Saturday, 28 November 2015

An update and a brand new layout!

Hi all

Been so busy lately... uni is such a pain in that you get nothing to do for weeks and then the deadlines approach and it's worth making a start so Nathan and I have been doing some photography and filming this week. Luckily I enjoy the photography aspect (most of the time!). Here's a portrait I took of Nathan. (I had to stand on a bench to get a decent angle. I hate being 4'11") Glad he's still wearing the scarf I knitted for him last year! :)
Also when I was shopping with my parents last week I picked up some new supplies, a set of ink pads and a My Mind's Eye chipboard embellishment set from TKMaxx. It's actually a better store for crafts than Hobbycraft because there's always something that little bit different. I couldn't resist the chipboard, especially as it has lots of gold foiling and I do love some sparkle. 

So, I had to have a picture to make a layout using those embellishments (obviously!) so I asked Nathan if he would take a selfie with me.
It's a bit different to what I usually do, more simple, but it works better that way I think. I tried to do an 'ombre' thing with the papers and embellishments to match the background paper... it kind of worked until I added the chipboard but then having a hint of pink at the bottom and a hint of teal at the top balances it out.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Monday, 23 November 2015

A Gorjuss Layout

Hi all

Sorry it's been a while, I have been crafting but with the new collections from docrafts and I'm waiting to hear what I'm to do with those projects I have made. Hopefully it won't be too soon before I can share them.

In the meantime I realised that I never got around to making anything with the Santoro's Gorjuss collection that came out in September. I got so wrapped up in Christmassy things (if you'll pardon the pun) that I forgot all about it!

So I made this layout. If I'm honest I've never been too fussed about crafting with the Gorjuss characters, but the matching papers and embellishments are fab! I tried to use a little bit of everything I have from that range in this layout and tried to layer them up in the centre. I could have maybe done something at the top edge... but I've a limited attention span and an addiction to watching Time Team, so...

Here's a close up of the stitching where the two papers join. I wanted to do something with the join because sometimes they look a bit odd. I marked the paper at 2cm intervals 2.5cm either side of the join and stitched with silver thread.

Thanks for stopping by...
I'm off to Hobbycraft now, my dad kindly offered to take me there seeing as we're going to Meadowhall anyway, and who am I to say no? :D

Emily xx

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Christmas Gift Tags!

Hi everyone

Suffering a bit of crafter's block lately...

But today I made some gift tags using my Christmas supplies from docrafts to try and get back into it...

First I die cut some tags from kraft card.
Then I went around each edge with a small amount of PVA glue and sprinkled white glitter and let it dry overnight.

Then I decorated each one.

Now I'm not sure what to do with these... If I actually use them as gift tags they might get thrown away and they're too nice for that!

Anyway, until next time...!
Emily xx

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Mini Thank You Cards

Hi all

This week I have been making some smaller cards. They are 10cmx10cm and great for a smaller greeting such as thank you. You could also use them as larger gift tags. They're super simple and quick to make.

The idea came from this card I made for some relatives.

So I thought I'd make a few and then they're ready to go, and I finally got around to making them.
I just used coloured card, embossing folders and some older docrafts collections.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Scrap Around The World Mood Board November 2015

Hi all

Here's my entry for Scrap Around the World this month.

Here's what I came up with. The picture is of a Red Legged Partridge my mum spotted on her way home, came running for me to bring my camera, and showed me it. Rather odd as this species is normally found in flocks in fields but this one was on its own in someone's front garden. It was there a few days, quite happily feeding under a bird table, but I've not seen it since so hopefully it's found its way back to the flock.

Here's this month's mood board. Why not join in?

When I saw the mood board I instantly thought of the picture I'd taken of the partridge. A Christmassy bird, and the picture had hints of red and blue. I wanted to include those colours and a nice crisp white for a winter themed layout. 

I had some products left over from my docrafts PDT kit so I challenged myself to use mainly these in my project. In fact the only extras I used are distress paint (I can't get enough of it).
I embossed A4 white card and then added the paints and some adhesive gems for some extra sparkle.
The papers are from the Pocket Full Of Posies Collection and the stickers from Folk Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Another Autumn Layout

Hi all,

Here's an autumn layout I have made.
The picture was taken at Walkers Nurseries in Doncaster. There is a show garden there and this beautiful bridge is just outside the cafe. (Nice cafe, too...). The colours this time of year are beautiful, and I picked out the orange and pink and used those colours in my layout.

Speaking of beautiful.. the title is created using gel medium.
I bought it to try out some image transfer. But after watching videos on Youtube, I still can't get it to work so instead I looked at other ways to use gel medium. 
So I grabbed a stencil, put the medium onto it, let it dry and sprayed ink onto my desk-saver and added water and painted a wash over the stencilled area. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Friday, 6 November 2015

Docrafts November Collections Unboxing

Hi all

As you may know, I am on the Project Design Team for Docrafts. Every couple of months, new products come out and we get sent a selection to make some projects for their website with. This time there are new Xcut dies, Creativity Essentials stamps, Bare Basics embellishments and boxes, and Papier Patch decoupage papers.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Halloween Layout

Hi all

Another spooky make to share.

On Saturday we were going to see family in the afternoon. Seeing as it was Halloween, we thought we'd get a little something to dress up with and scare everybody... I took a selfie with my parents in our 'costumes' before we set off.

Like the card I made last week, I used the Halloween download papers from docrafts. I hate fussy cutting but sometimes you just have to...

To make the flowers I painted plain flowers with black acrylic and sprinkled over some glitter before the paint dried. The glitter is just nail glitter I bought on eBay but it's really nice to use.

Until next time...
Emily xx