Monday, 24 July 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 165


This week's sketch is a nod to my love of layers and a reason to use those eyelets we all seem to have thousands of. I have to admit to still using them in scrapping and mini books despite them falling out of favour. So, here we have it, sketch number 165. 



I've also been doing a few other projects as well as working on a new layout, picking out photos seems to take me longer than anything else lately. 

Anyway, here's a quick project I finished this week. I'm a fan of the fancy sticky notes that The Works sell, but I don't use them when they're tucked away in the plastic pocket they come in. This is my solution. The plain wooden peg is from The Works and at £1 it's a fun crafty experiment piece.


Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

War For The Planet of The Apes - Brilliant sequel - Pick of the Week
Dunkirk - tense depiction of this famous War Time event
Suicide Squad - fun, but ultimately disappointing dark comic book adaption. 
Antman - entertaining superhero adventure starring Paul Rudd
A Few Good Men - brilliant court room drama starring the young Tom Cruise





Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 164

Another week and another sketch. This is one of my 'found' sketches previously published by Docrafts and shows my love of paper ribbon cuts. So, here we have it, sketch no. 164.


This week I've indulged in a spot of practical crafting. I'm always on the hunt for storage ideas, from the little stuff to the big stuff, it's an ongoing quest. This project takes care of those pesky pins. I'm constantly searching my craft tote for a spare pin for the clogged glue bottle or to start off a hole for a brad on a project.......yep, I still use them! So, I came up with a needle case to corral those needles, pins and the fancy stick pins that I've developed a bit of an obsession with. 


I've used a ribbon tie for this closure and I made a previous version with a magnet closure. I just fancied using the pretty ribbon this time around. 


This is so easy to make, but if you prefer to follow instructions you can find them here. The second storage project was this altered jar. This is perfect for my growing collection of twine, obviously there will be more jars, but for now this is the one and only.


I covered the lid using Trimcraft's Deco Mache Navy Floral paper and gloss adhesive/varnish, their version of Gloss Mod Podge. Once it was dry, I punched five holes in the jar lid and glued a medium sized peg to the lid, being careful not to cover the holes. Lastly, I popped in the twine, threaded the ends through the holes and clipped them in the peg......finally, clean and knot free twine. 


That's my latest projects, more to follow next week. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Spiderman Homecoming - my favourite of all the Spiderman movies, great fun - Pick of the Week
Assassins Creed - Fassbender stars in this confused and disappointing game inspired flick.
Collateral Beauty - Touching drama starring Will Smith 








Monday, 10 July 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 163

Another sketchy blast from the past, that I stumbled across in my recent file clear up. This is one of a series of sketches I created for Docrafts many moons ago, but didn't get around to posting here. So, it's about time I did and here we have it sketch no. 163.



This week I've been creating some projects with the new Dovecraft Baby Steps paper packs, that were included in my last design team package. I love the yellow and grey colour combo and have found it really easy to work with, it even inspired me to create a couple of cards.


I'm still a beginner when it comes to card making and I favour the simple designs, as shown here. 


Next I went for a shadow box, showcasing a picture of the gorgeous Larissa. I'll definitely be making more of these. I can't wait for the Christmas ranges as I'd love to do a festive version. 


For these final projects I wanted to show the paper line doesn't have to be used for baby creations. This Party in a Matchbox is a cute and quick gift idea and is great for me as I have a definite matchbox addiction. It also meant I could crack out the glitter and who doesn't love to splash that around.


And of course there had to be a mini book in the mix and this one really is mini at 7.5cm x 7.5cm. It still has loads of room for tags with it's little pocket pages, perfect for those passport sized pics. 


There's a total of four pocket pages and I used the hidden hinge binding system with a chipboard cover. 


The embellishments are all part of the same Baby Steps design line. The owls were cut from one of the papers in the pack. 


If you'd like to make your own version you can find my instructions here on The Craft Blog gallery. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Patriots Day - the true story of the Boston marathon bombing - Pick of the week
Aftermath - Arnold Schwarzeneggar acts (well) in this inspired by a true story drama 
Underworld - vampires vs werewolves entertaining supernatural action
The Space Between Us - teen Sci-fi romance












Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 162

The sun is shining and my crafty mojo has kicked up a gear with cards, minis and gift projects all waiting to be photographed. I found some of  my sketches that have yet to be posted and so here we have it, the first of the found Sketches, no. 162


Happy Scrapping.

Movies watched this week:

Passengers - Chris Pratt stars in this Sci-fi - Pick of the Week
Underworld: Blood Wars - confused and mediocre franchise sequel
ReZort - another mediocre zombie effort
The Autopsy of Jane Doe - interesting witch horror 
Gold - McConaughey doesn't make bad films...now.
Allied - Brad Pitt in wartime spy drama
Prevenge - low budget, fun horror comedy

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sketchy Sunday 161

What can I say, life got in the way and I missed posting a sketch last week, apologies to those of you who came looking. Things have now calmed down and so back to the routine and without further ado here we have sketch no.161.




Happy Scrapping.










Saturday, 17 June 2017

Paper and Pixels

I know it's been ages since I posted more than my weekly Sketchy Sunday post, sometimes it's just nicer to make stuff.  Anyway, I've actually been doing a little scrapping and in the interest of fairness I've gone for a traditional layout and a Project Life app one too. I still love both and each has it's place for me.

First up is the traditional paper layout. For this page I used papers from the First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad.  It's a lovely heavy quality set of papers with different textures and some shimmered, some glittered and some canvas effect designs. Although admittedly I received this in a Design Team kit it would definitely make my shopping basket.




I used a few of the Dovecraft mini dies to create the embellishment layers - the jigsaw is a fav. The Making Memories title piece is also from the Sweet Nothings paper pad, there's a sheet of tags and title or quote pieces that make up one of the pages. 

Next up is the Project Life app page. I kept this one really straight forward as I wanted to include so many photos. I used a journaling card from the Capture Life themed card set. 


If you have the app already you'll be interested to know the Celebrate Every Day Photo Overlays card pack is a new freebie, let me know if you spot others. 


Happy Scrapping






Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 160

This week's sketch is based on one of my favourite ways to showcase several photos on one layout - the photostrip. It's a great way to show action shots or tell a time lapse story like those birthday picks of blowing out candles and opening pressies. So, without further ado here we have it, sketch no. 160.


I've been using my Cameo this week to make a few projects. This little barn box, made with First Edition Sweet Nothings papers, is a file I purchased as part of a set from SVGcuts called Santa's Village. Although it's designed as a Christmas themed set, a change of papers is all that's needed to make it an everyday project. Be warned though, a visit to their website is going to make your wishlist that much longer!


I also finished off another card from the Dovecraft Neutral Goody Bag, which I've found really easy to work with. 


And for those of you after a bargain.....The Range have a number of old editions of Creativity magazine on sale for £1 with free gifts of mini die sets normally priced at £2.50, as well as paper packs. I picked up two, the first had a mini banner die set and wood effect paper pad and the second had an Easter set of five mini dies. Well worth a total of £2 and they had others to choose from.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

The Mummy - the Cruiser does Universal horror classic - Pick of the Week
Wonder Woman - entertaining, but far from perfect Superhero adventure
Lion - uplifting true story starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman
Nocturnal Animals - powerful artsy thriller
Jurassic World - Chris Pratt and dinosaurs - nuff said!
Creepshow - a creepy blast from the past