31 December 2014

Year in Review | Favourites of 2014

Can you believe the year is almost over? I have had some highs (having my layout published on the cover of Scrapbooking Memories) and some lows (my Dad passing away in August). So for me in 2014 there have been happy and sad times and I suppose that is what life is all about...triumphs and tragedies and everything in between. For me a new year is a time to reflect on the past, set some goals and be open to new experiences in the future! As I have been having a little break from creating I decided I would like to share a selection of my favourite pages and cards from 2014.

I will start with the one I am most proud of...

This page was a labour of love, stamping and/or fussy cutting most of the elements. I then added chipboard embellishments and touches of gold for a little bit of bling. I am blessed to have this page chosen for the cover of Scrapbooking Memories! A dream come true!

I just loved working on this page! I used a die cut paper sheet as a template for water colouring the triangles and stamped and water coloured the words too. My husband commented that 'it looks like kindergarten work' hehe, but luckily I love this fun look and the page was published in Scrapbooking Memories.

This page was created for a challenge while I was on the Scrap the Girls Creative team. I loved playing with mist, texture paste and a monochromatic colour scheme. The feathers have been stamped with acrylic paints and a foam stamp. I love the ombre look!

Next up is a page completed while on the Feeling Sketchy Design Team. I wanted to use up some older products here so used an older Kaisercraft template with Heidi Swapp navy mist, then layered some Prima papers with printable labels and finished with a few Prima roses. RIP Dad xo

I loved this photo so much and wanted it to take centre stage on this layout I designed for a recent Guest Stylist spot at ScrapBoutique. I started by layering strips of Maggie Holmes Open Book papers and vellum which I then stitched in place. I then added vellum pieces from the ephemera pack, stickers and a few enamel dots to finish. 

Now for some favourite cards that I created this year...

I started here by misting card stock with gold mist. I then matted this piece onto this gorgeous pattern paper by Ashley Goldberg and used the chipboard diamond as a template to cut extra pieces for embellishing. Some gold thread, buttons, sequins, gold stars and a simple stamped sentiment completed my card. 

This fun set published in Stamping, Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine uses vibrant pattern papers from Pebbles Inc. I had a great time layering the papers with stickers and embellishments including sequins, flair and veneer shapes.

This set was also published in Stamping, Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine and was so economical to  make...just a few sheets of Kaisercraft paper and a few embellishments from my stash. 

This card was made using a Studio Calico card kit! That cake stamp is to die for and I had fun stamping and embossing the layers of cake to resemble icing. Flowers from the set were stamped and fussy cut to decorate. The sequins and gold embossed ring set add that little bit of bling!

This card was made for a challenge at Studio Calico. I layered vellum printable labels over the newsprint paper, stamped the sentiment and layered with ribbon, thread, a circle printable and a few enamel dots for a pop of colour.

So I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek at my favourite projects of twenty fourteen. I am currently enjoying my break from creating but am hoping that my mojo is re-ignited and better than ever in twenty fifteen.

Thanks for stopping by today! I wish you and your loved ones a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

Best wishes,

Leanne xo

18 December 2014

ScrapBoutique Retreat | Layouts to share

While at retreat recently I stocked up on lots of new collections but kept finding myself drawn to Websters Pages Nest! I just love the colours, patterns and fun images in this collection...and feathers get me every time! After learning all about grids in the Art + Design class I decided to try this out with the pretty 2x2 squares from the Special Places paper. I also once again had fun fussy cutting the feather paper to use as embellishments.

I  so loved the variety of patterns in this collection...it's not often that I love both sides of pattern papers. I also went a little crazy with the machine stitching as it just adds that little extra something to the page!

I also completed quite a few 8.5x11 pages...this one uses layers of the 3x4 cut-aparts with some vellum labels and stickers from the range.

Here I used a recent add on kit from Studio Calico with some Maggie Holmes and Shimelle stickers added. The papers are from Crate Paper Notes and Things and Shimelle. And those gorgeous frames are Crate Paper!

For this page I started out by scribbling gelatos onto watercolour paper and mixing with water to create a bright background for my photo. I then layered Heidi Swapp September Skies ephemera and a few Studio Calico gems around. This was then backed onto that fabulous black polka dot paper from September Skies. 

And lastly a layout using the Bluegrass Farms kit from Studio Calico. I added some machine stitching and a few printables with this photo of one of our horses.

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xo

17 December 2014

Studio Calico Sunday Sketch | Card to share

I love the sketch challenges over at Studio Calico so decided to play along with the card sketch this week. This is the sketch:

And my card photographed with my funny little vintage Santa creamer! I wanted to keep the card very simple (and quick to make) so chose some papers from the Cuppa card kit...a soft blue (where I added the stamped sentiment) and a pretty star pattern that I think is beautiful for a holiday card. I have added a red printable label to give a pop of colour, gold stars and some chipboard trees that have been embossed with gold glitter zing. 

How are your preparations for Christmas coming along? I haven't started as yet! Hopefully I will get the tree decorated tomorrow and start on the dreaded Christmas gift shopping. I find it more difficult each year to select thoughtful gifts, especially now my children are older. 

Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to sew some Santa pants for a Christmas dress up party :)

Leanne xo

16 December 2014

Feeling Sketchy | Card sketch #111

Feeling Sketchy's last challenge for 2014 is now posted and it's another unique design from our fabulous sketch designer Debi Clark! I love the design of the die cut shape with the layered banners.

I started out by misting my background paper with Heidi Swap gold Colorshine using a favourite Heidi stencil. The papers are from an older Cosmo Cricket collection called Evangeline (I'm sad that Cosmo Cricket no longer seem to produce paper ranges as they were one of my favourite manufacturers). I then layered the paper banners and a die cut from the same collection. I embellished with a chipboard butterfly and a few Studio Calico enamel dots. An easy card to make but I do like the romantic feel of it.

Sadly this is my last post as a design team member for Feeling Sketchy as I have decided to step down from the team. 2014 has been a tough year for me personally and I need to take a little break from creating at this time. I'm hoping my mojo and joy for paper crafting will return soon and I can join in the challenges as they really are fun and the design team so inspiring.

15 December 2014

ScrapBoutique | Guest Stylist

 I was so excited to be a Guest Stylist for ScrapBoutique this month. The lovely Chelsea sent me some Maggie Holmes Open Book and Heidi Swapp September Skies to play with! 

And this is what I created with Open Book...I added a large photo and strips of pattern paper and velum to the beautiful pink wood grain background. The vellum title and embellishments come from the shape pack that you can find with the collection here

And a card made from the same collection...layers of papers and items from the ephemera pack. 

Heidi Swapp's September Skies is another collection that I loved both sides of the papers. These papers are just so bright and happy! Here I layered pattern paper strips on cardstock before stitching and embellishing with items from the ephemera pack.  

And again, I used strips of paper to layer under the gorgeous banners. I then layered ephemera and word stickers to embellish! The ephemera is such great value...with card stock and acetate images and words. You can find this pretty collection here, so be sure to pop over and check it out.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog today,
Leanne xo

14 December 2014

Websters Pages Nest | Cards to share

At my recent retreat I spent some time making cards using the Websters Pages Nest collection. I loved the cut-apart papers so used a few of my favourites for these cards. I started with Kraft card stock and wanted to keep them very simple by just adding a stamped image and small embellishments. The sentiments are Studio Calico stamps with black embossing.

The wood veneer heart here in the card below has been coloured with a gold Posca paint pen! Oh how I love these and can't wait to collect more colours.

These cards use some of my favourite papers from the range. This one has a simple wood veneer heart and stamp and embossed sentiment. I just love this pretty yellow paper!

Now for some feathers...I do love anything with feathers!

And a close up showing the fussy cut feathers, along with word and alpha stickers from the range. The little wood birdies have been painted with the Posca pen - you really need to try these!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my cards and if you love this range as much as I do you can find it here.

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xo

Art + Design | Layouts to share

While I was on retreat recently I worked on some of the lessons from my Art + Design class at Big Picture Classes. I had been practicing using presets in Lightroom so worked with photos from the same photo shoot.

This first one uses a printable of one the lesson designs. I do plan on trying out the real thing later where the paint is added to the page and Silhouette cut light bulbs are layered onto the painted areas. But for a retreat using the printable was a fast and easy way to achieve the same look! I painted a couple of chipboard light bulbs to layer on the images and add some dimension to the page, added photos to the page using photo corners (loving these at the moment), and a Heidi Swapp word from September Skies. 

This page was created using a grid design and watercolouring a printable from the lesson. I printed the design onto watercolour paper using a laser printer so that the ink would not smudge when adding the colour, a mix of gelatos and water. I just had fun painting with different colours, arranging the squares in a grid and backing the card stock with pattern paper! So quick, and super easy pages to put together.

You may have noticed that I have a pretty new blog design? I'm so glad I stumbled across Envye on the web! Pink, sunrays and watercolours are a few of my favourite things so I thought this template was perfect for me! I'm excited to start the new year with a fresh new look on my blog :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xo

04 December 2014

Feeling Sketchy | Layout sketch #110

Hey there,
The layout sketch for December is now up on the Feeling Sketchy blog. And it's a Free Scrap!

And this is my page using MME, Simple Stories and Shimelle papers! I added a few die cuts, some alphas and a few of my 'essential' embellishments - enamel dots!

A close up of those gorgeous papers...and my beautiful niece.

Entries go into the draw to win a $30 prize pack from Molossi or one of three RAK's from Debi Clark's stash!
I hope to see you there.

Thanks for stopping by
Leanne xo

03 December 2014

Feeling Sketchy | Card Sketch #109

Hi there

The latest challenge is up at Feeling Sketchy and it's a free scrap, any card, your choice!

I embossed white cardstock and then stamped the flowers and leaves, added some ribbon, a stamped tag and enamel dots! Super easy and fun to make :)

I hope you can join us this month as there are once again great prizes! 
A main prize from Molossi and also three RAK's from Debi Clark's stash. You can find the challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by
Leanne xo

16 November 2014

Feeling Sketchy | Card Sketch #108

Hi there

Feeling Sketchy have the latest sketch up on the blog so I thought I would pop in and share my card.

I decided to flip the sketch and coloured a digital stamp from Aurora Wings with Copics before adding a few older embellishments from my stash.

A reminder too, that there are some awesome prizes this month from our fabulous sponsors 

I do hope to see your entries over on the blog!

Thanks for stopping by
Leanne xo

05 November 2014

Feeling Sketchy | Layout Sketch # 107

Hi there,

It's time to share the latest layout sketch at Feeling Sketchy and our wonderful designer Debi has produced another great sketch to work with!

And this is my take on the sketch. I have scrapped my gorgeous and new little nephew Hunter. 
I layered some tags and labels around the photos, added some pretty ribbon, circle die cuts and stamping. 
A very quick and easy page!

I hope you can join us for this challenge and look forward to seeing your pages in the link on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by

Leanne xo

02 November 2014

Art + Design | Everyday

Hello again

I have finished my second layout from the Art + Design class over at Big Picture Classes. 
The class is now finished but I am determined to complete all of the layouts! It may take me a while to get through all the lessons but the designs and techniques shown are so inspiring!

For this page we used one of Wilna's fabulous cut files ( there are so many included goodies in this class) and Wilna explains all about using the Silhouette for cutting. 
I can use all the help I can get here as my Cameo continually frustrates me!
I rarely get a cut I am happy with and well I can just forget about cutting any intricate designs, lol.
Anyway by using Wilna's tips I was able to get a good cut for this page.... 

I decided to scrap the afternoon we released turtles on Kuta Beach. The Balinese do this each day and I have always loved turtles (I had a pet turtle as a child) so it was a wonderful experience to take our turtles to the waters edge and watch them swim out to sea. 
I hope ours were among the lucky ones that made it to grow to adulthood.

Thanks for stopping by

Leanne xo

Scrappy Canary Cybercrop | Challenge #3

Hi there
It's been so song since I participated in a cybercrop! 
The kids are away this weekend so things are quiet at my house, and luckily Scrappy Canary came to the rescue with some great challenges over on the blog.
This challenge caught my eye straight away...

I love pastel pink and gold together and I had the Open Book range from Crate Paper sitting on my desk so I decided to scrap this lovely black and white photo of my niece on her wedding day.

I started by sewing down strips of pattern paper scraps in pastel shades and matting the photo to another lovely pattern from the range. 
I really do love each side of these papers! 
I then layered gold vellum ephemera and added a few gold foil heart and label stickers (which I have just realised looks pink in the above photo as I was wearing a hot pink when I took the shot, hehe).

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my layout.

Leanne xo

31 October 2014

Feeling Sketchy | Card Sketch # 106

Hey there,

The latest card sketch has now been posted at Feeling Sketchy!
The fabulous sponsors for the month are Molossi and Aurora Wings.

And the design team were lucky to work with some beautiful digital stamp designs from Aurora Wings. 
This is the sketch....

And my card which I have coloured the image with copic markers. 
I am in no way an expert with Copics but still enjoyed colouring my chosen design. I layered some soft pattern papers, added organza ribbon, a stamped sentiment and a few gems.

I do hope you join us for the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by
Leanne xo