Handmade gift for Daddy’s office for Helmar


Hello there, Sarah here for the Helmar Creative Team with the brief for this project to create a handmade gift for a man….this project is a double bonus – using a recycled tin and the many coloured pencils we have around the house to create a lovely office stationary holder!

Check out the Helmar blog at http://helmarusa.typepad.com/blog/ for my step by step tutorial of how I created this project….plus a little bonus project by Mr 3!  It’s hard to get crafty without him wanting to ‘help’ in the craft room!


Thanks for joining me….until next time!



‘Space Invader Alien’ for Jess Crafts Digitals PLUS galaxy background tutorial


Hello crafty friends, Sarah here for Jess Crafts Digitals with the digital release of ‘Space Invader Alien’ from the 10 March 2017.  I just adored this alien and of course used the benefit of having a digital image to flip it and print it in many sizes for these three cards.  I had intended on just making one card, but  had such fun colouring them in and making the galaxy backgrounds! Stroll down further for a quick tutorial of how I created the card backgrounds.

The Jess Crafts DIgital blog is fun of inspiration and other projects also using this digital stamp set. Check them out at http://jesscraftsdigitals.blogspot.com.au/.  This stamp set can be purchased instore by clicking on this link – https://www.etsy.com/shop/JessCraftsShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu. Now for a closer look at each card…


And now an even closer look at the little aliens…they were all coloured using Touch Five markers.  The white dots were added using a Dylusions paint pen.

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In regards to the background for these cards, please find a step by step tutorial below as to how I made this using Distress Inks.  The colours I used are Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.

Step 1 – Using your ink blending tool, apply some Mustard Seed. I applied this where I wanted to see the coloured elements of the ‘galaxy’, though the other inks will also blend with it.  I also like to use some washi tape to mask off the other side of the card so I dont get ink on it.


Step 2 – apply the Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves around the other inks already applied.  Using the Chipped Sapphire, start adding colour around the edges, lightly blending in to the centre.


Step 3 – Using Black Soot, blend around the edges of the card and lightly in to the centre


Step 4 – Go back in with each of the colours to brighten them up if you like


Step 5- Mix a little white acrylic paint with water and using a fan brush (this is my choice of brush, however you could use a toothbrush to flick on the splatters or any other brush that works for you) lightly make splatters on the background.


Step 6 – Leave to dry or dry with a heat gun.  I like this option as I am too impatient to wait for it to dry!  In the meantime, you could colour your images and the background will be dry by the time you’re done.


Thanks for joining me today and I’d love to see your galaxy backgrounds and what you create with this gorgeous Space Invader Alien digital stamp!

‘Cheery Chick’ Easter gift tag for Jess Crafts Digitals


Hello there!  I am showcasing this Easter gift tag today for Jess Crafts Digitals with this new release digital stamp – Cheery Chick with a paintbrush.  Isn’t it the cutest!  I created a mixed media gift tag using Brushos to create the base layer of colour.  I used texture paste through a heart stencil (from D-lish Scraps) and splatters of Dylusions Paints to complete the ‘messy, colourful’ look.

I had this photo of my youngest son from an Easter themed day at day care – they painted ceramic eggs (that’s what he is holding) and made bunny ears!  So cute for this tag.  I cut around his body and added some black cardstock to make the photo stand out on such a busy background.

The online store where this stamp can be purchased for only $1 today (it’s release day) is at the Jess Crafts etsy store – you can click https://www.etsy.com/shop/JessCraftsShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Lets take a closer look at that lil chick and one of the sentiments that comes in the set.

Dont forget to check out the Jess Crafts Digitals blog at http://jesscraftsdigitals.blogspot.com.au/ to see other great stamps and project inspirations!

Until next time……..happy stamping!


‘Adore you’ for D-lish Scraps


Hello crafty friends, Sarah here with you with a mixed media layout using Just Add Paper Past Kit Bits, mainly from the Peaches and Cream kit and the gorgeous D-lish Scraps ‘Crosshatch’ stencil.  The full range of stencil that can be purchased instore at http://d-lishscraps.openstores.com.au/c/712/5-x-5.html  The crosses on this layout were also from a mini stencil that was included in a past Just Add Paper kit.  For past kit bits, you can go to http://d-lishscraps.openstores.com.au/c/655/Past-Kits—Bits.html to see what is still available in store.

The background for this layout was actually a sheet of cardstock that I was adding bits of paint too over time – the pink Dylusions paint was spread from a previous project, the stencilled crosses were using up some paint I had used (dont like wasting anything!) and the black splatters were also using up paint from a previous layout where I had gotten too excited with the quantity.  This photo of my mum and oldest son, taken many years ago now on the day of his baptism was perfect for this page as it was a black and white print.  It went well with the colourful, busy background.

Lets take a closer look at some of the embellishments used….the wooden title ‘Adore you’ is proppedup by glue dots to give some dimension.  The flowers and sequin bow are a nice tough to the layout.  The Crosshatch stencil was used with Colour Blast ‘tangerine’ paste which picked up on the colours of the embellishments.

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Thanks for joining me and see you again later in the month for D-lish Scraps.


March Challenge ‘Cutest lil dude’ for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking


Hi there, Sarah here with you this morning to show you my take on the March sketch challenge.  Here’s a little reminder of the sketch…
I had such fun making this layout and I find when following along with a sketch, it usually comes together quite quickly for me.  I had one little problem….for those of you with toddlers, you may understand….I had just left my desk for a minute to start preparing dinner, after getting about half way through my layout design, when I noticed Mr 3 in my craft room……I ran to check out what he was doing and he had scribbled on the bottom left hand corner of my layout!  So, I had two options….start all over again or re-design the layout to make it work and cover up the boo boos!  So as you can see, the layout isnt exactly the same as the sketch.  That’s the great thing about a sketch….you can use it as a base to get the creative juices and ideas flowing and then make it your own.

To create the coloured background layer, I used distress inks (available in store at https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/search?q=distress+inks) using the packaging technique – I rubbed some ink onto a piece of plastic packaging, added a spary of water, turned it over and ‘smooshed’ it on to the page. I chose colours that matched with the patterned paper used on top of the layout, carefully drying between each colour to avoid them mixing into a muddy colour.  Here’s a pic of those beautiful ink colours…
I added some stamping with black ink to the background using ‘Mixed Media 2’ Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz stamps. The wide range of mixed media stamps from the online store can be seen at https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/search?q=+mixed+media+stamps.  The papers used on this layout are from the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection.  I LOVE this collection and have used it over and over again!  Note to self: must stock up on some more at the online store at https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/search?q=crate+paper. The cut strips are from leftovers from previous projects using the Cool Kid paper range – I never through out a scrap from a collection I love!

I chose to use the Cool Kid vellum as the photo mat base so you could still see come of that lovely ink colour underneath.  The Cool Kid adhesive chipboard frame was positioned under the photo, with a tag cut from patterned paper to represent the sketch outline.  The Cool Kid adhesive chipboard can be seen here at https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/products/cratepaper. These are the ideal embellishments – the little truck and car and the ‘dude’ sticker in the title was all from this one sheet, with many more stickers to use on future projects.  The stickers on the bottom left of the layout are also from the Cool Kid collection.  Lets take a closer look at this layout…

Now for the second project for this post………..


For this card I took the March challenge sketch and carried this out on a smaller scale – on a card rather than a layout. Again I used the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection with distress inks to create the coloured background, with some stamps from my stash.  So much fun!!  The digital stamp on this card is a free printable from the internet – simply printed and coloured with Touch Five markers and Stampin Up Blendabilities. I used a Wink of Stella pen to give some sparkle to his cape.  The stickers “You’ll move mountains” are from the Cool Kid sticker sheet.  Here is a close up of the stamped image layered on multi coloured cotton to create some texture on the card.


I hope you enjoyed these projects using the March challenge sketch – I look forward to seeing what you create this month and dont forget to check out the blog for all of the Design Team’s amazing projects and inspiration!



‘Easter Crew’ mixed media card for Little Blue Button Stamps


Hello stamping friends, Sarah here again for Little Blue Button Stamps (LBBS) with another Easter card idea for you. Using the Easter Crew digital stamps from LBBS – can be purchased online at http://lbbstamps.com/product-category/events/easter/, I created a card with a mixed media background.

Using Dylusions paints in a variety of colours, I applied this with my fingers (fun to get messy!) to create an ‘artsy’ background around the stamped image.  While this is not easy to perfect, I dont mind the overall finished look.

I then used a Stampin Up Easter stamp from the ‘Suite Sayings’ set to add some background text. I applied some ripped washi tape and sequins to complete the card. I mounted this on some black cardstock and then onto a white card base.

The digital stamp was coloured using Stampin Up Blendabilities and Touch Five markers. Now lets take a closer look at this gorgeous Easter Crew stamp…

LBBS have many, many Easter stamp selections and of course other stamps for every occassion!  The online store is http://lbbstamps.com/

Be sure to check out this project and many others from the talented design team at the blog http://lbbstamps.blogspot.com/


‘Party Monster’ gift tags for Helmar



Hello crafty friends, just a quick post to show you some of these gorgeous ‘Party Monster’ birthday gift tags I have created for the Helmar Creative Team.

A step by step tutorial of how I created these can be seen at the Helmar blog at http://www.helmarusa.typepad.com/.  Here’s a close up of these lil monsters….just love them!





Be sure to check out the Helma blog for the talented Design Team projects, ideas and inspiration.  Until next time….