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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thoughtful Thursday - Felicity; Lets dance



I am very excited to sharing my first project as a Design team member. I am having lots and lots of fun playing with cupcake kit.
The colours are nice and bright. I will admit, I was a bit 'stand-offish' at first because I don't tend to use brights a lot. I admire all those creativity people that can pull of brights so easy.
This time I decided to start with to cards.
It was a perfect way for me to jump start the creativity and get a feel for the kit I guess. To see the endless possibilities.





With this card I started with the pinks.

NOT INCLUDED: Gold bow, flowers and frame.

I really wanted to get to a feel for the black in the kit.
I used it subtle in my layering.

NOT INCLUDED: Flower and bow.

I hope I have inspired today.



Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Workspace Wednesday ......


Time for me to share my Scrap Space with you all!

I'm lucky enough to have my own little room - which feels like it's getting smaller by the day - it used to be Jessica's nursery, hence the lemon cornices and the frieze on the wall. 

But it does the job and over time Trev & I have changed and added storage to try 
and accommodate my supplies!

This is what it looked like back in November 2010 before I was kicked out of the big room ..... Here
And back in December 2011 ..... Here

And today ....


The desk goes from under the window and down the right hand side of the room.

 We added the Ikea bookcase and turned it into shelving

 The built in wardrobe doors hold my masks - but I'm thinking I'm needing another line of wire soon....


 Inside the wardrobe is stuff ... boxes of stuff ... :)

My workspace is easy - I have everything at hand.
I have a couple of magnets to my left that hold my knife, scissors and other bits, hooks to hold my scissors and the drawers have my adhesives in them.



 To my right is the computer, my Making Memories caddy gifted by a wonderful scrappy friend, under the shelf is my tub of mediums, gesso and everyday inks.

 The drawers in the shelving hold more 'stuff' .... paints, flair, veneers, 
tapes, basket of flowers ... stuff like that.

 There is the right amount of room under the shelf for four drawers ... 
two hold mists and the other two hold punches.



My bookcase is a mess! 
Unfinished projects, Project Life I started but lost interest in, gear to take into 
work to teach with, just random stuff I cant find a home for. 

On the floor is 2 boxes of layouts that need to go into albums - anyone else have this problem?


There is a long shelf that goes the length of the room that hold all 
my finished mini albums and a few off the page projects


 The shelf underneath it hold my chipboard - this is currently a disorganized mess - 
I have zero interest in cleaning it up but that's on the list to do next week.... maybe


 My Raskog holds my most used stamps - the boxes next to it are ... current kit I'm using for APOCD, Studio Calico kits unopened, box of Cameo cuts ready to use, new stuff I ordered 
that needs a home and a box of scrap cardstock!


So that's my craft space.
It's never this tidy - the floor is always covered in bits of paper and random stuff... I work in here just about everyday ... being a full time scrappy person with teaching classes and running 3 webpages and blogs, design team work and magazine work, it's a functional space that is continually evolving!
It's my space - and I love it!

Natalie May



Monday, 20 October 2014

MESSY MONDAY - Anna Allan; Colour it, Ink it, Stamp it!




Hi there!
Anna here for my FIRST blog post as a new DT member here at A Piece of Cake Designs.
I can't express how thrilled I am to be here!

Today I am sharing my first layout I have created using the awesome Cupcake Kit.
And can I just say - I am always impressed at how everything in the APOCD kits just co-ordinate so well. Raquel has such a keen eye for detail and certainly knows how to put a yummy, user-friendly, no fuss kit together. Just open the box and go for it -- the work is done for you, everything matches and just fits together perfectly. LOVE THAT!



So, as the heading of this post suggests, I have gotten a tad messy with this page with a water-coloured, stamped background as a base for my layout.


For the pink water-colour background, I have used the plastic bag method. Firstly, I applied a layer of gesso down the middle of my page. Once dry, I lightly spray the area with water then paint a zip-loc bag with water colour (pink in this instance) and lay it paint side down onto the damp gesso area of the page. I absolutely adore this method - it's my go to technique when wanting to create water colour effect backgrounds.
When this part dries, I have used the stamp and chalk ink from the kit and randomly stamped it over the page. I have also done it with a grey ink as well. It was then just a matter of layering papers and the washi tape and doilies to create the photo mat.


I loved the speech bubble paper and to bring more attention to them I actually used a blade to cut around half of some of them which then overlapped onto my photo where I added some text documenting the exclamations of my besotted child with the bunny ;-)



For the title, I wanted to create a bit more depth to the words so adhered the required alphas from the kit to one of the patterned papers and cut around them so they each had a border. I love how it turned out!

Thanks for dropping by!
A Happy Monday to you all.

Anna :-)




Sunday, 19 October 2014

STORE NEWS SUNDAY - A BIG BIG Update!


Hi Friends of APOCD,

I really do not know where to start with this post as there has been SO MUCH happening here at APOCD, so be prepared for a LONG post. Lots of capitals, yes, but very necessary! 

Digital Store

So hmm, lets start at the beginning with the new most exciting change to APOCD. The opening of our digital store.


 The store can be accessed from our main site and can be found here

We have the most awesome files available from three very talented designers; Jessy Christopher, Rachel Hodge and Polka Dot Creative




These digital files provide you with numerous file types perfect for all digital uses; svg, png, dxf, pdf and some even contain the .abr photoshop brush file so you can use the gorgeous images on top of your photos too!

These are available in our store now. 
*Please note all files are in AUD* 
*The digi files are immediate download and a download link is given via email* 


Blogging…even more inspiration!

Starting this week our blogging will be a little bit different than usual. The DT and I will be providing you with inspiration covering a variety of themes, Messy Monday, Workspace Wednesday and more. You will need to visit the blog regularly to it out!

October Kits

The October kits are released and available in the APOCD store now. I know I say this every time but I do think these are my all time favourite. I love love love the colour combos in them and the kits come with so many bits and pieces that you will be able to create lots of projects with them.

Here they are:






Cherry Flair

As you all may be aware, due to my pregnancy and arrival of my baby boy Jack, I deactivated the flair for a little while. It was something that I know requires a lot of my love and energy and I simply couldn't give 100% to. 

But, our little family have slowly found our feet. Little Mr is 3 months now, so the flair are back up and running on the APOCD site. 

We have two new sets released and available here 


For every Pink Ribbon set sold APOCD will donate $1 to the Pink Ribbon Foundation. 



Well I think that is all for now, don't forget to add our blog to your favourites or blog feed to stay up to date with all things APOCD and be inspired by our awesome design team!

Raquel xxx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

DESIGNER INSPIRATION - Natalie May; Cards with the kit scraps

Hi everyone

Using the ample scraps I have left from my main kit, I decided to whip up a couple of quick cards.

Card 1 ... hello ....I love making easle cards. They are super simple and really very easy and most importantly they look really impressive. 


To make this card I cut some kraft to be 4x12. Then cut off a 4x4 piece .. this is my front. I then folded the remaining 8x4 in half then folded one side back on itself.


I added some of the gorgeous orange, pink and white stripe to the front then added a cameo cut, prima flower and some metallic and aqua washi to finish. On the inside you need to create an edge for the front to sit on so a couple of strips of paper and a cameo cut is perfect.



Card 2 .... wishing u loveUsing some black cardstock I folded it to create a gate fold …. 


One side is a little under four inches and the other is about two inches. This just makes this card look a little different. 

I used the gorgeous transparency and cut two pieces to size then stapled them to the black card. (I stapled under where my embellishments would be). 



Using a nail file I sanded off the words from the cork embellishment and added my sentiment using the thickers and studio calico alphas.


Card 3 .... thanksAnother simple card. 



White cardstock folded in half, one small paper at the top with the darker arrow paper at the bottom. 

I added a smaller piece of vellum over the top and wrapped the orange twine around a couple of times  before sticking the whole lot to the front of my card. Again I sanded off the white words as they just didnt suit, added the blue alphas and using foam tape added it to my card. A few of the super cute flower sequins finished it off nicely.




I hope you have found todays post inspiring and that it has provided you with ways to use up those kit scraps!


 
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