Monday, 29 September 2014

Paddington Bear Bake Off Card

Hi everyone.

It's another TV-related post this week and another programme I must confess to never watching. I know it's incredibly popular but I haven't really got into The Great British Bake Off. I blame all those dreadful "housecraft" lessons we had at school. Starching tray cloths, cleaning ovens and making soggy scrambled egg with never a Tunis Cake or a Charlotte Royale in sight put me off baking for life.

But I know someone who would probably love Bake Off and that's the star of another iconic TV programme, one that I did watch and definitely loved although Michael Bond's books were wonderful too. So if you know someone who is a fan of Bake Off and also has a soft spot for Paddington Bear, then this might be the card for them.

It's made from some of the decoupage components of a paper kit I think I bought (so much stash, so little time!) from Create and Craft a while ago. There are lots of lovely Paddington toppers and card blanks including the TV one that I cut in half to use as the background. I customised the sentiment in Serif's Craft Artist Professional 2 and added glitter, gems and four corner dies cut from gold mirror card.

Top Tip: The tiny leftover bits from the die-cutting made great embellishments for the top of the mixing bowl.

Here's hoping that Paddington at least makes it to the final of Bake Off and may the best bear win!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014   

Monday, 22 September 2014

One Hundred Years A Hero

Hi everyone.

I've been looking at my previous posts for reasons I won't bore you with and was amazed to see that I haven't posted a scrapbook page since the end of January! It was certainly my intention to post more photos of my cards and less scrapbook pages but I didn't mean to stop altogether.

I've still been making scrapbook pages although probably not as many as I would have liked. Although I can do a digital layout quite quickly, I still seem to put scrapbooking off quite a bit, even though I recently invested in a fantastic new scanner which has made the whole process of choosing photos to scrap with so much easier.

This is a digital page I created earlier this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Both my grandfathers served in the war but I know more about the war record of my maternal grandfather Stanley Ewart Merrall who was taken prisoner but survived, only to then contract Spanish Flu. He was one of the "lucky" ones in that he did make it home but suffered with ill-health until his death five days before I was born in 1959.

Like all of us who had relatives who served in the war, I am immensely proud of them both and scrapbooking this photo of Stanley is just a very small way of acknowledging his sacrifice and that of the many thousands like him.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

Monday, 15 September 2014

National Cupcake Week Card

Hi everyone.

Did you know that today is the first day of National Cupcake Week? Well, neither did I until I read about it in one of my craft magazines recently. Apparently it runs this year from 15th - 21st September and seems like a good excuse to partake of something sweet and sugary unless like me, you are diabetic or hypoglycaemic in which case it's probably not advisable!

I've done a bit of research on the subject of cupcakes and have come up with the following fun facts.

Five Things You Probably Never Knew About Cupcakes
1.The first reference to cupcake in a cookery book was in 1828.

2. One of the very earliest cupcake bakeries was started in America by two investment bankers. (So at least they got something right!)

3. A probable derivation of the term "cupcake" comes from the fact that the cakes were originally baked in very small containers including tea cups.

4. There are now cookbooks, blogs and magazines exclusively dedicated to cupcakes.

5. In 2011, The Food Network's show about cupcakes called Cupcake Wars had over 1.6 million viewers.

So now you know! Anyway, as I am unfortunately unable to celebrate NCCW by eating cupcakes, I've made a cupcake card instead. I used a topper and some backing card from the Hunkydory For Her card kit and added some cream lace, paper flowers, a die-cut flourish, gold glitter and lots of bling. The sentiment says "Hope Your Day is Yum..." and here's hoping this week is too.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014

Monday, 8 September 2014

Card For A Strictly Come Dancing Fan

Hi everyone.

It seems to be that that time of year already when the "big hitters" like X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing get rolled out again on TV. I usually try to avoid the former but have been known to watch the occasional series of Strictly although I'm not a huge fan of "reality" TV apart from Dragons' Den which doesn't really count!

If you have a friend or family member who likes any of the popular shows though, buying them a card that reflects their interest can be a good idea if you're looking for something a bit different. I believe there are official merchandised cards available for Strictly but why not get something bespoke made instead?

At Melissa Lawrence Designs we're always happy to make customised cards and as long as we can source the artwork, we can pretty much make them on any theme you like. Just click on the Customised Cards tab on the website for further details.

This is a card I've just made to "celebrate" the launch of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. I used a topper and some backing card from the collection For Her by Hunkydory and made my own sentiment to reflect the show. It was also a good excuse to use lots of "bling" and yes, there are sequins!

Until next time, as Brucie would say...keeep dancing!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014


Monday, 1 September 2014

On Trend Digikit 2015 Calendar

Hi everyone.

How hard is it to believe that it's September already? This year seems to have flown by but you know what they say about time and getting older!

Actually, I've been quite conscious of time passing today as it is exactly twelve months ago since I lost my closest friend and confidante to cancer. I held a little "memorial" service in the back garden this afternoon to help with the grieving process and also to keep her memory alive. I read a poem about friendship, played some Cliff Richard songs (and Angels by Robbie Williams, of course) and scattered some rose petals. I'm really glad I did it and it definitely helped.

Now that we're into September, it doesn't feel quite so bad making calendars for 2015. This design is my first calendar print, intended for an A4 frame and is hopefully going on sale in the soon to be set up Melissa Lawrence Designs shop on the online selling site Folksy. I used a digikit called "On Trend" to design it with a little help from a 2014 Calendar digikit. The day after I'd worked out (eventually!) how to adapt a 2014 calendar to make it work for 2015, the new calendar kits came out on Daisytrail, but there you go! The finished product will have a touch of glitter and some tiny gems added.

Have a happy September.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2014