Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Choose Happy..... Kate & Ash Simple Stories pt 2

Hello there

It's Anita here again today with the 2nd layout I have made using the fab and funky range, Kate and Ash, from Simple Stories.

These papers really are such fun. Lovely colours and patterns and lots of lovely elements to cut out and use...and lots of stickers and co-ordinating embellishments available too!

I started off with a sheet of U R Beautiful for the base sheet and used the flowery side. On top of that I placed a sheet of Awkward, mint and spotty white side showing and I cut this down to 11.5 x 11.5" so this left a frame of the flowery sheet behind showing.

White and black acrylic paint came out next and I used it to splatter randomly about the page ( I really like the little shots of black and how it stands out from all of the colours.
Using a pencil I gently drew round a pudding bowl with a fine pencil and used this as a guide to follow for doing some hand stitching.

The photo was matted onto some black cardstock and then I set about picking images to fussy cut from the sheets of  2 x 2 elements .... 3 x 4 Elements and 4 x 4 Elements. I also sorted out some various coloured buttons from my stash and tied some thread through them.

I scattered the buttons, fussy cut bits and co-ordinating stickers randomly around the stitched circle and then finished the page off using some old Thickers from my stash to create the title.
I am really enjoying this collection with its mix of bright mixed with pastel colours ... and its been a bit of a different style for me scrapping wise too.

I shall be back again with another project at some point with the same collection and I look forward to seeing you then.

All of these products and a great many more are available over at the SHOP, with New Products arriving all the time..... why not treat yourself xx

Til Next Time

Happy Crafting!
Warmest Wishes
Anita xxx

Monday, 10 August 2020

'Oh Yeah' - using Simple Stories 'Bro & Co' Collection

Hello, Rebecca back with you today sharing my first layout with the new Simple Stories collection - 'Bro & Co'. I've had these photos on my scrap pile since they were taken in June and I've just not had the right papers to scrap them - I received Bro & Co and instantly knew they were perfect!

I started my layout with the 'So Rad!' patterned paper. I cut the diagonal strips from the paper and distressed the edges. I then cut two thinner strips of the black and distressed them too. I decided to position them on my white cardstock in the opposite order to how they were on the patterned sheet. This is because I felt they worked better with my photos this way - red at the top and blue at the bottom.

I then machine stitched along each of the strips - I stitched top and bottom on the coloured strips with black thread, and just one straight stitch along the centre of the black strips with white thread.

I embellished the layout with handmade rosettes. It's the first time I've ever made them so they aren't perfect, but they were good enough for me! I'm not going to lie - they were a little fiddly as I don't own a glue gun, but they held in the end!

I begun by using my paper trimmer and a cake icing tool to score lines down thin strips of paper. I then folded along the score lines in a mountain and valley fashion, and stuck the ends together with glossy accents

I then pressed down on the inner edge to force the rosettes flat and adhered them to a small piece of card and held them until they stuck! I then glued wooden buttons to the centre of each of the rosettes.

I made 5 rosettes in total, I used the B sides of the 'So Rad!' and 'Level up!' patterned papers, a blue sheet of bazzill basics and for the final one I used a washi tape, stuck to a4 white paper.

I added my title using the foam stickers and also dotted a few of the star stickers and two Doodlebug 'star-fetti' sprinkles around the layout.

The final step was to add some chipboard chevrons by Dusty Attic, which I'd painted with black acrylic paint.

I'm so happy to have finally been able to scrap these photos! 

I'll be back later in the month with another layout, so until then - enjoy your summer!

Take care,

Rebecca x

Friday, 7 August 2020

Using other elements of my DT Kit with Photoplay's we can just stay home collection #2

Hi all, it's Anna back with you today to share my next layout using Photoplay's We can just stay home collection as well as some of the other elements in my DT kit, which I just had to do something with. The inspiration for this layout started with these Pinkfresh Studio My Favourite Story - Cardstock tags, which I then teamed with some Kraft tags.

 I used a sheet of 12x12 bazzill cardstock for my base and arranged the tags, threading through some twine. I mounted my photographs onto the kraft tags, which I had layered first with the blue side of the 'PJ's all day' pattered paper and doilies.

I fussy cut out the clouds from the 'Stick Together' patterned paper and did my journaling on one of them. For my title, I used these Pinkfresh Studio Noteworthy - Mini Puffy Alpha Stickers.

I felt like it needed more, so I decided to add strips of punched scalloped cardstock to the top and bottom of the layout and I used some florals, leaves and butterfly die cuts to embellish the sides. I finished the florals off with Pebbles Puffy dots as well as Nuvo Drops and some scattered sequins.

Thanks for looking!
I'll be back soon with my final layout using up scraps from the Photoplay - We can just stay home collection. See you then!

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Heidi Swapp Art Walk - My Superhero!

Hi everyone,

Claire here, and today I'm sharing with you a layout I've made with the Heidi Swapp Art Walk collection.

The papers in this collection are very vibrant and colourful and instantly make me feel happy.  What struck me most about them is their versatility. There are some beachy / tropical style papers in the collection as well as some more 'arty' designs which are perfect for those who love a mixed media look - without any mess! 

You can view the Art Walk collection in the shop here.

I was immediately taken with this striking Water Walk paper - full of greens, blues and yellows, and knew exactly which photo I wanted to scrap.

I absolutely love street art and quite often can be found taking pictures in front of some of these stunning works.  This particular photo was taken while we were wandering around Barcelona, waiting for the shops to open for Sunday trading. 

To make the page, I cut four 2" x 9.5" strips of the paper and arranged them so the patten was out of order.  I pulled some alphabet dies from my stash and cut out the words for my title on each strip. You could achieve the same effect using stamps and white ink, thickers, an electronic die cutting machine or handwriting and cutting the letters yourself.

I backed each strip with white card and then stuck them down on sticky pads, positioning them centrally and leaving a large white border of smooth white cardstock around the outside.

Next, I added a bit more definition by gently sweeping the outside border and the third strip of paper with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink through a Creative Expressions mini stencil, perfect for use in small spaces and around borders.

To tie in the black ink, I decided to trim down the white cardstock to 11.5" and mount it on black premium cardstock which really made a big difference. I also used it to back my photo.

I cut a few strips of the Tropics paper and used the B side to write my journaling before positioning it centrally at the bottom of the page. I tore a thin strip to position behind the top of my photo and cut a tab shape to add to the top right so I could add the place and date. I also hand drew an arrow which points to the 'My' part of the title and outlined it with black pen.

Underneath the photo, I added one of the cardstock stickers saying 'No time for nonsense'  - surely a saying every superhero needs! This was mounted in black to tie in with the photo.

To finish the page off I added a puffy heart and punched a few stars from the Water Walk paper and added a few black Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I really like how this layout turned out. The paper is so impactful - it does all the hard work for you. 

I'm definitely looking forward to making more with this collection and will be back to share another layout soon.

Until then, take care and stay safe.


Monday, 3 August 2020

July Papermaze Kit - Part 2

Hi, It's Lynn back with the second post showing you what I have made with the sunny July Papermaze kit. I have been having fun with the chipboard and wooden elements.

Before we look at how the layouts were made here is a reminder of what you will get in the kit.

For full details of the kit please see my previous post on the Papermaze Blog.

Primary Grade Ballet - The photo for this layout shows my girls ready to face their first ballet exam, back in 1999.

For this layout I chose the Ocean Breeze Bazzill as a base. I inked the edges of all the papers and card with Distress Ink Pads in the relevant colours and a blending tool.

With an old template from my stash, I cut a scalloped semi-circle from Tutu Pink Bazzill, it's about 28cm in diameter. I cut a semi-circle from Chiffon Bazzill, 24.5cm in diameter, and then another semi-circle using the
Fancy Pants Design - Cherry on Top collection - Flavour Burst paper. I positioned the template across the centre of the paper so I had sun rays radiating up from the center of the piece; The diameter is 24cm.

I used the washi tape across the bottom of the semi-circle, then attached the lace a little lower than the tape. The photo was mounted onto some of the Tutu Pink Bazzill and attached to the left side of the layout, only sticking top and bottom of the photo mount.

From my stash I selected a length of pink seam binding ribbon and arranged it right across the layout, under the photo tying it in a bow to the right of the picture.

I selected some chipboard letters to spell 'Primary' from my stash and with the butterflies from the kit, I painted them all with Gesso. Once dry I painted with some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paint. I dabbed on a little Worn Lipstick Distress Paint. Finally I added Diamond Stickles.

For the rest of my title I cut the words using my Cricut and more Tutu Pink Bazzill. i arranged and stuck the title to the bottom right of the page. The butterflies were arranged to the top left of the page, I added some stamen for antenna to each butterfly.

From scraps of Tutu Pink and Purple Palisades Bazzill I cut a pile of flowers using the Sizzix Small Tattered Florals Thinlits die set. Then arranged them around the semi-circle, photo and title, layering them up in places. I added pearls and gems from my stash.

Finally I used Pinkfresh acetate ephemera, I trimmed some leaves from the bottom of the large piece before placing it like a bouquet from photo across the semi-circle. Then the trimmed leaves and the other two pieces of acetate were arranged among the Bazzill flowers.

Dream Come True - My daughter and son-in-law love to travel and for their honeymoon a year ago they travelled to their dream destination - Bali. So here is a photo of them relaxing in this beautiful destination.

For this layout I started with the sheet of Pink Paislee - Bloom Street collection - #19. Using a die cut Mandela as a stencil, I placed it towards the top left of the paper and brushed with broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink through the gaps. To turn this into a dream catcher I used 6 strands of embroidery floss and stitched over the outlines of the shape with back and chain stitch. I used several shades of floss and caught a few iridescent beads into the embroidery along the way.

I worked more back stitch in two parallel lines hanging down from the circle for the feathers, and gathered in more beads. With the two wooden feathers from the kit I used a coat Gesso, followed by shading with Distress Paints. I tied the ends of the floss around the feather quills and glued the feathers to the background paper.  

I mounted my photo onto Pansy Bazzill, and attached it to the centre of the layout, overlapping the dream catcher. I arranged the flowers from the kit around the outer edge of the dream catcher, and I added one large lilac gem from my stash to the centre.

My title was created with Pinkfresh Joyful Day Puffy Alpha Stickers. I added a little journalling with some scraps of the Flavour Burst paper.

That's all for the July kit, and I'm now working on the August kit and with be back with this in a few weeks.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Pink Paislee Paige Evans Bloom Street - Ice Cream Challenge

Hello. Karen C here again. I hope you're having a good summer despite the damper that the pandemic has put on a lot of the things we usually like to do at this time of year. As I'm writing this, the sun is shining though and an ice cream van has just driven up the road. I'm reminded of our holiday in Wales last year when it was also sunny and we enjoyed lots of ice-creams. My layout today is my last one one using the Pink Paislee Paige Evans Bloom Street collection and is all about those ice-creams eaten in Wales.

I started with a sheet of  white 12x12 Bazzill Avalanche cardstock.  I layered up pieces of the #5 paper, #9 paper and more of the white Bazzill cardstock and stuck these in the middle of the layout. I machine stitched with white thread around the edge of the pale pink paper.

Using Paige Evans' cut files I cut two huge ice creams from white cardstock and backed these with peach coloured scraps of cardstock and scraps of the #15 paper#7 paper and the #5 paper. The ice creams were placed either side of the layout with some foam underneath to add dimension. 

I matted my three 3x4 photos on the white cardstock and positioned these between the ice creams, again with foam underneath,

I added the title to the top of the layout using foam and puffy alphabet stickers from Pink Paislee and Pinkfresh Studio.

To embellish the layout I cut some word strips from paper #13 and stuck these on top of the ice creams. Paper #13 is so useable. I think I've used word strips cut from that paper on most of the layouts I've created with this collection and there are still loads left.

Journalling was typed on the computer and printed onto white cardstock and stuck to the bottom of the layout. To make the elements on the layout standout, everything was then outlined with a black gel pen. 

Finally I added some tiny stars punched from some of the patterned paper and scattered these about the layout.

You can find the Bloom Street collection in the shop as well as lots of other new collections which Vanessa has been busily adding.

Take Care, I'll be back soon.
Karen x x

Monday, 27 July 2020

You are Fab!.... Kate and Ash by Simple Stories

Hello again!

It's Anita here with you today to start a new week off with a fab and funky new collection of papers, Kate and Ash by Simple Stories is accompanied in the shop with a fantastic co-ordinating range of stickers, washi tape, brads, enamel dots, chipboard and other embellishments. Pop over HERE to see the whole range!

During Lockdown  both of our daughters became Body Shop @ Home Consultants, mainly to help keep them occupied ( one of them was furloughed and the other one worked from home but was enticed into it after seeing how much her sister loved it!) I have already scrapped our eldest daughter HERE and when I saw the new Kate and Ash papers I thought they were perfect for our youngest.

Here is a list of products used on this layout :-
4 x 6 Elements ( I used both sides)
4 x 4 Elements
3 x 4 Elements
Combo Stickers
Raven Bazzill
Smooth White Bazzill

The style of the layout has been inspired by the work of Georgia Keays, a scrapper that I used to admire and follow several years ago, alas I don't think she scraps anymore.
The colours and designs in this collection are so bright, funky and vibrant, both sides of the sheets are gorgeous and the hardest thing is which to choose to work with! The black matting really makes the colours *pop*
So, the layout is based on a sheet of Raven Bazzill with a sheet of white smooth on top. 10mm sliced off one side and the top so it leaves a fine black border showing and I also matted each of the panels, photos and some of the stickers with Raven. The 'Happy Girls' panel was cut from a sheet of 4 x 4 Elements 
Lots to pick and choose from on the element pages, some really great panels.

I stuck each of the panels down and then splattered some black ink blobs across the page before placing the photos, overlapping them slightly.
There is a 12 x 12 sticker sheet available to match the papers and I chose a few hearts, word strips and make up items to add to the page. The word 'Flawless' is also from the sheet and I matted this to make it stand out more.

I cut the letters for the FAB part of the title from a panel on the sheet of 3 x 4 elements and the rest of the title was made using various letter stickers from my own stash...the Bodyshop at Home was also from some old teeny letter stickers......I have to admit to being a bit of a craft hoarder.... so it actually felt good using letters I have literally had for years, sitting untouched in their packets. I REALLY need to do this more often!!

I finished the page off with some strips of journalling printed onto smooth white card. Journalling is definitely something else I need to do more of....lots of my pages don't even have a date on, let alone the info behind the photos.....I have got into some bad habits!!

So there is my 1st layout using this great collection, I will be back in August with some more to follow.
Over in the SHOP there is huge variety of collections from Simple Stories to choose from.... and lots of other wonderful ranges, embellishments, inks, paints and everything else you could possibly want!

Happy Crafting xx

Warmest wishes
Anita xx