23 November 2009

Challenging myself on a rainy day

This Sunday was so glum weather wise the only thing to do was whack the heating up high and get down to some crafting. I had a look for some inspiration and I decided to do a couple of challenges. First one was this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge, which I haven't done in a while and this week discovered it's decidedly tricky! We have to make a card with at least 3 things on it that have the same first letter as your initial - I'm Leonora so for me it's L. Now can you guess what I used?.........

OK this one is (faux) Letterpress stamped background, Layers and Letter stickers. A bit tenuous maybe? OK next one is a bit more literal then.....

This one is another faux Letterpress stamped background, lace, label stickers and a lollipop! If you're wandering what I mean by faux letterpress I used my Cuttlebug and embossing folders with paint rolled onto one side (the side that when you open it out is facing you) and cotton paper, that helps the paint release without breaking up the paper, any paper that's fibery would work just as well. Jam it all together, roll it though your bug and you get a cool faux letterpress effect. Had lots of fun playing with that.

Next I did a scrapbook page and got inspiration from the sketch challenge on the Sarah's Cards blog that I got emailed. I only just realised while I was photographing it, the bright colours must have been my reaction to the horrid dark rainy weather! lol

I used some lovely Prima paper from the Paradise City collection and off cuts of Basic Grey Nook and Pantry and American Crafts Letterbox. The base card is American Crafts, I absolutely love AC cardstock the colours are so lush. This one is Lemon I think - I'd call it pow in your face yellow, love it! :-) The letter stickers are a mix up of Prima chipboard ones, Making memories and Jenni Bowlin. The flower embellie is a Prima one too but I pulled it apart and layered some of the papers up in the middle of it then finished it off with a vintage button. Add on a bit of stitching and some sloshy white paint and that's it.

I'm off to invent a cake recipe now that has everything in we have in the cupboard, I know I've got marshmallows and cocoa powder so it might involve those two. Going to snuggle up and watch Americas Next Top Model tonight and indulge in hot chocolate and cake! lol
xx Leo

7 November 2009

Christmas Album Part Two

Here we go with the second half of my December Daily Album starting with page 15.......

Page protector with fabric stitched on, Thickers and a frame made from a kitschy digitals kit printed onto shrink plastic and shrunk down.

Stuck down American Crafts envelope with woodgrain tape and October Afternoon stickers

Page protector with a sassafras sticker and a Jenni Bowlin journalling card popped in then stitched along the side to make two pockets in the page protector.

18 a Heidi Swapp large playing card with an October Afternoon sticker and a date stamp

 19 page protector with a October Afternoon journalling card inside and stitching along side it to make a pocket. Embossing and Pink Paislee alphas for the date.

20 a page protector with a tag from a Quirky Kit inside. I stitched down the edge of the page protector then trimmed it down. The date is a Jenni Bowlin chipboard button and Thickers.

For 21 a cut down (6x6) piece of  Basic Grey Doillie paper and Thickers

A post card from a Quirky Kit for 22 with a date stamp

23 Bazzill dotted swiss card with an American Crafts glitter chipboard embellie, the pin and these black letters I've been using I got in a swap so I'm not sure where they're from.

The 24 page is not so Christmassy because this is mums birthday so we always do something a bit not Christmassy. It's a trimmed down paper bag with gaffer tape and buttons.

And 25 is a larger page protector that I trimmed down and re-stitched together to make it fold out and give extra space. For the date I added glitter to some felt Thickers.

That's it for now. :) xx Leo

6 November 2009

Christmas Album Part One

My December Daily Christmas album is finished, at least for now anyway. It's just waiting for December to roll on. :) I've photoed the pages to share the first half today and then I'll edit and do the second half tomorrow. My main inspiration came from looking at things I'd already got and thinking up ways to use them. That dictated the size of the album I made up, sizing it to fit the leftover page protectors I wanted to use. I didn't have many tags for each page so I looked at what I did have and one of the things that jumped out at me most was stamps. My main idea for the look of my book was to make it quite textural but soft so I really wanted  the stamps to look like snow and that thought prompted me to get out my {very} old embossing powders and have a play with those. I've got some puffy white embossing powder and some lovely glitter ones. I'd forgotten how much fun embossing powder is! When I was embossing on the page protectors I used lots of little bursts of heat so not to melt the plastic. I've also recycled lots of stuff and used up last little bits of stash to make pages with.
Anyway pages.........

First page a page protector with a Sassafras sticker, Thickers and October Afternoon mini alphas and an embossed stamp.

Page 2 stuck down American Crafts envelope with woodgrain tape, a Jenni Bowlin journalling card and cut outs from American Crafts Merry Mint paper

Next page is a piece of Creative Imaginations felt with a felt Thicker and more of those October Afternoon mini alphas

Thicker on red Bazzill with the corners rounded, might add a stamp around the number on this one.

Jenni Bowlin Bingo card with a Elle's Studio tag attached with an eyelet

Page protector with October Afternoon stickers and  American Craft Merry Mint glitter chipboard. The paper email slip is just popped inside for now.

More of the red Bazzill card, this time sandwiched with canvas with an embellie made with jenni Bowlin Crepe paper ribbon and an October Afternoon diecut.

Page 9 is a glued down kraft envelope with gaffer tape bindings.

The date I added in with a date stamp and embossed it with silver glitter powder which will not photo but it's much more glittery irl.

Page 10 is a piece of canvas with more of the same felt as before but in brown, that's just stitched on.

Another page protector for 11 with an embossed stamp, those same alphas and a American Crafts Flair embellie.

The 12th is a page protector with Hambly and October Afternoon rubons.

13th is a piece of packaging from some Jenni Bowlin buttons covered with paper. The label is October Afternoon stickers

 Page 14 is another glued down envelope with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

OK that's part one I'll post up the rest tomorrow.
xx Leo

2 November 2009

Pumpkin Cake and Christmas album

Finally got around to making the pumpkin cake over the Halloween weekend and it was delish! It went down really well on Saturday and I managed to hide a tiny piece to photo for my recipe scrapbook, one tiny extra piece I was hoping to enjoy myself........

Then this happened...........

Well I did say it was really yum..... needless to say I didn't get to eat the last piece! I think it serves me right really, because BB cat is so used to the camera now I'm sure she thinks she has to be in every photo...
I read through a few recipes online, most of them read like carrot cake but with pumpkin so I ended up making it just like that with a few small changes. I scooped out all the fresh pumpkin and then blitzed it in the food processor instead of shredding it because it was really ripe and soft. The cake I made with wholemeal flour too, I think it adds to the yummy texture and there's loads of moisture in the pumpkin so it can get away with it. Spices I used were nutmeg (1 tsp) cinnamon (1 tsp) and ginger (1/2 tsp). Cream cheese topping for me doesn't need messing with so it's just cream cheese, lemon juice and a couple of teaspoons of icing sugar. If there are pumpkins still in the supermarket going cheap it's worth a go at making some, I'm defo going to be making more.

Now we're officially into November I think it's ok to start doing some Christmas stuff now. I made a start on my daily Christmas album. Last years was made up of quite chunky stuff like corrugated card so I felt like making something a bit softer this year. Started out with the page protectors that I had spare from another album then made an album to accommodate them. It's a simple one I made with a card spine, cropodiled and eyeleted and a sewn fabric cover. I was going to leave it just with the fabric but I ended up stiffening it with card because I wanted it to stand up on my shelf.

To go along with the using what I've got/recycling theme I also made some pages with stuck down envelopes and pieces of an old canvas bag. Not decorated it too much yet inside, need to spend some more time on it.

Will add some more piccys when I've done some more. xx Leo