Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Last two from retreat

Here are the last two LO's I managed to complete at the scrapbooking retreat. The first one was taken back in June on one of those lovely sunny days - unfortunately I was at work on this day when all the family got together for a BBQ, but Ian managed to get some lovely photos of the grandchildren for me to scrap.

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The second LO, again I was at work when these were taken. We are lucky enough to live quite near to a childrens park which means Logan gets to play on the swings quite often. The park is literally just across the road from our house. Both the LO's were again made using papers from my scrap box with just the addition of some embellishments.

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Since I have been back from the retreat I don't seem to have had much opportunity for crafting, although I did manage to complete another LO for Logan's album last night, along with making some orange cupcakes which also used butternut squash as one of the main ingredients. I've got this lovely baking book called Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache which uses all different types of vegetables instead of butter and while it might seem an odd concept, believe me they taste delicious. I will take a photo of them later if there are any left!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Logan's Christening LO and scrap card

Here is the LO I completed for Logan's album of his Christening day way back in June. As you know I've been using up my scraps and I've also been following the LO's and ideas from the Shimelle Laine Pretty Paper class. The papers are mainly Basic Grey and make the LO look a bit festive to me but the colours went with the vicars outfit so I went with them!

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The card is very similar to the one I did for the Queen Kat card I did a couple of weeks ago, but this time instead of an image I've simply gone for a Christmas sentiment. There were still a few of these scraps leftover so I have made a few of these simple cards. The sentiment comes from an SU set called Curly Cute.

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Another LO, another card

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These photos were taken back in May when I had a week off work and we just planned several day trips. We took Colette and Logan for a walk from the sea front near Dawlish up through the grounds of Powderham Castle and stopped for refreshments at the coffee shop. We left Grandad in charge while we went for a wander around the shops near to the coffee shop.
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Here's the card I made using the leftover scraps. I've used the SU Eyelet border and corner punch to create the blue background and the stamps come from the monthly Stamps of Life club - such a cute frog image and the little bug is cute too and such a tiny stamp too. I've stamped him with SU's Certainly Celery and then used the outline stamp in SU's Basic Black.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Back to last weekend

Over the next few days I thought I would share some of the LO's and cards I made while I was away on my crafting retreat last weekend. Despite the copious amounts of stash I took with me I was determined to make the 8 x 8 LO's with primarily scraps from my bottomless scraps box. Once I'd made a LO any scraps that were left over I used to make a card and anything left over from that I very bravely threw away - did you hear that Heli? - I threw them away!

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The first LO is a rare photo with me in it! Colette took this when we went to Buckfastleigh with Logan at Easter. Ian was driving the trains that day so we thought we would take Logan to see his Grandad driving them - unfortunately and typically the train was late so there was a lot of waiting around and by the time Ian turned up Logan was fast asleep.

I have no idea of paper manufacturers but I was just glad to be making a start on using up some of those scraps. The embellisments and alphabets came from kits I have subscribed to. Here is the card I made using the leftover scraps with the addition of one of the stamps I get each month from Little Claires - isn't he sweet? I've coloured him in using Copics and just added a few buttons with tiny strips of paper threaded through and wound round my pricking tool - this was an idea I copied from Jenny Moors a fabulous SU demo.

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I will share some more LO's and cards over the next couple of days, but on the Monday I was extremely brave and went through the scraps box and ruthlessly threw out lots of bits of card and paper that I knew I would never ever use - yes I could have punched shapes out of them but I was determined to see the pile go down - I felt an amazing sense of liberation after I had done the deed.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

For Someone Special

The challenge this fortnight for the Crafty Purple Frog is to make something for Someone Special. I decided to make a box which I have made many times before and is the just the right size to fit a small tray of Hotel Chocolat selector chocolates inside.


I have used one of the lovely pyramage images and one of the backing papers, which I printed onto cardstock from the Flight of Fancy CD - Rom. There are also sentiment sheets, notelets, bookmarks and tags on this CD too. Just some decorative cord and gems added to give it a bit of sparkle and it's a perfect gift box to say thank you to those special friends, which I hope all of you have.

Why not enter this weeks challenge and give yourself the chance to win some lovely images from the Crafty Purple Frog.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Seasons Greetings with scraps

I've just spent a lovely weekend at a crafting retreat with the Exeter Scrapaholics group, lots of time spent playing with my paper stash, photos and stamps as well as lots of chat and laughter. While I was there I made this card using the scraps from an 8 x 8 LO I completed and used the sweet Christmas with the Fairies stamp from Queen Kat Designs. There is currently 40% off selected stamps from QKD at the moment.

Some of the papers I know are from Basic Grey, but not sure about the others, but it's a simple design and a great way of using up those scraps. I've inked the edges of the papers to give a bit more definition and the main image has been coloured in using Copics. The mini alphabet set came with the 5th Anniversary Kit from Scrapbook Circle and is from the Girls Paperie Jubilee collection of stickers.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Warm Winter Wishes

I'm a day late posting my Queen Kat this week, but I was lucky enough to be able to spend both the afternoon and evening with some crafting buddies and by the time I got back home it was too late to post this. Yes I know I could have scheduled it but I wasn't that organised!


Another of the new releases from Queen Kat this month is this really sweet mermaid stamp called Stay Warm by the artist Maryanne English - oh to be on that tropical island with her would be bliss. It just happens that we have friends who are lucky enough to be on a Caribbean crusie this Christmas so this image worked perfectly for their Christmas card.

The background paper is from SU's lovely Holly Berry Bouquet paper pack and I've used co-ordinating SU Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Old Olive cardstock and inks to complete the card. There is also the addition of some of their lovely scalloped dotty ribbon. I've used a Martha Stewart christmas border punch and created the greeting on the computer before punching out with SU punches.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Alter Something - Smudgy Antics challenge

It was a bit of a rush to get this completed in time for the Smudgy Antics challenge, but I'm pleased I made the effort. The challenge this week was to alter something. Now a while back I saved some cardboard packaging that came with something or other and thought maybe I could make use of that one day - well that day came this week!


To start with I covered the packaging with a cream coloured acrylic paint which I'd bought from Just Tracy's craft shop a long time ago (initially to decorate my advent boxes - still to be done!) and then covered with a variety of Tim Holtz distress inks. I've used a heart background stamp from Unity and a freebie vine type stamp that came with a crafting magazine. The woodgrain circle is a Hero Arts stamp which I embossed with gold embossing powder before cutting out with a circle nestie and then using some more distress inks to give it some colour. Finally I added the fantastic Cornelius image from Smeared Ink - he's one of a set of gothic fairies - love them all and think I might find some more packaging and make a set of them (one day).

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Orange with the Crafty Purple Frog

This weeks theme on the Crafty Purple Frog challenge is orange - quite a challenge for me as it's not normally a colour I would go for other than when doing fall cards or LO's.
For my card I have used the lovely The Love is Gone decoupage sheet available from Crafty Purple Frog - not as many layers as usual, but it still looks fantastic - well I think so. I also got to play with the new Martha Stewart punches that I ordered from QVC last week when they were a TSV. I've used SU cardstock in Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and retired purple cardstock. The leaves came from an Artful Delights card kit, flowers from my stash and SU's Old Olive ribbon. The sentiment came from a set of stamps that came with Issue 2 of Creative Stamping which I picked up from Just Tracy's shop last week.

Why not challenge yourself this week to use orange in your creation and give yourself a chance of winning some beautiful images from the Crafty Purple Frog - remember you don't have to use their images to take part in the challenge, but you'll double your chance of winning if you do.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Quick and Simple

On Saturday, Lisa came down to play and I managed to get a quick and simple card made using just my scraps and a new stamp set from The stamps of life. Last months set had this cute little penquin included which you could dress up with buttons and bows, etc.


Since then I have managed to make another two cards exactly the same to go towards my Christmas card collection. The papers were from a DCWV set and I've used SU's Basic Black and retired Ruby Red ink pads for the stamping. If I get the chance this evening I'm hoping to use up the last of the scraps I pulled out to play with on Saturday - my aim to use them up before I dig out some more from the never ending scrap pile!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Christmas with the fairies

It's the first Monday of a new month which means I have some new Queen Kat Design stamps to share with you this month. My first offering is the stamp called Christmas with the fairies and is from the Phantom Rose collection and drawn by the artist Coriander Shea Detwiler.


I thought I would make a little gift card which holds a small bottle of (in this case) Vodka. The Vodka did actually come in it's own tin (which I will use for something else) but I wanted to incorporate it into the card. I've used SU's Old Olive as my base card and decorated it with some DCWV scraps of paper. The image was coloured in using my Copics and the sentiment I printed out on the computer. The only other additions were the brads and ribbon from my stash. I also used SU's scallop border punch. Hope you like it.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Feed Me

I'm trying hard to get some more scrapbooking pages done and complete some challenges just for me - not always easy lately as time seems to be racing away. However, I've had a fun day with my friend Lisa who came down last night and we managed to get a few things made as well as enjoy a nice walk along the creek and catching up with each others news.

This week on the Smudgy Antics challenge blog they had the theme of Dark and Gruesome and as it was Halloween not long ago I thought I would scrap one of the photos I took of David dressed up. I've used one of the papers and some embellishments I got with a Scrapbook Circle Halloween kit which I believe is an Authentique paper range, digi images from Smeared Ink and stamps from Avocado Arts and coloured in with Copics. Hopefully it conveys the dark and gruesome side.

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We're off now up to Colette and Tims to see some fireworks, David and his family are also there and apparently Connor wants to come down to our house as he doesn't like them, but hopefully I can persuade him to watch them from their house.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Just Tracy's challenge

This month I got to draw a sketch for the Just Tracy's challenge blog which can be interpreted in anyway you like.

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I'm also sponsoring this months challenge with the prize being a set of SU stamps that were only available for a short while at the beginning of this year.

And here is the card I made to go with the sketch - I've used some lovely Anna Griffin papers and a lovely sentiment from an Elusive Image set of stamps I bought last year. The ribbon, gems and SU co-ordinating cardstock added the finishing touches. The poinsettia was created using a Marianne die and I just love the traditional feel of this card.

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I hope you'll join in with the challenge this month and good luck with winning the prize.