Monday, 27 June 2016

Mixed Media & Re-purposing...

Hello and welcome back to my humble blog. If you are living in the Mid to South Eastern States of Australia at the moment you'll hopefully be taking advantage of the near-blizzard conditions to get some creating done. If not, I'm very jealous :(   However, the shortest day of the year has come and gone, so I'm looking forward to longer daylight hours very soon. I've been ensconced in front of our cosy fire most of the weekend altering a set of pre-loved bookends. This is just one of a multitude of projects I've been trying to get around to doing and I'm pretty chuffed that I finally finished them.

Lots and lots of texture layers using different mediums were used on this. The Kaisercraft timber letters are a recent purchase specifically for this project, but everything else is what I found in my stash.


The chippy clock behind the letters is from 2Crafty and I've covered it in Structure paste to get a really gritty, rough surface. I also used the same on the clock hands. I cut the clock in half to add to both sides of the bookends.

Except for the Tim Holtz film strip, everything on this has been altered in some way. The flowers were cream and I used water colour paints to change them as well as on the cameos. Heidi Swapp Colour Shine was also used, with a paint brush, as well as Viva 3D Gold paint and Kaisercraft Antique White paint.

I first covered the whole thing with newsprint paper and Gesso before adding some stencilled lettering with texture paste.

I added a chipboard semi circle and a metal butterfly to both sides as well as some German scrap pen nibs which I painted gold. Using my finger I rubbed a bit of gold paint over the lettering to make it stand out more.

I have probably said it before but.... hot glue guns and I have a love-hate relationship, but I managed to take a bit more control of it this time, so I think we are coming to some kind of understanding :D
Here is the finished product on a table in the corner of my library. It now holds the books that I am yet to read (when one is read another seems to take its place! I'm sure they are breeding), otherwise if they go straight into my bookcase I tend forget about them.

It has been a long time since I've altered anything and I really enjoyed the process despite the long wait between drying times.  Thanks again for dropping by xx

Monday, 20 June 2016

Easel Card for Baby...

Just a quick post today with an Easel Card I made recently for someone attending a 1st birthday party.

I love the "Little One" collection from Kaisercraft. The colours are so soft and pretty and the "Collectables" are a wonderful touch to any baby projects. Thanks for dropping by once again xx

Sunday, 19 June 2016

ARTastic June Challenge

Hello again. We're having a beautifully wet Sunday in my part of the World, a perfect day for creating. After studying for the last 9 or so months I have finally finished and have time to get back to entering a few challenges plus lots of catch up scrapbooking to be done. Today I'm sharing a layout I have entered into this month's challenge at ARTastic. I thought this challenge would be a good way to ease myself back into the swing of things, because the criteria is Black, White plus one other colour and here is the inspirational piece of art work by Anna Collins.

I just love those green eyes! However I went with blue as my "other colour" plus I have used the Paper Flourish June Kit Club for this layout as well.

 Sorry about the dodgy photo - our weather isn't conducive to photography this weekend. It's a bit hard to see here but I have used the Kaisercraft "Script" stamp (also included in this Kit) on the background.

A bit of layering as well, but overall a very quick and easy page. What I wouldn't give to back at this Resort right now! ....sigh!  Anyway if you are looking for a quick and easy project pop on over to ARTastic's blog and check it out.   Thanks for dropping by xx

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


Hello again everyone! I'm sorry it's been a little while between blog posts, however I've been a tad busy with some exciting things happening in my World. I'm here today to share with you one of those exciting things. I have been extremely lucky to have gained a place on the Design Team for the PAPER FLOURISH KIT CLUB.  If you haven't already heard about Paper Flourish, Tracey and the Team run a wonderful paper-crafting shop (and online shop) in beautiful Adelaide (South Australia for my overseas friends) and every month they put together a "craft class in a box". These Kits are chock full of the wonderful brand new Kaisercraft papers plus lots of extras for you to create heaps (and I mean HEAPS) of projects. The Kits come with full instructions if you are stuck for ideas. Here are the cards that I made using only the Paper Flourish Kit Club products for June:

I just love this Kit because of the Travel theme, HOWEVER don't be put off by that. The papers would suit ANY type of outdoor theme.

The colours go with anything and as you can see the Kit also includes some lovely red, slightly glittery, tape to brighten your projects. There are Dies available to go with this Kit as well that can be purchased separately. Here I've used Kaisercraft's "round the world" and "circle mesh" Dies.

Included in the Kit as well is a pack of the famous Kaisercraft "Collectables"!

Here is just some of the Inspo from the Kit Club Design Team:

Now for those of you who are lucky enough to be attending the Brisbane Papercraft Expo this weekend, you can get up close and personal with these lovely projects and pick yourself up a Kit. Tracey and the Team will be there on Friday and Sunday so pop in and say Hello and tell them I sent you :)  Later this month I will be on the PAPER FLOURISH BLOG to share with you a few other little treasures that I made with the June Kit. Also you can drop into the Paper Flourish FB page to keep up with all the news. PLUS if you join the Paper Flourish Kit Club you will have exclusive access to the Paper Flourish Kit Club FB page for lots of info and inspiration.

Thanks for calling in and I do hope you get a chance to check out the Paper Flourish Store (the link is at the top of this post). Until next time...