Sunday, December 30, 2012

Vintage Background Cards- Kaszazz

So I had a little late night, as I have wanted to do up this Kaszazz project for so long. The talented designer was Alicia Jamieson. I remember when she made them up before submitting to Kaszazz, myself and many other consultants told her to submit them. I loved them then and I love them even more now, that I have made them and had fun with the fabulous techniques used. These are right up my ally. The faux bleaching technique is so easy and looks fab.
They start with a white gloss card, which you then sand, I used an emery board, but Kaszazz have the Tim Holtz sanding grips which I will have to invest in as it would've been easier and quicker. Then, using Distress inks, I blended about 3 diferent colours over with the blending tool. Followed by Vintage Photo to help highlight the scratches. Lastly use Barn Door ink and a sponge and randomly dab all over each card front. All the stamping is done with Staz on, and I used a mix of different stamps, all from Kaszazz.
My favourite parts! This is where the faux bleaching comes to hand: flick or spritz water over some of the cards and then blot with paper towel. The Distress Inks react with the water and you are left with a lighter colouring where the water was.
You can also see in this pic, I couloured the flowers with some Barn Door ink and my Aquash water brush.

In these two pics you can see the bleaching effect again. I have just used the water brush with water only to colour in the flowers and the ink colour is removed slightly. I love this effect! Here is the last card which uses transparency for my stamped image of the Eiffel Tower.
I flicked water on the quote panel and coloured the flowers with the Barn door on this one.
Thanks Alicia for the design and thanks Kaszazz. The copyright for this design is owned by Kaszazz, but feel free to try this technique, and let me know if you have any queries, or you would like to purchase any of the products used for this project.

Card Frenzy

Now the kids are on holidays and Hubby too, it seems I've had a little time for crafting! Although I don't have a designating area for crafting at the moment, it helped with the mojo to have some kits on hand and some Kaszazz projects to sink my teeth into!
My first attempt at a set was using the Basic Grey Sweet Threads collection, which was an awesome prize pack I won. I made 3 cards:
using the papers, die cuts, cardstock stickers and some added bling.
Then I made this simple design, using my Kaszazz Ezy Press die cut and embossing maching to emboss a "Miss You", die background, some Kaszazz striped ribbon and a few simple Basic Grey embellies. I actually prefer this one over the other 3 cards I made first!
Then I decided to make up the Heavy Metal cards, which are a Kaszazz project. Love the techniques used here:
The Ezy Press die used was "cogs", a mix of cardstock colours was used, aswell as our 12 x 12" silver foil card, which I am going to experiment with a whole lot more. Had so much fun with these. A bit of sanding and Distress inks to highlight areas, and they really do give the metal effect!

Transparency was also used as you can see here with a piece of Ebony and Ivory paper, with a Father verse tucked behind it. A vintage clock stamp was also stamped onto the transparency using Staz on.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sketch Challenge from Scrapfriends and my layout!

Another challenge completed in the nick of time to set the christmas table. Check out this great sketch from the ScrapFriends blog, and you still have time to play along!


Here's my layout, which I stayed close to the sketch for. just starting to really get into sketches, sometimes I do my own thing, and sometimes I like to get as close as possible to the sketch. I used the Bella EVER AFTER range of papers, Distress inks, Kaiser rub ons, acrylic paints and Smooch spritz. Elles Studio journal spot, journal ticket, Alphas used were thickers, Sam and Lucy word stickers, Carolees and Fynmark . Of course I used products from Kaszazz- tag stamp, lge and sml polka dot brads, which I'm glad to have found another use for! I made a little file folder and stuck that behind my photo and filled it with hidden journalling!



 This challenge will run till 30 December and we'll choose the winner via Our design team will vote for Top 3. We'll invite the Top 3 to join us as guest designers for the next sketch challenge.
the PRIZE is:

Please Note:
- sketch challenge: we accept only traditional scrapbooking layouts (no digi)

- Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery and link it on the right hand side of this blog using the Link tool.

- Please link directly to your blog post with your LO in it, and not your general blog url.

- Your blog post should contain direct link to the challenge announcement, title of our blog and the image of our sketch.

- This is an international blog, so anyone can enter.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Candy Giveaway!

So much fun stuff happening over at Scrapfriends blog! Check out the awesome Christmas Candy Giveaway here:

I'm putting my entry up now, you've only got until the 23rd!

Design Team Call for ScrapFriends!!!

Well I've thought about it before and missed alot of DT calls, but have always wanted to give it a shot, so I have just sent off my app. for the call over at Scrapfriends!!! Check it out here:

YummyScrap - Colour Palette Challenge #8

Have been looking for a small window of time to get some scrapping done and have started editing pics from our big road trip. Have printed about 1/3 of them and decided on these two pics of Taylah as I noticed a resemblance in her face to our side of the family which i have never seen in her before. She has always been so much like her Dad!

Here is my entry for the colour challenge over at Scrapfriends blog. Which you can have a look at and join here:
I have used mainly Basic Grey products for this layout, including papers, elements stickers,chipboard stickers, die cuts. Other products were sticky bling flourish, Smooch spritz, Distress ink, Prima flowers & sStampin Up stamp and punch.
Here is the inspiration and colour palette!

The rules are:

- Create ANY scrap project (digi welcome) using colours from our source.

- Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery and link it on the right hand side of this blog using the Link tool.
 Please link directly to your blog post with your LO in it, and not your general blog url.

- Your blog post should contain direct link to the challenge announcement, title of our blog and the image of our sketch.

- This is an international blog, so anyone can enter.
Hope you have a go, you have until the 14th January and there is a $25 voucher up for grabs!!!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

first kids workshops for the holidays

lovely small workshop. the table in this apartment is great will fit 8 comfortably. my 3 students today made some lovely sparkly creations. ?My ice stickles got a complete workout.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Kaszazz Creative Club Christmas vouchers!

Just want everyone to know that Kaszazz are being very generous this Christmas. If you are not already a member of the Kaszazz Creative Club, make sure you click here . Go to the Creative Club link and it's free to join. They will be sending out spend $50, receive $50 FREE
 vouchers to all members who have joined before Thursday the 20th December. Don't miss out. Time to spend you Chistmas money on your craft obsession and get double for your money. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and for your orders!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

First journal entry for Willowing's Art heart and Healing course done!!

It's taken me a few weeks to get to the end of this project, so much going on here with christmas and birthdays, school parties etc. Today it was time for me with a visit to the massuese and a bit of newpaper reading, and finishing off my entry. You can see all the details of Tam's amazing courses over here at
It's great to let loose with some paint, gesso and stamping and inks. not knowing how it will turn out. Especially when there is a portrait involved. This is about my 3rd serious attempt at drawing portraits, so still in the very early learning stages, but love the mixed media. there is some hidden journalling under all the layers of paint and gesso. Very therapeutic!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Promotions, while I can't see the kitchen table!!!

Not so lucky to have a "Me space" in the new apartment, so the dining table is getting covered inch by inch. Hubby had to make the comment today, look at you, and rolls his eyes at me. I find it quite amusing as he was the one who suggested i could have one end of the table as the table is fairly roomy. At the moment there are 2 laptops, 3-4 off the page projects I'm working on, a scanner, trimmer, projects waiting to be photographed, tools, inks etc. his reading glasses and a mountain of gift boxes. My beautiful girl came home from school today with a handful of gorgeous gift boxes they had made with the science teacher. OMG, I was onto them straight away. Much like a Kaszazz project I once made, quick and easy and gorgeous with a piece of ribbon. Watch this space, we both went box crazy and Jack even got in on the act. Know what I'll be uploading tomorrow. But for now, here's a look at the December promos. from Kaszazz, and a sneak peek at the January Host promo!
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