Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Challenge

This is my furry boy, Dave.
At the end of March he was tragically hit by a vehicle and killed.
A few days later, Artfull Crafts put up their April Challenge : Furry Friends. Perfect timing.
I pulled out this photo that I have been wanting to scrap for a few months, and got to work. I love how it turned out. This is exactly how I want to remember him - on the farm, taking in the morning sun. It is sad that he is no longer with us, but I have so many wonderful memories of the more than 14 years that he was.
Here is the full layout:
 And some detailed shots:
Layout is made entirely with the Crate Paper "Maggie Holmes" collection, and some trims I found in my stash.
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Wow, it's April already...

I have been really slack with blogging this year. Last year I set myself a goal of doing (at least) one blog post each week, and I did. I think this is my third for the year! There have been big changes in my life, and those changes mean I have much less time for myself. So the time I do get I like to actually spend crafting, not blogging!
So here is a quick glance at some of the projects I have done so far this year:
Thank you for stopping by.
Jessica T

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

February Sketch Challenge

Well it's been weeks since I did my last blog post, and even longer since I participated in a challenge!
Life has changed a lot in the last few weeks. I haven't had a lot of craft time, but have been doing the odd layout from time to time. I decided it was about time I did a challenge.
I am playing along with the Artfull Crafts February Challenge today. Here is the sketch:
And here is my take on it:
 I tried something a bit different with this layout. I started with a piece of plain pink paper, then I added pieces of pink patterned paper, and then a piece of pink fabric paper (a bunch of flowers was wrapped in it) over the top. I stitched the edges, and a whole bunch of circles on the bottom right (as per the sketch). Then added my photo, title and journal card on top.
I added some other colours so it wasn't all pink! And a whole lot of stitching.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look!
Jessica T

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

January 2014

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year period, that you were able to spend time with family and friends, and perhaps even take a short - or long - holiday.
And now 2014 is upon us. Three weeks in and boy has it been a crazy year so far. So, so crazy. Busy. Stressful. Tiring. But good at the same time.
And I have had a couple of spare hours each week to throw together some crafts.
Here a two cards for some little girls celebrating their first birthdays :-)
 I know this photo isn't brilliant, but the rest are okay!

Back on January 1st Heidi Swapp shared this image on her facebook page:
(it's a wall paper for a mobile device - with a white background, hence why it is so long).
I downloaded it, put it as my wall paper on my phone, and have tried to follow it, everyday. Life has been throwing me some lemons lately, and I have to make a conscious choice to Choose Happy. And having this as a visual reminder every time I open my phone is brilliant.

Another thing a lot of people in the crafting community like to do is choose 'One Little Word' (started by Ali Edwards). When I first heard of it I thought it was silly. How could One Little Word make any difference, then my opinion slowly started to change. Over a few days I thought 'what word would I choose?' Lots of people said they didn't choose their word, it chose them. And that pretty much what happened to me. Do. Yip, that's my One Little Word.


Do it. Just do it. Go for it. Give it a go.
Do more. Stop procrastinating. Get it done. Fit it in.
And so on.

So between 'Choose Happy' and 'Do', I feel 2014 is going to be my year. Finally a good year for me. And it has started off really well.
Thanks for stopping by,
Jessica T

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year

I would like to thank everyone who has stopped by my blog this year, and especially those who have left comments.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, and that you all have a wonderful and safe New Years!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Week 51 - Christmas Gift Bag

It is such a busy time of year, I figure my crafts might as well be helping tick things off my really long list!
This weeks project is another gift wrapping one, and this week was a gift bag.
I started with a plain brown paper bag (it does have handles, but they wont stand up on their own for a photo) and got busy with my scrapbook supplies.
I began by choosing a large (8 x 10 inch) piece of patterned paper and added lots of layers on top, which are all sewn together.
It is topped off with a Christmas sentiment. Super quick and easy. And the recipient can re-use next year, as I didn't add anything personal to it!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hopefully I will have something to show next week - although I just ran out of ink in my printer, and I'm not sure I could get a replacement very quickly at this time of year! I'll have to see what I can do.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Week 50 - Christmas Layout

So we have just finished week 50 of 2013! Gosh this year is coming to a close quickly. And boy how busy it has been these last few weeks - but I did manage to squeeze in some craft time in the last couple of days.
Each year I do a Christmas photo of my son to include with my Christmas cards, and this year I had plenty of really gorgeous photos. So I printed one to scrap and that is what I have to show you today.
 The wonky heart really bugs me, but once you've poked the holes in your photo you're committed!
I didn't embellish because I feel it would be too overwhelming - with the mist, the machine stitching, the glitter alphas, and most of all with the patterned papers.

But I think it's gorgeous - any layout featuring this Christmas Delight would be :-)
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Week 49 - Gift wrapping using inexpensive supplies

We have all seen those beautifully wrapped packages, but the supplies used aren't cheap. Here in NZ buying plain kraft paper is really expensive. Not to mention all the embellishments added to the package. And I want to spend my budgeted money on the gifts, not the gift wrapping.
The cheapest wrap is actually highly patterned paper, rather than plain. But it can still be dressed up in a nice way, by simply using ribbons. If you're anything like me, you have a ton of different ribbons - bought for crafting, acquired from gift packaging, etc. Even if you don't have heaps of ribbons, or don't have long lengths, you can still make a package look pretty rather than plain.
 This package is wrapped in highly patterned and coloured paper, then wrapped with two co-ordinating ribbons that are layered, and topped off with a bow (that has long ribbons so is layered on top of the other two ribbons).
It has gone from boring and tacky to gorgeous, with very inexpensive ribbons.
This one is a birthday gift for my nephews first birthday. I didn't have any patterned paper, but I still wanted it to look like it was for a baby boy. I didn't have long lengths of ribbon to match this package, so I just did it around one corner.
I layered it with blue and silver ribbons, and a silver bow.  Gorgeous. This would also be beautiful for someone older - simply swap out the alphabet ribbon. Or for a girl - change the blue ribbons to pink or purple.
Thanks for stopping by.
Jessica T