Pink Fire Pointer May 2011

'Downtown Tea Party' Quirky Kit: with Guest Designer Julie Kirk

by Julie Kirk

Hello. Again.

One year on since blogging my final project as a full-time Quirky Kit Design Team member, I'm thrilled to be back as a guest for the 'Downtown Tea Party' kit!

So, considering it's both a reunion and a tea party ... I thought I'd better make an effort to dress up for the occasion. How about if I wear this ...:
My friends and I go an a crafting 'retreat' twice a year and we usually pick a theme to base our gifts, food and projects on.

The latest theme was 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party' and one of my friends surprised us all by bringing along 4 professionally made pantomine-style costumes for us to play with!
 Naturally ... being amongst scrapbookers ... there were lots of photos taken and I've been holding off scrapping them while waiting for this kit as I had my eye on the pink + white candy stripe ribbon. How perfectly does it match 'my' amazingly swooshy dress?
As for the pink + white striped paper edging ... that's the paper bag all of the embellishments come tucked inside within the kit!

I used a X-Cut edge punch along the bottom of it, pleated it and pressed it down into my double sided tape, then stamped a decorative doily-edge border along it.

Then I threaded various shades of the Pink Paislee 'Daily Junque' bakers twine through the punched out sections and finished with a tiny off-cut of the pink ribbon:
I also tied the Pink Paislee 'Daily Junque' bakers twine around the bodies of the paper butterfly embellishments, snipping the ends to form antennae:
The Pink Paislee ‘Tickets’ patterned paper was almost too nice to cut into, but once I braved it I used it as a strip across the centre:
Then punched a scalloped circle from it and used the alternative pattern on the reverse as a journaling block in the centre and finally cut around one of the roses to add a little focal point to the top corner:
And here's the final page again so you can see how it all hangs together:
I'll be dropping by throughout the month to share some more pages I've been making with this kit ... maybe there'll even be another costume ... or two ... we'll see!

Make sure you share your Quirky Kit projects by linking them up in a comment or via the Crafty Templates Twitter account or Facebook page.

So, I'll see you soon for more Downtown Tea Party-ing ... I'll bring the cakes if you put the kettle on.

Julie   / @notesonpaper x

Supplies list for my 'Curiouser + Curiouser' page. Everything taken from the Downtown Tea Party kit:
  • American Crafts Kraft cardstock
  • Pink Paislee House of Three, Daily Junque ‘Tickets’ patterned paper
  • Kesi’art Bout d'Ficelle, ‘Cotton’ patterned paper
  • Cosmo Cricket ‘Heart in the Dark’ chipboard alphabet stickers 
  • Kesi’art Script alphabet stickers, noir.
  • Pink/white candy stripe ribbon
  • Pink Paislee Daily Junque bakers twine
  • Paper butterfly embellishments
  • Paper bag - packaging! 
The structure of the layout was inspired by Sketch 240 from the Pencil Lines sketch challenge blog.

Create 10 Embellishments - share your work!

Create 10 Embellishments has kicked off today. If you're working through the classes and sharing what you make via your blog, pop a link in the comments bellow and share what you're making so we can stop by and have a peek.

During the 10 days we'll be having some random giveaways so keep a peek out on our Twitter Facebook and right here on the blog as they'll be different giveaways popping up here and there.
If you've not signed up yet you can still grab your sign up token from the Create 10 page on the site,

Have fun!
xx Leo

Create 10 Embellishments Class Workshop kicks off next Friday!


The new Create 10 Workshop 'Create 10 Embellishments' is starting next week on the 27th May, are you signed up ready to play along?

We've got 10 classes looking at hand making embellishments and also alongside the embellishment classes there's a minibook you can make to use your embellishments in so you can choose to follow along with the minibook too or just make the embellishments.
The classes offer lots of scope to continue the ideas in your future crafting and create custom embellishments to work with any theme.
To play along with the classes you need to sign up to Create 10 Embellishments. When you sign up you get sent a username and password which gives you access to your own little space on the site from where you can download all the classes when they go 'live' on the 27th each day for 10 days. The classes will remain there to download whenever you need them.
The sign up page is here,
Just click on the Create 10 Embellishments token to add one to your shopping basket then check out as normal.
You have a week to get prepared for class and you can also chat with others playing along we have a group on UK Scrappers, and a Facebook page,
Here's an extra sneak peek:
Hope you can come and join us!
xx Leo

Scrappy Ideas

I was going to add a double layout today but it's just gone ominously dark, think it might finally be going to rain! Ekk just heard a big rumble of thunder too. So anyway not good for photo taking but I do have some other projects to share already pre-photoed.

When I'm working with I kit I tend to keep all the pieces together in one box and in that box after I've finished cutting and sticking is usually a big old pile of small squares and off cuts so I put together a couple of little books to make use of the small scrappy bits and pieces.

To make the pages of the book I used plain A5 paper and cut out a 6cm strip off the short side. You end up with a square size piece and a long thin size piece. I made a large pile of the paper pieces for my pages. You can stack a wedge of paper together and trim them at once to save time. Having the two piles of paper meant I could make two books, one square for a sketch book and one long and thin for a list book.

Square Book
For the covers I used some card from a pizza box and covered the front and back of each piece of card with plain cardstock. I found out some of the leftover pieces of patterned paper and some of the netting and fabric from the Spring in Your Step kit. To begin with I added a layer of drawing ink sprayed on with a Mini Mister.

Then added a layer of netting fixing it in place with a couple of staples.

Then I added a square of paper and a sticker. I had these stickers (Crate Paper ones) on my desk from making cards so I just grabbed them to use.

Then I added another slightly smaller square of paper.

Then something else that was hanging around my desk, a lovely feather just glued on. I love adding in bits of ephemera to projects so I'm always collecting bits and pieces.

Next I added another small square of paper and some of the ribbon from the kit. I love this ribbon, I've been hoarding it!

Then another little sticker, I'm trying to use these up!

Then finally a small square of fabric from the kit and one of the rose brads. The 'ideas' title I hand stitched onto a scrap of canvas. When the cover was finished I fixed the whole book together with my Bind-it-All.

List Book
I already had a scrap of paper with a butterfly punched out of it so I cut out a rectangle around it and use a boarder punch on one edge. I used a small scrap of card and a bit of netting fabric to fix the netting behind the punch out.

Like this!

To make the cover I use just scraps of patterned paper cut to the same size as the plain paper pieces. To the front cover piece I added a bit of fabric, love the frayed edge so I kept that on.

Then the butterfly piece just went over the top along with a some of the alphabet stickers.
Again the whole book was fixed together with my Bind-it-All.

So what are you doing with your kit bits and pieces?
xx Leo