Tuesday, 16 August 2016

WRMK Typecast Typewriter

Woot woot, I am sure you have heard the news of the totally amazing new Typecast Typewriter from We R Memory Keepers!

I am incredibly lucky to be able to try one of these out and let me tell you, you NEED to get one these on your letter to Santa. Exclusive to Michael's in the US, they are also available for Aussie retailers to buy right now, so get on the phone to your LSS or keep an eye out for some of the larger chains to pick them up.

This is the black one. It is also available in a super cute light pink.

The range comes with a compliment of stunning papers and accessories. You can see a little haul video of the full collection here. Please mind my accent! Lol. I also think I say the word 'gorgeous' like a hundred times. But it IS! I just love it so much.

Obviously, I had to create with it straight away! It fits a 12x12 sheet in the carriage so here is a page I created, where I have typed straight onto the paper

I've used the Mini Alphabet Punch Board to create the letters for the title. I absolutely love this little fellow as it takes a mini 2.5 x 1.5 inch bit of paper, which is great for scraps!

Here is a little me, looking adoringly at my newborn sister. I loved her so much, I wouldn't let anyone near her. I believed she was 'my baby'.

I've fussy cut some of the florals from the Typecast 12x12 pad and added some gold pops from Pink Paislee's C'est La Vie ephemera pack.

There are heaps of ideas on how to use this incredible line which you can check out on the WRMK blog.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Scrapbook & Cards Today Freebie & Giveaway

Scrapbook & Cards Today Freebie & Giveaway

I'm so happy to be able to share in the fun this month over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. Nicole Nowosad has created an awesome cutfile for us, which is absolutely FREE to download! Here is a peek at the projects I created with the fun circular design and the new We R Memory Keepers 'Urban Chic' collection.

I released the compound path and repeated the images to get lots of circles. I knew I wanted to use the two with the text inside as my title, so I've repeated just the plain circles.

The two text ones, I cut with gold foil cardstock to make them pop.

A bit of stencil detail (new Prima).

There is lots going on on this page. I've added some gold foil semi circles to compliment the title and brought in pops of black to back up the patterned paper.

Thirty five was a year of really big changes for me. "Nobody said it was easy!"

I also used the cut file in this shaker card.

I kept the tray from some mini cheesecakes (yummo, lol) and cut them apart for a rainy day. Inside the dome are some black sequins so my shaker doesn't shout too loudly. I've also used the Urban Chic ephemera, the new Elegant Font Punches (my faves at the moment) and some hand cut florals from a sheet of Urban Chic 'English Garden', which I am obsessed with.

Rush over to the SCT Magazine blog to grab this awesome free cutfile, see Nicole's stunning projects and find out more about the awesome American Crafts giveaway!

Happy crafting

Sunday, 29 May 2016

May Roundup

Sheesh, hasn't this month just flown!

Here is a look at some of the projects that I have created over the last few weeks...

This bright page was up on the Simple Stories blog not that long ago. In the post, I'm talking about using your stash tonally to keep it interesting. Click here to see the full post

This pop up card was heaps of fun to make! You can see the full details here along with the video link of how to put one together yourself. I promise, it's not as complicated as you think!

Simple Stories and Petaloo are having a product swap and there is some amazing inspiration from both teams on both blogs right now. The next two pages combine beautiful blooms and the brand new 'Bloom & Grow' and 'Sunshine & Happiness' collections.

Click here to view the full posts with lots of info on how these pages came together and to enter the competition to win an awesome combination prize from both manufacturers!

Have a special event coming up? What about giving your guests these light up wedding/party favours for a fun, interactive gift. You will find the step by step instructions are over on the We R Memory Keepers blog

Another page from the tonal post over on the Simple Stories blog. This one uses a favourite stencil along with Life in Color collection.

I'll be back soon with some more projects which will be up in the coming weeks.

Til then!

Monday, 2 May 2016

BeYOUtiful - The Cut Shoppe GDT and giveaway

The lovely Ashley Horton from The Cut Shoppe has asked me to Guest this month, how exciting.

I chose two files to play with, 'I'll Fly Away' and 'Just be You'. They were perfect to document my little one's birthday a couple of years ago. Her wish was to play the day away. Starting with a makeover for me and some face painting for her, we had such fun together! I've also used the gorgeous new We R Memory Keepers Flower Girl collection, pulling lots of butterflies and floral elements to compliment the sweet butterfly cut file.

I knew I wanted to use each file a slightly different way. The butterflies would be drawn as a base to give lots of lovely interest without the bulk of an additional layer. I placed both files in a 12x12 file in Silhouette Studio and tweaked the size/positioning until I was happy.

I then created the cut lines for each. I split the complex path of the butterflies and duplicated a couple, rotating them slightly...

By rotating them a bit, it's given them a bit more of an edgier feel which I really like. After they were drawn on my patterned paper, I then coloured a few lightly with some watercolour paint and a water brush pen.

For my title, I've used a sheet of 'Garden Path'. 
The little white dots were just a touch too distracting so I've misted it with Navy Color Shine. This has toned it down nicely, making it much easier to read.

Lots of lovely layers!

It just so happens that today is my birthday and to help celebrate, I'm giving away one of my favourite files from the Cut Shoppe! If you're on Instagram, head over to my feed to leave a comment to enter. The winner will be drawn this Friday 6th at 6pm EST.

Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

I've got a crush on you

A few days before Valentines Day I was chatting and joking with my kids about whether they would be expecting any love letters from secret admirers. My DS responded quickly, informing me that none of the girls like him so he wouldn't be receiving any. I was quietly relieved (there will be plenty of time ahead for girlfriends!!)  and I was quick to inform him that he is my forever Valentine. He stole my heart the minute I first laid eyes on his squishy, slightly purple face! His not-so-secret admirer, I've created this page with the new WRMK Crush papers and ephemera to show him just how much I adore him!

The stars of this page have got to be those Honeycomb paper hearts. WRMK have a selection of colour and size pads to choose from, along with stencils which can help you create a massive assortment of projects. For these hearts, I just tried cutting the heart shape freehand with scissors and was delighted when it worked ok!

Simply fan open and tape each flat side down to your project or alternatively, tape the ends to eachother for a 3 Dimensional item.

I've echoed the beautiful gem shapes in the ephemera pack using the Gem shape die cut in my Evolution Advanced. The lush gold accents compliment this gorgeous collection just beautifully.

 As a final touch, I've used my Heatwave pen tool along with some gold foil to draw some little hearts. A few tips i can share on this tool is really wait for it to heat up properly - it makes all the difference! Also, I tried a few other types of foil with the pen and they didn't work. The special heatwave foil is the best for the job.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, 15 February 2016

Say it with a song

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day to those who marked the 14th on the calendar. It can be so easy to fob the day off, especially since it can feel so over-commercialised, but as the years (and decades) move on, I think it's even more important to show my DH how special he is to me. This year I've made him a 'mixed tape' as a throwback to the time when we first got together. It's got a whole bunch of songs that make me think of him, kicking off with the song we first danced to at our wedding. I've used some seriously cute We R Memory Keepers 'Crush'  Party favor bags and a few other bits from this gorgeous collection.

For the CD cover, I simply traced the disk size onto a bit of white adhesive vinyl. I've chosen vinyl over paper as it has less risk of peeling off over time.

I cut out the shape by hand (in hindsight I should've used my Silhouette to make a more accurate circle, but heyho!) I then went about stamping onto the vinyl with StazOn. It's slippery so be sure to keep that stamp nice and still.

Top decorate my gift bag, I've layered up some elements and created a bow with my 123 Punchboard. The little clothes peg is from the 'Oh Goodie' collection. SO cute - It's tough not to hoard them!

These Crush stickers add the perfect sentiment. The fringe tape is the quickest way to jazz up your projects. The adhesive is already in place, so all you have to do it peel and stick!

I hope he enjoyed his trip down memory lane on his way to work this morning!

Thanks so much for stopping by!