Thursday, 14 November 2013

This Weeks Design Team Project from Teresa

Hello! Teresa here with a little project you can make in just an hour to give someone special for Christmas. I have made mine into a mini baby album, or grandmother's brag book - and at this size it's perfect to slip into a handbag or post overseas.

PaperArtsy Stamps JOFY 20
Bo Bunny patterned papers Little Miss Gracie and Little Miss Jamayka
Prima Elementals Resist Canvas Sheet
Bo Bunny Smoochable Trinkets
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints in Blood Orange and Rose
Ranger Mini Mister
Prima Au Naturale flowers
Bo Bunny Blush Pansy flowers
Various metal & glass charms
Scrap of pink ribbon
Distress Markers for colouring

Step 1
Cut the Little Miss Gracie into 4 inch strips, and concertina them. These will be glued together to make the pages of the book.

Step 2
The PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints mix with water to make a colour spray! I know - awesome, right! Jennifer was demoing this at recent shows, so I had to try it out myself. Too cool!

Cut a 4.5 inch strip of the Prima Elementals canvas sheet, and spray with the lighter colour until it is covered. Wipe with a wet cloth to remove the paint from the lace pattern and allow to dry. Spray with the darker colour in parts to add interest, again wiping the lace pattern with a wet cloth.

While the canvas is drying, spray the Prima flowers. Here's the uncoloured next to the coloured:

Step 3
Once the canvas sheet has dried, fold the short edges in a couple of inches and machine stitch across the very tops to make a book cover. The concertina book will slip into the pockets on the side to protect the precious photos inside:

I also found a scrap of co-ordinating ribbon and stitched a tab to the outside cover:

This will be where I can hang some charms:

 Step 4
I attached the charms and a little bottle filled with pink mica flakes (glitter would look great too) to the tab, and used my hot glue gun to attach the flowers and a metal charm to the front cover:

Step 5
Using the 4 inch strip of Little Miss Gracie paper that was left over, I stamped each of the birds and the heart a few times, and then fussy cut them.

Step 6
After adhering the photos onto mats and then onto the pages of the book, I coloured some of the birds with Distress Markers and used them here and there to embellish each page and the front cover:

Here I have added little scraps of feather for tails:

Some hand lettering on scraps of left over paper:

...and even some of the words printed on the paper:

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. I'd love to see your version of this mini album - link me up in the comments under this post and I'll come visit.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Design Team Project from Joan McAlpine

Each week one of our Design Team will be making a project to share with you. We look forward to seeing what you do with the ideas. Here is our very first project from DT member, Joan. Hope you all enjoy having a go at making this different card shape, which is a versatile card shape that can be used for any kind of card, not just Christmas cards.

Diorama Card Christmas Card with Molly Blooms Stamps


Piece of Double Sided Design Paper (DSP) – A4 size
Molly Bloom stamps:
    Merry Christmas MB-0198C
    Sleigh MB-0260K
    Presents MB-0042K
    Reindeer MB-0259H
Fine glitter
Glossy accents
Mounting foam
Rich Cocoa Memento ink
White cardstock

Diorama Template:


Cut the DSP using the diorama template and glue together to make a box with flaps. This forms the basis for your scene.
The side flaps can be any width - paper size permitting, but flaps need reinforcing with additional paper so it stands well

The depth of the box is half (4cm) of the top measurement for the top of the box (8cm).
Stamp images (2 Reindeer, 2 Presents, 2 Sleighs) onto white cardstock and colour in, using your favourite markers e.g. Copics, Promarkers etc.
Cut out images and layer (layered reindeer saddles, red and beige present, holly and heart, middle girls hat and jacket) with mounting foam to create the scene as shown in the photo.
Add string for reigns, and red pearl or glitter for Rudolph's nose
Add fine glitter using glossy accents to snowlflakes, hat trims etc to finish.

Using the diorama template you can make a different and fun Christmas card using any Christmas stamps in your stash.

Gentle reminder – Christmas Day is 7 weeks today !

Monday, 4 November 2013

News Flash and Sneak Peek

Newsflash .............

Due to popular demand, we've changed our workshop timetable for this coming Saturday to hold a canvas class. This is the canvas which has been on display at both Paperific and the Sandown Picture to Page show a few weeks ago.

Some sneaky peeks here ...

This canvas is LOADED with all sorts of exciting elements, some of which you'll learn to make yourself with the material that are supplied. There are lots of new techniques to learn and practice and a wide range of products will be used through out the day. I had my doubts as to whether we could do it in a day, but with careful planning I think we can .. just.

The workshop will run for a FULL day on Saturday, starting at an earlier time of 10.00 am. Be prepared to learn lots, and have lots of fun along the way.

There will be scope to change your colour scheme if you wish and the chance to let your imagination follow it's own path. Be quick to enrol though - it's this Saturday. You can sign up for it via this link to our  website   by clicking on the Workshops and Classes tab at the top of the page.

I'm looking forward to it already.


Tags, Tags and more Tags

Hello again crafters

A busy couple of weeks in the Cupboard with lots going on - firstly the wonderful canvas class detailed in my last post and then - tags !

We had a couple of sessions on making tags - and not just any tags either. Lots of techniques learnt in these creations and lots of experimenting with different products too including spraying paint mist with the wonderful Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk Finish paints. A simple recipe in a spritzer bottle and we turn paint into a lovely spray mist - a fabulous alternative to the stronger tones of some other spray mist products out there on the market today. Great for spraying and altering all those wonderful little flowers that we have for sale on our website from Prima as the paint takes to the fabric in the flowers just as well as Dylusions, Glimmer Mists, Perfect Pearls etc

So, without much more ado, here are some photos of the finished tags. It never ceases to amaze me how we can start out looking at the same example for inspiration and once everyone has been given the same materials to play with, but the licence to go down their own path of creativity in terms of colour and layout, how the end results always look so different.

Work in progress...

The end results were amazing and I know the creators were absolutely delighted with their efforts. One participant told me she couldn't believe she'd done hers as it was her first experience in altering and creating in the altered art/mixed media space.

Well done to Kate, Naomi, Charmaine, Keryn and Anne - they are all superb !! Have a look everyone - comments much appreciated by the artists ! 

A great range of colour schemes and layouts. Those Prima flowers certainly come up well after a good spraying with colour and everyone really enjoyed using lots of different Treasure Gold colours to alter the embellishments and metal for shading and texture - not to mention creating a few interesting 'gadget embellishments' of their own along the way. It's amazing what you can do with a bottle cap !!

Til next time


Canvas Workshop - The Results

So much happening in the Cupboard and time for an update on our Canvas Workshop. We had a great bunch of ladies who had a wonderful time creating fabulous scrapbook canvas's and here they are hard at work.

Lots of embossing, altering, grunging, painting, gluing and several hours later here are the results.......Well done Anne, Bev and Joy.

I'll be back soon to update you on our tag classes before posting our very first Design Team Project