Thursday, 24 February 2011

Jan: Coming of age

No not me! Last year my youngest turned 18 and I used the fabulous Onirie Midnight Secret papers to make a mini album. I was so pleased when Jean said she was going to stock these again. I think they are perfect for mens projects. Plus they are double sided so you have twice the choice!

So dither they won't be in the shop for long.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Julie: Spray-inked, shimmer-painted and masked journal backgrounds.

Hello again.

I've got another minibook to share with you today, this time using the Onirie 'Sweetness of Living' paper range:

... plus a few shimmery extras:

It began life as tag book with perfectly useable inner pages ... but that slightly dated cover wasn't exactly inspiring me!

So, I removed the covers from the ring binding and covered them in 'Gentle' - a sheet of the Onirie paper:

Then I set about adding some shimmery backgrounds to each page inside. To do this I used:

  • Shimmerz paints and spritzers in shades of blue, green, brown and gold;

And various masks/stencils including -

  • different styles of sequin-waste; and
  • the outer surrounds of a cardstock sticker sheet once all the stickers had been removed.

I used a sponge to dab and swirl the paint through the sequin waste:

Whenever I used a mask the 'usual' way - by painting or spraying through the punched-out holes ...

... I always then flipped the mask over while the paint or ink was still wet and pressed it down firmly on to the next tag.

Not only is this method great for using up all tha ink which could go to waste ... it also creates a great 'opposite' design to the one you created originally:

Finally, I took a plain woodboard shape:

... and gave it a coating of Shimmerz paint in 'Jilted Jade' which I then sanded for a distressed-yet-sparkly title for my book:

If you'd like to see some of the 'freaky friends' I've been creating inside, then hop over to this post my blog and I'll offically introduce you!

After that ... go dig out that sequin waste you've got in the back of a drawer somewhere - or take a look at all those old sticker sheets you could put to better use as a stencil/mask. As always, I'd love to see the fruits of your crafty-labours if you give it a go!

Happy crafting.


Monday, 14 February 2011

Our Guest Designer

Bev has been busy again for us and made this lovely card using the Sweetpea stamp Red Heart and soem of the new Orinie paper from the Opera range.

Another picture of the card.

I love the colours she has used for colouring the stamp

Friday, 11 February 2011

Back In Stock

Jan used this stamp a couple of weeks ago and she sold out , but now she's back in stock , her name is TELSA
I wanted a nice bright card so instead of colouring her with promarkers i used sakura pens instead. I think it worked ok. The black pearls are the prima ones and you will be pleased to know there is a big order on it's way for lots of them in loads of colours.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


... of the chocolate varierty, there's been a bit of chocolate around lately! These bunnies are so cute and this vintage style cone is a great way to give them as a gift. I've used these papers... they're fabulous colours, really fresh and spring like.

I simply made a cone shape, cut strips of paper, scalloped one edge and glued them around the top. I then pleated a strip, ran it through the sewing machine and glued that in place. I added a string of beads, glued in place with Diamond Glaze.

The rosette was cut with a Tim Holtz die and the edges dipped in glass glitter....... how fab is that stuff!

The centre of the rosette is decorated with pretty paper roses

The ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl
Hope you like it

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Julie: Minibook using Onirie papers

Hi everyone.

You know when you come across a paper design which you almost can't bear to cut into? Well, that's how I felt about this beautiful picture frame paper:

Minibook - 'Reflections'

The design is called 'Invocation' and is part of the Onirie 'Midnight Secret' range which is now in stock in the shop.
If you hop over here- to a post on my blog - there's lots more photos of the minibook I've made using the range.
But if you just want to sprint ahead and get your hands on some of that paper [ie. before I stock up on those frames!] ... then simply click here!
I'll see you back here soon with another Onirie project but until then, happy paper-stroking!


Thursday, 3 February 2011

Good enough to eat!

When I saw the new range of 12 x 12 papers by Onirie that Jean is stocking I just wanted to eat them. they looked so yummy. The Opera range just reminded me of soft velverty .....CHOCOLATE. So once I had got my mitts on them I knew that I wanted to make a lovely gift bag and of course fill it with CHOCOLATE. I think you can see where I'm going with this.

 I've used one of the lunch bags as a base and cut out a window to show off those delicious chocs. It has the look os one of those fancy French chocolate shops.
The flower was created using a Spellbinder's nestie and edged in that gorgeous glass glitter that is so erm... glittery!
I'm not sure how long the chocs will stay inside the bag but in the meantime pop over to the shop and get yourself some of these lovely papers before they sell out. Don't forget to check out the glass glitter too.
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