Sunday, 29 April 2012

I don't know who's luckiest, me or you?

This is a layout that I made with the My Mind's Eye 'Follow Your Heart' collection, using a colour combo from the Scrap, Paper, Scissors blog
I had fun layering up several of the patterned papers, some washi tape, a Jenni Bowlin bingo card and some of the chipboard pieces from the MME collection.
I added a few stamped details, including the bicycle and butterflies, and also stamped the arrows to anchor my title. The title is part stamped and part Studio Calico chipboard alphas. 
Thanks for stopping bye today, and a big wave to my new followers, it's nice to know that you like what you see enough to want to come back :D

Monday, 23 April 2012

Perfect Morning

This is my take on Shimelle's latest Glitter Girl challenge - to use an 'a' side with a bold pattern as the main paper on your page. This was definitely a challenge for me, and very different to what is becoming my usual style. 
I based my layout on one of the sketches that Shimelle included with the challenge, and used lots of Crate Paper 'Storyteller', plus Studio Calico alphas and some washi tape.
I'm not sure if I like it or not, and it probably won't surprise you to know that the next layout I did had a plain white background! 

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Afternoon Snooze

I've had a Martha Stewart punch all over the page circle punch for a while now, and haven't used it, so when I saw Shimelle's challenge to make a layout using just scraps I knew exactly what I was going to do! I went a bit mad with the punch on some white cardstock, and then grabbed some leftovers and stuck them behind the circles. 
I really struggled to get a decent photo of this, I'm blaming the lousy weather we're having at the moment. If it brightens up over the weekend I might have another attempt! 
I had loads of fun doodling all over this layout. It's not something I would normally do, but I really enjoyed it.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Beautiful Girl

This is the other layout that I made for the song title challenge, which I made with the other half of the 'Follow Your Heart' collection from My Mind's Eye.
The song title is 'Beautiful Girl'. I'm sure there are several songs with this title, but the one I drew inspiration from is the INXS version :D
I also used Shimelle's challenge to scrap two copies of the same photo.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Little Lion Man

This week's challenge over at The Studio is to use a song title as the title on your layout. You'd think that wouldn't be a problem for a music lover, but it turns out I listen to some weird and wonderful, and mainly depressing stuff! I finally found this song by Mumford & Sons, and decided it went perfectly with my photo of Donnie prowling in the garden.
I used the My Minds Eye 'Follow Your Heart' collection from this month's sponsor - Craft Island. I actually bought these before I knew Jacqui had agreed to be a sponsor, so I feel more than happy saying that her shop and service are both fabulous! 
I just love the stamp sets that coordinate with both of the 'Follow Your Heart' collections, and although I've stuck to the 'Be Amazing' side for the papers and embellishments, I've used both stamp sets as they mix and match beautifully.
The title is Thickers from Amy Tangerine, but I thought all three words in the same pattern looked a bit too  much, so I altered the four alphas in 'lion' with a black ink pad.
I hope you'll join in with the challenge this week, and definitely pop over and see what the rest of the DT have done, there are some great layouts and a real mix of song titles!
I actually made two layouts for this challenge - I've ended up using the second one that I made as I think it's a better choice of song title, but I do really like the first layout, so I'll be back to show you it in a day or so :D

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Art Journaling Workshop

Thanks to my lovely hubby, and the gorgeous Dyan from Art from the Heart, I had a fabulous Easter Sunday! Hubby booked me on Dyan's art journaling workshop as a birthday present, so on Sunday morning I headed off to Harrogate for a day of painty, inky fun! 
I'd assumed that the workshop was a one off, but as it turns out it was part of a series, but that's ok because Dyan explained that people can dip in and out as they want, and not everyone there had been to all of the workshops in the series so far. In fact there were two other complete newbies, so I didn't feel like the odd one out! 
I took a small Moleskine journal with me, but after seeing what everyone had done in previous weeks I soon ditched that and purchased a much bigger one from the shop - and I'm so glad I did! The first double spread that I did is above - Dyan talked us through this one, starting with the painted background, adding the stamped borders and lines from her amazing stamp sets, then adding the collaged elements from book paper and magazines, and finally adding some more colour using Derwent Inktense blocks. It's still a work in progress (all the pages are), I'll go back in and add more later, but I'm very happy with my first attempt at art journaling 'Dyan style' :D 
This is the second double spread. I managed to paint and stamp, but when I went to add the magazine image it all went wrong! Dyan had told us to open our journals randomly and start painting, to avoid that 'first page' feeling. That meant though, that when I'd painted and stamped my second page I had no idea which way was up, and instead of checking I went ahead and glued in an image. Which turned out to be upside down :( By the time I realised the glue was too sticky for me to pull off the image straight away, so I left it to dry and carried on to page 3. When I came back to this page at the end I managed to get the original image off, but didn't have much time to choose another (we don't really have magazines at home so I knew I'd have no luck finding one later), so, whilst not my ideal choice, this picture of Coldplay will just have to do!
For page number 3 I avoided the magazines altogether, and just used the collaged elements created from book pages, as I know this is something I'll be able to recreate at home. I think this page is my favourite of the three, which is probably a good thing! 
After the workshop we had time for a rummage in the shop, which gave me chance to spend the birthday money that my lovely Mum had sent with me. I picked up one of the stamp sets that we'd used in the workshop, and a couple of other bits so that I could carry on creating at home. The Derwent Inktense blocks are still on my shopping list, I had to leave those behind or I'd have overspent!
This page is what I call the sign of a good workshop - I got home, showed hubby what I'd done and regaled him with tales of the day, had tea, and then immediately went off and started creating again! I'm happy that the paints that I've got did just as good a job as the Ranger paint dabbers that we used in the workshop, and I gave the stamps a very good first outing! I added the extra colour with my spray inks, which I think worked quite well, so I can wait for the Inktense blocks a bit longer!
So thank you hubby for a fantastic birthday present, and thank you Dyan for an amazing day - I'm hoping to be back for the next one!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Snapshots of Leela

A new month means a new challenge over at Truly Madly Crafty, and this month Maxine's challenge is to use handmade flowers. Obviously I had to create a project using my crochet flowers!
I used the new Echo Park collection 'This&That Charming', washi tape, and some Studio Calico butterflies, Lily Bee alphas and black ink.
I've got a couple of these flowers in my Folksy shop - I've been crocheting like mad to try and increase my stock, but I have to admit I've been distracted by a pattern for an Easter bunny for my friend's baby boy. I've just got its legs, ears and tail to do, and then it's back to flowers!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you'll pop over to the Truly Madly Crafty challenge blog and see what the rest of the DT have created - we've all done very different things this month which is fab!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Big Yawn

Today's challenge at The Studio is a recipe one - there are six ingredients, and you need to use at least three on your layout. The DT decided to really push themselves and tried to include all six!
I just about managed it! The six ingredients are: twine (banner string); ink (lots of stamping and doodling); washi tape (at the top of the photo); kraft (background); star (either end of the banner); and die cuts (the 'be true.' and 'be positive.' are both die cuts from Pink Paislee that I've trimmed down to fit the layout).
Most of this layout is from the MME 'Follow Your Heart' collection, including the stamps. I added the Pink Paislee die cuts, a couple of Fancy Pants chipboard stars, some Amy Tangerine alphas and the washi tape.
I tried to alter the 'remember this date' chipboard element from the MME collection, but I managed to stamp upside down, d'oh! I stamped again the right way up and am keeping my fingers crossed that it looks ok! Note to self - always check your stamp's the right way up before you use it!
Head on over to The Studio and see what the rest of the DT have come up with, there are some amazing layouts this week!