Friday, 25 May 2012

Project 28: Birds for Mom

I know it's been ages since I've posted but I assure you it isn't because I'm not crafting away!

This post is coming from my parents' house as I did a massive production line of cards before I left for the States and then forgot* to blog about it.

Before I came home my mom said she was out of my cards so I decided to use this as an opportunity to play with the bird punch outs I created using Claire's punch. I did a few of the layout I posted previously for charity (birds on a line) but I wanted to try a few alternatives to see what else would work. Moms are great guinea pigs because even bad attempts are applauded.

The headline photo used the Jubilee papers I've referenced in the last few posts and is probably the most similar to the layout I've tried before.

Here are the other best outputs:

I rarely think in vertical cards, I always opt for landscape but I thought the border embossing folder would look good with these purple and green papers. I'm happy with this one, I think I'll try it with my other borders as well.

This one was probably my favourite use of papers as all three were from a set of scrapbooking papers I bought a year ago and haven't been using much recently. I like the wallpaper-looking paper in the background with the metallic-effect papers. 

This one uses papers I saved from a Victoria & Albert Museum guide - can't remember what the painting is but this is think it made some great bids. 

Finally some love birds. You can't see it very well in the photo but there is a lilac-coloured damask paper that the birds are sitting on and the ribbon has a nice sheen as well. Makes it seem a bit more grown-up as the floral blue papers here are a bit cutesy.

I have another post to go up from crafts I did on Sunday so hopefully I'll get that up before I come back from the States! 

*I didn't forget - I went out drinking with friends instead of blogging and then couldn't steal the time at work to draft the post. So here we are.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Project 27: Hypnotic toes

This post is about a project so simple, it took me less than 10 minutes.

I painted my toes today as I truly believe the London rain will eventually turn into a glorious summer. This could happen tomorrow or in 3 months time as we prepare for September. We all need to be honest about our expectations.

I painted a spiral on my big toes because I thought a flower was a bit twee and I don't think coloured or white tips looks that nice on my extraordinarily fat toes. I mean, look at them; they're huge.

Painting my toes is a HUGE deal as I had a ridiculously stupid accident in Paris last year that resulted in my big toenail completely coming off. I literally ran into my husband at speed wearing peeptoe shoes and the force caused it to come off. Dire and painful.

So after 8 and a half months I have something to paint! Bring on the sandals, come rain or shine!

I promise I'll do a real craft this week later to make up for the silliness of this one.

NB: My fingers are not the same shade of blue. Does this make me trampy? 

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Post 26: Femme Fatale cards (part deux)

This weekend I made more Femme Fatale cards using the papers that my sis gave me for my birthday. This isn't hte full set but some of the different combinations of patterns, embellishments and bling.

For these I tried a layout that I found on Pinterest. What attracted me to the layout originally was the use of gems and giant greeting and actually what I took away was the alternating middle panel. Go figure. I’ll have to try the other techniques in later cards but I thought the patterns were a bit too bold for the subtlety of the scattered gems.

One of the other new things I tried was using the black lace tape and then the white backing which had the same print. Quite like it paired with the actual tape!

Very short post but I’ve been busy producing cards for the charity event in June. Anyone reading this in the London area, the event is in Maidenhead on the 9th of June from 11-2, get in touch if you’d like to come along!  

Monday, 7 May 2012

Project 25: Jubilee blog challenge

Monday off means a day for Mojo! 

The sketch this week was busy, more going on than I usually go for but as I had the time off I thought I’d tackle it.

I used a set of Queen’s Jubilee papers that I mentioned the last time I did Mojo. I used one of the illustrations as the feature and then chose some of the more vintage papers to set the layout. I added the gold glue dots as a feature on the navy paper and then added in a strip of brown leather as the tie to give it that aged feel. And to give it some extra texture the cream card is crimped around the edges in a torn effect.

More cards came out of this session but I’ll save those for another post!