Saturday, 31 January 2015

"Awesome Times"


As with the previous posts I have mentioned that my goodies box from Fabscraps contained 3 of the new releases being shown this year at  CHA. This collection titled Floral Delight is the second of the collections. It contains two lots of differing colours, a green and yellow range as seen here and a white and blue range.  I saw the yellow and green and immediately started fussy cutting in front of the television that night. Wasn't sure what I would do with it but this is how it came about.

I am pleased to present to you "Awesome Times".

I firstly layered a couple of pieces of  the Floral Delight patterned papers and distressed and inked them.

My fussy cutting which has been layered and mounted. These were really easy florals to cut out.

If you look closely you can see that I have done some shadowing using Distress Inks and a paintbrush, and I then watered it down with a little sponging of white gesso.

I have also added a lot of bling and some random stamping using my favourite postal stamps.

The Fabscraps chipboard titled was simply dressed using some liquid pearls. And for the tag from the journal book I added a Fabscraps Filigreee charm that I dressed with liquid pearls and cut in half and slid it over and behind the tag.

Some more close-ups of the stamping and fussy cutting.

And of course I tucked in a little hand dyed cheesecloth for good measure!!

I hope you like this one as much as I enjoyed creating it. One of my favourites, and I don't say that too often. Keep scrolling for materials and instructions, and if you like leave me a message and let me know what you think.
Thanks for visiting and happy scrapping.

Tina x

Materials Used

Fabscraps Collection C74 "Floral Delight":

Fabscraps C74 008 x1 Floral Stripe
Fabscraps C74 006 x1 Birds and Butterflies 2 (Background paper)
Fabscraps C74 007 x 1 Floral Delight
Fabscraps C74 005 x 1 Birds and Butterflies ( cut out of butterfly only)
Fabscraps MC 001A Journal Book (Tag)
Fabscraps Filigree Charm
Fabscraps DC 74 006 Awesome Times

Other Embellishments:

Assortment of Acrylic Stamps
Rhinestone Bling Flourishes
Liquid Pearls (Silver Pearl)
Distress Inks ( Black Soot)
Archival Inks (Watering Can)


  1. Cover Fabscraps chipboard title with silver liquid pearls or similar and leave to dry.
  2. Take Fabscraps “Floral Delight” and cut a photo mat using the striped side. Sand edges of a 4 x 6 inch black and white photo and adhere atop of mat and distress edges. With remaining paper fussy cut a number of flowers for embellishing layout.
  3. Take Fabscraps Floral Stripe and trim 1cm from each edge. Fold over at 1cm on each edge and score and distress and ink. Adhere atop of second piece of “Floral Delight”.
  4. Do some random stamping using an assortment of stamps and a grey coloured archival ink. Adhere photo and mat.
  5. Cut tag and cut filigree charm in half and adhere atop of tag as shown. Cover charm with silver liquid pearls or similar.
  6. Adhere flourishes to layout and then adhere mounted floral cut outs and tag as shown. Adhere title.
  7. Lastly do some shadow colouring, using distress inks and water with a paintbrush. Tone down with a little gesso if too dark.
  8. Your layout is now ready to frame and hang!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

"Life is Beautiful"

Hi there and welcome to my blog.

 Today I have a share of a Design Team creation for Fabscraps. This time around I have used the new "Floral Delight" collection. The instant I saw this paper I thought of a boys layout......but funnily enough the photo I found to use was capturing a moment that I felt needed a touch of softness to it. So for this I decided to use a lot of lace and flowers. Not such a masculine page but I really wanted to relay the moment was was captured by my camera. 

My son Hayden has a very special place in his heart for all animals especially dogs. This photo was taken on our move to Brisbane. Whilst waiting for our house to finalise the kids and I stayed at a bed and breakfast for a couple of weeks up in the hills of Morayfield. We were looked after by a lovely lady called Meg. She had two lovely old dogs that would look in on us every day during our stay and Hayden took particular interest to this one. His name I cannot remember, but I do remember him going missing one night and returning the next day very tired and disorientated. After a good feed and some loving cuddles he came right fortunately.

I have titled this layout "Life is Beautiful".....I hope you enjoy it.

I have used lots of layering of papers for this one with the addition of cutting out panels of the circles to add an extra layer.

This lace has been sitting in my stash for ever and a day so I thought that now was the time to use it. I have spritzed it with some mist to give the tea colour. It has also been cut up into smaller pieces to make it go further.

I have added some snippets of tea dyed cheesecloth into sections of the flowers to make them pop a little more off the layout. Here you can also see the layering of the cutout circles with the striped patterned paper beneath.

I have added a few Fabscraps charm pieces here. These are my new favourite things to embellish pages with. Here you can see the key tied with a piece of cute!!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here today. Remember to keep scrolling if you are interested in a materials list and instructions. 

Happy Scrapping

Tina xx

Materials Used:

Fabscraps C74 Collection "Floral Delight":

Fabscraps C74 001 Blue Birds x 1
Fabscraps C74 003 Delft Flowers x 1
Fabscraps C74 002 Delft Blue x 2 (Background / Framing and Matting)
Fabscraps Charm Heart
Fabscraps Charm Key
Fabscraps Charm Vintage Nameplate

Other Embellishments:

Cardstock Cream
2 x Doilies
Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Black Embossing Powder
Versa Mark Embossing Ink
Transparency Paper
Assortment of Flowers
Lace Motif
Acrylic Stamp


  1. Take your first piece of Delft Blue and distress edges and ink with Walnut Stain. Take a cream piece of Cardstock and trim to measure 29.5 x 29.5cm, distress and ink and adhere atop of Delft Blue.
  2. Take Delft Blue and cut to measure 29 x 29cms. Distress and ink edges. Using a craft knife cut circles as shown in layout. Distress circle edges and ink some. Keep a couple of the circles cut out and sand edges and ink and set aside. Cut Delft Flowers patterned papers (using striped side) and lay under circles cut out and adhere to base. Adhere two inked doilies at left bottom and right top. 
  3. Make a double mat using Delft Blue and Cream Cardstock. Adhere sanded photo atop of this and adhere over doilies.
  4. You can now start to embellish your layout using a lace motif firstly. This has been cut up and place around the photo as shown.
  5. Continue embellishing with flowers adding pearls and some tea dyed cheesecloth. Cut up extra pieces of lace and place around layout.
  6. Stamp a title using embossing powders on cream cardstock and cut to fit Fabscraps Charm Nameplate and adhere. Adhere nameplate atop of flowers in cluster at right of the page. Tie some jute through the charm key and adhere to left bottom of layout. The heart charm sits atop of the large flower at the top right of layout. Lastly adhere the circle and bird cutouts as shown.
  7. Your layout is now complete.....just frame and hang!!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

"Summer Paradise"

Good morning wherever you may reside!! At present we are on our yearly holiday at our favourite location beside the beach. So it only seems logical to post a beach themed creation. A few days ago I posted "Beachside" which was created using the "Beach Affair" collection from Fabscraps. This layout titled "Summer Paradise" has been created using the same collection, this time a little less embellishing and a lot more mixed media. Not my usual style......but I like it! I hope you do too!

For this layout I used a lot of the Fabscraps chipboard "Beach Affairs" collection. I absolutely and totally love these pieces. I have dressed them up with gesso and inks and a little bit of crackle fave thing to use!

I have added in some more netting as you can see here. I have also used doubled up twine which I have wrapped around the Fabscraps Chipboard Anchor. And you can see very clearly here the painted on inks on the background that I have used to tie in with the photo. Had to do a little mixing of colours to match............

I just love this lighthouse chippie.......thankyou Fabscraps! Again I have done some painting with my inks to colour this piece and the same for the title.

A collection of shells is always made on our holiday stay at our beach location. These shells were from our last stay and I love to use them on my layouts to try and capture the story behind the photo. 
And if you look closely at the Anchor here you will see the crackling effect made using Crackle Accents. It also accentuates the inking colours.

Well that is all from me today. I hope you have enjoyed your stay here today.
I will be back again real soon........stay tuned.

Happy scrapping!

Tina x

Materials Used:

Fabscraps Collection C72 "Beach Affair":

Fabscraps C72 003 x 1
Fabscraps C72 008 x 1
Fabscraps DC 72 005 Summer Paradise Chipboard
Fabscraps DC 72 011 Lighthouse & Shells Chipboard
Fabscraps DC 72 008 Anchor & Wheel
Fish netting
Crackle Accents
Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
Versa Color Ink (Bisque, Royal Blue and Umber)


  1. Take Fabscraps C72 003 (using Striped side) and tear around halfway. Adhere to C72 008 and ink edges with Distress Stain Rusty Hinge. Using a sea sponge gesso through tear and downwards about 8 cm below where photo will sit. Apply white cheesecloth through centre using clear drying adhesive. Using a paintbrush apply ink (Versa Bisque) and (Umber) using a little water as you go. Apply gesso with paintbrush over the top to dull down colours. Dry.
  2. Paint netting with gesso and dry. Apply gesso to all Fabscraps chipboards. Paint the lighthouse alternating panels with Royal Blue ink and a little water. Ink all edges with Rusty Hinge and apply Crackle Accents with finger to highlight some areas. The title has been inked with Bisque and Royal Blue and then crackled.
  3. Apply gesso with a dry brush technique and leave to dry. Ink shells if need be with a little Rusty Hinge distress ink.
  4. To start embellishing Mount a 4 x 6 inch portrait photo and frame with chipboard frame overlapping it and adhere to layout. Wrap doubled up twine through and around anchor and mount and adhere to right bottom of photo. Lighthouse sits at left of photo and is tucked under photo a little.Adhere title over photo and lighthouse as shown.
  5. Complete by embellishing the layout with flowers, shells, netting and a little tea dyed cheesecloth in and around layout.
  6. Your layout is now complete. Just hang and frame!!

Monday, 5 January 2015


Hi there,,,,,Happy New Year and welcome back.

 I know it has been a little while between posts but be assured I have been busily scrapping away for this years Fabscraps CHA booth.
 Fabscraps will be releasing 3 new ranges in Anaheim this week and I am so thrilled to have been able to create with them all. I have had endless hours of fun with these collections and I am still scrapping away with more to come!! 
My first share is from Fabscraps first newly released "Beach Affair" collection. Love everything about this range!!And I had the perfect photo to start the ball rolling with, so to say.

This photo of my gorgeous girl Cydne has been tucked away in a safe spot and every now and then I pull it out, but it has just never really suited anything until now!!

So I would like to show you my layout titled "Beachside".

For this layout I have used a lot of layering with torn and distress papers from the "Beach Affair" collection.

My box of goodies from Fabscraps included lots of beautiful little charms. The lighthouse you can see above is one of them.....soooooo cute. I have simply given it a coat of gesso and randomly inked over it to make it pop a little.

I have also included lots of shells and a piece of coral that was collected from Forster on our holiday stay there. You will even find some sand hanging from the fish netting in some places on the page. 

And not a Fabscraps addition but an op shopping addition. Bought a scrabble board game a few months back and have been eagerly awaiting to use them. Dry brushed them with a little gesso to give a whitewash beachy feel.

Another Fabscraps charm......the anchor with the addition of more shells and a little hand dyed cheesecloth.

And the Fabscraps Chipboard Sailing Wheel. All the chippie pieces in this collection are simply stunning and so very easy to use. I hope you have enjoyed your visit here. If you keep scrolling you will find a materials list and an instructional step by step for "Beachside".

Until next time happy scrapping.

Tina x

Materials Used:

Fabscraps Collection C72 "Beach Affair":

Fabscraps C72 003 x 1
Fabscraps C72 004 x 1
Fabscraps C72 008 x 1
Fabscraps DC 72 008 Chipboard Anchor & Wheel
Fabscraps Anchor Charm
Fabscraps Lighthouse Charm
Scrabble Board Alpha Pieces
Assorment of Flowers
Fish Netting
Cardstock Navy x 1
Cardstock Rust Orange x 1
Distress Ink - Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood


1.  Distress and layer both pieces of cardstock and adhere with navy sitting to the back. Trim C72 008, 1/2 cm top and one side, distress and ink. Adhere to base. Tear C72 004 so you have a piece sitting at top and bottom.

2.  Take C72 003 and cut photo mat for a 5 x 7 inch portrait photo. Distress and ink and adhere photo atop. Mat again with Navy cardstock. With remaining C72 003 make strips of torn pieces and adhere randomly top and bottom of layout layering under C72 004 as shown in layout.

3. Take Fabscraps chipboard wheel and gesso with 2 coats. Ink randomly with Distress inks rusty hinge and weathered wood. Dry brush flowers and scrabble tiles with gesso also. Gesso fish netting and Fabscraps charms (lighthouse and anchor) and dry. Ink charms with distress inks and dry. Please note: when gesso was applied to netting I sprinkled over a little sand to give more texture and left to dry properly.

4.  It's time to start embellishing starting with fish netting and then overlapping photo mat.

5. With torn papers tuck little bits of dyed cheesecloth in using clear drying glue. Adhere wheel to left of the photo using mounting foam. Further embellish with flowers, shells, coral, a little more netting cut into smaller pieces and your Scrabble pieces (garage sale buy!!). Ink the outside and layers  a little more with rusty hinge ink and you are finished.

6. Your layout is now ready to frame and hang!