10 MarMini Sewing Cupboard

Welcome back to another Imagine If… Design Team project, this week I have a mini Sewing Cupboard for you.

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I started with the  MDF Armoir (waredrobe) from Imagine If… gesso first (of course).  The furniture in my studio is painted a turquoise with stenciled pink flowers on it, and I thought I would paint this little cupboard in the same way, first I had to find the paint in the garage…

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The inside of the cupboard was going to be white, but I needed some shelves, so I used some chipboard and cut them to the right size then glued them into place.

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Then it was time to fill the inside. First I got a couple of little bottles from PaperVine’s Glass Bottles Trio and filled one with mini buttons and one with little beads, these were put onto the top shelf with a pair of scissors charm (I have a real pair just like this!).

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I then cut cardstock for the fabric bolts, and then I dipped into my stash of fabrics (so much fun!) and created little bolts for the cupboard.  Lastly I got a small cat from the chipboard Set of Cats, and painted him black, then I put him just where I might find one of my cats – sleeping on the fabric where he shouldn’t be!

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Would love to hear what you think of this, so leave me a comment.


03 MarSweet Shop

Today I want to show you my little Sweet Shop, the MDF shop is from the Imagine If… Patisserie Kit.

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I started out with gesso on all the pieces, sealing the mdf and giving me a white surface.  I then glued the shop together (except for the roof), and used the Bricks Pattern Stencil with modeling paste on all sides, giving a rustic brick look.  I then painted the whole thing white.

The window frames, door and roof were painted pink, and the awning has pink and white stripes.  I used small alphabet letters from Imagine If… and painted them red to stand out on the striped awning.

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Next I needed some jars of sweets, and the mini glass bottles from PaperVine were perfect, they come in two sizes: a trio of 22mm and a duo of 40mm.  I filled these with a mix of different beads, all looking like sweets. I glued all the filled jars onto the shelves in the shop, fitted the roof, and we were finished.

This little shop looks so cute sitting on my shelf!  There are so many cute ideas for this little shop, I might even need to make a row of different shops…!

01 MarTag and Tray

Hope you’ve had a great weekend, just thought I’d share a couple of things I’ve bee doing.  The first is my version of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 February Tag.

02 February 2015 Tag

I did the base using Tim’s technique of collage, then added Picket Fence Distress Paint, and edged with smudged Black Soot Distress Marker.  For the frame, I coloured some white cardstock with Barn Door and a little Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, onto this I stuck an epoxy frame and trimmed around it.  Then I handcut a felt heart and stitched it on with silver thread.  I then added a Love key from the PaperVine Silver Key Word Duo Set, a piece of lace, and a heart button on a chipboard oval (also coloured with Distress Stains).  Finally, the ribbon was also coloured with Distress Stain.

The next thing I was to show you is a combined project between my DH and me – a Glue Tray.  I know that having my bottles of glue stored upsidedown means that I get the most out of them, and I discovered that unused screwcaps from wine bottling (that were being recycled) are the perfect size and depth, just a little wobbly!  I then headed to a local engineering shop and bought some large nuts that fit in the bottom of the caps to add weight.  While at The Warehouse I found a chopping board that was just the right size.

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I measured it up, including a space for my hot glue gun so that it wouldn’t fall over while heating.  I made appropriate marks on the board, then handed it over to my DH with instructions!  He drilled, screwed, hammered and cut, and created my amazing and very useful Glue Tray.

I’ll be back soon with another Imagine If… project, meanwhile I’d love to hear what you think of these projects.

23 FebMore layouts

I have another couple of layouts for you today – I’m on a roll!

Our local heritage park has small working steam trains that are open for rides.  I enjoyed a ride with a friend and her daughter, and the Small Cogs Set from Imagine If… were a perfect match with the BoBunny Grease Monkey papers which suited these pictures.

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The cogs were painted with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint (so easy with a dauber on the top), and I added journaling using my Dymo, and the ticket from the trip.

The second layout I have is quite a simple one, using a picture of my cat Zach that always makes me smile.

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I covered the Imagine If… chipboard letters with black cardstock that matched the black cardstock layered behind the photo, then mounted them on the same grey cardstock that mats the photo, added some kitty paw prints ribbon and some buttons.  I love this layout, and I feel it compliments the photo.

I hope you’ve seen something to be inspired by here!

16 FebScrapping the Toy Run

I still have some quite old photos in need of layouts!  I found these photos from the first Blenheim Toy Run in 2009.

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I found a Creative Scrappers Sketch, number 276 that I thought would be perfect for these photos (with a few tweaks)Creative Scrappers 276Using Making Memories Mistletoe Big Red Dot paper and black cardstock as the base, I then got out Imagine If… Stars, Arrows with Words, and chipboard letters. I had some great silver wrapping paper that I’d saved from Christmas, and this went perfectly with the paper, so I covered all the chipboard with this and added them to the layout.  Lastly was some journaling, and stickers that said ‘1st’ on the star by the title. A nice easy layout that even the motorcyclist in my house liked and thought was appropriate!

11 FebInspiration Wednesday

This year I have signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday Online Workshop. I had purchased an Inspiration Journal when I did classes with Donna in Timaru, and I hadn’t used it – this was the perfect opportunity. I created a second signature, and my book was ready.

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The first week was a lovely introductory page, ‘Art Is’.  Using modeling paste, stencils, gesso and paint.

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I used my stamp that says “Through the ages every generation has asked ‘What Is Art?’ Well… THIS IS ART!!! Now enlightenment has come upon you, go forth and create.” What a great way to start my art journal.


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Week 2 is a much more grungy look:

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We created a collage using ephemera that was in my stash, and then used my new splatter brush to at the end with black ink.

It is fun to take the time to play, use my supplies, and create something amazing.




05 FebCatching Up on Photos

I’ve been a busy trying to catch up on my photo albums recently. As I said before, I decided to do Pocket Scrapping for my photos from the beginning of 2011, and I’m well on my way to being up to date with them.  I thought I’d share some of the quick pages I’ve been making – this is about documenting photos and stories and less worrying about the art (although they still need to look good!).

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A week’s holiday in Queenstown – using a mixture of papers, I printed out the logos of some of the places to add to the journaling.


1501E Pocket Scrapping 2The second week of the holiday – I used an Imagine If… Let It Snow stencil with Whipped Spackle on the bottom left corner.

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We got a new BBQ, and as I had a lot of photos I put the title and date down the strip on the side.


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Baking with my nephew – these pages are a combination of cream cardstock and rolling pin paper.  Then an Imagine If… Felt Gingerbreadman.


1502A Pocket Scrapping 2For this Luging layout, we had purchased the digital downloads of the photos from Skyline, and it came in branded paper bag, which I cut out to create the title.  The date is on the tickets.


1502A Pocket Scrapping 5Snow in Blenheim was such an unusual occurrence that it deserved its own layout!  I used some charms from PaperVine, and put the Cuttlebug-cut title on top of the page protector.


1502A Pocket Scrapping 4When we were in Australia, I visited every scrapbook shop I could find! And I found this Queensland paper, and Caloundra word, so I cut the paper up to fit into the page protector, then found some other papers that co-ordinated with it, and cut the logos out of some brochures I had brought back with us.  Then out came one of my many Dymos, and labelled all the pictures (I’ve used my Dymos quite a bit while catching up on my photos).


1502A Pocket Scrapping 6I love the black and white paper with the pops of red, I coloured white cardstock with Distress Ink Festive Berries, then spritz’n’flick to create a mottled effect, then cut the title and flowers with the Cuttlebug.  The flowers are on the outside of the page protectors.


1502A Pocket Scrapping 1The last one I have to share with you – Omaka Aviation Centre, I used a photo I took as the title for this, and felt it didn’t need a lot of other explanation.  For the background I had a great KaiserCraft transparency with old planes, so I put white cardstock behind and used this – I love the look.

Here is a selection of what I’ve been up to, I hope it inspires you some!







30 JanJanuary 2015 Tag


A new year means a new series of Tim Holtz 12 Tags, and I’ve done my January one.

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Only some slight differences from Tim’s – I didn’t have his plastic numbers so I cut my own on the Cuttlebug and painted them black.  Then my favourite part – my new splatter brush which my local art shop managed to track down for me, and I LOVE it, the only problem is that there are only so many splatters that can be put onto one project, and only so many projects that need splatters!

26 JanBirthday Board

Sometimes Birthday Cards from me get a little delayed, so I saw this idea on Pinterest (a Birthday Board…) and thought I would make my own version.

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I started out with a round board that was the face of a clock (I’d used the mechanism in another project).  I covered the board with Imaginisce Bday Bash paper, inking the edges once I’d trimmed it.  I got out Imagine If… Alphabet and Present Time, covering them with coordinating cardstocks and inking the edges.  I then attached them to the base with some of the paper candles from the Imaginisce Bday Bash.

Next was a trip to Bunnings for a doorknob, and bit of help from my DH fitting it into the centre of the circle.

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Keeping with the circle theme, I made tags – cutting circles of paper and then mounting them on cardstock.  I punched a hole and threaded PaperVine Grey Mail Twine through for hanging.  I made as many tags as fitted out of the three sheets of paper so that I would have spare ones ready for any new family members that might arrive (either by birth or marriage!).  I added the names and dates with my Dymo, then hung the whole thing up next to our calendar – now I shouldn’t forget anyone’s Birthday and might even get cards out on time!

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19 JanPocket Scrapping with a Sketch

As I mentioned in my New Year New Goals post, my Word of The Month for January is Scrapping and I’ve been catching up on my pocket scrapping.  One of the pages I had to do only had one photo, and when I saw the BoBunny January Sketch I knew this would be perfect with this picture, using BoBunny Gabrielle and BoBunny Double Dot.

1501 January 2015 Sketch Challenge

For the base I used Almond Double Dot, layering Gabrielle Dot paper and Gabrielle Stripe paper in rectangles, then cutting a large circle (tracing a dinner plate!) out of Gabrielle Dot paper – I mounted this using foam tape, giving some extra dimension to the layout.  The strips in the sketch are represented by the lace, and the small rectangles by the small punched circles.  Everything has had the edge distressed and inked.  I cut the title using Coffee Double Dot, printed the journaling onto Almond Double Dot, and matted it with Coffee Double Dot.

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To print your journaling onto cardstock or paper that matches your layout:

  • Measure the space and create a text box in Microsoft Word or Publisher
  • Type your journaling into the box, adjusting font type and size
  • Print out on plain paper
  • Stick your patterned paper or cardstock over the printing with masking tape at the top – make sure your printing won’t be on the masking tape!
  • Return to the printer and reprint
  • Trim your journaling to the right size for your layout

Once the layout was at this stage, I measured, marked and carefully cut into the right sizes for the pocket page I was using – while I was creating the layout, I kept in mind where the cuts were going to be, making sure I didn’t cut my face into four or anything silly!

I placed each piece into its corresponding slot, then I added my bulky texture.  I created flowers by punching two circles of paper, screwing them up in my hand, flattening out and inking, then layering and securing with an off-centre brad.  I like to stick texture to the outside of my pocket pages – makes it easier to slip the cards in (4” x 3” pockets have a lot less wriggle room than 12” x 12”!), so I stuck my flowers to the outside along with glass cabochons to help represent the bubbles!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and will definitely keep this in mind should I have any more pages with only one or two photos.