29/04/2010

Sarah's Cards Sneek Kit

When I was recently asked to join the Sarah's Cards DT, I was thrilled.


So much so, I didn't think I could be happier.

That was, until my first Kit arrived just days later.


It was GORGEOUS.


In fact, that is an understatement.


I actually had the box opened on my desk so I could have another look each time I walked past.


There were a lot of things in the kit that I have wanted to get my hands on for ages...and now I had them to play with to my hearts content.


So I did.


Within a few days, I had completed my new DT assignments, and was all scrapped out (as if!)


I found this kit so easy to work with and co-ordinate, and yet, I managed to produce four very different styles of layout.

Honestly, this kit will just suit everybody!


So here are a few sneeky peeks of the Sarah's Cards May Kit....



So if you are interested in subscribing and getting a fabby kit like this on your doorstep every month, click here to see the details.

Now I am off to play with my scraps....I have so many left, I just don't know what to do next!

22/04/2010

It amazes me how a simple evening walk after dinner for half an hour can result in so many gorgeous photos just waiting to be scrapped!
I guess we are just very lucky to live near such a beautiful meadow,
church and woods!
Oh, and have such gorgeous children...that always helps!



...and this is my favorite of all!


opinions please....

I made this LO today, whilst little man slept. Knowing I only had a short while, I rushed it a bit. Now I think it still needs something, but don't know what. Or do I just leave it and avoid the risk of overdoing it? It just doesn't seem quite finished to me....so I am leaving it to you to help me decide. I trust your professional opinions!



And a bit of blurb about the page...I used a Prima calligraphy stamp, and white acrylic paint to add detail to the background....I stitched the word 'teddy' onto a piece of felt and cut it out (maybe it is that the title is too casual for the rest of the page?) ....and I distressed the photo by sanding the edges until they were white. On some photo papers, the top layer will actually peel away as you sand, leaving you with a slightly torn look too, which I love but this wasn't going to happen with this paper :(
I really appriciate any comments, not just on this post but all of my posts. You are all a fabulous source of confidence and inspiration, and I am grateful to every single one of you (even if I just don't say so enough!)

20/04/2010

Yippee, Yay, Whoooooppie !!!!!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited? So much so I can barely type this properly! I had an email today asking me if I would like to join the Design Team for Sarah's Cards! This is only the Team I have been admiring, and wishing to be part of for AGES! So yes, I accepted!

(Excuse my state of ecstacy, I should calm down in the next year or so!)

What a RAK!

Over on Tracies blog, there is a fab RAK to win. Simply follow her blog, comment on the post, and link her up on your own blog - easy!

16/04/2010

Another win and a video...

Whoop Whoop! I am actually having quite a good run at the moment! I have just been announced as Bo Bunnys Spring Layout Challenge Winner! I am so excited!

I also decided to quickly whip up a video to show you how I make the little leaves that show up on many of my projects. I seem to get loads of people asking, but have not thought of doing a video before! These are so much cheaper than buying a pot/tub/tube of ready made ones...and really simple to make. I have no stand for my camera, so I am afraid this video is a bit dodgy, blurry and shaky in places!

Wasting half an hour...

I am bored today. I have a HUGE pile of ironing waiting to be done, and I feel like I should be doing more in the last few days of Izabelle's Easter hols, but with a head cold looming, and lots of grey clouds outside, I really am feeling sorry for myself, and lazy!

So when I ventured into the kitchen looking for a comfort snack, I spotted the biscuit barrel and choose to sit down at my craft desk and pretty it up a bit.

It only took me half an hour, but at least I feel like I have achieved something today now!


I used some Prima e-line flowers, and spritzed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, and whilst doing this, I also sprayed some on a scrap of green card. I then punched the leaves out of the green, and inked the edges to make them look a little more realistic. I tend to bend the leaf in half, so I can ink a line down the centre of the leaf, then bend it up the opposite way for dimension. (Maybe I should type up a post on doing this?!?)


This is what the biscuit jar looked like before...pretty boring, and even worse as it was empty!


14/04/2010

Thank you Sophie!

The new Sophie line from Bo Bunny is gorgeous, and the design is beautiful all on it's own, it hardly needs any other embelishment.

Over on the Bo Bunny blog at the moment, the challenge is to create a LO, (with BB products) based on an advert. Now I thought I would have hundreds of ads to choose from, but found it hard to find 'the one', so I used the same ad that one of their designers used...


I bought a few of these Sophie papers to try out the other day, and I have nearly used a whole two sheets for this LO alone, but it's worth it! Now I just have to have my fingers crossed for winning this contest, and winning some more Sophie papers to replenish my stock!



It took an hour for me to cut out that sprig of flowers! Boy my hand ached after!


I have added gems to the flowers to make them sparkle, and they look even prettier.

The title looked a bit bare, so I stitched through it, and this ties it in with the stitched circles too.


I just lovethis shot. You can really see all the dimesion you can get, just from that one bunch of flowers! I did add another layer onto the larger blooms and make them very raised with silicone glue.
Now, I am having the rest of the day off from scrapping (well maybe just until tonight!) Hope you all have a good Wednesday!

13/04/2010

When Prima meets...ME!

I don't often buy Prima products. Although I LOVE the embellishments, the papers are often a little 'fussy' for my style.

However, I decided to take part in the current Prima challenge on their blog, so I had to hunt through my stash and dig out all the bits I had.

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WARNING: CONFESSION AHEAD!!!!
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I didn't have a whole 12"x12" Prima paper.
Nope, that's not the confession.
It is that I actually went to the drastic lengths of pulling apart an old scrapbook page, so I could use the backing sheet! **BLUSH**
I did choose an old page that was not particularly special, but I do feel a little guilty now.
At the time I probably would have been very proud of that page!
Still, I was desperate to take part in this challenge, and this was the only way. So here is the finished page...






I had to cover some chipboard letters in Prima paper, as I have no Prima letters, and I used two different types of their packaging, flowers, swirls, papers, stamps and leaves...and I thought i didn't have much!

This is not my usual style at all, and it does seem a bit fussy, and not neat enough.
It is one of those pages where I love the detail, but not sure about the overall effect...what do you think?

Big Smiles!

Over on the My Minds Eye Blog, there is a challenge up to use, firstly, and obviously, MME products, plus a sketch, plus a song as inspiration.
Now, I have to admit that I do not know the song, but I did use some of the lyrics for my title, and a subtitle.

I took a frame, and spritzed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist around it, then also cut around the shape. This added a bit more interest to the backing sheet. To highlight the frame shape, I also stitched around it. This type of stitch echoed that of the MME stickers on the page.




12/04/2010

Prima's Picks

What better way to celebrate Spring than with Prima's new Umbrella Line products? & if you pop on over to their blog, they are featuring this gorgeous line, plus a few more spring themed products, with inspiration too. Just click HERE

11/04/2010

Totally non-scrappy post!

Today the sun was shining, although it was VERY chilly so we decided to take Izabelle to see a real castle. Nearest to us is Framlingham Castle. It is beautiful, and the wall walk is...scary! Especially as it was windy today!
Izabelle was so pleased. She loves princess' so this was a real interest to her. It didn't take us long to get round everything, and it was of course, pricey to get in, but all worth it to see Izabelles little face light up when she realised it was not just a load of old ruins we were going to see!

09/04/2010

Playing with the 'bicks'!

I made this page, using a sketch as inspiration from 'Pencil Lines'.

Although the sketch appared very, what I call 'Girly-Swirly', I managed to use it for a little boy page.




I was going to scrap these pics using really bright Primary colours on a white background, but when I was going through my cardstock, this colour reminded me of a carpet, so it stayed!

When stitching the frame, I used extra strong button thread, so ensure the lines stood out nice and bright. Yes, I have now forgiven my sewing machine...a little! The leather tag was found on the ground, but hey, I don't care, if it looks good, it stays!

In case it is not obvious, Oliver, being only 22 months, calls them 'bicks', and not bricks!

Meet my Husband...

...but please don't run screaming! He honestly doesn't usually look like this, only when there's a camera around!





I just quickly made this LO, after realising that the deadline for Sarah's Card's challenge was nearly up for this month!
The challenge is to use up old stash...which I have stuck to 99%! The only bits of this entire LO which is not at least 6 months old, are the letter stickers. But then I go through packs of these so quickly, I could never have any around for long!
After the frustration with my sewing machine last time, I did just a small amount of hand stitching on this LO instaed. I hold a grudge for a while!
I found that using these old papers, I was reverting back to old, basic techniques aswell, like tearing, and hand doodling. This is all very well, but because I did not have the same passion for these products as I would brand new ones, I also found myself being a bit lazy, and not putting my whole heart into it. So one big shake, and a telling off, and I started to get my act together and work harder...! Just because they were old papers, doesn't mean they don't deserve to grace a good LO!
Hope you all have a good weekend! The sun is shining here, so (once I am actually dressed) I am off in the garden to start scrubbing the winter residue off the kids playhouse and trampoline...oh joy!

08/04/2010

Hate my sewing machine!

Although I was going to do a very rough, less-than-perfect stitch on this page, I could have done with the sewing machine actually working a little bit. i think it didn't like going through the felt, but it kept missing stitches completely!

Anyhoos, after half an hour of frustrated stitching, I finished these material panels to be able to complete this page...



I also finally used the Cosmo Cricket dial, which I have had in my stash for a very long time. I always thought it would be too ig to use all of it on one LO but I have just proved my self wrong!

Do you think I still like doing the altered edges? I am also loving embellies overlapping the edge of the page too.

04/04/2010

Happy Easter!

As, traditionally, we don't usually celebrate Easter very much besides eating the odd chocolate egg, I just had to scrap these photos of an Easter 'party' with the family we had yesterday! Aunty Jo-Jo played Easter Bunny, planting little eggs all over her house for the kids to find, we had loads of yummy buffet food, and the kids also did Easter colouring. Whilst the weather was nice we also got to spend some time in the garden with the real rabbit, Peter!

So to coincide with Bo Bunny's Spring LO challenge, I made this page using mostly Bo Bunny products, which are one of my fave lines, so it really wasn't too difficult!




I didn't get to do any stitching on this page because little one was asleep and the sewing machine wakes him every time!
Still, I love the colours, and all three of the photos I will probably be scrapping alone anyway. I just love the one of Izabelle counting all her eggs!

Well, I hope you all enjoy what's left of your Easter and bank holiday...now where did I put the rest of that chocolate...?

01/04/2010

Sneek peek!

It's Back! I was absolutley gutted when Scrapbook Inspirations announced they would not be publishing any longer at the end of last year, but finally, the fab mag is returning and is bigger and better than ever!!
....and I finally have permission to give you a sneek peek of my LO that was published in 'Scrapbook Inspirations Ideas Book' which finally hit the shelves yesterday!

Ok, so these sneek peeks are not the best, as I didn't think to take any close-up shots before sending the page off, but you get the idea!




You can buy the book in WHSmiths, Sainsburys, and some newsagents, or click below with details of how to order it direct.


...and keep your eye out for more from SI in the Summer! ;)