Thursday, April 10, 2014

FREE cut file + published layout.

Being Thursday, means the house is tidied after last nights Wednesday night Believers get-together...I can finally get down to some much needed crafty-catch up & writing. 

I am so grateful to have had a bunch pages published this year in Paper crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. I thought it might be fun to post a couple of them here too. This one, a double page from the January 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking (page 100), using supplies from  Fancy Pants Designs,  Elle's Studio & journal card by Technique Tuesday.  

Sweet Surprise by Kim Watson
TIP: I didn't have the perfect color cardstock for my title, so cut it in white cardstock & spritzed it with October Afternoon sprinkers to perfectly match the green in the striped patterned paper.

For those of you with electronic die-cutting machines, I have made this cut file available for download in a couple of file types. See below for links.

Sweet Surprise cutfile set by Kim Watson 

These cute printables also available online at January 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Gold foil + Fancy Designs NEW blog links.


Have you heard??

Fancy pants Designs have a NEW blog & online home. Each day since last week they are introducing the new 2014 design team & today is my slot.

If you want to find out more about me,  my scrapping style & the whole of this layout... check out the Fancy pants Designs blog :)

Oh...oh before I go.... do you know Fancy Pants now has foil paper???? cool is that. I love the gold, it adds a lovely trendy vibe to crafty projects.

Make sure to grab yourself some today!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Going Native + a Tutorial

Do you know Technique Tuesday has the most awesome metal dies & stamp sets?? I created this card using some of them. Inspired by a talented Aussie scrapper, Lizzie...I thought I'd try my hand at going Native. 

You are so Totally Awesome card by Kim Watson

Finished size: 6x4"

Supplies: (Cardstock card blank: DCWV, Plain cardstock: Stamping Up, Spray Mist: Ranger, Wooden button: Bella Boulevard, Sentiment Stamp: (You are Awesome) Technique Tuesday, Chalk Ink: Prima Marketing, Pen: Tombow USA, Metal 'awesome' die: Technique Tuesday, Manual die-cutting machine: Spellbinders)

If you are wondering how I created the snazzy, native-vibe, triangle border.... see below. It was as easy as a hand cut triangle from cardstock, used as a stencil & some fun inks from Prima.

How to create the colored feather: 

  •  Cut a feather shape from cardstock, it doesn't have to be a work of art. Wonky makes it authentic.
  • Mist onto your craft sheet, I used magenta, turquoise & yellow.
  • Turn your feather over & press the right side into the mist...smooshing it a bit.
  • Carefully pick it up & allow to dry.
  • Now get all primal & decorate the feather with ethnic style patterns.
  • Attach to front on your card with a big wooden button & twine. 
  • Finish up with your stamped & die cut sentiment and you are all done!

These are the die & stamp set designed by Ali Edwards I used if you want to grab some for yourself.
Glad you stopped by! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FREE cut file + Making magic!

Love this girl (can't believe how fast she is growing up), love these colors... love technology!

Getting loose with a large oversized painted ink title & cutting it out with my Cameo. I don't know if it is perfectly balanced...but hey...we get so bogged down trying for perfection in our scrapping, that we plain old forget how to just have fun.

Well I had fun with this page!

Those cute feathers are metal dies from My Favorite Things...check them out HERE>>

...thanks Laina Lamb for sending them to me X

Magic is Something You Make by Kim Watson

I have a FREEBIE: download here>>  for you too..... my 'big painted title', in a couple of file types.
(NB: For your personal use only!)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Great news!!

The 2014 Fancy pants Designs DT has been announced & I happy to say I have been invited back for another year. I love their product & love working with Jodi, so am seriously thrilled to be part of this amazing team of talented crafters from all over the world.

To celebrate, I have a page to share with you using the Down by The Shore collection.

Adventure Awaits by Kim Watson

Another page I designed on the diagonal. Inspired by this blog post!

Notice the large white chevrons on the page??

I also have a FREEBIE cut file for you :)

You might find this cut file (I posted a week or so ago) helpful to create some of your own.
Follow this link to a couple of file types I uploaded for you to download. (NB: for your own personal use only)

  Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Shifting gear + Layout

Do you like scrapbooking on the diagonal?

I don't do it messes with my head. Until recently that is...I decided to shift gear & get off the 'x axis' for a change.

I tried it for a couple of Fancy Pants Designs projects.......I actually have one of them up on the Fancy Pants Blog today...check it out. The other one will be posted here during the course of the weekend. (if I remember that is...ehem)

Here is a sneak:

there is a BONUS sketch too. 

Grab it whilst you can.

love ya!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tombow Adhesive Resist technique + FREE cut file

Did you know that liquid adhesive has more uses that just adhereing things to a page :) I discovered this quite by chance. Some time back I had a blocked Tombow mono AQUA glue nozzle, so reached for a spare piece of paper & scribbled all over it in an attempt to clear it...spreading adhesive everythere.
Afterwards, I thought there was no need to bin a perfectly good piece of white let it dry with the idea of using the reverse for die-cutting at a later stage.

I forgot all about it. 

The other day I reached for a piece of heavy cardstock in a creative moment wanting to make a mixed media layout. I got into the whole process applying mist & water washing when I noticed a resist scribbles showing through the ink. 

That is when I realised I was in fact using the piece of paper I had cleared my glue nozzle on the other day.

So Happy! by Kim Watson
So Happy by Kim Watson: (Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzil Basics; Patterned paper, Stickers: Echo Park Papers, Simple Stories; Decorative Tape: Queen & Company, Bella Boulevard; Transparency: Simple Stories; Clips, Chipboard: Fancy Pants Designs; Buttons: October Afternoon, Fancy pants Designs; Pen: Zig; Mist Texture Paste: Ranger; Pen: Zig; Adhesive: Tombow, Thermo Web, 3L; Tools: Scissors, Mat & Trimmer: Fiskars America; Die cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Other Sewing Machine, Stencil.)

I love the effect of vibrant color mixture using hot & cold colors. Perfect for capturing fun in the sun. Bold splashes of water-color washed across the page and clustered photographs & accents create energy and for water fun. 

This is how I did it:
  1. Using (blue bottle) Tombow AQUA mono liquid glue, I scribbled a pattern all over the area I wanted to cover with color. Once dry this glue resists the water based products.
  2. Using x4 colors: Deep Yellow, Orange, turquoise, & violet/blue, I color-washed vertically across the page using bold strokes.
  3. Once dry, I applied texture paste through a triangle stencil. The subtle arrow shapes create subliminal movement, helping the page theme.
  4. Scrapbook on top of your artsy base page as usual. 

As a matter if interest: This page is COLOR/ Triple 
complimentary: turq & red/orange, blue & red/orange, blue-violet & orange-yellow. 

I also have a FREEBIE cut file for you :)
I love using oversized chevron accents on pages. They are super eye catching as well as being really inexpensive. Here is a FREE cut file (for your own personal use), you can make some of your own. Enjoy!

I'd love to see your versions...remember to link me up in the comment section here or on my Facebook page.
Happy Crafting friends!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Camera shaped mini book + FREE cut file.'s FREEBIE time again!

I have a FREE cut file for you to use for (your personal use only). This was the original Camera mini book I created for Creating Keepsakes Magazine (as seen in the Creating Keepsakes Minibooks 2013 special issue). 

My FREEBIE cut file this cute little pink camera mini book and is a version of the original "Click & Zoom" mini book (as seen in the Creating Keepsakes Minibooks 2013 special issue). When you look at the cut files, you'll notice the SVG version is slightly different to the .Studio version because I was too lazy to redo my SVG file for this pink mini book- cough! If you are confident in the Silhouette software, I suggest you adapt & cut which ever pieces you'll need for whichever version you decide to make. 

SNAP pink camera mini book by Kim Watson
Oh Baby! Camera mini book by Kim Watson: SuppliesCardstockAmerican CraftsPatterned paper: Echo Park; Stickers: Lilybee, Heidi Swapp, Alpha Stickers & Buttons: Bella Boulevard; Ribbon & plastic embellishment: Pebbles Inc; Stamp on back: Technique Tuesday; Ink: Close to my Heart; Adhesive: Tombow, 3L, Eleene's; ToolsCutting mat, trimmer & scissors: Fiskars, Die cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Other: Jump Pings, Safty pin, Bone Folder.
Inside I included 3x4 cardstock cards with rounded corners to hold my photos. The jump ring makes it easy to flip through the piccies.
A quick note about the 'lens'. All I did was concertina 2"x12"strip into 2"squares and then keeping one folded side intact, scissor cut a 2" circle shape. Using foam squares I lifted each layer, giving the lens height & that zig-zag effect.
 The stamp on the back is to capture the time, date & info pertaining to the photos. 

Have fun making yourself one of these... they make the BEST baby shower gifts. NB: If you use the cut files (your personal use only) please remember to acknowledge Creating Keepsakes magazine or myself when posting online. 

Thank you for stopping by crafty friends, I look forward to seeing your lovely creations! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking March 2014 issue

Have you seen the NEW Papercrafts & Scrapbooking March 2014 issue yet? 

It is so much fun with great tips, techniques & perfect-for-Spring color palettes. I am fortunate to have had a page published, with my sweet girl featured, using the FERN collection from Little Yellow Bicycle. 

So inspired was I by the Mint & Melon article on page 14, that I cracked out my Fancy Pants (Be Loved Collection) & some ink & made this baby! I have to say I LOVE it as much as I love this photo of my girl & her cute BFF. It was taken at the Cape Town Colour Run, held in Seapoint last October to raise money for charity.
Supplies: Paper, Flair, Buttons, Stickers, Resin flowers, Chipboard: Fancy Pants Designs (Be Loved Collection), Ink: Sprinklers from October Afternoon, Washi Tape: Queen & Company, Cut files made to resemble Amy Tan's Plus One Phrases. Die cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo

So if you are still sitting on the fence about whether or not to grab a subscription, I hope this has helped your make your decision. I have some GREAT news to sweeten your decision...PaperCrafts & Scrapbooking has a great deal running at the moment. You can get a whole years subscription for a mere $9.99 if you sign up ASAP. See HERE for more details! 

Happy Monday crafty friends...thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Stamps 3 ways & a tutorial

You might be like me & have a gazillion stamps calling to be used in creative new ways? Today I want to share a page using a variety of techniques. They might be one you know well or not...but either way I hope this will spark you to haul out those stamps & get stamping :)

The same stamp used in x3 different ways, oh yeah...I am a lover of getting value for my money.  
  1. Inked in tonal colors & stamped onto patterned paper.
  2. Inked in contrast color & stamped onto wood veneer.
  3. Stamp pressed into hot foam.  {This is a technique I saw some years back shown to me by my friend Amy Peterman.}
These are the stamps I used from Fancy Pants still has one set left to be quick if you want it! I linked it up for you :) 
{sorry I am shamless in my enabling}

My lil' Stinker by Kim Watson
Dry Emboss onto foam using an ordinary Acrylic stamp- seriously, it works!!
  1. Heat the craft foam with your heat gun. Not too much...the stuff could melt or catch fire which would be problematic even from the most adventurous of crafter. 
  2. Whilst still warm & soft, firmly press acrylic stamps onto surface. Hold it there for a couple of seconds for the designs to 'take'. 
  3. When cool...cut out with sharp scissors. LOVIN' my Fiskars shears
  4. Go on & embellish your page :)

 Here is a close up of what the cute accents look like.

Now for the next idea. Stamp onto wood veneer.
  1. Ink your stamp well with a color that will show up onto the veneer base.
  2. Once dry, cut circle out with your Fiskars Shears {which are so cool, they can cut almost ANY substraight.}
  3. Lightly sand away any burrs
  4. Layer with your other completed circle accents.

 Here is a close up of the wooden accent complimenting the fun layered cluster.

 Now on the subject of Fancy Pants Designs. Have you heard? Fancy pants are having their first ever warehouse sale.... packs like these one are being sold at ridiculously low prices in comparison to their actual value.

So I strongly suggest, if you like a good bargain, and you'd better grab one of these babies before they sell out. See HERE for all details, prices & to purchase online @GetFancyStudio {PS: they are shipping internationally too...woop!}

OK... crafty post over. Have a super day, I'm really glad you stopped by!