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Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
These are pictures of my parents wedding from 1975, I decided to mount all the pictures onto the blue glimmer paper from the Vintage Sarapapers collection, it really is beautiful, (but unfortunately it doesn't scan as nicely as I would like) and then I laid them onto the American Crafts Wedding "Tulle" paper, these are lovely to work with and they have co-ordinating colours on the reverse. I laid the HOTP Marriage acetate overlay on the top for the title and I have held it in place with with a HOTP brad buddie from the Pretty Creative Kit. I finished it off in the bottom right corner with a "Time" charm which reads "Life Is Measured In Moments".
Monday, 29 October 2007
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Saturday, 27 October 2007
This week the challenge is to use acetate. I bet you have some in your stash somewhere, even a little piece. If not, it is available here and here and even as part of your weekly rubbish I bet!! The challenge is open to all paper crafters...cards, ATCs, LO's, altered art projects, etc. as long as you use paper and acetate...*you're in!*
To start you off I've made a couple of examples. This card uses a small piece of acetate from which the tag is suspended, which gives a lovely *boingy* effect it doesn't keep still!
This is a really easy look to achieve, just use double sided tape to adhere the acetate to the card and the tag as shown.I've also made the covers of this Birthday book from acetate, which has been partly covered in Vintage Sarapapers and bound onto a suite of extra large playing cards, with a Bind it All. Though it could just as easily have been bound with ribbon or bookrings.
The inside pages of this book can be seen on my blog :)
If you've been paying attention ;-) you'll have noticed that the LO I posted on the 18th has a title made from the HOTP Father acetate overlay. What may be less obvious is that all 3 of these projects just used that one sheet of transparency!! A little really does go a long way...
Ok, so you've seen what I can do...now let me see your attempts!! E-mail your entries to us, and post in this thread to let everyone know that your work is in the gallery. Remember, there is a fabulous prize at the end of each month for our favourite challenge entry!
Good luck...and I look forward to seeing what wonderful ideas you all come up with!!
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
On the sixth page I cut a small strip of American Crafts ribbon and put the button on it. To make the button look like it had been stitched on, I threaded a very thin strip of paper through the holes and stuck it down at the back. I also punched a couple of flowers . On the opposite page I cut out a mini file folder from the HOTP Library Card Holder and Mini File Folder template. I die cut some letters to stick on the front of the folder.
The final photograph is Lucy and I when the family went up to London for the day to visit her. We are opposite Buckingham Palace as I recall! I stamped the words onto vellum. I matted this onto a scrap left from the HOTP Cardmakers Creative Pack in Citrus, with brads form the Cardmakers Creative Kit in Earths' Pallette. To finish this page I attached a HOTP Really Big Brad and added a Really Big Brad Rub On with 'laugh' on it.
better late than never I reckon, so here is the card I was wanting to share with you:
I've made it from sections of 2 sheets of the American Crafts papers (soon to be available as a kit!!), one making the base of the card, and one made into a medallion motif using foam pads. In the middle of the medallion I've placed a Really Big Brad topped with a Really Big Brad Rub-On! The message on the left hand side is from the HOTP Cardmakers' Fragments selection. Finally, I rounded the corners on the right to soften the whole look.
What do you think?
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Its so great to have you with us this month...you will certainly be keeping us all on our toes with your fantastic designs!
Secondly, I'd like to share my latest project...an attempt to get myself a little more organised in my crafting. I've designed a mini-book in which I can record my favourite ideas, doodle some sketches, make notes of designs I love, etc. and generally gather and hopefully refine, my creative designs!
I've made this book from the double sided American Crafts cardstock, which is ideal for this sort of thing as you will be seeing both sides of the card :) I've used Rowling, but any of them would work for this design. I've used a regular hole punch to make 2 holes and tied on a cute charm with co-ordinating ribbon. This makes the perfect binding for this kind of book as I can add or remove pages easily as the book fills up.
The title is made from the HOTP round alphabet sheet which I have coloured yellow with a felt tipped pen and doodled around in purple. The closure made from another small piece of ribbon and 2 of the button style brads.
The inside of the book is divided into 4 sections and I've made the dividers by cutting up squares of the matching Hornby cardstock and making tabs out of the double sided ribbon. The actual pages are simply taken from a regular notepad and hole punched.
I'd love to know what you think of this idea...and to see your examples if you have a go at making one...
Oooh yes...and I have something else to share today...but you'll have to wait 'til this pm for it...as I'm off to a crop now!!!
Monday, 22 October 2007
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What a fab time to pay us a visit!!
Sunday, 21 October 2007
Friday, 19 October 2007
I made the card using the scraps left over from the LO - I didnt want to waste a single piece of paper - I just cut up the remainder into 2.5in squares and arranged them on the front of the card! The beauty of these papers is that they are double sided so cordinate perfectly! I included a bit of shimmery red paper behind the squares to complement the red in the patterned paper, and added a HOTP artsy additions embossed paper charm to the front, along with the cardmakers word fragments.
So, I hope you love these papers as much as I do - and I promise - no more paper stroking from me!!
Now dont forget - its another DT challenge going live tomorrow at 6pm, any entries emailed in to firstname.lastname@example.org are eligible for the monthly DT challenge prize!! Have a look here to see what Rebecca Nash won last month - it's well worth entering!
See you all soon!
Thursday, 18 October 2007
My kit has bold colours and geometric designs...as well as some more feminine, slightly distressed elements...but you'll see them soon enough. I've started with the beautiful and bold American Crafts papers. The background of this layout uses the Cervantes paper, which is stunningly stripey as you can see! I gutted the area behind the photo, so that I had matching stripes to punch the flowers from. I'm having a real revival of my old punches that have been unused for a while, if you don't own any there are lots available here. Punches are superb for making instant, matching embellishments out of scraps :)
The title *Father* uses the HOTP transparency which I have coloured from behind using OHP pens to make it stand out. I've layered this over the Hornby paper and stapled the transparency to attach it at either end. The Daughter section of the title, uses more of the Hornby paper and I've done the lettering with the Helix stencils and a journalling pen...then doodled around the text and added a gorgeous charm, tied with ribbon from the beautiful Icy Rainbow collection.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Remember, this isn’t just about scrapping, we’d love to see all sorts from this sketch; cards, ATCs, altered projects, inchies even (now that really IS a challenge!) So just take the sketch, and run with it.
Here’s a sample LO to get you going. The papers used are from the HOTP Personal Shopper July 2006
Don’t forget, email your entry to email@example.com so we can put it in our gallery, and you may even win our monthly challenge prize!
Thursday, 11 October 2007
My offering for today is my *one sheet wonder* a maze book, created from one sheet of 12x12 (from the October 2006 PS Kit), and a few random left overs (also from this kit).
I'm sending the book to the *Nana* in question as a thankyou for bringing the little monster to see us.
I bet you can think of someone who would love a little reminder of a weekend they've spent with you...or of thier own *special monster*...
PS...if you don't know how to make a maze book...here are some instructions!
So this is the deal:
Outrageous Octoberfest! Monday October 22nd – Sunday October 28th 2007
Special Offers All Week Long - including:
Sat. 27th October:
*Free Make N Takes: make at least one fabby new card design from the fabulous A Muse Artstamps (age restriction: over 14s only!)
*Free Demonstrations: watch us put a bunch of new HOTP goodies through their paces - including the fabulous new clear stamps
*Free Prize Draws: another chance to pick up free stash, just for paying us a visit - no purchase necessary (age restriction: over 14s only!)
*Free Goody Bags: yet another chance to pick up free stash, just for paying us a visit - no purchase necessary (age restriction: over 14s only!)
Sunday 6th May:
Join me for a free, private Crop n Shop. I’ll be crafting. Do you want to come too? Bring your own stuff & use my space. The shop is officially closed but I’ll be there from 10am – 5pm.
Crop Morning, Afternoon or Come All Day; Limited Spaces – Please Book In Advance!
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Without further delay - September's Design Challenge winner is ... Rebecca Nash!
The design team were equally torn between Rebecca's altered cigar box (challenge #7) and her altered tins (Challenge #10) - both of which you will find in our challenge gallery. Rebecca wins a HOTP Personal Shopper Kit - 'Brad Buddies & More' with a retail value of around £30. Rebecca was previously one of the 'honourable mentions' in our last DT call, so I hope she will be ready to take a guest DT place this month too! Well done & we will all look forward to seeing more of your creations soon!
Our winners are:
Sophia O'Reilly from Guildford, who wins an A Muse prize package valued at over £20.00 (pictured third from top)
Melissa Winter from Bexleyheath, Kent, who wins a HOTP scrapbooking kit valued at over £30.00 (pictured bottom far right)
Sharon Collins from Southampton, who wins a current HOTP Personal Shopper Scrapbooking kit valued at over £35.00 (pictured bottom right)
Congratulations to you all. Your prizes are on their way (subject to delay by Royal Mail strikes, of course).
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
display. So OK, we don't sell a lot of Halloween goodies but that was soooo not the point. In fact this display, which took me several hours to put together (it's arranging the cobwebs that takes the time! LOL) showcases just fourteen stamps from the latest A Muse Halloween & Fall collections. Obviously we do stock the pre-requisite orange, black & purple cardstocks, ink pads, glitters, card blanks etc - but right or wrong, I just wanted a window that would look cool! LOL. See that spider climbing down the wall? He's HUGE! And hairy!
Death is very cool too! He's about 4' tall and his eyes change colour. How funky is that? Hope you like the display - if you are in the area, why not pop in and see it for real! You can get some extra inspiration from all the card de
Make sure you check back tomorrow - I'll be announcing ALL the winners from our prize draws at Ally Pally & September's Design
If that's not enough, details of our Outrageous Octoberfest event will be announced - there's gonna be never-to-be-offered-again special deals plus lots of free gifts and activities. So watch this space!