Monday, 12 February 2018

Simple Stories.........Romance



My layout today is created with some super papers from the Simple Stories Romance Collection ....and being that we are in February, the traditional month of Valentines, I thought it would be nice to sprinkle a little love! I love playing with and sending Snapchat pics to our daughters and this was one we took on our 25th Anniversary Road Trip last year ( I especially love the filters that remove your wrinkles and bags under your eyes ;) He!He!). When I saw this lovely collection I knew I wanted some to use with the photo.


 The page was based on a sheet of Blackbird cardstock. I used the reverse side of the sheet of  4 x 6 horizontal elements, took 0.5 cm of the top and one side of the sheet to leave a slim black border showing all the way round and gutted the centre out, which was then used as an offset mat for the photo.
I popped a large square, roughly 9" x 9", cut from the Love Story sheet,  as the next layer and then popped the matted photo on the top.


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I picked one of the various Bingo cards from the sheet of Be Mine , there are a variety of different words on them aswell as colour choices. Crystals were stuck in the corners and I covered the centre heart with some Stickles. On the reverse of the Be Mine sheet there are rows of pretty scalloped lace rows, again in various colours. I chose a few, fussy cut them and then layered up to create a frilly border and added a length of cotton lace across the top of them.

Next I chose a sheet of Love and Adore, I cut a couple of the white strips of lace with the flowers on and used one at the top of the page and popped one just under the other lace layers before adhering them across the layout and popping the Bingo card on top. I also die cut several leaves from the musical sheet part of the page to pop behind the various flowers.


The last sheet I used was the 4 x 6 Vertical Elements . I chose various bits that I wanted from different panels and cut them out, using one section for a little journalling spot. The reverse is a nice pale sage colour and I used some of that side along with some flower dies to create a flower embellishment for the top right of the page and added a pretty 2 tone flat backed crystal cabochon for the centre.

I finished the layout with a liberal sprinkling of Stickles in lots of places and some flat backed pearls.

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There are some other fabulous Love/ Valentine based papers that are new to the shop and are perfect for all your special pages and other projects.
                                                        Carta Bella Hello Sweetheart


                                                      Crate Paper Main Squeeze


Thank you for looking at my post........ wishing you a love filled Valentines and I will be back later in the month using the magical  Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Collection.
Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Monday, 29 January 2018

Prima Zella Teal...........part 2 .... Enjoy Every Moment.


Hi There

I am up on the Papermaze blog at the moment where I have my last post for the month. I have been using up the rest of my Zella Teal papers and stickers from my Design Team Kit for this month. Such yummy papers with lovely colours and the addition of holographic elements that really capture the light and shimmer and change colour beautifully.


I decided to use another photo from our Silver Wedding Anniversary Road trip from last year, this time from our visit to Aysgarth Falls, happy memories of a wonderful day.

The page is based on a sheet of 'Offset Dot' and then a slightly cut down sheet of 'Floral Stories' which I flipped over and used the spotty reverse side. I dribbled some blobs of Cosmic Shimmer Mists in 2 colours and then blew them randomly across the page in different directions.


I popped a length of white cotton lace across the page and made a couple of loopy embellishments out of aqua coloured twine.
Next came a sheet of 'Live Loudly' which has lots of different little elements and sayings on in various shapes and sizes. I cut out a variety of them and created a border up the right hand side of the page popping some of them up on foam pads and leaving some flat to the page.


I also had a small sheet of 'Word Stickers' in my kit, so used a few of them in various places and also added a scattering of pearls and gems ( I LOVE a bit of bling on my pages!)



I think this has to be my new favourite collection from Prima....... such a pretty colourway and lovely designs.

Thanks for looking today and don't forget to pop along to the shop for all your stash requirements, lots of new goodies coming in all the time.....and of course, lots of favourites and best sellers always available in the shop too.

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Monday, 8 January 2018

Prima Zella Teal......... oh its yummy!!

Hello There, I have been over on the Papermaze blog with my first post of 2018 and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!

I am chuffed to bits to have been able to work with this stunning new collection from Prima, Zella Teal. Its a gorgeous colour palette of beautiful blues and aqua's...... a sprinkling of  browns and some truly gorgeous holographic features that are dazzling when they capture the light.



The papers are all double sided......and that is where the problem lies.....both sides ARE GORGEOUS!!   Which to choose???  Buy 2 of each sheet....problem solved ;)

I decided to use a photo from 2010....a family holiday in Buckinghamshire. We visited Windsor for the day and after a lovely walk around we went on a boat trip down the Thames. This photo is one of my eldest daughter's favourites and I felt the Zella Teal papers were just right for it.


I based the page on a sheet of Live Loudly, which has a beautiful spray of flowers in 2 opposite corners.


I cut a couple of posies from a sheet of Zella Teal, including the gorgeous holographic leaves and accents . They really glow when they catch the light. I raised these up on foam pads to create dimension



I normally square cut the photo mats, but I wanted a softer edge this time so I tore the cardstock mat, leaving a feathery edge. I also used a couple of different Cosmic Shimmer Mists on the page, squirting large drops, creating a pool of ink and then blowing it out in different directions.


I also used a small 6 x 6 inch stencil I had in my stash ( not sure of make or design) and spread some Sparkle Medium through it. This stays raised when it is dry and adds some texture and dimension to the page.


I finished off my page by adding a few random half pearls and gems here and there across the layout and adding some paper blossoms and also some butterflies that I had printed off the internet onto cardstock.


I think this collection will be high on my list of favourites.....I will definately be needing some more!!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

My Greatest Gifts..... G45 Winter Wonderland


Good Morning

It's Anita here with you again and today I have a layout to share using some more of the festive G45 Winter Wonderland papers.
This is one of my favourite photos of when our girls were a lot younger ( and still happy for me to get my camera out!)



Normally I scrap either standard 6 x 4 photos or 7 x 5's .....but just for a change I thought I would super size it and print out on an A4 sheet. I used 2 identical sheets of Winter Wonderland , with the first one I gutted the middle section out and fussy cut around the flowers and bird that over hung the border edges.



 I then took the 2nd sheet and fussy cut just the flowers and bird and popped them up on foam pads before layering them onto the bottom sheet, creating a decoupage effect.



I popped the completed borders on the top and the bottom of the photo and then added ivy leaves, wooden pine cone shapes, AC Thickers, pearly swirls and some little chipboard word strips. I also cut a couple of small panels from the Nordic Greetings sheet and added a sprinkling of Stickles here and there to finish the page off.




Winter Wonderland is just one of the many beautiful collections from G45 that are on sale in the shop, their intricate details can be a bit mind blowing when you first see them and its almost a shame to cover them with photos, but if you cut them up and use smaller sections they can work perfectly.....and they really do come in the most stunning variety of designs and themes.




What is your favourite size photo to scrap with? Do you mainly stick to 6 x 4's or do you like to venture out with other sizes?



Warmest wishes

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

G45 Winter Wonderland

I am over on the Papermaze blog and I have been playing with some sheets from the stunning festive collection from G45 called Winter Wonderland. It is a Scandinavian inspired collection with the addition of swallows, robins and traditional holly berries and poinsettias.
I thought for a change, rather than create a scrapbook page, I would make a bauble for our tree and a couple of cards to start off the pile I need to make ( I am so NOT a natural card maker and really struggle with them!)




So, I started with a large glass bauble which I removed the metal hook and top from until I had finished it. I cut lots and lots of strips from various sheets, with widths ranging from 1 cm to 1.5 cms and into lengths of 6 inches long.

Woodland Whimsy
Scandinavian Sampler
Yule Post
Pretty Poinsettia



I rolled each length up into tight little coils and then popped them into the bauble before they slightly un-ravelled. I carried on until the bauble was almost full, then popped the hanging hook and metal top back on. The top was a shiny silver and didn't really sit well with the vintage tones in the papers, so I cut a thin strip from one of the sheets and wrapped around the top. Then cut a few short lengths of organza ribbon and tied them onto the hanging hook to finish it off. I think I will probably make a set of 4 or 6 to put on our actual Christmas Tree when we get one. I always look forward to our annual visit to the local Christmas Tree farm to pick one.


These papers also lend themselves well to creating cards.....and as I am not really very good with cards, it was an ideal opportunity to use the Rustic Holiday sheet with its decorative panels to adorn the front of my cards. I also matted each layer with some Antique Gold mirri board.


And then popped on a few red flat backed crystals just to finish them off.
So now I need to pull my finger out and make a little pile of cards to give to my fellow crafty friends when we next meet at our Christmas crop.

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There is a vast selection of paper collections from G45 over on the shop site and they cover all sorts of themes.....or if you specifically wish for the Christmas collection I have used today, you can find it here.

Warmest wishes Anita xx

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Very Merry ......with Simple Stories.

Hello There, I am over on the Papermaze DT blog with my first posting for November.
I have used some papers from the Very Merry collection by Simple Stories this time and teamed them up with a photo taken in the lead up to Christmas 2016. (apologies for the poor quality of the photos, the lighting has been dreadful with such dreary and drab weather)
I had just got the Snapchat App on my phone and had great fun playing with the various filters on there that add some really cute and often funny features to your faces ( not to mention some random ones that are just downright bizarre!!!).
We were heading on a family trip out to do some Christmas shopping, but our youngest Daughter was busy elsewhere, so we sent her a Snapchat message of my eldest Daughter and I.






As with all collections from Simple Stories, there are various double sided sheets. Some are purely patterned each side but there are also some sheets of Journalling elements plus Vertical and Horizontal Elements and of course the various sticker sheets and Snap Cards.

I based the layout on a sheet of  Seasons Greetings
I also cut a couple of Vertical Elements out, one of which I used as a photo mat.



I then cut various flower and leaf clusters out from a sheet of Peace on Earth 
and placed them around the page in various places. I cut up a few random
rectangles and stacked them to look like presents and tied them up with some red organza ribbon.



Various papers blooms, glittered Ivy leaves, Sequins and MDF laser cut shapes were added just to finish off the page.

 I have several other Snapchat photos that I have had printed and I am looking forward to scrapping with those too!
 I will have to have a look and see what other Simple Stories Collections will work well with them.....there are so many various sets available at the SHOP covering all different themes that I am sure finding something suitable will not be a problem.

Hope you have had lots of scrappy fun so far this month and I look forward to catching up with you later in November,

Warmest Wishes
Anita xx


Monday, 16 October 2017

When you Love What You Have ......Kaisercraft Golden Grove



Hello There......I am over on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog where I have been using the rest of my beautiful Kaisercraft Golden Grove papers for this layout. This is such a lovely colour-way to play with and is perfect for both scrapping and making cards too.


I cut a large circle out after drawing round a plate and also punched out lots of small circles, which I then stuck all the way round the large circle to create a scalloped edge.


                     
                              I felt that the scalloped circle was a little plain and so I popped on flat
                                        backed pearls and crystals alternately onto each scallop.


I used a dark green piece of cardstock and tore a jagged mat for the photo to sit on and then brushed some Icicle Stickles around the torn edges to give a soft sparkle




The papers have some rather stunning flowers on and these were fussy cut and layered on foam pads in various places around the page to help add a little dimension.
There were a couple of teeny butterflies in amongst the flowers so i cut them out and added to the quote panel and raised the wings. Then popped a green organza ribbon bow on to finish.


I finished the page by adding little twinkly highlights here and there with some more Icicle Stickles......Jeez I love that stuff!! It is probably one of most used items in my stash! Can't beat a little bit of sparkle eh!....

This gorgeous collection from Kaisercraft can be found in the shop here  along with a vast selection of other gorgeous and fabulous goodies......grab a cuppa, sit down and have a good look....you will be glad you did!

Happy Scrapping!
Warmest wishes Anita xx