Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Free Craft Papers From Melissa Lawrence Designs

Hi everyone.

I hope you are enjoying the remarkably mild spring weather we are having at the moment. I can't say I'm seeing too much of it, what with being a night-worker and a snooker fanatic!

As I hinted in my last blog post, I've been working very hard on something exciting to bring to you from Melissa Lawrence Designs. I'm pleased to announce that there are now FREE (yes, free!) craft papers available for you to download as many times as you like on the Melissa Lawrence Designs website. Just click on the link at the bottom of this post and you will be taken straight to them. There are six sets of card topper sheets, each with a co-ordinating backing paper and six 8 x 8 scrapbook papers.

All the artwork is my own and entirely exclusive to Melissa Lawrence Designs so you won't find them on any of the usual download sites. The terms of use are as reasonable as I can make them so hopefully you'll be able to make lots of lovely things from your FREE papers.

To get your creative juices flowing, here are three sets of sample cards made with some of the topper sheets and backing papers. I'll be bringing you some more samples in a second post shortly.

The first two cards are made with the Frosty Leaf set. I love the purple, blue and pink tones which look particularly effective on black card. A touch of glitter will really bring out the highlights in the design.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

The next two cards are from the Cindy Dog set. These are some of my favourites, possibly because Cindy was a much loved family pet. Her fur colour made a lovely co-ordinating backing paper which works well with some added cream lace.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

The last two cards (for now) are made from the Faded Foliage set. The colours are quite muted and the design not too fussy so I think they would work quite well for male cards. You can "pretty them up" too, as I have done with the twisted easel card.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

Well, I hope these samples have inspired you. Now all you need to do is click on Free Craft Papers and start creating. Enjoy!


Thursday, 24 April 2014

Crafts2downloadandprint Papers

Hi everyone.

Well, I'm back and I certainly didn't think it would be over two months since my last post before I blogged again but, as often seems to happen with me, things haven't quite gone according to plan. I was very busy working on an exciting new project for Melissa Lawrence Designs (watch this space!) but then I got ill and it's been a bit of a struggle to get back on track ever since.

Although I felt too ill to do much actual crafting or designing, I didn't feel too ill to shop online! One of my new favourite things that I discovered while I was laid aside is how many great sites there are out there for downloading craft papers. This is great for someone like me who likes instant gratification as normally once you've opened an account, chosen your papers and clicked a few buttons, the papers are on your PC ready to print out and make lots of lovely things with.

One of the "new kids on the block" is which is a small but beautiful site with some lovely papers to download at very competitive prices. I particularly fell in love with the gorgeous Design House topper sheets (lots of very cute animals!) and was extremely impressed with the quality of the artwork when I printed them out.

Once I felt a bit better, I was able to make a few cards from some of the sheets (and still have plenty of images left) so I thought I'd bring them to you.

The first card (8x8) was my first attempt at using the very "on-trend" Kraft card as a base card. It worked OK but I wouldn't use it again as a base card unless it was a heavier weight. The lovely dog topper was matted onto embossed gold mirror card and co-ordinating silk art card, then it was just a case of adding some embellishments using my E-Bosser and my stash. When the artwork is this good, you don't really need to do much else.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

The second card used the lovely kingfisher topper sheet, again by Design House. I die-cut the central images from the sheet using scalloped circle dies and then embossed them with a "brick" pattern to reflect the background. I made a side-stepper card from a black card blank and added a strip of blue organza ribbon and bow. I then matted the toppers onto orange pearlescent card and finished the card off with a few square gems, a paper flower and a sentiment from the sheet.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

When it came to the third card I was tempted to use some background paper from my stash but knew that I wouldn't be able to get a perfect match. Also, I wanted to see if I could meet the challenge of making three cards from just the toppers! I used some of the lovely pastel pearlescent card from Create and Craft and embossed it with a small flower design. I matted the adorable Westies (you get loads on one sheet and they are so cute!) onto sugar pink and pale blue silk-art card, then made an easel card base. The embellishments just had to be buttons to reflect the design and I added the paper flowers and bows for good measure.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

If you have a spare moment, why not check out for yourself. I'll be very surprised if you can't find something you like. Happy crafting!