Monday, November 28, 2011

VINTAGE CHRISTMAS WITH WOW

Hi All Wow Fans,
Thanks for coming by today! I am here to share something vintage. I was sent this beautiful RW lasercuts designs  Christmas Frame ,I knew what I wanted to do with it straight away! It has so many little details it was quite amazing to work with! I thought I would use a printer's tray design as it is quite fashionable at the moment, I would then be able to use multiple photos. I also wanted to create with what I had on hand, I did not want to buy any more Christmas paper, this frame is so Christmassy that you do not really need to use Christmas papers.
So here is the final layout, I will give little explanations on how to achieve some effects as I go:
1) COLOUR:
To colour my chipboard I used Alcohol Markers, 3 shades of Browns for Santa and the tree of elves.
What I like about those markers is that they absorb the colour and they blend nicely, you don't end up with rough strokes.
I also used glitter for the star, Santa's beard and costume and the title. It is very simple, I used a glue pen and sprinkled my white glitter over it, the glue pen is great because it has a little tip it is great for little detailed areas and it does not end up everywhere on the rest of your page. Here are a couple of close ups of the colouring:
2) DESIGN
As I said earlier I used the printer's tray design. How I achieved this is by doing as little bit of measuring and stitching, I mainly used the design of the chipboard to draw my rectangles, and I also needed to be able to fit my photos. I hand stitched of course for a neat look:
This is how it looks before stitching with cream thread.
The rest of the layout is quite simple, lots of punches everywhere and 4 photos. I hope I inspired you to use some different colours in your next Christmas layout and of course I hope I inspired you to rush to your local WOW stockist to get some beautiful Xmas chippies! Here is a last close up:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

Hi Everyone


Whilst you are all enjoying your weekend I am at downtown Dapto at Scrapbooking Delights to catch up with my awesome Design Team Co-ordinator - Sandra and Design Team member Wendy Smith!!!  Wendy is at Scrapbooking Delights teaching a couple of classes!!  If you are in the area why don't you stop by and say hello and do some shopping while you are at it!!!  A little birdy told me that Sandra has our new self-adhesive chipboard alphabets in stock but you better be quick!!!

So whilst I am learning how to scrapbook from two awesome ladies why don't you sit back, have a cuppa and enjoy this weekend's inspiring pages!!!
Page by Kellie Daley using our Christmas Tree Swirl.

Page by Kellie Daley using our title "Presents Galore" and our "Christmas Kangaroo".

Card by Kim Solomon using our new title "Drink and be Merry".

Page by Kim Solomon using our "Gift Wrapping Corner" and new title "Stuffed!".

Page by Amanda Lawrence using our new title "Trimming the Tree".
Page by Sandrine Dawson using our Candy Cane and our Holly Leaves and Berries.
Page by Renae Woods using our Engraved Reindeer.

Page by Amanda Lawrence using our new title "Santa's Little Helper" and our "Cute Rudolph".


Till next week!!  Keep Scrapping!!!

Suzanne

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Does anyone remember flock?!


It seemed to be all the rage a few years back. I guess the fact that it's a little fiddly and not always easy to get a nice application have steered people clear.

I don't let anything go, much to my husband's dismay ;) so when I received this cute Santa's Sleigh (RWL455) I headed for the deep and dark depths of the scrapping cupboard to dig out my flock :)


I began by colouring in the chipboard with various mediums including; gel pens, textas and twinkling h2o's. I was also sure to give the area I would be flocking a coat, just in case of any 'bald' spots.

You can see with the sleigh and Santa that I have used a black texta outline to give detail to the area. Something that is so simple to do but adds such a great effect.


Now I will say straight up that I am certainly no flocking expert but I have found that the easiest application and the best result was achieved with a glue pen. Nothing too wet like a gel as it just gets all gooey and lumpy. Spread an even layer of glue, sprinkle on the flock and then gently tamp it down with a clean, dry finger. Then simply tap off the excess and leave it to dry. Be patient .... poking and prodding, no matter how tempting, will only cause your flock to fall off!


Here's the whole piece all flocked up. I also wrapped some twine along the reins for some extra effect. A little fiddly getting it all in place but definitely worth the effort. A red rhinestone for Rudolph's nose up front, cause we all know it was he that saved Christmas, and then little silver sparkly noses for the rest of the gang at the request of my 4 yr old, who insisted that all the reindeer HAD to have noses!


Another close-up showing off the finished detail.


And here's the page I used the finished piece on. Not the best photo in the world but a precious memory none the less. We were excited to be able to visit many of the award winning Christmas Light displays last year. At this particular house they had a replica Santa's Sleigh you could take photo's in.


One last close-up just to show the detail I added with the texta.


There are so many wonderful pieces of Christmas Chipboard available in the WOW store. Be sure to check out the New Releases and also the Christmas section of the shop. Also don't forget that WOW now also cut all of the RW lasercut designs so remember there are plenty of Christmas designs from them too.

If you love WOW chipboard but your favourite scrap store doesn't stock it maybe you should show them some of the wonderful designs available. Don't forget to mention that WOW chipboard has no minimum quantities and no minimum order so they can order as much or as little as they like!

Monday, November 21, 2011

More fun with Christmas chippy

Hi, I'm back again as promised.  I wanted to show you how I decorated the Love Christmas Tree.
 First I painted the tree gold.   Then in a small plastic container, I started adding all sorts of "STUFF".  About a tablespoon of Modge Podge, a sprinkling of gold and sand coloured glitters, some chunky German Glass Glitter in copper, and some clear Microbeads.  Mix well.





I applied the mixture randomly, with it thicker in some areas.  At this stage I had absolutely no idea what it would look like!

As it dried, the glitters started to show through.


And here's my completed layout.  I used Teresa Collins new range of papers, and Martha Stewart scroll punch, and Spellbinders dies.



It's very sparkly in real life, I added pearls to the punched border and Christmas tree.
Till next time, ....happy scrapping!
Tina

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fun with Christmas chipboard!

Hi, it's Tina here with a tutorial for you.
I had a ball, playing with this gorgeous Christmas chippy!  I pulled out lots of different media, pens, inks, paint, and other "stuff" and started layering.  I started with the wonderfully detailed Christmas Stocking and the Candy Cane.   I painted them with white paint, but only lightly so you can still see all the details.  (The white background will make your colours brighter.)

I outlined the details with Nikko pen so it wouldn't run/bleed when I added water-based  paints.

 I added Iridescent Medium to the white parts of my candy cane and stocking.


I coloured various sections using glitter pens, and Copic markers (keep this away from the Nikko pen)

I added Smooch to other areas.

 I added Smooch ink, & Diamond Dust.

 And added Dimensional Magic to highlight certain areas.

I have another tutorial and layout for you which I'll post tomorrow (otherwise this would be the longest post ever!). 
  I hope you've been inspired to have some fun colouring your chippy.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

Well it's only 5 weeks and 1 day until Christmas!!!  Are you all ready for it?  Have you got your Christmas cards ready?  We have had some awesome Christmas cards on the blog in the last couple of weeks so make sure you check them out.

Right now let's try and give you some inspiration for your Christmas photos!!!

Page by Emma Allen using our new Christmas title - "Dear Santa Define Good".

Card by Geli Duncan using our Christmas Stocking.

Card by Geli Duncan using one of our Christmas Tree Pack.

Card by Geli Duncan using the rest of the Christmas Tree Pack.
Page by Kellie Daley using our Holly & Berry Border.


Page by Renae Woods using our "Ho Ho Ho" title and our Star Border.

Page by Renae Woods using our new "Twas the night before Christmas" title.

Page by Sandrine Dawson using our new "Santas Sleigh and Reindeer".

Page by Sandrine Dawson using our "Christmas Ornament Border".

Page by Tina Connolly using our Standing Reindeer.

Page by Tina Connolly using our Sitting Reindeer.

Page by Wendy Smith using our Candy Cane.

Page by Wendy Smith using our Santas sleigh with Reindeer.


I hope you have enjoyed our weekend inspiration layouts and cards.  Till next time.

Suzanne