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.


Friday, 25 March 2016

Scrapmatts Stencils

March is flying by and there have been some fabulous posts over the first part of this 
month from the awesome new design team for Scrapmatts.
This is my first post for 2016 and I have created a trio of projects.
Make sure you click on the photos to them up close. 

If  you are unaware there are some wonderful stencils over in the Scrapmatts online store.
I have used some of them on each of my projects this month.

The first project for this month has a layout style with a mixed media flair.
I found a scrap piece of heavy weight box board so I thought what can I do with it. Then I reached for some of my stencils from Scrapmatts.

The one I used was: 

Here is my creation. I love the photo, two of my sons sharing a special moment.

The chipboard Packs that I used on this piece were fun to use and are as follows :

CB6113 Scrap Words 32
CB1158 Butterflies 20
CB5123 Hexagon Mesh 02
CB5114 String Circles 01
CB5070 Australian Federation Screen Doors 05
CB4063 Leaf Spray 13

I have also included a photo of my back ground before embellishing so you can see 
the stencil effect.

The second project for March is a mini project that was a lot of fun to 
make and are not to time consuming.
ATC's are a great concept and can take a multitude of different forms.
The Scrapmatts store has some great ATC choices, but I used the standard ATC style for my project.

The chipboard packs I used for the time ATC were

ATC28-001 Plain ATC
CB1072 Gears 01
CB1078 Gears 05
CB6101 Assorted Words 20
CB5132 Chains 01

The Stencils used for these ATC backgrounds were :


Here is a photo of some backgrounds with out embellishments to get an idea of the result that can be achieved with Scrapmatts stencils.

The third project in the trio is a Scrapmatts tag. They are base to start your creative process
 and can be incorporated into other projects as well.
I have to say this tag is my favourite of my projects for this month. I love the chipboard packs I used and the colour palette too.

The chipboard packs I used for this tag were some of my favourites and include :

CB3009 Tags 05
CB1232 Film Strips 05
CB6106 Assorted Words 24
CB5106 Chevrons 01

The stencil I used for this tag was a great back ground to give breakthrough 
high lights of texture.

Well this completes my projects for March. I hope I have inspired you to give Scrapmatts Stencils a go on your next project and include you favourite chipboard packs.
Every thing I have used can be found over on the Scrapmatts online store

Thanks for stopping by and please come back to see more wonderful 
creativity using Scrapmatts.

Happy Crafting 


Friday, 18 March 2016

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2016

I guess the sign below gives away the purpose for this post. I am applying for the Graphic 45 Design Team for 2016. It is with, I must admit some nerves, I am throwing my hat into the ring and giving it my best shot. There have been some wonderful inspiring projects over on the
Graphic 45 Blog
this year. I have been encourage and amazed by the designers creations.
If you have not been aware the collections they have released recently have been amazing as the past collection are a testament to as well. A couple of my favourites are Worlds Fair and Children's Hour which will feature in this post.

According to the requirements this year we were to show case three projects and one tutorial as part of the round one blog post. I have chosen the projects according to one criteria. They are some of my favourites from the last twelve months.

Project one : Typography Memo Book

This Project has seen me venture in to mixed media style backgrounds. I am always trying to extend and grow as a crafter. Mixed media was a great progression and it is very prominent in the crafting world. But my tell tale style incorporating symmetry and detail is still demonstrated. 

Tip #1 : Take your favourite graphic 45 collection and create mixed media background that coordinates giving your favourite collection and project more dimension.

Project two : Children's Hour Coin Bank

Thi project was inspired in two ways : (1) taking the beautiful calendar collection and using in a non calendar project and (2) the seasons.
It is a box construction from chip board and each side represents a season. I used the coin bank idea as a play on a piggy bank and every time of the year is great for saving.
I did fussy cutting for each side one of my favourite paper crafting techniques.

Tip #2 : Try painting your box with a colour taken from the Graphic 45 collection you are using to make the collection automatically coordinate across the project  

The four sides based on each season. My personal favourite is autumn. 
Do you have a favourite season

Project three : Times Nouveau Haberdashery Box

This project is one of my all tim favourites as it has a special twist which was quite simple but vey effective. It uses two graphic 45 5x5 inch mixed media boxes joined together.
When times Nouveau was released as a collectors edition I was very keen to get to use as I had never owned it before and it was a perfect match for this project.

Tip #3 Little splash of metal on a project creates accent points in your embellishing and works with all graphic 45 collections

Project four : Worlds Fair Envelope Mini
Album Tutorial

The last project of my submission is my tutorial. I have to say the Worlds Fair collection that was used is my favourite release this year. I love the images and the colours and let the images speak for them selves when I embellished the pages of my Mini.
The album was a complete construction project and the you tube tutorial is broken ups into the different parts.
The videos are after the photos of the album. I have designated what each part covers.

Tip #4 : Use Graphic 45 signature series cardstock for your Graphic 45 projects as it matches the colours of the various collections perfectly.

Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part One
Construction of the page units

Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part Two
Page matting and binding

Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part Three
Making of the covers

 Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part Four
Construction of the album

Worlds Fair Envelope Mini Album Part Five
Embellishment of the cover and page samples

This project concludes my Graphic 45 design team application blog post. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my projects and will come back and visit again. I would like to wish all the applicants the best of luck and look forward to seeing who will make the team and the 
inspiration they will bring in  2016

In the mean time 
Happy paper crafting


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