Tuesday 31 May 2016

Two more layouts with my Magic Memories Kit

Good morning from a very wet and soggy morning in my corner of Kent

It's pouring down here and I'm on top of my housework for now so what's a girl to do but spend some time blogging?

I hope to get back into my craft room later but I have my little Granddaughter coming for the day so I doubt I'll get much done, except when she's napping.

Anyway.. we had a nice Bank Holiday weekend with a sizeable family gathering yesterday and when they had all gone, I went and made two more layouts using my May Magic Memories Kit inspired by the CKCB challenge blog.

The first is this one using Kaisercraft Coastal papers that I included in my kit. I used some mixed media elements too.. Prima small art stones, beads, gold threads and some cracked sea shells in blue and gold that I bought from the £1 shop in their nail section. I also added three little bits of glittery ribbon and some blue and turquoise thread that I glued between the fussy cut and curled sea shells and coral. I also added two little anchors and a couple of marine themed flatbacks.

I chose Little Mermaid as my title because these photos were taken at Disney theme park, Florida. I  punched the top edge with Fiskars Threading Water punch and added lots of clear and aqua beads to represent droplets of water.

The second layout was created with the scraps of my Say Cheese II papers I included in my kit..I have pretty much killed this collection so I cut four apertures and filled them with scrap and then layered the other pieces on the top and added 'shopping' embellishments from long hoarded toppers pack. I added a gift tag and the word 'me' because, basically, the contents of the shopping bags were gifts to herself! LOL 

Well that's it for this post.. but I'll be back before long no doubt.

Do let me know what you think.. have a good day.. hope it's dry where you are!


Friday 27 May 2016

Two cards from me PCC 195 & PCC 196

Good morning

A quick post from me for two entries into The Paper Craft Crew challenges.

Firstly I used this sketch

to make this card for Fathers Day on the 19th of June for my Father in Law

Unfortunately I was too late to link it up but I still thought I'd blog it :0)

Then I took this sketch here

and created this gatefold card


In each circumstance I used the required three Stampin' Up elements: stamp sets, punches, dies etc.

In the case of the last one, the bee cardstock was from some packaging from some Marks and Spencer wrapping on a beautiful bouquet I received for my Birthday in March.. does anyone else do that? 

Anyway.. that's it for now

Do pop back soon!


Wednesday 25 May 2016


Good morning

 A very quick post from me today as I have soooo much to do today.. so I'll hop around all your desks tonight if that's OK? I'm joining in The Stampin' Grounds What's on Your Workdesks Wednesday.. which is currently in a temporary home.. I'm so sorry I've been MIA for a couple of weeks... a holiday and a family illness made it impossible for me to join in, but all is good and I'm back.. like it or not! Ha ha...

Here is my desk this morning.. looking all pristine as I spent three hours last night clearing up my space as I have been very remiss and making a lot of mess in there.. I have laid it out in readiness of starting a scrapbook layout later.

Here are two things I have managed to make this week..my first EVER ATC's. I would have joined in the swap  but I wasn't sure if they would be good enough for the first time around so I didn't join in.. but I'm wishing now I had.. as I think they are pretty cool.. but maybe I'm deluding myself?

 and a card.. for my Mother in Law.. for her birthday in a couple of weeks.. I do hope she likes it as she is quite hard to please! Hey ho

Well that's all I have time for now.. but do let me know you've stopped by and thanks for calling in.


Tuesday 24 May 2016

Counterfiet Kit Blog Hop post

Morning all

Thanks for stopping by my blog post as part of the Counterfeit Kit Member Blog hOp where I am joined by some very talented designers who have created some lovely projects for your inspiration today.

If you get lost, there will be a list of participants at the bottom of this post and you can get back to the blog hop order by clicking on THIS link

I find this blog very inspiring and it is a great way to use up your stash so why not join us next month.. it's addictive.. and so worthwhile.

This month, true to form, I found the three challenges set by the blog very inspirational.. and I found it hard to choose a challenge to do... so... I did all three! Lol

The first one was called 'Quebec Kilo' and was to use the neglected letters of Q & K somewhere prominent on our layouts. So here is mine

 I used a couple of scraps from my May kit, Magic Memories and I hand cut the large red heart. I used some large chipboard letters and coloured them with a black Sharpie. I used SU's Perpetual Calendar stamp set for the little star clusters too.

Secondly we were given a choice of sketches to choose from to create a layout. I chose this one

and this is the layout I made from it.
The background paper was Kaisercraft Coastal and the spotted piece at the top was a scrap from my kit. I used the Say Cheese II journaling card on the left of the photo. I added some Florida themed stickers, some enamel dots and the arrows that I cut on my Cameo. The Mickey button was added as a nod to the fact the photos were taken in the Animal Kingdom at Disney... (I think they were anyway!)

The final challenge was to use the Escher effect..in other words... use quilting/patchwork. Having just recently purchased a SU hexagon punch and the SU Six Sided Sampler stamp set.. I was keen to give this one a go. In addition there was a challenge over on UK Scrappers that invited us to make a LO using just black and white... so here it is. Not strictly made with my Counterfeit Kit.. but there was some white card stock and some black ink in my kit and that's about all I used on this LO..so here it is


I added faux stitching around the edges and cut the title on my Cameo.

Well that's it.. if you would like to see more.. please continue the blog hop and see the incredible things this talented design team come up with.

Here's the order for the Blog Hop
CKCB    http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com

I look forward to seeing you back here soon..and please do let me know you've stopped by..your comments make my day!


Sunday 22 May 2016

More layouts mde with my CKCB kit

Afternoon again

Here are some layouts I made for my sons GF's 30th birthday album based on the holiday they shared last November celebrating his 30th birthday. Both of these were made with my May kit Magic Memories inspired by the CKCB blog here.

The first is using some of the Simple Stories Say Cheese II papers and some stamping. The chevron is punched out of some gold mirri card and I used the negative space rather than the punch outs.

The second is a layout using this sketch and this colour inspiration

Here is my take on the challenge using the gold elements and vellum for my kit and including an acetate PL card as the title and some extra sequins to add some interest to the background. The two  gold and white background pieces of paper are from Stampin Up Winter Wonderland collection as are several of the vellum pieces in the centre.

Finally here is another LO using my kit with extra pieces added. The film reels are from the Say Cheese II collection and the black tag is from my kit. The black and white background piece are from the same SU collection. The black polka dot background on Kraft is from an un-named piece I had in my stash.

That's it again for now.. but do come back on Tuesday when I will reveal another three layouts in my blog post.

See you then!


Three tags and a mixedmedia canvas

Afternoon all

A belated post from me as I have been rather remiss in blogging all the items I've been making recently! Rest assured though (!) that I have still been creating behind the scenes and this is the first post from me today.. there should be more later though so do keep an eye out!

The first project I'm sharing is some tags that I have made for a swap over on UKScrappers.


To get this  effect I first added some silver metallic tape to some premade tags and ran them through my Big Shot in an embossing folder.


I then covered them in Gesso and added Adirondack alcohol inks. Once dried I added black acrylic paint and rubbed off the excess to let the coloured inks show through 

I finished them off with a crown embellishment (left over from my sons wedding table planner) and added some extra embellishments and a bird on each. I hope my recipients like them.

Then I decided to do some shabby chic-ing (I think I've just made up that word!) and I chose a canvas to alter.

First I painted it with gesso and used a Tim Holtz stencil to add texture paste. I used gold paint mixed in with the paste to darken it and added extra gold to the paste before it was dried.

I then adhered a panel of lace and gold chains to the centre strip. I also added resin flowers and the owl and painted them cream with a little of the colour showing through and added Prima pink hydrangea flowers with some chipboard corner trim. It all got a coat of thin cream acrylic paint and then I added the gold heart and dragonfly and then all the pearls. I then added some wet glue and added some gold cracked sea shells for the final bit of bling. Finally I added the word 'CREATE' as that I what I had done.

and that's it..simple as... I hope you like.

Come back soon



Friday 13 May 2016

Happy birthday layout

Hi all

Continuing on the  Florida Album for my sons girlfriend.. and having just returned from a few days away.. I am bringing you another layout using my May Counterfeit kit.. Magic Memories.. with a layout to be included that celebrates my sons' 30th birthday.. which was the reason for their trip to Florida.

I am also keen to complete a few more National Scrapbooking Day challenges and this one here from Scrap Our Stash caught my eye.

The challenge was to use lots of STASH items as listed on their blog.

I chose:
Sequins (three gold ones top right of the photo)
Transparency (vellum quote and gold cut outs around the bottom and side of the photo)
Striped Paper (well..washi tape and the chevron print) and a # (hashtag)

They also gave us a selection of sketches to choose from and I chose this one, Sketch 5

The collection I chose was Simple Stories, Say Cheese II . The Happy Birthday badge, arrow and the hashtag are all wooden and I inked them in gold ink and then heat embossed them. The numbers for the title are Heidi Swapps puffy stickers from my kit.

 I am also entering this for a NSD challenge for a challenge on a FB group I am in, For the Love of Pretty Paper.. which asked us to create a layout celebrating a birthday..which this one does. 

I also took inspiration from The Counterfeit Kit Challenge from their NSD challenges too.. they suggested clustering on one of their posts and so I included lots of little embellies around the birthday badge and the photo.

So, that's it for tonight..but as I still have some more ideas brewing..so do pop back soon.


Monday 9 May 2016

Paper Craft Crew Card Challenge Sketch no 193

Morning all

Well.. after a whole weekend of scrapping.. I felt the need to create a card.. so, I knew just where to go for inspiration! Where? The Paper Craft Crew site of course... especially as last week I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of their 'TopPicks' for the card featured here

Now..whether it was because it was the first time I'd entered their challenge I don't know..but if they really liked it..I am thrilled! So, as suggested I added their Top Pick button on my blog so that any time I, or you, want inspiration I can just click on it..and voila! There it is.

Of course, this gave me the perfect excuse to try out again for another sketch,, this time, this one here

and from this sketch I came up with this. I chose the colours to go with the May 'Ice Cream colours' card inspiration over on UKS

I used the Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge stamp, Six Sided Sampler stamp set, Stampin Up hexagon punch (the small one) Happiest Birthday wishes stamp set and I used a piece of SU  vellum Winter Wonderland dotty background (which I had included in my Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog May kit)  and finished it off with a piece of bakers twine and gold enamel dots.. also included in my May Magic Memories kit


Sunday 8 May 2016

Two more Magic Memories layouts

Hi again

What a busy blogger I am! My fourth post in 2 days!..and 11 layouts in total this weekend..phew!

So here are the final  two for NSD weekend.

I used more Say Cheese II collection papers and a Martha Stewart border punch to chop bits out of the background card.  I also added the Mickey buttons and bling as well as some enamel dots and a fancy paper clip that I've been 'saving' for years'! At last I've found an excuse to use it!!

 For this one I used lots of scraps from the Say Cheese II collection and a Martha Stewart Punch in the page punch.

Thanks for stopping by again.


Beach layout

Hi all

I've been scrapping like a whilrling dervish this weekend on account of having a tight timeline to finish an album for a gift in June.

So.. here is my layout based on this sketch here from Sketch-n-Scrap


and here are some close ups.. I used Prima art stones, seed beads, gold threads, blue and gold cracked shells (found in Poundland in the nail section)  and some shimmery buttons with the back cut off for the mixed media areas on the photos. I also fussy cut some of the shells on my Kaisercraft Coastal papers and curled them for texture along with a thick piece of string for rope.

The background papers are all Kaisercraft Coastal too and were included on my May Counterfeit Kit

Thanks for stopping by


Saturday 7 May 2016

More layouts from todays crops

Evening again

Here are four more layouts I made today.

The first one here is based on this sketch here from Stuck?! blogspot here 

and this is the layout.. made with Simple Stories Say Cheese II from my May Magic Memories Counterfeit Kit

I also made this to fit with a challenge over on a Facebook group I am in. In this case, as part of the NSD celebrations they suggested we chose five items to create the layout. I chose washi (diagonally), pearls (above the washi), a punch (mini hearts), stickers (words to the right of the photo and vellum (the speech bubble).

Here are the final three others I made too..

That's it for me today.. thanks for stopping by



2nd LO with Magic Memories

Evening all

As I mentioned in my last post I have been at a crop today and have managed a few layouts.. this is my second one.. which fits with the monthly sketch challenge on my friend Sues blog, Me and Mine

This is her sketch for May

I used my Counterfeit Kit, Magic Memories for this one too

  which had some Simple Stories Say Cheese II papers. I added buttons, candi dots, bakers twine and bling for the embellishments.

Just a quick post here but do pop back soon.


Magic Memories May 16 Counterfeit Kit post

Evening all

Today I've been off to a crop for (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day.. and a very productive day it was too!

For once I got myself organised and decided I would take a condensed kit with me to play with.. so I took my May Counterfeit Kit, 'Magic Memories' with me. It had most of the items I needed to scrap the Disney pictures I wanted to use and I made sure that I took lots of  additional embellishments too and some stamps and punches so I could make extra embellies if I needed to. When I got to the crop I was delighted to see that the shop that runs from there each month had a brand new supply of Disney charms, buttons, bling etc.. how fortuitous was that?? Needless to say I had to have some!

Imanaged five layouts today and here is the first one I managed.. inspired by The Memory Nest Blog sketch here.

and here is my take on it- as you can see I chose squares rather than hexagons but I believe you can see the similarities.

The Black Minnie and bow was bought today as were the two gold Mickey heads and the red spotty heart and the Red spotty bow that matches my sons GF's hair bow and ears. I punched the black and white chevrons from a scrap and used Simple Stories Say Cheese II collection with two strips of gold spotty washi tape on the right.

I'll be back soon with more layouts from today so do remember to pop back for another look see.

Have a great day evening.