to see what you create if you enter.

I have used a whole range of different flowers from D-lish Scraps, as well as the leaves, polaroid frame, sequins, flair and arrow paperclip. Chipboard flourish is from Scrapmatts. The beautiful paper range is from Blue Fern Studios. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Dream Big Canvas - D-lish Scraps DT

I'm so excited to be part of the new D-lish Scraps design team for the next six months. I simply couldn't go past all the beautiful flowers in stock without grabbing a variety to include in a canvas display piece as my first project.

I whipped up a quick little tutorial as to how I created the canvas, just in case anyone else wanted to try to create some thing similar. If you do, send me a link in the comments, I'd love to check it out!

1/ Spray mists onto your craft mat/Teflon sheet. I used three different colours (purple, green and light blue) and made sure they were close enough to run together. Press the canvas upside-down onto the mat, making sure to press firmly in the middle. Once dry, apply Versamark watermark ink through a stencil randomly and emboss with clear UTEE.
2/ I found the background too bold for my taste, so I painted the whole canvas with gesso, then used a baby wipe to clean off the embossed areas. I also used the wipe to lift off some of the gesso until I was happy with the amount of colour showing through.
3/ Apply texture paste through a stencil randomly over the canvas. The texture paste will only stay white if applied thickly, in thinner applications the background colour will show through once the paste dries. You can see the dry effect in the 4th photo. If you want it to stay white, use structure paste/gesso/acrylic paint instead.

4/ Colour the edges of the canvas with a thick layer of Gelatos. Apply water with a paintbrush to create drips. Add extra Gelato if you want extra colour intensity. I did the purple at the top and let it dry before doing the same thing with blue from the bottom.
From this point on is really where we just start covering up that beautiful background.
5/ Apply washi tape. I used a blue/white diagonal stripe from the retired JAP kit, Beachside Bliss. You need to think about where your flowers will be placed and ensure the washing pokes out the edges of the cluster.
6/ Adhere muslin over the washi tape. I used three different pieces that I had teased out the get rough edges and applied with spray adhesive. Paint your chipboard white (I use one coat of acrylic paint then spray with chalkboard Glimmermist). Cut the flourish to suit your design then glue down.

7/ Place your flowers, starting with the larger ones first then working towards the smaller ones at the edges and in the gaps. The heather sprays and spiral stamens are great for breaking up the circular design pattern.
8/ Add in the little extra embellishments like clear glass cabochons and sequins. I have also added some more diamond shapes using the smaller stencil and gesso in the top and bottom right corners.
9/ Apply the finishing chipboard pieces, in this case a Scrapmatts frame I've cut in half to use in two places and a title from another retired JAP kit, Aztec Dreams.

Close up shot to show some of the fantastic variety of flowers available from D-lish Scraps: Green Tara Tutu Blooms, Fantasy Blooms, Bitty Blooms, Magnolias, Heather Springs, Spiral Stamens, Petite Resin Roses and Wild Roses.  

Friday, 7 April 2017

Aqua and Purple Cards - Scrapmatts DT

My second Scrapmatts DT project for April is a set of two cards. I've used a sheet of scrap paper to mop up some left over ink spray I had from another project, which I've then used as the backgrounds for both cards. I love these sentiment chipboard pieces, they make whipping up cards so quick and easy.

Each card has some texture paste stars in the background too, using a Scrapmatts stencil. The chipboard sentiments come in the black, all other pieces I've just coloured using mini ink pads. I think it's a great idea of have a stash of cards you use at short notice because you don't always know when you're going to need a card, like when your husband asks the night before he plans to give a present to his workmate!

Scrapmatts chipboard: CB1241 Scrap Words 27,CB1020 Card Borders 03, CB1007 Butterflies 07 and CB1158 Butterflies 20. Stencil: ST5002.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Cooking with Grandma - Scrapmatts DT

Scrapmatts sponsored CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration for the month of March and they invited our whole design team to guest for their challenges. I shared my layout for their main challenge as part of my March reveal, but the second challenge came out after my Scrapmatts reveal day, so I've saved it for April.

I love these photos of Harrison cooking with his Grandma. I've hidden some journaling behind the right photo which records how Ben learnt to cook with his mum Helen and I'm so happy that Harrison is getting to have the same experience with her. I don't remember ordering these cooking chipboard pieces but they ended up being perfect for the theme. I've painted them with white acrylic paint, added red pen details and silver embossing for the metallic areas.

Scrapmatts used: CB1020 Card Borders 03; CB1199 Scrap Words 07; CB1139 Kitchenware 03; CB2026 Picket Fences 09.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Relax - Kraft Plus Guest DT

Kraft+ is a fun challenge blog I follow and play along with when I get a chance. You have to use kraft-coloured paper as the star of your background, plus one extra element which changes each month. The challenge is run by the lovely Sandra and she comes up with some quite creative ideas.

At the start of March, Sandra sent me a message to ask if I was interested in being the guest design team member for April. I was beyond exited by this, as I have never previously been invited to guest anywhere! Sandra's challenge was intriguing and also a theme I had thought about doing in the past, so of course I said yes.

After creating a couple of fussy/messy layouts I wanted to go with a cleaner look for this one. I stuck with a single photo of myself and my friend taken whilst we were enjoying sunset cocktails by the beach in Hawaii and kept the embellishments simple.

I wanted the title to reflect the ocean pattern in the background paper. I achieved this by drawing some blue Gelato onto my craft matt and activating this with a couple of different blue mists. The title was then pressed into the pool of ink, which has created that variegated effect. I love the end result.

My flower cluster is very simple, just some chipboard ferns from Scrapmatts and some flowers from D-Lish Scraps. The photo matt is two pieces of burlap, with some offcut paint swatches top and bottom of the photo. I also used a couple of different paint swatches to create the ombre effect for the hearts, which have all been hand punched and then stitched down to create the background.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Christmas Time - Scrapmatts DT

My second Scrapmatts DT project this month continues my love of the string circles, this time combined with my favourite theme to scrapbook: Christmas! Best thing about this is I only used one sheet of chipboard for all three pieces.

If you look closely at the photo you can see Harrison is holding one of his monster trucks while Santa carefully holds another one. He was so excited in the line to see Santa, and so excited after we visited, but during the actual meeting he was so quiet and wanted nothing to do with Santa. :)

Normally I'm a fan of raw chipboard, because I like to put my own spin on it, but for this sheet I went with the classic white colouring. All I've had to add to it is a touch of liquid pearls to highlight the berries and circles. I've also coated the 'christmas' word in the pearls.

Only chipboard used: CB4068 String Circles 05 Holly.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Flying Fox - Scrapmatts DT

Scrapmatts is a sponsor over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration and this month the whole team has been invited to participate as guest investigators. While seeming initially complex, these challenges are always a great deal of fun.

I think my favourite part of this layout is actually the photo strip I've hidden in the glassine bag behind the main photo. Both the black and white photos are too close to really show the flying fox aspect, Harrison could just be on a swing. I've printed three progressive colour photos to show Harrison flying from the top of the fox to the bottom about 20 meters down the path.

I had been holding onto that hot air balloon chippie for the longest time and was so happy to finally get to use it. The stars in the background were initially white texture paste but I thought they didn't show up enough so I painted them yellow later.

Scrapmatts used: CB1162 Assorted Words 08, CB1229 Chains 02, CB5035 Hot Air Balloons 01, CB1204, Ribbon Banners 01, CB2008 Page Borders 07. Stencil: ST1006.

This is the case file we had to draw inspiration from. Colours are as close as I could get with a little black and silver added (neutrals are fine to add, an extra colour can be no more than 10%). The inspiration image made me think of my little boy and flying, hence the photo choice. I've used design elements of stars, stripes, something that flies and washi tape. My journaling is about the adventure we had at the park.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Happy 50th - Scrapmatts DT

I am definitely not a chronological scrapper, I just pick whatever photo feels right to me when I sit down. It was my mum's 50th back in 2010 and I've tried to scrap this photo from my mum's 50th a number of times over the years, but her shirt is a very hard colour to match. It's strange to look back at this photo now and remember the happy occasion of the event given that so much has changed since. I guess that's why it's important to include journaling on your layouts, so you can capture how you felt at the time without it being distorted.

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My second Scrapmatts DT layout is actually the one I created first, so it used the largest sized string circle and I haven't cut this one. I had a lot of fun creating that background circle with Gelatos but it did warp the page a fair bit. Some chipboard butterflies made the perfect scatter embellishments, I've coated them with dimensional magic to make them shine. I also used the poinsettia leaves tucked under everything because I think they look fantastic and I forgot to use them on the layout that I used all my poinsettia flowers. :)

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Friends - Scrapmatts DT

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Hawaii was going to the Kualoa Ranch. Besides the ziplining being AMAZING, it is also just a stunningly beautiful location. We had this lovely photo taken of us during our ATV tour, with the forest and mountains in the background. I couldn't resist scraping up a nature themed monochrome green layout to match.

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I loved the original string circles when Scrapmatts first brought them out. Then Sofie and Andrew made them better by bring out new designs with dots, stars or arrows on the circles. Last month they expanded the range again to release a pack with larger sized circles! I fell in love and knew I had to play with them right away.

My circle for this layout looks a bit more like an oval, because I actually chopped it in half to open up that inside area a bit more. It doesn't go all the way around under the photos or the flower cluster. I love cutting up my chipboard to make it last that little bit longer or get it to suit my layout better. I've done the same thing with the leaves and the diamond background pieces. You can see what I mean in the photo above.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


In October 2016 I took a short girls trip to Hawaii. It was lovely to have some time out to relax and explore a new location. While none of us are big drinkers, we did get into the holiday spirit by having a cocktail before each evening meal.

As soon as I saw the DLish Scraps Just Add Paper kit I thought of this photo. I just loved the colour scheme, and getting all the embellishments sent to me makes creating a layout so much easier. I also used some beautiful Cocoa Vanilla papers I found hidden away in my stash that matched perfectly.

This layout was created for the Dlish Scraps January challenge.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Just Ride

My mother-in-law is visiting at the moment and she encouraged me to make some more time for crafting while she looked after Harrison, who am I to argue? :) I snapped this photo of Harrison on my phone back in July 2016 and I just love it. It's the view I see so often as Harrison hops on to his trike and takes off down the road. It does matter whether we're just going around the complex or walking to a local park or up the path behind out house, he just loves an excuse to get out and ride.

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I tried my hand at creating a messy background but those cool paint splashes just didn't work for me. I think I might need to thin down my paint first? I've used lots of Scrapmatts goodies on this layout: CB5158 Triangles 03, CB1195 Silhouettes 03, CB1162 Assorted Words 08 and ST5018 Stencil Alphabet

The layout was inspired by the current Kraft+ challenge which was a kraft background and you had to use a bike somewhere on your layout.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Fiji Mini Album - Scrapmatts DT

Sofie and Andrew, the lovely owners of Scrapmatts, came to my town to run a day of classes in December last year. It had been far too long since the last time I got to catch up with them, so I took the day off work and signed up to do Sofie's mini-album with a cruise/beach theme. I was doing so well following instructions and got through most of it during the class... but then I got home and went a bit rogue. Before I knew it, there were pockets for hidden journaling, a lift-the-flap photo, even extra pages!

This beautiful cover page is entirely Sofie's design. A stunning mixed media piece, I didn't change a thing from what we created in the class.

For the inside cover I wanted to expand the seaweed at the bottom but didn't have any chipboard left. By masking off the areas I didn't want, I was able to use the frame as a mask and misted some extra seaweed. The photo on the right formed a pocket for a journaling card.

I created a lift-the-flag photo on the left because I had two photos of the jet boating I wanted to share.

The two chipboard shells were raw chipboard I painted with white gesso and then watercolored over the top to get the subtle muted tones.

More hidden journaling in this one. The tree branch is one piece that I've cut to fit across the two pages.

Sometimes the journaling works best without being hidden. 

I used the chipboard to create mini-scenes for each of these pages, continuing the elements from within photo. There are journaling cards behind each photo.

The back page is just to show Sofie I was able to use that beautiful paper as a feature instead of using the reverse striped side like her instructions told me to. :)

Most of my chipboard for this project was specially made in a kit for the class, even taking into consideration the extra pages. Before I was on the Design Team, I would always make sure to take a Scrapmatts class at every expo I went to because there are always lots of extra chippies to play with when you get home included in the kit. If you were looking to replicate this album, similar chipboard includes: CB6062 Shells 02, CB1218 Scrap Words 19, CB6113 Scrap Words 32, CB6103 Scrap Words 21, CB5056 Twigs 02, CB1126 Marine Life 01, CB1221 Nautical Designs 04. I also used stencil ST1004 Stencil Bubbles.

The challenge over at Show Us Your Stuff this month is the mood board above which I saw as I was finishing off my album. I was inspired by the beach theme, the shell and star shapes and the bright accent pink/red colour. My handmade items are all the hand-painted chipboard shapes.