Saturday, 23 September 2017

Paperific Expo Melbourne

Deena here with you today.
I cannot believe that it was a month ago that I was at Paperific here in Melbourne. I hadn't attend a show in years certainly not since it has been at the Royal Melbourne Show Grounds. This experience was totally different as I was actually working. If you call standing around talking to lots of friendly people and sitting and getting messy work, then yes I was working. When it came to saying goodbye I didn't want to leave, I had an amazing time meeting and working sided by side with Kylie and Darryl who own and run Shop and Crop Scrapbooking and also having a blast with fellow design team member Donna. I love making cards and I will keep doing it but watching Donna create was the next level. You can find the cards Donna made at Paperific HERE.
So what did I get to play with? I played with Expo Kit No. 4. which was designed by another design team member, the talented and gorgeous Elisa.
Instead of creating a layout a created a mixed media canvas (canvas not included in kit)
To start the canvas I spread a layer of gesso unevenly over the surface of the canvas. The reason for this was because I wanted to create texture (I love texture and layers) and I wanted to stamp into the wet gesso to create more texture.
I dried the gesso with a heat gun then using the same stamp that I stamped into the gesso with I used a waterproof black ink to stamp the image. Because the surface of the gesso was a little shiny I did hit the ink with a heat gun to make it was completely dry.
When I first started this canvas I really had no idea what I was going to do once I had completed the background. So at this point I had to stop and think. I had these amazing chipboard pieces that I really had to use. I found a black paint so I could colour the chipboard and set it aside to dry.
While the chipboard was drying, I added colour to my background. I used the dylusion spray that was in the kit and added water to make it run. You want to make sure that the colour spreads across you canvas, so that it brings the texture you have created to life. If you add too much water then add more colour and vice versa.

Once happy with the colour added I dry the canvas with a heat gun. Also included in the kit was a gold mousse, that's so versatile. I rubbed it over the background to show more texture, I rubbed it on the chipboard circles. I also added it to the row of triangle but I added it with a palette knife so it was thick and lump.
After gluing the chipboard pieces to the canvas, I added black paint splatters. I couldn't find a paint brush at the time so I improvised and used my palette knife. Love the result.
I also created a couple of backgrounds.

These were done on a pieces of mixed media paper, the can be cut up to be used in a layout, another canvas, as an art journal page or even on cards.

Happy Creating

Friday, 22 September 2017

KAISERCRAFT OCTOBER KIT - Rose Avenue Collection.

Hello there Shop and Croppers! How is your day going? Can you believe how fast September is going? It is crazy!! And here I am, showing you some sneeky peeks at the wonderful Kaisercraft October Kit which you can find in the SHOP AND CROP KIT SUBSCRIPTION SECTION IN THE SHOP!  Now trust me when I say, this is such a pretty Kit and I was just blown away by the gorgeous things in this kit..

I have created 3 layouts with instructions, yes 2 layouts and a bonus layout with instructions, and I can only show some little peeks, but I am sure this will be enough to get you inspired to put this kit on your list for October scrapping!! There was also lots of product left over for more creating, so I created two simple cards that I am sure will come in handy sometime to send off to a special someone.

So take a little look at these closeups, and do yourself a favour and put this kit on your list!

Layout 1 closer views..

Such pretty papers and embellishments in this kit!!

Some closer views of Layout 2.

I love the gorgeous metal charms in the kit!!

Bonus Layout 3. some closer views.

Layering of collectables in the Kit.

So much prettiness in this Kit!!!

And I would like to share the two simple and quick cards I created with this Kit.

I used a butterfly punch from my supplies, but you could pop a little flower on the card if you dont have a punch.

I hope you have enjoyed the peeks at this lovely Kit available in store in October..  I think this is one of my favourites and I hope you will love it too..  Pop over to the Shop and Crop STORE HERE to check it out. And dont forget to pop LC5 on your order for your $5.00 discount!

Happy Scrapping!!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Mixed Media layouts by Tamara Buckler

Hello all,

Tamara here again today to share with you a couple of layouts I created using the Expo Kit No. 4.

My first layout is called 'Hello' and I used the white mixed media card stock from the kit and features a lot of the gorgeous 'vibrant turquoise' Dylusions spray. I achieved the affect you see here by using the packaging technique and a lot of water. The great thing about the mixed media cardstock is that you don't have to add Gesso, which I think gives a much more organic look, and it does hold a lot of water so you can achieve different effects.

I used the Dylusions 'Black Marble' spray to colour the Memory Maze chipboard, and then also by soaking up the ink with a dauber, I was able to push it through the Kaisercraft quad template. I then used some old Kaisercraft stamps from my stash for extra interest, and then the good old ink splatters with the Dylusions to finish the background off.

I inked around the edge of my picture using the dauber with the Dylusions ink and the layered up some paper scraps behind my pic. I then added in some thickers from my stash for the title, a bit of washi tape, some black cotton and some Tim Holtz 'Small Talk' to finish off my page.

My second layout is using the same kit, but this time on some black Kaisercraft cardstock I had in my stash.  To create the background I mixed some of the Dylusions 'Vibrant Turquoise' in with some texture paste and smeared it down the middle of the page. I then added some more for a deeper colour, and did the same thing down the left hand side. The gold smear is the Nuvo Gold Mousse, this stuff is delicious, seriously like icing!

Once the background had dried, I used the Nuvo Gold Mousse through the Kaisercraft quad template. I thought these grungy letters worked in really well with my back to school photo. I also ran the Gold Mousse around the edges of my pages, with the odd over smear around the page, which helped to grunge things up a bit. The gold on the black cardstock really pops!

I layered up the photo on the hessian included in the kit. This is so great for adding texture, I don't know why I don't use it more often! I added a little bit of journaling on the black journal spot included in the kit, some thickers from my stash and that was layout no. 2 done!

These kits are seriously such good value, and include so much product that you really can just keep going with them.

I hope you enjoyed my layouts today, and I'll be back again soon to share more with you!

Big Loves,
Tam x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Well my second daughter has left to head out to Central Australia for 15 days and my eldest daughter is about to finish her schooling in 2 days.
what an emotional week in our house!!!

Today I would like to share the challenge for this month first.

Its a sketch challenge...

I decided to turn the sketch sideways.

here is a few close ups:

I have used some A2ZScraplet chipboard on my layout.

Boys and their Toys

I was lucky to be given the mixed media kit for sept. this is a layout I created and I want to share the instructions on how to complete this layout.

1.Take your mocha Kaiser cardstock. This is your base.

2.Take your Color Crush Sea Green Powder and shake tiny bit all over your cardstock randomly. I find shaking it onto acetate first helps a lot better and then press your cardstock onto the acetate.

3.Then take your Tim Holtz Distress Walnut Stain Crayon and rub bits around your cardstock using your finger.

4.Cut the large and small cog out of your Memory Maze chipboard and two smaller cogs separate. Use your Tim Holtz Distress Walnut Stain Crayon on these chipboard pieces but leaving wire bits plain.

5.Adhere your photos under your cog circles and then adhere to centre of layout.

6.Staple some Bubble look ribbon in bits and pieces around the centre cog.

7.Cut the cog which is whole in half. Place glue on both pieces and sprinkle your black Stone Grit over the top. Adhere pieces to left and right edges of your cardtock.

8.Dab some glue randomly around your layout and add the black Stone Grit to these spots.

9.Ink your Title chipboard piece. Glue the word “Toys”and place the black Stone Grit ontop. Adhere title to bottom right corner of your layout.

10.Using your twine, cut pieces and tie with knots onto the wire looking chipboard around your cogs. Also adhere around the large centre of your cog.

You can purchase the Mixed Media Kit for Sept Here:

Mixed Media kit

Thanks for stopping by today....

Hope you can fit in a bit of scrapping and join in on our monthly challenge.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

'You are so sweet' By Elisa Ablett

Hi Everyone,

Elisa here from the design team with my latest layouts for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking featuring the March 2017 Cropaholic Kit and items from my stash!

Here is the awesome contents of the March Cropaholic Kit featuring Pink Paislee's Oh My Heart Collection.

These are the two layouts that my fellow design team member Anita created with the kit back in March...

NOW! lets see what I created with the kit, different styles and different layouts out of the one kit with loads left over!

Here is my first layout title - You are so Sweet.

I made use of the awesome 12 x 12 cut files that came with the paper pad in the kit. I used it as an overlay on my background paper.

AND my second layout is titled - Love 

Its amazing how papers and embellishments can be given a face lift with extra items from your stash to create a great mixed media boy layout from a predominately girl themed kit. 

This layout also features a hand made Charms Creation embellishment heart, dina wakely paint in Ocean, a distress paint in peeled paint and swiss cross wood veneer from D-lish Scraps.

Well that's it from me today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing the different layouts you can create with just the one kit from Shop and Crop!! 

If you would like to purchase any items from the online store

Make sure you use the code EA5 to receive your discount at the checkout.

Hugs xx

Elisa 💓

Monday, 18 September 2017

Expo Kit 8 - Daydream and a Card!

Hi there!

 This morning I have a layout and a card to share that I created using one of the kits from the Brisbane expo - Expo Kit - No. 8, this was one of ten fabulous kits designed by the very talented Elisa.

This is my background page before I added any Embellishments!  Firstly I used the stencil on the background and then added randoms sprays of the Dylusions mists that were part of the kit.  I continued adding the mists until I was happy with the colour and then I took the nozzle off and flicked splashes over the page!

Using the stamp that was also in the kit I randomly stamped it over the page with black ink from my stash. I then added some small pieces of the gold flakes onto the background too.

My finished Page.......

Some close ups......

I also created this quick and simple card with some of the left over pieces from the kit!

Wells that's all from me today.  Be sure to pop over to the Shop and Crop Store and check out the other amazing Expo Kits on offer you won't be disappointed and remember to use the code TR5 to get your $5 discount.  Until next time Tania xx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Mixed Media Fun with Sarah Rosse

Hello crafty friends, Sarah with you today using the AMAZING June Mixed Media Kit, designed by the one and only Elisa Ablett! That girl is seriously amazeballs! I had so much fun using this kit to make the cover page our our family 2017 album. The Mixed Media kit can be purchased instore as a once off or for a 6 month subscription. A subscription brings the price down to only $36.95 per month and what great value that is! The June kit is especially one of my favs due to the exclusive graffitti stamp in the kit designed by Elisa. I used this in one of my last blog posts and I just can't get enough of it!

This layout was completed on an 8.5x11 inch page and I followed the full step by step instructions that come with the kit - perhaps this layout size is a little small in hindsight to get the full effect of kit - I mean, you want to ensure you have enough room for those gorgeous paint brushes with paint strokes at the bottom of the page. Whilst mine doesnt quite look like Elisa's, I am pretty happy with it. Let's take a closer look....
The other tip that Elisa outlines in this kit and that I wanted to bring to your attention today is using your wooden veneer pieces as stamps. As you can see below, the skull and the peace sign (both come in the kit) were used to stamp on to the graffitti wall background.
To achieve this look, I simply applied paint to the piece using a paint brush, turned it over and stamped on to my layout! What a great idea! You could use any wooden veneer pieces you have in your stash and create stamps with them! Shop and Crop have an extensive range of wood veneer products in store that can be purchase by clicking here. I'd love to see what results you get trying this technique and thinking about how we can extend and use our supplies in various ways.
Until next time, happy creating!