Thursday, 30 December 2010

Snowy Scene

This layout was my submission for the Mystery Kit challenge during the last UKScrappers Cybercrop. The challenge was that you had to use the products in the kit from Angel Crafts, with the only extras being black or white ink/card/thread and any cutting tools. As soon as I saw the gorgeous snowflakes and the white mist in the kit I knew exactly how I was going to start, so I grabbed a 12x12 sheet of black card, placed the snowflakes in the top third and misted away! As that was drying I had a look at the rest of the kit, and the first thing that struck me was that there were no alphas, so decided to use this photo of Mojo taken in the snow last January to create a snowy scene. 
I layered up the gorgeous Echo Park papers, using different edging techniques on each one (punching, threading ribbon, stitching, and stickles), and then added the matted photo, the misted snowflakes and a generous scattering of blue gems. Finally I decided that the snowflake shapes on the black background weren't sharp enough, so I outlined them with a white gel pen.
I'm really pleased with this snowy scene layout, and it has been displayed in our kitchen on a mini easel as part of our Christmas decorations!
Thanks for stopping by :D

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

The Studio DT

The StudioI enjoyed being the Guest Designer for The Studio Challenge blog so much that when Amanda posted a DT call I knew I had to apply, and I'm chuffed to announce that I've been accepted onto the Project Team! Looks like 2011 is going to be a busy year for me, but I can't wait to get started :D

Sunday, 26 December 2010

The Studio Challenges: Sunday Challenge No 4 - The final one!

This week's challenge, and my final one as Guest Designer for The Studio, is to create a layout based on this sketch:


And here's my take on it - I made a long narrow photo by trimming a portrait 5x7. Apart from that I've stayed fairly true to the sketch as I loved it! This photo of me was taken by my DH on our honeymoon this summer, as I raced ahead on our hike on Dartmoor - after being in the car for hours it felt really good to stretch my legs!
I've used papers from the We R Memory Keepers 'Maple Grove' collection, WRMK stamps, Jillibean Soup Corrugated Alphas, a Zva Brown Leaf Pearl Flourish, and Maya Road velvet pinwheel flowers and mini kraft tickets, all from the Sarah's Cards November kit, as well as some Adornit alpha stickers, a Rich Cocoa Memento ink pad and a dark brown chalk ink pad.


Saturday, 18 December 2010

The Studio Challenges: Sunday Challenge No 3!

This week's challenge over at The Studio is to take a photo of something that makes you feel Christmassy. I knew immediately what my photo would be of - there's nothing that gets me in the mood for Christmas more than wrapping presents! I surround myself every year in gorgeous papers, bows and curling ribbon to create a pile of pretty parcels to go under the tree. 
So if you're not feeling Christmassy yet, I hope this helps :D



Head on over to The Studio to find out what makes the rest of the design team feel Christmassy

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Exciting News!

I'm so excited! I've been asked to be on the Design Team for The Sampler, a fantastic monthly subscription kit - chuffed isn't the word! Their kits are absolutely gorgeous, the December one looks lush, so I can't wait to get my sticky mitts on the January kit. Watch this space!

WOYWW - Keeping Watch

No shot of my desk today I'm afraid, everything is all tidied away at the moment as the kitchen table is being used for more appropriate things, so I thought I'd share this layout with you instead. It's one that I completed during the UKScrappers 'Scrappy Little Christmas' Cybercrop a couple of weekends ago. It's based on the class 'Winter's Tale' by Angie, and uses a photo of Mojo taken on my honeymoon, and the October kit from Sarah's Cards.




If you want to have a nosy at lots of other people's desks, head on over to Julia's blog and she'll fill you in!
I'm going to do a separate post for this later, but I'm so excited that I wanted to share my news with you all straightaway - I've been asked to join the Design Team at The Sampler - chuffed is not the word! Their monthly kits are lush and I can't wait to get my sticky mitts on the January one :D

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Studio Challenges Sunday Challenge No 2!

This week's challenge was a difficult one for me - I'm not much of a cardmaker so when Amanda asked me to make a Christmas themed thank you card, my first reaction was to panic! But...I took a deep breath and reminded myself that a card is just a mini layout without a photo, and set to - and I'm actually quite pleased with the result. I used mainly Echo Park 'Merry Christmas' papers, with a couple of AC brads, some kraft cardstock and ribbon from my stash. 


Check out The Studio Challenges blog for some more great thank you cards :D

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

A Christmas Gift

My DH's Gran is notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, so this year I thought I'd go handmade and make her a layout to go in a shadow frame, using a group photo taken at our wedding this summer. A class in the UKS Cybercrop, 'Be you' by Karen gave me the perfect technique, so I set to and produced this:
  Hope she likes it!

Friday, 3 December 2010

JYC 2010 - Day 3

Just a quick post tonight to show you my day 3 page - I didn't want to lose my blogging momentum. This one is on Christmas cards, something that I love to get but am not very good at giving. I must make an effort to change that this year!
I loved CJ's task for today, and can't wait to try out this technique on our Christmas lights once the tree goes up. DH did give me a funny look when I wandered out of the kitchen holding a sieve in front of the camera...

Thursday, 2 December 2010

JYC 2010 - Day 2


Blogging for two days in a row - wonder how long I'll be able to keep this up for?! I've been working from home today thanks to the snow, very fitting given that Shimelle's prompt for today is about the Winter weather. I managed to get out into the garden at lunchtime to get some photos of the snow, which also tied in nicely with the second prompt from CJs 12 Days photography workshop. So, this is my second page for JYC: 



And this is the photo that I submitted for CJ's workshop, and will be on the facing page of my JYC album:


I really liked this photo too, so I thought I'd share it :D

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

JYC 2010 - Day 1

I can't believe it's December already! The first prompt from Shimelle landed in my inbox earlier today, and I got stuck in this evening to create my first page.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Inspirationally challenged...

I'm in need of some inspiration today, so who better to ask than my fellow WOYWWers? As you can see, my work space is currently occupied by my Christmas journal, which I'm slowly putting together. So far I have my base pages and date tags, but now I'm stumped by the dates themselves - what do I use?? I think I want them to pretty much fill the tags so Thickers would be the perfect size but they would make the album way too bulky. I don't own any number stamps and have limited funds so buying some isn't really an option. So I'm throwing it out there in the hope that one of you lovely crafty people has a brilliant idea! :D

If you want to have a snoop around some more crafty desks, head over to Julia's!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Journal Your Christmas 2010

This year I'm taking back Christmas with the help of the fabulous Shimelle Laine, and her online class 'Journal Your Christmas'. The idea is to keep a holiday journal from December 1st right the way through to January 6th. Shimelle sends daily prompts by email with ideas and inspiration which you can follow to the letter, or mix up to create your own unique journal. So far it seems to be working, I haven't felt this excited for Christmas in years!
One of the biggest tips from past JYCers is to do as much preparation work as possible on your journal, so that all you have to add each day is a photo and some journalling. So, taking that advice on board I've put together 37 blank pages and 37 date tags, as well as completing my front cover:
I'm using a combination of old stash and new. The page bases are 7x5" Kraft cardstock, and the background papers are Papermania 'Home for Christmas'. The embellishments on the front page are all cut from Echo Park 'Merry Christmas' papers, the numbers are 7Gypsies rub ons, and the letters are Kars. 
For the inside pages I've alternated red and green papers, but otherwise the pages are fairly uniform. I've cut label shapes with a set of Nestabilities (Labels 1) in my Cuttlebug, and layered up kraft cardstock and patterned papers to use as date tags. These have been attached to each page, but I'm still trying to decide what to use for the numbers (suggestions welcome!).
I've left the back of each page blank - the plan is that the back of the page will be covered by a 5x7" photo for that day, leaving the facing page free for journalling and embellishment.
It's feeling a bit fat already with all the pages put together, but I'm blaming a lot of that on the paperclips! Hopefully the addition of photos will balance out with the removal of the paperclips, so it shouldn't get much bigger (she says hopefully!). Obviously the treasury tags are a temporary measure, I'm on the lookout for some big bookrings to hold it all together.
Looks like I'm in for a busy December :D

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Layout on Canvas

I showed a couple of sneak peaks of this last week, but now that I've actually given it to my sister I can finally reveal the whole thing. I'm absolutely chuffed to bits that she loves it, and it's now hanging on her living room wall :D 



I used a 12x12 canvas (that came with a kit and has been in the bottom of a box for ages so I have no idea what brand it is), brown and cream cardstock from my local craft shop, Daisy Bucket paper, chipboard swirls inked with chalk ink, some Prima lace, Sarah's Cards pearls, an AC flower, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Cuttlebug butterfly die and an unknown journalling spot. The butterfly in the top left corner was inked straight onto the canvas using dark brown chalk ink and the waste from one of the butterfly die cuts.  





Saturday, 13 November 2010

Vampires and Cards

My crafty friend has introduced me to these fabulous felt creatures, and we had a great time last night sewing bits of felt together. This is just one design in a huge range of 'Zombie Felties', and I think they could become rather addictive. My friend is certainly on a mission to create an entire family! 


I also managed this card for my MILs birthday next week. I don't make cards very often, so I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out. I've used Crate Restoration papers for the background, some cream lace and a Lily Bee Chipboard Button. The stamped image is a Tim Holtz stamp on a distress ink background (Tattered Rose, Dusty Concord and Antique Linen). Hope she likes it!


Wednesday, 10 November 2010

WOYWW 75

How on earth did we get to Wednesday again? Where has this week gone? My desk is a mess again, I've been busy creating lately but unfortunately I haven't made anything I can share! I've been working on the layout for the Scrap Whispers team game which was great fun! For anyone who hasn't seen this, it's like a game of chinese whispers with layouts. At the moment there are four teams, each team leader starts off with the same layout to lift, and they then pass their lifted LO to the next person in the team to lift, and so on. It's great to see how different people interpret the scraplift, and how different/similar the final LO is to the first one. There's a new game every couple of months, you can see the outcome of the last one here.
I can show you some sneaky peeks of a canvas that I've made for my sister, she's just moved into a new house so I thought I'd make a housewarming present using a photo of her and her fella at our wedding.
If you're wondering why I'm showing you a picture of my untidy desk, head on over to Julia's to find out why! I didn't do very well last week and didn't manage to visit many of you, but I promise to do better this week :D

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

WOYWW 74

There isn't a lot going on on my desk at the moment, the bits that I've been doing recently are things that I can't show you yet, so I thought I'd let you all see what happens to my desk when I move away from it for more than a few seconds...
This little monster is Donnie, just one of my three furbabies. I'm sure most of you will know Mojo, my Working Cocker Spaniel (see my lovely new blog header, beautifully done for me by Alipeeps, for a photo of Mojo), and there are a couple of layouts on here somewhere that feature Leela, my other cat, but not much of Donnie. That's because he's very camera shy, so I was very impressed that he stayed still long enough for me to take this! I just love his regal pose, and the superman triangle on his chest :D
Thanks for all the positive comments about the house viewing last week, I managed to completely clear the kitchen table and put all my crafting stash away in the chest of drawers, but it didn't do the trick and the house is still on the market - hey ho, maybe next time...
Check out Julia's blog for some more desks on display!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Shabby Photo Frame

When I bought the frame to do my sister's Hallowe'en photo frame I actually came away with two, as I couldn't decide which size to go for in the shop. When I sat down with them both at my crafting table it was instantly clear that I had to use the bigger of the two, which left me with a small frame with no home. I sat down last night with the four not quite ATCs from WOYWW 72 fully intending to turn them into a collage, but I found myself focusing on the image of the bird with a shadow, and the small frame, and the new challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show - 'Something Shabby' - and thinking how well they would work together...so after a lot of inking and distressing and throwing things together, this is what I came up with:
 I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out, especially given that I don't normally go for vintage style papers, and as a result I've had these particular ones in my stash for quite some time! So long, in fact, that I'm not entirely sure what they are, I want to say K&Co but I could be completely wrong. As for the rest of it, I've used white card, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Old Paper distress inks, cream lace, a paper doily, a Tim Holtz Adage Ticket, Tim Holtz stamps, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Woodware flower punch and cream adhesive pearls.  


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

WOYWW 73

So much for my comment last week about the threat of viewings reining in my inate untidiness - this is what my workdesk (aka the kitchen table) looked like when the Estate Agent rang to say that someone wanted to view the house - argh! Cue major panic and massive tidy up operation! And the offending article that had caused all of this mess? The photo frame for my sister that I had literally just finished - apologies if you've already seen this as it's in my previous post, but I like it so much that I had to share it again! My sister has seen the photo of it and I'm very pleased to say that she loves it! It still needs sealing and then the photo of the two of them in their Halloween costumes can go on display :D

Thank you for all the lovely comments about my experiments with distress inks last week, I've decided to follow Julia's suggestion and turn them into a collage, so watch this space! A couple of people asked if I had any tips for using distress inks - I don't really as I'm only just learning myself, through a process of trial and error - but one thing I will say is that having a non-stick craft mat makes a huge difference. I'm using an oven liner as a temporary measure but even that has made a difference.

If you're new to WOYWW and want to know what on earth I'm wittering about, head on over to Julia's blog and she'll fill you in!