Banner Blast, Gorjuss, Masks/Stencils, Small banner

Party time! Gifts galore for gorjuss girls!

So the weekend passed in a bit of a blur… 8 girls sleeping over (not much sleep was had I must say for a sleepover!)… To celebrate the 9th birthday of my princess!  Yes my hubby and I are insane!  Not sure we will be repeating that any time soon!  The important thing was that the princess enjoyed her party! 

Several weeks ago I shared some pics of the princess and I crafting together to decorate some party bags! 

Here are the finished bags….

Also I made some of the gifts for in the bags… I kept to the Gorjuss Girl themes! 

Firstly door hangers… 

Then some bookmarks…

I also bought some notepads and pencils from the gorjuss range.

Of course the obligatory sweets and a chocolate or two were added to the mix as well!  

All in all, a lot of the gorjuss going on! 

I am also entering this for the anything goes challenge at Craft your passion challenge blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Blast, Butterfly, Inktense, Derwent, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Random Crafts, Small banner, Spectrum noir pencils, Swallowtail

Playing with my colours again!

A few months ago I started making colour charts in a little sketch book for all my ink pads… Here is the link. Then I did something similar with my Promarkers in a journal … Again here is the link… So now I have started on some of my other mediums…

First up my Inktense pencils. I coloured little swatches in and washed them with water, then punched out butterflies and adhered them into the book with the names and codes next to them. I then stamped a Swallowtail and some of the bricks Darcy designed and coloured and painted them in using the Inktense for the “cover” page.

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Next I moved onto the Spectrum Noir Pencils which I got in the 3 for 2 offer at Hobbycraft fairly recently. I decided for these to stamp a little banner from Banner Blast colour it in, add the pencil colour number, and then punch out with the small banner punch then adhere into the book. But then I also created a little theme for each collection of colours using the fabulous stamps Darcy has created! The fabulous Steampunk snail, an Industrial Butterfly and cogs and the trailing heart vines (my favourite and possibly most used stamp Darcy has created so far… Although the new heart flower is coming up as a close second!).

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It’s such a good way to test out the mediums and also have a play with a pretty result at the end… And a nice way to look at the colours so you know what the end result may be when you put them to use.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Blast, Googlies, Make a Monster, Positively Chevron, Small banner

Colour my Monday! Real Red!

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Happy Monday one and all!

Time to get all real and nice and BRIGHT!

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Ok I confess I made this card ages ago and thought I would keep it ready to share when I reached Real red in the Colour My Monday challenge. It was a card I made for my youngest great nephew’s 1st birthday… And I chose Make a Monster for the stamp set as he is a real cheeky monster!

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I used Postively Chevron to stamp the background paper, and then used the colour combo of Gumball Green, Pacific Point & Elegant Eggplant to stamp both the banners for bunting and the little monsters! Of course I had to add the googlie eyes to finish it off!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Banner Blast, Confetti Celebration, Pennant Parade, Pennant Punch, Small banner, Thursday treasures

Thursday Treasures! photo prompt!

A late post this week so I thought I would cut straight to the quick this time with a photo prompt!

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I spotted this gorgeous cake picture on Pinterest just by chance and figured it was so beautiful I could use it as a Thursday Treasures photo prompt…

I wonder how it will inspire you?

For me it is of course the only tea party that really counts… The mad hatters tea party of course! So I grabbed a picture the princess insisted on being taken of her, the dormouse and the teapot and set to!

I used the fabulous Confetti Celebrations DSP as it’s bright and wacky and create this page without any sketch for a change. I usually have a sketch to hand via Pinterest but occasionally, it’s dictated by the colours I want to use the papers and cardstock I have to hand … This is one such page.

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I decided to use the teapot stamp from a random set I’ve had for ages from a magazine and stamped it all across the page in Strawberry slush. I also stamped one more on Whisper White, fussy cut it out, and then I added some glossy accents to this to glaze it. Next I added a bit of additional colour to the teapots with the ink and my watercolour brush.

All the DSP was matted with a layer of cardstock in coordinating colours and then doodled around the edge of the layers with my trusty white gel pen. I also added a bit of bunting made from the Pennant Parade stamps and the pennant punch. There were a couple of banners from the Banner Blast stamp set punched out. I also used the Stripes stamp to put the lines in for the journalling panel.

Sorry it’s a rubbish pic… Will need to upload a better one when I get a moment. But hopefully you can see what I did with the inspiration… And now I want tea and cake myself!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

ABC Sketch alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge, Language of Love, Small banner, Soho Subway

Finishing off a project from last months scrap booking class!

Yes I am finally finishing off the scrapbook pages I started last month at Helen’s class.

This was Helen’s sample…

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And as I wanted to use pics that wouldn’t really work with the grungy background I did mine slightly differently!

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I used the fab dies from the new Project Life SU stuff you can order from Helen as from today to cut the panels from the Soho Subway paper. Used Gorgeous Grunge to do a border for the page in Island Indigo and used some elements from a Project Life stamp set and something else (can’t remember what it was called now) to create little elements for around the page. I also used Language of Love and the fabulous Morning Post alpha along with the other alpha set (again name escapes me!) and the little banner punch for the bunting!

A very different feel from Helen’s original but I love this sketch and the use of project life stuff to make a non-project life layout! Guess what is on my wish list!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bitty Banners, Polka Dot Parade, Simply Stars, Small banner, That's the Ticket, Ticket punch

Moments and memories catch up … May very late!

Oops! I never got to do Moments and Memories in May so thought it would be a good idea to catch up on it now!

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This is the sketch that I’ve been playing with this year with the intention of doing one a month… So this might be five weeks late but getting there! Haha!

This is how I laid it out before leaving it a little while to decide if I am happy with it and think about any additional bits I might want to add!

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As you can see I have tilted the bottom layer and spent time matting and layering the feature photo. The Mickey paper I found in a sale… Perfect for a little touch of magic for the Disney photos!!! I teamed it with a bit of Polka Dot Parade in Pumpkin Pie and then the Basic Grey & Whisper White cardstock.

I thought that star was a good title for the page and also that both the That’s the Ticket and the Simply Stars stamped elements made good embellishments. I also stamped and punched a few little banners for underneath the Mickey Mouse label too.

After a few hours away from the craft table it was time to put this one together but felt it needed grounding a little so I inked everything up! And then stuck it down… I managed to create a pocket behind the photo to stick some little journaling tags in, but otherwise kept it similar to the original layout.

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The finishing touches was of course a bit of bling!

So that is May up to date… Just need to get June’s page done now!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Angled Tag, Banner Blast, Hardwood, Off the Grid, Small banner, Thursday treasures

Thursday Treasures! Theme time!

This week we have a theme to be let loose on … This is pretty broad and could be interpreted so many ways!

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This is what I did with it!

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Can you believe I actually started this page in February at a crop and never got round to finishing it? Well when I decided on the prompt it gave me the perfect push to finish it!

This is a picture of me, aged about 8, on the last day of our family holiday in Menorca, looking miserable as sin at the prospect of the holiday ending! I really was fed up!

I remember these holidays on Menorca with such fond memories and have always liked this picture as an honest capture of me at the time. The picture itself has some colour fades as it was up in a frame as part of a collage my parents had of holiday hoots for many years … So it really is a well loved picture and is a good capture of me as a child!

So as I said I started this layout at a crop in February, then it got put away to be finished another day and in the midst of moving the spare room around and making a craft space it got left!

The dsp is a random one I got in a kit a while ago, and the layout itself was based on a pin I now can’t find. I used a few bits and pieces to decorate the page …
Some framelits dies which Helen had to create the arrows and the little camera embellishment
Off the Grid stamp to give the arrows some colour
Angled corner tag punch for the tags
Hardwood stamp for the texture on the tags
Banner Blast stamps and coordinating punch for the pennants
Stickers from random bits of stash and lots of bits of bakers twine!

All the journalling is hidden on the back of the tags which are kept in the pocket behind the picture panel.

Love this bright page, which picks up on the colours in the photo and contrasts the sad face of childhood when the joy of the holiday comes to an end!

Happy crafting!

Catherine