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.
Sunday, 20 November 2016
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.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
I'm slowly working my way through the Sketchy Scrappers sketches over on the Facebook group. This was the sketch for September.
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
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?
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Friday, 21 October 2016
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 it....no! 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
So if you are out there, hi! Stay tuned and some posts will hopefully be appearing soon xx
Monday, 19 September 2016
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.
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Hey! Long time no blog! I have no excuses other than time running away with me! Anyway I'm back and thought I would share the anniversary cards I mentioned a couple of posts ago. August is a busy month for anniversaries as I have my parents and brother & SIL's anniversaries a couple of days apart.
The first card I made was for Vincent and Penny. I decided to use my Hatter Gorjuss girl stamp.
I used papers from American Crafts and Stampin Up and went for a bold colour scheme. The challenge on the Daring Cardmakers blog the week I made this was to crochet or lace so I used the last of a blue crochet trim I had and a crochet heart from Bella Boulevard.
This year was mum and dads Ruby Anniversary so I wanted to use red on their card, but not go OTT with it.
I used papers and a rosette from Crate Paper Hello Love. The rosette originally had a Valentines sentiment on it which I took off and replaced with a sticker from Tim Holtz.
Friday, 19 August 2016
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.
Sunday, 14 August 2016
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.
Sunday, 31 July 2016
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
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.
Monday, 20 June 2016
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.
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!
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.
Sunday, 19 June 2016
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!
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.
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
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!