15 April 2014

a sprinkle of colour...

hello everyone! 

April already. Easter! wowzers.

Thank you to everyone who took part on the March colour challenge!  We had some fabulous entries, which, as always, made it hard to pick just one winner. 

That winner is....Fena!
Congratulations! 



For the April challenge we've decided to open it up a little and have an "Anything Goes" challenge.  
We'll have a nice vibrant colour challenge for you in May though!

You can find more details by popping across to our challenge page here.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

Vicki 


12 April 2014

Yet more texture paste.

Yes I know, yet more texture paste! I can't help it, I'm obsessed with the stuff. The Golden Crackle paste to be exact over a sprayed background and sprayed on top of when dry.


I wanted to add some machine stitching to it just to test the paste really and I'm happy to report it didn't flake, woo hooo! Happy day.

The stickers and washi tape are all from Glitz Design, the Finnley collection.


See you soon with something which isn't texture paste, maybe :)

Jaine x

10 April 2014

LO by Tanya Privalova

Hi dear crafters!
My name is Tanya :)

Few words about me: My name is Tanya. I live in Ukraine. In scrapbooking I came 3 years ago.My favourite style..my real passion and inspiration is american, shabby and free style. I love create cards (especially mini-cards), layouts and mini-albums . Many details in work and layers...working with paper.. to do something very sweet and pretty ar very very unusual for me personally. there is the things what make me a real happy scrapper)))

I created the LO))))One sweet day on the one of the favourite places in my city.
I used very tender paper by Glitz Design (Carpe Diem collection), Glitz Roller stamp Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Seven Seas, mask Tando Creative - Sequin Waste, flowers by Prima, ribbon and chipboards.


I added some doodles near the chipboards. 


Have a nice day!
Tanya :)

09 April 2014

Highline..

hi everyone,
Now we all complain that the US stores get products months before we get them in the UK,
but I am pleased to announce that this is NOT the case with the new BasicGrey collection: Highline!
Here’s a peek at some of the papers.
BGHGL4584
BGHGL4578 BGHGL4588
Chalkboard Wood TagsBGHGL4601
Title Stickers
BGHGLTitleStickers 
Vellum Tape
BGHGL4604
In all seriousness I am in love with this collection and it’s online right now ready to order!
There are 12 double sided 12x12 papers, Collection Kit, 6x6 paper pad, Stickers galore, snippets 4x6 stacks, brads and so much more.
You can find it here. I’m off for a play!
Vicki

08 April 2014

a little incentive....

Hi everyone, 
Vicki here, aka "the boss"
 (of everything at ASOI HQ but my kids don't quite believe me! )

Three years ago, almost to the day we (the Royal we) created " a sprinkle of imagination". 
A long held dream of mine. It took us lots of late nights, long hours, bald patches and temper tantrums to make it a reality.  There have been lots of late nights and very long hours to get it up and running and to keep going.  

Believe me when I say that there have been times when I have been ready to say "enough now!" when the frustration levels have hit high on the dial. 

We have been truly blessed by the response we have received in that time.  We have a fabulous set of loyal customers who come back to us time and time again, and every day we get new customers come through our virtual doors.  I personally read every email we get from our customers and am so grateful for the wonderful feedback you give us. 

OK - gushing isn't my style, but there is a point to this.  As a thank you to you, our customers, for your support so far, we have taken the decision to offer a loyalty scheme. 



The scheme starts with orders placed from 7th April 2014 onwards (so yesterday), meaning the first few cards and loyalty stamps are currently winging their way with orders. 

You'll get a card in your first order, and then for each full £10.00 you spend with us (excluding p&p charges), you will get a stamp.  You can trade in your card at either the half way stage for £3.50 or when full for a £10.00 loyalty voucher to spend with your next order. 

You can find more details on how it works on the website here. 

We hope you'll enjoy earning your reward stamps, 
and once again we would like to thank you for your ongoing support & custom. 

Happy Creating!

Vicki 


02 April 2014

Vibrant Blooms

Hello!
I've been playing with the colour palette featured in this months Colour Challenge, and what a gorgeous set of colours it is! I made a painty panel, showcasing a very effective but very simple way of creating flowers!

 
My background is a typical 'Trish' creation, layers of paint, stencilling, stamping and then a little melted black UTEE...
All the stamps are from a 7 Dots set, love them!
The flowers are very easy to do. The trick is to use copy paper rather than cardstock. As the paper is painted on both sides, it is quite strong, but it is still much thinner than card. This means it can be crumpled much more easily to give the nice texture and dimension we are after...
The circles are simply layered together with a punched out starburst shape, then fixed with a brad in the centre. I've used just three flowers, but these look great in large quantities bunched together!

The colour challenge is open for another few days, so why not check it out HERE!
Have a great day,
Trish xxx


28 March 2014

lasts longer than flowers...maybe...

Hi everyone, 

Mothers Day. 

Wine, chocolates, flowers. Never last long do they. Well, they don't in our house anyway. 
So, to celebrate Mothers Day this year we would like to give you a present too!



Now you can settle down with your wine and chocolates, and indulge in a little retail therapy.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend! 

Vicki 

27 March 2014

Project Life week 10

I'm sharing my week 10 page with you today because I've used Simple Stories Daily Grind to make it. As soon as I saw this collection pack I knew I'd love it and I wasn't disappointed. It's jam packed full of colourful 12 x 12 papers, two sheets of journaling cards, a sticker sheet and just about everything you'll need for your project life.


The pack has a bonus pack of 6 transparency sheets of 4 x 6 which are so cute. I couldn't believe my luck when this one went perfectly over a postcard I was keeping to slip into my pocket.








Hope I've inspired you.

Jaine x

22 March 2014

Inky Acetate!

Hello!
A lot less messy from me today.... (that doesn't include my hands though, alcohol ink gets EVERYWHERE!)
The bright and colourful strip across my panel is acetate.... put through an embossing folder to get the dots, then coloured with alcohol inks..
Nice technique, and messy enough that those messy crafters amongst us don't get withdrawal symptoms, despite the white space on the project!
The heart (Stampotique) was stamped onto card that I had previously stamped with a very old text stamp from my stash. This was done twice, then I could layer them up to give a little more depth to the piece.
Checkerboard and chevron stamps from my new favourite 7 Dots set, and a rub on from Tim...
*I am deliberately not mentioning the little gluey smudges here and there, have you noticed?!!*
I just CANNOT do clean and simple. At All........ Designing things, yep, keeping things 'clean'? not a chance!!!!
See you soon,
Trish xxx



20 March 2014

Texture crackle

For ages now I've been bugging Vicki to get in some crackle paste and I was overjoyed when she sent me a tub of Golden Crackle Paste. I could not wait to try it out and here is my first project using it. As a lover of texture paste, this didn't let me down at all.

It was surprisingly light and this piece of card I think is only about 200gsm so not heavy mixed media grade at all. I slapped it on and for my first background I wasn't sure how thick I should go with it before it cracked. 

As you can see I was a bit mean in places and didn't spread it thick enough to get even cracking but in the places where I did spread it thicker it worked like a dream.

I left it to dry over night to be sure it would dry thoroughly before I went on to the next stage and when I came back to it the next day I was very surprised to find that even though it felt hard and brittle, it didn't flake off my card even when I bent and flexed it.


I coloured it with Ranger Distress Stain in Picked Raspberry and it wasn't until this point that the cracks really stood out.

I wanted to add an image so I stamped this Prima Bloom Girl stamp onto some tissue and glued it on. In order to add some colour I painted in some of the image with some watered down gesso.








I coloured her in with some Faber Castell Brush Pens and added a script stamp and a few Prima Pebbles to finish off.


Next time I'll layer it a bit thicker to get a better effect and I'll show you here what it looks like.

Have fun

Jaine x

19 March 2014

Magic box

Hello!

Today I have for you a very easy and quick box in 5steps.

1st layer - Tim Holtz Distress Paint Picked Raspberry


2nd layer - tissue paper


3rd layer - Dylusions Ink Spray Fresh Lime


4th layer - Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso


5th layer - Liquitex Glazing Medium ( only on a lid - you can see the difference )

I also add Stampotique Originals stamps and printed quote.

Magda x

18 March 2014

guess, like and you could win..

hello everyone!

We have yet more new products due in in April, but if you pop to our facebook page you could win a set of papers from one of those new collections. 



All you need to do is like it, leave a comment with your guess as to which collection it is and share.  
Remember this is a Facebook Giveaway. Comment here if you want to but
the important place to comment is on our Facebook page.

One winner will be selected on 31 March and the papers will be shipped as soon as they arrive with us. 

UK only for this one. 


15 March 2014

A Sprinkle Of Colour...

Hello everyone! 

Another month gone already. 
I can't believe it's time to announce the February challenge winner and launch March's challenge.  

So, here we go. February's winner is .... 



Congratulations Lisa. 

Hopefully spring has started to raise it's head where ever you are in the world, and with that we have a lovely springtime palette for the March challenge.  
Here's a peek at the image... 


Pop across to the challenge page to get all the details.