Sunday, 29 July 2012

Your cards for July Challenge - Heat Embossing

And first off the mark this month is:






You're next....

Still time to enter, click on the link in the sidebar for details.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Thursday, 19 July 2012

How I created my Y is for Yarn page - Linda

We chose to use Bo Bunny's Country Garden papers for our class kit this month
- a limited number of kits available via Cardinal Colours, please contact us for further details.

I used the Country Garden Stripe as my base page and gutted the centre. Seeds was trimmed to 11.5" and distressed around the edges then added to the base. In trimming I had a piece of the "stitched" effect left over so I cut it out and suck it back on.
Various mats were cut from stripes and blocks from the cut-out sheet which were also distressed, inked and placed on the page. I machine stitched around the photograph.

I punched a border with an EK Success large hole punch and placed along the bottom of the mats, then looped string along fixing with extra tacky glue. The picket fence panels were cut with the Cricut and added with 3d foam. The hanging sign for journalling was cut with Lynn's Tim Holtz die.
Lynn spent ages cutting seed packets, flower pots and tools for this kit and I have used them in a stack to one side, she also printed all the little lables - Thanks!
The flowers in the pot were punched with a Martha Stewart multi punch and added dimensionally with liquid pearls in the centres.

Various blooms were added randomly below the photo along with a plant stem with leaves.
Pearls were added for centres.

In the top panel I cut out the words from the cut-outs sheet and added with 3d foam then added a large butterfly also from the sheet. The smaller butterflies were on one of the panels along with the "count your blessings" sentiment which is also on 3d foam.

A reminder of the original page by Gabrielle and our sketch.

Still time to enter the challenge - closing date 5th August.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Our Vintage Winner.....

Hels had a hard time chosing a winner as all your entries were fabulous, so this is her decision:

They are all so gorgeous, I couldn't pick one so I used 18
entries and #4 was the one chosen, that tallies with Mandy II


Well Done Mandy!!
 - please e-mail us your details (see the contact in the side-bar) to claim your prize.

Well Done everyone - they were all worthy winners!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

July Card Challenge - Heat Embossing

Our lovely sponsor this month is Marion Emberson of Sugar & Spice Crafts.
Marion's challenge to us this month - heat embossing - so get those (heat) guns drawn and we'll meet at dawn!
From Marion:
"A little bit about me ......
From a child I was always making things, from clothes to a mess !!! I love taking something in the raw and transforming it, When I had a young family I embarked on a handmade curtain course, this satisfied my making passion for a while, but this then lead on to soft furnishings and children's furnishings, mainly hand painted toy boxes and wish boxes etc, to make them different I used to stamp and emboss onto them and make them all glittery, this is where Sugar and Spice Crafts was born, in September 2003 I opened the shop and not only sold the hand made products but also sold the products I used on them and gave tuition to others wanting to do it for themselves, I started to make cards to go with the boxes and then the love of papercraft was born !!!
I no longer hand paint children's furniture, but the shop has become one of the leading paper craft stores in the South East, I pride myself on our knowledge and expertise, if we haven't "played" with it, it doesn't go in the shop, it was this "expertise" that lead me to a position as a guest presenter on QVC, that was at the beginning of January 2011 and still continues, I also design stamps for one of the UK's leading distributors, Personal Impressions, under the name Marion Emberson Designs, I also got involved with WOW Embossing Powders, they are absolute experts in their field, I get to teach for them at the NEC twice a year and this year I went out to Ohio to film for them on Scrapbook Soup TV for their launch in the States. I will also be demonstrating for them at CHA in July, all in all I have been able to combine a passion with making a living and I cherish everyday."

Here is the work from the Design Team, please click on their names to view their blogs.


The challenge will run until the 15th August and we look forward to seeing your entries.

If you don't see your image here straight away, please bear with us. We will try to edit this post at lease once a day.

To enter please comment below with a link to the post on your blog where your card is featured.
 If you don't have a blog please send us an email with an image of your
card attached - address in sidebar.

Please be kind and turn word verification OFF - thank you.

Marion has kindly offered the following prizes:
A set of embossing powders with carry case, and two sets of stamps as a second prize.
NB Unfortunately the prize is available to UK residents only but please feel free to take part anyway, it's always lovely to see your cards.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Your Scraplifts for July

Here is a place for showing off this month's entries:

First to arrive is this digital layout from: 

 followed by





last updated 05/08/12 16:26


Please check out the post titled 'Y is for Yarn' for more information about this month's challenge.
The challenge runs until 5th August.

Challenge is closed but please feel free to add your scraplifts to the gallery


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Winner of the June Challenge

The Winner of the 'W is for White Space' challenge for the month of June is .....


Please email us to arrange for your prize to be sent out to you - email link in side bar.

Jill of Cardinal Colours will send you you stack of 30 mixed sheets of Bazzill cardstock.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

How I Made My July Layout

This layout shows my daughter Emily dressed for a dance show.
 This month we are scraplifting Gabrielle Polloco and challenging you to use YARN on your layout. Here is Gabrielle's original layout using Bo Bunny's Country Garden papers ...

 .. and our sketch

I also used Bo Bunny papers and selected seeds, stripe and cut outs.

Here is what I did:

Cut green garden stripe paper, to leave a 1” border frame, distress and ink the outer edges.

I used Seeds paper cut down to 11.5” x 11.5” by taking some off more than two sides to keep the parts of design I wanted. I didn't worry about cutting off stitches as I planned to add them back in later. Distress and ink the edges. Stick blue paper to green border centrally, giving a border of 0.25” all round.

Decorate with some brown machine stitches.

Distress and ink the edges of photo and mount onto green paper leaving a very thin border. Machine stitch in white round the photo edges, starting and beginning at the bottom as this will be hidden. Distress and ink the edges of green paper.

Cut stripe paper vertically as wide as you can and approx. 6” long. Distress, ink and stitch around three sides. Select two panels from ‘Cut Out sheet and treat as stripe. Stick stripe piece lightly on layout about 3” down from top and 1.75” in from the left.

Draw a 6.8” circle very lightly in pencil, and zig-zag stitch around the lines (start and stop where the stitches won’t show). If pencil lines show, carefully rub away. Stick other panels into place.

POTTED PLANT - Cut flower pot in Kraft Bazzill using QuicKutz die. Shade with chalk inks. Add top to pot with 3D foam pads. Cut ‘stick’ from brown Bazzill using Cricut and 'Doodlecharms' cartridge at 3” and add to pot.

Use pink coloured section of spare patterend papers and punch out lots of petals with Martha Stewart ‘Hydranga’ punch. Ink in pink and layer up on stick to make potted hydrangea. Decorate the centres with stickles, perfect pearls or flat backed pearls. Stick plan to left of layout.

BRANCH - Cut 2” branch and leaves from brown and green Bazzill using ‘Straight from the Nest’ Cricut Cartridge. Add to top left of page and add blossoms cut and prepared in the same way as the Hydrangea.

BANNER - Cut ‘Believe in Yourself’ banner from ‘cut out ‘ sheet, ink the edges and add over banner on layout wit 3D foam pads.

FLOWER BED / FENCE - Cut flower bed from brown Bazzill using template provided. Stick along base of photo. Cut two fence panels at 1.5” using white Bazzill and Paper Dolls Dress Up Cartridge for Cricut. Ink, overlap and stick together to make one longer fence. Stick with 3D foam pads towards bas of flower bed.

Make 9  mini seed packs using QK die and Kraft Bazzill. Draw some tiny seed pack images. Cut out and stick images to packets. Cut some spare Brown Bazzill into thin strips to make sticks to add to seed packets. Arrange in flower bed, slightly behind fence so the peep over the top.
Add garden twine to fence twisting and looping along the way.

I drew the little seed packet images and coloured them with my Promarkers. Because Linda and I make up kits which we sell via Cradinal Colours I made these images available in black and white as well as colour for the kits. I am aslo happy to send your the images to anyone who wants them - just drop me an email.

Cut butterflies from patterned paper and arrange on layout.

Add some blossoms and flat backed pearls for centres.

Use Cricut and ‘George and Basic Shapes’ cartridge cut a title 1” high with shadow using brown and green Bazzill. Add title to top right of layout.

Write journalling on one of the panels beside the photo.

And it's finished!

Thanks for looking. Please pop back to the 'Y is for Yarn' post for more details of the challenge and prize.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Y is for Yarn

This month we are scraplifting this delightful page by Gabrielle Polloco. We already scraplifted Gabrielle last year but she has so many stunning layouts we found ourselves asking her again!

Gabrielle says:
"My name is Gabrielle Pollacco, I live in Cambridge, Ontario (Canada). I started scrapbooking about 8 years ago and fell in love with this art form from the very first page I made. I love that this art form is ever changing and find myself constantly inspired by all the wonderful new products that come out each year. My favourite thing to scrap about is my family, my dear husband and my two girls, as well as my extended family.

I've had the honour to be on a number of wonderful design teams over the years, some of my past design teams being Daisy D's and Zva Creative and am presently on the Bo Bunny, Webster's Pages, Dusty Attic, The Color Room and Scrap 365 Magazine (UK Magazine). I've had my work published in Memory Makers Magazine, Creating Keepsakes Magazine and Scrapbooking & Beyond Magazine as well as a number of online magazines. I worked for a Tradeshow Design company as a project manager before I had my babies and now that I'm a stay at home mom I'm fortunate enough to have a little time to enjoy this amazing hobby. I'm delighted to have been asked again by the lovely ladies at Scrapology to use another of my layouts for their challenge."

We drew our sketch as always

The technique is to use YARN on your layout - any sort of yarn you choose.

I found this definition on Wikipedia:
"Yarn is a long continuous length of interlocked fibres, suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroideryand ropemaking. Threadis a type of yarn intended for sewing by hand or machine. Modern manufactured sewing threads may be finished with waxor other lubricants to withstand the stresses involved in sewing. Embroidery threads are yarns specifically designed for hand or machine embroidery. Yarn can be made from any number of naturalor synthetic fibers."
Here are the layouts created by our design team to give you some inspiration. Please click on the names to be taken to the relevant blogs.

Our Guest Designer this month is the creative
her blog is HERE please take a look.


Jill at Cardinal Colours  has supplied another fabulous prize this month.
In keeping with the theme, this fun selection of ribbons, cord, twine and some hand made paper strips too.

We hope you will joining the fun and enter the challenge by creating a layout using the sketch and some yarn. To enter the challenge, comment below with a link to the post on your blog where your layout is featured.
Please be kind and turn word verification OFF - thank you.
If you don't have a blog please email us with an image - address in sidebar.
Prize available to UK residents only.

Looking forward to seeing what you all make - good luck.