Crate Paper Maggie Holmes 6x6" paper pad. This paper pad is fab because of all the interesting background designs - as well as the music sheet and clouds there's wood and brick-effect designs, as well as a funky blurred lights paper that I can't wait to try.
Paper Smooches blog - I was so impressed with these freebies, I love the style and I will definitely be having a look at the goodies available in their online shop. I simply printed these designs onto some Nitwit Collections A4 papers that came free with a magazine, and hey presto - a quick card for the start of spring!
Friday, 21 February 2014
Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 120, which is on sale now. This commission was using Project Life journaling cards in my designs. For anyone who doesn't know, Project Life is the idea of creating a scrapbook-style journal with photos, journaling and typically 3x4" & 4x6" decorative cards that are an easy way of adding colour and interest. This is an excellent page about the ethos of Project Life. I found some beautiful ones online and completely free - for more details make sure you check out the mag. With a little bit of colourful embellishment and subtle stamping you've got a very quick design. They transformed my cards and I will definitely be using Project Life journaling cards again!
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Simply Homemade magazine way back in 2011, and the brief specified I needed to use newspaper or book paper in the design. Here I've covered a large chipboard heart shape with a page from an old book, sanding down the edges and decorating with an emroidery thread bow and paper flowers for that extra girly touch. Some playful word rub-ons and transparent flourish stickers completed the look.
If you've never tried decorating your own canvases before, do give it a go! You can buy simple plain square ones from the pound shop and add acrylic paint to suit the colours in your decor - an easy (and cheap!) way to get the perfect wall hangings!
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Just a quick one on this sunny/rainy Sunday to share one of the cards I made for issue 15 of Creative Stamping magazine, which is on sale now. This magazine is fab because you get a huge A4 stamp set free with every issue, and this card was made using one of the free stamps! I LOVE mixing vintage images with bright colours and modern papers (I do it quite a lot), and these cards were the perfect example of that. My design even graced the cover! Proud as punch :)
Friday, 7 February 2014
There's more lurgy here in the Joyce household - while Stanley can finally breathe properly through his nose (and therefore get some much-needed sleep), it's mummy and daddy who are feeling poorly! But I won't let that stop me, and as promised my first Stanley scrapbook page is complete - and Oh! So many ideas for the next few. I've decided to create an album depicting all my favourite photographs from his first year. This particular photo was actually being used in an upcoming project for Simply Homemade magazine, so I simply printed two of the same photo onto the page so that I could create a scrapbook page with one of them. This photo also hangs proudly on my living room wall (changed into a lovely black & white print) so it holds special meaning to me. I would say this is a 'quickie' layout as it was basically created in an evening and uses no more than some white washable paint, Webster's Pages Life's Portrait patterned papers and some MAMBI stickers (found in TK Maxx, natch). But I don't think you have to slave over a layout for it to be beautiful, and it very much depends on your design. The journaling reads; "This is my favourite photograph of you as a newborn. It was taken by Auntie Rohima less than 24 hours after you were born. All you wanted to do was sleep... and all I wanted to do was stare at your beautiful face".
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
A little late with my blog post this week! Stanley has had an awful cold and he's teething like crazy. Sleep is somewhat lacking in this household at the moment, which makes this card fitting! I've been playing with my paper punches recently and rediscovered my little star punch to design this card. It uses both a negative punched background and 3D-effect punches stars along with sparkly gems to create a night sky. Then it's finished off with American Crafts Amy Tangerine fabric stickers. I've had these for a while and wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them, but they were perfect for this card. The stickers seem to be intended for scrapbooking, and the 'joy' sentiment isn't really a sentiment at all. But I like the way there's room for a tiny stamped sentiment on the white faric cloud, or I can simply leave it as it is and give it to a new parent! If they're anything like us, they'll understand how there's nothing quite like those first cosy, sleepy cuddles in the middle of the night.
Sunday, 2 February 2014
...We've been out splashing in puddles instead!! Stanley tried out his new wellies for the first time... they were a hit! Now some down-time for mummy and daddy while grandma and grandad take him to watch the fireworks for Chinese new year. It's a hard life for a baba...