Tuesday, 30 October 2012

One Man & His Car

Now that the gallery for the Mystery Kit is live over at UKScrappers, I can show you what I did with it! For those of you who don't know, the Mystery Kit is one of the best parts of a UKS Cyber Crop (in my opinion) - four retailers use their amazing product knowledge to put together a kit, one for each of the four teams, the contents of which are a complete mystery (hence the name) until one drops on your doorstep! You then have to use the contents of the kit to create something, adding only black or white card or ink. My kit came from Sarah's Cards, and as soon as I saw it I knew it had to be a minibook :D
The last time my in laws came to visit they came in my FIL's pride and joy - his Morgan. I immediately took advantage of the chance to do a photoshoot and ran outside with my camera! I decided to use some of the photos in my minibook, which I'll give to the in laws next time they're here.  

Everything that you see (apart from the photos obviously) came from the Mystery Kit - I didn't add anything to it at all. And I even have some left!
It's definitely worth having a look in the Mystery Kit galleries at UKScrappers - it's amazing to see the variety of projects that people have made with the same supplies.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Just Waiting

It's the third Sunday of the month, which means it's time for a sketch challenge over at The Studio. Val has surpassed herself again, and created a fabulous sketch for us to work with! I combined it with some of the lovely Pink Paislee 'Portfolio' collection and a few Studio Calico wood veneers to create this layout.
I love this photo of Mojo in one of her favourite poses - she knows when my DH is due home from work, and will wait behind the front door for him. I think the black and white works really well, and also helps to hide the horrendous hall carpet that we inherited when we moved in!
I've gone back to slightly smaller photos as I understand the larger ones are harder to see for people viewing in Google Reader - they come out too big to see the whole layout at once, which drives me mad when it's other people's blogs, so I'd hate to think I was causing the same problem for my readers! 
In other news, I'm really excited to be doing a class for the UKScrappers CyberCrop - if you're a member, my class will go live at 10am on Monday 29th October, so I hope you'll join me and give it a go! (And if you're not a member, why on earth not?! Get over there right now!)
The past few weeks have been really busy, I'm slowly settling in to student life but I haven't had much time to scrap. Hopefully I'll settle into a routine soon and I'll be back to posting more regularly :D Thanks for sticking with me!
Make sure you head over to The Studio and see what the other girls have done, this week's DT gallery is amazing!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Playing Ball

I managed a bit of crafty time this afternoon and had a play with the 'Midway' collection from October Afternoon. I decided to base my layout on last Thursday's sketch from the OA blog, I love sketches as a starting point.
I've got the 8x8 paper pad and really like the slightly smaller patterns - I think the grey with the white stars will be cropping up a lot in future layouts, it's gorgeous. 
This is one of those photos that's been sitting around for a while, waiting for the right paper collection. Mojo absolutely loves to play fetch, and often amuses passersby as she trots home proudly carrying her ball in her mouth! It's the way she holds the ball to one side of her mouth with her tongue hanging out of the other side that always makes me smile :)
I cut all the little arrows from one of the papers - which isn't like me at all! I'm normally far too impatient for fussy cutting, but once I'd got the idea in my head I couldn't get it out, so I fiddled about with my little scissors, and I'm quite pleased with the result.
Apologies for the not so great photos, it was dark outside by the time I'd finished, but I knew that if I didn't get it photographed straight away it would sit on my desk for ages :S

Monday, 8 October 2012

You Do Know Jellyfish Can Jump?

The latest challenge over at The Studio is to scrap a family related layout - what family means to you. Who do you consider to be your family? Do you have a humorous family anecdote to scrap? Get creative!
As soon as I saw the 'humorous family anecdote' part of this challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to scrap. When my sisters and I were little, we spent our summer holidays as a family in France. This particular photo was taken on the beach at Saint-Jean-de-Monts, where we became fascinated by a jellyfish that had washed up on shore. The three of us were gathered round, leaning over it when my Dad's voice came from behind...'you do know jellyfish can jump? Some of them can get up to 6 feet...' I don't think any of us have run so far, so fast since! Jumping jellyfish have been a running joke in our family ever since (no pun intended!), I don't think we'll ever live it down :D
I used lots of Crate Paper 'Storyteller',with some Thickers, Studio Calico wood veneer and Kesi'Art alpha stickers.
We've been joined by some of the Teresa Collins Design Team for this challenge, make sure you hop over and see what they, and the rest of The Studio DT have done! There's a fab prize up for grabs this month too.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sleeping Beauty or Lazy Gardener?

Phew! Not quite sure what happened to the last couple of weeks, life got a bit hectic there for a while! I haven't managed to fit in much crafting recently, so I thought I'd share this canvas that I made a while ago. It's a flat 8.5x11" canvas, which I've covered in Pink Paislee's 'She Art' collection. 
I took this photo from my front door, angled to the left - I love that this combination of climbing rose and honeysuckle grows over the porch and hides us from the street. Whenever I look through it I feel like Sleeping Beauty in her castle, but the reality is that I'm just a very lazy gardener!
I built up the house shape to reflect the fact that I was looking through the door when I took the photo - I modelled it on the die cuts that come with the collection, but I cut my own versions to make them big enough to fit the photo.
A few alphas and some doodline with a Sharpie, and I was done!
If you're on UKScrappers have you signed up for the CyberCrop? I can't wait!