Sunday, 28 August 2011

It's Challenge Time!

We're coming up to the September monthly challenge hosted by Crafty Individuals HERE
This month, the theme gave me a perfect opportunity I thought, to create a door hanger for my step daughters newly decorated bedroom... see if you can guess the theme:

I've used the new stamp set by Crafty Individuals (CI-328), which is filled with wonderful little sewing images, as well as a rather lovely vintage receipt... can't have too many of those! I'm particularly pleased with the little button cards. Once I'd stamped them, I added six little buttons with cotton thread - sweet!
So go take a look over at the Crafty Individuals blog on the 1st of the month to find out what the theme is - you'll find lots more inspiration, why not give it a go! Hope you like. xxx

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

They Wash Up So Well!!

Connie's birthday gift this year was a make over and photo shoot with a friend.. (she chose her step sister Beth - phew!). So off we went this morning, armed with 5 changes of outfits for both, and more props than I could carry. Whilst they had the most amazing time, I spent most of the 4 hours in a cold sweat, waiting for the hard sell to begin... at £55 for 1 photo, I knew it was going to be hard! Here's one I took of them whilst we were waiting for the photo shoot pictures to be ready to view:
Aren't they both beautiful?! So in we went to the viewing room - nice music, pleasant staff... and the option to own all 160 photos for... wait for it... are you sitting down?? £800!!!! Well. Really. I mean. Come on. As if!!! We knew that Connie and Beth were allowed to choose 1 photo each as part of the package, no extra cost, so I blushed, pleaded poverty and said that I'd like 2 further photos, and that was it. She took it quite well!!! Watch this space for a particularly stunning layout when they arrive in 5 weeks time!!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Ta Da!!!

Well, I've had great fun today, playing with the photo that I showed you yesterday. The layout didn't come together as easily as I'd hoped, but I think that I'm pleased with the finished result:
The number borders are created with a Studio Calico stamp - with the '13' addition using Thickers.
I'm particularly pleased with the flower embellies - made from scallop die-cut patterned papers, some bakers twine and some brads (sadly, I can't take the credit for these - something I was inspired by in the magazine 'Creating Keepsakes'! I printed out the journaling onto kraft cardstock, and cut into strips, to cover a 'black space' in the photo. Then, a few additions from My Minds Eye (Happy Day sticker), October Afternoon (black typewriter keys), Crate Paper ('beautiful' sticker) and Basic Grey (small black sentiment) to finish the page. Hope you like! xxx

Saturday, 6 August 2011

All Carded Out...

It feels as though all I've done for the last few weeks is to make cards... Beth's Birthday, cards for my FIL to give to my MIL for her birthday and their anniversary... not to mention cards for our branch of the family to give to her! So here are the Woods/Smith contributions to Doreen's birthday greetings:
Slightly fancier than the cards that I made for Beth! I used the new 6x6 paper pads from My Minds Eye - Lost and Found 2... I'm in love with all four of the new collections - a great mix of sophisticated and fun designs.
Talking of Beth's birthday, take a look at this great photo:
Isn't it cheery?? So... watch this space... time for some scrapping! With such a happy photo, it should be a doddle!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

No sun today....

Firstly, apologies for the quality of this photo, isn't it always the way that when you want to take a decent shot, the sun decides not to play along?! Below are some cards that I've made for my step-daughter's 13th birthday tomorrow:
I've kept them fairly simple as that's the style that she likes. I lifted the idea for the twine squares from the latest Papercrafts magazine - it'll be great for her, as she also crafts, and she can recycle the twine!
I've had a busy busy weekend... took my son to see Lee Evans on Friday (HILARIOUS), and took my daughter to Bath spa on Sunday, with a hotel sleep-over. Well, I say sleep-over - the room was so blinkin' hot it was more of a toss and turn over for me... but she had a lovely time, and that's what counts! so watch this space for photographic evidence of both events!