Sunday, 28 December 2014

Sketchy Sunday no.40

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have taken full advantage of the nibbles and downtime to enjoy a relaxing and fun break.

I managed to take some festive photos, while not making it the priority. Ok, I haven't got that many, but I had a lovely time actually experiencing the day. It's a little too easy sometimes to get carried away with trying to document the season, so much so that you actually miss out on the I hope you got the photos you wanted, but not at the expense of a good time.

Sketch no.40 is made for one of those Christmas photos, although change the snowflakes to another shape and it's a sketch for any season. The Who, What and When subtitles have room between them to add some journaling or just the basics. Finally, add some bling to the snowflake row - Christmas layouts are the best excuse to indulge in my bling addiction...although I'm not sure I should be enabling myself!

Enjoy the rest of the season and I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Michelle x

Monday, 22 December 2014

Sketchy Sunday......on a Monday

'tis the season to be jolly and I so am, with the decorations, food, lights and general sense of excitement who can fail to be!

It appears the excitement got the better of me and I have mistaken Monday for Sunday and therefore am a whole day late with this weeks sketch.....better late than never, I say. So, here without further ado we have sketch no. 39.

A simple layout with a couple of embellishment clusters and a turned corner. Go nuts with sparkle to really capture the spirit of the Christmas.

So, what have I been creating for the festive season? Well, those of you who are regular visitors will have seen my mini advent houses and December Daily album. I've also made gift bags, a card - I know, I almost fainted myself! - a layout and a boxed tree as a kind of card/decor piece.

The proof I actually made a card

I hope you've all had a go at something festive - No, I don't mean mince pies - and are enjoying this wonderful time of year.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sketchy Sunday no. 38

It's a busy time of year and in trying to cram everything in somethings slide a little, so that's my excuse for a slightly later post today.....still, better late than never.

So for the very same reason I'm gonna keep it short and sweet, here it is Sketch no. 38.

Have a great Sunday and scrap up a storm.

Michelle x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Dream Factory

As a bit of a change from my recent Christmas obsessed posts I thought I'd post something a little different. This is a less recent project but one I'm still pleased with....unlike some of my earlier makes which I now view with a less than favourable eye, I'm sure you know what I mean.

Masculine designs aren't always easy to come by for crafty projects, so when I discovered the Tim Holtz gears die I had an a-ha! moment. It gave this album a definite masculine feel, perfect as a home for photos from Ray's various shoots - hence the title Dream Factory.

The book is an envelope based album so it has large tags in the pockets, plenty of minis and smaller tags inside for yet more pics or journaling.

I used the.Papermania Chronology Paper line ....a real well as die-cuts using the gears die and some grungeboard embellishments.

 Two extra pocket minis add more space.

 A group of tags and minis are tucked behind a tag mounted on foam pads at two edges.

 Folder style minis add yet more photo space.

 The star metal tag is secured to a tag to make it easier to slide from the pocket. The acetate clock face on the opposite page provides the perfect place to tuck a tag photo mat.

I used the Chronology Gears embossing folder on some of the tags, on others I lightly applied peel-off stickers, inked and misted over the top and then removed the sticker....that's how I created the pattern on the clocks tag in the photo above.

So that's the proof, I don't always make a girly album....I admit most of the time I do...but not always and those gears dies and folders will definitely make a repeat appearance.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas is is Sketchy Sunday no.37

It’s here….the tree is up with 480 lights, hundreds of deccies, several strings of gold beads and all topped off with sparkly golden angel hair – that stuff's always tricky to find!

Friday was tree shopping day and we hot-footed it down to the garden centre after I finished work early, purely to give us enough light to select the suitable spruce....... three garden centres later..... and there it was in all it’s 7ft bushy glory - our tree. Now getting it home was a bit of an adventure, we have a two-seater, very small car - luckily it's a convertible, so the roof came down and in went the tree in the passenger seat. I walked off to the local McDonalds, got myself a cuppa and settled in for an hour to wait for Ray to return to pick me up.

I admit we’re incredibly fussy when it comes to the tree – ok, maybe me a little more than Ray, but he has been known to perform a little tree surgery on a less than perfect specimen - it has to be the biggest, most perfectly shaped tree we can shoehorn into the living room and even then everything gets shuffled up to make room. I don’t care that I have to hop over the sofa to get to the utility room for a few weeks as long as it all looks hugely Christmassy. We even cover the sofa completely in a large rich, deep red, furry throw. Iridescent snowflakes hang from the ceiling on invisible thread and my Christmas cross stitch pictures…..products of a previous craft obsession….replace the normal artwork throughout the apartment.

New additions to the d├ęcor this year are my 24 mini advent houses. They have found a home lined up along my living room TV bench. Stuffed with chocolate covered honey and hazelnut gingerbread stars and Chocolate covered apricot filled hearts they match perfectly with my other altered advent calendar.

I’m also a big fan of decorating with lights, twigs and anything festive that springs to mind. My snowball light is a fruit bowl from Ikea and a string of snowball lights piled high, it gives a lovely soft pool of light. I also use some cheap curly twigs - £2 a bunch from Sainsbury’s – pop them in a plain glass vase, tie a large bow with wired ribbon and hang with mini baubles,  a real statement piece to fill a large space. Cheapie glass vases or bowls filled with different sized baubles always look good too. Wired ribbon can make all the difference when wrapping as well, it’s so easy to shape a large decorative bow which can be used to decorate pressies, trees, wreaths and anything else that sits still long enough.

Yes, I am a Christmas girl through and through, but that doesn't stop the crafting train and for those of you who have come visiting for a little inspiration here we have it: Sketch no. 37.

A great sketch for using up those scraps and adding a load of your favourite patterns - mix the spots, stripes, checks and florals and you'll be surprised how well it can work.

Happy Scrapping.