Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

No tricks here, just lots of yummy treats.  Make sure you're ready to scrap those fun pictures you get this evening with our selection of Halloween goodies.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's Just Scraps (But it's Spooky)

Okay, I think I'd better hold my hand up from the start and say that this was one of those projects that seemed like a good idea at the time. You know the kind?

It started out as a pile of black cardstock and some blue and grey Authentique papers. They said Halloween to me. Something sophisticated - my two are too big to dress up now, but I thought a few more grown up decorations round the house might be nice. I had spotted a paper chandelier in a magazine and wondered if I could make it work. I did. Just about. Eventually.

Two trips into town, a plea on UKS and a lot of hunting and I had a Halloween punch and two shapes to glue my shapes onto:

I also used my Slice to cut some pumpkins and stars, and lengths of black ribbon to tie it together. If I made one again, I would wrap the shapes in black fabric first and glue onto that to save the base from showing through. But you live and learn! So, wrap two hoops in fabric strips or black wool, and glue punched shapes all over them. I sewed more witches into banners for a drapey effect (they worked well and would make great decorations on their own) and tied the two hoops together with the ribbon. You could also add buttons, streamers , anything to give a really loaded on effect

It did take a few evenings of punching and glueing, but it's a great way of putting scraps to good use. And if Halloween isn't your thing - what about a Christmas version? Or flowers or butterflies for Spring? Just thinking ahead..

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thank You

I'd like to say a big thank you for all your kind messages recently over the loss of my Dad.  I'm still feeling very lost, but I'm getting there.

The shop is now back open - and lots of new products will be uploaded over the coming days.

Don't forget to check out the October kit too .... and Clare's amazing creations with it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October Kit - Pink Paislee Phantom

This month's kit is filled with lots of lovely Pink Paislee Phantom - perfect to get your Halloween photos scrapped or maybe make a mini album? I love the glittery orange alphabet that comes with the kit and there are lots of letters on there to keep you going!

This is my mini album, I based the design on one I saw here and as you can see there are lots of pages to decorate, here are just a few of them here -

 I tied the whole album up and secured it with the ribbon that comes in the kit, I used some black Distress Ink to make it darker.

You will find that the papers are quite versatile and they also work fantastically with your non-Halloween layouts and cards too. Most of the papers have some glazing on them, making them feel very luxurious!

To see another card and a layout created with the kit you can check out the Gottacraft Facebook page here.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Brand New to Gotta Craft

A brand new supplier to Gotta Craft is Lawn Fawn .... and believe me, you're going to love these stamps.

I've already know which are my favourites and I think you'll soon get hooked too.  I can't wait to make some cards with these and ProMarkers

They have a super blog too, which you can find HERE

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Gorgeous New Stock

It's been coming in, thick and fast these days - and it's not over yet.  More still to come.

But for now, I've uploaded the gorgeous .... gorgeous .... Lily Bee Papers.  I can honestly say without a doubt I love each and everyone of them.  The hardest bit, for me, will be which side to use.

Here's Harvest Market

And Memorandum (which little hint ... will be appearing in a kit soon)

Do go and check out the amazing Alphabet stickers ... these are my all time Favs (at the moment lol) and also the sticker sheets and journaling cards - you can find them all HERE. Yup, Lily Bee Designs .... you've excelled again.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Vintage Vogue

I must be one of the lucky ones, that's for sure.  I attend a crop with such talented, talented people - and two of those people created beautiful layouts with the new Vintage Vogue collection, from Pink Paislee.

First today, I'll show you one by the lovely Ali - you'll just love her blog, An Altered Life, do pop over and say hello.

I'm sorry to show you the close up on the buttons, if you were unlucky to get hold of them, but they're now sold out.

The materials used were;

Pink Paislee vintage vogue patterned paper, chipboard and wooden spool buttons (sorry, now sold out), Martha Stewart and EK Success punches, Distress Ink - Tim Holtz for Ranger, Cardstock - Bazzill Basics, Flower - Prima, Alphabet cut on Cricut.