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Monday, 27 August 2012

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight......

I'm back to share my last layout that I created with this months kit!! I really enjoyed creating this one! And I must admit I still have plenty of product left over to create more!

I have used lots of different stencils and masks with mists to create an arty/grungey background and then used the various patterned papers to create the sphere! All the embellishments are from the studio calico embellishment kit! I then added some diecut stars , added some texture paste and some doodling and there you have it!!
I loved this quote too! Such a good versatile , happy quote!
Thanks, Eb xx

Sunday, 26 August 2012

An August Share .....from Raquel

Hello, long time no share from me!

I have been meaning to share this layout for a while. Since the start of the month the August kit had been calling my name, the embellies were just too good to refuse.

I decided to complete a challenge from one of the challenge sites using the August kit. Here's what I chose:


This month was a sketch

And here is my interpretation using the August release, there are still a few of these left here if you missed out!

The embellies in the Studio Calico Heyday pack were just perfect for this sketch, and the bonus of this kit is you get the whole pack to play with, not just a selection of the pack :)

Hope you like it, I sure did have fun using this sketch!

Raquel x

Friday, 24 August 2012

what do you think?

Malinda here....I love the latest APOCD kit...what do you think of this page?

It's for Kraft it Up August Challenge...I love this kit but I don't know if I love the page. Perhaps I've used too many muted colours on one page...or just too many colours for me on one page. Perhaps it was the sketch...I liked the sketch but I don't normally do PORTRAIT style pages iykwim.

Well I'm off to scrap...yep with the gorgeous APOCD August kit...who's still got some of the kit left?

Friday, 17 August 2012

A boy layout this time....

Hi everyone! Its Ebony again to show you another layout I have created  with this months gorgeous kit!
This time it is a layout of my son Will and how much he is improving with his swimming these last few months.

Once again I have added a few scraps of papers and cardstock to my kit from my stash as I love to be able to use up scraps as well! Makes my kit go further too :)
I LOVE the element stickers in this kit and they make the perfect, easy addition to your layouts. I have used another flag turned sideways as well!!!
happy creating. I will be back again soon with another share!
Eb xx

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

First page and loving it

Gorgeous kit this month from APOCD.

I've created 2 or 3 pages with this kit so far, hoping to use it again today sometime. It's for boy and girl, so perfect for my brood.

By now you will know I like PP as my background and love to use PAINT and masks/templates...the messier the better!

Normally I would shy away from paper with the sewing pattern on it. But this paper whilst intially you would think is for girls is great for boys, so blue and with the black makes it very boyish.

The strip of PP adds just another lot of colours to the layout to break it up a bit. Perhaps I should have added a touch of green and purple somewhere else on the layout. Might go back to do that.

Loved the alphas, and easy to doodle either around or actually on the alpha. 
How gorgeous is that washi...one of my favs I think!

The CHERRIES in the kits are just so cute, and match perfectly with the papers. Love them!

Right off to create! This page is for August Show Us Your Stuff challenge. Head on over and check out the challenge.

Have a great day xxxx Mal

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Monthly Recipe with Ebony

Hi everyone!!! I am so excited to be now apart of the A Piece of cake Design Team!!!!
Today I have a layout to share with you, of which I am going to share my thought process and instructions to create yourself!!!
It is actually this months challenge at "Kraft it up" so it is based on this sketch.

I loved this sketch ! The other criteria is to add layers.....right up my alley!!!
So although you won't be able to submit this layout on the site as your challenge entry,  you can recreate it if you wish!!!
When I think of layers I don't always think papers and embellishments! I love to add layers through different mediums such as paint, mists, stencils and stamps!!! So this layout shows you how to do this. Are you ready!!!???

Now you will notice a few things I have used that are not in this kit, but that is ok because I am sure you all have similar things in your own stash. To be honest I love using these kits and then pulling bits and pieces from my stash to add....it allows me to use up some of my other bits and pieces and it makes all of our layouts unique also!
So here is my layout!

And here are the steps you need to follow to recreate this layout! Enjoy!

1. The first step is to apply some blue ink or paint to your background cardstock in this instance Kraft!  I actually watered down some stazon ( however distress ink works much better) onto a piece of baking paper with some water and then rubbed my cardstock over it . ( Thanks Jas Shea for this tip!)

2. The next step is to use a mask with either some white mist or paint and apply to your kraft cardstock background. I have used a star template that I have created myself on my cricut. You could use anything you have in your stash or get creative and make your own also!!!
I have sprayed the area through the centre of my cardstock on a diagonal as you can see. ( Remember you will cover a lot up and you can also if using paint go back afterwards and add some more!)

3. I have used two 2x3 inch photos which I have trimmed down to fit these Heidi Swapp frames. Please note these do not come with your kit but they could EASILY be made yourself by matting your photos with cardstock. So this your next step to create these frames.

4. Place aside and start trimming some strips of patterned papers.The longest strip is from the wood grain My minds eye paper in your kit. Mine measures approx. 25cm x3.5cm and I have used a decorative punch along the top. I have also torn some parts of the top edge off. Before adhering this piece take out of your Studio Calico embellishment pack  the tree banner pieces. The darkest aqua banner is stuck down in place before adhering your paper strip. Then the other two go over the top of this strip as shown. 

5. Next  you will see the cute little “happy” word strip on your Basic Grey sticker sheet. This is cut down and stuck down as shown.

6. Now I have also added a little pink tag to my layout which is not in the kit but you could add a piece of paper, cardstock, journaling tag ( there are heaps of cute ones on the Basic Grey sticker sheet.) Adhere this as I have and then its time to add some washi tape! Use a strip of the grey one in your kit and also small pieces of any other tapes you might have in your stash as I have…or pieces of ribbon or patterned papers from your stash or this kit…up to you!!!
The beauty of these kits is it is a great way to use up your stash too as you can add small amounts of other pieces you have at home!!!

7. Now adhere your two photos or even just one if you have a larger photo. I have used one of the little flag stickers from the Basic Grey sticker sheet on the bottom of my frame.

8. On top of my pink tag I have added the yellow tag found in the Studio Calico embellishment pack. I have two brads from the kit and adhered. I added some journaling to it at the end. 

9. Now I have used two of my flags to create some more banners. I just cut the sticks off!

10. Add in two of your fabric buttons.

11. I have stamped the word “delight” onto my layout underneath my photos. You could add journaling here, a quote, a border stamp….whatever you have or even leave out completely!

12. Wind and attach some of the yellow twine and make a bow for one end. I have attatched with staples.

13. Type out two little words in Word on your computer or use some stickers from your stash and add those. 

14. I have cut out three little arrows from some scrap white cardstock as well as a star. You can free hand it or trace around a template. I have used a small star punch in two sizes to cut some yellow ones and a pink one from scraps of paper .Adhere these as shown.

15. I have used an acrylic  script stamp ( there was one in a previous kit!) randomly amongst my misting on my background with black ink. The trick is not to use a block….just hold the stamp with your hand and do not ink the entire stamp. Just ink it randomly and with your fingertips push the stamp in a few places to create a more random look.

16. Now add your title using the alphas.

17. Use a black pen to add some doodling around your photos and add journaling!

I hope you enjoyed this process!!!
I will be back again soon with some more shares, Eb xxx


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

A competition!!

Want to win a $20 voucher to the APOCD store?

Visit our Facebook Page for more information

*competition closes 8pm this Sunday*

Some sad and happy news!

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to our awesome team member Samantha due to work and life commitments. Samantha has provided us at APOCD with so much inspiration and she is going to be VERY missed! We wish her all the best in her future studies xxxHUGSxxx

We would like to now announce our newest DT member, who will be taking Samantha's place on the APOCD team.

Please welcome

My name is Ebony van der Starre and I am excited to be on this 
awesome team!

I live in Warrnambool Victoria with my hubby Steve and our two kiddies, Will and Maya.

I have been scrapping now for over 9 years 
and i love how many friendships I have made while doing this craft!

If I had to describe my style it would have to be ecclectic grunge.I love bright colors, mist and paint and my latest addiction is circles!!!!!

Check out Ebony's blog here...

Please join me in welcoming Ebony to our team xxx

Stay tuned later tonight for some Facebook Competition news!

Monday, 6 August 2012

And the August Kit is live....

Kit Contents

Papers - The Cake Mix:
  • Studio Calico 'Heyday - Silly' Patterned Paper
  • Studio Calico 'Heyday - Upbeat' Patterned Paper
  • Crate Paper 'Little Boy Blue - Leo' Patterned Paper
  • My Mind's Eye 'Miss Caroline - Howdy Doody, Beautiful' Patterned Paper
  • Basic Grey 'Paper Cottage - Clothesline' Patterned Paper
  • Fancy Pants Designs 'Time for Spring - Short Stout' Patterned Paper
  • We R Memory Keepers 'Love to Craft - Poplin' Patterned Paper
  • 1 x Kraft Cardstock
  • 1 x Vanilla Cardstock 

Embellishments - The Filling:
  • American Crafts - Hey Day Ali Aqua Linen Alphabet Stickers
  • Pink Paislee - Snow Day Letter Stickers
  • 1 Pack - Heyday 'Emphemera' Pack
  • 1 x Basic Grey 'Paper Cottage' Title Stickers
  • 10 x Basic Grey 'Paper Cottage' Flags

Other - The Icing on the Cake:
  • 1 x Grey dots 15m roll of Washi Tape
  • 1 yards each of 'The Twinery' twine in grey, light pink, yellow and pale blue
  • 1 x American Crafts Glitter Pen
  • 4 x Green Tara Flowers
  • 3 x Brads

The Cherry On Top:
  • Packet of 3 'Cherries' handmade by 'A Piece of Cake Designs'

The kit is available here

Don't forget to check out the extras instore too

Get it quick :)

Thursday, 2 August 2012

An August Sneak ...

Wow, this time has come around again and I am seriously excited to share with you our first August sneak.

I know I say this everytime, but this time I really do think this kit is my favorite!

So gorgeous right? Stay tuned for another sneak tonight!

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