Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Basic Grey - Lauderdale

What is better fitting for the summer than to create a layout with fun and bright papers, like those from the Lauderdale collection of Basic Grey?

The wonderful colours and bold images make creating a breeze.
For my layout I worked with these two papers, which compliment each other perfectly.

I like to punch and hand cut images from bolder patterns, outline the edges with some Ink and adhere them to the background with the aid of some Adhesive Foam Pads - I just love the raised effect.

(for all pictures: click onto them if you wish to enlarge their view)

I also wanted to make use of some really lush Maya Road Organza Rose Ribbon but found that the white colour was too bright for what I had in mind, so I just took some Cosmic Shimmer in Mango Blaze, to tone down the brightness of the ribbon.

For the final touch, I added some stickers to work as the matting for my title and the layout was done.

 Products used:
Papers - Basic Grey
Stickers - Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin
Ribbon - Maya Road
Pearls - Mark Richards
Pen - Zig Millenium
Ink - Clearsnap Inc
Bakers Twine - WR Memory Keepers

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Basic Grey - Sticker love

I don't know about you but I used to dislike stickers a lot, probably because I was never sure on how to use them. Once they were stuck down - that was it...trying to peel them off used to result in the top layer of the paper or card stock being lifted in the process.

But over the last year or two, I have embraced stickers as the fantastic embellishment and tool they are and by now I can't get enough of them.

When I received a box of Basic Grey goodies, this sheet of stickers screamed out to me to be used as the focal point for a project: no patterned papers, just cardstock, ink and stickers.

When I mentioned that I use stickers as tools, I wasn't kidding: they are perfect for stencilling and they are still
 sticky afterwards. For my stencil-project I chose that large blue branch of leaves and placed it sticky side up on a piece of cardstock.

(for all pictures: click onto them to enlarge their view, if you wish)

I used some Cosmic Shimmer in Aqua Lagoon to spray generously over the background

Then I flipped the sticker over and placed it back onto the cardstock.
note: the residue of the ink will transfer to the cardstock, as if the image was stamped. If you do not wish for this effect, just wipe the residue off.

Now I sprayed some Cosmic Shimmer in Golden Mint over the cardstock to lift the outline of the second stencil from the background.

To add a few colour accents I unscrewed my bottle of Cosmic Shimmer in Candy Pink and just dropped some blobs of ink randomly onto the background.

Next, I chose which stickers I would like to use for embellishments and I decided to go with a floral theme and make good use of all the different sized flowers. As I like to layer stickers, I tend to first stick them onto a plain sheet of cardstock and cut them out individually. Once that is done, I take either an ink pad or black pen to run along the edges, to make the shape stand out a bit more.
Finally, with the help of some adhesive foam pads I layer the stickers on top of one another to create my embellishment.

As a final step, I used a black Zig Millenium pen to doodle outlines onto my stenciled images and outline a few more of the stickers as well as some of the ink splashes.

In addition to the stickers I used some colour-coordinated tags, which I hand-cut from various sheets of Bazzill cardstock, as matting for the photograph. To finish the layout off, I ran a Cats Eye Chalk Ink pad in French Blue along the edges of the cardstock.

And here is the final result - not one piece of patterned paper in sight, only cardstock and stickers.

Products used:
Cardstock - Bazzill
Stickers - Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin, Dymo

Monday, 20 June 2011

Get the LOOK

Today I am showing you how to get that 'Cath Kidson' look by using 'Girls Paperie' products.

I am a big 'Cath Kidson' fan and last year gave my kitchen a mini make over with these colours in mind. I love the combination of pale pink, red, white and blue.

When I saw the 'Kitch' collection from Girls Paperie, I wanted to make something to go in my kitchen. So today I am showing you how I made my little recipe wall hanging below and then my 'EAT' sign.

To make these I used the products below.

I took these matching alphas

And JBS paint dabber, so the alphas would stand out better. These can then be left to dry whilst you work on the rest of the project.

I cut a piece of corrugated card to approximately 13x14cm. This will depend on how big you print your recipe and photo. Print these first so you can gage how big to cut the card.
You can then cut your patterened papers to size. One piece larger than the corrugated card and one piece smaller.
Before sticking in place, I have lightly inked the edges and added a small piece of transparency that I had in my stock and a small doilee which I finely misted.

To make two flags I painted 2 cocktail sticks white and cut these 2 banners from this paper here.
The flags/banners have then been stuck to the cocktail sticks.

I had these 2 pins, but I wanted them to be red, so I brushed them slightly over with JBS paint.

Now the preject can be pieced together. The recipe and photo stuck in place followed by the flags. I cut out a heart and added that and then the alphas spelling 'cookies'.

I then pushed in the pins and added some Bakers Twine to bring a little more red to the project.
And it's then finished : )

I also made this large EAT sign using the same Girls Paperie papers.
I had some large MDF letters and laid each letter onto a piece of paper. Drew around, cut out and stuck to the MDF. I then sanded down the edges for a smooth finish and painted roughly around the edges with some gesso.

The letters now rest above my kitchen door.
I hope you like these projects and feel inspired.

Lisa xxx

Friday, 17 June 2011

looking for your pages or projects....

A call out for all you scrapbookers ( and not just the UK ones) I am on the lookout for pages, cards or projects that you have done using Papermaze products....

What i need you to do is to take a photo of this project and email it to me, my email address is Wendy@bbbweb.com

I need your name, the supplies that you used, a brief description of what the page is about...You can send as many detailed photos  as you like, in fact the more the better. In fact you can send as many projects as you like..the more the better.

We really want to see how you use the supplies that you buy...and what you do with them!


Monday, 13 June 2011

Pink Paislee

 1st papermaze design team contribution!

When I opened up my first box of goodies from Vanessa I was a bit stumped as I haven't used pink paislee papers before and I thought they were just a bit too vintage for me! But once I got started I have to say I really do love this butterfly garden collection.

 I made some spiral paper roses and added some of the dew drop beads in the centers and also glued the beads with my hot glue glue to create some flourishes.
 The spiral roses are so easy to make. Cut a small circle then cut from the outside in to create a spiral. Using a cocktail stick or similar start rolling the outside edge of the spiral all the way into the middle, then finish by gluing the bottom.

I tend to rip,sand,ink,curl and even crease my papers which adds to the vintage look. The lace and doilies were a perfect addition.

If you'd like to create your own vintage themed page, you can find the butterfly garden collection here.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Introduce you to....

 Today i am pleased to introduce you to our newest design team member...Maria! Here is what she has to say about herself!!!

I’m Maria and live in the south west of England. I’m married and am a very proud mum to my 3 wonderful children.  I’ve always been ‘crafty’ and am a florist by trade. I started scrapbooking about 5 years ago now after card making.  I enjoy trying new arts & crafts although have just taken on a rather large allotment which is taking up slightly more time than I realised!
I’m looking forward to joining the fab papermaze design team.

Here is the link to her blog...Maria so pop over and have a look at her gorgeous pages!!!! You will be able to see her work this month on the blog!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Whimsy Cards

I love that whimsy style right now.
The vintage look with a little sparkle added.
I love this look so much.

Here are some cards I've made with that look in mind.

I've used the Girls Paperie 'Vintage Whimsy' papers to help me create that syle.
I really love the colours of this collection, the slightly worn look but with such a girly feel to them.
I made this sketch first before making my three cards.

Have you seen all the 'Bakers Twine' in the store recently?
I'm a huge fan of twine and love adding this to my projects.
I've added a small amount of stickles to my butterfly and twine to add some good sparkle.

I have also used this Martha Stewart butterfly punch, this border punch and some diamantes.

I hope you like these pretty cards.
Lisa xx

Monday, 6 June 2011

glitz papers

Oooh i just love this paper collection from glitz designs. This layout started off to be very basic but the more i did the more detail i felt it needed. As you can see on the butterfly i have used some old clock pieces i have had for a while but never used i am really happy with the end result.
Keeping this layout vintage style worked for me i hope it works for you too happy inspiration!!!! xx

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Going round in circles

Have you ever challenged yourself by trying to stick to a certain shape when creating a layout? I adore using circles, I think there is hardly ever any layout of mine which does not sport a circle shape somewhere. There is something smooth and subtle about circles.

When I got my hands on the Root Beer Barrels paper from October Afternoon, I most probably squealed with delight...how can you not whip out your circle punch and start punching out those darling images?
There was no question that I had to go circle mad on my layout and started tracing cups and saucers on various papers and started cutting, like a woman possessed.
I also love stamping with bubble wrap on the backgrounds of my layouts, so when Papermaze got this fantastic stamp from Kaisercraft, I was all over it like a rash - it already is my favourite stamp in the world

Whilst not strictly speaking circles here, the Lemon Drops paper just called my name and the flowers were round enough for me to include them as accents for my layout.

And here is the finished project - I even made sure that I used a photo from a year which would have "rounded" numbers, i.e. '68 to keep as close to my circle theme as possible.

** click on image to enlarge **

If you fancy trying your hand at creating a layout using shapes, you can recreate the above layout with the following products from Papermaze:
  1. Papers: October Afternoon - Root Beer Barrel * Lemon Drops * Rock Candy
  2. Stickers: October Afternoon - Found Alpha * Sticky Keys Playtime; Jenni Bowlin - Tiny Dot
  3. Stamp: Kaisercraft

Thursday, 2 June 2011


something a bit different on the Papermaze blog today...we are part of a blog hop for Scrapology...

Pop over to Scrapology to see what  the design team came up with for June.

New for this month, they have arranged a blog hop for you. You should have arrived here from the lovely Maria's blog. If not please return to the Scrapology blog and the 'Start of the Blog Candy Hop' post to begin. To take part in the blog candy hop leave a comment below, follow this blog, for easy future reference, then proceed to Scrapology and the 'End of Blog Candy Hop' post to finish." 

To go with the blog hop Cindy Tobey has made a sketch for everyone to use...

and here is her take on the sketch...

Have a good time exploring all the blogs!!!!!