Thursday, 23 August 2012

The One Piece Vintage Mini Book and Scraps!

The mini book cut from one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock is pretty well known, but Tim Holtz has a super video HERE for making it with slightly sturdier covers than usual (Valentine Mini Book).

Paulien of Swirlydoos then took this design and made a lovely vintage mini book for one of her card challenges while I was away.  I just love Paulien's vintage style, so just had to have a go myself - and it was really quick to put together.  See her picture tutorial HERE for some lovely ideas.

I used a piece of rather nice patterned paper by Fancy Pants to make my book, but everything else is from my scrap box - things cut for other projects, bits of mis-stamping, loads of inky bits and pieces from my workshops and some Crafty Individuals mini-pics.  Add a few flowers, pearls and of course some butterflies ..................

This was such alot of fun to make and I have made a little (very little!) dent in my scrap box.  I think it would also make a lovely birthday card for someone special.

I hope you give it a go.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Recycled Packaging ....

I am still struggling to get back into the swing of things - it is amazing how you simply forget so many techniques that before the holiday were just second nature!  So I thought I would try and catch up with the Card Challenges on Swirlydoos and this week's challenge is to use a piece of Prima packaging and some lace.  I "loosely" followed the sketch!

I've been wanting to use some of this packaging for a while as it is so pretty.  Everything else was in my scrap box, including all the flower petals and leaves - made or cut out for other projects but not used - so very quick to put together.

I woke at 6am this morning to the sound of torrential rain, but it really didn't sound like anything I had heard before.  Once the fog (and it was thick!) lifted, we noticed that there had been a massive peat slide to the south of our house, down the hill and into the Loch.  The "rainburst" has left a huge swathe of Shetland flooded, with more peat slides and a number of houses having to be pumped out.   Our weather is certainly unpredictable these days!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Altered Spoon Bloghop with Susan Brown

Hi everyone! It's great to be back crafting and blogging after a great time sailing the west coast of Scotland (more in another post).  I needed a project to get me back into the swing of things and Martha invited me to take part in this wonderful Altered Spoon Bloghop Challenge. Just what I needed. 

So here is my entry - a wedding spoon. All the goodluck wedding traditions go back to the mists of time, but I do know that the wooden spoon originated in Wales and was given to a lady by her admirer and was usually hand carved to show he was good with his hands and could provide for a future wife.  A carved heart would be to show affection. 

No hand carving in mine, but some of the flowers are handmade.  I just need a happy couple to give it to now!

Susan is celebrating her five year blogiversary today - congratulations Susan!

 Click the link here to go to Susan's blog and blog hop around the wonderful entries - loads of wonderful inspiration!

Have a great weekend and hopefully I'll be back with some more posts soon!