Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Wedding Card & Tag Set for Studio 75
Using Rosalie in the Garden Collection

Hello all!  Thanks for being here today!!  Today I have a card & tag set up on 
the Studio 75 Blog HERE.  I used the Rosalie in the Garden papers along with 
some elements from the YUMMY collection.  If you want to see the products 
click into the post link provided as I have linked up to them all there :)

The card is simply a collage of off-cut pieces inked & overlaid against
 each other.  Before I began collaging I used some modelling paste with
 a stencil to create a raised heart design which I think inked in bronze.

All that was left to do after that was add my paper elements, flowers, leaves, 
ribbon, stickers, chipboard embellishments & bark hearts.  Did I mention
that those bark hearts make me just a little bit giddy? ♥

Now onto the tag!  I opted for oversized as my work is too bold for too fiddly a format :)
To match with the card I used the same papers & the same textured hearts added
 through a stencil using modelling paste & then inked over with bronze.

Rather than add a hole, which I find can often cheapen the look of a tag, I chose rather
 to sandwich the gold lace tie between 2 sheets of patterned paper then add a lush 
satin double bow to the top centre, that is purely decorative.  {Note the lovely
Studio 75 YUMMY paper element peeking out from the bow!}

Lastly I layered up my papers as before, using a gorgeous Prima die-cut too,
 adhered everything with my glue gun, inking as necessary as I went along, 
then called it done :)  A pretty set for an upcoming wedding!
What do you think?  I hope the happy couple will treasure both!!

Please play along with our current challenge HERE.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Rainbows Challenge - 7 Dots Studio
Closing 19 May 2015

The current challenge is based on RAINBOWS & you can see the post HERE.

What a cool idea for a challenge don't you think?
Be inspired by RAINBOWS!  Use a rainbow on your page - you could make it
out of paper or colour it with gelatos for example, or perhaps you have a photo
featuring a rainbow or just go with the general theme of rainbows 
& what or who reminds you of them!

The 7 Dots Studio Challenges always close at 11.55 pm CET on the 20th of the month
so don't forget to get your entry in by then!  The rules are very free & simple :-

1.  Stick to the challenge theme & submit a project created 
after the date of the challenge announcement.  

2)  Use at least one 7 Dots Studio Product
{ie papers, stamps or stencils}

3)  Publish your project on your blog & link back to the 
challenge you have created your project for.

4)   Use INLINKZ linky tool to connect us to your BLOG POST not
 to your entire blog or we may not be able to locate your entry. 

Merit winner is voted on by the Design Team & wins a $50
box FULL of 7 Dots Studio goodies!!


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Studio 75 Challenge 5 - Mixed Media Tag Challenge
Floral Tag using Rosalie in the Garden Collection

Hello all :)  There is a new challenge up since the 1st, over at Studio 75
HERE.  The only RULE is to use at least ONE mixed media product.
I used pink & copper ink as well as some Prima art sugar.

I actually really enjoy using tags even though I usually don't make them unless I have to.  
For this one I made it rectangular rather than the traditional tag shape, & I rounded
the corners, just for something a bit different!  I also sandwiched 2 pieces of card 
together with some box cardboard in between so that it is nice & sturdy.

The lovely die is from Prima of course.  I use my Big Shot to cut it out but always find
 that I spend a good 5 minutes with my awl picking out the negative spaces.  Not sure
 where the problem lies there but it does put me off using my dies a bit as it's quite
 time consuming.  Please let me know if you have a solution :)  I use 2 sheets of 
acrylic plus a sheet of metal I bought through Cheery Lynn Designs.
Despite that I still end up with most of the holes needing pushing out...

I used the Rosalie in the Garden papers & elements, which are very pretty, & can be
 found HERE.  So classically shabby that you just can't go wrong.  I like things a bit 
brighter so I always pick out the accent colour (in this case peach) & brighten it up 
a bit with inks.  The fabric tie at the top of the tag also a slightly brighter version
of the apricot colour of the Studio 75 rose elements.

These elements come on a strip & need to be fussy-cut out but it doesn't take long.
I used Prima flowers {the large & the small are all from Prima} as well as Prima
bling as additional elements on the tag, & underneath I used some rafia threads.

Pretty decadent huh?!
I will save this most probably for a "thank you" gift for someone,
along with a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates or the like :)

You don't need to use Studio 75 products but if you DO please
mention what you have used.  Prizes are always GREAT product
& the winners are chosen by the Design Team so please play along!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Scrap Around The World Challenge 25 - A Decadent Celebratory Mood Board for our EPIC EVENT!!

There's a brand new mood board up at Scrap Around The World HERE 
this month to celebrate our EPIC EVENT!  We are 2 years old already!~!
TIME TO CELEBRATE with our loyalty program competition & plenty
of big prizes.

How it works is very simple.  EVERYONE can play & EVERYONE has 
chance to win BUT if you have ever been featured on our Wall of Fame
before {for our Top 10 Winners each month} during the last year 
{May 2014 - May 2015} then you need to put VIP in front of your 
name when you load your entry into our linky!

That's our way of saying THANK YOU to those of you who have been
winners with us in the past year, by giving you a chance to win any
of TEN prizes, all valued at $100 or more!!

Then for those of you who have not yet been featured or perhaps
not even played before, you are very welcome, & you have the
opportunity of winning 6 very lovely & highly valued prizes too!

Of course we still have 2 RANDOM PRIZES that anyone can win,
both only available to our Official Google Friend Connect followers,
one for commenting on any of our blog posts during the course
of this month & one for uploading your entry to our Facebook page!


so make sure to check out the post in the link given to SATW above!

As usual we have the support of our 2015 MAJOR PERMANENT SPONSORS 






Friday, 1 May 2015

Scrap Around The World EPIC EVENT IS HERE!!
May Mood Board Designed by Moi!!
Plus Fantastic Sponsors & HUGE Prizes!!

Yes folks can you believe that my baby, Scrap Around The World, is 2 years old today?!?
WOW!!  Time does fly but thank goodness the teething is over & she is toddling about!!
I don't have to have my eye on her every second of the day but sometimes she can be 
pretty demanding LOL!!  Here is the Mood Board I designed to CELEBRATE! 

Take a look at the post on the SATW blog HERE {click click!!} for ALL THE DEETS 
if you are impatient otherwise I will share them all here TOMORROW I PROMISE!!  
I just don't want to overload you with too much information in one post LOL!!!

I actually made this layout about 3 months ago!!  Yup the planning of our Epic Event
 has been a long process so I decided to get the design work out of the way early :-D

I used really OLD Fancy Pants paper for my base together with some vibrant Ranger
 paint & my all time favourite Prima Finnabair stamp!  I love that challenges
 free you up to use whatever product you like & get you stash raiding!!

I used some old Websters Pages paper clips & crystal buttons, American Crafts Thickers 
alphas & of course my beloved Prima stash - paper, die-cut doily & paper-clip 
from the FreeSpirit Collection plus an Ingvild Bolme Shabby metal  & name plate.

I'm still high fiving myself for getting FOUR PHOTOS onto a single page & still having
 somewhite space showing!!  I even managed to fit in a couple of clusters too!!!

This page is all about my daughter finishing her university journey.  She is still only 21!
So we are very proud of her having gone straight to university from school at only
17 & having marched on through 4 long years, only seeing us 4 times a year!!

One of my 2015 missions is to make a dent in my EXTENSIVE RIBBON STASH!
Hence I used up this gorgeous cerise grosgrain ribbon by tying a couple of lush
double-bows & using them as the focal point of my clusters.

Please play along at Scrap Around The World this month - 
we have SOOOOO many prizes & numerous ways to win!!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Family Means No-one Gets Left Behind Layout
7 Dots Studio

Hello all!  Thanks so much for all your kind words of encouragement to me lately.
They have not gone unnoticed!  Right now I am ULTRA BUSY preparing for
the big Epic Event at Scrap Around The World as well as choosing & 
orientating the new design team, preparing the mood boards & finding
new sponsors.  It is ALL GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES!
I am so tired I am off to bed but quickly popping this one up
& pressing PRESCHEDULE for the morning :)

I decided to use the 7 Dots Destination Unknown Collection in a feminine way
 this month.  You can see the original post up on the 7 Dots Studio blog at the
 moment HERE.  I used the 6 x 12 inch Elements to add interest to my 
clusters & some offcuts of the 'Travel Bag' paper {B side} for my
 journaling, as it is plain black.

Black & white works great with the strong blues in this collection.
I added flowers in blues, yellows & lime greens to tie in with my photo too.

I also used the absolutely AMAZING SOULMATES STENCIL HERE,
together with some Prima Modeling Paste, on my background.
It is so delicate, light & definitely feminine!

Although my son is in the foreground of the photo the focus is
 on my daughter & how she was deserted by her long-term
boyfriend last year 3 weeks before her Honours finals.
My son came to her rescue as they were both 
studying far from home at the same university.  

Thanks for taking a peek & I hope I have inspired you to look 
at collections in a new light.  This is a travel collection but 
can work for a feminine page too as you can see.

See the full range of 7 Dots Studio Collections HERE.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Crazy Love for Prima Marketing Inc!
Design Team Application!!

Hello everyone!   I am sure it will come as no surprise to any of you 
that I am applying for a position on the Prima Design Team this year
 - I use Prima products on almost everything I make, simply because
 I love them so much, they are such good quality products,
 they go so well with my style & they are timeless.  

I have FIVE CRATES of Prima flowers &embellishments in my 
studio & a good couple of inches of Prima papers still in my 
stash despite playing in the Prima contests almost every month
 {the Prima Product Pick & the Build-a-Page BAP Sketch}.

One of the reasons for my affinity to Prima {as well as because their 
products match my style of creating} is their ''international friendly"
policy.  As an papercrafts designer living at the bottom of Africa
 this means so much to me!   I love feeling like a part of the Prima
 community & following all their moves on Facebook & Instagram
as they travel the world to so many different scrapbooking events!

My love affair with Prima goes back A LONG TIME as I have been
scrapbooking for 11 years - but it turned into an OBSESSION about
4 years ago {this is my 4th application!}.  My way of thinking has always
 been ''you never know unless you try" so I have thrown my hat
 in again this year! Last year I was SO BLESSED to  get a 
which you can view HERE & HERE.

Since then I have tried to up my game by getting active on Instagram,
 opening a Twitter account, keeping my galleries, page tabs across 
the top of my blog & sidebars up to date as well as creating more 
cards, tags, off-the-page projects, altered items & canvases, 
plus , of course buying plenty of Prima stash & using it 
on almost everything I create, as well as sharing all
my creations & linking them up to Prima & actively
following & commenting on the Prima blog & FB.

I have gone through my blog since the call last year
 & selected some of my favourite Prima based layouts
 to share.  There were dozens to choose from as I use
Prima on practically EVERYTHING these days LOL!


Prima mediums, color-bloom sprays, micro-beads, flowers, twine

Prima Flowers, Stencil, Medium, Color-Blooms, Metal

Prima Flowers, medium, color-bloom sprays & lace

Prima Stationer's Desk Collection as well as color-bloom sprays & canvas alphas

Prima Seashore Collection, color-bloom sprays, mediums, stencil

Prima flowers, mediums, glitter, stencil, resist canvas & chalk edgers

Prima Tea-Thyme & Forever Green Collections plus medium, 
color-bloom sprays,SIIC bling,resins, alphas, flowers 
& embellishments from Coffee Time Collection

Time Traveler's Memories Collection, stamps, color-bloom spray

Nov 2015 Prima Guest Designer Layout

Coffee Time Papers, Prima wire, lace, flowers, packaging,
 alphas, Finnabair gesso, color-bloom sprays

Nov 2014 Prima Guest Designer Layout

Forever Green Collection plus flowers, metals,
 color-bloom sprays, enamel dots & stamps


Now a sample tag, card, album-cover & mini-album!


Prima mask, Finnabair Gesso & Color-bloom sprays

Prima flowers, twine, art-sugar & color-bloom sprays

Mini Album Cover - Prima Nov 2014 Guest Designer

Everything from the Prima Nov Special Delivery 2014 Kit

Mini Album

Prima wood embellishments, wood tickets, shabby-chic
 treasures {light-bulbs} & metal zipper pulls

Off-the-Page Projects

Prima color-bloom spray & wood embellishments


Prima Free Spirit Papers, glitter, microbeads, flowers, twine & embellishments

Prima art mediums & color-bloom sprays, flowers, lace, glitter & micro-beads

Prima stencil, art mediums, art sugar, color-bloom sprays, chalk edgers & flowers

Prima color-bloom sprays, art sugar, modeling paste, flowers


I'm happy to see that I have only missed 5 Prima Contest Entries out of 24 
over the past year!  That means I've played along 90% of the time!!


May 2014 Prima BAP

Prima Stationer's Desk, stencil, black gesso, flowers, paperclips, brads, 
resins, gems, tiles, tassles, metals, pebbles & color-bloom sprays

May 2014 Prima Product Pick

Prima Free Spirit & Something Blue Collection, color-bloom sprays, 
art mediums, masks, gems, flowers, enamel dots, resins, paper clips

June 2014 Prima BAP {altered Ferrero Rocher Acrylic Lid}

Prima Cartographer collection, color-bloom sprays, chalk 
edgers, stamps, wood embellishments, metals, brads.

June 2014 Prima Product Pick

Prima Something Blue Collection, color-bloom sprays, mediums, 
stencil, lace, flowers, gems, brads, SIIC bling, lace, wood 
embellishments, bark embellishments, packaging

July 2014 Prima BAP CARD SET

Prima Free Spirit Collection papers, color-bloom sprays, gesso, brads, bling, 
flowers, lace, light-bulb, crochet embellishment, paper clips & flowers.

July 2014 Prima Product Pick

Prima Delight & Divine Collections, masks, modeling paste, 
color-bloom spray, stamps, flowers, canvas alphas, 
SIIC bling, gems, paper-clips, Madeline stickers

Aug 2014 Prima BAP

Prima Time Traveler's Memories Collection, color-bloom 
sprays, art mediums, die-cut printed chipboard, 

Sept 2014 Prima BAP

Prima lace, resins, flowers, mediums, alphas, die-cut printed 
chipboard, gems, color-bloom sprays, mask & wooden doors. 

Sept 2014 Prima Product Pick

Prima Time Traveler's Memories papers, Color-bloom sprays, 
flowers, leaves, paper-clips, crochet embellishments, mediums,

Oct 2014 Prima BAP

Cartographer Papers, SIIC bling, color-bloom sprays, stamps, die-cut
 printed chipboard, packaging, wood embellishments, stickers, alphas. 

Oct 2014 Prima Product Pick

Prima Seashore Collection, mask, color-bloom sprays, stamps, flowers,
 die-cut printed chipboard, resins, metals, wood feathers, crochet 
embellishment, bark embellishment

Jan 2015 Prima BAP CANVAS

Color-bloom sprays, mediums, mask, wood embellishments,
 crochet embellishments, gems, flowers, packaging

Jan 2015 Prima Product Pick CANVAS

Mask, mediums, mica flakes, microbeads, flowers,
 leaves, color-bloom sprays, gesso

Feb 2015 Prima BAP

Prima paper, mediums, stamps, SIIC swirls, stamps, masks, 
chalk edgers, Coffee Time stickers, gems, packaging, 
paper clips, crochet embellishments, resins.

Feb 2015 Prima Product Pick

Prima paper, stamps, mediums, color-bloom sprays,
 flowers, gems, embellishments, twine, metals & dies

March 2015 Prima BAP

Prima Coffee Time Collection Papers, dies, flowers, 
color-boom sprays, lace, vines, packaging

March 2015 - Prima Product Pick

Prima Free Spirit & Optimist Collections, stamps, color-bloom
 sprays, flowers, leaves, metals, gems, resins, buttons, bark
 embellishments, vines. word stickers

April 2015 Prima BAP blogged very recently HERE

Prima Coffee Break Paper, Seashore Printed Chipboard Die-cuts
 & brads, various blooms & vines, Color Bloom Sprays, plus 
Prima button & craft wire, stencil & modeling paste.

April 2015 Prima Product Pick OTP TRAY

Prima School Memories Collection, Ingvild Bolme resins, various
 blooms,Gesso & Crackle, microbeads, shabby chic treasures
 & metals, Ann Marie Ticket, I Love Paris metal hanging trinket