Thursday, December 20, 2012

In ABSOLUTE heaven !

This week Helmar and Darkroom Door have teamed up.
Now.. what I can say about this is... OMG I have been hiding under a rock lately that's for sure !!!
Why oh why have I not discovered Darkroom Door products before !?!
I was in absolute heaven when my Helmar Design Team goodies arrived with some super yummy rubber stamps and word strips in it. Now I am in love with their products so much that I know that my stamp collection is just going to go through the roof soon!
Now as some of you may know I absolutely LOVE butterflies...
and guess what arrived in my pack...
Wings - Rubber Stamps (Cling Foam Included)
Yes.. these super yummy stamps!!!!
Was absolutely beside myself that I had to play with the straight away.
Now once I had created my base for my layout using some texture paste, paint and then glimmer mist I sealed the base of the layout using some Helmar Crystal Kote Fixative before I rubbed the base with  some ink to help the brick pattern shine through the base. once this was done I sealed the whole base with some Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Varnish. It too any unnecessary shine out and seal everything nicely.

Once the paper doily and paper had been adhered to the base I had created, using my Helmar Tape Runner and Helmar Acid Free Glue, I set to work embellishing the layout.

Now that is where my new Darkroom Door stamps came into play. Super easy to use and just perfect for what I had in mind for this layout. Using a few scraps of patterned paper I was able to stamp some butterflies and then cut them out by hand. The best bit about the butterflies though are that they are so life like looking. I think they almost look like they are flying on my page. To give the butterflies that little bit of dimensions and also to help adhere them to the different layers surface I had already created with the twine and chipboard swirl I used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots. It meant the the butterflies could be adhered without any worries about an uneven surface.
To finish off the layout I really didn't want to do any huge amount of journalling. Now the perfect thing I found to use was the word strips by Darkroom Door. I was able to chose the words to suit what I wanted to say. I cut them out and inked each word. They were then scattered throughout the the twine and chipboard and adhered there using some Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to give them some dimension. Super easy but every effective I think.

And here's the layout in full.
I had so much fun playing around with both my Helmar and Darkroom Door products.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the amazing creations the rest of the Helmar Design Team have created using these too products.
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TFL, M x

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Just because.. Spider fun

Hello all.

Once again I have been busy on the card making front. This past month and upcoming month bring lots of birthdays. However.. every now and again I like to be able to create a card to send to someone special just because. We all live very busy lives and sometimes we don't tell those that mean a lot to us that we are thinking of them.

Over the past few months I have been very lucky to get to know a very special boy. I had found some goodies while at the shops the other day with him in mind. Now.. I didn't want to send the goodies without popping a little card just to let him know I was thinking about him.

So with all this in mind I got creative with some goodies from The Robin's Nest.

Now the Hot Flame paper range was perfect to create a card with a masculine theme.

Products Used -
Garden Twine
Metal Spider Web Embellishment

Why not get creative and send a card to someone just to let them know that you are thinking of them.


Monday, December 10, 2012

In love with My Mind's Eye !!!!!

Back again to share with you all my last bit of scrapping for the year..
Well I may get a chance to have a bit of a play in a few weeks.. but won't be till I have managed to set up myself a space to create.
So.. once again I have had some yummy products to play with from Mad About Scrappin.
OMG.. when I chose these papers I was in love.. however must say that when I saw the papers in real life they were even better than I had expected. I must say that Leanne find the best products to sell in her store.. AND at such amazing prices too!!!
I played around with My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing paper range. I love that they match up so perfcetly and lend themselves to a variety of themes. Most of all I love the fact that they are double sided which means that I have twice as much paper to select from !
So.. with a little help from some ink, stamps and some super cute photos of my kidlets I was able to create away to my hearts content with this yummy paper range.
I love stamps... most of all I love hand cutting. I was able to combine the two by stamping onto the yummy paper range to create my own embellishments which I was able to then layer over some paper flowers. this helped to create dimensions and softened the overall look.
I created the base of this layout by stamping onto some recycled card and then "painted" the stamped image to "emboss" it with a thick glue wash. I then sprayed the whole base with multiple layers of glimmermist to highlight the stamped image. Then I rubbed the edges and stamped image with ink to bring it out even more. This created a fun base to work with that matched my papers perfectly.
Nothing like a stamping with a clear stamp in your hand rather than a stamp block. I love the effect that I achieve doing this. You get the stamped image but not all of it and just give a hint of the image in the background. I then rub ink over it all lightly to blend it all into the background.
Have had so much fun laying with all the products I have received from Mad About Scrappin.
Why not head over to the shop and see what Leanne has there at the moment.
TFL, M x

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Last minute Christmas fun

Hello all.
Back again to share with you my last Christmas card I have made for the year.
Still in love with creating themed cards using non traditionally themed paper and this years Christmas cards have been no exception.
With that in mind I have been playing around with some super yummy paper from The Robin's Nest again.
The best bit about the paper's that I chose to create this last Christmas card is that the already have plenty of sparkle to them.
I love the white glitter swirl paper from The Robin's Nest too. The main reason for me liking it it sbecause it is so easy to change the look of the paper by rubbing it with a little ink on a distressor pad. It highlights the glitter pattern and really creates a bit of dimension to the paper so easily.

Super easy card to create using of few scraps of one of my favourite paper ranges from The Robin's Nest to create the tree.
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Head over to the store and check out all the products The Robin's Nest has to offer.
TFL, M x

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Masculine Birthday cards

Seems December was another busy month of birthdays. Has been nice however to be able to take a break from the busyness of Christmas card making to create a couple of cards for birthdays.

Had to create a card for Nate's friends birthday.. kinda struggle at time to create cards for boys. Not that I have problems creating a card for a boy with the colour choices.. just that I don't want to have them looking too girly with the way that I embellish them. So with all this in mind I kept it simple and pulled out some scraps from my stash to create this birthday card.

Love how easy it was to embellish this card with a bit of help from some dew drops, garden twine and a Tim Holtz skull.
I also had a card to create for a special male friend who had his birthday this month too. Pulling out the scraps of some super yummy paper along with some stamps to mix up the background a bit was fun. I also had this cute little digital image that I have been wanting to play with for a while so thought it was perfect to add a bit of humour to this card.

Just a bit of a tip for everyone... if you are using rub ons, as I did for the sentiment and you find them to be very fragile.. go over them with a thin coat of dimensional magic. Not only will it give them a bit of dimension it will hold them in place nicely.

Anyway.. off to get creative..

TFL, M x