Monday, 27 April 2020

Day 21: Cybercrop challenge - use circles

This is my final layout for the ATDML cybercrop challenges.  My 7x5 photos finally arrived and amongst them was this one of the Technical University Library in Iasi, which Gary visited when to went to Romania.  It is an absolutely magnificent place.  In my 2019 album this page will go opposite a pocket page with more of the photos inside.

The large circle and the gears are Silhouette cut-files, the smaller circle set is die-cut, I don't know the brand.  The papers are my old favourite, 'Timepiece' from Bo Bunny - I have almost run out now, but still have scraps ..... :-)  The thing which held up completion was the title - I didn't want to just call it 'The Library', but a light bulb moment saved the day!
See you tomorrow!

Day 20: Cross stitch update

The reason I am posting these every third day instead of weekly, is because the Instagram feed is arranged in columns of three... so all the update photos line up into one column and I can see the progress from start to current!

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Sunday, 26 April 2020

Day 19: Photographs!!

I have a mammoth task today - my online photograph order finally arrived, all 160 6x4 prints!  Though I am still waiting for the 24 7x5's...

I have a lot of pocket pages to fill with these, then I need to sort the ones which will go into layouts and get those in order. That'll be a large chunk of progress made on my 2019 album.
See you tomorrow!

Day 18: Simple stencilled/stamped card

I am joining in the Retro Rubber challenge again today.  The theme is - Anything goes! Just be sure to use a stamp more than a year old.

I needed a card to put into a parcel for a friend, so this Woodware sentiment stamp - which I thought I would never have a use for - came in very handy.  The set it comes from is I think a couple of years old.  The butterflies are from SU (large and medium), at least four years old and the smaller solid ones are from DaliArt, about the same or perhaps older.  Soon all my stamps will be over a year old, since I haven't bought any since I left work last year LOL.
I did the background with a Tim Holtz mask, though he calls it a stencil.  Not the only brand to ignore the difference between the two, by any means, and I do find it irritating!
Keyword: RRCB133

See you tomorrow!

Day 17: Cross stitch update

It's coming along ... :-)

I have included the kit picture so you can see what it will (eventually!) be.

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Friday, 24 April 2020

Day 16: Cybercrop challenge - use squares

I continued using the Bo Bunny papers from yesterday, they go so well with the Venice photos LOL.

Square photos, mats and panels.  Got it covered :-)  Title was cut on the Silhouette.  I don't often mat photos, but it really makes these ones pop!
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Day 15: Cybercrop challenge - use diamonds

And back to Venice we go .....

The photo is from our first trip to Venice, we had booked a last minute bargain break and so had done no research whatsoever - when we arrived we discovered it was Carnival!!  We took 1500 photos on the first day!  So many fabulous costumes :-)  This one fit with the diamond challenge perfectly.
The challenge had an option to use items which you have had forever (Diamonds are Forever!) and so I used an old favourite of mine, 'Timepiece' papers from Bo Bunny.
The large panel is a diamond, there are distressed diamond die-cuts (Kaisercraft) and there are of course the diamonds on the Harlequin costumes :-)
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Thursday, 23 April 2020

Day 14: Cross stitch update

Further progress made :-)

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Day 13: Cybercrop challenge - use hearts

I don't usually do cutesy stuff, like hearts ..... But I had wanted to scrap this photo for a long time and I came up with the idea of a huge outline heart in the back ground  - I knew I had a cut-file which could be resized.

I have no idea how old I am in this photo! 
I kept the page quite simple, the mat and background panel were leftover from another page and I cut the large heart on the Silhouette, as well as the title. I initially cut a smaller heart of the same design in red, but in today's post came the steampunk heart die which I had ordered a while ago ..... how could I ignore the coincidence??  The die is from Robert Addams and cuts beautifully.
See you tomorrow!

Day 12: Cybercrop challenge - use tags

This weekend I and many others were meant to be attending the ATDML Spring retreat, but this was cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown.  So the team organised a cybercrop, with classes and challenges!
All the challenges are to do with shapes.  This first one is to use tags.

The tag paper is from Stamperia, I had previously cut the circle out of it, using the other side.  So I matted the cut sheet onto a Bo Bunny paper, added some embossed kraft card, a paper strip and some die-cut pearl borders (Tattered Lace).  The cogs are Memory Box dies.  The photo is the view from the Rialto Bridge in Venice. 
Venice was going to become a bit of a theme for these challenges - the photos I had ordered online didn't turn up in time, so I dived into the box of previously printed ones - I have a LOT of Venice photos!!
See you tomorrow!

Day 11: cross stitch update

Making progress :-)

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Day 10: Silhouette stamped cards

More of the stencilled backgrounds completed today!

Stencil from Memory Box, using Distress Oxides. The butterfly is an old magazine freebie, as is the 'trail'.  The smaller butterflies are from Dali Art and the sentiment is from SU.  The large flower image is from Woodware and the sentiment from Stamping all Day.

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Day 9: butterfly card

Another blog challenge today.  Retro Rubber has a theme of squares at the moment.

The stencilled squares (Memory Box) background was already done, just needed to be used!
The stamp is from Visible Image and must be at least three years old.  It has a background and a butterfly to go over it. A stamp positioner is essential for this! Sadly they don't have the combined images anymore, just a background one in a different set.  The sentiment is from an SU set released a couple of years ago.
So the card is square, the mat is square, the topper and stencilling are square :-) 
RR keyword RRCB132

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Day 8: Cross Stitch Christmas

This is a cross stitch which I started a few years ago. I got disheartened because I made a counting error and so there were several blocks of colour in the wrong place, I put it away to unpick 'later'. Well now later has come! I have spent some time this morning and it is now ready to start actual stitching again. #100dayproject2020 #crossstitch #christmascrossstitch

Unfortunately my computer is playing up and I can't get the photo off either phone or camera, so it will be added when I can.  I don't want to miss a day's blogging of the 100 day project!

See you tomorrow!

Monday, 13 April 2020

Day 7: Birthday card with Woodware flowers

I am doing well on finishing off previously prepped stuff!  I had stamped these a while ago and have now coloured them in :-)

The stamp image is from Woodware, stamped with Memento because I knew I wanted to use Wink of Stella for a subtle gleam, and for that I needed to use alcohol markers.  I learned the hard way that WoS makes watercolour pens re-activate and drift over the image lines!!  A thin silver mirri mat completes the cards.
See you tomorrow!

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Day 6: Christmas card

Another blog challenge today.  This time I am sharing with Shopping our Stash, their theme is Sun, Moon and Stars.

Hopefully we won't be locked in until Christmas.....
I stamped the SU image 'Lovely as a Tree' in black, masked off a circle for the Moon and shmooshed Distress Oxides in shades of blue and green in the appropriate places.  Then I over-stamped the Moon with clouds, using an Inkylicious set which has the mask, stencil and stamp, in a browny-grey (SU granite).  The Father Christmas and sleigh stamp is also from Inkylicious and the sentiment is a very old one from my collection ... possibly Papermania.  I made two and will possibly do more, they are relatively quick to make.
See you tomorrow!

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Day 5: Magnificent Men and their Flying Machines

A scrapbook page for Day 5.  I have gone a bit pennant-tastic on this! 

The papers are all from stash, a mix of Hot off the Press, Kaisercraft and Basic Grey.  I used an SU punch to make the 'tails' of the pennants and also the chevrons.  Cogs and gears are done with  Memory Box dies.  I have printed both title and journalling, something I haven't done for a long while, but there were far too many letters in the title to stick down individually!  And once the title was on the page, I realised that the journalling would look better printed as well.
See you tomorrow!

Friday, 10 April 2020

Day 4: embossed background flower card

This is another card using the previously made backgrounds as described yesterday.  The colours are a bit stronger in this one, not so pastel.

The frame and insert die is an old one from Presscut.  I bought four different ones at the time and this is the first time I have used any of them!  Flowers from a Sue Wilson stamp/die set, with a pearl added to the centres.The sentiment tag is an SU punch, the sentiment is a stamp from Stamping all Day.  Really pleased with how these are turning out, there are a few more to go yet :-)
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Thursday, 9 April 2020

Day 3: Pastel butterfly card

I love making backgrounds, a while ago I made several by using embossing folders to create a panel, then shmooshing over with Distress inks. Trouble is, once I have made a background I then can't decide which bits of it to cover up, so these have been hanging round for quite some time.  In fact it's so long ago I can't remember whether I used original DI's or the oxides..... LOL.  So they are a perfect candidate for #100dayproject2020
Here is the first.

The panel is inked with shades of pink, green and purple. I am also trying to use dies and stamps which I haven't previously used, so this frame with trellis insert die is (I think) a Marianne die.  Quite hard to cut, I had to resort to two shims.  The flowers are an old Sue Wilson stamp/die set, Perfect Peony.  Both are several years old, in fact I think the Marianne one was one of my early purchases, so 8 or 9 years old?  The flowers must be around 5.
The butterfly is from an old Stampin' Up stamp/punch bundle, the sentiment tag is also an SU punch.  The pearl border is from Tattered Lace which I am definitely going to use more often now I have rediscovered it!
I have also decided to try participating in blog challenges during the 100 days (and beyond!) so I am sharing this with the NBUS challenge 13 as it has items not used before, the framed trellis die and the flower/stamps dies.
See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Day 2: scrapbook layout

Today I am sharing a page which I was stuck on for along time, but which then suddenly came together in a serendipity moment!

All papers are from stash, mix of Basic Grey and Kaisercraft (I think).  Both the circles are die-cut, the outer from Tonic, the inner clock from Robert Addams.  The cogs are dies from Cheery Lyn.  I cut the banner ends, the circles under the cogs and the journalling tag with Stampin' Up punches.  The title was cut on the Silhouette, font: boyz are gross
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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

I haven't blogged for a while.  But then I found the 100 day project challenge on Instagram and decided to join in, starting today April 7th.  So to celebrate a new start, a new blog!

Today's project is a decorated small wooden box, originally bought from The Works before last Christmas.  It's been on the go for a few weeks, but I intend to use the 100 days to finish stuff off!

I removed the hinges and clasp, primed the box with white acrylic primer, then over-painted with bronze shimmer as I wanted this colour to be the 'cracks' under the top coat.  I use Paperartsy crackle glaze, which goes over the base coat but under the top coat, different brands vary as to when they are applied.  Then I applied a top coat of Decoart buttermilk and the crackles appeared as if by magic! A satin varnish went over the the whole box and then I added the metal trim - cut using a Tattered Lace pearl border die - and a brass ornament from stash.
Putting the hinges back on was a bit of fun and games, the screws are so tiny and very fiddly!
I am very guilty of buying stuff and putting away without using it ... then rediscovering it months later!  So this 100 day challenge will give me an opportunity to rectify that with Out of the Drawer projects and to stash bust at the same time :-)
See you tomorrow!