Wednesday 21 May 2008

Wedding cake papercrafting - another first for me

I have made this to go with the scrapbook for my friends sister's wedding. She is having blue bridesmaid dresses so hopefully it will tie in quite well. I used a robo template from UKScrappers for the project.

Measurements for my 12x12 exploding boxes

QVC have a craft TSV today and lots of craft shows throughout the day - one of the items included die cut exploding box templates and that made me realise that I hadn't put the dimensions of my exploding box up on here yet.

Anyway - here they are:

I marked in 10cm from the edges for the outer layer using the full sheet of card (31cm full width)

For the middle layer I cut the card down to 29cm square and marked in 9 1/2 cm from each side

For the inner layer I cut the card to 27cm square and I marked in 9cm from each side.

The top was made from a square 15 1/2cm with lines scored 2cm from each edge.

Tuesday 20 May 2008

About time I added more crafting pics I think!

I have been experimenting with some new styles of projects this week and I'm really pleased with how they turned out so I thought I'd share them with you.

This was a challenge, I was asked to make a card for someone who calls her hubby monkey and he calls her piglet. They are a very "rural" couple, she rides horses, he shoots etc so I went for the farm type images. The lady was really pleased with the bookatrix style card.

Next, a bootee cut from the Cuddly Buddly cuttable collection by Rupert the Robo! I chose not to use the print and cut version but cut it from textured cream cardstock instead. This was for Clare's weekly challenge on the DoCrafts Creativity forum where we had to create a card in an unusual shape.

Also, a card for my friends' little girl who loves the Yellow Power Ranger. I had some Power Rangers wrapping paper so I took a scrap that was left over and cut out the character images and the title block. I also hand cut the Lightening Flash and the number 6 which I attached with 3D foam

Finally, I have also made my first ever exploding box - my friend ordered one for her mum's birthday. I used photos on the first and third levels and then a verse on the middle layer which read:
"You're our wacky mum and grandma, we're your daughter and grandson, we have a tie between us, that can never be undone. We drive each other crazy, but we love each other too, and so now on your birthday, we're sending our love to you"

Monday 19 May 2008

There is yet more Birthday Blog Candy up for grabs

Go and have a peek at - some more lovely candy being offered for a milestone birthday! Don't you just love all these generous crafters? I know I do!

And the winner of my PIF candy is ............


Joanne at

Just need you to contact me hun so I can get it all in the post to you.

Sorry I've not been around for a week - More BLOG CANDY

Debs over at is about to celebrate a rather special birthday so to mark life beginning she's offering some yummity scrummity candy on offer to the person who gets chosen by Lil G with the most inventive and feasible birthday celebration.

And now my excuses for being AWOL - my lovely little apprentice has proved herself to be a big clever girl and has been out of nappies since Tuesday but of course that means I've been hopping around keeping an eye on her rather than blog hopping! She's doing really well though and I can count the number of accidents on one hand so normal service should be resumed very soon.

Tuesday 13 May 2008

More Blog Candy and I got the album finished!

Em is giving away some more blog candy to celebrate her birthday and hits milestone so pop over to and have a look.

Also, I have finished the album for my friend and she collected it this afternoon - she was really pleased with it and told me off for doubting myself with it (*again*), can't help it - especially when I've submitted so many layouts and cards for publication in various places and they've not been used. Ho hum, guess I just need to persevere!

Saturday 10 May 2008

Woooooohoooooooo I'm on a roll - more scrapping done!

As the (infuriatingly annoying but catchy) song goes "Sun is shining, weather is sweet"

Anyway I think the nice weather has given my creativity a boost because I've made another three 12 x 12 layouts for my ordered album so I've only got another 8 to do. My friend is coming to see my progress on Tuesday so I hope she likes it all.

I also made a daft card for my dad who has just won a town council election - he's either going to love it or disown me lol!

Friday 9 May 2008

Busy scrapping again

Here are the next two layouts for my current order - I have decided to definitely not show the picture of the third layout because it contains baby change mat time pictures. Sad sign of the times but I don't think it wise to put that on the internet.

Anyway, these two layouts use a lot of Papermania products and I even brought myself to cut up a 12x12 sheet of patterned vellum on the green layout. I layered it directly over the same pattern elements on the paper but overlapped it with the photos to make the whole design tie in together.

It's getting quite difficult to come up with new page ideas for these photos as this is the fifth album I've made for this lady and there are lots of photos which I have already used in other layouts but I am trying to make every page different :-S I hope she likes them when she sees the finished article.

Thursday 8 May 2008

It's a happy day today!

This morning I was over the moon to recieve both my PIF Blog Candy from Debbie (thank you - more about PIF later but I LOVE the blingy bits!) and my new book ..... yes despite having three youngsters I HAVE managed to read a couple of books lately, "The Innocent" and it's sequel "The Exiled" by Posie Graeme Evans. I enjoyed them so much I just had to have the third and final book in the series and was made up to find a new copy available on e-bay for just 99p & P&P! That's me engrossed in the world of medieval subterfuge for another week or so then!

Anyway, back to the serious issue of Blog Candy ..... I am now in the position to list the bits which will form my PIF package:

Jewelled Brads
A5 Glittered cardstock
A5 Holographic cardstock
Mini inkpad
A selection of stamped images
A selection of my own Foxcraft doodles (if you win I'll give you a choice of themes)

To be in with a shout please leave me a comment on my blog and then a link to this post on your blog. GOOD LUCK!

Oh and I finished another 12 x 12 layout this evening and 3/4 finished another (just waiting for inspiration for a title to complete it) AND got an order for an exploding box!

Smiles all round :-D

Tuesday 6 May 2008

And some more

Cass, a rock chick at heart has some super duper candy on her blog just for letting her know what your favourite rock song is.

Check it out and let the rocker in you roll

And yet more Candy - especially for Bella fans

Kitty over at is also doing her bit for crafterskind with another generous blog candy offer including a choice of Bella stamps!

I've just been and left a comment and had a peek at some of her cards (love the quickie with Hamish!), why not follow my lead?

Michelle's giving away Candy as well

Michelle over at is offering some Blog Candy to celebrate her huge hits milestone this week. It's all based around telling her your favourite colour and the candy is all in her (and my) favourite colour PURPLE! Yummy!
Why not pop over there and say hello, her designs are great so you never know how you'll benefit even if you don't win the candy (please don't win it coz I want it tee hee hee!)

An A-maze-ing day - Blog Candy and more

I have just found out that I was the winner of Debbie (bubblegum)'s PIF Blog Candy so I guess it's my turn to drag all my stash out into the open and make up some parcels! All you need to do to be in with a shout is to leave me a comment on my blog between now and May 14th and I will get my darling little apprentice to draw the winners name at random. I will post a picture of the goodies up for grabs as soon as I have sorted a suitable stash out.

And now, as promised, here are the step by step pictures of me making a mini maze book - based on an idea from DoCrafts Creativity Magazine.

Take a plain sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock (I used DCWV)

Fold width ways in half and then into quarters

Turn and then repeat so it is folded into 16 squares

Make a cut three quarters of the way up the first and third folds

Then cut three quarters of the way down the middle fold from the opposite side to the previous cuts

Concertina fold each square one by one following the folds in the paper

Saturday 3 May 2008

Happy Scrapbooking Day!

To mark the occasion I have made two layouts. One of them must remain secret as I am submitting it to a magazine ........ I will upload it when they have decided whether to use it or not. It is a wedding layout using some of the Bazzill Stitchz Cardstock which is a bit unusual. I also used Letraset Safmat for the titling and had a bit of an appropriate magpie moment using the ribbon from the chocolates that Hubby gave me for our 10th anniversary as a major part of the layout.

The second is for my CALENDAR GIRLS Calendar on the DoCrafts Scrapbooking Chat Forum. All of my layouts for this so far have been for other people but my June page is for my own calendar so I chose to use one of my fun photos of the kids from last summer and quite a few heavier embellishments (the button and brad flower and all the felt butterflies probably wouldn't have travelled so well in the post!)

Friday 2 May 2008

Well that's it .......

We have joined the realms of the self employed as of today! It's totally nerve wracking at the moment but if the saying is to be believed you should only ever regret the things you DIDN'T do!

I got my papers from Capture The Magic today so I can't wait to have a play now - I've got loads of ideas floating round my head for pages for my own album and it's about time I put them down on paper.

I made a blank mini maze book as a favour for a crafting friend from the DoCrafts forum this afternoon so I promise to put the step by step pictures and instructions on here as soon as I get chance.

Thursday 1 May 2008

My clever boy and Oh dear you should see the state of my garden!

The summerhouse was delivered yesterday but of course hubby is working this week so he hasn't even STARTED prepping the garden for it yet - we weren't expecting it to be delivered til next week! As a result, all the component parts are now messing up my garden!

Luckily it's been raining almost constantly since it was delivered so the kids aren't hankering to play in the garden anyway but even if they were I wouldn't be able to let them out there for fear of half a tonne of wood falling on them :S

My clever little boy got Special Child of the Week in his class last week in recognition of super writing but he missed his moment of fame since he was off sick .... he was rather upset at having missed the opportunity to stand up in assembly and take a bow but I'm still very proud of him and the certificate is up on the fridge for all to see.