Friday, November 21, 2014

Lindys Love ....

 Hey there

Here is my project I created for Lindy's Stamp Gang last week ...

I have another one over on the vlog today ... get over and have a look!

I love a family selfie! Recently we took a couple of weeks, and had a family holiday – just the three of us, relaxing, fishing, and just taking time to hang out with each other.

This page is about how much I love my people!

Again, just like on my previous post, I started with white card stock, and generously wet down the background, but this time only in a strip across the middle. While wet, I used Sea Grass Green, Clam Bake Beige and Whale Watch Blue from the Starburst Sprays Nantucket Pearls collection plus Bodacious Blush and again flicked on the color using the nozzle. When it was almost dry, I added a few flicks of Toto’s Tornado Black to match in with my photo.

I definitely think the trick to getting a great result using this technique is allowing it to air dry, rather than using a heat tool. It just seems to give a better result.

I added a little background stamping using green and black ink for depth and then using watered down Sea Grass Green and Whale Watch Blue, I hand painted the Cameo cut title so that it matched in with the background.

I’m loving the softness that the background has created.
Thanks so stopping by and having a look, and have a great day

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Love Fiercely....

I have another project over at Lindy's Stamp Gang at the moment ....

Head over and have a look and leave me some love!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

You only get one chance to live this life .... there are no do overs .....

Earlier this year I was asked by the lovely Vanessa at Scrapbooking Memories Magazine if I would write about my Cancer Journey for it's upcoming Pink October issue.

I thought about it for a while then decided that the best way to get awareness and to make women stop ignoring the signs, was to do it ... put it in writing.

Now I know that I've kept the online diary of whats been going on but . .. putting it in print is a whole different ball game.

I had no idea that writing this article would open up a whole new can of worms for me ... some good and some bad.

I started writing this as the one year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis was coming around.

At first it didn't seem to be too much of a drama ... I got thru bigger hurdles ... but then I fell to pieces..... In a big way ... I dont need to go into details but lets just say if it wasn't for Trevor, Tatum and Ebony ... I would have totally lost the plot.

It wasn't pretty.
There was a lot of ugly crying...
There was a lot of anger....
There was a lot of confusion. ..

I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I stepped up and got help and I can happily say that now I'm cleared of PTSD and in a much better head space.

I have been having three monthly blood tests and check ups and so far so good ... but I'm not out of the woods just yet ...

It is certainly not easy to put it out there that I've been unwell and hard to talk about having PTSD but the reality is that it happened and it's been part of the journey.

I've changed a lot over the last twelve months and it's all for good.

I've not turned into one of those cancer survivors who now only eat vegan and meditate but I now realize who and what is really important in my life and I'm putting my energy into that.
I'm embracing this and I'm happy.

I hope that by writing this article for Scrapbooking Memories,  someone has taken themselves for a check up and stopped ignoring their body.

You only get one chance to live this life .... there are no do overs .....

Its that simple.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fabulous & Seriously Cheeky

Hey guys!

My turn today to blog over at A Piece of Cake Designs and I'm sharing my fave page that I have created with the gorgeous October Main Kit!

It's super simple and super easy but I'm loving it!

I used the Doodlebug Design 'Sprinkles Vellum' and sewed it to some neutral paper from my stash (not very well mind you) and then adhered it to some dark kraft card from my stash (again with terrible sewing around the edges)

The Pebbles 'Jen Hadfield - Homemade' Paper Bag was just the right colour and I slipped the doily in and wrapped some gold washi tape and black cotton around the bag.

I used a few gold stickers from the American Crafts 'Shimelle'; Accent & Phrase Sticker Book, matted my photo in gold card and black card, added the very cute APOCD flair and I was done!
The title is a chipboard cut from Imaginarium Designs which I personally designed! 

I hope you are all having a great day.
Thanks for stopping by
Natalie May

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Show them ....


Just stopping by to show you the full page I have featured over at Lindy's Stamp Gang this week!

And if you are interested in learning this technique, I am teaching it next Monday night at Seriously Scrapbooking ... call 8277 1298 to book in


Have a great day

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lindys' Stamp Gang .....

I am super thrilled to be a Guest Designer over at Lindy's Stamp Gang this month!

Actually ... I'm thrilled betond words!

I am totally converted ... these mists are just divine and I've been using them on EVERYTHING!

Here is a sneak of my first project .... Please head over and check out the rest and leave me some love!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

White with one .... November Challenge

This month over at White with One, our colour is ..... FREESIA

Such a beautiful colour to work with - bright and happy!

I created this layout loosely based on a sketch I found on Pinterest quite sometime ago and I loved the idea of using lots of different shades of Freesia on the page! I raided my papers and scraps and it turns out I have heaps of paper in this colour!

I created the background using a Gelli Plate which was a whole lot of fun! Love this technique!

So head over and have a go at this colour challenge this month - there are a HEAP of prizes up for grabs too from our awesome sponsors! (the flair on this page is kindly supplied by Funky Flair Studios)


Monday, November 3, 2014

Love Today .....

Well hello there!

It's my turn to post for A Piece Of Cake Designs today.
Today I've gone a little creative and channeled my inner Ebony Van der Starre!

This is a super simple page using a couple of elements from the October main kit and taking inspiration from the colours and designs in the kit

I started out using Black Archival Ink and stamped a heap of images onto my white cardstock.

I then jumped onto the sewing machine and added a few random circles - I suck at sewing ... you have no idea how much of a drama this was but I persisted and kept on trying! LOL!

Using Gelatos, I added colour to each of the stamped images making sure that it wasn't too bright.

I matted my photo and added a couple of darker paper strips behind it and then added the pale peach coloured washi tape in strips under my image.

The little epoxy stars were the perfect embellishment for this page and just pop out!

For the title, I chose one of the Heidi Swapp words and teamed it up with a rub-on from my stash!
These can be a little difficult to stick on as they are transparent but a little Dimensional Magic did the job nice!

So that's it from me!
Enjoy your Monday and chat soon!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Piece of Cake Digi Cuts ....

Hi there!

Today I'm going to show what works for me when it comes to cutting the new digi files that are available in store at A Piece of Cake Designs!

How cool are these?

I'm a messy scrapper and never have the room to have my Cameo set up ready to go if I need something for a project so what I do is pre-cut and store for later!

I imported my files to my library and created a folder called APOCD where I knew I could easily access them and keep them all together.
I then opened a new doc and filled the 12x12 with the files I wanted to cut. I put as many on there as I could so that it utilized the paper.

I am using white flat cardstock as it can be coloured and is easily adaptable to any of my projects.
Once I sent it to cut, I went off and did a few jobs and came back to a nearly beautifully cut sheet - I need a new blade (husband has been cutting vinyl with the machine which I now realize has made the blade quite blunt)

To remove them from the mat, I lift the edges with a knife and then use a Couture Creations Lift Off tool to peel the rest up.

I tend to peel off my cuts first leaving the backing on but then use the Lift Off tool to scrape the rest off the mat! Works really well to get your mat nice and clean again!

Once I have them all cut, I store them in a pizza box between baking paper so that they stay flat and are easily accessible.

So that's what works for me!

Everyone is different and I am still learning to use my machine and fine tune my settings!
What settings do you use for Cardstock & Watercolour paper? What works for you?

And how do you store your cuts?
I'd love to hear some suggestions!

Have a great day!
Natalie May