Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sugar Beads

One of the fabulous new additions to the product range at My2Angels is Sugar Beads!  These mixtures of beads are available in great colour combinations and I couldn't resist the mint crush, and of course Purple Passion.  Despite my mojo drought, ideas were popping in my head all the time and I just had to find the time to put some of them to use.

I have seen the beads used to cover chipboard and I wanted to use both the colours of the sugar beads on the one project, so I originally thought purple flowers and green stems or grass.... that developed into a white butterfly with purple wings and a bunch of flowers and the stems of the bunch hmmm...

After painting the butterfly white, letting it dry and attaching it to my card, I filled the wings one at a time with hot glue (from my glue gun) and poured the beads all over it - pressing them in, tapping off the excess and putting them back in the little pot.  I repeated this for all three wings.

The bunch of purple flowers, I added the three rose buds to and wrapped the stems around each other.  I then laid hot glue along the stems and again poured and pressed the beads into it, tapping off the excess.  I use a little more hot glue to attach the bunch to the card - and the bow to the bunch.

I slid the love charm under the edge of the bunch and added some 'movement' to the butterfly with a piece of FWAB chloe purple pearl flourish.

Twiddleybitz - White C6 card
Twiddleybitz - Butterflies Assorted (BUT003)
Black Cardstock
Kaiser Patterned Paper - Konstrukt Collection
My2Angels - Purple Orchids
My2Angels - Purple Rose Buds
My2Angels - Mauve and Silver Love Charming Word
My2Angels - Sugar Beads - Mint Crush
My2Angels - Sugar Beads - Purple Passion
Flourish With A Bling - Chloe Pearl Flourish - Purple
Ranger - Liquid Pearls - Orchid
Adirondack - Acrylic Paint Dabber - Snowcap
White Paper Doily

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit My2Angels and grab some Sugar Beads!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

FWAB February Challenge

Hello Everyone!!  Don't Forget - This month it's my turn to set the monthly challenge at Flourish With A Bling and since the kids have just started back at school (yes you can breathe that sigh of relief now!), I thought what better challenge than to try and scrap those school photos!

The official Requirements are:
  1. Create a layout or card with a School photo or theme
  2. Include some Flourish With A Bling product
  3. Add the date somewhere, or the year at the very least!
Get your creations into us by the end of February to win a wonderful pack of goodies from the ever generous Ladies at Flourish With A Bling :-)

You can see the announcement post HERE on the FWAB blog and some gorgeous examples to get your creativity flowing!!

Here's my contribution!
I have a post to share regarding the stamping technique - but you'll have to wait for tomorrow for that!

Thanks for dropping in!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

1st Valentine's Day

So for the first time - my son wanted to give a Valentine to a girl.  I made him a little card, then made one for my other two children to give if they wanted to... now to go make mine before my date tonight!!

 This for my eldest son's Valentine...
 And a close up of the gorgeous bling and floral flourish...
Twiddleybitz - White 13cm square card and envelope
Bo Bunny Little Miss - Patterned Paper
White Doily
Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tattered Rose
Sawyer's Place Washi - Gold
Flourish With A Bling - Grace Pearl Flourish - Latte
My2Angels - Hand-made Floral arrangement - Pink
Kaiser Stamp - Valentine set
Adhesives by Stix2Anything
Stazon Ink - Brown

Miscellaneous Large Bow

And this next one for my Daughter - I think her Dad's getting this one...
 A close up of the flower cluster on the Twiddleybitz Chippy heart:
Twiddleybitz - White 13cm square card and envelope
Adirondack Paint Dauber - Snow Cap
Alison Ellis Glitter - White Fizz
Kaiser Patterned Paper
Adhesives by Stix2Anything
Miscellaneous Flowers and Ribbon

This one for my 8 year old to give anonymously to a girl in his year level:
 I love this shot of the flower spray on an angle with the focus changing:
Twiddleybitz Card - C6 Black
Miscellaneous Red envelope
Cardstock - white
White Doily
Kaiser Stamp - Valentine set
Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Barn Door
Stazon Ink - Black
Sawyer's Place Washi - Bianca Floral Scroll
Sawyer's Place Washi - Black & White Scroll
Flourish With A Bling - Bella Rhinestone Flourish: silver
Adhesives by Stix2Anything
Miscellaneous Flower Sprays
Miscellaneous tape

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Birdhouse Moneybox

I just love off the page projects - I think that's obvious to anyone whom visits my blog!  I picked up this cute Mini Birdhouse Moneybox from Twiddleybitz at the last Brisbane show and finally managed to get it finished around Christmas!

I wanted it to stand out so painted it in Red Pepper Adirondack Paint and The picket fence in Adirondack Snowcap white.  The cat was inked until covered adequately using a black stazon ink pad.  The birds I positioned on the roof, in a line like they are chittering about the cat below who's trying to find them :-)
The birdhouse looked a little bare so adding a couple of Olive Jack Vines from Flourish With A Bling helped to give it a bit of character.
Twiddleybitz - Mini Birdhouse Moneybox (mdf028)
Twiddleybitz - Fence set of four (bas014)
Twiddley bitz Cat - from Farmyard Friends set (ani002)
Flourish With A Bling - Jack Vine (Olive)
Adirondack Dauber Paint - snowcap & red pepper
Stazon Inkpad - Black
Stix2Anything - PVA Craft Glue

I have some exciting news coming soon that I am busting to share - but you'll have to wait a little bit longer to find out!  Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Absolutely FWABulous News!!

If you haven't yet heard - you'll be very excited by this next bit of news!  Flourish With A Bling - a great Australian Owned Manufacturer of laser and pearl flourishes and adhesive products - has opened up their online store to retail customers!

Even more crafters can now access these gorgeous high quality products!  To celebrate, FWAB have added some great value packs to the store as well!  Vintage, boy, girl, fairy, mega, black n white... there's a value pack for everyone and every style!  It's hard to believe the amount of product you get in each value pack but check them out yourself - seriously!!

Don't forget this month's challenge over on the FWAB Blog - Back to School!! Create a back to school layout/project featuring FWAB and a date/year included somewhere!  My layout for this challenge...

Here's a couple of my favourite projects using FWAB products to give you a few ideas for using these gorgeous products...

Thanks for stopping by - and don't forget to visit FWAB RETAIL website!!!!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sawyer’s Place Sticky Paper

Through a promotion on the Facebook Page, I was recently a lucky recipient of this new product from Sawyer’s Place.  I am already an avid fan of the Sawyer’s Place Washi Tapes (who isn’t!) and I was really excited to put this sticky backed printed paper through it’s paces!!

I started by cutting a strip with my paper trimmer - it cut’s well, with no tearing or feathering; I then put it through my big shot using a small die - success again!! I also tried the Sticky Paper through a few of my punches - with greater success using the larger “Martha Stewart” type punches. Be careful though - peeling the backing can be tricky on such neat edges!

My next experiment was customizing the Sticky Paper. I love getting inky (hence my facebook middle name!) so I wanted to see how the paper reacted to inks. Using Distress Inks and stains was not successful - I assume it’s because they’re water based inks and the paper has a [smooth] finish. Although I am keen to try leaving the Stain overnight and/or attempting to dry the Sticky Paper with my heat tool. Stazon ink faired better, a little rub off but a nice effect - no doubt as it’s a dye based ink pad. Coloursprays faired much the same as the water-based inks, so I would also like to experiment more with these overnight, or heat assisted.

I was VERY impressed with the result when I used alcohol inks on the Sticky Paper! I created the panel on the card by applying 3 alcohol ink colours to my applicator, some drops of gold metallic, and then the alcohol blending solution. I dabbed this all over the Sticky Paper until I was happy with the layers and blending of the colours. Being evaporative alcohol ink - this did not need drying time! By the time I had the lids back on my bottles my Sticky Paper was ready for me to handle.

I removed the backing and stuck the Sticky Paper to my card, and added some Sawyer’s Place Washi Tape, stamped my greeting, adhered my flowers, and inked the card edges. Wallah! [sic] A cute, quick card using customized Sticky Paper from Sawyer’s Place!

I am looking forward to seeing more designs released as I think we’ve only just scratched the surface of the potential of this new product line!

Some close-ups:

Products used: