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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Layout 7, Kia


This is the 7th layout for my 8"x8" mini album. I wanted a lovely cherry red page to mix in with the two beautiful greens & the woodgrain backgrounds I have used so far. Having just made 2 white pages in a row, I longed for some colour. This page features a photograph my sister took of her cat, Kia (whom I fondly call Kiki)
I wanted a layered look but didn't quite achieve the amount of layering in the way I had envisaged. Oh well better luck next time.
Below is a close up of the journal tag which is housed in a glassine envelope under the photo.
I had real fun creating my layered butterfly. One is die cut, the other stamped & cut out.


Materials used;
Bazzill Red Cardstock
Patterened Paper; Anna Griffin - Darcy/ October Afternoon Report card- Story Hour
Studio Calico Journal card (old one with 2009 on it so hidden in the layers)
Glassine Envelope - Internet
Tim Holtz die - Tag
Papermaina die cut frames
Memory Box Butterfly die
Butterfly Stamp - Innovative Stamp Creations (Friendship plate)
Papermaina Stamps - Around the World 2
Brad - Papermania
Title - Tim Holtz Die - Typeset.
Adirondack Inks; Raisin & Cranberry

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Another 8"x8" layout, I'm on a roll!!


This next layout is designed around the mini frame stamp I received in a Studio Calico Kit, Cotillon in 2009. I have to be totally honest and say it was one of my most favourite of all the kits that I had during my subscription period.
My sister does work for her local Cats Protection League, she took in 5 feral kittens, 4 which were Tabby brothers & sister, the other just found along with them.
It was her job to tame them and then re home them!!
These photos were taken on a mobile phone and not very good quality, so they were well
suited to being printed small.
Cardstock is Swiss Dot. Border punches Doily Daisy & bracket.
Title, TH Chipblock. Stamps from a cat set.
Butterflies, Craft Individuals.

I don't know if other people have noticed, but the last half dozen pictures I have uploaded to blogger have been appaling quality. Yet, I am not using any different software or doing anything any different. so annoying!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stampman Challenge - Anything Goes/Summer Colours


I only just got an item made for the last challenge on the Stampman blog,
now the next challenge is up!!
It was a commission and can't be shared!
So, the next one is Anything Goes/Summer Colours.
I got my inspiration for this layout (page 5 in my 8"x8" album) from the advertisement below! Isn't it just amazing!!!
As soon as I saw it, I just knew it was perfect!!


Materials used:
Bazzill Cardstock - Avalanche
Heart die cut from Glossy Cardstock
Alcohol inks - Stream/Plum/Meadow/Butterscotch (blown through straw)
Ric Rac - Purple/Lime/Orange
Basic Grey Opaline Pearls - Purple/Teal/Pink/Yellow
Stamps - Tim Holtz Fairytale Frenzy
Flowers - Prima
Butterfly Die - Memory Box
Title -  Summer - Quickutz - Moxie
Title - french style - rub ons - Doodlebug
Photos I took in Piegut-Pluviers and Brantome, France 2011
Advertisement Courtesy of LG & Metro Newspaper!!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Happy Birthday, Tracy!


This is the birthday card I made for my sister's birthday today. It features a photo I took of Alnmouth Beach. We spent a beautiful couple of hours together here in April 2011.
My sister is a huge fan of minimal so I knew this design would really suit her.
I was inspired by this fabulous scrap layout on Pinterest. It ws the use of the compass on this page that lead me to the idea of the beach theme.

I loved the card so much I decided to make my third layout for my 8"x8" album to match.


Materials used;
Patterned Paper - Spots - Scenic Route Garden Grove - Joy Street
Patterned Paper - Script - Not sure, think 7Gypsies (from my scrap box)
Stamp - Dream/Discover/Destiny - Stampers Anonymous
Ink - Salty Ocean & Weathered Wood Distress Ink
Photo - taken by myself & the image on the card has had text typed onto it prior to printing
Compass - Travel Stamp Set
Silver Eyelets & String
Holes punched & backed with blue paper
Title - Tim Holtz Typeset Alphabet.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Another Layout for my 8"x8" album


I had a bit of fun trying to take a photo of this page ! As you can see the net curtain won!!
This is actually layout number 4, but I can't show number 3 until my sister's birthday on 5th July as the layout is directly connected to her birthday card.

This album I am making is all about my favourite photographs. This particular photo was taken on 24th October 2009, when my sister lived at Shortflatt Farm (a farmhouse I will be using in a future layout & one you have seen before). The hens thought it was actually their house & it amused me to see them strutting around the kitchen watching what Tracy was doing.

To make my page, I took some pale green bazzill cardstock & I used a tree embossing folder to create the tree design on the left, rubbing over the design firmly with a punch. I used Jillibean Soup Vegetable Broth paper to support my picture. Once this was in place I stamped the cockerel & the two hens from my stamp set Poultry Pantry by T J Designs. I stamped a ticket from the same set onto scrap card & coloured with Frayed Burlap distress ink. The word Hen in the title is made from Tim Holtz Typeset alphas in kraft & over inked with Frayed Burlap. The word House was Making Memories Great Escape Bamboo Alphas. I stamped chicken wire & the Hen Party Post image directly onto the page. I also used a grass stamp from a See D's set. Finally I coloured the hens using copper & bronze pearl powders which gave them a smudgy, oil painted look. I didn't add journalling I felt the photo & title said it all.