Friday, February 8, 2019

Bella Blvd | Milk...

My first layout for 2019 can be found over at the Bella Blvd blog.


"Not Sure Milk Will Fix It"

We were celebrating National Milk Day over on the blog and I chose to document something a little different...


Notably the time Ethan had his finger broken last year.. Ouch!



Head on over and check out the details. Thanks for visiting..x


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Bella Blvd | Brotherly...

Looking to create a layout that's a little non traditional for Valentine's Day? Head on over to the Bella Blvd blog where I am sharing a page about the intricacies of brotherly relationships... *wink*

"Brotherly"




Thanks for visiting..x


Friday, February 1, 2019

So this happened...




With going back to full time work after ten something years, I made the very difficult decision to sadly finish up with Pebbles Inc. At the time it meant that I wasn't designing for anyone except for me. And I was kind of happy with that. Kind of. But also sad. Because I love every single company I have worked for. And there have been a few.

But you know the saying, "when one door closes.." yeah that. 

I could not say no when the lovely Stephanie from Bella Blvd contacted me and asked if I'd like to come back. So here I am! Back on the creative team with so many amazing designers. And I am excited for 2019. But mostly blessed..x


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

DCWV | Fall Explosion Box...

Hello Friends! It seems I've been non existent here on the blog for a very. long. time... But I will skip all the unnecessary excuses and just jump straight into this tutorial for an explosion box!


I created one of these boxes, ages ago for a friend. It was her project and she just didn't know how to go about finishing. All her pieces were cut to size as it came in a pre-made kit. I have always wanted to follow through and make one for myself. So her goes! Through a little bit of trial and error, I have managed to create a box full of memories. Something I am very grateful for. 

The first step was to gather my supplies. This was super easy with the new DCWV Inc Fall Basics Premium Stack. It has 32 gorgeous 12"x12" printed cardstock sheets with a touch of champagne foil thrown in! Being a little bit thicker than the standard patterned paper sheets, this stack is perfect for creating mini albums such as the explosion box.


Choose three base cardstock pieces and create a tic-tac-toe grid by trimming the corner pieces from each square. I have used American Craft cardstock in white 12"x12", warm brown (11.75"x11.75") and cream (11.5"x11.5"). To create the grid, simply score a line down each edge at 4". Rotate the cardstock until you have two lines going both vertically and horizontally. 


Round the corners on each piece if you want a softer look.

Creating the lid..

To build the lid of the box, trim a 6.25" square from coordinating cardstock or patterned paper. Score a fold line 1" in from each edge. Using a pair of sharp scissors, follow the score line and cut only one side of the corner. Rotate the cardstock and make the same cut in each corner square. Fold the corner piece back onto itself to create a flap.

Fold the score lines while being aware of the patterned paper that will be on the outside of the box. Add adhesive to the flap that has just been cut and fold it now onto the inside of the fold next to it, forming the box lid.


Embellish with die-cut flowers, leaves and any other images you may want to follow with your box theme. I have also used free silhouette cut files and a wooden arrow from Pebbles Inc.


For the inside layer of my explosion box, I have used the champagne foil scallop patterned paper and trimmed it to 10.5"x10.5". Using the same method as above, scored and trimmed the excess pieces to allow it to fit snuggly into the centre of my box.

Assembling the box..


Layer the cardstock pieces, largest to smallest but add adhesive only the centre square of the grid. For the patterned paper layer, notch out a half circle from each section. This creates interest and accessibility to any journaling on tags.

Shaker card in the centre..

For something a little bit different, I wanted to add a shaker card to the bottom of the explosion box. Using the WeRMemoryKeepers Frame punch board, I cut a 4"x4" square and lined it with an off-cut of plastic packaging. Recycling at its best! The rest is easy. Add a handful of sequins, wood veneers and die-cut shapes to the middle of the grid patterned paper. Line the reverse side of the frame with foam tape and carefully secure it over the bits and pieces you want to display inside the shaker.


To complete the box, embellish with coordinating products such as Pebbles Inc Patio Party. Don't forget to include your favourite photos and some special memorabilia.




Happy Crafting! Thanks for visiting the blog today after a very long absence from yours truly!! 

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

DCWV + Spotlight | Christmas Village & Gingerbread House...

Hey Everyone!! Check out this amazingly, cute paper village


How cool is it! It's a new Paper Project Kit from DCWV who've teamed up with Spotlight Australia.  It comes with six building, one being a pretty awesome looking church, plenty of mini trees and... a family of reindeer!! I'm so excited! LOL! 


They are actually so cute! All glittery with gold highlights. The buildings themselves have a frosted white glitter, which is unfortunately hard to see in these photos. The kit also provides a copper wire, battery operated lighting system.  This really sets your display apart from the norm, especially at night.

But I wanted to take this project one step further. Let's transform this house...


to this..


Each Christmastime, it's a family tradition to bake Gingerbread Houses... from scratch! Not an easy task. But this! So much easier and a lot less gooey! LOL

To start, create the chosen house as per the instructions in the kit. I would recommend painting the house a toasty gingerbread brown colour before assembling. This way you wont get paint on the gold trimmings!

I've also started to gather my supplies, such as white cardstock borders from simple scallop punches and Christmas Patterned Papers from DCWV.


If you haven't already painted your house, now is the time to do it, allowing it to dry. Add paint to the underside of the eaves as well.



Trim some candy canes from the DCWV Holiday Paper Lace Mat Stack. Mount it onto some white cardstock and carefully trim around the outside.




Add some candy canes to the front entrance of the gingerbread house with foam dots. Glue a scallop border to the front and back eaves of the roofline as well.


The rest of the gingerbread house has been decorated using the DCWV Holiday Jewel and Very Merry Mat Stacks.


Simple shapes have been used to create the snowman and trees on the side of the house and more scallop border punches have been added above the door. These borders have wrapped around the outside of the house to recreate the look of iced decorations.

Using a white gel Pen or paint, decorate the windows with lines and dots. Frame the window s with fussy cut branches - images found in the DCWV Very Merry Mat Stack.

Complete the look with gumdrops - flower punched shapes overlapped with each other. The DCWV Holiday Jewel Patterns Mat Stack provides plenty of beautiful colours to choose from.


Finally, light up you house using the supplied copper light system. This gingerbread house can be used as a stand alone feature or add it to your scene to create some fun and interest!

Thanks for visiting and please don't forget to check out the DCWV blog for more fun ideas..x

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Jillibean Soup | Stamping & Diecut Tutorial...

Hello Friends! I just wanted to share a tutorial posted on the Jillibean Soup blog recently. They've released a lot of fun new products including stamps and coordinating metal dies! 



Of course I couldn't resist playing with these goodies!! *grin*


products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Jillibean Soup Farmhouse Stew; other: JBS Farmhouse Stew: pea pod parts, puffy stickers, clear stamps & dies; embroidery floss, ink; tools - typewriter.



Head on over and check out the full tutorial. Thanks so much for visiting..x