Wednesday, December 31, 2014

20 Favourites for 2014

Just thought I'd jump on the bandwagon of sharing some of my favourite layouts created for 2014, as I usually do each year.  It has certainly been a fairly hectic year! 
Here are a few statistics on numbers of layouts I've created for the year....
DT work for All About Scrapbooks -  65 layouts & 12 cards
CT work for Scrapbooking Memories - 15 layouts, 2 Canvas' & 1 BTP Christmas wreath
DT work for Kaisercraft (including application projects) - 29 layouts, 18 cards & 16 BTP projects
(this is only 6 months worth as position only started in July 2014)
Master's entries - 3 layouts & 1 journal cover
Non DT work -  6 layouts & 1 tag
Things I can't tell you about (just yet!) - 3 layouts
That's a total of...........
121 layouts
31 cards/tags
20 BTP projects

At first I was a little shocked at just how much I have done this year, considering I am a fairly slow scrapper! But then when I really think about it, that's only 2.something layouts per week?! 
Hmmmm, it sure felt like I did way more than that ...knowing me, I've probably forgot to add some of what I've done.  Either that or it just felt like I spent a heap of time in my scrap room! LOL
Ok so on with my fav layouts (excluding those that are awaiting, or have recently been, published).
I was planning on only choosing 14 (seeings it's 2014), but it was really really hard to choose only 14 from 121 instead, you get to see 20! LOL

In no particular order....

"Gog & Magog"

 Created as part of my very first CT article for SBM - Vol. 16 No. 7
 "Olivia Grace"
 All About Scrapbooks - Feb DT work


All About Scrapbooks - July DT work
Kaisercraft - July DT work
 "The 12 Apostles"
All ABout Scrapbooks - May DT work
"The Long-Room"
 All ABout Scrapbooks - September DT work

"Destination Unknown"

CT article for SBM - Vol. 17 No. 1
All About Scrapbooks - November DT work

Kaisercraft - July DT work
"Funny Faces" 
All About Scrapbooks - September DT work
"Along the selfie trail" 
Kaisercraft - August DT work
"The G.O.R"
CT article for SBM - Vol 17 No. 5
"The Merry little Christmas crack-up"

Kaisercraft - August DT work
"St Stephen's Green"

All About Scrapbooks - July DT work
"Our little ray of sunshine"

CT article for SBM - Vol. 17  No. 4
"A day on the Harbour"
Kaisercraft - December DT work
"Dublin Famine Statues" 
All About Scrapbooks - October DT work
"Hello Beautiful" 

Kaisercraft - December DT work
"The Greatest View" 
All About Scrapbooks - February DT work
"Ha'penny Bridge"

Kaisercraft - October DT work

Having looked back over the pages for the year, I can't help but notice that I tend to scrap more holiday/landscape type photos than ones of people....hmmmmm, not sure exactly what this means!
Either:  (a.)  I don't have as many "people" shots as I do holiday/scenery ones....or (b.) I just prefer to scap these style of photos?!?
I think it may just be a bit of both :)
So, this brings my last post for 2014 to a close.
Thank you to those who continually visit & comment on my work - I really do
appreciate YOU & think you are just the BEST!! 
I shall see you all next year....
errrr, which is only a couple of days away..... but I just had to say that! LOL
Happy New Year everyone....stay safe & have a good one tonight! xx

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Creative Team Article on "ways with washi" for Scrapbooking Memories Vol. 17 No. 4

Hi All,
Just thought I'd try and catch up on some of the details from my CT articles for SBM while things are bit quiet here on my blog :)
Although my time as creative team member is officially over (insert sad face), I still have a few articles to share, and I'll be adding them to my blog over the coming weeks.  I'd like to send a big congratulations out to Kim Price & Katie Howard, who are the 2 new CT members for 2015!
Enjoy the ride ladies :)
For my article in Vol. 17 No. 4 I decided to do something on Washi tape
& just some of its many uses!
My layouts demonstrate just a few of the techniques from the article on using washi tape.
The article also included other ideas, such as covering embellishments, creating flags, washi die-cuts, creating hinged tabs for extra space/layers on your page...and also using washi as journaling strips.
I am sure there are many other ways of using this amazing verstatile products.
So here are the layouts I created for this article.....
"Our Little Ray of Sunshine"
So, in case you can't tell....I've used a heap of different washi tapes to create my background.
No patterned paper was used in the creation of this (this is probably a first for me!)
I gathered all the washi tapes from my stash & picked out the ones that would work best, then just tore them into different lenghts & layered them across the page in a verticle fashion. 
I love the effect of this...especially with all the bright colours & a tiny smidgen of black added!
Here's a few close ups....


I have also added some random stamping in black on top of the washi strips....which helps to add a little more interest plus an extra dimension.  I used an archival ink so that it wouldn't smudge.


 Next layout......

For this layout I've used washi in a few different ways.
A cute little banner....and also created some really easy feathers,
that was also part of a step x step in the article.
Here's a bit of a close up of the feathers....

These are the steps for creating a washi feather.....
1.       Cut 2 pieces of Washi tape to the length you would like for your feather, then cut 1 piece of string so that it is slightly longer.  The string will form the quill of the feather.
2.       Lay one piece of Washi over the string so that the string is roughly in the centre, with a little bit of string left hanging out at the bottom.  Press it down firmly once it is in the correct position.
3.       Turn it over, and press the 2nd Washi strip to the opposite side so that both sticky sides are together, taking care to line the edges up evenly.
4.       Cut the top and bottom of your strip to shape so that it resembles the shape of a feather.  Now cut slits diagonally down each side at close intervals to create the “feathers”.  Ruffle them up for a more realistic look
For the banner....simply double a strip of washi so that it "hangs"over a length of twine ...repeat until you have the required amount of banners, altering the length of each, then cut a V shape out from the bottom of each piece.....and tadahhhh you have yourself a cute little colourful banner :)

So that is the end of yet another article.
I have 2 more to share....and will get to them as soon as time permits.
In the meantime....I most likely won't be posting on my blog again before Christmas, so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas & a bright & posperous New Year.  I hope you all have a lovely day spent with those who are dear to you :)
Until next time....Take care & I shall see you all on the flip side :)  xx

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One last layout with FP True Friend for All About Scrapbooks

Ooooops!!!  :-/
I've just realised there's a layout I forgot to share from my November DT work for All About Scrabooks....with one last layout using the fabulous True Friend collection from Fancy Pants!
I have loved the variety of layouts I have managed to create from this fun collection.
"Best Mates"

I love the darker background paper here....I think it has a bit of a formal feel to it, so thought it would be great used as the backdrop with these pics of my 2 boys all dressed up for a Deb Ball my DS was in.  And the Yellow papers also went well with the yellow canola in the background of the photos.
Here's a couple of close ups...

Love myself some 2Crafty chippie <3


And some more 2Crafty :)

As always, all the details on products & techniques used are over on the AAS blog HERE
Thanks again for visiting today :) xx

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Kaisercraft DT - POP!

Hello everyone, and a good Sunday morning to you all :)
Today I am back to share the 3rd Kaisercraft release for December....and it is a bright, colourful & cheery one called POP!  It would be perfect for birthday layouts, cards, invitations & the like.
But, me being me....I always like to do something outside of what a collection is themed for!
I'm such a rebel...LOL!
"The Dingle Coast"

I decided to do a travel page, from our holiday last year on the Dingle Coast in Ireland.
I picked out the blues & greens from the POP! collection to go with the gorgeous blues & greens in the photos.  If you've ever wondered....yep, Ireland REALLY is THAT green!

Of course, there are always the perfect coloured paper blooms to go with all of Kaisercraft's collections, as you can see here in my cluster.  I've also added some punched & diecut leaves, butterflies & stamped windmills that come in the POP! - quotes clear stamp set, plus a few other bits from my stash.

More stamped windmills topped off with a KC rhinestone....and some stickers from the Sticker sheet.

I have used a couple of the Captured Moments 6x4 cards from the Sprinkles pack....which is designed to go with the POP! collection, layered in behind my photo.  I know I've said this before....but these really do make layering on your page so, so quick & easy.  I'm not a PL scrapper, so this is the perfect way for me to use these fab little gems :)

Kaisercraft Products - Pop! – Bunting paper P1687, Lollipop paper P1688, Sprinkles Captured Moments 6×4 cards CM320, Sticker Sheet SS265, White Alpha Stickers AS252, Sea Breeze paper blooms F631, Olive paper blooms F633, Pop! Quotes clear stamps CS198, Snow pearls SB794, Island Lagoon rhinestones RS402, Avocado Ink pad IP730
Other – Flower, Leaf die, Leaf punch, Butterfly punches, Cardstock, Mists, Modelling paste
Next I have created a couple of simple cards...
"Happy Birthday Card"

Again, I've used one of the CM 6x4 cards as the main piece on the card, which is on top of the yellow Party Time paper...then I've cut a few pieces from the Sugar paper & rolled them up to create the cute little candles....tieing them together with a piece of orange ribbon from my stash. 

I stamped the Happy Birthday using the POP! quotes stamp set and then cut it out & mounted it up on some small foam dots. 
Kaisercraft products - Pop! – Party Time paper P1685, Sugar paper P1691, Sprinkles Captured Moments 6×4 cards CM320, Quotes clear stamps CS198, Tangello Ink Pad IP729, Foam Tape T303
Other – Ribbon, Twine, Card & Envelope
"There's much to celebrate card"

Again, I've covered my card with a piece of PP - Polka, and then used one of the CM 6x4 cards on top.  The POP! collection comes with 2 stamp sets...Quotes & another called Treats.  I have stamped the balloons using the cute little balloon stamps from the Treats set in a variety of colours, popped them up on some foam tape to form a nice bunch & then added some twine for the balloon strings :) 
"There's much to celebrate" is another of the stamps from the Quotes stamp set.
As I said previously....there's so many stamps in these collections, making them perfect for B'day layouts, cards or invitations.

Kaisercraft products - Pop! – Polka paper P1686, Sprinkles Captured Memories 6×4 cards CM320, Treats clear stamps CS197, Quotes clear stamps CS198, Tangello Ink pad IP729, Avocado ink pad IP730, Lagoon ink pad IP727, Saffron ink pad IP728, Berry ink pad IP731,
Petal Pink ink pad IP725, Foam tape T303
Other – Twine, Card & Envelope
Ok, so that is all from me for my Kaisercraft work for December.
I am going to be taking a bit of a scrappy break in the lead up to Christmas, so things will be a bit quiet around here....perhaps giving me time to visit everyone elses
blogs that I am way WAY behind on :( can find the POP! collection over at the All About Scrapbooks online store HERE
And for more inspiration using this collection, pop on over to the Kaisercraft blog HERE
Thank you so much for dropping by today...and also a HUGE thanks to the regular ladies who always comment on my blog...constantly, even though I have not been to visit their blogs to repay the favour, so to speak, in a VERY long time (you know who you are!)....I really appreciate your lovely comments & they always make my day that little bit better :)
So, until next time (which will probably be next year - eeeek, that sounds scary!)
I hope you all have a safe & Merry Christmas...and I'll see you in 2015.
Take care :) xx 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Kaisercraft DT - Cherry Blossom

Good morning all...and happy Friday :)
Today I'm back to share my DT work for Kaisercraft using the gorgeously beautiful Cherry Blossom collection....this one is really really pretty!  Think cherry blossoms, Japanese themed....but of course you could create any themed layout with it.
First up I have a layout....and I've gone for a bit of a monochromatic theme, picking out all the pink coloured papers & embellishments from the Collectables pack, sticker sheet & paper pad.
There are other colours in this collection....soft teal/mint greens & soft mango/oranges along with a variety of shades of pink.  As I said, it is really really pretty <3
"Hello Beautiful"

Here's one of those chevron papers as you can tell, they are my fav!  As I tend to use my favourite papers as my backgrounds....this one is called "Fragrance" 

The title I cut from the Sunrise paper and have mounted it up on some foam tape.

I love those gorgeous little lanterns from the Collectables pack....and I've also included some of the beautiful cherry blossoms, that are also in the Collectables pack. 

More Collectables pieces...including the little journal card.
And down below the photo I've used one of the new KC photo overlays - from the Love Life pack

How gorgeous is the floral cherry blossom paper that I've cut into a banner shape?  So so pretty <3 
Pic is of my gorgeous little Great Niece....Olivia <3
Kaisercraft Products - Cherry Blossom – Fragrance paper P1720, Garden paper P1724, Sunrise paper P1728, Paper Pad PP958, Collectables CT816, Sticker Sheet SS269, Love Life photo overlay – white EM419, Foam Tape T303, White ink pad IP720
Other – Flower
Next up is a small OTP project
"Something to remember" Gift Box
I've prettied up a paper maché box with a variety of papers, blooms, Collectables pieces....and also some KC lace & some muslin.

I've added a bit of stencil work on the top with modelling paste, before adding the embellishments.
It is a cute little box & will be perfect for adding a small gift for someone :)
Kaisercraft Products - Cherry Blossom – Peaceful paper P1727, Sunrise paper P1728, Serenity paper P1726, Paper Pad PP958, Collectables CT816, Sticker Sheet SS269, Sunset paper blooms F634, Hot Pink paper blooms F663, Sage paper blooms F632, Island Lagoon Rhinestones RS402, White Lace EM926, Lagoon ink pad IP727, Script Stamp CS757
Other РButterfly punch, Muslin, Stencil, Modelling paste, Paper Mach̩ box.
The Cherry Blossom collection is available at All About Scrapbooks online store HERE
And for more inspiration using Cherry Blossom, pop on over to the Kaisercraft blog HERE
Thank you so much for dropping by today....I hope you have been
inspired by this beautiful collection.
Until next time.... xx


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