Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012
The sample uses two portrait photos - one 6" x 4" and a 3" x 4" but you could opt for just one photo if thats all that you have. You will need a black inkpad and you might want to opt for a narrow border punch (the sample used the EK Success postage stamp punch). Apart from 3d foam pads and double sided tape plus a few crystals from one of the January kits, thats all you will need to add as everything else is included in the kit.
The kit contains; cardstock, 4 sheets of double sided patterned paper, pack of chipboard alphabet, mini coin envelope, ribbon, braid and a paper template.
We added a touch of black Stickles glitter glue to the chipboard alphabet letters for a bit of extra bling but you might also want to make these glossy with some Glossy Accents - we have some teeny bottles in stock for only £1.99, you can message us to add a bottle to your kit if you want one.
Sunday, 29 January 2012
I signed up and received the first class almost instantly and it was nice and short so don't fret that it will be a huge commitment, its just something to think about or stuff that we might have forgotten. Best of all, its FREE!!
You can find the overview of the classes and sign up here
Thursday, 26 January 2012
The class can be found by logging onto www.totalpapercrafts.forumotion.co.uk with your username and password, just popping onto the forum won't show you all of the content so you will need to log in. Just as with our first class, this album page can also be made as an unusual greetings card - a perfect way to use up scraps of paper and create something gorgeous! Have fun!!
Monday, 23 January 2012
They have dual tips - a brush for colouring large areas incuding stamps plus a detail tip for fine work and journaling. What a fab idea and another way to incorporate the gorgeous water based Distress colours into your crafting. Sigh.......
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Thursday, 19 January 2012
If you haven't heard of Project Life, its a year long project by Becky Higgins that can be undertaken with paper and photos or digitally - theres something to suit all styles of scrapbookers. The album kit can be purchased through Amazon here in the UK. You can also purchase the kits digitally through Jessica Sprague or you can complete the project as a photo book through Shutterfly.
Most of the scrapbookers I know tend to have loads of stash of their own and so I was wondering if it would be possible to follow along using stuff you already have and maybe just add in a few bits and bobs. The key thing with this project is its 'pocket' type layout with photos, memorabilia and journaling popped into little pockets in a page protector. I'd have most things but not so many of the journaling cards.
A quick search in the internet reveals there are very kind designers who are offering free downloads to use with project life. I find the cards above here and I'm sure there are loads more!
Even if you don't intend to start a Project Life type of album, these cards are very handy to print off and add to any of the pages, albums or papercrafting you might be working on. Enjoy!
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
The kit contains; kraft cardstock, 4 sheets of double sided patterned paper, pack of crystal alphabet (silver or gold tone), lace flowers, loose crystals, a length of narrow cream ribbon and a length of teal cotton lace.
You will also need a beige inkpad (sample used Stampin Up Sahara Sand), brown inkpad (sample used Distress ink in Vintage Photo), a border punch (something lacy would be ideal), small leaf stamps, water spray, fabric glue or hot glue gun .
If you are ateending club we will have the punches used for the sample available for you to use as well as the leaf stamps (Stampin Up Baby Blossoms) so don't worry of you don't have these.
The sample uses three 6" x 4" photos all of which are portrait. It would be possible to work with slightly larger photos or a combination of landscape and protrait. The papers have a vintage, feminine feel and the kit includes 'Memories' title cards. In line with this, the sample uses photos of three generations of women but you could play down the feminine aspect of the papers and use the kit for heritage photos, family shots and a lot more. This kit has been a dream to work with and we are sure that you will love it!
Sunday, 15 January 2012
You can find the Florabella Facebook page here all you need to do is 'like' their page and then click to share the news about the download. Its really simple!
Thursday, 12 January 2012
The leftovers from the Bo Bunny 'Snowfall' kit 1 were just too yummy to throw away (and yes, I do usually throw my kit scraps away!!) so its great to have something meaningful to do with them. Don't be misled into thinking this is just an album page though, you could just as easily make this as a greeting card - perfect for the last minute nightmare when you realise you forgot Aunty Mary's birthday is today!!
I hope you have a go at the class and let me know what you think. If you have any problems with understanding the instructions just give me a shout and I can tweak them.
You can find the class on the forum here and then you will need to log in to see the thread.
I have just realised that this is my 500th post on this blog!!! I feel like party poppers should be going off and I should be whooping round the room. I'd like to thank everyone who drops by and I hope you find some of the stuff I post is worth you spending your time on here. I love it when someone I haven't seen for a while comes up to me at a class or crop and chats about something they have read on the blog!! Thanks once again and here's to the next 500 posts!!!
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
I had a lot of fun designing this class using what I originlly thought were black and white papers but they are actually dark espresso and cream. We'll be using a technique new to the masterclass series with texture medium and Prima stencils - the result is a delicate and elegant dimensional design that will spark your creativity. I'm already thinking of so many other ways that I can use this technique!
You can find the original print here - would this be your list or would you have included different things? I think chocolate would have to be on my list somewhere!! Lol!
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Friday, 6 January 2012
Echo Park have released their Valentine line 'Yours Truly' in the traditional colours of red/pink with black and white. They also have a series of free project instructions including the card above. The PDF includes detailed photos and step-by-step instructions - this makes card making a breeze!!
You can find the free download here
Thursday, 5 January 2012
I found these gorgeous vintage style labels today, not only are they totally free to download but they come in two colourways and also there are instructions for how to alter the font style, size and colour! You can find these labels here Have fun with them!!
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Shimelle has put together a really fun YouTube video showing a number of different ways to store your keepsakes, how to display them and lastly takes you step by step through a layout that incorporates ephemera. You can find the feature and the video here - its a fun and fresh approach to dealing with the 'stuff' of life!!
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
It has been awful to feel so cut off from the outside world, its amazing how dependant we all are on the telephone and internet - the whole family has felt it, never mind the shop! Anyway, thanks to the fab engineer who worked his magic in the howling wind and driving rain. What a trooper he was and his cuppa was certainly earned. We are back in the 21st Century - woo hoo!!
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Sunday, 1 January 2012
The kit contains; cardstock, 3 sheets of double sided glittered paper, ribbon, paper roses, pack of paper flowers, pack of pearl beads, floral wire, paper leaves.
You'll also need a brown and a blue inkpad (the sample used Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood), a decorative corner punch and a decorative border punch - I used the Martha Stewart Iron Fence corner punch and one of the wide punched strip punches. If you have some silver or pearl shimmer spray you might want to pop that in your craft bag and I also added some touches of Stickles in Diamond. The title was created with alphabets left over from some if our previous kits, so go through your stash of remaining alphas and use them up! For those of you attending club I will have the punches I used available for you to use.
I have signed up for Focus52 over at twoscoopz and committed to complete something creative each week in 2012. This layout is also my Focus52 project for this week when the prompt is 'new'. I thought that this would be a perfect layout for this week as it uses a new paper line, was completed in the first week of the new year and includes a new technique where we create snowflakes using corner punches. Thats plenty of 'new' for me!! If you'd like to join in the fun, you can sign up for free at www.twoscoopz.com - you can take a photo a week, create a layout, make a card, the choice is yours!!