Pinkfresh Studio Blog Hop | Escape the Ordinary Collection

I'm so excited to say that I'm now on the Pinkfresh Studio Scrapbook Design Team! I love Pinkfresh products (I even loved one of their papers so much that I put it in a frame!), so I'm honoured to be part of the DT alongside some crazy talented women. I hope you will all enjoy what I create each month with their products!

Today's project was made as part of a good old blog hop! If you hop along to each DT member (all linked below) and comment on everyone's post you could be in a chance to win the Escape the Ordinary collection or the new stamp/die releases, so it's worth a shot eh!?

I created this 12x12 layout using the Escape the Ordinary collection:

I love a good stamp set, and the co-ordinating set from this collection is epic. It has loads of stars and clouds in all shapes and sizes and I used that as my jumping off point.

I felt like playing with my watercolours and so I decided to create a starry night scene. I painted lots of blues, blacks and turquoise layers of colour onto some watercolour paper, in any which way. I think it's sometimes fun to just slap a load of colour onto some paper without much thought, there's something therapeutic about that isn't there?

Once the watercolours were dry, I heat embossed white stars using a variety of the different stars from the set. As soon as I put the stars over that painted mess it immediately looks like a night sky. I loved the way it all turned out.

And whilst I had the embossing powder and heat gun out, I used the cloud stamps in the set and embossed them with some gold embossing powder to match the gold foiling in the collection.

I wasn't brave enough to use a full 12x12 piece of the painted paper as my background, so I cut a circular window in the middle of my page to frame the piece.

I created a cut file by welding two designs together (girl & tree). I cut it out on some black cardstock from my stash as I wanted to give the illusion of nighttime as I imagined the girl and tree silhouetted because of the darkness. This also made sure that whatever embellishments and photo I used would really 'pop' off the page.

These floral die-cut pieces were perfect to add around the cut file for extra pops of colour and whimsy!

The collection has two sets of alphas in it. One of them is this small, but mighty, wooden alphabet dipped in gold foil. So beautiful, right?

I placed them wonkily on the page to make it look like they were hanging from the tree, and I used a white gel pen to draw the string connecting them to the tree branches.

My favourite part of the layout is the butterflies. I adore the butterfly die-cuts in the collection, because their wings are dipped in solid black with a gold foil constellation pattern, they're so beautiful and unique.

I placed them on the edge of the circle frame, making sure the constellation part of their wings was placed over the painted sky, and the white part was over on the white background, making it look like the butterflies were blending into both backgrounds.

Make sure you check out all of the other ladies' creations and comment for your chance to win!

- Elsie x

18. Elsie Robinson YOU ARE HERE!

Altenew Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you to everyone who has commented on my Altenew blog hop post, I was blown away by all of your lovely comments.

I have chosen a winner for the $30 Altenew gift certificate! I used to pick a number and I got the number 6!

And the 6th person to leave a comment was... *drumroll*... Marianna Szilagyi! Wahoo - congrats! To redeem your certificate email with the subject line “Scrapbook Collection Blog Hop Giveaway Winner from HeyElsie's Blog".
If you haven't seen my blog post, you can check it out here. And you'll also find links to everyone everyone else's beautiful blog hop projects!

Have a lovely day everyone!

- Elsie

Adventure Awaits | Citrus Twist Kits

Check out my latest layout over on the Citrus Twist blog using the July #RightNow kit!

A Rainy Day | Altenew Scrapbook Collection Blog Hop + Giveaway

'When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles."
- A.A. Milne

Hey friends - I'm so excited to be part of the Altenew Scrapbook Collection* Blog Hop! This kit is incredible, I've been totally blown away by how gorgeous it is.
I have a quick flip through of the kit and the process video for my layout here:

I was inspired by all of the faux watercolour textures on the papers, and so I decided to create a rainy day scene!

I really didn't need to do much to the papers to create my scene because there's so much of that gorgeous watercolour pattern on them. I added some clear sequins for some extra sparkle to make it look like rain drops. I also used a white pen to draw a highlight on all of the water elements.

Of course I couldn't resist a bit of fussy-cutting; these florals framing my photo are completely stunning! And another one of my favourite embellishments from the kit are the chipboard pieces, the bike is my favourite, I really had to stop myself from hoarding it!

In case you're interested, I used this cut file for my paper piecing. I've had it on my wishlist for ages, so I was excited to finally use it. This kit was it's perfect match!

Now, onto the good stuff ;)


Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog* by Wednesday, July 19th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, July 22nd.

And I'm giving away a $30 gift certificate here on my blog! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before 9am GMT Friday July 21st, and I will announce a winner on July 21st here on my blog!

Make sure you hop along to all of the other wonderful ladies for more inspiration and chances to win!

Elsie Robinson - YOU ARE HERE!

All links marked with (*) are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission if you purchase an item through those links, but it will not cost you any extra. Thanks for all of your continued support of my little corner of the internet xx

Rain Boots & Flowers

Need to get back into this blogging thing... One blog post a week? I think that's totally doable. Please gently remind me if I forget/don't stick to this unofficial promise I've made to myself on my Insta ;)

I've been seriously loving working with my Citrus Twist kits the past few months. I got my May kit in the post this week, and I'm itching to get stuck in. But I better start sharing my April projects first, right?

You can find the first layout I made with the April 'Sophie' kit here on the CTK blog, and on my YouTube here. I was inspired by Beauty & the Beast and so I extra love how the layout turned out!

Okay, now here's the latest layout I've made with the 'Sophie' Main Scrapbook and Embellishment kits.

I was inspired by this post from Crate Paper's Instagram. Title's are rarely my starting off point for layouts, but I absolutely loved this phrase and I immediately knew I wanted to paper-piece some Wellie boots together. Classic me...

The Pinkfresh Studio alpha set from their Dream On collection is incredible. I never really buy letter stickers, I only use ones I get in kits, but I'm seriously tempted to buy an extra set of these. They're perfect.

Talking of Pinkfresh, the puffy stickers in the Dream On collection are almost sinfully soft and puffy! I didn't know stickers could be so soft and pillow-like; I'm so glad to have these in my life.

I would highly recommend picking up the 'Sophie' exclusive ephemera from the CTK store if you can. I've really noticed that a lot of ephemera packs are full of die-cuts that are on the larger side, but it's nice to have smaller pieces to dot around your pages and the Sophie ephemera pack has the perfect mix. I absolutely love it, it's a gorgeous addition to have in your stash and full of beautiful images.

See you soon,
- Elsie x