Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas With a Twist - BoBunny DT

The silly season is nearly gone :( a shame because I love this time of year.  The giving of gifts, family, the thrill of getting the perfect gift for someone, or better yet, making it ;)

This year I made a few things but one of the more tricky - well for me anyway - was being asked to make a childs name - decorating wooden letters.  Boys! I find them tricky at the best of times.  They don't come easy, a bit like mixed media lol.

The only requirement was blue.

So when is a Christmas range not a Christmas range?  When you take the plainer pieces of course!

Ived used the plainer blue pieces of paper from the Sleigh Ride Collection from BoBunny, and decorated them with glitter paste, stencils, stamps and buttons.

The close up shows the stars from the Cascade Stickable Stencils, with Copper Glitter Paste - quick and easy because the glitter dries so quick.  A few random stamping strips with the new Rough it Up stamps finishes it off.

The chipboard I first gessoed and then painted it with Chocolate Pearlescents.  Layered metal cogs and buttons finished it off.
Hopefully one little boy is very happy!

Merry Christmas to you all, and thanks for dropping by :)

Friday, 27 November 2015

An Enchanted Garden - BoBunny DT

In some parts of the world its heading into winter, but for me its spring and with that comes the nor west winds that drive me crazy :( but theres also the amazing colour of spring bulbs and blossom :)  and its that colour and floral abundance that got me thinking about this project.

Ive had this terrarium for awhile, it was going to be a Christmas project, but I fell in love with Enchanted Harvest!, and knew it was now going to be my wee forest :)

I love that there is so much fussy cutting!! :) :) and the autumn colour scheme, which is one of my favourite combos :)  and butterflies! and did I mention the sunflowers?!!  Theres a lot to love!  And while its also about Thanks Giving it lends itself to so many other possibilities.

The butterflies are curled to give them 'flight' and mounted on laminate to help give them the appearance of flying :)

I fussy cut the little girl out - I quite like how she looks like she's peering up at those butterflies :)

Looking down from above, - its'nt that wee deer so cute?!

All the flowers are curled and leaves are dry embossed with my flower making tool set, which I think gives them all 'life' and not looking flat.

If you are celebrating Thanks Giving, I hope you've had a lovely weekend :)
thanks for popping by, til next time  :)

Friday, 13 November 2015

Be Happy………………………….

This week I finally finished my friends birthday present.  It wasn't what I initially had in mind but that just was not working, and then I saw this in Spotlight and new exactly what I wanted to do.  But Im still late :(  I seem to have developed a track record for that :( :(  even though I always have the best of intentions!!

Kaisercraft have put out some of these phrases in MDF - they come with a wee stand to sit upright but I discarded that to mount it on a canvas.

I love all those layouts or canvas with a rainbow of colours in the background and wanted to have a go at something like that, so that was the idea for what I wanted behind the phrase.

I couldn't be bothered painting the wood with a brush, so I spray painted it - far quicker!  I sprayed on the paint colours I wanted to use for my background, and then used a paint brush to roughly spread it around, and waited for it all to dry.  I used two different stencils for the background, one with gel and one with texture paste.

When that was all dry I then started stamping with two different stamp sets, one Finnabair and the other a Prima stitches, stamp in black archival ink.  And that was it!  I LOVE it!!  So does the recipient ;)

As I sit here typing Im thinking also of the absolute rubbish going on in the world today.  My thoughts like many of you are of Paris.  I seriously wonder some days what the world is coming to.  Never mind global warming, we seem to be doing a better job at killing each other.  I wonder why we can't just accept that we are all different and get on with it instead of trying to make people conform to what we think they should be?

Be happy everyone :)

Friday, 30 October 2015

Dear Santa………. BoBunny DT

Hi there :)

Its funny how our tastes change, don't you think? When it came to Christmas I was always shades of red and gold.  My sister is always silver, white and glass.  Well her tree is anyway.  But the more years I scrapbook the more Im changing and Im not religiously sticking to my original colours for decorations - except the tree!  That stays the same colour scheme.  Of course if my husband allowed me to have another tree, well you never know what I'll come up with! lol ;)

So, Dear Santa? Its bright and actually quite funky and I found I liked it.  The wheels started spinning on what I could do with it, and then I remembered these boxes I had from last Christmas, and the idea came together.
Last year my sister organised a present from all my family for a series of date nights for Forbes and I and they were all printed out on paper, and popped in a small box. And then another one.  And another - there were 5 in total, all separately wrapped.  Her idea was that I would be able to use them later.  Did I mention she was sniggering away as each time I thought we had reached the end only to find another layer!

Ive used three of those boxes to create this project.  On the top Ive made a little house out of chipboard, and then made some mini presents, again out of chipboard.  When I saw that wee chipboard piece Gift Wrap Central I couldn't resist making it the sign on my wee house :)

My poinsettias Ive curled in on themselves and added some jewels from the yellow hues, die cutting a couple of different style leaves from my paper pad.

Lastly it needed some tags.  And of course Santa ;)

So how are your decorating plans coming along?  Its never too soon to start ;)
Incidentally, the other two boxes are yellow and they match Genevieve perfectly, just saying ;)

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Stencil Storage with Provence - BoBunny DT

Remember that post I did recently about using Misc Me binders for my stamp storage?  Well I had another idea along the same lines, this time Im using the binder for storage for my new 6x9 Stickable Stencils, and my BB dies.

I wanted to keep most of the cool silver foil background, so I first gessoed the background and then roughly painted the background with Butterscotch and Coral Pearlescents, before using one of the new stencils -  Starling - with Copper Glitter Paste.

A bit of fussy cutting created layers, with some random stamping using To The Point stamp.

My chipboard piece I just coloured in with Chocolate Pearlesents, and then outlined with a black sharpie.

Heres a closeup of that fabulous wee stamp from the set.
Its a cold wet down here, perfect for a day creating by the fire :)  Roll on spring, where are you?!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Sleigh Ride - BoBunny DT

The mid year reveal of collections from BoBunny this year were AWESOME!  Sleigh Ride was one of my favourites :)  C'mon, if you know me well you will so know why lol. Blue and snowflakes :) :)  I had a couple of ideas for OTP - no surprises there lol, - but I decided to first do a layout.  We don't get a lot of snow where I live so I borrowed some pics from friend in Ireland from last winter.

Ive kept it really simple, using one sheet of paper for the base, glitter paste over a stencil, layering some Noteworthy pieces and creating a cluster of poinsettias and a smidgen of fussy cutting.  Now that I write that down it doesn't sound simple!

Two of the trees have been fussy cut from the same piece of paper that the poinsettias are die cut from.  Ive then layered on top of two trees, a third tree from the layered chipboard pack, creating depth to my tree cluster.

Over the background of the my base paper Ive used Gold Glitter Paste over one of the new Stickable Stencils, Snowflake.  I can't say enough how I love glitter paste!!!  Layer it on thick or thin, it still looks fab and dries super quick!

Another little closeup shows the glitter paste and the Spellbinders Poinsettia Ive made.

If you're heading towards Winter this collection will be awesome for you!  Then again if you just finished winter you will no doubt already have the perfect pics ;)

Thanks for popping by, see you next time!

Friday, 28 August 2015

A Crate of BoBunny Flowers

Hello again ;)

Two posts in one week lol. What can I say, its my birthday!!

One of the things I loved about the Juliet Collection was all the graphics of flowers.  The fussy cutter in me was in heaven :)  I also loved the planks of wood on the Juliet piece of paper, and it got me thinking.  About wooden crates! and with all the new collections that BB have just brought out my head has been dancing around with ideas to fill more crates, so don't be surprised if more appear ;)

Ive used brads as stamens for my flowers and mixed them in with BoBunny Blossoms and fussy cut flowers.  The butterflies are cut from the Primrose Collection.

Some flowers have been fussy cut from the papers.  Others I have made using a mixture of dies from Heartfelt Creations.  Im adoring that Fushia die!  All the leaves and vines have been cut from a mixture of Juliet papers and Double Dot papers.

I wonder which collection I'll be making a crate out of next ;)

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Thinking Outside the Square - BoBunny DT

Its not secret I don't do Misc Me or any type of pocket scrapbooking on a daily basis like most people.  I tend to use them for trips and short holidays, or as a record of the classes Ive taught.  You can see that here.

This time Ive taken the smaller 8x9 binder, and paired it with the 8x9 Recipe Page Protectors to store my BoBunny stamps.  I can fit two to a page and they fit perfectly - you'd think they were made for them lol.

Ive decorated the front and back covers with papers and embellishments from the new Provence Collection.  I LOVE this collection!!!
First I have dry brushed gesso onto the base piece of paper, Porcelain and then brushed over that with Pearlescents - Gold and Coral.  Once all that was dry I used the new Stickable Stencil Whimsy with some yummy Blush Glitter Paste and then randomly stamped my favourite script stamp, It Is Written.
To the side of the binder Ive layered the Elegant Border die with stripes that are on the reverse of the Toile piece of paper.  Ive also created a cluster of elements using the pocket squares of the Toile Paper.

The chipboard word is from my stash.  The wooden flourish is part of BoBunny's Iron Works Wood Shapes.  Ive decorated both with Pearlescents - Gold and Graphite.  The filmstrip is from the Rose Cafe Collection and I think matches this collection so well.

So heres the inside - 7 pages of stamps!  And much easier to cart around!
Thanks for popping by, See you next time :)

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Juliet - BoBunny DT

Winter is nearly over thank heavens and we've had some gorgeous sunny days lately, hopefully there will be lots of those lovely days over the summer.  But at least the winter weather is great for staying inside and scrapping away to my hearts content! and doesn't make me feel guilty for not being outside in the garden :)

Today I wanted to share one of my favourite photos of our pooches, with one of my favourite paper collections.  Juliet!  I just love this paper range, its a fussy cutter and flower obsessed scrappers heaven ;) Its perfect for me!

When I do any layouts or cards, I tend to steer away from the stripes - besides using them for strips or that faux ribbon look I don't really utilise them.  So I set myself a challenge to use them and rummaged around in Pinterest looking for ideas and thats how this layout came about.  Well I did have this photo that my BFF took awhile ago as she was leaving our place, that Ive been dying to scrap for awhile as well.  Don't they look so cute with their heads popping out through the doorway?  :)  I also wanted to utilise my Silhouette more so I had ended up with a set criteria I wanted to include.  I think I achieved that.

I took Milan and Full House from the Juliet collection and cut them in half, then joined them together with washi tape. I created my background using the Brocade stickable stencil, random stamping and spraying with Bronze and Gold.   The flourish and heart are cut using the Silhouette from Chocolate Double Dot.  I then used my favourite stamp - Stitches - around the edges, mixing it up with straight stitching and zigzag.

Im really pleased with it, hope you like :)  If you want to see it in the flesh its up on display in The Paper Teapot :)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A layout for a change ;) Boardwalk - BoBunny DT

Hello again :)

One of the new collections BoBunny released recently was Boardwalk and its proved popular amongst those of us on the DT.  You can see what Gabi's made with it here, her cards are gorgeous!

This time I decided to do a layout.  Its been noted, its been a while since Ive done one ;)  and when I thought about it, they were right!  lol.
I 'borrowed' my friend's children again, they're so cute, not that Im biased ;)

To create the back ground theres a whole mixture of distressing and tearing papers, layering of Pocket Squares, stamping and spraying and splattering glimmer sprays.  I don't do PL or Misc Me type scrapping but they are super easy to use on backgrounds!
Three sheets of paper create the base page, tearing across the white page and then layered on top of the beach umbrellas.  The aqua seahorses were added to the bottom so that it over lapped the bottom of the white piece.

Ive distressed muslin and then sprayed it with different glimmer sprays before adhering it to my page.  To make the 'happy' title stand out, because it was fading away into the page before I did this, - I went around it in black pen.

Layering of some Noteworthy elements and a bit of paint splattering and random stamping.

Heres another closeup for you using another of items.  Layered chipboard, Noteworthy items, brads, distressed muslin and stamping.

Thanks for popping by :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Its Carnival Time! - BoBunny DT

Hi Everyone :)

I should you warn you now this post is very photo heavy!!

We are in the midst of winter here, and while its cold, so cold its just horrid :( its the perfect weather for crafting away by the fire :)
Today I have project to share with you that has taken me what seems like forever to finish and in actuality its taken probably most of the month.  Its a big project.  Sometimes I just had to step away, because I'd end up pushing paper and embellishments around and getting nowhere.  I'd go back later and add things to areas I thought were finished, and carry on with other bits.  Im glad its finished but Im super pleased with how it turned out!

When I saw the papers for Carnival I had heaps of OTP ideas, and this was the first idea I had.  I didn't realise at the time how long it was going to take me to finish it!  The photo carousel is from Dusty Attic - it spins around and each side can spin as well so you can add more photos and pics.  I've glued mine shut so the sides don't spin, because of the way I have joined embellishments to spread across two sides.

Heres a closeup of the first side.  The banner has been fussy cut from paper, as well as the elephant.  The background is distressed and Ive randomly stamped and used glitter paste and stencils as well.

The banner the elephant is holding, wraps around onto the next side.  This time Ive collaged together a group of elements - some fussy cut, before adding chipboard and stamp stickers.

I love that little devil peeking round the corner! :)

This is part of the top of the carousel.  More fussy cutting - the jars are cut out individually and then mounted on a tab to get them to sit up.  Washi tape is added around the sides which hides the joins of the wood perfectly :)

This side shows more fussy cutting!  The sign and the bear are fussy cut from  one of the photo strips - the bear is mounted on foam and then attached to the giraffe.  The background is more random stamping.

The is the top of this side.  More jars strategically placed around poster sign, which is attached to a mini easel my stepfather whipped up for me :)  All the animals on top are part of the Noteworthy set.

Another collage of elements, this time some more fussy cutting, teamed with layered chipboard and brads.

Every side is distressed around the edges and then inked in pinecone.  For this side Ive also torn across the page and added a strip in behind.

This side is one of my favourites :)

I wanted to create a curtain effect, so I sprayed the paper with water and then crinkled until I had the shape I wanted before finishing it off with some lace and hemp cord to look like its tied back.  More fussy cut items layered with chipboard and Noteworthy items finished it off.  To give the masks depth they've been curled slightly - not that you can tell from the photo!

Along the top is the grizzly bear - his feet are mounted on foam to make him appear higher, otherwise you could barely see him behind the bottles!

If you've got this far you're nearly done ;)  its the last side :)
To create the banner, each letter was fussy cut individually from the paper and then glued to another to then create the banner, with the elephant peering over the top.

This last side is probably the plainest but has just as much work in as the rest.  Ive fussy cut loads of tickets and then attached around the edges.  I trimmed around the "free admission"ticket so that I could then tuck my poster in behind it.  The corners of the poster are curled but you can't see that in the photo.

So there you have it!  I think its probably my favourite OTP to date since the mannequin :)

I also wanted to say thank you to those of you that have commented recently, it really means a lot  when you leave one!
See you next time :)