Crops and Retreats

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Just to say Hi

Another FABULOUS project again this week from Ali - a gorgeous card
  • Trim a piece of blue patterned paper to slightly smaller than your card blank and trim a piece of red patterned paper to slightly smaller again. 
  • Layer and attach the papers to the card blank. 
  • Cut the circle and semi-circle designs from the Marrakech Fantasia paper.
  • Using double-sided tape or a tape runner, attach blue chiffon ribbon in a ruffle around the edge of the large semi-circle. Attach the circle and semi-circles to the card.
  • Cut the blue brackets from the Marrakech Fantasia paper, glue onto cardboard and cut out.
  • Print the word “Hi” in reverse on scrap paper and glue onto the reverse of the red Marrakech paper. Cut out the wording using a craft knife. Glue the red paper wording onto cardboard and cut out.
  • Paint the brackets and the wording with a thin layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and allow to dry. 
  • Glue onto the card.

 Pop back soon as Ali's last project really is AMAZING and well worth the wait

Friday, 14 October 2011

Keep it in the Family

with this FABULOUS LO from Guest Designer Ali 
Cream textured cardstock
Kaisercraft Marrakech papers
Basic Grey mini mono stickers
Chipboard shapes
Distress Inkpads in Broken China and Fired Brick
Ali says.........
On this LO I used the chipboard shapes – both positives and negatives – to create my own background as well as using them as embellishments. 
To create the background I used the chipboard shapes as masks/templates, moving them around the page and dabbing Distress Ink over/through them.
TIP: When using a negative shape as a template (e.g. the round chipboard shape from which I had removed the flower shape) I didn’t want the ink to go over the edges of the shape so I used a piece of scrap paper and cut a circle in it slightly smaller than the chipboard circle and laid the shape over the circle in order to ink through it.

I then decorated the chipboard shapes either by inking them with Distress Inks or covering them with patterned paper and inking the edges with Distress Inks. I added buttons as centres for the flower shapes.

I matted the photo and a piece of the brightly patterned paper onto the blue and red sides of the patterned paper and arranged them over the inked background, layering in a journal spot cut from the Marrakech Fantasia paper. 
I arranged the chipboard embellishments across the bottom edge of the photo and added a title using Basic Grey alpha stickers and hand-written letters cut from an off-cut of the Marrakech paper.
Stunning yes? and there is MORE to come

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

a brand NEW LOOK

Have you seen it? If not hop on over and have a look HERE you won't be disappointed. We also have some lovely new goodies here are a few of our hi-lights
While we are the subject of NEW we would also like to introduce our NEW Guest Designer - Ali - you can find here HERE  so come back for more laters - we leave you with a sneak.....

Monday, 10 October 2011

Finally from Ruth

We have a card. Its always sad when we have shared all the projects from our designers. Still its also good to know a new designer is just around the corner......
Ruth used the gorgeous acetate from Heidi Swapp to make this clear card
 Look at how she has used the scrummy Prima lace to made a flower
and to make the paper flower look 
Cut the following shaped flowers with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, cut 2 of each

Cut slits into the medium sized flower.

Curl the petals of the flowers, I like to use the handles of a pair of scissors.
Alternate between the glittered and non glittered side of each pair of flowers, so that you have different sides facing - see picture
Assemble as shown below.
I used glue dots to adhere the flowers together and to the acetate.

We are sure you agree Ruth has done us proud. Pop back soon to see our newest Guest