Missing Lush

Yep – I know – I’ve been a slack blogger again lately. Have been busy sorting out the mess in my scrap room after the Cambridge fun and then doing the planning for a mini album series (1 for each term) for Madame’s year in Prep. Rather more involved in it than I originally thought – but wonderful to see all the photos they have been taking of her at school.

I lost this layout. 😦 Had it all done for the newsletter and then just could not find it when it was time for photos. Found it the other week all nicely tucked away with all my other layouts awaiting an album. It’s so hard to pay good money for albums when you could be buying Prima or other yummy things. Sigh – but I need to do something with them all eventually.

The bight colours of the Lush range are so easy to work with. The neutrals in the range allow you to use them as a bright ‘pop’ of colour. The orange reverse side of the Bonzai paper would have to be my favourite for this. Together with the cream and grey of the other papers (Lotus and Bamboo) and a little black for highlights – the orange just leaps off the page at you. And together they were just perfect for the colours in my photo of Madame and one of her hair band bows. She loves bows and has been in a hair band phase for a while now – so these are just the bee’s knees according to her. Luckily for her most of her Gymboree clothes had one for each of their ranges – so she has a pile of them in different colours. Lol – how I – with wash-and-wear-and-put-into-a-ponytail hair ever got a daughter like this I will never know?

I’ve kept the layout fairly simple – well okay, as simple as I can manage it. I’ve used some strips from the reverse side of the Maple paper and overlaid them over one another to make two feature strips at the top and bottom of the page. To one I added a clip from the range and to the other I combined some of the Die Cut Elements with a flower cut from paper from the 8 x 8 Paper Pad. Both got a strip of the Kaiser Black Rhinestone Strip next to them – just wishing I had some more of these, as they are very useful.

To frame the photo I used a collection of flowers cut from the 8 x 8 Paper Pad and some stamping onto transparency using one of the stamps from the range. Stamping onto the transparency allows you to move the stamped image around and cut it up for placement and this is easier to do with the transparency, rather than fiddling around trying to stamp onto the layout in the right place. That gorgeous orange flower is from the Chipboard set – which I have very little left of now.

The stamp set for this range is very cool – I love both the characters and the floral bits.

I have no idea where I got the love title – but isn’t it sweet? Just some black ink on it to finish it off and it stunning against the orange paper.

I’ve also included one of the Journal Tags, on which I have printed part of the title onto. Love these tags – this one in particular is stunning. Here and there I did some simple cross stitches, just to break up some of the straight lines. The chippy alphas are from my stash and have also just been given a coat of black ink to decorate. Keeping your title clean and simple, along with the rest of the layout design, allows the colours of the papers to stand out.

Lush is definitely worth a look at, so if you haven’t done so already, check out the entire range now.

Currently I am working on something completely different – several definitely cluttered and fussy layouts from Webster’s Pages new Hollywood Vogue range. Mary has just popped them up into the store – so I would be quick in getting in there to browse around – as this range will sell fast – I promise!! 🙂

The mid-month challenge is also underway – this month it’s a Blind Scrap – so pop into the forum and check out the instructions. You have until Nov 15th to get your take on the instructions up in the gallery to be in with a chance at winning a prize.

The 12 Cards to Christmas Competition is also underway – this being week 2. Mary has a gorgeous prize up for grabs and there are 2 challenges each week to complete. Entry into the competition is easy and each card you submit gets you a ticket in the draw.

So with lots happening in the forum and Mary uploading new stock all the time – Ideal Papercraft is the place to be this month!!

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Newsletter – Bo Bunny – Cambridge (Part 3)

Oops – sorry – have been very busy and totally forgot to get this one up. 😦

Just when you thought that Cambridge was a purely masculine range – here is a girly one that will hopefully change your mind. The Queen of Make Believe might be full of the same olive-greens and dirty-creams that I used for my boy layouts, but this time there is lots of glitter and glitz; ruffles and even flowers to give it that feminine touch.

The die cut paper for Cambridge Crown – is a stunner. As much as I wanted to use all of it, I made the hard decision to cut it up and only use the top half. This went over a sheet of the Stripe paper (reverse side), angled so that the interesting parts of the pattern of the base paper (such as the wing and the checkerboard) were still showing. To the white splatters only, I added a touch of Kindyglitz to make them sparkle.

Tucked under the left side of the photo is a journaling tag from the Cut Outs paper. I’ve inked around the edges of it and then run my Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser over the edge to shabby it up a little. It’s attached to the page with a couple more of the copper brads from the Cambridge collection. There are a variety of patterns on these, but I have used a matched pair with a fleur-de-lyse pattern.

Then I’ve taken a strip of the Post patterned paper and run it through my scalloped paper trimmer. After inking lightly with an ochre and olive chalk ink, I’ve misted it with water and folded it into pleats. Using the heat gun to dry it helps to ‘set’ the pleats into the paper – making handling much easier. To make it a little less grungy and more girly, I’ve applied a little Kindyglitz to the pleats to finish them off. (I rather like the way it turned out, so I added a couple more around other edges of the photo.) A chipboard banner, one of the larger brads and some rhinestones for the crown make a nice little feature over the pleats.

The flowers are the technique for this week – they are super easy to make, totally individual and a great way to use script patterned papers (well, any patterned papers really, but they do look good when you make them with script paper) – so check out my instructions on how to do them in the forum (will go up over the weekend).

Oh oh – have just realised I did not put this up last weekend -oops – will do so asap – sorry guys but this last week has been a total disaster at our place and I have been distracted. Will fix this up as soon as I can.

I’ve used an assortment of flowers I made from the patterned paper and some muslin material – with both being inked with an olive green and ochre chalk ink. No two flowers are exactly the same and that is part of their charm I think. There are several clusters of them around the layout – generally filling in some of the empty space or helping to hide some of the paper/photo edges.

More of those yummy Scrapware alphas for the title and one of the sticker tags from the Cardstock Stickers sheet. There are two of these – one with Knight related words and another with Rock Star words. The chipboard stars around the title come from the 12 x 12 Chipboard Stickers sheet.

I’ve again used the wings stamp – this time using white ink on a transparency sheet. When that was dry I applied a thick coat of Crystalina Kindyglitz for some very angelic looking wings. Madame was complaining that her new ‘pink princess’ costume needed wings (it’s a fairy princess you see) – but this is the best I can do for her at the moment.

Although that is the last of the layouts I did for the newsletter – I can really see me doing more layouts with this range. Just love, love, love it. With the Harry Potter range from CI coming out soon, I can hopefully see some cross-overs between them – keeping my fingers crossed that the colours are suitable. Mary still has stock for almost all the Cambridge range still in store – so grab some for yourself and have a play.

Newsletter – Bo Bunny – Cambridge (Part 2)

My second layout with Cambridge Her Knight Protector – makes much more use of the grungy nature of the papers in the range. Matching up and making the most of the pattens along the edges of the reverse sides of the Stripe and Cambridge papers was a big element in the design of the page. Again I have chosen to use a darker coloured paper as the base, with a lighter coloured paper over it as a mat for the rest of the layout.

Loving both these papers – the richness of the blue in real life is just awesome. The greenish/grungy cream is a great contrast to the blue and the patterns on both are just wonderful. Both the the papers and the photo have been sanded back along the edges to give them a more grungy look – I like using this technique on boy pages – you can do it in designs that are more linear and layered or torn/ripped and it looks good no matter what.

Before you ask – yes I know my daughter’s face is out of focus – the shot was taken this way deliberately. Although the layout is about his relationship with her and the role he plays in her life, DS2 is the focus of the layout and I wanted the photo to reflect that. For those that are curious on how to get that look – I used the ‘close-up’ auto setting on my camera and focussed it on his face. On my camera (a Canon) this is given as the little ‘flower’ icon.

And yes – the images are still crummy – it has been raining for over a week now and I swear my camera has moss growing on it. I’m ready to rip my hair out by the roots unless it fines up soon.

Border punching some of the Crest paper with my Iron Gate Martha Stewart border punch gives me a couple of decorative strips to put around the edges of the mat for interest/contrast. It also allows me to add in an additional colour – the ruby red – that I knew I wanted to use for some of the embellishments.

I LOVE the embellishment at the top of the page. Originally I had a plain cog – which was nice but not quite what I was looking for. Then my order from Mary arrived and in it I found some of the new Steampunk inspired chipboard from Twiddleybitz. Oh my – when these arrive in the store, get out of my way. I am so getting some more of these little beauties. This one was just perfect for what I wanted here and so off came my horrid little cog and on went this lovely.

I’ve inked it with a combination of 2 different blue chalk inks that match some of those in the background paper. A little Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Stickles over the top and a zap from my heat gun and whallah – one small piece of grungy loveliness. Over it are some wings stamped (I used the wings stamp from the Cambridge range) onto the Chess paper and a Grunge Paper heart that is from the Heart Wings dies set by Tim Holtz. The final touch is a brad from the iCandy Brad pack.

Bo Bunny have again included a wonderful booklet of journaling die cut pages in this range – the Noteworthy Journaling Pad – and as a bonus – the cover of this booklet is now an embellished transparency page. After cutting mine off the booklet I trimmed off the edges and added it over the top of one of the die cut pages. Way cool Bo Bunny – I can’t wait to see what the other new books look like to see what is on the front of them.

The blue ribbon threaded through the left of the layout is from the Newsprint Wraps pack – it’s one of three ribbon/material strips that come with their own small embellishment. The blue ribbon came with the small pearl pin you see there. The silver fleur-de-lyse charm is from my stash, as is the Griffin brad (Marah Johnson) at the top of the ribbon.

The fleur-de-lyse charm is actually meant for a necklace – I found someone on ebay having a big sale and their pewter/silver charms were all half-price – so they ended up being about the same as you would pay for a scrapping charm only bigger and better. DS2 is rather fond of the fleur-de-lyse – so I have been saving this one for a layout for him. He has another that he wears on a black leather cord (this is how they came when I bought them) when he is doing his ‘cool teen’ look. 🙂

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The alphas in the title are a combination of some old Buzz and Bloom ones from my stash and the previously mentioned Scrapware Antique Uppercase. I know I have been using these ones of late – on almost everything it seems – but they are a great font and do suit the recent ranges I have worked with. Because the papers in the layout are so ‘busy’ pattern-wise, I choose to leave the alphas simpler this time – with only a single base colour (red – olive) with some grunging over with black. The tag for the first word in the title is was also made by me – again by tracing out one of the sticker tags onto patterned paper. A little glitz’ and a chipboard star and you have a lovely little tag with very little effort required.

The last empty space in the layout went to the journaling. Again computer printed, but this time onto some patterned paper strips, which were then further matted onto some ruby-red Crest paper to highlight them. A chipboard lion from the 12 x 12 collection , the last of my small coloured brads and the layout is complete.

Speaking of the brads – usually I have a heap of them left over, but this time I wish they had included a lot more of these small coloured ones – they were so easy to use with the papers that I could have used a lot more than I did.

I was pretty happy with my first layout from the range – but this one is special. I just love the way it all blends in together. DS2 is pretty happy with it as well – which is always a good thing.

Newsletter – Bo Bunny – Cambridge (Part 1)

Yeah I know – I wax lyrical about every range I get to play with (mostly cause I’m lucky enough to get the ranges I love), but this time even I’m surprised with just how great a range the Bo Bunny Cambridge is. Not since LYB’s Generation Z has there been such a good range for masculine layouts. In particular, I’m loving the rich jewel colours (ruby, sapphire, emerald, and topaz) that are matched so well with the grungy off-white creams, browns, ochres and black.

The paper patterns are complex and layered – there is a solid ‘shape’ base to them (diamonds, stars, flourishes, wings, chain wire, and heraldic symbols) which is overlain by the grungy splatters and brush strokes. This depth to the pattern gives you a lot to work with as a scrapper and allows for a wide range of scrapping styles to be accommodated. With the newsletter layouts this month I have tried to cover a few different styles – this being a more formal layered approach – to show how well the Cambridge works.

For my first layout – Leave a Trail – I started the layout with the journaling prompt from the Cut Outs paper. Doing that set the colours I needed to use – making the Dot (reverse side) paper the starting point as the base of the layout. To provide a contrast I then made a mat from the Crest (reverse side) paper, giving it a border punched edge at the bottom for interest and making sure to ‘cut’ into the Griffin image from the pattern so I could tuck the photo under it.

(apologies on the clarity of the photos – it has been raining for over a week here and it is very hard to get decent photos at the moment)

With papers like these, that have a lot of their complex pattern around the outside of the paper, you need to work with layering to make the most of them. This is more obvious in the next layout – but even on this one you can see that I have cut the upper mat small enough that it reveals the rich ruby red of the base paper (with its pattern of stars and a partial crown at the bottom and splodgy circles at the top) and the grungy black ‘brush strokes’ that borders it.

The cream ledger paper pattern gives me a good contrast to the colours of the base paper and also allows me to use this space for coloured alphas (which would get lost on the other darker paper) and to do some journaling. The title uses the Scrapware Antique Uppercase chipboard alphas – which are ideal for this range. The whole medieval script style is just a perfect match for the Cambridge range.

To get the ‘finish’ on the alphas I inked them with an ochre and a maroon-red chalk ink and then lightly smeared some Crystalina Kindyglitz over that and ‘set’ it with a heat gun. This removes most of the ‘glitz’ and leaves you with a rainbow shimmer of colour. It also gives a textured look to the chipboard.

To help ‘fill in’ the space I’ve popped the “a” from the title onto a hand made tag. Using the Cobalt paper I traced out a small tag (using one of the sticker tags as a template) over an interesting part of the pattern. All you need to do to finish it off is ink the edges, apply a little Crystalina Kindyglitz along some of the pattern and pop your alpha on top. Underneath it I’ve put the chipboard wings from the 12 x 12 Chipboard Shapes collection. The gold stars around it are also from that Chipboard Shapes collection. The stars are really cool – and along with the small coloured brads are an item that I wish there was more of in the pack.

The shield is a ‘bonus’ one that you can cut out from the back cover of the Noteworthy Journaling Pad and after cutting it out all I have done is inked it and put it on with some pop dots. It is slightly shiny – the cover seems to be slightly plasticised – but not to the extent that it detracts from the shield. The copper brad in the middle is one from the iCandy Brads pack, as are the smaller coloured ones just next to it.

To help ‘pick up’ the darker colours that dominate the base paper I have added some punched edges and thin strips of the Stripe paper here and there around the ledger mat. This also helps to tie the different parts of the layout to the die cut journaling prompt, which also features these striped strips. The punch is the Bracket one from Fiskars – the same as the bottom of the ledger paper.

The green diamonds at the top of the layout are from the Argyle paper and were added to provide interest and contrast to the red base paper in an area where there was no real pattern to it. You don’t need to do this at the bottom of the layout, as there is that star pattern there to provide interest.

Filling in the last of the empty space on my ledger sheet is a hinge I cut from Grunge Paper using my Tim Holtz Hardware Findings die. I ran this through the Cuttlebug and it worked fine without needing any extra ‘bits’. This was inked and then some Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Stickles was applied and left to dry. That gives the lovely textured/rusty look the hinge has. Time constraints meant I have to put this up without the final touch – I wanted some copper brads to put through the hinge holes, but have not had a chance to get them. With a bit of Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Stickles I am sure they will look great.

The other empty space got my journaling – printed out using an appropriate font. There are a lot sites that offer free fronts around and a quick search should locate something suitable to use.

After all the boy layouts I did last month, I thought I might be a little jaded doing these ones > – but I found the papers very easy to work with and really enjoyed doing this layout (all of them actually). I can definitely see me getting some replacements papers so that I have some in my stash for later inspiration.

Cambridge is one of those ranges that although theme based, is appropriate for a wide range of layouts. If you really wanted to, you could completely ignore the whole knight/heraldic theme and use the reverse sides of the papers to create your layouts. It’s the rich colours and the complexity of the patterns that really make this range stand out.

Mary has them on sale in the store this week – so check out the range in the store and do yourself a favour. You won’t be disappointed.

Guest DT – Pink Paislee (Twilight)

So here is the last of my boy layouts for my2angels. I know you’ve had to wait a bit for this one, but since I was planning on using the Pink Paislee Twilight range, Tracy thought it might be more appropriate for October than September. And then when she put it up earlier this week on the store blog, I was simply too busy with my Newsletter layouts for Mary to get this up on my blog.

Personally, we don’t do Halloween at my place – it’s an American custom and although we were happy to do it over there, it seems a little silly back here in Australia. But I adore the paper ranges that come out to celebrate it (and what everyone else does with them – you should see Tracy’s stunning haunted house now that she’s posted it up on her blog). With a little creativity though, it is possible to use these ranges for non-Halloween layouts. They are particularly good for teen boys, as they usually have wonderful grunge elements and are often in more masculine colours.

As much as I love the gorgeous ‘green’ of the original Twilight Horizon die cut page, I decided to cut out the centre and replace it with the reverse side of the Postcards paper. I did this because I knew I was going to be doing some masking and I wasn’t sure how the stronger colour green would look and I felt the black would get lost totally, since I was masking in black. For a little added interest (and – lol – to use up the last of my twine) I stitched some twine around the inside of the frame.

I matted the main photo with the reverse side of the Dusk paper and then attacked it with my eyelet setting thingies – they have a name and I can never remember it – though there is now a border punch that does pretty much the same thing. I inked all the edges of the photos and the mat (Black Soot Distress Ink) and then stuck all of them onto the layout. Once that was done it was time to mask.

For my masking I’ve used the barbed wire mask from the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Masks Borderline set. Originally I tried it out with a little black ink, but found I much preferred the look of using Glimmermist. There are 2 really good blacks in the Glimmermist range and this one is the Heidi Swapp Black Magic one. To prevent getting the Glimmermist on your photos (and anything else you want to protect), simply put a black sheet of paper over them – I cut mine into the shape I want to protect – that way you get the most out of your spray pattern.

To finish off the masking I used a silver gel pen to outline the barbed wire. As you move the layout around to look at it the silver gel pen (Antique Silver by Zebra) shimmers and shines out – really catching your eye. It’s a great effect.

The chipboard barbed wire was next. A base coat of silver chalk ink went on first. To this I added some ‘highlights’ using the silver gel pen (which is a much brighter silver than the chalk ink) and the finishing touches were a bit a daubing around the edges of the chipboard with some black ink (Black Soot Distress Ink) on a make-up pad (these are really great to use when you want a softness to your inking rather than a solid coat of colour).

The main alphas got one of my ‘treatments’. This usually involves a mix of different inks (and sometimes other things as well), some Crystalina Kindyglitz and a heat gun. The alphas are the Scrapware Chipboard Antique Lowercase Alphas and the smaller ones above them are the very useful in small spaces Carolees Creations Tiny Black Alpha Stickers. Loving the title – it comes from my middle son making a caustic comment about the wisdom of taking marital advice from some shirts he brought home (for his father mind you) from Italy. All I can say is – they are brave men those Italians. Lol – my boys think their father is VERY brave for wearing them in front of me – I guess it never occurred to them to consider the fact that the first couple of shirts like this were ones I bought for him myself. Doh boys!!!

Looking at the alphas without a flash:-

and now with the flash so you can see the heat-dried Kindyglitz better.

To finish off the layout I added one of Tracy’s little white felt men from last month’s store purchase gift – how appropriate was he? – and a couple of the silver little boy charms.

So that’s it for my month of boys with Tracy and my2angels. I’ve had a wonderful time giving my 3 terrors some quality scrapping time (though my littlest angel did have a little sob the other night wondering when I was ever going to scrap her again) and I hope you have enjoyed it too.

Olivia – a layout for me

I needed a break from all the boy layouts lately (and I am still working on more for my newsletter next week) – so I took time out to play with Olivia and a photo I have been meaning to scrap ever since I took it – but have just not gotten around to.

Although it was meant to be a quick, easy break from my more complex layouts – I again choked at dealing with the ‘whitespace concept’. Lmao – why is it the “less is more” approach takes me soooooo long to do, when the “more is more” is so easy? I had the basics down for it in minutes and then agonised for hours on the small details. Ah well, how ever long I spent on it – I love the final layout.

Love, Love, love this paper – Marissa – this is the one I bought the collection to get hold of. With all the funky graffiti on it there is not a huge lot of embellishing needed for a stunning layout.

I cropped the paper in a little to allow for a black (Raven) cardstock frame – and then I filled most of the empty middle space with the photo. It’s slightly out of focus – but I just love the look on her face and the feeling of total abandon – so I had to scrap it. Black and white works well for out of focus shots – and that suited the patterned papers too.

You’ll have to excuse the slightly out-of-focus look of my main photos at the moment – it has been overcast and cloudy for the past week or so here and getting a clear photo needs a flash – which reflects onto the photo in the layout. So I am having to set the camera for non-flash and I lose a little clarity when that happens. The close-ups tend to be ok as I can go back to flash for them.

There is really only the one patterned paper used here – though there are some strips of Kembrie that I have border punched to add a colour splash here and there and the wings on the heart are from Marabelle.

With the paper itself providing much of the interest factor – I’ve kept the embellishments to several small clusters. The first of these I’ve overlaid on some of the ‘empty’ space on the photo. The die cut chipboard base is from the Card Kit and I traced the wings that were in that kit over some spare Marabelle paper to make my own wings.

I am finding that with the BG collections I like – it is worth getting the card kit as well. Not only do you have some ‘instant’ cards – but there are also bits and pieces that you don’t get in the usual collection (like the ‘sweet’ and ‘angel’ alphas and the photo corners) that make fantastic additions to your layouts. I can always make my own bits for cards – but having the little ‘extras’ embellies is a huge bonus to the layouts.

The chipboard heart is one from my stash and both it and the wings got a generous spray of Strawberry Shortcake Chalkboard mist – (ok – as you can see the heart got a very generous spray, the wings not so much). I also sprayed the “angel’ alphas with the same colour, but the “sweet” alphas got a coat of Cotton Candy Chalkboard mist.

That image gives you a clear shot of the cluster – but when you use the flash you can better see the shimmer from the Mist. I find that Kindyglitz and Glimmermist are often hard to show clearly in photos – if someone knows some good tips for fixing this I would love to hear from you. So here it is with the flash.

I’m also in love with those cute little Small Details Stickers that Basic Grey have put out with the new ranges – wish they had thought of them a long time ago. The little bit of rubon you can see on the heart and near the “angel’ alphas are left-over bits from the strip I used elsewhere on the layout. It’s an old Kaisercraft one they bought out for weddings. I’ve been meaning to use some rubons on every layout that I do – since I have a HUGE stash of them and they do have a use-by date on them. I think I would cry if I found that I have a gorgeous stash of totally useless rubons.

At the bottom of the layout I made another cluster using a sticker from the Element Stickers Pack, which I then overlaid over a border punched bit of black cardstock and Kembrie. The chipboard heart is another old one from my stash – this time given a coat of black ink and Black Kindyglitz . The flower is one I made from muslin (thanks Tracy for showing me how) and sprayed with Strawberry Shortcake Chalkboard mist.

Just above the cluster you can see the end of the border punched strip under the photo. The black section is simply Raven cardstock with Black Kindyglitz over it and the pinky-red is the Kembrie. The grey photo corner is a chipboard one from the Card Kit and the pale pinky glimmer you see on it is from the light spray of Cotton Candy Chalkboard mist that I applied to it.

The delicate black alphas are ancient ones from Scrap FX – so old that I used to buy them from them when they were on ebay – and how long ago is that now?? I don’t think they even make them anymore – but I wish they did, because I love them and they come in both a large (shown) and small size.

More of my hand-made muslin flowers are in a cluster under the photo. How cool are those little flower stamens? Just love ‘em. Tracey sells them in her store for a pittance – so you should check them out at My2Angels – they come in the cream you see here and in gold and silver too. The lace flowers are part of a ribbon in the Ideal Papercraft store and have been coloured with Strawberry Shortcake Chalkboard mist and given a black rhinestone as a centre. The Kaiser rhinestones I have used are the strips Mary had in a while back – as you can see on the main photo I also used them as strips to border 2 edges of the photo. I need to get me some more, as these were the last I had.

In some ways it’s a leftovers layout – I’ve used bits of this and that here and there to use them up. So the leftovers of the rhinestones went on the flowers and with the border punched cardstock. The rubons fragments went on the chippy heart and around the alphas. Doing this helps to link your layout together with common elements, as much as it uses up all those tiny leftovers.

The title alphas are also Basic Grey – those horrid White Choc Chip ones that are plastic coated and almost impermeable to all attempts to alter their colour. These ones got the big guns pulled out – when the distress ink failed to give a good coating – they got alcohol inked to death. Then a lovely glittery coat of Black Kindyglitz was applied.

So that’s my play with Olivia for this month – though I can see me coming back for more sometime later. Not sure I will ever use it for baby photos – personally I think you could easily use it for any age. Just a quick tip – if the pink does not suit you – there is a cool pastel-y aqua blue version of this paper in the range Eliza – (though sadly, Mary is out of stock of that paper) that with the other aqua blue papers in the range can be used to make a blue version of this layout.

So that is me and girls for the moment. Back to the boys with the final layout for Tracy and then the long-awaited and much anticipated Bo Bunny Cambridge – which I lourve!! – and have been eagerly waiting for. I am cheating though – I have a layout for Madame in there using the Cambridge – a lovely grungy one with flowers, but you will have to wait until next week to see that.

Spring into BG Olivia (cards week)

Spring. For a few glorious moments I have a stunning display of purple glory over my courtyard pergola as the Wisteria blooms profusely – then for weeks, I am cleaning up the rotting carpet of purple from my pergola pavers. If I am very lucky the bloom coincides with the arrival of the Westerlies – then the whole neighbourhood gets to sweep purple for weeks with me. 🙂 I don’t think I win neighbour of the month award that month. 😦

Just to give you an idea of it – here are some photos from literally the first full day of blooming –

But Spring also means baby animals, new green shoots and fresh flowers generally – not just my Wisteria. So what better card for Spring then, than a baby card that combines all of these. Olivia from Basic Grey is a sweet baby girl range filled with pinks, greens and pale aqua blue, set off against neutral white and black. With all the cute little baby animals and flowers, there is plenty of choice to use as a focus for a card.

I’ve chosen to combine strips from several of the patterned papers as the background to my card, with a chipboard animal/flower as the card focus. One of the journaling spots from the Die Cut Shapes pack provides a base for the card sentiment – the alphas of which are from the Olivia Card Kit.

Although it is difficult to see from the photo – I’ve Kindyglitzed the green part of the flower, which gives it a pretty sparkle. A little stitching helps to soften the edges of the white cardstock and some lace flowers (cut from the ribbon Mary stocks in the store) fill in the empty space.

Both the lace flowers and the title alphas were misted with Strawberry Shortcake Chalkmist – this is a stunning pink – and just a perfect match with this range. The glimmer is a little more subdued than the Glimmermist, but you do get a lovely soft glimmer.

So welcome to Spring – and go check out Olivia and the Chalkmist for yourself in the Ideal Papercraft store.