Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Echo Park - I'd rather be Crafting

Happy New Year to you all!
It's Anna here today, for my first post of 2018. This month I have been working with Echo Park's I'd rather be Crafting collection.
It's perfect for scrapbooking all of your crafting adventures! There are many crafting details throughout the collection, including scrapbooking tools, planners, cameras, buttons, scissors, wool etc.

I decided to create a project life layout for my first post, this is something that I haven't done for a post for while. Although I still use them in my albums regularly.
I used a Design C Project Life page, so I needed 6 6x4 cards to fill it. I trimmed down some cardstock to 6x4 size to use as background cards as well as a couple of the 6x4 journaling cards from the collection.

I have used quite a few pictures on this layout, this is something that love about using project life pages. I often use them alongside traditional 12x12 pages, so I can add extra pictures and information about a particular event.

I cut out lots of the images from the patterned papers, including flowers, words (which include 'create', 'scrapbook' and 'memories'), cameras and even a trimmer!

I used this layout to document a scrapbooking weekend, I love that there is a collection that enables us to document our scrapbooking and various other crafts.

All of the items I used are available to purchase from the shop and you can see the new Echo Park collections here.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Little things

My first scrapbook page of 2018, and using Blue Fern Studios Chesterville collection.. Its a very dark collection and has a very mixed media vibe about it. On this page i have  used very little paper, mainly my background piece which i have added lots of mixed media to
Firstly i have prepared my keswick paper with transparent gesso and left to one side to air dry,
My focal point is the chipboard notebook frame from Blue Fern Studios to this i have added distress oxides in iced spruce, and them stamped with a clear script stamp from kaiser craft. then added a layer of transparent gesso and set aside to air dry. Once dry i added more inks and mists and set aside.

Back to my page i added some structure paste through a stencil and once dry layered on inks and mists. Placed my back and white photo in the frame and adhered to my page and added strips of paper from the same collection to the right hand side of the frame and some Tim Holtz letter stickers, and  die cue some snowflakes and added to 3 corners of my page.

Added an acrylic title i had amongst my own stash, photo strip, metal embellishments and cotton. Some extra stamping  to areas

close ups

Friday, 12 January 2018

Our first crop of 2018!

It may have been 6 weeks since our last crop, but they have flown by... and already here we are with the first crop of 2018!
It may be grey and dull outside, but this month's kit uses bright colours from Simple Stories Summer Days papers, with a hint of Pixie Powder...

We're at our usual venue, Otley Village Hall with tea, coffee and homemade cakes and a great selection of punches & dies for you to use.  Plus, as it's our January sale, there's 20% off anything you buy in the shop.  Just drop us an email if you'd like to come along :)

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Kaisercraft - Wandering Ivy

Hello and happy new year to you all, Lynn here with a layout made using the Wandering Ivy collection from Kaisercraft.

When I received my design team package for January and found these beautiful, rustic papers and a package of embellishments I just knew they would be ideal for presenting some of the photos from my daughter's wedding.

I selected just one sheet of paper from the collection for this layout - 'Ivy Wall'. The majority of the paper is white-washed wood effect paper with ivy tumbling from the top. I decided to cluster three circular photos from the ceremony itself near the top. The hop bines in the photo are reflected well in the printed ivy.

The flowers in my kit were also perfect as Emily chose green and white / cream for her flowers.
I used some 'Avocado' Bazzill to cut leaves, these were scraps from her wedding invitations. I also added in some dark brown Bazzill scraps for the pine cones. All the greenery and pinecones were cut using a Sizzix (Tim Holtz Alterations) Thinlits set 'Festive Greens', suitable for a lot more than Christmas.

The wooden birds and 'Today' word as well as the tiny letter stickers were also in the kit.

The little cluster at the bottom right of the page, was created with other bits from the kit, lace, tag, glittery half pearls, tiny gold doily and metal name plate. I added some rub-on letters for the month from my stash and I used some dies to cut numbers. I also added some jute twine.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 5 January 2018

Zella Teal.........from Prima

Hello There, it's Anita with you today for my first post of 2018 and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!

I am chuffed to bits to have been able to work with this stunning new collection from Prima, Zella Teal. Its a gorgeous colour palette of beautiful blues and aqua's...... a sprinkling of  browns and some truly gorgeous holographic features that are dazzling when they capture the light.

The papers are all double sided......and that is where the problem lies.....both sides ARE GORGEOUS!!   Which to choose???  Buy 2 of each sheet....problem solved ;)

I decided to use a photo from 2010....a family holiday in Buckinghamshire. We visited Windsor for the day and after a lovely walk around we went on a boat trip down the Thames. This photo is one of my eldest daughter's favourites and I felt the Zella Teal papers were just right for it.

I based the page on a sheet of Live Loudly, which has a beautiful spray of flowers in 2 opposite corners.

I cut a couple of posies from a sheet of Zella Teal, including the gorgeous holographic leaves and accents . They really glow when they catch the light. I raised these up on foam pads to create dimension

I normally square cut the photo mats, but I wanted a softer edge this time so I tore the cardstock mat, leaving a feathery edge. I also used a couple of different Cosmic Shimmer Mists on the page, squirting large drops, creating a pool of ink and then blowing it out in different directions.

I also used a small 6 x 6 inch stencil I had in my stash ( not sure of make or design) and spread some Sparkle Medium through it. This stays raised when it is dry and adds some texture and dimension to the page.

I finished off my page by adding a few random half pearls and gems here and there across the layout and adding some paper blossoms and also some butterflies that I had printed off the internet onto cardstock.

I think this collection will be high on my list of favourites.....I will definately be needing some more!!

Why not pop over to the shop and have a good look around, there are so many *needful* things there xx

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Well, the last parcels have been sent and Christmas is nearly upon us!  We'd like to wish all our customers a Very Happy Christmas and we look forward to continuing to supply you with your papercraft needs in 2018!  

We had our Christmas crop at the beginning of December with 2 make & takes.  Lynn had designed some fabulous Christmas cards using Glitter Kiss... 

Our second make & take used the fuse tool and stamping to make some shaker gift tags...

Our challenge kit consisted of paper from Kaisercraft, Simple Stories and Authentique, so I'm going to leave you with some of the layouts the crop ladies designed (some are waiting for this year's photos!)  It's always amazing how the same kit can produce so many different styles!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Super quick cards...

Hi it's Anita here again with one last very quick post for you.

 Here are a few cards literally made from some left overs from the G45 Winter Wonderland Collection and some gold Mirri Card

Lots of paper collections have sheets in them of various elements and or journalling panels and this beautiful collection is no different. It definately helps to use them if you need some cards in a hurry!!

I picked out some of the decorative panels and then teamed then up with bits and bobs from the Winter Wonderland range....making some standard cards and also a few easel cards too.

I then finished them off with a sprinkling of crystals and Stickles too for some beautiful highlights and results

Perfect to have as a standby for any last minute guests that may turn up and surprise you.

Well that's it from me now this year....looking forward to the New Year and all creative loveliness it brings.

Wishing you a Happy Scrappy Christmas

Warmest wishes
Anita xx