Saturday, 23 February 2013

Party Planning - Breakfast at Tiffanys

 It all came together nicely!
table theme......
Champagne bags on the tables.....
Pop up card....
Recycled glass yoghurt pots for tea light holders.....

my vintage champagne glasses from my 50th.......
Inspired by my 50th party ideas board over at Pinterest

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Design your own blog background

I finally managed to do this after wanting to try for ages. I used this post here to help me and followed it to the letter. I had to use their suggested online photo host when I finished, as Photobucket resized my original and it did not work. I am quite happy with the result and hope that you are too. The header from Shabby Blogs is one I also adapted to suit my theme and added a few items of my own, but I had done this before. I have designed one from scratch too when I took Jessica Spragues free class. I made it in Photoshop.
If I can do it, I am sure you can!! TFLx

Friday, 15 February 2013

Project Life Weeks 5 & 6

Week 5 began with a 12 x 12 layout of an article from the local paper, saying that the campaign to "Save our Setts" has won them a reprieve! Great! (See this post here for more details!)
The right hand page was a 4 x 6 photo page protector, which I sub divided using the background papers, as most of the rest of the weeks pictures were taken from my I Phone, either screen shots or Instagram photos. I printed the two photographs together on a 6x4 print on my cannon Selphy, then divided them and mounted them on some 6x4 patterned papers. The journaling was done on paper that was a Studio Calico stamp I then punched with the matching EK  success punch.

Week 6 was the reverse with the 6x4 page protector on the left and a 12 x 12 page on the right. This full page on the right hand side was a layout about my nieces 27th birthday. I used a 12 x 12 segmented sheet of paper from my SC Block party Add on patterned paper, kit that cut up nicely for the left hand page to go with my Instagrams. TFLx

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Valentine 'Pinspiration'

We don't make as much of Valentines day as the Americans do and I love looking at some of their home decoration and pretty gifts and cards. Here are a few ideas from the net I have pinned to my Valentines inspiration Pinterest board, check them out here!
I decided to make a card from last years pins on this board, a dot to dot file, with a link that no longer seems to exist! However, I was able to right click the image and save as, then open it in my Silhouette software (or word) print it on presentation paper and then punch holes using my Cropadile big bite.
I stitched the heart with Bakers twine, stamped a Studio Calico "me + you" stamp and added a vellum arrow from my 34th Street kit from Studio Calico in December. I thought it went well on this American Crafts, Soho Garden paper as a background too!
I then got carried away with even more!

I also had a go at making a heart banner using my Cameo and dying some strips of calico with Heidi Swapp colorshine by spraying them in a freezer bag and scrunching them!

 All the shapes were cut using my Cameo and some Pink Bazzil card stock spritzed with Colourshine Primrose. I stitched some punched out hearts together using my sewing machine to make a garland and then added two Studio Calico love birds, before winding them round an antique bobbin.

 I think I am all Valentined out! How about you? TFLx

Monday, 11 February 2013

Pop Up Card engineering!

This has taken me all day to design and make, but I am happy with it! I got my original inspiration for the basic card shape from a Crafts beautiful video and template on the net and then adapted it to add a lot more, based on an image of a card I saw on Amazon on the net. I hope my friend appreciates the time it took! Lol!  I designed and cut all the pieces with my Cameo, so now I can make them again in much shorter time! Making it all close up and lay flat to go in the envelope was quite a challenge! TFLx

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Do it yourself light box

My photo's have never been as good as they might have been, usually because I craft at night after work and at this time of year, I have not time to photograph in daylight, even if we get some! I have just finished the little project above, for a 50th present for someone and I needed to photograph it, when I came across this post somewhere on the net and decided to make my own light box! I made it pretty much as the instructions said.
 I bought two little high powered torches from Tesco for £3 each and used my daylight lamp overhead propped up on a storage box.
As you can see the side torches are balanced on two drinking glasses - not high tech at all, but I love the results!
The photo's are clear and the colours true!

I experimented with photographing cards too, laid down and stood up.
This one was trickier with shiny objects on the front!

I had great fun! I think my photo's have stepped up a notch! TFLx