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

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter!

It's time for the final clue in this year's Easter Egg hunt :)  Hopefully after finding today's hidden egg, you will have 7 answers, which you then need to email me -  All I need is the product name and manufacturer of each egg. Closing date for entries is 9pm Wednesday 19th April.  A winner plus runners up will be drawn at random then :)

So, onto the final clue:

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

Happy hunting - and good luck!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The penultimate clue...

 Hopefully you are finding the answers to the eggs hidden on the website and keeping a note of them - remember there is a £40 gift voucher to spend in our shop for one lucky winner!

So, onto today's question...

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

Happy hunting :)

Friday, 14 April 2017

Day 5...

I hope you are all having a lovely Good Friday :)  We've had four clues in our Easter Egg hunt so far, so now it's time to brighten things up a little with a photo...

And here's the question...
What is the name of the plant in this picture?

Happy hunting!

Thursday, 13 April 2017


We're halfway through our egg hunt today, hopefully you have found the first three!  So, without further ado, we'll move on to the next clue...

What is the latin name for the moon?

Happy hunting!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The next clue...

Two down, five to go!  The next egg has been hidden on the website, so here's the clue to enable you to hunt it down!

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

Happy hunting :)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Day 2

I hope you managed to work out the first clue yesterday!  If so, you need to keep your answer safe until the end of the hunt - and if you didn't find it out, don't give up!  But today the next egg is hidden and we're on to the second clue, so without further ado, here it is:

What is the Hawaiian word for 'thank you'?

Happy hunting!

Monday, 10 April 2017

If it's nearly Easter, that must mean...

Easter is just around the corner, and that only means one thing - it's time for our annual Easter Egg hunt!  Every day from now until Easter Day we'll hide an egg on our website - and all you have to do is find it!

Of course, with thousands of products to look through, you might need a bit of help, so each day I will give you a clue on the blog. Your job is to work out the answer and find the egg on the website :) Make a note of the manufacturer and product, then once you have all seven answers you can email them to me (details on Sunday). And, of course, there is a prize to be had! This year we'll be giving away a £40 gift voucher to one lucky person (whose name will be drawn at random) - and we'll also be giving away three £10 vouchers to three runners up!

So let's get started, here's the first clue...

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

Once you've worked out the answer, pop over to the shop to find the egg and keep a note of it.  And remember to come back tomorrow to find the next egg!

Happy hunting :)

Friday, 7 April 2017

Live Every Moment.....Kaisercraft Oooh La La xx

 Hi There

It's Anita here and I have got a couple of quick and easy layouts for you today in a beautiful apricot and duck egg blue colour combo from using the Ooh La La Collection by Kaisercraft.
They bring out so many beautiful collections on a vast selection of themes and there is a good choice to pick from in there shop HERE.

So, for the first layout I backed the layout with a sheet of brown cardstock and then took a sheet of Belle , I trimmed about 5mm off of 2 sides to allow a border of brown to show and create a frame.

I then followed the line of the slats of the wood panels and popped in some random little slices which I *roughed* back to create a distressed effect that shabbied the wood.

I absolutely love using Ranger's Distress stains on my pages and chose one called Ripe Persimmon for on this page. I really enjoy *dabbing* them on the layouts and knowing the harder I dab, the further they splat!!

I also had a sheet each of  Tres Chic , Lamour and C'est La Vie and I cut various bits and pieces from each of them for scattering about the layout ( some of which raised up on foam pads to add dimension, but without adding lots of bulk)

I finished the page by adding some sequins, crystals, a pearl buckle and some mesh ribbon.

With my 2nd layout I used a sheet of Bonjour for the base and popped a large doily in the centre.
Have you seen the fabulous stamps made by 49 and Market ? They have some seriously gorgeous designs and I own the Gabi's line Stitch set.
 So I picked the stitch line I liked best and stamped it around the edges of the layout.

I cut more elements out from the left overs of the other sheets from before and built up a nice little selection to use.

Using some of the left overs I made an oversized tag and decorated it plus added a teeny photo.

This really is a beautiful and versatile collection of papers and is lovely to work with. Why not pop over to the shop and have a look at all the loveliness on offer.

Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

You've got to have a Little Faith

Hi, it's Lisa and the Simple Stories - Faith Collection with you today.
Here is my page that I have created for you.

I also have a video to share which you can see here....

You can watch me create and hear my thoughts as I make this page.

I really want to stress today that you should never be put off by a collection if the theme isn't quite your thing. This collection here 'Faith' is very prayer/Jesus themed. I know that's not for everyone, but if you can look past this, this collection can be for everyone. It's beautiful.

I used a Tim Holtz sunshine mask and a Distress Stain to create my sun beams. Once I had sprayed the dark yellow mist on to the Simple Stories paper, I dabbed some white acrylic paint over the mask using paper kitchen towel to apply. I then left this to dry and then cut out the sunshine. You can watch me doing this on the video.

I used some of the 12x12 paper to layer up and I cut one of the journal cards from one of these pieces of patterned papers to create my title. 
Everything coordinates so beautifully it makes layering up very easy.

I love the 12x12 sticker sheet. It's really fun adding these to scrapbook pages. I love the pops of colour that they add to my work. 
I can also highly recommend the chipboard stickers to match. 

In my video I also share some fun techniques including how easy it is to sew on paper. This was even easy through 5 layers.

 I really hope you like this page and my video.
I love this scrapbook collection. I hope you can see why. 

See you soon.
Lisa x