Monday, January 23, 2012

Pion Design Blog Candy

Have you seen the gorgeous collection that Pion Designs are giving away to celebrate their 1st anniversary? It is well worth a look!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Bit More Adventurous!

I have been trying to be a bit more adventurous with mists and paints on my pages, it isn't something that comes naturally as the end result can be a bit too random and I like my pages to be very structured and just so. I have enjoyed adding a bit of mist here and there though so I thought I would share how I used it on this page using this month Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

1. I designed my page and decided exactly where I wanted the misting to be (if I aimed right!) I created a semi circle template using a dinner plate and a sheet of cardsotck and stuck it lightly in place using repro herma.

2. I misted across the top of the semicircle, to get the best mist hold the bottle vertically when you are spraying that way it prevents lots of air bubbles causing those big blobs from spluttering out.

3. I removed the template and stitched around the semicircle.

4. Then I simply built up my page.

I also misted around the edge of my photo, I simply created a mask slightly smaller than my photo and held it firmly in place whilst I sprayed then stitched around the inside of the misted edge.

I don't think I will ever be a great mister but it is fun to try something a bit different every so often!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Sketch Challenge!

The first sketch challenge of 2012 has been set over at My Creative Sketches and as always the prize is amazing!! Each month there will be a brand new sketch and an awesome prize so it is definitely worth playing along.
Here is this months fantastic sketch, all the DT girls at My Creative Scrapbook have been playing with it and produced some amazing pages which you can see over on the blog.

How about this for a prize!!!

I used a combination of bits and pieces from past My Creative Scrapbook kits to create this page with a mix of papers from Winter Fairy Tales and All About Me collections from Websters Pages.

I can't wait to see what you do with the sketch and fingers crossed for that prize!

I have also got some really exciting news to share with you.......I have been asked to join the Scrap 365 design team!! I can't quite believe I am going to be joining such an amazing team of designers!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Just Because I Could.

I don't often get time to scrap just because I want to yesterday I did! I wanted to use these gorgeous Prima Pixie Glen papers that have been lurking in my craft room for months. When Emily was born she was so tiny Justin had to go out and buy some premature baby clothes and one of the things he came back with was a little hat. As soon as we put it on her she looked like a little pixie and the nickname stuck for years so these papers had to be used with a photo of Emily.
As usual I have done lots of fussy cutting and layering......

Our local wool shop sells a really good selection of lace, some of which could probably be classed as antique it has been there so long! If you dig deep there are some great bargains to be had like the thin lace I have used on this page at about 5p a metre!!! I added some around the edge of the white cardstock and to the underneath of the photo mat to soften the edges.

Cutting out all the intricate little details means that when you layer the elements together the page has lots of depth and dimension.

The butterfly is a Websters one that I have scanned and printed off in lots of different sizes.

Stash Used..
Prima Pixie Glen papers and alphabet stickers, Nutmeg AC thickers, Melissa Frances pearls, Websters butterfly (Botanical Christmas papers), lace, adornet number stickers.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Boy Did Good...

For a long time now I have wanted a good quality scanner that was capable of scanning negatives and slides as well as the standard photos etc. I found one that I thought would be perfect, the Canon 9000f and my lovely husband bought it for me for Christmas!

We (well Justin) finally got around to setting it all up earlier this week and I have been busy playing with it ever since! The quality is amazing and I can't wait to start scapping some of them, I thought I would share a few of my faves so far.

I love the fact that I can play around with these photos now even if it is simply cropping them...

This photo is one of my all time favourites taken on holiday in September 1997 when Emily was 2, I love the way she is looking up so adoringly at her Daddy. They still share a very special bond even at 16.

My two gorgeous girls, they were so cute when they were little.

Final one, I won't bore you with anymore lol. I love this one of Emily, she was such a colourful little girl with her gorgeous ginger curls (or ginger afro and she refers to how it used to be!) and beautiful big blue eyes. Another one that will definitely be scrapped.

I have had all of these printed up professionally and I am so happy with the quality they have come up really really well. I think this is going to keep me out of mischief for a long time, I was very trigger happy with my camera even before I got into scrapping!

Friday, January 6, 2012


The second gorgeous kit that I got to play with this month from My Creative Scrapbook was the Main kit, this month it is jam packed full of beautiful papers from the Fancy Pants Winterland range. The colours in this range are so soft and the papers are a great mix of winter designs and beautiful patterns.
As always Pam teamed the papers with a gorgeous range of embellishments from Prima flowers to Pink Paislee mistables..

I love adding stitching to my pages at the moment and on this page I added loads! I drew a guide line in pencil where I wanted to stitch my square and then used the straight and zig zag stitch to create a border for my central design.

I wanted to add some more interest to the brown patterned paper behind the photo so simply stitched a spiral onto the section that was going to show behind the photo.

The kit includes a gorgeous chipboard circle, it made a perfect frame for my photo after I had sponged it with some acrylic paint.

We don't get many snowy days down here in Dorset so my photos of really wintery days are few and far between, however I did have a few photos from last December when we had a cold snap and this kit was perfect to go with them.

I sponged white acrylic paint onto the ply wood doiley and then embossed it with white zing embossing powders.

My final project with the Main kit this month was this little card.....


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Second Installment.....

As promised I am back to share the rest of the pages that I created using this months absolutely gorgeous Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook.....

I'm not a great mister but I am beginning to love it more and more and finally seem to have got the hang of how to spray without getting lots of blobs!  On this page I simply used a paper doiley as a mask, it created a great background for the rest of the page.
A few close up shots.....

I love the fact that these papers have got some Christmas designs on them but the colours mean that you can use them for any theme and they don't look wrong.

I misted around the edge of the photo on this page, I simply cut a piece of scrap paper to cover the centre of the photo held it firmly in place and then misted over the photo. When the mist had thoroughly dried I added some stitching.

Thank you for the lovely comments that were left on yesterdays post, I really do appreciate them, it is lovely to know that my creations are enjoyed by other scrappers who understand my obsession with paper!
Tomorrow I will be back to show you what I created with the Main kit.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

At Last!

The kits have been revealed! This months kits from My Creative Scrapbook are simply stunning and I am so excited to share them with you........ I got to work with the Main kit and Limited Edition kit and as always Pam did an amazing job of filling the kits with gorgeous papers and embellishments.
If you love Websters then you will absolutely love the Limited Edition kit, the Winter Fairy Tale papers combine gorgeous designs and with the most beautiful colours. I absolutely loved working with this kit.....

 I used the rubber on the end of a pencil to stamp these yellow dots, I love the effect that you get with the dark outer rim.

The Pink Paislee resist paper made a perfect background, I misted it and then wiped off the mist from the waxed design.

I will be back tomorrow with the second installment from the Limited Edition kit but in the meantime why not pop on over to the Design Team gallery at My Creative Scrapbook and have a look at what the rest of the team created, they are a very talented bunch!