Saturday, 31 October 2009
This is what it looks like inside the present on the front of the card. We used Copic markers to colour the stamped images.
Françoise demonstrating the clever techniques she uses.
Here are more of Françoise's delightful card ideas. We just had to add to our stamp collection! Just need time to play now!
I set the Cricut up and was loading the Design Studio Software when my daughter announced she would like to look through my box of cards for two 18th birthday cards suitable for boys. I said I was unlikely to have what she needed made up. With my new toy maybe I could make something for her, knowing she had their joint party tonight. She then told me she was leaving in 30 minutes to go to a friends house where several of the girls we planning to spend the afternoon getting ready to go to the party later! So I set about making two very quick cards! We know from experience, that multiples appreciate receiving a card each on any special occasion.
This is what I came up with (sorry photo a little blurred, not much time, Catherine rushing to get them signed and into the envelopes!):
I used Scenic Route papers and 8x8" cards from Craftwork Cards, the numbers were cut using the 'DonJuan' alphabet cartridge and 7 3/4" numbers with shadows. I added 'Happy Birthday' peel offs for the greeting.
Given more time they could have been inked and their names etc. added, but I didn't do too badly. I couldn't have done them this quick without the Cricut. Thanks Jill and happy birthday to Dan and Nick.
Now I want to study the manual for the Design Studio and see what that can do.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Emily's new hair cut.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
As the nights are drawing in and Halloween approaches, the Priory hosted a show with a difference. An evening of metaphysical magic with Dr Todd Landman! A fascinating show in beautiful surroundings, we were treated to mulled Pimms on arrival and sat around in the drawing room on sofas warming up by the open fire. Later we were shown to our tables to watch the show, and enjoy our cheese board and drinks.
The show wasn't frightening, Dr Todd was an excellent entertainer. For more about him see http://www.metaphysical-magician.com/.
The photos are from the website as (I can't believe it but...) we forgot the camera!!
Sunday, 18 October 2009
This first page features my daughter Emily's goblin, Magpie. Please see earlier posts here and here. I used a sketch from Pencil Lines as my inspiration for the shape of this layout. There is a lot of distressing on this layout bu crumpling, sanding and inking. I used sizzlets and the Side Kick to create the letters. The frames and swirls are raised up with 3D foam pads and I enhanced all the little dots on the paisley swirls with white opal (from a previous kit) and mint green Perfect Pearls and Cinnamon Stickles all by Ranger Inks.
Garden raffia finished off the natural effect started with the cork and the colour scheme.
In my second layout I have used an old photograph of Alan's grandfather Ernest Frank Cooper, born 1875. The photo was twice the size so I had to scan it in two halves and stitch it together.
If you look closely it has been heavily enhanced with pen and ink at some stage. Ernest lived in Bedfordshire and was a farm labourer.
For the layout I used tho sizzlets again and cut the title and the photo corners. Played around flipping the double sided paper and used lots of the paper embellishments.
November's kit contains:
8x8" sheet of cork
My Mind's Eye - Oh La La
2 x For Him Papers (double sided)
1 x For Him accessories sheet
4 sheets Cor'dinations card stock -
2 x Vanilla Cream
1 x Forest
1 x February Gold
Please see the Scrapaholix site for details of the November crops.
Friday, 16 October 2009
Often if I decide to scrap lift, I will choose different papers, but these colours work so well with the photo of the triplets, and I just happened to have them both left in my Lemonade collection pack, so I decided to stick to the same papers and colours.
The photo I have used is the one I posted about a few weeks ago -
Seventeen Years Later, same adults, new set of triplets!
I used my QuicKutz dies for the all three hearts and the flower stems. The flowers are cut using two different size retro flower punches. My lettering was created with Basic Grey rubons and Making Memories felt alphabet stickers. I made use of scraps of lace and ribbon. There are a lot of crystals on this layout, I used the smallest pink and blue gems I could find in my sash. I bought the beautiful Flutter Vine embellishment by Prima from Cardinal Colours at the last crop.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
The first picture shows (L to R) card for new baby, birthday, Anniversary and another birthday card. I just love those pencils and brushes.
I used some old K and Co. papers and in some places the stickers are added to acetate and stuck to the card with 3D foam pads. The borders are pieced together from the sticker sheet outlines.
I have always admired the art work of Marjolein Bastine and when I used to do cross stitch made several of her kits up, they were produced by Lanarte and somewhere I have two UFO's (unfinished objects).