Friday, 9 December 2016

Have a very merry Retro Christmas with Authentique

Happy Friday to you all, today I am here to share a Christmas mini book that I have created.
I finally got myself in the festive mode and not a moment too late as Christmas is almost upon us.

This book is sort of my version of December Daily, I like the concept but it doesn't really work for me, so I decided just to document December as and when things happen.
I used the Retro Christmas collection by Authentique, this collection has a fun mix of patterns and images from Christmas past.

I fussy cut the Santa head from the Newspaper Clips sheet and added him to my layered papers. The cute little sprinkles shapes are by Doodlebug and there are plenty in the pack for me to use on the inside pages as well. The 2016 are Thickers in a nice shiny metallic gold colour, I also used some Make It Merry stickers by Bella Boulevard added in here and there.

I will be back later in the month to share some of the inside pages of this 6 x 6 chipboard album.
Hope your Christmas preparations are going smoothly.

For this project and all your papercrafting needs please pop over to the shop

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Sizzix - Tim Holtz Alternations Thinlits Die Set - Snow Globe and Glitter

Hello - Lynn here with you today and my first Christmas project for this season. I couldn't resist this Snowglobe die set when I visited the Papermaze shop recently.

Together with some delightful A4 glittery card, Bazzill cardstock, embossing plates and other dies I made a selection of Christmas cards. I also used miri card and some patterned paper scraps. I have listed all the supplies at the end of the post.

I made all the card blanks using Bazzill Cardstock.

A couple more cards I made using the same cardstock and some Crafter's Companion dies.

Supplies used:
Card blanks and some of the shapes were cut from Bazzill cardstock.
Crafter's Companion Embossing Folders 5" x 7" - Flourishing Flakes
Crafter's Companion Dies - Seasonal Sentiment, Stylish Tree, Merry & Bright, Snowflakes of Joy
Elizabeth Craft Designs Die - Merry Christmas

CArt-Us Glittery Cardboard and Miri card from the shop - there are many lovely colours to choose from and the beauty is the glitter stays on the card not on the floor and everywhere else! (not on the website - so please contact the shop for details).

Gems - various different flat-backed gems.

Hope this has inspired you with your Christmas card making.
Back later in the month with a Christmas Eve idea.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Cards

Hi Carol with you today…who, like me, is well behind making their Christmas Cards? whilst at the shop on Saturday, before the Christmas Crop, I saw this great pad by Pinkfresh - Oh Joy….

This pad has some fantastic papers which will make your cards for you, with a little imagination and bling added, …so once home I set about making some quick and easy cards..

Card 1 - all of my cards are pre-cut 6"x6" cards

Cutting my paper to size I inked the edges using distress ink and a blending tool (same technique for all cards).  Using a "Happy Christmas" stamp and black archival ink, I stamped onto white cardstock, inked with blue distress ink, matted onto gold cardstock and mounted this using silicone glue onto some washi tape, some bling was added to the corners.  Stickles were added to my trees and further bling for the tops of the trees finished off my card.

Card 2

"tis the season…." the paper does it all for you - cut to size and edges inked.  Use stickles to add a bit of bling to the circles…add a poinsettia which has had a little stickles added….

Card 3

Mistletoe is a must at Christmas, paper cut to size and edges inked with brown this time… distress ink was added thro the mini poinsettia stencil,  washi tape was then added along the bottom 1/4 of the card and then the same Happy Christmas was stamped and matted onto red cardstock.  The poinsettia was cut from red card, stickles and bling added….some stickles was also added to the mistletoe berries.

Card 4

leaving the card base blank with some black lines to edge, I added a 2" piece of the cardstock, painted some Tando Creative trees (which then had stickles added) and adhered these to the base.

All of these four took about 2 hrs, not bad for a christmas card session hey?

To finish off, I made this using Graphic 45 papers

the card base had black lines added, I then hand cut a star from the graphic 45 Christmas Carol  6 x 6 patterns and solids pad…the star was then doodled and elements from the 8x8 Christmas Carol pad were then added along with three red flowers.

Well, thats my last post for 2016! May I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for a very happy and successful 2017 xx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

You Are Awesome - with Pink Paislee

Hi Tracee here to share with you today, I know that Christmas is fast approaching but I am not quite up to speed with it yet and so my layout today is still in summer mode. I have used Pink Paislee products from a few different collections.

You Are Awesome - by Tracee Provis

My background paper is from the C'est La Vie collection, I didn't add any type of mixed media as the paper has it's own fading in places and I liked how it looked. 

These wood veneer ephermera pieces formed the "you" part of my title, I used the chipboard sticker awesome word from the thickers pack as well. I couldn't find the right green letters so I simply added some white ink to foam thickers and I achieved the perfect colour I was looking for.

I fussy cut lots of flowers from the #2 sheet of the Take me Away collection and I layered my title over them. I used more wood pieces this time from the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection, how cute is the flamingo? I added a few gold chipboard accents and my page was complete.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today 
For this page and all your papercrafting needs please pop over to the shop, the autumn sale is still on and there are plenty of bargains to be found.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Jack and Julie - Doodlebug Here Comes Santa Claus

Hello Julie here, this is my second post using the wonderfully festive Doodlebug Here Comes Santa Claus collection.

For this layout I wanted to try and make a wreath like frame for my photo of myself and Jack Skellington to make a real focal point.  I wasn't trying to make a circular wreath just a frame type shape.  To achieve this I used a wreath die that came with individual boughs, we have many lovely wreath dies on the website and alternatively this effect could be achieved using a twig die, foliage dies or even tree dies.  I cut alot of individual sections using Happy Holly Days, So Dear and some gold glitter cardstock that we stock in the shop.  I then added some red enamel dots in the corners for holly berries.

In the top and bottom corners of the "frame" I used snippets of card from the Santa's Sweets piece of cardstock and some of the Jolly Holly washi tape.

To add even more texture to the base cardstock I pulled out my favourite Heidi Swapp Gold Texture paste and put it through the brilliant new Creative Expressions Mini Stencils in Star Ring and my trusted Creative Expressions Small dots mask.  The quality of these masks is just fantastic, the texture paste goes through them smoothly and they wash up brilliantly.

Products I used:-
Doodlebug Here Comes Santa Claus Collection
Wreath dies
Heidi Swapp Texture Paste
Creative Expressions Masks

Friday, 25 November 2016

Gotta Lotta Bottle ........ with Blue Fern Studios

Hello There, it's Anita with you today and it's my last post for November.

Today I am using my left over bits and peices of beautiful Seaside Cottage from Blue Fern Studios. This is such a lovely manufacturer and their collections are second to none, combining the beauty of shabby chic with various themes and all such wonderful quality! There is a lovely choice to pick from in the shop HERE

I had a couple of glass bottles at home in my window sill that I had some small bunches of gypsophelia in and thought they could do with 'prettying' up a bit. So I combined them with the papers, acrylic paint and items from a little glass jar that we have popped small shells and sea glass in over the years whilst on holiday when our girls were small.

I painted each bottle a different colour ( one blue, one rose pink) then when that layer was dry, I dry brushed over the top with white paint to give the shabby effect.

Starting with the pink bottle, I added  a wrap using some of the Glory sheet, I inked the edges and stuck it round the centre of the bottle, then popped on some hessian ribbon and some lace around the top of the bottle. I made a tiny tag using a clipping from the Calling Cards sheet and then finished the bottle off adding various blossoms, crystals, frills and shells and a sprinkling of Icicle Stickles.

I decorated the blue bottle in pretty much the same way, using the reverse side of the Glory sheet and a couple more items from the Calling Cards Sheet. I also made some rolled paper roses to add to the neck of the bottle with other little bits and bobs and then made a seed bead, pearl and crystal bead dangler to drape around the neck.

I hope you like my bottles I have *prettified* and if you have a go yourself I would love to see them, so please leave a comment with either a photo of them or a link so I can come and have a look.
Wishing you a wonderful and creative weekend...
Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Simple Stories ~ Posh

Hi, it's Anna here. Today I have a layout to show you using the lovely Simple Stories 'Posh' collection. While looking through the lovely papers and chipboard the balloons jumped out at me and made me think about doing a layout of my birthday.

I printed out a selection of square pictures that captured various birthday celebrations. I used a sheet of bazzill as my base, used two large squares of patterned paper and then mounted the photographs onto navy cardstock.
I used a project life card for my journaling, added various chipboard elements from the collection and cut out some arrows from the 'laugh lots' patterned paper. 

Supplies Used:
Thanks for looking.