Mother’s Day sale at Aunty Vera’s!

Is your mum a scrapbooker? Want to get her some products for her stash and maybe a few for you as well? Well Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft is having an awesome Mother’s Day promotion throughout April and May.

Simply enter the code MUM2014 at checkout and receive a 20% discount on your order! With top brands and the latest products on offer, this is such a bargain p and what a great excuse for stocking up on your supplies!

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – DECOART MEDIA

Mixed media is a fantastic way to be free with your art as there are no restrictions and mistakes are welcome. Whether you are a lover of mixed media, or a scrapbooker eager to try a new technique, the DecoArt Media program is a fantastic way to get yourself started. We understand that mixed media can at times be overwhelming but the products in this line have been formulated and produced after consulting by top artists in this genre so even the most experienced artists will appreciate the quality that these products offer.

The full range includes antiquing creams available in 6 colours, permanent spray misters in traditional and shimmer, texture products such as modeling paste. texture sand, liquid glass, gesso and matte medium, crackle products, varnishes in matte, satin and gloss, a brush and stencil cleaner and finally fluid acrylics that are highly pigmented in traditional, metallic and interference.

Because there is such a wide range of products available DecoArt provides short video tutorials by renowned mixed media artist Andy Skinner to show you the product basics, and there will also be more advanced tutorials available when you are ready. For more information, visit DecoArt.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – POPPY PARADE BY ANDY & BELLE

Andy & Belle are a fantastic small business specialising in beading, scrapbooking and quilting/sewing products. Andy & Belle take pride in their wonderful customer service and stunning products. They love trading online and have found it is their specialty. They are 100% owned and operated in Australia and their gorgeous collections are designed in house and printed on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

Pretty patterned paper

One of their latest collections Poppy Parade has made quite the impact on us in the office. The striking illustrations and vibrant colours make it the perfect collection for scrappers who love their layouts bright, bold and beautiful. Their papers are A4 in size and double-side printed on 160gsm acid free paper. Perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking.

Colourful patterned paper

Majestic patterned paper

The hues of orange and pink compliment the bright shades of yellow and green perfectly and the hint of red adds a little special touch, and we love that the unique patterns bring a delightful texture to each page. The florals on the Majestic and Picturesque patterned papers are vivid and rich in colour but still have a soft and subtle style that will look beautiful as a background for any layout or can even be fussy cut into small embellishments.

Picturesque patterned paper

Visit Andy & Belle to find out more about their gorgeous products, www.andyandbelle.com.au.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – RANGER DYLUSIONS BY DYAN REAVELEY

Mixed Media artist and Ranger’s Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley has teamed up her unique style with Ranger to create this fantastic range of Dylusion products. Dyan makes wonderful use of imagery in her artwork and even uses text as part of her design elements. Dyan uses vibrant and rich colour combinations of inks and paints and allows her expertise in mixed media to shine through in this fun line.

Ranger has partnered with The Crafter’s Workshop to create the fine quality stencils in this collection that of course reflect Dyan’s eclectic style. There are four new Dylusions stencils available and three new stylish silhouette stencils. Each stencil is an original design that she has created and they come in two different sizes – 9in x 12in and 5in x 8in – for use in both small and large projects. The stencils are ideal to use with the Dylusions ink sprays or any inks, markers paints or even Perfect Pearls.

The Dylusions ink spray dyes are of an incredibly high quality and are acid free and nontoxic. Dyan has introduced 6 new colours to the already wide range of sprays including an awesome new neutral Slate Grey. The other five colours are Pomegranate Seed, Tangerine Dream, Chopped Pesto, Polished Jade and Ground Coffee. All of which are beautiful and bright and by using a combination of the warm and cool tones you will create colourful and vibrant backgrounds for your layouts in no time.

There is also a fabulous new range of clear and rubber stamp sets to drool over. The six new cling rubber stamp sets feature Dyan’s original artwork and her favourite quotes. Dyan has also revealed her six new sets for her stylish Dylusions Couture Collection of clear stamps. Use the sets with the Dylusions Journal Block which is a large unmounted clear stamp block designed to fit the Couture collection.

This line is ideal for anyone who loves to express themselves through the creative release that is art journaling or crafters who love to create unique mixed-media pieces. For more information on the Ranger Dylusions By Dyan Reaveley line visit Stamp-It.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – OUR TRAVELS BY ADRIENNE LOOMAN FROM WEBSTER’S PAGES

If you were lucky enough to get away for the holiday season then you know that coming back with hundreds of photos and memories from your time away can only mean one thing – lets get scrapping! I just recently came back from a wonderful holiday in Hawaii, the weather was perfect, the atmosphere was amazing and I took too many photos to count! So naturally all I want to do is scrap madly about all the incredible adventures I had on my trip.

While I am positive everyone has loved seeing all the gorgeous reveals of new lines from CHA, one of the ones that caught my eye is this sweet travel line by Adrienne Looman. I must say I am drawn to it more so than others completely because of my own holiday adventure, and all I want to do is scrap about it using this gorgeous collection. The patterns, colours, designs – everything about it screams I need another holiday! But in all seriousness there is something special about this collection that takes me back to Hawaii and reminds me of the exciting moments I had. I love how bright and cheerful it is – it definitely stands out from most travel lines I have seen.

Journey Begins and Pure Happiness

Journey Begins and Pure Happiness

The Journey Begins paper took me back to sitting in my aeroplane seat looking with wonder and amazement out at the sky above and counting down the minutes – actually hours – until I got to my destination. The Pure Happiness paper has an enchanting bokeh effect that reminded me of spending New Years Eve on Waikiki Beach, the fireworks going off all around me and the feeling of sand beneath my toes.

Arrow and Camera paperclips and Cameo variety pack

Arrow and Camera paperclips and Cameo variety pack

What I love the most (if it is even possible to choose my favourite thing) are the Arrow and Camera paperclips… as soon as I saw these little gems my mind started racing with ideas on how to use them! What a clever idea the little camera is, and such a big trend right now is using the camera image as embellishments on layouts. Lots of what we saw at CHA involved this delightful camera image so we are happy to see it has made its way into this gorgeous collection. The paperclips also work a treat with the Cameo packs too!

Globe and Nautical Frame and Dome charms

Globe and Nautical Frame and Dome charms

Oh and I can’t forget about the Globe and Nautical Frame and Dome charms – they are just too cute and of course very fitting for this theme! So that’s enough about my travel stories, but to find out more about this stunning collection visit Webster’s Pages.

Correction to p. 65 of Vol 16 No 6 (Masters)

An unfortunate error was made on p. 65 of the Master’s issue.

Amanda Melville was an awarded an Honourable Mention for her layout ‘Happy memories’, however the incorrect layout was published.

The correct layout is as follows.

Happy memories

BY AMANDA MELVILLE, NSW

Materials: Paper – My Mind’s Eye; Cardstock – Crea8tiv; Stamp – My Mind’s Eye, Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Embellishments – My Mind’s Eye die-cuts, Kaisercraft tags, twine, washi tape.

“My layout was inspired by this photo of my son on his 5th birthday. The joyful expression on his face and the bright yellow of the playground behind him inspired me to create a layout that conveyed that happy feeling. I wanted to keep the focus on the photo so I included just a few embellishments. The banners add a sense of fun to the photo and the arrows direct the eye around the layout. The dominant colour in this layout is yellow, which to me just spells happy and the blue and brown give the layout a boyish feel.”

I would like to extend a sincere apology to Amanda.