Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Mother's Day

I really struggled to create Mother's Day cards this year. For some reason every image I looked at didn't really work and I also couldn't find papers to work either. So I put them down for a while and eventually came back to them using this week's Sketch Saturday Sketch and an image by A Day for Daisies. A Day for Daisies use fine art style images as their digi stamps, very different to the cartoon-y style characters I'm used to playing with. I found this gorgeous image in their shop - she's called Morning Dew Fairy and straight away I knew my Mother's Day issues were solved.

Instead of colouring her with my copics, I went for a paintbrush and watercolour inks. I've deliberately gone over the edges and tried to make it look like a water colour style painting. I'm not 100% sure I like the effect, I'll no doubt be back to my copics next week, but it was a nice change (and somewhat quicker too!). I've added glitter to the fairy's wings and to the dew drops for a bit of added sparkle.

This week's Sketch Saturday Sketch is sponsored by A Day for Daisies and they are offering a wonderful prize to pop on over and join in with this week's challenge to be in with a chance of winning.

Happy scrapping xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Very Special 1st Birthday

Morning Sketchers. I have used this week's Sketch Saturday Sketch to make a very special 1st birthday card - for my little boy. There was a time when we were very worried he might never make it into this world, so I am delighted he is here, bouncing away and a very happy and healthy little boy. He is however growing up much too quickly and I cannot believe he is 1 already - happy birthday baby Max xxx

I may have gone a little overboard on the stars considering there was only one on the sketch...but that's fine as far as I'm concerned. I also added a paper strip behind the circle, some washi and some bakers twine. I've used a Lili of the Valley image and added a bit of coloured glitter to make it pop.

This week's Sketch Saturday sketch is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and they are offering a fab prize to pop on over and join in with this week's sketch and be in with a chance of winning.

Happy scrapping xx

Monday, 7 April 2014

What else I got up to at GoGOGetaway...

...Disney layouts. I annihilated my Simple Stories 'Say Cheese' collection pack. I did a facing page for one of my class layouts (see previous post) and then five more...

..meeting Donald.

...meeting Mickey

...meeting Pluto.

...meeting Goofy.

...and finally some of the details at our Character dinner, that really made it.
They were easy layouts because the Simple Stories papers have printed layers on them already which made them really easy to build on top of. I therefore got quite a few of them together quickly. Each layout was based on a sketch provided by the GoGo team which made things even easier!

 This layout was done for a GoGo challenge too - the challenge being to use the word 'Sublime' in the title. Not sure I 100% like it so might change it if I can get those glitter Thickers off.

Off the Disney topic now and a really cute photo which I thought I'd never scrap because of the neon colours in it - found some Basic Grey papers in the shop though that were perfect. This one is also based on a sketch.

and finally, my no make up selfie - brave of me to put it on the walls of the crop room for all to see! I based this on a GoGo sketch too but also it was March Week 4 challenge for UK scrappers which was to scrap about yourself, include a number but not as a bullet point, photos of yourself, and visible journaling.

and that is me, all scrapped out. How am I going to top that?!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

What I got up to at GoGoGetaway...

...a LOT of scrapping, amongst staying up way past my bedtime, eating almost constantly and drinking a lot of coffee. A week later and I am still knackered - that was some hardcore scrapping.

GoGoGetaway consists of 7 classes throughout the weekend. Even though I teach scrapbooking myself, I always enjoy taking a class by someone else. I, like many others, are guilty of creating all of my layouts in a similar style - it is easy to reach for a formula that works, so when someone throws a layout at me that is very different from my usual style, I welcome it. It gets me trying new things, and sometimes involves getting messy, which I never usually do. It's much nicer to play with paint etc, when someone else is going to clear up for me afterwards! (or do the experimenting with the technique first).

This first layout had a plain white sheet of cardstock for the background. Those pink hearts are on a sheet of transparency. The transparency is scribbled on with Gesso (something I've never used before).  The red paper (cream on the back and also the middle part of the layout) is die cut which we cut up, weaved and curled. The speech bubbles are cut from patterned paper and the numbers are drawn using a stencil, then cut out - from cork and leather.

This layout involved curling lengths of patterned papers into straws, then sticking them around a small photo to create a frame. Gorgeous washi tape too. Very cute - love this layout!

I think this one is my favourite of the weekend - mostly because I am currently caught up in a love affair with stars. Obviously lots of stars on this layout so the reason I love it so much is self explanatory.  It is also silver and glittery and also features chevrons - more of my favourite things. I love the photo too - one taken at our recent professional photo session.

The layout on the left of this double spread was what we made in the GoGo class. I then made a facing page afterwards as I had some additional photos. We drew the Mickey shape with mists, added a load of splatter, sequins and some of the tiniest Minnie Mouse bows you have ever seen - or will ever see actually, they are so small you can't even see these in the photo! We used a lot of stickers and cut-apart elements to build up the layers.

In this one we cut strips of patterned paper, spritzed it with water, scrunched it up, pleated it and stuck it on the page to form ruffles - very cute. We added tiny tags and charms to finish off.

This one was interesting. We masked the blue background card with strips of masking tape, then dabbed white paint all over it. Peeled off and hey presto we had a wall! Very cool. Then there was a lot of fussy cutting of flowers and a glittery title to finish off.

and finally, a Project Life style layout. The box on the top right is a pocket. I love the little suitcase charm and the foam camera, and there were lots of stickers and cut apart elements to embellish the layout with. A bit fussy, but I love the result.

So that's the dedicated classes - I shall be back with all the layouts I made in-between the classes and late into the night. I think there are another 9 or so...

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Token man card.

Every so often I am railroaded into making cards for men. I don't like doing it because
1. men never appreciate handmade cards, and
2. because the colours and images are always dull and dreary.

So under pressure I had to come up with something inspirational for some of my local crafty ladies to copy. Thank you very much Lesley for this weeks sketch because it saved the day! (well the card at least!)

I had to leave out the ribbon at the bottom so replaced it with twine a bit higher up instead (my husband regularly informs me that men don't like bows). Would you believe that these papers (apart from the solid cardstock) are all from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection - not exactly a manly range I hear you say! But these dark stripes, the woodgrain chevron and the green grid were all in that paperstack and together formed a fabby male colour scheme.

The ink splatters are from an SU stamp set as are the distressed lines, I added a few stars and a distressed sentiment and I'm very pleased with the result. Hopefully my crafty ladies will be too.

This week's Sketch Saturday sketch is sponsored by Mo's Digital Pencil.  Head on over and join in with the challenge to win a fab prize.

Happy scrapping and thanks for stopping by xx 

For card making and scrapbooking classes in St Albans, Hertfordshire please contact me.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Frogs & Slingshots

Given that our 'babies' are all now nearly 3 years old, I find it quite amazing that out of a group of 8 NCT mums, 7 of us are still very much in contact and still meet up almost every week. In that group, we have a very cheeky little chappie, called Freddie. He is super cute, accident prone and always getting into mischief and this image by The Doodle Garden called Frogs & Slingshots, was just perfect for him!

This week's Sketch Saturday challenge is a 'free week' meaning that you can pick any sketch after #216. I've gone for #255.

This week's Sketch Saturday sketch is sponsored by The Doodle Garden.  Head on over and join in with the challenge to win a fab prize.

Happy scrapping and thanks for stopping by xx

For card making and scrapbooking classes in St Albans, Hertfordshire please contact me.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Layouts made with 'Lost & Found Record It' papers from march 'Sweet As' Kit

These papers are SUPER glittery - I was absolutely covered after using them, as was the floor and the babies! I love the colour scheme too - the black, silver, brown and black just all goes together really well. Add in the pink glitter Thickers and wow!!

I had to get those glittery chevrons in somehow but I wanted to use the arrows as my background so I compromised with only a small piece of the chevrons - good job too as that design in the full 12x12 is quite dazzling ! I cut a few stars from the same paper for my embellishments and added the brads. I love the pop of pink together with the more muted colours in the brads.

The shapes on the right edge of this paper reminded me of Christmas baubles, even though they aren't actually hanging I don't think, so  I went for another Christmas layout here. Sophie was such a moody fairy on Christmas day and I have written some quite long journaling as if it's from her perspective, in a stroybook style which I think she'll enjoy reading when she's a bit older!

Kirei has also used these supplies to make this layout. You can see more details on her blog about how she made it.

This month's kit is now on sale - you can see the contents list below and there is a Paypal button for purchasing. This is the last month I will be selling kits :o(

I am changing the focus of my blog somewhat with no sales anymore, and will be focusing more on tutorials and online classes so watch this space. With that in mind I've had to make the decision to cease selling my monthly kits. I'm sad about that but am exciting about things to come.
This month's kit contains:
4 x My Mind's Eye 'Now & Then' papers
4 x Bo Bunny 'Zip-a-dee-doodle' papers
3 x Fancy Pants 'Memories Captured' papers
4 x My Mind's Eye 'Lost & Found Record It' papers, three of which are glittered.
4 x coordinating cardstock
My Mind's Eye 'Now & Then' foiled stickers
Bo Bunny 'Zip-a-dee-doodle' stickers
Bo Bunny gems (sizes vary)
Fancy Pants 'Memories Captured' journaling card (designs vary)
Fancy Pants 'Memories Captured' stickers
My Mind's Eye brads (designs vary).

8 sample layouts ALL of which can be made from this kit
Step-by-step written instructions for four of the sample layouts

Because this is the last month of kits, there is no subscription option so I'm offering this kit on a one-off for £27.50 with free postage

March 2014 kit 'Sweet As' one off £27.50 with free postage:

Many thanks and happy scrapping xx

For card making and scrapbooking classes in St Albans, Hertfordshire please contact me.