Monday, 6 February 2023

Pinkfresh Studio - Flower Market - Magical

Hi everyone and happy February!!

I'm so pleased we made it through January, and this month I have a new collection to play with - the beautiful Flower Market collection from Pinkfresh Studio. You can find it in the shop here.

I was immediately drawn to the Palette paper and wanted to use it to create a dimensional layout, mimicking confetti.  Here is the result.

Initially, my plan was to cut the strips of paper, leave them flat and create a column of confetti, falling from the top to the bottom of the page but it didn't translate very well on my layout. I remembered I had seen a few people using paper curls to create a similar effect - including our very own Rebecca on a layout she'd done in December.

As I'd already cut the strips, I didn't want them to go to waste, so I curled them around a wooden skewer to create these cute dimensional twirls.

I still wanted to include a column in my design, so decided to create a sunken column. I cut a rectangle from my white cardstock base and backed it with the b side of the palette paper, using foam tape to give extra separation and depth.

Next, I backed my photo using some white tissue paper and one of the striped pieces of card from the Journaling Bits Pack (it's the reverse of the piece that says 'Love This'). I chose it because it contains all the colours of the paper and helps bring the design together.

I layered this on top of two small chipboard frames for extra interest, before layering a banner from the Journaling Bits pack underneath (cut in half to ensure each piece shows on either side of the photo).


On either side of the picture, I created small floral clusters using flowers from the Floral Ephemera Pack, mounting them of different depth foam to create extra layers of dimension on my page.

Once the photo and clusters were in place, I adhered the paper curls to the page using Glossy Accents to ensure a firm hold. I followed a circular shape to give the illusion of a party popper, which seemed appropriate for my proposal photograph :) 

In between the paper curls, I added some Pinkfresh Jewels in Peach Fuzz - a beautiful shade to accent the colours in this collection.

To create my title, I used the blue Flower Market Puffy Alpha Stickers - I love Pinkfresh Alphas - they match so beautifully and are always such a lovely font. 

I sat the title at the bottom of the sunken panel - an effect I really love as the title feels so integral to the design.

For my subtitle, I used a piece from the Ephemera Pack again raising on foam for dimension.

As a final touch, I added a few pale blue Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss Blue Babe.

I'm sure you know by now that I'm a huge Pinkfresh fan and this collection certainly does not disappoint. Check out the collection in full, along with their other new release, Spring Vibes, in the shop here.

See you again soon with my second layout.

Claire xx


Friday, 3 February 2023

Carta Bella ~ Bon Voyage 💦

Hi everyone, it’s Anna back on the blog today. I managed to squeeze one more layout out of my Carta Bella Bon Voyage supplies, so I’m sharing this with you today before I move onto a new collection… 

Cutfiles are a great way of using up scrap bits of patterned paper and cardstock, so I decided to use this ‘cool in the pool’ Cut Shoppe cutfile on this layout. I set it to cut quite large, so it would take up most of the page and allow me space to fill some of the letters with photos. 

To create this layout, I also used some supplies from the Endless Summer collection by Echo Park. You can find this in the shop here

I backed the ‘C’ ‘L’ ‘P’ and ‘L’ with the b side of Buoy Bash the water/waves design was perfect for a pool themed layout. 
I added my photos to the two O’s and backed the beach ball and rubber ring elements with my leftover cardstock from the Bon Voyage matchmaker pack

I added some clusters of embellishments around the letters, which came from the Bon Voyage Element Stickers, the Endless Summer Element Stickers and some fussy cut flowers from ‘Sunny Stems

I’ll see you soon with a new layout using the Spring Vibes collection by Pinkfresh Studio. 
Thanks for looking! 


Wednesday, 1 February 2023

January Papermaze Kit - Part 2

Hello! It's Lynn here today, returning with more from the January kit. This is still available from the store or online and is full of patterned papers with coordinating Bazzill cardstock and embellishments. There is a clear stamp included this month. Here is my second pair of layouts.

For full details of the kit see HERE.


Lovely - A photo of Liquorice when she first came to live with us, so about 10 weeks old here.

The first job for this layout was to paint the
Dusty Attic chipboard trim, I used Black Soot Distress Paint. Once dry this was placed along the base of the Aqua Bazzill, about 5.5cm up from the bottom. 

With the floral display paper, I picked the flower clusters I wanted and cut them out. I placed the photo in the centre of the layout and arranged the flowers around it. Then I took a photo of the arrangement, to refer to later. With a soft pencil, I lightly marked around the flowers before removing photo and flowers, setting them aside for later.

I chose a Memento Dye Ink pad in Tuxedo Black and with the leaf stamp from the kit, I stamped around the outer edge of where the flowers will sit.

Then the photo was glued into place and flowers were shaped and rearranged. Some flowers were stuck to the base with glue and others were raised up with foam pads.

I punched a few leaf fronds from the Capers Bazzill scraps, and added these to the arrangement.

My title is a puffy word from Vicki Boutin's Story Teller collection Thickers set.

Finally, I used the heart shaped pearls from the kit to arrange over the page and the type print phrase stickers were scattered among the flowers.

Leanach Cottage - We saw this pretty little 18th century cottage when we visited the Culloden Battlefield during one of our road trips to Scotland.

With the sheet of Fig Swirl Bazzill, and a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Crackled THS039) I stencilled the centre of the page using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. I wanted to reflect the stonework of the cottage walls. Then I splattered some Crushed Olive and Forest Moss Distress Ink over the centre of the cardstock. Once dry I trimmed this piece to measure 27cm x 27cm.

I gutted the Worth the Hype paper to make a 2.5cm frame, and placed the Fig Swirl Bazzill centrally over the top.

With the scrap of Worth the Hype paper, I cut a circle with a 16cm diameter. I inked the edge with Forest Moss Distress Ink. This was stuck to the centre of the layout.

I trimmed the photos with a very narrow white border, and placed these onto the page.

My title was created with PFS The Best Day puffy alpha stickers. Then I added some journalling under the title, more information about the history of this cottage has been typed out and placed onto the back of the layout for future reference.

The page was embellished with items from the kit - Floral Bits & Pieces and the 49 & Market Vintage Bits Essentials - Sage.

That's all for the January kit, although there is plenty left over to make another layout and some cards. I'll be back with the February kit later this month.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday, 30 January 2023

Creating A Pocket Page With Jumbo Tags


Lisa here working in my Disney journal.

And I'm using the Pink Fresh Studio collection here - Delightful.

This is the paper that inspired this page here.

I started by making a huge pocket almost the size of my page.

I cut the paper to the size I wanted.

To make it look more obvious as a pocket, I took a small hole punch and punched 2 half circles.

 I fancied doing some fussy cutting, so took this paper here.

And I placed the leaves behind my photo. I went around roughly with with a black pen to help them stand out.

Moving in to the jumbo tags.

I cut them out from that piece of patterned paper that originally inspired me.

I used a corner punch to give them a more finished look and added photos.

I loved these puffy alpha stickers from Rosie's Studio.

They look cute and are such great value too.

And on the reverse of the tags.

I'll be adding my journaling.

I'm so happy how this page turned out.

There's a video coming to my YouTube channel so you can see it being made if you wish.

Thanks so much.

I hope it's inspired you.

Have a lovely day.

Lisa x

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Candy Cane Cottage ........ Mintay Merry Little Christmas

Hi There

 It's Anita here and today I have a project to share using some more of the gorgeous papers from Mintay and their Merry Little Christmas collection.

Every now and again I like to break away from scrapping and alter things instead. So this is the latest thing I have done. It's all based on an MDF birdhouse blank and an old glass candlestick and was inspired by one I created a few years ago.

I used bits and pieces from 3 different sheets of paper, those were :

Merry Little Christmas - 02

Merry Little Christmas - 04

Merry Little Christmas - 09

I also used some Ivory and Red Acrylic paints, red and white Bakers Twine

 and some pearly beaded trim.

foam dimensional pads

Cherry Red sparkly nail varnish


I covered the main part of the house with pretty pale pink reverse side of the 02 sheet. It has lovely little red dashes on it that look almost like stitches. I cut the heart shaped aperture out the front and popped some finely shredded raffia inside to look like nesting materials before covering the roof and fascia with the lovely red checkered pattern, found on the reverse side of sheet 04

The base of the birdhouse was painted with Red acrylic paint to co-ordinate with the papers. I wanted to use some flat backed pearly trim to decorate around the base, however it looked a bit stark being all white, so I found a lovely sparkly Cherry Red nail varnish and blobbed it onto the centre of each pearl. It really worked well and pulled the design together.

Lots of fussy cutting then ensued, taking elements from sheets 02, 04 and 09. So many pretty little images to choose from. I layered some up on top of each other and others were just raised on foam pads for extra dimension.

 The teeny tiny bunting was cut from the top of sheet 02 and then glued to lengths of Red and White Bakers Twine before suspending it fro the front of the bird house base.

I painted the whole of the glass candlestick with an Ivory Acrylic paint and when dry, I dry brushed some of the red paint that was used for the base of the house. Its really effective I think how its picked up the faceted patterns cut into the glass. A small piece of chiffon trim was fixed near the top of the candlestick with a length of the Bakers Twine wound round and then tied in a bow at the front.

I finished it all off by using some of the floral and leafy images that I fussy cut from the sheets and added to the bottom of the candlestick. I am so happy how this turned out in the end and although it was too late for me to use for Christmas decor this year , I can hardly bring myself to pack it away in a box for next I think I will keep it out for a little longer!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my post and maybe you will have a try at altering something that you have sitting around at home.

warmest wishes

Anita xx

Friday, 27 January 2023

Warm Up - Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Winter Woods Collection

Hello, Rebecca with you on the blog today - not quite believing how fast January is going! Today I'm sharing my second layout created with the Simple Vintage Winter Woods collection, which you can find in the store here.

Back in December, we took our little boy to our local 'pop-up' Christmas Ice Skating Rink and afterwards, we hung around to have some lunch and a festive hot chocolate. As soon as I saw the 'Warm Up' title in the Foam Stickers pack, I thought of this photo of him stood against a really photographic backdrop with his hot chocolate.

Also in the Foam Stickers, are a few circular stickers and these inspired my idea for a circle layout. Using a set of metal nesting dies, I cut circles in different sizes from several patterned papers from the collection. I arranged these on my background with the larger circles clustered in the centre and the smaller circles spreading out towards the edge of the page. This is the second layout I've made this month without a single sheet of white cardstock in sight! For this layout, I've used one of the coloured cardstocks from the 12x12 Basics Kit for  my background.

I wanted to add a little bit of sparkle to my page, so I've used a Nuvo Glimmer Paste through the Winter Snow stencil and added snowflakes all around the edge of my circles. 

I fell in love with one of the images on the 4x6 Elements patterned paper so fussy-cut it and arranged it next to my photo. The circular centre works well with all the other circles on the page.

I added my title, 'Warm Up' and then added in two of the circular stickers all from the Foam Stickers. 

I love the way my circles look arranged on the page, so I didn't want to cover too much up - but I did want to embellish a little. I selected some of the Bits & Pieces that worked with my photo to help tell the story - I'd had my eye on the pair of ice skates since I first saw this collection!

I finished the layout with some wooden hearts, which I painted with a Nuvo Glacer Paste and some sequins.

I've really enjoyed creating with this collection and thankfully, I have some left so I will be continuing to enjoy it for a bit longer yet!

Thanks for reading,

Take care

Rebecca x


Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Carta Bella ~ Bon Voyage ☀️

Hello, it’s Anna back with you today, and I’m sharing a second layout using Carta Bella’s Bon Voyage collection, you can find the whole collection in the shop here.

This collection is brilliant for any cruise holidays or alternatively there are non cruise related patterns on the ‘b’ sides of the papers, which would work well for bright summery pages too. 

Here is my second layout: 

I used a sheet of smooth white 12x12 bazzill cardstock as my base, I then used some distress ink in the shade Tumbled Glass to create some pale water colour on my background mimicking the water in the jacuzzi in my photographs. 
I used the packaging technique to achieve this, using a mini mister to water down the ink. 

I then cut four squares of cardstock in coordinating colours from the matchmaker pack. I arranged these in a four by four grid. I wanted to create more depth and interest to the squares, so I double mounted my two photos, again with coordinating cardstock. With the second two squares, I added some extra details, using strips of cardstock/patterned paper as well a boarder sticker and image stickers. I added ‘the Caribbean’ from the multi journaling cards

I felt that the rest of the layout needed a little something else, and it looked a little bare around the edges. So I tore a piece of my white cardstock from both top and bottom, backing the spaces with the ‘b’ side of Buoy Bash and adding stickers and some enamel dots for extra detail. 

Thanks so much for looking! 
See you next month,