I'm a mother to Lee and Nicola and grandmother to Mia and Aidan. I love my crafting and do a bit of everything there is. I also design and sell digital downloads for card making. I love photography and playing around in Photoshop too.
Whew! Last minute again, but just made it. October's tag has a great marbling background technique, but you'll have to go to TIM HOLTZ'S place to get all the details. The only bad thing I'll say about this months is that.....I CAN'T BELIEVE HE USED GLITTER!!!! lol. I absolutely loathe the stuff, nor can I ever get a decent pic of it. My tree (Memory Box), fence (Cheery Lynn) and web (Cheery Lynn) are all covered in the stuff. I don't have distress paints so I used Decoart Traditions and the mesh stamp is Kaisercraft.
A few weeks ago, I made this box but just never got round to blogging it. Anyway, I thought I'd show you it now. It's an image heavy post mind, 'cause there's loads to this. The whole project was done with mountboard, GCD Studios 'Ella Blue' paper line and brown Bazzill card stock.
It opens into a writing slope (as long as you're not too heavy handed, lol) and there are pockets and flaps a plenty. The name comes from the fact that it's for Mia and Aidan (my grandchildren) and hopefully their children and their children's children. I want them to know that I'm more than just 'Grandma' who always spoils them and that I have thoughts and feelings, likes and dislikes and that I've had good and bad times. Basically, I want them to know ME. I did try scrapping a B.O.M. but didn't enjoy it at all, so hopefully I will actually fill this.
Each page in the larger album has a different sentiment stamped onto it. What you're looking at is a wrap with its own pockets and flaps. It slips off the underpage and that flaps open for more pics or journalling.
As you can see, there are 3 mini albums in the box. Each is put together slightly differently, but there are loads of pockets and flaps. The plain brown card is for your photos and the loose ones can be put in any of the pockets or flaps. I cut down some manilla folders to make the 3 file folders that are at the back of the box, and there's room for more. The lid has a couple of expanding pockets as well as the little front pockets. Every single edge was inked with Walnut Stain distress ink. I used a Tim Holtz binder ring, T.H. metal tabs, T.H. corners and some of his bull dog type clips too. Border punches were from EK Success and Martha Stewart, dies from Memory Box, Spellbinders and Cheery Lynn. The title and the birds were cut on my Cameo. Sentiment stamps from Kaisercraft and Creative Expressions. There's other bits and bobs on there too and I finished it off by glazing with Liquitex. Sorry the photos aren't brilliant, I found it quite difficult to photograph for some reason and I've had to miss loads out too. Thank you to the amazing Paper Phenomenon for the instructions. I've another project to show you later and I'm also working on a 3rd one at the moment. Entering into: A CREATIVE ROMANCE - Metal Mania. 613 AVENUE CREATE #43 - Anything goes. CRAFTY HANDS #1 - Anything goes.WINNER CREATIVE FINGERS #8 - Anything goes.TOP 3 CRAFTIN' BOUTIQUE #13 - Anything goes. CRAFT MY LIFE Oct/Nov - Anything goes. MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES - Shape up! CHALLENGES 4 EVERYBODY #32- Anything goes. SCRIBBLE & SCRAP #4 - Anything goes.
Two post Wednesday for me again as it's also the I ♥ PROMARKERS new challenge day. Our theme this week (#191) is 'Pink Hair' and our sponsor is the fabulous SHERRI BALDY. There will be 3 winners and each will receive 5 Bestie images, as used by the DT. This is the first time I've ever coloured an image with pink hair, lol but I actually quite enjoyed doing this one.
My papers are Heidi Grace 'Daydream' I cut the image using one of my nesties, traced around the die and then cut the mat. It was then inked lightly with milled lavender distress ink. I also used a Martha Stewart border punch, Cheery Lynn corner and leaf dies and the lovely leaf and flower swirly die by Memory Box.
It's challenge #134 over at THE PAPER SHELTER and it's the B teams turn this week. The challenge is easel cards. Not something I make a lot of really. I'm not a lover of them and I actually find them quite difficult to decorate. I see some real beauties in blogland and get quite envious, lol. My chosen image this week is 'Give me a Kiss' (I love the guy's spats, lol) and you can purchase it HERE.
There's a very generous prize on offer too, especially if you use a Paper Shelter image.
My papers are Echo Park's 'Be Mine' and the dies used are: Cheery Lynn swirl and leaves, Memory Box corner bow, Impression Obsession bunch of hearts and an EK Success border punch. There is ribbon and lace on the base, but you can't see them very well, her necklace was done with liquid pearls and I finished off with a couple of flowers and some normal pearls.
Sorry I'm late with my Promarker post, but it's been an awful week. On Monday I had to have my beloved German Shepherd, Bailey put to sleep. Age and illness had set in and I knew it was time. I miss him more than I can say. I hate getting up in the mornings at the moment with him not being there to lick me good morning and bed time is particularly lonely as he slept with me every night. Here's a couple of pics of my gorgeous boy. Sleep well my precious. xxx
I used one of my fave Tilda images for this. I really don't like making Christmas cards, but sometimes..needs must eh? I cut the snowflakes on my cameo and they've got glitter on them as has Tilda's fur trims, but I couldn't get a decent pic of it. I used Cheery Lynn's Large Sunflower die, cut it in half and swapped the sides and the embossing folder for the background is by Crafts Too.
It's 2 post Wednesday again this week and here's my 2nd DT card. I totally love this image and as per my post title, she cracks me up pmsl. Honestly, I chuckle every time I see her. It's challenge #189 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and our theme this week is to use Orange & Brown. Our sponsor this week is the 'oh so humorous' Dr. DIGI. The doc is offering 5 digi's to our winner, and I'd like to introduce you to Polly Dent.
My papers are from Basic Grey's 'Konnichiwa' and MME's 'Fine and Dandy Boy'. It's very rare that I use papers from different pads as I can never seem to match them, but these worked a treat. The swirl is a Memory Box die. Edge punch is from EK Success and the sentiment is one of my own. I drew the ground bit myself as another way of grounding the image. She's coloured of course, with my Promarkers and Tria's but I paper pieced her top and skirt and then coloured over them a bit. The shading around the edge is a pans pastel and then I just added a bit of ribbon and 3 pearls from my stash.
Well, here I am with my second project for THE PAPER SHELTER, although 'officially' my first lol, as my place on the DT team was supposed to start today. It's week #132 and the challenge is to use a charm on your project. I used one of the newer release digi stamps called 'Autumn Leaves', isn't she just adorable? You can pop over and buy her HERE.
My papers are all from the 'Summers End' pad by Fancy Pants. I used orange cardstock for the matting and the borders. The top border was done with a Martha Stewart edge punch and the bottom one with an EK Success edge punch. The brown leaves were done with one of my newer die acquisitions, and it's Joanna Sheen's Ivy Flourish. It is a one piece die but I cut it apart. A strip of ribbon, pearls and the all important metal charm finished it off. Oh yeah, she's coloured with a combination of Tria's and ProMarkers.
There's a great prize on offer too. If you use a Paper Shelter image you can win a $30 spend in store but you can still win 3 images of your choice from The Paper Shelter even if you use any other image.
I've been very pooter AWOL this last week. I'm totally absorbed in making mini albums and memory boxes. I just can't stop cutting and sticking, lol. I really must get some housework done though......tsk, tsk, sorry, didn't mean to swear, ha ha. Anyway, it's Wednesday again and time for another I ♥ PROMARKERS challenge and this week (#188) the theme is a Song, so your project must be inspired by a song title. The sponsor is again the fabulous MARIANNE DESIGN.
I used this fantastic image by Kenny K and my song is You Got Me Rocking by The Rolling Stones. It's a dead simple card this time. I cut the note border on my Cameo and the papers are Country Boutique by Fancy Pants and apart from 3 pearls and my sentiment, that's it. Hmmmm.... my black stripe strip is a bit skew-whiff - must have been too much wine, lol. Oh well, too late now eh?