Sunday, 25 August 2013

Fairy Magic

As the current challenge at Anything But a Card is all things Fairies, I decided to make a small Tooth Fairy Wallet so the little tooth can be placed in the wallet and left by the bedside for some Fairy Magic.  
I am sure the Fairies will really appreciate not having to hunt under the pillow!

Inside is a small accordian booklet for recording those toothless smiles after the Fairies have done their magic. 

You may recall that I made more of these wallets earlier in the summer - if you would like the details of how I made them click the link HERE.  Both the wallet and book can be made from a single 12 x 12 piece of paper stock and bits and pieces, and so are a great way of using up lots of leftovers.

There are some lovely DT makes on the ABAC Blog and also lots of fabulous entries and you still have another week to enter and create some fairy magic! Looking forward to seeing what you create.

I hope you are all having a great weekend x

Monday, 19 August 2013


I was absolutely thrilled to have a layout published in this month's Scrap365 magazine in the Babies PDQ Gallery.  

I completely forgot to schedule a sneak peek before I went away, so at least I can now share the full layout!

I scrapped a small photograph of my grandson and the layout was very quick to bring together using punches, buttons and some layered cardstock.  

The blue background paper was a little dark so I layered a piece of vellum over the top to make it a little more baby pastel.  I am not a great lover of "baby papers" so have always made my baby layouts using my ordinary scrapbook papers.

I would also like to welcome more new followers - I really appreciate your interest and love having you here.  

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The World Is But A Canvas to the Imagination

Time for my second post of the month at Country View Crafts for this month's challenge which is Famous Quotations.  

I decided to use the rest of the Graphic 45 Quotations sheet to make a little meandering book measuring 6" x 4" and adding in some of the wonderful ladies from the Graphic 45 Edwardian Diary set.  So my sincere apologies to Ghandi, Joan of Arc and George Bernard Shaw for trivialising their wonderful quotes!

The book is made from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper stock and folded in half and scored every 4".  There are lots of tutorials for making these books on the internet and there are lots of individual ways of folding the individual pieces to make a lovely meandering book with pockets.  I have included a photo tutorial at the end of this post to show you how I made this particular book.

Lifting up the top cover reveals the pages below:

Opening out the middle of the book reveals these two pages:

And the right hand side page turns down to reveal another two pages underneath:

And the back of the book:

The two tags are covered with more of the papers, one of which I coloured with watercolours (more luck this time!):

And the back of the tags have pictures of my mother in law - Molly Atkinson

and her sister in law - May Atkinson

both very stylish ladies of the period!

I had a lot of fun making this book - it was quite simple and I had a lovely quiet evening cutting everything out whilst chatting to my husband and watching the television.  

There is still time to join in our lovely challenge - looking forward to seeing what you create!

So making the book:

Take a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock or paperstock and
score at 6" horizontally and at 4" and 8" vertically

Cut the two side scores as shown

Turn the sheet on its side
(I punched my pockets once I had folded
the book, but as I am now unfolding
it for photographs they look ready punched!)

Now start to fold - turn the top r/h
section over and behind

Fold the bottom l/h section under and

Fold the bottom r/h section up on top

Fold the top l/h section over and behind

And when you fold the middle you
should have your meandering book
you just need to glue down the pockets.
I hope this all makes sense!! 

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Live the life you have imagined ..........

A short post to say I am back from a fabulous holiday cruising the west coast of Scotland - amazing anchorages, wonderful weather (at times!), met some wonderful people and saw some incredible wildlife.  

But in particular I wanted to say:

A huge welcome to those of you who started following my blog while I was away.  I really appreciate that you want to share my crafting journey.  I hope to have some time in the next few days to visit your blogs too. 

And a huge thank you to all of you who have been commenting on my scheduled posts while I was away. All your comments were so very much appreciated.

I did manage to have a bit of  play last night and early this morning to get back into the way of things!  These colours of the sea have been in my head all the time we've been away and I was just itching to ink something! 

I covered my tag with torn bits of music and dictionary paper, bits of muslin and some scrim.  I added a light coat of gesso before spraying with Glimmer Mists Sprout and Seven Seas (I so love these colours).

I am still on a mission to alter all the white flowers in my stash, so this Prima flower got some watered down Seven Seas around the edges and then sprayed with water.

And the quote was one which was in my head most of the holiday as we were very much living the life we had imagined. We are very lucky.

I had purposefully not taken inks or tags with me this year and I really missed being able to create although I did a lot of knitting instead, which is really much more practical on the boat.

I was pleased that I hadn't forgotten how to do things!!

I was having a month off from the Anything But a Card Challenge Design Team, but Susan has very kindly pointed out that my tag fits perfectly with the current theme which is Summer Fun.  There are some fabulous Design Team makes from last week and again this week.  Click the link HERE to see all the wonderful makes and the link to the challenge.  I hope you join in!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and hopefully I'll be back to normal visiting blogs and creating early next week.  Thanks for looking xxx

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Be Who You Are ......

Another month and another new challenge over at Country View Crafts.  And for me another scheduled post as I am still sailing the high seas! This month's challenge is FAMOUS QUOTATIONS and it is going to be fascinating to see what you all make of this challenge as I am sure we all have some favourite family quotes. 

My parents and grandparents always instilled in us that we should be proud of who we were and so when I saw this quote:

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are (Joseph Cambell)

on the Graphic45 Quotations sheet I just had to use it for a scrapbook layout. 
I decided to go for a kraft brown look with cream and a single colour to brighten it up as I really didn't want to cut into this wonderful Graphic45 Elusive Wings sheet.  This photograph of my Nana taken in 1927 is a family favourite and was just perfect - my grandfather having painted the black and white photograph to get this yellow tinge.

There are some strategically placed flowers at the top of the photograph as the photograph is stuck in a frame and we daren't take it out so this is a photograph of the photograph in a frame!  The lower butterfly on the layout is also covering a bit of a mess where I tried to watercolour the butterflies which the kraft cardstock wouldn't take!  One learns!

I am really into making these muslin leaves.  I have used the Tattered Leaves die to cut them but any leaf shape would do.  I then spritzed some Vintage Photo Distress Ink on my craft mat and added some water and basically just squished them around until they were covered and then dried them with a heat gun - be careful as they can burn!  

There is a flower tutorial for the roses on my sidebar.

I hope you have fun with this challenge and be sure to pop over to the Country View Crafts Challenge site as the rest of the Design Team have made some amazing pieces and there will be more coming up through the month.

I may be home soon!