Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Inspirationally challenged...

I'm in need of some inspiration today, so who better to ask than my fellow WOYWWers? As you can see, my work space is currently occupied by my Christmas journal, which I'm slowly putting together. So far I have my base pages and date tags, but now I'm stumped by the dates themselves - what do I use?? I think I want them to pretty much fill the tags so Thickers would be the perfect size but they would make the album way too bulky. I don't own any number stamps and have limited funds so buying some isn't really an option. So I'm throwing it out there in the hope that one of you lovely crafty people has a brilliant idea! :D

If you want to have a snoop around some more crafty desks, head over to Julia's!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Journal Your Christmas 2010

This year I'm taking back Christmas with the help of the fabulous Shimelle Laine, and her online class 'Journal Your Christmas'. The idea is to keep a holiday journal from December 1st right the way through to January 6th. Shimelle sends daily prompts by email with ideas and inspiration which you can follow to the letter, or mix up to create your own unique journal. So far it seems to be working, I haven't felt this excited for Christmas in years!
One of the biggest tips from past JYCers is to do as much preparation work as possible on your journal, so that all you have to add each day is a photo and some journalling. So, taking that advice on board I've put together 37 blank pages and 37 date tags, as well as completing my front cover:
I'm using a combination of old stash and new. The page bases are 7x5" Kraft cardstock, and the background papers are Papermania 'Home for Christmas'. The embellishments on the front page are all cut from Echo Park 'Merry Christmas' papers, the numbers are 7Gypsies rub ons, and the letters are Kars. 
For the inside pages I've alternated red and green papers, but otherwise the pages are fairly uniform. I've cut label shapes with a set of Nestabilities (Labels 1) in my Cuttlebug, and layered up kraft cardstock and patterned papers to use as date tags. These have been attached to each page, but I'm still trying to decide what to use for the numbers (suggestions welcome!).
I've left the back of each page blank - the plan is that the back of the page will be covered by a 5x7" photo for that day, leaving the facing page free for journalling and embellishment.
It's feeling a bit fat already with all the pages put together, but I'm blaming a lot of that on the paperclips! Hopefully the addition of photos will balance out with the removal of the paperclips, so it shouldn't get much bigger (she says hopefully!). Obviously the treasury tags are a temporary measure, I'm on the lookout for some big bookrings to hold it all together.
Looks like I'm in for a busy December :D

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Layout on Canvas

I showed a couple of sneak peaks of this last week, but now that I've actually given it to my sister I can finally reveal the whole thing. I'm absolutely chuffed to bits that she loves it, and it's now hanging on her living room wall :D 

I used a 12x12 canvas (that came with a kit and has been in the bottom of a box for ages so I have no idea what brand it is), brown and cream cardstock from my local craft shop, Daisy Bucket paper, chipboard swirls inked with chalk ink, some Prima lace, Sarah's Cards pearls, an AC flower, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Cuttlebug butterfly die and an unknown journalling spot. The butterfly in the top left corner was inked straight onto the canvas using dark brown chalk ink and the waste from one of the butterfly die cuts.  

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Vampires and Cards

My crafty friend has introduced me to these fabulous felt creatures, and we had a great time last night sewing bits of felt together. This is just one design in a huge range of 'Zombie Felties', and I think they could become rather addictive. My friend is certainly on a mission to create an entire family! 

I also managed this card for my MILs birthday next week. I don't make cards very often, so I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out. I've used Crate Restoration papers for the background, some cream lace and a Lily Bee Chipboard Button. The stamped image is a Tim Holtz stamp on a distress ink background (Tattered Rose, Dusty Concord and Antique Linen). Hope she likes it!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


How on earth did we get to Wednesday again? Where has this week gone? My desk is a mess again, I've been busy creating lately but unfortunately I haven't made anything I can share! I've been working on the layout for the Scrap Whispers team game which was great fun! For anyone who hasn't seen this, it's like a game of chinese whispers with layouts. At the moment there are four teams, each team leader starts off with the same layout to lift, and they then pass their lifted LO to the next person in the team to lift, and so on. It's great to see how different people interpret the scraplift, and how different/similar the final LO is to the first one. There's a new game every couple of months, you can see the outcome of the last one here.
I can show you some sneaky peeks of a canvas that I've made for my sister, she's just moved into a new house so I thought I'd make a housewarming present using a photo of her and her fella at our wedding.
If you're wondering why I'm showing you a picture of my untidy desk, head on over to Julia's to find out why! I didn't do very well last week and didn't manage to visit many of you, but I promise to do better this week :D

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


There isn't a lot going on on my desk at the moment, the bits that I've been doing recently are things that I can't show you yet, so I thought I'd let you all see what happens to my desk when I move away from it for more than a few seconds...
This little monster is Donnie, just one of my three furbabies. I'm sure most of you will know Mojo, my Working Cocker Spaniel (see my lovely new blog header, beautifully done for me by Alipeeps, for a photo of Mojo), and there are a couple of layouts on here somewhere that feature Leela, my other cat, but not much of Donnie. That's because he's very camera shy, so I was very impressed that he stayed still long enough for me to take this! I just love his regal pose, and the superman triangle on his chest :D
Thanks for all the positive comments about the house viewing last week, I managed to completely clear the kitchen table and put all my crafting stash away in the chest of drawers, but it didn't do the trick and the house is still on the market - hey ho, maybe next time...
Check out Julia's blog for some more desks on display!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Shabby Photo Frame

When I bought the frame to do my sister's Hallowe'en photo frame I actually came away with two, as I couldn't decide which size to go for in the shop. When I sat down with them both at my crafting table it was instantly clear that I had to use the bigger of the two, which left me with a small frame with no home. I sat down last night with the four not quite ATCs from WOYWW 72 fully intending to turn them into a collage, but I found myself focusing on the image of the bird with a shadow, and the small frame, and the new challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show - 'Something Shabby' - and thinking how well they would work after a lot of inking and distressing and throwing things together, this is what I came up with:
 I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out, especially given that I don't normally go for vintage style papers, and as a result I've had these particular ones in my stash for quite some time! So long, in fact, that I'm not entirely sure what they are, I want to say K&Co but I could be completely wrong. As for the rest of it, I've used white card, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Old Paper distress inks, cream lace, a paper doily, a Tim Holtz Adage Ticket, Tim Holtz stamps, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Woodware flower punch and cream adhesive pearls.