Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hanging Advent Calendar

I know it's early!  I know!  But... this is the first of three advent calendars I will make and share this year.  The second one (coming at the beginning of the November) will be given away as a RAK.  Now, in order to allow enough time for people to enter, and then enough time for posting to wherever in the world the recipient lives, I have to start sharing the calendars now!  So, here is the first of this years advent calendars...

I've gone all out ribbon on this one!  I've used the Santa's Grotto range from Crafty Ribbons, which has numbers and characters (and also lace, but I couldn't squeeze any on!)

Each glassine bag is stuffed with a few sequins and a tissue wrapped parcel, and has a numbered tile of ribbon pegged on to a length of hanging ribbon.

All of the hanging ribbons are attached to a coat hanger, but if you fancy making one yourself a piece of driftwood, a length of dowelling, a wreath... anything that you can hang 24 little gifts on will work!

For those with slightly chunkier gifts I have used a bigger peg, for very light gifts I have used mini pegs.

As the glassine bags are see through I have used four different colours and patterns of tissue paper to wrap the gifts in.  Some bags also have a doily added for extra decoration.

I enjoyed making this so much, as I said at the top of the post, I have made another one too...

But it has a slight twist, so stay tuned in November when I will share it and give it away to one lucky crafter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Falling Leaves

Hey there chaps!  Each time I get a new batch of sequins from SpiegelMom's I fall in love with one of the mixes a little bit more than the others.  My most favourite of the latest bunch is Falling Leaves.

For this layout I wanted to use a lot of Falling Leaves to give the effect of, you guessed it, falling leaves.  The name really is spot on!  I pulled out a sheet of vellum and some coordinating supplies from my like for ever kit.  I also cut this months exclusive SpiegelMom Scraps cut file.  I stacked two on top of each other to give me a panel as long as my page and cut it on vellum.

 I made my photo cluster and tucked in a doily coloured with the same range of colours.  You must know by know I love to colour my doilies to match my projects and they take every medium I throw at them without any complaints.

When I knew the size I was working with I added some subtle ink work on my background using the packaging technique.  When that was dry I stuck a few Falling Leaves sequins around my page.  I knew with a large shaker pocket in an album most of the sequins would fall straight to the bottom.  By glueing a few around the page I ensured no big blanks, and when you shake it a few of the loose sequins catch on the glued down sequins which is an extra bonus.

I clipped the vellum to the background and ran it through the sewing machine leaving a small gap for filling.  I added and shook, and added a few more, then sewed up the filling gap.

From there it was just a case of glueing all the elements together and adding a few stickers.  I definitely get the feel of fallen leaves in the large shaker pocket, do ou?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Remember The Basics

It is challenge day at Crafty Ribbons Challenges.  I have an art journal page for the theme of 'Use Ribbon or Lace'...

I can't really talk you through the page - it is all blues and greens, and all 'left overs'.  When I am doing something like dying doilies I put them on a journal page to catch the extra spray.  When I have a coloured paste that cannot go back in its original pot I smudge it onto a page.  After a while you end up with a part background.

I then grabbed some pens, washi, scraps and ribbon and just had fun.  I use this kind of creating as therapy in a way and the message I got out of creating this page was

Remember the basics
Let go of fear

I used Chantilly Lace - Mary and Organza Swiss Dots from Crafty Ribbons.  I'd love to see you join us on the challenge blog...

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A Double Pager

Stick It Down have a card sketch, a single page scrapbook sketch and a double page scrapbook sketch each month.  I have designed the sketches for the cards and some of the single page sketches but always shied away from double pages.  However the team is a member or two down and I've given it a whirl to make up the numbers.  Here is the sketch for October...

I am using supplies from my Counterfeit Kit...

And here is what I came up with.

I trimmed down two pockets so I could use the layout of the sketch as is.  I switched the stars to hearts and played fast and loose with the title placement!

H is for Herbert!  Everything painted has been done with Daniel Smith watercolours, everything else was pulled to match.

These hearts are the main feature for me.  A little bit of wisdom - cutting thick watercolour paper with a craft knife is not fun!  But I do like how it all turned out.  You can watch the process here (I edited out all the faffing with the craft knife and watercolour paper... nobody has time to sit through that!!)

So maybe double pagers are not so scary after all?  We'll see if I try another any time soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Pinky Up!

I've been attempting to tidy my desk...  It hasn't gone well.  I keep getting tired or distracted and it isn't really something I can have help with.  So I carry on at the rate of 20cm squared tidied per day!  I found some bits and bobs buried under other bobs and bits and they were crying out to be made into a layout...

A little snippet of a yellow doily, a frill of lime tissue attached to some gold scalloped washi tape that didn't make the cut on a previous layout, a piece of card that I had played with inks on... the photo I chose picked out the yellows and oranges and I was away!

As he noticed I was taking a photo of him he stuck his pinky up, the dafty!  It is impossible to get decent photos of him!  So there was my title - and I hand cut the letters out of the card I had tested my inks on.

The mixed media work is all Shimmerz stuff, that hadn't been put away when I had finished with it.  *tut tut*  At the last minute I thought it needed some black so I added some splatters and enamel hearts.

Thanks for stopping by, if you need me I'll be pretending to tidy my desk!

Saturday, 15 October 2016


Hey guys, I'm sharing a DT layout for SpiegelMom Scraps today.  We run a Facebook challenge each month and October is my turn to host.  I drew up a sketch, you can join the group and play along and we pick a winner at the end of the month - they get some sequins!

Here is the sketch;

I stayed quite true to the sketch.  The supplies are from Maggie Holmes' Gather which was in the latest like for kit, and SpiegleMom Scraps of course!

 Who can resist this face?!  Love him so much!

I've used sequins from Mint Chip and Believe In You.  I've used a couple of doilies too, one coloured up with ink sprays.

I love the effect of the strung sequins wrapped around the frame.  This is something I want to expand on in a future layout!

You can watch a process video too...

Thanks for joining me today!
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