Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Card Swap Challenge

Today I want to share with you the beautiful card that I received for the January challenge from my Card Swap Group.  The challenge was to use the shaving foam marbling technique, as well a background using an  embossing folder.  The sender of my wonderful card is the very talented Sue.  You can find more examples of her amazing work here.
The work on this card is incredibly detailed, and is truly a work of art. I hope my photos do it justice (I think they may have come out a little dark).
If you haven't tried the shaving foam technique, do try it, it's great fun.  You can find lots of videos on YouTube to show you how it's done.  Be prepared to get messy!

The final photo is of the envelope, as that was a bonus part of the challenge.  My card to Sue is already to go in the post and I will share photos with you soon.

Thanks for dropping by.  Take care

Michelle x

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Documenting December Part 3 - The Final Part

Good evening.  I hope everyone is well and has had a lovely weekend.  I was very lucky to enjoy a whole day's scrapping yesterday at my local crop, as well as spending a lot of today making some (only2) Project Life pages.
Here is the third and final part of my December album, which is from 23rd to 31st December. We had a wonderful final day of 2015 - we made a return visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.  I was particularly keen to see it decorated for Christmas, but the highlight was definitely the Hogwarts Express. I made two collage pages to document our day.  On the final page, I took time to reflect on how much I enjoyed making the album, as well as thinking ahead for the new year.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my album.  I've really enjoyed making it and I'm very proud of it.  I'm full of ideas of how I can document December 2016 - although I'm not counting down, I'm happy to wait!

Thanks for dropping by.  Take care

Michelle x

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Documenting December Part 2

Hi everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I'm taking advantage of a peaceful Sunday afternoon to catch up on things.  I had hoped to post this earlier, but that didn't happen, but here it is now :)
I hope you enjoy it.  One more part to go after this one. 

I'm planning to make a start on my Project Life today - the title page at least. I'm hoping, that given I successfully finished documenting December, I can manage 2016 - we shall see!  I've decided to just document each month, rather than week by week (my life is just not that exciting!!).

Exciting times on Tuesday.  It's the day of the sneak peeks for the scrapbook kit subscription group that I belong to - Likeforever (check out the button on the right-hand-side of the screen).  I can't recommend them highly enough.  The kits are bang up-to-date, good value, and just plain gorgeous!! Nicola, the owner, couldn't be more helpful.  Do check it out if scrapbooking is your thing.

Thanks for dropping by. 

Take care

Michelle x

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Documenting December Part 1

Happy New Year!  It's been a while I know, but hey, new year, new me??!!
I wanted to share with you the first part of my December album.  I've never started one of these before, and quite frankly, I never thought I would get beyond the first few days!  The reason for making in the first place, was to try and help me focus in December.  I find the whole Christmas thing quite difficult, trying to think of everything, all that shopping, not to mention the money aspect.  There's an awful lot of pressure to have the perfect Christmas, and it never seems to happen.  I tried to adopt the whole "just go with it" approach, and honestly, it really helped.  This Christmas was possibly the most relaxed one we've had in a long while.
So to the album.  I used a 6" x 8" Stampin' Up kraft album, along with their Hello December 2015 Project Life cards and embellishment kit.  I supplemented the papers with some of the extra papers I bought with my Like For Ever kit (Wish List - Cocoa Vanilla).  I also pulled out some Christmas themed washi tape, wood veneer snowflakes, gold glitter tape etc etc.  My colour scheme was mainly a soft mint green, blue and red with gold accents.
I also joined Shimelle Laine's Journal Your Christmas class to help with the prompts.  I didn't follow that religiously, but it gave me a good starting point.
So here's the beginning, up to and including Day 10.  Enjoy :)

I'm very pleased with how these pages turned out.  I hope you have enjoyed having a little peak.  I'll be posting Part 2 in the next couple of days.  Thanks for dropping by.  I really appreciate any comments.
Take care