Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sketchy Sunday 176

SANTA!!! Yes, he's on his way and the living room is now host to 7ft of twinkly gorgeous tree and the rest of our holiday decor. We always have a real tree, it's that piney smell when you come home, it just screams Christmas. This year we've even bought a holiday quilt cover. I just love Christmas.

Anyway, enough of my festive obsession, here's this month's 176.

I'm going to use a mix of patterns and textures.  Some embossed and glittered ones will probably make their way onto this layout. I've been lucky enough to receive some of the First Edition Christmas paper pads in my design team kit and they have a lovely mix of papers with glazing, glitter and canvas style texture, so they may be the ones. 

Now for a little crafty catch-up. As I said earlier I received a lovely selection in my new Trimcraft DT kit, here's a few pics to drool over. They are such a lovely company to work with and the products are gorgeous. If you get the chance to apply, I'd highly recommend it. 

Obviously once the kit arrived I was gagging to play and these are the projects I've come up with so far. 

An advent calendar



A Christmas card using the First Edition Christmas Window die set.

Another card, this time using the pudding die. 

All these projects were made using the Magic of Christmas papers and Merry Little Christmas papers from my kit. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 175

Stars are one of my favourite go-to shapes for a simple way of mixing different pattern papers and with the recent popular cosmic paint effects this sketch lends itself to a beautiful background for a special photo. Cut some of the stars from glitter paper or add glaze for extra texture. 

So, if you're after a little inspiration check out this month's 175. 

Now, a little crafty catch-up. I've been working with a couple of Simply Creative paper pads, Perfectly Pink and Around the World. 

The first project is a simple waterfall mini album made with the Perfectly Pink papers and some textured cardstock. I used my trusty Bind-it-all to finish the album which is sized to fit 3" x 3" photos. If you'd like to make your own version you can find instructions here on The Craft Blog gallery. 

Mini books like this are so quick to make and deceptively roomy, which makes them great for a gift album. 

The second project using the Around the World papers, is even simpler. It's a one sheet tag mini, these are another album style that make great gifts as well as being perfect for holding photos from a single event. 

This one has a row of pockets, but I've made others with slightly different configurations here and here.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

Columbo: A Trace of Murder - the brilliant Peter Falk does his thing
Poltergeist - Classic 80's horror 
The Mummy - Vintage Hammer Horror 
Creepshow - Fun horror anthology
Cujo - Faithful Stephen King adaptation
The Bye Bye Man - Surprisingly effective low budget horror

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Homely Halloween

I know I've been missing from blogland for a few weeks. Free time was a little thin on the ground and I had to choose between playing with bits of paper or designing a sketch and writing a post, understandably I chose the paper. I'm thinking it's probably a good idea to switch to a monthly sketch to leave me more time to make and post projects, so going forward Sketchy Sunday will be the first Sunday of the month.

Now on to the subject of seasonal makes. If you've hung out here before you'll know I love any excuse to strew my lounge with seasonal decor and with Halloween looming I've been putting together a few projects to add to our Halloween favourites. These three projects all use Simply Creative Chalkboard papers, which although not specifically a Halloween paper pack, I found ideal.

First up is my version of the Halloween wreaths that seem to be cropping up everywhere, but which I can't bring myself to fork out £30 for. I didn't want to spend a lot on supplies for something that was a bit of an experiment, so I picked up a white plastic frame from £land and a jointed skeleton, originally dressed as a dodgy bride from Wilkos (£3). I removed the backboard and glass and set about painting the frame black, adding a touch of silver to highlight the fancy bits and then glued in the now nude skeleton using my hot glue gun. I added other themed bits and bobs, some bats on acetate strips and printed a 'Trick or Treat' tag using the font Nightmare 5 from Dafont to add to the cluster of embellishments. So, for a total outlay of £4 I have a Halloween decor piece that looks great in my seasonal display.

Next up, is this spooky titfer, it's a companion to the one I made last year here. I used the mourning hat available from the Silhouette Store, click on the icons on the right to visit other sites and check out the great projects available for your electronic die cutter.  I added another of my printed tags as well as spiders, bats fluttering at the end of acetate strips and some die-cut layered flowers. I love these hats and I even made a Christmas version last year.

Lastly I decorated this paper bag as a bit of a grown up treat bag using the Simply Creative Chalkboard papers. Again, I added a couple of bats on acetate strips attached behind the flower. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

Thor Ragnarok - hilarious superhero romp 
Ouija: Origin of Evil - spooky Halloween viewing
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 - hilarious sci-fi romp, this was the second viewing and still love it. 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.174

This week's sketch is a return to a single image design and one of my fav go to shapes, the star. So, without further ado here we have it, sketch no. 174

Talking stars, I just finished this card using the First Edition Grand Plans paper pad. 

This is one of those paper pads that has loads of elements perfect for a bit of fussy cutting. I just added a few die cut stars to plump out the design. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

Bladerunner - the brilliant original watched in preparation for the remake.
American Assassin - cool action thriller

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.173

This week I've again used my sketch as inspiration for an ATC, that's not to say I won't use it for a layout too, it just sparked an idea on a smaller scale first. So, here we have it, sketch no. 173.

Here's the ATC that it inspired me to create. The ransom alphabet stamps are my latest bargain buy at £1.25 and even the ornate alphas stamp clean. I used the Simply Creative Enchantment papers for this project and dies from the Dovecraft range.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

Colossal - Ann Hathaway stars in this quirky Sci-fi drama
Executive Decision - Kurt Russell action thriller
Medieval Dead - who doesn't love Bruce Campbell?!
Rambo - last chapter in the Rambo story

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 172

I know I may have picked the wrong week for this sketch weather wise, but I couldn't resist this idea. I've already used this sketch to create an ATC of all things. So, here we have it, sketch no. 172.

And here's the ATC inspired by the sketch. It's one in a set of three, which seems to be my usual number to a set. 

I used a combination of papers from the Simply Creative paper pads Enchantment and Sugar Rush. It just shows sketches are so versatile and easily adapted to different sizes. 

In other news, I picked up a little flower punch in Hobbycraft this week and was delighted to find them on half price when I reached the till....I'm proud to say I restrained myself to the one even after finding out they were on sale, but I am planning a return trip. I also bit the bullet and finally replaced my ailing printer with a HP 3720, the smallest all-in-one you can buy. I'm really pleased with it so far as it printed perfectly on my textured cardstock, which always seems to be the major test for my printers in the past. 

That's it from me today, now I'm off to plan tonights viewing.

Movies watched this week:

A Dogs Purpose - a very sweet movie, perfect dog lover viewing
IT - creepy adaptation of a Stephen King classic
Dusk till Dawn - Tarantino's fab vampire flick
Annabelle - scary, haunted doll horror

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 171

As I'm still printerless, but definitely coming to a decision as to the replacement for my deceased HP, I'm still yet to finish an ongoing project that I mentioned previously. So, in an effort to actually complete something, I used this week's sketch as the basis for my latest layout which was made directly on the page of a Dovecraft Kiss and Makeup Scrapbook album. It's a simple sketch originally designed for an 8" x 8" layout, but obviously, as with any sketch, it can be resized either way to suit your needs. Anyway, enough blathering, here we have it, sketch no. 171.

Although this is a simple sketch I made it just a little more interesting by blending ink around all my papers and using different patterns for each section. The papers are from the 6" x 6" Simply Creative Floral Notes pack and I used Dovecraft inks in Cocoa Brown and Forest Green applied with a piece of kitchen towel. I was even brave enough to stamp directly on the page....I know!!! thinking was I can always slap another piece of paper over the top if it goes hideously wrong. 

I intend to use this album for an eclectic mix of layouts and ephemera, it makes for a fun project I can turn to when I just can't decide what to make next.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

The Hitman's Bodyguard - entertaining action starring Ryan Reynolds

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 170

I've been working on a layout recently that I wanted to add some journaling to, unfortunately my printer had other ideas and decided to give up the ghost. Anyway, before I decide which of the myriad of options to go for on the printer market, I decided to finish the layout with less of a story and just stick to the basics, where, when and why? This sketch is based on that layout rather than the other way around, which is usually the case. So, here we have it, sketch no. 170.

In other crafty news, the ATC addiction is going strong and I've completed another set of three cards with the new Simply Creative Chalk to Me papers, which were in my latest Trimcraft Design Team kit. 

I used First Edition and Dovecraft dies for this one as well as the bargain alphabet stamps I picked up in The Range shown here. I dragged the card edges along a thin line of glitter glue to give a little sparkle to the edge. 

I think this card is my favourite from this set. I love the cascade of hearts and the glitter teacup is raised on foam pads to give a real 3D feel. 

For this last card I dragged the edge through some Deco Mache glue and sprinkled it with silver glitter for a sparkly border, just a heavier version of the technique on the first card. 

If you still haven't tried these little art panels, I recommend giving them a go. It's a great way to try new techniques or just use up those fav scraps.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:
Hidden Figures - uplifting true story of some of the best minds at NASA
Pacific Rim - fun Sci-Fi action
X-Men 2 - superhero sequel, always worth watching
Red Dog: The Early Years - prequel to the brilliant Red Dog, great for an animal lover


Monday, 28 August 2017

Sketchy Sunday on a Monday

It's been a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and I couldn't help taking a little time out over the past week and that meant I missed last week's sketch and this one has slid a little, but hey we have to grab the sun while we can. Apologies if you came looking for a little inspiration. Now I'm back on track and here's this week's sketch, no. 169.

I did manage to join in with the fun on The Craft Blog by participating in the August challenge. You had to design something with a tropical theme. I went for a flip mini album mounted on a Ikea Tolsby frame. I filled it with photos from my 2016 visit to Tropical Wings, a regular summer day out. 

I used the First Edition Floral Fusion paper pad for the album combined with plenty of die-cuts and a splash of bling. 

I think I'll join in with some more of these challenges, it's proved to be a fun project this time around. 

Happy scrapping

Movies watched this week.

The Dark Tower - Stephen King adaptation, a little flawed, but enjoyable.
Deathnote - Manga adaptation horror thriller. 

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 168

I seem to be taking ages to finish my current layout, mainly because my printers gone bang and I need it to print my journaling. In the meantime I'm making minis and getting into my new addiction  of ATCs, not to mention drawing up sketches. Talking of which, this week's sketch is a triple image version, but you could always use one of those panels for journaling if that's where the mood takes you. So, here it is, sketch no. 168.

I can't resist the girly embellishments and of course there's bound to be some bling in there too.

Now, this is what I've been making while waiting for the new printer. As I mentioned I've been getting into ATCs and this week I used some of the supplies from my Trimcraft Design Team kit to make these little art panels.

I don't do a lot of stamping as I've always been disappointed in the crispness of the image, but I have to say these little Dovecraft stamps are lovely and even I can get a nice clean stamp. I'll have to start using a lot more stamping in my projects. I used the Blooming Lovely embossing folder to emboss the ATC before blending with a green and pink ink pad. Then I stamped on a piece of Simply Creative Sugar Rush paper and tore and edged the text panel in silver glitter. 

For the second one in the set I embossed the background using the Painted Blooms embossing folder for the ATC, inked and added another stamped panel edged in glitter. A few die cut butterflies with some Dovecraft Glitter Glue and it was done. 

For the final card in the set I used a black background before again embossing a piece of Sugar Rush paper, this time with the Couture Du Jour embossing folder. Die-cuts and a little stamping and the card was completed.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week...

Daybreakers - Ethan Hawk stars in this vampire horror - Pick of the Week
Power Rangers - watchable (just) nonsense
The Last Exorcism - doc style horror 
Rogue One - unmissable Star Wars prequel

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.167

This week's sketch is another of my 'found' sketches and shows one of my favourite shapes, the parenthesis. I use these time and again in layering on both layouts, cards and more recently mini albums and ATCs. So, here we have it, sketch no. 167.

Make the layers with different patterns or textures and throw in some glitter layers to really make it pop. 

This week I got bit by the ATC bug and tried my hand at these little art panels. I'm sold on these and have already made a few more with a different paper line. For these three I used the Simply Creative Go Wild paper pad, mixing in some glitter die-cuts and of course my goto gems. 

The die set I used here is one of my favs Clocks by First Edition.

This little stamp set pictured is my latest bargain, a frugal £1.25 a set at The Range. There are six different font sets available and I'll definitely be hunting down the other five. 

The clock brad shown here was also a bargain, picked up at Poundland for a set of eight. I've used these loads, although usually not as brads just as decorative charms. 

If you haven't tried ATCs I'd recommend it, the little panels make quick, but very satisfying projects and a great way to use up your favourite paper scraps that have been languishing in the scraps file. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets - a beautiful looking, but heavily flawed movie
A Family Man - Gerard Butler stars in this drama about discovering life's priorities
I Am Dragon - Russian fairy tale, beautifully shot
Frailty - Bill Paxton stars and directs this creepy supernatural thriller - Pick of the Week 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 166

I'm in a multi-photo mood lately and this week's sketch is another that fits right in with that. Here we have it, sketchy no. 165.

Simple does it in this case for me, but obviously it's just a jumping off point, so go with it.

As for other projects this week, I have been altering jars for my brushes and while I was at it I made a co-ordinating mini card, just to keep my mojo going. 

I used the First Edition Deco Maché papers with gloss adhesive/varnish. This now sits on my desk and is inspiring me to cover some more of those jars that are breeding in my craft area. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Sinister - creepy horror flick
Sing - fun animated musical  - Pick of the Week
Security - Banderas does badass
Monster Trucks - weak kids Sci-Fi, but with great creature design
Why Him? - funny gross-out comedy starring Bryan Cranston

Monday, 24 July 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 165

This week's sketch is a nod to my love of layers and a reason to use those eyelets we all seem to have thousands of. I have to admit to still using them in scrapping and mini books despite them falling out of favour. So, here we have it, sketch number 165. 

I've also been doing a few other projects as well as working on a new layout, picking out photos seems to take me longer than anything else lately. 

Anyway, here's a quick project I finished this week. I'm a fan of the fancy sticky notes that The Works sell, but I don't use them when they're tucked away in the plastic pocket they come in. This is my solution. The plain wooden peg is from The Works and at £1 it's a fun crafty experiment piece.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

War For The Planet of The Apes - Brilliant sequel - Pick of the Week
Dunkirk - tense depiction of this famous War Time event
Suicide Squad - fun, but ultimately disappointing dark comic book adaption. 
Antman - entertaining superhero adventure starring Paul Rudd
A Few Good Men - brilliant court room drama starring the young Tom Cruise

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 164

Another week and another sketch. This is one of my 'found' sketches previously published by Docrafts and shows my love of paper ribbon cuts. So, here we have it, sketch no. 164.

This week I've indulged in a spot of practical crafting. I'm always on the hunt for storage ideas, from the little stuff to the big stuff, it's an ongoing quest. This project takes care of those pesky pins. I'm constantly searching my craft tote for a spare pin for the clogged glue bottle or to start off a hole for a brad on a project.......yep, I still use them! So, I came up with a needle case to corral those needles, pins and the fancy stick pins that I've developed a bit of an obsession with. 

I've used a ribbon tie for this closure and I made a previous version with a magnet closure. I just fancied using the pretty ribbon this time around. 

This is so easy to make, but if you prefer to follow instructions you can find them here. The second storage project was this altered jar. This is perfect for my growing collection of twine, obviously there will be more jars, but for now this is the one and only.

I covered the lid using Trimcraft's Deco Mache Navy Floral paper and gloss adhesive/varnish, their version of Gloss Mod Podge. Once it was dry, I punched five holes in the jar lid and glued a medium sized peg to the lid, being careful not to cover the holes. Lastly, I popped in the twine, threaded the ends through the holes and clipped them in the peg......finally, clean and knot free twine. 

That's my latest projects, more to follow next week. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Spiderman Homecoming - my favourite of all the Spiderman movies, great fun - Pick of the Week
Assassins Creed - Fassbender stars in this confused and disappointing game inspired flick.
Collateral Beauty - Touching drama starring Will Smith