Tuesday, April 25, 2017

La Aquarelle Inspiration Box


Hi Bridget here again for the March Design Team projects.
Today I had a play with La Aquarelle and made myself an inspiration box..a place for me to store pretty quotes or anything motivational.



This range is so playful as it caters for the mixed media people and those of us who just love anything pretty. The range has some beautiful metal embellishments as well as intricate die cut pieces, dies for all tastes and beautiful card sentiments already done for you.
Lets jump right into it

For the base of the exploding box we need a piece of white cardstock at 12x12”. Score at 4” & 8” on both sides.


On the four outside corners cut a diagonal line from the inside corner to the outside edge. Fold in on all the score lines to get a good crease.



Using any of the papers in the paper pad cut 4 squares at 3 ¾”. I am using 2 different papers. Cut the squares down the middle diagonally. 



Attach them to the matching flaps on the box base.
To create the pockets tape down the bottom edge of each side of the box.


Decorate the outside of the box with papers from the pad that you like. As this is my inspiration box I chose 4 of the inspiration cards which appealed to me and attached them to the outside.


To create the lid for the box cut a piece of white cardstock 6 1/8” x 6 1/8”. Score at 1” on all 4 sides.
Cut out a small slither from 4 corners as per the pic. 


Fold in the edges and tape down the flaps. Decorate with whichever La Aquarelle papers you like.


The last step I did was to create some tags for the pockets for me to write down pretty quotes etc on. The perfect die for this is from the Enchanted Tea Party collection. I cut 4 of these and trimmed a little off the bottom to allow it to fit into the pockets.



That’s the Inspirational Explosion Box all done. I hope you enjoyed playing along with me and will give this project a go.


Products used
ULT200001 Snow White Cardstock

Tools used:
CO721957 - Self Healing Cutting Mats
CO724037 - Turbo Precision Glue Pen

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Simple Thank you will do...

Hello and Happy Autumn.
It’s Bridget here for another Design Team project. This time I am using papers from a new line from Ultimate Crafts called Gapchinska, Supplier of Happiness as well as a few bits and pieces from La Aquarelle and a stamp set I cannot live without from the Ooh La La range.



I have made a quick card just to show you how quickly you can make a card for a friend or loved one. There are 2 gorgeous A4 paper pads in the range which work so well with cards and most paper craft projects. The 3D decoupage sheets makes putting a card together so quick and easy as they are pre-cut.

So let’s get started.

I am using a 5x7 card base for my card.
To start the layers I cut one piece of light blue cardstock at 6 7/8” x 4 7/8” & adhered a piece of patterned paper to the top. 


The patterned paper measures 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”.
I stuck a piece of cream organza ribbon vertically down the card, about 1” from the left hand side, followed by a bow from the same ribbon. 


In the new La Aquarelle range there is a set of brass ornaments called the Filigree Ornament set which is the most amazing set of petals perfect for layering. I layered 2 pieces together and added a pearl to the center and placed that in the middle of the bow.


For the smaller layer I have cut the blue at 5 1/8” x 3” and the patterned paper measures 2 7/8” x 5”. I have stuck them together and placed them on the card.


 I chose one of the 3D decoupage little girls, layered it using 3D foam tape and stuck her down on the card.


Next up I stamped a sentiment from the Ooh La La Thoughtful Wishes stamp set & embossed it onto a strip of vellum. I used the amazing Silver Dollar embossing powder from Couture Creations. 


I then glued it onto a piece of the pale blue cardstock and stuck it to the bottom of the card.


 Quick and easy, the card is done. There are so many ways one can embellish these cute 3D decoupage characters. Ask your stores to get them in and have a play.

Hope to see you all again soon.


Products used:



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

You're Beautiful With Enchanted Tea Party

Hello fellow crafty people and welcome to another blog post using the amazing Enchanted Tea Party collection.

I have made a layout today, and I hope you will try your hand at this one.



I started off cutting a ¾” border out of the gorgeous striped paper. As I am layering it with cardstock this is a great way to save paper as you can use the center bit you cut out for some of the layers.


 I trimmed a piece of white cardstock down to 11 ¼” square, attached the “frame” to the back and added the beautiful green patterned paper on top of that. The green paper is 11” square.


The next step is to do a bit of layering.

The back piece in blue measures 9” wide x 9” high
The cream piece measures 4” wide x 10 ¼” high
The soft blue piece (top layer) measures 9 ¼” wide x 6” high


I did some fussy cutting of the papers for the border strip as well as the gorgeous tea cups. They were mounted using our wonderful foam tape to add some dimension.



The 2 white photo mats measure 3 ½” x 4 ½”. I die cut the beautiful Adventure Time Tags from white and the teapot from The Invitation Set out of blue.




A metal key, some seam binding and one of our gorgeous flowers finished off a lovely soft layout which I must say I am pretty happy with.


I hope you enjoyed my project for today. I will be back soon with some more inspiration.
Happy crafting


Products used:
CO724295 Cottage Pollen Flowers
ULT200001 Snow White Cardstock

CO721957 - Self Healing Cutting Mats
CO724037 - Turbo Precision Glue Pen







Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Enchanted Tea Party Invitation & Wallet

The kidlets are back at school, it's time to craft. I got some of the gorgeous Enchanted Tea Party to play with and I love it. It is pretty but slightly whimsical and just so versatile.


I have a special occasion coming up and needed some unique invitations and this range fitted that description perfectly.

I would love for you to make one too so let's get right into how to make the wallet and invitation that fits inside.

Base of wallet: 
Cut kraft cardstock 5 1/2" x 9 3/4". Score at 3 1/2" and 7". Round the corners of the shorter end piece.



Wallet Strap:
Cut kraft cardstock 5 1/2" x 2".  Round both the corners of the end piece.

Decorative pieces: (this is for the inside and outside)
Panels - From cream cardstock cut 4 pieces 5 3/8" x 3 3/8" and 2 pieces at 5 3/8" x 2 5/8". (On these 2 pieces round 2 of the corners on the long side)
Strap - From cream cardstock cut 1 piece 5 3/8" x 1 7/8". Round both the corners of the end piece.
From Enchanted Tea Party patterned paper cut 4 pieces 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" and 2 pieces 5 1/4" x 2 1/2". (On these 2 pieces round 2 of the corners on the long side). 
For the strap cut 1 piece 5 1/4" x 1 3/4". Round both the corners of the end piece.





Layer the patterned paper pieces onto their matching cream cardstock pieces. Attach the panel pieces to the outside and inside of the wallet base. Do not attach the strap yet.




For the accordions inside the wallet cut  2 pieces 4" x 3 1/4". Score at 1/2" increments on the 4" side. Fold and attach glue to each end. Position on inside of wallet and stick down firmly.





Using our gold glitter cardstock cut out one of the Victorian Rectangle Nesting dies, the one that is slightly wider than your strap, and then cut it into a buckle to fit over the strap. Slide the buckle onto the strap.



To attach the strap apply some double-sided tape to the bottom half of the strap and stick it down to the back of your wallet. Gently fold it over the front of the wallets. Apply a thin strip of glue underneath the strap. I used some sticky velcro dots to create the closure.


To neaten up the strap at the back cut a rectangle out of the cream and kraft cardstock and then using the nesting set dies cut out the scallop out of cream and the circle out of a scrap of the patterned paper. Layer these up and glue them down.



The last step on the wallet is to add pearls to the strap.




For the invitation cut as follows:
Kraft cardstock 4 1/4" x 6" score at 3"
Cream cardstock 4 1/8" x 2 7/8"
6x6 Enchanted Tea Party patterned paper cut at 4" x 2 3/4". Glue the layers together and place on the front of the card.
From the gold glitter cardstock die cut the "You're Invited" from the Enchanted Frame die set and adhere to the front of the card.


Products Used:

CO723049 Nesting Dies Victorian Rectangle

CO721957 - Self Healing Cutting Mats
CO724037 - Turbo Precision Glue Pen