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Crafting wishlist

It is my birthday in just a few weeks time and I have now updated my Amazon wishlist in the rare case that anyone other than my husband wants to buy me something ­čÖé A gift voucher from a scrapbooking website is always welcome, but some people prefer buying actual presents, so in order to not disappoint, here is a list of five of those little things that I really need but I have not got round to buying yet. (Not really expecting anyone to buy me anything… this is just an excuse to write about the items that I will be buying myself in the near future…)

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

I have actually found myself needing a stapler in a couple of occasions lately and this one is perfect. I am not sure though if I would want the staples to be multicoloured, as I would want to be on top of which colour I am going to be stapling with.

tiny attacher

Paper piercing tool

I really need this. I have been stitching more and more on my layouts, and this is the perfect tool for it! Until now I have been using an old stamp scrubbing mat which is very soft in the back so perfect to pierce, but not the best solution.

piercing tool

Notebook border punch

I just love love love this punch. I have used it a couple of times at the Artful Angels crop, but I would love to actually own it!

fiskars punch notebook

Fine line applicator.

I am tired of my glossy accents always being clogged up and I would also like to start using wet glue for some elements of my scrapbooking that won’t work with tape, so these applicators are perfect.

fineline applicator

Echo Park Dots & Stripes

And something that I don’t need, but absolutely want! These gorgeous Echo Park papers with┬ácopper foil are just to die for. I WANT!

dots and stripes

Throw Back Thursday – First Communion Order

Approximately in September last year a Spanish friend of mine contacted me, saying that one of her friends was looking for someone to make decorations for the Sweets Table at her daughters’ first communion.

And because it was a good friend asking, I said yes, despite the fact that I had stopped taking commissions for personalised orders a few months back.

The order was quite big although not too complicated. It consisted of a couple of large name buntings and lots of cupcake/cake toppers with different wording. In addition to that, I also threw in another cake topper that reads “nuestra primera comuni├│n” – our first communion.

And here are the photos!

Cake bunting - large

Irene

Victoria

cupcake topper 1 cupcake topper 2

The order was delivered at the beginning of the month, and my friend’s friend is very please with it ­čÖé

Scrapbooking Layout – Curious Eric

Today I bring you another layout that I made at the Artful Angels crop last weekend. Funnily enough, I also chose a non-white background for this layout. I think the earthy tones in the photo made me choose this kraft cardstock.

Here is the layout:

Curious Eric

My inspiration for this layout was this layout I had pinned. I knew I wanted to use triangles and I had the right papers with the colours I wanted, however, I wanted my ┬átriangles to be slightly bigger so as to not use as many papers. The papers came from my stash and unfortunately I don’t know the name of the collection! It must be an old one…

Before gluing the papers to the background, I did a generous spray of white Heidi Swapp Colour Shine. It is very delicate and not too obvious, however it does give a beautiful shimmer to the whole layout. Here’s a close up:

closeup

So, overall, very very very happy with this layout. I love the tones and the photos are just so cute!

 

 

Scrapbooking Layout – Happy

Hi all! I attended my first scrapbooking crop of the year last weekend in Hursley. I was sat at a different table than usual, and as I didn’t really know the ladies, I didn’t join in the conversation much, so I just got on with my scrapbooking! I managed to finish 5 layouts, which is great going!

The next few blog posts will feature said layouts, and here is the first!

Happy Happy Happy

I cannot tell you how happy I am with this. This is probably my favourite layout so far ever. It is colourful, bright, and the photo of my son is just so cute! I know the grey background may seem a little odd to start with, but it has got a shine to it and it is not as dark as it may seem. Plus the grey coordinates greatly with the black and white photo!

This layout I made almost exclusively with the Lottie Loves Paper December kit plus Shimelle’s Starshine 6×6 paper pad. The only things that came from my stash were the “happy stamps” and the background cardstock.

Here are a few close ups:

you are my happy

Buttons

be happy

By the way, there is some journalling… it’s just at the back of the cardstock! I didn’t want to “spoil” the look of the layout by adding my dodgy handwriting in the front ­čÖé

Scrapbooking layout – Smiles

Hello!

My second layout of 2017 started like a right old mess! Again, I was inspired by a sketch for the January Challenge in the Facebook Scrapbooking group.

sketch3

I knew I wanted to play with watercolour splatters and I knew which photo I wanted to scrap, so the splatters needed to match the colours in the photo a bit. In order to create the circle in the middle of the page I used a plate (the watercolour washed off instantly, so no worries there)

splattered plate

This time I was not so literal with the sketch, I only used some of the elements as inspiration, but in the end I was very happy with the final result and I was still able to enter it in the challenge.

Here is the final layout:

Smiles

Unfortunately my cat walked over the background whilst the watercolour was still drying, so there are a couple of smudges.

And a few close ups:

closeup4

closeup5

closeup6

If you look closely at the second close up, you will notice the gesso that I used to prep the background sheet. Unfortunately when I bought my gesso I went for white and I should have gone for clear instead! But it’s not bothering me too much at the moment. Next time I’ll just make sure that I cover the whole page so you can’t see the difference in shades.

The layout ingredients are:

  • The butterflies are Studio Calico wood veneers.
  • The pattern papers were a mixture used from my scrap pile. There’s stampin’ up, First edition paper (Paradise crush), and another one that I can’t remember where it came from!
  • Just two little embellisments, the “live out loud” sticker, which is from Kaisercraft┬áand the “smile everyday” sticker which is from Simple Stories.
  • Others: Dovecraft enamel effects, watercolour paints.