Saturday, 27 April 2019

ANZAC - Scrapping Fun Kits Design Team

Last year on ANZAC Day the boys and I spent the day exploring the Discovering ANZACs website and reading all the documents about my Grandfather and my Grandmother's brother, I really wanted to scrapbook these important stories from our family history but I just didn't have enough suitable supplies so I made some Watercolour Poppies that day and then started work on creating a ANZAC inspired kit.

I scrapped the photo my Great-grandmother sent Grandad while he was stationed in France during WW1 earlier this month and on ANZAC Day I spent some quality scrapping time scrapping the restored photo of Grandad from WW1. 

I started by aging my cream cardstock with Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, I also edged all my paper layers and my photos with Vintage Photo.

I started by playing with my papers until I was happy with my layers, trimming out any paper that would be behind things and adhering them together with Helmar Acid Free Glue.  When sticking them down I didn't glue to the edge so that I could tuck things in later.
I wound up tucking in some Fundamentals white paper doilies later as once my embellishments were going down it felt like it needed it.

I stepped a little further outside my comfort zone and created a big field of poppies with all my Watercolour Poppies, the fabric and resin poppies from the kit and the poppy washi from the kit.  I usually don't do a cluster of flowers this big but I do love my poppy field. 

I started by sticking down some of the poppy washi and then sticking down all my watercolour poppies.  I then added my poppies and the leaf die cuts from the kit.
And finally added 2 wood veneer clock faces and some chipboard flowers and swirls from a old pack of Basic Grey chipboard.

For my title I grabbed out the letters for ANZAC from some Ruby Rock-It chipboard alphas and painted them with some gold paint. 
Once dry I inked them with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to create a more brass look.

I added some scraps from a vintage crochet doily to my layout with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive (I used this for the wood veneer clocks and the resin flowers also) and some green embroidery thread. 
I placed a piece of the vintage doily in my top left cluster and into my main cluster, carefully poking it under flowers so it looked like it belonged in the cluster rather than being added as a after thought.

I added some Ruby Rock-It red micro beads to my cluster by just dabbing a little Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive in random spots.

I added some paper scraps and washi to my top left and bottom right corners to draw your eye.

 I was so worried while I was building this layout as I do not usually do a big flower cluster but I absolutely love how it turned out.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Spidey Mask Pillowcase - Helmar Creative Team

My 21 year old daughter loves Spiderman so I wanted to make her a Spiderman pillowcase or cushion cover as a gift.  I thought I would try using the fabric markers I won from The Hero Studio to draw a web on a red pillowcase and using Helmar glue to add felt in the shape of the eyes of the mask onto it.

You will need.
A red pillowcase or cushion cover
Lead pencil
Black Fabric Marker
Black felt
White felt
Helmar Fabric Glue
Foam core board or cardboard the approximate size of your pillowcase or cushion cover.

Pre-wash your pillowcase for best results with the fabric marker.
Place the foam core board or cardboard inside the pillowcase.
Draw the web on the pillowcase with a lead pencil first, making sure your web centre is fairly close to the centre of the pillowcase.  The long lines I used a ruler but wanted a more natural look for the curved lines between them so just free-handed them and embraced the wobbles. 
Then use the Fabric Marker to get nice black lines, you may need to go over your lines twice, just take your time the second time.

Cut the eye shapes out of the felt.
Glue the black eye shape to the pillowcase with Helmar Fabric Glue.
Make sure you get good coverage, if you need to once it is stuck down just add a little glue in around the edge to get it down all the way.
Glue the white shape to the black with Helmar Fabric Glue.

How awesome does my spidey mask pillow look?
And my daughter loved it so that makes me happy :)

Using Helmar Fabric Glue made this such a quick and easy project.  Now I am thinking about other cushion cover and pillowcase ideas.  What sort of design would you like to create with Helmar Fabric Glue?

Appleless Apple Pie - Ruby Rock-It Creative Team

Hello Ruby Rock-It Fans, Today I wanted to share with you how making kits helps me create.
Creating a kit is the first step I do when crafting, I do this as I find it helps me create.  I find things flow better if I have a selection of supplies that may suit my project ready to go so I can just play.
Today's kit and project were inspired by the gorgeous Apples paper from Bella Red Gallery.

There is bit of a story to how this project came about.
When I saw this gorgeous Apple paper from Ruby Rock-It I wanted Apple Pie but there is one big problem as my kids and I have Fructose Malabsorption so we can't eat apples.  I was telling my friend who also has Fructose Malabsorption and she told me she found a recipe for a Appleless Apple Pie that uses Jatz crackers, intrigued I did some googling and from what I can tell this started as a practical joke but as someone who can't eat apples but loves apple pie this is awesome.
I decided since there is some excellent gastronomical science in this recipe that it would be a great educational activity to do with the boys.  However life chaos has meant I haven't baked the pie yet but I have converted the recipe to metric and written it on a index card so Today I am scrapping that card onto a 12x12 layout.

Now back to my kit, in it I included :-
Bella Red Gallery Red Gallery Apples RG509
Bella French Country Worktop FCY92
Bella French Country Cluck FCY08
Bella French Country Straw FCY78
Fundamentals Kraft Med Circle Tags FNT36
Ruby Rock-It Happy Days Stamp HYE56
Ruby Rock-It Faded Empire Stamp FDE39
Fundamentals White Doilies
Fundamentals White Mini Pegs
Ruby Rock-It Micro Beads Red
Ruby Rock-It Chipboard Alphas

Once I started working I decided to add 3 Mini Distress Inks to my kit.  Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Fired Brick.

I stared by cutting my papers.  I cut a 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 piece from Cluck, 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 from Straw, 6x8 from Apples and 8x10 from Worktop.

As I played with my papers and my index card I felt the index card needed to be aged so I blended Antique Linen Distress Ink over the index card and blended the edges of my Cluck and Straw papers also.

I then just slightly edged these papers, my index card and the Worktop paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I edged my Apple paper with Fired Brick Distress Ink. 
I also blended Antique Linen around the edge of my background cardstock and then edged it with Fired Brick and then a slight edge of Vintage photo.

I glued down my Worktop paper approximately 1 inch in from the left side and the top and bottom and then glued the Straw and Cluck papers down on a angle but I only added my glue in the centre so I would be able to tuck thing in as I played.  I added my index card at a angle too. 

Later when I had all my embellishments down I decided to add a white paper doily, I cut it in half and tucked it under my papers.  I then glued the edges of my papers down.

I painted the letters to spell Pie and a flower from the chipboard alphas wih red paint, once the paint was dry I inked them with Fried Brick Distress Ink.  Once this was dry I sealed them with Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish to give them a nice shine and to ensure if my layout ever gets wet that the ink won't run. 
I then sealed all my papers and index card with Helmar Chrystal Kote Matte Varnish to ensure they won't run either.

I needed some flowers so I decided to make a flower from the remainder of my Apples paper and the cardstock I cut away from behind where the Worktop paper was going.
I grabbed my nearest flower punch and punched out 3 flowers from my paper.  I coloured the back of my flowers with Fired Brick Distress Ink and edged them once dry.  When half dry I scrunched them up and unraveled them.

I glued my layers together by placed a drop of Helmar Acid Free Glue in the middle and layering them slightly off centre.
I then added a drop of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and poured some of the gorgeous Ruby Rock-It Micro Beads onto it.  I grabbed a tooth pick and sort of mixed them into the glue a little and then I grabbed out my Just Bead It JBX84 Round Brass Beads, Silver and dipped 3 per flower into some Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and added them on top of the Micro Beads.

I thought the Circle Tags could make a cute representation of a pie so I gave a tag the same treatment I gave my cardstock and I blended the edge with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then edged it with Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.  I tucked it under my photo matts and added my letters.

I then added my 2 big flowers and filled out my cluster with some little brown roses from my stash.

I love how the 2 different papers coloured with Fired Brick Distress Ink turned out.
I scrunched them a little more once glued down.

I added my chipboard flower to the top right corner of my index card.

To finish off my layout I dabbed my Fired Brick Distress Ink onto my craft sheet and added water, I then splattered it with a paint brush all over my layout to look like I had spilt something on it while cooking.

Thank you for reading my post.  Have you ever had a scrapbooking supply inspired you to search for recipes?

If you would like to see more of my work you are welcome to visit my blog.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Easter Table Decoration - Ruby Rock-It Creative Team

Hello Ruby Rock-It Fans.
I am so excited to be sharing my first project for Ruby Rock-it with you.
Have you seen the fantastic Greenery Range?  When I saw that grass paper I knew it was perfect for some grassy hills on a layout or even on a Table decoration.
And then I saw all the gorgeous new Crafter's Choice Bling and thought it was perfect for enhancing some die cut Easter eggs.
So these thoughts andmy love of picket fences informed my decision to make a picket fence basket decoration for my Easter table this year.

Ruby Rock-It Products:

Bella Magic & Wonder Gem MAW53
Bella Cosmos Mantras CMS51
Various Crafters Choice Bling in pink and purple.  I used Bling Flowers in pink, Bling Purple 3mm and Bling Borderlines Purple.
Mini Distress Inks in Hickory Smoke, Gathered Twigs, Aged Mahogany, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Pickled Rasberry, Victorian Velvet, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac.  Or other colours of your choice.

Additional supplies needed

Popsicle Sticks
A sheet of Chipboard or other thick cardboard to make the base of the basket.
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Die cutting machine or scissors to cut a bunny and eggs out of papers.

Creating my basket

To create my basket I made 4 picket fence panels out of  Popsicle Sticks.  Unfortunately I didn't get photos of the process of making the basket but I will talk you through it.
I simply laid down 3 Popsicle Sticks on my table and glued Popsicle Sticks with a slight gap between each one to them with Helmar Premium Craft Glue until I had a complete panel.

To make my Base I measured my panels and added 1 inch to this measurement.  I cut a piece of chipboard this size and then scored a half inch all the way around and cut out the corner.

I glued my panels to my base with Helmar Premium Craft Glue and with some left over scraps of chipboard I created little reinforcing pieces in the corners high up the panels to ensure a good hold.
When Decorating I need to be mindful of covering my corner reinforcers..
Now it was time to prepare my pieces for decorating.  I started by tearing strips of the Greenery Grass paper keeping in mind I need to be able to create a hilly effect with my tears.

For my eggs I cut a assortment of sizes with my Silhouette Curio from 3 gorgeous papers from the Bella mini themes.
MAW 60 Magic & Wonder Stripe
MAW53 Magic & Wonder Gem
CMS51 Cosmos Mantras
I also diecut some smaller eggs with a manual die cutting machine and a Lawn Fawn die out of Glitz Cardstock in 
While I had my Silhouette hooked up I cut a rabbit and some eggs out of white cardstock.

I wanted to colour my Bunny and white cardstock eggs with assortment of  mini Distress Inks.

I simply dabbed each ink onto my craft mat, spritzed with water and used a brush to paint my colours where  I needed them.  
I soaked up each ink with my eggs by swiping them through it to create individual and unique eggs.
I started with the butterfly and was hoping to leave the bunny white but the ink from the butterfly wound up going onto the bunny's nose so I then used coloured the bunny with Hickory Smoke and Gathered Twigs.
Now it was time for bling.  All that gorgeous Crafter's Choice bling.
I selected some pink and purple bling and cut off small sections to add to some of my eggs.
I love how they turned out.
Starting with the bottom layer first I glued my grassy hills to my basket with Helmar Premium Craft Glue, wrapping them around the corners.
Then I added more sections and tore some smaller to create more hills.

Then I added my Bunny and gave him a cute little pearl tail by cutting 2 of the larger pearls from one of the bling boarders

Finally I started adding my eggs randomly around my basket, trying to get a balance on each side as I went. 
But first I decided I needed to stamp a couple of my eggs with the cute flower in the Happy Days stamp set.

Thank you so much for reading my first Ruby Rock-It post. 
If you would like to see more of my work you are welcome to visit my blog.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Happy Day - Fortnite Party Layout - CraftOnline Creative Team

I really wanted to scrap E's Fortnite themed Birthday but as there is no Fortnite themed supplies I decided to pull a few things together from CraftOnline and created a Fortnite kit for myself. 
If you have a Fortniter in the family then this bundle of goodies will suit your needs to scrap those Fortnite photos.

Items used

Poppy Crafts 3 Pine Trees Die
Poppy Crafts Paper Pad Textured Cardstock 6x6
American Crafts Pebbles Happy Hooray Beary Sweet paper
PhotoPlay Jurassic Park Collection
Eco Park Easter Wishes Collection
The Stickmaster double sided heat resistant tape 12mm 
The Stickmaster double sided heat resistant tape 6mm
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Poppy Crafts Happy Birthday Balloon Die (no longer available), alternatives include Cheery Lyn Hot Air Balloons set of 2 or Poppystamps Hot Air Balloons
American Crafts Pebbles Happy Hooray Ephemera Die Cuts
Doodlebug Designs Petite Prints Dot/Grid Daisy/Stripe

Other items bought but not used for this layout
(I will use these items on another Fortnite layout that I will share on the blog later.)

Doodle Pops Fry Day
Doodle Pops Pizza Love
Doodle Pops Well Done 
Poppy Crafts Ribbons Greens
Poppy Crafts Ribbons Violets

For the Supply Drop I cut my pieces from from the Doodlbebug Designs Petite Prints papers using a nice blue for the box/basket I ensured my paper just on the box and a little over the bow to give me a surface to glue.  For the yellow I cut it so that the entire bow and balloon was cover.  I cut 2 different yellows and 2 of the same blue.
Then I die cut some trees with the Poppy Crafts 3 Pine Trees Die from the dark green in the Poppy Crafts Textured Cardstock paper pad ready for my layouts. 

Next I sorted the die cuts from the American Crafts Pebbles Happy Hooray Ephemera Die Cuts to find the ones that might suit my layout.  Then I precut the papers I wanted to use on my layout into random sizes so they were ready to got and I mounted my photos with the dark blue paper in the Poppy Crafts Textured Cardstock paper pad.

Having everything ready to go meant I could work quickly and just focus on playing with my supplies to help tell the story of the photos I was using. 
Watch the video to see how I played with my papers and supplies until happy with what I had.

I pieced my Fortnite Supply Drop by gluing the main balloon piece to the box where the bow is.
Next I pieced the Balloon pieces together using the different yellow pieces to give shading.  I stuck them together with The Stickmaster heat resistant tape.

I adhered my balloons directly to my page with Helmar Acid Free Glue  and with my trees I adhered some with Helmar Acid Free Glue but then popped some up with Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to give my forest dimension.
I adhered the die cut banner Happy Day on top of my trees with Helmar Acid Free Glue  and adhere the stars from the pack randomly to the right, placing one on the supply drop box to hide a mistake.

I finished my layout off with a doodly border and called it done.

E love seeing the first layout about his Fortnite Party done and is looking forward to my getting some more scrapped with my little kit I have pulled together.

Message from Home - Scrapping Fun Kits

Ever since I attended my first scrapbooking class one of the most important things I planned to scrap the heritage photos and in particular I wanted to tell the 2 ANZAC stories in my family.

So when creating this ANZAC kit for my business Scrapping Fun Kits I thought about what I needed to tell the story of my Granddad and my Grandmother's brother.
For this layout I am scrapping a copy of the front and back of the photo my Granddad's Mother sent him when he was serving in France, dated 22/2/1917.  This is the only photo in existence of his Mum and the only example of her hand writing so it is very special and I am so glad I was able to get a scanned copy on a visit to my then 88 year old Uncle in 2009.  I was going to include the photo of my Granddad but changed my mind during the creation process.

I wanted to create a aged paper look with my cardstock so I started with a sheet of cream cardstock and created the aged feel with Distress Ink in Old Paper, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo using the packaging technique on my craft sheet and then some ink blending to finish to accomplish this.
I then sealed it with Helmar Chrystal Kote to ensure if it got wet I  wouldn't have my ink run.

I then grabbed out the lace from my August 2018 Mary Poppins inspired Kit from Scrapping Fun Kits and aged it with some Distress Ink Aged Linen, I just dabbed it several times on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and then smooshed my lace in it.

To put my layout together I used 3 papers from the kit and selectively cut the papers so I could save the paper that would be behind the photos.
I matted my photos with cream cardstock and inked the edges of the photos and the photo matts with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.
Adhering all my layers with Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue.

I put down a strip of the washi from the April 2019 ANZAC Kit, then adhered my lace using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.
Once this was down I glued my photo cluster down with Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue and then started adding the charms and 2 of the die cuts from the ANZAC Kit.
I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere the charms and Helmar Acid Free Glue to adhere the die cuts.

I decided to just put my Great-Grandmother's name as my Title so I grabbed out some really old Kaszazz alphas that look like handwriting and spelt out her name, I chose this as I wanted it to work in with her hand writing.
As I was sticking it down I realised I was putting down her maiden name so added her surname but I was out of y and s  so I had to make them by cutting other letters and numbers up.  I created the y with a u and the bottom of a 3 and the s were created with the bottom of a 3 and top of a 2. 
I think they look pretty good.

Scrapping family heritage photos can be really hard but I am really happy with how this turned out.