Saturday, 31 January 2015

Here comes the bride - Simple Stories digital

Did you know you can now purchase lots of your favourite Simple Stories collections in digital format? New lines are being added all the time and are great value, like The Story of Us, which I've used in this digi page.

Digital credits: Simple Stories 'The Story of Us'; Sweet Caroline Studio splatters & 'Dream' collab: Pixels & Company.; RYoung Storyteller Vellum Doily & Pink Reptile Designs torn treasures: The Lilypad; Scrabble Tile alphas: Pixel Scrapper

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Simple Stories CHA

CHA... yes those little letters were a part of my life for the first time ever this year thanks to Simple Stories! To say it was a serious spin out is an understatement! How I would have loved to have been able to experience it in person, but thanks to Instagram, I was living vicariously through all those lucky people seeing all that crafty amazingness in the flesh!

I had six layouts on display at the show. I'm sure you will agree that the stand looked brilliant and the incredible new collections just blew everyone away! Look out for them in the Sassy Scrappers store very soon.

Top right

Second from left, bottom row. Far right, second row

Second from left, top row. Last on the right, bottom row

Second from left, top row. Second from left, bottom row
This was one of my pages for the show. I've used the exquisite 'I Am' collection which is all about scrapping the very important, and yet often neglected people in our lives... ourselves!!

The sentiments in this line really resonate with me and the lush gold adds such a luxurient touch. You will adore it.

The middle panel has been created with complimentary colours pulled out of the collection... 6x6 papers, Sn@p cards, washi paper and ephemera. The have been machine stitched together and used as a backing for my photo and title.
The photo is actually of some parsley flowers from my modest herb garden. I had let them bolt a bit over the holidays. The minute flowers could have been easily overlooked, but they were so so beautiful. Each a tiny, perfect specimen. The 4x6 Sn@p card was the perfect fit for this picture. We need to make more time to stop and smell the roses.

Some clever additions to the new collections are the awesome 'New Bradz' which have no pesky bit poking out of the back as well as these gorgeous decorative clips (shown below). The nice thing about these is that the sewing machine can stitch through them, so you can secure bits if you like. Other major highlights for me were the new chipboard frames (squeal!) the gold and silver foil accents on the new collections and the awesome interactive elements in the 'I Am' collection.

I Am, Say Cheese II, Enchanted and lots more gorgeous stuff will be shipping to retailers from next month. Keep your eye out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Top 10 Blog Hop winner

Thank you so much to all who hopped along with us. Welcome to new followers both here or on social media!

The $75 Paper Issues voucher winner was Miriam Prantner from Laurel's blog. Congratulations!

I have also decided to draw a random winner from the comments on my post too. Thank you all so much for your extremely kind words on my projects!

The winner is

Which is you Sandy, congrats!

" Sandy Ross 31 December 2014 at 14:01 
Awesome projects! Thanks for the inspiration! "

Please drop me a line and I will get a little something off to you!

Till next time x

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Let your light shine - Jan moodboard Sassy Scrappers

All things 'new & shiny' were on my mind when I designed this month's moodboard for Sassy Scrappers. 
I hope you will find some inspiration from the imagery and join us for some fun!

A bit of an introspective page as I contemplate the possibilities for 2015...

It's a bit of a mix and match page. It's not often that I'm smitten with flowers... but the Maggie Holmes Open Book blooms, ephemera and chipboard frames have me seriously weak at the knees. 
I need another pack of the flowers just so I can hoard them!
This little blue rose and the stamp are from Heidi Swapp September Skies
On the background, I have used one my favourite rose 'Words or Whatever' 
stencils and mucked around with some ink and glitter glue.

I used a dauber to apply first a pink, then a red ink through the stencil.
On top of that, I used some silver Glitzin' Glamour in parts of the stencil. It was quite a thick application. If you are going to try it, remove the stencil very carefully so as to avoid it spreading in to other areas.

As a final flourish, I have given my page some major bling factor, by pretty much using a whole sheet of silver rhinstones. I absolutely love the effect!

Here is the moodboard. The winners of November and December will be announced on the Sassy blog tomorrow and then the linkup tool should be active.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, 2 January 2015

A simply amazing story

It's been a couple of torturous months, keeping tight-lipped but I can finally shout from the rooftops.... I will be joining the Simple Stories Design Team for 2015!

You will be blown away by all the amazing new goodies coming and I can not wait to show you what I have been up to!

Check out the amazing talent that I am going to be working alongside.... my head is still spinning!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Top 10 Blog Hop 2014

Hello and welcome to my post in the Top Ten blog hop!

As the year draws to a close I want to share with you my favourite 10 projects that were published in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine, as part of the sponsor projects we were commissioned to do as Masters. I still can't believe it has all come to an end, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Details of the hop are listed at the bottom of my post. There is an awesome prize to be won, so be sure to visit all the girls to maximise your chance of winning!

One of my first projects was this layout, using Flourish with a Bling stickers.
Flourish with a Bling project Volume 16 No. 8

The next two projects were for my first 'Mastering the Art' article. I chose to write about using the Silhouette Cameo machine, giving hints and tips to hopefully dispel some fears that it is a complicated piece of equipment.
Volume 16 No.10

 This fun mini about a summer holiday was created for the same article

A Carina Gardner cut file. Vol 16 No.10

This next layout must be one of my all-time favourites, ever. I'm not sure if it's the colour combo or that gorgeous bubba of mine, but I just love the way it turned out! I've used a WOW stencil three ways: with texture paste, with mist and as a stitching template.

Words or Whatever project. Volume 16 No.10

'Lovely Girl' was created for another article I wrote in the Silhouette series, this time focusing on the welding technique.

Volume 16 No.11

This layout, 'Family: Our story' is another one that I really love. Being an interactive page (which I really enjoy doing) it was difficult to see all the details in the magazine.

Volume 16 No.12
The booklet opens to reveal the story of how my DH and I went from being two dorky teenagers to having a beautiful family.

Living in tropical paradise, I really miss a true season change, but these rich colours were totally inspiring.
Bo Bunny project Volume 17 No. 3

This layout wasn't actually one of my commissioned projects for Masters, but it hasn't been on my blog yet so I thought I would include it now. Lots of Basic Grey goodies. I really like the concentrated amount of elements on the page.
'My Baby Boy' Volume 17 No.3

I so enjoyed working these fun dies and embossing folders from Couture Creations. The WRMK 'Inked Rose' collection I used is absolutely delish too!
Couture Creations project Volume 17 No.5

Now you'll have to excuse this last picture, as it was hastily snapped before I submitted it and now it's out of my hands for a class that I will be teaching locally next month!

Another interactive page, my journalling sits under the 'Joy' flap. The shaker box (top left) can also be opened to reveal the snow flake.


Prize: $75 Gift Certificate to Paper Issues!
How to Enter: You can get one entry for commenting on each blog in the hop. 
ie a maximum of 24 entries (no more than one comment per blog will be counted).  Entries will close on January 4th. The winner will be drawn from all the comments on the 5th, so be sure to check back here then.

If you're following the hop, you will be moving on to Christine's blog next!

If you're starting now, this is the full blog roll:

Juliana Michaels
Michele Kovack
Chantalle McDaniel   << you're here!
Christine Meyer
Mendi Yoshikawa
Kelly Holbrook
Laurel Seabrook
Katrina Hunt
Wendy Morris-Saponaro
Becki Adams
Suzanna Lee
Melissa Elsner
Monika Wright
Wendy Antenucci
Jen Matott
Marcia Dehn-Nix
Ashley N Newell
Kathy Skou
Linda Auclair
Kelly Jean
Monique Liedtke
Rhonda Van Ginkel
Jennifer Haggerty
Cathy Harper

Thanks for joining in the fun and good luck!