Wintery Art Journal Page with Washi Background

Today I felt like creating something with a photo of my cat taken over Christmas - who can resist a holiday snap! I decided to use this as an opportunity to have a little play and experiment with a few new techniques and ideas in my art journal. I think the key to this one was the mixed media layered background using washi and deco tape, light molding paste, watercolor paint and sprays, to add soft and subtle color. Let... Read more →

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Use Paper Scraps to Create a Bargello Card

Today we are looking at a simple way to use some of those beautiful paper scraps we all collect. You know you have them, stashed in a draw, bucket or folder, all those pretty pieces you couldn't throw away because they were too lovely, the paper was expensive or you might use that one day... Well, that day is today - so go and grab those fabulous paper scraps and join me in making a paper Bargello card - Sparkle... Read more →

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Stencil and Masks - What's The Difference?

To kick off the K.I.S.S.ing Class (that's Keep It Simple Sparkly) I thought we would take a quick look at Masks and Stencils and find out what's the difference between the two. For something that many of us use so often, it can be a little bit challenging to wrap our heads around what is a mask and what is a stencil. Masks and stencils are amazingly fabulous art tools that help you reproduce a particular pattern, image, design or... Read more →

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Creative Cardmaking Basics Starts January 23rd

I'm so excited! I had so many people asking me why I was so quiet in the last quarter of 2016 - well it's because I was busily working away on my very first online class, being hosted over at Big Picture Classes! What's the class about? Well you all know I love my supplies - all of them! I thought I'd start by showing new card makers how to use their basic supplies in a few different ways to... Read more →

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Lindy's and Imaginarium Blog Hop: Black and White Layout

Welcome to the 2016 Lindy's and Imaginarium Hop - a match made in heaven with fabulous chipboard elements from Imaginarium Designs and gorgeous sprays, paints and powders from Lindys! This HOP is massive! Come and join the fun with the amazing Design Teams from Lindy's and Imaginarium Designs combining their creative forces for a massive blog hop and it's starting RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW! There are prizes galore and so many stunning projects to inspire you! It's so easy... Read more →

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3 Tips for Drawing Attention to Your Photo on a Busy Layout

Want to create a simple black and white scrapbook layout, that's heavy on the texture and draws attention to your photo? Well, that's what I'm going to create today - so join me in having a play, whip out those sprays, reach for your embossing powders and have your embellishments at the ready. Today I'm creating a layout using minimal color, Black, White and a touch of Gold (vintage, bright and matt) and the sparkle for this project (because you... Read more →

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3 Ways to Create Vintage Grunge Effects using Lindy's Stamp Gang Products

Today I'm going to look at 3 different ways to create vintage or grunge effects using your Lindy's Stamp Gang products. Now there are WAY more than 3 ways to do this, but I thought I'd share my 'go to' techniques, the ones that always work, are practically fool-proof and are all quick to do - the result, instant vintage grungy goodness for any project. 1. Vintage / Grunge Background Begin by glueing scraps of paper onto a tag (or... Read more →

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Simple Butterfly Tag using Limor Webber Stamps

The LSG Challenge colours for April are just so fresh and vibrant - I was really looking forward to playing with some of these! So to have a little fun! This is the first project I've been able to complete having moved into our new house. ** CONFESSION ** I haven't finished putting everything away just yet and the majority of the room is a hideous mess - but I'm working on it. By necessity I could only work on... Read more →

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Scrapbook Layout: Simple Page using Neon Graffiti

Today I'm playing with a clean and simple scrapbooking layout using Limor Webber's new Neon Graffiti set of Flat Fabios from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Now these neon's are bright, and I mean REALLY bright - the colours are luscious, intense and bold. My first impulse when I received the new colours was to use them the same way I normally do (ie spray it everywhere!) - I quickly found out that when dealing with NEON colours, that less is more!... Read more →

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LSG & 7 Dots Studio Creative Hop

Welcome to LSG & 7 Dots Studio Creative hop! We are so excited to have to amazing companies team up for a full day of creativity. This hop will surely get your creative juices flowing so head on over to all these incredibly talented crafters to check out how they've combined the beautiful lines by 7 Dots Studio with Lindy's Stamp Gang products, it's a match made in color heaven! We have a little surprise for you! We would love... Read more →

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Gothic Valentine Tag

I told you before I am on a tag roll, I just can't seem to help it, they are so much fun :O) This grungy gothic tag created for Halloween is my latest creation... It uses so many Ranger products I thought it might just be perfect to enter into the Tim Holtz' 12 tags of 2012 challenge for October. What I used: Sweet Pea Stamp image by Anna Marine - Priceless Treasure Prismacolor Pencils for colouring main image Skin:... Read more →

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Pretty in Pink Tag

Hmm you can tell when I'm working on projects for a craft show, as the blog goes rather quiet. I've just returned from Melbourne Paperific and I will be posting a few of the projects I created over the next weeks. Up until recently making tags didn't interest me all that much - now I can't make enough of these beautiful little treasures, I've even considering making Christmas tags instead of Christmas cards. Today I thought I'd create a tag... Read more →

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Jane Girl Tag using Distress Markers

I may have gone slightly umm product crazy on this tag - but I had sooo much fun creating this! The stamp is one of a new line by one of my favourite people Jane Davenport. She has bought out 3 stamps so far and I hope more to come - I'm crossing my fingers her Panda Hug image from her sidekick collection will be next! What I used: Little Birdy Jane Girl Stamp Distress Markers: Forest Moss, Shabby Shutters,... Read more →

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Girls Giggle

OK - anyone who has ever been to one of my classes or demos, would have seen me using at least one of the products from Lindy's Stamp Gang: Moonshadow Mists, Starburst Stains or Moonglow Embossing Powders - yes I love the sparkly shimmery rich colours I admit it! Well I was lucky enough to have the lovely Lindy ask me to make some Scrapbook pages for her, this is one of them. I was so upset to learn that... Read more →

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Basic Stamping Kit for Cardmaking Beginners

When you first start card making it can be a little overwhelming. There are just so many supplies, options and styles these days that knowing where to begin and what to buy can be a little daunting. So I've created a list of items any stamper should have in their basic stamping kit - these items allow you to have a go at most techniques and achieve a wide range of stamping 'looks'. As you try more things you will... Read more →

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Vintage Virginia - Salted Background on Scrapbook Page

OK I just had to do this, I received my new Tim Holtz Stickles and had a beautiful photo of my Grandmother, just begging to be used... this is the result. Products: Cardstock: Tablex, Bazzil Rub-ons: Basic Grey, Chatterbox Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz #V4-1096, PSX Affirmations #K-3237 Ink: Ranger Distress Inkpad, Versamark Other: Judikins Amazing Glaze, photo on matte card, chipboard swirl, Distress reinkers, Distress embossing powder, Distress stickles, scissors, Opals embossing powder , Krylon gold leafing pen, pearl... Read more →

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