Monday, 07 January 2008

"Swim with the ducks!" by Tania Davey

Happy New Year everyone! .. Hope you are all recovering well from the Holiday season!

This past weekend was my mum's Birthday, and we went with the family to Lake Leschenaultia In Perth's hills .. we had an awesome day, and Robbie loved swimming with (and chasing) the ducks. As Soon as I came home I knew I had to scrap this picture of him with a duck.


I used the Borderline Frills, and the Rustic Alphabet Tiny and Rustic Alphabet Teensy ..  I simply painted the chipboard with a mix of metallic acrylic paints. The result a simple page, but one that holds a lot of memories of the fun Robbie had with the ducks!


Friday, 14 December 2007

"Flower Tabbed Book" by Aida Haron



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This year 2007 has been a full year of highlights for me in a personal and family sense and it would be very difficult to say which one event made me the happiest. I started the year by making a conscious choice to let this be the year I wanted to see growth and renewal ~ emotionally, to be a better wife, to grow as a parent as my daughter grapples with being a teen, to be a more aware person who is capable of contributing positively to the relationships I have, and to grow from strength to strength as a scrapper. It is about being the enabler, the change, in the life I want for my family and myself.

The Buzz and Bloom Flowers Tabbed Book Kit added a happy feeling to the theme and my story. I painted the flowers a bright yellow, topped them with the cream painted chipboard Blame It On Sunshine Flowers, and added sparkle with dimension glitter. The book's title are the perfectly sized chipoboard Urban Alpahabet painted in a slightly darker yellow. Inside, Lusi Austin's Acrylic Stamps 4you created journaling spots and the Spot On Alphabets were used for the year 2007.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this album and I hope the work from the Design Team will inspire you to create a book for yourself or as a gift to a special person. Thanks for looking !

"Echo" by Keri Brooks-LaClair

Echo. One of my most memorable moments from this year! Echo is a Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Vermont that we visited this summer! I had taken quite a few photos, but never even printed any of them out! Isn't that the way, now that everything is digital? When Helene approached me with the topic, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase our summer trip to Echo!

I used the Buzz and Bloom 11"x8" Chipboard Book Kit to make my album. I also used Buzz and Bloom's Swirly Snails Pointers, and Tubby Chipboard Alpha to embellish my album. For stamps, I used Buzz and Bloom's Dotti, and Tubby UM Clear Stamps. I just gotta say, that when I was first made aware of clear stamps, there was a lot of talk about only being able to use certain inks on them, and having impression problems, but I have been thoroughly impressed with the quality and stampability of Buzz and Bloom's Clear Stamps! They take any kind of ink I want to use, and they always stamp perfectly!

I first decided on a color scheme, brown and aqua. I covered the chipboard book kit with cardstock, and sanded the edges to get a nice clean edge. I cut 7.5x10.5" pieces of white cardstock for page blanks, and used a corner rounder on all the edges. When I decided on background paper, I covered each page blank, giving the final page more stability in the end. I also corner rounded all the photos, and cardstock mats, to keep everything uniform. Everything must match!!

I used the Dotti stamp set to randomly adorn the cover's front and back, as well as many of the photos/pages inside the album. I used the Tubby UM Clear Alphabet stamps to label many of my photographs.

For the chipboard Swirly Snail pointers, and Tubby alpha, I painted them with two coats of general craft acrylic paint, and sanded them lightly before adhering them to the pages. I LOVE those Pointers, and how they look on my pages! I distressed everything (big shocker there!!) with a dark brown dye ink, and stamped some Dotti accents on some of the photos themselves.

I finished the album off with three loose-leaf rings, and some ribbon snippits, as well as a ribbon tied around the front cover.

My main goal in doing this album, was to make sure I did not leave anything out. I wanted to be able to show it to someone, and have them look at it from cover to cover, and know exactly what our experience held. I used the inside cover as an introduction, so the observer would know how I was feeling, and what we did that whole day back in July. It was truly a day to remember!!

"Here comes Santa!" by Alli Paterson


Another gorgeous album! The Buzz and Bloom  Tabbed Book Kit: Christmas 5 pages 5 3/4"  x 3 1/2"

I saw the albums with the characters on the top and couldn't wait to try one.  I painted the reindeer and Santa and then went over parts with some kindy glitz, with the Buzz and Bloom teensy alphabet I painted then white then went over them with more kindy glitz, in fact I used loads of glitz, it just seemed to go so well with the whole Christmas theme.

The characters are well defined so it is nice and easy to paint them different colours having the holes pre punched makes it nice easy album to put together.


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Wednesday, 12 December 2007

"Lindsay's Bat Mitzvah" by Laura Solomon

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Buzz and Bloom Tabbed Book Kit: Hearts

"Can't Live Without" by Laura Solomon


Monday, 10 December 2007

"Halloween 2007" - by Tania Davey

Looking back on this year it has been filled with totally awesome days! ... but one that stands out was halloween... Halloween is fairly new to my family, it's not really widely celebrated in Australia... But anything that mixes kids, dressing up, treats, and a heap of fun, has to be good right?  Well  the kids had a blast .. and I had a blast decorating . When I saw this chipboard Tabbed Book Kit (Halloween) that Buzz and Bloom brought out I knew it was a perfect mini album to record this year's Halloween fun.


I painted the Pumpkin on the page, and the two loose ones Orange, then coated them in Dimensional Magic,  let them dry, then turned them over and did the other side.  The cat, bat , witch, the Borderline Frills Chipboard piece and the Rustic Tiny Alphas were all painted with a black paint that contains Mica. giving them a sparkley Finish.





I used a stamp from the Buzz and Bloom Journalling2 Stamp Sheet to put the quotes on, I just stamped and cut them out and adhered them to the mini album using double sided tape.

Here are some close up shots.


Hope you have enjoyed a sneak peak into one of my favourite days this year!   

Sunday, 02 December 2007

"By the Sea Side..." by Kris Hankins

I was blessed with a wonderful vacation this year.  I got to spend 3 weeks with my sister-in-law and my wonderful nephew.   They visited us here at our home and we did a lot of fun things.  My nephew had a great time with his Uncle.  They live so far away, that any visit is a great one, but one that lasts this long is absolutely wonderful.  What a treat for me!!!

After our weeks together, we all got in the car and traveled to the beach for a final week of vacationing together.  We met up with my brother and my niece.   

100_3493_edit_3 My favorite place to be is at the beach.   Smelling the sea air, feeling the sea breeze on my face, walking in the sand, and just soaking in all of the surroundings. 

It takes me to a very happy and safe place. Lots of wonderful childhood memories.

I made this book filled with personal thoughts of the beach.   I didn't need to put any photos in it to make be think of the wonderful time that I had.

I used Buzz and Bloom's  set of Tabbed Index Cards - Circles for my book base (only 3 of the 6 pages).  I punched my own holes in the chipboard and bound the book using the Bind-It-All.    It worked beautifully with this chipboard!


The pages were all colored with chalk inks.   I stippled many colors on the pages.   I white washed them with white Brilliance ink.   I randomly stamped some flourishes, added layers of clip art/printed paper, and added my personal "words".  I followed this all with embellishments - shells,  ribbons, buttons, charms, flowers, more shells, netting, etc.

100_3497_edit_2 In this set of chipboard pages, tabs on two of the pages have a center that punches out.  I used one of these as my front page.  I added an inked Mini Token - Seashore behind the hole and glued it in place (the token is just a bit larger than hole.  I then filled the recessed area with Diamond Glaze and clear small micro beads. Came out looking like a shell in the water.100_3493_edit_2_3

I also made sure all of the tabs were decorated front and back.   I added words, another Mini Token, and a burlap flower with a shell center to the tabs.    I also attached a Mini Token to one of the ribbon tied to the binding of the book.

This turned out to be a very special project for me.  It instantly brought back memories of my favorite week(s) from 2007.   What a great time I had.   

Sunday, 25 November 2007

"A most special day.." by Alli Paterson

Bb_chrissy_2I love Christmas, and it is almost upon us.

Now is the time to look at what needs to be done, what from past years you want to carry over to this year to preserve as a family tradition. So I have done myself a little reminder of all the things that I have enjoyed most about getting ready for Christmas day and the people I share it with. Even though so much goes into the organising and it is over all too quickly there is something special seeing the people the day brings together. My triumph is Christmas lunch, it is my big event of the year and I take great pride in its delivery, both visually and culinary. So here is my tribute to my special day.

For this album I've used the Buzz and Bloom 3 1/4" x 7" Book Kit, this is just a gorgeous size to make yourself a little book or would be wonderful as a gift.

I chose to print the photos in strips to fit on the page so they just needed a little trim and I sanded off the edges. I kept the decorations simple using three Christmas pattern papers and matching stickers and elastic ribbon to bind it together.


Friday, 02 November 2007

"Bubbie loved me more" by Laura Solomon

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Thursday, 20 September 2007

"And I Miss You" by Charmane Koch

And_i_miss_you Just wanted to share this layout I recently created of my DARLING partner - who's Birthday is tomorrow!!!

I have used the Buzz and Bloom Rustic Alphas as part of my title.

The layout is called "And I Miss You, like the deserts miss the Rain" - I have stolen this title from a song that reminds me of when we first started going out - and he SMS it to me when we were apart (which was not often back then!!!)

The journalling is about how much I miss him while he is working full time, doing a Part Time Course AND working on the Weekends too! Not just me missing him but the kids too - BUT he is doing it for US!!! and hopefully it won't be FOREVER!!!


And_i_miss_youtitle To create the title, I have traced around each letter onto the back of patterned paper. I have then cut out the letters and then glued onto the chipboard. Once dry, I have filed the edges to give a smooth finish.

Friday, 07 September 2007

"Somewhere in France" by Laura Solomon

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"Flower Pot Gift" by Aida Haron

Flower_potGet well cards are lovely to get when you are under the weather. For that special person who might badly need cheering up, this gift of a flower in a pot could just do the trick. I painted the  Buzz and Bloom Spin Me Round Spikes a mix of fuschia and pale blue, then heavily glazed the dry chipboard. The chipboard was matted with a pattern paper, then add a chipboard stem to the flower. Green ribbons and ric-rac were tied on as well as a tag with the get well message. You can customise the messages to whatever you want to suit the occassion. The flower pot was decorated with glued on pattern paper, than edged with a chalky brown ink. Wrap the flower with tulle or decorative tissue, "plant" the flower in the pot. Voila ...... it's ready for someone who will definitely appreciate the time you took to make it !


Tuesday, 28 August 2007


I love Buzz and Bloom chipboard and wanted to share with you some recent layouts I have created using it!!!

Bon This layout I have used the Blame It on The Sunshine Chipboard Alphabets and the Linguini Page Dresser....

After painting, Buzz_bloom_linguini_page_runnerI have adhered a string of sequins over the top of the Page Dresser for a different effect.

Love_is_life This layout, Love is Life, I have used the Love & Kisses Alphabet, Tiny Rustic Alphas and a Botanica Flower.

I have painted them all first and once dry, to give extra dimension I've used Dimensional Magic.



I have used the Large Tubby Alphabet here....

for something different I decided to journal on the HUGE letters!!!


To see MORE of my Buzz and Bloom Layouts check out my Buzz and Bloom Gallery on my Blog!!!

Thanks for looking!

Charmane Koch

Monday, 20 August 2007

Love in a Cheque Book ~ Aida Haron

I just loved Tania's Nan's Brag book !! This is my take on her idea and the book uses Buzz and Bloom's Love and Kisses Words. It is essentially the size of a cheque book and was made as a gift for a scrapper friend who has four beautiful kids.

The chipboard was painted a lime green and then glazed. The cover for the book had a rectangle cut out in the middle which was covered by a transparency and the word "Love" was glued over the that. This created a window with the faces of the children peeking out. To create this, the pages in the book where stepped.



Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Canvas by Philippa Barr

We recently bought a new lounge suite and rug for our living area. We've always had a big 'gap' on one of the walls but now was the right time to fill it up. I had this huge canvas sitting in the garage for a long time, just waiting for inspiration. So off I went to the art store and grabbed paints and texture paste. I had been saving orange bags for a while and had a pack of the Buzz and Bloom Botanica Flowers - Large already here. It took me two nights to complete. First I popped down a layer of texture paste and stuck the orange bags and flowers into it, covering bits with paste again. The next night, I started painting. Once I start, I don't procrastinate, lol. To finish off, I did a little bit of dry brushing and used some different sized bowls and ramekins to do the circles. My kids were looking at me very strangely!

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Wednesday, 27 June 2007

"Nans Brag Book" by Tania Davey

I also got the Page Dresser Thai Lantra to play with , and after seeing the girls create gorgeous pages with it, decided to do something a little bit different, and went with a board book using the lantra as a cover.

I just cut three strips of cardstock to the same size and attached them together using rings.

I painted the lantra using metalic paint, and added a couple of the leaves from the Frames - Leaf package, which I simply inked black and went over with a glitter gel pen. The title was made using the Tubby Alphabet Junior. I had run out of 's' so used an 'g' to create an s.



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Tuesday, 26 June 2007

"Brad n Dad - Hilarious Face" by Laura Solomon

Brad_n_dad_hilarious_faceBuzz and Bloom Chipboards:

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"Bracelet Box" by Kris Hankins

100_3127_edit_2 I had been on an endless search to purchase a jewelry box made just for bracelets and watches.   I came up empty handed.  So, to solve my problem, I made my own.

I took a hinged chipboard box and covered it with different printed papers.  I added coordinating bookbinding tape to the inside and outside of the hinge.  The box was aged with inks and sanded.  To cushion my jewelry, the inside of the box was lined with thick self-adhesive "fun foam".



I added a leather latch to the box.   I took a scrap piece of leather, and attached it to the lid with long eyelets using my cropadile.  I glued two magnets to the latch/box so that it would close securely. 

I decorated the top of my jewelry box with Buzz and Bloom's chipboard Page Dresser "Thai-Samui".  I took the one long chipboard piece and cut it in half with a sharp craft blade.  I made a curved cut on the end, to follow the curves of the basic design.  Even though the Buzz and Bloom chipboard is heavy weight, it is easily cut with a sharp blade.  This chipboard is so wonderful and easy to use, and is so versatile!!!

The decorative chipboard pieces were inked with several colors of chalk ink and highlighted with some Brilliance ink. 

Sunday, 24 June 2007

"Daffodils" by Keri Brooks-LaClair

For this project, I really went out of my "comfort zone."  This is very different from anything I have ever done.  I find myself many times thinking about what other people would think,Raiseyourfaces1 and really wanting my projects to fit what other people deem as acceptable or the "in thing."   I did a few things different on this layout that I would normally not do.  First, I left a lot of empty space in my layout.  I also put my handwriting on my page, and I didn't go crazy with embellishments and matching.  I hardly even distressed!   All I could think of the morning I took this photo was that the daffodils looked like they were looking up to the sky, soaking in the sun.  It was a spiritual thing for me.  I read a saying the other day that said every time you look at a flower, it is like saying a prayer.  So even though this page is so out of the ordinary for ME, it really reflects ME!

I was so excited when my goodies arrived and I had a "D" for daffodil!     I used Buzz and Bloom's Botanica "D" for this page.  I painted it with white acrylic paint.  After it dried, I sanded the edges lightly and added some pale green on the edges.  I hand journaled some words on the chipboard letter that reflected my thoughts that spring morning.  It was nice thinking out of my box for something a little different! 

"Brother of the Bride" by Keri Brooks-LaClair

I have been wanting to use this photo for a couple of months now, and finally got a chance! My husband's sister got married back in April, and this photo was taken at the wedding. Brotherofthebride3 He and his sister are very close, and the photo was so sweet! Her colors at the wedding were white with black and red, so I went with those colors.  For embellishments, I used Buzz and Bloom's Chipboard Heart Frame set.  I used the pop-out photo corners on the photo, the journaling piece down at the bottom, as well as the smaller heart/flourish pieces on the ribbon.  I painted them all a pure white, and sanded them to make sure they were smooth.  The little hearts have the flourish on the tops, making them perfect to slide onto a length of ribbon.  The chipboard's quality is excellent, and they withstand a lot of "wear and tear" so to speak, given the steps I have been putting them through, with sanding, painting, etc.  This set of chipboard was perfect for my wedding page!

Friday, 22 June 2007

"Fred and Cora Gibson" by Keri Brooks-LaClair

Fredandcora5 I am in love with these new chipboards!  I have been on a bit of a break, and so glad to finally feel a little creative once again!  When I first saw the piece of chipboard I used for this layout, I immediately thought heritage.  It has been a while since I tackled anything heritage-months for sure, but I had the perfect portrait in mind that I have been wanting to add to my heritage album.  I tried to keep the layout of my Great, Great Uncle and Aunt as simple as possible.  Sometimes I get too crazy with heritage stuff--I have to keep myself in check!  The paper I chose resembled vintage wallpaper, which is always a must in my heritage work.  The chipboard piece I used for this layout is a Buzz and Bloom Page Dresser-Thai Lanta.  I also used a smaller stamp from the Buzz and Bloom Divs Round Unmounted Stamps sheet  for embellishing the Page Dresser.  After I had somewhat completed my layout, I painted the chipboard a dark brown color and let it dry. When it was dry, I sanded it to the raw cardboard in some spots, and lightly distressed the edges with barn red, and gold acrylic paint.  I stamped the Divs Round stamp in barn red onto the piece, and sprayed with acrylic spray to seal.  I then applied the piece over the other elements with double stick tape!  I used a computer font for the title, and added a little piece of journaling, to explain the geneaology of the couple in the photo.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

"Loving my nephew" by Kris Hankins

100_3155_editMy sister-in-law recently sent me a new school photo of my nephew, and I felt that it needed a beautiful new home to be displayed in.

For this photo hanger, I used Buzz and Bloom's Leaf Frame chipboard set.  I used only the large frame portion of the set.  (It still leaves me with the large leaf punch out, many small leaves, a smaller frame shape, and photo corners, that I can use on other projects.)

The frame was stippled with shades of olive, lime, gray, and white inks.  It has a mottled, aged look to it.    The photo was mounted onto gray cardstock, a layer of printed cardstock, followed by an olive background layer.   The "leaf" cutout was backed with the same printed cardstock.

I attached an arrow shaped metal photo turn to the photo layers.  Also added a metal file tab with his name on it.  To finish it off, I added a fiber hanger.  For the hanger, I braided two types of fiber and some twine together, and attached it to the frame with lacing brads. 

I didn't forget to back the frame with a solid layer of cardstock, and sign and date it.  I also included a bit of journaling on the back.   Attention to detail really "finishes" any project.

Now I can happily see my nephew everyday.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

"Happy Birthday" by Kris Hankins

100_3170_edit_2While  working with the Buzz and Bloom Chipboard Page Dressers "Thai - Phuket", I saw something different than the obvious.  As I was gathering up all of the punched out pieces, I saw "tulips". 

I made this birthday card by transforming those loose pieces of chipboard into flowers.  I inked the pieces with various shades of chalk and pigment inks.  I then glued them to a light green layer of cardstock, which was then layered onto a darker green cardstock, and  printed cardstock.  I stamped "happy birthday" using a Purple Onion Designs alphabet.  I added a 3D dragonfly, and a glue/glitter dot trail for the dragonfly .

I ended up with a cheery and "unexpected" card.

Friday, 15 June 2007

"Today Is Beautiful" by Aida Haron


For any busy wife and mom, counting our blessings is something we do in the back of our minds and this layout is to remind me that each day is beautiful with gifts of love and support from my family and friends. The Buzz and Bloom Thai Lanta Page Dressers are simply gorgeous making an elegant and exotic statement to any layout. They were painted a vintagey orange, edged with brown, and then decorated with a ribbon together with a large designer eyelet.

"My Son Shine" by Tania Davey

I have used the Blame It On The Sunshine Alphabet .. How cool is this font! great size and love the little flowers that fit inside the letters :) Photos are of my Son Robbie parading around in his new 'cars' gear, and in quite a few of them he is giving me the thumbs up , his new favourite thing. " Bonza Mate" .. too cute!


"Sunshine" by Kris Hankins

100_3079_edit_2I truly LOVE the chipboard from Buzz and Bloom.  Nothing compares to the quality of this product.   And, all of the new designs are absolutely terrific.

When I  saw the "Spin Me Around - Spikes" chipboard, the first thing I thought of making was a light catcher for my window.   

Using the large chipboard, and the inner punch out piece, I created this fun and "brilliantly" inked sun catcher.  It was an easy project to make.  This would make a wonderful gift too.  I can already envision a red/green version to have for the Christmas holidays.

I first inked up the chipboard pieces with chalk ink.  I then highlighted them with several colors of Brilliance inks to give it depth and irredescence.  The middle piece was also overstamped with images from the Buzz and Bloom Paisley Passion stamp set.


I punched holes in the chipboard using my Crop-a-dile.  This tool works perfectly with the Buzz and Bloom chipboard.   I hung coordinating glass and crystal beads from the points of the design.  Also, added an eyelet to the top point and wired a hook to hang the sun catcher from.

The center flower is from the Buzz and Bloom Florencia chipboard frame set.  It was inked and a large rhinestone was attached.  I assembled the 3 pieces together using thick 3D foam tape.  Using the foam tape, really gives the pieces dimension and character.


I am really happy with the way this turned out, and have it hanging in my window.  It "happily" catches the light as it shines into my home.

"Star Zitara" by Charmane Koch

Buzz_bloom_star_2 How amazing are the Buzz and Bloom Spin Me Round Spikes???

When I saw them in my DT pack I just KNEW what I wanted to do with them - use them on a page about my daughter Harmony's Middle Name!

Ashan chose the name "Zitara" which is Sinhalese (one of the Sri Lankan Languages) for "Star".

So what did I do to create the large star?

Buzz_bloom_spin_me_round_spikes_2 Firstly I painted the star in black paint, then once dried I put a layer of Dimensional Magic where you can see the beads are. I sprinkled the beads onto the Dimensional Magic after waiting a little while for it to become tacky.

Once that had dried I put a little more Dimensional Magic over the top and then another layer of beads (I couldn't help myself!!!)

After the beads/Dimensional Magic had dried I then decided to Dimensional Magic the other Spikes of the outer star.

Once that was tacky I sprinkled the gold glitter over the top. The inner star I didn't DM but painted with black paint and before it dried I also sprinkled the gold glitter over the top.


The two smaller Buzz and Bloom Spin Me Round Spikes I inked. For something different I chopped them a bit so that it looks like more on the page!!!

I hope you love the stars as much as I do!!!

"Asobu" by Aida Haron


Asobu in Japanese means let's play or to have fun. My daughter Stasha went on the school's Japan Exchange program and could not stop talking about the trip after her return ~ she loves everything about the country, the culture, the people and the food! The fun Buzz and Bloom Spin Me Round Spikes were perfect for this layout. They were painted a bright blue, made shiny with glaze and matted with a bright red cardstock to match the patterned papers.


Wednesday, 13 June 2007

"1 day" by Terri Hayes

This is a photo of my son being silly, but more importantly he is happy. The journaling is about how it only took school being out for 1 day for him to be back to his old self. Needless to day, we are thrilled to be on summer break! I used the Buzz and Bloom Page Dresser chipboard called Linguini on this page. I love the fun design as well as the large size. I covered mine with red ink, and then a layer of silver metallic paint to get just the shade and dimension I wanted.


"The Yard" by Terri Hayes

I love the Buzz and Bloom chipboard that includes frames. Several of these are available; on this page, I used the Buzz and Bloom Frames - Leaf. I just popped out the inside pieces so I could use them on another page, and painted and stamped this fun frame. I added a small piece of paper (different from the other paper on the page) under the frame so it would stand out.


"Trust in the goodness of life" by Terri Hayes

I have a pile of photos I keep on my scrapbooking desk. I had printed this months ago, but was finally inspired to scrap it using some of the wonderful new Buzz and Bloom Spin Me Rounds - Spike chipboard. So I hope you don't mind a Christmas photo in June.


I actually used a combination of three pieces of chipboard on this page. I covered the large piece in a thin layer of acrylic paint and then added a glitter glue, and then added a jeweled flower to the center. The other two pieces of chipboard were simply the inside pieces from the Buzz and Bloom Spin Me Rounds - Spike that I covered with paper.

"Am I...." by Philippa Barr

Here I've used the Buzz & Bloom Wiggly Worms Pointers. I've simply sponged with black ink. As my sticker sheet didn't have any question marks, I cut off the tail of one of the pointers and made it a question mark for my title.


Monday, 11 June 2007

"Smile" by Alli Paterson

Alli_paterson_smile_copyI've used the Buzz and Bloom Swirly Snails Pointers, they are such a fun shape. I used stamp pads directly onto the chipboards.

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Alli_paterson_baby2_2I've used Buzz and Bloom Large Botanica Flowers and Buzz and Bloom Rustic Teensy Alphabet. I love this alphabet, it is so cute but such a great size.

I've painted all the chipboard then given it a coat of dimensional magic.

"Enjoy the journey" by Philippa Barr

Enjoythejourney_2  A simple card using some lovely textured, patterned paper and the new Buzz & Bloom Aboretum Palm Small. I used a gluestick to attach the paper to the chipboard, then roughly trimmed with a craftknife before finally sanding the edges for a neat finish. The sentiment was printed out onto the journaling card using probably the best tip I have ever learnt! Print your sentiment onto normal printer paper then attach the patterned paper or scrap of cardstock over the printed sentiment using temporary adhesive and run through the printer again. This is a great way to use up your scraps!

"Linda" By Tania Davey

Here is my layout using the New Buzz and Bloom  Botanica 'L' . These are gorgeous!  I have simply painted it white, and added beads to the flower head .  Love the size of these Monograms  Perfect.


Wednesday, 06 June 2007

"Jump for joy" by Philippa Barr

JumpforjoysneakAnother quick layout! Here I've used the Botanica Flowers Small, Rustic Teensy & Rustic Mini. I love the alphabets, they are so versatile. Again, I have simply inked the chipboard using the pad direct to the chipboard and using masking tape to mask off different areas of the flowers.


Tuesday, 05 June 2007

"Harmony Darling Girl" by Charmane Koch

Buzz_bloom_botanical_h_layout When I saw the GORGEOUS Botanica: H in my DT pack I was like - I HAVE to use that NOW....

THESE ARE HUGE!!!! This page is a 8.5in x 11in and it takes over the WHOLE page....

All I did was paint the H with pink paint and the stems and leaves green....

I'm not sure if you can see it, but I have also Kindy Glitzed the H with Pink Glitter as well!!! Just to add that BLING to the page!!!

Buzz_bloom_botanical_h_2 I am definitely wanting some more of these gorgeous Botanica letters to play with!!!

They are just AWESOME!!!

Saturday, 02 June 2007

"T is for" by Philippa Barr

T_is_for T is for tears, tantrum, trouble.

I still wanted to make a pretty layout with this photo and the Botanica T was perfect. I have simply coloured the image with chalk inks. I masked off sections of the chipboard with masking tape before using the ink pad direct to the chipboard.

The layout size is 11" x 8.5".

Thursday, 24 May 2007

"Play" by Aida Haron



My usual choices of paper tend towards the more sedate or subdued tones. Still, every now and then I have this itch to use ultra bright papers and this layout attempts to get at that itch !! The Buzz and Bloom Chipboard Page Dressers: Vermicelli are a fantastic addition to the page !!

They were painted and a glossy paper glaze added on.

Tuesday, 08 May 2007

"Miranda Card" by Philippa Barr

I created this card back in August last year using the Mademoiselle UM sheet, Long Corner Flourish (small) & Nautilus Scroll (small).

You can see full instructions on how to make it here.


Sunday, 04 March 2007

"Romantic Box" by Aida Haron


To me, pearls with their soft shimmery glow, organza and silks have always spelled romance. The palest monochromatic papers were selected to give focus to the Buzz and Bloom Round Corner Flourish chipboard decorated with seed pearls.

The flourish was painted cream on both sides, then UTEE-d to give it a high gloss. Using dimension glue with a fine tip nozzle, I trailed glue (a little at a time ) where I wanted the tiny pearls to stick, then used tweezers to position the pearls along the curves of the flourish.

This altered box makes a special romantic keepsake or a personalised gift for a wedding. I hope you will try making one !

"Card Box" by Alli Paterson

I love to keep cards, especially now I have my boys. I used to tie them up in bundles but then one day i came across some cigar boxes and these are ideal for decorating.


After covering the box I took two of the small Buzz and Bloom Grand Flourishes and scored the outside making sure I didn't cut all the way through. I embossed the flourishes with gold embossing powder and then glued them to the front corners of the decorated cigar box.


Monday, 26 February 2007

"Chubby Letters" by Laura Solomon

Okay, Buzz & Bloom Chipboard is wonderful. The texture/feel of it is great. It's not flimsy. Gotta love that. On these layouts I traced inside the letters and used my unused/very lonely chalk to make coordinating colors to match the paper. On the Mexican layout, I also used the Buzz & Bloom rubber stamp "Wonderful" to add just a little bit of sarcasm required of my vacation :>)

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Sunday, 25 February 2007

"A Dress for Marilyn" by Angela Sargeant

I had been wanting to use this clip of Marilyn Monroe for a long time after I first cut it out from a magazine but nothing I created seemed to really require it. Looking through my collage clips again I came across this vintage dressmaker’s mannequin and a story began to form in my head.   To create this canvas I painted a pre-primed canvas with some periwinkle acrylic paint, just dry-brushing it on and leaving some small areas unpainted. While the canvas was drying, I painted two Buzz and Bloom Nautilus Scrolls with some pewter Lumiere paint as a base and then after letting that dry, rubbed some silver metallic rub-ons over the top to give some depth to the colour. Dscn1422_1  The scrolls were then sprayed with some fixative to set the metallic rub-ons. The scrolls were then set aside while I prepared the collaging. The clip of Marilyn Monroe was then glued onto the bottom of the canvas using gel medium, leaving her hair unglued so that I could position the dress and mannequin under to layer them. The reason for the layering of the two collage clips is to ground them so that they’re not “floating” on the canvas and to relate the pictures to each other. The mannequin was then glued to the canvas and was positioned a little under Marilyn’s hair. Before gluing the top part of the dress, I glued the silver scrolls down onto the canvas just under the dress to emulate two wings. The rest of the dress was glued down and then gel medium was painted over the collage clips to seal them. Lastly I stamped the phrase “it had all she needed in a dress” using the Buzz and Bloom French: La Symphonie alphabet stamps onto some white paper using a blue inkpad and then after cutting out all the words, glued them down to the canvas again using gel medium under the words to glue them and on top to seal them.

Saturday, 24 February 2007

"Jade's photo canvas" by Angela Sargeant

I had some of those cute Pixie photos taken of my daughter Jade when she was 2 years old and so far I’ve only framed one and done nothing with the rest, so I thought I might mount one onto a canvas for Jade’s room.


I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to do this so I decided to go with a feminine pink and green theme to match the photo. First I started with a canvas that I painted with Lumiere paint in a golden pink colour. This was a little bit on the orange side for me so after the paint had dried I went over the whole canvas with a dark pink inkpad to achieve the desired colour. I then glued some green textured wallpaper to the canvas as the background which makes it look like a green rendered wall. The next step was to mount the photo onto some dusty pink cardstock and then onto some textured pink patterned paper (which looks like wallpaper but is actually scrapbooking paper). This was all mounted onto a piece of cardstock which was about one cm wider than the mounted photo piece. Some ribbons were then used to further frame the photo. Green grosgrain ribbon was used around the whole perimeter and then some pink stitched ribbon, green stitched ribbon and pink satin striped ribbon were adhered across the top and bottom of the final piece. The whole piece was then adhered to the canvas.


To further accentuate the photo I coloured two of the Buzz and Bloom Grand Flourish Chipboard pieces using a Gold Krylon pen giving them a few layers to give a good rich gold leaf look. Three green diamantes were glued to each of the finished flourishes. The flourishes where then glued to the canvas with some gel medium. I also wanted to add the letter “J” to the canvas as it’s my daughter’s initial.


I took the letter “J” from the Buzz and Bloom Rustic Alphabet Chipboard and covered the whole letter with some dimensional glue. While the glue was still wet, I poured some salmon pink glitter all over it, poured off the excess glitter and let the glittered chipboard dry.


When it was completely dry I glued some diamante flowers to the “J” using gel medium. The finished “J” was then glued to the canvas with again with gel medium. Finally I glued some paper flowers to the top of the photo and again added some green diamantes in the middle of each flower. The canvas is now finished and I’m happy to say that Jade loves it.



"this face" by Terri Hayes

This is my puppy Phoenix, a goldendoodle. She is actually a year now, but this photo was taken of her when she was just a few months old. I wanted to create a page that describes the impact of her being so cute (she gets away with everything and we are totally in love with her). I used the Buzz and Bloom Junior Tubby Alphabet for my title. I painted the chipboard with a metallic acrylic paint. I had already used the c in the alphabet, so I just turned a u on it's side. I really like the size of this chipboard, and thought this was a fun font for this page!


Tuesday, 20 February 2007

"Dream" by Terri Hayes

Before I started scrapbooking, it never would have occurred to me that I could create art suitable for my home. Now it is something I really enjoy. I love that I can use my scrapbooking supplies to create pieces that have personal meaning. I am always on the lookout for things that can be altered, and today I am going to share how I altered a plain wooden word.

Dream_1aThis is what the piece looked like when I purchased it. Before I started, I decided where I would place it (my craft room) so I could select my papers. I also decided that I wanted to use a Buzz and Bloom Grand Flourish to give it some drama. 

Dream_3a_2 Step 1. First I needed to trace the word onto my paper, making sure to flip it over so that my word would appear correctly. Since my word was longer than my paper, I just traced as much as I could then shifted my word to do the rest.

Step 2. I then overlapped the two parts of the word and adhered them to the wood. I did this by placing my adhesive (a glue runner) on the paper rather than the wood.                                                                                                                  

Dream7a Step 3. I then began working on my Buzz and Bloom Grand Flourish chipboard. First I mixed some acrylic paint with some clear glitter glue. I added the glitter glue to give it some sparkle and texture. After it dried, I added some black rub-ons to emphasize the curves of the flourish and some gemstones because I like bling!                                                                                    

Step 4. While my paint was drying, I went back to my word and started embellishing it. Dream_8a_1To me, this is one of the really fun parts of a project like this. I started with a rub-on quote about dreams. I then added added the some black rub-ons I used on my flourish. I was careful to space the rub-ons so that they emphasized each letter of the word, but did not cover all the letters. Dream_9a For the letters not covered with rub-ons, I added some velvet ribbon, forming it along the lines of the letters. Finally I added a small die cut at the end of the word. I knew the flourish was going to be on the first letter, and I wanted to make sure there was some balance.                                                                                                                              

Step 5. Finally I added my flourish. Placing adhesive on chipboard can be tricky. Tape runners sometimes pull off the chipboard, so I try to use strong glue stick. I can't wait to hang this up in my craft room!


Sunday, 18 February 2007

"The S word" by Philippa Barr

Just a quick and fun layout to document a very funny moment with our five year old daughter, Peggy. At school they are taught that S words are bad - silly, stupid, shut up etc.Buzzsword

I have simply painted the Buzz & Bloom Tubby Alphabets with white paint and then doodled around the edge of the layout and the S.

I have also cut a freehand felt circle to frame the photo, plus some felt triangles for devil's horns.

I silhouetted the photo to get rid of a very distracting background which wasn't relevant to this layout.

Thursday, 15 February 2007

"GROW" by Jill Geraghty-Groves

I have decided to have a little "play" with summery colours in this one!  I LOVE the contrast that the white gives against all the colour.  I have used the Buzz and Bloom Rustic Alphabet chipboard as the title.  These letters are fabulous for titles, without overpowering the page.Grow

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

"Love To My Valentine" by Kris Hankins

100_267_7_edit_1 Valentines Day is just about here, and I wanted to make a special card for my special Valentine.   

For me, masculine cards are not always the easiest art to create.  I feel that I succeeded with this, and  I think my Valentine  will be surprised and pleased when he receives this card.

I started with a 5x7 black card and added layers of red and soft gray textured cardstock.

The focal point of this card, is the framed heart.  I first inked a Buzz and Bloom Framed Flourish chipboard with warm red  chalk ink, making sure that some of the red ink got down into the engraved design.  I then added a solid layer of charcoal chalk ink over that.  Just a touch of the red ink shows through.

Next, I lightly stippled VersaMark ink around the edges of the frame, and lightly dusted the ink with a pearl mica powder.  This gives it a shimmery metallic look.    I then backed the frame with red cardstock and added a pewter heart, and attached it to the card.


Using Buzz and Blooms Long Johns Alphabet, I stamped "love".   I attached this torn layer, some accent ribbon, punched metallic hearts, and the key to my heart, to the front of the card.
As a finishing touch, in the interior of the black card, I added a layer of gray cardstock with stamped flourishes from the Buzz and Bloom Pretty Things I stamp set.  I now have a special place to write my secret love note to my Valentine.

Happy Valentines Day.

"Dream" by Keri Brooks-LaClair

Dream_2 I love winter for one reason, and one reason only.  I have more time to be creative.  One of my favorite new things to play with is chipboard of any kind, so this month's assignment has been so much fun for me!  For my second "installment", I created a layout of my son Cody, using a photo from nearly 5 years ago.  As a mom, is has been very difficult lately to watch my little boy grow up into a young man.  Not needing his mama so much, being with his Dad so much more!  I feel very comforted to go back and work with photos from a while ago.  It is a healing process, to express my feelings and tell him how I feel, or felt.  Not that he would care or notice at this time, but in the future, it will be there for him! 

I have a great love of all things shabby chic.  The older and dirtier looking, the better!  I love the worn out look of scrapbook papers and embellishments, and in order for my chipboard to fit in to my layout, I went through a few "distressing" steps.  I used two of Buzz and Bloom's Round Corner Flourishes to dress up my page.  First, I inked them up with gold pigment ink, and embossed them with gold embossing powder.  After they were cool, I sanded them very lightly with fine sandpaper, to make them look a dull gold color.   I antiqued them with black distress ink, and a sponge, and finally, swiped the edges with a black ink pad.  My goal was to get them to match the antique gold of the photo turns, brads, and buckles I used on the page.  I think they turned out pretty well!

The journaling reads:

Dream:  Full of hope, full of wishes.  So much promise, in my little man.  I wonder what you are thinking about?  Now is the time to dream.  Reach for the stars, and they will be yours, my sweet boy! 

Monday, 12 February 2007

"Make Your Own Observations" by Jill Geraghty-Groves

Although a fairly simple layout, I just love the colours in these papers and thought the Buzz and Bloom Paisley Flowers looked perfect with them!  I found the chipboard quite thick, so I have simply split it in two and voila twice as much chipboard to play with!Observations_1

Saturday, 10 February 2007

"Neve" by Susan Johannes


I just LOVE this photo of my little niece Neve.  She is just the cutest thing!!  My sister and her family live in England!!  I wanted to make her something to put up on the wall of her house.  I have got to say that I LOVE colour!!  This canvas was just the perfect size.  It's slightly bigger than A4 size.  My sister calls Neve ....Princess Neve so I thought this photo lends itself perfectly to placing a crown on her head!!  I like to think of a different way to use the products. 

The gorgeous crown is a Buzz and Bloom Grand Flourish (large) which I have covered with Insulation tape that you can get from Bunnings.  The tape is sticky on one side and can also be embossed.  I then had the task of using my craft knife to cut around the flourish and remove the excess tape!!!!  That did take a while but I like the effect.  I suppose you could get a similar effect with heat embossing but I don't think it would be quite as shiny. The lettering is Buzz and Bloom Tubby Jnr lettering and was a perfect size for the canvas.  Luckily when you get a pack of these you get extra letters.  Those commonly used letters they have doubled up on!!I have covered the letters with Mod Podge and then patterned paper and insulation tape and cut away the excess with my craft knife.  I LOVE a bit of texture to most of my projects or layouts and that's why I have covered my Buzz and Bloom Paisley Flower (love these) with felt!!  More craft knife work was happening here!!  Make sure that the glue is dry before you start cutting the felt off though.  If you don't you will remove some of the felt from the flower too. I am in chipboard Heaven!!  You have got to give these products a go.

Thursday, 08 February 2007

"Dare to be you" by Susan Johannes

My daughter Jade is always copying people that she looks up to.  She has quite low self-esteem and lacks confidence in herself and her abilities.  I believe in documenting the good and the bad times when I scrap.  So, with that in mind I created this LO about Jade. 

I really wanted the DARE part of the title to stand out as I want to emphasize the need for Jade to be more daring.  The Buzz and Bloom Rustic chipboard alphabet was perfect for this as it's large enough to make a BIG impact.  First, I painted the letters with a warm white paint and then used rub-ons to add more interest to the title.  The letters were then out-lined with a black pen to make them stand out more.   They were adhered to the paper using double-sided tape.  They were just the perfect size for this LO and the style of the letters really lends them to being used in a number of ways.  As they are not just straight up and down (they have a curve to them) they can be used on arty LO's as well as funky LO's.  I don't think regular, rigid letters would have worked with this LO.  These Rustic letters really add to the whimsical feel.


Sunday, 04 February 2007

Self Discovery by Terri Hayes

Self_discovery_1 This page began, as almost all my pages do, with a picture. This picture shows my daughter discovering her reflection in a mirror we had placed in her crib. Each time I create a page I go through a process of picking colors, selecting products, designing the page, selecting a title, and journaling. While I go through this process, I am always thinking of the story I want to tell. I knew this page would be about self discovery.

Sometimes I select colors from the photo itelf, but in this case, there was not a lot of color in the photo so I wanted to make sure I selected background color that contrasted with the photo. I think this is one of the key factors in making a page "pop." After I selected the blue paper, I decided to back it with a kraft colored cardstock. I liked the contrast, and I knew I wanted to work with the Buzz and Bloom Tubby Junior Alphabet (chipboard), and thought this would look great if I decided not to cover the letters. I then selected a few more papers that would coordinate with the blue paper. I wanted to add some color and make the page feel more girly. To add interest to the page, I cut one paper in a circle and cut flowers out of the other. As my design came together I added a few more embellishments. I used the gemstones circles to help reinforce the theme of self discovery by highlighting my daughter's face with them. I chose the ribbon because of the colors and the hearts on it.

I knew early on that I would title this page "self dicovery." I decided to combine the Buzz and Bloom Billy The Kid Alphabet stamps with the Buzz and Bloom Tubby Junior Alphabet. I stamped my letters on a kraft colored paper in black ink and then cut them out. For my chipboard, I thought it would be fun to try a few different things; after all the beauty of chipboard is that it gives you so many options. I wanted the natural color of the rub-ons to be seen on some of the rub-ons to tie the colors of my page together. On the d, c, v and y I applied rub-ons directly to the chipboard. On the s and e, I drew little circles, mimicking the circles on the alphabet stamps. On the i, o and r, I applied a glitter glue and then, after the glitter dried, I inked around the edges so they would contrast against the background.

I used my own handwriting for my journaling, on strips in the large circle. I decided to use a quote from Norman Vincent Peale: "One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is." This quote reflects my own belief that self discovery is an ongoing process - one that my daughter had just started when we took this photo.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

"Dream, Wish, Be" by Jill Geraghty-Groves

I absolutely adored working with these gorgeous products!

To enhance this "dreamy" photo, I have simply used three layers of embossing powers directly onto the chipboard and let the words "flow" around the photo. 

Sometimes, I guess, less really IS more!


Saturday, 27 January 2007

"A Broome Sunset" by Tania Davey

When I first saw these small Buzz and Bloom Chipboard Grand Flourishes.. an idea popped into my head straight away on how to use them... This layout is nothing like what popped into my head, but I love it and its classic look.



The Buzz and Bloom Flower Chip with its etched design was calling out to be dressed up... but I wanted to retain a bit of the natural look if it. I used marker to colour the etched part, to make the design stand out, then I used an embossing pen and powder to gold emboss parts of the flower. Then I added brads to all the circles in the design. I love how this flower chip turned out.


The Grand Flourish was coated in numerous layers of gold embossing powder... giving at a rich look, to match the rich look of the Broome Sunset. The Buzz and Bloom Chipboard Tubby Jnr Alphabet letters were left raw, to match the parts of the chipboard flower that had not been embossed. Notice the ‘n’ in Sunset is actually a ‘z’ turned on its side. I love this about alphabets... so many letter can be found in other letters... a snip here and there and alphabet letters can be made into a different letter.

Friday, 26 January 2007

"Little Boxes" by Philippa Barr

My canvas "Little Boxes" was inspired by the song recorded by Pete Seeger in 1964, and no I am not that old! But my mum used to sing it and I had completely forgotten about it until I was watching a TV show called "Weeds" and that was the TV show anthem! It brought back memories, just simple, happy thoughts. So I was inspired to have fun with a canvas. I have done it in a childlike manner as it is memories of my childhood.

Littleboxescanvas_2  I started with a blank canvas and roughly sketched in the black border and the hills. I then stamped "on the hillside" using the Buzz & Bloom Billy The Kid Alphabet plate and embossed in black. I then began to paint. The hills, sky, pink and black border are all done in watercolours. Once that was complete, I used the green gingham decoupage paper to enhance the hillside. I attached it with gel medium.

I have then cut four houses out. The two middle ones are from heavy weight scrapbooking paper, and the two outer ones are from decoupage paper that I have put on to cardboard to stabilise. I have then used a black pen to draw the black lines to enhance the houses.

The symbolic sun has been made from a Buzz & Bloom Round Corner Flourish chipboard with the rays being cut from cardboard. All have been coloured with H2Os before attaching.

The clouds are painted with white acrylic paint.

The "Little Boxes" title is from Buzz & Bloom Tubby Jnr Alphabet (chipboard) and watercoloured with black.

Littleboxescanvascloseup_1The little owl on house number three was handrawn and cut from patterned paper using a black watercolour pencil for the drawing.

I have used Buzz & Bloom Garden Sketchbook to stamp on patterned paper and embossed with black embossing powder. I have cut them out and decoupaged them to the hill. I then used green dmc thread for the stems, using gel medium to make them stick.

The Prima flowers on the hill have been stuck down and then a small orange bead glued to the centre of each.

I used a black watercolour pencil to highlight the hills, clouds and the sun, plus a bit of doodling around the white Prima flowers.

Do what I have done and let out your inner child and create some whimsical artwork to remind you of your childhood!

Thursday, 25 January 2007

"SWAK" by Keri Brooks-LaClair

100_1638_3 It’s almost that time of year again! Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. As I was putting out a few decorations the other day, I got some inspiration from the colors of the holiday, as well as the whole meaning behind February 14th.

Most of my inspiration comes from colors, and this was no exception. I love bright colors especially, and I also love to use many different patterns of paper that all contain the same colors. I went with a patchwork look on this layout, and crumpled the paper and distressed it before adhering. I added stitches with a pen to finish the quilted look.

I used the Buzz and Bloom Rustic Chipboard Alphabet for the SWAK (Sealed With A Kiss). I covered them with a patterned paper, cut them out, and sanded the edges to finish them off. I also used the Buzz and Bloom Rustic Alphabet XXLg, and Rustic Numbers XXLg set, for the quotation marks and the verse at the bottom, keeping with the Rustic font!

I stepped out of my safety zone a tiny bit, adding my handwriting on this layout. I am a computer journaler all the way, as I tend to dislike my handwriting. I have realized recently how important it is to include my own handwriting, so I made an effort to write a little something on the layout. Baby Steps!

I have recently found a new love, stamping on photos. I used the Buzz and Bloom Garden Sketchbook stamps to add a "little something" in the corners of the photo. It really finishes it off!

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

"My 'Flowery' Year" by Kris Hankins

Another year is here, and I have found myself needing a new desk calendar.   I am a "flowery" girl, so I chose to use flowers and flourishes to accent my calendar.

100_2553_edit_3I made my calendar using an inexpensive 4" x 6" acrylic picture frame, laying on its side.

I first stamped "2007" on a piece of distressed paper, using the Buzz and Bloom Long Johns Alphabet stamp set.  I inserted the stamped paper into the picture frame.

Next, I inked up a Buzz and Bloom Round Corner Flourish chipboard  piece with chalk ink.   I overstamped onto the chipboard piece with a flourish design stamp.

100_2557_edit_7Coordinating brown and floral ribbons were tied around one end of the frame.   The stamped chipboard flourish was attached to one corner of the acrylic frame so that it slightly overhung the edges of the frame.   A small "tear away" calendar was attached.     I finished the calendar off, by using some flower and jewel embellishments.

I am very happy with my new desk calendar.  Each time I look at it, this calendar gives me a cheery and positive outlook for the year.

I'm off to another good year...using my new Buzz and Bloom stamps and chipboard.


Monday, 22 January 2007

"Love some Buzz & Bloom!" by Laura Solomon

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Wow. I had a B L A S T working with these Buzz & Bloom goodies!

The texture of the chipboard is *different*-- it is SO sturdy and wonderful in ADDITION to being GORGEOUS.

The letters are just fantastic! Both the Rustic Alphabet and the Tubby Alphabet are WONDERUL shapes and super fun to use. The SWIRLS are FANTASTIC!

These need to be on your MUST HAVE list!


xox Laura Solomon

"Special" by Aida Haron


Have you noticed how siblings have a language of their own ? My daughters have conversations where they finish each other'€™s sentences and many moments when they would suddenly burst into hysterical laughter as if some weird, invisible, incredibly funny joke had crossed both their minds the same time.

This was the idea behind the layout and my daughter'€™s bright happy red tee became the focus colour. The Tubby Junior Chipboard Alphabets with their quirky design were a perfect fit for the fun photo.

The Tubby alphabets were painted brown and glued on to strips of black cardstock to give them more definition. I did not cut the black cardstock to the shape of each alphabet but instead cut them into uneven little blocks. This is a useful trick with smaller chipboard alphabets which tend to look lost when combined with very bright papers or those with very large motifs.


Sunday, 21 January 2007

"Stasha" by Aida Haron


The teenage years are always challenging for moms ! Scrapping pages about my daughter Stasha helps to remind me about her sweetness underneath all that angst. For this layout, you will see there is a mix of very dark black, then drama red, to soft pinks reflecting how her moods swing from stormy to happy in a blink of an eye.

The Buzz and Bloom Grand Flourish chipboard was cut into half and painted with acrylic paint in medium taupe, then lightly stroked across with a dry brush dipped in dark brown for an antique stone effect. The paints were used full strength, unwatered. When dry, I quickly went over the flourish with dimension glaze to add a shine to surface. The glaze does not have to be perfect or smooth as a patchy finish gives the textured feel of stone. On the layout I placed the flourish in an inverted L shape to draw the eye to the smallish photo. Glazing is optional should you prefer a matt finish to the chipboard.


Currently we are seeing varieties of diamond shaped motifs on patterned papers and using these motifs by cutting out the paper around these shapes, then adding to the layout creates a visually appealing effect. I did this with the maroon patterned paper which was also edged with vintaging ink before glueing it down.

Gaffer tapes are one of the newer accessories in scrapbooking and when used in small amounts can help frame the photo or be used as jounaling spots. The tape had enough single-worded sentiments which described Stasha, and the rub-on sentence "Be the author of your own life" was my piece of wisdom for her.

I hope you enjoy looking at this page as I did making it !

"nanna loves you" by Charmane Koch

Nannalovesyou I really loved this photo of my Mum and Chei that I took while we were visiting at Christmas time....

I wanted to show Chei how much his Nanna loved him with a "LOVEY" layout!!!

I decided to use the large Buzz and Bloom Tubby Alphabet letters for "loves" and wanted to play with rubons and my Red Zig writer.

Firstly I painted all of the title in white paint, giving a couple of coats. Once dry I then applied  rubons here and there on the Large tubby letters. I outlined each letter after I glued them down onto the page. I kept the smaller Tubby Alphabet Jnr letters plain white. The heart I cut from felt, blanket stitched around the edge with DMC thread and then used leftover rubons.

Nannalovesyouclose_up Close up of large Tubby Buzz and Bloom alphas...


Friday, 19 January 2007

"look out" by Charmane Koch

Look_out This layout was inspired by the photos of my darling daughter Harmony - I took these photos of her when she first started crawling the day she turned 8 months old!!!

I used the GORGEOUS Buzz and Bloom Tubby Alphabet chipboards - large and small - I covered them with patterned paper....

I first traced the back of the paper and then carefully cut out with scissors and also the centres with a craft knife.

I machine stitched in different colours so that it matches the colours of the papers.

I glued them down, and once dried I then outlined.



Thursday, 18 January 2007

"Learn how to Swim" by Tania Davey

How exciting my first post here on the Buzz and Bloom Blog.

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For this layout I have chosen to use the large and small Tubby Alphabet chipboard letters. They work so well together.

The large tubby letters are the perfect size for a small word on a layout, and the perfect size for a bit of chipboard altering. To create swim I painted the letter with white acrylic added some mesh, wire string and beads, and coating the whole letter with a mix of pigment ink and gel medium. The finish is gorgeous and photos and scanning doesn’t do it justice.

The small Tubby chipboard alphas are simply painted in white acrylic. I love how the two sizes gel together and complete the layout.

The Photo is covered with a sheet of transparency which I did the writing on with a sharpie, so the ink wouldn’t destroy the photo.


The journaling reads “ Robbie has not had a lot of experience with swimming pools, so when we put him in


and pops new swimming pool we watched him very carefully. By the end of the day he was doing laps of the pool in his swim ring, singing “Learn how to swim, with State swim” He got this little song from an advert on TV.


"Rascally Riley" by Alli Paterson

Sometimes mothers need to stop and smell the roses, and with my second child Riley I have to do this often, to remind myself that it must be so hard being number two, you want to be big like your brother but that it is also safe being a baby. Riley is at the threshold, teetering on the edge, he is actually way past baby and almost past toddler but he is holding on tight. So sometimes I have to let go of the frustration he causes me and step back and see the little boy that makes me laugh and gives great cuddles.

I chose Riley as my subject as he matched that stamp alphabet so well! it was more than that though, the layout shows his restraint and the layout has little bits of chaos and calm woven together to reflect the Riley we know, I do scrap Riley's screaming fall down arguments and tanties but this type of photo shows a serious little man trying to work it all out way too soon.


Buzz and Bloom Billy the Kid Alphabet stamps
Buzz and Bloom Tubby Junior Chipboard Alphabet
Buzz and Bloom Round Corner Flourish

The chipboard alphabet has a flat surface which makes the letters so easy to cover and trim. Once the title was stuck to my paper and I used a craft knife to trim it off, I needed to do very little sanding. It was more to add a distressed effect than clean up any little overhanging bits of paper.

The Flourish is also flat. I painted this one, to add a little shine and and as a nice sealer I added 1/3 liquitex gloss medium to 2/3 acrylic paint, the paint is straight out of the tube, amazingly I had an exact match to Riley's shirt in Jo Sonja's colony blue. Once it had dried I used a manuscript stamp and a blue ink and stamped over it before defining the edges with a white pen. The flourish over laps three parts of the design, the scalloped bazzill, the patterned paper and the photo, bringing all three together making them flow into each other and not taking your initial gaze from the focus subject which is Riley's face. In design you have an initial item you want to be the focus of the page, then what is around the focus item to compliment it but not over power it.

These were my first set of unmounted stamps and I see now why you trim as close to the stamp as possible, it makes it far easier to line them up when you add them to an acrylic block and add them to your work. The font was a perfect match to this photo, Riley is such a boy. The stamps have great detail and look fantastic in white on the darker background of the photo.