Pick 5 September…

So we have a great challenge for you. Summer is coming to a close, the kids go back to school soon so as crafter we tend to find we may have a little more creative time shortly.

Well we have the perfect challenge to get you back to it. Our pick 5 challenges ask you to take the 5 items or themes we have picked at random and make any craft of your choosing.

You have the whole of september to make any craft item using the 5 chosen items/themes.

Post a picture on our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/947873945281936/ on the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2057357677816934/?ti=cl of your make and our favourite will be displayed as our banner for a week and you will also get a 5 pound voucher to spend at thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk on any order over 10 pound. 

This months items are:

. Pastel colours

. Shabby chic theme

. Chipboards

. Any kind of pencils

.Flowers/floral theme

Use our mood board as inspiration or search Pinterest, YouTube or the internet for more ideas

Entries will close 6pm September the 30th and the winner will be chosen and announced shortly after

Good luck and happy crafting!

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Choose Happy…

Hi lovely crafty friends! Pol here again with my last layout for this month. This time I’ve used the gorgeous Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset collection. I absolutely love the colours in this collection, and there’s also a couple of papers that can be fussy cut – perfect for me!

I chose this lovely photo of my beautiful 14 year old daughter for this layout. She’s absolutely gorgeous inside and out, but she can sometimes lack a little confidence in herself. The little pieces of ephemera with lovely sentiments on were perfect for her, just to remind her how amazing she is.

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First of all I chose this gorgeous bright woodgrain background paper, cut a little off each side and layered it onto the dark woodgrain paper.

To make the beautiful Fleur background, I used a free cut file from the UK Scrap Addicts blog, who Thompson’s Crafts are sponsoring this month. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the Fleur into white cardstock, which was intended for another project. The ‘negative’ leftovers were so lovely I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away, so, using the cut out cardstock as a stencil, I stuck the white ‘negative’ cuts onto my orange background. I then used an old store card to roughly scrape Heidi Swapp Metallic Teal Texture Paste onto the Fleur pattern to give it a bit of colour and make it stand out a little. A good tip is buy white texture paste and colour a bit to match your project, that way you can have any colour you want for a small amount of money!

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Next I adhered my photo onto the background using 3D foam pads. The orange background paper I had chosen already had some white patterns in the bottom left hand corner, so I decided to make a feature of this and balance it out by adding some similar pieces of ephemera in the top right hand corner. I also added a lovely Perspective from BrambleFox in the bottom left hand corner.

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Finally, I chose a selection of fleur and leaves ephemera pieces and adhered them to the bottom of my photo, which was incidentally right in the middle of the page and balanced out the diagonal design beautifully. More by chance than design, this cluster ended up being symmetrical which again balanced the page out well. I tucked a little tag behind the cluster, and added the die cut words for my title using 3D dimensional adhesive. I absolutely love the colours and the balance in this layout, and the photo I chose coordinates really well.

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Thank you so much for reading, I’ll be back in October with my next bunch of layouts!

 

I’m a guest designer!…

So excited I can finally share this with you. I am working with https://www.instagram.com/ukscrapaddicts/ this month and was asked to be a sponsor and guest deisngers for their clustering theme. Here is my layout. 

I just adored using this range and am really pleased with the result. I will be using this technique again 🙂

Pop over to their blog to read how I made it and what was used and for a chance to enter and win the competition we are sponsoring http://ukscrapaddicts.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

The pack Hazy Days from 7 dots is available at thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk

Hi everyone…

Well what a mad few weeks it’s been! I have been busy moving jobs and and house and planning for our retreat in September.

Sad and happy times the  for me. Don’t you just love my leaving cake 😂

But for Thompson’s Craft Supplies it’s  good times ahead 🙂 

We have some gorgeous stock in with lots on the way. Here’s some of our latest items available at thompsoncraftsupplies.co.uk

And our retreat is now planned and will soon be here. I can’t wait to meet all the ladies and do our projects. Here’s a few sneaky peeks. We will share some photos from the weekend and I’m sure there will be some fantastic creations and much laughter.

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!