Thursday, 26 November 2015

Chalice and Plate

My husband got interested in wood-turning when I bought him a lathe for Christmas a couple years ago.  Since then, he has made many handcrafted items: from plates and bowls, to a pair of bespoke bedside lamps (ordered by me!) for our newly decorated bedroom.
When we heard the sad news that our old parish priest, who had retired a while back, had died, Kevin decided to find out about the traditions linked to the burial of a catholic priest.  One of these involves the communion cup, so Kev asked if he could make a chalice and plate to place upon the coffin during the funeral from wood, as a final gift to Fr Donlan.

 He had been our parish priest for over 18 years, and presided at our wedding 25 years ago. The chalice is our final gift to him and then the parish I have been a member of since I was 4 years old.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Journal Your Christmas 2015

Year 8 of my Christmas Journal... I do love looking back on them, so am excited to be getting ready for this years.

I picked up a lot of stash in the January sales this year, but for the first time have also bought a kit from Shimelle.

Doodlebug, Teresa Collins and Kaisercraft  form the core of my homemade kit,

along with a few bits and pieces from very old stash (some fabric tickers so old that they have lost their stick!), washi; a few Docrafts embellishments and an 8x6" pocket page journal by Simple stories.

I am looking forward to mixing the old and new stash.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Christmas Cards

This set of cards were made using the Papermania Christmas Folk papers which I really love, along with other bits of stash!

The large word is a die cut by Anna Griffin.  I think these will be so useful in the years to come!

I made up quite a few sets of decoupage

and stamped many of the backgrounds.

This modern style card was made using a Tim Holtz stacked up to make a Christmas tree shape, with some added star shaped sequins. More Christmas cards to share later (when I finish them!)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Reindeer Games

I do love to make new decorations each year for my tree.. one of these days my trees will collapse under the weight of them! This year, I used a Dovecraft kit to make these little reindeer. 

The date embroidered on the back seemed a good idea as a record of when I made them.

Note that under the reindeer you can see last years Christmas is that time of year again and I will be sharing my preparation with you very soon!

Monday, 16 November 2015

So Sweet

The photographs I took of the sweet shops, on the outside of the Back to Back houses we visited in Birmingham ,made a perfect subject for my final hen day layout.

Again, I converted the picture to black and white, and layered it on top of a stack of 6x6 papers.I decorated the journalling block after writing the journalling with washi tape, a wooden camera, and a button and twine

A 6x4 card cut in half was tucked under the paper stack to give the illusion of a larger piece of patterned paper; a good way of using up Project Life style cards.

This page was probably the most tricky of the three.  The picture wheel (a Tim Holtz die) was die cut and backed with scraps of the patterned papers.

The title was also die cut from funky foam and the page decorated with images/banners cut from the cards and papers.I loved these papers.  At first I was a little apprehensive about using them as they do have a Disney theme on some (and I am not a Disney fan!) but very few of the cards or papers mentioned the mouse; I think if you didn't know they had a DIsney theme you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at my pages.
Hope the bride likes her final scrapbook.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Secret Garden

The second of my Hen Day layouts to share.  This is a grid layout, making use of a landscape 6x4 photo.

I converted the photo to black and white to go better with the papers.

Again I used images cut from the cards and papers, and added faux stitching between the grids in black pen.

The camera is stamped a number of times, cut out and paper pieced.

I also added pieces of washi tape, punched stars and hearts, buttons.  The title was made using a mix of fonts from the sticker sheets. I am pleased with how this page turned out, I rarely do grid layouts, but thought this would work well in making use of the lovely double sided papers.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Bood Moon

A friend of mine is going to be  bridesmaid to a girl who loves photography and crafting.  When they discussed what to do during the Hen weekend, the bride to be said she was interested in doing something my friend suggested scrapbooking and recommended me! All the other ladies there for the afternoon will each make a page about their memories of the bride or happy couple.  All the pages together will be put into a scrapbook to remember the day.
So, where did I come in? Along with my friend, we chose a suitable kit (Say Cheese by Simple Stories) and other embellishments, and I designed three pages and wrote up the instructions for them.

Here is the first and easiest of the layouts, designed to make use of a square or instagram photo.
The photo was taken during the lunar eclipse back in September, as I had bothered to get up in the middle of the night I thought it deserved a scrapbook page.

One of the reasons we chose the kits was that they came with cut apart cards, embellishment stickers and plenty of images that can be cut from the papers and cards.  The title is partly cut from one of the 6x4 cards with added stickers underneath.

I made an embellishment of banners and washi tape to give the layout a diagonal flow.  The small stars were punched using a set of  Xcut palm punches.

I also used a border notebook punch to edge the journalling background.
Two more layouts to share later in the week.