This month is all about turning Trash to Treasure at Unruly PaperArts

This month over at Unruly PaperArts is all about recycling.  Turning your Trash into something to Treasure.  I am not down to do an article this month but that didn't stop me from playing along with the theme.

I have been wanting to create some ATC Folders for some of my various collections and have the covers match the theme of my collections so I started creating covers for my Oriental Themed Cards.

I started with the covers of a Watercolor Paper Pad that I had used all the paper from.  And cut off a piece from the plastic front cover and heavy duty chipboard back cover big enough to house my ATC Sleeves.

I coated the Chipboard with Red Fluid Acrylic Paint.

The plastic front cover was coated with Gesso, than some red tissue paper, cherry blossom napkins and Red and Orange Fluid Acrylic.

Once my base for each cover was dry I added further detail with stencils and stamps along with a Chinese coin.

My covers and sleeves are held together using 3 hinged rings.

Friday Disruption!

Can you believe it's the 3rd Friday in March already............what that means apart from the year is whizzing by is that it is my turn to post over at Time To Create.  My disruptive post this month is sharing a video on a technique I discovered by accident (well sort of) which gives you a quick and easy way to highlight an embossed or raised surface cleaning up any excess spray inks as you go.

I discovered this technique while creating the project below.  And for today's inspiration and demonstration I have used it for a quick ATC background.


So if you want to take a peek at exactly what I have done, and perhaps give it a try for yourself then be sure to head over to the TTC Blog.  It is created using the beautiful Cuttlebug - Anna Griffin Poppy Embossing Folder.

Under the Sea Chunky Page Swap at Aussie Crafters

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today I am sharing a Chunky Page I have created as Inspiration for the Aussie Crafters Group for their upcoming Under the Sea Chunky Page Swap.

Participants in the swap are asked to make 7 - 9 identical pages with both sides decorated to an under the sea theme on thick cardboard such as chipboard.  The Page size is 10 x 15 cm with a landscape orientation.

I actually had my background piece premade from a previous play with some paint and spray inks, stencils and stamps.  I did however add some further metallic paint around the edges after I stuck this to my chipboard base.

It may be a bit hard to tell from the photo but my sand base is actually rough - created using some Paper Artsy Grunge Paste and a Orange Colored Pan Pastel which both were applied with my finger and then allowed to dry.

The mermaid stamp, netting, shells and dew drops were all items that were included in the Mail Box Muse Kit - Mermaids.  I also used some Hampton Arts and Darkroom Door Stamps to add the star fish, shell and seaweed.

My mermaid was very simply colored with my Memento Markers and a skin colored Watercolor Pencil.  She was cut out and mounted on some foam dots.  

So if you are an Aussie Crafter and looking for a fun swap be sure to head over to Facebook and check out this wonderful crafting group and swap.

A Spring/Easter Canvas Board Photo Project

Hi Everyone!  I'm back again today after a bit of a play with a new embossing folder and some ink.  My project started with the fact that I needed to make an OTP project for the Aussie Crafters Group with Easter in mind.  Easter is pretty much just sharing the love for chocolate and we don't usually send cards or craft too much for it in our house.

So anyhow I had some vintage collage images left over from a Altered Pages Collage Sheet so I decided to take one of these (this image is really suitable for either Easter or Spring) and my new Anna Griffin Embossing Folder and make a frame which I then decided could become a photo frame mounted on a canvas board either ready to hang or use as a front cover of mini album/journal.

So firstly I embossed a card-front size piece of card-stock with the embossing folder on cream cardstock.  I then sprayed the canvas board using Green toned Flat Fabio and Starburst Sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  I pressed my embossed card onto this to sop up any excess spray which as you can see only took to the raised detail.  I also added a touch of DecoArt Iced Expresso Metallic Lustre and some Copper Brillance Ink to this.

Once the Canvas Board was dry I used the same Brillance Ink and the small ivy vine stamp from Altered Pages to stamp around the edge of the board.  I used foam mounting tape to stick down my frame leaving the top end open so a photo can be inserted.  I didn't want to overly embellish this piece so that it remained fairly flat (easier to dust if turned into a wall hanging) so I simply finished by adding my collage image and the word happiness stamped onto a small strip of cardstock in Gray.

If you are an Australian Crafter we'd love to have you join the Aussie Crafters Group.

Love Lives Here - A Sweetheart Fairy Shrine

Over in the Unruly PaperArts Facebook Group our members are always sharing their wonderful art and for many months now I have been enjoying and admiring the wonderful collage and assemblage work of Diana D Darden and was inspired to buy and create my very own SweetHeart Fairy Shrine.

The Fairies are available from the Retro Art Cafe and are a pre-cut Masonite kit which you simply need to assemble and decorate as desired.  So for this project I decided to put my DecoArt Mixed Media Products through their paces.

I wanted this fairy to be a center piece of my spiritual altar/meditation space and a reminder that love - the giving of love and receiving of love is the main ingredient to being happy.  As the saying goes - Do All Things with Love.  So I started by painting her Green (color of heart chakra) with Veridian Fluid Acrylic from DecoArt.  I then decorated her body and wings with a scrap piece from a Gelli Print and her main body (the heart) with a piece I created using stencils and my Pan Pastels.  Again all the colors of my chosen papers were predominately green.

I also purchased from Retro Art Cafe the collage heads and I chose one that was rather Angelic Looking.  To the Wings I then added some English Red Oxide DecoArt Antiquing Cream.  All around my edges and sides I used the Iced Expresso Metallic Lustre also from DecoArt.

A Black Posca Paint Pen added some outlines and definition to her and to finish the body I embellished further with a heart covered with Red Kindy Glitz, Words cut from a Postcard, a strip of small clear gemstones and a red rose.

The finishing touch was to add a small house image (cut from a scrap piece of Echo Park Paper) to the shrine cavity and embed it under a glass like finish using DecoArt Liquid Glass.

TTC Disruptives

Hi I'm back again with some more news.  I was recently asked to be part of a new Inspiration Team for Time to Create which is owned by fellow Unruly PaperArts Creative Contributor Julie Short here in Australia.

Julie has a wonderful home based studio and store that I frequent often and where you can also browse and buy online.

I am excited to be joining this team as each Friday one of the members will share what we are currently working on or have created that may disrupt your thinking and inspire you for the weekend.

I will be posting the 3rd Friday of each month and our Disruptive Posts kicked off today with a wonderfully inspired collage piece by Julie.  So be sure to pop over and take a look.

In the meantime here's a couple of photos of my crafty haven and what I have been up to this week.

My new wall shelf with fabric storage boxes that matches my larger Ikea Book Case helped me tidy up a little and has made things more accessible.

Current work in Progress Sweet Heart Fairy Shrine Kit from RetroArt Cafe

My little helper, Felix loves company and keeps me company.  His sister is banned from the room as all she wants to do is steal my Washi Tape and chew on and swallow my ribbons.

Some News to Share and an Easter Shaker Card

Hi everyone!

I have lots of news to share with you this week, starting with today's announcement that I have made the Design and Inspiration Team for the Aussie Crafters Group!

Over in their Facebook Group which is a community specifically for Australian Based Crafters you can share your creations and they host a number of challenges and swaps each month.

This month's swap is for Easter Shaker Cards.

I had never made a Shaker Card before but must have known something as I had brought some purple and turquoise sequins recently, I added these with some others I had already.

Here's a look at my first attempt I kept it fairly simple, by using a circle die to cut my shaker compartment.

Supplies Used!
Collage Image from Altered Pages, 
Wording from Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Papers
Bubble Wrap 
Baroque Motif's Flourish Stamp from Stampin' Up.

Join Us for our 'Step into Spring' Creative Retreat!

Join us for our 'Step Into Spring' Creative Retreat

We invite you to step into Spring, get back to nature and nurture yourself and your creativity with us at the beautiful Solitude Retreat. 

When:  3.00 pm Thursday 17th of September 2015 - 3.00 pm Sunday 20th of September 2015.
Where:  Solitude Retreat 3376 Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Natural Bridge  Qld  4211.

Join me Danie and some of the Unruly Team at this intimate, creative and spiritual venue located amongst 164 acres of beautiful rainforest in the Gold Coast Hinterland of Australia for four days and three nights of comradeship and mixed media fun.  This venue will spoil you in every sense of the word ‘Retreat’.  We will have it all to ourselves and have set a program which will allow you time to relax, create and get a little unruly too during your stay.

Suited for both the beginner to the more experienced, you will get to play with a variety of mixed media products ……learn new techniques and go home with a array of completed art projects.  We have planned a minimum of four in-depth workshops and a number of smaller group activities and projects throughout the duration of this event.

It's a wonderful opportunity to escape and come together with like minded people and make new friends.

In your free time you can take advantage of the beautiful surrounds of our venue which has a number of rainforest walks and plenty of areas for you to relax and bask in the sun.  You are pretty much guaranteed some sort of wildlife encounter too, from the native birds that come in to feed on the deck to Pademelons bounding across the path in front of you.  You may also like to take a short trip to Natural Bridge and view the glow worms.

For those of you in search of some new art supplies for your shopping convenience Julie Short from Time To Create will have a selection of products from her store available on site.


 $595 ALL INCLUSIVE (meals, accommodation, workshops, class supplies and take home goodies)  

  • Tea/Coffee on arrival
  • Thursday Night Dinner
  • Friday Breakfast, M/T, Lunch, A/T, Dinner 
  • Saturday Breakfast, M/T, Lunch, A/T, Dinner 
  • Sunday Breakfast, M/T, Lunch

All meals will include Vegetarian and/or Gluten Free Options, please advise us if you have any other dietary requirements that need to be met before booking.


Our venue is unique and offers small group style accommodation in shared rooms surrounded by   beautiful colours and artwork.  Each attendee will have their own single bed (all linen provided).  There are a number of delightfully appointed bathrooms, one of which includes a large free standing bath, which you may wish to take advantage of during your stay.

You can see more details and photos of our venue by visiting the Solitude Retreat Website.


You only need to bring a basic tool kit that you would take to most classes, ie scissors, glue, d/s tape, black pen, as all other supplies for activities and workshops will be provided. 

Then it’s just a matter of the clothing and personal belongings you desire.  I would suggest to include a jacket just in case for the night time.


This is the first event of this nature taken on by the Unruly Team so we want everything to be perfect, hence our numbers will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

A Non Refundable Deposit of $195 will secure your place at this event.

The balance can then be paid in one full payment or 4 x $100 installments each month.

Total Payment must be paid by 15th August 2015 and no monies will be refunded for cancellations after this date.

Payment can be made via direct deposit to:

Danielle A May
Bank of Queensland
BSB: 122-737
Acc. No: 22298204
Please use your Name as a reference

Please also email to let us know you have paid your deposit.  This way we can keep an eye out for your payment and proceed to sending you further information.  Once your deposit has been received you will be sent a questionnaire to complete and also be invited to join the Retreat Facebook Group so you can meet your fellow attendees ask questions and see sneak peeks of what we have planned.


The venue is approximately 30 minutes south of Nerang, 45 minutes west of Surfers Paradise and just 30 min north of Murwillumbah. If you are flying from interstate or overseas then the closest airport is at Coolangatta which is approximately 40 mins away.  

  • There is no shorter stay or day options available for this event.
  • Mobile and internet reception at this venue is limited. Mobile phones will be required to be switched off during all workshops and meal times in consideration of your fellow attendees.
Please direct any questions or inquiries about this event to Danie May at

Hope to see you there!