Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Dr Watson

 This is one of my favourite LOs and I used it for my survival LO this week on Ukscrappers.  The picture is of my DS dressed as Dr Watson for his school production of Olivia.  He did a great job and really enjoyed it - he's not a huge out going character so I was so impressed and proud of him as he practiced and acted out his part.

The LO is made using some Memory Stor papers, I used the Tim Holtz (TH) clock mask and spritzed it with my own combination of distress inks mixed up.  I inked the doily and ruffled all the paper edges.  I die cut some cogs from silver mirror card and then inked them with brown stazon to make them look old.  I used the TH swirl die and leaves die, the flowers are prima which with some buttons stitched on.  A maya road chipboard bird covered in paper, and some metal embellishments from a large kit, the marcasite one is from my Grandma's button tin!  A little bit of lace and I stamped some TH images for the tickets and dragon fly.  I used the TH alphabet for the title and crackle painted it and dropped some perfect pearls on it too...and tied the first letters with string.

Once again, thanks for voting and why don't you hop over and see this weeks LOs in the gallery.

Monday, 27 June 2011


This is my LO for scrapfactor - the challenge was not to use any patterned cardstock, so I used everything else in my stash instead.  The shot is one of the early ones of my father and I...I have been assured by him that his moustache is not a handlebar one...as stated in the journalling :).

I started this page with my bazzill kraft paper and a square of hessian, and stitched around the edge in cream thread. I also splattered a little white acrylic paint around. I mounted my photo on some pink DCWV paper, and inked the edge of some cream lace with tattered rost distress ink.  I added a doily and then started with all the embellishments - lots of prima flowers layered up with buttons stitched through them, some chandellier crystals, a Tim Holtz tag, and a Martha Stewart butterfly that I pinned on.  The cabachon roses are earrings, and the pink rose ribbon was a headband, the chipboard bird from an American Crafts kit.  The title I stitched and used a running stitch so it is a two tone.

It was a nervous weekend for me as I was in the bottom 2 - so I have another LO I will share tomorrow (one of my favourites) that I used for voting for that.  Fortunately I made it through so thank you to everyone that has been voting.

This is my sneak peak of this weeks LO, the challenge is to rescrap a photo you have used before...and I found another flower tutorial to have a go at too :)  please go and have a look at all the beautiful LOs in the gallery on ukscrappers.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Express Yourself

This is my ukscrappers scrapfactor LO for last week, the challenge was to use texture, so lots of sewing and some tissue paper, felt and string to add lots of texture to it. I use Echo Park For the Record papers, and started by putting a wash of watered white acrylic on the background and then stitched lots of lines across the page. I made a tissue paper strip by stamping and then sticking tissue paper on a sheet of acetate (I cut it to go around the photo too so the LO wasn't too bulky). I cut, ruffled and stitched the other sheets of paper, and place a poundshop crocheted coaster behing them. I splattered some ink across the LO too (I had a bit of a disaster as the ink ended up looking pink on the white paint, and I tried to make it redder by adding more, and the blobs just got bigger and still pink.....so a few doily stickers and I couldn't see it anymore!! :) I painted and cut out a piece of text from a book for the express title using Heidi Swapp chipboard letters. I stapled the 3 pieces of string and threaded them through one of the cardstock elements and added a couple more felt roses.

The shots are of my DS expressing himself to the kite that he is following up in the sky - he has a huge range of expressions and faces you can often see how he is feeling just by looking at him

Now onto the challenge for this week which was no patterened paper..so I have used lots of other things. Please go over and have a look in the gallery and look at all the lovely work that has been created for this week, and you can join in and play along to win prizes.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Flowers with a zig zag centre

I had seen these flowers around a few times and had been searching for a tutorial and yesturday I found one, so had to have a go.  I found it on the craftionary site here (I have put it on my side bar too).  The flowers are quite straightforward but very 3d - so to make them flatter I twisted the bottoms and cut off most of the points, and then I added a few stamens too.  They will still be quite bulky on a card or a LO, but they are lovely - they would work really well for home decor projects or something you can be a bit more 3d on.  I used an old dictionary to make them and I used 2" squares of paper (that's all the technical info). Have a lovely weekend.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Lets go Fly a Kite

This is my last weeks entry for Scrap factor and the theme for this one was movies/tv, so I took my inspiration from Mary Poppins and the song Let's go Fly a Kite - I found it soo hard to choose a photo and theme for this one, but really enjoyed making the LO once I got going.  The papers are Cosmo Cricket Social Club, I made some cloud masks and did a little misting (using some broken china distress ink in a spritzer), I cut out some clouds and then fake stitched (pin pricked and joined up the dots with a white gel pen) the coulds and main paper pieces.  Lots of ruffling and I made some rosette flowers and litte blooms, a maya road bird covered in paper, and string tails for all the kites.  The alphabets are part cosmo cricket and part Brenda Pinnick from a Christmas pack I have...I didn't have enough 'e's so I altered an 'a' to make an 'e' :)

This weeks theme is texture so please pop over and have a look at all the fantastic work in the gallery, here is my sneak peak.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Blowing Bubbles and EXCITING news

This is my LO for the week 7 scrapfactor contest - it was based on a sketch.  I used Crate Papers portrait papers which I bought with some spending money I won from Handmade Hannah, the alphabet is girls paperie and again I bought that from her shop too :) Here is the sketch

For this LO I did lots of crumpling and layering of papers to match the colours in the photo.  I die cut several circles for the pannel down the side and stitched down them.  I piled up some of the crate paper embellishments in the corner and made some grey felt floweres to go with it, I also used glossy accents to pick out some of the bits on one of the doily die cuts.  A little bit of stitching, some bling and string and this is what I came up, it is a shot of my DS playing with a bubble set our kids were given when we were camping - kept them busy for hours!

 Onto this weeks challenge which is to take your inspiration from a movies, so this sneak peak will leave you all guessing what movie - it's one of my childhood favourites :)  Hop over to the gallery and see all the lovely work everyone has created for this week, and you can play along too and win some prizes.

Last and by no means least is some very EXCITING news is that I have been selected to be on the Scrap Rat DT - their kits are lovely if you haven't seen them go and have a look and they have a great list of ladies I will have the pleasure of working alongside. 

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Scrap Revolution

 As some of you will know I have had the privilege of doing some creating for Scrap Revolution this month, so I thought I would post you some peaks at the projects I did with the stash that they sent me.  Above is my Surfs Up LO peak using some Teresa Collins papers (click on the Surfs Up link if you want to see the whole project).
This is a LO called Dreamer which I did with some gorgeous Websters papers - I can see why everyone love thems them. (again click on the Dreamer link to see the full project)

Last but not least this is a little peak at what will be coming next with some lovely Jillibean soup papers so do go over and have look :)


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