Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Creamy Latte and Blue Lemonade ATC's

How better to decorate your tiny ATC's than with tiny, sparkly Sugar Beads!?

For this set of ATC's, which I made using Creative Imaginations Oceanside papers, Creamy Latte and Blue Lemonade Sugar Beads are the PERFECT match.

I made the base of my ATC's from a left over scrap of Navy Blue cardstock I found in my stash - about half a 12 x 12 sheet. The thing about ATC's, is that there are no rules, except that they have to be 2.5" x 3.5" in size, so when I make a set like these, I love the fact that they are all different. 
They have a lot of very similar elements, but the differences are what makes them fun.   :)

The background of each one is a different piece cut from a sheet of Del Mar paper - sadly now out of stock ... I wouldn't mind getting some more! There is a starfish, two different shells and a butterfly.
I popped a mask over the top and used an Ink Blending Tool and  Chipped Sapphire Distress ink to add the circle pattern to the cards.

On top of a few of the circles I applied Glossy Accents and then spooned over some Blue Lemonade Sugar Beads.

The Antique Bronze Spoon is just made to be a Sugar Bead tool!

Just shake off the excess and poke the beads around until you have the perfect fit.

Popped up on Dimensional Tape, the next layer is made by mounting a small rectangle of paper on more navy blue cardstock. Three of these pieces are from the varnished Seashells Paint It Paper, and I have inked them a bit with Chipped Sapphire to make the varnished pattern stand out. The other is cut from Del Mar.

To add the accents to this piece - on three of them I laid down two lines of Double Sided tape right next to each other. The tea-dyed muslin is twisted, frayed and laid onto the first piece of tape and Creamy Latte Sugar Beads  are stuck onto the second. The teeny, tiny micro beads stick really well to the tape, and a bit of  Glossy Accents added to the top makes a perfect bed for the larger beads.

On the other one I laid down the line of tape for the muslin as before, but added the Sugar Beads to the starfish shape revealed when I inked the  Seashells Paint It PaperGlossy Accents is again the glue, this time just squeezed carefully onto the shape.

Finally, the stickers from the 12x12 Cardstock Stickers sheet that match the background paper are added to the top. These are also on Dimensional Tape - just reduce their stickiness by dusting with talcum powder - and all have had their edges inked with Chipped Sapphire.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Creamy Latte and Mud Cake Sugar Beads

A sweet, creamy mix, liberally sprinkled with golden toffee crunches - Creamy Latte will add a touch of class to any creation.

Made of rich 'chocolate-y' nuggets of goodness, Mud Cake has no calories, but plenty of shimmery, golden sprinkles. Splurge on some today for your next card or layout.

Also new are Sandy Microbeads 
the perfect co-ordinating medium for our Creamy Latte Sugar Beads.

Brace yourself - I am going to mention the "C" word!!!

I created a Christmas Card with Twiddleybitz 13x13 Cream Card
 which I inked/blended around the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
Over this I popped a piece of Bazzill Kraft Cardstock (also ink blended also with Peeled Paint) and then a piece from Kasiercraft Just Believe Snowflake.

I heat embossed a chipboard bauble using Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel Scarlett
and then added a sprinkling of Creamy Latte Sugar Beads - aren't they just the most elegant touch??

Stamp a floral flourish stamp onto the bottom, left-hand corner of your card using Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Highlight spots here and there with Avocado Liquid Pearls .

Also add some Ruby Red Liquid Pearls to high-light the red flourishes on the pattern paper.

And now a card using Twiddlybitz Kraft C6 card.

I saw this idea on Pinterest sometime ago, I think it was from
I loved the simplicity of it


Draw a trail with dimensional magic and sprinkle over Creamy Latte Sugar Beads.

Get a good friend who has nice handwriting (thanks Keonie x) to write Happy Birthday in between the trail.

Add 2 butterfly filigrees - mount one on top of the other (bending the top one upwards slightly) and centre with a cream rose.
Whallah - you are done. One gorgeous butterfly in flight.

I have a beach layout coming up using our Creamy Latte Sugar Beads, together with our stunning Blue Lemonade Sugar Beads - surely a match made in heaven.

Hi everyone, Ann here ...

Popping in to show off the delicious Creamy Latte Sugar Beads, which I used to alter a note pad.

All the papers are from the Kaiser 75 Cents Collection.
I covered the front of the notepad with Penny and then cut a rectangle of Tuppance, that is slightly larger than a pretty butterfly die cut piece of Guinea. I diagonally overlaid these on one another, so that you can see both of them clearly. 

I then punched a decorative edge from the left-over piece of Penny.
Using Dimensional Magic, I glued the Creamy Latte Sugar Beads and Charming Rose Chain (from the Aunty Pack) to the bottom of the oval pattern on the die cut. 

Again using Dimensional Magic, I glued the sugar beads around a 'note' card and inked all edges using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.

Finally, I glued and positioned all the pieces together and added a touch of lace.


Hi, Michele here again after what seems like a looooong break. 
Actually it has only been a month and a half, but it seems much longer ... thanks for giving me some time off to get married Tracy :)

I'm not sure that I'm quite ready, but I'm back now - and just in time to test the utterly scrumptious, new Creamy Latte Sugar Beads  and Mud Cake Sugar Beads, with some of  Kaisercraft's Periwinkle papers.

Tracy has done it again with these cute little embellishments. I LOVE them, and the Creamy Latte and Mud Cake mixes are a perfect match for the vintage tones of Periwinkle.
My layout, 'Amy',  uses a not-so-perfect variation of a technique using beads shared by Anna Bjorklund in Nathalie Kalbach's 2013 Creative Jump Start Summit. (Anna's blog is here.)

The sugar beads enhance my layout's title, adding some intricate looking gorgeousness which is really not too complicated at all. 

The beads are attached using Glossy Accents, which has been painted onto the page with a fine paintbrush. I started off by adding beads individually around the letters with tweezers, but filled in the larger spaces using beads scooped up into an Antique Bronze Spoon...just the right size :)

I started with a sheet of Kraft cardstock, which I distressed and inked the edges (Black Soot Distress Ink) of and then, using an old Heidi Swapp mask, I inked a leafy pattern onto the background, dabbing softly with the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool using Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Black Soot and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks. While the mask was still on the card I painted around some of the edges and sprayed generously with Irridescent Gold Glimmermist, letting the spray run across the page and drip off the edge. I also mixed some Evergreen Bough Reinker with water in a Mini Mister and sprayed close to the page, adding some teal green drips.

After distressing and inking the edges of all my pieces of  paper, I mounted my photo on some Periwinkle Whisper. I put this onto a bit of Breathe  and added a small piece of the black section of Impression between them. Also tucked in under the photo is a piece of frayed muslin, which softens the edges and adds to the vintage feel of the layout. I used a Sizzix Alterations On the Edge die (Scallops) to cut a strip of Newsprint Acetate, which stretches from the bottom left edge of the photo to the edge of the page.

Also running horizontally across the background on both sides of the photo mat are some strips of teal spotted washi tape, dictionary print tissue tape and Cream Cotton Lace.

Adding interest at the top of the layout are some pieces cut from a Twiddleybitz Bird on a Branch chipboard, both inked with Tea Dye and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.

Hanging from the smaller branch on the right is another new my2angels embellishment - a russet Grandmother Charming Chain (Amy is my Great Grandmother, whom I vaguely remember as a little old lady living in Adelaide when I was a kid.) The second photo was taken outside to show you just how pretty the Glimmermist looks in the right light.

The other half of this gorgeous embellishment is draped across the Twiddleybitz Cast Iron Gates chipboard on the right of the photo. This chippie piece is popped up on dimensional tape over the washi/tissue tape combo and is coloured with Tea Dye Distress Ink

There are a few Creamy Latte and Mud Cake Sugar Beads scattered on the bottom of the fence posts.

Across the bottom of my photo is a strip of floral tape, which I have enhanced at each end using Creamy Butter Cherry BlossomsDark Brown Roses, Rose Roses, Black Roses, tiny White Rose Buds and some teal roses from my stash. While I was searching through my box of oddments, I also found a few pieces of  dictionary page die cut vine that were left over from another project, so I tucked them in too.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the beads and glimmer.

This is a pretty simple layout, but the addition of these pretty beads make it more than a little bit special. I'll be using them again really soon ;)


This completes the current colour release for the my2angels Sugar Beads collection. Pop into the store now to make your selection from our delicious range.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mint Crush and Purple Passion Sugar Beads

Multi Green Tone Sugar Beads (when the light reflects on your Mint Crush Sugar Beads, you may get tones of blues as well as various greens)

A refreshing blend of ice-cold mint tones and tiny shimmery pearls - Mint Crush is a delightful addition to any card or layout

handmade scrapbooking embellishments

Rich, vibrant purples together with sophisticated silver, make Purple Passion the go-to mix for every modern miss.

handmade scrapbooking embellishments

handmade scrapbooking embellishments

First up, a layout using Mint Crush Sugar Beads - with Kaisercraft Tropicana Sunset as my base and strips of Kaisercraft Tropicana Palm Tree behind my photo.

I dribbled some drops of Olive Vine Glimmer Mist here and there over the background pp.

All of the paper and chipboard has been inked with VersaMagic Jumbo Java.

Keeping it simple, I didn't mount my photos onto paper, I just inked the edges with Stazon Olive Green and popped them straight on.

handmade scrapbooking embellishments

My "tadpole" title is made of Twiddleybitz Alpha Square Letters. These were covered with Dimensional Magic and then while still wet, I dipped a pin into some green paint and swirled the pin through the wet Dimensional Magic to make the patterns you see.

You can get different effects, depending how much paint and swirling you do.

Have a play first, before deciding on the effect you want for your end result.

handmade scrapbooking embellishments


I created water bubbles using the new Turquoise Microbeads and various sizes of our glass cabochons.
First, cover the back of your cabochons with Dimensional Magic and then dipp them into the Turquoise Microbeads (wet side down ;) ).  Leave to dry.  I also made a few with the Mint Crush Sugar Beads.

handmade scrapbooking embellishments

handmade scrapbooking embellishments

If you don't have ribbon to match, just wipe Distress Stains over your cotton ribbon to coordinate with your layout.  In this case ,I used white cotton ric rac (perfect ribbon for water creations because of the waves).  White is a great choice to colour and is only 90c for 2 metres.

I adhered my ric rac in-between the strips of vertical pattern paper for some texture.


covered with Dimensional Magic with sprinkles of Mint Crush Sugar Beads
And of course, no layout of mine is complete without a charm ... this time our Frog Charm.
handmade scrapbooking embellishments

At the bottom of the layout is a strip of pp, ric rac and our cute little Frog Pin.

handmade scrapbooking embellishments

Hi Everyone,

Jen here  ...

 I couldn't resist playing with some Mint Crush Sugar Beads and my favourite colour - Purple Passion. 
 Despite my mojo drought, ideas were popping in my head all the time and I just had to find the time to put some of them to use.

I have seen the beads used to cover chipboard and I wanted to use both the colours of the sugar beads on the one project, so I originally thought purple flowers and green stems or grass ... that developed into a white butterfly with purple wings and a bunch of flowers and the stems of the bunch hmmm...

After painting the butterfly white with Snowcap Acrylic Paint Dabber , letting it dry and attaching it to my card, I filled the wings one at a time with hot glue (from my glue gun) and poured the beads all over it - pressing them in, tapping off the excess and putting them back in the little pot. I repeated this for all three wings.
handmade scrapbooking embellishments 
To the bunch of Purple Orchids, I added three Purple Rose Buds, wrapping the stems around each other. I then laid hot glue along the stems and again poured and pressed the beads into it, tapping off the excess. I used a little more hot glue to attach the bunch to the card - and the bow to the bunch.

handmade scrapbooking embellishments
I slid the Mauve and Silver Love Charming Word under the edge of the bunch and added some 'movement' to the butterfly with a piece of  pearl flourish.

Get over to my2angels and grab some Sugar Beads!

Jen :-)

Hi everyone, it's Geli with a cool gift idea using the new and awesome sugar beads!

My school has a mother's day stall every year and we always try and make pretty gifts from thin air. Basically, it should cost next to nothing, look awesome, appeal to kids and be liked by mums. This year I am making washer necklaces!


You will need:
♥ metal washers from the hardware store (mine are 35mm in diameter, which were the biggest ones)
♥ spray paint (optional)
sugar beads in the colour of your choice
Glossy Accents or similar

First, spray paint the washer in a colour that matches. I only have black or white, so white it was.
Cover the top of the washer with a coat of Glossy Accents and sprinkle sugar beads all over. Shake off any that don't stick or those that sit on the sides. We just want them on top.

Let that dry a little and then add a thick coat of Glossy Accents on top. I did several coats to give it a nice glossy and smooth surface.
Add a 90cm long cord and you are done!



If you prefer, you can glue some leftover paper onto the washer instead. In this case, you can skip the spray painting, but you have to sand the edges before adding the gloss. I did one coat of gloss, then a line of gloss to attach the sugar beads and finished the whole thing off with some more gloss. I quite like it that way too:


While I had the spray paint out, I started a little experimenting. I sprayed a filigree black...


... and glued some Strawberry Shortcake Sugar Beads on the back of a glass cabochon

Another coat of Glossy Accents to secure them, let it dry and hot glue the glass to the filigree. Voila! 



I'm going to play with a few more colours for Mother's Day. I think this one is a winner. And true to the plan, it cost very little per necklace.