Saturday, 27 February 2010

Quickie post

I went over to Paige's (Ladybird) this week and we made these lovely roses. We watched a youtube demo on someones take of the Tim Holtzs grunge paper roses and thought 'we could do that!'
We didn't have grunge paper but turned to our trusty Costco papers, we didn't have distress inks either so just used regular chalk inks. We did have some glimmer mist and plenty of stickles to play with. Most importantly we didn't have the Sizzex die we needed! So Paige did some magical computer copying and enlarging and presto we printed out the die!

We were well impressed with how the roses turned out!
I got home and made mine into a rose on a stem for my sister as it was her birthday and shes stuck in hospital at the moment. (She had already had her present which was crafting supplies at the retreat last weekend so I wasn't being stingy by just giving her a rose!)

I painted a wooden kebab skewer green with acrylic paint, stamped and inked some leafs and attached them to the stem and decorated a jam jar to put it in. I wanted a bottle but didn't have one, I know it looks a bit lost in a jam jar!
Me thinks I will be making lots of these little roses!
Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Back from the retreat

What a FAB weekend!! I am now back from the Wight Craft Circles second retreat at Totland Bay. It was so relaxing and loads of fun. We had 11 lovely ladies scrapping, laughing, chillin out and taking silly photos. I have some photos to post but all the group shots were taken on Paiges camera so when I get copies I will post them, she also has the photos of us actually scrapping!
Paige and the fish sculpture..'it was this big'

Alison & Paige

Stormy weather over Totland Bay

Anna, Nicole & Diane

Julia & Debs

Paige taking her excellent photos
I managed to do 6 LO's and one altered frame this weekend. Not as much as I thought I would get done but im pleased with all of them so I suppose it doesn't matter! I just enjoyed talking to everyone and seeing what they were doing!

This LO is of my daughter Shelby (bee for short)
I used Abbey rd PP and chipboard embellishments, Making Memories PP, thickers and adornit alphas. I have not done the journalling yet as Im not sure what to put.

This LO is about the Bloodstone Morris Dancers. They are a new group and I went to see them perform a couple of weeks ago. I loved their costumes, very goth with lots of black velvet and red ribbon! I have tried to capture the feel of their costumes in the PP, embossed alphas and ribbon. The PP is Kaisercraft Sakura range and the alphas are artsy.licious.

This is my daughter, Goddaughter and her sister on the beach in October half term. Their mum is my best friend so they have grown up together. PP is Pink Paislee cupid collection and lace c/s. I also used a stampin up edge punch (borrowed from the lovely Alison at the retreat who bought a huge box of punches with her!), thickers, October Afternoon stickers and American Craft stamps.

I have been meaning to scrap these photos for a while. The pic on left is me with my Nan at the silver jubilee in 1977 and the other is of my kids at the golden jubilee in 2002. Paige made the photo look aged for me so it matched the other one. PP is Rusty Pickle & Kaisercraft, MME journalling card, gems, and the title was cut on my Slice.

This is my son standing in the marches at the duver. PP is Lillybee, three birds, Jillibean soup cream of mushroom, MME journal card, Little yellow bicycle stamps, stampin up punches and crate paper alphas.

These photos are from the WCC first retreat. I have put two pics together here which is why my face doesn't quite look joined up!
PP is Sandylion and October afternoon. I bought the lovely glossy chipboard alphas at the last retreat and had not used them, I don't know what make they are though.

I altered this little frame for my husband. I didn't think he'd be that impressed with it (you know husbands and our scrapping stuff!) but he loved it! The PP is Hedi Grace and I cut the letters on Paiges cricut.
Paige has posted more photos of the retreat on the Wight Craft Circle blog (link at top of page) if you fancy a nosey before I can get copies on here. Also we have done a challenge on our WCC blog. We both really enjoyed Shimelle's scrap like you mean it last year. The prompts really encouraged us to do a LO a week, so we have come up with our own list. If you would like to play along go and have a look! Let us know you are playing so we can have a look at your LO's on your blog!
Thanks for looking x

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Only one more sleep!

I have been busy with work last week and this week is half term so not a lot of crafting going on at home! The Wight Craft circle had its monthly crop on Saturday though so I managed to get in a solid 7 1/2 hrs of scrapping.
I covered one of a set of 3 bare boxes from Papermania. I used a set of basic grey papers that I have had forever. As I have the whole set I knew I'd have enough to do the other two boxes to match.
I still need to add something to the front of the box though as it looks a bit plain.

For the top I used an October afternoon journalling card, pink c/s punched with an EK Succes notebook punch, ribbon, blooms and a butterfly. The fabric covered heart I got from a lovely little shop called My House that sells all sorts of homemade and decrotive homewares.
I don't know what I am going to use the box for, I'm thinking a reciepe box but I don't have that many reciepes to fill it!

I did this LO of my son and his first girlfriend. We met her for the first time a couple of weeks ago. We took them out for dinner as it was Caleb's birthday. They have been 'going out' for 5 months now and she seems to be a really lovely girl. Its not a great photo but I had to be a bit sneaky to get it! I knew I wanted a photo to scrap so took my little camera along. My daughter had a huge bowl of icecream so I whipped the camera out saying ' oh goodness look at the mess you are getting in, i have to take a photo.' Then when I'd taken 4 or 5 of her I turned the camera round and said casually 'lets get one of you two then' Click, click!! Of course they were sat right in front of a window but I couldn't pose them better for fear of scaring the girlfriend or God forbid, embarrasing my son!!
The LO is a scraplift from this months scrapbook trends magazine. I used Hedi Grace papers, a little ribbon and Paige's Cricut to cut the title.

LO of my daughter during all the snow. I used Core'dinations white wash card which I sanded down to the pink core. The journalling card is Teresa collins. I don't remember what the PP is. The snowflakes were cut on my slice and I added some snowman ribbon and a little Tesco chipboard angel.

And finally, here are all my craft bags packed and ready for the retreat tomorrow!( And this photo doesn't include my wheelie tote! Am I taking toooo much!) This is the second Wight Craft Circle retreat at Totland bay that we have organised and I am really looking forward to it. It will be lovely to catch up with everyone from the last retreat. We have two birthdays to celebrate while we are there so there will be plenty of cake!! Also the ladies that came last time and tried to ruin the whole weekend were not given the opportunity to book again for this one, so its just going to be the NICE girls!!!
It will be so nice to just relax and scrap for the whole weekend and forget about everything. Its been a really horrible start to the new year for me and my family with serious illnesses and hospitals etc so I really need this get away!
Just one more sleep...!
Thanks for looking