Thursday, June 20, 2013

Shabby Chic Creations - and a Goodbye

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Hello Everyone,
This is my last post for Imaginarium Designs, as I retire this month after being part of their design team for the past 18 months.  I want to say a BIG thank you to Jane, for having confidence in my work and taking me in as part of the team.  It has been a wonderful journey and one I will be truly thankful for - 'always'.  AND, also to Nat who has made the process of the design team so much easier and of course the wonderful design team members I have worked with over the last year and a half.  Thank you so much

This month I have created two projects in shabby chic style - firstly, a mini album for 2013, titled 'My Reflections' - though the title is on the inside. See photographs. The Imaginarium Designs chipboard elements for the mini album have been painted, then a heat gun applied, slightly bubbling the paint. You do have to be careful when doing this method, as you can easily burn the chipboard.  When the paint has bubbled, it leaves an exquisite texture!!  I applied with a brush a liberal amount of starburst spray, in several coats, drying between layers.  The spray mist seeps into the grooves of the paint beautifully, and the finer details are revealed.
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The oval flourish was carefully cut into two segments, and then manipulated to the curved shape of the mini album.
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A range of flowers to decorate the album, but not distract from the chipboard pieces used, and two hand-created crystal hat pins to further decorate.
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The album was covered using Kaisercrafts 'Bonjour' paper, and then painted with gesso, and wiped over with Cotton Candy Pink starburst spray. 
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Sheer pink ribbon adorns the 'ring' holding the album together.
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There are 10 pages all up in the album, which measures a little under 7".  I'm only showing several pages due to the post being so graphic intensive.  Being a lace queen, I used some of my stash and decorated the rim of each page.
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The above and below letters, shows close up detail of the painted effect of the chipboard.
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Below I have used the tulip flourish, carefully cut into segments and only partly adhered onto the page.  A photograph or journaling card can be inserted beneath.
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One of the 2 frames on a board was decorated with string, half pearls, and a couple of small Kaisercraft blooms, ready for a title.
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The circle border 8" has been used as an element to hold tags, with plenty of room to add more beneath the boarder.
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Kaisercraft - Bonjour 6.5" paper pad
Kaisercraft - Paper Blooms and Mini Blooms
Kaisercraft - Mini Drawer Knobs
I am Roses - Misc Flowers
Misc - Hand-Crafted Hat Pins, Sheer Ribbon, Silk Ribbon, White Lace, and Beaded Half Pearl Trim
Golden - Gesso
White - Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dauber
Sea Grass Green, and Cotton Candy Pink - Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Sprays
We R Memory Keepers - Eyelets
CLD - Olive Branch Die
Helmar 450 Adhesive
Scotch - ATG
    Heat Gun
Oval Flourish IDFL0002
Circle Border 8 inch IDB0008
2 Frames on a board (IDT0006)
Capital Letters (IDAUC0001A)
Lower Case Letters' (IDALC0001)
Numbers' (IDN0001)
Tulip Flourish IDFL0008
...and my 2nd project is a layout of my Mother when she was a little girl, with some of the neighbours who were close friends of the family. I love this photograph of my Mum, she looks so adorable with her hair all curled - no doubt in ringlets.
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The title, Childhood, is only part of the original chipboard title of Childhood Memories.  I had previously used the 'memories' on another project.  All the chipboard elements were coloured using pink and white paint, stippling the colour over the elements to achieve a mottled appearance.
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The Anna Frame, and Embellishment 1 Frame were layered, and the Clock Compass was carefully cut in half and used to decorate.
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Prima Marketing flowers, and Vivaldi Blooms were used to do floral arrangements.
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Butterflies and the a Small Birdcage were used to decorate the page. I love them butterflies, one of my favourite Imaginarium Designs chipboard elements.
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Sprays and splatters of Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists over the white cardstock background.
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Don't forget to leave a comment on any of the posts this month, to be in the running for a fabulous chipboard pack...

Thank you for the wonderful support throughout my term with Imaginarium Designs...

Happy Creating

AC - White - Textured Cardstock
Kaisercraft - Bonjour - 6.5" paper pad
Kaisercraft - White - Mini Alpha's
Kaisercraft - White - Adhesive Pearls
Prima Marketing - Laraine Pearl White - Flowers
Green Tara - Pink - Stranded Pearls
Paper Lace Doily's
Vivaldi - Pink Blossoms
Misc: Sheer Pink Ribbon
 CLD - Olive Branch - Die
Helmar 450 Adhesive and Spray Sealer
Adirondack - Shell Pink and Snow Cap - Acrylic Paint Dauber
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray - Pretty in Pink, Cotton Candy Pink, Cape Cod Coral, and, Sea Water Taffy

4 Small Butterflies IDT0014
Anna Frame IDFR0013
Childhood Memories IDP0022
Clock and Compass IDS0062
Bird Cage Small IDT0019
Embellishment 1 IDFR0001


  1. So so sad to see you go Sandie...will miss your creativity...all the best for the future, and I just LOVE what you just created for your last post, amazing textures, stunning work!!!!!

  2. Such gorgeous projects! Thanks for the inspiration! I will miss your beautiful creations!

  3. I am so sad to see you go! You always do such wonderful work and I will really miss seeing your creations here!

  4. Wauwie....I like it I like it ;-)
    Groetjes, Anja

  5. So sad to see you go Sandie, but it's been so great to get to know you and your beautiful style, will miss you but will still be following you :)

  6. So sad to hear that you are leaving! I really love your style Sandie! You do adorable creations!

  7. will miss you sandie, but keep an eye out for Sandie's work in
    Australian Scrapbook Ideas lol