Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sketchy Sunday no. 96

These weeks do roll around and before you know it Sketchy Sunday has arrived. So, here we have it
 Sketch no. 96.

After last weeks misting sketch I thought I'd go with a distressed design. There are lots of layers and rough edges, but put together in soft colours it would make a lovely baby page. Add some charms and a little paint or texture to the page for extra interest.

Now for a dose of cuteness. I couldn't resist sharing this image, taken by Ray when I was chatting to a Degu in the local Pets at Home store. The little fella was up to the front of his glass enclosure and soon as I got there he started chattering away to me, he even looked like he was smiling -  just too cute!

Taken on an iPhone 6

Happy Scrapping. 

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Me and my shadow......

It's here! The long awaited shadow box is finally finished. I made a great start on this a couple of weeks ago and then the little things like work and life just conspired to stop me finishing it - oh for the life of a full time crafter.....we can dream!

Anyway, enough excuses, here it is in all its illuminated glory.

This little number started life as a Bare Basics 8 x 8 Shadow Box. A pack of Gorjuss papers later and a cheapie set of battery lights and there we have it. If you'd like a little more detail on how the transformation was completed then read on......

The How To....

1. Remove the outer frame and acetate liner. Arrange the inner boxes to your design.

2. Except for one large box, line all the individual boxes, bringing the paper over the box edge.

3. To make the line of hearts at the front of a box - Cut a narrow strip of the acetate 2" longer than a box opening. Fold the strip over a box front gluing down the overlapping edges. Add hearts to the strip at the front of the box. Glue the top two rows of boxes into the shadow box.

4. Make a simple lid with 1" sides for the long box. Before assembling the lid die-cut or hand-cut your message. Line the inside front of the lid with a piece of vellum. Tape a battery set of lights into the large box and pop on the lid.

5. Slide the final two boxes into the shadow box, DO NOT glue in place. This is so you can easily switch off the lights or replace the batteries.

6.Take a small empty wire or cotton reel and glue it to the centre of the middle box. Blend a little black ink lightly around the edge of the heart and then glue to the top of the reel.

7. Take the acetate and cut several 2" x 1" pieces. Fold each piece in half to create a 1" square. Unfold and adhere a photo or die-cut to one flap and apply glue to the other flap and adhere inside your chosen box. Build up scenes in each box using the acetate brackets.

8. To create the centre heart, cut two hearts from cardstock and glue together. Coat one side of the heart generously in wet glue and adhere a deco sheet scrunching it as you go to create lots of texture. Once dry, stipple with bronze paint and leave to dry.

9. Lastly, cover the back and sides of the exterior box. Stand back and admire your work.

Happy Scrapping.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


It's Wednesday and that can only mean one thing it's the WOYWW hop. Here's my desk this evening piled high with stuff and yes, that is a fox mask......don't ask why, but I thought I might try decorating it. Madness? Only time will tell.

The Silhouette Cameo 2 was a surprise gift for Christmas from Ray and I'm smitten with it. I had to pack away a lot of projects that normally live on the back of my desk to make some room, as my desk is a little'un, but that's a good thing as I would just cover a larger desk in more stuff.

So, due to my lateness to the hop it's going to take me a while to work my way round, but work it I will. For those of you interested in taking part check out the details on 

Happy Scrapping.  

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.95

I'm so glad it's Sunday, it's been a mad week and I've only managed a smidge of crafting, but finally I'm finishing my Papermania Shadow Box. I knew exactly how I wanted it, it's just been one of those things that's taken me a while to get to grips with... luckily I'm pleased with how it's turning out. Watch out for a post on that one in the near future. 

Now, for those of you who are regular visitors.....thank you.... here's the reason you probably visit on a Sunday, this week's sketch. I've taken a foray into the splatter zone with this one, for those mist addicts among you it's a beaut. I've left out my usual journaling lines, but that's just because there were so many options. So, here we have it .........Sketch no. 95.

And to give you a bit of thinking time, in five weeks, to celebrate the my 100th sketch, I'll be hosting a competition. To be in with a chance to win a crafty prize you just have to create a project based on one of the 100 sketches and post a link to your design. One entry will then be drawn from the hat. I hope you'll join in the challenge.

Finally, just a reminder, if you haven't backed up your photo folder since Christmas, take some time out today to set one up.....just to be on the safe side. Unlimited photo storage is available if you have an Amazon Prime account, a handy extra at no extra cost.

Have a happy scrappy Sunday.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.94

It's that time of the week when I post a little inspiration for those of you on the look-out. It's not quite in keeping with my 3D projects of late, but as far as I'm concerned you can never have too many sketches in your back pocket and I have got some catching up to do layout wise, so they should prove handy soon.

As you've probably noticed I do like to use a mix of patterns and this sketch is great for that. So if you have leftover bits of your favourite papers that you just couldn't bear to throw away, this is the one for you. 

Happy Scrapping.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Titfer Tat!

After my hat project using the Silhouette Cameo I felt inspired to try making a smaller version, but for some bizarre reason I had the urge to use a paper cup, weird I know. So, I snipped the lower edge of a paper cup, cut a circle for a hat brim, cutting out another circle in the centre slightly larger than the cup base. I slipped the cup base in the brim piece and bent the snipped flaps backwards, gluing them in place to secure the pieces together.

That gave me the basic shaped piece which I covered in Geometric deco sheets rolling the brim up at the sides to create that top hat shape. Lastly I added some feathers, ribbon and a hat band with a suitable sentiment tag to finish.

My plan now is to create a more refined pattern for a little hat on my Silhouette, but I quite like the hobo nature of this one.

Happy Scrapping.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Hats off to the Cameo!

Home from work and eager to share one of my makes from this weekend, so here's a little background......As I mentioned on a previous post, the ever thoughtful Ray bought me a Silhouette Cameo 2 for Christmas and I've been busy looking at all the amazing projects people have made with it.

For my first project I decided to go for something 3D, my crafting has definitely taken a turn for that kind of thing recently, although scrapping will always be a big part of my crafting. Anyway, I didn't want to go for something really basic, I've had a CraftRobo for years and I'm pretty comfortable with the tech so I decided to go for something I really liked the look of, a 3d hat. I downloaded the cut file from the Silhouette Design Store for the HUGE sum of £1.31, most of the files are under £ I was really pushing the budget with that one!

Once I got my cut settings right for the Core-dinations cardstock, I set them up as a custom setting, a really handy feature as the chance of me remembering them were minimal. I resized the cut file and cut the hat pieces. Then it was just the simple matter of gluing them together and decorating the hat. I used the new Papermania geometric-mono paper line, a few gems and a medium heart punch, along with plastic scraps from packaging to decorate. I love how it turned out and can see me making more of these themed for the seasons or instead of a card for birthdays and the like.

Making this has also inspired me to have a go at making a smaller hat from scratch, but more of that later. In the meantime, I can't wait to try something more elaborate, I have my eye on a 3d house on Svgcuts along with most of their other designs. I'm also keen to try designing projects, so hopefully soon I'll be cutting my own designs. 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting. 

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Sketchy Sunday 93

It's time for another sketch and I wanted to make it a single photo after last weeks 12 month round up sketch. So here we have it, sketch 93.

I'm working on a few projects, with the intention of posting later this week - here's hoping!

So there we have it, short and sweet.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Happy New Year 2016 ....Sketchy Sunday no.92

Well here we are, it's 2016 and a great year it's going to be. Christmas was wonderful, full of family visits, lovely gifts and of course all that gorgeous food....and yes I could taste all the pudding, the taste buds are well and truly back on form. I just need to test them out a bit more with some Pringles and dip today and possibly a mince pie or three!

Apologies,but it seems my post scheduled for 20th didn't publish so I've had to publish it late with a minor alteration, like I say Christmas was full of family visits and I was nowhere near organised enough to have checked my posts. Still, better late than never and here's a real New Year sketch to kick off 2016.

Even if a full on yearly photo project doesn't appeal it's fun to do a round-up layout and sum up those big moments of the year. 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I was thorouthly spoilt this year with a Silhouette Cameo from Ray, as well as a stocking full of crafty bits, books and a set of jewellery, not to mention lovely gifts from friends and family. I'm already working on my first Cameo paper project and looking into trying some vinyl projects, the uses seem endless so any tips you might have are more than welcome. If you have any links for Cameo resources be sure to post a comment. I'm also getting back to working on my shadow box and look out for the Docrafts Blog which is publishing one of my new projects soon. 

Happy New Year. 

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Sketchy Sunday no. 91

Apologies, this post was originally scheduled to be published 20th December, but for whatever reason...probably me doing something wasn't. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and managed to squeeze in some me time too.

Despite the busy season I haven't neglected my crafting completely, I've started playing around with some of the Bare Basics boxes and some Gorjuss papers and that's always fun. I was also lucky enough to have a couple of button projects featured in this months Creativity magazine, which is always lovely.

Now, for those of you not playing around with boxes here's this weeks sketch. Try using this one as a guide to mix some patterned paper, I usually start with a spot, stripe, check and floral from the same colour palette before throwing some extras into the mix.

Happy Scrapping.