Thursday, 27 August 2009

A scraplift

of a digi LO by novita featured on scrapbookmatters site

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Friday, 16 January 2009

Hissing Sid

Bazille Cardstock Pinecone
Chatterbox papers, Chateau stripe, Courtyard flowers,
Scenic Route Jargon Rub on Alpha
Barefoot You & Me quote
7 Gypsies Memories stickers
Prima printed flowers
Buttons from stash
Daisyd stitches roller
Snake cut on cricut using Animals2 Dingbat font

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Have a very

Happy Christmas!!

Monday, 22 December 2008

Just remembered

that I have a blog and really should be keeping up with it.

I would say its all the hussle and bussle of getting ready for christmas but that would not be very true as I have done just about everything needed to be done apart from the baking which Laura and I are doing together tomorrow. I guess the real reason is that life is just not really exciting enuough at the mo. Although .....

Sunday I took a trip down to Margate to look in the Craft Central in Wyvale garden centre. I've not been there before, and now, on very short notice the whole company has shut down, so there were huge discounts to be had, so all those posting on UKS were saying. Armed with directions from multi-map off I went.

I was a bit nervous because in the past, any times in fact, when Kelly was a babe, I would pack her in the car, pick up my mum from work and go off to Ramsgate in search of the market. We would start our journey full of enthusiasm and a long shopping list, only to get lost on the isle of Thanet. Because once there, every single road seemed to be the same and there are an awful lot of roads over there. Eventually Kelly would be car sick and we would give up and come home. Why am I retelling all this? Because the Wyevale is built on the very site that the market used to stand on!! And once more I very nearly didnt find it, as my multi-map instructions were far from accurate, missing out the final turn off into the road where the shop is.

I am glad I did find it, because what a bargin I managed to nab. I had lost hope in getting my electronic die cutting machine, not being fussed on if it was a robo or a cricut, as my birthday money had fallen a long way short of even a second hand model, and with supply work short on the grounds bills are taking priority at the moment. But they were selling the ex-demo model for £75!!! Well over less than half price of a new one!

Today I have been playing with my trial copy of design studio and sure-cuts-a-lot and have made some funky named labels for the place settings I am doing for the christmas table. I need to save up now for the full software and for a new mat as the demo one is rather tired. But wow! What a bargin! One happy little bunny here.

Friday, 31 October 2008

About 6 weeks back I discovered the wonderful wonderful talent of Irene Tan who has a brilliant blog full of new and exciting techniques. I thought I would try a few out. I worked on this Lo for 6 days, and then before I had finished it Irene was chosen as a guest for Pencil Lines. Rather dispiriting for me she said in her interview that a LO takes her from 1.5 to 2 hours! I was still working on mine so I was a bit reluctant to share. I really am pleased with the result though so here it is for me to crow!


Basic Grey Obscure
Bo Bunny chipboard swirl
large flower from Dunelm
gold sequins
Ranger Glossy Accents
Small paper roses
Autumn Leaves stamps
White sukura suffle pen
Heidi Swap ghost hearts
Wooden letters
Ginger cotton fabric
white embossing powder
Chocolate brown acylic paint
eyelets and brown fibres
Ranger distress ink Vintage photo
script background font
Journalling block (sorry it had no name on it)

Bear with me there was alot of work

Use a large square of scrap paper to make a mask to create large square frame with distress inks, remove mask and straighten/highlight edges by ruling and marking with black pen.
I turned the photo to B&W in order to enhance it a bit as it is a poor 1980's photo. I then stamped using stayzon and the AL swirly stamps and distressed edges with more of the vintage photo ink.
I used the chipboard swirl as a template for my sewing, and used the herringbone stitch shown on Irene's blog to 'fill in' with sewing floss, adding some seed beads as I went.
I readied the flower by taking it apart and only using three layers. I enhanced it using glossy accents to make faux water drops and to glue on sequins. Then I stamped some more of the AL swirls where I was going to position the flower. Once it was dry I attached the large flower in the middle of the swirls with a brad through the centre.
The hearts were matted onto brown fabric at the back and then on the front more of the AL stamps were stamped onto the hearts and then I doodled with the white suffle pen.
I inked the edges of the journal box and slipped under the corner of the photo.
Once the brown paint had dried on the wooden flowers I used a larger AL's stamp to emboss white swirls over the letters.
HUGS was made by printing out the letters onto spare paper, carefully cutting them out to leave a stencil of the work. I then used the stencil and more Vintage distressing ink to form the letters and then the large background script stamp over the stencil to decorate the title. I used the suffle pen to hand script the word love and to highlight some of the swirls by the flower with doodles.
Finally to add a little balance and to fill the corner space I added the fibre bow through two eyelets and to write my journalling.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Another christmas greeting

Since this seemed to go down so well yesterday I thought I would make another.