Monday 31 October 2011

Birthday Card

Using some of the scraps left over from the Authentique Blissful collection. I made this birthday card with some of the circle flowers.
I used a oblong card & cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller than the card.  I then cut some small slits along the paper and threaded some ribbon through.
Having cut several sized circles I then distressed the edges with sandpaper & bent the circles slightly to give a '3d' appearance. I then layered them and added a button & leaves.
I finished with a inked and distressed tag and a smaller flower.

Friday 28 October 2011

Authentique Blissful

This page was created using papers from the Authentique Blissful collection.  This is a gorgeous collection.

I started with the Pleasant paper and matted my photo onto cardstock and attached to the paper at a angle.
I cut several circles from the various patterned papers and some leaf shapes & distressed the edges with sandpaper, then I made up some flowers with the different sized circles & finished with a button in the centre of each
I positioned the flowers around the photo, some cutting in half before attaching the button centre & added the leaves to finish off.
The page was finished by stapling a inked & distressed tag to the top left corner and again adding some smaller flowers.

Tuesday 25 October 2011

and the winner is...

Hi...because of all that has happened over the last week, the competition slipped my mind....luckily the stamps that we were giving away were at my house to we still have some to send drum roll please...............the winner of the set of stamps is...

Blogger Sue said...BEAUTIFUL!!!
As the store sell such gorgeous (Notice the play on words;))stamps, I would like to see more stamping like this as i Love stamping.
8 October 2011 14:44

send me your address and i will get them in the post to email address is

Sunday 23 October 2011

Crate Mini Books

Hi everyone...Even though Papermaze is not up and working at the moment we have decided to still keep this blog keep a check back here for the design team girls posts. We are in the middle of clearing up after the fire. So please bear with us for a while until everything is up and running again. Again if you have any questions email We will be back with a full update soon x

I'm a big fan of Mini Books, but I loose interest quickly.
I like to be able to make one during one stitting. If it's something that takes weeks of work I get bored and end up moving onto the next project before finishing.

I find the 12x12 Crate Papers perfect for making quick mini books.
They come in a variety of themes.
I like to buy 2 sheets of each.
And then I cut out each journal card and stick them back to bake so a different card is showing on each, but matching them up so all the same sizes are stuck back to back.
Once you've done this, the edges can be trimmed up tidy and then inked.
You are now ready to stick on your photos and add your journaling.

I've added some of the crate stickers that you can buy to match the collections too.

I just love how quick and easy it is to make and everything goes together so well.

To finish punch a hole in the top and add a large book ring.

Wednesday 19 October 2011


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Monday 17 October 2011

October Sketch with Kim and Wendy

Good morning all!

I hope you enjoyed last months sketch as much as we did and we are excited to bring you another one this month.

Sketches are such fun to work with as it really is up to the individual on how they look for inspiration from the blueprint. I generally start out with the intention of doing an exact replica of a sketch but in then end my projects tend to take on a life of their own :)

Without further ado, let's have a look at the October Sketch for you:
And here is my (Kim) example:

Products used:
Papers - Authentique: Original, Foundations Bi-Fold
Stickers - American Crafts: Lullaby, Dymo tape
Embossing Powder - Stampendous
Die Cuts - Spellbinders: Creative Tabs by Donna Salazar Designs

And here is Wendy's take on the sketch,for this page she used the papers from the Christmas collection called Peppermint from Crate Paper.

Friday 14 October 2011

October's Crop Kit

Another month has flown by, and here with are with October's crop kit! I've used the lovely Jillibean Soup papers from the Homemade 6 Bean Soup range - I love the colours in this! My layout uses a 6x4.5" photo. We've still got room for a few more people if you fancy coming along to join us tomorrow!

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Echo Park scraps

I made a 40th birthday card using the scraps I had left of the Echo Park country drive papers.
I used some cream card and spray it with the tattered angels chalk boardcotton candy glimmer mist

I then made the card with some of the floral paper scraps from the country drive collection

Thanks for looking and don't forget check out our giveaway on the post below!

Saturday 8 October 2011

something a little cute and a giveaway...

Not sure if you have seen these that are up for sale in the shop...

There are some seriously cute images in this particular cute that they caught my eye...this one in particular....

Now...those of you who know me, know...i am not a stamp person...i am not an ink person...!

But i have found myself in a rut lately and wanted to break out and try something different. So i grabbed this stamp and just had a go.

Here is what i came up with...

For the image of the little girl... i wanted it to have some dimension...i don't like flat things.
So i stamped  out all the different parts of the girl and cut them out...

and then adhered them to the  base stamped image....

i did this to even the tiniest little hearts on her boots are cut out..yep very small but worth it!( and i had nothing else to do that day !!!lol

For that little extra detailing i added some real lace to the bottom of her skirt! so very cute!

So to all you card makers out there that are like me..not stampers and find them intimidating...just have a never may enjoy it...i know i did!

Supplies used...I used a range of Crate Paper for this page..and the small white flower are done using the Paper Frills.

Okay so onto the giveaway... do you fancy winning these stamps?

If you fancy winning these stamps shown above ...leave a comment about what you would like to see more of here on this blog... You have till next Saturday ..... Thanks for popping in.

Monday 3 October 2011

xmas or not?

Morning all....this weekend i set myself a make some normal cards from a set of christmas papers.....hmmmm...was fairly easy to be honest lol!!! as i picked the xmas line from Crate paper.

I know the primary use of this line is for xmas, but there are many pieces in this that i think are not that xmas related and can be used for something if you stay away from the christmas papers ( like me and dont really scrap christmas) there are many sheets of this that you can still buy...let me show you some that i picked up...

the stickers...which i didn't pick up but will next time i go to the can so use for something other than Christmas...

and i picked up i know there are some of them that have Christmas on them...but most of them have not and the ones that do. i was thinking of still using them and perhaps covering up the bits of the stickers with some flowers etc? i love my label stickers!!!!!

i wanted to make some quick cards with these...and i challenged myself to make two cards in half and hour!!!! Now one card normal takes me about 4 hours to make ( sad i know)....but i did it!!!!

I loved the green on this pattern paper
...matching it with dark kraft and the contrast really show up! Match that with a  Jillibean Corrugated shape...

and some pretty bling and pins and you are done!!!

The next card...

I used the same sketch for this one as the one above to keep it simple...

I punched out a scalloped circle using this punch is one of my favourite scallop punches that i have, as the scallops are just that bit deeper....i then cut lines nearly down the the centre....inked the edges and scrunched it up a bit for some texture...

Thanks for looking!!!!

Saturday 1 October 2011

Creating with Crate

Crate Paper never disapppoint.
I love the feel, the look, the colours, just everything about each of their collections. They are always so beautifully put together.

Today I have a card to show you that I made using the Emmas Shoppe papers.

I love how feminine this line is. I backed the card with some bazzill and used a border punch which made for a quick and easy card.
I love the stickers that you can buy to match. Lots of alphas and cutesy words.
I finished it with some Bakers Twine and used an old chip board number 3.
The 3 was the wrong colour so I painted it in pink and aded some stickles.

And that's it!!
An easy to make, no fuss card.