Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Kaisercraft Design Team 2015 Entry

After some encouragement from my team mate Ann (to be brave and have a go),  here are some of my projects for my application to the Kaisercraft Design Team - I've always loved Kaisercraft stamps, but over the last year I have been introduced to the papers with are gorgeous, and I am very excited that mists and stencils are being added to the range. I went with a mixed media page as this is one of my favourite ways to scrap....with a bit of inkiness.  I've used a mix of their Hello Today and also Be-You-tiful papers.  The page started with gesso, then embossing powder, then stencils, then mists and stamping.  I love layering and adding texture and have used a mix of embellishments.  This is the first of a little series of Kaisercraft posts because we've been using their papers in the gallery over at ATDML too.

Even my cards don't escape a little bit of misting - this is some more of the Be-You-tiful papers, and my latest purchase - the 'Hello Blossom' stamp.  Again I've tried to layer up different textures, die cuts and gems.

My off the page project is a Spring Wreath,  I love the shabby vintage look, and I layered up loads of handmade flowers made out of a mix of the Be-You-tiful and Hello Today papers, I also added butterflies and pearls, sequins and glitter

I hope you've enjoyed my projects and want to wish everyone a Happy Easter too.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Love - more Sprinkled with Love

Here is the 2nd page I did for my class over at ATDML for March's virtual crop.  There is a template for the heart that you can paint around, and then the rest is quite straightforward - just lots of layering and embellishments.

The photo is from the lunch area in the Natural History Museum on one of our many trips to it (I love it!) and my kids love a selfie opportunity too.  We went to the Museum as they have recently opened up the new Earth Zone with the earthquake machine and loads of hands on experiments to have a go at to explain lots of the science behind our planet.

There is one more page that I made with the kit - if you haven't downloaded the instructions, then here is a link.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Sprinkled with Love and the Virtual Crop

Last weekend we had another Virtual Crop over at Created by ATDML - they are happening each month and there are a limited number of kits that are put on sale in the shop, if you can't get your hands on a kit you can still play along with your own papers.  There are 3 classes and a challenge on the weekend and chatter in our Facebook group.

Here is the first page from my class (here is a link to the instructions) it uses quite a few of the 3 by 4 pages, and then there is lots of fussy cutting and layering to create a grid style page.  I kept the photos black and white to make them stand out and they are all from our holiday in France last year, and a nice way to document the kids growing up.

I'll be back with another page from my class tomorrow.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

You Have my Heart

Here is one of the baby pages that I made with Simple Stories' Hello Baby collection.  

I started off by using some distress inks as watercolour paints, then I layered up the papers, as well as some embossed vellum - distressed and inked the edges.  I also added some washi tape, a couple of buttons and then some stickers as well as some little cut out embellishments from the insta cards they do in this set.

I loved digging through my photos and this is an early shot of my youngest - I added a polaroid frame effect and had a little play with the settings on the photo too, but just really enjoyed digging through and scrapping some older photos.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Last post for Inspiration Elevator - with Websters Hall Pass

After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!

This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann.
This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!

IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 
That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!

So here is my creation with some papers I got for Christmas and have been wanting to have a play with....

I started with some white gesso on the base, then added some stamping and splatters of distress stain. I layered up some of the squares from the Hall Pass papers, and then added some cut outs, like the owl, books, pencils...then some buttons too.  I made little polaroid frames for my photo and used some thickers for the title.  The photos are from the book hunt we did around London on one of our days out last year.  It was great fun and took us to new places as we hunted out the books.

We hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Happiness Starts Here

Here are a couple of pages I did for the Virtual crop ATDML are now doing monthly - you can buy kits, or just join in the classes which are all on their site - it's a fab resource just to inspire you, so do take a look.

I used Simple Stories Say Cheese, and went away from the Disney theme of the papers - I found they worked quite well with lego too.  The first page is using lots of 3 3/4" squares and a little polaroid app I downloaded for free on my phone.

My second uses some of the 3 by 4 cards you get, and I thought it would be a nice way to use up any of those cards that you might have left over from pocket pages or project life.  I offset them and put in a couple of photos, as well as mounting some on foam dots.

If you want to check out any of the classes here is a link

Monday, 9 February 2015

Some cards

As there are loads of bits you can cut out in the Craft and You papers I enjoyed making some cards...I also got to trial some new distress stain colours I got with some of my Christmas money.  The first is a lilac ones - I started with some splatters and washi tape, then added on some jars and a little pound land flower.

Next up a very Graphic 45 style hen and sunflowers, I decopaged one of the sunflowers, and then added microbeads to the centre of all of them.  I stuck the chicken on with 3D foam to add some more dimension.

A few more splatters of another new stain, and then some torn paper and a tag - lots of fun to make!


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