Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Prima Stationers Desk

Hi, This was my last DT Pieces for the Paper Teapot at the end of my 12 month term.

Sophie here with Prima’s Stationers Desk, can you get any more stunning than this paper?
My favourite vintage colours with a pop of deep red to bring it all out.
I loved this range so much I did 2 layouts…
The first is My Great grandmother Elizabeth Thomas nee Smith, possibly on her wedding day.

I started with a base of the reverse side of ‘Stamps and Stripes’
Love Letter was then chopped into its individual pieces along with a piece of the reverse side of ‘red ink’ layered in the middle.
A paper doily (yes just 1) was chopped up and layered amongst the cut aparts.
Then using a large doily stamp (Stampin Up) the black doilies were heat embossed. Any large doily stamp would work for this.
In the photo there is a plant that I think is an aspidistra on the plant stand. I decided to create one using the green cardstock the photo is matted on.

I used the carnation leaf dies from the spellbinders carnation creation die set to make the leaves and cut the plant pot from another piece of the reverse side of ‘red ink’ with the smallest of the spellbinders ‘Plant Pots’
The Ivy corner is a signature die by joanna sheen, cut twice, the second is cut up and glued on at the stems.

The photo for the second layout is a wedding photo of another set of Great grandparents Charles Barney and Amy nee Mattingley.
For this one the base is ‘Roses Are Red’ just peeking through the lacing.
On top of this is the reverse of ‘Fine Print’ with a section torn out of the middle, then eyelets and ribbon lacing added with some lace peeking through the gap. I laced this up then realised I hadn’t inked it. I did raise a few laughs by inking with the lacing in place.
My idea of holding it in place with spring clips while lacing it was very popular too.

Some fussy cut bits of ‘Red Ink’ are added to the top left and bottom right.
Some ‘Sizzix 3-D Flowers’ are cut out of the remainder of the Fine Print, are intermixed with the ‘Publish’ Flowers.
I did take some liberties with the flower centres swapping and replacing some with flat back pearls.
The photo is matted on ‘Red Ink’ (that paper gets around doesn’t it), then deep red cardstock.
The tiny leaf sprigs are fron a cherry lynn die ‘flourish leaf strip’
The gypsophila is from Cherry Lynn Build a Flower ‘embellishment #2′ ( But is the same as her ‘Baby’s Breath’ die)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lost and Found record it Heirloom’ Collection

This layout is using the delightful ‘Lost and Found record it Heirloom’ Collection  by My minds eye. This is a lovely vintage romance paper set, and the paper is wonderfully thick and workable.
I have started off with the reverse side of the ‘Formal’ paper.
The photo is framed with cardstock punched with the Martha Stewart large Around the page Twirl Loop set, and raised on pop dots.
The centre of the frame is cut out and trimmed down to create the base of the layering for the photo.
Inside the frame there are ferns (Memory Box DELICATE FERN) cut out of the reverse of the Heirloom Adored Glitter paper. Also in the frame and elsewhere are Tiny Fanciful Flourish diecuts from the Cheery Lynn dies, these are also used in the flower clusters.
The frame is hung from a piece of hemp ribbon, folded in half and topped with a filigree piece and a sticker from the layered stickers collection

The flowers are using a middle sized die from the spellbinders ‘Rose Creations’, the middle layer is synthetic fabric cut with tim holtz tattered florals die then melted, the top layer is the smallest of the Spellbinders bitty blossoms die set.
These are clustered with resin pieces, fussy cut roses and more ferns and flourishes, and pieces from the layered stickers with the collection.
The title John and Rosemary is cut with the Cuttlebug die set ‘Curls and Swirls’

Prima Delight

From Oct 2013

Oh my Gosh this Prima Delight Paper is simply stunning. I was so lucky to get to play with this collection.

On my page I have used the Delight – Resist Canvas Borders. These come plain canvas coloured with white embossed designs. You can then colour them up to match any paper or colour theme. How brilliant is that.
I removed the strips from the sticker sheet and placed on old sticker backing to allow me to colour them individually. A craft sheet or even waxed paper would work fine. (If you do much die cutting with intricate dies the waxed paper is brilliant: place it between the die and the paper you are cutting, and it is much easier to get the diecut out! Also if your punches are a bit sticky, try punching waxed paper to loosen them up)
I started by trying the Tim Holtz distress inks. The canvas took the colour beautifully, it was really quick and easy to colour and to blend the colours to get a great result.

I also tried some Tim Holtz Distress stains, also looked wonderful, but these give a really vibrant result so maybe less suitable if you are after a more subtle result, but perfect if brighter is better!

This is a very good weight canvas, which allows ink applicator sponges and dauber bottles to be used without any problems wrinkling or rolling, super easy!
I have again used fussy cutting to avoid losing the beautiful background pictures, and cut out a doily with the Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch using the Flower Arches Cartridge.
The flowers are diecut with the Spellbinders ‘Bitty Blossoms’
And the eensy teeny little flourishes are cut with the Cheery Lynn Tiny Fanciful Flourish Set.

The picture is of my grandmother Olive Beatrice Barney (On the rocking horse) and her sister Amy Evelyn Barney taken Circa 1910, as far as I am aware both ladies went by their middle names.

Paper Teapot Sep Challenge! Vincents Autumn Song

The Bo Bunny Autumn Song papers had arrived, I was so pleased as I had been waiting for these to come in, they are just gorgeous! Than I got asked if I wanted a challenge along with it. Absolutely! I love a challenge.
So here is what I came up with:
1 Punch: I used Martha Stewart’s Woodland Branch Edge Punch, not only for the bits by the photo, but also on the strips used to create the rosettes, before scoring them to fold.

An ink Spray of your colour choice: I created my own spray from a Tim Holtz Distress reinker in ‘Bundled Sage’ (1 eyedropper full into a mini mister and fill with water), and used this on the 8×8 piece with my mask
4 Patterned Papers(1 piece cut to 8×8): Well of course I used the Autumn Song collection: Autumn Song(this is where my 8×8 came from), Autumn Song Melody, Autumn Song Duet, Autumn Song Beautiful
A Mask. I used Kaiser Crafts 12×12 Leaves Stencil as a mask, to get the leaf pattern on the 8×8 piece of Autumn Song
Some Bling: I used brads from the Autumn Song collection in the Rosettes, plus one on the epoxy brads in the bottom right. Also I glittered the swirls on the papers with glitter glue.
Washi Tape: I used a golden yellow tape which is very subtle on this layout, it is on the flags, holding the picture in in 2 corners, holding the punched strips in place and across the bottom left of the page.

A Tag of some sort with journaling on it. When I cut my 8×8 from the Autumn Song paper I managed to not need to cut into the leaf on the reverse side, so I fussy cut this out and made it my journaling tag. ( I still don’t believe how much fussy cutting I did on this layout though LOL)
The photo is from 1996 and is my son Vincent.

Steampunk Spells

Wow! getting to play with the new Graphic 45 papers Steampunk Spells. So Cool. G45 is my absolute favourite paper manufacturer.
So many ideas were bouncing around in my head, what to do…
In the end it was the clock chipboard from Words or Whatever that decided me, something old, vintage…  Hmm right up my alley.

Looking through my photos I found these pictures of my Great Aunt Phil and Great Uncle Joe, circa 1925, playing with a bike and a pram, and the richness of the sepia tones fitted right in.

I grunged and cut up the clock and added other chipboard pieces from my stash, then used some of the flowers from the matching G45 Steampunk spells flowers sheet. The letters were cut with Tim Holtz ‘upon a time’ alphabet die, and covered with glossy accents.

Paper Teapot Design Team

I have been on the design team for the Paper Teapot for almost a year, and have not put up any of my pages on my blog. I felt it was about time I corrected this omission.

So I am starting with the initial challenge (May 2013). All the DT members were given an identical set of papers and embellishments and told to create something fabulous.
Here is what I came up with...

When I saw the cute birdcage chippie, I immediately thought of the photo of my great grandmother Elizabeth Smith, at age 16, with her pets. The photo is circa 1907.
The idea of incorporating the open book into a layout has been in my thoughts for a while, and this seemed the appropriate time to try it out.
The cardstock for the book cover was shaped over a bamboo skewer, as were the curls on the book pages.
The swirls were cut with a combination of Spellbinder, Cheery Lynn, My Favourite Things and Couture Creations dies, and accented with pearls recoloured with alcohol markers.

The birdcage and resin flower were coloured with gold acrylic paint, and the edges of the flower touched with pink alcohol ink. There were 3 of the largest flower cut from the Tim Holtz tattered florals die with very scrunched petals, recoloured with a homemade spritz of Picked Raspberry distress ink and perfect pearls. This was also used to colour the ends of the paper roses, and as a final accent on the leaves.
The leaves were from the Cheery Lynn Rose Leaf Strip die, cut out of a book page (The one thing from my stash allowed in the challenge) coloured with distress stain and wrinkled.

The lettering was cut using the Tim Holtz die strips Vintage Market and Upon a Time.
The birds at the bottom were stenciled through a The Crafters Workshop stencil, using texture paste coloured with acrylic paint. The had pearl eyes recoloured with alcohol markers, as were the other pearls accenting the page.
All the edge inking was with vintage photo distress ink.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Scrapfest Challenge Mini

We hve another challenge on the Scrapfest Facebook Page. We were assigned a photo to use of the venue for Scrapfest and could choose to make a layout, a mini (which we can use for scrapfest too) or a card.
I chose to do a mini, and used this Twiddley Bits mini from my stash...
I went one further and since the outside is inside looking out, I made the inside Outside looking in.

At the moment I have left the rest of the pages with only a background paper, to give myself scope to make use of them as needed.
Most of the papers are Kaisercraft Magnolia Grove, with some Basecoat on the inside of the front cover.