Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Happy Easter with Charms Creations




 Guess what?! We are celebrating Easter this week over at Charms Creations with a blog hop!


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Lots of fun stuff happening on the blog this week so make sure you check in every day and best of all there is a prize up for grabs at the end of the week!

Easter for us is all about catching up with family and there are hot cross buns and a bit of chocolate thrown in for good measure too! We also have two birthday's in our extended family in April, so sometimes it's about birthdays too.

This year I decided to make some cut files for Easter and see what I could do with them in a crafty way. So here is what I created:


 So the Keep Calm one came from something I found on Pinterest:

if i do keep hoping i get dizzy and loose my balance i always do that who knows why? 


And then once I created this file, I used the bunny and created my own tag. The chick and egg are my own handiwork, created from drawings. The chick and egg were cut from water colour paper too so that I could easily colour them with paint.

Now, this is what I did with them all:


So here I used some Heidi Swapp colour shine to colour my tag with some white card underneath so I could use it as a mask at the same time. I used three colours (although it is kind of hard to see) - Blush, Peach and Seafoam. Two for the price of one!


For this one I grabbed my distress inks and swiped them on my craft mat and sprayed water on them and then swiped the card through to create a really soft water colour effect. I used these colours - milled lavender, squeezed lemonade, spun sugar, tumbled glass, shabby shutters and dried marigold. Not all of the colours are obvious and in hindsight perhaps I should have limited to three or four. Oh well it still looks good!


Lastly, these ones I just used my water colours and blended two colours as I painted around. Pretty!

So, now that I had some things created I needed to use them! I decided to create a page with a cute photo of my daughter in bunny ears from a few of years ago.


So I went with the tag and kept to the soft pastel colours, and of course I found an appropriate Charms Creations to add! I also added a couple of doilies that I had from my older orders, keeping it a soft and pretty page.


Love my hearts! And the touch of denim helps make a feature of the heart too.


Doesn't the tag look cool?! Well I think so! Loved these Elle's Studio papers too, so soft and pretty, made me wish I had two of each paper when I started using them.

As an Easter present for you I am going to share my cut files so you can have a play too! I have also turned this Some Bunny Tag into a printable so you can simply print and then cut it out by hand. There are four tags on an A4 size page with each tag coloured a different Easter colour.

Here are the links:

Bunny Tags Printable
Bunny Tag cut file
Keep Calm cut file
Chick and Egg cut file (please note that this cuts jagged as it came from a scan of a drawing!)

Now don't forget to have "a wonderful" Easter and try and make lots of memories with your family and loved ones!

And also don't forget to collect the word or words on everyone's blogs and unscramble the message to try to win a great prize! Bet you can't figure out the word/s to collect here! Once you have the message worked out email it to Charm for your chance to win.

Happy Easter!

Katie x

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Show Us Your Stuff - last minute entry!

So, in the nick of time, which seems to be a common thread lately, I have completed the Show Us Your Stuff March challenge!

The challenge for this month was to use this quote, and add something handmade of course!


And, my first thought was, lets turn this into a cut file! So I did, then I cut it out on water colour paper and coloured it with mist to create an ombre effect.

So this is the result:


I made the quote into a 6x4 PL style card which was a great size for making it stand out.


Love the water colour effect, using the right paper helps!


Here you can see my Charms Creations handmade piece and also some handmade flair from D-lish Scraps.


Love this photo of my mum and my girls. It was only a phone photo, but it is still very special.

So, that is my quick post for today and the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by,

Katie x

Friday, 20 March 2015

Off the Rails Scrapbooking March Challenge

Back again! I have decided to have a go at the Off the Rails Scrapbooking challenge, which was using a mood board and sketch. So here it is:



Now first I have to say, the colour palette is so not me! I am so not a browns kind of girl. Also I realise that my colours are probably a tad warmer than compared to the originals. So keeping this in mind, I got my Tim Holtz head on and started!


All in all, I am fairly happy with the result. I used lots of stamping and inking and water colour crayons to create and colour the background. But I have to say I am in love with the metallic Distress Stains! I used the antiqued bronze one to colour my doily and it looks like it has been leafed in copper!


Of course I had to add a Charms Creations piece, and what better than a chevron with book paper, it perfectly suited the tones and colours in the page.


Love this cut file from Wilna Wurstenberg. It was in a set hashtags-1 I think. I cut it out of water colour paper and then used my water colour crayons to colour and blend.


How cute are these little hessian butterflies?! They came from D-lish Scraps, from the Little Birdie range. The little bits tucked under the photo were Tim Holtz stamps , and the torn washi strips came from some old Prima collection (I think!).

So, there you have it, a very "not me" page!

Thanks for stopping by.

Katie x

Charm's Creations Mid Month Challenge

So, now that my page has been revealed in the FB group I can share it with you all here too!

So in case you don't remember here is the challenge:



And here is what I created:


I decided to make a cut file for my silhouette using the quote and use that as the feature of my page. The idea was inspired by a page by Wilna Furstenberg, she always inspires me!

So if you want to join in on the challenge make sure you head over to the FB group - here, and we will be giving you a link so you can download this cut file to use yourself. Also in the link is a png (digital stamp) version and a 4x6 journal card for printing. 

Happy Scrapping!

Thanks for stopping by and see you next time.

Katie x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Exciting News!

Announced yesterday:



I am so excited to be on Charms Creations first ever Creative Team! And working with some fabulous ladies too. You can check it all out at the FB group - Charms Creations Ideas & Inspiration

I have been collecting and using Charms Creations for a little while now and find they are a great go to embellishment. There are quite a few used in upcoming sample pages for my Scrapbooking Memories articles too, so keep a look out.

Just announced is the mid month challenge -







My sample will by up soon, but here is a sneak peek:


Hope to see you in the group soon!

Katie x

Monday, 16 March 2015

Scrap the Boys mid month reveal

Good morning!

Scrap the Boys had their mid-month reveal yesterday so now I can reveal my sample too. Remember this month is a sketch:



And this is what I did with the sketch:


Don't you just love the goofy faces your kids give you sometimes?! Well, actually this is more the usual from Liam. I used some older My Mind's Eye papers and die cuts, which is where the title block came from, and how appropriate is that title block!


I played around with a new Donna Downey stencil too, just in white to blend in with the background.


Love using the cool enamel labels from Pink Fresh Studio too. I picked them up from D-lish Scraps.

Our sponsors over at STB this month are:






Kellie Stamps are wonderful Aussie stamps that I love to use and she is donating a stamp pack. Worth an entry just for the chance to win that!


Pilot is donating a pair of Westcott scissors, and we all need a great pair of scissors!

You still have plenty of time to enter so make sure you have a go!

Katie x

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Scrap the Boys Sneak Peek...

Good Morning! Just thought I would pop in and give you a sneak peek of my Scrap the Boys sample. My page will be in the mid month inspiration, but that shouldn't stop you starting now on your entry!

This month's challenge is a sketch, a lovely one with lots of layers!




And here is my little sneak peek:


 Don't forget to head over to the blog here and check out the inspiration and of course the sponsors!

Katie x