Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Is 50 too old for Unicorns? ......... a layout using Stamperia.

Hi There

Today I have a layout to share using a brand new manufacturer to Papermaze, called Stamperia! The shop stocks a good selection of their papers and they cover various themes. The papers themselves are super quality, nice and thick and the colour ways are beautiful.

I chose to use some photos from my 50th Birthday (earlier this year) when my lovely daughter and sister joined forces and made me a luscious rich chocolate layer cake and a fabulous, huge well fed unicorn ( made from fimo!)

 I had a sheet of light cream cardstock in my kit that I wanted to use to base the layout back onto, but needed it to blend in, so I used 2 Distress Oxide Ink pads : Peacock Feather and Seedless Preserves and applied them using some cellophane packaging and a water mister.

I also used the same colours and technique on the sheet of Wonderland Unicorn that the layout is created on. Where some of the patches were particularly wet, I blew hard and created the runs down the page.
Using some white acrylic paint I dry brushed around each photograph to create a soft matt and also around the entire edge of the layout.

I had some Prima Blossoms in my kit and I wanted to make them work with the page, so I used the same inks on these, gently patting a bit of each colour on and then misting with the water spray again to help blend the colours.

 I had bought a 2nd sheet of Wonderland Unicorn and so cut out the 2nd Unicorn and layered it on the original page using some foam pads for dimension, then gave the wings, mane and tail some magical sparkle using some Stickles.

 I also had some lovely cotton lace in my kit, this took some of the ink really well and stained it to co-ordinate with the rest of the page.

I tore a slice out of the paper on the right hand side and rolled each section back, to reveal some of the inking underneath. Then used some irridescant, sparkly thread to stitch criss crosses along the length of it.

I cut a floral section from the back of a sheet of Wonderland Dragonfly and used a couple of other scraps of left overs and layered them up behind the photos along with a couple of small plastic doily embellishments.
The title was made using various alphabet stickers, including Simple Stories Snap Studio, Martha Stewart and AC Thickers.
I used a few different paper blossoms and lots of flat backed AB crystals scattered about ( because you can never have too much magical sparkles can you??)

                                                        A couple more close ups.

So, if you want to see some absolutely gorgeous new papers, then pop over to the shop and have a good look round. And don't forget the super Summer Sale is still on and there are some fabulous bargains to be found.....don't miss out!!

Happy Scrapping!!

Anita xxx

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Sun Kissed Explosion Box

Hi There

I am sharing my explosion box with you today....made using the last of my left overs of  the gorgeous G45 Sun Kissed!

I haven't made one of these for the longest time, but they are so simple and great fun. You can fill them with various layers if you wish and add lots of photos. They make great gifts for people and can be created in any theme and for any occasion.

I followed this basic plan, measuring in cms. I cut and removed the shaded areas on the top diagram to make the drop down base. The smaller diagram is for creating the lid to pop on the box. I followed the dotted lines to crease and fold in the right place for a good fit.

I used a sheet of orange cardstock for the base and a sheet of navy for the lid although you could of course use the same colour cardstock for both.

I used little bits and pieces throughout the inside and outside of the box from various sheets of paper I had left over. Here is a list of those used.
Sail Away
Turtle Time
Kids at Play
Floating Floral
Splish Splash

I had a good rummage through my blossom stash at home....I really wished I had some shells of some sort, but alas no! I also added some hessian and mini scrabble tiles to the box for some decor.

I wanted to create the feeling of the turtles swimming about, however, I didn't actually have any acetate available. Not a problem though, one of my lovely cropping friends had been eating a punnet of grapes, so I cut a couple of lengths from the side of the punnet....and voila!! Swimming turtles and starfish!

                                                     Here are a couple of close ups xx

I cut one of the tags from the sheet of Kids at Play and added some ribbons of orange mesh and a few light blue half pearls.

And some die cuts and mini wooden scrabble tiles from my stash.

This has been a really enjoyable project to make and as I said before, these boxes can be themed to anything. if you haven't had a try at one of these dear little albums, the please do go and have a look about and have a play.

Thank you very much for looking at my post, I hope maybe it inspired you a little. Everything you need is available over on the shop site
And don't forget, there is a huge SUMMER SALE on over at the shop grab a bargain whilst you can!!
Happy Scrapping

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Beach Boys ...... G45 Sunkissed part II

Hello again, it's Anita here today.
I hope you have had a fabulous week and have enjoyed the amazing summer sunshine we are all being treated to at the moment. Its really inspired me to scrap some summer fun photos of 2 of my nephews enjoying themselves on the beach last summer.
Once again I am using the stunning Sun Kissed Collection from Graphic45, such vibrant summer colours and great designs.

This has also given me the chance to have my first ever play with Distress Oxide inks and Gesso.... and I have to say I loved it. I can see lot more inky times coming up!
So, to start with I used a sheet of Cream cardstock and gave it a good coating of Gesso, once dry I set about playing with the Oxide ink Pads. I used Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers...and I applied them using the Smooshing technique
I also added a couple of squirts of Distress Stain spray in Blueprint Sketch.
 The page itself was based on a sheet of Floating Floral, I used the reverse side and then added a wide strip of the cardstock that I had inked and sprayed up. I used bit and pieces of the following sheets to decorate the rest of the page by cutting out turtles, shells, words and thin strips.
Sunkissed ,
Turtle Time ,
 Kids at play
Splish Splash

I also used some hessian sacking as a photo mat for some added texture  and layered fussy cut shells, starfish and turtles around the photos.

To finish off the page I added huge clusters of sequins and scattered a few single ones about around the edges of the layout. And I also used some Jillibean soup teeny alpha stickers, in Navy Blueberry to add a few details.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this beautiful collection of papers and its also made a really nice change to scrap boys for a change.
For an excellent selection of Graphic45 papers and all your other crafting needs, just pop along to the will be glad you did!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

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