Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Gang's Almost All Here: Oct Sketchy Scrappers

Well as I write this winter is definetly here. We had snow Thursday night, approx 3 inches on top of the car, which is slowly thawing and looking outside it seems easier going getting around than yesterday when it was icy first thing. I'm more or less up to date with things too, only a few more Christmas presents to buy, a couple of days planned back in Stamford to get my decs, and I'm nearly up to date with Sketchy Scrappers. Octobers sketch was set by yours truly and I chose this one from my Pinterest board. 
I like the embellishments running down the side of the page, an ideal opportunity to use some ephemera packs especially those die cuts which you have no idea how to use. 
I chose to scrap a group photo from our scrappy getaway in 2015. Not everyone is in the photo as we only remembered to take a group photo after a couple of people had left, that's what happens when you have too much fun! For this reason I nearly didn't scrap it as I felt guilty for not having a photo including them but I changed my mind as this is the story behind the photo and adds to the memories of the weekend which I wanted to document.  After choosing my photo I decided to use some die cuts from a Fancy Pants collection (I can't remember the name) as the colours seemed to suit the photo. As I mentioned before this was an ideal opportunity to use those die cuts you wouldn't normally use, when else would I use a hot air balloon? 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Let's Roll: Sketchy Scrappers September Sketch

I'm slowly working my way through the Sketchy Scrappers sketches over on the Facebook group. This was the sketch for September. 
I actually chose my photo and papers a couple of weeks ago but only got the chance to actually scrap this week! All the papers apart from the background paper are from my scraps basket which I keep on my desk in front of me. I'm challenging myself to rummage through this before looking for any other papers for my cards and layouts and I've made a huge dent in it...who am I kidding it's still bursting but I'm glad to get them used up. Anyway, back to the layout...
The photo is of my niece Boo and her dinosaur Cera. I'm not entirely sure what was going on here but sometimes it's best not to ask! 
Also on my desk is little tub with odds and ends in which I've pulled for previous projects but not used. Rather than put them away I pop them in here in the hope of using them up sooner rather than later! I used a dimensional heart button from this and some wood veneer from Coso Cricket. 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Cards for Boo

Two of the most recent cards I've made lately have been for my niece Boo. The first was because she was a big brake girl when she had her tonsils taken out, the second for her third (where has the time gone) birthday.  For her get well card I used one of my favourite stamp sets from Love Cynthia who I found on Instagram. 
How cute is the unicorn?? I coloured it with promarkers which I always find therapeutic. I decided to go for a soft pastel colour theme   As much as I love this stamp set I always struggle with what colour to use on the unicorn. This time I went for a creamy colour but I need to think of a way colour her white without just leaving the card plain, maybe a Wink of Stella pen or something? 
I then chose some papers from Dear Lizzy to compliment the image and voila, finished. 
For Boo's birthday card I looked through my stash and found some old die cuts from Fancy Pants, I forget the name of the collection now I think it was True Friends or something like that. I chose a selection of scraps from my scraps box, including some gorgeous Stampin Up gold heart vellum, and made this. 
Have to say I'm rather chuffed with this card. I think because of the combination of the die cuts and the vellum clouds. Those clouds are so cute, I think they'll definetly be something I repeat again on a card or layout. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

HLM challenge layouts

Woohoo I'm still blogging! Back again to share the remaining two layouts I made for the Hey Little Magpie challenge weekend. The next challenge I did was to use the colours of a magpie and one other colour of our choice. I decided, purely by accident when looking for black and white papers, to add turquoise to the mix which meant I actually used the colours from HLM logo! 
I rummaged through my stash for black and white papers and found my 6x6 Amy Tangerine Plus One pad which has lots of black and white. I found the turquoise scrap which I used and went from there. I added a doily, a Flair for Buttons flair, Elle's Studio label and Pink Paislee tag. 
I also continued on the messy stamping background theme I seemed to be on too! I liked this layout so much I brought a 12x12 box frame from the Range and have hung it in the living room. Top tip: if you do buy one of these frames make sure your layout is approx 11.5x11.5 as it is not a true 12x12 inside and I had to cut my layout down. 
The final challenge I had time to do was to start with a square photo in the centre of the page and to work out from there. Sounds easy enough. 
I decided to do something a bit different for me and use a solid piece of card with no paper frame as my background. I also decided to go a bit messy and use some distress paint through a stencil. Granted it didn't turn out how I pictured it would in my mind but I kind of like it. I stuck with the bright colours and used papers from WRMK Hello Darling (I'm sure it's called that) collection. 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Lazy Sunday Craft Catch Up

Welcome to a typical lazy, autumnal Sunday. The cleaning has been done, only a few odd jobs left to do so thought I'd start a little crafty catch up while the kettle is boiling and Midsomer Murders is on. Yes I am an old lady!  A couple months ago Hey Little Magpie started a Facebook group and had a challenge weekend to go along with it. I think there were 12 or 13 challenges in total, I did not manage all of these only completing 3 but I'm happy with that. The first challenge was a bingo challenge where we had to pick a line or go for a full house from this card. 
I opted for the bottom line and scrapped this layout using only PL Cards for my paper layers, with the exception of the background paper obviously! 
I jumped on the Snapchat bandwagon over the summer and chose these silly photos of me using some of the filters. These layout took me ages to make, I hadn't scrapped in a while so I trying to tempt my mojo to come out of hiding! I think because of this I'm not overly keen on it, buts it's scrapped now and that's the main thing! 
Stickers are some old Kesi Art ones I've had for a while. I also used some dies cuts from Fancy Pants, I'd treated myself to a couple of ephemera packs that week using money from some stash I'd sold on Facebook. I even got a bit messy (well for me) with some random stamping in the background. 
Well the kettle has boiled so I'm off to make a brew but i'lol share challenge number two with you in my next post xx

Friday, 21 October 2016

Long time no blog

So..... long time no blog again! I admit I'm having something of a blogging crisis! I have projects to blog about but do I get around to doing! I enjoy blogging but sometimes wonder if anyone is actually reading it? But I am going to try and get back on the wagon, even if it is writing a post with no photos, not scrappy related just to get some of my thoughts and feelings off my chest cos let's face it if no ones reading it then it means i won't be judged and I can just get it out there.

So if you are out there, hi! Stay tuned and some posts will hopefully be appearing soon xx

Monday, 19 September 2016

Challenge catch up

To be honest this post could also be called a blog post catch up too as I made these layouts (well one of them, the other was started ages ago but only completed recently) a while ago but haven't gotten around to sharing them with you.   

This first layout I made for the June mid month challenge on Sketchy Scrappers. The challenge was to make a layout with two photos and a two word title. I decided to scrap these cute photos of Skip when he was a puppy. 
The background paper is from Alison Kreft, the other papers were scraps from Carta Bella and Recollections I think. I cut some sentiments from a scrap of Teresa Collins paper and embellished with a tag and some flowers from Fancy Pants. 

This layout is the one I started weeks ago but only finished yesterday thanks to a combination of life and inspiration going walkies! This was for the July mid month challenge where we had to use our summer themed stash. What's more summery than ice cream, so I scrapped a photo of the ice creams we had when we went to Wales for my birthday. 
The background paper is from Crate Paper Pier and the others are Pink Paislee Solstice. I decided to use some texture paste on the background, this was the part I did weeks ago and left to dry for that long just to make sure it was dry! I embellished with ephemera from the same Pink Paislee collection and a Dear Lizzy Project Life Card.