Saturday, 19 August 2017

Ocean with BoBunny

So you know how you get these little boxes with wood veneer embellishments in - I decided to paint one and make it into a little ocean frame.  I used BoBunny's Down by the Sea papers for this, and started off coating my shadow box in white gesso, then some crackle medium and after that some Pentart blue acrylic - which I also mixed with white gesso to get the different shades.  I added lots of 3D stones in the base of my frame to make the rocky bottom of the sea and covered some gauze in blue paint to make a fishermans net.  I added a few die cuts, and then stuck all my bits on.  For the finishing touches I added pearls to the nets and then some of the silver confetti paste - which is the little sparkly hexagons.

I also used some gold metallic glamour paint (loving this product) to add a bit of sparkle.

Here you can see my net - the paint made the gauze more stiff so it holds it's shape really well.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Cards with Serendipity

I am not a confident card maker but was pleasantly surprised with how these turned out.  I used BoBunny's Serendipity papers, and their Congratulations die set.  I had a go at a stepper card - which was quite fiddly - mainly as it took me a while to work out the mats that I needed and sized for the paper - but it was worth it.  I added some flowers and a little butterfly from the papers, lots of inking and a little gold paint.

Here is my 2nd version of the same sort of card - I cut out some of the elements from the paper packs like the feathers and big pink circle.  I used the little doily die cut and added some bead paste for a little subtle sparkle on the feathers and butterfly.

You can see the shimmer of the gold paint.

This shows you the bead paste and some more gold metallic paint too.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Enjoy the Little Things

In July we were sent lots of Graphic 45 papers from A Trip Down Memory Lane, and I decided to try a true layered, lots of pattern Graphic 45 type page - not my normal style.  I did lots of gutting and layering, fussy cutting and then added some pearlescents around the edges of my papers.  It's not my normal style but it was really fun to have a go at.

I fussy cut out the stamps and the Joy tag.

I layered up lots of different papers, and you can see the little pearl drops , there are even a few gems in there too.

The heart is a BoBunny die, and I added some bead paste to it.  I also punched out some little butterflies using my Martha Stewart punch.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Happiness and more Distress Oxides

Still playing with distress oxides and Graphic 45!  I used the same sort of effect but on kraft, something that you would struggle to get the colours with, but the new oxides do come out beautifully on kraft.  I again used Nature Sketchbook, more flowers, this time just layered and then decorated with a Martha Stewart leaf punch and a Tando chipboard leaf set.  I added some of the little paper circles that come in the flower set, and a little bit of lace too.

I stapled the lace onto the journal card to hold it in place.

You can see some of the layers of oxide inks.

I used foam pads to raise up some of the flowers and tucked buttons in around the sides too.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Wild and Free with Distress Oxides

Ever since I saw the new distress oxides come out, I wanted to have a play with them, I love the way that you can layer the colours and the chalky effects you get with them.  I teamed them up with Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook.  I used a technique where I put some of the ink on a plastic bag, spritzed it with water and then printed it on the paper, drying in-between layers.  I loaded up my colours and once I was happy I also added some stamping with a BoBunny text stamp.

I layered and fussy cut some of the images from Nature Sketchbook, I love the butterflies.  I also layered up some of the Graphic45 flowers, curling the edges.

The photo is from our holiday in the Peak District - and one of our long ambling is so beautiful there.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Let the Sea Set you Free

I had a go at some acrylic pouring for BoBunny using their Down by the Sea collection and lots of Pentart paints.  It was lots of fun to do - quite messy - it did involve me covering a tray in a plastic bin bag and using a few plastic cups, but I love the results.

You can see more details here.

Here you can see all the colours running - it dries slightly differently to how it looks when it's wet as the paint still moves a little bit.

I used lots of the Noteworthy from the Down by the Sea collection as well as the new Mandala die.

Flowers and 3D balls and lots of gold glamour paint!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Happiness with Kaisercraft and Indigo Blu

A while back Jill at ATDML introduced me to Indigo Blu flakes, and I haven't used them in a little while, but did a little bit of stamping on this page - I used the autumn coloured flakes and you can just see little bits poking out from behind my flowers and papers - it adds a really beautiful foil effect to the page which is much prettier in real life (the camera doesn't do it justice).  I've used the Bombay Sunset papers from Kaisercraft and I love the bold colours on this backing sheet, so went to work matching some old prima flowers and then lots of Bobunny glitter pastes to the colours too.  This page is just really layers, layers of papers and ephemera and flowers - I also dyed my gauze with a bit of gold glimmer mist too.

The photo is from a recent holiday in the Peak District - and I love the looks like a hug, but in fairness it could also be a pat on the shoulder to say...I nearly taller than you too (he had to get something out of a cupboard for me the other day as I couldn't quite reach it!).

I layered up lots of the prima flowers and added a little bit of glitter paste to the petals.

Lots of layering and distressing - you can see a little bit more of the foiling...just!.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Code

Another page using Kaisercraft's Basecoat papers, and this is all Basecoat 4 apart from the Stickers which are from Scrapyard.  One of the Basecoat 4 papers has a blue brick wall, so I cut this out and stick it onto the metal rivet style background.  I then distressed a mix of the other papers, and added a few cogs from a Tim Holtz die set.  I echoed the same mix of colours behind the title, the stickers are from October Afternoon.

The photo is from our holiday and on the Intrepid where you could spell out your name in morse could also have a go at a simulation on landing one of the Space Shuttles as well as learn about Vietnam and see loads of planes - it was a really interesting place to visit.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Smell the Flowers

Here is a page I made for BoBunny for the one layout 3 ways - if you want to see the steps to it becoming this then do check out this post on their blog.  I used their Weekend Adventure papers, and lots of the new stamps which I layered up.  I also had a play with their new stencils and the Pentart metallic stencil paste...and the new dies.  It was great fun making it and the finishing touch was lots of little pearls made from their pearlescents.

It is another Peak District photo - on our walk we came across a beautiful wild field of buttercups, so I made the kids pose for a photo as I loved the colours!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Choose Happy

Here is a little Bombay Sunset from Kaisercraft - lots of beautiful cerise and greens, the colour combination is lovely.  I teamed it with some of the pentart rich gold glamour acrylic, and also used lots of BoBunny pearlescents to add little pearls to the flowers and the papers.  I decided to semi-frame my picture...and created little tears alone the edge where I could add little layers from the embellishment pack in this range, you can see a little bit more in the detail shots.  I also used some of the stickers and a couple of quite old prima resins which seemed to go really well with the papers.  As always Kaisercraft has some beautiful sayings to add to the page.

The shot is from our recent holiday in the Peak District - which is just gorgeous and we went on the Dovedale walk again...the kids a little bigger, but they still enjoyed it just as much - and got an ice-cream at the end!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Smile with Kaisercraft

Hi, in June I got 2 beautiful Kasiercraft ranges to work with from A Trip Down Memory Lane.  This page is mostly made from Basecoat - a really nice grungey style of paper that you can layer with any of their other lines (so there are a few different lines on this page) and Bombay Sunset which is packed with colour - the word Smile is from that range as well as the green papers.

I started the page with some gesso, and then sprinkled Paper Artsy Infusions into the gesso, I then spritzed with water to activate them, and let them drip down the page.  In the infusions is some walnut stain so the colours also have a brown that develops in them, which is lovely for vintage and grungey style pages.  Once that was all dry I dug through a mixture of Kaisercraft collections to add stickers and cards - some is from Kaleidoscope, some from Barber Shop and Blue Bay.  I added a little bit of punching as well as some silver thread, and really just lots of layers.

The photos are from a day out to the Greenwich Tall Boat festival and a trip we made to have a look around the Christian Radich.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Love with Simple Stories

Here is another page using Simple Stories Domestic Bliss -really clean and simple.  I started with a diagonal cut across the house paper, and then just added layers around my photo.  I love that the colours of this range blend really well with other Simple Stories ranges, so I can look through all my sticker sheets to find embellishments that match.  I added a few strips of twine and one of the Prima Bark hearts - I still love these and have a few stars as well as hearts left.

The photo is from a coffee shop trip where my kids love to get hot chocolates piled with cream - always a good stop on a shopping trip!

You can see even more inspiration in the ATDML gallery - here is the link.

Monday, 19 June 2017


Here is a page I made with Reset Girl from Simple Stories - I love Simple Stories, but I didn't look too closely at this line because it is fairly feminine....however I love it!!  I used lots of frames to make a kind of comic strip of the day and a game of cricket between my kids and my nephew - I love that some of the other ranges have the same colours so I could fit in some We R Family frames and also a little bit from Carpe Diem too, and all the colours worked together beautifully.....there are also Domestic Bliss stickers in there too.

I have a new page on the ATDML blog - this month we are using Kaisercraft papers and if you would like to check out more of my Simple Stories pages you can also have a look in their gallery.

Thursday, 15 June 2017


I had loads of fun making this page - it started with lots of splatters with the new BoBunny metallic paints, then I layered up lots of Simple Stories Domestic Bliss stickers and tapes, and then all sorts of goodies from my stash.  For this page I didn't use my trusty guillotine but hand cut all the papers, which was really fun, and I like all the slightly jaunty angles it creates.

These photos made me laugh - my sister trying to get a photo with my son in it too - I have to say he is really good about letting me still take photos of him...grown up with a scrapping Mum, but this is what he thought of my sister trying to get a photo!!


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