Monday, 31 October 2016

Super Star

I've used one of my exclusive sketches from the latest like for ever kit for this layout.  I make the sketches ahead of time, and there are a couple in this kit that I have been bursting to use!

I had a fun time playing with green mists in the background.  I wanted to tie the green grass in the photos in with the green puffy heart stickers.  There was no green in the papers, though, so I turned to mixed media.

I love the way Adele (Inkie Quill) adds mist to her photos and thought I would have a try.  I've also added some tiny sequins.  I like the effect and think I'll do this more often if the photo had any dead space.

I used the flair as my title (from Feed Your Craft) and added some extra star sequins (from SpiegelMom Scraps)

There are a tonne of these puffy heart stickers in the kit and I am determined to use them all this month!!

And the rub ons too, they have a limited shelf life so I aim to use them all up this month.  We'll see!  Here is the video if you fancy a gander...

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

My Baby Reindeer

I've been having fun!  We have tackled ribbon as part of the Stash Busters series of video hops.  You know I adore ribbon and am fortunate enough to be on the Crafty Ribbons design team.

My favourite of the 2016 ribbons is Bruce the reindeer.  He is going to be gracing all of my parcels this Christmas.  I've put him to good use on this layout too...

I've used tiny gold alphas from last months like for ever kit.

Used Shimmerz paints and mists in the background, and added some red star sequins on top.

I snuck in a Big Bruce as well as lots of little Bruces!

I've jazzed up pegs and paper clips with 3mm ribbon bows.  (I blanked on the year... I need to work it out and fill it in - it definitely wasn't the year 201!!)

You can watch the process video:

And in the description of the video you will find my co-creators video links too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hanging Advent Calendar

I know it's early!  I know!  But... this is the first of three advent calendars I will make and share this year.  The second one (coming at the beginning of the November) will be given away as a RAK.  Now, in order to allow enough time for people to enter, and then enough time for posting to wherever in the world the recipient lives, I have to start sharing the calendars now!  So, here is the first of this years advent calendars...

I've gone all out ribbon on this one!  I've used the Santa's Grotto range from Crafty Ribbons, which has numbers and characters (and also lace, but I couldn't squeeze any on!)

Each glassine bag is stuffed with a few sequins and a tissue wrapped parcel, and has a numbered tile of ribbon pegged on to a length of hanging ribbon.

All of the hanging ribbons are attached to a coat hanger, but if you fancy making one yourself a piece of driftwood, a length of dowelling, a wreath... anything that you can hang 24 little gifts on will work!

For those with slightly chunkier gifts I have used a bigger peg, for very light gifts I have used mini pegs.

As the glassine bags are see through I have used four different colours and patterns of tissue paper to wrap the gifts in.  Some bags also have a doily added for extra decoration.

I enjoyed making this so much, as I said at the top of the post, I have made another one too...

But it has a slight twist, so stay tuned in November when I will share it and give it away to one lucky crafter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Falling Leaves

Hey there chaps!  Each time I get a new batch of sequins from SpiegelMom's I fall in love with one of the mixes a little bit more than the others.  My most favourite of the latest bunch is Falling Leaves.

For this layout I wanted to use a lot of Falling Leaves to give the effect of, you guessed it, falling leaves.  The name really is spot on!  I pulled out a sheet of vellum and some coordinating supplies from my like for ever kit.  I also cut this months exclusive SpiegelMom Scraps cut file.  I stacked two on top of each other to give me a panel as long as my page and cut it on vellum.

 I made my photo cluster and tucked in a doily coloured with the same range of colours.  You must know by know I love to colour my doilies to match my projects and they take every medium I throw at them without any complaints.

When I knew the size I was working with I added some subtle ink work on my background using the packaging technique.  When that was dry I stuck a few Falling Leaves sequins around my page.  I knew with a large shaker pocket in an album most of the sequins would fall straight to the bottom.  By glueing a few around the page I ensured no big blanks, and when you shake it a few of the loose sequins catch on the glued down sequins which is an extra bonus.

I clipped the vellum to the background and ran it through the sewing machine leaving a small gap for filling.  I added and shook, and added a few more, then sewed up the filling gap.

From there it was just a case of glueing all the elements together and adding a few stickers.  I definitely get the feel of fallen leaves in the large shaker pocket, do ou?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Remember The Basics

It is challenge day at Crafty Ribbons Challenges.  I have an art journal page for the theme of 'Use Ribbon or Lace'...

I can't really talk you through the page - it is all blues and greens, and all 'left overs'.  When I am doing something like dying doilies I put them on a journal page to catch the extra spray.  When I have a coloured paste that cannot go back in its original pot I smudge it onto a page.  After a while you end up with a part background.

I then grabbed some pens, washi, scraps and ribbon and just had fun.  I use this kind of creating as therapy in a way and the message I got out of creating this page was

Remember the basics
Let go of fear

I used Chantilly Lace - Mary and Organza Swiss Dots from Crafty Ribbons.  I'd love to see you join us on the challenge blog...

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A Double Pager

Stick It Down have a card sketch, a single page scrapbook sketch and a double page scrapbook sketch each month.  I have designed the sketches for the cards and some of the single page sketches but always shied away from double pages.  However the team is a member or two down and I've given it a whirl to make up the numbers.  Here is the sketch for October...

I am using supplies from my Counterfeit Kit...

And here is what I came up with.

I trimmed down two pockets so I could use the layout of the sketch as is.  I switched the stars to hearts and played fast and loose with the title placement!

H is for Herbert!  Everything painted has been done with Daniel Smith watercolours, everything else was pulled to match.

These hearts are the main feature for me.  A little bit of wisdom - cutting thick watercolour paper with a craft knife is not fun!  But I do like how it all turned out.  You can watch the process here (I edited out all the faffing with the craft knife and watercolour paper... nobody has time to sit through that!!)

So maybe double pagers are not so scary after all?  We'll see if I try another any time soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Pinky Up!

I've been attempting to tidy my desk...  It hasn't gone well.  I keep getting tired or distracted and it isn't really something I can have help with.  So I carry on at the rate of 20cm squared tidied per day!  I found some bits and bobs buried under other bobs and bits and they were crying out to be made into a layout...

A little snippet of a yellow doily, a frill of lime tissue attached to some gold scalloped washi tape that didn't make the cut on a previous layout, a piece of card that I had played with inks on... the photo I chose picked out the yellows and oranges and I was away!

As he noticed I was taking a photo of him he stuck his pinky up, the dafty!  It is impossible to get decent photos of him!  So there was my title - and I hand cut the letters out of the card I had tested my inks on.

The mixed media work is all Shimmerz stuff, that hadn't been put away when I had finished with it.  *tut tut*  At the last minute I thought it needed some black so I added some splatters and enamel hearts.

Thanks for stopping by, if you need me I'll be pretending to tidy my desk!

Saturday, 15 October 2016


Hey guys, I'm sharing a DT layout for SpiegelMom Scraps today.  We run a Facebook challenge each month and October is my turn to host.  I drew up a sketch, you can join the group and play along and we pick a winner at the end of the month - they get some sequins!

Here is the sketch;

I stayed quite true to the sketch.  The supplies are from Maggie Holmes' Gather which was in the latest like for kit, and SpiegleMom Scraps of course!

 Who can resist this face?!  Love him so much!

I've used sequins from Mint Chip and Believe In You.  I've used a couple of doilies too, one coloured up with ink sprays.

I love the effect of the strung sequins wrapped around the frame.  This is something I want to expand on in a future layout!

You can watch a process video too...

Thanks for joining me today!

Friday, 14 October 2016


I was sent a note card from Chloe when I made a purchase from her Etsy shop.  As with all cards I am sent it went on to my magnet board to be admired.  As it was sat there on display an idea began to form...  I fussy cut all the florals from the card - a good job to do whilst the telly is on!  My idea was to put them on top of a wreath, so I got to work with my mixed media supplies...

I used a combination of Inktense pencils (to draw the circle to work around) and Shimmerz (Aqua Huez, Creameez, Vibez and Inklingz for all the other goodness!)

I can't tell you how much I loved the end result!  And I had so much fun doing it, which is the best part.  I tried to colour match the mixed media to the fussy cut embellishments as best I could.

I added a few enamel dots in turquoise to pick out the turquoise in the photograph.  I also added a healthy dose of sequins - Autumn Joy Fall Sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps to be precise.

I then decided I needed a little bit of green too, so found some more enamel dots.

This layout was done with Picture This! challenge in mind, including layers, fussy cutting and one photo.

And here it is all together...

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Counterfeit Kit Club

Here is a little kit put together last weekend for Counterfeit Kit Club.  It was meant to be small and just for two pages worth of scrapping but I reckon I'll get plenty more out of it the way I use supplies!

The inspiration was the new Pink Fresh collection.  I picked out the colours and set to work forging the papers with my watercolours.  I had so much fun!  Remind me why I haven't Counterfeit Kit-ted in so long?!

OK, so I took the essence of the papers rather than copying each and every design exactly, but that is good because no one else will have these papers!  I pulled out a few sequin mixes and felt hearts from SpiegelMom Scraps and some black enamel hearts from Bella Blvd.  I'll pull alphas when I need them.  Herbert Budgie got in on the act, and was rather taken with the black hearts, thus I named the kit "Oi!  They're Not Your Hearts!"

The plan was to make a start on Herbie's album with this kit... fast forward a week and I have managed to make one layout.  Poor, but health has been against me. Let's take a looksee...

It is based on a challenge from Sara.  I channelled Our Little Pumpkin.  I took the layout, squished it to 9x12 and gave it my twist. 

 I took three lengths of lace from Crafty Ribbons and painted them with Daniel Smith Watercolours, the same paints used to forge the papers.

Thanks for stopping by!

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