All about Love – the Feb cc at 123… (Websters Pages)

is on tonight, come and join us for some fun and games and lots of laughter. Kickoff by signing in the forum chat thread and then come join us in the Chatzy room for a barrel of laughs.

My challenge for the night includes the following criteria:

– paper curling
– embossing
– lace material

and here is the layout for it.

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I think I have died and gone to heaven – I have been waiting soooooooooo long to get my hands on these Websters Pages papers and they are finally here. Just love them to death. So delicate and pretty and oh so cuttable. Having a ball here. I got two sets of each paper and I don’t think that will be enough. Get in quick here if you want to grab some before they sell out.

Lots of paper distressing along the edges and lashings of chalk ink – all placed over some divine chocolate lace fabric (it even has glitter threads and glass beads on it) and if you look closely you can see I painted some of the flowers on the paper too (using watercolour pencils) …

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More distressing on the photo – which I converted to sepia and then distressed along the edges and inked the white edges with a creamy brown chalk ink to make the photo look aged. The photo tore completely in a couple of places, but this just added to the aged affect, so that was cool. I used another of my leaf skeletons – just inked a cream one with dark brown chalk ink and added a coat of Kindyglitz. Plus more of those satin Prima flowers that I love.

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I did one of those torn-and-then-laced-up sections that are so popular everywhere now. 🙂 Very noice look. I topped that off with a crystal additions pin from Sugarsnapps – though I did emboss it first, as although the original silver colour is lovely, it just didn’t suit my layout. I also found some old Prima leaves in my stash ( a lucky find) and these I inked dark brown with chalk ink. Yummo!!

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I made my own journalling spot using a MM notebook page as a template – just used part of another Websters Pages paper and then inked over it with blue, creamy brown and dark brown chalk ink. Love the little Carolees Creations letters – now that I have finally managed to make them work for me – sad that it took me so long to get into them. Isn’t the key just adorable?? It’s made by Blue Moon Beads and I have no idea where I got it from (it came in pack with 3 other keys and a lock), which is sad, cause I have no idea how to get more when I need them. Hmmm – methinks it will be back to trolling ebay for them. I embossed it with Mostly Mink (AED) which gave it a lovely chocolatey-metallic colour. More Prima flowers – again inked to age them – and some recycled buttons (thanks Mum).

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A special mention must go to Julie at Scraplets (one of my all time fav chippy people) for her gorgeous chippy word “Believe” in the title and for the exquisite paisley bits underneath and to the left of the photo. Ta heaps for posting that to me at such short notice and getting it to me in time for the cc tonight. I’ve embossed all the chippy with Mostly Mink – and it is just gorgeous.

Keep an eye out for next month’s sketch at 123 – Julie and I have cooked up a surprise using the Kaiser Airy Fairy paper range… so stay tuned.

Glitter and Embossing class this Friday night

Come join me with the other ladies from the 123 Forum for an evening of glitter and bling. This free class will cover all you ever need to know or ever thought not to do with loose glitter or embossing powders. Well okay, maybe not everything – but we will cover a lot of different techniques for using embossing powders and loose glitter. You can register here – and don’t forget to put in your bingo words here, for a chance to win a store voucher at 123 Scrapbook.

Class starts at 8.00pm AEDST and there is plenty of room for more.

Some sneak peaks to get you thinking of the glitter to come:

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Check out the lovely AED glitters and embossing powders Wilma got in for me to play with here and get yours to play with too.

Feb 123 Challenge kits…

are now available from the 123 store.

This month I used the Kaiser What a Hoot” range to create 2 kits – each priced at $9.99. Purchase the kit, design your own layout, upload it to the gallery and you stand a chance of winning your choice of the next month’s kits (which would be designed by the lovely Teina).

The Kaiser What a Hoot” papers are just gorgeous – whoo can resist those cute little owls? Yummy browns, creams and greens – colours that suit layouts for either gender. This month’s 123 Challenge Kits contain a selection of these papers, togther with lots of embellishments and accessories to help you make some gorgeous pages.

So check out the kits in the store, and either re-create the layout I’ve done with the kits using the instructions supplied or design your own layout with the kit and enter it into our monthly challenge in the forum.

Kit 1 – Whoo Loves You?

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Kit 2 – Owl I want is You

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Be sure to get in quick, as past months of these kits have sold out well before the end of the month.

Bo Bunny – Sweetie Pie

What a yummy, girly range this is. Very sweet. Loved the papers when I saw them and was not disappointed when they finally arrived into my hot and sweaty little hands this week. I really like Bo Bunny – their ranges during 2008 were just delicious and 2009 is shaping up pretty good too (providing the cost of the papers isn’t what is rumoured – at $2.60 per double page for the CHA releases).

Luckily this range is still very reasonably priced and you can get yours from Sharnie at Click”n”Scrap here.

Thought I would do something different for a change – not my usual “cram in as much as you can” pages. A lot of cutting out still though – can’t miss that out. The “Sweetie Pie” paper range is perfect for this type of technique.

I’ve used strips of one of the papers (Snuggle), a section and a strip of a second (Smooch) and cut out patterned shapes of another (Swoon). I’ve got enough paper left for at least another layout, if not more – yet there is not a huge amount of ‘white space’ in this layout (though what is there is still giving me heart palpatations).

To make the page more interesting the embellishments have been layered – by using pop-dots and double-sided tape I have given some dimension to the layout. I also Kindyglitzed sections of the pattern to add further interest and stitched a border pattern for added detail. A little bling here and there is good for adding detail and dimension too.

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Stitching is a technique that adds interest and dimension to your layout without adding a huge cost. Another is stamping – the money invested in your stamps is well worth it, as you can use them on many layouts, not just one. The stamp set I used for this layout is simply divine – a new company to me – College Press and not surprisingly this set is already sold out. They have some great paper ranges too – so look out in coming weeks for some work with them.

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The trick to using lots of cut out shapes is to cluster them or have them sprawl across a page. I’ve kept a lot of my shapes in their original positions – already clustered together – and have only added single ones here and there to ‘fill out’ an empty section of the layout. I’ve also made sure that the colours on the layout are spread around – so a bit of green on this side and also on the other – black across the top and then also the bottom. It helps to keep the layout coherent. A little Kaiser bling here and there and all’s done.

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In total – even with the transparency title – for the products used (and not the cost of the stamps etc which can be re-used) the layout cost less than $10 – which is something of a miracle for me.

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Don’t forget the Card Competition in the gallery – coming into its last week. Some great cards are featured in the gallery. And this weeks store special is on Kaiser Clear Stamps – a steal at $10 each.

TSE February cc – OTP class special using Melissa Francis

The first TSE Cybercrop for 2009 has the theme of “Near & Dear”. It starts on Thursday 12th February and you can find details at this link. I am doing a special mini-album class as part of this Cybercrop. Class & Kits or Class only are now available in store.

The class is a fund-raiser for the McGrath Foundation – with some of the proceeds from the sale of the kits to go towards this worthy cause. The kit is filled to the brim with quality products from the Melissa Francis Thankful range.

The mini-album would make a great gift for someone special. It is also the perfect opportunity to get in early for your Mother’s Day projects. I hope you can join us for this exciting event. Remember to purchase your kit early so that it can arrive in time for the class. If you are unable to attend at the class time the instructions will be available in the forum for you to complete in your own time. There will be some random prizes offered during the class. Please come in and join in the fun.

You don’t need to purchase the kit to enter the cc OTP challenge. You are more than welcome to create something using your own stash. Come register your name here for the cc and join in the fun and games.

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BG Bittersweet

Just delicious is how you would describe the new Bittersweet range from Basic Grey. Yummy chocolates (both dark and milk), luscious toffee, rich raspberry and soft pinks make for a sweet treat. This range is just bursting with colour and sweet sentiments. Obviously meant as their ‘Valentines’ range, Bittersweet is perfect for all those layouts of loved ones (or things).

I’ve done a lot of different things with my Glimmermist, but one application I had yet to try was to spray it all over a page and then crumple it up to give it a distressed look. Using the soft Blushing Pink background paper and some Iridescent Gold Glimmermist, that’s exactly what I did. After crumpling it I flattened it a little and dried it with my heat embossing gun – which made it curl up quite nicely on the edges. Prior to applying the Glimmermist I had distressed and inked the edges of the paper.

As you can see in – “Love You” – the affect is just gorgeous, all soft and shimmery and very girly. I added some strips of other papers (Crushed Berry, Belgian, Mousse and Vanilla Fudge) and then cut out one of the paisley/flower combinations from Cherry Cordial and a strip of the pattern from Brittle. The little hearts you see are one of the small clear stamps from the range and the larger heart is from the rubon pack.

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This was the last of my layout challenge entries from a couple of weeks ago – I had to make a matching card to go with it. The design elements are pretty much the same as the layout and this is a great way to use up small bits and pieces left over from other projects.

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For – “Just” – I took a different approach. I had some lovely photos of Madame playing with her doll, both of them wearing their matching Sugarplum fairy costumes. The golden toffee tones of the Almond Toffee and the rich chocolate of the Belgian were a great counterpoint to the deep reds I used in the cardstock and embellishments and were a perfect match for the fairy costume.

This time I used embossing to provide some interest to the page. I’ve pretty much embossed anything that didn’t move. The small flowers on the title alphas (using one of the small clear stamps from the range); the Green Tara flowers; the chipboard hearts; the lace flowers and the magic mesh are all embossed with gold embossing powder. As you can see – the embossing gives a wonderful finish and texture to whatever you have embossed.

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Next time you use some ribbon on a layout – try folding it. It is an interesting and pretty technique and adds dimension and interest to your page. I’ve attached mine with some metallic gold thread – but you can adhere it with double-sided tape as well.

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Rather than leaving your stamping plain – embellish it with Kindyglitz and rhinestones. This paisley from one of the clear stamp sets in the range is just gorgeous with a tracing of Crystalina Kindyglitz and some decorative rhinestones.

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And what layout is not complete with a Prima flower? Just loving what Prima has put out in the last couple of years – really looking forward to the current CHA releases – I have already seen some must-haves. I’ve overlaid this one onto one of the Green Tara flowers that has been embossed – they make a lovely combination.

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Here is the final layout – another of my competition entries from a few weeks ago. I must say that although I was exhausted by the end of it, it was fantastic to get so many gorgeous layouts done in such a short space of time.

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With – “She Fills my World” – I really wanted to show off the rich and dramatic colours in the Bittersweet range. I’ve used a black and white photo, so as not to detract from the colours in the papers. This allowed me to fill the rest of the page with the deep reds, bright pinks and velvety chocolates that typify this range. Yummo – just love the look of the finished layout – all those wonderful colours together.

More cutting out – the paisley again and some circles from the Meltaway patterned paper. This time I also used one of the border pieces from the Element Stickers sheet. These are great value, as there are a lot of pieces – shapes, words, tags and borders – and they are often perfect to pop into a small space in your layout.

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The smaller letters in the title are the chipboard ones from the range. All I have done is inked them (they are pink originally) brown and then sprayed a light layer of Glimmermist over them. Too easy – and just perfect.

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We had a small (friendly) competition in the TSE forum recently, making and using hand made flowers. I liked the look of them so much, that I made one for this layout from left-over bits of the papers I had used. I like to make mine with a spray of Glimmermist , rather than water and then I dry them with my embossing gun. This really makes the edges curl and gives the finished flower a lovely look. Although you can use anything you want – I’ve used one of the buttons from the Bittersweet range to finish off my flower.

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And here it is – possibly my favourite layout for this year so far – I just love the way it has turned out. The photo was a total fluke. It came at the tail-end of the photo shoot I took to get the 3 Bugs layout photo – I was just looking at the final photo set, when Madame came up underneath me asking to have a look too. She was perfectly framed in the camera – and I managed to snap off 4/5 gorgeous photos of her – up close and personal as they say. A scrapping Mum’s dream come true.

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The technique/tip for this week comes from this layout. The stitching I did is not freehand drawn (though I do that as well). I cheated. I’ve stamped a flourish pattern onto some thick transparency and then punched holes through it in the pattern. This gives me a stitching template I can use repeatedly. I use a pushpin (just a regular corkboard one) to make the stitching holes – much easier than trying to push the needle though (and cheaper than getting a fancy paper piecer to do it). Doing it this way is not only faster – it is also easier, because you have the template to refer back to if you are not sure which stitching hole to move to next. This often happens when doing complicated patterns – and this flourish pattern would have been much harder to stitch without it. If you check out the TSE forum here – you can see the instructions for this tip.

And to celebrate the arrival of Bitterweet, Mary at TSE is generously allowing you to enjoy a 20% discount, through to Thursday 12th February, on all Basic Grey and Tattered Angels products which includes the gorgeous Glimmer Mist.