Monday, June 30, 2014

So the little secret is out.......

Yep, I've been keeping this little secret for not quite a week now......although trust me,
it seems much longer than that!  I received an email last Wednesday afternoon,
 that I had to read a couple of times & pinch myself 10 times more!
My dream had come true!!! 
 
 
I am now on this amazing team!

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Can you believe that? 
Lil' ol' me?!?  On a design team as BIG as this?! 
Wow, I am just totally blown away....and excited & just a tad nervous as well!
 
I have seen a few of the upcoming new releases online & I cannot wait to start creating with them....they are all gorgeous & I just know that when I get to actually see them IRL, they are going to be added to my "in love with Kaisercraft collection" list. :D :D :D
 
Oh I am so excited!!! :)))
 
If you pop over to the Kaisercraft blog, you can see the rest of the line up of the new amazingly talented team....and lucky me gets to join them all :)
 
I hope you will all come along for the ride with me on this
awesome journey that's about to begin :)

Stay tuned.....
 
xxx

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Jillibean Soup "Birthday Bisque" for All About Scrapbooks

Hi everyone,
Just quickly popping in on this cold Sunday night to share another layout created using the
 
This collection also has lots of matching JBS embellishments, like the Birthday Wooden Nickels & Wood Sprinkles....they are so easy to work with & really bring the whole page together perfectly.
 
My layout originally started out as something else...that.I.did.not.like - not.one.little.bit!
So I pulled it all apart, and this is what I ended up with.....it has a bit of a grungy touch to it :)
 
 
"Churning the Roost"
 


Pics are of my DS riding in a recent Amcross event.
(The roost is what he is spitting out all over the place....chunks of dirt/mud)
 
 

A bit of background stencilling with some Kaisercraft stamping as well
And I love those chevrons from the Smidgen of Sweets paper <3
 
 

A little cluster of a variety of 2Crafty chipboard pieces, Wood sprinkles & JBS star sticker
 
 

 
 
Thanks so much for dropping by....if you'd like to see/know more details on products & techniques used, please pop on over to the AAS blog HERE
We would love you to visit us over there :)))
 
That's it from me for now...until next time!  xx


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Creative Team article on creating layers for Scrapbooking Memories - Vol. 16 No. 10

Hello everyone....I hope you are all well & enjoying your day/night
wherever in this big wide world you may be :)
 
 
 
 
 
Today I am sharing 2 layouts that formed part of my 4th article as Creative Team member for Scrapbooking Memories....the article is titled "Creating Layers"
and is published in Vol. 16 No. 10.
 
 
 
My article originally started out as a different topic.
Layouts for said different topic were created & mailed off, along with an email that included my article.  But then it became apparent that said article would be a future theme...so I had to come up with some quick thinking to change my article...but as I said, my layouts had already been created & sent!  But alas, the dilema was soon averted & I came up with a new topic that would suit the layouts that had already been done :)))
 
Alls well that ends well :)
 
 
So this is the first layout
 
"Cousins"
  
As you can see, this one has LOTS of layers...all from the gorgeous Teresa Collins "Memorabilia" collection which has lots of papers that were perfect for cutting out little bits to create these layers.
 
I tend to have 2 processes for creating my layers....one takes more time, and is what I've used in this first layout.  I only use little pieces of paper with this process and they all get tucked here and there in behind each other...there are no papers or layers in under the photo!
(no point putting it there if it's not going to be seen).
 
For this process I generally start at the top, just in under the photo, and play around with placement ....then I start layering down, placing more pieces in behind, and so on and so on.  And nothing gets stuck down until I am fairly happy with the look.  This can get a bit tricky to try and get everything stuck down without it all moving....so you can either take a photo of the placed layers to refer back to, and/or lightly mark each corner with a pencil so that it can easily be put back into the right position as things WILL move while you are adhering your layers down.
 
And a little, but huge tip....is to not glue/tape your layers too close to the outer edges!
  Place your DS tape or glue as far away from the outer edge as you can as this will then give you plenty of room to be able to add more bits where needed.
 
Although this is a more timely way to add your layers, it is the way I would prefer to do it, and just think of all the paper you will have for more layouts!
 
 
Here are a few close up shots....

A small cluser.....and you can also see some of the layers....all inked & distressed.
 
 

And another cluster - with some gorgeous 2Crafty chipboard <3
 
 

So the bits of the layers that you can see sticking out here, each piece is not much bigger than what you can see ....only a small bit is in under the top layer.
 
 

 
 

Distressing & inking the edges gives more definition to your layers, and also helps to add a bit more "height" to the layers as well, as you can see here.
 
 

Ok, now for the next layout....and 2nd process that I use to create my layers.
 
"His first bike"

I generally only use this process when time is limited!  And that is to use whole pieces that are from top to bottom, so to speak...rather than the snippets in the previous process.  When I am creating my layers this way, I do the opposite from the process above, and start at the bottom & work my way up to the photo, which is what I have done with this layout.
 
So, in case I have totally confused you...lol
As an example, the blue spotty paper that is at the top & bottom of my layered area is one piece of paper that runs in under all the layers that are on top of it.  Whereas if I was doing this with my preferred process above, I would cut the blue spotty paper into 2 small strips and then poke them in under the red chevron layer that is on top.
 
Ok, got it? lol
 
 

 


Layered shapes up on some foam tape gives great height & definition.
 
 

 
 

You can even use chipboard to form part of your layers - 2Crafty for me, of course!
 
 

 
So there you have my article on layers....that was quickly transformed from something else to this!
 
I hope you have enjoyed your visit & can make sense of me trying to explain my layers!
Until next time....take care. xx

Monday, June 23, 2014

More Jillibean Soup "Birthday Bisque" for All About Scrapbooks / Creative Scrappers Sketch #271

Hello again everyone....I'm back with a bit of late night blogging, to share another layout created using the fabulous Jillibean Soup "Birthday Bisque" collection for All About Scrapbooks.
 
I've created another fun colourful layout that isn't birthday themed. 
 
 
"Fun Times"


Isn't that lovely yellow background just gorgeous...I love it :)
I've had a play around with a bit of background work with a TH stencil & modelling paste.....plus some Glimmermist splashed around here & there.
 
 
Here is the sketch my layout is based on
 
 
 
 
And a few close ups....

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
I have really ENJOYED creating with this super fun collection...and as I've said before, it's very versatile, you can create any themed layout with it, it doesn't have to be birthday themed to still look fabulous.
 
For more details on my layout, pop over to the AAS blog HERE
There is a full list of products used & techniques as well :)
 
Thanks so much for dropping by :) xx
 
 
 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jillibean Soup Birthday Bisque for All About Scrapbooks / 1st June Stuck Sketch

A big hello there fellow scrappers :)
 
Today I am back to share another layout using the fabulously fun
I must say that I've been pleasantly surprised at the different layout's that I've been able to create with this very versatile collection....and have enjoyed every bit of it too.
 
My layout is based on the 1st June sketch at Stuck sketches....always love their sketches! :)
 
"Coota Haycarters"


Lots of bold colours for this one :))) 
Such fun!
 
 
 
Here is the June sketch created by Laura Whitaker
 
 
 
 
And now for a few close ups....

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 



If you would like to see more details on products and techniques used, they can be seen
over on the AAS blog HERE :)
 
 
Thank you so much for visiting my little part of the www.
Until next time.... xx 
 
 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

More "Something Blue" by Kaisercraft for All About Scrapbooks / Life.Paper.Scrapbook June sketch

Hi again & welcome!
 
Today I'm back to share another layout created with Kaisercraft's stunning collection,
 
This time I've scrapped a non-wedding photo, just to show that you can create other themed layouts besides weddings with this fab collection :)
 
My layout is based on the fabulous June sketch at Life.Paper.Scrapbook.
 
 
"You & Me"


Aren't all those colours together just gorgeous!
I love them....and think that the tan piece (True Love) really lifts the whole page :)
 
 
 
Here is the L.P.S June sketch
 
 
 
And a few close ups....

This is one of the titles from the Collectables pack.
 
 

Journaling & a few layered diecuts from the Collectables pack - these are such great value & have so many fabulous pieces in them!
 
 

Pic is of my Dad & I while celebrating my last birthday <3
 
 

More Collectables diecuts & a cluster of flowers.
 
 

 
 

A bit of subtle background work....
 
 

For more detailed information on both products and techniques used,
please pop over to the AAS blog HERE
 
 
Thanks so much for visiting today.
I hope you have been inspired by this gorgeous collection :) xx
 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kaisercraft "Something Blue" for All About Scrapbooks

Hello everyone....Happy weekend to you all :)

Today I am back to share the first of my layout's for June using the stunning
 Something Blue collection from Kaisercraft as part of my DT work for All About Scrapbooks.

This collection is obviously intended for wedding themed layouts, and has such beautiful colours & patterns with most of them having a more formal feel to them.

So my first page is a pic from my own wedding....many moons ago! lol


"Mr and Mrs"



I am in LOVE with that background paper, "I do" and didn't want to apply any background work to it, as it is stunning & really shines on it's own as is :)
 
 

A small cluster of Collectables diecuts, flowers & 2Crafty feathers <3
 
 

I love this piece...and the saying.  It had to be used!
 
 

A bit of strip journaling with the basics...more journaling on the back.
And a little bit of punched border popping out from the layers to help break up all the straight lines.
 
 

Oh to be young again!
 
 
For the full details on products and techniques used...please visit over on the All About Scrapbooks blog HERE - we would love you to visit us over there :))))
 
Thanks for visiting :)
Until next time....cheers! xx
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Finalist Entry Kaisercraft DT 2014/15


A huge hello everyone & welcome to my blog today :)
 
As some of you know, I recently applied for the 2014/15 Kaisercraft Design Team, and I would like to thank everyone for their encouraging & supportive comments left on my application post.....you are all just the best!

Well I have some amazing news to share..... 
 I am so super-duper excited that I have made it to the short list of the 2nd round!!
woohooo!!  Still pinching myself here :)))
 
So for the 2nd round I received a HEAP of papers from 2 not-yet-released-collections, to create at least 2 layouts with...and whatever was left, we were free to create what ever took our fancy.
 
I find it really hard to not use up all of what I receive for DT work...but it was impossible for me to use all that I received - there was just so much, and all of it was totally gorgeous! But I did have a good go at using what I could in the week that I had to create my entries.
I also enjoyed having the freedom of being able to use a sheet of both sides of the paper & not having to scrimp & save on papers that were fav's.
 
Here is my first layout.... I decided I would create a double page,
seeings I had so much paper to play with :)))

 
"The Beauty of Dunloe Gap" 

Aren't those colours & papers just gorgeous!?  This is another collection that I've added to my ever growing list of favourites from Kaisercraft....they have really outdone themselves with this one!  Although the collection has a vintage feel to it, as you can see, it is quite versatile for
other themed layouts besides vintage.
 
 
 
Here is a closer look at each page individually.....

I have added a bit of textured background work around the photo area of both pages.
 
The photos are from our trip to Ireland late last year, where we walked for miles to reach this amazing place called Dunloe Gap (or Gap of Dunloe) which is on the famous "Ring of Kerry" - it is such a beautiful spot & I really wish we could have had more time to
spend there...oh well, there's always next time :).
 
 

I have mirrored a few small clusters on both pages.
I just LOVE the colour & pattern in the paper that I've used for my base
in both pages...it is just gorgeous!
 
 
 
Here are some close ups from both pages.....

I love how Kaisercraft have such a wide variety of colours in their paper blooms
that always match their paper collections!
 
 

 
 
 

 
 

 I've included a die-cut flourish from one of the patterned papers
extending on from the flower clusters.
 


And some strip journaling on the right hand page.
 
 

 I love when a paper collection has little matching alpha stickers :)))
 

 
 
 
 
Next up I created a cover for an art/journal diary.
I've mostly seen these done using lots of mixed media products....but I love how this has turned out 
using only papers & embellishments :)
 
Such a lovely vintage feel to this...the papers are really beautiful <3
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
Next is a little heart shaped trinket box
 

This was one of those paper maché type boxes from one of the cheap stores...amazing how something so cheap can be transformed into a real treasure with a few scraps of paper & gorgeous embellishments - all Kaisercraft.
 
 

Here is a view from the top
 
 

And a close up of the main cluster area
 
 

And a side on view
 
 
 
 
Next up is the 2nd collection of papers I received, which is a Christmas collection....
 
 
" 'Tis the Season"
 
If I was choosing a Christmas collection for myself?  This is exactly the type of collection I would choose....the style, colours & patterns are totally gorgeous & a little bit vintagey
(if there is such a word), which I absolutely love.
 
The photo is of my Mum & 2 of her sisters with Santa Claus back in approx. 1950 :)
 
 

Some clustering with paper blooms & a wooden flourish that I have heat embossed in gold...and a few fun stickers off to the side.
 
 

I have added some diecut leaves & a few buttons to the main cluster.
 
 
 


  
 

A few little banner shapes that I've cut & arranged in a layered cluster poking out from under my other paper layers.
 
 

Here is an overall view of the main area of the page....and as you can see I have distressed & inked all of the edges of the papers to help tie in with the vintage feel to the papers & layout.
 
 
 
 
I have also created a set of 3 Christmas cards with this gorgeous collection,
all very different from each other.
 

A few little squares of paper layered on top of each other with a few strips & a sticker at the bottom....very quick & simple to make :)
 
 
 

This one has a layered diecut flower that I scrunched the papers up before layering them together, with some more diecut leaves....all placed on top of some layered border stickers.
 
 

And this one I've used a cute little banner from the sticker sheet, along with a variety of papers & some diecut flowers with added pearls. 
 
 
So there you have my finalist entry :)
 
I am very pleased with what I have created & would be so thrilled, honoured & excited beyond words, if I was lucky enough to make it onto the Kaisercraft DT...it really would be a dream come true as I love their products & working with them is such a joy :)
 
I have been blessed & privileged to have been able to work with 1 of Kaisercraft's new releases each month since late last year through my DT work with All About Scrapbooks, and I have enjoyed the process immensely, including using collections that I wouldn't normally choose for myself...I do love the challenge of that side of it! I have also fallen in love with so many of the collections that I have been lucky enough to work with....hence my dream of being chosen to be on this fabulous DT!
 
My entries will be posted off to Kaisercraft tomorrow (with today being a public holiday)
to reach them by the end of the week.
So now I have to patiently wait to see the results ......with my fingers, toes & everything else crossed!
 
Wish me luck!
 
Until next time...happy scrapping! xx

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