Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Kraft Plus Challenge October Challenge - 'Sisters' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone

I'm running a tad late with this post, I wanted to share with you the latest challenge for Kraft Plus Challenge Blog . The October Challenge is all about the see-through elements on your layout ( I can see clearly now)

See what interesting things you can come up with for this challenge!

Here is the challenge graphic and the link is above to participate in the challenge.

Current Challenge

Here is my layout for the Design Team Reveal - a mixed media layout featuring acetate flowers. To create the flowers I used alcohol inks on acetate, stamped with my favourite poppy stamp (prima bloom) with Stazon ink and fussy cut the images out.

I also used a filmstrip screen print and gesso'd a lovely border chipboard piece to act as a frame.

Here are some close ups!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Elisa xx

Monday, 18 September 2017

'Love' By Elisa Ablett for D-lish Scraps

Hi everyone, 

Im up on the Dlish blog today with my latest layout and blog post.

 The idea for this layout started with the most gorgeous watercolour flowers from the store - Little-Birdie---Watercolour-Heather---Blue and distress stains. I wanted a lovely soft and feminine background that ties in with the colours in my photo and I wanted to use watercolours to achieve that soft look. I grabbed my trusty distress stains in Broken China and Abandoned Coral which matched my photo perfectly and they happened to match the flowers as well, winning!!

I used the stains to hand colour my tag and white leaves, they are from a past Just Add Paper kit.

I also used the stains in my background by applying water to the page directly and then adding splats of the stains. Once dry I used a D-lish Scraps 5 x 5 Stencil along with a white gel pen to trace flowers in white over the top of my background in a wreath design.

Here are some close ups of the embellishment clusters !

In the above cluster I used Little-Birdie-Flowers in Heather, flowers, glitter heart, leaves, resin flowers, pearls, journal spots and tag from recent Just-Add-Paper-Kits. Plus a lovely pink  suede tassel and a lovely butterfly flair button.

In the top cluster you can see the messy circle creative cut framepink mini bowpink suede tasselpink/white twine and an awesome die cut tag from a  past Just-Add-Paper-Kits.

On the right side of the layout you can see the White leaves which i hand coloured with the distress stains, also you can see the tiny pink pearls  and journal pieces which came with a sweet past Just Add paper kit which matched perfectly, i placed around the circle to create a frame!

Well that's it from me today, make sure you head to the store to check out all the products and bargains!


Elisa xx

Monday, 28 August 2017

'Summer Loving' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking back with a simple tutorial using the new Tim Holtz Distress Ink Oxides to make a mixed media layout using the leftovers from the August Crop Kit and a few things from my stash.

The Crop kit is chock full of amazing papers and embellishments and so far I have made 4 layouts out of it with leftovers !

If you are after Oxide inkpads or a Crop Kit order through
Kylie at the shop and use the code EA5 to receive a discount on me πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Kylie and I have come up with a special bundle deal for customers - Buy all 12 colours in series 1 and series 2 colour releases for a special price and receive an even further discount if you use the code EA5 just message Shop and Crop Scrapbooking for the details!!!

Here is my layout, a mixed media beach inspired layout.

Let's Get on with the tutorial!

I picked these lovely four beachy colours and grabbed my trusty water spray bottle to begin.

If you are unsure what the Oxide inkpads are and what makes them so crazy special, this is a description coming from Ranger and Tim Holtz -

"Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads are water-reactive dye & pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. Use with stamps, stencils, and direct to surface. Blend using Ink Blending Tools and Foam. Re-ink using Distress Oxide Reinkers"

Because they have pigment ink blended in with them they will stamp with a fine image, they are opaque so will show up perfectly on a dark surface, you can also layer the colours on top of each other and they still retain the colours and do not turn into brown smoosh. And the best thing is they still react with water like the Distress Ink pads.

I will be showing you a quick and simple tutorial on how to use these wonderful inkpads and how to apply them to a mixed media layout...

Step 1 - Grab your ink pad and smoosh it or wipe it onto your mat (special crafters mat that can be wiped over) spray the colour with water liberally to create large droplets

Step 2 - Turn a piece of mixed media cardstock over the colour on your sheet and place it on the colour. Now to get the droplets you can just pull the sheet back up without rubbing the back of the sheet with your hand or you can rub the back of the sheet to get a different look. Pull the sheet off the colour and dry with a heat gun.

Step 3 - While you are drying with your heatgun, grab a water spray bottle - the distress spray bottle is the best for this job as it releases rather large drops and spray onto your sheet over the colour and you will get this lovely oxidised droplet effect. 

Step 4 - After your first layer of colour, you can now add layer after layer using the same technique!! you will get a multi colour effect with lovely droplets and crazy oxide effect.

Step 5 - At the end you can also add another technique using a fan brush. Smoosh your colour onto your mat, add the water and then using the brush instead, dip it into the colour and tap generous droplets of colour onto your page and dry with a heatgun.

Below is a few examples of the end result of these techniques! perfect to use on a beach inspired layout ....right ??

Here is a few photos on how I incorporated these techniques on my layout.

Adding background colour to my page using the smooshing on the mat technique.

Adding some droplets of Antique Linen Oxide Ink pad to my page.

Use the inkpads to cover wood veneer or chipboard and use embellishments like DIY hearts from Charms Creations to mop up the colour on your mat and they will match your layout!!

I also used the technique on a couple of die cut square frames, which is a different and unique way of colouring and adding them to your page.

Add some stamping over your frames...

And here are some close ups of the finer details 

Well that's it from me today, i hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and insight into how you can incorporate simple yet effective techniques into your layouts.


Elisa xx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Some Exciting News!! - Scrap Matrix Design Team Announcement

Hi everyone,

I received some exciting news not long ago and I have been busting at the seams to share it with you all. I have been lucky enough to secure a spot on the first inaugural design team for the awesome scrapbooking and mixed media store - Scrap Matrix in South Australia. 

and I have received my first design team package already and it is chock full of scrapping and arty goodies. 

Stay tuned for all sorts of awesome challenges and creativeness coming from the talented design team!

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I feel very honoured to be apart of this amazing team.

Here is the link to the design team announcement and you can see the other lovely and talented members on the team -


Elisa xx

Friday, 18 August 2017

'Spread your wings and fly' by Elisa Ablett

 Hi Everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for D-lish Scraps with my latest layout showcasing the gorgeous range of goodies from the D-lish Scraps store.

I was lucky enough to win a Lindy's Stamp Gang Challenge recently and was sent a prize which included some gorgeous blues and copper colours in the lovely starburst, flat fabio and moonshot sprays, so thats where my inspiration came from. So I scoured through my extensive D-lish stash to find all things blue and copper to go with my colour scheme.

I love all things bohemian and dream catchers so I decided to make my own dream catcher with all the lovely feathers from the store. 

Let's take a look at the finer details of the layout in the close ups below !

Here is a close up of some lovely copper modelling paste through the Stencil---5-x-5---Pattern-Quartet with a palette knife, creating some lovely copper bling and texture on the background.

Some more of the stencilling on the right hand side along with the wood veneer title - Wood Veneer Alphas.

The feathers were made by spraying in layers, blue spray on the bottom and copper at the ends, then a little bit of copper glitter paste on the bottom of the Chipboard feathers. Wrap the wire around to create your circle for the dream catcher and staple to your page. Then add your feathers and the 'strings' of wire to your feathers. Add some blue cotton to the mix and your centre piece.

I added some background stamping using Carabelle Studios stamps and Fiona Paltridge's stamps from Aall and Create to the background to add depth before I glued my embellishments down.

And you have a finished layout.

Well that's it from me today, make sure you leave me some love in the comments xx


Monday, 14 August 2017

August 2017 Crop Kit - Alternative Layouts by Elisa Ablett for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to share my latest blog post for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking.

Elisa here from the design team for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking with a different take on the August 2017 crop kit.

Here is the link to the August Crop Kit on the website, it includes papers and bit and pieces from the Hello Sunshine collection from Fancy Pants, ephemera pack, tag and labels and gorgeous lemon thickers.

Now if you are a subscriber you would have received your awesome kit by now with the instructions to create your layouts. I am lucky enough to receive one as well so I can show you a few alternative pages that you can make with the kit AND a few products from your stash!

My first layout is titled - Walking on Sunshine

I used Colour Blast Shimmer Cube in 'Sunshine' and Colour Blast Shimmer Spray in Lipstick to create a few coloured splatters on the background. Then some stamping over the top using a set of stamps by Prima - Ink and Layer in Flora and a lovely script stamp.

Here are some close ups of the layout.

A banner and layering!

Flower cluster to draw the eye to the photo.


And here is my second layout - Soak up the Sun

More of a mixed media layout using the kit contents plus extras from my stash including black Dylusion spray, yellow acrylic spray by Marabu Art and Sunshine Colour Blast Shimmer Cube. Also I added a hand made sun and a gorgeous cloud embellishment from Charms Creations.

Here are some close ups - 

Here are some of the products used to complete these layouts -

Prima -Ink N Layer-Ink N Layer - Fragrant Flora-12 pcs

Colour Shimmer Cube - Sunshine

Colour Blast Shimmer Spray-- Lipstick

Thats it from me today, 

If you are looking to treat yourself, don't forget to have a look at our kit subscription options on the website, if you are already a subscriber to our wonderful kits stay tuned because the design team will be posting their takes on each of the kits through the month after each kit release....

We want you to know how to get the most out of each of your kits!!


Elisa xx

Kraft Plus Challenge October Challenge - 'Sisters' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone I'm running a tad late with this post, I wanted to share with you the latest challenge for  Kraft Plus Challenge Blog ....