Friday 29 June 2012

Dylusions ink sprays

Hi its Carol here....have you seen the new fab products that have recently arrived in the shop? Amongst them is a product that I absolutely adore.  I'm all for getting messy and these dylusions ink sprays are all about creating fabulous pieces and getting slightly messy!! (ok, if you're like me very messy)

The inks come in a wide range of colours with totally gorgeous names! like crushed grape and london blue to name a couple.  These inks were previously marketed under a different name hence I have quite a few but these won't tie into the newly named sprays!  These sprays are non toxic and acid free and will give you loads of possiblilies and hours of fun...

One word of warning!!!!!!!!!!! these inks stain! they will stain your worksurface, your clothes your if you're like me my attitudie is it eventually washes off my hands, but, wear gloves if you like to protect your digits! also protect your work area - and move anything you don't want splattered...

With that out of the way lets play..............

 Here I have my craft mat covered with a sheet of copier paper, a tag and dylusions sprays in London Blue and crushed grape also a ranger mister...

 Here you can see I've sprayed the tag with the colours keeping them seperate whilst spritzing and then lifting to let them run together (I've also added a yellow/orange toned spray)

 see how the colours are all running together - dry with a heat gun, keeping the gun moving all the time to spread the heat....spray and then dry can vary the concentrated colour by how many spritizes and drys you do...

 see what I mean about overspray??

 These inks react with water, so spritz the tag with the water mister - here I've also sprayed the ink in concentrated areas to give a "splodge" effect

As I mentioned these inks react with water, so spritz thro' a stencil, there are loads of stencils in the dylsuions range and are here....remember what I said in a previous post about distress inks?....use your distress ink to finish off the edges of the tag...also, add further colourby  using contrasting distress inks if there are any areas that have been missed...
 see the effect the water has had thro' the stencil

These tags were all made really quickly, by spritzing the inks and adding stencils with paint or distress inks sponged thro', doodling, splats.....the main thing is to play - mix colours and add different elements....

Next I'll show you a finished tag with embellishments made using your oversprays....

For loads of inspiration pop along to the Ranger blog and see some other ways of using the inks and stencils

Wednesday 27 June 2012

More with the June Kit...

Here is yet another page I have made using this months kit...that's 3 layouts so far for £10 and I still have plenty left for more!

This is another girly layout, using one of the large chipboard butterflies...

I covered the butterfly in the embossing powder and heated it up. On my previous 'boy' layout I used black ink and a thinner dusting of embossing powder so that some of the black showed through, looking more distressed, where as here I used a clear inkpad and covered and heated the powder twice to get a good thick covering, showing off all that beautiful glimmer within the melted powder.

Monday 25 June 2012

Working with the June Kit...

Today I am here to show you another page I created with the June kit which is on sale on the website now.
Although the kit is full of pastels, butterflies and 'pretty' things, I wanted to show how you can still use these pieces to make a page perfect for a boy...

 I used the Copplestone Bazzil as my base, and cut and punched scraps from the yellow and green papers in the kit.

 The Doilies i covered in ink and embossed them with the powder supplied to give them a metallic/blue look.

The acetate postmarks were perfect for the theme, and even the wooden flowers cut in half  were not too feminine to put on the page.

With whatever papers you are using, you can keep the style of your page quite masculine by keeping it bold and sticking to simple shapes like squares and circles.

I hope you like this page created with the June Kit...check back in a few days for another!

Thursday 21 June 2012


Hi, It's Lisa here.
I've had an absolute nightmare of a time with pc problems lately.
But thankfully everything is now sorted and I can finally share again.

I've been playing with lots of MME goodies recently.
Always top of my faves list this company.

I love the girliness that the Miss Caroline Collections have.
I made this LO here using one of the 6x6 pads. Howdy Doody

The Dolled up Butterflies 12x12 paper make really pretty embellishments when cut out.
I just inked the edges and added a diamante in the centre of each one.

I love the label stickers. There are a few to choose from.
To really make the most of them you can stick them onto paper or cardstock and cut out and then use 3d foam tape to stick on to the LO. It really helps make them pop.

I also used some of the Maya Road Organza Rose Ribbon on this page.
It comes on a roll sold by the yard in various colours.
I cut my roses out to add to the LO and added some Maya Road pins to my hand cut leaves.

I just love this pretty collection and there's so much to match and choose from.
Brads, stickers, stamps....take a look here.
It's so hard to choose : )

Monday 18 June 2012

Using the June Kit...

Hi, its lou here today to show you just one of the layouts I did using this months Kit.

I used the ScrapCake 'Happiness Is In The Air' paper as my background, with a section of the Avalon DieCut sheet.

Before sticking the sheets together, I cut out the two butterflies which would have been covered up underneath the die cut.

I made my die cut sheet look lik a clock by printing off Roman Numberals found through Google, onto clear printing paper. They go perfectly with the gorgeous clock hands which are in the kit. 

These hands were embossed with the distress embossing powder, and finished off with one of the large pearls. 

I then took the butterflies I cut out earlier and glued the centres down onto the clock face, leaving the wings free to be bent upwards for depth.  With just a photo, journaling and title, my page was complete. It was really simple but looks detailed.

Friday 15 June 2012

Cropping time again!

It's crop day tomorrow here in Otley and this month's kit uses October Afternoon Sasparilla papers.  There's a bit of red, white and blue going on, unintentionally, but it did fit the photos my son took of himself in an effort to get a patriotic profile picture for facebook! 

Also tomorrow, Lou is going to be giving some quick mini tutorials during the day with some great ideas for making your own embellishments. 

Unfortunately the heating oil has been stolen from the village hall, so this means there will be no heating on at any time tomorrow.  Fortunately it is June, so hopefully we'll all be warm enough anyway.  But you might want to bring an extra layer or two!  See you all tomorrow :)

Thursday 14 June 2012

June Kit...

Its time again already for another new kit, and this month we have gone all girly with lace, flowers, butterflies and pearls.

 This kit seems very feminine at first glance but throughout this month I will be showing you examples of what you can create using the kit, along both a girly and masculine theme.

The white birdcage and small birds included are actually cut from acetate, but shown white here so you can see them!

Here are the fronts of the papers you will be getting...

 ...and the reverses...

The whole kit includes:

The Scrapcake 'My Private Happiness' Happiness Is In The Air paper
The Scrapcake 'My Private Happiness' The Most Beautiful Moments paper
Kaisercraft 'Chapter One' Flourish paper
Pink Paislee 'Spring Jubilee' Celebration paper
Ruby Rock-It 'Avalon' Die Cut paper
White Cardstock
Copplestone Cardstock
12 yard of White Lace
Twin Butterfly Stamp
2 large Maya Road Chipboard Butterflies
5 Wooden Kars Flowers
9 Large Self Adhesive Pearls
2 Tando Creative Clock Hands
Small Paper doilies
1/8th of a pot of Distress Embossing Powder
Acetate Birdcage & 4 birds
9cm Acetate filmstrip
2 acetate stamped postmarks

Whilst this kit is for sale, keep an eye on the blog for examples, but also a few tutorials including working with acetate and embossing powders!

Along with the kit, you will also find on the website a cardstock kit made up of four co-ordinating colours.

Monday 11 June 2012


Last week we had a gorgeous sketch from Amanda...

I LOVED this sketch, it is right up my I had to have a go...and here is what I came up with...

Lots of new Crate paper on here and lots of October Afternoon letters and thickers... and some really pretty resin flowers from maya Road. Are you going to have a go of this sketch?

Friday 8 June 2012

Card sketch

Hello again, I'm back with a new card sketch for you!

I stuck closely to the sketch for this one...

The strips of paper and stickers are from Crate Paper's Pretty Party line, and the strips are bordered by the Queen & Co tape.

This collection is perfect for cards because of all the birthday themed sentiments. I don't know about you, but 90% of the cards I make are for birthdays and I'm always looking for pretty new ways to say "Happy Birthday!"

As always, we'd love to see creations you make using our sketches :) Happy crafting!
Amanda x

Wednesday 6 June 2012

Layout sketch

Hi everyone! Amanda here to share with you the latest Papermaze layout sketch :)

This is a sketch that you can dress up or down to suit your mood - I will return to this one again and again!

I used goodies from Crate Paper's Pretty Party collection to create this page, along with some of the new pink spotty washi tape from Queen & Co (you can find both in the shop). I love the colours in this collection!

The doily is also from the shop. If you don't own any yet they are only 20p for 10 of these cute little 3.5" ones - and they come in 2 other sizes. Time to stock up!

Thanks for visiting today! See you soon with the new card sketch!
Amanda x

Sunday 3 June 2012

Using 'Art Parts'

Hi there... its Lou here demonstrating an alternative way to use a new product we have in stock called Studio 490 Art Parts. These are thick, durable chipboard pieces, in a natural colour, that come in pack ready to put together in all sorts of shapes. The pack I chose was the Large Circle and Large Square Frames.

The idea with this particular pack is to layer the blocks and frames up to assemble two 'frames' to decorate, similar to that on the front of the packet.
However, as soon as I saw them I knew that I wanted to use each shape separately to mount photos onto and create a photo collage...

I used hot glue to hold all the pieces together where they overlapped, and to stick down all the embellishments.

The photos were glued down to the chipboard shapes with PVA glue, and when dry I sanded the edges and brushed a black inkpad around them to define them.
My crop-a-dile was strong enough to punch holes through the thick board for the eyelets.

And my favourite embellishment of all has to be this new Pink Paisley 'London Market' Spool Button. They come in a pack of 12 and i have simply attached a knotted length of twine to it.

There are many different packs of Art Parts available online, so why not have a go at creating an altered piece of art for your home?

Friday 1 June 2012

Art Parts

Art Parts are made from paper board surfaces which make them fantastic for altering.  They can be used in 3d form or flat as embellishments for other projects.

The set I had was the "Spool Set" which came with six circles in three sizes (2 of each), each one had a hole in the middle, 6 smaller circles (to seal the holes) and three tubes in different lengths.

Here is what I made with it:-

 For this piece I used one of each of the circles and the long tube also using one of the smaller circles as a base for the pins.

I started by staining the bases with distress stains, then stamped these with a union jack rubber stamp, adding hi-lights with a white pen, these were then set aside.  The tube was stained with blue distress stain and then I placed a crown on my craft sheet, inked it with gold ink and rolled the tube along the stamp, this gave a lovely regal look.  I then adhered the large and small circles together, slotted the tube into the middle and then carefully added the medium circle to the other end of the tube.  These fitted in quite tight so didn't need any glue to keep them in place.

I love the new Pink Paislee range  "London Market" so, I used elements from the "Ephemera" pack as my main theme, the union jacks were placed onto a couple of ideology memo pins and adhered to the smaller round circle (this gave the pins a base and stopped the project leaning)  a red rose was made by colouring a sheet of white paper with distress ink and die cutting some tattered florals and making into the rose, a Tim Holtz grungepaper bird (from the birdcage and bird set) coloured using distress inks, a Keep Calm saying, some red, white and blue beads, a crown rub on, and some of the gorgeous prima bling, finished it all off.

There is still enough product for more pieces.

Check out the shop for all the product used and also see the fab range of Art Parts...we'd love to see what you come up with.