Wednesday 28 September 2011

October workshops

Hi, Here are the dates and details for the workshops in october. If you want to come email me at and let me know :)

The first one is on the 5th October at 7.30pm at the shop. Bring with you , your normal cropping tools, scissors and glue etc...on this workshop we will be using....

the happy days line from Echo Park.

The next workshop is on the 19th october at 7.30pm. Again bring your normal cropping tools with you.This workshop will be a page done using the October Afternoon line called  Passport...

New people welcome. We make a page, drink tea and eat chocolate...lots of fun! Hope to  see you there!

Monday 26 September 2011

sketch time...

Are you a big lover of using sketches...i myself love them but find it adapt the sketch to my style of scrapbooking...but sometimes i get a sketch that i love and use it over and over again...

Today and for a few months, design team member Kim and i are going to give you a sketch and show you how we used it. Though i have to say i have this one easy as the sketch is a 12 by 12 and Kim scraps 8 1/2 by she has had to change it up a bit...
Here is the sketch...

I created this sketch a long time ago and as i said it is one that i love and have used over and over are some old samples of pages i used for this...some of these you will have seen on the wall at papermaze.

This is done using various Cosmo Cricket collections...i just grabbed all my bags of cosmo cricket that i had and picked out the most brightest colours that i could find...

I used this sketch again on this page...

On this one, i added bits around the outside of sketch....i used some old Echo of my favourite lines from them called For the Record
And then there is this one...

again all made from the same sketch....sometimes i have moved some of the elements of it up and down a bit but basically they are all the same.

So to the new challenge of this is my new one....

 And here is Kim's take on the you can see totally different to any of them that i did or have done with it.!!!

I love how she used the flowers as the just show you how two different scrappers can interpret one sketch differently!!!!! 

Next month Kim has made up a sketch for us to use....see how they turned out then!

Saturday 24 September 2011

Echo Park Papers

The colours of the pink scalloped bazzill and the echo park papers were perfect for these photos of my daughter on a recent cupcake making day.
This page was made using leafy tree tops paper
                                       I started with a sheet of pink scalloped bazill and some scraps of the above paper. I sprayed some cosmic shimmer chalk mist on the cardstock.

I added a flower stamp and some foam flowers. I added some pink dew drops to the centres of the foam flowers. I finished with a journalling card. Hope you enjoyed this page!

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Three Musketeer's with Authentique

Good morning everyone.

This month I had the pleasure to work with he papers of the relatively new company Authentique. TO be honest, the pictures of their products do not do them justice: I was blown away by how fabulous the patterns and quality of the papers are.

When I had the papers of the Uncommon line in my hands I could not wait to get started....fantastic card stock quality papers and gorgeous patterns, which scream to be used for a vintage look.

I wanted to scrap the picture of my Mum, Auntie and Nan for ages but never had the right papers at hand, until now :)

With the use of adhesive foam pads, I raised some of the punches shapes and hand cut flowers to give the layout more depth.
And I also added one of my tags, which I create a few months back (see THIS post) to the layout...I knew it would come in handy to have them prepared!

I love how the colours grey and pink work fabulous with vintage photographs.
But what do you think fits well with this colour combination?

Products used:
Papers - Authentique: Foundations Bi-Fold, Gifted, Unique, Special
Cardstock - Bazzill
Stickers - American Crafts: Lullabye

Saturday 17 September 2011

Guest designer...

Today we have a wonderful guest designer...her name is Karen Barker and she has made this amazing page for me to share with you!

new october afternoon rocket age papers.

She has used the Line from October Afternoon called Rocket Age to make this line... 

She used Bakers Twine for the smoke from the Rocket...such an amazing idea!!! And misted the background!

I think you will agree that this is an amazing page! Thanks Karen for sharing it with us!

Friday 16 September 2011

September's crop kit

Here we are then, a little late in the day maybe, but it has been rather hectic! This month's kit uses one of our newest manufacturer's Authentique. I chose their Blissful line - yellow is a colour I hardly ever scrap with, but I'm really pleased with the results and I love the black and white photos that complement it so well :)

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Echo Park Country Drive

This month I received the Echo Park Country Drive papers & alphabet stickers. I made a quick simple page using Birds on the wire paper.

and leafy tree tops paper.

Monday 12 September 2011

Flower tutorial with KI Memories

Today I would like to show you, how you can create you own custom made flowers/blossoms from patterned paper.

I don't know about you but I always find that I very rarely seem to have the perfect colour fit embellishments for my projects at hand. That's where your handmade embellishments come into place - they are fun to create and leave you with a sense of achievement, when you look at the finished project and think "I made that flower!!!"

First gather a few supplies in addition to your papers:
Flower shaped punch or dies
Ink pad (optional)
Mists (optional)
Pearl, brad or bling (optional)
Embossing tool or burnishing tool (optional)

For this tutorial I have chosen to make use of the Cuttlebug Flowers die set, which is perfect for layering you own blossoms.

My chosen papers are

Cut out as many flower shapes as you wish (I always like to create a few "spare" blossom for later use) and lay them out in front of you.

If you like, you can spray them now with some mists, or enhance their edges by running an ink pad along. Alternatively, just leave them as they are.

I then like to carefully roll the end of my embossing/burnishing tool in circular motion along the middle of each flower. If you don't do it too hard, you will soften the middle of the paper and the edges should slowly raise up by themselves.

Or you can just carefully crunch the flower upwards and unfold it a little afterwards.

Once you have crumpled/burnished all your layers, adhere them on top of each other like so (you only need a small amount of glue in the middle section).

If you want you can add either a piece of bling, a pearl, a brad or a button in the middle and your blossom is ready.

See, really easy and the results are definitely worth it. Besides, it is a good way to make use of any scrap paper that you have lying around.

Friday 9 September 2011

Sketch week, day three.

Hi and welcome to the last card for this weeks sketch week.

Here is the sketch again for the last time...

and this is the card...

The background for the top part of this card is from here...

and here is a close up...

Thanks for popping in this week to see the cards, let me know if you use the sketch so i can put it up here on the blog. I will be back next month with another sketch and another three cards!

Wednesday 7 September 2011

card two

Hi and welcome back to card sketch week here on the i have another card to show you using the same sketch as before...

And here is todays take on the card...

and here are some close ups...

to make the flower, i cut out several different petal leaves, and adhered them onto a small square to keep them stable and together.
I cut out a small flower from this pattern put into the centre of the paper flower that i made.

The 'Joy is a flower' strip that you can see in the photo above, is taken from this die cut set..again they match this line perfectly!!!

Come back in a few days to see the last card in the set!

Monday 5 September 2011

Card one

Hi...this week is going to be a bit a bit quieter for me and i am sure for alot of you as well, with all the children going back to school.

So with all that spare time we are going to have ( ha!) i thought i would give you a card sketch this week. is the sketch...

I have three cards made with this sketch...the other two i will show you during the course of this week.

For all of these cards i used the new line from Crate Paper called  Random which is gorgeous. I also used this with it as it matches perfectly...

you can find this here...have a search though the new products here...there are so many gorgeous stickers, chipboard stickers and letters in there...i bought lots the other day and have used them lots!

Here is the first card for this week...

and some close ups...

I also used these on this card for some of the sentiment...

 And trust me when i say...if you are buying this line...then you have to buy this paper...

I know it looks scary when you look at it like this...lots of big patterns...but trust me cut up into smaller sections this paper is just divine!!!!!

Come back on Wednesday to see the next card.