Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CHICKANIDDY | My Little Sister

Gosh, this must be a record... three posts within a week! I'm back today with a layout that was recently on the Chickaniddy blog for the September colour challenge. I have never scrapped my little sister before so I'm a bit sentimental about this one.

DESIGNED FOR | Chickaniddy
PROJECT | September Colour Challenge
LINK | HERE







1. Choosing the fall Bouquet patterned paper (flip side) as my background I marked out a large circle before stitching over a few randomly placed embellishments along the way.

2. The photos were mounted onto various pieces of patterned papers and stickers to create a layered effect before adhering to the background.

3. I then hand-cut various sized flowers from the Fall Bouquet (front side) before having a notion of making quilt-style leaves as a backdrop to the flowers. I hand drew a template for the leaves and cut in half so I could lay strips of patterned paper over each piece before trimming off the excess and mounting onto a larger leaf shape.




4. Next step was to add my heading using the alpha stickers and a few random rub-ons to create small sentiments aside from the title.

5. Finally I filled the gaps with various clusters of embellishments, stickers and brads to balance out the design before adding a final touch of ink splatters.



SUPPLY LIST | Scrumptious - Fall Bouquet (SC140S01), Home Sweet Home (SC140S02), Check Please (SC140S09), New Harvest (SC140S10), Frolic In The Leaves (SC140S11). Sticker Sheet (SC14EB02), Alpha Stickers (SC14EB02), Joural Tags (SC14EB03), Die-Cut Tags (SC14EB04), Mini Stickers Banners (SC14EB05), Mini Stickers Tags (SC14EB06), Mini Stickers Sentiments (SC14EB07), Mini Brads (SC14EB08)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Doodlebug: The letter 'e'...

Firstly, who can believe we are coming to the end of October already... where has this year gone?
Recently on the Doodlebug blog I shared my non-Halloween themed layout using the new Ghouls & Goodies collection so I thought I'd better post it on my blog before November arrives.


Now seeing as there are so many gorgeous wee characters in this collection I decided to use them to portray a book character theme and share how my little munchkin loves his story time.



And no matter how hard I try, I still can't help myself when it comes to making a collage on my page using all the Doodlebug embellishments. I might outgrow it one day... maybe?








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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chickaniddy | my first post!

I'm really delighted to have the opportunity of working with a new team and also to dabble in some wonderful new products! Let me just say that using a collection called 'Scrumptious' requires a full stomach before commencement because it made me feel hungry at the mere mention of it's name. Plus, I just happened to be using photos of my son learning the art of eating soup!


I'm really having fun with my stitching at the moment, especially as I have lots and lots of this multi-coloured embroidery thread that miraculously changes colour as you go. I decided to stitch a leaf to use as a backdrop to my photo and to tie in with the whole Autumn theme.







Lots of fun goodies to play with! And how cute is that spoon which was the perfect embellishment for my layout.


Supply List: Scrumptious - Home Sweet Home (SC140S02), Autumn Haze (SC140S06), Check Please (SC140S09), Frolic In The leaves (SC140S11), New Harvest (SC140S10). Sticker Sheet (SC14EB02), Alpha Stickers (SC14EB02), Journal Tags (SC14EB03), Die-Cut Tags (SC14EB04), Mini Stickers Banners (SC14EB05), Mini Stickers Tags (SC14EB06), Mini Stickers Sentiments (SC14EB07), Mini Brads (SC14EB08).


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bella Blvd | Guest Designer


So delighted to be October's Guest Designer with Bella Boulevard.
Would love for you to head over and say 'gidday' at the Bella Blvd blog today...





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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jillibean Soup: Tag Tutorial

RECAP: Sharing a tutorial that was recently on the Jillibean Soup blog.Tag... your it!
The humble tag may be small and relatively insignificant until you have a gift that requires one and there's none to be found in your stash. And yes you can search through every hidey-hole in the house but you won't find one when you need it the most. It's Melinda with you today and I'm going to share how I created a series of tags using the brand new 'Mix the Media' Ephemera packs.


Now what's not to love about new products? The latest Jillibean Soup haul includes four different ephemera packs which are loaded with goodies of all shapes and sizes... I found them slightly impossible to resist as they were perfect for my tag-athon!


Blue Ephemera Pack...


Cream Ephemera pack...


Green Ephemera Pack...


To begin the process I simply cut patterned paper to match the shape of the Kraft tag then added some texture paste circles using the new Jillibean stencils. Set aside to dry.



Using my craft knife I gently peeled the eyelets off each of the kraft tags and set aside.


Once the texture paste was completely dry I used foam pop dots to adhere each of the patterned cardstock pieces to the tags and trimmed the top corners to align with the tag.



Each eyelet was replaced back in position on the top layer of the tag.


I chose a piece of patterned cardstock from each of the ephemera packs to create an embossed flower using a metal die and my hand embossing machine.


To piece the flower together I simply added a foam pop dot in between each of the layers and added a small bow to the button using cotton thread. Let the decorating begin!


Red Ephemera Pack...


SUPPLIES | Jillibean Soup
Kraft Tags - Large (JBT5511)
Patterned Paper - Soup Staples III/Kraft Triangle (JB0408)
Mix The Media - Red Ephemera (JB0436)
Mix The Media - Blue Ephemera (JB0437)
Mix The Media - Cream Ephemera (JB0438)
Mix The Media - Green Ephemera (JB0439)
Mix The Media - Simple Dot Stencil (JB0460)
Enamel Stars - Orange, Yellow, Black (JB0376)
Enamel Stars - Green, Grey, Purple (JB0377)

SUPPLIES | Other
Texture Paste - Titanium White
Cotton Thread


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Jillibean Soup: World Card Making Day 2014



Happy Saturday/Sunday depending on where you are in the world. It's World Card Making Day/Weekend and for the first time ever I have sat down at my desk and made something during daylight hours. To be honest it felt very strange and almost like being a bit naughty! So as soon as I've finished this post I'd better go and clean something or hang out some more washing.

DESIGNED FOR | Jillibean Soup
PROJECT | World Card Making Day


WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM? | I was happily pinning some beautiful decorated cakes on Pinterest and this particular cake caught my eye and I immediately had an idea for my card.

http://www.sweetandsaucysupply.com/Dessert-Toppers/modern-love/prod_243.html

TIP | I decided to use the new 'Wire Words' from Jillibean Soup but really liked how the cake design used gold lettering so I grabbed out my gold spray paint and raced outside with the wire word 'family'. It didn't take long to dry and now I have some really pretty gold leaves on my lemon tree.



PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION | I cannot recommend more highly Tombow's Metal Liquid Glue for adding the Wire Words to your projects. It dries really quickly and sets your piece permanently so make sure it's exactly where you want it to be.

Now, Jillibean Soup have just joined Instagram http://instagram.com/jillibeansoup so make sure you head over there and follow them to find out all about the fun they have been having today and throughout the weekend. Also, they'd love to see your beautiful cards so if you have used Jillibean Soup products then hashtag them to #JillibeanSoup.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED | It's all about colour!

A little sneak peek of my September Colour Challenge layout on the Chickaniddy Blog today... you can find the full reveal HERE!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

An apple a day...

Oooo, I just worked out how many weeks we have left until Christmas and I'm still doing teacher appreciation cards... eek! This year is flying by so quickly that I seem to be chasing my tail without getting anywhere. Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way?

DESIGNED FOR | Hampton Art
PROJECT | Hello Teacher Card


INSTRUCTIONS | Step x Step
1. Cut and score white cardstock to create a card measuring 4" x 5.5" when folded and set aside.
2. Cut a further piece of white cardstock measuring 3.75" x 5.25".
3. Measuring 1.5" down from the top of the cardstock and centred - cut out a rectangle window measuring 2" x 2.75".
4. Cut a final piece of patterned paper measuring 3.5" x 5" and adhere using foam pop dots to the back of the white cardstock with the window.
5. Cut out another window from your patterned paper allowing an eighth of an inch border to remain.
6. Temporarily place the above pieces on top of your folded card and using a pencil, lightly trace out the position of the window. Remove the top pieces and set aside.
7. Stamp your sentiment repeatedly down the pencil drawn panel and allow to dry before erasing the pencil lines.
8. Placing a ribbon around your window pieces, tie a bow under the bottom corner of the cut-out.
9. Add the rub-on sentiment so it aligns with the right side of the cut-out window and is centred vertically within the space.
10. Using foam pop dots adhere your window pieces to the folded card.
11. Slide your embellishment between the layers and adhere in place.


SUPPLIES | Hampton Art
Hampton Art/Doodlebug - Flower Garden - Cling Rubber Stamps (IC0161)
Hampton Art/ki Memories - A Color Story Page Kit (WM1048)
Hampton Art/ki Memories - Printed Ribbon (WM1110)

SUPPLIES | Other
Neenah Solar White Card-stock
Doodlebug Candy Shoppe Mini Rub-ons (Cupcake)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spun Sugar)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jillibean Soup | Tutorial on using your leftovers

Hello and welcome to another blog post. Today I'm continuing the theme of useful ways to use up your leftover papers and embellishments with another tutorial.

DESIGNED FOR | Jillibean Soup
PROJECT | Teddy Layout Tutorial
LINK | Full tutorial can be found HERE








SUPPLIES | Jillibean Soup
Patterned Paper: Cool As A Cucumber/Cool Cucumber, Hip Hummus, Awesome Avacado, Chic Kale, Bite Size Bits
Coordinating Stickers: Cool As A Cucumber
Wood Veneers: Halloween
Wise Words: White Sentiments

SUPPLIES | Other
White Card Stock, Vellum, Embroidery Thread, Corner Punch, Foam Pop Dots
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