For Jamie...

Every now and then, a friend, relative or friend of a friend asks me to do a layout for them to frame and record a special person or event.
So this page here was created for my friends who have just had their second baby...how sweet?

Not much time for too many details today, but I just wanted to point out that I heat embossed the paper doilies to colour match them, add strength and a different texture. I used distress embossing powder.

So hopefully they will like it...now I am off to tackle some housework. I hope you all have better weather than we have here lately! :-(


Papermaze Projects...

Fnally, I can show the four layouts I did earlier in the week for Papermaze using the new ScrapCake papers Vanessa has in. These are the pages I showed 'snnek peeks' of a few posts back!

'On Top of The World'


'Hoping For Rain'

'So Clever'

Thanks for taking the time to visit, for today I am working on DT things, so not much I can show for a while again. Hopefully I shall soon return with something I can post though! Have a good weekend everyone! x

New Sketch Challenge Blog...

Have you seen it? From the magazine Scrap365 is the new Sketch Challenge Blog Sketchbook365!
I often use a sketch, or part of one to kick start my pages, so I love sketch challenges. Unfortunatly, I cannot actually enter the competition as I work at Papermaze, and it is them who is sponsoring this challenge, but that doesnt mean I cant have a play, right?!

So here it is. Scroll down to see the sketch.

And here is the sketch...Certainly not my usual style, but its nice to try something different for a change!


Blue Eyes...

Oh my I have totally fallen in love!! My fantastic, wonderful boss gave me a little gift yesterday...a pot of Martha Stewart Crafting Paste! Oh how I love her! I have been browsing online for it for a while so I am so glad to have finally put my hands on some! 
I dashed straight home to play and this is the layout I created.... 

You can only just see the brickwork effect where I used the paste, so I know now to plan more of my page before I slap it on...that way maybe i'll have more showing! I used mostly Authentique 'Genuine' papers to show off the blue in Graces eyes...(something else I have fallen for!) Tonight it is early to bed for the kids, and I am going to have a go at a sketch :) hopefully I will get to post the results soon!


The ScrapCake April Challenge...

Just lately I have been working with some new papers from The ScrapCake for Papermaze. This means that I cannot show those layouts I created until they go live on the Papermaze blog :-(
However, I enjoyed using the papers so much that I went on over to the ScrapCake Blog and discovered that they have a Challenge running at the moment. There are some FREE printables for each the their new designs...so I just had to take part!

I choose to print off the 'My Private Happiness' tags and elements and this is what I created...
I printed off my chosen sheet twice as an A4 piece, then once really large so that I could use the turquoise frame to hold the photo.

 I noticed in the elements I printed off, that there was some tartan styled patterns, so  tried to copy this onto my background with threads in two different colours. I wanted to keep it fairly pale so that the embellishments on top remained the focus..makes a difference to the usual paint splatting I do!

 The butterflies are beautiful but I thought they stood out more by having grey card stock layered behind.

 I used white Prima leaves, and some large pale roses I picked up from a local events shop recently. I cut out the sections from the filmstrip and placed corrugated card behind.

I enhanced the frame by adding eyelets to each of the dots around the edge. This silver then co-ordinated with the silver safety pin I used on the large butterfly!

 To take part in The ScrapCake's April Challenge, click HERE to be taken over to the blog.

And since I can't resist...here are some sneek peeks of the four other layouts I have created using ScrapCake papers, which will soon be up on the Papermaze Blog....


My Joy..

Recently, whilst my Scrapbooking stash has been packed away for moving, I have been browsing blogs and looking for new tutorials to feed my creative addiction! Yes it just made me want to scrap even more, but I picked up a lot of hints and tips which I can now finally put into practice!

One of which was how to make shutters from corrugated cardboard! I love the effect, and it is so simple, plus a lot cheaper than buying ready made chipboard ones! You could make these to fit your page or photo...in fact i shall have to find the link to the tutorial!

So I used this new Kaisercraft diecut sheet as a base for this LO. I loved the detailed shape...a bit like one huge doily!

Now I LOVE a brickwork effect. I have numerous stamps, embossing folders, masks and papers...but I wanted quite a strong, detailed brickwork pattern n this page, to go around the window.
So I simply used a this black pen to lightly draw some lines horizontally, then a few verticals to make the bricks. Then I just mixed a squirt of brown and pink glimmermist with a bit of water onto a nonstick sheet and used a small flat paintbrush to fill in the bricks, ensuring the colour faded out towards the edges. It is a really cost effective way of getting this up-to-date effect.

As promised, I used more colours, opting for bright greens, pinks and yellows in the flowers and leaves, plus some blues in the stitching and gems around the diecut.



You know what my biggest problem is when it comes to updating my blog? I do a lot of DT work so long before they are published/posted online that by the time I am able to post the work here, I have forgotten I have done them! Well that is my excuse for today anyway :-)

So while I think about it, here are a few LO's that were published in Scrapbook Magazine recently...

The article was one on using Patchwork techniques on your scrapbook pages. My sewing machine really had to show its worth whilst I did this assignment...and I loved every minute of it!

For this first, I took inspiration from the bright colours in the BG Piccadilly papers I was using and continued the colours into the clusters of flowers too. I was stepping well out of my comfort zone, by not sticking to the paler more neutral tones I am used to but I loved the end result and have promised myself I will scrap in colour more often!

 This photo is my mum at Xmas with her newest Grandchild, my niece. She is just the sweetest little thing :-)

This second LO was very quick and simple.
In fact, it was only the title blocks that took any time at all to do!

 ...and this is a photo of my little girl that I will never tire of scrapping!

I also wanted to show that stitching and patchwork needn't be restricted to girly LOs. I love this photo of Oliver so I repeated it as the main focus of the page. I enjoyed adding more masculine accents for a change!

So there's a few but I am in the middle of a LO as I type, and have a couple of bits going up on the Papermaze blog soon that I will, without excuses, remember to post on here ;-)


Back on track....

With a new home and a fresh new start! The past year has had a lot of ups and downs, but finally it looks like things are going to settle! The reason for my lack of blog posts is because my Scrapbooking stash has been packed away while me and the children moved into our new home :) We've moved 30 miles away from the town we've lived in all our lives and are loving our new found freedom. The home we are in is lovely and big, on an old airbase in a forest....none of this we are used to so it feels just like we are on holiday! So this post is really to announce that my Scrapbooking table and shelving is all put back up and ready to be used....and oh my goodness I've missed it so much! Keep and eye out for many more blogposts coming soon :-)