Monday, May 22, 2017

Melonisation and other tag-related matters

You might have noticed but my main social media outlet is Instagram! I think it's fairly safe to say I post there every day and I share soooo much more there than anywhere else. If you don't already follow me there, here's a LINK to my account :-)

I also tend to get a lot of my inspiration from there as well. One of the ideas that's really captured my attention is the melonisation challenge that Pepita Hasenkeks started. The idea is to colour an image to look like a watermelon and there's some great examples under the hashtag #melonentierchen

To be fair, I think the tag I've created here is a little too vague and I'll probably do something more for this round. Last time I coloured THIS and THIS which I think captures the spirit of the challenge a lot more. But I still think it's a pretty cute tag. I've used the Medallion Flower Builder stamp set and it's matching dies from Neat and Tangled.

I love the instant interaction you get on Instagram too. Like when I put out a question about whether I should keep the googly eye on my diecut Natural Bird from Sizzix. I couldn't decide whether it was a bit too freaky, or whether it would pass as cute! To be honest, the majority voted that it was freaking them out...... but I kept it anyway!! LOL!!

And then popped him on a Hooray Tag I created to go in with my latest giveaway over there!

I've really been loving the size and shape of this Classic Tag 2 die, and all the matching elements that come with it are fabulous too. I've used it one other time recently as well, and that was to make this St Patrick's Day tag with all it's green and gold shaker elements.

Do you make tags? Share in the comments below because I'd love to see!



Friday, May 19, 2017

Jot Issue 17

I am sooooo behind the times! I can't believe I forgot to share these here!
The last issue of Jot Magazine (Issue 17) came out at the start of March and it was the best one yet. Yes, I think I say that every time!

Here's some of the projects I had featured in the magazine....

The layout I made was for the No Adhesive gallery. I love the idea behind this which was to create a page using no sticky adhesive whatsoever. No glues or tapes, but instead you had to think a bit more creatively.

I thought this might have been quite difficult to achieve, especially for someone like me who likes to know everything is securely stuck down! I ended up using a lot of my sewing machine, but also brads and paper clips, and I was pleasantly surprised how fun and easy this turned out to be.

Next up was a card for the Hearts gallery. I started with this intricate die from Sizzix called 'Natural Love' and made it the focus of my romantic-themed card. I cut it with watercolour paper which meant I could slap some paint on all those detailed leaves.

The word 'love' is part of the die too, but I cut it separately from pink foam so it would add some dimension and form part of the sentiment. And from there the card pretty much made itself!

Last, but not least came this double-page Project Life spread. These can be on any theme and I chose to document the night our family went to our local Lights Festival. The colours of the photos were all a mixture of the black night sky along with bright saturated colours of the sculptures so I had to try and balance that out with my card and embellishment choices.

I also left plenty of space to document the story of the night, and instead of writing a series of snippets on each card that could be read separately I decided to do something a little different. I ended up writing a long 'essay' that just carried on from card to card when I ran out of space.

Jot Magazine is a FREE online digital magazine that celebrates memory keeping. You can download Issue 17 right here.

And watch out for Issue 18, because that's right around the corner! Here's a little sneak peek into what I've got featured in the next issue....


Thursday, May 18, 2017

What's happening during May at Krumspring?

I can't remember if I announced it here or not, but after my stint as a Guest Designer at Krumspring Stamps in April I was invited to join the Dream Team for the next few months as well! Super excited!!

You might not have even heard of them right? It's a fairly new, fairly small (but about to go global!) Danish company making top quality acrylic stamps. Apparently Krumspring is a Danish word which means "to do something in a funny or non-traditional way". I love that idea!! 

Anyway, since there's no new releases until the end of the month (watch this space!) we've decided to do something a little bit different on the blog for the month of May and that's to spend a week spotlighting one of the previous release sets.

The first spotlight was for the Avocado Family set. See.... something a little bit funny and different? But it's also super-cute! And despite the fact that The Trophy Husband asked me why I was colouring amoeba I really like them!

They're perfect for expectant mothers, baby-showers and welcoming newborns, and that means I've got lots and lots of uses for them. As you can see, I've already made a few different projects with them - and this doesn't count the entire Project Life page I did as the title page for my own baby album!

During the spotlight week there is a sale on the featured stamp, a challenge, and of course... prizes to be won!

The next stamp to be featured (and which is the current spotlight) is the You Pixelate Me set. It probably has to be seen to be believed what the Dream Team girls have done with this stamp - think Gameboys, Pacman, Micky Mouse and so much more.
But me?..... I wanted to try something completely different...

I used the pixelate squares as a template for cross-stitching and spent an hour or so therapeutically hand-sewing all these crosses to form a simple heart shape. The effect in real life is something quite exciting, and there really are a million possibilities with this idea. 

So pop on over to the Krumspring blog to get all the spotlight stamp set inspiration, and to find out the details on the challenge and competition. Then jump to the shop to pick up the featured stamp on sale, as well as discovering a whole bunch of other sets you're going to fall in love with!

There's another Spotlight coming next week.... and this one might just be my favourite yet ;-)


Monday, May 8, 2017

Jot Magazine May Mood Board

I continue to love working with the Mood Board challenges at Jot Magazine because it pushes me to try different colour combinations and new designs that I might never have come up with by myself. Here's the latest card I've created in response to the May Mood Board which has recently gone live.

It's a quite literal interpretation of the image of the hot air balloon sailing over the top of the snowy forest below. I was really drawn to the idea of the pop of vibrant warm colours of the balloon in the midst of the cold glittery icy scene around it.

What I also love about working with these Mood Boards is that I can mix and match products in my stash without needing to stick to the one designer (which of course I need to do for much of my Creative Team work) and it allows for so many possibilities.

For this card I clearly needed a hot air balloon and so I used a stamp from the Krumspring 'Adventures Ahead' set. I embossed it with copper embossing powder and coloured it with watercolours - adding lots of layers to get the really saturated look I was after.

And the trees were cut in grey cardstock with a Sizzix die designed by Tim Holtz called 'Woodlands'. I sprayed the tops with white ink and then added lots and lots of glitter.

Last but not least I found the perfect sentiment stamp in my Neat and Tangled collection. It's part of the very popular Origami Map set.

If you're feeling as inspired as I was by the Jot Magazine May Mood Board then you can find all the details on their blog over HERE!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bethany's 10th birthday: a layout and PL page

Late last year some of us lucky Jot Girls were given the chance to work with the lovely Make a Wish collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This collection was perfect for me - it's got all my favourite colours (pink, aqua, and yellow) and is a fun mixture of graphic prints and floral designs. It's got a bit of a birthday theme running through it, although it would be easy enough to use it for other themes too.

It was also perfect timing for me as the collection arrived at about the same time as Bethany's birthday and I quickly set to and made both a traditional 12x12" layout, as well as Project Life double spread.

I've started a bit of a tradition of creating birthday layouts where I document a mini interview with the birthday girl - asking about their favourite foods, and activities and other simple questions to try and capture this moment in time. It's fun to see how the answers evolve over the years!

For the first time I also got brave enough to let Bethany actually do the journaling herself! I thought this added an ever greater element of capturing her personality, and she loved the ability to contribute with me on a page.

Like a lot of collections these days the Make a Wish patterned papers included one that could be cut apart as 3x4" journaling cards. I love having this option and it often prompts me to create a Project Life page, even though it's not strictly a Project Life product.

So absolutely everything you see on this double-page spread comes from the same collection. There's so many different options of embellishments (wood veneer, puffy stickers, vellum ephemera, glitter enamel dots, chipboard... you name it!) that I didn't need to look in the rest of my stash to augment it in any way.

I still had plenty of stuff left over that I later created Moriah's birthday page and project life spread with it as well! If you haven't heard of Cocoa Vanilla Studio then I encourage you to pop over and check out their website and blog. They have new collections coming out all the time - and a fabulously talented Design Team to show them all off!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sizzix News and Awards

I have to admit, when Sizzix approached me about a year ago and asked me if I would come on board and work for them as a Creative Blogger that I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't? We all know who Sizzix are, and we all know they're the market leaders in die-cutting machines and dies. 

But I never for the life of me imagined that my role would lead to this! When Sizzix decided they wanted to increase their exposure in Australia they turned to the Television Shopping Network channel TVSN and started coordinating some shows. And when they needed a Sizzix representative to help sell their products live on the show they asked me if I would be interested.

It involves making a whole heap of projects, as well as having a bunch of prepared demos that I could make on the fly, and of course it also means actually turning up and presenting alongside the TVSN host. Did I mention that this is LIVE TV?!!

Anyway, I must have done a good enough job in January when I presented 2 shows because they asked me back again, and today I did the first one.
There is still opportunity to see it online if you're interested. TVSN have a Catch-Up section online where you can stream the shows. Here's a link to today's show.
And if you're in Australia or New Zealand you can see tomorrow's show at 4:30pm. 

Do you already own some Sizzix dies? Do you want to be crowned as the Top Sizzix Maker and have a chance to win some amazing prizes and a guest blogging opportunity?
Sizzix are celebrating their 40th birthday by launching the 2017 Sizzix Awards. All you have to do is create a project using at least one Sizzix die. It can be in any of the following 4 categories: Papercraft, Sewing and Soft Crafts, Innovation and Upcycling. Fill in the entry form HERE and you are in the running.

There's lots more info on the Sizzix Lifestyle page here.
Good luck!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Krumspring Teaser post

Figured I might as well be honest in my blog post title hey? This is all about getting you to check out the amazing stamps on offer at Krumspring. It's possible you might not have heard of them before, and if so, then you're definitely missing out!

Krumspring are a European stamp company (Danish to be exact) who create high quality acrylic stamps. Maria who is the owner and designer is known for her love of geometric patterns, and this clearly influences many of her stamp designs.

I'm lucky enough to be Guest Designing for them this month and I was able to work with all their newest release stamps, as well as a couple of 'old' classics. Here's a little sneak into just SOME of the projects I've created...

The latest releases are available in the Krumspring shop both individually and as a bundle, and they ship worldwide. You can find the bundle HERE.

If you pop over now you'll also find that Maria has generously included some FREE digital designs for you to download. But they're only available for a limited time. These will be perfect for your Easter projects right?

So I'm going to have a series of posts over on the Krumspring blog during the month of April, so keep checking back. The first one is already live and includes two fun cards. You can find it HERE.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Jot Magazine April Mood Board Challenge

I fell in love with the April Mood Board at Jot Magazine the minute I saw it. Probably because it's like my standard go-to colours of pink, aqua and yellow... only the super-saturated version! So I considered it something quite different for me to create with, but still within familiar territory ;-) Check it out.....

Just love those rich colours and the lush florals. But ultimately it was that handbag up in the top right that caught my eye and gave me the inspiration to create my card. I thought I could almost replicate the same sort of design in paper form, making a bit of a copy of it.

Whilst I was figuring out what I could use to make the flowers I remember the very latest bundle of Sizzix dies that had only just landed on my doorstep. One of the new releases designed by Tim Holtz is this set of Small Tattered Florals and it comes with no less that 21 different dies! It was literally perfect for cutting out all these varieties of different flowers, and in a size that was made for cardmaking!

A bit of mixing and matching later and I had glued down my final arrangement, and added some hand-stitching to bump up the texture another notch. Plus it's trying to imitate the embroidered floral design on the handbag remember?

You can find all the details for playing along with the Jot Magazine Mood Board challenge for yourself right HERE on their blog.



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