Saturday, December 27, 2008

Flocking Powder

I have some Flocking Powder on order from SugarSnapps and I can't wait to get my grubby hands on it. I saw a clip on You Tube where a woman uses gel pen to set the Flocking Powder I want to try it to see if it works. Will post my results when I have done it.

I saw some paper in a scrapbooking store that had flocking on it, it reminded me of wallpaper that was at a house we stayed at when I was a kid. I used to fall asleep touching the wall.

Oh and I hope you all have had an enjoyable Christmas and a safe New Years.

Ta Dina

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

LO Challenge

This is a simple Lo made entirely out of two sheets of cardstock, including the buttons. I used my 1" punch and pierced a couple of holes in the centre for button holes.
The pictures are a greeting card I saw and liked a lot. I never got the chance to get these types of pictures of my kids. So I improvised.
The page is an idea on the SBM site, so I thought I would give it a try. I like the end result. As soon as I get my pinboard up, I am going to enjoy looking at it for a while. I also think I am going to look for more cards to scrap.
TA Dina
PS: Merry Christmas 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Try Something New

Hi All,

Today I tried two new things:
1. I made this card but thats not new for me, what is new is that I did it too a Sketch Challenge. I think that is a great way to challenge yourself. Step outside the box and try something new.

2. I invited a new scrapper to join our little Scrap-a-coffee day. She doesn't live far and is new to the world of Scrapbooking. So what a great way to make new friends with a similar interest.

Well short and sweet today.

Ta Dina

Friday, December 19, 2008

Smile Sam

Hi All,

This is the first half of the Sam Rocks LO. I liked how simple it was and how Sam's smile was the main focus.

The pics were colour prints but the colours wouldn't of matched the colour scheme I wanted to do. So changing them to B&W was the simplest solution.

Well tonight I will have to scan some more LO's and post some of them. I go through phases. Like feathers, ribbon, lace and cutouts. I usually see stuff other people have done and try to change it somehow but I also think thats what everyone does.

Ta Dina

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Hi All,

I just bought some Graphite Glimmer Mist from SugarSnapps and I love the stuff. Joanne also sent a help sheet with it, telling people how to use it. After trying all those ideas I then had a thought (which doesn't happen very often), I used a sponge make up applicator in a bulldog clip and sprayed some of the Glimmer Mist onto a ice cream lid then sponged it onto cream card. It looked like grey clouds on a stormy day, I loved it. I stamped a journalling stamp in the corner and now I have too come up with a LO for it.

I'm thinking of doing a page of things that have been invented since I was born, which is 1970. So if anyone out there can think of stuff, please leave a comment. Would be much appreciated.

Ta Dina

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

To the Ball

Hi All,
I love this picture of my daughter and her dad going to the ball. She was going on the back of a Harley, but it rained that night so it was called off.

I went to a Craft Fair a few weeks ago with some craft minded friends and came across a stall that was selling silk papers from India. My friends and I spent a small fortune in there and if they had taken a Credit card I would of bought a heck of a lot more. You can't see the full detail of the paisley but it has flecks of gold through it.

In the top corner I used an acrylic stamp (Carolee's Creations) I got from the SugarSnapps site and embossed it in black.

This page was the start of my feather fetish. All I had were some mangled feathers in a plastic bag and I straightened out the black one, put it with the big yellow and brown flower and stuck a Kaiser Pearl in the centre. Finally I added some rub ons.

The thing I liked most about this LO is it used up some of my leftover papers. Mind you I also made more leftovers but hey...

Ta Dina

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SugarSnapps Online scrapbooking store

I have just been over at the SugarSnapps site and they have a new product. I couldn't wait to start ordering nearly one of every colour and it would of been one of every colour if my finances would of allowed it.

Their new product is.... drum roll please, a beautiful Crystal collection, my absoulute favourites are the pins. They also have angel wings and suns with crystals.

I can't wait to get my hands on them, I have been looking for pins for ages mainly an old fashion hat pin but are really hard to find.

Joanne has even put some gorgeous pictures in the gallery showing how to use them. I am gushing over the pins but the site has so much more. They even have their own Sugarsnapps products, like adorable flowers with ribbons and messages in the centre.

When I get the pins, I will do a layout and post it staight away so you can see what I mean. If you want to check out the site I have a link at the top and bottom of my blog.

Ta Dina

Monday, December 15, 2008

Making your own flowers


I saw flowers like this in an ad in a magazine and I thought they were beautiful. I hunted everywhere for them and when I finally found them you got 6 flowers for $10.50. I thought that was highway robbery. I went home and stewed for awhile then thought how can I make them. Do you know how easy they are to make.

I went to Spotlight and bought velvet ribbon for $4 a metre, I also bought some spotted grosgrain ribbon for $3 dollars for 4 metres and I bought some satin ribbon. The satin didn't work so well.

I cut off 9" lengths sewed a running stitch along one edge pull the string till it gathered, then threaded a bead onto cotton. Sewed in remaining cotton and centred the bead and Bobs your Uncle, I now have 50 odd flower ribbons.

I like to do these kinds of things at night when I am watching TV. I gave up smoking nearly 10 years ago and I really have to do things with my hands.

Ta Dina

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Using what you got

Hiya all,

I love crafts, all crafts. I learnt to knit when I was very young, as well as crochet. I taught myself basic tatting and I am just learning how to sew on a sewing machine. I can also cross stitch and embroider.

All these crafts can be used in scrapbooking. On the layout above, I had some feather wool left over from something I made last winter and wound it around the circle frame. (This layout was a scraplift from a lady named Marion, I saw it on you tube).

The circle flowers are left over scrap paper I had and I used a 1" circle punch. Joined them together to make a flower shape and used my white gel pen to jazz them up a bit.

I also used the emu and geese feathers again. I do love my feathers.

The layout is of my son, Jess and my daughter, Kyam on Santa's knee.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Hi All
Well I did some of my Christmas shopping yesterday but still not ready for it. I haven't put tree or used my door wreath. I think this weekend I will have to do all those little things.
I did today's layout a few months ago and was really pleased with the results. I saw a picture frame in a shop and I copied it as close as could.
I used White Bazzill cardstock, borrowed a small Swirly Vines stencil off of a friend of mine (Hi Amy) Used small red and white flowers and small and large diamontes. The hardest thing I found for this layout was what pen to use, some of my pens started to bleed on the white cardstock and that did not look very appealing. So next time I use a pen on my page I am going to do a test draw on the back of the layout.
So first I took the stencil and placed it on the top left hand corner of my page and copied the entire stencil (Except anything that looked like a flower,I used a red marker instead) with my grey souffle pen. Then I turned the stencil 180* and placed it directly under the top print and marked the entire stencil again in the same way. I then filled in the rest of the red flowers.
Next I placed the photo in the middle of the right hand side and free hand cut 4 small slits in the white cardstock so I could tuck my photo onto the page.
Then I used glue dots and joined the small white flowers with the small red flowers and placed them around the page when I was happy with the results I stuck them on the page. I then added the large diamontes to the flower centres and the small diamontes around the page.
Last but not least I went through my stash until I found the "I LOVE YOU" rub on and put that above the picture.
I was really pleased with this page mainly because I found the idea for it outside the scrapbooking arena.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sam Rocks

Hi All,
I just recently did this page of my good friend's daughter. She is turning 21 next year and her mum wanted to give her an album for that occasion. Now my friend hasn't been feeling well lately so I took some of her pics and made some pages for the album as well (I think of Sam as a niece anyway)

I got the idea for this layout from a You Tube video but they were making cards. I stewed on the idea for a couple of days, then got my papers, card stock, acrylic stamps, flowers and embossing powders out and started getting to work.

The black card shown in the window moves. You can see a cutout on the right side of the page, that is where you move it. Under the red embossed leaf is a brad use as a pivot point and when you spin the black card the leaf moves also. I did the flowers and leaves in no particular order, just wanted them to look like they were blowing in a breeze.

I used purples and pinks because Sams favourite colour is green and had already done a few pages for her in green. So I needed a change.

The reason the picture looks a little chopped is because I still haven't worked out Photoshop fully. I will learn to fix it one day..... Ta Dina

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Kiss

I just finished this layout yesterday, I had been working on it for a few days. Sometimes over a cuppa with friends we discuss pages and ideas. Thats when I get the most inspiration for a page.

I used the feathers I got from Spotlight, some papers I got from a Craft Fair. The striped paper is from Basic Grey, Blush (I think but not positive). The flowers are Kaisercraft. The lace and ribbon I got from a small haberdashery shop (went in there one day to buy interfacing and found a pile of stuff I could use for scraping). The chocolate "the" are Bella chipboard letters. "Kiss' were plain chipboard letters that I painted grey and sprinkled glitter on while wet, then use Papier Glass Finish to stop the glitter from coming off. I added some Pearl-ex to some grey paint and stippled around the page. My favourite part was the chipboard flowers.

I embossed it with black embossing first. Then while the black emboss was still warm and wet I sprinkled over Terracotta emboss in patches. When that had been heated with the heat gun I then sprinkled over what I thought was white embossing powder but when heated it was clear. After letting it dry for a few seconds,it looked aged so I was even more impressed with it. I then added some Kaiser Pearls to the centres of the flowers and then I moved all the pieces around on the page for a day or two until I was happy with the end results.

The picture was taken on our wedding day nearly 2yrs ago. My husband and I like to do things backwards have kids, buy a house, then think for quite a few years that it might be a good idea to get married. Que sera sera

Ta Dina

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Storing My Acrylic Stamps

I love stamps, all stamps, rubber, acrylic it doesn't matter. I was storing my acrylic stamps in CD cases and storing them in a CD stacker, in the light. Then I read that acylic stamps should be stored in a dark place as they will go yellow and brittle.

I was running out of room to store what I had and I wanted so much more. So again I searched the net for answers and found one that I liked a lot. A woman bought a file and some plastic sleeves that were divided into pockets. and stored her stamps in there. I loved this idea and went to our closest Officeworks, which is a half hour drive away. I searched high and low and could not find the sleeves the woman used. But...

I bought a Lever Arch File, some white cardboard file dividers and some A4 folio sleeves all for $20 odd dollars (I bought other stuff but thats another story). I then went to Woolworths and bought some velcro dots.

The plastic folio sheets were heat sealed on the bottom edge. I got my trusty Fiskars trimmer out and sliced off the heat sealed edge, which left me with a rectangle sheet already folded. Next I added the velcro dots to the acetate of the acrylic stamps and then stuck them to the inside of the plastic folio sheet. Just make sure when you stick the dot on its on the back of your stamps so they will then be facing you correctly when put in the file. Then you place one white file divider behind the plastic folio sheeting and then place in the lever arch file. The white file divider makes it easier to see your stamps.

The pictures above show you my stamps in the file and the velcro dot on the back of the stamp. I used the velcro dots rather then stick them in, just in case I want to go to a crop and only want to take a couple of stamps instead of lugging the whole file with me.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Cheap Embellishment

I am a frugal shopper, I look for bargains everywhere I go. I go into the $2 shop, the Markets and places like Spotlight.

We have just had our big horse race of the year, The Melbourne Cup and Spotlight sold feathers for people to make their own Facinators. There where a heap left over and they were 50% off. I made a beautiful page with them. But getting back to my original train of thought.

On the Too Cute page, I made the letters from a used plastic milk carton. A friend of mine, gave me her old chipboard negative and I saw a tutorial in a magazine of embellishments made from milk cartons but thought they looked very basic, so I jazzed it up a bit. Here goes...


Clean Plastic Milk Carton
Marking pen (that washes off in water)
Acrylic Paint and paintbrush
Papier Glass Finish (Or whatever you choose to make a high shine with)
Sharp scissors
And newspaper to work on

1. Cut the top and bottom off of the carton and discard. Cut down the corner seam of the left over piece. You should be left with a rather long, flay piece of plastic.
2. Get the stencil and the marking pen and draw the letters or pattern on the plastic sheet.
3. Get sharp scissors and cut out the letters then wash under water (this is important otherwise the lines can bleed though the paint work).
4. Grab your paint and cutout and paint at least twice. More if needed. Let them dry.
5. When dry use the Papier Glass Finish and squeeze over the painted letters. You may have to do this twice but you also will have to wait the three hours between each coat to dry. You can tell when they are dry as it starts out milky and clears to a high gloss.
6. When you apply each coat of the Papier Glass Finish use the toothpick to pop the bubbles if you find it hard to pop, try rolling the bubble to the edge of the letter and dragging it off.

I hope you give this a go!
Ta Dina

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hi, my name is Dina and I love scrapbooking. I have been doing it for a couple of years. I started it for my daughter's 21 birthday present, saw some show where they told you the basics and away you go. What they don't tell you are the mistakes you are going to make.

I am hoping to share with everyone things I have learned and maybe learn some new things along the way.

I am not a professional photographer or a professional scrapbooker nor am I very computer literate but I am willing to learn.

Ta Dina