Monday, October 26, 2009

Colour Me Happy

As you may have noticed, during October we have been focusing on the wonderful CUPCAKE and BEBE  lines.

I find myself sometimes being subconsciously steered into a set theme for my cards and layouts because of the name for a certain paperline...and sometimes that may prevent me from seeing the true potential a paper design has.

Take for example the BeBe line - you would automatically think Newborns, Babies, Children - right? And the first thing I created was indeed a little gift card holder for a new baby.

UDD Products used:
#UDD0163. Belle / Beau, #UDD185. Baby Love, #EMB007. Walk in the Park

But you have so many more options of using these papers, thanks to their very subtle and soft designs. For this picture of my nephew (who loves to paint), I thought the "boy" side of the BeBe paper line to be perfect. The green and blue compliment the colours in the picture.

UDD Products used:
#UDD0163. Belle / Beau;  #UDD0165. Layette;  #UDD0130. Stillness; #UDD187. Man About Town; #UDD185. Baby Love; #UDD0004. Doodle Bet

I leave you with a card I created with different papers and rub ons from the CUPCAKE line - again, the papers invite you to create something for a birthday but you can do so much more!

UDD Products used:
#UDD0137. Scrumptious; #UDD0136. Sweet; #UDD0133. Delectable; #MT2-011. Carter; #UDD190. Sweet Celebrations

Last but by no means least: Don't forget our FACEBOOK page, we are still having product giveaways going on!

Monday, October 19, 2009

It's that time of Year...

Oh yes it is!!!

Many of my friends are like me when it comes to Christmas cards.
We have the best of intentions of making our own cards every year, and dream of gasps of delight, from far and wide, as our nearest and dearest open up those creamy envelopes and feast their eyes on our glittery home-made creations.

Alas, like me, many of my friends get caught up in the necessities of everyday life, and before we know it, we barely have time to drive down to the store and pick up a box of pre-made cards.

But this year, it's gonna be different.
Armed with one of my favourite "Upsy Daisy" lines, I've gotten started.
And the best part?
I'm going to show you two beautiful cards I made using only a sheet and a half of paper.

"Hot Chocolate", a Christmas line from Upsy Daisy Designs, conjures up images of steaming mugs of hot chocolate sipped before a roaring fire, with little peppermint flavoured stirring sticks on the side.

For my 2 cards I used "Frosted" and "Cinnamon Stick" from the line.

As you can see, both cards look very different from each other, and in fact, look as though loads of different patterned papers were used on them.
In fact, all I did was take advantage of the double-sided patterns, and with some creative trimming, I managed to get these two beauties.

So, tonight, why not get a head start on those Holiday cards.
Grabd a sheet or two of your favourite Upsy Daisy papers, and see how many cards you turn out.

P.S I still have scraps left over for at least another card, and maybe even a tag :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Bebe on the Block

I have several friends who have delivered gorgeous new babies in the past few weeks - so what better way to celebrate their arrival than scrapping a few projects?
The "older siblings" of these new babes should not be left out either - say hello to Olly who turned two the same week his little sister arrived...

Isn't he adorable? I just want to pinch his cheeks and squueze him all day long :)
For Olly's page I used the Boy side of the Bebe range of Upsy Daisy papers - cool baby blues and greens with some soft brown inking to give it depth.

My next Lo was loooooong overdue - my little Hannah's third birthday came and went in a flash and I have only just got the chance to scrap it. Doesn't life just flash by in the blink of an eye, sometimes?

Hannah is the original "girly girl" - you can't have enough pink, enough bling, enough sparkle, enough fairies and - in the case of her birthday - enough cupcakes, LOL.

The Upsy Daisy "Cupcake" paper range was perfect for the job:
Such gorgeous colours call for a happy, summery layout.
There are a couple of Tips you could take from either of these LO's to use with your Upsy Daisy papers:

* Crop your photo tightly around the face of your subject so that you make a real feature of their gorgeous eyes (and dimples!).

* Use Die Cut Lace cardstock upside down - that is, with the white showing rather than the right side. It makes for a delicate break-up of the background without being too "lacey" or "girly".

* Break up your page with a couple of journaling spots layered one over the other - it gives the impression of the page being more "full" without overloading it.

* Use your scallop punch to create strips of cardstock, then mount these on top of each other to create a "Cake" embellishment.

* Use the little cupcakes that are printed on the strip at the bottom of the Upsy Daisy papers - they are super cute embellishments!

* Use a template to mark a circle around your LO, then adhere double sided tape all around it. Place one end of a length of ribbon at the beginning of the circle and gently "pleat" it at one inch intervals. It takes a bit of time to perfect, but it's worth it - trust me!

Well, that's all from me for now - I hope there is something in there that helps you want to dive into the scrapping supplies. For me, it's going to be a busy few days and we are having enormous dust storms over here in Australia, so we are all trapped inside until they pass. Oh well, more time for scrapping!
Take care all,
Sares x