Thursday, September 22, 2011

Crate is Great!

The lastest monthly kit from the shop featured papers the Farmhouse paper range from Crate Paper. The kit has now sold out but Sandra has the papers available singly as well as a cute 6x6 pad. I've made a couple of projects using the 6x6 papers, which are mini versions of the bigger papers.

On my layout I used some of the papers as a mat for my photo and some smaller squares and a punched strip raised up on scrap card to frame the edges.

I made the flowers by folding up strips of paper concertina style and then finished them off with a button. I used pinking shears on the outer edge first to give a frilly edge.

To embellish my card I made some flowers using a Tim Holtz dies, they were cut from cream card and then sprayed with glimmer mists before finishing them off with an adhesive pearl. The Happy Birthday stamp is one I've had for ages, I stamped it using Distress Ink in Fired Brick which was the perfect match for the red and orange tones of the papers and the flowers.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Very Victorian.....

Echo Park have brought out another lovely range of papers called Victorian Gardens. The papers are fresh, bright and summery - perfect for those summer photos....

With a background of kraft Bazzill (something I can't live without!) I have used lots of different papers on my layout and used punches and die-cutting on them along with a Tim Holtz die for my layered flowers. There is also a sticker sheet and journalling tag sheet available for the finishing touches.

I used the same die but in a different way for the flowers on my card, I cut them from plain cream card and then coloured them with glimmer mists, scrunched them up and then layered them up when they were dry and finishing off with a pearl. The bird and cage are another Tim Holtz die, again coloured with glimmer mists.

You can check out the Gottacraft Facebook page for more ideas and inspiration with this range here.

Thanks for stopping by, Clare x

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pink Paislee is in the house

Pink Paislee have done it again ...... their Vintage Vogue collection is fabulous, and ready to go. Oooohhh loving, loving, loving it.

Do also check out the fabulous range of embellishments that go with it ... I think my fav has to be the chipboard pop - I can see them working on both layouts and on cards.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Paper Bag Album

When Sandra sent me some of the Lost And Found Sunshine papers I laid them out, looked at them carfeully and wondered if I could come up with something special to show them off. A layout or two just wasn't going to cut it. So I decided on a mini album:

The front cover

The back cover
Have you ever made a paper bag album? I have a big stack of brown paper lunch bags my brother brought me home from America, so I thought it was about time I had a go. It's so easy! I just folded up the gussets and glued them together. That gave me an album about 6x7 inches, so I trimmed off an inch. Why? So I could tell you how perfect this size would be for using up a 6x6 paper pad!

After that it was quick work choosing and trimming papers to size and embellishing with all the lovely Lost And Found bits and pieces.

You can see that I chose the heavily embellished sections of paper for my covers, lining them up so they looked like a book jacket. It's a good way to showcase the "best bits". And this is the perfect way to use all the pieces from a collection you love.

I was quite happy working away on this one without even an idea of what I could use it for. As I moved the bits around, though, I could see that it had feminine and masculine elements. The sewing machine reminded me of my grandma; and the grey stripes of my Grandpa and his grey cardigans. So it will become an album about the two of them and I hope you like it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Loving the Farmhouse

Well the guessing is over .... yup, September's kit is full of Crate Paper's Farmhouse.  Now I'm probably more of a Autumn/Winter girl anyway (I loovvee the whole warm clothes and boots thing lol) so, this collection is right up my street, with it's lovely warm tones and colours.

Anyway, not to long ago, Simon and I celebrated our 23 wedding anniversary! ...shocking to me, as it still seems, as if I'm only 23 years old myself :)  Still, it was a rare day that the sun was out - so while we were sitting in the garden - I did the ususal, you know .... hold the camera out in front and take a picture; and this was the result.

I used the September kit to create the layout... but the papers can be found here ... and also the alphabet sticker sheet to match the papers, can be found here.  I'm really loving this alphabet sheet, as not only do you get two different letter types, but also some words and tags.   Please don't forget to link here if you create anything with the kit ... we'd really love to see it.  

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sneaky Peek Time

Here it is, the sneaky peek at September's kit.

As always, it's filled with the latest gorgeous papers, and this month you'll also find some lovely die cut shapes to match the collection, a journaling card from Elle's Studio, a sheet of alphabet stickers ... as well as other goodies, which I just know you're gonna love.

The kit will be on sale Tuesday 13th September at around 7pm.  You'll also find this month some add-on sheets to make up the full collection.

Friday, September 09, 2011

A little more Authentique

I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend, maybe even with some scrapping time planned? (I know that's my plan!)

Following on from Sian's pretty layout I have also been busy with some of the new Authentique papers from the Blissful pad and this is what I've come up with.

By coincidence I have also made a background grid of the papers on my layout like Sian, there are plenty of different patterns in the pad to mix and match. I die-cut some flowers from plain card, scrunched them up a bit and then distressed them with Tim Holtz inks (I used Scattered Straw and Tea Die on mine) I then layered them up and added buttons to the centres. I also die-cut the little bird and cage from some of the papers and finished off with a mist of some glimmer mists that toned with the papers.

My other project is a card, made using the Uncommon pad. This card is definitely quite girly - but I do love a bit of pink!

It was a quick card to put together, I cut one of the papers into 3 for my background and then die cut some scallop circles and punched some flowers that I then layered up and glittered before adding Prima pearls to the centres. I finished it by adding a ribbon and a stampted sentiment.

Have a great weekend x