Thursday, 20 November 2014

Using up a kit

I'm back! I had a week's annual leave and thought I would probably blog a lot. As it turned out, I spent the week; making my Christmas cake, pudding and chutney; going out for lunch with my Mum and Dad (Hugh had the week off too); going for a walk in the woods (Penny was home for that) so that I had some autumnal photos to use with my new kit; going to the Tiptree Jam Museum and Tea Room; going out for an Italian meal with Hugh; ordering a new lounge suite; hospital appointments for me and Hugh; having the house alarm serviced and Christmas shopping!

I hardly did any scrapbooking - I thought I would be spending the whole week doing it, but I found myself being creative in other ways. We had a lovely relaxing week and are now back to work and very busy!

I did do a couple of pages though and here is one of them. The other day I showed all the layouts I had made with the Early Autumn kit and said that I probably had enough left for another layout or two. Well I made just one more and then put the two remaining pieces of paper into my stash - one was part used, the other a piece of orange card.

So what did I come up with?

Using an idea from one of Shimelle's classes, I took all the patterned pieces of paper I had left, cut them to roughly the same size and then layered them up. You get to see a splash of each colour and it uses them up! I have used most of the Thickers that came with the kit - I had to make up the letter 'E' and the exclamation mark is the number 1 and a full stop.
Yet again it shows how this autumn themed kit can be used for something that definitely is NOT autumnal!

I'm off on an ACAS course this morning and then into the office this afternoon. Half day tomorrow and then, hurray, it's the weekend! Hugh and I are going to visit Ben for the day and take him and Amy out for lunch, so I am looking forward to that. What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Early Autumn Kit Round Up

Well, I have nearly used up all my Early Autumn kit from Noel Mignon. I have one full sheet of patterned paper and one of card and some bits and pieces. I will make something with them as I like to try and use them all up!

So here I am sharing what I have made this month with the kit. It was very 'autumnal'. However, by using the 'B' sides of the paper I have been able to use the kit for many different layouts, showing how versatile the kits can be.
This is a layout all about the trip Penny and I took on her birthday to see Pentatonix in concert. The library card holder was great for all the jouranlling.

This layout is with photos from June, on Father's Day. I used the white rub ons in a couple of places on this layout - they didn't go down particularly well and I ended up drawing bits in with a white pen!

I took LOADS of photos when we went on the Harry Potter Studio Tour for my birthday and I have hardly started to scrap them! I liked this layout by Becky Williams on the Noel Mignon blog and used it as inspiration for my layout.
I don't do much for Halloween, or have many autumnal photos these days - there were a lot more when the children were small! However, at work we celebrate Halloween with a pumpkin carving competition and dressing up, so I was able to document it and add the spider which I had had in my stash for ever and a day!

Now the next two layouts I simply LOVE! I knew when I opened the kit that I needed to find these photos of the children taken 20 odd years ago! I scanned them in and printed them out so I kept the originals. I really enjoyed scrapping these and they will go into the 'Ben and Penny when they were little' album!

I enjoyed fussy cutting the leaves out of the paper and sticking them down onto this layout. Great fun!

And then there are these two layouts which I have already shared with you!

So that is the end of this kit - well apart perhaps from a couple more with the scraps! I have already received the next kit and if you pop onto the blog you can see what I have received - the video is here. It is autumn related again, but I think I can use it all up using 'B' sides again!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Frosty Festivities Inspiration Number 3!

Two posts in one day! Yes, I know, but I wanted to share another item I had made following the inspiration from Jennifer's Frosty Festivities Blog Event. I don't often make tags, but loved how Jennifer made these ones, with a 'Jolly Jumble of Items'.

So I found a tag amongst my stash, sprayed it with some mist, stamped some stars, stencilled some embossing paste onto it, found some embellishments and made this:
Having made it I was pleased with it, but wondered what I was actually going to do with it. Then I had a brain wave and turned it into a card!
I like how it looks on the card and this will be winging its way to one of my friends this Christmas!

Frosty Festivities Inspiration Number 2

There has been so much inspiration on Jennifer's blog this weekend. I don't like to pick out favourites as it seems unfair, but I did like this guest post from Julie Kirk.

One of the inspiration ideas from this post was to 'Stencil all over the background of a layout or project'.

So that is what I decided to do! I didn't have a 12x12 stencil in the shape I wanted, stars, so the first thing I did was to create one using my Cricut.

I then sponged Versamark through all the stars as I had decided to emboss the patter onto the card. I chose silver and gold embossing powder - the gold worked better, but I still liked the effect.
And then it was just a case of creating my layout on top of the stencilled pattern.
 I am enjoying getting my Christmas 201 photos scrapped this weekend!

I'll be back later with another project inspired by the blog event. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Jennifer's Frosty Festivities

Jennifer Grace at Jennifer Grace Creates, is holding her Frosty Festivities blog event this weekend. Do hop on over to see all the wonderful things she and her guest bloggers have created.

I will probably be posting more frequently over the next few days as I complete projects inspired by the event and because I AM ON HOLIDAY! Yes, no work for me for a WEEK! So looking forward to it! Hugh is also off for the week, so we are going to leisurely do some jobs around the house, visit my Mum and Dad and go out for a couple of meals.

So, what has inspired me so far? Well, Jennifer created this decoration, but what inspired me from it was to use glitter through a stencil, using modge podge. I didn't want to make a decoration, but used the idea on this layout.
I used a dotty stencil I had and some blue glitter. I love the effect and will definitely be doing this again!
I love how it is nice and glittery, but at the same time you get even more texture from the modge podge.,

Off to have another look at her blog to see what else inspires me!