Monday, 8 January 2018

Prima Zella Teal......... oh its yummy!!

Hello There, I have been over on the Papermaze blog with my first post of 2018 and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!

I am chuffed to bits to have been able to work with this stunning new collection from Prima, Zella Teal. Its a gorgeous colour palette of beautiful blues and aqua's...... a sprinkling of  browns and some truly gorgeous holographic features that are dazzling when they capture the light.



The papers are all double sided......and that is where the problem lies.....both sides ARE GORGEOUS!!   Which to choose???  Buy 2 of each sheet....problem solved ;)

I decided to use a photo from 2010....a family holiday in Buckinghamshire. We visited Windsor for the day and after a lovely walk around we went on a boat trip down the Thames. This photo is one of my eldest daughter's favourites and I felt the Zella Teal papers were just right for it.


I based the page on a sheet of Live Loudly, which has a beautiful spray of flowers in 2 opposite corners.


I cut a couple of posies from a sheet of Zella Teal, including the gorgeous holographic leaves and accents . They really glow when they catch the light. I raised these up on foam pads to create dimension



I normally square cut the photo mats, but I wanted a softer edge this time so I tore the cardstock mat, leaving a feathery edge. I also used a couple of different Cosmic Shimmer Mists on the page, squirting large drops, creating a pool of ink and then blowing it out in different directions.


I also used a small 6 x 6 inch stencil I had in my stash ( not sure of make or design) and spread some Sparkle Medium through it. This stays raised when it is dry and adds some texture and dimension to the page.


I finished off my page by adding a few random half pearls and gems here and there across the layout and adding some paper blossoms and also some butterflies that I had printed off the internet onto cardstock.


I think this collection will be high on my list of favourites.....I will definately be needing some more!!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

My Greatest Gifts..... G45 Winter Wonderland


Good Morning

It's Anita here with you again and today I have a layout to share using some more of the festive G45 Winter Wonderland papers.
This is one of my favourite photos of when our girls were a lot younger ( and still happy for me to get my camera out!)



Normally I scrap either standard 6 x 4 photos or 7 x 5's .....but just for a change I thought I would super size it and print out on an A4 sheet. I used 2 identical sheets of Winter Wonderland , with the first one I gutted the middle section out and fussy cut around the flowers and bird that over hung the border edges.



 I then took the 2nd sheet and fussy cut just the flowers and bird and popped them up on foam pads before layering them onto the bottom sheet, creating a decoupage effect.



I popped the completed borders on the top and the bottom of the photo and then added ivy leaves, wooden pine cone shapes, AC Thickers, pearly swirls and some little chipboard word strips. I also cut a couple of small panels from the Nordic Greetings sheet and added a sprinkling of Stickles here and there to finish the page off.




Winter Wonderland is just one of the many beautiful collections from G45 that are on sale in the shop, their intricate details can be a bit mind blowing when you first see them and its almost a shame to cover them with photos, but if you cut them up and use smaller sections they can work perfectly.....and they really do come in the most stunning variety of designs and themes.




What is your favourite size photo to scrap with? Do you mainly stick to 6 x 4's or do you like to venture out with other sizes?



Warmest wishes

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

G45 Winter Wonderland

I am over on the Papermaze blog and I have been playing with some sheets from the stunning festive collection from G45 called Winter Wonderland. It is a Scandinavian inspired collection with the addition of swallows, robins and traditional holly berries and poinsettias.
I thought for a change, rather than create a scrapbook page, I would make a bauble for our tree and a couple of cards to start off the pile I need to make ( I am so NOT a natural card maker and really struggle with them!)




So, I started with a large glass bauble which I removed the metal hook and top from until I had finished it. I cut lots and lots of strips from various sheets, with widths ranging from 1 cm to 1.5 cms and into lengths of 6 inches long.

Woodland Whimsy
Scandinavian Sampler
Yule Post
Pretty Poinsettia



I rolled each length up into tight little coils and then popped them into the bauble before they slightly un-ravelled. I carried on until the bauble was almost full, then popped the hanging hook and metal top back on. The top was a shiny silver and didn't really sit well with the vintage tones in the papers, so I cut a thin strip from one of the sheets and wrapped around the top. Then cut a few short lengths of organza ribbon and tied them onto the hanging hook to finish it off. I think I will probably make a set of 4 or 6 to put on our actual Christmas Tree when we get one. I always look forward to our annual visit to the local Christmas Tree farm to pick one.


These papers also lend themselves well to creating cards.....and as I am not really very good with cards, it was an ideal opportunity to use the Rustic Holiday sheet with its decorative panels to adorn the front of my cards. I also matted each layer with some Antique Gold mirri board.


And then popped on a few red flat backed crystals just to finish them off.
So now I need to pull my finger out and make a little pile of cards to give to my fellow crafty friends when we next meet at our Christmas crop.

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There is a vast selection of paper collections from G45 over on the shop site and they cover all sorts of themes.....or if you specifically wish for the Christmas collection I have used today, you can find it here.

Warmest wishes Anita xx

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Very Merry ......with Simple Stories.

Hello There, I am over on the Papermaze DT blog with my first posting for November.
I have used some papers from the Very Merry collection by Simple Stories this time and teamed them up with a photo taken in the lead up to Christmas 2016. (apologies for the poor quality of the photos, the lighting has been dreadful with such dreary and drab weather)
I had just got the Snapchat App on my phone and had great fun playing with the various filters on there that add some really cute and often funny features to your faces ( not to mention some random ones that are just downright bizarre!!!).
We were heading on a family trip out to do some Christmas shopping, but our youngest Daughter was busy elsewhere, so we sent her a Snapchat message of my eldest Daughter and I.






As with all collections from Simple Stories, there are various double sided sheets. Some are purely patterned each side but there are also some sheets of Journalling elements plus Vertical and Horizontal Elements and of course the various sticker sheets and Snap Cards.

I based the layout on a sheet of  Seasons Greetings
I also cut a couple of Vertical Elements out, one of which I used as a photo mat.



I then cut various flower and leaf clusters out from a sheet of Peace on Earth 
and placed them around the page in various places. I cut up a few random
rectangles and stacked them to look like presents and tied them up with some red organza ribbon.



Various papers blooms, glittered Ivy leaves, Sequins and MDF laser cut shapes were added just to finish off the page.

 I have several other Snapchat photos that I have had printed and I am looking forward to scrapping with those too!
 I will have to have a look and see what other Simple Stories Collections will work well with them.....there are so many various sets available at the SHOP covering all different themes that I am sure finding something suitable will not be a problem.

Hope you have had lots of scrappy fun so far this month and I look forward to catching up with you later in November,

Warmest Wishes
Anita xx


Monday, 16 October 2017

When you Love What You Have ......Kaisercraft Golden Grove



Hello There......I am over on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog where I have been using the rest of my beautiful Kaisercraft Golden Grove papers for this layout. This is such a lovely colour-way to play with and is perfect for both scrapping and making cards too.


I cut a large circle out after drawing round a plate and also punched out lots of small circles, which I then stuck all the way round the large circle to create a scalloped edge.


                     
                              I felt that the scalloped circle was a little plain and so I popped on flat
                                        backed pearls and crystals alternately onto each scallop.


I used a dark green piece of cardstock and tore a jagged mat for the photo to sit on and then brushed some Icicle Stickles around the torn edges to give a soft sparkle




The papers have some rather stunning flowers on and these were fussy cut and layered on foam pads in various places around the page to help add a little dimension.
There were a couple of teeny butterflies in amongst the flowers so i cut them out and added to the quote panel and raised the wings. Then popped a green organza ribbon bow on to finish.


I finished the page by adding little twinkly highlights here and there with some more Icicle Stickles......Jeez I love that stuff!! It is probably one of most used items in my stash! Can't beat a little bit of sparkle eh!....

This gorgeous collection from Kaisercraft can be found in the shop here  along with a vast selection of other gorgeous and fabulous goodies......grab a cuppa, sit down and have a good look....you will be glad you did!

Happy Scrapping!
Warmest wishes Anita xx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

There goes my Hero........ Chesterville Collection from Blue Fern studios

 Hi There, I am over on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog at the mo with one of the new Blue Fern Studio Collections....and one of my favourite men.

I am working with some of the new Chesterville Collection from Blue Fern Studios....it's a rather lovely masculine, grungy collection and it makes a really nice change from the floral and pretty paper ranges that are more often about..



I am a huge fan of the rock band The Foo Fighters and I am particularly fond of the lead singer, Dave Grohl....a hugely talented man who writes a lot of the bands songs and music.....and I just really have a *thing* for him! It also made a change to scrap a 'non family' layout



I planned using a standard 6 x 4 photo of him, but wanted also to make a big impact. Years ago I used to print a lot on acetate/transparencies and use on a layout and thought I would try that again for a change. I printed a close up of his face onto an a4 sheet and used it as a background for the layout. I also printed some of the lyrics from one of his songs onto acetate to use.



I had some chipboard edging and used some cosmic shimmer in Black Pearl and some Distress Stickles to grunge it up. I used the same colours to distress the edge of the photo, which I layered over part of the acetate.





I poured some blobs of Cosmic Shimmer Inks and let it run down the layout and also dabbed some Distress Stains in various areas. I then layered up some tickets and a chipboard frame and finished the layout with a metal bookplate and some metal letter embellishments




I really enjoyed making this, its made a nice change to branch out and do something different.

You can see the whole Chesterville Collection here in the shop along with lots of other delightful Blue Fern Studios products.

Happy Scrapping!

Anita xxThere goes my Hero

Monday, 21 August 2017

Love you Most................. Golden Grove from Kaisercraft

Hello there, I am over on the Papermaze blog at the moment :)Love you Most

I have been working with some left overs of the Golden Grove Collection, from Kaisercraft.
( For some reason in my first photo of the whole layout the page seems to have taken on an orangey hue. It is definitely more yellowy in real life....as you can see by the other photos lower down this post)




 The soft, rich gold reminds me of late summer hazy sunshine and we head out as often as possible for some evening walks locally. One evening in particular we visited Pevensey Castle and although the castle itself was actually closed, you can still walk around inside the castle walls and enjoy the sun casting it rays across the grounds.


For my layout I used various left overs from my earlier page using the same collection, Be Grateful  and added a couple of other sheets.
My page was made using 2 halves of different sheets, cut diagonally and held in place with a band of paper.



Originally I planned this to be a nice, clean sharp page.....HHhmmmmmm...... well I don't do clean very well. I thought I would just give it a little gentle dab and splat here and there with a Distress Stain .....well that led me to then giving it a little squirt of Dylusions Spray . Unfortunately the dabs I had already done were not dry and the spray merged with it and made a bit of a murky mess!!!



At his point I felt like throwing the page away, however, not one to admit defeat easily, I rummaged around in my boxes of stash and pulled out a pot each of gold and green embossing powders. 
I sprinkled some little piles of each colour onto the murky splats and also sprinkled some in different patches across the page. I then heated with a gun from underneath the page so it didn't blow the loose powder away and actually quite liked the result....Hurrah!!



I mounted the photo on some Bazzill and then added lots of fussy cut flowers and other bits and bobs from the sheets. I also printed out some butterflies onto white smooth cardstock and added a few to the page.



So.....I guess the lesson I have learnt here is even if you think you have completely messed up a page when you are part way through it....carry on, even if its in a different direction. Its surprising how they can come out sometimes.
For the lovely Golden Grove collection and many other beautiful Kaisercraft products ( not to mention a huge range of every scrapping item you could need) please pop over to the SHOP.....there is also a rather good Summer SALE on, don't leave it too long and miss out!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy the rest of August.....especially the sunny days.

Warmest wishes
Anita xx