Saturday, 24 December 2011

Winner of November/December Blog Candy Draw

Well the wait is over - the winner of the November/December blog candy is:
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Random numbers generated Dec 24 2011 at 9:50:11 by www.psychicscience.org

Congratulations to Jaqi - your name was chosen at random by the random number selector.  I will arrange delivery of your prize after the Christmas festivities.

Thank you to all who participated in the quiz.  All that remains is for me to wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas' and a brilliant New Year.  All the very best for 2012.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q18.

This is the final quiz question before the blog candy draw tomorrow and I would like to thank everyone for taking part and being such good sports.  This picture is not very Christmassy I must admit but it does make sense when you see what the question is for today.

Question: Which Ocean is Christmas Island in?  If you know and are the first person to answer correctly you will get 2 entries into the draw for tomorrow.  Everyone else - just leave a comment and I will enter your name in too (if you qualify).  See you tomorrow with the winner's name!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q17.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! We had plenty of the white stuff last year and just to remind you how beautiful it looks I found this picture of a lovely snow scene.  It is a bit of a clue to today's quiz question:

What is the title of the biggest selling Christmas single, globally?  The first person to leave the correct answer today will get the 2 entries into the blog candy draw.  Everyone else who leaves a comment (see rules) will get an entry also.  Not long to go now!  I hope everyone is getting suitably excited!!!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q16.

Little Robin Redbreast!  We associate this bird with Christmas and this species is popular on Christmas Cards.
Today's quiz question: In Victorian England, what people were popularly called 'robins' because of their red uniform?  If you are the first person today to leave the correct answer to this question you will get 2 entries into the blog candy draw.  Everyone else - leave a comment and I will enter your name into the draw as well (only 1 entry though!).  Another question tomorrow.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q15.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  This phrase is written in Christmas Cards and is part of a Christmas Carol.

Today's quiz question:  What is 'Merry Christmas' in another language? (e.g. French, German, Spanish etc.).  For everyone that leaves these words in a different language (please say what it is when you comment), I will give you 2 entries into the draw.   Thanks for stopping by and joining in the quiz.  Not long to go now until the draw!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q14.

The Christmas Pudding is just as important to the traditional Christmas Dinner as the turkey.

Today's quiz question: which British Monarch (born 1865, died 1936) introduced the custom of giving Christmas puddings to staff?  If you know the answer and are the first person to answer (see rules to qualify), you will get 2 entries into the blog candy draw.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q13.

They are back!  Love them or hate them those Wombles of Wimbledon have made an appearance again this Christmas with a record called 'Wombling Merry Christmas' in the charts. 
Today's quiz question: name ONE of the wombles.  There are plenty to go around, so everyone should be able to get the answer correct today.  As it is near to the draw date - everyone who leaves (a different name) of one of the wombles will get 2 entries into the draw.  Usual rules apply.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q12.

If you are a vegetarian then you won't be eating this for your lunch on Christmas Day!  I am referring to the traditional turkey with all the trimmings!
Today's quiz question: what is a baby turkey called (other than a chick)?  If you give me a correct answer (and you are first to do so), I will give you 2 entries into the draw to be held on Christmas Eve (not long to go now).  For everyone else - what will be on the menu for you on Christmas Day - the traditional turkey or something else?  Leave a comment and I will enter your name into the draw.  Usual rules apply.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q11.

A town called Christmas!  That sounds like a lovely place to live!  There is somewhere in the world (look at the map for a clue) that has 2 towns called 'Christmas'.

For today's quiz question:  Name the country (not very difficult!) and give me the names of the two states (a bit of a giveaway) that has towns called Christmas.  The first person (who qualifies) to give me the correct answer will be given 2 entries into to draw.
For everyone else - if you leave a comment on today's post I will give you an entry into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q10.

2012 is very nearly here - a matter of weeks away!  The New Year always heralds 'new starts' whether it is a New Year resolution to get fit, spend less money, buy less shoes etc., etc.

Today's quiz question: what is the New Year celebrations called in Scotland?  The person with the first correct answer will be given 2 entries into the blog candy draw (which will be drawn on Christmas Eve).  For everyone else - leave a comment on how (and where) you spend New Year and I will give you an entry into the blog candy draw.  usual rules apply to qualify for entry.  Good luck!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q9.

It has become known as the day the 'sales' start (in the UK anyhow) but it seems very unlikely that 'Boxing Day' sales will be anything especially different this year as many retailers have had to slash their prices to entice customers to buy early.
Today's quiz question: what other name is given to 'Boxing Day'?  The first correct answer will receive 2 entries into the draw for today.  For everyone else - leave a comment and let me know what is the best ever sale bargain you have ever bought?  Perhaps you don't like the January sales and keep clear of them!  Let me know and I will enter your name into the draw (if you qualify).  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q8.

Traditional or modern?  That is the question!  I am talking about Christmas Cards.  There are many different types of Christmas cards available now and here is a lovely scene of a deer in the snow, which would make a lovely card.
Traditionally, a certain 'bird' (of the feathered variety) appears on Christmas cards.  If you can give me the name of the species of this bird I will give the first person with the correct answer 2 entries into the draw for today.

For everyone else, what kind of Christmas cards do you like, traditional, modern, funny?  Leave a comment and you will receive an entry into the draw (if you qualify - see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q7.

Following on from yesterday's quiz question - real verses artificial - how many different varieties of Christmas tree are there?  For today's question:  name ONE variety of Christmas tree (there are quite a few so everyone entering should be able to name a different type).

If you identify a variety of (real) Christmas Tree I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (if you qualify - see rules).  Lets see if we can name several different species (but only one per person please).  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q6.

The debate goes on - real or artificial?  Whatever your preference Christmas Trees have been around in our society for a while now.  Who actually introduced the Christmas Tree in England?
If you know the answer to this question (and you are correct), I will give you 2 entries into the blog candy draw for today.  Usual rules apply though.  For everyone else - what is your preference - real or artificial (and why).  Leave a comment and you will qualify for 1 entry into the draw (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.  Another quiz question tomorrow.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q5.

We all send them, some are made, whilst others buy them!  I am talking about Christmas Cards - millions are sent each year, sometimes to people we see on a regular basis or to those whom we see less often.

For today's quiz question - who invented the 'commercial Christmas Card' (clue: it was in 1846).  First person to leave the correct answer will receive 2 entries into the draw for today.  For everyone else, let me know - are you a maker or a buyer?  Do you make all your own cards, just a few for those 'special' people in your life or do you go out and buy all your Christmas Cards?  If you leave a comment (and you qualify) I will enter your name into the draw.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q4.

He's behind you!  Thousands of children (and possibly adults too) will be shouting these words in theatres across the land as it's that time of year again ..... Pantomime season!
What pantomime is this iconic image from?  The first correct answer will receive an extra entry into the blog candy draw (see rules). 

For everyone else not lucky enough to get in there first - leave a comment telling me what is your favourite pantomime and why and you will get an entry into the draw also (if you qualify).  Pop back tomorrow for another question.  To be fair to everyone, the questions will appear at different times of the day!  Good luck!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q3.

Snowflakes - they are beautiful!  Isn't nature wonderful to create something so special as this!

Today's quiz question: how many sides does a snowflake have?  The first correct answer will be given an extra entry into the blog candy draw (if you qualify).  For everyone else - leave a comment on where is the best place you have ever been when it has snowed?  Back tomorrow with another question.  Bye for now.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q2.


Christmas Crackers - one tradition most people buy as they look lovely on the table on Christmas Day!  But where did they originate from?

The first person to give me the correct answer will receive an extra entry into the draw.  Have you ever made your own Christmas crackers?  If so what do you put inside them?  Leave a comment (and if you qualify) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  The draw will take place on Christmas Eve - Good Luck!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Christmas Quiz Q1.



Seeing as it's nearly Christmas I thought we could do a few quiz questions to get you in the festive mood!

From which Christmas Carol is this line from?

'Peace on earth and  mercy mild'

If you know - leave the answer in the comments box.  The first person to answer correctly will get an extra entry into the blog candy draw.  Everyone else - let me know what your favourite Christmas Carol is and I will give you 1 entry.  Thanks for stopping by.  Usual rules apply.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Count down has begun ......


It's the final 3 weeks to Christmas Day and the shops have Christmas songs playing constantly.  One of my favourites is 'Last Christmas' by Wham.  Whenever it is played I can't help but sing along to it (ever so quietly or in my head).  What Christmas song does that to you when you hear it?  Perhaps you hate them!  Leave a comment to let me know and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (to be drawn on Christmas Eve).  Best of luck!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Design Team: Pennant Hanging

Another gorgeous creation from Julia in the shape of this Christmas Pennant.Using Tando Creative chipboard  'Christmas' letters and patterned papers from Prima North Country range, she has created another beautiful decoration.


The Tando Creative letters have been embossed using red embossing powder and added to the pennants cut from Julia's Craft Robo.  She has added Prima North Country Flowers and flowers cut from off cuts of other patterned papers from the range.  Further information can be found on her blog at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com

Leave a comment on this post and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Usual rules apply.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Design Team: Advent Calendar

Yes, it's that time of year again when the Advent Calendars are out for Children (and adults too) to count down the days until Christmas.

Julia has made this gorgeous Advent Calendar by creating a 12" x 12" box that is made up of lots of smaller boxes for the construction.  I suspect many hours of work went into this fab creation!  She used Prima North Country patterned paper for the front of the calendar embellishing with flowers, snowflakes and Christmas Tree (cut from the papers).  Each box has goodies inside and can be used year on year. 
 Fab, fab project once again from the DT!

If you would like more information on this project, visit Julia's blog at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com

Thank you for stopping by.  If you leave a comment (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw, which will be drawn on 24th December (a nice little extra Christmas gift for someone).  Julia has 1 more project for you tomorrow, so don't forget to pop back then!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Design Team: Printer Tray

As part of her kit this month, Julia was given this Tando Creative Mini Printer Tray to decorate as a 'mini project'.   Instead of using as a printer tray, Julia split it up to make a photo stand.  She added extra chipboard to back two sections and used the Prima North Country patterned papers to cover and make flowers.
This is the finished creation ... stunning!

The two outer sections have inserts that can be slipped out to add photographs.  If you would like further information on how to make this project, visit Julia's blog at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com

If you leave a comment on this post (and you qualify - see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  It is the 1st December tomorrow - pop back to see what fab project Julia has created (clue: it is very apt!).  See you then.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Design Team: Autumn Collage

Jules has created this fab home decor piece she has called 'Autumn Collage'.  Using scraps of patterned paper left over from her kit (Authentique Gathering range) she adhered them to a 5" x 7" canvas board using matte multi medium.  She then got messy with several paint dabbers using Tando Creative Masks (Leaves and Sequin Waste).
This is the result ... stunning!

Jules just added some finishing touches using Authentique Gathering Excerpts, MME Rub-ons (that she used on the mini bird house) and one of the chipboard Tando Creative Birds.  You can find more information by visiting Jule's blog at www.scrappingmojo.blogspot.com

If you leave a message on this post and you qualify, I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thank you for stopping by.  Julia has some yumminess for you tomorrow.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Design Team: Christmas Cards

Although I asked the Design Team to create 'off the page' projects I did allow them to create a couple of Christmas cards!  Jaqi used the gorgeous Authentique patterned paper range to make these two lovely cards - very traditional!


Jaqi used Authentique Wonder patterned papers in Awe and Curiosity along with Bazzill Rain Forest and Ruby Slipper to create these cards.  Once again a Tando Creative scalloped nested square has been used to frame the image of Father Christmas (stamps are Jaqi's own).  She even had some Authentique Noteables left to add as sentiments!  Jaqi will have further information on how she made these cards on her blog at www.jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com

If you leave a comment on this post today I will enter your name into the draw (please see rules).  Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Twelve Days ... continued

Following on from yesterday - thank you so much to those who participated in this bit of fun!  I thought we could continue on this theme in another little game - addition!
Nothing too difficult (it is Sunday after all - a day of rest!).  For those who participated yesterday - if you take all the numbers in your part of the song and add them together - what do you get?

Obviously all the answers will be different - e.g. my part of the song was 'A partridge in a pear tree' - so my answer would be 1.  Leave your answer (and if you participated yesterday) and leave your answer today, I will give you another 2 entries into the draw.  Thanks for stopping by.  Back to normal tomorrow - another lovely creation from Jaqi!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas

I know it's not actually twelve days to Christmas (not yet thank goodness!) but I thought we might see if we can remember all the words from this festive song.
The first line goes: 'On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me':

A partridge in a pear tree 

Lets see if we can add to this.  The next person reading this - leave the next line (on the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me):   Just leave the next line of the song and then the next person leaving a comment, leave the next line and so on until (hopefully) we have all 12 days of Christmas.  Please just leave the next line in order to what the previous person has left (so if you are the fifth person - what is the line for the 5th day of Christmas?).

If you join in and leave a comment on this post today - I will give you 2 entries into the draw for being a good sport!  Usual rules apply though.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Design Team: Trio of Wooden Blocks

Another truly traditional trio from Jaqi today in the shape of these fab Wooden BlocksThe beautiful Authentique Wonder patterned papers are showcased wonderfully in this lovely trio.  Using Curiosity, Awe and Surprise Authentique patterned papers and some Bazzill Kraft Cardstock, Jaqi has transformed the wooden blocks into these lovely Christmas home decor pieces.


The scalloped square is from Tando Creative and has been coloured using a gold coloured paint dabber.  Authentique Noteables have been added and some ribbon from Jaqi's own stash.  If you fancy having a go at making something similar, pop over to Jaqi's blog at www.jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com where you will find further details.

Leave a comment and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (rules apply).  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Christmas Bundle

I have put together another bundle of Authentique goodies - this time the gorgeous Wonder collection.

This 'bundle' saves you £2.99 against the RRP of individual items.  The bundle consists of 1 of each of the Authentique 'Wonder' patterned paper collection - Anticipation, Awe, Curiosity, Expectation, Yearning and Surprise.  It also includes Petite Type Square Alphas in Red along with the Noteables.  I have also included a pack of MME Lush Rhinestones in Red.  This offer could be combined with the two previous offers and great savings could be made.

I used these patterned papers making the little Christmas book last week and they are a lovely quality paper to use.  Jaqi (DT member) has made loads of different Christmas gift ideas using these papers also.  Leave a comment on this post and I will enter your name into the draw for today (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Authentique: Gathering Bundle

I have just 'bundled' together some of the fab Authentique 'Gathering' collection to make a 'bundle' - saving £2.00 on the RRP of items bought individually!

The offer includes: 1 each of the Authentique 'Gathering' paper collection which includes Bloom, Flourish, Grow, Harmony, Reminisce and Together.  1 x Petite Type Square Alphas (Green), 1 x Excerpts and 1 x Simply Creative Sticker pack.

There are limited stocks on this 'bundle' and once gone the offer won't be repeated!  Put together with yesterday's offer - great savings to be made but only while stocks last!

What would you make with this bundle if you had it?  Leave a comment on this post today and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw if you qualify.  Rules apply.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Free Gift

This week's offer: Free Gift of a 6" x 6" Tabbed Chipboard Book when you spend £15.00 or more in store.  This little book would make a lovely little present made up in the beautiful Authentique 'Wonder' Christmas patterned papers or the brand new Authentique 'Gathering' collection.

To claim your Free Gift - when you order £15.00 or more in The Scrapbook Garden on-line shop just enter 'I claim my free gift' in the box when you check out.  This offer ends on Sunday 27th November 2011 (or while stocks last).  You will have to be quick if you want one of these little lovelies (worth £3.95) as stocks are limited.  Only ONE book per customer.  Sorry but this offer is only available to customers with UK addresses.

What would you make with this little book if you had one in your hands?  Every comment gives you an entry into the blog candy draw.  Usual rules apply.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Design Team: Square Gift Bag

There is always a time when you need one ...  a gift bag that is!  Jaqi has made this lovely little bag using some Bazzill Cardstock in Ruby Slipper and some Authentique Wonder patterned paper called 'Curiosity'.


If you pop over to Jaqi's blog at www.jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com she will give you further information on how to make this handy little gift bag.

If you leave a comment today and you qualify (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month.  Best of luck!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Design Team: Matchbox Notelets

Julia created this lovely gift idea using Bazzill Kraft cardstock (12" x 12") to make a matchbox, which she covered using Prima North Country 'Maine Meadow' patterned paper.  The flowers are Prima North Country Flower Market Collection, which co-ordinate beautifully with the patterned paper range.


Julia has created a section inside the box to house some notelets she made using Bazzill French Vanilla Cardstock.  The notelets are all 3" x 3" and sit neatly in the box alongside some envelopes and sentiments.

What a lovely gift to give to someone (or to keep for yourself!).

Julia has more information on how she made this project on her blog at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com   If you leave a comment on this post (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Another project from Jaqi tomorrow.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Design Team: Golden Angel

Jaqi's Tando Creative chipboard project was to decorate one of their 3D Angels.  The one I gave Jaqi is the small version and she has decorated it beautifully in lovely Christmassy colours!


Using a gold dabber, Jaqi covered alternate sides of the chipboard in gold paint.  Then, using the beautiful 'Surprise' patterned paper from Authentique, covered the remaining sides.  A lovely, vintage Christmas Angel - perfect!

For further information, visit Jaqi's blog at
 www.jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com   If you leave a comment on today's post and you qualify, I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thank you for stopping by today.  More loveliness from Julia tomorrow.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Name Album

I promised the other day that I would show you what I did with that bare chipboard name album.  I have made a start on it by covering it with some beautiful patterned papers from Authentique 'Gathering' collection.

I used Authentique Bloom (reverse side) for the letter 'L', Grow (reverse side) for the letter 'U', Together for the letter 'C' and Harmony for the letter 'Y'.  I drew around the letters first, cut them out, stuck them on with a glue stick and then trimmed the edges with a Fiskars finger knife (I have had this for years and it is great).  I then sanded the edges to get rid of any rough bits and then inked with an ink pad.

I haven't done much decorating of this album yet as I haven't decided on what photographs to use but I did add some lovely orange ribbon from Kuretake (from my own stash) to the last letter to add some texture without too much bulk.

I did make a start on the front cover (first letter) by using some My Mind's Eye rub-ons (Wild Asparagus), which consists of several swirls and leaves as well as as selection of different family words.  I had some Prima Essentials 10 flowers in brown, which went perfectly with the colour scheme of this paper range and added some Prima pearls in the centres.  The words precious girl are from the rub-ons sheet.
When the page is turned over (I covered this with some Authentique 'Grow' patterned paper) you can see that I have added some of the rub-on words from the MME Wild Asparagus sheet to describe the recipient.  I am going to add the words 'Sister' and the phrase 'Some words to describe you' using SafMat and my computer.

Obviously, this is a work in progress and I will upload pages as and when I complete them.  Hopefully, I aim to get this finished for Christmas to add in as another little gift.

If you leave a comment on this post I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for your chance to win the fab goodies on offer.  Rules apply.  Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Design Team: Bird House

Each member of the Design Team were given a Tando Creative chipboard project to complete as part of their challenge this month.  Jules was given the Tando Creative 'Bird House' and some 'Mini Birds and Branches' along with the gorgeous Authentique 'Gathering' paper collection. 

For her project Jules chose to use 'Harmony' (for the front of the bird house), 'Reminisce' (Shown on the back), and 'Together' (shown on the sides and (the reverse  side) of this on the roof).  How gorgeous is this?


The flowers are Prima 'North Country', which co-ordinate beautifully with this range also.  The cute little bird is covered in Authentique 'Gathering' paper called 'Bloom' (reverse side).


Jules used some rub-ons from My Mind's Eye (Bloom and Grow), which just happen to co-ordinate really well with this paper range.
All put together it makes this fab little bird house!  Beautiful colours for a beautiful project!  Jules has more information on her blog at www.scrappingmojo.blogspot.com

If you leave a comment on this post (and you qualify - see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Design Team: Sweetie Bags

Julia must have been reading my mind when she created these gorgeous 'sweetie bags'.  I had thought of  decorating some empty little flower tubs to add sweets to as a Christmas gift idea but these are so much better!

Using cellophane bags, Julia filled them with different varieties of sweets and used the Prima North Country 'Red Deer' and 'Snow Fall' patterned papers to create the tabs for the tops of the bags.  She then embellished them with some Christmas sentiments.  The two cartons are created using the same patterned papers and filled with sweets.  A very simple idea but they make a lovely gift.  Just think of all the alternatives you could add (not just sweets).

Julia has further information on her blog at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com

If you leave a comment on this post (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Good luck!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Design Team: Advent Drawers

Jaqi created this fab Advent Drawers project using patterned papers from the Authentique Christmas Collection called 'Wonder'.  The papers she used are called 'Expectation' and 'Surprise'.  The base is made from a Tando Creative Scalloped Nested Square (which come in a pack of 3 different sizes), and Jaqi used the largest one.
Bazzill cardstock in Ruby Slipper was also used on the base.  Authentique Noteables were used to add the words  - 'Santa', 'Hope', 'Jolly' and 'Celebrate'. 

Can you guess what Jaqi used for the 'drawers'?  Pop over to her blog at
www.jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com to see what other materials she used to create this project.

If you leave a comment on this post and you qualify (rules apply) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw, which is to be drawn on Christmas Eve.  Best of luck!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Christmas 6" x 6" Album

I have been wanting to make a mini album with the fabulous Authentique Christmas Collection called 'Wonder' since I first saw the range.  It is a gorgeous collection of traditional style patterned papers that all work beautifully together.  I decided on a 6" x 6" size chipboard album and I used 3 Bugs in a Rug chipboard book to make it.

I chose Anticipation, Awe, Expectation and Surprise to create this little lovely.  You can make it with 3 sheets of paper but I used the Surprise patterned paper as well to add as embellishments.  I also used the Authentique Noteables to add little sentiments within the pages.  I used Kanban 'Festive Bling' on each page but otherwise kept the design simple as not to overpower the photos (when they are added).  The idea was to either make the album up before Christmas and add the photographs later or give as a present (I haven't decided yet).

Here is the completed album featuring number 1 'Tis the Season' from the Surprise patterned sheet.  I made a rosette (surprise, surprise) and added one of the words from the Noteables.

On pages 2 and 3 I added the numbers again (and some bling) .  I made the number 3 into a tag and added some (paper) ribbon from scraps left over from another sheet of the papers.  This is the back page of the album:

Mind you this is a first for me as I am usually full of good intentions but don't quite get there.  I think the Design Team have put me to shame coming up with all the lovely goodies that they have created, that I thought I had better get a move on and make something.  All the other pages are in the gallery (in the website shop) for you to see.

If you leave a comment on today's post and you qualify (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thank you for stopping by.  Don't forget to pop back tomorrow to see what Jaqi has made next!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Design Team: Gift Card Holder

For her second creation this month Jules has made this gorgeous Gift Card Holder using patterned papers from the Authentique 'Gathering' collection.

The patterned papers used are called 'Bloom' and 'Harmony'.


The flowers are from Prima Flower Market 'North Country' collection.  The sentiment is from the Authentqiue Excerpts sheet.  Jules has a handy tutorial on this project, so if you pop over to her blog at www.scrappingmojo.blogspot.com
she will give you further information on how to make this handy card.

If you leave a comment on this post today I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Christmas Gift Idea!

I know there are lots of Christmas gift ideas around at the moment but one I thought of was a personalised scrapbook album.  Personalised because it spells the name of the recipient.  Tando Creative do some lovely chipboard albums that I have previously covered with lovely patterned papers (and shown on this blog).  I have another one which is just crying out to be completed:

They start out in life looking like this and because they are a lovely chipboard weight they can take most things that you can throw at them.  I have decided to cover this one in the brand new Authentique patterned papers called 'Gathering' as they are a beautiful combination of colours and would cover this album perfectly.  Hopefully, I will have this finished in the next few days and will post it on this blog to show you.  In the meantime, Jules has another lovely project for you tomorrow.  Pop back then for more inspiration.

p.s. I forgot to say that the price of these albums in the shop vary for the number of letters that you want but they do include postage!  Leave a comment on this post (today only to qualify) and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (rules apply).  Thank you for stopping by.