Saturday, March 28, 2015

Birthday creating fun....

Just a quick share because I can.... 

It's not often that I create just because I can. 
Most of the time I am busily creating for design team commitments. 
However just in the last few weeks I have started to create a few things just because. I feel it has given me back my mojo and revisited why I do what I do.

So.. a few weeks ago I created these little goodie bags for a friend. Both of her daughter were having parties on the same weekend. I wanted to do something a little bit special for her and her girls as she has had a tough time lately. So I sat down with these goodies and got to work.

The first  goodie bags I created were for a Frozen party.

I played around with some project life graph cards and a digital stamps for the base of the design. I then added some VERY old Heidi Grace paper that was snow themed and PERFECT for this Frozen theme.

I can't take credit for the frozen tags. There were found on Pintrest and made by Shannan at Family Shopping Bag. They are free printables and I jazzed them up with a silver foil star I punched and added some dew drops to the centre to make them look a little like snowflakes.

The second lot of goodie bags were for the second party, which was Monster High themed.

Once again I have played around with a few digital stamps and some Project Life journal cards. They have made creating these bags super easy. Have adhered them to an old range of Heidi Grace paper that worked perfectly with the pink of the Monster High theme. Then added a punched silver foil heart to add some sparkle. 

Once again I can't take credit for the Monster High tags. They are cupcake topper available as a free printable on Family Shopping Bag also. I have adhered them to the bag using 3D foam to add a bit of dimension. I finished off the bag with a few sequins here and there for a bit of bling.

The best bit about creating these was the smile on the girls face when they were delivered... PRICELESS.

Till next time. 

M x

Friday, March 27, 2015

Something just a little bit different !!!

I have been lucky enough to have been chosen to be part of an amazing team of extremely talented people, Crafty Crusaders, as part of their guest designers. I am super excited to be able to be part of this team and cannot wait to be able to share work I have created for them. 

Anyways... after having been with the team for a few weeks I was asked to play around with some products from Pebeo. I was extremely spoilt and had all these goodies to play around with to my hearts content.

Now I wasn't just playing around with these products for fun.. I had to get my head around them all in time for the Pebeo demonstration that I had been asked to do at Spotlight as part of their March Craft Fest earlier this month. I wanted to create a few samples to add to the display showing everyone what the products can do. 

However ... as most of you know I have to challenge the product a little an think outside the box. With that in mind I pulled out a few stamps and had a play.

One of the things that I always seem to encounter at demos is people saying that they would never be able to create something that I have or that they aren't able to work out their own designs. That got me thinking... I wondered if it was possible to use a image stamped onto porcelain to create a piece I was happy with.

I started by sponging the tile with some white Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint and let it dry. I then used a Kaiser Craft stamp and some Stazon ink to stamp the rose image onto the tile when the paint was dry. I then used a Pebeo Porcelain marker to follow some of the main lines of the stamped image. This dried very quickly and went over the stamped image perfectly.

Once I had completely outlined with the Pebeo Porcelain marker I then used a fine paint brush and painted the rose and leaves using Pebeo Vitrail Glass paint and some Pebeo Porcelain paint.
  (*** I did mix the Pebeo Vitrail and Pebeo Porcelain paints to get the colours I desired and found that they mix really well.) 

Here's what the completed tile looks like. It has a lovely dimensional feel to it and was super easy to do using the stamped image. As you can see the ink from the stamp image did not effect the Pebeo paints in any way. I love how crisp the image has turned out using the stamped image and outlining it with the Pebeo Porcelain marker.

So once all my samples were ready the big demo day was upon me. 
I was extremely excited to be back demoing again. It was so much fun sharing with everyone that stopped by what these products can do. 

Looking forward to being able to share with you all what I get up to with Crafty Crusaders as a guest designer.

Till then.

TFL, M x

Creative Inspiration - Week 13 2015

Good morning all.

I almost forgot to get this blog post up and running.

Anyways... once again I have been playing around and making a mess with some more of the "Something Wonderful" product range from Teresa Collins. 

This week I have certainly made a bit of a mess creating this layout as I have played around with a bit of paint for my base.
I still have a bucket load of card stock in a wonder of colours that I just cant seem to work with. Well this week I decided it was time to hit that stash. Will a bit of paint and some stamping I have been able to create a base that I was happy with. I have also trimmed the green card stock and matted it with the white to tie in the patterned paper. 

 All the embellishments on this page tie into the wood veneer frame that I have used to frame my photo. This keeps the embellishments simple as I have mixed them up. Because it has been kept simple the brighter colours of this paper really pop out. 

I had a ball playing around with some embroidery floss and stitching on this layout. I felt it added that little bit extra. I like too how it works with the whole square pattern of this layout that I have carried through with everything. I like how the stamp just peeks through too. I have used a dove grey staz on ink so that the stamped pattern is subtle in the background.

Have you got a pile of card stock just sitting there in your stash you don't use ?

Why not mix it up and create your own base.

Till next week,

TFL, M x

Friday, March 20, 2015

Creative Inspiration - Week 12 2015

Hello everyone.

I hope that everyone has been having a fun month of March so far. 

Here we have been busy with preparing for one of my daughters to do her first ever solo performance for Calisthenics for Graceful girl. We have had extra solo practice sessions added to the mix of weekly practices to her Calisthenics routine. This means that at the moment three out of 7 days of the week have been filled with Calisthenics. It keep us busy but it is so good to see how far the girls have come with the sport they love.

Anyway.... when I haven't been chasing girls to and from Calisthenics I have been madly scrapping away with some more of this Teresa Collins paper range from Mad About Scrappin.

This week I have played around with a few photos of one of my daughters when she was mucking around in my scrap room to create this layout.
I played around a little with this layout using a bold coloured card stock as my base. I have then use minimal patterned paper but what I have used was the more bolder brighter side. I have also stitched a little here and there on this layout the give this a little bit of texture. I really wanted to keep it very simple.

The paper range has a matching sticker set which has some pennant flag stickers. I decided to use these as my embellishments on this layout. I added some bakers twine and then adhered the pennant flags to the twine using a bit of 3D foam to give them dimension to match up with the height of the twine. I have used a date flag to add a little bit of a feature to this layout at the top over lapping some matching patterned paper from the range. 

I have then finished off the layout using some more of the matching stickers from the range to add a few accents here and there. Some I have attached using 3D foam to give a bit of dimension.

This week I have really kept it simple because I really didn't have a lot of time to scrap. 

What sort of things do you create when you are time poor ?

Well.. till next week.

Get creative.

TFL, M x

Friday, March 13, 2015

Creative Inspiration - Week 11 2015

Hello all... 

Well its Friday the 13th... 

No.. I am not superstitious... 

I am however in love with the colours in this paper range by Teresa Collins sent to me to play with by Mad About Scrappin

So with no further ado here's this weeks creation.

The photo I had I really wanted to play with however it just didn't go with the colours in the paper range. So instead I have turned the photo to black and white. I have then stuck to this basic colour scheme and added just a few pops of colour from this paper range. I have also found a super old large playing card in my stash that worked really well as a base for the photo. I have also used a few pops of pink to help this layout have a bit of a feminine feel as it is my three girls I am scrapping about.

I have used washi as a border for the whole layout again. I find this a quick way to add that little extra plus the white card stock looked a bit empty without a border. 
I have also been playing around with different types of paper clips a bit lately and have found the owl shaped office paper clips are perfect to add a bit of washi tape to to make a pennant clip. 
Have added a few to the layout to create some interest here and there.

Yes... I was a little crazy when I designed this layout. I wanted to use hexagons on this page. So I have created hexagons that are 1.5' in size from the patterned paper. Then have created my own pattern as the base for this layout on the white card stock. I have then used some pink floss to add some stitching as a feature on a few of the layouts. Super easy and fun too. To carry the stitched theme I have added some extra stitch lines and then finished the layout off with some acrylic pink alphas from my stash.

I love how this has turned of and had heaps of fun creating this to share.

Well off to enjoy the day.

Till next week.

TFL, M x

Friday, March 6, 2015

Creative Inspiration - Week 10 2015

Hello everyone.

Wow... March already... this year just seems to be zooming past. 

This week I am back to share with you a new kit that I was sent to play with
 by Leanne at Mad About Scrappin.
The kit was full of lots of goodies to play with from the "Something Wonderful" collection 
by Teresa Collins.

So here's the layout I have created this week.
I have stuck with two of the colours from the kit to create this layout. I have teamed the colours up with some black and white card stock, as I wanted to colours to pop out. On the white card stock I have grabbed an old Kaiser flower stamp set and stamped a mix of the different size flowers. I then stamped some of the same flowers onto some water colour paper using Staz on ink. I then gave them a light spray with fixative then water coloured them to match with the patterned paper. They have then been adhered to the page using 3D foam to create dimension. 

Hidden just behind the white tag is another little paper bag from my stash. I wanted to add some pink to this layout as I love black, white, red and pink together. I have then added a mix of washi tape, red and white twine and a cute little chalkboard pennant flag to finish it all off.

I finished off the stamped flowers by add some teenie sequins that Leanne sent me for last months kit. They were so cute and were perfect to add that little bit of sparkle to the centre of the flowers.

Super quick layout create but had fun playing around with some older stamps and some water colour to tie the layout all together.

Well back to getting some scrap work done.

Till next week.

TFL, M x