Sunday, May 27, 2018

Bouncy Castle


There were so many photos of the Family Fun Day that I wanted to use and it was tricky to work out what would work as a layout some like the first layout I decide to go the faux pocket page. I do love working this way because I can overlap titles, flowers etc. It just so happened the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die had arrived in my craft room and worked well.


I had some really good close ups of  some of my Gt Nephews which would be so wrong of me not to use. The ratio of boys in my family are a lot higher than girls and Scrapbooking boys is just as hard as making boys cards.

I've come back from hols to find out that I need to do something about GDPR and I've added a Privacy page I hope this is enough. I have copied it from Crafting While Baby Naps but I have deleted and added what I think would be relevant to my blog.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cheek to Cheek


I thought I had schedule this post but somehow it got forgotten obviously thought I would have time yesterday when I got back off my hols. Since summer finished the day we arrived back I quickly put some washing in and worn myself out sorting it all out.

Back to the card I've used Mo's Cheek to Cheek image for a previous Golden Wedding card, probably the same paper but it was a square one with not much space to make it pretty. So I made an A4 card I think thats what its called basically it a piece of A4 folded in half.

The papers are too short for this size card so some curved Scallop dies one to bring interest and two to add some patterned paper. The leaves are Memory Box, I think are called Lavish Foliage and the die is a second hand one brought on e bay the seller or myself have no idea whose it is.

My heart is an retired Heart die from Simon Says Stamp but I've cut out the centre to add a bit of matching colour. The gold sentiment on the image is from LOTV retired again and I think the fish tail banner sentiment is Simon says Stamp Messages for Everyday

This card was for my Sister and her Hubby who had the 50th Wedding Anniversary while we were away, bad planning on my part.





Mo's Digital Pencil




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Duck!!!!

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Stencil It Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week to.
This week the challenge is

Use More Than One Stamp


We are showcasing Honey Bee Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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When I plan to buy stamps for a challenge I really need to pay more attention, when I saw Honey Bee Products and I saw this duck stamp I needed to have it. The clue was in the name of the stamp Penny the Platypus but doesn't she make a cute duck. I pretty sure I've seen Penny as a duck before and that why it stuck in my head.

I used my Polychromos to colour her and I carefully cut round one wing so I could add the string to her balloons. Now here comes the use more than one stamp part I stamped the balloons from the stamp set onto the pattern paper and fussy cut them out. Forgot to mention who made the Pattern Paper its Echo Park Happy Birthday Girl.

The tiny sentiment is from Simon says Stamp Messages for Everyday and the balloon string is May Arts Natural Twine String.






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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bella Birthday


A card for a special niece, it's easy to remember how old she is because her Mum was pregnant at our Wedding and since she makes amazing cakes I've Stampin Bella Uptown Girl Ava love to Celebrate.

The papers are Echo Park Happy Birthday Girl and I've used it to paper piece Ava's dress as well as the flowers. The flowers are made using Simon Says Stamp Hydrangea Petal dies, the centres are Simon Says Stamp Stitched Snowflakes die ( used the smallest one) and the tiny dots are from a Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlets I used the actual waste from one of the cogs.

I stamped Happy from Simon Says Stamps on the fishtail banner I made using their Stitched Banners. This meant I only had to use the Birthday part of the Simon says Stamp Happy Birthday die. My oval frame was made using Simon says Stamp Stitched Ovals and the I nearly forgot the leaves on my flowers they're Simon says Stamp Forget Me Know flowers die.

I'm not sure whether you are aware but I'm not at home,  I will be later but we are on here.

Oriana 3

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fun day Games


There were loads of photos of the Family Fun Day, I knew I wouldn't be able to do them all and it was tricky to work out which one. We had some old fashioned games, I can remember going to my Dad' works do on their big field and they had egg and spoon and sack races etc

No proper eggs for the egg and spoon race, my niece had a plastic egg and spoons. The papers are Simple Stories and I used some dies from Elizabeth Crafts for my ladybirds/ladybugs, the fence is MFT and the toadstools are Cottage Cutz. Finally the clouds are Memory Box.


The fancy die along the bottom didn't have a packet and where I usually write on the back with a permanent pen there was no company name. The title was American Craft and the laugh arrow was  a die I borrowed from my friend.

There are still some more Family Fun Day Layouts to come.





Friday, May 18, 2018

Flower Cluster



A surprise fell onto my door mat last week with a die for the lastest Simon Says Stamp release Sending Sunshine. My die is called Flower Cluster which is a corner die and I have used it twice here. A small tip if you want to use twice like I have done,  decide on you sentiment and if its stamped do it before cutting the two flowers clusters or at least make sure you have enough room. I'm speaking from experience.

Once I cut the two dies I place tape behind so the sticky side was facing and I place the outline in place. I used a few of the white pieces so it looks like the background is coming through. Then I used green and dark pink card to make my leaves and flowers and yellow for the centres. For some reason I decided that one of the petal of was part of the bud and cut it in a red only to release it wasn't at all but just for today I think I can get away with it.

Since the sentiment I hoped to use didn't fit I decided to use the Message for Everyday the set is made up with these smaller sentiments for every occasion and more. Finally I used the Stitching Butterflies but I also used the body of the Adeline Butterfly.


I'm still trying to work out a better way of photographing my cards and I noticed that several blogs photo above the card and at an angle with some white wooden background. So I thought I would give it a try, need to work out the light, the picture had to be lighten quite a bit but I'm liking the wooden effect paper.





Thursday, May 17, 2018

Anniversary Hugs


May is a busy card making month, anniversaries and birthdays, to start with an Anniversary card I've used Mo's A Rose. It could be used for an engagement card too.

The papers are some scraps of Simple Stories although I think the dotty one might a scrap from another manufacture.

I'm trying to work out what make the border dies are, I think I'm going to have pass finding out. I pretty sure they may be more than one company but as you see anyones will do.

Now the outline heart and the middle heart are from a Simon says Stamp retired die and the tiny heart is from their Holiday Shapes. The flowers are a MFT die but I think that is retired too but I'm still going use because its a favourite.


Mo's Digital Pencil




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Use a Stencil

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Boys Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.
This week the challenge is

Stencil It   


We are showcasing our very own Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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Mmmm I think I go carried away with the stencils, I used Oxides for all of the background well except the sequins. The main colour is Squeezed Lemonade and I covered the whole page, if I did it again I would leave a white space in the middle since I now think it was a bit much.

With the help of post it notes and scraps of paper I carefully used the Tim Holtz Roses Stencil and moving it around I placed my roses. I matched up the roses but covered them so I could use the leaf parts. Finally I used the Simon Says Stamp Large Falling Hearts stencil carefully covering up any hearts that may fall on my roses.

I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform for stamping my sentiment because I wanted to make sure it showed up well. The sentiment came from the Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages stamp set.

It needed something else so I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitching Butterflies dies, they're out of stock at the moment but I would recommend to use the notify me link because I think they will be flying out of the doors once they arrive back in stock.




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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Family fun day


It was while my nieces and nephews came to say their goodbyes to their Nan they said we ought to get together rather than meeting up round a hospital bed. So the Family Fun Day was born.

Of course for some they couldn't make it but the ones who could did. A bouncy castle was ordered and costco sandwiches, not forgetting cake. My niece held it in her garden since hers was the largest.

I made Pocket page with some photos that I wanted to use, you can see I didn't actually use a plastic pocket page but rather used a 12 inch card and cut the photos to make it look a pocket page. I love this way so I can stick titles and flowers etc over the edges of the photos. 

The papers are Simple Stories not sure what ones but I used most of it up with other fun day pages which will come over the next few weeks.







Saturday, May 12, 2018

More Spring Flowers


This was a bit of an experiment, there have several designer using Polychromos and singing their praises well I've been using them for years. They are using a feather technique which you can do with copics too. I wondered whether I could colour a flat image but to colour to give it some depth. Not sure I've managed it but still please how it turned out.

I first used the Simon Says Stamp More Spring Stamp, for a softer finish I used a Memento Grey Flannel inkpad and of course used the pencils. Once done I used the the Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers dies to cut them out.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Moroccan Tile Stencil but used it to emboss with. I cut out the Simon Says Stamps Birthday Script die with gold card. It was then placed my flowers using the CAS(e) this sketch 269 to inspire my card. Once I was happy I stuck them down and trimmed round the card and then added a bit of gold round the edge.

I still had a large white space in the middle and I couldn't leave it and I cut the Simon Says Stamp Flickering Butterflies in gold. The larger butterfly I raised but the tiny ones I stuck fully down.

I think it would be interesting if I made the same card but layering the flowers which is really my thing, will have to put that on my list to do.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wishes


I do love this image from Mo called Make a Wish and it can be used for lots of reasons. First to turn into a card I used the Sketch SC 369 from Splitcoast stampers its an old one since they are in the 600's.

The papers are Doodlebug apart from the odd dotty page I now using scraps. I'm using a flower die that I brought from another crafter but no idea who makes it but the flowers are like the EK retro flower punch which I find tricky to punch now. The dots in the flower centres are a circle punch for the large flower but the smaller ones I've used the Tim Holtz Cogs die set, a couple of the dies have circles for waste perfect for flowers.

You can probably just see a scallop border which is an old MFT scallop border die, not sure if they still do a small one. I also used a glitter pen on the dandelion seed head but of course the camera doesn't show that up.




Mo's Digital Pencil




Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Toadally Awesome


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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thank you for joining us for the Animal Magic Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

For The Boys 

We are showcasing Lawn Fawn Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used
As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
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I had to chose whether to use some old Lawn Fawn or use the excuse to get some new Lawn Fawn. Well the Lawn Fawn Toadally Awesome stamps are new to me so you can guess which way I went.

I didn't buy the dies there is alway something else you want or see while you are shopping in Simon Says Stamp. so I fussy cut them and layered head and onto the lily pond leaves. I was inspired for my card with the Sketch SC692 on Splitcoast Stampers but there is a sneaky lily and extra toad.

You can see I've used the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and the sentiment is from the Toadally Awesome stamp set and Simon Say Stamp Thoughtful Messages stamps.

Now I just needed something in the top left corner and it just so happens I already had the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers and the bit of colourful paper is also Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper pack.

To be honest I think my card would work for both sexes and not just for boys.





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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Now I'm 2


I realised there were no scrapbooking in my draft although I remembered photographing loads, found them eventually on my camera probably should have looked there first.

All the layouts from the Scrap Cafe Retreat was there and I feel I need to apologise for them, most are quite simply done. I'm was recovering from flu and struggling with the awful cough you're left with. Even today I'm still struggling with tiredness.

Anyway but to the layouts, the papers are Pebbles, it was a kit I had no idea where I got from but it is a few years ago when I got.  In the first one I used the Poppystamps Caterpillar die to help bring a bit of colour.


The little chap is my nephew and hubby was peeling a satsuma for him, he waited so patiently. Not sure why I bothered with the stitching. I also stuck to many t's in my waiting, luckily the letters were kind to me and came off easily.

Can you believe this little lad is now 5 and he as such a lovely temperament until he doesn't get his own way then he like he's Dad or maybe it could be his Mum



Friday, May 04, 2018

Crochet


May the fourth be with you, well you have to it only happens once a year. I thought it was time for a crochet update.

First I finished of the two bunny comforters, they match the star rainbow ripple blanket but only is going with the blanket, the other one is for an acquaintance/friend.


Finally I've started my Christmas Present from my son, its Eastern Jewels colourway of Persian Tiles from Janie Crow. The kit comes with the Persian Tiles pattern and a Colourway pattern. One of the first things I did was to exchange the Stylecraft Life Fushia for Boysenberry in Stylecraft Special. The main reason was there was wool in the Life but the rest was all Acrylic.

One of my problems is I much prefer a smaller hook because it looks neater but it makes my tiles too small and hoping I will just have a smaller blanket and possibly need more rows on the border. I keep forgetting to change the hooks so quite a bit of frogging as been going on. Also my crosses have stopped the tiles from laying flat and I honestly don't think blocking will help so instead of a double treble I'm actually doing a treble treble. Fingers crossed it will all work out in the end.


I decided that I may need to block it so I brought some very cheap foam squares that are made for children and some stainless steel pins. I found a velcro belt  to hold them in place, now I need to find somewhere to keep them.

Not sure if I put on my blog that our car was recently damaged. A deer tried to catch a lift and took out the part of the wing. Hubby said it would be a dent turned out to be a lot worse.



I must say our Insurance and Nationwide Repairs sorted it all out and within a week the car was returned to us, good as new.