Sunday, 29 May 2016

May Roundup

Sheesh, hasn't this month just flown!

Here is a look at some of the projects that I have created over the last few weeks...

This bright page was up on the Simple Stories blog not that long ago. In the post, I'm talking about using your stash tonally to keep it interesting. Click here to see the full post

This pop up card was heaps of fun to make! You can see the full details here along with the video link of how to put one together yourself. I promise, it's not as complicated as you think!

Simple Stories and Petaloo are having a product swap and there is some amazing inspiration from both teams on both blogs right now. The next two pages combine beautiful blooms and the brand new 'Bloom & Grow' and 'Sunshine & Happiness' collections.

Click here to view the full posts with lots of info on how these pages came together and to enter the competition to win an awesome combination prize from both manufacturers!

Have a special event coming up? What about giving your guests these light up wedding/party favours for a fun, interactive gift. You will find the step by step instructions are over on the We R Memory Keepers blog

Another page from the tonal post over on the Simple Stories blog. This one uses a favourite stencil along with Life in Color collection.

I'll be back soon with some more projects which will be up in the coming weeks.

Til then!

Monday, 2 May 2016

BeYOUtiful - The Cut Shoppe GDT and giveaway

The lovely Ashley Horton from The Cut Shoppe has asked me to Guest this month, how exciting.

I chose two files to play with, 'I'll Fly Away' and 'Just be You'. They were perfect to document my little one's birthday a couple of years ago. Her wish was to play the day away. Starting with a makeover for me and some face painting for her, we had such fun together! I've also used the gorgeous new We R Memory Keepers Flower Girl collection, pulling lots of butterflies and floral elements to compliment the sweet butterfly cut file.

I knew I wanted to use each file a slightly different way. The butterflies would be drawn as a base to give lots of lovely interest without the bulk of an additional layer. I placed both files in a 12x12 file in Silhouette Studio and tweaked the size/positioning until I was happy.

I then created the cut lines for each. I split the complex path of the butterflies and duplicated a couple, rotating them slightly...

By rotating them a bit, it's given them a bit more of an edgier feel which I really like. After they were drawn on my patterned paper, I then coloured a few lightly with some watercolour paint and a water brush pen.

For my title, I've used a sheet of 'Garden Path'. 
The little white dots were just a touch too distracting so I've misted it with Navy Color Shine. This has toned it down nicely, making it much easier to read.

Lots of lovely layers!

It just so happens that today is my birthday and to help celebrate, I'm giving away one of my favourite files from the Cut Shoppe! If you're on Instagram, head over to my feed to leave a comment to enter. The winner will be drawn this Friday 6th at 6pm EST.

Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

I've got a crush on you

A few days before Valentines Day I was chatting and joking with my kids about whether they would be expecting any love letters from secret admirers. My DS responded quickly, informing me that none of the girls like him so he wouldn't be receiving any. I was quietly relieved (there will be plenty of time ahead for girlfriends!!)  and I was quick to inform him that he is my forever Valentine. He stole my heart the minute I first laid eyes on his squishy, slightly purple face! His not-so-secret admirer, I've created this page with the new WRMK Crush papers and ephemera to show him just how much I adore him!

The stars of this page have got to be those Honeycomb paper hearts. WRMK have a selection of colour and size pads to choose from, along with stencils which can help you create a massive assortment of projects. For these hearts, I just tried cutting the heart shape freehand with scissors and was delighted when it worked ok!

Simply fan open and tape each flat side down to your project or alternatively, tape the ends to eachother for a 3 Dimensional item.

I've echoed the beautiful gem shapes in the ephemera pack using the Gem shape die cut in my Evolution Advanced. The lush gold accents compliment this gorgeous collection just beautifully.

 As a final touch, I've used my Heatwave pen tool along with some gold foil to draw some little hearts. A few tips i can share on this tool is really wait for it to heat up properly - it makes all the difference! Also, I tried a few other types of foil with the pen and they didn't work. The special heatwave foil is the best for the job.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, 15 February 2016

Say it with a song

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day to those who marked the 14th on the calendar. It can be so easy to fob the day off, especially since it can feel so over-commercialised, but as the years (and decades) move on, I think it's even more important to show my DH how special he is to me. This year I've made him a 'mixed tape' as a throwback to the time when we first got together. It's got a whole bunch of songs that make me think of him, kicking off with the song we first danced to at our wedding. I've used some seriously cute We R Memory Keepers 'Crush'  Party favor bags and a few other bits from this gorgeous collection.

For the CD cover, I simply traced the disk size onto a bit of white adhesive vinyl. I've chosen vinyl over paper as it has less risk of peeling off over time.

I cut out the shape by hand (in hindsight I should've used my Silhouette to make a more accurate circle, but heyho!) I then went about stamping onto the vinyl with StazOn. It's slippery so be sure to keep that stamp nice and still.

Top decorate my gift bag, I've layered up some elements and created a bow with my 123 Punchboard. The little clothes peg is from the 'Oh Goodie' collection. SO cute - It's tough not to hoard them!

These Crush stickers add the perfect sentiment. The fringe tape is the quickest way to jazz up your projects. The adhesive is already in place, so all you have to do it peel and stick!

I hope he enjoyed his trip down memory lane on his way to work this morning!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Top 10 Blog Hop 2015

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Top Ten blog hop!

This has been such a memorable year for me with huge learning curves in all aspects of my life. Juggling work, motherhood and creativity can be a tricky thing sometimes! As this year draws to a close I want to share with you some of my favourite projects. I (naughtily) don't share as much as I should on my blog - choosing Instagram (@chantallemcdaniel) for a quick share instead, so it will be great to see them all in one place!

Scroll down for full details of the hop. There is an awesome prize to be won, so be sure to visit all the girls to maximise your chance of winning!

This first layout was one of the very first projects I created for Simple Stories. I was brand new to the team and so nervous for my debut. It was such an honour to be joining, I really didn't want to mess up, lol.

The centre band pulls out to reveal more photos and journalling, echoing the magic theme.

I created this clock for a dear friend as a birthday gift. I hope she wakes up every day to positive vibes!

This page I created at Escape2Create during the amazing Kim Price's class. It was such an eye opener and the whole trip, really moved me in an amazing way. An unforgettable experience, this page is a reminder of that.

This is a digital page I created for Kraft Plus Challenges. I really love this photo of my Son.

For full digital credits, click here.
During the making of this page, I felt an amazing connetion to my Mother. I can only hope I get that feeling again some day.

Is it wrong to just love something you made so much? Hehe. I want to swim in that ink!! Creating using Kim Price's technique.

Another created for Simple Stories. Summer Vibes is such a gorgeous collection and I had just got my Fuse Tool, which was super exciting.

I was totally inspired by a digital page that I saw in a gallery.

Definately one of my all-time favourites! This one was for a  Jot Magazine challenge.

One word for this... FUN! 

I was recently offered the opportunity to try out these super cute mini pinatas by WRMK. The drum and hand bags I created turned out pretty cute. You can click here to see the full post.

Ack, another cutie I couldn't resist putting in! My last DT project for Kraft Plus was a mini suitcase which opened to reveal four mini albums.

And finally, this Christmas countdown calendar. Such fun to make and even more fun for the kids to change up every day.


Grand Prize: US$80 Gift Certificate to the online store of your choice. How awesome!
How to Enter: To be in the running for the prize, all you have to do is leave me a comment below INCLUDING your country please, so that I know you are joining in the fun. You can get one entry for commenting on each blog in the hop.  i.e: that's up to 24 entries (no more than one comment per blog will be counted). Entries will close at 11:59 pm CST on January 3. The winner will be drawn from all the comments on the 4th of January, so be sure to check back here then.

** I will also be giving away a Heidi Swapp Memory File album** 
This part of the giveaway is only open to residents of Australia unfortunately, due to postage costs.

If you're following the hop, you will be moving on to Becki's blog next!

Thanks for joining in the fun and good luck!

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Wanderlust Suitcase for Kraft Plus Challenges

There are a few days left to get your entries in for the December kraftboard over at Kraft Plus Challenges. This month there is a 'Wanderlust' theme with the criteria being:

Kraft + Travel + Maps 

I was completely inspired by the suitcase in the photos. There are so many places I would still like to visit! I found the cutest suitcase cut file in the Silhouette online store and created this travel case using Simple Stories 'Summer Vibes' and 'So Fancy. 

There is a little drawer which slides out to reveal four mini albums, one for each of the four holidays we took over the course of 2005...

Hello Amsterdam, Greece, Paris and South Africa!

The albums have been simply bound using a book ring. Each has about 6 pages, with a postcard at the end (old October Afternoon) where I can jot down my memories. To save you trying to decipher my scrawl, I hadn't written on them for the photos, hehe.

The inside of the Amsterdam one. My printer was running out of ink by this stage, so the photos are a little washed out, unfortunately.


South Africa. How I miss that beautiful mountain!

All pretty simply embellished, but so cute together.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Sadly, this will be my last DT project on the K+ team. I have loved the clever challenges Sandra has put together for all of us kraft lovers and can't wait to see what amazing creations will be coming out of the K+ group next year!

I hope you will get a chance to play along if you haven't already.

Take care,