Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Everyday my Friend

Hi there

Have you got your hands on the November Cupcake kit yet from A Piece of Cake Designs?
OMG!!! Totally love everything about this kit!

I created a quick and simple page today using these gorgeous Heidi Swapp papers and a few other bits from the kit!

I used the Kaiser mask and added a few pink spots to the background

 Loving the ephemera pack ... so versatile

And those Kaiser alphas are a great colour match too!

Have a great day

Monday, November 24, 2014

Another Guest post at Lindy's

I'm featured over at the Lindy's Stamp Gang blog again with a few tags that I have created using only a couple of materials from my stash.

I love making these tags, and recently spent a weekend demonstrating similar creations at a retailers day, showing different ways of using Imaginarium Designs chipboard.

These first two large tags were created at the same time.
I started by lightly painting one of the tags with a sponge roller, and some gesso to seal the chipboard. 
Then I mixed Flat Magical Mango Mania with some Modeling Paste.
I used an Imaginarium mask and covered my tag with the paste, lifted it off, 
and then flipped it onto the raw chipboard tag.
Once dry, starting with the ‘create art everyday’ tag, I used Flat Fabio Hibiscus Rose, and sprayed it on, and then watered it down with a water spray to lighten the color, and allow it to run down through the pattern.
The other Imaginarium Designs chipboards are all coated lightly with gesso, and then colored with Flat Fabios in Luscious Lime and Pineapple Paradise, with the white Prima flowers being sprayed in Flat Fabio Hibiscus Rose with a little Mango Mania added to the petals.
The words are again lightly coated in gesso, but then I added some Starburst Gag Me with a Spoon Gray to give it some shimmer.
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With the ‘always be amazing’ tag, I generously sprayed it with Starburst Clam Bake Beige & Cape Cod Coral, before stamping over it with a script stamp. Because this tag was not coated in gesso first, the mist soaked into the chipboard leaving a small amount of colour and all the gorgeous shimmer sitting on top!
I flicked on a little Flat Fabio Toto’s Tornado Black, coloured my Imaginarium feather and Loolabelle’ crosshatch circle in Time Travel Teal, and then gave my white Prima flowers a coat of Cape Cod Coral with some drops of Mango Mania.
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For the ‘blah blah blah’ tag, I used some of the new Prima 3D Matte Gel and mixed it with some Flat Magicals Hibiscus Rose and Caribbean Blue with some silver glitter!

Using another mask from Imaginarium, I swiped it over my gesso prepared background and heat set it.

Once dry, I used Flat Fabio Caribbean Blue and coated the tag before watering it down, and repeating the process. I then added Flat Fabio Toto’s Tornado Black and let it drip down between the bricks!

The Imaginarium Chipboard is then coated in Flat Fabio Toto’s Tornado Black for the bottom two layers then the small squares on top I used Gag Me with a Spoon Gray.
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And finally for the ‘you’re so fancy’ tag.

I mixed up some more Prima 3D Matte Gel and Flat Magicals Hibiscus Rose and Caribbean Blue and used a simple spot mask over the gesso prepped background.

Once dry, I added some Pineapple Paradise and let it drip down through the circles. The Imaginarium chipboard was prepped with gesso, and then I used Caribbean Blue for the big pinwheel (there are a brand new design I created last week), Hibiscus Rose for the middle one and mixed the two sprays together on my mat for the small one to create that gorgeous purple!
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Once each of the tags were dry, I used a little Dimensional Magic to give certain elements a shine – I love this final touch … adds a little sparkle to the project!
So I hope you liked my tags … I loved creating them and cant wait to give them away to a few of my friends!
You can view more of my work at … and find me on Instagram under happydaks.

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)