Sunday, 31 May 2015

Art Journal

I covered the background with gesso and then pale colours of paint. I used paint on a sponge and lots of different stencils to add texture. I sketched out the ladies and painted them with white paint and then added more detail with pens. It took me ages to find a quote I liked but I think this one goes quite well with it.
Debbie xx

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Friday, 29 May 2015

Make a wish

For this card I decided to get a little inky for a change. I started with a 5" piece of card and embossed the dandelion from Marion Emberson "Make a wish" with Silver dollar powder by PI. I then inked around the image with Distress ink Evergreen bough, then Peacock feathers. The edges have then been distressed and inked with Distress ink Frayed Burlap. I then sprayed with water and allowed to dry creating a pebble-dashed image. The sentiment was inked using Frayed burlap again and is from the same stamp set by Marion. I then created a mask so I could add Distress ink Frayed burlap over the dandelion and no where else. Finally I matte and layered on corresponding card, distressing each layer except the white, then I added a string bow. I hope you are enjoying this weeks colour combinations, happy crafting, Erika.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Mixed media

I'm sharing a mixed media piece I made using a lazertran image transfer.
It's great fun to build up lots of layers & texture as a background & then transfer the image. This technique "melds" the image into the background beautifully.
I've used lumiere paints to add elements of sparkle.
There's also tissue paper & texture paper to create more texture.
Looking forward to seeing what you make from this weeks colour scheme.
Lynne x

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Beach combing embelishments

One of the things I love to do when scrapping the sea, is use very eclectic elements. Almost as if I had just picked them off the beach. Buckram, raffia and fibres are perfect. My other little habit is lolly sticks and similar bits of wood that get broken sanded and inked to put a bit of driftwood on the page!
Laura x

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A priory engagement

 "Sometimes in amongst the gorgeous paper packs that you buy, you realise that these perfect pages are pretty much almost done, so for me they cause me more grief. This base page was no different, so I set too adding squares and rectangles of paper to the page. I then added the photo and then went hunting some embellishments. I hand stamped the title into the frame that was on the original base page, used glossy accents on the blue and green beads and then stitched the buttons in place. Some hand journalling and it was sorted. So next time a base page makes you want to 'run away run away' - just start adding to it to beat it into submission! - Catch ya later - Virginia"

Monday, 25 May 2015

Be beside the sea

Hi everyone are you enjoying this colour combination, living by the sea it has to be one of my favourites. For this card I have started with 3 different strips of sea blue paper and have punched them with different sized circle punches along the edge to create a wave effect., I have then layered them onto my card. The sand card has been torn to give a rustic effect, then glued over the sea blues. The beach hut is by Hobbycraft and is paper pieced in blues and stone before attaching to the card with 3d foam. I have also added a further base of sand to give it a grounding! The sentiment is by Hobby art craft By the sea and the seagulls are by Kanban crafts Sail away. Finally I added the wee button, the crab before matting and layering on a dark stone colour and adding to the card. I hope you like my trip to the sea? That's all from me today, happy crafting, Erika. x

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Splish Splash

I used some scraps from my folder for the banners beneath the photo and matted each of them on the Natural Soap imitation. The card stock is also from my stash and is similar to the wonderfully named 'Scuba in Aruba' swatch. The rosette to the right of the two photos are stamped from a Stampin' up set and mounted on a piece of scrap. The title was cut on my Slice and the 'splashes' are made from some punch outs from the Martha Stewart fan punch finished off with a splattering of bright blue clear bling. Elaine x

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Week 11

                                  Pebble Beach
Who's thinking of getting the beach holiday snaps out??

Friday, 22 May 2015

Still tickled pink

I remember using that title on one of my early pages of Emma. I was so happy to have a little girl to scrap along side my little boy blue. There is something really uplifting about all out pink but I don't think it has to be just for a girl so give it a whirl!
Laura xx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A splash of pink

Hi, it's Erika here again and this week we are in the pink. To start my card a added a chevron stencil over a piece of white card and added Distress ink picked raspberry, the idea being to create shades of pink. Then I added a Tim Holtz stencil Splatters over the top adding modeling paste, to create depth. Once this had dried I then added Versa ink Pixie dust and finally pink glitter, only on the splat. The house is from Papertrey ink Love lies here, as is the sentiment. Love lies here is a stamp set with matching dies. I stamped the top of the house using Distress ink Worn lipstick and the bottom with Pixie dust, then die cut it out. I then layered it on some dark pink card to create another layer and added a bit of bling. I then layered matte and layered on to coordinating pink Bazzill paper before adding to the card. That's all from me today, I hope you enjoy this weeks pink theme. x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Pretty and pink

I don't like to have favourites but when I think of shades of pink I am drawn to the Rose and a bunch of 'shades of pink roses' is my favourite bunch of flowers!
Caz x

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Old school scrapping

Trying the old school methods are sometimes fun, when I first started scrapping back in 2005 printing titles and journalling was the base for pretty much all of my pages, these days it's usually a hand written journal block or trying to hide the writing within my layout. So it makes a change to go back to what I consider retro scrapping, title and journalling centre stage together with the photo! I printed the title and journalling onto a sheet of scrapbook paper I'd cut to A4 width, border punched and mounted onto other pink cardstock to make the decorative border pop. Inked the edges. Mounted the photo onto a simple pink photo mount. I then finally used the camera paper clip which I'd found virtually impossible to use until I realised that four simple stitches would adhere the whole thing to contrasting cardstock. A strip of ribbon along the top edge of the paper, linked the other side of the paper and then the left over turned into a 'flag' piece on the camera embellishment. A quick running stitch of pink sewing and all was done. The photo documents my curly hair when I went to a Charity ball recently, my hair is usually straight so the hairdresser putting it through it's paces made me very happy indeed. Don't forget, next time you fancy doing a quick page - maybe try a bit of retro scrapping to get you started. Happy Scrapping - catch ya later - Virginia

Monday, 18 May 2015

Diecut boxes

I used a die to cut and make my own matchbox, there are lots of templates on the Internet to cut and score your own. I used ribbon and a bit of grey linen as a base and cut some shapes. The hearts were a die although you could hand cut your own, I layered them and stapled the centre so I could fold them up once they were stuck down.

With the bits of paper I had searched out to decorate the matchboxes I covered a cigar tin a friend gave me. It will be great to put tiny embellishments in.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Oh baby!

Couldn't wait to do this one so I got stuck straight in! I took a wooden 'tray' and layered it in gesso, pink tissue paper, more gesso, Paperartsy sherbet chalk paint, then dry brushed Paperartsy white chalk paint on it. Once it was all dry I stuck the polka dot paper and the photos in the recesses, then embellished it with lots of buttons, pom pom trim, lace, baby buttons, rosettes etc and ended up with this. I'm so pleased with it!
Elaine xx

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Week 10

                                             Tickled Pink

One for our design team member Elaine who was recently blessed with a reason to scrap pink!!
Enjoy xx

Friday, 15 May 2015

Tweet tweet

I've just got my hands on the Tim Holtz crazy bird stamp set. It really is so much fun.
I'm still using my, it's for a special project never been used stuff. This time it was the rainbow inks to create the tartan background. The bird was coloured using
wink of Stella brush pens. (Another to nice to use item)
The hat was stamped & cut from DCWV gauze paper.
If you have any "to nice to use stash" get it out & share with us what you create

Lynne xx

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Keeping it simple

This weeks scheme is fun and bright so I've kept this layout real simple. A few acrylic flower beads and some stickers were all I needed for a super quick layout. And once you do one, they keep coming! At least if your names Virginia! ;-)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Spring in your step

I took a random sheet of bright green floral patterned paper with a scalloped edge (no idea of the maker I'm afraid) and matted it onto a gutted piece of Green CS. I added a strip of bright yellow flocked paper behind the photos and at the top of the page and added stickers from an old sheet I had been 'saving'. (Does anyone else save their old sticker sheets too?) I then matted the photos with black CS and added more stickers beside them. I inked all the edges of the papers with charcoal ink and smudged the charcoal on the scalloped border that I overlaid on the yellow strip. The stickers include the pink in the colour swatch too.
Elaine xx

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Dear little deer

I had to mute many of the colours for this scheme, but I think it is important not to feel you have to be rigid in what you do, Adapting is fine ... it is meant to be a springboard. I merged the green and yellow tones together with a lime green patterned paper which echoed the grass. I cut the pink/purple paper into a shape on the Silhouette and then stitched it in place. The black and cream paper added a pop of different colour and pattern to the page and as I wanted it to be about the purity of the deer I opted to leave the embellishments to a minimum.
Karen xx

Monday, 11 May 2015

Christmas?? Already?

As soon as I saw this colour scheme I knew what I wanted to scrapbook, a photo of our Christmas bucket list from last year. I grabbed a selection of bright and bold papers (some were scraps in my scrapbag), I added some thickers for the 'list' title and a chipboard present stickers, I also matted a couple of the elements to make them pop. So what are you making with this colour scheme? Catch ya later Virginia

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Granny Square

Hello from the obsessive crocheter! When I saw this weeks colour scheme I knew I wanted to create a rose pattern. It's just a simple granny square with a few colour changes. I started with a yellow centre, then two rounds of pink. The fourth round has green corners and black edges. I chose not to carry the colour across as I didn't want to see the green behind the black stitches. I'm not sure I would like to make a whole blanket with this square as there are quite a few ends to sew in and anyone who knows me knows I hate sewing in the ends!! The fifth round is black and then a round of grey double crochet to finish off.
I stitched it to black cotton with a ribbon hanger.
I just love the retro look this square so maybe I'll do a few cushion covers for the garden :-)

Caz xx

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Week 9

Bit of an eye popping scheme this week!
                          Black and Bold

      Look forward to sharing a few more idea's with you!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Adding dimension to a floral bag


 I love my Cath Kidston floral doctor foster bag and wanting to add a little 3D dimension to it. This little flower badge is made from rowan cotton glacĂ© (Orange) and rowan hand knit cotton (all other colours). I added some beads to the leaf to match the leaf stitching on the bag. I backed the flower with felt to give it structure and added a pin so I could also wear it as a broach or pin it to my summer straw hat.
I think it would work well as a key ring or bag dangle too. And a little something for Christmas

 stockings. Is it too early to talk about Christmas??
Caz xx

Thursday, 7 May 2015

A wonderful card

Hello again and what a lovely colour combo we have this week. Today I am sharing with you paper piecing, using all those scraps that we have plenty off. The flower stamp is by Hero Arts Big flowers; I have layered the flower using different colours of scraps, letting the stamp dictate the boundaries. I then have mat and layered on corresponding card stock. The sentiment is by Stampers Anonymous Way with words. I have also used my corner rounder punch and a button to finish. A clean and simple card using up scraps. Thanks for joining me today and go and check out your stamps and try a little paper piecing. Happy crafting! Erika. x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Where do you get your ideas from??

                                          Harlequin Eden  Wallpaper
                                          Harlequin Jena Wallpaper
                                        Random cushion find at Homesense!

I thought I'd share some inspiration for the colour scheme instead of from it! Sometimes these colour schemes are right in front of us. So with these idea's we got this weeks theme. So even if this weeks colours aren't your thing- keep looking around you! Everywhere!
Laura xx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Pink tulip class

 Frome this.....
To this.
I had a wonderful day at Pink Tulip a few weeks ago, at a class taught by Roy of Candy box crafts.
It was so much fun.
We played with gesso, grunge paste, prima bloom sprays & cosmic shimmer sprays along with gorgeous embellishments from Candy box crafts.
With the warm welcome from Sheila & her staff it was a perfect relaxing day.
Lynne xx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Tropical Rock

 I took a sheet of orange CS and layers Dear Lizzy floral circles with chevron paper and cut all three photos with the more retro curved corners. I then added embellishments to coordinate with the colour scheme and finally added the title with glittery Thickers. The photo was of my sister and her husband dressed up for a 70s themed birthday. They had great fun with that curly wig! I journaled all around the edge too.
Elaine xx

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Good times layout

"Well this time I've gone for a single layout, as it was a large photo I felt a double mat and a central position works well. I've added only a hint of the green but as it's contrasting it really does pop! I also loved being able to add some flowers to the layout, can't remember the last time I managed that, they tend to get frowned at by said 14 year old when I create layouts about him. I added some 'flag' like elements at the top right hand side which I hand cut. All in all a super fast layout using this fabulous colour scheme. So the question is - what are you making? Catch ya later Virginia"

Saturday, 2 May 2015


Can you feel some summery inspiration coming!
                                                   Tropical Mix
      Don't forget to share what you're up to on our facebook group!

Friday, 1 May 2015

Thanks card

Hello again, another clean and simple card for you today using my version this weeks colour scheme Navy, turquoise and lime green. To start I sprayed a white piece of card with Tattered angels glimmer mist Lime twist and Turquoise blue then set aside to dry. I then die cut the thanks, butterfly wings and body, all from Papertrey ink. The butterfly was then stamped with Memento Navy ink using the matching stamp set "Beautiful butterflies layers stamps" also from Papertrey ink. I then added a die cut of stick it over the butterfly before covering in Stickles fine dry glitter Diamond before gluing to the body. The card was then glued together matting on Navy cardstock, the thanks glued directly to the white card and the butterfly added with 3d foam to the back of the body. Finally I added a couple of diamantes in turquoise and lime green to finish. Thanks for joining me today, happy crafting, Erika. x