Monday, 29 August 2011

OTP Inspiration with Teresa Collin Noteworthy

I sooooo love this range of papers, well to be honest I just love Teresa Collins products :)  so I was absolutely stoked to see this range in my DT kit this month.

The aim was to try and give you some inspiration to use it for wedding/anniversary/engagements celebrations.  With that in mind I remembered a friends wedding that was themed around black and white so this range seemed perfect.

So, I have made a card that I have layered with black cardstock and used Spellbinders Lacey Ovals and Labels Four.  The 'greeting' is from a Basic Grey rubon from my stash.

Next are the party favour boxes.  Adrienne has an accucut machine that can diecut these for you, in a couple of different shapes.  Here Ive used the rectangle one.  The one on the right I have embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and then punched out some flowers, curled the edges and stuck them together.  Ive also used a Cherry Lyn design - fanciful flourish - and some gorgeous Melissa Frances flowers.

Lastly are some wooden letters with the couples initials.  On the 'P' I have used a Kaiser wooden flourish, and on the 'R' I have used two Dusty Attic damask.  Ive also used some very cool ribbon thats available in the shop, black glittered with sequins, quite dimensional as opposed to flat, and some more MF flowers.

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration to try something a bit different for gifts.  Adrienne can order wooden letters for you easily in a variety of fonts and sizes!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Step by Step

Hi Gals, today is my official post as a Design Team member :wow: .... so I am going to show you how I created this layout


Products used:-
White Bazzill Cardstock
Glimmermist - Mustard Seed & Pumkin
Prima Mask
Echo Park Victoria Gardens Range ,Cheerful words & Botanical Ballad
Echo Park Victoria Gardens Range - Sticker Sheet
Hambly Studio - Transparency
Glitz Hoopla sticker
Cosmo Cricket Doillies 7 Butterflies

Place the Prima Mask down on the left hand side of the paper, and the using some spare cardstock or sheets, cover around the mask, so you only have the mask area exposed, spray some Pumpkin Glimmermist over the mask, and then remove the mask. Secondly, using the Mustard Seed Yellow Glimmermist spray a couple of squirts on the top right hand side of the page.


Next cut the Echo Park Victoria Gardens Range ,Cheerful words (7inc x 5.5inc) and Botanical Ballad (6inc x 10.5inc). Place the Botanical Ballad piece down first, and then your Fancy Hambly Flourish as shown in the photo below


Place your Cheerful Words piece down over the flourish and approximately 1 inch from the bottom of the Botanical Ballad piece, and then place your photo on top of the Cheerful Word PP.


Lastly I have used some the stickers from the Sticker Sheet, and a Tim Holtz Filmstrip diecut, to accent the page as well as the Cosmo Cricket Doillies 7 Butterflies to embellish the page.


Tip : To give the layout a little dimension I used some Double Sided Foam tape under the Cosmo Cricket Doillies 7 Butterflies and added some Kaisercraft Bling to the centres.

There you go girls, a nice easy page to create.


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Fancy Pants OTP with Sarah

Parties should be fun to put together - especially if you're short on time! The It's Your Day range by Fancy Pants is perfect - I whipped up a banner, gift box, place cards, treat bags and a few cards in no time at all.


I created the banner using this paper - as well as a large sticker and piece cut from this sheet. The scallops were created by layering 1" punched circles behind the banner.


This paper is also fantastic for making quick and easy place cards and cards - just cut a rectangle or two, fold and embellish - so simple!


I used the sticker sheet and a few different papers for some super quick cards - you could easily use the same supplies to make individual invites for each guest.


The cake time paper was so cute - I used the cakes to embellish all my party pieces - simply cut around them and pop up on foam tape. I've embellished all the flames quickly with some Paprika Stickles - I love this stuff, it's the fastest way to add a little sparkle.


I've used the cakes from the paper on the little treat bags, and also on the die-cut box. Just be sure to adhere them to only one side of the box closure so it doesn't have to be destroyed to get at the goodies inside!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Summer Layouts by Hannah!!!

Hi girls,

I was sent a bunch of papers and embellishments from the new Fancy Pants "Beach Bum" range, and I had a lot of fun with them! Here are 2 layouts I created using these bright and colourful summery papers ...



Products used:
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Flip Flips
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Hang Ten
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Boogy Board
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Design Embellishments
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Chipboard
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Trim
clear stamps
Basic Grey Alphabet stickers
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alphas



Products used:
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Flip Flips
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Hang Ten
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Design Embellishments
Fancy Pants Beach Bum Chipboard
Basic Grey Micro Mono Stickers
Provo Craft Alphabitties

I hope this inspires you to grab some of this awesome new range and scrap those summer holiday/beach pics. If anything, it might remind you of that thing called WARMTH which we are all missing right now! ;-)

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Baby Album by Tanya Watson

well not really many instructions with this
Adrienne cut the covers for me using Album Dies in her shop and from there I just cut the Fancy Pants Designs Baby Mine papers down for the main pages and then used emblishemnts to add to them, I have used the cinch white spin and was used in my zutter perfect colour for this album the white....I also Mod Podge the cover and some of the emblisments that I had written on to make sure the writing didnt rub off...lots of photos to follow
the front page is a paper bag and folded in half to make a pocket which I put his CD from his scan that I had at 35 weeks to make sure he was growing okay (Jacqueline stopped growing at this time, he was about 6lbs lol), I covered with two bits of paper cut down and then folded it and just bound it with the rest of the album
I cut the tape measure down from the packet of chipboard pieces, and the hand Adrienne sent me with my stuff soo cute, I just inked it, the finally here page is the start of the cut down paper for the album
I cut around the elephant so that I could slip the photo in behind it
the stamp in the corner of the first cuddles page is Prima clear stamp/Melody lovely stamp
and a card I made with the left over bits of paper and some emblishments for a friend whos due start of next month


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Inspiration Wednesday with Robbi

Today I have for you a combination using some Dusty Attic and some Simple Stories papers
and of course using this months theme of "World Cup Wannabe: and a little help from Master Kaleb
I came up with this


and here is a close up of the writings at the bottom....


and the goodies used in this layouts were:-

Simple Stories - Destinations - Borders
Dusty Attic - Baroque - Frame Set Circle
Tim Holtz - Die -Ticket Strip
Carolees Creations - Outdoor Green Alphas
Tim Holtz - Distress Stain - Vintage Photo

Also Used but not in stock:-
Glimmermist- Iridescent Gold
Very old Basic Grey Paper, Prima Alphas, flowers from Thailand

I hope you enjoy checking out this inspiration and have a go yourself at trying these wonderful frames from Dusty Attic, I have used a lot of different colours on mine from the glimmermist to the distress stain and then another layer of glimmermist, the letters down the side I covered in Glossy Accents to make them pop a little.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


Hi everyone!
Our world cup theme had me a bit stumped for a while thinking of an OTP creation but inspiration finally came!
When I was little my sisters and I were all marching girls. I still do it now but not for competition, just for fun and exercise and its called Leisure Marching, but there is still competition marching out there. Along the way we won some medals and had a lot of fun travelling round the South Island. My medals have always lived in a cardboard box in the bottom of a drawer, so I decided to create something to put them.
So that is my challenge to you. I want you to create something to put all your or your childrens sporting achievements in, like medals, badges, mini albums of tournaments or certificates. It can be anything - I found my box in a fabulous junk shop in Rangiora, cheap as chips!

Heres mine:




There you have it, thats the outside. I have painted the whole box and then covered it in Jo Sonyas crackle medium and then used soft grey ink to rub into the cracks. the metal is just painted and whilst still wet rub off the excess so the paint is left in the grooves - one o Tim Holtz's tricks! You can see in the bottom left corner I used a Marching badge and done the same thing to that as well. Inside I have x3 jewellery boxes with the inners taken out, one for gold, silver and bronze. I have still to decorate the outside of those - I'll post that later. Have fun and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Tech Tuesday - Fast, fab and (almost) FREE

Some of my favourite go-to techniques for cardmaking, scrapping or any OTP work are the ones that don't cost a fortune. Sure, you can add $10 worth of product to create visual interest (and I can and will do this!) but sometimes, all you need are a few simply tools and 30 seconds to just add a bit of "zing" to your project.


Here's a simple card I made - simple layers, a bit of a bow, not too much going on.


Here's the same card with a few added embellishments, that cost me nothing (because I had the tools already). I love the clean look sometimes, and adding all the techniques to one card might be a bit much....but don't forget these fast and mostly free techniques when you need to add a little something to your creation:

Faux Stitching. All you need is a white gel pen. Draw your "stitches" or try dots for a different look. Use a black pen on lighter colours for a dramatic look.

Sponging. My most used technique! Sponging is simple, draws all the elements of your project together, can tone down bright colours and add a vintage look - try it on modern work too, you'll love the result. I highly recommend Distress Ink and a sponge dauber for this. Distress ink stays wet a little longer than most dye inks and gives a great result. Once you have the ink and dauber, sponging is a fantastic way to add interest to your project at no extra cost.

Piercing. Try piercing a circle within a square for a different look. Pierce holes before dashing with a white gel pen for an even more authentic looking faux stitch. Try piercing the patterns on any glimmer mist masks you might have, this can be really effective. Don't have a piercing tool? Use a push pin!

Distressing. The ultimate in free techniques! Rough up the edges of your cardstock with a distressing tool or the back of your scissors (carefully! - I do recommend a purpose built tool for safety!) I especially love distressing die-cut or punched flowers before layering them together for lots of impact.


We all love expensive embellishments and fun toys - but don't forget the basics, a distressing tool, sponge and ink and a gel pen can work wonders, and won't take up too much room in your bag at crops!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

August Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone,

It is time for the next sketch challenge.

As this month's theme is World Cup Wannabe I thought we would combine the SKETCH with a COLOUR challenge.

What you need to do... is choose one of the teams entered into the Rugby World Cup and scrap in those colours! You can also choose one other NEUTRAL colour. So either Black, White or Kraft. If you have white in your chosen RWC Team colour then you can still add a neutral.

I have chosen this month's sketch from PageMaps:


Here are the RWC Team Shirt Colours
Argentina ... Pale blue and white
Australia ... Gold and green
Canada ... Red, white, and black
England ... White and red
Fiji ... White and black
France ... Rich dark blue and black
Ireland ... Green and white
Italy ... Baby blue
Georgia ... Red and white
Japan ... Red and white
Namibia ... Baby blue and green
New Zealand ... Black and white
Romania ... Yellow, red, and blue
Russia ... Red and white
Samoa ... Dark blue and white
Scotland ... Dark blue and gold
South Africa ... Dark green and yellow
Tonga ... Baby blue
USA ... White, red, and blue
Wales ... Red and white

Please feel free to ask any questions or post if you require any clarification regarding the challenge!!

The fine print...

Remember, if you enter all of the 4 challenges this month (the sketch challenge, which will be posted on Saturday, and the 2 fortnightly challenges posted today and August 15th, and the OTP challenge), you could be chosen to be "In The Spotlight"

Also you have to enter 3 of the 4 challenges to be eligible to win a RAK

Friday, 5 August 2011

Product Focus Friday - Journalling Cards

Hi Ladies and welcome to Product Friday.

This week i wanted to show you how you can use Journalling cards as embellishments and not just for journalling! I was given a Jenni Bowlin tag booklet to have a play with and came up with a layout and a card using some of the different journalling tags in the pack. Each pack is great value for money - my pack was called Diecut Journal Pad Vintage and had 6 different tags and you get 6 of each tag so 24 in total which would last for quite awhile!

For my layout i went with a vintage theme to match the tags- i cut out the border from one of the tags and used as an embellishment on the top left of my page- i thought it looked kind of like a sign and hung a timepiece from it. I cut out the centre of the tag and did actually use it as journalling - tucked behind my photo. The other journalling tag i used as a base in my embellishment cluster on the right side of the photo.


Here is my completed layout... i loved cutting around the window and adding a diecut behind it..


I also made a card using the same gorgeous Bo Bunny papers and a journalling tag. My first card!


I hope that you will try some ways of using tags as embellishments on your pages too

Happy Scrapping

Products Used

Jenni Bowlin Diecut Journal Pad- Vintage
BoBunny Timepiece paper- Villa
Timepiece- Petals
Timepiece- Dots
Timepiece- Numbers
Tick Tock
Basic Grey Curio Paper
Prima Transparency
Brown Bazzill
Kaisercraft Chipboard
Jenni Bowlin Tag and twine

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Inspiration Wednesday - with Heidi

I'm so thrilled I received these papers as part of my DT kit this month, I still have quiet a few of our SA trip photo's to scrap, and this colour range suited the African Colours.

Sometimes you take heaps of photo's especially when you are at the zoo, or in a wildlife park, I found we had heaps of photo's of all the animals we saw at the Kruger Park, of course going back as a tourist, you take heaps of pic's of all the animals, I found the Fleur de Lis Frame from Dusty Attic simple perfect to showcase the Big 5 which we were lucky enough to see the first day we were at the Kruger Park. For those of you who don't know the Big 5 include, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino. It's the first time I've seen Leopard in the park, so the girls are extremely lucky to have seen all five.


I sprayed the frame using my new fav colour from the Glimmermist Range {Mel's Diner} it's sort of a rusty red colour which worked just perfectly to frame the photo's. On this layout i have used one piece of paper [Travelogue]as the background, and then simply cut out some shapes from the same piece of paper and then using foam tape to give them some dimension. To finish it off I used some those Green Felt Ferns from Prima which came out about two years ago. :P3:

here is a close up:-


On the second layout, again a multi-photo layout, showcasing Abigail's unique shots... she thought it would be pretty cool to take close up shots of all the animals butts :LOL2: , so of course I had to do a layout of it, so one day when she looks back, she can have a good laugh :CLAP: :CLAP:


On this layout I have used Snapshots paper as my base, and then used the Journal Elements 2 and cut these up to create the different papers at the back of the photo's. I backed both the photo's using some chipboard to raise then slightly, and then added some of the stickers from the Sticker's Fundamental's sheet to embellish it. To give the edge of the background paper an older feel, I went around with black Brilliance Ink around the edges.

Here are some close ups using the Journal Elements



I hope these layouts have inspired you to think outside the box when using these papers, especially the Sticker sheet and the Journal Elements papers which can be used in so many different ways to jazz up your pages and very cost effect as well.

I'll have some more layouts towards the middle of month to share using this same range.

TFL & Happy Scrapping


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