30 March 2009

Note to Self

I've been playing with my Note to Self Quirky kit this weekend and so far I made a book...

Other side of the bookmark -

It's an accordion book I've made just taping together pieces of card and spare card blanks. The cover I've made with board covered with fabric and embellies from the kit and my stash (added the yellow ribbon, flower button, Primas and polka dot gaffer tape). I used some of the little Sassafras paper Whimsies cards - two if them just glued together with ribbon fixed in the center to make a bookmark with. The other half of the ribbon is fixed inside the cover so it's always handy to save a place. I'm not sure what's going to go in there yet but probably lots of cute inspirational stuff - stuff to inspire future Quirky kits maybe :-D
I also used some more Sassafras to make a quick card for Julie {Julie if you're reading it's going in the post now!}.

I used more Sassafras Paper Whimsies cards with a bit of paper and some Sweet Treats Stickers then stamped on the message.
Julie has been and is making loads of cute stuff with my Quirky kit and it's looking v cool - check out her blog for a peek I think everything is going up there - http://www.notesonpaper.blogspot.com/ loads of inspiring stuff there anyway :-D
xx Leo

27 March 2009

Happy Spring!

It's official it's defo spring time! I've had my good spring clean out - sorted out unwanted clothes for charity from my wardrobe and added a few cute springy outfits to it - got a cute blazer jacket so I'm really hoping it doesn't rain too much so I can actually wear it! Blazer jacket rolled up jeans and Birki's mmmm need to make some new jewellery now too...
I also spring cleaned my stash so I treated myself to a few new bits and pieces including lots of yummy Sassafras! So I've been playing......

First a card for this weeks DMC challenge which had to have bunnies or chicks on - I cut out some of pieces from one of the Vintage Yummy Sassafras papers with a little bunny on and one with cute little birdies on so I guess I have a little bit of both!

My desk is still a bit messy so I need to spring clean it up a bit but I did make a cute windmill decoration from some leftover paper to add some lovely springy colour to it!

Also made a layout. I cut up a few different papers and used some Sweet Treats stickers to make a little collage
By this time I'd got a few scraps laying around so I made another quick card...

Then I found out some more little off cut bits of Sassafras I had and couldn't resist making another bunny card. This one is going to be for my aunty Jen I think because she loves bunnies just like me :-)
Then it got too dark to play :-(

I'm off to a mini foodie party now although I have just been informed there will be no pizza - no pizza - rubbish! Moroccan stuff apparently - I'm sure they have pizza in Morocco right? lol
xx Leo

24 March 2009


I love Thickers so I had to have a play at the challenge on the American Crafts blog this week. The challenge is to use 3 different Thickers on one project. I combined my go with this weeks Scrap Like you Mean it challenge too.......

I used American Crafts Lullaby foam Thickers in Sunflower, Chit Chat Puffy Thickers in Tangerine, Daiquiri foam Thickers in pink and green and Sprinkles Glitter Thickers in black. The papers are American Crafts 'Craft Fair'.
I also made a little card with some of the left over bits + some American Crafts mini Marks and a bit more paper......
xx Leo

16 March 2009

Waste not want not

I'm one of those crafters that likes to keep scraps and offcuts from projects and in the years I've been enjoying making things with bits of paper the scraps have amassed rather a lot. I do get around to using them but it's always good to challenge yourself to stick to just using off cuts and waste, not only is it cool to not waste stuff but it also takes a big chunk off your ermmming time deciding what to pick out to use!
This project was great fun to do, it's another recipe book I've been asked to make one just with cake recipes in (cupcakes muffins etc). I might end up keeping this one though and making another to give! lol. More scraps will get used up that way too ;-)
All the papers are October Afternoon from the Daydream, Weathervane and Detours ranges, Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts Thickers, MM Tiny alpha stickers, October Afternoon and Banana Frog stamps and Theresa Collins recipe cards + other odds and ends from my stash.
I cut down the largest scraps of papers and cardstock to 4x6" to make the pages at the front of the book. The shaped pages are freehand drawn out with a black marker and then just cut out, really easy to do with offcuts and you don't have to find a straight edge!
Some more of the inside pages:
At the back I've included some lined pages to write notes and new recipe ideas in.

This is another scraps project again using the same October Afternoon paper leftovers and a circle punch to punch out the shapes and layer them up into the design.
This is the card I've made for Mother's Day this Sunday. This time I used fabric scraps to make the embellishments with and mixed them in with some newer paper from the yum American Crafts 'Craft Fair' range. All the buttons are vintage ones from the massive stash my great grandma has - now that's a generation that know things about reusing and making do, if my gran hadn't saved all those yummy buttons I wouldn't have them now to enjoy :-)
xx Leo

5 March 2009

DMC - Circles

I was stumped with this card, it's for an uncles birthday, what do other ppl do for uncles? It's such a toughie. Anyway I popped onto the DMC blog to see if anything could spark me off and it worked! Circles this week...... ok so what colours do I go for, scouting around for something and there sits my gogo greetings kit, still with loads of lovely SEI Jolie Chocolat papers in - can I make a man card from such pretty papers...... why not! I picked out all the brown and grey ones and punched out circles then tore out strips and stuck it all together. The other circle bits are Candy Drops and then some SEI alpha and a stamp that was in the Greetings kit.Might use this design again but it bright neon colours! lol
Thanks again DMCers for the inspro!

2 March 2009

I'm here!

I've not dropped off blogging land just been mega busy. I made these a few weeks ago but thought I'd share now because they're lovely and bright and I feel like sharing bright things this morning because the sun's all shiny and it feels almost like Summer :D Wish it was, still a long way to go yet :(
I got into the idea a few weeks ago (when it was all grey and snowy and slushy) of making fun bright cards because it's the ideal antidote to the winter blues.

Everything is American Crafts, papers (Teen), cardstock, Thickers, Flair, Galaxy Markers and rubons + some felt, ribbons from Ribbon Oasis and vintage buttons from my stash.
I'm in love with the American Crafts cardstock for making cards with at the mo, so many fun bright colours so little time......
xx Leo