Pearl Pin

I’ve had a few questions as to where I got that lovely pearl pin that I used in the Gabrielle layout.

 It’s part of the stock of a lovely lady in the US, who not only creates the most breath-taking layouts, but also makes many of her own embellishments. Angelica has an Etsy store that you simply must check out for yourself. Currently I am drooling over her flower/pin/seam binding sets. Just need that darn dollar to go back to parity and I am in like Flynn to get them. Sigh – and I just noticed some more butterflies that I love too.

Etsy – buggar Ebay – this place is going to be the death of me.


Bo Bunny Gabrielle Newsletter – 1st layout

Ok – we missed a whole newsletter whilst I was otherwise occupied with life. Thought I had better get them up now in-between the Echo Park stuff for Tracy. Poor old Gabrielle – such a lovely range – it waited forever on my desk until I could get to it and now it has had to wait to get onto the blog as well.

Gabrielle is a stunning range. Bo Bunny has excelled yet again with this pretty combination of salmon pink, turquoise, cream, brown and white. With a repeated butterfly and flourish motif, Gabrielle is both delicate and feminine – and oh so suited to shabby chic styles of scrapping (as well as many others for that matter). As with all their ranges, Gabrielle has all of the wonderful embellishments and accessories we have come to expect from Bo Bunny. You don’t need to throw them all onto the one layout though, as in some ways, this is a range where ‘less is more’ –  you can use this range sparingly and yet effectively, to create your layouts.


With Mona Lisa Smile I have tried to focus on the small amounts of orange that are scattered here and there in the range. There’s not a lot of it – but it is there – and it makes a nice change from all the pink that dominates most of the layouts I have seen with this range. The base paper for the layout is the lovely chocolate reverse of the signature paper of the range – Gabrielle. Over this I have used a piece of the gorgeous Flight, which I have cut into a shaped piece using a stitching template. Using the stitching template also allowed me to do the matching stitched border with a minimum of effort. You just have to love those butterflies along the right border – you don’t need to embellish that side of the layout much with those beauties there.


Digging deep into my stash I pulled out some old She alphas and gave them a bi-coloured coat of Choc-Covered Cherries and Peach Delight Glimmermist. Over the top of this – for a little glitter and texture – I added some Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles. The lace tucked under the paper edge has also been coloured with Peach Delight Glimmermist.

 The smaller alphas are some Scrap FX ones that I have been hoarding for years. I LOVE these for occasions where you want delicate letters to fit into a small space. They are hard to come by these days and I get very excited when I find someone who stocks them. 


In this close-up you can see the Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles and the way it gives both glitter and texture to the alphas. This being a lighter colour – the glitter pieces are more obvious. The darker Distress Stickle colours tend to be less obviously ‘glitter’ and show more texture. The glitter also stands out more on the darker inked sections of the chippy (on the alphas) than on the matching Spiced Marmalade inked sections. 

I overlaid a ‘vacant’ section of the photo with a corner piece from the Dusty Attic Baroque Frame Set – Circle chipboard. Just loving the gorgeous ornate flourishes on this set. To finish it off there is an altered Prima rose and a bit of the pearl string from the Gabrielle Wraps pack.

With the 3 butterflies design taking up a large part of the layout, I chose to save room and put my journalling on the back of a tag. To make the tag, I used the matching paper from the 6 x 6 Paper Pad and simply traced it out using a Darkroom Door tag as a template. The butterfly is one of the Rubons, and I’ve added a small rose, a bit of brown ribbon and a little of the pearl chain from the Wraps pack (oos). The tag itself is tucked under one of the stickers from the Grow Love Stickers set (oos). To embellish the sticker I added more roses and pearl chain, as well as some chipboard and one of the cute little silver butterfly charms Mary has in the store.


Continuing up around the sticker edge there is more of the Dusty Attic Baroque Frame Set – Circle chipboard. I’ve used the frame itself on another upcoming layout – here I have used the matching corners from the set (one piece is cut into two bits), but you could also use the Baroque Corners set for this as well.

The small roses were white – they’ve been coloured with Turqoise Blue Glimmermist together with a dab of Crystalina Kindyglitz, whilst the larger roses are Prima roses (originally a light brown) which have been given a coat of Choc-Covered Cherries Glimmermist.


The gorgeous butterfly is from the 12 x 12 Chipboard set. It’s not clear in the image, but the pearl chain is actually a very pretty, pale sea-green colour – and although it matches the pearls in the pin, only the pearl chain is part of the Gabrielle range (the pin is from my stash).

It’s worth another close-up of the chipboard just to see the finish the Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles produces. Like the alphas in the title – the base colour is Peach Delight Glimmermist over which the Distress Stickles has been added. The edges of the chipboard have been inked with Jumbo Java Versa Magic. The overall effect is a little like crushed glass – very pretty.

I’m rather pleased with the way this came out – for a while there I didn’t think it was going to work. It’s such a beautiful range of papers though I don’t really think you could do anything ugly with them. (lol – thank goodness). 🙂

Border Punch Tip

On the Christmas layout and one of the cards I used a border punch (Martha StewartScroll Lace) to embellish the photo mat and to create an interesting strip on the card. In the image below you can see the original punch shape (top), the altered strip I used for the card (middle) and the leftover from the card strip which I think would work well on a boy layout (bottom).

It is quite a deep pattern and for the layout it took too much room for what I wanted – so I simply overlaid the photo on the matt so that it completely covered the ‘scroll’ cutout section and only showed the lace. The actual punch pattern is not altered in any way – just covered up – as you can see in the close-up below.

For the card though – I used my paper cutter to slice the punch pattern in half horizonally to produce 2 strips and I used the more decorative of the two on the card. I really like the width of this strip – it completes the ‘design’ of the card without making too much fuss.

You can do this with a lot of the deep border punch designs. I ran one of my other punches through my paper cutter and produced the pattern below. This one is really exciting – not only do you get the cute little lacy border (bottom left) but if you punch both sides of your cardstock/paper strip you can get the double punched pattern you can see on the bottom right.

I was only playing around with this one – so it is not a perfect match on the cutting – but it wouldn’t take much to get it right.  This would look really cool with a ribbon threaded through it or even some bling centred in the middle of the cut-out shape.

So have a play with your border punches and see what you can create. I know I am going to be looking at mine with a whole new mindset as to what I can do with them.

Kaisercraft December 25th Cards

Card-making with December 25th is a breeze. Although you can use the 12 x 12 sheets, the 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad is just the perfect size for quick and easy cards. Mixing and matching them with left-overs from your layouts gives you an economical way to stretch your stash too – nothing is wasted.

For the first card I used the plain coloured, green reverse side of Faith; together with the 6.5 versions of Festive (the holly pattern) and Hope (the off-white background pattern). The To/From tag is one of the Mini Journal Tags (oos) – and I have used mine to show off the wooden angel (oos) that is part of the new Christmas range from Kaiser. Although it is hard to see in the photo, the angel has been inked – an old-fashioned style gold ink that has an almost greenish cast to it. The grain in the wood of the angel is what gives it the mottled look.

The Peace’sentiment is an old wooden word from Kaiser that came in a flourish pack – Mary still has a few left if you are quick. A coat of Clearsnap Vivid Mini Ink Pad (Red) and it really stands out from the green and white background.

The other card is a left-overs card. When making the layout I cut out the Santa/sleeping girl design with the intention of using it on the layout – but did not manage to include it. Rather than waste it – as it is very sweet – I made a vintage-looking card that uses it as the main focus. The card base is a piece of Wish, with a red spotted paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad over it. An off-cut of the striped side of Noel, together with some punched brown cardstock completes the card.

I’ve put the santa/girl design up on pop-dots for added dimension and just inked around the edge with a dark brown ink to give it better definition. Adding a card sentiment here would detract from the look of the card, so I have left it without one, other than a stamped sentiment inside.


In case you are wondering, the unusual look to the border punch design is because I trimmed down the pattern by cutting through the middle of the punch design. I really like the way it looks and can see me playing with my other border punches to see what else can be ‘trimmed’ to produce something like this. There’s no rule that says you need to use the entire punched design. 🙂

For this newsletter’s design tip/technique in the forum I have shown the before and after for this pattern and explained how I used it.

Of Bart, Bums and Echo Park

Naughty Tracy showed me the new Echo Park  Apothecary Emporium range she got in recently and although this is not a company I usually scrap with, I have fallen head over heels with its very striking orange/white/ black/beige combination. After walking out with half her stock, I immediately had to play – and it’s perfect for a photo shoot of my youngest son that I have been ‘sitting on’ for the past couple of months (I promise you Tracy – it is not just because it matches his hair!!).   🙂

‘Bart Bum’ is the first of several layouts with this range I am planning on completing during the current school holidays. Although it is the first ‘finished,’  it is actually a leftovers layout – done with the bits and pieces ‘left over’ from other layouts.

One of the things I really like about Apothecary (aside from the grungy feel to it) is that there is such a choice in patterns that suit cutting up into blocks or strips of patterned paper: – 3 different stripes, 2 diamond patterns, a grid pattern, several ‘background colour blocks’ – as well as all the other patterned papers. It makes it very easy to create a layered page using left-overs.


I’ve used the grid pattern (reverse side) of Skull and Bones as the base of the layout. Over this went my leftovers: – a vertical piece of Hypnotic Stripes (diamond pattern reverse side); a horizontal strip of Striped Toad (striped side); and then a rectangular block of the Vanished and Liquid Smoke Distress Cardstock (beige side). I’ve then used a piece of black cardstock (BazzillRaven) as an off-set matt for the photo. This gives me the basic structure for my layout – the rest is playing around.

I added another horizontal strip of Striped Toad (striped side) to the space over the beige cardstock to provide some colour and pattern there; and to fill the space above the photo and over the diamond pattern I added a couple of Scrapware Cogs Large  and a smaller Scrapware Clock Cogs Mini . These have been inked up with some Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot Distress Ink and given a thick layer of the matching Distress Stickles (my stash).

As you can see from the close-up, this gives the cogs the appearance of being coated in ‘cut glass’ and is a really cool effect. It certainly makes them pop. 

I decided to put the journalling onto a hidden tag and this close up shows you the edge of it behind the photo matt. I had a thin strip of the Levitation and Zodiac Distressed Cardstock (orange side) left over and this I edge punched with my all-time favourite ‘boy’ punch pattern – my trusty old Fiskars Bracket Punch – inked with Black Soot and then tucked under the right side of the diamond patterned block.

The cool little ‘Bart’ skull image (to match DS3’s jeans pocket) I downloaded from the internet and printed onto an acetate sheet. It’s actually stuck to one of the tag shapes cut from the Labels patterned paper. Not liking the starkness of the original white, I inked it orange with some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.

Lol – I did this originally with it printed onto plain white paper and it was great – then when I printed it out onto the acetate I realized my mistake – the acetate is clear – so the image on the original tag showed through and poor old Bart looked like he was Chinese. I had to cut out a little bit of white cardstock, ink it orange and then pop it under the acetate image so that you could clearly see his skull eyes. The things you do…

This is the journalling tag – I’ve used a standard luggage tag (no idea of Brand – sorry) which I inked over with some Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot Distress Inks and then lightly brushed over with some Black Soot Distress Stickles to give it that glassy splattered effect. Another of the acetate ‘Bart skull’ images and some (very old) rub on letters spell out a classic ‘Bart-ism’ to complete this Simpsons inspired tag. To make it easier to pull the tag out I have popped one of Tracy’s Skull and cross-bones Charms onto a Ball and Chain and threaded this through the tag.

The journalling isn’t anything exciting – just a note to say that although we detest the tv program, I don’t mind buying him clothes with the logo since he loves the show so much (don’t ask – no he cannot watch it at home – but obviously G’Ma is not such a stickler for observing our rules). The jeans are his favourite pair and he wears them whenever he can.

I added a thin strip of the Viper Venom and Squid Ink Distressed Cardstock (black and orange side) across the bottom of the layout. Finding a left-over bit of black cardstock cut out from a shaped layout I did ages ago – I included it down the bottom where it filled in a space there nicely.  🙂

The alphas are a combination of my favourite Scrapware alphas – Antique Lowercase Alphas  and Antique Lowercase Alphas Mini.  I’ve actually left Tracy some in stock this time – so go get in quick. I’ve left them pretty plain – only using Black Soot Ink and Distress Stickles to colour them. The cute teeny-tiny skull and cross-bones chippie is one from my stash – I have NO idea who made it and where I got it from – but they are sooooo cute.

In the offset space on the photo matt cardstock I popped in a strip of Hypnotic Stripes (striped side). The tag is another from the Labels patterned paper and again I have altered it with some Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.

A little while ago I scored this lovely little stamp from Tracy– it was used in one of the kits I think. It was perfect to finish off this ‘corner’ of the layout. I’ve embellished it with a few rhinestones from my stash and another of those cute little skull chippies. The final touch to the layout was to do a little stitching here and there with some black embroidery thread.

I had a ball playing with Apothecary Emporium and am impressed with how easily it all goes together. Looking at it here, you would never guess it is a Halloween themed range. So check it out before Tracy sells out – I notice some of the papers are running low.

Kaisercraft – December 25th

Oh my goodness – it can’t really be that time of year yet?? I am so not ready for Christmas ranges to start coming out. Kaisercraft’s December 25th is one of the earliest releases – but don’t pass it by thinking that you can wait until closer to Christmas before buying – you just might miss out – this is one of the nicer Xmas ranges and is selling fast. The colours can only be described as sumptuous – lush golds, deep reds and greens, rich creams and browns – all with a richness and elegance that makes creating with them an absolute delight.


For Little Red Hat I used the red reverse side of Peace as the base for the layout – but from it I cut out the music section and the santa/little girl design to use later. A large piece of Faith was centred in the middle (just hiding all the bits that were cut out) with a strip of Noel (striped side) running slightly off-centre behind it and the music section from Peace over it. That stunning gold patterned square is a paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad and I matted it on a little dark brown cardstock for contrast. A border punch design along one edge provides a small touch of whimsy.

The alphas are some old ones from my stash (SheHeidi Swapp and I forget what the little ones are), given a coat of Memento Rich Cocoa ink and lashings of Vintage Photo Distress Stickles. The tag is from the Mini Journal Tags – and I have tucked the edge of the cardstock under the design to help integrate the paper layers together. The star is an old Kaiser wooden Christmas flourish and has a soft gold ink (Maya Road) on it that makes it shimmer slightly.

This embellishment cluster has another of the Mini Journal Tags, over which I have placed a cut out section of the design from the Faith patterned paper. The 25 is a sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Collectibles sheet and I have popped it up on a bit of Couture Creations Foam Mounting Tape to give it some dimension. The chipboard branch piece (Leafy Stems) is by Dusty Attic and again, it has just been given a coat of the shimmery gold ink.

The red chipboard flowers though are by Scrapware and they have been sprayed with Red Velvet Glimmermist, before being ‘roughed up’ to pull the chipboard apart into layers. The pearl centre comes from the December 25th Jewels pack. I’ll do a separate post to explain how to do the flower roughing up technique.


The pearl flourish (Classic Chocolate Flourish) is also from Kaiser, but I have cut it up so that I could place it to suit the layout better. I’ve also matted the photo onto some dark brown cardstock and used a border punch to create an interesting edge to it. The complete design is a little wide – so I have used the photo to cover up about half the design – giving me just a thin, but still attractive pattern along the matt edge.

The smaller embellishment cluster has another of the chipboard foliage pieces partially hidden by a tag sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Collectibles sheet. A couple more of the altered chipboard flowers finish it off.

 Hmmm – I imagine now I will be fielding demands to get said hat out of storage ready for the silly season. Small someone was very excited to see them putting up decorations and toys in Big W today. All Hubby and I could do was roll our eyes and comment on the irritation caused by stores doing so MONTHS before Christmas. How to make parents love shopping – NOT.

Back again…

Yeah I know – it’s been a while. For various reasons I haven’t scrapped a lot over the past few months and I have not posted up here even the few I have scrapped. Mojo has been awol – but I have dragged him kicking and screaming back into the scraproom and put him to work. So far there are about a half dozen layouts to share to catch up with all that is missing and there are new works in the pipeline.  Maybe he just needed the warmer weather to thaw him out a little??