Saturday 24 April 2010

PageMaps Couture cardstock competition

This is my entry for the PageMaps Couture Cardstock competition. I'm not one for entering competitions, but anything to do with a PageMap, and I'll pretty much do anything LOL.

I used kraft Bazzill cardstock, and Scribble Scrabble papers. I got to use my new Cricut to cut out the title and the swirls under the photos.
So there you go. As a friend of mine always says - "you gotta be in it to win it" :)
Be back soon with a couple more layouts, and a card. My Mum arrives tonight for a week, so not sure when "soon" will be LOL

Saturday 10 April 2010

Splashes and ropes...

... is what I have been scrapping this week LOL. The weather has been better this week, so we made plans to go to Landmark on Wednesday. It was probably the best day of the Easter Holidays weather wise, and it seemed like half of Scotland decided to go aswell LOL. We got there early, and queued up for a go on the Tarzan Trail - a high ropes course, that is family friendly. I don't do heights, and I am always reluctant to go on them. But I always get talked into it, and I manage to get round without having to be rescued. Mark took the camera, and snapped some dubious shots of me, not one for having my photo taken, and I hate it even more when I don't feel comfortable and am hanging from a harness...
I decided that I would scrap the photos, so I sat down on Thursday night and did it. So the photos were taken on Wednesday, and I finished the layout 24 hours later LOL. That never happens....
I used a LHS of a 12x12 double page map from April 2010 for this, removing some of the photos to make room for my title and journalling.

I used kraft bazzill, Crate Paper, American Crafts and Prima patterned papers, and American Craft Thickers that I coloured with a Promarker and added Stickles to for a bit of bling. The border is made with a Martha Stewart punch. The flower is punched using EK success retro flower punches, and I added a paper rose and a teeny butterfly.

I finally got round to looking through our 2008 holiday photos... They have been put in a folder, all nice and safe, since they came from Photobox! As I was going through them, I realised that we had a thing for using the continuous shot feature on our Fuji! We can program it to take 3 photos one after the other, which is great for doing action sequences. The hotel pool was a popular venue to use this, as Tom had a thing for jumping in it LOL.

I used a September 2009 PageMap for this one. I love that I could place the photos on the left hand page so that the pool edge lined up.

I used plain cardstock, Scenic Route paper, Basic grey chipboard numbers and Heidi Swapp ghost letters. I painted the chipboard and the edges of the acetate letters with Making Memories paint, and then added some Stickles. I stuck the letters on with diamond glaze, which adds to the watery look of them. I added the journalling with my trusty Zig pen, and added a hand drawn border.

Excitement this week too, as I got paid! And this included an annual bonus! Which has led me to treat myself and order a CRICUT!!!!!!! I've only gone for a small one, and one of the original personal machines instead of the Create. I think I may treat myself to the Design Studio software at a later date. Hopefully it will be with me sometime next week, and I'll get to have a play :) My friend has also been to IKEA for me, and phoned me to say that she had my 2 x 4 Expedit bookcase. So maybe, just maybe I'll now get to sort out the craft room properly.
I am thinking about ordering some more Promarkers too.... Well, if I can't treat myself, eh....

Mark is painting the fence as I type, Jemma is on the trampoline with her friend, and Tom is in the lounge Super Smash Brother's Brawl-ing with his pal, so maybe I will just sneak off into the craft room for a bit....



Thursday 1 April 2010

A productive day all round :)

Considering it is the holidays aswell LOL. But seeing as the weather has been so dire, the planned outings have been postponed until a later date ;) I managed to get the food shopping done though....

Onto crafty things... I had a bit of a craft boom yesterday, Mark took the kids to Tang Soo Do, so I had a couple of hours to play before tea. I had started this layout a couple of days ago, and managed to get it all finished before cooking tea LOL
I used a PageMap from December 2008.
The cardstock is bazzill, and the papers are JillyBean Soup and Scenic Route. The panel to the right of the photos is actually fabric, from Love, Elsie. The die cuts are My Minds Eye, and the alphas are my trusty Thickers. The photos were taken at Avon Valley Park near Bristol, in the summer of 2005, when we did a grand tour of the country.

This next LO uses photos that I adore. *sigh*, as they get older you almost forget that they were really cute once upon a time... Jemma, aged 2, sat on the doorstep of our flat in Gibraltar. With a cat mask she made at nursery. And bunches. So adorable. What happened to this sweet girl? That's right, she grew up...

I based this loosely on a PageMap from July 2009, the one that I used for the Jedi layout in this post here. The papers and alpha stickers came from a Sarah's Cards kit - they are BoBunny Flutter Butter and American Crafts stickers - and I made a couple of paper roses, and used some shop bought paper roses as well. I used a couple of Martha Stewart punches too - a border punch, and a butterfly punch.

Before they headed out to Tang Soo yesterday, we had a bit of an Easter card making session. The kids had the peel offs and felt tips out, whereas I hunted out some Pink Petticoat images I had printed off last year and never done anything with, and got out the Promarkers LOL. Tom had to be persuaded that eggs and chicks were better suited on a card rather than a picture of "Jesus lying dead on the ground" - no kidding, this is what he wanted to draw on his card. After re-enacting the Easter story in assembly at school, he is very matter-of-fact about the story, and as he said "Connor (the boy who portrayed Jesus in his assembly) had to pretend he was dead, that's what happens to Jesus at Easter"... erm, true, but not really greetings card material, son...

Anyway, here is my finished card LOL

After the kiddos were safely tucked up in bed, I went up to the craft room to get Jemma's birthday card made. She will be 11 in a couple of weeks. I used my Promarkers to colour in the image from Greetings Farm, and I made it quite gothy, as she isn't really a girly girl ;) I used a sketch from the Sugar Bowl sketch library - it's the sketch for challenge 23. The papers are Scenic Route, and Making Memories, and the number buttons are Doodlebug. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

Well, that's all folks. Off to work in a jiffy, so doubt if there will be any crafting from me tonight. Hoping that the weather improves over the Easter weekend, so that we can get out and about. Mark is wanting to walk up Ben Rinnes again, but I am not so keen....