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!

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!