Glitz Designs – Dance in Sunshine – and my2angel charming chains

So I’m back with another of Tracy’s gorgeous Charming Chains. They are all so stunning it is hard to pick a favourite. This pretty purple one though is Madame’s personal pick – but then she hasn’t seen the one I am playing with now, so that could soon change. The purple is a perfect match for some Glitz Design papers I got my hands on a while ago and had yet to use – the Dance in Sunshine range – so I stole one when she wasn’t looking 🙂 – yeah ok, there was more begging and pleading involved – but I got it. 🙂

Just love the way the purple and yellow combine together – so bright and cheerful. I’ve used a number of Antique Bronze items from my2angels on this layout as well – all keeping with the butterfly theme used on the Charming Chain.

For those who have the papers, the base is a piece of the purple reverse side of Polka, with the front side of Polka overlaid over it and cut down slightly to leave a purple edge. The darker ink edge is curtesy of Seedless Preserves – one of the stunning limited edition Halloween/Fall Distress Ink set from Tim Holtz – which proved to be an excellent match to the purples in this range. A stitched border pretty well finishes the base structure of the layout. When adding the photos, I added a little bit of of the purple reverse of Birds as offset mats and then popped in a couple of border punched strips, which I had inked with Seedless Preserves.

The main alphas in the title are (surprise, surprise) my favourite ones – Scrapware Antique Lowercase – both the normal size and the minis. This time I’ve used Mustard Seed Distress Ink to colour them and then a light spray of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mists to give them a nice shimmer. The small wooden ones are some old Scrap FX alphas from my stash and the mini stickers – also from my stash – are from the Adorn It Radiant sheet – but using only the yellow ones.

I’ve hung the charming chain from the gorgeous purple acetate frame – which is part of the Peek-a-boo’s collection for this range.

The flowers are all Prima – a mix of some vines (the purples are one vine and the yellows are from another) and some single large yellow and small purple roses. It makes it easy to make a co-ordinated flower cluster this way, as the flowers are already colour-matched within their vines.

The bronze butterfly you can see is the edge of the journalling tag.

On my tag I used an Antique Bronze Butterfly Clip and the dangle pearl from the Charming Chain, together with some Prima flowers from my stash.

The rubon is from Kaiser – who REALLY need to do something about their shocking quality control. I’ve actually Photoshopped the tag image a bit to fix up how poorly the BRAND NEW rubon has transferred. It actually has holes in the letters all over the place where the rubon has not transferred properly. At some point I will either have to remove it and buy another to replace it or suck it up and learn to live with it. And this is AFTER I complained to the Kaiser store where I bought it, that their rubons had been shocking lately and the store person exclaimed surprise at the problem AND then stated that none of theirs had ever had this problem. Yeah right lady!! 😦

The journalling is on the back as usual for me – just a rambling on about how much she loves to dance – and how given a little space to move in, she can be found happily dancing away to whatever music she has running through her head. Often she sings to herself as well – lost in a little world all of her own. I did have a chuckle at the rubon quote – she never dances any other way.

Down the bottom of the layout I have used an antique bronze Tim Holtz Ornate Platetogether with an Adage Ticket (oos) to pop the word SOAR into a cluster of Prima flowers. Attached to the book plate is one of Tracy’s beautiful antique bronze Filigree Butterflies.

Also tucked into that flower cluster you can see a small glass bottle – it’s just gorgeous isn’t it? You can get one from here. They can be used for so many things – mine is supposed to contain a little bit of sunshine. Lol – but a bit of beach sand, some pretty (and small) stones, some glitter – whatever you can fit in really.

So grab a charming chain whilst you can – they look great on cards. tags and layouts.

Newsletter – CI Wild Spirit – layout 3

Giddy Up – the final layout for the newsletter is, ironically, one of my attempts to use this range in a way that wasn’t playing to the theme so to speak. After focusing on the horse/barbed wire theme for 3 layouts, I really wanted to show how you could use this range for more general scrapping.

Looking at the papers and the way they are cut and layered here – you see very little of the barbed wire pattern and nothing to indicate they are a horse-themed range. I’ve used the reverse side of Wild Spirit (oos) for the base, with the ‘printed words’ central section of Ranch Life and the floral pattern reverse of Country Girl (oos) layered over that. A scrap piece of the reverse side of Country Girl (oos) was popped through an old Fiskars border punch to get that looped pattern along the top of the layout.

At this point we went off on our semi-annual holidays to Bundaberg (last July) and I came home with a set of pony ride photos that just screamed to be used on this layout. Sigh – so much for not catering to the theme. Then other ranges needed to be worked on and this layout was put to one side – unfinished. When I came back to it, I struggled to get all the photos on that I wanted to include – so at the last minute it became a double – which sadly was not finished for the newsletter, as I ran out of one of the papers needed to finish it. Since I had totally – in my fixation on getting the double done – forgotten the other 2 as-yet-unfinished layouts – I accidentally used up papers that were meant for them – so I had 3 unfinished pages in total and had to scramble to get 3 for the actual newsletter. Sigh – sometimes… So my apologies that there is only the left-hand side of the double here – I’ll post the other side up as soon as it is completed. (ok – I have added at the bottom now) 🙂

This is another of the barbed wire chipboard (oos) designs made to go with the Wild Spirit range. This little cutie is also an A2Z Scraplets design. It has actually been inked with about 4 different brown Colorbox chalk inks to get that mottled effect you can see on it.

I’m actually a little stunned – all of the chipboard I used for the newsletter layouts sold out within a week of the newsletter. I am so pleased that people out there like them enough to buy – and I would love to see what people do with them. It would be great if you could post to the forum gallery anything that you did using my barbed wire chippy.

The chipboard horseshoe was also inked with the 4 different brown inks and then I tied one of the silver horse charms from the store to it, using some old twine I coloured with my Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

My poor post-office man wonders a bit about me sometimes – I get very excited about parcels that come tied in string/twine (who on earth sends them that way anymore anyway??) and won’t let him cut through them to help me get into the parcels. I carefully unravel the knots and add the twine to my ‘fibres’ stash. It’s amazing how many types of string there are out there – and I am working on getting a sample of all them … lol. I am running out of the fine, delicate one though – so could people please use that to tie my parcels for a while…?

In the top left of the layout I placed a horse silhouette cut out from the gorgeous Wild Horses paper (this is such a beautiful paper – you really have to see it in real life to appreciate how ethereal and dreamy it is – it would make a gorgeous painting).

The chipboard horseshoe, the horse words you see here and the saddle are all part of a horse themed set of chipboard I found – just randomly browing around – after these photos of Madame were taken. They were too good a match to the photos not to use. I cannot for the life of me remember who made them – it might be 2Crafty or something like that. (Edited to add: yes it is 2Crafty, their Horse Riding pack -a great buy).

The barbed wire though, is yet another design created to use with this range. This one is a bit more masculine – thicker and chunkier – but a little Weathered Wood Distress Stickles soon pretties that up.

To get that distressed, weathered look to the chipboard saddle I inked it first with a mix of several browns and then applied a coat of Walnut Stain Distress Stickles. This was all then roughed over with some sandpaper until the distress crystals were all sanded back. Now I have a lovely textured look to it – but without the sparkly crystals. All very grungy, yet very pretty.

Down the right side of the layout I punched out a few holes and popped some eyelets into them, before threading some maroon leather lacing through to make a series of simple knots. This filled in some ‘empty space’ there and gave me a simple, but very effective embellishment.

I ran all of the chipboard words through my Cuttlebug – using what I think is a Tim Holtz Texture Fades design. I love the cool rustic pattern that they turned out with. A simple inking with Weathered Wood Distress Ink was all they needed after that – amazing how good they look with just the combination of texture and ink – and so simple to achieve too.

The full title is actually Giddy Up – but I cut the chipboard into half so I could use it on both sides of the double. From memory this is a Scrap FX title.

I love the CI Wild Spirit range – and not just because it provided me with the perfect papers with which to scrap my horse-mad daughter’s many equine vices. The depth and complexity of the paper designs are amazing – every time I look at them I notice something new to admire. This is one range that – absolutely – a computer screen does not do justice to. More importantly – for a small range (there are only 4 double-sided papers) ALL of them work perfectly together – unlike many other small ranges, where one or two simply don’t mesh well together.

I wish I could say the same for the stickers though – oddly (and I do have to confess that this is true of many of the CI ranges) some of the stickers have a greenish tint that is jarring with the blues in the range. Gorgeous stickers – but they just don’t ‘fit’ with the papers.

Updated:

So I managed to get the second side of this done at last. In the end I waited on this to be done before posting the double to the blog.

The second side has the same basic layout as the first, but some elements have been moved around as I hate it when they are perfect reflections of each other.

I’ve used the same cool chippy flourish – just placed it on the top left rather than at the bottom. In this close-up you can see just how well the Colorbox Brown Chalk Ink matches the papers.

Love these chippy boots – the texture fades pattern has given it a real western boots feel. Such a cool textural finish.

Another of the cut out horses from the Wild Horses paper.

I’ve used a large tag here as there was plenty to say about her experience. It’s hidden behind the main photo. I’ve left the front of the tag as just the pretty design on the patterned paper – with a silver horse shoe charm and twine as the only embellishment – and put my journalling on the back of the tag.

So that’s my double – record number of photos and all. I’m very pleased with how it came out and hopefully there will be more in the pipeline.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to have horse photos to work with Wild Spirit – my favourite layout (of the 6 layouts I have done or almost done) – has no barbed wire or horses to be seen at all on it. Not one. It focuses on the butterflies, floral and print elements of the patterns. Hopefully that one can be shared with you all soon (I did post a sneak of it many months ago now here on my blog) – as it is intended for a future class. So check out Wild Spirit in the store, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Glitz Designs – Beautiful Dreamer – and my2angel Charming Chains

I have been having a ball the last few weeks, hiding out at Tracy’s place bossing her around, demanding one of this and one of that. Prepare to be absolutely gobsmacked at her latest creations – a bit like Pringles or CC’s (Hmmm – are they still around?) you won’t be able to just stop at one. I don’t think she even had time to set this little beauty down before I snaffled it up – because it was just perfect for the Glitz Designs, Beautiful Dreamer layout I was playing with for her. 

 Love this paper range – why have you not all bought it out?? It is absolutely stunning. For this layout I have layered to my hearts content, starting with the Polka patterned paper as the base. This was given a good distressing with my Heidi Swapp Distressing tool. Over that went a slightly smaller piece of the lovely Damask paper, which was also distressed and then stitched to the base paper – with a small bit torn out on the right-hand side. I’ve then offset a piece of Polka (which I cut from my base sheet before stitching the Damask layer on) with a smaller rectangle of the Stripe  paper, on which I used one of my Martha Stewart punches to give it a nice lace border. The final two layers are a piece of the newsprint reverse side of Polka and one of the Whatnots.

That gave me a lovely set of contrasting layers to play with as my layout framework – the rest was straightforward fun playing with some lovely embellishments.

Just a comment on the Whatnots – they are worth every penny. Most of them could be easily used as a patterned paper in their own right or cut down into a smaller section as an embellishment. I love this one – but the whole thing with the words was too much – so I placed it so that the photo overlaid most of them and left the ones that really meant something to Madame – she loves pink and she is still young enough to believe in miracles (they are just a form a magic after all!!) ;0 I could have cut out the words I wanted and used them as a strip too – so there are plenty of options for using them.

From my stash I pulled out some old  Prima vines and a Kaiser floral stem and mixed them up a bit to give me a nice floral cluster in the bottom corner of the layout.

I added one of Tracy’s gorgeous Large Antique Bronze Keys and a small antique bronze Love charm. A really cool thing about the key is that the spaces in the top of the key are actually meant for gems to be placed into them. I’ve subbed in some Kaiser pearls – but they look great without anything in them too.

The alphas are my favourite ones – Scrapware Antique Lowercase – both the normal size and the minis. To get that distressed look to them you need to paint/ink them white first and then dry them with a heat gun. Then ink withTumbled Glass Distress Ink and heat dry. This colour is almost the perfect shade for these papers – a slight touch of a Weathered Wood Distress Ink pad to the alphas (lightly – the ink will bead rather than spread out) then gives them the perfect match – they now have a slightly dirty, grungy look to them, just like the blue on the Polka paper. Heat dry again. Now to give them a bit more of a colour pop – add either some Tumbled Glass Stain or Re-Inker to a gob of Rock Candy Distress Stickles and mix it thoroughly. Apply to the alphas and dry with a heat gun again. Perfecto – it will be a bit blotchy with the heat gun drying (f you want a more thorough coverage just paint it on and leave to dry naturally) – but I love the look against the patterned papers.

I’ve done exactly the same thing with the Dusty Attic Baroque Corner – this time using Worn Lipstick. As an added bonus – used without the glittery coating, Worn Lipstickis exactly the shade of soft pink that is in these papers. So you get two matching colours for the price of one with this ink.

Across the top of the layout I have added a Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (from my stash) as a garland. I embellished it with the matching hanging pearl that comes in the Charming Chains pack. I had to grovel a bit (ok – it was a lot actually – there might even have been some begging too) to get the extra ones fromTracy – but it was so worth it. I love the sense of whimsy it gives the layout. Another floral cluster – using up the rest of my vines – helps fill up some empty space underneath the garland.

Tucked away in the torn out corner is my journalling tag. The last of the flowers and a bit of the crinkled ribbon have been used to embellish it and tied on to the tag is Tracy’s stunning new Charming Chain. The blue pearls on this chain match the colour in the patterned paper perfectly. Yes mine is a little longer than yours will be (length does vary a bit, since they are hand-made) – but that is more because mine is a proto-type and I ran away with it before Tracy could do anything about it.

And here is the tag itself – with that stunning Charming Chain. The rubon on the tag is one by Kaiser and I put the computer printed journalling on the back. To make the tag I simply used a buff luggage tag, which I inked with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and a little Black Soot Distress Ink along the edges.  Then over that I put a bit of the Polka patterned paper, which I cut slightly smaller than the tag and then distressed. A stitched border finishes off the base of the tag. The embellishments are some of the remaining flowers from the vines I used elsewhere on the layout, with a bit of the crinkled ribbon to hold the chain onto the tag.

So check out the Charming Chains in the store – Tracy has them all up there now –  and get in to get some Beautiful Dreamer papers before I go back to restock my stash.

I’ll be back later this week with another layout using these wonderful creations – and some of the Dance in Sunshine range also from Glitz Designs.

Newsletter – CI Wild Spirit – layout 2

Wild Spirit was the layout I both started first and finished last for the newsletter. I will be honest and say I am not sure it has worked out as well as I had hoped – but that is certainly partially influenced by my fear of ‘empty space’ on layouts as much as it is thinking I don’t do simple layouts very well.

When I first saw the barbed wire border on Country Girl (oos)I knew I wanted to stitch it – and that part of the design I think, has worked well. This time the layered papers filling up the empty centre space come from Ranch Life and Wild Horses.

The alphas are Scrapware Antique Lowercase. Again I have kept the finish to them fairly simple – just a coat of Weathered Wood Distress Ink and the matching Distress Stickles. If you are looking for browns to match the paper range – both the Chocolate Covered Cherries Glimmermist I used on the lace here and Colorbox Brown (which is a reddish brown rather than a true brown) as used on the barbed wire chipboard are both good matches.


The barbed-wire flourish on this layout is special. At the time I first got these papers there was really only one or two barbed wire chipboard designs around – mostly thick and sturdy designs (I shouldn’t be so rude about them – not since some of the very first ones ever put out by a chippy company were ones I had designed to match an early Kaiser grunge range). But they were not something I ‘saw’ working well with these papers. I really wanted some feminine barbed-wire (yeah – like you really NEED girly barbed wire lol) and although I had organised for several very nice designs to be made (which you can see in the store) – production constraints meant that none of them were ‘quite’ what I wanted.

THIS is what I really wanted – it is based on one of my favorite Scrapware flourish designs, but altered to match what I needed in the barbed-wire. Sadly – as I mentioned a few weeks ago – I don’t think it is going to be commercially available (though there are a few pieces of it floating about if you are lucky enough to get your hands on it) – but it was perfect for this layout – which in some ways was designed around using it.

To finish off the layout I Glimmmermist-ed some white roses using a custom colour that is two parts Copper to one part Gingerbread. I was hoping to match it to the underlying light caramel/beige brown colour on Country Girl (and to the colour of her hair in the photo), but still have a ‘lift’ or sparkle to it. I think the leaves are old Green Tara ones – and they also match in really well with that lighter beige colour and with the darker rusty brown.

Again, the journalling is on a hidden tag – popped in behind the photo. It has a silver butterfly charm tied on with a bit of twine and is made from a left-over bit of Ranch Life cut into a tag shape.

Although the title of the layout is the same as the paper range – it wasn’t actually intended that way. I was just lucky enough to catch some photos of Madame off in her own little world, dancing around a vacant lot whilst I was taking photos of mangroves for her brother’s biology project. He was doing his water sample collecting and I noticed her off in her little ‘dance world’ and snapped a few with my long distance lens – she was about 15 metres away. They are slightly more out of focus than I like – a product of her movement and the distance – but I love the ethereal, fey feel to them. She had obviously caught sight of me taking them mid-twirl and was just swinging around and starting to smile at catching me at it. She looks so much like a small, wild spirit – all that long wavy hair flying riotously around her urchin face – hence the title.

Christmas Competition – week 6 – December 25th card

At IPC we are up to the final week of the Christmas competition. Our competitors have made a lovely assortment of tags, ATC’s and cards to use this festive season, as there have been some gorgeous entries into the competion so far. I am looking forward to seeing the entries for this last week, as I’m up for the final challenge – a card.

Without further rambling from me – your criteria are:

– I want to see some Christmas bling.
– A flower or two would be nice.
– And the number 25 must feature somewhere.

Here is my card, created using the classic colours of Kaiser’s December 25th.

You can find the forum post here and the gallery for uploading your cards here.

Newsletter – Bo Bunny Gabrielle – layout 2

Besties 4 Ever continues the theme of ‘less is more’. Utilising more of a traditional shabby chic approach, the layout uses paper distressing and the pattern on the papers to provide the majority of interest. The embellishments serve to fill in gaps in the design or to frame the photo.

The base of the layout is formed from a layering of 3 papers: Promenade on the bottom, overlaid by Elegance; with Fairest on the top. The bottom 2 papers are stitched together using a contrasting chocolate brown thread and the top paper has been cut into two, so that the patterns on it can be re-positioned to make better use of them. Doing this allowed me to make a feature of the lovely little turquoise butterfly at the bottom right of the layout, something I could not have done in its original position in the middle of the patterned paper.

The large gap in the pattern in the top right of the layout was used for the title. The alphas are part of the 12 x 12 Combo Stickers sheet (oos). I’ve actually popped them up on some dimensional tape, and despite what the recalcitrant ‘t’ might suggest, they do actually stick well. The aqua colour of the rhinestones in the Jewels pack (oos) is a perfect match with the Kaiser Island Lagoon rhinestone flourishes – so that is what I used for the butterfly path. The butterfly itself comes from the Wrap pack (oos) – it was attached to the pink ribbon fringe.

Half the sentiments in the Gabrielle range appear to be friendship based – and the sticker tag used here is part of that, coming from the True Friends Sticker pack. It was just right for this photo of my daughter and her ‘bestie’ having dressing-up fun at our place a couple of months ago. You will have to excuse her friends’ face being blanked out – since to include that would be an invasion of that child’s privacy.

The space for the journalling is provided by one of the pages from the Noteworthy Journal Pad. To decorate this, I mixed a large rhinestone from the Jewels pack (oos) with the matching Kaiser Island Lagoon rhinestone flourish, centring them both over the design on the journal page. These larger rhinestones were also used for the body of the butterfly at the bottom right of the page.

The pink fluffy flower was made with the fringe ribbon from the Wrap pack (oos). To make the flower I have simply folded the fringe in half twice and then stitched the loose ends together to form a circle. A chipboard butterfly from the 12 x 12 Chipboard set acts as a centre to the flower and hides the stitching. Too easy!!

Using the corner stamp from the Clear Stamp Set I added this very pretty corner feature to the photo. The glittery finish is due to a coat of Worn Lipstick Distress Stickles painted onto the stamped image with a fine paintbrush. Stamped images can be easily embellished this way and it is something to think about in terms of customising your layouts. The glittered fleur de lys piece (and the white butterfly seen above it) are both from the Layered Chipboard Sticker set – though the rhinestones you see on it were added by me (from the Jewels pack). The pink sticker under the white butterfly is also from the True Friends Sticker pack.

This close-up of the stamp shows how pretty the Distress Stickles look over the stamped image. It’s a gorgeous stamp too – I’ve seen it used on lots of layouts out there in blogland and it has always looked stunning.

Newsletter – CI Wild Spirit 1

Let me apologise for the delay in getting these newsletter layouts out to you ladies. For the past fortnight or more I have been struggling with a nasty computer virus that reduced my computer to an expensive waste of plastic and metal. Add to this the joys of teenage sons who use up a monthly net access within half the allotted time – thus reducing said access to a crawl – and you have a DT scrapping nightmare of biblical proportions.

I finally have full access back and a computer (many thanks to the boys at Alliance Computers) that is almost, but not quite the same as before. Unfortunately I still have the teenage boys – but they have been threatened with total removal of their computers – so that should keep them under control for all of – a day – maybe.

But enough of my woes and on to the scrapping and a range I have been waiting a long time to share with you. I’ve had this range of papers sitting on my desk for some time now – months actually. Not that there is anything wrong with it at all – I’ve just waiting on some matching chippy designs to become available to use with it and then for a space in the newsletter schedule for it to be popped into. Finally the planets have aligned and we have both papers and chippy in the store and a space in the newsletter.

Creative Imaginations Wild Spirit is full of strong, earthy colours – rusty browns, dark brown, beige and cream – with some lovely blues of various intensities for contrast. The papers themselves have a rustic feel to them – with barbed wire and horses as common motifs – but it is a delicate, feminine, rustic theme. The barbed wire twines across the paper in lavish flourishes, adorned with butterflies, or is hidden amongst swirling floral patterns; and there is a stunning parade of ghostly blue horses trailing across the bottom of one paper – all in all, enough to satisfy any little girl (or big) experiencing a bout of the horse adoration phase we all seem to pass through (and for some of us, never leave).

Madame is ‘into’ horses – and this range of papers appealed to her very much. I was given a list of things she wanted scrapped with them and was told in no uncertain terms what part of the patterns she wanted to see featured. At the top of the ‘command’ list was that she wanted to ‘see’ the pretty patterns on the paper – I wasn’t to cover them all up with ‘stuff’ like I usually did. You can *eyeroll* now – but she has a point. The patterns on these papers are gorgeous – it seems a shame to cover them up, particularly if you are using them for their horse/western theme.

My Pony features Wild Spirit (now oos) as the base paper – with (as commanded) most of the pattern on this paper left exposed. The photo and embellishments are confined to the middle of the paper, where there is an empty space in the pattern. A section of Country Girl (reverse) (now oos) and Wild Spirit (reverse) are layered together under the photo to provide colour and interest to the page.

With so much happening in the paper pattern, I’ve left the alphas fairly simple – inking them to match the red in the photo. Under the photo I have clustered one of the stickers from the Jumbo Cardstock Sticker Sheet and some Prima flower oddments, a silver horseshoe charm and some muslin dyed with Weathered Wood Distress Ink – which is a wonderful match for the blues in the papers.

Up the left side of the layout I included a lacing segment using some twine. Tied into the twine is a charm dangle I had specially made for this layout. The silver cowboy hat charm matches the one Madame is wearing in the photo and the red pearls also help to link the photo to the layout. Check out the Tips and Techniques section of the forum for a step-by-step on how to do this lacing technique.

When leaving large areas of one paper pattern on show, it sometimes gets a little difficult to fit in all the other elements – so I have hidden the journalling on a tag behind the photo. To make it easy to slide the photo in and out I have added a piece of chipboard frame left over from another layout to the end of the tag, where it sticks out from under the photo. The pearls decorating it are Kaiser Red Pearls.

Madame’s favourite part of the paper design is the horse head in the corner (which – apparently – is ‘just like’ her pony, but without the white bits). To make more of a feature of this, I cut a second one out and pop-dotted it over the original head. The barbed wire (oos) you see has also been designed (by the lovely Julie at A2Z Scraplets) to match this paper range. Here I have given it a coat of brown ink and then a thick layer of Walnut Stain Distress Stickles. This gives it a great textured look – with the shimmery sparkles an added bonus.

Using a large luggage tag for my journalling allowed me to include another photo and have a play with my Distress Inks. The butterfly stamp is from the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden collection and it goes together well with the Prima flowers, barbed wire chipboard, muslin and another Stickerfrom the Wild Spirit range. The piece of red lace is actually Maya Road vintage lace dyed red – though for the life of me I cannot remember what I used.

The journalling itself is on the back of the tag – I had a fair bit to say, so I’ve printed it out with the computer to maximise the usable space. We got this animatronic-style pony (for a bargain price) when she was 3 – it was taller than she was at the time – and it moves its head and makes horse noises. Of course, looking back now, we should have waited another year or so to give it to her – but you know how it is, sometimes the presents are more about what you want to give than they want to get.

The damn thing terrified her – she screamed and screamed at it on Christmas Day, refusing to go anywhere near it – it took months before we could get her to walk near it let alone touch it. Eventually though, she caved and fell in love with it the way we thought she would and it is a much loved part of her fantasy world. It is that story – of silly parents who should know better and one small girl’s carefully built relationship with her toy that I wrote about.

You will need to get in fast to get any of the remaining papers and stickers in this range – they have sold out fast since the news letter went up last week – both the papers in this layout are sold out now, as is almost all the barbed wire chipboard made to match it. The other papers are equally as lovely though and well worth checking out.