Saturday 17 September 2011

Embellishment Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to the blog hop challenge! A few weeks ago, I put out a call; I offered up little handmade embellishments in exchange for a promise. And I've been overwhelmed by the response. So without further ado, I cordially invite to you hop on board!

I sent embellishments zooming (sort of) through the post to far flung places in Britain, Europe and even the USA! And in return, a whole host of wonderful ladies have put them to use in all sorts of fantastic crafting projects. To see their ideas and unashamedly steal their inspiration, you can follow through the list of blogs below.

But first, I'd like to share my projects. I used my own embellishments as features on a couple of pages. I like to scrap with lots of bits and pieces in layers and so the embellishments made a great focus point for me.

This page is all about recent trip to the seaside - I've already blogged my journalling here, and I spread it around the page in little blocks. I've found this to be a really helpful way to journal recently as I can get lots of writing on the page without having to find a big chunk of space to put it in.

The embellishment clipped neatly onto one of the layers and I added a die cut from Sassafras underneath. I used the back of the die cut because the white really made the focus embellishment stand out. And partly because I really didn't like the front. Finally, I added a bit of hand stitching for detail.

My second page is the same process, but I've kept the embellishment a little more subtle. It helps to add detail to the page and balances the design, so that there's an element in both the top right and bottom left of the page.

I also really liked the way the blue in the embellishment matched the tones in the photo. I took this picture of cupcakes at a friends house after a slightly... shall we say interesting?...baking session. But they turned out quite tasty in the end, and we really went for it with the food colouring. Anyway, when I took the picture, the light was really bad and it came out rather bluer than intended. Because the cupcakes were green. But I loved the atmosphere in the picture and really wanted to scrap the memory of the weekend, and I tried to turn the blue to my advantage!

So, that's all from me, but things don't end here. I'm passing you along to Beki's lovely blog What a Load of Scrap for the next project...

If you get derailed from the blog hop at any point because the internet elves won't stick the right picture on your screen when you click on a link, you can find the total list of the blogs below. I really encourage you to have a look at some of the amazing crafting that these talented ladies have to offer!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. I'm going to alternate between erratically exploring London with camera in tow, and scrapbooking. Lush :D

Kisses xxx

P.S. If all goes well, maybe we'll do the same next time I hit a blogging milestone.


  1. Yay! Love your pages, so cool to see how you used the embellishments. But, some of the links in your list are not working :(

  2. I've just made it round! Fab projects, thanks so much for putting this all together, it's been such fun to take part. Love your layout too, I've been looking forward to seeing it since you showed us that sneek peek on the original post! Becky x

  3. Great pages Kirsty....I really should scrap more often...

    My post went live early as I was supposed to be at a fair today but ended up having to cancel at the last minute...thank you so much for organising this and letting me take part...

    Enjoy the weekend and all the positive feedback you are going to get...well deserved...

    Kirsti xxxx

  4. Hi Kirsty I've loved being part of your blog hop - thank you. It's a great idea journaling in blocks and I love the layering. Two beautiful layouts.

    I'm looking forward now to seeing what everyone else has been up to.

    Have a good weekend exploring and scrapbooking.

  5. Lovely layouts, I like the kraft backgrounds and the paint splatters, the embellie on the back of the sassa die cut looks fab! Thanks for coming up with this idea and for letting me join in! X

  6. ooh grh dont know how i missed this one, but happy birthday dear, have a fabulous day and lots of cake xxxxx
    jo xxx

  7. Love your LOs Kirsty....I DO love all your journalling ideas! Hopefully will catch up with all the other blogs later...for now, I'm off to (hopefully0 find a Scrapbooking shop, which DD tells me is very close to where she lives here in Barcelona! Have a fab weekend!
    Alison xx

  8. Happy blogging milestone Kirsty! Long may it continue!

    Your embellishments are beautiful - and I think this was an inspired idea for a hop. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has made.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Happy 200th milestone. The embellishments look great and I have eventually got mine up and running. I think you passed on your computer glitch after reading your assembly post. Good luck with it x

  10. Your pages are so beautiful!!!! I LOVE everything about them and have enjoyed looking at the details for the past 5 minutes!!! You rock!!!!

    I would totally become a follower if I was not already one! :D

  11. It's been so fun, I've loved seeing everyone's project and congratulations on your 200th post and thank you for your fantastic idea to celebrate. Keep inspiring us :)

  12. Great idea Kirsty, which i've loved being a part off...thank you! Now i'm off to hop and check out everyone's creations xx

  13. What a fantastic idea - sorry I missed the call to join in but I'll enjoy hopping

  14. I have gone full circle and I can not believe the amount of talented crafters who joined in!!! What great ideas, what amazing inspiration!!! Thank you again so much for the whole idea, for the embellishments and for the final result, this great hop!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Thank-you so much for such a lovely idea and the sweet embellishment - I hope I did it justice. You have certainly inspired some wonderful creativity. I'm only sorry I didn't squeeze in just one more little blog post before today, so that your blog hop could have been my 50th.

  16. I've been checking out the results and I'm seriously impressed with how the little embellishments have been used. They definitely add something to the page. I fancy making my own now. They're like little badges or rosettes of quality I think.

  17. Thanks for letting us be a part of this Kirsty :) I am just off to hop around them all and see what's been created with your brilliant embellishments :)
    Love your LO's, love the colours and details in each, gorgeous.
    Was the family shot taken at Whitby? The family photo I've scrapbooked was taken there too :D
    Thanks again :)

  18. Congrats on reaching 200 posts! Love seeing what everyone did with your fabulous little treasures!

  19. I love love this idea, and have been having so much fun checking out everyone's blogs and what they created! Good on you for hosting it Kirsty!

    Next time hopefully I can jump on it too (I did email you, but maybe the postman doesn't go as far as Canada?).

  20. Thank you for organising us for the hop and all your hard work making the embellishments. Fab LOs as usual.

  21. Your embellishments are beautiful and so much fun, i have enjoyed seeing them on the others layouts :)

  22. WOW Kirsty - these embellishments are brill. Makes me want to sit down and try to put some together myself - lol. Loving the blog hopping and seeing how each crafter uses them.

  23. Ah, finally I think I have "fixed" my commenting problem... hopefully this comment will be allowed - at last!

    Love the embellishments and have been to see what some others did with them - some great projects were done!!

    I do like your scrapping style, Kirsty. It's just fresh and different - and fun. I like this new idea for journalling in small blocks around the page - I could have a go at that too...

    Did you see the Invitation posts on mine and Jo's blogs? Do pop over and see - we'd love you to come and join us!

  24. It's been a LOT of fun, so thank-you very much!