When Kim saw the Evangeline range from Cosmo Cricket, she just knew that it would be perfect for scrapping Mother's Day. The large roses and flowers on one of the patterned papers in this range beg to be fussy cut out and used as a perfect embellishment for a very feminine page.
Jane has used the Tea for Two collection chipboard pieces and arranged them over the labels on the Tea Tins papers for an interesting effect.
The spray of flowers in the chipboard pack are a great quick way to give a card an impressive look, Jane added chipboard alphas to add a sentiment.
Julie Comstock created this gorgeous layout using Tea for Two patterned papers, and a beautiful flower from dress pattern paper and Cosmo Cricket’s fabulous Glubers. She shares a tutorial on creating the tissue paper background here.
Wendy Antenucci has also used the Tea for Two range from Cosmo Cricket perfectly to scrap these lovely heritage photos. We particularly liked how Wendy has captured a vintage feel while still keeping the layout fresh. Thanks for sharing your lovely layout with us Wendy.
Finally we found this fabulous layout using the Twenty-Three range, by Heidi Sonboul. We love how she has turned the colour palette into a great masculine page, despite the touches of pink!
Georgia has used Cosmo’s Clementine patterned paper range to create this ‘Silly’ layout. She has cut out flowers and matted her photos with black cardstock to create her trademark look.
Sue's recent visit to Underwater World with her family resulted in many photos. In order to scrap lots of photos on the one page, Sue created an 8x8 inch photo collage in Photoshop Elements and had it printed as an 8x10 photo. The Cosmo Cricket Salt Air collection was the perfect accompaniment for the aquarium photos. The collection contains a cute chipboard pack and sweet buttons which were all that the layout needed.
Amy Parker is the clever designer of this lovely page. This is what Amy had to say about it. I made this page after being inspired by the photo on the layout. That photo was actually taken by my husband of some clovers in our front yard, and the dew drops on them were just perfect! I have always been pretty keen on wanting to believe that a magical world exists out there, and when I saw this photo it just brought to mind all those images I've seen in books of faeries and sprites playing amongst flowers and grasses. It may seem so silly to some to do a layout just about how that photo makes me feel, but I really did have fun making this layout, and documented a very real (be it ever so silly!) part of who I am!
Finally, some stunning card inspiration for you with thanks to Debbie Olsen, design team member for Cosmo Cricket. Here she uses the new Evangeline line to create these beautiful, nostalgic cards.
This line by Cosmo cricket “salt Air” was just screaming at Leeann to create a beachy page. Leeann just adores the brightness of all the pattern papers and the paper borders are proving to be a very versatile piece. And you can’t go wrong with coordinating chipboard embellishments which will always add that finishing touch.
The Scraps patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket's 'Odds and Ends' range have a fun patchwork style which Danielle emphasised in this multi-layered page. Two sheets of the paper were used here, one for the background and various squares of the second sheet were distressed at the edges and layered over the background. Cosmo's cardstock stickers are also great for layering around the page, and can be used as a design element rather than as journaling spots.
A handful of chipboard shapes from an older Cosmo release - 'Nutmeg' - are scattered around the page, showing how easily different Cosmo ranges can be selectively combined, mixing old ranges with the new.
Iris created the two charming layouts above using Cosmo Crickets fabulous Odds & Ends collection. She has combined in her signature way lots of layering of the patterned papers and some of the gorgeous Ready Set Chipboard to create her scenes.
WOW - Tanya Batrak took this to another level and created this very beachy scene using the "Salt Air" collection.
Another stunning page by Tanya Batrak this time using the "Circa 1934" collection. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing projects with us.
New paper collections – Clementine looks like it’s shaping up to be an all-time favourite from Cosmo Cricket – and the gorgeous Glubers… Click here to see the collections in full.
Kathie has made great use of the patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket’s Upcycle range to create a cute page about her friend’s little daughter. The background for the layout is a sheet of bright cheery dots from the range. Kathie toned it down somewhat by dry brushing it with white acrylic paint then overlayed the rest of her elements over it.
The frame for her focal photo, the flowers, the butterfly, the heart and the word panels have also been cut from the patterned papers in the range. The only other additions are a couple of strips of bright ribbon, some felt flowers and Cosmo’s letter stickers.
The subtle colours of the Social Club line from Cosmo Cricket were perfect for a softer style of layout. By cutting out the peacock feather images, Louise framed the photo and added dimension and interest all at the same time. Journalling boxes cut from the papers completed the look of this simple but effective page.
Deana Boston used the Social Club papers perfectly with this fun and detailed layout about a night out. By utilising the imagery of the papers and creating her own embellishment groupings, the bright paper background is not overpowering and brings the whole page together cohesively.
With some detail cutting and a mix of papers, Elizabeth Carney has brought the Social Club line together beautifully into a modern, sophisticated layout. The pop of red lifts the design and the clever use of the journalling blocks and stamps ground the grouping and give it real interest.
Lady Grace Belarmino, Philippines, has used Upcycle to create this gorgeous layout. We love the scalloped layers she’s created and the way she’s scattered butterflies over the white space on her photo.
To create her scalloped strips, she tells us that she cut several strips from her background cardstock using a favourite border punch. She then covered the little punched out areas on the strips with different patterns from a piece of patterned paper from the collection. The overall effect is a wonderful patchwork.
The handbag paper from the Upcycle line works so well for this lively page, created by Fran Tynan, from Morawa in Western Australia. Doesn’t that photo just make you smile? Fran tells us that her middle child, Claire is “such a goose” and provides her with lots of scrapping material. This photo shows Claire getting ready to go out and ride a horse - and she just had to look the part, hot pink boots and all!
We love that Fran has allowed white space around her photo which places it fair and square as the focal point on the layout. The addition of the spotted ribbon, and the journaling on the masking tape add a groovy twist.
The Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 range is quite different from what Sue is used to working with so it stumped her for a little while as to which photos to scrap. Sue discovered that photos of her niece Taylor worked beautifully especially as Sue wanted to highlight the fact that Taylor is 14. The strong bold colours in the range represent the teenage years perfectly!
Cosmo Cricket always produce a 12” Chipboard set to co-ordinate with each of their ranges and they really take the hard work out of choosing matching embellishments. Other products that went well with the Circa 1934 range were the Crepe Ribbons from the Heidi Collection from Tattered Angels, and Peacock Glimmer Mist Chalkboard.
Sue sprayed one of the crepe ribbons with the Glimmer Mist Chalkboard and dried it using a heat-gun. It was very easy to gather up into a frill for the page and added a cute feminine touch to soften those bold colours.
How cute is Suz’s daughter the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety range?! Perfect for far more than just gardening layouts, these bright fun patterned papers are perfect for all kids of childish pursuits! Suz has used the Ready Set Chipboard including the custom made ‘my garden’ title.
What a lovely subject to create a layout about - 'grateful for everything in my life', sometimes we all need a gentle reminder to be grateful, don't we? Tanya Tahir is the clever creator of this gorgeous layout using Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 products. We love the clusters of embellishments Tanya has created.
Tanya has again created this cute layout featuring an adorable photo. We love the fun feel that Tanya has achieved with the use of the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 products.
Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 product work really well with older photos as demonstrated by this awesome layout by Julie Dudley. The grid paper is perfect for a school photo. We love Julie's embellishments she has placed down the side of the layout and the banner is super cute! Thanks Julie!
A cute layered card by Georgia Keays using Cosmo circa 1934 products.
"Our Lives' was created by the talented Kim Arnold. Her beautiful family photo has been cleverly scrapped using a mix of Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 products with a little Basic Grey Curio too. We love the layering of embellishments used to frame the photo. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous page with us Kim!
Kerry Lawson has kindly shared this cute layout she created using Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather products. Kerry has layered the patterns beautifully and the hit of purple is a lovely accent to the page. Thanks Kerry!
These three adorable layouts were created by the talented Georgia Keays using the Togetherness range by Cosmo Cricket. We love the pop of colour that the products give to complement those lovely photos. Georgia has created a unique look to the second layout by adding in the black cardstock and the cool paint splatters. The addition of the cute chipboard foxes is just perfect too. Thanks Georgia!
Sue loves Cosmo Cricket and the Togetherness range is one of their fantastic new additions. The colour palette in the collection is quite varied and so you can create may different looking layouts by mixing different papers together from the range. The chipboard set is very cute and was perfect for scrapping photos of Sue's daughter Lily, flying a kite with her Dad.
Jane Clark used Cosmo’s Pixie-Licious range to create these fabulous 3-D cards. Perfect for little girls birthdays or just spreading happiness anywhere!
Everything about this layout using the Cosmo Cricket Togetherness range is adorable! It was created by Kyoko Kobayashi who has kindly allowed us to share it with you. We love the way Kyoko has cut out many of the embellishments from the Togetherness papers. Kyoko has done a fabulous job scrapping these very cute photos.
Kathie used the Mitten Weather range to decorate a mini album containing her favourite photos from last year’s Christmas celebrations. The base of her album is a Twiddleybitz Christmas book to which she’s added a couple of pieces of Hambly Mini Graph Overlay to give her additional pages.
Kathie used the 6x6 Mitten Weather Paper Pad and the Ready Set chipboard to decorate her album, along with Webster’s Pages trims for some added texture. Liberal application of Diamond Stickles enhances the wintery Christmas theme.
Iris found it fun to work with the Cosmo Cricket 6x6 paper pads. The benefit of working with smaller papers is that you get the to add more patterned papers in your page without making the page look cluttered with so many designs. Here Iris cut strips of paper to create a ray of colourful patterns coming out from the picture to mimic the rainbow. She then punched the edges for a more interesting look.
Sue is a big fan of Cosmo Cricket and she loves their recent DeLovely release. The colours are really fresh and the prints lovely to work with. Sue recently had a visit from her two nieces and she took the opportunity to try to capture a few photos of the girls with her own two children. Of course trying to get four kids to smile and all look at the camera is easier said than done! The result though was photos that make Sue smile and she has journalled about how she wishes her nieces lived closer.
One of the great thing about Cosmo Cricket collections is that they always include what is called, an Elements sheet. The Elements sheet consists of lots of different quotes and images that can be cut apart and used to create the embellishments for your page. It is a very cost effective way of embellishing.
April Yap loved the patterns and colours of this line, but they were just not her usual colors. So she decided to cut and mixed them up a bit, tone down the bright colors with kraft or white/cream backgrounds. April really love how it turned out! After punching out the border (the strip that said "Aren't you just the tweetest!"), April just couldn't bare to discard the tiny strip leftover. So she cut it up and used it to hang those tiny alphas on top, just like a banner.
Wendy McKee has used the DeLovely collection to create this gorgeous collage of art. We love how Wendy has mixed all of the papers from the collection and added lots of tiny details to her work. It really is a delightful piece of art and showcases the Cosmo Cricket papers beautifully. Thank you so much Wendy for your inspiration.
Three irresistible new lines from Cosmo Cricket, a couple of mini releases, as well as a heap of alphas to work right along with them. Enjoy :)
Carole created this very cute layout using "Material Girl" Collection by Cosmo Cricket. The 12" Ready Set Chipboard was a favourite of Carole's, just so easy to use and so adorable, with added buttons and the gorgeous pattern papers. Carole also added some stitching for that homespun feel and some layered flowers.
Kathie loves Cosmo Cricket's Joy Ride line. It has so many cute images for little boy pages. In fact, she had to restrain herself from trying to use the entire sheet of chipboard die-cuts on this page. It was so hard to choose between them! With a combination of neutrals (greys, black, straw) and brights (aqua, orange, purple) the range is extremely versatile. Here, Kathie's teamed some of the neutral colours from the range with bright accents.
Kathie spied this double layout in Pip Prosser's gallery and had to share it with you here. She loves how Pip has scrapped these photos of her "little farmer". Pip's used Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety line, which includes the delightful chipboard animals that Pip's allowed to wander whimsically across the bottom of the layout. Thanks for allowing us to share your page Pip!
Danielle Flanders has created these three gorgeous creations using Cosmo Cricket collections, and as you can see she has done such a fabulous job. Danielle’s style is so fresh and such great use of colour, thank you Danielle for sharing your beautiful projects with us.
We love these cards made by Debbie Olson, using Cosmo Cricket's Joy Ride range. Debbie's featured the chipboard shapes, and created stunning backgrounds for them using the coordinating patterned papers. Machine stitching, twill and twine add texture to these fun designs.
To create this layout about her son, Nic used the beautiful "Earth Love" range. Nic felt that the combination of a soft colour palette coupled with the contrast of strong browns and reds were perfect to express the emotion behind the story of this layout about her son.
She cut the title from the "Striptease" sheet and combined this with "Earth Love" journal blocks, rub-ons, ribbons and chipboard elements then finished with a touch of Hambly and some hand-stitched embroidery.
The "Earth Love" range has gorgeous mossy colours and a whole range of different elements suitable for a host of themes and photos.
The Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend Collection is excellent for anything a little Boyish, also you could use them for School photos etc., the vibrant primary colours in the range of stickers and tags is gorgeous and compliments the papers perfectly, gorgeous to use. Carole used a cute photo of her little boy Chaise, no matter the age the papers are perfect.
We thank Laura Craighie for the creation of these two beautiful pages. We loved the use of the colours on the neutral backgrounds, and the gorgeous strategic stitching.
Here she has also created a couple of cards. The first features more Earth Love and the fabulous flower is made from material girl.
Danni created these gorgeous cards using Cosmo Cricket "Jolly by Golly" Collection, and how adorable they are. The chipboard shapes and papers go perfectly and I would have love to received one for Christmas! Thank you so much Danni for sharing these gorgeous cards with us.
Debbie Olsen created this beautiful card using Cosmo’s Garden Variety. We loved how she’s just picked out the pinks and reds, softening the whole look of the line. A card anyone would be delighted to receive!
With all the lead up until Christmas, December is Mel's most favourite month of the year. Wrapping gifts, putting up the tree, playing Christmas carols, baking combined with all the general day to day chores makes for a fun month. Mel decided to create a mini album to record each day during the festive season using a consistent colour theme and simple design throughout the album. There are 24 double page spreads inside, one for each day before Santa Claus makes his appearance.
The beautiful patterned papers and embellishments throughout the album are by Cosmo Cricket (Jolly by Golly range), plus a little bit of red bling (Hero Arts, red metallic decor) and some Crate Paper chipboard embellishments. The front and back covers were created with two pieces of Tim Holtz Grungeboard (basics - stripes) and the swirly background was hand cut from a sheet of Breezy Freezy (Jolly by Golly) and then mod podged into place.
Each double page includes a spot for a photo and an opposite page for journaling. As Mel works her way through the album (adding photos & stories) she will also include titles and/or a few more embellishments where needed.
In Mel's words: The Christmas mini album was exciting to create. The Jolly by Golly papers are super adorable and have such a lovely colour palette. Roll on December 1st so I can start adding photos to the album!
Taking the Early Bird theme literally, Nicole created this fun layout of her sleepy-head daughter Madeleine. Maddy is notorious for taking a long time to wake up in the morning and Nic wanted to make sure she recorded this in Maddy's album.
She started with a base of white cardstock and masked it using Tim Holtz masks, Glimmermist and Distress Ink and then built her layout on top using Cosmo Cricket papers and a mixture of embellishments from the Early Bird range along with a few other bits and pieces from her stash.
Jaimie got to play with the new cosmo early bird range, she chose the crafting kit as it has everything that you will need to create a load of projects. Jaimie used the spinner as an extention of her journaling, instead of using the spinner as a whole she cut it down and placed it on her page so it looks as though it is peaking out from beneath her layered strips of paper.
Jaimie placed her photo (a delicious looking latte) and then layered various pieces from the crafting kit to create interest and depth to her page, stickers, brads, frames, diecuts and of course the spinner make for a retro page all about her favourite fantasy of enjoying a cup of coffee in peace.
The following three delightful layouts were created by Becky Williams. We love the layering and the texture on each of her pages, not to mention the beautiful photos of her little cherub - isn't she sweet?
Thanks Becky, stunning work and a pleasure to share here on our blog.
We're so excited to welcome Davinie Fiero to our blog to share this delicious layout with you. We love the sunny feel to it. Here's what Davinie said about this product line, "I adore everything Cosmo Cricket and I particular love the Apron Strings pattern in the Early Bird line, which is why I used it as the base paper for this layout. The color palette in this line works for many different themes and the other products available work very well together."
This amazing recipe box and coin bank were created by Danni Reid using the Early Bird range. We especially love how she has taken the themed products and adapted them to suit her project perfectly, and what a cheerful way to save your coins! Thanks Danni.
We were thrilled to discover this gorgeous selection of cards for teachers created by Tina Erdos. Simple design on each of them, yet stunning results. Thanks so much for letting us share your wonderful cards here Tina!
Jaimie has made no secret of her continual search for ranges that suit teen boy projects and Collage Press has outdone themselves with the Knave of Hearts range. The subdued colour palette is given pop with the strong reds and the packs have all you need to create many projects for that teen/tween in your family. Lots of patterns to cut out and layer in this range and Jaimie has created a cluster embellishm
Layered strips from the paper pack create a border along with the circle cut out which frames her journallin
The Sweet Shoppe range by Collage Press is the perfect mix of a candy-colo
A strip of Hambly circles, a touch of pink cotton lace from Webster's Pages and a touch of handstitch
Nic Howard has outdone herself yet again. Her beautiful design and layers allow the viewer to find something more with each look. Nic says that Collage Press has some of her favourite papers right now and she loves the Knave of Hearts collection
Jill Sprott from Oahu, Hawaii has kindly let us show her page using the Knave of Hearts range. Jills border from the die cuts that sits under the photo is lovely as is the 'connected
We are delighted to welcome Collage Press Design Team member Kristen Faust to our blog. Here Kristen shows a gorgeous example of the new die cut rings and accents in the Sweet Shoppe range. Delicious photos as well, thanks Kristen.
Due to technology issues, yesterday's Colours and Words post will go up next week. That means, if you ran out of time, the deadline is extended to next Tuesday 11 August!