Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Anna's Craft Cupboard | Annabelle Acrylics Feature | November 2019

Hello my lovely blog subscribers and welcome to my blog today! It's been a little while between posts but I just wanted to drop in quickly and share all of my November Anna's Craft Cupboard shares in one place!!

This month I featured lots of the beautiful Annabelle acrylic pieces available exclusively through Anna's and here they are!

First up this fun page "You Have My Heart" featuring Annabelle with the oh so fun "Squeeze The Day" collection by Bella Blvd


You can see the full blog post on the Anna's blog here

And my process video is below


Next was this very mixed media page using a cut file to hand stitch around and some Lindy's products for the mess "Sprinkles & Fairydust"!


Blog post is here on the Anna's blog

And video is below!


3rd up was this page "But First... Coffee" created using the Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey collection and again more Lindy's for my background.


The full blog post is over here on the Anna's blog

While the process video is below


Warning!! This video goes on a bit of personal journey tangent ;)

And lastly was this page "You & Me Silly Selfies" pairing Annabelle with Pink Fresh Studio's "Just A Little Lovely" collection.


Blog post can be read here 

And my video is, again, below.


I hope you have enjoyed my shares for Anna's this month! I really loved playing with those gorgeous acrylic pieces and digging into my Anna's stash of purchased and left over goodies! So fun!

Until next time, happy scrapping and thanks for stopping by!

Melinda
xx 

Friday, 1 November 2019

STB November | Show Us Your Guns!

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today! It's the 1st of November which means a new Scrap The Boys challenge!


This one is super fun! See what I did there?! LOL Here is the page I created!


Now, if you have been following along with me at all on other social media channels you will know that I think both of my boys are Super Heroes and have recently scrapped a couple of photos with that exact sentiment so I did struggle a little with this! 


I started with the colours and the idea of Super Heroes and "Boom". I picked this photo and a collection but it wasn't working for me. So I shifted gears a little and ran with the idea of the "Boom!" action bubble image. I googled something to get an image I could use and while I was doing that inspiration hit!!! Why do I HAVE to use the red and yellow? Most of the time that is not my boy! So, pink and aqua it is!!!


And unicorns lol Which immediately made me think of the Shimelle Glitter Girl collection! I pulled out my 12x12 Project pad and off I went!


I added in some mixed media in the background in yellow. Then one of the lenticular pieces from the ephemera pack as well as a tag. I found a couple of rubber pieces from Cocoa Vanilla Studio that worked well, some lightening acrylic shapes from Annabelle and added in my title and my page was done!


You can see my process in the video below! Grab a cuppa and I hope you enjoy!


Make sure you head over here for all of the incredible inspiration from the DT and to load up your take on this challenge! Also, make sure you are following STB on FB here and Insta here!

I hope I have inspired you to play along this month, until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

STB October 2019 | Super Awesome

Hey my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today!! My share today is for the Scrap The Boys October challenge.


I just love sketches so was excited when I saw that this was the challenge for this month! Here is my take


You can see I have stuck very closely to the sketch but yet still made it a definite "Melinda page"


I jumped into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio "boy" stash, specifically to start with my "Boys Rule" collection which I just LOVE!!


I've used papers Happy Go Lucky, Good Times and Straight & Narrow for my 3 biggest background pieces and just love that pop of lime green in the middle!


This was all looking way too clean for me so I grabbed a couple of stamps and some black Versafine ink and stamped in a couple of pieces on my background layers. I've also added some splatters using green, blue and a grey.


I've used a couple more paper layers, one scrap from a 12x12 and some from the 6x8 paper pad. I added in a few ephemera pieces for layers as well.


My title pieces came from the CVS You Rock collection and so too did the film strip tucked into my layers.


I added in my journalling to one of the cut aparts from the 6x8 paper pad, right where the middle photo is on the sketch. And finally, some enamel shapes sprinkled around. So excited, I FINISHED a package of something lol


Unfortunately, due to some stupid tech issues I have no video for this page but I still hope you enjoyed!! Touch wood, all my tech issues seem to be sorted now so more videos coming soon!!

Make sure you head over here for the other girls' takes on this fun sketch and to enter your own page for this months challenge. Remember, I may have followed the sketch very closely but if it inspires you in another way just go for it and enjoy the process!!!

Until the next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Anna's Craft Cupboard | Bella Blvd - Squeeze The Day | September 2019

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today!

I know it's been a little while and my sharing has not been particularly consistent but we have had a lot happening around here and I am doing what I can when I can and enjoying the process.

You may have noticed that my blog in general has just gotten less use, especially if you have been around a little while. There are reasons for that and one of those is simply that sharing on my blog is not my favourite platform to share on as I don't get much feedback and it doesn't really start any conversations with other creatives!

If, however you follow me on any of my other social media platforms you will have seen that this month I am up on the Anna's Craft Cupboard blog again. I got to play with the fun Bella Blvd Squeeze The Day collection and have created the following layouts


First up was this fun pun page created of my youngest "Orange You The Sweetest"


You can find the full blog post on the Anna's blog here

And the process video is below


Next up was another very bright and messy page "Fruit & Vegemite Lunches"


You can find the full blog post on the Anna's blog here

And, of course, the process video below


Third was another dark background! I just love the way the bright colours pop off the dark background pattern paper. And a title from the Annabelle acrylic collection "Full of Sass"


Blog post on the Anna's blog is here

And YT process video is below


And finally this bright and happy page "Love You" using another Annabelle acrylic title


You can see the complete blog post on the Anna's blog here

And YT process video is below



I think in every video I mention that I didn't choose this collection, Bri did but I love it! The bright bold colours and themed icons really had me scratching my head for a little bit until I decided to just run with it! Hence, my first page "Orange You The Sweetest" lol

You can find the Bella Blvd collection over here in the Anna's store.

And all of the Annabelle acrylics live here in the store.

If you'd like to follow Anna's on their social media profiles here is a list for you with all clickable links!

Store: www.annascraftcupboard.com.au
Blog: www.annascraft.com.au
Anna’s Craft Cupboard Community FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/annascraftcupboardcommunity/
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/annascraftcupboard/

And if you don't yet follow me on all of my socials I'd love for you to join me! Again, links to follow!

Blog: www.melindasweetman.blogspot.com
FB page – To The Stars and Back: https://www.facebook.com/tothestarsandbackms/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m_sweetman/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsr3iyOFoYPK46t1imtGX7w

As always, thank you ever so much for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed my shares for this month for Anna's and I look forward to sharing more creations as I make them!

Have a fantastic scrappy day/weekend/night!
Melinda
xx

Sunday, 1 September 2019

STB September 2019 | You Make My {Heart} Smile

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome back to my blog today!! 

My first share for September is for Scrap The Boys and this months challenge is all about the flowers! 


Now, if you had told me only about 2 years ago I would be using lots of flowers on my boy pages I would have laughed at you but, oh boy, I just LOVE this page and love, love, love all those florals!


I have used another cut file from CUT to YOU paired with the gorgeous Paige Evans Whimsical collection. I chose this collection because I didn't get much of it but I did make sure I grabbed the gorgeous floral ephemera pack which I have both been busting to use and hoarding lol


I had this sweet photo of my oldest boy with his new cousin and thought this was a perfect match for this challenge and this collection so printed the photo the right size to back the heart in this cut file.


I used a little bit of mixed media in the background using the packaging technique after using a little bit of white gesso. I've used 2 Shimmerz paints in a yellow and an orange-yellow. 


And then I layered up those gorgeous florals. There wasn't much rhyme or reason to which florals I chose though I did try to make sure that I didn't put the same colour on top of the same colour and I did intentionally only choose the florals without the white border.


You can see my process video either on my YT channel or simply hit play below


Make sure you pop over to the STB blog for ALL of the gorgeous inspiration provided for you by the amazing DT and that is also where you can link up your take on this month's challenge!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, happy scrapping!

Melinda
x



Thursday, 29 August 2019

STB August 2019 | Superheroes In Disguise

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome back to my blog again today!

Today's share is for the August 2019 Scrap The Boys challenge. 


This month we have this striking mood board to play along with. What does it say to you? What will you create?


I immediately fell in love with the colour palette, the stripes and for some reason the skyline made me think of superheroes so I pulled out a photo of my oldest wearing a bubble wrap cape!


I picked up the gorgeous Heidi Swapp Wolf Pack collection a little while ago so I had been busting to crack into that and this mood board just worked perfectly!


I've used 2 of the pattern papers as my main back ground. 


I created the word "Superheroes" in Silhouette Studio and backed that with papers from the 6x6 paper pad to form part of my title. Finishing my title off with some Doodlebug flat alphas and some AC "Happy Life" mini thickers.


With the big title I didn't feel like I needed to add too much more so a few stickers, some tangled silver thread, my journalling and some stitching around the edge and my page is done.


Oh, I forgot the silver and white ink splatters!


You can see my process below or head over to my YT channel if you'd like to watch over there!


Anyways, it's now almost the end of the month - oops, I forgot to push "publish" so I do hope you've had time to play along!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda

x

Thursday, 1 August 2019

K+ August Challenge | Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Hey, hey my scrappy friends and welcome back to my blog today where I am sharing my first make for August which is for K+ Challenges!


The challenge for August is Rock a bye and be inspired by Nursery Rhymes!

For some reason it took me ages to settle on the rhyme I wanted to use when really it should have simple! This quote is up on my youngest child's bedroom wall lol


When the Nursery Rhyme came to me this page come together super quickly as I knew I wanted to scrap this photo of me with my newest nephew, Hugo. I chose soft, baby blues and stars (of course!) and got to work.


I love all of the tone on tone blues (mostly the same product too!) on that Kraft cardstock!! Here are a few close ups of my page!




And you can see my process over on my YT channel here or you can simply click play below and enjoy!



I can't wait to see your take on this fun challenge this month so make sure to head over to both the K+ blog and FB Community to share!

I hope you have enjoyed and I'll be back again soon with another share! 

Until then, happy scrapping!!
Mel
xx