June 28, 2012

Aussie Girls SMASH* Blog Hop

Hi There, and Welcome

A few of us Aussie girls are making a little blog hop for you to wander along on - it's all about SMASH*ing.... what's SMASH* ??? Well basically it's anything you want it to be:-)  

For me - my SMASH* book is a bit like a journal a bit like a scrapbook... a SMASH*book!  SMASH* is designed by K&Company (if you click on the link it will show you a bunch of products) It's really starting to make a huge jump in popularity - you may have heard a bit about it - but today after this hop you know all about it!!! 

I'm actually your last stop in the hop - so if you would like to start at the Beginning then jump on over to EMMA's Fantabulous blog HERE

If you are already hopping along - then you must have come from Angie's Blog HERE  so welcome to my blog... as I said before I'm your last stop - so I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen and will wanna take up SMASH* too:-) 

I have a couple of pages from when I went to Brisbane recently to the Brisbane Paper Craft and Scrap booking show... I met Irina and Eric from La La Land - which was so awesome, and as you can see me and my fellow La La Land Design Team members had a ball.... so here you go - here is a peak into my SMASH* Book - btw I have the Black Folio:-)

And here is the other side - it's a double feature - so to speak hahahah - anyway as you can still see we had a great time, and I can't believe it was just a couple of weeks ago....  the little faces on sticks are the rest of the DT who are scattered all over the world... so we wanted a group photo... and this is what we came up with hahahahahaha

In case your wondering - Debbie P made the beautiful sashes!!!  Anyway that is my SMASH* as I said it's a bit of a SMASH*book... hehehehe but I might change on some different pages and do something different!! Because I can - there is no right and no wrong

Here is the full list of the girls on the Aussie Girl SMASH* Blog hop in case you would like to go back and check out them again.... 


There is a couple of awesome Face Book SMASH* groups too, if you wanna join - you will soon be SMASH*ing along like everyone else:-) here's the links:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/371072989606971/ for the Closed group if you prefer:-)

Here is a list of some of the stuff I used on my Pages: SMASH* Pad, Washi Tape, Thickers, Paint, Flowers, Buttons, SMASH* page label, Scraps of Patterned Paper, a Greatest View badge, Amy Tangerine Camera Stamp, Library Book Date Stamp,  My pic's are just little ones I got printed at Harvey Norman!!.

Thanks for looking:-)

June 23, 2012

Tilda's Town, or should we call it - Edwin's Town

Hi Everyone

This week's super cool theme at Tilda's Town Challenges is: EDWIN... No Tilda's Allowed...

Oh dear... no Tilda? hhehehehe So this week I have used new Summer Memories - Edwin in Miami... I've teamed him up with a sand castle which is from the old Summer & Sea  collection, I think it worked out rather well.

My card is for a boy - so there isn't any flowers, but it still looks pretty I think!! Here he is hope you love him:-)

Make sure you check out what the Design Team have made for you this week... I know there is lots of Edwin Yumminess for you to see!!!

Stamp Used: Edwin in Miami, Summer Memories Collection, Sand Castle, Summer & Sea Collection
Dies: La La Land - Wave Boarder, MFT - Kite
Embellishments: My Minds Eye Paper, Distress Ink - Peacock Feather, Glimmer Mist, The Twinery Twine, Dictionary Button, Kaiser Craft Letters, Stickles
Colour: Copic

June 22, 2012

Fun in the Sun at La La Land Crafts

Hi Hi Everyone

Well it's time for a bit of Hula fun at La La Land.. well actually the theme this week is: FUN in the SUN... but what's better than Hula Marci in the sun??? 

I've used a bunch of the super cool La La Land Crafts new dies... Ooooo they are so lovely!! I've used the palm tree and the Clouds, Sun and Island set.  I've used them in my Big Shot and I used a thick piece of card to help as a shim... my Big Shot is getting a little old and not as tight in the roller parts like it used to be... so if yours is a bit like that, then add a shim - it works a treat:-)

My paper's for my card are Amy Tangerine, so cute!! Anyway here is my card, I hope you love Hula Marci as much as me.... in fact she makes me wanna jump on a plane and head to Hawaii again.... bliss

So if you would like to see some more Fun in the Sun creations check out what Team Monday and the rest of Team Friday have made for you.... there is sure to be heaps of inspiration there for you all.  And once you have been inspired, upload your creations to this months La La Land Crafts Customer Gallery.... you could be this months winner!!!

Stamp: Hula Marci and Accessory stamp set available from La La Land Crafts
Dies: Palm Tree and Cloud, Sun and Island Set available from La La Land Crafts
Paper: Amy Tangerine, Black Yellow, Green, and Kraft Card stock
Embellishments: flowers, pearl, stickles, leaves, Glimmer Mist - Pearl, Sewing Machine
Colour: Copic's: Skin: E0000, E00, E11, R20. Hair: C7, C8, C5, 100. Flowers: R20, R22, R21, R43, Y32, Y35. Clothes: YG61, TG63, YG67, E55, E57, E59, E41

Till next time, Happy Stamping

June 21, 2012

Paper Play Time - Use a Die

Hi Hi Everyone!!

It's time for a new Paper Play theme and this week it's a really super duper easy one.... Use a Die but the challenge might actually be which Die you choose... hahahahha

So for my card, I've coloured up a sweet Saturated Canary, I can't remember what she is called though, I did try to find her name in the new Saturated Canary shop, but she wasn't there? Anyway She is looking so cute sitting, and I really wanted the image to be the main focus of this card, so I have not used much else apart from my dies:-)

So here she is I hope you love her as much as me:-)

I cut my die's out with Black Card, because it's really striking and really showcases them off don't you think?  My cute little butterfly is brand new Die from the La La Land Crafts - yes they do dies now too!! How cool!!  The other one is a Magnolia Doo Hickey... I've added some pearls to it:-)

So can't wait to see which dies you choose for your creations this week, I'm sure there will be some super awesome ones that I haven't seen before!! Happy creating everyone:-)

Image: Digi from Saturated Canary
Dies: Magnolia New Swirly Corner, La La Land Crafts Butterfly
Paper: Prima
Embellishments: Prima Lace, Prima Stickers, Half Pearls, Stickles and Sewing Machine
Colour: Copics and Atyou Spica pens

How to Use La La Land Craft Dies using a Grand Calibur

Hi Everyone

Today I am going to show you how to use the new La La Land Craft dies using a Spellbinder Grand Calibur machine.

This Machine is really easy to use, and I find it does a better job with thin dies than my Big Shot.  With the Grand Calibur there is no need for paper shims or anything like that... it's just a load, cut, and go!!

So today I'm using the Street Lamp Die, one of the Butterflies from the Butterfly Set 1 Die's, and the Filigree Corner Die - all of these dies are available now at La La Land Crafts or at your La La Land Crafts retailer in Australia.  (If you live in Australia or New Zealand, you can only buy the dies from your local store within Australia)

Okay, so first up, you need your Grand Calibur Machine, and two plates - Cutting Plate C and Base Plate A. Your dies and some card or paper

First lay down your dies, cutting side up onto your Base Plate A as shown below

The lay your card over the top of the dies, ensuring that you have the "right side" of the card facing down... if your using one sided patterned paper the pattern would be facing down.

Next lay your Cutting Plate C on the top of the dies and paper to make a sandwich. Then place it in your machine to roll through to cut the shapes.  I like to roll mine through the machine twice, just to make sure that all the pieces are cut correctly.

When you remove the cutting plate you can see that all the dies have cut through the black card stock and shown below.

When I remove the bulk of the paper I am left with my dies with the paper inside. It is really easy to remove the paper from the dies - simply by tipping them over... the paper should just fall out.  Well it does for me, most of the time...  but sometimes I have to use my paper die pick or a pin,  to help push it out. The dies have little holes on the back for just this job if you need to:-) 

Now it's just a matter of removing the little cut bits from the die cut, then you will be left with your Street Lamp, Butterfly and Filigree Corner die cuts.... now it's time to put them on a card!!

This is my card that I used my die cuts on... It's Travel Marci. I have coloured her with my copic's and used some bright Amy Tangerine Paper to set her off.  My die cuts look so awesome in black, you can really see all the details of them:-)

Paper: Amy Tangerine - sketchbook
Embellishments: Ruffled Ribbon, Ric Rac, Bike Charm, Ribbon, String, Button, Sewing Machine.
Colour: Copic: Skin: E0000, E00, E11, R20. Hair: E11, E15, E18 Clothes and Luggage: RV63, RV66, RV69, C2, C4, C6, C0, BG0000, BG01, BG05, BG09.

Thanks for looking and I hope my Tutorial was helpful!!
Hugs Karen

June 20, 2012

Crafts and Me Chelsea

Hi Everyone

Me again this week, at Crafts and Me.... (seen so I got my weeks mucked up hahahah) I'm here to showcase for you Chelsea, she is designed by Hannah Lynn.  I love this little mermaid, she looks so beautiful, guarding her treasures!!!

I've coloured my image using my copics and for some sparkles I used my Atyou Spica in Clear and Purple on the seahorse.  I've added some Liquid Pearls for a little bit more texture, my background I have used some sparkles Pebble Chalks.  It looks so pretty in real life:-)

So here is Chelsea, I hope you love her as much as me:-)

Chelsea is available now in store, and don't forget to check out the new challenge which has jut started over here I know the girls have really done some awesome work for your inspiration this week:-)

Image Used: Chelsea 
Paper: Prima
Embellishments: Web Ribbon, Pearls, Blue Seam Binding Ribbon, Flowers, Sea Horse Charm, Pearl Spray, Stickles and Liquid Pearls
Colour: Copic and Atyou Spica Clear

June 17, 2012

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #151

Good Morning Magnolia Fans

This week at Magnolia Down Under we have the bestest coolest BINGO card ever.... it was designed my me - hahahahha - seriously though Bingo cards are heaps of fun aren't they!!!

So go and check out what three items you want to put on your creations this week and then link up to our super cool Challenge!!!

I've made a 18th Birthday card for my nephew... OMGOSH I can't believe he is 18.... eeck... Anyway I've gone for Edwin, Cheese Cloth and Pearls from the card... so here is Mr Edwin... hope you love him as much as me:

Stamp: Special Edition - Happy Edwin
Paper: Basic Grey
Embellishments: Flowers, Wood Button, String, Key Charm, Ribbon, Pearls, Cheesecloth, Machine Stitching, Stickles
Colour: Copic

Thanks for looking!!

June 13, 2012

Little Miss Frenchie

Hi Everyone!!

I've taken a few steps back at Crafts and Me, and I will only be doing a super cool shop showcase post once a fortnight.  I really didn't want to leave the Crafts and Me family so we came up with a solution so that I can stay so YAY for me:-)

This week I want to show off Frenchie Friends - Michelle and Jo-Jo.... she is so cute, I love her... she is of course designed by Hannah Lynn and she is available in the store right now:-)

I've kept to a kinda of travel theme, with my London Market papers, and post marks.  I coloured her in Red, Blue and White, the colours of the French flag.... and my flag and the British flag too... gosh there are heaps more countries with red white and blue isn't there... 

So anyway here is my Miss Frenchie, I hope you love her as much as me:-)

So don't forget to check out the challenge - there is a new one just started!!! 

Paper: Pink Paislee London Market
Embellishments: Flowers, handmade crochet flower, gold button, half pearls, lace and cheesecloth
Colour: Copic's and Atyou Spica pens

Till next time
Happy Inking

June 9, 2012

There a Sketch in Tilda's Town this week

Well Howdy Folks!!

It's time for another super awesome Magnolia Challenge at Tilda's Town Challenges.... Gosh we are having so much fun, and seems like you all are too, we are so happy about the amount of people we have entering - so keep on entering.... we love seeing your cards!!

Anyway this week we have a really cool layers sketch that was created by Janneke - you can scroll down to see the sketch, anyway I've used some yummy papers from Prima Meadow Lark paper Pad, I've machine stitched them all together and then I put some paint on around the edges.  As it was drying I decided to give it a bit of shimmer with some Glimmer Mist in Blue.  Looks pretty in real life, but tricky to photograph in this somewhat icky weather that we had when I was trying to get a decent pic!!! Anyway here it is, I hope you love it as much as me:-)

And here is Janneke's Sketch - she is pretty clever huh?

Anyway thanks so much for looking, and remember with the sketch you can flip it, put it upside down or do what ever you want, but we must be able to see the structure of the sketch above - have fun!!! And if you would like some gorgeous inspiration - then look no further than the Tilda's Town Blog:-)

Stamps: Magnolia Barefoot Tilda - Summer and Sea Collection Kurbtz Corner 
Paper: Prima Meadow Lark
Embellishments: Flowers, Ribbon, Glimmer Mist, Paint, Tim Holtz Film Strip, Machine Sewing, Charm, String, Wooden Button, Liquid Pearls, Authentic Stickers, K&C sticker, Broken China Distress Ink
Colour: Copic and Atyou Spica Pens

Thanks for Looking:-) 

June 8, 2012



Oh boy are you ready for this??? It's SHOWCASE time again.... 
OMGOSH!!!!  2 in one WEEK what are we thinking????

Well actually, Irina and Eric have landed in sunny ole Brisbane Queensland Australia and are no doubt catching some zzzzzz's before their La La Entourage bombards them TONIGHT OMGOSH (this is a scheduled post btw because - ) I'VE JUST LANDED IN BRISBANE along with my LA LA Entourage Girls - Debbie and Sue!!! 

OMG we are going to have the bestest weekend EVA

So anyway the reason I'm posting is because of the Aussie Release... You need to see all of the gorgeous little Aussie's for your self, so make sure you head on over to the blog to check out what the Design Team have made for you - it will go off like a frog in a sock!!! 

Just so you all know - these little rippers are only available in Australia for the time being, the rest of you lot, will be able to get them in the middle of next month - July... so sit tight!!

For my card I have used Koala Luka.... he is so cute with he weeee little Koala.... so here he is I hope you love him just as much as what I do... and that's heaps!!!

Isn't he just cute as? I coloured the Koala in little dots, and then kinda blending them together a bit so that they look more softer... I think it came out well!!

SO RUSH ON over to your Local shop and Bag your Australian Release stamps, they are gunna go quick sticks I can feel it!!!

Stamp Used: La La Land Crafts Koala Luka check out the new releases here
Paper: Basic Grey
Embellishments: Tea stained Burlap, Green flower, button, string, Prima Letters, Sewing Machine, Bo Bunny Brads
Colour: Copic: Skin: E0000, E00, E11, R20. Hair: E11, E15, E18. Clothes: YG93, YG95, YG97, 0, E35, E31, E33, N3, N5, E0000, E41. Koala: W0, W2, W4, W6

Till next time

June 7, 2012

Krafty Basics at Paper Play

Hi Everyone

Today I have a super basic card for you, and it's made from Kraft.... This week's theme at Paper Play is Back to Kraft Basics... so that's why it's basic!!

It actually reminds me of an old lady card... so I guess it would be appropriate for that LOL

Anyway here it is, hope you like it... 

Paper: Kraft
Embellishments: Sizzix embossing Folder, Prima Letter Stickers, SU Ribbon, Half pearls, Rhinestones, Paint, K&Company seed embellishment

Thanks for looking

June 4, 2012

La La Land Crafts SHOWCASE DIE'S

Hi Hi Everyone

Well I can tell you that the excitement is building, in only a couple of days I will be off to Brisbane to the Paper show up there, AND I'll be hanging out with some of my Australian La La Land Crafts Design Team Members.... OMGOSH it's just tooo much!!

Not only that, I get to hang out with Irina and Eric!!! the one and only wonderful creator's of La La Land Crafts!!!!! Debbie, Sue and I are now classed as their fabulous La La Entourage!! LOL Yep we are celebrities, if only by association!! LOL 

So please if your in Brisbane, come to the X-Press It stand, Irina has some gorgeous Make and Takes for you all to make and no doubt, Debbie, Sue and I will not be very far away either!! So come and Say HI

Anyway getting back to what we are here for - It's a SHOWCASE OMGOSH have you seen the new dies that have been released?  Gosh, well if you haven't already got them in your hands you better be quick they are going like HOT CAKES... and have already been re-stocked... 

So for my showcase card, I'm showing off the new DRESS FORM die, isn't it just so lush? I think so with all those swirls and hearts and oooo it's lush... and so great to use too!!!  I teamed my dress form up with Telephone Marci, sitting very nicely in the Heart Chair I'm going for a bit of a shop theme.... Marci is busy taking orders on the phone  - hence the little sewing bits and bobs !!! So here she is I hope you love her as much as me:-)

Oh Boy O Boy!!! If you want to check out some more of the gorgeous dies then check out what the Design Team have made, it's sure to inspire, and don't forget rush on over to La La Land Crafts to get your gorgeous dies, before they all sell out again!!!

To CELEBRATE this AWESOME SHOWCASE you can get a cool 10% off!!! ALL you need to do is add this code to your checkout INTRO10 but only for 2 days!!
How Awesome is that???? Australian and New Zealander's please read the fine print below!!

*at this time we are not shipping our dies to Australia and New Zealand. If you are in Australia or New Zealand please contact your local craft store to purchase our dies. If you need to find store location, please email Copic X-Press at jacqui@xpressgraphx.com.au and they will be happy to assist you.*

Stamps Used: La La Land Crafts Telephone Marci and Accessories, Heart Chair
Die: La La Land Crafts Dress Form
Paper: Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Buttons, Maya Road mini spools, The Twinery Twine, Sewing Machine Charm, Seam Binding, Lace, Pins, string, Tim Holtz measure tape, sewing machine, pebbles chalks, paper piercer
Colour: Copics and Atyou Spica - Skin: E0000, E00, E11, R20. Hair: E33, E35, E53, E57. Phone: R22, R24, R27, R29, N8. Chair: YR61, YR65, YR68, N8, N6, N4. Clothes: RV63, RV66, RV69, N8, N6, N4, Y32, Y35, Y38 Atyou Spica in Clear and Black

Till next time

June 3, 2012

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #149

Hi Hi Everyone

Happy Sunday to you all, today at Magnolia Down Under we are Seeing Double... No No we didn't have a massive night last night LOL and nope we don't need new glasses either, but We would like you to use two of the same thing on your cards this week:-)

What Fun!!! For my card I used Big Bubbling Tilda from the Bon Voyage Collection and then I got out the mini version of her too!!! I coloured them both the same, I think they look really cute:-)  I used a tag Doo Hickey die to pop mini Tilda on, and big Tilda I've sewn her on to my paper:-)  So here she is I hope you love her as much as me:-) 

So it's not long till I jump on a Plane and head up to Brisbane for the big paper show - oh boy I can't wait for it, it's going to be so much fun hanging out with a few of my buddies and finally meeting a few others!!! 

Don't forget to jump on over to the challenge blog and see what gorgeous things the Design Team have created for your inspiration this week:-)

Stamp: Magnolia Bon Voyage Collection Bubbling Tilda, and Mini Bubbling Tilda
Die: Magnolia Doo Hickey's
Paper: Magnolia
Embellishments: Seam Binding, Bird Cage Charm, Stickles, Flowers, Prima Letter Sticklers, Sewing Machine, Glossy Accents
Colour: Copic and Atyou Spica in Clear

Thanks so much for Looking:-)