Pink Fire Pointer July 2011

New Kits are out!

The new Quirky Kits are being sent out to subscribers this week so look out for them arriving on your doorstep! This month we're taking a nostalgic trip to the seaside. The main kit is 'The Milk Bar'. It's named after an ice cream parlor I used to visit when I was growing up during the summer holidays. I picked out ice cream colours & kitschy seaside motifs and the whole kit has an overall nostalgic/vintage summer feel.

I love the kitschy Thickers and the glitter 'ideas' sticker which I thought would be great for an ideas book or maybe a page about what your idea of a perfect summer is? The map paper would be great to plot your adventures of where you've been this summer or where you spent your favourite summer or perhaps where you would like to go in the future?
You'll also find some seam binding trim. This is great to alter and I've seen this use a lot lately with distressing  techniques for shabby chic style projects.

As always I like to add in some unexpected details. These cute little pin badges have been designed just for this kit. There's also a blank watercolour paper postcard that you can use as part of a scrapbook page for your journalling or use to make a postcard size piece of art or as a page in a minibook or even send as a postcard to yourself while you're on holiday so you can collect it when you get home to put in your scrapbook or mini book or smash book!

The Quirky Kit Lite this month, 'Ice Pops' also has a summer holiday feel but I've added in some more modern feeling detailing to this one with more bright colours and fun patterns.
The fun swirly bright Thickers add a different dimension to the peachy toned papers.

There's a little bit of vintage with the Elle's Studio handmade layers pennants and then back to the modern with the bright coloured washi tape and the hot pink seam binding. Look out for a fun little technique touch with your Quirky Kit Lite this month too - we'll be going all cross stitch!

This month we'll be joined by guest designer Daphne who'll be sharing some fun techniques and project ideas with us throughout August.
Have fun with your kits!
xx Leo

These kits are totally sold out to new subscribers at the mo. I'll be adding the new subscription places to the site this week to start with the September kit, 'Hazelnut Coffee' so watch out for those popping up in the store, Quirky Kits Quirky Kits Lite .

Use it up, wear it out!

Hi Leo here again with another idea using the main Quirky Kit 'Downtown Tea Party', (subscribers check out the Quirky Kit blog for more ideas using your kits this week)

Today I'm sharing an idea using up scraps of patterned papers from the kit. You can also use the idea just as a way of mixing up lots of patterns on one page. Ok here's my page..........

I used on of the Cosmo Cricket papers for my background:

I started building up the layers of patterned paper cutting some out in rectangles and some into strips then sprinkles over some of the embellishments from the kit. I really like some of the strips along the bottom of some of the papers so incorporated some of them leaving them on the edges of papers in some cases and cutting them off the bottom of the papers to use on their own.

The title I added as the last layer sprawling it across all the layers including the photo.

I love the dotted colour strip along the bottom of the Kesi'art paper so I kept that on there to use.
Some of the pieces I've cut out of the patterned paper the date piece in the corner is cut out from the Pink Paislee Daily Junque paper.

 This little scissors is on the Kesi'art card strip I liked how it kind of went with the background paper - it could make a cool theme for a page about scrapbook or paper crafts too?

I used the Pink Paislee twine from the kit across the top to give the impression the rectangles of paper in the background were taped to the line of twine kind of like a washing line! This tape is not in the kit but you can get it's from the Vintage Indie card kit I was playing with this kit at the same time I made the page and I couldn't put the washi tape down!

I glued the twine down using a Pritt glue stick just dabbing it on the paper first then pressing the twine onto it - it sticks it down really well and quick too.
So what are you waiting for? Grab those scraps and get to work, share what you've made with your kit scraps in the comments and I'll pick out one at random to win a washi tape goody pack!
xx Leo