Monday, 22 August 2016

Kraft plus challenge - August

oh, what to do?
...thinking, thinking...
and then I remember this cute photo of Natalie May at Champagne Bay on the
 2016 Workshop Wonders on Waters - Scrapbooking cruise
where she taught a day of fabulous classes
I thought,
this might be a bit of fun!!

If you know Natalie, one of her favourite colours is teal - 
the colour of Ovarian cancer
the colour in her tattoo
and a colour she adds to her uniform of black, regularly!!

The MOOD BOARD has some pretty inspiration


The photo in the bottom left hand corner is the one I really like and, 
I found a broken necklace which I fashioned into a Tassell
a bit of Imaginarium Designs chipboard, simply inked with Teal
A bit of random stamping with the new background stamp from Couture Creations
and one of Kelly-ann's butterflies to finish the tassell

and this is my entry for August

Natalie May!!

Thanks for visiting,
Alison xx

Imaginarium Design - Guest Designer in August 2016

Yes you!
Ok then, Thank you
How exciting that I am a Guest Designer for August for

Imaginarium Designs!!

I received a GIANT parcel of the most fabulous chipboard designs, and looked at them all
then looked at them all again

The Great Outdoors

Started by picking a sheet of Ultimate Crafts Snow White cardstock
did a little inking and stamping on the background
added a layer of 'Imaginarium Designs' packaging (I love doing this!!)

I created a wreath shape of Autumn colours with flowers and leaves
Inking the chipboard with a gradient from red through to yellow
The frame and title simply with black ink!
My brother and his family at Fraser Island - the autumnal colours are not a bad match for the sand and the rust from the Maheno wreck site!!

My Favourite Things

Starting with a sheet of Ultimate Crafts cardstock, I added a layer of resist card and then stencilled with 'Whipped Spackle' through the Anna Griffin stencil,
Coloured the long border piece of chipboard with some Liquid Drops for the shimmer,
the leaves all inked with green and a drop of clear crackle at the tips,
the large heart from the centre of a Scallop Heart was simply inked and then swiped around the edges with a bronze ink dauber,

These really are a few of my Favourite things, well people - our children with their Great Grandmother who is now 96 -
The title just inked with a dark brown ink so it can be seen above the cluster of flowers!

You make Me Smile

Starting with another sheet of Snow White, adhered a large book page to the left, inked  through a brick diecut across the edge on the right with a couple of shades of brown and adhered some of the bricks randomly too!
Layered an envelope - I often add an envelope layer to add more photos or hide journalling -
The base layer of chipboard just inked with black and adhered vertically along the edge of the book paper - the title using different fonts from 2 chipboard sets coated with crackle paint and left to dry!
Added a few bits and pieces into the vertical border to fill it out?
Can you see the 'funky flower' inked black below my brother and his son - I snipped that out of the centre of another chipboard so I could use it as a frame (See below layout)

After the crackle was dry I added a bit of an ink daubing over to show the cracks a bit better - it adds a nice aged effect, don't you think?

Gorgeous Smile

Yes, another sheet of Snow White - sprinkled some pigment powders on the top and across the bottom, sprayed and let run through the middle - scrapped a bit of Modelling Paste over an Anna Griffin stencil and let dry -
Layered some torn coloured cardstock with flowers

The chipboard was scribbled on with some Distress Crayons, misted and then mixed with my finger - easy! After adhering all the chipboard pieces I spotted some Glossy Accents here and there and sprinkled some Prills and Mica flakes to fill in the gaps.

Never Grow Up

There was quite a few BUTTERFLIES in different sizes and shapes so I thought I would feature them with different finishes with this beautiful photo of our niece.
A middle section of blue pigment powders, that when misted and tipped made a couple of drippy bits... which I took advantage of to underline the title piece!

Each butterfly type has its own finish -
some inked with dark blue shading
others coated with Glossy Accents and sprinkled with a mix of seed & micro beads,
the large one was coated with a layer of crackle paint and sprinkled with tiny clear micro beads while it was drying - these are my favourite, as they have a real sheen!
There is even one with a little Flower Soft

I love that they all look a bit different!!

Live for Today

Remember that 'funky flower' that I had snipped to make a frame?
Well, here it is in the centre - makes a pretty frame to match the two hearts -
That Heart from the layout above is the centre of the scallop edge heart on the right
I snipped a couple of the shapes in half to make the corners -
every chipboard has been inked with black
and a little journalling around the outside!

My goodness I have had so much FUN!!
Chipboard is so versatile!!

Thank you to
for inviting me to create some layouts with quality designs
I feel honoured!!
Alison xx

Thursday, 18 August 2016

White with 1 - August - Magenta Purple

Hello, hello!!

August, already?

Perfect time to get some layouts completed, and a challenge always makes it a bit more fun!!
So I checked what the colour of the month over at 
WHITE... with 1
is for August,
AND it is...

Magenta what?
...which Purple?
Oh my goodness, what an easy to find colour...
and create a layout with...

This is my entry for the August

Starting with an Ultimate Crafts 'Snow White' cardstock, sprayed a little 'Magenta Purple' -type spray onto a Couture Creations - Anna Griffin stencil 'Rose Trellis', and also swiped a little of the Texture paste over the coloured sections at the top,bottom and side.

A bit of a dribble, splat and speckle with some 'Magenta Purple' - type crackle paint - and put a bit on the Imaginarium Designs chipboard hearts too!!
Layered and adhered the Mystery pack from The Resin Rainbow across the base of the photo and along the right hand side - Janet even included the piece of ribbon!!
The Title and hearts are inked with white - the title then covered with Glossy accents!!

Another beautiful photo of Phoenix, this time with her Mum,
Alison xx

Monday, 15 August 2016

"It's a Beautiful Life" Shakers by Alison Bevis

Hello and Welcome back to my next post on the blog!!

I've made a few SHAKER cards recently...I secretly think they are coming back into fashion,
and why wouldn't they... they are so much fun to make!!
They are also SO EASY  to make which means you can keep it simple or add some more advanced techniques - the choice is yours!!

What do you need?
Some Cardstock, Acetate, Foam (strips, dots or whatever you prefer?), a Decorative Die and your favourite Die cutting machine!!
Additional embellishment can be added as you like?

Step ONE is to choose some shapes - for this Newborn layout I have chosen 
Crikey Croc
Gerri Girrafe
Ellie Elephant
from the
It's a Beautiful Life
along with a pastel Pink and Blue cardstock 

Step TWO is to place the dies in an arrangement which is pleasing - remember we are using the negative images - 

continue re-cutting along your 12" strip of cardstock until it is covered.

to add a bit of interest, I made some of the animals into Shaker style elements - 
so easy!!
Just adhere a piece of Acetate behind the shape of your choice - then surround that shape with foam tape, see below

It is very important not to leave any gaps or your Shaker mix will 'leak' out!!
You will then add foam to the entire piece

You will need to add a little pile of your chosen Shaker mix to the area on your base layer and adhere the cardstock on top.
I finished by adding a row of flowers under the chipboard title (Imaginarium Designs)
- and a few old brads and beads to fill in the gaps!

Close up of the Shaker mix - 

Shaker mix can be made up of one 'thing' like glitter or you can make a mix and include sequins, seed beads... the options are almost endless!
The Pink shape has Pink Glitter, silver micro beads, and Irridescent mica flakes.
The Blue shape has Blue 'Flower Soft', silver glitter and White coarse glitter.

Before I added the pink wire heart shape - I added some left over Shaker mix to the edges of the wire.
Not sure if I like the layout with or with out the heart?

I also made a PINK and BLUE card to welcome a newborn into the world - again just using the Negatives from die cutting... yes, so many pink and blue Elephants, Giraffes and Crocodiles left for another project, any ideas?

By simply adding a couple of items from your stash you can easily create a card in just a few minutes

Products - It's a Beautiful Life decorative dies

Have you checked out the Couture Creations U-tube channel - here is the link - 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for some more creativity,
Thank you for making it to the end of my post,

Monday, 25 July 2016

Kraft Plus - July challenge

Today's favourite..

This was created for the Kraft Plus challange - 
The theme is the Moodboard and Sheet Music

You need to start with a sheet of Kraft

We found a little scrapbook shop in Geelong 'Create on Ormond' on our way to Unmasked 2016
and this is where I picked up a roll of Music washi tape and the Teresa Collins christmas paper (Music on one side and the diagonal red stripes the other - which I also used over the weekend) - this was randomly torn and layered over the page.
At Create on Ormond I also found a TCW 6x6" Music notes stencil so there is some spots with a dimension paint in Viridian - also roughly swiped around the edge for a border.
I fussy cut the christmas paper into music notes and adhered this over and in a vertical fashion.
The Dusty Attic chipboard 'fence' was snipped down so it looks a little like 'notes'? which, along with the title was simply inked with pink.
Add some flowers - which were meant to be for Melissa Kennedy's layout kit? haha 
Add some hemp twine around the bottom of the photo and let the tails twirl to the sides.

Emily's Kokoda Graduation selfie,
Alison x 

Green, Green and more Green

Green, green and more Green

Starting with a sheet of Ultimate Crafts 'Snow White' -
I very lightly sprinkled 3 shades of 'Green' "Color Crush" horizontally across the page and lightly spritzed with water to activate the pigment powders, while it was still wet sprinkled a little more!!
Cut a large banner and fashioned a banner from the Prima packaging of a flower stem and layered them all together - I love to use packaging as a sneaky bit of colour and strength.
The 2 flourish pieces are Dusty Attic chipboard coloured with Tim Holtz crayons, and wet for coverage.
A bit of floristry and the layout is done,
will add some journalling along the right side of the photo..

Our Emily,
Alison x

Free to be Me


How many Selfies is enough?
..apparently there is no correct answer or 
silly question Mum!!

Free to be Me

I started with a sheet of Ultimate Crafts 'Snow White',
sprinkled some 'Color Crush' (yes, correct spelling! lol)
then water
...and dry
How good is that fabulous mask!! Thank you Scrapmatts
and the 'Free to be Me' title
Add a bit of muslin, a few of Melissa's freebie flowers at the Unmasked retreat 2016 
and a photo!

Photo of our Emily wearing similar colours on her shirt - perfect match!
Alison x