Refuse to be Average with Workshop

When I saw the brick pattern and torn poster papers from the Workshop collection I knew I wanted to use them with a photo of Gracia, dressed as a punk for a fancy dress party (from 12 years ago) and to make it look like she was on a poster on a wall.

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For this layout the papers I have used are Kaisercard Biscuit Weave Cardstock, Fearless, Courageous, Handsome – 12 x 12 papers, 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, and Collectables.

I started by using the Linear Stencil to emboss a scrap of white card by running it through my BigShot with a piece of foam on top of the stencil. I cut this to 7 x 5 to use as my photo mount.


I trimmed .25in from the top and ones side of the Fearless paper and added it to the Kaisercard Biscuit Weave Cardstock, I then tore away each side of the Courageous paper and inked the edges with a Licorice ink pad and added it the centre of the Fearless paper.   The embossed photomount was added to the centre of this, using Mounting Foam Dots.


I used the Decorative Die – Cogs to cut two of each size from a pizza box and gently removed sections of the top paper to reveal the corrugated card beneath.  I then added Licorice ink to the exposed ribbed parts.


I also cut two Decorative Die Floral Frames from scraps of black card and added these to the top left and bottom right of my photo mount. I also added two squares of paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to the top right and bottom left of my photo mount but after reflection decided to remove these.


I used Navy and Lagoon Art Foam and Decorative Die – DIY Flora Peony to make some flowers and  Decorative Die – Rose and Leaves for the leaves.  After forming the flowers I added a sparkly silver sticker (from my own supplies) and coloured the leaves using  Licorice and Avocado  inks and Gold Shimmer spray.

Then I made clusters at the top left and bottom right using my foam flowers, die cut cogs , a sticker and a circular phrase from the Collectables pack, mini paper blooms and Paper Blooms – Honey. 

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The final touch was to add a border from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and my title from the Handsome paper.

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I am really pleased with how this page turned out and think that I achieved the effect I had wanted to – a torn poster on a brick wall.

Karen x

Making Memories with Morning Dew


Karen here with my first layout using the very pretty Morning Dew collection. There has been great excitement in our household this month as our daughter got engaged and this range was absolutely perfect to document photos of the event. 

For this layout I have used Jade Weave Cardstock, Calming and Exhale papers , 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad, Sticker Book, Collectables, Flourish Pack, Decorative Die Floral Circle Frame, Decorative Die Fern, Decorative Die DIY Flora Peony, Smoke Ink PadA4 Art Foam – Lagoon and Pearls Ice Green.

I started by choosing five words from the Flourish Pack and then heat embossing them with silver pearl embossing powder. I have to admit I did panic a bit when they started to smoke but fortunately they were ok.


I then used an ink pad to colour some of the birds dark grey.


In then went on to try making flowers with some Art Foam and Decorative Die DIY Flora Peony.  I was curious as to how easy these were to make and the answer was very easy!  I started by using the die to cut six large flowers and six small flowers.


I then inked the edges with KaiserInk Pad in Sea Breeze.


To give them some shape I followed the instructions here.  I was really pleased with the final result.


I started by cutting .25in from the bottom and one side of the Calming paper and .75 in from the bottom and one side of the Exhale paper.  I mounted the Calming onto my Jade Weave Cardstock and the Exhale onto the centre of this.

I then cut two pieces of paper, from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to 6.5ins x 4.5ins and added them to the top of my page at a slight angle.  I added a piece of turquoise tissue on top of this. I cut two die cuts using the Decorative Die Floral Circle Frame and a scrap of white card. I added my photos, leaving room to tuck the die cuts underneath.

I added flowers and leaves from the Flourish Pack and two inked birds to each top corner and flowers and leaves to the centre of the photos. I chose two butterflies from the  Collectables pack.


Next, I arranged my heat embossed words across the page, underneath my photos.  I added three of my foam flowers to the centre bottom of my page and cut two Decorative Die Fern leaves from a sheet of paper from the  6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.


Finally I used one of the stickers from the Sticker Book for my title.

I am pleased with how shiny my heat embossed flourishes came out and especially pleased with my foam flowers, which I shall certainly be making again.  If you have been inspired by these, the dies for the peony and other flower shapes can be found hereIMG_8483

Karen xxx