Monday, 1 December 2014

Highline Card

Hi Everyone

In my last post I promised I would share the card that Nicky created using a selection of the Highline papers by Basic Grey.

The design was one Nicky spotted over on the Basic Grey website, here, that she adapted.  Nicky drew the balloon outline by hand and just chose off-cuts of a few of the papers from previous projects she had been working on.  The papers really 'pop' against the black background and makes a stunning card.  The 'Happy' sentiment is cut from the Highline 'Fave' paper and just lifted up on 3D pads and the rest of the sentiment is created using the Tim Holtz 'Label Letters' which are such excellent value for money.

Happy Crafting!

Kate xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

More from 'Highline'

Hello there,

I have another layout today created by Nicky and this time it is a double-page spread.

I'm afraid I don't have a shot of them side-by-side but I am sure you get the idea.  This is such great inspiration for showing how to get lots of photos on a layout and still be creative.  The beautiful, vibrant 'Sweetness' paper from the Basic Grey range 'Highline' helps create interest anyway and is the perfect ground for these photos on a hot summer's day. The reverse of the 'Sweetness' paper and also 'Moments' with their white and black designs are the perfect contrast to the vibrancy of the background and really helps to make the photos 'pop'.  Some simple design elements of the arrows which emphasises the story of this layout which was about a journey, together with a pocket for journaling and a few stickers fnishes off these fun pages.

I will be back to share a card that Nicky created using the 'Highline' range very soon.

Happy Crafting!

Kate xx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Mon Ami

Hi Everyone

Today I have a layout created by Nicky Parry using the Basic Grey range 'Mon Ami' to share with you.

'Silly Faces' by Nicky Parry

This daft photo is of Nicky and I taken at the Scrapstars Retreat in April and as Nicky's journaling says 'it is amazing how much more willing you are to have your photograph taken when there are some silly props to hide behind!'  
I love the colour palette and the simplicity of this layout.  The plain cardstock background allows the photo and the design elements to really 'pop'.

Materials used:-
Patterned Papers: Basic Grey Mon Ami 'Bonjour', 'C'est la vie', 'Registre'
Simple Stories Homespun 'Grey Wood/Grid'
Ribbon: May Arts 'Bakers Twine - Seafoam'
Other: Jenni Bowlin 'Printed Tickets - Smileys'

Happy Crafting!

Kate x

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Continuing the Christmas Theme!

Hello Everyone

Well as I had gone ahead and mentioned the 'C' word in my last post I thought I would share with you another layout.  This layout was created by Kathy Rogers who is one of the teachers at the Scrapstars Retreat and I really admire Kathy's work; she has taught some really creative classes at the last two Scrapstars Retreats.  

Anyway Kathy was having a weekend away from teaching and enjoying being creative at the recent Scrappydayz Retreat in Cardiff where she created this lovely layout using the Snow Village range by Pink Paislee.

The layout was created in response to a sketch challenge and I absolutely love this layout.  (You will note that not only is Kathy creative with paper but also with food as the layout depicts her various culinary creations!).

Materials Used:-
Cardstock; Bazzill 'Coastal', 'Ivy', 'Watermelon'

Thank you for allowing me to share your creation Kathy!

Kate xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Cozy Christmas

Hello Everyone,

I hope you have been over on the website looking at all our new goodies that we have recently taken delivery of, many of which include lovely Christmas goodies!  One of my favourites is the 'Simple Stories' range of papers and embellishments called 'Cozy Christmas' which is a very traditional range of papers with snowflakes, baubles and other Christmas icons in warm reds and festive greens with woodgrain effects.

Earlier in the year I spent several weeks organising my photos out of envelopes and into binders following Stacy Julian's Photo Freedom idea. This really was the best thing I could have done because now I can just quickly grab a binder and after a quick flik through grab some photos and begin scrapping.  It has meant that many of our old photos have come to light again and I am much more inspired to scrap them which is how I ended up scrapping this layout.

'Belly Dancers came to worship' by Kate Holliday

These photos were taken in 1999 when my daughter was in Year 1 and although the quality is very poor they make me smile and for me they were a story I wanted to tell.  The warm colours of the Cozy Christmas collection seemed perfect to cope with the bright colours in the photos and I had great fun layering up various papers.  I showed the finished layout to my daughter and it brought back happy memories for her which is surely what scrapbooking is all about.  So grab some photos and some pretty papers and scrapbook your stories today!

Materials used:-

Happy Scrapping!

Kate xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

Something Blue

Hello Everyone,

Last Sunday was my Great Aunt's 85th Birthday and there was a 'gathering of the clan' to help her celebrate.  It was really lovely to all get together and we were very spoilt food-wise also!

I don't know about you but buying birthday presents for someone of that age can be tricky because they don't really want anything but you don't like to go empty handed.  So I decided I would make some little notelets for her as it was something personal but that she could, hopefully, make use of also.

I used the gorgeous 'Something Blue' range from Prima as it is lovely and feminine with beautiful old-time roses and I teamed it up with the IndigoBlu stamp set 'Live Laugh Love' which is one of my favourites and I use it time and again.

Here are the six notelets and below lined up so that you can see the designs more clearly.  Each was a different design but because you are using the same patterned paper range and stamp set there is a co-ordination about them.  I deliberately didn't add too much embellishment because I wanted the notelets to be flat so that my aunt wouldn't be troubled with paying extra postage to send the cards.

And of course I had to present them in something so I created this little gift bag using the W R Memory Keepers 'Gift Bag Punch Board'.  The board doesn't make bags up to this size but it is easily tweaked and I just made it in two halves and with a matching gift tag.

And every birthday girl needs a birthday card so I created a co-ordinating card also.  I just love the detail on the IndigoBlu stamps; isn't this bird just gorgeous?  I inked the edges of everything using the 'Vintage Photo' distress ink and all the images were stamped using either Vintage photo or 'Forest Moss'.

The inside was decorated too.

And I quickly stamped the bird image on the envelope so that everything all tied in.

I mainly used the 6" x 6" Something Blue pad as the smaller designs work well on cards etc but I love that you have the option to 'go big' with the 12" x 12" patterned papers which is what I used for the gift bag.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Awesome Highline

Hello Everyone

One of the big hits at the Spring CHA was the Basic Grey range 'Highline'.  It has the most stunning colour palette, a real sunset mix, with a big dab of black which sets it off amazingly.  When you look on the internet there are some incredible creations using this range that have a real 'live & kicking' attitude.

I love this range and the vitality of it but when creating the following layout decided to pare it down a little by basing the vibrant colours against a white ground which still makes the colours 'pop' but gives a more soothing feel which is what I was looking for.

 'Celebrate with you' by Kate Holliday
I used the 'Awesome' paper from the Highline range and spent a very happy time cutting out loads of the flowers - I find it very relaxing cutting out and it gives me time to mull over how I want the layout to evolve. I sewed around the white cardstock in a pale pink and then flicked some of the Dylusions Ink Spray 'Bubblegum Pink' across the paper to add extra interest.  I quite often choose to 'flick' rather than spray as it once again gives a more delicate look and also stops the paper from getting very wet and distorted but it does depend on the look I am trying to achieve.

The reverse of the 'Awesome' paper has a delicate pale pink and white design which was perfect as a matt for my photos and I edged this with the border strip from the paper.  The large title is cut on my Cricut and the black word stickers are Tim Holtz 'Label Letters'.  The stamps I used for the journaling are 'Today You' by Ali Edwards' from Technique Tuesday.  I find the journaling lines are really useful and if I want shorter lines, as I did here, I just put the stamp on a small stamping block so some of it hangs over the edge and so doesn't get stamped.

So having completed my layout I still had some scraps left and as a friend was turning 50 I created the card below with the leftovers.  I cut the numbers out on my Cricut first and then cut the cardstock to size.  I used 3D foam to raise the cardstock up off the patterned paper at the back and with the addition of the sewing and 'flicking' I just added a few flowers and it was done.

Hope you are finding time for some crafting.  We have some amazing new ranges in over the last few months so make sure you check the website regularly.

Happy Crafting!

Kate xx