Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Puddle Season

I recently joined the design team at Twilight Crafts for a three month term, and today I'm sharing my first creation for them, featuring the umbrella cut-file from Jenny Wren Cut-Files. 

My photo's an old one of my nephew which I've scrapped before but my old page makes me cringe whenever I see it, so it was time for a re-do.

I chose papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Daydream collection for my  new page and paired them with puffy stickers from their newer These Days collection as the colours and patterns are very similar.


I don't have any ephemera from either collection but I was able to cut the rainbow and the flower clusters from two 12x12 papers.

Supplies
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Cocoa Vanilla Studio Daydream
Letters - KaiserCraft
Puffy Stickers - Cocoa Vanilla Studio
Enamel Dots - Echo Park?
Mist - Cosmic Shimmer

Tools
Silhouette Portrait


Sunday, 17 October 2021

Whiten Head

Whiten Head wasn't on our list of scenic cruising but we were glad we were on deck as we passed as the cliffs, cave and sea stacks were worth seeing. 

I printed a couple of photos, matted them together and layered them over a column of paper strips, which ties in with this month's challenge from Hey Little Magpie.


I built an embellishment cluster to the right of the photos, based around a filmstrip die-cut, and placed my title (cut on the Silhouette) above it. The way the words fitted together left some open space which I filled with some ephemera pieces.

Supplies
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Anywhere, 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Collectors Edition
Ephemera - 49 & Market
Gems - Simply Creative
Ink - Ranger

Tools
Silhouette Portrait
Big Shot
Spellbinders Circle Die
Little B Arrow Die


Thursday, 14 October 2021

Fireworks Birthday Card

It's my nephew's 18th birthday today, and I initially struggled with his card. I pushed a few design ideas around but nothing that I was happy with. Eventually I did what I should have done in the first place, and turned to the Sketch-n-Scrap blog.

This was their first sketch for World Cardmaking Day and I paired it with Echo Park's Magical Adventure 2 6x6 pad. This collection is Disney-themed but the b-sides are more versatile and the pad provided me with a set of co-ordinating papers. I based the card around the fireworks paper as being suitably celebratory.



Sunday, 10 October 2021

The Old Man of Hoy

Up until now I've been scrappping our cruise in order, but our first piece of scenic cruising was Duncansby Sea Stacks, and I missed printing one of the photos I want for that page so I'm skipping over it for now.

The second sight should have been The Needle, on the coast of the island of Hoy, but that was lost in the mist, which brings us to the Old Man of Hoy, one of the tallest sea stacks in the UK and the subject of this page. It was still misty so the Old Man wasn't easy to see, but the photos have printed quite dark and less distinct than they are on my screen. I've scrapped what I have, but also lightened them for reprinting in the next batch of photos I order, and I'll swap the prints over later.

I started off using one of last month's sketches from Sketch-n-Scrap as it had the two photo sizes I'd printed and the tags at the top tie in with the tags on the last page I made. However, I flipped it horizontally and then played about with the paper layers and moved the title so it wasn't a close likeness by the time I'd finished.

This is the first page where I've used a paper other than those I chose from 49 & Market; the brown map is from Heidi Swapp, but I think it's a good match for the colours and prints of Vintage Artistry Anywhere.


Supplies
Paper - 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Anywhere, 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Sage, Heidi Swapp Wanderlust
Letters - Pinkfresh Studio
Ephemera - 49 & Market
Puffy Hearts - Unknown
Gems - Papermania, Love to Craft
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's

Tools
Silhouette Portrait

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Welcome Aboard

Next page for my cruise album and the photo's from the evening of our first full day, which was a formal dinner. There would normally have been a 'Welcome Aboard' cocktail party first; covid cancelled that but I still used the phrase for my title.

I used a sketch by Lisa Sikorski from her new Scrap a Sketch group on Facebook, but played with the size and positioning of the paper layers to suit my shorter tags, cut with my favourite tag die. 



Supplies
Paper - 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Collectors Edition, 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Anywhere
Ephemera - 49 & Narket
Glitter Tape - The Works
Stars - Unknown
Gems - Love to Craft
Ink - Memento
Mist - Mister Huey's

Tools
Silhouette Portrait
Big Shot & Dovecraft Tag Die


Monday, 4 October 2021

Goodbye Dover

I chose the title of this page to reflect that of the last one (Hello Bolette) and they will sit opposite each other in the album. 

I chose a couple of photos for our departure from Dover and matted them together over band of map print paper from the 6x8 pack which I cut and stretched. I ran a branding strip above it and tore a plain strip to go below it.

I'd already earmarked the pink 'Away We Go' piece for this page and I built a cluster of ephemera for it to sit in (including a pair of suitcases which I'd originally thought would be too big to use). That was the only pink apart from the background at that point, so I added the three die-cut arrows and also used it for the main word of my title which gave a better balance to the page.

There's no journalling for once as there was really nothing to say.

Supplies
Paper - 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Anywhere, 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Coral
Ephemera - 49 & Market
Star Gems - Papermania
Ink - Memento
Mist - Mister Huey's

Tools
Silhouette Portrait
Big Shot
The Works Alphabet Dies
Little B Arrow Die
Dovecraft Label Die



Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Hello Bolette

I very rarely create pages on both sides of a paper these days, but those from 49 & Market are impressively thick, heavier weight than many brands of cardstock, so I didn't hesitate when I noticed that the back of the last page would make a good basis for the next.

This one's an introduction to the ship we cruised on, Fred. Olsen's Bolette which was previously Holland America's Amsterdam and had been refurbished during the cruising shutdown. We sailed on her second voyage and it's unlikely to be the last; we greatly prefer her to Boudicca, the ship she replaced.


I took both photos from atop the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the ship and one of the whole harbour. It's actually quite hard to see Bolette in the bottom photo so I added a small vellum sticker with an arrow pointing at her. I double-matted my pair of photos, with the back layer offset to hold a column of ephemera pieces.

I cut the word 'Bolette' on my Silhouette, and gave it an offset for increased stability as I layered it over the bottom photo. The word 'Hello' gave me more trouble as placing it horizontally gave me trapped space between the two words. I tried a few sizes and fonts of letter stickers before realising that I could curve the word around the 'l' in Bolette.

Supplies
Paper - 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Sky/Coral, 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Anywhere
Letters - Heidi Swapp
Ephemera - 49 & Market
Sticker - Studio Calico
Glitter Tape - The Works
Gems - Love to Craft
Ink - Memento

Tools
Silhouette Portrait