Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Scrapmatts - Christmas Creations

Well it's that time of the year, and hasn't it come up so fast... I can't believe Christmas is only a few weeks away!!!  This month the theme for Scrapmatts is everything Christmas and I've had such fun creating an OTP, some cards and a LO with the gorgeous Chrissy chippies which were sent in my parcel of goodies.

Christmas Lantern

I purchased this lantern last year with the intention of creating an OTP, but of course put it away and forgot all about it.  So when I came across it recently I decided I would create a Christmas Lantern with it and use it as a centre piece.   I love the colour red, so what better way to use it than on a Christmas project.  some gorgeous mulberry Poinsettias from my2angels, which came in a bag with red and white flowers in various size were the perfect embellishment and so yummy.  I fussy cut some flower sprays from Basic Grey Jovial which are one of my all time fav Christmas ranges and randomly poked in some berry sprays.   I made the Scrapmatts Christmas Ornaments sparkle with some Tim Holtz stickles in red and green and placed them in  amongst the flowers.  To finish off I added the Merry Christmas chippie words which I cut from the Christmas Scene chippie and altered with ultrafine white glitter.  Really love how this came out.

All is Merry and Bright

Adore the reindeer chippies... just love the curly antlers, and thought they would go perfectly with these pics of Brittany wearing some cute reindeer antlers!!  I embossed, inked and glittered them with stickles and used the little dangles from one of the new my2angels charming chains around the reindeer's neck.  The papers are from Girls Paperie Tinsel and Twig and I used more the the Basic Grey Jovial.  The gorgeous charm is made by Tracy at my2angels.  I took off the 2011 charm and made my own with some the Holly and the Joy Circle charms, also from my2angels.

Merry Christmas Card

For this card I used a 6x6 paper pad from MME.  I decided to use one piece of a Christmas Tree 3D Ornament.  I filled in the slot with a scrap of chipboard, but you could use cardstock, then covered it with some gorgeous Barbara Trombley's glitter glass in green and copper... so quick and easy.

Merry and Bright Card

Used the same MME paper pad with half of an Ornate 3D Christmas Ornament, which I cut in half and placed on the top and bottom of my background paper and again covered in glitter glass but used red this time.  I also used the reindeer chippie which I embossed, inked and glittered with some Tim Holtz stickles.

Happy Holidays Card

Again with the MME paper pad, and some LYB and Scenic Route pp's layered for the background.  I used the Santa's Sleigh and Holly chippies which I altered with some fine glitter in green and red.  The red rhinestone trim is available from my2angels.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love :))

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Tags


Still busy, busy busy, but I thought I do a quickie blog post to share these pretty Christmas Tags I made for a class.  Tags are great to have handy for those unexpected presents... just tie them up to a bottle of wine or attach them to some hand-baked goodies.

I used some shipping tags and a tag which I cut from my Cricut machine, then punched a border on the end of the tags to pretty them up.   I just love snowflakes, so I layered them with foam tape and used my Cricut, some punches and stickers, then inked, embossed and stamped them.

The background on the red was made with Tim Holtz Barn Door Distress Reinkers and and while wet I added some Perfect Pearls for a gorgeous glimmer.  The background on the green was done with some watered down Shabby Shutters Distress Reinkers and splattered with a paint brush.

A couple of sneaks

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bird Is The Word - Trust

It's time for a new Bird the Word challenge... and the new word is TRUST. There is also a sketch (optional) designed by Mary Thomas to get the creative juices flowing.  Pop on over to the Bird is the Word blog site and check out the gorgeous creations from the talented Design Team.

To be in for the running for a yummy kit from Wendy atTidbitz in Time just use the word TRUST on your layout, card or OTP project as a title or in your journaling. Link up your entry over on the right side of the screen and give credit back to Bird is the Word on your blog. The DT will vote at the end of the challenge. Five layouts will be chosen and the final winner will receive a prize kit from Tidbitz In Time.

Trust Us We Don't Bite

I was looking through my photos trying to think of a different way to incorporate the word Trust for this challenge.  When I came across this Halloween pic of the kids and saw the look on their faces my title popped into my head.  Had a lot of fun mixing and matching different papers for the background and found some fab black open weave mesh in a Dollars and Sense store which I thought would add some grungy texture.

Sketch by Mary Thomas (sketch use is not required to win the challenge)

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.  Your comments really make my day :))

Monday, November 21, 2011

my2angels - Glitz Design

Hi Girls,

Sorry I haven't been around much lately, but I am super busy trying to get all my DT & Scrap commitments up to date before we leave for 2 weeks holidays to NZ in December.  So much to do and so little time!!!  I will try and get around to everyone during the week to check out all your gorgeous creations.. I promise!

I have a LO to share which I created with Glitz Design papers and embellishments which are all available from Tracy's store at my2angels, so pop on over and check out her fabulous new range of Charming Chains.. and snap up a few before they all walk out the door.

Classy and Fabulous

You girls should all know by now how much I love to mix ranges of pp's together and I knew as soon as I saw the Glitz Houndstooth, it would be the perfect background paper to go with the Authentique Uncommon Collection Unique pp which I hand cut and layered with foam tape, then added some stemmed flowers with a few rhinestones cut from the black rhinestone chain for flower centres.  I also added the gorgeous oval frame and double heart charms around the flower sprays.

The Scrapware lamp post was inked in grey and I lightly dabbed some Tim Holtz black soot ink over the top and added a couple of the new white pearls.  The little birdie was cut from the Echo Park sticker sheet.

To frame the photo I used the Glitz Polka, some corrugated card which I painted white and some black rhinestone chain.  I cut the Authentique word from the strip at the bottom of the paper and finished off with some of the stickers from the Glitz Titles stickers for my title and journaling.

A Few Sneaks
As you can see from my sneaks I have a few Christmas inspired LO's & Projects to share soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.  Your comments really make my day :))

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Card & LO Kit - my2angels

Hi Girls,

I have a fabulous kit to share with you today available from my2angels.  I had a lot of fun creating with this kit, as it's jam-packed full of papers from Simple Stories, LYB BG & Graphic 45, die-cut stickers, ribbons, charms and much more.  I managed to create 10 quick and easy cards (you get the envelopes too) and 3 LO's, with plenty left over.  The kit comes with full instructions on how to make the cards and LO's, or if you prefer to do your own thing you can use the kit to make your own LO's, cards or OTP for Christmas gifts.

Here are a few sneaks:

all of this for only $49.95 this works out on average $2.00 per card and $10.00 per layout ... AWESOME VALUE for a jam packed kit, but be quick as there are only 9 kits left.

A Little Toot
I was so excited this week when I got my hands on the latest issue of Scrapbooking Creations (issue 90) as I was featured as the Who's Who.. still pinching myself.  Here are a couple of pics from the mag.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.. your comments really make my day :))

Friday, November 11, 2011

my2angels - New Charming Chains

Hi Girls,

Was very excited to receive a couple of the new Charming Chains from the very creative Tracy at my2angels, so I decided  I would use one of  these yummy chains on a card for my little niece.

You Are 6

I have been itching to use some of the new Glitz Design Beautiful Dreamer papers and embellies and decided that the lovely card from the Whatnots pack would go perfectly with the pink and green charming chain.  I overlapped the whatnot card on top of some green pp and machine-stitched in pink, then added some words from the Echo Park Victoria Gardens alpha sticker sheet for my greeting.  I dangled the charm down the left side, but scrunched up the chain a little while gluing to shorten, and thought one of the cute silver girl charms would look perfect tucked under a bit of the chain.  Love the new wooden buttons and used one as the background for the number 6 which also came from the Echo Park alpha sticker sheet.  Finished off with a bit of cream flower lace which I threaded with some ribbon and a little flying bird charm on the top right.

Here are some pics of some of the chains that are available in store, with more to come over the next few weeks.   Pop on over to the store to purchase some of these beautiful embellishments, but be quick as I'm sure these will go out the door in a flash.

Antique Bronze Purple Butterfly Charming Chain

Silver Pink Rose Charming Chain

Black and Silver Love Key Charming Chain

Pink and Silver Love Key Charming Chain

Cream and Antique Bronze Keys Charming Chains

Check out this link to my2angels to see some other fabulous projects using Tracy's Charming Chains.

Cathy :))

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bird Is the Word - ADORE

Hi Girls,

Sorry I haven't been around much lately,  I've been so busy I haven't had time get online and leave some love, but I should be catching up with all of you within the next few days.  Then I'm off on Wed & Thursday to the Sunshine Coast to take part in a Prima class with Ingvild Bolme... so excited!!

This fortnight's new word at Bird is the Word is ADORE.  You need to add this word somewhere on your LO, card or OTP creation and can alter the word to adorable/adored etc.  There is also a fabulous sketch designed by Mary Thomas to use if you need some inspiration.  The lucky winner will receive one of Wendy's kits from Tidbitz in Time.  Pop on over and check out the gorgeous work from our Design Team for more inspiration.

Adore This Time of the Year

I absolutely adore this time of the year as the Jacarandas are in full bloom with the most gorgeous mauve blossoms.  There are beautiful purple blooms everywhere in the surrounding streets where I live and when I go out, just looking at these beautiful trees against a gorgeous blue sky makes my day.

I kept this LO fairly simple as I wanted the photo to be the focus.  I used a Pink Paislee mistable for my background with some mauve pearlescent ink to highlight the resist pattern and some chipboard accents from Scrapmatts and Dusty Attic which I inked.  Finished off with a strip of 7 Gypsies tape, a touch of lace and a little cluster of Prima flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love, it really makes my day.

Have a wonderful day :))

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kraft It Up Nov Challenge

Hi Girls,

This month at Kraft It Up it's all about journaling, or creative ways to display journaling.  The inspiration is up to you.  All you need to do is make sure you use Kraft or Kraft pp as your base.  Pop on over and check out all the gorgeous creations from the Design Team for some inspiration.

At 16 You Are...

On this LO I used some Basic Grey Kraft pp for my background and hand cut some gorgeous Prima pp for a framed border.  I added some doily embellishments, which I tucked under the frame and decided to journal around them.

Will have more DT work to share over the new week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.  Your comments really make my day.

Cathy :))