Monday, April 20, 2015

A few of my favourite things

 
Hi everyone,
 
Today, I want to share with you a few of my favourite projects I've done over the past little while. I am trying to sneak under the radar with the fact that this is my Prima DT application.. arrgghhh..
 
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The first 3 are projects I haven't shared before. They all have 1 thing in common, lots of Prima loveliness.

Firstly, I got me some of the gorgeous new Prima Butterfly collection.. (papers, chipboard and flowers) All of which I adore. I made a cute little tag.

 
 
Below, is a layout I did for Scrapbooking Ideas Magazine.. The magazine hits the shelves today. The photo is of our 2014 Scrapping with the stars retreat. I adore these Prima flowers, they make creating a project so easy.. All the hard work, of arranging the flowers perfectly is done for you. you simply stick em on  :)
 

Below, 2 lovely scrappy friends, at the Brisbane Scrapbooking and Papercraft Expo in 2013. Sue Smyth on the right (editor of Scrapbooking memories magazine), and Jane Tregenza on the left  :) ... More Prima goodies.


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The following are just a few of my favourites... (OK, maybe more than just a few)
 
 
The Prima Sun Kiss range would have to be one of my all time favourites. Perfect for our farming background, but still suits my shabby, girly style too.
 
 

A mini album I did for my daughters 21st...


Sun Kiss again


Another favorite.. Prima Madeline.. I have a stash of this still, it is in my 'too good to cut up' box.. Please tell me there are others out there who do this.


 

 
 
 



 A 3D canvas I did titled 'A garden walk'.. so much fun to make


 
 


 


 
 
 
 

I didn't realise how often I use my Prima brick stamp !!  Definitely one of my faves Id say  :) 

 

I had a bit of a play with Mixed media for this metal box.. Lots of ink, paint, rusting powder, metal, and even some salt.

 
Had some fun with Prima chalk inks here. I just love the soft look these chalk inks give.


Prima chalk ink again.
 

 
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 Well, thank you and well done to those of you that are still here. That was one looong post. I have more favourites than I thought. Please please leave me a comment, so I know you were here  :)
 
Have a wonderful week.
 
xo 
 
 

Feeling rather proud of myself :) :)

 
Hi again... I just had to call in and share this really cool news. Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine came out this week, and I am so stoked to say, I have 7 projects published this month. a HUGE THANK YOU to the magazine for the opportunity. I did a 'tried and tested' feature on the Brother 'Scan N Cut', and I was also the 'ask the expert' for this issue... I tell my husband all the time that I am an 'expert', and now I have proof.. lol..

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Here are the projects I did for the Brother feature.
 
This photo makes me smile... Its of all the wonderful ladies who attended our 'Scrapping with the stars retreat' in November 2014. I've used lots of gorgeous Prima flowers, and of course the Brother Scan N Cut to make the majority of the embellishments. The magazine explains in detail how I made all of the following layouts.
 

My Dad hates this photo. He says it makes him look like an 'old fart' lol...   But, I love it.
 

 
This next one is a photo of myself, with 2 immensely talented ladies.. Jane Tregenza, and Sue Smyth, the editor of Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine. More gorgeous Prima flowers, and more cool ways to use the Scan N Cut.
 
 
Lastly, an envelope card. I make these quite a lot. they are really easy to make, and look really cool, I think.
 
 
Ok, well, that's if for today. Thanks as always for taking to time to call in, and especially, for leaving me a comment. I am going on holidays on Wednesday, over to our beach holiday house in South Australia... So, I will have fairly good internet.. WOO HOO..  I am looking forward to having some time to visit all my favourite scrappy peoples blogs  :) 
 
Have an amazing week, and I will 'see' you again soon
 
xo 


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Its been a loooong time

Hello all my gorgeous bloggy friends. (Im am hopeful there are some of you still around, who haven't tired of my lack of activity of late). For those few who are still around, you have probably been wondering where I have been.. Well, no where, really, and Ive done nothing very exciting either. I guess, I just needed a bit of a break from it all. Organising the Scrapping with the stars retreat last November was HUGE. It was fabulous, and I loved every minute of it, but, the amount of organising that goes in to such a big event, was all consuming for a few months there. Add to that, my DT commitments, and LIFE, I just got a little burned out, and just needed to take a few months off to re group. I feel I have done that now, and am totally ready to jump back in to this wonderful crafty world we all love so much...
 
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I have a couple of projects to share, which I did a little while back. Both have been published in magazines lately.
 
This first one was published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine. Cute photos of my beautiful daughter Ashlee, when she was about 11  :) 
 
 
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This next one, was done for Australia Scrapbook Ideas magazine. Starring my youngest, Harry...
 

 
 
Thanks to those who didn't give up on me. I plan on making a blog post every week from now on (please don't hold me to that), So, I will be back soon, with more to share...
 
Have a wonderful week, and weekend, and I will be back soon xoxox
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Scrapping with the stars-Retreat vacancies !!

Hi everyone :)
 
Firstly, I want to apologise for my lack of blogging !! My poor little blog is looking very neglected.. But, I do have a good reason. I have been flat out, organising the 'Scrapping with the stars-retreat', which is this coming weekend, 14th to 16th of November.
 
We have had a couple of cancellations at the last minute, due to illness, so, we STILL HAVE A COUPLE OF PLACES AVAILABLE if you are interested. This retreat is going to be HUGE.. We have 3 incredible tutors (see below), as well as some amazing free make and takes... not to mention some amazing sponsorship, which includes a goodie bag to die for..  All the info is on our blog, and facebook page...
 
If you want any more info, email us at scrappingwiththestars[@]yahoo.com.au
 
OUR SPONSORS
 
  Brother Australia are donating the top of the range 'Scan N Cut' machine
 
Graphic 45 have donated paper pads for everyone, as well as sticker sheets and more
 
Dusty Attic have included chipboard for everybody
 
Manor House Creations are giving us bags of beautiful flowers for all
 
Scrapbook Creations magazine is giving everyone a recent issue of the magazine
 
Scraptopia have kindly donated a stunning mask for each person
 
Lindys stamp gang are donating some gorgeous packs of sprays

Kaisercraft again have donated some wonderful prizes
 
Studio M Designs will be donating some amazing scrapbook, and mixed media kits
 
Scrapbooking Memories magazine has donated some incredible packs of goodies
 
Seriously scrapbooking have given each attendee a gorgeous gift also

Sassy Scrappers have generously donated some giveaways, and also a discount voucher for everyone
 
And just wait till you see our incredible lolly buffet, donated my Deer little parties

Sunday, September 21, 2014

WIN - plus retreat sneak peeks from our stars



  Hello my friends... wow, I didn't realise it had been so long since I've blogged anything...  I have way to many social media things happening, and I just keep forgetting about my poor little blog...  Life is flat out, as always, with my family, farm, organising our retreat for November, design team work, etc etc, you know the song :) ....  But, I am super excited about our classes happening at our 'Scrapping with the stars-retreat, in November, and just had to share...

Our Scrapping with the stars - retreat is on Phillip Island, in Victoria, 14th, 15th & 16th of November...  Visit HERE for all the details.. there are still places left, and there's still 9 days left to take advantage of our 'Early bird specials..
 
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MICHELLE GRANT REVERSE CANVAS

Explore the possibilities in Mixed Media with this reverse canvas. Create unique backgrounds and full of depth and interesting texture within a rustic scene.
You can add a photo to this project or keep it just as a rustic themed 10”x12”canvas that you can add your favourite quote to.




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STEPH DEVLIN LAYOUT

"All that Glitters is Gold" …… Be wowed in this layout class with Steph Devlin, full of glamour and bling. Steph mixes cutting edge techniques she has been taught, fused with her interpretation and style. This layout as full of glitz and glamour. Book early, so you don't miss out. It truly is divine.  

 
 
 
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MAGGIE ARMSTRONG LAYOUT

Join Maggie in her beautiful mixed media extravaganza project.  More than just a layout, this is a project you'll want to display to the world!  Showcasing an altered photo of that special girl in your life, you will create an ethereal piece using a custom mix of blossoms, charms and vintage laces and muslin. 

Note about booking:
Upon confirmation of booking, please email the photo you intend to use to
maggieben@hotmail.com.  Maggie will digitally alter the background and colourings and email directly back to you for printing.  This is all included in the cost of the class.  Ideally your photo will be a head and neck shot with the face slightly tilted upwards.


 
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WIN......... a fabulous gift basket, full of gorgeous scrappy goodness... All you need to do is SHARE THIS BLOG POST, on your blog, or share all 4 of our facebook posts ( https://www.facebook.com/scrappingwiththestars ) 
 from Michelle, Maggie, and Steph on your FB page, blog, or other social media site... ( if posting on FB, you must share all 4 posts to be eligible) The prize will be drawn on October 15th... so get sharing... The more places you share, the more times you enter.... please leave a comment below, or on our FB page when you share... 

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How do you book to do these classes you ask...  Well, its easy, simply follow the link Scrapping with the stars retreat registration , to register for our retreat, in November.
 
please remember that our 'early bird specials' finish at the end of the month (September 30th), so you only have 10 days to register and pay, to get the super deal... Check out HERE for all the details...

Any questions email scrappingwiththestars@yahoo.com.au

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I made the cover :)

 
Hi friends..
Well, I'm just a little bit excited...  My layout made the cover of Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine this month.. woo hoo.. This is the second time I've been fortunate enough to have one of my layouts featured on the cover, and both times, its been photos of my daughter, Ashlee.
 
 
This is the full pic of the layout.. One of my last for Graphic 45 design team
 
 
 
 
And, below, is my layout that was featured on the cover of the same magazine, a couple of years ago..
 
 
The original layout had a black and white photo, but, the magazine prefers colour photos for the cover (tip for anyone wanting to increase their chances of being published on a cover).
 
 
Thanks so much for visiting, I will be back soon, to share the other 2 layouts I made for the same issue of the magazine, all featuring the latest graphic 45 paper collections xo


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Yes, Im still here :)

 
Hello everyone...
 
I have been gone for so long...  My life has just been so out of control busy the last few months. Some of you would know about my Dads accident, and how we almost lost him, and then the trauma to our family surrounding that, well, it just seems to have continued on from there. I wont go into a tonne of detail (as I'm sure you are all tired of hearing my tales of woe)  but, it has been one hell of a few months, that's for sure. Hopefully we are out the other side of it now, and life can go back to the calm, boring normal that I like  :)
 
I haven't done a lot of creating since my term with Graphic 45 finished. I was feeling a little burned out, then with all the medical dramas happening at home, my mojo has taken a holiday too. But I have been doing a few things, behind the scenes... One of the things I am most excited about is.........
 
I will be teaching classes at Paperific in Melbourne on the 29 - 31 August 2014.. The details will be available on the Paperific website on the 8th of July, if anyone is thinking of coming along. Scrapping with the stars - retreats will also have a stand at the show, Stacey and I will both be there, so, if you are planning on going to the show, please stop by our stand, and say hi...
 
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And the other thing that has been keeping me busy is my new role as a designer for Brother Australia..  I have been playing with my Scan n cut die cutting machine, and loving it. My first project will be up on their blog etc in the next few days... Very exciting...

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BUT, the biggest, and most exciting thing, that has kept me busy these past few months, is organising our 'Scrapping with the stars - retreat'.. For those of you, in Australia, who haven't heard of our retreat, please, go check out our blog, and FB page.. It is gearing up to be one of the biggest, and the best retreats in Australia. We have some amazing tutors, demonstrators, and fantastic sponsors, who have donated an incredible array of goodies. This really is one not to be missed... The venue is amazing, right on the beach, at Phillip Island. The rooms are lovely, and there is even an in ground pool...PLUS, we will have a bus service, running from Ballarat, through to Tullamarine Airport, then on to Phillip Island... The retreat will be held from Friday November 14th to Sunday 16th..

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I do have 1 lonely little project to share today.. its a layout I did for Scrapbook Creations magazine, as member of the 'Colour Challenge' team..  the theme was wintery whites, blues, and silver...
Here is what I created. (sorry, but, the monochromatic colours don't photograph too well)


'Baby it's cold outside'

I used some diamond dust, on the top of the window, and fences, to make some 'snow'. And, as usual. lots of Manor House Creations flowers.



Thanks to anyone who still takes the time to call in to my blog, even after I have been so neglectful of it... Please, if you are still here, leave me a comment, so I know you were here...

Have a wonderful weekend

Karen xo