Monday, 22 April 2013

2 Princesses layout ...

... and I'll be the first to admit that I was feeling inspired by the Ruby Loves door hanger when I started this one. I'd been drooling over some Pip Studios goodies and it definitely influenced the colours and busyness of this LO... You know it's so true that visuals sink in to your subconscious and seep out later, sometimes without you even realising it. Anyhoo I've used all sorts here - there's a Martha Stewart border punch happening, Papermania patterned cardstock, some embossed/glitter Mod Podged chipboard, there's even some Cath Kidston stationery that has been cut up (the big roses!), oh and a recent acquirement - Tulip Beads In A Bottle. See the little 3d gold pearly dots around the outside edges that's them! They are fun to use but they look all pointy when you first apply them -like they might not be right, however they kinda calm down a lot once they set and dry.

What have you been influenced/inspired by lately that you've found coming through in your creative projects, I'd love to hear!
Keep Crafting everyone

PS - forgot to mention that I've just tried out pastel chalks with VersaMark stamping. That's it on the green leaf border. I'd defo try some more of that - it was cool!
Have fun!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sadie's birthday cake...

Good morning everyone, hope you are well!
This week has gone by in a whirl - my youngest daughter turned 7 on Friday, so this week has been spent shopping for gifts, sorting out a cake and planning parties. Yes, parties - two of them. This sounds more impressive than it was because one was a little tea party with nibbles and cake at home and the other was in a place called Pirate's Island - they do the catering and the kids get to go crazy on the play equipment and play party games for 2 hours. However, you do have to provide your own cake and booty bags. So,  I got a big cake from Asda, one of those ones that they print a photo onto, but they didn't want to print it for me because they felt there was some copyright issues regarding the image. Hmmm, Ok... disappointing, but then I found a great place online that you send whatever image you want and they print it on to a sheet of very, very thin icing. (Now, I'll bet they get some very interesting images to work with LOL!) Yay, it came back in plenty of time and it looked amazing! So, all I really had to do was stick it onto the cake and throw some decorations at it! I was quite anxious about getting the icing stuck down 'cos its kind of a one shot only moment - the icing is really thin and you can't pull it off again if it's not straight. And if you use too much water to stick it, well, the icing just melts... We made some My Little Pony cake toppers for it and a little string of bunting for good measure. Sadie's little face was a picture when she saw it. She still loves My Little Pony and just about every gift she received was something pony related. In true MLP fashion, Sadie said it was her "Best Birthday Ever"!
   Here's the cake 5 minutes before it got demolished by hungry seven-year-olds! Happy Birthday SadieBelle!

Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Best Friends Forever!

Hello everyone! How was your Easter? Cold? Me too! Did you get any crafting done? No, I didn't do as much as I intended either, ah well... I have a few things I must get done this week though. Sadie is 7 on her birthday this coming weekend and I have a party to organise and some crafty bits and pieces to do too - namely bunting and cake toppers so that's my plan for this week. These will no doubt have a My Little Pony theme running through them as she is still quite obsessed. (How cute!) There's a few Ruby related projects to sort out too. Meanwhile here's a quick 12 x 12 to share. I think the colours suggest I'm looking forward to sunnier days and a bit of warmth but, who isn't. I've used an assortment of crafting goodies including Papermania  journaling cards and stamps (tickets in bottom left hand corner), Cath Kidston Washi tape and Smash tape too. The Kraft cardstock background is by My Mind's Eye - I'm seriously loving that 12x12 pad and the title is die cut using a Tim Holtz alpha.  Hope you like it!  There's another 12x12 on my table nearing completion but I feel I haven't thrown enough at it yet (I'm going with the old saying here that more is more with this one ) - check back later this week when hopefully I will have it finished!
Hope you are all well and keeping creative, whether you're making stuff or soaking up lots of inspiration on Pinterest go with the flow, it's so good for you, you know!