Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Doodlebug - Sequins and Vellum

Hello and welcome to my blog... today I have a rather unusual project to share as I've been creating a dress-form for my teenage daughter's bedroom that is in the process of being renovated, painted and decorated. We are almost done much to her delight because we've been renovating the house for the past 14 years and she has never had paint on her walls let alone decorations. She has chosen a shabby chic style that 'must' include the Union Jack in as many places as possible which is the reason why this dress form isn't all pink and pretty like I had imagined it would be when I purchased it years ago.

DESIGNED FOR | Doodlebug Design
PROJECT | Decorated Dress-Form

I really wanted to soften the look of the skirt in contrast to the bold and bright sequinned bodice so I created layers of triangles using the Doodlebug Sprinkles Vellum in Lily white.

And finally I needed to cover the join between the sequins and the vellum so used a waist-band of ribbon and the gorgeous Petaloo flowers that were part of a product swap between the two companies. Thank you Petaloo!  Now I must admit that I did give my flowers a spritz of colour so they would blend in more with the red, white and blue. Happy to note the flowers took the colour well and dried very quickly.

SUPPLIES | Doodlebug
Doodlebug Sequins - Blue Jean
Doodlebug Sequins - Ladybug
Doodlebug Sequins - Lily White
Doodlebug Sprinkles Vellum - Lily White

Petaloo Flowers
White Sheer Ribbon
Dress Form
White Paint

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Colour My World | New Combinations...

I cannot tell you how much I love putting cake and colour together, although I could do without the cravings for something sweet whilst looking at all the gorgeous food. Perhaps I need to have lunch before I work on the next set of combinations. Feel free to pin any of the combinations onto Pinterest as that's what they are there for.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hampton Art | A note of thanks

Hello and welcome... today I'm sharing a little card that was recently on the Hampton Art blog so don't scream if you've seen it before. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm still plugging away at keeping the dust off my Big Shot and giving all my stencils and dies some much needed attention. And to be perfectly honest I must hang my head in shame as I had never even opened the set that I've used on this card, until now! And, just how cute is this little flower cut-out?

DESIGNED FOR | Hampton Art
PROJECT | A note of thanks card

1. I cut my top piece of cardstock to measure 3.25" x 5.25" and then randomly cut the little flower shapes using the flower die and my Big Shot.

2. I then cut four 1.5" squares in each of the Jillibean Soup Staple II colors (excluding pink) and attached to the back of each flower. For the pink flower I used a full sheet of pink cardstock measuring 3.5" and attached to the back of the top piece using foam pop dots to give dimension to the flowers.

3. I then continued to cut sheets of cardstock for the remaining four colors making each sheet 3mm wider than the previous sheet and layered them using double sided tape.

4. I cut and folded the card which measured 4.25" x 5.5" and then adhered to the back of the layered piece, again using double sided tape.

5. Now for the fun part... the decorating. I added a color co-ordinated epoxy dot to each flower and added a banner with my sentiment stamped across the front.

Hampton Art Stamp & Die Set SSDS-IC184
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup Clear Stamp Set - Typewriter JB0097

Colorbox-Fluid Chalk/Charcoal

Jillibean Soup Staples II - Pink Salt, Yellow Salt, Gray Salt, Orange Salt, Turquoise Salt

Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Doodlebug Sprinkles Epoxy Dots
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hampton Art | Enjoy the Journey

I seriously think I was trying to conjure up beachside holidays with this card because I have just finished putting another log on the fire and an extra blanket on each of the kids as it is just so cold tonight. I'm not a winter person in any stretch of the imagination so I can only dream of summer holidays and sandy beaches.

Recently the Hampton Art design team were fortunate to be given the opportunity of creating with products from both Hampton Art and Canvas Corp and this little card is my collaboration.

DESIGNED FOR | Hampton Art
PROJECT | Enjoy the Journey Card

STEP X STEP | To begin with I cut and folded my card using an ivory cardstock and rounded the bottom corners. Folded measurement 5.25" x 7".

Next step was to prepare my layers.
- Next step I prepared my layers
- Firstly I cut my top piece (blue & ivory chevron) of cardstock to 3" x 5.75"
- Second layer  ( Coral & Ivory Ribbon Stripe) 3.25" x 5.75"
- Third layer (Blue & Ivory Chevron) 3.5" x 5.75"
 When using layers on my projects I tend to start from the front and work my way backwards which probably isn't the most stream-lined approach but it's what I've found works for me. I adhered all layers using foam pop dots to create dimension.

I stamped the sentiment directly onto the bottom of the card using the Colorbox black chalk ink pad. However I wanted a slightly faded, shabby look so stamped a scrap piece of cardstock first to remove the first impression of ink.

Embellishing is always the most fun so I played around with a combination of the Canvas mini triangle, thread, seashorse & starfish fussy cut pieces from the Beach Sampler cardstock and a scattering of sequins and epoxy dots.

Hampton Art/Canvas Corp Stamps IC0302
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inkpad - Blackbird
Canvas Corp Beach Sampler on Ivory Patterned Paper CCP2712
Canvas Corp Coral & Ivory Ribbon Stripe Patterned Paper CCP2684
Canvas Corp Blue & Ivory Chevron Patterned Paper CCP2733
Canvas Corp Canvas Minis CVS1156
Doodlebug Sprinkles and Sequins
Ivory Cardstock
Ivory Thread

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Hampton Art | 'Use it or Lose it'

Thank goodness it's Friday!

Recently I had a little re-organise of my craft space and I realised just how much of it I don't use so I've made a conscious decision to 'use it or lose it'. So, I opened my drawer of embossing folders and decided that it was high time I gave them the attention they deserve.

DESIGNED FOR | Hampton Art

1. Firstly I cut and folded my card so that it measured 5" x 4" folded.
2. The patterned paper panel (5" x 3.75") was adhered using pop dots and positioned to the right of the card which allowed the 1/4" overhang on the left.
3. The white top panel (5" x 3.5") was embossed first and then adhered in position.
4. All the embellishing elements to the card were layered, again using foam pop dots and then to finish the card I added a few gems and then finally the die-cut wise word sticker sentiment.

Hampton Art/Ki Memories - A Color Story Page Kit
Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Hampton Art/Ki Memories - A Color Story Page Kit

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Doodlebug | Graduate's Getting Married

I recently created this pre-wedding mini album using Doodlebug's 'The Graduates' collection which was a bit left of centre from the product's intended theme but worked really well for what I was after. I just had to dodge any reference to graduation.

I have created a very glittery bridal diary for my niece who is getting married this coming August. After following her wedding Pinterest board I noticed she was pinning lots of chevron patterns, especially when glitter was involved.

The front was covered in the new Gold metallic sugar coated chevron patterns so I kept the embellishing to a minimum as I really wanted the photo and pattern to be the main focus.

Some pages are full of photos and romantic verses and other pages I've left relatively blank so my niece can add bits and pieces herself. Perhaps a note or two or maybe even a few photos along the way.

And... the new Sprinkles are not only super sweet but they are also perfect for using in a mini album because they are gently rounded and quite soft so won't scratch any photos on the opposite pages.

So many times we take photos of important events and post them onto Facebook so family and friends can stay in touch with our goings on. However, there are so many beautiful comments from people that never get seen or remembered by anyone other than ourselves because we don't usually print out our facebook posts. I've really started to think about this of late and have made it an important part of my scrapbooking to also capture those special 'social media' memories.

I am such a complete sequin 'junky'... I cannot get enough of them and fortunately I know my niece kinda 'digs' them as well. Lucky for both of us as Doodlebug have them in every shade of every colour possible.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Doodlebug | Big Love Layout

Okay I seem to be doing really well... not! I don't know what my blog has been playing at but there seems to be quite a few posts that have never seen the light of day. Humph!!!
This poor old layout dates back to February but it's one of my faves so I didn't want it to miss it's 15 minutes of fame.

DESIGNED FOR | Doodlebug Design Inc
PROJECT | Big Love Layout

The collection used on this layout was the beautiful Sweetheart ranges from Doodlebug and just wait until you see all the gorgeous Kraft papers. Yum!

I chose to really focus on the Kraft papers and embellishments of the collection and only use a hint of pink scattered across the layout. AND can you spy the new Sprinkles Vellum???

I'm still loving the epoxy dots and can't see myself tiring of using these little pieces of fun any time soon. I just love how they can be sprinkled across a layout to give a hint of color and whimsy. Loving the new washi tape designs in the thinner widths too!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jillibean | Layout Tutorial

Oops, missed one! I somehow managed to miss posting this project to my blog so as the old saying goes... better late than never! If you would like to see the full tutorial then head over to the Jillibean Soup blog HERE!

DESIGNED FOR | Jillibean Soup
PROJECT | Layout Tutorial

HIDDEN BUTTERFLY | Jillibean have started creating beautiful wooden elements so I've been playing around with different concepts of adding them to my projects.

WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM? | Me! I'm someone that cannot even begin to pick papers without having a plan down on paper first. I keep a little book on my desk and constantly doodle away with ideas. Some never see the light of day whereas others I use straight away and sometimes the finished design hardly resembles the original drawing. However this layout managed to stay on track so wasn't too far off from my original scribble.

Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper: Sightseeing Stew/Grilled Geocache; Spicy Social Soup/2 Parts Tweet, Bite Size Bits; Soup Staples II/Grey Salt, Orange Salt, Red Salt, Turquoise Salt, Yellow Salt
Alphabeans: Banana Yellow, Mushroom Grey, Blueberry Teal
Wood Sprinkles: Travel
Stampables: Wood Shapes

Other: Multi-shade yellow thread, Black journaling pen, Color Shine

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Colour My World - combining colour with cake!

I have always been a fan of colour charts on Pinterest and have a board full of beautiful colour combinations that I have pinned from various sources. So one thing led to another and I decided to sit down and have a play using another of my favourite inspirations on Pinterest... cakes! Now it wasn't quite as easy as I'd thought or hoped so I won't be adding hundreds of colour/cake combinations, just a few ideas that might give you a start to creating your next project... or perhaps make you hungry!

If you would like to view all the combinations I've put together so far you can find them above in the Color My World tab or on my Pinterest page HERE.

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