Thursday, 21 February 2008

Deco page in Ria's book

It was very exciting to receive the first deco book in the post this Monday. It was Ria's book from Holland and had already been elswhere in England before coming to me. I had to use another shining stones background as I'm addicted to making these! I also used one of my altered Photoshop photos. It looks even better in the flesh so I hope Ria likes it.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Deco book

I have joined a deco (decorated) book round robin on Next Generation Stampers Yahoo group. The book gets sent to someone else on the list who decorated pages then sends it on to someone else on the list. Eventually when the last page is complete it gets sent back to me.
I made a 4" square book using the instructions for the mini-album elsewhere on my blog. I covered the covers with gold wrapping paper before using some of the shining stones backgrounds on top. I decided to add an altered photo of myself so that those receiving it would know what I looked like. I also found a great quote in the introduction of an old encyclopaedia I am 'recycling'. Inside I have included a sign in page and a map where I can add locations when the book returns to me.

Monday, 11 February 2008

backgrounds sketchbook - shining stones

On the Next Generation Stampers Yahoo group, Trish Bee is showing us lots of background techniques and suggested we record the techniques in a sketchbook. This is the first technqiue I tried and I have finally put it into a sketchbook. Actually it's the only technique I have tried so far as I keep making more of them and trying different possibilities, like using pearlescent paper rather than glossy photo paper etc.

ATC holder swap

I made this ATC holder as part of a swap on CCSwaps. It will be heading off shortly to Linda in Idaho, USA. I used the mini album instructions (see my blog entry for 22nd November 2007), however I started with a piece of paper 16" square. I stuck ATC clear pockets on each page so it will hold 14 ATCs (It should have held 16 ATCs but I made a mistake when glueing the pages together so had to cut one page off!). I used some of my shining stones backgrounds on the bottle tops.

My Fruit

You Are a Strawberry

You are friendly, outgoing, and well liked by many people.
You are popular, but there's nothing ordinary or average about you.

You are a very interesting person, and you have many facets to your personality.
Sometimes you feel very conflicted. Your different sides of your personality pull at you.

You are a very sensual and passionate person. You are fiery... you can't help it.
In general, you keep your passionate side under wraps. You are only wild in private.

My colour

You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts any strange habits you may have.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Valentine Countdown

Thanks to Lisa Vollrath for the Valentine Countdown at Visit the site to find out more.

Saturday, 2 February 2008


I thought I'd have a go at some bird collages for another possible swap.


I have been playing with Photoshop and experimenting with blending modes. I used a photo which I had taken at my birthday party of my friend's little girl, Tahlia. She is so cute, I had to add wings! I also used one of my shining stones scans in the background.

Instant art

I have recently made some 'instant art' for a swap on CCSwaps. The idea is that these items can be used in other projects you make. These items are ready made so can add speed to any project.

I sent 5 decorated side mounts (I love making these)

Also 5 decorated tags. I had great fun making a variety of backgrounds, including shining stone.

Also 5 little beauties. These are 1.5" x 2" and can be used a card toppers or on ATCs.

I also sent 5 ATC backgrounds. I again had a go at the shining stone technique but used pearlescent card instead of glossy paper. This has an overall sparkle to it which I love.