Journal/notebook cover

I don’t have much to share with you this week as most of the things i’m working on at the moment are gifts so i can’t share them until they have been received!
So just a simple offering today. Although this is simple, i am really pleased with this. I love notebooks and journals (& pens but thats another matter!) so i have lots of them. This one in particular was a cheapy from asda. I decided to give it a new lease of life. I painted it with acrylic paint, dried it with a heat gun (i’m impatient) then simply stamped it with the stamps of my choice. Once that was dry i then spritzed with some ink spray.
Hope you like my little offering this week.
Xxx


heart flower tutorial

A couple of people have asked me how i made my flower from the heart stamp. So I am going to share the process with you =) This is my first tutorial so please be gentle with me, and if you feel you need more detail or pictures, please do just ask.

To start with you need to stamp out your hearts in the ink of your choice, for this tutorial i have used distress ink in seedless preserves from the autumn collection, and for the flower in the previous post i used festive berries, from the winter collection.
I fill the whole sheet of A4 and keep some for another day but if you don’t want to do that you need 11 hearts. Before i cut mine out i spritz them with a mica spritz (a bit of mica powder mixed with water, you can also add some ink if you wish) this is not a necessary step but i like to do it.

In 5 of the hearts you need to cut a slit up the middle, mine are abut 2cm up but you don’t need to be precise!

You then need to shape the ‘petals’ with a bone folder, pencil or whatever you have to hand. Where you have cut the slit cross one side over the other and secure, so you end up with a petal like this…

Do this with 5 of the hearts, then you can assemble your base layer, a wet glue is best as it gives you a bit of ‘moveability’ i’ve used my craft studio paper flower expert glue, as it doesn’t take long to ‘grab hold’

Your first layer should look something like this

Do the same for the next 3 petals, cutting a slither (very precise i know!!!) away from one side of the slit, this is just so you can pull the petal tighter together.

Place these 3 petals in the middle of your first layer, i find it easier to this before i glue it down just so i have an idea of where i want them placed.

For your next 2 petals you need to cut away roughly 1.5cm off the bottom of your hearts, and the cut your slit about halfway up. it is then the sam process as making the previous petals. however i found it easier to do the cross over first and then shape the petals while holding in place and then glue.

Again fix these into the centre of you flower.

To make the centre of the flower, you need to cut a spiral into your final heart, making sure you leave a small circular ‘base’

Roll it into the centre, then fix to the base you left in the middle (i used pinflair to do this), finally attach to the centre of you flower.

The finished flower

I hope you’ve managed to follow my tutorial, let me know how you get on. xx

Flower…

Just a quick post to test my new blogger app and to share the flower i’ve made with the free stamp on this months craft stamper. I’m sure most of you can figure out how to do this🙂 but if anyone wants to know how i did it just ask i’m happy to share😀
To be honest i think the centre could do with some work (i was trying to just use thr hearts!) if anyone has any ideas please do share.
Ttfn
Xx

pages from my december journal & a gift

Just a quick post today to share the latest pages from my december/christmas journal

I didn’t do much at all on the 7th so i’ve just been sticking christmassy things all over the page!

Also, i’ve finally put together my dads christmas gift!!

I’ve put together a diary for him, he loves music, so this paper was the perfect choice =) i’ve used the tim holtz winter distress inks to colour it. The letters were cut on my cricut

I use the same distress in on the inside cover and put glue onto the red covering from my sticky strip and placed it round the edges to create the effect you can see at the top of the page. My dad is always taking notes so after each month i’ve added 2 pages of note paper.

thats all for now, got to go and put a scrapbook kit together for my mother in law =)

xx

Christmas Journal

 I’ve seen a few people  who are journalling their december/christmas and you can join shimelles online class here http://www.shimelle.com/paper/1284/journal-your-christmas-2011-online-scrapbooking-class/ i would really liked to have joined but i can’t justify the cost this year =( will definitely be signing up for next years (it will be included in the xmas budget!!)

Still working on my opening page, i want it to be a bit of a christmassy collage

So i spent me afternoon putting my own journal together. Now i’m no expert book binder so all i did was stitch some of the polka doodles ultimate graphic card together with my cover which is stampin up card stock (sorry can’t think of the exact colour !). The image is a christmas freebie on tattered and inked which i printed and then inked with the new winter distress inks.

The numbers i’ve used for the pages can be found here they are actually in red but i printed them off in greyscale and then decorated them myself, you could still do this with them in the red as many of the designs are very ‘open’

I’ve made too many christmas cards, so i’ve used one here as a pocket

My journalling may still be not be great but it’s getting there and i’m trying to  just use what is around me, i don’t want this to be a project full of shiny brand new products (SHOCK HORROR!!) i want it to truly represent this holiday season =)

I’m going to try and post my new pages daily (or every other day at the very least). Hopefully this will keep me on track, as this lil project is supposed to help keep the christmas stress at bay!

xxx

got my crafty mojo back =D

I know my posts have been very sporadic lately, and i apologise to my lovely followers (albeit a small number!)  but to be honest i’ve just not been feeling very creative lately =( Its that time of year when the hubby spends the majority of his time at work, and it gets me a bit melancholy, you’d think i’d be used to this by now but hey ho!

thanks to sum surfing round blogland i’m back and feeling rather more positive and getting into the festive spirit =D

Before i share what i’ve been up to i want to share with you some of the blogs that have inspired me…
http://craftyloops.blogspot.com/ Lee, a fellow docrafter, always makes lovely, just a lil bit different things. Shes a fab flower maker but i love all the books and little embellishment items she makes(check out her stick pins)
http://tatteredandinked.blogspot.com/ great freebies and inspiration for all manner of crafty projects
http://dyan-reaveley.blogspot.com/  has inspired me to have a go at journalling: not art journalling i’m not that brave!
http://www.smashstoriesblog.com/ recently got myself a smash book, so its nice having a little nosey at what other people are using theirs for.
http://sweetly.weebly.com/ lots of amazing free printables

any way thats just a few of the bits and bobs i’ve been looking at (the bits are saved on my ipad!!)

sooooooooooo what have i been up to!? well as i said i have been inspired to start journalling. I like the idea of having a record of my daily life, as well as special occasions. I’ve started with a small moleskine cashier notebook, and put myself together a lil journalling kit

I’m starting myself off simply, and taking my inspiration from the smash book phenomenon. Everyday i write down what i am ‘currently’ doing under the following headings…
Listening
Eating
Drinking
Wearing
Feeling
weather
Wanting
Needing
Thinking
Enjoying
sometimes some things don’t really change much (like the weather at the mo!) but its really getting me thinking, and i’m sure my style will grow with time.

so you can see my decorated journal
everything all wrapped up

I think this post has gone on long enough now, i’ve got a couple more bits and pieces to share with you but think i’ll pop them on another post!!

TTFN!
XX

Finally made progress…

with my christmas crafting! sorry i’ve not blogged for a while, had a lot going on lately so unfortunately blogging (and crafting slightly) has taken a bit of a backseat =( but enough of that! I’ve been getting myself quite stressed about christmas this year but i am finally getting there and have made a couple of gifts, bought a few more and have some more projects ready to go =D I’ve even got lists now!! so feeling a bit more organised and a little less stressed!

The first thing i wanted to share with you is this little jewellery box i’ve decorated for my mum.

it really didn’t take me long at all, i was watching kirsties handmade britain and she was making a decoupage seagull and straight away i just got up grabbed some papers, pva, paint brush and a little wooden box i’d been hoarding for ages and got cutting and sticking!

Secondly i want to share my version of a smash book, i saw this scrap 365 magazine and, seeing as i have been coveting smash books for ages now (i have finally ordered myself one & i cannot wait!) i just could resist giving it a go.

This will be going to my sister for christmas, its a great way to use up your stash, and i had great fun picking out all the papers and playing with all the different bits and pieces to put this book together.

I cut pockets and tags from my cricut, inked up some postcards, and put in some stickers had i had around the house (mostly picked up in pound shops, wilkinson etc.) so she has a few bits to use with the book.

The kit on the front contains a small glue stick, a couple of pens, a date stamp, a small pair of scissors and i’m hoping to add a small masking tape or something similar, so she can scrap on the go. i really enjoyed putting this together and i know i’ll end up making loads but thats fine, i’ll give some as gifts and i’ll use the rest. They are perfect for me anyway.  I keep a lot of little bits and pieces, in fact i have a box full hidden away somewhere which would probably fill a few books in one go!

another birthday card!

Tomorrow is my middle sons 4th birthday tomorrow, and to say he’s excited is an understatement!! this is the card i have all ready to give him in the morning before he dashes it aside (after taking the badge off) to open his presents!!

i’ve used another LOTV image as the main image and the papers were actually ‘scraps’ from other projects! the card blank is from hunkydory and i got my distress inks out on it, as well as the lettering for is name ( cut on my cricut).

anyways better go wrap the presents now!

Bit of a late one tonight…

but I had to share! I’ve been really wanting to start scrap booking for a few months now, but i just didn’t know where to start. I have so many pictures on the computer its ridiculous,  i’ve been thinking i need to buy a whole co ordinating scrapbook set and i’m a bit scared of starting with a 12×12 page. But tonight i got all that out of my head!! I’ve found a 6×6 album i like and i decided to start with the newest arrival to our family and then from there i hope to move on to a 12×12 of all three of my boys.

So this is what i came up with…

Sorry about the quality of the pic, i’ll try and get a better one in the daylight

I drew a sketch based on a 12×12 page I saw (sorry can’t remember where right now!) and adapted it for my 6×6 page. i have to say, i’m really proud of myself for just getting on with it and i can’t wait to so some more pages (just got to get all my pics printed now!!)

Birthdays…

I have a fair number of family birthdays from september onwards (as well as other events such as my anniversary!) today we had a birthday party for my (now) 7 year old and soon to be 4 year old, so now that i am taking some time to relax after having a bunch of over excited kids running around i thought i’d share a coupe of the cards i’ve made so far.

The first is the card i made for my sons 7th birthday which was on monday

The image is a lilly of the valley stamp which i have coloured with spectrum noirs and copics. i cut the puzzle letters out on my new cricut (which i got for my anniversary at the end of sept) and inked them with real red stampin up ink. the badge is actually  from haven, my sons been collecting them so i keep a small stash of them as little treats and this one worked well with the colours for the card.

my mums birthday is two days after my sons so this is the card i made for her…

The stamp i have used is one from the kanban fashionista sets. I inked the base card with crumb cake stampin up ink and stamped with a birthdays wishes sentiment stamp, also from stampin up and the crown image is from the same kanban set as the dress. the card across the middle was embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder (elegant script i believe)

The zipper rose and the hat pins are from creative expressions, the other two flowers were cut on my cricut and inked in pumkin pie and early expresso stampin up inks. i used card candi for the centres which i also inked to match. the main colours used in this card came from the flowers as i made a whole batch of them while i was experimenting with my new toy! and i just loved this colour combo =)

and finally (i promise this is it!) the gift i made for my mum…

originally i was going to do a floral display (she really likes paper flowers) but during one of my evening colouring sessions (while hubby was watching some rubbish on TV!) i fell i love with this image (from Polka doodles – a double sprinkle of kraft cd rom) so i decided to work around it =)

The image was coloured using a mix of copics and spectrum noirs

I used more flowers cut from my cricut coloured using distress inks, copics, spectrum noirs and stampin up inks. the scrunched flower was cut using the peony spellbinders die.

This butterfly was also cut using the cricut, i cut all the layers in very vanilla cardstock and the inked the bottom two layers to create the effect and added some self  adhesive rhinestones for a bit of bling!

its my dads birthday on wednesday and my middle sons birthday on friday so i’ll be back to share those projects soon =)