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

Friday, 16 June 2017

Cropping in June

Tomorrow is crop day and this month's kit uses a mixture of papers and gives you the opportunity to play with Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders :)  

As usual, we're at Otley Village Hall from 10am until 5pm with homemade cakes, a selection of punches and dies and a discount in the shop! 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

wedding part 1

for my next project will be using kasiercraft PS i love you. Its an older collection, that contains dusky pinks and greys in its colour range. I was asked by a good friend to make her a guest book for her wedding reception and nearest i could find to her colour theme was in this collection. Again not one of those collections i would pick up and scrapbook with but it works perfectly with this project
Armed with with a naked white scrapbook from a large craft retailer, my stunning papers, a beautiful resin frame from prima, and my dies, i went about creating.
I took apart the front and back cover keeping my spines and inserts to one side. As you can see from the photo the papers were mat and layered, i used a sentence from the bottom of the sheet, and used a age old wedding couple image stamp i bought from the states over a decade ago to create the focal point of my cover. Adhered the frame on top of the image and went about die cutting tattered pine cones die to create the roses on the side of my frame, added a button and gems, along with some die cut gold spirals. And used my sewing machine to stitch the edge of the patterned papers. Made holes in the cover with my cropodile to reinsert the wire bounding 

close up of frame and flowers

  then it was back to my inserts. so to make the plain book extra special i cut 1 inch strips of patterned paper, machine sew the edges to add texture and stamped appropriate sentiments to the top of each and then finally bound  the covers and inserts with the help of my trusty old bind it all.

Finally to add that finishing touch i decorated a jar into a pen pot. Made a band decorated in the same way and adhered around the middle of the jar. MR & MRS is a sizzix die cut from grey board and gold glitter paper and hot glue gunned this to a wooden kebab stick.

In part 2, i will be decorating a memory box, tando letter tray heart and altering a wooden box. which will complete this special gift for a good friend. Hope these two ideas have inspired you to create a guest book too, it could be for a christening, baby shower, special birthday or anniversary.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Indigo Kaisercraft

Hi There, it's Anita with you today.....

It's not often I get totally bowled over by a paper collection...however this release from Kaisercraft has most certainly done the job! It's called Indigo Skies, is truly beautiful and combines stunning butterflies, soft denim, white washed woods, marbled stormy hues amongst other things. This collection is perfect for scrapping the girls...or the boys! And I couldn't wait to get playing!

I used a sheet of blue cardstock for the back frame of the layout, then trimmed a couple of thin strips off a sheet of white cardstock. I spritzed a little misting of Dylusions Ink Spray in London Blue and drew lightly in pencil round a tea plate to give me the outline of a circle to follow to create my wreath on the page.

I had chosen our Christmas Day 2016  Family Selfie to use on the layout and printed it in black and white as I felt this sat better amongst the blue tones and on the white ( I plan using the same pic in colour on some Christmas papers at some point)

Next it was time to cut out lots of bits and pieces to create the wreath.
So I chose 3 sheets of the papers to use. The butterflies are on the Chambray sheet and compliment the flowers on the Misty sheet perfectly. I also cut up some sayings from the Blue Moon sheet too. I stuck the various items down following the pencil outline as a guide, overlapping some areas and folding the wings back on the butterflies to give dimension.
I also popped on some sequins ( one of my favourite embellishments at the moment!)

I chose a wooden title saying Family that I found in my stash which I was going to paint, but I wanted a really deep sheen finish and decided to use some Gilding Flakes instead in Silver, this gave a really pretty finish. Some little flat backed crystals on the butterfly bodies finished the layout off perfectly without over doing the glitz!
Gosh, have I mentioned just HOW much I love this collection!!!

As I had cut out a few extra bits and pieces and had some left over I thought I would throw together a 2nd layout super out came the spray inks again.....

I absolutely LOVE these pretty!

And that Chambray paper.....well it just looks like someone has torn a pair of jeans up.
I LOVE it!

Do yourself a favour and pop some of these beauties in your basket when you are next in the shop or online, they are just so lovely to scrap with.
Later on this month i will be back with some cards I have made using the same collection.
Til then, Happy Scrapping!!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 9 June 2017

Celebrating Summer Days

 Hi!! It's Lisa here.  Today I am celebrating Summer Days.  
It's a beautiful Summer collection from Simple Stories. You can view the whole range here.

I love how happy and bright everything is.
I've used a photo from last Summer and thought I'd create a 12x12 page today.

I have a thing for clouds, so this was the first paper that caught my eye. I've layered up some of the papers from the collection beneath my photo.
The other favourite paper of mine is the 'snapshots' paper

I decided to attach all the little cameras with 3d sticky tape and run some twine along the top to make it look like bunting. I just secured the twine with a few blobs of pva glue.

The paper collections have some with some really pretty 12x12 die cut cards. I love cutting these out. I've used this one here to journal on.

The Chipboard Stickers are a great way to add titles and embellishments to the page. Really giving it that extra dimension.


And I just love the 12x12 sheets of stickers. I really enjoy the word strips. They are fun to stick on together like this. You can even stick them straight on to your photos like I have here.

I wanted to add a little more colour to finish the layout, so I've taken a red watercolour pencil, dipped in water and doodled around the outside of a few of the clouds to really make them stand out. I love how this really brings out the other red elements on this page.

I hope you've enjoyed this today.
If you haven't checked out the Summer Days collection yet. Do so here.   
It's just perfect for your Summer scrapbooking.

Lisa x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

An Introduction to Creative Journaling

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a wonderful week!

I'm back today, as promised, to write a little introduction to creative journaling. It's a creative outlet that I myself only discovered a year ago, however it's fast become one of my favourite ways to document my life. For most people, creative journaling is done in a traveller's notebook, but really all you need is some paper, photos and craft supplies. This particular spread was made primarily using the Crate Paper Oasis collection, which you can find at Papermaze here.

Essentially, I treat each page of my notebook as a miniature scrapbook layout; I use papers, die cuts, stickers and stamping to embellish my photos. Of course, I also journal! I think that viewing the project as a scrapbook layout can help to combat that "empty page" fear. Sometimes, if a page seems overwhelming, I cover the whole thing with scrapbook paper to create a fun background that doesn't need embellishing.

One of my favourite aspects of creative journaling, is how tactile my notebooks are. I create pockets for photos and tags, leaving twine and tabs overlapping the edges of the page. The notebooks soon become chunky and filled with hidden treasures, they're so lovely to flip through! Not only that, but they're much easier to store than 12x12 layouts... though that hasn't stopped me from continuing my 12x12 yearly Project Life albums!

I haven't gone into depth about the process of this layout, as I also filmed a video for you! You can follow the link to my youtube channel here. Enjoy! 


Monday, 5 June 2017

Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss

Hello Julie here today to talk about my new obsession Creative Expression Glitter Kiss.  I am well known for being covered in glitter and loving it, however Glitter Kiss is a glitter phobics dream!

Creative Expressions has created a mousse/cream like product that is full of glitter in 12 gorgeous colours.  It comes in a large glass jar which contains 50ml of product and has a handy sponge applicator that fits on top of the jar.  It glides onto paper and goes easily through stencils.  Once applied to your project the Glitter Kiss hardens after a couple of minutes and the glitter is sealed in and will not come off onto anything else.  It leaves a slightly raised texture to your projects, depending on how much you use, but it isn't as thick as texture paste.

To use the product you dampen the sponge, add product to the sponge and apply in a circular motion.  I have found you don't have to just apply in a circular motion, you can dab or drag it along the edge of cardstock (see below), my advice is to have a play and see what works for you.  The mousse/cream like consistency means it doesn't spill out of the jar which means no glitter particles flying all over your workspace. Clean up is so easy too!  Once you have used the sponge applicators you can run them under warm water, give them a squeeze and the product just comes off easily.  I have tested what happens if the applicators are left for a little while and the product dries on the sponges and they have still cleaned off just as easily.  If you get some on your work surface (as you can see I made rather a large mess) I found a simple swipe of a baby wipe took the product right off, leaving behind no glitter!

I have used the Light Copper Kiss and Golden Sand through one of my favourite Tim Holtz stencils to create autumn leaves.  I used a circular motion and found the Glitter Kiss gathered around the edges of the leaves creating a lovely outline of each leaf.  The colours mix together easily and beautifully to glittering autumnal leaves.  I then went over the background with the gorgeous new creamy Distress Oxide Ink in Fossilised Amber and then spritzed it with some Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Mist to get the oxidisation effect going and to amp up the colour.

To create the card background I went a step further with the Glitter Kiss and applied it directly to an embossing folder to see what would happen.   I took a small amount of product from the jar and rubbed it onto my embossing folder.  I placed a card in the embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot Plus and the effect was stunning.  The raised areas had a lovely glittery glow around the edges and it took barely any time at all.  I then went over the card with some Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create a contrasting background.  I simply ran the embossing folder under some warm water and rubbed the Glitter Kiss off.

I used the same technique with a more detailed stencil from the Tim Holtz mini stencil pack to see how well the product would work through such intricate patterns.  Again it came up wonderfully!  A tiny bit of the detail may have been lost but overall it worked very well.  And again the glitter stays on the paper and does not rub off your finished project.

I then went onto to see how well the colour would cover a grey die cut piece.  On one side of this butterfly you can clearly see the original grey colour of the die cut.  You could paint it/ink it before you add the Glitter Kiss or it could be that you want to see the original colour of a die cut piece that you have.  I used a very light hand to add a small amount of product and it has a very fine layer of glitter and colour.  On the other half of the butterfly you can clearly see the gold and the copper dots.  I built up layers of the Glitter Kiss whilst it was still wet (but I have tried it once the product it dry) and the original colour of the die cut is completely covered.  For the middle of the butterfly I even mixed two colours by firstly adding a layer of blue and then using my heat gun to dry it and then adding a layer of gold.  The effect is a gorgeous blue body with a shimmer of light gold.  There are lots of colours to play with and lots of colour combinations you could try.

On my last example I decided to try the Glitter Kiss on fabric and to see what the effect would be if I used two completely different colours.  I had a piece of muslin and I used my Tim Holtz stencil and the Light Copper colour to create the leaves.  I let this dry and then added a fine layer of the gorgeous Sea Green to the outside of the leaves to create an outline.  Being a liquid type product, it does sink into the fabric a tiny bit but there is texture to the outside of the leaves where there is more product.  I would not recommend using Glitter Kiss on fabric you need to wash as I imagine it will just wash off immediately however to add a bit to ribbon or fabric for a project would be ideal.  I stapled the fabric to a card base and added some ribbon and a couple of leaves that I die cut to finish off my card.  I love how it turned out and can't wait to try some more stencilling on fabric.

I hope you all enjoy trying out this great new product, tag us in your Instagram photos of your projects so we can see what you create.

Products are available online at the Papermaze shop xx