Sunday, 11 June 2017

Challenge Your Stash - June

Hi all,

Today is the day for next instalment of our Challenge Your Stash series on YouTube. This month we had to make layouts using paint, doilies and sequins and this is the layout I created:

It's about one of the gorgeous girls in my class at school. I also used the this month's sketch from Anna's Craft Cupboard which looks like this:

Here is the link to the video:

Also the links to the other ladies' videos are: 
Well that's it for now, I must get back to writing my school reports!!! Take care and happy scrapping, Helen xx


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Guest Designer for Stuck Sketches


Hi all,

It was a nice surprise when I looked at the wrap up for the May sketches on the Stuck?! Sketches blog to find out that I'm going to be the guest designer for the June 15th sketch! Yay happy dance here.



Mind you July is going to be a busy month as not only be a guest designer over on Stuck Sketches I am also the guest designer for Let's Get Sketchy, also I'm doing a video collaboration with a YouTube buddy and we are having celebrations for our 2nd birthday over on The Crafty Maven Getaway, lucky for me I have 3 weeks school holidays!

Well that's it for now, take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Scraplift Saturday: Surf+Sun=Fun Helen Mazengarb





Hi all,



My latest video for The Crafty Maven Getaway Channel is up this weekend. It's Scraplift Saturday and I've taken inspiration from Audrey Yeager and Missy Whidden, who both posted layouts using sunbursts this past week. I had lots of fun with this one.



Hope you enjoy it.



Take care and happy crafting,

Helen xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

Whoop Whoop!

Hi all,

I'm very excited as I reached 100 subscribers today on my YouTube channel!

This may not mean much to some people but for me it is a goal that I have been working on for a while. Next goal 200 subscribers!

I uploaded a video on Sunday which is the accompanying video for the layout in my last post. Here is the layout and the video:


Well that's it for now. I'll be back next weekend with my next video for The Crafty Maven Getaway, until then take care and happy crafting.

Helen xx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Stuck?! Sketches Play Along

Hi all,

This weekend I managed to squeeze in a few moments of scrapping time. I decided to use this month's sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. This is it:


I used mainly 6x6 paper and embellishments from the Little By Little range by Shimelle plus some of my own stash. Rather than having just a white background I used one of my roller stamps, plus some packaging technique to add some interest. Well here is the page:

and some close ups:


Well that's it for now, I have to race off to school my students await.

Take care and have fun crafting,
Helen xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

My Week!

Hi all,

Boy it's been an exciting week.

First off the big announcement (well for me anyway!) was announced Sunday, my timezone, and I am now one of the newbies on The Crafty Maven Getaway Design Team. Yay my first ever online design team!!!!!! Just a bit excited here.
Then on Wednesday it was my birthday, not a major '0' year but still a lovely day. I got spoilt by my boys and my mum, they gave me some jewellery and then I got to work and some of my friends and some of my students gave me such lovely gifts. I shan't be needing to buy any peanut M&Ms in a while!

Also on my birthday my first video for TCMG went live! Here is the layout followed by the video.



It's been a great week and I still have the movies and dinner with a great friend to look forward to tomorrow night.

Have a great week, take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Scrappy Update

Hi all,

Well it has been a busy few weeks around here in both the creative world and the everyday work world. School wise my poor darlings had to sit their NAPLAN tests this past week so we have been busy revising for them - they are country wide tests in English and Mathematics, but they all handled it very well. Now down to some real work before I have to write reports!

In my scrapbooking life I have been a lucky girl and I have won a few prizes. Firstly, I won one of the prizes from Stuck Sketches for the month of April and I won a lovely prize pack from Scrapmatts, it contained stencils and chipboard pieces. My second prize was from Anna's Craft Cupboard as I won one of the competitions during their 11th birthday celebrations. I received some Amy Tangerine papers and matching diecuts. So all in all I'm feeling pretty spoilt.

I also have some other really, really exciting news but can't quite spill the beans about that yet, but soon I can.

I've also managed to create a few layouts and make a few videos. I took part in a video hop for iNSD (International Scrapbook Day, last Saturday 6th May) with the Crafty Channel Surf Facebook group and I made this layout/video for it.
This is the layout, I'm going to give it to my mum for Mother's Day.

and the video:

Plus during iNSD I made a couple of layouts as I followed along with some crops/events on FaceBook. These are the layouts:
   

I recorded the making of the second layout and have finally gotten around to editing it and I uploaded it tonight, here it is:

Well that's about it for tonight. I have another video going up tomorrow as part of my monthly hop with the Challenge Your Stash crew, this month we are using flowers. Plus I'll also be back tomorrow to tell you my news, it's actually going live at 12pm PST time but this little duck will be fast asleep as that will be 3am here - I suppose I could schedule it!

Anyway, take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Monday, 1 May 2017

Weekend Fun

Hi all,

This weekend a Perth based online store called Anna's Craft Cupboard held a weekend long 11th birthday celebration on FaceBook. It was fun playing bingo, participating in the blind crop and having a go at the challenges. Here are two pages that I created, the first one for the mood board challenge and the second one for the blind crop.



Well that's it for today.

Take care and have fun crafting,
Helen xx



Winner

Hi all,


I got a nice surprise when I headed to the Stuck! Sketches blog today as I found that I was one of their winners!

Woo hoo!

That's it for now.
Take care and happy crafty,
Helen xx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Scrappy Update

Hi all,

In the last week I've managed to scrapbook 2 layouts and turn them into videos. I don't think I'm avoiding my work commitments at all! School has started back for Term 2 but I found time for me and got my crafting on!

After cleaning my scraproom during the school holidays I unearthed some papers that I had forgotten were in my stash. Partly this was because I was storing my papers in drawers and then I found that I didn't like looking through the piles in each draw which I had divided by colour. After my big reorganisation I am now storing my papers in a vertical system and they are back organised by company, it's just how my brain works. Anyway I found some papers from October Afternoon (actually I found lots of paper from OA!) the Treasure Map range and created this page:

Here is the video:


I saw the DT call for The Crafty Maven Getaway with only a few days left to submit and I thought I would give it a go. I had to answer some questions and send 2 photos pf recent layouts plus I had to create a video specifically for the call. Well this is what I came up with:

Here is a photo of the layout and some close ups.


I did use the latest sketch from Stuck Sketches for this page. The sketch is:


Plus, I also managed to make 2 lovely young girls a small gift for looking after my pets when I went down south with my family. I decorate a notebook for each girl.

Well that's it for now.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Sketch Challenge

Hi all,

I came across a challenge blog called Stick It Down from a post on Facebook I think, love the wonders of social media and decided to play along with this month's single page sketch challenge. this is the sketch:

After cleaning and reorganising my craft room I'm on a kick to use anything that is still sitting unopened or never having been across my desk in the whole time it's been in my craft room (might I add this amounts to quite a large pile of stash!). Anyway, this is my take on the sketch:
I used a stamp set that hadn't seen ink before, star brads that are years old but still in an unopened packet, plus an old Amy Tangerine rub on that I coloured in with Distress Crayon and used as my title. 

Well that's it for now.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Winners

Hi all,


I have selected my winners from all the visitors last week during my Growing in Unity posts. Well actually I used a random generator, first I selected the day and then the post number so without further ado the winners are:
    = Colleen Hinesley

  = Barbara Kingston

Ladies, could you please either contact me in the next week that would be great, my email is hjmazengarb@hotmail.com   Thanks

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Challenge Your Stash YouTube Hop

Hi all,

It's that time of the month again - YouTube hop time! This month we decided to have a tic tac toe challenge, this is the first time ever that I have completed a tic tac toe challenge. I know you are supposed to complete a row/column or diagonal and I completed the right hand column but I almost completed one of the diagonals as well.


This is the layout I created:

Here is the link to my video:

These are the other ladies playing along:

Grace Islander - https://youtu.be/4VqWFLZGRTo
PinkGlitterScrapper Lisa- https://youtu.be/035BdpXmx10

Also this weekend I have reorganised and rearranged my craftroom. I don't think it has ever looked so neat and tidy. One of the things I did to help me scrap more was to make sure everything can be reached from my chair as basically I'm a lazy crafter and don't enjoy getting up and going through my supplies, I like to be able to roll my chair and reach it otherwise I won't use it. I also bagged my papers and embellishments together to make it easier to find things - well that's the plan but we'll just have to see how it all pans out. Here are some photos from different angles.

Well that's it for now. Have a wonderful Easter and an enjoyable long weekend.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Friday, 14 April 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 5

Hi all,

Wow the week is almost over! It's been a great week sharing my projects and reading all the lovely comments about my cards. Thank you very much for all the positive comments. To finish off this week I recorded making my fifth card and have made a video for you, if you're interested.

So, here is today's card:

I used the April 2014 SMAK Kit Wildflowers & Wings. I coloured the flowers with Twinkling H2Os - Raspberry Wine and Ice.

Here is the video, if you're interested.


Well that's it for me. I hope you've enjoyed my sharing this week and found a little spark of inspiration.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx


Thursday, 13 April 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 4

Hello all,

Here is today's project:

I had so much fun making this card. I used the flowers from the Canvas Wishes set and the used my Ken Oliver Crafts Color Bursts - Lemon Yellow and Orange to create the watercolour. I also added some of the Liquid Metals over the top. When it was dry I sewed around the border and stamped a quote from the Delightful Little Things set. I used a vellum heart from my stash and cut it into a butterfly shape and stuck it on. Then using a black Dylusions paint pen I went over the flowers and added some dots.

Well that's all for today folks! I have to drive back to Perth with my family as our holiday has come to an end, luckily tomorrow is the start of the Easter long weekend plus I have another week of school holidays. So more crafting time for me.

Please remember to leave a comment below and I'll see you tomorrow for my last day as a GIU Gal!

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 3

Hello all,

Here is today's project:

This beautiful stamp was part of my prize pack that I gratefully won a few weeks ago. I stamped it up using Close to My Heart's Sea Glass ink and created the background. I adhered the matching Sea Glass glitter paper and then stamped another heart, it's from the Your Beautiful Heart set. I then stamped a quote from the Heart Strings set over the Sea Glass heart and then fussy cut it out. I mounted it on foam and added some cotton underneath.

Well that's it for today, I hope you like it. Don't forget to leave a comment below as you just never know you too may win some cool stamps.

Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Growing in Unity - Day 2

Hi all,

Welcome back and I hope you had a wonderful Monday. I'm not sure about everyone else but I'm having a lovely time, not only am I enjoying bringing my stamping goodness to you but I am currently on holiday in the gorgeous seaside town of Dunsborough in the south west of Western Australia.

Today's project:

I started out with a white piece of card and inked around the edges with 3 different pink colours from Tim Holtz's Distress Inks - Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick. I used the little heart from the March 2016 Kit of the Month: A Chance to Change and stamped it randomly in the inked area, just for some added interest. In the centre I stamped this cute owl and the quote from the January 2013 Kit of the Month: All Hearts & Love (not sure if you can get this KOTM anymore but they sell these stamps as a set and that is what I've linked you to). I coloured them in with some markers and then used some Glossy Accents over the 'Be Mine'. A simple but effective one layer card.

Well that's it for today, I'm off to get Simmo's - the best ice cream around!
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Day 1 - Growing in Unity

Hello all,

Welcome to my blog, especially if this is your first time visiting. I'm really excited to be the GIU Gal this week. This is my third time as a GIU Gal and I thought to myself what can I do different this time . . .  lots of thinking later I decided that I was only going to use stamps that had never seen ink before. Actually wasn't that harder of a decision as I realised that I've been more of a hoarder than a stamper. Having said that my Donna Downey stamps have seen ink many many times plus my Angie Girls and a few others but there were still many packets in my collection in their virgin state.

After looking through all the unused ones I came across this girl and I couldn't resist. Here is today's card:
This girl is part of the March 2016 Kit of the Month: A Chance to Change. I coloured her with Copics and then used a stitched die to cut out the card. I layered her on some Amy Tangerine papers and used an acetate flower for embellishment. I hope you like here.

Please remember to leave a comment below for then you will be eligible to go in the draw, at the end of the week, for a stamp pack. I was very lucky and won a prize a few weeks ago and have used one of the stamps which will appear later in the week.

We that's if for now.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Latest Layout

Hi all,

Busy, busy here in Helen land. We are almost on school holidays, only a few more days to go, and what a busy term it has been, assembly, market day, swimming carnival and I went on a school camp as bus driver/cook and had a great 4 days in our south west.

At the moment I am getting my projects ready for next week as I am going to be the returning Growing in Unity Girl plus record a video or two. Added to that my mum surprised the boys and I with a holiday to Dunsborough for next week! So I have to be super organised (which is a feat for me!) and have every post, picture, project ready to go before we leave the house on Sunday! I might not sleep much but I will get it done.

Anyway, I tried out unsuccessfully for another design team, really demonstrating perseverance here! This was the layout I submitted. I'm thinking I need to take better photos of my work or maybe make better layouts.
I inked some circles onto the background through a stencil, added some splatters, stitched around some of the patterned paper circles and added other round embellishments. The photos are of my son Ben and I seven years apart.

A close up of one of the embellishment areas.

Well that's it for now, see you all here next week!
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sketch Fun

Hi all,

Rather than do the housework today I thought I would play in my craft room. I decided to have a go at Let's Get Sketchy's mid March sketch.

I stayed fairly true to the sketch although I added some extras. I used mainly the Love Always range from Cocoa Vanilla Studios and this is what I created:

Well that's it for now.
Take care and happy crafting,
Helen xx


Monday, 13 March 2017

Let's Get Sketchy 2017 Design Team Call

Hi all,


I'm putting 'my hat into the ring' and having a go at applying for the design team at the Let's Get Sketchy blog. I often join along at this site as they have awesome sketches and great inspiration. To apply I was required to make a page using this sketch:


If you want to check it out yourself then hop on over to their blog and have a go!

That's it for now,
take care and happy crafting
Helen xx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

YouTube Time!

Hi all,

One of my goals this year was to make more videos than last year for my YouTube channel. Well this week I added 2 making this year's videos to 4 thus I have already achieved this goal!

The first video is a card video. I went to my friend's house last week with my new stamps that I had ordered from Unity Stamps and Pascale and I decided to use the same stamp and make a video. The stamp we used is: Birthday Treat and it is actually on special this weekend.


Pascale's card video can be found on her YouTube channel Pascale Card

Here is my video:

The second video I uploaded is this month's instalment for "Challenge Your Stash" a YouTube hop group I belong to. This month we had to use a recipe to make our layout.

The finished layout:

The video:

I hope you enjoy them. Well that's it for now.
Happy crafting,
Helen xx