Monday, 25 July 2016

baby shower guest book

I was asked to create a baby guest book for a good friend of mine and it appears they are very popular for baby showers. So i pulled out some grey board for my covers, and cropdile and bind it all tool. 
On the whole i have use the carta bella, its a girl collection along with some older crate paper stickers, papers and some lace trim.

As you can see i have created a border of papers and embellished the left hand side with a wooden flamingo i had in my stash, a flower and a button. Of course lots of stitching around the edges of my paper.

The papers on the inside are also bordered with small stamped and clear heat embossed icons. The stamps are super old and ones i purchased from France, i have not not seen them anywhere else and i have to say worked perfectly for this project.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Summer opening times

During the summer we will have restricted opening hours, to allow us to spend time with the children :)  

The shop will be open from 9.30 until 2pm on the following days:

Tuesday 26th July
Friday 29th July
Tuesday 2nd August
Friday 5th August
Tuesday 9th August
Friday 19th August
Tuesday 23rd August
Tuesday 30th August 

If you wish to visit us at another time, please contact us to arrange something!

Internet orders will not be affected and will be processed as normal.

Friday, 22 July 2016

July Crop

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather we are having at the moment - hopefully it won't be too hot to spend the day cropping tomorrow!  We have something a bit different for our crop kit tomorrow - one of our regulars, Jacqui, is going to share some painting with Dylusions paints, creating this colourful layout - there may even be some finger painting involved if you're feeling brave!!    

Jacqui is going to hold a couple of demos during the day, so do come along and join us if you can :)  There will be the usual home-made cakes, tea, coffee & shop discount. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Echo Park ~ Summer Party

Hi, it's Anna here today with a new layout to show you, using Echo Park's Summer Party collection. 
I've really enjoyed working with this collection, with lovely bright summer colours perfect for summer snaps. Take a look at the collection here. 

Thanks for looking. I'll be back with more from the Summer Party collection soon.
Enjoy the sunshine!

Monday, 18 July 2016

So Full Of Happiness scrapbook layout by Tracee

So Full Of happiness by Tracee Provis

Hi Tracee with you today, and I must say it's a glorious summers day here in Bristol.
I have a layout to share with you today that uses a mixture of collections by Pink Paislee and Simple Stories. To kick start my mojo, which seems to have melted in all this hot weather, I used this sketch .

I used papers and embellishments from both, the Memorandum collection by Pink Paislee and the Life In Colour collection by Simple Stories. 

I loved these diagonal shapes on the Life In Colour - Happy Little Moments sheet and I used the yellow stripe as an oversized corner on my main cluster. I used some of the chipboard stickers also from the Life In Colour collection.

I used another of the stickers to create a title, I added a couple of word stickers by Bella Boulevard to create interest around the page.
I found a few items in my "bits box" such as the flair badge and the tags, there was a tag on the sketch and I wrote my detailed journaling on it then tucked it down behind my photo cluster.
I added mist using the packaging technique (inspired my Missy Whidden) and a little stamping and splatters.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and for supplies for this layout and all your crafting needs please pop over to the shop.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Just playin….

Hi, Carol with you today….Have you seen the latest Tando arrivals in the shop? the mini stencils are just great for all sized projects and at a great price too, today I've used mine to make this card and matching tag…

I started off with a 6"x6" card blank and masked off the edges using tape.  I then added tumbled glass distress ink using a distressing tool blending in walnut stain distress ink to the edges…. Using the mini mask, brick wall, and broken china distress ink I added a pattern at the bottom of the card - if you start in the middle and slide your stencil across matching up the bricks and then ink, this will give you a continuous pattern… using tumbled glass ink I added stencilling using distressed sequins mask and mini flourish and then stamped the spiky flowers from paperartsy set EDY14.  I added some mini splats to the wall using the walnut stain DI.  Using black ink I stamped the chevron along the wall and the other flowers from plate EDY14.  To colour these in I mixed Ranger multi-medium matte with pixie powders in purple violet and golden mint and painted the images using a paint brush.  To add more bling to my flowers I added a very small covering of stickles - in stardust.  To finish off the card I added some washi tape and a handcut sentiment banner.

the tag was made in the same way:-

TFL xx

Friday, 8 July 2016

Simple Stories Bloom and Grow - with Sketches - Part 1

Hi, Lynn here! Today is the first of my July blog posts, and I have been using the delightful Simple Stories - Bloom & Grow collection.

At a recent crop, we talked about where we get inspiration for our layouts, and several people said that they like to refer to sketches. There are plenty on offer, and I’ve included a few links below, which I like to use.

Sketches give a great starting point, especially when you lack motivation. They can be followed to the last detail, or you can simply use them to get you started, then develop your layout in your own way - maybe a block of four small photos could be replace by one larger one or you can try flipping the sketch image to give a different perspective. Many of the sketches are designed for 12" x 12" layouts, but could easily be adapted for smaller square pages or for a different format such as A4.

Sketches can be black and white illustrations or elaborate colour diagrams. They might have no notes, or there may be lines and words to indicate where papers, photo, journalling and title go, Perhaps there'll be little details of patterned paper, and some sketches will show details of embellishments such as flowers or ribbons.

Here are a few resources I think you'll like:
  • Page Maps who have been offering sketches for 10 years, 
  • Let's Scrap have a lot of double page layout sketches, if that is your favourite way of scrapping and also if you need to use several photos. 
  • Creative Scrappers - Creating with Sketches have downloads that you can print out to make a book of sketches. 
  • Bo Bunny have a few sketches on their blog
  • Other useful sites include Sketch Savvy, and SBC (Scrapbook Challenges).
Here is my first layout using a sketch from Page Maps (March 2016)

As you can see from the sketch below, I have remained fairly true to the plan this time, with only a few of my own little twists. I used the stitching but added flowers where hearts were indicated. I used the patterned papers to create blocks of colour in a similar pattern to the sketch. Instead of two small photos, I used one much larger one and I changed the position of my title.

I used the following from the Bloom & Grow Collection - The base is Bee Happy, for the blocks I used both sides of Green Dot / Yellow Dot, both sides of Let it GrowPuddle Jumper and various bits from 4x4 and 6x4 Vertical Elements Sheet. I also added some elements from the Bits & Pieces pack, the Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers sheet and some Enamel Dots. Finally I added some American Craft Foam Thickers for part of the title.

For my second layout I used a sketch from SBC (471)

The biggest difference in this sketch to the layout is that it uses three photos, rather than the one I used. In my variation, I used white Bazzill cardstock, trimmed down and mounted onto Navy Dot / Red Dot. I stitched the paper strip cut from Puddle Jumper paper before attaching the bubbly sticker strip from the Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers sheet. The title is created with the Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet and some American Craft Chipboard Thickers.

I hope you found this post interesting and that you like, and maybe use the sketches and layouts. I will be back later in the month with more sketches for inspiration. In the mean time take a look at some of the sketches available by following the links above - and do share your creations!

Thanks for looking
Lynn x