Saturday, 30 April 2016

"You Rock" mini album (part 2)

Whoops ... thought I had shared this already but had left my post as "draft" ... hence why it didn't publish. Some days I do worry myself.

Anyhow here is the 2nd part of my "You Rock" mini album that I created from "scratch" using the wonderful Sticks and Bones collection from Polka Doodles. The post sharing part 1 of the mini album can be found HERE ...

As a quick reminder, here's the front cover ... (top view)
... face on view

In my previous post I had reached page 5  and now to share page 6 onwards ... so here is a photo of pages 6 and 7. Page 6 is an area to place a photo but for page 7  I made an acetate storage pocket to store, well anything you want.

Here is a close up of page 7 and you can see than the envelope is secured with a button clasp. I have used the acetate envelope to store tags and tickets. The T-Rex image has been cut out and stuck to the front of the acetate envelope as added interest.

For pages 8 and 9, I used the great background pages from the collection as my backgrounds for the photo mats. However on page 9 I also created another secret pocket and have added some journalling tags.

Here is a close up of page 9 and the tags ...

Pages 10 and 11, in comparison to some of the other pages, are a little boring as they have been mat and layered ready for photos and journalling but can you see something peeking out of the top?

I have created a secret pocket for either a photo page or any memorabilia you might have. However for this mini album, I have made a photo page ...

I have taken the pterodactyl digi image and added it to a age I decorated using complimentary pages. Next, I cut around the shape leaving a border and at the same time, created an alternative way of extracting the age from the secret pocket. As an added extra, I have printed off the pterodactyl word art, adding tot he bottom of the page.

Page 12 and 13 (back inside cover) have been designed to mat photos straight to the frame areas. On page 13, (which is the back inside cover),  I have used various small scraps of papers (from previous pages) and created a patch work effect background.

PHEW! Think that is everything but not 100% sure I have shared everything but will stop now as this post is extraordinarily long already and I thank you so much for baring with me so far. I am really enjoying getting back in to making mini albums and have another 3 to share with you but might, if I am brave enough, share all the page via a video ... oohhhhh, watch this space!.

We have decided as a family to have a "crusty day" and lounge around in PJs and spend time together watching a few films and digging out a few board games. I hope you  have a relaxing Sunday too,

x x x

Products and links:

Challenge up your life: critters
Brown Sugar - for the boys
Morgan's Art World - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - animal + sentiment
Crafting with an attitude - anything goes
Creative Knockouts - lots of layers
Open Design Team Challenge - anything goes

MDF teapot shaped storage from Studio Light

I was a very lucky crafty person and received a wonderful MDF teapot to decorate from Personal Impressions; it is from the Studio Light range. The whole kit was wonderful to work with so much included for a very low price! You receive all the MDF parts, 2 decorative papers, 2 pages full of embellishments and 1 page of decoupage toppers ... oodles! I have a mini tutorial on the Personal Impressions blog showing how I made the tea pot - HERE

Here is the finished teapot and I have kept the 3D embellishments to a minimum on the front as I have varnished/protected all the elements.

As an added extra, I have used some card off cuts to create some dividers for the inner storage part and thought it might be "cool" to add the names of your favourite tea(s) on to the tabs.

Here is an aerial shot of the teapot with the dividers in place.

I have fallen in love with these papers and ordered 5 different pads and several other MDF kits ... so watch this space!

Have a great "extended" weekend everyone,

x x  x

Products and links:

Crafting a beautiful mess - anything goes
Craft for the craic - anything but a card
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes
Dragon Lair - anything goes

Friday, 15 April 2016

Heart bunting part 2

My original tutorial for the Decopatch Heart Bunting can be found HERE on the Personal Impression blog and additional photos can be found on my own blog post HERE.

Now I am going to share with you the finished bunting; all put together and on display. I have a selection of crates that I am in the process of revamping and my bunting has pride of place on them. You can now see why I added the pegs ... the hearts become a display area which can be continually changed.

All the hearts in a row ...

Please believe me that the shelves are not wonky in real life. Just me trying to do a panoramic shot.

Thoroughly enjoyed making these and have already changed the photos around since taking these shots and have also revamped 3 of the crates.

Please pop over to the Personal Impression blog to get a full break down of how I made the complete bunting HERE.

Have a wonderful day everyone and many thanks for popping over,

x x x

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

My Beautiful Mother ... using a touch of Lemonade Fizz

Well today is my mum's birthday and won't incur her wrath by saying how old she is ...! I wanted to make her a floral card but without many layers as it needs to get to Ireland in one piece.

So I thought I'd have a play with my Lemonade Fizz soup stamps. The flowers have been made using one of the petals, repeat stamping around the centre and then lots of masking. I have used the leaves to fill in the gaps. All the edges were then "rough'd up" using a distress tool.

I started by watercolouring the images with distress inks but felt that the whole thing looked a little flat. To add some dimension back, I have added highlights using my Lyra Rembrandt polycolor pencils. Finally a few white highlights with a gel pen. The sentiment is made up of different rub ons (from different companies) that I have kept ... as we crafters seem to do.

The border strip has been made using the heart from the same stamp set, with the same colours. I think I have kept to my goal ... bold, floral and not too much fru fru ...! Now all I hope is that it made to Ireland in time.

So as a final note,  "Happy Birthday Mum" and hope you have a wonderful day,

x x x

Products and links:

Everybody Art Challenge: pastels
Lemon Shortbread: anything goes
Through the craft room door: anything goes
2 Creative Chicks: anything goes
A bit more time to craft: anything goes
Card Mania: spring
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes
Crafting from the heart: anything goes
Lawnscaping challenge: beautiful florals

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Winston Bear sending birthday wishes ...

Whoops, I've got my dates all muddled and this post is going out late! It should have been yesterday and I'm not sure which calendar I am looking at but it isn't for this year !

The theme over at Polka Doodles Challenges is "Sugar and Cream" which is all about cream, white, coffee and pink colours. The coffee bit was the key for me as I knew which collection I was going to use ... Winston. The colour palate in this collection, match this challenge perfectly.

Now on to the shape of me card ... well, it was the sentiment that gave me the idea, so I made the front of the card look like an envelope ...and Winston is sitting there ready to put his note inside. Using the back of an envelope to get the shape, I then made my own templates that fitted the card size I wanted to use. All the elements have been printed on to cream paper, (to go with the theme) and love the soft look it gives to the papers.

I have even decorated the inside to co-ordinate with the front which is fast becoming my "new must do" ...! Next time might add the envelope tab as may give it more of an envelope appearance ... rather than a nappy look.

Right need to get this on the challenge blog before someone notices,

x x x

Products and links:

Brown Sugar - anything goes
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Crafty Calendar - anything goes
Simply Papercraft - anything goes

What's new on my blog this week ...

' I'm happiest when I'm with you' hanging heart decoration