Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Scrap the Girls - September challenge

It's a first time for me..
First time participating in the 
Scrap The Girls
challenge for September

They have a great sketch 

..which I rotated 90' to the right so I can have the bulk along the bottom
I have stretched the title up also
Initially I thought of doilies or big flowers but went with elements and floral clusters.

Remember Your Dreams

I had the black background in my pile of 'backgrounds waiting patiently' pile from when I was mucking around with 2 step Resin and had a little left over so, swirled it over a piece of cardstock... as you do? I thought I might be able to snap and crack it but it dried quite flexible!

The printed vellum is from an OLD packet of Close to My Heart papers (Not sure of the name of the collection, but I WON it in a challenge - hooray!!)
I then adhered the lace paper across - just like the sketch - traced a paper plate (I was at a Retreat and didn't bring my circle cutter, of  course?) misted the OLD Pink Paislee resist card - added a lovely piece of pleated ribbon/lace from The Vintage Chicks Club.
The 'Remember' part of the title and a couple of the flowers are old Heidi Swapp resit ephemera, which I spritzed with Kaisercraft mist in Candy. 
'Your' is Thickers and the 'Dreams' is part of a Dusty Attic set, simply inked black.
Add some Manor House Creations flowers, a couple of Imaginarium Designs Chipboard 'leaves' and Basic Grey (yes, super old!) coloured metal which I sniped in half and adhered under the photo.
My favourite embellishment is Shaneen's cut and pieced 'Elegant lady' - those electronic machines are not my thing, I'm old school so anytime I see that someone else has made it work, I'm happy to pay them!! lol She came in various colours and has a sweet porcelain flower on her hat!!

Photo is sweet baby Phoenix.
Alison xx 

More than words - September challenge

Couture Creations is sponsoring a prize this month so I had a go...

The mood board is an absolute

and a RECIPE too
What fun!!


I've created with the new Season's Greetings patterned paper as a base with a base of kraft - sprayed with green spray over the Anna Griffin stencil... so the overspray created a border - the green resin are all from The Resin Rainbow - the Poinsettia also from Ultimate Crafts - the chipboard is from Imaginarium Designs, it was a a border strip, cut in half to frame the photo -
I've chosen the ART RECIPE
Tag or Die cut - both!! The tag is on the left side of the photo with a half resin doiley and green clip - the die cut is the swirly piece under the photo.
Flair of badge - under the photo, above the die cut.
Flower or button - the pretty pale green poinsettia
A pinch of Beads or a dash of mist - the green mist over the stencil

Another photo for Phoenix,
Alison xx

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Dusty Attic - September challenge

Hello September...
the slippery slope to Christmas

The September Mood Board has such grungy and masculine colours

and yet, they are also delicate and feminine
I couldn't choose!!
So I found this lovely photo and set about giving it a base of grunge
and added some flowers for the girls!!

Dare to Begin..

I've altered the Barbed Wire & Cog Frame with crackle paint and inks -
Fashioned a little DreamCatcher on the left from the 'Barbs' included in the chipboard set -
Added a little lace to soften all the 'boy stuff' but kept to black, white, grey and a little 'bluey lavendar' with the black & white photo!
The flowers are kept white and are Dusty Attic too!
Some Thickers for a title and done!!

Yes, another photo of the super sweet Phoenix with her Mum and Dad at her Christening,

Alison xx

Monday, 26 September 2016

Kraft Plus - Melon challenge in September

Ooh such pretty colours!!
How can you say no?

The images are so lovely too..

I was away with some fun ladies for a retreat this past weekend,
so I put together a bit of this and that 
and this is the result of that couple of hours!!


The papers are OLD Close To MY Heart which I won a couple of years ago in a challenge!!
There is a few resins from The Resin Rainbow - black camera, 2x apricot stars and the oink one too!!
A Funky Flair..
A super cute Charms Creations blue heart!!
Shaneen's hardwork piecing the Blue Sprig!!
Some bits and pieces that were hanging around for a perfect moment... and here it is!!

Still so many school photos to scrapbook!!

Thanks so much for looking,
Alison xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Background Gallery 10 quick cards

Hello, it's me...Alison
I looked at all of those beautiful 
Background Gallery dies
and couldn't pick just one
so, my lovely friend, who had one of everything,
kindly cut one of each for me, just in white cardstock so I could make some cards!
Sometimes we just need a quick card, or a bunch of quick Christmas cards?

Then I thought... I could stamp a couple of backgrounds, have a couple of Glitter Papers for backgrounds and each card should have a die from the Collection and a simple sentiment!!

I started by squeezing a little of the Liquid Drops 3d Pearls onto my Craft Sheet,
pressed the 'Starry' half of the 'Starry Mosaic' from the Background Textures 2 Stamp set,
and then stamped onto the front of my square card - easy!

By lifting the stamp quickly you also get a little 3d texture which is a bonus!

It doesn't have to be PERFECT 
and each time you stamp it is a little different?
There is a lovely sheen from the Liquid Drops - very pretty!!

The matching die 'Starry Eyed' was diecut in white then inked black -
how good is it that the stamp and die match!!

Then I thought I was being a little nifty, 
by adding a few colours onto the Craft Sheet

and stamping the 'Mosaic' half of the Starry Mosaic Stamp set

I have plans to stamp with the Liquid Drops in my Art journal too!!
The 'Mosaic' matching die was also cut in white cardstock and inked black
and a simple sentiment foam mounted.

Did you know Couture Creations Glitter Paper comes in a pack of 10 assorted colours?

Just by punching the corners of your cards and layers it adds a softness - 
The 'Wire and Oil' Stamp set compliments the 'Oil Paint' die perfectly!!

The Silver is quite elegant and would make a lovely Wedding card.
There is also a matching stamp set - Jewelled Lattice!!

It is very important to adhere all parts of the die cut onto the card front.

The gold is quite festive, don't you think?

Perhaps you prefer traditional red?

Maybe you have a friend who likes pinks and purples... even at Christmas!!

The 'Floral Lattice' die also has a matching stamp set - Jewelled Lattice,
isn't it so pretty!!

Hooray!! I have 10 Christmas cards ready to send on the 1st of December!!

Products -
ULT157542 Starry Eyed - Background Gallery
ULT157543 Mosaic - Background Gallery
ULT157544 Hidden Temple - Background Gallery 
ULT157545 Floral Lattice - Background Gallery
ULT157546 Sakura Sphere - Background Gallery
ULT157547 Artdeco Grandeur - Background Gallery
ULT157548 Oil Paint - Background Gallery
ULT157549 Floral Silhouettes - Background Gallery
ULT157550 Jewellery - Background Gallery
ULT157551 Fireworks - Background Gallery

ULT157631 Starry Mosaic - Background Textures 2 Stamp 
ULT157645 Cottonball - Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
ULT157646 Evergreen - Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
ULT157650 Buttercup - Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
ULT157659 Rouge - Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
CO724845 Square Cards & Envelopes 'White'
CO723828 Non-stick Craft Mat
CO723974 10mm Corner Punch
CO724575 Glitter Paper

Hope you'll have a go at stamping with your Liquid Drops or maybe your Glitzin Glamour Glitter glue on dark cardstock?
Or maybe you'll make a stack of simple cards to have in your stash/
Alison x

Saturday, 3 September 2016

White with 1 - Yellow Up - September

Hello SPRING...

I've been away on the 4th My2angels Retreat on the Gold Coast this weekend
Met some lovely ladies
caught up with friends
and laughed
and laughed
and laughed some more!!

I did manage to complete the


September challenge

Yellow Up

I started with a sheet of Ultimate Crafts 'Snow White', and used a couple of paper plates as templates to draw the circles - which I then followed by adhering a bunch of The Resin Rainbows 'monthly colour kit' in Yellow Up. 
How good are those 'Sprinkles' from Janet - they would be perfect for a shaker card, which are all the rage right now!!

I picked up some of the My2angels items from the bargain bin too - the yellow tassell, the gold diamonte chain, buttons etc - I even picked up a DIY kit with the key, chain and mini rose... it also has a mini word LOVE which can be my title.

Added a layer of Lattice chipboard under the photo and a crochet doiley from the Op shop!!


Yes Nana is 96 and our son Tim is on his knees!! She just keeps shrinking!!
Alison xx

Monday, 29 August 2016

Triple Treat


On Sunday 31st July was the Triple Treat event - for Rose 'Scrap with Friends' - we had a Bus tour adventure the day before - great weekend with crafty ladies!!

As it happened I taught a class...
and had a kit packed full of

Couture Creations

I decided it would be a bit of fun to create a bunch of

Christmas cards

with just White, Mint and Silver

Card one is a little shaker - the 13cm square base is adhered to the the card front - you can distress the edge for a bit of texture - adhere the square of Acetate to the back of the silver scallop square, the mint Trio of Trees die cut will slip in under the scallops - attach two rows high of foam strips - tip the shaker mix into the centre of your card and then the shaker lid (there is a bunch of ways to get the shaker mix into the box so try which one is easy for you?) The Imaginarium Designs chipboard 'triangle trees' are lightly covered with the Liquid Pearls in Platinum (just with your finger to leave a little texture) Finish embellishing with a teal twine bow on the gift charm (from My2Angels)

Card two - the silver spider ribbon is attached around the rectangle of mint cardstock and to the left side of the card front - the 5 stars get folded in half and attached (adhere the right half of one to the left side of the next - they will make a little stack) be sure to leave star 1 and star 5 to adhere to the teal vellum scallop square (adhere behind the star shape to hide the adhesive on vellum) fold the teal twine in half and form a bow with long legs, the legs you will add a twirl and a dot of adhesive to fill out the sides - finish by colouring the chipboard 'Joy' with Liquid Pearls, adhere word to mini tag with the holly charm and teal star pin. 

Card three -  again distress the base card and adhere to the card front - foam mount the silver foil scallop square and the smaller white square is also foam mounted in the centre - now you'll de-construct the circle flower to construct a 'snowman', I added a little foam between the same size circles, adhere the long bugle beads as 'arms' - the 3 snowflakes and tall gift chipboard pieces are all coloured with Liquid Pearls - adhere the cute snowman charm and finish embellishing with a row of
3mm silver pearls at each scallop and snowflake centres too.

Card Four - this is a stick it together, use the photo as a guide for placement - the acetate was placed in an embossing folder to give it soft texture, add a swipe of Liquid Pearls around the edge and let dry before attaching - foam mount the silver foil scallop square to the bottom right hand corner - the 2 gifts are coloured with the Platinum Liquid Pearls - adhere the flowers and pearl trim as per picture.

Card five - either or a bit of both, the choice is yours! They are both Shakers - the card on the right has torn white cardstock attached as mountains, run a little of the two way glue pen for the Embossing Powder to stick to while you heat set it - the red tape included in the kit is also a great way to add strips of embossing powder as it is heat resistant - use the Liquid Drops around the edges and dot it on for some texture too - the piece of loopy lace will fit the two high foam strips (as with the other shaker) finish by embellishing with a snowman, or two?

Bonus Layout

If you are not really a card maker, you can choose to use the same pieces and techniques and create a Christmas themed layout - perfect for adding a special photo and some journalling too!

The frame is using the 'red' tape, embossing powder and heat setting -

I simply snipped the embossed acetate into a couple of mountains, adding some Liquid Drops for colours and texture - the two way glue pen is randomly added to symbolise 'snow'

A new way to use your included 'Trip of Trees' die - make a pile of Embossing Powder and melt from underneath until it is molten, then press your die into the hot (VERY HOT!!) embossing powder, remove the die carefully and you'll be left with the impression (it is difficult to get a perfect impression without burning your fingers, leaving too long and having it cool with powder on... but I like it!) finish embellishing your page with the coloured chipboard pieces and flowers.

A huge THANK YOU to Artdeco Creations for generously sponsoring my kit -
Everyone received a Trio of Trees die, the Embossing tape (red), A tub of Embossing Powder in Platinum, all of the Ultimate Crafts cardstock, Acetate, Liquid Drops, 3mm Pearls, Two way glue pen, 5 cards and envelopes, Scallop Square die cuts, Embossing folder for the acetate, 'snowman flower.

Jane from Imaginarium Designs for the custom cut chipboard of triangle trees, snowflakes, gifts, Joy and Merry Christmas - much love for the professionalism and speed considering the timing!!

Tracy from My2angels for the twine and charms - Thank you!!

Toni from Scrappin with Style for tirelessly helping me precut all the scallop square layers - much appreciated!!

I always enjoy sharing some different ways of using some basic products we all have so I hope you all had a great time too - big Thanks to those who hung around to see how to fold an envelope into a gift bag too xx

Thank you to Rose for contacting me to organise an adventure for her NSW Ladies - what fun we all had!! Laughs, shopping and creating...all of my favourite things!!

Thank you,
Alison xx