But Which One Is Nemo?…

Hi scrappy friends! It’s Pol back again with another layout using the really cute and fun Under The Sea collection by Echo Park. Now I’ve eased you in gently with my last layout that I kept quite simple, this one is typical Pol style – bright, busy, with tons of fussy cutting and some stitching!

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This is one of those pages where the more you look, the more new things you spot! For once I started my layout with a photo in mind rather than picking one halfway through the page. This photo I took of the clown fish when we went to The Sealife Centre was calling out for the cute clown fish paper.

To start with, I used my Silhouette Cameo3 to cut the large clown fish shape using black and white cardstock and the orange paper from Under The Sea. I adhered it to white cardstock, pierced holes around it, and hand stitched it with contrasting colour threads. Once I had finished, I cut around it and attached it to my background paper.

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To mimic sand at the bottom of the sea, I adhered torn paper strips to the bottom of my background paper. I then added weeds and coral that I had cut out with my Cameo in various papers.

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I then used all the fish, crabs, shells, starfish, and turtles I had spent an evening fussy cutting from the Ocean Friends and the Border Strips papers, and tucked them in and around the weeds and corals.

To finish off I tucked my photo slightly behind the large fish, and added my title using white and teal thickers. The story behind the title is funny – when we saw the huge tank of clown fish at the Sea Life Centre, my 7 year old son pointed and yelled “but mum, which one is Nemo?”!

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Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back later in the month with a layout using the beautiful Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset collection.

Busy bees…

Hi everyone sorry I’ve not posted for a while we’ve had a bust few weeks

I was on holiday in lovely doniford bay in warchet with my family

Have you seen some of our lovely new stock

Just Keep Swimming…

Hi guys, Pol here today and I’m so excited to be here with my first scrapbook page for Thompson’s Crafts!

I’ve created a simple layout to start with, using the Echo Park Under The Sea collection. I love this collection, it’s fun and cheerful, and perfect for Jake, my little water baby! I chose this photo of him proudly showing his latest swimming award.

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I wanted to create a watery, under-the-sea feel to my page, so I chose this lovely blue fishy background paper. I then used the packaging technique; this is where you spray your ink spray onto a scrunched up plastic bag or the like. Add a spray or two of water to dilute the colour to your preference, and squish the plastic onto your paper or cardstock. Be aware though that the more water and ink you use, the more likely your background is to get warped and wrinkly. I try to just do a couple of sprays and lightly squish the plastic onto my cardstock. If I feel more colour is needed I can gradually build it up this way.

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Next, I cut a few strips from the borders page and adhered them to the top and bottom of my paper using adhesive tape. I ripped the edges to give the effect of waves, and I gently curled them over in various places. I then tucked my photo and title card behind the bottom ripped edge like treasure peeking out of the bottom of the sea.

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I added a nautical flair badge with striped twine wound around it, and then it was time to decorate my page with stickers to really finish off the under the sea effect. I stuck them to my page using 3D decoupage glue – this is my absolute must-have in scrapbooking. I tend to use it more than 3D foam pads as it means my embellishments are movable until it dries. I deliberately kept my layout simple and clean as it’s my first post, those of you who are familiar with my work will know this is quite unusual for me! But I’ll break you into my ‘busier’ layouts gently!

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The title card I chose ‘Just Keep Swimming’ was perfect for my little guy, considering that when he started swimming lessons 9 months ago, he couldn’t swim at all and hated putting his face in the water. Now he’s a regular little water baby who will swim underwater and dive in at any chance he gets!

Thanks for reading guys, I’ll be back soon with another layout using this cute, fun collection. Bye till then!

Colourful canvas…

So this is a project I’ve been meaning to finish for ages
I began by using a variety of ink sprays from Dylusions, kaisercraft, tim Holtz, Heidi swapp to colour some tissue paper. This was then torn and scrunched and applied to the canvas with prima gloss gel

Then the middle was coloured using oxide inks and again a variety or ink sprays

As the canvas was quite busy with all the colour I kept the decoration simple. I chose a variety of wooden and chipboard circles. These were coloured with pinflair wax and prima sparks paints

And here is the finished piece. 

You can purchase the prima sparks paints, oxide inks and a number of other inks at thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk

Mirror mirror…

Ok so I decided to have a tidy up today and so glad i did. I forgot about this beautiful mirror I had hidden away

It just made me of a mermaid or siren sat upon a rock gazing at their curls 🙂  so I needed to go patina paste with it

The metal was a very slippery surface so it needed a few coats of gesso

Then on with the pastes. Starting with the thicker, trainer blue and green pastes I layered up the colours using a flat big brush. This was dries off with the heatgun. I then used my finger to.rub some of the bronze paste over the raised areas to bring out the lovely details in the mirror. I’m really please with the results.

I added some lace and a resin to finish. You can purchase the patina pastes here http://thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk/?s=Patina

And some more pictures 

Lovely layouts…

DT Donna gave sscrapbooking a go and can up with some lovely designs

The first is made using the Doodlebug kitten smitten range. Just love the colourful strips and the diagonal layout and the dismantle banner. Buy this range at http://thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk/?s=Kitten

The 2nd layout uses the Echo Park magical adventure set available here http://thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk/?s=Magical+Adventure I really love all the little clusters going on here with the paper elements and enamel dots.

Great job Donna and look forward to more

Happy holidays…

So excited for all the Halloween and Christmas supplies to arrive! This is the best time of year as a crafter and also the most exciting for me as a buyer. Well this year is not going to disappoint. 

I find a lot of the time brands bring out similar designs to each other, a flood.of traditional Xmas and bold Halloween colours.

However, this year I am delighted to see such a variety of fantastic designs. Here are just a few sneaky peeks of what’s to come. We will start getting these in about 2 weeks time and will be more over the next couple of months as things are released by the companies.


 

Princess album…

Hello DT Donna here. I’m just getting ready to upload my latest design team project using the gorgeous Perfect princess paper pack, this paper is a dream to work with! The tutorial is in 3 parts (all will be uploaded today) where I take you through the making of the album from start to finish! the link for this gorgeous paper pad is here……http://thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk/listing/echo-park-collection-kit-12×12-perfect-princess/ available as a kit or individual sheets.

Watch my video at https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCLE75gJkYUsj5dgmoN8_zrQ

Retreat rewards care of UK scrap addicts…

UK scrap addicts are kindly sponsoring some gorgeous little goodies for your packs we will be handing out at the retreat. They are a fantastic group dedicated to promoting scrapbooking in the UK. It’s  full of lots of inspiration and challenges so pop over to their social media sites and take a look and get involved 🙂 

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If you would like to sponsor a prize for our raffle or items to go in our goodie bags please contact me. 

9Prima rose quartz layout…

I  had my latest delivery a few days ago and I just could  not resist the prima rose quartz pad for myself. 

I just couldn’t wait to get stuck in so created this layout and will walk you through it.

Firstly I chose 2 of the papers to use as both backgrounds and for fussy cutting feathers. 

I loved the marbled black sheet and thought it would looks great for stencilling white on to. I chose a stencil and 2 types of gesso, one thin and one thick. I then mixed some mica powder with soft gloss gel and stencilled this on also and added the cut out globe element.

The die cut feathers were added along with other die cuts, some flat and others with a 3d effect using foam tape. Thickers and stickers were used to add phrases and a few flicks if ink to finish.

I really love this range and can’t wait to use it again

Purchase the pad and many other items on our website http://thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk/listing/prima-marketing-double-sided-paper-pad-12×12-30pkg-rose-quartz/