Prima’s St. Tropez…

Not just for holiday snaps, the limited edition St. Tropez collection by Prima is delightful.

Oozing with cute phrases, eclectic ephemera, stunning illustrations and with the added lushness of copper accents, you’d have to have the serious holiday blues not to adore this collection!

This collection has zest and zing…

After being lent a heart stitched template by Leisa O’Brien at our May retreat, I decided to encompass the orange accents found on some of the ephemera including on the adorable crab chipboard along with the regal blue and knew I had the perfect photo of Nina on our first cruise!

Bless her – she was terrified having to put on her life jacket and we can only assume looking back that she thought we were sinking!

I stitched the heart using orange embroidery thread and then reached for my gelatos. About a year ago, they appeared on nearly every layout, using them I realised I do still love them so no doubt they will be out again!

I can’t claim that all the embellishments are from the St. Tropez collection – a couple of them are from Studio Calico. Either way I had to take a snap of that cute crab!

I loved creating this ‘labour of love’ layout…

I did it a couple of weekends ago when the Hey Little Magpie DT team were away – I always think on the Sunday, backing a cut file is a relaxing, easy layout to complete!

How wrong….

OMG this took the entire day and still wasn’t finished! It should have been so simple, especially as I was only using three of the 6 x 6″ papers. I fiddled and fiddled raising some areas whilst other areas were flat to the layout base!

Whilst us birdies were in Paris we visited a fabulous craft fair – Version Scrap.

We were all taken with the differing stamps, dies and veneer.

I think one stand that only had MDF veneers on it we re-visited twice and kept adding to the goody bag!


Like so many ‘special’ embellishments, I’ve decided that rather than keep them as I can’t bear to use them, I’m going to make the effort to use them – after all I will see them more if they appear on a layout, than tucked away in my stash!

On the above ethos, I decided it apt to use one as a title for this layout…

My last layout uses more typical sandy beach photos, which are ideal for this collection…


I can’t get enough of the word strips, so delicate, so tiny, yet perfectly legible – and such adorable sentiments…


For those of you that attended our May retreat, you may recognise the glue frame – yes, you guessed it, I was Sheena’s guinea-pig!

Too pretty not to use, it was a fabulous addition to the top cluster of embellishments.

Jackie has also been creating with the St. Tropez collection. She has used a couple of ‘beachy’ photos too.

I love this image and the layout, completely clustering around the photo further draws the eye towards the photo!


I also adore this layout featuring a photo of Jackie’s feet!


And although I haven’t scrapped it yet, I’m going to scrap lift it and use this Instagram photo of my feet on the last day of our Thailand holiday!

So if you need ‘me’ time over the six weeks’ break, why not treat yourself and get some of this collection…

I’m sure you’ll agree, it isn’t simply for those gorgeous beach holiday photos?

And better still we have some for sale on our ebay site!

Happy shopping xxx

Love from Birds of a Feather




Re-discovering FIMO

Do you ever find that if you re-visit a product you once tried years ago, you somehow discover a new use for it? Or that the product, which seemed to be aimed at children is suddenly so much more ‘grown-up’? FIMO from Staedtler has suddenly become one of my guilty pleasures!

Sheena and I were asked to teach Christmas scrapbooking classes at our local crop – we decided to use the gorgeous Sweet Peppermint collection from Prima.

The kit, which included four 12 x 12″ papers, a 6 x 6″ paper pad, gems and a stunning collection of die-cut chipboard totally sums up the fun of today whilst reminiscing of a bygone era of Christmas past!


Whilst the chipboard did include some lovely ‘other’ embellishments including a gingerbread house silver charm, bottled Christmas tree and an enormous amount of minty green sequins, it still seemed to lack those chunkier embellishments that we all love!

I can’t deny that Prima doesn’t have a wonderful selection of flowers to co-ordinate with this kit, but neither Sheena or I really felt that they epitomised Christmas in any shape or form…

So I decided ‘candy canes’ were the order of the day – and what better material to make them in than FIMO, which co-incidentally is celebrating 50 years this year!


Everyone had great fun re-living their creative childhood, playing with a plasticine like material, manipulating and modelling the FIMO material until it was supple enough to shape and create 8cm long ‘candy canes’.

Like me, so many ladies taking the class remember FIMO, but equally have never considered using it to make some feature embellishments for their layouts…

Better still, the FIMO modelling clay goes such a long way – many ladies didn’t just make the three candy canes required for their two layouts! Their creativity started flowing and we had wreathes and even a snowman head, complete with cute pink face!

From what I overheard, there were quite a few ladies paying the likes of Hobbycraft or their local art store a visit to purchase other colours and have a play at home…

So to those ladies and to Staedtler it goes without saying a big ‘thank you’.

And even better, why not share your layouts featuring FIMO embellishments – I know Staedtler and Birds of a Feather would love to see your creations.