I am a happily married mum to 5 children, we own a large cropping farm in Victoria, Australia. Scrapbooking is my 'happy place' and this is where I share my creations. Thank you for visiting, and please stay a while and look around.
I have a layout to share today, which I created using some of my all time favourite Dusty Attic pieces, along with Graphic 45 'secret garden' papers, and manor House Creations flowers. As I've said before, these 3 companies are a match made in heaven, and I am so fortunate to be designing for all of them.. How lucky am I :) The layout, which stars my 3rd oldest son, Samuel, and his girlfriend Sharnee was published in Scrapbook Creations magazine this month, as part of their 'Colour challenge'. I loved the colours we were given for this challenge, and knew immediately which photo I would use.
I sprayed and inked the background, using a mix of Lindy stamp gang sprays, and chalk inks, applied with a makeup sponge.
The Dusty chippies are simply painted with Dusty in colour acrylic paint, in Alabaster, and again, I prefer to apply this with a makeup sponge. I've used a charcoal coloured ink, to colour the LOVE title.
I've used lots of gorgeous Manor House Creations flowers, and lots of fussy cut floral images from the Graphic 45 papers. The mauve butterflies are images I found on my computer, which I printed onto cardstock and fussy cut out.
Welcome to my blog. Graphic 45 teamed up with Scor pal for a blog hop which has run all this week. And what an amazing week it has been. Full of wonderful, creative inspiration from both design teams. Make sure you call in to both the Graphic 45 and the Scor Pal blog to see the wonderful creations.
I have made these Bon Bons a few times before, and given them to family at Christmas, with chocolates, or a special little gift inside. I usually make them by hand, measuring, and scoring all the fold lines with my ruler. It takes quite a while to do it, so, you cant imagine how excited I was to make them using the Scor pal, they literally took no more than 2 minutes to score and assemble, as opposed to about 15 using my old method. I am in love with my Scor pal, and don’t know what I ever did without it.
Other: Ribbon, Martha Stewart border punch, foam tape, glue, Kindyglitz
Step 1: Begin with a piece of paper 12 inches x 9.5 inches. Place on Scor-Pal as shown, score at 3 inches, 6 inches, and 9 inches (this will leave a small flap for sticking together later)
Step 2: Turn paper around as shown, and score at 1 inch, 2 inches, 3 inches, 9 inches, 10 inches and 11 inches. Fold ALL score lines.
Step 3: Hold paper as shown, and make a V cut from the 1 inch score line, and the 3 inch score line, meeting in the middle at the 2 inch score line. NOTE: make sure where you meet in the middle is a little less than half way to the 3 inch score line.
Step 4: Fold the paper on the first score line, and trim another V cut, as before, this time cutting through 2 layers as shown. Again, make sure you cut a little less than half way.
Step 5: Repeat this process until your paper looks like this (above). To add a pretty touch to the bon bon, I have used a border punch, to decorate the edges at this point.
Step 6: Place strip of ½ inch scor tape along flap.
I am so lucky to be on the Design team for these 3 wonderful companies. The beautiful Manor House flowers really are the perfect match for Graphic 45 paper collections. For every range of G45 papers I've ever worked with, there has been a flower, or flowers which match the colours perfectly. And then there's the stunning Dusty Attic chippies, that go well with anything.
This is a layout of me, when I was at kindergarten ( I was a funny looking kid hey lol) Don't look at the date, cos then you will see how old I am, arrgghh. I've used my favourite Graphic 45 collection of all time here, Secret garden, but, I can see that the next release of papers, due out in November is going to give it a run for its money. Its called 'Sweet sentiment's' and, OMG, is it beautiful..
The little banner was made using a gorgeous new die I got. Its a
My favourite things' die, and I just love it
I'm also proud to say that I was the featured artist over at Paper Crafters Library a few weeks ago, and this LO was displayed there too :)
I have used a brick mask here, and have inked the area before masking, using Tim Holtz distress ink, so as the white texture paste shows up a little better.
OK, just a quickie today. I have a Christmas Bon Bon tutorial to share with you all tomorrow, so would love you to call back then... Have a wonderful weekend everyone xx
Thanks for calling in... I am feeling much better after spinal surgery, and in another few weeks, I will be 100% healed, and have the all clear to resume life as normal. I cant wait to be able to spend more time on the computer, and be able to visit all my bloggy friends again. I want to thank you all for your continued support, kind words, and friendship. It has meant a lot over the last 6 months. Thank you to all who continue to come to my blog, and leave lovely comments, even though I have been unable to visit your blogs in the last few months...
Hi girls.. Finally, I have some photos of our retreat held last week to share with you all. It was the most amazing weekend ever. There were almost 70 ladies attend, and it was a weekend full of fun, laughter, and creative inspiration.
Below is a pic of the entire group taken Sunday morning, unfortunately, some of the ladies had to leave before this photo was taken.
Below, lots of creating happening
Lots of ladies got into the spirit of our dress up party. How fantastic do they look
Below, our organizers, and teachers. From left to right, Heather McMahon, Trudi Harrison, Beck Beattie, Me, and Stacey Apps.
Some friends from Ballarat area
The workshops were fantastic too, below is a few photos of the lovely ladies who attended my class..
Michelle Grant, I see your tongue, you can stay back after class for detention :)
I have loads more, and will be back soon to share :). Oh, and there are a few kits still available for sale from my class... If anyone is interested, email me at karen_shady[at]ymail.com
My latest DT project, featured on the Graphic 45 blog today... Oh, I adore the newest release from Graphic 45, called Mother Goose !!!! Its made of all things cute.This all boy layout I made features my gorgeous little grandson Deklan. I've created lots of little boy elements here, cute banners, rosettes, stars, and a really simple circle embellishment, all made from these adorable papers.
There's lots more adorable creations, made using 'Mother Goose" over at the Graphic 45 blog so, please take a minute to go over and have a look, you will be so glad you did.
I will be back soon, to share some photos and stories from our amazing 'ladies of the Manor' retreat.. wow, what a fantastic weekend we had, but more on that soon.
Our retreat is over for 2013, but, we are taking bookings now for 2014, as most of the ladies who attended this time want to come again next year, so places are filling fast... It will again be held in Victoria, and will be in October 2014. More details soon