Thursday, 27 October 2016

Be Still My Heart (The Cut Shoppe DT)

Hello hello!  I'm up on The Cut Shoppe Blog today with this sweet layout featuring a daisy chain.  I used the Love Always collection to scrap this photo of Brielle that I took when I bought her some new hair clips, and she had to wear them all at once!  I created the daisy chain from the flower in the cut file set, by replicating it, arranging it in a circle and welding it together on my Silhouette software. 

Here is one close up of the daisy chain.  It's not perfect, but neither are real daisy chains!  I popped the centre of each flower up on a pop dot.  

Here is the cut file, you can also purchase this set pre-cut if you don't have a digital die cutting machine.  You can purchase the cut file in the Etzy store here.

Head on over to the blog to see more details and close-up photos of my layout!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 21 October 2016

A Special Gift (Sizzix UK)

Hello!  I finally have another project to share for Sizzix UK, and for this one I wanted to make a special present for a new baby.  The baby girl's name is River, and my creative goal was to make something classic and simple.  I cut several "R's" on my Silhouette Cameo and then layered them on top of each other with liquid adhesive.  Then the fun part of embellishing with Paige Evan's "Take me Away" collection.

I used the Sizzix Bigz Heartfelt Die, to cut the two little hearts.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Today (Lets Get Sketchy DT)

Hello!  I'm a little late posting this post, but we had our third sketch reveal over at Lets Get Sketchy this week.  We had another awesome sketch by Brenshevia, and I loved playing with my Kellie Kit, which I will explain after I show you my layout.  I used lots of Amy Tangerine "Oh Happy Life", and some Dear Lizzy "Fine & Dandy".  The photos are of Sam at the Hobbiton movie set.  He's a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and it was a dream come true for him to visit.

Here is the sketch.

My friend Kellie from the Gold Coast, Australia sent me a box of scrappy goodness, including Amy Tangerine's "Oh Happy Life", some Dear Lizzy, coloured doilies and other fun bits and bobs.  I decided to keep the goodies together, and also added some embellishments from my stash.  I've made a video of the kit below.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

First Day of School (The Cut Shoppe DT)

Hello!  I'm back to share my first layout for October over at The Cut Shoppe, and this month I'm finally getting onto scrapping Sam and his first day of school photos (from February this year).   Sam was particularly very happy that I was finally making a page for him!!

I used the "You've Been Schooled" cut file, which you can purchase in the Etsy store here.  I just had to use the main title for my title!  I dug into my stash and used the Boys Rule collection from Crate Paper, which may just be my favourite boy line ever!  I backed the open letters in the title with papers from the 6x6 paper pad.  I've been very inspired by Missy Whidden lately, and did the packaging technique with my water colours to create my background.

Here is a close up of my title.

Here is the cut file.

You can read more and see more photos over on The Cut Shoppe Blog.   Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Fun (Pink Paislee "Take Me Away")

Hello!  Now that I'm not designing for a kit club I've had a little extra time to play and create layouts for myself.  I've also started going to a fortnightly craft night with three of my lovely creative friends, and its been awesome just to play without filming a video or scrapping for an assignment.

I made this layout over two crafting sessions, and I used the I'll Fly Away cut file from The Cut Shoppe with the gorgeous Pink Paislee "Take Me Away" collection my Paige Evans.  This collection may have just taken over from Dear Lizzy's "Lucky Charm" as my favourite collection of all time - I just adore the colour palette and gorgeous patterns!

I chose to scrap a photo of Brielle playing with her beloved play dough, and to be honest I created background cut file before I even knew which photo I was going to scrap.

This page didn't need much embellishment, because the butterflies are really the main feature (aside from my photo).

I struggled with where to place my journalling with this one, but the addition of the bottom triangle really helped the placement.  I was also indecisive about whether I should outline the page in pen, but I'm so happy I did because it helps to ground the entire page!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Forever & Always (Lets Get Sketchy)

Hello!  Hope you're having a lovely day wherever you are in the world!  Its Thursday afternoon here and today I'm sharing my layout for this week's sketch reveal over at Lets Get Sketchy.  I was too sick to make my layout in time for the reveal.  Last week I got a virus, and then started vomiting and couldn't stop for 5 days.  On Thursday I went into our local hospital for IV fluid, but as I still wasn't better by Sunday I had to go down to the maternity ward at Invercargill Hospital.  I was treated for hyperemesis again (at 32 weeks pregnant), and was given lots of anti-nausea medication and more fluid.  I got released on Monday and came home feeling so much better.  I was starving after not being able to eat for 5 days.

So I decided to play along with the sketch anyway, because I loved it so much.  I used the Love Always collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio (totally enabled by Hey Nae Daily after I watched her haul video on YouTube!).  I scrapped a really old photo of Shaun and I from 2004, pre-kids and taken when we were up at Mum and Dad's for Shaun's Granddad's 90th birthday.

I had so much fun with my embellishment clusters on this one!

I loved layering up the ephemera pieces.

Here is the sketch.

And I even made a process video.

Thanks so much for looking!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Clique Kits September Blog Share

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Its time for the September Pep Rally with the gorgeous Moon Child kit.  This is my last DT duty with Clique Kits, and I want to say I've loved my term and have had so much fun creating with their amazing kits!  I'll miss the leadership team and the other girls on the DT.

Here is a look at the kit, featuring Pretty Little Studio, Kaisercraft, Kesi Art, Fancy Pants, Dear Lizzy and my favourite exclusive paper designed by Nicole.

We had a challenge theme this month to design a project about someone we "Love to the Moon & Back".  At first I was going to scrap my husband, but I didn't have a recent suitable photo, and to make matters more difficult my printer is currently broken.  So I scrapped our three kids holding the 12 week scan photo of our new baby arriving in November.  This page is an 8x8 layout for my 2016 Grateful Album (which I'm very behind on due to pregnancy related illness).

I also made this layout about my adventures in adult ballet lessons.  The fussy cut flower is from the packaging of the Pretty Little Studio tiny words,  and I was delighted to discover it when the word sheet came off.  I really wanted to focus on the exclusive "Dream" cut file.

I also made a mini album about my son's trip to Hobbiton (The Hobbit was filmed in the North Island of New Zealand), but due to having the flu and hyperemesis I wasn't able to finish it in time.  My plan is to finish it and share it on my blog and YouTube channel as soon as I'm done.

Here is the line up for the blog share.

September 2016 Line-Up
Clique Kits
Gia Lau
Erica Thompson
Nicole Martel

*Marcia Dehn-Nix
Kim Allen
*Melissa Vining  >>> You're Here!<<<
*Donna Espiritu
*Leigh Ann Odynski
Sandy Gonzalez
*Elisabetta Margini
*Aliza Deutsch
Sara Mishler

Thanks so much for looking!  Thanks again to Erica, Nicole, Lacey & Gia.  Designing for you has truely been a dream come true!  I'm looking forward to keeping in touch on Instagram!