Monday, June 07, 2010

Hmmmm despite my best intentions I am still no good at the whole keeping the blog up to date lark! Must try harder!

Well........I have finished my degree! Hurrah me! My results should be out in the next three weeks, and, providing I pass, graduation is in July! Fingers crossed! It would be a bit of a bummer to have worked so hard for three years, gain my QTS (qualified teacher status) and then fail the degree at the last hurdle :P I have applied for a job too...yes "a" job......just there are very few teaching jobs coming up in the South Wales area, unless you're looking to be a head teacher. Nope, not quite there yet ;) Would be nice to at least get an interview just for the whole experience, but with the number of applicants they receive for every post around here I'm not expecting too much.

So time to share with you what I did with the last kit I worked with for Sarah's Cards...and maybe a little sneak peak of the fun I had with the June kit too :) Cos I'm a tease like that ;)

The yummy glitzy foiled paper in the kit was a perfect base for a picture of my sister and I at a recent wedding, taken by my mum. It took her about 100 shots to get this bless her, she finds my "big camera" a bit fandangled!! I created a simple mat for the photo and my title using both sides of the Bloom paper, adding some of the beautiful glossy Hambly rubons along the edge of the turquoise side and trimming it to follow their contour. Glossy Hambly rub-ons how I love thee!! Ditto the Pink Paislee artisan tape. There was plenty of flowers and butterflies on the papers to indulge in a bit of hand cutting too! Overall it's quite a simple page for my usual style, but I think it works :)

*edited to add: ok, so I thought, for once, uploading pics from Photobucket would be quicker than doing it from my hard drive. Yeah it was quicker...but photobucket's gone on some crazy re-sizing rampage despite me having been back in and reset my photos about 100 I appologise for the crazy giant half shots...if you wanna see the full pics click on em and view em over at shite bucket...I mean photobucket ;) xxx*




Whilst moving back to my mums last year, Millie escaped in transit, and we haven't seen her since :( so it felt fitting to make a page in tribute to her. I wanted the page to have a cosy, home-spun feel to it, so did so by using a combination of machine stitching and the Hambly rubon stitching in the pack. I inked and distressed the edges of the papers to give them a worn, comfy feel.



I enjoyed having a play about to create those layered butterfly embellies for my page. I cut four butterflies from the Flutter paper, two intricate designs and two plain. On the larger intricate butterfly, I used a craft knife to remove the white areas, creating a delicate lace effect. I ran the two plain butterflies through a polka dot embossing folder to add texture before layering them in pairs and embellishing with an adhesive pearl.



I added even more texture to my page by ruching the lace on a mat of rippled cardstock, which I sanded back to again give a worn, shabby feel. Oooh gorra love texture :)


My last page was using a this picture taken of my niece at a recent wedding and the shimmery Mod paper in the kit was just perfect for it as the grey background and bold motifs matched her pretty dress perfectly. The paper was gorgeous but very busy, so I wanted to let it show, so went lightly on the embellishments to balance the design. The Pink Paislee tape was perfect for creating a “barely there” mat for my title. eee love that tape!




So.....what goodies lie in store with June's kit?! I can tell you that it's yum...check it out for yourself here... :)


Thanks for stopping by :) xxx


Gemma* said...

now you're making me feel guilty for not updating my blog for ages . . .

Love the stitched LOs . . . really must learn how to use the sewing machine :)

Gems said...

Gorgeous layouts girly :o) And don't you be worrying your pretty little head about your exams, no doubt you will have rocked them like you have all of the others! xxx

Caroline and Jayne said...

Firstly congrats xxx
Good luck with the job application x Loving the projects and the colours used x

Emma said...


First of all I absolutely love your work. Such a clever mix of paper and stitching on this. Secondly I can't believe your from Swansea! me too!!! (well Morriston near Swansea).

Thanks for the inspiration :D

許百美 said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

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