Thursday, 16 July 2015

Enjoying the Sun

This is a page that I made with lots of different bits and pieces.  It started off with a paint technique where you use ink and gesso on a plastic bag and mix it a bit and then print it onto the paper.  Once that had dried I then did some stamping, added some Websters vellum, a doily and some torn strips of paper and a muslin square.  I used a couple of Crate Paper chipboard frames (I do love these packs) for my photos, and then went about tucking in some bits and pieces from the Simple Stories heritage range, and some prima canvas shapes, pound land craft flowers which I added a little gold to and prima wood veneers.  The papers are mainly from the Kaisercraft Blue Bay collection and the washi tape ruler is by glitz.

This was one of our cycling adventures in some woods back at Easter and it was lots of fun!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

I am so Blessed

This is a page I made a little while back using some of the ephemera packs (this one is from I Am) that Simple Stories do, and then I matched a mixture of MME and Simple Stories papers, with the colours.  I like the effect that gesso has when you use mists on top, they don't sink into the paper so much and just look really pretty, so I covers the whole of my card stock in gesso and then used some Tattered Angels mists for the base. I distressed and layered up my papers, and made a little folded paper ribbon.  Next I added all the ephemera - I love the hints of gold, I stuck some bits on foam dots to add dimension and layers.

The photo was from a trip into London to see all the Shaun's - it's a nice one of all of us and like that you can see Tower Bridge in the background.  Hope you are all having a lovely day and I will be back later in the week with more pages.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Funny Faces

Here is a page I did for one of the challenges over at CSI, I used the colour palette and then stars, vellum, paint, stickers, circles and the subject...something silly.  This is just one of those shots that you get as your kids experiment with the faces that they can pull!

I used lots of Teresa Collins for this page, I still love all the triangles from the Something Wonderful paper pack, I also included some older TC papers in there too.  I hand cut out my title and did a little edging in black.  I used some Baker Ross felt stars and also some American Craft wood veneers.  I mixed my paint with Marion Smith's colour lab, and added some glitter to the yellow.

Thursday, 25 June 2015


Some more Kaisercraft Blue Bay and a cold picture.  I started by tearing the newsprint paper, and then used a stamp and some white stazon to add a crackle effect to my card stock.  I've done a little tutorial on the layers that I added to the Tando clock here.  I added lace, lots of the Kaisercraft ephemera pieces - I used one with some sequins to make a little shaker.  The wood veneer is by prima, from their Optomist range and the washed out wood goes really well with this paper line.  I dug out some brads  (it's been a while) and added a little hobby house key too.

This is a February half term shot when we went ice skating - I think it is becoming a tradition as we all love it!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

So Many of my Smiles Start with You

Hi, here are some more Kaisercraft Blue Bay pages that I made for last months gallery.  I started with some stamping in a metallic teal using the Kaisercraft woodgrain stamp.  I then layered up several strips of torn paper, and some glitz tape measure washi tape.  Behind the photos I used a Tando clock just covered in the same teal ink, then added Hobby house cogs and some of the ephemera you get with the Blue Bay papers.  I used the little Kaisercraft tag for my title.

The photos are from a trip into London, and there is something to do with a geocache in there too!

Friday, 22 May 2015

This Makes me Happy

Earlier in the year we went skating and it happened to coincide with Shaun the Sheep being there to help launch his movie.  We got to make cupcakes  and then Shaun appeared on the ice and for photos - after a bit of debate both the kids decided that Shaun was cool enough to have their photos with!

I over-exposed the photo in the editing software on my phone and printed it 4" square then used a corner rounder (something I've not used in a while!) and made a poloroid style photo mount.  The papers are from Crate Papers Craft Market and a little bit of the Confetti range too (left over my classes at the ATDML retreat) - they are beautiful complete with gold foiling and golden glitter that doesn't come off!  The base of my page was covered in gesso, then ink and embossing powder in greys, blues and golds.  I then drew some circles in pencil around and started to layer up my papers.  I mixed in a material coaster from the pound store and some muslin.  As there were quite a few layers on my page stapling it made it easier to work with and went with the silvery theme too.  The finishing details were some little pearls ands sticker stars.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Museum Love and Day Trips - free classes

Here are the 2 pages that I made for my Virtual Crop Class over at ATDML - you can download the instructions for free from here.  I used the Public Library papers by October Afternoon, and the slightly vintage feel went well with some of my photos from the Natural History Museum (yes I love that place - not only for it's contents but also because the building is so pretty!).  I had a play with creating an ombre effect with the papers too, and a resist technique on the alphabet.

For my second page I used diamonds - there are lots of pages with this sort of design on, so I don't know where the idea originated from to credit it, so here is my version.  I hand cut embellishments to decorate the diamonds - with my boat and cloud, I also did some layering to create a bit of texture too.


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