Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mixed Media card challenge!

 
 
Following my pledge this year to make more cards, I have
joined in with the
 
The challenge is the following:
 
 
 
So, here is my card:

 
For me, Summer means long, lazy days on the boat. Finding
a patch of sand somewhere and having a picnic.
It is something I really look forward to because let me tell you, having
a day on the boat in winter is NOT fun!! Well, not for me anyway!
 
The background of my card is gesso which I have sprayed with
Dylusions ink spray. I've added some builder's mesh for texture and
added some stamping, honeycomb mesh and some decorative sand
from IKEA - yeah, I definitely spend to much money there!
 

 
The anchor is a wooden flourish painted with metallic paint
and I have given everything a coat of gold
embossing powder. I like not quite melting the powder so
it still has a grainy texture to it.
 

 
Alas! I had no burlap in my stash so I added
some of this jute twine to the anchor and draped it across the card.
 
What a super, fun challenge!
Thanks so much for dropping by.
Have a great weekend and stay dry Brisbanites!
Monica
xoxo

Friday, August 22, 2014

LESSology - fluttering butterflies

 
 
Hello crafty friends!
I have been creating a lot of tags and cards lately
and this one is for the
"Fluttering Butterflies" challenge at
 
I've used a couple of butterflies in this project
as well as some flowers and foliage.
The background is gesso coloured with Gelatos.
I've used a Ideaology die and Kaisercraft stamps
for the background, then topped it
with my butterflies and some gorgeous Manor House flowers and leaves.
 
 
 
 
I've flattened a bottlecap and coated it with gesso. I've added
a hint of colour with Gelatos and used it as a
cameo setting for the butterfly charm. This is my
upcycled item for the challenge.

 
 
Thank you all so much for dropping by
and leaving such lovely comments!
I really appreciate it!
 
Have a great weekend!
Monica xoxo

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sizzling hot Summer fun!

 
 
Hello crafty friends!
I am playing along at 7 Dots Studio
this month with their fun challenge!
 
 
 
Boy, was it nice to scrap with warm fuzzy feelings
while we freeze this winter!
It has been the coldest winter we have had in years!
 
Here is my layout of my boys, back
when we used to live by the bay.
We would go down and chill on sizzling hot
Summer afternoons!
 


I've had a fun play with some micro beads - they are
fab! I've used some metal pieces and given them a coat of gesso
so they blend in better with my layout.
 
 
Here, I have a cluster of Manor House Creations.
Seriously - have I turned into a flower chick!
 

 
Creating this layout made a bit nostalgic.
I really do miss living by the bay.
I confess to having a couple of "sea" themed projects
on the old scrap desk, hopefully I can show you all soon!
Thanks for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

A BIG shout out...



I am giving my pal
a shout out on
It is a little idea I have had for a little while now.
I am not 100% sure how it will go but I know that so
far it has had a lot of interest.
 
I am a huge supporter of our Scrapbooking community.
Having been on DTs, had a handmade store and small
online retail, I know the hard work that goes into it.
 
I am all for supporting the Australian Scrapbooking
community - wether it is a small handmade market store, a local
retail store, a fabulous crafter or amazing challenge site.
One of the hardest thing to do is get exposure.
I am hoping that my Trinket Track blog can be a directory if you will
for those wanting a little advertising or for those just willing
to share and keep our
Scrapbooking Industry humming!
 
Like I said, I am not 100% sure how this will go. I have found it requires very
little time compared to running a store and it will bring me
endless satisfaction to be able to help
out mates!
 
Poop on over to the blog, follow and read up on the first
of the fabulous contributors:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks so much for dropping by!
xoxo

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Alz's challenge - Flowers!

 
 
Good morning!
Back again with another
Birthday Bonanza challenge!
This time I am doing
Challenge #3 - Alz's product challenge!
The challenge is to use 5 different type of flowers
in a layout!
Here is mine:
 
 


Okay, I am not loving this photo but
I am trying to work out hubby's new laptop  - and boy!
Is it a headache! My laptop finally bit
the dust so forgive me for the bad photos - ie/ bad cropping etc lol!
 
Anyway, here I used a big Green Tara damask flower
along side a gelato flower from Manor House Creations.
I've added a big metal flower which I covered in gesso to help
blend it in to the rest of the layout.
I placed a small resin flower in amongst
the larger ones and scattered small filigree flowers around the page.


 
I don't know if I can add my texture paste flowers to the list?
This was a hard colour combo for me - I just don't do pastels!
But, I seriously have no photos to scrap!
I have tons - but no photos to scrap if you know what I mean? ;-)
 

 
I am totally loving getting my scrap on again!
It is just so great to be able to stay up and get creative.
It is seriously the best thing right now!!
I might even get another challenge done tonight!
Thanks for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Birthday Bonanza!

Hi there!
I think I must be the only person out there
who has not joined in with the
D-Lish Scraps birthday Bonanza!
The challenges are really fun and I want to get at
least a couple done before the
due date.
To start with, I played along wit Wendy's challenge.
This was a colour challenge: White, yellow, dark blue and light blue.
Here's my layout:
 
I kept it nice and simple - you all know
I love to mix up my scrapping styles!
The background is watercolour with splatters of
Glimmermist scattered across the page.
 

 
I've used some gorgeous Couture Creations dies here as well
as some raffia and fluoro dots for depth and texture.
The cute love heart button is from D-Lish Scraps.


 
Here I have used a Pilot pen for my journaling, they are really are
fabulous for writing and doodling on your projects!
I've also added a little D-Lish flair.

 
Loved this colour combo so much!
I thought it might be fun to use it for a girl ;0)
Thanks so much for popping
in to my blog!
Have a wonderful day!
Monica
xoxo

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Upcycled cork trivets!

Hello July!
I'm starting the month sharing a project I made for
my current Masters article.
 
I am a huge fan of upcycling so I ventured into
Beyond The Page territory for
my turn at Mastering The Art.
 
I wanted to show you a close up shot of
my upcycled IKEA cork trivets.
 
 
 
 
I kept some of the bases raw and added fun stickers - which
have already been tagged by the children!
 
I gave the cork a coat of gesso so the vibrant colours I had
chosen would remain vivid after applying them to the trivets.
To get the linear design, I stuck masking tape to the trivets before
painting them with acrylic paint.
 
 
 
I added paper in the form of journaling cards and interactive
elements like the pegs and push pins.
I gave the pegs an extra touch by altering them with strips of
washi tape.


 
I am totally loving this incredible Masters journey
and I hope that you all think about entering the search
this year!
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo