Saturday, 20 January 2018

Scraplifting The Boss!

I asked Jody aka SpiegelMom if we could scraplift her as part of our Sparklers DT work.  You see, I had my eye on one of her gorgeous layouts... little did I know that half of the Sparklers would pick the same layout to lift!!  Here is Jody's...

Truly stunning!

And here is my take...

 I combined Teal Me Tomorrow, Peacock Strutt and Shabby Chic Christmas sequin mixes with Shimmerz Paints Grape Escape Vibez and 'that paper' from Dear Lizzy's Lovely Day collection.

I tried to add tonnes of tiny details... I've decided I need to add initials to layouts of my nephews as they are fairly similar in looks and little one wears his big brother's old clothes!  I confuse easily!

I drew a version of one of the flowers, translated it into a cut file and cut several from vellum.  Adding these is bumped up the texture of the layout.  It is quite hard to capture how much impact they have on photographs.

I wonder if I will ever stamp a date stamp in a perfectly horizontal line... I doubt it!

I finished off the vellum flowers with a cluster of sequins in the centre.  This turned out to be an excellent way of adhering them leaving their petals free to curl up and add dimension.

I had so much fun with this layout - thanks Jody for the inspiration and the awesome sequins!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Stick It Down

Here is my January DT layout for Stick It Down...

I was not a fan of the sketch - but I made it so I can say that without offending anyone!  This is take three - I don't usually have to restart a layout let alone restart twice!

I settle on lots of subtle layers behind my photos and a simple watercolour background...

Unusually for me, I have embraced a cream background.  I know it's not miles away from my beloved white background but it does give the layout a completely different feel.

The colour palette is Autumnal to match the photos.  I love to work with these colours.

 The layout tells the story of a drive through the New Forest randomly coming across free range pigs who were out to clear up the acorns.

Seriously, it's the best sight!  A pig crossing the road!

Here's the video:

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


You know when you see a sketch and get inspired but by the end of the creation it doesn't really look all that much like the sketch?  Yep, read on...

This is the January skecth from Laura W at Stuck and the diamonds started me thinking about a pack of epoxy cloud stickers in my stash.  Already this doesn't make sense, diamonds, clouds, what?!

However, I really like how it turned out.  Can you see the sketch?  The diamonds hanging down become the clouds, moon and stars.   I worked on a smaller panel so the scale was right.  When the clouds were stretched across a 12x12 they looked too small.

I had fun with some doodling, pencil work and sewing.  It has made me think; I have 4 sets of different colouring pencils and I never use them in my scrapbooking.  This has got to change!!

I popped my panel up and tucked loads of sequins in and around the edge.  I love this look and think I definitely need to play with it more in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Mad Weave

Back in September, I shared a woven clipboard I had made for Crafty Ribbons.  I had a few ideas for other ways to use this Mad Weave in my crafting.

I made a few hexagon templates a little larger than twice the width of my ribbon and set about weaving around them.  Again you can watch a video of the weaving instructions here as it is much easier to watch than to read if you see what I mean.

I used super strong sticky tape on the backs of the hexagon to secure the ribbons in place.  I then had three tiles of woven ribbon.  My original plan was to use these as embellishments on a scrapbook layout but when I saw them I thought a card would be a good use of them too.

I use a square card blank and added a sentiment stamped and embossed on vellum and pinned to one of the hexagons.

I've used 9mm satin ribbons available here.

Thanks for looking, I hope you have all had a Happy Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Angel Doily

It's Christmas so we need an angel or two...  we always had one on top of our tree when we were kids and it was usually handmade.  You know the ones, toothpick in a polystyrene ball, doily body, dodgy glitter glue work and some tinsel stuck on top?  Well, this is my handmade tree topper this year aged 32 and a half!

It is made from one doily cut in a special way - pretty much along the lines of this, but I took a template from a shopbought Christmas card from 2 years ago.

I added a few bits of ribbon from Crafty Ribbons; the one woven through the doily is 3mm copper lame.  I also used some Nativity Words Ribbon to add a hanging loop.  This was an 8" doily and is too big for my little tree!

Monday, 11 December 2017


Today I am sharing my take on Stick It Down's single page sketch for December. 

When I designed the sketch I had these cut files from Ashley Calder in mind. I have had them in my stash for a few years and am really pleased to get them down on a page.

I stuck with a simple colour scheme of white on white accented with a touch of green and gold.  The green is from Shimmerz - bamboo leaf spritz. 

I popped my journalling up on foam to give dimension and cast a shadow.

Here is the process video:

We would love to have you playing along with us.  Create a layout or card based on this months sketches and link up before the month is out - all the details can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by.
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