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

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

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

Things That Make Me Smile Always Start With You

Hi there everybody! I hope you are all well, I have a quick random just because layout to share with you all today using the fabulous Echo Park Here & Now Collection but the 6×6 size! Yep I had so much fun just layering the 6×6 patterned papers together for this one and it looks so fabulous and how fun are the miniature versions of the printed papers eeekkk.

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Ok so my title needs to be outlined with Silver I have decided after editing these photos but the title is an A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Title that I have simply covered in some Black Ranger Stickles and I have layered the title over some Heidi Swapp Color Magic Banners which have been sprayed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays. How fun are all the Heidi Swapp Color Magic stuff seriously I don’t think I will ever not love them they are so versatile and fun!

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My background was created using Dylusions Ink Sprays splattered and dripped and then I have finished off the background by inking the edges with Ranger Archival Ink and then added lots of random large circles with some Ranger Black Soot Tim Holtz Crackle Paint. To do this, you have to have the newer runnier versions of the Ranger Crackle Paint as the old versions were never runny and simply all I have done is used the lid paint brush that is included and dribbled circles over and over again and until I was happy. You could do this with regular acrylic paint easily also or ink but I wanted the cool Crackled effect.

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The fabulous Feather is from Manor House Creations and I am thinking that I need to purchase more of these aren’t they just divine? I have layered a few Flourish with a Bling goodies over the top of the feather and finished it off with a huge Donna Downey Prima Marketing Flower.

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The Live in the Moment Banner was fussy cut from one of the 12×12 Echo Park Paper Co Here & Now Papers and then I have inked the edges with the Ranger Archival Black Ink.

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Before I have layered all my papers together including some vellum, I have inked all the edges again with Ranger Archival Black Ink and using my Ranger Blending Tool.

Products used for this layout include…
Echo Park Paper Co Here & Now Collection 6×6 & 12×12 Papers
Bazzil Double Thick 12×12 White Cardstock Smooth
Heidi Swapp Color Magic Banners
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays including Delphinium Turquoise Blue & Californian Poppy Gold
Dylusions Ink Sprays including Bubblegum Pink, Funky Fuschia, Calypso Teal, Vibrant Turquoise & Crushed Grape
Ranger Stickles Black Diamond
Ranger Archival Ink Page Black
Ranger Crackle Paint Tim Holtz Black Soot
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
A2Z Scraplets Chipboard title
Flourish with a Bling Elise Flourish Silver, Luke Flourish Black & Jasmine Puffy Flourish Teal
Prima Marketing Donna Downey Design Flower
Various Random Sequins
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
X-Press IT Foam Tape

Well that is it from me for now but check back later today for a sneak and a link to my next PaperHaus Magazine blog post and video tutorial! Have you subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet? Click here to view my YouTube channel and subscribe today so you never miss the inspiration.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

PaperHaus Magazine Shabby Tips

Hi everybody! So happy to have you here reading along my blog, keep your eyes out for a new giveaway happening really soon right here! 

I am over on the PaperHaus Magazine Blog today sharing my top tips to add Shabby to any project and I have also got a little video to show you how. Click here to view my post on the PaperHaus Blog. Here is  the layout that I have created using these shabby tips…

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This layout is also my entry into this month’s Once Upon A Sketch Challenge. The criteria for the challenge this month was to use the below sketch designed by the fabulous Nadia and then the theme was luck. 

 

One of the main criteria for Once Upon a Sketch is to include proper journalling not just a title. I have extended my title with a little journalling on the bottom of my layout but then have more detailed journalling on the tag that is inside the Melissa Frances Vellum Envelope tucked into the left. My journalling reflects how lucky I am in love to have found a husband who is just as dorky and nerdy as I am LOL. The photo is a silly pose we did at our wedding in the midst of professional photos and smiling lots haha.

Don’t forget to head on over to the Once Upon a Sketch Blog here to enter your interpretation of the challenge also. You have until Midnight tonight.

Don’t forget to also head on over to the PaperHaus Magazine Blog here to check out the rest of the details for this layout along with my top shabby tips video tutorial.

Products Used for this layout Include…
Cést Magnifique September Kit including
ScrapBerry Colorful Dream Papers
Kaisercraft True Romance Die Cuts
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard Banners
Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle Medium
Crafters Workshop Damask Mask
Gesso
Distress Ink Antique Linen
Flowers from Flourish with a Bling, Manor House Creations & Kaisercraft
Melissa Frances Vellum Envelope & Tag
Prima Marketing Shabby Resin & Say it in Pearls
Ingvild Bolme Shabby Resin
Prima Marketing Butterflies & Alpha Stickers
Maya Road Vintage Trinkets
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Spray Creme Brulee Cream

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Flourish with a Bling You Are So Beautiful

Hi everyone! I am over on the Flourish with a Bling Blog today here with a fabulous new Shabby  Chic layout. Here is a little sneak peek teaser…

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Don’t forget to head on over to the Flourish with a Bling Blog here to check out the full details.

Products used for this project include…
Prima Marketing Jodie Lee Designed Delight Collection Papers – some fussy cut
A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Title
Ingvild Bolme Shabby Resin & Typo Zippers
Acrylic Paints
Flourish with a Bling Grace Copper Flourish
Flourish with a Bling Chloe Pearl Flourish
Flourish with a Bling Elise Flowers Pink, Latte, Dusty Pink, Cream & White
Ranger Glossy Accents
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
Various Prima Marketing Flowers
Fancy Pants Decorative Glassine Bag
Maya Road Manilla Shipping Tag
Satin Seam Binding

My journalling is hidden on a tag which pulls out using the Satin Seam Binding Bow and is concealed inside the Fancy Pants Decorative Bag.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Exciting News! PaperHaus Magazine Blog Design Team

Hi everyone! I am so very excited to be here letting you know my latest news. Yep you guessed it right from this blog post title, I am a proud member of the fabulous PaperHaus Magazine Blog Design Team. I cannot explain how very excited I am about this venture and getting to work alongside some of the most amazing artists in this industry is such a pleasure.

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The PaperHaus Magazine is an amazing inspirational and FREE online magazine featuring the most amazing designers across the globe.

I am so very honoured to be working alongside these amazing people…

Frank Garcia (PaperHaus Magazine Editor-in-Chief)

Trina McClune (DT Co-ordinator, Social Media Co-ordinator)

Julianne McKenna-De Lumen

Trudi Harrison

Erin Blegen

Amy Prior (me eeekkk excited much)

Annelie Maddock

Cassandra Chen

Tusia Lech

Christin Grønnslett

Frau Muller

Anita Stokes

Monika Bieniek

Marfa Otano

Maiko Kosugi

Romy Veul

Tyra Babington

Bianca Ribeiro

If you haven’t checked out PaperHaus yet be sure to head over and checkout their Fall edition just released with the fabulous Gerry Van Gent on the cover. Wow wow wow is all I can say! Check it out here

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx