Saturday, July 16, 2011

July Kit

Sarah's Cards July kit is starting to hit the mats now so I thought I would show you what I created, the kit was full of Pebbles Happy Go Lucky papers and some gorgeous embellishments.
I wanted to do something a bit different from my usual style and this was the result! I took the fabric flowers apart and used them as photo mats. To create the circles of pink paint I used a rubber on the end of a pencil to stamp the paint over the page.

Another page about turning 40! I was left a comment on here about how 30-10 sounded much better than 40 and I had to agree and used that as my inspiration for the page. I added a line of alphabet stickers to some cardstock and then cut them out adding them to the bottom of the photo.

I did lots of paper pleating on this page to create the border around the circle, if you didn't want to pleat the paper you could just cut the punched border strip into small sections and then add them around the circle.

We are off on holiday soon for two weeks so my blog will be a bit neglected (not that I post that often anyway!!) we don't have internet access where we are going so will be totally out of contact with the scrapping world! I'm not too bothered but poor Emily will feel like she has lost a limb without the internet and not being able to send 100's of texts a day to her friends and boyfriend! lol.
I have been busy scrapping over the last week but I can't share any of it yet, but I can tell you the kit I am working with is simply stunning!!!! Watch this space.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Before I left..

Before I left Sarah's Cards I had a few more projects that I needed to put together, the first was my post for the shop blog. I decided to use a paper manufacturer that I rarely use, Sassafras Lass, I don't know why I don't use them more often really. I love the edging strips that they add onto each sheet of patterned paper and on this first page I decided to incorporate lots of them into my design.

My second page was a class, all the details and step by step photographic instructions are over on Sarah's cards blog. Often my pages start with a pile of fussy cut elements that I have cut from the patterned papers and then I just keep fiddling around with them until I find a way that I can use them. To create this page I cut out all the blue flowers and then built my page around them.
I love the sticker sheets that Sassafras create, so usable! All of my stickers have been matted onto scraps of cardstock and cut out, it just makes it easier to move them around the page without worrying about them ripping the paper. It also means that it is much less fiddly to raise them off the page using foam pads or gel.

My final project was for this months sketch challenge over on the blog, this challenge is definitely worth entering the prize is now a £20 e-voucher to spend in the shop on whatever you want!! Now that has got to be worth entering!

I am stalking the postman at the moment, I am waiting for the August My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit. Having seen the list of contents it is going to be one gorgeous kit!!!! Can't wait to share it with you!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Great Video Tutorial plus more!

Just a quick post to let you know about a great video tutorial that Delaina has created for My Creative Scrapbook blog, she shows you how to create a stunning page using a great inking technique and lots of fussy cutting using gorgeous Websters Country Estate papers.
There is also a great rolled flower technique from Carla so definitely worth popping over to the MCS blog .

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Creative Scrapbook July Kit

Over on My Creative Scrapbook July's kit has just been revealed so I can now show you what I created with it! They produce four different kits plus a flower add on kit, I was asked to design the the limited edition kit which is totally gorgeous. The kit is absolutely jam packed full of stash and the papers were from two of my favourite manufacturers, Websters and MME, so very me lol.

Here is what I created with the kit......

To create the background on this page I used a sewing pattern.

My final project was a door plaque for my craft room , I loved working with these papers and the prima flowers were a perfect match.

I can't wait to see what is coming up in August now!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Bit Of A Mammoth Post!!

A while ago I was asked to create some pages for Scrapbook Magazine featuring the wax resist technique, there are so many effects that you can create using tools as simple as a wax crayon to specialist papers such as Hot Off The Press's colour me paper which are printed with a raised wax design .
On this page I have used lots of gorgeous Prima Reflections and Madeline papers and some colour me paper which I coloured using paint dabbers and glimmer mists. I used the rub ons to add extra detail around the circle, I added them onto cardstock and then cut them out.

On my second page I used some more HOTP colour me paper, this time I added colour using distress inks. This was my favourite way to colour this paper as using lots of different colours you are able to produce a really great effect.
I'm not usually a huge fan of Basic Grey papers but these Curio papers are just gorgeous! I raised the centre section of the layout by adding a piece of chipboard, this meant that I could easily add the pleated paper around the edge and allowed it to lay properly. I left a section unstuck on the back so that I could slot the journalling card in.

On my third page I ran some cardstock through an embossing folder and then using the flat edge of a white wax crayon rubbed over the raised pattern and then inked over the whole thing using distress inks. I then punched out a flower with the embossed paper using the tattered floral die and some butterflies. The papers are all Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe, aren't they gorgeous!

To soften off the straight edges I created some decorative edges using a border punch and then pleated them to form  curves and added them around the page, I also rounded a lot of the corners of the papers.

For my final page I got a bit mushy! I don't often scrap photos of Justin and I but Rebecca took this photo on a day out and it went perfectly with these MME paper so it had to be scrapped! It isn't very clear on the photo but I created a wax effect on some cardstock using wax paper. I screwed up the wax paper and then unfolded it and laid it over a sheet of cardstock and then covered that with a muslin sheet. I ironed over the top of the sandwich  for about 10 seconds and the wax on the raised creases was transferred over onto the cardstock. To the pattern show up I inked over the top using distress ink, the darker the ink the better the effect shows up.

The doiley was created using a MME stamp with stazon ink onto a piece of acetate and then cutting it out.

The tag with "Our Love Story" on it is a journalling tag and I have written our story on there, I really struggle adding journalling directly onto a page and I don't like seeing my writing but hidden journalling is great.

I did warn you it was a bit of a mammoth post lol.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Prom Day!!

Firstly I have to say a huge thank you for all the lovely messages I have received after posting my news yesterday, I was extremely touched.

As some of you may have been aware Emily had her prom yesterday, we had a lovely day getting her ready and she looked absolutely stunning so I thought I would share some photos of the event with you. She was escorted by her very handsome prom partner Jack.

One very excited Emily!  (the clock has stopped just in case you thought we were ready very early!!)

Had to do a few shots in the garden before we left.

Emily and Jack leaving for prom, chauffeured by Emily's Grandpa.

 We popped up to this lovely viewpoint before going to the prom to take some photos overlooking the fleet.

Their arrival!

They all had an amazing time and I can't wait to see the official photos now!

On a scrapping note have you seen the amazing give away that Gabrielle is having over on her blog, if you haven't seen it then you definitely need to pop over!