Sunday, 12 June 2016

Steampunk with Scrapmatts and Graphic 45

Steampunk, a word that many not have heard and if you have this style can take many forms. 
It can be very quirky and definitely has and industrial feel to it. 
These projects have a touch of steampunk and incorporate one 
of my all-time favourite embellishments. I love to put cogs and gears on lots of projects.


This projects used Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Deluxe Collectors edition. This collection is one of my favourites and I am thankful Graphic 45 re released it.
I worked so well with the chipboard embellishments I used. The colours 
are awesome in these papers.

Scrapmatts Packs used :

CB1072 Gears 01
CB1078 Gears 05
CB1233 Film Strips 06
CB5127 Diamond Mesh 03


This Project used One of the newer Graphic 45 collections called Voyage Beneath the Sea.
It combines a little steampunk with beautiful ocean themed vintage images.
It has a lovely  coordinated colour pallette and plenty of fussy cutting opportunities.
I used the 8x8, 12x12 and 6x6 paper pads.

Scrapmatts Packs used :

CB1078 Gears 05
CB1226 Marine Life 01
CB1083 Key Holes 02
CB5131 Bubbles 01
CB5056 Twigs
CB5162 Printer Tray 07


I hope have gained some inspiration from these projects .
Thanks for visiting

Happy Crafting 


Tuesday, 31 May 2016

ATC's with Scrapmatts and Graphic 45

ATC's are a great way to create using a range of different supplies .
Scrapmatts have a great selection over in the online store. 
ATC's have many applications in all types of projects. The creations I have made 
demonstrate both large and small style uses of ATC's.

World of the ATC 

The Scrapmatts  packs I have used were :

Diamond mesh 02 CB5126
Stamp 01 ATC10-006
Film strips 05 CB1232
Gears 01 CB1072
Scrap words CB1238
Ornate frames 22 CB1220
Gears 05 CB1078
Picket fence 08 CB2025
Nested shapes 03 CB5017
Chevrons 01 CB5106

Mini ATC Photo Frames

Scrapmatts packs used for these frames were :

House 01 ATC10-005
Scrap words 26 CB1240
Picket Fences 08 CB2025
Scrap words 24 CB1238
Nested Shapes 03 CB5017
Flourishes 03 CB1002

I have a tutorial to make the second ATC.

Check out How to Create ATC Photo Frames With Scrapmatts by Andrew Roberts on Snapguide.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Dylusions : My new Addiction

I have been trawling youtube and I think I have watched every Dyan Reaveley 
video I can find. Her style of art journalling has inspired my to try.
The many different stamp sets she has are both quirky and funky and I really like them a lot and 
I amy collecting them as quickly as I can.

I also have her paints and inks and they are such vibrant colours and so easy to use.
It has caused me to use a colour range I don't normally use.

I have made a few different projects on loose pages and card stock to try out the products.
Some images I have drawn as I don't have the stamp sets yet or have recently acquired them.
So there are some variations and some images are her stamps. But she has been a great inspiration to this new side to my creative journey.

I have also discovered the world of digital stamps and have purchased a couple. I think could become addicted very easily.

These are my first attempts when I purchased the dylusions paints.

Then I progressed on to to a larger project to see what having more space would lead me to create.
I was really happy with the result. The lines on the side are for me to journal on but I have not thought of what to write yet. I love the sea themed dylusions stamp sets.

This next piece is a warm coloured back ground after creating a cool coloured background 
with the above page.

I bought a dylusions journal but had a disaster with it and it was not useable and I had to throw it out. I think the damp Tasmanian weather was a contributing factor. So I found and old art  book that was not used and made couple of pages in there instead.

I hope you are inspired to get some dylusions products and try them out.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Happy paper crafting

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Graphic 45 Design Team And Ambassadors 2016

My favourite time of the year has arrived and I thought I would share on my blog. I have been given the privilege and honour of being chosen as a Graphic 45 ambassador.
I was so thrilled to be given this opportunity.
I have shared all the new design final round videos please have a look and experience their fabulous creativity.  the ambassador links are there as well.
The other part of this announcement was the sneak peeks of the the new
Graphic 45 collection called Safari Adventure. Checkout the collection on the Graphic 45 blog.

Introducing Safari Adventure, a new collection from Graphic 45!

Announcing the 2016 Graphic 45 Design Team! #graphic45
We are so excited to announce our 2016 Design Team today! We have to say, all 30 finalists were so incredible, it was our toughest decision to date. Our new teamies span the world and created absolutely incredible projects for their final round. We are so excited to work with them for the next year! Get excited to see their work all across our blogs and newsletters this coming year. Now introducing, our new 2016 Design Team! 

Alexandra Morein - Singapore

Aneta Matuszewska - Iceland

Einat Kessler - Israel

Elena Olinevich - Belarus

Joanne Bain - Australia

Katelyn Grosart - Canada

Lena Astafeva - Russia

Magda Cortez - USA

Nico Favro - Italy

Olga Heldwein - Germany

Graphic 45 Ambassadors are invited by Graphic 45 to represent G45 for the next year. Our five ambassadors this year are listed below:

Andrew Roberts - Australia
Jim Hankins - USA
Tati Scrap - Spain
Yumi Muraeda - Japan

Graphic 45 design team Round Two project.

The round two for the graphic 45 design Team Audition required us to make a video. It 
could be a tutorial or a three project tour. I made a sample using ABC Primer collectors edition and
then demonstrated how you can use any collection by doing a tutorial using Mon Amour for the same project. I will let the videos speak for them self there are plenty of still photos at the start of each video. I hope you enjoy watching and will give this project a try.

Cheers Andrew

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Creating in pairs using Scrapmatts

April is half way through and I have had a very creative time over the last few weeks.
I have been playing with some more Scrapmatts stencils and incorporating some wonderful chipboard.

As you may have noticed I have included the word pairs in my blog post title.
Have ever been creating and end up with left over die cuts, extra paint on your palette
or other materials where you may have over prepared.

What do you do? Do you just toss them out, save them and forget where you put them or
have a big collection that you have good intentions 
but never get around to using them.

My projects have ended a pigeon pair as I used up extra paint texture paste and 
embellishments that I had leftover from my first project for this month.

 I used a few Scrapmatts stencils which I am fast 
becoming addicted to. 
I forgot to say these two projects I have jumped out on a limb and gone really bright
you might need your sunglasses.

Memo Book

I used the following Scrapmatts products for this project :

CB1158 Butterflies 20
CB1024 Flowers 04
CB5106 Chevrons 01
CB5129 Circle Mesh 02
Stencil ST5001
Stencil ST1002
Stencil ST1010
Stencil ST1001

Simple Tag

The Scrapmatts products I used for the tag were :

CB6113 Scrap Words 32
CB1145 Flowers 09
CB1158 Butterflies 20
Stencil ST1002
Stencil ST5010

I hope you gained some inspiration from my projects for April and will think about how you will your leftovers from other project in your next creation.

Cheers Andrew

Graphic 45 and Mixed Media Techniques

Time for some April blog posts I have been busy with my graphic 45 submission for the final round and Scrapmatts DT projects. They were a lot of un but now it time to update my blog. 
I thought I would keep the mixed practice going with a few more attempts at using 
my stencils and trio of graphic 45 collections. 
I used some tim holtz stencils texture mature and various distress inking products.

For the first tag I used graphic 45 Rare Oddities.
As usual I fussy images from the collection and tried to focus on the key colours
that feature in the wonderful papers.
I love that owl image and tried to make it one of my focus images for the this tag.
The inks I used for the background are perfect for this project
They are distress inks : Ripe persimmon, Seedless preserves and black soot.

The second tag has an automatic masculine feel as I used the great collection 
called Good ol Sport. This collection has some of my favourite images to fussy cut 
and they this tag pop.
The background has no texture paste this time and I used various distress inks.
I then layered my embellishments and the background became a great frame.
I love the metallic elements that added life to the masculine theme. 

The final tag is a more feminine tag and uses the lovely botanical tea collection
This background i tried to make it have a more vintage feel aim not sure how successful I 
was but it turned out ok. I also included a couple botanical tea stamped images. I am fast thinking I could become an avid stamper.
The images in botanical tea speak for them selves and work in this collage style 
group of embellishments. The pops of colour from the petaloo flowers bring the tag even more to life. 

I hope you enjoyed using my latest batch of tags and will leave me some feedback in 
the comments section. Stay tuned for my Graphic 45 final round submission and some thing new I have been trying.
Until then happy paper crafting.


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