Friday 28 April 2017

Doodlebug Designs ~ Spring Things

Hello, it's Anna here today.
I have been enjoying working with Doodlebug's Spring Things collection this month, which is just so lovely and perfect for Spring.
I love this time of year, when the days get longer and the sun starts to shine. I find that I take more photographs too. 
I took some pictures of myself and my son at Framlingham Castle on a day out over the Easter holidays. With the sun shining, I decided to use them for my first 'Spring Things' layout. I printed them out square and worked my layout around them.

I used the 'baby blooms' patterned paper. I cut out three of the patterned squares and measured a fourth to the same shape with some cardstock.
To make the boarder, I cut four thin strips of patterned paper using my paper trimmer.

Supplies Used:

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Echo Park Once Upon a Time Princess

This month I was so excited to use Echo Park Once Upon a Time Princess paper line.  This line is absolutely beautiful and combines all the elements needed for any princess, there are florals and bright feminine colours as well as wonderful princess themed co-ordinating background papers.  There is also a matching gorgeous range called Once Upon a Time Prince for all those little prince photos you may have.

I decided to take on a rather large project this month.  Earlier this year I participated in a number of princess running races in Orlando and earned some gorgeous medals that needed to be displayed.  What better opportunity to use a princess themed paper range!

I started off with a large piece of white poster board and roughly placed my medals and running bibs where I wanted them.  I then went about getting rid of the huge white space with various spray inks in a berry tone (you can find some similar here).  After the inks had dried I realised I wanted to add a little bit of sparkle to the background so I used the Tim Holtz Scribbles Stencil with some glittery texture paste to go in between each medal.  It is quite hard to see the pattern now everything has been placed but it really does give a lovely shimmer behind the medals.

I then took several photos from the races and placed them around the medals using co-ordinating pieces of paper from the range.  I also used multiple stickers from the sticker elements sheets.  These sticker sheets are absolutely fabulous to compliment any paper range; they have so many elements and are the perfect finishing touches to layouts or cards.

Even though the finished piece is a little "busy", I really like how this bold project turned out.  The papers emphasise the fun of the races and match the colours of my medals and the bibs.

I hope you enjoyed this project, thanks for reading xxxx

Monday 24 April 2017

Lovely - Echo Park Just Be You

Hope everyone had a great crafty weekend, Tracee here today to share a clean and simple layout using the divine Just Be You collection by Echo Park.

Lovely Tracee Provis Echo Park Just Be You Papermaze

I cut out some Heart shapes using a cut file by the Cut Shoppe, I filled both the large and small hearts using the Brave sheet and the 4x6 sheet

how cute are the little cacti?

I made the most of the sticker sheet using it all over for my embellishments, I created another layout using more of this collection which I will share later.

For this and all your scrapping needs please head over to the Shop

Saturday 22 April 2017

The winners are...

Thank you to everyone who entered our Easter Egg hunt and well done for finding all the hidden eggs!  Before we tell you who won the prizes, here are the answers:

What was the follow-up song to Village People's huge hit YMCA?   In the Navy.

What is the Hawaiian word for 'thank you'?  Mahalo.

What is the name of the pigment that gives plants their green colour?  Chlorophyll.

 What is the latin name for the moon?  Luna

What is the name of the plant in this picture?  Wisteria

What animal eats Captain Hook's hand after it is cut off by Peter Pan?  Crocodile.

James Arthur won the 9th series of X-Factor in 2012 - what was the title of his debut single?  Impossible.

And so, the first person drawn at random, who wins a £40 gift voucher is  LIZ GOLDING!

The three runners up who win a £10 gift voucher each are:-




Congratulations to all the winners!  If all winners and runners up could please email us at, we shall arrange for your gift vouchers to be sent out to you.                 

Friday 21 April 2017

April's crop

Tomorrow is crop day and we have a pretty pink layout for you using the beautiful papers from Bo Bunny's Aryia's Garden collection. 

We're at our usual venue, Otley Village Hall in Suffolk from 10am until 5pm, with lovely homemade cakes and a discount in the shop!

Wednesday 19 April 2017

get up and go

so using the Bo Bunny papers from the Bella Rosa collection I have come up with a very simple layout using stamps, machine stitching, matt and layering, along with some ink splats
I wanted to show in this page that its not essential to use dies and that cutting patterned paper in a different way can add texture and interest to a page. The long triangles at the top and bottom of the page emphasise the lines on the climbing frame, along with machine stitching
The photo is matted onto multiple pieces of patterned paper and vellum again machine stitched to add texture

 Lots of white space and a paintbrush to flick ink on the the page

Stamped title on to cork

Monday 17 April 2017

Distress Oxide Inks - A Review

Hello! - Lynn here today - I have been trying out Ranger's new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks, to bring you this review, and a few ideas of what you can create with them. I'm really pleased with the results and love the many effects.

Distress Oxide Ink is a fusion of die and pigment ink, which can be used by itself or mixed with other products. The ink is reactive with water and the resulting oxidization process produces a chalky effect - it feels and looks chalky but will not rub off the surface as chalk would. The more water added to the ink the more the dye seeps out.

The oxide ink is shiny when wet but dries opaque so can be used on dark backgrounds (see below for samples). 
Just like the Distress Inks, Oxide pads are felt and not foam like most pigment based inks, this means they are a good firm surface to work from.

Once dry the inked surface can be written or stamped onto. You can also stamp images with these new inks. The Oxide Ink takes a little longer to dry than dye inks, so is ideal for heat embossing. 
Water can be added to the ink once applied to the work surface. Water can also be added to your card once the ink has been applied.

The Distress oxide ink pad will appear to be stained if you touch it against another colour, but this can be wiped off.

There are twelve colours available - so far.... Work Lipstick, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

From this image you can see the similarities and differences in the Distress Oxide Ink and Distress Ink pads. The new inks come in the same containers, but they are grey instead of black, so easy to spot in your collection.

I created these Ink swatches using the excellent set of printable blanks, designed by Jennifer McGuire - free and downloadable from her blog
The image below shows the new Oxide Inks compared to the Distress Inks when swiped onto white card. The effect is more vibrant and solid.

Below you can compare the use of the opaque oxide inks swiped onto white, black and kraft card. The effect varies slightly but good colour is achieved on all surfaces.

Stamping with Distress Oxide Inks
You can see the ink clearly on the stamp itself and you get a nice solid crisp image which can be heat embossed. If you add a little water to the stamped image it will start to oxidise and gives a unique chalky finish. See the three samples below.

Stamped in Fired Brick
Stamped as before and embossed
Stamped and spritzed with water
Creating Backgrounds
Backgrounds can be created by adding some of the ink to the work surface. This is then spritzed with water before dragging the surface of the card through it. Dry the card with the heat tool and spritz with water. The card can be swiped through the ink on the work surface again and again, as long as it is dried each time. You will be building up layers rather than mixing the colours together which could cause a muddy effect. Keep going until you are happy with the effect. 

I stated off using three colours each time and then tried one using a rainbow of colours. 

For more than three colours, the combination was more easily controlled using a glass work surface than a soft mat. This could also be done on a large acrylic stamping block.

All of the above once finished and dry.

Colour wash
To create this effect place some ink onto the work surface and make it wet before using a brush to apply the colour wash to the paper. This wet ink can then be used to create a background or to colour a stamped image. Of course you can do this with the original inks and there is room for both with different results. You get a smoother more opaque finish with the oxide inks and of course you can layer more of the same colour to make it more intense. I tried out a few different colour wash backgrounds. 

Another way of achieving this type of effect is to apply the ink to the paper directly from the ink pad. Take a wet paintbrush and create the wash effect by brushing through the ink with plenty of water.

For the following card I added the Fossilized Amber and spritzed it letting the watery ink run before drying it. Then I repeated the process with a little less ink each time using Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

The original Distress Inks are excellent for blending with, but you need to try this with the Oxide Inks to be amazed at how much smoother it is.  Using a mini blending tool and a fresh felt pad for the Distress Oxide colour. You will find they blend very well with no marks or hard edges due to the pigment ink in the mix.

Confetti Effect
This was created by adding colour to the work surface, then dipping in a wet brush and flicking it over the paper. It is important to use and dry one colour at a time to prevent the colours running into one another. 

StencilsUse a blending tool to work ink through a stencil onto card, heat set with a heat tool, then spritz with water and dry again. This is quick to do and gives a luminous effect too to the colour.

Inked and heat set
Spritzed with water
Any of the above finished surface can be stamped onto with Archival Ink.

Here are some of my finished cards made from my experiments:

Other items available from Papermaze which I used to make up the cards:
Spellbinders dies, Crafters Companion Dies, Memory Box dies, Tim Holtz/Sizzix - Thinlits dies, PaperArtsy Stamps by JOFY, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps, Tim Holtz Layering Stencils.

I found using these inks great fun and so inspiring, the more I created with them the more I wanted to try out - the possibilities are endless! I think they will be appearing in future blog posts.

Thanks for Looking
Lynn x