Sweet Baby – The Ombre Effect For Get It Scrapped

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t posted for a little while as I have had a couple of weeks of sick children and been super busy with starting to get things organised for the Weekend Workshop in September.  Sneak peaks coming soon!

I created this layout for the Get It Scrapped article about different ideas for using the ombre effect on scrapbook layouts.  To create the ombre effect I used a mix of Broken China, Picket Fence, Black Soot and Weathered Wood Distress Paints on Specialty Stamping Paper.  The paper is really smooth and seems to give more time for the paint to blend.  It also doesn’t seem to warp as much as other card when it gets wet.  I applied some paint directly to the paper but also used my kraft sheet as a palette to mix the different shades to get the effect I was looking for.

I have wanted to scrapbook this photo of some first cuddles with my youngest son.  He was born early so spent a couple of days in the special care nursery.  I don’t know about you but I tend to think white, soft pastel colours, texture and simplicity when I think baby.  For my layout I wanted to keep things simple but still interesting so I created the white textured frame with some machine stitching, paper tearing and distressing.  I kept my embellishments simple too.  The main focus of the layout is the my baby boy’s face but there is still lots of room around the photo to show off the ombre background which really sets the mood for my layout.  My journalling was printed on vellum.  I created the title with a acetate shape that was from an old collection and cut the sweet section apart.  I then adhered this to some white card and hand cut around it.  It looks a little like a title that has been created with a die cutting machine as it has the two layers.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll back soon with some sneak peaks of projects for the Weekend Workshop.




Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Paper: Specialty Stamping Paper; Paint: Distress Paints by Tim Holtz (Picket Fence, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Black Soot); Twine: We R Memory Keepers; Alphas: Little Yellow Bicycle; Clear Beads: Prima; Dies: Sizzix/Tim Holtz, La La Land Crafts; Metal Word: Making Memories; Sticker: Little Yellow Bicycle; Vellum; Button: Unknown.

Say Cheese – Masculine Birthday Card

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I had some of the 24/7 papers on my desk and decided to make a couple of masculine birthday cards.  I find using stamps with bold/graphic sentiments really help me to create cards with a masculine feel.  I also like using bright colours and geometric patterns too.  Some black ink helped to define the edges on my papers and also adds to the masculine feel of the card.

I made one card, and then this card came together pretty quickly as I decided to use a similar layout to the card I made using the Vintage Bliss papers.  I used a tag that already had the blue/grey background (one I had done previously using distress stains) along with some stickers from the 24/7 sticker sheet, a wood veneer star, some washi tape and black twine.  I think it gives a really different look although the basic layout is very similar to the vintage bliss card.

Thanks for stopping by,



Supplies: Simple Stories 24/7 patterned papers, White card, We R Memory Keepers Twine, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Star, Tag coloured with Distress Stains (weathered wood, picket fence, and broken china I think), washi tape, Black Soot Distress Ink.


Be Happy Vintage Bliss Card

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Things have been wet and windy here, so there has been lots of staying inside with a little bit of time for crafting.  I love the Vintage Bliss collection by Simple Stories and I had been making a couple of scrapbook layouts using some of the papers.  I had some pieces leftover which I used to make this card.  I find when I have my things out sometimes I get some inspiration to make a card too and things come together quickly.  The butterfly had already been fussy cut from the paper so I added some gems and adhered it on top of a bingo card.  This was layered with some other patterned papers, some lace, some washi tape, some Vintage bliss stickers,  We R Memory Keepers twine and a paper clip.

Thanks for stopping by,



The Lizzie Brooch – Using Monograms

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Todays layout is about a family treasure, even though not worth lots in terms of money. Many of the women in my family have had the name Elizabeth and the Lizzie Brooch has been passed down through the generations.  I wanted to make a layout about the Lizzie Brooch and one of my creative team assignments for Get It Scrapped was to use a monogram so this was just the prompt I needed to make the layout!  There are lots of different ideas for using monograms on your scrapbook pages on the Get It Scrapped blog.

I wanted to make a replica of the Lizzie Brooch to go on my layout so I photographed it, then printed it in a large size so the details wouldn’t be lost and so it could be one of the main elements on my page.  Then I fussy cut the brooch from the photograph and dipped it in UTEE.  I wasn’t sure how the UTEE would interact with the photo ink before I started but it worked out fine.  I like it when that happens 🙂  I heated the UTEE further with my heat gun to let the excess drip off.  TIP: Sometimes when you use UTEE like this it can crack but if that happens don’t worry you just need to reheat it to melt it back together.

The end result is a glossy, smooth, dimensional element that is a great representation of the brooch.  I added a cream doily die cut behind the brooch so that the details would stand out against the background.  The layout was created out of out mostly Prima products to give it a soft, pretty, vintage look that reminds me of my grandmother and the photograph is my daughter wearing the Lizzie Brooch.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment or you can find my email address on the About Me page.

I’ll be back on Friday with a card made out of Vintage Bliss by Simple Stories.

Thanks for stopping by,



The Lizzie Brooch by Kristy T | Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Patterned Paper: Prima; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Flowers: Prima; Journalling Notecard Set: Prima; Punches: Martha Stewart; Alphas: Websters Pages, Simple Stories; Pearls: Kaisercraft; Dies: Spellbinders; Paint: Distress Paint by Tim Holtz/Ranger(Black Soot, Brushed Pewter, Antique Linen); Distress Stickles: Ranger (Stardust); Paperclip: Prima; Flutterbits: Prima; Liquid Pearls: Ranger (petal pink);Lace; Ribbon.

PJ Loving, Orange Loving, Little Boy

Hi everyone,

Todays post is a layout I created for the Get It Scrapped article on using watercolours.  The layout is about some of my youngest son’s favourite things and also documents our attempts to get him to stay in bed using scratch and sniff stickers as a reward (hence the stickers all over his pjs).

To create my main background I used texture paste, stencils and gyp-rocking tape to make some texture on top of watercolour paper.  When this had dried I chose some water based oil pastels to scribble lightly in different areas and then blended the colour using a paint brush and water.  I selected colours that would work best with my photo.  I would recommend starting lightly and you can always add more colour as you go along (depending on what look you are wanting).

To create the layout I smeared some paint over the white card to create another layer behind my watercolour paper and created a frame using white strips of card (this doesn’t show up that well in the photograph).  I added wood icons/veneer shapes, washi tape, some patterned paper and even a scratch and sniff sticker to embellish my layout.  I added my journalling using a distress marker but it is worth noting that it can be tricky to write on a textured surface.

I chose this title, even though it is quite long because I feel it captures him very well – He is a PJ loving, orange loving, little boy.  I chose to leave the canvas alphas plain so they didn’t overtake the page but since they are large they still grab enough attention.  I arranged the parts of the title in a visual triangle with the smaller orange lettering adding a fun pop of colour.

I have added a couple of close up photos as it is easier to see the details of the watercolour background.  You can see more ideas for using watercolours on layout by checking out the Get It Scrapped blog.

Thanks for stopping by,





Supplies: Card: White card by Artee, Paper: Watercolour paper, Echo Park; Alphas: Prima, Simple Stories; Distress Marker: Ranger; Washi Tape: Teresa Collins; Gyprocking Tape; Wooden Icon: Prima; Wood Veneer Shapes: Studio Calico; Texture Paste: Jo Sonya; Assorted buttons; Scratch and Sniff Sticker.

“Family Is” Card

Hi everyone,

Happy Friday!  Today I got out some papers from the Bo Bunny Collection – Family Is, along with some Maya Road Chipboard and a new stamp from Elle’s studio.  I really like the typewriter font for this sentiment and it also looks great stamped on label pieces.  I am pretty sure it is going to get a bit of use for scrapbook layouts too!

I coloured my chipboard tree with some green and brown distress paints and a jenni bowlin paint dabber for the blue heart, so that the pieces matched the colours on the main panel of the card.  This panel already had the faux washi tapes and faux zig zag stitching on it so I hand drew in the other stitching lines using a chipped sapphire distress marker.

I added a tag, a twine bow, washi tape and some lace to give some more detail to the top section of the card and balance out the chipboard tree and heart.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.



Supplies: White card – Artee; Maya Road Chipboard, Studio Calico Wood Veneer, Distress Marker – Chipped Sapphire, Jenni Bowlin – Spiced Tin, Distress Markers – Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Tag, Maya Road Twine, Lace, MME Kate and Co Washi Tape, Bo Bunny – Family Is papers