Ways To Play With Mica Mist

Hi Leo here!

I've finally got a chance to have another play with the new kit goodies and I've been experimenting with the Nuvo Mica Mist.
The background paper and ephemera are from the Lite kit and I pinched out a few of the leaves and enamel dots from my main kit. Then the Mica mist is from the main kit too.

I started off by wanting to add some inky texture to the background paper. I sprayed the Mica Mist on to a plastic bag, quite a lot of it, about 10 sprays.

I then took a piece of kitchen towel and dabbed it in the mist then on my paper background. 


When I'd built up the background I also added a few drops/splashes by tapping the spray nozzle with a pencil, (I showed me demoing this in the kit booklet too).


Next I wanted to see what else I could add the Mica Mist to. I pulled out the leaf cut outs from the main kit and put them on my plastic sheet again, (this will get used over and over as a 'splash mat' for my mica messes!). I then sprayed the Mica Mist over the tops. 

The leaves started to curl up so I took my kitchen paper towel again and blotted and pressed to flatten them down.


I used glue stick to glue them down to my layout background.


Some I also layered over the tops of the die cuts. I also used the Mica mist in the same way on the paper frame I cut out, just from plain white card in the style of an instant photo frame.


Hope my playing has given you some more ideas. If you're a bit unsure about the Mica Mist I'd say just start playing around with it. Take out a sheet of card and see what effects you can create with it. Even if you don't like a background you make, the Mica itself is so pretty that you can use your sheet for die cutting or matting photos, it never needs to be wasted!
x Leo

Lift It Weekly Challenge - Week #3

New Weekly Challenge - Lift It
Here are the details for the third week of the new weekly challenges. The new challenge is called Lift It.

The new challenge focuses on a different layout to scrap lift every week. You'll need to use at least three of the design elements from the featured page on your layout.
How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week, (this being challenge number 3 of 5). Each new challenge will be posted here and on the blog for you to follow along with.
Complete all the Lift It weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box!
The next challenge layout to lift is this one:


You need to include at least three elements from the page. It doesn't need to be a direct lift, (copying everything you see). Pick out your favourite elements that make up the page design, maybe how the papers are arranged then the use of enamel dots, paint splashes. But then maybe you have more photos you want to add, more journalling alongside the title? etc.
Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Lift It #3 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group - on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Lift It challenge #3 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below this or any of the Lift It challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog.
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo


It's Official - Natalie

Hi everyone,

I'm back today with my first layout using the Sept/ October Kits.


 Supplies used:

Main Kit:
CVS Unforgettable Enamel Dots
CVS Unforgettable Ephemera Pack
CVS Unforgettable Accessory Stickers
CVS Unforgettable - Garland 12x12 Paper (Blue backing paper)
CVS Unforgettable - Glorious 12x12 Paper (Grey arrow paper)
CVS Love Always - Bouquet 12 x12 Paper (Zigzag paper)
White cardstock

Lite Kit:
CVS Love Always Ephemera Pack

Own Stash:
Black thickers

I started off with the grey arrow paper (CVS Glorious) from the main kit. I knew I wanted to have the arrows facing down towards the bottom of the page and my main area of embellishment. 

I printed 3 photos of different sizes and backed them on white cardstock. I added foam under my main photo to help it stand out more. 

I used the blue B side of the Garland paper as a border around my page, and to help bring in a second colour to the layout.


I used a layout that Leo posted in the Quirky Kits FB group as inspiration to cut a zizag from the CVS Bouquet paper. I used it under my 3 photos to anchor them. 

I added several arrows from the 2 ephemera packs pointing towards my photos to continue the arrow theme. 


For my title I used some thickers from my stash. I added 3 blue flowers across my layout in 3 clusters, to create a visual triangle and to bring in the blue colour of the border. I also added in co-ordinating enamel dots from the main kit. 



At the top right I added a small cluster of a label, arrow, enamel dots and flowers to complete the visual triangle.




I hope this layout gives you some inspiration for using the arrow paper! 

Natalie x

Lift It Challenge - week 2

New Weekly Challenge - Lift It
Here are the details for the second week of the new weekly challenges. The new challenge is called Lift It.

The new challenge focuses on a different layout to scrap lift every week. You'll need to use at least three of the design elements from the featured page on your layout.

How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week, (this being challenge number 2 of 5). Each new challenge will be posted here and on the blog for you to follow along with.
Complete all the Lift It weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box!

The next challenge layout to lift is this one:
You need to include at least three elements from the page. It doesn't need to be a direct lift, (copying everything you see). Flip it, add more photos, repeat the same embellishments across more of the page. Use whatever inspires you about the page.
Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Lift It #2 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group - on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Lift It challenge #2 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below this or any of the Lift It challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog.
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo

New Weekly Challenge - Lift It

Hi Leo here, happy new kit time!
Here are the details for the first of the new weekly challenges. The new challenge is called:
Lift It
The new challenges will focus on a different layout to scrap lift every week. You'll need to use at least three of the design elements from the featured page on your layout.
How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week over the next five weeks, (this being challenge number 1). Each new challenge will be posted here on the blog and in the Facebook Group for you to follow along with. 

Complete all the Lift It weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! The closing date to complete all the challenges is November 29th 2019. All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box!
The first challenge layout to lift is below. You have to include at least three elements from the page. It doesn't need to be a direct lift, (copying everything you see). Flip it, add more photos, repeat the same embellishments across more of the page. Use whatever inspires you about the page.


Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Lift It #1 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Lift It challenge #1 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below any of the Patterns challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog, (like this one).
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo

Right Now - Natalie

Hi everyone!

I'm back with another layout created with the last Quirky Kit! 

Supplies used:

Main Kit:
Pinkfresh Studio Just a Little Lovely enamel dots 
White cardstock

Lite Kit:
Pink Paislee Paige Evans Truly Grateful 12x12 paper #14 
Pink Paislee Paige Evans Truly Grateful Phrase and Accent Stickers
Amy Tangerine A Slice of Life Puffy Stickers 

Own Stash: 
Background paper 



For this layout I used Paige Evan's style as inspiration. I started with paper #14 and cut all the squares into diagonals. I used mostly the A side but I also used a few of the B side triangles. I arranged them into rainbow order with red at the top left down to purple/ pink at the bottom right. 


And then I have to admit it sat on my desk for weeks as I thought about which photo to use. Then this week I took a photo of the sunset which was so pretty and I thought it would work perfectly!




Once I had my rainbow sorted this layout was super quick as I just added some simple tone on tone embellishments. I love how the Amy Tan leaf puffy stickers match the Paige Evans paper so perfectly! I also used some of the Pinkfresh Studio enamel dots and the Pink Paislee puffy accent stickers. I tried to mix up the embellishments I used across the page, so all the enamel dots weren't in one area etc!


I matted my photo on white cardstock and then added my title raised up on 3d foam pads, and a matching heart. 


Also please note I've just realised after taking these photos that I need to add one more triangle above the pale pink one to complete the pattern - duh!! 



So altogether a really simple layout, but I really like it! 

Natalie x

Patterns challenge Week #4

Hi Leo here!
Here are the details for the forth of the new weekly challenges. The latest challenge is called Patterns.
The new challenges will focus on a different pattern every week. You might want to interpret them literally and raid your patterned paper stash but we'll also be looking at ways to use pattern as the main embellishing element on your page.

How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week, (this being challenge number 4 of 4). Each new challenge will be posted here on the blog and also in the Facebook Group for you to follow along with.
Complete all the Pattern weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! The closing date to complete all four of your Pattern challenge projects will be 20th September 2019. All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box and not leave it unused!
Ready to see the forth challenge?
For the forth challenge the pattern focus is:

Checkerboard 

So you can take this literally and head into your stash to pick out all your patterned papers with a checkerboard or check pattern to use. Or you could use the idea of a checkerboard pattern as the base for your layout. Here's a simple checkerboard pattern. What could you make up your squares with? Photos, patterned paper, coloured card, stamping?

If you need more ideas I've dug these up from Pinterest to help to kick start your mojo:

On this layout the squares are made from paper cut in squares and triangles then stitched over the top. The pattern of the checkerboard has been turned at an angle too.

Another idea that slightly tilts a checkerboard and the pattern is made up using photos and papers.

Black and white checkerboard is fun for boys and teens themed pages. If you don't have any ready made in your stash how about recreating it with black and white card?

A simple checkerboard of patterned paper squares covering the whole page.

A checkerboard pattern created with tiny squares of paper and stitched edges.

Checkerboard stamped background.

You don't have to stick to squares to make a checkerboard pattern. Here's one made from rectangles!

Here the black card background has been used to create the black checkerboard squares with the white one made from patterned paper pieces, so fun!

Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Patterns #4 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group - they'll be a post for each new challenge there to share it to or else mention it's for the Patterns challenge #4 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below any of the Patterns challenge posts, (like this one).
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo