Monday, 16 October 2017

Stick It Down

Warning: Slightly Graphic(ish) Content - you might want to give this one a miss if you are squeamish!

This month's Stick It Down layouts are to be based on this sketch.

I stuck to pretty much exactly.  I've scrapped about the time I sewed through my thumb with the sewing machine...

Black, white and red seemed like the perfect colour palette.  This issue is black and white - I need to rest when I am tired.  When I don't, um... I end up seeing red stuff!

The flair is from Feed Your Craft, sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps and ric rac from Crafty Ribbons.

One day I was tired but carried on sewing, the old 'just finish this one then I'll rest' thing that all M.E. sufferers know so well.  The needle went through my nail and into my thumb and then snapped.  We pulled the half needle out complete with bloody thread.  The nail bed healed pretty quickly and the hole in the nail grew out.  I was lucky.  I really ought to listen to my body and rest when needed!

I hope you can join us over at Stick It Down this month!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Watercolor Colouring Book

I discovered a wonderful colouring book from Kirsty Rice called Summer Cutting Garden.  (I think there are/will be the other seasons too.)  It's on good thick paper, single sided and beautifully illustrated.  I had a play with my Daniel Smith watercolours with no aim in mind.  When the painting was finished (why didn't a take a photo?!) I thought I could turn it into a layout, so I started fussy cutting...

After quite some time with my scissors and then a craft knife for the inner areas my wreath was ready.

After adding a little watercolour to the background I popped the wreath up on foam pads for dimension.

I added loads of sequins - I kept wondering if it was too many but I couldn't stop!!

I added a few strips of journalling over one of the flowers.

Highly recommend this book if you like playing with watercolours!

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Catching Autumn Dreams

Oh Autumn, I love your colours!  I pulled out an old like for ever kit containing Pink Paislee Cedar Lane for this layout. 

I used some Studio Calico rub ons and two sequin mixes from SpiegelMom Scraps - Aquarius and Star Spangeld.

I mounted my phtos on to a doily and dipped in to my evergrowing stash of Gutermann threads to add tassels.  It gives the impression of a dream catcher, sort of!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Fluffed Up for Autumn

I instantly fell in love with the falling leaves cut file from Pretty My Page.  I played with the file in Studio and cut out lots of leaves on vellum.

Whilst the images were still on the cutting mat I coloured them with Shimmerz (and a couple of Mr Huey's too) paints and mists.  I peeled them off the cutting mat when they were partially dry and left them to dry completely.

As they dried they curled up and went all crunchy - just like real Autumn leaves!

I made two layouts with them... one on light kraft teamed with copper alphas and sequins.

And another on white carstock.  I adhered the leaves with small glue dots so they could remain curly and dimensional.

I could have added more embellishments but, honestly, the leaves are so fabulous I didn't want anything to detreact from them and the photo!

This is my favourite photo of old Daisy Girl.  How I miss her naughty garden antics!

Here is the video...

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 1 October 2017


I've been playing with a fabulous cut file from Pretty My Page...  PMP sell pre cut cut files so you don't need a cameo or scan'n'cut to use cut files in your crafting.  Soon they will be selling the digital files too, like I played with here.

I've not used it as intended but that is the beauty of a cut file - you can switch it up any which way.

I've used my Daniel Smith watercolours to colour up the cut file.  I knew I'd be using watercolour so I cut on good quality watercolour paper.  It works well with the silhouette cameo but you do need to double cut.

You'll see in the video I cut a load of butterflies that I didn't use... they'll feature on a future layout I'm sure!

Beautiful Jennie dog.  I want a Norfolk Terrier one day...

And I added some sequins too, these are SpiegelMom Scraps Moonshine Delight.

Here's the vid:

I hope you check out Pretty My Page especially if you don't have a cutting machine!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Ribbon Weaving

Hi Folks, I'm here today sharing a Crafty Ribbons DT ribbon weave clipboard with you...

I've used some pastel shades of plain satin 9mm.  You can find this here on the Crafty Ribbons website.  The clipboard is clear perspex and I picked it up from Paperchase a few years ago.

I'm no weaving expert - I think this is called Mad Weave.  This, presumably, is because it drives you mad trying to figure out how to do it!!  If you fancy a try you'll need lots of pins and a cork board bigger than the finished size of your weaving project.

First of all, you'll need to set up your vertical ribbons.  I went in a random order just to give me lots of colour but lining your ribbons up in a certain order will give you different finished patterns.  Pin to your cork board enough ribbons to cover the width of your clipboard (or other surface - you can add weaving to pretty much anything!)  They should be as close together as possible and exactly vertical for a nice tight weave - no wonky angles!

The second step is to weave ribbons in at a 30 degree angle.  I found it helpful to mark my corkboard and use a quilters ruler to get my angles exact.  The pattern to weave is over one, under two, over one, under two etc. of the vertical ribbons.  Your second ribbon should go over the next ribbon along to the one the first ribbon went over.  (It is easier to do than to explain!)  Again pin these ribbons in place so they don't move.

The third step is to weave a second set of ribbons in at a 30 degree angle, this time from the other side.  This time go over two, under one, over two, under one etc. of the vertical ribbons.  This time you need to navigate the second step ribbons too, making sure you are creating the little diamond shapes.

I realise I haven't put this into words very well so I'll point you to a video I have just found - video - I could have done with watching this before I got started!!

Once that was done I placed my clipboard on top.  I used super strong red backed double sided tape around the edge of the clipboard and one by one, unpinned each ribbon, folded it around the edge of the clipboard and stuck it down.  I trimmed the ends down and added another layer of tape and finished off with a length of ribbon to hide the unsightly ends.

The beauty of the perspex is you can see the weaving from both sides.  Because I wrapped it over the back and adhere only a small border on the front you still have a nice solid surface to write on too.

Tag us on Instagram (@craftyribbons or Facebook if you share a weaving project - we'd love to see!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

never lose your SPARKLE

I've had so much fun playing with this frame...

I covered the wood with a coat of gesso and then played with all my blue, silver and purple Shimmerz products.  You can find a selection here.  It was done in many layers allowing each one to dry fully before adding more.

I treated the alphas with the same mists and stuck them to a piece of tinsel infused paper.  I then added as many sequins as I could!!  I used Sparkle Power, Wild and Free, Sweet Pea, Moonshine Delight and Silver Stardust.
I'm not ashamed to admit that this sits above my desk and when I run out of ideas or I'm waiting for something to dry I pick it up and give it a little shake!!  It makes a good anti-stress toy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linked at Inspire Me Mondays

Friday, 22 September 2017

Bobby's Frame

I have another box frame to share...

This one is 90% Cocoa Vanilla supplies...

The wood star confetti and tiny star stickers are not CVS.

I'm not the biggest fan of wood veneer shapes but the CVS collections always catch my eye... this hello banner is gorgeous!

And I was pleased to use the vellum and acetate stars from the Totally Rad and Made of Awesome collections as a feature.

No sequins in this one - he's not a fan - so I restrained myself.  I think I'd like it better with a few sequins in!! ;)

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

welly boots

I have a LOT of stencils.  My friend has just opened a new website selling stencils.  I don't use a lot of stencils.  I want a lot of the stencils on my friend's new website.  These four things don't sit all that well together...

I need to have a sort through my stencils.  I have a theory that I buy what I like the look of without thinking about how I will use it.  I did this with paper at the beginning of my crafting adventure too, and it led to a huge cull!  Any way, this layout uses one of my stencils...

along with a whole bunch of blue goodies dug out from my stash.  I love these kinds of layouts - they are not made with a collection or big brand supplies.  Rather they are a collection of tags from clothes I've bought, packaging, off cuts and snippets, doilies and labels with a few ribbons thrown in for good measure.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Thank You Card

I'm filling in for a team mate over on the Stick It Down card team this month.

As the sketch artist I usually mentally make a card whilst doing the sketch, so I challenged myself not to make the exact same card as my original idea.  (Although, I may have a go at making that too, it was a watercolour rainbow with vellum clouds...)

Of course, I stuck with the rainbow theme because 'rainbow is the best colour!'

Supplies:  White card blank, alpha stickers from Basic Grey, OHTO Graphic Liner pen, Swiss Dot Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, red backed tape.

I hope you can squeeze in time to take on this sketch and join us at Stick It Down!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

let's be friends

This little cutie and his teddy bear reminded me I had the perfect flair stashed away...

It is from Feed Your Craft and says let's be friends.  A perfect match for the photo, I think you'll agree.

I kept it simple, black and white paper from Cocoa Vanilla and a handful of small embellishments, with blue thread and ink splats for a splash of colour. 

I think I'd feel a little guilty if I made all of my layouts this bare but I do love the white space!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Scraplifting Kaez Mum...

The SpeigelMom Scraps guest designer this month is Jen Gagne aka Kaez Mum.  Here is one of her layouts that I found particularly inspiring...

My take is just as colourful...

I used a tonne of Shimmerz products to colour my background and some cardstock which I ran through my cameo.  With my twelve flowers and colourful splodges in place I added a few sequins in matching colours and made of frame of journalling around the edge.

You can watch the process here...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Gingerbread Hugs

Crafty Ribbons have just released a new ribbon range - Gingerbread men for Christmas.  They are adorable!

Here is my first project with them.  They match the photo perfectly and I had so much fun with this one.  I drew up a cut file to match too.  You can grab that here.

I've added some lace and bias binding to the gingerbread ribbon and a tiny heart loop from the sentiment ribbon too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Keeping Cool

My cheeky little Herb may be gone but he's certainly not forgotten.  This layout is of him 'sharing' an ice lolly in the summer heat last year.

I was in the mood for lots of layers when making this one!  I've gone with a hot colour palette which also matches the lolly 'we' were eating.

And I've become a big fan of a tulle layer on my layouts.  It adds great texture but is very subtle - both things I love.

Thanks for stopping by!

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