Wednesday, 28 March 2012

How I created my Garden Girl Page - Linda

Scraplifting the lovely Anita and using the same papers -
Bo Bunny's Garden Girl - was a lot of fun.
Here is my version, altered to fit my photograph.
I cut the centre from the die-cut sheet and stuck the edge onto the bazzill cardstock.
The centre was replaced with a layer of foam tape once I had inked the edges.
I cut the long sentiment from the die-cuts sheet ready to add to the page along with "friends at first sight"  and "a lifetime...."
Once I had all the elements I needed I turned this sheet over and cut parts of the 6x6 frames out, gutted the centres and joined them over the photo. This was mounted again on foam tape.
From the Garden Girl paper, I cut some butterfly wings and flowers which I added the page.
The butterflies have rolled paper bodies and were mounted on 3d foam pads.
The sentiments were added then.
I layered the flowers in a swathe up the left hand side and added others below the long sentiment.
The "A Lifetime..." sentiment was adjusted to be thinner and then added to the bottom of the photograph to cover the frame joint.
There wasn't really anywhere to add journalling so I used further elements from the cut-outs sheet to create a tag. I stapled some raffia to the edge and tucked it in under the frame.
Magenta stickles was added liberally to the page to finish.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

April Sneaky Peek

A new challenge is looming - can you guess the theme?

Tune in on April Fool's Day to find out what we have been up to!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

How I made my March Layout III

The Blossom Babes at or Debden retreat 2011
Karen took this photo and Anita took one which included Karen, so I cut and pasted Karen into the space she had been standing in before being photographer!

Here is how I made my March layout which was a scraplift of a layout by talented DT member Anita.
This is a reminder of her beautiful original layout and the sketch.

These are the Bo Bunny's Garden Girl Collection
papers we used:

Die Cut

Garden Girl 

Cut Outs 

First of all the 'Die Cut' sheet had to be prepared, by cutting along the thick brown inner line. You are left with a scalloped frame and an orange square with decorative corners.
Stick the frame piece centrally onto the purple cardstock.

Build up the centre with double sided foam tape, and stick the orange piece back in position. 

Lots of careful cutting of the 'Cut Outs' sheet helps to make a decorative surround for the photo. Cut a quote for the top right hand corner of the layout.

I wanted slightly different words to those on the wide strip Anita used, so I used my computer and a font called Rivanna, I used two sizes and colours. First of all I cut the two butterflies and all the flowers I needed from the floral side of the 'Garden Girl' paper, then I printed onto a strip of the green side.
True friends are priceless treasures

Now take the butterflies and flowers, carefully ink and curve with scissors and add to layout with 3D foam pads as shown on the photo.

Then the fun begins, add tons of glitter with the stickles!
I also added flower stamen to the butterflies for antennae.

Thanks Anita x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

How I made my March page II

I used Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings papers from Merly Impressions to create this second take on the sketch.
The background is a 12x12 cardstock from DCWV which came in kit.
I cut the square from the centre of the die-cut, stuck the edge with 3d foam then returned the middle on doubled foam for extra height and the addition of some orange ribbon.
I cut around the edge of the birdcage and flower on Dozen Roses and cut to 7 x 6 1/4" approx with the cage and leaves extra.
The photograph is 6 x 4 which I trimmed and matted ont the dotty section of Devoted,
this was then slid under the birdcage and flower. This frame was stuck with 3d foam too.
From Devoted, I cut out the birds and additional flowers then added them to the layout along with a bow from the remaining ribbon.
I then added loads of stickles in Platinum, Crystal, Patina, Cinnamon, Tiara and Diamond Black.
It's a shame they dont show very well here.
The butterfly was from a section under the photograph with glossy accents on the body.
Memories Die Cut
Memories die-cut paper - Sweet Nothings Collection
Dozen Roses
Dozen Roses - Sweet Nothings Collection
Devoted - Sweet Nothings Collection
The ribbons and flowers came from a box of "posh" chocolates my daughter got on her last birthday, so a little recycling here too lol!.
There is lots of dimension to this page too which is not visible.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Winner of February card challenge.....

Amy has deliberated, cogitated and digested and decided the winner is.....

Big Drum Roll Please... BBBBBRRRRRRR!


Well Done Karen - you are on a roll at present!

Please contact us to claim your prize :)

Thanks again to Amy of the Crafty Purple Frog for being our Sponsor and to everyone who took part!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Your Cards for March

Very quick off the mark is this lively card using a digi image created by:




Looking forward to seeing a lot more entries.

If you need more details please go back to the original challenge post set on 15th March.
Please comment with a link to your blog or email us with an image of your card.
(email address in sidebar)

Thursday, 15 March 2012

March Card Challenge

Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Karen from Charmed Cards and Crafts.

Karen says:
The challenge is to use a digital image on your card, so many are afraid of using digi stamps, preferring their more familiar stamps, but they are uber easy to use.

Here are some of our DT's cards, all made with images from the Charmed Cards and Crafts collections, please visit their blogs for details.


Our Guest Designer for March


The prize, which is open to everyone is:
Two of our digi collections of your choice - they comprise on average 10 different images to colour in, plus sentiments and often more. You can see them here.

Thanks to Karen for a fab prize and to Sutty our guest designer this month.

You have until the 15th April to take part so enjoy and send us your designs.


Saturday, 10 March 2012

How I made my March layout

Here is my layout from this month's design team gallery, using this photo of sweet little Esme.

The layout was made with these ingredients:
K & Company green letter stickers.
Prima pink songbird vine
Bo Bunny Love Bandit collection - Birdie die cut, Bee mine, Nuts 4 U.
Stampin’ Up Aviary stamp set.
Stampin’ Up ink pads in Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Rose Red.
Journalling block stamp - custom made
4 x 6” landscape photo
Stickles – crystal and lime green

Here is how I made the layout:
Gut the green side of ‘Bee Mine’ paper so you have a 12” x 12” - 1” frame, stick the ‘Birdie Die Cut’ sheet centrally over the green frame.

I Stamped bird cages in a variety of colours across the centre of the Die cut Sheet, add birds to the cages. Stamp more birds and cages onto smooth white card, and cut out leaving a fine white border around each image.

Using a Technique Tuesday Template, cut the outer shape from the pink side of ‘Be Mine’ and the inner, smaller shape from white side of ‘Nuts 4 U’.

Ink the edges and mount the white shape centrally onto the pink shape. Build this up with 3D foam pads and mount into the centre of the layout. Mount photo onto a piece of the green side of ‘Nuts 4U’. Mount the photo towards the top of the Big shape.

Stamp a circular Journalling block and mount this onto a circle of green paper. Add the journalling details and stick to the top right of the layout overlapping the photo slightly with 3D foam pads. Arrange a selection of bird cages around the journalingl block, some raised and some directly onto the layout.

Arrange the vine down the left side of the layout. Add a cage to the top branch so it appears to be hanging from the vine. Trim off a couple of flowers and add to the journaling block..

Add title with the glitter stickers under the photo. Then add stickles and gems to the cages and flowers.

Here is the original layout by the very talented Anita:

Here is a reminder of the sketch. 

If you would like to join in the challenge please go back to the 'G is for Glitter' post on this blog

Thanks for the inspiration Anita x

Friday, 9 March 2012

Winner of February Challenge

S-J had a very hard decision to make!
She said -
Cripes - I love them all
·  Aren't people clever!

And the winner is:

Sarah W
the white space and reduced patch worked area is really pretty.

Well Done Sarah W, please contact us to claim your prize.

S-J added that as the choice was hard, she would like to offer a second prize of a digi stamp set from her Little Musings collection to:
Krafty Karen
Krafty Karen has taken the idea and evolved it into a gorgeous hexagonal design - very clever and striking!

Well done Karen, please make your choice from here   and let us know your choice.

Well done everyone!