Thanks for taking the time to have a read of my Heart & Soul blog. You are welcome to leave a comment & any tips about scrapbooking or anything at all really!
Happy Scrapping from Susan.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May Marvels

Welcome to some marvellous May moments from Susan....just as the weather here is beginning to cool, it is a great reason to stay indoors and catch up on some scrapbooking and craft! I hope everyone enjoyed our blog hop and that you found some great inspiration from it. Here are a couple of more ideas...
This camping trip was our "adventure". The word was painted with Lumiere in Halo-violet gold.
I hand stamped the tickets and cut them out and layered them with the other elements. The big tags were made by dripping distress reinkers onto the craft mat and pressing the tags onto the ink. The edges of the tags were inked.

The flourish swirls were painted with Lumiere in Halo blue gold and when dry they were topeed with Distress Stickles with crushed olive. The flourishes were mounted on top of die cut swirls. Strips of patterned paper and hand stitching decorated the background card. I find it easier to hand stich onto card and paper if the holes are prepunched first. It may take a little longer but it makes it easier to sew.
Flourish swirl ( LO125)
handmade flower, washers, stamps & inks
Firstly, a quick apology for the photography on this...must have had my head leaning over or something!! I must admit I wasn't too sure what I was going to do with this chair at first....Then I saw this photo and knew it would fit perfectly. To make the "frame" piece I cut patterened paper into 4 strips and used a border punch along the outer edge then mitred the ends so they would fit together into a frame. They were mounted with foam tape to lift it off the bacground paper. White rubons were used on the corners of the background page.

To decorate the chair, I looked at Santas chair in the photo for some inspiration. Firstly I put the chair in an embossing folder and ran it through the Bigshot machine. The cushion of the chair was coloured with red Tombow marker, the back of the chair was coloured with Smooch in gold and the rest of the chair was coloured with distress stain in bronze. Once it was all dry I stuck on pearl dots.

For the flower cluster I used the 3D stackums sheet and cut out some of the flowers seperately. These were embellished with paper flowers, glitter glue and pearl dots.
3D stackums (merry christmas)
Kaisercraft gems & pearls, Flourish with a bling pearl swirl, glitter glue, tags, Smooch, Distress Stain, tombow marker, tag, stickers, paper flowers.
With this layout I was looking for a relaxed grungy feel. The great thing with chipboard is that it can be altered to fit in with what you want on your project.

Texture paste was applied as a base coat on this piece and left to dry. I debated whether to sprinkle sand onto this for texture but decided to colour it instead with yellow acrylic paint. The orange was painted on using sparkling H2O's. It was left to dry( you can speed this up by using a heat gun) and then distress stickles were smeared over it.

"Family" was painted with Sparkling H2O's with rock candy Distress Stickles smeared over the top. It was layered onto some muslin for a beachy feel. Pearl swirls were added to mimic shells and waves.
Fun in the Sun (with sun 100x92    SO206)
word- family
Kaiser-Tropicana Collection-Serenity, Paradise locals, pearl swirls, muslin, flowers, shells.
I hope this has inspired you to play and have some fun with your craft!!


Sunday, May 26, 2013

And the winner is....

A big THANKS to everyone who left such lovely comments about my work. They are all appreciated. As the Memory Maze blog hop is now closed, the winner of the the prize from my blog is.....REBECCA MOSHER!! Rebecca can you email with your address so I can send the prize to you.
(My email address is on the sidebar of my blog). Remember to check in regularly on my blog for some inspiration and tips.
I hope everyone was inspired by our blog hop and will give the Memory Maze chipboard a go if you haven't tried it already. The Design team will be contiuing with some great ideas and examples at Memory Maze so watch out for upcoming posts.
These flowers were fussy cut from the 3D stackums and layered using foam tape. I put a dab of purple glitter in the centers and tucked under a length of frilled ribbon, also from Memory Maze.

This is the first page of a double layout. The cutout flowers, frilled ribbon, patterned tissue paper and chipboard are all from Memory Maze Chipboard.

This is the second page. These 2 girls are my granddaughters and big sister loves her little sister!

The birdcage (SO517) was coloured in gold Smooch and the big sister(SO230) was coloured with a purple felt pen.

Giggles (SO040) waa coloured with a purple felt pen with purple glitter glue over the top. The word was layered on top of the 3D stackums flowers.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Blog Hop

Welcome to the Memory Maze's first ever blog hop!!

If you didn't come from Kylie Symons blog or you popped upon this blog and didn't realize we were blog hopping you need to go to the Memory Maze blog and start the HOP!

You will need to comment on ALL of the blogs to be eligible for the prize. Plus some of our awesome designers are giving away a prize on their blogs as well.

Here's what you could win from Memory Maze.


The Winner will be announced at the Memory Maze blog on the 26th May !

Our theme for this blog hop is Technique, each of our wonderful design team members will show you how to decorate those chipboard pieces or create new chipboard pieces.

Memory Maze chipboard swirls are one of my favourite embellishments to use. They are so versatile and can be altered to fit in with any project. I have used them in card making, scrapbooking and off the page items.
I used a Kaisercraft wall hanging to create this piece. Butterflies are a symbol of hope and are a thing of beauty which is what my inspiration was.

The back boards were covered with woodgrain patterned paper and the edges were inked in gold. Each piece was coated in Tim Holtz clear crackle paint and left to dry. Once it was all dry the boards were glued onto the backing pieces to create a picket fence look.

The butterfly was covered in embossed patterned paper with the Memory Maze chipboard swirls glued on the top to give texture to the wings. The whole piece was then painted with white gesso to base coat the chipboard and to tone down the colour of the paper.

To start the colour process of the butterfly I laid it on the wall art background and used mist ink to colour it. This also gives some colour to the background piece and uses it like a mask.

It looks a bit blotchy at this stage. While I am spraying the item I often will add in some extra bits to colour at the same time then I have a few unique pieces too use at the ready!

I sprayed the Memory Maze large swirl with mist ink. Sometimes I will lay the pieces I am spraying on a white sheet of cardstock to create an original background sheet. The chipboard pieces can be used as a mask or template as well as an embellishment on your project. Once the swirl was dry (this can be done faster by using a heat gun) I applied Tim Holtz distress stickles over the top.

Before the chipboard swirl was adhered on I stuck down a Zva rhinestone swirl in green. The chipboard looks good layered and clustered with other embellishments. I was debating whether to cut the chipboard swirl in half and seperate it out with a flower cluster in the center of it but I decided to keep it whole and layer embellishments in and around it.

The Memory Maze word "beauty" was inked in pink with gold ink touched around the edges. Once dry I coated it in dimensional magic glaze.

A Kaiseercraft pearl swirl was used for the butterflies feelers. Flowers and butterfly embellishments were layered around the swirl and the butterfly.

The butterfly was coated in candy rock distress stickles and the chipboard swirl was painted with glitter paint. Small roses were used to create the butterflies body.

I'm also giving away a prize today just leave a comment and become a follower of my blog,
The winner will announced on the 26th May for my blog prize.

Our blog hop runs from today, Monday 20th May, Invite your Friends to play along. You must comment on all the blogs for a chance at the Prize.

The Winner will be announced here on the 26th May!

The next stop on the blog hop is Amanda Lawrence  so pop on over and let them know what your favorite piece of Memory Maze chipboard is.

Thank you for playing along with our first Blog Hop, we hope that you had fun and will be back to join in again.

Here is a list and order for our blog hop.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Memory Maze Blog Hop

keep an eye out for more details for this blog hop....lot's of fun, ideas and prizes to be had!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Days

With Mothers Day a week and half away, now's a good time to dabble in a bit of card making. Why not even make a few extra cards to send to the people in your life and love and care for you. A note to let each other people know how appreciated they are is always a nice surprise!

This is my sister and myself. Her birthday is on Mothers Day this year and since our Mum is our guardian angel now we will be celebrating this day together and remembering our Mum. I know that if we were in trouble for something we only had to make our Mum laugh and she couldn't stay mad for long! Sometimes when my sister laughs I can hear Mum's laugh in her and it brings back wonderful memories.