Crafter Hoarders & Altered Pages Challenge Blog Hop

Today the Altered Pages team is joining with the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Team for one of their fabulously fun blog hops - #14 Button it Up!

Crafters of every type are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store...usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!  You can participate in the Craft Hoarders Challenge and win a prize from the blog sponsor... Altered Pages!

What better than to team with buttons then some Vintage Sewing Collage Images and I couldn't stop at just one project.  I made two canvases like the one below, by layering grunge paste onto the surface and then stamping (to leave an impression and add texture) as well as adding my buttons. Once dry I used inks to stamp over my impressions and add the background color before finishing with some Dew Drops.

Supplies Used
4 x 4 Canvas Board, PaperArtsy Grunge Paste, Various Buttons, Kept in Stitches Stamp Set by Altered Pages/Mailbox Muse, Vintage Sewing Collage Image, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Staz On Ink - , Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Ink - Peanut Brittle, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Marker - Peanut Brittle, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Delicata Ink - Gold, Robin's Nest Dew Drops

I do hope you will join the fun, hop along and play along in the challenge too!  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you visit.

Danie  May (That's me - You are here)

We have joined the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team to find the links to their posts visit the Craft Hoarders blog here

Don't forget that leaving comments during the AlteredPages and Craft Hoarders blog hop allows you to be entered into a random drawing for an AlteredPages Blog Gift - a Set of Japanese Oil Pastels and a huge Ephemera package.

Fairy Friends

Hi Everyone!  This past week I have fallen back in love with a fairies and actually went on a wild adventure in search of one.  I went to where the wild things are.  You can see just what I saw while on my journey over on the Altered Pages Blog today as we team up this month with Sin City Stamps.

Here's a sneak peak of where I went.

I want to go where the wild things are - one of my first plays with Pan Pastels

And whilst searching for fairies I found some more and just had to use them to create some framed ATC's which I will be giving away next month when I go to NZ to meet with some of my crafty friends.  These delight creatures are from the Butterfly Fairies Collage Sheet from Altered Pages.

Supplies Used:
Cardboard for ATC Backs
Leftover Paper Scraps
PaperArtsy Grunge Paste
Distress Inks/Stains
Staz On Inks
Small Flower Stamp
Various Embossing Folders & Hand Carved Stamps for Impressions
My Own Hand Carved Stamps
Fairy Collage Images
Dew Drops
Perfect Pearls
Gel Medium

Thanks for stopping by.

Scrapping some more on Sunday!

I have definitely been in the mood to scrap these past few days and being able to do it digitally enables me to be sitting out interacting and watching TV with the family at the same time.  Here's a few more Digital Layouts I created on Sunday.

My first layout was inspired by me spending a hour or so out enjoying the sunshine and weeding the garden in our pool area.  I was thinking of Spring and warmer weather and the beauty that comes with that.

Joyful - uses paper and elements from the Simply Me Kit by Heidi Nicole Designs.

BB - Bright and Beautiful uses papers and elements from the His Purpose Mini Kit from Heidi Nicole Design and template from Southern Serenity Designs.  BB (our cat's name) is short for Bright and Beautiful which is what the meaning is of her true official pedigree name Clarabell. Both BB and her brother Felix love climbing into boxes or anything that resembles a box, no matter how big or small. Here she has jumped into my waste paper basket in my craft room and is sitting on the rubbish in it.  I just happened to have my camera handy to capture the photo.

Let your Dreams Take Flight Journal Page uses papers and elements from the Bucket List Kit by Meagan's Creations. This quote always comes to mind when I see a kite. I loved the dreamy colors and elements of this kit so thought I would make a quick page to finish the night.

Moving into Monday I hope you have a great week!

A Scrappy Saturday

Hi Everyone I hope you are doing well.  I've been tied to my computer of late doing behind the scene things for Unruly PaperArts which I continued doing on Saturday along with tiding up my hard drive and organizing documents and photos onto an external harddrive.  Its amazing just how much we accumulate over a short period of time.  But I am feeling a lot better now that I have done this and it makes it much more easy to find a file I may be looking for.

Because I was already at my computer playing with photos I decided to do a couple of chick digital scrap layouts while I was sitting with hubby the football and a late night movie.

The first one is photos taken from a day in April this year when we took Curtis who was in our care at the time to Dolphin Magic at Coffs Harbour.

Dolphin Magic using Papers and Elements from Heidi Nicole Designs Everyday Matters Spring Collection

The second layout is of some of my feathered friends who frequently visit our garden.  As you know I love to relax by sitting, watching and taking lots of photos of them.

Feathered Friends using Papers from the Bucket List Collection by Megan's Creations.

Both of these were quick layouts using Die Cut Templates Vol 3 Layout Designs by Meagan's Creations.  Templates for Digital Scrapping are where the Design is all done for you you simply add in your choice of papers and elements.  Dolphin Magic uses Papers and Elements from the Everyday Matters Spring Collection by Heidi Nicole Designs and Feathered Friends uses Papers from the Bucket List Kit by Meagan's Creations.  Both Designers have stores at the Digi Chick.

It hasn't been all computer stuff, I have been making a start on organising arty things to take to New Zealand and playing with a few new supplies for upcoming Design Team Projects.  While this morning we spent a short time outdoors weeding in the warmth of the winter sun.  Starting with the garden in our pool area as we thought we'd tackle the one with less weeds first.  Only about 10 more gardens needing our attention.

I do hope you are enjoying your weekend whether it be a scrappy Saturday or Sunday or just a relaxing time with the family! :)

Steampunk Book Covers

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all doing well!  Today I have an extra project being shown on both the Altered Pages and Leaky Shed Studio Blog.

The Altered Pages Design Team has been showcasing the Leaky Shed Chipboard Elements throughout July.

I decided to play with the genre of Steampunk, this is something I haven't really done too much before and using some 6 x 6 mat board pieces from Altered Pages  I decided to make some book covers.  I My projects features two sets of Chipboard Pieces from the Leaky Shed who have an assortment of Steampunk Inspired Elements for you to choose from.

I loved getting inky fingers and how this turned out!   But for all the details and to see my project in full you will have to visit the Altered Pages Blog.

Have to share my excitement too today as it's now only seven weeks till I fly out to New Zealand for holidays and my annual catch up with my AFA Art Friends.

Simply Me - Simply Scrapping

Heidi Nicole Designs has released a couple of fun new kits in the past fortnight.  One full kit called Simply Me, and two Mini Kits Beautiful You, and  Cherished Blessings.

I have used the Simply Me Kit to scrap a rare photo of myself.  I am loving the colors and the vellum elements in this particular kit.  I thought I'd scrap this photo as it was the last one taken of me with long hair. In April this year I had my hair cut short back to my ears.

I also had time to play along with this month's Twisted Template Challenge from Cornelia Designs over on the Digi Chick Forum, using their provided template and one of Heidi Nicole Designs older kits - Everyday Matters

Also for this challenge you were required to scrap some Summer Photos so I played around with some fun holiday snaps of "C" who we had in our care for a few weeks during which time we went on our already planned Holidays to Coffs Harbour.  Our daily activities changed a little to accommodate but it was a fun week in the company of this adorable six year old.

Home Tweet Home Canvas

Over on the Altered Pages Blog today I am sharing a small mixed media canvas I made using a chipboard bird from the Leaky Shed Studio who Altered Pages is cross promoting with this month.

Here's a sneak peak of it, but to see it in full you will have to head over to the Altered Pages Blog. And while you are there you really should check out what the rest of the team have been creating this month too with the Leaky Shed Chipboard Range.

Also a reminder that again this month when you leave a comment on any blog post over on the Altered Pages Blog you will be in the running for a sweet prize. 

Some of the other items I have used for this piece all of which are available from Altered Pages include the 4 x 6 Canvas Board, Glitz and Bazzill Papers, Splash Inks, Gesso, Gel Medium, Faber Castell Big Brush Marker Pens, Dylusions Around the Edge Stamps, Gold Leaf, Seam Binding, Music Score Ribbon, Burlap, Collage Sheet Images, Flowers and Dew Drops.

Cards in Envy - Happy Birthday Challenge

There is always a birthday to celebrate right?  So this fortnight the new Challenge at Cards in Envy is allowing you to do just that.........we want to see your birthday creations.

My card today is something a little different in color choices for me, a bit more soft and subdued then normal.  The vintage papers are from Prima, stamped cupcake and sentiment are from one of my Unity KOTM's and the collage butterflies are leftovers from a collage sheet from Altered Pages.

Sadly after I think three terms.....since Feb 2013 this will be my last time as a designer for Cards in Envy, as I have decided to step down from the team as life lately has afforded me little time to meet my commitments as well as I would like to. But I do hope to play along with the challenges still when I can.

For more Happy Birthday Inspiration be sure to pop over and view all the other Design Team creations and while there get all the details on how to play along too!