Firstly, for my Jubilee Cupcakes layout,
I cut all the cups and saucers from the Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections - Tea for Two and layerd them onto my page .
I felt it needed more more colour and so took inspiration from the Union flag and coloured the cups and saucers blue and red with water colour pencils.
I found that the paper took the colour really well and I was able to blend the colours out with a water brush.
For the Beach Baby page
I only had black letters in the size I wanted to use
and these looked too stark against the muted colours of the page. I stamped them with white ink
and a text stamp similar to these ones
and this had the effect of toning down the black and making them blend in with the feel of the page more.
So there you have it - don't always settle for what the manufacturers give you, mix it up a bit to make it your own!