Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mother Layout using a Cut File

Good morning

So I have to say that this layout is inspired by my watching Missy Whidden.
There are a couple of things that she seems to do on most of her layouts. They are, use a cut file, create a mixed media backgrounds and add cotton thread.

I have created a video showing the process I used to create this layout. You can see it here.
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I have a scan N Cut and for some time I have been wanting to create my own cut file so now was my opportunity. I found 3 free flowers on the internet at and imported them into my Scan N Cut, from there I manipulated them and formed a circle of lowers which I cut out of white cardstock

I have used Kaisercraft's Miss Betty paper range and Secret Garden collectables for this layout. All of the papers and the cut file have been inked with black ink.

The background is a piece of white cardstock that I have given a coat of white Gesso because I plan on using watercolours on it and the Gesso helps to move the colour around and make the cardstock more resistant to water.

I applied some Semco Pearlescent watercolour randomly to the cardstock once the Gesso was dry using a brush and a water spray to move the colour around.

While this was drying I backed all of the flowers in the cut file.

I trimmed the background cardstock down to 11.5" x 11.5" and attached it to a piece of blue cardstock so that my page would have a frame.

I then used my hot glue gun to attache the cut file to the background. I like to use hot glue to attach things on top of a gessoed surface because glue or tape will not always stay in place.

Two strips of patterned paper and two strips of the blue paper were distressed along one of their long edges and attached to the left hand edge of the layout

I filed around the edge of the photo then matted it on some of the blue cardstock. I then stuck a piece of cardboard onto the back of the photo mat and attached that to the layout with the hot glue gun lifting the photo up from the page slightly.

I had 4 flowers spare, I cut them from under the strips on the left, so I used them to embellish around the photo. I also selected a few items from the collectables pack to add to the page.
I attached the sewing thread in pink and blue to the layout.

The title is chipboard that I coated with Gesso then painted with "Pinkest Pink" acrylic paint.

To finish the layout off I splattered some Glimmermist in black, pink and blue randomly onto the background.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Scrapping Fun Kits May Cards

Good morning paper crafting friends

Today I am sharing 3 cards I made using the May kit from Scrapping Fun Kits.

I have made a layout using this kit already. You can see the video here if you want to check it out.

The video showing the process of making these cards is here.

The two square cards are 5.25" square and were cut from a sheet of 12" x 12" cardstock that was already embossed.

The first card has two strips of patterned paper down the left hand edge, They have both had their right hand edges torn. I have wrapped some ribbon around the top patterned paper before I attached it to the card with foam tape. I made the coloured flower using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I share how to make this in the video.

A white flower and some leaves from my stash finish off the decorative cluster on the bottom left of the card.

A fishtail banner cut in white cardstock and then mounted on some of the patterned paper hold the sentiment that is created using the orange alpha stickers from the kit.

A little bit of bling is created by adding some of the red sequins randomly on the card with glue.

I wanted to use the rest of the sequins and the glass beads from the kit in a shaker card so this next card is how I did it.

I cut a square of the patterned paper and then cut a square of orange cardstock that was slightly bigger.

I used a no brand die to cut the flower out of the middle of the patterned paper. I attached some acetate to the back of the patterned paper with glue and then two layers of foam tape to make a complete circle around the cut out. The sequins and beads were then added and the orange cardstock stuck on top to seal them all in. I used a double layer of foam tape so that there would be plenty of room for the sequins to move around.

I then stuck the flower cut out on top of the acetate to add the flower detail back in.

A red gem was added to the centre of the flower.

I tied a knot in a piece of the ribbon from the kit and used it as a backing for 3 of the paper flowers the bottom left of the shaker panel. I also added two more flowers to the top right hand corner of the panel

The greeting was once again made with the alpha stickers added to some white cardstock and then double matted on patterned paper and orange cardstock.

This final card was created on a 6" x 4" card that I created from plain white cardstock.

I have cut a piece of orange cardstock and a piece of white cardstock each one a quarter of an inch smaller in both directions that the piece beneath it, creating a couple of layers.

A couple of fishtail banners were cut from the patterned papers and because they were very short I have cut them in half and stretched them out behind the patterned paper circle. The circle was cut using a Lifestyles Nesting Doily Circles die.

To create the backing for the greeting I cut a piece of orange cardstock and added a layer of the ribbon from the kit then the greeting which was created by adding the alpha stickers to some white cardstock and trimmed to fit the ribbon panel.

The paper roses were attached using my hot glue gun.
All of the papers on this card have inked edges.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at these cards.

Don't forget you can see them being assembled here

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

8" x 8" Layout Friends

Good morning

At last I have come to the final page of the 8" x 8" album I am doing for my grand-daughter which covers the year of 2018. I must admit I have dragged the chain with this album I usually create a mini book for her to showcase each year but decided last year to use an 8" album. I let it get too far behind and felt it was a chore to get it finished. This year I am going back to making an album and just adding the photos as the events happen.

I created a video showing the process of making this page. You can see it here.

The papers are Kaisercraft's Party paper range. I have also seen this range referred to as Partytime.

The background for the photos is created using 6 squares that are 2.25". A couple of the papers were quite plain so I used a Swiss Dots embossing folder to add some interest to them.

For the embellishments on this page I cut a couple of strips of patterned paper and punched the edge of one of them using an American Crafts punch. I used a die to cut the pink "Good Times" circle from one of the patterned papers and a slightly large die to cut the black cardstock mat. The strips were attached using d/s tape and the circle was attached using foam tape.

The pennant banner was cut on my Scan N Cut. I cut the original pennant using Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants and then scanned that into my Scan N Cut, this enabled me to resize it. I used two sizes so I could create a mat for the patterned paper pennants.

Some black crochet cotton was glued to the page and attached at each end with a brad before the pennants were glued on so they butted up to the crochet cotton.

The photos had the edges filed with an emery board to give them a white border before attaching them to black mats. The larger photo is attached with d/s tape and the other one is attached with foam tape.

That completed this very simple page.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Family 2013 Layout

Good morning

Today's share is the first layout I have created using the May 2019 Scrapping Fun Kits kit.

I have done an unboxing video to show you what you get in the kit. You can view it here

I have also videoed the process of creating this layout. You can check that out here.

The kit is full of brightly coloured red and orange items and papers so I chose this photo that is mostly black except for the red cardigan I am wearing and the orange shirt my sister is wearing.

The background has three layers, the orange cardstock the black cardstock and then the white cardstock that I have applied Modelling Paste through a Kaisercraft stencil called Demask. Once that was dry I dribbled some Ranger Spray Ink in Squeezed Orange down the page and helped it to run by spraying with water. To finish the background off I stitched around it with black thread and my sewing machine.

I cut one of the patterned papers from the kit so I could have some showing above and some below the photo, which I had double matted on black and red cardstocks.
I used the baker's twine from the kit to wrap around the bottom of the photo.
A strip of yellow/lime patterned paper from my stash was used to create a fishtail banner to go horizontally behind the photo and a piece of the orange cardstock that I used as the bottom layer of the background was punched along one edge using a Martha Stewart punch and layered on top of the yellow/lime paper. I also added a piece of red cardstock behind the patterned paper from the kit that is behind the photo.

I used my hot glue gun to attach some cardboard behind the photo to give it some height and then used the hot glue again to attach the photo to the layout. I also used hot glue to attach the felt heart and paper roses from the kit.

I cut the title on my Scan N Cut using black cardstock for the shadow and the plain orange cardstock for the letters.

To finish the layout off I added some gems to the felt heart.

You can see all of the detail in the video here on my YouTube channel

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Scrapping Fun Kits May kit unboxing video

Good morning everyone

This morning I have an unboxing video for you. You can check out all the goodies here

Just love the bright colours of this kit and the fact that red is my favourite colour makes this one of my favourite kits so far.

Check out the video

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Three 8" x 8" layouts

Good evening.

It has been a busy day today but I wanted to pop in and share these three layouts.

These three layouts complete the 8" x 8" album I have been working on.

Once again all of the papers are from the Kaisercraft Party paper range

The patterned paper that goes horizontally behind the photos has been embossed with an embossing folder that I have thrown the packaging away and I cannot remember the brand

A strip of patterned paper has been punched with a Martha Stewart edge punch and added to the bottom of the embossed strip.

I have cut a fishtail banner to add vertically to the layout and then added a strip of patterned paper to the left hand edge of that for a bit of added interest.

A row of red/white verigated Rik Rac was added horizontally before the photos were placed on top.

I used a black pen and a ruler to draw the double lined border around the page and then hand wrote my journalling

There is not really a lot to the page above. Because I had so many photos to go on the page I used 4 squares of patterned paper and attached them to the white cardstock background so they butted up to each other to add some colour to the background. I then filed around the edge of the photos and attached them to the page. I used my computer and printer to create the labels and attached them to the appropriate photo. The title was prepared in the same way, matted on some patterned paper and then attached to the layout

This page was also a very quick one. I had the background already prepared. It was a piece of cardstock that already had the glossy floral pattern on it. I just added the spray to give it colour. The design resisted the colour and shows out quite nicely.

I used a Couture Creations CO724161 die to cut the flowers from white cardstock. I inked the edges with yellow and rolled the edges of each petal to give the flower dimension before sticking them together with glue at the centre point. A clear gem in the centre finished the flowers off.

I did not have enough n's in the alphas I used for the title so I turned some u's upside down.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dare to Fly Art Journal page

Good morning

Today I am sharing an art journal page. I have not done a page for sooo long and wanted to get back into it.

I created a video while I was making this page. You can see it here

This page is in my 11.5" x 8" Ranger journal so is quite a large page.

I have used Pan Pastels for all of the colour on this page. I have had them for a very long time and have not used them. I have to say they are my new favourites as the colour is so bright and intense.

I started by giving the page a coat of gesso. I am very glad I did, the colour went on so smoothly. 
I used Dairylide Yellow, Orange and Permanent Red for the background and applied it with a sponge.

I sprayed it with water to seal it but I was to later find that it still moves when wet medium is applied on top of it.

Some stamping was then added to the background using Kazazz - Life's Moments Background stamp and Ranger's Anatomy of A Page stamp and Stayzon black ink.

Next I  used some Modelling Paste, which dries white, and a 13@rts stencil randomly for a bit of a lift.

Final step was to water down some black, white and gold acrylic paint and splatter that on the page using my fan brush.

To make the feathers I used some watercolour paper and Pan Pastels. This is where I realised how well the Pan Pastels went over Gesso because I did not Gesso the water colour paper and it took more colour to get coverage and it was harder to blend the colours together.

The colours I used for the feathers are, Violet, Phthalo Blue Tint, Turquoise, Phthalo Blue, Hansa Yellow, Permanent Green Tint, and Permanent Green

I had a cardboard template of the feathers, I cannot remember where I got these from, so I drew around them with a pencil and then cut them out by hand.

Using Deep Red's Water Droplets Background stamp and some black Stayzon and gold inks I stamped onto the feathers

I then used my Stabilo All pencil in black and a water brush to give the feathers some detail

For a bit of added dimension I tied some black crochet cotton around the top of each feather.

The feathers were attached to the page using Matt Gel Medium, this was a big mistake. I had to be very careful as I found that the Pan Pastels moved when the gel medium was applied. 

I also was too heavy handed with the gel medium when I applied it to the top of the feathers and it dulled the colour. This meant I had to recolour and restamp the feathers being careful not to get anything on the background. I believe you can seal the PanPastels using hairspray. I am going to try that before I get into another mess with them.

I wanted to add a border to the page but not one that was too heavy. I used a Ranger stamp and Stayzon ink and stamped around the page.

I found the quote on the internet. It is by Cass Van Krah and I thought it was fitting for this page.
I printed it onto some normal printer paper and then I coloured the paper using the same Pan Pastels that I used on the background of the page because I did not want the white background of the text to stand out. I attached the quote to the page using glue....lesson learned.

To finish off I used an Artline permanent marker, a Micron fine line pen and my white gel pen to add some detail here and there to the feathers and the quote.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

8" x 8" Layouts

Good afternoon

Today I would love to share a few layouts from the 8" x 8" album I have been making.

There are no videos for these layouts as the are very simple.

Both layouts use Kaisercraft's Party patterned paper

This page is made up of lots of strips of paper, some have a punched edge. I have used an American Crafts paper punch to do that.

The Mickey Mouse head was bought back by my grand-daughter from her trip so I thought I would incorporate it into the layout. I have used a permanent marker to add some faux stitching to it. The photos have had the edges filed with an emery board and then matted onto black cardstock.

The title is printed from my computer and attached using glue

To start this layout I used a stencil and some Glass Bead Gel to create the dots in the background. I then used Glimmermist to colour the entire background

A strip pf torn patterned paper down the middle of the page completed the background.

The photos once again have been sanded with an emery board and then matted onto black cardstock.

The Disney stickers and Mickey Mouse heads were added and a doodled boarder completes the page

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Scrapping Fun Kits 2nd April Layout

Good morning to you

Today I am sharing the second layout I have created using the Scrapping Fun Kit's April kit.

The first one I created was We Remember. You can see that video here

Today's layout features a photo of me taken on my 60th birthday. I have to admit, it is very rare that I scrap a photo of myself.

You can watch the process video for this layout here.

I have used a Doodlebug Design flocked cardstock for the red background. I have cut the centre out of this cardstock leaving just a 1" frame as it seemed such a shame to waste it.

The black cardstock was cut to 11" square and the white cardstock is 10.75" square.

I used some black acrylic paint to colour some clear texture paste. I then put this through Kaisercraft's Lattice stencil down the middle of the page and to the left. I also added a small amount to the right hand edge of the cardstock.

I used the ribbon from the kit and a strip of black cardstock and some of the red to add some stripes behind the photo. I also added some of the ribbon on top of the texture paste on the right hand edge.

The two doilies, also from the kit, were added to the layout using my hot glue gun.

I used some of the patterned papers that I had left from the kit to make a couple of light coloured flowers to add to the red poppies, from the kit, to create a flower cluster on the bottom right of the photo. I also included the resin poppies and the green foliage, from the kit, to the cluster.

To complete the cluster on the right hand side I added one of the fabric poppies and one of the resin poppies to the doily

I cut my title using Die-Namics High Rise Numbers die and black cardstock and wrote the date by hand.

Lastly I added some splashed using Tattered Angles Chalkboard spray in Tomato Cerise.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

We Remember Layout

Good morning

Today I want to share with you my first layout using Scrapping Fun Kits April kit.

The kit has an Anzac theme so I have created a layout showcasing my fathers National Service. He was in the first National Service call up.

There is a video showing the process for creating this layout on my YouTube channel. You can see it here.

Anzac layouts are the one time I feel comfortable putting flowers on a male layout because of the association poppies have with Anzac.

My background incorporates three layers of cardstock. The deep red, the kraft and the khaki.

I have used some brass acrylic paint to paint the chipboard emblem from the kit and also to colour the  paste I have used through a Kaisercraft stencil to add some dimension to the background.

When the texture paste was dry, I distressed all of the edges then I have used my sewing machine to attach the top two layers to the base layer with both straight stitching and zig zag.

I have used Stampendous Pretty Poppies stamp and die set to create the poppies. I have stamped the flowers onto red cardstock and then heat embossed them with fine black embossing powder. I did the same for the leaves using some of the same paper I used as the top layer of the background.

I love the Stampendous stamps and dies because when you cut the stamp out using the die, it does not leave a border around the stamped image. I am not a fan of the borders I'm afraid.

I used the patterned papers in the kit to cut some fishtail pieces of various widths and lengths to layer behind my photo. I also used a piece of red velum that I embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder as another layer.

I had my father's badge, so I cleaned it up and attached that using my hot glue gun so it would stay in place. The slouch hat and clock metal embellishments that were in the kit, have been attached with some black crochet cotton so they hang just below below the photo

The journalling was printed onto some of the patterned paper from the kit and attached with double sided tape.

Once I had matted the photo on the same paper as the top layer on the background I used foam tape to attach it to the layout

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