Friday, 19 August 2016

Dress Robes: Sketchy Scrappers August Sketch

Return of the scrappy mojo part two! The next layout I made as part of my mojo's return was for the August Sketchy Scrappers sketch.
I picked two more photos from the Harry Potter Studio (trust me I have loads) and scrapped this layout. 
I keep my scraps in a basket on my desk and while sitting at it watching American Horror Story (my current binge watch) on Netflix while Ian was asleep I randomly pulled the grey polka dot paper thinking it would be good for matting my photo on. On the back of this was the blue star pattern; even better. This paper was from a pad my SIL split with me so I pulled the rest of the papers and chose another for my background. I added the peachy pattern from Maggie Holmes Flea Market to help brighten it a bit, plus it helped pick out the dresses. 
I cut some small scallops with my new Diamond Press to make some embellishments and added some cut aparts from Maggie Holmes and some Crate paper tiny word stickers. 
And in typical Jess fashion I managed to get a big blob of gold mist on my photo! 



Sunday, 14 August 2016

My Scrappy Mojo has returned!

Yes you've read the title correct, my scrappy mojo has returned! After a couple months of not feeling inspired I've sat down and scrapped three layouts in a week! I'm not entirely sure why my mojo went, I think it was partly due to needing more albums and page protectors meaning that I've got a box of layouts waiting to be filed and I didn't want to add any more to this to try and find a home for at a later date. All I know is that while making an anniversary card (which I'll show in a later post) last week I was cutting a sentiment from a cut apart sheet of paper and something just clicked, I looked at the sheet and thought cut a parts would be perfect for July's Sketchy Scrappers sketch (below) and just went for it. 
The first paper pad I picked up for inspiration was Maggie Holmes Flea Market and I immediately thought of a photo I've had for ages from when I went to an antiques fair with mum three years ago. 
I cut some random cut aparts and placed them diagonally as shown in the sketch and added some news print Card Candi I've had for ages. 



Sunday, 31 July 2016

Card Catch Up

My scrappy mojo is still on holiday but I have managed to do some crafting with making the odd card here and there. I've mentioned them before, but I'm finding the Daring Cardmakers blog a great blog to keep the creative juices flowing and I'm gradually getting a good stock of cards made to have on standby. 

This first card was not for a challenge on the blog but for Gemma's birthday. I recently brought a mystery card kit from Studio Calico in their sale and used papers and the stamp set which came with it. 

This card was made for the Summer Party challenge on the blog where we had to use elements you'd expect to find at a summer barbecue or party. I used some ice creams from the Pink Paislee Solstice ephemera pack along with a chevron paper from the collection and a polka dot paper from Simple Stories. The starts and tag again came from the Studio Calico kit, and the Hi came from a Simple Stories project life pack. 

This next card was from the Strawberries and Cream challenge where we were challenged to use either strawberries or a strawberries and cream colour scheme in honour of Wimbledon. I went rummaging through my stash for strawberries and found a couple of Dear Lizzy Neopolitan project life cards and a cut apart from Simple Stories Homespun which had a jar on it making me think of strawberry jam. I teamed these up with papers from American Crafts Autumn Crisp and a Lilybee sticker I've had for ages. 

The most recent challenge has been to get doodley on our cards. I'm not much of a drawer, I struggle to draw a straight line most of the time, so I kept things simple. I used a balloon punch I brought recently from Stampin Up and decided to doodle the balloon strings and a border around the card. I used coloured card from American Crafts and paper from Pebbles. 

Finally (thank god for that you're saying) I made a card for a friend who recently moved house. I used some ephemera from Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy and paper from her Daydreamer collection. 





Saturday, 9 July 2016

Behind the Magic: Sketchy Scrappers June Sketch

Hello poor neglected blog! Sorry I've not been around, time seems to have run away from me and with it my mojo to blog or create. But I'm back and determined to get out of the rut by sharing with you my layout I made for the June Sketchy Scrappers sketch which I made before the mojo was gone. The June sketch was set by by Sue who made this sketch. 
I picked four random photos from when I went to the Harry Potter Studio of some of the props. They weren't the best taken photos so I was able to cut them down a lot to be smaller than they were. 
The papers used are from Pebbles, I can't remember the collection. For my title I used some cheap Thicker type alphas I brought from the Range, a bargain at £2.99 a pack! On one of the Facebook groups I'm in there were comments from others who had brought them that they weren't very adhesive. I personally didn't think they were that bad, I added some glossy accents to them to reinforce them but to be honest I do that with my regular Thickers anyway! 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Happy Day: Scrap it with a Song June Challenge

You may remember last month Challenge YOUrself teamed up with the Scrap it with a Song blog. I like the idea of this blog so much I decided to join in with their challenge for June. For those who don't know each month the blog give you two song, one pop one rock, to inspire you to make a layout or whatever you want to make.

This month the rock song was The Best of You by Foo Fighters which I thought would be the song to inspire me as I LOVE the Foo's, but instead I was inspired by the pop choice Staring at the Sun by Mika. I was inspired by the lyric "Send my love down in those rays of light" and scraped this photo I took last summer while walking home from town.


 I also made this layout for the mid month challenge for May over on Sketchy Scrappers where we were asked to simply get messy! I used some mists to create a messy background using the packaging technique. I then used papers from Amy Tan Stitched collection. 


I found a Flair badge which was the perfect colour for my layout but had an aeroplane on it. Knowing I wasn't likely to be needing an aeroplane Flair I adapted this a stuck a word sticker from Crate Paper over it! 



      


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there, especially Poppa G and Poppa B both of whom are on holiday down in Devon and Cornwall at the moment. I was actually organised for once and made both of them cards, although Poppa B won't get his until he gets back as they had left in the camper before I'd even sat down to make the card! 

Poppa G
For Poppa G's card I used Pink Paislee Hey Kid collection as I knew it had some "Rock Star" elements. I layered up some different papers from the collection and finished with some stickers fm it too. 

Poppa B 
For Poppa B I used a cheap camper stamp I got from Hobbycraft and coloured it with Promarkers to match the Camper Ian had as a child. I then used papers from Pink Paislee Soltise & Simple Stories. I finshed using letter stickers from Alison Kreft and a banner sticker from the same Pink Paislee collection I used for the other card. 


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Beach Finds: Sketchy Scrappers May Sketch

My scrappy mojo has come back to me slowly and I've actually sat down and scrapped three layouts in the past two weeks! The first layout I scrapped was for the May Sketchy Scrappers sketch which was set by Nikki. 
I chose a photo for this layout when the sketch went up but I wasn't feeling inspired to scrap it, then we had National Scrapbooking Day which I got sidetracked with and then my mojo went completely! But I was determined to use the photo I'd chosen, persevered and scrapped this layout. 
The photo is of some of the shells I collected on Shell Island last year. To stick with the beach feel I used papers from Crate Paper Pier collection for the base and layered papers from Studio Calico (the anchor paper was perfect) on top. I used some ephemera from Pink Paisley Soltise collection and a label I had said years ago from a purse, I knew it would come in handy!