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Throw Back Thursday – Thanks card

Hello everyone!

What a busy few days, eh? I have posted brand new projects and layouts almost every day for the last 8 days!! Time for a rest 🙂 That’s why I thought today I would bring you a Throw Back Thursday with a card from a couple of years ago.

I made this card for the carers of my twins at nursery. Eric and Elisa were moving to the next class at nursery and the carers had done such a great job with them that I felt like I needed to say Thanks (and also gave them a massive box of chocolates, they deserved them!).

Thanks card

I still love this card. Sometimes I look at some of my early creations and I cringe a bit, but you can see that by now (this is May 2015) my style had evolved pretty much to where it is now. I used my scrapbooking supplies, like thickers and cardstock.

Anyway, I hope you like it and read you very soon!

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Silhouette UK Blog – One cut, three layouts

Hello all! Today I am over at the Silhouette UK Blog with a little tutorial on how I used one cut with my machine to create three different projects!

Because, if you are anything like me, you like to make the most of your scraps! (I am known to keep pieces smaller than two inches square, oops!) so being able to make three different scrapbook pages out of one cut is a win in my book!

I used a file from the Silhouette Store called Sunburst Square, but I am sure that this will work with any background files. I have used the cut as a stencil, the normal cut page and the negative space. And these are my layouts!

  1. Cheeky Smile. This was the first layout I made, as I used the cut as stencil and needed to be done first! I used acrylic paint and Heidi Swapp Color Shine for my background and then a mixture of elements from the Starshine collection and other enamel shapes from my stash. I also did a very very very lazy stitching around the border, as I felt that the page needed something extra. It is super lazy because there are only four holes in the page 😀Cheeky Smile
    Cheeky Smile2 Cheeky Smile3
  2.  Usual Suspects. This was the second one. My intention originally was to flip the cardstock and use the other side, as this side was all full of ink and paint splatters. However, I actually loved the way it looked, so I created my layout on this side! I love rainbows, so I had lots of fun creating this one with a mixture of pattern papers and buttons.Usual suspects Usual suspects2 Usual suspects3
  3. Wonderful you. For this layout I used the remaining bits. I had added some perforated lines to the “rays” on the cameo, so I had stiched through most of them, using three different stitch patterns. This was actually quite fun to do! I attempted to channel my inner Missy Whidden doing some gesso and watercolour background, however, I think I still need lots of practice! For this layout I used mainly Pink Paislee’s Oh My Heart collection.Wonderful you Wonderful you2 Wonderful you4
    I hope you have enjoyed these layouts and thanks for stopping by!
    Maria x

Behind the scenes and other musings

Hello all! I hope you’ve had a great weekend!

It may seem like I haven’t crafted at all this weekend, as I have not shown you anything since Friday, however, I have been quite busy!

I have been working on a “project life style” book of my Scrapbooking year. 2017 is being so amazing with all the things happening that I decided to keep like a diary. I started a few weeks ago and I have now completely caught up. In this diary/project life book I talk about being part of design teams, when I’ve been to crops, who I sat with and talked to, how I was feeling, etc. It’s a bit more personal than what I write here on the blog, and obviously it is decorated nicely and there are photos too! I may take some photos soon and post them here.

I also made a layout on Saturday morning for a Guest Designer spot for a challenge blog. I can’t reveal any more as it is a surprise! I haven’t heard back from the blog owner so I hope that she got everything that she needs! I would absolutely love to build up my scrappy CV a bit more, although I just enjoy the challenges anyway!

Today I have been working behind the scenes on UK Scrap Addicts. We are planning a super event for International Scrapbooking Day in May and some of the design team ladies have been brainstorming activities, etc. One of the activities planned is a Chinese Whispers game. One of the designers start with a layout, which she then sends privately to a second lady who will scraplift it or use it as inspiration or starting point. So by the time this has been done 12 times, there won’t be any similarities with the original layout at all!

On other news, a few weeks ago I applied to be part of the Simple stories design team for 2017. I knew I had no chance, since my style is nice and all, but it’s nowhere near as amazing as so many other scrapbookers out there, but at least I wanted to try as Simple Stories really is one of my most favourite companies (I also applied on a whim for the Silhouette design team, and look at me now!). Today was the big reveal of the design team, and I already knew that I didn’t make it since I had not heard from them at all. However, I still went to their blog and checked the new team out. I must say that I was very happy to not know a single one of the new designers. Really. Yes, you read that right. I love that there are 24 new designers that I am going to discover. There aren’t any big names like Missy Whidden or Zinia (who seem to be in every single design team in existence!) so I am glad that Simple Stories have chosen “smaller” names.

This weekend there has been an online crop over at the Paper Issues facebook group. I had all the will in the world to participate, but when I looked at the challenges this morning, I wasn’t inspired by any of them! It’s funny how you can have mojo non stop for a few days and when you really want to create, you can’t force it. So I decided not to force it and left it be. I will go back maybe at some point this week (the challenges are open all next week too) and see if I enter any!

And this is it for now. Hopefully I will get some scrapping time tomorrow night after the kids have gone to bed!

Thanks for stopping by,
Maria x

 

Scrapbooking layout – Favourite hair

Hi all!

Today I am participating in two challenges. One over at Stick it Down with a sketch by Laura Rumble (I must say that it is not an easy one! It really took some thinking and some playing around until I found a layout that would work for me) and as the layout is so Monochromatic, I will also be entering it in the Colorful Creations mid-month challenge 🙂

Here is the sketch:

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And here is the layout that I came up with!

Favourite hair

This layout is goint to go in “the book of me“. When I created my Crazy Hair Don’t Care layout recently, I had to make it without any photos of my blue hair, as I couldn’t find any decent ones anywhere (I did find two, but they were scans of not so clear images, so they didn’t print very well) But a couple of weeks after making that layout I finally found this photo of me with blue hair! Yay! I absolutely loved my hair like this, and sometimes I wish I had the guts to have it done again! Unfortunately I am not 20 years old any more….

The papers are from Echo Park Creative Agenda. The tickers are Fitzgerald and the heart stencils are from The Happy Scatter, a shop on Etsy and the lady who runs it is a fellow scrapbooker from the UK! And that is pretty much it! The layout is so simple! I created the paste to put through the stencil with modelling paste and ink sprays. To get this colour, I mixed Turquoise Shimmer Mister, Teal Heidi Shine and a touch (literally, one drop) of Mr Huey’s Double Yellow. I am very pleased with how well the paste coordinates with the papers.

A couple more close ups:

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I hope you have liked this layout, and read you soon!

Maria x

 

Silhouette UK Blog – Print and cut floral monogram

Good morning! Today I bring you my newest project for the Silhouette UK blog design team.

I’ve got a little secret to tell you… I have had my Silhouette Cameo for almost three years and I have never used the Print and Cut function… Until today! Crazy, huh? Being in the Silhouette design team is really going to make me make the most of my machine!

I was perusing the Silhouette Design Store and came across a gorgeous floral monogram, and I knew exactly there and then what I wanted to do: a beautiful scrapbooking layout featuring my precious little girl.

Please pop over the Silhouette UK blog to read more about my first adventure in Print and Cut!

Here is my layout:

My Elisa

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My Elisa3

I hope you have liked it and read you soon!

Maria x