Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Using Up Christmas Scraps with Non Christmas Photos

Hi. Lisa here with my Christmas leftovers.
I am one to enjoy using up leftovers. Whether that's food or scrap materials, I really enjoy it. It's like a little challenge.
Although I bought this with Christmassy Projects in mind, it's also really good to use on non Christmas/Winter photos too.
I am creating inside my Summer holiday Travelers Notebook.
I started off by covering a double page in watercolour paper. I added a red spotty strip along the bottom and a strip of those cute houses. It was the houses that inspired this page. They made me think of the beautiful houses in Savannah.
I then used water colours in the remainder of the page and let it dry.
I slotted my photos all in one line down the bottom under those houses.
I then cut thin strips of the paper to create those journaling strips.
There's the finished page.
I then went on to use the mountain papers with my Disney Everest ride photos. I share some great tips on how to create a photo strip on my video and how to block out strangers in your photos  :  )
Here's the finished page.
And then I thought these wintery papers would go perfect with our family Frozen photo.
I hope you've enjoyed this today and don't forget to check out my video here.
Lisa x

Monday, 14 January 2019

Challenge Kit

Its been a while since i have posted any of my creations but life has truly got in the way and i have lost my way a little when it comes to paper crating.
So i asked Vanessa to sent me the crop Christmas challenge pack
Its contained a white 12x12 sheet, some gold glitter card stock, patterned paper,
tissue tape and a red flair embellishment
so i kept it quite block like as it suited my photo and mounted that on some gold glitter card.
Did the same with my patterned paper by inking the edges in black ink.
Die cut an open circle in the glitter card stock and cut out some flowers in some white card 

used some background stamps with black ink to the white card against edges of the blocks

used my own stamps on to white card, coloring in using pro markers, glitter glue and torn tissue tape

a simple page but one that has got me thinking about starting to paper craft again

Friday, 11 January 2019

The first crop of 2019!

Tomorrow is our first crop of 2019, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone again - it's been 6 weeks since the last one! Our beautiful kit has been designed by Lynn, and features Kaisercraft Hide & Seek papers (and a very cute kitten!)...

There'll be the usual delicious home-made cakes, plus tea and coffee - and don't forget our January Sale is on so there'll be a 20% discount in the shop!  Drop me an email if you'd like to come along!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Lantern Retro Makeover with Authentique *Jingle*

Hi There and Happy New Year Everybody!!

It's Anita here today and I have been using some lovely Authentique *Jingle* papers to prettify a red lantern that I have had for a couple of years.

 I don't know if you are like me or not, but I just cannot resist a good bargain when I see one! A couple of years ago, straight after Christmas, I saw some red lanterns, filled with tiny little lights and reduced by 70%! Not one who can leave bargains on the shelf I quickly purchased 2 and bought them home and packed them away for the following Christmas!
 So then out they came for Christmas 2017 and they sat on the sideboard, sparkling away.....but actually looking quite plain. So this Christmas they came out again.....only this time they cried out for a make over!

I saw some of the gorgeous Christmas papers in the shop and noticed 2 lovely new collections from Authentique. They were both really nice but in the end I chose to use the Jingle papers.
I cut some of the multi coloured candy stripes from the sheet of Retro Holiday Candies and used them to frame each side of the actual lantern part.

I also cut the red and white candy cane stripes that framed some of the Santa images on the sheet of Retro Christmas Cut aparts and used these to decorate the top plate and base plate edges of the lantern.

The lovely retro ladies also came from the sheet of cut aparts and I fussy cut one for each side and also the Father Christmas was from the same sheet.

I trimmed a sprig from one of my long garlands I use to decorate our bannisters and wrapped it around the top of the lantern before adding a selection of Christmas flowers, berries, glittered ivy leaves and some miniature glass baubles to just finish it off.

So... keep your eye out for some can have all sorts of fun altering them.
Happy Crafting!

Anita xx

Monday, 7 January 2019

Pebbles Cozy & Bright - A Pawfect Christmas

Hello, Karen here.  I hope you had a good Christmas and that 2019 is being kind to you.

I have another layout to share today using the Cozy & Bright collection from Pebbles Inc. The layout includes a photograph my son took a couple of days after our dog Millie came to live with us on Boxing Day 2011.

I started with a sheet of red Bazzill cardstock and onto this I matted a sheet of the Warm & Cozy (B Side) paper which I had trimmed approx ⅛" from each edge.

My 4"x6" photo was matted on white cardstock and then various pieces of the patterned paper and a white paper doilie were arranged underneath this in the centre of the layout.

Some of the cards from the Merry Little Christmas cut apart sheet.  which were a woodgrain pattern, were also tucked in between the layers. I machine stitched with white thread around the edges of the papers and also stuck some torn pieces of gold polka dot washi tape on the edges of the layout.

When attaching the papers to the layout I made sure that one of the pieces of paper became a 'pocket' and I made a tag from some kraft cardstock for my journalling to put in the pocket. To make it easy for the tag to be removed I cut  a semi circular notch in the top of the pocket.

Gold stars punched from mirror card, wood veneer stars and sequins were arranged diagonally from the top right corner of the layout to the bottom left corner.

Cozy Chipboard Thickers and Simple Stories Sn@p Letter Stickers were used for the title.

Finally, I added a Freckled Fawn Wood Chip word, wood veneer heart and some pom pom trim beneath the photo. Millie's name was added with some small gold stickers.

I'm really enjoying working with the Cozy & Bright collection and will be back later in the month with another project using this festive collection.

Take Care
Karen x x

Friday, 4 January 2019

December Papermaze Kit - Part 2

Hello and Happy New Year! Lynn here with another pair of layouts I made with the Seasonal Papermaze December Kit. Both these layouts feature my triplets. The first one is a photo from their first Christmas wearing the pudding hats I knitted for them. The second shows them in the church yard on a snowy Sunday before Christmas, just after the Christingle service when they were three years old.

Before we look at how they were made here is a reminder of the kit content:

Christmas Pudding Hats

I inked the edges of all my papers with Forest Moss Distress Ink.

I started by making a frame using the A Simple Wish paper. I gutted the paper to make a 1" frame. I trimmed the Kraft Bazzill 11.5" x 11.5" and splattered some Dylusions Ink Spray in Black Marble and White Linen onto the page. I also added some specks of Distress Reinker in Festive Berries, once dry the Bazzill was mounted onto the frame.

I tore some strips of gingham fabric into 1" strips and arranged them horizontally 1.75" down from the top and vertically 1.75" in from the left. I added the cut off strip from the Elation paper over the vertical strip of fabric. I added one of the Jolee's Boutique word stickers across the other fabric strip.

I cut two pieces of A Simple Wish paper 4" x 6" and  a piece of Winter Floral paper 3.75" x 5.5". I also cut a piece Woodlands paper to make a photo mount. I arranged all these pieced and the photo in place and stuck them down.

I fussy cut holly leaves and berries from the Rejoicing paper and used these to build up three clusters, with double-sided 3D foam pads. I made the berries shine with Glossy Accents.

I used a Quote Chip at the bottom right of the layout and I added the date with some stickers from my stash.


I used the Raven Bazzill to make a frame for the layout - this was gutted to make a 1" frame.
With Snowcapped paper - I trimmed the paper to 11.5" x 11.5", then gutted a piece 6.25" wide x 4.25 deep. This meant I could use the patterns from both sides of the paper. The snowy trees side mounted onto the Raven Bazzill frame then the music notes side used to make a layer for behind the photo (see below for cutting, leaving a little for another page).

I layered my photo with a series of mats, I kept a white border to my photo, then some of the Raven Bazzill, followed by Watermelon Bazzill and finally some gold card. With some of the music note paper I stuck the mounted photo to the page.

I used a small length of the black lace from the kit and threaded some narrow red ribbon through the holes at the top, tie a bow in one end and attach this under the photo.

I built up three clusters of flowers using the three red cherry blossom flowers from the kit. I added some cream cherry blossom flowers from my stash. The leaves were cut with Funky Floral #1 Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits dies and scraps of green card and paper from the kit. The Tim Holtz beaded berries from the kit were tucked in among the flowers. I used my heart shaped buttons on this page, threading some black thread through the holes and tying a knot at the front. These I scattered around the flowers together with the spare pearls.

the title was made with one of the Jolee's Boutique word stickers, but I shortened the length by cutting and rejoining keeping the word and both curly ends.

Will be back with more kit creations soon.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, 28 December 2018

Santa with Doodlebug Designs Inc.

My great niece was not impressed with Santa! At 13 months old, on what should have been a special trip out to see him, she showed her displeasure! 

I was inspired to create this layout seeing some of the Doodlebug Designs Inc. layouts shared on Pinterest. As I had stickers leftover from the advent calendar I made I thought I would give it ago. It was quite straightforward once I got my template for the heart cut to the shape and size I wanted.

I used some of my older papers and stickers by Doodlebug Design Inc. For the frame I gutted a piece from the centre of 'Dear Santa' from the Milk and Cookies collection.

I trimmed a piece of Avalanche Bazzill to 11" x 11" and inked the edges with Festive Berries Distress Ink. This was glued in place centrally over the frame.

From a piece of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper I didn't want to use I cut myself a large heart shape, once happy with the size and shape I drew round it lightly with pencil. I mounted my photo onto a piece of patterned paper from the same collection and stick in place on the layout. I then set about lining up the lettering and used various letter stickers to do this. They are also all from Doodlebug Designs Inc.

I arranged the stickers from several Christmas collections around the heart shape, overlapping the pencil line and making sure I kept the same true. I carefully rubbed out any pencil marks still showing.
Finally I added the year at the bottom of the page.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x