Friday, 24 October 2014

4 Sneaks, 3 Woots & a New Challenge!

Hello everyone!  I have been off the blogs this week due to a family calamity 
{yup I'm a poet!} Life is a mess right now - hint, hint TEENAGERS
 {actually, more accurately, young people}.  

One in particular, has caused untold damage & I am left with a devastated child, 
picking up the pieces & "being a mom"!  We are far from the end of the
 trauma so my apologies for my absence ♥

Despite having nothing to show at the moment I have been busy, busy!!
  I have created 6 projects in the last week!!!  

Yup I am firing on all cylinders right now trying to get all my DT work done 
ahead of time so we can get away for a few weeks at Christmas!

Don't forget to play along with our current challenge over at Scrap Around The World
HERE.  It is only open for ONE MORE WEEK & the entries are slow this month
 so you have a great chance!

Things around here are about to start getting exciting as I have all these projects
 plus another 2 going LIVE starting next week!  It's either feast or famine isn't it?
   I don't get to choose my DT dates & that's how it has worked out this month :)

There is a new challenge up at 7 Dots Studio HERE right now & the theme is TEXTURE. 
 What could be easier right?!  Go take a look via the link & I would love to see you playing along. 
 7 Dots Studio products are up for grabs to the winners & this challenge is a merit one, voted on by the Design Team, so it's worth a go.  {I don't understand random draw challenges...}

Lastly I have 3 WOOTS to share this month!
I won the September challenge over at Paperdvizhnik HERE
 Paperdvizhnik is a really cool Russian Challenge site full of
 funky designers & I will be their Guest Designer soon!

I was also featured at PRIMA!!!  HERE this month with my entry for both the BAP 
& the PPP!!  I am also their November Guest Designer, as announced in 
June this year, so am busy working on several projects for that too, 
so exciting times on the scrappy front!!


Friday, 17 October 2014

"Moment in Time" Layout
{Prima Product Pick} October 2014

Hi again!  It hasn't been the best week for me & I'm actually on antibiotics at the moment :(  Nonetheless before I began feeling awful I got the Prima Product Pick done - yay!!

Halloween is not something I celebrate & not a mainstream event in 
South Africa, but I actually loved the soft take on the traditional 
Halloween colours that Prima came up with this year & thought a
 photo of Granny with her purple hair would be perfect for it!

I began with a patterned paper from the Seashore collection, which I misted 
& splattered with a 2014 Prima 6inch stencil, using it both ways, both as 
mask & as a stamp, using Lime Wedge, Gilded & Iris Color Bloom Sprays.

This is an image of the stencil - I'm not sure what it's called, but I think 
it's a 2014 goodie & am looking forward to plenty of use out of it.

I used all sorts of Prima blooms from my extensive collection.  I am on a stash-
busting campaign at the moment & doing very well working my way through it!!

I added a touch of stamping, some gauze {which I just seem to be loving more
 & more at the moment!}, some Prima plastic pebbles & SIIC bling & some wooden
 Prima feathers that I watercolour painted with Color Bloom Spray in Iris.

I used more Seashore patterned papers for my paper layers behind my photo
 as well as a title sentiment from Prima's Time Traveller Collection.

Thanks so much for swingin' by here today!
Here's hoping for a peaceful, creative weekend comin'up!!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

'Wonderful Boy' Layout {Prima BAP}
Cartographer, Princess, Color Bloom Sprays,
Art Sugar & more!!

Hello there everyone~!  I do hope you are having a wonderful week?!
Mine is VERY busy - I have a lot going on on ALL fronts so am feeling
a little overwhelmed by it all but it won't last forever!!

Recently I played along with this month's Prima BAP {Build-a-Page Sketch}.
I LOVED Jen's sketch - SUPER  awesome - & I was definitely inspired by it,
although at the end of it my layout veered off the visual path somewhat :))))

I set out to create a masculine layout with this beautiful photo of my son, 
who is now 16 now, so I have STRICT instructions from him now - NO FLOWERS!!
 {he did NOT mention BLING, lucky for me, hehehe....} 
so I  began with a neutral base from the Cartographer collection.

I have made a resolution with myself, to use up all my older Prima patterned
 chipboard this year, so I tucked in a couple of pieces as you can see, 
along with some gauze & the pretty clock that comes on most
 of the Prima packaging.  

As I really wanted to use this photo, & it is landscape orientated, not portrait, 
I made my own "card" with Color Bloom Sprays, where I added some 
Prima word stickers describing my son's personality.

More Prima chipboards on this side as well as a Prima wooden ticket 
tucked under my "journaling card".  Just look at the depth you can
 create with the Color Bloom Sprays.  They have not disappointed me!!

For the base I gessoed first, then I used the circles stencil like the one in the sketch, 
together with some Art Sugar, but it is so subtle that it's hard to spot in the photos 
except for the main photo.  I then sprayed & stamped. 

 Before I began I randomly {following the diagonal line of the composition}
 placed some Prima Princess stickers {shhhhh...he doesn't need to know....}
 & some old circular alpha stickers,  which I then intentionally covered
 with gesso, just to add some more interesting texture.

  If you scroll back up to the main photo you can spot them!  
Thanks so much for swingin' by!!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Victory Tag {7 Dots Studio} Just chuckin' it on!!

Just a short HELLO! from me today, sharing a "just for fun" tag 
I made when I was clearing my desk from my DT projects last week.

 Using 7 Dots Studio Illumination Collection papers & stickers to match,
 as well as their stamps.  Finishing off my tube of white acrylic paint,
 playing about with some Prima Color Bloom sprays & sticking on 
whatever else was lying around on my counter!

{Punched shapes, rub-on remnants, etc - tags really are a good way
 to finish off the scraps & let your eclectic side come out to play!!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

10 Easy Steps to making your own Mixed Media Tags!

Hello lovely creative people!
I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful week!!
Things are a little slow around here this week as I'm taking things a bit easy :)
For the first time in over 2 decades {& I really DO mean the FIRST time}
 hubby & I are ON OUR OWN without any one of our 4 children!!!  

Apparently I am meant to be feeling miserable but to be honest I am loving
 every minute of it!  Things haven't been THIS relaxed in...well...2 decades!!! 
 No heavy bass music playing.  No constant requests for food!! 
 No last minute trips to the grocery store for cakes for some
 event that wasn't mentioned until the night before...

Of course I can't WAIT to see 2 of my 4 babies again very soon
 when they return from visiting their siblings at university
 but while there is mud this pig is very happy to wallow in it ;-p

So as you can see I have been TAG making!
I really have to FORCE myself off the layouts or that is ALL I do.
I find them so easy now that it's just a cop out to go there all the time...
And I don't want to get lazy & stuck in a rut - so tags it is!

The base of these tags are actually manilla postage/shipping tags & they are very large.
To be honest they are TOO large.  They measure 8 inches by 4 inches {10 by 20cm}
so they're actually a bit gigantic!!  I won't be buying them again.  Tags are very easy 
to make yourself & I would prefer a smaller size.

To make this tag I followed these steps:-

1.  Cut a piece of printed paper slightly smaller than your base tag, tearing it
 straight off across the top, ink the other 3 edges then adhere to your base.

2.  Using an old credit card spread out a teaspoon sized dollop of gesso outwards
 from the centre of your tag then dry off using a heat gun or leave to dry naturally.

3.  Stamp randomly on your tag using 1 or 2 background stamps
{mine are 7 Dots Studio stamps from their Illumination Collection}
using  black archival ink for a grungy look.

4.  Using a small {+-6 inch} stencil, for ease of use, lay it over your entire
tag but only apply randomly to one side at the top & one side at the bottom
using a thick texture paste.  Dry off using a heat-gun or leave to dry naturally.

5.  Spray on 2 or 3 different colours of mists, spraying alternately with water 
to dilute & soften the colour & keep turning your tag as you dry it off wit
heat-gun to manipulate the flow & get the drips where you want them.

6.  Splatter black ink onto your tag using a fan brush or just use the uptake
straw attached to the spray nozzle to flick it on.  (do this LAST to reduce
smudging UNLESS you are using an archival ink).

6.  Unfold a square of medical gauze, cut it in half across the width then pull
it apart with your fingers to loosen the weave even further & lay it on your tag.

7.  Adhere your sentiment using foam tape, leaving a half inch/one centimetre
border all round for pushing your embellishments under so they are peeking out.

8.  Add some flowers & metals to the top & flair to the opposite corner in the bottom.

9.  Add a few bling dots in a random confetti scattering.

10.  Cut down some lace & dye to match using mists & water then loop
 through the hole in the top of the tag - Voila you are done!!

So you see now...
No matter how complicated something looks it's really just a matter
of going through the motions & following a series of simple steps!!

Friday, 3 October 2014

"Celebrate Today" Layout - Scrap Around The World October Challenge

Hello everyone!  Today I am sharing with you my Design Team layout 
for my own challenge blog, Scrap Around The World HERE.
I absolutely ADORED Rachael's mood board.  
She is one highly talented chickie.  

Check out her blog HERE - 
definitely one of my favourite Australian scrapbooking artists
 & she also just happens to be a total sweetie too & a true 
professional & pleasure to have on my team.  

I really found this mood board very inspiring so this page came together
 in a flash. I always prefer the look of my pages when I put them together
 quickly rather than labour over them.  Much more natural looking.

I started off by creating my ombre/watercolour base using my new Prima 
Color Bloom Sprays.  I really have to say that I like these sprays.  I was not 
too sure about the nozzle at all but now I prefer it - see the splatters above?
  That is simply achieved by pressing the trigger just half way - awesome!

The chipboard title comes from 2Crafty Chipboard of course.  
They are happy to provide you with a list of suppliers for your country 
or you can buy direct from them if there are no dealers in your region.

Supplies List for Celebrate Today Layout

White cardstock - American Crafts
Mists - Prima Color Bloom Sprays
Journaling Pen - Tsukineko
Crochet Embellishments & crystals - Prima Marketing Inc.
Stamp - Prima Marketing Inc.
Stickers, word stickers & negative sticker pieces 
- 7 Dots Studio 'Cold Country' Collection
Butterflies - Etsy
Tulle, gold thread, packaging mesh & gauze - Stash




 $50 worth of Green Tara products & flowers!

Green Tara IS an Australian based company, importer & wholesaler of 
handmade & milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons, fabric & paper flowers, 
washi tape & more!  They are continually adding to their collections of high
 quality products with beautiful embellishments in rich colours & textures!

Image depicts a sampling of Green Tara's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of Green Tara products worth $50.




$40 worth of fantastic stamps from Darkroom Door 
{the lovely Christmas one you see below plus MORE!}

Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig &  graphic designer 
Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps
 &  papercrafting products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations,collage, 
mixed media & altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products
 have a strong photographic element in their design.

Rubber stamps: Brushed Christmas Vol 1.

Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full
 selection along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!



                                                                                        3RD PRIZE

                                                                 $30 worth of product from 7Dots Studio!

7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – papers, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboards. 
Quality of our products is our top priority. 

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness of our
 papers, which makes them work perfectly with all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will find also clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from 
our design team please visit our blog or Facebook fan page.




$20 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!

Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 
Our online store has an incredible selection of products for all papercraft
artists. Our Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest ~ including 
an off-the-page project to keep your creative juices flowing!  Be sure to 
check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot & happening place that 
includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last! 

We also have a blog &  Facebook page
where you can find loads of inspiration!



 $15 worth of 2Crafty Chipboard!

2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog!

Image depicts a sampling of 2Crafty's latest products
 & is for illustration purposes only. 
Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of 
2Crafty Chipboard to the value of their prize.



$25 worth of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, as well as

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs that
cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other kit clubs offer.
Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to a level beyond.
We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market that will enable you
 to create not "just a layout", but a work of art.

Please also check out the inspiration from our design team on the shop's blog!
You can also find us on Facebook & Pinterest & YouTube - let's connect!
Our tutorials you can find here!
Community / Gallery:



The deadline for this challenge is  FRIDAY 31st OCTOBER 2014.