Friday, 28 October 2011

Halloween Jars

I've been playing with the October Sampler from Precocious Paper and the Apothecary collection from Echo Park a bit more, and have decorated a couple of empty coffee jars ready for tomorrow's Halloween party. I'll be filling them with sweets ready for my guests - I'm so excited! :D

Friday, 21 October 2011

Halloween Home Decor

I'm absolutely thrilled to be the Guest Designer over at Precocious Paper this month - I love Tessa's fabulous handmade flowers and accessories, so designing with them has been an absolute pleasure :D
I knew I wanted to make a home decor piece for my upcoming Halloween party, so I was very excited to see that many of the pieces in Tessa's October Sampler 'Pumpkin Patch' went perfectly with the Echo Park 'The Apothecary Emporium' collection. I mixed and matched papers, stickers, flowers and ribbons to create this photo frame.
These gorgeous rolled satin flowers had to take pride of place in the centre, and I love the contrast between the orange of the flowers and the black of the candelabra sticker behind. 
I've used the third rolled flower in this frame, with two of the pins that held the gorgeous ribbons on the clothes pegs that Tessa rolls them on (which is just a lovely touch). I've also used some of the ribbon underneath the flower, and rolled some of it to create the banner above. 
I've used the black and grey layered flower and some of the black and white spotty ribbon in this frame. I had to add the 'Beware of black cats' sticker - ok mine's black and white, but he should definitely come with a warning!
I used some of the white tulle in this frame to look like fog, and added a bit more of the black and white spotty ribbon to the layered panel underneath. I need a better way to adhere Mr Bat, as he keeps leaping off the fog and onto the shelf - any ideas?
Finally I've just used a strip of the orange paper ribbon at the top of this frame, to give a bit of contrast behind the tree.
If you want to play with your own October Sampler, they're still available in Tessa's Etsy shop, here
Thanks for letting me play Tessa! 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

My Little Poser

It's that time of the month again, yep, it's sketch time over at The Sampler :D
Another fairly minimalist layout from me - I used the August kit and there isn't a lot left! I'll be so happy when my next kit delivery arrives, and so will my poor Postie!
It's a fab sketch - I couldn't decide what to do with the line down the middle to start with, I had so many ideas, but I'm in a really painty/inky place at the moment, so dropped some of the paint from the gorgeous paint dabber that comes in the August kit and spread it down the page with an offcut of card. I love the effect! 
These are pretty much the last of the Hambly rubons that came in the kit too - I loved these and am very sad to see them go!
Thanks for stopping by - why not head over the The Sampler blog and have a go at the sketch? Don't forget to link up your take on it to be in with a chance of winning :D

Sunday, 16 October 2011

I Love Instagram

It's time for the latest Sunday challenge over at The Studio, and this week Anna has challenged us to create our own backgrounds. I'm definitely developing a love for getting messy with paints and inks, so this challenge was right up my street! I used a flower mask from 'That Special Touch' and a white paint dabber to create this floral effect on my background Bazzill cardstock. 
I've developed a love for Instagram recently, so I thought I'd document it using a photo that I took with my phone and then altered using Instagram, and the Sarah's Cards September kit. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Soaking Wet, Tired & Happy

This is one of the layouts that I created using the October Afternoon goodies from A Trip Down Memory Lane. In fact - this isn't just one of the layouts, I think it's my favourite of all the layouts that I created with the parcel that Mel and Jill sent me :D
All I've added to the October Afternoon '5&Dime' collection is the bakers twine (which I think I nabbed from a past Sarah's Cards kit, but I'm not sure!). I absolutely loved working with this collection, thanks so much for having me as a guest designer ladies!

Monday, 10 October 2011

So You Think You Can Scrap

Amazingly, I'm still in the 'So You Think You Can Scrap' challenge over at Colorful Creations. I thought the last challenge would see me out, but I managed to post my layout just before the deadline! I'm now into round 6, and I realised that I've only shown the layout from round 1 on here, so this is a bit of a catch up post!
Round 2: This was a challenge in two parts - the first was to use a black background which was easy enough, and the second was to pick one of six sketches to use as the left hand side of a double layout, with the right hand side being a mirror image. This is my take - 'The Many Faces of Mojo', which was made with the July kit from The Sampler.
Round 3: This was another challenge in two parts, and the sketch was the easy bit this time! We all had the same sketch, and it called for a single page layout, but the twist was to use a specific time in the title. This is my take - '6am Time to Crow!', which was made with the August kit from Sarah's Cards.
Round 4: This took some thinking about! The challenge was to make an 'all white' layout - the only thing that could be coloured was the photo. I dug through my stash for this one and pulled out anything white that I could find! The butterfly transparency is Hambly (and is whiter than it looks in the photo), the roses are Pebbles brads, and the alphas are Thickers. I punched some butterflies from white cardstock using a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, and used a Fiskars border punch to add some interest under the title.
Round 5: When I saw this challenge I thought it would be the one to put me out of the running - we had to scrap a layout using at least 3 Halloween papers, which was about a phobia. The photo had to be of ourselves or our phobia, and the journaling had to be at least 25 words long. I've never been a huge fan of Halloween, and so didn't have any Halloween papers to speak of. But, as we didn't have a housewarming when we moved in, I'd decided to throw a Halloween party instead, so I ordered the Echo Park 'Apothecary' collection pack and made this layout about my phobia of creatures with wings!
I'm really happy with the way this one turned out, and I'm pleased to say I've got loads of the collection pack left to make invitations and decorations for our spooky gathering :D
So, onto round 6, and the challenge is to scrap a calendar layout, featuring at least 7 days from one of the last four months - wish me luck!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Versatile Blogger

My very first blog award! A big thank you to Ann at The Scrapbook Garden for awarding this to me :D

So, apparently I need to pass this on, and tell you all 7 things about me. Well, passing it on is easy - if you haven't visited Monique Liedtke's blog then you really should, her work is stunning and she's such a lovely person too - so this award is coming your way Monique!
And now for 7 things about me that you might not know...
1. Before I discovered paper and glue I made beaded jewellery
2. I'm addicted to coffee. Seriously. I have one of those thermal travel mugs permanently fixed to my hand
3. My iPhone is glued to my other hand. I'd be lost without it
4. I love studying - I've lost count of the number of Open University modules that I've completed
5. I named my car Delilah
6. If I like a book I'll read it several times
7. I've got a really really sweet tooth. Unfortunately!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The Sampler October Kit

Just look at all that loveliness! Can't wait til this little beauty lands on my doorstep :D
If you fancy one of your own, head over to The Sampler before they run out!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Day Dreaming

The current challenge over at The Studio is a colour palette of grey, pink and yellow. As soon as I saw it I knew I'd be reach for Crate Paper's 'Restoration' collection. I just adore these papers, and since I haven't used any for a while I decided this was the perfect opportunity!
I've used a photo of Mojo (just for a change!) which was taken on the decking that we had in the back garden at the old house. I decided to use some of the woodgrain paper from the 'Restoration' collection to complement the photo and break up the strong yellow and pink tones from the other papers. 
I had my usual alpha issue - I knew what I wanted my title to be, but couldn't find the right alphas! In the end I resorted to using an upside down 'V' as an A, but looking at it now, I'm not sure if I should have added a bit across the middle? Oh well.
I love the border stickers from Crate Paper, I used the last of my 'Restoration' ones on this layout, which was a very hard thing to do! I used Shimelle's sketch of the week for this layout.
Be sure to pop back later, as I've got The Sampler October kit to reveal, and a blogger award to pass on - it's all go around here! :D

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Washing Line Frame

I was lucky enough to be asked to be the guest designer for September for A Trip Down Memory Lane, which meant that I got to play with lots of lovely October Afternoon stash. When I received my box of goodies I had a little hunt in blogland for some inspiration, and when I saw this frame on the October Afternoon blog, I fell in love - so I was very happy to see that there was a fantastic tutorial for it.
I used papers and cardstock stickers from the 5&Dime collection to create 9 panels, and added photos to four of them. I attached three lengths of twine to the back of the frame, and hung the panels using mini pegs. I'm so pleased with how it turned out - all I need to do now is finish decorating in my craft room so I can hang it on the wall!