Sunday, 1 March 2015

Explore Your World.

I know I probably say this every month BUT where did last month go?
It's March already and not only are we still decorating like mad at home but this month heralds the start of the new growing season at my allotment and in the garden!
No rest for the wicked (and I'm really wicked!).

Anyway on with the show, I have lots of layouts to share but today's has to be the new sketch challenge over at Sketch n Scrap

This superb sketch by Lisa Hidy needed to be scrapped even though I am not on not on her team and wasn't required to contribute!

My photo's had the perfect orientation for the sketch, which doesn't happen often! And I found some delightful papers that matched my photo's - what more could a scrapper ask for? 
Demi seems to be staring in several of my layouts lately and I can't wait to get outside in the garden with a camera as she is my little shadow! 

Fussy cut flowers and a doodled flourish.

The flower/tag cluster was repeated at the bottom too.

I mounted a word sticker onto a banner and then just layered it with another circle sticker and a flower for the last little bit of interest.
Basically I stuck to the sketch as I liked it so much.

I would love for you to join in with me and Sketch N Scrap with this wonderful sketch challenge.
All the details of how to play can be found on the Sketch N Scrap blog HERE. 

Hope to be back tomorrow with mine and Helen's friendly challenge from February.
See you soon. xx 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Font Fun Part 3.

Here I am as promised with the third and final layout I created for the friendly challenge between me and my friend Wendy.
The premise was to use up some of your pre-made lettering in a creative way. Now if you have been following the goings on you will know that my first attempt was a disaster that turned out well in the end. My second layout was then a bit tame on the creative font front but today's is somewhere in the middle!

I recently purchased two packets of these lettering but they are all loose and I keep them in a box all jumbled up. Therefore to find enough letters for what I need takes time and is very frustrating making me curse the day I bought them! I decided to use them up sooner rather than later!
This page was inspired by a layout by Jen Jeb.

Even with two packets of the letters there were still not enough E's for my design so some have been replaced with upside down 3's.

Fussy cut chevrons from some Fancy Pants paper.

I do so love creating little embellishment clusters and I used some of the leftover chevron paper to decorate this plain tag.

There we are then three pages done and a few more letters less in my stash!
Wendy has been posting all week long with her creative alpha use so it's well worth stopping by to see how she finds ways around running out of E's!

Thank you so much for joining me and Wendy in our font fun challenge, hope we have inspired you a little to find a way to use those pre-made letters.

Kerry. xxx

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Font Fun Part 2.

After the trauma of my first attempt at a challenge by my friend Wendy  to use up some of our pre-made lettering I decided that page two of three should be a little less stressful! 

So here is my second page and as you can see it's a lot less imaginative (but I didn't pull any of my hair out!). An older photo that I loved, showing the usual pose when my girls get together with their friends. All I used were American Crafts papers from different collections.

The most I did with these bigger letters was to colour them black as they were some really old Basic Grey letter stickers in a dappled purple (yuk!). I had run out of L's so the one here is the exclamation mark! Also the tiny T had to be a different colour as I had run out of blue ones.
This quote is from Marilyn Monroe and suits this photo perfectly.

A quick close up of my little embellishment cluster using quite a lot of girly bits and pieces!

Hope you liked this one, I know I was very conservative and I promise the third and final one is a little more creative!
Hopefully I will get chance to share it tomorrow.
In the meantime why not head over to Wendy' blog to see her (much mote creative) takes on our friendly challenge. Wendy has been sharing awesome ways to use up those spare letters all week so there is plenty of inspiration to help you if like her you have too many half used packets.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day. xxx

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Explore Together.

Excited today due to being asked to be Guest Designer over at XOXO Scrapbooking and the current challenge of a scraplift is what I was asked to create.

Here is the scraplift page created by DT member Kimmy.

Here is my page based on Kimmy's and as you can see I turned the design on it's side due to the orientation of my photo's. I used some beautiful MME papers that I don't know the line of as they were part of a swap with a friend.

You can see here the lovely subtle glitter on the flowers I fussy cut. The 'awesome' tab was cut on my Silhouette and colored with my watercolours to match the papers.
I also replaced the large chevron detail on Kimmy's page with some small chevrons in various colours.

The journal card used for the top cluster was cut in half so waste not, I used it at the bottom with the title, more chevrons and flowers. A scattering of some subtle pink sequins to finish.

Hope you liked my take on this month's challenge at XOXO and you can play along too, just head on over to the XOXO blog to find out the details.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by. xx

Font Fun?

read at your own risk!

Now when my friend Wendy suggested a font filled challenge to use up some of our pre-made letters, I thought 'great I can rid myself of old stash and make room for new'! 
Armed with some ideas I attended a weekend crop with the intention of making a dent in the stash of unloved letters. Well it was all down hill from there!!!!

I had the design in my head and I had the AC Thickers packet that had never been opened because the letters were LIME GREEN WITH BLACK CHEETAH PRINT! Whatever possessed me to buy them I don't know - they were obviously in a sale!
I started out with all the letters I needed laid out on some plastic. Out came the white acrylic paint, I then proceeded to cover them in not one but two coats of paint (one coat didn't cover them funnily enough!). 
Great, now all my letters were white, so I stuck them on my layout!
I then had a moment of complete insanity and decided that my layout needed a spritz  of colour! What-a-mistake-to-make! I HATED IT!!!!!!
Wendy's name was mud from that point on because the only way of recovering from this disaster was to remove all the letters and repaint them AGAIN! TWICE! Because of course one coat was not going to cover the bright red ink!
I think I eventually finished this layout about two in the afternoon from starting at 6pm the night before. 
The final piece of straw that broke Kerry the camels back was that by the time I got it home and the lettering had been moved about so many times.....yes you guessed it they all started falling off because the glue was no longer sticky! So I spent the evening glueing them all back on! 

Drum roll please.................

There you go, my worst nightmare of a page! I am actually pleased with it now that it's finished but I won't be painting letters again any time soon! You can see the spritzing under the letters that at one point covered them too. These are all the little nicknames I seem to call my sweet little cat Demi. As you can see I coloured her actual name black so it would stand out from all the others.

As with all pre-made packets of letters there are never enough E's so there are about 3 or 4 that are made up from other numbers or letters and also a T and F were also Frankenstein-ed! Though it's hardly noticeable under four coats of paint!

The rehashed black E was not so hard to cover as it wasn't until after that I realized I should have put aside  a good E at the beginning. But hindsight is a slippery so and so!
I found this little 'Hello, my name is' label and thought it was perfect for this page.

I could resist this little saying too, along with the essential fussy cut flowers!

One last close up!

Now I have bored you to tears with my ranting how about heading over to Wendy's blog? She has a couple of posts about our challenge already and she has been was more imaginative that me! I think I was traumatized by this first layout so the other two of mine are VERY TAME! I will share them with you when I get time to post them, hopefully in the next couple of days.

Here is a link to Wendy's blog - (no ranting there!).

Glad you stopped by. xx 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Good Times.

At last I have chance to share a layout with you that I created at last weekends crop!
This is actually the first page I started that weekend and it seems fitting that it's the first one that I get to share with you!
It was based on a Make It Monday sketch over at The Memory Nest.

Here is the Make It Monday sketch #33.

Here is my take on the sketch using the very last of a Pink Paisley line that I was determined to use up and if you could see the back you would see that I gutted the middle of the background paper so that I could turn it over and use the other side!! 
The photo is of my eldest daughter with her college pal gals down the pub!

These flowers and leaves were an assortment of punched, fussy cut and die-cut scraps! 

I do love the gold lettering that is so trendy at the moment, but as I am a frugal scrapper I die-cut mine from two different Sizzix die's!

These little circles are just punched from that gutted background paper and a splodge of gold 3D paint added to the middle.

Well there we are at last a layout that was made a week ago posted!
I hope I get chance tomorrow to post another. 
Thanks for stopping by, you know I love to see you!!!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Chasing My Tail Again!

Hi lovely crafty friends!
Again I am just rushing in to share a project before shooting off again to catch up on something else!
I have lots of layouts and challenges to blog about from my weekend crop last week but apparently there are more important things to be getting on with, according to my hubby!!!!!!
As this is a DT project for Sketch N Scrap  I get away with posting about it today!

Today we have the final sketch of this month to share with you and this super card sketch is courtesy of Lisa Hidy.

Here is my take on Lisa'a sketch and I actually made two of these cards, this one for my niece and the other with 20 on it for a friends daughter.
I don't often make shaker cards as I find them too fiddly but the sketch just called out to be made like that. 
I wasn't the only one who thought like that, few of us DT gals made shaker cards for this challenge! You can see the rest of the DT examples on the Sketch N Scrap blog HERE.

We would love for you to play along with one/some/all of our challenges this month! The final day for linking up for any of our sketch challenges is the 28th February, so still a few days left for crafting with us.

Thanks so much for stopping by. xxx