Sunday, 31 May 2015
My Neph is teething at the moment. I am so soppy that when he cries I want to cry! So after he had gone home I pulled out a peaceful photo and made a happy layout...
What better than neon colours?!
This cut file is from Things That Shine. It cuts beautifully when you use the right settings for the paper, but I like this half cut one too. It was a happy mistake!
Ribbon scraps, washi, Heidi Swapp packaging, enamel dots, ink splats! It doesn't fit the tune but these are a few of my favourite things.
The butterfly was cut on my silhouette and coloured with pens and the grey alphas are from Sodalicious.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, 29 May 2015
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
It's a big day here, and that has led to a desk of two halves...
The birthday half...
And the craft half...
It's my 30th, celebratory giveaway here, and also the WOYWW anniversary ATC swap. I have a carrot and coconut cake calling my name, and a pile of presents making me smile. It's a good day desky people, it's a good day!! :)
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
This is a layout using up the last of my April Like For Ever kit. It is loosely inspired by soaphouse mama... she is great for inspiration!
While I'm here I want to tell you all that I am having a giveaway on instagram. I realise not everyone is on instagram and I want to make it fair for my blog readers who aren't. If you want to be in with a chance of winning this little lot...
Leave me a comment here for one entry.
For an extra entry share on social media (your blog, twitter, etc.) and come back leaving a comment with the link to the share.
I won't say it is mandatory to follow my blog but it will help - if you win it will be announced on my blog so you'll want to keep in the loop!
Of course if you are on instagram you can join in there too!
A run down of the goodies...
2 6x6 paper pads
3 small paper pads
2 patterned paper scalloped shaped pads
1 pack of rhinestone bling
1 pack of glitter dome stickers
1 pack of dimensional stickers
cork butterfly embellishments
...plus anything else that I can find in my de-stash pile that will fit in the box!!
The small print; closes on June 3rd, 9am BST. No hassle, not that I think anyone will give any, my say is final!
Thanks for dropping in!
Edit: The winner is Nathalie, an Instagram entry! Well done Nathalie! Thank you everyone for entering x
Monday, 25 May 2015
Here is a post first published last week on SpiegelMom Scraps blog...
For my third guest designer project for SpiegelMom Scraps I promised you a mini album... and here it is!
I had a wonderful lunch at a chocolate cafe and thought it would make a lovely mini album, so I collected a few bits and pieces from the cafe. I picked up the chocolate menu, and kept some cellophane wrapping and tissue paper used to wrap up my purchases, and the companies ribbon that was used to tie the package. I also kept the paper bag and the label from Mum's tea bag.
The plan was to build a little kit around the collected ephemera, so I searched my paper and washi stash for matching colours. Serendipitously the ribbon in SpiegelMom Scraps Etsy shop were the perfect colours.
I added cork shapes and wood veneers to my mini kit, and enough sequins for them to feature on every page. The sequins were my constant through the whole album helping to pull it all together and give a cohesive feel.
My page size was dictated by the menu - it consisted of 4 squares in a concertina. I cut them in to separate squares and planned the entire album around them. I added in a few plain cardstock pages so I didn't have to cover up all of the information with my photos.
Some pages I kept plain so you can read all the details on the menu, some I layered up with dimensional adhesive. It gives a chunky finish to the album and feels really satisfying to flick through and handle.
With the cellophane and tissue paper a made some pockets. Simply stitching around the edges trapping sequins and vellum stars inside.
Do you see the little heart on the right hand page? That is part of the shop logo printed on the paper bag! Nothing went to waste.
The white page on the left is a square cut from the paper bag.
I added some doilies, also available in the SpiegelMom Scraps store. I love the way the modern neon yellow peeps through the vintage-feel doilies.
Supplies added to my collected ephemera:
exclusive cork chevrons
exclusive vellum stars
Linking up at Inspire Me Monday, Creative Mondays,
Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear what you think of this mini album...
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Here is a scrap layout made with Like For Ever's April kit...
I added a few little bits to my kit such as paper clips (the obsession is still going!) enamel dots and the pink plastic. It was a catalogue wrapper that came in the post. It was just too pretty to chuck out!
And yes, I did scrap a page about cheese. Cheese makes me happy!!
Linking at Creativity Unleashed.
Friday, 22 May 2015
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Here is a (long time un-blogged) layout created for NSD. The Like For Ever challenge was 'use your STASH' - so use something beginning with each letter of the word stash.
I picked Stitching, Triangles, All of the rub ons, Stickers and Handful of sequins. I used up the rest of a sheet of rub ons and then used the backing cut in to triangles - nothing goes to waste here!
My stitching is rarely straight. ;)
I felt the green sticker on the photo was screaming out too much being the only green in the layout so I added a few enamel dots in the same colour in a couple of places around the page.
These sequins were part of a Things That Shine kit.
And the pink floral pieces - yep, I cut up a stencil. It was a Dear Lizzy stencil and it just wasn't up to the job. It was too flimsy for anything other than just spraying mists through. I like to scrape paste over stencils, this stencil was just getting bent and ruined by my heavy-handed-ness (not that I am particularly heavy handed!) I actually really liked it used like this and contemplated buying another stencil purely to cut up!!
Overall I am really not sure I like the layout... Constructive criticism very welcome (please!)
Thanks for stopping by
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Morning Deskers, I thought I'd give you a wide shot view of my desk today. Spectacuar fail! But you get the idea...
Hmm... lots of stuff on my desk to either side but seeing as there is space in the middle I guess I can get away with another couple of days before tidying!!
This gets lost on the main photo, plus it deserves a photo of its own anyway! My Pet Crocheter is on top form!
What's on your desk today? Link up at WOYWW!
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Monday, 18 May 2015
Hello Everyone, here is a Guest Designer project made for SpiegelMom Scraps. It is a scrapbook layout using doilies, seam binding and sequins from two mixes.
I know the trend right now is for gelatos - I have water soluble wax crayons - I guess kind of the same sort of thing, and whilst I have something similar I won't fork out for real gelatos. I set to work on the white seam binding and doilies adding subtle touches of pastel colours, picked to match my patterned paper strips.
Seam binding is great for taking colour. I have never had a medium not take - I've used mists, inks, watercolour, pro markers, watered down acrylic paint, inktense pencils, and now soluble crayons. Have a play... go on!
As for the doileys the more water I added the more fragile they became so I recommend not moving them until they are dry to avoid tearing.
Art Bars from Derwent
lace from Crafty Ribbons
patterned paper from My Minds Eye and Cocoa Vanilla
Linking up at Creative Mondays, and Inspire Me Monday.
Just a quick share of a layout made with my April Like For Ever kit...
The white frame with gold arrows - well, it started out a different colour. I loved it for the glitter sandwiched between two sheets of acetate but the frame itself was not my cup of tea. Easily sorted out with some gesso and rub ons!
I added loads of sequins - real ones and rub ons!
And these gorgeous gold foil and white labels - I loved them so much that I ordered another pack! :)
Friday, 15 May 2015
Thursday, 14 May 2015
It is new challenge day at Crafty Ribbons Challenges. The theme is Animals so I have scrapped a page of Naughty Bun after her bath!
I am on mission use-up-the-gold-rub-ons-before-they-go-off, so I added a camera and a generous sprinkling of hearts. I made a little rosette with a couple of buttons and ribbon tails.
The rabbit shape and the rabbit card are packaging from a graze box. I knew as soon as I saw it I had to use it somehow!
This is made using sheer Swiss dots and buttons from Crafty Ribbons. I'd love for you to join us here with an animal project using ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
For the last two Tuesdays I have been guest designer at Spiegel Mom Scraps. Here are a couple of tiny peeps...
click on each photo to take you to the post
I was sent a fabulous goodie bag containing sequins and wood veneer, tags and doilies, adhesive and ribbon. Check out the Etsy shop.
I'd love you to pop over and have a look!
Monday, 11 May 2015
Here is a fun layout I made with my Silhouette Cameo and Like For Ever kit.
It is such a fun cut file from The Cut Shoppe, really all I had to do was use scraps of my patterned papers to back each heart, and bam! The page was done!
I used a little paperclip from doodlebug and a scrap of plastic wrapping that had gold stars on. Everything else was in my April kit.
So fun to make.
Linking up at The Cut Shoppe blog
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, 8 May 2015
Sunday, 3 May 2015
Happy National Scrapbook Day everyone! I am excited to be joining SpiegelMom Scraps and the Southern Girls Challenge Blog owners and Design Teams for this hop.
You should have started the hop on the Spiegel Mom Scraps blog, and arrived here via Alicia Borowski.
I wanted to try a layout that went all out with sequins!
Using: wood veneer, cork, tag, ribbon and sequins from Spiegel Mom Scraps.
If you like what you see I’d love for you to follow my blog, I am dangerously close to having a celebratory giveaway!! ;)
Next, I’m sending you over to Jennifer Dykstra! Get ready for some beautiful paper crafting!
Entering at Winnie & Walter's iNSD sequin challenge.