Crops and Retreats

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Mini Punched Flower

Tutorial by Katherine Sutton Supplies Mini Flower Punch Flowers Small flower punch and paper Scissors Cocktail stick Brad 1. Cut little Vs on each side of the petal to make them into more of a daisy shape 2. Do this to 2 flowers (though you could use more and make them even more 3d) 3. Curl the edges of the flowers to give them some more shape – a cocktail stick works well for this 4..This is what the flower should look like after the curling. 5. Make a small hole with the tip of the scissors in the centre of the flower and then push the brad through. Arrange the petals, pull up the petals on the top flower to give some more dimension. ORIGINAL LO HERE


and it is with ENORMOUS pleasure we introduce to you our next FABULOUS guest designer

Katherine Sutton
- you can find her on her blog here - Fruit of My Scraps

Katherine was given some of the stunningly beautiful Ladies And Gents papers from Websters Pages


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Websters Pages – Ladies and Gents – die cut
Websters Pages – Ladies and Gents – framed beauty
Pompom – ribbon
Assorted buttons
Cream cardstock
Green cardstock

Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Sewing machine
Prima butterfly vine stamps
Martha Stewart scroll lace punch
Computer font – MP Peony
Scallop scissors
Black gel pen
Black archival ink
Small flower punch
Distress inks – broken china and tea dye
Green thread
Glue, foam pads, tape, pva

Katherine said - I haven’t scrapped with Websters Pages before, the papers are beautiful I ummed and ahhed over what photo to use and came up with this one from my brothers wedding.

When I do LOs I tend to start layering and cutting out bits, but don’t stick them until I have to, which means I can work out which bits of paper won’t be seen and how far I need to edge a circle – just so I can conserve as much lovely paper as possible especially if there are elements I want to use somewhere else on the page.

I mounted my 6 by 4 photo on some cream cardstock and cut around it with scallop edge scissors, I then drew a black dot in each scallop.

I used the frame Framed Beauty paper and a kitchen saucer (16cm diameter) to cut the circle out of the blue area of the paper, I inked it with tea dye and ruffled the edge with my nails and fingers. I then punched out 5 Martha Stewart butterflies, and inked the edges with tea dye. I cut them in half and edged the top half of the circle with them. I used my sewing machine to do a double row of stitching around the circle – I find you need to re-ruffle your paper after stitching as it goes a bit flat.

I cut a variety of frames from the Framed Beauty paper to sit behind the photo, and one for the title. Apart from the title one I inked with tea dye and ruffled the edges and lined them up behind the photo.

I cut a piece of cream card for my journal spot, inked it with tea dye and then used the prima butterfly vine stamps to make a border around the edge. I added my journaling and put the pin through and a button threaded with string on top.

I cut a 1 inch strip of cream paper, and used the Martha Stewart scroll lace punch along the edge. I inked the edge with broken china distress ink and then folded the strip of paper to gather it and make it a little more 3d, I then added some of the pompom ribbon on top and placed underneath the photo
Having lined all these pieces on the page (but not stuck them down) on the die cut sheet I could work out where to start my stitched swirls. I drew them on in pencil first and then used a pin to punch holes, then rub out the pencil lines and then stitch with green thread.

I made some quilled roses – the large one is made from a 12” by 0.5cm strip of paper, and the smaller ones are 6” long strips. You don’t need a quilling tool – you can make them by wrapping them around a cocktail stick, the tutorial is HERE but there are lots out there. The smaller flowers I made by using a small 6 petal flower punch.
I placed the flowers on the stitched swirls and then started sticking down the rest of the pieces of paper.
The title I printed on the computer – I used a font called MP peony and printed it out on white paper – made sure I got the right size and then stuck my Websters piece of paper over the top of the word ‘Dreamer’ with a repositionable glue and printed the title onto my rectangle – I used a light to line it all up and make sure it was straight. Then peeled it off and used it on my LO with some foam pads.
The finishing touches were to put on the blue rose button, and I added some prima butterflies in the top left corner (I just inked the part of the stamp I wanted rather than all of it)
Then put the die cut sheet onto some bazzill cardstock
e are sure you will agree with us a great LO - and if you want to know how to make the smaller flower (above) pop back tomorrow as Katherine has done us a step by step tutorial for you

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Fashion Diva

is the title of the gorgeous LO Emy designed using Prima Rebellious Papers and Paintable Cardstock. If you have ever fancied a go with this now is your chance.

“Fashion Diva”

You will need:

Prima Rebellious papers
Prima paintable cardstock

Maya Road chipboard alphabet mini set - Caroline

Cosmic shimmer spray

Bamboo skewer

Glossy accents (or similar strong glue)
Prima Say It In Pearls and Crystals - pink

My starting point for this layout was the Prima Rebellious paper “Destructive” but I wanted to use both sides at the same time. I wanted to use one side as my background and the frames on the other side as a background for my title.

I got around this by cutting out pieces from the background and then covering up the gaps with strips from other papers.

I used a square from a Prima paintable paper, which I partly coloured in to match the Rebellious papers.

The paper rolls were made using a border strips piece of paper, rolling each strip around a bamboo skewer and gluing the end in place. I used different lengths and widths of paper strips to add variety to the rolls.

I coloured the chipboard letters using Cosmic Shimmer Mist and layered up the frames as the background.

No fashion based layout would be complete without some bling, so I cut up the crystal and pearl swirls and placed them around the page.

Another fabulous LO from Emy - watch this space for more inspiration from more designers

Monday, 9 May 2011

More from Emy

and this time its a card - Emy has made a HAPPY BIRTHDAY card but you could make it for any occasion
Happy Birthday card with water distressed flowers

You will need:

Blank card

Patterned paper




Ink pad

MLS alphabet stickers

· I started making the card by making my own water distressed flowers. I love this technique as it is really effective and only essential equipment is paper, scissors and water.

· Cut out 4 wobbly circles and then snip into the edges to make the petals. Wet the cardstock and scrunch up the circles. Gently open them up again and leave to dry.

· When the card is dry, ink the edges of the flowers and then stack up the flower. Add a button in the centre.

· The card was finished with a paper frill and a birthday banner held in pace with a pin.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

May Guest Designer

Please meet Emy Buxton - you can read all about her on her blog HERE
She has been beavering away making some stunning designs for us not only designing LOs for us BUT she has also make them into easy to follow tutorials

So over to Emy - enjoy..............

“Look Learn Laugh Love” layout

You will need:

Patterned papers, including

Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Paper - Caraway Seeds

Maya Road Kraft Doilies

Scalloped circle punch or Nestabilitie


Jesse James buttons – Au Jardin Whisper

Maya Road chipboard set – Blossoms 1

Maya Road chipboard alphabet mini set – Caroline

White acrylic paint

Pink ink pad


Border punch

Sewing machine

· So I’ll start with a confession… this is the second attempt at this page. I made one page with this photo and title and I just didn’t like it. I’m learning that I love texture on pages and my first attempt was too flat.

· I added texture to this page by putting some folds into the lace border before stitching it to the page. I also stitched the circles in a line and folded up the sides to add more dimension. This layering could remain in an album if adhesive foam pads are used behind the circles.

· I painted all my chipboard elements with white acrylic and then inked with a pink ink pad. I also inked the edges of the scalloped circles, kraft doilies and border punch strips. I used buttons as flower centres.

See you soon with more from Emy