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CUT to YOU | Fur Mum

Hey and hello my scrappy friends! Welcome to my blog today for my most recent share for CUT to YOU!

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I used the gorgeous “Spring Floral Edge” cut file for this one and I just love the way this came together!

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I have duplicated and flipped the cut file in Silhouette Studio to create an almost 12″ vertical strip. When I was happy with the overlap of the 2 pieces I welded them together and cut them as a long vertical piece. I would love to take full credit for this idea but I cannot – I did see it somewhere else a couple of months ago but sadly cannot remember who’s it was!! But full credit to that incredible scrapper!! Thank you for your inspiration!

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As you can see, after I cut the design I have carefully pieced it all back together. The negative pieces were stuck directly to my background while the floral/leaves were popped up on little pieces of foam to create this 3D look! So effective!!

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I have picked the Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Sunkissed” collection to work with for this page. With that very colourful background I wanted to add some contrast so threw in a few pieces of black along with my title acrylic piece. I love the way the black makes everything pop.

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I have kept my embellishing pretty simple with a few florals around my photo and title. I made sure to connect my floral pieces to the cut file to make it all work together.

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I have a process video for you which is linked below! I. hope that you enjoy!

I really love how this cut file has become a part of the page background rather than the main focus. So often it’s a case of “look, there’s a cut file!!” it’s nice to do something a little different! And still so, so effective!

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There are so, so many designs in the store that you could use this technique on, make sure you check them out! I particularly love the “Stained Glass 1” and the “Triangles Stacked” designs for this idea!!

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Until next time friends, happy a scrappy day!
Mel

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{Colour Blast} Live Bigger 2017

Hi there and welcome to my blog today!Β 


I’m here with you playing with lots of different products from Colour Blast to create a fun, clean, mixed media page!! Yep, you read that correctly, a fun CLEAN mixed media page πŸ˜‰

If you would like to see this page come together from beginning to end here is the process video


And here are my step-by-steps


First up I picked a paper from a paper pad that I didn’t love and gave it a thick-ish coat of White Heavy Gesso with this big paint brush. I used this brush because I wanted to fun texture in the gesso.


After the gesso was dried I added some stamping with black staz-on ink. I wasn’t 100% certain where I was going with this just that I wanted lots of colour and texture. I did know it was going to be cut up into smaller pieces so I did a lot of stamping πŸ˜‰


I just mentioned I wasn’t 100% sure where I was going with this so decided to work with the blues and greens in all the different products.Β 

I have pulled out in order from left to right, back to front, Apple of My Eye, Envy, Deep Water, Singin’ The Blues and Just Blue in the Colour Shimmer Sprays, Rainforest, Lagoon, Sapphire and Carribean in the Colour Sprays. On the end is the Steel and Bling Colour Shimmer Sprays which I added as a “neutral”.
Navy, Duke, Peacock and Paris in the Colour Shimmer Dust. And finally, Apple of My Eye, Singin’ The Blues, Just Blue, Deep Water, Bling and Steel in the Colour Pastes.


I started with the Colour Shimmer Dust in Navy, Duke, Peacock and Paris. I simply sprinkled a little of the dust on the page (completely drying between colours), added water until the colour was very fluid and then tipped and tilted the page to get some colour happening. And above is what it started to look like.Β 

A little tip when you do this, if you wet an already dried colour it will re-activate so make sure you are using colours that will blend nicely together πŸ˜‰

Next, I moved onto my sprays.Β 


I have used Just Blue Colour Shimmer Spray, Apple of My Eye Colour Shimmer Spray and Sapphire Colour Spray. I simply sprayed the colour right where I wanted it and in some cases added a little water to make it more fluid and again, dried thoroughly between colours.


Time for some different texture! I grabbed a 6×6 stencil and used a combination of Apple of My Eye and Deep Water Colour Pastes through the whole stencil on 3 different parts of the page. It is quiet subtle but does give some fun texture and I love it!


With all that black stamping in the background I decided I wanted to bring some more of the black to the front of the page so simply used a paint brush and some packaging and mixed some Black Heavy Gesso with water to make it very fluid and dripped black dots and splatters all over the page. I then left this overnight to dry naturally.


As I was laying in bed trying to sleep the idea hit me – TRIANGLES!! So when I got back to work I used my paper trimmer, scissors and also a quilters ruler and stanley knife to cut all different sized triangle. The stanely knife and quilters ruler were used specifically to cut out the middle of the big triangle! How awesome and fun do these triangles look!!Β 


And the final step, of course was laying all the triangles out and sticking everything down in a way that I loved.

This was a super fun project to work on and like I said, an AWESOME way to get some fun mixed media on your page without the “messy” look of it!!

Here is my completed page!


I did add a few extra stamps in the background/on top of the triangles and also inked all the way around the edge of my white cardstock with black staz-on, which if you are after a cleaner look you can simply leave off!

Here are a few close ups!


You can see some of the shimmer in this picture, isn’t it beautiful?!


I love all the streaky texture from the paint brush with the gesso! And this is also a good one of the texture from the Colour Pastes!


I love, love, love the way all the colours blended together!


So, that is my share for today! I hope I inspire you to just get your products out and PLAY! It’s so fun and relaxing!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Melinda

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Best Jeans Ever ~ Kraft+ March ~ Denim Revolution

Hi there scrappy friends!! It’s been a very productive month for me, not just in my scrap room but getting all the things done so I feel like I’m winning!! Haha!

Speaking of winning, this is the 2nd month in a row I have managed to get in an entry for the K+ monthly challenge and this month there is still 9 days to go so that is a win in my books πŸ˜‰Β 

Enough chatter and onto the challenge! It’s an awesome one this month – Denim Revolution! I had actually decided back in January (or perhaps it was December) when K+ did their “Inspiration from your wardrobe” challenge to use denim, specifically the jeans I have used this month so as soon as I saw this month I KNEW what I wanted to scrap about!

Here is the challenge for March


And here is my take on the challenge!!


I love, love, love how this page came together and with the jeans pocket taking up so much room my page came together really quickly!

Here is the process video if you would like to see it all happen!


And here are some close ups!



I have, of course, used some Colour Blast products in the background – the White Heavy Gesso and also the Bubblegum and Saffron Colour Sprays. Oh, and don’t forget that Steel Colour Paste πŸ˜‰

Thanks so much for stopping by, I am so happy to have the story of my favourtie jeans told and in our album! Future generations may think geez, this lady was strange but that’s ok. Totally!

Have a great scrappy day and see you soon!

Melinda
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{Colour Blast} Shine

Hi and hello I’m here with you today sharing a 12×12 layout I made for Colour Blast Australia!

You can see my process here on the YT channel and you can read on for a full step-by-step.


Ok, so first up I started with a white piece of cardstock, some gyprock tape (the fun things we find in the husbands workshop πŸ˜‰ ) and some White Heavy Gesso. I totally forgot to take a photo but I quickly stuck down some of the tape in 2 places – where the photo was going (top left third of the page) and the bottom right hand corner. You can see the tape in a couple of close ups below. Once that was stuck down I applied a quick coat of gesso with a paintbrush.

Next up I added colour. Again I have used the beautiful Colour Shimmer Dust this time in Navy. I added a little water, mixed them up and applied some water to the page and then used a big brush to apply the colour to over the top of the gessoed tape. And then I used the same brush for some sprinkles of the colour.


And the bottom right hand corner


I put that aside to dry and then got to work on my chipboard.

I have used 2 pieces which I have cut up to go behind my photo. I decided to go with the Just Blue Colour Embossing Powder so I used my ink dabber to apply embossing ink, then sprinkled on the embossing powder and heat set on all the chippy.


I can’t believe this is the 1st time I have used this beautiful colour but oh, I just love, love, love it and so glad I added it to my stash!

Next up I did some stamping with some black Archival ink. I have used a stitching stamp and some word stamps and I just stamped all over the place, some vertically and some horizontally.


And my final addition to the background was some ink splatters using both the Roadbase Colour Spray and the Bling Colour Shimmer Spray.


I left that to air dry and then got to putting my page together. I have used mostly a wet adhesive due to the mixed media in the background and I just love how this page came out in the end!


And some close ups


I just love this little title area with that colour, chipboard and punchinella!





And more of that beautifully embossed chipboard, swoon!!


And, lastly, those fun splatters in the Navy, Roadbase and Bling.

Thank you, as always, for stopping by and taking the time out of you day to check out my project!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!


Melinda

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{Stash} Awesome Day

Hi there fellow scrappers! I’ve finally managed to find my mojo and create, create, create this week! Mostly it has been DT stuff, nothing like getting in early for more “free” time to create with what is in my stash and that is what I am sharing with you today!!

A stash page using mostly Elle’s Studio “Cameron” range. Yep, an old range but I just love it and have very little of it left so wanted to get some of it used up!

Here is my page


And of course, some fun mixed media! I have used Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dusts in Duke and Paris. I did toy with the idea of doing clean and simple but my mixed media love kinda took over a little. Maybe next time πŸ˜‰

Here is a process video if you’d like to see my page come together πŸ™‚


And here are a few close ups!


So, I’m off today to help celebrate hubby’s 40th birthday and create more memories to scrap so if it takes a couple days for me to get back if you have any question or anything that’s why πŸ˜‰

Happy Saturday and I’ll see you very soon!

Mel
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{ScrappingClearly} Week One 2017 – February Mood Board Inspiration

Hi there scrappy friends! I’m here with you today sharing my take on the gorgeous ScrappingClearly February 2017 mood board, once again designed my very talented fellow DT member Peg Hewitt!

Here is the board again if you have not seen it!


All about the lovey stuff, awwww! I did avoid the purple – no surprises there but I loved the softness of the pink and the yellow. The picture in the top left reminded me of Summer and I just love that beautiful burst of sunlight in the heart!

I was sent the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios range called Free Spirit and I immediately thought it was a great match! I got to cutting up the papers and putting our first week of 2017 together for our Project Life album!

Here is the completed double page spread


Sorry about the glare, it is a bit tricky for me to photograph both sides together. But here they are separately

Left side

Right side
And if you wish to see this come together just click on the play button below to watch my YT process video!

I decided to use the WRMK pink embroidery floss also included in my kit to create some extra interest on 3 of the cards

This is our title card for the week

I loved how the word Summer looked in the font I chose to embroider with


And this photo is an absolute fave of mine! Love this memory – seeing the sheer joy and pleasure on my boy’s face just made my day! Oh, and in case it needs clarifying, Mia is the horses name πŸ˜‰

Also, on those 3 cards I brought in a little extra something using some Studio Calico gold sequins and some Ranger Flamingo Liquid Pearls (which I had never used before!) in a little cluster.

I have used my WRMK typewriter for all of the journalling and learnt that when using it, 1 layer of cardstock is just enough. If you put through 2 layers, it’s a little trickier πŸ˜‰

Thanks so much for stopping by today and make sure you get your take in for the gorgeous mood board challenge for this month over here in the FB group!

Happy scrapping!
Melinda

Products used:

Cocoa Vanilla Studios – Free Spirit – 12×12 paper Wallflower
Cocoa Vanilla Studios – Free Spirit – 12×12 paper Word Jumble (both sides)
Cocoa Vanilla Studios – Free Spirit – 12×12 paper Dreamy
Cocoa Vanilla Studios – Free Spirit – 12×12 paper My Way
Cocoa Vanilla Studios – Free Spirit – Sticker Sheet
Heidi Swapp Pink Glitter Alphas
Ranger – Liquid Pearls – Flamingo
WRMK – Pink Floss
WRMK – White Typecast Typewriter
Studio Calico – Gold Sequins
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{Colour Blast} Hello Tiffany

Hiya!! I’m here with you today sharing my latest page for Colour Blast Australia!

There is also a process video available, just click play in the box below!

The 2 photo’s I have chosen to scrap today are of myself with 2 of my BIG bosses (the National Customer Experience Director and the National Customer Experience Manager) and my gifts and certificate I was awarded. I actually won a piece of Tiffany & Co jewellery so knew that I wanted the layout to have “that Tiffany blue” colour!

First up I applied a light coat of clear gesso knowing that during my process I was going to use alot of water. After that was dry I went in with my Steel and Snow White colour paste’s and a stencil to apply some dimension and colour to my background.


I applied the 2 colours randomly over my background and left to air dry.

Next up time to add some COLOUR! I specifically picked out the Peacock Colour Shimmer Dust for this page a couple of months ago so I was super excited to finally see this coming together.


I used a tiny paintbrush (I have seen some of the other DT members do this and this is my first time playing!) and sprinkled tiny amounts of the dust around the dried Colour Paste.


And then for the MAGIC of the dusts! You can’t even see where I have sprinkled the dust but watch as it comes to life when I add water! You can see this even better in the video πŸ˜‰


Oh la la!! I so love this! And while playing I learned a couple of things about these beautiful dusts that I thought I would share! I do love this colour and love how this layout turned out in the end but if I’m honest, this background almost got ditched! When I added the water and tipped the page about to get the colour to spread there was some excess splatters which made colour go everywhere. I did want it more specifically only where the colour paste was but managed to clean up some parts (baby wipe where there was gesso) and then chopped down my 12×12 sheet to approx 10×10 and mounted my page, so crisis averted!Β 

You only need a tiny amount of the dust, these colours are so fun and vibrant and go so far!

After my “cleaning” and chopping down of my background I wasn’t happy with how some of the edges of the colour were looking so I re-wet some dried dust and water (from my palette) and went in with a brush to give it less of a line and more of a water coloured effect.


And then with the left over colour I used the same brush to apply some sprinkles of the Peacock Dust.


And the final touch in finishing off my background was some splatters using the Roadbase Colour Spray and the Steel Colour Shimmer Spray.


I added in all my title, my embellishments, my journalling tag (which sits nicely behind the large photo), mounted the page onto an Echo Park paper which perfectly matched the Peacock and then did some black stitching around the border.


I really am super happy how this page looks but like I said, it was one of those “I’m going to test your creativity/patience” this whole process kind of layouts. It is a story I am so happy to get told and now have in our album.

And here are a couple of close up shots


Thanks, as always for stopping by and happy scrapping until next time!!


Melinda
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{ScrappingClearly DT} Love with Pink Paislee C’est La Vie

Hi there scrappy friends!! I’m here with you today sharing this pretty page I created using the absolutely gorgeous C’est La Vie collection by Pink Paislee that you can pick up in the ScrappingClearly store here!

Without further ado, here is my final page and if you follow this link you can see my YouTube video with my process!

I love that with the PP ranges they have paper numbers and not names! It makes it so easy!! So, I have used paper #11 for the background and paper #02 for the little layer behind the photo (the pink B side). I have also used the last piece of this beautiful vellum from the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection as a bit of a bigger layer behind my photo. I have also added a doily from my stash πŸ™‚


I have fussy cut 3 of these beautiful clusters of flowers from paper #03 and stuck them in 3 different places on the page. I used the beautiful mirror stickers for my title – simple and sweet – love. I have also used some of the bit and pieces from the ephemera pack and some of the stickers from both the washi sheets and the tiny word black and gold stickers.

The tag holds my journalling behind my photo and the tag came from the ephemera pack also.


The top cluster with some of those fussy cut flowers, a word sticker and a mirror heart. And some black stamping.


My title area and you can see the gorgeousness of those mirror stickers, swoon…..



And to the left of the photo.


And just a close up of the main embellishments and the branding strips I have cut from paper #02 and #04 to add to the bottom of the page to add a little grounding. Oh, and that adorable pink and gold meΒ + you tab also from the ephemera pack.

Lastly I sprinkled a little Roadbase colour spray using a small paint brush, attached staples in 3 places and did a little stamping, also in 3 places.

I so love this collection and I love this photograph of my husband and I.Β 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by the blog today, I love reading all the lovely comments and I hope you enjoyed this post and my video!

Happy scrapping!!
Melinda
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