Tuesday 26 August 2008

A few more things to share...

...as I have had a productive crafting week :) Helps when the kids are back at school :P

Really trying to finish off this NZ album now, as I am determined that I will not be taking NZ photos to our team get together in September :)

Not much to say today, I think I talk too much anyway LOL, so all I will say is that the following LOs are all based on Pagemaps :)

I did another 2, but I think 4 is enough to bore you with today - it's getting to be a bit like the dreaded holiday slide evenings of the 70s...

So that's my annual total up to 73 :)

Continuing to strive for balance, although most of the time I am like Bambi on ice.....



Sunday 17 August 2008

More LOs to share...

... and more of New Zealand :)

First LO is from Christchurch, at the caravan park we stayed at. Kids and play equipment eh?

I used a July 2007 pagemap, the papers are Sweetwater and Paperloft. I added a bit of ribbon, and some rik rak and the title are foam thickers alphas :)

The DLO uses photos from one of the most unexpected finds of our holiday. We rounded a corner on the Arthur's Pass road, to see a Lake completely frozen. There were people on the ice on skates, with babies in bathtubs, so Mark thought it would be good to stop and have a go, seeing as he had never been on a frozen lake before.... So the 2 of them went to explore, walking on the ice in trainers - with me stood back on the hard, non slippy, safe ground LOL, armed with my camera and a 10x zoom :)

I used a November 2007 pagemap, Kraft bazzill, and Urban Lily paper. I used a zig pen to continue the black curved lines from the paper, and added MM flowers and buttons. The large flower came from a Little Silver Hat kit, and the centre of the flower is a MM chipboard accent. The title uses American Crafts Stickers.

Hoping to get some more LOs finished this week - and with the kids going back to school, I should find a bit more time to do it LOL. I can't believe the holidays are nearly over, this summer has gone so fast...



Thursday 14 August 2008

Keep that mojo working!!!!

Seems my mojo has come back from holidays refreshed and raring to go LOL. Another 2 LOs done for the New Zealand album - I am sure going to miss it when its done!!
This DLO is of Pancake rocks - Mark was obsessed with catching the waves splashing up on the rocks on camera, he spent ages stood there with MY camera trying to get the perfect shot LOL. But it was a truly amazing sight, the scenery was unbeatable.

I used K&Co Wild Saffron papers, kraft cardstock, and a MM journalling page. Title is using foam thickers, and the stamps are Autumn Leaves. This is based on a pagemap from Becky Fleck's book - this is from page 63:)

The next LO uses a photo taken at Shantytown. Whilst Mark and I were dressing up in period costume, the kids were adamant they were staying in their nice warm 21st century clothes thank you very much LOL. So they amused themselves with the 1860's props dotted around the saloon - namely the piano and a huge shotgun :s

I used an April 2008 Pagemap, bazzill card and Daisy D's papers. The title is foam thickers, that I inked with cats eye ink, but it didn't dry, and I ended up getting ink everywhere, so I covered them in 3D gloss to stop the mess :) The flowers and brads are from Little Silver Hat kits :)

Finally, I can show you the other mini book I did last week :) Now I know that it safely reached my teamie Sharon all the way in Michigan, I can share it:)

I used K&Co Wild Saffron papers and tags, and then went to town on the cover with leaves, blossoms and a birdie :)
I'm glad she liked it, and can't wait to see it when she has put some photos in it :)

I must get cracking with some organising - I am half way there with my photos, getting some albums to stick my scrapping fodder in to get them out of envelopes :) I also have 5 pizza boxes in my craft room - which ain't a big space - filled with kits that I haven't had a chance to use yet....



Sunday 10 August 2008

Getting back on track...

My scrapping has certainly taken a back seat over the past couple of months, and so it was really nice to be able to sit down on Friday night and get some LOs done. Two more for the New Zealand part deux album LOL.

Whilst on South Island, we visited a place called Shantytown, on the West Coast near Greymouth. It was mid winter, cold and very damp, and the place was almost deserted, but we still had a great time, looking at the buildings and shops recreating the 1860's - Gold Rush era. We even got to pan for gold - we all came home with a tiny bottle with gold flakes in the bottom, and panning is not as easy as it looks :)

The LO was done using an April 2008 pagemap. I used bazill card, and Chloe's Closet paper. Braid is from a Little Silver Hat kit, and the title is American Crafts foam thickers :)

The second LO is also from Shantytown. In the Saloon, there was a photographer, taking sepia photos in period costume. Mark thought this was a great idea, persuading me that it would be fun.... Hmmm.... Well, I got given a skirt and a corset top, both of which were about 8 sizes too big, so I was pinned together with about 25 safety pins, to get it to look right. I was wearing walking boots, so I had to go barefoot - and it was not the warmest days of the year, so I was absolutely freezing LOL. Mark fared better with the clothes, but was not as enamoured with the hat, as it did make him look like Stan Laurel LOL. The photographer had quite an old DSLR, and actually, my little Fuji S5700 took better photos than hers, so she kindly took some with my camera too, and we also bought the proper print she did for us ;)

The LO is done using a June 2008 pagemap. The card is Bazzill, with the hearts already punched out. The paper is Junkitz. I used thin organza ribbon from my vast ribbon collection, and the title is using foam thickers again :) The flower ribbon slide came from a Little Silver Hat kit :) I inked this LO within an inch of its life ;)

It's so good to get a couple of LOs under my belt, hopefully this is the springboard to help me get back into the swing, and to reach 100 LOs for the year :)



Friday 8 August 2008

Finally back...

... after my holidays and the week or so it takes to get over a holiday LOL :) Plus I didn't have anything crafty to share - and I'm sure you'll get to see my holiday snaps over the coming months anyway LOL

The first bit of crafting I have done is a minibook - instructions were given by Annette (Voodoo Vixen) on the homepage of UKScrappers on Monday showing 2 different minibooks. I chose to do the square book, and thought it would make a nice gift for our cousin whose wedding we attended at the end of July :)

I used Papermania 8x8 card, and Basic Grey Sultry 6x6 pad - went fantastic with the photos :) I added a few mini prima flowers, and used American Crafts foam thickers on the front cover. The ribbon I think came in a Little Silver Hat kit.

It's taking me a while to get back into the swing of crafting and scrapping - I ordered 919 photos from Photobox when we got back, and have only just organised them into an album so I can see what I want to scrap. With the kids on holidays still, it's all go, and at the end of the day I feel shattered after all our activities. When the kids are back at school, and we are back into our old routines I think that I shall feel up to scrapping more - I hope so !!