blog hopping with kellie stamps...

Hi and welcome to the Kellie Stamps and {scrAp this!} blog hop!!!! I have been a Give a Girl a Blog fan for quite some time and am thrilled to be teaming up with Kellie and her wonderful team and absolutely love the results of combining our products.
Kellie Stamps summer fun & summer mini clear stamp sets, wood veneer flairs
{scrAp this!} geometric heart accents, felt & glitter triangles, polaroid shaker card

I was inspired by Kellie's summer themed stamp sets to create a layout about one of my favourite beaches.
the fuzzy felt and sparkly glitter in my triangle accents helped me choose this soft summery colour combo.
I stamped the title onto the vellum window of the polaroid shaker card - which is filled with tiny pastel stars and love how the stamping resembles the sand in the photo when used with glitter embossing powder.
you don't need a lot of product to create interesting effects if you vary the textures. I combined metallic stitching in my geometric heart, glitter embossed stamping, engraved wood veneer and a tiny bit of fuzzy felt for this easy accent cluster. I love the way the stamped words peek out from inside the triangles.

Because I was still in mood to create, I got out another combination of products to use in my project life album.
Kellie Stamps cozy and monday-friday clear stamp sets, wood veneer flairs, wood mounted stamps
{scrAp this!} gold dipped designs, geometric heart accents, 3x4" cards and 4x6" stitched word borders

I got really behind with project life last year so I decided to revisit my 2013 album and even though it wasn't a particularly eventful week, it feels great to record all of these little moments!
here's a closer look at the left hand side
The stitched word borders are perfect for adding to journal cards and 6x4 photos and the 3x4 vellum backed love cards are a great way to add some interest over your favourite patterns.
I absolutely love Kellie's Monday-Friday stamp set and have used it numerous times throughout my albums and you really can't go wrong with a simple grid base for your stamping.
if you are not confident stamping directly onto your photos, vellum strips are a great alternative!
here's the right hand side...
metallic accents, stamping and stitching are a quick and easy way to dress up project life pockets.

*** GIVEAWAY ***
It wouldn't be a blog hop with a giveaway ;) so don't forget to leave a comment on all the blogs on the list to go into the draw to win one of Kellie's awesome new wood mounted stamps as well as a set of my new gold dipped goodies.... entries close on Tuesday 8th April 2014 and the winner will be announced shortly after, good luck!

Kellie -
Agnus - ....that's me :)
Karyn - Aimee - Sue -

All of my new design will be available for purchase from the 10th April and I've got another giveaway over on my facebook page, so be sure to join the {scrAp this!} sale event to go into the draw to win a selection of all my latest goodies!!! 

*** BIG thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by and leave a comment ♥ The winner chosen at random has been announced on the Give a Girl a Blog facebook page... Congrats Susy :D ***
Thanks for stopping by xx

project life weeks 6 and 7...

Hi again, I have been playing with another super cute kit from Gossamer Blue to document the start of February. It's a bit different to my usual colour combos, but since Feb is the month of love I think I can get away with it ;)
It was another busy week, with both mine and my nieces birthdays, another fishing trip for the boys and lots of family time in between. 
I have once again altered a Simple Stories Daily Grind 6x4" card to mark the start of the month. I thought it would be the perfect time to try out my new MFT hugs & kisses cover up die and I also added a bit of cork and a few metallic gold accents.

I noticed that a few of the pics I took that week had very dark backgrounds but I think they balance out pretty well with a few pops of colour.
I always look forward to the gorgeous vellum cards in my kits and seriously love these soft hearts!

moving onto week 7... filled with lots of everyday stuff and even though we don't really celebrate Valentine's day, I couldn't help myself and made a special treat for my boys :)
recording little moments like this is why I love Project Life!
 another gorgeous vellum card, and the gold dipped heart is a new product from my {scrAp this!} range
I loved that this kit wasn't all hearts and kisses and was filled with lots of fun patterns and versatile pieces that made it easy to record a variety of themes.
last but not least a pic of me with my Mum ♥

It feels great to be making some progress in my album and I feel even more determined and inspired to get up to date after meeting the lovely Becky Higgins at my local Spotlight store this week!

 Thanks for stopping by xx

playing with Polly! scrap kits...

I'm super excited to have a guest post over on the Polly! blog today, playing with the yummy Passionfruit Souffle - February Scrapbooking kit.  from Polly! Scrap Kits and would love for you to come over and say Hi :)
I instantly fell in love with the beautiful combination of colours and patterns from Simple Stories, Bo Bunny & My Mind's Eye in this kit, and swooned when I saw the awesome mix of embellies!!! 
I loved that even though the kit is filled with lots of pretty goodies it's very versatile and perfect for creating a range of different looks.

For my first layout I wanted to capture a moment of my youngest son busy playing with his toys on our stairs. I love taking in the little details while he plays and couldn’t resit taking a photo of his perfect little feet :)
I really like the subtle detail of wood grain papers and often use them as a base for my layouts and thought the grey colours would make a good contrast against the bright diagonal paper. I added a few strips of the thin washi tape along side the pink stripe to help draw attention to the smaller photo. The star paper was too good to pass up and so I cut up a few pieces on the same angle as the diagonal stripe and stitched these in place.
I absolutely love the cool metal arrows included in the kit and used a simple cross stitch to secure them to the page. I also used some of the bakers twine in a similar cross technique to dress up the other arrow.
and how cute are the tiny little arrows :) they make an adorable accent paired with the phrase and word stickers.

I went for a bit of a different look for this next layout featuring a snapshot of me with my boys.
I wanted a soft feel for my page and chose the confetti dots and coral stripe papers because they both have a nice creamy base and used a strip of the thin washi tape to anchor the two patterns together. 
I couldn’t wait to use the gorgeous sparkly gold enamel dots and added a few drops of gold colour mist as well as some metallic gold stitching to tie it all in.
The cute typewriter chipboard was a perfect accent to add near my journaling, and I used a Bohemian Typewriter font on my computer to print up my journaling - I cut the strips slightly wider on the bottom so I would have room to stitch them in place.

Because I still had so many awesome products left over, I decided to create another layout.
I really wanted to make use of the bold polka dot and the whimsical heart papers and combined the two for this page about my son and his cousins striking a pose for the camera.
I started this page by spraying a white cardstock base with a bit of seafoam coloured mist and stitched a 10” frame in the centre. Because I had already used the reverse side of the polka dot paper for my first layout, I used the cut out portion as a design element and filled in the missing section with the heart paper.
I used the Simple Stories stickers to help tell the story and also to add little pops of accent colour to create a nice flow across the page.

Unfortunately this gorgeous kit has already sold out (they always sell out fast) so if you don't want to miss out on the next lot of awesome kits head over to the Polly! store and check out the subscription offers. Don't forget to "like'' the Polly! face book page to keep up to date with all the upcoming releases and exclusives.... I've heard that due to popular demand Ruth is in the process of putting together an awesome embellishment kit :)

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