Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Life's a Beach! ...... G45 Sun Kissed.

Hi There....
It's Anita here with you today and I have brought along some summer sunshine!
I have been using the vibrant and sunshiney Sun Kissed Collection from Graphic 45. Its full of glorious blue hues, oranges and fresh yellows and beautifully combines marine life, shells and flowers

Their paper collections are always stunning, with so many details and very busy sheets....this can be daunting sometimes. But all you need to do is see past the complete sheet.....and chop into it, using elements here and there and introducing other sheets to break down the intensity.

I based my page on a sheet of Blue Oasis cardstock and also used the reverse side of a sheet of Under the Sea which I trimmed down to 11.5 inches ( to leave a lovely blue border )

Next I took a sheet of Sun Kissed and fussy cut diagonally and removed the right hand side of the page. I fussy cut the little girl and the turtle, raised them on foam pads used them lower down on the page.

Amongst the Collection there is a sheet called Kids At Play, this is covered in picture panels, decorative strips and tags and is perfect for cutting up for adding to your layouts or making cards with. I chose a panel and a strip to use on my page, again raised on foam pads. I also matted my photos of our youngest daughter, which were taken on our local beach at Pevensey Bay several years ago, onto some Mango cardstock.

I popped some white sequins and some paper blossoms on the page to finish it off.

Here are a couple more close ups. The details on the designs are superb and the colourway is just so lovely and really encaptures the spirit of the beach, sand, shells and sunshine.

You can see the entire collection of Sun Kissed here, along with the co ordinating cardstock stickers, journalling and ephemera cards and 8 x 8 pad.

This is the perfect collection for scrapping your summer holiday, trip to the beach or even just a stroll along the promenade.
Thanks so much for looking today.....I will be back later in the month with more creations using this wonderful collection.

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Monday, 28 May 2018

Wise Words.....Misty Mountains by Kaisercraft

Hello there, I would like to wish you a very happy Bank Holiday Monday !
For my last Design Team post of this month I have used some of the delicious Misty Mountains papers from Kaisercraft. This collection is full of soft, delicate pinks, mauves and stronger indigo's and combines a mix of florals, agates, marbled designs and some lovely quotes too!

I decided to scraplift a layout I originally made back in January which you can see here as I wanted to make use of several of the quotes and I really enjoyed making the original one.

I used just 3 of the collection for this layout of myself and our eldest daughter as a baby. I loved all the quotes and felt they would be perfect words of advice to give someone so special. Sheets used were
Light Leaks
I also used a sheet of Blackberry cardstock.
The centre was gutted out from the sheet of Marbled and put the small gutted piece to one side.
The sheet of Light Leaks was trimmed down to 11.5 inch square and then tilted slightly and placed onto the Marbled sheet, I then just trimmed the overhanging areas off.
The photograph was double matted onto Blackberry cardstock and then onto the gutted piece of Marbled.

I also matted a few of the quotes and cut the title from the cardstock using Sizzix Noveau Alphabet.
Using a Distress Stain in Dusty Concord I dabbed some splats in various points on the page. There is a huge variety of colours in the Distress Stain dept in the shop, so many gorgeous colours to choose from! Some of the quotes were stuck flat to the the page and others were raised on foam pads and overlapping each other and the layout was finished with the addition of various sized sequins, some fine cut lilac raffia strands and a crystal heart cabochon.
Here are a few more close ups.

Once again Kaisercraft have created another gorgeous quality range to add to their ever growing collections. For the other new collections by them on the shop site please look here

Wishing you a super Bank Holiday Monday, hope you will find some time for yourself to get crafting!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Pen and Ink ......Kaisercraft

Hello again,
 I have my 1st DT post of the month to share with you. I have been scrapping with some of the Kaisercraft Pen and Ink Collection. This collection is really lovely and it has a vintage style with a mix of floral, butterflies and ephemera in soft sepia tones. I think it would be versatile enough to scrap various themes, including masculine, feminine, heritage and animals etc.

I chose a photo of our youngest daughter, taken several years ago now on a visit to Michelham Priory. She sat for ages in the window, fascinated by something outside in the garden and I love how the gentle sunlight lit her face so softly.

I used 4 sheets of the paper from the collection ...Ephemera,Chandalier, Linework and Journaled.

I also used some Tim Holtz dies ( Tattered Floral) and some of the Journaled sheet to create the large flower and also the Elegant Flourish die and some of the Zinc Bazzill.

The other flowers were made using more of the Journaled sheet and the roly rose technique

I drew round a tea plate onto a sheet of Zinc Bazzill, cut it out then scrunched it up into a ball. I rolled it about to and fro in my hands to soften it and distress it some more, then straightened it back out and flattened it as much as possible. Using some Brilliance ink pads in Copper, Gold and Silver gently swiped over the circle and the ink picked up on the creases and highlighted them. I also inked the edges of the other elements I had cut out.

I also used the copper ink on a script stamp, which I used on the lower right hand side of the page. Various items were cut from the ephemera sheet, were inked and then scattered and layered in various sections

There are various Kaisercraft Collections available in the shop, all beautiful and fabulous quality. Why not pop over and have a look around....and whilst there, check out all the lovely New Products that are available too!

Happy Scrapping!
Anita xx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Amelia Rose part 2............ Wast Water

Hello There,

 It's Anita back again today with another layout using the scrumptious and richly foiled Amelia Rose collection from Prima.This time I am scrapping a photo to create another page for our Silver Wedding Road Trip Album. 4 days of our road trip round the UK in September of 2017 were spent exploring Cumbria, which was utterly beautiful. The place I fell most in love with was Wast Water, truly breathtaking scenery and a day I will never forget. I will make this into a double page at some point, with the second page being much simpler, but with a lot of photos on it and journaling too.

So, I based the layout on a sheet of A Little Bit of Ink  This is such a fabulous, inky, messy, delicious paper with a generous splattering of rose gold/copper foiling across it.

 I used an old script stencil I had in my own stash and scraped some texture paste across it, just across the top of the layout and down part of the left hand side ( but then ended up covering most of it with photos and blossoms!!)

The photo of us was matted on a scrap of Lovely Scribbles 
and I cut out some tickets from the sheet of Ticket Collector I tucked these around the edge of the photo. I also placed a die cut doily under the photo, with just a small amount showing.

In my kit I had a lovely antique looking book plate, so I popped in a crystal heart cabochon and dribbled some glue before pouring over some copper/gold/silver mix micro beads and adding another crystal heart at the end of the lace strip.

Then I set about adding blossoms....lots of them, in all different colours and also adding some punched out leaves clusters ( Martha Stewart Punch) I popped some flat backed faceted dome stickers in the centres of some of the blossoms and some stems of pearls, I even added a chiffon flower that I had salvaged from a pair of my daughters sandals that were destined for the bin!! Waste not want not!!

I finished off by adding a Dusty Attic Crystal swirl ( which I cut into 2 pieces to make it go further)
and made a title using some copper foiled chipboard letters, again from my stash.

This is such a stunning collection of papers....and there are plenty more glorious new Prima collections in the shop.

Thanks for looking.....and Happy Scrapping! xx

Warmest wishes
Anita xxx

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Now she is 18!

Hi There,

 I have been creating with the dazzling new Amelia Rose Collection from Prima. Once again they have released another stunning range of papers and co-ordinating goodies. There are beautiful vintage papers, floral mixes and the luxurious swathes and detailing of foiled copper and rose gold accent.....truly gorgeous!

Our youngest daughter has just turned 18 in the last couple of weeks and some of her balloon banners were a coppery rose gold in colour and I thought these papers would be great for popping her onto!

I de-saturated most of the photo back to black and white, leaving only the copper and browns still showing before printing it out. The Lovely Scribbles sheet is gorgeous and heavily foiled, so I chose to just use part of this and placed it as a backing to create a thin frame around the page ( I gutted the centre out first to save for another page)
I took the sheet of Texture Lover, cut it down slightly and used a Black Soot Distress Stain to just swipe around the edges....and also added a few splats here and there. The page is already beautifully detailed with some vintagey paint effects, distressing and some lovely foiled scriptwork.
In my DT kit along with the gorgeous papers and cardstock I also had some lovely antique looking book plates. I used one of these and popped in the number 18, taken from my own stash of alphabets.

I also took a sheet of Dark Florals and Ticket Collector (both foiled) and cut out various sections of flowers, scrolls, foliage and tickets, these were then scattered around the photo to create a semi frame (some were raised on foam pads for dimesion) and I also slipped a small black doily slightly behind the photo too.

Using some Stickles in Rose I gently highlighted some of the black ink splats to co-ordinate with the pink blossoms in the paper sheet and also added more letters to say Chloe from the same pack as the number 18.

Some black blossoms were also in my kit and I glammed these up with some Copper Stickles.

In various places around the outer edge of the layout I tore little sections and turned them back slightly, leaving a tiny blossom on the edges.

I finished off the page with sprinklings of copper and rose gold sequins in various shapes and sizes and also a cherub button, which I removed the shank from the back.

If you pop over to the shop you will find lots and lots of wonderful goodies....including the latest new 5 releases from Prima
Amelia Rose
Cherry Blossom
Love Story
Vintage Floral

Right, thats it from me for now ....I will be back later in the month again with another project with Amelia Rose

Happy Scrapping
Anita xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Leave room in your garden for the fairies...... Light up Box Frame using Fairie Dust by Graphic 45

Hello again,
 I am back today with another project I have made using the beautiful and magical Fairie Dust collection from Graphic 45.

This deep box frame started out looking bland, black, empty and unloved, left on a shelf in my craft room ....but now takes pride of place on my lounge sideboard....with the addition of a string of tiny lights set inside it glows gently in the evenings and just looks lovely.

I lined the back of the box and the inside of the frame with a sheet of lilac Bazzill, which I had given a liberal coating of Glitter Spray to, so it sparkles nicely when captured by the light.
I then covered the out side of the box frame using a sheet of Daisy Chain 
which I gently swiped on the edges with a dark brown ink( fairly dried out pad)

This was closely followed by some rosette making, using some strips taken from a sheet of 
Magic Wishes and running them through a Tim Holtz Rosette Die cut strip and popping a sparkly, textured cabochon for the centres

I then started fussy cutting.....not going to lie, it took forever with all of the little toadstools, mushrooms, fairies and blossoms etc but I do think it was worth it

These fab papers are covered in so very much detail, the more you study it, the more you see!
There are dear little fairies, pixies and enchanted flowers everywhere and so I cut as many out as I could manage and I placed then around the outer edge of the frame.

As one of the final finishing touches I added a sprinkling of teeny crystals, they capture the light beautifully and add a little extra magic to it. And I also added Icicle Stickles to the wings and some of the flowers too xx

It really is pretty when its alight, but difficult to photograph to do it justice.

I added layers to the frame to create dimension and finished the whole thing off by adding a string of dainty copper wire lights to the inside edge.

Thank you for looking at my work and don't forget, if you want to have a look at some gorgeous scrapping and card making products then simply pop over to the SHOP and have a good look round, there is so much to choose from.

Happy Scrapping!
Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Fairie Dust......from Graphic 45

Hello again,
I am over on the Papermaze blog today with a layout using the magical Fairie Dust Collection from Graphic 45.
Apologies first of all for the poor quality of the photos, my camera is not being very kind to me at the moment so I am having to rely on my phone instead. The colours are more vibrant and exciting on the papers than they appear here.
Graphic 45 bring out the most wonderful collections of papers and they are all very *busy*, with lots to see and intricate detailing. This fabulous range is full of tiny fairie folk, pretty florals and magical toadstools surrounded by gorgeous pinks, azure blues, lilacs and touches of lime green.

My beautiful niece had a fairy photo session several years ago as a baby and I have waited for the right papers to use with the photo of these were perfect!!

I took the sheet of Fairie Dust and gutted the centre out, this creates a natural frame, which I fussy cut in places leaving the Violets and Whitebells in place around the edges. A sheet of Blue Calypso cardstock was popped behind the frame and I gently sponged some Icicle Stickles across the card.
From the remaining part of the sheet I fussy cut the large fairy and the large toadstools with tiny fairie folk on them.

The photograph was originally a 10 x 8, so I trimmed to roughly an 8 x 8 square and placed in the centre of the layout.  Using some Stardust Stickles I enhanced my niece's wings and also the flying fairy ( no such thing as too much sparkle right??)

A scattering of toadstools were fussy cut from a sheet of Tiny Toadstools 
and I cut a quote strip from a sheet of Magic Wishes which I then chopped into smaller sections. Along with the fairies and toadstools that were also fussy cut earlier, I placed them about the page, raising some on foam pads to add a little dimension

I made a cluster of flowers on the top right of the page using a mix of paper, resin and velvet flowers. There is a lovely choice in the shop here and here

To finish the page off I added a sprinkling of iridescent tiny crystals and lots of sparkly Stickles to highlight areas.
 I really enjoyed working with these papers and have another project I would like to try with them, so I will be back next month with that to share.
You can see the whole Fairie Dust Collection here and to see the rest of the fabulous G45 ranges available in the shop then pop over here

Happy Scrapping
Anita xx