Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The blue's

A friend of mine asked if I could make a card for her son who is turning 18 ... immediate response was no. Boy cards - too hard! What on earth would I put on an 18 year olds card.

After some persuasion I said okay. He is into diving and she wanted some waves with bubbles. I can do that. It is not particularly trendy ... if you know what I mean, like graffiti 18 year old trendy, but he is not that kind of kid, so it should go down just fine.

Monday, 11 June 2012

An actual layout

So you may have noticed that I haven't updated for a while, heck, you probably stopped coming round here a long time ago.

It is not that I don't want to blog, I just have nothing to share. In years gone by I would craft ferociously, taking every little spare minute I could find to make things. Not so much anymore.

I like to think about crafting, I like to look at what others make and think how cool it would be if I could make something too, I like to shop for supplies, I like to sketch down ideas that come to me, I like to surf blogs and look at pretty pictures ... but then when I look at my watch and see how much time I have wasted on this here 'puter I have to dash about and vacuum the floor, or wash the dishes, or feed the kids, and well .... then I have to go to sleep and it starts all over again the next day.

I tend to do well when there is a deadline and I have to get myself motivated, but with no deadline ... well I tend to be a tad lazy. Hence, nothing to post.

Last week I was asked to make a layout for a cyber crop, and that is like a dealine isn't it, so I actually got my head in the game and made something. Something that is not for a magazine and that I can share with you.

As we have just celebrated the Queen's diamond jubilee, we have been spoiled with bunting all over the place. Totally festive! Bunting is big in crafting too, so I decided to use that as a starting point for a layout of Hailey's tenth birthday.

Made myself a wee sketch ... as that is just the way I roll. I find it hard to just start crafting, I kind of have to have my sketch done first.

It looked like this:

 ... but as often happens the actual end product doesn't turn out exactly like the sketch. The bunting hanging over the photo wasn't working so I ended up layering some the paper banners instead.

Managed to use my new Memory Box Tessatina border die (so delicate - I love it) ....

... as well as the fab block alpahabet dies from Papertrey Ink.

 ... as well as the very lovely new washi tape I just recently purchased (not so easy to find in the UK, but I found lots of fab ones here) and that awesome weekdays stamp from Hero Arts and Studio Calico.

I also used a Karla Dudley digital element, but only used the word enjoy and then added my own text as I wanted this text to be my journaling. LOVE Karla's handwriting and digital elements - she is so talented!

That gorgeous doily stamp is from Waltzing Mouse stamps, used it with Vesafine Smokey grey ink.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Stunning portraits

As a scrapbooker and lover of all things visually pleasing, I was blown away by the beautiful portraits of children taken by the talented photographer Lisa Visser. I stumbled across her blog by chance after I saw a post on facebook of a picture she took of a friend's daughter. Go and have a look at her blog here

If only I could take pictures like this to scrapbook I would be a very happy camper indeed.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Hero Arts

Hero Arts - definitely one of my fave stamp companies. I am sharing a card today that I made a while ago with their Silly Scape background

The way I coloured the buildings was very much influenced by the way Jennifer McGuire coloured these buildings on a card she made for PaperCrafts magazine (some time last year maybe .... I can't remember when, but it was quite a while ago). I loved her bright bold colours, perfect for copics.

The message is compter generated and printed straight onto the card - the embossed background is made with a Stampin' Up! embossing folder - Square Lattice.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Been so long

Let me start by wishing you all a very happy New Year. May 2012 be propsperous and filled with lots of stash and cool crafting.

I seem to hardly get time to come on here these days, and Christmas time is always particularly hectic. Apart from all the normal festive running around, Matthew and I decided to host a Christmas Eve party at our home. The first time we had so many people around at once, but turned out to be great fun (especially when taking the punch and it's effects into consideration).

I wanted to make this party a little special, so instead of simply e-mailing or calling people to invite them, I thought I would make some proper invitations. Time being of the essence, crafting them was not an option, so I reached for my most trusty software - CorelDraw (Oh how do I love thee). It took me about a half an hour to put these together using some dingbats and cool fonts, 5 minutes to print them off on nice textured cardstock and voila ... quick and easy invites that look good as well.