A Layout I Love

I can honestly say that I really love this layout, especially since it is a celebration of the love that Quentin and I have shared for nearly 20 years.  It will actually be 20 years since we fell in love on Boxing Day this year, although it took us about a week to realise it was actually love that we were feeling.

Supplies used:
Patterned papers, ribbon, SIIPC, flowers, lettering, pearl centre, pearls and stamps – Prima
Filmstrip – Tim Holtz
Ink – Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose), Versacolor (Black), Versafine (Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia)
Edge punch – Martha Stewart
Mask – Crafters Workshop (butterflies)
Date stamp – Colop
Mist – Glimmermist (Coffee Shop, Cherub Pink)
Machine stitching

Treasured Layout

I created this layout about Naomi-Jon to show her just how much we treasure her and her spirit.  She loves how it turned out, especially since pink is her signature colour.

Supplies used:
Patterned papers – Kaiser (stripe), Fancy Pants (pink)
Cardstock – Bazzill White
Lace – Birch
Film Strip – Tim Holtz
Rubons – Kaiser (title & black), Hambly (white)
Stamps – Darkroom Door (script), Colop (date), Prima (flower)
Ink – Versamagic (Onyx Black), Versacolor (Black), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick)
Mirror butterflies – Heidi Swapp
Pearl strip – Kaiser
Rhinestone swirls – Kaiser
Rhinestone spots – unknown
Rhinestone heart – Papermania
Flowers – Prima
Gesso – Jo Sonja
Mist – Glimmermist
Mask – Crafters Workshop
Pens – Uniball Gel (page), Zig Photo Signature (photo)
Sewing Machine

Kraft It Up – June

The June Kraft It Up Challenge presented the perfect opportunity to use a few more of the photographs from our New Years Eve trip to the beach.  I love these photographs because they show how much fun can be had with the simplest of activities….Together.  The green letter stickers were actually yellow until I drowned them in Green Glimmermist, and I really like how this created a mottled effect on them.

The challenge this month at Kraft It Up is to create a layout using a kraft base, three different alphas, a title with three or more words and a masked background.

Supplies used:
Cardstock – Bazzill Basics (Kraft)
Patterned papers – Sei Field Notes (6×6 paper pad)
Rhinestone swirls – Kaiser
Wooden branch – Kaiser
Flowers – My Moments
Brad – Echo Park
Lettering – American Crafts Thickers (brown), Basic Grey (originally yellow), Making Memories (aqua), Carolees Creations (tan)
Ribbon – Green Tara
Mist – Glimmermist
Mask – Crafters Workshop
Ink – Versacolor (Pinecone)
Stamps – Darkroom Door (scratches), Colop (date)
Pen – Zig Writer (Chocolate)
Sewing machine
Distressing tool

CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration) File #21

I didn’t know what to do with this photograph of my Naomi-Jon at the Dentist until I saw the colours for this weeks CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration) File. The colours worked perfectly, especially the splash of green which finished it nicely.

CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration) File #21:



‘The Evidence’ I have used:
Lacy Border
“Icing” – Viva Decor Pearl Pen around edge of pink

‘The Testimony’ I have used:
Use two or three different size journaling spots

Supplies used:
Patterned papers – Daisy D’s (pink, stripes), Fancy Pants (green)
Cardstock – Bazzill
Journaling spots – Heidi Swapp
Ticket – Jenni Bowlin
Lettering – American Crafts Thickers (green), Carolees Creations (pink)
Ribbon & adhesive lace – Green Tara
Doilie – Paper Inklings
Flower – Green Tara
Pins – Maya Road
Rhinestone swirls – Kaiser
Tab – Daisy D’s
Pearl Pen – Viva Decor (Creme)
Pen – American Crafts Memory Marker (Charcoal), Sakura (pink)
Ink – Adirondack (Watermelon Red)
Sewing Machine

The Color Room – Palette #113

I was a bit stumped by this palette from the Color Room when I printed it yesterday, however when I sat down in my studio last night it seemed to have a life of its own and came together like magic. I really enjoyed creating with this colour combo, which is outside of what I would personally choose.

I have misted the orange shield piece of paper with Twinkle Yellow Glimmermist to lighten the colour a little.  The background masking was created by rubbing Tattered Rose Distress Ink through a Crafters Workshop Template using a Tim Holtz Blending Tool, and then overstamping with Fired Brick Distress Ink on a Darkroom Door Script background stamp (whilst the template was still in place).  I painted the chipboard swirl with pink Twinkling H2O’s and then coated it with Dimensional Magic once it was touch dry.  The Dimensional Magic has cracked (which I quite like) as it was only touch dry, to prevent the cracks from forming you need to leave the paint/ink to dry overnight before applying Dimensional Magic.  I like to set the stitch length on the sewing machine to 3.5 for papercrafting so that it isn’t so tight that it cuts the page and can be seen without a magnifying glass.

Milton would like it to be know that he made and decorated the cake (from the outside in) under Dad’s instructions, and he is very proud of that fact.


Supplies used:
Patterned papers – WeR Memory Keepers Anthologie (Red), Sei Field Notes (Yellow), My Minds Eye (Orange Shield)
Cardstock – Bazzill Basics (Orange Peel White)
Chipboard Flourish – Imaginarium Designs
Flowers – Manor House Creations (Yellow), Dress It Up (Pink Resin), My Moments (Orange)
Pearls – Bo Bunny Weekend Market
Brads – Basic Grey (Small Orange), Echo Park This & That (Pink Epoxy Butterfly)
Template – Crafters Workshop
Mist – Glimmermist (Twinkle Yellow)
Ink – Brilliance (Sunflower Yellow), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tattered Rose, Fired Brick)
Pen – Tim Holtz Distress Marker (Spiced Marmalade)
Stamps – Darkroom Door (Script Background), Colop (Date)
Chipboard Numbers – Basic Grey
Twine – WeR Memory Keepers
Paint – Twinkling H2O’s
Dimensional Magic
Sewing Machine

I have to also mention that my Mum got featured this week at the Color Room for her gorgeous layout about my youngest son, Noah.  You can see it here on the Color Room Photo Wall, and here on her blog.  Congratulations Mum, you really deserve it and your layout is fabulous as always.  I got my creativity from both of my parents, but especially from my Mum.  Thank you Mum.

What I created with my June Sketch

I wanted to share the layout I have created with my Layout Sketch for June.  I used an old technique called suspended mat with a bit of an updated twist.  The hand stitching took quite some time, but it is well worth the effort.  I actually have a post I am working on that gives tips on how to handstitch on cards and layouts, just a few more tweeks and it should be ready to go live.

There is still plenty of time to enter the challenge for a chance to win a voucher from Scrapbook Fantasies.  You can see what my Mum created with my sketch: here.

Supplies used:
Patterned papers, diecuts, letter stickers, rubons – Kaiser Check In
Paint – Jenni Boulin by Ranger
Mist – Ranger Dylusions (London Blue)
Ink – Versacolor (Pinecone)
Twine – WeR Memory Keepers
Buttons – Basic Grey
Pen – American Crafts Memory Marker (Denim)
Thread – DMC (Ecru)
Number Sticker – American Crafts Thickers

CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration) File #20

I know I said last week that I am hooked on the challenges over at CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration), and lets just say that I really truly mean it now.  The challenge is real and the inspiration is revitalising when you get going with one of their files.

I love this photo of Noah doing some ‘Cwafting’ at his little table in my Studio. He is always making something, colouring something or cutting something up.

This is CSI File #20:


‘’The Evidence’
Dots – masking on background
Kraft background
Felt accent – Apple

‘The Testimony’
I journaled in a trail about how cute Noah is with his crafting obsession. It was meant to be a single trail, however I had a lot more to say and kept going on three trailed lines.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper – Echo Park
Cardstock – Bazzill (Kraft), Core’dinations Tim Holtz (brown), Papermania (red)
Ribbon – Green Tara
Twin – WeR Memory Keepers
Felt Apple sticker – American Crafts
Compas sticker – Echo Park
Lettering – American Crafts (large), Carolees Creations (small cream), Authentique (small yellow)
Mask – Crafters Workshop
Mist – Sei Tumble Dye
Circle Stamp – Ribbon Tube (from work)
Buttons – Basic Grey
Embroidery Thread – DMC
Pen – Zig Writer (Chocolate)
Ink – Versacolor (Pinecone), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo), Versamagic (Jumbo Java)
Date Stamp – Colop
Stitchig – Naomi-Jon’s sewing machine

Sketch Challenge Layout

I created this layout using my April Challenge Sketch.   I created the patterned paper with cardstock, glimmermist, distress ink, a Darkroom Door script stamp and a crafters workshop template.  I dragged out Naomi-Jon’s sewing machine (mine is larger, a lot more technical and harder to get to than hers) and did some machine stitching to represent the circle on the sketch.  The butterflies are some fab 7Gypsies rubons I got from Scrapbook Fantasies.

Supplies used:
Cardstock – Bazzill
Stamp – Darkroom Door (Script Background)
Ink – Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass)
Mist – Glimmermist
Template – Crafters Workshop
Thickers – American Crafts
Rubons – 7Gypsies (Butterflies)
Black Zig Pen – Uniball
Sewing Machine

Pillow Bag

Naomi-Jon and I created this cute Pillow Bag this afternoon.  It is based very loosely on a design in one of her magazines with loads of alterations to the size, filling and design to make it more economical and useful.  We had so much fun and have decided on some more modifications which we will try out later in the week.

Pillow Bag

Alicia Redshaw