Saturday, 27 September 2014

Playing with Flowers Part 4...

I'm back again today for the final instalment of Playing with Flowers. I've really enjoyed my time as Guest Designer at SCRAPPERS GARDEN, thank you so much Linda Thompson for having me and allowing me to show off your wonderful flowers. Well as promised I am going to show you this week's project using the delectable Scrappers Garden flowers. BUT for something totally different for me, I created a canvas AND I've also included some step by step photos on how to get the "faux silk" background using tissue paper.

Firstly I Gessoed my canvas. After it dried I let loose with Modge Podge to glue on the tissue paper. But first I cut the tissue paper to size and screwed it up in a little ball to get as many crinkles in it as I could. I then spread it out roughly over the Modge Podge leaving as many creases in it as possible.

I then layed down some plasterers tape for more texture and used texture paste with a circle stencil and a clock stencil over the top of the tissue paper, being careful not to tear the paper as I was going.

Once that was dry I went to work with the mist sprays (Purple & Lime Green) and then played around with the flowers and title until I was happy with the placement.

The lovely Scrappers Garden flowers were all mostly purples & mauves to start with but I got a bit carried away with the mists. I also used  metal cogs & flowers & a Prima resin staircase. When I was happy with the placement of everything I Gessoed over the cogs and then added more purple & green mist. I then added a script stamp and rub ons randomly.

I glued everything down, sprayed more purple mist over the flowers, added some white paint and Glimmer Glaze here and there and while it was all drying I worked on the title, which I cut with the Cricut. I coloured the first two words black and then decided that the word "Beautiful" needed some "oomph" so I glued on tiny, tiny purple beads and then randomly glued some more tiny, tiny beads in patches around the canvas - yes I know.... it seemed like a good idea at the time :/

 Drying time again, glued on the title and here is how it turned out...

This is an 8 x 10cm canvas which I found quite manageable. Some of the elements are a tad hard to see in this pic but I have used little mauve pearls for the metal flowers centres. The Scrappers Garden flowers held up extremely well under the extra mist, paint and Glimmer Glaze, so don't hesitate to alter them if you need to :)

I hope you enjoyed my little blog today. Thanks for dropping by and don't forget to check out the Scrappers Garden store.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

You can now follow me by email...

I've had a couple of requests from friends to add the "follow by email" link to my blog. Well I finally got around to doing it......see the side bar >>>>>
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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Playing with flowers Part 3...

I'm back again this fine Saturday with another project showcasing the flowers from SCRAPPERS GARDEN, but for this week and next I wanted to show you the versatility of these lovely little paper creations. They are just the right size to use on cards without the bulk:

For this card I used four Scrappers Garden flowers, a brown doily, some light brown netting, pearls, tiny brown flowers and I die cut & stamped my own leaves. I love how well these Scrappers Garden flowers worked on this card with their pretty little pearl centres. I hope by now that you've had a chance to check out the huge range of flowers available in Linda's store.

I'll be back next Saturday with the final instalment of my "Playing with flowers"  Guest Designer inspiration. I hope you will call in here or the Scrappers Garden FB page to see how I got downright messy :)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Sketchabilities #123

Welcome back. This next layout is for the mid-month sketch over at SKETCHABILITIES. I had a lot of fun with this one, helped by the fact that I now have so many photos from the young ones' travelling collection. Here is the sketch:

It's a beauty don't you think?! And here is my creation (sorry about the crooked photography):

I so love this photo and I used to struggle with creating with bright colours, but since I've been driven out of my comfort zone it has become much easier for me. I've used some pretty Stampin' Up! paper, a Kaisercraft circle stencil, a Crafters Workshop script stencil, chippy ships wheel & bell from Scrapmatts, flowers from Scrappers Garden, Flair from A Piece of Cake Designs, a Kaisercraft tag and I've suddenly become hooked on sequins.                      


I purchased some cork sheets recently, so I've been die cutting my own alphas and embellies with it and I love the outcome :)

I hope you are enjoying Karan's sketches as much as I am. Don't forget that you can find past sketches on the Sketchabilities Pinterest page HERE.  

Thanks again for looking :)

Scrap Africa Challenge #35

Good morning everyone! It's the start of another beautiful Spring day here and I'm not one for wasting it so I'm doing an early post for a couple of creations for the mid-month design teams. This one is for  SCRAP AFRICA and it's a VINTAGE theme. Now I know a lot of you are very good at doing "Vintage" so I'd love to see your creations for this one. Now that doesn't mean you have to use a vintage photo. I've used a very recent photo of my girl when she was dressed up for a 1940's themed party but I've used some lovely vintage elements and paper.

I've used Kaisercraft pp and lace and pearls from Craft Queen. Most of the other embellies are from Tattered Inspirations that I've had in my stash for yonks! so glad I've been able to finally use them.


Have a look at Scrap Africa's blog and check out the design team's beautiful inspiration. 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Playing with flowers Part 2...

Hello again! As promised I'm back today with my second design for SCRAPPERS GARDEN.  The colours in these flowers were perfect for the photo that I wanted to use. I also based my layout on a sketch from Sketchabilities on Pinterest where you can access all their previous sketches. This particular sketch is #112.

Thanks once again to Steve Hill for the "Stunning" photo, taken last year on their travels through Germany. I've used some lovely orange and peach coloured Scrappers Garden flowers as well as a couple of black & white flowers to tie in with the lovely pp from Kaisercraft.

I added some circles with texture paste and a few dimensional magic dots to give the illusion of water drops from the heavy fog :)


The little owl tag is from a pack that I found in a little gift shop in the UK last year.

Thanks again for dropping by & I hope you get to check out the Scrappers Garden shop very soon. I'll be back next Saturday with more flower inspo.

Saturday, 6 September 2014


Welcome back, I hope you are all going to have a very creative weekend. I've been fortunate enough to be given a spot as a Guest Designer for September at SCRAPPERS GARDEN, by the lovely Linda Thompson. And what a fabulous season to be showcasing Linda's stunning flowers from her SHOP. I urge you to call in and check out the amazing range of hand-made flowers, all categorised by colour for our convenience, and support a great Aussie business.

I will be providing you with a little bit of inspiration every Saturday this month through the Scrappers Garden Facebook Page along with the other talented Design Team members. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE....Linda is having a FB Sale on Wednesday 10th September with very reasonably priced bags of goodness PLUS a chance to win yourself a free bag of flowers if you make a purchase! Click on the Scrappers Garden link above which will take you straight to the FB page for details.

So here is my first layout using Scrappers Garden hand-made flowers:

                                                                  "You are my..."

The lovely black & white flowers were perfect for this page plus I added a little bit of red ink to the edges of the "Sugar Pop" flowers to add a little more colour to the page.

I hope you love the flowers from Scrappers Garden as much as I do. Stay tuned for next Saturday's post when I'll be back with a another project created just for Scrappers Garden and I'm sure you'll love the colours of the flowers that I've used on it.

Enjoy your weekend, and Happy Father's Day to my Dad and all the amazing Aussie Dad's out there. I hope you all enjoy your day tomorrow. Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Scrap Africa #34

Hello again and thanks for calling in. It is time again for another challenge at SCRAP AFRICA This is another lovely sketch by the talented Denise Van Deventer:

I decided to create a card for this challenge using the Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret and Classic Leaf dies.

I sprayed them heavily with Prima Colour Bloom and also inked the edges. I cut the leaves out in vellum to soften the background.  I really hope you can join in at Scrap Africe for this challenge with whatever creation takes your fancy - as long as you use the sketch as inspiration. If you need ideas, hop on over to the blog & check out the Design Team's creations.

Until next time...

Monday, 1 September 2014


Hello everyone! The first of the month is always a busy and exciting time in the scrapbooking community when all the new challenges are posted. We here in the Southern Hemisphere are welcoming the first day of Spring....YAY! And to add to this joyous occasion I am happy to announce that I've been chosen to be a part of the Spring Inspiration Team at D-LISH SCRAPS.  To say I am excited is an understatement. I urge you to call into the D-lish Scraps SHOP and check out all the lovely goodies that Amanda has available. I've used quite a few of her goodies in my Design Team inspo for this month. If its your first time at D-lish Scraps don't forget to read the challenge rules HERE.   Now check out the new D-lish Sketch (optional) and inspiration board:

How pretty are the colours?! I chose to follow the sketch and the colours really spoke to me.

                                                       "You'll look back on this and Smile"

The background paper is from 7Dots Studio which is the perfect colour match to the Inspiration Board. I stencilled some hearts onto the background with texture paste tinted with pink paint and I also stamped onto the background. I've use the lovely quaterfoil pattern bags (D-lish Scraps) as background paper & doilies.

The beautiful flowers are from D-lish as are the little stamen and wooden leaves. I couldn't believe how well the flowers matched this paper :) Noet the little Flair in the bottom corner - you can purchase them from the shop as well.

I do hope you can have a go at interpreting the Inspiration Board this month. And remember to check out all the goodies in the shop.  Thanks for dropping by!