Extra Special Challenge – NEW Tim Holtz Distress Paints up for grabs

Recently I started creating with inks and paints and am loving all things that involve journaling and mixed media.

The NEW Tim Holtz distress paints have really caught my eye and I can’t wait for them to come in as I will be adding colour to all my metal embellishments and creating some cool off the page projects.

I have been looking everywhere for inspiration, from Google to Pinterest and of course Facebook.

This is the perfect opportunity for a challenge that encourages everyone to think outside of their comfort zone and create something a bit different with a fantastic prize for the winning entry.

So here’s the challenge outline:

1) Create a layout, card, or journal page

2) Use as many mixed media textures as you can, inks, sprays, paints etc

3) Add metal embellishments somewhere on your creation

4) Have at least one stamped image

5) Last of all you have to add one of my favorite things to your layout – FLOWERS


The Prize for the winning entry will be THE FULL SET of Tim Holtz Distress Paints – a full 24 colours


You have until Sunday April 14th to enter and I will announce the winner on Wed 17th April – that’s 4 weeks to get creative : )



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Some more on the February challenge

Hi everyone

I thought I’d give you a look at some of the great entries we’ve had for our hexagon challenge that I posted about here.

This lovely and creative design is by Kristy Jane.

kristy jane

Those who know me know about my love for anything ‘butterflies’, so much so that I need to take care butterflies do not appear in everything I do!  I also love the muted shades Kristy used.

The next layout is by Lynne Quinn.

lynne quinn

I LOVE Lynne’s fold out book – I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more photos to tell a story and not take up pages and pages in my albums.  And how great is the positioning of Lynne’s title?  I’m thinking that a challenge to do with titles may be in order soon….

Our final entry to date is by Susan Cashin.

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Another great layout incorporating lots of photos without lots of pages.  One of my new year’s resolutions is to limit how many pages I do on an event – Susan has found an ideal way to do this.

Keep those entries coming in.  You have until 12 March 2013 to put them on our Facebook page.

Have fun



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February Scrappit Challenge

It’s no secret that trends inspire and drive a lot of our creativeness.  Hexagons (or honeycomb, if you wish!) are very popular right now, so this month’s challenge is to use hexagons creatively in your card or layout.  The challenge officially opens Friday 15 February, but liking our Facebook page means you’re notified a little earlier :). The challenge ends Tuesday 12 March 2013.

We’ve already had one entry, this gorgeous card from the lovely Ms Gemma!  Especially love the butterflies flow away from the bent angle of the flower.


Keep the entries coming.

Have fun!








Have fun! ~Tania

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The winner of the January challenge

And the winner of the January Scrappit challenge is Lisa! Lisa won with the creative use of her felt stash to make the gorgeous peacock embellishment.



Lisa has won a gorgeous Dylusions stamp set for her effort.  I’ll be back to announce the new challenge tomorrow, but if you like our page on Facebook, you can see it now 🙂




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Entries into the Scrappit January challenge.

We had some great, creative entries into our January challenge, which was to use something from your stash for a purpose other than its intended use.  We’re glad to say that you didn’t disappoint with your creativeness!

Entry number one was from Jo Howard.

Jo Howard

Jo used the outside of chipboard letters to make frames for some of the photos in her gorgeous layout.

Entry number two is from Rebecca Evans.

Rebecca Evans

Rebecca used an old necklace for the bling in her stunning creation.

Entry number three was from Rachel Bauer.

Rachel Bauer

Rachel’s embellishment was cut from sheet metal and inked in alcohol ink to make it coordinate with the rest of her beautiful layout.  The metal came in copper art type crafting kit and Rachel had to dust the metal first because it was so old 🙂

Entry number four was from Susan Cashin.

Susan Cashin

Susan used leftover letters to create a fabulous, interesting background for her layout.

Entry number five was from Lisa Spencer.

Lisa Spencer

Lisa used felt from her stash to create this beautiful peacock embellishment. To see the other side of her layout, visit our Facebook page!

Jodie O’Brien created entry number six.

Jodie OBrien

This gorgeous card has butterflies created from Jodie’s flower stash. We may need to rope Jodie into a tutorial some time soon!

Finally entry number seven was from Kristy Jane.

Kristy Jane

Kristy’s beautiful page has flourish embellishments that are repurposed glimmer mist masks. She coloured them by using alcohol inks. More photos on this process can be found on our Facebook page.

I’ll come back soon to announce the winner and I’ll be posting the February challenge at the end of the week. Remember, those that like our Facebook page get early notification!



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Tim Holtz Distress Paints

This year at CHA Tim Holtz has brought out a new range of Distress Paints.

These are a must have for any scrapper, card maker or mixed media artist.

I just simply love how quickly you can change any metal embellishment color  and the easy dabber top for quick application- although I know I will still manage to cover myself in paint ; )

Check out the video below and be dazzled once again with Tim Holtz and his awesome range of products.

I have to have a full set of course as I’m busting to play with them. They will be in store by Mid/late February so if you would like to have a full set I am offering an awesome price for all 24 colors – make sure you pre order them to secure your set here


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Gelli plates – more on mixed media

Paula’s great post the other day on using Dylusions inks for art journal pages (which, incidentally, can also be used to great effect on a scrapbook page, as shown by Paula!) reminded me that I still have a fabulous photo tutorial that our Product Guru, Rox Boyce, sent us of her technique using Gelli Plates.

Preparing the Gelli Plate

Prepare the gelli plate…


Create the design…


Start layering…


Continue layering your design, using stamps, bubble wrap or whatever takes your fancy!


Add your paper….


And you now have a lovely piece of custom designed patterned paper!

I’ll be back soon with another technique for getting more from your gelli plates in (almost) one go!

Gelli printing plates can be found instore here.

Have fun crafting.


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Mixed Media and Scrapbooking

I couldn’t help myself I had to do a blog post tonight and share what I’ve been creating this past week.

I have never dabbled into anything Mixed Media before and rarely used paints or spray inks other than Glimmer Mists. However, after saying this, I have had a ball this week creating and its all thanks to our product guru Rox! She has introduced me to new products from Ranger in their Dylusion’s line, brought out by one of the Ranger signature designers – Dyan Reaveley.

WOW WOW WOW is all I could say after viewing this video of Dyan – check it out!

After watching how Dyan created in her Journal, I was instantly hooked and had to have a go myself although wasn’t sure how I would incorporate this into my scrapping. I thought I’d work that out after I had some fun with the Dylusion Inks, Stamps and Templates (that we have just received) I was pretty pleased with my creations.

Dylusions 1 Dylusions 2

Dylusions 3

This final picture is a completed layout I did this afternoon with some of the journal pages I created this week as the backing paper.

My 2 gorgeous nieces provided the inspiration.

Dylusions Layout


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Website is Live

YAY I’m so excited to say that finally after weeks of hard work by my wonderful hubby our NEW Scrappit website is now live,


He is still tweaking some finer details (gotta love being married to an engineer!) but the important stuff is there.

We have some fantastic new products for all those who love journaling so make sure you check it out.

Below, I have a picture from our Product Guru – Rox Boyce – journal that she has created. How amazing does it look will all the different colors, textures and stamps.



I am looking forward to playing with my Gelli Plate tomorrow, lets see what I can create ; )




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Time to be Creative

I’ve had a fantastic evening watching my nieces create at my desk and in the knowledge that they could use anything I have. The only time today they have been completely silent and right in a creative zone – that’s what I call awesome, a time to be creative and just be.

I have 2 layouts that I wanted to share with you that Sharon Jeffs from our Design Team has just recently created. I love seeing everything Sharon creates as she is always willing to try something new and just have fun when creating.



I love how Sharon has journaled on this layout and used her own handwriting, something I am learning to do more of.




Time and time again I admire how Sharon can put a layout together and it not look too busy that the first thing I notice is her photos.

Scrapbooking and creating for me is firstly about the photos and the memories they keep for us and secondly about the fun I have creating layouts with them.


Paula 🙂

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