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.