Monday, June 30, 2014

Believe in the Magic of a Dream!

I love creating backgrounds on white paper. I particularly love using mists and sprays but these can get messy and difficult to do when you have a small workspace. So I decided to try creating my background with just stencils, stamps and inks. Wow, I just love the result!!
I took my colour inspiration for this page from my photo - of my gorgeous daughter Rachael! So I stuck with a green, black and white colour scheme. After considering my photo placement and general page layout I selected 3 different green inkpads and used these with a selection of Heidi Swapp, Prima, and Studio Calico stencils. I then used a range of stamps from Prima and Kaisercraft and a black ink pad.   
I matted a number of KaiserCraft papers under my photo and on the edges and I used KaiserCraft alphas for the title. I journalled around the entire edge of the page - love this look!
Then it was time to add lots of embellishments from D-lish Scraps. Around the photo I added a white Cherry Blossomgreen bitty blooms, green Polka Dot Heart Button, Journal it Tabblack cabachon Resin Flower, black Resin heart, a green sequin bowgreen coloured wire, and Freckled Fawn Wood Chips hearts.
In the bottom left corner I added green bitty bloomsgreen coloured wireblack polkadot buttona white Forget Me Not, and Pinkfresh Navajo arrows Colourblock Wood Veneers.

Across the page I've added some green heart mini sequins. I like to scatter the sequins across the page (to give a random look) and dot glue next to them, then I use a Clever Sequin Pick-up Pencil to place the sequins on the glue - easy.

Thanks so much for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Do You Like to eat Cannelloni?

When I initially started blogging it was all about my crafty life. I really enjoy reading about other aspects of my crafty friends lives - what they have been doing, other interests and hobbies, what they are reading of eating. So, I'm going to try and post about some of these things myself. I have been inspired by the lovely Kellie Winnell and in particular her "20 things to blog about" post here.

So today I'm sharing a recipe for Cannelloni. This is a recipe that my daughter Rachael came up with and she loves to cook it for us ... Yum!!
200g dry cannelloni shells
200g feta cheese cut into 
250g ricotta
100g baby spinach - chopped finely
500g jar pasta sauce
2 cups water
- Add the chopped feta, ricotta, and chopped baby spinach to a bowl and mix well.
- Push the 1-2 tablespoons of the chess mixture into the cannelloni shells - using your fingers is best!
- lay the shells in a single layer in a large lasagna dish.
- pour the jar of pasta sauce over the cannelloni
- pour 2 cups of water gently over the top
- bake for 50 minutes in a preheated 180degC oven   
I did intend on taking more progress photos but I forgot - by the time I remembered there was hardly any left lol!

This is a popular family meal in our house :)

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Hugs xx Karyn

Monday, June 23, 2014

Slip-n-Slide Fun!

I've been experimenting with lots of different kinds of watercolour backgrounds. Trying different ways to apply the paints/mists and with varying amounts of water. I've also started using clear gesso instead of white gesso. Often white gesso dries to an off-white colour on your page which isn't always what you want. The clear gesso is also much grainier/rougher to feel once dry.

For this page I first covered the paper with clear gesso and let it dry. I like to do a few pages at a time so you always have a page ready to work with. I sprayed my paper with water, then added drops of coloured mist (I used a blue, green and yellow from the Tattered Angels chalkboard range) from a bottle (unscrew the nozzle and add drops from the inside tube). Then I used a wet paintbrush to spread some of the colour and more water spray to disperse. Some drops I just left as is. Play around until you are happy with the result then let it dry. I find it best to let each colour dry before you add another colour. 
The papers I have used are from the Studio Calico Printshop collection - fun cool summery colours perfect for this layout! 
I've used some amazing and fun embellishments from D-lish Scraps: Freckled Fawn heart wood veneer and enamel dew drops, white blue and green bitty bloomsand Pinkfresh hearts, arrows, and envelope Colourblock Wood Veneers, and a chevron Journal Spot.
I've also used a heap of stamps from Kellie Stamps: the 2014 Summer Fun stamp set, the Shapes stamp set, and the 2013 Summer set. I added the date using a Pebbles roller date stamp. I created a title using KaiserCraft alphas.
Thanks so much for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx

Friday, June 20, 2014

Currently Me - Weeks 20-21!

I've had so much fun working on my "Currently Me 2014" journal. It's a great way to reflect back on your interests and activities over time. I'm keeping it simple, using papers etc from mainly 1 collection, using lots of stamps, and using relatively flat embellishments. 

These pages are for the second half of May. The first photo is from my birthday - cake time! The other photo is of me cuddling a koala - it was so soft, gentle and adorable!  
Products I've used include: Kellie Stamps the Shapes, Photo Bomb and Favourite mini stamp sets; Stampin' Up! Epic Day This and That Journal, washi tape, designer series paper, and stickers; Freckled Fawn wood veneer; Studio Calico cork arrows; Currently card (free digi download) from Kristin at Rukristin.

Thanks for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Currently Me - Weeks 18-19!

Here are 2 more pages in my "Currently Me 2014" journal - the first half of May. The first photo is of me enjoying a coffee at Bracegirdles chocolate cafe (yum!!) while on a shopping trip with my daughter Rachael. The other photo is of me at the Michael Buble concert - and yes "Bowties are cool"!! 
Products I've used include: Kellie Stamps the Tea for 2, Shapes, and Geek stamp sets and "Awesome" from the Awesome Flair set; Stampin' Up! Epic Day This and That Journal, washi tape, designer series paper, and stickers; Freckled Fawn emoticon and music notes wood veneer; Studio Calico stars and circle word wood veneer and cork arrows; Currently card (free digi download) from Kristin at Rukristin.

Thanks for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx

Friday, June 13, 2014

Currently Me - Weeks 16 & 17!

Here are 2 more pages in my "Currently Me 2014" journal - the second half of April, and school holidays. The first photo is of me and my Grandma - she had broken her leg and was in hospital at the time (no more roller skating Grandma!!). The other photo is of my rather large "Fur baby" - I dont have time for riding at the moment but I will get back into it in the future :)
Products I've used include: Kellie Stamps the Birthday 2013, Mothers Day 2013, and Pets 2013 stamp sets and "Today" from the Awesome Flair set; Stampin' Up! Epic Day This and That Journal, washi tape, designer series paper, and stickers; Freckled Fawn arrow and heart wood veneer; Currently card (free digi download) from Kristin at Rukristin.

Thanks for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Game Of Thrones!

I've recently become a hugs "Thrones" fan. I've always wondered what all the hype was about, and I had tried to watch an episode but I just couldnt get into it. That was until the first 3 seasons aired on Foxtel a few weeks before season 4 started. SO I watched it all from the start and although I find it a bit violent at times I just love the characters and the relationships between them and I just love watching all their wargaming tactics!!

Anyways, there was a Medieval fair that we went to at the start of May with lots of cool props and photo opportunities. We had a go at archery and watched the horses jolsting - was a fun day out!!

These are pages from May in my "SMASH*ing 2014" Journal (using the Tasty SMASH* folio). I made the calendar using MS Word. Usually I wait until the end of the month before I start SMASH*ing for the month (that is why my calendar is unfinished) but I had these photos that I had to SMASH straight away!!
Products I've used include: Kellie Stamps Birthday stamp set; Studio Calico cork arrows; Jillibean Soup Alphas; and washi from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx

Friday, June 6, 2014

Loosing First Tooth!

Some more pages from March in my "SMASH*ing 2014" Journal (using the Tasty SMASH* folio). Jessica lost her first tooth! It was a momentus occasion. 2 days before her 6th birthday (and school photos lol). There were tears, as well an exciting visit from the tooth fairy who delivered a shiny gold coin!!

These pages are very simple - I just loved these background pages and couldnt cover them up. 
I've also used an Amy Tangerine diecut; Studio Calico speech diecuts and cork arrows.

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Crafty Hugs xx

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SMASH*ing 2014 - April!

Today I have some more pages to share with you from April in my "SMASH*ing 2014" Journal (using the Tasty SMASH* folio). There are some fun Easter photos here. Jessica made baskets for the Easter Bunny - I thought it was a huge joke to give dad a tiny bottle top for his basket, but that didnt stop him from eating/sharing all of our eggs lol!
Products I've used include: Kellie Stamps  you are the best, magical, Easter 2014 stamp sets; Amy Tangerine die cuts; Studio Calico wood veneer birds and cork arrows; Freckled Fawn wood veneer house and emoticons; Heidi Swapp word sticker; Pebbles roller date stamp.

Thanks for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx

Monday, June 2, 2014

Life Is Good!

I always like to try different things with my scrapbooking. Lately I've been trying to include more of my handwriting on my pages. I dont particularly like my handwriting but I love the unique and special effect it brings to a page. So as well as hand journalling around the entire edge of my page I also hand wrote the title. 

I started with a white page that I covered with gesso. Then I painted and splattered yellow and orange Dylusions ink sprays to create the background.
Once it was dry I journalled around the edge using a black SMASH* pen. After considering my photo and embellishment placement I added a variety of arrow stamps across the page and below my photo. The stamps I used were the Kellie Stamps "Oh Yeah" wood mount stamp; and the arrows from the Hello Arrows stamp set. I also added the date using a Pebbles roller date stamp - I actually have lots of roller date stamps but this simple one is my favourite!! 

At this point I also painted my title. I practiced a lot on scrap paper but it never works out quite like you intend it to - that makes it unique right!! I used black gouache paint mixed with water. This paint mix was also good to splatter across my page.   
Next was the fun part - embellishing with lots of D-lish Scraps yumminess! I added yellow Forget Me Notsa white Cherry Blossomlarge orange wild rose, apricot Hand dyed muslin, orange Hand-Dyed Seam Binding, yellow cabachon Resin Flower, and yellow Resin Butterflies, and some Freckled Fawn enamel dew drops
I also added an Amy Tangerine flair and twine from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx