Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Creating Cards With A Layout Sketch {Wild Hare Kits}

The Wild Hare Kits have introduced two monthly challenges, aimed at helping Wild Hare Kitters to make the most of their custom kits! Each month we'll have a Sketch Challenge and a Wild Challenge - and the Wild Hare Kits DT will be offering some inspiration! 

This month, I've worked with the sketch. I'll be the first to admit that, as a non-traditional scrapbooker, I don't often use sketches, but I want to share how I've taken inspiration from our lovely sketch, and applied it to something a little different. 

I was initially drawn to the lines of hearts and circles that dominate the sketch and decided that I would incorporate some machine stitching to emulate the lines. I also really wanted to use a repetitive element - like the hearts or circles - as the main focal, but wanted something a little more cheerful to work with the colours in my kit. In the end, I settled on the butterflies and am really happy with the result. 

Once I'd die-cut all of the butterflies (27 in total!) I took further inspiration from the square elements in the sketch and chose to use several, layered squares as the base of my card. To finish off the card, I took my final inspiration from the floral elements in the sketch and tucked some die-cut leaves behind the main section of my card for a little bit of depth and interest. Et voila! I love it so much, that I may even use sketches as an inspiration more often!

I hope that you'll find some inspiration in the sketch to help you make the most of your Wild Hare Kit. Head on over to the Wild Hare Kit Blog for more inspiration and ideas from the Wild Hare Kit DT.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

English Country Garden Pocket Letter {Counterfeit Kit Challenge}

Hey! This morning, I have a Counterfeit Kit Challenge make to share, made with the remainder of my 'Collecting Small Moments' Mini Kit. I was on a Pocket Letter roll and decided to use most of the kit to make another Pocket Letter for a Craft Paper Scissors Facebook Group swap - with an 'English Country Garden' theme! 

This Pocket Letter uses a lot of the Blue/Aqua/Grey tones seen in the Lost River Scrapbook Kit, but I've also added in Peach/Amber, simply by using some 'B Sides' and a few additional embellishments from my own stash!

I've added a selection of sequins as well, because who doesn't love sequins? And to finish off, I made a beaded charm as a little extra. I've now used all of my  'Collecting Small Moments' Mini Kit, so it's time to start on the 'Field Notes' Main Kit!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Swallows & Amazons Layout {Swedish House Crafts}

Hello! Hello! I'm thrilled that, after Guest Designing for Swedish House Crafts last month, I've been asked to join the Design Team! (How cool is that?) So, this morning, I have a soft, little layout to share with you, using some of my favourite items from the store! It's all so lovely!

The colours of the Maja Design, Sofiero, Limited Edition, Complete Collection are so beautiful and I wanted to make the most of the soft, delicate florals by 'showcasing' them in a little layout. I'm normally a little nervous about adding text directly onto cardstock (in case I make a mistake!) so I added my journalling onto some Crafter's Companion Printable Vellum Paper.

I then cut the vellum down to size and layered it onto the cardstock. I left a little bit of the cardstock on show, but the vellum adds a lovely softness to the overall look. I love it!

Once I'd added the vellum, I used a small doily from my own stash, layered underneath my theatre tickets as the central element. To add detail, I raided my Swedish House Crafts stash and added some leaves cut with the Gummiapan Die Set - Twig Rounded underneath some Coral Pink/Primrose Paper Flowers and Vintage White Paper Flowers.

For a little more detail, I used the Gummiapan Die - Twig, Rounded Large to make some slightly larger leaves, to add the bottom of the central element. These dies are so versatile (and I'm not biased, they really are amazing!) 

Now, can a recommend a little visit to the Swedish House Crafts Blog? There's so much to see!