Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lost and Found record it Heirloom’ Collection

This layout is using the delightful ‘Lost and Found record it Heirloom’ Collection  by My minds eye. This is a lovely vintage romance paper set, and the paper is wonderfully thick and workable.
I have started off with the reverse side of the ‘Formal’ paper.
The photo is framed with cardstock punched with the Martha Stewart large Around the page Twirl Loop set, and raised on pop dots.
The centre of the frame is cut out and trimmed down to create the base of the layering for the photo.
Inside the frame there are ferns (Memory Box DELICATE FERN) cut out of the reverse of the Heirloom Adored Glitter paper. Also in the frame and elsewhere are Tiny Fanciful Flourish diecuts from the Cheery Lynn dies, these are also used in the flower clusters.
The frame is hung from a piece of hemp ribbon, folded in half and topped with a filigree piece and a sticker from the layered stickers collection

The flowers are using a middle sized die from the spellbinders ‘Rose Creations’, the middle layer is synthetic fabric cut with tim holtz tattered florals die then melted, the top layer is the smallest of the Spellbinders bitty blossoms die set.
These are clustered with resin pieces, fussy cut roses and more ferns and flourishes, and pieces from the layered stickers with the collection.
The title John and Rosemary is cut with the Cuttlebug die set ‘Curls and Swirls’

Prima Delight

From Oct 2013

Oh my Gosh this Prima Delight Paper is simply stunning. I was so lucky to get to play with this collection.

On my page I have used the Delight – Resist Canvas Borders. These come plain canvas coloured with white embossed designs. You can then colour them up to match any paper or colour theme. How brilliant is that.
I removed the strips from the sticker sheet and placed on old sticker backing to allow me to colour them individually. A craft sheet or even waxed paper would work fine. (If you do much die cutting with intricate dies the waxed paper is brilliant: place it between the die and the paper you are cutting, and it is much easier to get the diecut out! Also if your punches are a bit sticky, try punching waxed paper to loosen them up)
I started by trying the Tim Holtz distress inks. The canvas took the colour beautifully, it was really quick and easy to colour and to blend the colours to get a great result.

I also tried some Tim Holtz Distress stains, also looked wonderful, but these give a really vibrant result so maybe less suitable if you are after a more subtle result, but perfect if brighter is better!

This is a very good weight canvas, which allows ink applicator sponges and dauber bottles to be used without any problems wrinkling or rolling, super easy!
I have again used fussy cutting to avoid losing the beautiful background pictures, and cut out a doily with the Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch using the Flower Arches Cartridge.
The flowers are diecut with the Spellbinders ‘Bitty Blossoms’
And the eensy teeny little flourishes are cut with the Cheery Lynn Tiny Fanciful Flourish Set.

The picture is of my grandmother Olive Beatrice Barney (On the rocking horse) and her sister Amy Evelyn Barney taken Circa 1910, as far as I am aware both ladies went by their middle names.

Paper Teapot Sep Challenge! Vincents Autumn Song

The Bo Bunny Autumn Song papers had arrived, I was so pleased as I had been waiting for these to come in, they are just gorgeous! Than I got asked if I wanted a challenge along with it. Absolutely! I love a challenge.
So here is what I came up with:
1 Punch: I used Martha Stewart’s Woodland Branch Edge Punch, not only for the bits by the photo, but also on the strips used to create the rosettes, before scoring them to fold.

An ink Spray of your colour choice: I created my own spray from a Tim Holtz Distress reinker in ‘Bundled Sage’ (1 eyedropper full into a mini mister and fill with water), and used this on the 8×8 piece with my mask
4 Patterned Papers(1 piece cut to 8×8): Well of course I used the Autumn Song collection: Autumn Song(this is where my 8×8 came from), Autumn Song Melody, Autumn Song Duet, Autumn Song Beautiful
A Mask. I used Kaiser Crafts 12×12 Leaves Stencil as a mask, to get the leaf pattern on the 8×8 piece of Autumn Song
Some Bling: I used brads from the Autumn Song collection in the Rosettes, plus one on the epoxy brads in the bottom right. Also I glittered the swirls on the papers with glitter glue.
Washi Tape: I used a golden yellow tape which is very subtle on this layout, it is on the flags, holding the picture in in 2 corners, holding the punched strips in place and across the bottom left of the page.

A Tag of some sort with journaling on it. When I cut my 8×8 from the Autumn Song paper I managed to not need to cut into the leaf on the reverse side, so I fussy cut this out and made it my journaling tag. ( I still don’t believe how much fussy cutting I did on this layout though LOL)
The photo is from 1996 and is my son Vincent.

Steampunk Spells

Wow! getting to play with the new Graphic 45 papers Steampunk Spells. So Cool. G45 is my absolute favourite paper manufacturer.
So many ideas were bouncing around in my head, what to do…
In the end it was the clock chipboard from Words or Whatever that decided me, something old, vintage…  Hmm right up my alley.

Looking through my photos I found these pictures of my Great Aunt Phil and Great Uncle Joe, circa 1925, playing with a bike and a pram, and the richness of the sepia tones fitted right in.

I grunged and cut up the clock and added other chipboard pieces from my stash, then used some of the flowers from the matching G45 Steampunk spells flowers sheet. The letters were cut with Tim Holtz ‘upon a time’ alphabet die, and covered with glossy accents.

Paper Teapot Design Team

I have been on the design team for the Paper Teapot for almost a year, and have not put up any of my pages on my blog. I felt it was about time I corrected this omission.

So I am starting with the initial challenge (May 2013). All the DT members were given an identical set of papers and embellishments and told to create something fabulous.
Here is what I came up with...

When I saw the cute birdcage chippie, I immediately thought of the photo of my great grandmother Elizabeth Smith, at age 16, with her pets. The photo is circa 1907.
The idea of incorporating the open book into a layout has been in my thoughts for a while, and this seemed the appropriate time to try it out.
The cardstock for the book cover was shaped over a bamboo skewer, as were the curls on the book pages.
The swirls were cut with a combination of Spellbinder, Cheery Lynn, My Favourite Things and Couture Creations dies, and accented with pearls recoloured with alcohol markers.

The birdcage and resin flower were coloured with gold acrylic paint, and the edges of the flower touched with pink alcohol ink. There were 3 of the largest flower cut from the Tim Holtz tattered florals die with very scrunched petals, recoloured with a homemade spritz of Picked Raspberry distress ink and perfect pearls. This was also used to colour the ends of the paper roses, and as a final accent on the leaves.
The leaves were from the Cheery Lynn Rose Leaf Strip die, cut out of a book page (The one thing from my stash allowed in the challenge) coloured with distress stain and wrinkled.

The lettering was cut using the Tim Holtz die strips Vintage Market and Upon a Time.
The birds at the bottom were stenciled through a The Crafters Workshop stencil, using texture paste coloured with acrylic paint. The had pearl eyes recoloured with alcohol markers, as were the other pearls accenting the page.
All the edge inking was with vintage photo distress ink.