Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kraft Plus: Design Inspiration

Hello and welcome to the very first challenge for Kraft Plus! Whoo Hooo, we are all so very excited at Kraft Plus and hope that you are too.

The design team and guest designers have done an AMAZING job of  interpretating the Mango Breeze Challenge.  Check out all the awesomeness and details for entering the challenge HERE

This month it is a colour inspiration palette:

Welcome to Mango Breeze:

And here is my take on it:

I incorporated colours of the palette with MME 'Find Your Wings and Fly' patterned papers, coordinating chipboard and Prima flowers - from the Divine and Zephyr collections.

Firstly, I trimmed the base Kraft cardstock by approx 1" and then punched each corner with a decorative corner punch. I then laid this over the top of the patterned paper - Sky's The Limit Flowers For You for a touch of colour peeking around the outer edge. I also left the Twiddleybitz chipboard circles (these were individually cut from the circle page overlay) in their natural state to tone with the Kraft Cardstock

A scattering of sequins add a touch of sparkly pretty.

A closer look at the details:

This month we have 2 fabulous sponsors including 2Crafty Chipboard and Sassy Scrapper. We look forward to you taking inspiration and joining in the creative fun. To be kept up to date with what is happening at Kraft Plus Challenge,  join our Facebook Community. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sassy Scrapper January Mood Board Inspiration

Hello Lovely People,

So, I have had a play with Sassy Scrappers January Mood Board Challenge. Loved this one:

I took inspiration from the colours, wood effect, paint runs and floral pattern. I also included a touch of sparkle for the 'shine' element with colour sprays and sequins. 

Here is where my inspiration took me:

'Oh Darling!'

My base patterned paper is of a wood grain design (Kaisercraft Base Coat) which I added misted detail in a similar colour formation as in the letters of the 'Shine' word.

Patterned Paper from Prima's Anna Marie Collection were layered behind the photo and fussy cut floral elements from the 'Eloise' were used as embellishments.  Coordinating Prima flowers were clustered together over the top.

 A Twiddleybitz Ornate Frame was cut up and first inked with Prima Vintage Pink ink then misted with Dylusions Funky Fuchsia Ink Spray.

 Coordinating Prima Anna Marie chipboard, Flair Buttons and bling finish it off.

Thanks so much for dropping by,

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Altered Canvas - Happily Ever After

Hi There Lovely People,

Today I have an altered canvas to share. I created this one for Sassy Scrappers last year. If you headed to Paperific in Melbourne you may have spied it in the Sassy booth.  Loved putting this one together. Lots of background altering with Prima Color Bloom Sprays and Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I also used the  Prima Aurora Doll Stamp and dressed her up with elements from the delightful Prima Anna Marie Collection.

I have used a flat canvas for this creation. Before adding any colour fun, I applied thick white gesso liberally over the canvas surface. In some areas a little stippled texture was also added. When dry, colour was added to the background with sprays. I used a combination of  Prima Soft Teal and Peony first. Once dried, some masked detail was added with texture paste and a honeycomb stencil. A few chipboard letters and cut lattice pieces were affixed in place and then painted with thick white gesso. Primrose and Mustard Color Shine were then added to the mix.  

Aurora was first stamped onto white cardstock using black pigment ink. Her dress elements have been pieced together by stamping onto patterned paperr (Nightingale and Sewing Basket) and cutting around the outside edges. Add a little dimension by affixing these to the stamped cardstock base with foam tape.

 Fussy cut blooms from the 'Eloise' paper were tucked in behind the dress form along with Anna Marie chipboard elements.

 Pretty Prima flowers complete the sweet transformation.

 Thanks so much for dropping by,

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sassy Scrappers: Merry and Bright

Hello, Hello!

I have my final project to share with you today created for Sassy Scrappers with the Graphic 45 Twas The Night Before Christmas collection.

These papers have so many wonderful options for embellishing your projects. Just loved getting my 'scissor happy' on for this one:

The base of my project is the reverse side of the Twas The Night Before Christmas paper. I had an outer edge piece of the same paper left over from my earlier 'Sugar Plums' project. This was affixed over the top with decorative s'candy cane' strips punched from Up On The Housetop paper around the edge. 

Fussy cut elements from Jolly Old Elf, Happy Holly-Day and Up On The Housetop were used to decorate the frame feature.

A peek-a-boo window effect for my photo was created with the middle piece removed from one of the Up On The Housetop tags. A little shutter was created from an off cut from the Merry Mistletoe paper and affixed along the edge of the photo.

A hanging ornament effect was created with one of the Christmas Cardstock Stickers. For added support, I affixed Kraft Cardstock then trimmed around the outer edges. Lightly dab with Kaiser red gum ink (or similar) to soften the edges. 
I love snow globes - and this one is a beauty! Trim from the Jolly Old Elf paper to create a fabulous accent.

Twas The Night Before Christmas collection available in the Sassy Store HERE

Merry and Bright by Trudi Harrison

Photography Credit: Brooke Mendola (Teeny Tiny Photography)

Products used for this project can be found HERE 

Thanks so much for dropping by,

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Happy Saturday Everyone!

I am little chuffed and very honoured to have one of my projects featured over on the Graphic 45 blog today. It's part of the Graphic 45 Ning Gallery Highlights.  Check out the beautiful lineup of projects HERE

For this project I combined 12 Days of Christmas (also available at Sassy Scrappers) with a splash of Topography. 

To my gorgeous Miss E - Your Aspirations Are Your Possibilities

 This one also features pretty Manor House Creations blooms and Twiddleybitz chipboard

And a closer look:

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sassy Scrappers: Precious Moments

 Hello Lovely People,

I have another somewhat 'festive' project share for Sassy Scrappers showcasing Graphic 45's Twas The Night Before Christmas.  This time I have focussed on the lovely green of the collection.

The little 'Christmas Bell' is my gorgeous niece and the photo captured by her very talented mummy (Kristy Knotting)

I started with the reverse side of the Ho Ho Ho paper and removed a 10" x 10" square from the centre. This is a little trick I do as it maximises the one sheet of patterned paper. Trim the edges of a sheet of white cardstock about 1" and then randomly punch with a decorative border punch. Lay the cardstock over the Ho Ho Ho paper covering the 'square hole'. Place the smaller square ealier removed over the top. Embellish with trimmed paper accents around the outer edge. 
A cascading branch effect was created with Twiddleybitz FER002 Fine Fern Leaves. These were dabbed with metallic gold paint.  The fern leaves were then arranged along the side of the photo with a medley of Prima Flowers  arranged over the top. Before affixing everything in place, move the fern leaves if necessary so that they peek out from the blooms.

Some of the Prima Flowers I have incorporated were not quite the right geen in colour. 
Spraying with Dylusions Fresh Lime did coordinate them better with the green of the paper. White paint was also lightly dabbed onto some of the petal to soften a little.

Fussy cut holly sprigs from the Happy Holly Day paper were then tucked into the floral arrangements.

Check out the Twas The Night Before Christmas collection available in the Sassy Store HERE 
Products used for this project HERE

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Masters Entry

Hello, Hello!!

Today I am sharing my projects that I created for the Australian Magazine Scrapbooking Memories 2014 Masters Competition. Although my entry was unsuccessful, I did have some fun playing along with the task criteria. Congratulations to the very talented 10 that were made Scrapbooking Memories Masters for 2014-2015.

Here is my take on Task 1 for the single layout 5" x 7" photo:

You Are My Wonderland

My take on Task 2 for the single layout including a non traditional item and I was thrilled to receive an Honourable Mention for this one.

Back Track 75 

 I chose to alter a vinyl record for the non traditional item 

My take on Task 3 for single layout with journalled focus:


I did choose to go with a different take on the journalled task for this one and incorporated a chalkboard sentiment as the focus. Opening the doors reveals more sweet sentiments for my family with die cuts and tags. 

 My take on Task 4 for the Altered Journal Cover:

Every Revolution Begins With a Spark

This started out as Paper Mache Book Album. Now I must confess that the whole ‘art journal’ concept with all those blank pages is kind of intimidating for me. So for something a little different, I converted mine into a 3D ‘art’ book. Those blank inside pages that I initially found so ‘intimidating’ were instead used to create the shadow box effect by being adhered together. A middle section was removed by using the front cover’s window as a template.  The back cover of the book had a similar opening and was then attached to the reverse side of the adhered pages.   A smaller ATC sized shadow box was constructed and then inserted into the cavity created. The front cover attached over the top creates the 3 dimensional effects.