Saturday, May 30, 2015

Anne-Marie, Getting her mojo going and the 'Ugly Duckling Project'

I’ve been really struggling to get the mojo flowing these last few weeks so just to get myself back into creativity mode I decided to just grab some stuff that has been floating around on my scrap table, annoying me, for weeks and just stick it down. I actually really like how this LO turned out in the end. Most of this page is made up of is the negative space from a sheet of KaiserCraft stickers. I love the contrast of black against bright colour so I simply inked my Your Creative Wings chippy pieces and stuck them on. Teamed with a simple black and white portrait photo I really like the impact this LO makes.

Dylan @ 10

Other products used - KaiserCraft stickers, bazzil card.


For my next LO I wanted to show how you can use pocket page journal cards on a traditional 12x12 style page. I started with the gorgeous Unconditional Love word piece. I just adore mixed fonts like this for big impact headings... and I found the perfect photo to go with it too. I inked my YCW chippy with VersaColor Pinecone.  I only pressed lightly on the words to get a slightly mottled effect. I chose Pinecone because it matched well with the brown tone in the journal cards from KaiserCraft’s Captured Moments Say Cheese Collection. Then I added some washi tape and buttons to finish it off. This is often my go to when I’m in a creative rut too. A quick, simple and easy way to a page done and get the creativity flowing too.

Unconditional Love

Other products used - KaiserCraft’s Captured Moments Say Cheese Collection, Versa Color ink - Pinecone, washi tape, buttons.

I am calling this my “ugling duckling” project. How many hideous, old and downright dorky scrap supplies do you have lurking about in boxes and cupboards? Me? I have HEAPS but for some weird reason I just cannot bear to throw them out.  So I was sitting staring at all my jars of embellishments and saw these butt-ugly flowers mocking me and then inspiration hit. I just got my hands on some of Tim Holtz’s Distress Spray Stains so I was excited to be getting my hands messy again.


First I glued my flowers down to a 12x12 piece of grey chipboard with gel medium (any glue will work just as well) and then I mixed gesso with some water in a spray bottle... I recommend doing this outside... I have white spray everywhere!!! I covered the flowers and chipboard quite liberally with the spray and left it to dry in the sun. My sheet of chipboard became a bit warped but I finished off the drying with my heat gun alternating between back and front to try to flatten it. It worked a bit but then I also squashed it under some heavy books to flatten it as much as I could. It’s still a bit bumpy but hey, as  Tim Holtz himself says “embrace imperfection”! ;)

Next I started with my lightest spray, mustard seed, concentrating mainly over the flowers I covered them all in this yellow stain. Then I used the spiced marmalade in the centre and finally the fired brick in the top left. I lifted my page to let the excess dribble down the page too.

I covered my YCW chippy pieces in black ink and heat embossed them. Once again I ended up with a mottled effect, mainly because my ink was a bit dry and didn’t pick up very much of the black embossing powder but I really like how it turned out. Again, the bold black against the vibrant colour really packs a visual punch.
And here's the end result -

Love You

Your Creative Wings, products used - Flutterby Charm 1 YCW3043, Ornate Frame 17 YCW6019
Word - Love You, Script YCW1062
Other products used - Tim Holtz’s Distress Spray Stains, various paper flowers, cardstock.

I hope you have some time this (long for us in WA) weekend to be creative. It’s good for the soul you know. ;)

Until Next time
Happy Creating
from Anne- Marie and all at 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Girly layout Inspiration with Jodie

I have to say there are the most beautiful new chippy pieces being released by Your Creative Wings at the moment, I may have gushed... a lot.... over my latest happy mail package!!

So Sweet

I've used three of the latest releases on this layout: the Flutterby Charm 2 Mini , the Doily Bunting, and the gorgeous layered Floral Flourish.

 The Mini Flutterby Charm 2 is the sweetest little mini charm.  I've used acrylic paint in a complimentary peachy shade to the patterned papers, shading to a very pale peach in the centre of the charm.   I treated the layered butterfly the same way, with the darker shade in the centre, and the lighter shade towards the edges of his wings.
Some Liquid Pearls add some extra highlights to the piece.

Now who doesn't love bunting... and lace doily bunting at that!? Each individual doily has a removable centre, and I've covered the centres in a patterned paper from the collection and shaded the edges.  I've dabbed cream acrylic paint on the lace or outer pieces using a sponge, this allows the detail in the chippy to show through.

The French Window 2 provides a perfect foreground to one of the mother and baby images from the Precious Memories collection. Its like peaking straight through the window of a house and I love how it reinforces the mother & daughter sentiment of the layout.  Again this piece has been sponged with acrylic paint and finished with some Perfect Pearls.

The layered floral flourish has an extra flower in the pack to layer.  To add extra dimension I've spritzed the flower with some water, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then separated and squished up the top layer of chipboard.  I've painted with acrylic paint, adding a little shading to the flowers and buds, and then added Glossy Accents over each bud.

Other Product used: Graphic 45 Precious Memories patterned paper; Bazzill cardstock; Martha Stewart edge punch; acrylic paint; gesso; Glossy Accents; satin ribbon, Liquid Pearls in Platinum Pearl; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen; Versa Color ink in Bamboo; My Minds Eye brads; topstitch thread.

Unconditional Love

Anyone who has seen a couple of my layouts knows that if I have any opportunity whatsoever to add some gold (or silver) then it's going to end up on the page ha!  This layout has gold glitter, gold foil, gold stitching... and some gold heat embossing just for good measure.

I've left the title chippy piece raw because I love how it ties in with the burlap background, and the background of the photo.

To create the gold tipped arrows, paint the rear end of the arrows with acrylic paint, and heat emboss the arrow heads with gold embossing powder.

The new Round Charm set has layers of circles that can be left together, or removed and treated separately depending on how you want to use them.  I've separated each piece and chosen different shades of acrylic paint and gold embossing powder to create colourful circles.
A few extra little hearts are the perfect finishing touch to embellish the charms.

Other product used: Crate Paper Craft Market Burlap; Crate Paper patterned paper, American Crafts gold vellum; Crate Paper Craft Market Accent Stickers; Bazzill cardstock; American Crafts Pow Glitter Paper; gold thread; topstitch thread; acrylic paint; gesso; gold embossing powder; white embossing powder.

Thanks so much for dropping by today.  Be sure to drop by the Your Creative Wings regularly as beautiful new pieces are being released all the time.
Until Next time
Happy Creating
from all at YCW x

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Front Cover

Some of our followers may have seen this on Audrey's Blog but for those who haven't, we at Your Creative Wings are so excited. We're on the front cover of Australian Scrapbook Ideas, it's one of Australia's leading scrap booking and paper craft magazine. Well our products are on the front cover, on Audrey's layout :)  We're very proud to see our little business's chippy sitting there and there's lots more inside the covers.
There is lots of 'How To' articles including Audrey's feature on 'Hidden Journaling'. Grab it at you news agency now. Or even better Subscribe Here

Here's a close up of the layouts featured, for instructions on how to do them, check out the Australian Scrapbook Ideas.


Other products used - Bazzill card, Prima Epiphany Striking Appearance paper,Bo Bunny Country Garden paper pad, Versa Color ink - Pinecone, Treasure Gold rub on, Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Gold, black and gold metallic thread, black spray paint,Tools - Artline fine liner pen - EK2000 0.4mm, Papermate Pacer 300 0.5mm pencil, Helmar Acid Free Glue & Liquid Scrap Dots, Fiskars Scalloped Circle punch, edge distresser, sand paper.

So Loved

Products used: Your Creative Wings - Words - You are Loved Script  YCW1058,   Flower Bud Set YWC2006Christmas Disc 2 YCW20082,  Scribble Heart Medium YCW12002, Words - Happiness, Laughter, Love YCW1051Alpha 2 YCW5001UFlourish 2 YCW7014. Other products used - Kraft card, Versa Color Pinecone Ink, VersaFine ink - Onyx Black & Sepia, Kaisercraft - Be-YOU-tiful Glamorous paper, Captured Moments Getaway and Life's Treasures & Snapshot journal cards. Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint - Rock Candy, Jo Sonja Brown Earth paint, Tools - Fiskars Vintage Farmhouse stamp, Prima Stitch, Circle and Lines stamp, Hero Arts Wreath of Leaves stamp, Edge distressor, sand paper.

Perfect Day

Products used: Your Creative Wings - Words - Perfect Day Script  YCW1052Ornate Frame Charm Set Lrg YCW16014Fancy Flourish YCW7001 
Other products used - Bazzill card, Jo Sonja warm white paint, white Quik Stik ring eyelets, Tools - Martha Stewart Wild Flowers Punch Around The page punch, corner rounder punches, sand paper, edge distresser.

Until Next time
Happy Creating