Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bold & Beautiful with Heather

Hi. So excited to share my first project for Embellish With Flair.
I have fallen in love with this paper range. I have done lots of fussy cutting and lots of layers

The flairs were perfect to help journal my memory from The Grand Canyon.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Steampunk Wreath by Suzanne Franin

Hey Everyone Suzanne here

Here is my first project for Embellish With Flair

Also make sure to check out the rest of the BLOG to see what our team have come up with for inpsiration

I love Steampunk so it was perfect that I got the Steampunk Flairs 

It's sitting a bit lopsided as the flowers under the owl are a bit heavy and I couldn't get it to sit right 
I started with a polysterene ring then wrapped some sheer material around it 
After that I used my glue gun to add some extra texture because I knew I wanted to add some wax later for some more colour
I then painted it with a mix of a rust paint and brown paint for that steampunk vintage look

I used some plastic wings which I painted with clear gesso first so the wax would adhere to them then add the clock faces flair to the centre 
Under them I used a paper clay clock which was also painted with was 

With this flair it had cogs and bits so I added metal around it and a clock with a nice red rose to offset all the browns
This is the third flair in the set and again I added a rose and some more metal - Steampunk is all about metal and findings I think that's why I like it so much
Here you can see some of the metal and a close up of the paper clay clock I used I added a light rub of gold wax to the top of everything once I was finished glueing everything down
Another obsession is owls and you'll see quite a few on my projects this one is made of paperclay and the flower piece underneath is made of plaster which I found along the way and it went perfect with this project 
I added some twine under the owl for some added detail
To finish the whole project I went around with some Gold glass glitter by Finnabair mixed with some Helmar Super-Tac Glue and placed it randomly for some sparkle and extra texture

Thank you for visiting I hope you come back soon x

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Water Coloured Flower Flairs

Hello! Trace here , I’m so excited to be apart of this

Amazing Team for these

AMAZING Products

Embellish with Flair

Today  I would Like to share with you a layout I did called


I used Cocoa Vanilla Studio Papers “ Happiness” Range
along with
49 & Market – Burlap Trim
TSE Designs embellishments
Fringed Ribbon
& Water Coloured Flower Flairs

a set of 3 beautiful flairs are available in store for just $3.00
Hope I can inspire you

Thanks for popping by

Love  Trace xx 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Finding Inspiration Part 1

Hello lovely Flair Enthusiasts!

Alex here with the very first Design Team project and blog post.  I love that the four of us have different strengths and passions and we all bring something different to the table.

Today I thought I’d talk a bit about inspiration or “mojo” (in particular lack of it!) as it’s known around the crafty community.  We’ve all heard about it and probably all experienced it…but how do we get past it if we want to make something?

Inspiration for a project can start anywhere no matter what you’re making.  It also can come from several areas at once.  Understanding the possible sources and what is likely to work for YOU will hopefully help you get out of a rut and get you making again. 

I may have to break this topic up over more than one blog post so it’s not ridiculously long - and I’m not likely to be able to give you a single project that covers aaaaaall the examples!

Story or Photo

I’m starting here since I’m mostly a scrapbooker (and mostly for the story telling aspect), but I’m sure you can take something away from this even if you don’t scrapbook.

For scrapbookers, it’s often a story or a photograph which starts their creative process.  The photo and story might be the same, but not always.  If not, it adds an extra step when getting ready to scrap.  I actually love it when my photo doesn’t directly correspond to the story and only by reading the story does it all comes together and you make the connection!


Sometimes it’s a product that starts the creative process.  Is it a sheet of patterned paper with a motif that makes you immediately associate it with a photo or story?  Something brand new that gets you excited and your pulse racing, or an old favourite you forgot you had and only stumbled across by accident it as you tidied up in your craft room?

I can tell you that my product choices almost always tie in with the story very closely and I’ll tell you about all the important bits as I go along in this particular example.

Let's Get Scrappy

So what inspired today’s layout?  If I had to break down the MAIN source, it would be story and photo, but for me, product played a part too.  I don’t mean the flair badges themselves, but the specific ones I decided to use.  This ended up touching on colour a little bit too.

As I thought about what kind of project to make, I naturally considered what story I wanted to tell.  Finding a photo to work with it is often a simpler issue (for me) when I already have a story in mind.

Naturally it needed to be compatible with those lovely flairs.  Since I had such a varied selection to work with, I wasn’t overly concerned about finding some to showcase.

Fairly often, I get hit with an idea like a bolt out of the blue and this is what happened this time too.  I can’t tell you how exactly it occurred to me to make a layout using the photo of the whole design team (I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them in my Instagram travels occasionally) but the timing seemed to make sense just as the first DT begins its first term, no?

The aqua and blue feathers of the Embellish With Flair logo were a natural starting point.  I remembered I had a light blue paper with a feather print from Shimelle’s Little by Little Collection!  Perfect!  I had a photo, the beginning of a story and a paper I was pretty sure I’d use as the background.

Now that I had a few decisions made, was a good time to go through my flair badges and pick something that works.  I knew straight away these were the winners. These colours reminded me of Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds collection.  The playful and whimsical nature of that collection would work.  I could possibly even get away with a dragon or two!  They remind me of imagination and creativity.

Shimelle’s Box of Crayons and Glitter Girl, Paige Evans' Whimsical and crafting themed lines by Echo Park and Simple Stories also had some colours that might work and they all had crafting/inspirational motifs and phrases.  I don’t always go for themed products, but sometimes (especially when it’s about a topic near my heart) I just go for it.  For me personally it’s a bit of an all or nothing approach!

While we’re talking crafty motifs, Virginia Walker has been making some incredible cut files (especially ones which made great titles for craft layouts).  This was as good a time to use one as any and the one I chose seemed to make me think of starting something and the start of a design team working together for the first time connected the dots in my head.

Once I backed the cut file with patterned paper and added dimensional foam to the back, I just had to figure out where the photo, journaling and embellishment areas would go.  Then it was time to commit!  I did some messy stitching to give the paper strips some texture.  It's a simple but effective detail!

You'll find all kinds of little bits in my embellishment clusters,  There are almost always cameras since that's an integral part of scrapbooking, some whimsical critters and even peacock feathers as a nod to Crece's logo!  Speaking of her logo, I used one of the packaging inserts as a base for my embellishment here.

I also used the three chipboard circles from the Whimsical chipboard pack to hold the flair badges.  I didn't want them to get lost and these were the perfect size.  The little sentiments around the circumference are quite perfect and the colours are variations on pink, aqua and purple too. 

Phew!  Thanks for sticking with me after all that and I hope you found it useful.  I’ll be back with another project on 21st May with the next installment in this series.

Love, and Embellish With Flair!

-Alex xx

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Introducing The Design Team

I would Like to Thank Everyone that applied for the Design Team. So much talent from everyone, It was definitely a hard decision to make.

I would love to Welcome the New members to the Design Team

Congratulations Ladies


 My name is Heather. I  live at the foot of the Blue Mountains in Sydney NSW and I've been scrapping for about 15 years. My style is very vintage/shabby chic. I love layers, pearls, lace, flowers and anything pretty really.

Hi My name is Tracey
I have been involved in the scrapbooking industry for more than 16years
So much so that I opened a Scrapbooking Shop in Springfield and then at Booval.

I Love everything about the craft industry from Scrapbooking to Card Making and Mixed Media.
My passion is to bring craft like minded people together and share the knowledge of this industry with all.
Creating Memories and personalized gifts is amazing

I can’t wait to share with you some projects using “Embellish with Flair”  Flairs and I hope I can inspire you .

Hi I’m Suzanne and love all craft but Mixed Media is what I like to do the most, it’s a wonderful way to create and express myself

“My name is Alex and I’m from Melbourne.  I also go by PinkCraftyMama!  I live with my Hubby of 18 years, am cautiously navigating the field of raising a teenage boy and wrangling two crazy cats.

I love creating all-the-things!  Scrapbooking is my passion since the storytelling and consequently memory keeping aspect is very close to my heart..  I also love cardmaking and teach the odd class locally.  Besides papercrafting, I enjoy quilting, baking and all things Jane Austen.”

Friday, March 22, 2019

First Ever Design Team Call

Embellish With Flair is looking for some
Talented Crafty People to join their
FIRST EVER Design Team.

What is expected of you being apart of the Design Team? 
  • You MUST be a follower of our Facebook page
  • Complete 2 projects a month  + an additional project for challenges (these wont be every month - you will know in advance)
  • When challenges are running for that month, please be sure to comment on entries
  • Commit to a 7 month term (Beginning  May 2019 to end of December 2019)
  • Keep an active blog that is updated on a regular basis
  • Post/Share  challenges and your projects on your blog and Social Media platforms and link back to either the Facebook page or
How to apply:
  •  3 samples of your work that best shows off your crafty style and use of Flairs
  • A brief description about yourself
  • Links to your blog and other social network platforms
***You must have Facebook as we will have our own private DT group to communicate on
***This current Design Team call is open to Australian Residents Only at this time
Anyone interested in applying please send your application to     
Make sure you put DT Call in the subject line.
By midnight 18/4/2019