Sunday, 29 July 2012

Kaspar - handsome but deadly

Hello to you!
Thankyou for popping by my little blog. Today's entry is a new 12x12 LO of my cute cat Kaspar. This is him relaxing in the back garden. Cats love lazing in the sun so needless to say there hasn't been much of that happenning this year. When I got these photos developed, I noticed how zingy and lush the green grass looked (clearly all that rain must be good for the garden!) and I wanted to take advantage of that to draw attention to the photos. I thought it would be fun to make a cute, grass border with some bright green paper. I cut random slices into the green border and then ruffled it and curled it with my fingers so it would frame the photos. I think it looks fun and tactile - I couldn't stop playing with it while I was making it and the girls were intrigued by what I was going to do with it. I diecut the title with my BigShot and the text has been printed off and cut into strips - my preferred method of journaling! Don't ya just hate it when you write directly onto a layout and then go and make a spelling mistake or smudge the ink!
Have a lovely Sunday everyone
PS. The handsome but deadly text refers to his efficiency at slaying any livestock that finds its way into our garden and beyond... naughty kitty! x

Monday, 23 July 2012

My Little Pony Bracelet...

Hey, hey, hey!
All the girls here are having a Pony-tasic holiday and seeing as it is raining again, (wait a minute - did it ever stop?) we amused ourselves by making this li'l cutie with some shrink plastic and an ole bracelet nobody wanted! In fact I like it so much, I might be tempted to sneak a little wear of it myself! Yeehaaah! Ponies Rock!! Sadie is delighted with the result as am I and now that I have seen the Pony Royal Wedding at least six times and listened to the soundtrack at least a hundred, it is safe to say I am now totally indoctrinated into the ways of Ponyville! I even have a favourite! No! Two favourites!! I love AppleJack - she reminds me of Dolly Parton (I know! I know!) and cute little Fluttershy - so kind and gentle. Honestly, I have to get out a bit more!!! So, in order to quell this cabin fever, we are going to see some real ponies tomoz and the girls are going to have they're first ponyride ever. That should kill or cure the pony madness that has possessed us!
Trot on!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

New LO - The Simple life...

A new 12x12 layout using mainly Anna Griffin supplies. Apologies for the TERRIBLE photography! Just can't seem to take a good photo of this one at all, so excuse the awful flashy glares on the photos and enjoy the embellishments instead! This Anna Griffin kit is lovely to work with and although I'll never achieve the intricacy of the samples she brings with her to promote her kits on the Selly Telly, it's nice to have a supply of stash that works well together and makes for a cohesive LO without too much design angst! Don't know if any of you Crafties that pop by here care for her style - it's not really the kind of thing I normally go for, but I was so wowwed by her demo samples, I wanted to see the goodies up close and personal, you know, have a stroke and all that! I used the kit as a quick way for making up cards (see the May blog entry) and they sold really well. I'm left with the bigger pieces and lots of 12x12 papers so yeah, I think I'm going to go off down that chintzy vintage path for a wee bit, see how it goes. I'm sure I'll stray from the path - anyone who knows me will not be surprised at this - I just like to have a meander sometimes and see what happens. I think combined with a bit of Kraft it's bound to be a winner!
Hope you are all well and wallowing in your crafty indulgences whatever they be.A big thankyou again for taking the time to check in and see what I've been doing.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Oor Wullie table makeover now complete...

Jings, crivvens and help ma boab - those old Oor Wulie annuals came in handy then! For those who don't know about Oor Wullie, that was Wulliespeak for various degrees of excitement!!! And I'm actually really excited about how easy/quick this was to do and how well it turned out! V effective - makes me want to try something else using a colour comicbook style next time. I think my dining room chairs could do with something - hmmmm...
It all started with an old table my neighbour was going to skip (that means take to the local council Refuse Management Centre), but knowing of my crafty ways with things, she checked in with me to see if I would like first refusal before it got binned. Of course, I couldn't see it being thrown out - Jings, that would be a terrible waste of creativeness! So, since I've been slicing up old books 'n' things recently, I thought it might be an idea to cover it with some old illustrations or the likes. So, a few pages and some random cutting later - hey Presto! The paper is stuck down with craft glue and has been varnished with Diamond Hard clear matt varnish. This turned out to have a very slight sheen to it which should wipe clean easily. The monochromatic Oor Wullie style works well in my front room because it's decorated in neutral tones. Hope it inspires you to get cutting and gluing too!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Chocolatey smile...

Good morning everyone!
Well I'm into the second week of my holiday now and it hasn't been particularly productive craftwise, so far! The craft table has been taken over by bored children drawing and doing their thing. Such a shame - the weather has been really rubbish and it's not much fun wandering about in the rain so, apart from visiting friends and the odd trip to the park/dogwalk we've not done much so far. Last night I cleared the decks and rattled this LO together. It's a scraplift from Scrap365 and as usual, I had to restrain myself from overdoing it and remember to leave a bit of breathing space...
I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of some new photos to scrap which will hopefully inspire me to get stuck in to more 12x12s. The girls keep growing(!) and I need new piccies for fun new LO's! Honestly, so much to create, so little time to do it in. I recently made a list of projects I want to try out. I have stash that hasn't seen the light of day since it was bought (this means you, acetate minibooks!) and I'm determined to knock a hole in it so I have to quit procrastinating and get in the zone. Oh, I recently embarked on recycling an old table which just needs another coat of varnish so pop back soon to see how that turned out!
Anyhoo, time to get those girls moving - it's stopped raining for the moment!
Keep on creating,
Jak xxx