Monday, 31 December 2012

Lots of gift-wrap left over from Christmas?

Why not make use of it to enter the current card challenge?

Click on the link in the sidebar to see the details -
there is an amazing prize on offer from Lou Collins.
Challenge is open until the 15th January so still time to enter and wash away the Christmas Blues :)

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Winner .......

Of the November card challenge is...................
with this lovely design.
Congratulations Karen, please contact to claim your prize.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Your Cards for December

First card in for the recycle challenge is this beautiful card from:

using brown paper, bubble wrap, pages from a paper back and packaging material.

Packaging from inside a box, from an old book, brown paper packing, gems on wires were rescued from the crackers.

Fat Face clothes tag, ribbon from packaging on Christmas pyjamas, part of a crochet vintage doily,
a Cath Kidston  paper bag and some old shirt buttons.

Jeans tag & ribbon, backing from alphas, card from packaging greeting from booklet.

Don't forget Lou is providing this great prize for the December card challenge -
 you have until 15th January to enter.

Please check the December Card Challenge post for more details and the DT inspiration cards.

up dated 14.00 14.01.13

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Sneak Peek for January

Merry Christmas All!

Hope you have a wonderful day, and here is a peek at what we have planned for January's challenge and the start of a new year of challenges!

Got any idea what we have planned?

Pop back on 1st January to find out.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

How I made my monochrome page - Linda

This is my version.

A sheet of white bazzill is my base. I traced and cut out a scalloped heart using a technique tuesday template the added it at an angle.
I used a memory box die with hearts to create a border edge, then placed it along the bottom edge of the photo (approx 4x4") mounted on white card. A line of white ruched ribbon covered the bottom edge.

Our kit contains a variety of Mulberry flowers which we placed to the top right and bottom left of the photo, trailing off to the corner, along with some white leaves and a feather.

I also added some scrollwork shapes cut with another die and some Marianne double butterflies.
The little ones are from a Martha Stewart punch.

Liquid pearls in white was dotted around the scalloped edge and flat backed pearls added randomly.

This is Pam's layout, her blog can be found here.

and our sketch...
Still time to enter the challenge and win a fab prize.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Lou's Stash RAK

Pop over to Lou Collins blog to comment and be in with a chance of winning all this over the new year!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

December Card Challenge - recycle

We have a great challenge for you this month. Our own Design Team member - Lou is asking us all to make a card including recycled or natural materials like packaging or dried twigs.

Lou is kindly offering all these lush goodies for the winner:

Kaisercraft Botanical Odyssey Rubons
Kaisercraft Botanical Odyssey Collectables
Kaisercraft Botanical Odyssey Clear Stamp Set
Kaisercraft Miss Match Bingo Cards (10 pk)
Kaisercraft 6" x 6" Christmas paper pad
Jillibean Soup Label Stickers
Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks Pink & Lilac Twine
X-Cut Tri-Boss embossing folder - bottle tops
X-Cut Tri-Boss embossing folder - haberdashery
Maya Road Kraft Clock Faces
Colorbok Victorian Parlour Die Cut pieces
Zva Pink Crystal Swirls
Tim Holtz Symphony Tissue Tape
Prima Botanical Collection Chipboard Shapes
Assorted Ribbons
Piece of hessian
3 medium wooden pegs.

Here is LOU's card:

"Here is my 'recycled' card. I used corrugated card for the base, a clothing tag, a strip of Tim Holtz packaging, a small bulldog clip, some string and stamped my sentiment onto plastic packaging using stazOn and then a white gel pen :)"

All we ask is that when you enter you post your card on your blog with a link to this challenge post and add a photoof Lou's prize  and a link to this challenge on your blog too.

Here are the rest of the Design Team's cards.


Made out of a Costa Christmas takeout Cup

"I used some plastic packaging to make a shaker box and also some ribbon that was part of some other packaging."

"The photo, that was unused and sitting on my desk, a page recycled from an old stamp catalogue, and a rubber band!!


Corrugated cardboard, card and ribbon from packaging.

I used the front cover of a gardening magazine, ribbon and bell from a well known chocolate bunny, backing card from some craft packaging.

This one uses some Dulux paint chips, a ribbon from a new pair of pyjamas!

Our GUEST DESIGNER for the month

"I used twigs from the garden and dried them, then painted with gesso. I also used some old pizza box and stripped it back and painted with gesso again."

The challenge will run until the 15th January 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.

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.

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, 7 December 2012

Your Layouts for December

Your beautiful creations for this month.

Here is the first completed layout for the month of December.

Well done JANINE for being first:







updated 04.01.13

Looking forward to seeing more layouts as they come in.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Winner of the November Scraplift Challenge

Louise has chosen a winner for the 'W is for Wire' Challenge and it's


with her first ever layout!

Please contact us to claim your prize supplied by Jill of Cardinal Colours

Our thanks to Lou, Jill and all who entered the challenge.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

How I made My Monochromatic Page - Petite Bebe

Here is some detail about how I made my layout for December's challenge.  We are challenging you all to create a Monochromatic layout by scraplifting the work of Pam Thorburn here blog can be found HERE.

This is a reminder of her original layout

this was our sketch.

I stuck with the white for my colour scheme, but chose a coloured photograph of my daughter Catherine taken in June 1992 when she was about 10 weeks old. I loved this little romper suit I brought for Catherine, with it's pretty floral print and smocking. It's one I kept and she now treasures.

I used a sheet of Dotted Swiss Bazzill in Salt as my base. I then used a sheet of white Bazzill and cut the following from it:
Two circles - one 3" and one 4" (I used George and Basic Shapes Cartridge and the Cricut)
A scalloped square 5" (I used Cindy Loo Cartridge and the Cricut)
Two Garden Branches using the Marianne Design die and the Big Shot
Three Catalina Wreaths using the Memory Box die and the Big Shot
Two Kaleidoscope Butterflies using the Memory Box die and the Big Shot

With scraps of the white card punch:
Twice with the Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly punch
Twice with the Martha Stewart 3 in 1 hydrangea punch
Four times with the Martha Stewart frond punch

Take the circles and run through the Big shot using the Cuttlebug Elegant Birds embossing folder.
Trim 1 1/2" from one side of the scalloped square and run this through the dandelion embossing folder.

I printed the photo to the size of 4" x 6" and then used my 4" circle as a template to cut the photo.

Then I arranged the circles, scalloped square and photo on the background, adding a doily under the photo. This was all stuck down into position. I arranged  the two Catalina wreaths overlapping one another and the embossed circles, these were stuck down in just a few places with a sticky foam pad under each of the larger flowers, thus leaving the wreath free to appear to be hovering off the page. It also allows for other items to be tucked in place later.

Add the two large Memory Box butterflies  one to the top right of the page and the other to the left of the larger circle - only sticking the bodies to the page so the wings are free. Add a few of the smaller butterflies above the latter in the same way.

Stick a strip of DST from the bottom centre of the photo out to the right of the layout to end at the edge of the the scalloped circle. Stick white satin ribbon over the tape pleating as you go.

Stick the two Marianne Garden Branches to the page one to the left of the ribbon reaching out to the left, the other from the bottom centre of the photo, trailing to the bottom of the layout, slightly over to the left.

Now to destroy the blossoms and leaves - Maw ha ha ha! Take the wires and any green leaves and yellow stamen off! Arrange a selection of flowers onto the page with the larger ones nearer the photo trailing down in size towards the left corner of the page. I used two white wires from the leaves to extend from the flowers, adding tiny roses at the ends and some small blossoms halfway down.
I added some petal shapes from the 3 in 1 Hydrangea punch over the centre of some of the flowers where green or yellow bits still showed, layering these up where appropriate. Add some punched leaf fronds here and there.

I added a blossom, two punched fronds and a tiny rose to the right hand end of the ribbon.

I curled up four white wires to add as tendrils from the blossoms. Also add the silk leaves.

Use flat backed pearls to add centres to some of the blossoms.

With White Opal Liquid Pearls add tiny dots around the large circle and some slightly larger dots around the scalloped edges of the square. I then added some random dots to the branches and the wreaths.

Finally cut the title in white Bazzill using Lucy QuickKuts alphabet dies. Stick to the bottom right of the layout. Highlight the title with some Glossy Accents.

Pop back to the post titles ' M is for Monochromatic' published on 1st December for more details of the challenge and the prize and to see what the rest of the DT created.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday, 1 December 2012

M is for Monochrome

For the month of December we are scraplifting the beautiful work of Pam Thorburn. 

Some words from Pam:

"Pam Thorburn has been scrapping since 2005, having discovered this great hobby when visiting family in Australia, where she is originally from. She has lived in Scotland for 22 years, with her Scottish husband, and two kids Jack and Emily, but retains her Aussie accent!

Pam writes regularly for The Scrapbook Magazine, and was a designer for Kaisercrafts in 2010. She has been published in UK magazines, as well as in US magazine Somerset Memories. Pam has a low boredom threshold, and so her scrapping style is constantly changing as she experiments with new materials, techniques and styles. At the moment Pam loves to play around with paints and mists on her layouts.

When she is not scrapping Pam likes to travel, walk in the countryside and take lots of photos."

Pam's Blog can be seen HERE

This is Pam's layout:

We drew our sketch as always

We challenge you to make a layout using Pam's layout and out sketch for inspiration and a monochromatic colour scheme.

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.

to follow

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


Jill at Cardinal Colours has come up with another fabulous prize this month.

Monochromatic Bazzill Basics Pack and a selection of ribbons

We hope you will joining the fun and enter the challenge by creating a layout using the sketch and a monochromatic scheme to enter the challenge Please comment below with a link to the post on your blog where your layout is featured. If you don't have a blog please email us with an image - address in sidebar.
The challenge closes at midnight on 5th January 2013

Please create a new layout for this challenge - no back links will be accepted.

Prize available to UK residents only.
Looking forward to seeing what you all make - good luck.