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Thursday, 27 March 2008

no so *happy* scrappy...

Hi guys, its me, Alix, again!

I've been having a bit of a scrapping epiphany I look back through my seems that I only really scrap the *happy* things that happen in my life...and although I strongly believe focussing on the positive is a great thing...I do also believe that we should acknowledge the rest of life's events too; its the quickest route to acceptance I find! :)

So here I am, scrapping something that has been troubling me lately {if you're not into this...just don't read the journalling!}

To create this 6x12 LO I've used the Coffee House papers which have a lovely watery/dreamy feel to them that seemed just right for sharing some of my more intimate feelings. I've mixed them with some papers from the 12x12 lucky dip which is sold out now!! To embellish the LO, I've doodled around the entire edge of the page with a white pen and added 2 HOTP Really Big Brads which I've also doodled on.

So what do you guys think? Do you scrap only the jolly things that happen along the way? Or do you sometimes do cathartic scrapping like this?

OK, that's enough from me for today...*waves...* xxx next LO to share is a super happy one btw :) one of my favourites in a while, actually!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Coffee House papers

I've been playing with the gorgeous Marah Johnson Coffee House papers from Creative Imaginations.

For this layout, I used the Harlequin Scroll and Coffee Carnivale papers, cut into various sizes and layered under the photo.

I dry brushed a little brown acrylic paint around the edge of the cardstock, to go with the "mucky" theme of the layout!

I then added a die cut title and some elements, and finished off with 3 of the great little button brads from HOTP.

We still have some bargains to be had in the 75% off sale - but hurry, it's selling out fast!!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Fun with Brad Buddies!

The thing I love about HOTP Brad Buddies is that you can create a really quick and simple card that looks great in seconds! And the fact that they are so cheap in the webshop at the moment helps too!

For this first card I used the Fancy Pants Holly Jolly papers (again - I just love these!) and the dragonfly brad buddie from the Winged Things pack and the blue flower brad buddie from the Swirly pack. The scalloped oval was cut with this Marvy punch.

For the second card I used some gorgeous pansy and happy birthday vellum from the vellum lucky dip pack, as well as a strip of paper from the 12 x 12 lucky dip pack. The butterfly brad buddie is from the Winged things pack.

For the last card, I again used papers from the 12 x 12 lucky dip, and some congratulations vellum from the vellum lucky dip pack. Both the brad buddies come from the Graduation pack.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

and the February Winner is....

Elaine Charters!!!
Well done Elaine, we all loved your handmade dream catcher and overall card design. Remember to e-mail your postal address to the Guv so she can send out your prize! :) I hope to see you entering again next month...and come on all you shy types out there...give it a might just win too!!

OK, so what else do I have to share? Well, here is a 12x12 LO of my OH and me at our engagement dinner {looking a bit hot and flustered but there you}.

The base card, the two matts and the chipboard embellishments are from the Promenade collection {one of my current faves :) } The flying embellishment is made from my left-overs from the Crush collection {papers and die-cuts} and they are tied together by inking all the edges with red chalk ink {currently 20% off...see here}. The title is stamped using an old alphabet {sorry don't even remember who its by!} but could just as easily be die-cut or made from stickers, etc. Finally, I have a useful notebook to show you. I am cognitively challenged and find life much easier if I constantly write down the things I need to do/ I thought I'd make myself a cute little notebook! I've used one of the huge butterfly chipboard shapes and cut it in half to make book covers. These chipboard shapes are 30% off get them while you can!!

As you can see, I've covered the covers {so to speak} and made the pages from the Vanessa Arbuthnott papers...which are a staggering 13p each {75% off!!!}. These papers are super pretty, pale enough to write on, and at that enough to use for a super pretty shopping list!! The book is tied together with ribbons from the Lucky Dip selections and although the satin has sold out...the organza is still available here. The embellishments on the from cover are some I made a while ago from the Friendly Felt selection...and if you still haven't tried this stuff...please do!! It is a dream to work with...looks fantastic...and is available here with 50% off !

So that is me for for a lie down and a browse through a wedding magazine...its getting pretty close now!! Have a good day yourselves...and see you again soon.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Cheap as chips!

Seriously, this LO has been put together for literally pence!

I used 3 different papers from the 12 x 12 Lucky dip (12 sheets for just £1) along with some lucky dip satin ribbons (15m for £1) some buttons (just £1 a bag) a cute little charm (just 90p a pack) and some great fabric stickers (just 45p a sheet). In fact the most expensive thing I used was this fab punch to make the tag - and that's only £5 and better still you've got it for life!

And I've still got loads left to make more stuff!

You can find all the fab bargains HERE.

P.S. Make sure you check out the Arty Girlz challenge this week - Crop til you Drop are sponsoring it and you could win a HOTP Cardmakers kit! (or if you just want to buy one for the bargain price of £6.99 you can find them HERE).

Thursday, 6 March 2008

How cool is this paper?!

I am totally in love with this Drop Dead Red paper from Creative Imaginations - it's so cool! (and only 25p a sheet!)

For this LO I used the paper as my base, and added 2 matts behind the photo in red and black card and doodled on them with a white gel pen. I scalloped the edges of a strip of red card, doodled again and added to the right hand side and put some gorgeous Black Celtic felt fusion on top. Finally I added some ribbons from the HOTP Classic collection and some Drop dead red brads and chipboard (sadly now sold out).

Don't forget to check out the amazing deals in the webshop - but you need to be quick - it's selling out as quickly as Guv can get it on there!

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

It's my turn to blog today, so here's a couple of layouts that I have taught in our classes locally. The first uses Fancy Pants Holly Jolly papers and the second is Fancy Pants Sweet Pea. Check out the sweet li'l chalked flowers on the second layout - they started life as these. If you don't live nearby & moving house is out of the question, watch out for deets of my new online classes coming to the webshop - and this blog - within the week.
Anyway - let's talk bargains. Today, I have added more A Muse wood mounted rubber stamps to the sale - at 75% off. There are now around 90 designs to choose from (with more coming v. soon!) I also added a special offer on the Fancy Pants Fashion Sense Felt - 25% off while stocks last - but you'll have to be quick - there's only a couple left!
If that's not enough to tempt you, we still have a few 8x8 albums at under £4, Brad Buddies at £1 and 500+ products all at big discounts. These offers are strictly while stocks last & I don't suppose it's much of a surprise that they are selling out almost as fast as I can get them online! LOL.
There are 10 days left to write a review and enter the draw to win £30 of absolutely free stash - so what are you waiting for??? Get all the deets now!

I also have a li'l bit of v. big & exciting news myself - check it out here!

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Challenge #31

My turn to challenge you all this week!

In honour of Mothering Sunday tomorrow, the challenge is to create something for/about the special women in our lives (not necessarily mums!). It could be a Mother's Day card, a minibook or LO about a special woman or even a little handcrafted gift for that special lady!

For this LO of me aged 18 months and my wonderful mum, I've used the Fancy Pants Holly Jolly papers and die cuts (they're not just for Christmas! LOL) and some American Crafts ribbons (which are on an amazing deal in the webshop!). The journalling spot was cut from this paper, with a Marvy scalloped punch.

Don't forget to email your challenge entries to so that we can put them in our gallery (also leave a comment on this post so we know you've done the challenge). At the end of the month, the DT will pick their favourite and the winner gets a fabby little stash prize!