Monday, 22 April 2013

I Love You More Scrapbook Page

When we got married 4 years ago I told the photographer I didn't need an album as I was going to do it myself...I haven't got very far!

The beautiful new papers from the Kaisercraft Needle & Thread collection were enough to inspire me to complete page 2!

Not only are the papers gorgeous, but you can utilise nearly every scrap...including the strip at the bottom of the page! I cut the title and spotty heart from the papers and added my favourite buttons. I couldn't resist adding the kaisercraft pearl swirl (I got the pearls on the page this time!).
The roses framing the photograph have also been cut from a piece of paper.

I have punched the butterflies and added pearls in the centre to finish the page.
Paper flowers and more pearls frame the photograph.
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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

My Favourite Butterfly

I'm in love with this Butterfly is so versatile and very pretty!

I have to admit that as the Die is so intricate, it has taken a little practise getting it to cut successfully every time...the trick is to use a cardboard shim with your cutting plates.

To make this invitation I simply cut two butterflies, stuck them together with a little PVA and added some self adhesive pearls... I'm really pleased with the finished effect, its cost effective, easy and very pretty!

I'm currently cutting 180 of these beauties for a bride to use on her wedding tables (a perfect rainy day job!) It's definitely worth the effort as I know they will look stunning with a few pearls and some clear table sprinkles...

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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Lilac Rose Pocket Fold

Good morning...and what a lovely morning it is too! The sun is shining and it feels like spring is finally on it's way. 

I have been speaking to lots of brides this week, who are looking for inspiration to make their own wedding invitations. The trick is to keep it simple so that your invitations look 'handmade' not 'homemade' and wow your guests!
This invitation is just that!
I love these Pearlised Pocket Wedding Invitations, they are cut from heavy weight cardstock and are absolutely gorgeous...they ooze quality!

You only need to add a few embellishments to create a simple yet stunning invitation. I have used all my favourite things...lace, organza, satin and flowers (if you know me well you might notice that I haven't added any pearls on this one!)

Stick the lace to your invitation first using a double sided tape, add a satin ribbon to hide the tape at the top of the lace and tie an organza ribbon around the invitation, catching the paper rose in the ribbon bow...easy!!

Your invitation details can then be printed and mounted on the inside of the wallet...this is easily done on a home printer. I favour the 'Pristina' font and always print in dark grey so that it doesn't look too harsh.
I'd love to know what you think...
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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Decorated Papier Mache Suitcase

You may have seen these Papier Mache suitcases on a previous post...they took centre stage on my daughters recent birthday treat table.
It really is easy to turn plain Papier Mache or wood items into something beautiful with just a few easy steps...
You will need:-
Sponges/ soft brush
Start by preparing the background colour for the suitcase. You can buy the background colours ready mixed or you can make your own colour, using the white as your base and adding small amounts of the artist colours to achieve the desired colour.
Mix the paint with APS ratio 2:1 and apply to the case. The APS helps give a better cover and stops the paint from soaking in. You can apply the paint with either a sponge or a brush, whichever you find easiest. Leave to dry.

Separate the tissues into the fine layers and tear the parts that you wish to use. A torn edge makes it easier to blend the pieces together.
Apply the torn tissue to the case using the All Purpose Medium. Lay the tissue flat on the case, load the brush well with the medium and, with soft strokes, apply the medium to the tissue - working from the centre of the piece outwards. Ensure that plenty of medium is applied. If the tissue seems to be tearing it usually means that not enough medium is being used.
And that really is all there is to it! You may want to apply another coat of the All Purpose Sealer or varnish to ensure an even finish.

I finished the case with a ribbon trim.
This method can be used to decorate a variety of items...I guarantee if you give it a go, you will be hooked!
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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

'My Girl' Canvas

This is one of my favourite photographs of my daughter...Strawberries are her favourite thing to eat, and she was in her element when we took her to pick her own on a recent holiday. It was the perfect picture choice for my first attempt at a canvas!
I painted the canvas with Jo Sonja paint and then enjoyed flicking co-ordinating paint colours to create a fantastic splattered was very therapeutic!

I used a selection of Kaisercraft 12" x 12"papers from the Butterfly Kisses collection, to create my 'layout'. This paper range features beautiful bright colours, pretty birds and butterflies and is perfect for any girly project.
 I love paper windmills (and buttons!), they are such fun and make a fabulous 3d embellishment.

The great thing about working on a canvas is that you can create 3d embellishments, without the fear of them getting squashed in an album. I used the tonic studio Butterfly punch to create these stunning butterflies...
The wooden letters were also painted using Jo Sonja paint
I don't know how she resisted it, but she didn't sample any of the lovely fruit she was picking!!

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Monday, 1 April 2013

A Krafty Wedding

The use of Kraft card is very popular at the moment, and I have to admit it is a look I love! Teamed with lace and pearls it gives a fabulously rustic and vintage look.

I have used Kraft card for the base and adhered some delicate lace trim across the centre of the card.  Satin and organza ribbon tied through a Kraft card shaped heart, which has been printed using a pretty font from my computer finishes the design.  You could so easily personalise the tag with the Bride and Grooms name, initials or the date of the wedding for a truly personal touch.

 I'd love to know what you think!
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