Monday, 22 August 2011

We all scream for... cream!  I made the icecream topper and then my lovely daughter came up with the greeting.
I used Crumb Cake card and ran it through my big shot using the square lattice embossing folder (119976), making sure there was a bit sticking out that didn't get embossed, which I lined up with the top of the cone shape.  The "flake" is chocolate chip cardstock scored to give the flakey effect.  The background paper is rose red from the DSP Patterns Stack (subtles).

A set of thank you cards...

...always comes in handy.  I love the damask-y effect of these especially on the textured cardstock and they are very quick and simple to make with the very versatile and enormous Medallion stamp (115223).  You can get 4 out of one piece of 12x12 if you cut them all 4"x 8" which makes it good value for a set!

I was challenged yesterday to a painting competition... my youngest daughter!  It had to be painting and not crafting because I don't do painting at all, and so that would be fairer.  We spent far too much of yesterday sitting in the kitchen with the french windows open painting and chatting - it was a really lovely mother-daughter day.  Suddenly 6pm came round and it was time to stop, and this was the result:

There is a steward's enquiry at the moment that mine might be disqualified due to the fact that I blatantly copied not just one but two rather well known works of art...

Learn something new every day... a great on-line scrapbooking/journal/lifelearning class run by a lady called Shimelle Laine.  It runs through September and you get an email prompt every day encouraging you to think what you might have learned that day.  You also have access to a forum where some amazingly creative people show their work on the project and support each other.  When I did this class two years ago it changed my life! I learned loads about what I wanted from my life and lived life very intensely that month. Not to mention getting to grips with lots of principles of scrapbooking!  The book I created is a huge source of joy and pride, and I'm going to be doing it again this year with a twist.  Shimelle describes it much better than me here.

If you're thinking "I don't have time", you only have to give it the time you want to; you could always do a couple of pages and pick it up again next year, just keep a journal, read the prompts or make a summary scrapbook page. 

Here's a couple of pics of the journal I made in 2009, the front cover and an example page.

Hope to see you on the LSNED forum!


Friday, 19 August 2011


...may well be in order for some of your teenage friends and relatives (hope they are!).  Even if the expected grades weren't achieved, hopefully a place in FE is still possible.  This one says happy birthday but replace it with "congratulations" and a wise old owl is very appropriate...

I used the famous owl punch for the little owl, and drew in the tree trunk markings with my signo gel pen.  A sponged sky/cloud background means you can write on the inside as well: take a piece of white paper the size of the inside of the card, create a mask by cutting out a loose cloud shape from scrap paper, and sponge your blue ink on top of the mask to create "clouds".

Pastel patchwork...

... was the result of this afternoon's lovely crafting session with Jen-down-the-road.  Whilst Jen beavered away and created 7 beautiful and original cards from a recycled calendar, I faffed and managed to create 2 (count them) cards like this one:
Although it took ages sticking the pieces together, I love how the basket-weave embossing folder creates a unifying texture across all the squares.  This is a great design for using up scraps of your favourite paper.

Lots of man cards to make... September in my house, so I settled down last night to come up with a suitable design.  I love the single Sail Away stamp from SU! and have had a piece of crinkled up binding ribbon hanging around on my desk for ages needing a home, so off I went. 

I used a simple step card in baja breeze, picked contrasting cajun craze cardstock to make the overall effect a bit less pastel-girly and decided to have the greetings on the outside (mostly because I couldn't think of a image to add on the right hand side). The baja breeze seam binding ribbon is from the mini catalogue.  You just take a few threads from the middle of the ribbon and gently pull until the ribbon is as crinkled as you want.  Remember to anchor the threads by folding over the ends and glueing. 
I was going to say I hope they like them, but wait, they're MEN so all they will do is shake them.  So I'll say I hope their female family members like them!

Funky spots in the background from the Love Letters collection, which has just arrived, I'll be doing something with it shortly, for sure...

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

A blissfully long lunch...

...on holiday is "immortalised" in my first proper scrapbook page for ages. 

I used bashful blue cardstock for the base (after trying the photos with at least 10 other shades!).  I matted and raised the middle picture because it's the most evocative even though it's way too dark, and used the same green card (garden green) cut out with the top note die on the Big Shot.  I managed to get the chestnut leaf all the way home from Greece in-tact, and couldn't resist the paper flowers (coloured with Pretty in Pink marker) to balance the blossom and suggest "petals" for Petalidi.  That ol' white gel pen came in handy again.  [seriously, you would not regret investing in one of these pens at only £3.75 code 105021].  I used some lettering from my stash because the colour picked up the splashes of red in the pictures and matting so well.

Hope you like it!

Monday, 15 August 2011

The perfect scrapbook embellishment...

...and you make it yourself whenever you need one!

I made this page about spring following a post-operative drug- induced sleepless euphoric night!  But I never finished it (maybe you have one or two projects like this) because I wanted a photo to jolly it up.  Then today I had the idea of letting the words be the focus and jolly-ing it up with some flowers cut with my super-duper daisies die (from SU!). I used a daffodil delight (yellow) ink pad to vary the tone of the flowers and filled in the centres of the flowers with some micro-beads.

Have you got a project you have nearly finished but haven't quite got round to it?  Maybe today could be the day you actually complete it!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Thank you...

...if you made it to my craft day yesterday!  I had a great time, met some new crafty friends, and you kindly donated nearly £10 for Cancer Research on the refreshments.   I hope you had a lovely time too. Tessa my silk painter guest has blogged about the day here.

I'm now surveying my craft room that looks like there was an earthquake and wondering how to transform it into the spare room for my guests who are arriving in two hours...eeekk.

But let's get our priorities straight!  Here are a couple of cards I made today; do not adjust your set, they are out of focus, sorry.  I made the stripey lolly by swiping stampin'spots from the brights collection across the paper, and the fruity stamp is from the tangy stamp set.   I had to actually eat a lolly in order to be able to make these, but, reader, I did it, just for the sake of the card, of course...

Sunday, 7 August 2011

A Special Guest for Thursday's event!

...Silk painter, Tessa Spanton, will be offering a fabulous and varied introduction to silk painting at my craft event on Thursday including a free make and take as well as a series of workshops!

11.30am         Make a scented sachet or a card (free)

2.30pm          Make a silk necklace or a flower to use as a pendant, hair or hat ornament or
                      corsage. Silk, beads, paint and a bit of glitz are all included (cost £8)

4.30pm          Make a ‘splash’ scarf and wear it home. A blank hemmed silk scarf and paints or dyes are included (cost £10)

Treat yourself to an original silk scarf for yourself or a silk painting for your home. Cards, silk necklaces and prints are also available.  You can also watch a silk painting demonstration as Tessa will paint a scarf and have a flower painting on the go.

Find out more about her work by visiting us on Thursday or going to :

With great knowledge...

...comes great responsibility!  Now that I know it, I feel I have to share this delicious recipe, the best  I have ever tasted, with thanks to Marie, and it's so easy to make!

Carrot and Banana Cake

8oz SR Flour
2tsp Baking Powder
5oz Muscovado Sugar
2oz Raisins
4oz grated carrots
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
5 fl oz (150 ml) sunflower oil

Blend all the ingredients together and pour into a 8" tin.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 for 50-60 minutes.  Cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out.  I understand this improves with age but it's never had the chance!  You can frost it if you want but it really doesn't need it.