Always find time for the things that make you happy to feel alive

Hello again!!

So, for my last post for Scrappingclearly I used the Kaisercraft Time Machine Collection Pack and while I still had that out and was working outside of my norm I decided to pull out my beloved copic markers and also my art journal! Now, to say that I love this page would certainly be an understatement! I had SO MUCH FUN pulling all this together and just loved the process!

Here is my completed spread in my journal

And now, my process!

First up I prepped the double page with a coat of gesso – I didn’t really have a finished design in mind but I had already pulled out all of the round elements from the Time Machine Collectables pack so had an idea of colour scheme and the very loose idea of steampunk.

After my gesso dried I laid out all of my pieces from the collectables pack across the 2 pages and used a clear matt medium to stick them all down and also applied a coat over the top to seal them in.

I did “cheat” here and use my heat gun to get it to dry off as my plan was really beginning to come together in my head 🙂

I then grabbed the stamp set from the Time Machine collection and used a selection of the stamps with a brown chalk ink from my stash and also the teal Heidi Swapp ink pad – both are permanent inks and safe to apply wet mediums over the top of when dry. Again, I used my heat tool so I could move onto the next layer. Which was texture paste. I used a cogs stencil and paste from my stash and actually left that to dry for a few hours.

While that was drying I started colouring up my image – which is a digital stamp I purchased from Saturated Canary and printed to fit about 2/3 of the height of my journal page. I decided to go with sepia tones with a pop of gold (on the cogs) and that fun pop of teal. When she was all coloured I up I fussy cut her out. Needless to say, I was totally inspired by the classes I have taken over at Kit and Clowder and cannot recommend Alyce’s classes highly enough!! In fact, she has a whole class on mixed media techniques using this image and it is well worth a look!

Copic colours used are as follows:
Browns/sepia tones: E50, E51, E53, E55, E57 and E59
Teal/aqua: BG11, BG13, BG49 and BG78
Gold: Y11, Y15 and E15

My next step was COLOUR on the pages! I used a super fun and easy technique and literally splashed/threw water all over the pages and then splashed/threw Heidi Swapp colour shine in Tea and Teal all over. When the inks met the water and each other they blend together and give this gorgeous water coloured/mottled effect and I really, really love how it dries. Before it dried I added a few splashed of Gold colour shine and some of that also blended together with the other colours. When that was completely dry I went back in again with the gold and applied bigger splatters.

I got the quote directly from the Time Machine stamp set. I used the tiny tile alphas from the Time Machine collection pack and also these fun gold foiled scrabble style thickers to replicate the quote on my page. I did have to use some hot glue to get the alphas through the centre of the pages to REALLY stick 😉

Once that was all dry my page was completed! This was such a fun way to use up so much of that collectables pack and it was great to make the time to pull out my copics and get messy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you soon!

Happy scrapping!


Better Late Than Not At All….

Hi there!! I think you are lucky enough to be witness to 2 coloured cards today!! I can’t believe it!! Haha!! This will be the 1st of the 2 posts and the other is my Tiddly Inks challenge card as part of the DT.

I was away on scrap retreat over the weekend working on our PL album and have been colouring since I got home, around the kids and hubby and life of course 😉

The amazingly talented Krista from Saturated Canary is having a colouring contest that ends on 21st July (which is today here in Australia) using some of her absolutely gorgeous new “Decade Stamps”. I love them but could not resist the 40’s and 50’s girls!! Head over here to pick them up for yourself and over here to see the rest of the range – swoon!!!

Anyways, here is my card, I just HAD to go for my most fave colour combo for myself at the moment which is pink and navy.

I had lots of fun colouring her up with the no lines technique using, of course, my copics. I have pulled papers, flowers, lace and a doily from my stash and love how this card turned out!! All the edges have been inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and I just couldn’t resist some frantage!! Flowers are from my stash and I think they came from D-lish Scraps and I know those swirly gold thingys (technical name!!) came from D-lish. Pearls are from Freckled Fawn that I got in one of their embellishment kits way back when I was getting them.

The copic combos I used are as follows
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04 and R20
Hair: E43, E44, E47 and E49 Eyes: B000, B05, B09
Pink Outfit: R81, R83, R85, R87 (tip to tip blending with R85 and R89) and R89
Blue Outfit: B91, B93, B95 and B99
Grounding: W0, W1, W3 and W5

So, as I said, I had a heap of fun colouring her up, though at this size, she was definitely a challenge! But, so, so happy with how she turned out!!

Thanks for stopping by and keep your fingers crossed for me for one of those vouchers that are up for grabs!!

Happy scrapping!!

June with Dusty Attic


Well, I very recently received my DT pack from Dusty and have had a chance to have a bit of a play with some new products!! Both new to me and new to the store – either way it is FUN!!

I have 3 projects to share with you today and I will start with a notebook I made for a friend who had a birthday late last month.

So, firstly I have coloured up this gorgeous little image from Saturated Canary then I found some papers from my stash that worked with colours I had chosen. I believe they are all Heidi Swapp papers, the one on the cover is from a 12×12 sheet from Vintage Chic (I think) and the other 2 are from a 6×6 paper pad in the Dreamy collection. I have pulled out some some flowers and some fun mini Dusty embellishments to finish it off 🙂

And here is a close up of the digi with the colours I used listed

The copic colours I used are as follows:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04 and R20
Hair: E21, E25 and E29
Green: BG90, BG93, BG96 and BG99 Peach: R00, R11, R20, E95 and E04 
Shoes: E51, E53, E55 and E57 White: C1, C3
And I used the white molotow paint marker to pop in the pearl detail around the headband.

For the “title” I have used my all time fave Mini ABC Upper alpha which I have coloured using some Lustre Rub-On colours just using my fingertip in the green and then used the bronzey colour by dabbing that around. When I was happy with the way they looked I used some of the Clear Gloss Varnish.

A pebble from the Page Pebbles #8 set which I have coloured the raised bits with a white molotow paint pen and topped with an epoxy dot and added some flowers from my stash.

Here I have used one of the Mini View Finders which I have coloured the same way as the alphas and some Mini Feathers (which I might add are one of my all time fave Dusty chippie pieces!!) that have just been coated with white paint. And again paired those with some flowers from my stash.

And lastly a Mini Banner treated the same way the alphas were.

So, that is my 1st project for the month!

Onto number 2 – Week 17 in our 2015 PL album

Here is the left hand side with a number of Dusty pieces. I have used the Dusty In Colour Denim for all of the chippie pieces in this spread to keep it uniform and help with the flow of the page.

I think this is my most fave piece on the is layout – a heart from the Scribble Hearts set with a coat of the paint and then a coat of the Clear Crackle Varnish.

These 2 pieces are from the Love This, Love That Arrows set, again with a coat of the denim paint.

And onto the right side

Another of the arrows from the Love This, Love That Arrows painted.

Another of my all time fave Dusty pieces – the Teeny Tiny ABC set and an arrow from Heart Arrows #1, all painted again in the denim coloured paint.

And both pages together so you can see the flow 🙂

And onto my 3rd project for the month and I am super happy how this turned out!! I had no idea what exactly I was going to do with this photo after I printed it but when I saw these titles it just worked!!

We all had headed out for a walk on a winter’s afternoon here and I just decided to snap a feet shot – I love them 😉 – and then it didn’t fit into our weekly spread – didn’t really have a story to tell with it – so I decided to use it as a cover page for Part 2 of our PL album 🙂

A coat of white paint to the Cherish Yesterday titles and also the Flutterbies #3.
The titles also got a coat of the clear varnish as well 🙂

And the big butterfly with a label (I will stamp the end date to the album when I get to the end) and some alpha stickers.

That is it for me for this month and make sure you play along with the gorgeous mood board for your chance to win a $100 voucher in the store!!

Happy scrapping!!




Project Life with Dusty Attic and a Sweet 16th

Hi there!!

I am very excited to share with you some of our Project Life from 2014 that I have slowly been catching up on!! It has been a very long journey getting this far with 2014. Long story short, my Pop passed away on 16th December and my love for/desire to do PL disappeared around the same time. But, it is slowly returning and with it some fun with some Dusty pieces and also paint!

I shall start with our week 49

Being the 1st week of December and me being a Christmas lover lots of red and Christmas themed bits and pieces over the double page.

The left side. All about 1st December – a few highlights!

I have used 2 of the chipboard alphas on this page – the Mini ABC Set Upper Case and the “Teeny Tiny ABC Set”.

This title had a couple of different layers on it when I decided I need to change it up to work in better with the 2nd page. As the card was already all put together I simply pulled out my versa mark re-inker and a paintbrush, painted the alphas and sprinkled on some gold embossing powder, heat set and voila.

These alphas I applied a coat of gesso then used my gold wink of stellar brush to add some gold and some sparkle. Not that it is that obvious in the photo….

The right side. I was able to squish most of the rest of the week onto this page!!

Here I have used the “love this love that arrows” and “word pack 6” – absolutely perfect for my 2 little ratbags!!

I have actually separated the 3 layers of this piece, easily, by soaking the piece in water (ta-da, one piece is now 3!!), waiting for that to dry – I do have to confess to using my heat tool ;), then applying the piece to my versamark pad and sprinkling on gold embossing powder and heat setting.
Also, just to share, that is my awesome goodies from Jen to play with over the next little while which I had received that week in the post – squeal!!!

Again with the gold embossing powder but this time I did not separate the word.

Moving right along.

Next I am sharing with you the front side of insert I included for week 49.

Not a great deal of embellishing but there are some more of that awesome “teeny tiny ABC alpha” and also a mini banner from the “mini banners” set.

This time I simply used a sponge dauber and the gorgeous “vintage gold dusty in colour” paint. I couldn’t get it to photograph so that you can get a really awesome idea of the shimmer in this paint by wow!! I totally love it!!

This banner was treated the exact same way! So pretty and shimmery IRL!

And our last page that I have completed for 2014 to date is our week 50.

You would be correct in assuming there is no chipboard on this page but I went to town with that gorgeous gold paint on most of the cards on this page!!

So, this is the left hand page. 

For most of the paint on this page I have used dollops of the paint straight onto my craft mat mixed with a little bit of water to make it a teensy bit runnier and easier to spread/paint around the edges of the cards. I have applied that technique around the “wishlist” card top right, painted a layer over the “Santa selfie” card before I stuck anything down, around the edges of the of the next 2 cards and then around the edges of the striped card 4th along. Again, around the edges of the bottom left hand card.

You can also see a few gold splatters on both of these cards. Again I have used the gold paint but this time added more water – about 50/50 paint water, mixed it up with my paint brush and splattered it along the card.

Our right hand page.

Again, more paint around the edge of the top right card, the 2 black cards along the middle and the white layer on the middle card in the middle row.

Such an easy and fun way to add sparkle and shine and pull the whole layout together!!

And just a bit of a close up of the detail along the middle row!!

That is all of our PL I have to share with you so far this month but I do also have a card to share!!

My gorgeous niece turned Sweet 16 on 28th of last month!! 16, holy smokes batman, where on earth has that time gone?! But I found this gorgeous digi stamp called Kira by Saturated Canary and it reminded me of my beautiful girl so I HAD to use her on a card!!

I had so much fun putting this together with her in mind! I did txt her to check her fave colours and purple and green it was!! I have used some 6×6 papers by Pink Paislee from the Colour Wash line along with some gold glittered enamel dots, purple flowers, a few pieces from my stash and that gorgeous “mini view finder” along with the “mini feathers” from Dusty.

The mini view finder was very simply versamarked and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The feathers, I decided to separate the layers as I didn’t want the card to be too top heavy. After that I applied a quick coat of gesso – like I said, I learnt something at my latest class – then went to work with some purple water colour paint. Though I am not a purple fan I am so happy with how these turned out!! Those purple flowers pulled it all together for a card that I loved making and my niece loved!! Yay for giving cards that are loved!!

That’s it for me for today!!

Make sure you play along with our February mood board challenge for your chance at a $100 voucher to the Dusty Attic store.

Happy Crafting!!



A new baby Niece

Well, this week brought us an adorable little surprise in the form an early arrival of our new niece, Ambria. Born 4 weeks early she is 6lb 3oz and was just ready to meet the world!! 

Of course, a new baby means a new baby card! I love, love, love my copics and absolutely adore the digi images over at Saturated Canary and have been so so so looking forward to using this particular image, especially in girl colours!!

Those of you that know me know I generally do not do purple but I just thought it worked so off I went!! The tickets and the ticket punch are Stampin Up products – I also used Stampin Up ink to stamp these and the Stampin Write markers to jot the date onto the ticket. (Melon Mambo and Perfect Plum)

I just adore this stamp – it so cute and can be suitable for boy babies or girl babies!! As I said, I used my copics to colour and here are the colours I used:

Hair and eyes: E30, E31, E25 and E27
Skin and lips: E000, E00, E11, R20 and E04
Onsie and wings: R81, R83, R85, BV000, BV00, BV02, E50, E51 and E53

And here is the finished card – I have used some left over Kaiser paper and some retired In Colour cardstock from Stampin Up! and the sentiment is from Stampin Up’s “Sweet Essentials” stamp set.

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂