Monday, 12 June 2017

Masculine Cards - Imaginarium Designs

...and Welcome,
It's Alison here today and I just have a few projects to share with you,
I did have a couple more planned... alas our recent relocation and family 'stuff' mean my 24 hours each day had significantly reduced 'spare' time!!
I like to give myself a little theme and chose Masculine,
so I've created a couple of quick and easy cards for the Men in our life.

Masculine Cards

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The cards are all made with the mini paper pack from Feature Arts Paper and is a great range about Cruising.
I simply cut some squares of patterned paper and layered it with some cork sheet, a canvas star and a couple of pieces of inked chipboard.

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Another quick and simple design - a couple of squares of patterned paper, inked and adhered to the centre of a card base. Trim a striped piece into a banner, and a cluster of embellishments - chipboard cogs have been inked and then coated with Glossy Accents or similar to finish.

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Chipboard pieces are such a great way to add a bit of jazz to a simple card. The negative or rubbish from a cog set is inked and then used as a cute frame on a focal point.

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A couple of squares of patterned paper, cork sheet, clear stickers and a few pieces of a great mixed cog design roughly inked to add a bit of a weathered look. A couple of extra pieces of metal to finish.

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It isn't always easy to create cards for the men but maybe try some simple designs for you next cards?

Alison xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Imaginarium Designs - Group - Challenge

Hello again, 
and Thanks for stopping by my blog
whether you are here for the first time or the 50th time
Thank you, and Hello!!

Over on the Imaginarium Designs blog today our group post is sharing some ideas for a fabulous challenge being run this month

This is the mood board

and this is what I did with those joyful colours
I also took the circles,
and the photo of Aunty Sandra is 'important to me'

Happy Days

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Photo of Aunty Sandra taken on one of her many cruises!!

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I snipped apart the layers around a clock piece - one for around the face inked in orange - the circle in the bottom right hand corner and top left hand are one piece snipped into two pieces to 'stretch' the chipboard a little further! 
The stamping is from one of Fiona Paltridge's Aal and Create sets..

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The centre of the clock inked in pale blue and clustered with a flair button, pink crochet doiley and resin flower in orange - a couple of embellishments from the May D-lish JAP kit.

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The title HAPPY DAYS sprayed in white to highlight the beautiful script - a few little heat pearls sitting along the chipboard circle to finish.

All of the Imaginarium Designs chipboard designs can be found HERE

Thanks again for visiting,
Alison xx


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