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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Thoughtful Thursday ... Cards with Natalie May


Hi there

It's the time of the year when Thank you Cards and Christmas Cards need to be made.

I used my November kit to whip up a couple of cards for a few special people in our lives.


This first one was created for Jessica's teacher.
I friend made a print for me with a hand carved stamp so I used it for the main element then added some papers from the kit as a background with a super cute Cherry Flair!

Simple but effective!


The next one is for Jess' OSHC carer.This chick is a champ and I love her to bits!
Using a simple Heidi paper in the background, I used the die cuts as the main elements and stapled on the acetate words to keep it super simple with a Cherry Flair being the hero of this card!
I hope she like it ( I have also got her a custom print from the gorgeous Jodie at PolkaDot Creative)




And this final card is for my sister who has her birthday in the first week of January.
I've been making a few shaker cards recently - I have forgotten how easy and effective they are!
This is my fave paper from this collection - it's nice and girly and will suit my sister perfectly!


I added a couple of flowers from my stash and some seam binding to add some dimension to the card.


Thanks for stopping by & have a great day
Natalie

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tutorial Tuesday - Anna Allan : My heart is full...


HELLO!
I'm here today to take you through a layout I created and how I went about it.
I am using the November Main Cake Kit.


As you would be aware from my Friday Favourites post, I am loving the Amy Tangerine 'Stitched' ephemera pack!
And usually I struggle with how to use the cut-apart papers because I have a small complex with cutting into papers...I am slowly getting over this as you will see here! ;-)


So basically for this layout I have:

- chosen a photo I want to use
- cut up the Maggie Holmes 'Open Book' cut apart paper and chosen what bits say and portray what I want - loved that 'my heart is full' panel as it teamed perfectly with my photo of being a new first-time Mum so created the page around that sentiment!
- I've gone with the panelled collage-y look again and used some die-cuts from the ephemera pack too. I love how well the two different products from different lines teamed so well together - it just demonstrates Raquel's expertise in creating kits with products that co-ordinate super well when put together!
- I have added extra embellishing with the sequins (for some bling), gold stickers (for added shine!), and the flair (for the cherry on top!).



I didn't need to add any extra journalling as the sentiments of the papers said it all really! Gotta love that :-)


Thanks for popping by! Seeya next time!

Anna :-)


Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday Favourites: Anna Allan - Fill the page...


Hi Anna here! 
Today I am here to showcase my favourite things from the Main Cake kit for November.


It's actually not that easy to pick a fave from such awesome kits but I guess I can narrow it down to what I go to the most.
And in this case, it was the vellum (Maggie Holmes 'Open Book'), the ephemera pack (Amy Tangerine 'Stitched'), and the cut aparts paper (Maggie Holmes 'Open Book').


And I really did love those gold stickers from Maggie's Open Book range too but MAN! they are really hard to photograph! I ended up having to get my six year old to hold her hands just the right way over the page so it created a shadow over the sticker part and the words could be visible and not have any glare. Surely there is an easier way but hey! that's the way I did it ;-) LOL!

Now -- you are probably thinking "Well, she's gone to town with that ephemera pack!" and you would be quite correct! It's just got some lovely little die-cuts and sentiment pieces. I also used some words and such from the cut aparts paper. I decided to pop the photo in the centre as it is the focal point after-all -- and then just compiled a tiled look with all the ephemera pieces I liked. I've jotted down some little notes/memories in my own handwriting here and there too - just to add the story in.



Thanks for popping in!
Until next time...

Anna :-)


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Thoughtful Thursday - Felicity - Lovely Mini album





Hello Friends!
As promised I am back today to share with you a mini album I created using the November main kit. Something cute and quiet easy. I loved all the little sentiments in the Amy Tangerine embellishments that I simply used them as my feature through the album. They were all little positive affirmations and something I need sometimes to be reminded about Daily.
Lets take a peek at my album, shall we??













I hope you liked and inspires you create with your kit.
Seriously, I got 2 really full beautiful pages and now this mini album with a few scraps for a card or two. Not bad uh?? Especially for me who loads there projects up with lots and lots of pretty things!

Happy crafting! XO

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Workspace Wednesday - Felicity - mini album mess!



 Hello.
Just thought I would keep it real and show you what my desk looks like mid way through creating a mini album using the November main kit.


Come back soon to see it all finished!

Happy Wednesday! XO

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Paper Cut Labs 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, a sneak of Dec kits and a tutorial

Hey everyone,

Today we are shifting from our usual 'Tutorial Tuesday' post to bring you something special! A blog hop and a crop, hosted by Papercut Labs. Todays post will contain the crop and hop details so far, a sneak of our December Cupcake kit and a tutorial using that kit. Cool hey !?!


There are some absolutely amazing stores signed up to donate prizes to this hop and it is well worth joining in :) All of the major details can be found here.

Monday, 8 December 2014: Papercut Labs
Tuesday, 9 December 2014: A Piece of Cake Designs << YOU ARE HERE
Wednesday, 10 December 2014: Kellie Stamps
Thursday, 11 December 2014: Heidi Swapp
Friday, 12 December 2014: The Scrappery
Saturday, 13 December 2014: Seriously Scrapbooking
Sunday, 14 December 2014: Maya Road
Monday, 15 December 2014: Stampin’ Up!
Tuesday, 16 December 2014: Scrapmatts
Wednesday, 17 December 2014: D-lish Scraps
Thursday, 18 December 2014: Studio Calico
Friday, 19 December 2014: Papercut Labs

We are donating not one but two kits to this big event:

A December kit from last year which contains a gorgeous and traditional colour palette perfect for documenting your christmas season

And the October 2014 Cupcake kit, one of my faves, so fun, funky and colourful!


So what do you need to do to go into the draw to win one of these prizes or a prize from any of the other sponsors?

*All the below details are from the Papercut Labs site and can be found here*

Everyone who joins the crop party event on Facebook goes into the draw to win one of twenty-four prizes (two from each sponsor, and four from us).

However, to improve your chances of winning one of the giveaways, you can:

a. Create a project (card, layout, OTP, something paper-y) inspired by the challenges and upload it to the event page. Doing this, you’ll receive SIX entries into the giveaway draw. (Make sure you tell us which challenges you used!)
b. Comment on a project on the event page, and you’ll receive another one entry into the giveaway draw.

To see the challenges visit here

The hop and crop are open until December 20 so you have plenty of time to join in.

So onto the hop tutorial we have here for you. Today I decided to create something a little different to my usual. I decided to demonstrate how perfect our kits can be for card making too, and what better than a christmas card for a Christmas blog hop! Plus today you will get an extra sneak peek of some of the contents of our December Cupcake kit.

Here is a sneak of the kit and what I chose from when creating my card:

Featured in the December Cupcake kit is gorgeous Christmas papers by Webster's Pages, a whole die cut pack from Jillibean Soup, a Tim Holtz Christmas mask and more!



This is what I started with from my own stash, a 4x6" card made from American Crafts white card stock and a manilla tag (these are used to wrap washi tape around in our Cupcake Kits).


I wanted to add a subtle texture to the page by using the mask and some Faber Castell 'Whipped Spackle'. I applied the this to cover the entire 4x6"surface.  


I love the texture this medium adds, it is so fluffy but also looks so sharp and detailed.


Next step,  gather a series of coordinating die cuts, I have used a handful of pieces from the Jillibean Soup die cut pack included in the December Cupcake kit. 


Now I begin the layering process on my card.


I love to add dimension to my projects. I do this by layering and using foam tape between some layers. With the die cuts below I have applied all directly to the tag apart from the top right of the poinsettia flower, which I have popped up with a small square of foam tape.  


I completed this cluster of die cuts by adding the 'Ho Ho Ho' label. 



I am enjoying card making more and more and find that I enjoy making cards which look simple, with the white space I love, but that also contain texture and my fave a layered cluster of embellishments.

Heres the final images of the card.



If this inspired you to get creating I would love to see what you come up with. Email me your creations at raquel@apieceofcakedesigns.com.au as I would love to see them and share them with our followers.

Thanks for visiting our blog today, be sure to check back at the Papercut Labs blog and visit Kellie Stamps tomorrow for an amazing hop tutorial :)
Raquel xxx
 
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