Thursday, 27 October 2011

Helmar Prizes...

Come and join in the fun on the Helmar Facebook page. I currently have two games under way (with Helmar prizes up for grabs). Here's the details for the first game:
You have until the weekend, when I will announce the lucky winners!!! And don't forget, you have to "LIKE" Helmar first to be eligible to play. (-:

Glitter In Her Veins...

Here's a little project I just shared on the Helmar blog. Just click here for full details. I jazzed these magnets up using Helmar Gemstone Glue, glitter, and rhinestones (from Zva Creative of course!). Now they are all sparkly and pretty on my pinboard. (-:

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Owl Love...

I'm an owl lover. I have been since I was a child. They fascinate me, and I think they are the most amazing bird ever. (Closely followed by birds of prey and peacocks). So you can imagine my joy when I won these little beauties from Brenda at Red Stitch Designs (especially since I had totally forgotten about the competition). I cannot wait to give these two a home on my Christmas tree. And if you want some beautiful hand-made goodies to decorate you house, I highly recommend Red Stitch Designs. Brenda is one of the most amazingly creative people EVER!!!! Mmmm...maybe it's time for me to order my Christmas gifts? (-:

Monday, 24 October 2011

Spirit Week at Helmar!!!!

Guess what! I'm hosting a week of fun, games, challenges, and prize give-aways over at Helmar Facebook this week. Would you like to win some Helmar goodies to play with? Would you like to join in the fun? Just drop by the Helmar facebook page, "Like" Helmar, and join us for a great week. And if you've never played with Helmar before, then now is your chance. But be warned - it is very, very addictive. (-: I should know, lol!!!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

You Got Me Ribbons!!!

I found this on Pinterest and had to share. What do you think? A feline scrapbooker, lol!!!! I can so totally relate to this picture - sad, isn't it?

Thursday, 20 October 2011

So Excited!!!!

Woo-hoo! I can finally share my layout that is in the current edition (November 2011) of Scrapbook Trends. This is the first time ever, that I have been published with this magazine company, so I am just a little bit EXCITED!!!!!

I created this layout using a sketch from Crafty Sketches, and a Noel Mignon kit (I think it was Mary Ellen, but not 100% sure because I completed this about 6 months ago). Titled: Living Life Having Fun. Thanks for letting me share this with you. (-:

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Zva Creative Project No1. October 2011

Here's my first Zva Creative layout for October. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the new orange and red rhinestone flourishes. I mean, totally love, as in I have several packets of each in my stash. (-: So I thought it was time for me to share this addiction with you...

I'm not usually an "orange" type of girl, but there is something about this shade of orange that has me drooling. So why even bother fighting it? I think it's better if I just make the most of it, lol!!! I used two flourishes on this layout - don't they just look gorgeous! Titled: 8 Years.
Zva Creative products used: CR-04CB-115 (rhinestone flourishes); CR-01CB-101 (clear rhinestones); BRBKCA101 (1/4" rhinestone brads); BRBKCA102 (1/8" rhinestone brads); FL01CB115 and FL01CB117 (various felt flowers).

Here's a close-up of the flourishes and flowers. I even added a little kindy glitz to the chipboard for a little more sparkle (papers and chipboard by Crate Paper).

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Zva Creative Project No. 3 September 2011

I'm slowly catching up with some of my scrapping commitments. Here's my 3rd September project for Zva Creative. Titled: Smiles and Hugs.
Zva Creative products used: CR-04CB-109 (rhinestone flourish); FL-04CA-130 (dual flowers - purple); FL01CB110 and FL01CB112 (silk flowers); FL01CB114 and FL01CB116 (felt flowers); AD01CB102 (2MM FOAM DOTS); CR-01CB-101 (clear rhinestones); and BRBK02CA101 (1/4" rhinestone brads).
Here's a close-up of the new rhinestone bird flourish. Isn't it stunning? And it comes in lots of delicious colours. You can find them here.
Another close-up, this time of all the flowers I used on the layout. I love that I can so simply change the colours of flowers with Copic Pens and Glimmermist. Makes scrapping so much easier. Papers by Lily Bee. Transparency and rub-ons by Hambly. Punch by Martha Stewart.

Helmar DT Search...

Helmar Design Team Call 2011/2

Helmar USA, Inc, distributes Helmar Adhesives & Art Mediums. Have you had dreams at night that adhesives would land on your doorstep? Do you want to be a part of one of the most creative teams and work with products from the most amazing manufacturers? Well, that dream can come true…….Helmar USA, Inc. wants YOU to become a member of our Design Team!

We are looking for new Helmar Design Team Members!!! We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated designers and paper crafters to serve a six-month term beginning November 1, 2011 (Continuation of the term will be determined by both parties at the end of six months.)

As a Design Team Member, you will receive:

*Advance releases of products!
*Endorsement fees for published layouts and projects!
*Payment for projects used for trade shows!
The latest & greatest products from our Preferred Vendors (USA)!

Helmar Design Team Members are required to:

Dedication to a minimum of (2) blog posts per month. More are LOVELY!
Dedication to your personal blogs which means keeping them fresh and mentioning Helmar products (we will do our best to promote you personally as well which is a win-win for everyone). Keeping them fresh and new is important.
Involvement with social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Facebook at minimum is required. This is the future for the industry and plays an even bigger part now than publications.
Dedication to our preferred vendors. They treat us great! We work very hard to secure those relationships.
Optional...Teaching experience. We are expanding our marketing efforts and the best way to do this is by demonstration and teaching.
Another great plus is video tutorials.....and step-by-step projects or kits featuring Helmar products.
Members are asked to submit their monthly Helmar projects for possible publication in crafting magazines and idea books.
Members will also complete special projects as requested by Helmar to be used for trade shows, catalogs, promotional items, and various other venues.
Interested applicants should send the following in a single email:

Name, address, daytime & evening phone numbers, and email address (USA, Canadian, Australian & New Zealand applicants only, please due to shipping constraints). Current and prior Design Team Members welcome to apply!
Please indicate if you are applying to be a Design Team Member or Educator.
Short biography
Links to any on-line galleries and/or blog
Link to Facebook/Twitter Pages
List of other design teams in which you are currently or were previously a member. NOTE: Members are encouraged to be on other design teams (except for competing adhesive companies) and partner their products with Helmar Adhesives & Art Mediums.
A brief paragraph stating why you would like to be a member of our Design Team.
Three example projects (layouts, altered projects paper crafting projects, etc.) no larger than 150k each – Make sure to list any special adhesive techniques used and list the Helmar products. NOTE: You are not required to use Helmar adhesives for your application however, that is preferred so we see how creative you are with our products.
Anything else you want us to know about you…..what sets you apart from the rest? We want to see your enthusiasm!
Optional: Please provide Links to your YouTube or Ustream page including a link to a video showing your demonstration or teaching techniques. Please do not send the video in your email (only a link).
Please submit the above information to by October 26, 2011. No late entries will be accepted. The new Design Team members will be announced on our website.

For additional information on our products, visit our design team blog at: Feel free to EMAIL any questions to

Tracy Weinzapfel
President, Helmar USA, Inc.

Crafty Sketches October Challenge...

I'm a little slow posting this, but better late than never!!! This is the October Sketch Challenge for Crafty Sketches.
Here's my interpretation of the sketch. I had a play with the new ScrapCake papers. They are very beautiful papers, good quality too. But I'm still undecided on whether they suit my style of scrapping. For me, the jury is still out, lol!
A close-up of my journalling. (-;
My new favourite embellishment - the die cut rosette from Tim Holtz. So, so addictive. Definitely can't live without it. It's on my must have at all times list.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

"Out Of The Box"...

Are you ready for a new Helmar challenge? This month we give you the "Out Of The Box With Helmar" October challenge. Our very talented Lydell Quinn has created another super sketch for your pleasure. And the Design Team have been busy creating lots of fabulous layouts to get you inspired. Just pop on over to the Helmar blog to see the Design team creations, and to get all the challenge details.
Here's my take on Lydell's fabulous sketch. Have I mentioned how much I love her sketches? Like seriously, LOVE!!!! I've never seen a sketch by Lydell that I haven't liked. But I digress...back to my layout. I wanted something fun and girly, but not necessarily pink and pretty. Know what I mean??? So I went with a neutral background and 6"x6" papers from Pink Paislee's "Sweetness" range. I added some flowers and bling (Zva Creative), a little journalling, and a few sticker embellishments, and I was done. One pretty layout that is not traditionally pink! Totally love the end result.
Here's a couple of close-ups of the layers, flowers, and bird embellishments.

I just love how I was able to make my own background with these 6"x6" papers. Such a great invention. (-:

Monday, 10 October 2011

Just A Splash Of Colour...

After nearly 2 weeks of not being able to scrap (thanks to surgery, stitches, and a metal splint on my finger), I finally have something to share.

I've always wanted to decorate a photo display tray, but wasn't sure where to start. So I gathered my supplies, chose some beautiful bright Kaisercraft papers (Miss Nelly), and let my imagination run wild. The end result was a beautiful, colourful photo display, that truly reflects my personality. I can't wait to hang this on the wall in our new house!!!!

Heres' a close up of all the little details. I've used SO MANY different brands of products on this tray - Glimmermist, Helmar, Kaisercraft, Prima, Zva Creative, Hambly, Jillibean Soup, My Mind's Eye, Teresa Collins, Maya Road, Martha Stewart, and Crate Paper. If you want to know a bit more about the adhesive products I used to create this, you can find my blog post on the Helmar blog.

I added my rub-ons onto transparency, then cut it out. I then adhered it to the tray with Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to add heaps of dimension.

I aslo used the Liquid Scrap Dots to adhere the banner flags to the tray. You can see here how they are raised nice and high from the back of the flat tray.

For my key, I simply tied a ribbon around it, added Liquid Scrap Dots to the back of it, and adhered it to the tray. I wiped away any excess with a wooden skewer. Now, I won't say creating this was easy - because for me, it wasn't (I tend to be a perfectionist who takes forever to decide, lol!!!). But it was a lot of fun and I am thrilled with the end result.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Monthly Challenges at Scrapbook Kits...

The monthly challenges over at Scrapbook Kits are up! You have until midnight on the 31st October to get your entries in (full details can be found on the Scrapbook Kits blog). Winners will receive a Limited Edition kit from the store. So, do you want to play? Well then, take a peek at the following:

This is the picture for the October Inspiration Challenge. Isn't it beautiful? And don't you just love those colours? The Design Team have had a blast with this and you can view their incredible creations here.

And here is the September Sketch, created by our very own Amy Bender. It's a great sketch with so many possibilities. And again, our Design Team have shown us many different ways to interpret this sketch. Just click here to view what they have created.

Well, I hope we have inspired you to come and play with us. I can't wait to see your creations!!!