Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Greeting Friends

Today I am sharing with you a scrapbook single page layout I am doing for the Aussie Crafters February Snazzy Sketch. 

Here is a copy of the sketch

I kept the shabby chic theme in my layout which to me is beige creams and pinks.  I had loads of fun creating this page and have never done this technique before, it finished up beautifully and I certainly plan to use it again - I wish I could credit someone for the brick idea but it was all me I so totally invented it!

So without any further delay I introduce to you my latest creation ....

If you would like to follow along you will need:
1 sheet 12 x 12 Dk Brown card stock
1 sheet 12 x 12 Beige Card stock
Pink (machine) handmade paper
Washi tape
Basic paper crafting tools.

 I used a washi tape in a cream colour with an antique script on but you can use any washi tape you choose.  Starting in the top left corner tear off bits about 2cm in length and place them in as straight a line as possible, leaving a gap of about .5cm between each piece.  I used a washi tape that will contrast with the colour oage you are using so it really shows up.

On the next row I start a little in from the edge of the page so that that the brick effect starts to show.

 When I got to the 3rd row I started skipping the middle ones so that I wouldnt waste washi tape that would end up being hidden behind the heart. 

I don't have a big enough heart die that would have suited this sketch so I cut one on the Silhouette.  I am very sure my freehand would have been alot more shabby than Shabby chic .......  At this stage I could use the heart to measure the area that didn't need washi tape bricks.

For the font I took advantage of the extra space at the bottom of the page I cut the heart out from, and used the area to cut out the Letters for Je T' Aime.  I put this onto pink (machine) handmade paper and fluffed the edges.

After sticking down the heart I left the edges loose so that I could thread some raffia thru the lacey edge, on the side before sticking on the pink roses.  I also tied a bit of raffia into a loose knot at the top of the heart and put a couple of roses on top of the knot. I also added a photo of my amazing mother to the middle of the heart.

 The finished page, the text didnt come out as vivid as I would have liked in the photo, it looks a bit lilac and washed - strangely it is the same colour as the heart.  Im a crafter - not a photographer ;)

Thanks for visiting and if you would like to try out this challenge by all means ...... if you are a resident in Australia - why not join the Aussie Crafters and submit your sketch to the challenge and stand the chance to win a prize.

Till next time - Keep it Crafty

Monday, January 19, 2015

Greetings Crafters

Today I want to share with you a card I made for the sketch challenge over at Aussie Crafters!  Here is the sketch:

Being school holidays, we have been spending so much time at the beach and with this stunning new Kaiser Craft paper pad (sandy toes) I just treated myself to, I decided that my inspiration for the January Sketch would be have a beach theme!

The papers are too divine .... I used the following printed designs from the Sandy Toes 12 x 12 pad ...

 they are such lovely washed or weathered designs.  I also got the collectables but didn't use any on this card.

 I cut my card to A5 using a white 250gsm card, scored and folded it in half.  I would have maybe been tempted to twist or flip the sketch but as this is an inspiarional sketch for the Aussie Crafters I know that for some members this will be their first sketch. You are more than welcome to flip it to any degree and even mirror it if you wish.

I used the printed designs in the following way and inked the edges with denim distress ink for dimension.

The card looked very empty and instead of using something from the Sandy Toes collectables I decided to colour up one of Mo's little sailors they are too darling for words! 

 I chose the standing one simply because it would fit best on the particular spot on the card that I wanted to fill.  I printed him on X press graph x blending card and coloured him in with copics .....

I fussy cut him on the silhouette and stuck him in the front most panel, I love the colours I used for both the background and the sailor however I think that I could have used more greys in the colouring it seemed warm and washed till i put it in the background.


Thanks for visiting and if you would like to try out this challenge by all means ...... if you are a resident in Australia - why not join the Aussie Crafters and submit your sketch to the challenge and stand the chance to win a prize.

Till next time - Keep it Crafty

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Love Notes Valentine Challenge Tutorial - For Aussie Crafters DT

To create your own love notes blackboard where you can leave a short little message for your loved one each day you will need the following: 
  • Wooden MDF Fence background
  • Wooden MDF heart
  • Blackboard paper / self adhesive
  • Paper roses 
  • Ribbon 
  • Decorative paper / old wood pattern paper
  • X-PRESS IT Triple Tac Glue
  • Kraft knife / scissors
  • Paintbrush


 Make two holes in the top of your blank wooden heart and make sure all the edges are smoothed.  Cover the front of the heart with a thin layer of  X-PRESS IT Triple Tac Glue using your paint brush.



Cover the heart with your blackboard paper and smooth out all bubbles with a cloth, brayer or the side of your hand.  Trim the edge of the paper as close to the heart as possible to leave a neat clean finish.

 The two little holes will be visible through the blackboard paper, use a pencil to poke through the paper to make two new holes.  This will be where you thread your ribbon through.


 Using the X-PRESS IT Triple Tac Glue  paint a thin layer onto each panel of the picket fence background and apply the patterned paper face up onto the glue, again smoothing out any air bubbles.  Repeat the step for each panel completing the panel before moving on as the glue might start to dry.  Once all the panels have been done, move it aside to dry, a couple of hours should do it.

Once it is dry, put on a thin coat of the X-PRESS IT Triple Tac Glue to seal your project.

  STEP 4

Using strong scissors or a pair of wire cutters, remove the stems from the roses.


Apply X-PRESS IT Clear Gel Glue  around the edge of the heart and stick each bud into place creating a border around the heart.  Hold each bud in place for a couple of second until its stuck securely.  Next tie your ribbon through the two little holes and tie a knot in each piece to secure it.  Once you have done that you can hang it on your little fince and write on a special message for your Valentine with chalk!
TA DAH .... you're done!!

As always if you have any queries or comments on this project or any others on my blog I would love to hear from you!

Till next time, 

Keep it Crafty


I know it has been a hundred years since I last posted but with our move and Christmas and a full house I am only just hitting the ground running ....

Toward the end of last year I started a group called Aussie Crafters on Facebook mainly to meet and socialize with other crafters in Australia.  I had no idea what a success it would be, we have so many stunning ladies (and a gentleman or two) and the group is so active with its second swap underway and a challenge with a gorgeous prize sponsored by Xpress-It.  We have an amazing design team and me! lol I am the extra bit on the side of the ACDT - unofficial member if you will! Join the group and meet the other fantastic DT members Jacinta, Mel and Rose :)

The first task of the ACDT this year was to create a Valentines Project with the theme STUCK ON YOU!!

So next up is my first project entitled "LOVE NOTES"

Till next time

Monday, October 28, 2013

Creative Creations DT - Sassy Studio Designs - Books


I have been very busy with Halloween and Christmas cards and crafts so it was really refreshing to do a card that was very different.
This card I did for the the CREATIVE CREATIONS DT the theme of the challenge is Books (inspired by books) I chose to do this cute little Fairy Sassy tinker from SASSY STUDIO DESIGNS.

We would love if you would come over and play, take part in this awesome challenge and strand the chance of winning 4 Digi's from Sassy Studio Designs!!

I have always loved the story of Peter Pan and Wendy, and Neverland has always appealed to me and always been somewhere I could like to see my self living.  It has all the things that appeal to me, and fairies yes fairies like Tinkerbell ... I love tinkerbell!  She was essentially the only female in Neverland and yet managed to keep all the boys in line, what a woman!

One of my favourite quotes from the book:

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”
― J.M. Barrie

Sassy Tinker - Pop up card

For this card I used an A5 card folded and then a pop up of Sassy Tinker on the inside, I coloured her with copics and the paper in the "book"  is Pebbles.

 The thought behind my card was to make the base look all old and vintage as the original Peter Pan was written in 1911 and then I made lil Tinker Sassy all bright as she is known and loved in the Disney movies today, the contrast is just beautiful.

There are so many other beautiful quotes from the book and I would love to share a couple more of my fairy fav's :

“One girl is worth more use than 20 boys.”
― J.M. Barrie


“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie

Thanks so much for reading till the end, as always if you have any queries about this or any other project you have seen here I will be happy to answer what I can, ALL comments will be greatly appreciated.

Till next Time, keep it crafty