Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Big congrats - I'll be contacting you v. soon to get your postal address. In case anyone wants the ins & outs of how I did the draw, this is it: The comments on the blog post come first, then any stragglers that wound up commenting on the wrong post; then the names of the referrers, once each for every time their names were mentioned. That gave me 68 entries & the number picked by the random number generator was 49 & that was Jules - easy really!
Check out the shop blog today - there's still time to make a comment & have a chance at winning more blog candy! Be quick, you only have until midnight GMT!!
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Monday, 27 August 2007
Anyway, this is it. I used The Personal Shopper April Kit (bohemian collection) & all I've added are the wooden Alpha stickers (I haven't used them for a while) & TLC monograms (Soooo glad I got them before we sold out!) Can you believe I've never inked chipboard before??? I've covered it with paper, painted, stamped, used as it & wrapped with fibres but never inked! And I love ink LOL. For these letters I used Fluid Colour Chalk Ink (in prussian blue, creamy brown & chestnut roan) & they matched the papers perfectly - so I guess I'll be inking chipboard more often LOL.
So this LO contains loads of bits from my stash that I can't usually use (insufficient quantities for a class, free stuff from magazines, stuff that we don't stock any more, stuff that brings a LO over budget) and in a totally organic style. So what I actually mean is I didn't think about it at all & just put on what I wanted as I thought of it & finished when it was done. I took the photos a couple of weeks ago - there's something really satisfying about the way my tables look when they are in use - tons of tools & stash out & a pile of completed projects. If only every day could be like that!
Quick note about the green floral papers: English Paper Company (again!) - you'll find them here (micro dots & perfect posies).
Sunday, 26 August 2007
SPRING; 1. To leap from a crouching position to running in one move. 2. A state of 'bounciness' reserved for the under fives.
The title was die cut & I've used a chipboard bracket, covered with papers from the same set. Brads from my stash - I've no idea what brand but they were a perfect match (lucky me!)
Much prefer today's HS:MS prompt - Show Off Sunday - or SOS. Pick a fave photo & say why (I'm paraphrasing here as I'm desperate to get to the shop & lock myself in for a full day's undisturbed crafting!). I took this photo in April. It's a normal moment of a normal day, taken by the roadside as we walked home from work. Fish loves to blow the seeds off dandelion clocks & I captured this natural shot when he was completely oblivious to the camera (he's a devil for the lens & adopts the most affected poses when he sees it! LOL). It's probably not the best shot in the world but I love it & have scrapped it several times already!
Saturday, 25 August 2007
Friday, 24 August 2007
Thursday, 23 August 2007
First, I am not a great photographer - in fact I'm better known for scrapping bad photos. This has never done me any harm, in fact a lot of my magazine work was due to the fact that I scrap 'normal' photos - the ones that we all have (including the accomplished photographers - they used to be 'average Joes' too y'know).
Second, I have no photo editing software to speak of & I'm well aware that the rest of the world overlay the word on their images. I don't 'do digi' & I'm happy not to. I'm a collage artist (OK - a posh way of saying I like sticking stuff on other stuff!)
But I do like the idea of having a daily prompt to make me think in pictures, not paper - so this is me, having a go. Ironically, I still ended up thinking paper LOL. 'White' in my space is a yummy pack of card blanks and envelopes - although I guess they won't be white for long.
So if my bad photography doesn't get me banned from this site forever maybe I'll have another go tomorrow - with another bad photo!
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
The notecard & rubber stamp are by A Muse & the greeting is computer journalled on to sticky vellum.
I did want to share this second card with you though. Sarah made this card for the same challenge & wasn't entirely happy with it. I posted a comment saying how much I liked it - so she sent it to me. How lovely of her is that? Sarah's card is now proudly displayed in my shop & the picture really doesn't do it justice. All the papers are machine stitched with red thread as is the ribbon. Absolutely gorgeous!
And we've just announced the new DT over on the shop blog. Check it out here!
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
You can get an extra chance in the draw for every person that comments and mentions your name - so tell your friends, put a post or link on your blogs and spread the word to increase your chances!
Sunday, 19 August 2007
The September swap has 'precious things' for its theme. This could have been the embellies, bling etc but I chose 'time', which is definitely precious to us all, I guess. The papers are from the HOTP Ivory Sarabooks papers - I haven't used these for a while, so it was nice to revisit them. The first ATC has a piece of embossed metal (from a HOTP Artsy Collage pack). I used Ten Second Studio tools to embellish it - not a great photo I'm afraid - but it says 'Time'. I've not done anything with dry embossing metal before but was quite pleased with this for a first attempt! The second ATC, I made clock hands from ribbon (HOTP, Earth Tones) finished with a brad in the knot & antique letter brads to spell 'time'. In the last one, I've used cork letters. I used Fluid Colour Chalk Ink, Chestnut Roan on all three - it gives a much softer finish than regular dye ink.
The August swap is closed now but we'd love some new members to join in for the September one. All you need to do is register on the forum & then post on the swap threads. Fabyon organises the swaps & he'll take care of you!!
Don't forget to click here and post a comment to win blog candy. Enter every day for more chances to win!! You'll find more blog candy up for grabs here too!
Saturday, 18 August 2007
As I'm feeling really generous, I'll give you an extra chance for every person who posts a comment & mentions your name - so spread the word & win the stash LOL.
Look out for a peek at what you could win on Monday!!
If you're in the mood for a challenge, check out design challenge #4 over on the shop blog. It's open to everyone, so if you're in a 'card phase' right now submit one - if not, what about a LO (any size), altered stuff, ATCs, inchies - whatever you fancy - just have fun with it!!
I found all this through scrapscene - so if you haven't visited there before, it's well worth a look. I save (or not, cuz I always end up bloghopping!) a few minutes a day by subscribing for e-mail updates - soooo much inspiration in my inbox every day! Check out the link in 'the best blogs' on the right of this page!
Thursday, 16 August 2007
I guess it's time I started scanning stuff - the photos always make it look like everything is wonky - but I promise I don't make wonky cards really LOL.
machines for around 4 years & this is the first time I've ever used it!! It wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be (it is sewing after all!) so I guess I'll use a bit more machine stitching in future!!
For the second card, I turned the sketch (just so as I could use the vertical greeting!) lots of inked edges on this one - I don't think I'll ever tire of using ink!
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
I'm sure after my recent orange bashing posts that everyone will be completely surprised to learn that I did have the perfect papers for this layout - everything came from my stash. The papers are Making Memories 'Maddie' collection, along with a plain pink for matting and lettering. The big orange flowers were cut out from the cellophane wrapping on some flowers that looby bought me last week (I'm gonna use photos of them for the Pencil Lines sketch - but I'm out of ink, so It'll have to be Saturday!). The buttons were in my stash - I think I have every conceivable colour LOL (the bottom flower actually has an orange button layered on a larger cerise one - but it hasn't photographed too well). The lettering is the fabby A Muse Artstamps clear alphabet 'Paisley Uppercase' - sooooo yummy!
The journaling along the edge of the page to the title reads: They sell fakes locally called 'Geckos' and in the US they have clogs. Mine came from Malaysia and they are definitely ... (clever huh? having the title as the last couple of words in the journaling???)
Getting closer to that 2,500th visitor - which means blog candy time. Try and pop in every day if you want to help me get there quicker!!
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
All I've added are a few charms & some rub ons from my stash & some travel bits left over from the July Personal Shopper kit. I hope you like it!
Monday, 13 August 2007
I'll have more stuff to share with you tomorrow so please pop back soon! And pop over to the shop blog while you are surfing - there's loads of challenges, comps & free stuff up for grabs this month.
I matted the photo & die cut the 'L' on red glimmer paper. The L Plate was made from a scrap of white card & cut with deckle edge scissors. The background paper is from 'Bookshelf' collection by American crafts. The edges of the mat were finished with eyelets and 3mm red satin ribbon. This was such a quick & easy card to make.
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
But that's not all! There's also 20% off birthday themed products in the webshop & 10% off all Personal Shopper Cardmaker's kits - you'll find them all in the new 'specials' section (& there's a few other offers there besides!!). You do need to be quick though - my birthday ends at midnight and so do these offers!!
Monday, 6 August 2007
- **CTYD Monthly Challenge**
- *Pen Pals* Weekly Journaling Challenge
- 52 Sketches ... 52 Weeks
- [Some] Assembly Required
- Arty Girlz
- Color Your World
- Daring Cardmakers
- Di Hickman
- Effer Dares
- Fab's BIG Christmas Challenge
- Got Sketch
- GPP Street Team
- Her Space: My Space
- Ismaki Sketch
- It's A Creative World: Art Journal
- Journaling Junkie
- One Little Word
- Pencil Lines
- Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog
- Scrapping The Music
- Sisterhood Of Scrap
- Sketch This! Cards
- Think Monday -Think ATC
- Wednesday Stamper
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- 4 Squirts & a Dollop Of Cream
- A Gift Of Memories
- Am I A Scrap Addict?
- Bibs and Pieces
- From The Ashes
- Little Observations Of Everyday Life
- Live, Love, Scrapbook
- Mom Of 2 Dancers
- My Creative Life
- My Journey Into The World Of Scrapbooking
- My Scrap Space
- Nes' Scrapin'
- Pam's Eclectic Stuff
- Scrap Gram
- Scrapbook and Paper
- ScrapGram's Scrap 'n Photos
- Scrappin' With Adrienne
- Scraps Of Life
- Stampin' When I Can
- The Pursuit Of Scrappyness
- The Scrappy Side Of Me
- This Creative Chaos
- Well This Is Me