So Thankful For You

Hello, Karen here with my second project using the ScrapBoys Butterfly Meadow collecton and Uniqolour brush markers.

 For this layout I started by scribbling with a Uniqolour marker on a small plastic bag, using a colour that co-ordinated with my papers.

I then sprayed it with some water

And dabbed it, in a diagonal line, onto a piece of smooth white card, repeating this process with two more colours and set aside to dry. I am using this for the base of my layout.   I use the same technique on another piece of smooth white card but this time covered the whole piece of card.  This piece will be used for stamping butterflies.

Onto the piece of card I am using for my layout base I added some roses using the 6 x 4 Roses Mini Designer Template and some texture paste.

I cut a piece of Butterfly Meadow Paper 01 that measured 12ins tall and 4ins wide and another 4 ins tall and 4.5ins wide.  I used a border punch on each of the long sides of the 4 in piece.  After layering the 4 in piece onto the 5 in piece I added them to my page 2.5ins from the right.

Next,using Smoke Kaiserink, I stamped lots of butterflies onto the piece of card that I had covered with Uniqolour splodges and fussy cut and die cut them out.

For my photo mat, from the reverse side, I cut a 5.25 square from Paper 03 and a 5.5 square from Paper 04.  I used foam mounting dots to layer these up with my photo on the top, keeping the pads away from the edges of the paper and photo, and added to my page 3ins from the top and 2ins from the right.

I used Paper 03 and the Layered Rose decorative dies to cut some roses and the Paper 04 and Décor Flourish decorative die to cut some flourishes. I inked the edges of the roses with Smoke Kaiserink before layering them up and added Orange Rhinestones to the centre of each one.

To complete my page I added a rose at the top left and bottom right of my photo and then clustered butterflies either side of the vertical strip of paper.  I used my Silhouette and Paper 03 and Paper 04. to make my title.

It was fun making my own inky background and a really easy way to achieve striking results.

Kare x

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

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

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

Virtual Crop Sketch – 4th April

Hello,

Karen here.  I hope you are all keeping safe and well and Roxanne and I are bringing you something a little different today.  We have each designed a sketch and then used each other’s sketch to produce a page.

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I took inspiration for my sketch from this page, that I made last year.

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Hi everyone, I am hoping you are all staying safe and healthy- Roxanne here to show you what I created using Karens lovely sketch.

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I used the MORNING DEW collection by Kasiercraft for this challenge. I choose the stones (BREATHE – MORNING DEW COLLECTION) as the background because our dog, Pluto, loves to pick up stones and carry them around. I then couldn’t resist using the spotted page (INHALE – MORNING DEW COLLECTION) to compliment Pluto spots! When comparing my layout to Karen’s sketch I have added an extra border, moved the horizontal strip from the top to the bottom and I have still used three sets of flowers but the larger one is not clustered.

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Hi Roxanne here,

Below is a layout I created last year, so took inspiration from it to produce my sketch.

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Below is the sketch that I came up with, it is somewhat simplified compare to the original layout but I think this makes it easier to move around.

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I then provided this sketch to Karen and she has created a beautiful layout using this sketch. I hope to see many other gorgeous layouts using this sketch over the next two weeks!

Karen here – I have used this sketch and Ladylike to make my page.  I turned her sketch a quarter turn to the left and used portrait photos rather than landscape ones.

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As we said last week – you can interpret the sketch any way you wish.

Have fun!!!!!

Specially For You with Flowers Story

Hello, Karen here with my second layout using ScrapBoys Flowers Story range plus one sheet from Victorian Home, also from ScrapBoys.  I was really pleased with how the two ranges worked so well together, with the pink and blue butterflies from Victorian Home perfectly complimenting the orange and brown ones from the Flowers Story papers.

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For this layout I started with a piece of Coal Weave Kaisercard and onto this I added a piece of Paper 02 which I had trimmed 1/8 in from each side.  I then added a 9 in square of Paper 04, black and white side showing, adding texture paste through the Distressed Dots Stencil at the bottom left and top right of my page.

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From the Paper 06 I cut a large frame and the bird and rose centres from two of the other large frames. These were mounted onto a piece of Oatmeal Weave Kaisercard .  I added the frame to the centre of my page, the bird below that to the right and the rose above to the left.

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Next I decided to add some butterflies to the top left and bottom right of my layout using more texture paste  and a butterfly mini stencil.

After adding my photo to the centre frame I cut four large butterflies from Paper 07 and all the pink and blue butterflies from Victorian Home Paper 07.

I added these, giving the appearance that they were flying from the bottom right to the top left of my page.

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To finish my page I added the title ‘Specially for You’ which was on one of the manufacturer’s strips , some journalling on a scrap of Coal Weave Kaisercard and dotted some Bronze Rhinestones and white pearls in with the butterflies.

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Karen

Somewhere Over The Rainbow with Crafternoon

Hello, Karen here with my first project using Kaisercraft’s Crafternoon range.  When I saw the gingham paper from the Crafternoon range I knew I wanted to make a multi photo page about a Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz, costume my daughter and I made. 
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I started by working out the size of my grid and then used blue embroidery thread to stitch the lines I had drawn onto a piece of Kaisercard Snow Weave

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I added my photographs and then stamped the stitched heart, from the Crafternoon stamp set,  using  a Lagoon Mini Ink Pad.

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I pricked each end of the ‘stitches’ and stitched them with the same blue thread as before and trimmed around the edge.

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I added my photos and used flowers from the Sticker Book and some Collectables to make two clusters on my page, adding a Curio to each cluster. I used the middle sized die from the Fancy Doily die to cut a white doily and after cutting this in half added to the top of the far left photo and the bottom of the far right.

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I used the alphabet stickers from the Sticker Book for my title and added my journaling onto a piece of plain card, which I popped into the pocket, using a border punch along the top.

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The Crafternoon  collection was perfect for this page, especially as the DIY paper matched the fabric used for Gracia’s costume.

Karen