Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cre8 Till L8 Challenge

Hi everyone,

How was your weekend?  It was a long one up here in Queensland for Labour Day, so mine was pretty good - spent chilling, scrapping, catching up on some housework and seeing family and friends.

Anyway, thank you for popping by my blog.  Today I thought I'd share a layout with you that I did at Saturday's Cre8 till L8 day, run by Michelle from Studio M Designs.
Michellle always has a challenge on the day, and I participate everytime.  Not so much for the fantastic prizes on offer, (20% and 10% off your shop purchases) but because it is fantastic for getting the mojo flowing and doing something different.  The prizes are by random draw, so everyone who enters has a chance of winning.

This was the criteria for the challenge this time:

1. Title/Theme/ Inspiration – Happy
2. Design/Project – Circles3. Tech/Tools – Die Cuts/ Embossing Folders4. Colour – White plus one other colour (can include varies shades of the one colour)5. Medium – Inks (Can be ink Pads or Spray inks)6. Journal – With a white pen7. Embellishment – Die Cut Feature

And this is what I did, please note I found it VERY difficult to simply use "White and One other Colour," so I entered the challenge, and then with I got home I added some black lettering and some black ink splashes...just couldn't resist - lol.

To create the background I diecut some Spellbinder's circles and arranged them onto the ink splashes I had laid down initially.  I did some stamping, and used some Colour Blast Paste in Snow with a Dusty Attic Stencil, some gesso splashes, and some stamping, also used some Melt Art White embossing powder.  The Colour Blast Paste and the Dusty Attic Stencil are available in the Studio M Designs shop here.

I was actually pretty happy with how it turned out.

Hope you all have a wonderful week xx

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ahoy There!!!

Hi Everyone
Thank you for popping by my blog today.
Today I am sharing another "Just Because" layout.
I took this photo a little over a year ago.  Mum, Connor and I went for a trip up the Burnett River on the Bundy Belle, a lovely little boat that takes tours on the river.
At one point, the Captain invited the kids to go and have a steer of the boat.  Connor jumped at the chance and I couldn't resist taking a photo of him at the helm.

I have used 7 Dots Studio "Destination Unknown" papers.  I just loved all the nautical elements of the range, and thought they went well with the photo.
My background work included some stencilling with some gorgeous Colour Blast Colour Paste in Bling and Stormy Weather.  These beautiful richly coloured pastes can be purchased from Studio M Designs.  I also painted on some gesso and added some stamping using some Kaisercraft Textured Background Stamps - Film Edges and Grid, which can be found here in the Studio M Designs shop.
At the very end I added some watered down gesso and some black ink splatters to get more layers and added more texture with some Prima Glass Glitter and Microbeads.

Here are some close ups.

Hope you have a fabulous Sunday and are able to squeeze some scrapping in.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cre8 Till L8

I am really excited for my weekend.  Tomorrow is a Cre8 Till L8 day here in Mackay.  Studio M Designs host these days every month or so, and they are full on, starting at 9.00am and literally going until the last person is standing - midnight or later.....  An entire day and night of non-stop creating.
Through in some friendly challenges and competitions,  a workshop or two hosted by the talented Michelle, and some pretty awesome creatively minded peeps and it is one of the best days to be had.

Also, Michelle releases BRAND NEW Kits 2 Go.  They are only available at the crop for the weekend, and get uploaded to the shop the next week, so it's a good time to get in and grab a kit before anyone else has a chance.

Tomorrow, one of the layouts I created is being released as a kit.

Here is is:

As I have explained before, these kits come chock a block full of all the paper and embellishments you need to create this layout, PLUS detailed, step by step instructions explaining how to put it together, including details of the mixed media products used so you can create an exact duplicate of the layout using a photo of your choice.
Pretty cool huh?

Also released tomorrow is a kit by the very talented Anguree Jansen Von Rensburg.  This lady's work is AH-MAZING so I can't wait to see the kit myself.

So, if you are in the Mackay area and would love to join in, contact Michelle Grant at Studio M designs or visit the shop here.

Thank you for popping by my blog, hope you all have an awesome weekend.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

CSI Case File 198

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for popping by my blog.  Tonight I am sharing the layout I did for the final challenge in my Special Investigator stint over at CSI Colour Stories Inspiration.

Here is the challenge:

Now I have to admit I did find this a bit tricky - especially with the colour combinations, as I don't usually scrap with a lot of green.  Don't know why - it's just one of those colours I don't use much....
Anyway, this is what I came up with.  

I used some paper from Pion Designs and the Kaisercraft Coastal Escape Range, as well as a Kaisercraft Die for the large seagrass, and Coastal Escape Collectables.
To cover all of the colours, I painted the large seagrass diecuts with some Dusty Attic Paint in Forrest and Crushed Olive, which you can get from the Studio M Designs shop here.  My background work included some Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals in Tweedle Dee Denim and I also added some netting with the Kaisercraft Fishing Net Background Stamp and Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder.  I also splattered some Lindy's Stamp Gang mist in Tweedle Dee Denim and Sunshine Yellow.

The Evidence I supplied was the striped paper, leaves/flowers, string, and the mesh I used as part of my photo mat.  My Testimony was about nature, and was partially hidden in the bottle.

Here are some close ups:

If you would like to play along with this fantastic challenge, visit the CSI Color Stories Inspiration site here.

Cheers, and I hope you are having a good weekend. xx

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are all having a good week - thank you for stopping by my blog.
Today I am sharing a "Just Because" layout.  I had these photos of Connor I took in Cairns up against a graffiti wall.  He was being his typical uncooperative self, and it was a real struggle to get some decent photos of him.
Anyway, when I saw this stencil from Dusty Attic I knew I wanted to do a grungy boy layout to fit the cheekiness of the photos.

I am pretty sure you can get them at Studio M Designs here:

So this is what I created:

I created the cityscape background with the Dusty Attic Stencil and Colourblast Colour Paste in Steel.  I chose to spray the background with a Kaisercraft Spray Ink in Red, and a Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray Ink in Tweedle Dee Denim.  I also added some Colourblast Colour Paste in Snow with another Dusty Attic Stencil, and did some background stamping with a Kaisercraft Texture Stamp.  Loads of other texture was added with some ink splatters, letter stickers, Viva Decor Inka Gold Paste, and Gesso splatters.  The papers and diecuts I used was from one of my go-to grungy boy ranges "Off The Wall" by Kaisercraft.  I finished it off with some florist wire and some metal embellishments from Prima and Tim Holtz.

Here are some close ups.

You can get the Colourblast Colour Pastes, Dusty Attic Stencils and Kaisercraft Spray Ink here at the Studio M Designs shop.

Hope you all have a great weekend and get to fit some scrapping in!!
Bye for now,

Saturday, April 9, 2016

CSI Special Investigator Case 197

Hi Everyone,
Thanks so much for popping by my blog.
Today I'd like to share with you the layout I did as a Special Investigator for CSI Colour, Stories, Inspiration Case 197.

Here it is:

As you can see, this challenge comes with a sketch done by the talented Em Stafrace.
This is how I solved the case:

For a change I decided to use a fair bit of pink in my layout, and this photo of my gorgeous niece went perfectly with what I wanted to do. I sprayed a white background with pink and yellow spray, and backed it with black and white paper. Just used a small bit of the pale grey in my title.
The Evidence provided included the stripes in the bow, chalkboard elements, flowers, decorative borders, a lightbulb and my painted chipboard title.My testimony was using a prompt from Easy Street Prompts "Gypsy Soul."I kept mainly to the sketch provided, but used a 6x4 photo and moved the embellishment cluster more to the side of the photo.

Here is a close up:

As you can see, I added lots and lots of yummy layers with paint splatters and stamping as well as the sprays.
These cool leaves are from 2 Crafty, with you can get at Studio M Designs.
I used Blue Fern  "Ombre Dreams" Paper and the other flower chipboard is also from Blue Fern Studios
Well I'm off to do some creating in my scrap space now - hope you get some scrapping done this weekend, and if you would like some inspirations, don't forget to pop by CSI for a challenge or two.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Creating Cards

Hi Peeps,
Thanks for popping by.  Today is just a quick post sharing a card I created for a friend who recently lost her father in law.
It has been a while since I created a card, but I was quite happy with how this one turned out.

All I really used was white and two different shades of grey cardstock I had in my stash.  I used an embossing folder I haven't opened in the 3 years since I purchased it, as well as a Spellbinders label die and a Couture Creations Butterfly die.
Hope you are all having a good week and can get to your scrap table over the weekend. xx