Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Just like a Pill - Kraft Plus Challenges

Attention P!nk fans - you are going to adore the new November kraftboard at Kraft Plus Challenges!
Drawing inspiration from an artist who is not afraid to speak her mind and live authentically, I created this page using lyrics from one of her well know tracks. 

My DS was very ill recently and we decided to see if he could try and swallow a tablet instead of spoons and spoons of gloopy syrup. I was delighted when he gave it a go and was successful!
To create my title, I wanted to echo the punk feel of many of P!nk's album covers. I wanted a stencilled look, so I created the title in Silhouette Studio.

Using a dauber and black ink, I went over the area, deciding at the last minute to mix up the title using chipboard alphas for the word 'just' instead.

I love the look it produced! For a bit more of a distressed feel, I used some direct misting along with some grungy Prima stamps which I recently added to my collection. The drips are perfect for the look I was going for.

A couple of bright layered elements make up the top section. (I will cover how I got the marbled effect in a post soon!) Simple Stories 'DIY Boutique' is the perfect line for this irreverent challenge ;)

Here is a look at the challenge board. There are a few rules worth noting, so it's worth popping over to the K+ blog to check out all the details.

 Happy creating!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Boo! Spooktacular Marquee Light

EEk it's almost that time of the year again - one of my personal favourite times of the year.... Halloween! Every year the kids and I look forward to dressing up and decorating the house. It's wonderful to see it gaining momentum here in Australia - more and more retailers are getting on board with the spooky fun.

I couldn't resist decorating this Heidi Swapp Marquee Light for the occasion. It comes with a orange glitter template in the packaging so you don't have to customise it, but if you do (and trust me, it's loads of fun!) you can remove it and use it as a guide for your own pattern papers, like this totally adorbs Simple Stories 'Frankie and Friends' which I've kind've been hoarding since last year, hehe.

I have the Collection Kit, so I had a nice selection of papers to choose from, as well as the cutest character stickers! I have backed a couple with some plain cardstock and then mounted them to the outisde of the light.

The inside is a mix of patterned papers, some stickers and enamel dots. Oh how I miss Glitz giant rhinestones! (The eyeball ones are some of my very favourite Halloween embellies, ever!) The marquee light bulbs are very quick to install and really bring my spooky little friends to life :)

I'm not sure if Aussie retailers are stocking these particular Marquee Lights, but you can find Simple Stories 'Frankie and Friends' on sale right now.

Happy Haunting!

Friday, 18 September 2015

September Kraft Plus challenge

The September 'Tri Hard' challenge over at Kraft Plus Challenges is an awesome one. Combining our love of all things kraft with a fantastic sketch by The Nifty Pixel, it is sure to inspire you! The triangle theme from this year's E2C provided the perfect theme for my hybrid page.

I've used an Ali Edwards digital stamp along with a Just Jaimee mist/paint element and, after planning where they were going to be positioned, printed them directly onto my paper.

Digital materials: Ali Edwards 'What today looked like'; Just Jaimee Dec Storyteller
The little triangles (which I have been hoarding) were from our E2C goodie bags :)  There are also a couple of acrylic triangles from Pink Paislee's Citrus Bliss ephemera pack.

The photo booth provided hours of entertainment. I have never laughed my way through complete days like I did in Port Lincoln. Special people, special place.

The sketch is below. Check out Emma's incredible work by heading to her blog and if you're a digi scrapper or enjoy dabbling with digital, you can grab the free template while you're there, which can be used for the challenge!

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

August Kraft Plus Challenge - Daybook

Hello fellow 'Krafters'!

The new K+ challenge for August is sure to both test and excite you! A splash of ZENTANGLING, it's time to get our craft onto kraft! Once again, I started off with an idea which ended up a completely different project... a layout turned daybook, using kraft, a Heidi Swapp Minc and new Simple Stories 'So Fancy'.

Here is the kraftboard to get your ideas flowing. Remember, it doesn't have to be a lot. As much as you like, but there has to be doodling and there has to be kraft.

This little book has already come in very handy. The foil cover looks awesome and the inside is simple with just few embellishments, so it leaves lots of space for jotting ideas down.

On the inside cover I've adhered a pocket which I created with my WRMK Fuse Tool. I can use it to keep small bits that I want to hang on to.

Most of the inside pages are just white A4 copy that I've folded in half. Dotted in amongst them are various sheets of 12x12 patterned paper from the So Fancy collection which I cut down to A4 size. All the papers were folded in half, then I stitched the whole thing, along with my cover (which I will explain below) together using my sewing machine.

For my cover, I drew a full A4 page worth of doodling and then (nose burning from the fumes!) I scanned the drawing in and, using my little laser printer, copied it onto an A4 sheet of kraft cardstock.

I then covered the kraft in mint foil and ran it though the Minc. Note that the finish on the foiling wasn't 100% because the kraft had a slightly rough texture. For perfect results, smooth stock is much better for foiling.

I've run tabs down the length at various positions within the book and popped a small bit of motivational text in the form of expressions stickers near the top of the pages. The beautiful selection of So Fancy washi paper was perfect to run along the very top of each page, to add a bit of colour to the blank pages.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will play along with us this month!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Press Play - Scrapbooking Memories Magazine

I was very chuffed to participate in a little challenge recently for Scrapbooking Memories Magazine, along with three other awesome scrappers. We each got to choose a decade and then create a layout which captured the feel of that decade. Mine was the 80's, which was right up my alley! Pop culture, neon, glitter... a chance to revisit my youth!

Volume 18 No.2 on page 63
My layout is based around things that made growing up in the 80's fun for me.

As a child, a big treat for me was going down to a local cafĂ© that had a Pac-Man arcade game. I found an image online and created a cut file in Silhouette Studio.  I backed the maze part of it with blue glitter cardstock and used yellow card for the pac-dots.  I printed off the ghosts onto white card and gave them a slick of glossy accents for definition.

The rest of the page uses printed imagery as ephemera, along with a photo of my Sister and I, squeezing our beloved Cabbage Patch Kids.

Such a trip down memory lane!

You can read all about this page in Volume 18 No. 2 (pg 63) as well as check out the fabulous creations for the 60's, 70's, & 90's too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Jot Magazine July moodboard

When I saw the colours on the board for July over at Jot Magazine I knew I had to play along. Juicy oranges and gorgeous teals - yum!

 This is the page I created for the challenge
We recently visited the Maleny Botanic Gardens which was really amazing. In conjunction with having stunning landscapes and views for miles, there is also a scrumptious Devonshire Tea, animal petting and a massive aviary. Inside, there are all manner of beautiful birds. Our close encounter of the feathered kind was so wonderful, we had to go in for another tour! If you are up that way, I would really recommend a visit.

The base of my page kind've happened by accident. I was showing my kids how to do an ink blot test and I went about messing around with different colours. A couple of sheets later, and I had this amazing background, which I think actually looks a bit like feathers.

Heidi Swapp clear card from a PL kit.

I've had feather cut files for ages, begging to be used. So I ran a couple different colours of Bazzill cardstock through my Silhouette as well as one of my favourite 'Niche' feather metal die cuts from My Mind's Eye, with my Cuttlebug.

Skeleton feather from the Silhouette online store.

All the elements have been layered and some of the feathers stitched for a bit of character.

To see the stunning examples by the Jot Girls and to join the challenge, you can link up your projects here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!