Monday, 16 April 2018

The Paper Teapot Autumn Retreat

Hello Again :)

Its hard to believe that this time last week I was preparing for retreat, and the weather was absolutely abysmal!, and now look at it, simply stunning.  Probably the best time to scrap though, right? when the weather is horrid?
I was terribly unprepared this time round.  My class stuff was organised but not my personal scrappy stuff.  For the first time ever I think, I was up to date with everything, and because of that I couldn't think of what to do.  Not that there weren't a hundred and one other things I could do, I just couldn't think of what!  So I delayed.  Never a good thing!  Eventually I grabbed a few kits that I had for a while waiting to be done, and an OTP idea I had buzzing round my head, and then a thousand other things that I might need and better take otherwise I'd probably want them and not have them!  You know how it goes ;) and I was on the road to Glentui.

The class I taught used 49 & Market papers and flowers, and created two layouts.  We used the B side of the papers because that red was just gorgeous!

 The second layout used the scraps from the first to create the base page.  There was also a lot of fussy cutting, but those graphics are just devine!, how could you not?!

I also took along three kits and got two of them done.  Its a rather good feeling to tick something off the 'to do' list!
The first kit was a Di Garling kit I had had for quite sometime.  I fluffed round with it for quite awhile  before I decided to change the orientation of the page, and change the photo, before I was finally happy.  Loved that background technique though :)

This kit had another layout in you could do as well but I wasn't sold on it, so used the remaining papers to do something else instead, and this was what I came up with.  I think Im happy with it, just not sure about that top right corner.  Might mull on that for awhile!

Bit of a story behind this photo.  27 years ago the three of us were about to graduate from nursing school and we posed for a photo.  We looked very cool in our denim shirts, jeans and perms ;)  Fast forward 25 years and we did it all again, the same pose, minus the denim ;)

The second kit I played around with was by Gerry Van Gent.  I love this womans style!  And I didn't change this particular kit.  49 & Market.  Whats not to love?!!

So that was about the total of my creativity this time round.  Not much really, although there is an OTP project, but you will have to wait til next month to see that ;)
In the meantime heres a sneaky peak of a layout kit I designed coming soon from the Paper Teapot :)

see you again soon :)

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Amber & Apricot - BFS

Hello again :)

I know, I was supposed to show you what else I had been creating at Christmas but I thought I'd show you a couple of layouts I have posted recently on Blue Fern Studios, first.

This was not a collection I was drawn to initially.  Im not sure why, the colours were right up my alley.  The turning point was finding the right photo, and this loved up pair were the perfect accompaniment ;). The base page is actually two pieces of patterned paper - I fussy cut along the edge of the white piece, backed this onto chipboard and then popped it onto my background piece of paper.  The honeycomb chipboard I left as it was, it colour coordinated perfectly left bare, and this was tucked in along the edges.

I thinned down my Prima Rust Pastes with a little water and used them to splatter all over my layout. the seedlings were the perfect addition, giving a little more depth and interest.

I used three pieces of chipboard for my cluster.  The circle flourish, and a couple of mini flourishes - both of these were embossed with Mushroom embossing powder.

A little fussy cutting and the addition of some BF flowers gave me a great cluster, that gives it an appearance of a lot of depth when actually its just two layers.

This layout again used the Amber & Apricot Collection, and sort of used the same design, drawing the eye across the page.  The chipboard frame was again covered with Mushroom embossing powder and did the perfect job of framing my photo. The clusters arranged down each side were fussy cut from another piece of patterned paper and the scraps were used to create my banners.

The heart was in two layers; the top layer was left painted red, and the bottom was painted red also but while still wet it was covered in glitter and then inked in black archival ink, and then layered on top of each other with a piece from the coordination printed chipboard.  The chipboard title Happy Memories was painted half red and half black - the black being archival ink, giving a two toned effect.

A few splatters with the same red paint and some watered down white gesso, random stamping with Tattered Newsprint stamp and Leaf Seedlings and it was finished.

Sometimes its just a matter of finding the right photo, and sometimes its rewarding stepping out of that comfort zone!

I'll see you again soon ;)

Monday, 5 March 2018

Those Christmas gifts ............................

Remember Christmas last year??  LOL yes I know it was a while ago, but I realised I forgot to share some of the creativity I made as gifts for some lovely people.

First up is a giant clothes peg.  I can see you all now wondering how on earth I came up with this idea for an OTP ;)   To be honest I have no idea, but it was dirt cheap at $5 in the sales bin at TYPO so why not?

I wanted something dimensional and I certainly got that ;)   Ive used paper, noteworthy, and chipboard from BoBunny the Altitude collection.

A mixture of Manor House vines - yes Ive hoarded those awhile! - and 49 & Market flowers, and some lace from my stash completed the whole thing.  And seeing as the recipient loves all things purple it went down a treat! :)

The other gift I made was for a friend of ours who is an airline pilot.  She never puts a tree up because she feels its a waste of time, since she's hardly there to put it up and enjoy it.  Well, that was a challenge for me! and Kaisercraft had this awesome tree to decorate last year, and here it is..

The papers are BoBunny Tis the Season.  The wooden flourish and star are both Kaisercraft.

The flourish is just painted with some Prima paint, and BB pearls with some flowers finished the cluster.  The round bauble is part of the tree, I just fussy cut the babble out from the patterned paper.

Isn't that little airplane cute?!  I cannot remember where I found it now, but it was just bare wood, so that was painted the same as the flourish.  The presents were fussy cut from patterned paper and the cluster believe it not was part of a napkin ring I had found in a dollar store.

Both were fun, quick little things to make, probably why I love OTP,  they don't take long :)
See you next time with a couple more ideas for Christmas gifts.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Are you In the Mood??

Hi Everyone :)

This month there is a new release from Blue Fern Studios called In the Mood, full of delightful shades of charcoal, grey, creams and pinks.  With the paper collection comes some stunning embossing powder colours.  One of them has become an instant favourite - Black Gold!  Ive used this in the layout below, but really the photos don't do it justice, its just stunning.

This layout is a tutorial and you find all the details here:

I created two projects this month, the other was my contribution to our ward's Valentines Day Raffle, trying to raise some funds to help with textbooks etc.

I had the box in my stash for a long time, it was from Heidi Swapp but goes to show don't throw anything out it will always come in handy!  ;)  I attached a piece of chipboard to the inside of the lid and just coloured it with archival ink.

On the lid I created a cluster of BFS flowers and die cut doilies, and a piece of the printed In the Mood chipboard.  Along the sides of the lid I used a border punch with some lace over the top.

Cutting the paper to fit inside of the box was a bit fiddly and I had some gaps, but BFS to the rescue with some of their lovely lace and that fixed that!

So the card was next and I used the scraps from the box to complete the card, making it all match :) I also wanted to mimic the cluster on the box, on the card.  So I used the same doily die and flowers.

Another piece from the printed chipboard set, a bit of ribbon and an arrow from my stash and its finished!

Gotta love those little heart pins ;)

It does beg the question though.......................................... did it get you in the mood to scrap?! ;)
Thanks for popping by, see you soon :)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Blue Fern Studios - Remnants Collection

Hi There :)

So, 2018.  Hard to believe its here already!  The last half of last year seemed to fly by.  And we're half way through January already.  Or is that a sign Im getting older?, that time seems to go faster the older I get?  Not that Im old, but you get the drift ;)

My first post is up on Blue Fern Studios :). Stressful that first post;  determined to do it justice, and then worrying its not quite good enough.  Yes I know Im funny that way!
I also picked a photo that I'd had for awhile, just couldn't get the papers quite right and seeing as my friends are passionate Whovians I was desperate to get it right.  I think I did.

I used the new Remnants Collection on both layouts - loved this collection - just enough fussy cutting to keep me happy ;). The embossing powders I have become an instant fan of!  Especially the glittered ones that I used in layout below - Wheat and Night Sky.  Just stunning!

Of course it wouldn't be complete without one of signature wooden letters ;)  the paper here is from an older collection, Frolic.  And a fussy cutters dream just quietly :).

If you want to see more detail and a product list, you can pop over here for that and more :)
See you soon! xx

Friday, 20 October 2017

Designing Kits

 Something I was not going to do.   Kit designing.  But here we are with my second kit for The PaperTeapot, and just like last time this kit has a lot of product in it - yummy Blue Fern Studio Papers and flowers, Nuvo mousse and stencils are just a few.  Theres 3 layouts this time, and a tag with the scraps, and theres still more leftover to make more tags, or a card.

When my first kit came out I was quite nervous.  Despite Joanna's encouragement I wasn't convinced it would sell,  but they all sold.  In an hour!  This kit though is quite different to the last one and there is a reason for that.  One of the comments I received was "don't I do layouts without flowers?"  Well mostly no ;). but I do like a challenge, so this one is completely different!

This is the first layout, pretty plain and simple.  Nuvo mousse and black archival ink has been used with 2 different stencils for my background and the chipboard has been coloured with mousse and embossing powder.

Another simple layout but I had to add some flowers to this one - weddings need flowers right?  And remember, I can't sew to save myself so Ive used a stamp.

The third layout is this cute wee dude :). Nuvo mousse again but using my finger to rub through the stencil to get the effect I wanted.

And lastly the tag.  Lots of layers behind those flowers, can't really see them in the photo though.  Ive used the BFS packaging for the base of my tag - I love how you can do that with their products!

I hope you love this kit as much I loved creating it :)
See you next time!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The PaperTeapot Retreat

I can't believe how fast this year is going!  I also can't believe theres Christmas stuff in the shops already - its only October!  Of course I maybe a bit late to the party, seeing as I only noticed on Saturday, and when I mentioned it to my sister she said they had been out for awhile!

Theres been a lot going on in our wee household, which is why I haven't blogged for awhile, everyone is healthy again, and the dogs are backing running round like the happy things they are, which all means normality has returned ;). Long may it last!

In September I went to The PaperTeapot retreat for some fun and creativity, and I also taught a class.  The class went well!, the mojo not so much!, which is weird because that doesn't usually happen with me.  Retreat went from Thursday, and my mojo finally turned up on Saturday afternoon!  Very annoying!

The class I taught was OTP - no surprises there ;) - but there was also a bonus layout :)   I used Kaisercraft's MDF DreamCatcher, and decorated it with BoBunny Serendipity - I just adored this paper collection :) - 49 & Market flowers, chipboard from Scrapinec and metallic paints from Prima.

A bit of a tricky thing to photograph, as it turned out!
The entire dream catcher was painted in copper metallic paint, and splattered with pale pink and mermaid metallic paints.  Jute twine was wrapped all around the edge - that was the bit the took the longest.

A little fussy cutting provided some of the detail in the floral clusters, and the package of  Noteworthy embellishments provided the rest of the detail to fill out the floral clusters, so that those little birdhouses looked like they were nestled in the flowers.

The birdhouses are Scrapinec chipboard and were decorated with the scraps left over.
When I first saw this paper collection I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, and Im thrilled with how it turned out :). Its going to be winging its way over the ocean shortly to its new owner ;) :)

Such a horrid day down here, which makes it perfect for curling up with a good book or scrapping!  Hope whatever you're doing you're keeping warm!
Til next time :)