New Kits Full Reveal!

The new kits for November/December are shipping out to Quirky Kits subscribers this week. Here are the full reveal images for this months kits.

Quirky Kit Lite 'Twinkle, Twinkle':

Kit contents:
 Bazzill Chablis cardstock
Bazzill White cardstock
ILS, (I lowe Scrap) 'Pops of' #03
Echo Park Dots and Stripes 'Mint small dot'
Photo Freedom Today's Story 'Discover'
Photo Freedom Today's Story 'Details'
American Crafts Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic 'Cozy Court'
Studio Calico Daring Dear mini letter sticker sheet
Lace edge polka dot seam binding
Embroidery thead
Silver glitter foam
Holographic sequin string
Mini wooden pegs x 4
Gems x 4
Wooden star embellishment
Main Quirky Kit 'Northern Lights':
Kit contents:
Teresa Collins Now & Then 'Newsprint'
Teresa Collins Now & Then 'Woodgrain',
Carta Bella Happy Little Moments (Photo Freedom) 'Moments',
Echo Park Winter Wishes 'Shimmering Chevron',
Studio Calico Wonderland 'Snowdrift'
ILS, (I lowe Scrap) 'Pops of' #01
ILS, (I lowe Scrap) 'Pops of' #08
ILS, (I lowe Scrap) 'Pops of' #09
Bazzill Kraft cardstock
Bazzill Boysenberry Delight cardstock
Bazzill Fig Swirl cardstock
American Crafts Rain cardstock
American Crafts Duotone glitter chipboard 'Sunrise' Thickers
Stick it! mini foam dots
Paper doilies
Purple Bakers twine
2 mini wooden pegs
Bag of mixed crystal gems and pearl embellishments
Piece of glitter organza fabric
May Arts snowflake trim
Studio Calico camera wooden veneers, (minimum 4)
Pebbles painted clothes pins x 3 (Walnut Grove)
Pebbles decorative tags x 3 (Walnut Grove)
2 large kraft parcel tags
1 small printed kraft bag (Whisker Graphics)
1 large printed kraft bag (Whisker Graphics)
Kraft star sticker sheet
If you're a subscriber look out for your kit arriving at your door soon! Pop back to see designer ideas by our guest designer for this month Nikki.
Happy crafting!
x Leo

New Kits First Peeks!

The two new kits for November/December are almost ready to go so all this week I'll be sharing some sneak peeks. Today I've taken some snaps of the papers and a small hint of the embellishments in the kits to share. The two new kits are 'Northern Lights' for the main kit and 'Twinkle, Twinkle' for the Lite kit.

First peek at Northern Lights:

The colours in the papers are all picked out based around the blues, greens and purples of the Northern Lights. In contrast I've kept the embellishments neutral using kraft to warm the cool colours and adding a hint of sparkle with lots of pretty AB crystals and Duotone glitter Thickers. Papers in the kit will include: Teresa Collins Now & Then 'Newsprint' and 'Woodgrain', Carta Bella Happy Little Moments (Photo Freedom) 'Moments', Echo Park Winter Wishes 'Shimmering Chevron', Studio Calico Wonderland 'Snowdrift' and brand new to Quirky Kits a selection of papers from the ILS, (I lowe Scrap) 'Pops of' paper collection.

First peek at Twinkle, Twinkle:

The Lite kit for this month is Twinkle, Twinkle. It's based around the colours that twinkle out of a frosty footpath in winter. Pinks, mints and blues make up the colourway with greys and silvers picked out in the embellishments. Look out for a really cool trim I've picked out for this kit I'll sneak a peek of more embellies later. ;)
Papers in this kit include: Echo Park Dots and Stripes 'Mint small dot', Photo Freedom Today's Story 'Discover' and 'Details', ILS Pops Of #3 and American Crafts Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic 'Cozy Court'.

I'll do more peeks later this week and I've got some cards with kit left over ideas to share too.

x Leo

Getting into the grunge

I've got two more layouts to share today. Both layouts use bits and pieces from both the 'I'm with the Band' and 'Get into the Grunge' Quirky Kits. For both layouts I decided to use a patterned paper as a base adding paper scraps as layers on top. For the first layout I decided to have a play at more of a 'Grungy' look using spray inks both sprayed and painted on to add to the already slightly grungy look of the Crate Paper paper I used as the layout base. I also added a layer of the netting fabric from the Lite kit stitching it in place with my sewing machine and layers of stitching around the edge. Cutting into one side of that also made a handy pocket for the recipe card on the layout too.

I wanted to show a way to use both sides of the same patterned paper in a simple way so again using the sewing machine I trimmed off the top and bottom edges of the paper and turned it over to the pattern on the other side then fixed the strips in place with the paper tape from the main kit and stitched over the top with a zig zag stitch to join the edges of the paper together.
The rest of the layout was built up from scraps of patterned paper and hand cutting out shapes from cardstock.

With the second layout I used the Pink Paislee patterned paper from the main kit as the background. The same technique I used in an earlier layout, (see older posts bellow) created a grungy effect in the background using glitter, just painting PVA glue through the holes in the Punchnella from the main kit then sprinkling glitter over it. I used more off cut strips of paper to build up the background along with some of the speech bubble shapes cut from the 'Think Good Thoughts' paper and a hand cut firework shape from cardstock.
I'll be back later this week with some card ideas using the remaining kit bits and piece I've got left over. The new kit goodies are beginning to arrive so I'll be starting the sneak peeks for the upcoming kits 'Northern Lights' and 'Twinkle Twinkle' next week! x Leo

A final flourish

I've not been able to post this week due to pressure of work and lack of sunshine! The first lot of photos I took were terrible so had another go this afternoon. So here are my last three pages with the Quirky Kit and Lite Kit combo this time round

Here is a reminder of my extracted pages. The ones left had not so much in them! As I went along I put all the scraps from the other layouts into one of the empty bags to make it easier to pull them out again as they were needed. So... starting with the bag in the middle of the top row

If you have a kit you will know that ribbon is bright pink. But I just can't get the colour right. Everything else on the layout seems pretty colour true. The candy stripe underneath the main piece of paper is the Manufacturers strip again. I had reserved the pocket of sequin stars for this layout as I thought they had the old fashioned feel that I wanted to focus on. I had been a bit stumped with the net so decided to make a flower. I cut lots of circles using a Nestabilities die and folded about 6 into quarters to make petals. These were all stuck to another circle using a glue dot. (A large one!).

As you can see I used the washi tape in both full and half thickness. To start with the layout was just called "Old Fashioned Downs" but it didn't look right. It took another day of staring to finish it off! And doesn't lined paper make journalling so much easier?

Next comes the bag of bits that is bottom right on the first photo - with the ampersand in it (love that word!)

Yes I am afraid it is yet another layout about the wonderful place I live. I've only been here four months and may not feel the same after the winter but so far it has captured my heart so it is good to celebrate it on a page. Now my children are in their late teens and early twenties I have to find lots of other things to scrap. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it!.

Taking a white piece of Bazzill from the Lite Kit, I went a bit wild with the grungy stamp using one of the blue Distress Ink pads, which was also used to edge the page. I then used a Studio Calico sunburst mask to trace and cut out the papers. The advantage of a grungy stamp is that I went back again when the papers were stuck down and you wouldn't know it was done at different times. I then layered up lots of scraps including more punchinella and another manufacturor strip that says "home sweet home"

before adding the title and tucking the journalling behind my raised up ampersand
The rest of the journalling card it was on, became three strips across the layout, cut with pinking scissors.

And finally, the packet just above the last one - with the scull material in it.

The colours of the skull material reminded me of my Muse t-shirt and as I have never scrapped about it, decided now would be a good time.

Muse, being ahead of the game (!) were using hexagonals before scrappers were so I had to use my trusty Dienamics hexagon die again to cut some of the material and random papers to match the colours on my tshirt. I stuck the last of the silver ribbon to the top of the layout and to the tag, which got tucked behind the photo. The black card stock behind the photo is not all one piece (in fact there isn't any under the tag) as I only had two smaller pieces left, but thanks to the fabby silver charm you can't see the join. A punchinella star and journalling with a white pen later and job done!

I've had a blast with these kits and it has been a lot of fun working out how to use the pieces by breaking it down into page bags. I hope that I have offered a little inspiration - though to be honest Leo does such a great job of putting an eclectic yet toning mix of papers and embellishments together she has really done the hard work for us!

Loads of layers

There are loads of layers on this next layout. I do love to get out the punches and go mad and then see what I can do with all the strips. I decided on quite a tight look for this one and the Quirky Kit means you don't have to try too hard in order to get a funky feel to the page!
I used papers from both the kits on this one, but predominantly the "Get into the grunge" Lite Kit, which included the fantastic background paper

Then it was a case of inking everything with Pumice Stone Distress ink and playing about with all the layers until I was happy with the result. The papers in both kits have fantastic um, bits-at-the-bottom-with-the-design-company-name-on (I think that it the technical term!) and I have managed to use almost all of them in my layouts. The EK success large scallop punch does not always line up well (OK I don't always line it up well) and so I punched a few small circles to cover the mistakes. That led to punching out a few more circles to dot around the layout.

And isn't it lovely when the colours of the papers in a kit echo the colours of some of the clothes in a picture (seeing as we didn't ask everyone to be matching!). Oh yes it is.
Here's a close up of those layers...
And just for the record - I was not drunk!