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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Designer - Gina Rodgers - Cards..

Hi everyone, I had lots of lovely bits and pieces left in my March Cupcake kit, so decided to make a set of cards with some of the left-overs..

I've used scraps from the Lemon Lush 6x6 papers along with Dear Lizzy stickers, Studio Calico alphas and some sequins.. Some gesso and mist over the paper adds an 'arty' feel and the thread and tiny fasteners add texture

Happy Easter everyone!
Gina x

Friday, 18 April 2014

GUEST DESIGNER - Lisa Oxley - Rise and Shine

Hey everyone! I am back again today sharing a gorgeous page from Lisa our Guest designer using our March Main Cake kit. 

Lisa has created this gorgeous page titled 'Rise & Shine' for us all to be inspired by. 

Here is a little bit about the layout in Lisa's own words:

I am a sucker for getting up with the sparrows , as my workday starts at 5 am , so any opportunity to get up and out of the house during the week is something i love to do .
Dawn walks along the beach, which I live very close too, are a ritual on off days.
My girlfriend in these photos is now living in Shanghai and this was our last beach walk together before she returned to China.

I love this blue piece of Pattern paper from the APOCD kit,it was calling me to use it .. so out came the house paint again,plus some white embossing powder to highlight the drips across the page .

Washi tape ,some chevron and heart cut outs from a couple of pieces of pattern paper from the kit and a little of my own tissue paper stash added some extra embellishment.

I detailed with my trusty black pen and this layout came together very easily .

Some detailed shots which really showcase the texture and dimension Lisa creates on her pages:

Stay tuned for some more inspiration coming from our designers Lisa and Natalie :)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

I am converted!!!

Ok, I have a confession to make.... I hate the colour purple! BUT this kit has made me change my mind!!
I actually loved using it! This kit had a mix of beautiful colours, yellows, purples, greys, aqua and even red. I LOVED putting these layouts together and I even used lot's of paper on one layout!
Here is the first of my layouts....

This layout started off by using the chevron patterned papers which inspired my use of colours here.
I used some yellow paint on some white cardstock mixed with some blue paint with the Teresa Collins Heart stencil from the kit to create my background. Add in some machine stitching, various washi tapes from my own stash and some stamping.
I added the cut out camera and a cherry flair to be released soon :) along with some sticker elements from the sticker sheet in the kit.
The title was created tracing the letters from the Teresa Collins alphabet stencil and coloured in with a green Faber Castell gelato.

Close up of the camera cut out.

This next layout  was the first of my "purple " layouts and pushed me out of my comfort zone!

The first thing I did was to use some water on my cardstock to apply the purple H20. I covered my cardstock with white gesso and then wet my page with a misting bottle. I then used a brush to apply the H20 and then let it drip down my page. 
I  then selected a range of papers from the kit that included purples, yellows and a bit of  tangerine in them. I tore and cut these papers and layered until i was happy. I then took the alphabet stencil and coloured over it with a yellow gelato.  ( you could spray with mist or use paint ). I then sprayed it with water and used it like a stamp over my papers on my background. 

I then sewed over my papers and added some stencils, stamping and some washi tapes. 
My title is from the kit which I loved! It makes me want to buy a silhouette for myself!
I also once again added a new flair to be released soon, and some of the gorgeous sequins .

Until next time, Eb x

Monday, 14 April 2014

Designer Inspiration - Lisa Pate - Black and White

Hello Everyone,

Today I am sharing a super sweet layout using the March Full Kit.


There was plenty of lovely and very graphic black and white papers to play with, so I bundled them all together to layer.  Once I compiled my layered focal point and attached my photo, the background paper was a little too bold all allow the photo to shine.

I quickly gave it a swipe over with gesso (you could use white paint) to soften it down but still be able to see the pattern.


The Photo is one of my current favourites, taken on my camera phone.  Four Generations.  If you havn't taken a family photo for a while, why don't you set some time away this week to snap one.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Insta-Love ...... Natalie May

Happy Sunday peeps....

Is it just me or did the last week really fly by?

I have scrapped up a storm this week and again, loved playing with my March Cupcake Kit.

This photo was a particularly hard one to scrap as it was the day my mum cut off all my hair before the chemotherapy made it fall out.

I went from having hair half way down my back to up to my ears in a flash - but I did try to embrace it and tried to not let it get to me ... the next to come was the clippers .... I'm yet to scrap those photos.

But ... as we all do these days ... I went to social media for some moral support.... some reassurance ...

I posted this photo on Instagram and by the end of the day, the kind words and Insta-Love had lifted me higher .... Where would we be without Social Media!

So the Insta-Love Frames and Veneers couldn't be more perfect for this page.

Did you know that you can trim them down?
I took to mine with my little Fiskars Guillotine and corner rounder and it was a better fit for my page.

 I even used the offcuts and tucked them in under my photo for a little balance.



Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some love
Natalie May

Friday, 11 April 2014

Designer - Gina Rodgers - Stencil Fun!

Hi everyone, I'm sharing another March Cupcake kit layout today. I've had fun creating the background on this page using another of the fabulous Teresa Collins stencils. I've sprayed through the stencil onto a scrap piece of paper, then flipped it over to "print" with the ink left on the stencil, then added some touches of purple Twinkling H2O's with a paint brush..


Using the shipping tag in the kit, I've inked the reinforcement ring and added the date and a sticker..

I love this exclusive triangle wood veneer card and it cuts easily with scissors, making it perfect for layering with papers and stickers..

I've also added a chipboard embellishment from the Insta Lovin set..

Have a great weekend!
Gina x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

GUEST DESIGNER - Lisa Oxley - Love

Today I am here to share our first layout with our Guest Designer this month, the super talented Lisa Oxley! Lisa has been delving into our March Main Kit and creating some awesome funky layouts. 

 Here is Lisa's first layout and what she had to say about it:

This is the first layout i started with using the APOCD kit...i love black cardstock and as i haven't used pattern paper for over 12 months i wanted to ease myself back .
so i got out my house paint and dribbled over the page..
i love the effect.
Then a little other acrylic paints to highlight some of the colours in the photo and a few strips of pattern paper plus a little of my personal tissue paper stash .
A few embellies from the fab APOCD kit and this layout is all done ..
I am subscribing to the is the less is more theory in this one.

 A close up of all the bright paint detail, an gorgeous embellie cluster and our kit exclusive flair.
 Title close up, so many layered elements here.

I hope Lisa has inspired you to get creating with your March kits!

Raquel x
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