Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stitchin' and Mistin'

Hi folks! Amanda here bringing you a little technique to add interest to your backgrounds. I've shown my technique on a card here, but it works just as well on your scrapbook layouts.

To create my misted and stitched background first of all I punched 3 circles from a scrp of cardstock, and layed them over my card blank randomly on the top half of the card.

I then misted lightly over the top, to create the circle shapes.

Next I used a paper piercing tool to pierce holes around the edges of the circles.

And using embroidery thread in a coordinating colour I stitched around my circles using a back stitch.

Once all your circles have been stitched, embellish your card!

I love my ink sprays and am always looking for new ways to use them in my crafting. I'd love to see what you've created with yours! Link up your projects in the comments so I can come and be nosey :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

GIVEAWAY!! Flourish with a Bling

This month we have been showing you how Flourish with a Bling can make your layouts pop!!

Be sure to check out the posts by Lisa and myself.

All you need to do is follow our blog and leave a comment in the original product review post here or click on the image above to head there to be in the running to win this great giveaway!!

This will be a random draw (luck of the draw)
Winner will be announced on 2nd March.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flourish with a bling

Ness has just got  a fabulous collection of Flourish with a bling.

I have  used these a few tmes and they are  the best - they are so easy to use and they dont get tangled and caught like some  other brands.  Today I am going to show you a couple of examples of the flourish with a bling  and how you can use them.

The colours of the flourishes are fabulous and they almost glimmer -  I love them!!

This is my Number 2 son - we have the same initials .  It bothered me to begin with but now its like  a special  bond with the two of us...this layout was dedicated to that! 

So get into the shop and take a look HERE

Monday, February 21, 2011


Hi everyone Eve here with you today , I have a little Tutorial for you on how to make chipboard buttons .
things you will need are
1 sheet of chipboard
scrap papers of your choice
hole punch
circle cutters .....

First you will need to cut out some circles in different sizes from the chip board ....

Next you will need to cut out the same size circles from your pattern paper to match your chippboard circles
I have done 6 in 3 different sizes .

Now glue the paper to the chipboard circles and take your Ink ...I used pinecone ...and ink all the edges of your circles .

Now with a hole punch or eyelet setter punch the holes in the centre of the circles , you can have sets of 2 or sets of 4 holes ..I have used a mixture of both .

And !!!VOILA!!! you have made yourself a set of cute little buttons ..

Here is how i used these little buttons on a layout ...Hope you have enjoyed my Tutorial

Hugz Eve

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Product Review Flourish with a Bling and Win!!

Click on the image above to head over to the shop to see all the lovely designs from Flourish with a Bling.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Love is in the Air February Cyber Crop

Hi everyone!!

Hasn't the time come around fast?? Here we are in February already and so much has happened around our country this year already.

I hope that everyone has remained safe from the floods, cyclones and fires.
It's certainly been a terrible start to the new year for many people but it has been amazing to see our country come together and help everyone and anyone in need.

Makes us very proud Aussies I think...

Well we have a great cyber crop in store for you tonight, great challenges and prizes!!

The chat section on the right side bar, please login and chat with us!!

Ok so lets get started with

Challenge 1 - with Tina Reynolds

So for my challenge it's a colour challenge

Main colours RED BLACK AND WHITE and you have to use a text out of a LOVE SONG for your title!!

Here is my take on the challenge.

Challenge 2 with Valerie Bishop - Sketch Challenge

and Valerie's take on her sketch

Challenge 3 - Card Challenge with Nicole Knopke

February is always associated with love because of Valentine's Day. I hope we all got spoiled this year (if you celebrate Valentine's Day). I got a Guess watch that has butterflies and bling on it. We got it on the cruise duty free. I haven't seen DH yet coz he is away for work and won't be home till next week so we may celebrate our own Valentine's Day then :)

In this month of love, I would like to see a little bit of love on your card. I would like you to use the word "love" somewhere on the card, have at least one heart, use 2 or more layers and finally I would like to see you use a colour on your card that you love. The colour I love the most is the one colour I have missing in my (all blue in this house) so my card is mostly pink!! Now it's your turn to share the love and have some fun. Good Luck xxx


Ok girls, this is your criteria for tonight, have fun

use five buttons
paper pleating
chipboard and alter it in some way - emboss distress etc

use Amy Benders origami hearts on your layout from the tutorial on the blog here

and lastly you must use lace

and now for the MYSTERY CHALLENGE with Kristie

This is your sneak peak of the challenge tonight. As Kristie is overseas she won't be hosting the mystery challenge in the chat area, so below we have posted the instructions for you. If you have any questions please yell out in the chat section on the right side bar of the blog.

you will need:

5 empty toilet paper rolls (just hang with me, it will be awesome, I promise!!)

5 peices of matching patterned paper measuring the length of the toilet paper

roll plus 1 inch, and the width of the toilet paper roll plus 1 inch.(so mine are 5"x 6")
5 peices of matching cardstock measuring 4"x 2 1/4"

assorted ribbon to match your paper

2 metal rings(or binder)

ink if desired(I personally think that everything looks better with ink, but thats just me)

assorted embellies like paper flowers and paper ribbon,buttons, etc.

Step one:

use a bone folder or the side of a butter knife to flatten each of the toilet paper rolls

step two:

cover each roll with one of the 5"x6" peices of paper

step three:

on the end of each roll, you should have about a 1/4" of "overhang" snip the overhanging paper at each corner diagonally, so that it can be folded to the inside of the roll.(glueing as you fold)

step four:

flatten with your bone folder or butter knife again and ink all the edges if desired.

step five:

take the 5 peices of matching cardstock measuring 4"x 2 1/4" and round the corners and punch a hole in the center of one end.making each one into a tag to be placed inside the open end of each toilet paper these if desired, and stamp on them too if you like.

step six:

punch two holes on the end of each paper covered roll about one inch apart and place each roll on the rings

step seven:

tie ribbon on the rings

step eight:

embellished,, add photos and journaling..........etc etc..

Ok ladies, I can't wait to see your takes on the challenges.

You have a week to complete your challenges, although you don't have to do all challenges to be eligible to win a prize, there is a prize for each challenge.

Entries will close at midnight Saturday 26th February and winners will be announced soon after.

Once you have completed all the challenges or even if you only complete a few, upload them to your blog as 1 post and link up to Mr Linky below.
If you don't have a blog please email your challenges to us at and we will host them for you.

Great prizes to be won!!

Have fun!!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Folded flower tutorial

It's Irit here and welcome to my folded flower tutorial .
This is a kind of flower you can do in a very easy 4 steps and using all paper strip lefovers from your stash. In my tutorial I use Cheery Lynn Designs border die, but you can use any other shaped border die, any kind of border punch or even your old and forgotten decorative scissors.
Here are the steps for my Folded flower
Step1. Cut a 1'' stripe from your favorite paper, die cut it with some border die (also you can do it with your border punch too- but it takes time, or even with some decorative scissors if you still keep them .. LOL)

Step 2. Take the cut stripe and begin to fold like an accordion fold- do it about 1/4 '' mostly- I know it's a bit hard with a cardstock, but then your flower will be stable more than with thin paper.

Fold your strip as shown here 

Step 3. Punch 2 cardstock flowers and add some glue over the lower one, then glue the ends of your folded stripe as shown
Layer the flower over the glued flower and add another cardstock glued flower over the top of your folds.

Step 4:Now go to your stash and find some nice button, big crystal or small flower to use as your flower center. Enjoy it!

Now try to make some of those flowers by yourself and show them here. We really want to see what you can make from all those fancy paper strip you have for ages.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I owe you some Winners!!

Hi everyone

Sorry this post is so late, so much been happening.

So without further ado I would like to announce the winners for the January sketches.

a big congratulations goes to ...

Belinda Spencer for her gorgeous layout - Precious for the January 1st Sketch

and also to

Blondeone for her gorgeous layout for the January 15th Sketch

Congratulations Belinda and Blondeone
please email me with your postal details to so I can post out your prize packs!!

Thank you everyone for participating, all the entries were absolutely awesome and made it hard. This is why I am giving away 2 prize packs for January!!

Be sure to enter for the February Sketches for your chance to win great prize packs packed full of great goodies from A2Z Scraplets, 2Crafty, Green Tara, Prima and so much more!!

until next time...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February 15th Sketch

So its that time again for the middle of the month sketch. It was Lisa K's turn to supply a sketch and she has given us this lovely sketch which was designed by Emma Stafrace - and here it is

look at the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team

Lisa Kamphuis - Surf's up

Eve Sheppard - Good Times

Jodi Dolbel with her digital layout - Just Sitting Around

Tina Reynolds - Up to no good

Natalie Hearn - Turning Three

Kristie Taylor - My eyes adore you

Nicole Knopke - Paradise Found


Why not give this sketch a whirl to be in the running for a great prize pack!! Enter both sketches for the month to double your chance!!

Entries close midnight on 28th February, link up to Mr Linky below

Thanks for stopping by, until next time...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Origami Hearts for Valentine's Day!

Here are some quick and easy steps to make some Origami Hearts for your Valentine's Day projects!

I hope that you enjoy this photo tutorial and my finished project!

Thank you so much for looking and I hope you have enjoyed my photo tutorial! Have a wonderful day!

~Amy Bender