Wednesday, 27 October 2010


So much for my comment last week about the threat of viewings reining in my inate untidiness - this is what my workdesk (aka the kitchen table) looked like when the Estate Agent rang to say that someone wanted to view the house - argh! Cue major panic and massive tidy up operation! And the offending article that had caused all of this mess? The photo frame for my sister that I had literally just finished - apologies if you've already seen this as it's in my previous post, but I like it so much that I had to share it again! My sister has seen the photo of it and I'm very pleased to say that she loves it! It still needs sealing and then the photo of the two of them in their Halloween costumes can go on display :D

Thank you for all the lovely comments about my experiments with distress inks last week, I've decided to follow Julia's suggestion and turn them into a collage, so watch this space! A couple of people asked if I had any tips for using distress inks - I don't really as I'm only just learning myself, through a process of trial and error - but one thing I will say is that having a non-stick craft mat makes a huge difference. I'm using an oven liner as a temporary measure but even that has made a difference.

If you're new to WOYWW and want to know what on earth I'm wittering about, head on over to Julia's blog and she'll fill you in!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Halloween Photo Frame

My sister is massively into Halloween and went to the Bizarre Ball with her fella on Friday, dressed in the most amazing outfit. She asked me to create a frame for her to put a photo of the two of them in, and luckily I had just the right stash for the job! I hope I've done the photo justice, and that they like it enough to want to display it - isn't it hard when you love what you've made but you're never sure if other people are going to love it as much as you do? To make it even harder on myself, I've decided to enter the finished frame into this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, 'Something Spookay'. It's the first time I've ever entered anything on this blog, so I'm a tad nervous about it!
The frame still needs sealing so that it can be used for its intended purpose, but other than that it's a finished item.
I used papers from the Bo Bunny 'Boo Crew' range, distress inks in Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Dusty Concord, and stamps by Stampotique and Scrolls Work Stamps. Lining up the cobweb stamp so it runs from the frame onto the insert wasn't an easy task, let me tell you!
I had to take a close up of my Stampotique Angel, isn't she fabulous?

Friday, 22 October 2010

'Birthday Wish' card

I'm slowly learning how to use distress inks, and thought I'd put this to good use for my Dad's birthday yesterday. I don't really make cards, and I threw this together in a bit of a hurry, but given all of that I'm quite pleased with it anyway, and I think Dad liked it, so that's the main thing :D

The light wasn't great when I was taking the photo - it's not as red as this in real life. The close up shot gives a better idea of the colours. I used a black card blank, distress inks (Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick), Tim Holtz stamp and adage ticket, 7 Gypsies photo turns and a random 'birthday' peel off that I found in my stash!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


This WOYWW thing really is addictive isn't it? Another scheduled post from me I'm afraid, but on the plus side that means another Tuesday evening with some crafty time! I've made a promise to myself to do more during the week and so far I'm managing to stick to it. I've been having a play with distress inks and Tim Holtz stamps and am loving the different effects you can get. I cut some random bits of card to play with, but I'm beginning to wish I'd taken more care and made them ATC size. Oh well, turning them into ATCs will just mean more playing, won't that be a shame!

I thought I'd add a quick close up of my creations. Thanks for visiting - head on over to Julia's blog to join in all the WOYWW fun, and I look forward to seeing all of your desks over the next couple of days :D

Friday, 15 October 2010

Girly Weekend Mini Book

Waiting in for a delivery gave me loads of time today to finish decorating the mini book that was on my desk on Wednesday. I used the instructions from Jimjams to make the book using just one sheet of double sided patterned paper and a co-ordinating sheet of cardstock. I even had enough left of each to embellish the inside of the book, the only things I added were a couple of gems and some ribbon! I'm sure no-one will be surprised to see the rose on the front, made with offcuts of the patterned paper and a Woodware 2" 6 petal flower punch.

The only bit I'm not as happy with is the inside of the front cover, but I'd concentrated on making my cut offs stretch through the book, but forgot about the inside cover, and I didn't want to leave it blank! 
Hope you enjoyed your visit - leave me a comment and let me know you've been!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Wow, twice in a row, I'm doing well! This week was easier, we're on holiday so that means lots of crafty time, so this is a picture of my 'desk' (aka the kitchen table) this morning. You can see that I'm managing to keep it reasonably tidy - the constant threat of a viewing on the house is enough to rein in my innate untidiness! I'm working on a mini book at the moment, following Jimjams' fantastic instructions for a mini book using just one sheet of double sided pp and one sheet of coordinating cardstock. I love the way mine has turned out, and all it needs now is to be decorated.

I took this photo from the opposite side of my work space, and from further away, so you can just see the chest of drawers in the background that serves as my craft storage at the moment. I can't wait to move house and into my own craft room! Just after I took the photo our lovely postman delivered a parcel that I've been waiting for from Sarah's Cards, and I was tempted to take a picture of all the loveliness that was inside, but then I realised that most of it is destined to be part of the layouts for my Scrapbook Magazine commission, so I can't show you! I did have a quick play with one of the contents though, and made my first grunge rose:

I'm quite pleased with my first attempt, I think the middle needs a bit of work, but I have a feeling I'll soon be churning these out by the dozen!
I hope you enjoyed your Wednesday nosy at my desk, I loved all the comments that were left last week, thank you all :D I think I managed to visit about half of the desks, and left lots of comments of my own, so if I didn't manage to get to you last week I apologise. I'm off out for the rest of the day now, but am looking forward to a good blog hop tomorrow! If you want to join in, head on over to Julia's blog to get started :D

Monday, 11 October 2010

Home is where my books are

We're on holiday this week, which means that in between the painting and decorating, cleaning and sorting, there's lots of crafty time for me! I've been putting it to good use today and have finished a layout for the Studio Challenges Sunday Challenge, which was to scrap what 'home' means to you. I decided to focus on the physical side of home, with some of my favourite objects: books. I love to read and can often be found with a book in my hand, so nothing says home to me quite like the sight of an overflowing bookcase.

I've used the Papermania Hampstead range again for this layout, I really like the linen texture to the papers, and the colours worked really well with my photo. The alphas are Heidi Swapp, Cherry Arte and Adorn It. The chipboard shapes are Bazzill and Basic Grey, both inked with Dark Moss chalk ink.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Happiness is...

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who left a comment on my first WOYWW post, it was lovely to read them all and I've had great fun blog hopping and having a nosy at other people's desks. 
This is the completed version of the LO that was on my desk on Wednesday - I had planned to submit it to the Scrap Whispers fun challenge but unfortunately I was too late! I took 'by Saturday' to mean that I had until the end of today, but obviously not - silly me! Still, lots of lovely people commented on it on my previous post and said they wanted to see the finished version, so here it is:

I've used papers and cardstock stickers from the Echo Park 'Sweet Summertime' range, Papermania cardstock and American Crafts Thickers.

I hope you won't mind if I end on a quiet toot: I'm a very happy bunny this weekend, as I've just received my first commission as a member of the Scrapbook Magazine DT, yay! :D

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

My First WOYWW!

I've never been able to play on a Wednesday before - my workdesk doubles as the kitchen table, so when I want to scrap everything gets taken out and then it all has to be put back afterward. Which is a pain. So I tend to do most of my scrapping at the weekend when I've got more time to play. But... When I was blog hopping last night I noticed that Georgina at Scrap Whispers had posted a fun challenge - to scrap a layout with a 'happy' theme. That got me thinking. I'd got a pile of Echo Park 'Summertime' papers and a lovely summer photo of Mojo in the park that I thought would work really well together. Well that was it! I was itching to get stuck in, and with a deadline of Saturday for the challenge that didn't leave me a lot of time, so out came all of my stash and I started scrapping. On a Tuesday night. Unheard of!
So I have to confess that I cheated a little. I'm actually writing this on Tuesday and the photo was taken on Tuesday night, but I've scheduled the post for Wednesday morning, so hopefully if you're reading this that means it's Wednesday! I've left everything out on the table - I hope I don't live to regret that, but I've covered up the important bits, just in case the cats think my layout looks like a comfy place to sit! You can just about see one of them in the bottom corner of the photo, eyeing up the table, little monkey that he is.
I tried to get out as little as possible, so there would be less to put away when I'd finished. That's one of the good things about using a coordinating range though, I didn't need to dig through my embellishment box! I've based my layout on one by Shimelle in the Scrapbook Inspirations Ideas Book 2. Hopefully I'll get it finished for the Saturday deadline!
I'm going to try and get round as many other desks as possible, but as I've never done this before I have no idea how far I'll get! To find out what WOYWW is all about, have a look at Julia's blog, where it all began!

Monday, 4 October 2010

A No.1 Girls Night Out

My first Sarah's Cards kit arrived on Friday and I couldn't wait to get stuck into it! I was really pleased with the papers, as I've had this lovely photo of my sister and my best friend for a while, but haven't had just the right papers to go with it. I based my layout on a sketch from the Sarah's Cards blog - what better way to use my new kit?!
So, here's the sketch:

And here's my take on it:

Most of the stash is from the kit so I'm not sure exactly what it all is, but the cardstock is Bazzill, the papers are Jillibean Soup and the banner stickers are Jenni Bowlin. The only thing that isn't from the kit are the large alphas, which are American Crafts Thickers. I had to alter the sketch slightly to fit the fact that I had a landscape photo rather than a portrait one, but I'm pretty pleased with the finished result - I just hope my two subjects don't mind being published!

The felt flowers are made from a loopy felt border which I've chopped up and rearranged around a central brad, and the 'No. 1' embellishment is cut from one of the patterned papers. I followed a tip from Rachael Elliott in the inspiration booklet that came with the kit, and mounted my stickers onto cardstock and then cut them out, so that I could play with their positioning before I secured them to the page. I left a cardstock outline around them all as well, which I think helps them to stand out, so thanks for that Rachael!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Tim Holtz Techniques Workshop

I've had a lovely day today, playing with lots of lovely Tim Holtz products at a 'Tim Holtz Techniques Workshop' led by Liz at my local craft shop. Liz demonstrated loads of different techniques and then set us all off with six mini projects to complete. I ran out of time, unfortunately, and only managed to complete four of the projects.
The first was a gorgeous tag using resist techniques:

Silly me managed to stamp the text upside down, d'oh! I definitely need to work on my stamping technique, but even with that minor flaw I'm pretty pleased with the finished result, and will definitely be using this technique in the future.
The next project was another tag, but this time using masks and mounted on a card.

More stamping errors, but I actually quite like the effect so I'm not quite as annoyed with myself on this one!
Project three was using the Butterfly Alterations Die, the Scallop On The Edge Die and lots of Distress Stickles:

I think this is my favourite, and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. I was thinking about giving it to my MIL for her birthday next month, but will probably keep the original and make another to give to her.
The last project that I managed to complete was a card using alcohol inks on metal:

Needless to say, I now have a huge shopping list which is going to cost me a small fortune, but I had a great day and loads of fun trying out new techniques  :D