Friday, October 21, 2016

Wild and Free

Hello paper friends!
Just a quick post today to share with you some of my work for Couture Creations with the new  Wild and Free collection.
My first thought when I seen these papers was "ooh I don't have any African photos or zoo photos but I found that the papers worked perfectly for boy photos too.

Thanks for stopping by
Until next time

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Perfect Moments with Ooh La La

Hello paper people!
I have been lucky enough this month to have a play with the newly released Ooh La La collection.
Oh my this collection is seriously lovely!
The brown and cream tones go perfectly with old heritage photos but also work for everyday scrapping too.
So I chose an old pic of my dear mum and her puppy and it teamed perfectly with the new collection.

This collection is truly beautiful.  Lots of stunning dies and they are so intricate.   I have used the Ornate Entrance set.  I love how this looks tucked under the photo.  You will also see a die cut from the Intrinsic & Ornamental set poking out from the top of my photo.  Teamed up with both of the ephemera packs and it makes scrapping such a joy!

So I decided to try something a little different.  Have you seen our new stencils by Anna Griffin?  Now I'm not much of a mixed media buff but decided I would try them in a different way and trace around the stencil and then hand stitch.
It seemed like a great idea and I love the end result, but oh my it was alot of work!
Here is a quick pic tutorial on how I created the stitching effect.

 First I traced around the stencil with a pencil on some scrap paper.
The using my "pokey tool" I pierced little holes all around the outline.  I hand stitched with a running stitch over the pattern.
Here is a closer look at the stitching details.

I was also lucky enough to have a play with the new Anna Griffin pigment powders.  Now these are LOTS of fun to play with.
I just took a little bit of the powder out of the pots, mixed with water and a paintbrush and then painted my flowers.  They are so shimmery in real life!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your beautiful comments.  We truly do appreciate it.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Together We Have It All

Hi there paper peeps!
I have been having another little play with the very pretty Sea Breeze range.
The ephemera pack has been sitting looking at me with those pretty little bathing beauty ladies and I really wanted to incorporate them on a layout.

So this layout came about very quickly.  I decided to pull out my scraps of Sea Breeze paper from the collection pack, started fussing cutting the ladies from the ephemera pack.  Die cut a couple of dies using the Cardinal Frame die and also the Flourish from the Sandy Frame and Flourish die set. 

I grabbed my white flowers (the big blue one is coloured with the gorgeous new Anna Griffin Pigment powders)  So shimmery and pretty.  Tucked in a little metal trinket and added a charm at the bottom.

Here is another close up for you.  I absolutely love how this turned out.  I was so happy I could use those vintage ladies with a modern photo and still stick to my style of scrapping.
Until next time
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Be Merry

Hello friends!
Today I have a Christmas layout to share with you all using the very bright and very different BE MERRY collection.
Yep this paper line is a little bright so its perfect for those fun filled photos at Christmas time!
Here's my layout

Yep its a little different.  Lots of bright colours and not a flower in sight!
Here's how I came up with this layout
First grab some supplies
I then placed some of the patterned paper from the 12 x 12 paper pad at the top and bottom of my page.  I also tucked under some glitter paper just to give it a little sparkle.  Seriously this glitter paper is AWESOME.  Not only does the glitter stay put dies cut through perfectly!
Then using one of the new 4 x 6 stencils in the range I added some stars in the white space

 Once that is done is just a matter of clustering up some embellishments and of course adding a doily.  Yep for me no page is complete without one.  This one is called the North Star Doily set.
Here is a couple of close up pics.

Just to give my page a little more texture I have added those super sweet gemstones that match perfectly and also hand stitch across the tops of the papers.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope I have inspired you to have a go with this fun collection.
Until next time
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Friday, August 19, 2016


Hello friends and thanks for popping by.
I have fallen in love all over again with pretty napkins.  Yep I find myself venturing into the $2 shops to see if I can find some nice designs.  This layout was done using some napkins I found along the way. 

I normally don't use yellow but I have also taken a bit of a liking to it lately.  Think it may have something to do with the Maggie Holmes Shine and Bloom collection that have touches of yellow in.

Here is a couple of close ups.  Love that pretty little Maggie Holmes tassel.  Mixed up my flowers with some from my latest Wild Orchid haul.
The circle chipboard frame was actually left behind from a chippy pack but I have covered it with some embossing powder and given it new life.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time
Jo x

Birthday Wishes with Couture Creations

Hi paper friends!  Jo here again this time to share a couple of cards with you.
Today I have teamed up a couple of the super sweet Life is Beautiful dies with my favourite papers, Magnolia Lane.  The dies I have used are Floral Spray and Cherry Cupcake.

These cards were super quick to make and using the Glitter Cardstock from Couture Creations they really make your cards pop!
Here is how I created the little cupcake.

I cut out the die twice.  Once in pink cardstock and the other in silver glitter cardstock.
As you can see in the photo below, I kept all the little cut out pieces from the silver cupcake.

I then stuck my pink cupcake onto one of the circles from the nesting dies and then started gluing in all the silver cut outs. 
I then layered it up with the scallop nesting dies and my favourite doily from the Magnolia Lane range - Magnolia Doily.

I also made another quick card too.  This time I used one of the paper magnolias and added the floral spray die.  This die is fantastic as a filler when using flowers.
Again I have used my circle nesting dies and also the Magnolia Doily die too.
Thanks for popping by.
Until next time

Couture Creations products used
CO724518 - Floral Spray It's A Beautiful Life collection
CO724514 - Cherry Cupcake - It's A Beautiful Life collection
CO723040 - Circle Nesting Dies
C)723041 Circle Scallop Nesting Dies
Ultimate Crafts Products used

ULT157486 - 6 x 6 Magnolia Lane Paper Pad


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Scrapping with Blue Fern

I have to say, Blue Fern have some of the most beautiful papers around (my opinion anyways).  I love the quality of the paper and the designs are so pretty.  Not only do I love their papers, but their chipboard is truly awesome!
Recently while I was in my fav scrapbook store (The Scrapbook Store) I picked up some papers.
Just sharing today what I did with them.

Those diamonds are a chipboard pack and I have covered them with some embossing powders and some gesso.  I added some textured paste and some stenciling to my back ground and then pulled out my flower stash.
Here is a close up

I was really pleased with how this next one turned out.  I never ever ever scrap pics of myself on my own, but I think as I get older, I realise the importance of it. 
Again this is using some Blue Fern papers and a mix of chipboard and flower.

A couple of close ups for you.  I did attempt to do some mixed media on the background and surprisingly I didn't stuff it up!
That really sweet little metal embellishment with the balloon on is from a pack from Wild Orchid Crafts.  They also have some lovely products.

These pretty flowers are also from Wild Orchid crafts and I pulled out my micro beads and had a bit of a play with them too.

Thanks for stopping.
Until next time