Friday, 25 May 2007

Making a Difference

Recently I was lucky enough to be involved in a project by a local group of women to make small Mother's Day gifts for the residents of a Bayside Nursing Home. Some of the ladies organised a collection of lavender and teal coloured soaps, whilst others gave their time wrapping the bundles up into gifts. As my resources lie in papercraft, it was logical that it was my job to make the tags. Having mentioned the project to one of my lovely Stampin' Up Hostesses, she kindly offered to help me make the tags (thankyou Jennifer). This made the task really enjoyable as we had the chance to get to know each other a bit better as well as achieving a basket full of tags. Needless to say the residents of the Nursing Home loved their little gifts and we are now thinking about what we will do for Father's Day!
Looks like Spring Stamp and All-Year Cheer 11 Sets; Confetti White card stock; Lavender Lace and Taken with Teal Classic Ink Pads; Aqua Painter; Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write Marker and Spring Bouquet Flower Punch.
Images © 1990 - 2007 Stampin' Up!

Thursday, 24 May 2007

More Marigold Morning and Going Gray

When you are on a good thing, stick to it! I often find myself going through phases in my scrapbooking, where I repeat a technique or colour scheme that I like, such as the page posted on 22nd of May. Some might think this boring, but I find it literally liberating as I can get more pages done and just get on with the process of enjoying my paper crafting. This colour combination seems to be working really well for me at the moment, as I seem to have lots of photos of my children with garish brighly coloured play equiment - Somehow 'Marigold Morning' seems to coordinate, yet tone it down! The corner rounding and positioning of the page elements has been designed to draw the eyes from top left to bottom right.


Be Happy, Warm Words and Rough Texture Wheel stamps; Marigold Morning, Going Gray, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock; Marigold Morning, Going Gray Classic Stampin Ink; Black Staz On Ink; Black Ginham Ribbon and Silver Brads.
Images © 1990 - 2007 Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Capture Everyday Moments

Don't you just love digital cameras! Simply keep snapping until you get that perfect shot. My son Benjamin has been blessed with the most amazing brown eyes and long eyelashes, that he uses to full advantage - very hard to get cross when those eyes are staring back at you!

The most meaningful photos are often those that capture everyday moments and I was thrilled to capture a moment when Benjamin was resting on his sister's shoulder, still keeping watch with one of those beautiful eyes. I like to keep the photo the star of the page and, as such, simple clean layouts are often the best. This is very good news for those of us that are time poor (who isn't nowdays!), yet wish to have a creative outlet and celebrate our special photos. This 8 x 8 layout was created using a 6 x 8 landscape photograph, which has the special design feature of completely filling the upper section of an 8 x 8 page. If you wish to create this effect in a 12 x 12 design, it is worth knowing that photos are easily enlarged to 8 x 12. In fact 8 x 10 photos, simply have 2 inches cropped off!


Classic Alphabet, Canvas Background, Expressive Flexible Phrases and Genuine Articles sets; Ruby Red card stock; Ruby Red and Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pads; Treehouse Designer Paper; Simply Scrappin' At Home photo corner; Kraft Tag Sheets; On Board Simon Lower Case Chipboard and Prep School Ribbon Originals.

Images © 1990-2007 Stampin' Up!

Marigold Morning & Going Gray

Stampin' Up! have a new In Color ™ palette of six new colours, including the very beautiful 'Marigold Morning', which I have teamed with 3 neutrals (Going Gray, Whisper White & Basic Black) to achieve this striking effect. Inspired by a sample at Convention 2007, I used a stamp from the 'Be Happy' Set to create a border of Marigold Morning and Going Gray. The 'Warm Words' Set is sized perfectly to fit over these colour blocks and stamps up well using Black Staz On. The look is completed with Pewter Hardware and Black Grosgrain Ribbon.