Wednesday 27 February 2008

oh for the love of ribbon!!!

Are you a ribbon lover??? i have to confess that i am not!!! I can hear you all gasp while you read this!!! lol!!!

I have some ribbon, okay i have a lot of ribbon, in gorgeous jars all colour co-ordinating!!! it looks gorgeous! And yet it sits there page after page waiting to be used.

I am not sure why i have a hard time using it but i do. But then Vanessa bought home some of the most gorgeous ribbon i have ever seen ever!!!!! You guys are going to love it, and i have to say so am i.

American crafts have got scalloped ribbon!! i kid you not, i so missed that one in all the sneak peeks!!
I will show you the rest of the page when all the American crafts stuff comes in but for now i leave you with the thought of scalloped ribbon!!!!

Sunday 24 February 2008

Box of stash

I was sent some of the Fancy Pants Crush papers to play with this month and I have to say that I wasnt too sure what to make of them to start with as Im not very good with such large patterns... but once I started playing with these papers I loved them.

For this first LO I decided to let the large design of the paper be the focus of the LO by not adding any other papers and just using ribbon and lace scraps with the embellishments, I used a bookplate to frame the title and make it stand out more

For my next LO I wanted to include as many of the double sided papers as possible so I tore small strips of the papers and layered them up as a frame adding inked chipboard swirls, buttons and flowers

For me this paper was the hardest to use so I decided to cut out the flowers and use them to accent the photo. I added some glitter glue and buttons and mounted the flowers on 3D foam to give the LO some depth

Friday 22 February 2008

All you Scenic Route fans....

How many Scenic Route fans are there out there?? I am one of their biggest fans and use it all the time. So you can imagine my delight when i went to see Vanessa after she came back from CHA and from her suitcase she pulled out lots and mean lots of samples of the new lines that she saw.

So over the last few days i have been lucky enough to have a play with the new Scenic Route lines. Oh my! girlies, there is some fantastic stuff for you on the way.

She did have other samples from other companies , American Crafts and Dream street, and you will see stuff for them over the coming weeks.

So for now i will leave you with some peeks of the new Scenic Route, and we will be back in a few days with some new Dream Street.

Dont forget to enter our latest challenge, we have had lots of entries already. So keep them coming!!!
And check back for some more new scrummy stash!!!

Wednesday 20 February 2008

More pics from CHA!

I've had a bit of trouble with the laptop the last day or so, but I've finally managed to extract some more pictures from CHA! Everyone keeps asking when the new goodies are going to get here - well some of it has already started shipping! However some of it we may not see until May! The first few pictures show the new Making Memories:

Then we have some luscious new ribbon from May Arts:

New papers and clear stamps from Kelly Panacci:

And lots of new collections from Dream Street - these are just four of their new collections - which are all double sided now!

And finally, some fab acrylic albums!

Tuesday 19 February 2008

Recently Wendy sent me a little box of goodies to see what I would come up with.
This is what I found inside.
Whilst I love Scenic Route, and always have, I was strangely unsure as to what I could come up with.
After some time, pushing the papers around, choosing photos, and pushing the papers around again, I realised I needed to take a deep breath, get out my scissors, and get stuck in.

This is the first layout I created.
I love the photo, and how crazy it is, and wanted to make the LO fun and funky.

As the layout was to be in the 8.5x11" format, I cut the title first, on my Craft Robo, to get the sizing and spacing for the rest of the layout right.

The arrow and brackets came from the chipboard elements sheet.
These I covered with patterned paper to match the title. I lay them face down on the underside of the paper, drew round them, then cut them out and stuck them on.
Another way to do this would be stick them onto the paper then cut out. I just tend to find that a little awkward.

Then I inked the edges of the title and elements with pen. Using an inkpad on very intricate items can be rather fiddly, so a pen outline is my preferred method.

I then cut a strip of green cardstock to fit the height of the page. I handcut scallops down one edge, and doodled a line just around the inside edge.

Cut and scallop another strip this time from the blue cardstock, this time to fit along the width.
I then cut a piece of another patterned paper approximately 3 1/2" x 6 1/2";
doodled around all edges as before, then adhered the 3 pieces to the page.

Using the same paper I used for the title I matted the photo leaving a 5mm border all around. A little doodling was added.

Now I stuck on the title, brackets and arrow.

Sticky pads on the title meant it would stand out from the page. I didn't use them on the chipboard shapes as they already have depth.

I added the buttons and ribbon to the page to add extra texture and dimension.
These buttons came already stitched and with adhesive tape to fix them on, so securing them was easy.

I then added a last few details- some journalling around the photo, and some dots around the edge of the whole page...

and there you are done!!

Here is the second layout I made...

And this is how I put it together...

First I cut the 3 different pieces of patterned paper for the layers,and a white cardstock mat for one of the photos- then I inked all around the edges.

Using double sided tape I stuck the first layer vertically to the background paper, then machine stitched all around the edges. I then stuck on the second- this time horizontal layer, and stitched again.

Next I stuck the photos to their mats, and macine stitched around them.

After stitching I use a small piece of double sided tape on the back to secure the loose ends, and to keep them tidily out of the way when assembling the layout.

For the stars I used chipboard shapes, and covered them in patterned paper.

I cut the title on my Craft Robo using the Jokerman font. This I edged using a pen as it would all be too fiddly to ink. I then assembled the layout... and finished with some dots, and more machine stitching around the edges.

Et voila!! ... as they say!

Sunday 17 February 2008


You have to forgive me for not posting the winner before now for the KI Memories challenge, I can only say sorry!!!

Anyway the winner of the voucher is Helen with this gorgeous page!!! Email me at and I will sort your voucher out for you.

So onto the next challenge and in honor of all the new Scenic Route coming out!!! yum yum!!! We are going to have a Scenic Route competition. All you have to do is use Scenic Route on your pages and send it in.

Vanessa and I have both done layouts to showcase the new Lynden Line. First up is mine - yes it is a double pager ( though you dont have to do a double pager to enter the challenge.) The size for this is an 8 1/2 by 11 page.

And here's Vanessa's!

So show me your pages. you have until the 2nd March to send in your entires. Send them to me at

The winner gets a set of Autumn Leaves stamps worth £12.25 and you get to choose the stamps you want. I cannot wait to see what you come up with!