Friday, November 8, 2013

I have moved...

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I thought is was time for a freshen up so I have moved the blog over to a new site. Please come and visit me at:

www.mandalika-designs.com


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Life Paper Scrapbook Summer Scrapbook Kit

I am so excited about the new Life.Paper.Scrapbook. Kit. I put it together to scrap some summer memories but wanted to put together a slightly bigger kit that didn't need add-ons to pad it out, it is packed with lots of goodies including 10 sheets of beautiful patterned paper, 4 sheets of cardstock, 2 alphabets and lots of fun embellishments. 
So far I have done two layouts but only had a chance to photograph one.
Everything I used on this page is in the kit except the Studio Calico Mister Huey Ink (however that is available in the store). I am totally in love with the Amy Tangerine Wood Veneer Cards and I layered it with the Teresa Collins cut apart paper to create part of the title. 
I am also mad about the font of the Crate Paper Close Knit Thickers

The kit is currently available in the new Life.Paper.Scrapbook Shop and is $45 plus post but if you purchase ANYTHING from the store until Friday 25 October, use the code NEWLPS10 to get 10% off your entire order. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scrap Our Stash: October Sketch

Time for this month's Scrap Our Stash Sketch challenge and this month the twist is to use mist, paint, watercolors or gelatos. Here is the sketch we all used:
 I often use mists on layouts to do splatters but other than that they tend to just sit on the shelf gathering dust, so this challenge was a chance to use them and also to step out of my comfort zone a bit. 
For the base of my layout I gave the cardstock a good misting of yellow then at the top of the page I sprayed a lot of pink and then held the page up so it would run down, I really liked that it came out very similar to the tulips in the picture. The other thing I did was use red and yellow ink to colour the wood veneer cards and then used a wet paintbrush to merge the ink to give a watercolour effect.
I am super happy with how the whole page came out and it definitely makes me want to use my mists more often. Now I just have to learn not to be scared of my Gelatos ;) 

Please join us over at Sketch with Stash Challenge this month. We would love for you to get out your stash of mists, paints, etc, create a layout inspired by our sketch and show us how you use your paints, mists, etc! You have until October 29th to link up you take on both of our October Challenges for a chance to win our monthly prize and/or possibly being selected as one of our Design team Top 3 Picks!

Have a beautiful day, 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook. October Colour Challenge

It's time for another colour challenge at Life.Paper.Scrapbook. and this month's colour palette is a little more subtle than the past ones but still lots of fun.
For my background I used a piece of Gossamer Blue exclusive paper and added Elle's Studio Penelope and some Maggie Holmes for the aqua. 
I also got to use some new embellishments that I got recently including some Crate Paper Frames and Wood Veneer from the Close Knit Collection and a frame from the Pebbles From Me to You Collection, but mixed them with some older embellishments too.
You will want to play along with this one too because there is an awesome prize up for grabs from Freckled Fawn. The october Oh Deer Me kit and it is packed with some fantastic exclusive items including wood veneer and a cute stamp set. 
Head over to the Life.Paper.Scrapbook blog  to see the awesome creations by my fellow DT members and for all the details on how to play along.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Frosted Designs - Sea Breeze Kit

This month I had the chance to play with the new Frosted Designs Scrapbook Kit - Sea Breeze. I really like how versatile the kit was, as well as the Magpie layout I shared on Tuesday I made another layout and two cards. I still have plenty left over and plan to make some more when I get a chance to have some scrappy time.
I took this photo of some wild flowers in the paddock across the road and the Echo Park Here and Now paper was a perfect match for the colours. I didn't want to take too much away from the photo so I used lots of white space and just added some PP underneath to give some pops of colour.
I had plenty of supplies left over so I decided to make a couple of cards.
 As you can see the variety in this kit is enough to make very different styles of work.
There are still some of these limited kit available but once they are gone they are gone. So why don't you pop over to Frosted Design store today and grab one, before you miss out.....
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Feather Tutorial

Today I am up on the Frosted Designs Blog sharing a tutorial I did for a layout I made with the October Kit - Seabreeze.

The first layout I made was a page about a Magpie that comes and visits our garden. I loved the feathers in the Studio Calico ephemera back but they weren't quite big enough to give my layout the impact that I wanted so I decided to use some of the lovely patterned to create my own. 
1. First I cut out feather shapes from the paper. I did these freehand but if you are a bit unsure you can draw the shape you want on the back of the paper you are using.
 2. Next take the feathers stitch up the centre with your sewing machine. I haven't tried it using hand stitching but I don't see why it couldn't be done, infact it would be a great way to add a pop of colour.

 3. Next I took my paper scissors and carefully cut in towards the centre. It is very IMPORTANT that you do not cut all the way to the thread because you may snip the stitching or if you leave the centre bit too thin it could fall apart.
 4. Once I finished cutting both sides I carefully "ruffled" them. You need to do this very carefully as you could tear the centre stip of paper and the whole thing will fall apart. 
5. This is the finished product and below you can see how I used them on a page. 
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will answer them the best I can. Have a great day!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Scrap Our Stash - Tic Tac Toe

Sorry I have been absent for a few weeks, it has been hectic finalising and getting Issue 3 of Life.Paper.Scrapbook. ready and live online, it really takes all of my time and concentration but I do love it and I love the inspiration I get putting it all together. It is completely packed with beautiful layouts, minis and cards and if you haven't had a chance to read it yet you can find it HERE.


Today I wanted to share with you my newest layout for Scrap Our Stash Challenge which was a Tic Tac Toe challenge using this chart: 
Thanks for stopping by, 


This should have been a super easy and fun challenge right? Well silly me didn't know that Tic Tac Toe was what I grew up calling Naughts and Crosses. So I thought that is was like some kind of Sudoku puzzle where you can only have one item in any one line - if that makes sense.
Well it probably doesn't but it did to me at the time. So that is why I have 5 of the elements instead of just 3 because once I worked it out I had to add some additional items LOL. (Washi, arrows, wood veneer, journal cards, and decorative pins). All that said I actually love how it came out. The 3 tic tac toe items are the Journal cards which I used for layering under the picture, decorative pins and arrows.
There is still a little bit of time to play along but there is a new challenge released this week so make sure you check the Scrap Our Stash Blog for all the details - there is a great prize pack up for grabs.





Sunday, September 29, 2013

Scrap Our Stash: Sketch Challenge

FOR THE SCRAP OUR STASH ABC ~ 123 BLOG HOP
CLICK HERE.

Time for another Scrap Our Stash reveal. Today I am sharing a layout made using this sketch:
the twist for this challenge is to use chipboard somewhere on your layout. 
As you know love a good sketch challenge, so this one was a lot of fun for me. I did have a dig round in my older stash too and used some bits and pieces I had forgotten about which always gives me a little *yay!* feeling  For the chipboard I used some Pink Paislee Luxe stars but they kind of faded into the background so I added some gold glitter stars on top to give them some pop.
This layout is about Winston "helping" when I try to make the bed, it's a huge game for him but it can be a bit tiresome which is why I used the title Bed Bug. He is a total goof sometimes!
Don't forget to join in the ABC 123 blog hop for a chance to win some great prizes. I am also having a giveaway at this post HERE.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,


Friday, September 27, 2013

Scrap Our Stash: ABC 123 Blog Hop

Welcome to Scrap Our Stash ABC ~123 Blog Hop

You should have arrived here from JENNI'S blog.
If not, click HERE and head back to the beginning of the hop. You will not want to miss any of the designer’s awesome inspiration and/or the details on how to enter into the SOS prize drawings!  

The design team was challenged to create a layout inspired by our choice of one of three sketches and our choice of alphas (stash items) to include on our layouts.
Here is my layout inspired by Sketch #2 and using stash items: U - Upcylcle and V- Vellum
                                             
Because it was a back to school challenge, I wanted to continue with the theme so I decided to do another page for our family heritage album and chose this picture of my mum in 5th Grade (then called 5th class).
For my upcycled elements I used some old book pages I had in my mixed media stash - a page from Alice In Wonderland and an old atlas. The map page was quite bright so I used the vellum to tone it down a bit.  I also dug deep into the archives and found some old OA school theme stickers from several years ago and the chipboard pencil from Cosmo Cricket. 
And those of you who know me will have picked up that I am a carbon copy of my mother (except she got the skinny genes!!! LOL) 

And here is the sketch:


To thank their followers and show their appreciation for the support and participation in the hop, Scrap Our Stash will be awarding two prizes for hop participants!!!

Here are the details: 
For the first prize drawing you must:  Visit each of our designer’s blogs and leave a comment.  Once you have completed the hop, return to the SOS Blog and leave a comment letting them know you have completed the hop.  You will have until Sunday, September 29, 2013 ~ 11:59 PM (PST) to leave a comment and your name will be entered to win the following prize: 


Complete the ABC ~ 123 Blog Hop Challenge and link it up on the SOS Blog, no later than Friday, October 4, 2013 ~ 11:59 PM (PST) and your name will be entered to win this Grand Prize Package:


Challenge details and rules can be found HERE

To celebrate this hop I am giving away a goodie bag of embellishments, all you need to do is leave a comment below before Sunday, September 29, 2013 ~ 11:59 PM (PST) and I will draw one lucky random winner on the monday. 

Thank you for visiting my blog and hopping along with us!  

Your next stop on the blog is: KELLY

Here is the list of blog hop participants:
Manda  << YOU ARE HERE

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Polly Scrap Kits September Kit

I am so excited to announce that I have joined the Polly Scrap Kits Design Team. My good friend Ruth (who you will know as the Life Paper Scrapbook blog co-ordinator) has recently taken over the running of this neat Aussie Kit club, they offer monthly kits for scrapbooking and project life. 

I was so excited to receive the September kit (with has sold out already!) and loved all the goodies inside, including new Glitz and My Minds Eye. I wanted to share my first two layouts with you. 



As I mentioned this month's kits went super quick so if you are interested in next month's kit you can subscribe to avoid missing out. 

This year Polly is releasing it's first December Daily kit and if you are in Australia it is awesome value and a good local alternative if you don't want to pay international shipping fees. You can find all the information here.

Thanks for stopping by,



Sunday, September 15, 2013

Scrap Our Stash - Oh The Places We Go!

It's the 14th and that means it's time for another Scrap Our Stash reveal from me. The first challenge this month is call "Oh the Places We Go!" and it is all about travelling.
As you know I love to travel, although I do not get to do it as much as I would like but who does? I am fortunate enough to travel to Bali at least once a year to spend some time relaxing and seeing friends and I often document what I do and see but I realised I never really have recorded the travel process. So this layout is all about getting from point A to point B.
I recently got a lot of Basic Grey Carte Postale in a couple of kits so I put it all together and worked exclusively with that. To be honest at first I wasn't really feeling the colours of this collection but after working with them I actually really like them now. 
Now you have seen what I have put together head on over to the Scrap Our Stash Blog to play along. There is a great Bo Bunny prize pack this month for one lucky randomly drawn winner. 


Hope you have all had a creative weekend,