Monday, 20 April 2015

Girl Friends

Sometimes a photo pops up on Gracia's Facebook feed and I just have to scrap it as soon as possible.  One of those photos popped up on Saturday as her two best Essex friends had gone to stay with her in Newcastle for the weekend.  Her birthday and Hannah's are only a few days apart so they were planning some pre-birthday celebrations.


I have been playing around with my Silhouette pens recently so - border and journaling done with Silhouette pens - am loving this technique at the moment and can see a lot of this appearing on my pages in the near future - tags, title and Polaroid cut with Silhouette - plus a little bit of very gorgeous Crate Paper Confetti and lots of very scary white space!

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  A beautiful sunny day which meant the Rainbows were able to play on the field in the sunshine all meeting.

2. Pizza for tea as we didn't have it on Saturday

3.  Gracia and Hannah's are still firm friends after 14 years.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

March in 5 Photos

For my March pages I have used Websters Pages - Dream in Colour.  As soon as I saw this range I loved it and when I saw the sticker with the words 'You are my favourite work of art' I knew I had to have it for my Month in 5 photos layouts.



1. Gracia came home for Easter and at her instigation we had lots of walks with Kiera.


2. David bought me a new car (I named her Nellie) which someone has subsequently run into the back of - I stopped at a round-a-bout and they didn't.  I was fine but my poor car has a broken bumper and a squished boot.  

3. I went on a school trip to the National Gallery and saw my all time favourite painting - Monet's The Water-Lily Pond.

4. For Mother's Day Gracia had an Alice In Wonderland themed necklace and earrings made for me.

5. I took my Rainbows to a Danceathon in aid of Comic Relief and made Red Nosed Shaun the Sheep cupcakes to sell.


So another month has been documented thanks to Jo's brilliant idea of printing out 5 photos and scrapping them.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. Nobody was hurt in the accident.

2. Gracia has passed her theory driving test ( not just passed it but she aced it - we wouldn't expect anything less from our little obsessive achiever).

3. We had some fabulous adventures during the two weeks she was home and I am looking forward to the ones I have planned for the summer.




Saturday, 11 April 2015

Colour Chaos

Well, yesterday's class was a success and I was up first again today.  Another three page class but this time using Bella BLVD's Color Chaos.  These papers are the polar opposites to the ones I used yesterday, they are very bright and bold.  


I loved these as soon as I saw them too - what a fickle scrapper I am - and the first layout came together very quickly.  This has the option of using the flower paper with cut out flowers as embellishments or using the star paper with cut out stars for a more masculine layout.



The second features different ways to use embossing folders - embossing silver foil, embossing plastic, embossing and sanding Core D'Ination cardstock, using the folders to print on water colour paper.


 By using the reverse of the papers a very different look can be achieved.




My final layout shows how this paper can look just as good against a black background and involves lots of layering. As soon as I saw the cut-a-part with the words 'You Will Forever Be My Always' I knew I had to use it on a page or on a card.


Reasons to be Cheerful

1. Looking forward to taking classes by Denise, Debbie and Ann today.

2. Managing to make two layouts and almost finishing a mini album.

3. Finishing the mini travel journal I was making for Josh. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Having an Enchanted Time!

Today, is the start of the long awaited ATDML Retreat and I was first up to teach at 1:30 with my class using the absolutely gorgeous Enchanted range from Simple Stories.  Unashamedly girlie - perfect to scrap photos of my unashamedly girlie girl!  

This was a three page class 

Page 1 - Hello Princess





The second one - Happily Ever After - not quite so feminine but still making the most of the gorgeous pastel tones of the papers. 

 Apologies for the camera flash across Josh's head!



 And the third one - Make A Wish - back to the girlie/princess vibe of the range.



Reasons to be Cheerful:-

1.  Today's the Day!

2. Spending some time yesterday, crafting with my best girl.

3. Renewing old friendships and making new ones.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

50 Breeds of Sheep - Take Two

Joining in with Abi' 1 photo 20 words. 



A glorious day spent in London hunting sheep and discovering one called Mossy Bottom!  Loving adventures with my Best Girl. 

Yes we are pointing at our Mossy Bottoms!  What a wonderful day we had just discovering London through the Shaun in the City Sheep Trails - there are 4 different ones and if London is too far for you to come there is one in Bristol starting on July 6th. 

We started by doing most on one trail then went for lunch in Covent Garden and found a few more there and finished up at St Pauls where we discovered some more.  Some were spectacular some were mediocre but all were such fun to find.  Having been to London last month with the school and been on a history walk from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square and back again it opened my eyes to how much I don't know about my capital city and we are planning a family visit to London to discover some more.  

We had intended to hunt sheep in the morning and go to the V&A in the afternoon but because the weather was so lovely decided to spend as much of the day outside as possible.  

Reasons to be Cheerful:-

1. Yet another Adventure with my Best Girl.

2.  Planning at least two more before she goes home on Sunday.

3.  Whiling away the two hours we were stuck in a near stationary traffic jam on the way home chatting singing and in companionable silence.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Playing Dirty!

I don't often play with paint, inks and stamps, I have these in my stash but mostly because I see what wonderful results other people get with them and then 'chicken out' when it comes to using them on my pages.  I have been know to go into complete melt down over stamping on a page. 

Today I decided to play dirty and use some of my unused but not unloved media for a slightly mixed media page.  I was inspired by the success I had with my Easter frame and wondered if this technique would work on paper - it does.  I actually did a little happy dance as I watched the crackles appear.  So firstly, I laid down a wash of gold paint, then once dried a layer of pva glue and when this was tacky a wash of white paint.


Caught up in the moment I ran my seam ripper round the edges of the two pieces of paper and then used a Cosmic Shimmer spray to speckle the page and finally, only a little shows, stamped with some distress ink.  


As I had the Cosmic Shimmer out I sprayed some white roses and then dabbed some gold paint onto these.  

 

The strips that run down and across the page are mostly manufacturers strips cut from the bottom of the paper and a couple of border stickers.  


I tore around a phrase and painted the torn edge gold.


Finally I added a phrase sticker, cut into three, for my journaling.


Oh I am beginning to like playing dirty and am now thinking of investing in a pot of molding paste to put in my drawer for a while until I feel adventurous and have another little splodge about on a page.

Reasons to be Cheerful:-

1.  A lovely family walk this morning - one we hadn't done before but one we will certainly do again.

2.  An afternoon playing whilst the rest of the family did their own thing.

3. The prospect of a hot bath to try and remove some of the Cosmic Shimmer from my hands - am pleased that on the stress scale I have only reached a 5 out of 10 at the state of my hands when normally it would be at least an 8 or 9!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

We Don't Remember Days - We Remember Moments

I had a fabulous day today at my crop.  I'm reminded each month why I love this craft we do when I get to spend the day with such a fun bunch of ladies, to spend the day in fits of laughter with my best friends and to create something I love.

Today was, for me, a productive day - despite spending too much time and too much money in the local craft shop.  I made two pages and a card.  As one page and the card were for ATDML DT I will show another time but I did make a page that I can show and guess what - I used Kaisercraft.  This time I used Blue Bay - another range that I am particularly fond of. The piece of paper I used as the base of the layout had the phrase ' We Don't Remember Days - We Remember Moments and this so summed up today.

On this layout I used several photos of Gracia that I had used for a different layout but had printed them out in colour and black and white as I was unsure which ones would look best.  I used the coloured ones for a double page a couple of months ago and when I was packing for the crop this morning found some 'Polaroid' frames that I had cut some time ago and they perfectly fitted these photos.  Serendipitous as my friend Eileen would say. 

A simple page but I am very pleased with it.



Love this photo of Gracia with her lolly stick mustache! 


Reasons to be cheerful:-
1. Spending the day with such lovely ladies.
2. Spending the evening with such a lovely family.
3. Spending a little money on some lovely stash!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Kaisercraft Design Team 2015 Entry

Well, my blog has been pretty Kaisercraft heavy recently - a testimony to how much I love their products.  I first discovered them through my Kiwi friend Mel and fell in love with the Hey Birdy range. Over the past few years, whenever it's Designer's Choice over at ATDML I always choose some Kaisercraft goodies to design with and love how their products have evolved over the years.  

So I have decided to try out for the 2015 Kaisercraft Design Team.  The requirement for the DT application was to produce a layout, a card or mixed media piece and a Beyond the Page piece.

For my page I used papers and the sticker sheet from the Furry Friends range and scrapped a photo of Kiera when she was very, very small.  

 

We have always called her Kitty Boo - why I don't know, but that's how it is.  This  paper range is very versatile as many of the papers have non pet related patterns on the back making them suitable to scrap anything. I added some wax paper flowers to my page, similar to the ones I created for a class I taught at a retreat a couple of years ago.  The leaves were cut using my Silhouette - my absolute favourite crafting tool. Video tutorial on how to make the flowers is here.


The page has lots of foam pads to bulk up the layering - I can't seem to scrap without using layers and layers of foam pads, even going three deep at times. 



I have fallen in love with the  All That Glitters range with it's gold foil accents, cute Easter eggs and gorgeous butterflies.  Anyone who knows me will testify that I do like to put a butterfly or two onto my projects and these ones are just divine.  I used this range for the other two required pieces.

For my card I chose a kraft card blank as the base  as I felt this would beautifully compliment the gold damask  pattern on the' Twinkle' paper. I added one of the All That Glitters - Collectables sentiments to the center.   

 

The leaf flourishes and flowers were cut using my Silhouette and also hand cut a few black butterflies from the Golden Easter paper as they pulled in the black writing on the sentiment card.  Finally I added gold coloured gems to reinforce the 'Leave a Little Sparkle' phrase. 




For my Beyond the Page piece I chose the Mini 5 Frame Shadow Frame to decorate.  

 

As soon as I saw the Golden Easter paper I knew the exact photo I wanted to use and the whole project came together very quickly.  

To achieve the crackle effect, I first painted the frame with gold paint.

  

Once the gold paint had dried, I added a layer of PVA glue. 


When the glue was tacky but not dry I painted white paint on top of this.

 

As the white paint dries at a different rate to the PVA it gives a crackle effect with gold lines showing through the white. 


I then cut some butterflies from the Golden Butterflies paper and used these with some pieces from the pack of Collectables. 


I cut the word Easter on my Silhouette and my choice was influenced by the 'bunny ears' on this one, which was in keeping with the bunny ears my daughter and I are wearing in the photo.




Finally, with a fair amount of the All That Glitters range left, I made an additional page.  I really like how the black card makes the colours pop on this page.

 
  
Of course there is a little layering and a couple of butterflies cut from the Golden Butterflies paper.



So there we have my three +1 projects but if you would like to see some more of my Kaisercraft creations please pop over to my Pinterest board and have a look.

I am keeping my hopes high and my fingers crossed.

Good luck everyone x


Monday, 30 March 2015

Kaisercraft Exploding Box Class

At my last crop I taught an exploding box class using the Kaisercraft XO range.  Such a pretty range that I thought it would be ideal for this project which was designed to be used as a Mother's Day gift.  I have added some extra bits left over from making my February in 5 photos pages, which I also used the XO range, and will add black and white photos of our Valentine's Day walk. As I only want to add 9 photos I have embellished some of my pages.

The lid - I added a doily cut on my Silhouette

Side view of closed box

Inside

Close up of flowers and butterflies - the butterflies flutter because they are on strips of acetate.


Trying to show the bottom layer - tricky as it wants to pop back up!

Trying to show the middle layer but like the one above - it doesn't want to lay flat 

Top layer

Page from bottom layer
 Page from middle layer

 Page from top layer - little 2 inch doilies cut on my Silhouette.

I really enjoyed working with the crop girls to make their boxes and they were all delighted with the finished results.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  Hannah is staying over and my house is filled with girlie and at times quite raucous laughter.

2. Deciding with Gracia that we will go for a walk every day we can in the holidays.

3.  Spending the first Saturday of every month with such fun, talented and lovely ladies.