Thursday, 31 January 2008
I simply love Cosmo cricket - here is an extract from the QVC blog describing it -
"With over 9,000 pieces (that's right! Nine Thousand!), this kit contains so many projects! You'll be kept busy for months with this one kit alone! .....Included are two beautiful 8x8 albums with an adorable storage box in your choice of colors (either blue or pink), an accordion tag album, a chipboard peek-a-boo album, chipboard picture frames, a mini brag book, mini magnet frames, hanging frames, and greeting cards…just to name a few. There are beautiful double-sided papers, scalloped cardstock, stickers, printed chipboard, naked chipboard, ribbon, felt ribbon, ribbon slides, photo turns, flowers galore, beads, brads of different sizes, acetate, ........." By Lisa Bearnson
SO PLEASE CAN ANYONE GET ME A JOB IN AMERICA? OR MAYBE A paypal PENPAL!!!!!!!
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
The ric-rac was stitched on with my sewing machine. I added photo turns held on with brads and glued buttons in a heart shape. This will be another page in my BOMe, about things that are important to me! TFLx
Look at those scrummy colours and textures! velvet, ric rac, satin, picot edge, they are all there! Drool!
Off took take number 2 son to dance class, but will be on later to post a new LO, done today! Bye for now!
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
This was a Maya Road chipboard album that I got with a Scrummy Stash Cafe kit including the Junkitz Flowerful papers. I made a list of things I was thankful for, as part of my new year resolutions and this is what I came up with.
1. My family - happiness, chrish, Love, Sons, Husband, Team.
2. My extended family - Mum & Dad, Sister & Husband, Nieces - heritage, They anchor me, Make me who I am!
3. My dog - Loyal friend,comfort, relaxation.
4. My PC - Inspiration, Forums, blog, shopping, friends.
5. Paper - creativity, texture, colour, relaxation, expression.
6. Sewing Machine - Joy, Pride, Creativity, Happiness.
7. Camera - Experiment, Look, Expression, Creativity, Recording events, Cherish memories.
8. Car - Freedom, Travel, Discover.
9. Music - Joy, Relaxation, Happiness, Creativity.
10. Bed - Refuge, Comfort, Relaxation, Peace.
11. Health - to enjoy life and my family.
12. Friends - Fun, Laughter, Comfort, Relaxation, Support.
These were 12 things I thought I would not want to be without in my life, when I was first considering my BOMe. I may scrap these as individual pages later, but used this flower book to get them down together in one place. The chipboard was covered with the papers and then I stamped "I am thankful for" on some twill ribbon, which I threaded through the centre and anchored with brads. Each time I open a page, the ribbon lays flat and runs through the centre of the whole book. Each photo has a chipboard monogram from my BP Initial set for each title and the journalling around the photo's is the other words that came to mind. The embellishments are buttons, gems, ribbons, photo turns and chipboard flowers. The front was punched with eyelets using the Cropadile and threaded with ribbon, in a whipstitch effect.
This was the book, you may recall, that gave me the craft knife injury, that prevented me from crafting for two days!!!! So, somehow, I went off it a bit! But, have managed to complete it1 It will remain special for that reason alone!!! The booklet that nearly caused the thumb amputation! Enjoy! TFLx
Monday, 28 January 2008
So, what's all the fuss about????????
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Not wishing to be slushy - it's not in my nature!!!! - but a lot of challenges are centering around Valentines themes at the moment. This page is for a challenge on the do-crafts forum, to use plain black background, with a small amount of patterned paper and a hint of red or pink. You also had to include some form of embossing and some stitching real or fake! It must include something not normally used on a LO. So here is my offering. This is what it took me so long to find the other day and involved me tipping out the whole of the spare bedroom wardrobe! My wedding album!!!! This photograph of our wedding rings on top of my bouquet was taken on my wedding day in 1988 - in colour! I have scanned it into my PC and converted it to black and white and then printed it out full page size. I have not used this size before, but was reading how someone had done it for a challenge and how it gave real impact, so gave it a go! I downloaded a font I found on the internet that was a romantic style and then printed it on a plain paper. By holding the two images up to the light, I could work out where it would print on my photo and adjusted it. Then, I put the photo back in the printer the correct way around!!!!! and hey presto! The words were on the photo! I know there are other ways of doing this, but if you don't have the money for fancy programmes, this is how you can do it! It worked for me! The card stock is Bazzill, the paper is a Blonde moments freebie that came with Scrapbook Magazine last year, so it has a glossier finish than the original. I cut out two of the hearts and then drew around them on scrap card. I cut just outside this pencil line and then edged the card with my Versamark pen. I used rich red embossing powder and heated it with my heat gun to get this result. Then glued the hearts in the centre. There is a Blonde moments paper tag hidden under the photo, with the journalling about the date and the significance of this photo. The velvet ribbon was from one of my SSC kits and then I used my sewing machine to make some lines - not too straight on purpose! down the side and across the bottom. Two items not ususal on a LO - one was a key and one was a wooden heart from Ikea year ago in the wrapping paper section! I wrote on this in permanent marker, 20 years to show two hearts locked together.
So this will be my first page of my Venice album, we are going for a weekend at Easter, for our 20th wedding anniversary! Where did the time go? I have been ordering some 7Gypsies Napoli papers in the sale ready for the album, and I have not even gone yet!!!!!! Cannycrafter!! TFLx
Friday, 25 January 2008
I took some photo's last autumn, when I took the dog for a walk on a misty morning, when all the shrubs and hedges had spiders webs on them covered in dew! Here are just a few of those photo's, that I felt capture the season and immediately, the words of this poem came to mind! I'm not saying I knew which poem, I had to look it up, but I felt the two went together. I printed my titles and journalling out on the PC using a font I downloaded and then distressed the edges of the paper with my distress ink pad. The background paper is the reverse side of a Basic Grey fruitcake paper, then I layered it up with bazzill card stock and then a layer of cellophane covered in leaves. Do you recognise it? It was from the bouquet of flowers I got as a freebie from my neighbour! Crafters never waste a thing!!!! Trimmed with a few pieces of ribbon from my altered ribbon tin. Kept changing my mind about the background colour, not sure I am happy with it still, never mind! Feel free to post a comment! TFL x
It's not that as if I can't cook or anything, I used to teach it, but I have never been fantastic at cakes! Something always happens and I manage to be disappointed, but not this time! I set off all wrong too! I always make my cakes with my trusty, old (20yrs,) food mixer, not a fan of food processors, it's just how you were taught I guess. Anyway, I put the eggs and sugar in for a fatless sponge and set it going and it refused to whisk up!!! I thought maybe my eggs were very small, so I added an extra egg! Then I realised I had put the K beater on and not the whisk!!!! This I found hilarious and rang my mother to confess my sins!!! So, with the correct whisk in place, NO Problem!!! So here is the result! Fortunately, I took a few photo's along the way so this too can now turn into a page! My best cake ever!!!!!
Filled it with whipped fresh cream and sliced banana! A superb treat! Not had one of these for years, with a nice cup of tea, it made my day! Notice the posh cake fork and napkin!!!! Thought I was photographing for a food mag or something then!!!!!! Needless to say, I just ate it with my bare hands!!!! ( 5,000 calories/portion probably!)
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Hide & Seek
I'd like you to make a card which has a hidden component of some sort."
wait for it!...................................
I like to rub it in I'm afraid , when people join me in the forties! Although, I'm not prepared to say how long I've been here!!!
This mechanism is all glued on the front of a normal 6 inch card with the fold along the top.
I can't actually remember where I got the idea for the folding technique from, It was a piece of paper I found that I had hastily experimented on, when I was tidying my craft room, so I stuck it in my notes/ideas book! Knew it would come in handy - scaled it up here to produce a 6 inch square card using one sheet of 12x12 cut in half. It is a bit tricky to describe the folding and gluing, but post a comment if you want me to have a go!
What else today? Well, my new 12x12 Brenda Pinnick pad arrived, from QVC, but have not had time to open it yet!!! Been to Year 12 parents evening for my elder son, will have to post here, then rush upstairs and have a look! Missed another parcel, so have to go and pick that up tomorrow - more stash!! You can never have too much paper!!!
Someone at work was very interested in the cropadile - was not sure what one was - so here it is! Other stockists are available!!! There is a video to watch here on You Tube too! I can't believe I have friends who don't know what a Cropadile is! And we're still speaking???????? Would I associate with such a person?!!!!!!! You know who you are!!!! #
Lots of ideas for future posts, can't make each day long enough at the moment! First full day at work today for a long time, and I made it! Got back ache and head ache but made it through! A milestone to recovery! Anything's possible! Daily Blogging is good for your health!!!
Thankyou for looking in! Bye for now!
Monday, 21 January 2008
Sunday, 20 January 2008
I'm tempted always, by some stash!
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Friday, 18 January 2008
(Sorry about the flash glare! It is so dark today I cannot get a good daylight pic!)Here is a close up of the brilliance stamping
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
So all I have to do now is print off my photo's and journalling and add my embellishments!! That shouldn't take long then!!!!!!! Will complete it tomorrow, hopefully! Night night! TFLx
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Monday, 14 January 2008
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Friday, 11 January 2008
"Scrap" was the theme to use up your leftovers! Here are my scraps left from making the mini pop-up album with a kit. (See earlier post.) I laid out the scraps on my cutting mat and decided I could piece them together to make a 12" page so I carefully cut them and arranged them and then stitched them together with my sewing machine, as I thought they looked like a patchwork quilt! The hand journaling was done with a white Sakura pen. It is a poem given to me recently when I was ill (sorry I don't know the author) and I felt the words were very apt for the new year - I wanted to promise this to my family!
I arranged B&W photo's taken at Christmas and then added chipboard flourishes which I embossed in copper. The little hearts are punched out and tucked under the stitching etc with a tiny blob of glue for depth. The title is Basic Grey stick on letters. TFLx