Thursday, December 18, 2014

Origami Christmas Tree

Hi Bev here today. I am excited to share with you the Origami Christmas Tree (see Video below)
done on this Christmas card.

Here are the measurements .. 1/2" increments.
Hope you love the look of it and use it on all kinds of projects.
You can even put it on all those Christmas page for this year. It will
give you a fabulous 3 D look like on the Layout seen below......

Thanks for stopping by today.. Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Feliz Navidad from Felicity

Hello friends.
I love this time of the year, so much love and giving in the air. Not to mention the excited kids counting down till the red man comes. not many sleeps now!

I am sharing today a canvas I created with inspiration still being drawn from the non traditional colour palette. This little canvas is looking super cute on the corner of the bench.

"Feliz Navidad"

I am wishing all you wonderful people out there a very Happy Christmas and wonderful prospers 2015.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

A quick and easy Christmas Card by Jelissa

Hello friends!

How is your preparation for Christmas coming along? We are doing a lot of last minute gift shopping for the kids and their friends, as well as scouring the internet for yummy recipes that help this mummy look like a fabulous chef during parties.

Today I'm up on the blog with a easy card for you, along with a step by step tutorial on how I created it.

The card is based on our December moodboard:

As you can see, I'm a very pastel person so I've used the softer versions of the colors in the mood board.

Step 1:

Prime your white cardstock with gesso. Pick out the watercolor pencils that you will be using. Next, trace out the shapes on your stencil and shade in the colors. Lastly, using a small brush, add water to paint. It's ok to let the colors bleed out and blend.

Step 2:

Take the red water color pencil and trace out small triangles from another stencil. Repeat with the bleeding and blending with a small wet brush.

Step 3:

Using the Ranger's embossing pen (black or white is fine), trace out the red triangles and sprinkle black embossing powder. Heat to set.

Step 4:

Stamp around the edges with a border stamp (I used one with a lot of triangles) and adhere the cardstock on to a sheet of patterned paper. Then I made my title with a some Christmas title dies from Sizzix. To finish off, I altered a snowflake chipboard with some Shimmerz Texturez and sprinkled gold glitter on the edges while it was still wet.

And here it is, my easy-peasy Christmas card! Hope you found the techniques here useful!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Merry Christmas from Erin

Every Christmas for the past 8 years we have gone to the breakfast with Santa with my parents.  These pictures are form the last two years.  Catherine was 4 months old in 2012, and for most of the breakfast she slept, even in Santa's arms. Then came 2013 and Catherine was 15 months old, she would not stop screaming and crying, so we now have the typical crying baby photo with Santa.  Both years the boys loved going to see Santa, they had plenty of time to tell him everything they wanted and eat as much as they wanted too!  I personally love this tradition we have started as it gives us plenty of time to take pictures, it is nice and relaxed, there are not tons of people, and I love the pictures it get from it.


I just love Christmas.  It is just full of tradition and wonder, and to see my kids light up with just to thought of seeing Santa puts a smile on my face.

Supplies used
Cardstock - The Robin's Nest
Glitter Paper - The Robin's Nest
Patterned Paper - Kaisercraft - ScrapPlezier
Dew Drops - The Robin's Nest
Glitter Chipboard - The Robin's Nest
Twine - The Robin's Nest
Mini Alpha Stickers - Kaisercraft - ScrapPlezier
Black Die cut large Swirl - ScrapPlezier 
Flowers - Petaloo
Vine - Petaloo
Die Cut - Heartfelt Creations
Ink - Prima
Paint - Plaid
Leaves - Prima 
Adhesive - Tombow
Trimmer & Scissors - Fiskars 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Carol's DIY Planner

Hi, Carol here today sharing about the latest Scrapbook Trend, Planner!!! If you haven't noticed, a Planner is the "in" thing now. Websters, Simple Stories etc are coming up with their own planners, inserts, stickers and so on.

So naturally I'm hooked to the planner craze as I have always been a "list" kind of girl. I've got all sorts of lists: travel to bring list, to do list, shopping list, DT project planning list etc, done daily. And for the past few years, I've made my own planners from scrapbook papers.

Today I'm going to share some simple and not new ideas (I think) on DIY inserts, stickers, notes etc. Being a scrapbooker, we have all sorts of stamps, dies and embellishments and paper scraps!! So its time to dig these out and make your own planner stickers, lists etc instead of spending big bucks on them. (ahem... of course, you can still buy some... I listed a few items in my shopping list already). And here's what I have made for this year and next year's planner use:

1) DIY lists/notes:

I love the Unity mason jar stamp. for the words, shopping list and the shopping trolley and light bulb stamps, I used Studio L2E planner stamps. Love them!!!

You can also color in the stamped icons, as you can see in the "washi" and the bows and hearts. After I stamped all these, I can either use double sided tapes or roll it through the Xyron sticker machine to make into stickers or just use them as note cards. I stored all these in the front or back pockets of my planner.

This is one way I used them: shopping lists for Christmas.

2) DIY Stickers on labels:

I bought these office labels from a bookshop and just stamped the icons. Its good for adding fun to my daily planner. And its quick and easy to use when on the go. I can use them to itemize my lists too. Fun!

3) DIY pocket and inserts:

This pocket die is from MFT. I used the pocket diecut on the last page of my 2014 planner. Its actually adhered to another pocket. This holds the MFT mason jar diecuts which I used as notecards too.

I love mason jars and I can't help but add them in to my planner. It can serve as shopping lists or as a quick and simple card or bookmark.

4) DIY dual usage sequin pockets:

Sequin pockets is the "in" thing now too. But I wanted something useful other than for decorating purpose. So I diecut a journal card pocket with Papertreyink die and cut out the window with shaped dies. 

I used small packaging plastic bags to hold the sequins. The reason being I can always open up and use the sequins inside to deco my planner as and when my mood strikes or even to make a quick card on the go. You can adhere the journal card pocket anywhere you like in the planner. And now it serves 2 purposes: to decorate as a sequin pocket and also able to open up and use the sequins. Pretty and functional.

5) My planner accessories pouch:

Last of all, I want to share about my accessories pouch that I brought along with my planner. It contains some planner stamp sets, pens (a few not in picture), stapler and staples, inks (good time to dig out those small inkpads that I seldom use), small acrylic block and glue (not pictured here). You can also include some post-it-note pads and stickers etc.

Here's the front cover and some pictures of my 2014 planner.

And now it's time to do my 2015 planner. Friends always find it puzzling why I diy my own from scratch. Well, it's fun and unique, my very own DIY planner.

I hope you enjoy my sharing today. Have fun crafting.

Thanks for dropping by and please join us for this month's challenge here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

November Winner

Thank you to all who entered our November challenge. So many fabulous projects but ....... In the end there can be only one winner and this time the prize goes to ......

Congratulations to Binty

Binty can you please contact Amanda at
Binty created this beautiful bright layout sharing her time at a Lego exhibition in New York city. A fantastic page with wonderful journalling. We feel that Binty really captured the mood palette colours and the quote "You're Special" as this seems like a very special time spent with a very special person.

Binty has won a signed 12x12 patterned paper pad from our November sponsor Graphic 45.

This month (December) we have two palettes to choose from and the sponsor, Pam Kuhn from Kaszazz is offering a $25 voucher to be spent on the amazing product range from Kaszazz (International winners - stamps only).

Good luck!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Creating a Water Colour Background

Hi OTR friends. Fiona here with you today to share how I created a water colour background using this months non-traditional mood palette colours.

I just love this fresh combination of colours and the touch of gold sets it all off.

I started by spraying water onto my 12x12 white background. now this is not any ordinary white card stock. this is a special water colour paper. If you only have normal white card stock, be sure to put a layer of gesso onto it first or the watercolours will soak in too easily and won't blend.

Next step is to add the colours. I've chosen to use Tim's new range of Distress Sprays. They are water based and the colours are the same as his other products, so I'm familiar with them.

I went with "Dusty Concord" for the Purple, "Picked Raspberry" for the pink, "Salty Ocean" for the blue, "Peacock Feathers" for the green and for the gold I used "Tarnished Brass".
Once the paper was really wet with water, I flicked the colours onto the background one at a time, spreading them around with a brush, adding more colour or water if needed.

Make sure you dry in between each colour with either a heat gun or naturally, depending on how much of a hurry you're in, or you'll get a messy brown muck as the colours will all combine.

Here I'm adding some pink.

And here I added the blue and then the green. Remember to dry between each colour and add more water as you go to help the colours blend.

This is the dried end result.

Now it's time to add some layering. For this background I added some stamping with black ink and some blending with Distress Inks and a stencil.

Finally I added the gold by splattering some of the "Tarnished Brass" over the top.

This is how it turned out in the end. It's now ready for the papers, embellishments and photo to be added. I like to have backgrounds sitting around already done in my stash just in case I need one in a hurry. It's also a good way to practice your layering and if it doesn't work ...... well there's always GESSO!!!

I hope you all have an fun, creative and Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

Untill next time xx