Thursday, 28 February 2008
Here's a recent gift for my friend Lucy.
I used a brown lunch paper sack and tied it up with sheer ribbon, tucking a silk flower in as I tied the ribbon.
Today is our anniversary and this is the package for Lucas.
I used some brown paper that cames in packaging material in a scrapbook kit, and stamped randomly over it, before folding it up and tying with ribbon. I made the tag by stamping on white cardstock and then matting with some patterned paper. All stamps are by Alpha Stamps and the patterned paper is 7 Gypsies
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Granted there is a flower like shape on there but Olivier loved it! The stamped I used on the tag was hand carved by Lucas, I thought that was a nice touch :)
Saturday, 23 February 2008
A layout for the Overlooked challenge
More cases for Moo cards
Trying out perfect binding ideas. Collage sheets and stamps are all by Alpha Stamps
A gardening apron. This one I started on Friday and finished today. The ticking, collage fabric and ribbons are from Alpha Stamps. I'll try to get a better photo of it outside tomorrow.
Mind you it wasn't easy, I was constantly drawn to the computer, like a magnet. But once the day was over and I did check in I realised it was all worth it since my fears of missing out were not realised! Everything was still there, waiting for me. I'm hoping that this will help me to be more focuded in the weeks ahead. And I am considering making it a weekly thing. One day, unplugged from it all, to focus, create and recharge.
Thursday, 21 February 2008
I'm leaving you with a canvas I did yesterday for the Ranger Yahoo group. It uses Perfect Pearls for the background and I did an emboss resist technique with the butterfly stamps (the stamps and the fabric butterfly are both from Alpha Stamps)
Wish me luck and I'll be back over the weekend!
Monday, 18 February 2008
This layout was done for the French blog ScrapNScrap and uses a sketch by Begga Huna
Along with the treat I made for Lucas I also made these cupcakes on Valentine's Day
This little felt clutch was made to hold my Moo calling cards.
And I did this series of mugs based on an idea by Ashley Wren
I'm really enjoying exploring all the different parts of my creativity this month!
Thursday, 14 February 2008
I've had the idea for it ever since I got the box back in January, so I was excited to finally get it done! I started out with bread sticks, chocolate and sprinkles.
I melted the chocolate, dipped the sticks in, and then rolled them in the sprinkles.
While waiting for them to dry I decorated the box.
I measured each side or section of the box and cut the paper to suit. Then I sanded the edges of the box. I inked the sanded edges as well as the edges of the patterned paper, then covered the box. Finally I added the ribbon and hanging detail.
Empty Secret Keeper Box and chipboard phrase by Urban Lily
Papers by Basic Grey
Ink by Stampin Up!
Grungeboard key by Tim Holtz
misc ribbon and charms
Happy Valentine's Day!!
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
This book is based on instructions from Creating Handmade Books by Alisa Golden
Two pieces of patterned paper 7&1/2"x 12" for cover (or you can use one piece of double sided patterned paper)
8 to 10 sheets of lined or graph notebook paper for inside pages 7"x 11.5"
String or twine
Stick the two pieces of patterned paper together, (blank sides together), and fold in half to form cover
Fold inside pages in half and nest together
Then nest pages inside of cover
Open out and use one or two clips to clip everything together to keep pages and cover properly lined up for the next step
With inside pages facing up, mark dots in the middle of the fold and 2" above and below middle
Use paper piercer to pierce holes as marked through pages and cover
Thread large needle with string and start the stitch from the outside, in center hole leaving a few inches of string hanging on the outside
On inside pass thread through top hole to outside
Then from outside through lower hole, skipping the middle hole
Then finally through the middle hole to the outside
Tie ends of string in a knot, tying around the long stitch on the outside
Now you can embellish the front and start filling the pages!
Monday, 11 February 2008
On Friday and Sunday I did manage to create a bit, playing with some journal ideas. The smaller one I made entirely using the PVA glue perfect binding method (maybe a topic for a future Tuesday To-Do?). The larger one was a ready made journal with a blank cover which I embellished with stamps and stickers.
I hope your weekend was more crafty than mine!
Thursday, 7 February 2008
My thing a day for the last few days. I actually managed two things yesterday. The notebook is going to be used to keep track on my projects this month. The instructions on how to make it will be next week's Tuesday To-Do. It's a single signature stitched book that you can make in less than half-hour.
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Metallic Mixers
* Red Pepper
Alcohol Ink Applicator
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
· Fired Brick
· Tattered Rose
Black archival ink
Clear Emboss It ink pad
Cut & Dry Foam
Red card form (or red cardstock measuring 8&12 x 5&1/2)
White and black cardstock
Medium or large love themed rubber stamp
Four small love themed image stamps
Felt heart accent
1. Alcohol Ink background
Cut a piece of glossy paper about 8&1/2 x 5&1/2 in size
Load up your alcohol ink applicator with the three inks and the mixatives
Using a dabbing motion apply to glossy paper, twisting the applicator as you go. Make sure to cover at least 2/3 of the paper
Ink up the medium/large stamp with black archival ink and stamp over background
Cut a piece measuring 4&1/8 x 5&3/8 and set aside
2. Cracked Tiles
Stamp four small images and use punch to punch out the squares
Press the embossing pad onto the squares, covering completely with the ink. Cover with clear UTEE and heat to melt; adding more UTEE until you have 3-4 layers. Set aside to cool
Once cool, bend the pieces back in forth in different directions forming cracks in the UTEE
Stamp sentiment on a scrap piece of inked up white cardstock with Fired Brick ink. Assemble card as shown above.