Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mixed Media canvas

 
Hello crafty friends!
I created this mixed media canvas a
few days ago. It is one of those
projects you make, just for the fun of it :-)
 
It had been a few weeks since I got my hands dirty
since I have been trying out a more clean, graphic
style. Of course, that does not mean I won't
scrap, arty, messy layouts or play with media anymore.
It's just nice to try out new things :-)
Here is my canvas.....
 
 

The stencil is a
WOW stencil they are so amazing!
Their stencils are quite thick and make using mediums super easy!
They're really easy to clean too!
 
I've used some Green Tara
flowers and some mixed trinkets.
 
The background was coated with gesso first, then I used a layer
of modelling paste over the stencil. After which I sprayed
the surface with some Dylusions ink sprays
in Polished Jade and Funky Fuchsia.
Seriously, the best spray mists around!
 
It's so nice to find the time to create!
Thanks so much for dropping by!
 
Monica
xoxo


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Scrap The Girls Feb Mood Board

 
Hello crafters!
What do you think of this fabulous mood board?
 


It's this month's challenge over at
I just love the amazing colours and wonderful textures!
The prizes are pretty awesome as well!
 
Play along to be in the running to win:
 
* A $50 prize pack from Imaginarium Designs



 
 
The runner up prize is:
 
* A $25 voucher from Scrappy Canary

 
 
Here is my take on the challenge:
 
 


Imaginarium Designs were kind enough to sponsor
the Creative Team this month. I used a few of their chipboard pieces
in this layout. I really love it and found it so easy to work with
as it's thick and have media applied to it without it
warping!


 
Of course, it also  looks fabulous raw!
 

 
I've teamed this up with some enamel dots and gorgeous
Kraft Expressions flowers I got from
 
Some pretty fab prizes up for grabs so make sure
you play along this month!
Thanks for dropping by!
 
Monica
xoxo

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

So excited!!!!

 
 
Hello friends!
I'm really excited to be joining this gang
for the next 6 months....
 
 


 
It's been a while since I have been on any
creative team/design team so it's pretty amazing to
get back into the creative side of this craft!
 
Scrap The Girls was also the very first challenge site
I ever took part in - back in the day when it first
came along!
 
You can play along here:
and remember.........
No Boys Allowed!!!!
 
Thanks for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Monday, February 2, 2015

For my Bookworm!

 
 
 
Good morning!
There are a lot of us that are influenced to scrap 
by our family and friends.
My children are a huge influence and I hope that
one day they can treasure all these mementos
Mum creates!
 
I played with some beautiful Teresa Collins papers
and teamed them up with some Echo Park alphas.
My 7 year old is a bit of a Bookworm - and I love it!
I love that she loves reading so much, it such
a wonderful past time!
 
 
I'm learning to add layers to my work. It has been quite
a challenge to tackle this brand new style.
I have to confess to turning to Pinterest for design
ideas and inspiration.
 
I have added embellishments haphazardly and even doodled
a little bit using some AMAZING American Crafts fine line writers.
 
 
 
 
The super cute cork butterfly was cut using a Die-Namics die.
Paperclip from my growing stash of stationary stuff I really
need to find a home for!
 

 
One thing I struggle with here is taking good quality images of my work.
The weather is hardly ever my friend lately. It is Queensland, perfect, overly bright
and sunny one day - torrential downpour the next!
 
I found a solution was to buy a good quality, portable light.
I bought this quirky little guy from IKEA. The neck is awesome
and allows me to position the light where I need it.
It gives a great natural light and has been quite a handy little
tool in my craft room as of late.


 
So, yes...I was serious about really getting back into
my crafting this year! I have really missed being around!
I hope I can pop in and share a little bit more of
my craft space and also some tips and ideas
on organisation!
 
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Graphic Design Inspired

 
 
Good Morning crafty friends!
I've become very interested in Graphic Design
this past year. I know it has been a growing trend
here in the Australian scrapbooking
industry so I really wanted to make that a big
focus in my work this year!
 
It's definitely not as easy as some
crafters make it look!
I love the fresh, crisp look you achieve
with this type of style.
 
 
 

 
 
I've used a Kaisercraft cardstock background
and layers of Simple Stories and Bo Bunny patterned paper.
I added a few random splashes of Dylusions ink spray
and added some Kaisercraft collectables.
 
 
 
 
 
If you were a Trinket Track fan you might remember these
little guys...... I really do miss running my little store :-(
 

 
So, what's inspiring you this year?
I love this new journey I'm exploring!
 
Thanks so much for dropping by!
 
Monica
xoxo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Altered Clock, Alice Inspired

 
Good morning crafty friends!
I love browsing through Op-shops, looking for treasures
and props for my projects.
Recently, I went out junkin' and found this old
retro alarm clock....
 
 
 
 
I've seen a few altered clocks on Pinterest and decided
I had to make my own!
This one was inspired by Alice In Wonderland. I made it
for my Daughter's room so used lots of pinks as it's
her favourite colour.
 
  
 
I used a lot of metal and paper trinkets I found reminiscent of
the tale of Alice. Usually, I would coat them all with gesso and colour
them, but I really loved the strong metal look
against the soft pink and feminine flowers.
The clock itself is painted with gesso as a base, then
a generous coat of acrylic paint.
 

 
I've used a strong liquid glue to keep all the
elements together. I've tried to keep the mood quite random
to fit in with the mood of the story.
 
 

 
If you are ever putting one of these together, I highly recommend you
go out to a hard wear store and keep some Hex half nuts handy.
I stumbled across the problem of missing hex nuts while
trying to put it back together.
It's also a good idea to assemble the clock first then fit the embellished
clock face in. This will create a shadow box effect
and give you the room to embellish your project!
 
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Have a wonderful day
 
Monica
xoxo

Saturday, January 17, 2015

For a friend...

 
 
Hello crafty peeps!
If you haven't already guessed...I may have a
slight addiction to clouds!
 
It's such a fun design element, I tend to use
them a lot in my projects!
I cut these cute little clouds out using Die-namics die cut
and some Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper.
 
 
 
 
There is something about a crisp Kraft background. Apart from white cardstock, it's
one of my favourite bases to work with!
 
See the little heart sequins? They are actually a nail care accessory.
They come in teeny, tiny glass jars and can be found in any
store that sells acrylic nail accessories.
I wish I could have beautiful manicured nails, but they wouldn't last
a day in my job so I prefer to stick these little cuties on my craft projects ;-)
 
Thanks so much for your beautiful comments
and for dropping by!
 
Monica
xoxo