With the postal strikes I thougth I'd better made a final layout with the October 2006 Personal Shopper Kit, just in case my new kit didn't arrive! The photo is my mother in laws 90th birthday party. On the right hand side of the layout I cut a strip of the green12 x 12 paper that I used across the bottom of the page but turned it so the stripe was vertical instead of horizontal and put a piece of vellum over the top to tone down the pattern a bit. I was surprised at how much difference it made to the look of the paper. I made a flower with a button for the centre. I cut two pieces from the last of the cardmaking paper, added some rubs ons and stapled ribbons to the side edges. I die cut some letters and numbers from the brown 12 x12 paper, added some brads and ribbons. all in all I'm very pleased with this page.
My new kit did arrive but I didn't get to play until very late last night so I've only made a card and a ATC. The American Crafts 12 x 12 papers are double sided and great quality. The colours and patterns are a bit of a challenge for me though as they are not what I would automatically choose but I'm up for a bit of a challenge!! As the cardstock is double sided I though I would make a concertina card. This card is Orwell I had to use a couple of Amuse rubberstamps that I have because I love them and I thought they would go with the funky paper. I matted the stamped images with the cardstock that I'd cut from the main card using the front and back. I used a tiny scrap of pink card that I had lying aroung to match with the pink in the American Crafts ribbon that I tied down the side. Finally I inked the edges and put 3 cute little flower brads at the top. I'm not sure about the card? What do you think?
The ATC is made from another piece of the Orwell card but I only used the plain side. I used a HOTP circle slide mount and covered it with some Vintage Sarapaper. I cut a strip of the same paper and put it along the botom of the ATC and added some American Crafts ribbon down the side. In the middle of the slide mount I put a HOTP Big Brad to which I added a Big Brad rub on, with the word 'love' on it. I stamped the word love onto the paper at the bottom and added a HOTP silk flower attatched with a brad. You may have noticed there is no photo of the ATC, well spotted. There is a problem downloading images at the moment but I'll keep trying and add it sometime this evening.
(Finally uploaded ATC tonight 18th October)