Friday, 28 January 2011

So tweet sweet was my number one thought when I spotted this little ceramic bird this week.
Number two was Julie would love this.

Number three was at 60p what are you waiting for just grab it!

Number four was that the colours looked very Laura Ashley like.

......and number five was that after a little wash and brush up he would look very handsome sat next to my photoframe.

I've yet to add a photo to my frame even after having it for ages but I think I really must make the effort now. I also picked up some odd fabric scraps and an old set of napkins which toned very well together. Sometimes I think things are just meant to be as at the weekend I bought some wire edged ribbon which is a perfect match I just need to work out if I can incorporate it into my project somehow.

I've already washed and prepared my fabric and cut out the first piece......can you tell what it is yet? All will be revealed soon.

Before I go I'd just like to point out that if you follow the link in my post above to Julie at notes on paper you will find that there is currently a free blog mini series running 'Tips for the Twitter-curious'. So if you'd like to find out more about Twitter or pick up some hints then that's the place for you.

Have a great weekend I'm off to Pickleberry Papercrafts tomorrow with some friends to their demo day all about cosmic shimmer paints and mists. I'm hoping to pick up some inspiration and some tips on how not to make a mess with mists.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

I love you more than cherry pie

Over at Simply Create there is currently a challenge based around this pretty inspiration board. The challenge? Make anything you like from fabric or paper using the colours and board as inspiration......The bonus? Well the best entry will win £100 of stash.  

......and so on a miserable wet and windy January morning I was inspired to make this.....

The 'I love you more than cherry pie' was handstamped onto the linen fabric with fabric ink and heat set. The inspiration really came from some hand felted balls I made for a Christmas project which I carefully dissected in half to make the cherries. On the inspiration board I loved the touches of soft pale blue so I thought I'd make a pretty label to finish.

As well as entering the challenge I think this heart is perfect as my January Monthly Make being hosted by Annie the Felt Fairy because as well as the felted cherries the leaves are also made of felt. (Can I just point out that you don't have to make something from felt to take part that is just my little homage to the Felt Fairy)

So if you would like to take part in either challenge the links are over in my sidebar. You never know you might get some inspiration too. Have fun.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A Birthday Giveaway


As you know yesterday marked the anniversary of my first year of blogging and as a thank you to all the lovely people who have visited over the past year and posted comments I'd like to give you the chance to win........

Papercrafting to me means scrapbooking of course but also stamping, card making, art journaling and altering so there is a little bit of everything included in my giveaway.

Hero Art 'Clings' Thank You stamp
K & Co 6x6 Classic K Bailey paper stack
Kimberly Hodges Clearly Yours Alphas
Tim Coffey Clearly Yours Alphas
K & Co Studio K Seasons rub ons
2No Craftwork Cards die cut frames
Craftwork Cards Card Candy
Card sentiments and giant gems
4No journaling cards
3No kraft East of India 'ruler' paper chains
2No wooden bird shapes
Daley Rowney mini stretched canvas
8" natural muslin doll

Be sure to enter you have until midnight Sunday 13th February and I'll spread a little love and announce the winner on Monday 14th February

Good Luck

Monday, 24 January 2011

Happy 1st Birthday

Yes today is my blog's 1st birthday. Since my first post  I've met some wonderful people on my blog travels and made some fantastic discoveries. Along the way I've been tempted into buying and inspired to take part in all kinds of challenges. I hope in the course of the next year I make yet more new discoveries.

I know one for sure as I've just signed up to Kim Klassen's free Photoshop Skinny Mini e-course which starts next month. I hope to learn something new........... or maybe that will be just learn.

To celebrate my first year of blogging I've returned to a bit of scrapbooking. Remember the Boden Stickers? Well I've created my first layout using one as the title of my page and as inspiration for my layout.
I also had the chance to use some of the Glitz papers that arrived this week that I'd been hankering after for ages. I blame both Sonja and Michelle for that little obession.

The journaling describes my first and last skiing trip.........

I have mixed feelings about my one and only skiing trip. I loved the experience of being at the top of the mountain it really did feel like being ON TOP OF THE WORLD my concern was how was I going to get down again on two skis.

I never felt convinced that skiing and me were a perfect match however many times my instructor told me I was doing fine.

It isn't an experience I'll be repeating but I'm glad I tried.

Papers used Glitz Hoopla Pipework
Bazill Cardstock
K & Co 'Thrilled' word sticker with 'NOT' added with tiny alphas
Spellbinders snowflake die

I've also enjoyed making some cards and an ATC this week after buying some really bargain stamps. I'm not sure I would have bought these stamps at their full price but at £1.50 I was tempted into trying them and have to say really enjoyed using them. They are called In The Groove by Inkadinkado. The background of the card is a lace distress stamp from Glitz which I LOVE thank you Michelle.

I will be having a birthday giveaway later in the week so I hope you'll join me - see you then.  

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Inspiration and A Monthly Make


Recently with thanks to Sian I found a blog called The Felt Fairy where Annie has set a challenge to make something - anything you like - every month. Well that seems achievable so I thought why not sign myself up. It seems I'm not the only one who thinks it's a good idea because as far as I tell lots of other people think it's a good idea too.

If you would like to join in and share your monthly makes just follow the link in my sidebar. Sign up ends at the end of January and if you do agree to take part in return Annie will send you a pattern to make a felt CK 'Stanley' all the details are here

I may have mentioned that scrapping seems to be non existent here at the moment as sewing seems to have taken over but I have a need to return to paper some time soon, at least long enough to actually create a layout. Where is the inspiration going to come from? Well it seems the Boden catalogue is the inspiration of choice (what with my Christmas tags) and when the Spring edition popped through my letterbox I spotted these straightaway.

They are little sticky labels which it is suggested you stick on a page when you see something 'that floats your boat'. They would also make perfect layout titles and when I read them I could already start to see layouts forming.

Pleased as Punch * Over The Moon * Tickled Pink
On Cloud Nine * In Seventh Heaven * Blissed Out
Walking on Air * OTOTW (on top of the world)

See? Perfect!

Watch out for a layout sometime soon - I hope..........

Friday, 14 January 2011

It's a Start

Hi I have a little announcement to make - toot! toot!

I have finally added something to my Etsy shop. I'll admit it's looking a little lonely right now but hopefully it will have some friends to keep it company soon.

A sewing gift.......

The decorative stuffed heart is made from some fabulous fabric I found printed with cotton reels and I stamped the twill 'love' labels.

.....and you may well recognise the decorative finishing touch.....yes it's that die with one of my papercrafted buttons.

Now I've got my head around shop policies and taking some half decent photos I'm feeling a little more positive about the whole thing. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Anyone for Tea?

Hi and belated Happy New Year to you. Whilst I've been a tad lazy on the blog posting front I have at least still been creative. With the Christmas crafting done and dusted I like to start the new year thinking of new ideas and this is one of them............
 ...............a teacup candle. I thought these teacups I found were the perfect shape and size to make into pretty candles. Pouring the wax was a little tricky and then I hit upon the idea of using my ever useful tattered floral die to make a decorative flower to sit on top for presentation. You can just see the wick poking through. A label tied to the handle provides the finishing touch.
Although January has seen the beginning of some new ideas I've also returned to some old favourites too. A fabric apple and yet more flowers die cut with the tattered floral die. Perhaps I should write a book - 101 things to do with a tattered floral die!

Happy crafting till next time when I promise not to mention the tattered floral die, well I'll try!