April Sketch (Kaiser – Magic Happens)

Ok – have been busy scrapping, but with things I can’t show yet. I’ve also had Madame home sick for a few days with a temperature and coughing. Not quite something full blown yet, but getting there.

I can share this layout now though – as I scored the sketch for this April. My layout uses the Kaiser Magic Happens range that Monica showed off so well in the last newsletter. I’m excited to have Mon join me on the team at Ideal Papercraft. We used to work together at another store and her style complements mine well – she loves white space and I hate it. Lol – a scrapping partnership made in heaven there. Her layouts are stunning – so check them out in the gallery.

I have to admit I got this range because I knew Madame would love it – but secretly I think that the first fairy range Kaiser had was better. Not into the fairy herself in this one – though I do like the castle and the unicorn (and I have something planned for both of those later). It is pretty – just been there done that Kaiser – come up with something new.

That said I am pretty happy with the way this layout turned out.

The base for the layout is the reverse side of Potion. The colours – purples and blues – are very pretty and surprisingly, look very nice with the pinky-purples of the Pixie paper. Not a colour combination I would have immediately thought of, but there you go – they work. I used my die cut sheet from the English Rose range as a template to create the upper sheet. Cutting it out like this lost a fair bit of the purple – so I smudged the purple ink edge I gave it to lessen the ‘pinkness’ of the page a bit.

I’ve used one of my Crafters Workshop templates to draw in the stitching line (isn’t that iridescent thread lovely?) and the line which I later stuck the pearl strip to. That gave me the basis of my layout. Fairly simple this time, but I don’t like to make my sketches too complex.

I’m rather fond of those pearl strips that Kaiser have – wish they did more colours and that Mary still had them in stock. The border on this page took up ¾ of the White packet – my last – so I will have to hunt out some more.

The tag is one of those from the Mini Journaling Tags booklet. Too cute!! I must admit that when they get these tags right they are so easy to use – but sometimes the designs are ‘less’ than useful (well – at least they are to me). These are lovely though – so all good. The fairy was cut out from the Fairy Dust paper and I rather like her better than the chippy version.

The alphas are the Scrapware Lowercase Mini Antique ones I am so fond of. Some purple ink (several different shades) and then a layer of heat treated Kindyglitz. Love that finish for chippy – all the glimmer and glitz. The rhinestones flourishes are some of the new ones from Kaiser Lagoon is the colour. The little fairy and the word strip are part of the Colour Rubons from the range.

The flowers are a mix of some Prima roses from 2010 and a stunning handmade set I got from Kay’s wonderful Etsy store. It was a corner piece, but I was my usual naughty self and pulled it apart to make 2 sections. The Prima rose was only added in to cover the broken end. I popped the lovely silver fairy charm onto an old jewelled pin from my stash and stuck it into the flower cluster as well. Always room for a bit more bling I say.

I think this is a Dusty Attic chippy – not sure though since I usually remove the packaging to save space when storing my chippy. I’ve given it the same type of finish as the title – just used different coloured inks.

On the other side of the photo I’ve used another of the journalling tags from the collection, together with a larger flower cluster. There’s a pretty silver key charm and a teeny-weeny glass bottle that is (supposedly) full of fairy dust (at least it is according to one small believer-in-fairies).

The chipboard butterfly at the top is one of the new Kaiser Magical Butterflies set of 3 – very pretty. I love the varied and gorgeous patterns you get with using the heat gun on ink and Kindyglitz – just look at the variety in this close-up.

The photo is one of the March photo challenges – taking a photo at night without a flash. Madame is not big on sleeping without a light. In fact, she wakes up whenever you do turn it out – no matter how late it is or how long she has been sleeping – most annoying. We’ve had to sleep with the hall light on ever since she was born. I’ve almost forgotten how to sleep in the dark now.

Last Christmas I found this darling little fairy nightlight and popped it into her Xmas stocking. She was thrilled with it and it comes to bed with her every night. Now our nights are filled with rotating fairy colours, as it cycles through the options. A bit like living in a disco without the noise (unless you count her snoring). She adores it though and swears that it brings her magical fairy dreams.

Check out the forum for the usual rules for our Sketch Competition – basically you have a month to upload your layout to the gallery to be in the running for a prize. We’d love to see you join in.

Some goodies and a sneak preview

This sneak is for the Ideal Papercraft Sketch layout for next month. I wanted to put up a separate post here though, to show off some of the lovely bits and pieces I used for the layout.

The flowers are a mix of some Prima roses from 2010 and a stunning handmade floral corner made by the lovely Kay. Check out her Etsy store for more gorgeous creations – especially her butterflies.

The jewelled pin is an old one from my stash – but the yummy fairy charm belongs to my clever friend Tracy from my2angels. She has the most amazing collection of charms and both the little fairy and silver key you see on this layout are some of my most recent spoils from her store. If you hurry – she has all her charms at 15% off during March – so there are only 2 days left to grab some whilst they are on sale.

You’ll have to wait until tomorrow though to see the whole layout. 🙂

Some Thanks

I need to thank several ladies for all the help I have had in getting my work up on the Creative Imaginations blog.

Mary from Ideal Papercraft – of course – for getting in my favourite CI papers and for believing me when I said that papers about Harry Potter would sell (even if most of them went to me). There aren’t a lot of places you can get CI here in Australia, so i am very grateful she does get in them in. You can check them out here.

Pat – my ebay charm supplier – for supplying the best ever Harry Potter charms. See her wonderful jewellery and charms here.

And Natasha from WiseCraft Creations for coming to my rescue when I needed more papers and embellishments at very short notice when Mary had sold out of what I needed. If you live in the Gold Coast area you should check out her store and come to the monthly crop get-togethers. She has this awesome room for cropping in, all packed to the rafters with goodies.

And last, but never least – all the forum ladies from Ideal (you know who you are) who have supported and encouraged me with lots of nice comments on my work there. Without your faith in my work I would never have posted my stuff up to the CI blog.

Thanks so much everyone.

Harry Potter Charms

I got the most amazing package in the mail this week – chock full of scrapping yumminess. Sadly, I have used almost all of it within 24 hours and feel like I must go back and get some more. You might remember those stunning Harry Potter themed charms I used on my Newsletter layouts last December – the Snitch and the Winged Keys. Pat – the lovely woman from ebay I got them from gave me a heads-up on her new charm shipment and oh my – they are just fantastic.

She will be listing them when she can in her store here – but you can get a sneak peek at most of them in this post. I have a few more yet to use and will put them up on my blog when I do, but I need more Harry Potter paper from Mary before I can do that – I’ve used up almost all my entire stash of it.

The mini in full will be posted up on the Creative Imaginations blog in the next day or so (how exciting is that??) – but at some point I will get to posting it here too. You might remember me mentioning that the layout for DS1 transformed itself into a mini album – I didn’t get it done in time for his 19th – but it is nearly complete now. It would be complete if he didn’t keep coming out with “oh – and I found this too – can you take a photo of it?”

The poor thing has so many charms on it now that it jingles when you move it. Anyway – although not all the charms come from Pat (some are Harry Potter collectible merchandise – eg from bookmarks and keyrings), almost all the silver ones do. So let’s look at her wonderful charms.

Isn’t he an adorable little Hedwig?

This castle works well as Hogwarts. It would be just as nice on a princesss layout as well.

A stag’s head charm for Harry’s Petronus.

This little white owl is just adorable – I wuvs him to bits.

Scabbers the rat and Hermione’s cat Crookshanks – though I used my charm as Mrs Norris – so I reckon it could be either.

This is a clever idea for a charm – it’s Neville’s Rememberall. It’s brass rather than silver – and just the perfect addition to your Harry Potter layout.

A cool Gryffindor House charm – with the sword and Gryffin to represent the House and beads in the House colours. Very cool. There is one for Slytherin too that I stupidly did not get – next time…

Aragog – so much nicer at this size and much less scary. Oops – just realised he is upside down – check him out in the photo below to see him right side up.

She also has the following – I have yet to use some of them so you will see them when I do (but I used my own dragon).

Goblet of Fire
Basilisk – snake
Dragon – I used my own
Werewolf – Remus (doubles up as a Twilight charm too)
Unicorn – a magical animal (one was killed in one of the books)

Now if I could just get a Cornish Pixie charm for Madame I could die happy. Lol.

Here are a couple of images of these new charms by themselves.

Don’t forget that these are just the additional charms to the original Snitch and Winged Key that I showed you last time.

I can highly recommend Pat. She is a great ebay seller with a 100% feedback rating. Her jewellery and charms are stunning and they are shipped very safely. She can certainly count on me being a repeat customer. I’ll have to be – I done used up all the ones she just sent me. Lol.

Wowzer

So excited at the moment. I have been asked to be a Guest Designer for Creative Imaginations on their blog this week. I’m absolutely stoked as I LOVE their ranges. I put up a bio and photo on Monday, an assortment of different layouts yesterday and will be doing my Harry Potter items tomorrow.

For those of you who follow my blog (and amazingly there are some of you out there) you will have seen most of the layouts from yesterday before – but you can check them out again here if you want to. The Harry layouts you have all seen before too – but the mini is new (lol – so new I just finished it – well almost). I’ll put the link up for it when it happens.

But pinch me someone… how absolutely unbelievable is it??

Summer Shorts (more English Rose)

As part of the photo challenge we have been doing in the forum, one of the photo challenges was for ‘summer clothes’. The photo I took was of Madame’s favourite summer shorts for this summer. She loves her ‘short shorts” and this year she finally grew to the point where her old beloved ones are finally TOO short and I bought her some pretty new floral ones. Yummy shabby pink roses on faded denim – a perfect match for using the Kaiser English Rose.

I had a ball working with the title alphas. I found the perfect chalk ink to match the denim colour of her shorts and applied this to those yummy Scrapware alphas that I just can’t get enough of. Then I used up the last of the rose rubons to make my title look just like the pattern on her shorts. Just love it when something comes together perfectly like that.

I love this paper – Lillian – it’s one of the prettiest in the range and it was hard not to use it on all the layouts. I’ve tried to use it without hiding all the lovely design details on it – so hopefully that is something you notice when you look at the layout. The little flower cluster here is supposed to tie in with the pattern underneath – it works for me so hopefully it works for you too. 🙂

Loving Kaiser’s new pearl flourishes – particularly this Latte colour. It’s nice to get more simple flourishes for when you want them and obviously they are cheaper to get than the more complex ones (like those from Prima). Breaking them into pieces like I have done here makes them go even further. The chipboard piece is from a new company – Out There Chippy – and they have some very yummy pieces (wait until you see the fairies they do). For this double piece I inked the top bit with a light pink chalk ink and then a layer of Crystalina Kindyglitz over a bottom piece that is more a shabby maroon colour. It’s not a perfect match to the maroon paper, but it’s close.

The cut out roses come from both the pattern on the Lillian paper and some spare ones from the Florence paper. It didn’t suit me to have the roses where they were on the Lillian paper – cutting them out and reassembling them as more 3D versions makes the layout much more interesting.

The tag is a leftover that I cut off one I used on a previous layout. I find that cutting off the bits that you normally hide allows you to make the most of them – this way I got 2 tags for the price of one. Again the leaves are templates cut from the green reverse side of Lillian as I have pretty much run out of leaves from the Florence paper.

The die cut comes from the 6 x 6 paper pad – all I did was trim the outside edge to give the die cut edge. Again I have trimmed off the bit that would normally hide under the photo and I will use that on some other layout or on a card. I’ve gotten to the point now that I always buy the paper pads from the Kaiser ranges as they have a wider range of patterns in there and sometimes there are patterns that are nicer than the ones they use on the 12 x 12 papers. I’ve layered the pink rose to make it more interesting and used the chipboard leaves (beacuse they were the only ones I had that were big enough to suit the rose size).

All in all I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. Very shabby chic indeed. I don’t have much left of this range (other than the paper pad) so I can see some cards being made from leftovers.

Anyway – that was my cc layout for this month. The challenge winners are all posted up in the forum – along with the games winners. It was nice to see some of the summer photo challenges being used for the cc. The next cc will be towards the end of next month.

English Rose card and Kaiser Blooms

Yeah I know – it’s a little late. Had to grab the card back to take the photos. MIL wasn’t keen on that.

February was my MIL’s birthday month – and English Rose was just perfect for a card for her. Unfortunately her birthday and Valentine’s Day are a little too close for comfort for flowers to feature highly in the gift-giving – but this year I thought I would have a play with the newly released Kaiser Paper Blooms when making a card for her. Using 6 from the white pack and 2 from the red pack and an assortment of pink Glimmermist (Snow Angel, Cherry Blossom and Viva Pink) I quickly made up an assorted bouquet. How to make those cute ones with the pearl centre is the tip for the week for February. Check out the forum to see how to make them yourself.

I have to admit that I am not that impressed with them in terms of being able to alter them – unlike the Prima‘s they do not hold their shape well when misted/sprayed – hence my little foray into flower altering. They tend to lose their tightness and the petals fall open – which I why I put the pearl into them. I must admit the colours are nice and match the ranges well – but still – there are better quality for the same or cheaper price out there.

Remember those decorative page borders I mentioned earlier in the first layouts? That’s what I used for the strip along the top of the card. This one comes from the Estelle paper. A left-over strip of Frieda forms the majority of the card face – though the card itself is actually made from a section of Bazzill (White) cardstock. At the join between the two I used some leftover pink pearl strips.

I’ve placed the flowers over a Kaiser White Flower Doily. The leaves aren’t actually from the roses pattern side of Florence. Rather than waste them, I used the other side (the pale green one) by tracing out some leaf shapes onto sections where the roses were not worth cutting out and the inking them a darker green. This explains why you can’t see any of the white handwriting on them.

To finish off the card I used one of the Die Cut shapes as a base for the card sentiment, which I simply printed on using my computer (since most of my stamps were too large for it).