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Monday, April 27, 2015

My Happy Place Layout.

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is well & crafting heaps! :)

Do you ever wonder if you didn't have this awesome hobby in your life, what would you be doing with your time?
This is what I came up with: .... NOTHING!
I would be a crazy lady I think. Craft helps me express myself in a Healthy way.

Things I LOVE about Crafting:

 Project Life,
 Card making,
 Mixed Media,
 Crafting with my daughter,
 Annoying my Hubby about crafting,
 Hiding YUMMY new goodies from my Hubby,
 Telling him something only cost $2 ... on sale .. wink wink!

Seriously, My Art is very important part of my life. If I am having a bad day, week I know I can hide away in my craft room, My Happy Place!
A huge part of my Happy Place are my Husband Mark and my two awesome kids, Keenan (16) and Jorja (9). No matter where I am in my life I can turn to my hubby & kids and feel completely HAPPY!
My layout this week, I really wanted to scrap a photo of all of us together. We don't have a family photo, bad hay! So I decided to scrap a very recent photo of Jorja.
Seeing her smile is my Happy Place.

" This Is My Happy Place "

Vintage Book Paper Circles 

Cut Around the top Edge - For Interest

Cut Apart a Project Life Card - LOVE using Tissue Paper

Look Closely, Glass Bead Glitter Gel over a Stencil - YUM!

Thanks for stopping by!

A HUGE!!! shout out to our awesome!!! Debbie, I hope you are feeling better soon, we miss you!

See you later



Project Life - Specialty Cards - High Five
Project Life - Photo Overlays - Inspire
Project Life - Stickers - Inspire
Basic Grey - 12x12 Paper
Prima Flower
Vintage Book Paper
Magenta Paint
Tissue Paper
Glass Glitter Gel
Home Made Flower Stencil

Friday, April 24, 2015

Playing around

Hi everyone
Tammy here, firstly I want to say thankyou for being so welcoming!  It's certainly a lovely little community here at Deer and Fawn Designs.

I am so excited to be a designer. I can't wait to get into it and play with my DT goodies.
I am trying so hard to wait patiently. Everytime someone knocks on the door, I almost jump out of my skin, I tell you its a race to the door - I tackle the kids to get there first, hoping its my box.  I know it will be here soon enough, but I've had  to distract myself from my impatience, so I've been playing!  Yay!
I thought I'd play with the goodies I received with my $30 voucher from Deer and Fawn Designs for the March Challenge.  Here's what I created:

I loved all the bits and pieces I got.  I especially love the colour of that Dylusions Spray - Polished Jade.  Gorgeous! 
I started with some Kraft Paper, and painted gesso in a couple of areas, and around the edges. I then spritzed some large blobs of Dylusions (I sprayed it closely to the page to get a solid blob).  I then tore some pieces of washi and added in pieces over the gesso.  I also added some plasterers mesh tape at this point. To soften these strips I rub a little gesso with my fingers on top. This helps to blend the page together.
I then used a stencil and some texture paste in a couple of areas, to add some texture. 
Finally I stamped very imperfectly and quickly around the edges and on top with the Finnabair Messy Stamp (LOVE LOVE LOVE).
After this I add a few small strips of paper.  For this I often use Project Life Cards - I find them the perfect size, and I seem to have a huge amount of stress cutting into a full sheet of 12x12 paper! Those little 3x4 cards and 4x6 cards are magic! I'm not afraid to chop into them at all, and it really has changed my approach to scrapping. 
I then began adding some embellishment clusters to the side of my photo. I love those Feather Die Cuts.  I decided to make my own feather too with washi tape.  All I did was fold it in half and cut little slits into it.  I then cut it into a sort of feather shape.
Can you see the gorgeous silver heart doily in there? Debbie had packaged my order so nicely, she had wrapped it in brown paper using washi and then this heart doily was around the packaging.  I really couldn't waste it, or the washi tape (yep I've used that too - Can you tell I don't like to waste anything?)
I then added on my title - these Kaiser words look great! I know I'll be using them lots.  Finally I added some wood veneer hearts.

I really loved creating this page about my gorgeous daughter.
I hope it inspires you to have a play.
I think the delivery man may get a bit of a shock at my excitement when my box of goodies does arrive!
I'll be back to share again soon.


If you'd like to win yourself a $30 voucher of awesome goodies from Deer and Fawn Designs, it's not too late to go in the April Challenge

Deer and Fawn Products used:

Dina Wakley White Gesso
Prima Finnabair Stamp
Die Cut Feathers
Wood Veneer Hearts
Washi Tape
Kaiser Word Stickers
Kaiser Arrow Stamp
Project Life Cards
Silver Doily
Dylusions Spray

Monday, April 20, 2015

April Challenge ........

Hi everyone!

First I would love to welcome the super talented TAMMY to the Deer & Fawn team!

Tammy I am looking forward to creating with you, and can't wait to see all your stunning ART!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! On Saturday I had a super cute 4 week old baby boy come in for a photo shoot! I got lots of cuddles <3 , and of course heaps of photo's for Mum & Dad!

On Sunday I headed out to a small " DE- STASH " Craft Fete over at Mooroolbark East Primary School. I picked up heaps up little bits & bobs for as little as 20c!. How awesome is that! My daughter had a ball spending all my coins on goodies for her craft space!

Saturday night, I decided to complete my entry for the April Challenge. YES!, I know I can't win, but It was fun to challenge myself to only use a few products or techniques!

April Challenge - use sprays, stencil, at least ONE paint colour & a household item as a stamp!


One Paint Colour   -   One Stencil   -   One Milk Bottle Lid-Stamp

One Spray - Heidi Swapp Gold Spray

Looking forward to seeing all the entries for this challenge! 

Bye 4 Now!



Tissue Paper
Milk Bottle Top
Kaiser Craft - Damark Stencil
Vintage Book Paper

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thrilled to be first post

Hi everyone!
Well what an honour this is - to be selected as a Deer and Fawn Designer. WOW!! 
I am still doing a little happy dance here, and can't wait to play with all things Deery and Fawny and share my work with you.
So I thought I'd start by having a go at April's challenge - Mixed Media

I started with just a white sheet of cardstock, I added stencilling, paint, texture paste and stamps.  I had a whole lot of fun, even spraying the cardstock with lots of water!  Let me tell you at one stage I thought I'd ruined it - I added a big blob of teal paint and well it just kinda sat there - it didn't want to drip when I added water and I NEARLY gave up and threw it out, but I decided to keep going. I kept adding washi tape, more stamping and paint over the blobs, plus I added some plasterers tape to give more texture.  I then added black paint to then end of an old roll of  loo paper - I love the effect of these circles! . I made sure I stamped some slightly off the page too, to give the layout flow. I will definitely be doing this again. (In fact I'm now looking at random things around the house and thinking of all the cool stamp prints they would make).  And then guess what?  All of a sudden I loved it. It came together.

Here's my creation

Please excuse my dodgy photo in this layout - it was taken at night with an iphone 4, but I really wanted to tell the story.....I decided to scrap the imperfectness of my life.

Here's some close ups....

So my advice would be DON'T GIVE UP. And don't overthink it - have some fun - experiment - PLAY.  I love that about mixed media - you never quite know how its going to turn out.  And mistakes, well they can be covered up!  So go for it! 
I can't wait to see what you come up with.

If you missed it here's the details of the challenge:

Use Sprays, stencils, at least one paint colour and a household item as a stamp!
It can be on a layout, canvas, pocket page card or any other medium that you would like to use...

ALL entries must be uploaded to the blog by the 30 April... and this month YOU all vote for you fave entry.... there will be a link in the side bar for you to cast your vote... Voting will open on the 16th April.....
Once voting has closed the winner with the most votes will win a $30 voucher to spend on the website....

So upload your entry in the side bar....

HAVE FUN getting messy :)

Say Cheese

Hi Everyone :)

I have had some fun recently playing with the new Simple Stories - Sn@p Say Cheese 2 range and also the Simple Stories - Sn@p I AM range.....

Here are a couple of layouts I created using them....

Thanks for stopping by

Deb x


Hi everyone

I am thrilled to be adding Tammy Klingner as a Deer Designer.... please make her welcome

Here is a little about Tammy :)

I live in the beautiful Clare in South Australia.  I've been scrapping since 2002.  For 8 years, and until 12 months ago, I had my own scrapbooking business, Go Scrap Yourself in Clare.  I worked full time running the business and teaching classes.  It was such a passion for me. My customers were so special to me, and of course having the opportunity to play with new product was pretty awesome.  I am also a single mum to 2 children (aged 11 and 13) who I absolutely adore.  As they are getting older, and our needs are changing I decided to sell the business.  I now work 3 days a week in a manufacturing jewellers in Clare.  Unfortunately my scrapbook shop has recently closed, leaving quite a void in the community here.
I have always been a traditional scrapper and last year I was excited to discover Project Life. I love how it captures the everyday stories - the real life - I'm thrilled to say I completed a whole year! A double page spread for each week (plus a few extras for a holiday).  I am continuing that this year and am only 2 weeks behind at the moment.  I have recently been working on some mixed media projects (a personal journal), and I love incorporating this into my traditional layouts. 
Check out Tammy's blog here
and here is some of her AMAZING work :)

Make sure you come back to see what inspiration Tammy has for you all :)

Thanks for stopping by
Deb x

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mixed Media Background Challenge - Finished :)

Hi Guys,

I am back with some more yummy fun! I hope you all aren't getting sick of ME! ... LOL

The Background Challenge ... How awesome was everyone's backgrounds! WOW, It was so hard to choose just one. So congratulations to Melinda!

So, now what I would like you all to do is use those backgrounds you created and finish off you ART!

Using some of the NEW products that have just landed over at Deer & Fawn Designs, I now have a awesome piece of Mixed Media Art, that I can hung up in my craft room.

I hope you enjoy this two part process on how I finished my Mixed Media Art!! .....

Part One

Part Two

Final Images


 Can't wait to see what you all come up with!!!


See you

Connie ... xxx


Delta - Ceramcoat Paint - AC Flesh
Delta - Ceramcoat Paint - Midnight Blue
Delta - Ceramcoat Paint - Laguna Blue
Deltra - Ceramcoat Paint - Crimson
Donna Downey - Stencil - Number Repetitive 
Stabilo ALL Pencil
Cheapy White & Black Paint
Bubble Wrap
Old Credit Card/Gift Card

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Just Playing .....

Ages ago .... well only about 2 months! I sketched this bird out, inspired by the wonderful            Dina Wakley - and her Scribbly Birds Stamp set.

You see, I desperately wanted that stamp set and I didn't own it YET. So I decided to have a go at sketching it myself. I was pretty happy with my version. ( note: YES! I now own this awesome stamp set, ordered from the wonderful Deer & Fawn Designs! )

Fast forward 2 or so months, and "MY" copy bird was still just a sketch in my Art Journal. Inspiration hit and I finished off my page!

Hope you like........

Just a quick pop in today!

I will be back a little later in the week with part 2 of my Basic Background Tutorial & also some Scrapbooking!

See you 


Monday, April 6, 2015

April Challenge - Something to get you started!

I am so excited about the new April Challenge!... Once Debbie posted it, I just hit my craft room to make you guys a quick tutorial on some items I have found!

I just took 2 mins and had a quick look around in the kitchen, garage and using some items that I have already been collecting.

Using the backgrounds that I made using the Dylusions Ink Sprays from last week and had a little FUN!

Mixed Media - April Challenge

( sorry about the quality .. need a new camera :) )

Here are the backgrounds...

Pringles Lid, Pepsi cap & Milk Lid

left - Bubble Wrap, Freezer Bag, Masking Tape
right - Foam Block, Plasters Tape Thingy!

left - Twine, right - Elastic Band

Now! ... Go and have some fun! .. Get MESSY!!!

See you later

Connie ... xxx

April Mixed Media Challnege

Hi Everyone :)

Its challenge time again.....


So this month it is all about getting your fingers dirty :)

For this months challenge you must do the following....

Use Sprays, stencils, at least one paint colour and a household item as a stamp!
It can be on a layout, canvas, pocket page card or any other medium that you would like to use...

ALL entries must be uploaded to the blog by the 30 April... and this month YOU all vote for you fav entry.... there will be a link in the side bar for you to cast your vote... Voting will open on the 16th April.....
Once voting has closed the winner with the most votes will win a $30 voucher to spend on the website....

So upload your entry in the side bar....

HAVE FUN getting messy :)

I look forward to seeing what you all create...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Little Inspiration ......

Just a super fast drop in to share a video with you guys on how easy it is to put together a awesome Mixed Media background!

Using the Dylusions Inks and following the requirements for the little challenge, I wanted to show you all how easy it is and to encourage you all to have a go!

Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

See you