Friday, 24 September 2010

I'm on the team!

Lots to share today, first up some very exciting news!!! I have made it on to another design! The lovely Tessa has been looking for a brand new team to design for her Esty shop Precocious Paper, and I'm one of the lucky few that got on the team! I can't wait to get started as everything Tessa makes for her shop is lovely.

Next up was The Studio challenge from Sunday, we have a guest challenge setter this week who was Lain Ehmann she set the challenge 'Use holiday theme stuff on a page that's NOT about that holiday. I have tons of holiday stuff (Christmas and Halloween in particular) that only makes it out once a year - I'd love to use it in some creative ways and see what other people can do.'
I used some Christmas papers for this photo of my nephew waving at the ducks! Luckily the papers were not too Christmassy!!
It was a good challenge to do, it's not as difficult as you think!

I did some scrapping at the weekend one of them is for another project that I can't tell you about yet but I did make this quick layout just for fun!
This photo was taken on holiday in Devon, my sister insisted we had a paddle in the sea even though it was grey, misty and a bit chilly!! The sea was freezing! I like the way my sister was the one behind the camera on the sand!! I used my hand made felt clouds from the 'Summer Splash' kit from my shop and the new Seaside papers from October Afternoon.

It was my sister-in-law's Birthday on Tuesday so I made her these cupcakes with two tone icing!
 I'm sure there was something else to share but I can't think what it is at the moment so it will have to wait for another day!
I have the beginnings of a sore throat, I'm not feeling that great so don't think I'll be doing much this weekend I don't want another nasty cold so soon!
Have a good weekend. Thanks for looking xx

Thursday, 16 September 2010


This Sunday's challenge at The Studio was 'Food and drink - dedicate a layout to your favourite consumables! Whether it's chocolate, coffee or wine, tell us all about it :)'
This is the layout I made for it.
 To me there is nothing better than a nice cup of tea and 2 pieces of caramel as afternoon pick me up!! I had fun being really pretty on this layout to match my mug! I used a doily that I quickly put in my bag from a pub I went to on holiday, I was really pleased with it. My Dad even went back to the pub a few days later and asked them for some for me but they said they had run out!!
I also used a bargain bit of ribbon, the wide green ribbon at the bottom of the layout was from my local craft shop. They were selling this ribbon off for 15p a metre so I snapped some up, it's wired so its even to make nice pleats in it that stay put!

I made this card for my lovely friend who has just started teacher's training. I used the 'Back to School' kit from my shop as I thought it would be perfect for it!

I used the ric rac, ribbon, journaling card, handmade felt pencils and red thread from the kit. I hand stitched with the red thread to make the border at the top.

I managed to finish the Christening invitations. They even have proper inserts in them that I cut and printed on vellum. I did make a horrible mistake though and printed the wrong inserts for them!! As I had done the Christening invites for their other daughter a few years ago we just changed the name and date so I got mixed up and printed the old ones, I was so annoyed with myself! Luckily I noticed they were wrong while printing them and not later on! But they turned out ok in the end!
I received some new stash this week, I haven't bought any for ages so as I've been busy making kits for my shop I thought I deserved a little treat! I order the new October Afternoon Seaside range and my Cosmo Togetherness. The OA paper will be great for some of my holiday photos! Can't wait to get stuck in!

I must mention that my fellow DT member and boss(!!) Amanda has got a new review site and she is running a giveaway for a Scrapagogo kit so go and check it out, those kits are lovely!

I've been working on the next kit for my shop and making orders so haven't done any scrapping this week so you know what I'll be doing later!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, they really do brighten up my day! I'll be back soon with what I create later! xxx 

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Crafty Challenges

I've been enjoying being crafty this week and last week so I've got quite a few bits to share!
First up was Sunday's challenge at The Studio, this week the challenge was 'as it's my birthday week(not mine Amanda's!!), I want to see your birthday pages or mini albums! I always struggle to make birthday pages that don't look 'cheesy', so I'm looking forward to stealing all your ideas!'

I had some great photos to chose from of my nephew's Birthday a few weeks ago!
I love this photo of him as he looks like he's having a great time! He loved to sing along when ever anyone sang Happy Birthday to him even though he can't say the words properly yet!! I painted over some stars to leave the outlines of them. The music paper is actually Christmas paper but you can't tell that it is!!!

I also made this layout of my nephew, the photo was taken a whole year ago now! I do love this photo though it's so cute!
I launched a new kit on my shop on the 1st it's called 'Back to School' and is full of bright colours. So I made this layout with the kit I used some ribbon ric rac, stars, dictionary paper, my handmade felt pencils, arrows and handmade journaling cards. For the layout I used a Pencil Lines sketch, No.199.

The next two things are from The Studio Cybercrop I was hoping to do them before I went away but I ran out of time in the end.
The first one was a challenge to make a card using Cosmo Cricket papers so I made this with some lovely Delovely scraps!
I love the bright colours of the papers on white they really stand out.
The next one I did was a layout from a lovely sketch from Becky Fleck of Page Maps. My nephew again, I didn't realise they were all of my nephew, sorry about that!! He started playing around with a brolly but it wasn't even raining! I made my own little umbrella for it!

There were some great classes in the crop and I plan on doing some more soon! That's the beauty of Cybercrops they are always there to go back and look at! The winners have started to be announced now over on the blog there are lots of lucky people winning prizes!! Wish I could of won some of them!

I've been working on the Christening invites that I have to make, I've made all the bits for them now just got to assemble them! Thanks for your comments they are much appreciated and as always thanks for looking!! xx

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Wedding Favours

I have lots of wedding themed things to show you today. I was asked to decorate a guest book for family friend, their colours were ivory, gold and green. I used some material on the bottom with frayed edges then layered it with gold angel hair paper, lace some green ribbon and some wedding ribbon. It is quite difficult decorating something for someone that you don't know that well, I really hoped they would like it and they were trilled with it so that was good!
This is what I did inside the first page, I keep it quite simple.
This was the card I made for them, I used one of my handmade lace flowers on it

I was also asked to make some cupcakes for the party the day after the wedding. I swirled the tops with butter icing and then made some little sugar paste flowers so put three flowers in a line on the side and then sprinkled them with some gold glitter dust! They went down very well, everyone commented on them and asked who made them!

While we're on the wedding theme I have a couple of wedding layouts that I don't think I have shared with you yet. The first one was a challenge for The Studio that went up the weekend I was away. The challenge was to use to horrible papers you have hiding in your stash! It was quite a challenge as I felt so uninspired by them but once I got into it I enjoyed making something that I like from the nasty papers! 
These are the two paper I didn't like, I found I had quite a few, don't know what I was thinking when I bought them! It is funny though as people like different things so some of you might like them, but I didn't!
I thought this photo of my sister on her wedding day would go with the papers quite well. I punched flowers from the lighter of the papers and inked the edges, then I cut the swirls out of the other paper to go with them. I then took bits of the darker paper and rubbed some ink over it so it wasn't such a nasty colour! I'm quite pleased with the result and it really makes you use your stash!

The next layout I made for inspiration on how to use my Very Vintage kit from my shop. The layout was based on a Pencil Lines sketch, I had been wanting to do a layout like this with the lines, for a while so the sketch helped me out! It's another photo from my sisters wedding, of the bridesmaids, yes one of them was me! My brother managed to capture us laughing at something.
I used buttons, lace, decorative ribbon, lace flowers and the tag from my kit. I also used my Basic Grey papers on this I love the lace paper and the background with all those colours in it, I was saving it for something special so decided this would work well on it.
I have no idea why this photo is in the middle but I can't seem to move it!!
That's it for now, hope you enjoyed my wedding wonders!! I have been enjoying creating this week so there will be more layouts to share soon.