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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mixed Media Layout ..... NEW Products!!!

Hi Guys,

Hope you are all keeping well & staying warm. I don't know about you guys but I feel the cold, a LOT! .... During Winter I tend to hibernate, I don't like to leave my nice cozy ducted heating for too long! This is when I get LAZY!!! ... lol

Ok guys, I have been working on yet another video tutorial for you all! YAY!!!!
For some reason, I still feel like a huge idiot speaking to nobody while I am filming & I keep forgetting what I want to say! Major Stage fright I think. I just sound so dumb & I am so sorry for that, I am so different IRL .... I promise :)

So here goes, its a long one this time, so grab a coffee or a glass of wine, sit back and have a laugh at me! ......

Mixed Media Layout
by Connie Hatch


Well I hope you watch it all the way to the end! ...... I am still working out how to use iMovie, like adding music etc. Hope it wasn't too painful.

Any questions, please leave a comment below!

See you later ...



Limor Webber Designs - Rugged Edge Rubber Stamp Set ( ask Deb if she can get one for you )
Watercolour Paper
Vintage Book Paper
White Card Stock
Close To My Heart - Archival Black Ink Pad
Circle Punch - 2in & 1in size

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tam's been playing with Scraps....

So I decided to have a play with the scraps leftover from a recent Project Life spread I shared, using the Inspire Paper Pad that Debbie sent me to play with. The pastels are just so yummy.  Previously I did a layout combining them with a black base, and making them pop, which I loved, so I thought I'd have a go at using a white background and see what happens.

I spritzed the page with a few different spritz colours, all in pastels, and then added a few strips of paper, some gesso, a bit of stamping.......

I'm really happy with it.  I decided to add gold to complement the soft colours, and of course you'll see in there a doily and some book paper - becoming my signature! 
This layout is a personal one, explaining the story behind my One Little Word for this year......which you may have guessed is Brave.  Well done!  As the journaling is quite private, I created a little pocket that I will slip my thoughts/journaling into.
I hope you enjoy the page.  It was very therapeutic for me......
I love that scrapping is therapeutic for me in so many ways.....I get to be creative and play which comforts and calms my soul, and makes me forget all the crazy daily demands of my life, plus often my pages become filled with personal journaling.  I usually don't intend to start out that way, but there's something about the playing, the process, the calmness that comes over me that opens my inner thoughts. 
Yep I really must start a personal messy, visual journal!!!
Have a lovely rest of week! Hope there's some creative flow in there for you.
Luv Tam
Deer and Fawn Products used:
 Project Life Inspire 6x6 Paper Pad
Bo Bunny Misc Me Sweet Life Journal Pack
Washi Tape
Dina Wakley Gesso
American Craft Dear Lizzy Serendipity Royal Thickers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot, Evergreen Bough
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Mint Green

Friday, May 22, 2015

Project Life with Tam

Hi Everyone.
Happy FriYAY to you all.
I managed to finally stick down a project life spread that had been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks!  A good feeling to finally find that time, and of course now my brains ticking with What's Next? What's Next??
I created this double spread using the remainder of the Bo Bunny Misc Me Journal Pack that was in my Design Team may remember the first spread I did, I used the pink's and navy's....this time around I went with red's, navy's and Kraft's, and of course teal/aqua snuck it's way in there too! (always does). 
Sorry I think it's a bit crooked!
I love how versatile this pack has been.  I've created two completely different weeks.  And I've had lots of scraps to use in layouts too.  Sometimes I find I get bored with the same colours in one pack (which often causes me to buy more - nothing like new products to get me scrapping).  But with this little pack I felt like I got a lot of diversity. 
Left side.....
Right Side....
Sorry about the glare.....been waiting for more natural light.....but the weather just hasn't allowed.
And a close up.......
 And just in case you'd like a's the other spread in pink and navy.....
Have a lovely weekend everyone..... be back soon
Luv Tam
Deer and Fawn Products used:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Project Life ..... Ideas!

Hi Guys!

I hope you all have been well! ....
I have been super busy over the past month, I think my head is going to spin around really fast and fall off my shoulders!

One thing I haven't had time for is my crafting... :( ... and I have missed it so much. It's amazing how much your craft becomes apart of your everyday life. I am so happy to be back!
Last night, I was really in the mood to get messy, first project in a couple of weeks and I wanted to get all painted up!
The lovely De, had sent me an AWESOME pack of goodies, so I decided to use the Me & My Big Ideas - Themed Cards - Journal Elements & make a Mixed Media flower for my Art Journal!

Project Life Cards you say .. On a Mixed Media  JOURNAL page? .... I say YES!!! ( bit of TV humour )

Using the Donna Downey "Find Your Balance" stencil, I traced and cut out every petal using different Themed Cards from the Me & My Big Ideas cards.
This took a little time, but very relaxing!
To create my journal background I used some of my favourite paints Ceramcoat Paint & slapped down some random strokes. Then using a Crafters Workshop stencil, wipe away some of the paint.
I kept repeating using different paint colours until I got the look I was after.

" Find Your Balance "
Art Journal page
by Connie Hatch


I LOVE how it turned out! 

I hope you are all working hard on your May Challenge! ... I know I am. I will share my over on the Deer & Fawn Facebook page later in the week. Here is the May Challenge details:

Create 2 Project life cards on a can make them however you could stamp, paint, spritz, whatever takes your fancy. We would love to see them in your project life spreads, but for those who aren't into project life, don't think this challenge isn't for you.... project life cards are awesome to use on scrap layouts too!!

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

Thats it from me.

See you soon



Crafters Workshop - Stencil - Boulders
Silhouette Cameo - File - Stencil
Faber Castell - Pitt Big Brush Pen - Pink Carmine
Stabilo - ALL - Pencil ( BEST PENCIL EVER!!! )

Monday, May 18, 2015

April Challenge Winner

Hi Everyone :)

Sorry for being MIA .... got stitches out this week and a pin from my finger so have been a bit sore :(

Sorry for the delay in announcing the April Challenge Winner... as you can see from the votes Madeliene Lee is our winner :) Congrats Madeleine

Here is her entry

Don't forget to enter this months challenge

Here's a recap on the challenge in case you missed it:
Create 2 Project life cards on a can make them however you could stamp, paint, spritz, whatever takes your fancy.  We would love to see them in your project life spreads, but for  those who aren't into project life, don't think this challenge isn't for you.... project life cards are awesome to use on scrap layouts too!!

Once created just link upload your entry to the InLinkz tool on the right hand side.
I can't wait to see your entries!
Thanks for stopping by :)
Deb x

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Love Layout

Hi all, Tammy here, thought I'd share what I've recently created with some of my gorgeous Deer and Fawn Design Team Goodies.  I'm so lucky to receive such beautiful NEW products to mess around with!!
I recently completed a Project Life Spread using the Inspire goodies.  I enjoyed working with the pastel colours.....I'm usually more of a stronger colour person...that's one of the other things I LOVE about being a Deer and Fawn Designers - it pushes me to try new things, and work with products that I wouldn't necessarily choose - this somehow forces my creativity to be pushed.....rather than creating in my comfort zone, and keeping things fairly Same, same - I'm forced to be different - and usually I really LOVE the results!!
So I had these pastels to work with....I decided to team it with black, and get messy in the background with a bit of mixed media. I played with Gesso, washi tape, gelatos, and spritz.

This is what I ended up with:

I love how the pastels POP off of the black......
As you know I'm a huge fan of words, so I loved using that quote on my page.  The font is awesome!
I got the frame you can see and the Love title by cutting up one of the 4x4" die cut cards.

Happy Scrapping..........
Thanks for popping by

Deer and Fawn Products used:
Project Life Inspire Die Cut Cards
Project Life Inspire 6x6 Paper Pad
Washi Tape
Simple Stories I Am Sentiment Stickers
Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Kaiser Captured Moments Polaroid Clear Stamps

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Project Life.....challenge for May

Hi everyone, Tammy here
Thought I'd share what I've been up to lately.....
A few days ago I shared a sneak on facebook - some ideas for making your own project life cards for Deer and Fawn's May Challenge.  I kept it really simple and just played around with some white cardstock, stamps and ink, and really just repetition.  Here's the sneak of the cards I created:
So simple and so quick and easy!! 

I have then used them in my spread for Project Life, and I'm really pleased with  how they look mixed in with other cards.  They're certainly NOT perfect, there's a few smudges and uneven, crooked stamping, but once you add photos and embellies you barely notice!

Here's a look at the left side:
And the right:
And a couple of close ups:
I was lucky enough to be able to play with the new Project Life Inspire Range available from Deer and Fawn Designs.  I especially love the stitched specialty cards.  Swoon!  I love the texture it creates to my pages.
I hope you get a chance to enter the May Challenge, as there's a $30 Deer and Fawn Voucher up for grabs!! Love a bit of guilt free shopping! Plus Debbie has lots of new stock in at the moment, so a great time to have a go!  Hopefully I've shown you that it doesn't need to be complicated!  Keep it gotta be in it to win it! 
Here's a recap on the challenge in case you missed it:
Create 2 Project life cards on a can make them however you could stamp, paint, spritz, whatever takes your fancy.  We would love to see them in your project life spreads, but for  those who aren't into project life, don't think this challenge isn't for you.... project life cards are awesome to use on scrap layouts too!!

Once created just link up on the Deer and Fawn Blog using the InLinkz tool on the right hand side. This link should be available in the next few days.
I can't wait to see your entries!
Bye for now

Deer and Fawn Products used:
Project Life Inspire 6x6 Paper Pad
Project Life Inspire Chipboard Stickers
Project Life Inspire Stitched Cards
Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Kaiser Captured Moments Calendar Clear Stamps
Kaiser Captured Moments Polaroid Clear Stamps
Kaiser Shine Bright Clear Stamps
Heidi Swapp Word Jumbles - Vintage

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A card.....

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Mothers Day today.  I sure enjoyed a special day with my beautiful kids, filled with cuddles, home made cards with just the sweetest ever words, pancakes cooked by My son, a special trip to the cinemas together, and some pretty awesome gifts.  Yep...feeling the love!!
As I don't have any mums or grandmas of my own anymore to share the day with, and make cards for, I thought I'd share a card from last weekend - It was my wonderful partners' and my anniversary.
We went out for a nice meal and bottle of wine.  I so LOVE this man.
I always make the time to make him a card, and this is what I managed using gorgeous products from my Deer and Fawn Designs stash. 

A bit more detail:

I think its important to make each other feel special - and that doesn't mean spending lot of money, just making time for each other, and a hand-made card goes a long way in this too.

Actually he made me a card too!! Yep... how's that!  I LOVE it.  He asked to go in my scrap room for a while and the next day presented me with a card.  It truly meant so much that he had taken the time to make it and also attempted to share my passion, and yep it was actually pretty good!! I said to him "Isn't it fun and relaxing?"  He just kinda looked at me funny and said "It was hard".  LOL. I couldn't convince him to share it here, but the kids were very impressed too - I love that they get to 'see' how thoughtful and caring he is.  So important.

Anyway, I hope you are all feeling the love tonight....I'll be back in a few days with some Project Life to share.....

Have a great week,

Deer and Fawn products used:
Heidi Swapp Vintage Jumbles
Project Life Inspire Chipboard Stickers
Project Life Inspire Stitched Cards

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Missing in Action!

Hi Guys,

Sorry I haven't been around much lately! I had some family issues to sort out! .... You know how it all goes ..... All good now!
Also this week is "MY" week of the year!.... As my hubby always says. All in the same week  just days apart I celebrate my anniversary, my birthday & of course Mother's Day!
How awesome is "MY" week ......
I get spoilt rotten ... Lots of pressies, which I go out and buy myself .... LOL
This year instead of heaps of crafting goodies, I went out on a HUGE shopping spree, and pick myself up some new clothes for winter. (ps I did get some yummy new Mepxy Markers shhhh )

Anyway, This week I decided to make a Mother's Day canvas! I used the yummy new 6x6 paper pad from Project Life & some Themed Cards from Me & My Big Ideas!
I am not a huge Project Lifer, I know bad hay! .... I do play around with my PL album from time to time, but I am so far behind. I struggle a lot with PL as everything is so small (lol), & I have trouble holding back. But I love Project Life cards & I have a Close To My Heart storage container full of them and then some. What I enjoy most is finding NEW ways to use my PL cards in "MY" style of crafting!
That is what I have done here on my Mother's Day Canvas.
I use Me & My Big Idea,s Themed Cards for my background and used the Project Life 6x6 paper pad to make my flowers. So Pretty! My Daughter has asked if she can have it, so she can wrap it up and give back to me for Mother's Day! ... LOL

Mother's Day Canvas
by Connie Hatch


Thanks for popping bye! I am looking forward to seeing what you all come up with in the new May Deer & Fawn Challenge!

See you all over in the Facebook group!

Connie ... xxx


Kaiser Craft - Letter Stickers - Pink
Card board
Vintage Book Paper
Mini Canvas

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Layout for National Scrapbook Day

Hi everyone, Tammy here....
I did a bit of playing over the weekend, inbetween netball trials, footy games and netball matches!

I really didn't have time, but my excuse to play was that it was National Scrapbook Day...AND the fact that I was BUSTING to get into my DT box! Thanks Debbie!!!
Really...any excuse will do! LOL

The first thing I pulled out was a very awesome Donna Downey Stencil (I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT), some cool Micro-Beads by Finnabair in a gorgeous Copper colour and also a Prima Bloom Spray in a deep teal. I had been wanting to try out the Prima Sprays, so was pretty happy to get this in my hands! 

I started by smearing texture paste over the stencil to create the 'This is Love' feature. I didn't want to detract too much from this so decided to create my cluster around my photo in the top right corner.
I used the deep teal in my background, just spritzed onto the paper and also to colour the chipboard frame and a flower -  I love how it made everything matchy-matchy! And whilst the spritz was still wet I poured on some micro beads.  I loved this! I love how they only stayed in some areas - I love the randomness of it.
I did lots of layering with leftover paper strips, doilies and washi.  I found it easier to staple all these together.
Here's what the layout looks like:

Isn't that stencil AH-MAZING!!!  I can't wait to use it again.

Here's a few close-ups of the clusters - you have to see those Micro-Beads.....YUM!

I hope you enjoy this layout - it's amazing what you can do with only an hour or two up your sleeve!

I'll be back again soon

Deer and Fawn products:

Prima Color Bloom - Deep Teal
Donna Downey stencil
Finnabair Micro-beads
Bo Bunny Misc Me Journal Pack - Sweet Life
Heidi Swapp Vintage Word Jumble stickers
WOW Wood Veneer Arrow

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New Challenge for May!

I hope you're all getting your votes in for our April Challenge.....I can't wait to see who the winner is!!  So whilst we's time to start working on this months challenge......

May Challenge:

Create 2 Project life cards on a can make them however you could stamp, paint, spritz, whatever takes your fancy.  I would love to see them in your project life spreads, but for  those who aren't into project life, don't think this challenge isn't for you.... project life cards are awesome to use on scrap layouts too!!

You have until the end of the month and a $30 voucher is up for grabs again thanks to Debbie at Deer and Fawn Designs! Debbie has some awesome new stuff at the moment, and it really is pretty exciting putting all the stuff you want in the shopping cart and not having to pay!! 

I'll be back soon to show you some of my ideas for this months Challenge

Happy scrapping

Friday, May 1, 2015

Project Life Spread

Hi all
This is Tammy, I thought I'd wish you a  Happy Friyay!!
Let's start the weekend off with some inspiration.  I'm sharing my first Project Life spread as a Deer and Fawn Designer.
I got to play with some pretty awesome new products from Deer and Fawn Designs. The colours in the  new Bo Bunny Misc Me Journal Pack jumped out at me straight away.  I loved the contrast of the soft feminine pinks and teals contrasted with the bold navy.  I'm usually more of a black kinda girl, so I really enjoyed playing with this mix. 
I cut up some of the larger journal sheets (if you cut them in half they are a perfect 6x4 inch - Perfect!).  I also cut out a few journaling shapes from one of the 6x4 cards.  I made some of my own embellishments by stamping onto card and then cutting that out.  I added a few doilies (I love the Deer and Fawn doilies - and the colours always seem to be the perfect shade for whatever project I'm working on. 
Here's my double page spread:

I love doing Project Life.  I love capturing the everyday.  And as you can see I love the journaling.  I find it quite therapeutic to write about the week that was.  With 2 kids a lot happens in 1 week and I want to remember everything!  I completed a whole year last year and we love looking through it - it's amazing to see the change in our life and it really helps me remember the details.  It also helps me to put things into perspective.  I find I can easily get caught up in all the trivial things, and doing project life helps me to really appreciate and focus on what's really important.

When I create my 12x12 layouts, they are often very mixed media focused - it's my time to really play, experiment and be creative.  So I like to keep my project life simple - it's not about technique - its about the photos, the words and just getting it done.  I go back to basics with project life, and I really enjoy the process - both physically and mentally.
I love the planning, the sticking and pasting, and the documenting.
As I mentioned, I'm a big fan of words.  So along with this I love text paper and I loved playing with the little journal strip stickers - they seemed to say exactly the right phrases!  And on most of my Project Life pages you will find a bit of Washi Tape.

Here's the left page:
And here's the right hand side:
And a bit of a close up:
Well I'm off to do some more creating....I'll pop back in soon.  Have a great weekend. I hope you get some creative time.
Deer and Fawn Products used: