Pastel Christmas Layout for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

Here is another catch up post for a layout created for the Get It Scrapped article about using pastel colours for Christmas layouts. The layout I created shows off a bunch of photographs of my children spreading ‘reindeer food’ on Christmas eve.  The first step in creating my layout was to apply texture paste to my paper and then sprinkle some rock candy distress glitter over the top.  When this had dried I applied some different pastel watercolour paints (some twinkling H2os and gelatos mixed on my craft sheet).  I also created the ‘presents’ using watercolour paper and the same colours.  I arranged my photographs in a bit of a grid and used the principles of approximate symmetry to arrange the embellishments and other elements to frame the photographs.  You can learn more about design principles like approximate symmetry with a membership at Masterful Design which includes the Scrapbook Coach video series (if you are interested you can find more details at Get It Scrapped).

If you have any question just let me know 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,




And I thought I would include a closer photo of one of the pages so you can see some of the details on the page.



Supplies : Card: Artee; Watercolour Paper; Gelatos: Fabercastell; Paints: Twinking H20s, Adirondack; Glitter paint: Viva Decor; Alphas: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Echo Park; Ribbons: Unknown; Lace: Unknown; Flowers: Prima; Leaves: Prima, Green Tara; Metal Embellishments: Making Memories, Tim Holtz; Beaded Tree and Branch: Green Tara; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Pen: Atyou Spica; Ink: Archival, Versacolour; Template: Prima; Glitter: Ranger; Texture Paste: Jo Sonjas; Embossing Folders: Sizzix; Stamp: Amy Tangerine; Stickers: Unknown

Hello Sunshine – Case Study #138

Hi everyone,

I am back again playing along with the CASE Study challenge.  This is the last week with muse JJ Bolton and you can see her card at the CASE Study blog here.  Although my card looks nothing like JJ’s card I took inspiration from the colours – blue and yellow, the butterfly and the sentiment when I made my card.

I have had some embossing diffusers for ages and have never used them so decided to give one a go and I was quite happy with the result (it was easy to use and I felt a bit silly for not giving it a try sooner!)  I used the circle part of the diffuser as a mask and misted the embossed panel with blue glimmermist.  I ended up adding more blue using some faded jeans distress ink (TIP: I used a piece of cut and dry foam,press the inkpad onto my craft sheet and then pick up the ink off my craft sheet rather than taking the ink directly from the ink pad since this stops my ink pad from getting shimmery bits on it from the glimmermist).

I stamped the butterfly with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then coloured with copic markers.  I decided to add some shimmer by painting some twinkling H2Os over the butterfly.  I used some yellow over the whole butterfly which helped give the butterfly a more blended look over the part where the blue and yellow meet.  They don’t interact at all since the copic marker is dry though I think it is just because the yellow paint is translucent over the light blue so it makes that area look a bit more green.I also added just a touch of blue around the edge of the butterfly.  I stamped just the antenna of the butterfly onto the embossed panel and adhered the butterfly to the card.  Some stickers to make the sentiment finished the card, along with the white card base.

I really like the look of the twinkling H20s over the copic markers so I will definitely be trying this out again.  I first saw the technique over a year ago and have no idea where that was now so I am sorry I can’t provide you with a link.

Thanks for stopping by and remember if you have any questions just leave me a comment.


PS. I don’t normally photograph my cards in the sunshine but I wanted to capture the shimmer of the Twinkling H2os.  It has made the white look super bright and almost like it is glowing 🙂


Supplies: X-press It Blending card, Copic Markers – B91, B95, B99, Y32, Y35, white card, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Twinkling H20s, Snap Life Alphabet Stickers, Penny Black Slapstick Cling Stamp – Soft Wings, Texture Fades Embossing Folder – Grid Matrix, Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Diffuser Set #1.

Catalina Wreath and Twinkling H20s

Hi everyone,

This week I wanted to play along with the current CASE Study Challenge.  This week’s muse is Angeline Yong and you can see her original card on the CASE Study blog here.  I kept the basic layout of the inspiration card the same but used the Memory Box Catalina Wreath Die instead of the stamping.  I cut this out of black card and then used some Twinkling H20s to give the wreath both colour and shimmer (these are lovely shimmery water colour paints that come in cute little plastic jars).  I used a corrugated cardboard bird by Jillibean soup and added a twine wing and a pearl.  The kraft card was stamped with a woodgrain background stamp using versamark ink for a tone on tone look and the sentiment was stamped in black archival ink.

After I posted this – I realised I had actually CASED the second card Angeline made  – oh well 🙂  I had looked at the card and then was  thinking about ideas when I was settling my youngest boy/working on the strategies that the sleep help centre had given us to try and get him to stay in bed – lots of stickers and  praise and lots of ‘catching’ him staying in bed, so my brain must have been in a muddle.

Thanks for stopping by,


Supplies: Memory Box Catalina Wreath, Black card, Twnkling H20s – Black Cherry, Key Lime and  Mandarin Blush, Bazzill card – kraft, Hero Arts woodgrain background stamp, Sentiment from MME stamp set – The Sweetest Thing Honey ‘Happiness’ Stamps , Versamark ink, Archival ink – Jet Black, Jillibean soup – corrugated bird, Pearl, Twine.

Alcohol Ink Bird Cage Card

Hi everyone,

Happy Friday – I love Fridays still, even though I am currently a stay at home – it means it is almost the weekend.  Here is another card using a background I made with alcohol inks. I cut up the background to make the tab and the background of the birdcage.  I modified the chipboard birdcage by colouring the cage part with my black distress marker and then put some platinum liquid pearls over the top, smearing it around with my finger. It gives it a kind of metallic look.  The beak and legs of the bird were also coloured with a wild honey distress marker, but I painted the bird with Twinkling H20s which gives it a nice shimmer.  I made the tab by using a circle punch to cut the corners.  The black die cut is another one from Memory Box called Delicate Vine (I am loving these dies) and the patterned papers are from Glitz Designs. I got out my sewing machine to stitch on this card and it reminded me that whenever I make the effort to sew on my cards or layouts I am always pleased that I did.

I’ll be back on Monday with another new project to share – Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.



Supplies: Bazzill card, Kaisercraft letter stickers, pearls, patterned papers – Glitz Designs, Twinkling H20s, Distress markers – Black and Wild Honey, Memory Maze Chipboard, ribbon, Tim Holtz tiny paper clip, Alcohol inks – Stream, Aqua, Silver Mixative, Memory Box Die – Delicate Vine.