Saturday, 27 May 2017

Untitled layout of my brother

Hello my lovely creative beauties. 

I have been rather quiet due to studies but I am slowly trying to find a routine to include some scrapbooking time. I have found it is something I miss terribly when I don't get to play with papers and paints. 

Today I am sharing a layout I did of some photos of my brother taken by a good friend. 


I had no chip board to mount the final layout of to which unfortunately meant that the piece is a bit curly.

I used more paints and sprays and texture pastes than I have used in a long time. 



I found a few embellishments in my stash that I felt works rather nice in the over all feel. As the photos were a lovely high contrast, I opted for a complimentary high contrasting orange over the black crackle in the back ground. 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Birthday number 38!

Hello crafters,

Thank you so much for being here and reading this. Life has been super busy and I have had little time for crafting which is sad. I did however get a chance in the last few weeks to have some spare moments here and there.

I finally got around to doing my 2016 birthday layout. It was such a wonderful time it was so important for me to record it.




Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A Friendship Appreciation gift

Hello Crafters

By happy accident a friend of mine and I celebrated our one year FB anniversary since we refound one another after a few years of disconnection.

Through the last 12 months we have both found much comfort and compassion in our newly sparked friendship. With a new appreciation for one another passions and ideas and perspectives. A month or so ago I had in mind to make her some thing, because, well that is just who I am.

I made her one of my mini albums, in a steampunk style because I know she likes that theme. There is a video at the end of the blog post of the flip through.








Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A new hand made book


Hello Crafters

Welcome welcome.

I have been getting back in to the swing of things lately. Today marks one year since I got my wheelchair, today though life is some much better and different. I have been doing intensive physiotherapy every week since the second week of January, as a result I now walk with no walking,, aids and even go put and am being more adventurous.  I have also started crafting much much more. First up of my creations I want to share with you is a handmade book I have created for myself.

I have used the Cafe au Lait collection and coffee stained printer paper for the internals. 
I have used some Graphic 45 papers for the outer cover and also the inside on the cover. 



This ornament on the front cover was made using some Tim Holtz gear and Finnabair embellishments. To compliment this ornament I added some bronze book corners.



To sew in the signatures in a way to not have the stitching on the spine of the book, I used the pamphlet stitch and I sewed each signature to a separate bit of chipboard that I then glued in to the spine. 


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So here I a flip through on youtube.



Monday, 12 December 2016

A Card Box for my Faeries Oracle Card Deck

I bought a oracle card deck off and friend. She carried it in a lovely scarf which she wanted to keep so after a month or so of having the deck I felt it needed a box to hold the cards in. I went through my paper collection to see if I had anything that might compliment the card deck.  It isn't easy to try and find something that would compliment Brian Froud's art work. The deck is the Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth.

To my total delight I have two sheets of some pretty Kaisercraft papers which I used for the outside and a few off cuts in my scraps bag that were big enough for the inside. 








This was a lovely little project that has a great purpose as I am now not to worried about losing cards or my cat getting hold of the deck. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Spoons Book.

Hello crafters.

Wow it has been a while and I DO hope you are all well.

I have a BIG treat for you all today, I have a very personal and brand new project to share with you which I started a few months back. I have shown a few sneak peeks along the way but today I am finally happy to show you the whole thing. Of course there is a video on my youtube which will brush over some of the content, because you are here to see the pretties.



It is called The Spoons book because I have created it to preserve my Spoons Useage. The Spoon Theory was created by Christine Maserandino who has Lupus. I recommend you go and read the story in the link, it shall illuminate much about this book.























I chose the Harry Potter story for the theme because of what it represents: Harry's battle against an unknown and insidious enemy and in the end being victorious. There is of course a bit more to it really but that is what it really boils down to.

There is also some beautiful fan art out there in the big internets.
The silhouettes are done by: GTRichardson
The beautiful book illustrations are from: Gabriel Picolo
I managed to find the marauders map too along with many of the newspaper articles from the movie from various sites and forums.

The file so far has been a wonder to create and also invaluable in the content and helping out in some dark places.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Birthday card for a special Aunt

Hey there crafters and all you creative ones, welcome welcome.

Today is a very simple and elegant card I made as an order for a friend's aunt who has been a great support while they were waiting for their child to be born.




Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Birthday Cards for WA

Hello create types! Welcome, welcome. Time for a cuppa of tea or coffee, whatever your poison, and to sit and see what I can inspire you with today.

I have some dear friends down in Manjimup, Western Australia, who apart from having the birth of their son only a week and a half ago they both celebrate their own birthday a day after one another this weekend. More cards were in order. This is what they got.





Happy Birthday to you both.










Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Birth of Spawn

Hey crafters, I hope you are all well and have some exciting projects on your craft desk. Today I will be sharing with you some more inspiration, although the theme is slightly different.

A good friend of mine asked me to create some cards for him to send to family to announce the birthday of his son. There was a bit of back and forth on theme ideas and we settled on vintage with some steampunk, however some thing in one of the emails stuck with me. My friend has a different sense of humour, as do I and in the end found a middle ground with what we planned.







So yes these two cards say birth of spawn (his words not mine) I just thought it was very apt for who my friend is. These two cards went to sisters, naturally, who would get the joke in it all.







These two cards were the more...tame should we say. These were for the older generation of matriarchs.

The cards for created using card stock as the base and Ephemera and papers were from my 1920 collection which you can find HERE on my webstore as printables, which these were. The gear were a collection of what was in my embellishments box.

Welcome little Lucien and congrats to my friends on his arrival and addition to the family.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Mini Album full on Memories

Hello Crafters.

I trust you are all well, and have many projects sitting waiting for your attention on your craft desk. I am very glad though that you have taken some time out to sit and read my blog, hopefully with a coffee or a tea which ever way your preference may run. Sometimes it is just nice to take a little break even from crafting.

Today I don't have a new project, but I am working on a couple which I am sure will be posted very soon for your viewing. The project I am showing you today is a mini alum which I finished November of 2015. However, I have since filled it with many of my photographic memories and I wanted to show you the end result.



This was the mini album I filled up and in a few way I am sort of glad I made the errors I did which meant it did not go up on my webstore. I talk about the mistakes I made when putting this mini album together in the video. It was a great learning curve for me, it was the first project I got a little cocky on and I paid for it, sort of.



Since showing the last photo journal I filled up, I heard from many crafters who were amazed I actually filled my albums. Do you put photos in the mini albums you make? I would love to hear and see what you make. 





Friday, 5 August 2016

Custom card: Mothers Birthday

Welcome crafters, I hope you have a lovely cup of tea if you are in the colder end of the world or a nice refreshing cool drink in the more warmer areas of the planet. Where ever you are I hope you have many projects waiting for your attention on your craft desk today, or you are looking for some inspiration.

One of the amazing things I have found since being in a wheelchair is the support community out there. An acquaintance sent me a care package a while ago of some heavenly wax melts, with the best smells ever! She was a recipient of a hand made card from May. I ended up running very low on a fav wax melt sent and offered to do a barter with her that if she did another batch of wax melts and made a few for me i would make her a card or two in exchange.

Here are the cards I made for her.




Happy with the arrangement at the end of the day. 

Do you have similar types of arrangements with people when it comes to your craft?