Wednesday, 29 August 2012

In The Olden Days

Dont you just love that phrase "in the olden days did they " lol. And dont you just love these new papers from Collection Elements.    

So here is a look at the newest items that have arrived in the shop from Collections Elements. These are the blank "Creative Folders" that come in either white or kraft to decorate with your chosen papers. This sample above and below are embellished with the "Olden Paper" 6 x 6 range and included in the folders are 2 frames for decorating the cover if you choose to.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

I Love Purple

Hi there, just a little post to let you know the new packs of 6x6 papers have arrived from Collection Elements and are now in the shop. Also some creations using the 6 x 6 paper called Bohemian, an eclectic style of rich burgundy tones with touches of gold and grey. Perfect for winter coming up and I think it's great for adding a bit of drama and made especially to go with white or kraft cardstock which co-incidentally is the new card and folders also now in the shop and just released this month.

 A small accordion book with black accordion insert tied with some lovely seam binding that was crushed makes an elegant little journal or keepsake to give your mum, aunty or granny. Plus a matching spool , these are now back in stock in both sizes.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Is it too early?

to mention that word C........? Some people are already in full swing with their cards almost done but the draw back of starting too early is that beautiful new papers are arriving all the time such as the Waiting for Santa range from Pion. Starting early doesn't apply to me because I'm one of those crafters, that despite make numerous promises, always end up leaving my card making till the last minute. So armed with these gorgeous Pion papers I've made a start. Pion have brought out some lovely colour combinations and Jean has them in the shop just waiting for you to play with.
I just love the brown/beige colours of this paper, so different. I've teamed it up with some kraft card to give it that lovely vintage feel.

The image is one of the Pion image sheets, so adorable that I just glittered with a little bit of stickles. I've embellished the card with flowers from the shop.

I think this special card deserves a box to finish it off.

Now that I've started I may just carry on.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Julie: scrapbooking with patterned paper + stencils

Hello again.

I'm a huge paper fan. And a huge pattern fan. So you can imagine how I feel about patterned paper! Which is why I've been happily creating with the newest range in the shop 'The Notebooks of the Herboriste' by Les Editions Infocrea
On this layout I wanted to use lots of layers in a jmbly mesyy patchwork effect and the fact that the papers are double-sided really made things easy. As did the hexagonal designs from the 'Dyes' sheet:
If you do go and look at the full range in the shop - make sure to click on each sheet individually as you'll get to see a second photo which shows the reverse patterns too.

My favourite is the blue vintage floral design I used here:
But, along with the highly patterned and coloured designs, there's also a great versatile lined ledger sheet - which I wrote my journaling on, a pale text sheet and a lovely cream and white botanical drawing sheet too.
All of the stencilled areas on my page were made by spongeing paint through one of the Sequin Waste masks - which has 3 different sized circles on one sheet:
I finished off the page by running it through the sewing machine for lots of wonky stitching to add to the free, messy, mmulti-layered style page I was aiming for.

The 'Herboriste' papers really are something a bit different; a lovely  'grown-up' range in a fabulous set of colours and heavyweight paper stock too. 

Plus they're pretty versatile  ... before making this light summery scrapbook page with it ... I used another of the sheets to make a Christmas card! [But you can just enjoy their light, stylish botanical florals right now - in August ... and forget I ever mentioned Ch*****as!]

See you soon.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Fancy a Cuppa?

These new papers are just that bit different, lovely soft muted colours.This is perfect for making the cup and this one has lots of borders to cut out which was just what was needed for around the top of the cup and the saucer

flat back pearls finish of the points....

while a cut out butterfly sits on the handle in the middle of some paper blossoms....

All the goodies for making this are available in the shop...except the cup template, sorry... but it is available here.



Thursday, 2 August 2012

Jan:Mens cards....easy peesey

 Yes you read it right that most difficult of topics.... cards for the men. Easy, easy easy, when you get your hands on these gorgeous Pion For Father papers. They are double sided, checked, plain, embellishments, borders what more could you want. With a couple of sheets you too could be rustling up a bevy of cards for the men in your life. 
 Here I've used the smokey blue option which has a corner already decorated with swirls and a postage stamp. I've just added a strip of hats from the border sheet, a clock and butterfly from the embellishments sheet, a Crafty Individuals image and finished off with a bit of embossed card I found on my desk.
This next one is the checked paper in a lovely shade of brown.
I've used the car advertisement from the reverse of the sheet as the main image. See I told you everything is there for you to put together.
I've even stamped the domino border stamp onto the fab seam binding that Jean is now stocking in the shop.I've used the cream but there's lots of colours to choose from.
Finally I've combined both colour ways to make the last card. The blue and brown compliment each other so well. The strips are from the border sheet and I have darkened the hat strip with a bit of Distress ink.
So what do you think easy or what?
 Men's cards ..pah easy peesey with Pion

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