Monday, March 30, 2015

SATCHED - with Anna Allan...

Hello D-lish friends.
So this post marks the last project for my time here as a Designer for D-lish Scraps!
Thank you to everyone of you for being awesome and liking my makes me very happy.
I love D-lish products! And I'm sure you will keep seeing a lot of them in my projects still as they pop up around the traps ;-)

Anyway, today's project is a very colourful layout...

The paper I used was from the Dear Lizzy '5th and Frolic' range. And, apart from some vellum from my stash, the rest is all D-lish :-)

I had been wanting some of that hand-dyed muslin for yonks but it was out of stock for awhile.
So when it was listed again, I was quick to snavel some up. Now I've got a nice little stash of it ;-D
And I love it. Adds that extra bit of texture and layer to the page.

D-lish products used:

Thanks for coming by and having a look at my work.
I'll see you around the inter-web somewhere in future. And I'll definitely be joining in on those cyber-crops over at the Scrap Suite whenever I am able.

Thanks again!
Anna :-)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gift Tags - with Anna Allan...

And I am back again with another project to share.
This time I have made 3 gifts tags...

I have used 3 large tags, chosen a patterned paper and co-ordinated all the embellishments with that.

I also printed out some sentiments and added them to the tags.
And they are ready to add to any gift!

D-lish Products used:

Thanks for dropping by.

Anna :-)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Your New Smile Right Now - with Anna Allan...

Hello fellow D-lish lovers!
This will be the last three posts I do as a Design Team member for D-lish Scraps.
I have had an absolute blast during the last six months and have loved creating with D-lish products and coming up with challenge pieces for you all over at the Scrap Suite for the cybercrops.
Thank you all for being super supportive and encouraging me in my work. I have been amongst some uber talented designers and I feel very honoured to have worked alongside them.
And thank you Amanda for having me - you're totally awesome!

So the first of my projects to share this month is a layout...

I've gone for a soft pastel look. The mint green doilies and the crochet heart add that colour pop!
I just love that all the embellishments are D-lish products and all you need to do is add paper - the range of patterned paper I used was from My Minds Eye 'Just Splendid' and worked perfectly with all the lovely little embellies!! And I also used some mini alphas from Studio Calico.

D-lish Products used:

Thanks for dropping by.
See you tomorrow.

Anna :-)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Now for Something Different!

Katie back again for my last post of the month. And as the heading suggests it will be something a little bit different!

I really needed to sort out my ever growing D-lish Scraps stash and thought I would share with you my thoughts and storage finds. Now I first need to say that I surprised even myself with how much I have, and I don't think I have too much room for expansion!

So let's start with some pictures of my scrapping space. I have a corner in our large dining room area, it is combined with our general home office space and works well. It is on the small side, but I have everything I need at hand and it forces me to clean out and de-stash regularly to keep it in check!

Ok, so this is my main storage area and to the right you can see my desk, laptop ready for watching my programs while I scrap! Oh and by the way, it does not normally look tidy like this! I usually have my trimmer and bag of scraps and other bits and pieces sitting in the space in front of the sprays!

This was how I had my D-lish stash stored. A couple of purpose bought containers and then boxes as new things arrived! Overflowing as you can see.

To sort out my stash I grouped by product type. (Please excuse the un-vacuumed rug!) A fair bit there to put away!

I found these little single layer drawer units at a local cheapie shop (Daiso) and thought they would be perfect underneath the spray storage, and they are! I have even labelled each draw so I know (read remember) what is in each without having to open.

You can see they hold a fair bit, although I must say, I have way more flair than I realised! Hmmm, mental note, do cybercrop challenge focusing on flairs....

Obviously the above wasn't going to be adequate to hold all my stuff. So I bought 6 of these little divided containers from the same shop. They are great to sort like things out into, flowers, resin, buttons etc.

Then I bought a big box to store the smaller boxes in and one last little box to store mainly the larger bits of Freckled Fawn and Pink Fresh Studio (I seem to rather have an obsession with these manufacturers!).

These boxes get stored under my desk out of the way when I am not using them and need my desk to look tidy. And now we are all done. I can find things so much easier now and they are easy to pack away!

Now, while we are here I can't let you go without sharing something pretty can I? Just for some fun I decided to have a go at some cards (now I am not a big card maker, so they are all pretty quick cards!). But I also decided to use the paint smear technique that is currently part of one of the challenges in this months cyber crop. By the way, you still have until mid April to join in the cyber crop if you haven't joined in yet. Just click on the link in the side bar to join the Scrap Suite Facebook group.

I don't have too many paints in tubes anymore, mainly watercolour pans and watercolour crayons. So I decided to smear some Dylusions spray mist (you probably noticed from the photo that I have just a few spray mists!). I dropped some colour onto the card base and used a credit card to smear the ink across, and I think it worked out ok! I love the bright colours of the Dylusions too, so pretty. To finish off I used a wood veneer frame that I dry brushed with gesso, some paper flowers (hydrangea petals and roses), wordfetti and enamel dots. The paper roses were white and I used the sprays to colour them to match.

For this card I started out with some acrylic paint that I smeared on the background to create a base. Once dry I used the star Scrap FX stencil with some coloured texture paste to create some texture on the background. Wind some coloured twine around the card and knot, then grab a wood veneer (this one is from the set of cards - Hi/Live Life/Star ) and coloured with some distress stain ink and slide in under the twine, finish with some more wordfetti and sequins and lets call this one done!

This last card started out with acrylic paint smeared across the background too. Then add a trimmed doily, a Little Birdie butterfly and finish off with a sentiment made from coloured wire attached to a kraft shipping tag. Hey presto another quick and simple card!

Well, that is all from me this month. Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Katie x

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Project Life Fun - with Katie

Hello hump day! I hope this finds you all well and enjoying your week. Today I thought I would bring you something a little different. I want to show you how easy it is to use D-lish goodies to jazz up your Project Life spreads.

Many of us adopted Project Life when it came out and I have to say it is such a great way to get memories scrapped without too much fuss. My approach has been to do monthly spreads to document our lives, with the option of extra half pages for busier months. Mostly I use phone photos to document each month, and the occasional good photo. Now I also need to admit that I am behind in my documenting! But I am not concerned (well not yet anyway), each month comes together reasonably quickly.

So the spread that I am sharing is for July 2014 (see I told you I was behind!).

So I am sure you can see all sorts of D-lish goodness just by looking at the pages. I will list the specifics at the end of the post, but show you some close ups first.

For my title card I stamped the month and then used a Pink Fresh Studio enamel label to frame. A great way to use these cool embellishments!

Paper doilies are just so versatile and add a pretty touch without being bulky. Add in some wordfetti and your card is done.

Washi tape and wood venner. Need I say more! I coloured my veneer with a wink of stella in gold for some colour and sparkle.

The printed wood veneer from Pink Fresh Studio is cool. I just stamped to create the frame.

More Pink Fresh here with the little puffy sticker heart, so cute! And a Freckled Fawn paper clip too.

Another of the Freckled Fawn paperclips and motex too add some details. The perfect way to add information to your card.

A Freckled Fawn short arrow paperclip here, the perfect size for a 3x4 card.

So you can see that adding to your Project Life using D-lish goodies is just too easy! I hope this gives you some ideas when you next do a PL spread.

List of supplies:
Pink Fresh Studio - Puffy Sticker (Up in the Clouds), Screen Printed Wood, Enamel Labels
Freckled Fawn - Sentiment Clips, Short Arrow Clips
Wood Veneer
Motex - Writer and Refills
Washi Tape
Paper Doilies
Enamel Dots

Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon.

Katie x

Monday, March 23, 2015

More with Paper Bags - with Katie

Morning! I hope you had a crafty weekend! I am back today to give you another idea on how to use your stash of paper bags. I have made a mini album using some of the bitty bags, now I first have to say, I am not much of a mini album girl, so this was quite a different thing for me! But it was the perfect way to demonstrate the versatility of these great bags!

Bitty bags are fairly small (2.75inches x 4 inches), so the finished album is also pretty small, but you can pack a bit into an album this small by using the bags as pockets. So lets look at the album!

The way I assembled the album was to make my own tags from some kraft cardstock to be the right size to fit the bags with just a little bit of overhang. Then I put the bags inside the tags and used a hole punch to punch two holes on the side to keep everything together. I decided to use the spotty bitty bags for this one, and I used four bags. You could easily upscale this to fit with the small or 5x7 bags too. I also scored the front cover just away from the holes to make it easy to open.

To assemble I used some pretty coloured seam binding to tie it all together. On the cover I have used lots of goodies to decorate but I will list all the different things used in the album at the end of the post to make it easier. Being this small size makes it pretty quick to decorate too.

Now lets look inside!

I kept the layout of each page quite simple with a small square photo (2inchesx2inches - you can fit 6 this size on a 6x4!) and some coloured doily cut into strips or semi circles and then a couple of other small bits and pieces.

I have a pretty extensive stash of stamps (yes I have a problem!) and many of these are words or small phrases which are great to stamp and cut into small flag/banner like bits to add to the pages.

You can see that each page has its own little cluster of embellishments, which leaves room for the photo to shine, but adds enough interest so that it is not boring!

The wordfetti is also great to use if you don't have suitable stamps in your stash.

Even flair is not too big for this little project!

A strip of motex tape is another great way to add words or a small phrase. You could also cut this strip to a flag or banner shape at the ends.

Love these pastel petals flowers, they are my favourite at the moment! 

Inside each of the bags I added a tag, with some journalling documenting the story of the Easter event. Not a lot on each one, but enough to remember. Over the holes I added something like a flower or wood bead or threaded some cotton twine so it looks like a part of the decorated page.

List of supplies:

Bitty Bags
Coloured Paper Doilies
Paper Flowers - Pastel Petals, Apple Blossom, Little Birdie
Enamel Dots
Wood Veneer - Symbols
Resin Flowers Rose, Mini Daisy, Rose Flower Center
Motex Writer and tape (neon pink, green)
Freckled Fawn - Small arrow paperclip
D-lish Flair (originally from monochrome kit)
Shipping Tags - Kraft - Large
Pink Fresh Studio - Wood Drops, Wood Beads
Cotton Twine 
Wordfetti (originally from monochrome kits)
Metal Photo Corner
Dyed Wooden Button - Mini Hearts

So there you have it, my mini album with paper bags. Not a new concept by any means, but a reminder of another great thing that you can do with the pretty paper bags in your stash!

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon.

Katie x

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Playing with Paper Bags - with Katie

Hi There! Katie here today to share with you an idea on how you can use those pretty patterned paper bags we all love to hoard from D-lish! (I hope that I am not the only one hoarding these!)

My thought has always been that you can use these bags just like patterned paper on your projects, they are great for matting photos and layering with patterned paper and even using as a pocket, but have you thought about cutting them up and opening them out to make longer strips? This is what I did for my page.

I used only one paper bag, but you could layer strips from more than one and create a great background.  Don't forget there are different sized bags too, so you have many options! You can check out all the cool bags here.

Now, besides the pretty paper bag, there is lots of other D-lish goodness on my page! I have been loving the FX Scrap stencils, these are a hot seller and sell just as fast as they come in, but Amanda is ordering them regularly so keep a look out! I used the Scribble Stencil with white texture paste, I like the look of white on white, adding texture without taking away from the other things on the page. You might also spot the cute sequin bow and journal it spot (which I cut down).

I have also been playing with the FX Scraps stamps, here I used the hash stamps. There is also a FX Scraps chipboard frame, so many cool things from these guys! Throw in a coloured doily and another journal it and layering is easy!

Here is a close up of the bag strips, can you see the cool glass Cabochons on the dots!

So, there you have it, another idea on using your paper bag stash. Make sure you come back to see my next idea on using paper bags.

Katie x