Sunday, January 23, 2022

January layouts

Happy New Year!

Can't believe it is almost the end of January and we are all still dealing with Covid.  I hope everyone has managed to stay well.

My first layout is the one I planned to do before Christmas - but didn't get there!  It is from Christmas 2020 which was a bit messed up due to Covid -who would think that January 2022 we are still dealing with it.  

I wanted to tell the story of the week leading up to Christmas.  This is a lot more journaling that I normally do.  It took me a while to work out how I was going to achieve this.  I realised I had some 6x6 page protectors.  This page will sit next to the layout in my album.






ST9010 Diamond Stencil


ST9050 Hearts Stencil


CB4072 Wildflowers 01


CB1060 Christmas Trees 02


CB4069 Ornate Frames 26


CB1068 Hearts 01


The challenge over at Kraft+ is all about the travel that we wish were able to do.  

We were lucky enough to have a trip to Uluru in May 2021.  We had booked it to coincide with our 30th Wedding Anniversary in May 2020 - but that didn't happen.
Our timing was spot on this time, as boarders closed again only a few weeks later.









ST5006 Circles


CB4069 Ornate Frames 26


CB1068 Hearts 01


CB5128 Circle Mesh 01


Well that's it for my January post.

Until next time

Happy Scrapping 

Lisette XO


Monday, January 17, 2022

A Few More Christmas Creations by Kim

 


Hello...hello, Kim here with a warm welcome to my first post for Scrapmatts for 2022.

 The projects I'm sharing today are some Christmas Gift Tags, created using beautiful Scrapmatts chipboard, stencils and lace.

Let me show you!



Scrapmatts Products Used




Scrapmatts Products Used





Scrapmatts Products Used

I do hope you have enjoyed looking over my Christmas Gift Tags?
It's never too early to start on projects like these, because before we know it Christmas will be here yet again!
And if you are stuck at home, why not get crafting.


2022 has started off a little rocky...I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

from




Friday, January 7, 2022

WELCOME TO 2022

 Welcome to 2022. We all know how bad the last two years have been  so the hope for this year is that it will bring us good health and peace. Crazy times are still ahead of us but we can either give up or just keep doing the best that we can and crafting is certainly one way of giving some time back to ourselves.

I started these two pages at the Scrapmatts Retreat in Neville towards the end of last year and finished them when I came home and am pleased to be able to share them with you today.

The pics I used on both pages are of a friends very photogenic daughter and with her permission I have used them.





I used a lot of different colored inks that I purchased at the Retreat, got to love irl shopping. The Brand is Brilliance and colours Pearlescent Beige, Pearlescent Thyme, Pearlescent Chocolate and Starlite Silver. All are available on the website and there are so many pretty colours. For the kookaburra I used Moonlight white and a yellow from my stash. I decided to extend a twig branch across the top of the pic to mimic the branch she was hanging from. The seagulls had some white texture paste rubbed on and then a light coat of Starlite Silver ink. 

The stencil gives the background the impression of waves flowing across the bottom of the page and is perfect for the Stormy Sky distressed ink. 

The addition of the muslin, small shells, glass domes and clear stones all helped to add to the beauty of the gorgeous pic.

As a final touch I covered the photo and did lots of white splatters which gave it that little bit more of an ocean feel.

PRODUCTS USED

ST5071 - STENCIL WAVES


CB5191 AUSTRALIA 04



CB6127 SHELLS 03


CB6128 CARD ELEMENTS 005 SHELLS


CB5056 TWIGS



For the second page I added some stencil work to the background to further enhance what was already there and by using a green ink close in colour made it blend perfectly.

I also used a lot of the same colour inks from the previous page for the pieces. The Brilliance inks give a fantastic cover and only need one pass.

Adding the Galah with some gum leaves and pine nuts added to the top corner gave the impression that she was indeed looking at something like that in the pic. The grass chipboard gave a nice height to the sides of the page and of course the title sums up the pic.



PRODUCTS USED

CB1260 SCRAP WORDS 43



CB5100 GRASS 02


CB5190 AUSTRALIA 03


ST 9011 PATTERNS STENCIL A6


Well that is all from me for this month. I really do hope that I have managed to inspire and don't forget to check out the Scrapmatts online strore, there are some truly amazing products there to help you create whatever you want to.

I wish you all the best for the New Year.
Hugs and love till next time.
Annette
xo

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Last of the Christmas Creations 🎄

December has been a glorious month for Christmas creations and today I'm sharing the last of mine...

Firstly a layout... a fun one chronicling my husbands fondness for big, red, double decker busses and his consistent requests for one when asked what he wants for Christmas lol 😂


All I did to spice up the chipboards on this layout was add some 
Crystalina Kindy Glitz as the off white colour suited the page just as it came.



But I did use some subtle gold ink and this beautiful stencil to add some action to the background of the page. The gold ink glimmers in the light as you look at it from different angles which is an effect I love 💛






Next I turned my attention to this gorgeous Christmas tree shaker ornament. 


 


This versatile project can be used as a stand alone ornament or even as a special embellishment on a page or card ... it's super easy to put together and can be adapted easily to suit your own design and colour scheme. 

I started by spray painting the different tree layers with a dark and light green colours...


After this I placed a plastic sheet over one of the layers and traced it using a sharpie.

The plastic I used was an old over head projector page, but any slightly thick sheet of plastic will do the job - often the backing sheets on clear stamps can be good for this purpose also.



Then I simply assembled the pieces ... gluing the two side frames to the base... after that I filled the tree segments with fine green glitter, coarse silver glitter and some colour beads to create the shaker content.



To finish the shaker I glued down the plastic sheet I cut out under the final layer of the tree frame.

Then I used some glitter gel pens to colour the embellishments that came with the ornament and added these to the outside of the shaker to finish it all off... too easy! 


 

After this I put together a home made gift tag for a special present. 
I did this by heat embossing some chipboard words - a very simple yet effective technique for creating lush, reflective surfaces on chipboard...

 

 


I actually used a $15 crepe maker I picked up on sale at the supermarket for the heating process. 

 

First you cover the chipboard with embossing ink then dust it all over with embossing powder or crystals, then place on the crepe maker with a sheet of baking paper and allow that to simply melt to an even finish on the surface of the letters... then attach the finished product to your tag.



Next I moved onto creating what I hoped would be some vintage-like ornaments. 

Scrapmatts have these fabulously thick chipboards that are again perfect for  stand alone ornaments or stunning 3D add-ons for cards or scrapbook pages...

I used embossing crystals to cover the surface of these generous chipboards and the same melting process as I did for the tag words.

 

 

So to create the vintage look I needed the melting embossing crystals to be a bit rough ... I started with a vintage gold and scatted other colours into this 







This turned out to be a very easy and simple way to create a beautiful 
vintage finish on chipboard ornaments. 


And thats Christmas done and dusted for another year.
I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with family both near and far. 

May 2022 be a very beautiful and blessed year for you all.



Cheers from Kel xo