Sunday, 11 December 2016

November winners / December tutorial ...

I will be announcing our November winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our December Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you this month by team member Angelika Ushakova.

Hi everyone! 

I'm so happy to be sharing my first ever process video! I've always wanted to make one and thought this was the perfect opportunity! I've also included some close ups of my layout and a description of my process. Enjoy!

My idea and inspiration was the row of houses. Seeing as the challenge was to do a project about home, I decided to do a layout about when we first moved into our condo.


 The Crate Paper Cute Girl collection was perfect for this layout. I picked out a bunch of chipboard houses, puffy sticker houses, a few fussy cut houses and even a rubber accent house. I also stamped a bunch of houses, painted them with watercolours and cut them out. This creates a variety of textures and dimension in the layout but keeps it all tied together. 


 I drew then stitched a bunch of wavy lines on the paper. I love stitching on paper- it gives the most unique texture.


I love making long titles using a variety of alphas, mini alphas, and foam work stickers. Using mini alphas helps to make the whole thing fit, and the size difference creates a nice contrast. 


   I used a variety of methods to frame my photos- 2 got frames underneaths, one got a woodgrain pattern paper mat and one got a layer of acetate tucked in beside it. I didn't want to cover up my photos with the frames so I layered them underneath.


 Another thing I like to do on my layouts it customizing embellishments. That Sweet acetate piece had "girl" written underneath but I just wanted the sweet part so I cut it apart. I doodled on that love chipboard banner. I also embossed one wood veneer banner and painted another one. Both wood  pieces are Crate Paper Hello Love.


Tangled thread tucked under embellishments is a fun whimsical touch that gives texture and dimension. Splatters of paint, beads, sequins, tiny stickers, etc add the last final touches.

I hope you enjoyed watching and reading about my process. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything that I did, about any products I used, etc. And please come visit me on my blog at to see more of my projects!

 xoxo A

now onto our November winners .....

 Christel is our winner of the prize pack from Kaisercraft.

 Helena is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner of a lovely prize goes to  #6 Karen B

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me on 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. 

We have two Creative Team highlights from last month -  Mary and Anna.   They will each receive a little surprise something from me.

Please 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.


  1. I love love love your video! Well done. I love how you've left in all the cat visits, including the parts were cat is helping out!

    1. Thanks! Yes, he is always supervising me. He made me add that tiny kitty face cause the layout wasn't about him.

  2. Lovely video Angelika!! And your layout is FAB!!! Lift warning 😉 And Congrats to all winners!!! Well Done!! And Jane, Thanks for choosing me as one of the creative team highlights, heartwarming ❤️❤️❤️ Really appreciate it Jane !!! Anna xo

    1. Thanks! I'd love to see it if you do lift it :)

  3. Congrats everybody :)
    Great video Angelika :)

  4. Well done winners! Lovely work as always.....adore your video's brill:):) And the cat....they are FUNNY how they like to 'help'!!

    1. Thank you! I don't know how I would get anything done without his help ;P

  5. Congrats to the winners, and thank you for the random draw prize :)
    Fab video, Angelika!