Spellbinders Gallery Art

Ever wonder where all this work I have been creating over the last few months for Spellbinders is.... well some of it goes into publications, some for advertisements and then some goes up in the Art Gallery which is chock full of LOADS of inspiration all with information on how they are created!  Yes a gallery full of instructions!  Some of our work is used in other areas, but these are the main three.  So I have recently had a couple of projects loaded up into the Gallery so I thought I would share them with you today... one I think will be an long time favourite!

The first of my shares is a beautiful altered high heel I created what seems like AGES ago! Yes it does take a while before our work is more public as there is so many different areas it could end up.

For so long I had this vision in my head about altering a show and including a metal tip, probably because I adore beautiful shoes even if I don't often get a chance to wear them.  This shoe stared out as a deep red leather shoe but with some major altering ended like this.

Here are some detail pics of the shoe:
There was just so many details I thought a collage would be perfect.   You

To create the shoe I used the following Spellbinders dies
You can see a full supplies list over at the gallery as well as catch the brief tutorial here to help you get creative with your own shoe.

I also have a second project in the gallery which is this simple but sweet card.  I just loved the softness of the colours and how it came together.

For this project I used the following Spellbinders dies:

  • S5-192 Diamond Effects
  • S6-008 Exquisite Labels Eleven

  • You can catch up on the tutorial to help you create your own version of my card in the Art gallery here

    I hope you have enjoyed my share today, and I have inspired you to get a little creative with the items around you!

    If you are interested in learning a little more about Spellbinders dies I will be teaching at the Melbourne Papercraft expo 21-23 February.  Bookings for classes open on Wednesday 29th January at 12 midday.  You can catch all the details in my previous post here.

    Once Upon a Sketch - January Challenge

    While away on my holidays I got some time to create while everyone was having chill time on various stops we did along the way.  I fell in love with this sketch and while Once Upon a Sketch is a challenge site I have admired for all the amazing and beautiful layouts created by the design team and participants in the challenges - not to mention the awesome sketches, I just hadn't found the time last year.  Well this all changed and I got to have a play and take part this month.  This is my take on the sketch challenge for January:
    The theme for inspiration was 'lesson learnt' and I guess it stuck in my mind that I'm learning to accept that my youngest little man is growing up too, becoming less of a toddler every day.
    This is the sketch for this month's challenge.  You can see loads of more inspiration from the amazing design team as well as all the details to play along here.
    For those that don't really understand sketches, they are basically like a map of where the elements of the layout go.  Some use them more as an inspiration starting point or others a way of having fun following a design getting creative with the elements on their own layout while trying to stick to the sketch.  The latter would be me... I love that they push me to try a different placement, add something extra somewhere where I wouldn't have thought to or sometimes trying to come up with something creative to represent an element in the sketch picture.  

    So if you ever have a creative block or simply want to be pushed creatively I think giving these types of challenges a go.  They are also fantastic for beginners not knowing where to start as often trying to copy a layout can be very overwhelming at times.  

    I had fun creating this layout with texture paste, paper from Fancy Pants Designs, Pink Paislee, Echo park, Carta Bella and Bazzill®; Craft Queen™ twine, The Crafters Workshop stencil, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Lemon, Mint and Mango Gelatos® and PITT® Pastel Pencil 1122-140 some My Mind's Eye™ enamel dots, Heidi Swapp & Basic Grey® alphas and of course the following Spellbinders™ dies:

    WOW that is a mix of products lol - almost deceiving how many different brands I used on this one to achieve the look I wanted!  Maybe a little because I was challenged by only the supplies I had taken with me in the caravan on our holiday!

    Here are some detail pics so you can see all the texture and fun I had while changing the elements up a little.  

    Hope you enjoyed having a look at my take on Once Upon a Sketch's challenge for January and think about taking part too!

    Oh and just an update Scrapbook and Papercraft expo in Melbourne where I will be teaching two classes isn't open until WEDNESDAY 29th January at noon. 

    Sorry in my previous post I said it was the 23rd as that is what the website had (incorrectly) I have updated my post but thought people might not know... Click here for post and links to the website :)  

    Scrapbook and Papercraft expo Melbourne

    Some more exciting news to share today!!  I will be teaching at the Papercraft and Scrapbook expo in Melbourne at the end of February.  I am so excited to get the opportunity to teach and inspire others at the show with a Tutor's display board and two classes where people can come along and learn my way of creating.  

    In both classes you will work at completing one layout and get started at least completing the background for a second layout that you can easily finish at home. We will be having fun with Spellbinder die cuts, Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts products including goosebumps and fireworks teamed up with yummy products from Craft Queen.

    You can check out all the details of my classes here 

    BOOKINGS GO LIVE WEDNESDAY 29TH MIDDAY  and spots are limited.  Given the size of this expo classes often fill fast as well with limited participants in each class.  

    Here are some sneaks of each class.  

    All Smiles (your choice to go boy or girl)

           Layout 1                                                   Layout 2


    A Trendy Feminine Delight class:

           Layout 1                                                   Layout 2

    I would love to catch up with you if you can make it along!  

    Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Design team 2014

    Well how excited am I!  I made the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Guest Design team for the first half of 2014.  I am beyond ecstatic!  

    I am very humbled to be designing along side the following very talented and amazing ladies:

    Tenia Nelson  
    Stacey Schaefer 

    Karen Crossen  
    Krista Van Tol 
    Nadia Canizzo  
    Vicky P  
    Mieko Sejima  
    Yuka Tanaka 

    Olga Siedlecka 

    Jeanne Streiff 

    Not to mention the Design team full off amazing and wonderful ladies.

    Some new products are just about on their way to us all to play with and I'm just so excited to be playing with the new products released out of CHA this month, and being given the opportunity to share what I create with them!  

    Scrapfriends sketch challenge using Spellbinders new release dies

    I have been having so much fun creating in the caravan while away, and most I have been able to share.  This is one layout that took me about 5 days to complete and I loved EVERY minute of creating it.  I created it as part of Scrapfriends Janurary Sketch challenge… you can see all the details here, but here is the sketch and what a doozie it is!

    As I’m travelling at the moment on our summer holiday in the caravan, I could only take so much stuff me when I wanted some creative down time.  This along with the sketch being so detailed really had me get my creative hat on. Here is my take on the sketch. 
     I don’t always create with a great deal of ‘bought’ embellishments, but a sketch like this really did call for it.  I didn’t however really take much with me other than some enamel dots and a couple of packets of chipboard elements that were from collections that just didn’t work with these colours at all.  BUT what I did take away with me was LOTS of Spellbinders dies, cause lets face it, you can create anything armed with these!  That and the fact that I really wanted to have more of a play with the dies being released next week at CHA.  When I saw this sketch I just knew one of the new release dies would be perfect, and one I hadn’t had a chance to play with yet.

    A2 Modern Stationary
    Approx. Measurements
    1: 1⅛ x 2⅝”
    2: 1⅝ x 2⅞”
    3: 2⅛ x 3⅜”
    4: 2⅝ x 3⅞”
    5: 3⅛ x 4⅜”
    6: 3⅝ x 4⅞”
    7: 4⅛ x 5⅜”

    This layout did come together through a long process that I hope you will enjoy me sharing, so sit down grab a cuppa and hold on as I take you along the journey that became the completed layout above.  If you are not up for a long read and yes WARNING WARNING WARNING lots of reading ahead, you can just look at the pics and get an idea of the steps to create the layout, saving you lots of time!  If you are a details person and would love a good read on about how my thought and creative process evolved, read on!

    I started out with some white cardstock, I chose the Bazzill Basics Card Shoppe paper as it is thicker and takes different mediums being added to it well.  I added some stamping using Hero Arts Shadow inks in soft granite, teamed up with a My Fun StampersJourney stamp ‘Chevron trail’ for the pattern in the background.  Gee I love this stamp!  I then added some Pan Pastels in Ultra Marine in an ombre effect from left to right of the page, adding in a little white to the right side.  I love how you can build up the intensity of PanPastels but just as easily drop the colour off as well. 

    Next was the black line of twine.  I just LOVE my Art Deco Gloss Enamel paints as they seem to dry quicker and leave sheen.  I don’t have all my paints with me, but these were a must!  I dipped some twine into the paint, ensured it was coated and then pulled it out.  I then added it to the layout guiding it where I wanted my line to go (obviously as per the sketch).

    To build on the background I wanted to add some colour that was going to be a bit of a contrast to the layout colours and chose red.  I delved into my set of Faber Castell Gelatos and found the perfect colour which was just bright enough.  I mixed it into some water and using the dropper I sucked up all the colour and deposited onto my layout.  I also added some round circles by dipping casing for the dropper which holds all the liquid into the watery gelato mix and stamping onto the layout.  

    At this stage I wish I had filmed it as I really loved where it was going – but it was created in the caravan mostly at night, so that was going to be hard! 

    Still so much more to do so I carried on.  

    I added some stamped butterflies in Hero Arts ‘Unicorn’ which is a white colour to the layout, along with some black wire fence stamping in black, all trying to work in with the sketch.  

    Next was embellishing the page.  What could I do with pretty much only dies to work with…..
    I started by nesting and cutting the new A2 Modern Stationary dies (#4, #5 & #6 – dies numbered small to large) out of some Spellbinders Aluminium sheets.  I then embossed them using Spellbinders  ‘So Trendy’ and ‘Harlequin’ M-Bossibility folders.  

    I wanted to tone down the silver colour a little so painted them all with black Art Deco Gloss Enamel paint, allowed it to dry and then sanded them to reveal the pattern a little more strongly.  

    I wanted to accent one of the frames on each side of the layout and so added some blue paint to the top frame on each side.  To finish them a little more I took a black marker to the edge of each of the frames.  I felt it really helped to give them a little more individuality on the layout.  I just love how this die works on the page, bit more fun than a plain rectangle frame.

    I distressed some hessian/Burlap and added that to the layout with the frames. 

    Next I worked at creating the additional embellishments for the layout.  I cut out many many circles I think about 15 in all from Spellbinders Standard Circles large and small nested together to achieve a fine circle line.  I did these in white and black cardstock to help them stand out a little more for the ones that were sitting on the blue background area.  Before adhering them together I added some white lines over the black cardstock to give the effect of even more circles stacked on top of each other randomly.  I was so pleased with how they came.  I stamped the ‘hello’ word from an Amy Tangerine AC stamp set to a black circle with VersaMark ink and added some white PanPastels over the top for a chalk effect.  I then added it to the back of the main circle feature, and finished it off with some My Mind’s Eye Enamel dots.

    I was really enjoying the industrial feel to the layout, but wanted to add a bit of a natural feel to it too.  I was a bit sad that I didn’t have any chipboard with me as I thought that would have been perfect… so I got my creative hat on again and though, why not die cut some cogs out of wood pattern paper!  I thought of changing up a little from the sketch here, but with the industrial feel I had going on I knew the cogs were perfect, so I stuck with them and used Spellbinders Sprightly sprockets die set to create them.  I also used this set for the washer type circle, die cut it out of white cardstock and added some grey PanPastel to colour it up and cut the gears off from the outside of it to form the circle. I always emboss with my dies as it really finishes them off, in this case it meant lots more accent as the PanPastels really picked up all the detail.

    So then onto my next challenge the circle with the lines in it and a button.  I loved the contrast of the lines on this circle and although I could have gone with anything else here, I wanted to include it.  I therefore adhered a square piece of hessian/Burlap to some clear plastic.  While the glue was still wet, I pulled out one by one the all the fibers going one way leaving a series of lines.  I then cut this into a circle.  I decided to ink up the burlap lines with some black ink.  Although I did have a couple of buttons left over from a kit I took away with me, I decided to add some enamel dots to balance with the ones I added in the ‘hello’ circle I created earlier. 

    I also noticed the stitching lines in the sketch, for this I decided on some barbed wire, again to go with the industrial feel.  The only thing is I didn’t have any chipboard barbed wire either… given we are travelling in the outback I could probably have found some REAL barbed wire, but I remembered a BoBunny stamp set that I had packed.  I stamped with some Black StazOn on some plastic from used stickers and then fussy cut them out.  They were really easy to add to the layout in this form which also kept their fine lines more authentic. 

    I finished off the layout with a bit of chevron washi tape as per the sketch near the photo, as well as my title cut out of Spellbinders Font One Uppercase alphabet set and Red Bazzill cardstock.  I also added some Fancy Pants chevron paper the ‘treasure’ word and the arrow frame at the bottom right of the photo cut from some Teresa Collins paper.  The last little addition was the hearts stamped from the Amy Tan AC stamp set used earlier and fussy cut out before adding them to the layout. 
    If you are still reading at this point I applaud you lol… it was a journey and a half creating this layout and I felt although I have never done such a post, I felt I wanted to share.  I know it would have been MUCH easier to portray this in a video, but given I created this in the caravan, at least there is some step by step pics!  Here are more detail pics I took to give you a better feel for all the embellishments created. 

    To reward you for getting near the end of this epic post… I thought I would share another card I created using another of the new dies released yesterday.   

    This card was much easier to put together with most of the work being in the background piece where I blended a few different PanPastels for a soft background.  I love how this card came together in a colour I don’t normally use on cards.  I am totally in love with the new feathers dies and how they can be so effective in the simplest form.
    Approx. Measurements

    1: 1⅝ x 1”
    2: 1⅞ x ⅞”
    3: 2 x ¾”
    4: 2½ x ⅝”
    5: 2⅝ x 1”
    6: 3½ x ⅞”

    There are more dies part of the release that were ‘outed’  yesterday as part of the Spellbinders Sneak Peekblog give-away, and you can check out the post here to see them!  Some more amazing designers for Spellbinders, Seth, Holly and Candy have step by steps of amazing projects to share with you on their blogs.  So head on over and check it all out.  There are amazing prizes up for grabs, so don’t forget to enter as well! 

    Oh and just an update Scrapbook and Papercraft expo in Melbourne where I will be teaching two classes is open WEDNESDAY 29th January at noon. 

    Thanks for hanging around and I’ll try and get another post up real soon! Sure to be much shorter too xxx

    Scrap the boys and PTT Tuesdays January Challenge

    Hi Everyone,

    Today I'm here sharing with you my take on the January challenges over at Scrap The Boys and Party Time Tuesdays - Your Daily Dose.
    Both of these challenges are live now so come along and play!

    First is Scrap the boys which went live at the start of this month.  The challenge was to scrap something new.   My boy got a plate for his mouth in December, so I thought it a perfect 'something new' and the bright colours he chose for it pushed me in the direction of a bright mixed media background to compliment it.

    This layout is from the Scrappy Chat designs kit to be released next month.  If you have ever wanted to know more about layering backgrounds, this is the month to join in with the kits as we explore paint, ink and metallic melts on some different scrapbooking layouts, complete with videos so you can really learn how to go about it all.
    And here are some pics of all the details....

    The next layout I'm sharing is for Party Time Tuesdays - Your Daily Dose challenge and inspiration blog.  This challenge is a colour challenge in line with the new look of the blog.
    I love these colours and thought it beautiful for our family Christmas photo from 2012, and PERFECT for My Mind's Eye -All is bright collection... which I might add although I have created lots of layouts with this collection, this is my first ACTUAL Christmas one!  Here is my take:
    Sorry I don't have my detail pics with me so will have to share those later as I'm away at the moment.
    Hope to see you play along with one of these challenges, as they are both so much fun!