Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday night class

I had a great time at paperific a couple of weeks ago. I came home really inspired and set to work in my craft room. I soon had 2 other people wanting to play and it quickly because a gelato class

Not a bad first attempt from my husband! - I may try and argue it was because of my brilliant teaching! 

Project life. Handmade cards

I've recently become interested in project life and I've been working on an album for Ethan. I came accross a company called deer & fawn designs who are a specialist pocket page scrapbooking online shop. They are a great source of inspiration and they have started monthly challenges and handmade PL card swaps. These were the first 2 handmade cards I made. The theme was Father's Day.
I've entered again this month and there is no them- I'm looking forward to getting my thinking cap on for another great set of cards :-)

Fairies are all around us

Just a quiet evening in my craft room created this :-)
Gelatos, Posca pens, laser cut fairies, treasure gold, silver paint dabber, thickers letters, stayz on ink, stampin up stamps.

I love how dreamy the page looks, how it appears that the fairy is blowing bubbles and the other is watching. I enjoyed making this page and it really only took a couple of hours.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Loved, a gift for a special lady

I had an evening of crafting ahead. I wanted to make something that helped me feel better not just creating for the sake of it. I flicked through Pinterest and saw something that caught my eye. As soon as I got started it came together within the evening. As I started with the colour and the girl I knew who it was a gift for. My gorgeous friend Dani I was meeting for breakfast the following day. 
Here's my step by step:

Creating heart

I saw this beautiful canvas on Pinterest that I loved the style and design. You can see their blog address on the photo. 
This was my take on the design step by step.

I really enjoyed making this canvas. It's quite different to the original design I saw but I love it. Happy crafting everyone.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Bright and fun, Zentangle

I'm loving the challenge of being creative everyday. I have so many ideas for things to do when I get back to Australia and back to my lovely craft room.
I've only got minimal craft stuff with me over here in the UK.
This is today's effort- I was doodling while waiting for my brother to arrive

Friday, 11 July 2014

Makes my heart sing

It's been a hard day today. I'm really missing my little man and generally just a rough day. It's days like these usually I do nothing but forced by the challenger my husband and I are doing it meant I had to do an index card.
Imdecided to try and use it to cheer myself up- bright fun colours. I've used collage, dylusions and dylusion stamps and then my paint pens to decorate.

making this and the finished product really cheered me up. Thank goodness for art in my life.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Love a city scheme

I wanted to use some of the stamps I have been saving for my trip away.
I started with covering the card with book pages. I then used archival ink and my Tim Holtz stamps to create a city scheme. I then started doodling with my fine nib pens. 
The ICADs are giving me an opportunity to try new things. They are only 3" x 5" so they aren't too daunting. 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

My first attempt at Zentangle...

I've been looking at a number of Zentangle designs recently. I didn't realise how long it would take to do a relatively small piece- but it was certainly worth it. I'm really pleased with my first attempt. 

ICAD - create and inspire everyday

The ICAD challenge is working. I'm creating something everyday. It may not be my best work but I love that it's something small and I'm using lots of new ideas and techniques and just trying them out.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Index card a day... UK style

So just as I start the whole index card a day thing I have to go to the other side of the world and without my craft supplies. I packed craft stuff but then my suitcase didn't arrive...... How rude!
When I finally got my suitcase back these are the ICADs for the last 2 days.... Playing with new techniques
This is tissue paper, pan pastels, faber castel Pitt pens, collage scraps and stencils. 
This is book paper, grunge paste and stencils, pan pastels, faber castel Pitt pens .....

I'm just having lots of fun with techniques and different products. This is a great way of making sure I have a go at doing something crafty everyday. 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Index card a day

I've been away from crafting for a while and I've been struggling to get back into it. While surfing Pinterest I found Daisy Yellow Index Card A Day. I thought this would be a perfect way to start. I also managed to rope my husband into having a go too.
So the idea is that you use a normal 3" x 5" index card and not be too precious about it and enjoy yourself. 
I started by using paper artsy inky pool fresco paint for the background and then used a Kaisercraft stencil and dimensional paint through the mask to create this textured effect. I then attacked it with the heat gun.
I created some gorgeous bubbles and texture. I then got busy with my paint pens and started to draw. I also used my gelatos to create some colour around the edges. This was my finished card. My first card 

Sunday, 11 May 2014

How far do you go?

Recently some of my work has gone bright, really bright. I love the freedoms my art journal gives me to draw and colour and decorate... This isn't finished but I just wanted to share some of my bright, happy art that I have been playing with recently :-)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Don't let anyone dull your sparkle

After my great class at Artified with Naomi Cox I became a little addicted to gelatos....
This is on 300g waterproof paper prepped with gesso. I've used gelatos with a mini mister of water to create a base for the background. Along with pieces of book page stuck down with matt medium gel.
I've also stamped with clear stamps using the gelatos and also mixed up impasto with gelato and used through couple of stencils. I've scribbled with the gelatos around the edges to border the page.
I have used paper artsy grung paste through the Tim Holtz star stencil to give a real pop around the edges. I have then used a kaiser quote stamp with momento black ink and cut out some chipboard birds and birdcage and coloured them again with my gelatos....

Simple gelato love!!!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Shadow box using new Paper Artsy Stamps

I'd like to share with you this little printer tray i made for my little boy, he loves flowers and wildlife!
I was so excited to start playing with the new paper artsy Electica stamps by Darcy!

Please go to the Crafters Cupboard website for full instruction on how I made this and a list of all the products used :

Cheeky monkey layout- using Paper Artsy

Hi all,
Sharing with you today a layout using the new Paper Artsy Electica stamps by Darcy for Crafters Cupboard.
My father in law managed to take a photo of my little man mid footy kick!
This was the perfect excuse for me to use bright colour papers and my new stamps!
If you would like to see a step by step how to make this or a list of the products I used please check out Crafters Cupboard blog :

Distressed mini shadow frame

Hi all,
Today I'm sharing my distressed mini shadow frame with you using Paper Artsy paints and the Prima Finnabair vintage trinkets that I made for Crafters Cupboard.
Full instructions and a list of products can be found on the crafters cupboard blog :

I love this little frame, the colours are so me !

Monday, 24 March 2014

Birdhouse flower fun

Hi it's Holly here with my newest project for crafters cupboard.
This is a beautiful birdhouse with painted metal flowers and embellishments that has been decorated with book pages.
I used the following products:

Kaisercraft birdhouse
A yellowing book
Paper artsy fresco chalk paint pumpkin soup
Treasure gold in onyxite, emerald, ruby, royal amethyst and florentine
Prima, cinnabar vintage trinkets small and large metal flowers
Metal beading, additional metal flowers, metal owl and leaf charms
Small wooden plaque and a few brads.
A brown distress ink like frayed burlap

This is a lovely project which was really fun to do. It would be perfect as a gift for so done who loves the garden, birds or a little vintage bling! If you would like to see full instructions how to make this beautiful birdhouse please visit the crafters cupboard blog.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Art journalling with Kass Hall

Last week I went to the papercraft expo in Melbourne and I attended an art journalling class with Kass Hall. I really enjoyed the class and it has motivated me to try more art journalling. Have a look at my page I completed in class

Friday, 21 February 2014

When quick is all you have

Hey guys!
It's Holly here with a couple of quick layouts for Crafters Cupboard
Have a look at the two pages I created from 4 sheets of patterned paper and two sheets of card stock. ( funnily I didn't expect to make more than one layout and and took one photo away with me) !!
In addition I took a paper trimmer, double sided tape, glue, two distress Inks, some brads,  two embellishments and a couple of word titles.

Products used:
1x sheet Bo Bunny serenity Fans
1x sheet of Bo Bunny serenity Love
1x Sheet of Bo Bunny Serenity Tomoko
1x Sheet of Bo Bunny Serenity Luck
1x sheet of Kaisercard Vanila Weave
2x globes from the Prima Junkyard Findings vintage trinkets typo bulbs #1
A couple of words from 7gypsies chip tags words
A large handful of small red brads.
1x small manilla tag.

If you would like the full nest ructions how I made these 2 pages please visit the crafters cupboard blog.

It goes to show from a few bits and pieces and not even having your full stash to hand impressive layouts can be made away from home. 

Until next time happy scrapping!


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A wedding gift for friends- love canvas

I made this canvas a few weeks ago for a couple of friends who were getting married. I started off with a 10"x12" canvas and used 7 gypsies tissue paper and modge lodge ripped into pieces to create a collage effect all over the canvas. I then cut an irregular heart out of chipboard and covered it with calico that I frayed all round the edges. I used distress stain, red acrylic paint and red treasure gold to make a distressed heart. I then stuck this onto the canvas using magic mount to give a layered effect. 
It then used black rope and a gold metal key and tied this at the front and glued the rope round the back.
This is perfect as a wedding, engagement, anniversary gift or even a valentines gift

Classes coming up for Papermagic by Kira Rose

So have a look before at the next classes I'm teaching for Papermagic by Kira Rose ... There's some sneaky peaks below. I'm teaching an altered canvas and a page layout at the March retreat and Crop day. Check out more information on and papermagic by Kira on Facebook 

Friday, 24 January 2014

Birthday calendar- this months DT project for Crafters Cupboard

This is a lovely Birthday Calendar I have made using the "a place in time" papers from Graphic 45.  For steps on how to make this calendar head over to