Monday, April 29, 2013

Design Team - Molossi Chipboard!

I am thrilled to announce that I have been lucky enough to join the Design Team at Molossi Designs to feature their chipboard range.  I'm so  as excited about this opportunity and showcasing the wonderful new chipboard designs Molossi produce.  Chipboard is a relatively new addition to the Molossi range and is growing on a daily basis.  They have a wonderful blog - pop over and check it out and also a facebook page -!/pages/Molossi/205866299435293?fref=ts

I look foward to sharing more Molossi news in the coming days, weeks and months :)

Thank you Suzanne & Josh for the opportunity to join you and the other designers - I can't wait to get stuck into it.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Back to school and back to busy

Well school has been back a week in sunny Qld and we are back to our usual routines.  The dance eisteddfod season kicks off in a little over a week and I'm sure the next time I look up we will be preparing for Christmas concert.

Scrapwise I've been busy playing with the new nestabilities dies I received a few weeks back and learning the tricks to making the most of them.  Pinterest has been a blessing and a curse these last few weeks as a troll for inspiration using these dies.  Here is a couple of cards I've scraplifted from Pinterest using the Nestabilities Decorative Label 8 die and the ornate squares dies - looooove both these dies. 

this card was inspired by one by which I found via Pinterest on the Splitcoast Stampers website - always a wealth of inspiration!  So easy with the use of just two of the ornamental squares dies, patterned paper, cardstock and a varnished butterfly cut from a Prima patterned paper.

These two cards were created using the Nestabilities Decorative Labels 8 dies - again simply stunning dies which do all the work for you.
This card was inspired by one again via Pinterest from Splitcoast Stampers and the artist I was inspired by was Beate Johns.
I did however have a problem with this die in creating the shaped card idea which I studied many a video from Spellbinders on.  However, I was lucky enough to follow a link from their website back to the blog of one of their talented design team - Linda Lucas.    I sent Linda a message enquiring how to get a clean cut through the back of the card and she very kindly got straight back to me and told me to cut the die once, remove from the machine and rotate the die 90 degrees and then feed back through the machine a 2nd time - it works!!!! so simple and fabulous result.  Thank you so much Linda for this help, has made it much easier to get a great result with these intricate dies.  If you've never investigated the Spellbinders website - do yourself a favour.  Go to their blog and they have heaps and heaps of step by step tutorials on how to recreate the gorgeous cards and layouts on display there and of course the stunning work of Linda and the rest of the Spellbinders Design Team.
I continued on the card run this week with a quick few cards created from a tutorial by Jane Clark for Aussie Scrap Source using an older paper but again a die - this time the Tim Holtz film strip
Next was a challenge between my girlfriend Michele and I at the end of a crop night to create one more card inpsired by something we saw on Pinterest.  I must say neither card ended up looking like the one that inspired us but isn't that was being creative is all about??  Here's my card
and my final card for the week - again a Pinterest inspired one.  This one for a male birthday
Again the die cutting machine got a work out with the stars being from the Couture Creations star collection.  Freehand banners, a Kaisercraft happy Birthday stamp, some patterned paper, ink and a few buttons and of course a bit of embroidery thread.
So, with all this cardmaking you might ask if I've given up scrapbooking - no, definitely not.  This week's scrapbook page is another to add to my book about me.  I am gradually creating pages on all the important people in my life.  I used a quote challenge over at Mad About Scrapping to help me finish this layout on a dear friend whom I've known since I was a teenager.  The quote was "Friends are like stars, you don't always see them but you always know they are there".  Perfect for this particular friend as we go many years without seeing each other but I treasure him and his friendship very much.
Some of the Kaisercraft Tropicana range used here, some handcutting, Tim Holtz rosette die, Bella cork lettering and Martha Stewart border punch.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments - they mean so much xx

Friday, April 5, 2013

Birthdays, banners and butterflies

This week at our house is dominated by friend's birthdays - we have 5 to celebrate this week! and one of our girls celebrates her birthday next Monday.   So, it was back to the scraproom to create some kids cards that will hopefully put a smile on the dial of the birthday girls and boys.

I did notice when I went to photograph them that there was a bit of a butterfly theme happening for the girls and banners for the boys - I suppose when you are on a roll you just have to go with it.

Add to these lot two a butterfly card which I've posted here previously starring a Purple Pumpkin embellishment and another card which I forgot to photograph before I darted out and handed it over the other day featuring an embossed background similar to the pink and black one above but all in whites and pinks and my butterfly theme is complete :)

One of the young boys celebrating is a Trash Packs fan - I have never come across this range before so I had fun researching a character to feature for his card.   I have found recently that where I usually reach for flowers to complete a feminine card, washi tape is my go to product for masculine stuff.  It added the perfect finishing touch for both the boys cards this week.

Tonight being Friday means I can escape back to my scrap room and am relieved from school holidays activities for a few brief hours.  Let's hope my mojo kicks in and I can actually scrap a layout before I return to my never ending April of cards ......