Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Felt frame birthday card

It's Tracy's and my birthday (yes, we're twins) and I made her a happy birthday card using lots of her my2angels goodies! 

It all started out with a black felt frame. I covered it with pink felt ribbon (it's on sale!) and trimmed it off at the edges of the black frame. This makes the big frame a little subtler. 
Using some Twinkling H2Os I coloured a piece of white cardstock (you can also use water colours or Gelatos) and did some stamping to darken the edges. 

The bottom corners were decorated with 2 filigree corners. I inked them with Versamark ink and heat embossed them in white to match the card. 

 The filigree butterfly got the same treatment. I used fine embossing powder and only did one coat of embossing to retain the details in the metal. 
Now it was just a matter of adding lots of pink and silver embellies.

 I used:
star flowers (cut apart to go further)
- large button (see a big range of buttons here)
- a pin (see lots of designs here)

To finish off the card I glued the decorated frame on a folded piece of black cardstock and cut around the outside (leave some of the folded line uncut). I felt a rectangular card would have messed with the groovy shape of the felt frame.

I hope Tracy likes it!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Kaisercraft Off the Wall - Embrace Imperfection....more grunge!

Hi there & Happy 2015 to you all!  Michele here again with my second Off the Wall layout.

This time I let myself get really grungy and chose what I think are three VERY suitable photos to match the papers. 

We all have that friend who brews their own, right? Because it's cheaper, stronger, or (supposedly) tastes better. Usually it's beer, sometimes it's a liqueur - maybe something like Baileys Irish Cream, occasionally it's wine made from strange plants like Elderberry, Dandelion or Pear. 
This time it was just straight Vodka or Schnapps - only much worse. LOL! My layout tells it like it is.

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This year I really need to stick to my NY Resolutions and use up the TONS of stuff I have in my stash! I started this layout with just that in mind.
Who else has dozens of sets of unused alphas? Fortunately someone clever came up with the idea of using them to create texture and interest on the background, so I happily embraced that idea on this layout.
There are three layers making up this background - all inked on the edges with Black Soot Distress ink and an Ink Blending tool. First a sheet of Kaisercraft Navy Weave Cardstock, followed by a sheet of grey corrugated cardstock from my stash with one edge torn off and a sheet of the reverse of Attitude , also with the edge torn off. I cheated a bit and used this last edge to tuck between the cardstock and the corrugated card so that it looks like there are four layers.

Then I started to play. I can't remember in what order I did this, but I don't think it matters much either.
Around the edges are some torn printed tapes....Kaisercraft Dominos and Happiness, and Darice Black and White Script. I randomly pushed Viva Decor Mother of Pearl Light Blue Modelling Cream and Matt Multi Medium through my Dots template and then I added some American Crafts Thickers in small groups around the page.
Over the top of these is a light, watered down coat of black Gesso, just to take the shine off the letters and to make sure the next layer stayed on - the next layer being a coat of Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint - very thin on top of the letters - but quite thick in the spaces between them. This took ages to dry, but when it was completely crackled I added some Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. A splodge of the ink pad on my craft sheet, a spray with water, then I applied it in and around the crackled areas with a paintbrush.

Before adding the photos I laid a few vertical strips of paper and some Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon down the side of the page. The paper strips are the cut off manufacturers edges from the Off the Wall Attitude and Tag papers. The Film Strip ribbon is out of stock right now, but I need some more, so I will be asking Tracy to re-stock.  ;)

My photos are all mounted on Dimensional Tape. In keeping with my resolution, I have used eyelets and Silver Iron Chain to join them up. It must be years since I used my Crop-a-Dile and eyelets!!

Embellishing this one was fun. There's some tangled blue embroidery thread, Gadget Gear Cog Charms, Silver Typewriter CharmsRhinestone Dots (both Black and Clear) and Licorice Twist Sugar Beads.

In amongst it all there are also some small watch parts my hubby found for me on eBay, an Ideaology Word Band - ''Embrace Imperfection'' and a small bottle. Inside the bottle is some water with Chipped Sapphire colour added (Shhh ... I rinsed my paintbrush in it). A small white Ideaology Remnant Rub - Halloween Apothecary was perfect as a label for it. I love that these come in both black and white :)

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My journalling (as usual - not really expansive, but descriptive of the photos) is on printable canvas. In case you can't read it (I know it isn't very clear) it says:

''a - Politely agree to taste your friend's home brew''

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''b - Savour the flavour''

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''c - Give him a considered, honest opinion''

Since I have used less than three whole papers from this range on my last two layouts, I still have stacks to use. Look out for some cards and tags coming your way soon!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Altered gumball machine

What a transformation. It started out as a humble mickey mouse gumball machine ($10.00 from Big W) and is now a stunning photo frame and money box! If only a personal make-over was this easy.  ;)

I started by removing poor old Minnie and applying a liberal amount of texture paste over which I went crazy with snow 'in a can'. Gotta love an instant snow drift. It has a really interesting texture to it.

I popped a little photo frame inside it - with some presents topped with my2angels charms and a Christmas Tree made from tinsel (see details further down).
altered Gumball Machine

altered Gumball Machine

altered Gumball Machine

Then I went made with white flowers and silver glitter ribbon ...
altered Gumball Machine

Check out the bird's eye view!

altered Gumball Machine

To make an easy Christmas tree like the one inside the gumball machine (sorry you probably can't see it very well, it's difficult to photograph through the plastic) - just follow the instructions ...

Cut a piece of pretty tinsel.
Give it a haircut to shape ...
and top with a star charm ... too easy!

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So - who is going to buy themselves a gumball machine and do their own makeover?

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Introducing ....

Happy New Year - welcome to 2015.

my2angels has been busy over the Christmas break (all that wet weather is good for keeping you inside creating) and we have a number of new Kits and Classes to show you. So grab a cup of coffee (and your credit card) and check out our New Year yumminess below.

Introducing ‘Filigree Wishes” – our new range of my2angels ‘Charming’ designs. Each embellishment features a sweet sentiment (printed on canvas) attached to a filigree base, which is then embellished with a selection of pretty bits and bobs (which may include flowers, charms, pearls, glass beads, tulle, lace, feather etc).

The “I Believe” sentiment is nestled in a bed of tulle and is adorned with a rose, a silver heart charm and a bead dangling on a chain. Priced at just $3.50, these are sure to be fast sellers - so get in quick.

 Our “Angels...” sentiment sits on a piece of muslin and is adorned with a rose, a silver angel wings charm and has a white pearl dangling on a chain. Only available in silver and white, it is also priced at just $3.50.

Sometimes all you need to finish off a layout is a “spot” embellishment. Something self-contained – short and sweet – that just hits the spot. Introducing our “Cap It” spot embellishments – short little statements that are just perfect for popping here and there as messages of love. Neatly contained in a bottle cap – each “Cap It” embellishment comes in a variety of colours and eventually – in a variety of themes.

First ‘cap off the rank’ is our “Stolen Heart - Cap It’s” – with bright colours for the boys and pastels for the girls. How can you stop at just one? At just $2.50 you can afford one of every colour.

Next up is our “Mother's Treasure - Cap It’s” – in a selection of soft pastels for the girls. To finish it off we have added a glittery heart, a rose and a silver heart charm. At just $2.99 how can you say no?

“Steampunk Dreams” Kit

Our embellishment mini kit – ‘Steampunk Dreams’ is a set of 3 embellishments done in a mechanical ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style of steampunk. No wonder the White Rabbit was late if he was trying to tell the time from one of our two fobwatch style embellishments.  And I think Alice’s Wonderland dream was much more likely up, up and away in a balloon – like our lovely balloon embellishment - than it was down a rabbithole. For just a mad $6.99 you too can have this stunning embellishment set.

Now that Christmas is over for another year, it is time to scrap your Xmas/New Year photos. We have some gorgeous new charms, just perfect for those layouts - PLUS - check out the pretty new key we have (the circle can hold a message or photo measuring 2cm in width). 

Got a wedding coming up or have some old wedding photos that need scrapping?
We have that covered as well, with our new wedding charm pack.

To view all our new arrivals pop over here to the new arrivals section

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sweet Purity Wings & Things - just perfect....

... for a wedding layout.

Tracy sent me a sample of her beautiful new Sweet Purity Wings & Things embellishments. Do you think she knew there might be a wedding layout coming up some time soon?

So here it is - the first of many - I'm sure. This one's title is ''Dance''.

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It started off as a piece of 7 Dots Wonderland paper, mounted on some Kaisercraft Navy Weave cardstock for extra strength.
This paper is already pretty busy, so I just added a bit of texture using a stencil and Viva Deco Modeling Cream. It has a lovely pearly shimmer in the right light. With a paintbrush and a lot of water to dilute it, I added some blue acrylic paint and pools and spatters down the page.

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When that was all dry, I distressed and layered a few pieces of patterned paper and mounted my photos on a small piece of corrugated cardboard (small enough so that it doesn't show) to give it height. I also die -ut some leaves and some tattered lace.

That piece of white Velvet Ric Rac was going to be in there when I took this photo, but in the end it didn't look quite right and didn't make the final layout. Maybe next time!

I added a strip of White Acrylic Rhinestone Chain to the top of the Tattered Lace.

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Embellishing is so easy with Miss Tracy around!  ;)
The gorgeous wing from the Sweet Purity set was joined by another 1cm White Rose, a White Foam Stamen, pieces of Blue Pearl Garland and a 16mm Acrylic Rhinestone.

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Down at the bottom is a White and Silver Dance Charming Word...with a little bit of blue acrylic wash tinting the muslin, an extra White Rose and two White Foam Stamens added.

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And in the bottom corner -  another rose (this one is a bit bigger), more White Foam Stamens and another Acrylic Rhinestone.

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Adding a bit of final sparkle to the layout, I sprinkled on Diamond Dust, some extra fine white glitter and a scattering of Crushed Ice Sugar Beads. To attach them all I randomly squeezed some Glossy Accents straight onto the paper, then sort of pushed the beads, dust and glitter into it with a paintbrush. The photos here don't do it justice, the sparkle is SO pretty!!

Not my usual crowd of flowers in this one - and not really much colour either, but I like its simplicity. Try it yourself - I'd love to see the results!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

10 Shades of White - Mega Layout Kit

10 Shades of White Layout Kit

Forget '50 Shades of Grey' - every scrapper needs 10 Shades of White in their stash. And if you are a time-poor scrapper who needs to get through a mountain of photos - you need the my2angels '10 Shades of White' Layout Kit.

White cardstock is a stash staple - with it as a base you can go clean and simple, arty-farty, floral, grunge, or whimsical. It suits delicate, feminine layouts and strong, masculine ones - it's a truly versatile layout base.

With this in mind, we have created a 10 (yes TEN) layout kit that covers all bases in terms of layout styles and gender options. Based on either white cardstock or white cardboard, every layout comes with all the embellishment extras needed to create it. As titles are a very individual addition - most of these layouts do not come with a title - where they do, it will be specified in the layout details.

The layout listing is as follows:
  1. White cardstock, with yellow and black splatter paint background, charms and multi-word chipboard title. Multi-photo - size and number can vary. Either gender.
  2. White cardboard, with black, grey and orange paint background, embossed stamping, die cuts, metal cog/car charms. Grunge masculine style. Single landscape photo. Suit driver/car theme.
  3. White cardstock, with black and silver accents. Die-cut pieces, diamonte star and strips, silver paint splats, star embellishments and silver die cut title (several word options to choose from). Single landscape photo. Either gender.
  4.  White cardstock, with lilac/purple splatter paint background over stenciled texture paste. Loads of white and purple flowers, die cut butterflies, silver leaf charms, pearl garland and "Memories" title.  Ultra feminine style layout. Single portrait photo.
  5.  White cardboard, with blue and green paint stamping and splatter background, die-cut circles, glass cabochons, and silver sun charm/die-cut cloud title block. Multi-photo - size and number can vary. Either gender.
  6.  White cardstock, with blue and black splatter/stamped paint background, paper strip photo mount and silver 2013 (can sub in 2014 or 2015) and arrow charms. Multi-photo vertical - one large and one small. Either gender. Would suit a school photo.
  7.  White cardboard, texture paste background with doily/muslin overlay. Red and black accents:- die-cut floral branch, filigree block  and open window frame; ribbon, various flowers, stamens and pearl garlands. Also includes silver filigree shape and love charm. Feminine style layout. 2 portrait photo - 1 large + 1 small.
  8. White cardboard, with blue/black splatter paint background over stenciled texture paste. Includes die-cut photo film strip, patterned paper strips, die-cut arrows, bottle cap embellishment, my2angel 'boy' ribbon and silver cog, watch, arrow and chain charms. Grunge masculine style. Single landscape photo.
  9. and 10. White cardstock with green and silver accents - 2 page Xmas layout. Diecut in silver and white - branches, xmas tree, holly border, and photo mounts. Also includes sparkling silver ribbon, white sheer ribbon, silver rhinestone strips, assorted silver Christmas charms, green sugar beads and green poinsettia flowers.  Suits 1 large landscape photo and 6 small photos. Christmas theme.
Although most of the work has been done for you, you will still need your basic stash kit - eg glues etc - to put together this multi-layout kit. Layout 2 will also need a touch of black paint so that you can put in the 'detail' on the cogs to suit yourself.

Total Kit price is $180 - which is only $18 a layout - and can be paid in a single installment or as 3 payments. Postage is a single cost - at $18.

Here are a few close-up details for the layouts.

To purchase your kit, pop over to our website here my2angels kits.

We also have a (very) limited number of PRE-MADE kits, for those who are more time-poor than usual. Think of all the extra reading time you will have for that book series. ;)

Kits will be packed to order, so please allow a few days after payment is received for postage (which, btw, will be registered).

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One for the boys using Kaisercraft's Off the Wall

Yay! Another awesome collection of ''Boy'' papers in the tradition of the ''Attitude'' range from Kaisercraft -  ''Off the Wall''.

Lucky for me, our first grandchild turned out to be a boy! Just perfect don't you think? This collection will be featuring in a good many of my layouts in the future and here's the first of them - ''Airplane''.

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I love getting grungy for a boy layout, but I think this little boy is still too small for full-on grunginess, so I've tried for a compromise with this one. It's a bit messy, but not too much :)

The base paper is the reverse side of Attitude, a chalky cityscape which looks like it could have been seen from the window of a plane...which is where this cute photo was taken. This was DGS's first trip on a plane coming home to Sydney from America. Perfect, yes?

I inked all the paper and sticker edges on this layout with Black Soot Distress Ink and an Inkssentials Ink Blending ToolOn this background paper I also popped on a couple of torn strips of tape - Kaisercraft Happiness and Darice Black & White Script.

Across the almost-centre is a strip of the absolutely gorgeous Tag paper - what a great pop of colour! I was a bit bored with just the blues though, and there was a lime green stripe in the original photo, so I decided to match it with a few splashes of colour - then I cropped the stripe out of the photo. LOL! Such is life!

My splotches are made from white gesso pushed through a Crafters Workshop Mini Splats Template. When it had completely dried I used Key Lime Pie Glimmermist to add colour. I brushed it on rather than spraying and added in several layers, drying between each, deepening the colour in some places and leaving it light in others. There are also some smaller splatters in places made by tapping the wet paintbrush.

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On top of that there is some great darker green shimmer made with Mint Green Inka Gold. Did you know that you can mix this amazing stuff with water and paint it on? I didn't until I saw some videos online! I tried to get the shimmer into this photo ... not much success, but you get the idea. The spatters it makes are a bit thicker and more textured too ... bonus!

Some mesh tape along the edges; and my photo attached and it's time to embellish. I have used some silver Ball and Chain to link up my Gadget Gear Cog Charms with two Silver Aeroplane Charms. The green inside the cog is a drop of Key Lime Glimmermist and a dollop of  Glossy Accents mixed together with a pin. It looks a bit like stained glass - which gives me a few other ideas for later.   ;)

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My Airplane title is made from some manilla stencil cards I was given ... here is the treatment I gave them:

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When you've peeled all the letters out of the soggy looking mess with your tweezers you get these - a metallic looking positive and a negative to play with later.

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I also bent mine around a bit to get some cracks into the letters.

The photo is mounted on a piece of black corrugated cardstock and a square of the reverse side of Tag. One edge is punched, and I have added the pieces that were punched off to the bottom edge of the Tag paper next to a piece of Boys, Mates, Pals, Buddies Ribbon. The white edge is cut off the ribbon. 

Tucked in around the photo there are a few stickers from the range (tickets and arrows) and a small piece of punched Loud. More silver Gadget Gear Cog Charms and Ball and Chain, a silver Typewriter Charm and a silver Camera Charm complete the layout.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

January Classes at my2angels

Happy New Year Everyone, I hope you all had a fun and safe start to the year. 

 How about adding more creativity to your New Years resolution and come & join us for classes this month - we have the classic white and silver "Christmas Angels" Layout then "Suit Up" for the boys where you will get ink stained and gesso'd hands while creating a grungy boy layout (with the option of a double page.) 

Pop over to the website here to book come and join us for some fun, messy scrapping with free laughs and coffee



Our first Christmas layout kit/class for 2015 is a combination of shimmering ‘white on white’ tones and silver accents.

The sparkle of the diamond dust background is the perfect foil for the silver/white holly and pine leaf flourishes.

There are plenty of white poinsettia flowers to play with and we have also included our new “Xmas angel wing” embellishment .

Classically elegant, this kit suits a wide range of Xmas photos and is absolutely stunning when combined with a black and white image. Everything you need for the layout is included in the class except ypour basic tool kit and adhesives are needed


 The layout is cardstock based - which you will then cover with gesso, mists, washi tape, ribbons and texture tape.
Please bring chipboard letters for your title - all other materials will be supplied except your basic tool kit and adhesives.

 Hope you will join us for classes, or even pop in to say hello.  The kettle is ALWAYS on