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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

My First Demo Day

On the first of August I had a demo day at a local craft shop. I have never demoed before only taken small classes and was quite nervous but my love for crafting won over in the end. The day was on framed memories and here are the projects I made.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Mums Birthday!

It was my Mums birthday earlier this month and I thought that I would make a scrapbook page of one of my favourite photos of her.
This was taken when she was younger than I am now, which is always hard to imagine of your parents I am sure! I have always loved this photo even when I was a young child and think she is so beautiful in it! It was taken before she married my Dad and I think she looks so positive and confident, just like I wanted to be when I grew up! Just stunning in fact! So I hope I have done it some justice with this layout.
I used Papermania 6"x6" papers on a 12"x12" cream cardstock, putting a sheet in each corner. I then covered the joins with a strip of cream cardstock embellished with peel offs and matted and layered the photo with cream and burgandy cardstock. I embellished the corners of the burgandy diamond with Laura Ashley velvet rub-ons and put heart peel-offs on burgandy card and cut out and embellished the patterned corners under the flourishes.
Happy Birthday Mum!

Fathers Day Clock

So Fathers Day has been and gone and hopefully all the fathers out there were pampered just as they should! Unfortunately, I had to have surgery last week so my husband had to look after himself and the children so missed out a little on the pampering.....better luck next year I hope!
Though I still managed to make him a Fathers Day present which I think he appreciated. I got this clock frame at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange Stamp Show, it is a Kaiser Krafts product that comes with full instructions and is great fun to make. I used a sheet of double-sided scrapbook paper I had at home to cover it and distressed the edges with Ancient Page chocolate ink. I added Laura Ashley ribbons and some loose gems I had as embellishments and stamped the times using Paper Arsty numbers mini plate and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and embossed them with Antique Bronze Chunky Embossing Crystals from Once Upon a Stamp.
I was wrapped with the result and hope he was too!

Monday, 15 June 2009

Fathers Day Layout

I made this layout to layout to celebrate fatherhood. It is a photo taken of my husband and father-in-law with our daughter when she was only about 5 monthes old. I loved that we had the three generations together, so I decided to age it and create a vintage look.
Using distress inks and cut'dry'foam I aged the photo and then added "vintage " elements by adding hinges from B&Q, handle and memory frames (with smaller images it it) that I had aged with alcohol inks.
I also copied a lovely poem about fathers onto a journalling card that I had and put my journalling behind the photo flap.
Found Pink Gems blog and website today and really like their stamps. I loved Mimi in the bathtub so much I had to get her.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Welcome William Wilson

Friends of ours had a little boy just recently and this was the card that I made to welcome him into the world!
I used a papermania scalloped card, cut'n'dry foam and distress ink to colour the edges and then popped on adhesive embellishments that I got from hobbycrafts.
Simple but effective, I think.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Beaded Watch

I just got off the phone to my best friend in Australia and was so chuffed I wanted to do this blog! I made this watch for her for her birthday earlier this year and had only just got the chance to talk to her and she loved it so much she didn't even realise it had been handmade, or at least handmade by me! I got the pattern out of a beading magazine and enjoyed doing it so much I have since taken up jewelery making as another crafting passion!

Pirate Birthday Card

I don't know about you but I always find it hard to come up with card ideas for boys! I made this one for a friends little boy for his 2nd birthday and it has really taken my fancy!
I used Capt'n Jack papers by Rusty Pickle to create the background and cut out and distressed the text panels by rolling and burning, then sticking to the card, used a sizzix alphabet to make the name, covered and distressed the chipboard number and my favourite I used a Sugar Nellie stamp to stamp the pirate which I coloured with gell pens and cut out.
It went down a treat with the boy in question!

Edinburgh Corn Exchange Craft Show

I went to the craft show here in Edinburgh last week and though it is a good show it isn't as good as it has been in the past. Not as many exhibitors and some of the big ones don't come anymore, which is a shame.
None the less, there were some really exciting exhibits and I loved Nutcrackers stand with all their stamps as well as learning all about promarkers! Which I had to just get a set of, I am so excited I can't wait to use them!
I also enjoyed the make and takes and had fun with Tim Holtz distress inks and some Crafty Individuals stamps, here is my effort. I used fired brick, spiced marmalade and faded jeans, applied with cut'n'dry foam and spritzed with water then over stamped in sepia and black.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Mixed Media Canvas

This was my first piece of mixed media altered art on a canvas. I loved doing it and experimenting with the crackle paint medium as well as using digital images. I am very proud of it and have gone on to do many more with slight variations on the theme.

New Beginnings!

As it is the start of a new week as well as a new month, I thought it was a perfect time for a new begininning!
So, I have finally come into the 21st century and decided to embrace this idea of blogging! I hope that it is well welcomed and I get to meet many crafty people that share my passion this way! I look forward to many more blogs to come.
My idea was to share my thoughts, ideas and passions on craft as well as some of my creations in the hope that I would get some feedback.
So, in that vein I have included my first picture of a birthday card I made earlier this year.
This card is a favourite of mine.
I made it for a friends little girls' 2nd birthday and she loved it!
I hope you do too!