Wednesday, 6 February 2013

I found a challenge blog...

... today via a very friendly group of Stampin Up demonstrators that I have just joined.  The blog is called "Mojo Monday" and it offers a sketch every week for a card or scrapbook page, that you can upload if you want to share it.  Here is this week's sketch:

Now, I saw some really pretty cards like this one that I really love made from the sketch and that's where my thinking started: Sepia print of an old relative from the family photo album, a few bits of lace, some distressed and faded floral prints, lovely!  But while looking through some ancient family photos, I came across a very old and fuzzy photo of my Grandad when he was away in the war.  He looks so young; my Dad, their first baby, was only 1, and Grandad was away for five years with only a fortnight's home leave.  I suddenly felt very grateful to him and sorry that he had to go through all that fear and sadness.  I've only realised just now as I write this that what I have ended up making for him is a scrapbook "medal".   Hope you like it...



I turned the sketch to vertical in order to be able to have the framed oval photo.  I cut an oval frame from some gold card using the SU embossing folder and cut to photo to go inside it with the oval punch.  I used "chocolate chip" coloured touches - the ribbon, the branches, polka dot designer paper, to embellish it and inked all the paper edges to hold it together a bit. I used the letter text background paper as I liked the thought of him writing home, although I have never seen one of his letters from this period.  Sorry about the shadow in the bottom right, it's because I'm too impatient to wait for good light at the weekend!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Project Linus #2...

...following on from my previous post on project Linus, there are two more beautiful fat quarter bundles which have just come out in the new Stampin Up Spring Catalogue and been added to the fabric range:



The More Amore text fabric is my favourite, but the whole More Amore suite is so lovely, I want it all!  See the whole catalogue here.   My previous offer still applies - I will discount my commission if you wish to order this fabric for a Linus quilt.  These fabrics may only be available for a limited period.

This is funny...

...Please forgive me if you visited today expecting some craftiness, but this has really made me laugh today and I thought I'd share it: