Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Scrap The Girls May challenge

Scrap The Girls May challenge

I was inspired by the pink and gold, flowers and party theme!!

This is also a tribute to my mum, who passed away at 93 years of age on the 15th December 2017.
I acknowledge that we were blessed to have had her generous, beautiful self with us for so long into  our adult lives.However losing her has  still been  devastating!
I think this photo captures how happy and loving she was,always laughing and giving us her beautiful hugs and smiles. It was always a happy time when Mum was around!!

Lots of fussy cutting with this one!!

The papers I used were from Studiolight- Shabby Chic collection 
and various washi tapes in my collection!
The pink heart came from Corbett Creations and Rainbow Splendour
The chipboard letters are Kasazz .
 I covered them with gold foil using my Couture Creations Go Foil and Press Machine
I backed the photo with gold glitter tape edging some cardstock.

I enjoyed putting this page together!!

I would love to see your take on this month's moodboard!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Stick It Down April 2018 Inspiration

April Stick It Down single page sketch challenge

Initially I wasn't too happy about cutting these photos down but I'm really pleased with how the layout captures my absolute joy at the time, and how gorgeous my little boy was( and still is though he would disagree with the adjective at 23 years of age now!!)
Paper was Maja Designs Denim and Friends
chipboard Arrows Dusty Attic
the ink was Tim Holtz Distress Oxide
the ribbon from Tilda
and the title ( scrapFX) was smooshed with the ink and then clear embossing powder over the top!
So glad I took these photos now!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Off The Rails March Tutorial - How I made my Canvas Wall Art.

Off The Rails Scrapbooking challenge site

I enjoyed making my Canvas Art for the February Moodboard so I thought I would share how I did it!
The photo is of Direction Island, one the Cocos Keeling Islands way out in the Indian Ocean. Fabulous place for a holiday if you like the beach and snorkelling!

My inspiration to use the thongs was because the beaches on the ocean side of the lagoon were littered with flotsam and jetsam including many many abandoned thongs!!

All about the islands there were pretty cool art creations using this junk!

I came home with a hankering to do something similar and am really pleased with the result!

I used a 14 x 14 inch canvas which had been triple primed so my first step was to apply texture paste through a stencil.

I used Golden Gel Medium Light Moulding Paste over a Tim Holtz Layering Mini Stencil( the brick pattern coming from the moodboard).

I usually leave my projects with moulding paste overnight to dry but one can use a heat tool if one has the patience!!

Once dry I painted strips with Jane Davenport Acrylic Paints

It was at this time that I thought maybe a coat of white gesso on the canvas before I started might have been a good idea as it took a few coats of paint to give the colour that I was happy with.

My next step was to lightly coat my chipboard and title with white Gesso.
 I also coated the outer sides of my photo mat.

 I cut some cheesecloth

and distressed the edges with my fingers

I chose blue for the outer edges of my photo mat

I played around  with where I wanted to place my photo and other features and once I was happy with the placement I took a photo, so I could reference back to it later.
 I don't know if other people work this way but I find it helpful.

I thought the white made a good contrast so I embossed my chipboard and title with Versamark Ink and Altenew Crisp Embossing Powder - Pure White.

The chipboard was Blue Fern studios Chipboard  - Seaside Shells
the title Kaszazz Chipboard word - Timeless

 Once this was all  done it was time to lay it all down!!

 I glued the thongs down with a hot glue gun.

I  layered the base of my photo with strips of cardboard so that the photo would sit flat across the canvas between the two thongs!

I encountered the same issue with the Kaisercraft Paper Blooms- Sea Breeze but I just layered up the double sided foam mount

The chipboard and title I attached with Prima Art Basics 3d Matt Gel

I also used the gel too, with a fine paintbrush to stick down the sequins( Dress My Sequins - Sea Breeze).


This canvas now hangs in my home, a lovely reminder of the fab holiday we had in 2014!!!

I had  great fun making this canvas!

 I would really encourage you to give a go!

 Worst comes to worst and you don't like where it is going  you can just cover it all with a layer or
 two of gesso and start again!!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Stick It Down March 2018 Inspiration

Stick It Down March single page challenge for 2019

I saw this as a great opportunity to scrap some of my January Canada holiday!!

I went out of my comfort zone and played with Faber-Kastell Gelatos  and really enjoyed myself!!

 Gelatos I used were :-





After covering the page with White gesso I applied the Gelatos and water,then dropped salt on while 

still wet.

Then when dry, I  rubbed off the salt and used wet wipes over a couple of stencils.

The chipboard words were from Kasazz.

 I painted them with white gesso and again, when dry coloured with the same Gelatos.

 The sequins were Beads Neezs, which I bought from a Patchwork and gift shop in Port Lincoln South Australia.(Ruby and Kate)

 I love how they reflect the colour of whatever they are on. I'll be looking for more of them!

All in all pretty pleased with this page.

Would love to see how others create with this sketch!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Scrap The Girls March Inspiration

I had the ideal photo for this challenge,my daughter, face painted as a tiger, giving out that exact message!!

I used the lyrics from Helen Reddy's famous song as my title!

I had great fun playing around with Tim Holtz Oxide inks over a prima stencil(woven).

The technique I used was demonstrated in a video by Emma Zappone. ( using a small plastic bag to apply the zinc oxide to your page)- thanks Emma for the reminder about that technique!

I also used papers from Maja Design's Denim and Friends Collection.

Stamps were from Carabelle Art Studio Art Stamps "Dood'l Art"

The red thickers were from American Crafts " Rain Boots" and the black were Amy Tangerine.

I rarely scrap yellow as I find it hard to work with but this photo fitted the mood board perfectly!!
It was definitely a benefit to go out of my comfort zone for this one!!
people should have lots of fun with this mood board!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Off the Rails February 2018 mid month design inspiration

Off the Rails Challenge - Colour and Texture

I was inspired by a fabulous  holiday to the Cocos Keeling Islands in 2014.

On the ocean side of the islands facing Asia the beaches were filled with washed up plastic rubbish, 

including many many thongs!!

I particularly remembered the various art pieces people had created around the island using these 

thongs and washed up driftwood etc.

I have had a hankering to do something with thongs ever since and this month's theme created the

 ideal opportunity!!

The photo is of the beach at Direction Island - one of the world's best kept secrets!! 

From the mood board I used a brick stencil and bright colours and white embossing on my chipboard.

Products used
14 x 14 inch canvas
Jane Davenport Acrylic Paints
Tim Holtz Layering Mini Stencil
Golden Gel Medium Light Moulding Paste
Kaisercraft Paper Blooms- Sea Breeze
Kaszazz Chipboard word - Timeless
Blue Fern studios Chipboard  - Seaside Shells
Versamark Ink
Altenew Crisp Embossing Powder - Pure White
Portacraft cheesecloth
Dress My Sequins - Sea Breeze
Prima Art Basics 3d Matt Gel
Glue Gun

hope this inspires you to create for our February challenge!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Stick It Down February 2018 sketch challenge

Stick Down have collaborated with  Scrap The Boys this month.

I love these colours and had lots of fun with watercolour pencils!!

This photo really hits the theme as it captures my brother's absolute joy of discovering the beach!!
It was taken somewhere round 2 years of age.  Since he had been born our family had been living inland so it was a new experience for him!

The quality of the photo may not be the best as it is a print taken from a negative that is 56 years old!!
We are so fortunate our Dad was into photography. We have a wonderful record of our family as we grew from babies to adults!!

Products used:
Kaszazz Watercolor 12 x 12 sheet
Kaszazz Water Color Pencils
Couture Creations Nesting Hearts Die
Blue Fern Studios Delight Chipboard Set
Rainbow splendour Starfish and Corbett Creation Sea Horse
Accent Scrapbooking Flair(KJ Kareen)
Plane button from Ruby &Kate ( gift shop in Port Lincoln South Australia)
Kaisercraft wooden flourish, (Life's a Beach)
Echo Park Paper Co. Go See Explore Adhesive Enamel Shapes
Martha Stewart Heart Border Punch
Pretty Posh Pink seaquins
Dr. Martin's Bombay Black India Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Tsukineko Co.Ltd. Brilliance Pigment Ink Pearlescent sky Blue
Carabelle Studion Art Stamp "Doodl Art"
Ranger Glossy accents and Finnabair 3D Gel

enjoy putting your page together!