Thursday, April 30, 2015

All life is an experiment...... by Cindy

Hi everyone, thanks for joining me here today for my final April post... 
I'd like to share with you all a journal page I created "all life is an experiment"...

I often love to play and experiment with newly acquired products in my art journal... this is a page I created when I got some new grungy stamps...

I used the Scrap FX Circuit Board Stencil to create my initial background texture and then sprayed that up with some Lindys sprays...
I used a couple of the Freckled Fawn arrow paper clips to decorate the page...

to further decorate my page I used some of the Little Birdie micro beaded florettes and some adhesive rhinestones...

and finally my quote... from another Aussie company (Darkroom Door)... backed by some hard to see coloured tulle, washi tape and a couple of heart pins...

Don't forget with the cybercrop challenges you now have the whole month to enter... plenty of time to join in the fun...

till next time
happy creating
xC






Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Grand Piano, the inside story....... by Cindy Porter

Hi everyone, thanks for joining me here today...

Further to my post yesterday for D-lish Scraps I have the continuation of The Grand Piano story.... 

The Grand Piano part 2....the inside story...

so when I created the piano... I wanted to make it a little functional as well as just pretty...
so I created it to house a mini album...

 I created the piano to open up completely, to allow easy access to the mini album... 

 the mini album was decorated using D-lish scraps trellis rose, vintage rosesmixed size rosesmedium roses and a mini rose along with some Metal filigree circles and some Scrap FX doodad flourishes (doodad F) and I finished off the cover with the Scrap FX Memories title (from the memories words pack)and some torn Washi Tape....

 I created the pages using the 5x7 polka dot bags and some cardstock inserts...
 the bags were decorated using the Scrap FX alpha stencil, a coloured paper doily and 3.5 doily and a flair button and wordfetti....
 all pages were decorated in the similar theme...
one last look at the mini album resting in the grand piano...

till next time

happy creating
xC

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Grand Piano... by Cindy

Hi everyone, thanks for joining me here today...

I am super excited to be back with D-lish Scraps for another term, and for those of you that don't already know me, here's a little bit about me...

I am married to my wonderfully supportive husband Bill and we live in Melbourne, Victoria with our fur babies.... Cleopatra (Cleo) an almost 3 year old Russian Blue cat, Henri a 2 year old Tonkinese cross cat, and our newest member Kanishka, an 8 week old Alaskan Malamute.... you should expect to see cute puppy scrapbook layouts in the near future...

I have been creative all my life... and love how the Scrapbooking industry allows me to combine so many of my creative outlets... I love Mixed Media and design work, along with teaching. My Mantra is Create and Educate. Over the years I have had the privilege of becoming a Fully Certified Ranger Educator, Copic Certified Instructor/Designer, and published designer. I have had the privilege to teach in Australia for many years, and have been lucky enough to teach overseas on numerous occasions. 
I have had the honour of being on several design teams, and apart from D-lish Scraps, I am currently on the Scrap FX design team and the Couture Creations design team.

Well I think that's plenty about me, hopefully I didn't bore you too much and you're still here with me.... 
for my first share for this new term I wanted to create something that shows a little of what I really love to do.... When I have plenty of time I love to create off the page style pieces and altered art pieces.... and I have created one especially for this first posting...

The Grand Piano


I love to create things like this from scratch.... for this piece; for the base construction I used the Scrap FX 12x12" chipboard sheets, (if you'd like some of these just ask Amanda to order them for you)... I use them for everything from construction, mounting of photos and even die cutting, as the chipboard sheets do die cut well with steel rule dies such as the thick Sizzix dies...



I used the Scrap FX Rose Stencil to create the pattern all over the top and sides of my piano and the music stencil to create the piano keys...


I created the main flower cluster using D-lish scraps trellis roses, vintage roses, mixed size roses, medium roses and mini roses, along with carnations and a pinwheel bloom...



I used the Scrap FX ornate chandelier, I also scattered some adhesive rhinestones...



it wouldn't be one of my creations without some metal embellishments.... I included some Metal filigree circles and filigree butterflies and some metal hinges...



I decorated the legs with some Scrap FX doodad flourishes (doodad F).... 



I added a couple of Scrap FX flourishes; flourish I and flourish H to the top of the piano...





well I hope you have enjoyed this little insight...into my creative mind...

come and join me again tomorrow for the next instalment...




till next time

Happy creating

xC




Monday, April 27, 2015

Today - with Katie

Good Morning! Happy Monday to you all. I am here with my last post for this month and I decided to try a simple, graphic kind of layout. Mostly because I think it suited the photo and some kind of "vision" that I had in my head, maybe from seeing something similar by someone else!

I started with a white base (actually I almost always start with a white base, so I guess this part wasn't so different!), and kept everything very clean, either black, white, wood veneer or silver. The only colour was from the picture. I also used some pearl texture paste on the background to give some texture and interest without competing with the overall feel of the page. So let's check it out!


So, you can see that even though it is very clean page there is still quite a few D-lish goodies packed on without overwhelming it. And can you see how the pearl texture paste shines?! It is so cool.

So here you can see a silver sequin bow, clustered with one of the new silver flairs which I also used as the title and white enamel dot, and underneath layered with the photo is one of the new silver paper bags and a white doily (mental reminder, need to stock up on white doilies).
 
On this side I added a Journal It spot (also need more of these...) and wood drop from Pink Fresh Studio, I just love the mix of wood and enamel that they came up with. Also you can see the corner of the great wood veneer frame that I used over the photo.

 

Another wood drop and a different Journal It at the top of the page just to create interest and a flow around the photo and I was done. So a simple page, but I love the clean feel to it. Sometimes less is definitely more!

I hope this has inspired you to try something a little different, and now I need to go and re-stock on some of my favourite bits and bobs!

Until next time,


Katie x

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cards - with Katie

Well, I know that I have said previously that I am not much of a card maker, but I had so much fun with the last ones that I decided to try my hand at some more!

When you are starting with pretties from D-lish Scraps it is way too easy to throw together a quick card! Especially if you have your hands on some of the great CardFetti! This makes it even easier.


This card is pretty simple, just how I like it! Have you checked out the Shabby Chiffon Rose trim? It comes in all sorts of colours and you can cut away just one flower and use it like I have here. I have also used the Scrap FX random dots stencil with distress ink on the background paper and splattered some water to create some interest and also some metallic distress sprays (these are gorgeous btw!). Add in a kraft shipping tag behind the flower wrapped in cotton twine, a pretty cabochon and finish off with a cardfetti sentiment.


I think this is one of my favourite cards. Again pretty simple, but big impact! I have used part of a gold foil doily with part of a gold spotty paper bag on my patterned paper background, then finished off with a gorgeous After 5's fabric bloom and a mini peg which I covered with a bit of glitter washi tape.  Final touch another sentiment from some cardfetti.



This last card, also very quick and simple, which if you haven't noticed by now is my card making motto! I started with some pretty patterned paper that I splattered some mist on, then I covered one of the shipping tags in some old book paper and also splattered some mist over and added a Pink Fresh Studio Wood Bead over the hole. Lay down a crisp white doily (probably the most versatile of them all, and they come in all sorts of sizes!) on your background, then place the tag and cluster a paper rose, wood veneer and Pink Fresh Studio die cut, and as with the others finish with a sentiment from a cardfetti sheet. Hey presto another card done!

So thanks for popping in today, and hopefully I have inspired you to go and make a card! Remember Mother's Day is not far away, any of these could have a Mother's Day message on them!

Until next time,


Katie x



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pretty Pastels - with Katie

Good Morning to you all! So how many of you were up early for an ANZAC Day service of some variety? I can say that I proudly attended my first dawn service in Brisbane city. Hard slog to get up so early, but I figured that the centenary service was the one to do this for!

Leading up to attending my husband and I decided to do some family research and just see who in our extended families may have been involved. Well, we found a treasure trove of information on the Australian Archives site including digitised documents for a few of our relatives, and now we are waiting to see some more that have been requested.

We found on my side my Great Great Grandfather, a Great Uncle and a Great Great Uncle all served in WW1 with the AIF and while they weren't at Gallipoli they made it to France and the Western Front. They were lucky in that they all returned home, which is amazing in it's own right. And then also my Grandfather served in the RAAF during the end of WW2 and was up in Papua New Guinea, he returned home too, if he hadn't neither my Father nor I would be here.

On my husband's side we found two Great Uncle's who both served in WW2, one who died in battle in Papua New Guinea and who also may have been involved in the Battle of Torbruk and his brother who also served in PNG, but made it home.
 


So after that small tribute, let's have some crafty fun.

Today I am sharing a page that was inspired by the pretty pastels that seem to be on so many challenge blogs mood boards this month.


 I used quite old photos here, given this is my second daughter at pre-school and she is now in year 9! My how time flies! But I have no issue with scrapping photos "out of order" I prefer to scrap what I feel I need to tell a particular story. As you can probably see there are lots of great D-lish goodies on this page!

 So, I splurged recently on some more resin bits and bobs, including these gorgeous butterflies, isn't the colour a perfect fit?! There is also an enamel dot and Journal It tab from a monochrome pack, I love these two things for helping throw together a small cluster.


Here I have clustered Pastel Petals paper flowers, which are my favourites right now, with a paper rose, a Journal It spot from the same monochrome pack, Flair, Crochet Heart and a pretty pink coloured paper doily.


And another small cluster with the date. I used a date tab that was already marked with slashes, but as I didn't have an exact date I just wrote my words to try and line up with these so you don't notice too much!

So there you have it, pretty pastels! I am really enjoying the pastel palette at the moment, maybe there will be another layout or two before I am done with these colours!

So glad you stopped by, I am off now to bake some ANZAC bikkies and relax before going to see the new Avengers movie! Hmmm Thor.....

See you soon,

Katie x

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lisa Skinner - Guest Designer Project Share


Hi it's Lisa here to share some projects with you today that I have created for my Guest Spot at D-lish Scraps. The product in the shop is so varied & versatile it really can be added to anything in your stash to give that extra special touch to your projects. My crafting style is fairly mixed - so I am showing you a bit of everything.


First up I have done a Project Life layout. I have been doing project life for almost a year & I like to combine it in my albums along with my traditional layouts. It's a great way to capture the everyday stuff that happens, even though they may not be perfect photos.
I have used cards from the gorgeous Pink Fresh UITC range, combined with some wood veneers, sequins, gold rub ons & puffy stickers to bring it all together. I love the water colour effects on these cards - it is so on trend at the moment, which means it works really well with other papers that you may already have. Ive used some papers from Amy Tangerine.


Here is a closer look at the left side of the page. I have made a shaker pocket - which I love to do, I think it adds to the softness of this page. The small sequins are from the shop & they come in the most gorgeous little jars! I also popped in some of the wood veneer and puffy stickers. I adhered two of the puffy stickers back to back so they can be seen on both sides & don't stick to everything else.


Here is a closer look at the right hand side. Some more puffy stickers, rub ons & wood veneer to bring it all together. I used a stamp from my stash to stamp on coloured paper to add another element.


Next up I have a traditional layout to share. I love, love, love these flowers 
I got from the shop - they are called Pastel petals.
They are so soft & sweet I played around with them for a bit & decided that I'd try something different other than a cluster. I created the background using co-ordinating patterned papers which I cut in to 1 inch strips. I used a metal ruler to help tease up the sides. I also blended some gelatos with water on cellophane packaging so I could apply it gently to the white card stock. Some layering of papers to mat my photo. Some rub ons, a big sprinkling of the flowers and sequins


Here are some close ups of the details.


My last project share for D-lish Scraps is a card & gift bag, featuring the gorgeous After 5 flowers. They are so beautiful & add great impact while still keeping a soft look. I love the chevron paper bags - I have made it in to a gift bag by adding a few pretties. This could easily hold a gift card, a voucher or small gift. Doilies, in my opinion are made for layering. I love the special touch they add - Gold is also very on trend at the moment so these items went well with lots of papers in my stash. 

I hope you enjoy my shares, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments so I can get back to you. Thanks Amanda for having me as a guest at D-lish Scraps, you stock some amazingly versatile product that is a great addition to any crafty stash.

Lisa xo 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DIY - Hair Accesories


Good Morning!
 
One of my favourite sections in the
D-lish store (I know, that's a big call) is the
 
I have two Daughters at home - one of them
is right into fashion and accessorizing
so I thought it would be cute to put together some
hair accessories she can call her own!

I've used the following D-lish products:


Hair Comb - Antique silver

 
 
Small hair barettes - silver

 
 
Small hair combs - silver

 
 


The great thing about this project, is that
it is so easy!
After I chose my hair accessories, it was simply a
matter of adding co-ordinating embellishments.

 

 
I've used a good quality clear, liquid adhesive
to glue the resin, metal and fabric pieces on.
For the barettes, I chose a simple resin rose from
one of the super popular  resin grab bags
as well as a resin bird and a large feather charm as a base.
 
 
 
 
I chose co-ordinating embellishments for the
other hair accessories and added a couple
of the gorgeous After 5s for a bit of "wow" factor!
 
 

 
These would be a great gift idea for friend's birthdays or
a cute little stocking stuffer for that
little girl who loves all things cute and pretty  or that  big girl  who loves
hand made gifts!
 
Thanks so much for popping over and looking
at my first project share for D-lish!