Sunday, 31 October 2010

Debden Part 15

The light in the crop room didn't do well to bring out the shades in this page. There's a lot of rusty orange and brown at play here and the lighting in the room was a bit yellow. I hope you can see the title. It's "Got Cute Will Travel." I realised while I was putting this together that a better choice of title could have been "Have Gurn, Will Travel." Never mind.... the title had already been cut and I didn't have any of that colour cardstock with me, so it stayed in its original form. I matted the photos and made the edges a little more interesting with a loopy Martha Stewart edge punch.

Scrapbooking is like Halloween... there's a TRICK to it, but giving and receiving the books is a real TREAT!

Happy Halloween, Scrappers...

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Debden Part 14

Here's the second Sports Day layout. It uses the same background paper as before, same title and the same doodling, but I threw in some stamped embellishments. The arrows add movement to the arrangement.

Friday, 29 October 2010

FPC Friday - Flower 13

This one was quick and it will be useful on cards that need to be a bit flatter for posting. There's slight shaping to the leaves, but nothing that would suffer too much if it was put through the post. It was quick to make too. Interested? Here's a link.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Debden Part 13

What will follow this is another page that looks very similar. Because it's a school event, it will be recorded twice; once in the family scrapbook and a second time in Cameron's school scrapbook. It's Sports Day. We take lots of photos so I try to use one batch of photos for two pages. This year I was lucky to get enough good ones to fill up the pages. I kept this and the one to follow quite simple, with little doodled photo frames and a robo-cut title, letting the Brenda Pinnick background paper do the work.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Art of Crochet Square 37

Ah, here we are. This square looks like the one I did when I was approximately a quarter of the way through, or so I thought. This will make up the second of four central squares in the throw. It's a granny square made with full rows of trebles instead of clusters of three and spaces. I find this one challenging but I think it came out better than number 18. Click the crochet tag and find 18 and you'll see what I mean. I do like making this type of square so I may try again and who knows- I may even make something out of squares like this one day.

In other crochet news, I'm halfway finished with the second of the two mystery objects I am giving my mother-in-law for Christmas. Sorry, can't say. Only my husband knows. I loved making this particular project, also from The Art of Crochet partwork. I will be diving into my growing pattern library to make hats for the kids again this year. For my son, a purple one to match his uniform (I am lucky to still have plenty of purple for that one due to the Great Sweater Disaster of 2009!) and for little one, pink and other leftover bits will hopefully make a fun and whimsical hat. I look forward to a little stash- busting.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Debden Part 12

Oh, the desperation of a small child to get at the very very last of the Pringles crumbs!

Following the success of my hand-drawn frame for Chef Vixie (earlier post), I decided to do the same for No More Pringles. I used Brenda Pinnick paper. Again. Yes, I do have quite a lot of it despite doing a lot of scrapbooking with the one single 200-sheet pad I bought. I'm lucky I've got a lot of fun, playful layouts or these colours wouldn't really go...

I used stamps this time for my fun embellishments. I just simply cut and layered some shapes from CleverCut (Stamps Away.) I hand-drew the ribbon with the date on it and used Papermania letter stamps for the vertical title. This is a very flat page but I still think it's quite effective.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Debden Part 11

Simple seems to have been the order of the month!

This page was made with two sheets of BasicGrey Phresh'n'Funky in Pholiage. I used one sheet as the bg and raised parts along the edges by using the same pieces in an additional layer. I used those really strokable Prima blossoms-- the ones that come six to a pack and were kindly given to me by my not-so-secret santa during the gift exchange at the retreat. I also used quite a bit of Stickles to liven it up and some pins, just because I hadn't used them in a while. The title was cut using the robo and then I glittered the letters to give them a Thickers look. Using the blue Stickles on the not-quite-right pink cardstock corrected the colour too.

This is my little one wearing some costume jewellery. She asked me to take a picture of her in the earrings. She hasn't seen this page yet. I hope she likes it!! I enjoyed making it.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Debden Parts 9 and 10

I've got two photos for you today:

This one was a simple one. Just a title cut with my Craft Robo onto self-adhesive cardstock and a matching scalloped oval for journaling. I gutted the paper underneath the orange bit and cut some of the motifs out of it to attach to the front. I may have made a little flower with a piece of ribbon... yeah, that's what it is.

The picture is of Victoria and her friend Karleigh eating lunch together. Aww, how cute.

Another simple one. This is a Brenda Pinnick background with Bazzill in the middle, all cut with a Martha Stewart Punch-Around-The-Page set. I love this scalloped border-- especially how the corner makes a rounded edge inside the scalloped part. I used Prima flowers and some punched-out button shapes and a Robo-cut title again, on self-adhesive.

The picture is of the kids at the shoe store acting all angelic. I recently blogged this photo. Now it is scrapped!

Friday, 22 October 2010

FPC Friday - Flower 12

This one was fun!! Each flower is made of seven flowers so I had my work cut out but it still went quickly and easily. I love these.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Debden Part 8

The photo on this page looked a bit cartoony due to the paper hat she is wearing, so I decided to sketch out a frame instead of use a fancy die-cut or something. I think the effect came out quite well.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Art of Crochet Square 36

If you think you've seen this one before, you're right. You have. Recently too! It's bound to happen-- the throw that I'm putting together has at least two of each style of square in it. I find it encouraging that I'm finding the same ones because it tells me that my throw is really building up into something I can put together!! I am not quite sure how many squares are in this. I keep looking at the photos of the throw trying to count the squares on one side. I can't tell if it's ten or twelve, and that comes out to a big, big difference. Seeing as this is only the 36th square, there have been more repeats than I would have expected by now. Perhaps there are four of each square.

Thinking aloud.... not very entertaining. Perhaps I'll stop now. :) See you next Wednesday, crochet fans!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Debden Part 7

Yeah, at Debden I went a little bit border-punch mad!! I used three different ones here.

This is my little girl and her Daddy at Krispy Kreme. She asked me to take these pictures, which she has been doing more and more lately.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Debden Part 6

Aah, here's my little one having a little nap on my shoulder. I managed to take some pictures of her being very peaceful.

I went a bit punch-mad on this. I used the Martha Steward doily lace punch to make narrow bands of lace, then I used the deep edge fan punch to make the daisies and the edge of the journal tab. Background paper is K & Co kindly given to me by Karen, and the title is Rickles script (free from cut on my Craft Robo.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Debden Part 5

My papers for the mystery page kit were a little creased, so I kept them to myself and made this layout with them. I cut some of the patterned paper to collage over the photo, used a Fiskars Effervescence border punch on the blue photo mat, hand-wrote the title and made good use of die-cut leaf sprays and Prima flowers.

The photo is our group shot of the same retreat last year. We took a similar one this year. It will be interesting to see how everyone has changed!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Debden Part 4

One of the things we traditionally do at our Debden retreat is have a secret santa. My secret santa gave me, among other things, a great pack of Thickers-- they're chipboard letter stickers covered in black glitter. They're fab! I used them for the title of this page.

Friday, 15 October 2010

FPC Friday - Flower 9

This crinkly number is not in error-- it's on purpose. I came to really like it too! This flower is similar to Flower 7 from last week, but a different type of shaping is used. The leaves are not the ones that should have been on it. I cut these free-hand because I didn't have the right punch for them. When I put the middle vein down the middle of the leaves, I pressed harder than I should have and went in at the wrong angle. It made a nice ripply effect. I'm happy with it.

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Thursday, 14 October 2010

Debden Part 3

This sets new heights of simplicity. I tore a strip of daisy paper and laid it across a sheet of background paper, both by We R Memory Keepers. I applied the die-cut title and drew a brown dashed line around each letter. Photos were stuck on and I hand-wrote the journaling, presto change-o, scrapbook page-o. It's my daughter pretending to play bingo at the Social Club. :)

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Art of Crochet Square 35

I guess I forgot to crop this photo. It happens.

Another granny square in a different colour scheme, not much to say really. I am still enjoying the partwork. I'm even finding gift ideas for this year in it. I'm getting on great with my Christmas Crochet but I can't blog it really, just in case. I'll have to save it for the new year.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Debden part 2.

This page was a quick one. The picture is of a Father's day card that Cameron made that said, "Happy Farters Day." He was very proud of this card saying, "I wrote it in German!" Ah, bless.
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Monday, 11 October 2010

Debden Scrapping, page 1.

This may look familiar to you. I made an identical one in Eastbourne. One will go in the family album and one will go in the school album. :)
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Sunday, 10 October 2010

Eastbourne Makes, Part Eight.

This was my only scrapbook page from a class. I had a great time layering all these things up. It was also great to do a layout about me for a change. I think the papers are all Sassafras Lass. The hearts were cut from 8-petalled flowers from the embellishment kit.

At first I wasn't too keen on taking scrapbooking classes because generally I get my ideas from just looking at pictures and magazines and trying to deconstruct it myself. Taking the class ended up being quite useful and fun.

I hope the Eastbourne Retreat is run next year. I will certainly be going, and this time I will take fewer classes, and they will be scrapbooking ones!! Thanks Laura and S-J for the fab class.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Eastbourne Makes, Part Seven.

I was running back and forth to classes like a headless chicken, but I managed to crank this one out. I used a masking technique with Bombshell Stamps "Tiki Party" stamp set to make the totem poles on either side of the photos. Everyone was coming round to admire the tikis. I told them exactly where they could get them!!! :) I love my Bombshells and when the opportunity came up to use them in a layout, I grabbed it with both hands.

When you're stacking your tikis, stamp the bottom image first. Stamp it again on a post-it note with the top of the tiki stamped on the part that sticks down. Cut around the edge of the image on the post- it and stick it over the image you stamped on your work. Stamp the next tiki, overlapping its feet with the head of the masked one. When you finish stamping, lift off the post-it and you won't see the tiki's feet. :)

Friday, 8 October 2010

FPC Friday - Flower 7

Ah! This one actually got made into a card. This was so quick to make and I think it looks really sweet. I may try a less rotationally-symmetrical design next time to make it look more organic.

This is Flower 7 from Floral Punchcraft Book 1 by Leone Em. Go on, give it a try. Breathe new life into those punches that you've got sitting around!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Eastbourne Makes, Part Six.

Here it is... the prize-winning monochromatic layout! With so many classes at the Eastbourne Retreat, I was surprised that I had a chance to complete any of the challenges set for us that weekend. I did in the end and I came out with a lovely DCWV paper stack and a scrapbooking kit to boot!

This is a pic taken on the last day of school last year, with my son and his teacher. I used Brenda Pinnick paper for the background, and cut up the doodles on another sheet of Brenda Pinnick paper for the raised details. I used a lot of Stickles too. That was fun. :)

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Art of Crochet Square 34

This one was called Textured half-treble. It was all about working in different sets of loops. It made a great pattern.
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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Eastbourne Makes, Part Five.

Jane Gill, my Floral Punch Craft teacher, was shocked to see me in class as she thought I didn't need to learn again... but hey, I love my FPC so I booked these two classes straight off! The left hand one is a poinsettia card and the one on the right has three cornflowers on the bottom right. I always enjoy making these and being in the class gave me a chance to catch up and ask the odd punchcraft question. :) It's nice to talk. :)

Monday, 4 October 2010

Eastbourne Makes, Part Four.

The fourth Zoe class I took!!! We made a cool accordion box and several very quick Xmas cards using stickers and patterned paper. This is not only great to get started on Christmas card making but also this project can be altered for a gift idea! I'm going to do it again in another colour scheme for a friend. :) Thanks Zoe for a fab four classes at the retreat!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Eastbourne Makes, Part Three.

Don't get too attached... these beautiful rose stamps appear to have been discontinued!! But aren't they lovely with the brown paper? I adore these cards. I am going to keep them to hand to give to special people for their birthdays/anniversaries etc... :) Zoe Pierson, everybody... the third class I took with her.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Eastbourne Makes, Part Two.

Another Zoe class, this time with cupcakes and bright, summery colours!!! Fun. I learned the ribbon knot trick and had quite a laugh!! I do love these colours...

Friday, 1 October 2010

FPC Friday - Flower 6

As a relatively new FPC'er, I don't have a lot of different papers to hand. I have been altering the colours with ink pads, chalks, and even the odd brush marker. The larger three layers of these flowers were made from the same sheet of peach paper. I added some blush rose chalk ink just lightly kissed direct to paper from the pad for the middle layer and swiped the pad for the top layer. The orange centres just came that way.

I know that you haven't been seeing the flowers in order. I am still going through book one and having blogged the purple flowers on the card a few weeks ago, I am now filling in the gaps. Sorry about that! I'll probably jump way ahead quite a bit-- I have been tempted to dip into book 5 recently. I couldn't help it.