favourites and resolutions...

So that's another year flown past, and so much has happened! 2012 for me held my engagement, turning 30, moving away to a whole new area, my little man starting school, my Stepdad dying of cancer, adopting two guinea pigs, being asked to teach more, started designing my own products and of course my crafting has taken on a whole new level!
That's a lot of personal notes, but on the crafty side, here are my favourite 10 projects of 2012...


So what about 2013?
I have resolutions. I'm sure you only want to here the craft related ones....!!!
1. To set out a timetable and pretty much stick to it. I have times where deadlines are coming out of my ears, and with a bunch of new DT's lately too, I need to organise my time so I am not cramming things last minute.
2. To only agree to and take on work if I honestly have time without putting a strain on prior arrangements. Its flattering to be asked but I must not agree to anything I can not put 110% into.
3. To explore products/colours/themes/techniques I usually wouldn't. So much can be learned and stepping out of the box is the beginning :-)
I wish you all a fantastic New Year and I hope 2013 holds everything you wish for xx


A few cards...

Just quickly showing you today a few cards I have made recently. The first two are for the Fiskars Blog, and the last for my Fiancé's Boss tomorrow.

Thanks for looking :-)


2013 Album Cover...

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a wonderful delivery of Prima products today, and I just had to play with them straight away!

Here is an album I have decorated. I can not say who for, as they may read this blog, but it will be an Xmas present for someone this year ;-)

Thanks for looking :-)

Prima December BAP

Hi All! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend and are managing to avoid all the nasty winter bugs going around!
I'm just whizzing in today to show you a layout I created over the weekend. When DT work slows a bit I like to have a little play with some of the challenges online, and Prima's Build-a-Page is one that I always go to first. Of course because I love the sketches, but also because I have an abundance of Prima products that I need good reason for using, rather than just drooling over!
So here is the page I created. It didn't quite go as planned (when do they ever?) but I went on the theory that if I kept throwing more and more blooms on it, it would be ok!

The gorgeous metal keyhole 'thingy' was given to me by a friend Karen who I think had a 'saw this and thought of you' moment whilst browsing online...Thanks Karen! I had great fun embossing and inking it to give it the Patina look :-)

...and as if by magic the postie has just delivered a lovely box of more Prima goodies to play with! Guess what I'm doing for the rest of the day ;-)


My Creative Scrapbook Dec LE Kit

Yesterday was the December reveal of Kits over at My Creative Scrapbook! I was lucky enough to get to wok with the gorgeous and pretty Limited Edition Kit again this month, showing you what can be created with it...

Besides three layouts I also made this simple, but very pretty wreath. The amount of flowers and vines you get in this kit is amazing!

Keep an eye on the My Creative Scrapbook Blog for inspiration and how-to's throughout the month :-)


Scrapology December Challenge - Monochrome

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and that so e of you are getting in the festive spirit by putting those Xmas decorations up! 
I'm quickly posting again today, to show you a page I created as part of the Scrapology DEsign Team. The challenge for December is to use the theme Monotone, and a sketch inspired by a beautiful layout by Pam Thorburn. Pop on over to the Scrapology Blog for all the challenge details :-)

 A few quick details...I used a teal coloured patterned paper which I think was the reverse of a Basic Grey Aspen Frost paper. I played with my new Studio Calico star mask and texture paste, And spritzed lots of Prima Canvas Resist flowers and leaves with different teal and aqua coloured mists.
I used one of the Pink Paislee Photo Frames which coordinated perfectly, some of the Pink Paislee mistable ribbon and a single Prima white zipper piece.
Although the colours were all teals, I felt it needed some whites and blacks as contrasts to add depth. These were the ink splatters, crystal swirls, ribbon, zipper, texture paste and photo frame.


Papermaze December Blog Hop

Hi All! If you have hopped over to join me from Lisa's blog then a warm Christmassy Welcome to Papermaze's Blog Hop!
First up, is my festive crafty offering...

To create this banner, I used BoBunny's Snowfall Collection. It is from last winter but it is a line that I adore, and we have plenty of in store still :-)

I used the Cut-Outs sheet, which provided the bases for each of my pieces. I then used other coordinating papers in the collection to punch and die cut layers.

...and did you hear that one lucky reader of one of our blogs will be the winner of Papermaze's December Kit.
Each kit Papermaze put together is jam packed full of yummy embellishments, with a varying theme every month to suit every style of scrapping! Here is a sneak of the December Kit that is up for grabs...

Simply comment on each blog to be in with the chance of winning!

To continue with our wintry inspirational Blog Hop, jump on over to Anna's blog next.

Here's the blog list for those of you that want to start from the beginning...

Thanks for visiting, and Good Luck!

For every Snowflake...

Just popping in quickly today to share a layout which perfectly reflects how chilly it is feeling in the UK at the moment! 

I used a Prima patterned paper for the background, along with lots of texture paste, paints and inks...really messy fingers by the time I had finished! 


Prima & Ingvild Bolme loveliness....

In at Papermaze are some gorgeous Prima Firefly papers which I just had to take some of home :-)
I also decided to take part in a Blog challenge with Ingvild Bolme, using lots of her gorgeous Junkyard Findings and Corine Flowers.

I wanted to document my love of Art, so I included a real paintbrush with lots paint splats and drips around the page.
To highlight the bulbs, I used yellow paint sponged under where they sit to make them look like they are turned on :-)

I added zipper trim to the edges of my page where my acetate corner is so I could tuck the ends into the Ingvild Bolme zipper piece. I wanted it to look as if the page had been partially unzipped to reveal an explosion of paint, ink and flowers underneath.
In parts I used corrugated card painted white to add texture and dimension to the background, along with some scattered canvas letters.

I detest having photos taken of myself, but I don't mind so much if the pics are kept small! I used a Prima frame stamp with white ink on acetate to frame just one photo.

...and finally, the title was stamped in black ink onto white cardstock and carefully trimmed out leaving a slight white border.


I'm a Fiskarette!

I remember, when I first started crafting, I bought papers, glues and glitters, but I saved for weeks to by my first punch. Because of my situation at the time, spending more than £10 on one thing for a hobby was a lot...but the one I'd seen I could imagine myself using on everything I created! This punch was a Fiskars Border punch and I still have it, and use it often today! 
So this is why I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the Fiskars DT over December and January :-) 
My work created will be posted on their inspiration blog 'Fiskarettes' and today my Introduction post has gone up.

My parcel arrived yesterday packed full of Fiskars products, including punches and their new Continuous Stamping wheel...pure genius!!

So here is a quick card I put together last night using no less than 8 Fiskars products!

I've also written a step by step on how I made the background paper from plain white cardstock, which will be up on the blog soon :-)