Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Masters Journey - Flourish With A Bling

 
Good morning crafty friends!
 
One of the my favourite things about being a Master
was the great range of product we were able to work with.
It allowed me to play with different styles, depending
on the product.
 
I had a lot of fun with the
challenge. I love their puffy stickers. I remember collecting
them when I was little, so it was way fun to be able
to play with them again as a grown up lol!
 
I had a design in mind and knew this had to
be a loud, messy piece.
I haphazardly punched around the edges with a Fiskars punch.
I used very little paper and splashes of watered down acrylic paint.
 

 
Lee's Tree has to be one of my fave stickers.
I added a bit of foliage to it by trimming some of the leaves
from the vine flourish.
The Beach huts fit my theme perfectly!
 
 
 
 
I love the bright bold colours of the stickers - I have to
say, FWAB sure know how to make stickers cool!
I layered three different styles here to get more depth.
 

 
It was so much fun creating with these awesome products!
FWAB were incredibly generous - I still have tons of pretties
in my stash from their awesome prize pack.
 
Thanks so much for popping in and
following my Masters Journey!
 
Monica
xoxo

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sassy Scrappers, September mood board.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Good morning everyone!
I hope you QLD Mammas are enjoying
the school holidays.
It has been pretty good here, they have
not broken me yet lol!
 
I have been playing along over at
Sassy Scrappers  I say playing along, because you wouldn't
believe how long it has taken me to do this layout!
I literally have been doing a square inch
at a time!
 
The mood board is gorgeous!
 
 
 
I was inspired by the large photo of the star fish on the
sand and the beautiful blue hues.
 
Here is my layout:
 
 
 
I've given my background a generous amount of Gesso
before spraying it with dYlusions spray - I prefer
the effect it creates better than spraying
it straight onto cardstock :-)
I've used some 7 Dots Paper and cut out honeycomb shapes
using a Couture Creations die.
 
I've used some Kulort, decorative sand here - it was a little tricky
to adhere but I found a clear tacky glue did the job the best.
I've added some builder's mesh and some
dots using modelling paste.
 
I've embellished with a Flourish With A Bling
puffy flourish and Mother of Pearl shell buttons.

 
A final "beachy" touch is this awesome chipboard piece.
It's a WOW - Words Or Whatever. I kept it raw and simply
added colour to the edges with an ink pad.

 
Thanks so much for popping in! I hope
to have some time to go blog hopping over the
weekend and see what you all have been up to!
 
Have a great weekend!
Monica
xoxo


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Masters Journey

 
Hello everyone!
I thought I might share with you all my
Masters journey for 2014.
As the new Masters begin their super exciting journey - I can't
wait to find out who you are!! I wanted to showcase
my work for the past year.
 
It really has been an incredible experience. Not only was I lucky
enough to work with the amazing Vanessa and the
Scrapbooking Memories Team, I also got to play
with incredible products from the generous sponsors!
 
The first project was courtesy of
They have quickly grown to be one of my
favourite paper companies.
Here is my project created with the Hopefully collection
 
 
 

I love the tags and sentiments sheets as they are so easy
to use. Just tear apart and stick on - easy!
Here I printed a couple of Instagram photos - They are such
a fun size and perfect to use on scrapbooking layouts if you ask me!
 
 
 
 
I used some puffy paint with a stencil as it gave this really
cool, messy look - you know I love messy!!
I also used one of my favourite things on the planet - mother
of pearl shell buttons! I just adore them!!

 
This was such a great way to kick off the Masters journey!
I hope you can pop in once a week to check
out the rest of my projects!
 
Thanks so much for visiting!
Monica
xoxo

Sunday, September 14, 2014

 
Good morning crafty peeps!
I hope you are all having a great weekend.
 
I have been busy in my scrap studio this
last week. One of the projects sitting on my desk
is this layout based on the
Life Of Pie sketch series at
 
 
Here is Em's fabulous sketch:
 
 
and here is my interpretation:
 
I wanted to use lots of paper layers an really play
with a graphic style. I don't scrap like
this often and I really have wanted to explore
this style more.
 
 

 
 
The pictures are not perfect. They were taken with my
iPhone so it was extremely hard to catch a still
bumper car. It took a lot of shots to get these few.
I like how the blurry photos really tie in with the theme!
 
 
 
 
There are hardly any embellishments on this layout, a couple
of resin dots and a Basic Grey flair button.

 
I just love Em's sketches! they really do get the mojo going!
Thanks for dropping by!
 
Monica
xoxo

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