11 November 2013

Let Your Heart Be Light

Hi ladies! 

I can not tell you how much I love the Mad Tea Party range from Marion Smith Designs.  The papers are whimsical and pretty, romantic and fun!  I am working on a rather time consuming project using Mad Tea Party at the moment, but took a short hiatus to create a sweet layout for my daughter!  These papers typify her personality - sweet, pretty, fun, quirky, adaptable..........

The papers I used are Wonderland and Roses R Red.  There are oodles of roses and clocks to fussy cut from side B of Roses R Red, and these make a great coordinating embellishment.
A selection of blooms from Manor house Creations adds some dimension and helps to create flow.  Pieces of lace and sprinklings of pearls add a touch of romance.  I also applied a light random coat of modelling paste to the corrugated cardboard for extra interest.

 Lightly touch resin embellishments with white paint to shabby them up.

I used a thin strip of Wonderland paper to thread through the punched pattern - just like ribbon!
Thanks for stopping by today.  Can I ask you to please keep the people of the Philippines in your thoughts and prayers. 

31 October 2013

'Believe in Yourself' - from Manor House Creations

If you haven't checked out the gorgeous new range of papers by Manor House Creations yet, then click here to take a look!  The range is titled 'Believe' and concentrates on elegant, vintage style neutral tones.  Which makes them doubly versatile, since the papers can be coloured to suit your project!  This is one of my favourites...

Then there are the flexible words and oh so delightful lace embelllishments...

I have created a class kit for MHC this month, using papers from this range coupled with MHC beautiful blooms, flexible word and lace embellishment.  

This single layout class kit is designed to run as a 2 hour class.  Full colour instructions are included with each kit making it even more user friendly.  To order, simply click here.  You will need to have an account set up prior to ordering.

For more MHC inspiration, visit their blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

24 October 2013

Webster's Christmas Workshop - Sydney 19 October

All done and dusted!  And it was a great weekend, made particularly special by the ladies that I was lucky enough to hang out with!  Thank you Evelyn from Discover Create Learn and Rose from Scrap With Friends.

The Hubertus Country Club is a lovely location out the west side of Sydney - with heaps of room and great facilities to host a crafting day.

We kicked off the Webster's Workshop with a Christmas themed layout, using Brandin O'Neills 'A Christmas Story' papers.  So beautiful, love the creams and blues and golds.

Then we made a start on the Mini Album - using 'Postcards from Paris II' papers.  These are just delightful, and lend themselves to so many themes.  The cover of the mini album was very mixed media, taking a few ladies far from their comfort zone I'm told!!!  Jill from ScrapFX supplied the specially designed chipboard album, and Nerrida at Manorhouse Creations donated oodles of gorgeous flowers for the girls to add to their albums.  A huge thanks to both of you!

To wind down a very full day, we completed the Christmas Card class, where again 'A Christmas Story' was used to create 4 unique cards.  A few non-card makers in the group - did incredibly well and even finished first!!!  Well done Deb!


I'll leave you with a pretty pic of these absolutely beautiful cupcakes, made by Lynn and her daughter!  They not only looked amazing, but they tasted divine as well. 

Next up at Discover Create Learn is the talented Limor Webber on 24 November!  Not to be missed!

30 September 2013

All Occasion Card

Cards are such a great way to use up left over papers and embellishments.  I always try to have a little stash of cards on hand in the cupboard and generally make them so they suit potentially any occasion.  Today I'd like to share with you a card I made from leftovers of the gorgeous Scarlet printable range by Marion Smith Designs.

The cut out clocks are just so handy - have you notice them appearing on all my work lately??!!!

Thanks for stopping by.

19 September 2013

Paperscape Featuring Scarlet by Marion Smith Designs

One of my favourite ways to scrapbook is to create paperscapes.   This involves creating a scene using papers and embellishments, and usually incorporates lots of layers and fussy cutting!  In this layout I used a photo of my daughter when she was still a kindergartner!  I love the shot of her, but alas there was another child in the background - most unfortunately exploring her nostril with her finger!!!  I really had no choice but to cut her out and silhouette the remaining image!


Once I had committed to doing this, the theme of the layout just started to evolve.  The look of wonder on my daughter Meg's face lent itself to creating something magical.  The Scarlet range of papers that Marion has in her printables range was perfect for this.  And no magical layout is quite complete with a wee spinkling of fairies is it?!!

To soften the look of the cream Bazzill background I used Viva Modelling Cream in Pearl with a damask stencil.  Not too overbearing but just enough to soften the look.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please leave me a comment and link me up to your blog!


12 September 2013

Handmade Flowers

Hi all!

This week Marion Smith Designs will be showcasing handmade flowers made by Marion herself and the design team girls!  Here is a short video tutorial on how I created my 'metallic' flower.

On Friday Marion will be posting all of the tutorials, so be sure to stop by her blog  http://marionsmithdesigns.blogspot.co.nz/  for some floral inspiration!

Thanks for dropping in!

06 September 2013

Nirvana Pop Up Card Tutorial

Hi ladies!

Last weekend we celebrated Fathers Day here in New Zealand, and if you visited the blog last week you may have seen the pop up Fathers Day card I made especially for the occasion.  As promised, here is a video tutorial detailing how I constructed the card, complete with measurements.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Nirvana papers
  • 1 sheet of black Bazzill
  • clock brad
  • 2 x teal coloured feathers
  • selection of old watch parts
  • 4 inches of chain and a large jump ring
  • strip of clear acetate
  • Foam dots
  • letter stickers
  • strong adhesive

I hope you enjoy!

Happy crafting ladies!


22 August 2013

Marion Smith Printables

Oh, who would have thought!  Not only can you make your own rub ons (as seen in my last post on Marion Smith Designs) but you can also make gorgeous wee shrinky dinks!  Yes, Shrink Plastic is laser and inkjet printer friendly!

The only trick really, is to adhere your shrink plastic to a regular sheet of printer paper (I use washi tape to adhere at the top of the page).

I'd like to show you the result of using Marion Smiths Printables on shrink plastic, I made a little hanging bag charm for a dear friend who is off to the other side of the world shortly, to spend some time with and farewell a terminally ill friend.  I particularly want her to remember that she is in our hearts at this time...

Arrow - to remind her that she belongs here - down under in NZ, and don't forget to come home!

Relics and Curiosities charms - to remind her to indulge in some retail therapy while she's gone!
Clock - to remind her that for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven ( Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Butterfly - to remind her that in death, her loved friend will earn her wings and be set as free as a butterfly.

Balloon - to remind her how lucky we are to live in an age where we can easily get to our loved ones quickly, no matter how far away they are.

So grab yourselves some Shrink Plastic, download Marion's fabulous images and away you go!

I'd love to see what you create, so please leave a comment and link me back to your blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

21 August 2013

Introducing Marion Smith Designs Creative Team 2013

It gives me the greatest pleasure to introduce to you the inaugural Creative Team for Marion Smith Designs.  I am so proud to be a part of it, and I consider myself blessed to be in such auspicious company! 

A Note From Marion...
Hello everyone!

First and foremost I want to thank all who applied to be on the design team, I am so amazed at how many of you showed your support and love for my work, it really means so much to me. Choosing a design team was so incredibly hard thanks to you! Everyone that applied was just amazing, so much beautiful art and so many unique qualities I was battling with myself over and over with each new applicant. I have saved all contact info from everyone that has applied in hopes that I can call on you for future Guest Blog posts. I love you all so much and sincerely hope there are no hurt feelings, I wish I could have had all of you! Thank you so much!

This our new brand blog, in case you have not heard Marion Smith is now an independent brand and manufacturer! This is where we will be posting announcements and mainly where the team will post awesome projects, videos, How to's, and the best part, GIVEAWAYS!! Oh yes, and since this is our official release of our new design team, we thought we would pick two of our blog subscribers to receive a complete line of either Mad Tea Party or Nirvana! All you have to do is subscribe and leave a comment telling us which line you're itching to have! Don't forget to check in every day as we will be posting every day of the year! Good luck and thank you!!

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Angee here. (I'm famous for hijacking Marion's posts.....Lol.)I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who submitted their artwork. There were over 1000+ applicants and it was a daunting task trying to select those who would join our family as design team members. I was personally inspired by so many of you and would love to feature your incredible art on our inspiration blog ArtsyAddicts. We feature guest designers every Saturday and would love for you showcase your amazing talents. If you are interested please contact Tonya, Peggy, or myself for additional information.  

Our goal is to inspire you to create wonderful keepsakes that can be passed on for generations. We also want to hear from you. Please leave comments, subscribe to the blog, and contact each of the artists via social media. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year and can't wait to get started crafting. #mischiefmanaged :-)

To contact me about cross promoting or sponsoring giveaways please email me angee@marionsmithdesigns.com

Now I would like to personally introduce you to our very talented designers!

Angee Carter

Design Team Coordinator


Many many years ago I saw a creative woman on Youtube making videos of the most incredible crafts. Altered canvases, and mini albums. I admired her for a long, long time for her creativity and inventiveness. She was able to take something so insignificant and turn it into something so beautiful. 

Today that woman, Marion Smith, calls me her friend and I am beyond honoured that she has chosen me to be apart of her design team. It's even the more special because it's my very first design team position.

In my professional life I am an educator of 7th and 8th grade students. I am so fortunate to be able to do that job and I love it every day. Personally I am the wife to Cordell and we've been married for 2 years and we are having a blast being married. He's my biggest supporter and willingly looks the other way when I purchase scrapbooking supplies. He's very supportive that way. I have one angel baby watching over my family and one fur baby who is spoiled rotten.

My artistic style has been refined in recent years. As I learn more and more about art, and design my style changes to adapt to what feels and looks "right" to me. I'm a big fan of learning techniques and adapting those to fit my style of crafting. I'd describe my style as evolving. I'm inspired by photography and unique colour combinations. I also tend to use complementary colours and love texture.

I'm social networking obsessed am always connected via my i-devices. I'd love to connect with you! Send me a message. Tag me @alwaysangella!! I'm so proud to be included in this fabulous groups of talented international group of designers and I can't wait to be inspired.

Tonya Gibbs



I've been  a follower of Marion's for years and have learned so much from her. I feel so honored being selected as a member of her first design team. 
I'm happily married to my high school sweetheart Kenny Gibbs for 24 years. We have two children Brittany (19), and Brighton (17). I am a versatile artist and love experimenting with new techniques and different styles. Because of this I would consider my personal style to be eclectic. I can do it all - from Shabby Chic to Grunge, from digital to paper crafting, from mixed media to altered art. I enjoy the challenge of experimenting outside my comfort zone. I let the art speak to me and dictate the style - rather than me forcing the style.  I like that each style fills my need for creativity, but require different mindsets. 
I'm known in the crafty community as Psychomom. I know that is a bit unorthodox, but once you know me - you will totally get it! The name came from my son's baseball coach when he was 7 and it just stuck. I also enjoy photography and own a small Youth Sports Photography business. The name started from that business. I am also the lead educator for FlamingoScraps.com, design for TeddyBoo.com, both online retailers, and a blogger for WeAreArtsyAddicts.blogspot.com. I love hanging out on Facebook  Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube. I also teach monthly Ustream classes on the first Monday of each month. I look forward to an exciting year with these talented artists.


 Peggy Lee Baker


My name is Peggy Lee Baker, I live in the White Mountians of New Hampshire with my two beautiful daughters, and my wonderful hubby of 21 years. I enjoy sharing my love for scrapbooking, stamping, sewing-taking something olde with something new and creating one of a kind art. 
I love rustic, vintage, shabby chic, grunge!I create everyday even if it's just trying out new ideas, techniques and create play! I also love to teach/share with others that they too can be creative-I do classes in my home, I love it when they have created something so beautiful and they say I made that....my soul is full of creative scraps of art waiting to be freed...

I am a blog author for Artsy Addicts, Design Team member for Die~Namites Dies. You can follow me on my blog "Creative Scraps by Peggy Lee" over on blogger.I've been a follower of Marion's for a few years now back when I stumbled upon a youtube video of hers...and that's all it took I was hooked-loved her style and willingness to share her passion! 

I am thrilled to take this creative journey with her, and love Marion's new fabulous paper collections and I'm excited to see where it goes.

Aneta Magdalena Matuszewska 

I am 36 years old Polish crafter and I have been living in Iceland for 12 years. I work as an Icelandic teacher. My scrapbooking fascination started about 3.5 years ago but I have been deeply preoccupied with that for the last two years.
I love light pastels, vintage and shabby chic, nevertheless I feel comfortable in any pattern. In my case everything is dependent on the kind of paper I can see on my desk, the topic of a card and finally my mood. I am a responsible and conscientious person, open to new challenges and opportunities. Marion, thank you for this one. 




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Maggie Armstrong





 My name is Maggie Armstrong and I live by the seaside in New Zealand with my husband and 2 children (and 1 rescue cat!). I was introduced to scrapbooking and cardmaking by a close friend in 2004, and quickly fell in love with it! I had always thought that I didn't have an artistic bone in my body, but scrapbooking and it's complimentary crafts (e.g. altered art, OTP, cardmaking and mixed media) opened up a whole new world and definition of art to me. I grabbed this 'world' with both hands and it's been such an amazing journey over the last 9 years, developing and mastering techniques, keeping a blog, teaching around New Zealand and SENZ (Scrapbook Expo of New Zealand) that I really feel I have found my passion. 
I find it difficult to pigeon-hole my style as I like to experiment with most techniques, but if I had to narrow my style down I would have to describe it as Shabby Chic meets Mixed Media Grunge! You'll see that I like to use lots of different mediums in my work, and I'm always on the lookout for something a little 'different' to incorporate into my classes. I love to create 'paperscape' style layouts where I create a scene with papers and embellishments. 
I am so thrilled to be working with Marion and her incredibly Creative Team and I know we are all looking forward to inspiring you all!


Nadia Cannizzo



My name is Nadia Cannizzo, and I was born and raised in Greece before settling in Sydney, Australia in 1989. I just turned 35, and married my husband almost 15 years ago. Together we live in the suburbs of Sydney raising our 3 daughters (6, 4 & 3 months) while trying to stay sane! I am a Primary School teacher and absolutely love my work, but its on hold right now while I raise my children. 

I create something almost every day, and I am like a child on Christmas morning when a parcel of goodies arrives at my doorstep. I create depending on how I feel that day and my personality and mood are reflected on my work. I am a neat freak, impulsive, extremely loyal, obsessed with my children, super sensitive, a lover of movies and cooking, a wannabe world traveler (I have a bucket list yes!), a people lover, and extremely passionate about little children and their well being. 

My motto in life is "nothing is impossible" and I never take no for an answer.


Sarah Bargo



Hey paper peeps! Can I just say how excited and honored I am to be a part of Marions new team?! She is so amazingly talented and I love her dearly!  I have been artsy fartsy my whole life, but I have been papercrafting since my first son was born 14 years ago. (sheesh!) 

I live in the Chicagoland area and have 2 amazing boys who are my biggest inspiration! I think scrapbooking is so important because I never want my loved ones to wonder how much I love and cherish them. Thank you so much for having me Marion, and here's to embarking on this new creative journey!! Woohoo!!



Ana Paula Leal



My name is Ana Paula Leal and I was born in 1970 and live in Santa Catarina, a state in South of Brazil. I’m an architect, but recently I decided to dedicate my time to scrapbooking, teaching and giving workshops all over Brazil. 
I currently write for magazines, take part in forums, Design Teams, and I also help develop materials for this area. It means that nowadays my profession, Architecture, is in second place.


Marion, thank you very much for such a great opportunity. It’s good to know that in this globalized work we can communicate through a universal language: Art.



Kim Price


Hello! My name is Kim Price and I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia with my husband of 20 years and our two grown up teenage daughters. 

I have a strong passion for papercrafting having enjoyed this pursuit for over 10 years now but I have always had a keen interest in the arts and anything creative. I love to incorporate mediums into my scrapbooking and find that this satisfies both my natural flair for the arts as well as a way to document some of my most treasured memories. 

I create something every day, even if it is a scribble in a journal or an idea for a project I have on my mind. I love color, I love design, I love new ideas and I love to experiment. And I love Marion's amazing new collections.


Colette Nederhoff



I am Colette Nederhoff from the Sunny Southwest! I grew up in the Midwest (Iowa) but moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico 26 years ago. I am married to my kindergarten sweetheart and we celebrated 30 years of marriage this July. I have 2 biological kids ages 22 and 19 and my third child is our adopted daughter from Korea. She is now 14 and is probably the most cooperative photo model! My 22 year old just got married two weeks ago and I was a happy Mother of the Bride the last 6 months helping with wedding planning! Fun!

I have been a crafter all my life and love all types of mediums! I love to sew, paint, stamp, photograph, and just about anything else you can think of. I have worked as a hairdresser, floral and balloon designer, and a retail window display designer. I am obsessed with all things "Scrapbooking." As many of you, I have and continue to be a huge fan of Marion's designs.