Thursday, 22 September 2016

What are you doing this October?


Yes, Blogtober 2016 is here!!  I have taken the reins from last year's host:
 Krafty Karen's Fantastic Place.
I can only dream of matching Karen's organisational skills, but I will try!  Here's the skinny:

The usual goal is to blog every day in October.  Simple, right?  Well, not for a lot of people, because of Real Life.  So here's my twist on Blogtober: Set your own goal!  Not everyone is in a position where they can blog every single day.  So if you're new at this, how about dipping your toe in and setting a goal to post something every Monday in October?  Or any other day of the week that you feel you could set aside some blogging time.  Or perhaps you're a M-W-F type of person, or a Weekends Only blogger.  All are welcome here!! 

Here is what I suggest.

1. First and foremost, pre-register here using the linky! Put the name of your blog and your blog URL in the simple form and submit. (To clarify- your general blog URL, not a specific post URL.)  You may need to prove you aren't a robot, but other than that, I don't foresee any curve-balls coming at you.

2. On the first of October, or your first opportunity in October, write a quick intro and what your Blogtober goal is.  Every day?  Once a Week? A set number of entries within the month?  Whatever it is, share it with us!

3. Each time you write a post, put a link in to this post, so that others who read your blog can blog-hop and see who else is playing!  Also, it will give your readers the opportunity to register too!  Registration will be open all month, so no one will miss out if they are late to the party!

4. At the end of October, review your goal that you set at the beginning!  Did you make it?  It doesn't matter if you don't, the main thing is that you tried.  Maybe you found that you enjoyed making that time to blog.  Maybe you discovered that you want to do even more!  Maybe you realised that blogging isn't for you, and that's ok too, but the point is, we all tried something!  Let's feel good about that.

So, without any further ado, here is the Blogtober 2016 Linky!  Roll up!  Register now, and perhaps you'd like to comment what your goal will be!

Happy Bloghopping,
Sy. (Karmacraft)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Testing something out...

Hmm... so I don't have an actual theme for this entry today, but it is merely a test vessel for Mr. Linky.

I am considering taking over Blogtober for a friend and I need to know whether I'm capable of using this thing correctly before I start.

So here's the thing:
If you want to share your latest blog entry with me, please do!  Use the Mr. Linky below and we'll see if it works.

Thanks in Advance!

Here's another one we can try, SimplyLinked:

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Scrapbooking again...

I'm back on the scrapbooking horse, although not really back to full whack.  I'm finding it hard to get started...

Here's the first two pages I made... they look very similar to one another.  I suppose part of it was that I didn't pack many embellishments or any sprays,  stencils, washi, chipboard... I just went with patterned papers, some stamps and die-cut letters.  I'm not totally pleased with the result but then, perhaps I ought to scrapbook from home, where all my materials are in reach.

I'm sure I'll get to a point where I'm happy with my work again...

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Nutcracker Pillow boxes

My entire house looks like an elf exploded at the moment.  Here are some holiday treats that I will be giving away tomorrow at the Crafty Cafe.  They were made with Graphic45 paper from ages ago that I only just now managed to use... I used 6x6 squares and just followed the instructions on the WRMK pillow box punch board, filled with chocolates, added a ribbon and done!  I hope the Crafty ladies like them.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Mummy and Vixie Crafting

This year,  I thought we would progress from simpler cards to more assembly type ones, so I've taught Victoria 3D decoupage.  I got her a pack of Frozen decoupage from The Range.  It's die-cut so there's no fussy cutting and she is learning how to cut down the foam tape to the right sizes for the sometimes fiddly shapes involved.

Today she did these two characters and then chose dies to place them onto and background paper.

She's not quite strong enough to crank the dies through on the Cuttlebug all by herself yet, but she's nearly there.

The decoupage is pretty slow going... I hope she gets enough done to give to all her friends!

Thursday, 12 November 2015


Harry's... Not Just Another Restaurant!  I had so many stories and memories of Harry's that I couldn't even fit them all on the page.  I didn't have room for embellishments or anything, I just had to write, write, write!  I was even removing pieces of photos that I didn't desperately need, just so I could fit another paragraph in!

This page has value, even if it's not really all that visually pleasing.  For me, the part of scrapbooking that made me start doing it was the ability to put the stories next to the photos.  I wasn't particularly interested in the artsy stuff at first.  I like it now, when there's room in the design to have it there, but for me, the priority is photos, stories, safe materials, embellishment.  If I didn't have room or time for that last one, it just has to go.

I love all aspects of scrapbooking now but the stories and photos together are what makes it satisfying for me.  So that's another story told.  What's next?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Red Barn Coffee

I found myself at a crop with a brand-new collection pack of Papermania (not sure what it's called) and it had a bunch of things that I thought I'd try using.  I like big flowers, but usually I only use one on a layout, surrounded by smaller ones.  This time, I lined up some coffee-coloured ones along the bottom of the page, and used baker's twine in a spiral glued to the middle of each flower.  I didn't have anything else with me that would make nice flower centres, but I'm pleased with the effect that this twisted string gave when I laid it in a spiral in a puddle of glue.  It's a little bit trippy, especially under flourescent bulbs, but I'm sure it'll be ok when it is at home in the album.  The title is stamped with a Papermania alphabet set and the star in the circles is a Banana Frog stamp.  I think the brackets and journaling stamp (laid top-and-tail fashion to make a box) is Bo Bunny.  The ink is Memento.  The patterned paper is from the same set as the flowers and string, and you can find me using this set in a previous entry called Minnie Me.