Friday 13 November 2020


 Hi There, 


Design Team Members from both companies are providing so much inspiration showcasing their new release collections.

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Today I am sharing a set of three cards that came about from my idea of creating a geode style card,  incorporating lots of shiny, glittering layers.

As soon as the Splat Nesting Die was released by Paper Rose 
I knew it would be perfect for my design idea. 
Amethyst is my birthstone so i was inspired to firstly create in purples, accented with silver & gold.

The Gold Cardstock & the Sentiments i used are also from Paper Rose.

Combining this die with embossing powders & glitters from WOW!
         created the sparkling, metallic effect i wanted to achieve.

The embossing pen was applied randomly to the golden die cuts & their edges.
Tracing of the die cuts with the embossing pen on the corners of the card created 
more organic patterns before heat embossing.  
Metallic Brass embossing powder was applied & melted creating an extra golden texture.
The Glitters of Pearl Gold, Pumpkin Spice & Celebration Sparkles were applied 
with liquid glue to provide extra crystalline bling!

The watercoloured backgrounds were created with twinkling h20's 
& lindy's stamp gang colours before die cutting & layering.

The last card i created was inspired by the more natural colours of 'thunder eggs' 
& agates that are found in australia.

These cards were so much fun to make i couldn't stop at one.
So fun to find such appropriate sentiments.
Hope this gives you some inspiration to add some bling to your own card creations.

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Friday 13th November

Sunday 6 September 2020


 Hi Readers,

Today I wanted to share my Australian themed card featuring 

the Kookaburra Builder die from Paper Rose.

The creation of this card came together almost as a happy accident,
as I was die cutting shapes from packaging 
that I had precoloured with mica, distress & distress oxide sprays.

I always have a heap of this precoloured cardboard on hand.
I love the textures that occur on the different packaging as the sprays dry naturally.

I cut the various pieces of the Kookaburra from various colours.

I attached the pieces together with Distress collage medium.
It was easy & lots of fun to put together.
I added extra layers of black to form shadows & extra pieces on the crest & tail.

I diecut the centre of the 6 x 6" background card with the Stitched Peekaboo circle die.
The Layered Foliage Windows die formed the greenery within the circle. 
I used both the positive & negative parts of these die cuts.
I think that adds extra interest & depth to the background.

The Layered Just a Note die was also cut from similar cardstock,
& popped up for the Kooka to perch on.
Mounted with layers of cardstock & kraft card.

I loved making this card.  It turned out just as I imagined with lots of colourful texture.

I forgot to take progress photos as I was creating,
 so I also made a 2nd project using similar papers 
& theme to make a wall hanging on an oversized kraft tag.

The background oversized kraft tag was first smeared with gold embossing paste, 
then swiped with white crackle paste & left to dry.
Various matte sprays were applied to the paste highlighting the beautiful crazing.

The Scribble Circle die was applied to the background,
then layers of Eucalyptus leaves for Kooka to perch on.

Here is a sneak peek of the mess of coloured cardstock on my craft table.

Hope this gives you some creative inspiration to build yourself 
a Kookaburra or two, too!!

Cheers for now,
Deb Adams xx

Friday 14 August 2020


Hi there,

Today I am showcasing some new Scrap FX products with an ancient art technique. (But new to me!)

I created two artistic collages on canvas.    One is dark & grungy, as aged as the images I chose.

The other is bright & visually textured.

Both are amazing, 

as the encaustic wax technique allows the formation of so many layers 

that blend & become suspended in the wax.

Every layer is still visible as the printed rice & tissue paper becomes transparent.

The colours in the collage paper darken & the images become more pronounced.

 Even transparencies & chipboard have been immersed in the wax.   No glue required!

Art Pastels, Finnabair Matte Waxes also applied between the layers

to define the images, the chipboard & scratch marks.

I was inspired by Kasia Avery of Everything Art.

If interested in this technique here is the link to a free video tutorial

I followed the advice from the tutorial & purchased encaustic ground (gesso) & encaustic medium (bees wax & resin combined)

& a hake (natural fibre) brush.  I really enjoyed this technique so will definitely be repeating this process again & again.

Looking at all those collage papers in a different way now.  Want them all!!

The Scrap FX products I created with were as follows:

Iconic Faces transparency    Circle Hash frame  Blue Mandala collage paper 

Da Vinci collage paper   Loopy Script collage paper  White Writing by Niamh Baly  Pop Art Penelope  

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Psychedelic 70's Layout

Hi There,
Today I am sharing a layout in tribute to the Psychedelic 70's, 
full of groovy fun & love of colour
for the Scrap FX Design Team.

It all started out just playing around with colouring circles of acrylic paint
 on some scrap kraft paper.
I continued the circular theme with various circular stamps & stencils.

Scrap FX has the perfect Transparencies & Chip boards to suit this theme.
Love these fonts & designs.

Ended up recreating the same patterns in layers.
The white background is decorated with the Flourish Window stencil
 just outlined in black posca pen.

The next layer is the colourful painted & stamped layer.
The final layer is a repeat of the painted, stamped layer that has been overlaid with stencils
& darkened with Dina Wakley acrylic paint in night
Circle StencilFlourish Window stencil

The chipboard sentiment was painted with Flourescent acrylic paint
& topped with a layer of glossy accents to make it 'pop'.
Psychedelic 70's
The Hippie Power Transparency was used to highlight the circles.
Hippie Power transparency

& I had the perfect photo from my Daughter's School Days to display.

Cheers for now,
Deb Adams

Monday 20 July 2020

Amazing Gears & Circuit Card

Hi Readers,
Today I am sharing a card I created with a masculine, rusty vibe.

To make the card a bit more special I created it oversized 8x4" & in a trifold style.

To achieve the rusty background I used an orange sheet of metallic kraft cardstock 
from the Tim Holtz 8x8" Metallic Jewels paper pack. 

I applied a very thin coat of clear gesso with a palette knife over the whole surface.
Once dry, I applied clear crackle paste randomly, thicker in some areas. 
The reason I applied the clear gesso first was to ensure the crackle layer 
would adhere properly & not just flake off.

I left the crackle to dry naturally.  Walk away for a few hours to let the cracks develop.

Drips of alcohol ink were then applied & spread by gently tapping with a felt applicator.
In some places the alcohol lifted the orange layer right off,
letting the silver base metallic cardstock show through.
I quite liked this distressed effect.  The cracks were well highlighted by the black ink.

The rest of the rust coloured page was used to die cut all the cogs, 
Even an offcut strip was used as a piece of trim.
I loved the rusty page so much I simply mounted it on heavy weight black cardstock
& layered the cogs, circuit & sentiment 
to allow the rusty finish to be the main feature.

The Paper Rose Circuit Die was cut from a piece of chalkboard black cardstock.
What an amazing die cut! So intricate and perfect contrast for under the sentiment.
I chose the sentiment from the Black & White Sentiment sheet set
& applied it over the layers of cogs & circuit texture.

Extra cogs were added to the trifold page.

White cardstock applied to the centre of the card for a written sentiment to be added.


It is fun to experiment to see what finishes you can achieve with the products in your stash.
Hope this inspires you to attempt a cracked, rusty finish too.
Happy Creating & Cheers for now,

Deb Adams