Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jillibean Soup | String Art...

Hello Friends!  Not long now until the silly season starts.. that is if it hasn't started for you already!!

Today I have a project up on the Jillibean Soup blog. It's a little bit retro and whole lot of fun!  Welcome to my attempt of string art!


products used:  Mix the Media  - 6x6 Wood Plank;
Image inspiration from Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper:  Cold Avocado Soup/Bite Size Bits; Other - embroidery floss, indoor nails; tools - hammer!

I have delved into the Mix the Media challenge this month and decided to try something a little out of my comfort zone.

I started out with freehand drawing an image I liked. This one came from the ampersand in the Cold Avocado collection.
Next I started to place nails around the outside image of the paper.
And then finally, using embroidery floss, started to wrap and weave about the nails to create an intricate pattern.

As simple as that!  In retrospect, I think I would have liked to use nails with a rounded head rather than a flat one, but I am still happy with the end result.

Don't forget to pop on over to Jillibean Soup to check out what the other DT Members have created with Mix the Media this month.  Thanks for visiting..x

Monday, November 24, 2014

Scraptastic Club | Pinterest Monday...

Hi Everyone!  Monique and I have created a Pinterest Inspiration mood board for Scraptastic Club and I love her fun take on the images!  Here's what we pinned...
I too have played with the pops of yellow but on the cardstock background, I took it one step further and dipped my dot clear stamp image (from the Shake It Off Stamp Set), directly into white paint!
"All You Need Is Yoga"

products used: Scraptastic Club Kit - Shake It Off; Add On - Shake It Off; Stamp Set - Shake It Off; Cut Aparts - Shake It Off; other - paint; tools - typewriter, machine stitching.

If you would like to see more details, please visit the Scraptastic Club blog. Thanks for visiting..x

Sassy Scrappers | Project Life Week 44...

Hi Everyone!! Welcome to Monday!  I just wanted to pop in and share the link to my Project Life | Week 44.  It and the details of how I used my leftover scraps, is now live on the Sassy Scrapper blog.  I hope to see you there.

If you are keen to see more, please visit Sassy Scrapper.  Thanks for dropping by today..x

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bella Blvd | November Newsletter...

Hello Friends!  Have you seen the latest Bella Blvd Newsletter? The Bella Buzz is featuring the new Hello Autumn collection this month and I was asked to complete a challenge using Hello Autumn, feathers, designer tape and crochet hearts!  Here's what I came up with..
Products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella Blvd (Hello Autumn, Lucky Starz); alpha - Bella Blvd (High Five Alphas); other - Bella Blvd: Treasures&Text, Crochet Heart (Gulf); Designer Tape (Gulf Dot), Feather (Sand N Surf); enamel dots; tools - machine stitching, typewriter.

My favourite patterned paper is the navy wood grain!  I just had to use it.  What's your favourite piece from this amazing collection?
Thanks for visiting..x
PS - Up on the Bella Blvd blog at the moment, Stephanie has an awesome giveaway with free Thankful printables.  Head on over and check them out!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jillibean Soup | Q&A...

Hi everyone!  What a busy time of year this is! It's only November and already my creative schedule is filling up!  I wanted to share the Jillibean Soup blog link today and lead you towards some amazing projects created by the design team.  We've been playing with the new Holly Berry Borscht collection!  It is just divine...

"Q&A December"

 products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Jillibean Soup (Holly Berry Borscht); alpha - Jillibean Soup (Beanboard Yam Yellow); other - Jillibean Soup: ephemera pack, Mix the Media stencil, vellum stars, wood sprinkles, wise words, coordinating label stickers; tools - machine stitching, typewriter.

 Cam is at an age where the questions coming flying thick and fast every. five. minutes! LOL! And last year leading towards the Christmas season, all he wanted to know was when Christmas was coming? How long til Christmas? How many sleeps til Christmas? What will I get for Christmas?  Well... you get the idea! *grin*  I thought I might as well document his driving. me. up. the. wall. questions... Ummm... I mean cuteness.

As it does get kind of crazy at this time of year, I hope this post inspires you to take the time to note the little details - the sub stories of the overall picture, if you like.  I have so many photos of Christmas and holiday adventures that sometimes they all just blend into one lump.  And that's usually the Christmas 2010, Christmas 2011, Christmas 2012...  This year I am determined to do a little better.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for visiting...x

Scraptastic Club | Shake It Off

 Hello Friends!  Up on the Scraptastic Club blog today I am sharing two quick and easy ways to enhance or create your own embellishments.

I absolutely adore the November Shake It Off kit and it already comes with gorgeous products to embellish your pages.  But sometimes I want to add a little extra something, just to make my layout feel complete.  Especially if it helps to relay the story I am documenting.

"You Had Me At Hello"
products used: Scraptastic Club Kit - Shake It Off; Add On - Shake It Off; Stamp Set - Shake It Off; Cut Aparts - Shake It Off; other - mist (Heidi Swapp); tools - typewriter, gold pen.

On this first layout, I enhanced the Jillibean Soup mini placemat by misting it and adding gold highlights...
The mist provided the colour I wanted but after placing the mini placemat onto the patterned paper of my layout, it tended to become lost.  Thank goodness for gold pens and a reasonably steady hand!!  I placed the dried placemat onto a foam mat to help keep the penmanship neat.

The mini placemat/title card was then added to the cluster near my photos to help highlight the premade embellishment of the typewriter.

And I love that the Shake It Off Stamp Set provided extra hints to support the typewriter story with both the font and bold "+'s".

With my second layout, I have created a very simple embellishment using cardstock, patterned paper and the Shake It Off Stamp Set.

"Here's The Story"

products used: Scraptastic Club Kit - Shake It Off; Add On - Shake It Off; Stamp Set - Shake It Off; Flair - Shake It Off; other - twine; tools - typewriter, machine stitching, hole punch.
I needed a place to add journaling to my layout "Here's the Story".  My patterned paper choices were already quite busy but the clear stamp brushstroke image sparked an idea and allowed me to add an area of white space without adding more clutter.

Head on over to the blog for more details.
To finish my layout I added the rest of the embellishments on a diagonal line to help lead the eye back to the journaling.

 Thanks for visiting..x

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jillibean Soup | Cards...

 Hi Everyone!  Up on the Jillibean Soup blog today there are a number of beautiful cards created by the design team.  Here are two cards that I have created this month.
 "Happy Day" card. 

"Thank you" card.

Thanks for visiting..x

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sassy Scrapper | Project Life Week 43...

Hello Friends.  I just wanted to share the link to the Sassy Scrapper blog where my PL 2014 | Week 43 is now live.

If you would like to see more detail, head on over to Sassy right now.  Thanks for visiting..x

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bella Blvd | Pinterest Inspiration...

Hi Everyone!  I have a layout up on the Bella Blvd blog today sharing the monthly Pinterest Inspiration challenge.  Here is the photo the design team was provided with...

I fell for the gold.  And the glitter.  Well... It was the gold glitter full stop! *grin*  I loved the shimmery vibe and even though we are experiencing Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, I loved the lightness and magical feel this Autumnal photo portrayed! This is where that inspiration led to.

"Hello Peter Pan"
products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Bella Blvd (Hello Autumn); Alpha - Bella Blvd; other - Bella Blvd: stickers; gold embossing powder, gold thread, gold colorshine; tools - typewriter.
The leaves and larger alphas were given a gold dipped effect.  And a part from some fussy cutting, I have left a lot of white space.

 For a simple how-to, head on over to the Bella Blvd blog.

Thanks for visiting...x

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm a JOT Girl!

Hello Friends!  I am so very excited to share some scrappy news with you (although it is not so much a secret any more! lol).  I am very honoured to say I will be a part of JOT Magazine's design team for 2015. 
Kim Archer contacted me and asked if I would like to be a part of the team and I may have been really, really enthusiastic with my response! *grin*  However, I am not only a Jot Girl but Kim has asked if I would like to be a part of a select group of three to concentrate on Project Life! OH MY GOSH!  I am still picking my jaw up off the floor.  These ladies, Petra Corcoran and Beshka Kueser, are ah-maz-ing!!
The talent on this team overall is astounding and I can only hope to keep up with these inspirational ladies.  But I am also very aware of the incredible creative talent who became the 30 finalists - yes, there were two rounds for the selection process.  These ladies had to have made Kim's choice incredibly hard.
So once again I am thankful for these humbling opportunities and grateful for the chance to continue sharing my family's stories on paper.
Thankyou for visiting..x

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sassy Scrapper | Project Life Week 42...

Hello Friends! Sorry I am a day late in posting but... up on the Sassy Scrappers blog this week is my Project Life Week 42 | October 13 - 19.  I love working with Heidi Swapp's September Skies collection!!

If you get a chance, please head on over to Sassy Scrappers and check out the details, including a mini tutorial on how to make a secret pocket in a pocket! ;)
Thanks for visiting me today..x

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sassy Scrappers | Project Life Week 41...

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to share with you that my Project Life | Week 41 is up live on the Sassy Scrapper blog today.  I hope you will get the chance to head on over..


Thanks for visiting..x