Tuesday, 4 August 2015

August Kraft Plus Challenge - Daybook

Hello fellow 'Krafters'!

The new K+ challenge for August is sure to both test and excite you! A splash of ZENTANGLING, it's time to get our craft onto kraft! Once again, I started off with an idea which ended up a completely different project... a layout turned daybook, using kraft, a Heidi Swapp Minc and new Simple Stories 'So Fancy'.

Here is the kraftboard to get your ideas flowing. Remember, it doesn't have to be a lot. As much as you like, but there has to be doodling and there has to be kraft.

This little book has already come in very handy. The foil cover looks awesome and the inside is simple with just few embellishments, so it leaves lots of space for jotting ideas down.

On the inside cover I've adhered a pocket which I created with my WRMK Fuse Tool. I can use it to keep small bits that I want to hang on to.

Most of the inside pages are just white A4 copy that I've folded in half. Dotted in amongst them are various sheets of 12x12 patterned paper from the So Fancy collection which I cut down to A4 size. All the papers were folded in half, then I stitched the whole thing, along with my cover (which I will explain below) together using my sewing machine.

For my cover, I drew a full A4 page worth of doodling and then (nose burning from the fumes!) I scanned the drawing in and, using my little laser printer, copied it onto an A4 sheet of kraft cardstock.

I then covered the kraft in mint foil and ran it though the Minc. Note that the finish on the foiling wasn't 100% because the kraft had a slightly rough texture. For perfect results, smooth stock is much better for foiling.

I've run tabs down the length at various positions within the book and popped a small bit of motivational text in the form of expressions stickers near the top of the pages. The beautiful selection of So Fancy washi paper was perfect to run along the very top of each page, to add a bit of colour to the blank pages.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will play along with us this month!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Press Play - Scrapbooking Memories Magazine

I was very chuffed to participate in a little challenge recently for Scrapbooking Memories Magazine, along with three other awesome scrappers. We each got to choose a decade and then create a layout which captured the feel of that decade. Mine was the 80's, which was right up my alley! Pop culture, neon, glitter... a chance to revisit my youth!

Volume 18 No.2 on page 63
My layout is based around things that made growing up in the 80's fun for me.

As a child, a big treat for me was going down to a local cafĂ© that had a Pac-Man arcade game. I found an image online and created a cut file in Silhouette Studio.  I backed the maze part of it with blue glitter cardstock and used yellow card for the pac-dots.  I printed off the ghosts onto white card and gave them a slick of glossy accents for definition.

The rest of the page uses printed imagery as ephemera, along with a photo of my Sister and I, squeezing our beloved Cabbage Patch Kids.

Such a trip down memory lane!

You can read all about this page in Volume 18 No. 2 (pg 63) as well as check out the fabulous creations for the 60's, 70's, & 90's too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Jot Magazine July moodboard

When I saw the colours on the board for July over at Jot Magazine I knew I had to play along. Juicy oranges and gorgeous teals - yum!

 This is the page I created for the challenge
We recently visited the Maleny Botanic Gardens which was really amazing. In conjunction with having stunning landscapes and views for miles, there is also a scrumptious Devonshire Tea, animal petting and a massive aviary. Inside, there are all manner of beautiful birds. Our close encounter of the feathered kind was so wonderful, we had to go in for another tour! If you are up that way, I would really recommend a visit.

The base of my page kind've happened by accident. I was showing my kids how to do an ink blot test and I went about messing around with different colours. A couple of sheets later, and I had this amazing background, which I think actually looks a bit like feathers.

Heidi Swapp clear card from a PL kit.

I've had feather cut files for ages, begging to be used. So I ran a couple different colours of Bazzill cardstock through my Silhouette as well as one of my favourite 'Niche' feather metal die cuts from My Mind's Eye, with my Cuttlebug.

Skeleton feather from the Silhouette online store.

All the elements have been layered and some of the feathers stitched for a bit of character.

To see the stunning examples by the Jot Girls and to join the challenge, you can link up your projects here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

July Kraft Plus challenge

Looking for a little something to get your teeth in to this weekend? Look no further than the mustard awesomeness that is the July kraftboard over at Kraft Plus Challenges. Surely it will set your disposition to 'sunny' ;)

This is my DT layout for the month. It's a digital page (been way too long!) using lots of yummies, including the gorgeous Cosmo Bloom element pack from The Nifty Pixel.

Credits: The Nifty Pixel 'Cosmo Bloom' element pack; CK 'Hello Love' papers, pocket tags & splatters; Sahlin Studio 'Worth a thousand words'; Pink Reptile Designs 'Torn Treasures'; Just Jaimee 'Storyteller Dec' paint, tag & Cerulean cork; Quirky Heart tape; Amy Martin Designs 'Blanc Stitches'; Valerie Wibbens Journal pack strips.

Remember, you can enter pretty much whatever your heart desires, as long as it's on a kraft! Here's the board for July. I was particularly inspired by the stencilled wording on the large wooden disc/wheel thingamajig.

I hope you will play along with us!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

High Voltage Smile - July Sassy Scrappers moodboard

Have you seen the delicious moodboard Anita has put together for us this monthat Sassy Scrappers? I couldn't wait to play!

Instantly inspired by the striking makeup, this pic I snapped of my youngest was perfect for the challenge. I'm not sure where she gets the obsession with red lipstick, but a part of me doesn't mind, as it was my Mum's signature shade, and it reminds me of her beautiful smile.

For the background, I created the text on my computer and printed it onto kraft stock, using my laser printer. (It's an absolutely bog-standard one btw, cheapest I could find at Officeworks.)

As you can see from the pic above, I covered a section of the text with some red foil and then ran it through my Heidi Swapp Minc machine. The foil really makes the title pop and adds a special touch.

The lower half is totally busting with blooms, just like the moodboard! I've used some Maggie Holmes floral ephemera from the Open Book collection as well as some ones I created myself.

Some of them are just straight black StazOn ink I used with a Kaisercraft stamp on acetate and others are the same stamp, on acetate, using VersaMark and heat set with gold embossing powder. The acetate did warp a bit, but I didn't mind too much, as it gave the flower a bit of character. 

Before and after heat setting the embossing powder
 Tiny details include machine stitching, some rhinestones, adhesive sequins and a Heidi Swapp stamp from the September Skies collection.

I hope you will play along with us!

Monday, 15 June 2015

June Kraft Plus challenge

My project for the June challenge over at Kraft Plus might come across a little left-field! I saw the circles and I saw the animal print and I knew I wanted to push the envelope a little bit. Now you may have seen me do this type of thing with the Glitz hoops I made a while back, but they make such gorgeous wall decor and I'm very in to pink and navy at the moment. Not forgetting the ah-mazingness that is the Heidi Swapp MINC! I left South Africa many moons ago, but my heart will always beat to the sound of the drum.

To start, I glued some fur which I bought at Spotlight to a 12x12 sheet of kraft. It was a messy affair!! Fluff everywhere. I used a strong PVA to glue it down.

Whilst I was waiting for it to dry, I created a leopard print cutfile in Silhouette Studio, using an image of leopard print I found on the internet.

I then mounted the cut file to the fur paper using my sewing machine.  I just sewed in a circle and trimmed off the excess. My nose is itching just thinking about it! I then glued this furry circle to the underside of one of the smaller hoops (16cm diameter) I bought my embroidery hoops at Spotlight too.

To continue the leopard theme, I purchased an awesome vector print of a geometric leopard and printed it off onto cardstock. This also went into one of the smaller hoops.

The larger hoop (19cm diameter) was a bit more complicated to put togther logistically, as it took a few steps (and a few trial and error prints to get right!)

• First off, I found another awesome image of a geographic Africa. I adjusted the colour to suit and then printed it off onto cardstock, using my colour inkject printer.

• Next, I set the text 'left my heart in' and sent the same piece of paper to print, this time using my black and white laser printer. The reason I did this, is because the foil will only bond to toner.

• I then cut a piece of gold foil and placed this over the text area.

• Lastl, I ran it through the Minc on number 3 setting. (See below for step by steps pics)

I cut it out and mounted it into my final hoop. The outside of the hoop was then stitched with some embroidery thread to add an extra African vibe. It was a bit of a chuff and took loads of time (especially the stitching) but I'm super happy with the outcome!

I hope you will join us this month! Here is a reminder of the challenge.

 You've got until the end of this month to get your fabulous entries in.

Also, the MINC will be available in the Sassy Scrappers store very soon! You can place your order already, here

Thanks so much for stopping by!