Cést Magnifique October Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! I  hope you are all well. Today I am back to reveal the full layout that I shared last week over on the Flourish with a Bling Blog. This layout was created also using the Cést Magnifique Kits October Sketch Challenge along with the October kit from Cést Magnifique. I just love their kits and they are so fun to receive every month even though I sometimes get impatient waiting for the mail to arrive from the US. LOL it never takes more than 2 weeks but it always seems like years when i know there is pretty stuff on the way. Click here to visit the C’est Magnifique Blog and see the challenge details.

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The only extras that I have added to this kit for this project are the white lace, Black Crackle Paint, Flourish with a Bling Swirls, A2Z Scraplets Chipboard flower stem and cogs and the Black Satin Seam Binding. Everything else including the fun Christy Tomlinson Mask was in the kit and the addons and they are so fun I think this new doily stencil is my new favourite what do you think?

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Some of the papers strips have been misted with some Dylusions Ink Sprays to add more pops of colour into the 7 Dots Studio papers and the fabulous A2Z Scraplets cogs were sprayed with some Heidi Swapp Black Color Shine while the A2Z Scraplets Flower was hand painted using a tiny paint brush and various shades of Ranger Liquid Pearls. I am seriously loving playing with my liquid pearls they just never get boring!

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The background masking was created by rubbing some fabulous Blue Ink Gold over the doily mask randomly on the edges around the page. I am just loving this super shiny waxy shimmer effect. Love love love.

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My background was also splattered with lots of fabulous Dylusions sprays to tie in the crazy amount of colour that I wanted to add to this layout in flowers etc and I just love how much colour there is colour is definately my friend lately i cannot get enough of it.

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I have also added some doodling around some of the details of the background masked doilies. The Inka Gold is actually a wax based medium so obviously pen markers are not their best friends so I had to be careful to doodle around the Inka Gold and not over it otherwise I would have just ruined my favourite Project Life pens.

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Aren’t the gorgeous flowers just fabulous? They are a combination of Petaloo, Prima & Manor House Creations and they are just so fun I am in love with these gorgeous Petaloo Textured flowers I definately need lots more of these!

Products used for this layout include…
Flourish with a Bling Elise Flourish, Kate’s Corner Flourish, Bella Rhinestone Flourishes & Individual Self Adhesive Rhinestones,
A2Z Scraplets Floralette – Butterfly 09, Shapes – Cogs & Spinners,
Ranger Liquid Pearls in various shades,
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist in Black, Mint  & Teal,
Heidi Swapp Color Magic Frame,
Dylusions Ink Sprays in Dirty Martini, Pink Bubblegum, Calypso Teal, Funky Fuschia, Crushed Grape,
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint Black Soot,
7 Dots Studio 9th Wave Finnabair Designed papers,
Tilda Patterned Papers
We R Memory Keepers Coloured Staples,
Various flowers from Petaloo, Prima, Manor House Creations,
Various trim and laces,
Viva Decor Inka Gold,
Christy Tomlinson Doily Mask,
Helmar Scrap Dots,
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner,
X-Press IT Double Sided Tape,
X-Press IT Double Sided Foam Tape.

Well that is it from me today, I have been very busy behind the scenes with a crazy amount of new releases coming from A2Z Scraplets so make sure you stay tuned for that and check back in a a few days for the new Color Room & WW1 challenges as well as the November PaperHaus Magazine and A2Z Scraplets challenges coming up. So much fun and so many chances of free stuff yay!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Many Faces of You with A2Z Scraplets & FWAB

Hi everyone I am over on the A2Z Scraplets blog today here and also on the Flourish with a Bling blog over here sharing the same layout with different information on both blogs so be sure to check them both out! Here is a little sneak peek…

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So much fun on this one layout so be sure to checkout both blogs for all the details.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Attitude Lives Here

Hi everyone! I am over on the PaperHaus Magazine Blog today sharing a fun and fabulous layout full of attitude mixed with super pretty florals. Click here to see the full post. Here is a little sneak peek…

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That is it from me today, until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Family Birthday Calendars now available at A2Z Scraplets

Hi everyone! I hope you are well. Thanks so much for all your well wishes for my dear little family. We have all recovered well and truly now thank God but getting back into rhythm and catching up on things like housework is always so hard so I am sure I should just leave it all and get creative yes? LOL

Today I wanted to quickly share with you all a new fun product available from A2Z Scraplets and it is an Off the Page item which is very exciting. I have always loved off the page projects and even love them more when they are useful things so of course I was super dooper excited about this Family Birthday calendar when Julie sent me one. Ok so I have been pinning these on Pinterest for years and thinking what an amazing idea they were so you never forget which family birthdays are in which month of the year but alas pinning doesn’t usually mean that I will actually create the project, it just goes to the back of my mind along with the millions of other pretty and useful ideas i get off Pinterest LOL. So of course for Julie from A2Z Scraplets to go and cut and create a complete kit ready for me to assemble and decorate then I knew this project dream could finally become a reality.

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Ok so I love chalk boards and the current chalk board trends in the scrapbooking world get me so very excited but my darling husband who has tolerated me painting and spreading glitter everywhere for years, has banned chalk and playdo from our household after too many really bad messes that took way too much effort to clean up. You know that caked on chalk that seems to be cemented into your pathway and caked on so good it will be there forever? Yeah we had one of those occassions so let’s just say I am honouring my husband and not creating a chalkboard family birthdays calendar like I originally dreamed, buy instead a chalk board look Family Birthdays Calendar and isn’t it super fun?

I have used the fabulous Prima Marketing Optimist Collection and wow wow wow I love it so much. I have used 2 sheets of the measuring tape paper on the background (which is wood not chipboard) and after sanding back the edges, i have coated the paper with a layer of Gel Medium before adding wave patterns with my comb painter’s tool thingie (super technical terminology). While the background dried, I have painted 2 A2Z Scraplets Doodlets with various Ranger Liquid Pearls paints using a thin paint brush to add lots of amazing colour details and I have adhered these 1 on top of the other upside down ready for my Family Birthdays title to go over the top.

Next step was to decorate the Family Birthdays word and the circles. To do this I have simply sprayed them all with Heidi Swapp Black Color Shine Spray Mist and allowd to dry completely before inking the edges of the circles with Chalk Fluid Inks in Grey and adding some random edging to the words with 3 different shades of Ranger Liquid Pearls which were also used on the Doodlet. I then tried my best at writing some fun Chalk Board doodle writing with the names onto the circles before putting the calendar together.

The last addition was lots of beautiful Prima Marketing flowers and majority of them are from the Prima Optimist collection so of course coordinated perfectly but I have also added 2 large older Prima Marketing Fabric Flowers for some more fun texture and colour. Last thing that I did was added some Black Gesso to the edges of the petals of the flowers and allowed it all to dry completely.

Products used for this project include…
A2Z Scraplets Family Birthdays Calendar
A2Z Scraplets Doodlet  25 x2
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Black Spray
Prima Marketing Optimist Collection papers & Flowers
Prima Marketing Flowers
Gel Medium
Chalk Edger Fluid Inks
White Opaque Pen
Black Gesso
Ranger Liquid Pearls in various colours
Helmar 450 Quickdry Adhesives
Helmar Scrap Dots

Well that is it from me today, click the above link in the Product list to view and purchase the awesome Family Birthdays Calendar on the A2Z Scraplets website. They are only $15 and come with the wood backing and all the chipboard goodies, metal bits and even the Month abbreviations that I accidently forgot to use whoops. Don’t forget to stock up on lots of other fabulous A2Z Scraplets chipboard goodies while you are there and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

A2Z Scraplets October Sketch Challenge & CSI Case File #91

Hi everybody! I am back today to share the awesome new challenge over at the A2Z Scraplets blog this month. Caz has chosen a fabulous PageMaps Sketch for us to play along with this month and I um strayed a lot from the sketch in the end because I printed my photo too big and other reasons totally beyond my control but you can still sort of squint and see the original sketch inspiration in my layout LOL. I also decided to tie in with the current CSI Challenge Theme and colours so check out that case file at the end of my blog post and all the details for that challenge. Click here to visit the A2Z Scraplets Blog Post outlining the October Challenge details.

Here is the Sketch…

Here is my take on the sketch using lots of fabulous A2Z Scraplets products including Brickwall Stencilet, Shapes – Speech Bubbles, Just Hangin Out Title, Doodlet 20 & Doodlet 26.

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The background paper is from 7 Dots Studio and I have added some Artichoke Shimmerz Texture Paste using the A2Z Brickwall Stencil. I am so in love with these Shimmerz Texture pastes and I definately need to get my hands on some more colours. They are so fun and grainy and chunky so they look perfect with the A2Z Scraplets Brickwall Stencilet. I have also splatters some little droplets of Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists over the background as well to add a touch more colour.

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My Chipboard title “Just Hangin Out” from A2Z Scraplets has also was covered with the awesome Arti Choked Texture Paste from Shimmerz. I have smeared some of this on my Craft Mat and then dipped the Chipboard title face down into the texture paste. I have then outlined the letters in black permanent texta so you can read it a little easier.

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The fabulous Doodlets from A2Z Scraplets have been layered on top of each other for a fabulous fun effect but before I have layered them together, I have sprayed them randomly with various Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists keeping one in cool colours and one in warm colours, Teal, Mustard, Sweet Cherry, Chantreuse & Primrose. Spraying in random spots adds texture without adding texture if you get what I mean? LOL Don’t you love my technical way of describing things?

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My paper layers are randomly layered pieces varying from Crate Paper, Studio Calico, My Minds Eye & 7 Dots Studio. The only piece of paper that I really put a lot of thought into was the Crate Paper Pier Collection Giant Chevron pattern. The original patterned paper had various colours including lots of shades of blues, pinks etc and they did not all match with the colour palette from the CSI challenge so I have fussy cut out the pieces of chevron that had the right colours and then stuck them back together to perfectly match my layout.

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There are lots of fabulous Printed Chipboard pieces on this layout also including some from My Minds Eye & Teresa Collins.  I had lots of fun doodling all over this layout when it was finished and decided at the last minute to add some Clear Epoxy Dots to the background paper as well. I have used Prima Marketing ones alongside some Tim Holtz Bottle Cap Clear Stickers.

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My journalling was written on the A2Z Scraplets Speech Bubbles that have been covered with coordinating papers from my layout. I have then doodled around them and journalled about this awesome day hanging out with the kangaroos at the Reptile Park.

Products used for this layout include…
A2Z Scraplets Brickwall Stencilet
A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Title Just Hangin Out
A2Z Scraplets Doodlets 20 & 26
A2Z Scraplets Shapes – Speech Bubbles
Various Patterned Papers including 7 Dots Studio, My Minds Eye, Crate Paper & Studio Calico
Project Life Black Pen Size 03 & 05
Printed Chipboard from My Minds Eye & Teresa Collins
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists in Chantreuse, Teal, Mustard, Sweet Cherry, Primrose & Black
Various Washi Tapes
Shimmerz Arti Choked Texture Paste
Paper Doily
Sequins
Prima Marketing & Tim Holtz Enamel Clear Sticker domes
Helmar Scrap Dots
X-Press IT Double Sided Tape

The Evidence I have used for the CSI Case File include wet medium, Something Irridescent, Stripes, Speech Bubbles, & flags.

Click here to visit the CSI Site and join in the current case file. There are 20 hours left to enter this challenge but 2 new challenges have already been announced including the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

Well that is it from me today, until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

PaperHaus Magazine Blog October Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be sharing the fabulous October Sketch Challenge with you all today from the PaperHaus Magazine Blog. Click here to visit the blog and the full reveal. Here is the sketch designed by the fabulous Jules…

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and here is my example layout created using Kaisercraft True Romance Collection Papers, die cuts & stickers…

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I have masked my background paper using the Prima Marketing Static 12×12 Stencil and some Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence White. I cannot believe that I have never tried this before cause it looks so cool using the crackle paint eeekk a new favourite technique perhaps…

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Most of the fabulous elements used for this page were from the September Cést Magnifique Kit including the fabulous Melissa France Vellum Envelope & Tag that is snuck behind the little birdie doily here…

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as well as the fabulous Prima Marketing Say it in Pearls & Crystals Bling Circles. Aren’t they super cute? The flowers vary from Manor House Creations, Kaisercraft, Prima Marketing and Petaloo and the gorgeous double layered buttterflies are also from Petaloo and were also included in the kit.

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The chipboard chicken wire is from A2Z Scraplets and has had a very rough coat of Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence White. I just love adding these chicken wire/hexagon shapes behind details on my layouts and the best part is that I have used it so much on this layout yet I have only used 1 piece of chipboard so it is sooo worth the $2.50 price tag! Click here to visit the A2Z Scraplets website and order yours today, I usually order in quantities of 10 cause well I love it and use it often LOL.

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Some other fabulous details on this fun shabby layout include the Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Square Frame that I have trimmed to fit my rectangle photo and I also had these beautiful Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinkets that I have tucked under a couple of the Flower Clusters aren’t they divine?

Products used for this layout include…
Kaisercraft True Romance Collection Papers, Stickers & Die Cuts
Various flowers/leaves  from Manor House Creations, Kaisercraft, Prima Marketing & Petaloo
Prima Marketing Say it in Crystals & Pearls Circles
Prima Marketing 12×12 Static Template
Petaloo Butterflies
Maya Road Vintage Pearl Trinkets
Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Square Frames
A2Z Scraplets Chicken Wire Chipboard shape
Ranger Tim Holtz Crackle Paint Picket Fence White
Melissa Frances Vellum Envelope & Tag
Satin Seam Binding
Paper Doily
Prima Marketing Ingvild Bolme Distress Tool
Helmar Scrap Dots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner

Well that is it from me today, be sure to click here to visit the PaperHaus Magazine Blog to see the rest of our fabulous design team’s inspiration for this sketch.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

A2Z Scraplets September Blind Challenge – Believe to Achieve

Hi everyone! I am back today to share with you all my example layout for the A2Z Scraplets September Blind Challenge. Did you see it? Click here to visit the A2Z Scraplets blog post to find out how to enter. You have until midnight tonight so hurry!

What is a Blind Challenge I hear you say? Well a blind challenge is very simple. All participants are given the exact same set of basic instructions including measurements etc to create a scrapbook layout from and email to the Challenge Coordinator. How each person interprets the instructions is the truly amazing part, no 2 projects ever look the same and some vary so drastically which is so very exciting to see.

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All entries and examples have been left a secret until today, the last day of the month so no one could copy layouts etc. You can see some more inspiration from our Design Team on the A2Z Scraplets blog right here. We all had so much fun playing along with this and even I, the one who wrote the instructions, couldn’t keep to my own directions and have added and changed bits LOL. The whole point is to have fun and get inspiration in a new way.

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One of the very first instructions was to mask the background in 2 corners and add splatters. The instructions only mention one colour also but I was trying to go for the Chalkboard effect and wasn’t happy so needed to add some Colourful Splatters LOL. I have used the A2Z Scraplets Checkerplate Stencilet for it.

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The white masking and droplets were created using Dylusions White Ink Spray and I have then sprayed my A2Z Scraplets Believe to Achieve Title with the White Dylusions as well. When I was splattering my background with colour using some Heidi Swapp Color Shine, I have also splattered lots of tiny droplet of colour onto the A2Z Scraplets Chipboard title and I have then dooled around the edges using a black pen.

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The fabulous papers and stickers that I have used are from the Fancy Pants Wonderful Day Collection and I have added lots of doodling and random stitching for added interest around these. Another part that was not in the instructions was the photo matting that I have done with the Red Paper from Fancy Pants LOL I know I am so naughty, I can’t ever follow directions especially my own haha. How fun is that cork paper?

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My flowers were created using left over papers and I will have a video up in the next couple of days showing how I did these so stay tuned.

Have you checked out my YouTube Channel? I am regularly uploading tutorials from basic scrapbooking knowledge through to advance techniques and product uses so click here to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe today!

Products used for this layout include…
A2Z Scraplets Checkerplate Stencilet
A2Z Scraplets Believe to Achieve Chipboard Title
Fancy Pants Designs Wonderful Day Collection Papers & Stickers
Flourish with a Bling Black Self Adhesive Rhinestones
Glitz Design Finnley Large Rhinestones
Dylusions Ink Spray in White & Black
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays in Sweet Cherry & Tropicana Teal
Project Life Black 03 Marker
My Minds Eye Bakers Twine
Helmar Scrap Dots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
X-Press IT Foam Tape

That’s it from me today, can you believe that it is 1st of October tomorrow? Sheesh can someone tell me where this year has gone honestly it’s basically over and I feel like it has just begun. My baby Chloe starts Big School in February which is scaring me a little as it gets closer and closer.

Until next time, happy  scrapping!

Amy Prior xx