Sunday, April 24, 2011


Step by step instructions follow to  make this cute layout!
1. Select photos that work with blues and greens.

2. Remove all die cuts from one sheet and sand the “tabs”. Cut photos with scissors/ pencil to fit neatly in the holes.

3.Mat photo – about 1 cm, use bracket punch on the right edge and stitch around the mat twice

4. Scrape sides of die cut sheet and photo mat with edge of scissors then ink with brown ink. Machine stitch edge and adhere to layout with magic mount.

5. Adhere title - negative letters look funky and interesting

6. Stitch round the outer edge of the layout

7. Now add the "wow" factor, the little details - sew buttons on the big bug, make a little ribbon/ button tab for your bracket, sew a few buttons and french knots for eyes on the bugs at the bottom, put a button on a photo corner to make it really sweet..... The sky is the limit! These are the details that I love to add that take a cute page to an adorable layout.

8. Display your layout somewhere in your home for a week or two - until the next one takes it's place. Enjoy and admire your gorgeous work!

And here is another one done with the Jungle Bug range .... oh the letters are from "Rewind" and the Orange paper is from "Pina Colada". I have a massive stash of buttons!

Friday, April 22, 2011


I made this specially for the Kaiser DT call. The heart charms were off a very tarnished bracelet I found last night in the bottom of my scrapping tote - must have been there a few years I reckon! Buttons from my massive personal stash. The rest is Kaiser!


I have been inspired by Ali Edwards in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to create a "December Daily" where you take at least one photo a day and put them all together in a yummy little album. My '08 and '09 projects were predominantly Kaiser, particularly the wooden album which I combined with acrylic album and rubons!  Here are a few sample pages. I did one in 2010 with my wrist just out of plaster, but using different products. Bring on December 2011 - this is one of my favorite projects!

The page on the right is Christmas fabric with wadding in it! And I loved the Kaiser Gingerbread man.

There is a circle acrylic page there on the right, see there is a rubon on it!

Just a Christmassy envelope and lots of rubons.

 And from the year before - 2008 - this was my first ever December daily.

Lots of layers, lots of hidden interesting bits and details.

My little boy called him Fireman Christmas!!  I thought I did something cool with the acrylic square, it frames little Andy's sleeping face, then when you turn the page....

here we all are!


Some of the other products are: Making Memories, Theresa Collins & American Crafts. A product list can be supplied for particular pages upon request :-)

Thursday, April 21, 2011


A project made today, just before I hit submit and send this off to Kaiser :-) I see those incredibly simple cards as appealing to someone who might want to make a whole lot of cards to sell, how cute to package them up like this with 3 different sized cards and a jar of home made chutney. Maybe a project for the school fair. The cards are so quick and that's what you want if you are selling them!


Papers by Graphic 45, Letters & Brads by Do Crafts, Lace swirl by Bo Bunny. Fabric, buttons, lace, my own stash.

I just finished this work of art today - I reckon I have spent 15-20 hours on it and I have to say I am completely thrilled. I have been hanging onto this photo for the right layout for over a year. The layout is now on its way to the big PrintBlocks convention - fingers crossed they like it! The layout is called Two Little Pixies in the Woods, and you can see the way that  my little Andrew is peeping at beautiful Elena, I tried to duplicate this shy, coyness with the hidden pixies all around the page. There is machine stitching all over the layout, lots of ink and lots of magic mount. I wanted to include this (one of two non- Kaiser layouts) to demonstrate the extent of my techniques as a lot of my layouts are quick and easy (which I think people generally would prefer to copy!) Every so often it is wonderful to create something so special.


I just love this gorgeous background paper. The letters are K & Co. The strip brads are ancient Making Memories products as is the acrylic frame. The strip of gold paper is Basic Grey. I used some twill and DMC thread. Pen by Zig.

I think this transparency was Autumn Leaves, the rest is Kaiser except the buttons which come from my stash.

Letters and tag by Basic Grey. The die cut for the flowers was by Tim Holtz. Lace from my stash.

Transparency by Autumn Leaves. Transparent stickers by Chatterbox. Stamp in the corner by 7 Gypsies.

Another transparency by Autumn Leaves.

Stickers and letters by Basic Grey. I tried making the scallop edge with my Fiskars punch, it was a big mess, so Cheryl-Lee did this one with the computer! Ah, technology.