Monday, 8 August 2016

Documenting July!

So the weeks are flying by and finally I'm documenting the first week of July!  That means two things:

1.  I've cracked open my July Citrus Twist Kits (hurrah!); and 
2.  This is my first spread in my beautiful new Studio Calico six ring 6x8 binder (double hurrah!!)

This spread covers the first two days of our time in Queenstown, New Zealand, and some much needed relaxing!

I've used my favourite soft colour palette and created my own super quick and super simple filler card to complement the rest of the page.

How adorable are the wood veneer sequins in the July Pocket Life kit!?  

This is my super easy filler card - an epoxy phrase sticker and a piece of ephemera.

We had a yummy lunch at a kitsch little cafe just outside the centre of town, and I grabbed one of their business cards. I've flipped it to the reverse side, stitched it to some patterned paper cut to 3x4 and added a couple of little details.  So cute!

A little bit of gold thread for good measure, and the week's done!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Oh Hi There! A Project Life Share

Hi there friends!  I know, I know, it's been quite a few months since I posted on my blog.  

With being back at full time work since around this time last year I really haven't done much in the way of traditional scrapbooking layouts, but in 2016 I feel like I've really found my happy place between the time that I have to scrapbook and the memories I want to record.

I'm Project Lifing, using a 6x8 Simple Stories album which is perfect for the number of photos I take each week and it also doesn't take forever to complete a layout.

I'm also continuing with my Citrus Twist Kits subscription this year.  Trina does an amazing job of putting the kits together, and I love that I have a beautiful variety of coordinated products delivered to my door each month.

I've kept up to date with every week this year, but this is as far back as I felt I could go to start sharing hehe.  This is late March, using the March Pocket Life kit and the March Add on kit.  So much Maggie Holmes and gold goodness!!

I put together this 3x4 card by using some plain white cardstock and running it through my Cuttlebug machine with an embossing folder, and then layering a few of the ephemera pieces and some gold thread.

This was a really simple card to put together as well, I love to use the string that ties the kits together on my spreads.

Oh my, did my work colleagues love these Easter chocolate cupcakes as a treat!  I popped one in a vintage tea cup to take a quick photo of.    I added a 6x4 insert sleeve to include it this week.

The gold glitter thickers placed over the photo makes it look a little bit fancy don't you think?

This is the reverse of the insert.  I added a punched tab to the insert for some added shape and interest.

I had tried to fit this little doe in somewhere for a few weeks, but she just didn't seem to fit.. until this card.  I love that her eyes seem to rest on that sweet quote.

And that wraps up the week!

If you've still had my blog on your reading list from way back, thank you so much for your patience! It feels so good to blog again.  I'm not planning on putting a lot of pressure on myself to keep up with blogging, but if I can I will!

Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Home is Where Our Story Begins

Hi Everyone 

I have a cheerful, bright and simple layout for you today, using some of the new release feathers you will find in the shop.

Home is Where Our Story Begins

I quickly snapped this photo on a late afternoon beach walk with my daughter.  It's not a special photo per se, but it evokes the memory of us just spending time together as mother and daughter, and thats a special memory to hold on to.

YCW's Ornate Frame 11 is equally at home on a vintage layout or a project with a more modern feel. To pair it with the vibrant fresh colours in the Life is Beautiful collection by Aussie company Cocoa Vanilla Studio I've pulled the turquoise from the colour palette of the collection with two coats of Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass. To add a little depth I've sanded the edges once the paint dried.

Those beautiful feathers have been treated with a heat embossed gold and really bring out that gold foil look.

The title has been daubed with pink and coral acrylic paint and then heat embossed with a clear coat for some shine.

Your Creative Wings product used:  Feathers - Basic Mixed YCW 3049,  Ornate Frame 11 YCW 6011, Quote - Home is Where Small YCW 1072.

Other Product Used:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio Life is Beautiful patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, Crate Paper gold foil vellum, Cocoa Vanilla Studio Life is Beautiful sticker sheet, TCW stencil, Faber Castell Whipped Spackle, Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass, gold embossing powder, typewriter, enamel dot, gold thread, Prima Color Bloom spray in Peony, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Coral, acrylic paint, clear embossing powder.

I'm sad to say this will be my last post for Your Creative Wings.  I've had the most amazing time on the team team but due to a change in circumstances I need to step down.

The girls have some stunning layouts coming up, and the awesome new chippy designs just keep on coming (umm... have you SEEN the pieces in the brand new Boho range???).

Thanks for dropping by today!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Your Creative Wings July Inspiration

Hi Everyone

Thanks for joining me with some Your Creative Wings inspiration today!

The Smallest Things

The lovely Secret Garden collection from Kaisercraft and this photo of Kayci taken a few years ago at Taupo in New Zealand were the starting points for this layout.  

I loved the shabby chic and feminine vibe to the papers, and so I knew I wanted to use a white and pale blue treatment to my chippy pieces to carry that shabby chic style through the layout. 

You can see the sweet little antique key here, and for the blue treatment on it (and the lock and clock face arms which you can see in the photo below), I've just applied a quick coat of Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass.  Because I was aiming for an antique look I only needed one coat to the raw chippy so that you can see some of the raw chipboard slightly showing through.  After the  paint dried I used some sandpaper to sand the edges of the chippy.

For the white treatment to the ornate clock and ornate post I base coated with gesso and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I really like the smoother finish that you can achieve with a  coat of gesso before embossing in white.. OCD much?!

How sweet is the little antique lock in the top left!?

The ornate post was blended into the flower cluster by first wrapping a leafy vine ribbon around it and then some hemp twine.  Then just adding a few flowers here and there really blends it in.

Your Creative Wings product used:  Keys & Locks Small YCW8013, Ornate Post YCW 19005, Wrought Iron Clock YCW 16017.

Other product used:  Kaisercraft patterned paper, Secret Garden collection,  Bazzill cardstock, French Lattice Small Frame, English Tea Party Doily & French Pastry Tiny Doily dies from Cheery Lin Designs, Martha Stewart punch around the page punch, My Minds Eye enamel dots, corrugated cardboard, doily, gesso, whit embossing powder, Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass, topstitch thread, hemp twine, peg - mini, vine ribbon, various flowers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Tattered Rose, Darkroom Door texture stamp, Prima Color Bloom mist in Peony.


Oh my, young love.. There's something so special and heartwarming about it yes?  We were really excited to meet Sophie for the first time last weekend and thankfully she's a little more willing to have photos taken than Brent normally is.  

I've been hoarding this amazing Gramercy Road collection by Gossamer Blue for way too long, and it was so perfect for these photos!

Often chippy pieces are used on traditional scrapbook layouts with a myriad of treatments, but if you're wanting to use some pieces on a clean and simple design, try leaving them as raw chippy without any altering - they look great!  I've used the raw camera piece on this layout and then added a little acrylic paint to the separate tiny heart (that comes in the pack) and inked a little shadow in a slightly darker shade of pink.  Simply adhere the coloured heart to the top of the chippy piece.

I so love my chippy alphas, to be able to alter them any way you please is so much better than spending an obscene amount of money on a huge stash of Thickers.  I've used this one alpha set on at least four layouts and I still have plenty left.  

To treat the Polaroid Frame Set - Love, I've dabbed some Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Black Soot on the scripted love word, and then trimmed some patterned paper to the same size as the polaroid frame and adhered it to the chipboard.  

Your Creative Wings product used:  Alpha # 1 YCW5006, Cameras YCW8002, Geo Pointers - Stars & Arrows YCW4006, Hearts n Arrows YCW4019, Polaroid Frame Set - Love YCW6025

Other product used:  Gossamer Blue patterned paper, American Crafts cardstock, EK Success edge punch, Gossamer Blue ephemera pack, hemp twine, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Black Soot, gesso, acrylic paint, Versa Color ink in Old Rose, Stazon Ink.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Mixed Media Inspiration with Your Creative Wings

Hi everyone and today I'm sharing some Your Creative Wings mixed media inspiration.

This gorgeous, doodley, almost gothic styled patterned paper from Prima Marketing Inc provided me with the inspiration this month to create a gothic yet feminine layout.  I've also featured three of the frames from Your Creative Wings Frames Collection in this one layout.


This layout has lots of layers and different mediums to it, and even some textural elements like micro and glass beads.

To create the base layers I adhered strips of patterned paper in a random pattern and added some torn up pieces of old sewing pattern tissue paper.  After dry brushing with gesso I added texture paste tinted with shavings from a pale pink Gelato through a stencil.

After working out the position of the outer frame I adhered some micro beads and then applied mists around the frame.

To treat the gorgeous Wreath - Leafy Set, I first spritzed the entire frame with water and let it sit for a couple of minutes to loosen the layers of chippy.  Then I took my scalpel (carefully so there are no scrapping injuries lol!), and scuffed up the top layer.  This doesn't have to be perfect, after all it's a random effect we're looking for.  Then apply a coat of gesso over the frame, so that you can still see some raw areas of chippy.  Give a quick dry with a heat tool and then add mists to sections of the frame.  Dry with a heat tool as you go, and add more colour as you like.

The Wreath - Willow frame has simply been given a coat of Distress Paint in Black Soot.

My title, Moments, has again been coated in Black Soot Distress Paint and then a coat of Glossy Accents.  Remember that these titles are quite flexible, so you can bend them out of their usual shape to suit your project.

I've tucked one of the little dress forms from the Mannequin Set into my flower cluster, with patterned paper adhered and some liquid pearls for added details, and of course some satin seam binding to accentuate the feminine side to a gothic layout!

I love digging into my stash of little bits and bobs that add detail to a layout.  The Butterflies - Mini set is perfect to have on hand to add details in and around a flower cluster.  I've used some Tinby Metallic Melts here for their lovely metallic sheen.

Your Creative Wings product used:  Ornate Frame 16 Tiny YCW6017, Words - Captured Moments Script YCW1057, Wreath - Leafy Set YCW2021, Wreath - Willow 11cm YCW2022, Mannequin Set YCW16017, Butterflies - Mini YCW3042

Other product used:  Prima Marketing Inc patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, Martha Stewart edge punch, gesso, clear gesso, texture paste, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot and Antique Linen, Faber Castell Gelato in Guava, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stencil, fabric pattern paper, Micro Beads in Florentine Gold, Prima Marketing Inc mist in Peony, Distress Paint in Black Soot, Liquid Pearls in Platinum Pearl, Stazon Ink, Kaisercraft stamp, glass beads, Prima Marketing Inc flowers, Petaloo flowers, satin seam binding, Tinby Metallic Melts, doily.

Canvas - Its Always Ourselves We Find in the Sea

I visited the Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo in Brisbane a couple of weekends ago and had the opportunity to take a class by the lovely and very talented Sue Smythe.  This canvas gives a nod to the techniques and artistic style that she taught in the class, but with my theming and design.

How amazing is the Dreamcatcher chippy piece!?  I love the hearts and feathers and intricate criss-cross of threads in the main piece.  The Dreamcatcher and mesh panel pieces have been given a coat of Gesso and sprayed with Dylusions mists, and then finally dry brushed with gold acrylic paint.

The quote comes from one of my all-time favourite poems, Maggie and Milly and Molly and May by E.E. Cummings.

I've painted the heart in the dreamcatcher with gold paint and given a generous coat of Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy.  When that dried I spritzed with a black mist to accent the crackle.  I've also collected a few shells from our beach here and treated them with gesso, mists and gold paint as well.

The frame has been heat embossed with a mixed embossing enamel by Stampendous, and the alphas treated the same as the heart in the centre of the Dreamcatcher.

And as always, a bit of bling to finish this little canvas off!

Your Creative Wings product used:  Dreamcatcher YCW8012, Ornate Frame 11 YCW6011, Mesh Panel YCW8010, Alpha # 1 YCW5006

Other product used:  Canvas, white & black gesso, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy, Dylusions ink in Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, London Blue & Calypso Teal. Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Black Magic, gel medium, Stampendous Embossing Enamel in Aged Marine, acrylic paint, gauze, Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste, The Crafters Workshop stencil, metal ephemera, shells, hemp twine, typewriter, Stazon ink, diamontes, paper towel

Thanks so much for dropping by today.  Have you visited the shop lately?  I spy some special new goodies here and here that are hot off the YCW press!!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Your Creative Wings - Girly Layout Inspiration

I have to say there are the most beautiful new chippy pieces being released by Your Creative Wings at the moment, I may have gushed... a lot.... over my latest happy mail package!! 

So Sweet

I've used three of the latest releases on this layout: the Flutterby Charm 2 Mini, the Doily Bunting, and the gorgeous layered Floral Flourish.

The Mini Flutterby Charm 2 is the sweetest little mini charm.  I've used acrylic paint in a complimentary peachy shade to the patterned papers, shading to a very pale peach in the centre of the charm.   I treated the layered butterfly the same way, with the darker shade in the centre, and the lighter shade towards the edges of his wings.

Some Liquid Pearls add some extra highlights to the piece.

Now who doesn't love bunting... and lace doily bunting at that!? Each individual doily has a removable centre, and I've covered the centres in a patterned paper from the collection and shaded the edges.  I've dabbed cream acrylic paint on the lace or outer pieces using a sponge, this allows the detail in the chippy to show through.

The French Window 2 provides a perfect foreground to one of the mother and baby images from the Precious Memories collection. Its like peaking straight through the window of a house and I love how it reinforces the mother & daughter sentiment of the layout.  Again this piece has been sponged with acrylic paint and finished with some Perfect Pearls.

The layered floral flourish has an extra flower in the pack to layer.  To add extra dimension I've spritzed the flower with some water, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then separated and squished up the top layer of chipboard.  I've painted with acrylic paint, adding a little shading to the flowers and buds, and then added Glossy Accents over each bud. 

Your Creative Wings product used:  Floral Flourish YCW7019; Doily Bunting YCW9014; Flutterby Charm 2 Mini YCW304; French Window 2 YCW18003.

Other Product used: Graphic 45 Precious Memories patterned paper; Bazzill cardstock; Martha Stewart edge punch; acrylic paint; gesso; Glossy Accents; satin ribbon, Liquid Pearls in Platinum Pearl; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen; Versa Color ink in Bamboo; My Minds Eye brads; topstitch thread

Unconditional Love

Anyone who has seen a couple of my layouts knows that if I have any opportunity whatsoever to add some gold (or silver) then it's going to end up on the page ha!  This layout has gold glitter, gold foil, gold stitching... and some gold heat embossing just for good measure.

I've left the title chippy piece raw because I love how it ties in with the burlap background, and the background of the photo.

To create the gold tipped arrows, paint the rear end of the arrows with acrylic paint, and heat emboss the arrow head with gold embossing powder.

The new Circles Charm set has layers of circles that can be left together, or removed and treated separately depending on how you want to use them.  I've separated each piece and chosen different shades of acrylic paint and gold embossing powder to create colourful circles.

A few extra little hearts are the perfect finishing touch to embellish the charms.

Your Creative Wings product used: Unconditional Love Title YCW1064; Love Candy YCW12018; Hearts & Arrows YCW 4019; Circles Charm Set YCW 16021

Other product used: Crate Paper Craft Market Burlap; Crate Paper patterned paper, American Crafts gold vellum; Crate Paper Craft Market Accent Stickers; Bazzill cardstock; American Crafts Pow Glitter Paper; gold thread; topstitch thread; acrylic paint; gesso; gold embossing powder; white embossing powder.

Thanks so much for dropping by today.  Be sure to drop by the Your Creative Wings shop regularly as beautiful new pieces are being released all the time.