Monday, 22 February 2016

Rock n Roll Ruby (22.02.2016)

Good morning bloggers

I hope you all had a lovely crafty weekend. I've got three unfinished layouts in my craft room all of which I started to put together over the last few days. However, when I saw the new weekly challenge from Shimelle this morning, I knew I had to give it a go!

The challenge is monochromatic using your favourite colour.  My favourite colour is red red red, always has been, always will be!!

I looked through my photos to see what I could find and I came across some photos from a Rock n Roll dance at Christmas time in 2013. I was wearing my red taffeta silk party dress and instantly came up with the title Rock n Roll Ruby. A great rock n roll song and I particularly like Johnny Cash's version. This song was spinning around my head as I created the layout.

The red theme goes well with anything Christmassy, of course, and if you can't use glitter at Christmas, when can you?

As the challenge is to just use one colour, I thought it would be a good idea to have several red mounted photos filling the space and telling the story thereby I didn't have to add too much else. Having said that, I can always find red embellishments, but I already had in mind the red gems from my stash and really wanted to use those as they are so glitzy and could be rubys!!!

The 12x12 background sheet is Doodlebug Design Inc. ladybug daydream. I'm pretty sure I was sent this paper for having a layout printed in Scrapbook Magazine so it was free. The red glitter card came from Tesco a few years ago. I bought loads in the January sale! The red card used for the photo mounts is American Crafts Primaries, a more recent purchase.

I was going to use the red card for the background and the glitter sheet as mounts, but when I started putting the layout together, I preferred the look of the glitter card as the background.

The red card under the title is from my scrap paper stash. The alpha stickers are Docrafts Papermania. I sprayed the title with Crafter's Companion spray and sparkle gold as it just needed that extra something.

The fabulous gems were given to me by my aunt. She brought them back from a trip to Vietnam.

I have used Docrafts Stick It silicone glue adhesive for everything on this layout, nothing else works when glitter is involved!

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Monday, 15 February 2016

2006 Cutie Pies (15.02.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

Today's layout is once again for the weekly challenge over at Shimelle. This week's challenge is to create a layout using both old stash and new stash. This is perfect for me as I consciously do this for all my projects anyway. I do like the satisfaction of using something that's been around a while but, of course, I love getting new goodies, too!

I keep all my crafting stash stored by theme so old and new stash is always together. I tend to always scrap by theme and this way I can choose what I need from one place so nothing gets forgotten.

My layout is titled 2006 Cutie Pies and features photos of my dogs from when they were puppies. We lost Billy in January but we remember him daily and Elvis still brings us joy. It's funny because Billy's photo was taken a week before the photo of Elvis and I can see how grown up Elvis had become even after just one week.

Almost everything on this layout is old stash and particularly all the pooch related items as most of those came from a scrapbook kit sent to me by my American friends for Xmas 2010. The new products used are the ribbon which is Crafts Too Vintage, the tags which are Docrafts Papermania Bare Basics eyelet tags and the glitter alphabet and number stickers which were a recent gift from a close friend.

The 12x12 background sheet is Amy Tangerine Sketchbook. The journalling card is a Docrafts Daisy & Dandelion Hawthorn & Bramble notelet.

The inks used are Tsukineko Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold and Ink it Up Kelly Green pigment ink. I used the gold to stamp the images. Penny Black Butterfly Surprise stamp and VivaLasVegas Dog on Fence stamp. I have had both these stamps for many years and purchased them originally as they resembled my pooches. Billy loved chasing butterflies. I used the green to ink the edges of the tags.

I used a Gelly Roll Metallic pen in green for the journalling.

The string is recycled.

The adhesives used are double sided tape, raised dots and silicone glue.

Hope you like my layout.

Thanks for looking.

Have a great week.

Helen xxx

Monday, 8 February 2016

Magic (08.02.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

I've been busy with a challenge again, there's no stopping me now!

I'm not the kind of crafter who ever loses their crafting mojo (I know, it's sickening!) and I've always got ideas circling around in my head. However, I do like to do a challenge and particularly a simple one with not too many rules!

This week's challenge at Shimelle Laine is a layout using hearts so here's my effort.

I've been wanting to scrap this photo for a while and the heart theme is perfect.

My husband broke his leg last January and we were housebound for a few months. This photo was taken at the first rock n roll gig we managed to get to on the mainland following his recovery.

The 12x12 background card is Simple Stories Say Cheese.

I made the red hessian heart last year for another project but never used it. The buttons are all recycled or vintage from my collection.

The 'love' card is a Simple Stories 'Sayings' snap card.

The 'limitless' card is from DCWV The Mod-Retro stack. An all time favourite of mine.

The 'Crown' ribbon is from the Crafts Too Vintage ribbon set.

The 'love' wood veneer is from my stash possibly Studio Calico.

The heart stamp is PSX stamped using Brilliance Archival Moonlight White ink.

I have inked the edges using Versa colour black ink. The date stamp is my trusty Trodant office date stamp.

I used double sided tape and silicone glue. The mounts are from my scrap paper stash.

I am pleased with this layout and I think it might even make it into a frame!!

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sticking Together (07.02.2016)

Good morning crafters!

I've not been here in a long while! Life has been hectic!!

I didn't think I would ever craft again after losing our dog Billy on 7th January. It was sudden and unexpected and I've lost interest in most things that I usually take pleasure in.

However, I saw the selfie layout challenge from Shimelle Laine and something clicked.

We still have our precious dog Elvis and my husband, Elvis and I are sticking together to get through the terrible pain of losing Billy.

It was a very hard layout to create and I shed many tears but it's a start.

The brown 12x12 background card is American Crafts Primaries. The heart paper is American Crafts Dear Lizzy. The alphas and post its are DoCrafts. I have used my Trodant date stamp, paw embellishments from my stash, Gelly Roll pens.

I took a great selfie with Billy in January last year at our favourite beach. This was the day my husband went on to break his leg hence my absence from blogland!

We went back to Yaverland beach with Elvis three weeks to the day after losing Billy and we took a family selfie through our tears.  It's not easy to take a selfie with Elvis and it's a bit rubbish but it's very meaningful to me and I treasure it.

He left his paw prints on our hearts forever more.

Helen xxx