Berry71Bleu June Challenge

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Hi everyone can you believe I squeezed in another last minute challenge entry for June? Yep the Berry71Bleu Challenge for June was Summer Theme and I had these fabulous photos of my girls rolling down the grassy hill at Terrigal that were dying to be scrapped.

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I was lucky enough to purchase the June A Piece of Cake Designs Kit and additional kit which I have used for this layout.

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I decided to challenge myself to go back to an older technique that I haven’t used in a while. Tearing. I decided I wanted to tear everything and I have torn the papers, photos and elements which were parts of patterned papers that were included.

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I also thought the black background was such a fun contrast and I cannot remember the last time I used a black background.

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I am so happy with how this layout turned out for such minimal effort. All the wooden veneer Basic Grey Hipster pieces were coloured using the Crayola Watercolor Paints that came in the kit and I have added lots of random stitching the layout to finish it off alongside some fabulous star sequins that came in the kit also.

Thanks for looking and don’t forget to leave me some love so I can come visit you too.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Grungey Sugar High on the FWAB blog

Hi everyone! I am over on the Flourish with a Bling Blog today sharing a fabulous mixed media filled grungey layout. Click here to view the full post but here is a sneak peek just to tease you…

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I have used the fabulous 7 Dots Studio Domestic Goddess Papers and elements alongside some fabulous Prima Flowers, A2Z Scraplets Stencil, Texture Paste, Dylusions Inks, tonnes of Flourish with a Bling goodies and so much more. Check out the blog post here for more details.

Once Upon A Sketch June Challenge

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Hi everyone! Wow my poor blog has been neglected in my moving house but all that is about to change I promise. I am happy to say that my studio is unpacked to the point of being able to work in there YAY. Not ready for classes yet but I have too much to catch up on to worry about that this week anyway.

I hope you are all well and having a fabulous day wherever you are in the world. Today I wanted to quickly come share my entry for this month’s Once Upon a Sketch Challenge. I am super late with the deadline being midnight tonight but there is still time for anyone eager to get their entries in. The challenge this month is to use the sketch below and to incorporate the theme “My Guilty Pleasure”.

Ok so my guilty pleasure is probably Pepsi Max because I really cannot live without it but coming close for second place would be my love for Scrapbooking Supplies but mainly FLOWERS! Yes I have way too many yet I never seem to have the right one for the task LOL. The photo is an instagram pic that I took while I was packing up my studio for the move and I was a little shocked when I unpacked my flowers into these giant bags.

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The fabulous papers that I have used are from the Prima Marketing Art Journal 12×12 Paper Pad. I am just in love with these fabulous papers at the moment and they worked well with the layout that I had in mind although I added a couple of extra layers that weren’t in the sketch LOL I just couldn’t help myself.

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After layering all the paper together with my photo I decided that I wanted to machine stitch around all the edges which of course is a lot easier BEFORE you layer things together but I think I pulled it off LOL. I then went to town with a sewing pick to rip up some of that stitching to give a more aged shabby look. I also kept all the loose threads from the machine stitching so I could add to the flower clusters.

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The Scalloped Chipboard piece was cut from the A2Z Scraplets Nested Scalloped Squares. To decorate these I have simply added some Mother of Pearl Modelling Paint over the top roughly and then stamped with my Stampin Up Polka Dot Wood Mounted Background Stamp. Just love the effect it created and I then added some Glossy Accents to help the Prima ABC letters adhere properly to the chipboard piece.

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The background paper was also given some smeres of the Viva Decor Mother of Pearl Modelling Paint over the Prima 12×12 Static Stencil. I just adore this stencil and I am sure it will be my new favourite.

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Last but not least was a bunch of fabulous Prima flowers, a Flourish with a Bling Grace Pearl Flourish cut up,  some journalling, inking with distress inks on the shabby resin, and Distress Staining the flower edges with White then voila!

I hope I have inspired you all to get creative and don’t forget that the Once Upon A Sketch Challenge ends midnight tonight and you can view the website here.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Giveaway Winner Announced

Hi everyone! Well we have moved house and my studio is well and truly half way through being unpacked. I hope to get into it this weekend and get it all finished. For now I have to announce the winner of my fabulous May Giveaway! Here is the prize pack that was on offer….

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I have been over to Random.org and the winner of this fabulous prize pack is…

May Blog Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Megan Bylsma. Please email me at amy_prior AT live DOT com with May Blog Winner as the email subject. Please include your address and I will get your prize posted shortly.

Because I am feeling extra generous, I also have an A2Z Scraplets pack of goodies here for a second place prize so Congratulations LisasCreativeNiche, email me at amy_prior AT live DOT com with you May Blog Runner Up as the email subject. Please included your address and I will get your prize posted shortly.

Check back tomorrow for the announcement of my June-July Giveaway!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

The Color Room Palette #152

Hi everyone! I am back today to share the latest Color Room Palette which is absolutely amazing! Seriously loving this palette of colours and want to play over and over again with this one.. Check out the Color Room website here and the Facebook Page here to join in the fun and get in with a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

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Here is my take on this amazing palette. I was planning on using the fabulous sketch as inspiration also but alas I got carried away in my own creativity.

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The background White Cardstock has been decorated using some PanPastels and Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Mists.

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Next step was to add a doily and my photos. I have distressed the edges of my photos using a nail file and added a super cute Studio Calico Paper Clip, some Washi Tape, Heidi Swapp Buzz Word and an awesome Prima Shabby Resin Frame. I have added some colour to the frame using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

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I then went to town adding some flowers. Yes I usually go overboard but is there such thing as too many flowers? LOL I have also added some yummy Flourish with a Bling flourish pieces around the cluster and to the left, there is some lace and Heidi Swapp Banners poking out from underneath.

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I then decided to add some Washi Tape, Pink Paislee Artisan Element Circl and a Prima clock to the bottom corner. The Pink Paislee Artisan Element was distressed with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

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Some added journalling, Prima Baubles, Studio Calico Stars & Sequins and my layout was complete. I added some colour to the Wood Veneer stars using some more Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Well that is it from me today, I am moving house today YAY so I will be quiet for a few days but don’t forget to check back next week for the announcement of my giveaway and maybe a new giveaway announcement 🙂

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Flourish with a Bling Design Team

Hi everyone! So sorry I have been so quiet but I am moving house tomorrow YAY and I will have a fabulous studio set up hopefully next week so double yay. I just wanted to come by and announce some exciting news that  some of you might know already and that is that I am one of the new designers for Flourish with a Bling yay. Click here to visit the Flourish with a Bling website and did you know that they now sell retail as well as wholesale? How cool is that.

Here is the full list of fabulous designers that I will get to work along side for the next year…

Amy Prior – Aus (YAY)

Barbara Turner – Aus

Chloe Nielsen – Aus

Evgenia Sokolinskaya – Russia

Helen Tilbury – South Africa

Irit Shalom – Israel

Judith Armstrong – Aus

Kim Kendell – Aus

Laura Gilhuly – Canada

Linda Thompson – Aus

Tatiana Yemelyanenko – Ukraine

Tracey Fowler – Aus

Here are some of my recent layouts using FWAB goodies…

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Ok well that is it from me today, be sure to check back tomorrow for the next Color Room Palette Release.

Oh and don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my giveaway, stay tuned next week for the winner announcement once I am settled in and find the box that has the gift packed inside 🙂

Until next time, happy scrapping.

Amy Prior xx

Scrapbooking From Scratch May Sketch Challenge

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Hi everyone, just a quick share today from me. I have entered the Scrapbooking From Scratch Sketch Challenge this month with only a couple of days to spare before closing date.

Here is the sketch and you can visit the Scrapbooking From Scratch Website here.

So here is my take on the sketch. As you can see, I have changed it a little to suit the layout that I wanted and I went with some Banners instead of Chevrons.

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The Patterned Paper, stickers & embellishments are from Heidi Swapp and there is also a Yellow Charms Creations Embellishment used.

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To create the background, I have randomly coated a piece of Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic Papers with some Gesso. I then decided that I wanted to cut the strip down the side so out came the Silhouette Cameo Machine and a Princess Crown Border file.

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When the Gesso was dry, I have adhered some lace, tickets and some more Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic paper to make the layout 12×12 again and then I have randomly stamped some Chicken Wire over the entire page using the Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp along with some Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee.

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The chicken wire Chipboard is from A2Z Scraplets of course, and was cut to suit my layout. I have covered the chipboard with a layer of Metallic Pink Acrylic Paint from Viva Decor and then have spraying some Hot Patootie Pink Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Spray over the top letting it pool up a little for a more interesting textured colour.

I have then simply layered lots of fabulous papers from Heidi Swapp’s Sugar Chic collection, added some Doodling and stickers and Bob’s your uncle, I was finished.

That’s it from me today, be sure to check back regularly for more inspiration and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

The Color Room Palette#151

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Hello everyone! I am back today to share a layout created using this fortnight’s The Color Room palette. Click here to visit the Color Room website to join in the fun…

So here is this fortnight’s palette. Perfect for boy layouts and very out of my comfort zone so was a fun challenge.

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Here is my layout using these colours. Yum…Icecream in Nelson Bay.

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I had fun creating my background using 7 Dots Studio Patterned Paper and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays. I have also used strips of various papers from BoBunny, Heidi Swapp, Prima, as well as some old book paper.

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Washi Tape was also added with some lace and an A2Z Scraplets scalloped piece which was actually a scalloped nested frame trimmed. I have simply coated this with some Perfect Pearls powder.

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Above the strips of Washi Tape and Paper, I have added an A2Z Scraplets Heart & Swirl 7 Chipboard that has been simply coated with a layer of Cardboard Simply Jane Mist from Tattered Angels, and then some Stickles on the little hearts. I didn’t focus any details on the large heart because I knew I wanted to cover that with my photos.

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Some old book paper was used to mount the photos and then some Helmar Scrap Dots helped me add them to my layout with a little height. Lots of fabulous flowers from Prima, Kaisercraft, Manor House Creations & Green Tara are nestled on top of a beautiful Flourish with a Bling Pearl Flourish.

Finally some alpha for the title and a little doodling/journalling then voila! my finished page. I have used Ranger Coffee Brown Archival Ink for all my distressing as well.

Well that is it from me today, Be sure to check back tomorrow for another layout share. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Treasure Box Altered Tin

Howdy everybody! I’m back today to share with you another gift that I created for my darling niece. For this project I wanted to alter a tin that I recently received some Natio Spa goodies in for my birthday. Every girl needs a treasure box so of course Aunty Amy made one for miss Skye’s 3rd birthday. I hope she will treasure it forever and my girls even created some beaded jewellery to start off her treasure collection.

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Firstly I had to prime my surface as the tin would repell almost all my water based paint mediums that I wanted to work with. To do this, I have coated a layer of Multi Medium (Gel Medium would work too) and I have then cut up the A2Z Scraplets Starburst Large to fit my tin lid and also adhered with the Multi Mediuim. I added some Multi Medium to the surface of the chipboard too and because I was in a rush, I have used my heat gun to dry really quickly after each wet step. I allowed the Multi Medium to boil and bubble so it would create some added texture to that fabulous starburst. I then added some fabulous lace from my stash around the base of the tin using the Multi Medium also.

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The next step was to finish priming and because the Multi Medium dries clear, I had to add some regular Gesso to cover the printing on the outside of the box. Again, after drying with my heat gun, I have painted the entire base and lid with some Antique White Paint from Kaisercraft.

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Once the paint was dry, I have rubbed a heap of Viva Decor Inka Gold over all that fabulous texture to help it pop! A golden treasure box for my niece how special! If you don’t have Inka Gold, grab an ink pad and use your finger to add some colour softly to the raised texture.

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Now that my tin was painted and ready, I have added some Cheese Cloth and a tonne of Prima flowers, Birds Nest, Handmade Halo Charms and some wire swirls. I also had this fabulous bird in my stash that looked perfect on top and to help blend the project together, I have added some Inka Gold to the tips of all the flowers and onto the Bird roughly as well.

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I am so stoked with how this turned out and I really wanted to keep it for myself LOL.

Well that is it from me today, I hope I have inspired you to get altering for your next handmade project. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Mirror Mirror on the wall…

Good morning, good day and good night everybody!

 Amy here to share a fabulous off the page project that I recently created using some fabulous A2Z Scraplets Chipboard pieces. Did you know A2Z Scraplets sells retail now and at crazy affordable prices? Seriously click here to go shopping after you read my post of course LOL.

My neice’s birthday party was yesterday and unfortunately I had completely forgotten about it until Saturday afternoon. In all fairness, my whole family has been sick for over a week AND I held a huge Alice in Wonderland Themed Birthday party joint for me and my daughter on Saturday so I have been seriously preoccupied. Anywho, I was out of funds and out of time and all I could do was make some fabulous gifts for her to enjoy.

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I had this fabulous giant Kaisercraft Mirror that I have literally been hoarding for about 3 years. I just knew it would be perfect especially because my brother and his partner are just about to buy their first home and will be able to decorate to their hearts content (as opposed to rentals where it seems you aren’t allowd to put a nail in the wall anywhere).

To start off this creation, I wanted to add lots of different texture. To create the texture, I have added random strips of masking tape, some gel medium that I have swirled a pattern into, as well as 2 A2Z Scraplets Floralette 4 Flourishes. I turned one around so they are mirrored on either side and adhered with some Gel Medium.

The next step was some pretty lace around the inside of the frame and followed by a couple of coats of Gesso to prime my surface. I used a really thin Gesso because I didn’t want to lose my texture but because it was thin, I needed a couple of layers.

Because I was short for time, I have heat dried with my heat tool in between each and every step. I literally created this and one other project in less than 3 hours which is great because I am impatient! The next step was to spray lots of beautiful coloured sprays over the surface. I went with a mixture of Pink, Yellow, Blue & Purple and used a variation of Dylusions Ink Sprays, Lindys Stampgang Starburst Sprays as well as some Glimmer Mists. I didn’t want the colours to mud up too much but blend a tad so I have only sprayed 1 colour at a time in random spots and then heat dried, then repeat etc etc.

Again I have heat set all that beautiful colour when I was happy and I then wanted to highlight the beautiful texture and detail but it in a subtle and pretty way. I decided to mix some Texture Paste with White Acrylic Paint and then, using my finger, I have highlighted all the raised areas including the chipboard, lace and along the edges of the entire mirror. I added some green Liquid Pearls to the leaves on my chipboard to bring them out a little and to add some more green to the mix.

The final additions were lots of beautiful Prima Marketing Flowers shabbied up using my finger and paint/texture paste mix just on the tips of the flowers.

The result was really breathtaking and I was so proud that I got both this and another amazing gift completed  in such a short time for my niece. Luckily I have a box here of cards already made because I forgot to make a card in my creative session LOL. Anywho, I will be back in a few days time to share the second fabulous Off the Page Project that I made for my beautiful Neice. This time, a treasure box!

To view and purchase the A2Z Scraplets Floralette 04 Chipboard Flourish click here or on the image below. 

 

For adhesives, Helmar is always my first choice including my everyday friends Scrapdots, 450 & Decoupage.

Don’t forget to check out this month’s colour challenge post here and tune in in a few days time to see the next handmade gift for my darling niece. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx