Sunday, 14 September 2014

"Fall in Love with Life" - Art Journal Page
{7 Dots Studio Nature Walk} Just for Fun!







Hello everyone :-D
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  
Mine was VERY creative & VERY busy!!
I created this art journal page last night after completing THREE layouts!!!
I was on a roll...


I will be away for a week starting tomorrow so I got my Design Team work 
done ahead of time & made such a mess of my counter that I decided
 to finish off all the bits & pieces on it, on an art journal page.


Supplies List for "Fall in Love with Life"Art Journal Page

White cardstock - American Crafts
Dry-wall tape - Hardware
Gesso - Studio by Claudine Helmuth for Ranger
Color Bloom Sprays - Prima Marketing Inc.  - 
Sorbet, Tangerine, Emerald, Vintage Stone
Doily Lace - Prima Marketing Inc.
Papers & Tags - 7 Dots Studio (Nature Walk Collection)
Packaging {Pop-out Negative Section} 7 Dots Studio
Stamps - Prima {Finnabair} & 7 Dots {Nature Walk}
Bling - Prima
Stickers - 7 Dots {Nature Walk & others}
Flair - UmWow Studio
Mask - Damask - UmWow Studio
Ink - Jet Black - Ranger Archival




Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Design Team Call at Scrap Around The World!







Hello all!  It's that time again & things at Scrap Around The World are hotting up for 2015!  Yup...in September 2014!!  That is how long it takes to get well-organised folks & we have a few spots still open which we are looking to fill by means of a Design Team call, so please share the good news if you are able - I would really appreciate that as I am wanting to finalise our new team for 2015 well in advance so we can get working on new mood boards for you & finding some awesome new sponsors!

Thanks so much everyone & have a great week!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Giveaway Winner!! Could it be YOU?!





Thank you so much to everyone that entered my latest giveaway HERE.


It was by far my most popular giveaway!!  I know what everyone wants now!  

7 Dots Studio products!!  In recent years 7 Dots has risen up as the best papercrafting
brand in Eastern Europe with it's unique recipe for bringing out collections designed
by top scrapbookers.  That is the key to their success in my opinion.  Scrapbooking
products need to be designed by scrapbookers as we are the ones that know how to
use the products, what will work & what won't, correct balance & proportion, etc.

Congratulations to Val Thorpe!  Please email me at scrapaddict {at} telkomsa {dot} net 
asap with your postal address so I can get your parcel sent out to you this coming week.  

I will definitely be having another giveaway in the next couple of months - 
before Christmas!  So if you didn't win this time don't worry - I've already started 
collecting some lovely goodies together for the next one for you coming up soon!!




Sunday, 7 September 2014

7 Dots Challenge Reminder! The 5 Senses!!






Looking for a challenge to keep you using up that gorgeous 7 Dots Stash this weekend?

Come & check out the current challenge on the blog at the moment HERE - the inspiration
 is The 5 Senses - so however you want to interpret it is up to you - just remember you need 
to use some 7 Dots product on your creation & to follow the rest of the rules!


The rules are simple:
create any project inspired by our theme – Five Senses
use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include in your blog post our “inspirational circle” ( you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till September, 19th midnight CET
We announce winners by the end of the month. One lucky person will win a 50 USD grab bag of our products.
Have fun!






Tuesday, 2 September 2014

"Fairytale Night" Layout for Scrap Around The World






Hello all!  So here I am back again with my take on the lovely new 
Scrap Around The World mood board by our dear Design Team 
member from The Netherlands - Amy Voorthuis.


I recently received some of the Time Traveller collection from Prima 
via sweet Svetlana Austin from Colorful Memories right here in South Africa. 

 For the main Prima collections I buy them online to receive them really fast
 but for the later 'mid-season' ones like Time Traveller & Seashore this year,
 I like to support Sveta HERE as she has great prices & exceptional service ♥


I left this layout to the last minute, which is not like me, but I just didn't know
 which way to go with the mood board because I am not at all a fairy person.

  However, as I still had some photos from my son's finals dance at school last
 year, they seemed appropriate to use & so I had a starting point...


I started of course with my background.  I began with gesso.  Always a safe 
way to go!  Then I added some stencilling using gelatos, then some stamping
 with Prima & 7 Dots Studio Stamps, then I brushed over with some metallic
 glazes, some more stamping & some gelato shading.  Mixed media work
 really has no set order - it's kind of like cooking a hearty stew.  You just
 keep adding until it looks/tastes (in the case of the stew that is!) right...


What I have learnt over the years is that less is more & restraint
 is a sign of artistic maturity.  It is very difficult not to keep loading 
it on... Less is definitely more although of course layering is essential!!

Apart from my mediums I added some gold lacy tulle from Webster's
Pages {a few years back but I love it!} Some fine tulle {from the 
Haberdashery store years ago...} & some gauze that I misted up in a
Dusty Pink colour.  The butterflies are handmade (but not by me LOL).


Due to my recent (ongoing!) destashing process I have uncovered some interesting
 old stash hidden deep within those drawers of mine... including some lovely embossed 
metal  frames from #whoknowswhere.com & rubbed them over with some glitter glaze.


And there you have it!  Come & play along with us this month won't you?
I am over-the-moon happy with our progress at SATW.  Things are going
so well for us there & it is a joy & a pleasure to be in charge of such a
 remarkable selection of artists who inspire me constantly.

And what can you WIN?!?

1ST PRIZE

 $50 worth of AWESOME STAMPS from Darkroom Door 


Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig &  graphic designer 
Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber
 stamps & papercraft 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 Stamp set Brush Strokes & Frame Stamp Emulsion.

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

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/rachelgreig

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2ND PRIZE

$40 worth of product from 7Dots Studio in the form
of 2 stunning product collections as shown
 PLUS 2 CHIPBOARD PACKS!


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.


Blog/website: http://7dotsstudio.com/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/7dotsstudio

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3RD PRIZE

$30 worth of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, as well as 
some pretty chipboard sponsored by 


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!
Store: http://store.scrapsofdarkness.com
Blog: http://scrapsofdarkness.blogspot.com/
Community / Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapsofdarkness

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4TH PRIZE

$20 worth of NEW RELEASE  2Crafty Chipboard!
 See their awesome new products just released HERE!


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.


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5TH PRIZE

$15 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!


Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 

Their on line store has an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting 
artists. Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest ~ including 
an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing!

Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot & happening place 
which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last!

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



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RANDOM PRIZE

$25 worth of Green Tara products & flowers!


Green Tara are an Australian based company & are importers 
& wholesalers of fine handmade & milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons,
both fabric & paper flowers, washi tape, etc. They are continually adding to
 their collections of high quality products & provide papers with rich colours, 
wonderful textures & beautiful patterns!


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 $30.

Blog:  http://www.greentara1.blogspot.com.au/
Website:  http://www.greentara.com.au/home.php

ALL OUR PRIZES ALWAYS INCLUDE FREE INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE!!

The deadline for this challenge is  TUESDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2014.

We can't WAIT to see what you all come up with based on this
gorgeous mood board!  REMEMBER TO LEAVE A COMMENT
FOR OUR FABULOSO DESIGN TEAM LADIES!!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR MUCH APPRECIATED VISIT!



Sunday, 31 August 2014

'Happy Place' Off-the-Page Project {Framed Shadow Box} Prima Product Pick August 2014







Hello everyone!  I'm here today to share my take on the Prima Product Pick
 for August, sliding in by the skin of my teeth as it is due in today...


The new Coffee Break collection hasn't landed on our shores here in 
South Africa yet so I used one of the new Bloom girls stamps instead.  



I have never coloured in a stamped image before & own NO copics at all
so I used some watercolours with a brush & didn't worry to try to make it perfect.


I absolutely LOVED the colours of this product pick & used all sorts of pretty 
bits & pieces I had lying around my desk, including a Prima vine, misted up 
with some Color Bloom spray, a Prima clear pebble, Prima wooden clock
 face & Ingvild Bolme metal title, as well as a Finnabair stamp.  


I also used some lovely Prima lace that I misted up too.  The base of this project
 is a 7 1/4 inch framed shadow box that I gessoed up, added some blue water colour
 into the mix, dried it off, sanded the entire box/frame then dry brushed on some
 pink chalkboard paint & finally sealed everything with glossy acrylic glaze.


I am sending this piece off to Australia for a charity auction I've been asked
 to participate in HERE so soon I will be saying goodbye to it & sending it on
 it's merry way.  Well I hope you have all enjoyed your weekend.  Mine has 
been busy & I have lots still to do this evening so goodbye for now :)




Thursday, 28 August 2014

"Good Times Together" - 7 Dots Studio August Project






Hello to you all :)  Today I am sharing with you my August project for 
7 Dots Studio.  I chose to do a layout as the papers reminded me of the
 sea & I had a photo I wanted to scrap along that theme & a new mask to
 try out.  See the post up on the 7 Dots blog HERE.


I used various papers from the Dreamer collection by Ania Dabrowska, aka Finnabair.
I fussy-cut all the circles from one of the papers, stamped on them using 7 Dots Studio
stamps from the Illumination collection, then shaded them with gelatos for a 3D look.


For some more texture, as well as using mesh tape, thread & black plastic mesh, 
I used paper-strips from the Dreamer Collection - rolled them up into thick straws, 
stamped & coloured them, then applied gel medium to them to keep them from
 flattening out too much.  I love them!  A grungy take on the new straw trend!!


In the close-up above you can see the new mask I referred to earlier. 
 It's the small wood-grain mask from UmWow Studio.  I used it on it's side
 to replicate a water look, using 13arts texture medium which has a beautiful 
satin finish.  Of course I used lots of blue & green mists & water on my
 background too & finished off with a spattering of black ink.


 My finishing touch on this layout was adding the yellow gelato.
It really highlighted the page & added some zing! 


 Had I added another mist at this stage I would have been asking for trouble
 as it would have reacted with the other water-based inks on the page, 
& had I used a pigment ink I wouldn't have been able to blend it. 

 {Hence my love for gelatos - they definitely have a place
 in mixed-media work & add to your options}.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR MY 7DOTS GIVEAWAY YET HERE?

Remember, if you live in Africa & want to get your hands on some
 7 Dots Studio products, you can order them through me!  
You can check out their website HERE.

Just click on the image of each collection to be taken through to the
full display of products per collection & make a list of what you would
like then send it through to me for a quote :)  Have a great day!