Wednesday 30 April 2014

More from the April Kit

Hi Tracee with you today to share another project I created using the April Kit. You can see my first project using the kit here

This time I created a little gift for a new baby girl, consisting of an Easel card with a drawer and a gift box. Inside the little drawer there is a small Minibook with space for the new parents to add some photo's

I attached the Kraft envelope to the main part of the easel card and added a tag that pulls out and a couple more pics can be added.

The little mini album is made from tag shapes and I used some of the string to hold them all together.
I used scraps of the papers from the kit to decorate the tags.

On the sheet of alpha stickers there are quite a few different images along with the letters and I added a few of these here and there through the minibook
I hope you have been inspired to purchase one of these fab kits for yourself and all supplies used can be found in the shop.

Monday 28 April 2014

New Home Card

Hi, Carol here with you today.  Have you seen the new Paperartsy stamps that are now in store….I just adore those Darcy Eclectica stamps and just to show that they can be used for just about anything my next few posts will be  based using the sets that are available in store…

For this new home card I've used Eclectica3 - EDY08 which is available here

I started off with a 6x6 white card blank and stamped the house directly onto the card….I also stamped the image onto an old book page.

Using my distress inks, I mixed broken china and weathered wood and coloured the tower, chimney and the metal side of the house, using festive berries I painted the roof.  By adding more distress ink at the edges I was able to add depth to the stamped image - the lighter shade had lots of water and very little ink…just be careful not to saturate your card.  A small amount of the ink was added to the bottom of the house to give it a grounding.

The door, window and cogs were cut out of the book pages and added to the image.

The edges were doodled with a black paint pen.

Next time I will be showing you a project using some of the other stamps in the set.

TFL xx

Thursday 24 April 2014

A Month of Cards in One Hour

Hello, it's Lisa with you today.
I am going to share my month of cards with you.

I've been so rubbish with sending out cards this year and I really hate to have to buy a card, so I've just looked through my dairy and planned every card that needs to be sent this month and made them all in one go. And the best bit. It's only taken me an hour.

Here they are.

I'll show you how they were made.
First things first, gather up your supplies first.

I used these pretty Prima ATC cards and the stickers to go with them along with some card blanks.

I've kept the designs pretty similar to save on time.
Some like this one here, I inked the edge of the ATC card and then stuck on to some scrap paper and trimmed around the edge allowing for a decent sized border.

The mounted ATC's were stuck on the card blanks and this one I misted over a mask.

I also cut some the the ATC cards up to add bits and pieces.

I stamped on some of the cards and added different stickles for some glittery effects. I've also used a couple of paper punches on some of the spare ATC cards.

Three of them have a painted background. I added water to the paintbrush and held the cards up to let the watered down paint drip.
I also typed up some greetings and cut into strips to add to some of the cards. The edges were inked and the strips were crumpled before sticking in place.
I now have 7 cards ready to send.
This one is my favourite.
This one is for a wedding.
I've added a few diamantes on some of them too.
A girlie birthday card.
A thank you card.
The stickles make such a difference.
And the final card.
With some flat backed pearls.
There you have my 6 finished cards ready to send out this month.
It feels good to be organised.
How organised are you?
Lisa xx


Wednesday 23 April 2014

Easter Egg Hunt answers!

The children have gone back to school, the sun is shining, and the chocolate eggs are all eaten (well, nearly!).  I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend, and a big thank you to everyone who joined in our Easter Egg hunt.  I really look forward to doing it each year, and judging from your emails, you enjoy hunting round the website too :)

So, on with the answers

Day 1:
Which of New York City's five boroughs is the most densely populated?

Day 2:
This was a 2008 film based on Stephanie Meyer's novel of the same name.

Day 3:
This is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water with flavouring.

Day 4:
In maths, this circle is divided into sectors to show relative sizes of data.
Pie chart

Day 5:
Picture clue

Day 6:
Song lyrics
Umbrella   by Rhianna

Day 7:
Picture clue
Mindy (from Mork & Mindy!)

Those are the answers and now onto the winners!  First out of the hat, and winning a £25 gift voucher is... Joanna Mackintosh :)  Congratulations Joanna, I will email you a gift certificate.  And we had 3 runners-up prizes of 6x6 pads and they go to Lynn Cooper, Janina Beckett and Julie Porter.  Congratulations ladies - drop me an email with your address and I can pop your prizes in the post :)
And thanks once more to everyone who played along.

Monday 21 April 2014

Prima Engraver Papers...

Hi All, I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter Bank Holiday!
this long weekend, I have had a chance to play with my stash, and I have been enjoying pulling out some of my old papers. One of my all time favourite lines is Prima Marketing Engraver Collection.
Below you will see why. This is one of very few paper collections I have found that can suit any genre, theme or colour scheme you want it to become. The colours are all neutral, and so it leaves the option to add any colours you wish to personalise it or coordinate it with other products you have.
On my first project here, an Art Journal Page, I have coloured my background (Engraver - Roulette) with ink sprays to make it pink and red.
Then, using the same papers, I have incorporated blue and green flowers instead to give this card a much softer, more feminine feel.
So despite these products not being the 'latest' collection, I know I can use these again and again for a long time to come. Why not have a browse online for older favourites of yours at , or try creating with neutral palette and personalising it with a splash of your own choice of colour?

Sunday 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone - I hope you haven't eaten too many chocolate eggs!!  And speaking of eggs, it's time for the final clue in our hunt :)  Hopefully after finding today's hidden egg, you will have 7 answers, which you then need to email me -  All I need is the product name and manufacturer of each egg. Closing date for entries is midday Wednesday 23rd April. A winner plus runners up will be drawn at random then :)

So, onto the final clue!  To finish with, a picture for you:

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in the hunt this year, I really hope you have enjoyed it!

Saturday 19 April 2014

Nearly there!

I'm just back from cropping and although I didn't get much done, I did have a lovely day - thanks to all the ladies for their great company :)  And before I get started on tea, I thought I had better post today's clue.  Are you ready??!! 

I need the title of the song that these lyrics come from:

Because when the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be your friend
Took an oath, I'ma stick it out to the end

Don't forget to come back to tomorrow for the final clue!  Happy hunting!

Friday 18 April 2014

Clue 5

I hope you have all had a lovely Good Friday :)  We have been out celebrating my mum's birthday, which has been lovely, but now I'm concentrating on getting ready for tomorrow's crop.  Before that though, I have another clue for you.  And to add a bit of colour to the blog, it's a picture one!  Here you are:

I'll see you back here tomorrow - happy hunting!

Thursday 17 April 2014


Hello again :)
I hope you're all enjoying the Easter Egg hunt and managing to work out the clues and find the eggs on the website!   It's time for the fourth clue, so we're half-way through!  Here goes:

In maths, this circle is divided into sectors to show relative sizes of data.

Happy hunting!

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Clue 3

Here we are again with another clue!  I'm going to get straight on with it and not keep you waiting - here goes:

This is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water with flavouring.

See you tomorrow - happy hunting!

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Day 2

OK, so how did you get on with the first clue?  I hope you found it, and have the answer in a safe place!  Remember, one lucky person will win a £25 gift voucher and there are 3 runners up prizes too - but don't send anything in until you've found the last egg on Sunday :)

So, we'd best get on with today's clue:

This was a 2008 film based on Stephanie Meyer's novel of the same name.

Happy hunting!

Monday 14 April 2014

It's that time of year!!!!

With Easter approaching fast, it must be time for our annual Easter Egg hunt!! We know how much you enjoy doing this as we've already had people asking if we're doing it this year, and so here we are, hiding an egg in our store every day until Easter!  For those of you who are new to this - or who may need reminding how it works, let me explain a bit more.

Every day for the next week I will give you a clue on the blog. All you have to do is work out the answer and find the egg on the website :) Make a note of the manufacturer and product, then once you have all seven answers you can email them to me (details on Sunday). And, of course, there is a prize to be had! This year we'll be giving away a £25 gift voucher to one lucky person (whose name will be drawn at random!) - and we'll also be giving away three 6x6 pads to three runners up (one pad each!) .

So, are you ready?   Then let's begin with the first clue:

Which of New York City's five boroughs is the most densely populated?

Work out the answer, and jump over to the website to find the egg!  Keep a note of the answer, and remember to drop by tomorrow for the next clue!

Wednesday 9 April 2014

April Kit - Simply Perfect

Hi Tracee with you today sharing a layout I created using the gorgeous April Kit

This months kit features the stunning Fresh Cuts collection by Basic Grey, with a few other papers including a pink Polka dot sheet from Carta Bella (my favourite sheet!) and Kaisercraft Choc Chip from the Tea Break collection.
The kit always includes a couple of sheets of plain cardstock and this time I started with the white sheet and layered my papers on it in strips across the top and down the right hand side of the page.
I used a polka dot stencil and some distress ink to add a little interest to the white space in the bottom left side of the layout.

This month you also get a sheet of the cute alpha stickers from Pink Paislee sentiment series and a chipboard title that was quite literally "Perfect" for my page.

I will be back later in the month to show you what else I created with this fab kit.

Monday 7 April 2014

Inky beginnings

Hi, its Carol with you today - have you seen the fabulous new Ranger products that have arrived at Papermaze? I haven't managed to get my hands on those new Dylusion ink sprays yet, but, I will!!, so I thought today, we'd use some of the sprays and distress inks…to make a tag incorporating several techniques…

To start with I cut a tag using the sizzix large tag die, this is now available in the shop, I have had my die for quite some time and I use it a lot! I love making tags and enjoy adding these as decoration to presents for family and friends….so,  tag cut….I used a clear embossing ink with clear powder and stamped and heat embossed some sewing themed stamps to my tag….. I then used my spraying cubicle (a delivery box from Papermaze - with a piece of kitchen roll in the bottom) to spritz my tag - I always do this after spraying my new wooden blinds!!!! fortunately it did clean off, but, I'm not chancing that again!! lol


This tag was spritzed with three inks, dried and spritzed again - the picture shows the first spritz…..
I also cut the mannequin die out of grungepaper and spritzed this with the same inks, I added the white spray ink, lifted up the mannequin and allowed the ink to run down the leg….
Taking a harlequin stencil, I placed this over the tag and spritzed with water, text stamping with black ink and the edges inked with brown ink finished off the tag….

I also coloured some vintage ribbon with the inks…

The bobbin was coloured using distress inks and a piece of string wrapped around, a vintage button and a pin were also added.  The stamped sentiment was from a Technqiue Tuesday stamp set….