Tuesday, 28 April 2009

My Minds Eye

This is the last layout I have to show you from the retreat...the papers are MME French Flea market and the class was taught by Suzanne Torr. I think this is probably my favourite from the weekend. I love the torn look that is so popualr at the moment and those pearls and sequins are sewn on.

Friday, 24 April 2009


Forgot I have two other layouts from the retreat to post. Todays one involves heat embossing acetate. Wehad an array of stamps to choose from and with a Versamark ink pad we stamped the image onto the acetate and the with different colour embossing powders heat set the mbossing powder with a heat gun. Then we could either leave them with a clear background or colour the backs. You can use embossing powders again or paint, pens etc whatever sticks to acetate. Fun class and great to mess about with a technique rather than concentrate on a layout. That said I am a huge Cosmo Cricket fan anyhow so I was always going to love this page. I also chanced my luck and embossed on the photograph....yikes!! it does work but you have to be careful to not hold the heat gun to close or it will damage the photo and if I did it again I would wipe my photo with an anti-static pad before I stamped and embossed. They are great little pads of powder, almost like talc, that clean the surface of your photo or card and dry any marks left by your fingers so the powder does not stick to where it is not supposed to be. If I look close I can see some specks of powder but I can live with it on this page...lol. Title has been done with American Craft chipboard thickers and the bling is from a pack of Prima flourishes. Everything we used should still be available from Mel and Jill at A trip down memory lane web site here The embossing powders we used were the new American craft Zing powder...fab colours with a pearl lustre!
Have a great weekend, hopefully the weather will hold!!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

K & Co Lotus

The layouts are from the class I taught today...I love these papers and with the grey tones in the papers go great with black and white photos.
Products used:

K & Co Lotus papers and butterfly die cuts
K & Co brads
Bazzill Reed cardstock
Bazzill Cream and Red cardstock
Flowers/lace from stash
Circuit Storybook cartridge
Heidi Swapp Adore stamp
Journaling stamp
Colorbox charcoal ink pad
Brilliance starlight black ink pad
Woodware flower punch
Distress tool
Ek Success corner punch
Prima pearl flourishes
Stampin'Up! flatback pearls from Pretties tin

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Class at Crafty Cockney

I have a class this Saturday if anybody is interested in coming along. The Kit is K&Co Amy Butler Lotus, you get patterned papers, cardstock, lace, brads,flowers and a pack of Prima pearl flourishes. We start at 10.30 and we usually end around 3 but you are free to come and go as you please. The kit also contains full instructions so you can finish off at home if you want. There are 2 layouts the first one needs a 6x4 portrait...mine is in black and white and the second layout has 1 7x5 landscape, but you could have 2 6x4 portraits. The cost of the day is £15.00 and you get free tea/coffee all day you just need to bring your lunch. I have attached some sneaky pics so you can see the colours of the papers. One of my photos is heritage and the other a recent photo of my son and his girlfriend but I will have die cutting alphabets and stamps with me so you can do whatever title you want. Please email me at Jackiedasilva@talktalk.net and let me know if you would like a place reserved for you, the Crafty Cockney is in Hullbridge...I can email directions if needed.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Basic Grey Marrakech

Another layout from the retreat, this time a class I did with Annie Hafermann. Marrakech is a fab collection of papers....its quite alot brighter and bolder than previous collections Basic Grey have brought out but I love it especially for boys and men layouts. All the papers and embellishments are from the same collection, the title has been cut out of chipboard using Ellison alphabet Go Slim and then inked with a cats eye chalk pad.
Hope you are having a great Easter!

Saturday, 11 April 2009


This layout was based on a pencil lines sketch we were given at the retreat for one of the challenges. I had these photo's of our new puppy Molly with me so I decided to use them in conjunction with some 7 gypsies cardstock stickers and papers. I dont know which range of 7 gypsies the papers are from I'm afraid. The cardstock stickers come in a huge range of titles and all the stickers on the page come from one sheet and I have tons left to use on more layouts....you can get them from the A trip down memory lane web site. The title was done with American Crafts Thickers also available from ATDML.
Have a great Easter!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Happily Everafter

I just had some finishing off to do on this page from my retreat...which I managed to do last night. This layout was a class with Anna Bowkis...I love her work and am always admiring her layouts on her blog. We used Cosmo Cricket Happily everafter papers & stickers...I think the recent lines of Cosmo Cricket are some of the best they have produced and along with My Minds Eye and Basic Grey one of my favourite scrapbook companys. I love the colours of this range, beautifully muted greys and soft lemons and orange...definitely made for wedding layouts whether heritage or modern. The flowers were hand made, easily done by cutting out circles of cardstock and distressing them with either scissors or a distressing tool, inking the edges and scrunching up the paper. The repeat again with a smaller sized circle and I added some of the lace that was leftover and brads....voila!! handmade flowers.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Song title challenge

Whilst I was away we were given some challenges to do...one of them is todays layout. We were given the singles chart for inspiration and we had to do a layout incorporating the title or artist of one of the songs. Everything on this page is from the Basic Grey Periphery range except the flowers which are from my stash and the flower brad is from Dovecraft.

Monday, 6 April 2009


Apologies for lack of blogging but I have been busy busy busy with layouts and kits I cant show yet as they are for classes and I have been away on a retreat this weekend. I can highly recommend the retreats put on by Mel and the team from A trip down memory lane. The hotel we stay at is brilliant and the food lovely and plenty of it....its just exhausting scrapping all that time...but I love it!!

I am going to be showing you what I got upto whilst I was away over the next few days.....first my canvas. This was done with the brilliant Suzanne Torr, I have never done a canvas before even though I have a stash of them waiting to be done in my cupboard. The papers are Making Memories Paper Rouge range, the smaller hearts I cut on the cricut and the title is white chipboard thickers from American Crafts.