Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's a Jolly Good Christmas!

So this is Christmas...
I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that it is December, harvest is in full swing and I've been in bed with a pinched nerve in my neck. Oh the joys! Atleast my son is prepared as he has diligently been researching every toy catalogue that has passed through our mail box for ideas on what to put in his Santa letter. I love that he really studies exactly what he wants rather than putting down anything and everything.

CHRISTMAS IN PINK | Every year I like to choose a colour scheme for our Christmas and this year it just happens to be pink! I've never been one to shy away from using pink on a boy's layout as long as there is some blue added into the mix. Heidi Sonboul (Chickaniddy Crafts) obviously doesn't see it as a problem either as her Jolly Good collection is a mix of pinks, blues, lime and a hint of red, orange and yellow.

PRODUCT LOVE | I cannot get enough of these gorgeous epoxy stars as they add such a subtle and soft Christmas feel to the layout.

WAITING FOR THE TREE | Every year we order a 'real' tree through a local charity club and the arrival dates are a bit hit and miss so we're still patiently waiting. In the meantime I've had the chance to get a few new decorations made in pink!

TECHNIQUES | I had a little fun using some of my favourite techniques... punching and fussy cutting. It's nice to give those punches a dust off every now and again!

Chickaniddy - Jolly Collection

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

DOODLEBUG | Happy Camper Layout

Middle child syndrome! I think this applies to my son when it comes to scrapping because I find it quite easy to scrap my teenage daughter and toddler son but my Master 8 is just a little bit more difficult. Through no fault of his own mind you... it's all to do with me and my ability or lack thereof for creating fun layouts that suit him. He is such a farm boy and there are very few tractors and trucks that make their way onto scrapbooking papers and he tends to be the most camera shy of the three.

Doodlebug Designs to the rescue! The new Happy Camper collection not only has lots of 'boy colours' but also boasts little fishies amongst the critters on offer so I jumped at the chance to scrap my son with his latest catch.

I decided to cut circles to emulate water bubbles created by fish so used various sizes and patterns including my photo and layered then down the page.

I've been on a hand-stitching frenzy lately so added a small areas of stitching along the sides of a few main circles to add that extra bit of texture and interest.

Oooo, I have a new favourite product - the Sprinkles now have sparkle and although it was hard to photograph so you could see just how glittery they are... believe me they are super cute!

And finally I can say I have used the new 'chippers' alphas. These bad boys are fabulous for adding major punch to a heading because they are larger than the standard alphas and made from chipboard with a gloss finish. Perfect for high impact!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Giving thanks...

Snail mail is slowly becoming a thing of the past as modern technology truly takes a hold on almost everything we do. However, I still believe the art of giving a card, whether handmade or store bought, is a gesture that shouldn't disappear. A card is tangible... you can hold it, you can read it, you can admire it on a daily basis and you can feel special knowing that someone went to the effort just for you.

My design team theme for Chickaniddy during the month of October was... 'thankful' which is the reason why I made a 'thank you' card. I would also like to point out that the little cup and saucer in the background of my photo is part of a beautiful set that belonged to my Nanna before she died and now it is entrusted to my care. For that I am truly grateful because it is something tangible that I can use, I can admire and I can remember her.

I'm loving this gorgeous collection aptly named 'Scrumptious' from Chickaniddy Crafts as it has such subtle tones and lots of flowers that I can actually fussy-cut. It seems that flowers have gone missing in the scrapbooking industry for a while and personally I'm all for a floral comeback.

SUPPLY LIST | Scrumptious
- Fall Bouquet (SC14OS01)
- Autumn Haze (SC14OS06)
- Corn On The Cob (SC14OS12)
- Sentiments Mini Stickers (SC14EB07),
- Mini Brads (SC14EB08)

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Crazy Blessed!

Hands up if you have purchased craft items that you rarely use because they looked pretty on the store shelf or you just had to have it regardless? Yes, I'm putting my hand up! I've recently moved my craft room from the living room into the spare room and in doing so I was able to really look at everything I have accumulated. So, I have now made a conscious effort to start using my craft supplies more often... and today I've taken a stencil and used it as a template for stitching instead of getting all messy with inks!

DESIGNED FOR | Jillibean Soup
PROJECT | Crazy Blessed Layout

THE STORY | Our three children have always wanted to eat and drink whatever their father is having so he has learned over the years grab extra so he has enough to share. Recently our youngest has taken a liking to 'daddy's milkshake' so an extra straw is now mandatory. I had to be quick to get this photo and I'm so lucky I managed to snap it when I did because it was such a precious moment.

PRODUCT LOVE | I am truly enjoying this ombre style embroidery cotton that I found in a bargain bin recently so I purchased every different colour on offer.

SUPPLIES | Jillibean Soup
Soup Staples III: Brick Wall (JB0405), One Way Ticket (JB0406)
Ephemera Packs: Blue (JB0437), Red (0436)
Mix The Media Mask: Crazy Blessed (JB0446)
Sequins: Holly Berry Borscht (JB0392)
Notebook Tags: Funny (JB0415)
Wood Veneers: Halloween (JB0374)

Doodlebug Rub-ons, Mister Huey's Opaque White, Ombre and White Embroidery Thread.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

BELLA BOULEVARD | Guest Designer Part 1

October has been and gone but I still have some projects to share from my recent stint as guest designer with Bella Boulevard. I was incredibly spoiled with a parcel of beautiful products to work with and I truly had lots of fun using the bright and playful collections.

DESIGNED FOR | Bella Boulevard
PROJECT | October Guest Designer
LINK | Here

TIP: Using a white on white heading gave me the opportunity to run my title right across the layout without taking anything away from the design of the layout.

THE STORY | My daughter and one of her friends just happened to find a can of silly string... need I say anymore. I decided to add some splatters to the layout just to give it a whimsical feeling to tie in with the crazy photos.

SUPPLIES | Bella Boulevard
- Patterned Paper: Halloween Magic (Funny Bones), (Hocus Pocus), (Borders).
- Halloween Magic Die Cut Cardstock Pieces
- Halloween Magic Card Stock Stickers (Trinkets)
- Halloween Magic Card Stock Stickers (Treasures & Text)
- Tiny Tots Card Stock Stickers (Treasures & Text)

SUPPLIES | Heidi Swapp
- Color Shine (Amethyst, Mustard)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CHICKANIDDY | My Little Sister

Gosh, this must be a record... three posts within a week! I'm back today with a layout that was recently on the Chickaniddy blog for the September colour challenge. I have never scrapped my little sister before so I'm a bit sentimental about this one.

DESIGNED FOR | Chickaniddy
PROJECT | September Colour Challenge

1. Choosing the fall Bouquet patterned paper (flip side) as my background I marked out a large circle before stitching over a few randomly placed embellishments along the way.

2. The photos were mounted onto various pieces of patterned papers and stickers to create a layered effect before adhering to the background.

3. I then hand-cut various sized flowers from the Fall Bouquet (front side) before having a notion of making quilt-style leaves as a backdrop to the flowers. I hand drew a template for the leaves and cut in half so I could lay strips of patterned paper over each piece before trimming off the excess and mounting onto a larger leaf shape.

4. Next step was to add my heading using the alpha stickers and a few random rub-ons to create small sentiments aside from the title.

5. Finally I filled the gaps with various clusters of embellishments, stickers and brads to balance out the design before adding a final touch of ink splatters.

SUPPLY LIST | Scrumptious - Fall Bouquet (SC140S01), Home Sweet Home (SC140S02), Check Please (SC140S09), New Harvest (SC140S10), Frolic In The Leaves (SC140S11). Sticker Sheet (SC14EB02), Alpha Stickers (SC14EB02), Joural Tags (SC14EB03), Die-Cut Tags (SC14EB04), Mini Stickers Banners (SC14EB05), Mini Stickers Tags (SC14EB06), Mini Stickers Sentiments (SC14EB07), Mini Brads (SC14EB08)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Doodlebug: The letter 'e'...

Firstly, who can believe we are coming to the end of October already... where has this year gone?
Recently on the Doodlebug blog I shared my non-Halloween themed layout using the new Ghouls & Goodies collection so I thought I'd better post it on my blog before November arrives.

Now seeing as there are so many gorgeous wee characters in this collection I decided to use them to portray a book character theme and share how my little munchkin loves his story time.

And no matter how hard I try, I still can't help myself when it comes to making a collage on my page using all the Doodlebug embellishments. I might outgrow it one day... maybe?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chickaniddy | my first post!

I'm really delighted to have the opportunity of working with a new team and also to dabble in some wonderful new products! Let me just say that using a collection called 'Scrumptious' requires a full stomach before commencement because it made me feel hungry at the mere mention of it's name. Plus, I just happened to be using photos of my son learning the art of eating soup!

I'm really having fun with my stitching at the moment, especially as I have lots and lots of this multi-coloured embroidery thread that miraculously changes colour as you go. I decided to stitch a leaf to use as a backdrop to my photo and to tie in with the whole Autumn theme.

Lots of fun goodies to play with! And how cute is that spoon which was the perfect embellishment for my layout.

Supply List: Scrumptious - Home Sweet Home (SC140S02), Autumn Haze (SC140S06), Check Please (SC140S09), Frolic In The leaves (SC140S11), New Harvest (SC140S10). Sticker Sheet (SC14EB02), Alpha Stickers (SC14EB02), Journal Tags (SC14EB03), Die-Cut Tags (SC14EB04), Mini Stickers Banners (SC14EB05), Mini Stickers Tags (SC14EB06), Mini Stickers Sentiments (SC14EB07), Mini Brads (SC14EB08).

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bella Blvd | Guest Designer

So delighted to be October's Guest Designer with Bella Boulevard.
Would love for you to head over and say 'gidday' at the Bella Blvd blog today...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jillibean Soup: Tag Tutorial

RECAP: Sharing a tutorial that was recently on the Jillibean Soup blog.Tag... your it!
The humble tag may be small and relatively insignificant until you have a gift that requires one and there's none to be found in your stash. And yes you can search through every hidey-hole in the house but you won't find one when you need it the most. It's Melinda with you today and I'm going to share how I created a series of tags using the brand new 'Mix the Media' Ephemera packs.

Now what's not to love about new products? The latest Jillibean Soup haul includes four different ephemera packs which are loaded with goodies of all shapes and sizes... I found them slightly impossible to resist as they were perfect for my tag-athon!

Blue Ephemera Pack...

Cream Ephemera pack...

Green Ephemera Pack...

To begin the process I simply cut patterned paper to match the shape of the Kraft tag then added some texture paste circles using the new Jillibean stencils. Set aside to dry.

Using my craft knife I gently peeled the eyelets off each of the kraft tags and set aside.

Once the texture paste was completely dry I used foam pop dots to adhere each of the patterned cardstock pieces to the tags and trimmed the top corners to align with the tag.

Each eyelet was replaced back in position on the top layer of the tag.

I chose a piece of patterned cardstock from each of the ephemera packs to create an embossed flower using a metal die and my hand embossing machine.

To piece the flower together I simply added a foam pop dot in between each of the layers and added a small bow to the button using cotton thread. Let the decorating begin!

Red Ephemera Pack...

SUPPLIES | Jillibean Soup
Kraft Tags - Large (JBT5511)
Patterned Paper - Soup Staples III/Kraft Triangle (JB0408)
Mix The Media - Red Ephemera (JB0436)
Mix The Media - Blue Ephemera (JB0437)
Mix The Media - Cream Ephemera (JB0438)
Mix The Media - Green Ephemera (JB0439)
Mix The Media - Simple Dot Stencil (JB0460)
Enamel Stars - Orange, Yellow, Black (JB0376)
Enamel Stars - Green, Grey, Purple (JB0377)

Texture Paste - Titanium White
Cotton Thread

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