Thursday, 8 October 2015

Naturals by Baker Ross

I was sent a box of with some of the Naturals Range from Baker Ross, packed with pine cones, wreaths, gems, sticks and shells so I had a play and these are some of the projects I came up with.  For the pine cone wreath I used one of their corrugated card bases and then glue gunned lots of pine cones on, after this I added some of the gem stones and then some natural twine.  The final addition were some fabric flowers to make the perfect Autumnal wreath.

I was sent lots of large shells which make lovely packaging for soaps or little pieces of jewellery but I decided to have a go at making my own wind chime.  I stuck and bound some of the natural sticks together and then added some lengths of the natural twine and stuck the shells on at different points.  It makes a really nice outdoors wind chime.

My final project was with the sticks.  I have a stick frame from HomeSense and I could have made something similar, instead I used a glass jar and stuck the sticks around the outside.  I then added some gold ribbon - ready for Christmas and added one of the battery operated candles in the middle.  

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Home Sweet Home Mini Album

Last months kit from A Trip Down Memory Lane included lots of Graphic 45 and one of my favourite Graphic 45 papers of late - the hexagon patchwork - I love the bright colours and patterns on it.  I decided to make a mini book for my Aunt and Uncles 50th Wedding Anniversary as a gift.  The book is based on Gloria Stengels instructions but I changed it very slightly so that both ends of the book are the same size, so it is a cuboid book, rather than a book that gets narrower at one end if that makes sense.  I use cereal boxes for the covers and spine and then yardstick for the pages.  There are a few other Graphic 45 papers in there, and they blend well as Graphic 45 use the same colour base for their paper ranges so there is no problems matching them if they are in the same colour group.
 Here is the first page with a small pocket on the left and larger one on the right, as well as one of the little pull out pockets that Graphic 45 do.
 This page has an open out flap, and then the other a strip so you can slide a photo underneath, or memorabilia.
 This is the opened flap.
 The next page has a low pocket and journal spot, and on the authorised is another lift the flat section.
 This can be used for photos and journalling.
 Then the pattern for my pages starts to repeat, just with different papers, a low and high pocket.
 I tucked the apple pie recipe in too.
 Another open out flap and a corner to slide photos and memorabilia into.
 A low pocket and then a high pocket, with a pocket behind the journal card too.
 The final page has a lovely quote and I left the back cover blank so that a photo could be added.
This is the view from the top so you can see both spines are the same length, and the book is secured with a little clip.  There is lots of room for more decoration and photos.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Rock Pools

I decided to join the September Scrapbook challenge in the Facebook group Crafters @ Play - I've not followed a sketch in a while so it was really fun to have a go - I also realised that once I got going I needed to adapt the sketch just a little bit - as I wanted an extra photo and then my title didn't fit in the place it was meant to go!

I used Summer Vibes by Simple Stories.  I started by gutting the background paper and then spritzing my white cardstock with some blue prima colour bloom - it gives a beautiful iridescent colour - I also took some of the ink off the page with the muslin that is behind the "Beach Life is the Best" so it is blue.  I cut out the flag and made a little tag.  I then dug out my sewing machine, which is something I haven't done in ages as I love the look of stitching on a page.  I edged the tag, white cardstock and the flag and stuck them all down in the right places.  I then set about using some chipboard frames for my photos - I tend to glue them onto my photo first and then cut around them.  Next I began to layer the embellishments - I love the Simple Stories efemera packs and there are some pieces from other ranges there too - like the heart from I am.  I added a shell and row of pearls, ribbon and buttons, some woodgrain vellum from Websters  and the title is from October Afternoon.

My kids love rock pools and collecting the creatures - mainly crabs that they find in them!  

Monday, 21 September 2015


Dr Who is nearly back on our screens and this TV show has been a large part of mine and my children lives!  Hiding behind chairs....the cybermen were the scariest aliens in my mind :)

I made this page using Kaisercrafts and Betsy's couture papers with a little Blue Bay and one of their large clock face acetates.  I had a play with some clear gesso and painted it on top of the layered papers, then added mists in greens and blues - I use the gesso as a primer so it stops the inks sinking into the paper too much - though the clear gesso I used has a very grainy texture which sets my teeth on edge :).  I used a Tando clock which I embossed in silver and the title is by Heidi Swap. The final steps was to cut out some of the clocks from the acetate and layer them around my photo.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Birthday and Chateau with Kaisercraft

Hello it is the Virtual Crop over with A Trip Down Memory Lane today - check out their blog, and you can join the chatter in the Facebook group ATDML#Create.  You don't have to have the papers, but I think there are a couple of kits for my class left if you want to use them.  Put together your own kits and all the instructions are free to download from the website.

My pages uses Kaisercraft's Tropical Punch and I went with quite a clean and simple style of page, using some Cosmo Cricket stickers as embellishments, and a few of the boarder strips you get on papers.

Here is my 2nd page which just uses lots of layers of the papers and then a die cut rose - I love these at the moment, so wanted to have one on my page - just a subtle floral embellishment.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Bank

Some more So Rad by Simple Stories.  I went with the little chipboard frames as the main feature for this page, so I decorated the background in some marigold distress stain, and then sprinkled water over the top to get the white patches as well as stamping a little bit too. I then decorated each of my frames, either with paper and stickers, or I used twine for the aeroplane one, and the backing to some flowers that I had from prima for the Navy So Rad frame.  I added a few punched 1" circles in turquoise and a little bit of journalling.

The photos are from our trip to the Bank of England where we got a special coin and learnt about currency throughout time - it was a lovely mornings adventure in London.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Strike a Pose

We visited the "Art of Brick" exhibition, and I used lego as the inspiration for my page making a brick wall style pattern out of all the Simple Stories papers.  I then decorated some of the bricks with the stickers in the range, and added a few of the chipboard frames - I love these mini frames! It was also fun to dig out my corner rounder, something that I hadn't used in quite a while.

The main shot is my eldest copying the lego man's pose!


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