Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Sunday's crop was magic! In more ways than one!! As it was Steph's birthday we had to go all out to make it a special day for her and after wracking our brains for ideas we decided to get Doc to work off some of the millions he owes me by doing some magic for the birthday girl!!

He came up trumps (excuse the pun!) with loads of tricks!

Steph made some gorgeous cupcakes and Emma was a total star and made a wonderful curry for everyone - even me (the anti curry brigade!!) had some and thoroughly enjoyed it!! Wish I'd got the recipe off her though (hint hint Ems!!!)

Claire did a make and take for everyone using the fab new silkies range - if you haven't tried them yet then you really must - who'd have thought you could do so much with what looks like a bottle of nail varnish!!!

and last but by no means least we had the fabulous Coventry Ann teaching this months classes - which were absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!
A huge thank you to everyone involved!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

and some more sneeks for you, this is what I've been working on for Indigo Mills, if you want to see more just pop on over to the Millpond

Monday, 22 March 2010

after all the excitment of the birthday bash we've got the excitment of next weeks crop to look forward to!!

It looks set to be a special day as we will also be celebrating Steph's birthday and she'll not only be bringing along her wonderful shop but some of her famous cupcakes too!!

places are limited but there are a few left, so if you're up for a fun filled scrappy day then either contact myself or Claire to bag a place!!

and here are some sneek peeks of what's in store, this month's guest designer is Ann (Coventry Ann from UKS) and she has done us proud with two absolutely stunning classes with kits supplied by Sarah's cards!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

and a few close ups

Thank you so much to Rebekah for organising such a fantastic birthday bash! Hope you have a brilliant birthday hun!
I am thrilled to be able to contribute to this great weekend, hope you all like it!

Home Sweet Home Supplies

Prima animal bash ‘animal babble’ paper (available from Indigo Mill, just click on the link for the papers)
Prima animal bash ‘birdie gossip’ paper
Sassafras Monstrosity ‘framed’ paper
White cardstock
White acrylic paint
Pale blue watercolour pencil
Black marker pen
Lollipop sticks (free with rub-ons , hope you’ve been hoarding them for a rainy day!)
Piece of cardboard roughly 7”x7”
5 small red brads, assorted coloured brads for flower centres

1. Make a fold in the white cardstock 5” from base
2. Cut enough lollipop sticks to 2.5” to make a picket fence (I used 13 but I was using larger than average lollipop sticks)
3. Paint these with watered down acrylic paint, set aside to dry
4. Cut a grass border from the animal babble pp leaving a half inch border, score along border and fold
5. Make the flower border in the same way but making this one taller as this will sit behind the first one
6. Using the black marker go around the edges of both borders
7. For the flower border cut elements from the flowers and attach using 3d foam pads
8. Attach these to the lower edge of your cardstock by gluing the folded edge only (this should sit behind the border not in front)
9. Using the blue watercolour pencil, add shading to the lollipop sticks, then edge with the black marker as before
10. To assemble your picket fence, cut out two strips of cardstock one 1” wide and one half an inch, score and fold the larger of the two strips. Attach each of the sticks to the folded cardstock – the base of the sticks in line with the fold (the cardstock should sit behind the fence) and leave a small gap in between each ‘strut’. I used glue dots to attach but any strong adhesive would work
11. Now attach the 2nd strip just above the first leaving a small gap
12. Attach to LO as before
13. Doodle ‘nails’ with a black pen
14. To make the tree, cut a circle from the remaining animal babble pp using the dotty side as the front of your tree, then from the reverse cut leaf shapes, attach a few red brads to tree for berries and then add your leaves using foam pads
15. Ink a loliipop stick using brown ink, cut off one shaped edge to give yourself a flat edge for the base of tree, then attach the tree foliage to the stick
16. To make the tree stand up use two strips of cardstock the same width as your tree trunk but an inch longer – glue these together leaving the bottom inch open, fold back these two pieces in opposite directions and attach these only to your LO leaving the upright to attach your tree to 17. To make your window frame, cut four squares from the layout on the right hand side (how big will depend on your chosen photo) the actual frame is just cut from plain cardstock and mounted onto lo using foam pads, attach your photo to reverse
18. To make the window box, cut a bush shape from remaining animal bash paper using the green spotty side, add prima flowers using brads, attach to LO as before under the window frame, doodle stems if desired
19. For the sign cut out one of the frames from the monstrosity ‘framed’ pp and remove the centre using a craft knife
20. Attach to white cardstock and write your title here. Add brads and a little string or thread for hanging (a foam pad behind the frame will help to hold it in position)
21. Cut out a bird, ladybird and mouse from the birdie gossip pp and attach bird to sign, mouse to grass border and ladybird to fence using foam pads
22. For the ‘eaves’ cut the fancy edging strip from the ‘framed’ pp leaving an inch border, fold along edge of strip then fold your border in half, attach to reverse of layout so that the fringed part overhangs the lo
23. Finally, to make a stand for your lo cut a triangle from the cardboard, fold one edge in about an inch and attach this to the layout from behind making sure the flat edge runs parallel to the folded part of layout so that when this is folded out the whole thing should stand freely, this should all fold flat enough for you to put into an album should you want to store it. I hope you have as much fun making this layout as I did!