SALE at GistCreative!

That’s right…
for 2 weeks only there is a whopping 30% OFF everything.



and here’s how the prints will arrive to your home….

on A4 satin finished paper, professionally printed and perfectly centred ready for matting and framing.

Get a jump on all your Christmas shopping and why not grab something special for your kid’s teacher or carer?

Hope to see you in store!!!


123 Challenge for November

Welcome November!!
(no video this month sorry. was a tad preoccupied last month. never fear….one will appear in December!)

123 Challenge for November

(click on pic for larger image)
Here’s your criteria:
word = please

colour = grey

technique = stamping

Using some unconventional materials for stamping is always a good idea to score brownie points with me LOL. Here I’ve used some woven straw type stuff and I’ve stamped the circles with a cork through a stencil (worth a shot right?)

For those who are always wanting more….here is this month’s “Toolbox”

(click on pic for full list of materials)

I suppose you’re asking yourself…”Grey? That’s not mostly grey!”
True, but the inspiration behind this page is a grey, wintery night. The time I get to switch off (usually around 9pm) and everything is really still and you can hear the world winding down. I know this is generally the time my scrapbooing peeps are heading to their scrap table to cook up a storm, alas, not for me any longer. The journaling talks about how much my life has changed the last few years and how I can do this anymore. I’m so exhausted by 9pm nowadays so most of my creating is done while the boys are at school and I’ve stolen some time in my Studio.

But I digress somewhat…..
Can’t work it out?
Here is the grey I used….it’s called “Paynes Grey” by Jo Sonja

Paynes Grey by Jo Sonja's

It’s a bluey-grey and it’s the colour of the stars.
But not content to have just ONE grey on the page, I decided to mix my own but how???

L-R: white, black, unbleached titanium

(click on pic for results)

The underlying colour is a deep green with a hint of pink that I’d already mocked up a while ago. It works well with the GREY theme.

Don’t forget to visit the 123 Challenge blog for all the Creative Team’s input this month. We are a clever and diverse bunch, so there will be a style to inpspire you….guaranteed.


Art Journaling Sunday

I bought 2 blank Mixed Media books with the plan to do some “play art” in between work for my biz and commitments at Scrapbook Creations magazine. Well, that was a good PLAN. And like all good plans, the execution of such, never quite pans out as the reality of life sqeezes in.

However, today I ignored my family (in the nicest possible way), in fact, I didn’t ignore them as much as setting them up to leave me alone for a while! Quite a different connotation!!!

Here is a sneak of the first page I did

art journal sneak peek

which is for November’s 123 Challenge. So wait you must. And hurry yourself to get the October challenge done!!

The next is what I did with the left over paint (click on this image to get a better look)

just be you art journal page

just be you wings detail

just be you title

just be you journaling

And because I get a lot of questions about what materials I use, I’ll be giving you a pic of the “toolbox” for that piece of work. Here it is….

just be you toolbox items

I love making my own masks and stencils from my growing number of die-cut plates and tracing elements from papers such as clouds and hearts and birds and so on.

Of course, if you would like to know HOW I put it all together, you can do a number of things.
a) watch my videos on Vimeo (click on the Gist Creative tab up top)
b) take my “Strength and Beauty” canvas class (info in Gist Creative tab)
c) or hire me out LOL

I hope this has inspired you to get back to something FUN!! I’m trying hard to do that while the orders from the shop are coming in.

It’s such a great time to be alive!!