Blind Scrap Challenge (BG Eskimo Kissses)

The forum ladies and I had some fun last Wednesday night with a Blind Scrap. Here is my layout – done using the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses line. I bought a heap of this so I could scrap last year’s ski trip – but have not had much of a chance to get to using it until now.

Another of the rare multi-photo layouts I do. I know I should do more of them, but I really do prefer the single photo layout.

The chippy flourishes are distress inked and then given a coat of Distress Stickles – the green on red is a nice contrast. Not sure on who the flourish border belongs to – either Twiddleybitz or Dusty Attic. It’s very nice whoever made it. 🙂

I did the same thing to the title alphas, but the arrow thingies (old Scrapware ones) got a coat of paint and some Kindyglitz to make them sparkle.

Madame was a little put out by the brown hair on the little girl chippy – since “I don’t have brown hair”. Lol The snowflake charm comes from My2Angels.

A lot of cutting out on this one – and I have to admit it was all a little painful. I wanted the corner flower symmetrical into the corner and it simply wasn’t in the patterned paper that way. So I had to ‘make’ it fit by altering another bit of paper to suit. All too much really – but me and my anal mojo were happier that way.

I am looking forward to seeing the ‘creations’ as the forum ladies pop them up into the gallery. The Blind Scrap is going to be a regular monthly feature for us at 123 – so pop on in next month and have a go too.


Autumn cards (Bo Bunny Delilah)

This month’s theme for cards at TSE is Autumn – yeah I know – nowhere in sight up here in sunny Qld, but I love Autumn as a season, so doing an Autumn themed card was cool (no pun intended).

The lovely browns, blacks, oranges and pinks of the Bo Bunny Delilah range are just perfect for making a warm Autumn themed card like this one. Very handy for me that this is the range I am using for the newsletter next month – I had some bits all ready to go.

I’ve matched the papers with one of the Skeleton Tree chippies (the Small one) from Twiddleybitz, which I inked up and then coated with Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle Paint (this is on back order in the store). This gives it a lovely textured appearance – just like a real tree trunk would have. A few Kaiser Pearls here and there for decoration on the tree and whallah – one gorgeous tree.

The leaves behind the tree chippy were punched out of a bit of Delilah – You and Me patterned paper using a leaf punch. I’ve inked the edges of them to give a little definition. The rubons are also from the same range, as are the sticker flowers that form the base of the tree. The cute little alphas used in the title (and yes – it is supposed to read ‘unbirthday’, since the recipient has decided not to get another year older this year) are the new Kaiser Mini Alpha Stickers.

Too cool when I get a chance to actually give someone a card I make – lol – they tend mostly to get put in a box and sit in my scraproom.

So check out the Delilah range in-store at TSE now.

Some cards

So it has been card making time recently. You all know I am not much for making them – keeping them to my layout scraps where possible. I’ve made 2 lately and one of them is a ‘special’ – made from scratch. DS1 asked for one for his GF and so I used the gorgeous Love Bandit range from Bo Bunny to make a little card for him for Valentines Day.

Lots of cutting out of those yummy paper elements. The frame is one of the stamps from the collection – very noice.

The cute little heart punch is one of the new Martha Stewart ones – pefect for this sort of card.

The flowers are a mix of ones I cut out from the patterned papers and some of those from the range itself.

The other card – also from Bo Bunny – is from the Flutter Butter range and uses some of the same elements and left-overs as the layout.

The 3D flower is one I have seen lots of people using lately – most notably Tim Holtz – and is easy to make. Love the look of it – especially when given a coat of Kindyglitz.

TSE/Ideal Papercraft Inspiration cc – Challenge 1 (Pink Paislee – Cupid)

Whoo hoo – tis cc time again at TSE/Ideal Papercraft. Come join us over the next week as the forum ladies tackle the layout/card challenges. We’re hoping for a year of scrapping fun, challenge, and inspiration – and to start the ball rolling we have a cc that we hope will inspire and challenge you to push your own scrapping boundaries and have fun doing so.

This cc we are setting the challenges with an accompanying image/word/quote/etc as inspiration and you can check out here for mine. My challenge is a simple one: from that image take three elements to incorporate into your layout as your 3 criteria. All you need to do is state which elements you used. eg colours, the idea of a ‘bunch’ of something or a ‘tree’, hearts, flowers, etc.

So for my example – using the stunning Pink Paisley Cupid range of papers and embellishments – I used the colours (red, pink, chocolate); the idea of the 3 stripes (the box in the photo) and the ‘bunches/clusters’ of flowers/embellishments.

What a gorgeous range Cupid is too – I’m not much of a Pink Paislee girl, but I do like the pinks, browns, reds and cream in this range. I think it is the oh-so-cuttable flowers that do it for me though – I am such a sucker for something to cut out. What’s not to love about some yummy flowers – and cutting these out allowed me to make some flower/stem bunches that look very cool. The larger flower is of course a Prima – and I went back to the trusty Glimmermist to get the colour.

Having recently seen a number of layouts using the whole vertical stripe/section design, I thought I would have a go at it too. I used a Java Bazzill cardstock for my base, and overlaid that with some Love Potion patterned paper, which I tore and inked. The red central strip is a bit of cardboard packaging sprayed with Red Velvet Glimmermist. A very yummy colour this one.

I’ve tucked some torn bits of reverse side of the Postcards paper so that it peeps out of the rips in the Love Potion.

Some of the cool Borderlines Clear Stickers and a scallop-punched bit of the pink reverse of the Hearts Bloom paper line the sides of the cardboard centre strip. Into this I stuck my photo of Madame taking her Teddy for a walk in the woods. The journaling card is a mix of one of the Postcards and one of the Diecuts – with a rubon to finish it off. The gorgeous little metal Key is one of the Making Memories Ledger Pebble Keys.

To embellish the cut out flowers I inked the edges to give them a sharp edge and then added a little Kindyglitz here and there – with a Kaisercraft rhinestone for a centre. The alphas are also Kaisercraft (No. 1) and again they are Glimmermisted with that yummy Red Velvet colour.

So check out here for the Cupid range from Pink Paislee. I’ve done my re-stock so you should be safe to get some for yourself. 🙂 And don’t forget to join us all for the cc and try your hand at winning a prize from the prize cupboard.

Basic Scrapping Techniques – Bo Bunny – Flutter Butter

Oh my gosh!! I have been dying to use this range. I’m a bit anal about getting all the bits in a collection if I like them and I had to hunt about to find all that I wanted to use. I’ve been good though and almost all of the layout is available here from the 123 store. I’ll be posting this layout up in the 123 forum in a day or so – when I find out which section it is supposed to go into. Until then though I thought I would post it here.

There’s lots of inking, distressed edges, layering and stitching in this one. I had a ball making it and really enjoyed the process. Ahhhh – time to scrap a layout is a luxury I have missed. I’ve been playing with this one for several days rather than trying to get it done in a hurry and I think the extra time in the creativity shows.

Most of the layout design involves cutting out the circle patterns from the patterned papers, distressing the edges with my trusty HS distresser and then inking some of them before layering them. I used pop-dots to get make the circles more 3-D and Kaiser rhinestones to embellish the circles. I clustered most of them on either side of the title tag, with a smaller group of them up in the top right corner.

The stamp pack that goes with this range is gorgeous. Two of the circle patterns and the butterfly are included in it as well as the flourish I have used on the layout. Yummo. In this close-up you can see the stamping (Stazon Saddle Brown), the cut circles and the stitching. It was nice to do some stitching again and I had fun stitching a pattern along the grid lines in the patterned paper. A few randomly placed Kaiser gems to finish off the stitching made for an easy and cheap embellishment.

The title is one of those complex little put-togethers that just seem to happen. A tag from the die-cuts page, over which I layered another tag I made myself from some left-over paper and then a square I cut from some more spare paper – all inked and with alphas from the sticker sheet from the range what more could you ask for in a title? A little Kaiser bling, a rubon and some doodling and we’re done.

The rubons are divine too – although I split most of them in two and used them here and there – this larger one I used here to make an interesting spot in the last of the ‘empty space’ on the layout. Lol – can’t have any space can we??

So get yourself some Flutter Butter yumminess from 123 and be quick – I think I need to head back there to get me some more. 🙂

TSE Feb Sketch – BG – Origins

Oops – sorry – a little late with this one I know. Anyway – here is the layout for it – you can check out the sketch and a chance at the prize cupboard here at TSE.

I love these new papers where you get all this embellishment on the corners/edges with less patterned paper in the middle. Lets you stick ‘stuff’ to your heart’s content in the middle of the page and still have pretty edges. Anyway – Sea Salt – is one such paper and it is much prettier in real life that it looks on the screen. In fact, most of the papers from this range are. I was so-so when they first came out – but had a chance of getting a Collection pack at half price – so I did – and I am sorry now I did not get more of some of the individual papers as they are lovely.

Anyway – the base is Sea Salt and the only other paper on it is a torn part of Renew – which I used because of the awesome flowers on it. If you look closely here you can see the flowers behind all the other ‘stuff’. The only other ‘pattern’ as such comes from part of a journaling transparency overlay that I cut up and put to the left of the photo – all I wanted were the lovely flowers on it.

I’ve seen a lot of layouts recently with chippy frames on them just put here and there – either around titles or journaling or some little bit the scrapper wanted to highlight – so I thought I would try that with this gorgeous Twiddleybitz frame I got from Mary. Yummo – a little distress ink smudged over it here and there, a coat of Rock Candy Crackle Paint and whallah – just stunning. Love it! I used it to frame some cool flowers on the patterned paper – and I highlighted them with some Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

There are a heap of old (some are Pie Shop ones and others are from last year) Prima flowers and pearls/bling to embellish the papers and to keep the nature theme going. I was lucky enough to have the perfect colour matches in my stash and for once left the Glimmermist alone.

The small flowers I embellished with a little Peeled Paint Distress Stickles and some buttons from the Origins collection. (Don’t you just love the quality control issues BG??) Lmao – shabby is as shabby does – so I left it on like that. The little tag behind the flower is a left-over bit of some grunge-paper that I put though my Cuttlebug and embossed with flowers and vines. Inked up with some distress ink it came up a treat. The tag itself is a Nestability tag – wonderful things these. No more cutting out and trying for a clean edge for me!! Now I have perfect tags every time. Some more pearls/bling finishes it off. The strip of paper behind it all is the reverse side of the Sea Salt paper and is gorgeous – a grungy sort of cross-hatching pattern. Want another sheet of this one just so I can use the reverse.

The alphas were done using the same technique as the frame. A mix of Peeled Paint (or it might have been Shabby Shutters – I totally forget now), Tea Dye and Walnut Stain Distress Inks just smudged on where-ever. It’s more a mix of the first two with a little Walnut Stain just wiped over to give it some darker spots on it. More Rock Candy over the top for those lovely fine cracks.

Not a lot of journaling on this one, as it is part of a larger set of photos I took up at Purlingbrook Falls. My little Poppet had a lovely time up there playing Pussycat Fairy and communing with nature. She was fascinated with the HUGE lobby we spotted in the creek. Lmao – she was disgusted though when we told her that some people eat them. Not for her she says!!

So that’s my sketch layout for the month – head off to TSE for the sketch itself and a chance at the prize cupboard.

7 Gypsies – Gypsy Market

Ok – here is my first contribution to scrapping 2010. It was a while in the making, but finally it is done and I can share it with you. It’s a little darker than I normally go in layouts – but I loved the Gypsy Market collection as soon as I saw it and had to have those gorgeous 7 Gypsies papers. Of course they screamed “grunge” at me, but since I had a few grungy techniques I wanted to try, that was fine.

I’ve distressed all the paper edges and then inked over them in Black Soot Distress Ink. The bigger rips in the top paper are usually the result of over-enthusiastic use of the HS distresser, rather than any planned design, though I will make them bigger if it suits the layout. Scrap goss is that the Heidi Swapp brand itself is now discontinued – so you might want to stock up on her nifty little edge distressers while you can.

I have to confess that for a long time the layout was headed in a different direction, until I finally owned up that the grungeboard piece I had spent ages on was simply better off with a different paper combination – but cool, I will have another Gypsies layout to share at some point with that on it. So I sat there for ages (whilst fellow DT’s Mon completed 2 layouts and Kars covered her book covers) and pushed my photo around the 2 bits of paper. Sigh!! Who gets any scrapping done on scrap nights anyway??

Adding a third paper – the baby-poo yellow one (Herne) made all the difference to the layout. It gave me the ‘lift’ in the colours that I needed. Once I had that, the rest was simply embellishing.

The red chipboard and flowers were made in the same way. Inked with Fired Brick Distress Ink and then lightly ‘swiped’ over with some Black Soot Distress Ink. This gives them a lovely grungy weathered look. Then I added some Fired Brick Distress Stickles to the chipboard and some Peeled Paint Distress Stickles to the flowers. Whoo hoo that’s an awesome look – adding both glitter and texture to the surface of the chipboard/flowers.

The green chipboard is simply the same process, but with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

Here you can see close up the grunge texture that the Distress Stickles gives the chipboard.

The yellow ochre flowers were coloured with a Colorbox chalk ink and then I used Walnut Stain Distress Stickles to embellish them. You can dry the Distress Stickles with a heat gun to help minimise the time spent drying your embellishments. A red Kaiser rhinestone for a centre completes them.

I used the Prima rubons and rhinestone flourishes to “fill in” some of the empty spaces in the layout. Some time I will have to try using the rubons with their original rhinestones – they have a heap in each pack and some are really tiny – they would look awesome together on a layout.

In the end I ran out of room for the journaling – so I used a hidden tag tucked under the photo edge. The photo was taken at Purlingbrook Falls in Springbrook and I wrote about how Madame was in paradise – just wandering about in her pussycat fairy costume looking for other pussycat fairies and enjoying the stream and wilderness. I may not be happy with the planned photos of her brother and his girlfriend (looooooong story) but I am thrilled with the incidental photos I got of my little fairy wildcat.

For those of you who like a little Timmy grunge in your scrapping – these papers are perfect for this type of work. Some of the other papers are not so ‘dark’ – so for those of you who like a brighter grunge, there’s also something to catch your eye. Whatever you do, don’t miss the chance to check them out for yourself – here – at 123.