Friday, 17 November 2017

Bo Bunny - Christmas Carousel

Hello, Lynn here today - to show you the fun I have been having with the Bo Bunny - Christmas Carousel collection, and an idea for counting down to the big day. The delightful papers have some lovely images in soft shades of pink, yellow, green and blue. For my first Christmas project this year, I have created an Advent Calendar, each day revealing memories from previous years in the form a tiny photograph.

For the background I used a sheet of  'Ocean Blue' Bazzill cardstock. Then I cut 0.5" off the bottom and one side of 'Magic' paper, to maintain the images at the top of the paper. I inked the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and mounted it onto the centre of the cardstock. Then I set about fussy cutting baubles and other details from the 'Believe' paper. 

I cut out all the numbered baubles from 1 to 25, then several more bows from other baubles.  Then I cut more images from the 'Wonder' paper. The images were inked with Distress Inks using the following shades -Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber and Weathered Wood.

Having printed some small photos, I cut circular images from them, each one about 1.25" in diameter. Once I had arranged everything on the background I took a photo on my mobile phone for reference, and drew a tiny pencil mark behind the hanger on each bauble. Then with a piercing tool I made a hole in the centre of each hanger and through the corresponding pencil mark. I attached each bauble to the background using a small gold brad. 

A photo was then glued in place under each paper bauble, making sure it could not be seen when the bauble was in place. With the intention that one bauble be swung aside each day to reveal the photo underneath. 

The next job was to embellish the images. Paper bows were added to the top of the baubles, and Stickles & Liquid Pearls were added to give sparkle and dimension. A coat of Glossy Accents gave a glassy effect to the snow globe and the panes of the lantern. I used Baker's Twine to add tiny bells here and there, and to string the mitts together. 

Strings were drawn in place with some glitter gel pens. Then I cut a title (greeting) from glitter card using the Crafter's Companion 'Merry Christmas' die and added this to the top of the layout. 

Finally I stiffened the whole page by glueing it to a sheet of 12" x 12" cardboard, from the back of a pad of papers, which made it sturdy enough to display on this small easel.

Thanks for looking
Enjoy the countdown to Christmas.
Lynn x

Monday, 13 November 2017

Very Merry.....with Simple Stories.

Hello There, it's Anita here with you today with my first posting for November.
I have used some papers from the Very Merry collection by Simple Stories this time and teamed them up with a photo taken in the lead up to Christmas 2016. (apologies for the poor quality of the photos, the lighting has been dreadful with such dreary and drab weather)
I had just got the Snapchat App on my phone and had great fun playing with the various filters on there that add some really cute and often funny features to your faces ( not to mention some random ones that are just downright bizarre!!!).
We were heading on a family trip out to do some Christmas shopping, but our youngest Daughter was busy elsewhere, so we sent her a Snapchat message of my eldest Daughter and I.

As with all collections from Simple Stories, there are various double sided sheets. Some are purely patterned each side but there are also some sheets of Journalling elements plus Vertical and Horizontal Elements and of course the various sticker sheets and Snap Cards.

I based the layout on a sheet of  Seasons Greetings
I also cut a couple of Vertical Elements out, one of which I used as a photo mat.

I then cut various flower and leaf clusters out from a sheet of Peace on Earth 
and placed them around the page in various places. I cut up a few random
rectangles and stacked them to look like presents and tied them up with some red organza ribbon.

Various papers blooms, glittered Ivy leaves, Sequins and MDF laser cut shapes were added just to finish off the page.

 I have several other Snapchat photos that I have had printed and I am looking forward to scrapping with those too!
 I will have to have a look and see what other Simple Stories Collections will work well with them.....there are so many various sets available at the SHOP covering all different themes that I am sure finding something suitable will not be a problem.

Hope you have had lots of scrappy fun so far this month and I look forward to catching up with you later in November,

Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 10 November 2017

November Crop

It seems like only yesterday that it was October's crop, but November's is here already, a week earlier than usual!  This month's crop kit features a mix of blue papers. 

We're at our usual venue, Otley Village Hall from 10am until 5pm with homemade cakes, refreshments, a variety of punches & dies and shopping of course!

Monday, 6 November 2017

photos by the beach

Firstly sorry in my delay with posting another project with the stunning  prima st tropez collection, but life just got in the way and my scrapbooking had to take a back burner. So i haven't done a project life page for sometime and i wanted to use up my scraps from my previous layout. Each 6x4 mat starts of with some beige card stock which has been dry embossed with an embossing folder and then distressed with the distress oxides, water and some splatter stamping.
In 4 of the pockets i have placed photos but mounted them on the stunning patterned papers that are from the 8x8 paper pad and some of my left over 12x12 paper

Here is a close up. The bottom of each of the mats is torn, tissue tape and strips form the patterned paper added. along with some cotton and metal embellishment. The other pocket i have stamped a journal block and die cut "photos by the beach" from gold glitter card stock using some of the fantastic tim holtz/sizzix word set.

Another close up of one of the 6x4 pockets

Under this mat i have used some of the die cut chipboard fish net from the previous layout and more quotes from the paper pad

This stamped image is from a free set of stamps in a paper crafting magazine and i coloured this in using a water brush and the distress oxides. Created a frame from one of the papers and added twine for texture.
It was nice to do a project life page and uses up multiple pictures of the same day. Now to get started on my next project.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Kaisercraft - Bombay Sunset & Sizzix Dies

Hello, It's Lynn here, on this beautiful, bright, Autumn morning from our holiday in Kendal.

A variation on a theme from me this time! I'm back with another Sizzix folder based on the same idea as before, but showing how you can change the theme to anything you want it to be. I have made this one to store my floral dies, and my other one was based on a masculine theme.

For today's project I used Kaisercraft's Bombay Sunset papers - with such pretty, bright colours. 

Here are the dimensions for cutting the Chipboard.Front and back pieces (2 the same) - 14.5 cm x 17 cm
Spine - 4.5 cm x 17 cm
Small box front - 6cm x 14 cm
Small box back - 7 cm x 14 cm
Small box sides (2 the same - remember to flip one over so they are a mirror image of one another) - 4 cm wide, height of 6 cm at the front and 7 cm at the pack of piece (see photo)

Small box base - 4 cm x 14 cm

For further details to make the folder, please see the original post. This time I used white Duck Tape instead of black.

For the front cover I used a sheet of 'Sunset' and various dies. For the lettering I used scraps of paper from the collection with Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Decorative Strip - Alphabetical and Typeset. The flowers are cut from white cardstock and inked with Distress Inks. The dies are Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits Die Set - Wild Flowers.

For the inside of the folder I used 'Daybreak' and for the box I used 'Sari'.

the box was lines with the reverse side of 'Sunset'

As before the box inside which holds up to 7 Sizzix Thinlits Die Sets, is held in place with magnets, hidden under the decorative papers. The folder is held shut with magnets too.


I has fun making this folder with these beautiful papers.
Now to work out different measurements for my other dies!
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 27 October 2017

Echo Park ~ A Perfect Autumn #2

Hi all, it’s Anna here today. I’m popping in to show you my second layout using Echo Park’s Perfect Autumn collection. You can take a look at the collection here, it's a beautiful Autumnal collection. I've really enjoyed working with it this month. 

My layout uses recent photos of my son wearing shorts and t-shirt during our recent unusually warm weather for the time of year! I have titled my layout ‘Autumn Sunshine’ for this reason.

I started by making a diamond template and then cut out diamonds in various patterned papers and card stock. I had a play around with placing them on my layout, and decided to cut some in half to mix and match the patterned papers before I was happy with how they looked.
Next, I decided on which photos to use (I used one 6x4 and two 3x2). I adhered these to the centre of the page. I added some element stickers, wood and word strips to complete my layout. All of the supplies used can be found in the shop

Next month, I'll be using Echo Parks A Perfect Christmas collection and beginning some Christmas projects! I'll see you then!

Thanks for looking!
Have a great weekend.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Milk & Cookies with Doodlebug

Hi Tracee with you today, I am here to share.....dare I say it Christmas cards and tags. You can never prepare to early for the festive season so I have made a head start on my cards for this year. I got to use the delightful Milk & Cookies collection by Doodlebug.

The new Milk & Cookies collection by Doodlebug is a modern sweet design with all your traditional elements, Santa's, Trees and all the rest. I created some cards and then with my scraps made a few tags too, my Christmas gifts are going to look so pretty.

I kept my cards clean and simple to showcase the beautiful papers. I cut some basic shapes and turned them into gifts and trees, my sentiments were cut from the Merry Berries border sheet. and I added twine and some pearls too.

When I had finished the cards I had these few scraps left over, normally I would just toss them instead I cut some tags and decorated them. I think they turned out very cute!

I didn't waste anything, I even used the half Santa head I just fussy cut it and attached it to the edge of my tag. I even cut the teeny weeny marshmallows as "Treats for Santa". I hope I didn't scare you too much with the "Christmas" word, there are a whole bunch of new collections over in the shop, take a look and you will be spoilt for choice. If you're not quite ready for Christmas crafting there are lots of nice Halloween collections too