Friday, July 26, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 7

Hello all and welcome to another week of sharing some ideas with you of ways to use some of the amazing products here at Mad About Scrappin.
This week I kept things fairly simple with the layout I created. I wanted the photo to be the main feature of this layout so chose the use the more muted patterned papers. But I also wanted the boldness of the red components to shine through too.
So here's what I managed to come up with.
 For my embellishments I really wanted to work with the patterned paper itself. So I decided to drag out some of my old Kaiser flower stamps and stamp some flowers using a dove grey staz on ink. This made it not quite as bold as stamping with black so they blended better with the greys in the patterned paper. By adhering them with various heights of 3D foam tape I was able to create dimension in my layout. I then finished off the centres with a bit of bling using self adhesive bling.
I also love being able to hand stitch on some of my layouts just to add that little bit extra. This time around I have used a pale grey blue floss to blend in with the grey blue of the base flourish printed paper. Just added that little bit extra without taking over the page and being too bold in colour.
Super simple and quick layout this week for when we are all feeling in need of a quick scrap fix.
Looking forward to sharing again with you next week what I have been up to with goodies from
Till then.
TFL, M x

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

LOVIN' Pink Paislee Secret Crush!

Hey there MAS fans!!
Hope the school holidays have treated you ok and now you are all settling back into normal routine again:)
I have a few layouts to share using the Pink Paislee range Secret Crush!
first up is my layout number one:
For this first one I have used these two sheets : 
#4226  1.5cm Mulberry Paper Rose Flowers - Hot Pink

#4008  9cm Pins - White

#2805  Sanding Block - Couture Creations

#3084  Couture Creations Foam Tape - 12mm x 4m
#3085  Couture Creations Double Sided Tape - 12mm x 50m

next up I have  created this layout:

Style Queen

For this first one I have used only one sheet of the patterned paper and 2 of cardstock:

#1518  White Cardstock

#1517  Black Cardstock

#4226  1.5cm Mulberry Paper Rose Flowers - Hot Pink

#4466  Burlap/Hessian - Black

#4454  22mm Lace Ribbon - Black

#3084  Couture Creations Foam Tape - 12mm x 4m

#3085  Couture Creations Double Sided Tape - 12mm x 50m

And just for fun:

Father & Son

I have used the "b" side of this sheet:

   #1518  White Cardstock

                                           #3084  Couture Creations Foam Tape - 12mm x 4m

#3085  Couture Creations Double Sided Tape - 12mm x 50m

Thanks for having a look at what I created with the Pink Paislee Secret Crush range :)


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Monday, July 22, 2013

Time for Tea - Altered Teacup Pincushion

This week's project was something I've wanted to make for quite some time. I found a small cup and saucer at the op-shop a while ago and have always wanted to do something with it so I finally sat down and made it pretty!

The first thing I did was to make a small cushion insert for the pins, with a circle of lace fabric 1" larger in diameter than the rim of the cup I sewed a running stitch around the edge and then pulled tight, stuffed with cushion fill and then secured. I found a piece of doily scrap and also stitched this to the top of the cusion. 

Once this was done I glued it into the cup to one side with Helmars glue.
Now for the fun part, using the lovely pearl bead trim from Mad About Scrappin I trimmed the lip of the cup and then after gluing the cup to the saucer I casually layed the trim in the saucer just gluing in a few spots so there would still be movement and then scattered a couple of pearl beads around and placed a small teaspoon.

Back to the cushion part, I gathered up some lovely laces from the store and with a running stitch ruffled them up and glued to the side of the cushion. The remainder of the cup was then filled up with gorgeous Mad About Scrappin flowers that spill out over the handle and a sprinkling of green acrylic spray, I then placed a double seam binding bow at the base to compliment the colours of the cup. An odd earring was then glued to the bow to add a touch of bling.

I like the way this little cup turned out, not only is it pretty but it's useful too!!
Thank you so much for stopping by :)
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 6

Welcome again to another week of sharing. 

This week I have had a chance to make a major mess using some glimmer mists and template from 

I have also had a chance to play around with a few scraps of this yummy paper again to create this latest layout.

I don't know why but I just cant seem to leave a piece of white card stock white all the time. I must admit too I rarely scrap on white for fear of getting it dirty or smeared before I have finished the layout.

Now.. for this layout I just couldn't leave the card stock white. It was firstly too stark for the paper scraps I was using and secondly it just didn't work with the personality of little Miss in the what I hear you say... well I just couldn't scrap this photo of my little Miss scruffy as it just doesn't match her personality.. she is messy, a comedian and better known as Miss 

I find sometimes when I scrap that I want to let the view have a little insight into the subjects personality or nature in the way I scrap the photo. So with that in mind I felt I needed to "mess up" the card stock base with a little help from a template from Mad about Scrappin and some light misting of matching glimmer mists I had on hand. I also flicked some of the glimmer mist directly into the card stock. 

To add a little bit more depth to the base I then lightly ink and stamped using my hand as the stamping block using a invoice stamp with Staz on ink. This means that you don't get the whole stamp image stamped and created an uneven image. I even used this technique on two pieces of scrap white card stock that I was using the embellish the page.
Now.. I wasn't real sure about using hessian and how I could work with it. I loved being able to fray it a little to expose some of the thread gave me the look I was hoping for. Then I found using double sided tape directly onto the card stock base where I wanted it held it well. By mixing up my paper scraps to the size and colour combinations I was happy with I created dimension by adhering some using layers of 3D foam tape. Then to finish the layout off ad make it look just a little feminine I sprinkled on some matching sequins and buttons.

I must admit I had quite a lot of fun playing around and making a bit of a mess. 

Have you played with anything outside your comfort zone lately ?

Why not give it a try and check out the Mad About Scrappin store for lots of fun goodies to play around with today.

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 5

Wow.. hard to believe that a month has gone since we began sharing with you layouts that we have created using products from the Mad About Scrappin Store. I have enjoyed sharing with you all tips and techniques that I have used to create all my fun filled layouts and looking forward to another month of being able to continue sharing ideas with you all.

Now .. I must say that this months goodies were VERY hard to cut up. I am so in love with this line of paper as it was so versatile to play with and I was very reluctant to cut the paper at all.  So many choices to play with as the paper is double sided and so easy to work with for many layout or card ideas.

So I decided to start off this month with a fairly simple layout using embellishments that I have created using the paper itself. 

Now with wanting to use the patterned paper to create my own embellishments for this layout I pulled out a few chipboard flower shapes I keep in my stash just for this purpose. Yes I know I could have used punches, but I just didn't have the punches that I wanted to use... so I set to work using some of the scraps to create my flowers. 

 By holding the three flowers shapes together using brads I was able to shape with flowers to create dimension without having to wait for the adhesive to dry. Then is was simply a case of laying the flowers on the layout until I was happy with their placement and adhering them using 3D foam tape. 

As you can see I haven't added a title as such to this layout either.. I have used one of the journal cards to do all my talking for me and to provide my title. 

I must say that when I first saw these little heart beads I crinkled up my nose a little and wondered what on earth I was going to do with them. I have a bucket load of these myself along with alpha ones that I am very guilty of buying and NEVER using lol. 

However.. being up for a challenge I set to work to be able to use these in  my layouts some way. That was when I got the idea of being able to use them to add a bit of dimension to my banner across my page. I must also admit that I have rediscovered the beads I NEVER use and think I will be playing with them again some time soon. 

Why not try out a new technique or play around with some goodies that you haven't used for a while.

Its all about thinking outside the box.

Check out what new goodies are in store at Mad About Scrappin.

Get scrapping.

TFL, Michelle x

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Fairy Shoe

Last month was 'Fairy Day' and in support of this lovely occasion I decided to make a miniature paper fairy shoe. Using the lovely 'Enchanted Garden' paper collection from Kaisercraft my job was made so much easier. There are two lovely dainty fairies on these papers and I decided to use the sitting fairy.

The shoe itself is made from a free shoe template download that I found on the internet, you can find it HERE, I altered it slightly to get the look I wanted, lengthening the upper toe part to twice the lengh to cut later, I used a small chess piece for heel, placing it upside down.  Once the basic shoe was made and bent into shape, I used Stickles in Antique Gold around all the edges and then gathered up some green lace along the back of the heel.

I then placed feathers behind my fairy to emphasize the wings and a butterfly cut out from the papers with a little pearl trim to tidy everything up. The addition of a few flowers from Mad About Scrappin was all that was needed here.

I sat the fairy on a large Daisy flower which I purchased from a Flog it Friday (FIF) event on the Mad About Scrappin Facebook Page and then tucked natural moss, leaves and more lovely flowers around the front.

The toe of the shoe was then decorated with more ruffled lace and white rosebuds from the store, a pink wheat spray (also purchased from FIF) was placed on the top to add sparkle and interest and then the long extended part was cut into thin strips and curled over which creates a whimsical effect. 

I added just a little glitter to the lantern the fairy is holding and glued a tiny butterfly, curling it's little wings just a touch.

I hope you like this project because it was such a lot of fun to make and brought back memories of my childhood years.

Thank you for stopping by :)


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