Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Kaisercraft Drawers

I also wanted to share with you today my favourite, Kaisercraft drawer units :) I have created a few of these now too! I love them and made using the kaisercraft paper collections they just look fab!

This set is the medium drawers, with 9 drawers,  really nice size to make a lovely feature but useful for storage too. I have my small bits and pieces in mine so I don't loose them! The paper collection is my favourite Kaisercraft one - Magnolia Grove.

The unit once put together was painted in Kaisercraft sage green acrylic paint, before being covered in the papers and then inked up with Distress Ink 'frayed burlap' to vintage it! Ive used a Kaisercraft wood flourishes 'Mannequin', just inked up a little.

The collectables that come with each kaisercraft collection are really handy to use as decorations as I have here, layered up with pearl flourishes and paper roses. 

I then use any kind of small embellishment to decorate the front but they also double up as handles. Buttons are good but find wood embellishments work well too.

Lace and bling add another little feature.

And the hinges - love those, also from Kaisercraft. Key hole wood embellishments look good too, although haven't used them on this one. Use foam pads to layers up, especially on the top, to make a real feature. Hope you like these as much as I do!

A pretty frame

Happy Wednesday to you ! Today I wanted to show you some off the page altered art. I made one of these frames for myself when 'playing' with ideas and loved how it turned out. I'm a 'everything white' kind of person, very shabby chic and pretty and romantic and these frames reflect that. My friends and family saw this frame and since then I have made loads of them for them and for gifts that they wanted to give to other people.
They start of as a normal plain pine frame, then covered in gesso. Two coats is sometimes needed. A tissue stamping technique is then used with Indigo Blu 'slap it on'. Stamp image, I used an Indigo Blu stamp, onto mansize tissues with a pigment ink, I used Brilliance pearlescent range in two colours that complement each other. when dry cut out image neatly and as close to edge as possible but without cutting into edge of stamping, then separate tissue to one layer and using 'Slap it on'  with a paint brush coat the frame where u re putting your image with a thin layer, lay tissue on top and then paint a further layer of 'slap it on' over the top, to seal, being careful not to brush over it for to long as you will ruin the tissue if too wet or if rubbed to hard for too long. Continue to cover over your frame in this way until you have gone all the way round it. Leave to dry, I normally leave over night. This a good technique to go over or round corners, if your frame has a ridge like mine, as the tissue folds and stick around these.                                                                                                                            

Then you are ready to decorate. There are so many different ways to do this, and so many products that could be used. I used my favourite flowers on this one, Prima Tatiana, that come in various colours, a doily, lace around the aperture, a flourish die, mine is a cheerie lyn, Prima butterflies, Prima songbird flowers, Sissix banner die, peg, and tiny mulberry rosebuds.  
I like words or verses on them too, this one has just a couple words on the sissix banner die cut, inked round the edge with distress ink 'frayed burlap'.

I usually decorate 3 out of four corners with one being more prominent then the others.
Try making these  to match your colour scheme in your house or of a wedding for a lovely gift.
I do these to order for any occasion or colour scheme, having done birthday's wedding's, anniversaries, mother's day and have personalised them to suit. 
Have a lovely rest of the day!!  

Saturday, 26 April 2014

A vintage page....

Evening all, hope its a good one! Tonight i'm going to share with you another Swirlydoo's layout, this time for the April butterfly challenge, of an old photo of my mum as a little girl. I'm still getting that vintage feel from this kit.
This months kit came with a lovely MDF frame, which I decided to use on my page and not on its own. I just love the papers in this collection, Authentique Classique Elegance.  

The butterflies are a Marianne designs die and the pansy punch is Martha Stewart border punch.

Petaloo flowers with the bling and the lovely silver cord round the edge of the frame

I love the way that using the frame on my scrapbook page gives texture,depth and layers

I used American Crafts Thickers and a white pen for the faux stitching. Papers edged in distress ink 'Walnut stain' and liquid pearls 'platinum pearl' on the butterflies.

I embossed the frame with WOW embossing powders, firstly 'sparkling silver' an 
 d then in patches round the frame I used 'chunky silver' over the top to add different look and texture in places.

Hope you all have a good evening, thank you for visiting,x

Monday, 21 April 2014

Good evening all, I've had a lovely day today. This morning we went on a woodland walk with the kids and grandparents and ended up by the estuary where we had amazing scenery for some family photo's, some of which are bond to be appearing on a page or two!!
This afternoon I have been making some layouts, this one for the Swirlydoo's April sketch challenge using the April kit 'Tiffany's'. A beautiful kit of blacks, turquoise and creams, it has a vintage/old feeling to it to me with some glamour mixed in with all the bling! Gorgeous!!
I decided to use an old photo of my Nana when she was 6 month's old.

I used a little bit of punch work to soften some of the straight lines and love the pleated bling ribbon!

The papers in this kit are nice for layering and fussy cutting.

The background paper was my favourite out of the kit and very striking with the peteloo flowers and those amazing bling embellishments and a little distress ink 'walnut stain' to 'age' everything. 

Swirlydoo's April sketch challenge
Hope you are all enjoying your easter,

Friday, 18 April 2014


Happy Easter!!! Hope you've all had a Easter egg or two!!? We did a Easter bunny hunt in the garden today for the kids which was fun and was the subject I wanted to scrap as my Maja design April mood board.
 I loved the pastel spring colours in this board. Vintage spring basics papers used were; 5th of April; 1st of March; 3rd of March; 2nd of April.
 Elements from the mood board used were; yellow; daffodils; basket; feathers; twigs; egg; Easter; fabric. My twigs were cut with my cricut. The papers were all distressed and inked edges with distress ink walnut stain.
The basket element I used in the wicker fence from Dusty Attic. Other Dusty Attic products  used was the mini vine's and acrylic paint 'mountain meadow' (DA0916) 
 The pretty decromount frame from Aspire Crafts I embossed with Stampendous frantage embossing enamel shabby blue. I also Embossed my egg, below, in the same frontage powder.
 The beautiful yellow flowers were from Prima (#56449)  and the pretty blue and white flowers from Hobby House ( HHCB009 ivory blue). Punch was a Martha Stewart. I cut around the daffodil in the Maja paper, so I could lift it over the wicker fence to add dimension.
My Easter bunny I cut from my cricut,  along with my 'Easter' title, and used onyx black liquid pearl to add details. My fence was lifted off the page with double sided pads so my bunny could sit underneath the fence so he looks like he is behind it. My feathers were from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy collection 5th & Frolic, cardstock and burlap feathers. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

CSI case file 117

Hello, I've been busy for a few days but here I am again with another page to share with you. This is my layout for my first go at the CSI challenges, this one is case file 117. My inspiration for this page came from the 'something mind boggling' and 'infinity' and eternity, with our anniversary this year reaching 15 years, where has the time gone!!
 'Evidence' used was; circles, metal, flowers, butterflies, chalk pastles, numbers and ransom lettering.
'Testimony' used was; poem and inspo words: 'me' & 'infinity'.
My background paper used was Carta Bella 'happy little moments'. I used Prima chalk pad 'Turquoise stone'  to ink through a spotty mask in a circular shape, edged with  rough drawn lines that my title sits on. I also used the prima chalk pad for stamping the rings and the jenni bowlin lace stamp around the edge of the  page. I also used texture paste through another large spotty mask to add some texture.
The layered papers under the photo are; Teresa Collins; 'everyday moments- sentiments'; MME Indie Chick - 'nutmeg history blooms'; Panduro 'letters from old days'; sky blue plain cardstock. I used an assortment of Prima flowers and Kaisercraft wood flourish 'fence', painted with gesso.
 The swirls are Tattered Lace 'flourish' and a pearl trims from 'Anna Marie Designs'
 The natural fibre's are from Anna Marie Designs, the butterfly is a Create and Craft Die, metal pieces from my stash. Other bits used; platinum pearl & baby blue liquid pearls, lace, distress ink Walnut stain. See you soon.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Scrap365-5 CSI colorstoriesinspiration

Hello, I thought I would share this with you. I have just joined |CSI colourstoriesinspiration, My first challenge is case file Scrp365-5. At first the colour palette was a little worrying as I usually work with pastel vintage colours but once i'd chosen my photo's and found some paper and sat down with it, it all came together rather easily!
Fun, just be yourself   
 My layout has used; plain cardstock; white and black
        Alison Kreft designs;composition& colour;this way & flower melody
        Cosmo cricket; odds and ends; junk drawer
        Fancy pants designs; grey corrugate sheet
        Pebbles mini ABC stickers
        Prima flowers; Bel Canto
        Ranger enamel accents black & white
        Bakers twine
        red and yellow acrylic paint
       That special touch mask
       Paper clip from stash
       Dies and die cutting machine.

I am quite pleased with this as I do find it hard to leave empty space on a layout!!!    :)

One of me.....

Here's the page I did yesterday using Prima Fairy Belle papers with a photo of me from 2000, when my hair was short and red! I've had these Fairy Belle papers for ages not knowing quite what I wanted to do with them but thought this photo of me fitted well....
 This paper I thought just needed embellishing, without the need for more paper. I used some petaloo hydranger flowers and Prima flowers. The prima dragonfly from Stationers desk wood embellishments with some copper liquid pearls.
 I love trying to use embossing powder, here I have used stampendous frontage embossing enamel, aged silver and aged gold on my Anna Marie designs leaves and berries. A new addition to my stash also appears here, Prima junkyard findings 'street signs', love these!
 Another of my favourites are Kaisercraft wooden flourishes, this one is a pretty tree branch with birds, highlighted with some copper liquid pearls. And lastly tiny little wooden flowers from Anna Marie designs.
 Hope i'm starting to do a better job at this 'posting' thing!!!
Have a lovely day!!  :)                                                                                                                             

Thursday, 3 April 2014

One of my favourites

This is one of my favourite layouts that I've done this year so far. It is using Maja design Vintage frost papers. I LOVE Maja design papers, they are so delicate, shabby, vintage, romantic, lovely subtle colour ranges, I'd like them all! The angel is my daughter in her nativity play at Christmas and the papers really fitted in with the theme. On this page I had a play with masks and texture paste and distress ink; my favourite, weathered wood; all the papers were distressed and inked; the other favourite, frayed burlap; the bling is prima say it with crystals, a doily and paper flowers from my stash, candy core, the title came of my cricut, Martha stewart clay mould snowflake shapes, spellbinders fancy labels 3, prima paper roses encore and Anna Marie designs snowflake die cuts with stampendous frantage shabby white embossing enamel.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

'dressed up!'

Good evening,   This blog came into being so I could find it easier to upload my layouts to sketch challenges, so this is the layout I have just entered for the April scrap365 sketch challenge.  The papers and embellishments are all Teressa Collins 'daily stories'. Other items used; Prima say it in crystals 'so cute', wooden butterflies, ribbon, tim holtz antique linen distress ink pad and a  Martha Stewart border punch. I entered the challenge on this occasion via my page, my layout is on there, with a lot of my other layouts. Next time I can now use my blog! :)