Thursday, 27 April 2017

A Fantastic Bar

As I type this blog post, it has been snowing in both Scotland and parts of Northern England-and it is almost May!  I share this with you as my next few layouts I will be sharing will be about the day at the beginning of April (remember it?) when the temperatures were in the twenties and we got out the sunscreen and sandals.

I spent one of these days with Hannah in Birmingham, and our final stop was at a bar called The Botanist.  I loved the interior -especially the light fittings- and the cocktails made the visit worth-while too!

I do sometimes struggle a little with multi-photo layouts, as I snapped so many, I did want to include them, so a grid style helped me out again.

 I used Paige Evans Take Me Away papers (left over from my boaf class last year).  I had been wondering how I was going to use he sofa, but it made a perfect mount for part of the title. I added some Anna Griffin flowers as I have so many, and the page was done.

Hope it warms up a little for the coming May bank holiday; I'm not holding my breath!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Block Printing

Back in March, Hannah and I took a day out at the NEC to the Hobbycraft show to take part in a number of workshops during the day.  Our final one was a blockprinting class, using hand carved blocks made from wood and paints onto cotton bags.

 I was not intending to take up a new craft, but once we had a go at this, both Hannah and I thought that we could make hand-printed Christmas presents using the blocks, so I bought a starter kit!

It is still sitting in storage in my kitchen, but I will have a go at these during the summer holidays.

The papers I used to make the layout are mostly from an old Basic Grey tropical print, I stamped and die cut the flamingo using a Richard Garay kit.

The title letters are a set of 'Thickers' I picked up from a pound shop for a bargain price!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Baby Cards

My cousin's daughter is about to have her first baby in Canada -a little girl- and Mum asked me to make her a card for the new arrival.

I used Sizzix dies to make these, along with Lawn Fawn stamps for the sentiments.
This card uses baby vest dies from the new Sizzix range of dies for this year.

I think this one might be my favourite, the dies are by Katie Skilton; the  unicorn set.  The sentiment and sun are from an older Sizzix die set.

Now, all Mum needs to do is choose whih one she likes best to send over the Atlantic.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Cutting the Cake

A friend of mine married just after the New year this year; it was a lovely way to start the miserable month of January.

Equally beautiful in winter and summer

The wedding was a fabulous affair, the whole event took over a Leicestershire Hotel, the restored Victorian Kilworth House, As Kevin and I are in our fifties, it is many years since we have been to a wedding, especially of someone the same age as us. It was wonderful to see that glow of happiness surrounding not only the bride and groom, but everyone at the wedding.  It was truly a beautiful wedding.

I inevitably took lots of photos, and these were taken in the orangery where the ceremony, meal, speeches and dancing all took place.

I used some very old stash to make this layout, mostly by Anna Griffin which seemed to be ideal for a wedding layout. I recently ordered some rose gold cardstock from the Tonic  Craft Perfect selection.  I love this way of buying card, you can pick from a wide range of colours in the size (A4 or 12x12) and finish you want.

I think I will be buying some 12x12 backing card too.  I cut the title using X cut script dies, and the gold roses were cut using a free Tonic die I was sent by Hochanda.

I am looking forward to making more wedding pages from the rest of my photos of this beautiful venue.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Easter Bunnies

Hannah didn't want chocolate eggs for Easter this year as she has been trying really hard to lose weight, so she asked for egg cups instead.  I found these very cute bunny cups in Debenhams and snapped a couple  of pictures before I wrapped them to give her.

 The background to this layout has been fully stamped in pastel colours using Altenew splatstyle stamps,  I'm really happy how it turned out. The papers are an old set I had in my scraps drawer from earlier Easter layouts, I'm glad to have found it and made made good use of them.

I used Katie Skilton's  unicorn dies for the rainbow, clouds and grass.  The title uses a bargain pack of Thickers I bouht from Home Bargains and a stamped script word cut out.

The embellishments are almost all cut from the papers, I also managed to find some old resin flowers and the washi tape is a spring style roll from Tiger.

I finished off the layout with Nuvo glaze drops.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

I used the method of over stamping onto pigment painted images to make my Easter cards this year.
Again, it's another very old set of stamps I picked up at a craft show.

The window can be cut so the shutters open and there a variety of scenes that can go behind this.

 I liked the little rabbits on the scene for spring, ideal for an Easter card.

So, have a lovely day, and don't eat too much chocolate!

Friday, 14 April 2017

French Dressing

When I visited the NEC back in March for the Hobbycraft and Stich and Sew exhibition, I found a french designer in a room along with a series of dresses inspired by clothes of the 17th and 18th centuries.   The designer (Olliver Henry) works from Paris and has made costumes for opera houses across Europe.

 He embroiders and adds beads and ribbons to the garments by hand, close up they were totally incredible...fully deserving of their scrapbook layout.

I added peacock feathers for added glamour, Sizzix die cuts and paper pieced from the papers.

I used Graphic 45 papers to make the layout, the title uses stickers from the paper pack onto a Basics banner by Do Crafts. The rest of the title was die cut using an Xcut script alphabet.
If yu want a closer look at Henry's work, do click on the video link above.