Wednesday, 8 July 2015

July 3T's and some June winners ...

I will be announcing our June winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our next edition of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for 2015 presented by our very creative team member, Jo Tritton.

"Faux Quilting" technique by Jo Tritton

Firstly let me say that I am not claiming this as a technique that I invented myself in anyway way. I learnt this technique from a tutorial in a past Scrapbooking Memories Magazine (sorry I can't remember who the Scrapbooking Memories Master was). I recently used this (what I call) "Faux Quilting" technique to make a wall art frame for a baby's nursery. It was done on quite a large scale but I wanted to show you how you can use it on a much smaller project. Following is the instructions on how to use this on a card.

Firstly I punched a square as my template. Here I have used a 1" square punch. It works best if you punch it from a sturdy piece of cardstock. I then punched circles from my chosen pattern paper that I want to use on the project. Here I have used a 1 3/8" circle punch. However I did trim a little bit off my square template to make it fit better within the circle. You can use a large square & circles if you want, depending on the size of your project.

Place the square template on your piece of pattern paper on the side that you want showing. Make sure the corners of the square are sitting neatly at the edge of the circle.

Fold the edges of the circle up around the square, then take away your square template.

Your circle should now look like this.

I made six from co-ordinating papers to fit on a 6x4 sized card.

I used a piece of co-ordinating paper as the base for my card. Play around with your placement before glueing the squares in place so that you are happy with the pattern. After sticking them in place fold down the adjoining edges a bit more so that you can see a bit of the reverse side of the pattern paper.

Now the fun part!  Select little embellishments to sit inside your squares. Or you can leave them empty if you are happy with showcasing your beautiful pattern paper. Personally, I love finding miniature items in my stash to place inside them for interest. As you can see from my Nursery Wall Art I used items that are suitable for a baby. For this card I wanted it to be feminine so I used flowers & pearls. Small buttons and metal charms are also ideal for this technique. To this card I added a "happy" die cut over the top which wasn't too chunky so that you can still see the faux quilting underneath.

I'm going to include this technique in a layout very soon and I'd love to see what creations you can make from it as well. Thanks for looking :)

I am so in love with these Jo, what a sensation technique and could be used in so many ways.  

and now onto our June winners .....

  Thank you everyone for playing along with us last month - again we had some wonderful entries.  Could I just remind everyone that while we welcome you combining with other challenges our limit is two - so ours plus two others only.  I don't want to disqualify anyone from being in the running for our prizes but unfortunately this is what happened with several of our entries last month.

 Karen B is our winner of the prize pack from Flourish with a Bling. 

 Chilli Pip is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner of a lovely prize donated by DT member Helene Bogren is #1 Deena Otway

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me with their postal details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next  month to do so. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar.

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Wendy with this adorable page.  She will receive a little surprise something from me.

Don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge.  All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.

Please pop back on the 15th when we will have more delightful team inspiration to show you.


  1. That technique is STUNNING.....but looks easy enough to have a go at! TFS, Jo....& big CONGRATS to this months all your creations. Well done:):)

  2. Thank you so much for selecting my layout!
    Jo, I love that technique and have used it on layouts. It never occurred to me to use it on a card ~ yours looks amazing, especially with the additional of little embies. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  3. Congrats to all the winners and awesome tutorial Jo, Your card looks great. The Master may have been Leeann Pearce ?

    1. I think you may be correct Mary, thank you :)

  4. Congrats to all the winnwers :)

    ...and to Jo .. this is an amazing and super cool tutorial. I will definitly try this my self. Thanks for sharing and inspire :)

  5. I am delighted that my layout was chosen as it was a very special one for me.Will be back to join more challenges

  6. Congratulations to the winners your created beautiful layouts. Thank you Helene for donating the randow draw prize which I was lucky enough to win. Jo love your tutorial of the faux quilting thank you for sharing such a fantastic idea

  7. Thank you Jo for sharing your trick with us!

    Congratulations to the winners. There is so much inspiration in one place here!

  8. Great technique I will just have to have a go. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Fantastic technique Jo, I'm definitely going to try that.
    Congrats to the winners, there were amazing submissions as always. Well done.
    Thrilled to be the Creative Team highlight. :)