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

Tuesday, 16 June 2020


Hi, Today I am sharing a project I created for Paper Rose Design Team
that started out as a 6 x 6" card but instead has become a feature on an Art Journal page.

I started by stamping & clear heat embossing the whole range of cacti stamps from the Paper Rose Cactus Greetings stamp set with Archival ink on water colour paper.

I then coloured the cacti & pots with a water brush pen & Distress inks.
Adding shading & the 'speck' stamp from the Arty Love Create words stamp set
gave more depth & texture to the images.
I then used the coordinating dies to cut the images out.

 I chose some Gelli printed papers in Terracotta tones to form the background of the card.
I die cut a window with the Geometric Border die from a 6 x 6" background.
I backed this with a more colourful print.
 Raising it with foam tape to show off the contrast & shadow of the geometric pattern.
I arranged the little pots across the card also raising some with foam dots.

The sentiment is from the Paper Rose A5 black & white sentiment sheet.
Faux stitching & highlights were added with black & white posca pens.

I decided to keep the card as an inspiration page in my Dina Wakley Journal.

I chose a hessian & rag watercolour paper spread to work on.
I used Dina Wakley spray acrylic paints through the Arty Love Mark making stencil 
to add lovely bright colours & patterns across both pages.

Black Texture paste was then applied in random areas through the Waves Stencil.
Other mark making done with Posca Pens.

The card was attached to the hessian page with foam tape.

The pages turned out really colourful & textured.

Hope you like my idea of keeping a favourite card to turn into an artwork full of inspiration.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Cheers for now,  Deb