Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sketchy Boards challenge - November

Did you see what the 

SKETCHY BOARDS Challenge is for November?

These fresh and funky colours

and this sketch

and this is my entry...

Last Photo of my Grandma xx

A charms Creation Hessian Pink heart seemed to add a softness,
A little stencilling work in the background with a NEW stencil from The Stencil Hut
and a flair too

I created the 'banners' from Imaginarium Designs Chipboard pieces - Corners, Nat's Hearts, Mini Cogs, and a fancy round piece I snipped off sections (still have half for some other time? lol)
Coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
A sprinkling of Prima flowers too!!

Title is Imaginarium Designs chipboard
The black flourish piece from The Resin Rainbow
The epoxy dots from Cocoa Vanilla
and a cute butterfly from Kelly-ann... perfect!!

Photo is the last one taken of Dad's Mum, Granny at Katelyn's 2nd birthday party, she fell over and bumped her head a couple of days after - a tragic accident - she had a Breast removed, a Pacemaker installed, a terrible case of shingles and lost Pop all in the previous 5 years... we just never know when it is our time!!
Alison xx

Friday, 4 November 2016

Scrapping Outback - November challenge

It's November... hooray!!
With a new month comes new challenges... hooray!!

I ran out of spare time in October to get my entry in at
Scrapping Outback 
so, I'm in early for November!!

The Inspiration picture is this

and the rules are to have WHITE cardstock (I used an A4 of glossy) and CHIPBOARD (Heaps of Scrapmatts chipboard)

I prepped the Hot Air Balloons with the Anna Griffin 'Acrylic Gesso' so when they were sprayed with the Prima Colour Bloom, Kaisercraft and Distress mists the colours are variegated - its a great finish!!

A Charms Creation Cloud, Scrapmatts title and heaps of resin from The Resin Rainbow!!

and a cute little butterfly from Kelly-Ann!!

Photo of our 3 children at Boyne Island Primary school - Katelyn started Grade One before we moved to Darwin for 12months and NT said she had to do Transition as her birthday is in August - Emily went on to Grade 3... she is a May baby - and our son Tim completed Grade 7 in Darwin before we returned to Brisbane for him to start High School. 

Still plenty of time to get your entry in too!!
Alison xx

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Happy Memories Layout - Couture Creations DT

Hello everyone!!
I'm back to share another project with you, this time with browns, creams and black...
Yes, the Ooh Lala collection
Are you loving the tones and images from the 
Ooh Lala collection? 

Trim your patterned paper ULT157634 Florals in Chocolate to 30x30cm and then layer ULT157621 Chocolate Swirls by trimming an inch off the top - ULT157622 Patterned in Gold is trimmed to 10 inches by 30cm.
The Ooh Lala collection has a Ribbon and Lace pack ULT1576396 - a strip has been tucked under the paper, after some distressing - top and bottom.
If you have a fancy circle cutter, cut a circle from ULT157618 Gold, Silver, Bronze - alternatively trace a paper plate and trim around. I gathered some brown tissue or pattern tissue around the edge of the circle, trimming one side and mounted the piece on some 'scrap' left from the Foam Dots (nothing is wasted) the part of the circle which was trrimmed was then adhered to the right hand side.
I love to fussy cut, the ULT157617 Butterflies and Lace and the little leaves from ULT157614 Florals in Chocolate - clustering pieces in with some of the flowers

Colouring the flowers with the Anna Griffin Pigment Powders (see previous blog post if you'd like to make them into 'water colours')
Such delicate leaves!!
The 3mm Duo Pearls ULT157655 have both a chocolate brown and a creamy colour included which makes it easy to add a couple here and there.

Did you see that super cute heart shaped doiley? 
ULT157630 Paper Doily Set - Hearts
I think every project NEEDS one of these... don't you?
ps, you get 25 in a packet - bargain!!

Products -

Did you see that beautiful Imaginarium Designs Chipboard title - Happy Memories
 - I won that in a challenge!! 
Thank you so much for visiting,
Alison x

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sketchy Boards challenge - October

It's been awhile since I participated in the
Sketchy Boards challenge....

The October inspiration picture has soft golds, cream and greens - so pretty!

and the Sketch 

so, I put and little of this and a little of that
and this...

Started with a sheet of Prima 'Rossibelle' order from Craft Giraffe - the Ultimate Crafts cream cardstock was tilted as per the sketch - photo mounted onto paper saved from the middle and extra tags made too - die  cut tassel handmade by Shaneen -  Prima flowers from 'Rossibelle' and also a 'Sweet Peppermint' - Chipboard title and feather from Imaginarium Designs 'You are amazing' inked roughly in black and then roughly coverd with Glossy Accents... looks nifty! A flair won in a prize from Funky Flair Studio and some die cuts too!!

Photo is ALMOST 25 years old - 1st February - and is me with one of my Bridesmaids Rachel!!
Alison xx

Friday, 14 October 2016

White with One challenge - Cayenne

Hello October
ooh a bright, happy and hot colour!!

Of course, I started with Janet's resins from
The Resin Rainbow

Started with a sheet of Ultimate Crafts 'Snow White' and adhere a little music print tissue in a vertical design - splattered some 'Cayenne' shades of inks - found the middle and adhered the resin strips vertically - added all the SHAPCHAT photos in a grid like pattern and finished embellishing with some more Resins, die cuts, and Blue Fern Studios 'heart' and 'keys' inked with a combination of orange and red - easy!!

Our teen girls are always laughing about the Snapchat filters and will randomly say 'Mum' and snap a photo of me too... they laugh a lot more at my filters!!
Alison xx

Monday, 10 October 2016

Season's Greeting, Be Merry and Bright with some Anna Griffin too!!

Hello everyone!!

Thank you for coming to see what I've been up too ;)
I have been having a bit of fun with the new collections for 

Couture Creations 
and Ultimate Crafts

So many papers, and decorative dies ..

I started with some projects with the recently released

Seasons Greetings  collection

Recycled project, Battery tealight 'Luminary'

I go through Quick Release paper by the box so I figured I would put the BOX to good use too!
I die cut the 'Fireplace' , adhered Acetate behind the die and coloured with 'Liquid Drops 3d Pearls'
Just remember to leave a hole to turn the candle off and on!

- ULT157660 12x12" Paper pad 
- ULT157699 Fireplace Impression Die
- CO724603 Acetate sheets
- CO724945 Merry Layered Stars Set (Be Merry collection)
- CO724633 'Snow White' 3mm Pearls (??)
- ULT157649 'Pharaoh' Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
- ULT157645 'Cottonball' Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
- ULT157650 'Buttercup' Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
- ULT157157659 'Rouge' Liquid Drops 3d Pearls
- ULT157149T - Quick Release Die Paper (Empty box)
- CO724916 Specialty Paper - Cream swirl

Special Moments layout

I little fussy cutting for the border strips - fun!!
Some easy clustering of the flowers in the collection - 
The title is Silver glitter, but you can colour it what suits?
A couple of cute Imaginarium Designs chipboard Reindeer!!

Special Moments Layout
-  ULT157660 12x12" Paper Pad
- ULT157666 Mixed Primrose flowers 12pcs
- ULT157664 Poinsettia Duo 2pcs
- ULT157663 Large mixed Poinsettia 4pcs
- ULT157665 Small mixed Poinsettia 7pcs
- ULT157662 Cardmakers Companion 26pcs
- CO724924 Chipboard words 11pcs
- CO724641 'Grass Green' 3mm Pearls
- CO724642 'Emerald Green' 3mm Pearls

Merry Christmas layout

Just a simple design with the Metallic Daisies
and a little fussy cutting on the strips!!

Merry Christmas layout
- ULT157660 12x12" Paper Pad
- ULT157683 'Merry Christmas Swirls' Impression Die
- ULT157667 Mixed ferns 5pcs
- ULT157668 Mixed metallic daisies 8pcs
- CO724928 Christmas Threads 
- CO724883 'Quatrefoil' Stencil - Anna Griffin
- CO724644 'Glamorous Gold 3mm Pearls
- CO724870 Embossing Paste white FInish - Anna Griffin

Family Love layout

Ok, if you don't LOVE fussy cutting you might need to think of a different border, 
lucky I really enjoy it!!
The 'Wild Branches and Pinecones' die set is really lovely!!

Family Love Layout
- ULT157660 12x12" Paper Pad
- ULT157693 'Wild Branches and Pinecones' Impression Die
- CO724924 Chipboards Words 11pcs
- CO724930 'Merry Stars Assortment' Anna Griffin
- CO724870 Embossing Paste white finish - Anna Griffin
- CO724641 'Grass Green' 3mm Pearls
- CO724642 'Emerald Green' 3mm Pearls

Grandpa layout

ALL the RED flowers are QUILLED - yes, so easy when the kit contains strips and a tool too!!

Grandpa layout
- ULT157660 112x12" Paper Pad
- ULT157666 Mixed Primrose Flowers 12pcs
- ULT157664 Poinsettia Duo 2pcs
- ULT157663 Large mixed Poinsettia 4pcs
- ULT157665 Small mixed Poinsettia 7pcs
- ULT157671 Christmas Floral Rolling Trims 16pcs inc tool
- ULT20001 'Snow White' cardstock

'Be Merry and Bright'  Advent Calendar

I've used all white matchboxes but you could used printed ones and cover them all with patterned paper - you could even die cut some cute boxes, envelopes or containers to add some small gifts or sweets too! Remember when you adhere them to a back board you need to be able to open them to put the gifts in and to get them out too!! 

Be Merry collection
Advent calendar (with candy?)
- CO724920 12x12" Paper Pad "Be Merry and Bright"
- CO724922 Diecut Ephemera set
- CO724945 Merry Layered Stars set - Impression die
- CO724927 3mm Duo Gems


Mixed a little Pigments powder with the Embossing Paste - you can add a couple of colours to get the tone you need - the Paste dries super quick!!
The 3d stars are easy - just fold in half at each point, then mountain/valley - 
I picked out all the pretty purpley pinks from the collection!!

Sparkle layout
- Co724920 12x12" Paper Pad "Be Merry and Bright"
- CO724924 Chipboard words
- CO724883 'Quatrefoil' stencil - Anna Griffin
- CO724870 Embossing Paste white finish - Anna Griffin
- CO724866 Mix & Match Pigments - Anna Griffin 
- CO724927 3mm Duo Gems

Enjoy canvas

The Anna Griffin Mixed Media collection has so many lovely colours and mediums included in the range, there really is something for everyone!!

Canvas 'Enjoy'
- CO724924 Chipboard Words
- ULT157631 'Starry Mosaic' Background Textures 2 Stamp
- CO724883 'Quatrefoil' Anna Griffin Stencil
- CO724888 'Secret Garden' Anna Griffin Stencil
- CO724870 Embossing Paste whiter finish
- CO724866 Mix & Match Pigments
- CO724299 Beaded satin bloom
- CO724298 Camden beaded cottage flower
- CO724294 Tie dyed & Jewelled florettes 4cm

If you have any questions just leave a comment and I can reply - 
Alison xx

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Personalised Christmas Baubles - Couture Creations DT

Welcome back, it's Alison
Can you believe how close CHRISTMAS is now?
Really, just weeks!!

I LOVE Christmas...
Love everything from the crazy shoppers with trolleys laden to our home filled with decorations and handmade gifts are an important part of the celebrations - 
Sometimes you just need something a little special, that doesn't cost a fortune but you want the other person to know you were thinking of them..

Personalised Christmas Baubles
make a lovely gift
and you can choose colours or add embellishments which show the recipient you made it especially for them!!

I've started with some 'plastic' baubles but you can find 'glass' also?
Pull off the caps and save them to the side. 

Start by cutting various width strips from your patterned paper - great way to use up those extra bits, as it doesn't matter if they are long or short - 
I chose some lovely papers from the 
Season's Greetings collection

Now run your scissors or bone folder along the length and curl them all - you can start at one end curling one way and then turn it around and curl from the opposite end - 
Then push them all inside the bauble

You can also add various sequins, seed beads and you know all those little bits you get when you do a bunch of diecutting? They are perfect to add to a bauble as filler - those bits are good for adding to Shaker style cards too!!

I adhered a 'Poinsettia Duo', a 'Small Mixed Poinsettia' and a mini christmas tree to the cluster 

It was quite difficult to photograph the glare but you get the idea?

There was FOUR baubles in the packet
so, I made THREE more, why not...

This Bauble was filled with strips from the 
Be Merry & Bright collection
I've added some of the pink sprinkles too
Finished by fussy cutting a star and adhering the 'Silver Glitter word - Heart'


I combined some strips from the new
Ooh La La collection
to those beautiful 'Mixed Metallic Daisies' and 'Mixed Ferns'
They come in a lovely copper, gold and green too!
The collection also contains a packet of mixed toned sequins - how good would a bauble look filled with them? You could add a layer of thin clear glue and roll it around inside till the surface is covered then add the sequins and let it dry, tip out an excess that hasn't stuck!

I have a friend who loves everything Africa so filled a bauble with strips from the 
Wild and Free collection
even added some Giraffe diecuts (her favourite African animal)
and finished with a rhinestone initial - 

You can add a giant ribbon so your bauble can hang on the Christmas tree - something which can be put away and hung again next year!
I like to package them nestled in some soft tissue paper in a cute box - if you're really keen, you can even make the  box!!

Hope you make a handmade gift this Christmas,