Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why my poor blog has been quiet

Okay... just a quick post to let you all know why I have been just a tad quiet with my blog lately.

Have been buried under a pile of adhesives, patterned paper and embellishments.

Can finally share what I have been up seeings as they were delivered today and being judged as we speak.

So without further ado... here are my entries in the Open Art Section - Scrapbooking
of the Royal Adelaide Show for 2012.

Class 432 - Children

Class 433 - Travel

Class 434 - Wedding/Special Occasion

Class 435 - Heritage

Class 436 - Open Subject

Class 437 - Journalling Only

Class 438 - Off the Page

Altered Canvas

Altered 3D Frame

Class 438 - Handmade Cards

TFL, M x

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mixing it up with a masculine theme

Hello everyone.

Back again to share with you a card I created just recently using some fun products from

I had a chance to be able to create a masculine card last week for a very special friend. Now masculine cards had be a bit of a hard one at the best of times. I wanted to create a card that was too frilly or sparkly.

So I sent to work with these products from The Robin's Nest

and got creative.

By using a piece of recycled card as the base it help to add to the grungy masculine look I was trying to creative. Then by just layering and inking I was able to make the card look a lot more masculine look.

By adding some old rub ons layered over the base of the paper parts of the card I could add what I wanted to say to the card and create a bit of depth at the same time.

Finally to add that last bit of dimension to the card I added my all time favourite embellishment, Fairy Dust Dew Drops. Not a card or layout goes with some of these on them these days. They are so much fun to add and look so good.

So why not grab some goodies from The Robin's Nest shop and have a play.

Get creative.

TFL, M x

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Messing around and having fun

Hello everyone, Michelle here from a rather chilly Adelaide, South Australia.

Because the weather here has been rather cool it has been perfect for hiding away in my scrap room and playing around with some Helmar Decoupage Paste.

Having had a fun time lately playing around with recycled card and napkins, I decided to mix things up a bit with a little bit of help from Helmar. While using some old vintage book pages I noticed that my homemade Helmar Glue wash  (1 part water to 3 parts Helmar Acid Free Glue) was a little harsh on the vintage book paper. It tended to turn the vintage book paper into paper mache and started to smudge the ink of the writing when I tried to adhere it to the recycled card.

So.. the next task was to try something else to preserve the vintage book page. That was where Helmar Decoupage Paste came into play. I found it was the perfect medium for adhere the vintage book pages. By using the Helmar Glue Spreader to spread the Helmar Decoupage Paste both on the top and the bottom the vintage book page both didnt wrinkle or smudge the ink.

I was then able to use my Helmar glue wash to adhere my napkins directly onto the decoupaged book pages. I then used some Helmar Decoupage Paste to adhere small paper pentagons directly onto the base I had created. Because the Helmar Decoupage Paste left a nice sealed surface on the first layer it  meant that the pentagon adhered nice and smoothly. The Helmar Decoupage Paste also prevented the ink from smudging from the sides of the pentagons.

I then was able to spray the whole base with a little Helmar Krystal Kote Fixative before I stamped the edges of the base I had created. This prevents smudging and means that I was able to play around a bit with some texture paste, inks and rubons without the base being smudged. Then with a few extra embellishments and photo added to the base with a bit of Helmar 450 I was able to create this fun grungy boy layout so a very special friend.

So as you can see, with a little help from some fun Helmar adhesive you can have lots of fun creating.

Why not a have play around today.

TFL, M x

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cards Galore with The Robin's Nest

Hello everyone, Michelle here again.

This month has been a busy month for me here with gift giving, and not on the birthday front for a change.

The reason for some of the gift giving has actually been because of my two youngest daughters having their Calisthenics competitions. This usually means that we give the coach and the coaches assistance a little something to let them know we appreciate all their hard work with the team.

So with that in mind I got crafting. I am not one to go and buy cards as I prefer to personalise the gift I am giving by making a card.

This time it was super easy to get creative with a little help from some fun products from The Robin's Nest.

Using up some scraps of patterned paper and some recycled card, I got to work to create cards for these special people. I was then able to make up my own flowers using contrasting patterned paper scraps, some dew drops and clear glaze. Super easy to and so much fun to be able to create your own matching flowers.

I so much fun creating these little 4"x4" cards for these special people and was made super easy with a little help from The Robin's Nest products.

Lastly I had a another card to create for another special friend. Once again I pulled out some recycled card to create a 6"x6" card.

I loved creating a card using these colours. So summery and full of lots of glittery goodness. The Robin's Nest Paper I used are also lightly textured. This means that's when I distressed and inked the edges of the paper the ink created a nice shadow effect.

Once again I was able to create some fun flowers for the front of my card using some of my favourite punches, some paper scraps from The Robin's Nest and some dewdrops again.

Super simple and quick but at the same time quite effective.

Products used -

Why not play around with some of the fun products from The Robin's Nest today.

TFL, M xx

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Helmar August Challenge

Welcome to the Helmar August Challenge.

This time we are going to be playing with Helmars adhesives and some simple embellishments. You can create what ever you want but just include these items on your page.

5 Staples of any kind

3 buttons

... a banner

and a frame.

A nice easy one to start with.

Just load your completed project to the Helmar Flickr page ( ) and add your details- before the end of the month, for your chance to win a fabulous Helmar goodie pack!

(Be sure to tell us what Helmar glue featured predominately in your creation)

Happy creating!!!

SWV August Kit

Looking for a bright and bubbly kit to play with this month ??

Then my kit this month from Scrapbook Kits with a Difference is definately one you MUST have.

I had so much fun playing around with this one.

So many goodies to play with too.

And just to challenge you I have showed you that Dora isnt just for the "little girls" in your life.

Included In This Kit:

2 x cardstock; patterned papers (Doodlebug, Sandylion and Bo-Bunny); Dora rub-ons; Dora stickers; Dora epoxy stickers; assorted flowers; ribbons; Trimmings rub-ons; Trimmings chipboard; Zva Creative rhinestones; doilies; and stick pin. Instructions also included. Hexagon and scallop border templates also included.

Additional Items Required:
Adhesive of choice; paper trimmer; scissors; staples and stapler; and photos.

But you had better be quick as kit numbers are limited.
Check out the rest of the kits in the store while you are there.
TFL, M x

SWV Sketch August Challenge

Welcome to our August Sketch Challenge. Are you ready to have some fun?

August Sketch Challenge designed by team member Annette Gearside.

Thanks to Annette, we have a very pretty sketch for you, with lots of possibilities.

and here's my take on this one.

So, what is your take going to be on this month's sketch?

Please send your completed layout to

Entries close at midnight, 31st August 2012.

The winner will be announced in early September, and will receive a class kit from Scrapbook Kits with a Difference.
TFL, M x

SWV August Inspiration Challenge

This month, think all things pretty, girly, loving and sweet.

August Inspiration Challenge (picture found on Pinterest).

Don't forget, the Inspiration Challenge isn't just about the colours - you may find yourself inspired by the image design, pictures or themes.

Here's my take on this months inspiration challenge.

Now, it's your turn!

Please send your completed layouts to
Entries close midnight, 31st August 2012.

The winner will be announced early September, and will receive a class kit from Scrapbook Kits with a Difference  
TFL, M x

MAS August Sketch

Looking for a fun challenge this month ??

The sketch was designed by the lovely Em Stafrace at Page Drafts

Here's this month sketch

and my take on the sketch
TFL, M x