Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Scrapadabadoo Design Team - Use Your Stash

Hello folks, Mother’s Day in the UK has gone but I realised the US still have to have yours. 
So I thought a wee something for the bairns (children) to make.

When working with the nursery (pre-school) kiddies they loved to make something to use as a holder, sooooooooo I thought a wee holder for sweets, chocolate, scrapping goodies, flowers, scarf anything that they could put into it.

I thought they could make a TUSSIE MUSSIE and then decorate to their hearts content from your stash lol.  I used to get the wee ones to crayon over paper and then made the cone, they loved it.

I used some patterned paper I had in my stash (Bo Bunny Primrose), and a a lovely friend Char Huffman sent me some gorgeous ribbon to use as decoration for the handle and dangle.

I attached the ribbon handle with glue and put some lovely buttons over the top for decoration.
I made a wee dangle with some ribbon.

Pattern on how to make the cone.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Egyptian Delights

Loved making this pyramid I call Egyptian Delights.

Made a pattern for this, it is easy to make

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Scrapadabadoo Design Team–Boxed Memories


so excited my first post as a DT member. 

I looove to scour through charity shops (US thrift stores) for bargains, its amazing what you can craft with out of these places.  Old VHS boxes are all over the place due to the DVD taking over, soooo had to do something with them lol - Mini Album.

I used the Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden Bundle , Kaisercraft 6.5" x 6.5" paper pad.  The beautiful colours were so appealing.  The papers were so gorgeous I did not want to over embellish but let the paper speak for itself, and some of the tags I left plain for the person receiving this to put pictures in without thinking they cannot because they don’t want to cover such lovely paper.

The charms came from one the charm bags from Scrapadabadoo I received some time ago. 


the May Art ribbon is such fun to work with.  Need to get more of this to play with.

Inside left I made an envelope hmmm glitter does not like sticking to itself but glossy accents prevailed lol.


The spine of the box I made an accordian fold spine to hold 3 envelopes.  I used a gorgeous die from Cottage Cutz – the Wishing Well this is soooo versatile to use.


on the right inside I did a waterfall – I love waterfalls you can get so many pictures in the one spot.


The spine I added a little cutout and a charm.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

more gilding flakes how I love them

I love gilding flakes so much lol, you dont need a great deal to make a project pop.  This is a card.
I made a double pocket card and used an old BoBunny dotted dots paper I found in my stash.
Also used Tim Holtz Adage tickets Dream and Hope. The gildding flakes I used was Yorkshire Dales with a stamp from Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry, love that stamp so versatile.
The gate is a lovely die  Cottage Cutz Garden Fence/Gate from Scrapadabadoo (they have on sale as well)

Made a pattern for this, have fun.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Gilding Flakes tips

I was asked to repost my tips on Gilding Flakes on their own, so here ye go.  Added some more as well, well I am Blond through and through lol and often remember things after I post :)

  • TIP:
    When applying the gilding flakes cover your hands with talcum powder or cornflour (cornstarch) stops the flakes from adhering to your fingers
    (and they can surely stick like nothing I have seen before lol
  • Water is the usual method to clean off the glue from stamps, stencils, work station lol, for stubborn spots especially on stencils/masks I use surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol).  If using on your stamps give them a wee coat of glycerin as the surgical spirit will dry them out and can crack them over time, I dont have any problems if I use a wee drop of glycerin on a baby wipe and apply to stamps. 
  • After using the stamp I immediately spritz it with water until I can get into it.  I also use cheap toothbrush to give it a good clean after I have finished with it.
  • Indigo blu use a ‘scootchy’ small black soft scrubbie or in my case I loose the little blighter and use a non scratch scourer for my kitchen dishes/pots to get the excess off
  • Don’t scrub too hard you will remove the flakes
  • I use an A4 plastic top  with an edge for applying and catching the flakes (they are extremely feather light – er no fans/air con or you will have a decorated desk, walls, person – hmm ask me how I know this rofl.    I Don't put them back in the pot with the new stuff as it is grittier and finer.  I have a wee container that I put them in and it gives an interesting mix for another time.
  • I should have said this first, when you take flakes out they don’t go back into the pot (trust me on that one lol) the air has got to them so I put half of the flakes into a plastic take out container
  • You dont have to use the flitterglu you can use double sided sticky tape for decoration or double sided sheets punch out and apply the flakes to the cutout
  • When not using the cut and dry foam (IndigoBlu call it Phat foam) I place the glue side onto a wet baby wipe and seal it in a plastic bag, remove as much air as you can.  I found one down the back of my desk, been there for a while, and when I tried to peel them apart they came away no problem and can use the foam for another attempt.
  • I often use the flakes and mica powder on an image – randomly place a small amount of flakes on an area and press down with finger, remaining area dust with mica powder.  With a brush swirl over both, and then use the scootchy to finish off the flakes section.
  • Its also pH neutral so safe for scrapbooking
  • The flitterglu is  water soluble and can be used on any of your stamps
  • I also use it to edge my cards, use the cut and dry as if you would your inker and distress the edge and then apply the flakes
  • I have been informed for those with a cricut or something along those lines to cut out shapes using double sided sticky sheets   Have not tried this so cannot comment any further
  • I also have heard you can use it on fabric hmmmm need to play with that one
  • I use a battery operated art eraser which removes bits of flakes from areas that has over run or in an area you dont want and it removes it - use it gently otherwise the paper/card will be damaged
There are lots of utube videos on gilding flakes.
This is one which  succinctly shows you usage of them  FlitterGlu and Mega Flake demo by Kay at CHA

File Folder Tab Templates

woohoo been playing with File Folders a la Ashliegh Heppenstall (Scrapsbuttonsnbows) you gotta see her ustream – she used this technique for her Brain Book.  Love, love love that idea,  Ashiegh then transfers it to utube (for storage and ease of access methinks lol) )
I made templates for ease of use to make life easy for myself.
I love to organise things (ok so for the past 6 months I have not been doing that – get back in there sunshine – ok boot applied lol).
I used the US cardstock size 8 1/2 x 11 in (for UK you might squeeze in another small tab).
I did my templates on the long side (US 11” / UK 11 3/4”) to enable me to have as much template as possible.
(please note this is not a tutorial on how to use the envelope board rather on how to make file folder tabs templates.  Utube has lots of videos on how to use the board.
Envelope Punch Board
Trimmer or Scissors
Using US paper and Envelope Punch Board

Place edge of cardstock at appropriate marker, in this instance 2 1/2” and punch (I tend to edge the beginning of the cardstock after I punch my eyes have a tendency to put things upsy downsy and round about lol.
either eyeball the centre of the punched out area or lightly mark with a pencil the centre.
Place the centre of the punched out area at the 2 1/2” mark and punch continue down the page until your template is completed


1" you get 11 tabs showing (I use these for numbers etc when I have a load of stuff I need to keep organised)
1 1/2" you get 7 tabs showing
2" you get 5 tabs showing
2 1/2" you get 5 tabs showing
3" you get 3 tabs showing (will use this on a 12 by 12" sheet for watercolours etc)
Large layout ideas

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Scrapadabadoo Challenges

My answer to this fortnight’s challenge is take two lines from the grid and create this.
a) Tag, punches, bows (Top Section)
b) ATC, Punches, Ribbon. (Bottom Section)
Had to gild it somehow (well as the Gilding Queen lol) used Gilding Flakes these are awesome you need to try them out, is getting them in yay.

Punch used was EK Success Calligraphic Scroll
For the flower I used my stash of bead caps and pearls.
IndigoBlu gilding flakes Lancaster Rose
Ribbon and spray from my stash.
Background stamp Cover a Card Map stamp from my stash.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Scrapadabadoo Design Team

Here are the links for blogs for each lovely lady in the design team.  So excited, lots of good things coming, watch this space.  In the meantime have a blog surf.

Ashliegh Hepinstall
Debi Schnabel
Gwen Casteel
Jani Lewis
Jenny Potter
Lois Radford  coming soon
Patricia Cody
Wendy Kats
Zandra Cudney

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

O M G!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow I am shocked, amazed,bouncing all over the place.  Why you ask, well I have been invited onto a Design Team.   Wooohooooo.
Goodness there is such a wealth of amazing creativity in the group and they want me there wow.  is a fantastic online craft company from the US who do fantastic service for their customers.  As I live in the UK they keep a box open for me (they have a flat shipping fee) and fill it with my orders and send it to me when I request it or when it is full.  Believe you me they can cram a box sooooooooo full to save you monies.   I tried to get the items back into the box er no way, my friend tried it no luck – Carol can cram stuff bigtime.  You can ask them about a product, if they cannot get it its because the product is no longer available in the world lol.  The owners Carol and Barrie are the kindest most caring ladies I have come across, it is a privilege to be asked onto their design team especially the first one.

The Design Team is: 
Gwen Casteel
Zandra Cudney
Wendy Kats
Patti Sylvia
Ashliegh Hepinstall
Jani Lewis
Margaret Ann Moffat
Lois Radford
Jenny Potter
Debi Schnabel

Design Team Project Coordinator is Heather Bickhoff who is doing an amazing job trying to co-ordinate this interntional team of ladies. 
The team has just been announced so when I get blog/usteam/utube/facebook links I will add them in.

so excited – the song is going through my head right now lol.  Off to play with paper, glue, card, embellishments and anything else I can lay my hands on.

Happy Mail

A beautiful lady sent me some delicious macadamia nuts, chocolate covered ones, even onion and garlic flavoured ones hmmmmm that will be interesting.  But O M G look at these gorgeous stick pins she made for me, AND AND AND she used an earring backing to keep them together as she cannot use a hot glue gun, wow fabulous idea need to filtch that on esp when the glue sticks run out lol.