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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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The colour of white!

Doodlebug recently challenged it's designers to work with one colour and really showcase how a single hue can make a strong statement on our projects. Now I put my hand up for Lily White which seemed like a good idea at the time...

DESIGNED FOR | Doodlebug Design Inc
PROJECT | Colour Challenge Layout




... until I struggled with getting the design to work on a white background. So, I had to deviate from the plan just a little and use coloured cardstock to make the white pop.


WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM | My doodle pad. As I've mentioned before, I cannot start a project without having a design drawn on paper so I spend quite some time scribbling down ideas until something resonates with me.




Finally I had some fun adding splashes of white ink to soften the overall appearance of the circle around my photo.

SUPPLIES | Doodlebug
Cardstock: Swimming Pool, Limeade
Patterned Paper & Embellishments using all things Lily white.

SUPPLIES | Other
Mister Huey's Color Mist - Opaque White
Embroidery Thread


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sent with care...

Hello and welcome... hope you are all enjoying the weekend? It's already Sunday evening here in Australia and I'm scratching my head wondering where the past few days have gone? Time just seems to be going so quickly and I seem to be getting behind in my posts again. This card was on the Hampton Art blog recently!

DESIGNED FOR | Hampton Art
PROJECT | Card (Sent With Care)


I wanted to create a very subtle card to suit the sentiment so decided to use a repetitive pattern of the butterfly starting from the boldest colour working down to the palest which would lead the eye down to the wording.

Each piece was stamped and heat embossed before I put it through my hand embossing machine to use the cutting die before adhering to the card using a foam pop dot.


Although I wanted to use black ink for the sentiment I felt that if left with 100% density it might be too overpowering so I stamped off some of the ink and used the second impression on my card.


Once everything was in place I felt that the design was missing something so after a few trials with sequins and epoxy dots I settled on adding a few mini pearls to the card.

SUPPLIES | Hampton Art
Hampton Art/Spellbinders Shapeabilities IC0184
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup Clear Stamps (Irish Farm House Soup) JB0013
Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup Kraft Card Stock

SUPPLIES | Other
ColorBox/Doodlebug Pigment Ink (Beetleblack, Limeade, Swimming Pool, Tangerine)
Doodlebug Mini Pearls
Neenah Solar White Card Stock
Zing Embossing Powder (Apricot, Cricket, Powder)


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Exciting News...

I'm back... having been away for five days at the wedding of my niece and then on to visit a beautiful friend. So, during that time I missed being able to share my exciting news!


I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining this amazing group of talented women on the Chickaniddy Crafts Team.

ME

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washi Tape Tutorial and Winners Announced!

It's the day you've been waiting for... to find out who has won the give-aways, but before I go into that (yes I'm keeping you in suspense) I have a layout to share that was recently on the Doodlebug blog for the Tuesday Tutorial segment. If you would like to view the complete tutorial you'll find the link below.

DESIGNED FOR | Doodlebug Design Inc
PROJECT | Chevron Washi Tape Layout
LINK | Tuesday Tutorial


Gosh it seems like only yesterday that I was young and gravity was doing its job holding me together in a youthful way... now I'm twice as old as I was back then and in all honesty, my gravitational pull has headed south!


Now don't be afraid to use your washi tape because isn't that the reason you bought it in the first place?



SUPPLIES | Doodlebug
Washi Tape Chevron Assortment - Bumblebee, Cupcake, Lilac, Limade, Swimming Pool
Patterned Paper - Kraft in Color (Bumblebee Flower/Stripe)
6x6 Paper Pad - Kraft in Color
Candy Shoppe Mini Rub-ons - Swimming Pool
Expressions Rub-ons


I would like thank everyone for stopping by and entering the give-aways and leaving such beautiful comments which were truly appreciated.

Congratulations goes to:

Sandra Scott - Doodlebug Doily Giveaway
Jean Bullock - Doodlebug Doily Giveaway
Claire Apostoloff - Blog Hop Giveaway

Could each winner please email me their details as soon as possible to
melindaspinks1@gmail.com



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