Cherish The Little Things

Hi Everybody,

thanks for all your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Today I want to share something different with you: My second ever 12×12″ Scrapbook page. I’ve made some mini books before, but somehow still felt a bit daunted by the large expanse of Whisper White card … and that wasn’t even the difficult bit … deciding on the photo was one, and finding it was a completely different story. One thing I can say for sure now, my pictures are all backed up, doubled up and all … LOL

The sorting out can wait until another day!

I had this idea that I wanted to use one of our ‘Happy Times At The Caravan’ pictures. My fondest memories are of our days on Sander, when Boris was still with us … those barmy Summer days.

We had a great spot there overlooking the field by some hedgerows, sheltered from the wind which on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales, can at times be quite relentless. Thinking of Wales naturally makes me think of daffodils, Wales’s national flower. They are also standing for change and new beginnings, and with our caravan now sold, I felt this was a good starting point.

One thing that always made me tickle was when Boris tried to outsmart us. He always appeared out of nowhere as if he had been waiting for me to get up, so he could jump on my chair and go to sleep, which he frequently did of course … and here is the proof …

Cherish Scrapbook page

I quite like the ethereal look of the ink blended BG, it perfectly captures the the atmosphere of the Llyn peninsula which sticks out into the Irish Sea just south of Anglesey. Sea air always seems to be a bit translucent even when it’s heavy with rain and seeing a rainbow out at sea is just magic!

As you can see I have been using stamps only for this layout, Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments, Holiday Artsy, SENTIMENT BUILDERS Celebrate,VIGNETTE Celebrate Artsy, Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds all by STAMPlorations of course. My little venture into Scrapbooking doubles up as my Spotlight Project for STAMPlorations this week. You can find it here including a description on how I created the page plus a video tutorial on the basics of my layout and how it came about. I used ProMarkers to colour my daffodils, the inks (Daffodil Delight, Melon, Mambo, Pacific Point, Early Espresso), Markers (Early Espresso, More Mustard) and card (Early Espresso, Whisper White 12×12″) are from Stampin’Up!, black Memento and sequins from stash

I am entering my scrapbook page into the following challenges:

Crafty Girls Challenges #24 – Anything Goes

Delightful Challenges – Anything Goes

Back soon with more inspiration, until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

 

If you want to know how I made my scrapbook page simply click on the banner below …

Stamp Storage Book

Hello Everybody,

I finally managed to watch the 2nd part of the tutorial, which I recorded last Saturday and thought I made a bit of a mess of, to find out it wasn’t that bad after all. Phew!!! Saves editing it. 😀 It is uploading as we speak or more like as I’m typing.

Thought I’d give you some pictures of the finished book:

The front cover as seen on yesterday’s post …

Stamp Storage Book

 

… the inside of the front cover and one of the double storage pockets …

stamp storage II

 

… the inside of the back cover …

stamp storage III

… the back cover …

stamp storage IV

A full list of measurements and materials used plus the two video tutorials I made when creating my book can be found on my TinkerCards blog.

All but two stamps – ‘Keep Calm’ and ‘Handcrafted’ – are from STAMPlorations and can be found here:

Patchwork Frenzy Graphic Pentagons

Vignette Artful Flutters

Vignette Retro Mod Shapes

Vignette Eclectic Florals

Patchwork Frenzy Graphic Squares

Hope you feel inspired, back soon with my DT piece for the Addicted to Stamps ‘Holiday’ challenge, which will be something completely different to what you’ve just seen … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Little Book

Hi Everybody,

thought I’d give you a second helping today. Shame I was a few minutes too late, the House of Cards challenge had closed, never mind. There is always a next time.

Here is the book I was talking about earlier in the week:

This is what the front cover looks like, of course I haven’t used it yet, but got some plans for it …

Little Book I

… and the following are some pictures from the inside …

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Dianne very kindly left me her envelope punch board to try out, well I couldn’t put it down until the book was finished. I found the File Folder Album tutorial by Angelwings 14100 on YouTube. Not sure if I got the correct link, it is definitely the one of the introduction, the whole book is over about 4 videos (incl. introduction). She gets her measurements a bit mixed up, but it is still quite easy to follow.

You could use it as Scrapbook, Smash Book or whatever else you come up with.

Enjoy!!! Off to cook dinner now …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

… just in case you wonder, the papers were freebies from a magazine …

Olympic Torch, Criccieth and Portobello Road

Hello Everybody,

What a week it has been!!! After coming home from the caravan on Tuesday, I immediately got stuck into the mountains of washing that had accumulated or more like I got the washing machine to do it. As we all know rain was forecast for the rest of the week …. and rain it did!!! But that’s only half of the story, the rest of my time got more or less divided between working and preparing for a Mind-Body-Spirit Fair where I had a stall. I felt I needed to do some advertising. There I went, all excited and thought that I could get a bit of work done … you can guess what is coming now … or so I thought. It was very quiet and I ended up wondering if it hadn’t been better to stay at home and do some crafting.

Luckily I had already made this week’s entry for the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge. It got finished the previous night whilst watching tele, and it was a project I intended to do anyway, what better synchronicity does one want!!! Alas, an opportunity to catch up with projects in the planning.

I went for an all British theme. The mini scrapbook measures 7 x 7 cm or just under 3 x 3 inches and was cut from an A 4 sheet of sturdy paper, a larger size of the Union Jack, which I used to embellish the front cover. Both, front and back covers, are made from card which again was covered in a matching paper.

Here is what I used: Pictures from our visit to Criccieth on that lovely sunny weekend before the Jubilee; my latest eBay purchase Tim Holtz Typeset Alphabet Strip by Sizzix; Papermania’s Portobello Road papers a gift from my friend Sue; white card, red gingham ribbon, gems, small daisy punch, red fineliner pen from my stash (or local craft shop); ruby-red ink pad (retired), itty bitty shapes punch pack, natural ivory and riding hood red cardstock from Stampin’UP!

Until next time …

Happy Crafting!!!

🙂

… and now … may I introduce you to ‘London 2012’:

New Favourite Stamps

Hello Everybody,

just a quick post to join into the ‘Out of a Hat Creations’ Challenge which this week is ‘favourite stamps’. Well it a sort of was a difficult one for me as I like all my stamps. I go through phases when I prefer one to the other. So for this week I decided on a recent purchase of ‘Moggie’ stamps which I got from the LOTV eBay shop over the Jubilee weekend. Unfortunately work got quite busy, and I couldn’t finish the planned project, I will have to give it to you bite-sized. So here is the 1st page of what is going to be a little book:

This cute character came as a foursome and I felt that I wanted to tell a little story. Please look out for the next installments.

For this page I used some other favs like ‘Pocket silhouettes’ and ‘Hopeful Thoughts’ from Stampin’UP! and the Tree Trunk/Root stamp from Lavinia Stamps. The sentiment is from the ‘Loving Life Collection’ which came free a while ago with the ‘Simply Homemade’ magazine. What else did I use: crumb cake, bashful blue, certainly celery and old olive ink pads, crumb cake, real red and old olive card stock, Sizzix butterfly embosslit from Stampin’UP!; black StazOn ink pad, promarkers, red fine liner pen, gem, white card and Bouffle Paperstack from your local craft shop.

Happy Crafting!!!

🙂

Felin Uchaf and Challenges

Hello Again,

I have decided to join into the fun of entering challenges. I have recently been in touch with Florence who lives in Spain. She is part of a weekly challenge group called the ‘Hatters’. I thought it was interesting and a good way to stretch my imagination. This week is the first week for me to post an entry on the Hatter’s Blog http://outofahatcreations.blogspot.co.uk/.

Here is what I made:

I framed a picture of the fireplace in the large roundhouse of the Felin Uchaf Project. For the background I stenciled some half archways taking the inspiration from the picture itself. Some rough distressing around the edges to finish it off – symbolising the smoke of course.

As a first attempt at making a large scrapbook page – not bad at all. I am quite happy with it.

Let me know what you think, comments are very much appreciated. 🙂

Here is what I used – all from Stampin’UP!: inks – early espresso, crumb cake, close to cocoa, mahogany distress ink and early espresso Stamp’n’Write Marker; very vanilla card plus Medallion and Broadsheet Alphabet stamps.

Off to Wales in a bit. Have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting!!!

🙂