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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas Paper Bag Book

 
 
 
I'm terrible at remembering to take photographs over the festive period, so this year I have created a paper bag album especially! The pages are all ready for my photographs and I can slip my Panto tickets and gift tags from the children into the pockets...
 
 
 
The album is very easily made using block bottom paper bags, simply stick the bottoms of the bags together and then embellish with papers, ribbons and buttons.
 
 
 
 
 
The photographs are to be the main features of the album, so I have stamped onto luggage labels and used punches, buttons and ribbons to simply embellish my pages.
 
 

 
I have thought about the photographs I would like to include...I just need to remember to take them and complete the album after the festive period!
 

 
 
Thanks for popping by
Cate
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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Garage Days Scrapbook Page

 
 
I couldn't wait to use the new Kaisercraft Garage Days scrapbook papers...they are perfect for the special men in your life!
 
 
 
 
I cut 2 different sized circles and distressed the edges to give a more worn look, the co-ordinating papers are perfect for adding sentiments, and I love that even the strip at the bottom of the page is useful!
 
 

 
I'm currently exploring using paint on my layouts and was very pleased with this effect using bubble wrap...so easy and effective.
 
 

 
A kaisercraft sentiment was perfect for the page and as always I couldn't resist drawing stitching around the elements!
 
 



I stamped the tags using a Kaisercraft background stamp. Two were stamped using versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder, before applying blue ink. The other was stamped with blue ink and finished with a kaisercraft rub on. Twine was tied around the page and finished with a gorgeous metal button.
 
Thanks for stopping by
Cate
x
 
 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Art Deco Gift Box





 This gorgeous Art Deco box was designed by Nicky Hayden and featured in one of her recent workshops.
 
You will need:-
 
2 x Black Card 15 x 15 cm
4 x Black Card 11 x 15 cm
 
4 x Black Card 10.5 x 14.5 cm
4 x Patterned Paper 10 x 14 cm
 
3 x Silver Card 10.5 x 14.5 cm
3 x Patterned Paper 10 x 14 cm
 
1 x Silver Card 10.5 x 10.5 cm
1 x Patterned Paper 10 x 10 cm
 
1 Metre Silver Ribbon
 
1 Art Deco Decoupage
 
Optional :-
 
2 Strips of Paper for Rosettes
Feathers
Gems
 
Instructions:-
 
Score both of the 15cm square panels 2cm from the edge on each side.
 
Score one piece diagonally from the edge, this is now the base.
 
On the other, cut into the first vertical score line until you meet the second score line, then cut a wedge shape out of the corner. Do the same on the other end and the opposite sides...be sure not to cut all 4 sides! Stick the little tabs inside with glue and secure with pegs, this is now the lid.
 
 
 
 
Stick the 4 11x15 panels onto the front of the base on all four sides.
 
Put the lid on top to finish the box...now for the fun bit!!
 

 
To decorate:-
 
Tie the silver ribbon around the middle of the box and stick the decoupage base layer on to one of the outside panels. Stick 3 silver pieces of card onto the remaining 3 panels, followed by the 3 patterned papers.
 
Do the same on the inside of the box with the black panels and patterned papers, on each inside panel.
 
Cover the base of the box with the square of patterned paper.
 
 
 
 
Use the remainder of the decoupage pack to decorate as you please and finish with feathers and gems.
 
 
 
This design is so versatile and can be easily adapted for any occasion simply by changing the papers and embellishments!
 
Thanks for stopping by
 
Cate
x

 






Friday, 22 November 2013

Best Friends

 
My daughters best friend lives in another country (actually she has moved to Sussex, but when you're 3 that seems like the other side of the world!!), so I love this photograph of the two of them together taken on a recent visit. It gave me the perfect opportunity to use the fabulous new Basecoat collection from Kaisercraft.
 
 
 
 
I sponged white paint through a Kaisercraft mask and was really pleased with the result.
 
 


The embellishments in the collectables pack co-ordinate perfectly and are so quick and easy to use...they match the sentiment of the photograph perfectly.
 

 
No layout is complete without ribbons, lace and buttons...and these are some of my favourites!
 
 
 

I always try to include a handwritten element on my layouts...a little piece of me to leave behind!
 


Such cheeky girls!
 
 
Thanks for stopping by
 
Cate
x
 

 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Gingerbread House Workshop


 

 
Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturday 7th December
10.30-12.30
££££25.00
includes all materials
 recipe and templates

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Christmas Cracker!



 
I love the idea of making your own Christmas crackers! The gifts can be easily chosen for every guest at your dinner table...what could be better than a Christmas cracker crafted especially for you!
 

The Christmas cracker kit from Stix2 has everything you need to make your very own personalised crackers and they are so easy to put together.
 

 
It's great fun to decorate them to fit in with your Christmas theme...you could even personalise them for your guests. I personally think you can beat a bit of ribbon, bakers twine...and of course buttons!
 
Thanks for stopping by
Cate
xx

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Vintage Card Suitcase


 
I recently rescued this gorgeous suitcase that was destined for the skip! The suitcase belonged to my Mother In Laws Great Aunt and it has certainly travelled and seen a good deal of life!
 
 
 
I coloured some wooden letters with a Promarker and glued them to luggage labels. Lace was attached to the suitcase pocket and the tags pegged to the suitcase with wooden pegs decorated with pearls.
 
I can't wait for the suitcase to be used!
 
I would love to know what you think..
Thanks for popping by
 
Cate
x

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Velvet Ribbon, Lace and Kraft card...a winning combination!


It all began as a result of a consultation with a bride for her wedding favour boxes. I always create samples during a consultation and loved the combination of lilac velvet ribbon and lace so much that it inspired me to create the rest!
 

I finished the box with one of my favourite pearl and diamante embellishments. The doily has been printed to act as a place setting, and lace tied around the Champagne class for a bit of extra luxury!
 

A Kraft DL card has been printed to create the menu and finished with the lace, ribbon and embellishment to complement the favour box.
 

I adore our birdcages which are hired out to brides and have been dressed in so many different ways. I used large paper roses to create this stunning display and once again finished with the ribbon, lace and embellishment to match.
 
Thanks for stopping by...
I would love to know what you think
Cate
x




Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Win 50 Classic White Wedding Invitations handcrafted especially for you!

 
Enter our fab competition using the giveaway tab on our Facebook page or clicking here http://bit.ly/14Zn9Y2 from your mobile to win 50 Classic White Silver embossed Wedding invitations handcrafted especially for you! The prize includes printed inserts and matching envelopes and is worth over £50.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Precious Heart

I really enjoy turning a plain wooden object into something pretty! Wooden hearts are my favourite and are so versatile. This pretty heart could be adapted to suit a number of occasions...a gift for the blushing bride, d├ęcor for the wedding venue, a christening or birthday gift...
 
 


I painted the wooden heart blank using Opal Jo Sonja acrylic paint and a sponge to avoid brushstrokes.
 
 


When the paint was dry I applied self adhesive pearls and a Kaisercraft rub-on.  The sentiment can be adapted to suit, you could also try stamping your own sentiment or maybe the bride and grooms initials using individual letter stamps.
 
 


 
I finished the heart with some paper roses (attached with a glue gun) and some rustic garden twine.
 
A quick and easy project with results you can be proud of every time!
 
I would love to know what you think...
 
Thanks for stopping by
 
Cate
x
 
Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Embossed White Linen Invitation

I love the way an embossing folder simply changes the look of card and paper, and was recently inspired to make this simple and elegant Wedding invitation.
 
 

 
The invitation details were printed on crisp white linen card using font Baroque Script in grey. I prefer to print wedding stationery in grey as it looks more delicate than black ink.
 
 

 
I then embossed the card with a pretty rose and lace embossing folder and tied a simple white organza ribbon around it, before mounting the invitation onto Silver card.
 
 
 
A few self adhesive pearls finish the invitation perfectly!
 
Thanks for stopping by
Cate
x
 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Handcrafted especially by you...

Making your own wedding stationery is not only cost effective, but also very satisfying!
 
Your invitations will be the first glimpse that your guests have of your special day.  Think about whether you want to bring your colour into the design of your invites, or if you are going to stick with neutral Ivory, White, Gold or Silver and keep your colour under wraps.  It's also worth considering how you are going to incorporate the design of your invitations into the other stationery required on the day ie  Order of Service, Menus, Table Plan, Place cards and favours.
 
 
 
Source good quality cards for your invitations and don't forget that you will need envelopes and inserts as well as embellishments. Ideally you want your invitations to look 'handcrafted' and not 'homemade' so keep it simple and choose a design that can be easily mass produced!
 
 
 
 
Think about the 'tools' that will be required for the making of your stationery...Glue, Tape and a cutter for cutting straight edges...if you don't have the correct adhesive for the job it can be a disaster!
 
When using ribbons, I would always recommend that you stick satin to avoid bulky unattractive bows and, tie organza, as there is nothing worse than being able to see the glue or tape used to stick the ribbon. It is also very important to have a nice sharp pair of scissors to cut your ribbon as this will ensure you have a nice crisp edge and avoid fraying.
 
 
 
 
If you have a printer at home it is easy to print your own inserts with the help of a free template.  I prefer to print inserts using a grey font as it doesn't look as harsh as black and will not smudge as easily on pearlescent papers.  The font choice is also important, on of my favourites is 'Pristina' as it is elegant and easy to read.
 
 
 
 
Have fun...and wait for the compliments to come rolling in!
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by
Cate
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Save The Date!

Sending a Save the Date to your guests is becoming increasingly popular. It's a great idea if you are getting married in the summer months, and want to let your guests know before they book their holidays! You may also want to give your guests plenty of notice, so that they can book accommodation etc. Save the Dates are generally sent to everybody you will be sending a daytime wedding invitation, and are a great way of announcing your exciting news!
 
 
 
Kraft card is a popular choice this summer and can be used for both formal and informal weddings. The striped card can be a colour of your choice to co ordinate with your colour scheme. Spots are also very pretty and look a little more fun and less formal.
 

 
 
You really don't need to include much information...just your names and the date! So as soon as you have a date you can get them sent out and let everybody know your wonderful news!
 
 
 
A flower and pearls finish this design, but you could add a bit of bling if you prefer! We can provide you with a kit (which includes printed cards) if you would like to make your own Save the Date cards...or we can make them for you! Take a look at our facebook page for more inspiration and drop us a message if you would like some advice...we love to help!
 
Thanks for stopping by
Cate
x

Friday, 31 May 2013

Classic White Pearl Heart Wedding Invitations

 

 
It really is very easy to make your own wedding invitations! I love this design which is both simple to make and extremely cost effective!
 
 

 
The invitation has been made using a silver embossed classic white wedding invitation.  Simply stick three white pearl heart beads down the centre of the invitation using a strong PVA glue.
 
 
 
Tie a length of white organza ribbon around the invitation, knot it twice and snip the ends with sharp scissors to resemble a bow.
 
The invitations come with matching envelopes and inserts which can be easily printed at home and slipped under the ribbon inside to hold in place.
 
It really is that easy!!!
 
Thanks for popping by
Cate
x