Wednesday, 8 February 2017

So Happy Together .......A boxed frame with Simple Stories.

 Before Christmas I bought a few sheets of one of the recent Simple Stories collections, Love and Adore....they are really vibrant and rather funky!


I have got some of the sheets put by for creating a class I have got in mind, but I wanted to make an extra Christmas present for my Daughter and her Fiance and this Collection was perfect for it.



I bought an 8 x 8 box frame and some Scrabble letter tiles and just picked out a few crystal embellishments from my stash to use.



I covered the back of the frame using a sheet of  Hello Beautiful.
The black background is covered with a mass of teeny tiny brightly coloured hearts and I felt this worked perfectly to combine with the letter tiles.



I started off by picking out all the letter tiles I needed to complete the words I wanted to create and set upon linking them all together. When I had them how I want them I them transferred them to the frame and stuck them all down.


I also had a sheet of 3 x 4 Journalling Card Elements, there are many different little panels and bits that can be cut up, so I picked the panel I liked which I stuck in the top left hand side of the frame and also cut a few teeny hearts, which I raised on foam pads and added under the tiles.


I then just popped on a few crystals in random places to finish it off.
I was delighted on Christmas Day when they opened it and said how much they liked it!


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Snow Day

I am over on the Papermaze blog at the moment with my latest page.
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Hello Again
 It's Anita....and here is my last offering using the Winter Wonderland Collection from Simple Stories.



Many collections from various manufacturers have a sheet or 2 of woodgrain paper within it and this collection is no exception. I really like woodgrain and I think it leans itself well to scrapping various different themes on. For this page I decided to team together a sheet of Wonderland  and a sheet of Blizzard together for the base of the layout.




I trimmed about a centimetre from the top side and the left hand side of the Wonderland sheet and gutted the centre square out of it, I then roughed up the edges all the way round to create a more rugged and distressed appearance. This was then stuck down onto the Blizzard sheet, leaving an even border all the way round.




I then chopped up bits and bobs from one of the 3x4 Journaling Card Elements
and combined it with some stickers from the Combo Cardstock Sticker Sheet.



I also layered in some elements from the lovely choice of die cuts in the Bits and Pieces selection bag, this includes the SNOW DAY title.


This really has been a lovely collection to work with and I would highy recommend it for all your wintery or snowy layouts.

Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Gotta Lotta Bottle .......with Blue Fern Studio's Seaside Cottage.

Hello There,long time no see LOL but here I am over on the Papermaze blog and it's my last post for November.




Today I am using my left over bits and peices of beautiful Seaside Cottage from Blue Fern Studios. This is such a lovely manufacturer and their collections are second to none, combining the beauty of shabby chic with various themes and all such wonderful quality! There is a lovely choice to pick from in the shop HERE


I had a couple of glass bottles at home in my window sill that I had some small bunches of gypsophelia in and thought they could do with 'prettying' up a bit. So I combined them with the papers, acrylic paint and items from a little glass jar that we have popped small shells and sea glass in over the years whilst on holiday when our girls were small.



I painted each bottle a different colour ( one blue, one rose pink) then when that layer was dry, I dry brushed over the top with white paint to give the shabby effect.

Starting with the pink bottle, I added  a wrap using some of the Glory sheet, I inked the edges and stuck it round the centre of the bottle, then popped on some hessian ribbon and some lace around the top of the bottle. I made a tiny tag using a clipping from the Calling Cards sheet and then finished the bottle off adding various blossoms, crystals, frills and shells and a sprinkling of Icicle Stickles.



I decorated the blue bottle in pretty much the same way, using the reverse side of the Glory sheet and a couple more items from the Calling Cards Sheet. I also made some rolled paper roses to add to the neck of the bottle with other little bits and bobs and then made a seed bead, pearl and crystal bead dangler to drape around the neck.


I hope you like my bottles I have *prettified* and if you have a go yourself I would love to see them, so please leave a comment with either a photo of them or a link so I can come and have a look.
Wishing you a wonderful and creative weekend...
Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 21 October 2016

Seaside Cottage by Blue Fern Studios

I am over on the Scrap,Paper Scissors blog today with my newest layout using Blue Fern Studios
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Hello to you all, it's Anita here with my first offering using some items from the lush Seaside Cottage Collection by Blue Fern Studios. The soft vintage summer colours and sun bleached wood patterns make this such a pretty set....with a little extra distressing I achieved a look that I am happy with.

Our family holiday this year was based in Somerset, one day we drove down to Briport in Dorset and onto West Bay. It was such a pretty little place and we very much enjoyed seeing some of the places that were used in the making of the series Broadchurch. I took this selfie of us when we were out on the harbour wall (after we had all been crabbing) and when I saw this range of papers I just knew they would be a perfect pairing.





The layout is based on a sheet of Gala. I cut a few slices in random places on the wooden slats, rolled back gently and inked to distress the edges and make them stand out. I then cut the large ships wheel from the sheet of Mermaid and popped lots of foam pads underneath, raising it up to give some dimension to the layout.


Over the years unfortunately I seem to have acquired a rather large obsession with using blossoms.....everywhere and anywhere on my layouts, whatever the theme may be (nothing is safe!!) So I rummaged about and picked some that I liked and then layered some of them together. My photo seemed to be a bit stark against the softness of the papers so I softened the edge by gently sponging with light brown, then white acrylic paint and finishing by gently rubbing some gold gilding wax along the edges. I popped a couple of gold doilies under the photo for a partial mat.

I cut out a few elements from the Calling Cards sheet, inked the edges and added them to the page. I also had some wavy shaped die cuts to play with. I painted them white and then dragged wisps of pale turquoise across them and then finished them off with a gentle rub of more gilding wax. I also rubbed some gold wax onto the edges of the ships wheel, each of the blossoms and all around the edges of the layout, giving a soft metallic sheen which gently compliments the gold in the doilies.



Once again Blue Fern Studios have produced another beautiful collection of papers that are lovely to work with and this and several other collections from them are available in the shop...... I hope you liked my layout, I will be back early next month with another project using some more of these gorgeous papers.

TTFN, Anita xx

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Oh Baby! ........Prima 'Heaven Sent'

Hello There,
Anita here today with my final post for September using the adorable Prima Heaven Sent collection.
If you haven't already seen this collection then I can highly recommend it with its delicate pastel shades, vintage playful bunny, teddies and lambs and stunning soft rose gold foiling. I worked originally with it creating a gift basket and card for a new baby HERE
And now I have used it for a layout to showcase that beautiful new arrival.





I based the layout on a sheet of Welcome Baby  which I handcut wavy edges randomly around the entire edge of the page and gently inked with an old brown inkpad. I then stuck this onto a sheet of Heaven Sent and again gently inked the edges.

Around the edge of the photograph I gently ruffled some organza ribbon to make a soft frame and then placed it onto a frilly doily.


 I had a lovely chipboard butterfly by Scrap FX, which I sprinkled with large flake irridescant glitter and although it was pretty it wasn't quite right, so I sprayed over it with a pearlescant spray which also worked as a seal to stop the glitter from migrating.


I cut various bits and peices from the sheets of Sweet Lullaby and Special Delivery and used around the page and used various blossoms and bling.

I then finished the page by adding lots and lots of sprinklings of crystals to the hot air balloon and more crystals and teeny baby blossoms from the Prima Planner flowers Lola and Lucy around the wavy edge of the page.



This is a truly beautiful range of papers and has been a real delight to work with, hopefully you will decide you would like to try some too.

oh Baby
Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Monday, 5 September 2016

Prima - Heaven Sent - .... A New Baby gift basket and card.

Hello There, I am up on the Papermaze Blog  with the scrumptiously adorable new 'Heaven Sent' papers from Prima.
 They really are absolutely charming with lovely pastel shades and exquisite, but delicate foil highlights in a soft rose gold.
 I thought I would start off this month with a gift basket and card to welcome a new born.



The basket itself is made very easily from a single piece of 12 x 12 ( I used a sheet of Heaven Sent 'Joyful Arrival' ) and simply creased into 9 sections, each one being 4 x 4. I decorated the 4 mid panels with off cuts from 'Special Delivery' and also 'Sweet Lullaby'.


After distressing all of the edges with a dark brown ink pad, I punched twin holes in each of the 4 corners and when folded up, I gently threaded 2 lengths of lace through and tied up in double bows on the top of the basket.


So then all that is left to do is fill the four sections with goodies of some sort. These baskets are great for all sorts of occasions and can be themed in any way you wish. They can also be made in all sizes, as long as you start off with a perfect square. For Christmas a few years ago I made some teeny tiny ones to hang on our Christmas tree!
Here is a view of the basket from above.




Next I made the card, making a card blank from a sheet of dusty blue Bazill and layering using pieces from both sides of a sheet of 'Sweet Angel' and a baby pink Bazill. I also added some Prima leaves, baby blossoms, a couple of sparkly heart cabouchons and some lace.


I absolutely adore the foiling on these papers, it really is the perfect finishing touch to an already beautiful design and without being over the top.



Keep your eye out on the shop site for these papers over the next day or so.....I have a feeling they won't hang about for very long!

Warmest wishes
Anita x

Monday, 15 August 2016

Marvellous Metallics

I am up on the Scrap, Paper, Scissors blog today with this new layout of mine using Blue Fern Studios paper and various acrylic paints xx

I am a great fan of patterned papers, infact, if I am honest, I really struggle to use plain cardstock full stop. And even with pattern papers I often find it hard to keep them *clean* by not inking, spraying or painting them somewhere! I really like using acrylic paints on my pages and often just use standard matt colours.....so i thought I would break out my metallics this time and jazz up a sheet of Blue Fern Studios paper from the Tranquility Range.....I didn't manage to stop at just using metallic paints though as you will see!


This photo was taken on a holiday to the beautiful Camber Sands a couple of years ago and was on our last evening there. The sunset was very pretty and I wanted to try out the self timer on my new camera..... and i really liked how the photo turned out so thought I would scrap it.





I created the background by sponging acrylic paint in various metallic shades onto some bubble wrap and stamping it onto the page....I then repeated this, but used the gilding flakes glue instead and then added the flakes to the page and to some strips of paper.




The title was created by using letter stickers, which I sponged paint over and then when dry I peeled up the letters and threw them away( this is a good way to use old stash and also doesn't matter if they are from different sheets in different colours)  and using a fine marker pen, I edged the letters to make them stand out a bit more. It was great to actually use up some old stash that I have coveted for soooo long!!



I also used some Distress Stain dabbers in various places and added several mixed pearls, gems, metal photo corners and other bits and bobs to complete the page.



Do you use acrylic paint very often? And if so, do you tend to use standard colours or do you like metallics too?

Thanks for looking.
Warmest Wishes
Anita xx