Spellbinders Summer Sneak Peek and Giveaway

Well how seriously exciting is this!  Today I am so honoured to be part of Spellbinders® Summer Sneak Peek and Giveaway sharing with you today's projects along with Linda Lucas.  I created two projects with the the new Glass Effects and Conversation bubble 4 die sets.

These die sets are seriously so much fun and so so versatile!  I hope you find that as you get your hot little hands on them as I did!  I am going to show you a number of different ways I have used them today (I have so many more!  But we'll wait for another blog post for that)

Given the strong trendy and modern feel these dies I really wanted to create something with that feel.  The die is really strongly suited to cards as such a fantastic background as you can see above, but I wanted to show you just how lovely it can be on a layout as well!

Here are the supplies list again in case you missed it in the video.

Spellbinders Products Used:
S4-451 - Glass effects
S5-138 – Conversation bubble
ES-006 – So Trendy (under the top layer of bunting flags)
S5-086 – Bitty Blossom - Flowers
S6-009 – Font One Uppercase - title     
GC-001 Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® Machine

Prefered Partners:
Tsukineko® Delacata Ink pad - Gold 

Cross Promotional Products:
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Patina
Bazzill Cardstock - Marshmallow
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Foam squares

Other Supplies (non-partners):
Tinby Designs Metallic Melts "Gold Nugget"
Pattern Paper - Echo Park & Jillibean Soup
Cream carstock
Gold Mirror Card
Yellow pen

Here are some detail pics of the fun elements these dies create on this layout

Entries for this stage of the blog frenzy have closed.  Head on over to the Spellbinders blog HERE for more chances to win!

The official contest rules can be found HERE

If you have any questions reach out to us at ContestQuestions@Spellbinders.us - No entries will be accepted at this e-mail address 

A little more inspiration...

So I have already shown you 2 ways that the new Glass effects Die can be used, and here is a third along with another couple of uses for the conversation bubble 4!  Don't you thing that clouds make the cutest ice-creams!  I do, and I especially love this one with the stitching, and conversation pointer looking as though the ice-cream is dripping down the cone.


Now for for a little tutorial to help you create your own!


Create a card base from white cardstock folded in half to 6 x 7"

Cut/emboss using the Spellbinders Grand Callibur machine the 5 x 7 Matting Basics B #7 Die from some pattern paper, and layer onto the card base

Next, using the frame of the Glass effects die set, cut/emboss with some contrasting pattern paper add some twine with a bow and and layer onto the above cardstock as pictured.

To create the cone, simply EMBOSS only the glass effects die with some Kraft cardstock then cut it as big as you wish with some scissors.  Add this to the cards as pictured with some foam squares underneath

Cut/emboss the larger conversation bubble from pink cardstock and embellish with some enamel dots, and layer this with some additional foam onto the Ice-cream cone

Cut/emboss the smaller of the conversation bubbles from white cardstock and using the Spellbinders Tool'n One, poke out the stitching de-bossed areas

FLIP OVER the white conversation bubble and use it to trace the shape onto some pink cardstock.  Cut this shape out slightly larger than the line using it as a guide
Layer the white and pink Conversation bubbles and add your stamped sentiment and add this to your card with some foam squares.

Spellbinders Products Used:
S4-451 - Glass effects
S5-138 – Conversation bubble
S6-002 – 5 x 7 Matting Basics B

Prefered Partners:
Tsukineko® StazOn Ink pad - Jet Black

Cross Promotional Products:
My Mind's Eye Enamel dots - teal
Bazzill Cardstock - White, Kraft & Pink
Other Products:
Pattern Paper - Echo Park & Jillibean Soup
Natural Twine
Sentiment stamp

Here are a couple of detail pics to make your mouth water for Ice-cream!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and pop back real soon!

Blog hop with a difference

So today's post is one that is a little difference and has taken me a little long than it was meant to, to get up live, but I'm always a it of a better late than never person so here it is!

I was asked to take part in this by one of the most beautiful people you would meet that I get to call my friend!  Her name is Tiff Firth and she is seriously the most amazing blogger, I could only dream to blog a little as much as she does.  So the first part of this blog hop is to head on over to her blog and check it out. You are sure to admire her, her amazing photography and stunning layouts!  

Tiff's blog:  http://fluffingaround.blogspot.com.au/

Ok, so in this blog hop you get to know a little more about me (well I hope :D)

What am I working on at the moment:  Ok, so unfortunately I can't show any pictures but I am playing with the new summer release CHA for Spellbinders.  Oh there is so many amazing dies being released, I think the hardest part is not being able to share!  

I have also just finished a layout and video for The Crafter's workshop that I CAN share as it has just gone live on the blog :D  
I had lots of fun creating this layout and I even have  video to share on how I created the background for this layout.  
Check out the blog post here to see a full list of the stencils used as well as how the start of the background came together with step out pictures HERE

How long does it take to create a layout:
This depends so much on what I decide to create but mainly a deadline.  I work strongly to my deadlines and I definitely work best under pressure.  Last week I saw this having just 50 minutes in which to create a layout, photograph, edit the picture, add it to a blog post and then link it to get it in on time for a challenge.  I actually had not bother weather it won or not, for me it is more my own silly goals to see if I could get it done.  I'm funny like that, love a challenge and this one I set myself.  It was funny as all I had done was the stencilled background and although I was unwell that day I kept looking at it thinking... I really just want to get that last one done, it ate at me so I pushed myself and got it done.  
On the other side a layout can take me weeks as well through procrastinating!  

My Favourite things to create with:

Oh this would be so easy as you see all of these on most layouts I create!  

Faber-Castell Gelatos, The Crafters workshop stencils (reverse chickenwire probably my most used) and Spellbinders dies or other products... Gold Majesty circles still one of my ultimate favs!  

oh and I must add my Metallic melts that I am having so much fun with lately and Faber-Castell whipped spackle to that list as I just adore it as the ultimate texture paste.

How does my creating process work - 
If I am creating a layout for myself with not having to go anywhere it would usually start with an idea of something I would like to try or a photo that is inspiring the process.  Then I work out what I might like to use and set about creating a little 

How do I become and stay inspired - usually this is through new products that I get a chance to have a play with as I don't really get enough time to surf for inspiration, but if I'm really stuck I look though my ideas book for something I have jotted down that I would like to try.  When I have had some time to watch some videos or surf blogs I get inspired as well.  

What is my signature style
I can't say I have a stand out style, other than my work generally has a more modern feel.  Most of the time it is mixed media based but sometimes clean and simple too.  I do love to layer but with more than just the paper, with the background as well.  I am also well known for my more masculine layouts having only boys.

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little more!


D-lish Scraps 5th Birthday Bonanza cybercrop Challenge 3

Ok, so I couldn't resist finishing off this layout despite having a sore head... crafting is so relaxing though!  

Love this challenge by Alz as I don't do flowers all that often... well lately a little, but as I have boys and my own little rule of not putting flowers on a solely boy layout, they don't go on lots of my layouts ;)  But can I say... this was FUN!!!

Here is my take of using 5 or more flowers - so easy rummaging through the flowers stash!  At 11:10pm I only had the teal stencilling done.. and needed to pull it out FAST if I was to make it by midnight lol  There are SO MANY of my favourites on here including my all time favourite Glimmermist 'crushed shells' and Spellbinders Majesty Circles die and The Crafter's workshop Brocade stencil... helps to go to your favs when you want to do something quickly I think!   I also finished of the page with some of my favourite little embellishments including flower sequins, Want 2 Scrap Pearls in the centre as well as pearl flourishes and divine flowers from Prima, Kaisercraft and Manor House.

I'll update some detail pics shortly :)

ok, so this is the last one I got in... didn't let me link up at 5 mins to... but posted in FB instead :)

It was honestly so much fun!

only one challenge left to do... might do that in a couple of days.... 7 layouts in just over 24 hours, while looking after the boys, cooking dinner, cleaning up, and a trip to the library - lucky the challenges were so awesome that they all came together so easily... but now... hmmm might need a break :D


D-lish Scraps 5th Birthday Bonanza cybercrop Challenge 8

Well I hoped to get the last two I'm missing done, but the head is telling me otherwise, so here is my last challenge take :)  I will do those others, but it will have to be for another night I think!

How much fun is this technique!  I decided to add more colours with the same technique drawing on the colours of the ice-cream and my boy's t-shirt.   I love that I was able to match that colour and make it look like the ice-cream mess was all over my page, as to my surprise that day... he didn't wear any on this t-shirt!

I used a mixture of acrylic paint and watercolour paints in teal, light and dark blue and white as well.  I also teamed it up with Tinby Designs Metallic melts added with a opaque white stazon re-inker and 'Glistening snow' colour.  love how those circles came!

Ok, so that is the last of my take on the challenges.... would have loved to finish my last that I had just started before dinner, but think I'll take an opportunity for some R & R.  Night sweet readers!  Hope you have enjoyed my shares today!


D-lish Scraps 5th Birthday Bonanza cybercrop Challenge 7

Blue and yellow would have to be one of my favourite combinations - bring and fun and contrasting with the beautiful blue hues - what's not to love?

For this one I decided to create this layout as well I am part of a different kind of blog hop at the moment that the beautiful Tiff Firth nominated me for, only I've been busy today and yesterday doing challenge layouts - me bad!  So my post will have to go live tomorrow when I can sit down and do it.  That and because I have had a migraine today and tried to stay away from the computer, but well these posts have to go up tonight so I'm soldiering thorough.  ANYWAY enough blubber about me... here is my take on the colour pallet.  I had so much fun with Crafter's workshop stencils on this one, some Imagine Crafts Fireworks sprays, distress inks, gelatos, whipped spackle, flowers and something I don't use too often bling!  oh and some enamel dots of course!

OOPS! nearly forgot the detail pics!  Need to let you get up close :)

Just one more challenge share to come...stay tuned!

D-lish Scraps 5th Birthday Bonanza cybercrop Challenge 6

What a neat idea this challenge is!  I would REALLY love to go back and do more of the possibly options!  Definitely a tool to use when you are stuck to get started.  For my line I chose the second one down going horizontal - Paint, Tag/journal spot, buttons, stars, chipboard.

And this is my layout that evolved VERY quickly thanks to the challenge!  
I used lots of different products and bits and pieces on this one.  Really love how the heavy body acrylic paint came up with the stencilling and scraping, so much fun!  This layout is very different to my usual style, but I had so much fun with it and challenging myself.  

Here are some detail pics 

One more challenge shares to come...stay tuned!

D-lish Scraps 5th Birthday Bonanza cybercrop Challenge 2

Hi Everyone,

So I have finished more challenges for the cybercrop so getting them uploaded now.  Four more infact!  All the challenges have been so inspiring and this is definitely one of those.  love this sketch!

Here is the challenge that was set by the very beautiful Kylie

I found this sketch really inspiring and so much fun to play along with! I had fun with some airbrushing, foam stamping with gelatos, splatter resist with Tinby Designs Metallic Melts and also some rub-ons.  I chose not to do three photos, but instead added frames to take the place of additional photos.  I also added some silver wire to my clouds for their 'silver lining'.  

And some detail pics so you can get up close!

Three more challenge shares to come...stay tuned!

D-lish Scraps 5th Birthday Bonanza cybercrop Challenge 4

Hi Everyone,

As promised, here is my second finished challenge.  I chose this challenge as I have never actually done a rainbow coloured layout!  I have always wanted to, but just never found the right inspiration I guess.

Here is the challenge that was set by the very talented Agnus 

I have recently been playing with Spellbinders new line of co-ordinating products in the Celebrations range and I couldn't have thought of a better team up with that than some Faber-Castell Gelatos and a Crafters Workshop stencil.  Although not a requirement the birthday celebration theme was a great promt to scrapbook a pic I recently took on my phone of my eldest boy as we headed off to a party for some of his friends.

I really enjoyed creating this background in front of the TV last night while watching a movie, it was so relaxing adding and blending the colours.  I then completed the layout with the embossed doiley element, papers, twine stamping and die cuts.  So much fun!  

Here are some of the products I used to create this layout

Spellbinders Celebrations line, stamps, ink pads, embossing folder, twine and of course die sets!  I teamed it up with the microbial stencil from The Crafters Workshop, and Faber-Castell Gelatos and Whipped Spackle.  All my favourite products used on this one, and just love how it came, how challenged I was and that I have documented another special moment.

Here are some close up photos of the dimension, stamping  and gelatos fun I had.  

This collection and Gelatos are definitely an addiction for me at the moment!  All the designs for the new collection are modern and fun and perfect for scrapbooking my boy's pics, and gelatos, well they are just so so versitle!  I also just LOVE how they picked up the subtle texture created with one of my favourite TCW stencils!  

I hope to get more of the challenges done.. but running out of time - hasn't been much scrapping happening at my desk this past week (well that I can share anyway!)