Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Scrapology - September Card Challenge

This month's card challenge on Scrapology has been set by design team member Sheena. Sheena set the theme NEW BEGINNING

I decided to make a New Home card for my niece and her husband.

I cut a house shaped card (using a cutting file for the Craft Robo found in the Silhouette Studio) from Bazzill cardstock and paper from October Afternoon's 'Fly a Kite' collection and added flat backed gems and letter stickers to embellish it .

The rest of the design teams cards and full details of the challenge can be found at Scrapology.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

2013 Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt

This summer (particularly whilst on holiday last month in the Isle of Wight) I've been taking part in a Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt devised by Rinda on her blog Gallo Organico

The 21 items on Rinda's blog were to be photographed by 21 September so as we are nearly there I thought now would be a good time to post my photos (no apologies for a photo heavy blog post!). Without further ado, heres my photos so far:

1.   Open air market - Part of the Cowes Food Show showcasing lsle of Wight local food and drink producers

2.   Theatre for performing arts (not a movie theatre) A sundial (substitute) - Sundial at Victoria Fort, Isle of Wight

3.   City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building - Cowes Harbour Commission building (I hope this counts as a civic building)

4.   Airplane - The Red Arrows at the close of Cowes Week

5.   A sunset - Cowes

6.   Someone or something taking a nap - A very snoozy owl having a nap at The Owl & Monkey Haven, Newport, Isle of Wight

7.   A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny - outside a pub in Cowes

8.   A tower - Appley Tower, Ryde, Isle of Wight

9.   A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong - a lost/found mushroom (lip gloss) on the beach at Bembridge. 

10.  A bench that is outsideThe bench at Osborne House in memory of John Brown the Scottish personal servant and favourite of Queen Victoria for many years.

11.  An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc. - Hungry little marmoset having his lunch. at The Owl & Monkey Haven, Newport, Isle of Wight

13.  A fence - Fence at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.

14.  A stained glass object or a mosaicPart of a mosaic detailing the history of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, from its foundation in 1135 to the more-or-less present day, situated along the alleyway leading to the castle.

15.  A fire truck or police car - Ride on Trumpton Fire Brigade Engine on Sandown Pier.

16.  A windmill - Bembridge Windmill, Isle of Wight. The only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight

18.  Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop - Our local pub, The Crown.

19.  A fisherman - Fisherman at Victoria Fort, Isle of Wight.

20. A dinosaur - Wooden model made by my daughter.

I still have a few more photos to find, but hopefully I'll get these photo taken this week:

12.  A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see)
17.  Candle(s)
21.  A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply

NB Unfortunately I didn't manage to photograph the remaining items. 

Summer Holiday Crafts - Day 11

Our final craft project of the summer holiday was inspired by a post Paper Craft Panet (via Pinterest) 

Lara decorated clothes pegs with pinwheels (windmills).

First Lara painted pegs with acrylic paint and then decorated these with pinwheels from 2-1/2 inch square pieces of double sided patterned paper and buttons. 

Perfect for keeping school work, etc all together.

Summer Holiday Crafts - Day 10

I'm a couple of weeks late posting the last few Summer Holiday Craft projects but better late than never.

Our Day 10 project came from Punkin Patterns blog (via Pinterest). On Punkin Patterns Vanessa Lynch made a cute purse from a couple of sweetie packets. Lara loves Rowntrees Randoms so we used Randoms packets.

The first job was to buy a couple of packets if Randoms and eat the contents. Easy! 

Next we turned the empty sweet packets over and Carefully remove the backs with a pair of scissors leaving the top piece fully intact.

We then Cut two pieces of Vilene Lamifix (iron-on transparent film) slightly larger than the sweet packets and very carefully following the instruction for using the Vilene ironed this onto the front of the sweet packets.

We then trimmed the surplus Vilene from the edges of the sweet packets.

Next we cut two pieces of fabric the same size as the sweet packets.

The edge of a zip was then sandwiched between the edges of the sweet wrappers and the fabric and stitched.

After this we folded the purse so the the lining was touching and the wrappers were touching and sewed all round the edges leaving a fairly large section unstitched on the lining for turning. The purse was then turned and the opening in the lining stitched up by hand.

And voila! The finished purse.