Monday, 28 January 2013

The trail of no return......

Another of the fabulous Anita's class pages here adapted to fit my photograph.
I love the way she creates her layouts, they are so well thought out!
Click here to see the original.
The papers are Prima Almanac.

I left the word strip intact and punctuated with dots adding the word "do" to the end.

The kit included some beads and pin heads to create your own decorated hat pins.
The roses and leaf are from my collection.

I added the letters below to a cut out element then edged with a fine-liner.
Jewels were added the the flower centres for a little bling :)

I cut the centre from the clock face and placed it to show the date of our wedding -
30th November 2000, then added pearls to show 4pm.

Thank-you Anita, I really enjoyed making this page x

Friday, 25 January 2013

and a wedding card

This the final card of the order from work.
It's the wedding card to got with the acceptance I made previously.
The card is a linen effect 6x6" from Craftwork cards.
I cut and embossed a piece of white card and added to the centre.
The panel is Stampin' Up Apothecary label and die cut set, with the word congratulations added - also a SU stamp. I used Copics again to colour the roses and leaves. 

A ribbon from my stash was tied around the edge.
The flowers were spritzed with pearl mica and stuck onto some leaves cut with a memory box die set.
I added a few branches punched with a Martha Stewart punch in kraft card then added random jewels to finish.

I am pleased to say that Lucie was delighted with the results :)


Baptising Theo

I recently made the wedding acceptance card for a work colleague who also asked for the following.
She wanted a card for the baptism of her friends son, Theo.
I showed her a photo of the new baby card I made recently for Jessica and we decided the same theme would be good.

The papers are from my collection and are on a 6x6" card folded into an easel.

The scalloped circles were cut with Marianne dies and inked.
The elephant was stamped and coloured with Copics, I added tiny green gems too.

The letters are from the paper range and were green, grey and blue so I used a copic to make them all the same.

The photographs are not the best but I had to take them quickly :(

Thanks for looking

Thursday, 24 January 2013

The day we met Rihanna...

In her homeland too!
We booked to go on an off-road safari whilst in Barbados and had a stop at the beautiful Bathsheba on the rugged Atlantic coast.

and met Rihanna, the monkey!

She was lovely :)

This is our jeep, very bumpy ride but great fun.

Hope to share more soon

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Colour Wheel - Card Three - Acceptance

The third card I made was for a lady I work with, she had asked for an acceptance card for a wedding and the colour scheme just happened to be purple!

The card is DL sized pearlescent lilac which I matted with some doodlebug paper from my stash.

I cut the bunting by hand and added a line of bakers twine and some pearls to join, the letters are rub-ons from a stack I've had for a while now - love them!

I punched a series of small daisies which I highlighted with a black micron pen, silver candi was added to the centre.
The leaves are a Martha Stewart punch.

I have to make a wedding card to coordinate too so look forward to that one.

Don't forget to check out the challenge :)


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Colour Wheel - Card Two

I also made an alternative card using the same colours.
The base is a 6x6" CWC Linen texture in black.
I cut and embossed a Clock composition onto white bazzill and mounted onto silver mirri card, then added a Tim Holtz skeleton clock face cut in Lime Bazzill bling.

The flower is cut from Tim Holtz tattered florals using paper from my collection.
I used several layers and both sides of the paper.
They were inked and scrunched into a tight ball after piercing a hole in the centre, then unravelled slightly and fixed together with a jewell brad.

I punched some silver fronds with a Martha Stewart punch and die cut the larger with the Tim Holtz fir cone plate.

A few diamonds were added to the edge to finish.
Here is the link to the Scrapology blog for more info on the challenge.
Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Scrapology Card Challenge - Colour Wheel - Part One

Happy New Year to you all.
I set the card challenge at Scrapology this month, taking my inspiration from a colour wheel app on my pc.

The combination is:

For my first card I used an image from Lili of the Valley and coloured him with Copic Markers.
The card is a 6x6" Craftwork Cards on the edge which I have folded back and stuck down.
I cut the image using a nestability and inked through the cutter to leave a white border using Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters. I then mounted it onto silver mirri board.

The background papers are from my stash and I have used Distress Stains to create the splats.
The silver on the image is a gel pen, a close-up is below.

The turned back edge is inked with Shabby Shutters too embelished with diamante.

A lime dotty ribbon was added down the edge and the image mounted on 3d foam for dimention.

Pop over to the Scrapology site for our lovely DT's designs and details of the prize.
The challenge runs until the 15th February.

Good Luck.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Nails Inc...

As you may know, I have been having my nails done at Nails Inc in House of Fraser, Bluewater.
The lovely Nicola says she likes doing them as I always have something different and adventurous :)
These are my recent manicures:

White gel with graffiti polish over the top - December

Black gel with Blue glitter (Sloane Gardens) over the top - January

Am loving having longer nails, and, yes they are my own!

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Blossom Hill

I have only just got round to making the beautiful layout that Lynn designed and taught at Cardinal Colours Autumn Crop last October! 

Lynn's original page can be seen here.
These beautiful papers are from Kaisercraft's Lake House collection.

Lynn's page was entitled "English Rose" and I was considering calling this one
Californian Rose as that's what's in the glass Mum is holding, hence the blog post title, but it didn't really fit.
I have left it without one instead.

The page design has lots of lovely blossoms peeking from behind the papers.
I used a different Martha Stewart punch around the page as I don't have the same one Lynn used.

And punched flowers using the Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch.

This lovely cameo was made using a mold and air-dry clay which has been coloured (in my case) with Tim Holtz distress ink in spun sugar and some silver acryllic paint.

Thanks Lynn for such a lovely class - albeit I did it late!

Jill has another weekend crop coming up in March - be sure to book your place, we all have a lot of fun!


Sunday, 6 January 2013

All about me..........

The December Challenge on the Merly Impressions Blog is to "Get Stripped"
Not literally thankfully as that would not be a pretty sight!

The challenge is to use the cut-off strips from 12x12" sheets of patterned paper in your design.
A lot of them these days have a pattern printed onto the and I do use them quite a lot on my pages so this challenge sounded good.

I was looking through a photo album which has been packed in the loft since we moved here and found a photograph of me which I actually liked - this is quite unusual as I'm really not photogenic! It was taken at an old work colleagues hen night.

I started with a 12x12" sheet of white bazzill and added some "splats" with Tim Holtz distress stains - I think theses are going to feature a lot in the future - and some papers from the Kaisercraft "check-in" range.
These are quite appropriate as I work in the travel industry.

I used the strip from one of the papers as a vertical then stapled others which had been snipped randomly to form tags. The words are a strip from a Lake House paper which say, Treasure forever what makes you unique, which I had used for another layout.
I distressed the photograph edges and used an emery board to sand out the colour.
Two mats of the paper were used as a mount.

I punched some flowers from the reverse of the papers and circles for the centres then inked the edges with a charcoal ink and drew detail with a fine-liner. The leaves were also punched and added along with a feather.

There was a sticker sheet in the pack too and I chose a couple of relevant tickets and a passport stamp.
Smaller flowers with diamante centres were added to the top of the photo too.
To finish I drew a black line around the edge of the page.

Thanks Chrissy and team for another great challenge!

Thanks for looking

Thursday, 3 January 2013

New Year Blog Candy at Scrapology

Lovely blog candy on offer at Scrapology this month.
Click on the link to find out more.
Good Luck

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

A Baby Girl - Jessica

I was asked to make a baby card for Denise so thought it the perfect chance to use this cute elephant stamp I got recently.
I used a CWC 6x6" scalloped card and folded it to create an easel.
The papers are from a 6x6" Forever Friends pad, I used the buttons sheet as a base.
The scalloped circle is a Marianne die which was embossed too. I added a smaller scalloped cirle in the gingham paper then a punched circle embossed with swiss dot design.
The hearts are part of the stamp set, I layered with 3d foam and added some jewels.
The lace scrolls are a Memory box die.

The image was coloured with Copics and the ear was cut again and layered following a spray of crafters companion Spray and Sparkle in Pink. I added jewels to the flower centres too.

The words Baby came from the stamp set, the name was stamped using Clarity Stamps alphabet squares then sparkled as was the ear.

At Ally Pally in October I got this birth certificate stamp which I have added to the inside.

I hope she likes it, it was fun to make.
Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

T is for Tags - There's no time like the present

Happy New Year!
Our first project of this year is this stunning page by Elaine Rolf.
Elaine designs for Scrap 365 magazine, Paper Arts Shop and her blog is The Distressed Scrapper.

The challenge is to create a layout using tags.
My version is as follows:
I used a sheet of bazzil for the base and stamped around the edge with Craftwork cards stamps and Tim Holts distress ink - Shabby Shutters.

The text says Whats in the box as everyone in the photos was opening their presents.
I added 2 skeleton clock faces cut with a Tim Holtz die and lots of tags of various sizes.
I stamped the title onto the tags too, it say's There's no time like the present.

The hands were added to the clocks with gold brads.
The tags were all inked and strung with garden twine.

The photos were printed at random sizes and mounted onto the patterened paper and "scattered" across the page. Apologies for the addition of the white trees and daisy, I am unable to show the photos of these children)

This is our sketch...

And Elaine's beautiful original.

Pop over to Scrapology for details of the challenge and prize on offer.
Bon chance :)