Monday, 17 December 2012

Octber Afternoon

I've got a post up today on the Papermaze blog
Thought I would share with you
 Hope your December is panning out nicely and is not like mine a whole heap of chaos that will eventually be Christmas!
I am here to share with you another layout that I created with the October Afternoon Midway collection
I decided to stick with the same sketch that I used in this post, and this time I stayed more true to the sketch

My daughter took these fun pictures of me "doing my bit" for Movember (you can read more about Movember here)
I flipped the sketch on its side and then punched out small triangles from this piece of paper. I arranged them across the top to create a banner.
I then stitched across the top of them, do you see how I flipped a couple for a fun element to the banner
I added some of the stickers to create some sub titles here and there.
The arrows on the photos were punched out of the balloons and darts sheet 
and help to focus your eyes back to the pictures

  I love how this range has so many posibilities!
All supplies can be found in the shop
Toodle Pip x

Sunday, 2 December 2012

A few Cards

Hi if you are here for the Papermaze blog hop please go HERE

I am here today to share the cards I made for the blog hop, using Heidi Swapp vinatge chic collection
I managed to create cards for 3 different occasions, using just the one collection

First up is a Christmas card
A Valentine's card
and lastly a Birthday card
I had a blast making these, the collection proved to be very versatile!
Toodle Pip x

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Papermaze December Blog Hop

Hi, Welcome to the Papermaze December blog hop. If you have joined me from Wendy's blog, hope you are having fun so far! If you want to start at the beginning I have listed all the blogs in order at the bottom.
There are so many exciting and fabulous products in the shop, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a specifically themed range for you to create projects for all different holidays and occasions
I rather fell in love with the Heidi Swapp Vintage chic range, and here are 3 cards that I made using it and all are for different occasions which just shows how versatile a lot of paper ranges can be. We've got Christmas Birthday and Valentine's day all from the one collection

(I will upload them all separately tomorrow)

As you may know, we have been putting kits together for you, for a while now ( you can find them here)..and they are hugely popular. Every month someone who works at the shop or on the design team, puts together a kit, which shows off their style and their favourite projects. This gives you a different range of kits and styles for you to play around with.
Here is the beautiful December kit

Simply comment on each blog to be in with the chance of winning one of these fab kits!

To continue with our December inspirational Blog Hop, jump on over to Carol's blog next.

Here's the blog list for those of you that want to start from the beginning...

Friday, 30 November 2012

Sharing a few of my sewing bits

I have mentioned that I have been sewing some things for gifts for xmas so I thought I would share a few with you
These are all made from free patterns/tutorials that I have found on the web
First up we have a beach bag for one of my besties

 I added a few pockets inside and out for all those little bits

Inside the bag
I love the bright yellow polka fabric

This little puffball pouch was just something I fancied having a go at and its sitting on my desk now for all those scrappy bits of paper/cardstock that usually miss the big bin when I attempt to get them in there lol

I am thinking this would look really cute in denim with red polka dots "puffs"

 Lastly is this zippered clutch purse that I have been using for a couple of weeks now and its just big enough to hold your phone, credit card packet of mints(I always carry a pack with me) and tissues.

It just sits around your wrist and you have everything you need to hand  whilst popping and dapping about.
This was my first time sewing a zip and I was pleased with the result 
Inside the clutch
Hope you have enjoyed looking at  my projects and if you made it this far Thanks for looking

x Toodle Pip x


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Papermaze November kit @ Papercuts

Had great fun Friday at my Papercuts crop with the November kit by Papermaze, I have decided that instead of worrying whether I get anything finished or not I should just pootle along at my own pace and I can always finish at home(which is what I normally do but have been worrying that "I Should" get stuff complete)
Kim had as usual some beautiful samples to share with us (you can see them here on her blog)
I loved how she used the paper strips on the masculine layout and did my own version

I did a lot of hand stitching in between the strips and I only used a very small amount of the wonderful papers & stickers that were in the kit.
I added some lace and a few stickers from the previous months kit all the other bits including the camera, heart pins and the crocheted doily were in the kit.
I didn't have a bold title as my journaling reads "Some pictures need no words, they simply make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside every time you look at them"
I found this pic of Danielle and Star in one of my folders (Danielle very kindly lets me download all of her pics from her phone on my laptop) I think it's just so beautiful of them both!
A close up of the heart cluster, oh yes I forgot I added "you are my sunshine brad by MME 
I raced outside this morning as there was a little bit of sun in the sky, normally I go into the back garden but this time I was out the front in the street looking like some kind of crazy lady taking pics of the ground!!! and in doing so inadvertently let the dogs escape so I then spent the next 5 minutes chasing them around the street lol
Unfortunately this months kit is sold out  (you can still buy the actual sheet I used here)  but I have seen sneak peeks of next months and I can assure you you won't want to miss it!
Toodle Pip x

Monday, 19 November 2012

Chevrons - Scrap Africa

My poor neglected blog, been stitching up a storm for those xmas pressies
But I did go a hunting around for a challenge to get the scrappiness flowing
Found one here at Scrap Africa - the challenge was chevrons

It was doing this layout that I really wished I had a cameo
As you can see I hand cut the chevrons (due to the fact that they are a little ok a lot wonky lol)
The papers are Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic with a little Pink Paislee Portfolio thrown in,
most of the other bits are just things that were laying around. I stamped the tree with an old Prima stamp set that is 12 x 12 and too big to fit into any of my drawers lol
There really is all sorts on here some studio calico wood veneer arrows, brads from Basic grey and Kaisercraft, eyelets and twine, plus a sprinkling of tattered angels mist.
So we come to the actual photo, it took me over an hour to try and work out how to get the best picture of it, needless to say with it pouring down and very dull outside it had to be quite heavily edited so I hope it still looks ok
Let's hope for better weather and then I can take a better picture and maybe some close ups
Toodle Pip x

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Instead of cleaning up

Instead of cleaning up my desk after the last layout using the MME 6 x6 pad I decided to use all the scraps for another layout and this is what I came up with

I don't like these wintery months as it's notoriously difficult to get a good photograph!

Close up of the white on white title, I stitched across the bottom to give it more definition

I thought by doing this I would clear my desk a little but Oh No now it looks like this!
Guess I had better get cleaning!
Toodle Pip x

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Papermaze - Focus on 6 x 6 paper pads

Today I'm up on the Papermaze blog where all week Wendy has been focusing on 6 x 6 pads ( I'm sure we all have some but how do we use them!)
There are plenty of tips here, here and here
I created a layout using the MME - The Sweetest Thing - Tangerine pad

I used another sketch from page drafts for this page.

 One of the papers in the My Mind's Eye  6 x 6 pad has an elements page. I cut them out and because they are in a smaller print, you can add more of them to the page without it looking too overcrowded.

It might seem that 6 x 6 sheets could be too small for working on a 12 x 12 background page. To solve this dilemma,  I cut one sheet of 6 x 6 into 4 pieces and left an even gap in between each one. You can make this gap as wide or as narrow as you the impression that the paper is bigger than 6 x 6.
I used a vertical paper arrangement to cover the space,
The paper pad comes with two sheets of each paper. One of the patterns has a doily cluster that I wanted to use twice, but they had the banners at the bottom of the doily, pointing to the left. I wanted to use this doily cluster on the opposite side of my page, but I had the problem of the banners pointing to the left. To solve this problem, I cut the banners off, rotated the doily  so that the part I had cut off could be tucked behind the photo mat, and then I reattached the banners. These then covered the horizontal gaps in my paper.
The 6 x 6 pads are ideal for cutting shapes like banners. Because the print is smaller,  you can retain more of the pattern on your small shaped pieces.

Before I glued all my papers and embellishments down I inked them all with a black ink pad to give them a little more definition.

Wendy also has a great page and a giveaway to share with you on today's post
All supplies for the layout can be found in the Papermaze shop

Phew quite a long post from me but if you made it this far Thankyou so much for reading and as always I would love to hear any comments you make.
Toodle Pip X


Sunday, 28 October 2012

Halloween Gift Bags

Just a couple of quick Halloween gift bags for my Granddaughter and her friend
(would have been a lot quicker still if I had actually had some paper bags lol)
Not Filled with sweeties yet but I think they look cute!
The eyebrows are a spellbinders wings die, punched circles for the eyes and I drew on some veins with a marker pen. I put some black netting behind the mouths and then added their names and a punched black cat.

A close up of the names and cat
Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween
Toodle Pip x

Creative Scrappers 232

Sadly this is my last post as a DT for Creative Scrappers as my term has ended. What a wonderful experience working with Kristine, the sketches and a wonderfully talented group of ladies!
I have had great fun creating with them all
This time we had a great sketch by the talented Johanna Rol-Middelbos
This was my take 

This sketch has a very distinct circle element running across the middle which just wasn't working for me, so I made mine much more subtle with flowers and labels, I hope you can still see the sketch there
Once again I used EP for the Record2 - Tailored, I really love this line I think you can tell that lol
A couple of close ups
Loved this little happy face that was printed on the BG basics paper and didn't want to cover it up. The little banners are actually cut from MME, The sweetest thing, Tangerine 6 x 6 pad but the colours  co-ordiante well with the EP paper

I fussy cut some of the flowers and tucked them into my border piece,layering them up with pop dots

How cute is this little Mason jar that I cut from the packaging, as it is made of thin paper I adhere a little cardstock to the back before fussy cutting it out and it gives a bit more stability
Hope you have enjoyed my layout and there is tons more inspiration on the blog
Toodle Pip x

Friday, 26 October 2012

Picking Berries - Echo Park

Happy Friday Everyone
I am back with my layout from the papermaze blog in full
This was my layout

This was the sketch I chose to work with as I wanted to scrap these fun pictures of my youngest daughter and my Granddaughter when they found some blackberries at the end of our garden.
The sketch is from a new (to me) site I found called and I like the lots of small picture sketches there
I started by roughly tearing my paper into strips using longer strips on one side adding strips of tape too, I tucked the pictures into the torn strips and then joined the 2 with the large gate sticker from Echo Park This N That Graceful range which you can find in the shop here (will list all supplies at the end). I like to add as many little embellishments as I can so I added some machine stitching, brads and more stickers from the sticker sheets. I usually prefer hidden journaling and so tucked a Journaling card down in behind the photo to write my story on. After stitching across the letter stickers I used the stray ends to tie the sign to the gate sticker so that it hangs across the gate.
You don't have to be to precise when tearing, as you can see I just tore randomly the width of the strip I wanted. 

Hope everyone has a scrappy happy weekend
Toodle Pip X


Friday, 19 October 2012

Paper Cuts - October Papermaze Kit

Just got back from a great time at my monthly Paper Cuts crop
We had the gorgeous October Papermaze kit to work with and it was a fab kit this month containing Echo Park & Kaisercraft along with some really cute embellishments
There are still a few left in stock HERE so grab one while you can
I created a simple layout using the kit and some of the lovely bits and pieces Kim always adds for us
I didn't follow the theme for this month which was confetti, but instead I came up with this
I took this picture from Poppy's facebook so the quality wasn't great when I blew it up a little, but I love this fun picture of her in glasses(who's they were I don't know lol) and I don't think it really shows all that much!
I took the EP for the record 2 borders strip and fussy cut the journal circles then added another couple of strips.
I used a Sharpie marker to colour the letters on the sticker sheet black, cut one of the dainty banners from the Kaisercraft save the date paper and added the embellishments and voila it was done ( I say voila in a "it still took me 3 hours" type of way lol)
a couple of close ups
Don't know if you can see these cute arrow stamps by Studio Calico  that I stamped along the bottom. Kim has the most wonderful collection of stamps that she let's us borrow, mmwahh love you Kim!

I stamped the small circle stamp that came in the kit and then couldn't resist adding some of the Prima packaging behind the picture

Had a fab time today!
Toodle Pip x

Thursday, 18 October 2012

First DT post for Papermaze

I have my first post up for Papermaze today
Would love it if you popped across to have a peek here
Here is a sneak of the layout I created
Will share the full layout with you all in a couple of days
Toodle Pip Xx

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Creative Scrappers 230

A quick one from me tonite as we just got back from our 2 week holiday in Wales and I'm pooped lol
A great sketch from Jenny this week with tons of possibilities, I couldn't wait to get stuck in
This was the sketch

And here is my take
 I retook pictures of the layout as I couldnt get a great one while away

                                       I also added the pins under the hero brad

I added some of my practice stamping in this little frame (don't like thigs to go to waste!)

I added some star stamps and was pleased with the new numbers stamp from kaisercraft, I also watered down some Mr Hueys mist and stamped some more stars

I used a negative space for my title and placed more of the waste stamping underneath
I also tucked the barcode from the MME acetate frame under the layers

I had real fun with this layout and love the look of stamping on my layouts and am going to try this again for sure
x Toodle Pip x

Thursday, 11 October 2012

At the beach

Since I am currently at the beach (well not right this second my laptop would get wet lol)
I thought it only fitting that I create a layout about a certain dog that just LOVES the beach!
Rodney at his best playing with sticks in the sea
I did start off with a sketch but totally went my own way while still inspired by the sketch
This was the sketch over at Sarah's Cards blog
And this was what I came up with

And this is how it went
First off as I had EP for the record 2 here with me I wanted to use that
I love the blue and gold tones and thought they would work well with a beachy type pic
I liked the longer thinner picture and chopped this one of Rodney down, The arrow on the sketch inspired my triangle arrow border and the square shape I moved down to the bottom and the title up a level and this is how it ended up lol
a couple of close ups

            I added some drops of Glossy accents to make it look like water splashes

I also challenged myself to complete in an hour and I almost did give or take 30 minutes!
I'm quite pleased with the result!
Toodle Pip x