Saturday, August 2, 2014

Love YOU and some ###NEWS###

****Wahoo ***** How exciting!!! To say I am thrilled to bits to be starting Scrapping Outback as a Design Team member is an understatement! I’m delighted because, as most of you are already aware, Scrapping Outback has been my ‘home away from home’ since I started scrapbooking and attending classes in Mt. Cotton in 2003. Rachelle Minette is the talented owner who started “SO”
Rachelle is a renowned Scrap-booker and artist, including a successful Scrapbooking Memories Master in 2005.  I’m totally honoured to have been chosen to work alongside the other amazing talented artists in the 2014-2015 DT – thanks to Rachelle and her amazing DT for selecting my work.  When you get a chance, please pop over to the SO gallery to peek at the teams’ amazing work. 
So without further ado, I would like to share my first duty as DT – to inspire you in
You can use either white cardstock with the added ‘twist colours’ or you can use printed paper with white and the twisted colours. The main idea is to ensure that white is incorporated with the ‘twisted colours’.   You many add brown or black for journaling, stamping or finer detail work but they are not to be used as a main colour. 
 For my inspiration LO, I thought I only had scallop black Manor House frames left in my stash, so I had to turn it green.
So I covered it first with white gesso and then the Extreme glitter over the top. I also covered all the chipboard pieces with gesso before embossing.
Then I discovered I didn’t have enough texture paste left to cover the page, so I mixed the white texture paste with some acrylic paint to make it go further:
The photo in the LO is of one my darling sisters, with her partner…so happy in love  J
Supplies Used:
 WOW Chipboard (chain link fence); Jo Sonya’s texture paste; Kaisercraft white paint; 
 white Gesso; Manor House Creations flowers & frame (scallop black); Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powder (Merci Beaucoup Mint & Bonjour butter),
Prima Marketing butterfly, Martha Stewart corner punch (hearts); Glimmer Mist (vintage pink & lily pad ); Imaginarium designs c/b title (Love YOU);
Viva Décor Stone-Art (sand gold); Plaid Extreme glitter (Peridot);
Spotlight iridescent fabric mesh; Helmar Scrap dots & 450 quick dry adhesives; Couture Creations double sided tape & foam dots.
Thanks for looking everyone – PLEASE leave a comment to introduce yourself and let me know you’ve been – until next time hugs ‘n’ hearts xxx Mazz xxx


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ideal ATC Swap Group: Childhood ATC Swaps

Do you remember the ATC I created for the June-July swap at the Ideal ATC Swap Group???

 Here's the group's June-July 2014 ATC 'Childhood' themed swaps. - received in my mailbox yesterday - thanks to the lovely and TALENTED ladies who join in - bi-monthly.

If YOU would like to join our next swap - its closing on 1st August...just go HERE for all details - I do hope you'll join this one

Hope you're having a great week as I've got my nose glued to my pc and study books

Hearts 'n' hugs xxx Mazz xxx

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Honeymoon in Ohope 1961

Honeymoon in Ohope -1961
I just adore the July 14 Photo Inspiration Challenge over at Scrapping Outback. 
The Criteria is to take inspiration from the photo in anyway you choose. 
I was inspired by the colours as well as ‘holiday/beach’ theme.  I love that I think this is the perfect picture for this photo challenge after only seen this photo recently – These are my parents’ on their honeymoon near Ohope, September 1961.
Did you notice both are wearing ‘red’ shoes? I don’t remember the ones DD is wearing but I remember quite clearly DM’s red shoes – they must have been quite old by the time they were thrown away LOL
My Minds Eye, SO Prima Marketing pps (Reflections collection) and SO 7 Dots Studio pps (Messy Head –news flash) & alpha (raspberry muffin); Tim Holtz, Heidi Swapp & the Crafter's Workshop stencils; Luster Rub-Ons (Russet); Tim Holtz distress stain (fired brick); Viva Inka-Gold (turquoise & gold); Deep Red stamp (chicken wire); Versa Color (pacific) & Brilliance (cosmic copper) inks; Washi tapes; paper, vinyl & fabric doilies; SO Prima Marketing flowers, packaging (Seashore) & numbers; Dusty Attic c/b (chicken wire panel); Scottie Crafts Abacá fibre; my2angels Charming word (together); Helmar 450 Quick dry glue & scrap dots; Crafter’s choice PVA craft glue; Perfect Pearls Mists (forever blue).
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this challenge, especially the fussy cutting and layering – thanks to Rachelle and the SO Design Team – and I’m especially delighted with the end result of this LO too – a great present for my parents’ 53rd wedding anniversary this September. 
TFL all - 'Till next time  xxx hugs ‘n’ hearts xxx Mazz J


Monday, June 30, 2014

Great-Great-Grandparents circa 1925

Oh My Goodness….half a year already gone….where did that time go? Back to study for me next week so not too much ‘extracurricular’ crafting for a while – that’s the hard part BUT I'm excited because I'm helping to celebrate the 1st challenge over at Sketchy Boards,   I was privileged to be asked by Heidi to be a guest designer for Sketchy Boards challenges – they have monthly challenges using a sketch and colour inspiration board or picture.

Here’s the beautiful mood picture and the sketch that Heidi sent me to work with…
I took my inspiration predominantly from the trees which symbolize life and longevity – definitely the case in my ancestry :) And the gorgeous ‘vintage’ brown and teal colours inspired me to choose this photo taken in the early 1920’s, of my paternal great-great-grandparents,
 Last week, I was lucky enough to locate another one of my second cousins (in the U.K.) - who kindly sent me this photo and a few others that I haven’t seen before.
Supplies used:
 Bazzil cardstock; Kaisercraft (sweet nothings collection) & stash pp; my2angels fence, bird nest, flying bird charm, leaves and petite sentiment frame;
Kaiser flowers and collectables; Prima canvas flourish, resin birds and flowers; Paper Pizzaz, Sandylion & Adornit Coralees Creations alpha(burlap rust) stickers;

 Scrapping Outback Lindy's Stamp Gang (LSG) mist (Steampunk Sepia) & Fabrico pen; Sepia ink; Helmar scrap dots & 450 quick dry adhesives; Crackle accents; Martha Stewart punch; the Trinket Track cork bird; lace; Words or Whatever (WOW) Altamatz.
Thanks for popping over today, special thanks to Heidi and the team for inviting me to be their guest – what an inspiring challenge J
Hugs ‘n hearts xxx Mazz xxx

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cherish these MOMENTS & June/July ATC

...always and forever...
OMGoodness…it’s an all PINK Layout!!!  I just couldn’t help myself after I took this photo during a surprise visit to my2angels studio and yes!!! Tracy agreed to let me use the photo in the LO - just in time for Scrapping Outback’s June challenge, which is:
To create a layout using any 7Dots Studio products available at Scrapping Outback + at least 2 x chipboard pieces!
 So…here are the gorgeous Mother angel? & stunning daughter “angel” - I just love their smiles!!!  Did I mention that PINK is Tracy’s favourite colour?
I started off the LO by enhancing the existing brick feature – by adding more ‘brick' shapes with The Crafter’s Workshop brick stencil and Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium. I then coloured the bricks with homemade mist and created from there.
Inspiration also came from the talented Rachelle Minett :)


Supplies used:
SO 7 Dots Studio pps (Messy Head – love letter & news flash), stickers (all I ever) and alpha stickers (raspberry Muffin) ; TJ's Memory Box die (Findlay frame); Prima jewels & flowers, TCW brick stencil; Kaiser & Kaszazz stamps, Stampin’ Up! & Stampendous aged embossing powders; Versa Magic (pink petunia); home made mist; Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium (matte); 7 Gypsies rubons; Couture Creations double sided tape; Papaya art stickers; A2Z Scraplets c/b title;
 my2angels’ liquid pearls (petal pink), fabric dress form, arrow charms & fabric flowers; Mazz’s stash; Dusty Attic c/b clock; Helmar 450 quick dry glue.

Childhood ATC’s

I’m also sharing these ATC’s created for the Ideal ATC Swap Group. The June/ July 2014 swap criteria is to use ink anywhere and theme is ‘childhood’.  Watch out for the August swap if you’d like to join in.
My childhood memories include riding my tricycle and dreaming about being among stars and rainbows LOL.
 Supplies used:
Inksentials ATC cardstock, Sassafras pp, Heidi Swap template, Brilliance inks (sky blue & red); Tim Holtz Distress Paint (sage green) & chit-chat stickers; Scrapping Outback Pink Paislee Stamp (butterfly garden); my2angels stars, Helmar 450 quick dry glue.

 Thanks for visiting today. Have a great week ahead… hugs & hearts xxx Mazz xxx
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