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Mixed Media Scrapbook Page Using Distress Crayons

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it has been so long since the last post here – sometimes life just gets in the way.

One of my favourite new products from 2016 was the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. Last week I used the crayons to create a background for a scrapbook page and I thought I would share a quick step by step with you on how I did it.

First use a plastic knife with a serrated edge to drag some texture paste across your cardstock to form a cross, allow it to dry and then draw over the texture paste with two different coloured distress crayons. Rub the crayon as you go to blend and spread it. You can see in the image below how the crayon picks up the texture of the texture paste.

Next use a wet paint brush to blend the crayon some more.

When your page is dry then choose a template and place it over the crayon. Remove some of the crayon by gently rubbing a baby wipe over the template using a circular motion. This will leave pale spots where you remove the crayon while creating shadowy spots on the white part of your cardstock.

When your page is dry you are ready to add your photo and embellishments as desired.

I used the same process but with different colours for this page.


If you give this technique a go please share your creation with us by either posting in the gallery, sharing on Facebook or Instagram.

Thanks for dropping by!


Stash busting

I have plans to do some stash busting these holidays and found this almost-finished Sassafraslass sticker sheet. A little improvising changing clouds into trees and cutting up the brown background of the sticker sheet into the trunks and the sticker sheet is empty!

May 2014 Challenges

Welcome to May everyone!

The year sure is rushing by but I hope you are able to make time in your busy schedule to create. The May challenges, set by Lil’ Rach, are up in the forum and I am sharing them here too in the hope that they will inspire you to sit down at your craft table today.

Challenge One – Use this sketch as a basis for your project.



Challenge Two – Use this picture as inspiration for your project.


Challenge Three – stashbusting challenge: Do you have old stickers lying around? See if you can use some up on a project. If you do not have stickers use some old die cuts or rub ons.

Challenge Four – Year In Review: Focus on your journalling. Write at least 50 words for at least one of your photos.

Challenge Five – Card: Mothers’ Day is this month. Make a feminine card but do not use flowers.

Challenge Six – Christmas Card: Use strips of something. Eg washi tape, paper, twine etc.

*Remember your entries for the challenges can be cards, scrapbook pages, off the page projects or mixed media projects. We may specify it as a layout or card challenge but you are welcome to interpret the challenge as you wish. Full challenge guidelines are available in the forum.

I am also adding a link below so you can share your challenge entries here on our blog by linking to your blog, photobucket account etc.

Can’t wait to see how you interpret the challenges!


Cybercrop Tonight

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that our cybercrop starts tonight at 4pm.

Yesterday I shared some samples from Lil’ Rach and today I have samples for the first and second challenges from Emma. Maybe now you can guess a criteria or two by comparing the samples 🙂

Challenge One:



Challenge Two



I hope you are all having a relaxing Good Friday. See you in the forum for the cybercrop this evening.


Cybercrop on over the Easter Weekend

Hi everyone! We are running our April cybercrop over Easter and thought you might like a sneak peak at the samples our current guest DT member, Lil’ Rach, has made.

Challenge One



Challenge Two



Challenge Three



Now I wonder if anyone can guess which explorer is our inspiration for this month? And if not maybe a guess at the criteria?

The cybercrop officially starts 4pm this Friday, 18th April – I am looking forward to seeing you all there.


Creativity takes courage.”  Henri Matisse 

Altered Noodle Box Basket

I made these cute little baskets with the kids for Easter but they would also be great for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Christmas etc. The noodle boxes I used were from Woolworths and they didn’t come with the wire handle. I found they were easy to cut down and we added our own cardstock handles.


  • Clean, empty noodle box
  • Various papers for decorating
  • Flower punches in various sizes and a butterfly punch if desired
  • Ribbon, ink and bling for decorating
  • Adhesive – double sided tape and foam mount
  • General scrapbooking supplies

Firstly cut off the flaps from the top of the noodle box to make even sides.





Trace around the sides of the noodle box to make templates for cutting the patterned paper to decorate the sides. Cut your pieces of paper slightly smaller than the traced shapes so that when you adhere them to the noodle box there will be a small border. Ink the edges of the pieces you have cut.



Cut a 2cm wide piece of card for the handle and ink the edges. Adhere the handle to the noodle box using double sided tape. Adhere the patterned paper sides to the noodle box using double sided tape – covering the ends of the handle thus making it more secure.



Decorate the top edge of the box with punched flowers – mounting some on foam mount to give more dimension. Add ribbon, adhesive bling and extra punchies as desired. You could also add a tag with a greeting or name on it.



I hope you enjoyed this little step x step and don’t forget to share your creations with us either by posting a link in the comments or uploading into our gallery.

Make art everyday!


Simple Easter Card Using Washi Tape

Last weekend I made these simple cards with girls who came along to the Kids Kraft. They are quick and easy and I thought some of you would be interested in giving them a go.


  • plain card base
  • a piece of white card cut to 10cms x 14.5cms
  • three different washi tapes
  • twine or ribbon and two small flowers in colours that match your washi tape
  • sentiment stamp or sticker
  • oval cutter
  • ink and adhesive

Firstly cut an oval shape in the middle of your 10 x 14.5 piece of white card



Next add strips of washi tape to the front of your blank card.



Ink the edges of your piece of white card that has the oval cut out from it and add twine around the bottom as shown in the finished picture. Adhere this to the front of the blank card over the washi tape. Add your sentiment and flowers.



I had so much fun making mine I made another one using different colours.



I hope you find time to give this a go and don’t forget to share your creations by either putting a link in the comments or uploading to our gallery.

Keep crafting every day!


March Desktop Wallpaper Freebie

Hi all!

I know this is a little late but here is a free March wallpaper for you to use on your computer. I took this photo last year when I was lucky enough to be given some monarch butterfly chrysalises to watch hatch. This is one of the butterflies before it flew off to explore the world.


1024 x 768 March Desktop Wallpaper

March Desktop Wallpaper 1024x768


1680 x 1050 March Desktop Wallpaper

March Desktop Wallpaper 1680x1050

stencil stamping

this is a simple way to add a little more texture to inked stencils. i used kraft cs, but this would also work on white or other light colours – just choose your ink colours accordingly!

because i wasn’t going to be inking from an edge, i cut the corners and edges off a foam inking thing to soften the edges of the blending.


ink away! i used antique linen, dried marigold and squeezed lemonade distress inks. just go lightly, because when you take off the stencil, this:


turns into this:


i then used some texture-y stamps with the SAME colours i used for the inking. i started off with woodprint stamps in antique linen:

i also added some polka dots in the yellow, and an arrow stamp in both antique linen and dried marigold.

when i do this kind of stamping, i don’t want defined edges and to have it all nice and clear and sharp. i want it to be a bit uneven at the edges, so i ink and stamp WITHOUT using an acrylic block.

then, once you think it looks about done, this:
turns into this:


and that’s it – it took me longer to write this post than it did to do the inking and stamping. head over to the challenges forum to see the rest of the page!

Liquid Pearls Resist

Liquid Pearls by Ranger have been around for quite some time and mostly I have used them to create faux pearl or brad dots on pages or making faux pearl flourishes but I found another technique for them on Cropstop’s Youtube channel and decided to give it a go.

The supplies I used for this project are:

Here are the steps:

1. Squeeze out a little of the liquid pearls on to a craft sheet or other non-stick surface and dab a dampened sea sponge into it and then pounce the sea sponge all over your piece of white cardstock to create a mottled pattern with the liquid pearls.


2. Allow the liquid pearls to dry and then using your ink blending tool blend the Broken China distress ink over the entire surface of your card. The liquid pearls will resist the ink leaving a lovely mottled pattern with pearlescent patches in it. When I was happy with the look of the ink I inked the edges of the card using the direct inking method.



3. Add the doiley rubons as desired and adhere your card to the black card blank.



4. Colour in parts of the rubons to add more colour and interest using your distress markers, use the Graphic45 French Country diecuts to add a banner to the card, stamp on your greeting (I have used one from the Darkroom Door Garden Greetings Stamp Set) and finish off with some doodling.


I loved the effect of the liquid pearls used this way – if you give this a go don’t forget to share your creations as I love to see how everyone interprets the different ideas and projects.

Till next time,