Monday, 29 November 2010

A present for a crafter...

I know some of you must have scrappy friends...i do and this year we are doing a scrappy swap!

SO for this i grabbed some of the new October can see it here and of the reasons that i love October Afternoon is that you can mix and match each of their lines with each other! so cool!

Anyway for my swap this year i decided to make some embellishments that my swap sister can are a few of them!

For this bundle i made a tag...ready to use and add journaling too...a label and a altered pin...

Next up is a simple hanging banner that i made....i punched out some shapes and sewed them together...this would be perfect on a card!!!

So simple and easy to make and the person can add other bits to them if they want to...

Next up is a handmade butterfly...perfect just to add to the front of a card or in a page...

I also made this little sheet of embellishments for my sister swap to use...

I hope you check out the gorgeousness that is Otober Afternoon...i have some cards that i have made with it to share with you another day!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Colour Combo number four...

Hi..sorry this was not posted yesterday...the day got away with me...any how here is this weeks colour combo...

And here is Lisa Saunders take on it!!!!

I just love that buttefly...right have all four colour have until 8th December to send me your projects using one of these to my email Can you put what colour combo it is in the subject line!!!

We have a few more of these projects to show come back next sat to see!!!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Jillibean Soup Fun

I instantly fell for this one particular paper from the Jillibean Soup Pasta Fagioli collection!

It was crying out to be cut into strips, so that's just what I did for this layout:

I spritzed the cardstock with some Pumpkin Glimmer Mist, then layered some strips over the script background paper, placing my photo on top raised with foam pads.

I used papers from the same range, along with flowers and brads, to create the accents, and also a length of the lush velvet scalloped ribbon from American crafts:

Last but not least, a title using Doodlebug alpha stickers,

Does it make you want to yawn, too? ;O)

Monday, 22 November 2010

American Crafts City Park

The American Crafts City Park range is just what you'd expect from this company - bright and vibrant, with clean lines and modern designs. The papers were perfect for this page I made about our nieces and nephew, because they were all wearing such wildly clashing colours. The colourful stripe and dot papers managed to pick out most of the shades from their outfits, giving the page some unity. I used a range of embellishments including stickers, chipboard stars and gems to give the page dimension.

I decided to incorporate some hidden journalling into this page, using the scallop circle motif which I repeated on the top and bottom of the layout. The scallop circle, punched from book paper, on the bottom is mounted on some cardstock and then adhered using a brad. This allows the circle to be swung around and the journalling revealed...

Hidden journalling is great if your design doesn't really leave space for the words, or for those occasions when you don't want your thoughts on display for everybody to read.
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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Colour combo number 3

Afternoon all! and welcome to the third week for our colour combo challenge.

Here are the colours for this week...

We a guest designer for this colour today...her name is Jacqui and here is her gorgeous page to match this...

and here are some close ups...

Come back next week for the final colour!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Playing with Fabric Paper

I received a lovely little bundle of American Crafts Dear Lizzie papers, amongst which was this beautiful fabric paper, Magnolia Morning:

I decided to use it to on a couple of cards, along with some of the co-ordinating papers from the range. First is this new home card:

The fabric paper comes with an adhesive backing, it's easy to cut to size, peel off the backing and stick to your project, which is what I did here with the roof piece,

I added a couple of Prima flowers with self-adhesive pearl centres to finish, and added a stamped greeting.

For this card, I decided to remove the adhesive and paper backing from the fabric, leaving just the fabric part, and took some of the edge threads off to create a frayed look,

I added some glitter highlights using Stickles, a Prima flower on a scrunched and inked punched shape, and again stamped a greeting.

The fabric paper is lovely to play with, I recommend you give it a go!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Basic Grey Olivia

I just loved these papers when I first saw them and I knew exactly what photos to use with them.

I cut a rectangle from Basic Grey Olivia - Sydney paper and inked the edges with a red cats eye chalk ink pad.

Next I cut a strip of paper and used a Martha Stewart simple scallop border punch to decorate the edge of the paper.

I tore a rectangle from the Basic Grey Olivia - Chloe paper and inked the edges and added some paint using a paint dabber

I wanted a red flower to add to the LO but I didnt have what I wanted so I took a white rose

and using glimmer mists I sprayed it red

Next I added my photos to my LO

I added my title using Cosmo Cricket and making memories alphas

Then i added my finishing touches, this was a sticker from the BasicGrey Olivia - Element Sticker sheet

And here is my finished LO

Thanks for looking
Deb x

Monday, 15 November 2010

A Walk in the Park

I used A Walk in the Park papers by Echo Park to create this layout.

My first step was to use a large foam stamp to create the flower stem background image. I used a paintbrush to apply green acrylic paint to the stems and stamped onto the sheet of Sunshine patterned paper. Having cleaned the green paint off, I next applied the warm white paint to the flowers. I used the stems to line up the stamp so that the flowers would be in the right place. The stems seemed a little dark against the yellow so, taking a very fine brush, I applied a much lighter shade of green (made by mixing the green with the white) to one side of each stem.

I then cut two strips and the scalloped section from the Blissful Day Border paper. I used the Martha Stewart Monarch border punch to edge a strip of the reverse side of the Tree Tops paper. My last strip was from the front of the Tree Tops paper. I arranged the strips together with my photo slightly overlapping the stamped image.

I used the Alpha Stickers to create the title banner which is adhered to the layout with foam pads. The string is a very thin strip of patterned paper attached to the back of the banner.

I made the butterflies by punching several layers of tissue paper, adhered together first with a tiny dab of liquid adhesive. I then used a tiny amount of stickles to make the centre and to cover the adhesive.

I finished the layout with a Souffle pen doodle and a tiny ribbon bow.

I'd only used a little of the Tree Tops and Blissful Day Border papers so that left plenty for making a couple of cards.

For the first, I cut 1/2" from the front edge of the card, punched using the Martha Stewart Daisy Dot border punch and then attached a piece of patterned paper behind. I stamped the floral design using an embossing ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Finally, I made a banner using the stickers which I attached to the card with foam pads.

I started the second by cutting 1/4" from the front edge of the card. I then attached a strip of patterned paper which I had edged with some decorative scissors. I took another strip of patterned paper, edged one side with the decorative scissors and punched the other side with the Martha Stewart Monarch border punch and then adhered the strip overlapping the first. I used the same technique as above to make the three tissue paper butterflies. The sentiment is stamped and embossed and then adhered to the card using foam pads.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Colour Combination number 2

Okay here is the second colour combination for our competition...see the details and the prize click here.

Todays colour is...

Today's project is done for us by Anna Parker..she is often a guest designer for Papermaze. For this page she used the gorgeous Lost and Found.

Here is the page that she did..

Come back next week for another colour combination...wait till we get to the end of this month..i have several samples to show you using the colour combinations that we will have our design team and some another guest designer!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

fancy pants

I love these papers so bright and fun. Again these layouts are my style to a T negative as always i just love starting with a blank canvas layering my papers and stamping to bring it altogether.
My first layout you colour my world has so much detail and dimension there are so many things to cut out from this paper line to make your layout your own.
i found just by adding a few strips of paper to my second layout with some ribbon and stitching gave my layout more texture.

Monday, 8 November 2010

My Little Shoebox - Harmony

Look what I've been luck enough to receive.
These gorgeous (doublesided) My Little Shoebox papers from the Harmony collection.
Some Bazzill, American Crafts Brads, Sticker sheet from My Minds Eye, A selection of Blossoms and Trimmings.

I know I've said this before, but the best way to handle these fun papers from My Little Shoebox is to get scissor happy. Cut away and get right in there.
These papers are crying out to get creative with.
I've cut out a tree here and a little doll. I've also used the reverse of one of the papers which isn't so busy and punched out some strips.
I've layered up with the stickers, blossoms and brads.

And using this paper here, I've made lantern bunting.

And now a card using the same stash.

To make the paper swirls, trim off a couple of very thin strips of paper. The doublesided papers are best for this.

Now twist it tightly around a bamboo skewer and gently remove. You will get these soft twirls then that can be attached to your craft projects.

I hope you have fun with these fun, bright papers. They are a joy to play with.
Lisa xx