Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guest DT CSI and The Trinket Track

Hi Everyone,

As Guest Designer for the month of May with Colour Stories Inspirations and The Trinket Track I have the new case file #119 to share.

Be Yourself

When I saw the colour scheme for this week's case file, I couldn't help but be drawn to muted teal and kiwi green colours.  I decided to create a watercolour background with glimmermist to compliment the beautiful blossom border on the Pion Designs patterned paper, and added touches of  beige, light brown and black.
Trinket Track Product Used:
metal butterfly charm, wooden frames ornate, coconut button 4, glass abacus beads- light green, resin fame from resin treat bag-sugar and spice, resin bloom-green,

Love the wooden ornate frames from The Trinket Track, they can be altered in so many different ways.  Here I have lightly inked the edges of the frame in green.  The coconut buttons are also another of my favs and I have used one to alter my Prima flower.
Monica has a great selection of resin embellishments.  I have used the beautiful frame in my little side cluster with one of  the green resin blooms.  The frame is from the Sugar and Spice treat bag.  I backed the frame with a diecut sticker and highlighted the edges with a touch of Viva Inca Gold in green.   The faceted glass abacus beads were randomly attached to the background with strong quick drying Helmar glue.
This sweet little butterfly charm was also altered with Viva Inka Gold in turquoise.
wood - wooden frame around my photo
something clear- clock overlay
frames - wooden frame, resin frame
metal - butterfly charm
clock - clock overlay
leaves/greenery - diecut leaves
floral pattern- floral pattern around edges of background paper

Testimony:  scatter your journaling

Other Product Used:  Pion Designs and Kaisercraft pp's,  Cottage Cutz metal leaf die, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft rubons, Glitz Design diecut sticker, Prima mask, Glimmermist - key lime, denim, modelling paste, Luminarte pigment powder-fern, mini blossoms, berry sprigs, my2angels magnolias, jute twine, modeling paste, Viva Inka Gold - turquoise, yellow green, Authentique mini word stickers

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Exciting News to Share and CSI 118 GDT Spot

Hi Everyone,

I have some news to share... so excited to have been invited by the lovely Debbi Tehrani to be part of the Colour Stories Inspiration Team starting at the beginning of May.  A huge congrats to all the new and returning Design Team members.  Can't wait to see all the gorgeous and inspirational creations from this amazing group of super talented ladies.  Check out the link HERE to see the new CSI Design Team.

I also have my 2nd LO to share as this month's Guest Designer for Colour Stories Inspirations and The Trinket Track.  Case File #118 is up at CSI and this week being the 2nd week of the month there is also a Page Drafts sketch designed by the fabulously talented Emma Stafrace.

I Love Capturing Your Beautiful Smile
When I saw the scheme for this weeks case file I knew I would use these gorgeous pics of my daughter.  The reason I say gorgeous is not because of her looks, it is because of her beautiful smile, which now that she is older, is very difficult to capture in a photo.  She always has such a serious face when I try and take pics, so when I manage to capture a smile, it's like all my Christmases have come at once.

This month CSI has teamed up with The Trinket Track, and I was sent a fabulous parcel of goodies from Monica Brady to play with.   Here are the items used which are available in store.  Click on the links to take you directly to The Trinket Track

Ruffled chiffon flower-peach- I have used the peach chiffon flower as the main flower in my cluster and altered the flower by replacing the silver button centre with a fussy cut flower.
Manor House Creations flowers-springtime white- used as part of my flower clusters and lightly splattered with yellow mist.
Green Tara 3cm paper roses-turquoise which were altered by opening up the roses and using a resin button woodstain-mint topped with a pearl for the flower centre.
Resin bird duo-aqua- used the bird to embellish the peek-a-boo tear under the title.
White Background - I have used a  white weatherboard pp for my background
Heart - a fussy cut heart on my journaling pocket, I also created a heart stencil with my Silhouette Cameo masking the script pp with gesso and yellow ink
Arrows - used an arrow diecut sticker as part of my title
Pockets - for my hidden journaling I used a pocket envelope.  The journaling reads - Brittany, I love seeing your beautiful smile.  It's nice to see you so happy and carefree and even better when I manage to capture this in a photo.

Testimony: Put journaling in a pocket, Inspiration words - beautiful

Welcome to The Trinket Track. The home of the cutest little trinkets around!

Here at The Trinket Track we aim to provide a variety of crafters with a wide selection of embellishments for scrapbooking and cardmaking. Love to make your own accessories? No problem, we have you covered too with a selection of beads, ribbon and other little trinkets.

We hope you have an enjoyable shopping experience down the track! For ideas on how to use our embellishments visit the blog:

Product Used:  The Trinket Track embellishments, Kaisercraft, Pink Paislee, MME, Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Daisy D's and WRMK pp's, Sizzix scallop envelope die, Daisy D's diecut stickers, Prima stamp, Kaisercraft pearls, Silhouette heart stencil, Lindy's Stamp Gang mica powder-menorah gold, Luminarte pigment powder-summer breeze,  modelling paste, Prima chalk inks, tiny tag, October Afternoon alpha stickers

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Manor House Creations - Romantic Tag Set

Hi Ladies,

Today I have 2 romantic shabby chic tags to share created for Manor House Creations.

I was inspired by the My Minds Eye In Bloom 6" paper pad, which has a soft and dreamy feel to it, and mixed this with a cream pp from My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart 6" paper pad for contrast.

Dream Tag

For my 1st tag I chose a pretty floral pp and contrasted with the cream pp.  I framed the floral pp with a pretty stitched ric rac trim, then machine stitched around the edges.

I also used the cream pp to cut out the floral wreath diecut, cut off one end and embellished with a white Solitude flower and cream Minuette flower. I altered the Solitude flower with a couple of shades of mists, a touch of gesso and a pearl brad for the centre.  The white minuette flower was altered with a touch of saltwater taffy mist added to the flower centre with a brush.  Finished off the flower cluster with some cream leaves and a bow in cream jute twine.
Love the flexible words.  The white is so versatile, as it can be altered to match the colours of your project, which I did here with 2 shades of mist, to give the word a pretty mottled effect.

MHC Product: Solitude-white, Minuettes-pink mix, cream leaves large, Flexible Words-dream white.

Love Tag

For the 2nd tag I went with a similar design, but changed it up a little. I chose a floral pp in a larger pattern and contrasted with soft pink pp.  I framed the floral pp with an antique ric rac from my stash, then machine stitched around the edges.  The wreath diecut was backed with mesh and the flowers topped with pearls.

The larger cream flower came from a Value Pack which as the name says are fantastic value!!  I altered the edges of the flower with mist and gesso, then dabbed a few drops of pink on the stamens.   To create the sweet open blossom, I altered one of the mini blush roses by opening up the petals, pulling out the centre bud and replacing the bud with a pearl brad.
MHC Product:  Mini Blush Roses-soft gold, cream leaves large, Solitude, Value Pack, Flexible Words-love white.

Other Product Used:  MME 6" paper pads, Kaisercraft pearls, pearl brad, Lindy's Stamp Gang mists- salt water taffy, cotton candy,  Tattered Angels Chalkboard mist-strawberry shortcake, Glimmermist-crushed shells,  Craft Queen ric rac trim, jute twine and fine satin ribbon, Prima pearl centre and lace covered button, pearl brad, vintage ric rac and button, mesh tape, gesso, x-cut border punch, lace butterfly.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Guest Design Spot with CSI and The Trinket Track

Hi Everyone,

The new case file #117 is up at Colour Stories Inspirations and I am very happy to have been invited as a Guest Designer for this month, along with Mary Bennetts highlighting some fabulous product from The Trinket Track.

Life Doesn't Have to be Perfect

Was inspired to create a masculine grunge LO for this Case File with a mixed media background To create some texture I used an arrow mask with Viva 3d paint which has a fab metallic grainy texture.  Over the top of the arrow masking I used a small circular mask with gel medium which I coloured with Lindy's Stamp Gang mica powder in a golden yellow to match in with the colour palette.

Leftover rubons are a great way to alter embellishments.  I used some old Basic Grey rubons, placed randomly on the yellow flair button to grunge it up.

For my testimony I stamped a Prima stitched square on some paper, cut around the stamped image, then stamped a Tim Holtz quote for my journaling.
Evidence: cogs/gears, circles, metal, rubons, arrows, numbers
Testimony: Stamped Journalling Spot

Resin rhinestone beads/cabochons - I altered the blue and yellow rhinestone cabochons by coating with gesso using my fingertip. This softened the bold colours and gave them a grungy feel.
Metal - small sprockets - The small sprockets were altered with Viva inka gold in graphite to add the grey tones from the colour palette.
The metal arrow and light bulb charms were also altered with Viva inka gold in graphite.  
Welcome to The Trinket Track. The home of the cutest little trinkets around!

Here at The Trinket Track we aim to provide a variety of crafters with a wide selection of embellishments for scrapbooking and cardmaking. Love to make your own accesories? No problem, we have you covered too with a selection of beads, ribbon and other little trinkets.

We hope you have an enjoyable shopping experience down the track!  For ideas on how to use our embellishments visit the blog:

Product Used:  The Trinket Track embellishments, MME, WRMK and Echo Park pp's, Prima stamps, Tim Holtz stamp, Flair button, Crafters Workshop arrow and spot stencils, Viva 3d paint-blue, Viva Ferros Metal paste-gold, Viva inca gold- graphite, American Crafts diecut framesGlitz Design diecut sticker, MME diecut stickers,  Craft Queen washi tape, manila tag, gesso, ranger archival ink-black, 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CSI Challenge #115

Have been enjoying taking part in the Colour Stories Inspiration challenges lately.  I have needed a bit of inspiration to get me going, as my mojo has gone on holiday, so having the colours worked out for me and plenty of ideas for embellishments and journalling makes it so much easier.

Here is my take on CSI #115.  I had a little trouble at first with the colour palette, as I couldn't find the shade of peach I wanted, so I went over the blossoms on my pp and my flowers with some mist and a brush to make the flowers look more peach than pink... problem solved!!

hearts - I have a rhinestone heart on my little tag
lace - lace tucked under the torn and curled paper edges
bird - birds on the pp
leaves - fussy cut leaves
flowers - Prima flowers, fussy cut flowers floral doily mask, flowers on pp
rubons - I have used rubons in a grunge fashion on the edges of my LO
stamps - stamped quote
mixed media background - masking, misting

Inspiration Word - Dream

Product Used:  Pion Designs, Prima and K and Co pp's, Prima flowers, MME journal tags, Trinket Track bling heart, Hero Arts lace, Tim Holtz stamp, Tim Holtz distress ink-vintage photo, Tim Holtz doily lace stencil, modelling paste, Lindy's Stamp Gang mist- Autumn Maple Crimson, Tattered Angels Chalkboard mists - Apricot Nectar, Strawberry Shortcake and Chalk, Bo Bunny rubons, Silhouette Cameo title.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

CSI #114 - The Story

Really enjoyed creating a LO for Colour Stories Inspirations 113 challenge, and was drawn in by the colour palette for the CSI 114, so here I go again.

The Story

Loved the vibrant colour palette for CSI #114.  Went for a mixed media background using one of the new Tim Holtz stencils and texture paste, which I sprayed with Inchworm chalkboard mist.  I overlayed the masking with stamping, torn strips of washi tape and rubons, then layered a LYB transparency strip and various pp's under my photo.

For the Testimony I decided to journal a dialogue, which reads:
Me    "Come on Luke, please be nice, I need a couple of pics for my LO."
Luke  "Mum, is this really necessary.  I'm in the middle of something."
Me     "Yes, I'm desperate.  I promise I'll be quick and I'll love you forever."

"I'll love you forever is a phrase I use all the time to soften up the kids and hubby, when I want something done".  Sometimes I get lucky and it works!

Materials Used:  Kaisercraft, Basic Grey, Simple Stories pp's, Tim Holtz bubble stencil, Prima washi tape, MME, Bo Bunny and Kaisercraft stamps, Little Yellow Bicycle transparency strip, 7 Gypsies and Tim Holtz rubons, Simple stories, diecut stickers, Lindy's Stamp Gang mist-midnight rendevouz, Tattered Angels Chalkboard mist-inchworm, Tattered Angels Glimmermist-scarlet, Craft Queen washi tapes, Texture Paste, Ranger Archival ink-black

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Manor House Creations - Birthday Wishes

Hi Ladies,

Today I have a set of 3 birthday cards to share created for Manor House Creations using flowers and frames from the Spring 2013 Collection.

Enjoy Today
On my 1st card I layered pp's, an altered paper doily and a Pink Paisley doily diecut, which I embellished with a cluster of flowers.  I used the Ooh La La vintage flower and changed the pearl to match my colour scheme.  I also altered the cream minuette flower with touches of Glimmer Glam and Glaze, again to tie in with my colours.

Distressing edges, paint splats and machine stitching  are a few techniques to achieve a shabby chic feel to your cards.
MHC product:  Ooh la la, Minuettes - cream pink grey

Birthday Greetings
On this 2nd card I have used the ornate frame-scallop white backed with pp and embellished with cluster of flowers.   Just use a pencil to trace the inside of the frame as a template, cut 1/2cm around the pencil line, then adhere paper to back of frame with glue.

I altered the background with a stencil and texture paste, then flicked some Glimmer Glaze in 2 shades of green.  To create some softness and a shabby feel I smudges some of the texture paste over the stencilled design.
MHC product:  Floral Mix - Arielle, Mini Blush Roses - soft gold, Ornate Frames - scallop white

Happy Birthday

On my last card I have used the ornate frame-gothic white which I backed with paper, then added a greeting sticker.

I embellished the frame with the camel coloured flower from mixed floral tiffany pack, which I altered by pulling out the stamens and replacing with a wooden button topped with a pearl embellishment, and teamed with a soft gold tea rose.
MHC product:  Floral Mix - tiffany, Tea Roses - soft gold, Ornate Frames - gothic white 

Other product used:  Kaisercraft pp and 6" paper pad and Captured Moments 6x4, 3x2, ,Pink Paislee diecuts, Collections butterfly, Crafter's Workshop script and chicken wire stencils, texture paste, Glimmermist-crushed shells, Glimmer Glaze- emerald cove, wicked, waterfall, Glimmer Glam-camel, Cottage Cutz leafy die, Spellbinders leaf die, paper doily,  flower lace, SRM clear stickers, bronze charm flowers, Pearl embellishments, wooden button, Tim Holtz distress ink-tea dye

Thanks so much for stopping by.