Friday, 17 May 2013

Guys 'n' dolls & GCSE's

Yep, we are in the middle of both of these. Georgia is battling through her 'A' level final exams and Joel is playing the part of Sky Masterson at Theatre Clwyd in a couple of weeks.

Nige is set for another epically active weekend. To start the weekend in style we are attending a gourmet evening tonight at the Forest Hills hotel (just checking standards for our retreats of course).

I am heavily into prep for our Scrapcamp at the moment but I wanted to give a shout out for letter/number templates. I have a set of acrylic ones that I have owned for years and find endlessly useful. I lost the 'K' recently and a customer (thank you Mary) kindly made me another. You can make your own if you can't find any to purchase by finding a font you like online, enlarging them to a decent size and printing them. Cut them out and use and reuse them.

One of my fave ways of using them at the moment is for zentangle. So useful to be able to make a monogram or full name/word or number for a special birthday.
Trace the name/number.

Doodle inside the open spaces and then layer up to form a card.

Likewise, use to paper piece. Below the letters have been used on a memo board,

on a card with doodling around the edges of each letter,

on a wall hanger,

on layouts inked around each letter edge to give definition,

or with stickers,

as the title on the cover of a mini book with stamped images,

as a journalling block on a layout.

So get yourself a set. If you make them yourself heavy acetate is a good durable material to use.

Happy crafting


Rosemary x
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Sunday, 12 May 2013

And finally again!

Apologies if you received a notification yesterday that I had posted on my blog - I HAD and it is out there somewhere in cyberspace but I'm blowed if I can find it. Even my draft disappeared. So here we go again! Fingers crossed!

And so to the final three cards I made using the filigree paper pack. This card above was made using leftover scraps. I only glued the very top part of all my vertical strips and then wove the horizontal ones through before gluing any ends.

I diecut a card front for this one and simply lay the lace sheet behind. If you have a three fold aperture card it would be easy to hide the 'doings' by sandwiching the lace paper in between. I just die cut a separate A6 piece and glued it inside

This last technique opens up all sorts of possibilities. Using part of the lace paper as a stencil means you can use all sorts of colouring mediums, such as pan pastels, inks, spray misters etc. I used chalk cats eyes and didn't originally intend to attach the piece I had used as a stencil to my actual card. I did turn the stencil piece so that the colours weren't too matchy matchy.

I have started to record some video tutorials this past week and some of these cards are shown in one of them. I am impatient for editing to be done now and we are hoping to have one uploaded in the next few days.

I am having a family catch-up and coffee shop sort of weekend. Nige has been rather more active! Many of you will have squirmed at the facebook photo of his Mexican party outfit on Friday night. He was actually only chauffeuring the kids to this particular shindig. He didn't actually appear back home until three hours later. I wondered why he was making such an effort with his outfit! And then yesterday he went segwaying (is that a verb??). You face bookers were also treated to that sight. Thank goodness he didn't get home until early evening as he had planned on going to the local circus last night!! Do you think he is having some sort of mid-life thingy? I am sending him into work today so that I know where he is.

Coffee calls!


Rosemary x
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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Next instalment........

This is an acetate card - hard to photograph acetate! I laid down the two strips of lace paper on some double sided adhesive strips and covered the lacy bits with glamour dust crystal glitter. I then peeled off the backing from the other side of the strip and stuck them to the acetate - top and bottom. The raw edges I hid with ribbon on one and a peel off border on the other. Flowers and a greeting were added.

I cut into the circle pattern for the next card. I didn't have full pieces to layer all the pieces one on top of the other but that is not a problem. Gems, a ribbon and greeting were added.

For the card below using parchment I used a stylus tool with a piece of parchment on top of a lace square and embossed my pattern. No light source was needed as I could see through the parchment. I then punched a circle from my card base, stuck the parchment (I left the parchment larger than the actual pattern I had made) to the front and then glued the lace square on top of that.)

Last three ideas tomorrow.


Rosemary x
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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Filigree fun.

Can't believe its almost a week since our Coffee Morning. It's been a lovely week though with a 12 hour Scrapathon for National Scrapbook Day and LOADS of glorious sunshine. We tried not to miss any of it - had our first barbecue of the year!

I promised to show you one of the demos I had been working on for the coffee morning. I had great fun making as many cards as I could with this pack of filigree papers. There are 5 papers in the pack in different pastel colours.

This first card is purely three sections of one sheet cut in different colours and pieced. Carefully cut the corners away first to use later. Just make sure you cut in the same place for each or they will look odd when you join them. Add gems, pearls,crystal glitter to your hearts content.

This next shows how I used various corners and joined two at a time to form a square. I raised these squares from my base card with foam pads. A thin strip of co-ordinating cardstock was mounted above the squares to ground the greeting.

Next I punched two hearts from one of the papers and two hearts from white cardstock too. I glued a strip of the same colour lace paper to the bottom of the card front and hid the raw edge with some rick rack ribbon. A doily, flowers, greeting and pearls were also added.

This card was one I made with left overs. The flower heads were not as hard to cut as they look. The stalks were slivers I had cut making earlier cards. I love the fresh and clean look of the colours of these papers against white cardstock.

I have another six to show you and will post more in a couple of days.

Hope your week is a good one!


Rosemary x

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Happy (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day!

Didnt want to miss the opportunity to wish all my scrappy friends 'Happy National Scrapbooking Day'. Looking forward to our 12 hour scrapathon with pastries and pizza tomorrow. We have a full house - in fact I don't even think I have a cropping space so I will be crafting on the floor!

Even if you aren't attending the crop we have some great scrapping things in stock. We have the new Basic Grey Mint Julep 12 x 12 paper range which includes some beautiful small print designs. Also we have Teresa Collins Stationery Noted and He Said, She Said ranges in 12 x 12 singles and 6" pads. In fact we have over 600 designs of 12 x 12" paper/cardstock for your delectation.

Yesterday we took delivery of the brand spanking new Craftwork Cards bi monthly card kit. It is good enough to eat. 17 of the 25 kits sold within 3 hours of them arriving. Another hot scrapping product for us at the moment are the Heidi Swapp Memory files. I am working a class up with these at the mo.

A short post with no photos as I am having so much trouble with posting on my blog at the moment and I am testing to see if it is the photos causing me the hassle. I will post coffee morning demo photos as soon as it gets sorted.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. Hope the sun shines on you.


Rosemary x

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Happy May!

I know the heading of this post sounds very physical and I WAS exhausted but I did really enjoy Saturdays scrapbooking and zentangle classes. I loved the enthusiasm I felt from the ladies on both classes. And boy did I work them hard on the layouts class.

We explored different ways of using tags on a layout. Tags can be any size or any shape so paper ranges that have the cut apart sheets in them are ideal. We used such sheets and made mulitple pockets and tags. We can use the tags as photo mats and for hidden journalling. We can also slip mementoes or other ephemera into the pockets. To access the tags make a slit in the page protector where the top of the pocket is and insert the tags etc from outside the protector. This first one uses Authentiques 'Spring'.

This next one shows the same technique but uses Bo Bunny's 'Prairie Chic'. The paper is not banana shaped - the light was fading so I stood the layout up in my light tent!

We also made a layout using tags as decorative elements and to ground things such as the title. My inspiration for this layout came from a layout on Pinterest. These papers are from Kaisercrafts Lavender Haze.

Our last layout showed how to use tags as photo mats. I also wanted to make the ladies look at what appears on the surface to be a serious, heritagey range of papers in a different light. This range is Kaisercrafts Remember Me. (Again - not banana shaped paper)! I love that the barcode strips on Kaisercraft paper are decorative on one side. Here I used the poppy strip fading away to nothing on two edges, and one sheet had lots of single words that I cut apart and used randomly around the page. The lines emanating from the tags are faux stitching produced with a ruler, pokey tool and black pen. I saw this idea in a mag but with real stitching. It helps ground the tags. Buttons, ribbons, bakers twine, gems, candi or just punched holes etc etc could be used to finish the tag tops.

In the last ten minutes we quickly made a tag fold-out book comprising five tags that could stand alone as a mini book or be attached to a layout to hold more photos/journalling. Hint - fold back up from the bottom.

Busy busy working on demos for coffee morning tomorrow. Got inky fingers and nails! Customers ask how they can use particular products so I set myself a challenge to use a Docrafts filigree paper pack in as many ways as possible. Will share what I did in another post.

Hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine. After a day working outside in the sunshine Nige made a lovely cajun chicken taco meal for tea last night complete with soured cream and guacamole. His salad comprised lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese and diced ...... COURGETTE!!! He thought it was cucumber but Joel and I queried this as it had no centre and was very dark green. He stroppily insisted it was cucumber and that he had bought a pack of three small ones. We knew straight away then! Pass the rennies! Bless him for trying.

Until next time

Rosemary x