Today is happy birthday to me day, just don't ask me how old I am, I'm trying to forget that bit. I've made myself a tag inspired by the tweeting of the birds as I've been clearing patches of the garden ready for Spring. I've seen signs of it so I know it's not far away.
It's up on the Design Team blog for Susan Weckesser today along with a few more pictures.
Hopefully I'm on my way home from the trip to Stitches in Birmingham. I'll tell you all about it soon I promise but in the mean time here's a journal page I created last week for the Susan Weckesser blog today.
It's actually a bad journal page made better!! I hated what I'd done and after cutting off the offending bits, decided to cut it up completely to save the bits I liked. A new background later and I was happy.
A piece of art using recycled parts from a discarded journal page and a clean up sheet. There are more pictures at A Sprinkle of Imagination today.
After the successes of both CHA in the USA and Paperworld in Germany, Sizzix have lots to shout about. I'll be very privilaged to go to the, UK version of CHA in Birmingham next weekend where I'll be able to see the new releases for myself and I just can't wait.
This month Sizzix have brought out two new lines of dies by Eileen Hull and Tim Holtz.
Cherished is the adorable new collection by
Eileen Hull for Sizzix®. Perfect for all types of crafts from Cardmaking
and Papercrafts to Scrapbooking, Home Décor items and even 3-D
creations, this collection has so much to offer! Featuring
the cutest of designs, the Cherished collection allows you to create
gorgeous projects for the most special family occasions all year round!
You will find everything from cute zoo animals including an elephant,
giraffe, lion and monkey to beautiful bows, ribbons
and labels. Some of the Scoreboards™ XL dies in this range will also
make perfect little gifts and decorations with mini albums, building
blocks, a cradle and even a baby’s shoe available! Start crafting now
and create those special keepsakes to welcome a
new born baby, celebrate a child’s birthday or Christening or even to
decorate a nursery!
Tim Holtz® is back with some fabulous additions
to his Alterations™ collection. The incredibly popular Tattered Florals
die returns bigger and better than ever before as a Bigz™ XL die
creating even more project possibilities! These leaf
and floral themed dies are just perfect for any type of crafting from
cardmaking and scrapbooking to home décor items and much more!
It's time for another Sarah Hurley challenge and the theme set by Claire is to create something with all the same shape of embellishment. Of course hearts had to feature this month and indeed on the challenge blog there are one or two heart cards to be seen.
I cut an aperture using a Sizzix heart, stem and leaves die and mounted it on foam pads. I filled my heart with smaller punched hearts and carried them on up and out of the shaped hole.
I thought just for fun I'd use some thinly cut acetate to mount three little hearts on to make them escape from the card.
In my crafting lifetime I can count only a few 12 x 12 layouts which I've completed, instead up until now I've preferred to scrap in an A4 format and even then I've yet to fill an album with them. I decided this year to put that right and create one per month at least to go alongside my project life album.
You can imagine then how pleased I was to find Sarah Hurley has now brought out her papers for the kit club in glorious 12 x 12 size and as soon as I saw this one I had to use it for my first layout of the year.
A swipe of gesso, a spritz of ink and a little stamping and I had my background.
I even managed to sneak in my own stamp onto the design.
I thought I'd show you my first three weeks of Project Life pages. This first page I wasn't so happy with simply because I just don't like my own handwriting.
The second week I was much happier with because I got my typewriter out to journal.I used all journaling cards and papers cut into PL sized cards by Sarah Hurley. In fact I think 99.9% of this page is all Sarah Hurley.
By week 3 I've gone for a much busier look which I seem to be happy with.
I've been a bit of a recluse over the last couple of weeks. Martin is away working in Africa, the eldest daughter has left home, middle daughter is still in Berlin and I've just squirreled myself away creating magazine articles and nursing a bad back. Lena thought it was time I got out and had a change of scenery so invited me over for a crafting session in her basement.
She set the challenge to only use black and white which at first made me want to creep back into my own basement and hide but I have been meaning to try out some doodling for a while now and this seemed the perfect time.
I love the page I created (finished during this week) but it's still just black and white, so, sorry Lena.....I just had to......
.....add some colour.
What will this Friday evening hold in store I wonder?
A little while ago Ali (Ed from Scrap 365) sent me some chipboard pieces from Tando to play with and I couldn't have been happier. Chipboard is great stuff and I get to totally indulge my love of all things mixed media and, dare I say it, textural, and create something special with it.
After the explosion of colour on my blog recently, I thought I'd calm things down a bit with some neutral colours, just adding interest in the form of texture. I've used a square of cardboard for my backing and used a stamp called Sail Away by Susan Weckesser to decorate the front.
I used more texture paste here. If I'm not careful I'll be running out soon ;)
It's time for another challenge with ASOI and you can see the colours for January here. For my piece I chose to use a Tando chipboard piece so I could add lots of layers to it. I gave the finished piece a rub with some Inka Gold and I think it ended up giving it a frosty look. The swirly arrow is also a Tando chipboard piece and both of them can be found in the shop.