Thursday, 25 June 2015

Wherstead Crop - June 2015

Using a fab kit I bought from tkmaxx, MME, I pulled together a 2 photo layout with lots of stamping on the background.
 Sewing the sunshine behind this layout was a labour of love!  I didn't really need much more adding, so simply added a very long title! Lol
 Loved doing this double cluster layout and adding embellishments that needed using up!
 Karen brought her sewing machine, so I managed to finish off sober projects from my box, done cards and a layout.

I am trying to get used to appreciating myself more.. selfie taking, taught by the best! Lol

For more.. keep posted!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Bramford crop June 2015 -

Well today was a strange one! A quiet crop as the start of the summer weather and getaways commence, I still can't get over there were only ten of us in attendance!
Today was a day of finishing off projects for me.  I had a good sort through the craft room last weekend and purged an awful lot to sell at the crop (sadly a lot of it is now in a charity shop) So to limit my stash for creating at the crop, I condensed what I need greatly! For those who know me well, I normally bring the kitchen sink.
I had several pages I had half done, just not finished with photos, bellies or journaling, dare I say, more than five years ago! So.. here is what I managed....

both were papermaze kits, I'm glad that I finished them off and can now add them into albums!
I did a fun layout from a LO idea from my friend Sue who was sitting opposite me.. I'm still yet to finish this one off.. but it's a start! Lots of inking, stamping and spritzing !
I also spent the morning sorting through some instascrap bits and adding them to my new A4 album ready to start scrapping my 40th year of existence.. I know it's a while off yet, but I really am looking forward to filling it with lots of photos!

I've done more layouts that I created, we'll share more in the week to come!

Crafty hugs,
Emma xx

Monday, 25 May 2015

playing with stamps and stuff part two

Carrying on from my adventures with many paints, stalls and stencils, here are 2 more items I created.
My new Suzi-blu stamp, pre-loved of course, took centre stage on this 8x8 page. I am going to be mounting this into a frame eventually.
The background paper is some I bought from TKMAXX, despite being very busy, worked well. I muted the centre with white gesso, stamp the image with archival ink and then added some white pen to accent her collar, hands and lace. And a red pen on the heart off the her dress.
the word courage came from a polka doodle stamp set and the other words we formed with a cheap dovecraft alphabet set I got at a retreat.
Adding layered flowers with splashes of red with a foundation of rounded red magic mesh made the picture just so.
oh, I also have the girl artist some lovely chunky stripey tights so she wasn't floating in the air!
I went with this saying, using the word courage, because whilst discussing what to put with Nancy, she said that she had this quote as atattoo .. so it had to be done!

Finally, a little card I made using a gorgeous image I've had for a while.
using some scraps I coordinated the outfit to match, and paper pieced the clothes with some added movement.
using a new TIM holtz diecut cutaway on the bottom right hand corner (which matched the patterned paper) I layered up the mounts and voila, a card a was complete!

Well be back later in the week with some fibre loveliness, I've spun up done lush, blue faced Leicester I bought on eBay... Trying to think what to make with it now!

Catch you later!
crafty hugs,

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Had a play this weekend with my journal and stencils.. all work in progress! Lol
I wad going to enter them into the paperartsy challenge, but I missed the cut off point! What am I like!?
This one is a rather large LO in my Swedish book, I added lots of Decoart fluid acrylic paints with different stencils and using my new prima flower background stamps, then added a new girl image (I'm still perfecting faces) 
I used the Dina words stencil to pick out the phrase "AT THE END OF THE DAY" strategically placed around the pages. Finishing with YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT as the main title. 

This second page I made, was, believe it or not, from an supermarket advertising booklet.  I picked it up because the paper was lovely quality to make into a journal, however, I fell in love with this image and started doodling around the bits I liked.  The table and cake stand etc made Mr imagine me of a scene from alice in wonderland. 
I white washed the rest of the picture and all of the selling blurb to leave the bits I wanted. Then using my 12x12 prima stencil, added the words pretty princess. 
I love how this turned out!

Monday, 4 May 2015

National Scrapbooking Day @ Bramford crop

Today was a good day. 
I knew that I'd be pretty stationary until around 8pm, so first thing I pushed myself to go to parkrun at Chantry park, walking/jogging around a 5km course. I succeeded in 50minutes. 
Anyhow, down to business, I ended up arriving at the crop around 11am, in time for some cake (well rewarded)
Lovely friends to crop and chat with!
I actually had planned a few layouts - get me being organised!
I'll attach them so you can see !


Most of the papers I used were from the MME Cut and Paste kit called Adorbs that I picked up in TKMAXX in Ipswich for the bargain price of £7.99. Such a lovely set with embellishments as well!

The elephant layout are some sheets of Glitz Design papers (Yours Truly) that I fell in love with from Papermaze I think I must have got them in the sale.. there is not many left now!

Well I hope you liked !
I've enjoyed scrapbooking after a very long time out of action. 

I'm looking forward to documenting more of my craftiness in the coming weeks.

Keep posted!
hugs, Em x

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Making a journal from scratch

I bought some cartridge paper from Paperchase to make an art journal from scratch.  Good old YouTube, from watching many, many videos I kind of got the jist of making a book. The binding looked confusing, but I managed to muddle through, its an emma styley, it looks pretty and functions very well!!
I've started journalling it already, mostly with pencil and the odd doodle when I find something cute or inspirational. I might add some pictures at a later date, but some might be of a personal nature.