Sunday 26 April 2009

Long time no blog

So nothing crafty has been achieved for a number of reasons, the wedding, lack of mojo but most importantly college. I am coming to the end of the term so its a mad rush to finish essays and so on.

But i was sent some vouchers from my brother for making his wedding stationary to spend with the loverly Angela over at Angel Crafts. I hit the shop as soon as i could and filled my basket with lots of bright fancy pants, sassafras and websters papers, Mmmm, very nice.

So Angela dispatched my order pronto as usuall and i set to work staright away as i had scrap fever and needed to get it out of my system. It worked as the next day i wrote 2800 words on an essay.

Here is what i achieved. I couldnt bare to cut into these gorgous websters papers but i did, ouch

Also here is a little sneak peak at clock i have altering. I found this nasty pine clock in a charity shop and distressed it with Blonde Moments crackle glaze, god i love that stuff, genious.

Anyway, thats it, back to the books


Monday 20 April 2009

Oh what a day

Well i am sat here at BIL's after figuring out how to get his wireless network going. The suitcase is all packed so we are just about to have a chip supper from the best chip shop in Frodsham, theo's.

The wedding on Saturday was fabalous. I took over 100 pictures, mostly of the boys in their suits, a few of the bride and groom are thrown in their as well, lol

I went up to crab apple crafts in frodsham today and got a few pieces of coordinated CS and some 12 x 12 albums ready to start the big album i wont to make as a gift.

Anyway, here are a few pictures.

And thats all folks as ashes to ashes is on, loving the Duran Duran so far

Tuesday 14 April 2009

A big woo hoo

I just had an email from Ger over at Cullen Crafts. I will be teaching scrapbook and card making classes at her shop as from June when i finish college for the summer.

I cant wait to get started and once my exams and essays are out of the way i shall head on over and start planning.

You can find Geraldine's shop web site here and her personal blog here.

Just look at all that pinkness and the cropping room is a mass of pinkness to die for, lol.

Bye for now


Child of the 80's

I was born in 1975 and grew up in the 80's. I just loved the music of the mid 80's and this is when i first started taking an interest in music. I bought my first ever vinyl record at the age of 10 which was Aha- take on me. I was heavly influenced by my dads love of Bowie and Queen plus my own love of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and so on.

So you can image my love of this program on the BBC, Ashes to Ashes. I really loved life on mars but the music of this show just rocks and the weird sci fi back to the past take is just really interesting.

i can wait for next monday and its return. Thats the day we are back from cheshire so i will be bombing up the M6 to get home in time, lol


Sunday 12 April 2009

One last SA

I was clearing out some files on my PC and came across another Scrapbook apprentice LO. I thought id show you as i have nothing crafty to show you.

Back to college tomorrow as easter hols are over up here in Scotland. Then away to Cheshire for the big wedding mid week, yay. 5 days of chillin, no college just family time

Be back soon


Friday 10 April 2009

A monthly Challenge

I have made a monthly LO for the green buttons house challenge over on UKS. This is the first time i have done a monthly LO for about a year but i was so inspired by the poem chosen and some recent pictures i snapped whilst out on a walk with the family last week.

Here is the poem

An April Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the warm sun, that brings
Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
'T is sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
The first flower of the plain.

I love the season well,
When forest glades are teeming with bright forms,
Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
The coming-on of storms.

From the earth's loosened mould
The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives;
Though stricken to the heart with winter's cold,
The drooping tree revives.

The softly-warbled song
Comes from the pleasant woods, and colored wings
Glance quick in the bright sun, that moves along
The forest openings.

When the bright sunset fills
The silver woods with light, the green slope throws
Its shadows in the hollows of the hills,
And wide the upland glows.

And when the eve is born,
In the blue lake the sky, o'er-reaching far,
Is hollowed out and the moon dips her horn,
And twinkles many a star.

Inverted in the tide
Stand the gray rocks, and trembling shadows throw,
And the fair trees look over, side by side,
And see themselves below.

Sweet April! many a thought
Is wedded unto thee, as hearts are wed;
Nor shall they fail, till, to its autumn brought,
Life's golden fruit is shed.

Here are my photo's

And here is my LO. Changed alot from my initial sketch but i love how it evolved, lol

Thats it for now as i am taintively printing order of service inserts for my brother and my printer is being very tempremental at the moment.


Sunday 5 April 2009

A bit of stamping

Ok so as you know i am a scrapbooker and not a card maker or stamper. I only own two sugar nellies, a large alphabet set, a tiny alphabet set, a fleur de lyl type thing and a large Tim Holtz Harlequin stamp.

Now this said harlequin stamp is my all time favourite stamp. I use it all the time. I confess, i often dont know what i am doing with the stamp but i try, lol

So hear are two little projects i have been working on recently. The first is a journal page made on canvas. Again another Donna Downey inspired project from the Layers video i downloaded. Again only $5 and well worth it.

I stuck newspaper print all over the canvas and then layered up with paints, fabric and PP. I then used my harlequin stamp down the right hand side and shaded in the diamonds to add depth and texture with my water colour pens and inks.

Added a large rub on that i stole from my mum, lol

Next project was intended as my page for the stamp challenge for our scrap attack event but i think i will keep it, lol. For this page i painted a piece of 4 x 6 CS in light blue acrylic paint. I edged around the outside in a darker blue paint. I then inked up my stamp with black ink and pale blue paint and stamped on to the page.

I then took a sequin waste and painted over it with black paint. When i took the waste away some of the paint came away as well to reveal white spots every now and again. A happy accident.

I then took blues, greens and silver inks to edged around the outside and add depth to the harlequins.

I stamped some spare harlequins and painted then up in blue again before adding them to the harlequin grid with foam pads.

I coloured a stamped image in browns and added it to the page before stamping over the image with flower stamps. I embellished with prima flowers and do craft sparkly brads. I added text to the page to break up the area.

Oh and this was the same stamp i used on the Daniel Journal page from a few weeks posts ago. I just masked off one section down the middle and stamped away.

So there you have it, different ways to use the same stamp.

TFL as always


Saturday 4 April 2009

Unseen scrapbook apprentice

I though id show you some of the past LO's i did for scrapbook apprentice. These are the ones that didnt go on the blog for voting and are now not likely to make the magazine since i have left.

This first one was the Cardstock only challenge. Now i confess, i hated this challenge. I need PP, lol

The next LO was the boho chic challenge using the WRMK papers. I loved these papers so much.

And my card. I got experimental and made a pop up card.

So that is finally it.



Thursday 2 April 2009

Donna Downey Art Quilt

I really love donna Downey and her projects. She is so modern, fresh and funky and i go on her blog and site on a weekly basis for inspiration. There is a link on the right for Donna (the image isnt showing for some reason but the link still works)

I downloaded the art quilt video last week and i can tell you it was the best $5 (£3.65) i have spent. The instructions are great, clear and easy to follow. In fact me and mum whipped up our quilts at our last crop and fully embellished that night when we got home.

See here is my version of the quilt

And here is my mum's quilt

Both very different but using the same instructions. It was intended to be a hanging but it could easily make a journal/ album cover.



Wednesday 1 April 2009

Your Fired!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well i got the chop from scrapbook apprentice. It was fun whilst it lasted and i loved playing with all the papermania and docraft stuff that i wouldnt normally buy.
Thanks to everybody who has supported and voted for me over the last 5 months, i really appreciated it.

So here are a few pictures of the stuff that didnt make it this time. And thanks to Katy who sent my the Do craft photographer images as well.

This is me and my baby, Koby. He is 10 months now, arh.

This is a celebration of Daniel. Can you see i learnt a new skill here, cheese holing, thanks Cleo, lol

And my cards. Still not a big card convert yet, but i am trying, lol

And finally my alternative item. I love this project. I made a cute little accordian album and then decorated a tin to hold it in.

So thats it, no more creating for SA. Well maybe just alittle bit as my stash packed arrived containing the stuff for challenge 6. So i get to play with some luch PP, ribbon, stamps and inks all at my own little pace and adding bits of my own in, lol

Bye for now