Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The Sampler December Kit - a sneak peak and a giveaway!

Head on over the The Sampler blog to take part in Holly's giveaway :D

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Autumn Collage

I've been experimenting more with canvases recently, Christy Tomlinson style, so when I was deciding what to do for my fourth project with the Authentique 'Gathering' papers from Ann at The Scrapbook Garden, and all I had left were scraps, I decided to do a mini canvas collage.
I pulled all of my scraps together (including the waste from one of the butterflies that I cut for the butterfly frame!), adhered them to a 5x7" canvas board using matte multi medium, and then got messy with several paint dabbers (Snow Cap, Mushroom, Hazelnut and Cloudy Blue) and two Tando Creative masks (leaves and sequin waste). 
I finished off by adding the rest of the Authentique 'Gathering' Excerpts, some of the MME rub ons, and one of the Tando Creative birds (which was painted with the mushroom and cloudy blue paint dabbers).

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Joy Of Being Lazy

This is a layout that I made with the November kit from The Sampler. I pulled out a couple of the Amy Tangerine papers from American Crafts, along with the fabric stickers and thickers from the same range. 
I cut some of the frames from one of the Amy Tangerine papers and layered them up behind the photo. The two banners are made from the tear off paper strips from the bottom of the two AC sheets.
The fabric sticker fit perfectly with my title, so I added it above the frames and worked the rest of my title around the photo.
I added some texture  underneath the banners by stamping with one of the stamps in the American Crafts stamp set that comes with the kit. I stamped the same image several times to get the length that I wanted. 
The fabric banner sticker fit perfectly across the clouds printed on the paper, and seem to reflect what Donnie was thinking when I took this photo! 
Thanks for stopping by :D

Monday, 21 November 2011

Snap Happy

It's time for the November sketch over at The Sampler - I absolutely loved this month's sketch and will definitely be using it again!

If you want to win a COMPLETE KIT FROM THE SAMPLER, all you have to do is post your take on the sketch in The Sampler's Flickr group! **ONLY submissions entered through the Flickr group will be eligible to win**
The deadline for entries is December 20th. Good Luck!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Bird House

This is going to be a quick post from me today I'm afraid - I've got a week off work and wouldn't you know it, I've spent most of it laid on the sofa streaming with cold :( 
As part of our latest DT kit Ann sent each of us a different chipboard project - mine was this fabulous Tando Creative bird house. Fortunately I managed to finish it before the cold hit, so I'll leave you with some photos!

If you'd like more details on how I made this, let me know in the comments and when I'm less snotty I'll put a proper description together!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Gift Card Holder

First of all, wow! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments that you left on my last post, the Butterfly Frame. I'm so glad so many of you liked it, and those who said they were going to give it a go, I hope you'll leave me a link in the comments here so I can come and have a look :D
Right, onto today's post - this is my second project for Ann at The Scrapbook Garden, so it's another off the page project using the Authentique 'Gathering' papers. These papers are really thick and have a lovely texture, so they lend themselves really well to non-layout projects. 
I've made a few of these gift card holders before, using the tutorial that I found here, but I've never blogged them so I thought I'd do so today, and I've included a little tutorial of my own. 
1. Cut two pieces from a sheet of double sided paper, one 11" x 4.25", and the other 7" x 1"

2. Take the largest piece, choose which side of the paper you want to have as the inside and outside. With the inside facing you score a valley fold at 3", a mountain fold at 5.5", and a valley fold at 8"
3. Flip the paper over, run double sided tape around the edges of one of the two inside panels, and adhere them together 
4. Take the panels that you adhered together and use your craft knife or a punch to create an opening. This is where the gift card will go, so you may want to use one to measure your opening. I used a craft knife and a circle punch to create the opening shown below:
5. Fold the gift card holder closed, with the front facing you. Take the samller piece of card and place it widthways across the front of the card holder. Wrap the ends around the back and adhere them together. This piece should now slide on and off the gift card holder to keep it closed. Embellish this band as desired.
6. Finally, embellish the inside of the gift card holder as desired. I added one of the quotes from the Authentique 'Excerpts' sheet to the inside page, and a square of paper to the back page to create a pocket for the receipt, or a handwritten note to the recipient. 
And there you have it! I hope you give this a go - and be sure to link me up in the comments if you do - I'd love to see :D

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Butterfly Frame

Ann's latest challenge for the DT at The Scrapbook Garden is to go off the page. She sent each of us a different paper collection (I got the gorgeous Authentique 'Gathering' papers) and a few coordinating bits, and said 'no layouts!' Well, after the fun I've been having with my Hallowe'en projects I was more than happy to comply :D  
I knew I wanted to do a home decor project, so I went into The Range last week to pick up this photo frame ... and came out with a sewing machine as well! I've been wanting one for ages, but didn't want to spend too much as I knew I'd only be using it on paper projects, so when I saw one reduced from £50 to £20 I just couldn't resist! And I'm so glad I got it, I love the effect on this project, it really adds a bit of something extra to it. I definitely need to practise sewing in a straight line though!

I started by taking the glass out of the frame, and then cut a piece of Bazzill in Bitter Chocolate to fit. I chose four patterns from the Authentique papers and cut 4 butterflies from each using my Cuttlebug. I layered one of each pattern together, making sure that each pile of butterflies had a different pattern on top. I then sewed each of the four piles of butterflies together using a burnt orange thread (that came with the sewing machine - see? it was meant to be...). I also sewed around the edge of the Bazzill background. I adhered the four butterflies to the Bazzill and separated the layers to give some dimension to the finished piece. Finally, I adhered one of the sentiments from the Authentique 'Excerpts' sheet underneath the butterflies.

I think these would make great handmade gifts - the possibilities for variations in the design are endless, and they could be completely personalised for the recipient. Right, that's me off to The Range to buy some more photo frames - look out distant relatives!

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

What did one pumpkin say to the other?

It's challenge time over at The Studio, and this month the lovely Tessa is in charge! Her first challenge is to put away all those die cut machines and punches, and hand cut some shapes for your layout using scissors only.

I used some pre-cut border stickers around the edge of my layout and under the photo (a mix of Crate Paper 'Farmhouse' and Bella Blvd 'Finally Fall') and hand cut a range of papers from Jillibean Soup to create the pennants under the photo.

The title is a mix of alphas from American Crafts, Bella Blvd and Authentique. I was busy using the pumpkin flesh to make pumpkin and apple soup while my DH was carving these. He put them on the windowsill when he'd finished and went off to find some candles to go inside - as soon as I saw them sat there the title popped into my head, and I rushed off to find my camera! 

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

{Cat Nap}

Here's another of the layouts that I did for A Trip Down Memory Lane using October Afternoon products. I love this series of photos that I took of our eldest cat, Donnie. He was desperately trying to stay awake so he could keep his eye on me as I snapped away, but the warmth of the sun on the table was just too much for him! All I added to the October Afternoon stash were the Thickers for the main title.