Sunday, October 24, 2010

Feeling better organised

With all my fab finds of late I have been feeling the need to do some more organising of my supplies. Being able to access what I have easily is such a benefit as I can focus on being creative rather than where I put that embellishment that I am wanting. I love checking out scrapping spaces on line and would love to have that room but there are ways around it when you have a small space.

So I started with my A4 cardstock. I am building up my stamp pads and therefore colours so I went for a sturdy file box. And I am loving it. I have sorted them into colours and each file has a bag for my scraps. The best thing is when I go out to scrap I can take the whole thing with me!

Now for my ribbons. Up till now I have been keeping my ribbons in click clack containers. As my stash has grown they started to overflow and were getting rather squished. I came across this idea in a magazine that I read to have them hanging on the wall. We were given the wall hanging and it worked really well. Now I have all my ribbons where I can see them.

And my best sort yet getting out my sewing machine on my desk. My awesome husband found this book - Sewing on Paper by Catherine Matthews-Scanlon at the library for me on stitching on your projects. If you look here you will see how much I love stitching but have been reduced to faux stitching due to the effort required to get the machine out and I just cant get the same effect with my little one. Looking forward to using it.

A card for sale

I often get asked how do I come up with the cards that I make. Usually it starts with a bit of inspiration. This one is for a lady at my husbands work who is leaving. As his social club buys them from me I like to make sure they are well thought out. It started with wanting to use my new spellbinder nestie Labels 1 and using one of the flower patterns that we made at stamp club. I came up with the idea of a quilted look with the squares and the DSP fitted well. It was then a case of fitting other colours and going through my stash to pull out stamps and embellishments to match. Voila! A bit here and a find there.

Colours: chocolate chip, very vanilla, certainly celery
Stamps: natural beauty (SU), impressions (bella!), grid (Kaiser)
Finishing touches: scallop posy flower, , pearls (kaiser), spellbinder labels 1, pear pizzazz stitched-poly ribbon and vintage brad (SU), faux stitching

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 89

I always love the chance to have a play with the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge at The Sweetest Thing. This one is number 89 which you will find here. So I pulled out the gorgeous papers that I picked up at Spotlights recent 50% off sale. I love these colours and variations of the same at the moment. Patterned papers are great to put together. Because they match you get to play around with the extras a bit more as I did here using my i top tool from Imaginisce to make a matching brad to embellish.

Colours: baja breeze, very vanilla, chocolate chip
Stamps: praire lane (Kaiser), vinatge labels (SU)
Finishing touches: baja breeze striped ribbon (SU), daisy punch, prarie lane papers (kaiser), buttons (basic grey), i top brad maker (imaginisce), faux stitching

Friday, October 15, 2010

October Stamp Club

With the holidays, stamp club crept up a little too quickly. The challenge was to create a card using a stamp that you haven't inked before. I intended to go through my stampn up collection and sort it but it didn't quite happen. This is a birthday card that I made for a super stamper and awesome friend, and as it is a new stamp I guess it kinda counts. It is from the collection that I got recently from Elzybells closing down sale. And now that my second order has arrived and is sorted ready to go I now have many more new stamps to play with.

I got my inspiration from the colours in a house and garden mag that I picked up from the 24 hour booksale in New Plymouth. Great to get you started

Colours: rich razzleberry, crumb cake, whisper white, pretty in pink, almost amethyst
Stamps: stamp n scrap and sentiments (elzybells) and bud basics (SU)
Finishing touches: spellbinders labels 2, upper crest border punch (fiskars), faux stitching, rich razzleberry polka dot ribbon (SU), button, linen thread

A chance to play

While I haven't been scrapping much of late I have been finding lots of great buys that I have been playing with. These pages came together really well once I got into it. I love this paper from Cosmo Cricket. It worked really well with my new typewriter alpha die from Cuttlebug that I got for a bargain as they are retiring. I just love putting together different elements and using the tools that I have. Freestyler, thats me.

I have been checking out Cathy Zielskes work. She has such great design ideas. These layouts were inspired by a page I found in her design archives. Love her work well worth a look.

My new find

My focus of late has been on card making. Seems to be a common thing that I hear. Cards are smaller projects they just seem easier than getting out all the bits to complete pages. So wanting to get back into it I took they chance while away visiting with family to get some done thanks to my fab husband who took the kids out for the day so I could scrap with Mum and my sister. It was a chance to have a go at using the page dividers by We R Memory Keepers that I have discovered that are being used in all sorts of ways. I got mine from Scrappin Patch. When I started scrapbooking it was all about getting my photos out of their box and telling the stories that went with them. Despite all my organising my photos are still in a box on my shelf and and now with digital multiplying rapidly on my computer. So I am in the process of developing a way to remedy this in conjunction with what I have already put together. Stay tuned for more.
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