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Tuesday, October 21

Monday Blues with Ruby Rock-It | Alicia Barry |

This week I have taken inspiration from one of my favourite new dresses. (That's not me in the pic). I am really loving red and blue together so thought I would apply that to my projects this week.

 I straight away thought of the China Blue. I have had it sitting here for a while now, so I was glad to find the inspiration to craft with it.


The patterns in this collection are designed for scrapbooking, so the prints are quite large. To overcome this on a smaller card scale, I chose just a few elements to work on in each card and then kept the background pretty clear. I then used some bright red twine from The Twinery to add a spark of colour. A little red goes a long way, so I wanted to be careful not to overload.

 Ruby Rock -It supplies

Partner company supplies
The Twinery  red twine

Sunday, October 19

Heartfelt Creations catch up post

I've been away in Europe for the last month, and as much as I have intended to keep up to date on line, that just wasn't the case, so today I have a big Heartfelt Creations catch up share post for you.

First up I have some more projects using the Classic Sunflower collection. This is such a pretty range, and I adore the sunflowers that can be made with the stamp and die set, although I also really like how this card turned out with the butterflies as the focus instead of a flower. 

...on the other hand this one has heaps of pretty handmade flowers. I love hoe the colour makes the pop off the page. I have also used chipboard from one of our partner companies Creative Embellishments. On this one I have used a beautifully detailed butterfly and combined words from a couple of packets to create my title. I've embossed both in Metallic Melts. 

While i was away the new range was released for October. This one is called All Geared Up, and is perfect for boy pages. It is full of cogs and screws, and very cool cog die shapes. I have again used Metallic Melts on the die cut shapes to make them look a bit more grungy. 

As always do yourself a favour and check out the rest of the team on the blog.  I am always so impressed with what everyone comes up with and this week I  really noticed how varied the colours are that have been used across the team. 

Thursday, September 18

Ruby Rock-It | The Twinery Blog Hop

Blog Hop & Giveaway!  | Ruby Rock-It & The Twinery day one
Hello Ruby Rock-It Fans! We are excited to be partnering up with our sweet friends over at The Twinery this month and we are having a blog hop with their fabulous team!

You should have arrived here from Jaclyn Miller's blog. If you have missed any along the way, 
check out the links below to get started right from the beginning.

Thursday, September 18:
>>> You are here: Alicia Barry 

Here's what I have come up with. I have made a couple of sweet. simple cards, but then dressed them up with some lovely twine from the Twinery. In both cards I have done some wrapping and then ties off with pretty bows. The twine is nice and soft and makes it really easy to get the bows into a nice shape. 

Supplies used:

To be eligible for our Essence Empire Bebe collection prize, simply start from the beginning and hop all the way through, leaving a comment on each designer's blog over the 3 days and then come back here letting us know you have! Comments close Monday, September 22nd at 11:59pm PST and we will announce our winner later in the week!

Be sure to head over to see  Rebecca VanDeMark next up. Thanks for  visiting.


I am really loving the new Classic Sunflower collection from Heartfelt Creations, and it sounds like everyone else is too. There has been really great feedback already.

This week I have made a little "Get Well" card. I really like the way this came together. The denim colouring looks so great against the yellow and orange flowers.

I love that you can make a whole heap of layered flowers from just one die, and the new style of die which removes the need to make a template first makes it really quick and easy.

Make sure that you check out what the other designers have been up to on the blog as usual...especially Liz Walker's card. I love how she has used the same die in different colours for a completely different look.

Wednesday, September 10

Wednesday again already

The time seems to be going so fast at the moment. My little tiny first born child just turned 10!!!!  There's only a few weeks of school left and then only one more term til my last teeny tiny baby starts school. It's nuts.

On the plus side it does mean that Heartfelt Creations Wednesday has rolled around already. I am especially excited about this one because new release day... AND it's all about sunflowers!!! I adore sunflowers, and I am so pleased that Heartfelt have done such an amazing job putting this collection together. I would have been devestated if it hadn't been awesome, but of course, that was never really going to happen. Anyway, not only does this release have Sunflowers, but also butterflies. Another one of my favourite things.

There are gorgeous stamps of course, plus a die to make gorgeous sunflowers (Yay!!) and the die is an all in one die, making it super easy to cut lots of blossoms at once.

Classic Sunflower Collection

Here is my first of many projects using this collection. I got the easel from the local $2 store. 

I was so happy to get this collection that I have already used it for a commission piece in Australian Scrapbook Ideas to be on the lookout for that, plus I will be using it in a workshop I will be teaching soon here in Brisbane. It's not been announced yet, so I can;t tell you any more than that, but it is a kit class, using these papers to make an off the page project. The rest of the papers as well as the die and stamps  will also be available for sale both from me, and through A Crafter's Passion. Let me know if you are interested and I will make sure you get the details when it is announced. 

I'm not even sure I can choose a favourite from the designers this week. I really like how Karan has made her sunflowers with a white ink, and Sandra's birdhouse is so sweet, and there is something about Loretta's design will all the same size sunflowers that really gets my attention. Make sure you pop over the have a look at all of the projects here.

Monday, September 1

Some more Heartfelt Christmas

This week on the Heartfelt Creations blog I have a pretty card to share,. I really love the lantern stamp that comes with this kit. It's so pretty. You can't quite tell, but the image has been embellished with glitter after it was hand coloured.

I really love these poinsettia flowers too. 

There are so many amazing projects on the blog this week. I can;t even choose only one favourite. I love the banner that Lori has made, and the cute gift bags by Regina Hamilton,  and the super awesome wreath from Ujjwal Goel. You can tell I am a big BTP fan. Don;t take my word for it, check it out all the work here!

Wednesday, August 20

Heartfelt Christmas

This week on the Heartfelt Creations blog, I have a layout to share with the new Festive Christmas line.

I have used two of the background sheets for this. I have fussy cut each of the flower and lantern elements and then layered them over the original image to create some more dimension. I then added the ornaments from another page and popped them up on foam tape. I also used lots of stickles on this layout for all the tiny details, so it shimmers really nicely.

If you are thinking about getting started on Christmas cards anytime soon, then I would strongly suggest that you head over to the blog to see lots of stunning examples from the team, including a really gorgeous tag from Joanne.

Now, I probably shouldn't say anything yet, but if you love this range like I do, and would like some help making some lovely Christmas cards, and you are in the Brisbane area, you may like to stay tuned for some news coming up soon.

Last, but not least, thanks so much to those people who have left me messages saying they have voted for my work for Heartfelt as part of the new DT call. It doesn't determine exactly who gets back in, but it lets the admin team know that mine is a style you would like to keep seeing. I appreciate everyone's support. If you haven't voted yet and would like to, you still can, just follow this link: VOTING LINK   There are 9 days left to vote, and you can even win a gift voucher for your troubles.

Friday, August 15

Lovin' Layouts | Alicia Barry |

Today I have a layout that I have created using a combination of new and older paper collections. My background is created using papers from the Cook collection, while the embellishments come from the brand new Handi Scandi line. 

The frame is made using a Spellbinder 5x7 Heirloom Legacy die. I cut it from white cardstock, and then sprayed it using paint mists, to make it match the flowers from the patterned paper. 

The flowers and leaves are hand cut from patterned paper, then all the rest of the embellishments are from the die-cut and tag packs. 

Supplies used:
Handi Scandi Strip It 
Handi Scandi Die-Cut pack
Handi Scandi tag pack
Handi Scandi Twine pack

Preferred Partner supplies:
S6-010 5x7 Heirloom Legacy

Wednesday, August 13

Festive Christmas! Yes, that's right...Christmas

One of the strangest things for me as a designer is making Christmas projects in the middle of the year. Obviously it's a privilege to have the new releases before they go to market, and it's important to have samples to show the retailers, but it just feels a bit odd.

Having said that however, I really loved working with this collection. This new collection from Heartfelt Creations is a truly beautiful line. I love the traditional colour scheme and the ornament images are just perfect.

Here's my first project for the Heartfelt Creations blog using this pretty collection. Check out the gorgeous little lantern.

Now, if you like that, you will love the treat box that Liz Walker made this week, and the amazing card by Karan Gerber. I'm so luck y to design with people like this.

Speaking of which, thank you to those kind people who have voted for my work as part of the selection process for the new Design Team call, I really appreciate it. If you haven't, but you'd like to, you can find the link here

Monday, August 11

Tuesday Tutorial: Altered clipboard | Alicia Barry

I really love creating beyond the page projects and this month I thought I would share some simple instructions on how I made this very easy altered clipboard that I found at my local office supply store. I have again used the beautiful Heritage paper range, along with a stunning new Spellbinder die.

 A little wad of notepaper could be added to the clip for a functional piece, or a photo could be clipped in and out at will treating the clipboard as an interchangeable photo frame display.

Step 1:
Ink the edges of the clipboard where the paper may not cover. Pay extra attention to the area around the metal clip.

Step 2:
Cut a piece of patterned paper to fit, but tracing the clipboard onto the back of the paper. Once cut, measure the space around the metal clip, and remove a rectangular piece to fit. I recommend, a clean rectangular rather than trying to make it fit exactly, as this may look messy if it is not an exact fit. (hence, the inking in step 1. Adhere the paper in place.

Step 3:
Die cut a decorative shape onto white cardstock, and adhere in place. (adhere in the centre only, leave the outer edges free). 

Step 4:
Fussy cut some floral sections from the patterned paper. Arrange the floral pieces on the opposite corners of the clipboard, tucked under the main die cut, along with a patterned die cut. Use some foam dots to elevate the outer parts of the flowers.

Step 5:
Embellish the corners of the clipboard, by layering Heritage paper florals, along with Spellbinder bitty blossoms spiral flowers. The lower cluster has a tied ribbon bow tucked under the large flower, and both clusters include Spellbinder Foliage Flourishes made from co-ordinating patterned paper. 

Finally I added a butterfly sticker (raised on foam dots) to the bottom cluster and added some 3D butterfly stickers to both the top and bottom. 

Ruby Rock-It Supplies used:
Heritage paper collection
Heritage 3D butterfly stickers
Heritage cardstock stickers
Heritage die cut pad
Heritage florals

Perferred Partner supplies:
Spellbinders S4-430 Foliage Flourish
Spellbinders S6-012 5x7 Mystical Embrace
Spellbinders S5-086 Bitty Blossoms