Well, after months (years?!!!!) of planning, designing, and much nagging of my eldest son, I finally have my official craft website up and running.
It is still very much a work in progress as we have exported all these blog posts to the new website but the photos haven't exported correctly.... I need to sprnd time copying over all the photos which will be quite some chore in view of the fact that there are nearly 200 blog posts, sigh :( !!!
Do please come and join us on the new website and let me know what you think! I'm planning on more regular posts, tutorials, Stampin' Up! news and sales, and a gazillion other things as soon as I can find some spare time!!!
I was given a chance to play with some of Tracie Stroud Designs' kits last week and look what I found in the store:
I love all those papers and the artsy effects ;)
All I did was print out some of the papers then cut them down to 4" by 4". For the colouring pages, I opened a blank A4 file and then added guidelines at 4" and 8" horizontally and vertically to create four 4" by 4" squares. I dragged each colouring jpeg into one of the squares, resizing them to fit into the 4" by 4" space. then all I had to do was print and cut out each square:
I added a binder ring on one corner to hold the pages together. I then just printed some of the mandalas from the kit, adding a doily to one and a punched paper layer to the other as decoration for the front covers.
These were so easy to make and would make a great children's colouring book for when travelling to help keep them occupied. Mind you, this would probably be better with older children due to the more complex patterns!
I have had fun playing with the latest collab from The Digichick Designers, Fun in the Sun:
Well, I can't believe it is so long since I posted here. I really do need to get my act together and post more often......
So what has been happening recently? Well, life has, as per normal, been hectic and I never seem to have a spare minute. Why can't there be more than 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week? I need more time to even begin to scratch the surface of my to do list!!!
Anyhow, yesterday afternoon was spent putting together a set of gift cards and a matching box....or rather six sets of gift cards and boxes! I was finishing off an article for The Hybrid Chick blog and this is what I ended up with:
Aren't those gorgeous cards? I used these items:
Believe you me, these are as gorgeous in real life as they look on the screen ;).
Full details are in The Hybrid Chick blog so why not pop along and see what else we get up to there?!!!!
As per usual, life has been busy around here as our eldest son was married last month and I made all the invitations, order of service cards, and the banner for the top table. In fact, I was so busy making those, I ended up forgetting to make them a wedding card until the day we were due to leave for Yorkshire and we ended up leaving late as I was busy card making!
Fortunately, the wedding was the next day, but it did end up all being a bit of a rush. By the time we got to the hotel where we were stopping for the night, I was so tired I ended up shutting the boot of the car on my glasses. since I was wearing them at the time, this resulted in me having a rather lovely graze that was luckily hidden by my glasses. One of the few occasions when I have been thankful I wear glasses, although if I didn't wear them, I probably wouldn't have ended up having them scrape all down my nose with disastrous results!
The wedding went well though and I am now officially a mother in law, but hopefully not a too terrifying one....
Now the wedding is over, this has meant that I can get creative with something other than night of navy and whisper white cardstock. I was lucky enough to be able to play with the Heartsong collection from Snickerdoodle Designs at the weekend:
Isn't it just scrumptious? I just love those birds, they are so cute! You can find the whole collection (and the papers, clusters, etc. are sold separately too ;) !!!) at The Digichick and it is definitely well worth a look.
Anyhow, I got carried away with this kit, as you will see in later posts, but started off making simple bookmarks:
I did use wordart from other designers too and again, details are on the hybrid chick blog.
These were so quick and easy to make and only took one sheet of photographic paper, less than two sheets of plain cardstock, and a little patterned paper and ribbon. Full details of how I made these are on The Hybrid Chick blog.
Well, that is a short update from me as I now have to go run a payroll (I do lead such an exciting life ;) ). I am going to try to post more regularly, just don't hold your breath though as time has a nasty habit of running away with me as there just never seem to be enough hours in the day!
Thankfully, the January tax return filing deadline has now passed and I was so pleased to actually get all my clients' tax returns (and mine ;) ) filed before midnight on 31 January. Mind you, my tax return actually went in at 2 minutes to midnight, so I did cut is fine!
But, with the tax return panic now being over, I can get back to the serious business of crafting!
Last last year I made some tile coasters and have just got around to posting about them on the hybrid chick blog:
I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas. We have most of our family here at the moment, with our eldest son and his girlfriend coming on Saturday for the weekend so for 24 hours, all the family will be together! This morning, however, it is a case of hitting the Boxing Day sales and then collecting Mum and Dad so they can come for a meal at our house. Turkey, of course ;). Then unfortunately, it is straight back to work for me as the tax return filing deadline is looming and the work is piling up....
However, I have managed to get chance to make one or two things between preparing tax returns and accounts. The first of these was some Christmas cards using these digital supplies:
Aren't those clusters gorgeous? And just look at these:
Full details of how I made the cards can be found here but it really was just a case of printing off two clusters on a sheet of A4 cardstock or photo paper (after adding a greeting), then cutting and folding into cards. I added embellishments onto the cardstock ones (glitter glue, pearls, gems, etc.) and left the photo ones untouched:
I had a handful of cards made in less than half an hour ;)
Then yesterday, I was able to find time to make gift card holders for the girl;friends of my two eldest sons. For these, I used the Keyhole Gift Card Holder cutting files from Paper Garden projects:
I combined this with Stampin' Up! cardstock and patterned paper to arrive at this:
Full details are again on the hybrid chick blog.
Why not give both of these a try? They were really quick and easy and when time is at a premium, that is an added bonus!
Just a quick post to let you know I have actually been busy crafting (I should really have been working though ;) ), and have just finished an album made using the video tutorials from Angelwings 14100.
I was pleased with how it turned out. It was made using a digital kit, Laughter is the Best Medicine by Kimeric Kreations, which you can find at The Digichick store:
Full details of the completed album along with links to the video instructions can be found on the hybrid chick blog here.
Well, I'm off for a day's bookkeeping at a client's now, so hope you can get some time to craft today!
Well here I am hanging my head in shame for not having posted at all in the past twelve months....it's not that I haven't been doing anything, it's just that there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done :(. So I ma not making any promises that I can't keep but I am going to start to try to post more regularly.
So, if you have been wondering what I have been (and even if you haven't ;) ), here is a look at what I have started to do:
As you can see, I have been trying my hand at art journaling and have just started the first of (hopefully) many pages at The Hybrid Chick. You can take a look at how I made this page here as full details are shown.
I have also made some tile coasters so will be posting about those in the next few days. These are actually really easy to make, it just takes patience waiting for the glue to dry ;).
But best of all, I am off this Saturday on a Graphics 45 album making day. I am so looking forward to this as I love making albums. The only problem is, I never want to use the albums when I have finished as I don't want to spoil them ;). I'll post some photos of the G45 album when it is finished, so you can let me know what you think.
Anyway, I need to make sure my youngest is getting ready for college, so I hope to be back soon with more updates.