Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 172

I know I may have picked the wrong week for this sketch weather wise, but I couldn't resist this idea. I've already used this sketch to create an ATC of all things. So, here we have it, sketch no. 172.



And here's the ATC inspired by the sketch. It's one in a set of three, which seems to be my usual number to a set. 


I used a combination of papers from the Simply Creative paper pads Enchantment and Sugar Rush. It just shows sketches are so versatile and easily adapted to different sizes. 

In other news, I picked up a little flower punch in Hobbycraft this week and was delighted to find them on half price when I reached the till....I'm proud to say I restrained myself to the one even after finding out they were on sale, but I am planning a return trip. I also bit the bullet and finally replaced my ailing printer with a HP 3720, the smallest all-in-one you can buy. I'm really pleased with it so far as it printed perfectly on my textured cardstock, which always seems to be the major test for my printers in the past. 

That's it from me today, now I'm off to plan tonights viewing.

Movies watched this week:

A Dogs Purpose - a very sweet movie, perfect dog lover viewing
IT - creepy adaptation of a Stephen King classic
Dusk till Dawn - Tarantino's fab vampire flick
Annabelle - scary, haunted doll horror







Sunday, 10 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 171

As I'm still printerless, but definitely coming to a decision as to the replacement for my deceased HP, I'm still yet to finish an ongoing project that I mentioned previously. So, in an effort to actually complete something, I used this week's sketch as the basis for my latest layout which was made directly on the page of a Dovecraft Kiss and Makeup Scrapbook album. It's a simple sketch originally designed for an 8" x 8" layout, but obviously, as with any sketch, it can be resized either way to suit your needs. Anyway, enough blathering, here we have it, sketch no. 171.

Although this is a simple sketch I made it just a little more interesting by blending ink around all my papers and using different patterns for each section. The papers are from the 6" x 6" Simply Creative Floral Notes pack and I used Dovecraft inks in Cocoa Brown and Forest Green applied with a piece of kitchen towel. I was even brave enough to stamp directly on the page....I know!!!....my thinking was I can always slap another piece of paper over the top if it goes hideously wrong. 


I intend to use this album for an eclectic mix of layouts and ephemera, it makes for a fun project I can turn to when I just can't decide what to make next.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

The Hitman's Bodyguard - entertaining action starring Ryan Reynolds




Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 170

I've been working on a layout recently that I wanted to add some journaling to, unfortunately my printer had other ideas and decided to give up the ghost. Anyway, before I decide which of the myriad of options to go for on the printer market, I decided to finish the layout with less of a story and just stick to the basics, where, when and why? This sketch is based on that layout rather than the other way around, which is usually the case. So, here we have it, sketch no. 170.



In other crafty news, the ATC addiction is going strong and I've completed another set of three cards with the new Simply Creative Chalk to Me papers, which were in my latest Trimcraft Design Team kit. 


I used First Edition and Dovecraft dies for this one as well as the bargain alphabet stamps I picked up in The Range shown here. I dragged the card edges along a thin line of glitter glue to give a little sparkle to the edge. 



I think this card is my favourite from this set. I love the cascade of hearts and the glitter teacup is raised on foam pads to give a real 3D feel. 


For this last card I dragged the edge through some Deco Mache glue and sprinkled it with silver glitter for a sparkly border, just a heavier version of the technique on the first card. 

If you still haven't tried these little art panels, I recommend giving them a go. It's a great way to try new techniques or just use up those fav scraps.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:
Hidden Figures - uplifting true story of some of the best minds at NASA
Pacific Rim - fun Sci-Fi action
X-Men 2 - superhero sequel, always worth watching
Red Dog: The Early Years - prequel to the brilliant Red Dog, great for an animal lover

  


Monday, 28 August 2017

Sketchy Sunday on a Monday

It's been a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and I couldn't help taking a little time out over the past week and that meant I missed last week's sketch and this one has slid a little, but hey we have to grab the sun while we can. Apologies if you came looking for a little inspiration. Now I'm back on track and here's this week's sketch, no. 169.


I did manage to join in with the fun on The Craft Blog by participating in the August challenge. You had to design something with a tropical theme. I went for a flip mini album mounted on a Ikea Tolsby frame. I filled it with photos from my 2016 visit to Tropical Wings, a regular summer day out. 


I used the First Edition Floral Fusion paper pad for the album combined with plenty of die-cuts and a splash of bling. 





I think I'll join in with some more of these challenges, it's proved to be a fun project this time around. 

Happy scrapping

Movies watched this week.

The Dark Tower - Stephen King adaptation, a little flawed, but enjoyable.
Deathnote - Manga adaptation horror thriller. 







Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 168


I seem to be taking ages to finish my current layout, mainly because my printers gone bang and I need it to print my journaling. In the meantime I'm making minis and getting into my new addiction  of ATCs, not to mention drawing up sketches. Talking of which, this week's sketch is a triple image version, but you could always use one of those panels for journaling if that's where the mood takes you. So, here it is, sketch no. 168.




I can't resist the girly embellishments and of course there's bound to be some bling in there too.

Now, this is what I've been making while waiting for the new printer. As I mentioned I've been getting into ATCs and this week I used some of the supplies from my Trimcraft Design Team kit to make these little art panels.


I don't do a lot of stamping as I've always been disappointed in the crispness of the image, but I have to say these little Dovecraft stamps are lovely and even I can get a nice clean stamp. I'll have to start using a lot more stamping in my projects. I used the Blooming Lovely embossing folder to emboss the ATC before blending with a green and pink ink pad. Then I stamped on a piece of Simply Creative Sugar Rush paper and tore and edged the text panel in silver glitter. 


For the second one in the set I embossed the background using the Painted Blooms embossing folder for the ATC, inked and added another stamped panel edged in glitter. A few die cut butterflies with some Dovecraft Glitter Glue and it was done. 


For the final card in the set I used a black background before again embossing a piece of Sugar Rush paper, this time with the Couture Du Jour embossing folder. Die-cuts and a little stamping and the card was completed.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week...

Daybreakers - Ethan Hawk stars in this vampire horror - Pick of the Week
Power Rangers - watchable (just) nonsense
The Last Exorcism - doc style horror 
Rogue One - unmissable Star Wars prequel









Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.167

This week's sketch is another of my 'found' sketches and shows one of my favourite shapes, the parenthesis. I use these time and again in layering on both layouts, cards and more recently mini albums and ATCs. So, here we have it, sketch no. 167.


Make the layers with different patterns or textures and throw in some glitter layers to really make it pop. 

This week I got bit by the ATC bug and tried my hand at these little art panels. I'm sold on these and have already made a few more with a different paper line. For these three I used the Simply Creative Go Wild paper pad, mixing in some glitter die-cuts and of course my goto gems. 


The die set I used here is one of my favs Clocks by First Edition.


This little stamp set pictured is my latest bargain, a frugal £1.25 a set at The Range. There are six different font sets available and I'll definitely be hunting down the other five. 


The clock brad shown here was also a bargain, picked up at Poundland for a set of eight. I've used these loads, although usually not as brads just as decorative charms. 

If you haven't tried ATCs I'd recommend it, the little panels make quick, but very satisfying projects and a great way to use up your favourite paper scraps that have been languishing in the scraps file. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets - a beautiful looking, but heavily flawed movie
A Family Man - Gerard Butler stars in this drama about discovering life's priorities
I Am Dragon - Russian fairy tale, beautifully shot
Frailty - Bill Paxton stars and directs this creepy supernatural thriller - Pick of the Week 



Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 166

I'm in a multi-photo mood lately and this week's sketch is another that fits right in with that. Here we have it, sketchy no. 165.


Simple does it in this case for me, but obviously it's just a jumping off point, so go with it.

As for other projects this week, I have been altering jars for my brushes and while I was at it I made a co-ordinating mini card, just to keep my mojo going. 


I used the First Edition Deco Maché papers with gloss adhesive/varnish. This now sits on my desk and is inspiring me to cover some more of those jars that are breeding in my craft area. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Sinister - creepy horror flick
Sing - fun animated musical  - Pick of the Week
Security - Banderas does badass
Monster Trucks - weak kids Sci-Fi, but with great creature design
Why Him? - funny gross-out comedy starring Bryan Cranston