Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Prima Craftable Flowers

I have just had a delivery this morning of the new Prima Craftable Flowers and they look really good value for money. They were made specifically to use with stamps so that you can paint, ink or colour them with non-porous markers. The packs contain a variety of different shapes. Some of the packs contain large flowers, some medium and there is a pack with teeny weeny flowers in - ideal for cardmakers or for scrapbookers who love loads of smaller flowers on their pages. They are sold by weight - so no indication on the outside of the pack how many flowers they contain.
Flowers are one of my favourite embellishments on scrapbooking pages! What are yours - let me know in the comments box.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Names listed for FREE BLOG CANDY Draw

I have listed everyone (that has joined the blog so far) and hopefully have allocated the correct number of entries for each person. If you have a blog and have added my link you will receive an extra entry. The list is located at the bottom of this page.

If I haven't given you the correct number of entries - please let me know asap and I will rectify it. The draw will take place on 1st September 2010.

Still time to get extra entries in - let as many people know. It is FREE after all!

Good Luck to everyone!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Emma's Album

This is a chipboard album from Tando Creative that I started making a while ago - you know what happens, you start it, put it to one side, then forget about it - well that's what I usually do. Anyhow, having this blog has made me look at all the 'unfinished' stuff that I have lying around and get myself sorted and actually finish them!
This page at least has a photo on and some embellishments! The chipboard albums are easy enough to cover with lovely papers, or paint or any other medium that you fancy. I just love using patterned papers over everything! I chose these colours because Emma suits the colours and turquoise happens to be one of her favourite colours! I am going to complete the album using lists of things that she likes and hopefully get her to write some of the lists herself - that way I have a lasting momento of her handwriting at this age.

The chipboard albums can be ordered with any name, or place of holiday e.g. Paris, Rome etc. and are a good way to add photo's quickly and easily without having to complete a whole 12x12 album.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

My shop @ the Show

This is one of the photo's I took of the 'shop' at the Ross papercraft Show at Rainton Meadows, Houghton Le Spring on Sunday (I did say they weren't very good!!!).

I was at York yesterday with the grandchildren. We all had a lovely day out at York Castle Museum and the National Railway Museum - some photo's of the day on the left of the screen - I am sure I will be scrapping them soon!

Just to remind anyone reading this, who have not done so already - last day to register as a follower of this blog to win the trio of goodies, is 31st August 2010. I will allocate numbers to everyone at the weekend and the draw will take place on 1st September. Good Luck to all of you who have entered!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Ross Papercraft Show

There was a great turn out for the Ross Papercraft Show yesterday. I took a couple of photo's before it started (they aren't great but I will share them with you when I upload them on the computer).

I met and had many conversations with some really lovely people. I have realised that many people who attend these shows love making cards but would also like to try scrapbooking but find the prospect a bit daunting. Several people have expressed an interest but don't feel they are able to produce layouts that are 'good enough'. Rubbish! When I first started some of my layouts were pretty basic but that is the beauty of scrapbooking, your layouts grow with you.

Just like card making, you start off with simple designs, then when you are feeling a bit more confident, you start experimenting with more complex designs. Scrapbooking is just the same. I say if you want to do scrapbooking, give it a go. Start by making one layout using just 1 photo. If you are looking for inspiration, try a website called 'Page Maps'. It is brilliant at giving you loads of ideas and they produce a monthly printable sheet that gives you ideas for layouts. Even if you have been scrapping for ages it can just kick start your creative juices! Give it a try.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who came along yesterday and an extra special thank you for those that took the time to stop and say 'hello'.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Busy, busy, busy

I have been full of busy this week - Scrapaholix Club on Tuesday and the 'Ross' Papercraft Show this coming Sunday. I have been busy getting all the shop stuff ready for sale on Sunday.

If you live in the area please pop along on Sunday between 10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. as there will be plenty of retailers there with loads of goodies for sale (at very reasonable prices I am sure).

Details of the show can be found under 'Diary Dates' on this blog. I hope to take some photo's of the 'shop' when it is set up to show you all.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Second August Scrapaholix Layout

This is the second layout I have completed using the August Scrapaholix Kit. I take no credit for matching everything as the kit comes with papers, cardstock, journal cards, flowers and paper lace - all ready for you to complete your layouts. I have to admit to adding some bling and chipboard letters of my own. The kit uses Delish Designs patterned papers, which are gorgeous for wedding, christening, anniversaries etc. I have some of their designs in the shop if you want to check them out. I used the Crafter's Workshop Template Trendy Bracket to get the shape on the background paper.

Went looking yesterday at new computers but didn't buy anything as it was Friday 13th (I am superstitious!) and didn't want to chance it.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

My laptop has gone to computer heaven!!!

My laptop 'died' on me last night - right in the middle of doing some work. It looks like I will have to get a new computer and get the laptop fixed as a 'back-up'. Luckily hubby just bought a laptop a couple of weeks ago - so using his at the moment. Hope to get back up to speed shortly!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


This is the first of 2 layouts I have completed for this month's Boldon Scrapaholix Club. I have added some chipboard and 'bling' of my own to complete this the way I wanted it. I got the idea for the title from an article I was reading somewhere recently about using song titles and words of songs in your layouts. I have used part of the lyrics from the Robbie Williams song 'Angels' on the journal card.

The scan has chopped the cream border away from the layout (it is really annoying when it does that).

Monday, 9 August 2010

Dragons Quest - Part Deux

This is the second layout I have completed (using the same patterned papers as before) on the Dragons Quest theme. I have used a chipboard bracket on the left of the layout and made some arrows out of grungeboard. I haven't used grungeboard for ages but I love the texture it gives the layout. The blue corrugated type card I bought years ago (before I had my shop). I got a pack of all different colours and I have used it on other layouts. I like the effect because it adds dimension to the page (difficult to see in photo). The bunting (or flags, or whatever you want to call them) is made from triangles of the patterned paper and card. I have used this on a few layouts now - it appears to be 'fashionable' in scrapbooking layouts at the moment. I like how it just 'goes with the photo' on this occasion.

I have been busy with the Scrapaholix Kit for August (nearly there). I have 2 potential layouts lying on my dining table (eating in the kitchen again tonight!). Just making sure before I stick it all down then I will post what I have done.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Glad to help!

I got an order the other week from a young couple getting married soon, looking for a particular patterned paper to complete their wedding menus. I was in the fortunate position to have said patterned paper in stock and was only too happy to send the order out by 1st class post, so they could get on with making up their menus.

Today, they left a lovely 'thank you' message in the guestbook on my shop website. It is little things like this that make working for yourself worthwhile (so I can forget about my tax return waiting in the corner of my 'office' for another day!).

The reason I am relating this story is this: if you are looking for any particular product, please email me your request. I cannot guarantee that I can get it for you but I will try my best.

I have been really busy this weekend but I do have some layouts to upload - will do this sometime next week - promise!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Dragons Quest

I have been on child-minding duties most of this week, hence the lack of posts! Hopefully, I can make up for this over the weekend. I did manage a couple of layouts though - the photo's were taken at Alnwick Castle a couple of weeks ago. The Knights Quest is described as "interactive fun in the medieval world of a trainee knight, including the Dragons Quest". There is another layout to come.

Details of the materials I used will be added to gallery (when I upload the layout there).

Monday, 2 August 2010

Ribbon Flowers

There is a 'freebie' of Ribbon Flowers in one of the papercraft magazines this month. I got a copy because I have an advert with them. Although they are a simple idea (aren't those the best!), I thought I would show you them made up. They are simple enough to make your own. Just draw and cut out in card or heavyweight paper a flower shape (or use your die-cutter). Mark the centre and cut a small circle (use a cropadile if you have one), mark slits big enough for the ribbon to go through in each petal, thread the ribbon through the centre of the flower, then the slits in the petals in turn - and there you have it! There are loads of things you could use to thread through apart from ribbon - things you will have in your craft box or around the house (wool, raffia - any material scraps would work as well). Just add your own buttons, gems, brads etc to finish!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Quick, Cute Christmas Card

This is one of the quick, cute Christmas cards I made at the crop on Tuesday. I say made at the crop - I should say started to make as I didn't have a lot of stuff to finish off the cards with me. To make this card I used the Nitwit Collections Essentials A4 card - Joyful Hearts Snowflakes. I cut the card in half and stuck one half to an A4 white card. I made up one of the decoupage snowmen from the Joyful Hearts Decoupage sheet and added two of the snowflakes (using 3D tape to give it dimension). The Pom Poms are from Bazzill Basics and I added them to give some texture to the card - not forgetting to cut a 'pom' for his bobble hat! It just needed finishing off with a 'Merry Christmas' rub-on sentiment (Cosmo Cricket metallic rub-ons). An easy card to make with the kids when they get bored in the holidays!