Mixed Media Play

I have been playing with all sorts of different things in my stash lately. I don’t like to throw things away and Im always looking for a re-purpose for items. Anything from small scraps of paper to beads, clothing tags, lots of things that would otherwise be thrown away. I have lots of offcuts from projects so tag making is always a fun thing to do.

I like watercolour but I also like acrylic, pastels and any pens, gelato crayons add extra oomph and I have a couple of Posca pens that are awesome for mark making. Stencils and oxide ink, and stamping with black ink, so many lovely things to do. Heres some of this weeks pieces.

Some elements are hand drawn others stencilled or stamped, but the layers look lovely. I just have to wait for each layer to dry and thats hard as Im pretty impatient. I find that if I have a few projects on the go at the same time, theres always something to be working on.

This little caravan is one of my favourites, its cute and bright and has lots of character. I have used part of a napkin with mat medium, for some extra texture. Happy weekend, do something creative today.

Mini Journal for my sister

It’s my sisters birthday in July and I like to send her something, but often its just a generic present. This year I was thinking ahead (unusually …lol) and made her a small journal. I posted it off with a few other little treats and it got to her just before her birthday, which is also unusual for me, I have good intentions but always get sidetracked.

I used some cute wrapping paper from Kiki K for the cover of the journal. Some trim Ive had in my stash for years that matched perfectly. The Washington tape was from a cute paper shop in Brisbane-Newfarm- THE PAPER EMPIRE.
I added loads of tabs made from patterned paper and fabric scraps. My sister is a sewer, and has the best stash of fabric ! I knew she would like lots of fabric bits added. And it added some extra texture.
Theres three signatures in this journal, some have my own designs on the patterned paper, some are scraps of past projects with watercolour and texture paste and some are ledger paper. I also machine stitched some details.
Each signature is hand stitched into the cover with hand waxed thread.
Its lovely and chunky, and pretty to look at from the side too.
Some of the fabric scraps I have been hoarding for years. They look so beautiful on here. The blue and pink pieces sent from America over a decade ago.
I used a rose gold bulldog clip to close it, adding a scrap of beautiful green silk.
You can see the hand binding on the spine, which I still need more practice with.
Creating this was fun and Im off to make another now.

Fresh Folk- Uniquely Creative

JULY COLLECTION

Happy July! Its well and truly Winter now and its been rainy and cold lately, great scrapbooking weather. With the lockdowns and the cold weather, and the school holidays, I have been doing loads of scrapbooking. Heres some cards I created for the new July release by Uniquely Creative. This one is called Fresh Folk and its really pretty.
I really love the blues and greens and the mixture of vellum and card creative cuts is awesome.
The watercolour sheet is gorgeous even without colour!

Uniquely Creative June Collection is Tranquility

A lot of my friends know Im not a PURPLE lover, however this collection sure was a lot of fun to work with and the purple is beautiful! Mixed with some black and white it pops and I love it.
This layout is something new I tried out. I had the watercolour sheet and I was thinking of the NON FUSSY CUTTERS, so I watercolored it all one colour, making some different tones with extra water and then cut it in 4 to use as mats for my photos. I thought it was really effective and there was no fussy cutting in sight for this layout. The leaves are from the Mixed Leaves set of dies and are really handy to use on many projects.
Found this photo of my youngest daughter and it was the perfect colour. The butterflies are so beautiful, there wasn’t much else I needed to add to create this layout.
The new Flower- Window Frame die is very pretty and has 2 parts, I have used the middle part on this layout.
The dress form die is awesome and Ive used it here several times for this multi photo layout. The vellum creative cuts are just divine, what more can I say! I made multiple layouts and a set of 10 cards with this collection and I still have a little packet of leftovers, perhaps one last layout……
The new mini mark making stamp was used on this layout with some oxide ink and water. Also the gorgeous washi tape. All these layouts and more of my creations are available as kits from A Place To Create in Arana Hills, Brisbane.

New May release by Uniquely Creative- Choose Your Own Adventure

Its a long weekend here in Australia again and I am enjoying a lazy start to the day with my coffee. Here’s one of my recent layouts using the new collection “Choose your own adventure”

This is a lovely collection with lots of cool colours.

The Honeycomb Die is so lovely as a texture piece on layouts. Check out the whole Collection HERE.

We should all leave the housework for later and get down to creating!

These layouts above and more using this cool collection will be available as kits at my local scrapbook shop “A Place To Create” Arana Hills -Brisbane-Australia.

Roots & Wings by Uniquely Creative

Love the new Posey mini stamp which I have used in the background with some Oxide inks and lots of water.

This Me & You title is the new die cut for this month and I have used black card to cut it then white card and hand painted the white to match the stamped background. Its a bit tricky to glue them together if you are adding foam to the back for dimension, but looks good.
The watercolour cut apart sheet is so pretty. I cut all the florals out and just used them in clusters, no paint needed on them as the background was doing all the work.

Get crafty this long weekend with Roots & Wings! Happy crafting friends!

Uniquely Creative Roots & Wings

Uniquely Creatives new April Collection is Roots & Wings and I’ve teamed it with the yellow card , yellow seam binding and the caravan die to create this cute card.

I just love the new mixed leaves die used here with the blue flowers.

The side panel on the caravan is a piece of die cut white cardstock stamped with the new Posey Mini Mark Making stamp and coloured with Uniqolour markers.

The caravan is die cut from Kraft and I have embossed it using the new Daisy embossing folder.

I hope you have a go at creating something fun with this unique collection.

Scrap The Girls March Inspiration

CHILD OF THE WILD

Hi friends, heres my March layout for Scrap The Girls. The inspiration was Child Of The Wild and I loved the earthy colours and the cat in the pic, so took my inspiration from that and here’s what I created.

I have used lots of old stash items and really enjoyed creating this layout. It has many layers and it is very textured. A shame you cant feel it lol, it has tulle down the left hand side and theres vintage tissue paper and paint and all things good!

I love creating like this, using up all the goodies I have saved all these years and finally putting them onto something.

I hope you have a go at creating a layout using this as inspiration. Post to our Facebook group.

https://www.facebook.com/Scrapthegirls

Procreate on my iPad

This is Narelle! I don’t know her really, I just drew her on my iPad and decided she needed a story.

One of my daughters-Lili, (she’s my middle daughter) is 16 years old and has scoliosis. She was only diagnosed about 2 years ago and was immediately braced for 12 months. Unfortunately this didn’t work for her and now she is about to have surgery.

I take her to a private Pilates class once a week since she’s been out of the brace to keep her spine supple and her core strong for this life changing surgery.

I sit in the car and wait for her at Pilates each Thursday evening and I took my iPad. I just doodled mostly, but 2 weeks ago I started drawing ladies. It has been my favourite thing to do lately and completely takes my mind off of the everyday things that make me worry.

Narelle was the First Lady and since then, I have drawn one to two ladies each day and post them on my Instagram.

Mostly they are made up with some random thoughts but some are friends and my daughters even requested one of them. Im not great at likeness to real life but I do enjoy drawing and colouring on the iPad. I use Procreate and an Apple Pencil. I also have a fabulous paper like screen saver on my iPad and it just feels like Im drawing on paper.

Technology certainly is fantastic.

I will share my girls on here as well as my crafty adventures. I hope you can see yourself in some of my drawings and relate to them.

Lilis spinal fusion surgery is this Wednesday, I think there will be lots of drawing this week as I sit by her bed while she recovers.