Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WOW Filgree Butterfly

Just wanted to share this layout that is up over on the WOW Blog as part of an inspiration post.


Do you see the gorgeous filgree butterfly?  Beautiful isn’t it?  It is one of the prettiest, most ornate butterflies on the chippy market.  I just had to alter it to suit the colours of my layout, so I used Adironack Paint Dabbers – in blue, then used Glimmerglam – Tutu Pink and added a few lil teal rhinestones. 

Photo is of my gorgeous lil neice Eva – such a pretty little girl….. 

While you are over at the WOW Blog, check out the post be Gilly Lester – that layout of hers is gorgeous, and she has shared a video of a fantastic “Wet Distressing” technique for your chipboard.

Happy Scrapping Peeps!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

My Mind’s Eye Sketch Competition

Playing along with  Sketch Challenge 31 on the My Mind’s Eye Blog today.

I had to use this Sketch:

MME Challenge 31

Also, the word “new” had to me used  in the title.

I did this:


It’s titled  “A New School Year”  I used one of the photos I took today of my very excited little man starting his first day of school in Year two.  I’ve used MME Alphabet Soup papers, teamed with some Fine & Dandy embellishments and ribbon, a Lush 2 Journaling Spot and some Lime Twist twine…

Thanks for looking!!!

First Day of School For 2012

With a fair bit of sadness I sent Connor off for his first day of school – it didn’t help that he is a bit unwell – all sniffly with temps….  but he was excited – didn’t want to wait for me to take photos, but impatiently posed anyway.


Also have a few Scrappy shares for you – I just love love love October Afternoon Farmhouse at the moment – sooooooo gorgeous, love the colours, and love all the coordinating embellishments too…..

Here is what I did – I am going through a stage at the moment of scrapping in a Vintage/Shabby style – I have a heap of Vintage photos to scrap at the moment, as I raided my Nanna’s photo drawer during a recent visit.  This photo is of my Great Nan (my Grandfather’s Mother) as a young lady – I remember looking at it when I was young and thinking how pretty she was, and loving the gorgeous clothes she was wearing.


I’ve used a Crafter’s Workshop template to ink the background paper, and I’ve used a heap of Prima and Manor House Creations flowers too…..  Had lots of fun playing with mixed media for this one..lol..

Also, in a bit of a different style, this is a “Just ‘Cos” layout -  I have used My Mind’s Eye Kraft Funday Paper – LOVE this range too – so different, funky, and perfect for boys pages.


Well, that’s it from me now – I’m off to play with some new Basic Grey Kissing Booth papers from Anna’s Craft Cupboard, and some gorgeous WOW chipboard!

Have a lovely day everyone!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

WOW layouts!!

Hi, just popping in to share some layouts I've done using the gorgeous WOW chipboard.
First, here is a layout about "me" I've titled it "5 Freaky Facts" just adding a few unknown facts about me - and yes, I am a little, shall I say...unusual at times...lol...

Can you see the swirly frame chipboard piece under the flowers - that is one of WOW's mini frames - and these lil frames are gorgeous - perfect for adding in a cluster for a little extra flair.  I've misted mine with Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Harvest Orange.
I've used the new Basic Grey Piccadilly range here - just a gorgeous range packed full of delicate patterns and bright happy colours.
Just in case you can't read the facts..and would love a little insight into my idiosynracies...here they are..lol
  • I have 2 different shaped ears - one is round at the top, and the other pixie shaped (pointed at the top)
  • I have a PARALYSING fear of heights....soooo many times I've tried to "get over" this fear by doing things out of my comfort zone, and it always ends in me frozen, clutching onto a rail with white knuckles and crying.....
  • I once had a close encounter with a shark while scuba diving.  Yes, I can happily scuba dive, but can't walk over a suspension bridge...go figure..
  • In year 12, I got the School Award for highest achievement in Music - but can't play an instrument (well, I can dabble with guitar and piano).  I got through the practical aspects by singing..
  • I have to have clean feet to go to bed - I wash them right before I get into bed....  yes I know that is WEIRD...
OK, and here is my layout from this weeks Inpiration Post over on the WOW blog. 

First of all, I used the large Cog Frames set to mist a background.  I used Harvest Orange and Black Gold Glimmermist.

To add interest to my cog accents, I used the WOW Mini Cog set which I painted in Distress Crackle, then when it was dry I inked it in Distress Ink - Black Soot.  I then put the cogs together with a brad, and pounded the whole thing with my Tim Holtz Textere Hammer - just to age it and give some more texter...you know how I love texture..lol..

Well, that's it for now - it you want some more chippy inspiration, don't forget to check out the WOW blog.
Off to get the "back to school" jobs done now... how much did those 7 weeks fly by??  Insane!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Who Would like Free Chipboard??

OK scrappy friends, if you would like some Free  Chippy, this is what you need to do:
  • Purchase a piece of WOW chipboard between 1 February 2012 and 31 March 2012
    (click here for stockists)
  • In return, your retailer will give you a specially designed filigree heart to say thank you! It looks like this... yum yum yum....  perfect for purty Valentine's pages.....
  • Scrapbook a page, a card or an off the page item using the filigree heart.
  • Post a photo of your filigree heart project on the WOW facebook page, together with the name of the store where you purchased your WOW products.
  • If you don't use Facebook, you can still enter by emailing your photo to wordsorwhatever@exemail.com.au.
  • Entries must be received between 1 February 2012 and 31 March 2012, to go into the prize draws.
  • There will be winners drawn at random every Wednesday between 8 February and 4 April 2012.
  • Two major monthly draws will be held 7 March 2012 and 4 April 2012.
This competition couldn't be any easier! Contact your local or online store to enquire about the WOW promotion. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations on the WOW fb page.

In a few days, I'll share what I've done with those gorgeous hearts!!  Can't wait!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

So Excited!!!

I have to admit I have been keeping a scrappy secret for quite a few weeks now - which has been so difficult considering I have been  so excited all I've wanted to do is shout it from the rooftops!!

Soooooooooo - here it is:

Pretty exciting huh?  I love WOW chipboard - it is the best!!  I have already been creating with it, and I am having a ball altering it with all sorts of media - wheeeeeee!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Top 11 of 2011

Been doing some reflecting this week over what happened during 2011.  I really enjoyed my scrapping this year, I had some time off work, and I was able to spend more time scrapping.  I also went away to my first ever retreat, which was so enjoyable.....  loved it to bits, actually.
Anyway, I experimented with some different styles and techniques, tried using negative space and, shock horror, paint...lol.. I re-discovered the joy of using chipboard, and experimented with loads of ways to alter it. I hand made a lot of my embellishments - using fabric, dies and punches, and I also discovered my HUGE stash of stamps, and started using them as backgrounds to create layers.

So without further ado, here are my favourite layouts from 2011 - in no particular order :)

This would have to be one of my all-time favourite layouts.  I used the stunning Little Black Dress range from Basic Grey - and a Kaisercraft Lace stamp, along with some Prima and Kaisercraft flowers. The dress form is a Dusty attick one, painted in Tim Holtz Crackle paint.  I've addes some tulle (misted with Glimmermist) and some decorations to add interest.  The photo is of my Mum, aged about 17.  I have been lucky enough to score some fantastic vintage photos, and I am enjoying scrapping copies of them and putting them into a "Family History" album.

This is one I did really early in the year - I was still scrapping our Snow holiday photos at that stage, and used some Fancy Pants paper and other bits n pieces.  I did lots of paper scrunching and inking on this one - and even used my cricut to cut out snowflakes.  Love all the textures here, and how the paper wraps around the photo - kinda making my baby all snug and warm.

This layout was one I did at retreat - my gorgeous lil great-niece Eva.  I stamped the circle cardstock background - edging it in pink ribbon to add interest - and made a distressed artisan shape to hug it all in... Used Basic Grey Sweet Treats...loved the muted prettty colours of this range.  Ahhh - so glad I have girls to scrap now!!  LOL!

Going back to grunge - this layout was done by probably my favourite range of 2011 - Crate Paper Toy Box - one of the best boy ranges ever!!!  Used muslin, paint splatters and stamps to give texture to the background.  Don't you love the photos - took one of the best photos ever of Connor one minute, then the next he's pulling his hat over his face so I can't take anymore...little imp...lol..
Hehe - more stamping and glimmermisting of the background here.  Used another of my favourite ranges from this year - Jillibean Soup Watermelon gazpacho.  LOVE bright colours - and these were so good for boys, and matched this photo perfectly.  I made the Denim/Hessian flower using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  Had a real love affair with banners this year too - handmade this one with a circle punch.  There is also a gorgeous lil flag from "A Lil Somethin"  - This would have to have been the best lil handmade embie site to crop up in 2011...gorgeous, and fantastic for boy scrappers.

This is another of my all-time faves.  I was thrilled with how this turned out - using gorgeous Webster's pages papers, lots of Prima/Kaisercraft flowers, lace and Prima/Websters Resin.  Photo is of my lovely lil Great Nephew Kian.  Couldn't resist "borrowing" this photo of my niece's Facebook album - I mean, who can resist a sleeping bubba??

Another vingage layout - using more beautiful Webster's pages...   This is me dressed for the beach, aged about 3... hehe...  That fence is a Dusty Attic, and it's been stamped, and Distress Embossed.  I handmade the creamy coloured flowers with a scallop circle punch and patterned paper.  Favourite thing to do in 2012?  Make handmade flowers...lol..

Haha - told you I was really getting into Vintage/Shabby...lol..this photo is of my Dad's parents on their wedding day.  Used a stamped background - and yes you've seen it before, this one is one of my favourite stamps, Hero Arts with script and butterflies...  Used Pink Paislee paper and diecuts, and Prima flowers/vines, with Dusty Attic and RW Laser Cuts chipboard.  Used Alcohol ink to alter the chipboard.  More Scallop punch handmade flowers are on this one too..lol..

I adore this layout because I love the story behind these photos - we found this crab in some bought prawns, on Bribie Island...Connor immediately wanted to put it back in the ocean to be with its family..so cute.  Pink Paislee Nantucket was used for this layout - another lovely range... I used dimensional magic on the crab diecut to make it shiney, and altered the chippy letters and coral with paint and glimmerglam.  Also, I experimented with the journalling here, and typed some journalling onto some masking tape..  I liked the effect, and will definately do this again!!
Sketch was from the Get Picky site.

Another layout from the Crate paper Toy Box range.  Used more muslin, this time sprayed with Mr Hueys mist and used a Tim Holtz Grunge stamp on the background.  Made the hessian cogs with the Sizzix/Tim Holtz cogs Die.  Loved the clustering of embies on this one - will have to do that more..lol..
Photo taken at the same time as the other Toy Box layout - amazing how Connor's mood can change ....now he's pretending to be cranky to stop me taking photos...didn't work though...  still clicked away..bwwhahahah!

Here is my gorgeous sun-shiney boy happy as can be at the harbour.  Used Echo Park papers for this one - one of the must-have manufacturers of 2011.
Hand made the banner here too - and used paint on the background of some swiss dot bazill - love how that technique brings up the texture of the cardstock. 

Well that's it from me - thank you for joining me on my scrapping journey during 2011 :)
Hope to see more of you in 2012 - enjoy scrapping!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

December Challenges

With just so much going on in December, I didn't get much of a chance to do many challenges in December - it is normally such a whirlwind month anyway, then with an emergency trip to Ipswich thrown into the mix, it was pretty hectic.
I did manage to do 2 challenges though.
First up, Wendy's fabulous Sketch Challenge over at Anna's Craft Cupboard.
Here is the sketch:
And this is what I did with it:

I had so much fun with this layout - sprayed glimmermist - Autumn Harvest and Coffee Shop, and used Simple Stories Yearography papers, Kaisercraft Diecuts and Bella Boulavard Stickers.  Photos are of Connor playing in the leaves at the Gooseponds here in Mackay.

I also LOVED Scrapbook Savvy's Very Merry kits in December - they are absolutely gorgeous, and I think there are a couple left, so if you've got any money left after Christmas I highly recommend snapping these up.
I did Sar's Random Kit Challenge - the challenge was to use
3 Brads
A Christmas Photo
A quote from this site.
Oh, and to use one of the December kits, of cours.
This is what I did - using the Very Merry Traditional Kit - and some gorgeous MFT dies - the doilies, the rolled roses/mini rolled rose and the Christmas ornaments dies.

If you want to get your hands on the dies - they can be found at Anna's Craft Cupboard - HERE.  They are gorgeous - and there are so many to choose from, AND they are reasonable prices too!

Before I go - I'll just share a couple more sneaks of what I'm secretly up to....tehe...

Still can't spill the beans - so you'll just have to wait...lol.
Thanks for popping by my blog!!