Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Getting creative with my Inspiration pack.

Was sent a fun filled pack by Leanne from Mad about Scrapping to play around with and boy did I play around with it!

Lots of goodies in the pack to inspire anyone.

Here's the layouts I came up with
Used bubble wrap, sand paper, and a bottle lit to create this fun bright layout.

And this would be my most favourite layout as I got to get VERY dirty!

I adhered the plastic mesh to recyled card using texture paste, paint washed it, textured pasted it some more and them hit the whole thing with two coast of glimmer mist which I let run. Then I ripped up some paper and added to the base.

Have you ever thought about what you could add to your layout or card that you have recyled from around the home ???

Why nt check out the rest of the Inspirational layouts at Mad About Scrapping and get creative.

TFL, M x

Clear it Out Challenge Time !!!

Welcome to this month's  Karaoke Inspired challenge, here at the Clear it Out Challenge blog!

I am so excited to tell you about this week's challenge.

Not only do we have a fun theme planned, but we welcome back a past sponsor Bugaboo Stamps.

This week your challenge is to make a card, scrapbook page, or any type of project based on a song.

Your stash item: anything you need to use up!

Here's my example...

Didn't use a karaoke song.. but opted for the good old "Happy Birthday" song that has been played several times this mont inour household with several birthdays to celebrate.

Get busy with this fun filled challenge this month.

Check out the blog for more of the work everyone has shared for this challenge.

Be creative, be funny, be unique and you could win!

TFL, M x

Blooming Buttons Galore

Hello everyone.

Welcome to another day featuring, Helmar's preferred partner, Buttons Galore & More!

This month I was sent an inspiration challenge pack to play around with by Mad About Scrapping.

This pack contained may different things to alter a layout or card, with things such as bubble wrap, sand paper, mesh, plastic, cardboard box and hessian.

As soon as I got started I just knew that my layout would be made extra special with a little bit of help from some buttons to add a bit of pop to my blossoms.

With a little bit of help from some Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots my flowers too on a whole new dimension.

I also love the effect I was able to create for my layout base by recycling a piece of card (received from my husband certificate to stabilize the envelope it in the post) rough spread it with paint to start with.

Stamped it with some Pumpkin Glimmer mist using a pile of small bubble wrap and highlight some of the darker "bubbles" with kindy glitz.

To finish off the background and stabilize it to work on I hit the whole base with Helmar Krystal Kote Matt. I then had a great background to work on.

Why not get creative with a little help from Helmar and our preferred partner, Buttons Galore & More!

TFL, Michelle

Friday, April 20, 2012

Belated Fiskars February Crop Fun

Found these layouts from our February Fiskars crop here in Adelaide that I haven't had a chance to share.

Time got away from me in February with completing my studies and general life.

Finally back on top and find heaps of time to scrap now due to study finishing.

We had a great time that day catching up for the new year. The girls were able to check out the new Fiskars Interchangeable Punches as they had arrived just in time for the crop.

I was able to show the girls different ways of using Fiskars punches to make some fun flowers and we did some glue embossing with some Helmar adhesive (love doing that).

So without further ado.. here's the long lost layouts.

TFL, M x

Monday, April 16, 2012

It's Challenge Time!

This week's challenge at Clear it Out Challenges

Theme: Sports and Leisure

Stash item: Punched Shapes
Our Sponsor for this challenge is

Dude Time Doodles

And look what you could win !!!!

Now it's your turn to show us your creations!
Please remember:

1. It must be a new creation, no back linking please

2. You must link back to the Clear It Out Challenge

3. You must follow the theme as outlined AND the stash item

4. Have fun and be creative :)

Get crafting !!! M x

Helmar Design Team Call 2012

Helmar Design Team Call 2012

Helmar is a recognized leader of adhesives and aerosols in the Arts and Crafts industry and we are looking for new design team members to promote our amazing products.

If you’d like to be a part of one of the most creative and easy going design teams out there, while showcasing Helmar products and your talent, this call is for you!!!

We are looking for dedicated design team members that work well with deadlines, direction and preferred partner products. As a Helmar design team member, you will serve a 6 month term beginning May 1, 2012.

As a part of the Helmar Design Team you will…
•Receive a surplus amount of Helmar products and advance releases of new Helmar Products as well
•Endorsement fees for published layouts and tradeshow projects
•Amazing products from our generous Preferred Partners throughout your term

Now what does it take to be a part of the Helmar Team? Here are your responsibilities
•3 projects per month consisting of (but not including all every month) blog posts on the Helmar blog and your personal blog, video tutorials, blog hop projects, Preferred Partner projects and Helmar challenge projects. These are on a rotating calendar basis that will be provided to you. Edited to add- Video tutorials are not a requirement. If you would rather do a Step out photo tutorial, we'd love that too!!!
•Keeping your personal blog up to date and linking Helmar at every opportunity. Using Preferred Partners product is also appreciated.
•Facebook, Twitter, Ustream and YouTube involvement. Social Media is big in the industry and we want you to be a part of it!!!
•Monthly submissions to magazines and publications
•Special projects as per requested for shows, catalogs, promotional items and trade shows

If you are interested in being a part of a fantastic team, please send the following information in a single email

1) Name, address, daytime/evening phone number and email address.

2) Short biography

3) Links to any online galleries, blogs, facebook, twitter pages and video streams ( youtube, ustream, vimeo)

4) List or attached resume of other design teams you are or have previously been on.

5) A brief paragraph letting us know why you would like to be a part of the Helmar Design Team

6) 3-5 examples of your work that will best showcase what you will bring to the Helmar table. (Layouts, cards, altered art, mixed media, sewing projects, crafts etc.) Make sure to list any special techniques you’ve used using adhesives. Please no photos bigger than 500kb each.

7) Anything else you feel we need to know about you

Please submit your application to You can send in your submissions to helmardtcall2012@gmail.com by April 18th, 2012 with "Helmar Design Team Application" as the subject.

No late submissions will be accepted. The new Helmar Design Team will be announced by the 30th of April, 2012


At this time we are only accepting applications from Australia, Canada and United States.

Helmar Adhesives do not need to be used on your submission samples but are appreciated

A Special Birthday Wish

Today is a very special day for my family.

Today is my Father's 70th birthday.

We are away on holidays at the moment but have been lucky enough to have my parents come and stay with us for a few days. Luckily enough I have been able to spend some quality time with my parents and get to spend the day with my Dad for his birthday.

So.. I got busy creating before I went away with a little help from Helmar Krystal Kote and Fiskars Interchangeable Punch to create a special card before we went away (too hard to pack lots of scrapping stuff this time round).

By using my Fiskars Dream Weaving Interchangeable punch cartridge, I was able to jazz the card up quickly with a paper and ribbon bow. Such a cheap way to make a card look super special and to give it a little dimension too.

I played around with a digital image again too and my water colour pens. I loved this image because it reminds me of Wind in the Willows. This was one of our favourite books to read when we were little. My Dad loved reading this to us.

So here's wishing my Dad a very Happy 70th Birthday. You are my supportive rock, my inspiration and someone I truly love.

TFL, M x

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lots of Punching Fun

Hello all.

A few weeks ago I challenged the girls here at our Adelaide Fiskars Crop with lots of fun with punching.

At this crop we had fun creating an off the page item, a topiary tree.

I wanted to show the girls different ways to create flowers using many different Fiskars punches.

Here's what we created...

Can you see all the Fiskars punches that I have used to create the different flowers ?? I even managed to create one using one of the new Fiskars interchangeable border punches (the spiky looking flower).

And who knew there was so many different types of flowers that you can create using the Fiskars Scalloped Circle Squeeze punch !
As you can see from this photo I got the girls punching to the hearts content... hehehe or not.. We played around with one of the new Fiskars interchangeable punches to jazz up the bottom of the pot.

The finished result that the girls created was amazing. I loved seeing them play around with the punches.

We all agreed too that the new Fiskars Interchangeable punches are so nice. Both designs and storage of them is great. I cannot wait to play with the punches so more.

Happy crafting !

TFL, M x

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For My Princess

Today is a very special day for us.

Today my little princess, Miss Kiah, turns 5.

I often wonder where five years have gone, as it has flown past that is for sure.

I cannot believe that next term Miss Kiah starts school as it seems like only yesterday I was rocking her in my arms.

We have faced a few little adventures with her that made life a little bit of a challenge but we wouldn't have had it any other way. We are truly blessed to have her in out lives.

She has come so far in the past year and bit since she got her glasses and has completely changed from the demanding high maintenance child to a truly confident little girl. She has truly blossomed and changed so much.

She will always be the princess of our family (personality based through and through!).

So for her birthday this year she wanted a card with a princess on it. So I got busy with my water colour pens, lots of bling and my Fiskars Interchangeable Border punch.

Here's a card fit for a princess that's for sure !

Happy Birthday Princess.. we love you lots and lots poppet!

TFL, M x

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Getting some dimension !

Hello everyone,

Michelle here from overcast Adelaide, South Australia.

We have gone away for the Easter break and having a great time with family at a holiday house at the beach. Even though the weather is a little iffy we are finding lots of fun things to do.

So before I headed of I got creative with a little bit of Helmar goodness.

So with a little help from my favourite Helmar product, Helmar Liquid Scrap dots, I was quickly able to create a layout full of dimension very quickly.

I love being able to adhere all my banner flag down with Helmar Liquid Scrap dots. Because it takes a little longer to dry it means that your able to fiddle around with it a little bit more to get the dimension just right.

Mostly I love using my Helmar Liquid Scrap dots when adhering flowers. Because the flowers make are sometime uneven on the base it can make it difficult to adhere them flat. By using Helmar Liquid Scrap dots the uneven base is evened out nicely and adhered with a breeze.

The other bonus is that Helmar Liquid Scrap dots don't buckle the fiddly paper flowers, like some other adhesives.

Off to have some more Easter fun. Have a great Easter break everyone...

And YES... I did pack some Helmar adhesive goodies for my holiday!

Off to get creative.


Monday, April 9, 2012

A Forgotten Layout

Just a quick one.

A layout that I haven't shared yet that was created just because.

Hope everyone is having a great Easter break.

TFL, M x

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Card Making


So normally I do not make Easter cards.

I have made them in the past but usually for design team obligations.

This year would be the first year I actually made a card for Easter of my own free choice.

My Mum had mentioned she was going to go and buy a card for the place that my Dad goes to weekly respite to. I suggest to her that I would make her a card to give to them.

So with a bit of help from my new favourite Fiskars interchangeable punch I was able to get creative very quickly.

Here's my Easter card for this year.

Gotta love the new Fiskars interchangeable punches.

TFL, M x

MAS April Challenge

Welcome to April!!! 

I am so excited to announce MAS new monthly challenge.

For the next 6 months we will be showcasing a sketch challenge each month.

All of the sketches have been designed by our DT Member Emma Stafrace.

You can check out more of her sketches out at http://www.pagedrafts.blogspot.com.au/
All you need to do is complete a layout based on the sketch below and load on our Facebook page by the 25th of April to be in the running to win $25 worth of Manor House Creations Flowers!!

And here's my take on the sketch...

Get creating, M x

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Fun for School Friends

Got creative with the kids this year with a little help from some of the new Fiskars interchangeable border punches.

With some bright paper, kindy glitz and brightly coloured plastic eggs we were all set for Easter in no time.

Plus the added bonus was that the Easter eggs met all the healthy eating and allergy policies at the kids school!

Easter goodies could be any simpler thanks to Fiskars.

Happy Easter everyone!

TFL, M xxx

SWV April Sketch Challenge

I hope you are all ready for a new challenge?
Here we go!!!

April  SWV Sketch Challenge

Designed by Team member, Annette Gearside

Don't you just love it? This sketch has so much potential. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

and here's my take

Now it's your turn.

You have until midnight, 30th April to submit your entries

The winner will be announced early May, and will receive a lovely RAK of goodies

Get scrapping, M x

SWV April Inspiration Challenge

Back with this month's SWV April Inspiration Challenge

From Design Seeds via Pinterest

and my take on this

Want to play and join in the fun?

You are more than welcome.

Entries close at midnight 30th April.

Please send entries to scrapbookkitswithjules@gmail.com

A winner will be announced in early May, and will receive a RAK full of lovely goodies.
TFL, M x

SWV April Kit

Another month has crept up on me and now it is April.... where is this year going ????


I have been busy creating again with this month's yummy kit sent to me to play with from Scrapping with V.

Had a blast playing with all these goodies to.

Here's the layouts that you can make if you buy the kit.

Included In This Kit:

2 x cardstock; 2 x patterned paper (Pink Paislee); 1/4 page Hambly Transparency; 1/2 sheet Pink Paislee rub-ons; assorted flowers; 4 x kraft tags; lace and ribbon; resin roses; black stick pin; 3 x large buttons; Zva Creative rhinestones; and Zva Creative rhinestone flourishes. Instructions also included.

Additional Items Required:
Adhesive of choice; paper trimmer; alphas (lime green or black); black twine; stapler; background stamp; black ink; and photos.

Head over to the Scrapping with V shop and check out all the rest of this month's kits to tempt you.

TFL, M x

Sunday, April 1, 2012

It's Challenge Time!

It's time for another fabulous challenge at Clear It Out!
This week's challenge

Theme: Easter

Stash: Use up your pastel papers
*not everyone celebrates Easter so feel free to interpret this challenge as you choose (think chocolate, family, bunnies, etc.) But please remember you must use your 'stash" item somewhere on your project

Our sponsor this week is

If you haven't seen her artwork. you are in for a treat.

Tammy is an amazing artist, she has generously offered our winner a $12 gift card (equals 3 digital images)!!!!

Here's my card for this challenge:

Now let's see your Easter creations (card, scrapbook page, or other) using your pastel papers!

Head over the Clear it Out Blog to check out every one's work.

TFL, M x