Wednesday, March 30, 2011

You Are Out Of This World

Hey all! Leah here and I am so excited to be doing my first tutorial for you guys! I made a small card set and wanted to show how you can use your stamps to make a coordinating background paper.

You want to start by going through your stamps and finding some coordinating images. You want a large focal image and then something secondary to match, you may want to do smaller but that depends on what you like, but smaller will look better in the background.

These photos are a couple examples of sets that can easily be used for this technique.

I started with stamping my image on black cardstock and embossing with white embossing powder. Colored pencils on black cardstock just looks so cool! Before coloring your main image try some test colors on the black because not every color looks right on the black, so play a little before doing the real thing.
I also stamped in Frost Versamark with a small star stamp, adding just a little something to the focal image.

Okay, okay, before you look at this and think its a hot is, LOL, but the edges are clear even if there was some embossing powder that stuck to the inside (remember it will be covered and only showing the edges.) Make sure to rotate the stamped image around the outside edge so it has an appearance of being more like real printed paper. Here I embossed again with white powder, the embossing adds so much more to this technique!

This time I stamped and embossed black onto white cardstock and cut it out. Cut little addition to the inside!

I totally forgot to get a good photo of these before giving one away so here is quick photo I took with my cell phone. Not perfect but you can see the complete set! The sentiment in computer generated. I made a text box in black and then made the text white, then cut it out leaving some white border...

Something simple but oh so cool..makes me excited to pull out more of my stamps and try more for making my own backgrounds!!! Thank you so much for coming by and checking this out!!!
xoxo Leah

Monday, March 28, 2011


Hi Ann here thought I would show you how I have decorated this Twiddleybitz shadow box.

These are so much fun and so easy to do..They are ATC size and with plenty of dimension so you can really work with layers...something I love to do..

AND the BEST part Ness has them in stock....check them out here

Here is a photo of what I have used for the frame..

Burnt Umber

Sea Breeze

Chromiun Oxide Green

Versa Pinecone

Mica Powder Olive Green

Paint brush

Wet and dry sand paper....glue and Chux.

First read instruction and Assemble ( don't forget to glue )

The first thing is paint the whole box with the Burnt Umber
let dry.

Now using the chux and green paint very small amount straight from the tube rub randomly over the box...let dry then do the same with the Sea Breeze.

When paint is thoroughly dry ... wet the sand paper and rub around until you are happy with the affect.

The top frame

I firstly painted with burnt umber when that was dry using my finger I rubbed some Mica powder olive green very lightly over the top of the burnt umber then the edges with Versa colour pinecone.

So now you are finished and ready to decorate.

Some close ups of how I have done the is very layered but hard to show with photos

the inside is only ATC size.

Hope you enjoyed... Don't miss out head over to the shop now.... click here

Thanks Ann xx

Friday, March 25, 2011

My regular habits....

Hello everybody, Nicole here with today's blog post. I had clean forgot about it until about half an hour ago, so thought I better get on here and sort something out for you all.

I was sitting at my table when I remembered about this and I had been looking at the page I am working on at the moment. I often look at my pages and think of the few things that I do regularly when scrapping, and wonder if anyone else has anything they do regularly.

There is at least 3 things I do every single page -
*I always do something to the edge of the photo/s. Whether it is sanding them, distressing them, inking or painting, I never have the edges of my photos untouched.
*I never stick things down until I have everything cut out and set out to how I want it. This gives me the opportunity to add something or take something away. There have been times when I have completely wiped my base clean and started again - that's a bit hard to do when it's all glued down.
*I always reach for my scraps first. It's not often that I will reach for a full sheet for something that I need for my page. I keep all my scraps and 9 times out of 10 will find what I need in my scraps.

I have lots of other techniques that I use on most pages too.
* I use lots of ink. I am regularly inking the edges of my paper and cardstock. And it's not often that I do a neat little inked edge. It's usually all messy and grungy like, and I usually get a good lot of ink all over my hands too!!
* I love to distress the edges of my paper and cardstock. Like inking, I love the definition and texture it gives. Again, it's never a neat little distress, it's normally a messy edge with a bigger tear or 2 in it.
* It's not unusual for me to combine the inking and the distressing. Another thing that I love the look of.
* I often alter the base of my layouts. Sometimes it's just a simple spray of Glimmermist or Colour Spray, a swish of paint, using a mask, or stamping. I often find that a page is a bit flat sometimes and just needs that little bit of oomph, so I add some texture to the background to add that needed lift.

So here is some my recent layouts showing my regular techniques:

~This page shows my love for inked and distressed edges. You can also just see the white sanded edge of my photo.
The page below shows a background altered with paint. It just lifts the rest of the page that little bit.

The next page has no ink, no paint or glimmermist but it does have an altered background. I glued a piece lace cut paper over the background cardstock just to give that extra bit of texture. You can see the white sanded edges of my photos here.

This next page is a very good example of my messy inking technique. I love ink and what you can do with it. Again notice the sanded edge of my photo.

And my last page shows lots of paint. I painted the edges of my photos and the edge on my paper. I also used Glimmermist and a bit of paint on the background to alter it and give it a little texture and colour.

So what techniques do you use regularly without realising that you do it? And are there any techniques that you use to make other people recognise that it is your work?
Thanks for looking today and I hope you all have a great weekend.
Hugs, Nick xxx

Wednesday, March 23, 2011



Hi everyone

Today we have a product review on the beautiful Green Tara Silver Sprays.

The images don't do them much justice but once you see them and use them you are hooked!!

The Silver Sprays we stock a large range of which have a multitude of applications. You can create fabulous scrapbooking layouts with them but they are also wonderful for wedding table decorations, bouquet decoration, christmas decorations, off the page projects and many other things too.

Many different ways to use them, cut them apart and use on a number of different layouts or projects.

Here is a layout I have done previously using the sprays, I have also used a number of other Green Tara products on this layout too such as the Battik vintage flowers which I made into a vine and the puffy vine ribbon.

The Silver Sprays used on this layout you can find here

I have used Silver Sprays Butterflies and entwined into my handmade vine
I have also used another on the bottom left corner of the layout but it is currently out of stock.

for the frame below that I made for my eldest daughter Sarah, I have cut apart the Silver/Acrylic Butterfly Spray which you will find here in the store.

As you can see I have trimmed the dress form with parts of the spray and then in with the flowers at the base.

In a previous post from Lisa which you can find here, she has used the Green Tara Silver Spray to add to her layout

Lisa's layout - So Special

Here are a few more that some of the Design Team girls have done.

Annette Gearside has used a full spray on this layout below

here Annette has used the spray up in behind her embellishments, cutting it to suit

This next layout has been done by Eve Sheppard, this was a kit for the shop which is now sold out. Eve has used her's to spray out from the flowers and around her photo which ties in perfect with the patterned paper.
Here a more of Eve's gorgeous layouts all using the beautiful Green Tara Silver Sprays

and now for the blog candy!!

All you have to do to be in the running to win a lovely selection of Green Tara silver sprays is become a follower of our blog, leave a comment in this post and share this with your friends on your blog.

and this is what you could win!!
5 packs of gorgeous Silver Sprays

a random winner will be drawn at the end of the month!!

Be sure to check out all the beautiful Green Tara Silver Sprays in the store here

Monday, March 21, 2011

Using up your scraps...

Hi everyone.

It is my final post at Scrap with V and I though I would share with you one of my favourite things to do after I have made a LO with my kit....make cards.

My last kit from SWV had the beautiful My Mind's Eye paper and when I had finished I only had a few small strips left and some brown cardstock. But these are perfect scraps to starting making some cards with.
I went through my stash and found some script paper (this is a digital paper that I print out on a regular basis...I love to use it on my cards), some buttons and twine, some cream sating ribbon and lace, a paper doily and a little peg (both found a most bargain stores).

So firstly I pleated my strips of patterned paper...

I then used my Spellbinder dies and cuttlebug to cut out some frames from the brown cardstock.
Then I assembled the cards and printed out the sentiment...too easy.

I hope this inspires you to stretch your SWV kits in the future.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tutorial - Border Layout

Hello. It is finally my turn to do up a blog post again at Scrapwithv. Today I will like to share with you guys on how to create a pattern border around the page. If you don't quite get what I mean, I have a sample layout that I have done using this technique. :)

The shaped layout border that I have done:

close up details :
So here we goes. Let's get started on it. It is pretty simple.

Things that you need:

1) A border punch.
2) 12 by 12 trimmer.
3) Paper that you want to use as the border.

Step 1: Trim a 2 inches paper and punch it with a border punch

Step 2: Cut the border into small pieces as shown below

Step 3: Apply glue on the bottom of the piece.

Step 4: Start sticking it behind the page accordingly.
This is what you get after pasting more of it.
You will now have a pattern border around the page.

This is my first tutorial ever! Hope you all like it.
You can use any other border punches to have this effect!
This is pretty easy! Do try it out now! :)

Thanks for looking!


Green Tara floral sprays and more My Minds Eye....

So I have just come back from a scrapbook weekend with a bunch of gorgeous girls on the Gold Coast - I even got to meet Ness and Annette as they brought loads of fabulous stuff from the store !!! Here is one of the layouts I did and it features quite a bit of stuff that Ness has in store!!!!

The papers are of course the beautiful My Minds Eye - Portobello Road available HERE
I also used some stunning Prima flowers and Ness has the BEST range going - I just love them!!!
Check them out HERE

And finally I used one of the new Green Tara sprays - OMG - these are just stunning and so beautiful to use..... all sorts of styles so check them out HERE and see what you can do!!

Thanks for looking and check out the Green Tara sprays for yourself!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

FWAB Product Review WINNER!!

Hi everyone

This post is very late I know. Moving and not having internet is a killer LOL!!

Anyway without further ado I am going to announce the random winner of the Flourish with a Bling Product Review.

and the winner is...

Kirsten said...

I love flourish with bling embellishments. I have used them a fair bit lately on my layouts. I find the pearl flourish stick well on the page and are easy to handle and dont get all floppy when you are trying to stick them. I also love the puffy flourishes and japanese looking flourishes. they are great. I have provided a link on my blog

Congratulations Kirsten!!

please email me your postal details at and your Flourish with a Bling goodies will be on the way!!

Keep your eye open for another fab Product Review and Giveaway!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

15th March Sketch Challenge!

Hi all, It's Amanda here bringing you our mid-month sketch challenge. I designed this sketch simply, to allow for your own interpretations!

Here are what the clever DT ladies have done with it...

Amanda Jones

Jodi Dolbel

Kristie Taylor

Eve Sheppard

Lisa K

Tina Reynolds

Nicole Knopke

Leah Schaeffer

Entries must be linked up by 31st March!

Thanks for playing along can't wait to see your creations :)

Amanda x
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