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Guest Designer – Michelle Stokes – Moonstruck by Pink Paislee

Hello crafters!

I am so excited to introduce our special Guest Designer to Anna’s Craft Cupboard – Michelle Stokes!  Michelle recently had a play with the popular Pink Paislee collection – Moonstruck and she will be sharing her creations here in the coming week.

But first, here is a little background on Michelle…

“Hello, I’m Michelle! I’m a 30 something Crafty Mum of one, based in the outskirts of Geelong Victoria. I’ve been scrapbooking on and off now for over 10 years, dabbling in many different areas of the craft, from mixed media to Project Life. These days I keep my layouts quite clean and simple, with layers of pretty papers and embellishments, machine stitching, cut files and more often than not, a splattering of Color shine. I can’t wait to share what I’ve made with you all, and hope that you can take some inspiration from it all.

You can see all my creations on my Instagram: shelz626

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We are very fortunate to have Michelle join us as this week.  She is extremely talented as you will see in her upcoming layouts… so now I hand it over to Michelle, to show you her first creation from Moonstruck! 🙂


Hi Everyone! I’m so honoured to be here today, sharing my first layout as a Guest Designer for Anna’s Craft Cupboard! 

I was super excited to hear that I would be creating with the new Pink Paislee collection ‘Moonstruck’, an absolutely stunning collection with so many beautiful designs. Big florals, soft pastels, watercolours and butterflies, this collection has all of my favourites. 

It’s even more beautiful in real life, that I had such a hard time cutting into it. But I’m really happy that I did, as the layouts I’ve created with it have become some of my very favourites.

Here’s a look at the very first layout I created..

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I’m really happy with how this came together as I generally tend to steer away from pattern paper backgrounds. But, this paper with its watercolour effect had the right mix of softness that it didn’t detract from the entire layout. I went with a diagonal design, which I am quite drawn to recently, as it gives the page balance while drawing the eye across the page.

I added a couple of little details before starting the actual page by machine stitching around the edges and also adding some Gold smudged dots with the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. These are in random spots using the end of a crochet hook I keep on my desk. This is about as messy as I generally get with any form of mixed media product these days, as I can never seem to keep the paper from warping lol 

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I’ve layered a few different pattern papers with torn edges under the photo, then raised them up off the page with foam to create a little dimension on the page. I’ve also included a doily from my stash.

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For this layout I tried to keep the embellishing to a minimum and created embellishments from the rub ons in the collection, and fussy cutting designs from other papers. 

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The Moonstruck collection features quite a lot of butterfly designs, so I was able to mix in a Cut File that I had sitting in my pre cuts box – this design is from The Cut Shoppe.

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Lastly I created a large title using Puffy alphabet stickers from my stash, and worked them into the bottom cluster made from die cuts, rub ons and stickers from the Moonstruck collection. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. 

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

PS. Here’s a sneak peek at layout number two that will be shared with you all very soon..

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Pink Paislee Moonstruck Paper – #1 Doilies
Pink Paislee Moonstruck Paper – #10 Flowers on Script /Pink Grid
Pink Paislee Moonstruck Paper – #11 Inked Script / Eclipse
Pink Paislee Moonstruck – Ephemera
Pink Paislee Moonstruck – Rub Ons
Pink Paislee Moonstruck – Word Jumble Stickers
Tonic Studios – Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Indian Gold

Other: Doily, Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Cut File, Cardstock & Vellum
Photo credit for Main layout : Sara Taylor Photography over here in Geelong, Victoria.



Comments (1)

  • LeanneB says:

    Hi Michelle, welcome to Anna’s. Loving your style – something I can easily recognise in how I strap but boosted. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store in the way of eye candy for us.