Well, its been a long time since I last blogged. It's been a long time since I even picked up a tube of glue if I'm honest. I know us crafters all loose our mojo at one time or another but I think mine might have kicked the bucket!
I've found another new hobby though, I've been vaping!
I haven't smoked for AGES and I've gotten really into the whole hobby side of it.
I've nearly qualified my hairdressing NVQ2 and I've just landed a fab new job with a compant called Flavour Vapour, so things are going well.
The question is...Do I sell my craft stuff or do you think my mojo is dead and burried?
I was getting bored of the look of my Blog so I've given it a bit of a face lift using one of the fab backgrounds from http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/ . They have loads of great backgrounds as well as headers and tutorials on how to customize your blog. I'm quite pleased with how it looks for the moment. All that's left to do now is create a signature.
Not a crating post but I know that my friends on UKS wanted to see my new hair so here it is! Its taking some getting used to. I nearly changed my mind when I took my before photo. My hair looked so shiny! I never wear it down though and its always in a scruffy pony tail so it seems silly to keep it. It was hard to brush and really hot in the summer so its gone!
This is my attempt at the Week 1 challenge over at UKS . The Stitching took forever but I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I used a paper piercing pattern from Fred She Said and used DMC lights to stitch the design. The page looks kind of orange in the photo but it is actually all pink. I used a couple of postage stamps from a collection I picked up in a charity shop a while back and the tickets are some I've had laying about for ages.
I've been so poorly for the last few days that I've not had the energy to craft. We had a mad dash to the doctors earlier when breathing got tricky as my throat had swollen so badly. I feel so much better after being given some meds to bring the swelling down. It might mean I get a full nights sleep! I had a go at the UKSCRAPPERS house challenge. We had to follow the sketch and use fabric or fibres on the layout. I made the fabric flower from a piece of organza from a pack from the pound shop and a lovely brad with a gem mounted on it. The journaling block is from a pad of magnetic shopping lists that I also got in the pound shop. I just cut off the lettering at the top and stuck the 2 pieces back together. This layout will be another one towards our wedding album.
Here is my take on the UKS Week 5 Challenge. I really had fun with this one and I'm going to use it in my "Book of Me" We had to use only 4 of the following in the challenge • Scrap only in two colours • Use ripping and tearing - no scissors allowed • Use Doodling • Use Distressing inks/sprays • Use Resist technique • Use Faux Batik technique • Use a mask • Use 1 stamp • Journaling in the form of a letter • Hidden Journaling • Hand-written Journalling • Use 10 of something • Use a clock face/calendar to represent time • Use a lock and key as an embellishment • Use ribbon but not in the form of a bow • Use a non scrapping material on your LO • Use recycled material on your LO
Plus the Sketch that was provided and one theme from the choice.
I have used Hidden journaling-I have written a diary about my thoughts and what has happened in January 2011
A calendar-Printed from Microsoft Publisher
A mask- Not the type that was meant I don't think, I think when masks was mentioned it meant the type that you use to stop ink going in certain places on your layout. The mask was cut on the Robo and sprayed with Mica mist.
2 Colours- I used only Blue and white. I never really use blue but January has been a bit of a blue month for me so I thought it was fitting.
Happy new year everyone! I hope yours has started out better than mine. I've been a victim of the Governments "cuts" twice already this year. My first blow was receiving a letter from my college stating that Train to Gain funding has been stopped, meaning I will have to fund my NVQ3 in supporting Teaching and learning myself. I thought that I might as well do so seeing as I had been offered my full time dream job starting at Easter and the qualification would be needed. Well the second blow came a few days later. The job offer has been revoked due to the schools budget not increasing this year meaning the school will have 4% less money than expected! So here I am, Jobless and feeling very sorry for myself. The only silver lining I can see is the fact I will have lots of scrapping time on my hands! I'm half way through my Best friends wedding album at the moment but I can't post any pictures because she might be on here having a nose but I will post some soon. While My blog is looking rather boring at the moment a fellow scrapper by the name of Hazel has a fab blog that is well worth checking out. She is also running her first ever blog candy giveaway and its well worth a look! Just click HERE to go to Hazels blog.
I thought I'd be clever last night while I was doing the weekly challenge on UKS. I needed a few Autumn coloured buttons and didn't have many so thought I would have a go at making them out of Fimo. They Were lovely, all marbled and swirly, but you are just going to have to take my word for that because...I burnt them while yapping on Facebook! I will try again tonight.
I'm always in a rush to get the cards done every Christmas but I'm pleased to say that this year I got in early and now they are all done. Much more enjoyable than rushing. I'm still busy with the wedding album and am trying to keep away from the usual wedding feel so have been using lots of different colours for my layouts. This layout is of my finishing touches.
I've been busy over the last few weeks starting on my wedding album and finishing off the Xmas cards. While I'm off work for a couple of days poorly and I cant do much of anything that involves moving about I thought I would post some of my layouts. This one is a really basic page. I wanted to challenge myself to use some colours I wouldn't normally use and these papers fit the bill perfectly. The title is cut on the Craft Robo and coated with glossy accents. I'm pleased with the title although I can't say I'm keen on the rest of the layout. I used the sewing machine around the edges of this one. I really need to practice my sewing! Another really simple layout. I think I will try something that is a bit more involved next week. I did manage another couple of layouts that I am really pleased with. The one below is of Tara after she had her hair done for the wedding. I'm far more comfortable scrapping girly pinks :-) The layout is my take on a sketch on http://sketchythursdays.blogspot.com/.
This next layout has got to be my favourite layout to date. I cut the flowers from felt, an old pair of jeans and an old skirt that was heading for the bin.
Tara has been busy crafting with her new stash. She made this lovely little card for her best school friend's 12th Birthday using the Daisy and Dandelion range. I thought it came out fab! Well done Tara xx I've been cracking on with my best friends wedding album. I'm still waiting for some more pictures to complete it but here is a sneak peek. The album is 8x8 and I'm struggling with it a little bit after being so used to 12x12. I've been dying to try the distressed look for a while now and was really pleased with how it turned out on the page.
I love finding a sketch that really inspires me and that is exactly what this sketch by agirlcalledbob over on UKSCRAPPERS did. I've had these pictures from Halloween 2009 laying about waiting for the right layout and this is it! I didn't want to use the usual dark Halloween colours so there is a bit of everything in the layout. I also got chance to spray mica mist everywhere lol
I'm really pleased with this card that I made for My best friends wedding. The only thing that I would change is the peel of on the front, it kind of looks like its been on the beer. In my defence it was cut with the robo and was really fiddly. I think next time I will cut it in sections to make it easier to stick.
I'm a 31 Year old woman living in the south west of England near Plymouth. I've been making cards for about 3 years now and It takes up pretty much all my spare time. I have a lovely boyfriend whos forever helping me out with my cards by offering advice of buying me crafty bits and pieces. My 11 year old daughter Tara is also a keen card maker and would raid my stash everyday if I'd let her, hense why we have bought her her very own "grown up" card making kit for her birthday. I look forward to sharing some of her makes with you.