Monday, 17 February 2020

Layout "Podolianochka" (For the Love of Homemade Kits Feb Layout 2)

Hello Lovelies!

Here I am a few days late with my first layout and process video for February For the Love of Homemade Kits!

If you missed my kit share post you can find it here along with links to the printable etc, and you can read about Layout 1 which I made with the kit last week.  It also had a Ukrainian vibe to it.

I'm also using this layout as one of the "A is for Alphas" ABC Scrappy Challenge hosted by Christy from Christy's Beautiful Life.  Click on the links to her Facebook Group and Youtube Channel to learn more about it!

Before watching my process video, you may want to see a clip of the dance I'm ta;king about first.


FTLHK Layout 2 Process Video


This one was a challenge from the outset.  Firstly, the circular design on the paper is one that intimidates me, but I was keen to use it, since the flowers and circle are rather representative of the dance.

My initial thought was to pile more die cut and dimensional flowers from the die cut packs in my kit, but I couldn't get it to work.  At least the painty splatter looked OK.  Rather enthusiastically applied, but not too bad!


Some of the paint was quite lumpy, so the layers immediately in contact with the background needed to be adhered with Glue Dots.  I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the chipboard Thickers for the titles.  The surgery for THOSE didn't quite go to plan either!

I had trouble getting a Ukrainian letter "D" (the third letter in the name of the dance above) so I used an English lowercase "G" which looks a bit like a lowercase handwritten "D",  Not perfect. but definitely in the spirit of the ABC Scrappy challenge!

The journaling ended up being a bit more extensive than I first thought, so the circle ended up virtually full.


I'm not totally sold on the orange "dance like no-one is watching_ die cut, because the orange is slightly jarring, but this was a great time to use it so I'm going to be happy to live with it.

A few close ups of the right and bottom left embellishment clusters

Подоляночка (Podolianochka)

Love, and homemade kits!

Friday, 14 February 2020

Boy Mamas Unite - Collaboration with Sara Scraps

Hello Lovelies!

This is something Sara and I have been talking about since last year and here's the first project in this collab.  It's not going to be anything frequent or super regular...just when mood, time and mojo all co-operate! 

As I mentioned in the video, the inspo for this first layout came from the cut file in question and the laughs we has over it.  There's nothing boy related we haven't discussed and the things we've seen?  Nothing scares us!

We decided to use a cut file which we both found to be hysterical and this was the catalyst to this whole series!  We're just a little bit rude like that!  🙈🤷🤣

Here's the link to the cut file in the So Fontsy store if you're interested

Here's my video:

I was inspired by this layout by Glitter Girl and scraplifted it after remembering I was once working though Glitter Girl's videos.

I used a background I made in Sara's Mixed Media Background Vol 1 class and most of the paper I used was from Pink Fresh Studio.  The watercolour paper was Global Fluid Hot Press and it was smooth and flat enough (thanks to a run through the Minc just for good measure!

My Kokuyo dot runner was enough for most things, but Permanent Glue Dots took care of things like the fabric die cuts and things like that.

I have to say it took FOREVVVVEEERRRRR to get the embellishment clusters the way I wanted them.  Looks deceptively easy on the video.  I binned like an hour of footage of just the fiddling part! 😫

Here's the journaling if you want to read it!

Boy Mama Surrounded By Balls


Don't forget to check our Sara's video below:

Love, and boy mamas unite!

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Arty Divas DT Project 11 Feb

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 15 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is The Project Bin
Online Shop -

Much mirth and hilarity ensured when the stamp set from the sponsor arrived.  My instant favourite was the combination I used in my project today.  The first thing that came to mind was this meme which strikes a chord with me.

I remembered I had a (now discontinued) die set from Taylored Expressions which features this retro phone and I could picture it cute black to reflect the style of the phone (a Bakelite phone! 😍)

So the only proper choice for paper was something like October Afternoon or Cosmo Cricket which has that 1940s-50s vibe.  The floral doilies from the 8x8 Thrift Shop paper pad was the winning pattern! 

The great thing about polymer stamps is that longer sentiments or images can be bent slightly onto your block to give a curve where there isn't one like I did for the "one phone call" part of the sentiment and the "you are my" nestled in beautifully between the ascenders!

When it comes to putting together a pieced die cut image, Glue Dots save a whole lot of time and mess.   I put all the sizes to work holding the bits of phone together and the Micro Dots to attach the red sequins.

You Are My One Phone Call Card

Uncharacteristically simple for me, wouldn't you say? 😂

Lastly, I had the TallCraftyDude stamp some of the more wacky combinations!  And no we DO NOT celebrate birthdays, but it just made for funny phrases, especially using the dog as the butt of all the jokes.  Being a cat fam, it's always so! 🤷

The beast has been unleashed! 🙈

Love, and sassy stamping!

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Layout "All My Girls" (For the Love of Homemade Kits Feb Layout 1)

Hello Lovelies!

Here I am a few days late with my first layout and process video for February For the Love of Homemade Kits!

If you missed my kit share post you can find it here along with links to the printable etc

This one was based off a sketch challenge during January's Spending Freeze freeze (a biannual tradition) over at Sara Scraps' Rediscover your Stash Facebook Group.  Naturally in my non conformist style, I'm starting the challenges (that accompany the Spending Freeze) in February.  Natch!

One was a selection of 4 sketches chosen by Sara and this one seemed so perfectly suited to my photos!

Unfortunately more than one thing went a little bit wrong during the shooting of my video, so I will try to improve on all those things next time!  I'm as frustrated as you are and awfully sorry about the whole debacle!


Layout 1 FTLHK Process Video

I'm definitely going to have to go back over some words in my journaling in black.  I always make the mistake of going over the grey a second time and the grey is just a bit too light for my liking.  If I do the same to important words I'll make it look more purposeful.  No biggie. 🤷

So I said I'd make it look more purposeful, right?  Adding tiny labels to the most offending words and some others - either random or (as in this case) key words suddenly takes he attention away from the mistakes.  By drawing even more attention to them.  Go figure!!

The embellishment clusters seemed to take me so so long.  I just couldn't get them how I wanted them at first.  I think I got there in the end.

It's probably important to note that a regular adhesive probably wont have enough hold over an uneven or rough surface so you need something stronger.  My personal preference is Glue Dots.  I'm not on very good terms with liquid glue. 🙈


Of course after the camera is switched off I look at the page and add more.  Including a really badly stamped stamp under the date! 🤦 I fixed it as best I could with a pen, but whatever!

What I am happy with is how I pretty much stuck to the kit and how all the small details reflect my thoughts about the photos and story even if they don't mean anything to anyone else.

All My Girls

 Love and sketchy scrapbooking,

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

New Series - For The Love of Homemade Kits

This was a series stared a few years ago by Hannah Lemieux (I believe) and then went on a break.  By popular demand Hannah. Khristina Sorge  and a few others revived it in 2020, then a bunch of others (including yours truly) jumped on the bandwagon too.

Each month we present a kit based on a recipe (which is turned into a really beautifully presented printable thanks to Khristina,  You can find it here: February Printable

The kit shares go up on YouTube on the first of every month then each Monday we share a layout made from the kit.


From the outset I know I need to get 4-5 layouts from the kit, so that helps a lot with quantities.  It's not as crazy huge as my CKC kits, BUT it does have "extra" items besides those in the recipe.  What can you do? 🤷🤷🤷

You know what I'm like!

I have to confess that I didn't get around to photographing the kit before I realized I had to cut into it for the first layout of the month which is shared on Mondays.

It's now Tuesday and I only just remembered I had this blog post saved and forgot to share,  Yep it's going to be an interesting week!

Love and cute kit curating,

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Arty Divas DT Project 28 Jan

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 14 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is Vectoria Designs
Vectoria's Etsy Shop -

This challenge is a little bit different since our sponsor designs digital components for "junk journals.

I don't really do junk journaling or art journaling, but I DO love stationery and notebooks.  I always keep one in my bag or by my bed, so rather than use the individual elements to make a card, I decided ti try out the WRMK Book Binding Tool which I've had languishing in its packaging for over a year probably.

So a hand bound notebook it was to be.  I use them for writing down ideas, planning projects, drafting journaling for layouts or blog get the idea!

Firstly I opened each set of pages for the book and dialed down the colour to make the pages lighter to allow for writing.  After that I resized them to be exactly the same and to sit in exactly the same spot on the paper so when it went through the printer they would line up as close as possible.


I printed them on regular copy paper so piercing the holes for the binding wouldn't be too difficult.

I trimmed them down and cut a cover from some double sided patterned paper which co-ordinated with the colours, then proceeded to follow the instructions for the Saddle style binding which appeared to be the most straightforward.  I'm really pleased with how the binding turned out!

At this point I printed some of the embellishments for the cover.  Not totally thrilled with how it looks (and even less so with the washi), but I have a very pretty and useful notebook!

Hand Bound Notebook

Love and beautiful binding!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Arty Divas DT - 14 January

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 13 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is TandiArt
TandiArt's Etsy Shop -

Each of the Design Team members received a different printable element.  This is something I'm not really used to working with.  The first thing I thought of was to place the fairy riding her unicorn and the small kaleidoscope of butterflies would be perfect for some little girl friendly cards with general sentiments.  My sister always needs these on hand having 2 little girls of her own so this one (along with a few others will go to her.  I only managed to finish one for this assignment).

When images have pre-printed textural elements such a mixed media or stitches or staples, they always look more at home by adding more (or if you're of the LOL cat and/or Shimelle persuasion, that would be MOAR!)

Now MOAR I can do, although for me, these were not as MOAR as usual.

I was keen to road test some new hot pressed watercolour paper (and I love it!!) and started by adding an iridescent paste by Vicki Boutin through a star stencil.  After that was dry, I dribbled some Shimmerz paint because I didn't want it too opaque and I wanted more sparkle and shimmer!!

Once that was dry, I splattered gold mist then stamped my sentiment with Archival ink THEN added my cut out elements adhered with foam to pop them up.

Even though this heavy duty watercolour paper didn't warp a lot, I still used Permanent Glue Dots to adhere the card front to the base.

Just a few sparkly gems to finish and it has everything I could have wanted when I was 6!


 Be sure to see what the other girls have made and enter the challenge!

Love, and shimmery kisses!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Arty Divas DT 31 Dec - Working on my AECP

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 12 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week there is no sponsor so we had free reign!

My choice is Altenew and it requires a backstory.

I joined their certification program almost a year ago and I hoped to complete at least Level 1 during 2019.  Easy right?  But then January became June and then June became the business end of December so I had an internal freak out.

Each level consists of 10 classes and you submit a project based on each class.  Each class consists of 10 short lessons.  You don't have to do one for each lesson, but in order to dip my toes in, I'm going tp.  And to help me get into the groove of making something every day during 2020.  I wonder how long that will last?  😂😂😂

It's not a resolution, just trying to catch up with layouts and other projects.  I find it's much easier when i make stuff regularly,  I feel so rusty if I let time lapse between makes!  Silly I know.

Anyway I chose to start with the class called "All About Layering" and it's free to take in Altenew's Altenew Academy.  It's taught by Nicole Picadura.  I didn't have the exact stamps she used (which is fine) but I buy particular types of stamps and avoid certain types.

For the first card she used a set where the coloured part of the images is deliberately offset to look like watercolour.  I used a combination of Botanical Garden and Peony Bouquet sets and chose the layers that look most similar to a loose watercolour taking care to offset it.

The sentiment seemed to slot into a natural spot but getting a clean image with the Label Love set was touch. Mine at least seemed to be carved really shallow so to get clear words you need little ink, but then you get a blotchy background.

Tp get a lovely solid background, in flows into the recesses of the words and obscured them.  Yes I did season the stamp and all that stuff.  I'll keep playing with them and see if I can get them to stamp better.

The sequins (from Spiegelmom Scraps adhered with my beloved Glue Dots) were not in the most aesthetic location.  They are hiding a multitude of sins caused by getting ink on my fingers and transferring it unwittingly.

I used adhesive foam to attach the card from to the base.  It has adhesive on one side and typically I add Glue Dots to the other.  My usual Kokuyo adhesive is possibly not strong enough and I'd hate for a card to fall apart.

The second card needed stamps with an outline that had a kind of pattern almost filling in image,  More like the butterflies and a tiny bit like the flower.  Just a single layer of stamping and die cutting.  I have the dies, but fussy cut instead partly because I needed to remove the leaves from the flower which would have stamped pink,  I don;t always cut legs and antennae when I fussy cut insects, but I did this time!  I enjoy fussy cutting so 🤷🤷🤷

The other reason is because the Big Shot acts as a door stop to prevent a certain Fat Cat doing his best Jack Nicholson impression and tormenting his sister.

You gotta do what you gotta do, right? 🤷

So Back to my card for Lesson 2...(tangents are regular part of this bloggy Mama, I'm afraid!)...Most of the cut images are on foam with some elements stamps directly on the card.  Mt method for doing this differed from Nicole's.  I positioned my elements and very lightly traced around them then stamped first.  It's pretty forgiving so I can fiddle with the elements later to get it to look the way I want to.

My clear Wink of Stella was singing its swan song, and with several squeezes as firm as my arthritic fingers could do, she sputtered and coughed and kinda flowed into the exact centre of the flower!  So pretty, but unfortunately I wanted a sequin there all along! 😭

Add a few more sequins in strategic places to hide some unintended marks and I think it's done.

My aim is to complete the remaining 8 lessons and my final submission for this class this week.  I don't think I'm going to be doing a full card for each lesson in each class for each level, but if something inspires me, then maybe I'll do a few here and there... Or if it's a foreign concept like CAS when I'm on Team Moar. 🙈🙈🙈

I fear much of the lessons have the CAS vibe so it's going to be an interesting ride!  Hold on tight cos I'm about to push the nitrous to boost my way through. (what can I say, I'm a Boy mama and I love cars!)

So on that note I'm going so sign off and leave you with a couple of bloopers - aka photobombng cats cos I know you love those, right??

 Love and crafty cardmaking,