Monday, February 29, 2016

Archi-Scraps February challenge

Good afternoon crafters.. :)
I am back today with a fun layout supporting a blog that is only fairly new to me, but have had a good look through and believe that I will be back as often as I can to join in their challenges..
Being a Memory Maze DT member we were informed that MM will be sponsoring the Archi-Scraps challenges soon and so I thought I'd check it out.. While I was there I feel in love with an idea for their current challenge.. Unfortunately it closes today, however I'd still love you to drop by their blog and maybe keep an eye out for upcoming challenge themes..

Anyway, this month they posted this stunning photo of the Sydney Post Office (which is Heritage listed), for the inspiration and have asked for crafters to use a CLOCK on their creation piece..


Slow down the clock


Here is the layout that I have created using the structural design of the building as my main inspiration..
On the building there are 3 main levels, therefore there are three rows of the squares.. These squares also represent all the windows..
Next are the two squares that are corrugated, the add the texture to the page and the texture from the building also..
As you can see I have used a Memory Maze chipboard piece for the required Clock feature.. I have coloured it with embossing powder to match the blue that the clock is in the photo..
Finally, my last bit of trying to tie this layout to that inspirational building was my journaling -
Hunter, my darling little man. How quickly the clock ticks when everyday is filled with your fun, crazy and boisterous nature. You're a genuine character! You have style that never goes out of fashion with your love of being included in everything! Here you are after completing your first ever 1km Beach race. You did great for a 5yr old. 6:31:00. You want to grow up so fast, buy I'm trying to slow the clock down!

*quickly the clock ticks - refers to the long time that the building has been around.
*genuine character - refers to the memories this building shares with Sydney.
*style that never goes out of fashion - well, no words needed. Look how beautiful the building is!!

*grow up so fast, slow the clock down - refers to the buildings around this one and it's heritage listing.

Righto, well that's it for me today.. I hope you enjoyed my fun layout.. I really enjoyed making this one! Would love for you to drop by the Memory Maze blog or the Archi-Scraps blog sometime soon to see what we are sponsoring! Until next time, happy scrapping.. Toni.. xoxo

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hey Good Lookin' Canvas - by Toni Herron

Hey good lookin'... DT Toni here to bring you a fun boys canvas featuring plenty of Memory Maze chipboard and products from a MM stockist (D'Lish Scraps)  monthly kit..

Just Be You

First of all, like normal I start out by placing down some of the products in places that I think I will stick them down.. This gives me plenty of time to figure out exactly where I think something will work great of not or what will go with what.. It also helps with the selection of colours for the chipboard pieces also..
To prepare the base of the canvas I simply painted it over with some White Gesso..
I knew that I really wanted the focus of the canvas to be on the beautiful cheeky photo.. So I used the colour of his shirt to stamp randomly to assist with highlighting it.. There are also some Clear Impasto on there using a splash dots style Memory Maze stencil mask..
For the chipboard I used some very basic techniques to colour them. Using just black paint, Grey paint (barb wire has been sprinkled with distress glitter) and inked.. However notice the COGS! That is actually ONE CHIPBOARD PIECE, SPLIT IN TWO! I love this technique as it gives me the same design for the price of one! Woo Hoo!
When the chippies were drying I took the opportunity to get a start on the canvas layout..
First was the black wire mesh design, the photo, the flags and frames with the barbwire slipped underneath once it dried.. Some cute flair buttons and bowtie from the kit to finish off this cluster..
There are these cool bricks placed around the canvas. There is a method to this random madness though! There are sets - 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 pieces to each grouping..
Here is a close up of that split Cogs set that I mentioned before! Did you know that since Memory Maze chipboard is so thick, it can actually be split into three!! I only needed for this project..
Memory Maze products used;
Brick Wall
ATC  locks and frame
be true to yourself 200 x 200  priced each  min buy 3.
ATC frame 6 hole with micro elements and stand
Barbed Wire 3 strips = 90 cm
Thank you for joining me today
Toni Herron
2016 Memory Maze DT member

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Scrapbook Fantasies - week 4

Welcome back...
First I have some fantastic news to share about Lane's sports!!!
JUST TODAY - he has been chosen to represent the local district for AFL again, in an age group up! and also got word from the regional Cap office to say he has been selected to rep at State level for Swimming! YAY!! That means it will be 3 trips to Chandler (in Brisbane - 18 hour round car trip) out of 4 months..
Anyway, this post is not to focus on Lane but is actually featuring an AWESOME effort by my special little man Hunter.. This pocket layout was done with the inspiration from the Scrapbook Fantasies weekly challenge - #4   LIVE LAUGH LOVE

This was his VERY FIRST time running a 1km race! He sees his Dad and Lane run the 5km all the time and so desperately wants to join in! So this Australia Day he ran the shorter 1km distance in only 6:31:00 min.. Not too bad for a 5yr old who had sore feet cause he had cut them a little on the rocks at the turn around point on the beach.. 

You can see that I followed the inspiration by making the title of this pocket page Live Laugh Love..
Hunter very much enjoys looking through the scrap pages of himself, but it's getting difficult with the big heavy albums, so I am finding myself doing a few of these pocket pages for him every now and again so they can simply be placed into a 3 ringed binder for super easy storage and accessibility for him! 


Here are some more cute photos of Hunter during & after his run.. :)
 Getting a high five from one of the people who run the Cap Coast Running Club..
Thank you for dropping by today! I hope you may find some inspiration to drop by the Scrapbook Fantasies blog or store and join in the weekly challenges yourself!
Until next time, happy scrapping.. Toni.. xoxo

Monday, February 15, 2016

Envelope Challenge card - February

Again this month I have been very honoured to join in the Envelope challenge from a great bunch of ladies in an USA crafting group..
Here is what was sent to me..
White cardstock for the card base
Purple precut cardstock
paper doiley
adorable Easter bunny stamped image
I'm not always that into colouring and certainly wasn't that keen when I was putting this one together, so decided to leave it uncoloured for the recipient to colour themselves.. :)
The only rules are you must use part of everything in the envelope and can only add a max of 5 things..
The things I added where -
1. Green striped pattern paper
2. Easter & Eggsceptional were actually cut from the same piece of pattern paper
3. White mesh ribbon
4. pearl strips
It was definitely some fun making this card!! Thanks again to Brenda for sending it over to me and including me in this months challenge.. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Swap Mini Album - Mister Fox

Even though I have made and shared these with you before, I decided to make another as I just couldn't bear to part with those.. This album that I have made especially for the swap.. Although I HAD made the others for this specific swap I just can't bring myself to post either one of them off.. lol.. So I made this one with a paper pad by Kaiser - Mister Fox that I'm not totally in love it, so mailing it off will not be such a hassle.. lol..

I have made this one the same as the others, however this only stands 6" tall instead of 6& half.. Any photos that might be added to this album will have to be cut down.. 
This photo is shows the first flap on the left side..
Underneath the next flap is a space for maybe a small photo and some journaling.. Then a tag is on the other side..
Now on to the right side.. The top flap actually has room for a tag or photo to fit under the tag at the bottom.. Then open it towards the left to add some more photos here..
Then lift that all towards the right and there is more room for photos..
Although I used a paper pad that I knew I would be able to safely part with, I do still very much like this album.. I promise it wont be staying put though, it is already in the envelope and heading to it's new home!! :)
Don't forget to drop on over to my facebook crafting page for more updates.. Thanks, Toni.. :)

Monday, February 8, 2016

February Swap Cards

Here are a couple of the swap cards I sent out this month..
2x Valentine's and 1x Paris theme..


Don't forget to drop by my Facebook crafting page to be kept up to date with all crafting... Thanks for visiting, happy crafting.. Toni.. xoxo

Friday, February 5, 2016

Butterfly Dreams Canvas

  Welcome back Memory Maze friends and chipboard lovers!
I am excited to bring to you today my first DT projects for 2016.. A truly lovely and girly canvas that actually has quite an airy feel to it - A matching card - And a layout that I had already shared a few days ago thrown in as an extra.. :)

 Butterfly Dreams

This canvas is approx. 12"x6" which made it perfect for some 6x6 pattern papers the brand new range out by Magnolia Lane.. I adhered the paper to the canvas using a Heavy Gel medium paste and then coated the top and added some strips of torn paper in the middle..
The next step was to lightly paint all over the canvas with gesso, lightly wipe some away - Spray with some mists, coat again with gesso and again lightly wipe away..
Then it was time to have some fun with a brand new Memory Maze stencil!! LOVE LOVE!! I used clear impasto for this, so it is difficult to see in the photos, but in real life it looks great! The design is a Diamond pattern.. 

The flowers are from the Adalyn collection by Couture Creations, plus that big white flower in the middle which I painted the centre Gold to match the butterfly.. I actually painted the Butterfly gold with Ranger Adirondack alcohol ink so it would match the centre of the mini flowers.. I continued this by painting a Gold rim on the edge of the canvas also..
The Butterfly Dreams circle and the hanging Hearts chipboard pieces were simply painted white with gesso.. The last additions to the canvas were the strip of pearls on the right side and the Memory Maze bling at the top..
Memory Maze products used;
Hanging Hearts

Matching CARD

 A simple card created with the leftovers..
This time I coloured the chipboard piece with some heat embossed powder.. Added a couple of flowers, the butterfly, gold rim edges and the pearl strips... This card took me no longer than 5 mins to complete.. Such a lovely and quick card!
Memory Maze product used;

 TOGETHER layout

One last layout to share with you.. I made this the other day and am loving it so much that I really wanted to share it with you again.. I have used a beautiful Memory Maze Doily piece.. Coated it black using Gelato and a paintbrush dripped in water.. Then spread some white gesso on top lightly..
I used only one piece of 12x12 pattern paper, one piece of 12x12 cardstock, gesso and impasto pastes for texture and the embellishments that you can see - Flowers and title letters.. It turned out much better than I thought it would.. lol..
Thank you so much for joining me today
Toni Herron
2016 Memory Maze DT Member 


Monday, February 1, 2016

6x4 Antiquities Album - designed by me..

For an upcoming swap, I designed this Mini Album.. It has loads of flaps so that photos or journaling can be added.. I searched around Pinterest and came up with concept myself.. I sort of meshed some together to suit my needs..

The front is embellished with Prima flowers, small Kaiser flowers, Bling swirl, a rustic style key &  clothes pin.. It closes with a Velco dot..
This is the inside as it's first opened.. All of the paper are matching from the same collection.. It came from an 8x8 paper pad..  each set of pattern paper I brought in by 1/4 inch each time.. So the brown is 6 & 1/2.. The first pattern paper is 6 & 1/4..
On the left there is a pocket for a tag at the back that will fit a cropped photo.. And two smaller one's towards the front, best for journaling..

The first middle flaps open to the left.. All of these are double sided and will fit 3x2 inch photos..
I love how you can get the college prints done at Big W which have the two small photos on the same piece of 6x4.. Makes life easy when a lot of photos are important to include.. 
Next two flaps open towards the right.. 
Again, another two open to the left.. This time it reveals a full length flap with two tags..  
It then opens to the right and the base is left blank for two a 6x4 photos (middle and open flap) 
 Close up of the front cluster..
Very simple products used to make this album.. The full specs are 6 and half inches x 12 inches when completely open.. 
I have actually really enjoyed making this album and do intend on making another soon! Now that I have worked out the measurements for myself, it will be much easier and quicker next time..
Thanks for dropping by today, I hope this has inspired you to create something special today!! Toni.. xoxo