Friday, 31 December 2010
Thank you to everyone who's read and commented on my blog over the past year. It makes my day to know that someone is out there :) I hope that you all have a fabulous New Year's Eve and an even more fabulous 2011 x
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Saturday, 25 December 2010
I was determined to get my LaplandUK photos scrapped before we got to Christmas and I have another set of photos. I only got around to scrapping last Christmas during the cybercrop earlier this month after all! One of the activities we did at LaplandUK was a visit to the elf factory where they were making puppets for good children. Connor helped to make a puppet and this photo depicts the experience.
From the ScrapaGoGo December Kit 'Winter Warmers'
Bazzill Cardstock Candle Glow Medium
Bella Blvd Lovey Dovey Circle Of Love
Maya Road Kraft Collection Bulk Mini Tickets Strips
May Arts Ribbon Apple Velvet
American Crafts Thickers Grasshopper
Crate Paper Sew Brads 'Snow Day'
From the ScrapaGoGo January Kit 'Elementary my Dear'
May Arts Ribbon Fuzzy
Crate Paper School Spirit Home Room
Crate Paper Snowday Phrase stickers
American Thickers Nutmeg
Doodlebug designs inc. Loopy Lou Ladybug
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Cranberry Zing
Friday, 24 December 2010
Rowan Watson, Amelia Critchlow & Seapics.
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
The January kit is full of cool products that I hadn't noticed on the market, let along had a play with. The first product I'd like to highlight is the Maya Road Bingo Markers. In the January kit you get a set of 31 numbers. I used them in this LO 'Special Gingerbread Ingredients' I used them to highlight what went in to the gingerbread at Lapland UK to make them extra specially yummy!
Monday, 20 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
I know that most people are ultra busy in the run up to Christmas, so this week your challenge is to take a photo of something that puts you in a Christmassy mood! Then, once all the festivities are over, you'll be able to go back and scrap the picture at your own leisure.
We visited LaplandUK earlier this month and my favourite photo of Christmas so far is taken in Mother Christmas' kitchen where Connor decorated a gingerbread man.
Check out what the other DT members are finding Christmasy right now x
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Since I last wrote there's been a cybercrop on UKS. I enjoyed it and thought that the classes were well spaced. The challenges were a bit samey by the end of the weekend but I played along as much as I could and have some LOs to share with you.
The first LO was my precrop challenge and I created it using the Silver 1045 sewing machine that I had on loan for this review. I love the machine so much that I asked my Dad to buy me one for Christmas/Birthday and I've not been disapointed. The precrop challenge was to use a card as inpiration. This is the card I used and the LO I created as a result.
It's a little bit different for me :)
Thursday, 25 November 2010
I loved the Scrapagogo Kit again this month. It's just gorgeous and there are lots of things I wouldn't have tried otherwise in it. There are lots of pinks to start with and I so rarely use pink. But it so happens that I have photos of my cousin's daughters from earlier this month and the colours fitted perfectly.
From the kit I used:
Echo Park Life Is Good Brown Floral
Bazzill Basics Cardstock Whirlpool
Echo Park Life Is Good 12 X 12 Alpha Sticker
Maya Road Organza Roses Ribbon Small Olive (12")
Maya Road Kraft Collection Doilies
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Enchanted Prince
Prima Sweet Taffy Blue (1/4 pack)
Crate Paper Restoration Phrase Stickers
and the other supplies are:
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
3D foam squares
Acrylic paint pink and brown
Small chipboard butterfly
Maya Road tickets and ‘November’
My Little Bit of Whimsy blackbird pin
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
So picture the scene: it's 6.30am on a frosty Monday morning and I'm not enjoying being up this early making porrige for my little one so the TV is on so that I don't have to entertain just yet. I have handed my little boy the porrige bowl and he says 'I'm a boy so I can't eat and watch TV at the same time!'. You've got to love and be thankful for the smile maker :)
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Today we were in Devon to celebrate the lives of Primrose and Florence, my cousin's daughters with a thanksgiving service. They were hard conceived but are such lovely children and we're truly grateful that they are happy and healthy children.
Friday, 5 November 2010
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Today I am grateful for painkillers. This is extremely unusual for me. I have a high pain threshold and I am generally against putting any kinds of drug in to my body so I rarely take so much as a paracetamol or lemsip but having overdone things earlier in the week today I am in agony today. It's my only day off work this week though and I have so much to do that I need to not be wincing with every move and I've taken two pills. They make me loopy and tired but I am grateful that they've given me some relief so that I can get some things done today. Thank you pharmacists who developed zapain!
Monday, 1 November 2010
Today is the launch of a month of attitude of gratitude on Tessa's blog.
Each day in November, we will publicly express something that we're grateful for. The hope is that by the end of November we will have trained ourselves to be a little more grateful and to remember to express that gratitude. What a lovely idea! So today I'm grateful for autumn sunshine. This is my first year owning a dog and I've enjoyed summer walks but as the evenings get shorter and the weather gets wetter I'm not so sure I shall be enjoying the walks so much. Today was glorious. The sunbeams were bouncing off the beautifully coloured leaves and streaming through the bare branches. I love, love autumn and am grateful for the occasional sunny day :)
I love, love, love Autumn and think that it's a great season to take photos in. Yes there's not the great light of the summer that makes the colours pop, but wow are the colours pretty?! Connor and I walk Bailey dog twice a day so I get lots of opportunities to find pretty leaves at Connor height to take photos of :) I loved this one of him peeping through the yellow leaves.
I went for a fairly simple LO with this photo and simply inked, distressed and tore the edges of the cardstock before adding a torn piece of 'Indie Girl' to the page. I stuck the photo on and then placed the Prima leaves on the page with glossy accents. I also added the title and then used a sewing machine to stitch the leaves on. It went a little wrong at the bottom, so I added some sassafras lass stickers and a Maya Road mini ticket (love these) to cover it up and add some journalling. The leaves tie in with the photo and the colours really bring out the colours of autumn.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
But... did you think we wouldn't notice that it's halloween today? Along with the sketch, you need to make your page with a halloween theme! If you don't celebrate halloween where you live then feel free to use a different holiday theme.'
As previously dicussed I don't do Halloween and I'm therefore Halloweened out with my one LO already done :) So I decided to scrap some of last year's Christmas photos that have been sat on the side for the last 10 months waiting to be scrapped. I flipped the sketch upside down so that the title could go in the top left hand corner. I used The Glitter Girls Collection 'Treasured Memories' embossing board to give the LO an embossed edge which I inked to show it off. I also used the board to create the box below the photos. The paper's are My Minds Eye 'So Sophie', which I love.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Tessa sent me some of her yummy flowers that can be bought from her etsy store. I've used two of them so far. The first is on the final Chinese Whispers LO:
( I love the large flower and the great colours)
and the second is on my recent 'Movie Icons' CJ (Part of the Around the Houses Newbie CJ that I'm hosting and playing along with since one of our newbies dropped out). There are some great Haloween flowers in store now, and wait until you see the Christmas range that's coming soon :)
Sunday, 24 October 2010
"OK, I'm running the risk of scaring all of our followers away this week. It's a toughie, according to majority of the Design Team! For me, who could write until the cows come home, it was not so hard!
Are you ready? Your journalling must take up at least 50% of your scrapbook page."
So I decided to take the opportunity to write Connor a birthday letter.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Have you come across Picasa? It's a free photo editing program from Google and I use it on a daily basis for all my basic fixes. You can rotate by degree, add fill or highlight or shadown, add a tint and lots of other great edits. So I edited the photo in picasa to add some green tints and lighten it all up a bit and went from this:
I mounted this on some Doodlebug 'Crushed Velvet Cardstock' beetle. So now I had my photo, but I didn't have any papers and a trip to Hobbycraft proved that they'd bypassed Halloween and gone straight to Christmas :( I'm not easily beaten though and I'm resourceful so I decided to make my own Halloween designed paper. I started with a piece of Scenic Route 'Background Blue Grid White' and a piece of safmat. On the safmat I printed some pictures that I found from google images from:
The images were from:
I found so many free downloadable sites whilst I was doing this search including some great scrapbooking sites with vintage images so I was really chuffed.
The first image of the tree I stuck in the bottom left hand corner. On top of this I stuck a small piece of torn and inked paper from a piece that a friend from America had sent me years ago (New Seasons 'Holiday Scrapbook Set') and an orange ticket that Ifa Zainon sent me for winning a competition on UK Scrappers last year. I used MM coloured staples to attach the ticket too. I cut out a bat shape and stuck that flying away from the bottom corner using foam squares to give it height. Then it was on to the top right hand corner. For this I found a fab spider's web with a dangling spider, which again I printed on to safmat.
I stuck the spider's web on with the spider dangling down beside the photo and the spider web under the photo corner. I took a second piece of the patterned paper (Halloween colours!), which again I tore and inked before tucking it behind the positioned photo (not yet stuck down).
Next it was the full spider's web and spider's turn. Again this was printed on safmat but then I cut it in half. Once I'd peeled the backing off and stuck the spider down, I put the backing on top of the safmat and used Maya Road Glimmer mist from Bubbly Funk. Once I removed the safmat backing the spiders web was clear, but the glimmer mist extended from it.
Now I stuck the photo in position and stapled the top left hand corner with coloured staples again and towards the bottom of the photo also. I took a final piece of the patterened paper and tore and inked it. This was stuck at the bottom of the photo. I printed a row of cats and dancing skeletons on to safmat.
The skeletons were printed small enough to fit on to an orange ticket from my stash from Indigo Mill and the kitty cats were stuck under the patterened paper. I used an orange journalling tag from Elle's Studio 'Chic note tags' and finally I stuck the second half of the spider's web on. Using a black pen I followed the line from the spiders web at the top all the way around the LO.
For the title I found the most Halloweenish colours I had (orange and purple in this case) and stuck them on. They are American Crafts Thickers 'Sprinkles' lavender and
Doodlebug 'Shin dig' Tangerine. I went with the title 'Dem bones, Dem bones' because it's Connor's favourite song right now and has sparked his skeleton fascination. And here is the final LO all complete:
And it's in shops today :)
Monday, 18 October 2010
I still have lots of Autumn photos to scrap but on Saturday I received a pizza box of goodies from Bubbly Funk and I couldn't resist getting started on the Christmas products. I love the Christmas goodies but it was the little gingerbread men that really caught my imagination this weekend.
I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. My son will be 4 years old and he's so aware of what's going on this year. It's going to be so exciting and I can't wait. We've made biscuits for Father Christmas every year (except the first one when he was only a couple of months old and I was still in shock ;) )but I'm not sure he's really 'got it'. This year he will though so I couldn't resist covering this little gingerbread man in Basic Grey paper and added some glitter dots for eyes and buttons.
I found a little box in the charity shop for less than a pound and I covered it in two Basic Grey papers. The edges of the box and the gingerbread men are sanded and then inked with versa. One of the fabby chipboard rectangles from deluxe designs became a great message board and I used some small alphas and an October Afternoon 'gifts' sticker to say 'Biscuits for gifts'. I hand cut some holly to mimic the paper from the green paper and stuck some red buttons on top for berries.
I used glossy accents to stick them to the box.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
- Sassafras Mix and Mend – Fancy Free
- Sassafras stickers
- Adorn it- rub on alpha
- My little bit of Whimsy embellishments
- Prima flowers- e line and roosevelt
- Chipboard flowers and leaves
- Chipboard round
- MM Coloured staples
- Red string
- MM Panorama tickets
- Maya Road Jonathan chipboard alphabet
- Brown ink
- Acrylic paints; yellow and orange
I love the Autumn. I love the colours; the oranges of pumpkins, the yellows and reds of the leaves. I like the sunny evening walks, kicking up leaves and picking up chestnuts. I tried to capture some of the feel of autumn in my LO that is hot off the press tonight (and therefore captured under awful light and I'll re-do it in the morning).
I started with a piece of Sassafras mix and mend 'fancy free', which I tore to a size about 9x5 before inking the edges with VersaMagic Jumbo Java. I positioned the ribbons and lace and attached them with glossy accents, foam squares and staples. The photo is mounted on a piece of pizza box to give it height, and to allow the prima Rossevelt to tuck behind it.
I tucked a Deluxe design circle base behind the photos and rubbed on the adorn it alphas for my journalling. The 'autumn' in the title is painted with acrylic and once it had dried I inked the edges. I squirted in the top and bottom corner with glimmer mist and inked around the edge of the cardstock. I used glossy accents to stick some red sting on the top corner of the LO and to stick an acorn embellishment as if hanging from it. The chipboard and sticker flowers and buttons are dotted around the LO to give it more depth and interest.