Friday, 21 November 2014

Material Girl Mini Junk Journal

Hello my lovely crafters.

Today I bring you my project for the Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent Challenge.

This project was so fun to make and includes a variety of recycled and re-purposed items.
Firstly, I have used recycled cereal board for the covers of my little junk album.
That glorious pink colours on my inside booklet covers are made from tissue paper.
For the contents of my 3 little booklets I re-purposed some large envelopes from work 
(the logo was incorrect so I saved them from the trash), 
some doilies and packaging paper.
For my envelopes and packing paper inserts, I sprayed them with some 
strong homemade tea to get some colour.
Next I cut up an old pink onesie from my daughter and pinked the edges to stop them from fraying.
I also saved the snap closures and used them on my project as well.
for the black layers and the zip, this came from an old nappy bag that I cut up.
Finally, in amongst the layers are some old, slightly rusted pins.

I believe I used a whopping 13 of CS Designs images for this one.
I have counted the bobbins in 2 sizes as 1 image here.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Make sure you go check out what all the other design team members are creating 

We would love you enter our challenge, so go have some fun and recycle, 
re-purpose and re-invent.

Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

Hi All.

As we are quickly approaching the Christmas period,
this months challenge at The Mirror Crack'd is 
Christmas Ornaments.

I created this ornament using recycled cereal boxes as the base.
I used some beautiful foil tape to layer up the backrgound,
then a pencil to engrave my lines, swirls and dashes.

I added Viva Inka Gold over the top, making sure to rub it into 
the crevices before wiping off the excess.

Then I just got a mix of materials and layered then on top.
There is a doily cut from scrapbook paper.

The flowers and leaves are all handmade.

Hiding in the arrangement are some rub-ons, chipboard, puffy glittered flourishes, rhinestones.

The holographic rays are also recycled, and I thought they added 
just a little bit more sparkle.

At present, I have this hanging in my office at work for a bit of festive cheer.

Now it's your turn.
Create a little something and link it to the challenge.
I am sure everyone will love this challenge.

Above all, have fun
and Happy Crafting.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Going Postal

Hi everyone.

Going Postal.
When Chris told us our challenge for this month I had so many ideas but so little time.
Postage stamps, envelopes, postcards, oh the ideas.

I thought for awhile and decided to make these 3 cards that I can,
you guessed it, post via snail mail.

I used 3 of CS Designs stamp images for these cards.

I used several recycled items on my project.
Firstly, my background scenery is from a leaflet I received in the mail. 
I used recycled cereal to back these as the leaflet was a little thin.
The corrugated cardboard was from a UPS I received some goodies in 
and the antennas are made from copper wiring from an old computer cable that I stripped.
Lastly, the cheesecloth is from a sling that was no longer sterile.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Make sure you go check out what all the other design team members are creating 

You have until November 14th to enter the challenge, so go have some fun and recycle, 
re-purpose and re-invent.

Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Flowers of Tomorrow

Hi everyone.

I am back with another project for Reycle, Re-Purpose  and Re-Invent

I created this wall hanging using beautiful rich autumn colours.
I used 3 of CS Designs images (can you see the 3rd poking through behind the girl?)
I thought this quote seemed to be perfect for this hanging.

I used several recycled items on my project.
Firstly, my background is built using several layers of cereal box, glued together.
This does provide a really nice sturdy base.
The swirl die cut and the punched fronds also use old cereal boxes.
My doily uses some old packing and the bow uses some scrap patterned paper.
I also tucked some soft drink can ring pulls behind my flowers.
Finally, I added apple cider bottle caps as my flower centres.
Aren't the bottle caps perfect for this project?
Not only are the colours rich, but they also have apples on them.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Make sure you go check out what all the other design team members are creating.

You have until October 31st to enter the challenge, so go have some fun and recycle, 
re-purpose and re-invent.

Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Dressform Beauty

Hi Friends.
Wow, where is the time going at the moment.

This months challenge at The Mirror Crack'd is 
The Body Beautiful.

Spring is in the air in Australia, so I thought I would bring some light pastel 
colours into my project for this month.

I created this plaque using a Kaisercraft Mannequin. 
I used some yummy Meg's Garden paper, a stencil and metallic paint.
I added some stark white die cuts and old black rub-ons from my stash.

For this project I choose to leave my flowers plain, 
without any inking of spritzing.
However, I did sneak in a resin flower and some velvet flowers.

I edged my plaque in Viva Inka Gold and also coloured 
my mannequin using the same medium. 

Finally, I made a bead spray to add a touch of elegance and tied some ribbon around the mannequins waist.

I think this will look great hanging on my craft room door.
I am deciding whether to add a quote or my name.
Maybe I will leave it as is.
What do you think.

Now it's your turn.
Create a little something and link it to the challenge.
I am sure everyone will live this challenge.

Above all, have fun
and Happy Crafting.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Hist and Hark Halloween Mini

Hello My Crafty Friends.

Today I am sharing my very first Design Team Project for a fantastic Challenge Group.

Re-cycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent.

I am such a hoarder of all sorts of items from softdrink can ring pulls, to cereal boxes 
and everything in between.
So what a perfect group to to use some of my hidden goodies.

I am so honoured to be part of this team and work along side such lovely ladies.
Oh, and did I mention we are having a blog hop.

But first, my first project for Re-cycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent.

I made this mini album almost entirely from recycled materials and objects.

I used several (well 7) images from CS Designs.
The papers were free halloween printables - just search free halloween papers 
and they will pop right up.

Aren't the images just amazing.

Now, to the fantastic blog hop.

To help us Celebrate the grand re-opening on Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent. 

There are 7 blogs participating in this Hop and 6 Great Prizes to win. Because we want you to become acquainted with our  fabulous new team you must  visit and leave a comment on Every Participating Project Post along the way in order to be eligible to win any of our prizes.

There will be 6 winners altogether:  
  • 3 will be chosen from all the comments left on our participating posts
  • 2 will be chosen from all those that participate in our 1st challenge and 
  • 1 from those that find the hidden ghost somewhere on the CS Designs Store. 

Our Blog Hop starts today Oct 1st, 2014 and ends  at 11:55 October 13th, and winners will be announced on Nov 1st. All Winners will receive their choice of 3  digital designs from the CS Designs Online Store. 
Are you ready to party? 

You start out here at:
 Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent
(There are two ways to win on this blog, join our challenge or leave us a comment)

Then in alphabetical order

Angela ... You are Here
Judy... In Search of My Creative Side
Laine...    Hugs 4 the Heart Designs

Our Guest Designer:
Marg... Crafty Cards by Marg

And our beautiful sponsor:
Chris/Doodle Pieces... 
Doodle Pieces
Chris/CS Designs... CS-Designs

Thankyou for stopping by and I hope you will join in the challenge.  Happy Crafting Everyone.

Note: Because we all live in different parts of the world, our blogs may not all go live at the same time, so if you visit a blog and can not find the blog hop post, come back  here a little later, check the links and try visiting again.  

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Butterfly Bay Window

Hello my crafty friends.

When I received my Slide Mailers from Meg's Garden, I really loved the shape of the windows.
I had so many thoughts and ideas rolling around on how to use these little beauties, I just had to use one.
These are obviously designed to hold securely your glass slides for postage,
but I had a different purpose in mind.
Coupled with some beautiful paper from the Correspondence Collection
designed by Kerry-Jean Watson and some butterfly images, I created myself a little bay window scene.

Can you tell that recently I have been on a bit of a canvas and Mixed Media kick.

For this project I carefully separated the pieces of a Quad Slide Mailer, and slightly curved
the windows to create my bay window.
I then cut my sheet of Distressed Letter paper into little bricks.
To allow the bay window to pop, I dry brushed my brick background with a little Gesso.
I also die cut the leaves and flowers from paper from the Gentleman Collection.

Meg's Garden Products Used
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
6" x 8" Canvas
Matisse Turquoise Background Paint
Flower Die

I thought this might make a wonderful gift to a special someone.
So as a bonus project, I created a handmade card to accompany it.

Meg's Garden Products Used
Other Products Used
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Leathergrain White Cardstock
Cardstock Scarps for Matts
Cheesecloth Offcut
Flower Die
Doohickey Die
Chocolate Kaisercraft Pearls

Thankyou all for stopping by and happy crafting to all.

Monday, 15 September 2014

10 Tiny Toes EVENT 2

Hello my friends.
Wow everyone, we had over 70 submissions for our first Not Just Cards challenge.
I think that is amazing. Thankyou to everyone who played along with us.
Your support is greatly appreciated by everyone on the Design Team.
Now that our first challenge is successfully wrapping up, it is time to share some new inspiration for our second challenge.
For my first project this fortnight, I choose to work with some darling Digi Stamps 4 Joy images.
I created this brag book with matching wallet.
I thought this might be a lovely gift for a new mother or grand-mother.

I used some Graphics 45 paper for the wallet and as matts for the tri-fold pullout.
For my front images, I have used an additional fussy cut layer of vellum
over my original coloured images. I thought this gave my wallet some softness.
I also gave my wallet small accordion sides, allowing additional images or ephemera
to be added by the recipient.

Digi Stamps 4 Joy Images


Please, head over to NJC Challenge, and join the challenge.
 Be inspired by fellow design team members.
and most importantly, have fun creating.
Remember to stop by on Thursday to check out my next NJC project.
Thankyou and Happy Crafting.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Charlie Fishing Post-it Note Holder

Happy Fathers Day to all my Australian friends.
And since today is Father's Day here down under,
I thought I would bring you my second Not Just Cards (NJC) Project.
My father-in-law likes fishing, so I made him this adorable little post-it note holder.
It could also be used to hold a little calendar, or maybe a list of important dates on the back.

I used an adorable little Charlie Fishing Digi for this project, and the base is cut using The Cutting Cafe's Calendar Holder template. I first created a cereal box board base, then covered this with American Crafts' Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Fascinating Friends paper.
I just love this image with this paper. For the fishing line I just used some black sewing thread.

StampArt Design by Kathryne Image

The Cutting Cafe Template

 For some more inspiring ways to use your digis, please pop over to Not Just Cards.
And while your there, don't forget to enter some of our fun fortnightly challenges.

Happy Crafting All.

Friday, 5 September 2014

A Mother's Love

Hello lovely crafters.
Here is another lovely project to help celebrate the changing of the seasons.
This is also my first Design Team Project for The Mirror Crack'd.

For this piece I used a shadow photo frame, but I removed the glass before staining the front and sides (with the help of my 3 year old).
The back, inside back, and inside sides a covered with inked Prima Meadowlark papers.
The back is then covered with homemade texture paste in random areas using a stencil.
There is a chipboard frame and a number of meaning ephemera pieces.
I have cut out a mannequin from BoBunny's Cest le Vie line, and printed, cut and assembled a vintage needle case. There is a combination of May Arts and Websters Pages ribbons and trims, and a variety of Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers.
There are even some Prima Resist canvas pieces in amongst the flowers.
I have used Kaisercraft Rub-ons in several places including the quote.
To finish, I used a variety of glimmer mists.
Please pop over to the Mirror Crack'd to view other inspiring pieces.
We are a new Mixed Media Challenge blog with having monthly challenges. 
So come on, grab a paintbrush and get messy with us.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Ballerina en Pointe

Hello Everybody.
September is upon us, and in Australia, the 1st of September is the first day of Spring.
What better way to celebrate than to bring you my very first
Not Just Cards (NJC) Design Team project.
Not only is this my first project, it is Not Just Cards (NJC) first challenge.

For this canvas I wanted lots of flowers, elegant lines and a light airy feel that was still striking.
I found this beautiful Aurora Wings ballerina image just perfect. So soft and feminine
with long beautiful lines (and flowers of course). 
After colouring her with my Promarkers, I added shimmer to her dress
(and shoes), her wings and her flowers.
I also added shimmer to all the die cuts and a little to the background.
I hope you love her as much as I do. 

Aurora Wings Image

Marie Taglioni Ballerina Pointe

So please come and join the NJC Challenge.
 Be inspired by fellow design team members.
They will also be having fantastic fortnightly challenges and will encourage you to think
out of the box when using your Digi Stamps.
Please stop by on Sunday to check out my next NJC project.
Thankyou and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Sky's the Limit

Hello all my crafty friends.
Today I am bringing you my very first Design Team Project for Meg's Garden.
When I first received my papers from Meg's Garden I was so excited, the papers were gorgeous.
The only problem was, because I liked them, I didn't want to cut into any of them.
Well, that wasn't going to get me far was it.
So I took a pair of scissors, took a long deep breath, and cut into a sheet.
For this month's project I choose to work with The Gentleman's Collection
designed by Kerry-Jean Watson.
The papers are beautifully distressed and aged, and are perfect for masculine projects.
I thought this canvas would look great hanging in a gent's office for some inspiration when needed.

 This paper collection just called to me.
I love hot air balloons; I think they are majestic and awe inspiring.
I still remember around 17 years ago travelling to work at 5am and seeing their outlines
in a misty sky. Simply Beautiful.

For this project I wanted the look of a sunrise, so I cut 2 strips the size of my canvas.
I then cut both sheets at one time so the rays would line up.
I distressed and inked all my edges with Vintage Photo.
I also moulded each balloon and banner gently to give them a 3D look.
For the quote, I took the commonly used 'The sky's the limit' and added to it.
I really like how it turned out.

Meg's Garden Products Used
Other Products Used
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
4" x 12" Canvas
Matisse Turquoise Background Paint
Black Sharpie

But wait, there's more.
What did I do with all the leftover pieces of paper?
I made a card and a tag of course.

The first is quite a masculine tag.
I just loved playing with that starburst/sun ray pattern.

Meg's Garden Products Used
Other Products Used
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Kraft Cardstock
Turquoise Brad
Yellow Leaf and Blue Flag
Recycled Packaging
For my tag however, I wanted to take the papers in a different direction.
I wanted to show the versatility of The Gentleman's Collection.
I created a feminine tag with lots of Meg's Garden embellishments.
  Meg's Garden Products Used
Other Products Used
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
May Arts Sheer Ribbon
Gold Bottle Cap
Chocolate Kaisercraft Pearls
Recycled Packaging (used as Tag base).

Thankyou all for stopping by and happy crafting to all.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Just Dance

Good Morning fellow crafters.
This morning I have a personal scrapbook page I created with the March 2014 Lost in My Mind Scraptastic Kit.

This layout was totally inspired by Mercy Tiara on YouTube.
I cased her idea of cutting out the flower images and copied her idea on a very limit colour palette.
I added a number of different items from my stash.
Behind the fussy cut flowers I have layered some tulle to mimic Abbey's dress, some yellow washi tape and some Kaisercraft Rub-ons.
I really liked how it turned out and the simplicity of the layout.
Now I just need to decide if I am going to change the title.
I was thinking of Just Dance or Dance of the Fairies.
What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

Friday, 4 July 2014

More exciting news

June was quite an eventful month for me.
Besides work being hectic, I received 2 fantastic offers.
The first, a Design Team position for (NJC) Not Just Cards Challenges.

The Second, another exciting adventure.
I have been offered a Design Team place for Meg's Garden.
Isn't that great. They have so many talented designers already.
It is an honour to be chosen.

Meg's Garden is an enchanting online store.
They manufacture and sell some gorgeous and amazing papers, all made here in Australia.
Please, head over to have a look at some of the amazing items Meg has for sale.
Thanks for stopping by Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Marcella Manchester Pretty in Pink

Hi everyone. 
Today is a super quick little card using Creative Bug Digis' Marcella Manchester
I thought little cute little sock monkey just shouted baby. 
I have used a simple white card for the base. 
Both the pink patterned and pink flocked damask were Bella Pink Fusion papers I had in my stash. 
All the pink papers were layered onto black Cardstock also from my stash. 

Friday, 13 June 2014

Exciting News.

On Sunday night, I hinted at some exciting news I had to share with everyone.
Well here it is.
I have been offered a place as a Designer for (NJC) Not Just Cards Challenges.
Wow, isn't that great.

There are still have some DT positions available, so please head over to have a look.
The sponsors are great, the images fantastic, and all the members are great and very encouraging.

NJC will be having fantastic fortnightly challenges and will encourage you to think out of the box when using your Digi Stamps.
So please watch this space for more news on the challenges.
Happy Crafting.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Masculine Mojo Monday #348

Hi all. I have some really exciting news to let you all in on, but I will leave that for it's very own post. Tonight I have my entry into the Really Reasonable Ribbon Masculine Challenge #96 and Mojo Monday #348 Sketch Challenge

Here is the sketch I was working from. I try not to go too far off course. 
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting. 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

MFT Get Sketchy 178 and Crafty Boots

When I saw the current sketch on the My Favourite Things blog, I instantly thought of the old style casement windows. I wanted to create something a little summery and with a feminine feel.
What better way than to add some soft ribbon, bright colours and butterflies.
Butterflies - that's also the challenge on Crafty Boots this week.
So I got crafting. 

I didn't follow the sketch exactly, but I am positive you can see how it translates. 
Here is the sketch from the MFT blog

Thanks all for stopping by and happy crafting.

Challenges Entered:
 MFTWSC178 and Crafty Boots 'Butterflies and Bees'

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Come Celebrate

Hi all. I recently created a Smash Book/Notebook for a friend for her birthday (I will post on this shortly) and with the scraps, decided to make her a card.
I decided to combine this with a sketch challenge I found on the Mojo Monday blog. 

I have used the Mojo Monday 347 sketch challenge.
This card measures 8.25" x 3.45". 

Happy Crafting to all. 

Monday, 26 May 2014


Good morning all.
Today I have a mixed media canvas for you.
I purchased a number of these little birds when they where on sale, and have been hoarding them ever since (they were on a really good sale, I just had to buy them - right?)
I have been seeing a lot of birdhouse inspired projects, and that got me thinking about these super cute little birds, but I also wanted something slightly different.
I actually came up with this idea at work, sitting at my computer.
A colleague saw me doing a quick sketch of the layout, and that began an interesting conversation.
I used a couple of recycled items (can you spot them) and some homemade texture paste.
I keep the background muted so it wouldn't take away from the bird, but added bursts of pink and black for interest.
Thankyou all for stopping by, and if you like, please follow me.
You can also find me at Pinterest.

Monday, 19 May 2014

E is for Elizabeth

A little while ago, I had purchased a paper mache uppercase E.
I thought this would be a perfect gift for my Mother-in-Law for her birthday,
since her name is Elizabeth.
I got to work and created this altered Mixed Media piece.

Hidden in this altered mixed media piece are alot of carefully chosen and handmade embellishments.
Even if you turn the piece around, there are treasures hidden on the back.
This allows this piece to be stood in front of a mirror and still give an attractive reflection.
Firstly I created all the rolled flowers using Prima Rosarian papers and the lollipop flowers using old text pages. All the flowers were then spritzed with yellow glimmermist.
The yellow actually represents sunshine and an old family saying that has been passed down.
The doily represents her cake decorating, and the dressform represents her dressmaking qualifications and skills. The purple satin comes from a treasured piece of clothing that can no longer be worn.
It's a bonus that purple is Liz's favourite colour.
The ticket has sheet music in the background which represents her singing and piano accomplishments and the jigsaw piece is simply for her love of jigsaw puzzles.
The bottlecaps represent the families love of shandy's whenever on vacation and inside the bottlecaps are images of the Eiffel Tower, one of her favourite holiday destinations.
There are other hidden representative treasures, but I can't give everything away.

Thankyou all for stopping by, and if you like my projects, please subscribe.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

An Everyday Kind of Adventure

Thankyou NicoleJones911 for the inspiration on this layout. I loved the idea of the hexagons, so I cased your idea and hand cut all my hexagons for this layout.

I used Scraptastic's March 2014 Lost in My Mind Kit for this Layout.

Happy Mothers Day

Hi all. Wishing everyone a Happy Mothers Day. I know it has been a long time since blogging. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has emailed requests and enquiries to me over the last month. It's due to your emails I have decided to start blogging again. 
I have been very busy creating though. Here is a peek at my Christmas Cards last year.

And a sneak peak at a project I am working on. 

Thankyou all for stopping by.