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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Christmas tag

Good morning all

Thank you for joining me on Day 17 of the Christmas Countdown Challenge over on UKScrappers 

Today I am bringing you a nice, simple tag for all those gifts you are yet to buy and wrap.. get ahead of the game and make these now and then you'll be sorted in plenty of time!

First I took a tag measuring 6" x 3" (although of course you can make them any size you like) Then I used a sheet of embossed paper from a paper pad (in this case I used the Holly paper from Kaisercraft's Silent Night collection) 

I used glue stick to add the paper to the tag and inked the edges with a co-ordinating ink pad. I then added a sentiment from the same paper pad. (These pads are so useful for making tags as they usually have small sentiments to pop out and add to cards and tags). I then added a little wood veneer too. 

Next I made a Poinsettia and leaf from a Sizzix Die (pre-made embellishments can be used in its place of course) and added some fussy cut holly leaves too. 

I then punched a hole in the top and added a piece of red organza ribbon to tie to the gift. 

To finish I used the glue stick again and gave the floral cluster a liberal coating of fine glitter for added shimmer and some small gemstones for the centre of the flower and the holly berries. 

These tags are a great way to use up some of those scraps you've been hoarding for so long.. so I do hope this will inspire you to join in. Do let me know you've made some too. It'll make my day! 

Thanks for visiting. 



White with one scrapbook layout. DT Call

Good morning all. 

Today I am showing you this layout I created using inspiration from the White with One  blog. This month they shared a challenge to create a layout using Pineapple Dream yellow. 

Now, as luck would have it, I love of my favourite colours to scrap this went straight on to my 'to do' list. In addition they are having a Design Team call so I am entering this too. I'm sure it's not as elaborate as some of the entries they will receive but sometimes people look for simpler ideas for inspiration.. so wish me luck! 

Anyway.. here it is 

I started with a texture paste and stencil background then added yellow watercolour. I then painted some chipboard shapes and layered them beneath the photo and added cheesecloth and cotton thread.

I then added the photo on yellow card and mounted this and finished it off with clusters of flowers, pearls and a heavy spritz of Tattered Angels mist. The title was die cut from the same card the photo was backed on and is by Kaisercraft. I cannot tell you how useful this die is! 

Thanks for stopping by to see my creation. 


Friday, 10 November 2017

Peace Christmas card

Good morning all

Thank you for joining me again today for Day 10 of the Christmas Countdown over on UKScrappers forum. 

Today I have pleasure in bringing you this card that I have made with a loved one in mind. I tend to make lots of easier cards at Christmas for the masses but always prefer to go the extra mile when making a card for a family member. So with that in mind, I hope you will glean some ideas from my one here. 

This card was made using the Mint Wishes collection from Kaisercraft but of course any papers in your stash would also work. 

To start I layered silver Mirror Card on a 6" x 6" card blank and then cut a piece of paper 5.5" square to mount on top and inked the edges. 

I then made a poinsettia using a Sizzix Die and placed several ephemera leaves and flowers on a cluster with a few ready made flowers too. In this case I used Little Birdie flowers but Prima or any alternatives would be just as suitable. I also inked a wooden veneer and tucked that in to the cluster along with a little cheesecloth and a few small gemstones.  I also added a sliver of silver mirror card across the lower section about 3/4" from the bottom. Just above this I added the Peace sentiment which was part of the Collectables pack that came with the collection..any alphas or printed sentiment would work of course though. 

Once it had all dried I added a little white glitter on the cluster and background together with some Prima Glass Glitter as the flower centres and the card was finished. 

I hope you'll agree that it looks pretty special even though ti was, in fact quite simple to make. 

I do hope you enjoyed my little card and look forward to seeing what you come up with for your stash. 


Friday, 3 November 2017

Christmas Countdown Day Three

Hello all

Welcome to Day Three of the UKScrappers Countdown to Christmas.

Today I am bringing you a layout using the wonderful, traditional Kaisercraft 'Letters to Santa' collection that I am calling 'Tis The Season.

To create this layout I first took a sheet of the collection called Santas Workshop Paper from the Kaisercraft collection to use as the background. I then took a die cut paper from the collection, (although any wreath or circle could be substituted for this)and I mounted my photo in the centre of the wreath and arranged a large and small cluster of die cut poinsettias and ephemera at the top and bottom. Next I took a gem flourish and placed it to the left of the photo behind a cluster that I made using die cuts and several poinsettias I made using a Sizzix die.. To create an even more luxurious cluster I added some small red roses and more inked wood flourishes.
I then took a Christmas stencil and used texture paste to create the row of wrapped parcel and inked and added two wood veneers.
For the top cluster I used less layers of the decorative die to create a smaller flower and I added another inked wood flourish.
To finish it all off I added fine white glitter from my stash to give some extra sparkle finishing it off with an ephemera quote. 
I thoroughly enjoyed making this for the Christmas Countdown.. I do hope it inspires you to join in.
Pop over to UKS for the next leg of our journey! 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

A clutch of layouts from me today

Hi all

A bit of an absence again from me because of illness, a holiday and no time to do anything other than the basics..however..drum roll please.. this last weekend I managed to get away on a Scrapbooking Retreat with my group of local girlfriends who also love to scrap. 

I was a bit worried about staying at the hotel as I've been suffering with a shocking chest infection and I was sharing a room so I thought maybe I would keep my room mate awake all night..but she says not, so all good there! Lol

Anyway.. I managed a respectable 16 layouts and I'm sharing a few of my favourites here..16 would be just too many to bore you with ! Lol

Here they are

Made with Kaisercrafts Mint Wishes collection amongst others

Made using an Authentiques collection 

Made using scraps and as part of a challenge where I had to hand cut a title. I know its rough but it was my first ever attempt at doing that! lol

Made using 'All That Glitters' from Kaisercraft

Made using Teresa Collins 'Hello My Name Is' 

Made using a 6" paper pad from Kaisercraft too. I can't remember the name of the collection! 
Made using scraps

Made using random papers and stamps (it is straight in real life!) lol 

Anyway that's it for today..hopefully I'll be back sooner than the last time health and family permitting! 

Thanks for stopping by. Do let me know you've visited. 


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pink and white mixed media layout

Afternoon all

Today I'm bringing you a scrapbook layout based on a sketch and colour combination that features over on the White with One blog for October. This months challenge is based not the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month both in the UK and in Australia where this White with One blog is based. 

Now, as anyone that follows me knows, my dear Daughter in Law has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in a year! As you can imagine this has shocked our family to the core and we are all willing her to fight this terrible disease..especially given the fact that she has our lovely Grand-daughter and our son to fight for. (She is the little girl in pink featured in the page). 

They also gave us a sketch to use for Page Maps (who design the most lovely sketches) so I made my layout using this sketch here. 

First I used a stencil and texture paste to create the background of circles and then I found 
co-ordinating papers to add to the layout. Once I was happy with the placement I coloured the Kaisercraft rhinestone flourish and the mirrored dancer with a pink Sharpie and then added a few flowers for added dimension along with some chevrons I punched and added texture past to. 

I hope you like! Do remember to let me know you've visited. 

Hope to see you again soon


Friday, 8 September 2017

My Hero scrapbook page and a Guest Designer spot

Morning all

Today I'm bringing you a layout using Kaisercrafts Shine On collection..which I have found very useful for my family work photographs.

In this case I have used it to showcase my youngest son who is a London Firefighter.
I am also delighted to be sharing this layout as I am a Guest Designing for the  UK Scrap Addicts blog today. 

Here is the link to my page for them...

I'm a reluctant journaller but in this case I made an exception as I had a story to tell. 
I hope you like the hop over to the UK Scrap Addicts to have a read of my story. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Boo! Well that's a surprise

Good morning all

Well, this is a surprise, finding myself back here after such a long break!
I'm not sure where summer has gone but it seems to have flown by in a flash and my blogging time has taken a hit with  Mum in hospital for 6 weeks with a broken hip and ongoing renovations in my house and garden. I've lost count of the number of cups of tea I have made for my garden landscapers..and they're still not finished! Lol

Anyway..the reason for my visit today is bacause I have been joining in on the Summer Snap challenge over on UKScrappers.
The list of things I had to find and photograph are as follows

1) A dome

Yummy Ice Creams

2) A hanging basket

3)  Something sticky

My Grand daughter Amber eating an Ice Cream

4) Something smaller than your thumb

A ladybird

5) A set of three

6) Anything noisy

7) On a bench

Not quite a bench but similar

8) An apple

On the tree in our local pub 

9) An object you would never part with

A copper boot my Dad made when he was an apprentice Coppersmith

10) A street sign beginning with the letter S (I've substituted the with something yellow)

A flower on my courgette plant 

11) A reflection other than in a mirror

A pond on my daily walk 

12)  Stitches

A layout with stitching on the corners 

13) Something tall

My husband up a tree, cutting it down 

14) anything containing the letter Z substituted with a 'New Frock' 

My Grand daughter Amber rocking her first Ballet dress ready for her classes that start in September 

15) Feathers

16) Peace and quiet

The field behind my garden

17) Something with a tail

My dog, Basil

18) A wall

Stencilled, fussy cut and printed! 

19) Two wheels 

My husband on his motorbike

20) Something surprising!

I almost set fire to my house but came back into the building just before it all went up in smoke!! I was, its fair to say, surprised..and shocked!!! 

And these were the Substitutes we could choose from

A a new frock
B a summer celebration
C the colour yellow
D a menu

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 3 May 2017


Morning all

Thanks for joining me today for a long awaited catch up over on Julia's Blog Hop, What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday. 
As my regular followers know I have had an enforced rest from crafting and blogging due to family issues, moving home and some ill health but recently I have been making up for lost time and I am delighted to be joining in once again. If you want to know more do hop on over to Julia's place linked above. 

Until then, here is what you arrived to desk! Only this time, I am showing you my newly set up craft room in its entirety.  As I mentioned I have moved home (in March) but we have also bought a fixer I'm lucky to have got this far as we have many other jobs, far larger and (in my husbands opinion) more important than my room! Lol 

Anyhow, he's given it a lick of paint and done the basics but I still have a way to go with worktops, blinds etc. Until then I have a temporary desk (with an ill fitting glass top) but it does have oddles of storage so I'm not complaining! As an added bonus I am so delighted to have a ground floor room to save all the carrying up and down stairs every time I go to a crop! I would like to say at this point.. it won't always be this tidy!

Also today , I am therefore bringing you some layouts that I have made in the last couple of weeks  while trying to finish my nieces wedding album.

Here are the first few
This one uses Kaisercrafts Indgo Skies collection

This was made for my DT work for Merly Impressions, Kaisercraft blog using the High Tea collection

This one also uses Kaisercrafts Indgo Skies collection

This one is PS I Love You by Kaisercraft too

And here is one I made on Sunday after attending a bridal shower on Saturday. We went pottery painting in the morning and then had a lovely afternoon tea in the afternoon at a nearby hotel. It was a super day. Perfect for the bride. 

Another PS I Love you layout

and here is another I made of my Grand daughter and I at a local historic House we go to regularly, Penshurst Place. There gardens are just beautiful and they have a great adventure playground too.  

This was made with a random selection of papers and embellishments

Finally, I must show you these pictures too.. I'm spreading the love of crafting to the next generation.. here is my little GD (just turned 2) enjoying some desk time in Granny's new craft 

Sorry for the gratuitous sharing of these last photos ..but I couldn't help myself! lol

Anyway..I'm off to have a snoop around other people's desk now to see what they have been up to and do let me know you've visited. 

Have a great week