Saturday, 29 August 2009
Its my turn again, and this time I have made a little mini book. I wanted to put together a little snap shot of my recent Take that concert. I have done 12 x 12 LOs but I wanted something that I could leave on show for people to have a nose through.
I used an ATD ACCORDIAN BOOK CREAM
The theme of the show was the circus, so I wanted papers that were bright and colourful to reflect the fun of the clowns (which the boys dressed up as). I used American craft papers, a range is available in store.
I used the word part of the scribble flower stamps and the scrolls from the wedding invite stamps.
I covered each part of the accordian book with the patterned papers and added my photos. I stamped words onto pieces of cardstock and added them to the pages as embellishments.
I also stamped onto a button and onto ribbon and added these to a tag, this tag can be used for journalling or more photos.
I hope you like my little book.
Here are a few more pics x x
Friday, 28 August 2009
Back to the stamps, as soon as i saw them, i knew they would be just soooo much fun! They are just totally cute, and the possiblilities of uses for them, you can use them for so many things, i could be here all day with list after list of uses for the buttons! So i had to use them for this months project, they are called Cute as a Button stamps from Sugar and Spice. I love the stitching on them too, such a brill set of stamps!
Till then, take care
Thursday, 27 August 2009
I just cut three lengths of paper from some leftovers I had in my stash, I keep these in 12 x 12 bags in colours so it's easy to find something when I need it. These I inked and tied a bow round each one to make the bows stepped. Then, using a glue pen and glamour dust I added a bit of sparkle to the flower centres on the paper.
I then took a prima flower and stamped it with another Sugar and Spice flower favourite. Whilst that was drying, I stamped the Happy Birthday on another scrap of white, adding the pink bling to the corner and attached it to the flower with a coordinating brad. It's really simple and quick to do but quite effective.
Monday, 24 August 2009
I don't know if anyone else is the same but I have a bit of tendency to scribble messages, notes, reminders on any bit of paper I can find close to hand, with the result that I have lots of scrappy little bits of paper on my desk, in my handbag, by the phone etc... and it goes without saying that I can never find the bit I am looking for when I want it! So in order to try resolve my paper chaos, I decided to make myself a little notebook that I can fit into my handbag and carry around with me and this is what I came up with:
I started by cutting two pieces of chipboard to size - my book is 5" x 6" but you could adapt to any size preferred. I chose my patterned papers to cover my book - I used MME - wild asparagus and green cardstock for the insides and cut the binding holes using a Bind It All machine.
I then stamped the circle scallop stamp from the 'In a word set' using black versafine ink. I wanted my stamp to have distressed look to match the papers, so after inking I stamped one image onto spare paper, then stamped the image again onto green cardstock to get a more faded look. I then covered the stamped image with glossy accents to make it shine. I then stamped the image again and cut out the inner circle and cut a 1" circle and 0.5" circle from co-ordinated patterned papers, sticking them on top and finishing off with a button. I layered this over a red paper flower.
I sprayed some white felt with honey dew glimmer mist and when dry drew and cut out the leaf and stalk shape stitching around them for added texture. I attached the flower to my cover then stamped the 'smile' word stamp from the 'scribble flowers' set using red staz on ink.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Now in Sugar and Spice we sell these fabby books in kit form. So yes you still have to make it with your own fair hands but we have taken some of the hard work away, like choosing the matching papers and supplying the instructions. These kits are £7.99 - cool huh?!
Love and Bugs
Saturday, 22 August 2009
I used three pieces of card stock; Dark brown, Royal Blue and White layering them on top of each other. The blue matched the lining of Jamie's top and gave way the whole colour scheme for the LO. The lime being the perfect contrast. Keeping the design to straight lines was again taken from the design of Jamie's jacket and the name of the stamp set used.
The two strips from the white card I cut off, were used to form ribbons for the borders of the pictures and stamped with the flowers and dots from the All Lined Up set. The Heart Pin flowers were perfect to sit above and below the smaller pictures without over powering their content. A little blue scribble flower with a lime green brad and a title using stamps from the Fat Funky Alphabet set, finished the page.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
I loved making this one, see these stamps aren't just for cards they make great phrases for your LOs! And of course I had to use alittle green and kraft! (which we also have restocked in the shop)... along with all the other *NEW* and fabby American goodies!! :D
Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
If you LOVE glitter papers then we've got the BEST for you. You really need to check out the new stock just arrived in the shop......We've got summer, halloween, christmas, princess' Baby, USA, Wedding, in fact the list just goes on.
My Little Shoebox has arrived in ALL it's GLORY bringing with it, 6 new lines each containing 3 NEW papers, 1 NEW Scallop paper, 1 NEW die cut sheet, sparkle alphas and the ever popular mini alphas
Bo Bunny swung in with some of the MOST gorgeous NEW paper lines with MATCHING Brads, Rub-ons, stickers and Clear Stamps, and as for the RIBBONS, well what can I say...ribbons Mmmm.
BEST CREATION has come out with some of the BEST glittered papers EVER. The designs are simply stunning and the plain glittered cardstock is the BEST I've EVER seen.
It is of the highest quality...AND the glitter does NOT come off!!!
SUGAR AND SPICE has THREE new CLEAR STAMP designs .... a great new fat & FUNKY alphabet, ALL lined UP and Cute as a BUTTON
Give us another day or so to get it all out and then pop on in to TOUCH, STROKE and STASH BUY.
See you soon xx
Monday, 17 August 2009
Just loved these photos of my son Jack and our dog Marley while we was walking on the costal path in Cornwall.
I felt the photos were brought to life by the paper, purchased from sugar and spice, as the photos themselves seemed very neutral due to the stone work on the mines.
Before I go on just check out these fab button stamps from sugar and spice, I only used one , but there are more designs in the pack with a lovely quote 'As Cute As a Button'.
I loved this layout for its simplicity of a few stamped buttons. Some layered felt, card flowers and a title brought the whole project together.
Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of the hols.
Bye for now and happy crafting x
Friday, 14 August 2009
What a day, My computer is playing up and I didnt think I was going to be able to post my new project.... but luck was on my side and I have managed to get it working woo hoo!!! So now I can share with you my new project before the computer goes wrong again.
Its a simple little card I made for one of my lovely staff. I wanted the stamped quote to take centre stage lol so I stamped onto card using the Quote Set and Staz on ink.
I then mounted this onto alcohol inked acetate. I cut a little butterfly from the acetate and glued this above the stamped quote and also used a little mirror flower to add a little bling, as us girls love a bit of bling!!
You could change the quote to suit the theme as the quote set has some really lovely stamps.
Hope you like
Louise x x
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
I then inked a chipboard corner swirl, and covered it in a thick layer of glossy accents to give it a real shine, adding it with more glossy accents to the frame and then topping off with a layered flower with a brad centre.
Just to add an element of bling I then added a tiny gem to the centre of each stamped flower. Once you realise that you can alter anything you want, the possibilities become endless, and with a few simple techniques you can alter almost anything to suit your preferences and tastes. It's very liberating!
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Now I'd be the first to admit I'm not the greatest seamstress in the world but this little case is really easy to make. If you fancy making one you will need a piece of felt measuring just over 2 inches wide and 10 inches long. Place your ipod on the felt and fold over the top to make the pocket and blanket stitch around the pocket edges.
I then chose a co-ordinating shade of felt to stamp my flower on - I found I got the best results if I rubbed the felt with an anti static bag before stamping. I used a clear perfect medium ink pad and heat embossed using dark blue embossing powder. I then stamped the small circle stamp on the felt using green stazon ink and cut it out. I used multi coloured cotton thread to stitch over the small circle and sewed some beads round the edge of the circle.
And hopefully this little case will help to keep my Mum's new ipod safe on it's travels :) and this idea could also be adapted to make a mobile phone case.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Make a cut 3" into the centre of the square.
Turn the paper over and fold diagonally, open the fold and turn the paper back over.
With the two whole unfolded squares to the top and the diagonal fold to the bottom, bring the right hand top square over and fold the bottom right hand square behind it and adhere with double sided tape.
Repeat so that all 4 6 x 6 pieces are folded the same. These four pages are then stuck together.
When you then adhere these to the cover, you line them up along the centre spine and bottom edge, leaving a 1/2" border around the top and outside edge. Thus when finished and the book is fully open, it will stand unaided.
I hope you like this little book. Have a go. This was designed around beautiful eye's, so a pretty book. But what about a Halloween book with flying bats on the creases. You could use the pixie glitters Sugar and Spice have on sale. Actually I think I'll have a go meself.
Monday, 3 August 2009
And the yellow was inpsired by Nina, while the butterfly was insired by Jayne! Thanks ladies :) I used the stamp set Made with love and laughter for this project.
I painted my stone in yellow and to get the lovely sheen I coated the top with alittle modge podge. It also will give it alittle more 'chip' protection. I then stamped the little solid circles on with stazon. Because the surface isn't flat, I find it easier to use my finger tip as the acrylic block. Your stamps will cling if they are extra clean (spruce them up in alittle fairy liquid and warm water) Using your finger means you can then mould the stamp around the stones surface.
I hand drew little stitches around the base. I used a large black felt flower, cut from the felt we sell in the shop and handstiched long stitches along the length of the petals. Using the open flower from the same set I stamped onto cream cardstock and cut out, curling the petal edges upwards with my nail. I finished the centre off with a weenie yellow felt flower and a large black gem (also available in the shop!).
Using the same flower stamp, I stamped this time onto acetate using stazon ink and cut out four petals to form the butterflies wings. I coloured the wings with a sakura stardust pen, just to give her a little shimmer! Her body was bent upwards and attached using a generous blob of glossy accents. I then used some of the self adhesive pearls to make her body and hand drew with a permanent pen her little antenas.
Make yourself a paperweight and then enjoy some summery, outdoor crafting!
Thanks for looking,
Sunday, 2 August 2009
We took a class with MLS at 7pm on the Tuesday night having been up since 4.30am.
Here you can see Amanda, Cortina and myself looking dead to the world BUT still managing to have fun...well we would wouldn't we, we were getting to play with paper!!!
CLICK HERE and scroll down to DAY 2 VIDEO AND UPDATE... I even get an interview...Ohhh watch out QVC!!!
Saturday, 1 August 2009
The stamps I have used for this project are fab to work with as each of the petals are seperate stamps, this enables you to build your flower to any design, the stamps are called PI Build a Flower.
I started by stamping one petal in a flower design direct onto the card, I then stamped with another petal design onto a seperate piece of coloured card and cut these out individually. I then attached these to the card inbetween the existing stamped petals.............I personally like dimension on my projects.
By adding a fabric flower and a button in the centre of the petals completed the flower perfectly-a lovely sentiment to finish the card. This one was taken from the same collection of stamps, PI Build a flower, matted and layered onto lilac card with a touch of glamour dust to complete.
Any of you watching a certain television sales program a couple of weeks ago would have seen these stamps being sold, unfortunately it seemed another designer was taking the credit for them........................so to put the record straight these stamps are designed by Marion Emberson
AS SEEN ON QVC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bye for now and happy crafting x