More from the Cute Things kit

As mentioned in my previous post, here are two more layouts I created with the kit.

I really loved the vibrant colours of the Sassafrass papers. This red heart pattern was a particular favourite. We don't have a dog ourselves, but the cute little puppy on the card and sticker were just perfect for a page about my youngest daughter's love of dogs.

I added glossy accents to the puppy sticker and some more of those little heart punches, as well as the arrow on the printed card I used for the title. A few gems and a bit of (very messy) machine stitching were added as extra details.

I had fun mixing up all the different elements and textures on this page. More messy stitching here too (I really can't do anything else with my machine!) and just lots of bits and pieces layered together. The envelope flap has been left open and the journaling placed inside the envelope.

I die cut some circles for the sun and layered with a couple of the stickers, and put the yellow heart pins around to act as sun rays - a simple but fun little touch.

My computer crashed before Christmas and I lost all of my fonts. I only recently had a font downloading session and one I found happens to match just perfectly the fun glitter letter stickers. The font is called Cheri and in the download you also get an outlines version (called Cheri Liney, I think). I printed out the extra words I wanted for my title onto a scrap of white cardstock then coloured them in with a Sakura glitter pen.

I really loved that the cardstock in this kit had such variety. There is the gorgeous orange bling, the beautiful embossed swiss dots as well as the other vibrant colours.

Oh and there are still more creations to come! I'm challenging myself to use as much as I possibly can with what is in the kit.


Cute things make me smile!

They do - and this kit was no exception!

Hi there from me - Suzanne Torr (aka fruitysuet online) - and a huge thanks to Leo for giving me this opportunity to guest design with this cute and funky kit. It's filled with goodies and lots of little things to oooh and aaah over (as did plenty of people at crop where I was working on this at).

So far I've done four layouts, half way through a fifth and planning either yet another layout or another little crafty something.

I'm going to break down posting my projects into more than one blog post, because there is just too much to fit into one.

I really liked the mix of papers provided - I have a boy and two girls so it gave me the flexibility to scrap both and even, like on this page, boy/girl on one page. The heart edged die cut paper is very striking and I decided to make best use of it by cutting it down into smaller sections.

I die cut a flower from the grey patterned paper and used my little hand crimper tool to add texture, lightly inking it to emphasise that texture even more. I've layered lots of other textures here too - the 'oh sooo cute' owl fabric, the airmail ribbon and even the dotty tape that held closed the bag of embellishments!

The few additions from my own stash I made from this page were inspired by things left out on my desk (yes, I really am that messy a crafter). A small section of a rub-on phrase, tiny alpha stickers, some embroidery thread, the pointy finger stamp and a couple of brads, buttons and gems.

Oh, and I thought the cannon journal spot was so fun and ideal for this page - poor Chiara is almost constantly tormented by her big brother - sparks are always flying between them!

This next page is simply fun and girly. I used lots of patterns and layered them together. I used the clouds paper LOTS in my layouts from this kit. On this page they are the perfect backdrop for the adorable bird embellishment. I kept the wire attached and folded it to add a hint of a flight trail.

I used a Martha Stewart Border punch and used some of the tiny hearts that are punched out as a result to add some extra detail.

These sheets of journal and title cards that many manufacturers produce now are one of my favourites. I love that they make titling and journaling so easy. For the title on this page, I cut down the 'love' word from one of the journal cards, attached it with foam pads and added Stickles and a couple of gems.

I layered lots of the stickers (another of my favourite products) and die cut a flower from the clouds paper and doodled around it with a white pen to echo the style of the clouds on the top part of the page. I added in some hand stitching for yet more texture and detail.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at these as much as I enjoyed putting them together. Another post with two more pages will be coming soon!


First Peek of 'Put a Spring in Your Step'

OK I've finally got round to making a little composite image of some of the goodies coming up in the next Quirky Kit 'Put a Spring in Your Step'. This is just a small peek but it does give a good feel for the kit.

I started off with spring green and yellow and then decided it needed something a little bolder to give it a stronger look so I went with red as an accent. There's also a little more boldness in this kit as I've gone for a mix of plain and patterned cardstock for your page bases. There's polka dot patterns in the Kesi-art cardsock and an amazing glitter houndstooth print from American Crafts. They do have plain sides though if you're into a more subtle look for your background and I've picked out lashings of kraft cardstock so there's plenty of basics in there for you too.

Lots of cute fun things in this kit to kick start your spring creativity :)
Papers from: Kesi-art, Lilly Bee Designs, Websters Pages and American Crafts
Embellishments from: Websters Pages, Pebbles, Kesi-art as well as vintage goodies and fabric bits and pieces.

xx Leo

Quirky Designs

Here's a sneak peek of how Quirky Kits come together. You might get a peek at something that will be in upcoming kits too. Not everything on these inspo boards I've made will be in your kits it's more a source of ideas, or at least collating the ideas in one place.

This one is the inspro board for your May/June kit it's going to be called 'Downtown Tea Party'. I started off being inspired by some 1960's textile patterns, they're under the bottom layer on here somwhere. They were in these amazing colours of mauve, aqua and yellow and mixed geometric designs with florals. I really liked the idea of mixing natural patterns/motifs with geometric patterns. Going with that angle I picked out some natural motifs, butterflies, woodgrain and flowers but mixed them up so instead of soft flowers we've got resin ones and as well as natural woodgrain we've got bright coloured grain too. The geometric patterns show up in dots and stripes and the florals are also picked up with some of the papers I've picked out. There's also a little bit of a fashion edge and to make sure it doesn't all go too floral and girly there's black and grey in the mix too. Overall I think it's got quite an edgy feel to this board that's why it made me think 'downtown tea party'. Not altogether a June picnic with strawberries! :)

Here's what I've started work on over the past couple of weeks:

I love the light, airy feel of some of the things here. I'm thinking layers and ice cream colours at the mo but it'll probably drift off on another tangent before it's finished. When I see something I'll make a copy of it or snip it out and paste it on the board.

Hope you've enjoyed a little peek at the design stages of your kits! Look out for a sneaky peek of the March/April kit goodies coming up here very soon!