Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Everyday Photo





I'm delighted to be joining in with the Inspiration Elevator each month, they have a theme that challenges us to make our scrapping even more personal so here is my first page for them, plus this month there are prizes on offer as it is their anniversary, so here are the challenge details which you can also find on the blog : Inspiration Elevator Blog. 

This month we are celebrating our anniversary with a BLOG HOP! So be sure to hop from blog to blog below as some of our designers are offering prizes!

The Challenge:

It's a 2-part challenge since it's created by Christa and Ann!

The first part of the challenge is to use a selfie. We are all a part of social media to some extent, so selfies are everywhere. "Call it another trend in narcissism, or call it art, but the "selfie" has become a mainstay of our virtual identity." 

Here are a couple articles for taking a good selfie, if this makes you uncomfortable (as it does for me - A)
http://www.bustle.com/articles/7142-how-to-take-a-selfie-pro-photographers-give-us-all-their-best-self-portrait-secrets
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-tuttlesinger/six-tips-on-how-to-rock-a_b_3750316.html

The second part of the challenge is this: 

Every month the reveal preamble begins with: 
"You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and extend ourselves."
So this month we'd like you to share something about scrapbooking. It could be why you scrapbook, what you love best, what you get out of it, your most amazing experience or, where you see your craft/hobby/art in the future. 

This is one of my attempts at a selfie, and I love that Scrapping has grown to even the not so amazing photos and that you can add filters and all sorts to the pictures and just scrap everyday moments.  My photo was from a recent holiday and a reminder to me to look upwards a little more and not spend my time being busy and worrying about all the busyness and how to make it work - to let that stuff go more and just enjoy!

I used lots of Websters Sweet Routine papers for this as well as starting my page with a spritz of blue glimmer mist to match the sky, I went for lots of layers and this is another Baker Ross doily in vibrant pink which went perfectly with the papers.  I distressed and stitched the layers and added a little glassine bag for extra journalling.  I made the banner on my sewing machine, just letting it run a few stitchs in-between  each flag, and then I added a few chipboard clouds, a little bling and the title.





Remember to hop around to the other blogs and see what out designers have created and what prizes are up for grabs! (Be sure to read the instructions as each designer has her own requirements to win!)


I hope you feel inspired to play along with our challenge this month, and when you do, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!

Also I have a give away for those of you in the UK, please just leave me a comment and the letters UK to enter and you can hop around everyone else too to see loads of inspiration.


















Monday, 14 April 2014

As High As Dragonflies


I am back from a lovely weekend on the A Trip Down Memory Lane Retreat, I got to teach 2 classes and went to 5 others and shopped lots!  It was lovely, I got to play with loads of beautiful papers and try out new techniques and take part in a few challenges which is what my page is part of.  

The challenge was to use the calendar (base sheet) paper on my page, so I went with that and then added some watercolour - by just taking some of the paint off my water colour pencils.  I then added a layer of stamping with brown distress strain, and then layered up lots of lovely bits! After the watercolour there is a yellow doily - courtesy of Baker Ross who have a massive mix of doilies in all colours and this one went perfectly, then there is a layer of Websters Pages Sweet Routine vellum, then Some Prima Free Spirit paper (I think this is the range designed by sassafras - love the colours in it and I did a whole class with this paper) then some more Websters - this is from the new Party collection and the yellow and orange went perfectly with my sons t-shirt.  I didn't take my butterfly punch as I wanted a row of butterflies, so had to adapt and used some dragonfly die cuts from sizzix, and I added a little bling to a few of them.  The title is a mix of October Afternoon and some AC Thickers too, and the lace and cameras are also Websters Sweet Routine.

So there will be loads of pages to show you and more stories from the retreat!



And I also had a play with some of Baker Ross' air dry coloured clay and some Martha Stewart silicon molds whilst I was at the retreat, so keep an eye out for those on some pages too.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Owls, Owls, Owls


I've used Baker Ross products before, mostly when crafting with kids, but I was delighted to get an email to say that they are keen to develop their adult crafting network, and would I like to have a play with some of their products.  Didn't take me long....and here is my first project with some of the goodies!

I've not really played with ceramic paints before, but when I saw the owls it was the first thing I wanted to have a go at.  The ceramic pens were great to work with, you get really nice defined lines, and good coverage with them.


This blue one was my first owl - I just went for different colours and then used the fine black ceramic pen to add all the feathers and details.


Next I went a little psychedelic and drew tear drop and swirl patterns on my owl, again the colours didn't smudge and the pens were great for getting the shapes I wanted.


By this time my youngest was really desperate to colour in an owl too...so this is his - my role was as the black outliner as he wanted some feathers added to it too.

They were great fun to make and I picked up some battery operated tea lights from the pound shop to use in them.


Sunday, 30 March 2014

No 1 Favourite


When we went to Florida my youngest enjoyed having his photo taken with the characters, and in his opinion Donald Duck is the best one.  Despite having caught Donald with Daisy at the entrance to one of the parks it was still not good enough, he wanted Donald on his own!  After an hour of queuing to meet all the characters at Epcot he finally got his photo and Donalds autograph!

I used some of the Simple Stories Say Cheese collection for this page.  I started it with a black polka dot paper and then used my glitz chevron roller stamp and some paint to print down the middle of the page, I then added a strip of the bingo cards and different pieces of paper - I also used my ek success book edge punch.  I added some rosette flowers (using a Tim Holtz die) and put brads in the centre, and then added a little banner of twine around the flowers, as always lots of distressing of the edges and layering!







Friday, 28 March 2014

The Royal Observatory


I go to a local craft group each month, and normally I will start something, and then realise I am missing something and not complete it!  I think this is the first page I have done from start to finish in an evening!  It uses lots of the Simple Stories Back to School range, I basically distressed and layered up loads of the different papers as well as one of their die cut cards too, there is also washi tape (a christmas one by MME) and I made the bunting with a Stamping up punch my friend Shelia has.  I added drips of black ink and interspersed it with some lovely enamel brads, and really that was it - no stitching and only a little bit of mess!

This is a shot outside the Royal Observatory…well near the planetarium which was great and lovely to see a show at, as well as have a play with all their interactive exhibits.



Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Soaring


Hello - I have been such a poor blogger recently - just life and lots of busyness, I have still been scrapping, just not blogging it much so I am scheduling a load of posts as I have a quiet moment this evening.

This month I got sent a wonderful pack of Websters goodies to play with from ATDML - the new lines and they are gorgeous.  This was one of the last pages I made with the kit and it uses the Party Time papers…now there is a lot of pink in these papers, but there is also lots of beautiful yellows on the B-sides including a gorgeous chevron print…plus the pom pom paper is one of my favourites.  So I cut some of the pom pom paper, and then cut out the pom poms behind my photo - so I didn't waste any - these then were stitched  to the top and just below my photo.  I crinkled and stitched all the edges, and added some of the beautiful wide Websters lace that comes in this range - you can either use it whole or just cut it down the middle.  I also love their large wooden frames - you can use them for journalling or photos…or just an embellishment.  The paper clip was in a pack from IKEA, I added a few pearls and stickers and the title is by Prima.

It is a shot from one of our half term days out where we went on the Emirates cable car across the Thames - it was a beautiful day and we had quite a long queue as I think many other people had decided to get out after all the wind and rain.  Gorgeous views of London and lots of fun.




Thursday, 13 March 2014

Morning


Here is a page that I did for the ATDML blog with some of the lovely new goodies that have just arrived in store.  I love Websters pages and have had loads of fun creating with their papers.  

The inspiration for this page came from the Morning journal card, I replicated the golden circles with gelatos and the little circular sponge that you get in the tool kit they do.  I then layered up some of the white side of the Sweet Routine papers, and then just a hint of some of the pinks and blues, then stitched and used some of their stickers, cut out the butterfly and twirled the hanging threads and stuck them with glue and gems - all part of the kit.

So the photo is a fairly regular occurrence in our house, that you discover one of the kids asleep in the morning with the book they were reading the night before on their face!

There will be loads more inspiration on the blog and on Facebook with Websters goodies this month so keep an eye out, also my fellow teamy Jane has made some gorgeous goodies with Graphic 45 papers as part of her application for their DT, they will seriously make you go WOW - here is a link to her blog.




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