Ooh La Limited – Mother’s Day Card.

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner now is a good time to get those cards and handmade gifts ready to spoil all those special Moms out there. I used the beautiful Ooh La Limited – Daughter’s Rose Red Pop floral paper to create this easy card

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step 1 – rim the reverse side of Daughter’s Rose paper to fit onto the front of your folded card base. Mine measure 10×14.5cm. Ink the edges and adhere it to the card front.
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step 2 – Die-cut a circle flourish element out of technique cardstock. I cut 2 to create a layered effect on my card.
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step 3 – Select 3 colours of All Purpose Ink to match your card and paper colours. I chose Burgundy, Cherry Pink and Poppy Red. You will also need a Fantastix tool or a small paint brush.
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step 4 – Paint your flourishes to create a blended Ombre effect. I started with Cherry Pink, then added some Poppy Red and finally added some Burgundy. To finish off I added more Cherry Pink where the colours overlapped to blend them together for a nice seamless Ombre effect.
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step 5 – Cut the circle part off of one of your circle flourishes. Keep the flourish part for your layering.
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step 6 – Punch a 3” circle out of the front side of the paper and adhere it to the front of your card. Adhere the full circle flourish element on top of the circle.
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step 7 – Add your second flourish and a tag.
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step 8 – Finish off your card with a stamped ‘Mum’ sentiment on top of the tag covering the tea party wording, a beautiful paper flower and some diamante.
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What an elegant and beautiful Mother’s Day card this limited collection paper makes!
Wishing all the mom’s I know a very happy and blessed Mother’s day.

Love cards | Stamped and cut for Chiswick

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By now we hope you have settled into the routine for the new year.
Here at Chiswick it is back to normal with loads of creative projects happening.
I am in full Valentine’s day mode – simply because we know how time flies and we want you to be super prepared to celebrate the month of love.6

I created 2 cards using some off-cut backgrounds I had lying around, but it is my Chiswick stamps that added that special touch.

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step 1 – I always have scrap pieces of cardstock in my stash. Some are left overs, some are experiments and some are just random drippings.
For these cards I pulled out some of those scraps and used them as backgrounds.

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step 2 – Stamp a love sentiment from your Chiswick stamp set onto patterned paper.

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step 3 – For my second card I stamped the entire Alphabet stamp onto patterned paper.
I kept the stamp set on the backing as is and stamped it twice overlapping each other slightly for an interesting effect.
I used Versafine ink to stamp all my images.
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step 4 – Die-cut some heart and word elements out of Chiswick cardstock using a die-cutting machine.
I used Grey and Lipstick cardstock from the Chiswick range for my cuts.
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step 5 – Put your die-cut elements through the Xyron machine to add permanent adhesive to the back of the die-cuts.
This adds an adhesive to the back of your fine and detailed die-cuts so you can adhere them in a few seconds without the mess and fuss of liquid adhesives.
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step 6 – Punch the stamped wording into a circle and matt it onto a larger pink cardstock circle.
Adhere the circle to your card background, then add a small die-cut heart and your thin die-cut word.
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step 7 – Trim the strip of stamped alphabet down to 3cm wide and matt it onto the pink cardstock.
Adhere the strip running across your second card, add your die-cut pink heart and grey die-cut word.
Finish off your cards with a single diamante and some machine sewing.
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And in a few minutes I made some stunning love themed cards using some of my favourite stamps and coloured cardstock from Chiswick.
Products used:

Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Grey 10 Shts/Pck sb5110
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Lipstick 10 Shts/Pck sb4990
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ White 10 Shts/Pck (2) sb4970
Textured C/Stock 216g 12″ X 12″ Bubblegum 10 Shts/Pck (99) sb4925
Clear Stamp – Alphabet 1 140 x 180mm rs3130
Clear Stamp – Sir Anthony 140 x 180mm (ER-A12) rs3166

Nothing says I love you like a thoughtful handmade card for your loved ones.
Happy crafting!

Handmade Baby Cards Using Twinkle Toes

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With the new Twinkle Toes range of papers you can create the most beautiful baby cards for family and friends. The colours and patterns are just too adorable for words and when used together they create pure magic.detail1

Horizontal, vertical and diagonal backgrounds

I used my papers in strips to create some fun backgrounds for my cards – the perfect way to use up all those paper scraps and make the best of even the tiniest of papers.
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step 1 – Cut your papers into various widths but make sure that the lengths will cover the length of your card.

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step 2and 3 – Adhere the strips to your base using double sided tape.
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step 4 – Stamp appropriate sentiments onto white cardstock and trim to size. Ink the edges and adhere them to the card.

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Decorate the card fronts using some metallic silver stickers, sewing and diamante.

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And there you have a fun set of baby cards – so pretty that even I couldn’t stop at just making one card.

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Find this gorgeous range of papers at your local craft store – perfect for any crafting project.

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Twinkle Toes Range | Lady Pattern Paper

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When you hear the name Twinkle Toes you automatically think baby right? Well in my case that is the last thing I think about! For me I see an amazing paper design that is just too beautiful for words. So when I finally got around to working with this beautiful new Twinkle Toes range from Lady Pattern Paper I wanted to create a layout that will inspire not only beautiful baby pages but something that will inspire any paper crafternew-paper-layout-2

So I created a layout that is perfect for a boy with pink and hearts and it turned out to be really cool. Yes I know I am a little biased, but how cool are these papers!

For me the combination of buff, pink and teal worked really well together with the photos I chose to use. It offers the perfect amount of macho, neutral and pretty that this layout needed.

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The Fluffy Clouds So Buff was used for the biggest piece on my background when I created my layout. The beautiful and neutral essential basic paper with the lines on was busy enough and yet offered a neutral palette for my enlarged photo to be placed on.

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The back of the Baby Hearts in Pink Mary was used together with its barcode strip – the perfect combination complimented with some sewing for texture.

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The Baby Hearts in Intense Teal is supported by using similar teal coloured elements cut from patterned papers. I also added some text paper and love how adding typography elements to a project just totally change the look.

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Supporting elements and accents in yellow include cut outs from paper, stickers, buttons, flowers, diamante, die-cut elements and chipboard hearts.

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I used this beautiful technique die-cut heart in shades of teal that I made to match the paper and other elements on this layout.

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In the end all these elements worked together to create a beautiful layout fit for any little Twinkle Toes – big or small. And once again Lady Pattern Paper delivers on her promise of bringing us the perfect basic essentials that can stand along or work together with anything in your stash.

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Classic Layout With A Pop Of Neon

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Every now and again the wild side of creativity takes hold and I find myself drawn to neon colours bright and bold – but only so often. And so it was on this occasion that I had some left-overs on my desk with some really bright and bold and colours, a newly acquired bright pink embossing powder and some printed photos…well what else to do than create and use all those beautiful stash.neon-pop-layout

What inspired me was to combine all of those gorgeous colours with the classic feel and Basic Essentials Egyptian Gold paper from Lady Pattern Paper.
I love how this layout turned out – simple, classic but with a touch of oh-my-gosh added.

The barcode strip in gold hearts was perfect as a side border to balance the gold chevron paper strip on the left hand side of my layout. Repetition after all is a good design principle.
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The pink embossed chipboard title looks great and completes my visual triangle by picking up the lighter shades of pink in my stars.
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But at the end of the day it is the Lady Pattern Paper that shines brightest on this classic layout even against the bright and bold colours and accents used – the gold enables me to create a busy layout without overwhelming the design of distracting from my photos and the story I am telling – and after all that is what this visual storytelling is all about.
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Quick Christmas Cards | Lady Pattern Paper.

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If you are a card maker then Christmas time is one of those special times when you manufacture and create beautiful Christmas cards for family and friends. For me, card making means quick and easy. And what better way than to use beautiful patterned papers for these cards.detail3

For my Christmas cards I am using my range of Lady Pattern Paper papers to create quick die-cut cards to send out this year. I am using two of my favourite die-cuts, a gorgeous delicate tree cut and dressed up with diamante and finished off with a cut out light garland, and a stamped sentiment.
christmas-cardsMy second card uses this beautiful and delicate wreath.
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Die-cut the wreath twice and layer it on top of each other for dimension. Add diamante, a cut out element and a dimensional wooden star dressed up with silver glitter glue. Add a stamp sentiment to the centre of the wreath.
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die-cuttingNot only does my Lady Pattern Paper offer me some beautiful Christmas colours to work with, I can create quick and easy cards that need very little dressing up, since this range of papers offers me a basic paper with beautiful designs on it already.
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Just like that you are able to create quick Christmas cards. Have you started making yours yet?

The Magic of Silver – Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver {Lady Pattern Paper}

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There’s a certain charming quality when it comes to the colour silver. Subtle, beautiful, soft and friendly – but when you combine it with Kraft paper then there is pure magic. Yes that’s right – Lady Pattern Paper created pure magic once again with her new range of Kraft Essentials.today-kraft-silver-layout-2

I love everything about this range of papers. It combined my classic favourites with the basic essentials that we have come to love from her. Today is that special day when the Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver additions are released and I created this beautiful layout with this range. It simply is perfect in very way.

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I combined the classic Metallic Silver Kraft with a soft mint green, grey, navy and yellow for this layout. The silver accents are soft and beautiful and can work with any colour combination.

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How beautiful is this silver flower from the Lucy Lace paper? It is pretty and feminine and yet a little macho and masculine at the same time – making it the perfect element for both feminine and masculine layouts and projects.

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The classic Little Star and Sheet Music designs are perfect for so many projects…and the most obvious that comes to mind is (drum roll) Christmas.

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A classic chevron adds a beautiful touch to any project.

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The barcode strip combined with patterned paper and other decorative elements makes for a beautiful effect.

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Randomly stamped sewing circles on the Kraft paper, and then sewn with my sewing machine and cut out for a beautiful handmade embellishment.

There are so many beautiful things you can create with the new Kraft Essentials Metallic Silver range of papers. And I can’t wait to explore it even more!
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Layout Inspired By An Art Journaling Page | Lady Pattern Paper

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Being creative never is a one sided affair. For me being creative is the constant thinking of how you can use scraps, samples, or experiments. Creativity is evolving and growing into different things, creating multiple things at any given time. This of course brings me to my next project…
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This art journaling page was created for a class and evolved into something that I really love! And while demoing how to create the background on a 12” background I created a gorgeous effect using pretty much the same colours of paint. And of course the natural progression would be to turn the sample page into a layout – mimicking everything from the art journal page onto the layout.

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The only thing I needed was some pretty patterned paper. And when looking at the bright and beautiful background I could definitely use something that is neutral but also blue at the same time. This calls for some Kraft Essentials paper – matching up a perfect blue from the photo used with the necessary neutral needed.

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It just goes to show, that inspiration is everywhere, that creativity is only an opportunity waiting to be taken and that Lady Pattern Paper papers are the perfect match in any situation. And that’s why it should be part of your crafting stash basics – fulfilling every creative need imaginable.

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Have you tried creating an art journaling page using the versatile Kraft Essentials?

Quilted Valentine heart – Lady Pattern Paper.

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Are you one of those people who have everything together (yeah me neither)? You know what I mean, the kind that creates fun things for your family like lunches that are really special, decorate your house for Valentine’s, Easter and St. Patrick’s day and write quirky little notes tucked away for them to find during their day?detail 1

Yes you know the kind! The kind we all want to be but when life’s reality hits and you fall so behind with ordinary things like dishes and washing you just go with the flow.
Well today I am encouraging you (and myself) to be the former – to try and create something special for your loved ones,
to write the little note even if it makes you 5 minutes late, to let go of the mundane and do what really matters.

Head on over to Lady Pattern Paper’s blog to see how I made my quilted heart.

My Origami Heart – a true story layout.

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This week I am focusing on a boyish layout using my some of my favourite Lady Pattern Paper papers. We already know how versatile they are combined with other patterned papers,
but today I am sharing how simple it is to choose which papers to use.
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This layout started off with a fun and vibrant floral patterned paper. I then grabbed my stash of Lady Pattern Paper and chose which colours best matched and complimented the patterned paper – and the following colours won loose hands: Red Pop, So Buff and Intense Teal – perfect for a boyish themed layout with a fun twist.

But that’s not all, I also embossed some stars onto Green Chartreuse using a green embossing powder that turned teal and matched my layout perfectly. My red origami heart is a fun twist using a piece of scrap paper. Foam tape was used to adhere the heart to add some dimension.

Here’s how I created my elements:

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Stamp stars onto green chartreuse patterned paper using VersaMark ink pad. Sprinkle embossing powder over the stars and shake off the excess.
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Heat the stars using a heat gun until the embossing powder is fully melted and shiny. Cut out the stars.
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Step 3 – Folding the origami heart

Cut your patterned paper 11 x 11cm square. (click to view the easy step by step illustration)

My layout is comprised out of blocks of paper with the corners rounded and adhered to the background. My photos are scattered in between the blocks and then finished off with embellishments, embossed stars, the folded heart, rub-ons and a die-cut title.
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Use your corner rounder to get perfectly rounded corners each and every time.

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Use your scrap papers to create beautiful squares – perfect for a layout like this.

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Larger pieces of scrap paper is perfect for folding elements on your layout – use every single inch of your papers.

A simple layout finished off with little details adding interest, dimension and texture. I love the simplicity and details the papers offer this layout.
for a full step x step visit Lady Pattern Paper’s website