I realise that foam stamps aren't as expensive as rubber or vinyl, but they can still be a fair amount!
I always keep an eye out for scrapbooking alternatives.
I found this pack of foam letters in the "childrens craft section" of a shop. There must be between 100-150 pieces in there, including the alphabet and numbers. And it cost all of £1.29. The manufacturer is "Craft Work" which does a range of scrapbooking items.
So these have a dual use... to stick straight onto my pages (recoloured or not) or to use with paint as stamps.
Monday, March 31, 2008
I realise that foam stamps aren't as expensive as rubber or vinyl, but they can still be a fair amount!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 8:43 pm
This is a little Easter Basket which my daughter made last weekend.
I, of course, cut it out for her, but it was an effective little project.
The template, printable onto A4 paper, was a free download from Prima Hybrid and I printed it out onto an ordinary piece of paper for my daughter to colour in.
However, the download is a jpg file and a photoshop file and therefore layered and so you can add patterned paper to this before printing to make a lovely basket... just print, cut and stick...et voila!
So thanks Prima Hybrid... was a cute basket and daughter was most proud of her achievement... especially as she is only 4!
Posted by SundayL at 8:28 pm
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This is a photograph of my notice board in my office/craft room.
I'm showing you this because I do hang up my latest layouts when I have finished them!
And the way I do this is by using bulldog clips.
I make sure they are smooth on the inside and therefore won't leave marks on my pages, but I place a map pin through the holes of the handles of the clips and pin them ot the board that way.
I also use a piece of string/thread with clips tied at intervals (12" intervals) and hang my 12" layouts one underneath the other.
The other items on this board are plastic folders with a collection of items and/or photos waiting to be scrapped. A notice board used in this way makes good use of the vertical space of my wall and makes it a very flexible space.
Try making use of your walls to display your lovely work, rather than just storing them away in an album!!!
Posted by SundayL at 8:02 pm
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Well we had snow here at the top end of Suffolk (UK), but it didn't stay for long.
Still my daughter can now stop complaining that she hasn't been able to make a snowman! She had a great time with Daddy, playing in the snow with some neighbours in the playground behind the houses here.
My husband commented that it was all dads with the kids apart from one mum that was out with her son, but that was only because his daddy was at work!
Well I said, that's because us women as daft enough to go outside and get totally wet and freezing cold! (there are exceptions I realise, but on the whole us women know when to stay indoors in the warm!) LOL.
Anyway, I didn't manage to get any decent photos of the snow this time round! tut!
The bottom photo here is of the view out of my office/craft room window and the very black sky. trouble is... with the camera on "auto" it tries to compensate for the stark contrast and so the resulting picture isn't quite a striking as it was in real life!
Posted by SundayL at 11:24 pm
Monday, March 24, 2008
I used the masking technique for the feathered colouring around the centre and then stamped and embossed white powder using the swirls from the Basic Grey Two Scoops collection.
The 'Happy Birthday' was die cut using a cuttlebug kindly brought in by Karelyn at the last ScrapBuddies crop (March). A very easy little machine to use the Cuttlebug! The dies are quite expensive though I understand, and of course, it's all a bit bulky with the machine, and dies.
So thank you to Karelyn for lugging it in for us all to use!
I have been using my Craft Robo... on my latest layout which I spoke about on Saturday.. which I have actually finished and will show you all the finished item shortly.
Posted by SundayL at 9:56 pm
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Well how is your chocolate consumption doing?
I have been steering clear of goodies in general of late in an attempt to lose some weight, and it is actually working. If it's not in the house I can't pick at it!
So obviously with this in mind, when my husband went to buy Easter gifts for various people, he gave me an envelope!
Inside was a voucher from a local lingerie (including sexy stuff) shop! It states the date at which I will be able to collect an item from the shop (ordered off catalogue).
This means of course, that my husband went in and had a jolly good look through the new catalogues in the shop, and ordered something for me!
Very nice of him and obviously non-fattening, which is excellent, but this begs the question...
"Whose Easter gift was this...?!"
Posted by SundayL at 11:34 pm
Saturday, March 22, 2008
This is my current page in progress...
I have decided to use subtle coloured blooms (and possibly some buttons) to convey a gentle mood.
This picture was taken on me, by my husband when we were at a French Chateau last June. It was a lovely sunny afternoon, but had been cold, hence the long trousers and jumper.
It means more to me as a picture because at that moment in time I remember I was just lost in thought, sitting in the sunshine, my gaze wandering the scenery before me.
Just one of those brief moments of stillness.
This is what I am trying to convey with the subtle shades on the layout.
I think my title will be "Just Sittin' " and I plan to fire up the Craft Robo for that one!
Posted by SundayL at 9:18 pm
Friday, March 21, 2008
This is a picture of a little gift that one of my ladies at the ScrapBuddies crop brought in to me last Saturday.
It was made by a little girl (I believe she is 5) called Aimee and she is the granddaughter of Sheila.
It is a little tissue paper flower, and Aimee told her grandmother that she had made it for her scrapbooking teacher. Not only that but I understand that Aimee then went on to explain how she had made the flower so that all the information could be passed on to me!
Isn't that sweet!
Thank you Aimee, it's the first gift I have ever been given as a Scrapbooking Teacher!
Posted by SundayL at 11:00 pm
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I was browsing around recently and found this great DLO (double layout). It is from the everything-about-scrapbooking.com site.
I've posted it here because I am all for managing to squeeze on lots of pictures onto a layout. More is better in this case, if you're trying to archive your mountain of photos!
Here is the text that goes with it...
Scrapbook Sketch #19
This scrapbook sketch has room for 16 photos. With three standard-size photos, there's still room for 13 smaller square photos. It's great for doing an occasion/event layout where you want to squeeze in more photos. If you like the design but don't have that many photos, remember that you can always substitute the square photos with embellishments or journaling text.
So I think I may use this sketch shortly myself. If you do make a layout, it would be lovely to see your work, do drop me a line and I'm happy to post a picture of it on here.
Posted by SundayL at 5:56 pm
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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Monday, March 17, 2008
So this is the final post regarding the use of paint... in this case acrylics... on your layouts.
The page pictured here is of a 15 minute page! Literally... I took 15 minutes to make this layout. I have to admit it is nothing special, but the idea was to make a quick page ready for a "Daddy and Daughter" picture - of which there will be many!
The circles have been stencilled through the cardboard set of holes (pictured below). This was the "left-overs" from a new children's board game... it is from where the round counters for the game were pressed out.
The title was created by stippling paint through a normal plastic lettering stencil (also pictured below) and the ruler edge of the letter stencil was used to create the two stippled lines .
The rest is ripped paper and a couple of lines of ribbon.
The white space of course, is just to show where the photograph will go eventually.
Posted by SundayL at 9:53 pm
Sunday, March 16, 2008
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Saturday, March 15, 2008
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Friday, March 14, 2008
Well I have finished the "No Taste" page. Just haven't got around to taking a photo yet for you all because I have been carrying on with prep for the crop tomorrow!
However, I will upload it asap!
Just finished a page which is just a piece of bazzill cardstock with acrylic stamped, dry brushed and painted onto to it! The only other thing on it is some ribbon and the photo!
Yep... will upload that asap too!
Posted by SundayL at 11:14 pm
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I am currently creating a layout using a masking technique. That is the subject of my next demonstration at Scrapbuddies.
The theme was inspired by a scrapbooker known as Scrapperlicious! And here is a link to the item about the masking technique.
My page is a vague scraplift of the one shown. The finished page is in her "baby gallery" entitled "Inside".
The route to all this was via a team member on UKS who posted a link to Scrapperlicious' site because she admired all the lovely scrapbooking layouts. I believe she was just browsing around at the time. Funny how we end up in places or with things that are useful to us eh?!
What is my layout about..? it's about the tasteful decoration with which I adorned my car (during the 90s). And the words you can't quite make out on the boot of the car (also on the bonnet!) ...
"Why Not!" Something for all your Barry Norman fans out there! (That joke will probably only work in the UK!) LOL!
So tasteful! You could see me coming for miles! Best theft deterrent there is too! I never needed to lock my car in those days... who was going to steal that!!!!!!
Posted by SundayL at 7:31 pm
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I bought some material today for the purposes of a background for some photography. Whilst I was at the material shop I noticed some small packs of meterial collections.
They were colour co-ordinated into blues or pinks or reds, etc and the pieces were about 12" square.
They reminded me of complimentery patterned scrapbooking paper! I asked what people usually buy the packs for and the answer was that a lot of children buy the packs! Some make dolls clothes and some people start patchwork in a small way by making say, a cushion cover! I think it was news to the shopkeeper that I was planning to use the material for scrapbooking!
Anyway, I bought two packs! So I will now have to get out the sewing machine to make some scrapbooking layouts!
Posted by SundayL at 6:44 pm
Monday, March 10, 2008
Now we all need to use quotes every so often on our layouts. Most of us just use the ones we have stickers already for.
But of course the collections of quotes you have bought from shops limits you somewhat. And who is to say that you have to use pre-printed quotes... you can even hand write quotes onto your layouts.
So... there are websites out there that cater for your every need! And best of all they are often free resources.
The Quote Garden for instance has all it's collection of quotes in a nice neat order under subject headings, just click on a heading and choose away!
The following quote I have copied and pasted from the site under the section entitled "Art"...
Posted by SundayL at 7:48 pm
Sunday, March 09, 2008
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Saturday, March 08, 2008
It seems to be cards, cards, cards this week!
I have just completed a Speed Scrap - Scraplift Challenge (that was a mouth full!), but can't post it here till I know whether I can post it in my gallery at UKScrappers.
So in the meantime, I have made another card, the recipient hasn't seen it yet, but if she does come on here in the meantime, she won't know it's for her till she recieves it in the post... right!
Anyway, it's made from the Scribble colouring I created when doing some colouring with my daughter last Sunday... I wrote about it here.
I managed to make 2 A6 size cards from that one drawing! good eh?! So just added a few bits of ribbon and some buttons.
Posted by SundayL at 11:39 pm
Friday, March 07, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 8:59 pm
Thursday, March 06, 2008
I spoke recently of using photographs on cards. This personalises the card specific to the person receiving it and can be nicer than just patterned paper and embellishments alone.
Well here is my 2008 Mother's Day card.
It's ok, I rang my mum today to make sure she had received it by now, to which she said she had and thank you!
I said that the reason I was asking was because I wanted to post a picture of it on my blog.
She gasped and said, "oh not you're not going to put in on there!"
For a moment I thought she meant that it wasn't good enough to be published, but then I realised that it wasn't about that at all, but was in fact about the fact that her photograph is on it!
She reckoned that my picture should have been the big one and her's smaller, but I explained that the card was about her... as my mum... so her picture was supposed to be biggest!
The didn't think it was a nice picture of herself. I disagree! I have fiddled with it in Photoshop Elements, as I did mine mostly to the drain the colour from mine.
The background paper by the way, is from Basic Grey, and so is the tag. And I did actually have to hand stitch all those buttons! But I did all that onto the background paper and when it was all done, I then adhered it to my card base.
My mum has always been an attractive lady and I believe remains so, if only she thought that too!
Posted by SundayL at 6:06 pm
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
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Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 2:20 pm
Monday, March 03, 2008
This is a set of unmounted stamps available from Sunday International !!!
Have you gone global? .. you ask me. (For those new to this blog, my name is Sunday!) Well no, just stumbled across the site from another and another one before that... you know how it goes, right?
Anyway, it amazes me how photographic some stamps are nowadays. The production technology is so advanced now that there are just some simply stunning stamps out there.
I particularly like unmounted stamps, which these are, but I do actually prefer the clear acrylic ones because you can see through them for easy placement. And of course the unmounted ones are a lot cheaper than the mounted ones, and I think the ready mounted on maple wood-type stamps will be a thing of the past soon.
Anyway the reason for showing you this set particularly is that it is a collection of nudes! Naked women.
I have always said that I would much rather look at a woman's naked body than a man's, and the history of Art all over the world proves my point. We women (sorry any male readers!) are a pleasing form (there are some exceptions of course and in both directions if you get my meaning!).
But... where are the beautiful male nudes, eh? When will someone be brave enough to bring out a collection of stamps depicting tasteful male nudes, that's what I want to know?
Posted by SundayL at 10:18 pm
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Well I had a fairly nice day... only fairly because I still had to sort the lunch and dinner, but it was good! My husband took my daughter to a play place for a few hours so that I could have some peace and quiet, which was nice of him.
Posted by SundayL at 10:11 pm
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 11:29 pm