Mixed media fun

Hello all. hope all is going well at your place today.  It’s extremely windy here so my photos have been taken inside today.  I have been playing a lot lately with mixed media products and Memory Maze is a must have on the table to complement my projects.

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This layout is inspired by a class that I took with Limor  Webber,  amazing tutor and some very fun and funky techniques.  I have used the Memory Maze Arrows to frame my photo.  I have dressed the Memory Maze with Lindy’s Gang sprays to give them colour.


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My Second project I created was some cards,  I love how Memory Maze have the perfect wee chippie just the right size for any project.  Here I have used an assortment of Memory Maze pieces left over from other projects.  A great way to use all those extra bits.


Close up of the three Cards




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This was a fun wee project to create on a COLD winter night in front of the fire.  I have embossed the entire wooden box and then used sprays to fill in the negative space, love this effect.


I have decorated the top with a number of the lovely flowers you can now get through Memory Maze and an assortment of their cogs which have been lightly misted.



Best Mates

One thing I find hard is creating layouts for my boys,  there is so much product out there for our girls but so hard to find exciting boy products.  I received a parcel from MEMORY MAZE CHIPBOARD and it it included lots of arrows.  Arrows can be used for many things but I thought that they would look great on a layout for Alex.
Alex has found a wee mate who just lives around the corner. He loves to go round and play.  I wanted to create a layout that  showed their friendship.  This is what I came up with.

I added memory Maze arrows to frame my photo,  these have been altered by adding distress paint and hammered a bit to give texture.  I then got other colour distress paint  and rub it on with my finger to give more interest.

I added Tim Holtz rub-ons to the photo.

For the background I used one of my favourite techniques to do.  Using a mask I add heavy gel medium and then use WOW foil papers over top. Yummy effect!

Close up of some of the arrows and the different texture you can create.

Thanks for popping on by,  hope I have inspired you to go get those photos out and have some fun.  Happy Scrappin everyone xox Donna



DT projects for Memory Maze Chipboard

Hi all,  I have been super busy over on the Memory Maze blog,  Here are the projects I created.  For close-ups of all the detail please pop on over to the blog HERE.DSCF7432

First is a project I created for my daughters 21st Birthday using up cycled jars and lot of WOW Embossing Powders and all the new yummy Flowers from Memory Maze


Sweet Dreamer would have to be one of my favourite layouts to date.  full of delish Memory Maze Chip Board and Flowers



And the last project is created for the theme that is running over at Memory Maze…..  Can you guess!  Yes EASTER 🙂

Hope you liked these previews and please do pop on over to Memory Maze and have a look at what everyone else has been creating.

Happy Scrappin  xox Donna

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

YES! It’s that time of year again! Time to pull together my favourite projects and apply for the Graphic 45 Design Team. People who know me, know I am a BIG Graphic 45 fan. Super exciting,  I am even going to meet them this year.  I’m actually counting down the days like a wee school girl! So this year I have collected a few pretties from Graphic 45 which is pretty hard to get here in Dunedin but our local scrap-booking shop does there best to keep my cravings in control.

I found this old frame at the local op shop.  I brought it home, stripped the box back to its bones and then had fun covering it in Steampunk Spells paper collection.  I fussy cut the frame out and attached to the front of the frame, I had to be a bit inventive here as It did not cover it completely.

After adding my background papers to the frame.  I spent some time cutting all the clocks out.  Once cut out I attached some of them to the background paper and then added the rest with 3D foam to build my page up.
After adding several layers of clocks I cut out the lady, again attaching her with more 3D foam.

I cut the eyes, peacock feathers and butterflies out of my all time favourite range, Olde Curiosity Shoppe to add a bit more interest to my project.  The wee charm in the centre is from my daughters charm bracelet which broke.  She is very happy to see its going to good use 🙂
DSCF6348I added glossy accents to the bike handle frame and to take the glossy effect off I added a metallic rub over top.  I added this photo to show the depth of my shadow box.

This project was created as a gift which I am sure will be received well.  Another up cycled project using the delicious A ladies’ Diary Collection.  I love this range and sometimes it’s so hard to choose what side of the paper you want to use.
This project required gentle colours and patterns for my flowers .  I created my flowers using the cricut.  I added old vintage buttons and bling to the centre of the flowers  to make them pop.  I inked the edges with Victorian Velvet, Weathered Wood and Antique Linen to give them a vintage look.  My lady is from the Silhoutte store, she has had a coat of Antique Linen distress paint for  colouring of skin.  I added lace to the bonnet and then applied my flowers. Her blouse was created out of the same papers I made the flowers with,  lace and ribbon was added as a collar to her blouse.DSCF6340

Yes this is my family,  I have a few of them 🙂 and I would not change it for the world.  This project proudly hangs in our living room.  The background glass panel has been embossed with a stencil and white embossing powder. DSCF6361
I used the Little Darling Collection to create my flowers,  I love the soft colours of these papers and it added colour without taking away any attention from my photos .   Each flower has its own different centre and then inked in distress ink to finish them off.
The branches and white roses were made by melting white ultra thick embossing powder and set in moulds.  I have embossed the little metal clips to suit the colour scheme.
Altered book Project.
This project was so much fun to make,  using a collection of embellishments and flowers I have made a scene to surround my photo.DSCF5313
I have added lots of little details  and had fun playing around with placement of product.
close up of other side.    This project is currently at  work  on display as I will be teaching this as a class.DSCF5324

This album was created as a class that I taught at Scrapbooking Paradise where I work and was very popular.  The front cover is very dimensional with lots of interest.
DSCF6406Inside the album is pages to attach your photos on.

Each page has been embellished differently with either diecuts, stickers and ribbons.
Each page has a pocket,  where two sheets have been added to use as photo mats or  journalling.
Graphic 45 have a wide range of papers and I found these papers to fit perfectly with a trip we did over the school term break.  I loved how there is background papers that can be cut up and used in projects to highlight the more decorative images that are on the front . DSCF6376For this project I used Steampunk Spells,  I cut the images out and made my own pocket cards to suit the theme of our trip.  JUST PERFECT!
Using left over paper from making my Place In Time calendar I created a simple but stunning card for the bride and groom on their big day.DSCF6331I have matted the images I wanted to pop out and added 3D foam to build my card up.  I have added lots of little extra details to make it special.
DSCF6333Well what a post, Full of my favourite projects.  I hope you liked what you have seen.  I have added a few other projects and layouts below to show  you my range of style.

Thank you Graphic 45 for looking over my application.  I REALLY REALLY hope you like it! To all that is applying this year,  best of crafty luck to you all.  I am enjoying seeing what others have been creating and its all just AMAZING!  please feel free to leave a comment I would love to hear what you think.


Challenge Time over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge

How exciting to see Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge up and running again.  Our first challenge is a sketch challenge and a fun one to!  Here is the sketch…….

From the creator Anne……

More excitement – our first sketch challenge since we’ve re-opened!!!  We hope you’ll  come visit and play along. No theme required – just interpret the sketch as you like, let others know about us and link back to our blog. You are welcome to combine our sketch with other non-sketch challenges.  You’re not restricted to a scrapbook layout in your interpretation of the sketch – you may art journal, make a card, or make a mixed media canvas.
Our sponsor is Scrapbook Fantasies, owned by design team member Alicia Redshaw, who will give a beautiful pack of ribbons to a randomly drawn participant.  We will feature our favourite layouts early in March on the blog.  We are always looking for guest designers, and often choose from amongst participants.
And here is my take on the sketch……
 I spent some time on the sewing machine today making the base for this layout.

 I then spent a bit of time applying some layers to the background
selected the photo and added the pretty embellishments
 I added the title by using some Rub-ons, which went perfect with the photo.
 I used a cluster of flowers with the clock embellishment for my circle element of the layout.
and another little group of embellishments to the bottom corner.
So now its your turn,  use the sketch and have some fun… load up to the blog here
Thanks for visiting , take care and happy Scrappin.  xox Donna


A New Year and goals are set! First challenge for 2014

One thing I used to love doing was to join in scrapbooking challenges,  something I have not done for a very long time.  Last night My friend and I were checking something out on Facebook when a post on my news feed caught my eye…  (click on the photo and it will take you to Sketchabilities blog)

I just loved the look of it and instead of doing what I had planned with some mouse traps (lol more on that later, and no we don’t have mice 🙂 I decided to give the sketch a go.  After going through my papers which is a mission in its self I came back to doing what I love,  creating with ink and making my own.  I started off with making a background and then went from there. This is what I came up with.


I totally love the end result!  it was so much fun and was great to get my fingers all inky again.


My back ground was made with a mixture of distress paints and inks.


I used small paper bags for my photo mats,  and it also allowed me to creat some hidden journalling  on tag,  which I placed in one of the wee bags.


I just love this photo of my wee man,  growing up so fast.  Alex aged 5 at KFC Dunedin 🙂

Thanks Sketchabilities for creating such a fun sketch.  I had so much fun and will be back for sure.  So all you scrapper out there wanting a challenge go check their blog out.  They have some amazing designers and awesome examples.  You can find them HERE

Memory Maze Chipboard Dt Designs

I have been busy over at Memory Maze Chipboard,  I made a double page layout and my first prima doll canvas.


Memory Maze Products used for this Project:
 I have had this wee prima doll sitting on my bench for a while,  its been stamped off heaps as the girls love colouring her in. I have been meaning to make a project with her for a while…
  Memory Maze Products used for this Project:
If you would like to see close ups and how I made these, please pop on over to the blog,  just click here!.  Please leave some crafty love, we love to hear what you think.
Happy Scrappin everyone xox Donna

Child Layout and Page Pocket Project

Good Morning all.  Well I have totally neglected this blog for a while but I am going to be a good girl from now on.  Here is a couple of projects I have done for Memory Maze Chipboard.  If you would like to she close-ups and how I created them pop on over ,  just click the link HERE and it will telly port you there 🙂  Please feel free to comment,  I always love to hear what you think.

My Sweet Ruby


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Christmas pocket page layouts

I am new to pocket pages and are finding my way around them,   I love the idea behind them to share all the photos I take threw out the year.  As you could imagine I take a lot of photos and for many years they just sit in big piles.  So my mission this past year has been to scrap them.  It’s a completely different style to what I am used to but I am sure I will find my feet.

Christmas 2013

Second Page

Page Three

Page Four

Well I hope you enjoyed my share today and I have inspired you to get your crafty products out and have some fun.  Happy Scrappin every one xox Donna

Memory Maze Share

Hello all,  Time to share what I made for the Memory Maze Chipboard Dt Post.

I love chippie, I wish I could get it in all shapes and forms…  It really is a limitless product, you can do so much.  Today I am going to share a Card, layout and Art journal page.  If you want to see close-ups of some of the designs please pop over to Memory Maze.  While you are there be sure to go check out what everyone else has been up to.

My card using a Memory Maze Word saying


My Layout using Memory Maze Banners


and My art journal using birds on a branch,  ( I really want this in a mask aswell, wouldn’t be fun )


Just a quick share today,  its chilly here and I need to warm this house up, roll on summer!   Thanks for stopping by,  happy scrappin everyone xox Donna

Its been a while….

Man where does time days go!  Do you ever have those, days, weeks, months.  It’s crazy that we are already half way through the year.  I have been about creating for design teams, so go grab a coffee/ tea.  Its time for catch up.  

Playing at home ,  think I like these stamps and deff love the saying.  Thanks Annette for letting me play with your num num stamps.Image
I had a go at making some She Art,  this is very addictive and lots of fun adding different textures and layers.  I have used WOW Fab foils on these.





These three were my first ones and they have found an awesome home on my daughter’s wall.
My final project for Flourish with a Bling.  I had to do something about me.  
These projects have been done for MEMORY MAZE CHIP BOARD, and you can find there blog here.  






DSCF1967Playing with ink.  num num 🙂
Well I hope you have enjoyed this little catch up.  I will try to get back soon.  until then happy scrappin everyone xox Donna