Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Little Book of #Dogstagram Part 2

Hello there! Claire S back again here with the second part of my #Dogstagram book.

The book I've used is one of Sarah's Daybooks, and I've used a selection of all of the papers and journaling cards from Sarah's AFOMFT kits, along with her Everyday Sayings stamps. The photos in the book are all Instagram prints and the book is all about Bailey my badly behaved ginger Labrador (his fur is very ginger now he's older, these photos are from 2013 when he was still a pup)

Bailey seems to like to lie in front of my craft desk, he likes to help, but in reality I can't get to the desk "Hey Mum, can I help you in the studio today? I promise I won't slobber on anything and I'll watch where my tail is wagging"
And on the next page the walk around the park was obviously enough, he was fast asleep in the front seat of the car before we got home.

Caught again with the shoes! Grampa's this time, thankfully these ones didn't get chewed to pieces...yet!
Bailey wasn't to keen on the snow either "What's all this cold stuff? My tail is froze, my little paws are froze and my nose is froze....brrr chilly!"

Bailey likes playing hide and seek, especially when he's chewing on something he shouldn't be, the thing is, it's not easy to hide when your a huge ginger dog, but I did finally get a picture of him chewing something that he was allowed to chew... a large doggy bone.

Bailey does have a tendency to follow me around, he hides in the cupboard under my desk, and runs off with my dressing gown "Erm, oh, is this your dressing gown? Sorry Mum, I thought it was mine. It's pretty snuggly though."

There are also times he thinks he's a cat, he has a real thing for balls of yarn "Hi mum, I found this ball of wool, will you teach me to knit please?" And after a long day doing doggy stuff what more could a tired dog want than to curl up on the sofa...

This final page is my favourite one, the first photo is Bailey chilling out on the conservatory floor, trying to cool off after a walk. 
The second photo? Well, I'll let Bailey tell you about that one "Hehehe,I pinched mums camera and took a couple of selfies, wonder what mum will say when she finds them on her phone teehee!"

And there you have The Little Book of Bailey. I found this one quite easy, mainly as all of the photos were the same size and all of Sarah's papers co-ordinate beautifully even though they're all from different kits. I started the book by sticking my papers and photos in first and then added the doodling and journaling, Finally came the stamping, stickers and Thickers for titles, I was going add embellishments but the book was so thick by this point so I thought I'd leave it as it was. It's a fab little book and a great record of all his mischievous puppy days, I'm sure I'll forget just how much trouble he was when he was a pup (I always do lol)

Thanks for stopping by today, keep checking back for inspiration from all of the team and we've got our new challenge coming up later this week, so stay tuned :)

Hope to see you soon.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Decorated Ref Magnet - DIY

Happy Saturday everyone! It's Ria here today.

I was keeping some bottle caps to use for some craft projects and thought this is the time to finally make use of them. I have small papers and embellishments that usually lays around after doing a project. Most times I keep those that I think will still be useful as accents or scratch piece to try out some stamping before making them in big areas.

This decorated ref magnet is a fun project to make and definitely uses my scrap paper piece to create another fun piece of art. Here's a quick look in the supplies I used

In photo, I already die cut the scallop shape circle but you can also do a simple circle by tracing the cap and cutting them free-hand.

I then colored the black & white drawings with Promarkers and added some Wink of stella for some shimmer fun. I also stamped the plain piece with the mini-stamp set and also cut some small  piece of embellishment to add on the top of the cap as decor.

Here's the assembled pieces, at the back I put a smaller cap in the middle to hold the magnet. I use a strong adhesive to glue them down.

I also put a gray strip in the side of the cap for a more polish look in the sides. Here with the magnets

 And the finish decor

Now at my refrigerator to hold some reminders and things to do :)

This is it for now and till next time!

Supplies used:
A Few of my Favourite Things - Tropical Favourites
A Few of my Favourite Things - March kit
Butterfly embellishment
Others: Flat top bottle caps, magnets, glue, extra strength glue
Promarker, ink pads, Scallop shape die

Friday, 29 August 2014

Altered Note Book

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I'm showing you how I altered my notebook for work. 

First I measured and cut a piece of white paper.

Next I covered the entire page using Tim Holtz tumbled glass ink pad and my blending tool

Sarah's background stamp was them stamped across the top of the page. I also stamped some leaves from The Be Amazing doodle doll!!!

To create some depth I stamped the girl,bunting and sentiment from the Dream A Little Dream Doodle doll set.

I love adding patterns to her dress, this time I used Sarah's large Deco lattice background stamp. You also get a plain hat so I decided to add the lattice background to that too. 

To do this just stamp the girl again and the hat onto white card, stamp the deco lattice background on top then cut out. I wanted to keep it flat so it was then fixed in place with double sided tape.

Foam pads were added to the girl, sentiment and the bunting.

Finally I added my layout to my notebook but with a twist.....

I wanted to make my cover versatile should I want to change it at a later date so I added some of Sarah's photo corners!

Tomorrow Ria will be posting and sharing a super project.

Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, 28 August 2014

My favourite things challenge 95 winners.

It's always tough choosing winners out of so many gorgeous entries but it has to be done. Thank you to everyone who entered my challenge and thank you for showing off your favourite things.

Without further ado here are the top 3:

  1.  Number 10 Karen P

 2. Number 16 Very Belle

 3. Number

 Contact Sarah for your blog badges and prize.

Thank you again to everyone else who entered and look out for the next challenge which is live on the 5th September.


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Little Houses.....

Hello, Claire N with you today. I would like to have said I had a some great plan for this make I'm sharing with you today, but in truth, I didn't.......I just wanted to sit and play and use some of new stamps that have been on my desk for a few weeks ..... LOL!

And that is exactly what I did, I reached for the cutest of the pile, a new release from our very own Clare Brown. Clare has release a set of three special edition fairy stamps, and this cute house is from the 'Flower Fairy' set, and can be found in Sarah's shop here.

1- Stamp and emboss (versamark and black embossing powder) the house 4 times onto co-coordinating scraps of paper and then cut out. 
2- Cut the roof from two of the houses and paper piece onto the houses you want on the front of your card.
3- Stamp and emboss in black the fairy fence, onto a 5x5 inch piece of co-coordinating backing paper, before attaching the two house.
4- Add a sentiment (I used my dymo label maker) and ten stamp the little snail for extra cuteness.
5- Mat and later onto contrasting card and then adhere to front of 6x6 inch scalloped card blank.

What the last think you done/made, just because wanted to?   LOL!!
We'd love to see.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Little Book of #Dogstagram

Hello there, how are you?
Happy Bank Holiday Monday!!

It's Claire S here with a mini book, I don't usually do mini books, I tend to get stuck about half way through, I think I've got about 7 unfinished ones knocking about somewhere, but last year Sarah sent me one of her daybooks and I thought, "oooh", then I thought "aah" an idea had formed, then I thought, "I need photos" so that was that for a while, anyhow, a couple of weeks ago I had all of the photos I needed so I grabbed my big box of Sarah stash and got to work and here it is....

Bailey's #dogstagram Book....

I wanted to keep a similar style throughout the book so that it all went together well, so for each page I used a small amount of Sarah's patterned papers, a selection of journaling cards from Sarah's kits and her Everyday Sayings stamp set...

I also wanted to use my Instagram photos of Bailey so that all the photos would be the same size and shape (I really do have OCD issues lol)
The journaling on each page tells the story from Bailey's point of view, and he thought that "I'm Bailey the Dog & this is my story" was a good place to start.
Bailey was pretty befuddled on his first day in his new home, which is to be expected and he was only 8 weeks old but he was very interested in what was going on, he couldn't work out what the squeaky burger was all about though... "my first day in my new home, my new family have given me a burger that squeaks"

I can't believe how tiny he was in that doggy bed, within weeks he'd outgrown it then chewed it to pieces., He was also the same size as his bear - which has since been chewed to pieces. 
I've used various stickers and Thickers for my titles on all of the pages.

As you can see in the next picture this puppy likes to sleep, he found a spot in the corner by my chair - "I found a quiet corner to curl up and snooze in, I was snoozing in mums knitting bag on the cardigan she was knitting but she moved the bag so I couldn't climb into it anymore" And the the sneaky boy made himself at home on the sofa.

This next page is one of my favourite pages in the album, these are 2 of my top ten Bailey photos and the "For the love of Bacon" stamp is pretty appropriate, although I do know that it wasn't bacon he'd just eaten. The journaling reads " I don't know what that was I just ate, but it sure was tasty"

The naughty pup also has a thing for peoples slippers, these ones belonged to Hubs (please note use of the word belonged - the slippers have since been chewed to pieces - there seems to be a theme here) 
One thing Bailey is good at is posing, but he refuses to look at the camera... "I will sit like a good boy whilst you take my photo but I'm not going to look at the camera"

I hope you've enjoyed browsing through my mini book, I'll be back with the second half of it on 31st August.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.

Claire xx

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Washi tape love.

This was my inspiration piece for the current challenge which you can find here called 'Favourite things' and is still running so you have time to enter.

As promised I said I'd show you a really easy and fun way to make your own washi tape like the bits I've used on the front of my mini album.

 So lets get started.....

You'll need a piece of tissue paper, I kept all of mine from the monthly kits so I have quite a bit.  Try to choose a piece with as few wrinkles as possible (I've been known to iron it) and lay it out on some news paper, scrap paper or anything which won't matter if it gets inky which it will, and spray randomly. Don't do this on your bare table please! Several colours together are good for some funky colourways.

Leave it to dry somewhere.  I lifted mine up and hung it by the corners from the washing line but if you do this be very gentle with it as the tissue is extra delicate when wet. It's a good idea to leave it flat for a while then try lifting it once some of the excess ink has seeped into the protective under layer.

Once it's dry turn it over to the reverse side and add strips of double sided tape. Try not to get any wrinkles in the tissue when you do this.

Cut out the strips.

Now stamp some of your favourite designs onto the tape.  I've used a mixture of border stamps (Zendoodle Borders and Bits) larger stamps and mini stamps. The numbers are from the Zendoodle Alphabet set and the words are from a kit club stamp which I masked off as I went along so as just to capture the part I wanted.

Those larger stamps can be used too and in fact are good for doing several at one time like the Woodgrain here. 

Try making your own washi tape it's great fun and you can make colours and designs to match what your working on.

Jaine x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My Favourite Things Creation.

Hello, it's Carol today and I am going to share my creation for this months Favourite Things Challenge. As usual I was indecisive about what to make, so rather than just use some of my favourite stash I opted to put my favourite things into my PL layout.

I am VERY new to PL and thought  a monthly layout would be better for me, rather than trying to keep up with weekly, stressing myself out and ending up not enjoying it. So here is Februarys Layout in great detail. 

This is a 4x6 card, with a cropped 4x3 journaling card, it has brands and a resin heart and I used love heart hearts, all of which came from AFOMFT kits. The month stamp is from the Today Stamp Set.

This is a 4x6 card, with a couple of wee layered pictures, and a sprinkling of pretty sequins and a small journaling card in the corner.

This is a 3x4 journaling card with a teal heart on it. I got the Love Journaling Card by Sarah, from the Silhouette Online Store, and cut it out on my Cameo and layered it onto the heart. I just love how they fit together. 

This is a 3x4 card with a smaller one layered on top. Sometimes it is nice just to leave things simple.

This is a 3x4 card with a picture of my hubby and great niece, I have layered it up and added some lovely brads from the AFOMFT kits.

This is a 3x4 card with my naughty cat Aggie eyeing up my Tunnocks Teacake!! The stamp is from the Today Stamp Set.

This is a 4x6 card with an adorable wee picture of my great niece and her super cute "crinkly" nose she gets when she is giggling! The gorgeous flourish in the corner is the Doodle Heart Corner Flourish by Sarah in her Silhouette Store.

I love this 4x6 card with Aggie making noise!

 And here is the completed layout. I like to think that each card tells a wee story, and it really does encapsulate my "Favourite Things"

Thanks for popping by today, remember there is still a week to enter our Favourite Things Challenge.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Altered Clipboard

Morning all. Hope the weather is good where you are. I’m hoping it’s gorgeous and sunny in Cornwall as that’s where I will be when you read this post, enjoying a nice little holiday :-)

We have a fabulous challenge of Favourite Things this month (click the button on the right to go and read all about it). For me I find it so very hard to chose favourites of anything as I’m such a ditherer, but I have a bit of a thing for the colour grey at the moment so I combined that with another fave of mine….making to do lists and used Sarah’s fabulous AFOMFT kit papers to decorate this clipboard.

I have put off decorating this for quite a while as I knew I would get carried away and want to embellish it which would end up making it vey impractical to use. Sarah’s papers are so pretty and perfect for this as it looked fabulous without the need to add anything else.

The clipboard was painted with several coats of yellow acrylic paint and then sanded at the edges and inked with Weathered wood Distress Ink. The papers were stuck to the clipboard with PVA Glue. Lastly adding the ribbon right around the clipboard using Hi-Tac tape and tying a bow at the top.


  • A Few of My Favourite Things Kit (Ribbon and Paper)
  • MDF Clipboard (a bargain from a Pound Shop, think it was supposed to be a bingo board)
  • Yellow Acrylic Paint
  • Glitter Glue
  • PVA Glue
  • Hi-Tac Tape

Thanks for stopping by


Monday, 18 August 2014

Mini Card Fun!

Hi all,

Nicole here today to share a fun project using the journaling cards from the May A Few of my Favourite things kit. I love the journaling cards but as I have said previously I am not a documenter so I love finding new uses! I also had a bunch of those long narrow cards, 10.5cm wide and 21.5cm tall - and I struggle to make anything with them. So put the two together and you get really cute mini cards!

I cut the tall cards in half so I ended up with an almost square 10.5 x 10.5 card.

These mini cards were the perfect size for the journaling cards....


I used a raindrop stencil and inked up the background of the cards.... 

 I then just had fun combining the cards and sentiments on them. Some I combined to make background paper....

And others I tore up to combine sentiments on journaling cards.  I embellished them all with staples and some fun green gems too. I then ended up with a set of 4 really cute mini journaling cards. I plan on making more of these with some cute envelopes to give out as little gift sets.