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Friday, 3 April 2020

Boy Mamas Unite March

Hello Lovelies!

What's this?  Another BMU for the second month running?  I guess it really must be a sign of staying inside too long and going stir crazy, maybe?  To be honest, as a Spoonie life in lockdown isn't really any different for me. 

Aaaaanyway, when Sara asked me whether I wanted to do another BMU this month, I told her yes (natch) and she promptly gave me the inspiration piece below:



Oooh nice one, right? 
Great prompt for journaling!  And you know I love a good bit of journaling 

As the cylinders in my brain started up and I pondered my options, she informed me that Jody of SpiegelmomScraps had designed a cut file loosed based on last month's BMU since Sara had some issues getting it to cut properly on her machine. 


OK. That narrows down the options somewhat.  I'm glad cos I don't have to think as hard.  What's that?  It's going in the SMS newsletter AND we have to use sequins??

I'm joking!  Sara isn't bossy at all.  I 💖 her!  And it's lovely of her to offer to include my project in the newsletter!

All those elements combined in my head to come to a single conclusion - make a montage using all the photos from TCD's* season of summer soccer and turn it into a 2 page layout vaguely reminiscent of layout 2.3 from Shimelle's Start With a Sketch class.

Here's the link to the video, otherwise keep reading to see more pics.


Since I'm not a boyMOM, I didn't use that bit of the cutfile (watch the video to see exactly how I used it).  I couldn't really cut off the "mom" and change it to "Mama" because the font had the letters really closely welded together.  Besides I already did that.

The hashtag Jody included reminded me that on my social IG I would use #soccermum when I shared pics so I went with that as the title and just use the subtle "balls everywhere" bit.


I turned each ball into a shaker and it wasn't easy given how thin the outlines were.  I'm happy enough with it, though.


Here is my journaling which I talked a little bit about in the video.


Aaaand the embellishment clusters:




















Lastly the full layout

#Soccermum




Well that's all from me for now.  I do hope you take the time to watch my video and also see Sara's Video.

Love, and Boy Mamas Unite!


*Acronyms and weird words <---  

 

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Quilters Vibe March 2020


Hello Lovelies!

How are you all holding up in lockdown?  Let's look on the bright side and take up the opportunity to get up close and personal with our supplies.

There are plenty of online challenges, activities and free classes around right now.

Guess what else?  Quilters Vibe is BACK and here's my video and piccies of QV for March!



Quilters Vibe is the brainchild of Sara Scraps and involves creating a paper project based on an inspiration photo of a quilt or quilt block.

This month's inspo is on the right.

I took inspiration from the colours (blues and greens mainly), square ans half square blocks (which ended up as quarter square in my case).  In fact once I was finished, I realized I ended up with an Ohio Star block!

I decided to incorporate this into Shimelle's NEW class called "Start With A Sketch".  This class consists of 15 sketches and three interpretations of each sketch.

Today's layout is based on interpretation 2 of sketch 1 (so 1.2)

You can find tyhe channels of the other girls taking part in Quilters Vibe below:

Sara Scraps
Christy's Beautiful Life
Daisie's Scraps

If you're keen to get on with the video, you can view it below.  Otherwise, scroll down for more pics. 


Close up of some of the embellishment areas.  The colour scheme and stitchy look was based on Maggie Holmes "Willow Lane" collection.





And the title which is a little hard to see on the video.  The camera angle wasn't set up the best.  Sorry!

I always include a close up of the journaling since my writing isn't the easiest to read and impossible on video.


Stitching on QV projects isn't obligatory, bu I just love the way it looks (despite my machine misbehaving a bit).  The only thing worth noting is that it makes the layout more bumpy, so a stronger adhesive than a typical tape runner is needed.  Glue Dots are my personal preference.


 Little FamBam


Love, and quilty vibes!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

She's a wild one sketch challenge RYS and RK





Hi Lovelies!
 
Today is Challenge 18 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 isn't a sponsor, so it's a "just for fun" challenge. 

I'm sharing a scrapbook layout I made about a year ago but hadn't shared before now.  It was based on a sketch challenge (at the time) thrown down by Khristina Sorge of Redefined Kreative and Sara Scraps of Rediscover Your Stash.


The sketch is below and it was a challenge since it used a lot less paper than I normally do!  I did add a bit more paper, but besides that I interpreted many elements quite literally from the bunting banner, button embellies and circular journaling spot.  The occasion is the baby shower for my sister's second baby her love of animal print.  I was rather excited to find a leopard print onesie and it seemed the perfect time to use the animal print patterns which are from an older Heidi Swapp collection.




Here you can see the journaling.  I pulled in the soft mint and pink from the bunting which is also an older prodict (from Dear Lizzy).

I pulled in as many of the elements from the main part of the layout up to the title block so it didn't feel too disconnected.














She's a Wild One Layout



Thanks for stopping by!

Love and sketchy scrapbook pages!


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Arty Divas Design Team Project 10 March


Hi Lovelies!


Today is Challenge 17 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 Jan's Digi Stamps
Online Shop - https://www.janmahew.com
Prize:




I wasn't entirely sure what I'd make when I chose the coffee cup image...only that...coffee-all-the-things! 🤷🙈🤣

I also knew I didn't have a whole lot of energy and even less workspace for this project until Operation Study ➡ Studio is complete...or Stage 1 at least!  This is what I'm dealing with:

 

At least most of the new storage is here so I'm getting along with that as fast as Arthur* will allow.  Which isn't really that fast!

I found an unopened jar of Stampin' Up mixed beads (circa 2004 🙈) in my organizing and there was one container in earthy tones, so a shaker it would be.  I added a bit of Spiegelmon Scraps sequins in Black Magic and Midwestern Harvcst to lighten and brighten.

My cutting the frame for the shaker was less than ideal, (but I was working on the floor) so it was probably a bit more challenging to construct the shaker than it could have been.  At least once it came to adhering the little corrugated holder (which I concertina folded) and the leaf sequins from the Midwestern mix, I could get back to using Glue Dots instead of the red tape (which I hate only a little bit less than wet glue!)


The cold Autumn mornings here gave me inspiration for the colours and the shot window when a major coffee chain sells pumpkin spice something (which I've never tasted and the acronym always makes me think of PMSL 🤷🙈🤣)

I'll add it to a card at some point (probably to a fellow coffee addict enthusiast) and that being the case, only a snarky sentiment will suffice.  I wonder if it's co-incidence that my fellow coffee girls are as snarky as me? 🤔🤔🤔

Coffee Cup Shaker



Anyway please enter the challenge and if you want me, I'll be making another coffee!

*Acronyms and other oddities in left side bar

Love and perfect cremas, 


Tuesday, 3 March 2020

NEW Design Team Assignment - Paper Girls Challenge #195 GLITTER



Hello Lovelies!

It's been a whirlwind of activity here of late - so much so that March snuck up on me, and I haven't even finished my last 2 videos for FTLHK for February. 🤦

I plan to get them done this month along with March's layouts (it's a 5 Monday month!).  Quilters Vibe is also coming back and if all that wasn't enough, we are in Phase 1 (of about three, I'd say) of Craft Room reorganization. 😱

In the midst of all that, I was asked to join The Paper Girls Challenge Blog Design Team!

I love that it has a theme rather than a sponsor each month and has much more of a scrapbooking feel to it even though it had both cardmakers and scrapbookers on the team.  I love this too!

The surprises don't end there! When I joined the Facebook group for the the design team, I found Lori Stroup is also joining the DT this month!  I know Lori from CKC and it's so fun to "know" someone already!

When Brittany asked whether I'd be OK to: "start-on-2-March-and-BTW-the-theme-is-glitter"  I was all in!  I love glitter 😍.

I don't use loose glitter all that often, though,  It's just that there are so many ready-to-use products which give the look of glitter without the mess (more on that later).   It's not the mess that stops me, but my limited energy means rationing it to get the most out of it.  If you want to understand what I mean, read about the Spoon Theory here.  Even reaching up for the tub with all the glitter on a high shelf and putting it back later saps energy.

I had several ideas about using loose glitter on my project.  I was going to try making a somewhat crude version of enamel dots, but packed with a custom glitter mix to suit my colours and story.  I made these first since they would require drying time.

The other way I was going to use the glitter mix was mixing it with embossing powder.  I remembered I had some raw chipboard shapes.  As I looked through the container, the only shapes remotely appropriate was a butterfly.  It doesn't really relate to the story, but I consider butterflies to be a generic shape (maybe slightly feminine)


I started with the "enamel dots".   First I made up my mix. I used to do this a lot so I know how various shapes and types of glitter behave. I used the Permanent and Mini Glue Dots as a base.  Since the Minis are on a roll, I could leave them on their own backing sheet, but the Permanent ones are in a single use dispenser so I didn't want to ruin it by pulling it apart.  I stuck them on a scrap of white cardstock to cut out later.


I pressed them into the glitter and made sure there was a good amount of all the different types of glitter in the mix.  Some are heavier than others and consequently fall to the bottom.  Then I had to use liquid glue.  My nemesis.

To be fair, Glossy Accents is the only one that behaves more or less for me and dries with a beautiful clear shiny surface.

I think I had to add a second coat to some after they dried,  Not perfect, but pretty cool actually!  They are round and smooth even though the photo makes them look spiky. 😩


The butterflies were definitely less successful.   First I attached the butterflies to some plastic I had lying around.  Next step was painting with white acrylic paint.

The boxing up of my craft supplies means my Tim Holtz craft sheet is...🤷.  Once dry I used my Tim Holtz Embossing Gloss rather than my Versamark pad in case I ruined it.  I dumped some iridescent embossing powder into the remaining glitter, but it just wasn't sticking properly, so I tried an old pot of Heat and Stick power which was better.  It still worked after quite a few years!  Not ideal and I had to repeat the process, but at least there was a good amount stuck to each butterfly.

I could have finished by adding clear embossing powder to get a glossy top like the glue dots, but it likely would have taken multiple attempts and I had well and truly run out of spoons.*

I really don't enjoy heat embossing.  Too many steps for results which can be disappointing.  I used the Glossy Accents.  In the end I didn't use them,  Besides not looking great, they just seemed too random with everything else.


Now onto my actual layout.  I had the perfect photos and stoty when I heared the theme was GLITTER.  Glittery shoes! 😍

I wanted a light background which still had a pattern because this is how I do my mixed media most of the time.  I just like the extra dimension a subtle pattern gives.  I used two shades of pink Shimmerz paint.  It's quite translucent so with a bit of extra water I could try the "packaging technique", which is basically smooshing.  I should have measured where my box of paper was going to sit.  Oh well. Nevermind.

Then came the frankenpaste when it was dry. I wanted subtle pink (but I definitely overshot it I think!) It's a mixture of Unicorn glitter paste by Prima, and two Bo Bunny glitter pastes - one clear and one pink.

Then I unleashed my inner Dexter and splattered some deeper pink.

I ended up trimming down the page slightly and sticking it onto a bit of dark grey cardstock which was floating around having been part of a different project before being pulled apart again. My first choice would have been black, but it was there and needed to be used.  I used Glue Dots to attach it, so the warping wouldn't pull away too much.  It really wasn't too bad actually.

 
Yep, looks like a hot mess but it will be (thankfully) mostly covered up.  I cut my paper to size, inked the pieces and stuck the stack down using Glue Dots since dotted tape runners aren't usually strong enough to keep them in place.




The photos needed matting and in my journey for white cardstock I stumbled upon my drawer of glitter paper.  I grabbed the first silver one and tried that.  I really liked the way it looked!

Larger embellies inked up, arranged and glued down.  Most of the larger die cuts I trimmed down a bit.  Once I was happy I did the same with the smaller ones then used some of the words from the sheet of phrase stickers from Shimelle's Sparkle City line.





I was so pleased since I always have a hard time using those. (The phrase Thickers in general, not just this particular set!)


At this point I figured out which space to use for journaling and I didn't have a lot so it flowed well in that spot.


There were stars and circles om the sheet so I used some to sprinkle as well as my DIY enamel dots which ended up looking quite good.  As I mentioned before I didn't use the butterflies, and I'm not sure I'll use them on anything.  I'll give the technique another go with some refinements.  I know I can make it work with a bit of tinkering.

I felt it needed a touch more aqua, which I got with some of Shimelle's enamel dots (also containing micro glitter).  These sorts of dots gave me the idea.

So I promised you some mess free ideas?

Well speaking of glitter paper just now, there is a glitter paper (Pow by American Crafts) which doesn't shed even a single flake of glitter!  Use punches, manual dies or even an electronic die cutting machine to get any shapes you like.

You could pain chipboard with sparkly paint like Shimmerz, Art Alchemy in the Sparks variety, or shimmery mists.  If you aren't fussed about things on your pages being acid free, go ahead and use nail polish!  You cam add droplets of it on your page too.


Many enamel dots have glitter safely suspended in their little plastic bubbles so you can have mess free sparkle!

Go through your older supplies.  I have found glittery plastic bows by Dear Lizzy, frames and chipboard partially or fully coated in glitter and brads. Washi tape comes in a glittery finish similar to that of Pow paper.

Don't forget about alphabet stickers like Thickers.  Some with larger sized flakes do shed quite a bit, but the fine ones seem pretty good.

I'll be honest though, my glitter misadventures mean it's EVERYWHERE!  I may have forgotten to shake off excess before turning on the heat gun! 🤦. I have to tell you a secret though, I get this little thrill whenever I see stray glitter flakes (especially on one of my boys) weeks after the offending incident! 🙊🤷🤣


Before I forget, here's the full layout!

Sparkle and Shine



I apologize for less than stellar photography and lack of process video, but hopefully my studio will be in a more orderly state before the next one!  (New shelving is being delivered today!!)  I will try to come back and edit the post with some pics of the "clean" glitter ideas!

Love and TeamGlitter!

*What's this about SPOONS??


Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Arty Divas Design Team Project 25 February


Hi Lovelies!



Today is Challenge 16 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 LeAnn's World
Online Shop - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LeAnnsWorld101
Prize:




This challenge requited us to use pre-coloured images which is not something which comes easily to me.

I opted to use the baby in the critter onesie and my slightly snarky mood led me to make a baby card with a difference,  It's not for everyone, but most of my friends would get a giggle from it.

Just to make life interesting, my printer ran out of toner, so NotPinkCraftyHubster came to my rescue and printed at work for me.

The bear suit gave me the idea of a jungle print background, so when I went through my papers, I used the background from Shimelle's Field Trip collection and fussy cut the toucans and flowers from her Box of Crayons collection.

If you know me, you know hoe challenging it is to use birds on anything!  

 
I had the perfect sentiment from Hero Arts and then I sprinkled gokd mist, added my images on pop dots then Micro Glue Dots were perfect to add tiny black sequins (which like they might be navy.) to the flower centres.  


Welcome To The Jungle Baby Card



Another simple one for me. but I'm not unhappy with it!

Love and creative cardmaking