Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Card Catch Up

I have been making a couple of cards here and there but haven't gotten around to actually posting them on the blog. I thought I'd do a quick catch up post to share them.

 
This first one was just made up quickly to say thank you to some of my mum's friends so sending a very generous gift to my son from Indonesia. I had a sheet of this floral paper lying around and decided to fussy cut the images out. There is actually a fair bit of layering on the card which you can't really see from the front on photo. Chipboard sentiment is by Scrapmatts.

 
This one was a very quick birthday card I whipped up in about an hour. It used a Kaisercraft 6x6 paper pad and a Heidi Swapp die-cut for the 'happy'. I'm not 100% sold on it, but the recipient liked it and that's the important thing.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Gingerbread Memories - Scrapmatts DT

Scrapmatts came out with a couple of great new Christmas designs in late 2015 and I couldn't wait to have an excuse to use them. It just happened that my mother-in-law decided to have a gingerbread decorating contest after Christmas lunch this year so I got the perfect photos to use with the CB5145 Christmas Shapes 01. I teamed it up with CB5144 Layered Poinsettias 01.
 
 
I have used the Cocoa Vanilla Studios 'Tis the Season' range and for this layout. I got so much use out of the couple of sheets of 'Flying High' I had previously purchased from them and have great expectations for the versatility of this new range too.

 
I kept a lot of my paper off-cuts from designing the background and added them as extra detail layers under the photos right at the end. I found this to be a great technique both to use up scraps and add extra depth.

 
 This layout shows how many different techniques you can use to colour chipboard. Some parts have been inked with a stamp pad, some have been painted with acrylic paints and some parts have been coloured with pens.

 
I used the current sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches as the basis for this layout. Who says you can't create a double page layout from a single page sketch? :)
 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

By The Sea - Scrapmatts DT

I live on the Gold Coast, which is a major tourist destination in Australia known for it's beaches. I actually worked in an office located 5 minutes walk from the beach for a number of years. Despite this, I rarely go to the beach. I decided this was unfair on Harrison so after visiting friends at my old workplace one day I decided to pop down to the beach with him for the very first time. He didn't like walking on the loose sand, so I had to carry him down to the water and he wasn't too keen on the waves initially. After some time spent trying to chase seagulls though we gave the water another try and he loved it!
 
 
I'm loving all the Scrapmatts goodies on this page! We have three different chipboard designs, being CB1209 Scrap Words 12, CB4059 Nautical Design 03 and CB4067 Marine Life 02. I also picked up the hessian ribbon and adorable anchor paperclip (in a pack of four designs) when I visited the Scrapmatts stand at an expo last year. It is always worth visiting them at an expo, as meeting Andrew and Sofie in person is a real treat and they run the best classes. Plus, they normally have specials on extra bits and pieces like these which you can't order online. :)
 
 
This layout was inspired by the January challenge over at Show Us Your Stuff, which is a great mood board. I took inspiration from the beach theme, the red highlights for a pop of contrast and the kraft background to mimic the sand of the bottom right picture. My handmade embellishments include the chipboard which I painted myself, a DLish Scraps button with cute crab and Evalicious flair.
 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Tags - Scrapmatts DT

Christmas is the perfect time for sharing handmade gifts with your family and friends. I love being able to whip up some quick tags to go with our presents and the best thing if they can be either really simple or quite arty.
 
 
I started with a very simple Santa Suit tag for my Secret Santa present at work. The buckle and words have a coat of gold embossing powder heat set over them for some bling. Scrapmatts: CB3007 Tags 03; CB1231 Buckles & Belts 01; CB6098 Words 27.

 
I also used the ATC bases to create some arty gift tags with a mix of lace, texture paste, microbeads and mists. Scrapmatts used: ATC10-010 Bracket 01; CB1094 Reindeer 02; CB6083 Bows 01; CB1104 Holly 01.
 



 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

So Messy

Harrison is a very good eater. We introduced solids at around 6.5 months and he took to them like a duck to water. Because we are following a baby-led weaning approach, he eats the same food we do and feeds himself. I've tried introducing cutlery but he prefers to use his hands. This has resulted in some spectacular messes but he always seems to enjoy the process.
 
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I took my inspiration from the photos and decided to go with a bit of a messy layout myself. I sprayed mist through a stencil for the black crosses, then used a coloured texture paste through another stencil for the green blocks. There are two kinds of washi tape, some lace, some chipboard, some rhinestones and some thread making up the background. I couldn't resist the scatters of buttons and sequins over the top of it all.

 
This layout was also created for the current challenge over at Scrap The Boys - Where's the Food? I've followed this blog for a while now but this is the first time I've actually put an entry in.
 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Season's Greetings Box Scene - Scrapmatts DT

I decided to try something a bit different for my second Scrapmatts DT project. My friend sent me a link to a video tutorial here and I decided to modify it to a Christmas scene.
 
 
I have created this from an old cereal box. You can see some of the depth in the box in these detail shots. I have used CB6082 Christmas Trees 04, CB1105 Santa with Reindeers 01, CB1106 Trees 04, CB1096 Reindeers 05 and CB1058 Words 11 Season's Greetings.
 
 
And here is what it looks like all folded up:


 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Sleepy Elf - Scrapmatts DT

I snapped this photo of my brother back in 2012, taking a quick nap after our Christmas breakfast to prepare for a big day of celebrating ahead. LOL He doesn't know I've scrapped it but hopefully he wont mind. :)
 
 
I have struggled to paint the star bursts in these ornaments every time I use them but this time I think I nailed it. I painted them with a pin head rather than paintbrush. :)

 
I based this layout on the November Kaisercraft sketch. Pretty much besides the Scrapmatts chipboard, everything else is by Kaisercraft. I have used the Mistletoe paper range and stickers, two texture stamps, pearls, decorative tape and mini-alphas.
 
KC NOV sketch

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Sydney Harbour 2012

So I'm actually sticking this up after closing time but I didn't see the sketch until last night and I didn't realise entries closed two day before the end of the month. Silly me, I should really check these things first. I found the sketch over at Stuck Sketches last night and thought it was so amazing I put aside my half-done layout and started this one instead! :) It was a good excuse to scrap some older photos from our trip to Sydney and remember life pre-baby.
 
 
It's amazing what a difference a little bit of misting and paint splashes in the background can make to the finished product. I've used Cocoa Vanilla Studio papers and flair for this layout.

 
Here is the sketch I loved so much:
 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

1st Swim - Scrapmatts DT

We recently took Harry for his first swim for this spring/summer and it reminded me of his first ever swim last year. He wasn't 100% sure about it then as he was only 4 months old but he LOVED it this time around. I can see lots of swim sessions with dad coming up this summer.
 
 
Scrapmatts used: As soon as I saw this bubble chipboard (CB5131 Bubbles 01) I knew I wanted to use it on a swimming photo of my son. I firstly used the chipboard as a mask with some spray, then embossed the chipboard in white before adding pearl accents. The title is from a mixture of letters in the CB1206 Scrap Words 09 pack, don't feel you need to stick to the expected phrases. The tag comes from the CB1218 Scrap Words 19 pack.
 
 
This layout was created for the Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. The challenge was to start a layout and have it finished in exactly one hour or less - yes - exactly one hour or less from start to finish. I just snuck it in at 55 minutes including drying time!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Cherish the Simple Things in Life - Scrapmatts DT

I recently cleaned my craft room and discovered I have an abundance of kraft cardstock so thought I better put it to use. Kraft is fantastic to pair with chipboard, as it gives a really earthy/natural look if you leave the chipboard raw or can provide great colour contrast if you paint the chipboard.
 
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Scrapmatts used: I have painted the 'Cherish' piece (CB1134 Assorted Words 01) to match the rest of the title (CB6103 Scrap Words 21), which is only available in black. The feathers (CB5116 Feathers 01) look stunning with nothing more done to them, mine were cut out of the white mist chipboard.

 
I created this layout for the Kraft Plus challenge. My feathers are obvious, I used a twig from the garden and wrapped some twine around it.