Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Altered Canvas

It's my Wednesday Extra post over at The Studio Challenges today, and I'm sharing a canvas that I made for a friend recently. It's difficult to tell from the photo, but the finished canvas is 24"x24". 
Head on over to The Studio if you'd like to see how I put it together :D

Monday, 28 March 2011

And the winner is.....

Congratulations Brenda! Please email your details to me at and I'll pass them on to Holly at The Sampler so she can get your prize in the post!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

My Girl...

It's the Sunday Card Challenge over at The Studio today, but since I didn't get chance last weekend I thought I'd share my layout from last Sunday. 
I used patterned papers from the Glitz Design 'Love Nest' collection, a Glitz 'Peek a Boo' transparency, a Crate Paper 'Phrases' sticker from the 'Restoration' collection, a Cosmo Cricket fabric flower and sentiment, Maya Road velvet trim and mini kraft tickets, buttons, thread, and a dark brown chalk ink pad. I also used a WRMK Sew Easy to punch the holes for my stitching.
Don't forget that you've got until the end of Sunday 27th March to enter my giveaway here!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Happier in Water

Another layout with the March Sampler kit - I love the mix of different colours and styles that you get in these kits, it all tones together beautifully but you can pick particular elements each time to get completely different looking layouts. For this layout I chose some of the brighter papers from American Crafts and Kaisercraft. The ledger paper is actually the packaging from the October Afternoon alpha stickers!

Don't forget you have until Sunday 27th March to comment on this post to be in with a chance of winning a prize from The Sampler :D

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Ramble On...with a giveaway!

It's sketch time over at The Sampler!

This is my take on the sketch using the March kit - I LOVE this kit! It's full of lovely Spring colours which are just what I need at the moment. I apologise for the dark photo, I'll be so glad when I can get outside to take photos again.
I used my trusty Tim Tattered Florals die with the gorgeous American Crafts fabric swatches to make my flowers, and added some dark brown chalk ink and small Imaginesce pearl brads to finish them off. I took the MME buttons off the card to scatter them on my page, and then decided to use the card too! I love it when even the packaging is usable :D

The rest of the DT have been busy creating too, have a look at their fabulous takes on the sketch:
Instead of one main prize this month we're all giving away a little something to our readers! All you have to do is leave me a comment below by Sunday 27th March and I'll pick one using The winner will receive a prize sent direct from Holly at The Sampler, and if I know Holly it will be fab!

Friday, 18 March 2011


I'm loving the March Sampler kit! For this layout I pulled out the grey cardstock, the gorgeous Kaisercraft musical notes paper and the lovely pink fabric swatches from American Crafts.  

I used some of the My Minds Eye buttons and the grey ribbon to create my own rolled ribbon flower embellishments, and finished off with lots of the black ruffle ribbon.
These black vinyl American Crafts Thickers, and the black cardstock are the only things that I added to the kit.
I based this layout on Shimelle's sketch of the week:
scrapbooking sketch

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Adventures in Crochet

Some time ago now I used some Kaisercraft crochet flowers on a couple of layouts (one is here), although at the time I didn't know they were Kaisercraft. The lovely Toni left me a comment on one of the posts suggesting that I had a go at making my own, but since I haven't knitted anything since I was a child and have never learned to crochet, I didn't take up her suggestion.
Then, not so long ago, I saw this post on Julia's blog, reviewing a book on how to crochet.  So I took the plunge, ordered the book, enlisted the help of my friend Carrina, and learned to crochet!
These flowers are part of a bigger pattern for a bag, but I thought I'd start small :D 
I'm really pleased with my first attempt, and am finding it strangely addictive! I've already started on my second project, which is project bag from another pattern from the book. So far I've got a base and a side, and am half way through the second side. Just the back, front, pockets and handles to do!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

A Multitude of Hearts

One of my colleagues is redecorating her house, and asked me if I'd make something to hang on her bedroom wall - after I picked myself up off the floor, where I'd collapsed from the shock of my first proper commission - I enthusiastically agreed. We took a lunchtime trip to The Range, where I had to pick myself up off the floor yet again as she chose a canvas that was 24" square! I've never done anything bigger than 12x12 before, so the big canvas was a bit daunting. Her instructions were 'shades of blue, lots of love hearts and in a shabby chic style - and this is what I came up with:
I painted the canvas pale blue, and then spent hours hand cutting and distressing what felt like thousands of hearts! Most of the papers are from various My Minds Eye collections, including Laundry Line, Lost and Found, Portobello Road and Life Stories. I've only adhered the bottom of each heart, so the tops are free, which gives some dimension to the finished piece.
So far she's seen a picture of it on facebook, and seemed pretty pleased. I'll be taking it into work with me tomorrow, so fingers crossed she likes the real thing!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Covering Chipboard

Here's the tutorial on covering chipboard that I did for The Studio:

First, take a piece of patterned paper that's slightly bigger than the chipboard shape that you want to cover. Turn the paper over so the pattern that you want to use is face down, and cover the back in adhesive. I've tried all sorts of adhesives over the years, including double sided tape, glue sticks and adhesive sheets, but I haven't found anything better than Claudine Hellmuth's matte multi medium - it stays wet long enough to adjust your chipboard if you need to, but then it dries quickly, stays in place and gives a really neat finish. Put your chipboard shape face down on the adhesive covered paper, and hold in place for a few seconds. Then take a sharp craft knife and trim away the excess paper, including the hole at the top. Don't worry about being neat at this stage, because the next step is to use a file to neaten the edges. I use the Basic Grey precision file set - it's one of my go to tools and I wouldn't be without it! 

As the chipboard shapes I was using are only small (around 4"x 3") I decided to use a photo to cover the entire shape, rather than covering in paper and then adding the photo. On the reverse side of the shape you've just covered, ink the top in a coordinating colour - I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Choose a photo that's slightly bigger than your chipboard shape and cover the back in adhesive. Stick your photo to the chipboard shape, taking care not to cover the hole at the top of the tag.

Use your craft knife to trim the excess and a file to neaten the edges. Then, using the same colour as before, ink the edges of the shape, taking care to apply an even amount on both sides.

And that's it, you're done! I only added photos to five of the six chipboard tags, keeping the first one as the front cover. I added a few embellishments and a title to the cover, and arranged the tags so that the photos were all face up. Some brief journaling printed on the computer and edged in the same distress ink completed the book. 

So there you are, a quick and easy way to cover chipboard :D

Calendar Embellishment

Here's a quick tutorial for the calendar embellishment I used on my 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' layout.
I used the calendar stamp, one of the fabric ATCs and some of the cardstock border stickers, and here's how I did it:

First I took the ATC and inked it with Antique Linen Distress Ink to give it an aged look.

Next I peeled the backing from the ATC and stuck it to some brown cardstock which I trimmed down. I then inked the calendar stamp using dark brown ink, being careful to only ink the areas that I wanted to stamp (I had a babywipe to hand though, just in case!), and stamped the image to the top of the ATC.

Then I cut some sections from the border strips and layered them up along the bottom of the ATC. And there you have it, your very own calendar embellishment!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Snowy Moments

I used up some scraps from my January Sarah's Cards kit to create this layout. I'm nowhere near the end of the kit, but I wanted to create a layout using white space, so I was loath to cut into a full sheet of patterned paper! In the end I only used one small piece of the Fancy Pants paper, and the rest is made up of clusters of embellishments.
A big thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment on The Studio Blog Hop - I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Friday, 4 March 2011

The Studio Challenges - Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to The Studio Challenges blog hop!
You should have arrived here from Irini, but if you haven't then hop back to The Studio to start from the beginning :D

The super talented Anna Bowkis - Founder of Pencil Lines - has kindly designed this fantastic sketch for us, and each design team member from The Studio has created their own layout, card or off the page version based on this sketch. We hope you find some inspiration along the way!

Here is my interpretation...

Our sponsor for the main prize on the Studio blog is Scrap With V.
In order to be entered for the main prize you must be or become a follower AND comment on ALL blogs along the way.

There will also be various other prizes along the way, kindly donated by members of our Design Team. To win these, you need only comment on and follow the blog which is giving the prize. The winners for these prizes will be announced at the Design Team member's blog.

The Blog Hop starts today, Friday 4th March and runs through Monday 7th March with the winner of the major prize to be announced on The Studio blog.

Thank you for visiting and taking part in our blog hop!

If you want to play along with us, make sure you link up your take on the sketch in the comments on the main Blog Hop post at The Studio.

Your next stop is....Julie 

Here's the full list in case you get lost :D
Jules - that's me!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

March Kit from The Sampler

Just look at the loveliness that is the March kit from The Sampler, 'Stumbling into Spring'! Can't wait til Postie delivers mine :D