Thursday, July 29, 2010

Craft Den July ATC Challenge - Sewing

Here is my entry for the Craft Den monthly ATC challenge. I made it last weekend and kept forgetting to take a photo of it.

You still have a day or so left to send in your entry!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Anything Goes #9 - punches

Week 9 of the Anything Goes Challenge and this week the theme is


I found I had quite a few of these.....
I am sorry it's so late this week, I have been on jury service and have strangely fallen into bed at about 9 every night, funny how a lot of sitting about around and then short bursts of having to take in a lot if information takes it out of you. I thought I had to think a lot in my job anyway, but obviously not!!

I have used a mixture of Basic Grey and Bo Bunny papers, and the punches are MS loop punch around the page, MS deep edge lace punch and the large, medium and small retro flower punches - EK success? Lynne will know!

The picture is my little family; Me, Dan, and Emma on holiday in Mallorca this year.

The title is made using the Tim Holtz grungeboard alphabet set, inked with a turquoise versa magic and a thick layer of glossy accents. I have been through a packet of these alphas already once, and they are on offer at a fabulous price at Craft Den at the moment, if there are any left! I think my original set have lasted me two years, I have used them on so many projects and some letters I still have plenty left. They are fantastic value, I would highly recommend snapping them up. ! In fact I may buy another set this week to stock up if any are left, I love them!!
Basic Grey from stash, everything else from Craft Den.

Looking forward to seeing your entries!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

WOYWF - What's on Your Workbench Friday!!

A Poppy, that's what, or who I should say! Here is my desk on Friday, my little cat Poppy likes to keep me company while I am in my office, I mean craft room....
Quite often she is laid across my arms and it's a struggle to type, but on Friday she was obviously being thoughtful and just laid on the envelope I was just going to send to my sister, Liz, for her birthday on Monday. The memo holder Emma 'made' for Auntie Liz for her birthday. It has been blessed with Poppy's fur, Liz won't mind too much, and she is far too cute and tiny to push away!
Visit Lynne's blog for the instructions to make it. I have already cut the greyboard out to make some more, I think they are perfect for Granny and Grandma as Christmas stocking fillers. It's hard thinking of things for Emma to make for them! I just hope Liz doesn't look at my blog before she opens her pressies!

I have been playing tonight with some great Graphic 45 halloween Alice in Wonderland papers and some fabby star detail ribbon, just in at Craft Den. I'll post later when I have time to take photos. Jury service again tomorrow, but at least I am having a break from work!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Anything Goes Challenge #8 - Stars and Prima loveliness

Hello, week 8 already at Anything Goes, I can't believe how quickly time goes.

This week the theme is Stars. Here is my entry.

I have used some lovely Prima papers newly in at Craft Den: the Wink Collection 'Devine Diva' and the Indeed Collection 'Fairy Garden'.
I cut out the central section of the devine diva paper to make a frame and then cut that smaller to create my striped background, all mounted onto the fairy garden paper. The colours are so vibrant, I love them. Loud colours really are my thing. I added some textured stars from my stash, dabbed with alcohol inks. I only have three and they just happened to be the perfect colours for this layout: Lettuce, Cranberry and Eggplant. Some letters and epoxy buttons finished it off.

I also did another page with the lovely Prima, this time the Watercolour Rainbow collection 'because'. I left the paper exactly as it is as it has a natural frame area and the words because and then a list of numbers. I added I love you and then a list of reasons why against the numbers. Its all about Emma of course!

Hope you like x It will be lovely to see you all join in again this week.

P.S post edit: for some reason I thought the theme was stars and stripes, it's just Stars!! You have stripes thrown in for free in my entry, LOL!!

Paper, punches, ribbon, textured ribbon, paper roses, Prima leaves, alcohol inks all from Craft Den.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WOYWW - beads!

Hello, quick post for WOYWW. I was making jewellery last night and was too tired to clear my desk so I have some photos this week. I am making a couple of bracelets, one of them a chunky charm and some earrings. The little cut out pictures are from a magazine. Me and Granny cut them out for Emma to stick in her scrapbook, the old fashioned one we probably all did as children sticking in pictures we liked. I'll get her onto grown up scrapbooking soon!!

Oops is that an empty wine glass, LOL.

Jump over to WOYWW to nosy a few hundred more desks!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Anything Goes Challenge #7 - Sparkle and Shine

Here we are again, these Tuesdays keep coming round quickly. This week on Anything Goes we have the theme:

Sparkle and Shine!
Here is my offering this week, another page in my Emma baby 8x8 scrapbook album, using the Nanna's Nursery DCWV paper pad. She's about 9-10 weeks old in this one and this is page 14 out of 24! The whole album will just go up to her first 3 months. She's 4 in just 3 months so it's taking me a while! I might finish it before she leaves home, lol.

I have added a few rows of sparkly and velvet ribbon under the photo, and a mount cut using the colour my world templates to break up the page. Then I have punched various shaped flowers from vellum, which has a lovely latin text on it, and added bling, silver ink and Anita's shiny peel off butterflies onto the vellum.., yes peel offs, lol. The paper, velvet ribbon, bling, templates and retro flower punches all from Craft Den, everything else is my stash.

Looking forward to seeing your sparkly and shiny entries this week!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Scraptastic Saturday!!

Lately my hubbie, Dan has been away on quite a few weekends with his various hobbies, so he promised me a crafty weekend. On Saturday I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Craft Den with an all day scrapbook day and then when I went home I sat and played some more and made three more layouts, 6 in one day, must be a world record! Then on Sunday I had a stall at the Broomhead Show and did really well, especially with the jewellery I have started making and my cards as well, so I had a lovely crafty weekend!

Brace yourselves, six layouts coming, lol!

Here are the three we made with Lynne, with her lovely clean designs as usual. We used the new Bo Bunny ranges just in 'Peacock Lane', 'Petal pushers' and a xmas one which I can't remember, oops:

I have added extra bling and flowers, as I always do!

And here are the three I completed when I got home. They are all again Bo Bunny papers. I bought loads of the 'Persuasion' and 'Love Bandit' ranges and decided it was time I used them. I was horrified, but not very surprised to see that some I had bought twice and one I even had four of!!! oh dear... it says a lot really!

I have added some close ups of the yellow ponchos l/o as it was hard to see from the main picture all the glossy accent raindrops. This is Dan and my sister Liz in yellow ponchos during a rain storm in Mallorca this year. Luckily we only had one day as we were having a shopping trip around Palma, so we didn't miss any sunbathing. I tried to keep my distance from them, lol!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Paper Artsy card

We had a lovely time last night at Craft Den, making a really fun Paper Artsy card with the new stamps Lynne has in and also she showed us how to make some distressed paper flowers from the Magnolia magazine. I dont have this mag so I hadn't seen them before. I will start making loads now as they are actually really easy to do, you just need to leave them to dry overnight as you have to wet the paper to manipulate them. I have spritzed mine this morning with cosmic shimmers, 'rich gold.'

I am also busy using some lovely wrapping paper I found at John Lewis to make some gift tags. The paper has lovely vintage book plate designs on it. I am going to highlight them with some glossy accents or stickles, I have not quite decided yet.
I also got a sheet with butterflies illustrations on as well, they were in the sale. I am terrible for pouncing on things like that and never using them, so I am trying to be good and make the tags. The butterflies are bigger and they have caterpillar illustrations as well on some, so I'm going to cut them out and make collage style tags over music sheets or old book pages. I'm not quite sure when I will fit any housework in this week, lol.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Anything Goes Challenge #6 - Seaside - AND post 100!!!

Wow, post 100! who knew how addictive this can be and how much fun to share our crafty designs and nosey at and admire other people's!!!

Well we are at week 6 already with the Anything Goes Challenge Blog and it's really exciting to see all the entries every week and such varied ideas.

This week our theme is Seaside so I have done a tag this week.

I inked up the tag with peeled paint, shabby shutters and crusjhed olive DIs, going over a Tim Holtz flourish mask in places and then misting the whole tag with water to create a mottled, underwater effect. I have used items from a lovely collage sheet of graphic 45 paper, and highlighted them in glossy accents and gold stickles, outlined the tag with my pilot gold marker pen and added organza ribbon.

everything except g45 paper and gold pen from Craft Den.

Looking forward to seeing your entries this week!

Friday, July 2, 2010

My mini model girl

I had a lovely time at Craft Den last week, using some lovely new Bo Bunny papers. They were barely out of the box so I forgot to look at the title, but no doubt I will be buying them soon anyway! I will be joining the all day s/b class on this coming Saturday and can't wait. It's lovely to be able to take time and really relax in fun company, although we usually don't finish the third l/o due to too much chatting and laughing :-)

So here is my Emma posing by a tree in Mallorca just a couple of weeks ago. She is so grown up and lovely. Me and my mum think she could be a child model. The glasses mask her face a bit really, and I will admit to being biased, but she really is very beautiful!! Should I think any less? lol! Sorry the photo is not very good today.

I have also managed to get round to scanning the latest studio photo we had done at nursery. All three of us went this time, but this is really my favourite out of all the ones we bought. She has such beautiful big blue eyes, and just look at those lovely little toothypegs! This was back in Feb so she is already nearly 6 months older, where does the time fly?