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Monday, 20 November 2017

The Boys

I've recently discovered that there is a sticky film that picks up the negatives from your cutting mat holding them in their correct position until you stick them down on to your layout.  It seems I am the only one who didn't know such a thing existed!  It is great for using up bits left behind from a background.  The bits are often so pretty but way too intricate to pick up piece by piece.


That is how this layout started.  I played with my Daniel Smith watercolours for a background and picked up a section of leftovers from my cutting mat.  Using my Liquitex inks I mixed the perfect metallic rose gold (1 drop of bronze, 2 drops of copper, 3 drops of gold) to match a chocolate wrapper I had kept to use.  I'm trying to be less 'ooh, I'll keep that bcauseIll use it one day' but sometimes old habits die hard!  Still, at least I actually used this keeper quickly.


I threw in a few scraps of coloured card, some ribbon and buttons and called it done.  Now I know this film is a thing I think I will be using a lot more of this lift and stick technique!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Scraplifting Rachel Lowe


It's Scraplift Week at SpiegelMom Scraps.  I am loving this new tradition of lifting our guest designers.  This month Rachel Lowe is guesting and I picked out this fabulous layout of hers...


I love the bird, obviously, and that is the section I focused on.  You can watch me creating here:



I pulled out the same collection Rachel used, Wildflower from Kaisercraft.  My sequins are a mixture of Birthdays and Balloons and some of my hoarded Glass Slippers.



I have guilt... we are nearly five sixths of the way through this little chaps first year and I still don't have even half the layouts as I had for his brother!


And it gets worse... I want to keep this layout and not pass it on to him and his lovely Mum!


I need a serious scrapathon to get an album completed by his birthday!!



You can nab the cut file I created here - if you use it I would love to see what you create.  You can tag me @beadsbuttonsandbirds on Instagram or find me on Facebook here, or leave me a message and a link right here on my blog.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Hanging Advent


I grabbed the numbers ribbon from the Nisse range from Crafty Ribbons and wondered how it could be used in a sewing-free way...


I pasted the back of the ribbon with matte medium (PVA glue will do too!) and allowed to dry before cutting into individual numbers.  This stops the ribbon from fraying.  Then I gathered up 24 little envelopes to hold my advent treats - nothing huge just a chocolate or two.


I used matching colours of 3mm to tie each number to an envelope and then attach it to a string of Christmas tree beads.  Quick and easy, and very effective!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Gingerbread Jar


Guess who's been having fun..?


Me!  I made this jar up with some kitchen staples and some Gingerbread House ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.


So.  Much.  Fun!!


I nabbed the recipie from Auntie Beeb - link - but added in some smarties to decorate with.


I added in some green seam binding and some red heart lace.


Thanks for looking!


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Father & Son


This month The Sparklers are working with circle and sketches...


The first sketch is from Laura Whitaker and was easy to scale back to my minimal style.


I was incredibly lucky to be gifted a Lottie Loves Paper voucher and bought a couple of packs of stickers from the new 1canoe2 range, and they formed the colour scheme for this layout.


The sequins are Puppy Dog Tails and Road Trips & Sunshine from the newest release.


 This mustard colour is my 'thing' at the moment.  I'm wearing it daily and sneaking it on to as many projects as possible - it's my new neon!!


Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stick It Down!



Hello November!

I'm the featured designer for Stick It Down's single page team this month.  Here is the sketch...





I've stayed pretty faithful to it but I have flipped it.




My first idea was to use some giant sequins (well, 25mm!) as scallops. 


I used two colours of paste through a stencil from Pretty My Page.


When it came to my splatters I didn't have the exact colour I wanted - the silver was too dark and the white was too pale.  The solution was simple - mix the two together!


I also added a little shading with the mist to make the title pop.

Here is the video:


Also, there's a quick little cameo from Henley, my new budgie.  It was her first time on the desk and I was very distracted!  Photos of her will follow soon... when she learns to sit still!!


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