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Monday, March 2

Ruby Rock-It Creative Cards |Alicia Barry|

Today I have some wedding cards to share using the new Rustic Charm collection from Ruby Rock-It. For these cards I have used up some scraps from other projects, some mini papers and some die cuts. 

For this first one I used an imprint card as a base and a mini print for the background. These papers have the same great design as the 12x12 papers, but in a smaller format which makes them perfect for cards. 

 I used a die cut shape for the sentiment. The birds image is another die cut cut into two smaller pieces. I hand cut the floral pieces from patterned paper.

This next one is built on a pre made step card. This is a larger format card, so I have used the 12x12 papers for my background. 

 I have added some strips and a hand cut bird image from glittered mini papers, aling with hand cut floral pieces. 

Ruby Rock-It supplies:

Monday, February 23

Ruby Rock-It BTP wedding | Alicia Barry |

Today I have something extra special to share using the new Bella! "Rustic Charm" wedding range. Fellow designer Beck Beattie and I were asked to create these items to showcase this wonderful new range for Spotlight's Get Creative magazine, which just came out this month. It was also super exciting to see these projects on display at CHA on the Ruby Rock-It stand. 

 A confetti holder.

 My beautiful friend Nicole. I can't believe the little girl in this photo just started year 12.

 Chocolate favour box. These are very similar the ones I made for my own wedding, long, long ago.

Ruby Rock -It supplies

Thursday, February 19

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday work.

Here is Queensland, we are nervously awaiting the impact of tropical cyclone Marcia, which is currently predicted to hit land as a cat 4 or 5, right at the city where Mum lives, so what better distraction than to check out some beautiful new work from the Heartfelt Creations team for the blog.

This week I have a layout to share. I love the purple tonings of the Butterfly Medley collection. How pretty are those butterflies, and such lovely flowers to play with.

And, as always, check out the rest of the team on the blog. My pick for this week is Penny O'Dell's incredible multi colour flowers. So pretty!

Thursday, February 12

Heartfelt Creation new release - Butterfly Medley

It's time for as new release from Heartfelt Creations, and this is an especially pretty one, with lots of beautiful butterflies...my favourite. 

Are you longing for springtime...dreaming of sunny hours spent in a lavish flower garden where butterflies flit lazily from blossom to blossom?  Heartfelt Creations invites you to revel in the beauty of springtime with the release of the Butterfly Medley Collection of stamps, dies, and papers.  

This uplifting collection is bursting with bountiful botanical roses and a kaleidoscope of fanciful butterflies.  Soft shades of pastel peach, lilac, sage, lemon, teal and pink are the perfect counterpoint for the bleak, grey days of mid-winter.  Beautifully landscaped backgrounds include pastel plaids, cheery polka-dots, flowing script, classic stripes, elegant flourishes, seed packets, garden themed sentiments and images.  

Six hand drawn stamp sets featuring botanical roses and butterflies can be paired with two sets of dies, allowing you to stamp and die cut a host of embellishments with a single pass through your die cutting machine.  You'll dream in beauty, plant seeds of encouragement and reap a harvest of creativity when you design with the Butterfly Medley Collection from Heartfelt Creations.

Sadly, here in Australia, we have to wait a little longer for Spring, but I can't see that stopping anyone from wanting to get their hands on this beautiful collection. 

Butterfly Medley Paper Collection

This week I have created a layout. I have made a focus of the flowers in the background and exaggerated them with lots of die cut flowers. The blue and yellow combination is a unusual for me, but I'm so pleased with how it turned out. If you want instructions on how to re-create this project, just check the details on the Heartfelt Creations blog. 

This week, do yourself a favour and check out the card Robin Tharaldson has made. It is stunning.

Friday, February 6

Birds and Blooms with Heartfelt Creations.

I am really loving the Birds and Blooms collection this month, It's so fresh and pretty. I have made a card to share this week using the sweet fluffy birdies, and the sweet little flowers. Included in this collection are a really great versatile set of leaf stamps and dies. I know I am going to get so much use out of these, it's an excellent staple for your die collection.

Be sure to check out the Heartfelt Creations blog. There are so many bright colourful designs this week from the team. Gloria Stengel and Susan Smit have both created really eye catching work this week. While you are there, you can catch a sneak peek of the February collection called Butterfly Medley. It's so ridiculously pretty. You will love it. 

For those of you who are local (or willing to travel), I will be teaching a card class using this collection very soon on Brisbane's Northside. I will update with dates once I have them. 

Thursday, January 29

A Heartfelt Creations mini canvas.

So, some of you know that while I was at CHA recently, I participating in a mixed media canvas class. Well I went against my creative instincts in an effort to be a good co-operative student, and decided not to change something that I really knew would not work. As expected, the outcome was hideous,...so much so, that I did not bring it home with me.  Here it is. Yuck right. Now let me be clear, it is not the fault of the teacher or company who ran the class, it's because I didn't change out that awful black tissue paper.

I did make a promise though to try again...and I have. Well sort of. The scale is a little different, but I trusted my instincts this time, and I am so much happier with the outcome. Now I decided to go a little (OK, a lot) smaller this time, in case I might embarrass myself again. This little tiny restoration in anyone's faith in my artistic ability is only around 5 inches square. I will be sure to go a little bigger next time.

So, here is what I have come up with. Of course using Heartfelt Creations for this one, pretty much guaranteed that I would not suck at this a second time. How could I possibly go wrong with this collection. So here it is....my Birds and Blooms mini canvas, complete with gesso, glitter paste, stenciling, painting, drywall tape, stamping, die cutting, and glitter. Wow, that's a lot of technique for one little project.

Now, I hope you will agree that this is far better. Not quite the same techniques, but a mixed media canvas none the less, just this time I stuck to my instincts and my own style.

Meanwhile, check out the rest of the designers on the blog post this week over at Heartfelt Creations, plus the full instructions for this little piece. I really love the banner that Kathy Clement has created this week. 

Monday, January 26

Ruby Rock-It Beyond the page-Wedding Style |Alicia Barry|

Ruby Rock -It/ Bella!  have four new wedding themed releases at the moment. Today I am playing with this pretty yellow based collection called Get Hitched.

The papers are all shimmery and come with a whole line of  embellishments including stamps. 

I have created a wedding table setting using the border strips, and a new Spellbinder die.  I even used some pretty paper as a placemat. 

Ruby Rock-It supplies:
Bella! Get Hitched papers
Spellbinder die
Bella! Glitter alphabet cardstock sticker

Wednesday, January 21

Heartfelt Creations- February release

So, I am now back home after an exhausting, but great week at CHA where this new collection was released. It was so amazing to meet the Heartfelt Creations family and some of the incredible designers that I am so lucky to with with and for.

The booth looked so great. I'd seen all the samples before online, but seeing them in real life really is even better, and of course it is so exciting to see many of my samples up on display amongst such great company.

So, this is one of the samples that I had on display. The little birds and the tiny flowers are so cute.

Check out the Heartfelt Creations blog and take an extra look at a great milk carton project by Debbie Seyer

Sunday, January 11

Heartfelt Creations- Hi from California

This week I am very lucky to be posting this from California, where I am visiting to attend CHA and I get to meet lots of people from the Heartfelt Creations team. I'll hsbe lots of photos of the team and the booth to share soon. 

There are two new lines being released here at CHA, and today on the Heartfelt Creations blog, we get to start showing some of our work using one of these beautiful new lines. This one is called Birds and Blooms and is complete with birds and butterflies and pretty little flowers. 

Saturday, January 3

Happy New Year with Ruby Rock-It | Alicia Barry|

Another year gone already! Today I am sharing with a you a quick little project made for a New Year's party. I have used glitter cardstock as a base for a little party hat, with left over tinsel from the Christmas tree for fast and easy sparkle. I have used a tag shape cut from wedding paper. For the large clock, I used an imprint card sprayed with paint mist, then trimmed. The smaller clock is a sticker from the Year in Review was very simple and quick to make, which is perfect if you need to make a whole bunch of them.

Ruby Rock-It supplies used: