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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dreamworld Fun

 
Last year, we treated the Family to annual passes to
Dreamworld. Needless to say, we all loved it and spent
nearly every weekend at the park.
The kids had a ball and became very adventurous and bold
towards the end. The rollercoasters were a piece of cake!
 
I created this layout of 3 of my cheeky monkeys.
I remember thinking this Ogre baby was just the cutest
and I had willing posers to complete the picture!
 
 
 
 
 
I have a confession to make...I kind of suck at Origami!
I tried to make an Origami envelope to hide my journaling in, but
as you can see - it wasn't that great a success!
Still, it's a quirky touch and a great way to add journaling
to a layout!
 

 
The polaroids are Crafter's Workshop templates. I have used a
Pilot pen to trace the image on the cardstock and
then simply added a touch of colour with Pilot
Frixion pens and acrylic paint.

 
The stamps on the background are Kaisercraft - and the embellishments
are from the stash I have left over from
my little store!
Boy, do I miss those Dreamworld days. I think
I will have to think about annual passes again this year!
 
Have a super day everyone!
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Rainy Days

 
 
 
 

 
Good Morning crafty friends!
If there's one thing I can't live without - it's white cardstock!
It's just the perfect canvas to let loose with colour and texture.
 
Sometimes, all you need is some cute photos and a splash of colour
to make an eye catching layout.
In my layout " Love Rainy Days" I used a large splash of yellow paint
as my background and added some random stamped images
for added texture.
 
I love cutting out photos into silhouettes, it adds a touch
of whimsy and keeps the project light and fun!
 
 
 
I coloured the cloud with 3D glass paint - I love the effect it creates
on paper once it's dry. The clouds were outlined with a fine line
Sharpie pen.
 
 
 
I love these alphabet stickers! I actually found them at Target
they are so much fun! I love Black and yellow together!
I added a pop of colour with the red heart button and a few splashes
of cherry spray mist.


 
 
A bright, cheery layout for a rainy day!
Thanks so much for dropping by and for your lovely
comments, I really do appreciate it!
 
Have a wonderful day
Monica
xoxo

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's raining metal!

 
 
Hello Bloggers!
I was in my local bargain store and found these cute little canvases.
They come in a pack of two and measure about 14cm x 22cm.
I couldn't resist pulling out all my metal gears to
make this little cutie!
 
 
 
 
I started out by giving all my metal pieces a couple of coats of gesso.
Once everything was dry and adhered to the canvas, I applied
several coats of acrylic paint and spray mists.
I blended the colours together and added a touch here and there
of crackle medium.
The layering was a bit tricky as the metal pieces
were a little bulky but a good, strong adhesive
kept everything together!
 

 
I can see more of these small canvases stacking
up on my desk! They would make great little gifts!
 
I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of things this year.
I feel like, I've had a long break and look forward to the creative
outlets that 2015 will bring!
 
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh, Look at this!

I was lucky enough to win an embellishment kit from Dlish Scraps the "purple" challenge in one of their cybercrops.
The kit was gorgeous and I was inspired to create with it straight away.

 
 
If you know me, you know my aversion to purple! However, I have to admit, it's starting to grow on me!!
I loved every little bit in the embellie kit and there was enough to complete the whole layout with leftovers!

The flowers are so gorgeous and I loved the Doilie! I have added a WOW chipboard birdie and some acrylic pearls.
The background is using a Prima template with texture paste. The colour, a combination of spray mist and water paint.

I've used some 2 Crafty crafty chipboard here also. They have such beautiful flourishes!


Finished it off with some gold foil alphabet stickers and jewellery wire.

Totally getting back into the swing of things lately! There are plenty of exciting things happening now and in 2015!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Monica
Xoxo