Twiddleybitz and Fairy Belle – a match made in shabby chic heaven

So here it is – my first, official Twiddleybitz layout. ūüôā

Apologies it is so late – but a spontaneous holiday to Hotham (I have a sore, but deleriously happy Hubby and some equally happy kids) ūüôā and no internet, has made this post somewhat later than I intended.

More than a little bit excited about¬†getting it finished¬†– just wish the layout had turned out that bit more like what was in my head than it did. ūüė¶¬† Not that I’m complaining (yeah well, I am aren’t I?) – I am very happy with it, it’s just that it is not quite what I intended it to be.

It’s a bit hard to say where this layout started. The photo… the chippy… or the papers. Actually – it probably started with the previous layout – one that used the same/similar papers from the Fairy Belle range, but in a very structured, formal way. I wanted to use these gorgeous papers in a more messy, unstructured¬†and shabby approach. I love the combination of the grey, white, peachy-pink and cream – they’re such pretty, soft colours together. I know that Fairy Belle has plenty of other colours in the rest of the collection – but it was these softer, shabbier colours that really called to me.

I had a special set of photos that I wanted to scrap with the Fairy Belle collection.  Madame has recently completed her first ever ballet exam and I tried to use my horrid new Canon 7D (yes РI am still struggling with it) to record the practice session she had the weekend before the exam. I like to joke with my family that the Russian Mafia use her ballet lessons as a front for money laundering Рwe have to pay everything in cash and never get to see the kids doing their lessons. So for 8 months now I have been assuming she is learning ballet Рwithout being really sure Рsince I have never been allowed to see her doing it. So the open house for the exam rehearsal was a momentous occasion for the whole family. I ALMOST got some gorgeous photos. Sigh. I may one day use them Рbut for the moment they remain another of the tragic failures of my 7D. 

To make up for my disappointment¬†I ran my own practice session with Madame at home and attempted to recreate some of the beautiful facial expressions and visual grace that we saw at her rehearsal. I can live with my ‘created’ memories – it was the mood and intensity of feeling that I wanted to capture anyway. The haunting, ethereal and delicate look to the photos demanded soft, feminine papers and the Fairy Belle ones were perfect.

So with all this in mind Рand some beautiful Twiddleybitz chippy РI got to work on Dream. The base paper for the layout is the reverse side of Summer Dream, which has a lovely, soft grey and white pattern. This was given a light misting with some Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. Just enough to give the entire page a light shimmer. Then I inked along the edges with some Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The rest of the page consists of some pizza-box (corregated cardboard), 3 of the same journalling card from the Notecards pouch, a piece of La Spa  (left over from another project) and several pieces of the glorious Marcelle (I just love this beautiful pink and white patterned paper).

To create the page, I simply layered all the bits together Рpoking and prodding, pushing and pulling them around, until I was happy with the way they looked. The pizza-box has been gessoed, then given a coat of Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel from Stampendous and has been finished off by having the edges inked with some Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I love, love, love this new embossing enamel Рit gives such a stunning, shabby chic look to your chippy (and anything else you apply it to). There are small spots of white and blotches of gold on the pale pink that make it very visually interesting.

In the top left hand corner of the layout you can see one of my favourite chippies from Twiddleybitz. I adore their steampunk range and this one is the Flying Butterfly Clock – Steam (SPK002). I’ve chopped it into two in order to make sure that you can see all of it – and the other half is in the opposite corner of the layout. To get the effect you see¬† – I’ve applied a coat of Aged Ivory Embossing Powder (also from Stampendous) and then whilst that was hot and tacky, I added a sprinkle of Shaved Ice fragments (yet more yumminess from Stampendous) and heat gunned the whole lot. Check out how it looks in this close up.

Next to the butterfly is half a Steampunk Blossom (SPK009)¬†– which has also been given the same embossing/icing treatment. Actually – I love this new look so much, it was a miracle that everything that didn’t move fast enough wasn’t given the embossing/icing treatment. I did try hard though – and can I just warn you that a) watch the contents of your pot carefully – spilling your ice shavings all over the carpet of your scrap room is NOT recommended (insert big-eye icon here) and b) give up on the idea of keeping it confined to your scraproom, it’s worse than loose glitter. Let’s just say my Hubby has a permanent gleam about him at the moment and is not amused. Madame though is deliriously happy – her hair has such a lovely sparkle to it now that all her school friends are jealous.

Next to the butterfly¬†are some of the small roses from the Charme’ Rose pack (oos)¬†and an Antique Rose¬†rhinestone swirl from Kaiser. The small glass embellishment you can see, is one I made from a clear glass cabochon glued onto a small¬†scrap of La Spa¬†. The Prima flower is¬†(Fleur de Lys)¬†from my stash¬†– it’s from the winter CHA 2012 – but that is as much as I can remember, since I have long tossed out the package. The piece of filagree metal that¬†I am using as a leaf for it is also from my stash. Again, I’ve had that awhile, so I am not sure where I got it from now.

In the other top corner¬†is this lovely ballerina that I fussy cut from the En Pointe paper. Aside from being Madame’s favourite one from the range, (because she is dancing en pointe of course) she is also the prettiest one. Not sure why most of them have such ugly faces – but this one is pretty.

To the left of the ballerina is a small Antique Bronze filigree cross that I have cut one section out of to use as a corner element for a piece of patterned paper.

Above¬†the ballerina is the Mini Chandelier from Twiddleybitz (CH002).¬† I’ve used this chandelier a number of times before – but I have to admit that the embossing/ice treatment does make this one the prettiest I have done. At night – with the lights on – it sparkles like a lit up Christmas tree.

You can also see that on the pizza-box I added a little ripped up muslin fabric. I teased it out to get the fibres all loose and messy and then I added it to the pizza-box before I added all the embossing powder. So it is coated with that too. It’s a bit hard to see in the photo – but it is all shimmery too.

Underneath the ballerina, I’ve popped the rest of the Flying Butterfly Clock – Steam (SPK002) from Twiddleybitz. There is also a small cluster of the roses from the Charme’ Rose pack (oos) and another of the hand-made cabochons. The larger of the roses in this cluster has been¬†altered with Cherry Blossom Glimmer Mist – to give the originally cream flower a bit more colour. With everything else so pale on the layout, I needed something with a bit more zing to brighten it up a bit.

That’s my favourite journalling card from the¬†Notecards pouch – and it was the perfect touch of ‘cream’ that I needed to make the creamy tones in my photo blend in with the papers on the layout. If you are going to use your journalling cards like this – all layered with other papers – consider trimming them down so that you can use them to their maximum potential. I totally forgot that I was using 3 simply as ‘placers’ for the positions I wanted them to be in – and so I didn’t trim them like I should have. Essentially I wasted one that I could have taken out – because one of them could have been cut up and used in 2 spots. Oh well – I will remember next time.

The ‘golden’ rose is a cream one from the Charme’ Rose pack (oos) that has been given a light misting with some Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. For leaves, it has half a small Antique Bronze filigree cross.

The bottom left corner of the layout has another small cluster of embellishments that includes several roses from the Charme’ Rose pack (oos), the last of the hand-made cabochons, an Antique Rose rhinestone flourish (Kaiser) and the Dream trinket from the Vintage Trinkets ¬†pack. The trinket is standing in for the title of the layout – I tried several other approaches and none of them looked any good – so I stuck with the small and simple word in the trinket.

So there it is – my very first Twiddleybitz layout. I’m so excited to finally have something to share with you all.

Just a reminder РMary is trekking her way through parts of Europe for the next 3 months and all sales at Ideal Papercraft are suspended for this time. Whilst she is away though, Michele and I have all sorts of fun planned for you and I hope you will join us in the forum for games, chatter and scrappy challenges. Over the next month or so we are playing with making mini albums Рand I hope you can join us in making one yourself.


September Challenges

Don’t forget this month’s challenges.

Ideal Papercraft

Visit the forum here for our Blind Scrap Challenge with a chance to win a store voucher.



All you need to do to enter, is to create a layout/card/tag/gift using only
Black, White and 1 other colour 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 September (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 ‚Äď 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 3 sheets of the new Kaiser Wrap Papers!!!


Making a mini – my2angels flowers and Bo Bunny’s ‘Little MIss’

With September being the start of Spring – this week is officially blossoms week for me. To start off,¬†I have a couple of pages from my latest mini project ‚Äď this time a girly one using the very pretty Little Miss from Bo Bunny. It was supposed to be for last month (since it has a Tea Party theme), but a few medical issues at my place have seen all things scrappy put on the back-burner for a bit.

The recent arrival of boxes of blossoms at Tracy’s place was cause for much celebration at mine and I couldn’t resist using them with this mini project. I make my minis from scratch and Tracy has the perfect chipboard for this Рit comes as two 30 x 30 Bare Chipboard sheets to a pack and is very easily cut down to your preferred size.

¬†I mark mine up with a pencil to the size I want and then run it through my paper trimmer. Each sheet produced 2 separate chipboard pages for my album and a couple of spare bits that I am able to use for other¬†elements in the album.¬† From there, I sanded the edges down and then inked them¬†in¬†my preferred base colour – in this instance I’ve used Vintage Photo Distress Ink (or you could use the Stain as well). I’ve also punched the holes to bind it together – though I have not yet decided whether I will use rings or ribbon to bind it.

I use a normal stationary holepunch to put the holes in – if you do it now, before you add anything to the chipboard, you can fit it into the punch fairly easily. (You’ll have to excuse the photos – I scrap mostly at night and the photos reflect this.)

For this pair of pages I am using Alice. I prefer to have similar elements on facing pages and this paper best suited my photos. I’ve trimmed my chosen section down to about 5mm less than the chipboard, so that some of the lovely inked edge will still show. I inked the edges to match and then carefully cut the edge of the ‘cup’ in the design so that I can slip the photo in under the edge. I’ve also popped a section of one of the Filigree Crosses into the top corner.

To create this lovely filigree page corner, I simply snipped one of the crosses into quarters. Many of the filigree shapes make gorgeous little ‘bits’ that can be popped here and there on your layout. I use some as¬†leaves or to embellish flowers, but these fitted perfectly into my page corners.

After inking the edge of my photo, I tucked it under the cup from the paper pattern. Because the photo overlaps the hole punched for album binding, I traced the position of the hole onto the back of the photo and used that as a guide when punching the hole.

I love the 12 x 12 Chipboard Stickers for this range and this little tea cup matches the one on the patterned paper. It’s up on pop dots, as I intend putting something else underneath one edge. One of the best things about Bo Bunny is their wonderful range of embellishments – no hunting through the stash trying to match things – just pick them up and pop them on.

I also love the Noteworthy Journalling Cards –¬†you can use them whole or as¬†I have – cut up¬†with just¬†a strip along one edge of¬†the photo.

Those gorgeous new Pink 7mm Rosebuds make a lovely little bouquet, together with some Mulberry Paper Leaves – Thin Green with Brown Edges for foliage and Pink Organza Ribbon for a bow.

After cutting off the long stems on the rosebuds I curled them up around a skewer to make those lovely tendrils. The whole bunch is tucked inside a filigree (ssshhh – don’t tell Tracy – I pulled apart one of her creations so I could make this one of my own) and then the whole thing is tucked under the edge of the tea cup.


To finish off the page I added another filigree corner to the bottom left corner (this was done because I had put 2 corners on the other page, so this one had to have another to match); Kindyglitzed the pink flowers on the tea cups; and added a couple of tiny pink rose buds to the ones on the paper in the top right corner of the page.

And just because they are so gorgeous – here is a close-up of those stunning rosebuds.

The second page starts off pretty much the same as the first Рwith another piece of the Alice paper Рthis time focussing on the lovely lace pattern.

Using one of the die cut pieces from the Cut Outs paper (OOS), I first trimmed it down from the original square shape to the outer flower shape and then I stitched along the inner flower shape with white embroidery thread. I also cut along the edge of the pot spout so I could tuck my photo under it.

Here is the photo and my corner filigree bits added to the page. For interest, I’ve pop-dotted the die cut shape onto my page.

And finally – the embellishments. Using these stunning Pink Lilies, I’ve created a little cluster of embellishments at the top of the page.¬† I pulled them apart and cut off their stems and then popped them on some half Filigree Crosses ¬†(which act as their leaves). The white pearl ribbon is from my stash and it mirrors the pearl strand on the patterned paper. To finish off my cluster, I added one of Tracy’s Tea Pot pins – though I did get her to custom it with this matching pearl. (you can get a similar one in Antique Bronze and Pink¬†that has¬†a pink glass bead rather than a pearl). I added another Pink Lily and some pearl ribbon to the bottom corner of the page.

And again – another close-up of those yummy flowers.

Making a mini can sometimes leave you with little space to journal. You can get around this in various ways – this time I have chosen to add in some smaller pages in-between the main pages and my journalling will go on there.

Using one of the left-over strips from making the mini album pages, I have made this much smaller insert. I’ve left it a little taller than the other page, as I want to showcase this die cut section from the Cut Outs paper.¬† It’s way cool on its own – so I have left it as is.


The other side though, has some of the tea cups from the 3 Dimensional Stickers with Glitter and Jewel Accents  pack added to it. The rest of the page will have the journalling on it Рbut these were too pretty not to use here.

When put together – the 4 pages will look like this.

There are obviously more pages to come for this mini – but they are shared between Tracy and Mary – so keep an eye out for them in the coming weeks.

¬†Next week¬† for Tracy it’s my turn to¬†have a Father’s Day layout for you using the masculine Sears & Son papers.

Right now for Mary I am in the middle of some Fairy Belle loveliness – trying very hard to scrap outside my usual style and do a shabby chic impression of Finnabair. I just wish I had her wonderful knack for making a mess look fantastic. She’s the only one I know who can make the artistic equivalent of a teenage boys room, look like an artistic masterpiece.

Happy scrapping until then.