Wednesday, 24 August 2016

At the Beach with Pebbles Spring Fling Collection

Hi Tracee with you today to share a layout I created using the gorgeous Pebbles Spring Fling collection

I used the pastel and kraft tones in the paper to give a soft look to the bright beach huts in my photograph. My background paper is actually from an old Christmas line by MME. I used some texture paste through a stencil to add a little texture to the background.

Included in my goodies this month was a sheet of alpha stickers by Websters Pages, I was able to spell out both my title and my sub title with them. It's amazing how far they will go! I love to put tags on my pages and am always happy to see them in my pack.

I think my favourite paper in the Spring Fling collection has to be the the tiny hearts on the kraft coloured background, I was really loathe to cut this paper up. I fussy cut the little birdhouse, which perches nicely on the chipboard stickers that I found in this pack.

I loved working with this collection and I hope it inspires you a little.
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Magical Tips and Tricks

Today I am scrapping a magical memory. The morning that we entered Disney's Magic Kingdom before park opening.

You can watch me create this page on YouTube here.

I have used some of the Amy Tangerine 'Finders Keepers' papers for this page. They are just so perfect for scrapbooking fun and magical memories. I love how bright and happy they are.
I love this 12x12 die cut card, it's so much fun to use.

I've taken this piece from the die cut card and placed a piece of green paper and stuck behind the word 'lovely' to help it stand out more.
I also cut some of the cameras out from the patterned paper so embellish my page.
I printed my journaling on my pc and cut into strips and punched out some circles using a small circle punch and some of the patterned paper.
I hope you enjoy the video.
Thank you, Lisa x

Friday, 19 August 2016

August Crop

It's crop day again tomorrow, and while the cakes are in the oven I thought I'd put up this month's kit.  Lesley has been inspired by one of Anita's DT pieces to produce this using the lovely Timeless papers from Blue Fern. 

As usual we'll be meeting in Otley Village Hall from 10am until 5pm with refreshments available and a discount in the shop!  Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Back to basics

Hi, Carol with you today on a trip down memory lane….

We all learn different techniques on our crafting journey, some we use every day and some we store for the odd occasion and some we think are just not for us and are shelved…

Back in 2004, 3 brand new, really different, ink pads were introduced…can you think what they were? …who guessed distress ink? by the very new, and really popular, designer Tim Holtz…what followed was a massive range of distress inks, and over the 12 years that has followed lots of different distress products, and of course loads of new and different techniques for us to try all detailed in Mr Holtz's books… so, whilst pro-craft-inating in my craft room, I decided for this post I was going back to my roots and playing with the first techniques I learnt all those years ago. (Actually its quite scary, I'd been crafting for quite a few years prior to distress ink hitting the market and to think that was 12 years ago I must have been crafting for nearly 18/20 years how has that happened?)

So, using my craft mat I swished my inks, added water, and added card stock - I then splashed water onto the cardstock to create clear patches.… I used two different colour ways - one reds, green and blue and the other brown, amber and blue.

These are  my swished pieces…

I then added distress ink to my cardstock, to fill missing pieces.

So, my plan was to make a card and tag for a friend and a male card for a family birthday coming up…

Ladies first:-
I cut my cardstock to size and then stamped with a background stamp and candid apple distress ink, some stencilling was then added in the middle…using a crafters workshop doily stencil and candid apple distress ink….I then added black soot to a face stencil and added hi-lights with a white pen.  The edges were then given an edge of candid apple distress ink darkening up some of the edges with my old time favourite (and used on almost every project) walnut stain…(which just happens to be one of the first three colours).  Doodling was also added to the edges.

The base was then matted onto black cardstock.  I stamped a sentiment onto left over cardstock and matted - the flowers are by prima and the black fern was cut using wildflowers die by Tim Holtz alterations.  Some washi tape was added along with some small pieces of bling.

The tag was made using the same process and I added some distress ink coloured ribbon with some beads attached just to finish off the tag.

Male card:-
the background was made in the same way although this time I spritzed water thro' a tando mini stencil - bricks, and left the water in situ whilst gently lifting the stencil, flipping and pressing down onto the ink base - this removes the colour and leaves a lovely effect - its clearer to see on the tag….

On the main card I added some second and third generation text stamping before adding a handcut stamp image… The edges were inked and doodled as before.  Using left over cardstock I stamped and cut a crazy bird and then added a hat and balloons from the accessories set.  A stamped, and matted, sentiment, finished off the card.

The tag was made in the same way.

Product used:-

TFL xx

Monday, 15 August 2016

Marvellous Metallics

I am a great fan of patterned papers, infact, if I am honest, I really struggle to use plain cardstock full stop. And even with pattern papers I often find it hard to keep them *clean* by not inking, spraying or painting them somewhere! I really like using acrylic paints on my pages and often just use standard matt i thought I would break out my metallics this time and jazz up a sheet of Blue Fern Studios paper from the Tranquility Range.....I didn't manage to stop at just using metallic paints though as you will see!

This photo was taken on a holiday to the beautiful Camber Sands a couple of years ago and was on our last evening there. The sunset was very pretty and I wanted to try out the self timer on my new camera..... and i really liked how the photo turned out so thought I would scrap it.

I created the background by sponging acrylic paint in various metallic shades onto some bubble wrap and stamping it onto the page....I then repeated this, but used the gilding flakes glue instead and then added the flakes to the page and to some strips of paper.

The title was created by using letter stickers, which I sponged paint over and then when dry I peeled up the letters and threw them away( this is a good way to use old stash and also doesn't matter if they are from different sheets in different colours)  and using a fine marker pen, I edged the letters to make them stand out a bit more. It was great to actually use up some old stash that I have coveted for soooo long!!

I also used some Distress Stain dabbers in various places and added several mixed pearls, gems, metal photo corners and other bits and bobs to complete the page.

Do you use acrylic paint very often? And if so, do you tend to use standard colours or do you like metallics too?

Thanks for looking.
Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 12 August 2016

Kaisercraft - Mademoiselle Collection

Hi Lynn here! Today I'm sharing my latest creation with the elegant Kaisercraft Mademoiselle collection together with a canvas and an embroidery hoop. This lovely collection has several themes including needlework, flowers, butterflies and time pieces. This makes it ideal for many different themes - be they heritage or modern.

My 12" x 12" canvas was treated with gesso, texture paste through a stencil and acrylic paint. Then a little splash of ink and some stamping around the edges.
The wedding photo was mounted onto a 7" embroidery hoop - the inner hoop had been covered with a circle of paper which I had distressed before using glue to hold it in place. 

I used papers and stickers from the Mademoiselle collection, many of which had the fussy cutting technique, before being inked and stuck into place. Some were glued and others were adhered with foam pads to give dimension.

finally I added a lot of tiny embellishments including roses made with scraps of Bazzill cardstock and the Tiny Tattered Florals die set.

Here is a list of the items used with links to the shop:
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

fun with prima

this month i have worked with some beautiful papers from prima vintage emporium. There are a few processes in this page, so I'm going to number each process in the hope i do not  forget anything
1. Used the opera seria patterned paper and covered it in clear gesso.. This allows me to add paint effects without saturating the page and losing the patterned paper underneath.

2. Next i have used texture paste through the Tim Holtz  flourish stencil                                                                                                                       
3. Using various mica sprays, powders and inks i began adding them to my patterned paper randomly and then using a paint brush to move the colour around. 

4. I have then used the puccini paper from this collection, added strips vertically, but also torn and distressed them. And also torn a matt from this paper to place my photo on with silicone glue.

5. Once I decided where my photo was going, i could then add my lace appliques from my own stash. then add my photo
6. Add the rest of my embellishments, paper flowers, thread, cork, a tag, wooden pieces, and micro beads.( ones used for nail art)

7. Finally some flicks of ink and some old rub ons from my own stash, distressed the edges of my layout and matted on to a mustard coloured card stock

Close ups
 Close up of the embellishment cluster