Monday, March 31, 2014

Tone-On-Tone with a hint of Wood!

Today I'm sharing a card that was recently on the Hampton Art blog and believe it or not... it's quite restrained for me! No funny critters, no eye-balls or spiders dangling from the card, not even a bright colour or splash of glitter to be seen!

I tried to keep the card very subtle by using white on white with only a hint of colour in the wood pieces. The chevron background and sentiment are both stamped and embossed in white.

SUPPLIES | Stamps:
Hampton Art/Canvas Corp - Home Basics (IC0302)
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup - Cold Avacado Soup (JB0129)

Colorbox Pigment Ink - Frost White
Colorbox Emossing Powder - White

Jillibean Soup - Large Wood Shapes
Doodlebug - Epoxy Dots
Neenah Solar White Card Stock
Embroidery Thread

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A new term with Jillibean Soup!

Feeling very privileged to be given the opportunity of continuing for another term with the Jillibean Soup Design Team. And, I'm so excited to be working with two fellow Aussies and very dear friends... Leanne Allinson and Kim Jeffress.

DESIGNED FOR | Jillibean Soup
PROJECT | Mr Wilson Layout

Mr Wilson is our furbaby and such a cute boy who has absolutely no regard to being a white rag-doll that is suppposed to lounge around inside all day. From very early on he wanted... actually he demanded to be let outside and so he spends most of his day outside on the farm being 'one with nature'.

NEW PRODUCT | How amazing are these new wood sprinkles and wood pieces from Jillibean Soup. I'm also very partial to the gorgeous new mini 3x4 placemats.

STITCHING | I really played around with the stitching on the layout. Firstly I stitched a circle using some of my new ombre thread which changes shades as you go along. And secondly I tried my hand at making a messy style of stitching by pulling up the loops, however sometimes it happened without me even trying... the perils of stitching using a long piece of thread. I was really pleased with the way both turned out.

- Jillibean Soup: Healthy Heart Red Bean Soup collection
- Jillibean Soup: Soup Staples II
- Jillibean Soup: Alphabeans
- Jillibean Soup: Large Wood Shape Stampables
- Jillibean Soup: Life Wood Sprinkles
- Jillibean Soup: Favorite 3x4 mini placemats
- Mister Huey's Color Mists
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Luck of the Irish!

St Patrick's Day was once the most joyous of days in our family as we celebrated my father's birthday and yes his name was Patrick! Sadly we lost him just over a decade ago to cancer and I've found every St Patrick's Day since to be a harsh reminder of his absence. Although the joy of the celebration has gone, I now use this day as a time to reflect on all the wonderful memories I have of my dad. Cheers to you Dad!

So, today I would like to share a St Patrick's Day themed card I created using varying designs of green washi tape and gold embossed balloons as the clover leaves.

DESIGNED FOR | Hampton Art
PROJECT | Lucky You Card

Stamps: Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup - Heart Healthy Red Bean Soup (JB0193)
Inks: ColorBox Classic Pigment Ink - Gold
Other: Zing Gold Embossing Powder, Doodlebug Washi Tape, Doodlebug Rub-ons, Doodlebug Epoxy Dots, Neenah Solar White Card Stock

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

A stitch in time!

The papercrafting industry has seen its fair share of trends come and go but one trend that never seems to disappear is stitching. Whether by hand or machine the art of sewing creates such a unique look and feel to your projects. I love hand-stitching on my work because it adds that little something extra that can't be purchased in a shop.

I really loved the ampersand on the patterned paper and thought it would be a wonderful shape to reproduce as stitching but it was just too small for what I wanted to do. So... I took a photo and resized it before printing.

I positioned the photocopy onto my layout and used it as a template for piercing more stitching holes.

SUPPLIES: Jillibean Soup

Patterned Paper - Cold Avacado Soup: Ripe Avacados/Fresh Orange Juice/Chopped Green Onions/Bite Size BitsPea Pod Parts - Cold Avacado Soup
Flash Cards - Cold Avacado Soup
Label Stickers - Cold Avacado Soup
Placemats - White Chevron
Stampables - Kraft Wood Grain Frames

Other: Teresa Collins Enamel Dots, Fiskars Heart Punch, Doodlebug Gold Glitter, Vellum, Embroidery Thread.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Who doesn't love pie?

It's my third day of blogging and I'm on a roll, I should be all caught up by mid next week and hopefully will remain that way. I hope you like today's little card with a very 'sweet' theme.

DESIGNED FOR | Hampton Art
PROJECT | Cutie Pie Card

WHERE THE INSPIRATION CAME FROM | Well of course it came from Pinterest and my favourite board... my cake art compilation. I have even made this cake for my daughter's birthday wich was a huge success and speaking of huge, the cake was so tall I had to remove a shelf in the fridge to make it fit.

I stamped the little pies from the Echo Park - Sweet Girl clear stamp collection and added a cherry on top using colour co-ordinated pearls.


Hampton Art/EchoPark - Sweet Girl Set (SC0524)

ColorBox/Doodlebug Design Pigment Inks

Neena Solar White cardstock
Echo Park Patterned Paper - Sweet Girl (Flower Garden)
Doodlebug Design - Mini Pearls
Doodlebug Design - Sprinkles

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Using up those bits and pieces!

Still playing catch-up... today I'm sharing a project that was on the Doodlebug blog some time ago and it was a layout I made using up lots of bits and pieces. I love this way of scrapping because it makes me feel like I have truly used my stash in the best way I can without hoarding all my favourite pieces... instead I'm putting them to good use and having some fun!

DESIGNED FOR | Doodlebug Design
PROJECT | Wee Bit of Heaven Layout

As for the products I've used... let me just say it was a whole heap of Doodlebug goodness!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Playing catch-up...

Oh my, do I feel a little sheepish... whilst having a little blog clean up I stumbled upon a whole pile of posts that haven't been posted. That is what I would call a complete blog neglect *insert big frown* as some of them date back to last November. However I do have a fairly valid excuse as that's about the time when I had the pinched nerve in my neck and I haven't really been back to full capacity until just recently. So... I'm going to send a post live each day until I have caught up!!!

DESIGNED FOR | Hampton Art
PROJECT | Surprise Card

I really wanted the balloons to be the main focus so inked them in black and used them as a silhouette over the ombre style background.


Hampton Art/Doodlebug Design - Party Time Stamp Set

ColorBox/Doodlebug Design Pigment Ink - Beetleblack

Neena Solar White Cardstock
Doodlebug Design - Paper Frills

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Elle's Studio... Hello You

I've been such a lucky gal having the opportunity to literally 'play' with products from Elle's Studio, all thanks to Olga from Sassy Scrappers. I was never given any criteria or strict guidelines apart from 'enjoy the product' and see what happens. Gotta love that! Well enjoy... I did! 

PROJECT | 'Hello You' Layout

WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM? | Sometimes I sit at my desk and draw an absolute blank as far as design is concerned. So when this happens I usually sift through the product and see where it takes me... and fortunately I stumbled across this set of 'Cameron Tabs' and an idea to reproduce the patchwork stars came to fruition.

PRODUCTS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT | I'm an absolute junkie of sequins and enamel dots at the moment and I can't see myself tiring of these products any time soon. However vellum would come in a close second!

PRODUCT LIST | Elle's Studio 'Cameron' Collection
Doodlebug Epoxy Dots and Sequins
Jillibean Soup 'Wise Words'
Greatest View Flair Badge
Amy Tangerine Date Stamp
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Remember me?

Well hello there and Happy New Year to everyone - yes I'm still around and yes I've decided it's time to start blogging again. Firstly just a brief explanation of my absence... in November of last year I developed a pinched nerve in my neck that was pressing on my spine which basically left me paralised down the shoulder and arm with no feeling in half my hand or forearm. The pain was so immense that I was put on a cocktail of the most wonderful drugs (I say that with tongue in cheek) and spent the rest of November/December unable to function as a normal person and slightly high. Well recovery has been slow and although I am up and about and even shoveling tonnes of beans (that's another story entirely), I'm still finding it hard to sit for any length of time, sleep continues to evade me and the feeling hasn't fully returned to my hand or forearm.

So, with all that said, I haven't really done much in the way of scrapping but I do have a backlog of projects to share so will continue over the next week or so with a large game of catch-up.

Late last year I was given the opportunity to work with beautiful products from Elle's Studio thanks to the gorgeous Olga Day from Sassy Scrappers.

I have used the saltwater collection which has the sweetest confetti paper that was perfect for this fun layout of my daughter and her introduction to 'the selfie' since she was given her first phone.

I remember blowing paint splashes through a straw in primary school and yes I still had fun doing it, although I can't remember getting so light headed as a child.

I would love to say I used my Cameo to cut these leaves but I still haven't learnt to use it... all in good time.

Products Used:
Elle's Studio - Saltwater Collection
Jillibean Soup - Alphabeans
Doodlebug - Epoxy Sprinkles
Greatest View - Flair
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Can't help myself...

Ever since I was young I have always enjoyed the concept of the collage... so much so that I even decorated the walls of an entire room in pictures I'd cut from magazines to create a mega collage. So it's no surprise that I still enjoy putting bits and pieces together in my scrapbooking and more recently lots and lots of bits and pieces.

DESIGNED FOR | Doodlebug Design
PROJECT | Make Life a Big Adventure Layout

WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM | Actually I can credit myself on this one because I had so much fun creating this shadow box for my youngest son that I had to play around with the concept again.

THE PROCESS | Basically I traced around a small bread and butter plate with an embossing tool to leave a faint outline of the circle on my layout and then filled it in with stickers, die-cuts and epoxy dots. It takes no time at all and is lots of fun using up all those little bits and pieces that wouldn't necessarily get used.

THE STORY | We lost our beloved horse Cisco earlier this year so I've been putting together a bit of a book to pay homage to his life with us.

PRODUCT LIST | Doodlebug - Happy Harvest
Patterned Paper: Garden Grown, Apple Orchard, Forest of Friends, Sunflower
Mini Doodlepops: Shades of Fall, Owlettes
Stickers: This & That, Icons, Quotes
Sprinkles: Fall, Halloween, Bumblebee, Tangerine, Limeade, Ladybug
Rub-ons: Simply Sweet Bon Bon,
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