Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Altered Canvas - Happily Ever After

Hi There Lovely People,

Today I have an altered canvas to share. I created this one for Sassy Scrappers last year. If you headed to Paperific in Melbourne you may have spied it in the Sassy booth.  Loved putting this one together. Lots of background altering with Prima Color Bloom Sprays and Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I also used the  Prima Aurora Doll Stamp and dressed her up with elements from the delightful Prima Anna Marie Collection.

I have used a flat canvas for this creation. Before adding any colour fun, I applied thick white gesso liberally over the canvas surface. In some areas a little stippled texture was also added. When dry, colour was added to the background with sprays. I used a combination of  Prima Soft Teal and Peony first. Once dried, some masked detail was added with texture paste and a honeycomb stencil. A few chipboard letters and cut lattice pieces were affixed in place and then painted with thick white gesso. Primrose and Mustard Color Shine were then added to the mix.  

Aurora was first stamped onto white cardstock using black pigment ink. Her dress elements have been pieced together by stamping onto patterned paperr (Nightingale and Sewing Basket) and cutting around the outside edges. Add a little dimension by affixing these to the stamped cardstock base with foam tape.

 Fussy cut blooms from the 'Eloise' paper were tucked in behind the dress form along with Anna Marie chipboard elements.

 Pretty Prima flowers complete the sweet transformation.

 Thanks so much for dropping by,

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sassy Scrappers: Merry and Bright

Hello, Hello!

I have my final project to share with you today created for Sassy Scrappers with the Graphic 45 Twas The Night Before Christmas collection.

These papers have so many wonderful options for embellishing your projects. Just loved getting my 'scissor happy' on for this one:

The base of my project is the reverse side of the Twas The Night Before Christmas paper. I had an outer edge piece of the same paper left over from my earlier 'Sugar Plums' project. This was affixed over the top with decorative s'candy cane' strips punched from Up On The Housetop paper around the edge. 

Fussy cut elements from Jolly Old Elf, Happy Holly-Day and Up On The Housetop were used to decorate the frame feature.

A peek-a-boo window effect for my photo was created with the middle piece removed from one of the Up On The Housetop tags. A little shutter was created from an off cut from the Merry Mistletoe paper and affixed along the edge of the photo.

A hanging ornament effect was created with one of the Christmas Cardstock Stickers. For added support, I affixed Kraft Cardstock then trimmed around the outer edges. Lightly dab with Kaiser red gum ink (or similar) to soften the edges. 
I love snow globes - and this one is a beauty! Trim from the Jolly Old Elf paper to create a fabulous accent.

Twas The Night Before Christmas collection available in the Sassy Store HERE

Merry and Bright by Trudi Harrison

Photography Credit: Brooke Mendola (Teeny Tiny Photography)

Products used for this project can be found HERE 

Thanks so much for dropping by,

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Happy Saturday Everyone!

I am little chuffed and very honoured to have one of my projects featured over on the Graphic 45 blog today. It's part of the Graphic 45 Ning Gallery Highlights.  Check out the beautiful lineup of projects HERE

For this project I combined 12 Days of Christmas (also available at Sassy Scrappers) with a splash of Topography. 

To my gorgeous Miss E - Your Aspirations Are Your Possibilities

 This one also features pretty Manor House Creations blooms and Twiddleybitz chipboard

And a closer look:

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sassy Scrappers: Precious Moments

 Hello Lovely People,

I have another somewhat 'festive' project share for Sassy Scrappers showcasing Graphic 45's Twas The Night Before Christmas.  This time I have focussed on the lovely green of the collection.

The little 'Christmas Bell' is my gorgeous niece and the photo captured by her very talented mummy (Kristy Knotting)

I started with the reverse side of the Ho Ho Ho paper and removed a 10" x 10" square from the centre. This is a little trick I do as it maximises the one sheet of patterned paper. Trim the edges of a sheet of white cardstock about 1" and then randomly punch with a decorative border punch. Lay the cardstock over the Ho Ho Ho paper covering the 'square hole'. Place the smaller square ealier removed over the top. Embellish with trimmed paper accents around the outer edge. 
A cascading branch effect was created with Twiddleybitz FER002 Fine Fern Leaves. These were dabbed with metallic gold paint.  The fern leaves were then arranged along the side of the photo with a medley of Prima Flowers  arranged over the top. Before affixing everything in place, move the fern leaves if necessary so that they peek out from the blooms.

Some of the Prima Flowers I have incorporated were not quite the right geen in colour. 
Spraying with Dylusions Fresh Lime did coordinate them better with the green of the paper. White paint was also lightly dabbed onto some of the petal to soften a little.

Fussy cut holly sprigs from the Happy Holly Day paper were then tucked into the floral arrangements.

Check out the Twas The Night Before Christmas collection available in the Sassy Store HERE 
Products used for this project HERE

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Masters Entry

Hello, Hello!!

Today I am sharing my projects that I created for the Australian Magazine Scrapbooking Memories 2014 Masters Competition. Although my entry was unsuccessful, I did have some fun playing along with the task criteria. Congratulations to the very talented 10 that were made Scrapbooking Memories Masters for 2014-2015.

Here is my take on Task 1 for the single layout 5" x 7" photo:

You Are My Wonderland

My take on Task 2 for the single layout including a non traditional item and I was thrilled to receive an Honourable Mention for this one.

Back Track 75 

 I chose to alter a vinyl record for the non traditional item 

My take on Task 3 for single layout with journalled focus:


I did choose to go with a different take on the journalled task for this one and incorporated a chalkboard sentiment as the focus. Opening the doors reveals more sweet sentiments for my family with die cuts and tags. 

 My take on Task 4 for the Altered Journal Cover:

Every Revolution Begins With a Spark

This started out as Paper Mache Book Album. Now I must confess that the whole ‘art journal’ concept with all those blank pages is kind of intimidating for me. So for something a little different, I converted mine into a 3D ‘art’ book. Those blank inside pages that I initially found so ‘intimidating’ were instead used to create the shadow box effect by being adhered together. A middle section was removed by using the front cover’s window as a template.  The back cover of the book had a similar opening and was then attached to the reverse side of the adhered pages.   A smaller ATC sized shadow box was constructed and then inserted into the cavity created. The front cover attached over the top creates the 3 dimensional effects.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sassy Scrappers: Candy Cane Sweet

Hello, Hello!

Another project to share with you all showcasing Graphic 45 Twas The Night Before Christmas collection for Sassy Scrappers.

The vintage tonings of this collection are so lovely. This time I have concentrated on a more neutral toning with a splash of merry red and festive green in the accents.

This one is a little something dedicated to my own littlest sweet: 

A few fussy cut elements were layered with coordinating chipboard and pretty flowers. The larger ID chipboard clock and compass was inked with Kaiser red gum ink and then lightly dabbed over with metallic gold paint.

I really enjoy the fussy cutting process and find it an economical way of adding embellishment to a project. Fussy cut holly and clocks add layered detail behind the photo. A few of the elements have been affixed with foam tape to add dimension.

A little festive sparkle was added with a light dusting of crushed bronze glitter. Lightly dab a little clear drying glue to the areas you wish to add detail and sprinkle crushed glitter over the top. Some of the areas were a little heavy in which I just 'scratched' off the excess with the tips of an old pair of scissors.

The Twas The Night Before Christmas Collection is available in the Sassy Store HERE

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sassy Scrappers: Sugar Plums

Hello, Hello!

I was thrilled to have been invited by Olga at Sassy Scrappers to put together some projects showcasing the beautiful Graphic 45 Twas The Night Before Christmas collection. I adore the vintage toning with lots of versatility with detailed imaging and a contrasting more neutral reverse side on the patterned papers for those who want to add their own detail and embellishing.

This is the first project which I put together - there is also a step by step provided over on the Sassy blog for those who would like to have a go at recreating for themselves HERE.

Lots of layering with patterned paper and fussy cut elements:

Pretty Flowers and coordinating Graphic 45 chipboard:

Dylusions Fresh Lime was used to alter the Prima roses:

Background detail was added with a Kaiser mask, Texture Paste, Prima Bloom Sprays and Bo Bunny crystals:

The Twas The Night Before Christmas Collection is available in the Sassy Store HERE 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!