Monday, 28 August 2017

Always be yourself

Loved this mermaid from the first time I saw her. I originally coloured her tail in a soft peach but I put "A Wink of Stella" over the top thinking it was clear and in fact I used white by mistake. Happy accident I think.
The stamp was free in Creative Stamping a few months ago. I have also used her on a mixed media layout which you can see in Junes Mixed Up Magazine.x

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Strawberry Birthday

Great card for a Gardener or even someone who loves strawberries and so easy to make.
This is just a £1.25 stamp set from The Range and probably something most people wouldn't think of buying. Love a bargain x

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Still a big kid

I was at the Crafty club held at Rainham Oast House a few weeks back and I saw a stamp that I really liked but it was too small to use on a scrapbook page so I decided to draw my own instead. I sketched the garden chair first and then made it into a template to use in the class.
Everything on this page is either stamped, stencilled, punched out and/or coloured in.
Some of the stamps were from my stash but most of them were from free sets off of the front of magazines.
I especially loved making the little cushions to go on the chair behind the photo.x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

In card class we normally make three card so as one of the cards this time was quite involved I made this card simple and easy to make
All of the colouring in was done using Distress Oxides and the pretty bow border is a punch by EK Success. The ladies clothing is done by paper piecing. x

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Where have I been

I have been about but spending some time with family and having a bit of a break. Another two weeks before I start classes again so thought it was about time I caught up with the blogs. I have counted twenty two projects that need putting on here so without further ado lets start with

"Nothing Is Impossible"
Despite all of the wonderful, fussy layouts on Pinterest and other sites, I still love white space and I so enjoyed making this layout using my new "Beautiful You" stamps from Stampin Up and of course my new Distress Oxides.
I like the way the ink starts at the top of the title and gradually fades back to white.
And the little sign post made from scraps
and of course not forgetting the little fluffy clouds and wording stamps by Tracy Easson. Please with how this one turned out.x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Best Day

If this is your first time to this page then welcome. This is where I put the cards, layouts and mixed media projects that I make for my classes in the hope that it will inspire some of you to create and have fun.

I have just added a follow button to the right of this page so that you can get a heads up when I post so please feel free to follow me and if (in the next 20 years lol) I reach 100 followers I will do a giveaway to one of those people.

This is the second layout from last Tuesdays Scrapbook Class, designed for a wedding photo or perhaps a special occasion although this would fit any photo really.
I have used a black and white photo but included a coloured focal point , the flowers, so that I can remember the colours of the wedding.
I gave everyone the choice in class as to whether they colour in their stamped butterflies or left them black and white. I don't think anyone coloured them in although if you're reading this and you did please send me a photo.

If you are interested in any of my classes (listed on the right) please contact me for more information. I have another class on Saturday so onwards and upwards. Something different this time I think. xx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Wonderful

I decided it was about time that I did some technique work with the Tuesday night Scrapbook class so out came the Distress Oxcide pads and I began to play. This is the resulting layout.

It looks very simple however if you look more closely you will see that the shield shape at the centre of the card is cut from watercolour paper which works really well with the Distress Oxides.
I splashed droplets of the same inks either side of the photo and then used the splatters to make the centre of my hand drawn flowers.

The main flowers are from a stamp set called Hummingbirds which I bought off of eBay for about £3. I love a bargain. 

The flowers and leaves are all coloured in using pro markers.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Mini Birthday

Quick and easy to make and suitable as a birthday card or a "You've Passed" card the car stamp was free from the Creative Stamping magazine.
The secret is to match the car colours to the background paper that you choose. That way the colours all work together.
More soon. I'm off for a rest lol xx

Monday, 19 June 2017

RAWR Happy Birthday

Like most crafters I am a collector and hoarder and proud of it. A quick trip to Sainsburys resulted in two packets of pretty serviettes finding their way into my trolley and instead of putting them in my napkin bow to "use later" I decided to use them to make my cards in class.
This is the first one we did.
The whole of the background is just a serviette decoupaged over card.
Of course you do get some crinkles and folds as the glue under the serviette dries but this all adds to the design. 
If you want to see the second card made using this technique take a look at yesterdays post. The dotty background is also a serviette. xx

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Just For Ewe

I'm a fan of the stamps from Hobby Art and often buy the stamps as they are released. I used a previous "Ewe" stamp set last Christmas but this release was a Birthday set and great for a manly card.
The balloon stamp will come in handy for all the birthdays coming up this year.
Hard to photograph because of the silver card used but you get the idea. xx

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sisters

I've put a black frame around this one so that you can see it but I have added the original at the bottom of this post so that you can see the difference.

This was the main layout from Saturdays Scrapping Your Family. Molding the paper flowers and shaping the petals in such a way that a cup was formed in the middle of each flower. This helped to hold the micro beads in place while the glue dried.
Both stamps are from "49 and Market" which I bought from the Artist Trading Post. I think one was "Gabi's Loose Thread Stamps" but I cant swear to it. 
The "laugh" and "love" die cuts are Katie Skiltons Sizzix Dies (662098)
and "Sisters is die cut using Docraft's Script alphabet (XCU504081)
The flowers were made using an old EK Success punch which unfortunately gave up the ghost in class. I can't complaining though, I have used it for many years so well worth the money.
And here is the original as promised, unframed and very bright lol.
Back to cards tomorrow xx

Friday, 16 June 2017

Lisbon 2016

I am still adding to my travel album so I thought it was about time I started catching up. These lovely bright and cheerful papers were ideal to show off the photo of me on the funicular in Lisbon. The graffiti was amazing.
There was a lot of sewing on this one much to the delight of the class lol
and hand cut bunting
and I made sure that I added my journaling before class in the hope that everyone would add theirs too. Of course everyone could choose their own title and doodle as they wished. Loved this one.
More tomorrow xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Dream Big

Wanted to do a simple card to show off this beautiful new stamp by Tracy Easson (Day Dreamer TED 2017/017). I bought this set and two more to use in my art journal but I couldn't wait lol.
I added the elephant to the card using 3d pads and then leaned the little ladder against the belly.

and a little punched flower to finish it off
Beautiful stamps . Can't wait to use them again. Back to layouts tomorrow xx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Seaside Birthday Card

Brilliant idea to make a scallop shell die "Marianne design" (CR1411). Just brilliant. I can see this one being used again and again.

I die cut the shell card and then used the actual die as a stencil to make the shell markings.
The little "playful seals" are a new stamp set again by Marianne Design (HT1621) and are really easy to stamp, colour and cut out.
The shells are also part of the same stamp set
And the little crabs are a pair of dies by Memorybox (99722)
And I am still using that great Happy Birthday stamp which was free in a magazine recently. Just in case you were wondering, the little water bubbles were drawn with a fine white marker and then flooded with Glossy Accents. Another card tomorrow xx

Monday, 5 June 2017

Love

I can't take credit for this layout. I saw the idea on Pinterest made by DC Tuckwell for Studio Calico and just fell in love with the simplicity of it. I've changed it a bit but I wanted her to have the credit for the design.
So here it is, my version
 I've added some little cut touches like the little snail
the tiny tags (one for each of my lovely pussy cats)
and of course Basil (my youngest) leaping onto the page.
The design is now well and truly going round and round inside my head. I think it will be a great way to do travel layouts. Working on it now. 
Back to cards tomorrow. xx

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Growing Up Fast

Simple yet effective this was a favourite in class and suitable for any photo. I didn't choose flower colours for everyone, they all had a choice of colours and they all looked fantastic.
I think that the thing everyone found hardest to do was making the background stripes random in size without measuring. (Never a favourite lol)
There was also the opportunity to do a bit a doodling
and writing the journaling in both black and white was fun too. The font is both upper and lower case from DoCraft and I think, looks really good. More tomorrow. x

Saturday, 3 June 2017

May Your Wishes Come True

I absolutely fell in love with Katie Skiltons recent Sizzix release. I am so ready to make mini books and pages for my grandchildren but I thought I had better make a card for class first. 
The circle dies created frames and decoration with the little gems looking like planets going round the sun.
Isn't she cute with the little gem necklace.
Back to scrapbooking tomorrow. xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Happy Birthday Rose

Splitting the card this way opened up loads of possibilities and immediately had me thinking about wedding cards and invitations.
So easy to make and a good beginners card plus you could definitely make this one in bulk using a flower to suit your occasion.
Here's some detail
Another card tomorrow. Hope you have a great weekend xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Look Who's 70

I know I keep saying this but I really love the free A4 sheet of stamps that come with each  
Creative Stamping magazine. This months issue had numbers and age related sayings which are fantastic for birthdays and anniversaries.

This is the card we made in class using heat embossing and using the technique shown in the magazine. 

 I wanted soft colours but obviously you could use any colour combination to suit the occasion. 
and here's a closer look. 
There are loads more cards and layouts coming over the next few days. Enjoy xx