Monday, 20 December 2010

Tim Holtz Tags 7-9

Not sure I will get the last three tags made this side of Christmas but here are the latest three based on Tim Holtz' tutorials. I think these are my favourites so far:

Tag # 7 - The tag was embossed with an inked folder (Cuttlebug 'Distressed Stripes') and then coloured more with Distress Inks and has a layer of Distress Rock Candy Stickles spread over it. The poinsettia is hand-cut pieces made with Sticky-back canvas on Grungepaper sprayed with Color Wash and a Pearly Pearls solution and then Stickles added with an 'accroutement' button in the centre. The letters are pre-cut Grungeboard coloured with Distress inks and stamped with black Archival ink.

Tag # 8 - I used the 'extreme masking' technique to create the Santa and sleigh background with Distress and archival inks and Tim Holtz 'seasonal' masks. The houses are cut with his Townscape 'On the Edge' die and I finished the tag with various pieces of idea-ology metal work and a printed greeting coloured with Distress inks.

Tag # 9 - The rich colours of this tag were created by spraying it with gold Cosmic Shimmer and Pearly Pearls solution after it was stamped with a Tim Holtz music stamp and sepia Archival ink. I created the rosette die with Tim Holtz paper, Walnut Stain Distress ink and more spray. Finished with letters cut on the Cuttlebug from sanded ColorCore card, brads, and bits of decoration from my stash.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Tim Holtz Tags 4-6

Here's the second installment of my tags following Tim's inspirational examples.
Tag # 4 - I don't have the same paper Tim used or the 'facets' but I used the paint resist technique with Distress inks to create the background and I loved the technique he describes with the alcohol inks and I used a fragment charm for this.

Tag # 5 - The focus technique was enamelled metal but, as I didn't have the metal numerals, I painted and embossed grungeboard numbers instead. I hand-cut the plaque shape and used 'picket fence' crackle paint and coloured this with Distress inks. I used the paint resist technique with distress inks again on the tag and I used the mini set of Christmas stamps,  alcohol inks on 'foliage' and lots of Stickles, white flock and glitter.

Tag # 6 - As I didn't have the same embossing folder or die that were the focus of this tag, I substituted older Cuttlebug designs and used the same techniques.

 If you haven't seen Tim's tags yet (where have you been ???), then you should go see how generous he has been in sharing techniques and ideas, not just for tags but for lots of other things too.

Voici les trois étiquettes #4 – 6 que j'ai créées avec les mêmes techniques chez Tim Holtz.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Tim Holtz style Christmas Tags

Firstly, apologies for being such a bad blogger last month: Made lots of things, just didn't get time to blog them. I did however raise 60€ for the Téléthon charity by selling my cards last Saturday, despite the terrible weather! Also grateful to have received 2 stamps and some crinkled ribbon from Kristine: Her own creations! The ribbon could not have been better timed as you'll spot below!
So, on to the thing I have been waiting for...Tim Holtz' Christmas Tags. From 1st-12th December Tim gives full instructions for a new tag each day on his blog but, of course, few people have everything he has and that's good as it forces you to be creative. I have been working on several tags at once as they have various drying stages, etc and I've only been able to snatch a few minutes here and there to work on them but I have now finished the first three:
Tag #1 : I don't have the 'Rickety House' or the fence dies so I sketched these on to grungepaper and cut them out by hand. I have tried on all the tags to follow the techniques so used the Cuttlebug 'Distressed Stripes' folder to emboss a second layer of grungepaper and use as instructed on the house. I mixed white flock and glitter together to make the 'snow' and coloured plastic with a yellow permanent pen to line the windows.
My 'tree' is made of wool hardened with glossy accents, white paint dabber and my 'snow' mixture.

Tag #2 : Couldn't follow the technique as I don't have any felt but I went ahead and inked my stamp with different colors of distress (forest moss and walnut stain) and just stamped 3 times without re-inking the stamp to get the impression of lots of trees. I embossed this and then inked and stamped the tag using Tim's Mini Holidays 2 stamps.

Tag #3 : I substituted in a grungeboard bird from the 'Nature' pack and covered this with tissue tape, alcohol inks and Rock Candy Stickles. Loved making the tissue tape flower and I added a fringe and 'nest' of silk paper with the branch from Tim's 'Urban Grunge' stamps and a PaperMania vintage die-cut mounted on grungepaper. With the Rock Candy Distress Stickles used on this tag, I'm also submitting it to Linda's great 'Compendium of Curiosities' challenge #24.

I have a lot of catching up to do but the next three are nearly done so I will be back with the next installment...

Mes premiers trois étiquettes des Noël chez Tim Holtz : Depuis le 1 décembre, toutes les instructions sont sur son blog avec une nouvelle étiquette chaque jour pour les 12 jours. Le but n'est pas à copier mais pour essayer les techniques et prendre l'inspiration de ses modèles.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Tim Holtz - inspired scrap page

My entry for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #19, hosted by the lovely and talented Linda, using Tim Holtz's 'Extreme Masking' technique on the base page.

I didn't get any pictures on my son's birthday earlier in the month so was pleased at getting these photos and I've written on the main one the things he loves best at his age now. Doesn't show well in the picture here but it is legible without overpowering the photo, which was exactly what I was hoping for.

In creating the page, I have not only used Tim's technique, I have also used his 'Lost and Found' papers, Distress Inks (Walnut Stain and Black Soot), Glossy Accents, the Sizzix Alterations 'Filmstrip' die plus lots from Tim's idea-ology line: Film strip transparency, sprocket gears, Corner, Salvage Stickers, and, of course, the Timeworks Mask (both the positive and negative pieces). Also used some dark brown Bazzill, Hampton Art stamps and recycled some cardboard and string, also coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink!
Une page inspirée par Tim Holtz : J’ai utilisé ses papiers ‘Lost and Found’, sa matrice ‘Filmstrip’ chez Sizzix, embellissements de sa gamme ‘idea-ology’, inclut la masque ‘Timeworks’, et beaucoup de l’encre Distress (Walnut Stain et Black Soot). En plus, j’ai utilisé sa technique ‘Extreme Masking’ de sa livre ‘Compendium of Curiosities’ pour le défi chez Linda.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Sunday Stamper & CCC #18 - Paint Resist

There are so many things you can do with Distress Inks: I love this technique: Paint resist. And all you need to do is look at p37 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities and you can love it too! So, this card is for the CC challenge hosted by Linda. And, because I've gone green, it is also for Hels Sunday Stampers challenge: A good reason for leaving the CCC until the last day!  In case you're wondering, after the paint resist technique I flicked water on to the paper to get the spots - I mean deliberately ! - Another technique I love.
Used: Snow Cap Paint Dabber; Hampton Art stamp; Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap).

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Here's one scrapbook page I think I've finished! First photo of the latest grandchildren: Love the woolly hats!
Might tone down the pink...some white acrylic round the edges? What do you think? Did most of the page at the Tourc'h assocation over a week ago using a sketch by Snoopie then added/changed little bits.
I certainly love the papers: They are all from 'Homespun Chic' pack by GCD Studios: All double-sided so there's lots of choice.
Une page fait à l'association Tourc'h2Scrap: Nous avons utilisé un modèle de Snoopie.
J'ai utilisé les papiers 'Homespun Chic' de GCD Studios (toutes sont recto-verso).

Sunday, 17 October 2010

CCC #17 Charm Fragment Bookmark

I've made a few charm fragments this week as per p64 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities for the 17th challenge over at Linda's blog but this bookmark is the only piece I've finished using one of them. My scraproom is nearing completion and I'm struggling to get anything made as I have bits and pieces everywhere! Even with this I had to shape some wire for the final fixing: Can't find a jump ring. Ho hum. I'll be all organised one day soon: Can't wait to get everything together in one place.
I used one of the 2" squares from Tim Holtz 'Lost and Found' paper stack and an Idea-ology Charm Fragment with bits and pieces of stash to finish.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

CCC #16 - Wrinkle-free Distress!

Having spent last weekend on a crop selling lots of stock and giving a 2-hour workshop on techniques using Distress Inks, I'd be kicking myself if I didn't get something in for this week's CCC - The challenge is hosted by the lovely Linda at Studio L3 so if you don't know what I'm rattling on about hurry over there to find out.
My entry is another page in my technique's sampler book: I did the background in the workshop last weekend and just finished it off today:

Wrinkle-free Distress with Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap and Stormy Sky (if memory serves me right); Tim Holtz 'Flights of Fancy' stamps with Sepia Archival ink; Glossy Accents; Prima flower; gems. The little wierd crown I made reminded me of King Julian in the film Madagascar, which made me giggle: I like to move it, move it...
I currently have 2 more of these pages in progress plus 3 scrapbook pages, 4 mini-albums and 2 other projects in varying stages of 'work in progress': I'm hoping to blog lots as I get these finished. Fingers crossed...

Sunday, 26 September 2010

CCC #15 - Alcohol ink agate

I haven't managed to finish the middle section of this frame yet but wanted to show the butterfly I made while it's within this week's 'Compendium of Curiosity' Challenge. I used this week's technique from p53 of Tim Holtz's book - Alcohol ink agate on grunge - to colour the grungeboard butterfly wings. I used White metallic paint, alcohol inks (Watermelon, Terra Cotta, Citrus), copper alcohol ink mixative, blending solution and then over-stamped with Sepia Archival ink and one of Tim's Flights of Fancy stamps: Doesn't show well but the effect reminded me of printed velvet. The rose center is grungepaper coloured with Wild Honey Distress Ink and finished with a pearly brad.
Les ailes de papillon sont colorés avec une technique utilisant des encres à alcool et la peinture sur 'grungeboard'. Chaque semaine, le "Compendium of Curiosities" Challenge utilise une technique différente du livre de Tim Holtz. La rose de 'grungepaper' est coloré avec de l'encre Distress 'Wild Honey'.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Distress samplers

After having shown the cover, here are 2 of the pages I have made for my 7x5" sampler book.
I will be teaching these techniques next month so wanted to get a few examples of what can be done with them.
The Simon Says Stamp joint challenge team hop asks for a Holiday themed something so I made the first one with that in mind using the Water-stamping technique with Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky and Broken China Distress Inks and a Hampton Art swirl stamp. Then raided my draw for a few bits: Alcohol-inked an old peel-off and metal snowman, who then got stuck on to white-core card and sanded and scraped within an inch of his life. Used more peel-offs as masks to the Distress inks and then slopped a lot of glitter glue over it (More than intended as the nozzle shot out at one point!) and pressed a piece of hessian in to that before sticking the snowman on 3D foam.
Water-stamping was the first Compendium of Curiosities challenge on Linda's L3 blog so this is a bit of a catch-up too. And this week's challenge - #14 already ! - is Masking as per p58 of Tim Holtz's book so there's a bit of that there and even more here:
This time I used Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress Inks over Tim's Idea-ology mini-mask 'Florets'. I then over-stamped with Tim's 'Flights of Fancy' stamps and Archival Sepia ink.

AND, I have a place on Tim's workshop at the UK PaperArtsy event in February: I shall be learning from the master himself and meeting lots of blogging buddies: I am sooooooo excited!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Grungepaper Flowers - CCC#13

I have started making a sampler of distress ink techniques that I will photograph more of  later. For now, here is the cover which I am entering for this week's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #13 - Grungepaper Flowers as per Tim Holtz's technique. I shaped the grungepaper with Spellbinders 'Floral Creation 3' in the Cuttlebug: They didn't cut through but gave me an outline to work with and then I coloured the parts with Distress Inks (wild honey, frayed burlap and spiced marmalade). Just occurred to me that they look like dried orange peel !
I used Zutter chipboard covers which are very smooth and easy to colour with Distress Inks (shabby shutters, wild honey, spiced marmalade) but not so easy to stamp on to. I wanted to give it some texture too so I stamped with Stazon on to scrunched tissue paper then used a glue-varnish to stick that over the coloured surface. I had already stamped the marmalade butterflies underneath as I wanted to give a 3D kind of effect: They show through but the plants that I stamped along the bottom disappeared once I brushed the glue over. Once it was all dry on that side, I glued the tissue over the edges and on to the back, left to dry and coloured these parts with alcohol ink. I then added the flowers and accent pieces and used nibs with the Distress to add a bit more colour to the bird and butterflies.
 (dreadful lighting on this photo - sorry)
Supplies: Zutter covers and wire; Distress Inks; Stazon black ink; white tissue paper; grungepaper; Idea-ology Ornate Corners, Foliage and Bookplates; Glossy Accents; Stamps: Tim Holtz 'Flights of Fancy', Ranger Alcohol ink (Bottle green); Colle-vernis (glue-varnish).
I fancy adding some rock candy too but still waiting to get some...

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Fête Déguisée (masked ball)

Wow, have I been busy! Had to hit the ground running this week: 4 different scrapbooking events in 5 days! More of that and other things I've been up to soon...but here's the only thing from this week that I've managed to finish so far!
Used scraps of paper; the Cuttlebug with D'vine Swirls and Spiderweb embossing folders; 'Not the Boss' alphabet and Spellbinders 'Flower Creations 3'; Making Memories buttons and Hampton Art 'Love Circles' stamps.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Double CCC !

This card uses Tim Holtz's techniques: The blended batik method with distress inks (this week's CC # 11) AND the monoprint method with alcohol inks on glossy cardstock (CC #3). The CCC is the Compendium of Cusiosities Challenge hosted by Linda. I joined in at challenge #7 so I did #3 as a catch-up.
Used: Distress Inks: Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord; Archival black ink; Alcohol inks: Nature Walk trio; Stamps: Tim Holtz 'Flights of Fancy' and 'Urban Grunge', sentiment from Compagnie des elfes; Paper: Ranger glossy cardstock, lilac card, silver mirror card, purple card blank; clear embossing ink and powder.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Match-book Mini Album.

I was inspired by Olga's match-book album to make one for our grandson's first year before his 1st birthday on Tuesday. I have bits and pieces to add, and there are more pages than shown here, but here it is. I am working on some exciting news (shhhhh!) so I thought I would blog this while I am otherwise engaged!
The papers are all GCD Chic Bébé with Bazzill Java covers, JilliBean journaling sprouts and all bound together with the Bind-It-All.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Does size matter?

Don't feel the need to answer: I only ask because my entry for the Compendium of Curiosities #9 is rather small. I am pleased it with it though, whereas I am not at all sure about the page overall. A very shabby chic style: I made the base layer at one of the association workshops, following magazine instructions, and I have to admit it's not really my style. And as I type that, my husband has just seen it and said he really likes it: "One of your better pages"! LOL - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
The base is white Bazzill with torn book pages and plaster's mesh (as a mask) stuck on to it. It was then part-painted with walnut inks, inked in places with Distress Walnut Stain and stamped and embossed before having the plaster's mesh lifted. I have finished it off with some tulle and VERY old flowers (like 15+ years old!) with bits and pieces left from Basic Grey 'Sugared' kit (all inked with Walnut Stain Distress) + rub-on. It commemorates my neice who died last year and particularly the beautiful quilt made for her by 'Quilts 4 leukemia' in 2008.
For the grungeboard label I used Distress Crackle Paint (Antique Linen) with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the technique described on p42 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Cursiosities book for the challenge on Linda's Studio L3 blog. I also used pearls (PaperMania brads), so the page also enters the Basic Grey challenge, and cork with Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Sketch Saturday: 3 in 1 card

A friend asked me to make a card to say all of Happy Birthday, congratulations on receiving the Bac (International Baccalaureate) and Bon Voyage as this guy leaves to continue studying in Canada - All on one card! However as soon as I saw sketch #115 on Sketch Saturday I knew what I wanted to do:
Also perfect for the Bon Voyage challenge on PaperPlay. The card was collected this morning and she could not have been happier :)
Used: PaperMania card blank, papers, stamp and markers; computer-generated text and graphics (scroll & map); 3D glossy accents; Spellbinders Curved Rectangles and Tags Trio in the Cuttlebug; Dovecraft eyelets.
Un ami m'a demandé de faire une carte pour dire Joyeux anniversaire, Félicitations pour votre réussite au baccalauréat international et Bon Voyage que cet homme va continuer à étudier au Canada - Toutes les sur une seule carte! Cependant, dès que j'ai vu sketch # 115 chez 'Saturday Sketchers', je savais ce que je voulais faire, et elle était très heureux avec la carte.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Compendium of Cusriosities #8 - Inked Grunge

Another piece for my wooden house: You could be mistaken for thinking that we are very romantic and, although we are between ourselves on an everyday basis, we are the couple who never do Valentine's and have been known to miss our wedding anniversary by several days on more than one occasion! Outward shows of romance are rare! So, I've quite shocked myself by inking up these two grungeboard hearts with our initials. I've used the technique on p39 of Tim's book as per the Compendium of Curiosities challenge on Linda's L3 blog with the addition of some gold spray on the small heart which I then picked up from the teflon mat with my finger and smeared on parts of the larger heart. The camera flash has really highlighted those bits.
Used: Idea-ology grungeboard 'elements' with Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks on the big heart and Walnut Stain on the small one; Cosmic Shimmer Rich Gold; Stamps: Tim Holtz 'Urban Grunge' stamps; Archival ink; JoAnn's letters.
Une autre pièce pour ma maison en bois: Il est rare que je suis si romantique! J'ai fait moi-même choqué par encrage jusqu'à ces deux cœurs grungeboard avec nos initiales. J'ai utilisé la technique sur la p39 du livre de Tim selon le 'Compendium des Curiosities' défi sur le blog Studio L3 de Linda avec l'ajout de quelques embruns d'or sur le petit coeur que j'ai ensuite repris à partir du tapis en téflon avec mon doigt et enduit sur certaines parties du le plus grand coeur. Le flash de l'appareil photo a vraiment mis en évidence ces parties.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Blue and silver scrap page - Hugs

Another page made for the summer 'game' I'm playing with the Tourc'h2Scrap scrapbook group - Only one more to go! Again, a sketch from the French Temporelles blog, plus the demand that the base page be 'handmade'. I have made mine by sticking plasterer's tape down randomly on to the Bazzill and then spraying silver Cosmic Shimmer over it and darkening other parts and the edges with Distress Ink 'Stormy Sky' before peeling the tape back off.
Also used: Cuttlebug with Nestabilities Circles and Sizzix 'Wingo Zingo' and Cuttlebug 'Not the Boss' alphabets; papers from different PaperMania ranges and scraps; DCWV Border Strip; Stamps by 'Art Warehouse'; Doodlebug button; photo hinges (which I coloured with alcohol inks) and silver jute.
Une autre page faite pour jeu d'été chez asso Tourc'h2Scrap - il reste une à faire! Encore une fois, une esquisse du blog Temporelles, avec la demande que la page de base est "fait à la main". J'ai fait mienne avec le scotch plâtrier j'ai collé sur le Bazzill, puis j'ai pulvérisé 'Cosmic Shimmer' argenté sur elle. Puis, j'ai l'assombrissement des autres parties et aux bords avec l'encre Distress "Stormy Sky" avant de les peler la bande reculer.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Feeling fruity !

I'm late blogging this page as it was one of those on display in the library recently and I forgot to photograph it first. I've done my strange mix of French (juin = June) and English on it too: I must stop that! Early summer was exciting for us seeing the fruit forming, esp as the pear trees were the first to be planted when we moved to France (2006) but this is the first year they have fruited: Hoping for more each year now.
The page follows sketch #112 on the French Temporelles blog.
Used: Bazzill;  DCWV 'Spring' and 'Mat Stack 3' papers; Prima flowers; die-cuts: fence and apple (Sizzix ?), scalloped circles cut with Spellbinders; title cut with Cuttlebug alpha 'Harmony'; hand-cut cloud and grass; ColorBox 'Pumpkin Patch' chalk inks; buttons, gems and string from stash.
Une page montrant nos fruits début de l'été. Il s'agit de la première année de notre poiriers ont fructifié. J'ai utilisé le sketch #112 chez Temporelles blog. J'ai utilisé des papiers de DCWV, le Bazzill, die-cuts de Sizzix, Spellbinders, Cuttlebug et fait à la main; encres de Colorbox; petits fleurs de Prima.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

First scrapbook page of the twins

Focusing here on Aaron, as I am planning to do a different page for Daisy. This page is part of a summer challenge I am taking part in and had to follow a given sketch, had to be monochrome blue or pink and had to have 5 buttons and real stitching! When I saw the Basic Grey challenge was stitching I reached for the old 'Boxer' collection for my page base and I'm also entering this in the PaperPlay 'anything goes' challenge.
Used: Papers - Basic Grey 'Boxer', PaperMania 'Henbury'; Transparency - PaperMania 'Sweet Nothings'; EK Success border punch; Making Memories buttons; Hampton Art stamps; Distress Ink - Stormy Sky; Tim Holtz Grungeboard; Brilliance Ink - Platinum; Cuttlebug alphabet 'Harmony; rest from stash.
Mettre l'accent ici sur Aaron, que je me prépare à faire une page différente pour Daisy. Cette page fait partie d'un défi d'été d’assoc Tourc’h2Scrap et on doit suivre un sketch donné, ont dû être monochrome bleu ou rose et devait avoir 5 boutons et les coutures réel! Quand j'ai vu le défi Basic Grey a été couture je suis arrivé à l'ancien collection «Boxer»  pour ma base de page et je suis aussi en participant chez PaperPlay défi 'anything goes'.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Tinted visions fragment - Curiosities #7

I used alcohol inks to colour this fragment and frame a picture of my husband's mother. It will be part of a larger project as I have bought an old house shaped box divided in to sections which I intend to fill with mini-art pieces. The old mountboard scrap used here was cut down to 5,2 cm (just over 2") square to fit one of these. I'll be first to admit the ric-rac isn't the right thing to add to the fragment but it will do until I find something better. Anyway, I spent so long digitally restoring the picture and fighting with the printer that if I don't stop waffling I'll be too late to enter the 'Compendium of Curiosities' #7 challenge using Tim Holtz's book on Linda's Studio L3 blog and, as it's the reason I bought the book and the fragments I'm determined to get there!
Used: Tim Holtz Ranger Alcohol inks, Tim Holtz Idea-ology fragments; Ranger alcohol ink applicator and blending solution; Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities book and rest from stash.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Birthday page

I was challenged (can't say who by!) to make a page using a sketch from the Temporelles blog + summer colours + rolled paper + splashes/spots: Not a short order! I was inspired by this page on the GCD Studios blog to use my Homespun Chic papers and a birthday theme to do it:
Un petit jeu me demande de faire une page avec un sketch du blog Temporelles et j'ai été inspiré par cette page sur le blog chez GCD Studios à utiliser mes papiers Homespun Chic et un thème d'anniversaire pour le faire:
GCD Studios Homespun Chic papers inked with ColorBox chalk inks to which I added: Real paper streamers, big brads, felt number, metal wired cord, blue cotton thread from stash; Cosmic Shimmer ink; Crafty Bitz star charm; and 'Harmony' Cuttlebug alphabet with DCWV glitter border strip.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Mini-album - Distress ink techniques

I started this mini-album at a crop with Manuéla Jamet at Carhaix. I took my 'boutique' along so a great day of selling and scrapping. It is the 2nd crop I have done with Manuéla and she is a great teacher. This album focused on using Distress Inks and, although I knew most of the techniques, I certainly learnt some new ones and loved playing with different materials and being pushed to use colours I probably wouldn't have chosen. Also, being on rings, this album gave the freedom to add pages afterwards and change things around to suit what I wanted to do. I will not copy other people's work:  That is their's, not mine, but I love to be inspired and I'm pleased with how this turned out. The photo's are from my sister and bro-in-law's recent visit so we visited lots of local places and it was like a holiday for us too, hence the title. The covers are very similar to Manuéla's and the pages are both inspired by hers and different. If you get the chance to do this crop sometime, I thoroughly recommend it.

J'ai commencé ce mini-album à un ‘crop’ avec Manuela Jamet à Carhaix. J'ai pris mon 'boutique' pour un super jour de vente et de scrapbooking. C'est le deuxième crop j'ai fait avec Manuela et elle est un bon prof. Cet album axé sur l'utilisation des encres Distress, même si je connaissais la plupart des techniques, j'en ai appris quelques nouveaux et adorait jouer avec les différents matériaux et poussés à utiliser les couleurs, je n'aurais probablement pas choisi. De plus, étant sur les anneaux, cet album a donné la liberté d'ajouter des pages et ensuite changer les choses en fonction de ce que je voulais faire. Je ne copie pas le travail des autres: C'est la leur, pas la mienne, mais j'aime à être inspiré et je suis heureux du résultat: Les couvertures sont très semblables à Manuela et les pages sont à la fois inspirée par la sienne et différente. Si vous avez la chance de faire ce crop parfois, je le recommande à fond.
Used: Papers: Sultane, Inks: Distress, Adirondack, Versafine; Punches: Martha Stewart and EK Success; Stamps: Hampton Art, Inkadinkado, Tim Holtz, PaperMania; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Sizzix dies and other assorted/unknown stash.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Penguins on the Beach

This birthday card is for someone who loves penguins. And I was happy to use a bit more of the old Imaginisce 'A shore thing' papers with the Snag'ems stamp of this little fella feeling the heat! I stamped and embossed in black on pearly card and cut the two layers with Nestabilities. Then I coloured him by using my Cosmic Shimmer sprays but I took the lids off and used a paintbrush to make him all nice and shimmery.  :)
Challenges: Sketch Saturday; Kaboodle Doodles - Beach party theme; Papertake Weekly - Cute.
J'ai crée cette carte d'anniversaire pour quelqu'un qui aime les pingouins. J'ai été heureux d'utiliser un peu plus des anciens papiers d'Imaginisce 'A Shore Thing' avec le tampon. Je l'ai tamponné et embossé en noir sur la carte nacré et j'ai coupé les deux couches avec Nestabilities sur ma Cuttlebug. Alors, je lui colorées à l'aide de mon encres vaporiser de Cosmic Shimmer mais j'ai pris le couvercle et utilisée un pinceau pour lui faire très joli et chatoyant.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Cyclist Birthday Card

Had a request for a birthday card featuring a cyclist so made this one using the PaperPlay sketch as inspiration. I have no idea where I bought these cyclists from - It was too long ago  - but they are popular as it is the perfect sporty figure whilst my cyclist stamps are too old-fashioned/childish/wrong size! Also fits this week's 'Sporty' theme on Creative Inspirations and the Birthday theme on the Pollycraft blog. I will probably add a sentiment but I'm not sure if they want it in English or French yet!
Used: Basic Grey 'Cupcake' papers and rub-ons; SCAP background stamps; ColorBox chalk inks; blue paper and cyclist from stash.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Exposition du Scrapbooking, St Yvi

I'm back after a little break in the UK to see the twins and our family. Also been preparing the exhibition I have in the local library this month: Newspaper articles below. I'll be back with some of the scrapbooking I've been doing but not yet had a chance to blog!
Une longue pause alors que nous avons été en Grande-Bretagne pour voir les jumeaux et leur famille. J'ai également été occupé à préparer l'exposition de scrapbooking de ma groupe. C'est dans la bibliothèque St Yvi toute ce mois. Voici les articles de l'Ouest France et du Télégramme: 
Je serai de retour avec quelques photos des mini-albums que j'ai récemment terminé.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

It's Twins !

Sorry I've been so long posting again: Had my husband in cardiology intensive care half the week after being rushed in Sunday morning with chest pains! It wasn't too serious and, after the op he was already booked for, he is now home again. At the same time, his daughter had twins on Monday: All well and also home now. So a hectic week of ups and downs! Don't know when this will reach them but here's the A5 size (roughly 6x8.5") card I made to celebrate the twin's arrival. We are looking forward to going over to the UK in a couple of weeks to meet them in person :)
Challenges: Sandrine Vachon - sketch; Caardvarks - embossing + stamping; Create 4 fun - baby card; Tuesday Throwdown - Dry embossing; Cute Card Thursday - Recycle (the 'ribbon' under the flower is the lining tape from the sticky paper ribbon border as well as me using 'scrap' bits of Bazzill and other card).
Used: pearlised green, pink and blue card (Diamond craft); Cuttlebug with Floral Screen and Paisley embossing folders; Bazzill sandbox swiss embossed card; Hampton Art 'Our Baby' stamps; Brilliance inks - pearlescent orchid and pearlescent blue; Fancy Pants pins; and bits from stash with printed text.

Monday, 14 June 2010

For the home - Memo board

The PaperPlay challenge #10-23 'Home' and 'Spoon Full of Sugar' challenge 'Floral delights' spurred me to get this memo board finished that I started a week or so ago. My grand plan is to make things for my still-being-converted craft space and it was love at first sight with the GCD Studios 'Homespun Chic' papers so this board matches the tin I covered last month.
I started the board at the Tourc'h craft group. For scale, the recycled cardboard base is about A4 size (approx 8 x 11.5"). I gave it a thin coat of white acrylic and then layered the papers making sure there was good support behind the notepad so the brads holding the ribbons wouldn't rip through. All the papers, including the bird, are the same GCD papers and I love the different textures - flocked, glittered, laminated - found in there. I just added the die-cut flourishes and the Doodlebug sticker letters which I bordered with a Whispers green pen to make them stand out better. I made the 3D flower in the same style as the one on my card here (tuto en français) and cut and shaped the leaves by hand.  Now we've just got to get the room finished....  ;)

Saturday, 12 June 2010

PollyCraft & PTW

The last of my colour-themed requests (phew!) was for an emerald green birthday card...
I already had this Pollycraft image coloured in with water-colour pencils so I decided to use it along with the Papertake Weekly sketch #42 and also enter in the Pollycraft challenge 'Ribbon and Bling'.
Used: PaperMania papers; ColorBox chalk ink 'Misty Meadow'; Nestabilities 'Labels 1' and Cuttlebug 'Sliders'; Sakura 'Lime Stardust' for image highlights; Compagnie d'elfes stamp; gems and ribbon from stash.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Sketch Saturday #106

I was asked to make a sapphire blue card so ... I have used the Sketch Saturday challenge for the layout:
Also entered for Cupcake Crafts challenge 'Dazzle us'.
Used: Papers from GCD Studios 'Homespun chic' and bits from stash; Dovecraft 3" flower punch; EK Success border punch; PaperMania felt butterfly; Doodlebug Ribbon; Compagnie d'elfes stamp; ColorBox chalk inks;  gems.