Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Pocket Letter with Bo Bunny

I got caught by the Pocket Letter bug, which is basically a 9 section plastic page protector that is used for ATC/Business Cards, you then decorate each pocket with patterned papers and add in some small embellishment goodies that your partner can use in their projects. I usually place my treats at the back of the pockets. You also add a letter to one of the pockets telling your recipient a bit about yourself.
I joined a swap group and this is for one of my partners (won't say which one in case they peek at my blog before it arrives)

For this Pocket letter I used the Penny Emporium Collection to give it a vintage look.
I created some epoxy stickers using scraps of paper and clear adhesive epoxy domes. One of the tricks with these Pocket Letters are to keep the decoration fairly flat that way they can be mailed in a regular envelope, therefore keeping the costs down.
This is one of the epoxy stickers I created. I punched a 1" circle of patterned paper, added a sticker from the Combo Sticker Sheet and then placed my dome over the top and pressed down hard to get rid of any air bubbles, add a little adhesive to back and "voila" your own unique epoxy sticker.
I had in my stash some older Trinkets from the Autumn Song Collection, I didn't want the image that was inside the metal frame so I altered it by placing some scrap paper cut to size and an image that I fussy cut both from the Penny Emporium line again.
Another of my homemade epoxy dome stickers, this time I stamped an image onto my cardstock before placing the dome over the top.
Finally I used one of the large Doily's to wrap around the folded letter, I made a belly band to slip around to hold the doily in place and finished it off with a tag and some bakers twine.
These letters are great fun to make and even more fun to receive, I'm looking forward to making a few more and joining a few more swaps.
Toodle Pip
Bo Bunny Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper; Bazzar, Captured, Copper Tiles, Gadgets, Alphabet, Gallery/Penny Emporium; Ancestors, Belong/Heritage
6 x 6 Paper Pads; Penny Emporium
Glitter Paste; Copper
Doily's - Large
Stamps - Captured
Trinkets; Autumn Song

Sunday, 26 July 2015

CSI case file 171 - Solved

This has to be my favourite palette of the year so far, pinks and golds, I had a field day using all my new "gold bits" that I purchased whilst on my visit with Debbi. This month we also get the added bonus of using some cut files by Ashley Horton of The Cut Shoppe

My layout is another of Debbi and Tracee's adventures and this is series 2!
We went to Michaels and they have a wide range of wooden letters/words, we tried to get pictures with the Me and You words but still now I cant remember the plan we had in mind lol My journaling is on a tag that I placed into a gold foiled envelope under my photo.
It reads "You and Me, Me and You. We had a brilliant idea when taking these photo's..... now if only we could remember what it was!
Texture Paste
Artisan shape
I started by using the This Way background cut file from the Cut Shoppe, I altered it slightly as I wanted it more of a rectangle than a square shape. I layered patterned paper behind it and then cut some more different colours and patterns and filled holes up randomly around the page.
I also created an interactive element to my page in the form of this little slider window. Pull the banner on the left and the camera moves along to reveal the word hilarious, which pretty much sums these pictures up!
Hope you find time to play along at CSI this week and don't forget we have prizes each month from a great variety of sponsers.
Toodle Pip

Saturday, 18 July 2015

My first post for 2Crafty Chipboard DT

I am up with my first post on the 2Crafty Chipboard blog 
This Is The Good Life by Tracee Provis
This is Me_Tracee Provis_2Crafty_July_01

Hi I am so happy to be with you today sharing my first 2Crafty Design Team projects with you. I am so happy to be a part of this wonderfully creative team. I have had such fun painting, inking and embossing the chipboard pieces.
My first page is quite plain and simple and I simply let the chipboard pieces do the talking.
I chose the title This Is Me and used it as the main focus of my page. I first gave the whole title a layer of Gesso, I wanted to cover the "Me" part of the title with patterned paper so I simply traced round the part I wanted to cover, cut it out and glued it over the word. For a little more contrast I inked the edges with black ink.
I love to fussy cut my photo's and I found the perfect seat for me in the form of the Mushrooms set.
I first painted the spots on the mushroom with white paint then embossed over these so that the red paint wouldn't bleed onto my dots. After I had painted them I embossed again over the whole piece to give it a nice shiny look.
The Hello circle from Word Circles set 1 was given the same paint treatment and I layered over a word sticker in red to add in a pop of the colour to match my mushrooms. I embossed the tiny butterflies from the ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars set with gold embossing powder and sprinkled them around the page. From the same set I also added a small painted red heart to my title.
I used the following 2Crafty Chipboard pieces on my page.
This is Me Title
Mushrooms Set
ATC Hearts & Stars Set
Word Circles Set2

This is the Good Life by Tracee Provis

This is the Good Life Tracee Provis for 2crafty july 01

With these being my first layouts for 2 crafty I wanted to show you a couple of things about me and a huge part of my life are my dogs, we love to take them on a holiday to the beach each year and this photograph was taken on our last trip.

The phrase title This is the Good Life was perfect to explain what the photo means to me, as I had a lot of space on the left side of my pic I placed the title there. It was layered over the Handrawn Heart Frame set that I painted with a coat of gesso.

I embossed with gold embossing powder the Corner Jacqui's Flourish and tucked these into either side of my main cluster, I added some small metal dots to parts of the flourish as an accent. When layering up the heart frames I wanted them to interlock so I carefully cut one part of the smaller one and after looping it through the bigger one I glued it back together so that they both look unbroken.

After placing my main cluster in a position I was happy with I thought it needed a little something more, I cut in half one of the Film Strips Tiny and leaving them raw placed them at either sides of my page. A few little embossed stars from the ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars set completed the layout.
I used the following 2Crafty Chipboard pieces on my page.
This is the Good Life title
Handrawn Heart Frame Set
Corner Jacqui's Flourish
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Film Strips Tiny


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bo Bunny cards

Wow where did June go?
I am coming to you today from sunny Maryland where I am spending a few weeks with my special friend Debbi Tehrani.
I want to share some cards I created using the newest collections from Bo Bunny, I always like to make at least one card with each new collection that they release. First up we have one using the Penny Emporuim collection.

This collection has a wonderful Steampunk theme and I had great fun fussy cutting elements from the papers and layering them up on the card. I also used one of the dies from the latticed frame die to the layers, adding some silver pearlescents as a paint gives a metallic look and feel to the piece too.

For my next card I used the Boardwalk collection with it's fun beach theme, I used both papers and the small 2 x 2 cards that come in the Misc Me pack that coordinates with the collection. I again used a die to add a border/frame on my card, this time from the Portrait frame set. A few pearls added the finishing touches.

And finally the super pretty Juliet collection, I love the way this collection enhances the delicate laser cut clock chipboard piece and gives a romantic vintage feel to the card. I added a gold foil rub on on top of the birds head to represent a crown, the rubons are super easy to apply and have the most beautiful sheen to them.

Bo Bunny Supplies
Patterned Paper; Bazaar/Penny Emporium, Summer Fun/Boardwalk 
6 x 6 Paper Pad; Penny Emporium, Boardwalk, Juliet
Noteworthy; Boardwalk, Juliet
Laser cut Chipboard; Timepiece 
Rub Ons;  Filagre Gold Foil
Jewels; Ruby Red

Saturday, 13 June 2015

CSI case file 167 - solved

Despite my lack of shares I have been solving cases over at CSI, one of the reasons I don't share so often is, I wonder to myself, does anyone really read blogs much anymore? So much is posted on FB and if I am honest it is often much easier to hit like and leave a comment there than it is on a blog. Also I have yet to find a way to take decent pictures of my layouts and projects, the weather here is often so dull and my house isn't blessed with a lot of natural light, so if anyone has any tip or ideas they would like to share I would love to hear them.
I have recently set up a FB page for my crafty things and it's called It's a Creative Life if anyone wants to look me up.
So enough of my waffling and on with the case file, for this case file I used a sketch from My Creative Sketches

Bo Bunny have a new collection called Penny Emporium and it has this gorgeous Steampunk style to it that I am rather liking at the moment.
The case file looked like this

and the sketch looked like this
Transportation accents
Document a childhood friendship
As this is a page for my Granddaughter's Euro Disney album I am going to get her to write in her own words about the pictures and of her friendship with her best friend Laci.
I used some texture paste and a memory box stencil to create the background, I also used a cloud stencil and gently inked the clouds on in the pale pale blue from the palette. I found these cute Disney paperclips in my stash and I have no clue where they came from but they were perfect to add the Disney element into my page,
I did lots of fussy cutting from the Penny Emporium collection and I also got a chance to use some of the metal bookplates that I have been hoarding in my stash forever, a mix of old and new supplies always makes me happy.
I hope you will find time to check out the challenge over at CSI and take a look at the other DT pages there is some awesome inspiration to be had
Toodle Pip x

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Happy to Be - with Bo Bunny

I was very excited this week to receive my DT box from Bo Bunny, I always make a cuppa and settle down to ooh and ahh over the delights that I know are inside.

Bo Bunny have 3 new and very gorgeous collections in this release and I have combined 2 of them on this layout I created.
Our beautiful Peggy poo poos loves the beach, and is always happy to have a paddle in the sea, these papers are perfect for a beach layout.

I fell in love with the Boardwalk Drift paper, it looks very realistic with its peeled paint and general shabby look. I trimmed the edges to look like old planks and placed it over some texture paste that I had spread over the Licorice Double Dot cardstock background.
Along with some pieces from the Boardwalk Noteworthy pack, I added in some of the fussy cut steampunk elements from the Penny Emporium Collection. I also cut 2 frames from the Bazaar sheet to add my picture and title to.
I used the Lattice cutting die to add some layers to my layout, I painted the outer frame pieces with some Silver Pearlescents to give a little shine to the page. How cute is the little sailing boat from the Noteworthy pack, to keep the shabby theme I used a white pen to distress it slightly.
I tore a hole in the background paper and added the lighthouse from the Boardwalk Summer Fun sheet in the gap. My title is made up of Double Dot alpha stickers and the gorgeous silver rub ons, did I mention how shiny and easy to apply the Rub Ons are? you have to try them if you havn't already.
Bo Bunny Supplies Used
Patterned Paper; Summer Fun, Beach Bliss, Drift/Boardwalk; Copper Tiles, Bazaar/Penny Emporium
6 x 6 Paper pad; Penny Emporium
Cardstock; Licorice Dot
Stickers; Aqua Alphabet Sticker; Combo Sticker/Boardwalk 
Noteworthy; Boardwalk
Stencils; Brocade
Dies; Lattice
Rub Ons; Silver Foil Alphabet

Monday, 18 May 2015

Very very exciting news!

So pinch me, this happened!

The NEW 2Crafty Chipboard Design Team Announced
Today we are so pleased to be able to announce our
NEW Design Team for 2015 - 2016
 and to also farewell those that are moving on.

2Crafty has had some remarkable & talented designers on our team
 and we are thrilled to be able to continue in this tradition with our new team.
We have some former members returning again this year as well as lots of 
fabulously talented new designers from all corners of the world 
who will be joining our amazing Design Team.
So without further delay, it is with extreme delight that I announce  
The New 2Crafty Design Team,
for 2015 - 2016.
Trudi Harrison - Australia

 Beck Beattie - Australia

 Ros Madley - Australia

Rachael Funnell - Australia

Lisa Griffith - USA
Athanasia Papantoniou - Greece
Marianne Johansson - Norway
Jaya Raghuvanshi - India
 Valerie Ouellet - Canada
Tracee Provis - UK
Catherine Giguere - Canada
Priscilla Lim - Singapore
Robin Shakoor - USA
Returning 2Crafty Members...
Di Garling - Australia
DT Co Ordinator

 Fiona Paltridge - Australia

 Debbi Tehrani - USA

Jennifer Snyder - USA
We would also like to sincerely THANK  those DT members who are
  finishing up their time with 2Crafty in June and we wish them well with their
 future crafty adventures.  Your commitment and contributions have been 
wonderful and we hope that you have enjoyed your time with us, as much as we
 have enjoyed having you, and all your sensational & inspirational projects.

Janice Nicholls - Australia
Helen Tilbury - Sth Africa
Nicole Doiron - Canada
Marilyn Rivera - USA
Annie Carrignan - Canada
Maiko Kosuki - Japan
Ebony van der Starre - Australia
Anita Rodway - Australia
Margaret Mifsud - Australia
Stephanie Papin - France
Melenia Agapides - Greece
Wilma Voermanns - Switzerland
The new Design Team will be in place from July and 
with all the different styles and genre in this new team we can’t wait 
to see what they have in store for us all.
  Hope you will come along with us for the ride.

I'd also like to thank all our followers and retailers
 for their continued support. 
Vanessa Tiberti
Owner of 2 Crafty