New Flowers at my2angels

Oh my goodness – Spring has come early to my2angels!!

After unpacking this little lot it was like Tracy was living in a garden  surrounded by a riot of colours and blooms.

First up, we have…

New Colour Combinations for our popular Gardenias 

 Our beloved Gardenias now come in new colour combination packs.

Choose from Olive and Brown,

Burgundy and Brown

&

 Red and Black.

 

7mm Rose Buds 

Stunning new rosebuds – you will just love our new Rose Buds – in a range of gorgeous colours. These are MUCH bigger than our previous rose buds and I am sure you will agree that that one bunch will just not be enough.

You will find them in the roses section. 

  

Cherry Blossoms 

 We have also expanded our range of flowers with delicate Cherry Blossoms.

Gorgeous two-tone combinations

in shades of purple/ green, lilac/cream, tangerine/yellow, pink/white, wine red/cream and basic white.

  

We also have additional new colours in our roses

and stemmed flowers ranges – including 

and our large roses are back in stock – including our new Large Blue Roses.

 

So grab a floral bunch or two and check out the flower section for your own Spring bouquet.

 

 

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Bo Bunny Serenity

Ahhhhh Bo Bunny – the little black dress of the scrapping world. And like that fashion staple, Bo Bunny goes with anything and everything, is classic and timeless, yet funky and new all at once. Although there are ranges that are not my personal style – I’ve yet to see a release from them that does not have at least one range that appeals to some section of scrapperdom. For me – the stand out release for last CHA was Serenity.

There are many colour combinations you can create with using Serenity: – whose colour pallet includes rich chocolates, creams and reds, pale greens, and crisp teal, black and white. The theme is distinctly Asian – but you can very easily use it for non-Asian photos. I have though, chosen this range to use with photos I took on a family visit to the Chinese Friendship Gardens in Sydney – as they were a perfect match with the images in my photos.

With True Beauty – I used Fans as a frame for the layout, with a cut-down piece of Tomoko acting as the base. I love the red, cream and chocolate/black colours of these two papers together. I’ve distressed the edges of Tomoko  and given it a light coating of Iridescent Gold Glimmermist to make it shimmer all over. Then in the area around which my photo was to be placed I further randomly misted some Hollyberry Glimmermist.

Tucked into the curled back top left corner is a die cut tag from Cut Outs – I was hoping to journal on this, but it became too difficult to hold the tag in place – so now it is purely decorative. Next to it is a spare flower cut out from a paper in the 6 x 6 Paper Pad and 2 small pieces of pearl chain. I’ve inked around all the hand cut elements on the page – it helps to define them more clearly.

There were a few things I wanted to do with this layout – and using some muslin fabric was one of them. I’ve randomly inked it with a metallic gold ink and then misted it all with Iridescent Gold Glimmermist to make it shimmery. A quick dry with my heat gun, a little tussling to muss up all th edges and you have this lovely shabby, vintage look. I’ve tucked it around the layout here and there to soften the edges of various elements.

In various spots I ripped back the edges of the paper to create small cluster ‘hotspots’ – like the one above. The flowers that fill them are cut out from another piece of  Tomoko . Just under that – if you look carefully – you can see that some of those flowers are not on the paper – but are a Cherry Blossom and Cage Chipboard Branch (not sure who the manufacturer is). I’ve inked it black and then painted the flowers with Hollyberry Glimmermist. This colour is perfect with these papers. To get the centres, I hand cut out some small cream flowers from the paper and then glued them into place. It makes the cage look like it is springing out from the paper itself.

And here is the cage – all inked up with sparkly metallic gold ink.  The paper behind it is a die cut piece from Cut Outs – which has been edge distressed and inked.

One of the other techniques I wanted to try with this layout is that of the ‘photo nest’ – where you take a selection of different bits and pieces and build a ‘nest’ upon which to pop the photo.

Mine has that paper die cut as the base, but then I built it up with some ripped pizza box (inked with metallic gold ink and painted with Iridescent Gold Glimmermist), some cut out blossoms/shapes, strands of pearls and strips of muslin. I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

This hand cut element came from one of the die cut pieces from Cut Outs – I’ve pop-dotted it for some depth and added a second hand cut blossom behind it in a couple of places as well. The lanterns next to it have had a second layer added to them using pop-dots and the blossom on them comes from the Dimensional Glittered Stickers sheet.

The title for the layout comes from this gorgeous title tag from the Layered Chipboard sheet. To help the tag merge into the page, I’ve cut under the edge of some of the blossoms on the left and tucked the tag under them.

This was the last of the techniques I wanted to try with this layout – and I have to admit it was the most time-consuming and complicated of them. I wanted extra blossoms down on the bottom part of the layout – and these are made using texture paste and the Cherry Blossoms template by The Crafters Workshop. Texture paste takes ages to dry and the wait nearly killed me (believe me, patience is NOT one of my virtues) – and then I used my Hollyberry and Black Gold Glimmermists to colour the texture paste. Again – I’ve hand cut some small flowers to pop into the centre of my texture paste flowers to make them look just like the paper pattern ones.

You can also see that there are a few more rips in the paper and some more flowers tucked in here and there – and some more of those gorgeous red blossoms. I wanted to use them a fair bit on this layout as they match the flower in my daughter’s headdress very well. While we were at the Gardens, she and her brothers tried on some traditional Chinese clothes and I got some lovely photos of the ‘dress-ups’.

To finish off the layout I popped on one of the Asian word symbols from the 12 x 12 Chipboard Sheet (oos). The golden bird you can see next to it is part of the branch/cage set – and I’ve used one of the red rhinestones from the Jewels Pack as an eye.

There’s not much you can do wrong with Bo Bunny – I’d defy anyone to buy Serenity and not find it easy to create something drop-dead stunning with it. You don’t have to be as fussy and detailed as I have been here – the pattern combinations make it very easy to create a simple or layered page – whatever you fancy. If you have been waiting for some inspiration to grab you before buying Serenity – I’m hoping that I have provided you with just what you need. Check out here for the stunning layouts designed by Michele and here to purchase Serenity from Ideal Papercraft.

So excited…

The post below is on the facebook page for Twiddleybitz. I can’t say how honoured and amazed I am to be included there. Pinch me someone…
 
 
Well after much deliberation, and seeing so many wonderful applications from some VERY talented artists, we have our new Twiddleybitz Design Team!We have some returning familiar faces, 🙂 and we welcome some brand new faces to the Twiddleybitz Team.Over the course of the next few days, a few at a time, the girls will each tell you a little bit about themselves as we share with you their bio…s.

We are sooo excited to reveal to you our new Twiddleybitz Design team!!

(in alphabetical order of christian names. 😉 )

CAROL THOMPSON
CHARLENE CAMILLERI
JANICE NICHOLLS
JENNIFER HODGE
KERRYN LAWSON
LEEANN PEARCE
MARIA FEATON
MELANIE FORBES
NGAIRE GILLIGAN
RACHEL WALSH
SANDRA WALLACE
TRACEY HENLY
AND
TRUDI HARRISON

Such an amazing group of talented women who we are proud to have on our team.
We look forward to seeing what these lovely ladies have in store for you in ways of inspiration as they share with us all their Twiddleybitz creations in the future.Welcome girls.

Sears and Son – Birthday Cards

Whooo hooo – Ngaire here. Tis Birthday month at my2angels and we are celebrating. I’m not much of a card person – but the new paper range from KaiserSears & Son – does tend to lend itself to masculine cards with the ‘older’ boy in mind. This is a range you really need to see in real life to appreciate – the colours look much better in front of you, than on the computer.

 So I had a little play – and this is what eventuated.

 The base for both cards is my favourite base paper for this range – the reverse side of Trilby.  This is such a cool grungy paper – it has this old, weathered look to it and is just perfect for grunging up. I’ve inked the edge of the first card with some  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo – one of the 2 or 3 distress inks that really go well with this range.

 Then I cut out a die cut panel piece from Sidecar – again inking the edge – that was slightly smaller than the base card size. Once stuck down, I hand-stitched a border around this piece using a contrasting dirty, orange thread.

 A strip of Moustache provides an interesting striped feature to the card. I particularly like this stripe, as it combines all the colours in the range very nicely.  I’ve edge-distressed this piece for added interest and then popped a couple of my favourite new ‘boy’ brads at the top. These Hardware Brads are just awesome and I can see me using them over and over again.

 Next up comes a piece of the reverse side of Bowler Hat – with the top edge punched out like a notebook. I’ve stitched along that as well. Both this piece and the Ace Card on top of it are angled to match in with the writing on the underlying paper. Not having everything ‘straight’ also helps to keep it interesting. The Ace Card is part of the Collectibles pack.

 At the bottom of the card I added a couple of thin strips – the bottom is from Tailor, whilst the top is a bit of Bowler Hat. The alphas are some old ones from my stash – I’ve coloured them with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo  and Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stormy Sky. Interestingly, after it dried for a bit, the colour of the latter is not as good a match as I thought – so I think I might be going back over that bit with another ink. 😦

 The second card uses the same base – the reverse side of Trilby. This time, however, I’ve inked it with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge  (one of the other Distress Inks that matches this range really well).  Over this comes a piece of the reverse side of Bowler Hat – also inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge. The die cut panel on this card comes from Pocket Watch. I’ve turned it sideways to hide the pattern on it and inked it with  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo.

 Hiding the underlying (and now sideways pattern) are a couple of die cuts from the Collectibles pack and part of a compass pattern cut out from Bowler Hat (yes – they are all inked too). The No1 I got from the left-over bit of a die cut panel from  Sidecar . And to finish off the card, I popped on an Angel Wings and Clock Key charm, tying it to the card with some grungy old twine from my stash.

 Birthday cards for the man in your life – too easy with Sears & Son.  🙂

Kaiser Newsletter – Attitude! – Layout 3

The final layout for the newsletter is Boy Interrupted. Some of you have noticed that for my older boys, I often scrap pages about emotional times, issues and problems they have and my advice/response to those times.  This is another of those layouts. DS2 has been on a bit of a roller-coaster this year though no fault of his own. It has been a rough year for all of us as a family, but for him it has been harder than most. For one who the path was clearest, the future brightest – he is currently in a much darker place. And perhaps the most tragic aspect of this, is that some of those who should have been acting to help and support him, have instead turned their backs and let him down.

While I know that time will show that this is just an interruption to his life (hence the title) the betrayal of those he thought he should be able to trust has been an eye-opening shock to him.  The design of the layout is intended to depict some of the turmoil and context of the underlying reason for the layout.

The base paper for the layout is the reverse side of the aptly titled Trouble. I love the pattern of this paper and at some point I must do a layout that features it as a central part of the design.  Over it I have put a trimmed down and randomly edge-punched piece of Industrial – the embossed cardstock of the range. It has a great grid texture to it and is another paper well worth featuring on a layout. Over that is a trimmed down piece of Dude – again featuring the reverse side (grid pattern). Tucked under the left side of the photo is a section of Trouble (cut to show off the great pattern on it) – that I cut out of the base piece before I layered the other sections over it.

I used one of the star die cuts from the Collectibles Pack (oos) as a template to produce this star from the reverse side of Whatever. The star has been embellished with a randomly inked chipboard cog,  a metal Tim Holtz Gears piece, some leather twine, a section of star border sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet and some rubons from the Rubon Collection.

I had some trouble with getting some of the rubons to rubon properly – so I deliberately messed up the ones that were ok to give them all a distressed and messy look. Nothing in DS2’s life is neat and tidy at the moment – so a messy, half-finished look to the embellishments is fitting.

 Using a die cut star as my template again – I cut this star out of an underlying piece of Trouble – the hole is hidden by the other layers of paper. I really liked the pattern on it and couldn’t bear for it not to show somewhere on the layout. The chipboard piece is from my stash and has been inked and then coated with Black Soot Distress Stickles to give it that textured look.

The journalling (motherly advice) is on the tag hidden under the photo. I used a luggage tag as a template to cut one from a piece of the reverse side of Whatever. It has been embellished with a bit of leather twine and a a metal Tim Holtz Gears piece. More of the star border sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet and the rubons from the Rubon Collection finish off this corner of the layout.

Although there is a die cut ‘boy’ word in the Collectibles Pack – I chose to use it as a template and continue the reverse side of Whatever theme. It got a nice grungy inking too – which was much more fitting than the white bordered original die cut piece. This section of the layout features elements from the 6.5 Paper Pad – the two borders and the caramel embossed paper. The chipboard is all from my stash, but the funky alphas are again from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet.

There is further symbology in the chipboard pieces – the clock is broken up into 2 pieces – to mirror the broken time (period in his life?) he is experiencing and the 12 at the top is a reference to ‘Year 12’ – the year of his schooling that has been torn apart.

I borrowed a cool cogs stamp from a scrappy friend to make this section of the layout. The textured look you can see on the stamping is due to using a Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder.  I’ve popped this into the forum as my Techniques and Tips suggestion for this newsletter – so check it out in the forum to see how I achieved this grungy appearance.

After I finished the stamping, I randomly added metal and chipboard cogs here and there. Unlike the normal neat and efficient gears/cogs of a functioning machine (life) – these gears and cogs have exploded out and are in disarray. I couldn’t think of a better way to represent the chaos DS2’s life has been over the past few months. 

I have to admit I like Attitude! more than Technologic (though that does still own a special place in my heart) – but then it suits my teens down to the ground. I can see it working for  younger boys (pre-teens and those grubby, little boy photos) and I have seen some stunning layouts done for girls as well. Mary still has reasonable stocks of everything available – so make your life a little grungier and grab yourself some Attitude!

Kaiser Newsletter – Attitude! – Layout 2

Those of you who visit the forum at Ideal Papercraft will know that I am a big fan of  lolcats and post up a new set of images every Monday – just so we can start the week with a few giggles. One week the image was this one…

When a recent photoshoot produced the photo you see on the layout below – despite the fact it was a less than perfect photo, I knew I had to scrap it – and in a way that paid tribute to the lolcat image. My older pair find the photo and this layout hilarious – my youngest son is still not amused.

 

For Oh Brother, I used the reverse side of Individual as the base of the layout. It’s such a gorgeously grungy page – the patterns are very suble, but still noticable. The black and white grid pattern is part of a die cut piece from Wicked. With the exception of the speech bubbles, they constitute the only patterned paper elements on this page – the rest are pieces from the Collectibles Pack (now only available in the Collection Value Pack).

To fill in some of the empty space around the edges of the layout – I popped a die cut star over an arrow in the top left hand corner. The star has been embellished with some elements from my stash –  a small black metal star, some scrap mesh and a piece of ball chain from a dog tag.

The speech bubble has been cut out of the grid pattern side of Dude . There are several that are part of the die cut elements set – but not enough for all three, so rather than have a slightly different pattern for one of them, I chose to make all of them out of the patterned paper. The tag and word strip are part of the Collectibles Pack and the ball chain comes from my stash.

More elements from the Collectibles Pack – the word, the stars, the arrow and the way cool tag. It’s actually part of the tag at the top of the photo – I’ve cut it out from the larger die cut tag using a dog tag die I have in my stash. I popped another black, metal star on it to add a little more interest and tied it through the word with a silver ball chain.

The caramel star pattern along the bottom of the die cut paper is one of the border elements from the Attitude! Rubons.  And honestly – if they weren’t part of my DT kit I wouldn’t bother with using them. Yet again Kaiser have produced a dud product. It took 3 different strips of this rubon to produce what you see. They won’t rub off properly – they come off in pieces and some bits don’t come off at all. The problem is even more noticable on one of the other layouts done for this newsletter. I do have to admit that I got one of the rubon packs from a different store than the first two – and it seemed to work much better – but still, get it right Kaiser! I’m at the point now where I just won’t waste my money on them anymore.

The final embellishment cluster has a another word and some more stars from the Collectibles Pack – the smallest star is further embellished with a bit of scrap mesh, a couple of staples and a word cut from a section of one of the manufacture’s strips. The final element is a long piece of ball chain with a couple of silver figure charms from my stash.

I’ve done a number of layouts with this range now and I’ve not even begun to work my way through the different ideas I have for scrapping with it. I guess it’s lucky for me I have so many boys to use it with. Now if I could just get as many photos from them as I can my daughter…..?

Happy Birthday my2angels

August is birthday month at my2angels and Tracy wants to celebrate by giving you the presents. 

So for the entire month, we are giving you a 10% discount off our already low prices in the “Birthdays” theme section of the store.

In addition, one lucky shopper this month will win $10 off their order – with the winner chosen by random order number.  

And just because we are so excited to be yet another year older – with every $10 you spend in an order this month – we will put your name into the prize draw for a chance of winning a fabulous prize pack of Kaiser Magnolia Grove Collection

AND

Our Challenge this month is …

All you need to do to enter is to create a layout/card/tag/gift using the words

“Happy Birthday” somewhere on your creation

(with the majority of products used available through my2angels)

and then upload your creation to the my2angels gallery

and your own blog/facebook page before midnight the 30th of August (QLD time).

 

The winner will be chosen by the my2angels Design Team and

will be made based on your creativity and design appeal.

Please note – at this time – NO DIGITAL layouts are allowed.

You can double up with another challenge site (not store site),

but please acknowledge my2angels products used.

Entries limited to Australian Residents only please

And what will you win?

 

A prize pack of Birthday Embellishments

 
Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, This month’s free gift with first purchase is your choice of a Happy Birthday or Balloon clear stamp.  The option to choose between the stamps is only while stocks last.  Please let us know what your choice is in the comments section at checkout.

 

NEW ARRIVALS 

 

CHARMING PRESENT CHAINS

 

Introducing the latest in the Charming Chains collection– our new Charming Presents.

Each dainty metal present features a stunning glass bead and is adorned with its own bow charm, from which dangles 2 smaller beads or pearls.

With several bead colour combinations,Charming Presents are available in both Antique Bronze and Silver. They make a ‘charming’ addition to any embellishment cluster or even as part of the gift wrapping for a present.

Birthday Box Embellishment Kits

 It might be someone else’s birthday – but you’re the one with the Present.

Here you have a one-stop birthday box kit, jam-packed full of party goodness.

Every kit contains a coordinated set of birthday themed embellishments

: including a hand-made balloon box, a ‘Happy Birthday’ cabochon, a pennant,

some metal stars, a present charm and 1m of ric rac.

All you need to make creating that birthday layout or card a breeze.

Kits are available in 3 colour combinations and are priced so reasonably,

that you will find it hard to just stop at one.

They can be found in the my2angels kit section or New Arrivals.

 

 

 

 

                 Kaiser New Arrivals

 The Save The Date Collection is a fun, bright and happy range that is sure to bring a smile to anyones face. 

 This collection is your go-to range for anything that relates to a party. Balloons, pennants, banners and ice cream feature throughout the range with beautiful lime green, orange, red, pink and teal as the main colour palette. This collection even has invitations, envelopes and a pack of seals all corresponding with the papers and embellishments, making planning a party so easy!

 (how perfect!!!! Released in time to celebrate our birthday!)

This first paper is truly a cool die cut paper!  It doesn’t show the balloons are the die cut

 some of the 12 x 12 papers

 

 and Kaisercraft has done the hard work for you …

 make your own pinwheels with the Save the Date Pinwheel Pack … cool ah?

 and an awesome invitation pack

and

Sears and Son is a beautiful masculine range that will be great for scrapping those men and boys in your lives. 

It is a more mature range, but with playing cards, and other fun elements like moustaches and gorgeous patterns, this range can lend itself to young boys too. 

 Blues, greens and reds tie the range together with a vintage feel over all papers and embellishments.

(perfect for Father’s Day next month)

Here are a few products in store …

and we have also received a restock of Attitude!

                                                                                                                   You can find all the new products in the New Arrivals section.