Tuesday, 14 May 2019

CUT to YOU | Together

Hello fellow creatives I'm so happy you have visited me here today! I'm sharing another 12x12 layout for CUT to YOU and playing along with the Scrap The Girls May challenge as CTY is this months sponsor.



We had this sketch to play along with and as soon as I saw I thought one of the brand new cut files would be perfect so I cut the Frames Background cut file on white card stock.




And here is my page! I've gotta be honest and say that this is nothing like what I had "planned" out in my head but I do really love it! I kinda got a bit carried away painting lol




I wanted to crack into my Cocoa Vanilla Studio Happiness collection so pulled out the pattern paper with ALL the colours and matched those as best I could with some Distress Ink Pads. I've used Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.




I had intended on colouring just the full blooms in this cut and backing the open ones but, like I said, I got carried away with my painting! The technique I have used to colour is super easy. All I did was smoosh my ink pad onto my craft mat and then used a water colour brush to pick up the colour and paint it onto my cut file. Easy!




I made sure I had different shades of the colours happening which just mean applying a second or third coat and then blending the edges and I really love how this turned out!




I have backed the main frame with the photo of my Mum, my sister (little sister that is lol), myself and my Aunty from my Mum's birthday lunch earlier this year and then backed all of the other frames with pattern papers from the Happiness collection. I ended up backing the open flowers with some plain vellum and love the softness it adds.




I also had other plans for the background paper! I was going to use the beautiful wood grain that is in this collection but when I happened to move my cut file to find something it ended up on this gorgeous pattern and I just LOVED the way it looked! So I shifted gears again!
I popped the cut file up on some old cardboard for dimension adding layers to the pieces that were the furthest away from the centre and then leaving the open leaves and flowers without any adhesive.
Before I stuck that down however I decided I wanted to mute out some of that pattern a little bit so I used some white gesso and my finger to spread some behind where all of my page elements were going and then stuck down the cut file.




Finally, some embellishing. With all the pattern on the background paper I didn't want to add too much so I simply used my Pixscan mat in my Cameo software to fussy cut some butterflies from on of the other pattern papers and added of those (in pink) to the centre of the big open flowers.
I added tassles from the ephemera pack (OMG aren't they gorgeous!), a title piece from the Midnight collection as well as a sticker that says Wonderful. I pulled in a couple of wood grain labels from my stash to add my journalling, added in some white ink splatters and my page was done! I also have a process video for you linked below so I do hope you will pop over and that you enjoy!




That is it for me for today. This page turned out completely different to what I had envisioned but I really do love the end result and love that I got this photo scrapped! Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!



Melinda
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Anna's Craft Cupboard | Simple Stories - Oh Happy Day | May 2019

Hello, hello my scrappy friends!!

It's been my turn over on the Anna's Craft Cupboard blog again this week featuring the layouts I created using the oh so fun and vibrant Simple Stories Oh Happy Day collection.

First up I had this floral number called "Remember, You've Got This" A pretty page and a little reminder to myself. With somewhere to write. That is hidden ;)



You can find the full blog post over here and you can see the process video below



Second was this one! A fun page (I just love, love, love this photo!!) of my biggest guys 9th birthday!



You can see the full blog post over on the Anna's blog here and you can see my process video below



Next up was this fun Easter page! If you have followed me a little while you will know that every year we set a trap for the Easter Buuny. And every year we fail to catch him lol



The full blog post on the Anna's blog is here and my process video is below



And lastly for this month is another Easter page. I seriously just couldn't go past the adorable Annabelle acrylic shapes. Aren't those bunnies the cutest?!



Full blog post is here and my process video is below


I hope that you have enjoyed these shares this week! I know I had lots of fun playing with this fun and bright collection which you can find over in the Anna's Craft Cupboard store here!

This post is going live on Mother's Day so however you celebrate, with whoever you celebrate I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day today!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel

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Friday, 3 May 2019

STB May 2019 | Oh My Heart

Hello, hello!!! Welcome back to my blog once again today! 

As it is the beginning of a new month I have another DT project to share with you and this one is for Scrap The Boys! Being May it is all about Mother's Day!


I went back through my archives of photos and found one of my first Mother's Day when I had 2 babies to love and decided to scrap that! I love the way my big guy is looking at my little guy and the cheeky grin on the little guys face ;)


As you can see I have used a cut file as the main part of my background and this, of course, has come from CUT to YOU. This is an older file called Floral Filled Heart #2 but I just love it and am so excited that I got it onto a page!

I have used, almost exclusively, Cocoa Vanilla Studio goodies to pull this page together and really love the end result! You can see my page come together below in my process video.


As I mentioned in my last post, life has been nothing short of busy so another short and sweet blog post today with lots of photos! I do hope you enjoy!






Head over here for this month's STB challenge and to see all of the other amazing DT inspiration that has been shared! Also, that is where you will need to go upload your take on the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by and see you again very soon ;)

Melinda
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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Kraft+ May 2019 | Holly Jolly

Hello, hello and welcome to my blog today!

Once again it's a new month and I have my first share for the month for Kraft+ Challenges and I seriously had so much FUN putting this page together!


We have this great sketch and colour combo to play with this month and I hope you find it as inspirational as I did!!


The colour combo made me think of Christmas so I hunted through my photo stash and found this one of my little guys chatting to Santa from last year and ran with that and came up with this

Like I said, I had SO MUCH FUN putting this together and you can see my full process below, just hit play!


And here are a few close ups!






This post is a bit short this month, we've had a lot happening with school holidays, Easter, ANZAC Day and, of course, my big craft room move (if you'd like to see my new space click here!) and life!!! 

Make sure you head over here to the K+ blog for this month's challenge inspiration post and to load up your take on this fun sketch!

I hope you enjoyed my share today and I will be back again soon with another!
Until then, happy scrapping!

Mel
xx

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

CUT to YOU | Live For Today

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today! Today I have another share for CUT to YOU and for this page I have used an older cut file called Live For Today.
I cut this in black card a while ago and thought it was perfect for these photo's of my biggest child. First up I backed the open letters of my title using some patterned paper I had picked out to work with the colours in my photos.
I worked out where the photos and title were going to be placed and added some white gesso to my back ground paper, smudging the edges with my finger for a softer finish. I also added a small amount to the top left of the page. I've used the packaging technique and a paint brush to add colour onto the gesso'ed back ground paper with some mists and paints from my stash. You can see how that all came together in my process video, linked below!

After adding my mixed media I added a couple of paper layers and some tissue paper behind the small photos. I stuck all the photos and title together to make it easier to maneuver around my page.
I added some more messy fun to the back ground after it was dry with some stamping in black and splatters in matching colours.
With the title and photos being one big cluster that made it easy to work out exact placement and next it was time to embellish. I grabbed a couple of spools of thread (green and blue to match my back ground) and added 3 messy clusters of tangled thread and then hunted for the longest time for something else to add.
In my bag of already cut CTY cuts I found these great little geo leaves from the Wild Geometric cut file and decided they would be perfect! I backed the leaves in matching papers and then added those in my 3 main clusters over the top of my thread. Then using some wet glue I stuck the thread, title and photos and geo leaves.
I felt like my title wasn't popping enough so I grabbed a white paint pen and outlined the whole file and love the extra attention it brings to the title! Oh, and white splatters in the background ;)
A few sprinkles of stickers, word strips, enamel shapes and my journalling and my page is done!
I hope you have enjoyed my share today, I love these photo's of my little goof ball and I love the finished page!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda
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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Kraft + April 2019 | Our Little Junior Knight

Hey everyone and welcome back for my second share for April! 

This one is my take on this month's fun challenge for Kraft Plus Challenges.


And here is my page


This page was SUPER fun for me to put together! I didn't really have much of a plan which left me lots of room to just play! And get messy!!


I was inspired by the main image in the inspiration piece - the colours (the green with the pops of black and yellow and the bold white lettering), the messy smeared on look of the paint and really artsy feel to the whole thing.


I've used 3 colours of Novu Embellishment Mousse - Aloe Vera, Coastal Surf and Powder Blue and literally smeared them onto the page. For my yellow I have used some Colour Blast Colour Paste.


Here are a few more close ups



For even more DT inspiration head over here and check out what the other talented DT members have done with this fun prompt!

That link is also the one you'll need to upload your take on this challenge so make sure you know where to go!

I have a process video for this page which you can watch simply by pressing play on the button below


I do hope you enjoy and I'll be back again soon with another share!

Until then, happy scrapping!

Melinda
xx

Monday, 1 April 2019

STB April 2019 | Wish Big Little Man

Hey everyone and happy April! 

My first share for the month is my take on this month's fun "celebration" inspired challenge for Scrap The Boys


And here is my page


I really love this half and half page I created! I wasn't sure where I was going when I started this design but truly love the end result!


Our sponsor this month is the A-MAZING Cocoa Vanilla Studio so I have dug into my CVS stash again and pulled mostly from the Wish Big collection. The right hand back ground paper though is from the Boys Rule collection and I love the boldness of it!

Here are a few more close ups





For even more DT inspiration head over here and check out what the other talented DT members have done with this fun prompt!

That link is also the one you'll need to upload your take on this challenge so make sure you know where to go!

I have a process video for this page which you can watch simply by pressing play on the button below


I do hope you enjoy and I'll be back again soon with another share!

Until then, happy scrapping!

Melinda
xx

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

CUT to YOU | Dad's Awesome Little Helper

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog today!! I'm really excited to be here sharing this page for CUT to YOU with you as I've done something a little different with a cut file for this. Without further ado, here is my creation






As you can see I have created a mixed media background without a cut file in sight!! But wait!! The cross stitch heart pattern in the background is indeed a cut file! It's the Stitch Geo Heart cut file and I cut this on some paper that I won't use and then using some modelling paste used it as a stencil! I did leave it over night to dry thoroughly as I knew I was going to add lots of water.







I've used my (brand new ;) ) Distress Oxide sprays to add colour to the heart. I've simply sprayed a little colour, spritzed some water and between tipping my page and using a paint brush got the colour moving all over the heart and defining the heart shape. The colours I have used are Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans. I've used a wet paint brush with clean water around the shape of the heart to fade out the colours.







Once the colours were dry I went back in with the nozzle of each of the colours and splattered away to my hearts content. You can see in this close up how you get the different colours coming through with each of those sprays and I just love it!







I didn't want to cover up too much of the heart so I have used a pattern paper behind the square photo and then some white tissue paper behind both photos and stuck them together.







It was always obvious to me that the title of this page HAD to be "Dad's Little Helper" so with that in mind I picked out some lettering and in the process found that "awesome" wood veneer painted in the perfect colour to go onto this page so added to my title coming up with "Dad's Awesome Little Helper" - all the alphas are from my stash and all except the tiny foam ones are old!







I added in a couple of cut apart pieces from Elle's Studio and then finished off the page with some yellow puffy hearts. I love the contrast of the yellow against all of those blues and greens!







This is a pair of older photos but I really do love going back and scrapping some of these older memories. There is a big part of me that is sad that this little dude is now so big, it just goes so fast; but it always makes me smile when I reminisce!

My "stencil" is still good for another use or even 2 as I only used it to apply some modelling paste and didn't leave too much on the paper so you very may well see this same pattern pop up soon!
I do have a process video available for you as well, including how I created my stencil in Silhouette Studio. Just hit the button below and enjoy!





Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be back again soon with another share!

Melinda