Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Graphic 45 - Vintage Hollywood - Part 3

Hello All, Lynn back with a few cards I made with the last of my Vintage Hollywood collection by Graphic 45. The large detailed images from these papers make them ideal for card making.  I have had fun designing with these papers together with a few embellishments and tools from my stash, and the shop.

All cards were made using Bazzill Basics Cardstock in Black, White, Kraft or Cream and gold Miri card.

This first card was made with pieces of  'Star Studded' paper and an image from 'Silver Screen' paper. I added gold gems, a black feather, a small gold doily. and one small sticker from the Cardstock Sticker Sheet.

Next came a 6" x 6" card using some 'Dazzling Diva' paper and a Spellbinder die (Wagon wheel). In addition I used some Crafters Companion dies for the greeting and stitched square.
To finish - a feather, gems and ribbon.

This next card simply uses a set of Memory Box nesting hexagon dies to cut a section from the 'Dazzling Diva' paper, and another in miri card. 
The background paper is 'Glitz and Glamour' paper.
Decorated with black gems, Crafters Companion die for greeting and ribbon.

The tall card was made with 'Star Studded' paper for the background and images from 'Silver Screen' paper. I also used a sticker from the Cardstock Sticker Sheet.
Black card and the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits Decorative Strip - Filmstrip Die to create an image down the right-hand side of the card.
I finished this off with black and amber gems.

For this smaller card I took this fun image from 'Silver Screen' paper, and a piece of  'Tinseltown' paper.  Another greeting created with a die from Crafters Companion and two different ribbons to decorate.

Lastly I made this card using a diamond fold.
I used paper scraps for this one from 'Glitz and Glamour' and 'Star Studded'.
A large Ticket sticker from the Cardstock Sticker Sheet was mounted onto black cardstock.
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits Decorative Strip Mini Filmstrip and ticket Die was used to cut kraft and black card to add images to tuck into the top of the large sticker.
Lots of tiny flat-backed pearls were used to decorate the panels.
The 'Good Luck' greeting was another Crafters Companion die.
The photos show the card folded and unfolded.

That's my third and final post using these amazing papers.
Back with some new Bo Bunny papers next month.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 17 July 2017

A little something different from Carol….

Hi, Carol with you today, and today I'm sharing something very different for me. Those that know me, and for all of you that have followed this blog and seen my creations, know that I'm not one to scrapbook!  But, there are occasions when you just have to record those special moments.

Last Wednesday, we said goodbye to our son, Josh.  He's off to Australia for a month before commencing work in Japan for 3-11 years! so, our last selfie is a must to scrap….

(The problem is…. I don't have any photo paper lol, so the photo will be added later, but, for the purpose of this post, here is the layout)

So, the base paper is Carta Bella Transatlantic travel - travel gazette, to this I added some watered down acrylic paint in white and brown/gold…. I then stencilled using gesso, marks of the same paints were added using an old store card and using cut and dry paint was added to the edges of the page…. along the top I dripped watered down paint…..  I then cut up strips from the borders page and added these to my page adding depth by adhering using silicone get… some edging was added using a water colour pencil….. some elements from the ephemera set was also added.

TFL xx

Friday, 14 July 2017

July Cropping

We're round to crop time again and this month the kit uses pretty pink papers from Pebbles Simple Life collection...

This one's a nice and clean layout with only a little bit of stamping!  As usual we're at Otley Village Hall from 10am until 5pm, so if you'd like to join us, just drop us an email!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Using a Travel Collection on a Non-Themed Project

Hi all!

It's Chloé here again, with my last project using the Crate Paper Oasis collection. As you can imagine, after already creating several projects, it took me a little while to decide on what I wanted to share today. 

I thought it might be fun to show you how I used papers and stickers from a travel-themed collection, on a non-themed project in my creative journal.

Now, I may have cheated a little, as I used the non-themed bits of the collection and also pulled a few stickers from my own stash (the floral puffy stickers are by Pebbles, previously available at Papermaze)... but, it just goes to show that you shouldn't disregard a collection simply because it's marketed with a certain theme. Of course, some things (like palm trees and bikinis!) are mainly travel-friendly, but there are also a lot of fun papers and more generic embellishments in this collection.

I used the leafy paper (ironically named "retreat") as a background, as this page documents a woodland scrapbook retreat. We all stayed in fabulous cabins and it was in the middle of the countryside. There were also several leaf/floral stickers on the 6x12 sheet that I made use of on this spread.

My favourite technique in scrapping and in my creative journals, is layering. I layer up different textures to create a more interesting look; on this small cluster alone there's cardstock, die cuts, torn edges and washi tape. I always finish my layouts by dotting around some stickers (in this case the puffy florals) and adding the date with one of my roller stamps.

I hope you enjoyed having another look into my creative journal!


Friday, 7 July 2017

Be Grateful .... Golden Grove from Kaisercraft.

Hi There Anita here with my first post for July....gosh its been almost too hot to scrap the last few days!! I have been having a play with some of the very latest collection from Kaisercraft, this one is called Golden Grove and its a stunning set, filled with the gentle sunshine hues of summer combined with the rustic charms of country style flora and a sprinkling of rich fruits and golden blooms.

I used a sheet of Vanilla cardstock for the base and I inked gently round the edges with an old dark brown inkpad. The centre of the layout was simply a die cut sheet from the set called Orchard and I cut of lots of random flowers out that matched and layered them up for some dimension.

I really love this photo, its of my youngest daughter a few years ago with some of her cousins, sat on the flower banks at our local reservoir. I knew as soon as I saw the papers EXACTLY what photo to use and I think it works perfectly.

Rather than matting the photo I decided to dry brush with a cream acrylic to create a softer edge.

So....lots of fussy cutting later and the addition of some pretty half pearls, Stickles and raising some sections up on foam pads to create some dimension and I am really pleased with the result.

I have used the following items :

Half Pearls
Prima paper Butterflies
Cream Acrylic Paint

Thanks for looking and make sure you treat yourself to some of this collection......its fabulous!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Graphic 45 - Vintage Hollywood - Part 2

Hello - Lynn back today with the next two layouts I made using the 'Vintage Hollywood' collection from Graphic 45. Part 1 can be found HERE.

Both layouts have been created with just two sheets of paper from the range, together with cardstock and other embellishments.

Electric Picture Palace

This layout features photos of the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold, Suffolk.

The base cardstock is a metallic bronze (sorry I'm not sure where it came from!). This was gutted to make a 1" frame.

A sheet of 'Dazzling Diva' was trimmed down to measure 11" x 11" and the corners rounded with a punch. This piece was then cut into two pieces measuring 11" x 8" and 11" x 3" making sure the images run in the right direction. I used the teal side at the top of the layout and the images side at the bottom. Later the join was hidden under a strip of teal, velvet ribbon. 

All the edges were inked with 'Gathered Twigs' Distress Ink

A piece of cream Bazzill 9" x 6" was placed over the teal patterned paper and another piece in bronze was cut to 3.25" x 6.5" and layered over the cream. The top two corners of both pieces were rounded off.

My photos were trimmed to fit the cardstock and added to the page. With strips from the cardstock sticker sheet to decorate the bottom edges.

I used two circular stickers from the same sticker sheet, and because I feel embellishments often work well in groups of three, I cut a third image from the reverse side of 'Tinseltown' paper (this was gutted from the next layout featured below). 

I used letters and numbers from the sticker sheet for part of my title, and the word 'Electric' was cut on the Cricut using black Bazzill cardstock and the 'Nouveau' font from my PC.

The chipboard corner is from Dusty Attic and called 'Ornate Corner #2'. I embossed this with Stampendous Frantage - Aged Teal Embossing Enamel.


This layout features a selection of snapshots from our visit to Hollywood a few years ago.

I started by layering up the background, having chosen a sheet of 'Tinseltown' paper, I picked Bazzill in colours to match - a black, kraft and tan. 
The Black was 12" x 12", the tan was cut to 11.75" x 11.75" and both were gutted to leave a 1" frame. The Tinseltown was cut to 11.5" x 11.5", with an area of 6" x 9" gutted from the position shown in the photo (about 2.5" down from the top and 1" in from the left).

The tan Bazzill was cut to 9.75" x 7" and the kraft card to 4" x 11.75".

Using a strip of black I cut one film strip and a strip of tickets using the Sizzix Sizzlet die - Mini Filmstrip & Tickets. I cut these up so I could edge the tan Bazzill with the filmstrip and the kraft Bazzill with the tickets. 

I printed off nine small photos and trimmed these down to 2.5" x 2.5" in size. They were arranged onto the left side of the tan card - the right side was decorated with more of the cardstock stickers - borders and tickets. The title was cut with the Cricut and some leftover teal cardstock, the font is 'Art Deco'.

Other embellishments included a frame sticker backed with black Bazzill and number stickers. Word stickers and bling in the form of black flat-backed gems.

Back later with some cards using this collection later in the month.

Thanks for looking

Lynn x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Indigo Skies ....A Collection of cards.

Hello again,
Anita here and today I would like to share a few cards that I have made using some left overs from my selection of papers from the beautiful Indigo Skies collection by Kaisercraft.

The first one was made for my lovely friend and fellow DT member, Lynn for her birthday. I made her an 8 x 8 easel card.

 The card was decorated using various papers sections, butterflies, crystals, a doily, some die cuts and some gems. I made a rectangular shaker box which I filled with sequins and popped on the front, to add some extra dimension and movement.

I also decorated the inside of the card with papers and crystals and popped a raised sentiment on it, this works as a stand point to hold the card open.
I am really not a card maker, but I was rather happy with how this one came out and I am pretty sure that Lynn liked it too.

This paper collection is just sooo pretty and it makes it much easier to design with. I made a few other smaller cards with the rest of the left overs......I think I need to go shopping now to get some more of the collection.....I am absolutely smitten with it!!

The papers I used across this set of cards are as follows:

Blue Moon ,
Washed Out

Well that's me done for now....I will be back to see you in July!

Have a super weekend!
Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

wedding part 2

so as you can see this post is heavily laden with pictures some of which doesn't show how stunning the kasiercraft PS i love you papers are. Firstly I'm using a tando letter tray heart. It comes in 4 parts one whole heart back base, and 3 frames that sit on top that should be glued together to create a platform for memorabilia to sit on.
I wanted to make something quite flat that i could hang and add a small photo of the couple. So i drew around my base part and used only one frame. The original base and the rest i would use for a later project. I wanted to make one of my apertures bigger so i could add a photo. That was easy enough to do with a sharp craft knife. Painted the frame in a dark colour, used crackle glaze and a lighter stone colour added to the top.
The rest was just adding papers to the apertured areas.The decorative flourish to the sides of the heart
where done using a tim holtz  thinlits mixed media set #2. 

Flowers were made using tattered pine cones die, punched and die cut leaves. The "just married", is a small sizzix die, date of wedding added to the frame and a small hanger finishes off the piece.

close up of the flourish die and stitching

next piece is a memory box created in much the same way as the guest book. A painted kraft box in a chalk finish off white colour and a decorated lid. The same stamped focal image and flowers and leaves around the side of the oval. sewing machine stitched edges and a date in the bottom corner

Finally something to put all my creations in. Pintrest is an addictive app, and something i often search to get ideas which many of us do. Well I'd been looking at decorated apple crates/wooden boxes and all seemed to have this etched name and date idea and i wondered if i could also create something similar at a fraction of the price.
I knew that amongst my old girl guiding stuff i had a pyrography kit (wood burning kit) of which i got for my 15th birthday and wondered if it still worked.(I'm now in my 40's) And to my surprise it did. Searched amongst my clear letter and number stamps, and stamped directly on to the wooden box with grey memento ink. Once stamped i went over with my pyrography set and then gave my wooden box a watered down white wash.

i absolutely love how this turned out, and I'm keen to try it again. I do hope you've enjoyed looking at these wedding creations and much as i have had making them

Monday, 26 June 2017

Doodlebug Designs ~ Spring Things #2

Hi, it's Anna here. I'm back with my second post using the very cute Doodlebug Designs - Spring Things collection.
(Apologies for the bad lighting in my photographs)
For this layout I used a Kaisercraft template along with the Spring Things collection.
I used white cardstock for my background, adhered the Kaisercraft template and then began to fit circles of patterned paper into the circles in the template. 
I finished by adding stickers, alpha stickers and enamel dots.

Supplies Used:

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Project Life | Crate Paper Oasis

Hi everyone!

I hope you've had a wonderful week. I'm back today to share a Project Life layout, documenting a weekend getaway my boyfriend, dogs and I went on in April. As with my last project, I'm using Crate Paper Oasis!

I used papers from the collection to back my photos, and to create a journaling card at the top of my layout: one of the papers is a travel log design, perfect for writing on! I trimmed the lined paper down to 4x6, added some washi tape and puffy stickers (also from Oasis), and it was the perfect spot to talk about our weekend. I stamped the date with a Heidi Swapp stamp I had in my stash.

I love these caravan puffy stickers! We stayed in my parents' holiday van at the coast, so they were ideal for this particular layout.

These tiny word strips from Simple Stories are perfect for embellishing pocket cards! I'm going super simple with my Project Life this year, and I'm trying to keep my pages as flat as possible. These stickers add cute sentiments and that little something extra, without bulking up your pages.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this layout! If you'd like to see the process itself, there is a video on my channel which you can watch HERE. You can also find me on instagram HERE, if you're interested in following me!

Have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Cards and tags...

Hello, Carol with you today…. I'm still playing with my Distress Oxide ink pads…have you got any yet??

Have you seen the gorgeous stamps by 49 and Market? I love the way they interlock a background with a strong shape, I missed out on the set I would have liked so decided to do my own…

I took a piece of white cardstock just smaller than my card bland and using distress oxide inks in peeled paint, walnut stain and broken china I inked up kaisercraft clear stamp - diamonds - just be careful when you layer the colours… and stamped this to the side… I then overstamped with a number stamp, splatters and a text stamp so that I had the following base to work with…

I get carried away when I craft and forget to take pictures… so the finished piece is:-

I inked the edges with distress ink and then matted with black cardstock before mounting onto the card base.  A couple of images and then a stamped sentiment finished it off.

As usual, I like to make matching gift tags so here is the matching tag:-

The technique was copies just onto a smaller scale….

I really liked the effect so decided to make a couple more cards for some colleagues who are "moving on" - this time distress oxides in spiced marmalade, walnut stain and broken china… this time some Tando minis were painted with acrylic paint and then doodled with pens… this is the finished effect.

TFL xx

Monday, 19 June 2017

Graphic 45 - Vintage Hollywood - Part 1

Hello! Lynn here today with the first of several posts using the Graphic 45 - Vintage Hollywood collection. I think these papers are fascinating with all the attention to detail on each theme, but sometimes that makes them a bit of a challenge to use for scrapbooking pages when you need the photographs to be the focal point. These collections all have double-sided, heavyweight, good quality papers.

I had four sheets of 12" x 12" paper and a sheet of cardstock stickers. Together with some Bazzill cardstock I have created four layouts and some cards. Today I'm sharing the first two layouts, both have been made with one sheet of 'Star Studded' paper.

I was drawn to this collection as it was ideal for featuring photographs of some of the plays my daughter has been involved in.

Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None - 2015 UK Tour
For this layout I gutted a sheet of 'Star Studded' paper to make a 1" frame then I layered up Bazzill cardstock in a teal colour (10.5" x 10.5") and Cream Puff (10" x 10"). The Teal cardstock was also gutted, to give me enough card to do the punching and matting.
I created a starry background by lightly stenciling through a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil with Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon. This ink pad was also used to ink the edges of paper and stickers.
Stickers were selected from the 'Cardstock Sticker' sheet - photo corners, and two tags. I also took letters and numbers from this sheet to add the title.

I cut a teal cardstock mat for each photo and tag. A Crop-A-Dile was used to punch holes and I added narrow, bright orange ribbons.

In keeping with the Art Deco period I used the Martha Stewart Deep Edger Punch - Daisy Fan, with a few flat-backed pearls.

To finish I used a bronze coloured metal clip and a smattering of sequins.

The Wild Party - The Other Theatre
The Wild Party is a show my daughter was involved with in London earlier this year.

For this page I used:
12" x 12" Navy Bazzill cardstock gutted to make a 1" frame
Cream Bazzill cardstock cut to 11.5" x 11.5", with the corners rounded
The gutted area of 'Star Studded' paper from before cut to 8.5" x 8"
The same MS punch with the gutted area of navy cardstock
Photos matted with Gold Miri card and navy cardstock
Distress Ink - Chipped Sapphire for inking the edges of the papers
Letter & number stickers from the Cardstock sticker sheet
Title cut from Miri card using Cricut and the Rivanna font
Finished off with flat- backed bling.
Back with more 'Vintage Hollywood' soon
Thanks for looking
Lynn x