Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Catching up , Challenges and more...

Well it has been a crazy week so far. After slicing my finger open Friday while making tea, it is finally starting to heal(or at least stop bleeding). although it is still numb a bit(guess that is good except with typing) I am finally at a point to get a bit of crafting done. I finished a few challenges last minute for some of course. Below is my purse envelope album. Yep you guessed it , it's made from envelopes. The papers I used are Basic Grey and cloud 9. The lace is from my stash, The brads are from chatterbox and Basic grey. the butterflies are a stamp from Tim Holtz and the lace flower is made from scraps of lace with Prima leaves.

The top has a loop that goes over a brad to keep it closed.

When open it displays pictures. I picked these because they went with the colour scheme and are some of my favourite professional portraits of Belle.
Such a Cheeky Monkey she is! I just adored this dress when she had it. It was one of my splurge items for her.
She looks like such an Angel here. .......what happened??

I also included some journal tags that slide out using the butterflies.
This pocketbook envelope Album is for the following challenges:
Our Vintage affair monthly challenge - Bags
Colour Create Challenge #45- Soft green and light aqua with optional butterflies.

Below is an ATC I did for the Craft Den ATC May challenge - Flowers. I am not happy with it so I need to make another. I am not sure what I do not like maybe it is just too plain.

Well Hope you enjoyed the projects and heres to hoping the finger is better soon...Wishing you all a lovely day (despite all the clouds and chill) and Thank you for all the wonderful comments. Angela

Thursday, 20 May 2010

ATC Swap for May

I am definately on a roll now. Just finished up my cards for the May ATC swap over at ATC Swappers. This months theme was "Tall Tales" which could be story characters, fairy tales or such. I chose to do 4 princess tales - Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.
The first card on the top left is Sleeping Beauty. I stamped the back of the card with Tim holtz stamps and added pink droplets for floral buds using Smooch. I then printed out the story and distressed the paper. This I added on the card then printed a spinning wheel, distressed it and added that on top. I then stamped using the edge of another Tim Holtz stamp over for a thorn branch look. Simple as it is I think this is my favourite.
The next to the right is Snow White. I inked the background again with Tim holtz stamps and distress inks. Added white stazon on the edges. I placed a snow white image under vellum and used Inkadinkado frame stamp for the mirror. I hand cut the apple and added glossy acccents. To the bottom left is Beauty and the Beast. I chose to do a rose for this one layering lace between. I used Close to my heart rose stamps and distress/chalk inks.
The last is Cinderella. I inked and stamped the background with Distress inks and Anna griffin flourish stamps. The clock stamp is from close to my heart. The castle and carriage are cut from a fantasy themed frame I bought about 10 years ago. Sorry I do not have a maker for it since it had no packaging. Hope you like them. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for all the wonderful comments on my last few posts. I love reading them all.
Have a wonderful night. Angela

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Colour Create Challenge # 44

This weeks Colour Create challenge was KHAKI, AQUA, BROWN and CREAM it was also a DT call so I am trying my luck. Since I am more of a paper crafter/Scrapbooker than a card maker I chose to do a mini Acrylic Album. Of course I am last minute because not only am I having camera problems this week but Blogger has decided to give me problems on my pic uploads. Murphy's law I guess. At least it is 10 to 6. I Tried to make it like a Cinderella story since I had these cute pics of Belle and her dad when she lost her slippers.
The cover is the only page not acrylic.

Here the little princess is said having lost her slippers.....

I used DCWV, Prima and MME papers. The lace and ribbons are from my stash. The flowers are all prima and the pearls and brads are Basic grey.

Hope you like it and wish me luck. Thanks for viewing. Angela

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Lets Get shabby Colour Challenge # 11

Lets Get Shabby Challenge "IT'S ALL ABOUT COLOUR!!" Here is the sypnopsis for this months challenge:

Here in Australia at the moment its Autumn!
And maybe where you live its Spring!!
Either way, look at this incredible Quilt.
Be inspired however you like....it would be nice to see you include some fabric somewhere.
and the quilt picture they gave for inspiration.....

So here is my take on the whole challenge. the colours are showing a bit duller in my photos than actual . I am having a bit of a problem with my camera since my daughter dropped it down the stairs. the zoom is broken too so closeups are not great. I also had a bit of a problem with Blogger uploading the photos. Some of them are turning when they shouldn't. Sorry for the problems.

I made a fold out display with a hidden fold out mini album.
The flowers and leaves are made from fabric and the picture was printed on a canvas then sewn to a fabric frame. The flower centers are brads from Basic Grey. the pins and butterfly brads are unknown as they were parts of misc kits I bought. the blue butterflies are EK Success and the lace and trims are from my stash.
I really like the way the door came out. I used layers of paper then coated it with Distress Crackle paint and inked it when dry. the little wreath is inked wired with flowersoft. The door knob is a upultry tack while the key is from my misc charms box.
When the door is opened it pulls out the first side of the mini album. I used papers from KI memories and Cosmo cricut. the flowers are sut from Anna Griffen papers and the butterflies from misc science cards and cupcake holders. I originally had used Prima flowers with jewels and pearls throughout but the book no longer folded properly so that had to be modified. I do like the outcome though. All the lace trim is cut from paper scraps using a Fiskars Border punch. Here is the other side with a little lace handle to pull it out. I am not sure why but Blogger keeps flipping this pic and the one after it sideways. It looks fine on my computer but everytime it uploads it flips. Sorry for the technical difficultes.
The Center of the pullouts holds the rest of the saying. Behinnd the brown paper background here is a hidden pocket that will be used for a letter my daughter is writing to her Grandpa. The letter will slide in behinde the picture an the brown background paper.
Then it all closes up nicely. I had this wonderful box I wanted to use and with Fathers day around the corner I decided to make this project for my dad. I also found this wonderful saying on one of my papers from Cosmo Cricut.."If Things never changed ...There would be no Butterflies." which I used as part of my inspiration throughout the project. I tried to use some blues and rust reds throughout for a nice rich colour scheme and to follow the brief given or at least my interpritation of it. Hope you enjoy it. I know my dad will love it he always does. I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful comments over the past months and as always they are greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful end to the weekend. Angela

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Basic Grey and Simon says stamp Challenges

This card is for Basic Greys Week 19 Photo inspiration challenge and Simon Says stamp birthday challenge. I used Basic Grey Porcelain papers, Sugar Nellie stamped image, Inkadinkado stamps, trim from Creative Imaginations and lace from my stash. I coloured the image using water colour pencils.

This is the inspiration photo for the Basic Grey week 19 challenge. I picked out the softness in the colours and the hearts.
Thanks for the wonderful comments. I love reading and truely appreciate each and every one. Have a wonderful night. Angela

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Proud Mama.....

I have to say I am so proud of Belle and this hat she made for the Art from the heart anniversary weekend Mad hatter party. Yes she made the whole thing from conception on a sketch pad to wire frame(I helped a bit with that since the coat hanger was hard to bend), the material cover and all the sewing. It was amazing!!She was up all night finishing it as you can tell from her eyes. She asked me to teach her how to sew on my machine so I abliged and she is a natural. I cannot believe what a wonderful job she did and how carefully she worked. She was very determined and wound up with a wonderful creation...and she even cleaned up her mess. thats a first.
Carefully thought out she used a wire frame I helped her to shape from a sketch she had done. She suggested a wire frame because her teacher at school had recommended it.
Happy to be allowed on the sewing machine at last. she really takes after my mom here as she is just a natural at it. not much I can teach her. Maybe she will wind up teaching me.

Making the butterflies from paper and a pattern from a previous class from Craft Den in Sheffield.
Here she is sewing the 2 pieces together.
and determined not to give in to exhaustion until she was completed.

I was not going to make a hat but felt bad when I saw hers completed this morning so I put something together of course it would not sit right and was paled compared with Belles but at least it was an attempt.
Belle has some more pictures of the finished hat posted on her blog "Belles Creative Time" and will be posting pictures of some of the fun stuff she made and wonderful things she won at the Art from the heart Event tomorrow. Have a wonderful remainder of your weekend and it you like Belles hat please pop on over and leave her a comment. Thanks Angela

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Check out this Blog candy from Charmed Cards and Crafts

Time to put the spotlight on some sweet candy; there is no better candy than this as it's entirely sugar free and you can indulge without feeling guilty :-) At Charmed Cards & Crafts we love to give you something back, and what better way than with a bundle of tempting candy!?!

The candy this time comprises the fabulous new Tim Holtz "Compendium of Curiosities" book, carrying on with Tim Holtz we have one of the new 12" x 12" idea-ology Paper Pads, plus I decided that a set of the super duper stamp sets by The Girls Paperie would fit right in with the "altered/vintage" theme.

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