Thursday, 23 May 2019

Little Poppet........... Stamperia Spring Botanic


I have a new layout to share using some papers from the detailed Spring Botanic range by Stamperia, featuring floral themes, garden insects and vintage ephemera.




I have been waiting a  few years to scrap this photo of my gorgeous niece, taken on a day that we went to visit some poppy fields on a day out. The beautiful sheet of Poppy and Bird paper was perfect for it, so I backed it onto a sheet of pale green card stock and then inked gently round the entire edge with a gold and then a coppery ink pad. I roughed up the edges of the paper to give a distressed look.

Although the sheet is really lovely I wanted to change the look of it slightly so I part misted and then also drizzled 2 different colors of Cosmic Shimmer mist , Tarnished Gold and Ancient Copper across and down the page.



From the sheet of Yellow Alpine Poppy I cut a few of the panels out, inked the edges and popped them partly behind the photo ( which I had matted in the same pale green card).


I had some Dusty Attic Wordplay chipboard pieces to work with, so chose a suitable word and inked it up gently and added to the right hand sight of the photo and did the same with a tiny chipboard lock and key.



I also added some pearls, a metal filigree and a faceted flat back crystal from the Prima Say it in Crystals range before finishing the layout with a strip of cotton lace and a title made using some copper chipboard alphabet letters from my stash.




I hope you likes the layout, Stamperia papers are beautiful and come in a range of different patterns and themes, why not pop over to the shop and have a look.

Hope you get some chance to craft today!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Home Tweet Home ....... Prima Midnight Garden leftovers

 Hello again,

 Today I have a post to share using my few left over scraps of Prima's gorgeous Midnight Garden Collection. You can see my previous posts using it HERE and HERE.




I wasn't actually sure what I was going to do for this post, so I hunted around the house looking for inspiration. I found the wooden birdhouse blank in my craft room that I have had for a few years and had not got round to decorating, so I grabbed that and then also found the glass candle stick sitting in a cupboard with some vases ( I never did like that candle stick!!)


 I painted the candlestick with white acrylic paint, giving it 2 coats, allowing it to dry fully inbetween coats.
Then, using a pure bristle shaving brush I very gently swiped the candlestick using some copper paint to create soft highlights and enhance the shaping of the glass.


The copper captures the light beautifully, but also softens the starkness of the white and gives it a slightly more vintage or shabby look.


Using the scraps I had left of  Old Map and Midnight Garden sheets, I covered the roof and the house completely and then gently soft brushed copper paint around all of the edges.
The inside of the house was stuffed with natural coloured sisal fibre and I used some vanilla coloured cotton lace trim and some pearly trim to decorate the edges of the birdhouse around the base rim.



I added some tulle trim near the top of the candlestick and then finished off the whole thing by adding a mix of Prima and Petaloo blossoms and leaves, some of which I had softly swiped with copper paint. 



I am actually really happy with how this came out in the end and hope that maybe it might inspire you a little to use up your scraps and alter something maybe that you didn't like and give it a new lease of life!!


Thank you for looking and don't forget there lots and lots of gorgeous products over in the SHOP, with needful New Products  .

Happy Crafting
Anita xx


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Family is the Anchor......... Prima Midnight Garden pt 2


Hello again

 I have a quick little post to share of an altered frame that I have made to hang in our home. I have used some more of the Prima Midnight Garden range, which is very elegant and lush.




I have had this frame for quite some time and never quite knew what to do with it, so I thought this might be the perfect opportunity.


I painted the whole frame with 2 layers of white chalk paint and when it had dried I gently sanded it back in places with a fine sandpaper to expose the black and give it a *shabby* look.



On the top have I removed the photo aperture mount strip  and popped in the photo with a panel of  Rose Receipts on either side of the photo to fill the rest of the frame.


In the bottom section of the frame I used a wide strip of Midnight Garden
This has some really pretty copper metallic detailing on it in amongst the flowers.


 I had some little wordy stickers that I picked through and chose those that I thought worked on this piece.



In my own stash I had some copper chipboard letter packs so I used them for the title and the quote underneath.... I also added some little copper dots to the corner of the frame.

I much prefer this look to the original frame and am now looking forward to displaying it at home.


Thank you for looking xx

Have a super weekend

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 17 May 2019

Prima Midnight Garden

Hello again,
today I have a layout using the beautifully foiled Midnight Garden range from Prima.
This collection is a gorgeous mix of deep, dark florals mixing ruby, turquoise and creams with rich copper foiling and vintage designs.

I wasn't sure initially what photo to use on these luscious papers and it did pose a problem for me for  little while. However, I eventually came across this photo of my eldest daughter that was taken on a photo day at the nursery she used to attend. We had borrowed a posh frock from a friend for the photos and she sat beautifully for the sitting bless her.


The page is backed by a sheet of dark grey cardstock and on the left hand side I stamped using a Kaisercraft Clear Stamp in the Diamond design and some copper acrylic paint.

Using a sheet of More Roses Please to create the page I sliced down from top to bottom on the left hand side approx 3" in.... I also popped a 3" strip of  Feather Collector, sliced in half, behind the top sheet. I rolled both layers back separately to expose the reverse of the paper and also to show the Diamond stamping in the background and to create some dimension on my page.


Using 3 colours of Stickles in Pink, Copper and Midnight Blue I sponged randomly across the page which added some pretty sparkly highlights.


Using a Tim Holtz Tattered Florals large die I cut out a few flowers using sections from Feather CollectorOld Map , and Travelling Ticket,
I layered them up, curling the edges and sponging them with Copper and Pink Stickles, then popped in some Pink Stickles for the centres.


Copper glitter card was used to die cut some swirls and vines that were added to the blooms. 



A couple of small panels were cut from Rose Receipts which I gently inked around the edges of with an old dark brown ink pad, I also added an inked small tag with a cute heart paper clip from Doodlebug. These were layered and tucked behind the photo.


Rather than matting the photo I popped it into a delicate chipboard frame and also added a chipboard title.




A few feathers were cut from the Feather Collector sheet and added below the title and I used a teeny sticker on the tag and under the title from a sheet of Pretty Little Studio sayings.


I finished the page off with sprinklings of sequins in various areas in coppers and golds.

I hope you treat yourselves to some of the gorgeous Prima papers, there are so many new and beautiful sets to choose from in the shop..... they really are stunning.

Happy Crafting

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Sunday, 7 April 2019

My Heart Belongs to You

Hello!

 Anita here with you today and I have a new layout to share, this time using the Loves Me range from Pebbles.  Double sided papers filled with striking patterns, hearts, cute animals, flowers and tags all in a range of eye catching pinks and reds. It will melt your heart!



I backed the layout on a sheet of Marischino cardstock and matted the photo with the same colour.
I used a sheet of  Huggably Yours and also Bouquet of Love, torn at angles and over lapped to make back up to an 11.5" x 11.5" square.




On the upper half of the page I splattered some drops of pink and black Distress Stain and cut a thin strip of the striped paper that I then added a pearly buckle to and stuck across the top of the page.
From the left over pieces of the 2 sheets I cut various flowers and sloths on hearts which were placed along the torn edges to create a border.



From the sheet of Tag You're It  I chose 5 tags that I liked with various sayings on and threaded them through with some 3mm Satin Ribbon, then arranged them across the page.


I cut the Fox, Typewriter, Cookie Heart and banner shape from left over tags and added them to the page and then just finished it off with a few sprinklings of sequins ( who doesn't love sequins!!)


This is the perfect paper collection for up and coming Valentines Day, whether it be for a love filled layout or making that special someone an extra special card....but also for lots of other themes too, why restrict yourself!
You can see all the Pebbles Collections in the SHOP along with lots of other needful things.

Warmest Wishes

Me and My Girl ...... Prima Georgia Blues

Hello Again.

Here is another layout using Georgia Blues Collection from Prima. These papers are an absolute pleasure to create with and I am rather sad that I am at the end of my stash of them ( I think I shall have to be putting in a order for some just to squirrel away and keep just to stroke and admire!!) I had one whole sheet left in my DT kit and some scraps from other sheets left over and I knew they were just right for this photo of my youngest daughter and I on her prom night.





I based the layout on a sheet of The Watermark and used the reverse side, that has gentle filing around the edges. Using one of the stitches stamps from the 49 and Market Gabi's Line Stitch set I dabbed it with a Distress Stain in Blueprint Sketch and stamped around the edges of the page from each corner. I also used some bubble wrap that I removed from the centre of a jiffy bag ( it was tiny bubbles and just perfect!) and chose 3 colours of acrylic paint, Cobalt Blue, Platinum and Silver. These were gently sponged onto the bubbles and then laid onto the page, pressing gently so as not to pop the bubbles.


I took some Dusty Chipboard from my own stash ( there is a great selection of various chipboard embellishents in the shop) and gave it a watercolour brushover with some blue paint and then added Silver Beadazzles, Blue Glitter and Silvery Liquid Pearls onto the berries.



I used up left over strips and panels from the sheets of Memory Lane and Written Chapters which were gently inked around the edges using an old brown inkpad. These strips were then layered up across the page before adding the photo which was printed in a 5 x 5 format.


I used Pink Fresh Studio Puffy alphabet stickers for my Title in black. These are available in a variety of colours in the shop.




I added a piece of cotton lace below the photograph.


And then added the chipboard spray when the glue and Liquid Pearls had dried.


I also printed out some butterflies, which I fussy cut and added in various paces on the layout to finish it off.

So that's it....I am all out of delicious Georgia Blues papers now....gutted! At least its a good excuse to pop over to the SHOP and do a little retail therapy isn't it???

See you next month, I hope you liked my layout xx

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

25 years.....Prima Georgia Blues


Hi There

Here is a recent page I made for my DT post over at Papermaze. Its using Prima's Georgia Blues papers.

I wanted to add another layout to our Silver Wedding Album and thought this range would be just perfect for it. The top photo was taken the year we were married and the bottom one whilst on our Silver Anniversary Road Trip.....this photo was on a steamer at Ullswater.


 I used a sheet of Midnight Blues for my layout, the deep navy blue with the mix of white and blue roses and silver foiled fine script is really striking.




 White acrylic paint was used and sponged through a diamond stencil, it was also drizzled and splattered across the page. On a couple of the large drops of paint I used a cocktail stick and dragged out points making it look star like. I also gently sponged some paint around the photo edges, instead of matting them.



 I added some Prima Emerson flowers with a mix of other flowers and die cut leaves from my stash and a chipboard embellishment from Dusty Attic.


I have quite a few butterfly files on my laptop and thought I would like to add some to my page, so printed them out onto white card, fussy cut and Stickled them , raising their wings on small foam pads.




I also added a small doily behind the top photo , the printed vellum packaging from some Prima flowers and a panel cut from a sheet of  Memory Lane   behind the other photo. Also a sprinkling of sequins, small wooden hearts and a couple of lengths of cream cotton lace.


 I completed the page by making a title using some silver glittered chipboard letters.






Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 8 February 2019

Lantern Retro Makeover with Authentique *Jingle*

*Another Christmas catch up post*

Hi There and Happy New Year Everybody!!

It's Anita here today and I have been using some lovely Authentique *Jingle* papers to prettify a red lantern that I have had for a couple of years.

 I don't know if you are like me or not, but I just cannot resist a good bargain when I see one! A couple of years ago, straight after Christmas, I saw some red lanterns, filled with tiny little lights and reduced by 70%! Not one who can leave bargains on the shelf I quickly purchased 2 and bought them home and packed them away for the following Christmas!
 So then out they came for Christmas 2017 and they sat on the sideboard, sparkling away.....but actually looking quite plain. So this Christmas they came out again.....only this time they cried out for a make over!



I saw some of the gorgeous Christmas papers in the shop and noticed 2 lovely new collections from Authentique. They were both really nice but in the end I chose to use the Jingle papers.
I cut some of the multi coloured candy stripes from the sheet of Retro Holiday Candies and used them to frame each side of the actual lantern part.



I also cut the red and white candy cane stripes that framed some of the Santa images on the sheet of Retro Christmas Cut aparts and used these to decorate the top plate and base plate edges of the lantern.


The lovely retro ladies also came from the sheet of cut aparts and I fussy cut one for each side and also the Father Christmas was from the same sheet.




I trimmed a sprig from one of my long garlands I use to decorate our bannisters and wrapped it around the top of the lantern before adding a selection of Christmas flowers, berries, glittered ivy leaves and some miniature glass baubles to just finish it off.


So... keep your eye out for some bargains....you can have all sorts of fun altering them.
Happy Crafting!

Anita xx