Guest Designer Over at More Than Words for October

I am beyond thrilled to have been asked to be a guest designer over at More Than Words this month. The inspirational word they have chosen for the month is "Change" and the creative element is "Ombre". This is what I created.

And here is the inspirational panel from More than Words.
My creation today is based around my handmade ombre background. I have a link to the tutorial so you can learn how it came together and maybe give it a go yourself.

 I styled my layout on one of my favourite designs that I fondly refer to as "The Elephant". With the ombre I felt that it suited it perfectly, the way it cascades down the page just like the colours do. 

Here is the video tutorial on how I created the Ombre background.

I believe change can be a funny thing. On the one hand we need to change to be able to move forward in the world but on the other hand there are some things I really don't like having to change. In general I'm ok with change. I work in an ever changing environment and like to keep up with current trends so change is inevitable and I manage it well but when it comes to some changes in my personal life, I find myself struggling. The changes that have occurred so quickly right in front of my eyes. 

My children growing into young adults. They have grown up way too fast and although this change in life, from child to adult, I know is so important for them, it is really hard for me to let them be "grown ups". I am still practising how to let them go. 

I have got better but every now and then they remind me "Mum ...... it's ok I've got this".  So I titled my page "Never Change A Thing" but journaled around the design with words that encouraged their growth such as "change is always a good thing" and "Change makes us stronger". A very conflicting page but I think it has been good therapy for me to remember that it's ok "They've got this"

You can find the challenge details HERE

Until next time xxx

Product list:

Water color Ink -  BlackAmber Yellow and Pink
Stencil - Swirls
SPLASH! Inks - PinkWhiteGlitter Pink
Ayeeda Mists - Chalk FuchsiaPastel BerryPastel Pink

Um Wow Studio Chipboard
Potty People
Potty People Mash

Viva Las Vegastamps
Invoice Background

Halloween Blog Hop with VLVS

The famous monster I have chosen is the American Werewolf in London! from 1981 (My teen years)

Not that I ever remember seeing the movie. I just know it was pretty big for it's time. Me. Well ..... 
I'm more of a 1985 "Teen Wolf" girl myself.

But recently I've noticed that the Image of a werewolf has changed ...... I'd say for the better!!

If you're keen to know more about famous werewolves from movies here is a link you can check out.

Here is my little creation .... a loot bag with a werewolf on it!

You can win a $25USD voucher to spend at the Viva Las Vegastamps online store by joining us on our hop!

Hop your way through these talented ladies blog posts!!

So stop by each member's blog, check out their project, leave 'em a little love then head on back to the VLVS site and tell us your favorite thing about Halloween! One comment per blog = 7 comments. 7 comments = an entry into the drawing for our gift certificate. 

VLVStamps used:

I hope you will be able to join us on our hop and check out all the other awesome Famous Monster creations from my team mates!!

A Little Art Journal Cover for VLVS

Hello I'm here to share with you a little bit of inspiration using the wonderful Viva Las Vegastamps!!

This is a little art journal that I have created from an old book. I keep all my special little notes and cards that people send me in it.

I decorated the cover using some VLVS Stamps. I drew the heart but if you wanted to you could use the Squiggle Heart also. Doodle frame down the spine side and then some stitching stamps around the gesso block in the middle to frame it.

A little title to finish it all off. This one is almost full already. I think I'll have to start a new one!


The Stitching stamps can be found on 

I hope you've liked my little bit of inspiration.

Moments - A Layout for 13Arts

Hello my gorgeous 13@rts friends. Fiona here with you today to share a layout I have created using lots of yummy 13@rts beads, glitter and microspheres.

I created this layout on a canvas board so I could layer up all the beads and other 3D elements without worrying about my paper being over loaded. The canvas board makes such a sturdy base.

I used Ayeeda Medium Gel Medium to adhere them with. This ensures they are not going to fall off.

I used the chipboard to create my title. I coated it with some Navy Blue SPLASH! Ink.

I hope you've enjoyed my layout. Thank you for popping in and checking it out.

13@rts Products used:

Two Little Tags for 7 Dots Studio

Hello I'm here with you today to share a little tutorial I have done for you over on the 7 Dots Studio Blog showing you how I created this set of tags using the oh so pretty "Homegrown" collection.

I used a tag template to trace around and cut out two tags from the "Attic" paper. i will use one side for one tag and the other side for the other tag.

Using some gel matt medium, I glued down some of the Homegrown chipboard from UmWow Studio and then placed some tissue paper over the top and secured it in place with some more matte medium over the top.

Once it was dry i gave it a little coat with white gesso to assist the pattern to show through the tissue paper.

With a black water color pencil, I drew around the outside of the chipboard shape and then added water. this gives the chippy a smoky appearance and a lovely grey shadow effect.

With a stapler i added some twine cut to look like reeds or dry grass on the bottom of both the tags and I also stapled on some actual dried buds from a little bush we have in our yard.

As a little feature on each tag, I decided to add a circle from the Element stickers. I chose the "Homegrown" one and a red poppy one. I stuck them onto some card and then trimmed them. I also added some more black pencil around the edge and then added water to activate the pencil. I mounted them with foam tape and placed some cotton underneath.

With a black marker pen I added a border to the tags. I drew some stitching lines all the way around the outside of each tag.

To finish it all off i wanted to add some real life leaves. So that they stay fresh looking and don't crumble away as they dry, I use gel matt medium on them to give them a "plastic" coating. It helps to keep them fresh looking and not be so fragile as they age.

I leave them to dry over night so they are ready to add to the tags the next day. I love these little tags. 

 It all comes together really well.

They will look adorable on a card or in my art journal as a feature on a page.

I think the addition of the real leaves and the real buds make it so fresh looking and compliment the "Homegrown" collection perfectly"

I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial. I'll see you all again soon xx