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Saturday, 30 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
I used a real mixture of bits from the webshop and I had great fun co-ordinating them all.
The background card is from the Autumn Leaves - Manhattan collection, it is the reverse side of Excelsior which was my favourite paper out of the whole range. I matted the photo onto MM 5th Avenue paper - Elizabeth Berry and cut out the heart shape from it as well. I also used a die-cut from the 5th Avenue Die Cuts - Elizabeth in the bottom corner.
I used Die Cut Chipboard Shapes - Alphabets #3 for my title, I inked the letters in red, painted the surrounds in white and inked the edges of the surrounds in black. The letter "I" i covered in a bit of the Excelsior paper and filled in with more white paint.
I added a Tim Holtz Adage Ticket to the heart and fixed a Dahlia Box Blend centre flower gem to the bottom corner with a brad. I typed out all my reasons in different fonts with borders and stuck them randomly over the page.
I haven't shown him this page yet, I don't want him to get a big-head! LOL!
Saturday, 23 August 2008
For this page I another of the BARGAIN MAMBI papers (12p a sheet!!) this particular paper is Urban Couture: Blue Paisley and it was perfect for these photos of my boy! I also did a spot of recycling and completely wrecked the pizza box they came in! I peeled the top layer of card off to reveal the corrugated bit in the middle. I postioned my photos in the middle of two strips and added Die Cut Chipboard Shapes - Alphabets #2, which I painted with Acrylic Paint.
Finally I used brads to fix on the metal stars which I believe came from a HOTP PS kit.
Friday, 22 August 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
The whole range of MAMBI papers are only 12p or 13p a sheet over in the webshop. If you haven't used it before it's a good quality paper, very sturdy and it has a nice glossy finish to it!
Anyway, needless to say I have been using it and I have thoroughly enjoyed my self in the process!
For once I didn't base the LO around the photos, I knew what I wanted to do with the paper but I didn't choose the pictures until the very end. I drew a rough sketch and worked all my sizes and which papers I wanted to use from the range. I used Urban Couture: Blue Paisley, Urban Couture: Denim Cross, Urban Couture: Distressed Grid in Pink and Urban Couture: Blue Rhinestones. I cut them all to the size I wanted and lined them all up onto a piece of Bazzill 12x12 Loose Textured Cardstock. I cropped and printed my pictures and title to size and added them on.
I embellished the page with the star shapes from the Die Cut Chipboard Shapes - Decorative Washers, which I painted silver and fixed into place using eyelets, I also added a larger star from the Die Cut Chipboard Shapes - Assorted Stars which I also painted and fixed in the same way.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
The theme was "Gardens" so I chose to illustrate the changes that have taken place in mine over the past 4 years!
I used papers from a HOTP PS kit that I had left-over from a couple of months back (these kits really do last and they are only £9.50 over in the webshop)!!! This particular kit was April '07.
I added blossoms from one of the Dahlia Box Blend sets, and fixed them all to the page using brads.
I used Die Cut Chipboard Shapes - Alphabets for my title which I coloured using pens and finished the page off with a strip of brown ric rac.
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008
I used the Autumn Leaves - Manhattan collection purely because it seemed to go well with the picture, plus it a lovely range of papers! I used Tiffanys as the base cardstock, Pied A Terre as the photo matt and Carlyle as the pull-out journalling card. I also used a piece of the Making Memories 5th Avenue Cardstock - Sophia Geo Floral and cut out some of the little squares to add definition around the photo plus it matches her dress brilliantly!
I added some die-cut alphabets for my title which I simply coloured in with a co-ordinating felt-tip and a large chipboard die-cut daisy.
I added some Animal Crackers - Chenille Ric Rac as a stem for my daisy and as the pull-tag for my journalling card. And finally to finish it off I outlined everything with a black fine-liner pen!
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
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Friday, 8 August 2008
I have covered the book and box in these fabby papers Manhatten by Autumn Leaves available HERE http://www.croptilyoudrop.co.uk/webshop/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=46
Ive added a few little embellishments of my own but you can buy Flowers HERE .
HERES the blank book in a box its very sturdy and well made and a great size for adding photos. http://www.croptilyoudrop.co.uk/webshop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_37&products_id=1382
its available in Kraft (what I used) or white .
hope you like . I’m actually going to give my SIL the book blank so she can add photos in herself as ive already made her an album when she got married x
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Day #39 of my 40-Days birthday event ... & the very last round of Guv's Celebrity Squares today.
As you can see ... my baby Auryn, #8, AKA DS4 was holding the prize for the last round ... I announced the winner on my blog yesterday, Stampinc. Now the boy is a li'l obsessed with stickers ... so there's a whole bunch of them on way to Cathy in the USA (TN if that means anything to you ... my American Geography is only marginally worse than my UK knowledge! LOL)
As we are not getting the thousands of correct entries that I'd hoped for each time ... this round is again open to everybody! Get your guesses in by midnight on August 14th for our final draw of this particular event! Good luck to you all ... & thanks sooooo much for joining in my birthday bash ... I hope that you will all become regular visitors and maybe join in with some of our other events in the future.
In case you need a reminder of who we all are: #1 Alix; #3 Guv (that's me!); #4 Elliemook; #6 Sean (DS1); #7 Phoenix; #9 Jay
I live with my partner of nearly 5 years Craig and my two beautiful children Ryan who has just turned 3, and Abigail my little 7 month old princess. I graduated from university last year and intend to complete a PGCE to make me a fully qualified teacher in the not so distant future but at the moment, I have the pleasure of spending all my time with my beautiful children!!
I have always been crafty since I was a little girl, I loved drawing and sticking from a very early age – instead of dolls I would get glue sticks for my birthday!! At school I took up art and did an A-level in Graphic Design. It wasn’t until I was introduced to my partners mum that I realised that this wonderful world of papercrafting existed!!. It took me a while to actually take the plunge and start doing it myself though!! I have been crafting on and off for a few years now, but with the stress of trying to complete a full time university course whilst looking after the children I rarely got to craft at all. I really got back into crafting last summer when I graduated from university, I found that it helped to keep me busy when my course finished and I have never looked back since then!!At the moment I would have to say that Cardmaking is most definitely my favourite craft. – Mainly because I haven’t started Scrapbooking yet!! I am really starting to enjoy adding lots of layers and doodles onto my cards now though so I think that I am just about ready to venture into the world of the scrapbook!! And with my two beautiful children I need to start sooner rather than later to be able to keep up with the photos!!
I started out cardmaking when my Ryan was born. With Craig’s mum being a fantastic crafter I really wanted to make her a special birth announcement card, then it just moved on from there.
We'll be hearing more about Zoe later in the month, so do keep coming back!
We sent Zoe our first ever monthly embellishment kit, a whole range of We R Memory Keepers Promenade papers and some other bits n pieces - we can't wait to see what she will create for us!
And if you'd like the chance at a Guest Design spot on this very blog ... check out this month's challenge here: the closing date is midnight BST, August 31st & we open a poll so that our visitors can choose their favourite!
Today's 40 Day event (the penultimate one!) coming very soon!!!
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Saturday, 2 August 2008
For the base of my layout I used a sheet of textured cardstock from the March 07 Personal Shopper kit. I then used a sheet of paper from the lucky dip pack and hand cut scallops to make a frame. I edged the scallops with acrylic paint to make them stand out from the background.
I then marked the position of my photo and painted a mat for it with more acrylic paint. I also braved painting my title by hand too.
I created a flower embelishment from some American Crafts ribbon by sewing along one side and drawing the thread tight to create a kind of rosette.
You have until the end of the month to enter and the prize is a fab kit of yummy stuff from the shop and a guest design team spot for October ... we work months ahead here you know! LOL.