Friday, 24 June 2016


For this layout you will need:

Botanical Bliss C86 002 x 1
Berry Bliss C86 008 x 1
Butterfly Script C86 006 x 1
Wreath and A Beautiful Day Chipboard
Stencil DS051 C86 range
Brown satin ribbon
Other requirements:  Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays and Embossing Powder, metal flowers, old doily or lace, gauze, muslin, flowers and leaves, Texture Paste and Distress Ink. 


Your base page is Botanical Bliss from the C86 002, using the script side.  If you are like me, a sewer, you will like to conserve as much paper as you can so cut out the centre of the page leaving a 6cm border all the way around.  You will be left with a “frame” and will have the piece from the centre for other projects.
Then take a piece of cardstock of your choice of colour and cut 2 strips from top and side of 4cm, leaving you with a square piece of cardstock of 26cm x 26cm.  Distress the edges, curling up the paper in different places.  To distress I usually use the outside blade of scissors to scuff my page, even though I have a whole lot of fancy distressers!  Glue this cardstock down on top of your base paper. 

From Berry Bliss C86 008, berry and leaves side, cut two strips of paper from top and side of 3cm.  You will then have a square piece of paper measuring 24cm x 24cm. Distress edges of this paper too.  Tuck lace under and between the Berry Bliss and the brown cardstock.

From Butterfly Script C86 006, butterfly side, cut a strip of 8.5cm from top of this paper.  Then cut this strip in half, you will have 2 rectangles of 8.5cm x 15cm. Glue one down in the top left hand corner 2.5cm from top and side edge. Keep the other piece for step 5.

Using the strip of paper, you cut from the Berry paper cut it slightly longer than the Berry base.  Glue this strip 6cm from top of base right the way across, it will protrude about .5cm on right hand side.

Then use the remainder of the strip of paper measuring 8.5cm x 15cm from step 3, 7cm from top left corner and 2.5cm from side of Berry Bliss base.

Cut a rectangle from the strip of Berry Bliss paper you have left over from step 2, of 10cm.  The piece will then measure 10cm x 6cm.  Glue this down 10cm from top and 4cm from left hand side.  Using the remainder of this strip cut to 16cm x 6cm, and glue down 15cm from top left and 9cm from left-hand side.

      STEP 7:
Then cover entire page with Clear Gesso.  (This is to prime the paper so that your ink and other mediums you use do not just sink into the porous paper.  This also makes your inks to go further.)  Dry well.

      STEP 8:
Using Texture Paste, and using stencil DS051 from C86 range, stencil on your pattern as per photo, or as you wish.  Whilst the texture paste is still wet sprinkle Distress Embossing Powder Vintage Photo on top.  Heat with heat gun.  This embossing powder creates the ‘rusty’ look.  Spray with LSG ‘Clam Bake Beige’, and dry.

      STEP 9:
Using the smallest of the wreath chipboards emboss with Lindy’s Stamp Gang colours Byzantine Bronze and Scotch Broom Yellow.  Cut the wreath just above the leaves of the smaller of the two sprays and above the sprig of leaves as per photo.  Reserve the 3rd spray.

      STEP 10:
Tear a piece of the script paper from step 1, if you have reserved the centre.  If not cut from a fresh piece of paper or co-ordinating paper a strip measuring 17cm x 5.5cm.  Ink edges of this piece with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Tape a piece of brown satin ribbon from the collection under the torn edge.

     STEP 11:
Tear 2 pieces’ text paper from an old book about 7cm x 5cm. 

      STEP 12:
Fussy cut butterflies from Butterfly Script paper as you like.  I downloaded digital sheets of butterflies for the smaller ones from the internet, which matched the paper exactly.

      STEP 13:
Now let’s assemble all these pieces plus a few extras as per photo.

      STEP 14:
Glue down lace or a piece of an old torn doily and gauze using Gel Medium.

      STEP 15:
Place your embellishments as per photo.
      STEP 16:
Cut a piece of cardboard or use foam board to elevate your photo, before you glue the photo down lay a bit of muslin on top of the board ruche it up, then stick photo on top of it.  Glue butterflies in position.
      STEP 17:
Cover your photo and spray LSG Cotton Candy in a few places of your layout as per photo, or as desired. 

STEP 18:
Lastly lightly gesso the Chipboard “A Beautiful Day” and glue down on left bottom of the photo. 

C85 SHABBY ROSE COLLECTION - Tutorial by Dana Tatar


C63 003 French Heritage - Autumn Floral
C85 003 Shabby Rose - Romantic Panels (2)
C85 004 Shabby Rose - Romantic Door
DS 050 Shabby Rose Plastic Stencil - Rose Clock
DC85 013 Shabby Rose Die-Cut Grey Chipboard Shape - Windows
ST85001 Shabby Rose Stickers - Pictures
E6 008 Antique Brass Filigree Embellishment - Bird on Branch
MP2 003 Light Pink Pearls
Kraft Shipping Tag
Cream Ribbon
White String
Eyelets (2)
Whipped Spackle
Ink - Brown, Pink, Green
Acrylic Paint - White
Eyelet Setter
Scoring Board
Bone Folder


Step One: 
Cut the Romantic Door patterned paper (C85 004) in half down the center line. Score down the hinge lines on both sides of the patterned paper. Distress and ink the edges of the papers.

Step Two: 
Adhere the Romantic Doors to the Romantic Panels (C85 003) patterned paper so that the doors open.

Step Three: 
Position the Rose Clock (DS 050) Stencil on the top half of the Romantic Panels patterned paper. 
Apply whipped spackle over the stencil. Let dry, then color with ink.

Step Four: 
Paint the Windows Chipboard (Round Arch DC85 013) with white acrylic paint. Glue onto the Romantic Panels patterned paper over the bottom left edge of the stenciled clock.

Step Five: 
Add an inked shipping tag, small piece of lace, and a photograph to the Romantic Panels patterned paper over the center of the stenciled design.

Step Six: 
Cut bunches of flowers from the second piece of Romantic Panels patterned paper and adhere them under and on top of the photograph and tag.

Step Seven: 
Cut a hummingbird from the French Heritage Autumn Floral (C63 003) patterned paper. Glue the bird over the top left corner of the photograph.

Step Eight: 
Glue 3 Light Pink Pearls around the photograph.

Step Nine: 
Separate the Antique Brass Filigree Embellishment into 3 pieces and add one piece to each flower cluster.

Step 10: 
Fold the two sides of the page in to the center. Set two eyelets, one on each door, and tie the doors closed with a length of cream ribbon.

C84 VINTAGE ELEGANCE - by Michelle Frisby


Thursday, 10 March 2016

C83 KALEIDOSCOPE COLLECTION- Tutorial by Lisa Marie Watling


Fabscraps C83 002 Zig Zag
Fabscraps C83 001 Cosmic Fantasy
Fabscraps C83 Carders Pack
Fabscraps Chippie DC83 012 Flower
Fabscraps Chippie DC83 010 Hot Air Balloons
Fabscraps Stencil DS 045 Daisy
Cardstock – dark purple, mauve, lilac
Thin cork
Chalks – grape and frosted lilac
Pearlised mist
White acrylic paint
Deep purple water colour pencil
Deep purple good quality pencil
Black and Silver pens
Selection of paper flowers – white, ivory, purple, lilac, mauve, blue
White satin leaves
Miniature Styrofoam birds – purple and blue
Microbeads – purple and gold
Glass glitter – silver
Gold glitter
Silver butterfly charm, or similar
Purple cord or narrow ribbon
White UTEE or embossing powder
Heavy white gesso
Glossy accents
Glue gun
Multi matte medium


·            Select one of the hot air balloons and cut it from the frame.  Using your UTEE or embossing powder – heat emboss both sides.  Take your time with this to ensure good coverage.  Set aside for later
·            Paint your flower chippie with at least 3 coats of white acrylic paint.  Use your purple water colour pencil to gently ‘shade’ the central and outer petals of the flower; dry with a heat gun if necessary.  Use your purple pencil to lightly shade around the inner petals.  Use more white acrylic paint to create fine white lines over your purple water colour pencil painting; as show in the close up images.  Put a fairly generous dot of Tombow in the centre of your flower and when it has gone tacky, sprinkle with gold microbeads and also with gold glitter.  Once this has dried, coat your entire flower with glossy accents and set aside to dry for later

Photo concertina

·            Measure the inner portion of  your box and cut two strips from C83 002 to fit – make your cut about ¼ inch narrower than your box measurement so that it does not fit too snugly.  Score your strips at 3 inch intervals and fold into a concertina
·            Use a strip of cardstock to adhere the two strips together end to end and adhere with Tombow
·            Chalk / ink all the edges of each folded square with dark purple and then also draw rough ‘frames’ around the edges using your black pen
·            Decide where you want the top and the bottom of your concertina to be and then lay it out in front of you.  The very last block at the end is going to be embellished with your selection of flowers, one bird and microbeads, so should be left open; as well as the block directly above it AND the uppermost block.  On the reverse, you need to leave open the last two blocks too. 
·            Adhere your photographs (except the topmost three) to your cardstock and chalk the edges with purple and lilac; then adhere your photographs to your concertina
·            Proceed to embellish the block as mentioned above, using your selection of flowers, etc; .  Swipe on little dabs of heavy gesso and then mist with pearlised mist and allow to dry
·            Cut one small strip from your selected page from the carders pack that is the width of one square, but approximately 1 inch in height; score down the centre
·            Cut another strip from that page of carders pack that measures the width of you square, but DOUBLE in height.  Score down the centre and make a small slit just in the middle of that score
·            Adhere the smaller cut strip above to your uppermost square, ensuring that the score line is level with the top of your concertina; this is going to be your last ‘hinge’
·            Cut a strip of cardstock – approximately 1 inch in width and 4 inches in length – and gently feed it through the slit you made in the longer piece of carders pack paper.  Fold the cardstock piece in half and adhere the sides together
·            Then, fold the larger piece of carders pack paper in half and adhere it to the smaller strip, so that the smaller strip is tucked between the two folded ends
·            Adhere your painted flower chippie to the uppermost block (facing up) and adhere your remaining matted photographs – all using Tombow

Outer Box

·            Measure the sides of your box (keep it closed, it makes life easier!) and cut squares from C83 001 so that they will slightly overlap the edges.  Adhere these using multi matte medium and allow to dry completely, before you sand off the edges.  Once that is done, you can use your craft knife to cut the “slit” where the box lids meets the base.  It really is worth it to wait for the paper to be properly dry before sanding and cutting, as it can tear
·            Cover all the sides and the top of your box this way
·            Measure, cut and adhere a piece of thin cork and adhere this to the bottom of your box, also using multi matte medium
·            Give the sides and the top of your box a thin coat of multi matte medium to ensure that all the paper is securely adhered down and protected
·            Use your DS 045 Daisy stencil to apply some of the smaller flowers to the sides of the lid of your box, with heavy white gesso. Once this has dried, outline your daisies with  black pen
·            Adhere your remaining photographs to the sides of your box and draw a rough frame around them (onto the cardstock) with silver pen

·            Embellish the lid of your box with your remaining flowers, satin leaves, bird, cord/ribbon and charm; use your glue gun to adhere these.  Adhere your hot air balloon chippie to the flowers so that it sits upright on your box

·            Finish off with glass glitter and swipes of heavy white gesso

Wednesday, 9 March 2016



Photos:  3 x 4 x 6’’ portrait and 1 x 4” squared.
Paper:  2 x C 84 001 (Stripe) sheet and 1 x C84 004 (pink floral) 3 x plain black, 1 x plain pink cardstock.

Embellishments : Chipboard title (Days gone by) DC84 002 and Vintage clock DC84 012. Stencil DS 047 Rose bouquet.

Matting:   When matting add ¼” extra on each colour you matt with ie: photo size 4 x 6– matting 4 ¼ x 6 ¼”and so on.


Left page:
1.     Use the striped sheet and cut a 1 ½” (3.8cm)border all around the edges.
2.    Use grey and cut a piece 10 ¾ x 9 ½” (27.3  x 24 cm). Stick on the page against the right edge and making sure it is centered.
3.    Use the striped piece from the middle and stick on the grey also against the right edge.
4.    Use 2 x 4 x 6’’( 10 x 15 cm) photos an matt it on black. Stick these on the page as shown on the picture.
5.    Use the plain pink and cut 4 x ½ x 7” strips. (.8 x 17.8 cm). Put it through the Cuttlebug to emboss.
6.    Stick on the sides of the photos using foam core to lift it.
7.    Use plain pink and cut 4 strips   ½ x 7 ¼”. Put it through the Cuttlebug. Stick on the photos lifting it using foam strips.
8.    Use the reverse of the floral and cut 2 pieces:  1 ½ x 4” (3.8 x 10 cm) and 1 x 3 ½” (2.5 X 9cm) Cut a “V” at one end of each of the strips. Stick on the top left of the page.
9.    Cut 1 strip 1 x 2” (2.5 x 5cm). Cut a “V” at the end of the strip. Stick at the top.
10.  Add the rest of the embellishments.
11.   Refer to the picture for placement.

Right page:
1.          Use the striped sheet and cut a 1 ½” (3.8cm)border all around the edges.
2.         Use grey and cut a piece 10 ¾ x 9 ½” (27.3  x 24 cm). Stick on the page against the left edge    and making sure it is centered.
3.         Use the striped piece from the middle and stick on the grey against the left edge.
4.         Use black and cut a piece 6 x 10 ½”. (15 x 26.7cm). Stick on the page about ½” (1.2cm) from the left edge and 1” (2.5 cm) from the top edge.
5.         Use the pink floral and cut a piece 5 ¾ x 10 ¼” (14.6 x 26.1 cm). Stick it on the black.
6.         Use plain pink and cut a piece 5 x 7” (12.7 x 18 cm). Stick on the floral towards the top.
7.          Matt a 4” (10 cm) squared photo on black. Stick on the pink.
8.         Matt a 4 x 6” ( 10 x 15 cm) photo on black. Stick on the page next to the floral piece. 
9.         Use the plain pink and cut 4 x ½ x 7” strips. (.8 x 17.8 cm). Put it through the Cuttlebug to emboss.
10.       Stick on the sides of the photos using foam core to lift it.
11.        Use plain pink and cut 4 strips   ½ x 7 ¼”. Put it through the Cuttlebug. Stick on the photos lifting it using foam strips.
12.       Stick on the sides of the photos using foam core to lift it.
13.       Use floral and cut a strip 1 ½ x 2 ½” (3.8 x 6.3 cm).Cut a “V” at one end. Stick under the photo.
14.       Use reverse of the floral cut  1 x 1 ¾” (2.5 x 4.5 cm). Stick under the photo.
15.       Add the rest of the embellishments.