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

Sunday, 26 July 2020

'Woodland Wander' and 'Memories in the Woods' - using Shimelle's 'Never Grow Up' Collection

Hello, Rebecca here with you this morning to share my final two layouts which I've created using the 'Never Grow Up' collection by Shimelle for American Crafts. I have absolutely loved working with this collection - it's full of bright colours and has an 'outdoorsy' feel to it so it's been great for documenting all our recent photos.

 I've recently treated myself to a silhouette cameo 4 so for the first layout I've used a cutfile and focused on the Acetate Sheet.

I selected black cardstock for the cutfile as I really wanted the colours in the acetate to stand out against the white background. I backed the larger circles in the cutfile and all of the stars using the acetate sheet. 

I focused on the darker shades on the acetate as they went really well with my photo. I've saved the orange and yellow sections to use on another layout.

Next I applied drops of Glossy Accents into the circles I hadn't backed, and added sequins in co-ordinating colours to complement the acetate sheet. I wanted  it to look like the sequins had been randomly placed so I overlapped some of them. 

I adhered the cutfile to my cardstock using black foam pads to add dimension and shadows to the page. I trimmed the cardstock down on either side and distressed the edges and then added torn strips of the 'Forever Young' and 'Past Bedtime' patterned papers to help frame the page.

I matted my photo onto layers of white and black cardstock and added it to my layout with a layer of adhesive foam behind it so raise it off of the cutfile slightly. I then added a couple of stickers from the Accent and Phrase Stickers sheet and created a tab which reads 'Let them be Little' from the Forever Young patterned paper.

I finished off with my title using mini alphabet thickers from my stash.

This layout was really simple and came together quite quickly (for me!). I love the way the colours in the acetate look really crisp against the white really 'pop' off the page.

Here's a look at my second layout:

I've used the 'Summer Adventures' patterned paper at the top and bottom of my layout. I tore the edges and distressed them to give the layout a rustic feel. I also downloaded a cutfile for my title and cut it using the same paper. 

I mounted my photos onto cardstock which co-ordinates with the collection and added a couple of journalling cards from the 'Life is the Bubbles' patterned paper underneath.

I embellished the layout using some pieces from the Floral Ephemera pack and some stickers from the Accent and Phrase stickers sheet, creating 3 clusters to form a visual triangle around my photos.

I finished my layout by adding a chipboard leaf by Tando Creative, which I've painted with acrylic paint and a scattering of green sequins.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the layouts I've created with this collection. There are still some of the patterned papers and stickers available in the shop so be sure to head over and take a look. 

I'll be back next month with a new collection!

Take care,

Rebecca x

Friday, 24 July 2020

'Fresh Air' - 12x12 Layout using Shimelle's 'Never Grow Up' collection

Hello, Rebecca dropping by today to share another layout I've created using the gorgeous 'Never Grow Up' collection by Shimelle. This collection has been great for documenting our recent days out now that the Covid-19 restrictions have been relaxed slightly. We've been back out enjoying our National Trust membership so I've not been short of photos to go with this amazing collection.

I started this layout by cutting and distressing a strip of the 'Forever Young' patterned paper (B side) to sit vertically down the centre of my page. I then added strips of the 'Past Bedtime' patterned paper (B side) either side of it as I felt that the two papers contrasted really well with one being light and the other being quite dark.

In the photos, my little boy is sat on a rustic tree swing made of a plank of wood and some ropes, so I decided to try and mimic this texture on my layout by adding some twine materials. I have a reel of twine netting which I added so that it was peeking out from behind the patterned papers on both sides, and some actual twine which I wrapped around the centre of my cardstock vertically so that they crossed over in the middle. I then dug out an old 12x12 stencil by Kaisercraft of a fisherman's net and pressed some texture paste through it in certain places on my background. Once this was dry I adhered everything down. I used Glossy Accents to stick the twine down as I find it really strong and it holds really well.

I matted both of my photos on white cardstock to help them pop off the page, and then on two different patterned papers from Shimelle's 'Field Trip' collection as the colours complemented the layout perfectly. I distressed all the edges using the blade of my scissors to try and continue with the 'rustic' feel of the layout.

I cut out and distressed a few of the journalling cards from the 'Life is the Bubbles' patterned paper (B side), and tucked them behind the twine so that they would be visible above and below my photos. I then adhered my photos to the layout, adding a layer of foam behind them.

Now on to the fun part of embellishing! I started by painting a ''Tando Creative Chipboard Leaf' with green acrylic paint. It took a matter of minutes to dry, so I adhered it straight away using glossy accents to keep it in place.

I added some flowers from the Floral Ephemera pack, and a couple of insect stickers from the Puffy Stickers sheet.

I finished the layout with some stickers from the Accent and Phrase Stickers sheet, and my title using some mini alphabet thickers by Elle's Studio from my stash.

And that's it from me! I love this layout - the colours, the textures... and of course the photos! I do have a couple more layouts that I have created using this collection (once I received it I just couldn't stop creating!) so there will be a 'bonus' blog at some point next week - so keep an eye out!

I hope you've enjoyed this layout. I really am loving this collection and it's 'outdoorsy' colours and feel. So perfect for us! It's selling fast, so be sure to check it out in the shop whilst you can!

Take care,

Rebecca x

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Photoplay ~ We can just stay home #1

Hello all :) It's Anna back today with a new collection to share with you! I have been working with a new collection by Photoplay - We can just stay home! It has been released alongside the 'Living the Quarantine Life' collection (which has just flown off the shelves its been so popular!)
Between them they are great for documenting the last few months.
For my first post with this collection I have made a layout titled "Home is where the heart is".

I hand drew a heart onto some white cardstock and cut it out. I also trimmed down the cardstock and backed it with the PJs all day paper, which I gutted first to save the middle of the paper for another project. I also adhered the reverse of the Read a Book patterned paper to the back side of the cardstock to fill the heart shape.

I hand stitched around the heart and mounted my photographs. I adhered them using 3d foam pads to get the height right allowing for the change in dimension for the heart.

I cut out some clouds a rainbow and a phrase from the Stick together paper and the family fun paper and again adhered them with 3d foam pads.

For my title I used the Cocoa Vanilla Studio foam title stickers for "home" and "the" and some black alpha stickers from my stash.

To finish I added some Pebbles Sun and Fun  Puffy Dots and a Bare Basics wooden heart.

Thank you so much for looking!
Take care, I'll be back with another post using this collection soon! See you then.