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Playing with paint, stamps and ink is what I do to put me in my happy place! My Blog is where I show and tell and hope to inspire. If you have any questions you can contact me hereThank you for dropping by and big hugs if you left a little love! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Creative Process Blog Hop

Hello Everyone, I have been tagged by the lovely, and extremely clever, Claire (Luckie) a fellow Scrap FX Design Team Member to participate in this Creative Process Blog Hop. So what is this I hear you say? Well it has been going for a while now (as I found out when I tried to tag a few other arty folk for this post) and it entails answering a few simple questions to get to know me a little better, then I will tag some other crafty peeps to keep it going the following week.
So here goes:

What am I working on now?
Currently I am working on a 50th Birthday card for a dear friend and a couple of canvases for my twin nieces that have been inspired by the awesome talent of Finnabair. I love creating these canvases but my room has suffered terribly and as a result it looks like a bomb has hit it!


So next on my list of things to do would be to clear a surface or two!

How does my work differ from others in my Genre?
This is a tough question to answer... I try not to stick to any one style for long, or compare my work to others. I just love trying all sorts of techniques and am inspired by so many other wonderful designers and artwork everywhere I look! I often just play till an idea develops and comes together. One thing I do struggle too do is to stop .... white space is elusive most of the time so I admire those minimal designers and there ability to keep it simple!!!!

Why do I create what I do?
I have inherited the crafty gene from my Mum who is pretty handy with the sewing machine (she comes from a long line of seamstresses and bead workers) unfortunately I am not much chop with needle and thread so I turned to glue, paper, paint and scissors!
I made cards for years before I did my first scrapbook page, then my obsession for papercraft really took over.
My passion for scrapping started when my first little fella' was born (he will be 17 this year), I started by making mini album as a pressie for my Mum. Back in the day there were no scrappy products but I did have plenty of stamps and embossing powders in my stash and I have not looked back since!
I love to create and I really get grumpy when I do not get into my room, (the rigours of life get in the way). I hate to have to do housework before hiding away to get messy!
So getting back to the question.... I do tend to ramble sorry.... I do what I do for me, primarily, it soothes my soul so to speak. I do love to record special family moments. It warms my heart when I see my boys having a sneak peek at my albums even if they are having a giggle!

How does my creative process work?
It all starts with a photo if I am scrapping, or an idea or technique I want to try if it is something else off the page. Sometimes if I am stuck I just start tidying my room and something sparks an idea and off I go getting all messy again! I get inspired by everything around me from magazines, advertisements to graphics on TV and of course there is Pinterest....we won't even go into that obsession with the little time wasting tool!!

Ok, that is me done, now it is time for me to tag some other creative types to answer the same questions, the 2 I have chosen produce some awesome work that I love and I hope you will enjoy a visit to their Blogs too.
The first is Elisabeth who can be found here, she does some absolutely beautiful work and is a fellow Scrap FX team member. She can best be described as a neat and pretty scrapbooker and card maker, but she also has been getting her grunge groove on lately.

The second arty friend I will tag, is Cindy, her creative home is here. Also an FX Design Team member and whips up some amazing backgrounds on her scrapbook pages and her off the page projects have so much detail to admire.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lindys Stamp Gang September Challenge

Hello all, take a peek at the new colour challenge at Lindys Stamp Gang, the colours are just fabulous, so much so I had to do something for it even though I did not have all the colours for it!
Here is the challenge pic:


The colours I used are: 

Here is my page using an old photo of my little brother and his girls. I even used some flowers...really got my girlie groove on!


I started with a Scrap FX stencil, Squares and Circles.




I cut out the flowers using a Heartfelt creations Die (and matching stamp) out of old book paper and coloured them with the sprays.



The title is a Scrap FX wordlet treated with the embossing powder and a quick spray to tie it all together.



I used some leftover  frames with embossing powder and also added the copper powder to parts of the background also.
So that is about it for me for now, Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Full of Wonder!

Back with another page made for ScrapFX using the new chippies and some older stamps that I am still bonding with.....just cannot leave them alone!
Here are the new products I used in the page:
Wonder, miniFlourish 11 Swirl
 I also used the Chevron Spot stamp randomly on the background:

Chevron Spots stamps
And here is the full page:


On the background used Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays and on the chippy pieces I used embossing powders also from Lindys, just love their huge colour range!


The other stamps on the background are from Tim Holtz.


I just love how long, big and "Flowy" the new flourish is, it needs nothing more than a bit of colour to help make the photo a statement on the page. 



 I used the Spot stamp, and then drew in some lines to emulate the compass on the Tim Holtz stamp.
You can see what I mean below:


So that is all from me for today my friends,
thanks for dropping by,

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Believe" for Scrap FX.

Hello everyone, 
I am back to share one of the layouts created for Scrap FX.
Check out what everyone is creating with here.
This months playthings were awesome, take a peek at these babies!
My layouts just had to feature each one!
Delight, mini
Wonder, mini
Believe, mini
So here is my first one:
"Believe"


I not only used the new mini word but also an old favourite, Graphic circles.
Did you notice the funky background??? That is a fab new stencil called 
Ice Shards:
Ice Shards stencil - Click Image to Close
The background was created using plasterers joint compound (I have claimed a big bucket all my own from the garage) and the stencil. Once it was dry I then had fun spraying with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays and stamping with gay abandon with no idea what the end result would be.


If you look closely you can also see I have used the chevron spots stamps too! If you hurry, you can still head to the ScrapFX FB page to enter the giveaway to get yourself a set of these to play with!


Used up some papers in my stash to cut large triangular shards to mimic the stencil.


The circles were embossed roughly with Embossing powder then I sprayed with one of the colours in the background so that the composition was cohesive.


The title was gessoed, sprayed then I added a smidgen of embossing powder to tie it in with the embellishments. 

 So that is about it for me for today, 
come on back for more a little later!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lindy's Stamp Gang August Challenge.

Yay! I had some time this month to play around with the Lindy's Stamp Gang Colour Challenge! I did not have all the official colours but I think the ones I used are near enough to the set. So here is the colour inspiration and here is where you can find the details:
 http://blog.lindystampgang.com/color-challenge-info/:


Here is my page featuring my niece:


The colours I used from my extensive Lindy's Collection Are:

Here are a few details:


That awesome butterfly is a stamp by Stampin'Up!
I have stamped the image on some old book paper.



The teeny hearts are chipboard cuties from Scrap FX as are the Alphabet used in the title and the flourish.


I used foam stamps (also from ScrapFX) to create the background.


Well that's about it from me for now, thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

More Scrap FX Love!


Ok this is another share of Scrap FX goodies. This is my favourite for this month! I used a fabulous jigsaw heart and one of the new wordlets as a title:


Jigsaw Heart largeA beautiful moment

This chippie comes in 2 sizes and all the inside jigsaw pieces come out to make a frame, or you can leave them in for an interesting patterned heart. I have used the large one on this page:


The photo was taken during the summer as we celebrated my Dads birthday at a beautiful winery. I could not have planned the photo any better, they all coordinated beautifully in blue without my input!!


 I traced a rough outside heart with the ink from the bottles of Lindys that I planned to use to colour the heart.



After painting the heart chippie with Gesso, I sprayed with the spray colours, then after drying used a Tim Holtz Stamp and embossing powder to add the texture.
You can see it better here:


After embossing the Title, the rest was pretty simple, throw a few sequins at it and some embossed  chippy circles that I picked up form somewhere.... I tend to keep everything!


Just a few more details for you:




So that is about it from me for this post, 
hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, 

Monday, August 4, 2014

More Hearts!

Back again, sharing what I have been playing with from 
Scrap FX:

100% LoveableLots of Love

These chippies are fab!! And they combine so well with this awesome foam stamp:

Heart Spangles stamp

The hearts in the chippie are a similar shape to the stamp, so of course I had to use them together in this layout featuring my furbaby, Shyloh!


I applied metallic paint in Gold and Bronze to a roughly gessoed background, but the photo does not really show it terribly well, so you will have to use your imagination! 



I used the stamp with Stampendous embossing powder over the top of the paint to make the hearts pop.


I also embossed the chipboard teeny hearts and Wordlet to tie it all together. I just love the Titles that ScrapFX come up with, they are all so different and help out when you are stuck for ideas!



I used a few scrap pieces of patterned paper under the photo and dragged out an old punch I had forgotten all about, don't you love finding things deep down in your stash that are just perfect!


So that is the story of the page, oh and the doily is a new Prima die, very girly for me really but I just had to have it!!
So a few more detail shots for you:





And there you have it, I am done till next time, yes I still have more to catch up on so stay tuned!
Hugs,