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

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lindy's Stamp Gang Colour Challenge Winner

Proud to display this badge on my blog!

A dream come true to win a challenge using these gorgeous products.

Thanks Lindy's!

'Favourite Place' by Elisa Ablett - Kraft Plus Challenge Blog

Hi Krafters!

Elisa here from the design team for Kraft Plus Challenge Blog with my latest layout based on the Challenge Board for August, the inspiration is trees, leaves and branches and better still perhaps a special tree in your life?

Here is the link to the Challenge.

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This is the layout I created for the challenge. It is based upon a special place - a rainforest quite close to my hometown, you can go for hikes and even walk under a waterfall. This has to be one of my most favourite places, it is calming to walk among the beautiful rainforest and see all the foliage and animals. You just instantly relax walking in the cool temperatures in the rainforest and breathe in the fresh air....just an amazing place !

Here are some close ups!

Memory Maze Lasercut chipboard and stencils feature heavily on this page! along with fake moss, hessian and gorgeous Lindy's Sprays.

That's it from me today ! 
Head on over to the Kraft Plus Blog for more details on the latest challenge.


Elisa xx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Art Journal Page by Elisa Ablett for Artified

Hi everyone, 

Elisa here from the design team for Artified with my latest creation for the Artified blog- A mixed media Art Journal Page using the awesome products from the  NEW and exciting Mixed Media Kit - August Edition.

The kit is perfect for those wanting to try out new products and also to add to your mixed media stash!

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The link to the Shop for the kit - Head on over to check it out!

August Watercolour Mixed Media Kit

Here is my project - The Art of Living.

Tutorial time πŸ˜€

Step 1 - Using the dictionary paper provided cut two feathers either by hand or using a template and also cut a few rectangles (about 5 or 6 ) depending on the size.

Step 2 - Using gesso from your stash, give your feathers and rectangles a coat and let dry

Step 3 - While your feathers are drying, lets start the background! Coat your page with gesso and let dry, then spray your page with the Gold Acrylic Marabu Spray and while wet add drips of colour onto your page from your watercolour palette (the greens, browns, oranges and yellows). With a very wet paintbrush grab your colour and add to the wet areas on the page. Using a heatgun dry and then keep applying colour til you are happy with the page.

Step 4 - Add colour to your feathers and rectangles by spraying each with water. Spray water onto a craft mat and add some of your colour to the water. Then using a paintbrush add colour to the wet area of your feathers and dry using heatgun.

Step 5 - Some paper weaving! cut thin strips about 10cm long and lay the first few on top of each other and then start weaving over and under, doesn't have to be neat. Then spray over the top with the gold Marabu Art Spray and let dry.

Step 6 - Add some stamping to your rectangles and background page using the stamp and an archival black inkpad and an acrylic block. 

Extra steps - Using the stencil and white modelling paste add texture to your background page
Cut a piece of white cardstock to stick your elements to the background page
Wrap some extra strips of the dictionary paper around a stick and add some ivory coloured cotton
Highlight some words from your dictionary or book paper - i was lucky enough to find the words - The Art of Living!
Stick down your rectangles, paper weaving, stick and feathers as shown in the main photo, overlapping each layer
Grab the thin paintbrush or water brush that comes with your kit and fill it with water, using the black colour add hand painted elements to your page, I added dandelions and grass.

I also used a dauber and a black inkpad through the stencil to add a butterfly to my page.

My theme was to tie in the words The Art of living with natural earth tones and flora and fauna.

Here are some close ups!

That's it from me today! I hope you have enjoyed my Art Journal page tutorial and also looking through the NEW Mixed Media Kit from Artified - Artified August Mixed Media Kit. Make sure you leave me some love!

Also make sure you join the new Artified facebook group to share your creations and keep up to date with all things Artified -

'Cool' by Elisa Ablett - D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone, 

Elisa here from the design team for D-lish Scraps again with my first share for August on their blog - a grungy mixed media layout.

Before we start I wanted to share the link for all the new products in store - New Arrivals and Restocks Section - there are gorgeous new doilies, glitter dots, enamel dots, sequin butterflies and flowers. I'll be back i'm heading over to look as well.....πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‚

Now we are all back again after our trip to check out the new goodies in store, i better show you my layout.... !!! 

Here is my layout which features lots of yummies from the store including;

washi tape and other assorted products from - 

The background was completed by using a combination of Distress Stains, Tinby Designs Colour Crush Powders, stamps and black modelling paste smoothed through the Alpha Stencil. I also used a layering of a die cut from Kaisercraft, black hessian and a Yellow-Diagonal-Stripe-Bitty-Bag from the past 'Sunny Daze' JAP Kit plus other assorted Past kits - bits and pieces.

Some close ups of the finer details - 

In this cluster above you can see the assorted bits and pieces from past Just Add Paper Kits including the flair, journal spot, cardfetti, pearl cabochons, arrow, library card.

In this cluster above you can see the awesome Puffy Black Alphabet Stickers and how you can add your title to your layers.

Love those bright striped Bitty Bags, great for layering and co-ordinating your layout.

A close up of the 5 x 5 stencil that I cannot get enough of for those boy layouts!! 

That's it from me today, stay tuned for my next project featuring later in the month!



Friday, 21 July 2017

'Sweet' and 'Beautiful' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

It was my turn up on the Shop and Crop Scrapbooking blog today with two mixed media layouts so I thought i'd share here on my blog as well.


Elisa here from the design team with my latest layouts for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking

I grabbed out the leftovers from a couple of recent kits which I created (links underneath the photos) for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking along with some other items from my stash. 

The first layout below is called 'Beautiful' and uses the leftovers from Expo Kit 3 ( and Colour Blast Shimmer Cube in Sunshine along with Lollipop Colour Blast Shimmer Dusts.

I used the Kaisercraft 'Mandala' Die to die cut the lovely patterned vellum from the kit, plus I used Lollipop Colour Blast Shimmer Dust for my  background ( i also used the leftover liquid to add colour to the butterfly diecut and the feathers) as well as the "Sunshine" Colour Blast Shimmer Cube (which comes in the kit) I painted the chipboard title with the Sunshine Shimmer Cube as well as the inside of the butterfly and feathers.

Expo Kit 3 - Beautiful

And my second layout is called 'Sweet' 

This layout is created using the leftovers including the paints, papers and custom made stamp from the June Mixed Media Kit which can be purchased as a one off kit from Shop and Crop -

 So to create the background, I used the blue and yellow paints from the kits and a piece of plastic and a small spray of water from a spray bottle and 'smooshed' paint onto the page using a piece of plastic like a sponge. Dry thoroughly then using an archival ink pad and your custom made stamp stamp a strip of graffiti up the page leaving about 1.5 inches on the right hand side border to add your two strips of paper.

After that I used a black marker and a small entree plate and created circles on my page to create a frame for where my photo was to go. Colour some chipboard arrows with your yellow paint and stamp on your chipboard pieces as well. Don't be afraid to add a die cut to cover part of your photo.

Here is the original kit which is available for purchase from Shop and Crop on the below link.

Well that's it from me today, I hope you have been inspired to pull out those old kits and use your leftovers to keep creating....The kits are so chock full of product you can still create loads of layouts with a little help from your stash...

Elisa xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

'The Blue Divide' Art Journal Page by Elisa Ablett

Hi Soul Sisters, 

Elisa here from the design team for Art and Soul Studio with my latest project which I based around this month's soulful project quote.

 the link to the facebook album is here for your entries - July Soulfull

there is a $75 voucher to the store up for grabs so get your entries in.

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Here is my project, a very personal mixed media art journal page inspired by the quote and featuring products from Art and Soul Studio Store.

To me it symbolises the swirls of thoughts through our brains, the struggle between anxiety and panic and happy cheerful thoughts. How something so beautiful as your brain can be a little dented and scratched, so to speak .... 

Here is a close up of the thoughts, words cut from an old book.

I wanted to show you how I achieved my page using some of the materials from the store.

Step 1 - Using a new Mixed Media Journal from X-press It, it has beautiful 300gsm aqua paper! draw a face silhouette with a waterproof black marker, add a circle and line down your page where you want to showcase the line drawn between your thoughts in your head... (more symbolism)

Step 2 - Grab your desired colours of acrylic paint - I used Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Acrylic Paint available from the store on the link below. The colours are glorious! and it spreads like margarine.
Using a palette knife or silicone spatula spread the three colours inside the circle on your page and let dry.

Mixed Media Acrylic Paint 1.7oz 4/Pkg: SET 2

Step 3 - Using an old sheet of music paper and a sheet of patterned paper (Abstract Art by Kaisercraft - Basecoast 4 collection) tear small strips of the papers and use to build the silhoutte's clothing on the lower half of the page plus also part of the background on the right.

I also used the patterned paper and using a new bohemian flower die from the store, I diecut my flowers and put them aside for later.

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Step 4 - Using a paint brush add a small wash of gesso over the top of your patterned and glued paper to dull the colours a little. Then grab your favourite watercolour inks and spray bottle and a paintbrush add colour to your silhoutte page on the right side. I used the FABULOUS ecoline inks available in store individually or in packs of 6 or 10 colours. - 

Ecoline Liquid Watercolour: SET OF 10

Step 5 - Use a large paintbrush and water as well to add a wash affect over the top of your inks.

Last steps - Once your page has dried and you have added all the colour inks you want, using a versafine inkpad which is archival, stamp around your circle and line to create depth on your page. 

Also add your title, either handwrite or use stamps as I have using the same black versafine inkpad.

To finish - add your die cut flowers, eyes that i ripped from a magazine and some important words from an old book to represent the war our brain sometimes has when we are anxious, sad and confused and stressed.

Add some finishing touches like colour to the lips or outline your flowers to give them more depth.

And you are finished!!

Hope you have enjoyed my project and the tutorial, the quote immediately 'spoke' to me and I wanted to create a page that symbolised the real struggle that a lot of people go through with the warring thoughts in their minds. Art is Therapy.....

Make sure you leave me some love and head on over to the store to check out the amazing products the store is stocking to help you on your artistic journey...

Elisa xx