Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring cards by Elena Smoktunova

Hello friends!  I will show you three spring gentle cards today! As always not without the aid of wonderful chipboard! As my cards flower I have taken many chipboard with flowers. They harmoniously look. Both decorative flowers and flower chipboard together create the spring atmosphere!

Each chipboard I have painted with silk paint to add gloss!

                                                                               I used:

                                                                      CB2023 Roses 01

                                                        CB4070 String Circles 06 Roses

                                                                 CB4063 Leaf Spray 13

Have a nice day!

Monday, March 27, 2017

March inspiration with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my March inspirational Scrapmatts post.
As always (or almost always) I made one scrapbooking page and one other  smaller project, and this time it's a fancy layered tag.
So first let me show you my Wedding scrapbook page.
Those are photos from my daughter's September wedding and I decided to keep this page with a lot of white space and to use the same photo in two different sizes.

I used two chipboard piece as my sub titles- Family and Together.
 I made the upper title cluster with a piece of gold painted Diamond Mesh and added the Family arrow and the fancy word Love painted in black.

The smaller photo was covered with the chipboard black painted frame.

The sticks chipboard piece was added under the larger photo and painted in gold paint.

Floral design chipboard that was painted in gold was added under the pink die cut flowers.

This layout is a perfect sample of a lot of " white space", not too much dimension and still a lot of chipboards used as my embellishments and just some die cuts added over the  photo
 Product Scrapmatts list:
Sticks 02 CB5153
Ornate Frame 21 CB6093
Floral design 05 CB1118
Scrap Words 32 CB6113
Assorted Words 23 CB6105
Assorted Words 28 CB6115
Diamond Mesh 03 CB5127

 My second project for today is this  fancy Friendship tag made with DCVW stack and a lot of Scrapmatts chipboards.
All chipboards were painted with kind of a white-grey acrylic paint as I wanted to keep the details of those chipboards.
Small Smile word chipboard was added on the top of the tag and the big Friendship sentiment chipboard was added on the bottom.
The leaves and the Bird bath were covered with clear glitter paint.
I also embellished the leaves with copper pearls as the berries.

Product Scrapmatts list:
Mens' Accessories 01 CB1201
Scrap Words 31 CB6112
Birdbaths 03 CB1203
Ornate Frames 19 CB6091
String Circles 06 Roses CB4070

See you next month with more Scrapmatts inspiration!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Layouts with Christine

Good day.  Scrapmatts is one of the major sponsors and March guest designers for CSI - Colors, Inspirations and Stories challenge blog.  And now I get to share with you my take on their two current case files. 
First up is Case File #225:
This is also a major case file which includes a sketch courtesy of The Nifty Pixel as pictured above.  My five evidences are: buntings, washi tape, things that fly, circles and wood.  My testimony is handwriting on the background, and I’ve stuck to the sketch using one feature photo.  Here’s how I solved the case:
Scrapmatts chipboards: Birds (CB5045), Floral Spray (CB5045), Assorted Words (CB6115)
Scrapmatts stencils: Honeycomb (ST9002-A4), Bubbles (ST5001), Halftone Circles (ST5006), Circles (ST5043)
I've painted most of the chipboards white and some with the green shade from the case.  I've applied paste, mist, and paint on varying stencils to build the base of the background.
Next up is Case File #226:
My evidences are strings, animal, plants, and transparent stuff.  I've included all the colors of the case and my testimony is my journaling which is written at the back of my layout:   It makes me happy scrapping and looking back at the moments when you're growing up to be a girly girl.  This is the first time you tried on some bubblegum lip gloss that you got from a party loot bag, and boy oh boy you loved it!
Here's my layout:
Scrapmatts Chipboards: Circle Mesh (CB5130), Assorted Words (CB6116), Cats (CB1014), Leaf Spray (CB5166), Scrap Words (CB1238)
The #look at me chipboards are given a good coat of pink glimmer mist to match the case colors, and the rest of the chipboards have been painted white. 
I had fun creating these layouts and it got the seal of approval from both of my girls.  Thanks for popping in and don't forget to check out the CSI case files here.  There's amazing prizes to be won, including Scrapmatts goodies.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Looking Back

Hi & Welcome

Sharing with you today a really old pic of myself when I was not long due 
to give birth to my first baby. 

 With digital camera's so readily available and with a touch of a finger you can easily delete, recapture and filter creating a beautiful pic to scrap, I wonder how many scrapbookers out there have forgotten their old memories left sitting in a box because they feel they are not worth scrapbooking.

Well I'm one of those scrapbookers that didn't have the luxury of  digital technology and the photos I did have cost a small fortune to printed and were very far and few.  This was one of the reason's I was drawn to scrapbooking, so I could turn these less that perfect pictures into something that could be admired in another form and my memories were then not packed away in a box.  I think at time so many of us get caught up in creating that perfect pic so we can create the perfect page forgetting the real memory behind it all.

So here I am, not the best pic and certainly not the perfect background, however now when I look at it I am reminded vehicles we used to own, places we have lived and not so big I was before I gave birth..lol

CIS - Challenge 226

 This was one created for Kraft Plus Challenge, with the challenge being we needed to use denim on our page.

I've used these awesome Scrapmatts Chains, that have been embossed copper, they looked even better in real life.

Well that is all from me this month, I hope I've given you some Scrapmatts inspiration and we look forward to seeing your creations in the Gallery.

Until next time, bye for now

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Family things......

Good morning Rikki here today with my creative share for the month, and I have to say I am excited about sharing this today. About three month I decided that I would embark on a little task of creating an art journal (well maybe not too little I ended up with a massive A3 Art Journal). 

I have had other art journals I often use them as ''practice'' runs for new techniques/ ideas but beyond that point thats all they where used for.... 

So I definitely wanted to evolve this into something that was ''art'' and something for my children to flick through with positive affirmations, something that they could go to, to feel positive if they where having a bad day..... 

ST5019 Stencil Retro Squares

Another project that I am trying to encourage my children to journal and scrapbook sort of... they often dont like to sit down for a long period of time and work on anything .... my oldest hates writing, but its something that I want to encourage, my middle child is creative so this isnt a big process and my darling daughter is creative but at the stage of sticking everything on a page and of course it must have glitter..... 

So I decided to make a serious of ''travel'' journals out of some scrapbook paper, photocopy paper and a little help from my sewing machine.  These are the perfect size for them, and of course they need to be pretty too.

CB1229 Chains 02

Till next time have a creative day xxxxx

Friday, March 17, 2017

Merlin's Beard




Welcome to March. Already this year is flying past. March happens to be my favourite month, as I celebrate my birthday in the first week and lucky for me in the West (Western Australia) it always falls on a long weekend.

This month we have been asked to guest design for the CSI Challenge.
Head over to see all the other amazing designers and their work.

So here is the Case file that I have used to design my layout this month.

Merlin's Beard
This is my completed layout based on the CSI Case File.

EVIDENCE: I have used washi tape, things that fly, animals, circles, wood, feathers, stars.
TESTIMONY: I have handwritten on my background and started with an idiom.  


I have used  CB1222 Feathers  and CB5158 Triangles  to embellish the corners. To colour the chipboard I have used Crushed Olive Distress Ink.

To frame my photo I have used the CB5138 String Circles. This has been painted with white gesso.
  To create the background, I have used the ST1026 Circle Stencil.
The washi tape was a perfect fit for this layout.

The journaling says " I snapped this pic in my front yard. This beautiful owl was perched on the tree. It was early morning. I quickly grabbed my camera and managed to get this shot. When I look at it, it reminds me of the owl from Harry Potter. HEDWIG"

 So my layout had to have a Harry Potter theme.
I hope you have enjoyed my take on the challenge and I look forward to seeing what the other DT members designed for this challenge.

All the chipboard on this layout can be found at
Scrapmatts by clicking on the link to their store at http://papertoleaustralia.com/

Here are a list of items used


My second project is a Dreamcatcher Canvas that I have hand painted and used Scrapmatts chipboard to embellish.

For the centre of the Dreamcatcher I have used the CB4070 String Circle Roses.
I painted over the chipboard with acrylic paint.

 The word is from CB6087 Assorted Words 15.
I have painted in Black Soot from Dusty Attic.

 For the background I added stars with the ST5042 Star Stencil.
I then flicked gesso over the background for some added texture.

Here are the pieces I have used.




Please stop by and check out the wonderful designs from our DT members here and show us your wonderful creations.

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Til next month