Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz

Back again, this week I've been trying out a few of my own embelishments. There has been great discussions  in the FB groups about making our own enamel dots, by baking Perler Beads (Hama Beads). The oven temp seems to be the biggest debate..I have found that the best temp for my electric fan oven is 150c for 45-60 minutes. Using a baking tray and baking paper, space out all the perler beads, which takes a few minutes, then very carefully transfer them to the oven, if you knock the tray they all fall over and you have to start again (I know, I've been there !). Some people have been clever enough to stack one on top of the other for slightly larger dots, and some have cut them in half for smaller ones, I think its good to experiment ! 
Photo - Julene Anderson
My other DIY experiment was to use cork and stamp onto it. I managed to get hold of some small circles of cork from Wilkinsons, used to stop furniture getting scratched. and just stamped straight on it, peeled off the backing and voila! I have ordered a very thin 1mm thin self adhesive cork sheet, with this I should be able to punch out my own circles to stamp, and also run it through the bigshot with some of my dies to make words to use on the pocket pages, I can't wait! 

I was lucky enough to get hold of the new 'Aqua' Project Life Core Kit from Becky Higgins, it was released for Europe & Australia only - I'm sure it will be released in the US in the near future though.......I've used it for week 11, I love the choice of bright colours, and I cut one or two of the 3x4" up and used them to decorate the bigger 6x4".

WEEK 11:

WEEK 12:

This week turned out quite colour co-ordinated , mostly thanks to the green Kermit onzie !!!

I'll be keeping my eyes open for some more DIY tips, and trying to resist all the new CHA releases. There is a lot of new Stash due out in the UK in the coming weeks, I know I've got some new Prima to play with, and I managed to get hold of some BO Bunny which will be making an appearance.....

Till next time Elaine x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Country Pursuits with WOW! Embossing Powder by Ifa Zainon

I was excited to be given the opportunity to try out WOW! Embossing Powder,particularly the WOW! Melt-It Powder. That's the large jar with white powder in my photo below.

What does it do, I hear you ask. Well, this is the blurb from WOW! website...

Melt-It works as an extender for your WOW! Embossing Powders. Melt-It heats and melts faster than any other embossing enamel or embossing powder.  Melt-It is perfect for creating 3D objects such as jewellery pendants, card toppers or even flower centres.

With this wonder product, I can make resin like embellishments using silicon mould. There is an instruction video on that link I shared but there are also plenty of YouTube videos if you search for "Melt-it" so I won't bother too much with how-to. This is not the recommended way but the method I used is to add Melt-It and Embossing Powder onto a Ranger's Melting Pot set on high. I didn't measure or used any pie dish, the powder went straight onto the Melting Pot.

Here are some embellishments I made. The jewel like dots were made by dropping molten WOW! on silicon heat resistant sheet. I love the blue and red flowers that have the appearance of clear glass. The Red is WH01R Apple Red and the blue is WH02R Primary Lagoon.  The colour of both seems to go on and on as adding more Melt-It white powder did not dilute the intensity.

Ok, enough chatter, right ?  What did I make ? Something quite floral would be a very good guess. I started by embossing some chipboards for a title.  This being my title, I had to modify some lettering so a tree trunk stood in for T whilst a tag trim stood in for O. The chipboards were grey so when I embossed with WE03R Gold Satin Pearl which in real life is more yellow, the letters looked quite dark and more brown.

Next I added some embellishments to include the WOW! flowers and jewels that I made.

I also embossed "Pursuits" on a black label using WO03UH Metallic Blue.

Here's a close up of that title area.

Before I added  an old, cute photo of my son that I just had to scrap. This is the finished layout from a time when we lived in the country.

That's all from me today.  Thank you for reading my post.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Painting with WOW video.

I was lucky enough to be among the team who were given the opportunity to work with WOW embossing powders.  I set myself the task of creating my first ever video tutorial to go with my project and as art journaling and texture are my two middle names, this is what I've naturally based my video on.

So sit back with a cuppa and remember it's my first time so be kind :)


Thanks for watching,

Jaine Drake

Friday, 11 April 2014

Guest Designer - Anita Bownds

I first saw Anita's work when she played along with our Sketch Challenge. I instantly fell in love with her CAS yet feminine style and I have no doubt that you will too :)

Here is Anita to introduce herself:


I’m a stay at home mum. I live in a small town called Maryborough with my husband and our three girls. I’ve been scrapping since 2001 but really been crafting my whole life.

When I’m not in my craft studio creating I’m playing with my camera working on my photography skills. I love creating everyday it keeps the mojo happy and brings me so much joy.

I’m currently on a few design teams Scrap FX , Sassy Scrapper and Susan K. Weckesser Inc and absolutely love it !!

I’m so excited to be a guest on Scrap365. My blog"

And here is a little taste of her stunning work!

And, of course, we gave Anita our sketch so that she could inspire us all! Here is her take on it:

Pretty scrumptious don't you think?

A huge thank you to Anita for joining us today; we have loved sharing her layouts with you all :)

Thank you for popping in to see us, hope to see you soon!

Ali (Ed) x

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

In Style With Maggie

I have a life-long crush on beautiful papers and cannot imagine scrapping without my beloved flowers. Come to think of it, I have never made a layout without flowers. However, when I set my eyes on Crate/Maggie Holmes latest collection called Styleboard I sent my flowers back into their box. Now that's a first!

Just look at the papers, oh là là! I'm in love! how pretty can it get! Wonderful quality as I like and they come in the cutest mix of sweet patterns and colours. My Mojo started stirring immediately and I set out to create my first project, a mini album.

Inspiration                                     Blissful                                     Daydream

 Pretty Palette                                Picket Fence                           Remember When

 Lovely                                           Vintage Charm                       Melody

 For the mini I also used these oh so sweet embellishments;

 Chipboard Shapes                       Cork Stickers                          Accent Stickers

 Adhesive Flair Badges                   Decorative Tape                          Gold Labels

 Mixed Sequin Embellishments      Foam Thickers - Grapefruit       Roller Phrase Stamps

 Layered Standouts                      Sticky Notepads                       Foam Thickers - Charcoal

 Typewriter Chipboard Stickers       Vellum Shapes                         Vintage Frames

And here is the finished result, a mini for a special little girl who loves her puppies and kitties;

This is Lennox, an Old English Bulldog who loves to snooze on the couch.

 How I adore all the chipboard shapes and the frames! luscious!

 Greta is a pug, the cutest little wrinkle-face there is!

 Layering vellum shapes with chipboard embellishments. 
Got to love the mixed sequin embellishments. 
Just look at the yummie golden leaves!

 Zoe, magnificent Queen Zoe.
The journalling cards are fabulous for easy layering.

 Sequins and pretties for Ester. 
Adds pizzaz to any project.

 Ceasar, no longer with us but always in our hearts.

Love love love the pink and teal mixed with gold! The Blissful
paper has to be one of my absolute faves in
the Styleboard collection.

And to all our fur babies, hugs & kisses for all the happy
little moments we share!

My next 3 projects are cards, love making them and with so many pretty embellishments to choose from it is really an easy breeze to create them. 

 So many frames to choose from! 
The typewriter chipboard stickers can be used
in so many ways, how about a banner!

The hearts on the Daydream paper reminds me of ginger bread.

My new faves are the cork stickers. They come in so many different shapes and
add so much umpff to any project.

Sounding like a parrot, but the Pretty Palette paper is soooo sweet!
All the watercolour bubbles just make my heart go boom boom!

Not to mention the Lovely paper, cute has just got a new meaning!


Have to admit I have mixed in some additional chipboard
embellishments from 2 other Crate collections 
on the two last cards;
The Pier and Pretty Party.

Really fabulous how they can be seamlessly combined with a 
beautiful result! Love being able to stashraid to make
my products stretch a bit longer.

My last project is a hippie happy tag. I hope you have been inspired by this absolutely delish Crate/Maggie Holmes collection Styleboard. Thanks a bunch for popping by for a peek!

xx Eila