Sunday, 7 May 2017

Saturday's are splendid for a spot of chipboard...

Hello everyone!!
So glad you've come to visit,

We have recently sold our home, so I've been ticking things off my list all month!!
I always try to craft each day, some of the days it means I look wistfully into my craft room...
it was the last thing to pack and, 
It will be one of the first things to be unpacked!!

I was 'gifted' some beautiful photos recently, I tell our family and friends if they give me photos then I will give them back layouts - it means I have a constant flow of different photos, with different people... so I never get bored!!


I bought a few sheets of  49 & Market 'Fairies' patterned paper, did a little fussy cutting then adhered it all done - easy!! Paper purchased from Arnold's Scrapbooking (Queensland)
Well, yes I did fussy cut all the fairy images and some flowers too - I know there is a few who don't really like cutting out images but it is quite relaxing for me - I have a little tray and my favourite scissors and can sit with our family and have a 12x12" page done in no time!!
Hello to little Phoenix - photo taken in the cutest mini clawfoot tub!!

How lovely is this border strip!!
I swiped some Distress Oxide, sprinkled a little water, dried it and then randomly spotted some glue to sprinkle over a glitter and Prills mix for some pretty texture.

The corner flourish just had a swipe of Distress Oxide ink...
so the fairy had somewhere nice to rest for a minute or two...

Me & You... You and Me...

I started with a lovely sheet of Prima 'Rose Quartz' paper and roughly swiped a Distress Oxide in a 't' shape,
randomly stamped with 'brown' ink,
trimmed some coordinating paper into random width lengths and then snipped a banner in each end,
adhered the strips, the photo tucked into the Clock chipboard, added some flowers,
Photo is Shakaela's selfie with Christine, our niece.

The title is actually joined together when you purchase it but I wanted to stretch it a bit longer down the page, so I simply snipped it apart,
I spritzed the title with a couple of shades of Marker Maniacs mist and then a touch of fine glitter over the ampersand,
the swirly flourish under 'you' is misted in Colour Blast shimmer spray.

A super quick flower - a circle of material, misted then adhere the curved pieces to form a contemporary rose - spray adhesive and a sprinkle of fine glitter for a bit of sparkle.


This is a great way to get a bit of value from the more expensive sheets - cut off the part you really like then trim the remainder in half and stick back together to form a whole sheet but be sure to turn them to the reverse for the contrast.
Photo is Emily's friends newborn Clara - she is a Doctor Who fan!!

If you know me, you'll know I am not great friends with glitter (it just hangs around far too long and wears out it's welcome!) but occasionally, it has a purpose - mostly anything Christmas, and little girls projects? After inking with a metallic ink a randomly sprinkled some fine glitter (Every project has glitter today, made at different times so I have surprised myself!! haha) A little bit more fussy cutting - all the embellishments came from a single sheet which was meant to be constructed into a pillow box - a little challenge to myself to think outside the box? Paper purchased at Bella Paperie (Queensland)

Clock face 4"                           Embellishment Corners
Ruth Border                          Beautiful Girl
                                      You & Me                       Loolabelle's Piecharts and Hearts Embellishments

Chipboard is such a lovely addition to a layout, card or Off the page project, it just adds something special!!
There is so many options to colour or alter the original 'out of the packet' piece... unlimited options!!

Thank you for visiting, 
Alison xx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Kraft Plus - Out of the Box - May challenge - Imaginarium designs sponsoring

Imaginarium Designs
is one of the fabulous sponsors at 
challenges this month
so I had a sneak peek at the 'theme'

Out of the Box

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I do remember a few years ago, okay ...almost 20 - that I loved to 'chop up' photos and shape them to 'match' the page - people were slightly horrified at the thought... it's a 10cent reprint nowadays - bonus!!

So I found some choppable photos and some Imaginarium Designs chipboard and this is what happened -

Don'y forget to get your entry in this month!!

Magical Moment

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Echo Park paper co has a fabulous 'Magic and Wonder' Collection which has the colours and imagery of 'Minnie, Mickey and Disney' - so much fun!!

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How lovely is this 'Lamp post' chipboard from Imaginarium Designs, I've simply inked it with pearly white ink and made it part of the supplementary title - you could also print a small photo to fit the circle frame - it has a great tapered design.

Photos are from when Phoenix celebrated her FIRST birthday - her Mum and Dad dressed up as Minnie and Mickey... so cute!!
Alison xx

Imaginarium Designs - 'Mothers Day' group

the fifth month of the year...
in our family, so many birthdays!!
It's also when we celebrate 
Mother's Day

On the 
Imaginarium Designs 
blog today, there is a lovely selection of projects celebrating the women in our life
I made a card for a special Aunt

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A layer of Heartfelt Creations paper, left over from a recent class kit -
A set of Morroccan corners inked with pale pink metallic ink -
AUNT actually is snped from a 'I believe in Santa' - an A became a U with 2 snips - easy!!
a couple of flowers and, 
my favourite 'skeleton leaves'
they are so versatile - adhered onto patterned paper or cardstock,
ink or heat emboss,
this one has been laid onto acetate then each area filled with Liquid Pearls in a couple of shades of green, mixed with some Kindyglitz - leave it to dry and then peel  off the acetate.

This card is especially for Aunty Sandra
Alison xx

Friday, 28 April 2017

More than Words challenge - April 2017

Hello April, and almost goodbye April, 
couldn't miss the challenge over at 
More Than Words
Black, White and PEACH
and the word DREAM
...sounds like a bit of fun to me!!

It's been super busy this month, with signing a contract to sell our home, children, Easter celebrations etc
but I snuck in a little time while Jane Tregenza was teaching at The Stampers Hut - 
 I picked up a lovely sheet of Authentique paper and started fussy cutting the flowers...
Jane found this lovely sheet of Prima paper in peach and I watercoloured the flowers with her Inka Gold.. and the 'brick' chipboard.
Added some Imaginairium Designs chipboard title 'Happy Days' and the 'clock' inked black - leftovers from her class!!
Came home and found this photo... simple!!

Dream.... Happy Days

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Title has been inked 'Pearl' and while still wet and light sprinkle of glitter

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I know some people think fussy cutting is a lot of effort but I just love the finish effect!!

Photo is my hairdresser Tammy, her partner Jesse and their gorgeous girl Phoenix - we have known Tammy since she was about 2 (Anthony worked with her Dad Peter and we became friends) it has been lovely visiting her every 6 weeks to have my 'skunk' removed! hahah
The bonus is she regularly gets professional photos taken, so I scrap them for her album!!
Alison xx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Thursday the Thirteenth.... a day for ... THIS....

Welcome, Hello. Greetings, Hi  and G'day to you all...
as we prepare for Good Friday and Easter 
it seems like a great time to send or give your family and friends a card!!

I gathered some bits and pieces,
 and fussy cut some Bunny images,
stamped some Easter sentiments,
and ended up with a bunch of cute cards!!

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The 'Mallory Flourish' chipboard has been given a coat of Distress Oxide ink - the sentiment simply stamped and trimmed - added a few tiny flowers (Prima, Green Tara etc) - done!

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The 'Edward Relief' corners were all used in this set of cards - one here just inked with 'purple' - Bunny image - flowers - a sticker and a stamp combined to make a sentiment - easy!!
Kelly-ann's giant butterfly stickers covers the tag hole - trim from Bella Paperie - Prima, Kaisercraft and stash flowers!!

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The 'Phillis Frame' was heat embossed - the 'Happy' from a Happy Birthday chipboard set, simply inked and layered over the stamped 'Easter' - bit of floristry - simple!!
A simple paper doiley is a pretty base..

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Another corner from the 'Edward Relief' set of chipboard - some stickers for the 'egg' and I snipped the 'day' from the 'Happy Birthday' set (So now I have a 'Birth' for a baby's occasion?) - slightly more masculine... but still easy to do!!

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The birdcage is actually about an inch shorter, but I snipped it across and 'stretched' it to fit on the tag - it was also heat embossed for a glossy finish - there is no birdacge for that little chicken running away!!
The little ribbon knotted at the top is from anew shirt, just trim off the ribbon loops and keep them close at hand - budget tip!!

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The final two pieces from the 'Edward Relief' set and also one of the centre flourishes (still two spares for another project!!) all heat embossed - stamped and snipped the sentiment - flowers and it's good to go!!

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How lovely is that 'Oval Frame'!! I had actually thought it might be nice as a photo frame on a layout... for an Easter photo, of course! But it fit so nicely around the basket of bunnies so it was inked in a pearly white and adhered - the basket is an old stamp, coloured with a waterbrush and ink - stamped sentiment - and the last two of my stash of Kelly-ann's butterflies!!

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I thought I'd share part of our Easter display this year, this is for the little kids to play with, there is a buuny marionette, jumping rabbits & chicks, little bags & baskets and a collection of Easter books to read and some to colour too!! I also included an extra 3d Train set with a bunny driving the train to bring some eggs to town - 

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I had coloured the train and carriages with marker but it was way to bright, so some white pearly ink was smudged across the surface - there is a little Green 'Flower Soft' on the rolling hills and a sprinkle of green beads under the track for some grass - the background 'grass' started off as a small piece of white glitter paper with various green inks blended then some hills were torn and then adhered to the chipboard back - bit fiddly but easy, and fun too!!

Birdcage x2                 Happy Birthday                          

Phillis frame                              Double Oval Frame with Butterfly

Edward Relief Corners                      Mallory Flourish

If you're wondering about all of the pastel coloured mats, frames and corners... they are from a 'baby' scrapbooking kit, just a super cheap one, I bought from Scrappin with Style at TJ's and decided it would look better for Easter cards - some pieces even came with a bit of glitter here and there as a bonus!! (I am not a glitter fan, sorry?)

Thank you for visiting...

I hope each and every one of you has an 
EGGcellent Easter..
That you get to spend some time with the people that bring joy to your life,
and possibly get a little time to create some Easter projects too!

Remember to take some photos, document your story and preserve your memories!!
Alison xx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

White with 1 - Helium Blue - April challenge

I'm back again with 
The Resin Rainbow
monthly kit - Thank you Janet

The colour is 

Helium Blue

and this month a sketch

and onto the challenge of finding the correct shade in mist, ink or paints!!

Your Smile Lights Up My Life

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I started with a sheet of white...
Misted with Marker Maniacs 'blue' and a Diamond stencil from Kaisercraft...
Did a little stamping with Distress Oxide and Andy Skinner/Stampendous 'Steampunk'...
Sprinkled Lindy's 'blue' shaker and tipped the puddle ll over the background...
Kaisercraft Quarters and some navy ink - the spotty bits...
Misted and stamped on the Imaginarium Designs title too...

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Used ALL of the April kit from The Resin Rainbow - all the resins, the bag, felt and tag!!
I snipped the large resin doiley - a piece top left and another middle right...
The felt made a couple of banners for the chipboard title...
The long strip, with a bonus ribbon. the tassel and a rose underline the photo..
The stripey paper bag makes a large photo mat,
the tag one for the circle punched photo on the smaller resin doiley
the bag of beads made a centre for the 3 flowers...
and the cute blue vial has a double bow on top for a bit of fun!!

Photo is our great niece Natalie with her little brother Mason - so cute!!
Alison xx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Sketchy Boards challenge - April 2017

Hello April!!
My friend Kelly-ann is sponsoring the prize this month with her super cute butterflies,
so, I thought I better add a couple to my layout...

Sketchy Boards have a Colour Palette -

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and a Sketch - 

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I found these super cute photos of our Katelyn when she was starting Preschool
and, the Boyne Island Preschool logo was printed on a 'purple' shirt..

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I bought a 49 & Market 'Scents of Nature' paper pack from Bella Paperie last week,
my goodness those sheets are beautiful!! 
...and this one 'Fly Away' has purpleish tonings and those Hot air balloons - my favourites!!
I swiped the Distress 'Seedless preserve' paint in two vertical stripes, Misted a little Marker Maniacs 'Grape Gob stopper', Adirondack 'Wild Plum' and a few spots of Dylusions 'Funky Fuchsia' create a base to layer on elements

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The Oval; chipboard frame is from Imaginarium Designs and inked with Kaisercraft 'violet'

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The chipboard set also includes a dragonfly nested inside - a little Distress ' Seedless Preserve' and Kaisercraft ink coloured to match.

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A little mixture of seed beads and micro beads fills in the gaps (Thank you Tracy)

Best of luck to everyone who enters!!

Thank you for visiting today,
Alison xx

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Scrapping Outback - April challenge 2017

Hooray, it's a NEW month, 
which means NEW challenges
Including the

Hot Pink, Light Pink and a touch of Green!!
You must have a white base AND chipboard,
so I choose some of my favourite pieces from
Imaginarium Designs
and some pink flowers...

Together is a beautiful place to be..

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I've sprinkled some Lindy's magical shakers around the edge to form a border - a touch of green..

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The title from Imaginarium Designs was smooshed around a puddle of Marker Maniacs mist - I love how the mica has pooled giving a variegated look.

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This Imaginarium Designs flourish piece was also smooshed!!
A couple of Heidi Swapp banner strips from my stash were misted with Marker Maniacs, a bit of muslin to tuck around the flowers from The Vintage Chicks Club and some crystal stems from Scrapping with Style at TJ's to finish it off.

Photo is from Shaz and Al's Retreat at Coopers Colonial motel a few years ago... such a lovely bunch of ladies!! We shared some laughs, participated in challenges and made some lasting friendships!! The theme was Christmas in July and we also celebrated Sharon's birthday with a cake made by 'The Sweeter side if Life', Thank you to Shelley for arranging the cake. Gloria dressed up as Mrs Claus too, so much fun!!

Alison xx