Wednesday 31 August 2016


Morning all

Thanks for all your understanding with my ongoing Mum health issues.. I got around to a fair few but I'm sure there were a lot of you I missed out.. apologies.

Today I am sharing a VERY quick post as I have a friend arriving shortly for a Mixed Media 'play date'... lol. My sister is in charge of my Mum today giving me a rare days I'm making the most of it.

Instead of my desk in my craft room where there just isn't room for two, I've spread to the dining room table.. so here it is

I'm all ready!

and here are two layouts I made earlier in the week during my 'de-stress' periods when I come home from Mums.

( I used the photo I showed you last week on my WOYWW post)

If you want to see everyone elses desk do head on over to Julia gaff for a look see at The Stamping

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday 26 August 2016

My first DT page for Merly Impressions has gone live.


Today is an exciting day for me.. my first DT post on Merly Impressions blog had gone live!

Do check out the link here for details on my project and the Kaisercraft Bon Appetit collection

Here are a couple of close ups of the frame clusters using the collectables from the same range

Thanks for looking.. do pop back soon for more of my DT projects.


Thursday 25 August 2016

Tiny embellishments and a cute layout

Good afternoon

Today I'm bringing you a project for a current challenge that I am participating in.  

Firstly I made this layout for a challenge over on UKS. The sketch was provided and the colours were blue and yellow.. so I had the perfect photos taken just a couple of days beforehand.. how fortunate was that?

I am also entering it in to the Paper and Pixels August challenge.. inspired by this picture


and the criteria is to use tiny embellishments as the challenge. As you can see I added lots of little buttons , brads and small enamel dots, arrows, and hearts. The photos are of the first time my Grand-daughter held the leads on two of our three dogs .. she was so pleased with herself that this photos just had to be scrapped. Lol

So..there it is.. Thanks for looking!


UKS Summer Snap competition

Good Morning all

Today I'm bringing you something a little different.. over on my favourite website, UKScrappers..they are running a Photography scavenger hunt! I had intended to join in another one on another blogbut this year I've decided to join in this one instead (maybe that's on account of not actually starting the other one even though it's been running for a month already! lol)

So, here is the list

1. Vapour trails or clouds
A beautiful summers day in Hayling Island

2. A horse drawn vehicle

The best I could do! lol

3. Flowers in bloom

Taken on Hayling Island

4. A summer job in the garden.. substituted for 'Play'

5. Something typifying your holiday destination, or your home town if you are planning a staycation 
                              Taken on Hayling Island beach while on a mini break

6. Hats

My gorgeous grand-daughter.. in full colour and using a colour altering app.

Here is the layout I made with this photo

7. Ice cream 
            Taken at a pub we stopped at for lunch in Hayling Island.. we didn't actually have any though! lol

8. Kites or balloons- substituted for 'Something that makes me smile'

The beautiful Lavender Farm at Shoreham , Nr. Sevenoaks

9. Bubbles

10. Ducks, swans or seabirds

Taken at Lakeside Holiday village in Hayling Island

11. Summer sunrise or sunset

Taken in Chiddingstone, Nr Sevenoaks on my way back to visit friends

12. Eating al fresco

Taken at Hayesden Country Park, Tonbridge

13. Somewhere you would only visit when the sun shines:

Beach Huts at Hayling Island beach..

14. Flags or bunting

Taken at a pub we visited for lunch. For a Pimms girl like me this is perfect

15. Summer shoes

Guess who's shoes these

16. Fruit growing, in the garden, on a tree, or in the hedgerow

Raspberries growing in my Mums garden altered with a colour changing app

17. Water

Water fountain taken on Hayling Island in July

18. Umbrella substituted for 'Friends'

My GD with her friend Flo

19. Glasses

My friend Maggie called these 'Beer Goggles'- a perfect description

20. Fete, fair or festival

Taken at Chiddingstone Fete

and here is my picture of me... with Miss A. of course!!
and here is the layout I made using this photo which I am entering in the White with one blog challenge for this choice of White with Magenta.

And my A-E Substitutes list
A Play
B Anything in your favourite colour
C Something that made you smile
D Friends
E Just girls or Just boys

So..that's it..all complete! Thanks for everyone involved in organising this and giving me the perfect excuse to gratuitously take photos everywhere! lol


Wednesday 24 August 2016



A quick post from me today I'm afraid as I am mega busy looking after my aging Mum. She's not at all well and my sister and I  are rushing around looking after her at present.

That said I still find I need to craft when I get home to de-stress I'm joining in The Stamping Grounds weekly 'WOYWW' to share my messy desk..

And here are the projects I have been working on this week.

I did two layouts at a crop on Saturday..and a Christmas card..(which I can't share yet as its a secret swap)

And Sue, who organises the crop, had a birthday and she'd made us all a 'party bag' to take cute is this?

Then I went to Hobbycraft and discovered they have a half price sale on art products in I bought a selection of canvases and I made this.

Which I am entering in the Travel challenge over on the Mixed Media Challenge Blog. as I was 'travelling' when I took this photo in June in Hampshire, UK.
And finally, here is a sneak peek of my first DT project that is going live on Saturday on the Merly Impressions blog... Do hop on over for a look at the final piece.

Forgive me if I don't get around to everyone's blog today..I will try to get there by the end of the week. Thank you all for your comments last week..I left as much love as I had time to share around. Please bear with me while I have this ongoing Mum issue.

To cheer me up I am also sharing this gratuitous photo of my GD Amber who was all dressed up for a wedding.. cute!

Take care, have a good week.


Sunday 21 August 2016

I'm finally getting the hang of this!

Hi peeps...

As some of you know, it has taken me a while to get to grips with my Silhouette Cameo (18 months to be precise) and it had been gathering dust in the corner as I was too scared to use it! lol.. I know..daft isn't it? Anyway.. I was fed up with it waving at me from the corner and sulking.. so I decided a couple of weeks back that I couldn't let the damned thing beat me and I was going to learn how to use it.. finally!

So.. with lots or trials, tears and tribulations.. yes that's right.. tears... of frustration! Lol.. well I have finally managed to cut some half decent pages. I can't say I am an expert but at least I am getting a few pages out of it.. hopefully I will learn a lot more as time goes on but at least I'm not actually afraid of it now.. at last!

So without further ado.. here is one I worked on today at a crop I attended.

It is based on this sketch here from Me and Mines blog, run by my friend Sue who has a great ability of drawing sketches for us all to get our teeth in to each month..

and I made this layout

which I am also entering in the More than Words August challenge too
 As you can see I added 'Friends' in the title and I used lots of circles..cut, of course, on my Cameo! Hurrah!

Anyway.. the other layout will be shared in the fullness of time.. but for now it's bedtime for me.. so goodnight all.. sweet dreams everyone.


Wednesday 17 August 2016


Good morning all

Welcome to my edition of Whats on your Workdesk Wednesday.. if you want to know more about it, hop on over to Julias pad at The Stamping Ground to see what it's all about.

So, here is what you came to see.. my desk!

Not much to see in the way of WIP.. but I have been busy.. three layouts and two canvasses this week

First here is a LO based on this sketch on the Stuck?!sketches  Challenge blog

and here is my layout...using an ancient photo of my boys when they were little.. a LONG time ago.

and I created this layout for the Kraft+one challenge blog for this challenge

which I made this using my Counterfeit Kit made for the CKCB Blog

 I used the Kaisercraft Mixed Media Stencil to create the lines around the photo that I got from Merly Impressions who I am now designing for.

Then I made two mini canvasses too.. here they are unfinished

and here they are finished

And last but not least... here is a LO I made using my, newly resurrected, Silhouette Cameo that I have finally learned how to use!!!! Lol (I've owned it 18 months and it has been gathering dust since then) Now I know how to use it.. there'll be no stopping me now!  LOL..

Well that's it for now... do stop by again soon!

Elaine xx