Friday, December 18, 2015

Its The Little Things

Hello paper people!
Not long now until Christmas - wow this year has truly flown!  So keeping in the Christmas spirit today I have a Christmas layout to share with you all.
Yep another pic of my little people when they were much younger and all dressed up for their school Christmas concert.
Here is how I created my layout.
Using the Honeypot die from the Background Savy collection, cut one from a glossy cardboard box.  I then poked out some of the pieces but also left some behind.  Using Glitzin Glamour, I then used the die cut piece as a stencil.
I did this in random places over my page.
I then also stamped with a red inkpad to keep with the Christmas colours.

Once my background is done I made a very simple paper cluster from the Christmas Emporium papers.


I then picked out and die cut my embellishments.  I have used my favourite doily die - Rowena from the Amarylis Ornatmental Lace Die collection along with the Sharp flower die from the Kalini Collection and also the Cyad Fern die from the Everyday collection. 
My flowers are the tied died jewelled florettes and also the english roses.
I then started to assemble my layout but went back and added the super sweet Dasher die from the Christmas Eve collection and poked some of the Tall Basket Flower die into my flower clusters.

Here is a closer look at the details
Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments throught the year.  They really are much appreciated.  Wishing you all a wonderfully safe and blessed Christmas and New Year.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Birthday Cards

Hello and thanks for popping by
Today I have a couple of birthday cards to share.
I have used my favourite embossing folder - Tied Together from the Hearts Ease collection.  I love how elegant it makes a card look when embossed with pearl papers.
Here is a quick run down on how I made the card on the left.
First I cut a piece of pink pearl cardstock and randomly stamped over it with the butterfly stamp from the Hearts Ease stamp set.  Make sure you stamp off the page too so it doesn't look too uniform.

I then ran it through my embossing machine.

 Your panel is now ready to be attached to your card base.
Here is a closer look
I used the Vintage Border die from the Vintage Rose collection along with the Edith and baby die from the Everyday collection.

Here is a closer look at the other card.
For my focal point I used the Quaintly Queenie die from the Amaryllis collection and again teamed it with the Vintage Border die and the Edith and baby die


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

So Sassy!

Hello friends!
I'm back again today with a layout to share.
These photos I have had hanging around just waiting to be scrapped for years!  My little girl in the pic is turning 13 soon!  The pics are a little dark and nothing fancy but I really wanted to tell the story (thats why we scrap right?)  but stick to my pretty girly style.  I find it hard to scrap multiply photos as I like to use lots of pretty papers which then means that sometimes my photos get a little lost on the page.  So this time I decided to keep the colour combo very simple and and no patterned papers.  Just an embossing folder and a few pretty dies.
I first embossed a piece of pink cardstock using the Tied Together embossing folder from the Hearts Ease collection.  I then cut a piece of white cardstock using the Simone's Style lace dies from the Amaryllis collection.  This die has little eylets at the top just perfect for weaving through some seam binding.
I then set to work embellishing my layout.  I cut a bunch of flowers using the Sharp Flower die.  This is from the Kalini collection.  By layering them up made them look nice and full and then adding some gemstones and pearls.
Using the new Sparrow on a Branch die from the Secret Garden collection I then tuck lots of the foliage in and around my flowers.  I also tucked in some hearts from the nesting dies.
A pretty doily using the Elissa Set from the Frames and Frills collection (because every layout needs a doily ;).
To ground my page I cut a few from the  Vintage Border die.  This is die is from the Vintage Rose collection and is still a favourite!  I finished my title with some sparkle by adding some Crystal Glitzin Glamour.
Here are a couple of close up shots of those pretty flower clusters.

Until next time
Happy crafting
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Christmas Cards

Hello and thanks for popping by!
Can you believe Christmas is next month??  Seriously they seem to come around quicker and quicker than the year before!
So today I thought I would share with you a couple of Christmas cards I made using the Christmas Emporium papers and the super sweet dia, Dasher from the Christmas Eve collection

I love how super quick these cards were to make and by using some mirror/foil card they just seem to pop.  My first card I cut using red foil and then added some silver glitter cardstock to the back.  I then fussy cut out from the Christmas Emporium papers and finished off with the 2mm gemstones.
Here is a closer look
For my second card I used the Scrolled Tomentosa die from the Hearts Ease collection to frame "Dasher".  I love how easily the Couture die collections always seem to co-ordinate with each other.  "Dasher was cut from gold foil and this time I used the Cardinal Wreath die from the Christmas Eve collection and just trimmed the excess off to leave a bow that went perfectly around his neck.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Until next time
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Christmas Cards

Hello paper friends.  It's Jo and I'm back today to share some Christmas cards with you.  Yes I know its a little early but you have to seize the day when inspiration hits right?
Christmas cards can seem a little overwhelming as there seems to be so many to make so I grabbed a couple of favourite dies an embossing folder and some glitter paper, made 3 different cards and then I will just recreate in bulk.  Here are my cards

So these cards were super easy to make.  I have used 2 of the new Christmas dies from the Christmas Eve collection.  The two I used were Christmas Trinket and Cardinal Wreath
And of course I can't resist a good doily ;) so I also used the Rowena die from the Amaryllis collection.  My embossing folder of choice for these cards was the Cotton Thread folder from the Mikashet collection
Here is a close up of each individual card

Hope I have inspired you in some way to make a jump start on your Christmas creating.
Until next time
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Life Is Beautiful

Hello!  I don't know about you but when it comes to scrapping Christmas pics I seem to have a wad load from years ago that I am still ploughing through!  I don't enjoy scrapping them either as it seems to be a little like ground hog day but nothing wets the appetite than a new paper range!  The new Christmas papers and dies are STUNNING and certainly did the job.
Here is my layout

I am really enjoying scrapping on white at the moment and with the really pretty holly leaves fussy cut out of the paper, the page just seemed to "pop".
This was a simple page to create.  I made my paper cluster and then fussy cut some of the holly out of the new Christmas Emporium paper.  I teamed my holly up with the super sweet tie dyed jewelled florettes.  I have tucked half of the Scrolled Tomentosa die under my photo.  I cut this out of cereal boxes and then embossed with gold.  How pretty are those new Christmas baubles?  This die is called Trinket and is from the new Christmas Eve collection.  I have cut them from glitter cardstock.
For my title I have used the Life Is Beautiful die from the Kalini Die collection.
Here is a close up shot of some of the details
Thanks so much for stopping by and all your lovely comments.
Until next time
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Friday, October 9, 2015

Lace Pockets & Fun Folds

Hi crafty people!  It's Jo and its my turn to inspire you all today :)
Today I have some fancy folded cards that feature the new Tied Together Saxony die from the new Lace Pockets collections.

These super sweet little pockets mean that I could make some fancy folded cards without having to worry too much about where to write my message as I had the little pocket on the front to house some tags to write my sentiment and message on.
The cards are just "Z fold" cards.
I have used the 6 x 6 Vintage Rose paper pad to create both cards.
Here is a closer look at each card
The little tag I made and stamped with the Hearts Ease stamps.
The tag for this card I used one of the little postcards that is in the 6 x 6 Vintage Rose paper pad.
Thanks so much for stopping by
Until next time
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Happy Days

Hello paper people!
Another quick layout share today for you all.
I love love love girly pages and flowers always are a feature.  On this page I have had a lovely time making my own flowers with the new Clavelina layers from the new Floral Layers Intricutz Die  and also the Sharp Flower die.  This one is from the Kalini collection.

Here is how I created the background first.
I love this little die.  Its called Jocund Julie and its from the Amaryllis collection.  I cut it out of thick cardstock and then used it as a stencil.  I also cut a couple more out to peek through my stitched border at the top and bottom and also the side of my photo.
I then used the Hearts Ease Borders and Butterflies stamps and randomly stamped over my page.   From there I made my paper cluster and then all those delish flowers.
The flowers were easy.  I just cut a few out and then added a couple of different inks  bent them and twisted them a little and added stamens.  The gold glittery flowers are made with the Sharp Flower die and I have just added a jewelled flower to the centre.
The purple scrolls that are also part of the flower cluster is part of a die set.  I have used the other part just peeking out of the top of the photo.  Its like an ornate frame.  Its called Mirrored Flourishes and its part of the Kalini Collection.
Here is a close up with all the detail.
There are a few bits and pieces from the ephemera pack and the title is actually the Happy Birthday die.  Just use the word Happy and add to it.
Thanks for stopping by
Until next time
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Beautiful Moments

Hi there!  Jo here to share with you a  layout I have created using the gorgeous Hearts Ease collection.
This photo is really special to me so I wanted to really make my page pretty but not take away from the pic.  Yep these are my gorgeous kids on my wedding day earlier this year.
So I started with cutting my white sheet of cardstock a little and matting it onto some of the Hearts Ease papers from the 12 x 12 paper pad.  I then created a bit of a messy background using some mists and texture past.
I had heaps of scraps from my 6 x 6 Hearts Ease paper pad, so I made a paper cluster.
You can see I have also tucked in a couple of doilies from the super sweet Frames and Frills collection.  This one is called Elissa.  Before I tucked them in I stamped them with the Hearts Ease Stamps for a little bit of added interest.
From there I have used the Hearts Ease Ephemera Pack and some of the white flowers that I misted and glitter up.
Here is a couple of closer pics.
You will also see a few dies as well.  I cut lots of the Sparrow on a Branch die from the new Secret Garden collection, cut off the little bird and used that for the foliage with my sprayed flowers.  Also you will see some of the Honeypot die from the Background Savy Collection.
To draw your eye into the pic I have cut a pretty frame from the Barossa Frame die.
Thanks for popping by and all your lovely comments.  The team really appreciate your kind words.
Until next time
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mens Cards

Hi there paper friends.
Today I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little.  My work is predominately very girly and pretty but every now and then we need man cards.  So I pulled out a couple of dies and some super cool embossing folder and this is what I have come up with.

With just a couple of embossing folders and some inks and white cardstock you can create some cool background effects.
Here is a quick run down on the cog card using the Grungy Cogs and Gears embossing folder from the Mikashet collection teamed with the Gears 2 dies set from the Kalini collection
Using some distress inks I have blended 3 colours over my white card base.   I then ran it through my machine with the embossing folder. 

After it has been embossed, I gently hit the tops of the embossed areas with a little bit of darker ink just to give it more definition.

Now for the gears.  I cut a few of the gears from old cereal boxes and cut them twice and layered them.  Just makes them a little stronger and also creates a bit of added texture to your card.
I then pressed them into my VersaMark ink pad and then heat embossed them with some gold embossing powder.

Just give them a couple of minutes to cool down then with a Stazon black ink pad (Stazon is the best for this as it doesn't smear) gently swipe it over the gears to give them a more aged look.  I have also used the Feathered Arrow die and some of the 2mm black gemstones just to finish the card..

Here's a closer look at my second card.
To create the background for this one, I have used the Chain Link embossing folder from the Hearts Ease collection.
This time I have again used distress inks but have used a sponge dauber to gently sponge some areas on the folder and then placed my paper in the folder and ran it through your embossing machine.
The super cute diecut (perfect for Fathers Day) is called Father and Son Fishing and is from the Kalini die collection.  I have cut it out twice.  Once in black and once in the same blue that I matted my card on.  I then used the blue negatives from the die to piece back into the die to create a little scene.
Too easy!  I always struggle with masculine but am really happy with how these turned out.
Until next time
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