Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Papermaze April Kit

I am up on the Papermaze blog today with this post

Hi Tracee with you today sharing a layout I created using the gorgeous April Kit

This months kit features the stunning Fresh Cuts collection by Basic Grey, with a few other papers including a pink Polka dot sheet from Carta Bella (my favourite sheet!) and Kaisercraft Choc Chip from the Tea Break collection.
The kit always includes a couple of sheets of plain cardstock and this time I started with the white sheet and layered my papers on it in strips across the top and down the right hand side of the page.
I used a polka dot stencil and some distress ink to add a little interest to the white space in the bottom left side of the layout.

This month you also get a sheet of the cute alpha stickers from Pink Paislee sentiment series and a chipboard title that was quite literally "Perfect" for my page.

I will be back later in the month to show you what else I created with this fab kit.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

CSI -Scrap365/5 case file -Solved

We are so excited to announce our collaboration with Scrap365, UK's biggest and best scrapbooking magazine. 

We shared our first Special Scrap365 Case File in August and are opening our fifth Case File during the month of April. After this Case File closes, we will be selecting our five favourite layouts to feature, and those people will be invited as CSI Special Deputies (guest designers) for June. 

This is the case file to solve
A fun filled case file and here is how I solved it.

Stripes, floral, Plaid patterns
Tie something
Write about something silly
My journaling reads
"Selfies, and the "art" of getting them right.
Either my arms aren't long enough or my head's too big,
I just don't know,
but I do know that I have to take 25+ shots
just to get one close to what I am looking for.
These were some shots I took when I was trying to get a shot of me in my new glasses, and believe me these are just a "few" of the ones I took all the while trying to balance my phone somehow in my hand lol. Anyone got any tips? I need all the help I can!
A few close ups
I used some of the journaling pages from Bo Bunny's Misc Me range to create some layers.
I also cut the camera and speech bubble from them too. The make it your style sticker is from an old Websters Pages collection.
I used the arrow stamps from the Cut & Paste collection from MME
More Misc Me and stamping. I got to use up some of the old letter stickers by Making Memories, that have been sat in my drawer forever and a day. The red chevron stripe paper is by Bazzil Basics and I dug out some Echo park for the grey panel behind the strip of pictures
I printed my journaling on some regular copy paper and backed it with some cardstock to give it a bit of strength. I used the barcode that was on the LYB black chevron paper for some added interest, not much gets wasted in my craft room.
I hope you find time to play along, remember you have the whole month of April
Toodle Pip


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Pink Paislee Pen Pals

Hi Tracee with you today to share the projects I made with the fabulous Pen Pals collection by Pink Paislee.
I loved working with this collection! As you can see, this is a very versatile collection, suitable for just about any subject. The papers' palette is a wonderful mix of soft, neutral, and bold colours, and the patterns are so easy to combine. The embellishments are really great and varied too.

It was the "Love This" card that started the page below. I just love the pictures of my husband and me with our dogs, and that card called these pictures to mind. From there, the layout just fell into place, with the other heart elements and the Hugs and Kisses postal mark. The wood veneer shapes by Scrap365 were a perfect accompaniment. The pink and navy look so pretty together, and that awesome geometric background was a perfect backdrop.

I took a small snippet from one of the journaling cards and placed it to fit inside the wood love frame. I then cut one of the chipboard stickers in half  & layered it inside the frame for a sweet detail. 


I used the other half of the sticker over the paper that is coming out of the typewriter. I added both machine stitching and handstitching to the layout, always great for adding another texture to your page


I really love all the patterns in this collection and was looking for a way to showcase a bunch of them. The circle template, cut on my electronic die-cutter, was a great way to use many patterns without overwhelming the darling photo of my son.


The 3 x 4 pocket cards make great mats for your photo and are also good for just tucking in here and there. There are 3 sheets of stickers in the pack so you get plenty to choose from and they also look good layered up together. 


I cut the circle template was a great way to use up some of your small scraps and I wanted these papers to last for as long as possible as they are fabulous!. 


I used the same circle background to create this card. The typewriter was cut from one of the patterned papers. Framing it with the layered chipboard frame was a great way to make the typewriter stand out.
I could create for ages with this paper collection it really is awesome.
I hope you enjoyed my projects, I had a great time creating them

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Follow Your Dreams

Today I am up on the BoBunny blog, sharing this dreamcatcher I created, using Washi Tape for the feathers

I decided to create a Dreamcatcher. They are such a fascinating concept. Catch Your Dreams--who wouldn't love that every once in a while? And rather than just use patterned paper or cardstock for my feathers, I decided that they would look great cut out of Washi Tape. Like a lot of us, I have an addiction to Washi Tape, so when BoBunny released their new Washi Tape I was in sticky heaven.


I first backed my Washi Tape with patterned paper from the Pop Quiz 6 x 6 paper pad. This way, if the feathers spin around they are pretty on the back too. I then ran them through my die cutting machine, but they could also be handcut for the same effect.


I took a Medium Sized Doily and cut the middle out, and then fixed it to acetate. The trickiest bit was getting the center circle in the right place. I first backed it onto some more acetate to give it rigidity to be able to sew through. I cut more circles from the patterned paper and Double Dot cardstock to cover any rough edges.


I cut lots of feathers in various patterns from the great range that BoBunny has, and wrapped the top with embroidery floss to make it look a little more rustic and also to catch hold of the thread that they dangle from.
I now have a lovely decoration to put in my scraproom tat will catch any dreams that may drift in through my window.

BoBunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper; Gift Shoppes/Silver & Gold
6 x 6 Paper Pad; Pop Quiz
Cardstock; Shadow Vintage Dot, Licorice Dot
Washi Tape; Black & White Patterned, Kraft Patterned
Doilies; Medium
Jewels; Happy Tails

Monday, 17 March 2014

Dance Frame

I just realised that I never shared this doily project I had up on the BoBunny blog a few weeks ago, I created this framed silhouette dance piece for my Grandaughter who is doing really well with her dance classes (that's not her trophy btw it's my hubby's who won a cycling competition in 2013), hope you like it.

There are always new trends in the Papercrafting world and some I skip right over and others are with me for a long time. Doilies happen to be a particular favourite of mine and I have incorporated them into lots of my creations. For this project they are the main focus and I have used them in a couple of different ways.

Firstly I used them to decoupage this plain wooden frame, I started by using gesso all over the frame, then glued pieces of them all around the edges, I used a further coat of gesso and then dry brushed some black paint to highlight the patterns. Finally I sprayed some gold mist to give it an aged look.

You can paint or spray the doilies (taking care when they are wet that you don't break them), I chose to do both here and I then used the sprayed ones as a mat for my silhouettes and the painted ones I tucked around the inside edges of my frame. A fairly simple project with a striking result don't you think?

Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper; Cozy/Woodland Winter; Boyfriend/Head Over Heels.
Cardstock; Licorice Stripe/Doubledot
Doilies; Medium, Large

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Hello and welcome to our Back to Basics Blog Hop - part II...Awash With Colour!

Joining us on this hop are the lovely ladies from the Pan Pastel UK design team who work with these glorious dry pigment colours on a daily basis. 

We were lucky enough to be given some to play with too - think chalk (without the dust) but creamier and easy to blend, in a host of colours each with four tonal shades; Pan Pastels have had us all ooh and aahing at Scrap365 HQ!

Premium Craft Brands have donated a fantastic set of Donna Downey Pan Pastels for the lucky winner of our Blog Hop prize draw :)

I was so excited to get to play with these fun colour pigments.
We were asked to pick a palette from and this was the palette I chose

And this is the Art Journal page I created with them

There are so many things you can do with the pan pastels and I wanted to try out a few techniques, art journal pages are a great way to put some new ideas to the test.
My favourite way to use them was to brush them over stamped images/sayings.

If you stamp your image with a versamark ink pad then gently brush on the pan pastels it picks up the details of the stamp beautifully (here my page was a little wrinkled so the stamped image didn't come out perfect) I also used a grid stamp with the same technique.

I took one of the scrap365 wood veneers that have been featured on the blog this week and first embossed a diamond pattern with clear embossing powder then I blended various different colours until I got the shades I was looking for.
For the red patterns I used a stencil and then outlined it with a black marker.
I hope you enjoyed my project and I can certainly recommend an investment in some of these gorgeous Pan Pastels
your next stop is Claire

and here is the list just in case you get lost:

Scrap365 and Ali's post - HERE!
Nikky Hall -

Natalie Macdonald -

RETURN to Scrap365 to leave a comment for the prize draw :) -

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Woodness Gracious Me

(warning photo heavy)I was up on the Scrap 365 blog yesterday with this little minibook using some gorgeous wood veneers from Scrap365 themselves & the so so pretty Primrose collection by BoBunny.
I didn't share all the pages on the blog so I will share them here.
With so many shapes to choose from I finally went with the Dress forms and the polaroid frames.

This is the front cover

I love the colours the shapes give to a project just bare or you can decorate them simply, I added some dry wall tape to the dress form to give it some texture in contrast to the printed polaroid frame
On this frame I inked up the edges and embossed with clear embossing powder, some of it adhered without the ink underneath and it looks like water droplets.
Another that I double embossed and although you cant see too clearly in the picture this has a beautiful sheen whilst still showing the gorgeous laser details on the embellishment. How gorgeous is the Primrose Collection too with its pinks greens and browns?
 I added the frames throughout the book, sometimes to frame the photo and others to just highlight a part of one.
  and these are the double pages

The front and back cover, and I have to say that it was well received by my youngest daughter

If you made it this far well done and Thankyou for looking
Toodle Pip x