Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Trying to catch up for christmas.....with a canvas

Having flu 2 weeks before christmas is not to be recommended......not feeling well enough to get out of bed for 2 days 2 weeks before christmas is not to be recommended......feeling exhausted for a further 3 days is not to be recommended.....so now I'm trying to catch up.....thank goodness all my christmas cards were already made!! 
I saw a handmade canvas here on Pinterest......and wanted to make something similar of the littlies for S.
I used a large canvas and 3 small ones......the large one was painted off-white with black round the sides.....and the small ones just black.....the photos were stuck on.....and then the small canvases attached to the large one......with a heat gun.....I'm just hoping they stay attached!!!
Final addition was the words....from a variety of sticker sheets.....not quite sure why the camera thinks 'giggle' isn't black!!
Now just hoping she likes it.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Waiting for Christmas

S took this lovely photo of Little A and Little S......I love it......and as soon as I saw it the title of the page just wrote itself.
It had to go in my JYC Christmas album
A very simple page made with a variety of washi tape.....actually more grey than it looks in the photo....and then the addition of that title....it may be the quickest page I've ever made.

Friday, 5 December 2014

It's that time again- Journal your Christmas

I do believe the years must be getting shorter.....I can't believe it's already time to Journal your Christmas....as usual I'm being inspired by Shimelle's prompts.....but not slavishly following them.....and this year's journal is a very old.....8 x 8 SEI cardboard album that has been sitting around since I first began scrapbooking......but it's quite thin with 10 page protectors.......so only flat embellishments allowed.....and only 20 pages to make.
I was easily able to paper over the rather brightly coloured cover......and as always I'm intending to make it with stash I already have......no spending splurges [however tempting Shimelle's kit was]
The first page is the first of our 'christmasy' activities......so actually happened on November 29th.....a visit to Portsmouth and their Victorian Christmas Fair [more details on that visit in this post].
And it's certainly not too late to join in.....you can sign up here.

Monday, 1 December 2014

A Victorian Christmas

We took a day out on Saturday to go to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Victorian Christmas Fayre......with temperatures of around 60 degrees it didn't feel very christmasy.....but was still great fun
 carol singers complete with 'snow'
a display of Victorian bikes
lots of stalls selling all manner of things......most of them too crowded to photograph.....we 'tasted' a variety of goodies......and we bought a few christmas treats....cheeses, chutney, fudge
we spent ages onboard HMS Victory and found it fascinating
 the officers' quarters were very different to the sailors'
the sick bay wouldn't have done a lot to prevent infections spreading......and I wasn't too keen on the sharp knives in evidence either!!
the boat had cannons EVERYWHERE....no wonder they sank so easily if holed
during battle each cannon had 6 men working it and were ready to re-fire in 2 minutes.
and the Dockyard is so near Gunwharf Quays Outlet Centre....it would have been rude not to take a wander there.....a few more christmas presents bought....and a treat for me from L'Occitane......I do love their products when they are at an affordable price.
It feels like our Christmas has really started now.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Have a hoot of a christmas

There's a bit of an owl theme going on at the moment....everything you can imagine is festooned with owls......I can't say I'm over keen on 'flying things' myself.....I think I watched Hitchcock's 'The Birds' when I was too young!!
DD1.....on the other hand.....loves them....and has all manner of owl themed belongings.....scarves, mugs, bags, t shirts etc etc......so when I saw a christmas themed 'owly' free download on Docrafts Facebook page.....I couldn't resist.
A bit of paper cutting was involved.....but nothing too fiddly I'm pleased to report.....and I added the snowflake paper. Some punched stars and snowflakes......and a sentiment to complete them.
Personally I think these owls are a lot cuter and safer than the real thing!!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A bit more christmas fun

The fun christmas cards I showed in my last post obviously went down well with a few people.....when I posted them on Facebook I got some orders for more....which reminded me of another fun stamp I have....though I have to say....I don't think this will be me on christmas day!!
I used a bit of fun flock on the first one.....and very fine glitter on the second....colouring a few images at once definately speeds up the process.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Time saving cards

I love making christmas cards.....but I have a lot to make......so anything time saving is great for me.....and I was inspired to make a couple by Louise's post on Jennifer's Frosty Festivities event.
I started by stamping a few fun images and colouring them....always quicker to colour a few at a time.
I then pulled out a part used paper pack.....much quicker to use the same pack for more than one card.....layered up the cards......before punching out some stars and glasses to add......finished off with a few gems. 
The final addition was the sentiments.....which were already prepared and in my sentiments box.
I do love that die cut 'Christmas greetings'....but can rarely use it as I don't often remember to leave enough room....though the 'Merry Christmas' is probably far more apt for these cards!!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Festive frostiness

I've been following along with Jennifer's Frosty Festivities blog event this past weekend.....so many creative wintery and christmasy projects and inspiration....in such a variety of crafts.She's also challenging us to be inspired and her project using PicMonkey to make a photo look wintery certainly inspired me.
I make a December album each year....I love them......but what I keep forgeting to do is a christmas page for my  annual album.
Last year I didn't take many photos on Christmas Day.....I had one I really liked....but it was actually a pretty poor photo [typical of my photos].....so it seemed a good idea to add an effect in PicMonkey.
I couldn't add the type of effects Jennifer had as you have to pay for those......so it had to be something simpler.
The original......I like how much is going on in it.....and who is in it.
After playing a bit.......I added a frost effect....which softened it....and made it look a bit vintage.
Rather than using christmas colours in my layout.....I decided to go for wintery,frosty colours......which suited the photo more.
I sort of wanted it to almost look like one of those old fashioned pictures where you're on the outside looking in......not sure if I've managed that!
I was lucky enough to win some of Jennifer's wood veneer scatters and die cuts on the Scrap 365 blog.....and they went perfectly on this layout.
The layout hasn't photographed very well....the softer colours in the photograph above it are much more true.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Inspired to use the scraps

I manage to 'waste' hours on Pinterest.....see something I like....which takes me onto something else....and something else.....and suddenly an hour has disappeared.
I don't actually pin a massive amount.....and I hate to admit it but.....I rarely use what I have pinned.......so when G and I had a christmas crafting afternoon......I decided to actually go look at my christmas board....and found I'd got a quite a lot of stuff I really liked.
I was inspired by this pin......because it basically uses scraps.....and I've plenty of those.
I used some Brilliance moonlight ink to distress and stamp snowflakes.......some corrugated card for the tree trunk.....and scraps for the tree.
A few gems and wooden stars to finish off.....and the sentiments from part used sticker sheets. Can you see which letter I'd run out of?
Very simple,economical cards to make....though as is often the case.....simple didn't necessarily mean quick!!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Supplies on Hand.....a Bloggers Weekend

I signed up to May Flaum's 'Supplies on Hand [making the most of your crafty stash]' online course......I've plenty of stash I need to make the most of.....and her classes are always full of great ideas!!
Of course.....it started weeks ago and I'm only now getting going with it!!
The first lesson was all about using up alphabets....and any scrapbooker is going to have a few [or more] part used alphabets.
I decided using some would be a good way to document this year's Bloggers Weekend.
The plain card was the only 'new' stash cut into....the patterned papers were scraps....and the alphabets all part used ones....no embellishments......and the journaling is on the back.....I found it quite fun to just play around with alphabets thinking up appropriate words to describe such a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

It's November in the garden....really?

Suddenly we're in November......it creeps up on us every year.......but what's more surprising this year is that on November 1st we were putting the garden 'to bed' for the winter wearing t shirts and shorts in 23 degrees.....and apparently it was the hottest Halloween on record!!
The garden is not a winter garden....because I'm not a winter gardener....and now is starting to look tired and bedraggled.....but some plants just won't let go while the weather is so warm.
 the verbena bonariensis just keep on flowering
 these Californian poppies should be over by now
 the geraniums are hanging on to their last few flowers
this pink rose has new flowers every day....though we weren't originally impressed with it as we bought it as a mauve rose!!
the sunset rose has been flowering since May.....and should carry on til the first frosts.....last year it flowered for 7 months
 the little maple is changing colour and starting to shed its leaves
 one shrub just coming into flower....not sure of its name....may be a skimmia
 the flowers of the large hydrangea still look lovely as they dry and die
and even this sun lover is still sending up its flowers

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Cute Christmas

When I'm making cards I tend to veer between cute and vintage.......but as I have quite a few of these cute LOTV art pads.....I think cute may be a winner this year.
I love these images because they come pre- coloured.....and colouring images is my least favourite part of making a card......it's the putting it altogether that I love.
I used a fairly limited supply of stash which does make it quicker.....I find it impossible to choose when I have too much available!
Might be time for some challenges....seems like ages since I've entered any....Sweet Stampin Christmas want 'snowflakes'......and Allsorts and FabnFunky want 'Christmas'.