Thursday 28 July 2011


Hi all ooh i just love this paper collection great for school layouts.... I decided to incorporate my teenage daughters feelings into this layout and getting her to school once in a while can prove a struggle as she thinks she is way to cool for school....... This is such a simple layout i wanted to have a grunge feel to it .... This can easily be achieved using splashes of paint .... give it a try and see the effects are well worth it.....

Monday 25 July 2011

A Royal page!

Last month we were lucky enough to see the Queen & Prince Philip when they arrived on the Isles of Scilly to open the new 5 islands school sports hall. For those of you who don't know where the scillies are, they are a group of Islands situated approx 28 miles off the southwest coast of Cornwall. The total population of all 5 islands is approx 2000 people. My in laws live over there and we were visiting them for the Whitsun holiday when we heard the Queen was arriving on Friday the 3rd June 2011. The Queen last visited the islands back in 1967.

For this Scrapbook page I used the gorgeous Basic grey sweet threads papers, I'm lucky that they actually matched the coat & dress the Queen was wearing that day!

I used a sheet of green cardstock which I then distressed with sandpaper & painted the edges with some white paint to age it.
I covered the centre in newspaper cuttings from the royal visit and then using a sewing machine sewed a square frame over the top of the newspaper.
I made the large flower in the bottom corner using a catseye ink pad as a template. I cut out several petals and then made slightly smallers ones. I finished it off with a button in the centre.

I cut out some swirls from the patterned paper & finished off with some thread & mulberry roses.

For this LO I used Basic Grey Sweet Threads Knotted shirt paper

                                                                     and Lacy organic

Friday 22 July 2011

July's Crop Kit

As requested by one of our crop ladies, we're posting up the monthly crop kits on our blog, so you can see what sort of photo to bring with you! So here is the page for tomorrow's crop...

This has been designed by Lou and uses MME Lime Twist papers, with a portrait 6x4 photo. I'm sure you'll agree it's lovely! There's a bit of paint splattering in there, so if you have a paintbrush, bring it along.

We'll see you tomorrow!

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Basic Grey Sweet Threads

This month I received some gorgeous Basic grey Sweet threads papers. I've always loved basic grey especially the earlier collections and the sweet threads collection is no exception it's absolutely gorgeous.

I made 3 cards for a teenagers birthday, all using the same retro flower punch, lacy organic basic grey paper, bakers twine,buttons & dewdrops.

Monday 18 July 2011

Relaxing...with Basic Grey

Hello everyone, it's Kim here again with another layout using the Basic Grey Lauderdale collection.

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There are some papers within this collection, which I found at first glance a little overwhelming such as the Beach Towel. I usually shy away from papers with stripes, as I have no idea how best to use them.

But as Basic Grey is double sided, I simply focused on the flip page, which has a nice hue of blues and some cool retro rectangles. I quickly decided that I wanted to create a page that somehow involves water/sea and the picture of my Mum taken on her first ever voyage on board Queen Mary 2 just screamed to be used :)

First off I wanted to tone the blue down a little, so I added some Gesso with the help of a few stencils and finally added Cosmic shimmer in Blue Ice to create the base of my background.

I hand cut a few flowers from the Coastline paper and layered them around the edges of the photograph. The picture itself was matted with some more of the fantastic Lauderdale - Element Stickers.

Products used:
Papers - Basic Grey: Lauderdale collection
Stickers - Basic Grey; Jenni Bowlin
Mist - Cosmic Shimmer
Pearls - Mark Richards

Friday 15 July 2011

Scrap That!

Hello everyone, it is Kim here.

What do you do with your paper scraps?
I used to collect them in a box, promising myself that I would use them eventually....yeah, right. I found myself drowning in scraps and ended up throwing boxes of them away.

These days I challenge myself to create a card and/or tag as soon as I finished a project with some of the left over scraps. Right now I am totally addicted to make tags, because you have the best of both worlds with them - either use them to adorn a gift or stick them on a blank card and you have a quick greeting card when you need it.

Here are two examples I created from a few left overs.

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Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Crate Paper - Portrait "Something Blue"
Beads: Dew Drops "Clear"
Pen:Uniball Signo "White"
Ink: Staz On "Blazing Red"

Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Crate Paper - Emma's Shoppe "Sweets", "Quilts"; The Girl's Paperie "Birds of a Feather"
Stickers: Jenni Bowlin - Black Tiny Dot
Mists: Cosmic Shimmer - Aqua Lagoon, Ancient Copper; Tattered Angels - Olive Vine

Punches: Woodware
Beads: Dew Drops "Clear"

Monday 11 July 2011

Guest Designer....

We have a guest designer today....her name is Janet Warren...she sent me this gorgeous page that she used, created with Papermaze products...

I fell in love with this page as soon as i saw it, the whole zip idea showing off the photo is outstanding!!!!! Janet this is an amazing page!!!!
Here is what she used!
White card , Pink Paislee paper's : Flower Blooms, Dew Drops & Butterfly Wings for the leaves, Tim Holtz paper distresser, Yellow eyelets & yellow bakers twine, Distress inks : Wild Honey,Aged Mahogany & Spiced Marmalade, Martha Steward "Frond Branch" punch for leaves, Tim Holtz die cut's  Banner & Butterflies with the same papers as above,Bling,Prima Voila Ivory die cut felt strip.The flowers are stamped on same papers.

Again..thanks for sharing your wonderful page with us...and dont forget if you have used some products from Papermaze, email me you page or project, my email address is i can show all our readers your wonderful work!!!!!

Wednesday 6 July 2011

It's the Little Things

Today I am going to show you some pieces I have made using the Fancy Pants line 'It's the Little Things'
Firstly, here are a couple of cards...
This one was created but fussy cutting some details from the 'spring fever' paper. I added a sentiment cut from the sheet of borders, and layered them up onto a paper doily. To strengthen the card, the doily was backed with some cardstock. I also used dewdrops around the inner circle of the doily to add a bit of sparkle!
This next card was created using the 'honeysuckle' paper, some corrugated card and a Technique Tuesday 'Swanky Frame' I painted crackle paint onto the frame, and allowed it to dry before distressing it further with some brown and cyan inkpads.Then I cut elements from the Fancy Pants papers, and layered these up with lace, flowers and a border strip. The title is from American Crafts Flat Thickers
Lastly, here is a layout. I used the mostly the neutral tones of the papers as this was a page for a boy,
I clustered together elements cut from the papers, along with some corrugated card pieces, some twine and a few yellow flowers with leaves...
There is a sheet full of these tickets just ready to be cut out and used...

Sunday 3 July 2011

Bo Bunny...

As you can tell from my previous layout using the same paper collection (Bo Bunny's Vicki B)how different each layout can look. My last layout was so full of eye candy, but for this layout i decided to keep it really simple. A simple thing such as adding a rim of lace around your card stock circle can give so much detail and texture to your layout.