Sunday, 28 February 2010

February BY2010

Welcome to februarys BY2010 blog hop!

A quick reminder of the layout sketch I challenged everyone with:-

So heres my interpretation:-

The blue background sheet is from a pack of random 12x12s I bought off ebay.
The rest of the paper is from Dovecrafts Charcoal prints.

The letters are papermania.

The "duck footprints" I did with foam cut into a shield shape, and another 2 cut into the 3 prong shape. The shield shape I inked up and then stamped on scrap paper to take off some of the ink so it would give a pale stamp. I then stamped the tri shape over it, one facing one way, the other flipped over.

Thanks for joining me and please ontinue to your next stop on the blog hop Chatty Crafty Arty Pig

And if you get a little lost the other participants are:

Friday, 26 February 2010

Februarys BY2010 blog hop info

2 days left until our blog hop using the following sketch

and I am very excited to see what everyone has come up with.
The order will be:

can all those joining in please put a link on their post to the next person in the chain and also put a full list incase anyone has got derailed along the way.

The blog hop will start on the 28th february at 11:00 gmt so could everyone please have their posts up before then, the post below gives details on autopost if you want to give that a try.
The draw for the blog candy will be held on the 29th.
Any questions please ask away in the comments.

How to auto post at a specific time & date

Setting your blog to post at a specific time and date is soooooo easy.

First of all you need to check your blog settings to see if they are at the right time zone..

So on your blog dashboard got to "settings", and then click on the "Formatting" tab

Then scroll down to Time Zone & alter if necessary.

Go write your post, and when you finish, before you save it click on Post Options at the bottom left of the box

A box comes down. On the right its says Post date & time, type in the time and date you want your blog post to be posted.

Finally click publish post, all done!!!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Old skool stash scrap blog hop

I've been recently quite ill and my brain has turned to mush, so I'm a bit late posting this properly, but here it is (I hope you think it was worth the wait)......

The background sheet is an acid and lignin free paper insert from an album sleeve, the plain lilac sheet (my camera would NOT pick up the true colours), and the pink swirls (yes, I've used pink!!!) on deep violet paper are both from the Tiger House birthday scrapbook kit I got from poundland probably in 2006. The tag I used to journal on was also from this kit.
The swirls in the background I did using a stencil and ink pad. I'm having to sit on my hands to stop adding some glitter or something to them but I want to keep it minimal so the photo stands out, not the swirls.

I decided to omit a title for once as I think the photo says more than words ever could.
All the papers date post 2007 & are papers I've just kind of ignored, they just havent called to me or anything so have sat neglected until today.
So now could you please hop along to the lovely Jackie at scrappyjacky and continue your journey. If your a little bit lost then those joining in are:

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Talk of Change .....

I have to admit that I have been a little despondent about my blogs and my crafty pieces lately, lacking a bit of confidence, so I've decided to spend a little bit of time on them and try focusing my craft blog. So, starting monday, what have I got planned .......

Mondays are about food, something I've recently cooked, tried out, or a recipe I've come up with/tweaked. On occassion it'll be a recipe I want to try, or a display, such as a cake, that just wows me.

Tip Tuesday:
On Tuesdays I shall be giving away tips that have helped me out, or maybe a tutorial on crafting, and sometimes blogging.

Want to make Wednesdays:
An item, tutorial or some other inspiration I've seen that I want to make or try out.

Papercraft Thursday:
Maybe a card, a box or anything else created out of paper. Sometimes a tutorial, sometimes just showing off what I've made.

Free Choice Friday:
I dabble in a lot of crafts, On fridays I will post items that dont fit into other sections.

Scrapbook Saturday
A way to try & get me scrapbooking on a weekly basis, I have a LOT of photos, and am always adding to them so need to keep going at this, so not only is it motivational but also shows you what I've been upto.

Sewing Sunday:
I keep meaning to sew, wether its just repairs or make something new, I just dont get round to it so now I must ;)
Sundays will be about showing you what I've made, or where I've got up to. Sometimes it'll be a tutorial on how I made something, other times it could be showing what I want to make, or a free pattern I've found.

So thats the plan anyway, there will be other things included as well such as blog hops, or something linked to a specific occassion.

The layout is also going to change slightly, so what I'd like to know from you is what do you like to see on a blog? what do you hate (I really dislike having to type in verification codes, choose a profile etc when posting a comment, I'd like to post a comment, not jump through hoops!)?

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

BY2010 February Sketch

For details on BY2010 please look Here, but in short each month a sketch is posted on a blog of someone joining in with BY2010 to inspire everyone, anyone can then enter into a blog hop to show what they have come up with.

Well, this is the first sketch I have made, and it was inspired by a sheet of 12x12 I have (see here for more on this).

So without further a do heres februarys sketch to hopefully inspire and interpret in your own way

AND as an extra bonus, any one partaking, will be entered into a draw for the blog candy shown below, all you have to do is put you name on the McLinky below, post the BY2010 logo (at the top of this post) to your blog with a link back here, then on the 28th February take part in the blog hop (more details will be posted on the 26th Febraury) and post your layout from the sketch above before 11:00am GMT .... for all those who may still be in bed at that time, or cannot access a computer that morning I will post a tutorial on the 26th on how to set your blog automatically upload a post at a set time and date. You have until 11:00am GMT on the 26th February to sign up.I have done a couple of examples of how I've used the layout if you need a little bit more inspiration, just follow the links:


If anything isnt clear please just ask in the comments box, this is my first time doing anything like this so learning as I go along.


I was inspired to do the BY2010 February sketch by a sheet of 12x12 paper covered in dots, it looked just like bubbles to me, and Kai LOVES bubbles (or Bubbies as he used to call them) so I came up with this layout

Obviously, due to it being photos in the bath I've had to dot out a few areas to keep my sons modesty, until his 18th birthday anyway ;-D

As I had 2 sheets the same I cut out several of the dots and layered them up, varying the number of layers and what the height of the sticky pads I was using.


I turned the BY2010 sketch round on this one and altered it slightly.

The purple paper and stickers that I used for the border are from a pack I got from poundland ages ago called "classic". The green paper is by Le Crea Design.
The flowers I made from K & Co Elizabeth Brownd papers

The butterflies I was given as a gift and are made from wood and feathers. The yellow disappeared against the green paper so I inked one up with a couple of small ink pads.

The Journalling was done with Papyrus font (one of my favourites) and KR Butterfly font. I then went over the title with a purple archival pen.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Old skool stash

Kate challenged us over at Liberty cottage to use some of our old stash to make a card or layout, stash thats a few years old and has been stroked but not used.

Without flash on you cant see the lovely sparklyness of this card, but it does show the detail a little better. I used an off cut of embossed silver card and stuck crystals on into a flower shape. Around the edge I used double sided peel offs so I could sprinkle blue glitter on to match the crystals. I also used this method for the strip at the bottom of the card and the little flowers.

With the flash on the camera it shows up the shinyness a little bit more.

Now your finished here why dont you follow the blog hop trail and visit "Capture the Memories"

or if you've got a bit lost heres a list of all that are joining in:-


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