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Thursday Treasures! photo prompt!

A late post this week so I thought I would cut straight to the quick this time with a photo prompt!

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I spotted this gorgeous cake picture on Pinterest just by chance and figured it was so beautiful I could use it as a Thursday Treasures photo prompt…

I wonder how it will inspire you?

For me it is of course the only tea party that really counts… The mad hatters tea party of course! So I grabbed a picture the princess insisted on being taken of her, the dormouse and the teapot and set to!

I used the fabulous Confetti Celebrations DSP as it’s bright and wacky and create this page without any sketch for a change. I usually have a sketch to hand via Pinterest but occasionally, it’s dictated by the colours I want to use the papers and cardstock I have to hand … This is one such page.

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I decided to use the teapot stamp from a random set I’ve had for ages from a magazine and stamped it all across the page in Strawberry slush. I also stamped one more on Whisper White, fussy cut it out, and then I added some glossy accents to this to glaze it. Next I added a bit of additional colour to the teapots with the ink and my watercolour brush.

All the DSP was matted with a layer of cardstock in coordinating colours and then doodled around the edge of the layers with my trusty white gel pen. I also added a bit of bunting made from the Pennant Parade stamps and the pennant punch. There were a couple of banners from the Banner Blast stamp set punched out. I also used the Stripes stamp to put the lines in for the journalling panel.

Sorry it’s a rubbish pic… Will need to upload a better one when I get a moment. But hopefully you can see what I did with the inspiration… And now I want tea and cake myself!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Thursday Treasures! Prompt!

Hello hello hello!

This weeks Thursday Treasures is a prompt … And one I hope you will be inspired by…

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One of my favourite Disney animated films has to be Monsters Inc. I love the fluffiness of sully and the cuteness of Boo. So I knew that this would be the focus of the picture to scrap for this theme! What’s more this is in keeping with this weeks “finish it off” challenge as I was using the kits from Helen’s class last week. I also followed one of the samples she had provided… Although as usual went a little bit different!

So here was Helen’s inspiration …

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I used the Confetti Celebrations DSP and took her sketch and made this…

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I kept with Helen’s theme of doodling and using the circles too. For most of the doodling, and the journaling I used the white gel pen … I love this pen … With just a few bits of DSP with some black doodling, and the outline of the full page. I added the candi’s in coordinating colours, and some chevrons and arrow which I punched out using Helen’s chevron & What’s Up punches. I also used an punch of mine I’ve had for ages to punch the two strips of cardstock going vertically down the page to add some interest.

My favourite part of this layout however is the title which I made using lots of different stickers, letter tiles, and some punched words. Love the look of this type of title!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Second page from Helen’s class kit

On Wednesday night I made a start on another page, but didn’t finish it until last night. I used the Confetti Celebrations DSP kit from Helen’s class, and this layout was the sketch I started from … But mine ended up nothing like this!

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For a start Helen had designed the pages using retired papers, and we were using the new DSP for our kit. Plus as I wasn’t able to stay at the class I didn’t have the dimensions etc, or what Helen’s plans were for what papers… So I made it up, and then just merrily scrapped away until I was happy with my page!

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I used papers I had already cut into for yesterday’s page rather than going for new ones. The great thing about the SU papers being double sided is that you can get a different look from just one paper, and when designs are geometric like this, the way you place them can also change them.

I ended up adding a couple of different bits and pieces… I kept with the circles theme started on the previous page. I also added a punched border in the Basic Grey cardstock across the panel of papers using a Martha Stewart punch I hadn’t used for ages. I used some of the punched out chevrons from the fab Chevron punch I had used whilst at the beginning of the class… I do love this punch! In fact I need this punch!

I kept with Helen’s idea of doodling, so there were wiggly lines added for a lot of things. I added a little bit of bunting using the pennant punch and pennant parade stamps… Again something I’ve not used for a while! I also added some stickers from the stash and the Mickey Mouse heads … Think these little Mickey heads are going to be a wonderful purchase from eBay! Love them!

So hope you like what I did … I certainly do!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Helen’s scrap booking class

As promised here is the scrap page I actually finished to share with you! As the hubby and I have clashes on Wednesday, once a month he cancels his plans very kindly to let me go to Helen’s class. Unfortunately like a completely numpty I forgot to tell him this month and we only realised the error on Tuesday. So instead of attending the class like normal, I took the princess along so I could pick up my kit and do the die cutting where I didn’t have the appropriate dies, whilst one of my other friends entertained the princess. So it was a brief visit to class, then home for bedtime for the princess. Once she was in bed, and I had eaten some tea, I headed to the craft room to start on the kit. I figured if I didn’t start straight away, it would probably languish in a bag for quite some time!

Helen had made the samples for the class using the papers from last years catalogue as the class was using brand new papers and they weren’t delivered in time for her to make up the samples. This meant that her inspiration was already going to be different from my page… So for once we were all doing something a little different. The reality is that this was far more of a sketch challenge and Helen also suggested that the technique we ought to think about was doodling!

So her sample looked like this…

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I love the way the die cuts fall behind layers or off the page and was immediately taken by the thin circles… I will definitely be using this idea again of using dies inside dies at the point of cutting them. Admittedly the magnetic platform does make this much easier but still… I love these thin circle die cuts.

So I got the kit out, and grabbed the papers Helen had suggested we use for the page. The papers we had for this months kit were from the new catalogue Confetti Celebration. Boy are they bright! There is also a new In Color in these papers; Tangelo twist. This is such a fabulous zingy colour! I love it!

Unfortunately I didn’t check my kit whilst I was with Helen and I was missing the base 12×12 cardstock … So I raided my own plentiful stash … And plumped for some Smoky Slate cardstock which goes well as the papers also have Basic Grey in them.

I cut pieces based on the picture of Helen’s layout, and then did a bit of stash shopping! This is actually the plus side of not staying at the class… I could add in bits and pieces from my own stash at the design stage. But I still would have preferred to stay of course!

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This is a rubbish pic I know, but I always take a pic of how I think I want it to look now before I start to stick anything down. I have a memory like a sieve and if I don’t and I move the pieces off to stick the lower ones down, I can never remember how they were! This was I get an idea of what it was I was doing. I am not saying I stick to it, but it means I get something close to what I had originally been happy with!

So then I started sticking everything down. Pieces of the DSP got the inking treatment. Most of them were inked using Basic grey and the pennant with Pistachio Pudding. I also inked the edge of the 12×12 and the photo mount to tone it in! I kept the Tangelo Twist pieces without inking though.

I remembered Helen’s suggestion about doodling. I drew some faux stitching onto the two white circles I was using to journal on. I had dropped Helen’s flowers idea in favour of Mickey Mouse heads as it fit with the theme better. I also grabbed my White gel pen and used that for doodling on the white thin circles and the arrows. I also outlined the photo in white to make it pop a bit more.

I chose some letter stickers for my title as I hadn’t been able to use Helen’s new alpha dies whilst at the class as I had no idea what my title would be. Having said that, I actually love the stickers I chose, and they went well even if they weren’t actually SU colours – they were close enough for me!

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Happy crafting!

Catherine