Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Love (Let's Get Sketchy and SpiegelMom Scraps)

Hey there.  Here is my take on the last SpiegelMom Scraps and Let's Get Sketchy team up...

I've used goodies from Pretty Little Studio's Oakley Avenue, a watercolour resist tile by Amy Tangerine, and cork, sequins and Shimmerz from SpiegelMom Scraps.

I chopped my photo in half and stretched it either side of the circular tile.

I could spend days colouring things like this in!

I just adore this vellum - Ashley Horton did such a fab job with this collection.

Here's the process video...

Totally Crackers!

Hi Chaps, I'm sharing a fun table cracker made for Crafty Ribbons today.

I've taken a sheet of patterned paper and a template drafted in Silhouette Studio.  There are loads available online to copy or print out.  I added a scalloped border at either edge for a little extra something.

I tied with Happy Christmas in red from the Santa's Grotto range.

And added Robin trim to the ends.  They look so fun and with five of these character ribbons in the range each of the family could have a different one!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Hey Remember This

Hello!  I'm here with the third instalment in SpiegelMom Scraps team up with Let's Get Sketchy.

I used the 12x12 sketch to make an 8.5x11 layout.  I quite like to squish and condense sketches to give me white space, but this time squished the white space to make the layout a smaller size.  Another reason I love sketches...

I pulled out an old like for ever kit.  I think this is from September 2015.  I need to remind myself to back to older kits - I really enjoy the new kits and before you know it the following kit has arrived and I seem to run out of time to go back to previous kits.

 I love the diagonal sprinkling of embellishments!

For my supplies from SpiegelMom Scraps I have used; felt heart diecuts, lilac twinkle, glass slippers, peachy sherbet and moonshine delight sequins

Here's the process video if you'd like to watch it come together...

Thanks for stopping by!


This month's StashBusters video hop focuses on rubber stamping in scrapbooking.  Not my forte I have to admit!!  I have plenty of stamps but I hardly ever pull them out to use.

For this layout I pulled out a couple of roller stamps - different types but I think they are both called roller stamps.  One is like a wheel that you roll over the page, the other you turn the handle to reveal different sentiments.

I pulled out some Shimmerz paints too and stamped and flicked until my heart was content!

The rest of the supplies are from October and November's like for ever kit.

I've also used all the elements from like for ever's Sunday challenge - a stamp, four patterned papers, a label, die cuts, and enamel shapes.

Here's the video with links to the other girls videos in the description.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Bad, Good and Shininess!

I fell over last night.  A fall tends to start the bad thoughts...  I'm so I'll, it's been nearly 17 years, I can't even walk to the bathroom without falling, it's never going to get better...  I had to consciously stop those thoughts and focus on the good. 

Luckily it was a great day for positive things - I was announced as a member of like for ever kit club's first design team.  And when the positive things are hard to find I need to make them, create them, pull them out from under wherever they are hiding.

I was messaging my sister in law over the weekend.  She said she was sorry things were a bit shitty. I replied the shittiness will pass.  I must only have typed one t and auto correct changed it to shininess.  This is what I need to do.  I need to set my internal auto correct to switch from shittiness to shininess.  And with that thought, I'm off to make some art...

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my news!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Gift Bag

I'm up on the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration blog today getting those Christmas craft juices flowing!

I took a plain white bag and gave it a good spritz with gold spray ink.  I concentrated more colour at the top of the bag and let it fade out towards the bottom.  You can pick up blank paper bags at most craft stores, or recycle ones you have been given. 

I've taken two ribbons from the Santa's Grotto range and painted the backs with matte medium.  When this is dry it allows you to fussy cut the ribbon without fraying.  I matted the large motif on to some gold mirror card, and layered it up over a couple of pieces of lace.

I then added two of the tag motifs to the base of the handle.  Perfect for giving a gift this Christmas, not terribly time consuming, and even something you can get the kids to join in with... go on, do some Christmas crafting!!

Tag Ribbon
Badge Ribbon
2mm silk ribbon
Volcan Lace
Clermont Lace

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Leaf Love

Over at SpiegelMom Scraps we are linking up with Let's Get Sketchy for the entire month of November...

This week's sketch is by our Sara and screamed at me to play with lots of squares on the diagonal - so that is what I did. 

I've used various sequin mixes from SpiegelMom's - Falling Leaves, Autumn Joy, A Day In the Woods - along with some cork hearts.

The rest of the supplies are from Ashley Horton's Oakley Avenue from Pretty Little Studio.

I'm hoping to get my photography back up to a higher standard soon, just as soon as my health levels out and the shakes fade back a bit!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Blue for Crafty Ribbons

It is new challenge day at Crafty Ribbons Challenge and it is my choice of theme.  You must know by now I'm not crazily keen on pink, so I chose the theme of blue!

I've had fun on the background with a few Shimmerz sprays and a texture paste and stencil.

I used some hand dyed ribbon as a layer and tied some 3mm around my photo.  The paper is from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and the glitter stars are Freckled Fawn.  The sequins and doily are from SpiegleMom Scraps.

I don't like to waste any ribbon and keep the 'tails' I trim off when neatening the ends of bows.  When folded over and tucked under a paper layer they make the sweetest little loops.

I hope you can join us over at Crafty Ribbons this week!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Is it a dodecahedron?!

I recently had something arrive in the most amazing packaging.  It was so amazing that I immediately took it out and cast it aside and studied the packaging!  I took it apart and made a template so I could make my own version out of pretty paper...

I used the navy and teal butterfly paper from Pink Paislee Moonstruck (in the like for ever November kit) and a piece of mint lace from Crafty Ribbons.  Handily my littlest cousin has a birthday this week and a couple of bits fit neatly inside - a truly uniquely wrapped birthday present!

I've fiddled around in Silhouette Studio and created a cut file to make more boxes... you can find it here if you are interested in making some.

I'm entering at the Butterfly Challenge whose theme is Navy and not square.  It's not square... I'm not sure what it is... possibly a rhombicuboctahedron?  One of the shape names I remember from school is the dodecahedron - I just love the word! - and it is much easier to say than the rhombiwhatsit, so I've named the cut file Is It A Dodecahedron?!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Hello there!

I have been playing along with the mood board at like for ever this month.  It's a lovely board but it includes two things I struggle with - pink and floral.  I know when using a mood board it is perfectly acceptable to ignore the bits you don't like and use the other more 'you' items on the board but I decided I need to use the florals!

Actually, the hardest part was finding a photo to use with the blousy flowers.  Nephydude playing with trucks isn't going to cut it!  Once I had my photo it all flowed nicely...

I've used like for ever's Stargazer kit plus some mixed media supplies.  The star stencil is a Julie Fei-Fan Balzer design from The Crafter's Workshop.  I used a palette knife to push some matte medium through and left it to dry thoroughly before started with the paints.

For my blue I mixed some Daniel Smith watercolours, the pink and gold are Mr Huey's sprays. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Not a fan of the box...

Ah, bless him!  Poor little Herbie!  This layout tells of the journey home from the breeder and use the first photos I have of Herbie.

I've used Pretty Little Studio Summer Vibes collection.

Look at his little beak!!  Luckily he won't have to travel in a box again.

I added my title on the colourful PLS labels.  I could use these on every layout.

The stitching was inspired by my friend Tammy Chernobieff-Goodwin.  She has so much white stitching on her layouts - what made me try it in black I don't know!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Let's Get Sketchy

You know my love for sketches - both designing them and using them in my scrapping.  I was delighted when I learnt SpiegelMom Scraps was linking up with Let's Get Sketchy.  I don't have a SpiegelMom's project due for this week but I have played along with the sketch anyway.  I love it - it is designed by our very own Sara.

I had a play with my Shimmerz Dazzlerz, paints and mists for the background.  I was desperate to use my new stencil.

I'm having health problems at the moment and these are the best photos I can get - My hands are so shaky!  

 I've used Autumn Joy sequin mix, which match the paint colours perfectly.

I've used some big scallop washi tape in glittered gold (from like for ever) for layering pieces and some torn cardstock painted with Shimmerz.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope to be back soon

Friday, 4 November 2016

Oh Christmas Tree

Hey there!  It is single page reveal day at Stick It Down and I had fun interpreting the sketch by Angelika...

Let's see... I flipped it, switched the photo with the title - that's the great thing about sketches, they are so versatile. 

I've interpreted the grid  as apertures and used some of the gorgeous Christmas ribbon from Crafty Ribbons to back them. 

I kept the layout fairly flat using washi tape and pen work as my embellishments.  I resisted the urge to splatter with ink as if a stray ink droplet reached the ribbon it would ruin the page.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you over at Stick It Down with your take on the sketch!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

so mush room...

It is challenge day over at Crafty Ribbons Challenges!

Sometimes you just have to be a little bit silly, right?  See exhibit A below!

As you know I love to work with Ali from Crafty Ribbons designs.  But the mushroom design made me smile for no particular reason, it just made me feel a bit cheeky and silly!  So I made this silly card.

And decorated an easel to display it on.  I added some grass, and a heart button too.  And painted with white and red to match the mushroom ribbon.

I converted the digital image from the ribbon into a cut file for my Cameo, and cut out a few different sizes.  A few gold stickers and another bow to finish it off.  Bonkers, but hey, it'll make someone smile!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you on the challenge blog!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Advent Calendar and GIVEAWAY!

As promised I am back with my second handcrafted Advent Calendar of the season.  You can see the first one, made for Crafty Ribbons, here.

This one uses supplies from SpiegelMom Scraps, Crafty Ribbons, older supplies from my stash and a handy cardboard box!

Each of the 24 glassine bags have been carefully numbered and decorated and more importantly filled with a little craft treat!

They've then been mixed up and displayed in a converted box just waiting for December's arrival.

There is a lovely mix of goodies from some of my favourite shops; like for ever, SpiegelMom Scraps, Shimmerz, Chloe Suzanne Designs, Crafty Ribbons, Derwent... all perfect for a crafter or scrapbooker.

And I am giving it away to one of my Instagram followers!  If you'd like to be in the draw please comment on the photo on Instagram (here) and follow me.  You can spread the love and tag your friends too - each tag will count as another entry.  I'm also aware that some of my loyal blog followers are not Instagrammers, and I don't want to leave them out... drop me an email at beadsbuttonsandbirds at live dot co dot uk and I'll include your name in the Santa hat.  (Contest closes on 14th November to allow shipping in time for December.  Contest open world wide; contest not sponsored or endorsed by any companies; I will gain proof of postage and will not be held accountable for the parcel once left with the Post Office.)

Supplies from Crafty Ribbons: Advent Number Ribbon, Organza Swiss Dot, Satin 3mm, Bling Edge 3mm, Grosgrain in 3mm and 6mm, Red Mini Hearts, bells.

Supplies from SpiegelMom Scraps: Glassine Bags, Tags and Doilies, Felt Die Cuts, Burlap String, Mini Pegs.

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