Friday, August 30

Kathy's Waffle Sketch - Blue Moon Beads

We've had a fabulous last week to the school holidays, we've hardly been home.  SMO took the week off work.  We tried to book into a B&B for a few days but there was nothing for a family of 5 in any of our chosen destinations, in the end we went out from home each day.  Monday on bikes, Tuesday to paddle at the local river with a picnic, Wednesday to Southampton on the train, Thursday to finish the back to school shopping and today to the swimming pool.  Exhausting, but great, family fun.

Whilst all this was going on I forgot that I had a scrapbook page in this month's Kathy's Waffle Sketch File.
I've used the DCWV Juniper Berry 6x6 stack and punched shapes out of all of the different foiled pages to build up the flowers.  The foiling is dark blue with purple tones.
The flowers have been sewn together using beads from Blue Moon Beads tubs in PB&J and Rum & Raisin.
With this photo I absolutely had to use the Specs Metal Charms from Blue Moon Beads too, there's even a heart shape pair just like she's wearing.  They're sewn onto a bit of DCWV Old World sticky ribbon that I've been hoarding.
For the finishing touches I've put a bit of hidden journaling on a tag behind the photo and I couldn't resist a few punched butterflies too.
I might have to find a 12x12 box frame for this one, I don't think it will lie flat for the album and it definitely needs yo be on display.
~ Kate ~

Saturday, August 24

Free Fairy Stamps Giveaway

*** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ***

Does anyone want some free fairy stamps that originally came as magazine gifts?
I have one set of 2 packs to give away as the start of a huge craft supplies purge, with many more giveaways to come.  I've received so many craft supplies from people over the years I'd like to send some gifts of my own.

This giveaway includes one pack containing 10 Christmas themed stamps and the other pack has a fairy for each of the seasons.

If you'd like them leave me a comment on this post and if there is more than one comment I will draw one at random on Friday 13th September and that way it will be a good day for somebody!

~ Kate ~

Friday, August 23

Stone Age - Blue Moon Beads

Blue Moon Beads have a range of beautiful semi-precious stones available from Jo-Ann's stores called 'Stone Age.'  The stones are polished and cool to the touch.  Each comes with the details of the stone and its associated properties.
I've made a double strand bracelet using Howlite beads.  Howlite is associated with new beginnings and promotes positive change and new discoveries.
The stones have been combined with Blue Moon Beads connectors and a dark star charm for contrast to complete the look.

~ Kate ~

Thursday, August 22

Experimenting

The new Archival ink colours by Wendy Vecchi have reached our fair shores and I couldn't stop myself investing in the whole set, especially as there are some offers around where you get the set for the equivalent price of one pad free.  Whilst I wait impatiently for them to arrive, I've been experimenting with the only Archival pad I have Viridian.
I've inked a Studio Calico star stencil onto whit card and then started chucking stuff over the top to see what happens.  There is a big difference between the top and bottom of the card.  At the bottom I used a Distress Stain.  It went on beautifully but soaked the card so much that all the other colours have run, so intensive drying with the heat tool needed if I use stains for this technique again.

Towards the top of the card the stars were less intense, but still visible through the Distress Ink, water splatters, Chalkboard Mist and Dylusions sprays that have gone on over the top.  Just need to wait for those new pads to arrive now!!!

~ Kate ~

Tuesday, August 20

Glitter Girl Adventure #83 - Again!

I'm back with the second part of my attempts with highly patterned paper following Glitter Girl's advice in adventure #83.  This time I thought it would be a good idea to replace the patterned paper blocks in the centre of the template with a wash of paint.  The bold pattern was toned down with gesso but still allowed to show through.
The making of the page turned into a story in itself.  I originally chose the Globe Trotter paper from Amy Tangerine because the puppets have a look of the far east about them and so it was a good way to use travel papers, I don't travel much.  I realised I hadn't kept much information about the display and went to research it on the internet.  My discoveries were that the beautiful golden elephant theatre was a fixture in the Victoria and Albert museum not connected with the puppets, which were in fact a display commemorating 50 years of the Little Angel Theatre in London and probably didn't originate in the far east at all.
All the extra information was used to enhance my journalling on the page.  The additional papers used are Lunch Break and Lounge Fest from the same Ready Set Go collection.  I used a green card from the cut apart sheet, True Story, as part of my background papers by cutting it in half and placing it behind the photos to look like one continuous piece - a great idea for incorporating 3x4 cards into layouts.
Glitter Girl (or perhaps it was Shimelle, I can't remember) has been using tone on tone letters on her layouts lately and I tried out the idea with the LDN letters.

I'm really happy with how this page turned out and I think I prefer it to yesterday's, but that might be because I got much more involved with looking into the background information.

~ Kate ~    

Monday, August 19

Glitter Girl Adventure #83

Glitter Girl's latest Adventure (#83) is all about using highly patterned paper and combining it with other patterns and colours on layouts.  I thought it looked interesting and the placement of the photos and paper blocks made a really nice template that could be used again and again, so I was up for a try.
I'm not sure if I've cheated a little by using patterned papers from the same collection, but it seemed the obvious place to look for colour matches to my original choice of multi coloured highly patterned paper ( the colourful hexagons.)   All of the patterned papers are from the Dewey Decimal collection by Lawn Fawn.  I've picked out 2 co-ordinating plain cardstocks from my supplies in pale blue and dark red.  For the photo mat I've gutted the hexagon paper and then used the reverse side to make a panel.  It also meant I had a spare strip to make one of the banners from it on the left.
Most of the embellishments and letters came from the sticker sheet in the Dewey Decimal collection pack.  The little apples were just perfect as she's being fed stewed apple.  I have added a few other supplies.  The scalloped border sticker is from Crate Paper's Pretty Party, the little stickers around the journal block are from Lily Bee Destinations and the little blue words are Authentique Diction stickers.
I think in the end everything was just too clean lined for my style so I stamped some arrows and splattered on a bit of blue mist.  The bottom right corner feels a bit blank, but as these photos were taken before scrapbooking entered my life I don't have date details for them and will need to do a bit of investigating to find the information to fill in there later.

Back tomorrow with a second and very different take on this patterned paper idea from Glitter Girl.  

~ Kate ~
 

Sunday, August 18

Bold and Fun - Blue Moon Beads

Thankfully, I've been feeling better and have managed to sit in bed whilst the children were having an afternoon nap and indulged myself in some scrapbooking and making jewellery.
For this piece I've combined Blue Moon Beads metal connectors with a strand of fabric beads in a leopard print design.
I've kept it fun and chunky and at a shorter length.
~ Kate ~

Saturday, August 17

Does anyone watch Miranda?

I just had to book cinema tickets for the end of the month remotely as the sickness is spreading through the family and I can't get down to the cinema.

The online booking wouldn't work at all as the pages wouldn't load so I was forced to use the phone!

It was like a scene from the comedy show.  To add insult it was One Direction in 3D and the woman kept repeating 'One direction' like it was the greatest thing she had ever had to say and irrespective of anything I was trying to tell her.

She couldn't understand me saying 'book tickets' despite having told me that was one of the options and once I got the giggles it was all over.  Eventually she offered me the use of the keypad and I got to the end. The booking number then came out at an odd speed slowly and then once there were several numbers the same she sped up and I went into hysterics again.

It certainly brightened my evening, but when you've spent the last 24 hours mopping up sick it doesn't take much!  Who knows what film the Dinky Diva and friends will be going to watch, they probably have separate seats all over the cinema!!!

~ Kate ~

Thursday, August 15

Bugs!!

I have caught the lurgy from Branston Pickle, normal service will be resumed in a couple of days.

~ Kate ~

Wednesday, August 14

WOYWW and Create Daily

It's been a while since I WOYWWed, mainly as I really didn't have anything to share.  Reading Create Daily on Ronda's blog reminded me to do just that, take 10 minutes out and create something, start a project, pull out some supplies, or in this case doodle.
I experimented with some ink splattering, but I didn't get the coverage I was looking for.  That's OK though, that's what my art journal is for, experimenting.

Also on my workdesk is the remains of the Melissa Frances pack I used for a wedding album together with a new magnolia stamp.  I hope these will magically combine to make a sweet card.
Finally I have this waiting for me.
My latest supplies from Blue Moon Beads arrived just before I went on holiday.  I've sketched out a few pieces and I'm ready to get creating.

~ Kate ~   

Tuesday, August 13

Creative Craft Photo

It's the 13th of the month and time for another Creative Craft Photo prompt from Katharina and Sonja.  This month's prompt is 'If I don't craft...'

Before craft, blogging, babies and DIY there was always photography.
Inspired at the age of 11 by my sister's boyfriend (my future brother-in-law), I took a camera on a school trip and was hooked.  I love taking photos of my family, nature and wildlife; my best shots coming when I get in close and capture the subject tight in the frame.
The majority of my time is spent looking after my family.  It's my job, my vocation and my pleasure.  In particular this little might is poorly at the moment.
He was sick all last night, but he's a trooper and has been cheerful and sweet throughout.

I already mentioned before I went on holiday that I like to read.  I'm still working my way through these titles.
I'm enjoying 'Death Comes to Pemberley.'  It will be very interesting to see how it is adapted for television as it isn't particularly fast paced and pulls in a lot of details from the original Pride and Prejudice as characters reminisce.  We might be treated to some of the original scenes shot with the new actors.

How do I find time for reading?  Carry a book around with you to read while you're waiting, we spend so much of our lives queuing and waiting.  I love a good soak and a read in the bath and a couple of pages before bedtime is always a great wind down.  If you have school age children who are too old for picture books at bedtime, pick a great children's book and read to them a bit each evening.  Then you get to read it too!!  We're currently working our way through all of the Harry Potter books and have reached 'The Order of the Phoenix.'

~ Kate ~

Monday, August 12

A wedding album in an evening

A wedding album in an evening???  Yep, that's right, well probably a couple of evenings as I didn't get a clear run at it, but using Project Life ideas an album in an evening is no problem.  Warning: lots of pictures!!

I took pictures at a friend's wedding last year, she's moved away now and I hardly see her, the photos were just languishing in the 'to scrap' file.  I find wedding photos are very 'of the moment' things and if you don't do something with them quite promptly, then the chances are you never will.  2 things prompted me to get these pictures out and into an album.  One was this mini album from Paperchase.
It holds 56 photos in either all portrait or all landscape format depending on how you fill it.  At £2.50 it was an impulse purchase with the vague idea of making a Project Life book, but when I looked through my printed photos I realised most of the wedding ones were portrait and I'd printed about 40 that were worth keeping.  A perfect fit.  (Note to self: buy more of these, that book can still happen.)

The 2nd thing to motivate me was a free pad of 6x6 Classic Elegance papers by Melissa Frances in issue 113 of Simply Cards and Papercraft.  The colour palette of teal with soft blue, pink and neutrals complemented the wedding colours and the floral and damask patterns were perfect too.
I cut the pages into 6x4 panels and then layered up the remaining 2x6 strips on top.  I also used Echo Park Springtime paper and some Pink Paislee and Neapolitan papers from the scraps bag.  This matched the patchwork effect that was already printed on some of the pages, like this one below.  (Glitter letters from Creative Imaginations, no ampersand though, a hash tag, but no ampersand!)
My Minds Eye Collectables has a sheet of  3x4 cards which went well with my pages so far.
I mounted them onto 6x4 pages as the album doesn't have any smaller pockets.
For co-ordination I've used a roll of music washi tape and old letter stickers from Girls Paperie Vintage Whimsy throughout the album.
On some of the pages I added my text directly onto the photo.
I made up my own 6x4 cards for other simple pages, above is one of my favourites with a Dear Lizzy sticker, Authentique word and punched butterflies.
To end the album I have a picture of the bride and groom driving away.  Not 'The End', but 'The Beginning'.

~ Kate ~

Wednesday, August 7

Kathy's Waffle August Sketch

The August sketch is up over at Kathy's Waffle Sketch File and the team are ready to play.
I've kicked off my first make this month with a Christmas card using Lawn Fawn stamps.
The little owl is coloured with Distress Markers, including the Festive Berries from the new colour range, and the background is inked with Distress Inks.
I've added some dots of Picket Fence Distress Stickles for a snowy effect without the glitz of glitter.

Challenges:
Christmas Card Challenge #36 - Sketch (optional)

~ Kate ~

Monday, August 5

Home again!

Back from a week in Cornwall at the Kernow International Jamboree.  Had an amazing, slightly damp week. Even managed a glimpse of these 2 guys as they flew in for a whistle stop tour.
Catch-up soon, there's still mounds of washing waiting on the floor.

~ Kate ~