Sunday, July 22, 2012

Collections Printer's Tray & Cards

Hi Girls,

I have a beautiful Printer's Tray and 2 cards to share using some of the new range of Collections Elements that I was given to play with from the lovely Nicole at Craft Queen.

Loved creating with the new Collections heart shaped printer's tray.  This is perfect to create a lovely gift for a family member or a special friend.  I kept it fairly simple using some Prima 6x6 Fairy Belle pp's for the background and coordinating the paper with some new Collections pink butterflies, Printed Ephemera and Labels Old and adding some dimension and texture with some lace, twine, charms and pearl trim from Craft Queen.  I painted the printer's tray in cream and coated with crackle medium, then used some Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet distress ink to accentuate the crackle.  The pretty flourish chipboard is from Scrapmatts.

List of Materials:  Collections heart printers tray, Printed Ephemera, Labels Old, pink Butterflies, Craft Queen lace, pearl trim, twine, heart charm, Prima 6x6 Fairy Belle paper pad, Scrapmatts chipboard flourish, vintage button, Tim Holtz distress ink,  paint, crackle medium

Love You Always
A quick and simple shabby/chic card using the new Collections Blank Cards in Kraft and Kraft Greetings, some Kaiser diecuts, Craft Queen ribbon, lace, charm and mulberry roses, finished off with some Glimmer mist and inking.
List of Materials:  Collections blank card - kraft, Greetings - kraft, Craft Queen lace, velvet ribbon, bird charm, paper rose and Kaisercraft Sweeting Nothings diecuts, Glimmermist, Versamagic ink

Happy Birthday
Another quick and easy card using new Collections Blank Scalloped Cards in Kraft, Kraft Greetings, Kaisercraft diecuts and some Craft Queen lace.
List of Materials:  Collections blank scalloped card - kraft, Greetings - kraft, Craft Queen lace, Kaisercraft Sweeting Nothings diecuts, Glimmermist, Versamagic ink, 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Cathy :))

Friday, July 20, 2012

Berry71Bleu - Inner Beauty

Hi Girls,

I have a LO to share created with a one of Marivic's gorgeous Berry71Bleu hand made tags. I was totally inspired by Marivic's beautiful Spring tag on this page.

The delicious tag was accented with clusters of yummy flowers.  I used muslin on my background to add some delicate texture and also lightly highlighted the flowers and leaves with gesso to tie in with the softness of the muslin.

List of Materials:  Berry71Bleu tag, Websters, KandCo pp's, Prima flowers, Manor House Creation flowers, Dusty Attic flowers, muslin, gesso, leaf flourish die, crochet doily, Craft Queen mulberry leaves

Berry71Bleu's challenge this month is hosted by our fabulously talented DT member Helen
Check out the details for a chance to win some fabulous prizes:

Inspirational Challenge

This month we have a fab new sponsor, none other than

Ruby Rock-it offers a range of products for Scrapbooking, Cardmaking,
Paper Craft, Embellishments, Bling, Chipboard, and so much more.
"Scrapping is love made visible!"

The prize above is for our merit winner. We also have a prize for our random
winner too. That prize is sponsored by Zeus and Zoe - Marivic's Kit Store.
You can win this entire pack of keys! They are gorgeous!!
To win this random prize everyone has an equal chance, just by entering!

Thanks for stopping by :))

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Meg's Garden - Forget Me Not Collection #2

Hi Girls,

Meg's Garden has added a 2nd Collection to the beautiful Forget Me Not papers designed by Denise.  I love creating with flowers to make beautiful feminine LO's and Meg's papers and embellishments allow me to do just that... I'm in heaven!!


On this Spring inspired LO I have used the Forget Me Not #2 Chasing Butterflies pp which I fussy cut  and trimmed with some paper lace border strips and then used the Kiwi German Glitter Glass for my flower centres.

I used some of the remainder of the Chasing Butterflies pp to cut a lace doily with a Cheery Lyn doily die as the background for my flower cluster.  The flower cluster was made using Dusty Attic Cornsilk and Smokey Blue flowers and pink open paper roses.  I also used some Scrolls with Forget Me Nots paper to cut some paper ribbon which I inked in green.  The Forget Me Not Tag Transparencies were perfect for my Tim Holtz Ornate Plate embellishment title.  I coated the ornate plate with gesso and rubbed it back when almost dry to create a distressed look.

To add a lovely fresh Spring feel I used Graphic 45 reverse side of Fashionista Perfumeries to frame my photo then distressed some bandage and added a border of 3cm floral lace to add texture.  Of course I couldn't finish my Spring LO without adding some butterflies which were cut from the Forget Me Not Collection #1 Butterflies and Blue.  I highlighted them with the Kiwi German Glitter Glass for a little sparkle and backed them with a diecut butterfly.

Meg's Garden materials:
Forget Me Not Collection #2 - Chasing Butterflies, Scrolls With Forget Me Nots, Forget Me Not Tag Transparencies
Forget Me Not Collection #1 - Butterflies and Blue
Graphic 45 Fashionista - Perfumeries
Dusty Attic flowers - Cornsilk and Smokey Blue
Pink open paper roses
Tim Holtz Ornate Plates
German Glitter Glass - Kiwi
Paper Lace strips
3cm floral lace
Other Materials:  Fancy Pants pp, Scrapmatts leaf spray chipboard, Cheery Lynn doily and butterfly dies, Berry sprays, mulberry leaves, Pink Paperie pearl brad, bandage, gesso, ribbon trim, Versamagic ink

Thanks for stopping by.
Cathy :))

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scrapmatts - Cards, Tags & ATC's

Hi Girls,
This month at Scrapmatts it's all about cards, tags and ATC's.  This is a bit of a long post as I have quite a few projects to share with you.  I received a parcel full of  the fantastic new chippies and have used the gorgeous Wicker Chairs, Table Lamps and Cupids on my cards.  Click HERE to see all the stunning new chippies Andrew and Sophie have designed... they have some beautiful new printers trays that you won't be able to resist!!

The theme for this month's challenge at Scrapmatts is super simple... make a card, atc or tag using Scrapmatts chipboard... so give it a go for a chance to win a voucher to spend at Scrapmatts.

Shabby/Chic Cards
Was inspired by the new chippies to go shabby/chic and created 3 cards using the Table Lamps 01 CB1171, Ornate Frame 08 CB6010 and Heart Spray 01 CB1109 on the Mother card.  I backed the lamp in pp, left the frame raw (mist white) and accented with green ink and inked the heart spray in green.
Used the Wicker Chairs 01 CB1169,  which I left raw (mist white) on the 2nd card, and Table Lamps 03 CB1172 which I lightly accented in pink and green chalk in on the 3rd card.

Materials List:  Scrapmatts Table Lamps 01 CB1171, Ornate Frame 08 CB6010, Heart Spray 01 CB1109 chipboard, Prima, Crate Paper pp's, Prima flower, Craft Queen paper blossoms, Websters fabric tags, Versamagic chalk ink

Materials List:  Scrapmatts Wicker Chairs 01 CB1169 chipboard, Scrapcake  and Prima pp's, Echo Park diecut stickers, Kaisercraft pearls, crochet doily, paper doily, Versamagic chalk ink
Materials List:  Scrapmatts Table Lamps 03 CB1172 chipboard, Scrapcake  and MME pp's, Prima notecard, Carolees tiny alpha stickers, Kaisercraft pearls, Versamagic chalk ink

I don't make ATC's very often and really enjoyed creating these by using the Brackets 01 ATC10-010 for my base and then fussy cutting some pretty birds and accenting the greenery with the Flowers 06 CB1026, Flowers 09 CB1145 Flowers 11 CB1161.  I painted the flowers, highlighted them with ink and then used some metal bead caps for the flower centres.

Materials List:  Scrapmatts Flowers 06 CB1026, Flowers 09 CB1145 Flowers 11 CB1161, Brackets 01 ATC10-010 chipboard,  Cream c/s, book paper, Creative Imaginations pp, metal bead caps, Tim Holtz Distress pens

More shabby/chic inspiration with my 2 tags using the Doves 01 CB1112, Hinges 02 CB1125, Flowers 06 CB1026, Words 05 Thank You CB1051C chippies on the green tag and Clocks 03 CB6049, Butterflies 18 CB1028, Flowers 06 CB1161, Words 26 Best Wishes CB1121 chippies on the pink tag and colouring them with Versamagic chalk inks.

Materials List:  Scrapmatts Doves 01 CB1112, Hinges 02 CB1125, Flowers 06 CB1026, Words 05 Thank You CB1051, Clocks 03 CB6049, Butterflies 18 CB1028, Flowers 06 CB1026, Words 26 Best Wishes CB1121,  Flowers 11 CB1161 chipboard, Websters & MME pp's, MM lace trim, My2angels velvet ribbon, Craft Queen  paper rose, Pink Paislee clear stamp, Butterfly charm, metal bead cap, Kaisercraft pearls, Bella pearls, Versamagic chalk ink, Tim Holtz distress ink

For Someone you Love - Cards
Two very quick and easy cards using the new Cupids 01 CB1166 which I coated with metallic inks. I also added a little Butterflies 20 CB1158 to go with my greeting on the 2nd card.


Materials List:  Scrapmatts Cupids 01 CB1166, Butterflies 20 CB1158 chipboard, Echo Park, Prima and Creative Imagainations pp's, Kaisercraft pearls, Versamagic metallic ink, Tim Holtz distress ink, Glimmermist
Materials List:  Scrapmatts Cupids 01 CB1166, Creative Imaginations, Echo Park and Little Yellow Bicycle pp's, Martha Stewart doily diecut, Prima flower, Tim Holtz distress ink, Versamagic metallic ink

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Berry71Blue Challenge & Some Exciting News

Hi Girls,
Well the school holidays are over and I can finally get back into my groove.  It's been very hectic here at home and haven't had a lot of time to scrap or blog with all the running around, family visiting and everyone here sick with the flu, but I'm hoping this week will be better.

Exciting News
I have been invited to teach a class on Saturday 13th October by the lovely Ann Leavin at the Queensland Scrapbooking Retreat to be held in Noosa.. so excited!!  Here are the details and click HERE for a link to the blog site.


This Retreat we are heading to the beautiful Noosaville and the Ivory Palms Resort, staying in their three bedroom townhouses, self contained and stylish.  Why not spoil yourself at this gorgeous location and scrap the weekend away until your heart's content?

The cost of the weekend includes shared townhouse accommodation, all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch (except breakfast), class & full kit, very generous goodie bag including 2 challenge packs, demos, workshops and lots of time to scrap, not to mention heaps of fun and lots of friendships to be made.  Prizes and giveaways top the weekend off!

A deposit of $50 is required to hold your booking; if you wish to pay in full, please use the deposit and balance payment modules below.  The part payment module is available to pay your balance off in instalments at your leisure making it easy on the budget.  If you don't have a Paypal account, please contact us via email address for bank details or to make other arrangements, we are very flexible.
Only 27 spaces available, so be quick if you don't want to miss out!!

Pretty In Pink Challenge:
I have the Berry71Bleu challenge for this month, which was set by the lovely Helen Tilbury.  Click HERE to check out Helen's gorgeous LO and keep an eye out during the month to see all the DT creations.  Here are the challenge details.
There are 3 requirements for this challenge, 1. Using all or some of the colours in the layout ONLY (no additional colours) 2. Using ribbon or braid 3. Journaling of any kind - additional to the title.

This month we have a fab new sponsor, none other than 
Ruby Rock-it offers a range of products for Scrapbooking, Cardmaking,
 Paper Craft, Embellishments, Bling, Chipboard, and so much more.

The fabulous prize pack from Ruby Rock It is for our merit winner.  We also have a prize for our random
winner too.  That prize is sponsored by Zeus and Zoe - Marivic's Kit Store.  
You can win this entire pack of keys!  They are gorgeous!!  To win this random prize everyone has an equal chance, just by entering!  We already have some fantastic entries.. can't wait to see more!!

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Cathy :))

Sunday, July 1, 2012

OUAS - July Reveal

Hi Girls,
Sorry for the recent absence, but I have had so much going on at home, which hasn't left me much time to be in front of my computer... but I will be around this week to catch up and see what you have all been creating.

Today is my reveal for Once Upon a Sketch.  I am so excited to be teamed with such an amazingly talented and inspirational group of ladies.. it's a little daunting seeing how talented all the girls are!!.. and a huge thank you to the lovely Nadia for inviting me to be part of it all.

This month the theme is:   Friends
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Friend", however you like, based on the following sketch. You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch below. 

**Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . Hidden journalling is perfectly fine**

Ideas for journalling: one of your current friends, a childhood friend, an unexpected friendship,what having friends mean for you, a friend that you miss or have lost, family member who is your closest friend, a scrappy/online friend, a special person that has touched your life, someone who has helped you out lately, a friend that you couldn't do without, your children's friends/classmates etc.

Pop on over to the OUAS blog site to see all the gorgeous creations from the Design Team.  I am hoping you will all be inspired to enter this month's challenge and can't wait to see all the fabulous entries.  

Sisters Are Friends For Life
For this challenge I am sharing a LO I created about my most important friendship, which is with my sister.  We are very different in our personalities and sometimes we have our moments like all siblings, but we are always there for each other.  Even though we don't always vocalise our feelings, we are very close.  I do find it difficult to write down my thoughts and feelings, and am so glad I did on this LO.  My sister always checks out my creations and even though she didn't like the photo of her, which I think is lovely, she did love the LO and was very touched when she read the journaling.

For my LO I used the sketch (of course) and the colours in my photo to inspire me.  I mixed some lovely pp's in soft aquas, pinks and white which I layered, fussy cut and distressed and decided to create a background using stamps and glimmermist as I couldn't find just the right paper to fit in.  For my journalling I made a tag which is hidden under the photo and a lovely quote which reads:  "True friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes."

List of Materials:  MME, The Scrap Cake, Prima, Websters, Basic Grey pp's, corrugated card, Prima flowers, leaves and resin embellishments, tag, Scrapbooking Fantasies ribbon,  mulberry cherry blossoms and flower bud stalks, Collections butterflies, Hambly transparency, Cosmo Cricket rubon, Tim Holtz stamp, Girls Paperie stamp, Mpress stamp,  paper doily, glimmermist, Versamagic ink.
**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter.
**You are free to combine Once Upon A..Sketch challenges with other challenges. We don't mind at all!!!
**You are allowed to enter only layouts  for our challenges.
**You are also allowed to flip or rotate the sketch or alter it to suit your needs,
but please make sure its still recognisable.
**Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery and link it on the right hand side of this blog
using the Link tool. Please provide a direct link to your post, not your entire blog.
If the link tool is down, please leave a comment on the comments section and link your layout there.
** The deadline for this challenge is midnight July 31st, Australian Eastern Standard Time.
The Design Team will vote and the Top 5 layouts PLUS Top 5 featured layouts will be
announced soon after the challenge has finished.
**You may enter as many times as you like.
**Also, please consider turning off word verification for comments on your blog.

We have some fantastic prizes sponsored by:  

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Cathy :))