“Bloom” Card

Hi everyone,

I am back today with a shabby chic style card using the MME Fly a Kite papers, some prima flowers, Dusty attic chipboard and leaf, lace and a dash of gesso.  I designed the card around the sentiment panel that was from one of the patterned papers.  I painted gesso lightly over the flowers, papers and card base.  I applied the gesso more thickly to the Dusty Attic small flourish.  Some gauze, lace and a couple of pearls gave the card a bit more texture and dimension.  I photographed the card with the white card background but in retrospect I think it would look better against a patterned paper background so it stood out a little more.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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Watercolour Tag

Hi Everyone,

It has been a little while since I shared a tag on the blog.  I have been having fun playing with watercolours lately.  I already had this tag that had been embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder so I created a watercolour background.  There are lots of watercolour products around but for this tag I used a set of watercolour paints called Koh-I-Noor.    These can give you a really vibrant effect or you can tone the colour down with more water.  There really is a difference in the effect you get with different products so is worth having a play to see what you like.   I used some purples, blues and greens to create the background for my tag.

When it was dry I added a little more colour to some areas with distress inks and inked the edges with Black Soot distress ink.  I stamped one of the stamps from the Just My Type set from Flourishes using Peacock Feathers distress ink.  Then I distressed the background a little by using the Invild Bolme Distressing Tool (using the file part of it).  The lace image was stamped with Archival ink.  I added some washi tape, the balloon sticker (from MME Fly Your Wings) and a cloud die cut that had been sitting on my desk.  I created the sentiment using some alphas by Kaisercraft and a stamp that was part of the same Prima set as the lace stamp.  The black and pale green twine is new from MME.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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First Christmas Layout

Hi Everyone,

Two posts in two days, and I had some time today to complete a tag and make half a card!  Today’s layout was made for the Get It Scrapped article  about translating crafts onto your scrapbook pages.  There are some great layouts by the creative team with some different techniques to try.

I am still loving the whole tone on tone look and I frequently like to use white card as a base for my pages so for this layout I combined the two.  I was inspired by the craft of quilting and created some panels using white card and some embossing folders by sizzix.  I machine stitched on the panels (this is much easier to do before you adhere them to the 12×12 card)  I didn’t want my background to make a perfect quilt so just staggered the panels when I adhered them.  This adds interest but not so much as to detract from my photograph.

The colour scheme was taken from the photograph and I added in a bit of gold to add to the christmas feel.  I have had the little bells in my stash and they were perfect for this layout (they even jingle!)  It made me feel slightly better about holding on to some things (I am not a huge hoarder though).

I was also inspired by the craft of jewellery making and I happened to come across some wire that I have also had for a while.  I decided to have a go at creating some embellishments for my layout and twisted the wire to create part of my title.  This took a little patience but wasn’t too hard.  I added a few gold beads to the christmas tree too.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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Supplies: Card: Artee; Flowers: Prima, Doodlebug; Wire: Unknown; Bells: Unknown; Alphas: Carolee’s Adorn-It; Glitter: Ranger; Paint: Ranger; Embossing Folders: Sizzix; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Border Strip: Teresa Collins; Cricut Cartridge: Lacey Labels; Beads: Unknown.
 

Chalkboard Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

Chalkboard is a popular trend in scrapbooking at the moment.  I created a chalkboard background for my page by swiping black soot distress paint across my white cardstock and left it to dry.  When the paint is dry you can write over it using chalk and if you make a mistake you can lightly wipe it off with a baby wipe.  I didn’t worry about setting my chalk since I didn’t think it would smudge inside a page protector but you could do this.  There are lots more ideas for using chalkboard, techniques and tips at the Get It Scrapped Blog.

I wanted the layout to have some bright fun colours so I created matching embellishments using other colours of distress paint, some Heidi Swapp banners, Heidi Swapp Stencils, some washi tapes and some colourful stickers.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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Supplies : Card: Artee; Distress Paint: Ranger; Template: Heidi Swapp; Flag: Maya Road; Ink: Archival; Stamp: Elle’s Studio; Alphas: Carolee Adorn-It; Chalk Tape: Unknown; Washi Tape: My Minds Eye; Stickers: Echo Park; Embellishments: Elle’s Studio; Chalk

On a Block – Scrapbook Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi Everyone,

Well school holidays, a weekend workshop, a couple of trips away, a couple of family birthdays and some house reorganising have kept me busy the last few weeks.  Things are settling down now although the school holidays still go for another week.

Today I am sharing a layout made for Get It Scrapped for their article about using the scrapbook design principle of ‘On a Block’.  If you want more information and some more layout ideas check out the blog post here.

For my layout I decided to scrapbook about my middle son when he was 3 months old.  Unfortunately I wasn’t as diligent at writing things down as I wish I had been but I was still able to remember a bit about what he was doing at 3 months.  I really like the Echo Park Bundle of Joy papers as there are some lovely soft aquas, greens and blues.

I decided to use the white background and the light blue paper to keep the layout soft.  Then I layered the brighter coloured papers and embellishments around the photo to make it the main focal point of the page.  I chose embellishments to coordinate with colours in my photograph.  The toy in the photo is a giraffe and my son’s special teddy was a Lion so the animal embellishments worked both in colour but also to support the story of the page.

I made sure that I had some elements breaking the borders and used dimensional embellishments to keep my layout interesting.  The scalloped piece and the strips of paper on the opposite diagonal frame the block and keep the attention on my photo.  The stitching on the layout adds subtle texture and interest.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

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Supplies: Card: Artee; Patterned Papers: Echo Park, Kaisercraft; Diecuts: Kaisercraft; Alphas: American Crafts; Washi Tape: Glitz Design, Teresa Collins; Embellishments: Kaisercraft; Ribbon: Unknown.