Monday, April 7, 2014

Imaginarium Designs April Projects...

I am just taking a moment to share the two layouts I have created for Imaginarium Designs this month. If you would like to see more details, there are extra photos on the Imaginarium Designs blog, right here

A mixture of metal embellishments, chipboard and flowers.
I am totally in love with this layout, and I am really enjoying working with the metal embellishments. 
They had a touch of grunge to such a romantic layout. 

A little bit of whimsy, and a dash of neon colours. Something a little bit different from me.
This layout was all about having fun and playing with new techniques and products.
Thanks for stopping by.
Cheers, xxx

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Long Journey Back...

It's been quite a while since I've sat at my computer and typed a blog post, let alone scrapped. And to be honest, I haven't wanted to. Yes, I've been missing in action - I kind of "fell off the face of the earth", so to speak. Last year was an extremely horrible year for me, and it all culminated with me being physically and mentally unable to function. Now, I know I don't need to offer anyone an explanation, as it really is no-one's business, but I think I do need (want) to explain a few things that have happened. 
Losing my mother to cancer last year kind of broke me. I didn't cope well, and pushed everyone away. I guess you could say that was the beginning of the end. This was closely followed by the loss of my Maine Coon cat, Kisanji, who was a loved member of our family. When you mix all this up with a bout of depression (yes, like many, many people, I also suffer from depression), but find out way too late that your previous doctor has had you on the wrong medication, then things are bound to get bad. And let's not forget, a diagnosis of "extremely" high blood pressure (until this point I had never had blood pressure problems).
 Anyway, with all this happening in my life, my world came crashing down, and I couldn't cope. Not mentally. Not physically. I chose to resign from most of my Design Team positions, as my medications made me shake (and very tired), which made it extremely difficult to take a decent photo. I didn't want to offer any company something that wasn't 100% adequate. So I decided it was a better option to remove myself from the teams.  And I totally stopped scrapping and creating. I have done nothing for 4-5 months. Yes. Really. It got to a point where, the thought of going in to my studio to create, almost made me ill, and I wanted to run in the opposite direction. 
I am, however, still a Design Team member for Imaginarium Designs (I took a leave of abscence). 
But now, finally, most of this is behind me. I am VERY slowly starting to scrap and create again. I attended the Escape To Create 2014 retreat earlier this month. I took scrap supplies with me, but I was totally unsure if I would be able to create anything. But I surprised myself, and I did. I also had an AMAZING time with so many wonderful women from around Australia. I guess it was what my soul needed - time away with friends, great food, lots of fun, and no pressure. 
My health is slowly improving too. I am now a regular at the gym, and I am feeling better than I have in many, many years. So I hope the worst is over, and my journey back is nearly done. Yes, I will start creating and sharing again over the next few weeks, as my studio no longer scares me, and I have new goodies due to arrive any day now. 
But I will be taking it slow. No rushing. No stress. 
And from now on, my first priority is me - and my health. :)
I have missed all my readers and followers, and I can't wait to welcome you back, and to share a whole new bounty of creativity with you (I have been taking LOTS of mixed media lessons). 
Thank-you for your patience and understanding,
Cheers and hugs, xxx

Friday, January 17, 2014

Imaginarium Designs and Lindy's Stamp Gang Blog Hop...

We are so excited to have the team at Lindy's join us for a full day of creativity.

This hop will surely get your creative juices flowing so head on over to all these incredibly talented crafters to check out how they've combined the beautiful products from Lindy's Stamp Gang, with the fabulous ID chipboard, it's a match made in colour heaven!

We have a great prize for you too!

We would love for you to show some love to all our crafters and leave them a little message. 

You will have the opportunity to win a fabulous prize by both Imaginarium Designs and Lindy's Stamp Gang, so please let us know that you have done so by coming back to Lindy's Stamp Gang and at the ID blog at the end of the hop.

Now, before you hop away, I get to take a moment to share my creation with you. I have used a wonderful mix of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and embossing powders, along with lots of ID chipboard. 

I have created the cup stain images with a stamp and the Cosmic Pink Blue embossing powder, and the background was created with a mix of "Gag Me With A Spoon Gravy" and "Bodacious Blush" Starburst Sprays (along with a few doilies and a Crafter's Workshop mask).

And of course, I have finished off with lots of Prima flowers, and a dash of bling!
Imaginarium Designs Products Used: Criss Cross Frame 1 IDDL0008, Lou's Heart Shapes IDDL0015, Loolabelle's Chevrons #1 IDDL0020, Cross Hatch With Centre Heart IDDL0009, and My Favourite Photos Frame. 
Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Used: Bodacious Blush Starburst, Gag Me With A Spoon Gravy Starburst, and Cosmic Pink Blue embossing powder. 
Here is a full list if you get lost along the way. Have fun!
1. Amy Voorthuis
2. Dennise Boddey
3. Evgenia Sokolinkskaya
4. Ingrid Gooyer
5. Kaori Fujimoto
6. Karen Zueger
7. Louise Nelson
8. Sandrine Dawes
9. Maiko Miwa
10. Natalie May
11. Julianne McKenna-De Lumen <<< YOU ARE HERE!!!
12. Patricia Basson <<< THIS IS YOUR NEXT STOP!!!
13. Sarah Routledge
14. Shell Carman
15. Solange Marques
16. Cindy
17. Nolwenn
18. Ivett
19. Irina
20. Lynne
21. Mary
22. Limor
23. Lindy's Stamp Gang
24 Imaginarium Designs
Thank-you for joining us today. Happy hopping and scrapping!!!
Cheers, xxx

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The design team from Imaginarium Designs was invited to play over at the Scrap Around The World November challenge. The end results are AMAZING!!!!

As you can see here, I created a layout using one of the techniques I learnt from Louise Nelson (I took her classes at Camp Mojo). 

I have used Croco-Crackling paste to create all those beautiful cracks and texture. And I used Shimmerz sprays to create the rainbow background. 

And I have included lots and lots of Imaginarium Designs chipboard. Some of it has been heat embossed, other pieces have been inked and glittered. 

Here's the (optional) sketch for the November Scrap Around The World challenge. Yes, it is one of my designs. :-)

And here's the inspiration palette for the November challenge. Aren't the rainbow colours gorgeous!!! If you would like to join the fun, you can check out all the details and rules right here.

Happy scrapping! xxx

PaperHaus November Sketch...

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the planet (although at times, I really wish I had). I have been very ill, with doctor's appointments, CAT scans, new medications etc. I am finally starting to feel a little better, and hopefully life will get back to normal over the next few weeks.

Here's the layout I created for the November PaperHaus sketch. Please drop over to the PaperHaus blog because the DT have outdone themselves with this month's sketch - there is an overload of inspiration to be viewed. 

 Just a couple of close-ups of the journalling, flowers, and details. 

Products Used: Crate papers; Prima flowers; Imaginarium Designs chipboard; Webster's dazzlers; Magnolia die, MFT dies; Pan Pastels; and Crafter's Workshop mask.

November PaperHaus Sketch (designed by me!)
Just click on here to view all the details and inspiration.
Thanks for dropping by.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
Cheers and hugs, xxx