Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rubik's Cube Card

Hi everyone!
Well it has been a while since I've blogged, hasn't it? Sorry about that! I've been fairly busy just making cards and trying to organise market stalls to attend so that I can try selling my cards and paper craft projects.

I recently came across a never-ending card that I thought was simply brilliant! It's based on the Rubik's Cube! Her name is Christie Kunkel and her Pinterest board is Stampin' Up! Cards by Christie Kunkel. Go check her out, she's amazing!

Not only has it got the fun element, being a never-ending card, but it's because of the Rubik's Cube concept of all those squares that you don't have to embellish the card any more than just using those squares!

Anyway, I've come up with a couple of designs showing the placement of the various coloured squares which may help you when you go to make yours.

Don't be afraid of the never-ending card - it's so simple to make - especially since I show you a couple of tips to make it much more simpler to create. You can watch my YouTube video HERE.

Click HERE for layouts and cutting guide.

Hopefully I won't leave it so long before I post again here on my blog.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Somewhere in Time Mini Album for Scrapadabadoo Crafts

Back again with another project share!

I must say that I absolutely LOVE the Bo Bunny Somewhere in Time paper collection! I'm thinking it's up there at the top of my must have list! The colours are sooooo me! Blues, browns, yellows - absolutely love it!

Anyway, with all the gorgeous embellishments and ephemera available with this collection I just had to make a mini album, but not just any mini album - this one has a bit of an extra inclusion in it. Something that I haven't seen before in mini albums we currently make. With all the hype and activity with Project Life at the moment I wanted to try to incorporate a bit of that into a mini album, and I think I succeeded. Although I'm going to explore this style a bit more as time goes on I think :)

There are three different page designs I have used in this mini album (I took Kathy Orta's idea of the 'build a page' style and made my own different page designs). All three styles of pages have one foundation page on which I built the extra bits & pieces and I show you how to make all three in videos I have uploaded to YouTube. You can watch the start of these here.

Here is a look at how my mini album turned out:

More pictures are included with the cutting guide which you can download here.

I have uploaded a start-to-finish Mini Album Series on the making of this album and you can view it on Scrapadabaddoo's YouTube channel. The link to the first of 10 parts is HERE.

Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Card Storage Box - With Tutorial!

Hi everyone!

I have been quite busy making cards lately and my poor blog has suffered because of it. I participate in some card challenges and am currently doing the Stretch Your Stamps Online Card Class, so I am building quite a collection of cards. I am also lazy and do not 'complete' the cards as I go - adding sentiment to inside and making envelopes. So I had to do something with my stockpile of cards. I intend selling them at a local market stall soon.

I have noticed some have started to come apart (tape peeling away) with our humid climate here in Oz, so I had to come up with something of a storage unit for them so they would be protected. So here is what I came up with! The overall measurements are 11 1/2" long, 5 1/2" wide and 6 3/4" tall. The box stores cards as large as 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

The box holds anywhere from 60 to 80 cards, depending on how dimensional they are. I added a lid to the box which doesn't sit down on top of the cards. The strips at the sides of the box sit an inch from the top and stop the lid from pressing on the cards inside. Works great!

I have written instructions HERE for you to make it, I know I couldn't give even half of my cards away quicker than I make them, so having this storage box to store them in the interim is the best solution I could come up with.

If you follow my blog you know that I am an organisational freak, so I had to add dividers inside to sort the cards into categories.

Products used (grab them from
Tim Holtz Wallflower paper (would have been awesome to have the vellum to go with this paper!)
Tim Holtz On the Edge FILE TAB die (if Barrie & Carol don't have it in stock, send them an email)

Here are some more pics!

Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hello Baby Configurations Book for Scrapadabadoo Crafts

Hi crafters!

I am so excited to finally reveal my latest project for Scrapadabadoo Crafts! This project is one very close to my heart as it is a gift to my daughter, Mandy to hold for her daughter, my only grand daughter Amelia.

It is made from a Tim Holtz Configurations Book - yes, but it is not embellished the way most of his configurations books have been. It is totally girly and beautiful! 

It is an heirloom book which holds a number of Amelia's baby mementos, such as a lock of hair from her first hair cut, her first hair bow, photos of her hand and foot prints, her birth certificate, a mini album with photos from each of the first 12 months of her life, and a heartfelt message from me, her nan, contained in a corked glass vial.

This is such a special project and what mother would not want to make it for their girl(s)?

The paper collection I used was Simple Stories 'Hello Baby'. There are so many cards, brads, papers and embellishments in this kit - enough to make many more projects! You get everything you need to make this project (except for your basic supplies), including a detailed tutorial. So what are you waiting for? Go check out what you get for your money here!

I have uploaded a video onto Scrapadabadoo's YouTube channel showing the baby book in all its glory and you can watch it by clicking here. Don't forget to subscribe to Scrapadabadoo's YouTube channel so you don't miss out on any of the amazing projects we upload! Don't forget to check Scrapadabadoo's FaceBook page too, you never know where this one is going to pop up :)

Don't forget to post photos of your finished baby book to Scrapadabadoo's FaceBook page so we can all see your beautiful creation!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fluttering by with a card

Hi everyone!
I've been MIA here on my blog and online for a bit and when I got roped into streaming today by a few people who shall remain nameless (you know who you are). THANK YOU! This was just the medicine I needed to get back in the groove, crafting for the FUN of it! I've been so bogged down by other projects lately that it was starting to become a chore, and I NEVER want that to happen. Crafting is supposed to be FUN!

When I stream, without a project in mind, and be instructed by the viewers it can go one of two ways (sometimes both lol) - either very stressful, as I don't take instruction too well lol, or it can be fun. Today was fun, so thank you to those who visited my stream today and joined in on the fun, it was awesome!

So.....what did we do for the FOUR HOURS I streamed? We made ONE card, yes - just one card lol. But it turned out to be a very pretty card. 

I started out 'trying' the Kristina Werner card technique of using distress inks on background stamps. I say tried because it didn't end up being exactly like Kristina's card, at all LOL.

We stamped a background with the distress inks, then used a few stencils (sunrays, stars, circles) with distress inks, then we brought out the VersaMark ink and gold embossing powder.

I wanted a butterfly on the card so I 'tried' the Twinkling H2O's, and the distress inks but it just wasn't working. So I just sponged some distress ink over a butterfly and applied VersaMark ink to the body and antennae, heat embossed it and thought I was done. Others had more in mind.

I took a Krylon Gold Leafing pen and inked around the card top edge, but that wasn't enough for some, they wanted me to get out the FlitterGlu and Mega Flakes.

So I daubed the FlitterGlu around the card edges and applied some Mega Flakes (can't remember the name, sorry) and it looked good. Thought I was finished again, but no! They wanted me to use the FlitterGlu and Mega Flakes on the butterfly too! So I took out a butterfly stamp, juiced it up with the FlitterGlu, applied the Mega Flakes and buffed it up - glad I listened to my friends, it turned out beautiful!

I die cut a frame, gold embossed the sentiment, edged the frame with the Krylon Gold Leafing pen, applied dimensional foam dots to the frame and stuck it all down onto the monochromatic background we made, then stuck it onto the white card base - upside down :(. So I cut the card down so I had the card top, white mat and matted that onto a pale lemon card base. Here is the finished product.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Scrapadabadoo's Sizzling Summer Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

It's that time! Time for me to provide you with another secret letter for Scrapadabadoo's Sizzling Summer Blog Hop!

To be in the running for an amazing prize you need to check out all the other Design Team members' Sizzling Summer Blog Hop posts!

It's started already and each of the DT members will blog their altered Prima Bicycle and reveal their secret letter. Once all 11 posts have been published - 2 blog posts per day (one on Sunday 22 June 2014) through to Friday 27 June 2014, 2 letters will be revealed each day. You will have 11 letters which will spell a word or words that you will need to unscramble and email to Scrapadabadoo at You must also leave a comment on each of the DT members' blog posts. Scrapadabadoo will reveal the final letter on their blog.

I had so much fun altering the Prima Bicycle! Unusual for me because I'm not one for embellishing, but me being me, decided to make sure it was a 'practical' project LOL. My bicycle is a working CLOCK! Yes, it actually works! Barrie sent me a clock mechanism which fits perfectly inside the large wheel of this bicycle and it works brilliantly!

I used a lot of Alcohol Inks and Vintaj Patinas, black gesso, and a whole lot of hot glue LOL.

The flowers are from IamRoses and were white so I just sprayed them with a touch of pink and blue and brown shades. I left the skeleton leaves' colour as is. I wanted to use some 'fresh' life in the project so kept the leaves nice and green.

I didn't have any metal pieces to use as a plaque so I cut a piece of chipboard, rounded the corners, punched a couple of holes to insert brads and coloured it up by painting it with black gesso, then added some Inka Gold and Gilders Paste waxes to grunge it up to make it look metallic and attached it with wet glue to the base. For the word TIME I punched them using the metal letter press punch alpha & numeric punch set so they were de-bossed into the chipboard.

It took me forEVER to find an old fashioned roman numeral clock face graphic on the internet but I finally found one (had to go with this one even though it had IIII for the 4 instead of what it should have been - IV). I cut out a 4 1/4" circle from chipboard and adhered patterned paper on top, cut around edges, sanded edges and inked the edges. I punched a hole in the centre with my Big Bite, attached the clock mechanism and set it aside.

I wanted some texture to the inside of the clock so I dry embossed a strip of Kraft-Tex, painted it with black gesso and coloured it up with some Inka Gold and Gilders Paste, adhered it to the back of the clock face (I used the packaging piece to cut the square tabs) and stuck it down inside the wheel!

With all the different styles of the bicycles we have shown in this blog hop there is sure to be one suited to you!

Are you ready for my secret letter? Here it is!

If you have missed the first two letters go check out Kim's blog post for the first letter and bicycle, check out Margaret Ann's bicycle and jot down her letter, then note my letter here and then head on over to Wendy's blog to check out her amazing bicycles and to find her lucky letter.

Margaret Ann

Good luck!!! Don't forget to leave a comment here too!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Card Series - Hello #2

After all the stress, hustle and bustle of the Travel in Time with Scrapadabadoo ustream lead-up and show, I felt like just playing - and that's exactly what I did today!

I wanted to use some earth toneson this card, plus I wanted to do some stamping and die-cutting, so I decided to combine the two - sort of LOL.

I took a hello die, punched it out of tape-backed fun foam and mounted it on EZ-Mount. I tested the stamp but felt, as it was very thin, that it needed more height so I punched it again and adhered it on top of the other one, voila! Stamped perfectly.

I inked up the stamp and tested it by stamping on white cardstock, then stamped it again halfway down and offset to the right of the first stamp,without re-inking, and then used a lighter ink and repeated those two steps, used a lighter ink and did it again, and stamped again one more time so that I had stamped four solid images of the hello word and four second generation stamps.

It looked like a perfect background so I cut it down, inked the entire cardstock piece with old paper, inked edges with aged linen, then finally some brushed corduroy distress inks.

I attached a piece of kraft coloured cardstock, which I had sliced off a 1/2" piece and ran the larger piece through my BigShot using a Spellbinders die, adhered the two pieces down onto the white card base, leaving a 1/8" gap.

I made a bow out of some grosgrain ribbon and adhered it to the 1/2" strip.

I thought the hello background needed a little something so I die-cut the word hi using the Tim Holtz Wordplay die and kraft cardstock which I then heat embossed with Versamark ink and Queen's Gold embossing powder. I adhered the hi sentiment using dimensional foam.

I cut a piece of kraft cardstock, cut-embossed using the same die as was used on the front and stamped the sentiment.

I rounded the right corners using a 1/4" corner chopper.

Even though this card took me half a day to make, I was happy with the end result.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Travel in Time with Scrapadabadoo Starts Today! Get your Cutting Guide Here!

Hey everyone!

The Travel in Time with Scrapadabadoo time has arrived! Let's get ready to par-tay!

We will all be using Prima's Time Traveler's Memories paper line to create our projects for the Travel in Time Ustream show today!

Get your CUTTING GUIDE for my Time Capsule HERE and play along with me at 6:00pm PDT USA (11am AEST for Oz).

I hope you can join us, if not - all streams will be recorded!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Twitter Card Challenge - Stencil

This week's card challenge, set by me but is run by Jess over on Twitter, was to use a stencil on your card.

So.....why did I choose to use a stencil when it took me almost half an hour to finally settle on one!!! Anyway, I like this stencil -  the Texture Shine Designer Stencil by Memory Box so I decided to use distress inks and blend them from Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and finally Squeezed Lemonade.

Now what! I sat there thinking and thinking and thinking some more until I decided to grab my stamps and have a look through to see if something jumped out at me. It didn't take long LOL. I found the perfect stamp set by Simon Says Stamp called "Sunnier Days".

I stamped the umbrella onto plain white cardstock using Tuxedo Black Mememto Ink, coloured in the umbrella with a couple of orange/yellow shades of Copics (sorry, can't remember which ones) and fussy cut it out.

I then stamped the "Wishing you sunnier days" sentiment onto white cardstock using Vermillion Ranger Archival Ink, cut it out, rounded the corners using a 1/4" rounder and adhered it to another white piece of cardstock with dimensional foam dots and inked edges in Spiced Marmalade.

I decided it needed a bit more "pop" so I stamped the vertical border heart stamp using Vermillion Ranger Archival Ink just in line with the umbrella.

I adhered the sentiment piece so that it was held in place by the hook of the umbrella handle.

Next I matted the card top to a piece of orange cardstock and adhered it all onto a 4 1/8" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock in a top opening card style. And finally I decided I wanted to put a few half-backed pearls in the bottom right corner to finish it off.

Phew! That's this week's challenge done and dusted - and early!!!

Bye for now!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Find some manners people!

Sorry everyone, please humour me here, I need to vent!

We have an awesome online crafting community with a multitude of awesome talented crafters who share their ideas, projects, tutorials and products. There are so many who provide us with thousands of hours of streams, videos, blog posts, etc. that we can CHOOSE to watch or choose NOT to watch, participate or NOT participate, buy tutorials or NOT buy the tutorials, the choice is OURS, and OURS alone. That's right - we have a choice!

When I like a project for which someone is teaching a class - free or paid, or someone records a start-to-finish on YouTube, or from a blog post, I always try to mention that person from whom I saw the project first. I have bought kits and tutorials from many crafters, some of which I have thought were a little underdone, a lot of bang for your buck, etc. but I choose to learn from this and I choose whether or not I buy more from that person. I do NOT go complaining about it to everyone who will listen. If I have a problem with a tutorial or project I go directly to the owner, I do NOT use any social media platform to air my grievances, nor should I! That, to me, is rude and unnecessary! We are supposed to be grown adults here, this is NOT a playground for complaining or for bullies to thrive!

So to those that are whining, bitching and basically being very open and rude about it, remember that YOU have a choice! Exercise your right to choose what you watch, what you buy, who you befriend, and stop bringing everyone down with your nasty comments and innuendos! Sorry, but it's just been so rife lately that I just had to say something before I exploded! By the way, to those that choose to ignore a hello from someone - you are also being RUDE! Please think about your actions, they do hurt people, particularly those that are feeling vulnerable at the time.

To those that totally ignore me, or anyone, I ask that if you have a problem with someone that you go to that person and talk about it - you really do NOT know all the circumstances behind someone's actions, you do NOT know what that person is going through, you do NOT know how your lack of consideration and thought will affect that person. So please do NOT believe the things one person says without going directly to the source first! We all have bad days, we all have good days, some of us are going through stuff about which you have no idea! Please do not treat anyone less than the respect we all deserve!

Having said all that, the number of good, generous, thoughtful and caring people here in our online crafting community far outweigh the negative people, and for that I am truly grateful! There is enough room for us all to enjoy this awesome paper crafting community!

Thanks for listening and please stay positive!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Travel in Time with the Scrapadabadoo Design Team

Hey everyone!

We have some exciting news for you all!!!

Four of Scrapadabadoo's Design Team Members - Zandra, Jani, Ashliegh and myself - are streaming live starting from 1:30pm on Saturday 31 March 2014 (USA PDT) at Scrapadabadoo Crafts Ustream channel!

We will all be using the new gorgeous Prima paper line "Time Traveler's Memories"!! I love this paper! It's so me!

I start streaming at 6:00pm (USA PDT) making a "time capsule" to hold a multitude of mementos of my grand-daughter, Amelia's "life moments". HERE is the tools & supply list if you want to craft along with me or make it AFTER you watch me fumble through it LOL. The full cutting guide will be available on the day of the stream.

I intend on filling this up and giving it to Amelia (my only grand-daughter) on her wedding day. I will be continuing streaming on Scrapadabadoo's Ustream channel creating a few items to be included in the time capsule, so stay tuned for more details of those!

Example made from KaiserCraft's "Timeless Classics" but using Prima Time Traveler's Memories at Ustream show
To find out what time we will be streaming in your time zone click here!

To find out more information on the Travel in Time with Scrapadabadoo, visit Scrapadabadoo's blog here!

For a "sneak peek" at the other projects check out the Travel in Time video on Scrapadabadoo's YouTube channel HERE.

We hope you can join us!

Happy scrappin'!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ink Tower for Kathy Orta (Paper Phenomenon)

Hi everyone!

I'm so happy I have finally finished Kathy's ink tower and posted it to her already! Kathy should receive it this coming week some time!!!

So, how did this all come about? Well I made myself an ink pad and reinker storage unit for my Ranger Archival, Memento, VersaFine, StazOn and ColorBox ink pads as well as storage for my reinkers. Kathy saw what I had made and said that she needed one for her ink pads and reinkers.

So....after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, finding out from Kathy what colours she wanted, how many ink pads, were they distress ink pads or larger ink pads, how many of each, blah blah blah, I came to the realisation that Kathy needed storage for both distress inks AND larger ink pads. So off to the drawing room I went!

Kathy had the ENTIRE set of distress inks and also had other larger ink pads. I didn't have a design for BOTH - so yes, I had to CUSTOM BUILD one for Kathy lol.

It was easy enough as I had written instructions for both the distress ink storage unit AND the ink pad & reinker storage unit, I just had to combine the two.

Given that there are 48 distress ink pads I had to make it to fit all 48, plus add another section for the larger pads, then there was the top section to hold 50 reinkers! So this wasn't going to be a small project! It ended up being almost 2 feet tall with the spinner attached and the handle on the top section!

I used KaiserCraft "Precious Moments" paper as it had the white, greens and pinks that Kathy loves, I sprayed the raw chipboard (almost 20 sheets of 12x12) with a white primer, then sprayed it with various shades of pink Glimmer Mists.

The tower was made in three separate levels - the first level holds 12 large ink pads, the second level holds 48 distress ink pads, and the top layer holds 50 reinkers (only 25 distress reinkers and room for 25 other reinkers).

The handle was made from Kraft-Tex, sprayed with white primer and then various shades of pink Glimmer Mists. I used a buckle from Tim Holtz Ideology and the spinner was bought from Scrapadabadoo.

Once it was all complete I had to find a box big enough for it to ship it to Kathy - what a mission that was! In the end I used the box that I had been spraying my pieces into, cut the middle section out, used the top and the bottom, joined them together with almost 2 rolls of packing tape, covered it with brown paper and shipped it off!

Now to wait for the moment she receives it!!!

I did put a note in a card to Kathy asking her to NOT look at it too closely LOL. The stress of making something like this for someone who does it for a living - aaaaarrrrggghhh!

For the original distress ink storage unit measurements click here
For the original distress ink storage labels click here
For the inkpad & reinker storage unit cutting guide click here
For the Ustream recording of the original distress ink storage unit click here

So here are some pics of the project!



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Scrapadabadoo DT Project - Paper Bag Mini Album Using Tim Holtz "Wallflower"

Hi everyone!

In my Design Team package I received some kraft coloured mini paper bags, so I thought what better way to use them than to make a paper bag mini album. Not just a mini album - a gatefold style mini album.

I used only 8 of the 20 you receive in the packet from Scrapadabadoo (currently on sale! Click Here) so maybe there might just be another project using the paper bags lol. You could most certainly use more than 8 with this mini album though.

I cut the paper bags down to 5", matted them using the amazing Wallflower paper by Tim Holtz, added some mini pockets, used the WRMK File Tab punch to add to the tag tops but you could also use the Tim Holtz File Tabs, and then had fun creating the covers!

There are two spines to this mini album and it closes with a metal closure just like this one from Scrapadabadoo (click here to see closure).

Since the cover of this mini album has two spines I had to join the paper pieces together in order to get a piece long enough to cover the outside covers & spine. However - I added a touch of Kraft-Tex to the spines to cover the joins! I only have the kraft coloured Kraft-Tex but Barrie & Carol carry all three colours - check them out here! But I had fun painting, dry embossing, rubbing Inka Gold, Gilder's Paste and other wax-based mediums onto the Kraft-Tex to totally alter it!

So I wanted something more than just a plain straight edge to the Kraft-Tex so I decided to take another piece, punch it with the Iron Gate On the Edge die by Tim Holtz. WOW! That really made a difference to the look of the front of the album. This Kraft-Tex is so so easy to use, manipulate and to work with!

The addition of the Wood Shapes - Flags by Studio Calico really make the pages stand out! I stamped onto tissue paper using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and adhered it to the wooden banners using Studio Multi Matte Medium by Claudine Helmuth - so so easy! Looks like it was stamped directly onto the wooden pieces!

I must say that this Wallflower paper by Tim Holtz is very versatile (and it's like a never-ending paper pad! I'm still making projects with it!). Just look at the difference in contrast from the Mini Distress Ink Pad Storage Unit to this Paper Bag Mini Album - chalk and cheese in colour tones! So whatever look you're going for, I'm almost certain you will find it with this paper line!

OK, so I have written an instruction document (click here for the full instructions) as well as just the cutting guide (click here for the cutting guide only).

If you decide to make this paper bag mini album I'm sure we would all love to see how it looks. I love seeing the same project used with the same paper line and having them come out so totally different!!! I think this is very possible with this collection. Please share your finished paper bag mini albums on the Scrapadabadoo Crafts Facebook page here.

OK, onto the next project :)


Friday, May 9, 2014

Twitter Card Challenge - Make it Sparkle

Hi everyone!

So, as it was my day to Stream today I thought why not kill two birds with one stone and make this week's Twitter Card that's just what I did LOL.

BUT, I didn't like the card that I made during my stream, so afterwards I cleaned up my work area (just enough to get by LOL) and made another card.

This time, instead of using Watercolor Paints, I just used distress inks with water to create the background, the stamped vine (Hero Arts Ivy woodmounted stamp) and the sentiment background, as well as the butterfly.

Speaking of the butterfly, I first stamped it using Ranger Archival Ink in Sepia, then stamped it again using the IndigoBlu FlitterGlu, rubbed in some Mega Flakes and when dry, painted all over the mega flakes and bare areas of the butterfly using Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers.

The "Fluttering by with my Best Wishes" stamp is from the Beautiful Wishes stamp set by Creative Expressions. I stamped it using Onyx Black Versa Fine ink, die cut it using the Lovely Labels die cut collection by Clearly Besotted Stamps, then with the die still sitting on the cardstock I inked it up with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

I then dabbed on some glue dots using the Sakura Quickie Glue Stick pen and sprinkled White Fizz Design Glitter by Allison Ellison Designs. Attached pop dots and added it to the card front. Mounted it on white cardstock, then onto the pre-made/bought card base.

When the pressure was off (off-screen) I really enjoyed the process :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mini Distress Inkpad Storage Unit - Design Team Project for Scrapadabadoo

Well I have been busy lately making yet another storage solution. This time I've made a storage unit for the new Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inkpads. It holds 48 of the mini inkpads (yes, I know Tim Holtz hasn't released them all yet - yes, YET LOL. We all know he will release the entire distress ink palette for his mini's, just a matter of time.

The storage unit also holds at least 8 ink blending tools and has four drawers to hold your foam pieces, daubers, or whatever else would fit.

AND of course it S P I N S!!! LOL

Another advantage is that it has doors on the unit which makes it perfect for portability!

I have uploaded a few videos of how I made this unit up on YouTube and you can see the first part by clicking HERE.

There is also a Cutting Guide & Basic Instructions pdf document on my blog under the HANDY LINKS section, but you can click HERE to download it and save it to your computer.

When it came to determine what paper to use to cover this storage unit I looked no further than the new Tim Holtz Wallflower paper!!! I had sprayed the raw chipboard (after I had primed it first) with Tattered Angels Glimmermists in Sea Glass, Turquoise Blue and Jazz Blue as well as a light spray of Cocoa Bean Copper by Lindy's Stamp Gang. The Tim Holtz Wallflower paper was a PERFECT match of paper to compliment the blue sprays.

I must say also that the kraft-tex is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G material! It colours up really well with sprays and is so strong that it's what I will use for my hinges from now on!

Now my storage units are not true storage units if they do not have a spinner attached, they are a MUST for my storage units as they allow you to hold a lot of product in a tiny space but still have easy access to it all! I have searched Australia high and low for the plastic spinners that Barrie & Carol sell over at Scrapadabadoo to no avail, so whenever I need a restock I will definitely be ordering from Scrapadabadoo!

Happy building :)

Here is a list of what I used to build the storage unit, each item has a link directly to the product on the Scrapadabadoo web store:

Plastic Spinner
Tim Holtz Wallflower paper pad
Sprays (I used Glimmermist but you could use any type of sprays, Lindy's would be awesome!)
Gesso (I used a primer but you could easily paint on some Gesso)
Kraft Cardstock
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Scrapadabadoo DT Project-Chipboard Mini Album Using Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper

Hi everyone!

For those of you who do not know yet, I have been one of 10 lucky crafters who were chosen to be on the FIRST Scrapadabadoo Design Team!

I have received my first "box of goodies" from Scrapadabadoo, and I must say I am very happy with what I received! Carol & Barrie must know me pretty well is all I've got to say LOL. Yes, I have a few projects to follow this one, and I could have used more of the products that were sent, but hey, why not make more! Anyway, let's just get started on this chipboard mini album first!

The chipboard mini album I received was similar to the Natural End Bracket Album W/Holes, but mine didn't have holes and the piece of acetate I received was the scalloped edge.

My first train of thought when starting to put this mini album together was how best to use the die-cut sheet of acetate. I was going to cut it into thirds (the album has 4 chipboard pages and one sheet of acetate 8 1/2" x 5 1/2") to put between each page inside the album, then I thought, nope - I will ink it up! And that's exactly what I did, as well as adding torn paper and a fussy-cut bird - yes, I fussy-cut an image!

I colored the back side of the acetate sheet with Clover, Lettuce, Aqua, Pool, Latte, Butterscotch & Caramel alcohol inks. I tore a piece of paper at an angle, edged it with Frayed Burlap distress ink and adhered to the front of the acetate sheet with Glossy Accents. I tried, unsuccessfully, to stamp onto the acetate sheet (very slippery) so I had to cover the mess up with paper on the back of the entire piece of acetate.

I used three of the wooden banners for the sentiment on the front of the album. I inked all edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, then glued them together using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. I took of thin tissue paper, stamped the sentiment using StazOn  Jet Black ink and attached it to the banners using Matte Medium. I then adhered it to the front of the album using Glossy Accents.

To cover the shaped chipboard pages I cut pieces of the Wallflower paper slightly larger than the size of each chipboard page, adhered the paper to the chipboard using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, left to dry, then cut around the edges using a craft knife. I then sanded all edges of each piece, inked all edges using both Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain distress inks.

It was too hard to cover all the gorgeous papers so I decided to add extra half-page pockets between each chipboard page. I made a pocket using just the paper, then using the Caged Bird die by Tim Holtz I die-cut the cage from acetate, inked it up with Latte, Sail Boat Blue and Black alcohol inks, as well as the gold and copper alcohol ink mixatives. I then added some black matte rhinestones to the base of the cage. As an afterthought I decided to punch a hole in the pocket to attach the cage with a black brad. In doing this I then had to cover the brad prongs with paper on the inside of the pocket to ensure they didn't rip anything pushed into the pocket.

The second half-page pocket I made using acetate, paper and another fussy-cut image - this time a flower. I adhered the acetate piece to the paper using Glossy Accents. I added some gorgeous Webster's Pages Green Petals trim and three of the wooden banners. The wooden banners (Studio Calico Flags Wood Shapes) are an awesome embellishment to use for titles on pages! I tied a piece of string through the hole in each piece. The Twisted Natural Burlap String at Scrapadabadoo would be perfect for this!

The next "extra" pocket I used a piece of acetate cut to 8" x 5 3/4", scored at 1/2" along both long sides and 3/4" along the bottom short edge. I applied Scor-tape to all edges of the scored sections in the folded position, then adhered a  piece of cardstock cut to 7 1/4" x 4 3/4". The "NESTS AND EGGS" info sheet fit perfectly in this, however it is not adhered to the acetate so you could slip a photo in there quite nicely!

For the last section of tags I die-cut 3 tags using the Tag & Bookplate die by Sizzix using white cardstock. You could use three of the Ranger #8 Shipping Tags instead of die-cutting them. I stamped various images over it in Archival Coffee ink and Memento Gray Flannel ink on both sides of the tags, just to give some texture to the tags. I then sponged the entire tag using Antique Linen Distress Ink, then added some Old Paper Distress Ink around all edges, then finished it off with a thin layer of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edges. To ensure the tags had a similar color to the pages I sprayed some Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist over all tags. I then ripped some of the paper, inked the edges and attached it to one side of each of the three tags and finally cut some natural string and tied a knot through the hole in each tag. You can use any string or twine, click here to see a similar twine I used.

To ensure I lined up all the holes correctly using my Bind-it-All, I first made a template from cardstock. I measured the center point and ruled a line right along the length of the cardstock. I then placed this piece of cardstock into my Bind-it-All and punched my holes - one page at a time (I only used 6 holes so only one punch action was necessary).

Once all pages and tag sections had been punched I used the 3/4" wires and bound it using the Bind-it-All, however you could use the Cinch or even just binder rings!

Lastly I took some gorgeous green grosgrain brown picot edged ribbon and attached them by tying bows onto the binding rings.

For all the supplies I used to make this mini album click here to go to Scrapadabadoo's online store and have fun shopping!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cutting Guide for Ink Pad & Reinker Storage Unit

Hi everyone!

I have finally been able to grab some time to type up the cutting guide for the Ink Pad & Reinker Storage Unit (IPRISU) and you can click HERE to view it and download it. It is in a pdf format and there is only ONE graphic in the document LOL.

When I finish editing the videos of Justin's Spinning Desk Organiser I will get to editing the IPRISU videos.

So, an update on the progress of the video of my creating Justin's Spinning Desk Organiser - it's still in the early stages, sorry. I had so many "measurement errors" - yes ME the measuring queen, that it is taking longer than it should - and the fact that I have to sort through what is RIGHT and what is WRONG in order to get it together. There are many many hours involved in putting this one together

Don't forget the S T I C K L E S Spinner Storage Unit Cutting Guide - click here!

OK, now to await the decision on the 30 finalists for the Graphic 45 Design Team Audition.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Card Inspired by Jess

Hi everyone!

I can't believe how productive I've been lately! Making lots of cards, thanks for the inspiration Jess, and making storage units, updating my blog, organising my YouTube videos into playlists, and not to mention the endless editing process of my storage unit videos, which I hope to upload soon, along with cutting guides!

Anyway, this card I made yesterday was so fun to make! It was inspired by Jess (Paperstudio13) who makes awesome cards! I had recently made a "dots" stencil from acetate and the 3 "boing boing" eyelet setters and a half inch circle punch. I used this on the background of this card and I just LOVE the effect!

I also made some "half-backed pearls" using my glue gun and some Pan Pastels as I didn't have the colours I wanted for this card.

The card is plain and simplistic, and not really at all my "style" but I am loving it!

You can watch the process here on my YouTube channel.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to craft :)

Ink & Reinker Storage Unit

Yup! Another storage unit. This time it holds most (well, a few) of my non-distress ink pads such as Ranger Archival, VersaFine, Memento, StazOn, ColorBox and India Ink.

Not only the ink pads but I have two boxes, each holding 25 re-inkers, sitting on top of the "spinning" unit! The top box can be removed by lifting with the handle, to reveal another box underneath.

I have been wanting to make this one for a while now, but it has only been recently that it became an URGENT to-do project as my ink pad drawers were overflowing and very difficult to close LOL.

The "shelves" of the ink pad modules are made in the same way that the S T I C K L E S Spinning Storage Unit was made, with "ledges" that the "shelves" slot into. Creating it this way used less chipboard (I think) and made for a much "cleaner" look.

I used Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante paper to cover and embellish it. The shelves and reinker sections were sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays. And of course the piece de resistance is the Lazy Susan spinner underneath!

I will be adding a Cutting Guide here as soon as I can as well as a link to the YouTube video on the making of it (when I get around to editing the video), so keep an eye out for that! The height (without the spinner) is 17 3/4" to the top of the top re-inker box, the width is 8" (with the ink pads). If you wanted to make this and was wondering about the "spinner" size, I used a 4" round spinner, however the base area of the unit measures 6 1/4"x6 1/4".

Below are some photos of the unit.

On to the next project!