Like A Butterfly with Butterfly Meadow

Hello, Karen here with my first project for September using the Butterfly Meadow collection from ScrapBoys and Uniqolour Paint Markers from Uniquely Creative. These are water soluble real brush tip markers and a joy to use. The Butterfly Meadow is filled with flowers, fruit and butterfly papers – scrumptious.

I started by stamping a verity of butterflies from lots of different Kaisercraft clear stamp sets, using a Stazon ink pad.

In then coloured them by using a Uniqolour Paint Marker by using a marker to add some colour to an acrylic stamping block and then picking the colour up with a water brush to add to my butterflies. This is an excellent video showing this technique.

Once I was happy with my stamped butterflies I then cut all the butterflies (and there were a lot) from the Butterfly Meadow Paper 07. I also cut all the clusters of figs and flowers from Paper 05.

The next step was to lightly draw a circle onto a piece of Kaisercraft white smooth cardstock, with a pencil.

I placed my clusters of flowers and figs around the circle to make a garland and added a 5in x 7 in photo to the centre. The fussy cut and painted butterflies were added to the outside and inside of the garland of flowers with the outer ones flying clockwise and the inner ones flying counter-clockwise.

All that remained for me to do was to add my title (cut from a piece of Orchid Weave cardstock using my Silhouette) and I could call this page finished.

The Uniqolour Paint Markers worked perfectly for this project and I am looking forward to experimenting with different ways of using them on my next page.

Karen x

Love Your Smile with Primavera

Hello, Karen here with my fourth page using Primavera by Scrapboys. I had some scraps left over from my other three pages which were too gorgeous to be left in my scraps box so I decided to see what I could make.

I started with a piece of Bloom Kaisercraft weave cardstock and then added a piece of Snow weave cardstock, which I had cut .5 in from the bottom and one side.

From a piece of Kaisercraft Smooth White cardstock I cut a 5.5 square and a using Smoke Kaiserink pad and a Text Backgound Stamp I stamped randomly over the card – I didn’t put the stamp onto an acrylic block but held it and gently rolled it over the card.

and a Text Backgound Stamp I stamped randomly over the card – I didn’t put the stamp onto an acrylic block but held it and gently rolled it over the card.

I cut two pieces of Paper 01 to 11ins x 1.5ins and two pieces 5.5 ins x 1.5 ins and punched one edge with a border punch. A piece of Paper 06 was trimmed to 12 ins x 8 and added to the centre of my cardstock. I tucked the two longest pieces of punched paper under each side. Next I added two frames cut from Paper 06 to the top right and bottom left of my page. Onto this I placed a piece of Paper 02, which I had gutted from the frame used on a previous page – this measured 7ins square, I gutted a 4.5 in square from the centre of this. .My stamped square was placed on the centre of this with the two smaller pieces of punched paper at the top and bottom. Finally I stuck a strip of Paper 05 measuring 2ins x 8ins over the centre of this stack with a final piece of Paper 02, gutted from the 8 in square in the centre as my photo mount.

To finish my page I used I added a die cut title, some Champagne Pearls and some Little Birdie flowers.

I hope I have inspired you to try this gorgeous paper range and look forward to showing you what I make next month.

Karen x

Thankful For You with Premaveera

Hello, Karen here with my third project using ScrapBoys Primavera collection. I love all the pinks and greens that feature in this range and again, this layout features lots of fussy cutting, which the collection ‘cries out’ for.

I started by cutting an eighth of an inch from all four sides of Paper 02 and then cutting out the centre, using a scalpel, (I kept the centre to use on another layout).

Next, I cut the two patterned corners from Paper 01. I added the Paper 02 to a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard, only sticking the outer edges down, and then tucked the two corners from Paper 02 under the top right and bottom left of the Paper 01 . I added mounting foam dots under some of the flowers and leaves to give some dimension to my page.

From Paper 06 I cut two identical frames, trimming the right side border from one and the left side border from the other. I then placed them side by side in the centre of my page. I added lots of birds from Paper 07.

I used the phrase stamps from Clear Stamps Anthology to add my title using Cotton Candy ink, at the top left and bottom right of my photo mounts. I also added some Rose pearls under my phases and scattered a few around the page, to add interest to my page.

To finish my page, after adding two 3in x 4in photos, I placed a curio under my left photo and above the right one.

I have one more project this month, using ScrapBoys Primavera collection and this one only has a tiny amount of fussy cutting :0)

Karen x

Hello Love with Primavera

Hello, Karen here with my second layout using the stunning Premavera range from ScrapBoys. This range is perfect to use for any page that requires a soft delicate touch – like this one of my puppy Darcey!

I started by trimming .5 inch from Paper 03 and cutting it in half horizontally. I then stuck it onto a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard, with the pattern across the centre of the page. I used the Stonewall 6×6 Designer Stencil and some crackle texture paste to add some interest to the top left and bottom right of my page – absolutely love the effect this has on the page.

To cover the join I added some flowers fussy cut from Paper 04 to each side of my page.

Next I cut one of the circle frames from Paper 05, removing the centre also. In addition, I cut two small circle frames from Paper 06. These were added diagonally to my page.

I used Decorative Die Textured Criss Cross and some scraps from Paper 05 to cut two pieces which I placed overlapping the top of my centre strip on the left and the bottom of my centre strip on the right.

My title was die cut from a scrap of Paper 05.

Finally I embellished my page with some Champagne Pearls.

Another page, using the Premavera range, that I am delighted with!

Karen

Blooming Beauty with Primavera

Hello, Karen here with my first project using Primavera from ScrapBoys – this is a very pretty range featuring humming birds and orchids in very soft, subtle colours. As you can see there is lots and lots of potential for fussy cutting with this range.

I started by cutting 1 inch from the bottom and left of Paper 03 and attaching it to a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard. I then cut the two longest strips of flowers from Paper 04 and these were placed 1 in from the top and 1 in

I fussy cut all the flowers and birds from Paper 07 and added some of these, on foam dots to the top of the two strips of flowers. I cut out one of the square frames from Paper 05, cutting out the centre also. My photo was placed behind the frame. Finally, I added one of the corners from Paper 07 to the bottom right of my page. Additional leaves, flowers and birds were also added.

For my title I used the Alpha Sticker Sheet in white.

I was really pleased with the end result – loving all the layers I was able to achieve with this gorgeous range.

Karen x

Do All Things With Love with Amethyst

Hello, Karen here with a page I have made using the absolutely stunning Amethyst collection – as purple is my favourite colour I couldn’t wait to get going with these. papers.

I was especially excited to try the Full Roses 6 x 6 Stencil as I could see the potential of creating beautiful inked corners on my project. I choose two green and two purple Kaisercraft inks – Orchid, Plum, Avocado and Green.

I started by cutting a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard to 8 ins square. On the reverse of this (the smooth side) I used washi tape to hold my stencil in the top left corner, ensuring the top and left of the stencil were aligned with the edges of the cardstock. I used Cut n Dry to add the Orchid and green inks to the open roses, then aligned it with the bottom and right of the card and did the same.

Next I placed the detailed part of the stencil at the top left of my card and used the sponges and Plum and Avocardo to add the details repeating at the bottom right.

I then drew a half inch border, using a pencil, around the two plain corners and carried this around the flowers but with a much smaller gap.

I used a craft knife to remove the inside of the pencil line and added a piece of Gem behind it.

Next I took another piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard and splatterd it with three Kaisermists in Navy, Lavender and Tourquoise. I then added a rose corner to the top left and bottom right using the Full Roses 6 x 6 Stencil.

Then I took two pieces of Mistique and fussy cut all the roses. I started to build my page by adding the rose frame to the centre of my page, on Mounting Foam Dots, and then tucked the fussy cut roses underneath it at the bottom left and top right of my page – I used Mounting Foam Dots to lift some of the flowers. To the bottom of my frame I placed the phrase from the Flutter paper and a phrase taken from the Jewel paper and cut down slightly.

Finally I added my photo to the centre of the frame, tucking two corners underneath and two butterflies fussy cut from the Flutter paper.

I hope I have inspired you to try out the Full Roses 6 x 6 Stencil as it is such a lovely way to embellish your paper projects and I think it would look spectacular if used on a card.

Karen x

Perfect Day with Sunkissed

Hello, Karen here with another scrapbook page using Sunkissed – which may well be my favourite range this year, to date.  I knew I wanted to do something with the glorious wreath on the  the Martini paper and thought it was worth sacrificing all the phrases on the front to fussy cut this out.
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I also fussy cut the smaller wreath from the Pineapple Sour paper along with the two butterflies from this paper too and used pieces cut from Pina Colada,  and Tutti Fruitti.

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I started by trimming .25 in from all sides of a piece of Coconut paper and adding this to some Coal weave Kaisercard. I then mounted a 5in x 5.5in photo onto another piece of Coal weave Kaisercard and added to the centre of my page.

Onto this I added the large, fussy cut wreath.  I added a photo cut from a 4 x 6in one to the smaller wreath and this was placed at the bottom right of my a page.

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To finish my page I added flowers to the three remaining corners and dotted my butterflies about my page.  I had previously added Stickles to the bodies of my butterflies to give them a little sparkle.  All that was needed to finish my page was to add the ‘Perfect Day’ arrow from the Collectables pack. 

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I hope I have inspired you to try using this lovely wreath on one of your scrapbook pages/.

Karen xxx

 

 

 

Using Only 3 Papers to Make 2 Layouts with Urban Garden

Hello, Karen here with an extra blog post.  I run a crop and teach a class at it most months.  This month, for the class, I have used Urban Garden from Uniquely Creative.  This is a fabulous range as you can get so much out of each paper.

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My budget for a class is between £5.00 and £6.00 and this month I have been able to make two scrapbook layouts from just three pieces of paper, two pieces of card,  some sequins, gems and Kaisermist.

The supplies I have used are Nursery Garden, Market Garden and Nature Strip papers, 2 pieces of Snow Weave KaiserCard, Iridescent Pearls, Violet Garden SequinLavender KaiserMist and of course lots and lots of Mounting Foam Dots.

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I started by cutting approximately 1.5 ins from the top and bottom of the  Nature Strip paper – making sure not to cut into the flower wreath. I then fussy cut out the wreath.  From Nursery Garden paper I fussy cut everything then from the Market Garden paper I cut all the 3 x 4 cards, 2 x 2 cards and strips, remembering to set aside the branding strips from the three papers. This did take quite a time but it was well worth it as I then had lots of elements to play with.

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Add one 1.5 piece of script paper (cut from the Nature Strip paper), horizontally to of a piece of white card 6ins from the bottom. Add the flower wreath 1.5 ins from the left and 2.5 ins from the bottom – I used Mounting Foam Dots.  to give it some dimension.

Place a large fussy cut sprig of flowers under each of the two on the wreath – again I used Mounting Foam Dots.   Build up your clusters using your fussy cut flowers and leaves NOTE save one of the large flower clusters for your second page.

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Use the ‘Our Story’ from Nursery Garden along with the green and white polka dot 3 x 4 card and the ‘You are my Happy’ 3 x 4 card, trimmed to the green frame.  Arrange these along the top right of your wreath.  I used the green 3 x 4 card for my photo mount.

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Finally add the blue butterflies and an Iridescent Pearl to the centre of each flower.

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Live The Life You Love

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Start by cutting .5in from all of your remaining strips, including the branding strips so that they are 11.5 ins wide.  Add to the top of a piece of Snow Weave KaiserCard with a .25 border at the left, right and top.

Add some splatters using the Lavender KaiserMist and once dry place the small tags, cut from the Nursery Garden, in a banner along the top of your page, adding a small purple butterfly tonthe centre one, using Mounting Foam Dots for both the tags and the butterfly.

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Mount your photo onto the gray 3 x 4 card, from the Nursary Garden paper, and add to the centre of your page underneath the bottom paper strip.  To this add your photo.  On the left add ‘Live the Life You Love’ and on the right add ‘Love This Life’ both of these are stuck approximately 1.25 ins above and tucked slightly under the photo mount. Add a green banner under each of these cards.

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At the bottom of your photo place the final cluster of flowers with some additional leaves and butterflies, adhering with Mounting Foam Dots.

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Write your journaling onto the small tags and add to the bottom right of your page.

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Add OXOX, (cut from one of the 2 x 2 pieces) and the butterfly, cut from another, above your photo and also the heart which was cut from a third 2 x 2 piece.

To finish I added a small pearl to each of the little tags, three to each banner, one to the centre of each flower and then scattered some pearls and tiny sequins around my page in among the ink spatters.

I really was so pleased to be able to get such lovely pages from such frugal supplies.

Karen

Paradise with Sunkissed

Hello, Karen here with another layout using the amazingly fun and colourful Sunkissed range for which I had the perfect photo of Gracia from a few years ago. 

With the lockdown in progress I found I had loads of time on my hands for some fussy cutting and this range provides ample opportunity for this.  So I settled down to watch a film and fussy cut all the elements from Pina Colada, Pineapple Sour and Tutti Fruitti. Although, I knew I wouldn’t use all of these on one layout I would have them prepared for future projects.

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I started this layout with a piece of Lime Weave Kaisercard and onto this I added a piece of Long Island paper which I had trimmed .25in from the bottom and right. I then added a sheet of green polka dot paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad. Next I fussy cut the flower borders from a piece of paper from the  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad which matched the Long Island paper and added this to the left of the polka dot paper.

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To the right and left of my page I added some of my fussy cut elements along with some pieces from the Collectables pack.

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Next I used the Clear Stamps  and black ink to stamp some additional butterflies onto the pineapple paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and fussy cut these out too.

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They were then tucked in and around my two large clusters on either side of my page.

To finish my page I added the word Paradise and and two phrases – from the Collectables pack and a ticket from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad .

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The final touch was to add the wording from the branding strip of the Pineapple Sour paper.

Hope you all stay safe and are able to take your mind of things with a little crafting

Karen xxx

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Cards using Sunkissed

Hello, Karen here with three cards I have made using the remaining ‘fussy cut’ elements from my mammoth fussy cutting session earlier in the month.  I rarely make cards but there are three special people with birthdays in April – Gracia – my daughter, Hannah – her best friend and Denise – my best friend.

I used instructions from Pinterest to make the cards and so, for ease, will link these to this post.

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For the base of this card I used a piece of Lemonade weave Kaisercard and these instructions.  Once I had made my card base I covered it with the sheet of paper with pineapples on from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad. I also fussy cut the parrot, sheet with two sprigs of pink and white flowers and some clusters of leaves and flowers from this pad too.

I added a palm tree from the Collectables pack and a Happy Birthday ticket from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.

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Swing Corner Card

I started by using some 12 x 12 Coal weave Kaisercard for my base.  The instructions are here but I have drawn a template to make it a little easier.

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Once I had cut and scored my card I then used glue to stick the triangle with the score to the back of the square below the one with the window in. So it would be the bottom left one on the template above.

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I then decorated the front of my card with the square wreath from the Pineapple sour paper and a label from the  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.

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To the two inside side pieces I used two pink and white papers, a square of flamingo paper and a tag from the  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.

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On the bottom panel I added a piece of pink paper from the  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and some flowers and leaves from the  Collectables pack.

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Origami Star Card

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For the base of this card I used a piece of Kaisercraft smooth cardstock.  The instructions are here. For the paper on my card I used a sheet of Mojito and one sheet was enough for to cover all the panels.

At the top of my star I added a flower from the Collectables pack and a tag and tab (trimmed to fit)  from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.

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Another piece from the  Collectables pack fitted perfectly onto the inside triangle along with a couple of pieces from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.

So there we have my three cards ready to post off to their recipients.

Stay safe and hope you can get some craft time.

Karen xxx