Wednesday, May 24, 2023

We Belong Together.


Today I am sharing a beautiful layout of my late parents for the The Mad Scrapper Blog using fabulous papers and ephemera from Simple Stories available in the store at the time of writing this post.

Simple Stories have worked with In My Minds Eye on this collection and you can tell it is somewhat different to their usual style, more subdued but gorgeous still.
I stared with the sprig paper cutting down to 11.5 inch, distressing the edges and inking too. I saw at the weekend Niki Rowlands add her outside boarder on a sqiffy angle and thought I'd give it a go, once stuck down I squared it all off to 12x12.

I did gut the vanilla paper first so I could use again to mat my photo. Once stuck down I added the stripe paper at 10.5 x 5.25 inch again distressing the edges. Then I took the butterfly paper and cut to 5x9 and stitched the edge using a Yukon Gold thread, once again I distressed all edges before sticking all down. The butterfly paper is lifted by a piece of light card for added dimension.

In this next photo you can see I have used a couple of tags adding ribbon from my stash tucking underneath a few flowers and leaves from the ephemera pack.

This next photo shows closer around the tags where I have added a few gems and pearls along with a couple of gold foiled leaves from my stash.

A close up on the bottom of the page showing the stitching and dimension.

This next photo shows how I've added a sticker from the sheet along with more bling from the gems, pearls and tiny leaves.

The photo below shows another sticker which I have added card below for lift and a few more pearls.

Thank you for stopping by again today, I hope I have inspired you to try these beautiful papers on a layout, card or other projects you may have in mind. There are other items available within this collection so please pop on over to The Mad Scrapper  to check them out. A full list of what I have used can be found below.


Supply list:
From my stash
Floss, pearls, gems, ribbons and perspextive hearts.

Baby Boy Lollypop


Today I'm back on the The Mad Scrapper Blog sharing this cute different type of card to welcome a new baby and in this case for a boy.

It turned out to be bigger than I planned but to be honest I'm happy because it gave me more space to add all those lovely extra bits and pieces within the collection. I have added a full list at the bottom of this post.
I started by taking 2 sheets from the coordinating plain cardstock and cutting two 12 x3 strips from each. I then popped them on by scoreboard and scored at the half inch all the way along, creating mountain and valley folds. I joined the strips together and pushed from the outside to create my circle, I found it easier to store it in a round Pyrex dish with a plate on top whilst I added the glue to the back of a 4 inch scrap circle and placed it on top to hold it all in place.
I next cut a 6inch circle and added a patterned paper from the pad to it. I also glued some lace to the under side before gluing it on top of the base card. The pleated card is extremely sturdy to say the least.

Then next you can see I have added another slightly smaller circle cut from white and to that another paper from the pad. I cut and tucked under a flag banner from a scrap of paper

Now all there is left to do is to choose toppers from the ephemera pack along with some adorable die cuts but all have come from the kit. The wonderful boy lable has been added on top of 2 bits of chipboard for dimension allowing me to tuck things underneath.

I used 2 different dies to make the tag/star.

I stuck the floss to the back of the tag this time to make it more tidy. You can see I have added a few Nuvo drops and star sequins.

This heart banner is so adorable and I've tuck scrap paper behind the cut out hearts and the hearts I have added around the layout.

This is the back view with it's added patterned paper to the white card.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you feel inspired to give this a go. You can make them any size as you are only limited by the paper size. They are great for many occasions I've seen some fabulous Christmas and wedding ones. Janine has lots of beautiful papers and embelishments in store so call in or go online to The Mad Scrapper  

Product list:

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

40th Birthday Card


Today I'd like to share with you all a card I recently made for The Mad Scrapper Blog using pretty papers from Maja Design  along with flowers from the store and a few stash items.

I started by making a shaped card blank from white heavyweight card and added to it 3 layers each getting a little smaller and 2 of which I distressed their edges. The request was to add a family photo to the card so I added it to a oval which you can see popping out from the top left. To allow this to tuck under I added foam to the underside of the flower paper leaving space for the tag to easily pull out and back in.

Once I did this I just gathered flowers, leaves, lace and other bits to add to the front for interest. I first added the deep lace and then a banner which sits on top of a cut off from one of the papers. I made a tassel to match the rose and banner.

I chose a little image from the papers to add to the right side of the card and clustered 2 Prima flowers and a leaf to its side.

I tucked a few pearls around the layout and some of the circles from the banner too. 

The card sits on a stand which I cut out and used the same soft green card to add the trellis front too.

I hope you like this card, it's a little different and I know it will have the Wow factor on the mantle.

Pop in to the store to see the full range of beautiful papers and embellishments Janine has available for use on your layouts or cards. If not go online as I do The Mad Scrapper  


Here is a list of the supplies I have used:
Prima flowers were from the Thirty-One range, the large roses were from Kaisercraft 

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Baby Boy Exploding Box.


Today I'm up on the The Mad Scrapper Blog with his Exploding Box which I have made using the adorable 6x6 paper pad by Echo Park ( a full list can be found below) along with a few other items from my stash.

Here are the cutting instructions which I have used for this size box.

Take a 12x12 sheet of card and score at 4inch and the 9inch, give it one quarter turn and score again at the same to give you 3 rows of 3. Remove the outside squares to give you what looks like a + give each score line a good burnish. Then take a 93/4 square of card and score at 31/4 and 61/2 again remove the outer squares to give you the same + just smaller. The smaller box will fit inside the larger allowing enough space should you decide to add bulky embellishments.

I have made a lid for the box with a 3/4 inch side drop so remember not to load embellishments too high. I have made the lid 41/8 square so it fits easy on top.

The next photograph shows the first layer of papers added to the two parts of the box from the plain pad. It's such a good buy as you know it all works together.

Now is the fun part, look through the pad and choose your papers to go on top of the first layer. Of course you don't have to add another layer but I think it looks cute. As you can see I have used the same papers on both boxes purely because I hate waste and too many scraps left behind Lol.

Then I have added yet another layer, all have foam under for dimension. Everything is from the 6x6 pad.

This shows the inside of the box. I have made 4 frames to add photos behind I included a little tab to show which side it is to be added to.

As you can see every side is covered with something.

Here is a closer look at one of the frames, they could add the photo to this little bit of card for an idea of the size. They could change them out easy too.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope I have inspired you today. Don't forget to stop by to see what other papers Janine has in The Mad Scrapper  I know there is a Baby Girl set too.


Here are the supply's I have used today:

Our Baby Boy Paper Pad 6"X6" 

Our Baby Boy Solids 12"X12" 

Our Baby Boy Ephemera - Icons 

Buttons, pearls, enamel dots, floss for the lid all from my stash.

Friday, April 7, 2023

Birthday Joy-Fold Card


Today I'm here to share a birthday card I recently made for The Mad Scrapper Blog using papers from the new Autumn Poem collection by Maja Designs (full list of supplies at the bottom) and a different card fold than I normally use. I believe it goes by the name Joy-Fold and I have given cutting and folding instructions for this card too.

The card will fit into a 6x6 envelope. Below you can see how it opens for anyone who has not come across it before.

Take a 10x5 inch card and score at 53/4. Then take another piece of card 91/4 x 33/4 and score at 5, this smaller one will have its fold on the right side.
Choose your papers and these are for the larger card and 3 sizes to cut
 47/8 x 55/8
46/8 x 4
41/8 x 47/8
The next are for the smaller card with the right hand fold
4 x 35/8
41/8 x 33/4
37/8 x 33/4
You can see I have used the same paper on the inside of the smaller card and the outside and inside of the larger card. The darker paper is perfect for the back of the card front and it pops up again as mats to the sentiments and front panel too. The Thinking of You is off the manufacturers strip, they put lovely sentiments on these.

I just stamped a Happy Birthday inside with plenty space to hand write around, even on the loss leaf too if you don't mind writing on the pretty paper!

In this last photo you can see the front embellishments are made up of a flower cluster from 49andmarket along with a couple of pearls from my stash. I thought it worked well with the paper below them.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I have inspired you to try this card fold and to use some of your pretty papers you may have purchased from Janine at The Mad Scrapper  if you are looking to buy some more pop over there and check this collection out.


Products used today:
From my stash 
1cm pink rose bud
Kaisercraft pearls in pink and cranberry.

Friday, March 24, 2023

You Are Adored.


Today I am sharing another layout for The Mad Scrapper Blog and it's another using papers from 49andmarket (a full list can be found below) can you tell how I love them lol.

I started with the Butterfly Kisses page, removed the identity strip and added stitching to the top right and bottom right of the page. Then I lifted one side each of the 3 middle butterfly's. Looking what else I could do I plumped with adding Rub-On's to the right. I also added 2 frames to the base envisioning where the photo would sit.

The photo was matted onto a piece of brown and then on to a scrap of Posies, I tucked a piece of foam under to give lift. This allows me to tuck under a Laser cut green lace and flower spray. You can just see the frames peeping out. I added more rub-on's in the flower variety.

This next photo shows another layer of flowers along with a postage stamp and some Nuvo drops too.

This is the other side of the photo with another cluster of Laser cut flowers, a postage stamp and even more Rub-on's.

I added extra Rub-on butterflies around the photo.

I needed a little something in the top left so I made the 2 little fishtail flags and popped on top the little So pretty.

To finish off I added the title using another Rub-on.

49andmarket make such beautiful papers and I find myself waiting for that certain photograph to come along to use them otherwise I just give them a little stroke every now and then LOL and I know you are just like me!
Pop over to The Mad Scrapper  and check out all the beautiful papers and embelishments you could want (and then some) and look out for your perfect photo.
Thanks for stopping in and I'll see you next time.


Here is the list of supplies used :

ARToptions Avesta - Butterfly Kisses 

ARToptions Avesta - Posies 


ARToptions Alena Rub-Ons 6"X8"

 Nuvo Crystal Drops - Pale Gold 

Art Options Avesta Rub-ons

Floss in pink/peach and green.

Nuvo drops in pink & green 

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

A Day At The Zoo!


Today I'm up on  The Mad Scrapper Blog with this layout of my son on a resent trip to the zoo. I've used papers and embelishments from 49andmarket and chipboards from Dusty Attic. A full list can be found below.

I started by gutting a sheet of yellowy green cardstock, I cut down the Airy sheet to 111/2 and inked the edges and distressed before adding it to the green card.  Then I decided to add some stitching to an area that has faux stitching on it, I also added some inking through the Dusty Attic leaf stencil once I'd decided where my photos were going to sit.

I added a couple of rub-ons to the right hand side and then I made a little cluster to go under one of the photos. The photo of my son with the Rhino in the distance has been matted on to the same green under the main paper.

I popped out the chipboard and gave it a coat of black gesso and when dry I added a light coat of gold acyclic paint, I think it looks a little vintage don't you? You can see I added a black outline to the leaves along with a gold pen vein to the leaves.

This next photo shows the name plate displaying the name of the zoo along with the visit date, these little chipboads from 49andmarket are a perfect way to display such things.

Here you can see a close up of rub-ons and the top of the cluster made from the collage stack.

The butterfly is a rub-on and the chipboard is from Serenity 

My sons favourite animal is the elephant and this one behind him is called Coco and is the eldest in the park and soon to be transferred to the West Midlands Safari to help with its breading programme. Coco followed him everywhere he walked around their enclosure (to be honest most animals do tend to approach him when he gets close to their enclosures) it looks as if it is talking to him lol.

Just another little look at the chipboard and also you can see that one photo has been matted 3 times and put on foam to give hight.

Thanks for stopping in again, I hope you like what I've made today and maybe you too could try adding extra to you main sheet of paper with either stencils or stitching etc.
Don't forget to pop in to The Mad Scrapper  to see all the beautiful things Janine has for you to gaze upon to start your next project.


Please find below the list of products used today:
49andmarket vintage artistry essentials - Airy
49andmarket vintage artistry essentials - Journal Cards
49andmarket collage stack in natural
49andmarket vintage artistry everyday essentials Rub-ons