Saturday, 31 October 2015

Monster Mail Docrafts PDT blog hop

Welcome to our ghoulish get together and the latest Docrafts Project Design Team blog hop. Our challenge this time was to create a Halloween or Fall themed project. Now, I'll admit this project may not have been my most elaborate and time consuming, but I have a definite fondness for my spooky little treat box and the fact that it's stuffed full of sweets doesn't hurt.

I created a 'mummy' panel by roughly inking a sheet of grey cardstock them chopping it into strips and inking the edges. I punched two small circles and glued them to a background piece of black cardstock for eyes. I added strips of the grey cardstock to the black panel, overlapping the edges and framing the eyes. Once I'd covered enough of the black background I dragged a black ink pad lightly over the grey strips to highlight the edges, then die cut and added two gems for pupils.

I made a small treat box and adhered the die cut to the top. A strip of patterned paper from the Forever Friends Decadence paper pack, dome gems for feet and a couple of plastic spiders and it was finished. Filled full of sweets it's a quick Halloween treat.

Now, why not see what the rest of the team have been up to, but watch out for ghouls,beasties and all things that go bump in the night.


Happy Halloween

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Inspiration Interrogation no. 4

OK, we've had a little break so it's time for another Inspiration Interrogation post, The purpose of these five questions is to hopefully provide a bit of inspiration for a layout, mini album or home project.....or it's just a bit of fun, either way is fine by me. For those of you up for this little exercise there's an added incentive of a crafty prize to one lucky linker. The winner will be drawn on the 16th November, so you have time to get your post linked.

Good luck and to start the ball rolling here's the questions with my answers. 

1. What's the oldest item of clothing in your wardrobe that you still wear? And how old is it?

I think this is probably a little denim skirt that I bought some 25 years ago, that's shocking I know. It's so old I can't even remember where I got it and the text has worn off the label. I wear it loads in winter with opaque tights and little biker boots, where as when I first bought it I probably wore it more with stilettos, although now and again I do still dare.

2. What's the last film you saw at the cinema? And when?

We went to see Spectre the new James  Bond film yesterday, I found it disappointing and to be honest a bit long winded, but I'm not a huge Bond fan. We go to the cinema fairly regularly courtesy of the Meerkat Movie deal, well worth it for us as we only bought a days travel insurance to qualify for the deal. Next up for viewing pleasure could be The Last Witch Hunter, it looks like a fun bit of nonsense. 

3. What was your favourite childhood meal?

This is an easy one for me, any Sunday Tea at my nan and grandad's.They were real eastenders and lived in Whitechapel, so every Sunday morning grandad would walk down to Petticoat Lane Market to the Tubby Isaacs seafood stall to buy pints of prawns, whelks, cockles and winkles. My sister and I had the job of de-eyeing the winkles, well that's what grandad called it, where you use a needle to flick off the 'eye' and pull the winkle out of the shell. Late Sunday afternoon we all gathered round for the buttered bread and sea food liberally covered in black pepper and vinegar.......fantastic.  

4. What TV show have you watched more than any other?

Oh, that's a bit of a close one. I think it's probably a tie between House......brilliant medical series starring Hugh Laurie, do give it a go if you haven't seen it.....and Angel starring David Boreanaz, it's full of vampires, monsters, black flappy coats, what's not to love? I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times I've watched these, but it's a lot and having typed this I'm now getting the urge to crack open the box sets and give them another's a disease I tell ya!

5. Halloween Humbug or Fright Fan?

I love all the celebrations, any excuse for sweets and cake is good in my book, throw in a reason for Ray to bake his awesome pumpkin pie and you're onto a winner. We go the whole hog, with spooky witchy candle holders, carved pumpkin lanterns both fresh and battery operated and then of course the cauldron full of sweeties. We have Chilli Con Carnage for dinner, get it! And of course the pumpkin pie for dessert followed by an evening of horror movies, it's spooktacular!

Now, hopefully this has fired you up to share, so why not join in with a link to your own answers post and the chance to win a crafty prize. 

Happy Scrapping.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Get your spook on.....

It's time to get my spook on and as I'm still working through my matchbox phase a Halloween miniature was my preferred option. I've used mainly Docrafts products with the addition of a pumpkin, bat, silver button and skull and crossbones charm. The pumpkin was a bracelet clip charm originally, the bat was part of an embellishment set and the skull and crossbones charm comes from my favourite bead shop in London, It's a great shop for picking up odd charms, instead of having to purchase a whole pack you can pick up a selection, it's well worth a visit if you're in town. Have a look here to see their range

I still have to complete a plaque for the box, but as we're getting close to Halloween I thought I'd share the project so far. 

I'm still really enjoying these little mini art pieces and it's a great way to use up those odd little elements. If you'd like to create your own version here's a list of the Docrafts product I used.

Buttons (30pcs) - Forever Friends - Classic Decadence  FFS 354301
A4 Paper Pack (32pk) - Forever Friends - Classic Decadence
Adhesive Dome Borders (5pcs) - Forever Friends - Classic Decadence - Silver FFS 351102
Adhesive Dome Borders (5pcs) - Forever Friends - Classic Decadence - Black FFS 351103
5mm Adhesive Stones (117pcs) - Silver PMA 351601
3mm Adhesive Stones (206pcs) - Silver PMA 351605
Polka Dot Buttons (30pcs) - Capsule - Midnight Blush PMA 354031
Charm Pack (32pcs) - Pocket Full of Posies PMA 356907

Now where's that pumpkin pie recipe?

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 82 & 83

Welcome to Sketchy Sunday and a weekly dose of inspiration, well when I say weekly I must apologise as last Sunday was the first time I'd missed a sketch....the dreaded lurgy, which everyone seems to have at the moment and a bit of a run of work commitments conspired to rob me of my usual sketch time...excuses, excuses...but back on track with a new sketch today and the missing one from last week.

I've gone all frosty with a snowflake inspired sketch, but if you're still scrapping those summer pics just swap out the snowflakes for something a little more summer themed, flowers or butterflies are always winners in my book. 

The sketch from last week is more story based with a strong simple design, I hope one or both of these inspire you to create.

Now a quick plug for a coming post. Thursday I'll be posting a new Inspiration Interrogation, a fun five questions to inspire you to create a scrapbook layout. Why not join in for the chance to win a crafty prize to die for!

Happy Scrapping. 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 81

Ok, I'm back on track this week despite a lovely lot of goodies to play with .....sorry to rub it in....I've managed to put them to one side and draw up this week's sketch. I'm loving the multi-photo layouts at the moment so a grid design was top of my list and here it is, sketch no. 81.

Now, one of the reasons I was late with the sketch last week was that a good friend was doing a demo at her hair salon and she asked if I could pop along and take some pictures. It was a challenge as it was important not to interrupt the hair extensions demo. I've never taken these kind of shots before, but I really enjoyed it and thanks to my gorgeous assistant (Ray) I ended up with plenty of shots I was pleased with...hopefully she is too. 

So if you're in the market for some gorgeous hair extensions, visit the Blo Bar in Queens Road, Essex.

Happy Scrapping. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Sketchy Sunday on a Monday.....

For those of you who came looking for a sketch yesterday you were probably surprised to see a new mini album. The mini was my effort for the latest Docrafts Project Design Team blog hop, if you haven't make the trip why not have a look at the previous post for links to my team mates blogs. 

I hope you made the trip back today because it's one of those special weeks where I'm holding Sketchy Sunday on a Monday and here it is Sketch no. 80. 

I'm on a bit of a Christmas crafty kick so I may use this one for another of my Christmas photos. I think if I replace the flowers with snowflakes that would make a lovely twinkly page and you know I have a bit of a thing for bling.

As always, thanks for visiting and I hope you'll leave a link to any pages you've been inspired to make. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Docrafts PDT Summer Sizzler Blog Hop

Hi fellow blog hoppers and thanks for joining in with the Docrafts PDT Summer Sizzler Blog Hop.

The team challenge was to make a project that reminds you of summer and for me that had to include photos, so it was obvious a mini album was called for....let's face it, for me a mini album is almost always called for! I wanted to include photos from days out as well as those park walk photos that are always part of our daily amble. 

I decided on a simple version which has a deceptive amount of space for such a small mini. If you'd like to make your own version here's how.....

Cut two strips of patterned paper 12” x 3.5”. Score down from the 12” edge at 2 ¾”, 5 ½”, 8 ¼” and 11”.  Fold the 1” flap over the adjacent section with patterned sides facing and continue folding at score lines in a accordion fold. Repeat for second strip. 

Cut one piece 1 ¾” x 3.5” . Score in half down from the 1 ¾” edge, fold at the score line. Apply adhesive to the two patterned flaps and adhere one flap to the back of last 2 ¾” section of each folded 12” strip, joining them together. 

Apply a fine line of adhesive at the side and bottom inside of each folded section to create pockets. This creates a book of four pages with 1” flap at each end. 

Cut two chipboard covers 4” square. Cover with patterned paper. Line up the book spine with the inside back edge of the chipboard cover and adhere the 1” flap to the cover. Repeat for the back cover.

Add self adhesive crochet edging to cover the spine. Cut tags to fit the pockets and embellish the front cover.

Now just to add the pics.

For my album I used Papermania Simply Floral, Folk Floral and Craft Collections Pastels as well as Capsule Cardstock and Crochet Edging.

Now why not see what the rest of the team have been up to.......






Happy Scrapping.