Friday, March 28, 2014

Two last layouts using Far & Away and Limelight Collections - by Linda Eggleton

Hi there everyone...welcome to the blog today.
As you know, I've been working with 2 collections this month,
Teresa Collins' Far & Away & Kaisercraft's Limelight ....
 and I have really enjoyed creating with both.
 So for my last post for this month, I'm sharing a layout from each collection....
(a full list of products used is listed at the bottom of this post)
First up is using Far & Away
"Bay of Martyrs"
I have used the reverse side of the Ephemera paper for my background as I liked the grid pattern and thought it would work well as a base for some background work. I am loving using stencils & templates for stamping with mists lately, so again, this is the technique I've used for my background. I used the CW Quarterfoil template with some Denim Blue glimmermist - I first sprayed the template then placed it on my background piece & gently smoothed it over to ensure the GM transferred on to my paper base. I've also splashed a bit of Scarlet GM around, plus a bit of random stamping using Kaisercraft's Tiny Dots stamp. 
For my cluster I have layered some Green Tara flowers, 2Crafty Summer Leaf Stem, that I've kept raw & diecuts & stickers from the Far & Away collection.
Here I've fussy cut around the red pattern on the reverse side of the Word Labels paper to create a scalloped effect to help break up all those straight it tied in with the background quarterfoil stamping :)
 And here is a better look at some of the background stamping with the a few of the stickers & diecuts.

I've created a few layers of different lengths & widths in behind the photos...with one that I cut into a banner shape at the sides of the photos....and I've distressed all the edges to help create a bit of texture & depth.

And here is an overall close up of the main area of the page...with the title & a few stickers & diecuts.
Ok next layout using the Limelight collection from Kaisercraft....
"True Love"

Oh how I love this collection! 
Again, another grid type pattern for the background in green...with a bit of a black border using the reverse side of the Dawn paper.  To create my background, I first randomly sprayed the green "Bright" paper with some White Linen Dylusions ink spray....which helped tone down the brightness of the paper.  I then used the Kaisercraft "Flutter" template with some modelling paste to create the pretty spray of butterflies across the page. 
Once this was dry, I placed the template back over the page & then stamped some of the butterflies with Kaisercraft script stamp & some Prima chalk ink (Tin Can).  I then continued on with creating the rest of the layout, adding layers of papers & adding all my embellishments.  When the page was  finished, I then decided that there was too much white on the butterfly background (yep, I tend to do this a lot!).  So I decided to colour random butterflies with 2 different glimmermists, which meant I had to pull the papers & embellies back off the page (yep, I tend to do this sort of thing a lot if I'm not happy with it!).  So again, I laid the template back over the page & then brushed the glimmermist on with a small paint brush.  Surprisingly, this didn't affect the script stamping...I thought that it may have made the stamping run & smudge, but nope, it was all fine :)  I then finished off the background work by adding a few random flicks of slate glimmermist....and then I placed all my layers & embellies back into place on the page to finish it all off :)
Here are a few close ups....

The main cluster with some of the leafy diecuts from the Collectables pack  as the base of the cluster - this has been one of my most favourite Collectables pack EVER - there are just so many pieces in this pack that are so ME :)...also some Petaloo, Manor House & Kaisercraft flowers.

I've used a 2Crafty Ornate Oval Frame to frame my photo....adding some modelling paste for texture, then painting it in Liquid Pearls for a lovely pearly sheen, & I then finished it off with a light coat of painted Wheatfield glimmermist.  To the left of the frame I've used one of the clock face diecuts from the Collectables pack with a butterfly sticker from the sticker sheet layered on top.

A few of the banner stickers from the sticker sheet.

For the title I've used the black alpha stickers from the TC Far & Away sticker sheet, plus the word Love from the 2Crafty ATC word pack, that I first coated in gesso & then coloured with a grey gelato.

Here is a close up of the butterflies with the stamping & some painted in glimmermist.

And here's a bit of a close up to show the layers of papers, all distressed & inked for more definition & one of the diecut banners from the Collectables pack.

And as always....a close up of the main area of the page.
The pic is of my Mum & Dad, who are still together & going strong after 53 years of marriage <3
I hope you have enjoyed your visit today & have been inspired by my
creations using both of these collections this month :)
Until next time...take care & happy scrapping.
Linda xx
Products used:
Bay of Martyrs
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Ephemera
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Damask
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Word Labels
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Notecards
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Chevron
Teresa Collins - Far & Away - Die Cut Accessory Sheet
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Sticker Sheet
Green Tara - Gardenia - Red
Green Tara - Apple Blossom - Cream
Green Tara - Cherry Blossom - Blue
2Crafty - Chipboard - Summer Leaf Stem
American Crafts - Thickers
Crafters Workshop - 12x12 Template - Quarterfoil
Kaisercraft - Texture Stamp - Tiny Dots
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Denim Blue
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Scarlet
Prima - Chalk Ink - Black Coal
True Love
Kaisercraft - Limelight paper - Dawn
Kaisercraft - Limelight paper - Bright
Kaisercraft - Limelight paper - Learn
Kaisercraft - Limelight paper - Arise
Kaisercraft - Limelight paper - One's Journey
Kaisercraft - Limelight  - Collectables Pack
Kaisercraft - Limelight - Sticker Sheet
Kaisercraft - Stencil - Flutter
Kaisercraft - Texture Stamp - Script
Kaisercraft - Paper Blooms - Honey
2Crafty - Chipboard - Frame Oval Ornate
2Crafty - Chipboard - ATC words
Petaloo - Penny Lane Mixed Blossoms - Antique Green
Manor House Creations - Sugar & Spice - Cream
Dylusions - Ink Spray - White Linen
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Wheatfields
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Honey Dew
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Slate
Prima - Chalk Ink - Tin Can
Echo Park - This & That Charming - Decorative Brads
Tim Holtz - Liquid Pearls - White Opal
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Black Soot
Mont Marte - Modelling Paste
Faber-Castell - Gelatos

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MME Now & Then Izzy - by Fiona Johnstone

Hello everyone
For this weeks layout, I am using the gorgeous new My Minds Eye Now & Then range - Izzy;  to capture this photo of my two children, who are so close,  both in age and affection for each other.
How cool is the big ampersand? I knew I wanted to use that as the focus on my title, so kept it simple by using their names as the title.
Another awesome part of this range is  the fun "mixed bag" of embellishments which compliment the Izzy range and make up the majority of the embellishments I have used on my layout.
A close up of the left hand side embellishments, which include some flutterby flair alongside the MME Izzy Mixed Bag:
 And the right hand side which includes the fabulous ampersand which is part of the mixed bag, as is the viewfinder and the happy banner:
  Thanks for stopping by, 
till next Tuesday
  Products Used:

MME Now & Then - Izzy "Boys" - Smart Paper
MME Now & Then - Izzy "Happenings" - Celebrate Paper
MME Now & Then - Izzy "Smile"- Bloom Paper
MME Now & Then - Izzy "Happenings" Mixed Bag
October Afternoon Daily Flash Alpha
Flutterby Designs Flair Design 7
Washi Tape
MME Cut & Paste "Charm" Smile Enamel Dots
Lily Bee Designs Chit Chat Stickers - Pinwheel

Friday, March 21, 2014

Teresa Collins Far & Away by Linda Eggleton

Hi there everyone....happy Friday & welcome to the blog!
Today I'm back to share 2 more layouts using Teresa Collins Far & Away collection.
  The thickness & texture in TC papers is fabulous and makes them such a pleasure to work with!
I love the red, white, cream, grey & blue in this collection, and although I've mostly used them for travel photos (which you all probably know by now, it's what I scrap the most), this range would also go perfectly for any type of photos that suited these colours, as you'll see in my 2nd layout :)
My 1st layout is based on the 15th March Stuck sketch.
"Poulnabrone Dolmen"
I've used the Maps paper for my background and chose to not add any background work as the paper is fairly busy, except for a few splashes of scarlet glimmermist that I added after I'd finished the page, as I felt it needed a little touch of red added to it....then I've layered bits of PP that matched in with the colours of the photos.
I've added a small cluster of flowers, diecuts & the arrow piece cut from the word labels paper to the top right of the photos.
These are banner pieces, slightly overlapping each other from both the sticker & diecut sheets.
And some more of the 2Crafty chevron bits that are inked in black.  I love that this pack of chevrons has so many pieces & different sizes those outlined/negative bits are a fav!
Across the top of the page is the scalloped border strip from the sticker sheet with a few scrap strips layered on top.  Also some strip journaling that I cut from the throw away bits from around the diecut sheet.  I also cut the Chevron PP (just below the journaling) to the shape of the chevrons to help highlight them & create more interest to the page.
And some more journaling a the bottom of the page - telling a brief history of the Poulnabrone tomb
And here is an overall shot of the main area of the page where you can see the photos & details of the layers better.  The small rectangle piece with the date is cut from the Word Labels PP...which also has a heap of other travel related words & symbols.
Now for the 2nd layout....
"Selfie fail ?"
For this layout I've used white cardstock as the base with some stamped stencil work using CW chickenwire template, with some added ink stamping as well.
I sprayed the chickenwire template with some Scarlet GM inside an old pizza box.  I then flipped the template over & laid it onto my white cardstock, carefully pressing it down slightly to make sure the GM transfered onto the cardstock.  I then worked out where my papers would go & added some random stamping using Kaisercraft chevron stamp, and to finish the background off, I've added a few small flicks of Denim Blue Glimmermist.

Another cluster with Green Tara & Kaisercraft flowers, a Flutterby flair & punched butterfly.

These are more word strips cut from the Word Labels paper, plus one of the tab stickers from the sticker sheet.  Plus you can get a bit of a looksie at the stamped stencil work on the background.

More stickers that I have trimmed down to create a little banner.  Some using the top wider part of the banner and others using the longer thin part ....and I've overlapped them slightly when placing them onto the layout.

Some more of the background work & a quick simple title using the alpha stickers from the sticker sheet.

And here is a bit of a close up of the main area of the layout.
I've used some 2Crafty filmstrip that I inked in black & poked in under the sides of my and my pooch Oscar, who I'd swear hates the camera!  Unless you have food to bribe him with, he will never look at the camera...LOL
That's it from me today.....Thanks so much for visiting :)
I hope you have been inspired by this gorgeous, versatile collection.
Linda x
Products used:
Poulnabrone Dolmen
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Maps
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Postcards
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Word Labels
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Notecards
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Damask
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Chevron
Teresa Collins - Far & Away - Die Cut sheet
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Sticker sheet
Green Tara - Gardenia - Red
Green Tara - Cherry Blossom - Blue
Green Tara - Cherry Blossom - White 
2Crafty - Chipboard - Chevron Bits
Prima - Chalk Ink - Black Coal
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Scarlet
Basic Grey - Micro alpha stickers
Selfie Fail?
Bazzill Cardstock - White
Bazzill Cardstock - Raven
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Damask
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Postcards
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Notecards
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Damask
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Chevron
Teresa Collins - Far & Away paper - Sticker sheet
2Crafty - Chipboard - Film Strip (small)
Green Tara - Gardenia - Red
Green Tara - Cherry Blossom - Blue
Kaisercraft - Paper Bloom - Honey
Flutterby Designs - Flair Button - Design 148
Crafters Workshop - Template - Chickenwire
Kaisercraft - Texture Stamp - Chevron
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Denim Blue
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Scarlet
Martha Stewart - Butterfly punch
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Black Soot

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Crate Paper Ranges - by Fiona Johnstone

Hello everyone

Today I am sharing a layout I have created using a mix of Crate Paper papers from various ranges. This is a great way of starting to combine different paper ranges, by staying with the same manufacturer, as the colour tones in the paper are often similar.

 I have used papers from Crate Papers, Styleboard by Maggie Holmes, The Pier and Pretty Party ranges. 

My layout Backyard Picnic is based on the current sketch over at Stuck Sketches.

In this close up you can see how the papers all blend nicely with each other, by taking at least one colour from each range to compliment the others:

And the other side with some enamel dots to match the colouring in the Family, Life, Love sticker and my title:

Hope I have inspired you to mix up your papers! 

Thanks for stopping by

Products Used:
Crate Paper Styleboard by Maggies Holmes - Melody
Crate Paper The Pier- Poolside
Crate Paper The Pier - Sunscreen
Crate Paper Pretty Party Paper - Party Guest 
October Afternoon Sidewalks Word Sticker Sheet
October Afternoon Woodland Park Word Sticker Sheet
Crate Paper Styleboard by Maggie Holmes Flair Adhesive Badges
Studio Calico Essentials Cork Shapes - Geotags
 Crate Paper Random Alpha Sticker Sheet
American Crafts Thickers
Teresa Collins Family Stories Enamel Dots
MME Cut and Paste Charm Smile Enamel Dots


Friday, March 14, 2014

Kaisercraft "Limelight" by Linda Eggleton

 Hi I'm sharing 2 layouts using Kaisercraft's "Limelight" collection.
 If you love GREEN like I do, then you will love this collection!
 It is full of gorgeous green's in just about every shade you can think there's some lovely grey's and browns to co-ordinate as well.

First up is....

"Cahir Castle"
For my background piece I have used the grey woodgrain side of the "vibrant" paper, which I lightly coated in watered down gesso to begin with to help lighten it a bit. I then used a CW stencil as a stamp with gesso to get the white hexagon imprint you can see.
I am loving doing this to my backgrounds atm :)
I also randomly stamped with Kaisercraft "Arty" stamp & splashed around some
Key Lime Pie glimmermist

I then used various strips from the "today" paper, along with the scalloped border sticker & a few of the cut off pieces from the bottom of the pages to layer both horizontally & vertically on my page.
Here are a few close ups...

I've used a few g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s pieces from the Collectables pack in my cluster, layering them in and around each other....I've used one of the leafy sprays, the beautiful parrot/bird & the little white flower, along with some Green Tara & Petalloo flowers.

Here you can see the little bird a bit one of the buttefly stickers from the sticker sheet, and a few brads from last months kit.

Title & a few stickers & diecuts....with some of the stamped stencil work on the background.


I thought the Kaisercraft Arty stamp was perfect for stamping around the edges of where my papers were going to sit.  I first worked out where the papers would go, and before sticking them down I added some random stamping, so that just a bit would be showing out from the edges.

Here you can see a better view of the stamped stencil work with gesso :)
I randomly painted the stencil in gesso after working out what area I wanted to cover, then just flipped it over onto my paper....Such fun & I do love the effect! :)

And a close up of the main area of the page.
Pics are of Cahir Castle in Co. Tipperary - this was one of my fav castles while in Ireland.
 My journaling will go on the back of the layout (haven't had a chance to get it done yet! :-/ )

Next up is a layout based on the Kaisercraft 1st Saturday sketch for March
"Memories of Inistioge"

I have used the gorgeous leafty "Learn" paper to create a border for my page, with the lighter "first step" paper ....and again,  I have used a Kaisercraft stencil (Bubbles) as a stamp, rather than as a stencil, using a few different coloured glimmermistsas to create my background.
Inistioge is in Ireland...a gorgeous little village with this amazing old bridge
and is so so green (as is all of Ireland!)

In my cluster I've used a few of the leafy diecuts from the Collectables pack (these are uttely gorgeous and so life like!), as well as a few other pieces from the collectables pack - plus some Kaisercraft blooms as well as some Petaloo flowers too that I have layered on top of the leafy sprays

Here's the cluster from a different angle....don't you think those leaves look so real?!?
The detail in them is amazing!

A few banner stickers from the Collectables pack, plus you can see a bit of my border stiching.

My title - and you can also see a bit of stamping using Kaisercraft's Tiny Dot stamp....I love this stamp because it is not overpowering & is quite subtle when added to a page.  I've also added some strips of Prima washi tape (from a previous months kit) in amongst my layers around the photo for some touches of yellow.. 

I've used a few diecuts from the collectables pack to create more layers in under my papers, both above & to the left of I used a fairly old Rubon from my stash up the side of the photo which forms part of my title.

Another small cluster at the top left of the page....all pieces from the Collectables pack layered over each other, with a Flutterby flair button on top.
Again, more journaling is to be added to the back of my layout.
Thanks so much for dropping by today....I hope you have been inspired and enjoyed your visit :)
Linda xx

Products used:

Cahir Castle
The Crafters Workshop - Template - Honeycomb
American Crafts Thickers
Mont Marte Gesso
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Key Lime Pie
Memories of Inistioge
Kaisercraft - Cotton lace
Kaisercraft - Rubons - Memories
Kaisercraft Decorative Brad
American Crafts - Thickers
Martha Stewart - Border Punch - Doily Lace
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Tattered Angels - Plain Jane Mist - Burlap
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Wheatfields
Tattered Angels - Glimmermist - Honey Dew
Embroidery thread