Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rosette Christmas Tree

If you are like me and love anything Tim Holtz or Ranger then you will love this stacked rosette Christmas tree! Now if you don't own the TH alterations paper rosette dies you can get the same result using a scoreboard and cutting your rosettes into staggering width sizes.

Depending on the number of rosettes you make will determine the size of your Christmas Tree. My little tree is 6 inches high.

For this project you will need: TH Paper Rosette and mini Rosette (2 sizes), two sheets of Kaisercraft St Nick - Tis The Season Collection, some discarded cardboard backing (I used some from my Prima blossoms packaging) for the trunk, multi medium (or fake snow), Sticles Icicle, TH tinsel twine and  hot glue gun or strong glue.

Stacked Rosette Christmas Tree

Using a bigshot and TH Rosette dies cut the required number of rosettes from Kaiser 'St Nick' Tis the Season collection. Remember if you don't have these dies it is still possible to make using a scoreboard or even by hand.

Once you have made the desired number you can start to assemble, Use a hot glue gun or strong bonding glue because it can get quite heavy. I actually made the first few loosely so it created a tapper effect. 

Add a button on top and place some TH tinsel twine around it. Decorate with some small glitter berries.

Cut a strip in the desired width from a piece of scrap cardboard (or the remains from one of your flower blossom packs like I did) you wish to make the trunk of your tree.

Taking a skewer or very thin paint brush roll the cardboard into a cylinder, put small punched circles or chipboard flower buttons on each end, so it resembles a spool. Wrap some binding around the spool and add a small spray of blossoms and holly leaves.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Ornament

It's always nice to have a beautiful decorated Christmas Tress but there is something special when it is decorated with special handmade ornaments don't you think. My tree has lots of these handmade ornaments from the kids when they were in kindy and pre primary (they lose interest once they get older). Some are dough shaped ornaments and many are paper festivity ornaments, my favourite is their gorgeous little felt stockings stitched with their own little hands. Here I am going to show you an easy yet very effective and pretty ornament using your left over scrap papers :)

You will need a clear plastic ball ornament from a craft store or one of the dollar stores. I got mine from Spotlight. Some strips of paper. A little ribbon. You can add embellishments if you wish.

1. Cut strips of patterned Christmas paper (sheet music also works well) into strips of different widths. Mine were between 1/2″ and 3/4″. I used Kaisercraft Christmas Spirit - Jolly and Home For Christmas - Egg nog.

2. Curl your paper strips around a thin paint brush handle or pencil, try to hold the paper tight when you get to the end so you get a good curl.

3. Place the curls into your ornament, note the curls will uncurl a little when they are put inside. Continue adding until full.

4. Tie a ribbon in a bow in the loop at the top of your ornament. Add bakers twine or glitter string so you can hang on your tree.

Hope I have inspired you to create your own little bit of 'Christmas sparkle'


Saturday, December 14, 2013

June - A Year in Time!

Living on acreage we have a number of animals which we all dearly love so imagine my surprise one chilly June morning when I went outside to see to the dogs and found this tiny little fur ball curled up with my son's pup. She is the most adorable little kitten, grey in colour and so soft and fluffy with loads of character. She had a collar on and apart from looking cold, hungry and a few fleas she was in good health. Thinking she must belong to someone, how could anyone dump a helpless little kitten so the kids did the door knock around the neighbourhood and although everyone said she was cute and would take her no one actually owned her. We put up notices, took her to the vet to check for microchipping and placed a photo on 'Lost and Found - Pets of Perth' Facebook page still nothing so the kids jokingly tell me she has adopted us!! and she has lol she has settled in so well, playing with (almost terrorising!) the other animals who quite happily like to sleep and laze about! Don't know that they are too happy having such an energetic ball of fluff around but she is here to stay :) So our fur family has grown by one and the kids named her Shadow :)

Step 1:
Take G45 Foundation June Page and rough, buff, scrape, sand and distress as little or as much as you want! Not just the edges, try lightly sanding all over. Love this part of being creative :)

Step 2:
Scrap, brush, splash and splatter contrasting paint all over, remembering there are no mistakes! It all adds texture and character to your work! I used White & Salmon Dabber from Adirondak and Ranger No #15 Weather Vane.

Step 3:
Using MS Punch Gothic Arches punch a strip of Grey Bazill and layer under the distress edges so just a small amount shows through.

Step 4:
Lay two doilies and overlap with Postcard, small picture embellishment and tag cut from the June cut-aparts once edges are inked, some hessian, gauze and a little piece tulle before laying a 5x3 photo on top.

Step 5:
Finish off with a small cluster of flowers on lower right corner. I made the paper rose using TH die cut from an old book pages, the little buds were made from punch art vinca's, all flowers were inked with TH dried Marigold distress ink and ligthly spritzing with TA Chalkboard glimmermist Apricot Nectar. Place some Prima Swirls, then add some twine shaped into a circle to bring out the focal point of the photo.

Step 6:
lastly I added a pennant banner which has been machine stitched and held together with bakers twine. In the top left I placed a Vintage Chipboard button and used waxyflax which has been curled.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Please go visit Wild About Scrap store and check out the great new design and all the wonderful products waiting for you :)


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dream Card

Today I want to share a quickie card, simple design. It's always nice to receive a special handmade card, just makes the occasion that little bit more special! So if the thought of creating a handmade greeting card becomes a little daunting try using a basic card layout design. It really isn't as difficult as it might seem. Using different patterned paper or embossing folders and changing the embellishments can change the focus of a card allowing you to use the same simple sketch design over and over :)

  • First step is to cut cardstock to the size you want. Mine is cut to 6x4 1/2
  • Then I cut a piece of coredinations pastel a little smaller and ran it through my bigshot to emboss
  • I then took some ribbon from my stash and adhered it across the bottom
  • Then I placed a smaller blossom in the right hand corner and used a rubon on word. Voila!
Maybe this has inspired you to get a jump start on your Christmas card list :)

Have a great day, I am off to enjoy some of this lovely sunshine while it lasts!

Thanks for stopping by



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Friend Layout

What is Scrapbooking? lol don't laugh, seems a lot of people don't know, hard to believe as Scrapbooking has been a favourite past time of many for years! I get asked a lot lately what is it you actually do with your photos! Scrapbooking is preserving your personal and family photos in a book, adding memorabilia, embellishments and journalling. Some people include stories or scrap by theme, like holidays, special events, family firsts etc. It's quite simple really, it is about getting your photos out of drawers and boxes and into albums for all to see.  Now I really should start putting my pages into albums :)

I have lots of photos of my little princess and her Shetland pony but I think this one is adorable! They have a special bond and spend a lot of time just casually walking around, Shawnee grazing while my girl chats away! It's like they understand each other.

Using the gorgeous range from FabScraps, which is just beautiful with its fun designs which arrived in my latest kit from Wild About Scrap, the best online Scrapbooking store! I hope you are inspired by my layout.

Project Products Used:

FabScraps - Sweetpea
Coredinations - Pastels Cardstock
MS Punch border - Vintage Floral
Petaloo - Mixed Textured Blossoms
Petaloo - Mini Pearl Daisies
Green Tara - Blossoms
Tattered Angles Glimmer Glam - Grand Tetons
Donna Salazar Chox - Sparrow & Petals
Dusty Attic - Picket Fence
Girls Paperie - Pennant Pins


1. Using Fabscraps Sweetpea cut a small strip from two sides, just enough to allow the bazill cardstock to form a border or frame. Distress all four edges and then lightly ink with Donna Salazar Mix'd Media INX Chox, I used Petals.
2. Take a 6x6 piece of Coredinations Pastel cardstock and emboss and punch one side with MS Vintage Floral, sand gently using a distressing tool. Wash with a light coat of TA Glimmer Glam, lightly ink edges and mount your photo.

3. Arrange a floral cluster with your flower blossoms and other embellishments, add some twine. I added some hessian to give some texture.
4. Paint your chipboard with a good gesso coating before inking with DS Chox. I allowed some of the gesso to show through on the fence to add an age worn look.

5. Add a small cluster of flower blossoms and embellies to top corner. I used a chipboard heart, blossoms  and vintage key charm.
6. Place chipboard letters over an old dictionary torn paper page using a little piece of hessian for more texture.
7. Complete and now ready for a frame or album :)

TIP:  I like to first lay everything out and when I am happy with the placement of everything I will start to glue it all together, taking a photo so you can refer to it also helps!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

May - A year in time!

Is it wrong that we treat our children differently because of gender? Growing up my boys would often ride their BMX bikes around the streets when younger, making jumps in the dirt in the bush or paddocks however I would never dream of letting my girls do this! Well finally my princess is a Teenager! and now expects to be allowed to go places on her own with friends! It's really hard letting her grow up and growing up she is, into a beautiful caring sensitive young lady who we are very very proud of!

Onto scrapbooking! We all have one of 'those months' and May just happens to be ours. So much happens right through the entire month, we have birthdays galore in the family - 3 of my children are May babies sharing the month with my wonderful Mum, sister in law, brother in law, nieces and nephews, we also have aniversaries, our wedding anniversary among them and my hubby always spoils me with the most amazing floral bouquets but I wanted to share a special birthday in my  A Year in Time album, my beautiful girl turning thirteen and unless she is taking 'selfies' with her friends its very hard to get a photo of her!

So I would like to share with you all my May page of A Year in Time! If you like the look and feel of texture on your projects you cant go past texture paste and stencils. I love them! So easy to use and the effects are awesome!

1.  Using G45 May foundation A Place In Time page I cut and distressed all four edges and adhered it to a piece of contrasting purple/lilac bazzill.

2. I love these Creative Workshop templates! Using mini confetti and texture paste I applied randomly to my page as the first layer. Highlighing by gently rubbing with distress ink Milled Lavender.

3.  Taking a beautiful Ornate chipboard frame and clock I applied a generous coat of gesso to both and then lightly sanded to give a shabby look, then applied distress inks milled lavender and dusty concord before lightly spraying with TA pop rocks glimmer mist and I used Glamour Dust ice crystal glaze (ultra fine glitter paint) on the clock face.

3. Using a small chipboard butterfly I first used a Gelly Roll pen Purple Star (I love these pens, so quick to add colour and glitter to chipboard) then placed 3 tiny self adhesive Say it with Pearls, gently folding up the wings to add some diminsion.

4. Building my layers I first used a paper doily coloured again with distress inks in this case Milled Lavender. Using the reverse of G45 May cut-a-parts I cut from the striped pattern paper a piece to look like a banner/bunting flag laying this over a piece of cut lace which was coloured with TA Pop Rocks glimmermist. Place your photo and lay frame over the top.

5. Next I arranged some purple Prima blossoms, a beautiful hand crocheted lavender flower, butterfly, purple button with bakers twine and placed a Prima Shabby Chic birdhouse resin. Using the May cut-a-parts I cut two sentiments of 'Happy Birthday' and scrolled the ends.

6. Placing the clock and small blossom in the top left corner with scrap dots to lift it slightly and finishing with washi tape of two little birds on a branch under torn edge. Place some lavender pearls in the swirls and you are done.

I think you get the idea my beautiful girl likes the colour purple! even her hair has purple dip dyed tips!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to pop on over to the Wild About Scrap store and grab some wonderful products.

Call back soon to see more of our latest creations as we catch up on the Month of June!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Trinket Box

Looking around my scrap area I seem to be accumulating a small mountain of leftovers, many from the wonderfully kits supplied by the generous Veronica from Wild About Scrap so I am on a mission to use up these bits and pieces in this ever growing scrap pile and what better way than to create a tiny little Trinket Box. These can be used as gifts but I love this one so much I think I might add it to the shelve and store some little charms in!

Taking some of the flowers, twine, pearls and charms in my scrap pile.

Using left over DS paper off cut, some lace and a small box from the shop.

Cover the box with paper, sand and ink edges to give the aged vintage look and apply lace around the edge either by using glue or some other adhesive.

Arrange small blossoms, twine, gauze, pearls, buttons and charms.

Sweet little Trinket Box fit for a little Princess to keep her treasures in :)
and quick to make!

Thanks for stopping by and pop back soon as I am sure more projects are coming :)


Sunday, June 30, 2013

April- A year in Time.

Another month for my A year in Time Album, this time April. Still a little behind but hope to catch up real soon by doing an extra month this time round. I hope you are enjoying the album so far, I am having a lot of fun playing with all the fabulous products from the Wild About Scrap store!

As soccer is a big part of my eldest son and husbands life I thought I would dedicate April to this, being as it's the start of the season. He has been playing since he was 7 years old and I am thrilled and proud that he still plays today! My husband watches a lot of the EPL on the telly but is also involved in training and match games with my boy. Keeping with the distress theme of my album I had a play with paints for this months page. Normally I love to distress my edges with TH distress inks but as I have been playing with art journals I have rediscovered the wonderful texture and versatility of paint. So I had fun getting extremely messy! I did however try to keep this months page more grunge and boyish but as you can see some flowers just sneaked they way in lol.

 1.  Using the reverse of the G45 April foundation A Place In Time page I cut and distressed all four edges and adhered it to a piece of contrasting yellow bazzill.
2.  Spritzing with some diluted gesso and DA Oceania paint I splashed, added droplets and flicked paint over and around the page. Using an old softdrink top I added white gesso circles and allowed to dry.
3.  Using the coordinating cut apat from previous months which were left over I chose some green patterned floral paper, a tag, and a postcard which I distressed. Also using a MS scalloped edge punch on a piece of Donna Salazar patterned paper strip, inking the edges with TH distress ink Vintage Photo, a heart shaped lace doily and more core'dination cardstock which I stamped with Prima Script cling stamp.
4.  Arrange and layer all pieces under a small landscape photo which has been matted on Core'dindations cardstock and distressed. I also added a blue arrow from Kaiser.
5.  Adding a few flowers from Petaloo and Prima. (just can't help myself! don't you agree a layout isn't quite finished unless it has at least one or two flowers)
6.  Lastly I finished with a handmade calico banner which I stamped with the Prima Script cling stamp, threaded with jute.

 Here is the completed page again, I really like the messy look and the feel, I hope I have inspired you to experiment and get a little messy when you are creating, you wont regret it :)

Thanks for stopping by, please pop back soon xx

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Art Journal

Art Journals

What is an art journal you ask, basically it is a diary. It can be a daily journal or just about everyday things each month or memorable moments that you wish to journal about. How you use it is entirely up to you :)

Art journals are fun and a great way to learn or share new techniques. I am going to share a quick step by step to creating your very own Art Journal page. I love the freedom of these journals, you can try new products or techniques and be as creative as you like, journals are awesome for using up all those little bits of left overs or your stash :). First you need a book, can be a cheap exercise book or a hardcover blank book in whatever size you like. Then you need to decide what you are going to put on your page. Journal about the things you love, what's on your mind, where you've travelled, things you are grateful for or inspire you, choose a song and add the lyrics or maybe what you want your future to hold. So lets get started...

Step One: Gesso is your friend and a great base, so apply some to your page and while that's drying you can use this time to go pick out some scrap papers, embellishments, inks, pens or markers from your stash or if like me you are a little impatient give it a blast with your heat gun. (No need for this step if your page is white, has no blemishes or bleeding from previous pages)

Step Two: Choose two or three distress inks and use your blending tool - I used Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany and Scattered Straw. Mist lightly with water to help blend all the colours together. Gives a lovely soft look. Another idea for backgrounds is using an old giftcard or credit card and scrapping paint over the page for really cool effect!

Step Three: Pick out one of your favourite Glimmermists or Perfect Pearl Mists in coordinating colour and spray onto your page. I used Tattered Angels Vintage Pink, adds a really nice sheen! Watercolours are also great.

Step Four:  Choose some stencils, templates or punches and create your design, you might like to add some texture and depth. Ripped paper, drywall tape and other household items can add extra interest and texture. Using TH Distress PaintsTH Distress Inks, Donna Salazar mixed media Inx Choxtexture paste or any other medium you like just keep building layers.

Step Five:  Randomly add some stamped images, allowing some to hang off the page. Using a black (or a colour of your choice) sharpie pen start doodling on your page. Don't think to much about it, just have fun and let your imagination flow! Using black and white charcoal pencils are also fun. Add a quote or an inspiration thought!

Step six:  Ink around the edges with TH Walnut Ink or DS Inx Chox Sparrow to grunge up the pages a bit to finish off.

TIPS: Jar lids, bottle tops, sponges, kitchen spatula's, plastic doily's, steel wool and so much more can be used to create different textures on your backgrounds in your journal. Just think outside the square :)



Friday, May 3, 2013

Altered Tea Light Candles

Last official day of school holidays, they have gone so quickly. I had so much I wanted to do but only achieved half and I am still making lots of Mother's Day gift for my youngest daughters school stall which is next week - eeek!!

Thought I would share here a really cute idea for altering Tea Light candles and when wrapped look really pretty and make an inexpensive gift! Who doesn't love candles!

I cut out 1 1/2in circles using my cricut of some scrap patterned cardstock from my stash, punched a small hole for the wick then placed on coordinating card stock. Finishing off with a thick ribbon for decoration.
(of course the paper disc will need to be removed before lighting!!)

 Now back to some more sewing and hopefully finish off a few potpourri sachets :)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you all have something wonderful planned for the weekend, May is our busiest month as a family! and it all starts tomorrow xx


Sunday, April 28, 2013

March - A year in Time

I am really enjoying the 'A Year In Time' project' here at Wild About Scrap The G45 range is just so beautiful and eligant! and a must have!! I am totally in love with this collection! and you will be too.

Our little managerie grew recently as my eldest son purchased a cute little puppy! She is so adorable, a little German Shephard born 25 January who has won all our hearts! and bringing much joy to all and growing so fast!

1.  Using the front of the G45 March foundation A Place In Time page I cut and distressed all the edges and adhered it to a piece of matching purple bazzill and added some lavender Say it with Pearls to the swirls in the top corner.
2.  Spritzing a little water to help soften and manipulate the paper I scrunched up and distressed just a small section, placing a small doily behind, adding a tiny Prima flower and butterfly from Collections.
3.  Using the coordinating cut apat from March I chose the patterned floral paper reverse side and used a MS layered arches edge punch, inked the edges with TH distress ink Vintage Photo then placing some pretty scalloped lace over and a small doily in the bottom right corner.

4.  Two 4x3 photos placed slightly angled and overlapping.
5.  Adding a cut down Floral embelishment by Petaloo, blossoms and fabric tulle flower from Prima and a few scattered leaves. Small ribbon bow added to centre, with two more Butterflies from Collections place on either side of floral arrangement.
6.  Finishing off with Weave Extras Teeny Tiny letter stickers 'So Dog Gone' which were inked with TH Vintage Photo and Purple Thickers 'CUTE'.

Most products are available instore at Wild About Scrap or alternatively you can find a similar product in the store, so much to choose from. There is still time to catch up and play along! So please consider joining us, I am really enjoying this wonderful project!

Next up April ... check back soon :)