Thursday, 29 November 2012

This is our Home .......

Well again not my usual sort of layout!  I very rarely scrap landscape photographs and never seem to get multiple photographs to sit well together and the top photograph is quite dark which doesn't help.  So I am not sure I am really happy about this layout, BUT I just loved CSI's journal prompt this week which was to write an ad for your home. 

As I am committing myself to doing more journalling on my layouts I thought I would give it a go.  So here is the ad:

Early 19th Century former Manse situated at the
Head of Tingwall Loch
Spectacular uninterrupted views south to Fitful Head
Established gardens with greenhouse and vegetable
garden with polytunnels
South facing sitting room and dining room, kitchen and study on Ground Floor, three bedrooms, bathroom and
Craft Room on Upper Floor

Aren't we lucky! We have lived here now for 18 years, but desired the house since 1979 when we first came to Shetland to live.  So it is really a dream to live here.  This is the view from my craft room window taken yesterday.
I am working on some Prima style flowers made from handmade paper and these are the buds from the centre.  I hope to get a tutorial on the blog shortly for these flowers once I get some good light to take some photographs.
So back to the Challenge .............

Here is the Case File for this week.  I struggled a bit with the colours (they are more in my photographs than on the layout) and I used, stripes, mesh and foliage from the evidence prompts.  As usual there are some amazing DT layouts, so click the link here to have a look.

Thanks for looking and I am now just off to visit some of my favourite blogs which I have not had a chance to visit lately.  We had our first night of the panto last night and it was brilliant, so although I have to do sound, a bit of backstage work and go on in a part in Act 2, life should start settling down a bit ! Mind you the last night is not until the 8th December ...........


Friday, 23 November 2012

Our Sunshine Girl .........


When I saw the colours for this week's CSI Challenge I decided to give it a miss, but ....... we are in this for a challenge ....... and boy was this CHALLENGE!!  

I have been wanting to do a layout of our "Sophie" for some time and as she brought so much sunshine, love and laughter into our lives what better than using these lovely bright colours.  The testimony challenge was also to write about a pet or animal - so just perfect.  But just oh so not me!! - way out of my comfort zone.
For my evidence I used:
  • a grid design
  • painting (acrylics)
  • a transluscent element (transluscent pocket for my tag)

Whilst I was sewing my patchwork pieces I suddenly realised that this would fit perfectly with the current Anything but a Card Challenge which is A Stitch in Time.  Do click the link and have a look at the super array of Design Team projects and the entries so far.  Julia's cover for a charity shop book find is wonderful and would make a lovely idea for a Christmas or Bithday present.
So what can I say about Sophie ...... 
She blasted into our lives after we lost our old spaniel when the boys were in their early teens.  The vet asked if we would give her a home (she was 9 months old) and she was flown from one of the outer islands, on her own! with no lead and promptly did a bunk the minute the door of the plane was opened.  We looked all day for her and couldn't find her but at 5 pm she walked into the airport lounge as if to say "Enough is Enough - I'll go home now". 
You can imagine the state she was in after a day running in the hills, but we didn't want to stress her by giving her a bath and brushing.  However, we left the kitchen door open that night in case she felt lonely. 
My husband and I woke the next morning to find her, not on, but IN the bed with us!  Life was never the same again and we miss her terribly.
Have a lovely weekend x
PS  My patchwork grid looks rather squint!  I think it is the angle of the photograph (I hope it is!) The stitching is definately squint - I forgot that cardstock does not crumple up like material when sewing - it took alot of rolling!

Friday, 16 November 2012

Home from the Sea ...........


As soon as I saw the colours for this week's CSI Challenge I knew the photograph I wanted to scrap!  The colours just cried out vintage and a sepia photo.

The little girl in the photograph is my mother-in-law, Mollie, and this is a rare family photograph, as her father spent many months at sea away from the family home.  The sea was in their blood as my mother-in-law was a Wren in the Royal Navy and her older brother was a steward on large liners.  Sadly the little boy in the sailor suit died at a young age during a routine operation.
In addition to using the colours of the scheme I have also used:
  • silver metal
  • vintage text
  • textured paper
  • and the word HOME.
I am really enjoying making these paper flowers using Donna Salazar's Spellbinders die Bitty Blossoms.
They are becoming quite addictive!
There are some jaw droppingly wonderful layouts by the CSI Design Team - all amazingly different!  Click the link HERE to have a look.
Thanks for looking and have a lovely weekend!



Monday, 12 November 2012

Scrappy gems in your jewellery box .................

Another month and another Round Robin Card Challenge at Swirlydoos.  This month I am first in the team of three so here is my entry.

The challenge:
  • paper tearing
  • stitching
  • and a non-scrappy item
Having torn my papers I still wanted a "crazy patchwork" style background, so I stitched each piece individually as if it were material.  My non-scrappy item was this black earing I found in the drama group jewellery box when I cleared out all the "singles" a couple of years ago - I just loved the shape and knew I would use it at some point.

The stems are paper string which I have twisted and pulled out at the top - I find this quite effective.  I am looking out for some coloured paper string as this too would be very effective.
I can't claim this as my own technique - I saw it done as an embellishment to some weaving in the Spinners Guild magazine last month. 

Thanks for looking and I hope everyone has a good week.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Summer in November ........

OK so I'm getting a little fed up with grey skies and making Christmas cards!  These are the other two cards I have made with Catherine Scanlon this week through her online course The Magic of Christmas
Both are slider cards, which I have not made before:

This card has a side slider with a quote
which I thought would make a nice wedding card
This card slides open to reveal a middle pocket
which would be nice for a birthday gardening voucher

I can't wait to see what designs Catherine brings us next week!
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend x

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The Magic of Christmas .........

Although I am flat out producing/directing the local panto, I am making sure (for my sanity!) that I craft each afternoon in order to relax and clear my head - and because I just LOVE it and miss it if I don't.

So in order to make sure I had something to drive me, I've been doing an online Christmas Card course with Catherine Scanlon over at My Creative Classroom called The Magic of Christmas.  Ten interactive cards over two weeks. I am not a great card maker so I really needed some ideas for some different types of cards. I love doing Catherine's courses, she is such a great tutor and is very inspirational and supportive.  And of course you always end up getting your sewing machine out! 

So here are the first three cards I have made:

A tent card:

which opens out to hold a photograph
(my gorgeous little grandson!)

A pocket card:

And this is my favourite so far!
with lovely hanging pennants inside!

Thanks for stopping  by and having a look - I can certainly recommend the class and it is only day four!

I hope you are all getting better weather than us:  it is very grey and dull here and of course the light is not good as the days are getting shorter and shorter.  I feel as though I have the lights on all day and photo opportunities are  getting very limited!

Roll on summer!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Birdcage Canvas


I am doing a short online course with Donna Salazaar at My Creative Classroom - Mixed Media Die Cuts.  I really wanted to use my die cuts in a more artistic way, so I thought this would be a good introduction.

Week 1 is canvas and unfortunately I had to substitute a few things, but I did follow the techniques through.  We used the reverse of the canvas and covered the outer edges with muslin and gesso.  Unfortunately my muslin was cream, so I had to use quite a bit of gesso.  AND .... I got a bit carried away and added some lace and scrim as well!  I sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Biscotti Spray and it really does shimmer. 

I had great fun putting together the inner and outer areas of the frame - so very much NOT like Donna's but that is what it is all about really.  I used die cuts for the bird and banner and of course the flowers and leaves.  This was my last Dusty Attic birdcage so I wanted to use it for something special.

Some lovely light relief from my directing/producing the local panto ................ oh yes it is!!