Wednesday, 25 December 2019

December colour challenge


and I hope you are not seeing this TODAY but rather catching up after your Christmas, but the fourth Wednesday this month happens to fall on Christmas Day itself. So I set this up to be ready for you when your festivities are over.

I hope you all had a wonderful time and so I have a palette this month to help you scrap some of those Christmas photos in traditional tones.

If you do get some of your Christmas pictures scrapped using this palette I would love you to share them in the album on our facebook page here 

Now, back to that Turkey and a little bit of Christmas cake I think!

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's almost upon us and it is definitely starting to look a lot like Christmas here.

 I have been playing with Simple Stories Christmas papers this month and have two pages to share with different collections.
This first page uses Simple Stories Country Christmas which I think may be my favourite Christmas collection ever.

And this is a more traditional Christmas range - Simple Stories Vintage Christmas

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well. Do go check out these papers int he store.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

December Virtual Crop Class with Ann and Claus & Co

Come join me today and get your festive cheer on with this wonderfully seasonal class where I have made two layouts, a home decor frame and a minibook from one of my favourite kits ever! 

Both layouts I made in under an hour so you have plenty of time to fit this in over the holidays if you don't have the time today.

As always instructions are available to download HERE. I hope you enjoy getting in the spirt of the season with this one! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Scrappy last virtual crop day/class for 2019.

December Virtual Crop - Katherine with Websters Pages Royal Christmas

Hello everyone and wishing you and your families all a super Christmas.

I've made 3 pages with the kit for you (here is the first) - all quite straight forward as it's a busy time of can add some flicks of paint if you wish but it is totally optional.  The pages are all made from a 6" pad so could easily be adapted to a non-Christmas theme too - even the holly wreath...think flowers or stars or gears - the possibilities are endless!

I hope you enjoy creating, do as always share your creations over on our Facebook page ATDML#Create as we would love to see them.

Merry Christmas.

December Virtual Crop class by Karen Leahy

Happy December everyone and I hope all of your preparations are well in hand and that you are taking time to just enjoy December as well as planning madly.

I am so pleased to bring you a class this month with the gorgeous Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Collection. The papers are such fabulous quality and totally lush so get those scissors at the ready (you know me - there will almost always be some fussy cutting) and I hope you enjoy the class. There are three layouts in the class and this is just one of them.

Click Here for your full instructions and the other two layouts

Come back at 12pm and 2pm for our other two festive classes and don't forget to pop over to the ATDML # Create Facebook page to share what you have been up to.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Autumn Splendour

IHi Everyone - Dolly here.
I was so lucky to visit New England in the fall again this year and the colours were spectacular.

I found the Simple Stories Autumn Splendour papers just perfect for scrapping the photos.
Like all Simple Stories collections, these papers are double sided and great quality plus there are journalling blocks and cut up sheets which is great for scrapping quickly.

This first page showcases the fabulous colours we saw along the road. I had great fun with the fussy cutting too.

 The gorgeous pumpkin papers were perfect for scrapping a cool sight in a local Starbucks in Wisconsin. They had put two 'grateful pumpkins' on the bar for people to sign and add their thankfulness too - such a cute idea.

and this page uses more of the range to capture fall colours, albeit not natural but put together, in San Diego in the Old Town Market.

Do go and check out the papers int he store. They are really beautiful.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

November colour challenge

Hello everyone, Dolly here again.

There is a definite chill in the air now ladies as the year draws towards its close and thoughts lead to Christmas. But we are not there yet so no Christmas palette just yet.

However I have selected some more muted tones for this month. 

I hope the palette inspires you to get scrapping and, if it does, please do share your pages on our facebook page in the gallery here

Thursday, 21 November 2019

November Layouts on a rainbow....

Hello everyone, Katherine here with a selection of rainbow pages for you!  Here is where it started, using a beautiful rainbow paper from Cocoa Vanilla's Happiness collection called Good Vibes.  I started using cutting different sized circles from it (using a 6" strip so I could fit it through my die-cut machine!).  Once I had the circles I used my watercolours to try and match the colours and painted strips down the page, adding some flicks of colour.  I then used one of the new Vicki Boutin stencils I picked up at the retreat and added some hexagons.  Next I added my circles and to add a little more interest to some I used a BoBunny circle set of texture stamps.  Final bits were to add some Vicki Boutin mixed media ephemera in co-ordinating colours, and also some of her watercolour stickers which went perfectly!

Obviously I had some circle punched waste left over from the page, so I put it to good use.

I backed the paper with lots of punched strips from white cardstock, then added it to the woodgrain paper from Cocoa Vanilla's Unforgettable collection - love a woodgrain!  Again I used the Vicki Boutin ephemera pack to mix in with my page - these are photos we had in a photo booth at a friend's wedding and I loved the speech bubbles in the ephemera pack as it brought out all the fun!

 If you want a really quick and easy rainbow page, then this paper by Pink Fresh called Just a little Lovely.  The ink drips and banner are all done for you.

I added a little texture paste and distress ink, layered up some more ephemera and stuck in some hidden journalling behind the well as another Vicki Boutin water colour sticker too.

I hope you've enjoyed a quick look at these colourful papers and do share any of your creations over in our Facebook group ATDML # Create.

Monday, 18 November 2019

Third November Virtual Crop Class with Mel

Apologies for those who were looking for Mel's class yesterday on our November virtual crop day.

Mel made 3 layouts using Felicity Collection by PinkFresh Studios

They can be found HERE on our website if you haven't already found them.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

November Virtual Crop Class by Ann

Afternoon my lovelies. 

Virtual crop day for November comes to you with a spooky pair of pages from me so hopefully you have some suitable photos - if not, pop on a daft mask like I did with some friends!

I am sure you will have a great fun with these graphic style pages, the instructions for which can be found here.

Come back at 2pm for our third and final virtual crop class today.

November Virtual Crop Class by Karen

 Welcome to my class this morning which I hope you will enjoy as it focuses on using gorgeous
 6" x 6" papers which are so versatile.

I have two very different pages for you, but there will be plenty left for you to create at least two additional pages

The papers are American Crafts and they are just beautiful and, along with a really versatile sticker sheet they lend themselves to all sorts of different pages.

This is one of the class examples.

 and you will find full instruction here, as always.

I can't wait to see what you make for this class. Come back at midday for Ann's somewhat spooky class!

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Autumn outdoors

It's my favourite time of year again and although it's getting chilly (and I hate the cold) there are some of my favourite activities..... and excuses to eat some of my favourite foods.

The Simple stories 'Forever fall' range is full of lovely autumnal tones and cosy prints, perfect for Halloween, bonfire night or winter sunsets. There are also lighter shades for the cool, frosty mornings, outdoor activities and walks.

I started by used ink and bubble wrap to create a smudgy print on the kraft card.  I then cut some black and maroon gingham papers from '3x4 elements' and 'changing leaves' into some obtuse triangles. I wanted to create alternate slices to cut across the page so some are cut 'top left to bottom right' and others are 'top right to bottom left' 

I ran a section of the triangle side of 'Get cosy' down the centre of the page to give the effect of rising sparks.  I mixed up the triangles and arranged these on the left and right of the page.  I then cut coloured sections from the striped side of 'Get cosy' so the darker muted shades were at the top and the warmer colours at the top. 

Using Nuvo crystal drops I dotted some swirls up the page to act like smoke.  To finish I added some pen detail and some beautiful glittery 'Bewitched' thickers.

For the second layout, I used some of the 'changing leaves' and 'Autumn love' range and mixed it with sections of the 'Little man' paper from Simple stories 'Lil' Dude' range.   I cut a selection of 1", 2" & 3" triangles - I also kept the scrap from one of the largest triangles.    I arranged these across the page leaving a diagonal line running down the centre of the page.  I wanted to give a bumpy rocky appearance and leave space for the title. 

I added the scrap triangle section to the bottom right-hand corner of the page and then added the title.
I matted the photo onto the kraft colour side of the 'Autumn love' paper and then onto the gingham side of the 'changing leaves' paper.  I then cut around the squares roughly using diagonals and lines to give a random edge.  To finish I added super shiny chrome thickers, doodle lines and journalling.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

November sketch challenge

Hello everyone. A very tired and jet-lagged Dolly here with a new sketch challenge for you.

This one uses lots of squares and is perfect for using up those scraps we all religiously keep and rarely use.

This is my page made from the sketch - two of my loves ... Nigel and Starbucks!

I hope you have fun witht he sketch and if you do make a page inspired by it then please do post your creation in the gallery on our facebook page here.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

October Colour Challenge

Hello everyone - Dolly here for one of my favourite times of the year. I love Autumn. I love the special light you get, the beautiful colours, the cooler days, the dusky evenings.

I have chosen a palette that would suit Autumn pictures but would work just as well for those summer photos you have still got to get scrapped.

I hope you find time to play along and, if you do, please share your pages in the album in our facebook group here 

Sunday, 20 October 2019

October virtual crop by Tricia

Although I do love summer (for that one day we get in Scotland), Autumn is my favourite time of year.  unfortunately we can't always bank on the weather.

The Bo Bunny 'Beautifully Brisk' range has a lovely mix of beautiful autumnal shades and prints perfect for the rainy days when they come.  We've teamed them up with some matching brads and Studio calico alphas to finish it off.

I wanted to create 2 pages that make the most of layering tonal shades and same prints to give the feeling of hanging leaves and lashing rain.

Don't forget to share your version of the pages you create in our Facebook group ATDML # Create.

Katherine October Virtual Crop with Marion Smith's Nirvana

Hello everyone, here is my class using the beautiful Marion Smith Nirvana papers alongside.  I've created 2 pages using lots of the elements from the papers and some beautiful rub ons for the title, distressing the edges and inking to give a shabby chic feel to the pages.  The papers are perfect for the men in your life and the colours are neutral with a splash of beautiful aqua.  

Please hop over to the website to download the instructions and share any pages you create in our Facebook group ATDML # Create.

Then don't forget to come back at 2pm to see Tricia's class with an autumnal feel.


October Virtual Crop Class by Karen

Summer Smiles 

I was thrilled to be working with the gorgeous Bo Bunny Felicity papers again as they lend themselves so well to many different themes and have that all important fussy cutting element to them.

The class included three pages for you to make, of which this is just one.  And, if you are like me and a little afraid of mixed media - or if you love mixed media and like to include it - then this is a page I hope you are going to enjoy.

I hope you enjoy the class and I look forward to seeing what you make with the kit.

 Instructions can be found here.

Come back at noon to see what Katherine has been up to for her class and don't forget to stop by on the ATDML # Create Facebook page and share your creations.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Truly Grateful

Hi everyone, Dolly Here

I have had lots of different reasons to be truly grateful over the past couple of weeks with everything from good health news, stunning Autumn Days and new beautiful papers to work with. The papers are - appropriately enough - Truly Grateful by Pink Paislee available in store right now. They are such gorgeous colours and I have loved having a play with them.

I can share three of the pages I have made.

The little houses were too sweet not to cut out and use as embellishments and I loved the word paper which makes titles a piece of cake.

 Border strips make pages simple too

and I added some punched hearts from paper scraps along with a little stamping

For this page, I used some of the square block papers, cut in half for triangles, as a base for the photo.

 I added faux stitching and some stamping

and more of the little houses along with a few gems

and finally more of the papers and word strips and a tag cut from the papers.

I hope that you all have plenty of things to be grateful for in your lives and that they Truly Grateful papers bring you joy too.