Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Finally school holidays here in Tasmania!
The girls and I are away visiting family for this next week (dh couldnt come as he had to work so is at home looking after cat and birds)

And after having the past week in Melbourne working and getting home, had only time to unpack my suitcase, wash and dry clothes, and then repack to trip off again, but at least this time its to relax.

Anyway, while being away, so many of my scrappy projects that I had prepared a few weeks ago (did mammoth effort to make deadlines!!!) have been revealed - so here they are:
(LOL - this could be long!!)


Here's a litte tutorial on how to use Tim Holtz Distressed Ink, Tim's Blending Tool and some Crackle Paint!

Before we start though.. I have a tip about what to I use underneath my project when using paints/inks/crackle etc...
Prima packaging - the big packets that hold canvas sheets, some iron-ons or canvas projects etc...they are great for jobs like this. I keep the plastic on. And when they get too mucky - throw away!

(ignore the coffee stained colour of the tag - I stained this ages ago and will ink over it anyhows :wink: )
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Tags and Bookplates
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Reinforcers

Fold over the end of the tag to form a pocket and get your crackle paint ready...
Be sure to stick both sides of the folded part down to make the pocket
I've used 'Antique Linen' here which isnt in the shop...but this one is. Its great too :P Ranger - Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy

Paint on the crackle very thick... the thicker - the wider the cracks - and a thin coat will leave very fine cracks. I've used both...painting a heavy thick coat in the middle and fading out around the edges. You need a good 1/2hr to dry OR use some heat on it for much quicker!
Here's how it looks cracked -

Using Ranger Tim Holtz Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
Drip a couple of drops of 'Distressed Ink' onto the foam pad
Then start rubbing it in a circular motion over the tag. You could also just rub the Blending Tool onto a Distressed Ink Pad and do the same job.
Ranger Tim Holtz Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Tim Holtz Inkssentials Ink Blending Foam
Tim Holtz Distress Stain Vintage Photo
Evenually covering the whole tag with ink

Then with a wet rag, just wipe over just the crackle paint and the colour will show through again.... but it will leave dark colour in the cracks......a fabulous worn look!

Ink up a little embellishment.

And glue it to the tag pocket

Pop in a couple of little tiny tags into the pocket, and tie some string around the tag like you would a parcel. And if you have some lovely hardware like these Prima Vintage Trinket Birds or the like...try one and see how it looks.

There's three SCRAP STUDIES to choose from for September!


Hannah (10) and her art with her art teacher looking on


Hannah bored minding the luggage while we fetched the car


Paige at the studio

Catching up on Scrap Therapy's August Projects where
'Prima' was the 'Man of the Month'

ABC's Album
This is a great little challenge where twice a month a random letter of the alphabet is picked for a page on everyday life (or anything you like really)
I'm doing mine in 12x6" form
These two are for August... (easy enough to catch up if you want to join in!) Next on is due on our Friday night reveals  (10th sept)

where I love to be every Wednesday morning

Our gate that closes off the veranda a the top of the stairs

If you like to follow some directions to get some LO's done...try


Have you ever tried Prima's Flocked Iron-On's?
I love them!! They arent that hard to use - with a little bit of patience with waiting :lol:

I found that it was easiest to put 'iron ons' in the 'Search Products' box up on the right hand side - and it brought up all the iron-ons in the shop! (very handy that box!! :P )

Here I've used the BUTTERFLIES on some canvas - works a treat! You can also find all kinds of canvas products by typing in 'canvas' in that search box too! :wink:

Paige in Kindergarten - Little Miss Mary Poppins!
These butterflies add such a wonderful colourful effect!

So here's how I do it

Step One
Mist a path under the butterflies... and placed them where I wanted them to go.

Step Two
Using one of dh's old hankies pressed with a hot iron over the top for a good minute -it defintiely needs more than what they recommend... (of course relieving it every now and then..dont want to burn a hole in it!!! :lol: ) You can iron straight onto the plastic :shock: .. but I just dont have it in me to do it! Dont need to use steam either. :wink:

THen comes the patience part! :|

Step Three
The trick with these are to let them completely COOL down before peeling. Lifting the LO off the hot ironing board and putting it on a cool surface helps speed the time up (or wave it about!!) :wink: Peel very slowly and re-iron any part that hasnt taken :wink:

Step Four
Here's how they all look ironed on :biggrin:

A bit of Sewing
I sewed some big stitches in between the butterflies and added bows - kinda felt like the song in Mary Poppins 'Lets Go Fly a Kite'


What about paper do you ask? Do these iron-ons work on paper???...
they sure do!

Here's one:

I've used Flocked Plants
Annalee Poetry

It does crinkle the paper slightly.

Here's the peeling process in this one:

You can place one iron-on over the other as it takes really well.
The flocked iron-ions feel really velvety.

Here's one I did last year.. these flocked pink flowers arent in the shop now,(though the foam stamp is) but just to give you another idea how you can us them on another LO... I cut around on side of the flock and was able to tuck underneath them...

:biggrin: :biggrin:

The LO  for August's
(I hold on the 4th Wedneday of each month. You can find the details of September's HERE)


August Challenges for
(have to register to get in)

Me in my Dad's Army hat

Me again at 10yrs - in my hot pink 'hot pants'
My mum made one each for my two sisters and I...
all the same with an embroidered butterfly on the front!


Check out all the DT girl's fabulous LO's and see which one/s you'd like to jack!
Paige and Hannah (4 & 6yrs) outside Luna Park in Melbourne

Colour: White
Word: On
Technique: White space

I took these photos of the bird, flowers, butterfly at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens in April , then cut them down to create a scene.

Also checkout
as the very first challenge has gone up!

Go visit
to check out the DT call
and Challenge #27

Phew.... if you've managed to get to the bottom and not clicked off - wow!
Thanks heaps!


Hope said...

What a lot of gorgeousness in one hit. Lovely pages.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwww! You have been busy! I loveeeeeeeeeeee these! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Lizzy Hill said...

Gee whiz ~ you deserve a break after that mammoth effort. Hot Pants remind me of me at 10 ~ I had purple ones [just like these] with a pink heart in front! You do such beautiful work:) Have a lovely,relaxing break:)

Jenny said...

Wow Mandy, you have been busy... and such beautiful pages... all very delish... enjoy your time away...

Jenny x

Dora said...

You have been busy, and I love your style!

Melissa said...

No wonder you are glad to be on holdiays gorgeous girl....that must have been a hectic week or so to get all that done before you went away to Melbourne.Glad you are home and relaxing , putting your feet up a little.The past couple of months have been long and busy for you.Enjoy your holiday with the family and say HI to teh girls..xx Mel

Lea said...

Wow is right! I'll just touch on few things that jumped out... the fussy cutting on the botanical gardens layout is fabulous, the Hannah layout with the trees and great picture- wow, and love how the lace mimics the shelves for Scrap Study 2.

Lizzyc said...

wow so many beautiful and different creations in this post.. well done on getting so many done!!

Nanette said...

Hi Mandy, just wanted you to know that I scraplifted your layout at Scrap Jacked! Thanks for sharing your layout. You can see mine on my blog Scrap-4-kids