Sunday, 31 August 2014

Crafting Cafe August Challenge - Poppy Photo Inspiration

If you've arrived from the Crafting Cafe blog hop, welcome, and I hope you find something you like on my page.

Here is my inspiration project for the August challenge over at the Crafting Cafe challenge blog.  This month it's a photo inspiration challenge, with this photo of a field of poppies as the theme, and the sponsor is Ooh La La Creations.  The design team was able to choose images from their lovely Carnival of Colour CD.  The only snag with that for me is that I don't currently have a working colour printer, so I owe a huge thanks to the friend who printed things for me when I failed to sort out a print service in time.  That's one of the reasons my inspiration post is later than normal.  The other reason is that I had grand ideas for a scrapbook page that I've sadly not managed to complete.  Watch this space though, it's still on the list.  Luckily I know what a slow coach I am at scrapbooking, so I had a contingency plan for a clean and simple card, and here it is:

The paper and topper were so beautiful that I really didn't want to mess with them too much, hence the clean and simple design!  I'd expected it to be a condolence card, being poppies, but the result seemed really cheerful, so I plumped for a birthday card instead.  For the greeting I chose a banner with just a couple of letters printed red, which made me think of single poppies dotted around in corn fields.

I hope you like it!


What I used
Printables: Ooh La La Creations "Carnival of Colour" CD, "Dancing in the wind" design.
Embellishments: Hot Diggity Dog die cut greetings, Papermania adhesive pearls, white
Tools: XCut Leafy Lace border punch

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The C word!

I'd love it to be summer (well, late spring) all year round.  Once the August bank holiday is over, I start to get a bit morose about the shortening days and the proximity of months of wearing too many layers of clothes and hosing mud off the dog three times a day.  Christmas crafting is one of the few consolation prizes of winter's dreariness for me, and I tend to get started in earnest in September.  Here's my first Christmas card of the year, made for Country View Crafts.

The bauble is embossed onto card that I coloured using alcohol inks applied with water.  There are step-by-step photos and instructions on their blog, but I've included a list of what I used below.

What I used
Papers: Plain white card, DCWV Mini Scalloped 12x12 cardstock, gold mirror card
Tools: Sizzix Framelits die set with textured impressions 'Ornament', Inkssentials Cut n Dry stamp pad foam
Inks: Adirondack alcohol inks 'botanical', 'cranberry', 'gold mixative', blending solution, Distress ink 'peeled paint'
Embellishments: Gold thread, gold bow, adhesive gem

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Layout 14: Jamming with Nanny

Having made my 2014 target of 12 pages in about 6 months, I thought I'd set myself the goal of repeating that in the second half of the year.  I'm a bit behind already, but here's my second page towards that - a monochrome page to preserve some musical fun my Mum and Bob had last Christmas.  I thought it would be fun to use the same mask as I used on my previous musical scrapbook page, but with a very different effect, to match the bright, clean photos I'm using.

It was a fun page to do, at least partly because looking at these pictures always makes me smile.  I have a video of their jamming session too - what a shame we can't put Harry Potter style moving pictures into layouts!

I've written the project up here for the Country View Crafts blog, so there's lots of detail and photos to show what I did there, but I've included a kit list here too.

What I used:

Papers: Core'dinations 12x12 card "Black soot", Paper Mill black and white thin cardstock
Tools: That Special Touch border masks "Music" and "Piano keys ", Sizzix Tim Holtz 'Music' embossing folder
Embellishments: Papermania Alphamania cardstock stickers, black
Inks/Paints: Adirondack paint dabber "Snow Cap", Papermania black brush marker, Papermania white gel pen

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Layout 13 - 'Here Come The Girls' challenge

I love taking part in sketch challenges - using a sketch allows me to bypass all the shuffling around of bits of paper that usually eats up my crafting time, and I love to see all the different versions of the layout that people create.  My favourite challenge at the moment is the monthly challenge on the scrapbooking forum of do crafts' Craft Talk area.  It's a small and friendly challenge, and has a theme too, which really helps me get on when the pile of photos waiting to be scrapped seems a bit daunting.  July's theme is 'here come the girls', using either pastels or hot colours, and here's the sketch:

I love this kind of layout, with the panels of papers, though it is a little fiddly and by the time I'd finished I wished my tape runner hadn't run out - so many edges!  I had the perfect picture for the challenge too - a picture of me with my two best friends from university, one of whom was wearing a splash of bright pink.  I chose papers and embellishments that matched the style of the dresses and found a great quote sticker that eliminated the need for much of the journalling I'd planned - we see each other quite rarely, and I loved that we turned up dressed so similarly.

I hope you like it!

What I used:
Papers: Dovecraft "A Hint of Pink" 8x8 paper stack, Papermania capsule collection 8x8, pink swirly 12x12 paper from old do crafts goody bag, Paper Mill black cardstock 12x12, Paper Mill pink vellum 12x12.
Embellishments: Various silk and paper flowers, Papermania mini printed brads, do crafts felt flowers, Papermania Alphamania curly font (pink), K&Co "Smitten" glittered chipboard letters, Basic Grey "Periphery" undressed chipboard shapes (swirls), DCWV quote stack sticker "Friends", Papermania solid gems, black.
Tools: Papermania Summer Bloom stamps 'Picnic', XCut pokey tool, Studio g alphabet stamps, Forever Friends Hand Script Numbers stamps
Paints and Inks: Papermania capsule collection "red hot", Anita's acrylic paint "black", "metallic pink", Palette hybrid ink pad "Belle Rose", Colorbox chalk ink "Pink Pastel"

Crafting notes:
  • The circular bits of journalling/title looked quite blank once the lettering was done, but I didn't want to overpower the writing, so I stamped some swirls around the edges in very pale pink ink.  They were already stuck on the page, so I used the die cut 'spoil' to protect the page.

  • I couldn't find any pink paper quite the right colour for my matting, so I used pink vellum with white paper behind.
  • To make sure all the paper squares line up perfectly, I cut and stuck one at a time, so that each was made for the actual gap, not the expected gap, which isn't the same as often as I'd like!
  • The best match of paint I had for the pink swirl was metallic, but nothing else on the page is, so I mixed in a little white acrylic paint to dull it down, then added a pink chalk ink over the top once dry.
  • For the flower in the bottom right, I embellished the flower printed on the paper with die cut flowers:

  • To complete the tie-in with the dresses, I'd have liked to have included a black ribbon and bow somewhere, but couldn't quite make it work.  Ah well, maybe next time!
Happy crafting :-)