Thursday, November 6, 2014

November Projects for Imaginarium Designs...

I was recently asked if I would like to donate an item for a charity auction to raise funds for bowel cancer research. Having lost so many of my relatives to cancer, I said yes. So I created a canvas using Imaginarium Designs chipboard, and made it part of my Design Team commitment for November. (Don't laugh, I kind of did the same for the rest of my November projects too, lol!)

I seriously had so much fun creating this canvas. I think I should find time to make some more (especially since my eldest daughter was NOT impressed when I gave this one away). 
I have used Marion Smith's Motley paper range, along with lots of Prima and Kaisercraft flowers, ID chipboard, sequins, glitter, beads, texture paste, rubons, copic pens, and stamps. 

I don't have a lot of experience playing with copic pens, but I think the finished result was passable. 

This canvas was all about the details, sparkle, and bling. :) I wanted to create something with lots of texture and depth, and something that was very bright, colourful, and feminine at the same time. 


Earlier this year I was asked if I would like to do a commissioned piece for the Australian Scrapbooking Ideas magazine. Of course I said yes, and it has just recently been published in Issuue 29, pages 24-26. The article was about scrapping layouts in an Art Nouveau style, using a sketch designed by me (which you will find below). I was asked to create three layouts using Meg's Garden papers, and as much Imaginarium Designs chipboard as I liked.  

This layout is based very close to the original sketch design, and was all about highlighting the layout and photo with soft, pastel pinks. I have included lots of punchwork to add details and depth to the design. Most of the chipboard has been heat embossed with embossing powders and glitters.  

Again, I have used lots of punchwork to add to the design, and lots of fussy cut and layered flowers to help add depth. 

This layout is a little more vintage and masculine compared to my usual style. 
And if you would like to see more photos about these projects, or details about the products and techniques used, you can find my full post on the Imaginarium Designs blog
If you would like to use this sketch, please feel free. All I ask is that you give credit to me, for this design, if you post it anywhere (Facebook, blogs, galleries, Instagram etc.). 

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Cheers and hugs, xxx

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Imaginarium Designs October Projects...

It was my turn on the Imaginarium Designs blog a few days ago. (It's amazing how quickly this comes around every month!). If you would like all the details of what I created, and how, please visit the Imaginarium Designs blog

I've had this heart shaped metal container in my stash for at least 4 years, maybe more. Anyway, I finally dragged it out of my cupboard, and created this. Isn't it cute! :) (My daughter's are NOT impressed that I only have one). 

I've used Marion Smith's Motley papers for this creation. 

My second creation was this layout, created using the Madeleine papers from BoBunny. I just love the softness of these colours - so romantic and girly. The layout design is based on the BoBunny October sketch (I've flipped the sketch over). 

As you can see, there was lots of fussy cutting involved for this layout. (But it was worth it!!!).

And of course, I've used lots of Imaginarium Chipoard. :)
And I think I am in love with these Prima roses - I might have to purchase some more for my stash. They are just divine, and so pretty in real life. 
Anyway, I hope you are having a wonderful week - it is school holidays here so I am trying to stay sane. Yeah, I don't think it's working, lol! 
Thanks for stopping by,
Cheers and big hugs, xxx

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Taking A Class With Louise Nelson...

One of the BEST things about living in Adelaide is that I am able to take classes with some of the most talented scrapbookers in Australia, and the world. And one of my favourites, is the amazingly talented Louise Nelson. I love, love, love taking Louise's classes as her work is so different, not just from mine, but from everyone's, and I always learn something new. 

This class (September 6th) was no exception. And I had so much fun too.  Seriously, what more could a girls ask for - bling, bling, bling, and more bling! 

We had a lot of fun playing with new products and new techniques. 
And we got really, really messy. :) 

Just have a look at some of these details. Seriously. Wow! 

So, if you've ever wondered if taking a class was worthwhile, I can honestly YES!!!
Now, I just have to wait patiently for the next one. ;-)

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Cheers and hugs, xxx

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Imaginarium Designs September Projects...

It's amazing how quickly time gets away from a person - I have been trying to do this blog post for the past four days. It just seems to be a crazy time of year here - there's the Adelaide Show, a pupil free day, a show day holiday, Keana's 11th birthday, and our 14th Wedding Anniversary (now that's something I never thought I'd get to type, lol!).
But I finally have everything sorted and under control, and now I have some "me" time to share my recent Imaginarium Designs September creations. If you would like to see more photos, or read about the techniques and products used on these projects, please visit the Imaginarium Designs blog

For my first project, I took a plain white $6 frame (shaped like a house), and decorated it with chipboard, flowers, and bling. Seriously, this was so quick and easy, and I am sure it will make a fantastic home-made gift for someone special. 

 Aren't those roses just gorgeous with that butterfly? They add such a romantic touch to the frame. 

 My next project is a layout about the youngest member of our family - Thor. I've channeled my inner "Louise Nelson" while creating this layout - she always inspires me to use texture. 

 Lots of lumpy and bumpy. :)

How did I create all my texture? With washi tape, glass glitter, chipboard, and floss. I've come to the conclusion that washi tape will be one of those products that never go out of style - I still love it, and I still use it on most of my layouts. 
Do you have a favourite product that you use on most of your layouts?
Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share my creative inspiration with you. :)
But make sure to come back in a few days, because I will be sharing a layout that I created in Louise Nelson's weekend class at Seriously Scrapbooking. (It's really pretty, and really sparkly!)
Hope you are having an awesome week!
Cheers and hugs, xxx

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tick! Tock! Tick! Tock!

I have a very special treat for you today. :) Today, I am sharing an altered clock and a love tag that I have created with Webster's Pages Strawberry Fields and Imaginarium Designs chipboard. 

I found this alarm clock in Kmart for $7 and decided it was a bargain that couldn't be passed up. So it came home with me, and I decided to go all out with the feminine, flowery, pretty artwork. And yes, it does work - this clock will be a beautiful addition to my bedroom. Can you imagine waking up to this every morning? I think it just might make my days a little brighter. :)

To start with, I pulled the whole clock apart to decorate the centre, and add all the rhinestones and fussy cutting. Surprisingly, it wasn't as difficult as I thought. 

I was worried that a black clock might be too "harsh" for such a soft and pretty paper collection, but I was wrong - it contrasts very beautifully with the papers and colours. 

It's funny, I always thought I would end up using the Prima white sequin vine on a Christmas or winter project - but no, it was a perfect match for this altered piece. And of course I couldn't resist adding a Prima resin bird - it was just too cute!

 And what did I do with all my leftover fussy cutting pieces from the clock? Why, I created a tag of course. I love getting the most out of my papers :) 

Now, if you would like to see a few more photos, or get more details on the products I used, please visit the Imaginarium Designs blog
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are having an awesome week!
Cheers and big hugs, xxx