Friday, April 22, 2016

Swim Champ Canvas

Wow, check out these awesome new Memory Maze chipboard designs!!
Swim team  110 x 180mm    swimming team carnival, Min buy 3
Swim words,  110 x 180 mm  min buy 3
Swim, 110 x 180,
SWIM stencil 110 x 180mm
Today, I get to share with you a project I made using a couple of these pieces.
This canvas features my oldest son Lane, whom is the new 2016 CQ Champ for 12yr old Backstroke!
He actually had a terrible swim, but it was still good enough to beat his competition by quite a decent margin..
The photos on the left are from one of the State Championships in Brisbane. The photos on the right are actually from the carnival in Gladstone where he recorded his PB for this event (quite a bit quicker than what he swam in Rockhampton for the CQ Champs).

To start off with, I prepped the base of the canvas with some plain white gesso.. I then sprayed with two Gold mists and a blue.. I went over the top with some Goosebumps spray and a wonderful sprinkling of Distress Clear Rock glitter.. This baby SHINES! :) 
For the chipboard pieces, I used the following products and techniques;
*Ribbon - Blue "fluff" to give a Felt feel. Black ink for the inner circle.
*1- Gold ink
*perfection - Dipped in multiple layers of silver Opal embossing powder and then drizzled with Gold embossing powder.
*Lane Ropes - both are covered with multiple layers of the Silver Opal embossing powder
Here is the effect of the two different embossing powders on "perfections" and the awesome felt look with the "fluff" on the blue first place ribbon.
Although I have used Thickers for the title, you can easily achieve the same effect with Memory Maze Alphas with either some Gold Opal embossing powders / normal Gold embossing powder with Dimensional magic / gold ink with Dimensional magic.
I decided to make the Lane Ropes the silver instead of traditional colours as the Metallic look was really flowing for me..

The canvas was finished off with the Memory Maze swimmer stencil. I turned it upside down and on a slight angle to look somewhat like a Backstroker.. Last touches were three clusters of random swimming words. I did ink the edges of the photos very subtly with some black ink. Not very noticeable, but very defining aspect between the colourful canvas base and the colours in the photos.
I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to Memory Maze and Sally for allowing me to have a little bit of creative input with these swimming designs. I appreciate the opportunity very much, especially with something like this as it is so close to my heart. I love watching my boys swim and get overwhelmed with pride when I see Lane reach yet another goal or achievement!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

123 challenge blog - April

Well it's been a little while crafters, but I'm glad to be back today sharing with you my entry into the 123 Challenge Blog for April..
I LOVE WHITE ON WHITE! So this was definitely a fun layout for me this morning!


This layout features a photo of Moona (the teddy bear friend from Hunter's Prep class last year, that got to spend a week at everyone's house) on the Yeppoon main beach..  To me, it defines the whole sense and magic of the word "peaceful"..
I started out by using a white shimmer cardstock for the base. Two more designer white papers were torn and placed on top.. I found it easier to use a strip of off cut to get it all the strips organised and then stuck the entire thing onto the layout..  
Due to the lighting I started to get a little worried that the layout was not going to show up as true white as it actually is.. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened no matter where I tried to take the photo.. But I can promise that it is ALL WHITE!
Once the paper was stuck down, I wiped a random layer of White Gesso on top.. You can't see this well in the photo, but can IRL.
Then using a Memory Maze Pebble stencil, I used clear Impasto and sprinkled generously with Distress Clear Rock Glitter..
The photo I have coloured the edges with the white Gesso and coloured the beautiful Memory Maze chipboard doily piece with Gesso and a top sprinkle of White embossing powder..
To me - White on White is all about LAYERING and TEXTURES!
The chipboard flowers have been painted with White Paint..
The embellishments were then added;  the title, the paper & fabric flowers, white pearls and a Memory Maze Bling piece..
This is such a stunning page IRL.. I loved making it!!
Thanks to the 123 Challenge Blog for this great inspirational challenge this month!!
Why not drop on over and check it out for yourself, then get crafty and link up an entry yourself!!
While you're at it, why not drop by my Crafting Facebook page too..
Until next time, happy crafting! Toni.. xoxo

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April Card share

Sharing some cards that I have made throughout April.. :) 

This was for a card swap, based on a sketch and a photo of some stunning Peacocks.. 

Custom ordered card for a little birthday girl.. 
Card Kit swap - 

Hunter's awesome Marvels themed Card In A Box.. 

Craft Club - Classroom

Welcome back.. Today I wanted to share with you some of the set up that we've done in our enclosed patio for the Creative Craft Club sessions.. 

The main focus for me before being able to hold the first session was to actually have this "upcoming sessions display" FULL!  I also did up a calendar with photos of the projects, dates / times and a little bit of details about what we will be using / creating.. 

Then here is a little area that Hunter helped to put together displaying our custom creations of all sorts styles and themes.. On the left is the storage cubes for the class items needed for the sessions.. 

Each person attending gets their own crafting space with their own products to use.. It includes a small craft mat, cutter, double sided tape, pencil, eraser, sissors, distress tool, foam brush, 3D foam squares..  

However, not all of these will be set up for every class.. The only products that will be in each container are those that will actually be required for that particular session.. (Like this one prepared for the Card In A Box session) 

Thank you for joining me today! I hope you've got some inspiration to get your craft on!! Have a nice day, Toni.. :) 

Creative Craft Club

With much encouragement from many of my friends and family, I have finally taken the leap into setting up a classroom and hosting sessions for a Craft Club.. 

The first week of sessions we created a Card In A Box.. :) 

I was stoked to have boys booked in too!! Of course my two joined in on that session to help out! :) 

Every group have had matching kits, but each session have been different themes! (Except the beautiful girl in the boys session, she got to have a stunning Fairy theme instead of the Masculine kit.. lol) 

I can't express how grateful I am to have the community really getting into the crafting sessions and booking out so many sessions! 
 We are looking at holding some Adult sessions and Crops very soon!! 

So far I've had loads of positive feedback and the vibes have been so exciting! 

Keep an eye out tomorrow for some photos of our awesome Craft Club space set up.. :) 

Magnolia Lane and Memory Maze Photo book..

Hey Hey crafters..  Today I'm bringing you another project for Memory Maze. I spent over 4 hours on this thing.. ahh.. No matter what I was doing, it just wasn't flowing for me..
Although I'm pretty happy with the finished project now though..  Not every project can be as awesome as the last or next! lol..
 Although I am proud of the fact that just like the other one I did, this one I designed myself.. No Pinterest or other inspirations included in this album.. All measurements and folds are again my own..

I started off with some white cardstock measuring 6&1/2 " x 12"..
I used a recent Magnolia Lane 6x6 paper pad for the pattern paper and some Memory Maze goodies..
The large chipboard piece has been coloured with Pinecone ink then some Glossy Accents and sprinkles of Distress Glitter on top.. The delicate butterfly has been coloured with a Purple H2O.. It really shines off the page!

This is the middle of the photo book / album when you open it.. To the left are some tags on the front of a pull out 12" piece.. - More on that in a moment -

Now, to the right is this stunning Memory Maze Doily that has been coloured with a Pinecone ink then coated with some Blue Kindy Glitz and a few bling Pearl dots plus the beautiful MM Bling in the middle.. love love!  This piece actually opens up to the right..

This entire side has plenty of room for some 6x4 photos.. The Corrugated card is just for display at the moment..
It can be opened to the right for photos or journaling underneath and then pulled open towards the right to reveal more layers..
Here is some room for more photos.. This left flap piece opens out to the left..
It uncovers some tags for either small photos or journaling..
Here is the left side.. That gorgeous Memory Maze piece has been coloured simply by using the Pinecone Ink again and some purple Kindy Glitz..
There are three tags up the top for small / medium photos or journaling and again another tag on the bottom.. The diecut of the lady, has not been attached..

As you can see it opens out too.. Just plain and simple though, no extra embellishments or papers.. The back side of this is the same.. There is room for two 6x4 photos on either side..

Lastly, I really wanted to show you a brand new stencil out by Memory Maze.. I am totally LOVING IT! However, this is how hard my creative process was - no matter what I did, I just couldn't get it to something that suited the book / album.. I was sooooo far off it was silly!! I eventually cut pieces off.. TWICE something went in the bin cause I just couldn't get my colours right with this stencil...
** Absolutely NOT the stencils fault! Completely MINE! :( 
I really do love this design and am hoping that once my crafting mojo is back, I will be able to create something amazing with it!! :)
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