Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Little Red Wagon #213 - Off The Edge!

Hi there, I'm finally back after a fabulous weekend of scrapping.  I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out having developed a pleasant case of Strep mid week last week, but I'm glad to say it didn't affect my performance or my eating habits.

I never EVER thought I would comment that one could get tired of eating........till you go on a scrapping weekend!  When breakfast runs in to mid morning snack, which leads to lunch, then afternoon snack, which turns to dinner.......well you get the picture!

No complaints though as that's it for another year.

Anyhow, I'm a little later in the day than I expected with this post, but it is still Wednesday so that's pretty good in my book.  It means that technically I'm not late for this weeks Little Red Wagon challenge..........

Joanne would like to see something 'Off The Edge', in other words something which extends beyond the edge of your card, layout or whatever else takes your fancy.

Now I sorta, kinda, mighta stretched the rules a little here, although technically parts of my card do extend beyond the front edge......just not the back!

I'll explain in a mo.

Now don't get me wrong I have nothing against extended parts (and now that I've typed that it sounds like something from a classic Brit Com........saucy!),but I find that if there are elements poking off the edges, it's not very 'mail' friendly.  Most of my cards have to be mailed......kinda the cheapest route when there's a 3000 mile distance involved, so in order to accommodate these extended parts (!) it forces me to create a weird sized envelope OR a weird sized card to fit in a regular envelope!

Are you following here?

So you can probably guess that I'm all for taking the easy which involves trimming a 1" strip from the front of a very ordinary square card, and extending anything that needs to, within that space.

Good......everybody's happy, so long as Joanne doesn't call me on it!!

I stuck a quick sentiment inside.......

and before I forget I should mention that the layout for this one was inspired by Deconstructed Sketch #128.

Colouring is courtesy of my Prisma pencils and OCMS this week, and you'll have to use your imagination cause there's a nice touch of sparkle in the fur trim on her coat. Unfortunately the camera didn't quite catch that.

Papers are from Bo Bunny's 'Snowfall' collection (last year!) and the Digi is the cute Gillian from Prairie Fairy.

Maybe you could create your own genuine 'Off The Edge' creation and link up over on the blog.

Don't forget to check out the other perfectly legal creations from the rest of the Girlfriends whilst your there!

That's it for today but I'll be back again this week with some more crafting.

Enjoy your day,

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Little Red Wagon #212 - Accordion Fold

Hello again.

Here I am back with this weeks Little Red Wagon Challenge........

.......and this week, Joanne would like to see us incorporate an accordion fold somewhere in our creation.

My first thought was to create a flower or heart and pop that on there somewhere, but then I decided to take the challenge in it's literal sense.

Sooooooo I folded the card instead!

Here's the front view:

.......and then the extended version:

Everything on here, the images and sentiment are rub-ons.....remember those?  I think I'm just an old fashioned scrapbooker at heart!

Either way, my Girlfriend Carola passed them over to me a couple of weeks ago with the usual statement......'You'll find a use for them!"

Well, never one to pass up a good challenge - here's the result!

That's about all from me but don't forget to check out what the rest of the Girlfriends have been up to.

Have a great day,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Beautiful You.

Hi there, I know my posts were a little scarce last week so I thought I'd better make the effort and share something on here today.

This one's a layout I completed at a scrappy retreat 7 months ago!!

Can't believe it's been that long but it goes to shows how I'm trying to catch up posts!

Anyhow I do really like this one.......I love the simple captured shot of my eldest daughter (her cheeky little smile shines through) together with the combination of lots of 'Fall' embellies.

Here goes:

Beautiful You

A wood grain background will go down in history, well my history anyhow (which no-one will ever read but I'll share it with you all the same!) as one of my faves.

I also love the rustic paper edge effect, created by spritzing with water then scrunching the edges.  I usually give it a quick burst with an embossing tool to speed up the drying process and set things where I want them to be, then stitch it down by hand.

I inked/spritzed a chipboard flourish and grouped it together with a few flowers and foliage........don't you love that zipper?  I'm hoarding them so you may not see another on here for a while!

The banner is made from a few scraps, twine and eyelets......I'm still working my new found love for them!

And finally, one last cluster in the top corner to balance things.

Papers are from a whole bunch of manufacturers so no real point going into that......

and that's about it!

I'll be back tomorrow with this week's Little Red Wagon creation, but in the mean time, dinners in the Crockpot and I'm gonna attempt to start packing some necessities for my upcoming scrappy weekend.

Isn't it amazing how everything becomes a necessity when you start to pack for these things?!  Hope the car's big enough!

Have a great day,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Little Red Wagon #211 - Keep In Trim!

Hi, how are you doing?

It's my turn to host this weeks challenge over at Little Red Wagon...........

So, I don't know about you but I have loads of trim hiding in my stash.  It's the sort of thing I buy frequently for no other reason than it looks pretty, but when it comes to using it, my motivation usually deserts me!

There lies my challenge......I'd like to see you use 'trim' in some way or form on your creation.

Here's my offering:

I actually managed to use a couple of different types on here.......the pink velvet and the pleated frilly stuff (which I gathered into a rosette type of thing) so my 'trim' stash has now decreased slightly!

Papers are some of my most recent faves from Teresa Collins, the stamp is Cheryl Alger (Sassy Cheryl) and coloured with Copic's.

Almost forgot, but the layout was inspired by Sketch #126 over at The Deconstructed Sketch.

Feel free to check out a little more inspiration from the rest of the Girlfriends, and don't forget to link up your own creation over at the Little Red Wagon blog so we can stop by to say 'Hi'.

Have fun and I'll be back again this week with some layout or other.......not quite sure what yet!

Enjoy your day,
Challenges entered:

The Paper Shelter - #137 For Someone Special
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - #153 Add a Sentiment
Scrapper's Delights - #11 Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps - #65 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
365 Cards - You Raise Me Up (raise 4 items from the base of your card)....I raised the script paper, the image, the sentiment and the rosette.
Anonymous Stamps - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - #67 Use a Sentiment/Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenges - #33 Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - #57 Little Cuties
Lady Anne's Challenge - More than 1 layer
Ooh La La Creations - Stitching Real or Faux
That Craft Place Challenge - Sentiment
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - #187 Fur or Feathers
Di's Digi Designs - Girly

Friday, November 8, 2013

Day At The Museum.

Hello all.

Thank goodness it's Friday and I have a day off.........well almost - the 3rd load of laundry is in the dryer, one more in the washing machine and I'm just about to start prepping dinner.

Time to take a break though for one little blog post.

Another layout just for fun and this one's a double!  Yep definitely got my quota of doubles in this year........anymore than one does it for me!

This one's been gathering dust since the Spring so it's about time it made an appearance:

Day At The Museum

Everything's pretty self explanatory - no rocket science going on here so I'm not going to bore you with details.

Just a few close-ups........

Papers are from the 'Family Ties' collection by Pebbles.

Time for me to move on to dinner preparations......beef stew........hey it's snowing out so it couldn't be anything else!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday,

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Little Red Wagon #210 - A Christmas Tag.

Well, it's Thursday already and I think it's safe to say the plan, the one where I try to post fairly consistently throughout the week, has not exactly......well......gone to plan!

Things  have been a little busy as always.......yesterday was my first day off from work in the last 8 days, so I had to catch up on the essentials - a little crafting that is!

Don't worry, I didn't do anything crazy so the laundry and housework are still waiting patiently for me!

But more to the point.....what do you think of the new look?

Big changes around here huh?!

Purely by chance a couple of weeks ago, I thought it was time for a change so I headed on over to LeeLou blogs, which is where I've took advantage of Julie's very generous 'freebie' blog designs for the last little while.  To my surprise, I found that due to family commitments and the financial stress of hosting the now quite popular 'freebie' blog designs, she is no longer able to continue with them, so anyone using them would find as of today they would disappear!

I call it a stroke of luck that I would choose to visit her blog on that particular day (not having been there for at least a year or so), and just the push I needed to choose a brand spanking new design!

So, hopefully you are not overwhelmed by the newness of the colours, chevrons etc.......I know my Mom will not like my photo in the Header there (she says it's not 'me'!), which is of course why I've put it there (lol), but I like the freshness of it all so you're stuck with it for a while at least!

Anyhow, back to business and the reason for my visit today.....a brand new challenge is up and running over at.........

and this week Rosanne would like to see a Christmas tag as it's getting close to that time of year (in case you didn't already know!!).

So, I'm not really known for creating anything with a theme.....Birthday's, Christmas, Halloween etc.......I only really make them when I have to, so of course I left things till the last minute and finished this one yesterday on my day off!

I admit though, I did quite enjoy the process (or maybe that had something to do with the company of 'crafty' girlfriends I was keeping at the time!) so who knows, I may make a few more.

Here goes:

The beauty of a tag is that you really can dig into your wagon and use up the smallest of scraps.  This winter collection of papers was one of my favourites last year from Authentique, so having already managed one layout, a couple of cards and now a tag from it, I think I have just enough left for one more scrapbook page.

Like I said I had time to play yesterday so I got to work rolling flowers, punching snowflakes and getting generally messy with Stickles and Liquid Applique.

I'll now probably hoard this and not bring myself to give it away.........see, you make a much needed dent in your excessive scrapbook stash only to hoard the results anyhow!

Hopefully you will have more success at reducing your stash by entering this weeks Little Red Wagon challenge, but regardless of the outcome, have fun doing it!

I'll be seeing you again tomorrow, so till then, have a good one,

Friday, November 1, 2013

Way Back When.........

Happy Friday to you!

We braved the awful weather last night for a little wet and windy Trick or Treating.  My youngest got half way down the street and decided that was enough.........this from the one with the sweet tooth, but absolutely no complaints from her soggy wet chaperon!  Even so, I think we have enough of a stash to keep them on a sugar high for a little while still!

I'm back today with a layout as promised - the final page from my Two Scrapbook Friends DT Kit using the 'Trail Mix' collection from Bo Bunny.

As mentioned in my first post here, I like the challenge of taking a particular themed collection and using it for something totally different........this page is no exception.

I avoided the outdoorsy/fishing/camping type of theme (cause anyone that knows me will know that's definitely not me.....too many bugs!) and took the vintage/eclectic/industrial route on this one.

Inspiration is the sole courtesy of the genuinely original 60+ year old photo's, passed to me by my Father-In-Law.

Here's 'Way Back When'.

Hmmm where to start?

I finished this page around 3 months ago so I have to remind myself what I put on there!  I do love the patterned background though......'Parquet' flooring I believe.......reminds me of the gym floor at my Elementary school back in England, many moons ago!

Let's start at the top shall we?

Metal gears/cogs, a die cut doily and cute Maya Road pennant paper clip, layered over distressed papers.

In the next section, pretty brads and a border of pleated paper (attacked with my Crop-a-dile!) together with journalling printed onto vellum.

Finally, some of my faves.........a pin, leaves and fabric flower combo, together with a gorgeous antique key, tied with the cutest ribbon onto a fabulous vintage photo slide them all!

I have to give thanks to my scrapping buddy Carola for the key, whose love of shopping for crafty goodies ensures my pages are probably far more interesting than they would normally be!

I also added a little more texture around the edge of the page, by spreading a little molding paste onto a faux cardboard stamp and slapping it down onto the page here and there.

Well I think I've covered all of the important bits, so time for me to go.

I'm pleased I've actually stuck with the plan this week and got my posts on here regularly.

Maybe this will rub off onto next week too.....ya never know!

Have a great weekend, see you soon,
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