Thursday, May 28, 2015

Smile! with Maja Design

Hello friends!

Popping in today to share a layout I made for Maja Design using their Vintage Summer Basics, working with turquoise, blue and grey.

Here is the layout:

You can see where the idea for the color palette came from; sometimes when I'm need of inspiration the photo helps a lot and I managed to match the papers from the Summer Vintage collection perfectly.

Some close-ups:

My Blue Fern Studios chipboards (Notebook Edges and XOXO) which I altered. For Notebook edges I blended different gelato colors and did some script stamping. For the heart it was also gelato but a generous coat of crackle paint. My background was a lot of sponge dabbing with Ayeeda paints.

My title piece, layered on top of a Graduated Square frame, on top of the many layers of Vintage Summer papers I have layered. The idea is to create a triangular visual flow that accents the photo itself, so I arranged the papers and chipboards (right down to the size) used to achieve that. Lots of textural details in the background too using microbeads and distress glitter, as well as more intense color to contrast against the simplicity and slightly desaturated colors of the photo.

Simple heat embossing and paint splattering.

And that's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Winner for the Maja Design giveaway!

Hello friends!

I'm so sorry this has taken so long to post - this silly girl has left the winner's post in draft for the longest time and thought I had published it already!

Nevertheless, thank you all for your kind support and the winner of my Maja Design giveaway is:

And you are:

Congratulations! You've won yourself a full collection of Coffee in the Arbor from Maja Design. Please email me at sunnyjeli{at} with your name and postal address and we will get the products to you asap.

Thanks everyone for taking part in this giveaway, and have a great day!


Monday, May 25, 2015

xoxo for 13@rts, an Epic challenge and Color fun!

Hello friends!

I'm in today on a fabulous Monday to share a layout I created using a mix of my new collection Mental Vacation and Olga Heldwein's Starlight, as well as the gorgeous new mediums in the 13@rts store. I have also entered this for the Epic challenge over at Scrap Around the World where I was also an Epic challenge winner last year, as well as my first time entering for Words and Paintery. The sketch inspiration came from Sketchabilities which I flipped (although I'm not sure whether I'm eligible or not!). It's been awhile since I entered any challenge at all and it was really all for fun!

My background was created with four different Ayeeda paint and mist colors - over a stenciled design with modeling paste on my paper Hallerbos. The inspiration for the colors came from Word and Paintery. To create the textures, I mixed Coral matt paint with 3D fillers and sprinkled on generous amounts of sand grit, more plastic fillers and mica flakes. To seal the whole thing, I painted liquid medium over. Before everything is dried, I randomly arranged black and grey threads around the paste I have made. These were inspired by some of the photos from the SATW mood board.

Some close-ups:

My title which is a chipboard piece from Blue Fern Studios. It was primed with a mixture of black gesso and plastic fillers, and glazed over Violet metallic paint. 

The resin frame was colored with random splatters of Lilac chalk mist. The tags were created with Olga's papers (Sagittarius) which I had distressed the edges with first: a layer of black gesso and secondly, gold embossing powder and sand grit. This was inspired by one of the pictures in the SATW mood board where there was a ring of confetti on the martini glass.

I like to layer Blue Fern chipboards and for this layout, I primed them with white gesso, followed by Lavender matt paint and Violet Purple paint. Then I painted on Lilac chalk mist and watered it randomly before some stamping. Lastly it was a layer of tinted embossing powder and distressing with black gesso. 

One of the fun bits I enjoyed creating are the leaves and vines. These were craft colored when I got them, and I was debating whether to alter them or not. Adventure got the best of me and I primed them with black gesso. Then it was a layer of glaze using Violet metallic paint, followed by stamped script which I embossed in gold. Then I took Gold pearl paint and glazed over the vines 

Wow, that was a lot of altering and layering! I hope you enjoyed the techniques I shared here and use them in your own projects. Thank you for dropping by the blog!

Entered for:



Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's a Girl with Maja Design

Hello friends!

As you can see, I'm busy catching up with posts and DT assignments and today, it's a card for Maja Design. I realise that ever since I started with them I've been making a lot more cards and that's because their papers are perfect for just about any type of paper crafting! It also means I have more personalized gifts for people who have been a great part of my life and in this digital age, a handmade card is definitely something refreshing to get in your mailbox.

So here is the card:

I got a pack of the Crea Diem collection in my box but the colors are so nicely muted that I mixed it with some cut-outs from the Vintage Baby collection which I have left over, to make this Baby Girl card for a friend who is due to have hers soon.

Some close-ups:

A simple background of mists from 13@rts and stenciled texture paste over my layers of papers, plus my must-have floral cluster. Some stamping with a vine stamp as well to create the effect of spreading leaves and direction.

Another must-have - Blue Fern Studios chipboard which I have layered 4 different shades of pink/lilac on for a dimensional look.

And that's all I have for today. Thank you for dropping by!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sparkle with 13@rts

Hello everyone!

Back in again mid week to share a little OTP project for 13@rts! Today, it's all about black!

Let me just share a little about the inspiration behind this. We managed to see the Milky Way while in Australia and my mind has been filled with sparkles and glitter and dark background ever since. And my friend Lizzy-Hill had to come along and inspire me with a great idea of mica flakes and such for my next project. So here it is!

My boss Aida packed in this plain wooden holder in my DT package and I knew I had to use black gesso on it. To create texture, I wrapped a nice piece of lace around (which just happened to be the right size, thanks YY!) and painted over it with black matte paint and silver glitter paint. That's how I got that sparkly look in the background. 

This is a chipboard word piece designed by Olga Heldwein and I painted it with a generous layer of Old Gold Metallic paint for a dimensional look. The photo doesn't quite do it justice, but the shine is just amazing.

The little stuff I have to make more texture. There was first a layer of mica flakes, then sand grit, then a nice thick paste of gold pearl paint with Ayeeda Magic Powder. 

For this chipboard piece from Blue Fern Studios, I used black gesso instead of my usual white because I wanted to use the Green Metallic paint as a glaze. See how the mica inside shines!

And all over the edge of the top I used the same thick paste I made with Gold Pearl Paint and Magic Powder to create an outline.

That's all I have for you today. What will you do if you had black gesso?


xoxo with Made With Love

Hello friends!

It's good to be back from a much needed family holiday which we take once a year; just ourselves and enjoying our time together as a family. More because of the cold weather which we specifically said "NO MORE" but in the end couldn't resist. Now I'm sitting at my desk, in my singlets and shorts, breaking into a sweat with the fan on at full blast. Welcome home indeed LOL

Today I have a post with my LSS Made With Love, and I thought it would be a good time to make use of it to highlight certain things. A lot of students who take my mixed media classes at the store are new to the genre; some in fact have not done any scrapping before. But that did not stop them from being creative and surprising me with their gorgeous projects (I like to tell them to let go and just reproduce the techniques, not the sample). Still, it would be helpful to give a little introduction to what this whole mixed media thing is about.

So firstly, here is my inspiration layout. I have deliberately kept it as simple as I can so that some points are more obvious.

So what is mixed media? It is basically the use of more than one type of medium to create a piece of art; could be a layout, or canvas, art journal or altered item. To that definition, using gesso as a primer, followed by texture paste and then your mists would fall under the mixed media category - with texture paste and mists counting as two mediums. But simply priming your surface and then using 4 or 5 different colored sprays does not qualify as mixed media per se.

Another thing about mixed media is that it need not necessarily be heavily layered or appear complicated. In this layout alone, I have used a total of 9 different mediums, all of which are available from the Made With Love store. My layers come mainly from allowing one layer of medium to dry before applying on the next. Dimension-wise I have used at most cardboard pieces in place of foam dots to prop up my patterned paper. Otherwise, it would be a rather flat piece. 

Think you can identify all the 9 mediums used? Try before you scroll down to the end!

Some close-ups:

Believe it or not, the chipboard you see here alone (from Blue Fern Studios) has 4 mediums! I'll give you a clue- it's a mix of heat embossing and lots of painting... 

And here is the list of mediums (and products) used, all available from the store:

Old Gold Embossing Powder (Rangers)
UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)
Color Lab Pigment Powder - Teal (Marion Smith)
Texture Paste (Rangers)
Versacolor Ink - Mauve
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Distress Stain - Worn Lipstick
Distress Paint - Victorian Velvet
Acrylic Paint - Black (Kaisercraft)

Patterned Papers - Websters Pages
Cardstock - American Crafts
Chipboards - Blue Fern Studios
Wire Trim - Prima
Word Stamp - Kaisercraft

And that's just the very basic introduction. If you would like to find out more about the mixed media genre of scrapbooking, do enquire at the store for more information about the workshops we have in store for you every month!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Moments in Time with Blue Fern Studios

Hi everyone!

Where has all the time gone to? We're already in the month of May and I'm happy to share a layout I created for Blue Fern Studios using the gorgeous new Deja Vu collection.

Here is the project:

I picked these papers from the collection as they matched the colors from my photo quite perfectly. It's one of the very few of me with my kids as I'm usually the one behind the camera.

Here are some close-ups:

Layering gorgeous Blue Fern Studios chipboards with the papers and burlap. I had used quite a number of mediums for this page and the chipboards and some of you have already asked for the colors as well. There will be a full list at the end of this post.

More details here. I'm so glad that my LSS finally brought back the clear crackle medium from Ranger's. So far, it's the best I've used.  Just remember to seal it with gel as the cracks form as they can fall off easily.

My title piece, from "Petite Cartes", and more layering with chipboard, papers and lace.

Creating a velvet texture on my leaves using 13@rts new product - Magic Powder. 

My usual floral cluster.

Some details of the lace and chipboard, which I colored to look like the background paper.

Mini tags made from "Petite Cartes" cut-out.

And here is the start to finish video of how I put this whole page together:

List of mediums:

13@rts - Matt paint (Lavender, Mahogany), Metallic Paint (Purple), modeling paste, sand grit, Pastel Mist (Lavender), Splash! Acrylic Ink (White)
Shimmerz - Inklingz (Coral Reef, Pugnacious Purple, Spotlight White, Tarnished Treasure)
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Magicals (Bells of Ireland Green, Lucky Shamrock Green)
Rangers - Distress Paint (Mustard)
Colorarte - Twinking H2O (Alfafa)

And with a new month, it's a new sketch challenge too! Michele Singh has designed the following sketch and do check out the design team's lovely interpretations of it!

And that's all I have for today. Have a great day ahead!


Friday, May 1, 2015

May Epic Challenge at Scrap Around the World

Hello friends, and greetings from Down Under!

We're off on our annual family holiday and this time it's to Perth. Funny that we were here almost exactly one year ago! Anyway, May is a wonderful month with lovely and mild weather, but also because it's the birthday month at Scrap Around the World!


Just this month alone we have gained 
How are we doing it?  Here's how!!!


As usual we have the support of our 2015 MAJOR PERMANENT SPONSORS 





Our Overall Winner also receives a  Guest Designer Position 
which comes with plenty of exposure in your own special
 post as well as an exclusive Guest Designer badge!




$150 GIFT CERTIFICATE from their on-line store - chipboard galore!!

The Dusty Attic is an Australian owned Laser Cutting business that designs 
& manufactures craft items & embellishments for the paper crafting market.
We began in July 2009 & are located in Perth, Western Australia. 

We are proud to be able to make our mark on the scrap booking & craft 
industry with our great range of products. We are continually creating
 new designs to keep things fresh!   

We love seeing the creations our customers have made & also love to hear 
your feedback, as this helps us with new ideas.  We have an on-line store
 from which you can get all of your Dusty Attic supplies. 

If you are a retail business & would like to stock our range of unique products
 please contact us to apply for a wholesale account or for more information.


OVER $100 worth of product from 7 Dots Studio in Poland!
{Exactly as shown below}

7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – paper, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6 x 6 pads, collection kits &chipboard.

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness
 of our papers, which makes them perfect for all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will also find clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists all around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from our design team
please visit our blog HERE, our Facebook  page HERE & follow us on
Twitter HERE, Pinterest HERE & Instagram {7DOTSSTUDIO}.



OVER $100 worth of CHIPBOARD from 2 Crafty Chipboard in Australia!

Winner will receive this wonderful selection of 2 Crafty Chipboard's
 most popular chipboard pieces valued at over $100 retail value!!

2 Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.

We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small. Visit our website HERE.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information. 

 Please see further details on our blog HERE or our Facebook page HERE.

$100 worth of product from 13@rts in Poland!
{Image below is a random selection of their products
& not indicative of exactly what you will receive}

13arts is a Polish manufacturer specialising in scrapbook papers, 
embellishments & artistic mediums. See our store HERE where
we ship worldwide!  Our blog HERE is full of inspiration & we
 have a monthly challenge where all our welcome!

Follow us on Instagram HERE, Twitter HERE & Facebook
 HERE & remember to follow us on Pinterest HERE too!!


$100 worth of product from UmWowStudio in the USA!
{Image below is a random selection of their products}

UmWowStudio is an innovative embellishment company located in
 Las Vegas, Nevada.  With chipboard, flair & stencils currently in
 their product line (& more fun things on the way!) we span across
 all bits of paper crafting, including memory saving, card making,
 tags, stamping, mixed media, art journalling & more!

Shop with us HERE, follow our blog HERE & LIKE us on Facebook
HERE!  Follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & YouTube HERE!!


$100 Gift Certificate from Creative Embellishments from the USA!

Creative Embellishments is a family owned company created by
Michael & Nicolle Kramer, a husband & wife team who design
& manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood, rubber stamps
& flair products. We have been in operation since September 2013.

It is our mission to offer fun & inspiring products that can be added to
any project to bring out your inner creativity! In the near future we will
be expanding into other mediums such as acrylic & stencil embellishments.

We also custom cut for individual orders & have a wholesale store for 
retailers, kit clubs & classes. Do your shopping HERE! If you own a
store register for our wholesale section HERE. Be inspired by our blog
HERE & follow us on Instagram HERE & YouTube HERE.


€100 worth of metal,chipboard, resin & fabric 
embellishments from Scrap Unlimited in The Netherlands!
{Image below is a random selection of their products}

Scrap-Unlimited is a craft supplies manufacturer from The Netherlands,
creating  & selling the most amazing selection of embellishments for the
crafting industry.  We offer shabby chic, vintage & steam-punk inspired 
embellishments, ribbon, flowers, metals, mini-books & mini novelty items.  

Check out our on-line store HERE for SO MUCH MORE!  
LIKE us on Facebook HERE & follow our highly
 inspirational blog HERE & our Pinterest board HERE.


$100 Gift Certificate from The Flying Unicorn of the USA!

Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 
Our on-line store HERE has an incredible selection of products for all 
paper-crafts artists. Our Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest
 ~ including an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing!

Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums HERE, a hot & happening place 
which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last! 

We also have a blog HERE & a Facebook page HERE 
where you can find loads of inspiration!


$100 worth of papers from PION DESIGN of Sweden!

Pion Design is a manufacturer of high quality scrapbooking papers located
 in the northern part of Sweden. Our unique paper collections are of a
 timeless design with a romantic & vintage feeling, & the papers are
 designed & printed locally. We release several paper collections each
 year & can be found in stores worldwide.  We welcome your visit!

10th PRIZE

 $100 worth of papers from MAJA DESIGN also from Sweden!

Maja Design is a Swedish manufacturer of craft paper. Since we began in
November 2007 we have been dedicated to design unique, high quality 
patterned paper for scrapbooking & crafts. 

Our vintage inspired collections are created to be long lasting & timeless
 yet still modern.Today we proudly ship our beloved designs to more
 than 30 countries around the world! 

 We hope our beloved designs will inspire your creativity!
Follow us on social media by clicking our links!! -BlogPinterestInstagramFacebookYouTube & Twitter.

11th PRIZE

$100 Gift certificate from The Scrapbook Diaries in the USA!

The Scrapbook Diaries is an on-line store that brings international products
& designers right to your doorstep. We specialize in exclusive
 project-based kits from designers around the world. 

Designers provide video and/or written directions for you to complete
 a finished project. It’s the perfect way to get access to your favourite
 designers from the comfort of your own home! FIND US HERE.

In addition we carry top quality brands that are typically hard to find anywhere
 else all in one place. We carry stock from companies such as
 2 Crafty Chipboard, 7 Dots Studio, 13 arts, Blue Fern Studios, 
Dusty Attic, Lemon Craft, Maja Design, Pion Designs, 
Prima Marketing, ScrapFx & UHK Galleries. 

 We are constantly adding more companies & designers to our exclusive mix!

12th PRIZE

$100 Worth of stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps in the USA!

Viva Las VegaStamps! is the world's leading manufacturer in deeply etched
 pink rubber stamps. With over 19,000 different stamp images we've got
 what you need! Stop by our blog for inspiration, visit us on Facebook 
& Instagram & SHOP AWAY at our on-line retail store HERE!

13th PRIZE

$100 Worth of paper crafting goodies from Wholescrap Land in the USA!
{including Dies, papers, brads, flowers, inks, sprays, stencils, die-cuts & MORE!!}

Wholescrap Land is family owned webstore selling all kind of supplies
 for scrapbooking & paper crafting. We ship worldwide!

14th PRIZE

$100 Worth of products from Aladine of France!
{HUGE selection of IZINKS, stamps, etc, as per image!!}

Aladine develops high-quality products such as inks & stamps, for use on scrapbooking,
cardmaking, fabric & DIY projects.  Our IZINKS dye & pigment inks are fantastic as are 
our cute tubs FULL of stamps{see above!} as well as our giant foam stamps!
You can find out more about us HERE & follow us on Facebook HERE!!

15th PRIZE

$50 Gift Certificate from Studio75 in Poland!

Studio 75 is a  Polish manufacturer of scrapbooking papers & items 
such as chipboard albums, notebooks, spiral bindings & magnetic sheets.  
We have our own on-line store HERE, a bustling Facebook page HERE
 & a highly inspirational blog HERE - come & visit us - let's connect!

16th PRIZE

$50 Gift Certificate from Danafix in France!

is an on-line store 100% dedicated to all Copic products. 
All Copic products made & assembled by the European importer
 are available in stock & we offer fast, international delivery!


This prize is awarded to ONE RANDOM COMMENTER
on any of this month's blog posts!  You also need 
to be an official follower of course!! 
{see our graphicat the top of this post for full details...}

{From June 2015 onwards this prize will be sponsored by Dusty Attic
& Mixed Media Place will revert back to their regular prize sponsorship :)}

45 Gift Certificate from Mixed Media Place

Mixed Media Place is a treasure chest of different media for creative minds,
carrying a wide variety of embellishments & tools to get your projects going. 

The world of mixed media is a place of limitless possibilities - 
we are here to help you to spread your wings & fly!

 Find our blog HERE, LIKE us on Facebook HERE
follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & do your shopping HERE!


As always this is sponsored by the wonderful
& can be won by ANY OF OUR OFFICIAL FOLLOWERS  but you 
MUST also upload your project to our Facebook Page to be eligible!

Prize is valued at $36.95 & as with all our prizes, postage is also paid for!!

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs
 that cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other 
kit clubs offer.  Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking
 to a level beyond.  We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market
 that will enable you  to create not "just a layout", but a work of art. 

Visit our blog HERE,our Store HERE & sign up for our kits HERE & HERE!
Please LIKE us on Facebook HERE, follow our boards on Pinterest HERE,
subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE & find our tutorials HERE!!

So there you have it everyone!

Followed by an additional 6 PRIZES OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Additionally another 2 PRIZES THAT CAN BE RANDOMLY WON!!
18 PRIZES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This time round, I've made a canvas inspired by the colors, sugar confetti, pearl brads on the shoes and of course the roses!

I've used lots of color layering in my background, a technique which I will show in a video some time soon.

Some close-ups:

Laces, chipboards, and plenty of texture with stenciling, sand grit and die cut doilies.

My title piece from Blue Fern Studios.

And that's all I have for today. Remember to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work on the SATW blog!