Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas layout 2016

Christmas is almost here crafters so I have decided to share with you a lovely layout that I have created in preparation for a special photo hopefully to be taken this year while we are celebrating over on one of Queensland's magical paradises -  Great Keppel Island.

I have left this layout title-less and photo-less at the moment, plus it actually looks much better in real life than in this photo, so I apologise.

Firstly, I had to prepare the base. Of course this is my most favourite part of all for my while making a scrapbook layout. I love being able to get messy and creative with a couple of different mediums to change the background to suit me.

I started out by getting an old foam brush that is a bit stiff from glue. This gives off a really cool streak effect that looks great for weathering looks like woodgrain - or in this context - a Blistered of blowing snow. I then stamped with a woodgrain stamp with a "sky gray" ink pad, then stamped some journaling style words with a  "slate" ink pad.

To top it off I flicked some white gesso and black paint to make flecks, again to give the effect of snow or a glistening night atmosphere.

The Reindeer chipboard have been painted with a "coastal blue" paint, then wiped with gesso and black paint with the same old glued foam brush.

The frame and swirl have simply been coloured with grey paint.

I have layered with a Doily, Silver Glitter cardstock, white scrap paper where the photo will be able to slide in. The frame has a lovely silver snow flake embellishment featured with a Memory Maze Bling piece. The top swirl is embellished with an eye catching small round mirror, some Memory Maze snowflake chipboard that has been covered by a "puff white" embossing power and more Memory Maze Bling.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mermaid 4 square

Is anyone thinking about handcrafting Christmas gifts this year?
Well, I'm here today to bring you an idea that any little girl will love!


Starting with an Off the Page 4 square project I decided that I wanted to create something that not only would I love but hopefully a little someone will enjoy it too.

I didn't want to use a heap of colouring or medium products, however it didn't quite turn out that way. Please refer to the bottom photo. 
I did want to make sure that the colouring techniques of the chipboard were all pretty much easy and the same though so you can create this at home yourself or a little crafter can do it themselves maybe.

The frame has been coated with White Gesso and sprinkled with "rock candy" glitter.
The Mermaid too was covered with gesso, but then I sprayed here with a couple of pink mists and edged her lightly with a pink Gelato.

The multi colour fish background paper is perfect to give the illusion of an Under the Sea backdrop.

All of the other chipboard pieces have been coloured using Alcohol inks.
*I actually pulled out my nice new Distress Crayons, then panicked and put them away. I shall have to learn more about them first before I share that adventure with you.
Many of these colours I have never used before. Of course you have seen the Silver quite a bit and few dashes of Gold in my projects, but the rest were just opened for the first time although I've owned them for many years. Oops!

The finishing touches were lots of fun to attach. Using just a hot glue gun, I placed the Seashells just so and even managed to get the right effect with the Flower Soft and Fluff products to look like coral or seaweed.

Memory Maze products used;

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Card Bag in a Box made with scraps

Welcome back crafters, I'm here today with an age old question that has been asked between crafters of all kinds. 
What do you do with your scraps? 

I personaly keep EVERYTHING! Yes, it's pretty ridiculous, but I just can't make myself throw it in the bin. 
My first project today is made up of the leftover pieces from one of my favourite collections this year. With only a handful of scraps and a couple of larger 12" pieces left, I decided to create this Bag In A Box with 2 small cards and 2 tags, featuring beatufil Memory Maze chipboard of course. 

Bag In A Box with Cards

I have showcased a great range of basic application techniques for this project. 
First is the large piece on the front window. It has been coloured white with Crackle Paint. Honestly, my crackle paint is quite a few years old and is very thick and glugy now. It was much too thick in some parts, but the bubble bits made a great guide for where is glue on some glitter. 

The smaller piece on the card was coloured by using a Misting Spray. 
The small flowers on top are painted black with distress Rocky Candy glitter to make it shine. 

The flowers that are connected are actually cut from a 12" boarder strip piece. It was painted white and then heat embossed with a "puff" white embossing powder.

My second project that I will share quickly is a very simple card with the leftover Flag shaped chipboard that I had cut off a 12" strip used on an eariler project..  

Coloured by daubing some Distress Ink on to the chipboard pieces and edging them with a Pinecone mini inkpad..

Memory Maze products used; 

Flower pieces

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Triangles swap cards

Yes, my blog has not received much love from me for a while, I apologise to all of my crafting friends.. 
I have either not had time or just haven't been in a crafting mood.. 

I did recently get about an hour to quickly make a couple of swaps cards.. 

This one has a windmill effect with the triangles.. The paper is that mermaid collection from Kaiser.. 

This one is more of a beachy feel.. The triangles on this are actually chipboard from Memory Maze, cut from a leftover bit from a 12" boarder strip I used with another project.. It was lightly coloured with a distressing sponge tool and distress ink..
I believe the large metal butterfly was part of an embellishment pack I received as a prize from Scrapbook Fantasies for winning a challenge eariler in the year.. Thank you for dropping by today.. Hopefully I'll have something for you again soon..  Have fun crafting, Toni.. xoxo

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Clock Canvas

Good evening crafters. I'm here to bring you this cute little canvas I created for my Dad for Father's Day. As the years go by, I find it more and more difficult to buy him something meaningful or something that he doesn't have. So this time I turned to a special custom piece that I handmade especially for him instead. 

Clock Canvas

I wanted to make something that popped with colour but still metallic enough to pass as a masculine gift. 

First was the base prep. Coating the base with white gesso and then misting and making some splats with a few different sprays. Blues, Greens and a Red. 

Over the initial base I added this great gold metallic wall effect using a Memory Maze stencil with modeling paste and Gold embossing powder.  

The featured piece of chipboard is actually one Across The Page piece that I have cut in half and angled just so. It has been coloured but mixing the colour sprays with white paint. 
Some gold embossing powder sprinkled on top and also some direct spray to finish off the pieces to give added tones and depth. 

The texture of this entire piece is simply stunning. The eye travels over the canvas and the fingers really just want to touch it all of the embellishments and mixed media additions. 

Memory Maze products used; 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Treasure Island (Memory Maze DT version)

I know, I know... Look at me goooo.. Back again with another DT project for Memory Maze..
Last month I asked you to try something new. This time, I would love for you to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX / PAGE!

I just couldn't contain my pleasure for how awesome this has turned out.  I will be modifying this project into a Kids Craft Club session for the September holidays.. I can't wait!! :)

Treasure Island

I started off with an idea in my head, put there and inspired by the awesome Narelle..

 So I ducked down to the local hardware store and picked up a box of plain cheap Tiles, White Pebbles and a bag of Sand. Next stop was the $2 shop for the large Paddle Pop sticks, clear crystal Gems and mini clear wish jar bottles. Last supplies were sticks picked up from my garden outside my craft room window.

Once back at my desk I laid everything out and ready so I can figure out what chipboard and other embellishment goodies I will be able to use. Using a lot of hotglue, I stick down the paddle pop sticks to form a box, then the sticks around the edge. Of course the last bit is to fill it with sand.

I coloured all of the chipboard with very simple techniques. I painted the sign post with a Sandy colour paint. The fairy is painted white. The magical heart piece and the tiny butterflies are coloured with a Gold Alcohol ink.

The embellishments in the sand as you can see are the clear crystal gems, I wrote on one of the white rocks, I slid a little note into a bottle (message in a bottle style), put gold glitter in the other, then sprinkled stunningly gorgeous Memory Maze BLING all around to make the "Treasure".

Memory Maze products used;

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Free Adult crops happening!

Come along and join in the fun!
Wednesday's from 10am to 2pm or fortnightly from 5:30pm.

You can make whatever your heart desires! Painting, Colouring, Scrapbooking, Card Making, Cross Stitch, Knitting or just sitting & chatting.. :)

"look, proof that I sometimes will eventually get something done"... haha 

week before school holidays officially started, we had a couple of the high school girls join us, as they were already on holidays..

week 2 of school holidays saw us making a Card in a Box with the kids and some scrapbooking by the adults. I used my time to get the kids sessions kits ready..


by Scrap Crazy - Custom Creations.