together time for us! Focusing on the photo and the story I was trying to tell I decided to use some of my Crate Paper valentines collections... Firstly because I love this little moment and the colours in her cardigan coodinated perfectly. I cut one of Paige Evans cutfiles from the silhouette store and set about creating this collection using pieces from Crate Paper Hello Love, Heart Day and Main squeeze collections as well as some papers from the Jen Hadfield Everyday 12x12 paper pad to bring in some dark blues.
I peeled the backing off the masked hearts and arranges them down my strings... in a way that they looked appealing. Varying the sizes down the length of the strings. Then where I had placed my largest hearts, I attached them on top of the masked hearts with a tiny amount of atg tape. This would allow me to continue the mixed media on them, but the mask underneath would leave the shape white once peeled off.
sized punch I punched some vellum that had gold foiled hearts on it. I folded all my hearts down the centre and set about layering them on top of my heart shapes that had been masked. I adhered them to my card front with just a thin line of scotch tacky glue that was placed down the centre fold of each heart and then used my sewing machine and gold thread to stitch “strings” down the length of my hearts. To finish off the card I punched a few more tiny hearts from gold glitter card stocks and placed them at the bottom of the strings and empty spaces and covered them with glossy accents.
A really easy to make card with a bunch of interest and I am certain my Mother in law will love it!
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I found the centre of my page then drew a circle with a pencil and compass. This gave me a guide to then stitch in gold thread with my sewing machine in a messy circle numerous times. This served as a base for my wreath design and also gave me the ability to feature the gold stitching through gaps in the Embellishments that I intended to place.
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I cut some Neenah Solar white 110lb cardstock into 2 pieces, the first measuring 4 and and a quarter inches by 5 and a half inches, the second measuring 5 and a half inches by 8 and a half inches, scored it in half and folded it and this forms the base for my card. Using the smaller piece of card I cut the word Happy using a set of Kaisercraft letter dies, making sure to retain all of the pieces. I placed a strip of low tack tape across the back of the card and reinstated the cut out letters into the places they were cut from.
The final touches were a simple gold embossed “have a” banner popped up on foam for just above the word Happy 3 tiny gold glitter butterflies that I cut with one of my hand pouches and a few clear sequins in various sizes. To complete the sentiment I stamped Birthday in black ink on the inside of the card.
A lovely elegant little card. I love the shimmery texture Nuvo embellishment mousse provides and its wide variety of colours makes it a very versatile and handy item to have in your stash.
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a nice white border around the images which would co-ordinate with the ephemera and stickers used in the collection. Is that being too fussy?! Lol I like a nice white border! So after fussy cutting all the butterflies from the 12x12 and 6x6 Paper (minus a few that Adison stole lol) I sat down and set about my design. I have been drawn to large circular focal points on layouts recently and had initially thought to do the same on this page, but while sifting through the embellishments I came across a chipboard book. Would’nt it be neat if all the butterlies were flying out of the book?! That is how this layout came about. I love the background paper for this layout but also think that the butterflies would have been just as if not more effective on a pure white background. Some soft white tissue and 2 other patterned papers provide a mat for the photo as well as 2 other patterned papers punched with my notebook punch down the left side, these provide grounding for the photo and chipboard book as well as helping to distinguish them from that pink background paper.
All in all very little actual embellishments were used from this collection but the butterflies from the patterned papers add a real bang, lifting the wings adds dimension which in turn casts lovely shadows amongst the cluster. The title is made from gold puffy stickers from Maggie Holmes Gather collection and the large Chipboard “Dreams” is of course from the Chasing Dreams chipboard sheet. It’s growing on me.... and of course it’s in my usual “heavily embellished” style and I am perfectly okay with that!
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Well hello! I’m back with my second design team challenge over on the Southern Girls Challenge blog.
The theme today it stitching.... and when I think of stitching nowadays a scrapbook layout comes to mind. I used to sew actual fabric.... but nowadays my poor machine is used more for paper, go figure!
My first thought when starting a layout is choosing a photo.... I havn’t scrapped in a few weeks now so it was a little bit of a slow start, but once I chose my photo and a cut file from the Silhouette store it was like riding a bike. The photo I chose is from 2 years ago when we got our kitten Molly from the SPCA (animal shelter; there is a bit of a story behind how we ended up with her because I was not looking for another cat... but... yep I’m a sucker). I had originally planned on using a tree cut file and placing some cats around the tree, much like Molly as the photo was of her climbing our Christmas tree, but a picture on one of the cut apart sheets from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa collection sparked an idea. It was a picture of a deer and it simply said “Oh Deer”.
When looking at the picture it makes me think “Oh Dear”... and maybe a few other words lol so I ran with that idea.
The design of the layout is rather simple from then on. I chose patterned papers from the Snow and Cocoa collection and cut them into roughly and inch thick and stacked them on top of each other. I then took them to my sewing machine and stitched each paper together where they met. I then glued my deer cutfile to my patterned papers and trimmed off all of the excess paper. I decided it needed a little more stitching so I stitched around the entire edge of the cutfile, all in gold thread. Let me tell you though... I’m glad it’s nearly all gone because it is a nightmare to sew with!
I then backed my entire cutfile with some adhesive foam. The patterned paper I chose for the background was rather simple so I decided to add some mixed media, first applying a rough coat of gesso around where the cutfile will lay and then “smooshed” 2 shimmerz colourings onto the background... a few flicks of gold Heidi Swapp color shine and that part of the layout was done.
Once dry I adhered my cutfile to the page, along with my 2 photos tucked either side of one of the deers antlers.
From then on I simply embellished with pieces from the Snow and Cocoa collection, the only exception was a chipboard cat from the Crate Paper cute girl collection.
I’m really happy with this layout and the non traditional Christmas colours on the page, if you would like to see my entire process video simply click on the YouTube link below...
Hi guys! Finally a new blog post! I know! It's been while :) So if you didn't already know I've joined The Southern Girls Design Team who holds challenges over on their blog every month. This challenge is for Team Trace and the theme... you guessed it! Glitter! Easy right?!
Well not so much... I have never worked with restrictions before, or with a specific prompt so this is an entirely new ball game for me. I'll be honest, my DT project that I'm posting here is not my first attempt, but my second. I was not at all happy with my first (boy am I glad I wasn't procrastinating on this project).
The sponsors for this challenge are Krafters cart, an awesome scrapbooking store in Auckland, New Zealand...
So let's get to the details... I chose to feature the Mama Elephant Little Reindeer Agenda stamp set that I recently purchased from Krafter's Cart, and of course a lot of glitter.
These versatile and super cute little images lend themselves well to a variety of projects so I decided on some tags... shaker tags. So I set about creating my tags.
As I didn't have a die tag large enough to accommodate the type of project I wanted to create I gravitated toward my Silhouette Cameo... and she never fails. Bingo a tag in my design folder, perfect to create tags of any size.
I cut the tags on Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock and went about making the tags. An ink blended background, a few trees, some snowy hillsides, little reindeer and of course an abundance of snow (in the form of sparkly white glitter) makes for a super cute tag to pop on any gift this Christmas. A sentiment on the back and I was done! I love the fact that there is a tonne of glitter in the little shakers but its not cleanly done that its not in your face! If you would like to see my full process click on the YT video link below and be sure to pop on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog to take part in this awesome challenge and to see what the other designers have come up with.
Click on the link above to see my whole process
Hi guys.... I'm back with another 12x12.... lol I've been far too busy making process videos and neglecting my blog. Things have been hectic on the farm with Spring calving ramping up and being all too time consuming I have struggled to find a few minutes to even create for myself. It's slowly winding down now with all of our keeper calves trained on the automatic feeders and the last 20 or so calves (yet to be born) trickling in... 1 or so a day. All of that means for a much more relaxed atmosphere on the farm, add to that it's now officially spring (go figure, we were actually calving in winter!!!! It feels like it starts earlier every year!) so more often than not the sun is shining, and I am slowly catching up on sleep!
But enough about me let's talk about my layout....
So with all that said and considering the softness and light of the photo I wanted the title to reflect the moment and more importantly the feeling. Hence "let your light shine", I really needed to portray the strength that both Eva and Adrianne had during this time. (Can you tell by now that this photo means an incredible deal to me... I'm welling up a little just writing this.)
My choice of collection was very much intentional as well, Paige Evan's Turn the page collection is all about new beginnings, the journey of life and is oh so positive, which is what I needed to feel while creating this page.
My starting point was a new cut file created by Paige Evans which is available from the Silhouette Store and I quickly realised that each of the flowers fit perfectly into one of her "signature" patterned papers (you know the ones with squares of every single pattern from the collection). Building on that thought, rainbow (well as rainbow as I could get) seemed to be a natural choice of deciding what would back each flower.
So taking sometime (a rather looooong time) I backed all of the flowers.
Intent on using white paper as my base I decided the cutfile was not "popping" from the page enough and chose Nuvo embellishment mousse in Mother of Pearl as a suitable item to bridge the gap between the cut file and the white paper. Just a little of this gorgeous soft gold was needed so I used my Kaisercraft 12x12 Floral lace stencil to add it at the top, bottom, left and right sections of the page where the cut file will sit.
Once it was dry (this stuff dries pretty quick) I adhered my cut file to the page with some glue and fun foam, just to prop it up slightly and create some shadows.
My title was created using the blue and gold foiled alphas from the collection as well as a gold glitter script word that I found in my stash (ever had one of those moments when you hunt and hunt for something you know you have then when you finally give up it suddenly appears.... this word was my moment lol). Shine! Perfect title don't you think?! Scattering just a few other puffy stickers around the page and it is done.
The beautiful thing about cut files are that you can really make them the star of the show, and more often than not little to no other embellishing is needed.
So with that being said.... I just want to take a moment to appreciate all of the children out there affected by Congenital Heart Disease. I wish them all well for their lifelong battles, hope for successful on going surgeries and I want to above all praise my amazing sister for the strength and determination she displays every single day being mum to a heartkid, and her tireless efforts to throw herself so selflessly into raising money for Heartkids Hawkes Bay when she saw there was a desperate need for support for these families and the children affected by CHD, because she of course was now one of them. Please do take a minute to pop over to her blog and have a read it's not all doom and gloom, there is some funny stuff.
And as always I will leave the link to my process video on youtube below.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting x
Hi Guys, back again, today with my art journal... well one of them. This in my Winsor and Newton water colour journal and today I finally got to complete my first page.
If I am honest I was a little intimidated by this book, it is so pretty and so clean I just didn't want to get the pages dirty (or make a mistake). I feel like I could just sit and hold this journal in my hands and look at it all day... it's that pretty to me and a much favoured possession in my craft room at the moment. (Isn't it funny the a simple book could make someone so happy lol). I think we all have an item in our craft room that we cherish or refuse to use because it's just too darn pretty.... getting off track here lady!
Anyway I bit the bullet and decided on a familiar shape, something that I love to draw, a mermaid...
Once it was completely dry (air dried, I never use my heat gun/tool on my water colour drawings because the force or the air moves the colour around too much for my liking) I then wrote a simple little quote I have seen many of times "always be yourself unless you can be a mermaid then always be a mermaid", I felt it went well with the image and I didn't feel a lot like pouring my heart out on the page (more on this soon). To finish a very light sprinkle of Gold Heidi Swapp color shine around the hair, quote and tail.
Now back to the journaling part.... I have always thought of journaling as basically where someone has a diary and they write in it every day their thoughts or emotions as a way to help them process life or events..... kind of like therapy.
I was wrong, very wrong.
Since discovering art journaling I have learnt that it is not always about the words, sometimes there are no words, sometimes there are just pictures. This is what I love, I'm not a talker, quite shy and I process my emotions when they happen, I don't bottle things up, So journaling in the form of writing is quite hard for me to do, however I guess you could say that the joy of painting or drawing is my therapy.
The PROCESS OF CREATING is my therapy.
Sometimes I just put a quote on there to make myself feel like it's okay to call it "journaling" when in actual fact I don't need to put a quote there, the picture, page or drawing is my journaling....
Happy Art Journaling guys!
So I decided to give this one a go. So focusing on a few main elements of the board I had a direction. Butterflies, Feathers and the colours, Coral, soft pink, teal/green and blue.
I chose a photo of my daughter walking along the shore of Lake Taupo with her bunny, this photo was helpful to bring the rich ocean blue colour to the page (although it was a lake lol).
The board felt quite nature like to me so I also wanted to play on that by using some leaf dies.
And so my page began.... Using Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Cracked Pistachio and I smeared each of the ink pads onto a piece of plastic packaging, added a little water then smeared them on the cardstock (White American Crafts 12x12 cardstock). I did not feel the need to gesso my page because I wanted the liquid to soak into the paper fast, if I gesso the page it sits on top and moves more before I dries, I didn't want the colours pooling and merging together. I then splattered some drops of Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine over the Ink splotches.
Now to start on the design/embellishing. Using the patterned paper I had selected I die cut some shapes with my cuttlebug using the Kaisercraft Butterflies dies, Kaisercraft Birds and Butterflies dies, Kaisercraft Leaves dies and Couture Creations Evergreen die. For every die cut I cut with patterned paper I cut the same shape in vellum. Again to continue the softness on the layout.
I then layered each patterned paper die cut with a vellum die cut and stitched through the centre with gold thread using my sewing machine. This meant that I did not need to use adhesive and ruin the look of the vellum, and adding a hint of gold and softness with the wispy thread tails around the page.
Once I was happy with the placing of my embellishments I adhered them all down with glue, and I placed some adhesive foam squares behind my photo, which lifted it from the page slightly and enabled me to tuck pieces under it, making it all flow together.
For final touches I added some Pink, Blue and Green sequins around each of the in splattered areas, keeping them tone on tone and also a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets. These were just the right touch.
Lastly was my title, I didn't want anything that would detract from the design or anything that would stand out too much so I decided on a silver foam thicker from the Fancy Free collection that said happy. I tucked it in and around the layers of embellishments on the very bottom of the photo, the silver pulled in the colour of the cutlery from the mood board and was soft enough that it settled itself nicely amongst the grey of the stones and sand on the photo. Lastly I used my date stamp and stamped it multiple times on the bottom left of the layout using the Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. I did not journal on the layout as I had previously created a 12x12 pocket page that went with a similar photo. I would love to hear what you think of the layout, or your thoughts on mood boards and if you would like to see the process video for this layout just click on the link below.
It's probably rather fitting that my first ever blog post is titled "Away we go", of course it's the title for this colourful 12x12 scrapbook layout but I guess in a way it's also a title for this new blogging journey of mine....
Anyway, hello, welcome, settle down with a coffee (or tea) and I'll explain a little about the photo and layout.
The photo is of my daughter and husband a couple of years ago, he for someone reason started pushing her on her trike with a broom around the lawn and got stuck doing that for a while haha! Of course because of her age and inexperience on the trike she kept putting her feet in the grass and consequently falling off, but in typical farm girl fashion she got up and got back on with a smile on her face (in these parts if it ain't bleeding it's all good hahaha).
What I love about this photo is not the fact that it isn't very good quality, and not the fact that my husband and child aren't dressed to the nines in fancy clothes... it is simply the moment that it captured. That moment portrays a story, a memory and the fondness that these 2 share of doing random things that just make them laugh. I love watching this relationship of a father and his little girl grow and develop, it's a privilege to be a part of.
Lets go through a little of the details:
As I said it's a 12x12 inch scrapbook layout, using just stock standard white, American Crafts cardstock. I was in a mood to use allll the things on the page this day so I did just that. Incorporating mixed media (distress spray stains and gelatos) using the packaging technique, paper strips (using the 6x6 paper pad from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection), I then stitched through the patterned paper using coordinating threads then pretty much just embellished the heck out of it! Literally! I used only embellishments from the Dear Lizzy lovely day collection.
But because of the busyness I was at a loss for a place for my title, but eventually decided upon using the empty space of the photo as a resting place, I like it, it's visible... it has a "home".
I could sit and look at it all day, it's pleasing to know that I managed to get such a great impact with such a small amount of paper.... I guess it's all in the way you use it? lol