Monday, 30 December 2013

I've been very quiet

Preparing for Christmas and this is a little of how it went

The tree got decorated
The place settings made

The table laid up all pretty (to disguise the fact that this was our garden set!)

A suprise proposal for my eldest daughter

My wonderful crazy family

And I hope you all had as great a Christmas 2013 as I did
Happy New year and see you all soon
Toodle Pip xxx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Santas Village

I have been wanting to share these for ages, they are up on the Bo Bunny blog today so finally I can
Santa's Village by Tracee Provis

What better way to decorate for Christmas than something you have created yourself. I love to create scenes and was really excited to see the cute elements that adorn the Elf Magic collection. I recycled some old tuna fish cans that made great bases for my ornaments, and finished them off with some paper bows and ribbon.

To start I sprayed my tin with some white auto paint, glittered one of the small doilies and cut out the middle to make a pretty edge for my tins. I fussy cut lots of different elements from the papers and used hot glue to adhere in the tin. A little tip - I needed to put some hot glue that would show at the front of my elements, to stop it from being a plain old blob I just sprinkled a little glitter on it before it dried and it looks like sparkly snow.

I cut some circles to fit the tin and then adhered most of the elements to it before gluing inside. I used some double dot cardstock to create the Elf factory building, how cute is the little one peeking out from behind the wall?. I cut some tiny bows to stick on the presents and then cut a bigger version that is attached to the top of the tin with the ribbon.

The set wouldn't be complete without the stockings being hung, again I used double dot to create the bed frame and the window behind has acetate to give the impression of Santa's sleigh flying through the sky.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Page Drafts Christmas Sketches are here!

The Fabulous, amazing, creative talent that is, Emma Stafrace 
has put together these amazing new PD sketches for Christmas, which I was so lucky to be asked to join in on
here is some of what Em has to say .......

Christmas Cheer Release.
...let us know what Christmas means to you!
If you would like to have the 2013 Sketch collection in your stash I have created a Freebie Kit as a gift to you which includes the jpegs, and editable .tiff and .psd files so everyone can enjoy them. 
for more info  
You must go check out the rest of the sketches there is some awesome talent and an abundance of inspiration to be found.You can check it out here.

This was the sketch I chose to use

and my layout
Christmas is such a fun time of year and not only for us humans, my canine family love it just as much as we do!

Thankyou Em for letting me be a a part of it all
Toodle Pip x

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Merry Christmas Canvas

I am up on the Bo Bunny blog today with this Merry Christmas Canvas 

My eldest daughter loves to decorate for Christmas so I decided to surprise her with this light up canvas using the fabulous Silver and Gold collection. The collection contains deep reds and greens but it also has a lighter delicate side of rich golds and creams. When I saw the reindeer on the 12 by 12 chipboard sheet, I was totally inspired to create a scene and for him to take centre stage.
I created the background by tearing strips of paper from the collection and layering them up around the canvas, I covered them with a thin layer of gesso to soften the look further. I added some Frosting Jewels to the reindeer to give him extra texture.
I took one of  the large doilies and cut the middle out to make an arch shape over the top of the reindeer. The 12 by 12 chipboard sheet also has these cute ornaments that I dangled from the driftwood tree. I used a little talc to take the stickiness away as I wanted them to be able to move freely.
Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper; Ornaments,Gift Shoppes,Yuletide, Winter, What a Guy/Silver & Gold
Chipboard; 12 by 12 Silver & Gold
Doilies; 8.5" large
Jewels; Frosting/Silver & Gold, Autumn Song

Sunday, 1 December 2013

CSI 100 - Solved

Wow case file 100 already! Congrats to Debbi on creating a warm happy scrappy home at CSI, and reaching the 100th case file I decided that I would do a page all about her.
I know I say it every week but a gorgeous palette to work with this week
and my page looks something like this!
I say something like this as it was very difficult to photograph due to the fact that the pale mist I used created all sorts of unwanted shadows when I was taking the pics
I found this quote on pinterest and it summed everything up quite simply
You make me laugh so hard the tears roll down my legs(it's an age thing LOL)
I have also written a letter to Debbi that is hidden away down behind the photo I won't share it all but it starts like this.
You will look at this layout and say "oh that pic of me is terrible, look at my fat ankles and my big head" and in reply to that I say "Debbi you are a beautiful person both inside and out, you have a heart the size of the world and it encompasses all. I am so lucky to call you my Best Friend" . . . . . . .

a couple of close ups

I am a little obsessed with triangles on my layouts at the moment, I cut quite a few on my cameo along with this title. After I had stuck the solid ones down I then cut a "frame" from some of the waste and layered it behind my title.
I have incorporated a few things that Debbi loves like the skeleton leaves and of course the doilies that we had to have!

This sheet of cardstock was headed for the bin as I had tried to create a watercolour background and it didn't turn out how I wanted it to, I then was using it just as a test piece but when I went to throw it I laid my photo down on it and thought hmmm this could work after all.
I printed out Debbi's DT frame for her layouts and layered it behind my papers, I think it looks kinda cool

I really enjoyed creating my layout for this weeks file and just want to say again Congrats Debbi on reaching 100 (you don't look a day over 25 LOL)
Toodle Pip xxx