Sunday, 30 June 2013

A couple of cards for the weekend

Here are a couple of cards that I made using my DT kit for last month from ATDML.  I kept them clean and simple and used some of the techniques I used on my pages, so for the first one stitching and distressing.

I made some chevrons for this page, but only wanted the blue and green coloured parts of the rainbow paper, so I used some of the discarded ones for my card, and drew stitching around the edge of them with a black gel pen.    The stamps are by Simple Stories, I love the big camera and all the little phrases.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Memorable Little Moments

Morning everyone, I am back with a page using Crate Papers DIY Shop and some of the Maggie Holmes line which I made with the goodies from ATDML.  

I started with the white cardstock and cut it down approximately an inch on each side, and then started layering all the bits of paper on top of it until I was happy.  I gave a polaroid style frame to the photo so that I could write a little about the missing tooth underneath it.  I stitched, distressed and inked all my papers and then stuck them onto my cardstock once I was happy.  To add a little more interest to my splatter of sequins I used my Big Bite and punched different size holes on the diagonals either side of the photo and then backed them with some different strips of the blue papers, placing sequins in-between.  I  stuck and stitched my cardstock to the cloud paper in a few places around the edge.  I added in a glitzy golden tag and some of the ephemera in the Maggie Holmes and DIY shop packs, as well as mounting the butterfly on a hat pin and adding a little glitter to it's wings.  For the title I used some of the words on one of the pieces of paper and stapled them on to the page.

So just one of those little tooth loosing moments, but even my son wanted a photo and page made for it.

  Also I have uploaded the start of my Simple Stories Holiday album over on Created by ATDML - here is the link and the new gallery using Fancy Pants  papers here

Sunday, 23 June 2013

A Little Bit Muddy

Earlier on in the year we went on a rather muddy walk, I wanted to get a photo of my sons boots....but there had to be one with him in it too :) (You can tell he is the son of a scrapper!).  

I used the lovely Mamma-razzi 2 papers from BoBunny, and my inspiration for the page and the circles came from the base sheet of paper which has a lovely large circle on it.  I cut out 2 smaller circles and then edges them with some punched paper (Martha Stewart loop punch).  I also used an egg cup and some distress ink to stamp a couple more circles on the page behind the photo and glimmer mist to add the drips.  I used a glassine envelope for my journalling and then started with the embellishing.  I used some of the BoBunny stickers, and then cut out a few of their beautiful cameras which I mounted on foam dots on top of a pile of gardeners twine.  I added a couple of stamped banners and a brads, as well as some more of the BoBunny stickers on the top left and bottom right of the page, again with more brads.  I also stamped some chevrons in brown distress ink on the base sheet too. I loved that the papers went so well with the colours in my sons trousers!

I hope you have a lovely Sunday.

Thursday, 20 June 2013


Here's another page I did with my kit from ATDML - I had been admiring the beautiful Cameo die cut on Mary Ann Jenkins' blog and despite hunting the store I couldn't find it so sent me the link (thank you Mary Ann).  Once I had the die cut I then spent lots of time backing the die cut with lots of different patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes collection by Crate Paper.  I also used some of the tags and ephemera - love those large butterflies and a little wood veneer boat too.  The alphabet is from a Girls Paperie pack and the Ribbons are Amy Tangerine's American Crafts - the colours went perfectly.

The shots are from a little lake we visited and the kids loved going out in the boat and having a little explore, it was in the base of an old notice it was a lot earlier on in the year as despite the sunshine they are all well wrapped up.

Monday, 17 June 2013

BoBunny and Tando Fathers Day box

Hello, here is my box that I blogged over on the Tando site yesterday.  I decided to have a go at an exploding box for my Dad but including a little chocolatey treat too.  I made my box out of card stock - I started with one sheet that was 9" by 9" and the box lid 5 by 5.  I scored ever 3" on the 9" in both directions so you get a tic tac toe grid and then I cut out the corner squares.  The lid I made slightly larger - so the central square is 3 1/4" by 31/4" and the sides are what was left.

Once I had made the base I then decorated it with the BoBunny Mammarazzi 2 papers - I stitched and inked, and cut out some of the cameras which I attached with acetate so they pop out the box.  My Dad loves photography so it went perfectly.  I then added some more decoration with Tando Cameras and some of the BoBunny stickers under my flying cameras.  In the centre I coloured a large Tando camera with pro markers, covered it in glossy accents and then added some stickers to say Dad and made it stand up with a piece of folded card.  I also made my own filmstrip by colouring in a cotton reel black and using my sizzix film strip die (which fitted really well) - I backed the film strip with more acetate (I realised you have to staple it as glue and curling acetate don't work well!) and added some little punched hearts and the words 'love you' - I then tied it up with twine and nestled in my Ferror Roche.

For the outside I used my Martha Stewart Infinity punch and then edged the lid with some BoBunny stickers.  I created my own flower - using lots of loops for the bottom and then rolling and snipping some paper for the centre - much like this tutorial in fabric here.

Dad was very pleased and I expect the chocolate is already gone!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Studio Blog Hop

Welcome to the next step of the Studio Blog Lift Chain, you should you have come here from Hilde's blog and this is my lift of her layout.  It's really exciting as each of us has only seen the page of the person before us in the chain - so I am looking forward to seeing everyones creations.

I used some of the American Crafts Dear Lizzy papers for my page as one of them has a star chart which was perfect for this page as we met Charlie Walker (astronaut) at the Kennedy Space Centre last summer.  So this page was the perfect excuse to dig out all things starry and rockery - hence some Tando stars and an October Afternoon rocket.  The photos aren't great as we were inside but you got a chance to ask questions at the end of the talk - my eldest loved it (my youngest had a snooze :)) and so I said why don't you ask a question.  So 'cos I just love the space stuff we worked on a question, and then I got to hold up my hand as he still wasn't sure about asking...then just at that last moment he said, I'll do it, and the shot is of the microphone man waiting for him to ask the question and the title is our question.  Charlie said that there were many amazing things about space - the views of Earth being a massive highlight for him, but his favourite thing was being able to fly and feel a little like superman....which is pretty cool!

So the challenge for this fornight is to lift any of the layouts along the way, please link up your creations at the side bar of The Studio blog (link) for a chance to win a great prize from chipboard company Tando

Next on the hop is Anastasia 

and just incase you get lost or want to start from the beginning here is a list of all the links

The Studio -
Anna -
Chantelle -
Daphne -
Hilde -
Katherine -
Anastasia -
Petra -
The Studio -

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Enjoying the Sun

Whilst we were at the ATDML retreat we were able to choose our papers for this month...well with sooo much choice it was very hard - I went with some of the Studio Calico Snippets as well as some Maggie Holmes Crate Paper ephemera for this page (and there is a big sale going on over at ATDML so the papers are all reduced!).

  I had a go at making some oversized chevrons (inspired by the Studio Calico wood veneers) to focus the eye in on my photo - I only used the blues and greens from the rainbow coloured snippets paper as this went really well with the Maggie Holmes embellishments - I did pop in a bright pink 3 tho!  I love the ephemera packs as there are sooo many cameras in this one and you can't go wrong with a camera on a scrapbook page, but just loads of beautiful die cuts you can layer up too - I even added in a few pearly buttons. The alpha is by Prima and the inky drops are Patina Glimmer mist - I also stitched quite a few of the pieces, but unusually for me I did ink any of the edges and kept it all quite white.

The photo is of one of my son and his cousins sat on a bench in the sunshine on one of the warmer days earlier in the year, I added a glassine pocket and journaled about the day and the kids all hanging out together.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Layering Masks - What can you see?

Last weeks theme over at Tando was masks, so I dug out a couple for my page - Tangled Yarn and the Harlequin mask.  I started my page by using blue distress stains with the Harlequin mask, then I covered the central area of the page in gesso...then a layer of washi tape and then another layer using the Tangled Yarn mask, a palette knife and washi tape (I also printed with it using up some of the excess gesso on the mask).  The next layer was a doily and then I started with the patterned paper - I used the hexagons from MME Follow Your Heart papers and there are a few Echo Park journal cards and October Afternoon stickers as well as a couple of Tando chippies - the heart and camera.

The photo is from a restaurant in Everglade city and the kids enjoyed using their grandparents binoculars whilst we waited for the food - there is something irresistible about binoculars or a telescope - I seem to have lots of pictures of them looking off into the distance!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Couple of Clean and Simple cards

Here are a couple of bunting filled cards I made with the rest of my ATDML kit...really clean and simple - I also used the Simple Stories speech bubble stamp that I picked up at the retreat - it comes in a really nice set with cameras and arrows, all sorts, so I pegged it onto my washing line.

For the 2nd card I cut out a house from the Yes Please collection, then mounted it and added a small banner beneath - I also dug out some American Crafts stamps and tried some multi coloured chevron stamping which I want to try on a larger scale...I am really keen to try and use my stamps more on my projects and it's really easy with to try some more on my LOs!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Mission Space

Some more of our Florida shots and this is Spaceship Earth....a ride that looks unassuming in a large offers you two options - the more gentle and the more extreme....didn't look scary we went for the more extreme.  You get in the building and loaded into a little box which point you think - there are proper roller coaster over the head harnesses (small alarm bell rings), then there are sick bags in the holders in front (larger alarm bell ringing).  It was quite an incredible space flight simulation - you actually felt something like g-force (or it could have been for all I know) - I can see why someone might feel sick, but fortunately none of us were and it was a great ride.

The page is made up from Studio Calicos snippets and some Amy Tangerine Yes Please in there too.  I started with the shape that I wanted for my page, and then rollered my glitz chevron roller stamp on the background with white ink.  I then pleated and layered and distressed lots of my papers, I used my ek success book punch, and added a glassine envelope behind the photo with all the details about the ride.  The alpha are AC thickers and I found some wood veneer numbers in hobby craft, as well as adding an echo park brad.

There is lots more inspiration using these papers in the ATDML gallery over here.

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Science Museum

Here is my take on this fortnights challenge over at the Studio....which is stitching.  We've been on holiday and I completely forgot that my deadline was coming up (despite being messy I am normally on top of things so I was a bit aaahhhhh!).  It was quite good to have a little pressure as I went for the papers that I have been just stroking in my collection - they are one of my favourite ranges from last CHA - Crate Papers DIY shop....and I finally just dug into them.

I tried to match my colours (roughly) to those in the photo and went with the beautiful sunburst background, I stitched a circle, and then layered up a number piece from DIY Shop and some Chevrons from the Maggie Holmes collection by Crate.  I also did a little gutting as the other side of the sunburst has these fantastic speech bubbles, and I didn't get 2 pieces so I had to cut them out.  This months sponsor donating a lovely pack of chipboard is Tando creative who I am also on the team for so in there are some of their cogs aux natural and then some inked golden stars.  I added a few more bits of crates ephemera pack and then used a mixture of thickers and simple stories tiny type alphas for the title.  The photo is from the Science Museum in London where they have a fantastic hands on area called the Launchpad which the kids just loved and here is my youngest making an electrical circuit.

If you would like to join us over at the Studio this month and be in with a chance to win a great prize pack of chipboard then here is the link.  Also on that note I am up with another page on the Tando blog today so here is the link for that too.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

A little Yellow - In the Sunshine

Been on a little holiday and I thought I would have wifi and be able to surf and blog, but I couldn't!!  So it has been over a week with no is one I made for my post over at ATDML - it is based on the colour yellow and trying to keep my page fairly monochrome with it.

I started with an inky background - some misting and then water and then scrunched up plastic prints!  I layered up lots of different yellow crate paper pieces, from Toy Box to DIY Shop and Maggie Holmes, as well as Farmhouse chipboard and a few sequins from the poundshop.  I went with yellow as this is one of the first shots of the sun after our long winter...we've had a bit more lately which has been really nice too - so I wanted a nice warm sunny page.

I will be back with more and hope everyone has been enjoying the sunshine.


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