Monday, 4 May 2015

May Sassy Scappers moodboard inspiration

Hello again! Have you seen the new Sassy Scrappers moodboard for May? It's so gorgeous. Anita does an incredible job!

That amazing heart and the phrase stood out immediately! So I decided to create a crazy puzzle of my little girl's face. To be honest, I wasn't really sure how it would turn out, but that's half the fun!
I printed off the photo onto an A4 piece of photo paper. I then measured it exactly and set up the rectangle in Silhouette Studio. I went about placing loads of butterflies in various sizes all over to fill the space.

I cut it with blade set to 7 and a slowish speed of 3. Ta da! It worked (this is where I did a little dance!) I very carefully pulled off the negative of the cut and left the butterflies on the cutting mat.

It took about an hour, but I transferred each little butterfly into place, glueing as I went with Glossy Accents. Half way through I was really not convinced, but as soon as I had finished and took a step back, I was pretty chuffed with the outcome!

It was at this point that I decided I would frame it. I wanted to have some sort of title and then I remembered that a few years ago, I asked Heidi Swapp to write my kids names on a piece of paper. How perfect for the title! I scanned the paper in and then converted it to a cut file for my Silhouette Cameo.

I liked the paper cut but I really like the subtle shadow effect of her acrylic words, so I figured I'd add some! Again, this was an experiment, cutting an acetate sheet. I gave the cut file a small offset and sent it to cut....

How cool does it look once the two are layered!

If you decide to give this a go, please show me! I'd love to see. You can tag me @chantallemcdaniel if you have an Instagram account, or link it up on the Sassy page. The April winners will be announced this week. I hope you will join us!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Kraft Plus May challenge

The new May Kraft Plus Challenges 'kraftboard' is up on the blog and once again, full of inspiration. Lots to draw the eye and gentle hues in keeping with this wonderful time of year. I was particularly inspired by the florals, the green wooden wall and the beading.

When I was at Escape 2 Create, I taught a little 'puffy sticker' technique using Heidi Swapp's clear magic medium. This stuff is pretty awesome and can be used for a cool resist effect too. Late one night, I created what was affectionately dubbed the "curry wallpaper". It had way too many crazy layers of mist, so I've kept it aside for something one day (maybe, lol). Anyway, I started over with the stencil, just in the centre, to demonstrate the resist look more effectively.

The Magic Medium was spread through a Heidi Swapp floral stencil and carefully dried with a heat gun. Once it was dry, I first used Citron Color Shine, then built up the shade with a bit of Mint Color Shine over the top. With each one, I rubbed gently with a paper towel in a circular motion, to blot excess mist as well as create the outward, halo type effect. The clear parts of the resist took on a bit of the sheen in the mists and have a lovely, subtle glow.

The 'hello' title was a free Basic Grey cut file which I cut onto thin chipboard that can be used in a Silhouette. I have given it a bit of colour with inks and then stamped over the top with white StazOn, finally edging it with green to make it stand out a bit.

Loads of layering going on and the wonderful Kim Price would be proud that it's all been torn not cut!

Thanks so much for popping in. Head over to the K+ blog to see loads of inspiration from the DT as well as Guest Designers and find out more about the amazing sponsors this month! Looking forward to seeing all the entries!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Simple Stories & Page Maps

All through the first week of April, the Simple Stories DT have been in collaboration with Page Maps to create with the awesome new April sketches.

I was lucky enough to create two layouts. I have rotated the sketch 90 degrees anticlockwise.

I have used the totally gorgeous new Simple Stories 'Happy' Sn@p Pack. These new packs contain 131 pieces - 4x6, 3x4, 4x4, 3x3 and 2x2 cards as well as Bits & Pieces!

I've chosen a selection of the cards which feature a plain colour on the B side and arranged them in a kind've ombré effect.

Over the top I have layered more of the smaller cards and rounded the corners of one of the 3x4 cards to look like a polaroid.

For the garland, I have used my sewing machine to stitch together some of the Bit & Pieces that come in the pack, including a die cut word for a bit of fun.

Bits & Pieces raised on foam tape give a printed card some dimension.

My next page was created using the following sketch

For this one, I have used the 'I AM' collection, perfect to express the relief of a safe delivery and the love I felt for my newborn Miss E.

Using three shades of the I AM basics, I used my Silhouette to cut out the large 'E' out of a strip of 'Unique' then backed this with some 'Strong'. Over the top I have heaped a load of Glossy Accents, being careful to stay within the cut area. I love the deep gloss it gives the letter!

Over the larger image I have used a photo overlay, some stickers and a wood veneer from the Enchanted collection.

For the tag in the sketch, I have used one of the new 'I AM' interactive elements. This pack is full of surprises! And for someone like me (who loves to hide my handwriting) they are perfect!

The tag slides out to reveal journalling. I have altered it by adding some stickers.
I thought a nice way to keep my tag tab from flopping around, would be to adhere an 'I AM' decorative clip to the page and tuck the tab inside.

The page is finished off with some stitching, enamel dots, brads.

Thank you so much for popping in. I hope you will give the sketches a go!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Best Day Ever - Kraft Plus Challenges

The very groovy Kraft Plus Challenges 'Retro Recipe' challenge for April is up on the blog, along with loads of inspiring pages from the DT as well as the sponsor designers! Remember to base your projects on a kraft background and then add the following 'ingredients' along with colour from the image

• a dash of washi tape
• one cup of polka dots
• a twist of cotton
• 3 tags (may be shipping)
• a sprinkling of silver
• one teaspoon of stamping

It might seem like a lot of elements, but once you have gathered all the bits you need, you'll have a blast.

This is my recipe page

I have spruced up a large plain shipping tag with some number stamping, which I have stamped with Versamark and then heat set with clear embossing powder. This created a resist effect when I misted my tag with Georgia Peach Color Shine.

I love how the original tag colour shows through
It's hard to see, but the grey strip has also been repeatedly stamped with the word 'birthday' and then machine stitched to the kraft base.

For the silver sprinkling, I have used some foam alphas to create the word 'blow' and cut a piece of birthday cake using my Silhouette Cameo and some glitter cardstock.

A teensy bit of twine in my tags as well as wrapped around a 3x4 Sn@p card to create the idea of a gift.


I hope you will join us. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Magic in the Shed - Escape 2 Create 2015

Is it bad that I'm still trying to get back to 'normal' after my Escape2Create experience? I'm calling it an experience because that's exactly what it was for me - something has happened and I am changed.

It had been months of planning and hard graft for Amanda Hall and Meredith Treloar and finally the weekend was upon us. I'm not going to lie, I was seriously nervous... Not only would I be meeting loads of scrappy friends who I have known and admired on the net for aaaaages, but I would also have to come up with something to talk about that would make sense! Gulp.

Coming into Port Lincoln from Adelaide
Fears were quickly put to rest as soon as we landed in Port Lincoln (feeling rather green I might add - turns out small planes and me don't mix well!) Our gorgeous welcoming party was there to greet us and before we knew it, we were whisked off to the Port Lincoln Lions Club Hostel.

The Lions Club Hostel
Port Lincoln really resonated with me, bringing back so many memories of Cape Town. I found it amazing that on the one side was sea and the other side of the road, farmlands which all leads down into a bustling harbour town. Wildly beautiful and incredibly peaceful.

I had heard about the wow factor as one walked into 'the shed' for the first time. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Every detail was planned and carried out to perfection. The triangle theme with luscious gold pops were everywhere.

You definately want to hang with Trish Stevens and Sandra Wallace!
On Friday at 2pm, everyone arrived. The excitement was electric! Oohs and aaahs and happy hellos as friends reunited. This year's beautiful mugs were a huge hit!

Leanne, Kim, Fiona and myself shared a table and a room which was a great way to get to know eachother better. I have never in my life laughed as hard as over the weekend. My stomach ached! Ellie Sargent, with her trolley of goodies was my enabler. Thank you for taking such good care of me and making sure I drank enough fluids Ellie x 

Love and laughter at our table! Annette, Rachel, Ellie and us ratbags
So many kindred spirits together under one roof, creating to our hearts content. It was magic.

A funtastic ice breaker was the photo booth on the Friday night. The props we had to play with were hilarious!

Saturday morning came and Fiona was first up with her mixed media class. A natural with the microphone, she even treated us to some impromptu beat boxing!


I think she enjoyed seeing me sweat while I tried hard to get all the bits ready for assembly!! The processes were complex for a relatively 'clean' scrapper like me, but once all the pieces were ready to go, I couldn't wait to get them down on my page.

In the end, the page I created is probably one of my favourites, ever. I would not usually spend so much time prepping, but the result really speaks for itself. I learned so much, thank you Fiona!

Next up was Leanne, whom I've had the pleasure of knowing for a few years now. I couldn't believe how much she squeezed out from the kit provided! Cool as a cucumber, she had us working our 8.5 x 11s in no time!

Doing her thang!
Trimming and measuring... Fiona's was the one out of her comfort zone now, which made me laugh!

I completed two pages from Leanne's class - love them both!

Between and after classes was your own time to scrap. And eat. Have I mentioned the food?? Ohmygoodness, it has ruined regular food for me. I just want to be surrounded by gorgeous salads and tasty meats! Missing Tony and his awesome crew in the kitchen, big time.

On Saturday night, we set ourselves a little 'neon' challenge at our table. We had such fun with this one - special thanks to Leonie Neal-Dawson for her flouro orange Hero Arts spray!

As you can see, by this stage I have "turned to the dark side". I have really embraced a large chunk of 'messiness' since leaving E2C. This page would not be complete without the awesome drippy paint circles done by Malinda Gardner!!

Sunday arrived and we were all looking forward to the incredible Kim Price's class.

Kim and I enjoyed many a zany late-night laugh. I am so blessed to have been able to meet her. It was such a highlight learning her incredible background techniques. Thank you for sharing your secrets with us Kim!

This is Fiona's 'keen' face. It means she's really happy! lol
This is the page I created in Kim's class. I could stare at it all day long. I have it up on my desk on display. 

My class was in the afternoon session. We were going to be creating an interactive page, consisting of a pull-out mini album using Heidi Swapp's September Skies. A special thanks to Heidi for not only allowing me to work with this collection when it was brank spanking new, but also for providing a bonus stamp set as well as stencil set to every person who took my class!

These are just a few of the photos snapped during the class. It was such an honour to be able to share some of my ideas with the group and to see so many beautiful pages come to life!

'Melancholy Monday' rolled around. I'm sure we all felt the same way, not wanting our weekend to end. I enjoyed a very relaxing morning, learning an awesome masking technique from my very clever tablemate, Rachel. 

I have subsequently bought my own masking fluid, which you apply in areas and then paint over once dry. One then removes the masking fluid (it's liquid latex, so it peels off) to reveal the area below. I can't wait to play with this technique more. The irony with the page above is that I really liked the colour of the fluid, so I only removed two of the donut shapes!

Escape2Create is so much more than just scrapbooking. I could go on and on about every tiny detail. It's liberating, inspiring and fun. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have taught, for the new friendships that I have made and many good times that were shared.

This crazy wonderful person!

Thank you Tiff Firth Photography for the wonderful captures
Kisses from Lou!
So happy to have caught up with this spesh again x
But first....
Front page news in Port Lincoln times. Even funnier when you're over-tired!

Sunrise on the way to the airport

'Til next year.... fingers crossed ;)

* Photo credits to Tiff Firth and Sandra Wallace*