Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A quick make for time poor scrappers

Welcome back, Welcome back...
To all of my crafty friends that have been sending their wishes and prayers lately to myself and my family and my whole community during the time of the Cat5 Cyclone, I thank you all very much from the bottom of my heart!
There were some scary moments, but we've all managed to come out the other side alive and unharmed.. We have sustained some damage, but nothing major to our house / shed.. However our yard full of truly beautiful big trees have been demolished.. It looks very bare!
Anyway, during this situation my post for the Memory Maze team was approaching very quickly.. I didn't have much time to be creative lately as the clean up and recovery comes first..
However last night I sat down to my table fairly late and started on my make..
I was totally overwhelmed with TOO MUCH supplies and TOO MANY ideas!
So I emptied my desk and started from scratch..
In this post I am going to share with you the 5 very simple steps it took to create this quick layout.. It's perfect for time poor crafters, beginners or advanced scrappers that need a back to basics project to "reset" their lacking mojo..
OR this would be great at your next crop or retreat session..
1. Splatter the base cardstock with mist or paint.
*I used a paint brush dipped in Red mist
2. Cut up your chosen MM chippie design, paint / colour it.*I used Tim Holtz BLACK crackle paint and Dimentional Magic over the top.
3. Place MM chippie in positions so they will pop out from under your photos. *Best to have a play with the photos and the chipboard before you actually stick these down. I used glue. Also, remember to wait until it's all dry until you place anything to minimise smudges!
4. Stick down photos. (use an Acetate overlay also if you wish) *I used a cute Kaiser film strip set overlay of my photos. I love this effect!
The photos feature my big boy Lane playing AFL for the U13's Yeppoon Swans in the finals.. Yes, they are the 2014 Grand Final Champions!
5. Complete your layout with other embellishments as you wish.. (Additional MM chipboards / flowers / bling / title / journaling)
*I heat embossed an AFL ball MM chippie..
Easy - DONE in under 1 hour! :)
The Memory Maze chipboard I used were from my very old stash.. However they do have loads of fun new designs that would look even better on your creations!!
Lastly, my post wouldn't be finished if I didn't share with you a photo of Hunter assisting with the creative process of this layout..
Thanks for stopping by.. Toni..

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Memory Maze fun with Dry Embossing and Gelatos

Today I had a chance to finally get around to having a play with a piece of Memory Maze chipboard using a couple of new techniques that I haven't tried yet.. 
So I just wanted to quickly share my progress..
I started off with the "Mum" chipboard.. It's a nice thick piece that is great for a title..
I chose this piece in particular so that it will go onto a creation sometime in the future..  
I have never tried to dry emboss chipboard before, but have been wanting to for a little while..
So I pulled out the Big Shot and this cute new embossing folder and gave it a go..
*Tip - Be careful and don't force your folder! I now have an imprint of half a "M" before I realised and quickly reversed it back out of the roller.. oops.. lol
Next, I lightly covered with some gesso to give it a nice white base..
As I've never used the Gelato's, I wasn't sure if it would help brighten the colour..
*Tip - I don't think it really mattered to be honest.. lol

Now for the Gelato.. I used the Metallic Silver as the first coat and totally fell in love with the true colour that it gave..
*Tip - I just used my finger to rub the colour to give a nice even coat..
Lesson learnt - I tried to use the craft mat and use the Gelato as a Water Colour, however it didn't seem to work because of the gesso..

Next, I added the Metallic Melon and Metallic Mint colours to the raised embossed parts of the design... Again, just using my finger to rub it as per my liking..
*Tip - It's a good idea to redo some parts with the Silver, as the colours got a bit smudgy..

Finished project
Since I want to keep this piece for a future project, I didn't want to adhere it to anything just yet..
So here I've just laid it on top of a couple of cardstock mats so you can get the full effect and colours of the chipboard..

Thanks very much for joining me this afternoon.. I'm not 100% happy with the process a I had wanted to do a few more steps adding a technique with a stencil as well, but since the piece wasn't quite big enough I had to settle for trying out the extended version next time.. lol.. :)
I am happy with how it has turned out though, especially since it was my first attempt at the dry embossing chipboard AND my first time using Gelatos too..
I do think I'll be able to put this piece to good use soon! Although when I do, I think I might add some coordinating Kindy Glitz and some Dimensional Magic to really make it pop as a great feature.. 
Hope you're having a nice weekend.. Happy Valentine's Day, Toni.. :)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Guess who made it onto the Memory Maze DT!!!!!

WOOOT WOOOOT... Yep, that's right - ME!!!!
I'm so excited to announce that I was super lucky enough to have been selected on my first manufacture DT... Memory Maze is by far my favourite Chipboard company and they are releasing many other products soon too, so I'm privileged to be able to showcase some of their goodies over the DT term..
The first project I want to share with you is one I just finished last night. It features a photo of myself and my big boy Lane at his grade 6 Graduation night last year.
Over on the MM blog, I have done a write up on the strange and weird process that I undertake during so any of my pages.. I start with one thing and end up with something completely different that what was in my head.. Usually it ends up for the best though.. lol..
The super cool Memory Maze chipboards I've used for this layout are Chicken Wire
- painted Silver with Ranger alcohol ink  
and the title "Mummy's Boy" - covered with Pinecone refiller ink.
Now for some quick close ups.
Some cute Kaiser flowers with Rub Rock-It Florets, Bakers Twine on top of the chipboard.
Underneath are some layers consisting of "Bluebird" 12x12 paper, tissue paper, Gesso, Basic Grey Pattern paper and Cream shimmer cardstock.
This side shows the gorgeous Prima "Say it with Crystals" that MY awesome Mummy gave me from her massive stash.. Stampin' Up Corduroy buttons, Kaiser journaling tag and Lily Bee Designs numbers..
To finish off the layout I added some Glossy Accents to the chipboards and Shimmerz "Buttercream" on the flowers..

Thanks for dropping by.. I still can't believe I've managed to some how get onto the awesome DT with Memory Maze!
The team are fantastic, lead by our courageous leader Sally who is constantly filled with inspiration and creativeness..