Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Colour Purple

Not exactly one of my favourite colours to scrap with purple, not by a long shot!, but it turns out its my friends favourite colour - after all these years of knowing her, I had no idea! I had a bit of a hunt on my hands trying to even find some purple paper in my stash but I found some Websters Hollywood Vogue and the reverse of a piece of Country Estate, again from Websters.

Her birthday was this month so I bundled up a package and sent it over,  all of it in shades of purple.  I made these wooden letters for her bedroom, and no its not purple :) but cream with a white duvet, so hopefully I can rely on her husbands colour description :) and it will fit in well!

And a couple of close ups for you........................................

Also inside the box I had some Cherry Ripe bars - she loves these things, yuck!, and some absolutely devine hand and body lotion from The Aromatherapy Company.  I wrapped that separately, added a tag I made from the scraps for decoration and then popped in a card.

Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

The Explosion Box

Earlier in the year I was preparing to teach my first class at Scrappin Patch's retreat, held at Glentui.  If you've never been out that way, its a glorious place to hold a retreat. Its nestled in amongst the hills, surrounded in bush - sitting scrapping away listening to the birds and lucky for me not far from where I live :)

Ive taught classes before but this time I had to prepare for 20 possible students, the most Ive ever taught before this was about 6, so this was huge for me!  I also had to type up instructions - another first for me.  I hauled in my BFF Rebecca to read through and and see if it all made sense, or it sounded like a load of double dutch, thankfully it all made sense :) - then it was time to package together 20 kits.

Ive been to lots of classes before, and Ive been a Nurse Educator previously, so I knew what I liked about teaching styles and what I did'nt.  I really wanted to make people feel welcome and I have this thing that no matter what the question, it is never stupid because there is usually someone else out there that has the same question, they're just too scared to ask it in case they look stupid!  Actually thats usually me lol! :) And I would hate for anyone to feel like that in one of my classes.  I was also aware that some people need more help than others to complete projects.  I was also following on from Trina's class so I had a lot to live up to!  I liked how with each class of hers Ive been to, she has made a wee gift for each person, so I took her lead and made little pillow boxes and filled them with mini Easter eggs, only I forgot to take a photo of them, whoops!

So heres the box. The papers were Kaisercraft's Sweet Nothings and I used entirely Kaisercraft product to create the box and added in Martha Stewart punches, twine, chipboard, Cherry Lyn Flourish and muslin and a Dusty Attic ornate gate.

Explosion boxes have been around for a long time - I even have one a friend made for me years ago for  Christmas!  So, I really wanted this one to be different, not just a remake of the original, so why not try and fit a secret garden into the bottom  of the box, complete with rustic old penny farthing and ornate gate?!  The rest of the album I created around my grandparents, Grace and John.  The photos are from the early years of their marriage - there are no photos of them together in their later years, Granddad died when my Mum was little from a congenital heart defect that was picked up when he went to enlist for WWII, consequently he could never serve his country. All that history makes these photos all the more precious, they are all I have of him.

Kaisercraft sponsored this class, which was a very proud feeling for me!

If you want to make an explosion box, there are loads of instructions on the web, or if you like I could email you the instructions to make this one, just leave me a comment.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

A little bit of Kaisercraft

Hello again, yes I know quite rare two posts in one day, you must be as shocked as I am :))

I thought I'd show you my latest OTP project using Kaisercraft's new Kite - I just loved this project!  My lovely friend Karen way down south has just become a Grandma to the cutest wee girl called Indie.  She really is quite cute.  Usually as baby gift I scrap a wooden letter (or their whole name depending on how many letters there are), but this time I wanted to go a bit further and incorporate her name into the kite.  Ive used the final pieces of Bonjour I had, which is a shame, I loved loved loved this range!  But anyway here it is - I found it difficult to photograph without having it on the wall, so I ended up on a stepladder looking down over it, still not that happy with it but you get the idea.

Ived used some tulle to tie all the 'bows' together, and then added two pale pink tulle double bows to the beginning and the end.
And a few close ups, so show all the detail in the kite.

Ive made the flowers using a Tim Holtz die and  Spellbinders Anemone Flower Topper.  The wooden Kaisercraft leaves I inked with Versamark and rubbed two shades of Pearlex into them.  The bird and butterfly are both popped up with foam tape.  The punch in the background has become a big favourite of mine lately, its Martha Stewart Deep Edged Heart border punch.
With the leftover scraps I made a card, and I also decorated a Kaisercraft mannequin.

This time I used a Stampin Up border punch to create the white edge and just mitred the corners to create a frame around the base layer of paper.  Then Ive layered Spellbinders Romantic Ovals and Martha Stewart Heart Scroll, with a single pale pink tulle bow layered with a double bow of seam binding and rose.
Apparently I made Indie's mum cry when she unwrapped her gift, which makes it all worth while - not that I like to make people cry if you know what I mean!

So, the mannequin, here she is in all her Bonjour glory......................................................

As you may have gathered I have a love of all things heritage, so the idea behind this was to create an old fashioned dress with a bustle.  To create the bustle I shaped squares of paper into cones and then layered them on top of each other with flowers over top and a double bow ribbon.

And the front, with her wee apron..............................................

Well I think thats about all folks :)
Have a great day!

And the winner is.......................................

Hi de hi everyone!

Heres hoping everyone had a wonderful mothers day, goodness knows the weather was absolutely beautiful here - 20 degrees according to the car when I was driving to work :) , that smiley face is for the weather not work incase you were wondering lol.

So, enough babbling :) I have roped my husband into picking a winnner, all official - names in the hat, very hightech :) and the winning name is.......................................................TRACE!!  Congratulations!, and a big thank you to everyone for joining in the polkadot door blog hop.

A parcel of goodies is on its way to you!