Lets blog hop with Wow and Ruby Rock-it…. Come join us!


Hello WOW Embossing Powder fans and Ruby Rock-It Fans!  We are delighted to have you join us this week for the fun with our blog hop!

We are very excited to be partnering with this fabulous company and their amazing designers, so here’s all the info you will need…and then come and join and hop along!

Here’s the blog hop order, all you need to do to be eligible for our prize, is to leave a comment on each designer’s blog and then come back to our blog letting us know you have done so!  Comments will be closing on Friday, November 21st at 11:59pm PST.
Ruby Rock-It Blog
WOW Embossing Powder Blog
Nikki Smith
Sandie Dunne
Pattie Beltran
Susan O’Connell
Donna O’Leary
Erin Yamabe
Irit Shalom
Jen Deal
Alicia Barry
Jenifer Cowles
Patti Hamil
Beck Beattie
Nicole Picadura
Maya Isaksson
June Goh
Trish Latimer
Nataliya Serova
Beckie Dreyer
Sian Ridley
Kaka Costa
Christine Saunders
Candice Elliott

Here’s our beautiful prize:  The Essence East Coast collection! [album not included]


and Wow’s wonderful prize

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And here’s my project!

I made a Recipe Box using the stunning papers and all the very cute die-cuts, twine and enamel dots.  I got some of my favourite wow embossing colours and high-lights elements of the die-cuts and paper.



your next stop is at Erin Yamabe blog.  Remember to leave comments on the blogs and go back to WOW and Ruby Rock-it to get yourself into the draw for 2 stunning prizes

Enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by.  Donna xox



Did you know that Scrapbooking Adhesives 3L and WOW Embossing Powders have been having a blog hop this week!  It’s not to late to play along!  I made this project for the hop!


I started off by using a mask and versa mark around the outer side of the jar.  Sprinkled opaque bright white embossing powder over the versa mark and heated.


I got the Scrapbooking Adhesives 3L adhesives sheets and cut to the size of the jar lid, stuck it on and then applied Blue Blast embossing powder to the sticky part and embossed.  Such an easy way to embossing metal.  I then got some strips of adhesive sheets and applied to the sides of the jar lid and repeated above instructions.  I also used the adhesives sheets to apply the lace.  Pull back a bit of the protective sheet to expose the sticky adhesive.  Lay your lace on top and rub your finger along it.  It will leave sticky adhesive to the back of the lace and then you will be able to attach to project.


I embossed the outer side of the tag and used many DODZ to attach the flowers to the top of the jar lid and the tag.  These are great and can be cut down a little if you are only needing a small dodz.  Thanks for popping on over.  Please go back to WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS and SCRAPBOOKING ADHESIVES 3L make sure you comment on all the post to enter the draw 🙂  happy scrappin xox Donna


Donna’s October Projects

Hello all,  It’s my turn today to share some projects I have been creating.  I have created three projects this month to share,  a layout, some pocket pages and a card.  Hope you enjoy.
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I love playing with mixed media products and memory maze chipboard works perfectly with many of the products out there on the market

I have painted the cherry blossom with Ranger distress paint and then stamped it with archival black ink for texture.

I broke my cherry blossom up so I could spread it over my layout.

I used leaves from a sheet set and again painted them with ranger distress paint, this time i used a few different colors.  I inked the edges with distress ink and then found a different stamp and stamped to add texture.
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Lately I have been trying to organise my many boxes of photos and trying to get them into albums.  I liked the pocket page idea as I can get more photos in and tell the story with little effort.  I keep it very simple and then have been adding 12 by 12 layouts to the albums to.

I cut this title up as it was all joined together and would not fit into the pockets.  I love how this has turned out,  you would not think I had cut them up.  As with the layout I have painted my chipboard to suit the colours of my photos.

Splash had a big splash attached to the H.  For the life of me I could not get the colouring right so I just removed it.  which also allowed me to attached the word down one of the cards instead of across.

My wee man is all grown up now but I remember this day so easily.  He was so excited to see all the water and no matter how hard I tried to actually get him in the pool,  he preferred  to play around it.  He is such a wee cutie.

I cut my chipboard up so I could spread it out over the two pockets to make it my focal point,
 again this has just been painted.
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I love how this turned out!  I had to Google image the van to see where the chrome went.  I then used and embossing pen and added the detail.  I embossed it with a silver embossing powder and then painted.  LOVE IT!

A New Life… WOW Embossing Powders

Hello Donna here to share with you what I have created for this month’s theme  Antique!   I have made something new and from old and given it a new life on my daughters dressing table.

I started off with a very old antique looking makeup mirror and gave it a face-lift.  I pulled it all apart and painted the whole entire frame work with distress paint to prime the surfaces.

I then embossed them all, some places have a few layers.

I love making things look old so I had to add a touch of Verdigris over the metallic copper

I embossed the base with a mixture of bright white and opaque pastel blue with a sprinkle of Verdigris to carry the colour threw.

For the back I stamped with the vintage wall paper stamp.  Added a blue wash over the entire surface and then embossed several time with clear.  I was trying for the broken glass effect but did not have a lot of luck as I only had super fine clear left in my stash 😦

Then it was time to decorate my frame

Before I added the decoration I did add a couple of layers of crackle paint over the base and  I love the effect it had.  In areas it has peeled away from the base! PERFECT!

I had made lots of embellishments with our  silicone moulds

and popped them throughout the flowers.

Hope you have all enjoyed my share this month.  Look forward to seeing what all you lovely WOW fans create for this months challenge.  Happy Scrappin everyone xox Donna 🙂
WOW products used this month.
Clear super fine
Opaque bright white
Opaque Pastel blue
Metallic Copper
Colour blend Verdigris
Vintage wallpaper stamp
WOW silicone moulds
Melt it



How exciting is this,  Limor is coming to Scrapbook Paradise!   So here are the details and who to contact to get your spot!… hurry as sets wont last long.

Scrapbook Paradise

Dunedin, NZ

Friday June19th-Sunday June 21st

For bookings please contact Elena Martin



In other news my Australia/NZ tour is approaching fast and spots are filling up!!! to book your spots head on over to all these spots near you to get your seats!

This tour is completely Mixed Media focused which makes it so much fun!! We have Prima Marketing, Lindy’s Stamp Gang and Faber Castell Design Memory Craft as the fabulous sponsors on this tour so you can be sure to get the latest and greatest products in the industry!

Tackling White Space – 3 layouts in 1 class

One of the hardest things when creating is working with white space without completely junking the page and making it cluttered.  In this class we will focus on several techniques to create WOW layouts while allowing us to still have white space on the page that completely makes the page appealing to the eye.  We will be using several Mixed Media products such as Prima Chalk Inks, Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, Gelatos, Art Mediums, India Ink and more.

Layout Australia 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

This class is all about discovering texture, dimension, layers and composition.  We will be exploring the art of combining art mediums and colors without turning our colors in to mud.  This class is jammed packed with techniques you will fall in love with!

Mixed Media Canvas Australia

Art Journal Cover and Inside Pages

This full day class will take you through the creation of a full Art Journal and it’s inside pages.   The Journal will include canvas pages, kraft pages, watercolor pages and more!  If you have been dying to learn all about Art Journaling but have been too afraid to try, this is certainly the class for you! This class is designed to take you through a creative journey and exploration of a ton of art mediums, colour combination, composition and a whole lot more!

art journal australia

Hand made with love <3

I created this layout of my mum and oldest daughter Sammy.  Sammy had her 21st this year and my mum and family came down to celebrate with us.  My mum had a special gift for her.  She had spent MANY hours making a crazy quilt for her our of velvet.  My mum did not have a sewing machine at the time and she hand stitched the whole quilt together and THEN she added embroidery stitches to every patch.  Talk about labour of love.

So I created a layout of mum finishing off the quilt on my sewing machine and then the very special time when Sammy received the quilt xox

Memory Maze had the perfect chipboard to complement my layout.  A reel of cotton with needles.  I used metallic rubs and white pen on this.  I then threaded cotton around it to make it look real.
I added the wee hearts to show the love in these photos, again I kept it simple and just coloured it white.

Here you can see the pride in my mums face.  This was the last part of the quilt.  Finished after many hours of love!  I added a needle to the flowers with thread and some more hearts.  The fancy stitches in the background are a stitch my mum showed me how to do, and a did on a couple of the patches.  I wanted to added some sort of stitching to the layout.

The last chipboard I added was the scissors which I coloured with pen.  mums scissors were red 🙂
I am going to get this layout framed and send to my mum.
I love my Mum,  Happy mothers day,  I wish I could be there to give you a big cuddle.

Who’s Up For A Challenge….

Hello all,  it’s that time of month again for another new Challenge over at ANOTHER FREAKING SCRAPPY CHALLENGE…

Time for our sketch challenge.  You have until the last day of the month at 9 PM EST to play along.  Here’s the sketch:

Here’s What I did


I used a Chipboard Background frame from Memory Maze Chipboard and added a mixture of mediums to it,  Distress Paint, Wow Embossing Powders, Distress inks and some stamping.


I made a cluster of flower and leaves, added some bling and some flourishesDSCF6429I spent a while on those butterflies,  I split them down the middle and embossed the insides and then embossed the top before adding to the background frame.DSCF6430 I just love layers 🙂DSCF6431Some of my kids, the younger 4 who keep me on the go 24/7,  love them to bits and this photo really shows their personal characters.

Well I hope you enjoyed my wee share today and I look forward to seeing what you create for this challenge.  Remember you have until the end of the month to get your entry in!

Have fun and take care  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.


Creative Play

Hello all, its been a busy month here!  But I am slowly getting my list down YAY.  Today I want to show you a project I have been playing round in my mind for a while and I am happy to say It’s finished and I LOVE it!

 Here is my Hat Lady.  



I have made all the flower apart from three wee ones.  I have used a mixture of dies, punches and cricut cartridges to make my flowers.  I embossed the back frame in White embossing powder from WOW Embossing Powders to make my lady stand out from the page.  I have used Graphic 45 papers to make all my flowers and used Helmar glue to attach all my vintage buttons  to the centres.  I went op shopping to find an old wooden frame.  I could not find what I had in my mind and settled for a simple one which I have embossed Copper and then used metallic rubs to age the embossing.


I really do love how this has turned out.  I also used Helmar glue to attach my flowers to the hat.  Well I hope this post finds you all healthy and happy.  Will be back again very soon with another project to share,  until then….  Happy Scrappin xox Donna