Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Xmas Bags- Off the Rails Scrapbooking tutorial

In South Australia we are encouraged to take our own shopping bags when grocery shopping , but I forget mine more often than I should so I'm charged for one if I need it . At one of my supermarket they use paper bags instead of plastic, so as I seem to have accumulated quite a few over the year so I thought I'd re-use and recycle them to put my Christmas presents in.

Some of the items that I planned to use:
Paper bag
Assorted Washi Tape
Modelling paste
Water colours and water filled paint brush
Rub Ons- Kaisercraft
Dylusions Ink Sprays; White Linen, Postbox Red, Chopped Pesto
Honey comb stencil- Kaszazz
Kaisercraft collection- Yuletide, St Nicholas
Assorted stamps from Kaszazz and Stamp It Up

I started with laying the stencil down on the bag and spraying 'Postbox Red' Dylusions spray and dried it with a heat gun before adding two sections of modelling paste over the stencil which I'd set slightly off from the previous application. 

I then stacked/layered several torn pieces of Kaisercraft papers on top of each other and then added one of the pre-cut dies from the back of the pack (using magic mount tape to give it height). 

After gluing it onto the bag I used water colours around the edges of the papers to soften and blend it with the background more.

I used a range of stamps and rub ons and added some bling and red/green cotton twine with black sewing cotton behind the die cut. To finish off I added splatters of the 3 coloured inks over the bag.

  I was so pleased with how it turned out I experimented with the same resources in similar and different ways.

 Hope I have inspired you to have a try at re-using and recycling this Christmas season. Merry Christmas and hope you all have a great time with family and friends this Christmas. Thanks for joining me and Off the Rail Scrapbooking.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Card for a new mum or a mums birthday

A friend of mine has just had a wonderful addition to their family so I thought I'd make her a very special card.

 My card stock was from Kaszazz and edged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, Iced spruce). The paper was from Kaisercraft 6x6 paper pad 'Kaleidoscope'  with its edges distressed and torn. I used Dylusions Ink spray (Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise, White Linen) and Distress Ink stain (Spiced Marmalade) using painting, splattering and rubbing. In the top corner I placed a beautiful rubon quote from Kaisercraft (English Rose). The flowers I added were from Prima, Kaisercraft and Tappy Toppers with the butterflies brought from our local coastal shop in Beachport -Coastal Treasures.

Thanks for coming and seeing my latest card and hope you have enjoyed visiting Off The Rails Scrapbooking and if you haven't visited us there yet pop over and see the amazing artists and their work.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Off The Rails Scrapbooking November Mood Palette Inspiration.

The Mood Palette for November is bright and vibrant and was alot of fun to do although I'm not used to using such vibrant colours. This is what I created, hope you like it as much as I do.
This layout is dedicated to my amazing friend who lost her battle with cancer this year, like this mood board she loved bright colours and had a vibrant personality and outlook to life.

 Background:  Dylusion Inks spray and splatters: Green Lime, Lemon Zest, Crushed Grapes, White Linen.
Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Spiced Marmalade.
Stamping: Kaszazz 'Texture Block' and a Prima Finnabair clear stamp
Mont Marte Modelling paste mixed with Spiced Marmalade stain using a Finnabair Prima stencil.
Washi Tape with colour added Crushed Grape and Spiced Marmalade ink and stain.

Photo backing paper: Kaisercraft 6"x6" paper pad 'Kaleidoscope'
Tags and messages: Kaisercraft collections 'Curiousity', 'Collectables' and 'Kaleidoscope'.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Squeezed Lemonade'

Embellishments and Flowers: 
Flowers: Prima, Kaisercraft (white- coloured with distress ink and stain)
Cotton Crocheted Doilies: Kaisercraft
 Embellishments: enamel braz from my stash
Alphabet letters; covered with gesso then 'Crushed Grape' Dylusion ink
Dymo mini labeller.`
Bright yellow Chiffon material

 Thanks for dropping by and hope you have popped over to Off the Rails Scrapbooking and checked all the other fantastic layouts. Look forward to seeing your creations in our challenges, current and future.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Scrap It With Attitude Nov Red and Green

 I was lucky to become a Nanny to my second grandchild just before last christmas and this coming year will be amazing with them staying over Christmas Eve to share the magic of christmas morning. 

 Items used on this layout include:
Dylusions Ink Spray: Postbox Red, Cut Grass
Distress Ink Tim Holtz: Barn door, Evergreen bough
Stencil: Finnabair Prima

Monte Marte Modelling paste
Kaiser craft 12"x12" (scraps), 6"x6" Card pad - paper and tags
Bauble stamp & December Stamp from Kaszazz
StazOn black ink pad
Washi Tape- assorted
Chevron arrows from Studio Calico

Thanks for dropping by to have a look at my latest layout for SCRAP IT WITH ATTITUDE.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Handmade flower October tutorial for Off The Rails Scrapbooking.

In the past I have made some homemade flowers, a friend of mine asked if I could do a tutorial on how I made my bead decorated flower I had used on one my layouts she had seen. This is a similar flower I have just made using these materials: Chiffon material strips 7cm x30cm, cotton thread, fine embroidery needle, beads, brads for centre decoration.

Fold the strip of material and pin to make a strip 3.5 x 30cm. I threaded a long thin embroidery needle (a beading needle will do the job) with matching cotton thread, knotted one end and sewed approx 1/3 from the raw edges using a running thread .

By pulling the thread up tight, gathers the strip into a circle, ensure the raw edges are tucked through to the back to form a neatly gathered centre to the flower. Sew a few stitches to join the edges together to ensure the flower stays tightly gathered.


I like to use small stitches to close the edges together to finish the circle neatly.

I selected an 'Antique Button- Brad' from Kaszazz and placed it in the centre spreading the bars out at the back of the flower to secure it in place.

I chose Beadz 1.8mm 'Black seed- rainbow' and using the Button Brad as a guide for my circle, pushed the needle from the back of the flower to the front, then individually threaded each bead onto a beading needle after placing the needle through to make a small stitch as shown in the picture below.

To ensure the beads sit evenly, I every so often thread my needle back through groups of bead again, a few at a time,  and again on completion of the circle before I push the needle through to the back to tighten the beads. I finish of by sewing a few stitches to secure the thread.

You could leave the flower as it is, or cut the folded edge by putting the scissors into the fold and cut the fold to seperate the flower into 2 layers then fray the edges to soften.

Thanks for joining us at Off the Rails Scrapbooking and my blog.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

All about the timing: Scrap It With Attitude DT Inspiration

Octobers Theme over at Scrap It With Attitude is 'More than three photos'. My trip to Switzerland was the perfect photo shoot for this theme as it seemed to take more than one push of the button and many photos to get that 'Perfect Snapshot' on a moving Bus/Train. I suppose you can say that "It's All About The Timing" as anything from people, trees, tunnels (oh my gosh the Swiss are great at making tunnels, they have had a lot of practise there seems to be one around each bend lol), posts even other buses, boats and trains seem to get in the way of a fantastic photo opportunity.

I prepared my piece of travel paper from Kaisercraft with white gesso before using my Tim Holtz 'Doily' stencil and moulding paste. When it was dry I used my water colour paint and added a range of different shades of green and brown to represent the natural elements that sometimes got in the way. I then sprayed Dylusions Ink Chopped pesto over my new stencil 'elongated hexagons' from Studio Calico and splattered some of the Pesto, White linen and London Blue Dylusions Ink over the page.

I found my camera stamps and used the words Click and Capture to stamp around the page and my date stamp to remind me when I was in this wonderful country.  I have a piece of cardboard from a box I tore up that makes fantastic lines like little tracks when you ink the edge with StazOn ink and use it as a stamp.
The small photos were placed behind a 'LA DE DAH' photo booth frame to show some of the great 'not' perfect shots taken in my attempt to get the perfect picture postcard photo. I inked the frame with 'black soot' distress ink from Tim Holtz and stamped a world stamp from Kaisercraft 'now boarding' with StazOn on the bottom of the frame.

The papers and paper elements I used to back and layer behind my main photo was from a selection from The Kaisercraft's 'Mister fox' collection, Secret Bird Society Collection 'Mystery' and 61/2 paper pad 'Now Boarding'. On the Snap-Shot tag I wrote some of the things that I'm sure purposefully (lol) jumped into my photo shots.

Other elements added were the wood veneer camera from Studio Calico (Inked with Tim Holtz Distriss Ink Spiced marmalade', my wording was done with an old fashion mini label maker and to finish off I used 'stormy sky' distress ink from Tim Holtz to soften and blend the edges of the page.

Hope you enjoyed my take on 'More than 3 photos' theme at Scrap It With Attitude, and hope you will join us in the challenge. I look forward in seeing your amazing take on the theme.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Fathers Day Card- Sept Off the Rails Scrapbooking

With Fathers Day upon us again, I thought I'd share the card that I made for my dad.

 My background was started with gloss card stock (as I couldn't find my matte card stock) and I folded in half and coated it with white gesso to give it a matte finish and ensure that my inks would adhere and dry properly. As I planned my next layers, I explored my stash of papers to find some masculine papers. We had just been overseas and I thought the compass and time piece papers were quite appropriate, I had just been making a clock layout so I still had my clock stamp from Kaszazz on the table; so I stamped one onto to the backing paper with black ink and one some antiqued coloured paper from Kaszazz with red ink. I began my layering by using my spiderweb stencil and Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Vintage photo' and then used Distress Ink 'Stormy Sky' to give the centre of the clock some colour. Next I cut and tore piece of paper and placed them onto the card and added some brass cogs and wheels I'd purchased from Simon Says Stamps and black cotton. I backed a photo of my dad, inked some die cut  alphabet letters I had cut in white paper with my Kaszazz die cut and using the lid of my water spray bottle printed some circles around and using some watered down black acrylic paint and Dylusions 'London Blue' Ink spray I splattered some colour around. To finish off the card I added cork chevron arrows from Studio Calico.

I hoped all the dads have had a wonderful day.
Thanks for coming to check out another of my Off the Rails Scrapbooking projects.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Die cut Sept Scrap it with attitude.

Scrap it with Attitude theme for September is Die Cuts. Switzerland is an amazing country, in every town we went to  we always saw beautiful clocks and always gold trimmed with the steeples in green cooper. I had a die cut of a clock face which I thought would be perfect to frame one of my favourite clock tower photos. I also used the die cut as a mask on the background to add another dimension and use for die cuts.

The background was achieved by covering a 12"x12" European patterned page from a Kaisercraft paper pad 'Timeless Classics' with white gesso, when dry I placed the die cut onto the page and then sprayed Dylusion Ink Spray 'London Blue' and ' Vibrant Turquoise', spraying each ink with water after each application then I removed the die cut and held the paper upright to allow the ink to run to the bottom of the page.

I first covered the die cut with white gesso before covering it with gold Jo Sonja acrylic paint and putting it aside to dry. I searched my stamp collection and found the perfect clock stamp which I'd purchased from Kaszazz and using Staz On black, stamped it over the page. I also stamped it onto a jade green shimmer paper from Kaszazz with gold ink and added embossing powder and after using my heat gun to emboss the image I punched it out using my large circle punch also from Kaszazz. 
Other elements I added included 3 different types of washi tape which had been purchased through Simon Says Stamps and Kaszazz, scraps from my paper stash and a 12"x12" 'Timeless Classics' paper pad from Kaisercraft which I edged with several different Tim Holtz distress ink including 'Vintage photo' and 'Iced Spuce', and lots of black cotton. Before adding my photo I splashed the paper with the Dylusion Inks I used for the background, watered down black Jo Sonja acrylic paint and white gesso.

Thanks for coming to check out my Scrap it with Attitude Die Cut piece and please go over to their page and check out all the other beautiful pieces of artwork. Hope you join us in the challenges and have as much fun as we do scrapping our memories for others to see.

Off the Rails Scrapbooking Sept Mood board: Free Yourself- Living the Dream

This is the wonderful Off the Rails Scrapbooking September Mood Palette my inspiration for my Design Team layout piece grew from.

My daughter Bec had the amazing opportunity to dance in the OzScot Australia Highland Dance Display Troop at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland last month and I was also lucky enough to be there to see her dream come true.  This was her first trip overseas and was a bit nerve wrecking for both her and me. 'Free yourself' was so appropriate for her during this incredible journey as she felt she grew as a person and gained independent freedom.

The background was created by using my 'Finnabair' Prima stencil with molding paste then spraying some different blue watercolours and Dylusion Ink Spray London blue over the page.  I mixed gold Jo Sonja acrylic paint with molding paste and used my star stencil to make stars to represent the flashes from the cameras in the stands.  While it was still tacky I sprinkled gold embossing powder over it so when I used my heat gun it gave the paste an embossed look. I then splattered watered down paint in blue, black and gold over the top.

For my layers I started with washi tape with gold clocks on it (representing the hours of work the team worked prior and during this time and also how it took time and hard work to reach her dreams). I inked and stamped script on some plain and patterned papers from my stash and edged them with gold paint and 'Black Soot' Tim Holtz Distress Ink and the added journaling and words were from Kaisercraft 'Kaleidoscope'. The other additions included the chipboard scrolls which were paint with black gesso, a wood camera embellishment painted gold and  some gold and white embossed music papers I cut to make the tags. The costumes were handmade by an amazing OzScot member with  2km of black tulle used and an incredible amount of cotton, so to finish off the layout I added black cotton and tulle.

Thanks for joining me to see my latest Off the Rails Scrapbooking design, if you haven't already head over to the blog and check out the amazing work the team and the artists that enter our challenges.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Scrap It With Attitude- Chipboard DT inspiration.August

This is my first layout with Scrap It With Attitude as a Design Team Member. 
My inspiration came from my recent trip to the Borromean Islands in Italy and the most amazing Isola Bella Palace Gardens I visited whilst on my Switzerland holiday last month. I was very lucky to have received a fantastic pack of Molossi chipboard from my win on the Scrap It With Attitude May challenge. In the pack was a beautiful archway, it was perfect for my photo.

My background paper was Kaisercraft 'Knickers', I covered it with white gesso and then wiped sections back to show more of the flowers  in some areas than others. 
The Molossi Chipboard Archway was painted with black gesso and then with a sponged with white gesso when the black was dry. 

The next step was to use modelling paste to produce the bricks and flora which would be on base of the photo and either side of the arch.

The bricks were made using 'Kaszazz' brick stencil, and when the paste was dry I used grey, black and rust watercolor to tie and blend the brick work in with the stone work in the photo.

The flora was made using Tim Holtz collection Doily stencil, and when the paste was dry I used a range of green tone watercolors to blend and tie  the background to the the ivy from photo .

 I used some orange and deep red Prima flowers and  I painted large white flowers with distress stain 'marmalade' and small white flowers with lemon watercolor. I placed black cotton behind the flowers and added a tag which I'd painted with white gesso and added a range of distress ink including 'stormy sky', 'black ink', 'frayed burlap' and 'peeled paint' before tying on a piece of green cotton , from a 'Depot, Band' roll that I had purchased in Basel Switzerland.

Thanks for dropping by to see my latest inspiration layout, drop by the Scrap It With Attitude Facebook page to see some wonderful Design team inspirational pieces and join us in the wonderful challenges.

Monday, 4 August 2014

August DT Inspiration- Off the Rails Scrapbooking.

My family and friends wait to see what wonderful new ideas and techniques I have been experimenting with.  

For all those people who love to get or give a special card from the heart, here is a little inspiration for you.


 The background of this card was created using spraying Dylusion Ink Sprays 'Cherry Pie', 'London Blue' and ' Dirty Martini'. Using my new Tim Holtz collection Doily stencil and modeling past I added texture to one corner and then added another layer with my new Kaisercraft Alphabet clear stamp with Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Dusty Concord'.
My new layer was created by stamping my favorite script stamp onto a page from an old book, spraying it with 'London Blue' and tearing it to give depth and texture, before adding flora washi tape that I purchased in a little craft shop in Basel, Switzerland.

 I added circles of lemon and white striped cotton from my collection and green 'Depot. Band' twine which I also brought in Basel. I sprayed flowers and butterflies which I had utilised from a Molossi chipboard scroll I had in a fabulous pack I won. Using Prima flowers I arranged different flowers with the chipboard flowers, pearl brad, white cotton and a bird and quote from Kaisercraft  'curiosity' collection to finish my card. 

Hope you found some new ideas or techniques to experiment with and find the time to have fun experimenting next time you make a card. Thanks for joining us on Off the Rails Scrapbooking.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Meet Kelly From Lawn Fawn.

Meet Kelly from Lawn Fawn

Come and Join us on the Off The Rails Scrapbooking Facebook group where Kelly Marie Alvarez owner of LAWN FAWN is coming to visit us and have a live chat, you can ask her all about the company, what they have coming soon and any questions you might have about their products anything you. It's going to be fantastic.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

July Mood Board- Off the Rails Scrapbooking Inspiration Layout

The day comes too soon when your baby it seems has grown up overnight. 13yrs of schooling goes so fast and before you know it your little girl is graduating from High School and is now stepping into the world of adulthood as a beautiful young women.  
Bec told me she wanted to stand out at her graduation and was determined to find just the right dress and it had to be 'red'. We found the dress but I wasn't convinced when she told me that over the phone she had colored her hair red to match, but wow she looked gorgeous on the day. 
This page was inspired by the 

July Off the Rails Scrapbooking Challenge Mood board.

 The background was made using modelling paste over a triangle stencil then I sprayed the page with water, adding watercolour paint in small sections gradually to build up the effect until I was happy, and then splattered some of the green watered down paint and some 'Cherry red' Dylusions ink over the page. Using StazOn black ink I stamped my favourite stamp 'Live, Laugh, Love' from Kaszazz onto the page with the next elements to be added being the green spotted and film strip washi tape, a chicken wire chipboard die cut, patterned paper and a piece of white cheese cloth behind the photo. 

The journaling at the bottom right hand corner, I made using my Dyno Labelmaker, sticking the clear tape onto white cardstock strips I'd made using Tim Holtz distress ink 'evergreen bough' and 'sooty black' and a stamp from my new stamp collection 'Creativ border icons'. The flowers and embellishments I used were a collection from Kaisercraft, flowers from my stash as well as handmade and painted flowers I've made from Tim Holtz die cut 'tattered pinecone '. 

Thanks for coming to checkout my latest inspiration page for Off the Rails Scrapbooking, hope you check out the other design team pages as well and that we have been able to inspire you to take on some new challenges yourself.