Friday, 20 October 2017

Designing Kits

 Something I was not going to do.   Kit designing.  But here we are with my second kit for The PaperTeapot, and just like last time this kit has a lot of product in it - yummy Blue Fern Studio Papers and flowers, Nuvo mousse and stencils are just a few.  Theres 3 layouts this time, and a tag with the scraps, and theres still more leftover to make more tags, or a card.

When my first kit came out I was quite nervous.  Despite Joanna's encouragement I wasn't convinced it would sell,  but they all sold.  In an hour!  This kit though is quite different to the last one and there is a reason for that.  One of the comments I received was "don't I do layouts without flowers?"  Well mostly no ;). but I do like a challenge, so this one is completely different!

This is the first layout, pretty plain and simple.  Nuvo mousse and black archival ink has been used with 2 different stencils for my background and the chipboard has been coloured with mousse and embossing powder.

Another simple layout but I had to add some flowers to this one - weddings need flowers right?  And remember, I can't sew to save myself so Ive used a stamp.

The third layout is this cute wee dude :). Nuvo mousse again but using my finger to rub through the stencil to get the effect I wanted.

And lastly the tag.  Lots of layers behind those flowers, can't really see them in the photo though.  Ive used the BFS packaging for the base of my tag - I love how you can do that with their products!

I hope you love this kit as much I loved creating it :)
See you next time!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The PaperTeapot Retreat

I can't believe how fast this year is going!  I also can't believe theres Christmas stuff in the shops already - its only October!  Of course I maybe a bit late to the party, seeing as I only noticed on Saturday, and when I mentioned it to my sister she said they had been out for awhile!

Theres been a lot going on in our wee household, which is why I haven't blogged for awhile, everyone is healthy again, and the dogs are backing running round like the happy things they are, which all means normality has returned ;). Long may it last!

In September I went to The PaperTeapot retreat for some fun and creativity, and I also taught a class.  The class went well!, the mojo not so much!, which is weird because that doesn't usually happen with me.  Retreat went from Thursday, and my mojo finally turned up on Saturday afternoon!  Very annoying!

The class I taught was OTP - no surprises there ;) - but there was also a bonus layout :)   I used Kaisercraft's MDF DreamCatcher, and decorated it with BoBunny Serendipity - I just adored this paper collection :) - 49 & Market flowers, chipboard from Scrapinec and metallic paints from Prima.

A bit of a tricky thing to photograph, as it turned out!
The entire dream catcher was painted in copper metallic paint, and splattered with pale pink and mermaid metallic paints.  Jute twine was wrapped all around the edge - that was the bit the took the longest.

A little fussy cutting provided some of the detail in the floral clusters, and the package of  Noteworthy embellishments provided the rest of the detail to fill out the floral clusters, so that those little birdhouses looked like they were nestled in the flowers.

The birdhouses are Scrapinec chipboard and were decorated with the scraps left over.
When I first saw this paper collection I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, and Im thrilled with how it turned out :). Its going to be winging its way over the ocean shortly to its new owner ;) :)

Such a horrid day down here, which makes it perfect for curling up with a good book or scrapping!  Hope whatever you're doing you're keeping warm!
Til next time :)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Card Kits :)

Last month Joanna at The Paper Teapot asked me to Guest Design for her using a  new card kit she was bringing out for the shop.  Cards are my thing so I had to say yes!  Besides, she was using the new - at the time - Kaisercraft collection PS I Love You.  Perfect for Valentines day or anniversaries.

This kit was awesome!!!  I went with two that were a bit arty farty and two that were more traditional.  And did I mention there were flowers?!  Not that I have too many or anything ;)  one can ALWAYS use more ;)
Everything you see on these cards were all from the kit.  The only thing I added were punches and twine a bit of muslin.  Loved those stitched heart dies!

I had still had enough left over to probably make a couple more cards, or tags as well, so great value I thought.

This months kit has just been announced in the newsletter and uses Kaisercrafts Wildflower collection with co-ordinating sequins, dies, twine, cardstock, flowers and stamps.  Heres a wee look at it.  I should also add you get photos for ideas as well, with cards made by Joanna and a guest designer to get you into the groove :)

Happy creating!  Til next time :)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Farewell Mini Album

Happy New Year!

2017 seems to be zipping quickly along, and with that comes all the new releases in time for CHA.  Have you been checking them out?  Any favourites grabbing your attention??

This year Im all about using what I have, heaven knows I have become quite the paper collector! We shall see how I go ;)

With that in mind I was asked at work to make a mini album for a colleague who was retiring after 48yrs of nursing.  I used a chipboard purse mini album from Maya Road that I had in my stash for quite sometime, and an older BoBunny range, Rose Cafe.

The outside and inside covers were layered with BoBunny decoupage paper from the Soiree collection - I was going to paint it but this was so much easier and tied in well with Rose Cafe.

On the top added some trinkets and flowers, - every nurse needs scissors, a watch and the keys to the drug cupboard; well they used to, nowadays we have swipe cards and keypads ;) flowers because they are now banned from hospitals but I remember how they became missiles during the night shift hiding behind curtains ;)

Inside the front cover I kept it simple, using one of the layered chipboard stickers, with some fussy cutting and some Petaloo flowers.
The title page, again simple, chipboard alphas with one of the noteworthy pieces and jewels to embellish.

Some pages are embellished, others left untouched for people to write their messages on.  Heres a selection of a few of them.

Thanks for popping by!
See you next time :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Creative Inspiration

I cannot believe I last blogged in June!!  It sure doesn't feel like that long thats for sure!, so if you're still hanging in there, you've done well or been very patient ;)

Its been quite weird not working for BoBunny - Ive missed those boxes of goodies arriving in the mail, and the girls that made our team.  Its been a bit weird and yet fun trying out new stuff or just things in my stash that I had purchased with an idea in mind but not got around to doing.

This project was one of those things ;)  I found the chipboard word at Warehouse Stationary I think.  At the time I already had one so I thought it would make a good gift, only its taken til now for me to decorate it.

For inspiration I used the colour challenge at Prima, which was shades of purples, and gold - using sprays, and mica powders to give me the colours I wanted.

I started off random stamping through the middle of the word before deciding on where to place embellishments and some of those way cool Prima stones.  I also used gold and bronze micro beads.  The stamps I chose was an old Prima script stamp and the new Rossibelle stamps.

Hopefully the recipient will find some Creative Inspiration from it ;)
See you soon!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Happy Birthday Shirley :) - BoBunny DT

The one thing thats great about winter is sitting scrapping by the fire :)  Todays no exception, its freezing out.  Although sometimes its hard to drag myself out of a good book, as I camp out by the fire!

One of those crafty sessions lately produced this little collection.  I used the Firecracker collection to make my card and decorate my gifts.

So first up the gift bag.  Just an altered paper bag.  Ive dry brushed gesso over the base, and then layered different pieces from the collection together for my cluster.  The best thing I love about the different collections is that I can use buttons from various collections to match any paper theme!  I think I used three different ones for this set of gifts :)

A couple of close ups shows you all the cluster goodness from handmade paper flowers, BoBunny blossoms, jewels and buttons.

Some white gift wrap covered my gift and a paper bow from three different papers created the bow, finished with a blossom and brad in the centre :)

A matching card finished the set off, using a raft of different embellishments :)  more buttons, more brads and more blossoms!

Ive tucked some distressed muslin into my cluster and added extra detail with random stamping and yummy Lemonade glitter paste :)

So Happy Birthday Shirley, I know you had a lovely day and got spoiled rotten :) like any birthday girl deserves! :)  <3

See you next time :)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Butterfly Kisses - BoBunny DT

Sometimes a collection comes around that just grabs your attention, and Buttefly Kisses did that for me, I just love it!

A friend of mine had a birthday coming up and Forbes and I chose a voucher from Hanmer Springs for her to enjoy a little relaxation.  The idea was that I was going to roll up the voucher and tie it with a ribbon,  and pop it in the box.  Course the voucher arrived and it was too wide, argh!!!

 BoBunny have a new crackle paste that is just the bomb!!  This is my second time using it and I  haven't a failed yet.  Really simple to use and doesn't take long to dry and crackle as it goes.  This box was just bare wood, I didn't even have to gesso it first.  The primer went on first, then the crackle paste and I ended up with a lovely white crackled box.  I wanted it to match the paper I was using on the card so I painted it with Island Mist Pearlescents.

I inked all the edges black and then randomly stamped over it with my favourite stamp, It is Written.  The stamp under the metal handle is part of the Romance set.

I wanted to use the Elegant border die as a bow but found that a whole double bow made from the die was too much, so I made a plain white bow first and then looped my dies together for the 'double' layer.

The card was the easy part ;) I just used all the scraps from the same piece of paper as I used for the bow on the box.  Fussy cut some elements from the papers, added some tags and blossoms and a little mixed media in the background using gesso and silver glitter paste.

This week also brings the announcement of the first group of finalists for the new 2016 BoBunny DT on May 26th.  I thought long and hard, and chewed the ear off a lovely friend about whether I should reapply.  In the end I decided not to.  I have had three amazingly special years with BoBunny that I will never forget, they have truly been an amazing team to work for and the team of girls I designed with were a fabulous team of ladies.  We all had our highs and lows in our personal lives and the support from them never wavered.  I will really miss being on this team; I had my dream come true, and now its time for someone else's dream to take shape.  So to those of you that applied, GOOD LUCK :)  for those that don't make it this time, never stop trying, you never know when that dream will come true <3  and for all of you who have been so encouraging over this time, THANKYOU!  it meant a lot! <3

See you soon :)