Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 175

Stars are one of my favourite go-to shapes for a simple way of mixing different pattern papers and with the recent popular cosmic paint effects this sketch lends itself to a beautiful background for a special photo. Cut some of the stars from glitter paper or add glaze for extra texture. 

So, if you're after a little inspiration check out this month's sketch......no. 175. 


Now, a little crafty catch-up. I've been working with a couple of Simply Creative paper pads, Perfectly Pink and Around the World. 

The first project is a simple waterfall mini album made with the Perfectly Pink papers and some textured cardstock. I used my trusty Bind-it-all to finish the album which is sized to fit 3" x 3" photos. If you'd like to make your own version you can find instructions here on The Craft Blog gallery. 


Mini books like this are so quick to make and deceptively roomy, which makes them great for a gift album. 



The second project using the Around the World papers, is even simpler. It's a one sheet tag mini, these are another album style that make great gifts as well as being perfect for holding photos from a single event. 


This one has a row of pockets, but I've made others with slightly different configurations here and here.




Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

Columbo: A Trace of Murder - the brilliant Peter Falk does his thing
Poltergeist - Classic 80's horror 
The Mummy - Vintage Hammer Horror 
Creepshow - Fun horror anthology
Cujo - Faithful Stephen King adaptation
The Bye Bye Man - Surprisingly effective low budget horror






Sunday, 29 October 2017

Homely Halloween

I know I've been missing from blogland for a few weeks. Free time was a little thin on the ground and I had to choose between playing with bits of paper or designing a sketch and writing a post, understandably I chose the paper. I'm thinking it's probably a good idea to switch to a monthly sketch to leave me more time to make and post projects, so going forward Sketchy Sunday will be the first Sunday of the month.

Now on to the subject of seasonal makes. If you've hung out here before you'll know I love any excuse to strew my lounge with seasonal decor and with Halloween looming I've been putting together a few projects to add to our Halloween favourites. These three projects all use Simply Creative Chalkboard papers, which although not specifically a Halloween paper pack, I found ideal.


First up is my version of the Halloween wreaths that seem to be cropping up everywhere, but which I can't bring myself to fork out £30 for. I didn't want to spend a lot on supplies for something that was a bit of an experiment, so I picked up a white plastic frame from £land and a jointed skeleton, originally dressed as a dodgy bride from Wilkos (£3). I removed the backboard and glass and set about painting the frame black, adding a touch of silver to highlight the fancy bits and then glued in the now nude skeleton using my hot glue gun. I added other themed bits and bobs, some bats on acetate strips and printed a 'Trick or Treat' tag using the font Nightmare 5 from Dafont to add to the cluster of embellishments. So, for a total outlay of £4 I have a Halloween decor piece that looks great in my seasonal display.


Next up, is this spooky titfer, it's a companion to the one I made last year here. I used the mourning hat available from the Silhouette Store, click on the icons on the right to visit other sites and check out the great projects available for your electronic die cutter.  I added another of my printed tags as well as spiders, bats fluttering at the end of acetate strips and some die-cut layered flowers. I love these hats and I even made a Christmas version last year.



Lastly I decorated this paper bag as a bit of a grown up treat bag using the Simply Creative Chalkboard papers. Again, I added a couple of bats on acetate strips attached behind the flower. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

Thor Ragnarok - hilarious superhero romp 
Ouija: Origin of Evil - spooky Halloween viewing
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 - hilarious sci-fi romp, this was the second viewing and still love it. 


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.174

This week's sketch is a return to a single image design and one of my fav go to shapes, the star. So, without further ado here we have it, sketch no. 174


Talking stars, I just finished this card using the First Edition Grand Plans paper pad. 


This is one of those paper pads that has loads of elements perfect for a bit of fussy cutting. I just added a few die cut stars to plump out the design. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

Bladerunner - the brilliant original watched in preparation for the remake.
American Assassin - cool action thriller



Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.173


This week I've again used my sketch as inspiration for an ATC, that's not to say I won't use it for a layout too, it just sparked an idea on a smaller scale first. So, here we have it, sketch no. 173.



Here's the ATC that it inspired me to create. The ransom alphabet stamps are my latest bargain buy at £1.25 and even the ornate alphas stamp clean. I used the Simply Creative Enchantment papers for this project and dies from the Dovecraft range.


Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

Colossal - Ann Hathaway stars in this quirky Sci-fi drama
Executive Decision - Kurt Russell action thriller
Medieval Dead - who doesn't love Bruce Campbell?!
Rambo - last chapter in the Rambo story


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 172

I know I may have picked the wrong week for this sketch weather wise, but I couldn't resist this idea. I've already used this sketch to create an ATC of all things. So, here we have it, sketch no. 172.



And here's the ATC inspired by the sketch. It's one in a set of three, which seems to be my usual number to a set. 


I used a combination of papers from the Simply Creative paper pads Enchantment and Sugar Rush. It just shows sketches are so versatile and easily adapted to different sizes. 

In other news, I picked up a little flower punch in Hobbycraft this week and was delighted to find them on half price when I reached the till....I'm proud to say I restrained myself to the one even after finding out they were on sale, but I am planning a return trip. I also bit the bullet and finally replaced my ailing printer with a HP 3720, the smallest all-in-one you can buy. I'm really pleased with it so far as it printed perfectly on my textured cardstock, which always seems to be the major test for my printers in the past. 

That's it from me today, now I'm off to plan tonights viewing.

Movies watched this week:

A Dogs Purpose - a very sweet movie, perfect dog lover viewing
IT - creepy adaptation of a Stephen King classic
Dusk till Dawn - Tarantino's fab vampire flick
Annabelle - scary, haunted doll horror







Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 171

As I'm still printerless, but definitely coming to a decision as to the replacement for my deceased HP, I'm still yet to finish an ongoing project that I mentioned previously. So, in an effort to actually complete something, I used this week's sketch as the basis for my latest layout which was made directly on the page of a Dovecraft Kiss and Makeup Scrapbook album. It's a simple sketch originally designed for an 8" x 8" layout, but obviously, as with any sketch, it can be resized either way to suit your needs. Anyway, enough blathering, here we have it, sketch no. 171.

Although this is a simple sketch I made it just a little more interesting by blending ink around all my papers and using different patterns for each section. The papers are from the 6" x 6" Simply Creative Floral Notes pack and I used Dovecraft inks in Cocoa Brown and Forest Green applied with a piece of kitchen towel. I was even brave enough to stamp directly on the page....I know!!!....my thinking was I can always slap another piece of paper over the top if it goes hideously wrong. 


I intend to use this album for an eclectic mix of layouts and ephemera, it makes for a fun project I can turn to when I just can't decide what to make next.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

The Hitman's Bodyguard - entertaining action starring Ryan Reynolds




Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 170

I've been working on a layout recently that I wanted to add some journaling to, unfortunately my printer had other ideas and decided to give up the ghost. Anyway, before I decide which of the myriad of options to go for on the printer market, I decided to finish the layout with less of a story and just stick to the basics, where, when and why? This sketch is based on that layout rather than the other way around, which is usually the case. So, here we have it, sketch no. 170.



In other crafty news, the ATC addiction is going strong and I've completed another set of three cards with the new Simply Creative Chalk to Me papers, which were in my latest Trimcraft Design Team kit. 


I used First Edition and Dovecraft dies for this one as well as the bargain alphabet stamps I picked up in The Range shown here. I dragged the card edges along a thin line of glitter glue to give a little sparkle to the edge. 



I think this card is my favourite from this set. I love the cascade of hearts and the glitter teacup is raised on foam pads to give a real 3D feel. 


For this last card I dragged the edge through some Deco Mache glue and sprinkled it with silver glitter for a sparkly border, just a heavier version of the technique on the first card. 

If you still haven't tried these little art panels, I recommend giving them a go. It's a great way to try new techniques or just use up those fav scraps.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:
Hidden Figures - uplifting true story of some of the best minds at NASA
Pacific Rim - fun Sci-Fi action
X-Men 2 - superhero sequel, always worth watching
Red Dog: The Early Years - prequel to the brilliant Red Dog, great for an animal lover