Friday, March 16, 2018

Layout using Die Cuts for Creative Inspiration

Good morning everyone

Today I want to share with you all a layout I have done for the challenge over at Creative Inspiration.

My challenge is to use die cuts on a layout, and other members of the DT have challenges to use die cuts on other things. This was very easy for me because I seem to have an addiction to using dies. For the challenge you can use dies you have cut yourself or die cuts you have purchased (i.e. Kaisercraft collectables)

This is my layout

The photo is of a newspaper clipping from 1974 when my daughter was the winner of a baby competition. It is not very good quality but I thought it was worth recording the memory.

I cut a sheet of double sided card and inverted one section of it to get the two different papers in the background. These were then attached to a sheet of white cardstock for stability.

I have used Washi Tape and strips of patterned paper in the background for a bit of visual interest.

The photo is triple matted because I found that it got lost in the background with only a small matt.

The banner, hearts and tag were cut using my Big Shot.

A bit of faux stitching finished the layout off.

Why not pop over to Creative Inspiration and check out the challenge. You might be the lucky winner of a great prize.

Thanks for dropping by
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Card tutorial for Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hello to all my paper crafting friends.

Today I am sharing a card tutorial with you that I created for Off The Rails Scrapbooking. I have made this card to send to my Mum with a letter inside because I know that she checks her letterbox each day and I think it would be nice for her to receive a surprise letter.

This is the card. Hope you are inspired to get your bits out and create along with me.

I have used a 6" x 6" card base in a pearlised cream that I bought from K Mart. For my patterned papers I have chosen a Kaisercraft 6 1/2" paper pad and Collectables from the Secret Garden range. A couple of old flowers that I have layered on top of each other with a brad, a beautiful lace motif that my Mother gave me and some diamanties.

I have cut a piece of patterned paper the same size as the card, distressed the edges, adding a small tare on the top edge. All of the papers used on this card have distressed edges that have then been inked with a black Versa Colour ink pad.
This was then attached to the front of the card base.

I then chose a self patterned piece of paper and cut it to 5 1/2" by 5 1/2", treated the edges and attached it centrally on the patterned paper using foam tape

The 3rd piece pf patterned paper was cut to 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", edges treated the same as the other papers and attached 1/2" in from the left hand edge of the second patterned paper

I found a little run of hearts in the collectables packet so I inked the edges of it and attached it along the edge of the patterned papers as shown here.

Using my hot glue gun I attached the pink flower and the lace motive to the card.

I also found an assortment of embellishments that I wanted to include on the card in the collectable pack. The blue arrow is attached using the hot glue gun also as I have stuck it on top of the flower and I wanted to ensure it was going to stay in place.

The blue ticket was attached to the sentiment using glue and then the sentiment was attached to the card using foam tape

I thought the flower needed a bit of greenery around it so I dug around in the collectables again and found the leaves and attached them  as shown.  The diamanties were also added at this stage.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see what you create using this as inspiration.

Thanks for coming by
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Creative inspiration DT Reveal for the March Sketch Challenge

Good afternoon everyone.

There are big changes happening over at Creative Inspiration starting next month. Why not pop over to the blog and have a look.

This layout is for the Sketch Challenge that is happening on Creative Inspiration's Forum.

This is my layout

and this is the sketch, isn't it great.

I have not done a double layout for a long time so this was a great challenge.

I did not stick exactly to the sketch but close enough. I have just realised I have used the same colours, that was coincidental.

I used a stencil with some Glimmermist to crate the flower on the background and then added some splatters with the same Glimmermist and some black Glimmermist

I used a Kaisercraft stencil and some Glass Bead Gel to add some texture along the bottom of the layout

The papers are from Studio Calico - Best Of range.

The flowers are made using a die that I can not remember what brand it is, the floral circle behind the photo on the right is a Kaiser die and the heart over the photo of my Granddaughter is from Ultimate Crafts.

A few puffy stickers completed this layout.

Why not pop over to Creative Inspiration's Forum and have a go at the sketch, there is a great prize to be won.

Thanks for dropping by
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Scraplift Challenge for Creative Inspiration

Hi Friends

Today I am sharing a layout I did for the Scraplift challenge over at Creative Inspiration.

Check the details out here

This is my layout.

I have cut the heart shape out of the white cardstock with my Scan N Cut, I then cut the cardstock down to 10.5" square.

I then drew the heart on a piece of scrap paper and attached the distressed strips of paper to the scrap piece to cover the heart shape. This was then attached to the back of the white cardstock

I then layered the white on 3 other papers increasing in size by 1/2" as they got further away from the white, ending with a 12" x 12" piece of plain black cardstock as the base.

Off to the sewing machine to stitch around the edge of the white cardstock and the heart

I then used some scraps to add the other embellishments on the page.

This is the inspiration piece that I found on Pinterest.

Using Scraps for a heart shaped background. Queen and Company, Stacy Cohen.

Why not pop over to Creative Inspiration and have a go at the might just win a prize.

Thanks for popping by
Till next time

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February Card Challenge for Creative Inspiration

Good afternoon.

I have been missing in action for the last week as I have had my Mum staying with me and have spent the time with her.

Today I am sharing a card I made for the Sunday Card Challenge over at Creative Inspiration. You should check it out here

This is the card I made

and this is the challenge sketch

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As you can see I have stuck very closely to the sketch as I loved the design.

I have done some heat embossing with clear embossing powder and a zig zag stamp on the background for a bit of interest.

The fishtail pennants were also stamped, heat embossed and fussy cut on patterned paper before being stitched to the card front.

I have used a lot of machine stitching on the card and a double layer pennant for added dimension.

The dots on the half circle pennants are made with a Pink Pearl Pen.

The front white panel was then foam mounted onto a black card base

Why not pop over to Creative Inspiration and have a go at the challenge. There are prizes to be won.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Off The Rails February Mood Board Reveal

Hi friends

Today I want to share with you my layout for the DT reveal over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking

This is my layout

and this is the Mood Board. It suggests bright colours and lots of texture to me.


To get lots of texture on my layout I used some Texture Paste through a stencil then dribbled some water colour over the top of it letting it run down the page.The large photo is double mounted with one of the layers being corrugated cardboard. The waves were cut on my Scan N Cut from paper that I had coloured with Color Crush powders. The back layer is stuck directly to the background and then each layer is foam mounted on top of the one below it which gives lots of dimension.

The photos are of my grand daughter's 7th birthday party. She had a Mermaid party. A Mermaid came and kept all of the children occupied for 2 hours. They loved it. My grand daughter turned 10 last week so it has taken me a while to get around to scrapping those photos.

Why not pop over to Off The Rails Scrapbooking and check out the other DT members layouts, I'm sure you will find lots to inspire you. Enter a layout yourself, there are great prizes up for grabs.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"Same Sky" Art Journal Page

Good afternoon everyone

Well it has certainly cooled down here in Adelaide. We made it through the run of 42 degree days without our air conditioner. The new one is being installed today.

I must admit that the hot weather did make me feel very lazy and I have not done much in the way of craft for a few days now.

I did manage to finish this double art journal page so I would like to share it with you.

The background is another one of those that were in my art journal from a class I had done previously and had never got around to doing anything with.

I used Dylusions Ink Spray in Fresh Lime and Lemon Zest and Docrafts Artiste Spritzing Ink in Mint to add some extra colour to the background as it was fairly pale.

There is some texture paste through a stencil, stamping and Viva Inks Gold in the background.

I drew the circles and then coloured them with Gesso. It took several coats of Gesso because the green kept leeching through. I used my Faber Castell Big Brush Markers to colour the stamped flowers along the bottom of the page and to shade around the circles.

The butterflies were die cut from paper I had coloured with Colour Crush powders.After attaching them to the page I once again used my Big Brush Markers to shade around them and colour the bodies. The bodies then got a coat of Glossy Accents

The title which reads "We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon" was treated the same as the butterflies.

Detailing was added using a black fine line marker and a white Signo pen.

I then added a black and white border with my big brush markers and some white acrylic paint.

This is the first double page spread I have done, not sure if I will do any more.

Thanks for dropping by
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Mum layout for Creative Inspiration

Good Morning

It is as hot as Haidies here today, supposed to get to 41 but could get higher. I am going into town to have lunch with my daughter so I will have to brave the elements

I am sharing a layout I did for the Mini Crop over at Creative Inspiration. There are multiple themes but mine is Family, pretty easy really because most of our scrapping is about family.

I have created an interactive page about my Mother, The main picture shown on the front of the layout opens up to show various photos of her during her life stages.

I have used various paper manufacturers in this layout as I want to use up papers from my stash to get rid of as much as I can. I have also used some gold printed velum, some die cuts and some fabric flowers from Kaisercraft.

Why not pop over to Creative Inspiration and have a go.

Thanks for dropping by
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Birthday card tutorial for Off The Rail Scrapbooking

Hi and welcome to my blog

I am sharing a tutorial I did for Off The Rails Scrapbooking. You can check out that post here.

This is the card I made for my Mum for her 85th birthday on Christmas Eve.

This is what you are going to need to create this card

Score and fold the black cardstock at 6" to make a 6" x 6" card base

Using the 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" pieces of cardstock and velum, mark down from the top 1/2" and in from the sides 1/2" and cut the corners off to make a tag shape.

Attach the velum to the cardstock. I used glue behind the pattern on the velum to do this so it would not show through the velum

Ink the edges of all your papers.

Using your Crop-o-dile, or similar, attach your eyelet to the tag.

Thread the ribbon through and secure in place. I have used a staple because my ribbon was very short but you could tie it off if you have longer ribbon.

Attach the 5 1/2" piece of cardstock centrally to the 5 3/4" piece of patterned paper

Then attach the 5 1/4" piece of patterned paper on top of the 5 1/2" piece

Using the square pieces of paper, attach the 2 1/2" piece centrally on top of the 2 3/4" piece and the 2 1/4" piece on top of that.

Layer the scalloped circle and the circles as shown

Assemble your greeting. I have made my greeting mat 1/4" wider and longer than the greeting

These are the items you should now have.

Attach the tag to the larges square assembly 1/2" from the left hand edge and 1/2" from the bottom edge.

I found that I had to use glue to do this as the d/s tape did not want to stick to the glittered paper I had used.

Take the small square assembly and run it through your Big Shot (or similar) with an embossing folded to add a little bit of dimension.

Attach this to your card panel 1 1/2" from bottom and 7/8" from right hand edge

Attach the circle assembly 3/4" from the bottom and 1 1/4" from the left edge using foam tape.

Attach sentiment in a suitable place according to your sentiment size. I have stuck mine 1 3/8" from the bottom and 1 1/2" from the right hand edge.

Add brads to the top right hand corner approx 1/2" apart.

Attach the card panel to the card base and you are done.

If you used a dark colour for your card base you may want to add a light coloured card to the inside of the card so you can write your message. I will write my message using a white gel pen.

Hope you have found this tutorial interesting and I would love to see your makes if you decide to give it a try

Till next time

Monday, January 8, 2018

Don't Forget to Fly Art Journal Page

Welcome back to my blog.

Today I am sharing an art journal page I created using another background from some years ago.
It seems I have quiet a few of these pages that have got backgrounds created and nothing else done to them. Some I like some I don't so I plan on working my way through these and trying to turn them into something I like and am happy to share with you.

So this is how the finished page looks

This was a double page spread. This is the other page which has not been touched so this is basically what I started with for this page.

The tree was created using Impasto Medium coloured with Cocoa Brown acrylic paint. I applied it very thickly and texturised it with my palette knife to give that bark look. I then gave it a coat of black watercolour paint which I wiped off of the high parts leaving it in the creases. I used my Faber Castell Big Brush marker in Green Gold over the top of the tree then some Adirondack acrylic paint in Pearl here and there for a bit of a highlight. I used Faber Castell Big Brush marker in Raw Umber to shade around the tree and an Artline fine point permanent marker for the fine detail

The white circles in the background are made with a couple of different sized caps dipped into white acrylic paint.

To make the birds I applied Color Crush powders randomly on some watercolour paper. The colours I used are Pineapple, Wheat Grass and Blue Heaven.

When that was dry I stamped the birds using the Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp that I have been dying to use ever since I bought it.  I cut them out and attached them to the page using Matte Gel Medium.

For a bit of sparkle, which you can not really see in the photos, I added some Kiwi Smooch to the green bird and some Guatemalan Green Silks to the turquoise bird. Detailing was done with the same Artline black pen and a white gel pen.

The hand drawn boarder was coloured using a black Artline marker and a white Pilot permanent marker.

The title was printed on my printer then coloured with Dylusions Ink Sprays in Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest and Bubblegum Pink. White gel pen to highlight the "FLY" section.

Well that is a very long post.
If you have stayed with me, Thank you

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