Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Stationery and Stash

I received a gorgeous parcel of goodies courtesy of Trimcraft last week (I know I'm a lucky so and so) packed full of Christmas goodies and a pretty new collection too. It's given me a nudge to start a couple of festive projects and plan for many more.

Here's a peek at some of the new products I received. First there were the embellishments.

Then there were the paper packs. 

The Deco Mache papers.

The die sets, I know! At this point I was getting a bit giddy.

And finally another new collection. 

They have been incredibly generous and when they are looking for new team members I would definitely recommend applying as it's a lovely company to be working with. 

Now, this is what I started with, a couple of cards. The first is something I wanted to try and I think it's worked really well, although the photo doesn't quite capture how dimensional it really is. I created an acetate easel card and that really gave my naive festive forest design depth. 

I used papers from the Dovecraft Little Red Robin paper pack, one of the new Christmas design lines. 

Next a more traditional card made from actual card! For this one I created a patterned, wonky tree which is just a few triangles piled on top of each other haphazardly, but I really like it. This one is great for batch makes as it's just so quick and easy. 

I've used this design before on my first advent calendar shown here and a festive ATC last year here.

Now, if you're wondering why stationery in the title here's the reason. I put together a little stationery set using First Edition Folkland papers. I used washi tape to cover a jar lid and added puffy sticker topped paper clips and mini bulldog clips. A washi wrapped pencil and decorated notebook completed the collection. 

That's it for today, more Christmas makes coming soon. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Friday, 17 August 2018

You can't beat a bargain!

That's right, there's bargains to be had and where possible I like to get my hands on them. Yesterday I popped into Poundland and found some familiar looking products! I couldn't resist these gorgeous resin flowers, I think they'll be perfect for one of my decorated matchboxes and at, you guessed it, £1 a pack I splurged and bought them from the two collections Papillon and Let's Celebrate.

As well as the resin flowers there's 6 x 6 papers packs, gems, sequins, brads and frames amongst other bits. It's well worth stopping by to check them out.

I didn't even make it out of the store before I spotted another bargain. As I was making my way to the checkout I passed the card and party aisle and I spied this wooden confetti, another must have embellie for my collection. There's forty in a pack, so I think I can manage with one of these.

I love being able to buy crafty bits with the change in my purse, it doesn't get much more of a bargain than that.

But wait, there's no better bargain than free and The Project Life app is now just that! I love this app, it's great for creating quick layouts on the go and with the new functionality (albeit at a little extra cost) you can create your own title cards with a mix of fonts.  Here's my latest page made with the app.

I used the cards from the Merry & Bright Mini Kit and mixed fonts to create my journalling card. 
If you'd like to check out the app you'll find more info here.

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Layouts, cards and jars, Oh My!

Yet again Trimcraft have been super generous in sharing their products with the Design Team. My latest parcels have included some really gorgeous papers and the ones I've been working with lately are Dovecraft Folkland and First Edition Perfect Moments. These are both heavy weight paper pads and I find them great for gift bags and small boxes as well as the traditional scrapping, ATC and card making. 

I started off with a layout using the Folkland papers and some embellishments from the same design line. I've found the glitter tags really useful on all sorts of projects and you'll spot bits of them cropping up on various crafty creations.

Once I'd had my scrappy fix I moved onto something a little smaller, a couple of ATCs. I went with a love theme, it's one I always come back to, as you can never have enough love in your life. 

This one included a die-cut I trimmed back from 'with love'.  I'm always chopping die-cuts to alter designs or pick off words. 

I love the metal key on this one, they come in a pack and are also part of the Folkland collection. The arrow I chopped out of one of the patterned papers and of course I had to use some glitter card - this one is called Wine and it's a lovely rich colour. The glitter card comes in A4 sheets in a wide range of colours. 

Next, I set about the Perfect Moments paper pad and as there was also the First Edition Unicorn die set in my parcel, it gave me the perfect excuse to stock up on my favourite sweets and alter a jar to keep them in. This simple project has been a big hit with my friends and their kids, but maybe it's just because they love marshmallows too! I choose to believe otherwise, after all you have to believe in yourself.  I used some more glitter card for this project, this time it's Cerise. 

If you're wondering about that background, here's a little tip if you're taking project photos: wallpaper samples, they make great backgrounds. I picked this one up at The Range and I love it so much I'm keeping it in mind for when (thinking positive) I get a craft room, to make a lovely glitter wall.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:
Extinction - decent sci-fi, worth a watch (Netflix).
The Meg - (cinema) not a cinematic classic, but the shark effects are brilliant and I love monster movies, so I had a good time. 
The Thing (2011) - prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing and a good movie in it's own right (Prime)
The Shallows - another shark movie, but this one is a really tense, edge of your seat watch (Netflix).

 First Edition Perfect Moments from Amazon click here.
 Dovecraft Folkland papers from Amazon click here. 
Dovecraft Christmas Dies (Heart) from Amazon click here.
First Edition Unicorn Die from Amazon click here.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive commission if purchases are made via these links. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sketchy Sunday no. 178

It's been a while, but I've been doing a spot of scrapping and in the process a sketch was born. This one uses one of my go to shapes, the star and is great for using up some glitter scraps too. So, without further ado I give you sketch no. 178.

And here's my layout inspired by the sketch. Simple, but effective with a pop of glitter. 

I used the Simply Creative Stargazer paper pad which was part of my recent Trimcraft Design Team kit. The title was cut on my Cameo and some of the stars I popped up on foam pads for a little depth. 

I've also been doing a spot of pocket page scrapping. I was intending to just slide in the pics and add a couple of paper panels, but I discovered my Canon Selphy printer does not actually print true 6 x 4, I found a note buried in the small print to say approximately 6 x 4....great! So, I decided to print them smaller and mat on paper panels, I actually like the way they came out. 

I used First Edition Perfect Allusion papers for this one and cut some tree shapes to frame my story. 

For this one I used the First Edition Bee Happy papers and layered up the honeycomb papers for depth in the centre square. 

These pages are going in with my normal 12 x 12 layouts, the album is going to be a real mix and match. 

Now, just a movie recommendation....if you haven't seen it yet do see The Greatest Showman, it's a gem of a film. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Don't Worry, Bee Happy!

The First Edition Bee Happy papers proved to the perfect excuse to indulge in a series of reminders to live a more mindful life in the form of some ATCs.

Of course, all of those good intentions deserve a treat, so a little chocolate box was next on the crafty project list. Here's the how if you'd like to make your own version.

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock 11.5cm x 15cm. Score at 3cm and 8.5cm down from the 11.5cm edge. 
2.   Score at 3cm, 6cm, 9cm and 12cm down from the 15cm edge. Cut at the score lines on the 15cm edges to the first intersecting score line to create 3cm square tabs on both sides with a larger center panel.
3. Fold at all the score lines and unfold. Apply glue to alternate tabs on both edges and adhere the 1st tab to the 2nd tab and the 3rd to the 2nd, this makes the box base. Adhere the 4th tab to the 5th to create the box lid. 
4. Mat the box front, back, lid and sides with patterned paper. Cut the side panels of the lid on the diagonal from the front bottom corner to the back top corner, to form a triangular end panel on both ends of the lid. 
5. Die cut, punch or hand cut several flowers in different patterned papers and layer adhering to the right top edge of the box. Add gems to the centres. 
6. Take a copper number 4 and U sticker and adhere together, overlapping slightly as shown in the photo. Cut a ‘Honey’ from patterned paper and adhere with foam pads to the front of the box adding the 4U just in front of the ‘Honey’. 

Happy Scrapping

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Beyond the Shore

As soon as I received the First Edition Beyond the Shore paper pad I couldn't resist cutting out the sparkling mermaids and once I had them it was a case of what to make first.

For project number one I came up with this mini book. Having seen the myriad of party decor for mermaid themed get-togethers, I thought this would be the perfect place to keep those special memories.

Obviously cutting into those papers generated some scraps and the excuse for a small run of ATCs.  A little glitter experiment led to some sparkly seaweed additions and a collection of gems made for plausible bubbles.

To finish up I covered one of my fav alterables, a Dominos box, using the same techniques. My little niece has her eye on this one. 

This paper pad has definitely made it into the favs pile.

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Chocs Away!

If you're someone who likes to get with the season, even if it's just in a small way, these two quick projects may be the ones for you. If you like the designs, I used the new V&A Craft Papers from the 12 x 12 pad for both of these projects.

First up is this simple card, perfect to go with a box of chocs for friends.

Embossed foam cut in an oval makes a sugar free egg with a cute die cut bunny to top it off. 

Now, for those Creme Egg fans I designed this Easter bag, the perfect size for an egg and a few minis too. 

If you'd like to make your own version of this bag here's the how:-

1. Cut a piece of cardstock 14cm x 21cm. Score at 5cm down from the 14cm edge. Rotate the cardstock a quarter turn and score at 5cm, 10cm, 15cm and 20cm. 
2. Trim away the 1cm x 5cm section and taper the 1cm edges of the 1cm tab remaining. Mat the 5cm x 9cm sections. 
3. Fold at the score lines to create the body of the pinch bag and seal with the 1cm tab glued to the inside of the first large section.
4. Cut along the vertical score lines of the sections at the bottom of the box tube. Fold over the sections and using a strong glue seal the base of the box.
5. Pushing the sides of the top of the box gently into the centre point, pinch the back and front panels together. Punch a hole through the front and back sections. Thread a ribbon through the holes.
6. Cut an oval of brown foam and emboss with a floral pattern. Die cut a rabbit from glitter felt and adhere to the foam egg. Adhere the egg to the front of the bag. 
7. Pop in the creme egg and a few smaller ones and tie the ribbon to seal. 
Happy Scrapping