Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tag You're It!

It's been ever such a long time since I participated in a challenge (at least, not one that I wasn't on the Design Team for, or affiliated with in some way) so it was so refreshing to be able to carve out a bit of time this weekend to play along with the Tag You're It! Challenge.

Here's what I made:


The idea of the challenge is pretty easy. Simply take some inspiration from the example tag that is posted and make your own version of it. My inspiration came from the general way the tag was assembled... some stenciling in the background, a cluster of background leaves and flourishes, and a brightly coloured focal point to catch your attention. 


I make my own tag cutouts using the Sizzix Framelits Tag Die Set by Tim Holtz, and my layered hummingbird is also a Sizzix Die Set, called 'Free Bird' (which just so happens to be on sale I noticed!)

I asked my daughter Moriah if she wanted to create alongside me and participate in a challenge too and she was so excited! This is what she made:


She made all the design and colour decisions herself, I only helped with the cutting out. She chose the Sizzix Wild Hedgerow Die for her glittery leafy branch, and the Sizzix Gerbera Set for her flower.
She was thinking of her older sister when she picked out the sentiment sticker! ;-)


Not bad for a 7 year old hey?!


Thanks for the challenge Tag You're It! Me and Moriah both loved playing along!!
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Neat and Tangled March Release

It's that time of the month that we've been waiting for! After the long week of teasing us with sneaks, new products and designer inspiration, the latest release at Neat and Tangled has actually gone live in their shop!


I'm not officially required to create anything for the release as such, but I couldn't help but whip up a couple of cards when the products landed in my hands because they are just too fun! Here's what I did...


The Yo Ho Ho Stamp Set and coordinating Dies are no doubt going to prove very popular. I love that there are girl images as well as the more traditional boy pirates, plus there is also cute swash-buckling animals and some fun sentiments too.


The background for this card was made by doing some quick ink-blending over the February stencil 'Scalloped'. I turned it upside down because it reminded me more of waves which seemed relevant for the theme ;-)


The second card I made was because I was desperate to try out the other stamp set that comes with matching dies and that's the Medallion Flower Builder. There really are so many possibilities with this idea of having all the flowers and leaves being able to fit together in a pattern, but I've actually just gone ahead and used them as embellishments instead.


And see the fun line of little hearts cut out of the bottom of my white card? That's just one of the 5 dies you get with the Tiny Cuts set which is also part of the release. I'm pretty confident I'm going to be using this one A LOT!

I had the honour of filming the release video where I show off ALL the new products, giving you a walk-through and a real-life look at everything so you can more easily pick out your favourites ;-)

       

You can find the March release live in the Neat and Tangled shop HERE.
And catch more inspiration from the Design Team on the blog HERE.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Mood Board at Jot Magazine

So it seems we're already in March and firmly heading towards celebrating Easter already. Crazy hey?! It feels like we just got over Christmas!

Anyway, I'm more than happy to be creating with some cute Easter-esque stamps from Neat and Tangled for this latest Mood Board Challenge at Jot Magazine.


Here's a look at the board that inspired my card above. It's full of berry tones of pink and purple with only a hint of aqua, but I swung the balance around to be much more 50:50 which I think still works well.


In fact, it was the bunch of balloons in the mood board which really started my inspiration flowing, especially since I had just received this balloon stamp from Krumspring. That set comes with either a bear or a house to stamp below the balloons but I wanted to change things up a little and mix and match some images. I chose the girl with her wagon, and also the rabbit to pop in it from the Cottontail Cuties set from Neat and Tangled as the bearers of my balloons :-)


In the mood board the balloons are mixed in with some flowers and foliage and so I hand-drew some leaves around the edges of my stamped bunch to mimic that idea. And since I can never be satisfied with a one-layer flat card I added the felt bow and funny little sentiment for extra texture!


Steph from Kitaholic Kits is our sponsor for the March mood board. Kitaholic Kits is an Australian based monthly kit club that caters to papercrafters of all genres :-) Find out all the details for our challenge and how you can join in over on the Jot Magazine blog RIGHT HERE!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Studio Calico Crop Weekend

A couple of weekends ago Studio Calico held a crop with quite a few challenges. I was in the mood to be inspired in a fresh direction so I played along with a couple of the ones that really spoke to me, and created these two cards.


The first challenge I wanted to try out was Lisa's "over-stamping" technique, which is effectively about stamping in layers with different coloured inks. I've had this Houseplants stamp set in my stash for a couple of months and it was still untested so I pulled it out to play, and quickly whipped up this card...


It was so quick and easy that I immediately moved onto another challenge, this time trying out Carson's "multi-ink spritz" technique. It was slightly similar, with the idea being to ink up your stamp with different coloured inks at the same time, and then spritz them with a little water before stamping them to create a bit of a water-coloured effect.


I used the same Houseplants stamp set, and the same Color Theory Inks that I used for the first card. It was also supposed to be a one-layer card.... but try as I might I couldn't just leave it as a stamped background and had to add a few dimensional embellishments too. Whoops!


It was so nice just to create something quick and easy without needing to think about it too much, and just for the fun of it!


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February Mood Board at Jot Magazine (and new Neat and Tangled release)

It's the month of love so it only seems appropriate that I should make some romantically-themed cards for the occasion right? 


The inspiration behind this card came from the newly released February Mood Board from Jot Magazine. It's full of pinks and reds and flowers and hearts. But to be honest, it was those marquee letters and the arrows which really caught my eye and I knew I wanted to include them in my design.



I also wanted to crack open some of the latest Neat and Tangled stamps and have a play, so I chose the Eggstra Special set which includes this super-cute chick. And since I'm no good at fussy cutting I'm always especially happy to have the matching Die Set in my hands as well :-)


I admit that I kinda giggled to myself that I was using a stamp set that was clearly intended for Easter and turning it into a Valentine's Day card! But the way I made that work was to use a stamp out of the Neat and Tangled "Cotton Tail Cuties" set which reads 'hey chickie' and have that as my sentiment. I was simply going to have that alone but the temptation to add the word 'babe' to it got the better of me, and plus it was also my excuse to include the marquee letters from the Mood Board image into my card too! I've got a great set of alphabet dies from Sizzix which cut out these perfect 1" tall marquee letters, and luckily my girls have only lost a few of the numbers from the set, and I've still got the whole alphabet to play with ;-)

   
I really wanted my sentiment to ultimately read "Hey Chickie Babe!" - anyone of my age group here in Australia might remember that cult classic TV Show "All Together Now" where the character Bruno (?) would greet all the females in this way. But I couldn't make it work design-wise to have the 'hey chickie' above the 'babe' and so I made the decision to arrange it like this just because it looked better!

  • But in the meantime, check out the Neat and Tangled blog for a chance to win all the new release products! 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jot Kids: Bethany's entry

Bethany is 10 and she's a creative kid. She'll make up stories and come up with fantastical ideas and she loves to write.


She's also a real sucker for a challenge!
Meaning... she's pretty competitive ;-)


She's also got quite the memory on her, and she must ask me every school holidays if Jot Magazine has put out another Jot Kids challenge. She was thrilled when I told her there was indeed a Mood Board issued just for kids for the month of January! She wanted to work on her layout straight away!

 

She jumped on the computer first and chose some photos she wanted to scrap. This is her and Moriah and their cousins at my brother's wedding a couple of months ago and it's a great subject to scrap. She got The Trophy Husband to print out the photos she chose, and he didn't think to edit them first to improve the quality/brightness of these. But I guess that's not the point!


Next she ran to my scrap supplies to chose out some fun papers to scrap with. She wanted papers that were bright and bold and would represent all the colours of the rainbow, just as the Mood Board suggested. 
I love that when she designed the layout of her page she made sure to leave (what she thought would be) enough space to write out her journaling. Turns out she had so much more to say and her journaling spilled further downwards across the patterned paper as she finished her story.  
She's such a girl after my own heart!


Clearly she's pretty happy with her finished piece. She said "I'm going to present it just like the ladies on TV do when they have something to sell" as I try to take her photo! Crazy girl!!

If your creative kids are looking for something to do in January then look no further that the Jot Kids Mood Board challenge. The generous Anita from Flutterby Designs has once again sponsored a prize for the lucky winner. You can find all the details HERE.

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Jot Kids: Moriah's entry

Of both my girls it's probably Moriah (who's 7) who asks me if she can create alongside me more often than her older sister. Bethany is happy settling down with a good book, but Moriah prefers to be doing something with her hands. She's patient and meticulous and can draw for hours.


So she was thrilled with the Jot Kids challenge was issued because it gave her a great excuse to do some making.


I explained to her the concept of the Mood Board was to be inspired by the colours or a certain picture on it and then go in your own direction to create your layout.
She had particular ideas in her head straight away. 


She looked at the rainbow colours and decided she needed to draw her own rainbow in the corner of her page. Following that it only made sense that she would require clouds and raindrops. And she finished off the little scene she was creating with a line of grass down the bottom.


She wasn't going to worry about a title, but silly me opened my mouth and declared that most layouts included one (I should have just shut up and let her be creative in her own sense) and so she wrote out "The Biggest Rainbow" in her favourite Thickers... even though it didn't have much relevance to the content of her page :-)



She is so proud of her finished piece. The hand drawn details of Judah's little bow-tie are my favourite, but she would say it's the rainbow.

If you've got some creative kids who are looking for an activity to keep them busy these school holidays then check out the Jot Kids Mood Board challenge. Anita from Flutterby Designs has generously offered a prize for the lucky winner.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weekend Project Life Spread

Apart from just making monthly spreads for my Project Life album this year, I've also been throwing in random spreads for special events as well. It's helping to bulk out my album so that it's not a mere 24 pages! This is one of those moments.


Over the winder school holidays we took our usual trip up to the country to see our immediate family. I remember poor Judah was really quite unwell with a terrible cold and so it wasn't that pleasant a time on that front. But there were some highlights such as this day we spent with my sister and her family.


The weather was really quite pleasantly warm for winter and we spent the day outside in their backyard. They had a brand new puppy which the kids just adored.


Judah was so cute with it, touching it's wet nose and giggling at it's soft ears. I guess it was so tiny that it was not in the least bit threatening for this boy that had never had much to do with animals before.


I knew I had a puppy card somewhere in my stash of Project Life/Documenter kits that would be perfect for this page, but I couldn't remember exactly where it was. After a bit of rifling through old kits I even recruited The Trophy Husband into looking for it as well. Lo and behold, it really WAS in the very last kit I had! But yeah... totally worth it!


This spread was really such a mix and match of so many kits I couldn't even begin to name them. It was probably a result of having to go through 26 old kids that meant I could pick out bits and pieces as I went along. But it felt good to use up some of this older stash.


I debated long and hard about those leaves though. I mean, they really give out the autumn vibe don't they? But this event took place in winter so it doesn't really fit. But the colours were perfect and they are just so darn pretty that I couldn't help it!


Tell me I'm not the only one who does things like that right?!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

April Project Life Spread

I realise I am way WAY behind on my Project Life making, and even further behind in sharing my pages here. But I'll do what I can over the next week so catch up a little.


This double page spread appeared in the latest FREE issue of Jot Magazine (which you can download here) and even though I made it ages ago I still really love it.


I think I love the colours most of all. The mix of green and gold and pink is something I haven't used before, and the addition of lots of black and white is now becoming a staple for me after creating this page and noticing the high impact it creates.


The cards are a mix of Studio Calico's April Film Club Documenter Kit, and a set of Amy Tangerine's Better Together cards from her Project Life Core Kit that I got from the Spotlight event when she last visited Australia. I think they work quite well together.



When it comes to embellishments in my Project Life album I'm trying to keep them as flat as possible, but I still love adding a bit of texture, so these puffy stickers, gold rubons and corkboard stickers did the trick nicely on the first page.


I've then also thrown in a few extra embellishments like these diamond chipboard shapes from a much older Studio Calico scrapbook kit in order to make a bit of an effort to use up some stash.
I've got lots of them left over which meant I didn't really know what to do with them in the first place, but I like the extra colour they add here without having to really mean anything at all ;-)



Of course with all my pages I always make sure to leave enough space to add in the stories I want to tell, and since I find handwriting so much easier, I stick with that! Filling in all possible gaps with jouranling!


Anyone else as far behind as I am?!

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