Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.135

Happy Halloween weekend. If you're anything like me you'll love any excuse for some seasonal crafting and that's why my lounge wall currently has a swoop of cardstock bats flying across it, cut on my Cameo 2 yesterday morning. Once the pumpkin is carved our display will be complete and then come the photos, which leads me neatly to this week's sketch. 

Now, I know this doesn't look like a spooky sketch, but how about swapping those hearts for spiders, add a couple of webs..... It's Halloween! Mwaaahaha......

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Survivor - thriller
The Omen: The Final Conflict - the completion of the trilogy
Urban Legend - teen horror

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

I know it's not December, but......

Christmas is coming and as it's been a little while since I posted one, it's obviously time for another altered Domino box. This time around I've been playing with my Trimcraft goodies, namely the Deck The Halls 6"x 6" paper pad and Christmas Foliage dies. I've also been using silicon glue for the first time ever....a bit of a revelation.

I've used this one for a basic nail art kit, clippers, emery boards, beads, gems and a small bottle of varnish - so a nice little stocking filler. 

That's my Christmas crafting well on the road. I hope it's not too early for you. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.134

It's been a great crafty Sunday for me, lots of projects on the go and posting this week's sketch is a fitting end. I've gone for a single 6"x4" image this week. So, here we have it sketch no. 134.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Big Eyes - Fascinating true story
They Live -Classic Sci-Fi
The Salvation - Modern revenge western
10 Cloverfield Lane - Tense Sci-Fi thriller
Seventh Son - Fantasy adventure

Friday, 21 October 2016

Don't peak too soon!

I can't help it! My Christmas fever is taking hold and Halloween isn't even here yet. Ray said I must be careful not to peak too soon, but it's tricky not to get into full on festive mode when I have a kit full of Christmas goodies to play with. I'll have to do another spooky project to balance things out, but in the meantime I'll share the first of this year's Christmas minis.

This cute mini is just 10.5 x 10.5cm and still holds plenty of tags with room for all those festive memories. I used Trimcraft's Deck the Halls 6"x6" paper pack. These smaller size pads are a great way of getting all the patterns at a lower cost and still a perfect size for little mini albums and covering my favourite domino boxes......did I give the game away on an upcoming project?

I kept the interior fairly simple as lots of colourful Christmas photos won't need too much in the way of embellishments, but a bit of bling was bound to get in there. The four pocket pages each have a large tag pocket on the right and a small front pocket. If you want to see instructions for this project you can see them on Trimcraft's website here.

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

I Love Christmas...

If you visited here last Christmas time you will know I love all things festive and any excuse to make a seasonal mini book or decor item is fine by me. I've been digging into my new Trimcraft kit which happens to be very Christmas's like they knew! This is the first project I've come up with. I don't make many cards, even Christmas ones, so this is a rare opportunity to see one here.

I used the Trimcraft First Edition A Christmas Story paper pad, new mini snowflake die set and Christmas foliage die set. 

The Merry Christmas glitter sentiment is from a set of embellishments, again Trimcraft, available at Hobbycraft at a reasonable £2.50.

I've already completed my first Christmas mini album of the year,  no doubt it will not be the last!

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Sketchy Sunday no. 133

For this week's sketch I'm sticking with the ever popular 6" x 4" images. There's plenty of scope to make this one your own. If you have a bigger story to tell just use a journaling block instead of strips and your favourite mix and match patterns add interest to the simple design.

I've been crafting up a storm with my new stash this week, with cards, minis and boxes all on the go at once. I hope to be able to share some later in the week.

Finally, despite receiving a lovely pile of stash from Trimcraft I couldn't resist their new mini dies and had to pick up the set of three snowflakes dies. At £2.50 the set it was pretty much guilt free.....luckily! Although it did mean I saw a load of others in the range I'm also lusting after!

Happy Scrapping

Monday, 10 October 2016

Trimcraft Treats

My first Trimcraft DT kit has arrived and if you ever needed a reason to apply for a team, this is it! I love the challenge of creating from a surprise pack of product, so design teams are perfect for me. I've already got my thinking cap on, but you can be sure there's going to be a mini book (or three) in there somewhere. 

Now, to the kit. Lots of sparkly numbers and words are always handy, as is the acetate, but my favourite has to be those mini dies.

Enough taunting you with my freebies. Why not grab some of your own? Trimcraft run frequent giveaways, so it's well worth paying them a visit. There's also a number of other prizes available for various challenges, Project of the Month being one of them. 

If you're still craving freebies there are two new overlay kits free with the latest The Project Life app update. Which leads me neatly to my latest app layout....suitably creepy for the build up to Halloween.

I'm hoping that they'll allow mixed fonts in an update soon, it would make combining titles and journaling much easier, but in the meantime I'll cope. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.132

It's time for another sketch and this week's is designed for a couple of 6"x 4" photos. This one is perfect to use up some of your scraps to create the layers.

Use a small pattern paper for the background to add more interest or if you're more of a mixed media fan, mist and stencil till your heart's content.

As always I'd love to see your take on this or any of my other sketches, so do post a comment and link to your card or layout if you're inspired to create. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched last week and this week:-

The Time Traveller's Wife - sci-fi romance
The Last Boy Scout - Classic action thriller
The Nice Guys - modern film noir action comedy
Sing Street - brilliant musical coming of age drama
How to be Single - raucous chick flick
Green Room - violent siege movie
Snoopy and Charlie Brown, The Peanuts Movie - disappointing animation 
Columbo, Lady in Waiting - always brilliant.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Boo! Eek! Yay!

I have some news (trumpets and banner waving commence!) ..... I'm now part of Trimcraft's Official Design Team! Check out the rest of the team here, a very talented bunch.

I can't wait to get started crafting with the goodies that are currently winging their way towards me. If you're a regular visitor you'll have noticed that I'm a fan of the First Edition paper pads and Trimcraft embellishments, so you can imagine my eagerness to get my mitts on my first kit. I'll be sure to post some pics of my haul.

Just prior to my joining the team I downloaded the free .....yes, that's right FREE!......Halloween digital papers available on Trimcraft's website. I had the papers printed at Costco photo lab with a matt finish, which I find is more forgiving when I smudge a bit of glue on it which I'm apt to do. Here's what I came up with, a Halloween set of treat boxes.

The three different style boxes hold chocolate eyeballs, chocolate pumpkins and a larger Smarties pumpkin.

I added a few plastic spiders that I picked up with some webbing at Wilkos for £1. 

The pumpkin fits in the box flat, but I tilted it up for photo purposes, so you can see that cute face. The skull and bat box has already been grabbed by one of my friend's sons, who happened to visit just after I took these photos.I think he picked that one as it had the most chocolate... if I'm honest he wanted to take all three, but his mum drew the line at one.

So, there you have it, a little spooky and a lot of fun. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Low budget love....

I can't get enough of those Domino boxes from The Works, for me it's 59p well spent every time....and there's been a lot of times!

So, here's my latest version. I used Trimcraft's Rose Garden 8"x8" paper pad, a great size for these projects. The bead feet were from Hobbycraft at £1 a strand which gives me enough for quite a few boxes. I decorated the lid with charms, funky foam flowers and broken earrings as well as a couple of my pearl and wire flourishes.

I designed this box to hold the receipts for our wedding outfits and rings, all tied up with a ribbon bow.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.131

In my seemingly never ending decluttering I stumbled across a number of passport photos. OK, these particular ones made Ray and myself look like very dubious individuals, but there have been some that I rather like and with the multitude of passport photo apps around at the moment it's easy to take some more flattering versions. With those apps in mind I designed this sketch to make use of passport sized photos.So, here we have it sketch no. 131.

If like me you sometimes find it tricky to mix photos, try switching them to black and white and they'll go together with ease. 

Happy Scrapping