Monday, 31 August 2015

Matchbox Madness

Welcome my fellow mini art aficionados to the Matchbox Madness DoCrafts Project Design Team blog hop.....and breathe. The gauntlet was thrown down and the challenge was to create a mini work of art that fits in a matchbox. This was right up my street, what with my recent matchbox forays here and here.and plenty of empty matchboxes clogging up my crafty space.

So, for my effort I made this romantic little number.

Firstly I covered my empty matchbox, I used the paper from the new Forever Friends Classic Decadence paper pack to cover the matchbox and drawer. I then added some of my home made bead flourishes, flowers, heart charms, beads, stickers and pearls. Lastly I printed 'Love' on a piece of card and trimmed to fit, before gluing in place.

Now for my art work, I took a small piece of mount-board cut to fit the matchbox drawer, spritzed it with violet spritzing ink and then edged it in fuchsia glitter glue. I cut a heart shape, spritzed it with gold spritzing ink and once both elements were dry, glued the heart to the left side of the plaque, trimming off the overlapping edge. A few key words printed on white card in small text were added, then a liberal coating of Anita's gloss finish, over which I sprinkled some silver glitter just on the edge. After leaving to dry overnight I added a few gems and covered the back in patterned paper for a neat finish. Lastly, I cut a piece of plastic packaging into a simple folded easel that slips into the matchbox too......and there you have it, my first piece of matchbox art.

I love this project so much that I'm starting a series of these, the first of which has to be Summer themed so keep your peepers out for that one.

Now enjoy the hop and check out the rest of the team's mini offerings here:-







See you soon. x

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 75

It's Bank Holiday weekend and we all know what that means, crafty time! And with crafty time comes that moment when you stare at the blank page and think 'What now!'. So, how about trying sketch no. 75.

This sketch would make a beautiful layout for those wedding or prom photos. I hope you put it to good use.

Now, if you've got a little extra time tomorrow do pop by as I'm taking part in a blog hop with a few of the DoCrafts team and we'll be featuring some new little projects. 

Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy some crafty time. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Sketchy Sunday on a Tuesday!

I know it's Tuesday, but it just struck me that I hadn't posted a sketch,eek! So, it's a clean and simple one this week, with a bit of paper tearing and plenty of room for journaling. I really like the idea of an illuminated style title leading onto the traditional text, like books of old.

Now to show you what else I've been up to. This is my most recent project for the DoCrafts Project Design Team and one I really like. 

I really enjoyed making this one and it's definitely something I'll be doing again. If you'd like the instructions on how to make your own version you can find them here at DoCrafts. 

Happy Scrapping.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


Hi fellow desk travellers. Today's pic is not my desk it's actually my dining table, where I shall be doing a quick bit of crafting with some new goodies that I have just dumped there. The caddy is my essentials storage, so I can just grab it and craft anywhere....if not at my desk that means here at the dining table.

The little hard drive on the right is going to be hooked up to my laptop shortly to backup my photo folder, I do this quite regularly as I'd be gutted if I lost my pics. I'm also in the process of backing them up to Amazon cloud - you get free unlimited photo storage with a Prime account, a great extra if you take a lot of pics and what scrapper doesn't?!

If you love a scout around crafters' desks why not join in the fun back at

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Sketchy Sunday no.73

It's another week passed and so time for a new sketch and this weeks inspiration is a little different, although sticking with a my recent two photo theme. So here we have it, sketch no.73.

This one's a good design for all you misting fans, due to it's centred elements. Make sure to post a link to your blog in the comments if you use this one or any of the older sketches. 

Now for my 365 Project update. This handsome fella was standing near my in-laws home, they don't live anywhere remote just an average suburban street. He was gorgeous and really friendly. 

He was waiting to be hooked up to this gorgeous Cinderella wedding carriage. It's just every little girl's dream and looked truly beautiful up close and pretty special from a distance.

So that's it for this Sunday, thanks for popping by.

Happy Scrapping. 

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Sketchy Sunday no.72

OK, I admit that stars are a go to shape for me...this is not news to regular visitors.....I just think they're a great staple for girlie or masculine pages and virtually any subject matter. When in doubt slap a star on it, that's my mantra. 

So, it comes as no surprise that this sketch has a fair number of stars, teamed with some circles for an embellishment heavy vertical border. Use a variety of patterns and textures to really make it sing and take a simple design up a level. 

Obviously, if you're not a star fiend like myself, use your favourite shape, hearts, flowers or clocks........talking of clocks....

If you love clock embellishments you'll love this bargain that I picked up at The Works. Just £1 gets you a pack of wooden clocks, great for those embellishment clusters that I love so much. 

That's it from me for today, my matchbox project is calling, so far be it for me to resist. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Dressed to Impress

I was chuffed to see the latest issue of  Creativity Magazine not least because I have a commission piece in this one...I do apologise for such blatent self promotion, but hey I've gotta get it out there.

My project is a matchbox dresser made with the Santoro Gorjuss 8 x 8 paper pack which you can find here and some embellishments from the same range, as well as the odd bead and paper flower.That vase of flowers is something that will definitely crop up on other projects.

I've developed a bit of a thing for altered matchbox projects, it started with this one and I'm already working on a single box project for a hop later in the month. It's great making these altered mini makes, but what the heck am I gonna do with the six jars of matches in the kitchen?! Ray is resisting the urge to throw a lit match in the jar just to see what will happen... it's a man thing.

If you haven't picked up the mag yet here's a few pics to whet your appetite.

Don't forget it's Scrappy Sunday tomorrow, so pop by if you have the time.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Sketchy Sunday no.71

I've had a bit of a chaotic week, but Sketchy Sunday is here and calm reigns once more. So without further ado here we have it, sketch no.71.

Lots of layers and a wavering row of flowers along with my usual corner cluster make it a easy one for me to use time and again with just a few tweaks to change it up. 

My Project 365 photo for this week is a pic of where I keep my headphones, a real part of my everyday so although not so interesting for you guys, a good one for my project. As I'm a Sci-Fi fan and was having trouble wrecking my headphones by just screwing them up in my handbag, Ray gave me this little tin. Originally the tin contained mints, but it's now home to my headphones and keeps them tidy and tangle free. 

To make up for the photo above here's a dose of cuteness, a photo of one of the Red Pandas I saw at Paradise Wildlife Park on my birthday day out in June. 

Altogether now awwwwww.

Happy Scrapping.