Friday, 24 July 2015

A Scrap Around The World Tutorial

Hello there! I'm very excited to be sharing with you my photo tutorial in our Design Team 'Moment To Shine' series at Scrap Around The World. I used our current challenge here as my inspiration.

Here's the mood board:

I was inspired firstly by those pink steps in the mood board. They immediately reminded me of the gorgeous steps everywhere on the Greek Islands &, as I have a gazillion photos of these places, I thought it was a great opportunity to scrap them. I was also inspired by the amazing blues in the flower pic.

Here's what I made:


1. Stamp a few background stamps onto a good quality cardstock, using StazOn ink so it won't run when water is applied. Draw a few rough circles with pencil.

2. Paint inside the circles with the Silks. Add a little water to the Silks first for a more transparent look & easier application.

3. Spray a very light spray of water over the area you want to colour. Take pinches of Magicals (use gloves if you don't want to stain your hands) & sprinkle them across the wet parts of the page. Spray another very light spray on top of the Magicals. The areas coloured with Silks will slightly repel the water & Magicals, letting the circles show through.

4. Stamp a small flourish onto a few places on the background with embossing ink & apply silver Metallic Melts. Heat to set.

5.If your background has buckled, place it under a heavy weight to flatten it while you
work on the embellishments. Paint the Dusty Attic chipboard flourish with gesso & let dry.

6. Paint the Dusty Attic chipboard title with gesso then paint or ink the top half with blue. Add blue Metallic Melts to the top half only and heat to set.

7. Drop silver and blue metallic threads across the page and glue down the photo, title and chipboard flourish. These will anchor the thread in place.

8. Add a variety of blue and silver bling, write in your journalling and ink the edges of the page with blue ink. Your layout is done!

The more water you use, the more the Magicals will blend together. Try varying the amount of water you use on different areas for interesting effects.

Small details like bling & Metallic Melts can make such a big impact.

On a busy or eye-catching background, you sometimes don't need too many embellishments. A gorgeous flourish & title are all that's needed on this layout.

The products I used:

Supplies List

Cardstock - Core'dinations Heavyweight
Chipboard - The Dusty Attic - Wrought Iron Design Set & Dusty Curls ABC Set
Embossing Powder - Tinby Designs Metallic Melts - Blue & Silver
Acrylic Glaze - Silks - African Jade
Magicals - Lindy's Stamp Gang - Tibetan Poppy Teal
Gesso - Derivan Matisse
Inks - VersaMark Watermark, ColorBox & StazOn
Stamps - Pink Paislee, Kiasercraft & Bo Bunny
Bling - Bella!, Paper Xtra & Kaisercraft
Thread - Gutterman Metallic
Pen, Pencil

Remember - there are only 7 days left to enter this month's challenge!

To be in with a chance to win 1 of our 11 amazing prizes you'll need to be quick!

You can find the challenge details HERE.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Scrappy Chat Designs teams up with Kraft+!

Hello there! Today I'd like to share with you a layout I made using the gorgeous "Favourite Little Something" Kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. Scrappy Chat Designs is a sponsor over at Kraft + this month so I'm entering the challenge with this one too.

Here's the Kraft + inspirational photo. You also need to add yellow paint.

And here's what I made using this month's Scrappy Chat Designs kit:

I was inspired by the many vertical lines and the textural feel in the Kraft+ photo.

As usual, there are exciting and fabulous products in the Scrappy Chat Designs kit. Apart from the Kaisercraft and Prima papers, there are cardstock, straws, twine, Stampendous Lux Flakes and, my favourite, Faber-Castell Texture Luxe. This product is amazing! The gold is so intense yet still holds it's shape and body so well.

I added some yellow enamel dots from a previous kit and outlined them in black pen. If you don't have any enamel dots just paint some paper with yellow paint, punch out some circles and add Glossy Accents on top. Easy peasy!

To see how the other Arty Chics and I create our layouts why not become a member? Kits are still $39 + Postage with LOADS of value for you money, as it is like doing 3 classes - all in the comfort of your own home! Each premier kit comes with Video AND instructions to complete the three layouts. They feature many techniques with product that can be used well after the life of the kit. (With all of our kits you will have plenty of product and knowledge to add to future projects).

Included are all the products needed to complete the project with a list of additional basic items used such as ink/ paints/gesso/texture paste and colour sprays you will need out of your supplies

Please e-mail us at if you would like to order this kit

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Happy scrappin'!


Monday, 13 July 2015

A 7 Dots Challenge

Hello again. I don't know how I've done it but I somehow managed to find time to enter a challenge! I've been busting to give the 7 Dots challenge a go for ages and I've finally done it!

The challenge this month is to use the phrase 'Time Flies" as your inspiration. You can find the challenge here. Here's the Inspirational Circle:

And here's what I created:

I've gone for a funky look on this one using papers from the Destination Unknown and Thoughts Keeper ranges.  The page is about how my daughter keeps changing her hair colour. To me, it shows how fast time is flying when she seems to have a different hair colour every time I see her. The journalling reads, "....Time flies.... So many hair colour options, so little time....Time flies...."

I have been collecting bar code strips from 7 Dots papers for a while and had fun using them on this page. I cut out the colourful dots and formed a row of them which I added under a punched edge to give my page a lift. On the far left, I used a whole strip as part of my design for an interesting feature. I liked the "Destination Unknown" name on it as that describes my daughter perfectly!

The title runs from the top of the photo to the bottom.

The butterfly, the Polaroid frame, the leaves and the alphas are all from The Dusty Attic. I coated the alphas, the leaves and the butterfly in Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts. I love that grungy, chunky look it adds to my work. I painted the Polaroid frame black and wound metallic thread around parts.

I added Magicals to the background and stamped hearts which I coloured with Silks. I also used Silks to colour the circles behind the photo and along the journalling line.

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday, 11 July 2015


My apologies for being quiet online lately - we've been on holidays! We went to the amazing Gili Islands, three tiny islands off the coast of Lombok, in Indonesia. We stayed on two of the islands.

We had a brief stop in Singapore where I caught up with two Scrap Around The World girls - Jelissa Mei and Priscilla Lim. Unfortunately, I was struck down with a tummy bug - as I was heading to the cafe to meet them! I had a very helpful taxi driver who found convenient locations to stop so I could throw up. For all our planning, it really wasn't much of a catch up which was really disappointing. Still, we did get to meet, even if I couldn't stay for long. Jelissa and Priscilla are such lovely ladies and I hope that next time we meet, we will have much more time!

Oh gosh, I do look pale!

Gili Air
This was the chill-out island. Not much to do but just soak up the sunshine, ride a bicycle around the island and go snorkeling. (I was feeling much better by this stage.) It was heaven. Amazingly, we were thousands of miles from home but happened to bump into one of our son's school teachers! We also met Cande and Arnoud, two other people travelling around. The six of us had a great time!

Sunsets and moonrises were all amazing.

The staff at our accommodation were fantastic.

There were plenty of turtles.

There are no cars or motorbikes allowed on the islands so if you need to carry anything heavy you catch a horse and cart.

Gili Trewangan
This is the party island. It's heaps busier than Gili Air and is full of 20 year old sun-worshippers and party-goers. We stayed away from the main strip though which worked out perfectly.

There's a turtle breeding programme running which is why it's so easy to find turtles nearby.

Every restaurant had a perfect backdrop......

Shopping isn't a high priority on the Gili's but these bracelets were everywhere. I bought one bracelet at each of the three islands (we visited Gili Mena briefly one day).

Ever sunset we watched was with a cocktail in hand, while sitting in a restaurant on the beach. Heaven!

Well that's a brief summary of our wonderful holiday. Expect to see some tropical layouts coming to a website, blog or magazine near you soon!

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday, 4 July 2015

Some Grungy Fun!

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

I've been creating for Scrappy Chat Designs this week and have come up with a very grungy page. I had a great time playing with the Texture Luxe paste and trying some different things with it. There are papers in the kit from Prima and Kaisercraft, cardstock, some glittery goodies and of course, extra bits and pieces that can really finish off a page.

Here's a sneaky peek:

To see the full layout head over to the Scrappy Chat Designs page HERE.

Happy scrappin'!


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A 'Sneaky' Scrap Around The World

Hello fellow scrappers!

Well it's the start of a new month and that means a new mood board is released at Scrap Around The World! I know I always love the mood boards there but this one takes the cake. It was designed by team member Pamela Ellis and seriously, this mood board makes me swoon!

Aren't those colours absolutely stunning? And I find more inspiration from the photos every time I look.

Now I'm going to be a bit 'sneaky' here. It's my turn for a tutorial this month - yay! - so I can only show you a sneak of my project at the moment. Here it is:

I'll be back on the 24th to show you the full layout and a step-by-step tutorial on how I made it.

Will you be entering the challenge this month?


 OVER $50 worth of product from 7 Dots Studio

$40 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments

$30 worth of product from 13@rts

$25 worth of product from UmWowStudio

$20 worth of CHIPBOARD from 2Crafty Chipboard

15 Euros worth of product from Scrap-Unlimited

$15 gift voucher from Mixed Media Place

17.50 Euros worth of products from Danafix, France.

$15 worth of product from Studio75

Image and details coming soon!

Random Winner receives the previous month's kit from
Scraps of Elegance, valued at a whopping $36.95.


The deadline for this challenge is Friday the 31st of July, 2015.

Happy scrappin'!