Monday, October 29, 2012

Masking for Halloween

It's only a couple of days left until Halloween and Our Creative Corner 
is celebrating this holiday by challenging us to create a project using the masking technique. I've used a few Stampotique stamps from my stash to create this card, having masked the spider image and stamped the web over the top. This is a great technique to use when you want to use more than one stamp on a project and it gives a nice clean finish. 

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope to see your own "masking" technique on a project. Enjoy your Halloween! 


-Kim

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Giveaway Time!




I feel it's time to have a little giveaway, so I have put together a mini kit of some fabulous Teresa Collins patterned papers, a sweet little cloth covered mini album in a pouch and a bunch of coordinating embellies such as buttons, ribbon and lace, chipboard, glimmer chips, alpha, resin, brads, mistable paper elements, washi tape and flowers! 

All you need to do is become a follower of my blog and leave me a message on this post telling me you have done so. If you are already a follower and you would like the chance to enter then just leave me a message on this post and I will put you in the draw! 

You have until the end of October (all time zones) and I will be announcing the winner drawn randomly early in November. International entries are welcome. Good luck :) 


-Kim

NOTE: All previous entries are still valid, you do not need to leave me another message to be in the draw :) 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Scrapping The Scraps!

For this project I wanted to create a layout using "leftovers". You know, all those little bits floating around that are leftover after you have created other things with your supplies. What I have ended up with is a bit of a "mish-mash" look but I think it works nevertheless, PLUS I got to scrap my scraps! 

I started out by cutting some of my leftover wood veneer borders in half and arranging and adhering them onto my 12x12 chipboard base. Some gesso and October Afternoon Sprinkler "Carbon Copy" finished off my background then I began to add layers of fussy cut scraps from Studio Calico patterned papers "Electives", "Textbook" and "Valedictorian" as well as adding more layers using the Journal Cards also from this collection. I used washi tape "Tape Measure" to create a border along the top edge of my layout as well as a strip of "Sheet Music", some OA washi "Photo Log" and "Word Bubbles".

So glad I was able to scrap some of my scraps! Thanks for dropping by and hope you get some creative time in today. 


-Kim

Monday, October 22, 2012

Twig & Berry Christmas Cards

Today I am sharing a couple of sweet Christmas cards I made using my Kaisercraft Twig & Berry collection kit from The Scrapbook Store. I love all the fun elements in this collection - perfect for layered styles. I have also added a few sweet little Green Tara roses, leaves and ribbon for some extra colour oomph plus had the chance to try out a few of the Ingvild Bolme Fluid Chalk Inks which are just magnificent. Chalks seem to be a little more forgiving than inks, softer to apply and blendable since they have a longer dry time. I really like the shape of these little chalk inks too - much easier to get into all those narrow corners and cheap to buy! I have used Shabby Tote and Dark Rust on my cards - a light beige and warm dark brown to add a subtle distressed and aged look.


I can't believe it's almost Christmas again but I'm really happy I got the chance to add to my Christmas card stash this year. 

Enjoy your monday!


-Kim

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fun Photos - Mid Month Sketch at The Studio


I couldn't wait to dig into my new October Afternoon "Midway" and the new sketch challenge at The Studio was the perfect opportunity for me to do that. And I have some really fun photos of the girls enjoying the theme parks which I just adore and go perfectly with this collection. I love it when things just all seem to come together so well. It doesn't always but when it does then it seems just that little bit extra special. 

Here is the new sketch to play with:

I hope you have as much fun with it as I have done. 

Don't forget there is still time to enter my giveaway too. Details in the post below. 


-Kim

Friday, October 19, 2012

I'm Having a Giveaway!




I feel it's time to have a little giveaway, so I have put together a mini kit of some fabulous Teresa Collins patterned papers, a sweet little cloth covered mini album in a pouch and a bunch of coordinating embellies such as buttons, ribbon and lace, chipboard, glimmer chips, alpha, resin, brads, mistable paper elements, washi tape and flowers! 

All you need to do is become a follower of my blog and leave me a message on this post telling me you have done so. If you are already a follower and you would like the chance to enter then just leave me a message on this post and I will put you in the draw! 

You have until the end of October (all time zones) and I will be announcing the winner drawn randomly early in November. International entries are welcome. Good luck :) 


-Kim

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I Am A Big Girl Now


This is my second layout I have created using my Studio Calico DT Kit from The Scrapbook Store. I love the colours and the textures in this line and you can choose to go subtle or bold and bright as I have done in this sample. 

I have to say though that I have really enjoyed using the American Crafts DIY Thickers. You can of course choose to leave them white and use them as they come but they really take colour well and I am completely besotted with them. I have tried both Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist which is a water based translucent mist and October Afternoon Sprinklers, an opaque spray, and both of these mediums have given me excellent results! You can also choose to fray and distress the letters a little which would look great on a shabby or grunge layout depending on your style. LOVE!

I'm also pretty taken with the Wood Veneer Borders. Paint them, mist them, stain or leave them bare - these are awesome and there are like 6 in the packet each 29cm long. I've trimmed the numbers using scissors for this layout because I wanted a shorter length and used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen to give it some colour, but in a previous layout I left the wooden flag banner long and painted it yellow. 

All the other goodies I've used are Studio Calico Yearbook patterned paper "Most Likely", Yearbook patterned paper "Textbook", Yearbook patterned paper "Valedictorian", Yearbook Journal Cards for Handbook, and a tiny Green Tara paper rose.

AND there are 3 complete Kaisercraft Kits up for grabs on The Scrapbook Store blog so be sure and pop over and put your name in to win one.

Thanks for joining me today. 


-Kim


Monday, October 15, 2012

Sketch Challenge at AFSC


Yes it's that time again, time for a great new sketch over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. I really enjoy a sketch challenge and I am always so amazed at the different styles and interpretations one sketch can have. I've used a couple of photos of the enormous backyard we were treated to on a recent holiday. Can you imagine waking up to this every morning? Amazing. 

If you're in the market for a sketch challenge this month feel free to drop in and show us your flair. I will look forward to seeing you there. 




Have a good one!

-Kim

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Christmas Joy, Be Merry


This month at The Scrapbook Store we were treated to not one but TWO DT kits to play with. I started with a layout using my Studio Calico goodies and for my second layout I have used the Kaisercraft Twig & Berry Collection kit. I just LOVE the olive greens and gorgeous deep reds in this collection. To me it just represents Christmas so well. 

I've used : Kaisercraft Twig & Berry Specialty Sheet - Calendar, Specialty Sheet To Froms, Collectables and the Number Sticker Sheet. I've also used American Crafts DIY Mistable Thickers Ali which I coloured using red mist (LOVING these), and Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.

I am also entering this layout in the Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch #2 monthly competition. 



I've used the traditional square layout as opposed to the circular design in the sketch. Why not try your hand yourself? 

Thanks for calling in and have a great Sunday. 


-Kim

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall In The Circle - Our Creative Corner Challenge



It's time for a new challenge at Our Creative Corner and this week's challenge is to "fall in the circle". Create a circle card or project with a fall theme, colours or objects. 

I created my card by cutting two large scallop circles with a die, glueing them together at one edge to form a card base. Because I used a kraft core cardstock I was able to sand it for a vintage look which also revealed the large polka dot self pattern. I then used some new Green Tara Wire Cord to create a wreath to fit inside the edge of my card and went about adding a variety of Green Tara flowers in autumn tones. Lastly I added a die cut bird image and a coordinating sentiment. 

Hope you get some time to create an autumn themed card yourself this week. 


-Kim

Creating Your Own Backgrounds Using Water Soluble Mediums - Tutorial


Want to know how to create your own artsy watercolour backgrounds? There is a step by step tute on how I created the following few layouts on The Scrapbook Store blog now. Please drop in and take a peek!










And while you are there, have a peek at our blinkie competition! There are 3 fabulous Kaisercraft Collections up for grabs so we are having a Grab Our Blinkie competition for the month of October to spread the word about The Scrapbook Store. The packs are full ranges including stamps, stickers, specialty papers, rubons and more! Valued at approximately $40 each plus free postage.


Here are the details:

If you have a blog make sure you have posted our blinkie on your blog  and link it back to the store. If you post the details of our competition on your blog you will receive a second chance to win! Then send an e-mail with a link to your blog to let us know you have entered to suzanne@thescrapbookstore.com.au

Don't have a blog? That's not a problem - just post details of our competition on your Facebook Page then let us know you have done it!
Entries close midnight 31st October 2012 and a record of entries will be kept on our blog here. Good luck!






-Kim

Friday, October 12, 2012

You Are Amazing



So excited to be sharing my first creation using my October kit from The Scrapbook Store today. I was treated to some goodies from Studio Calico to play with - yay! - which are simply stunning. For this layout I started out with smooth white 12x12 cardstock adding a strip of Red Heart Washi Tape down one side. I then created a splatter background with October Afternoon Sprinklers in two shades - Crepe Paper and Springs - drying them off with a heat tool to make sure the colour was super dry. 
I then used one of the 2 wooden banner strips from Studio Calico Classic Calico 3 Wood Veneer Borders, colouring it with OA Sprinkler Crepe Paper and glueing it into place next to the red heart border.

I used a Yearbook Journal Card to mat my photograph and added a few layers of cut-outs from both Yearbook Textbook Patterned Paper and Yearbook Valedictorian Patterned Paper, along with a couple of die cut chevrons for some added interest. I have also used an offcut of White Corrugated Board for some incredible texture. Lastly I gave my layout a beautiful textured title with American Crafts Mistable Thickers




Don't the colours in these papers have a lovely happy feel to them? Yes! They really do!

Thanks for calling in and enjoy the rest of your day. 


-Kim

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Reverse Canvas Shadow Box With Green Tara

I created this reverse canvas from an idea I first read about from Chantelle Huizenga in a step-by-step tutorial she created for The Scrapbook Store. This is such a fascinating idea, and I straight away fell in love with it - the possibilities are vast. You can see the post on Chantelle's blog here or for a more detailed explaination with photographs, please see Chantelle's tutorial here.

I prepared the back of the canvas by first using everyday masking tape to cover the raw edges of canvas and staples on the wooden frame and then sealed everything with a few coats of gesso. I love how the texture from the masking tape showed through the gesso finish, giving the frame a natural looking aged appearance. 

So with my Green Tara goodies in hand, I began adding some details using October Afternoon Sprinkler in Hopscotch (which is a beautiful shade of rose), a variety of Green Tara laces, paper twine and wire, an adorable resin cherub and some of my favourite Green Tara flowers.


The texture of the gesso and lace background on canvas is stunning, and gives a very shabby chic look to the project. I've also added some twisted and curled Green Tara wire to the layers.


And here is a closer look at the knotted Green Tara Paper Twine and rose cluster in the top right corner. 


Green Tara Products Used:


Sunday, October 7, 2012

2012 Us


The Studio challenge for this month is to scrap about "The meaning of family. Create a page based around what family means to you. Who do you consider to be your family? Do you have a humorous family anecdote to scrap? Get creative :)"

I just love my little family - poor Simon must get so overwhelmed sometimes being surrounded by girls. I guess that is why he has built himself a mancave! But I am sure he wouldn't have it any other way :) 

Be sure and call in to The Studio blog to check out the other samples for this month. We have teamed up with the Teresa Collins DT and there is a special prize giveaway up for grabs if you join us for our challenge. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A New Sketch for The Scrapbook Store


It's a brand new month which means there is a brand new sketch over at The Scrapbook Store Gallery with another chance to win some goodies from The Scrapbook Store!


I created this layout using Basic Grey "Clippings" along with a sprinkling of Green Tara flowers. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees and shrunk it a little to create some negative space on my layout. Here is a copy of the sketch for October 


So come and join us for a chance to win some goodies!


-Kim 


Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's Recipe Time at Scrap The Girls


This month we were given a recipe task at Scrap The Girls! We had to include flowers, two different alphas, more than one photo and staples in our layouts. I've created a shabby page using some beautiful photos of a friend's daughter just after she lost her two front teeth. She looks so gorgeous when she smiles. 

I totally raided my "scraps" drawer to create my background, using torn up and leftover patterned papers from many moons ago, lots of vintage music sheet, washi tapes and of course a nice sprinkle of Green Tara flowers, ribbon and laces. And don't forget the staples! 

Pop on over to Scrap The Girls for some more gorgeously girlie inspiration from the rest of the DT. Lots of great prizes up for grabs again this month, so don't miss out. 


-Kim

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Prophecy 2012


Welcome to a new month and a new challenge at Kraft It Up!. This month we were asked to showcase MISTING - one of my very favourite techniques! There aren't too many layouts I create these days which don't have some kind of misting on them somewhere either in the traditional style or something a little more artsy. I just love the look of opaque white mist on dark kraft cardstock, so this was my "go to" technique for this challenge. I also wanted to create the look of an explosion of colour so I have used a combination of white mist as well as yellow and aqua OA Sprinklers. Once the background had dried I then began to add my layers using lots of bright colours and layers, and a generous helping of Green Tara flowers and lace.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Scrapbook Store Grab Our Blinkie Competition


October Grab Our Blinkie Competition

There are 3 fabulous Kaisercraft Collections up for grabs so we are having a Grab Our Blinkie competition for the month of October to spread the word about The Scrapbook Store.  The packs are full ranges including stamps, stickers, specialty papers, rubons and more!  Valued at approximatel $40 each plus free postage.
Here is what you need to do. If you have a blog make sure you have posted on your blog our blinkie below and link it back to The Scrapbook Store.  If you post the details of our competition on your blog you will receive a second chance to win!  Then send an e-mail with a link to your blog to let us know you have entered – suzanne@thescrapbookstore.com.au
Don’t have a blog?  That’s not a problem – just post details of our competition on your Facebook Page then let us know you have done it!
Entries close midnight 31st October 2012 and a record of entries will be kept on our blog.  Good luck!

Scrapbook Challenge Prompt - Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge


I wanted to share with you today this layout I created for the prompt challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. The prompt we were given is to

Scrap about a high school reunion, or a memory of your time in high school.

As I haven't attended a high school reunion I thought I would document a photo of my old high school building in a layout. I had forgotten how beautiful this old building really is so it was lovely to revisit some of those memories. 

I have used papers and embellishments from October Afternoon's Farmhouse Collection which I absolutely love - this being about my fourth or fifth layout using these supplies. But I just had to do it. The scissors, ruler and the sweet chipboard pencil all fitted perfectly for this theme.

Thank you for joining me today. 


-Kim