Thursday 30 October 2008
Wednesday 29 October 2008
Tuesday 28 October 2008
It started off a really nice day today with the sun shining bright, but by 3pm the clouds were out and it was raining buckets and has been since - I've kids on half term break (3 of them!) hubby at home too - so this afternoon the kids and Dad sat down to watch 'Iron Man' and I quickly sneaked away to make this little box for the WOJ challenge.
I've used 'Willow w/hot chocolate' stamp, background papers are again free downlod from 'Shabby Princess designs' and instructions for the box are from Splitcoasters.
So now I'm off to have a relaxing cup of tea and watch a film with the kids snuggled up in front of the fire!
What you'll need:
glue or double sided tape
Basic crafting tools
1. For the back cover cut one 6" x 5 1/4" piece of chipboard or heavyweight card and one 8" x 7 1/4" piece of patterned paper of your choice. Cover the chipboard with the paper, mitering the corners.
2. For the front cover cut two 3" x 5 1/4" pieces of chipboard or heavyweight card and two 5" x 7 1/4" piece of patterned paper and cover chipboard pieces as above, again mitering the corners.
3. For the accordion binding cut two 4" x 5 1/4" pieces of cardstock, scoring and folding at 1/2" increments across 4" width starting and ending with valley folds. Glue one accordion fold onto each side of the back cover (see pictures) and making sure to line up first fold of the accordion spine with the edge of the back cover.
Glue each remaining end of the accordion onto the front edges of the cover, also glue the outside accordion folds together - by doing this it creates a sturdy bookbinding that will hold the pages neatly in place.
If you want to increase the number of pages in the gatefold mini album you just extend the length of the cardstock binding and folding extra pleats according to the extra pages being added.
5. Cut two 2 3/4" x 5" pieces of patterned paper and glue to the inside front cover over the accordion edge. Cut one 5" x 5 3/4" piece of patterned paper and glue to the inside back cover.
6. For the flaps cut six 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" pieces of cardstock, round two of the corners only at one end and then glue the square end onto the accordion edge spacing them out equally.
You now have the basis of your gatefold mini album which you can embellish, layer and decorate to your choice for example in my completed album which I posted yesterday I have made a pocket to the inside back cover which will hold a CD and using a template made some mini envelopes and glued them to the inside front covers on each side (see here).
Monday 27 October 2008
I have some fab news to share with you all, as you will have noticed from my past blog posts I have on occassion entered in for DT and Guest DT calls, but alas with no joy - but then when you see the amount of talented crafters out there - its no wonder! Still, a few weeks ago I stumbled onto Toodle & Binks blog where they were announcing the launch of their up and coming stamps and it was by entering their guess the fairy's name post that I won and shortly after received 'Celeste'.
Toodles & Binks is a new UK based stamp line from Stamp Galaxy. The stamps are sweet, cute, whimsical characters, they are unmounted red rubber and available to order! at Stamp Galaxy and they will ship worldwide.
Anyway, last week I received an email from Toodles & Binks asking ME to be their Guest DT for October/November!! WOW!! and how spooky was it that on the same day I reecived the email I had just posted on my blog a card which I had made with my new Celeste stamp that I had received the very same day (this was before I had received the email). So hopefully very shortly I shall be posting some creations with these lovlies! - Watch this space.....
PS There is a moral here - never give up!
I made this little mini album over the weekend, in between dreaded housework, LOTS of ironing, kids sleep-over and a visit from some friends - needless to say I started it on Friday and didn't finish 'till this morning!
I am currently preparing the tutorial for the mini album so that I can post it later today or tomorrow, so if you like it dont forget to check back!For the image I've used a Sarah Kay image from the Christmas collection (which I borrowed as mine is still making its way to me in the post!) and the monograms are new stamps designed by Traci at Particraft - these are the lower case alphas, and there is also an upper case, I do love these as they are big and so versatile. The background papers were a free download from Shabby Princess Designs. I have been experimenting a little lately with download papers and have found them to be very useful especially when I'm doing a specific theme and I don't necessarily have the appropriate papers in my stock. The Sarah Kay image I have stamped with "Black Soot" distress ink, blended around the edges and just added a hint of colour to the tree and their cheeks again with distress inks (worn lipstick, peeled paint) and I have added some stickles for sparkle. Inside their are two small envolopes on the inside of each front, at the back there is a pocket to take a cd and the flaps are ready to have photos and journaling added.
Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Answer the five sets of five.
3. Tag 5 people in the last section by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Here are the 5 sets of five...
Things you love...
2)Long walks in the woods w/dogs
3)Lazy days on the beach
4)Halloween & Christmas
5) Crafting - of course!
Things you don't love...
4)Having my picture taken
5) When I've not had time to craft!
Songs on your iPod/Playlist...
1) All seafood
2) Summer salads
3) Italian (all)
4) Cilli con carne
5) Cheesecake & Profiteroles
5 people I'm tagging:
2)Becki & Alan
Friday 24 October 2008
Sorry for the late post, but we had a bit of an emergency today, but all is well now and I have done my usual cut, wrap and drawn a winner - and the winner is...
THANK YOU so much to everyone who took part, as always its great to read your kind comments and also to take a look at your blogs! CONGRATS! to Kathy (email me your address and I will post this out to you asap).
DONT FORGET to check back next week for November's Blog Candy and I have a sneak peak of it for you here............you never know - it could be you!
Tuesday 21 October 2008
Monday 20 October 2008
The stamp is 'Charlotte' the ragdoll from Dew Drop Craftz and the papers are a free download from Shabby Princess Designs .
I've made a double pocket card to hold a bookmark and a book gift voucher, I've used these before for giving voucher as I think its a nice way of presenting it and combines card and pressy in one!
I've used Sugar Nellie 'Knight' image,wizard nestabilities, and papers are left-overs from my stash box.
I will be back later with my other project which I still haven't finished, so inbetween school run, after school activities and diner I will somehow post again later.
Saturday 18 October 2008
I still have two projects in the making which I hope to finish this weekend, but we have the in-laws staying and Michael has a big footy match tomorrow away and apparentely its about an hour or so's drive away! - so fingers crossed I might just have them ready to post tomorrow.
Thursday 16 October 2008
Monday 13 October 2008
The ingredients for this project were Tim Holtz 'Trick or Treat' stamp set, MR chipboard letters distress inks 'spiced marmalade, vintage photo, cracle paint 'frayed burlap' Jo sonya cracle medium.
For my image I've used WoJ 'Charlotte in sledge', the houses below are a Magnolia stamp, background paper is from Dovercraft Christmas collection and the 3 panels behind the image have been embossed with cuttlebug's 'Lace tree@, 'Xmas ornaments' and 'Snowflakes'.
I've also done another project which I hope to be able to post later today, but it is still in the process of drying, but in the meantime here's a little clue!!!.....
These pictures were taken yesterday morning in our garden.
Be back later with the finished project.