Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Prom Night ......with Prima Rossibelle.

Hi Again,

 It's Anita with you today and this is my last offering for March.
 Last summer it was our youngest daughter's year 11 Prom, such a beautiful evening, full of stunning dresses, sparkly heels, tiara's and of course arriving in magnificent cars!

When I saw the Rossibelle Collection I just fell in love with it....very pretty with the floral designs, but so striking and majestic with the Rose Gold Foil accents and highlights. So I knew that's what I had to use for a prom layout.
Chloe's dress was navy blue and I chose to have a few photos of the evening printed in black and white. I also felt that worked better with this paper range too.

I used a sheet of Nostalgic for the base of the layout and then took a sheet of the beautiful and heavily foiled Notes and Scribbles. This is an absolutely stunning sheet and the foiling is really luxurious. Before anything else i took a peice of bubble wrap and gently sponged some ivory acrylic paint onto it in various places. I absolutely LOVE to use bubble wrap for stamping with, I prefer it to actual stamps because I like that I can change the pressure in different places for different effects, also by popping a few random bubbles can completely change the end result too!
After the paint dried I then repeated the process in some patches using a metallic coppery/gold paint, I re-stamped over small patches of the ivory.
I then trimmed roughly 8mm off of one side of the sheet and the same off of the top of the sheet, this allows a border of the base sheet (Nostalgic) of the layout to show and create a framing effect.


After trimming I cut a fairly large square from the centre of the sheet and then roughed up the the inner and outer edges. You can use a distresser if you have one....I don't own one however and just like to pick at mine til I acheive an effect I am happy with.

I took the 3rd and final sheet which is called Vintage Memories This had various elements on it that I fussy cut out. One I used as a partial photo mat and the others I raised on 3d foam pads and arranged around the layout in various places.

Using some of the left over scraps I die cut out some swirls and added those to the layout and then popped on 3 paper and bead blossoms from the Rossibelle range.....the perfect finishing touch.

This collection is truly beautiful, even more so when you see it in the flesh. It's such a shame I couldn't capture this properly in the photo's but I just know that if you treat yourself to a few sheets at some point you will be glad you did.

 Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

natures beauty

for my next couple of posts i am using  Bo Bunny Bella Rosa patterned paper and a dusty attic chipboard frame. Initially i was going to put the chipboard frame on thick acetate but somehow that didn't look right with the photo. So i gently cut my frame to fit about 2 thirds of my patterned paper and went about matting my photo with piece of the shutter and reflections paper. Echoed the same chipboard piece in the bottom corner, with a door image. Did lots of fussy cutting and rolled a flower.
To add colour to my chipboard i mixed some of my inks and mists and dabbed onto my chipboard using a natural sponge and the dry brushed some white paint on top. One of my more simple layouts as i struggled a little with it, but i love the subtle rust colours and wood grain paper

a close up

another close up

Friday, 24 March 2017

March Crop

It's the last Saturday of the month and our March crop is upon us!  This months kit has been designed by Lynn using the beautiful blues and greens of Kaisercraft's Ubud Dreams papers...

As always, we are at Otley Village Hall from 10am until 5pm, with refreshments, homemake cakes and plenty of dies and punches for you to use!  Drop us an email if you'd like to join us!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

More Fun With PaperArtsy (JOFY) Stamps

Hi, Lynn back with another post for March, still using the same PaperArtsy stamps and technique as before, but decorating a different IKEA product this time.

I had a few old KNUFF magazine folders left empty when I sorted out some craft magazines. These were looking a bit tatty so I decided to treat them to the same technique as the bead chest I decorated at the beginning of the month. I made a start by allocating one to each colour of my stash of A4 coloured papers and cardstock.

I gave each box a light rub down with sand paper and then treated it to a quick coat of off-white acrylic paint. I kept the base plain this time as I wanted to dedicate each box to the colour of the papers it would store - I intended to display the colour in the images rather than the background.

The next step was to stencil (PaperArtsy) some images with Distress Paint. Then once this was dry I added stamped images and letters onto the box and the cartridge paper. 

The images on the paper were painted using Distress Inks and Markers, with a brush and water. I cut them out and used Gel Medium to stick them to the boxes. The finished boxes were treated to a covering of the Matt Gel Medium to protect them.

The boxes were finished off with a little sparkle from Stickles and texture and shimmer from Liquid Pearls.

This will be an ongoing project, I have completed some and others are in the process of being completed - but you get the idea. I will add photos to this post as I go - so pop back later to see what I did with the rest.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 20 March 2017

Having a play

Hi Carol with you today.  

13 years ago Tim Holtz and Ranger introduced to the craft industry a very different ink pad, one that reacts with water, you can stamp with, mix, edge - the possibilities over the years have grown, along with the colour palette and, 13 years later the Distress ink pads and associated products are still going strong.  I, along with some of my crafty friends all bought those initial 4 pads and they are still going!! and as you'll all know, if you follow this blog, I use my distress inks all the time.  So, when the new oxide distress inks were introduced I couldn't wait to get my hands on them.

So, inks in hand (can't get the whole set there appears to be 2 that are being very elusive!), I had a play - tags are a great base to use as they are a great size and can then be used to add to cards, on their own, or cut on your die cut machines or punches…. here is my afternoons work:-

I'm loving the effect they give and the different colours…totally gorgeous.

I also decided to try the ink on a blending tool thro' a stencil with the ink being added after, I forgot to photograph the stages, but once inked and stencil in place I spritzed with water….then added some more ink…. this is the finished card…

I used a craft tag to mop up the ink on my mat, added some stamping from the new Paperartsy stamps and this is the finished tag:-

Pop along to the shop and discover all the latest new products…especially those dioxide inks

TFL xx

Monday, 13 March 2017

Simple Stories Paper Bag Mini Book - With Video Link

Hi it's Lisa here with you today.
I have created a mini book using the Simple Stories - Domestic Bliss collection.

It's been a while since I've made a 'ME' project, so seeing as it's my birthday month, I thought it was  good time to make one. You can watch the video of the book being made here.

I think sometimes it's easy creating projects and documenting other people and we forgot to document about ourselves.

The book started off as a plain brown paper bag. These make excellent book covers.

I've then decorated the pages with the beautiful papers from this collection.

And I've used some of the coordinating stickers and die cuts too. It makes the creative process so much easier and quicker when you have everything coordinating.

I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks for stopping by today.

Lisa x 

Friday, 10 March 2017

I'm Busy with Simple Stories Domestic Bliss

Happy Friday, hope you all have some crafty plans for the weekend.
I am here to share with you a layout I created using the new Domestic Bliss collection by Simple Stories.

I'm Busy by Tracee

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When I first saw the name of this collection I was a little hesitant.... "housework" but really this is collection is full of beautiful colours and lots of neat touches that don't require you to have a photograph of you doing your best hoovering pose lol. 

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I took the I can't adult sheet and started by using some mists on my background paper mimicking the colours in the collection.  One of the 3 x 4 journaling card elements was perfect for this photo of my granddaughter "busy doing nothing" on her I pad. The hoover sticker was tongue in cheek as like most 12 year olds, when they are on a electronic device, nothing can interrupt them lol.

I loved these pot plants, I fussy cut them and stood them on top of the American Crafts chipboard sticker. Don't they look cute? I have really enjoyed working with this collection, there are so many cool elements and the colours just sing to you.

For this and all your papercrafting needs please pop over to the shop