Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mini Art Journal

Last weekend I was lucky enough to have attended an amazing workshop with the very lovely and very talented Paula MacMillan Perich - an artist local to me. We spent the weekend enjoying Norah Head Lighthouse, stayed in some beautiful accommodation, ate great food and created gorgeous art. So very privileged to have had this opportunity. 

Today I found some time to finish one of my pages and I wanted to share that on my blog. Hopefully the first of many. 

Do you have an art journal? I would love to see your efforts if you are happy to share :) 


Thursday, June 27, 2013

FabScraps Milkshake Chic Card

Today I wanted to call in to share a card I made using FabScraps Milkshake Chic collection. I have really enjoyed re-connecting with my inner shabby chic this month - the gorgeous pastel shades in this collection along with the beautiful retro style images just lend themselves so well to this scrap style. 

So photographs can be deceiving at times - this card is LARGE, measuring 4 1/2 inches x 9 inches, or 11.5 cm x 23.5 cm. I used plain white cardstock to create my card base, trimmed around the image from Cream Soda patterned paper and cut a background from the leftover. I then cut some leftover Vanilla patterned paper slightly larger than a Prima tag and inked all the edges of my papers using Distress Inks, adhering them into place as I went for a layered look. I added my fussy cut image along with some Prima flowers, a sweet little coordinating tag from Milkshake Chic Stamps & Tags sticker sheet along with a Kaiser Rhinestone Flourish.

Thanks for calling in today xx Hope you find some inspiration.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Shabby Tag Featuring FabScraps Milkshake Chic

My third project using my FabScraps Milkshake Chic DT kit from The Scrapbook Store is a gorgeously shabby tag. I've used A Prima Tag for my tag base, adding strips of washi and paper tape for a distressed look. I've added some watered down acrylic paint in colours to match on my background, gesso as well as some Zing Embossing Powders in shades of Opaque Blush and Opaque Butter which are perfectly pastel and coordinate well. 

I have fussy cut the image from FabScraps Milkshake Vanilla patterned paper and added the vintage cotton reel image from the Milkshake Stickers Pictures sheet along with a few tiny Green Tara and Prima roses.

For the top of my tag I have used a strip of vintage style trim to tie a large loopy bow along with some amazing Prima Flower Stems, a few more tiny roses and a little tag from the Milkshake Stamps and Tags sheet.

Thanks for calling in today, hope you like my tag! 


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dream - Lullaby Layout for 2Crafty

Its my turn on the 2Crafty blog to share a creation featuring a few of the gorgeous chipboard designs available. 

I created this design using a much loved photograph of our first born on the day of her Baptism. I wanted to give the impression of a lullaby using the Music Notes Decorative Border behind my photograph and adding my title "Dream" from the Friendship Mini Word Pack along with a tiny cog from the Gears pack.
I've used gesso to seal all my chipboard pieces and added watered down ink to paint the music notes and cog in a colour to coordinate my background and black watercolour on my title. Flowers and vine are from Green Tara


Monday, June 17, 2013

Live Out Loud - FabScraps for The Scrapbook Store

Today I wanted to share my second project created for The Scrapbook Store using FabScraps Milkshake Chic collection

I have used plain white smooth cardstock for my base, adding colour by randomly dry brushing a light coat of Adirondack Acrylic Paint in Shell Pink. I then created some soft pastel texture using Zing Embossing Powders in Opaque Grapefruit, Opaque Powder, Opaque Blush and Opaque Butter along with Kaisercraft Texture Clear Stamps - Arty, Bubblewrap, Journal and Script. Over the top of this I dry brushed a little gesso to tone down the colour and create a shabby chic look. 

I've fussy cut images from FabScraps Milkshake Chic Patterned Papers in Raspberry and Strawberries to surround my photograph and used the grid border design as a corner cluster along with some small Prima Mini Sachet paper roses, TSS Mulberry Paper Roses and TSS Mulberry Paper Rose Buds, the vintage desktop telephone image from the Milkshake Sticker Sheet which I mounted onto a scrap of cardstock and 2Crafty chipboard title "Live Out Loud". To the title I added a coat of gesso before colouring with ink. 

Thanks for dropping by today


Friday, June 14, 2013

Daydream - FabScraps Milkshake Chic for The Scrapbook Store

For the month of June I have been playing around with FabScraps new collection - Milkshake Chic for The Scrapbook Store. This collection is so gorgeously feminine featuring beautiful retro style images and soft pastel colours. I just adore how this page turned out and don't you just love those fabulous chipboard spectacles? How cool! 

I started out with a smooth white 12x12 sheet of cardstock as my base adding some lovely pink splatters with some watered down Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Shell Pink. I've also inked the edges of my cardstock with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I then fussy cut images taken from FabScraps Milkshake patterned papers in Blueberry and Bubblegum layering them for a paper tole effect with 3D Foam Squares between each layer. I love the dimension you get in a layout by using this technique. Those ultra cool chipboard spectacles really add to the retro feel of the layout and I gave them the shabby treatment by first adding a couple of coats of Liquitex Gesso and adding just a hint of colour with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. The tiny paper roses are from Prima and lastly, my title was cut from plain white cardstock using Memory Box Co. Parker Lower Case Alpha and coloured with some watered down pale blue acrylic paint. 

Hope you enjoy my first project using this collection - more to come soon.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

My New Look

You may have noticed I have a new look on my blog as of a few days ago thanks to the hugely talented Em Stafrace. I was so excited when Em agreed to work with me on my blog, and I just knew that the result would be brilliant. I love everything about my new look, from the custom inky splotches to my gorgeous header and coordinating embellishments. I'm not very technically savvy when it comes to blog design but I think Em has done such a wonderful job and it's totally ME! Thank you so much, I LOVE my new look! 

You can find Emma's Little By Little blog here with all the details on how you might have your blog personalised as well. Seriously, if you're like me then get on over there, she is just wonderful. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

18 - The Scrapbook Store June Sketch

Better late than never right? These past few weeks my long suffering husband Simon and I have been away on a rare holiday which we chose to spend in Western Australia. We managed to squeeze so much in -and- got to spend quite a bit of time relaxing in the sand and sun on some of the amazing beaches along the coastline. Simon was ever so patient with me as I attended The Scrapbook Store retreat in the first few days of our trip away which gave me the opportunity to meet some of the loveliest ladies I've ever met in this industry. I got to know Suzanne McGregor, Marelize Frisby and Chantelle Huizenga a little better at the retreat and then spent some time up north with the fabulous Sandie Edwards as well. I cannot express how blessed I feel to know these wonderful ladies. 

I have loads of new projects to share, and lots of news but today I thought I might begin with my layout using the June sketch at The Scrapbook Store - please forgive my lateness in posting. 

I've used Simply Smooth Bazzill cardstock in White for my layout base adding colour and amazing shine with Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist in Primrose. I just adore the amazing shine you get with this mist! I then created the rest of my layout using papers and elements from Glitz Designs Hello Friend collection including Clouds patterned paper, Paper Garland and Peek A Boos. I've used Prima Lyric Flower Stems in Pink - my goodness these are AMAZING - along with some coordinating buttons from my stash, a 2 Crafty chipboard arrow from the Assorted Arrows pack which I have painted using Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Antique Linen and my DIY Thickers title also painted with the Distress Paint to finish off. 

Here is this month's sketch at The Scrapbook Store

Don't forget to link your take on the sketch here for a chance to win a $40 gift voucher from the store, can't wait to see your version! 


Friday, June 7, 2013

School Days Layout, A Mask and Shabby Tag for Green Tara


Hi guys. I know it's been a while since I have posted at Green Tara but I am back now and ready to go with another term on the Green Tara Design Team, and today I wanted to share two new projects and revisit an older project - all featuring some of the beautiful products available through Green Tara

My first project is a scrapbooking layout featuring a snapshot of my youngest daughter while she was still in high school. I have chosen elements such as the flower stem, ribbon and skeleton leaves to coordinate my photograph and background and added one of the small butterflies to the opposite side of my cluster for balance. I adore layouts with lots of layers on them, but I also love a more simplified look such as is featured in this page. 

For my second project I chose to decorate a mask using lots of flowers and other elements such as flower and beaded sprays, paper string, satin rope, a large butterfly and flower stamens. From bold burgundy to the softest pink shades, this piece is really feminine and makes a dramatic statement. Decorating your own mask is made really easy using a hot glue gun for fast drying and just a little imagination for a stunning effect. 

Lastly I wanted to share a tag I created a month or so back using Green Tara flowers and some of the new Green Tara burlap trim. I love the amazing texture you can achieve with this new trim, which you can either leave in the ribbon form it comes in or pull some of the fibres apart for a more random look as I have done on this tag.

Thanks for dropping by today, you can find more detailed photographs as well as a comprehensive list of the Green Tara materials used along with links over on the Green Tara Blog. Hope you find some inspiration from my projects.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Guest Designing @ Berry71Bleu

So happy to be guest designing at Berry71Bleu this month and showing off some fun products as well! 

The image above is a peek at the gorgeous hand made tag I was given to work with in soft shades of purple, beige and sage green which I have carried over onto my layout. I have used Jacquard powder pigments to add texture and shine along with Lumiere 3d Adhesive and Dimensional Paint in Emerald Green as well as papers from 7 Dots Studio. I love how versatile these products are - especially the powder pigment which I have used as a stamping, paint and dry medium. You can also create your own custom mists! 

Along with the layout, I also created some new pages for my art journal featuring Jacquard and Lumiere products.  You can find my post here.

Thanks for calling in today. I am currently still in Western Australia taking an annual holiday with my husband Simon. We have been having such a great time that we've decided to stay on for another week! Right now we are kicking back enjoying the amazing white sand and emerald waters of Shark Bay and I'm taking lots of photographs. This really is the life! 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Mmmy Guilty Pleasure

This month's challenge at Once Upon A Sketch is to create a layout about -your- guilty pleasure. So yes, the secret is out, I have been a coffee drinker for many many years, and although I enjoy an occasional cup of tea my heart belongs to a good cup of coffee. I cannot imagine a day where I do not start and end with my favourite drink. Oh, I have long since given up on caffeine - with age came a need to cut that out of my life - but I do still indulge even if it is caffeine free these days. 

So here is a copy of the sketch:

Don't forget to scrap about your own guilty pleasure!