Guest Blogger..Lyric Mini Album by Lou FuFu

I got the Prima Lyric Collection off Kate the last time I saw her and knew immediately it was screaming to be made into an album. I went out on a limb because first it was an A4 pad which I wasn’t used to and it was very floral! Having a boy I tend to stay away from floral patterns but I needed to release the inner girly floral for this album!

 Using a design for a mini album from Angelwings on Youtube, which seemed easy enough and wasn’t 20 parts long like my last album I flew through the basic design. I have to say I really did enjoy making this because I premade the album first and then the next day cut the paper to size and inked it, that’s where I usually start to loose patience but which the gorgeous paper it made it easy to match up.
Here’s a video of the album before I stuck the photos in. Prima Lyric Mini Album   Excuse the shakey hands but couldn’t find a stand low enough to catch the detail of the pages and the music was added because I had a two year old under my chair giggling his heart out with the dog so I had to cover it up! When adding the photo’s I actually found that by adding a hinge on the photos I could add double the amount so they folded out on flaps over each other.
 All this is for a craft basket for my sisters birthday who shamed me in giving me the most awesome hand crafted items in a basket for my birthday, I’ve posted all the items I made for her on my blog but the final dash is on to see what else I can shove into it before her birthday comes up!
Thanks for looking and I hope it inspires you to make something today,
Lou x

A Little Christmas Project……

Hi Everyone,
apologies for not blogging in a couple of weeks, lots of things happening in the family didn’t allow time for blogging 😦
I want to wish everyone a wonderful day today and lots of festive fun; Peace, Joy and lots of crafting time in 2013!
If you are like me, you will find you have some time on your hands over the next two weeks (kids happily playing with their new toys / gadgets), leftovers in vogue and everyone is in holiday mode :-).  Anne and I are planning on having some creative fun and of course i will blog about it.  To get us started the lovely Anne has made a gorgeous Christmas Tag (tutorial below) and I have also attached some other pics to get the creative juices flowing.  As you know tags are a great way to express your creativity and the finished pieces look great on a card, in a frame, hanging from a light fitting (or Christmas tree) or as a gift tag!
Merry Christmas and keep an eye out for our next project,
Kate and Anne x
Christmas Tag
Christmas Tag Tutorial 2012
Tim Holtz didn’t do his 12 Tags of Christmas this year but he has all his previous years Christmas tags archived on his blog. They are a great source of inspiration and the following Christmas Tag Tutorial uses some of my favourite of Tim’s techniques.
-Start by die cutting one of TH’s Holiday Ornament from chipboard or mountboard. Paint this with a thick layer of Brushed Pewter Crackle paint and leave to dry. (It took almost 5 hours for the paint to dry and ‘crackle’ so do this well in advance.)
-Cut a tag (18cms by 9 cms) from a sheet of cream cardstock. Spray with water and colour with China Blue and Stormy Sky Distress Stains. Dry with a heat gun and stick a few layers of Washi Tape along the bottom edge.
-Stamp the crackle stamp from the Tim Holtz ‘Joyful Song’ stamp set all over the tag with the Snowcap Paint Dauber. (Clean your stamp immediately.) Repeat stamp the music stamp (from the same set) over sections of the tag using Coffee Archival Ink.
-Using the Tim Holtz Vintage Lace die, cut a lace strip from gold mirror card. Glue to the bottom of the tag using Glossy Accents. Emboss the whole tag with a flourish embossing folder. Blend Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edge of the tag and lightly rub a Stazon Timber Brown Ink Pad over the tag to highlight the embossed areas.(You can use Walnut Distress Ink for this step but the parts of the tag covered in washi tape don’t take the ink.)
-When your holiday ornament is dry and crackled, colour it with alcohol inks using Red Pepper and Watermelon with a hint of Raspberry. Glue it to your tag. The Brushed Pewter paint and alcohol ink gives a fantastic effect, like shattered stained glass.
-Colour a strip of cream cardstock with the China Blue Distress Stain and cut out the word ‘rejoice’ using Tim Holtzs ‘Once Upon A Time’ die. Glue to the ornament. Using Barn Door Distress Stain and the Tim Holtzs ‘Alphabetical’ die, cut the words ‘in the season‘. Glue to the tag and add red stickles to some letters.
-Use a white pen to create a snow effect on your tag. When dry, go over snow with Crystal stickles. Add red gems, a metal embellishment, some ribbon and fibres and your tag is finished.
Anne x
Tag_Feb2012 tim tag day 8

Check out these Mini Album’s!

Greetings to all you bloggers out there from a sunny west coast of Ireland! 🙂 (over my house anyway lol!)

My apologies for not blogging lately but our house has been under a tummy bug attack for the last two weeks, so I havn’t had much time (or energy) to do the things I love.  But Yippee! Entire household is back to normal and school starts next week, so expect a few blog posts and some crafing tips!

To whet your appetite, the very talented Anne Mullan created these two beautiful albums that she kindly allowed me to share with you in these you tube videos, so check them out!

And for those of you who are attending Finnabair’s workshop in Newbridge this weekend, I am all packed (well nearly packed lol!) and am really looking forward to getting to meet you all and to share Anna’s creativity

Roll on Saturday Yahoo!!

Keep creating

Kate x