Monday, 23 November 2020

A Little Fragile

 Good morning and a very happy Monday. Wow, hasn't the weather changed, it's got much cooler on our morning walks over the last few days, but at least it means that I wear my gloves and scarf rather than make Neil carry them!

Today I'm over at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with a journal page.

I'm so happy that Dot has started to stock Dina Wakley stamps as she is one of my favourite designers. I love her paints, stencils, and stamps, the whole shebang! 

I started by making my background (as you do) on a page in my large Art By Marlene journal. There are no step by step photo's 'cos I just tend to go for it when I'm working with my Dina stash. I did try to keep a bit of white space - actually, this is loads for me!

This is what I used to make the background.

And this is my Dina stash. Lonely Girl, and the script are two of my very favourite stamps, and no, I don't clean the stencils lol.

And we are all done! This was such fun to make, and I hope you like it. Dot has got Dina's new stamps (mine are very old) here in the store together with lots of other goodies.

Take care, have a very happy day, and thanks so much for looking x

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Made To Stand Out

 Good morning and a very happy Wednesday. Today I'm over at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with my first project for this month.

A little while ago I got the Art By Marlene accordion journal and promptly put it away unopened, so now was the time to get it out again!

This is it opened out, it's sooooo long! Each section is about 6x4.

So it was out with my Oxides....

and oxide sprays.... (yep mostly unused 'till now lol)

and my Art By Marlene stencils (definitely very well used)

and this is what I ended up with.

It was far too big to tackle all in one go, so I decided to just work on the first two pages.

If I only get one stamp set out I always end up getting more, so I got a few out to start with (and only used 1 of course!!)

Lots of stamping and some cut-outs from the ABM collage papers. I've gone over the fold to connect the pages with my cartwheeling girl, but have as little as possible on the fold so it still folds and closes nicely.

There's a huge range of Art By Marlene goodies here in Dot's store, so pop on over to take a look.

Have a fab week, take care, and thanks so much for looking xx


Thursday, 5 November 2020

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

 Good morning and a very happy Thursday. Welcome back to lockdown! I'm back today over at the Country View Crafts Challenge Blog with my second Anything But A Card piece, and again I've made (started) a memory book in its own stand.

Again I've used lots and lots of Stamperia papers, this time the wonderful Alice in both 12x12 and 8x8. I've followed an online class from the lovely Clare Charvill and this has been one of my favourite projects 'cos it's a large album - about 9.5 inches by 7.5 (when it's opened up it's 3 times that size) and it will take lots of photos in real sizes 6x4 and 7x5.

This is the front, it has a staggered opening with 2 hinges, and it's held together by the slip over band.

And this is the back. Such a pretty paper and I've carried this on over around the sides too. The album takes 2 sets of 12x12 papers, so I've used this one for the stand too.

You can move the slider to one side or remove it completely to open the album.

This is the first page.

There are six pocket pages three on each hinge and each has a flap for more photos.

Each page takes quite a lot of paper and by the end I was using every scrap including the covers, so there are quite a few Frankenpages! The 12x12 and the 8x8 work beautifully together so there's lots of mixing and matching.

These photo matts are 6.5 x 4.5 so will take standard sized photos.

And these are 7.5x 5.5 so will take nice large photos. These are the front and back of the same piece of 12x12, but luckily I have 2 packs so I don't have to choose!

Each page is also a pocket so there are six inserts, also with pockets, and these are about 7x8.25. The 8x8 papers fit perfectly, so you can see how easy it was to run through the paper packs!

And this is where they go!

Even though all of my pages are in my album is nowhere near finished. I think while ever there is a scrap of paper left you could find somewhere to use it!

And there's all this! Stamperia Chipboard is the best! I want to take my time choosing just the right pieces for the pages.
Here are a couple of very bad video's showing the pages. I tried to take it in one but Blogger wouldn't let me and I have no idea how to change things!

OMG please excuse my painting top, this wasn't meant to be in shot, I'll have words with Spielberg (Neil) later 🤣🤣

I hope you like my album, I can't decide yet if I'm keeping it or if it's going to be a Christmas prezzie - I'm not sure that I could bare to give it away lol.

Please join in with our challenge - remember anything but a card, how simple is that! Take care and just keep hanging in there xx

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Anything But A Card For Country View Crafts

Good morning and a very happy Sunday. I hope you all had a great and spooky Halloween. Well although it sometimes feels that this year has lasted a decade so far, it also seems to be going really quickly and we are now into November! Of course, a new month means a new challenge at Country View Crafts, and this month it's Anything But A Card. Right at the start of lockdown (about 20 years ago), I started doing Clare Charvill's facebook classes to make memory books, and this is one that I've finally finished! 

I've used the beautiful Stamperia Imagine papers throughout. It was so hard to cut them up but I'm really happy how they look and at least I'll get to see them. There are a lot more photos
 now so grab a coffee and here we go!

It's quite a large album at 9 inches by 7, and the ribbon holds it all together.

I just love this image so she had to go on the front cover. I also bought lots of paper flowers but I'm not going to add them. They look lovely but add too much dimension and I think they would just get crushed so I added Glossy Accents in places instead.

I've chosen another of my favourite sheets for my back cover. The ribbon slides through the holder to make it easier to tie up.

This is the first page. I've taken all the tags etc out so that you can see the beautiful papers. I've not put any photo's in yet but there's room for lots.
There are flaps for more additions.

This is the back page showing the pocket for a booklet.
There are booklets to hold photos to fit in the front and back inside pockets.

and lots of tags, envelopes, and photo matts.
I made a video of the book with the booklets and tags in place, but new Blogger won't let me add it, so here's a few more photos instead.

So I re-made my video, it's very short, and sideways??? but hopefully it will work so fingers crossed.

It's going to be really hard choosing photographs to go inside but I'm determined to use it.
So please join in with us with  'Anything but a card' this month.
Take care and thanks so much for looking x

Friday, 23 October 2020

Love and Be Loved

 Good morning and a very happy Friday. Today I'm over at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with a card that I've made. 

One of the great things about the Ink Art Designs challenges is that they are always 'anything goes' as long as you use stamps from ranges that Dot sells. Sometimes though it's nice to have a bit of a prompt, so I checked out this month's Crafty Individuals challenge and it's A New Dawn. I see plenty of dawns now as we swim from 7.15, so at this time of year we see the sun come up from the swimming pool. The dawns are spectacular with the pinks and purples in the sky, so with this in mind, I made my background.

Starting with Distress Inks and Oxides on some mixed media paper I dipped and dried.

Then I added my rising sun....

and promptly toned it down a bit!

Then I added lots of background stamping and some stencilling.

My lovely hares are my focal point, just coloured with the distress ink that they are stamped in.

I wanted to stamp my sentiment but knew that it may not stamp too well with all the paint and texture in the background.

So I added an acetate wrap and stamped my sentiment on that.

All of the stamps are by Crafty Individuals and can be found here in the store.

Please join in with our challenge over at Ink Art Designs, just use stamps from the range that Dots sells and you'll be in with the chance to win the stamp of your choice.

Thanks so much for looking, take care, and have a very happy day x

Monday, 19 October 2020

Trick Or Treat

 Good morning and a very happy Monday, I hope you've had a great weekend. Today I'm sharing my second 'Halloween make a scene' piece for this month's Country View Crafts challenge. 

Once again it was time to dig out my Tim Holtz dies, and remember a snow globe isn't just for Christmas!

And out from under the bed in the spare room came these! It's mad isn't it, I couldn't wait to buy these a few (maybe 10!!) years ago, but then I never used them.

Embossing folders anyone? I'm ashamed to say that this one has never been out of the packet. I really should use them more often and will try to do so in the future.

So after much cutting, embossing, and a ridiculous amount of faffing we have this! Although not a great fan of Halloween this does make me smile when I see it.

I hope you like it, and that you also join in with our fun challenge. Don't forget, you must be true to our theme to be in with a chance to win a £20 certificate to spend in the shop.

Take care, happy haunting, and happy crafting x