Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog Hop with a difference and a prize...


I'm really delighted to be part of an industry blog hop... with a difference! Recently I was asked to participate by the gorgeous Jessy Christopher who has me in awe every time she creates! Although Jessy and I have never met in person I truly feel as though I know her well through her scrapbooking and also through her pregnancy and subsequent birth of her precious little miracle. I've watched as Katelynn has grown in front of my very eyes on each scrapbook page and project that Jessy has meticulously put together with such love and creativity. Jessy has the ability to make you gasp at each new design with her use of touching photography, exquisite colour palette and perfectly balanced design. She is a true asset to this industry with her constant inspiration and positive attitude towards everything she does.
 Thank you Jessy for thinking of me!


So, as part of this blog hop I have a small series of questions to answer...

WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW | My desk is covered in lots of the brand new Jillibean Soup goodness as I'm in the process of my next tutorial.




HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ME TO CREATE A PROJECT  and HOW DOES MY CREATING PROCESS WORK| I've never been known to scrap with any speed as I tend to procrastinate quite a bit before I start. Firstly I must have a clean desk or I can't begin and secondly I have to come up with a sketched idea. I have book after book of all my doodles and drawings for each and every project I've ever done. Once I have the idea on paper I can usually have my layout finished in two to three hours or a card in one hour. I must finish the night I start... I cannot leave a project unfinished before heading off to bed or I won't be able to get any sleep.



WHAT ARE MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO CREATE WITH AT THE MOMENT |- I'm a total sucker for wood veneers at the moment and add them to everything I do!
- Sequins and Epoxy Dots are next on my hit list but these little things tend to come shopping with me on my sleeve or the bottom of my shoe, they also like to take a shower and even go for a swim in the washing machine. I draw the line at taking them to bed... so far!
- Vellum... how I love thee, let me count the ways!
- Chipboard and Sticker Alphas... well it's pretty obvious why I have a growing relationship with the alphas because my layouts would be title-less without them and I've tried to draw my own headings with ink to no avail! Will leave that to the experts.
- Rub-ons (are my staple) A good quality rub-on always has a place to stay in my house.
- Definitely Patterned Paper in every shade of the rainbow.
- Finally I can't live without my embroidery thread for hand stitching which is the one technique that I find relaxes me the most!



HOW DO I BECOME INSPIRED AND STAY INSPIRED | I often find myself out and about and spot something that triggers an idea so I try to take a photo or scribble something down on a piece of paper whilst it's fresh in my mind. I love to doodle so dream up weird and whacky ideas while I fill up the pages in my sketch pad. And then there is Pinterest which is definitely a place to rummage for inspiration but I have to be strict with myself as I can get awfully distracted with all the beautiful photos. I also find inspiration in colour so I have been playing around with marrying two of my favourite things... cake and colour to create the 'Colour My World' palettes.

WHAT IS MY SIGNATURE STYLE | That my dear friends is a work in progress! I think it would be easier to say what my style isn't... I'm not a shabby chic type person or mixed media however I absolutely admire those who make it look so beautiful. I just hate getting messy and I fail miserably at using anything wet because I freak when my paper buckles. Clean and simple is probably one way to describe the way I scrap but more of the clean and less of the simple as I tend to come up with wild ideas that leave me punching hundreds of tiny flowers to hand cutting itty bitty squares to cover an entire layout!


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So with that out of the way, I would like to hand over the batten to the following three ladies who I admire profusely and find they inspire me every single day.

I'm slightly unsure how to describe Lori as she is so many wonderful things to so many people that it's hard to actually put into words how amazing she truly is. I'm always astounded at the amount of creativity she fits into each and every day along with everything else she manages to do for family, friends and work commitments. I'm sure she has a hidden 30 hour clock somewhere which I'd like to borrow from time to time. No matter how busy she gets she always has time to lend an ear when someone (me) on the other side of the globe needs a shoulder to cry on or someone to share a joke with or simply someone to talk to when everyone else is in bed. And as for her Pinterest board with it's 30,000 + followers... need I say anymore!

I have known Jen for the past few years through DT work and I have come to really appreciate her design and photography skills, and more recently her sewing skills. To me, she is the epitome of what scrapping is all about... someone who carefully and creatively preserves the day to day life of her child and family in such a way that inspires others to do the same. Jen has bold ideas with the use of beautiful bright colours and the most outstanding photos of her gorgeous young subject. This girl can really make me smile!

This next lady is someone who I didn't want to leave off my list even though she said she just couldn't commit to the blog hop due to an overwhelming schedule. So, I decided that rather than choosing someone to take her place I would simply continue with my choice and have Summer as my honorary designer without the pressure of having to continue the blog hop.

Summer is another lady I have met through DT commitments and I must say I think I've pinned more of her work than I have of anyone else. I cannot go past Summer's graphically beautiful layouts with multiple photos, and amazing story telling. She simply knows what looks good and how to mix and match patterns and colours to absolute perfection. Each layout gives you the true sense of her love for her family and how they spend their lives together without skipping over the details. She also makes me drool with her food photos or amazing meals that adorn her table... honestly it's like looking at a new page in a cook book each day. 

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Thank you for stopping by today and as a thank you I have a little prize I would like to share with someone so leave a comment to enter and I will draw a winner next week.



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

DOODLEBUG | Layout Tutorial and Giveaway!

Well don't faint... yes this is the second blog post in two days and yes I'm having a giveaway which is something that I haven't done in a while and is long overdue! Oh, and I did warn you that I hadn't finished with the circles.

DESIGNED FOR | Doodlebug Design Inc
PROJECT | Chevron Washi Tape Layout Tutorial
LINK | You can find the full tutorial HERE


NEW PRODUCTS | Doodlebug 8mm washi tape - Chevron Assortment, Candy Stripes Assortment. I truly love this product because it comes in the most gorgeous clear cylinders that hold 12 rolls of all the gorgeous Doodlebug colours.


Yes I went crazy! You should have seen my desk... it was completely covered in washi tape and sequins but I loved putting this layout together as it was so bright and cheerful, regardless of the mess!


THE STORY | So many people comment on how much alike my daughter and I are. Now to be honest we have never been able to see it, especially considering there is 30+ years difference in our ages. So on a recent weekend away my daughter snapped this selfie of the two of us and we both suddenly realised what everyone had been talking about. We even sound identical on the phone which has the farmer asking which one of us he is speaking to... sometimes we've been known to be a bit cheeky and pretend to be each other.



SUPPLIES | Doodlebug
Chevron Assortment 8mm wide Washi Tape
Candy Stripes Assortment 8mm wide Washi Tape
Sequins - Bumblebee, Beetleblack, Lilac, Limeade, Swimming Pool, Tangerine
Mini Flower Kit
Cupcake Doilies
Jack & Jill Alphabet Rubons - Limeade, Swimming Pool
Candy Shoppe Mini Rub-ons - Cupcake
Hip Hop Hooray Patterned Paper - Party Plaid
Sprinkles - Birthday Girl


I decided to have a little rummage through my stash and see if I could come up with a bright and colourful giveaway to match today's layout. And yes, that's the new Doodlebug doilies in every shade and design x 5 each... who loves doilies?
So, if there is anyone out there that doesn't think they have enough product stashed away in their crafty space then leave a comment and I'll select a winner at the end of the week.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Jillibean Soup | Boot Scootin' Layout Tutorial

I have a confession! I'm addicted to circles at the moment... oh, and chocolate! So please don't shoot me for producing another layout with a circular theme because I just can't help myself. And secretly this isn't going to be the last so you may need to hold off on the 'eye rolling'.

DESIGNED FOR | Jillibean Soup
PROJECT | Boot Scootin' Layout
LINK | Tutorial can be found HERE


NEW PRODUCT | Cool As A Cucumber Collection
It seems so cliché to say that this collection is my favourite because it seems I say that with every new collection. However, the addition of mint green to any collection puts it right up there with the best and when you add circles, triangles and chevron it pretty much seals the deal. And I'm also loving the new wood veneer stars because they simply go with anything!


THE STORY | My little man has been wanting to ride a scooter just like his older brother and sister but he hasn't had the opportunity to learn with the winter being so cold and miserable. So when we had a very unseasonal week of glorious sunny days we decided it was time to head outside and teach this little guy to scoot! Of course it helped that school holidays had finished and his older siblings were out of the picture and both scooters were available. Of course scooter lessons couldn't be complete without his beloved gumboots!





SUPPLIES | Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper: Cool As A Cucumber/Awesome Avacado, Cool Cucumbers, Trendy Tomatoes
Pea Pod Parts: Cool As A Cucumber
Coordinating Label Stickers: Cool As A Cucumber
Alphabeans: Grilled Gray, Tart Teal, Whipped White, Yam Yellow
Placemats: 12 x 12 White Mini Journaling Frames
Wood Veneers: Halloween

SUPPLIES | Other
Embroidery Thread, White Ink


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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Jillibean Soup | New Stencil Sets

Getting messy isn't one of my favourite pass-times which means that occasionally I need to 'toughen up' and get my hands dirty! So, when I recieved the new Jillibean Soup - Stamp & Stencil Sets I knew the time had come to make friends with mess.


Luckily I spied the gorgeous new woodgrain and doily set which made it slightly less traumatic to get texture paste on my hands, desk, shirt and face... seriously that stuff seems to spread when you're not looking.


TIP | The stencils are quite pliable in comparison to other brands which make them ideal when you want a bit of flexibility to your design. So when it comes to washing your stencil and placing it back onto the clear plastic sheet I suggest that you lie the stencil down on a hard surface and have the backing sheet in your hand as it is stiffer and much easier to manoeuvre into position.

The sticky reverse side was wonderful for keeping the stencil in place when I added texture paste to my cardstock and it pealed off again without any problems at all. And because the stencil is wafer thin you get a lovely crisp image.


Using my current favourite colour combination of Mint and Tangerine I stamped and heat embossed two different doily designs then mounted them on top of each other using foam pop dots to create a bit of dimension.



SUPPLIES | Hampton Art
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup - Stamp & Stencil Set (Doilies & Woodgrain) JB0279
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup - Kraft Cardstock
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup - Placemats (White Mini Journaling Frames) JB0148
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup - Heart Healthy Red Bean Soup Flash Cards
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup - Wood Sprinkles (Birthday) JB0272

Colorbox/Doodlebug Pigment Ink - Swimming Pool
Colorbox/Doodlebug Pigment Ink - Tangerine

SUPPLIES | Other
Doodlebug Sprinkles, Texture Paste, Embroidery Thread

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JILLIBEAN SOUP | Layout Tutorial... using up the leftovers

Blogger is not my friend... just putting it out there. I have had so many issues trying to get a post up that I had almost given up. Fortunately after re-installing everything I have finally managed to make a post stick! Is it just me or does everyone else suffer from blogger-itis every now and again?

This layout was recently on the Jillibean Soup blog with a tutorial which you can find HERE.



I've been really thinking lately about how to get the most out of my scrapping supplies so that I can cut down on wastage and use as much as I possibly can. Firstly, I keep all my collections in zip locks bags so that everything stays together regardless of how big or small. I then decided that I was sick and tired of throwing out perfectly good paper because it was a ridiculous shape that was impossible to use but still had some really fun pictures, words or patterns. Time to think up new ways to use itty bitty elements...




Just love all the fun emoticons from the Spicy Social Soup collection as they were perfect for this particular layout and super fun shapes that were easy to fussy cut.



I went a little crazy during my fussy-cutting and had quite a pile of pieces left over so I decided to create a card using a similar approach.


Supplies:
Jillibean Soup
Patterned paper: Spicy Social Soup/1 Part App, 4 Parts Hashtags, Bite Size Bits, Taste of Texts; Birthday Bisque/Cup of Candles, Smidgen of Sweets
Coordinating Label Stickers: Spicy Social Soup, Birthday Bisque, Sightseeing Stew
Soup Labels: Spicy Social Soup
Wise Words: Gray Smile, Yellow Smile
Alphabeans: Diced Denim, Gumbo Green, Kut Kraft, Organic Orange, Roma Red, Tart Teal, Yarn Yellow
Die-cut Cardstock: Spicy Social Soup, Birthday Bisque
Placemats: 12 x 12 White Mini Journaling Frames

Other: White card stock, Embroidery Thread, Doodlebug Sequins and Sprinkles

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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

SUPPLIES | Other
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


STEP BY STEP |
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.

SUPPLY LIST |
Stamps
Hampton Art Stamp & Die Set SSDS-IC184
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup Clear Stamp Set - Typewriter JB0097

Inks
Colorbox-Fluid Chalk/Charcoal

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

Other
Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Doodlebug Sprinkles Epoxy Dots
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