Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Who Says It Always Rains?

When we decided to go to Wales on holiday everyone told us to make sure we took lots of warm, waterproof clothing because "It always rains in Wales!". They were so wrong! On the two occasions that we holidayed in Wales in 2014 and 2015, the weather was glorious for much of the time so I decided to create a layout to show this and took inspirations from a layout by Christa Paustenbaugh.

I used papers from Simple Stories and My Minds Eye, bakers twine, a button, some homemade acrylic dots, some teeny tiny alphabet stickers and a title cut on the Craft Robo.

Monday, 11 April 2016


For the first time in twelve months I have scrapbooked! At the beginning of the month I spent the weekend with my crafting friends at Easthampstead Park where I managed to put together quite a few layouts.

This layout of Tux was created during the weekend and uses patterned paper from Simple Stories which I layered and fussy cut. Washi tape was added as well as some home made acrylic dots. The letters stickers were from American Crafts and the paw print stickers from EK Success / Sticko.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time

Another layout from my weekend away. A scraplift of a layout by Eva Pizarro.

I used Kraft cardstock for the background and patterned papers from a 6"x 6" paper pack which came free with a magazine.

The 'Christmas Tree' was created using a shape cut on the CraftRobo which was embelished with paper, sequins and wood veneer stars. A star shaped wooden button was placed at the top of the tree.

The tile was created with the word 'Christmas' cut on the CraftRobo and letter stickers.

The top left corner was embellished with paper flags, a journal sticker and more wood veneer stars and letter stickers.

Monday, 6 April 2015

White Space

This layout of my daughter when she was a baby is a scraplift of a layout by Ginger Williams and includes lots of white space.

I used white Bazzill Cardstock and patterned papers from My Mind's Eye's 'On the Sunny Side' collection. I embelished the page with lettering cut on the CraftRobo, Dewdrops (small flat bead-like embellishments, without the hole), homemade acrylic dots, brads and punched butterflies, flowers and circles. 

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Birthday layout

Whilst away the other weekend, I took the opportunity to create a layout using photos of ,y daughter's last birthday.

I used Bazzill Cardstock and patterned papers from Echo Parks' 'For the Record' collection ans My Minds Eye's 'Lucky in Love' and 'Follow Your Heart' collections. I added a die cut from Grace Taylor and AC Thickers Numbers. The word 'Birthday' was cut on the CraftRobo using a cutting file from the Silhouette Studio.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

We Love Wasgij

At our crafty getaway last month I created this layout to record our love of Wasgij jigsaws. The photos were taken quite a few years ago whilst on holiday.

I used Bazzill cardstock, patterned paper and elements from Simple Stories SN@P collection, Flash (Button badge) from American Crafts and handmade enamel dots.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Such a Crafty Girl layout

My second layout from last weekend is a scraplift of a layout by Maria Featon. The layout was quite unusual for me because I used paint and ink which don't usually feature on many of my layouts.

I used a 12" x 12" sheets of Kraft Cardstock and paper strips cut from a 6" x 6" pack of patterned paper which came free with a magazine. Some very old 'stitches' rub-ons were added to the edges of the paper strips.

Before sticking the patterned paper onto my base card I used a couple of Crafter's Workshop stencils to add some added interest. I used white paint with a Hexagon Stencil ....

.... and black ink with a Chicken Wire stencil.

BasicGrey letter stickers were used for the title and paper journalling strips created on the computer were added.

To embelish the layout I made some accordion folded papers rosettes and finished them off with buttons and baker's twine.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe

I have just spent a lovely weekend crafting with a group of like minded friends. Having a whole weekend of crafting meant I was able to put together plenty of scrapbook layouts .... something I've not done for some time!

One of my favourite layouts was this layout using Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe Collection. The layout is a scrap lift of a layout by Brazilian scrapbooker Bianca Ribero found on the Crate Paper blog. Emma's Shoppe was released in 2011 so it was nice to finally use the papers I had bought back then.

I used a photo of Lara taken in 2009 after a trip to the library.

The 'books' were made using this 12" x 12" sheet of double sided paper.

I cut the individual books out and shortened them to fit my layout. 'Book marks' were made from ribbon and embroidery floss. 

As well as the patterned paper from Crate Paper I also used some papers from Echo Park, Bazzill Cardstock, BasicGrey letter stickers and a 'print n cut' flower file from the Silhouette Studio. Various paper punches and fancy cut scissors were used to add interest to the paper edges.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Scrapology - February Layout Challenge

This month on Scrapology the team has taken inspiration from a layout by Australian Scrapbooker Melinda Spinks

Melinda's layout incorporated lots of squares so this months challenge is to creating a layout using either Melinda's layout or Lynn's sketch as inspiration and some squares.

For my layout I used a photo taken in our village during the winter a few years ago.

I used 12" x 12" white Bazzill cardstock as my base and patterned paper from LOTS of BasicGrey's older winter/festive themed paper collections - Blitzen, Figgy Pudding, Dasher, Eskimo Kisses ..... 

Branches were cut on the Craft Robo using a shape from the Silhouette Studio and these were attached to the layout with 3D foam to add some dimension. Layered snowflakes from K&Co, crystals, a wooden bird and letters stickers finished off the layout. To add some sparkle the whole layout (apart from the photo) was sprayed with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle Glitter Varnish.

Here is Melinda's original layout .....

..... and Lynn's sketch.

Do hop over to the Scrapology blog to view all the design team's layouts and to find full details of this months challenge.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Scrapology - January Layout Challenge

On Scrapology this month the team has taken inspiration from a lovely layout by Laura Vegas and challenge readers to create a scrapbook layout using Laura's layout and/or Lynn's sketch as inspiration and to include in the layout 'Lots of Letters'.

For my layout I used a photo taken a few years ago whilst travelling back across the Solent from the Isle of Wight to Southampton. Never would I have dreamt when I choose that photo, that at the beginning of this month a huge car transporter ship would run aground in that very same area. 

The base for my layout was a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock which I sprayed with some turquoise glimmer mist.

Scraps of patterned paper from various Echo Park collections were used and clouds, a seagull and a yacht image were cut on the Craft Robo using shapes from the Silhouette Studio.

Some AC Thickers and an AC Flair button badge were added as well as letter stickers for the date.

Here's Laura's original layout.....

..... and Lynn's sketch

Full details of the challenge can be found on the Scrapology blog so hop on over and have a look. 

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Cards

Each Christmas I make a few cards for some of my crafty friends.

This year I used a Woodware Bubble Bloom Festive Tree stamp which was designed to used with Craftwork Cards 'Candi'

The image was stamped onto white cardstock and them embelished with different coloured Candi, adhesive gems and Stickles. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Scrapology - December Card Challenge

This  month on Scrapology , Design Team member Linda has set a colour challenge using an image she found on Stylyze.

I decided to make a Thank You card using some BasicGrey 'Infuse' patterned paper and die cuts. I matted various pieces of the patterned paper with Bazzill cardstock and them embelished the card with die cuts which were lifted with 3D foam and finished off with a large brad from Little Leaves. The sentiment was downloaded from the internet and printed on card.

Hop over to Scrapology to see the rest of the design team's cards and for full details of the challenge.

Scrapology - December Layout Challenge

This month on Scrapology the design team has taken inspiration from a layout by US scrapbooker Kimberley Van Diepen.To take part in the monthly challenge followers must create a layout with a number of features (any number) using Kimberley's layout, the pages created by the design team and the sketch provided for inspiration.

For my layout I decided to record 5 Christmas Traditions which our family have.

I used patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket's 'Be Good' collection and K&Company's 'Christmas Swirl'.  

The circles on my layout were printed from the Internet onto some scraps of the Cosmo Cricket paper. 

The inserted eyelets into the circles and strung them together using bakers twine and embellished them with punched fern branches. The journalling was printed onto another scrap of paper onto which I had already printed a tradition definition. The whole layout was then finished off with lots of glitter glue for added sparkle.

Here is Kimberley's original layout .....

.... and Lynn's sketch.

Please pop over to the Scrapology blog to see the rest of the teams layouts and to get full details of the challenge.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Scrapology - November Card Challenge

This month design team member Karen Leonard has sent the card challenge on the Scrapology blog. Karen is challenging blog readers to create a card using colours found in a specific image from Design Seeds

I created a 5"x7" card featuring a free vintage image downloaded from the Internet.

I used various papers which were free with craft magazines, satin ribbon, paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, adhesive pearls, a paper tag and the sentiment was from a QVC kit.

Here's the image which the card was inspired by.

You can find lots more inspiration on the Scrapology blog and full details of the challenge which runs until midnight on 15 December.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Scrapology - November Layout Challenge

This month the Scrapology design team have been inspired by a layout by Brazilian born scrapbooker Carmen Crosseti Henriquez . Carmen's bright colourful layout featured hearts so this months challenge to blog readers is to create a layout inspired by Carmen's original layout and incorporate hearts or some other repeated shape into your design.

For my layout I used a photo of my cat, Tux.

I used a variety papers from BasicGrey. BasicGrey were once my 'go to' manufacturer for most of my layouts but over the years I've fallen out of love with their collections, but for this layout the papers seemed a good choice.

The hearts were cut on the CraftRobo and stitched to the layout with the sewing machine.

The wording was printed on an ink jet transparency and stuck onto the page. A scattering of flat back pearls and homemade enamel dots finished off the layouts

Here is Carmen's original layout .......

..... and of course, Lynn's sketch.

Please pop over to the Scrapology blog to see the rest of the teams layouts and to get full details of the challenge.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Scrapology - October Card Challenge

This months card challenge on the Scrapology blog has been set by Paula from Crafts U Love. Paula is challenging you to create a Christmas Card using blue and silver.Paula has also offered a £10 voucher to spend at Crafts U Love as this months prize.

For my card I decided to create a Christmas/Winter wreath using silver fern branches punched using a Martha Stewart branch punch.

I punched the branches from silver paper and arranged them in a circular shape on a piece of white card.

The 'wreath' was then decorated with silver and blue gems and a bow tied from satin ribbon. A silver snowflake charm was stitched to the bow. To finish off the card I fixed a 'Happy Christmas' die cut in the centre of the wreath.

Hop over to the Scrapology blog to see all the teams cards and for full details of the challenge.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Scrapology - October Layout Challenge

This month on the Scrapology blog inspiration has been taken from a super layout by Australia scrapbooker Julianne McKenna-De Lumen, otherwise known as Jules The Bling Princess.

The design team have created layouts incorporating 'label shapes' and the challenge this month to blog readers is to also incorporate 'label shapes' in a layout taking inspiration from Julianne's layout.

For my layout I used a recent photo of my daughter taken last month on her first day back at school.

I used patterned papers from Simple Stories and October Afternoon and the large 'label shape' was from Jenni Bowlin. The 'Back to School Journalling Cards' were downloaded from Scrapbookgraphics.com and printed onto cardstock. The layout was embelished with a Karen Foster sticker, Kaisercraft alphabet stickers, washi tape, brads, cork sheet and the title was cut on the Craft Robo.

Here is Julianne's original layout...................

................. and Lynn's sketch.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Scrapology - September Card Challenge

Linda has set the monthly card challenge on the Scraology blog this month and 'Anything Goes'. Create whatever card you want using whatever supplies you want.

I decided to make a card using one of the images from a Lili of the Valley 'Jack, Patch and Puss' coloured Art Pad. I chose an image of Patch and Puss!

To make my card I used a 5x7 card blank, Karft cardstock, Free paper from Crafts Beautiful Magazine, Foam Giltter Stars from Poundland and some 'Candi' and a sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

I love mixing bought quality craft supplies with freebie and supplies bought from discount stores!

Hope over to Scrapology to see all the team's cards and for full details of the challenge.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt 2014

Over the last few months I've been taking part in the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. I have to admit I wondered if I would manage to take all 21 photos but yesterday I managed to snap the last one. 

Here's my photos

1. A kite, hot air balloon or blimp (Alternative A)
Husband and son taken on Ferryside Beach, Wales

2. A Garden Gnome
Welsh Rugby Union Gnome 

3. Birds on a Wire
Pigeons close to home

4. A Group of Tourists
Tourists  at the Millennium Coast Park at Llanelli, Wales

5. A Rack of Postcards
Postcards at Tenby, Wales

6. An Urban Street Scene
Hitchin, Hertfordshire

7. A Rural Landscape
Taken on one of our regular dog walks

8. A Tattoo on a Person
One of my husband's two tattoos.

9. A Bakery
Laugharne Bread Shop/Bakery at Tenby, Wales

10. A Photo Bomb
Holiday makers photo bombing a carefully set up photo of my daughter on the beach.

11. A Horn
Fog Horn from the Brixham Trawler 'Zeal' on display at Tenby Museum, Wales.

12. A Bird House (Alternative B)
A trio of bird houses at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales.

13. A Sunrise
Sunrise snapped by husband on way to work early one morning

14. A Parade
Arena Parade, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire

15. A Juggler
My daughter juggling

16. A Sign in a Language other than English
Sign at the National Wetlands Centre in Llanelli, Wales - English and Welsh

17. A Lamp Post
Lamp Post at Tenby

18. A Water fall
Waterfall at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

19. A public garden
National Botanic Gardens of Wales

20. A bus with a picture painted on the side
Tour bus near Laugharne Castle, Wales

21. A photograph of me with something representing the season
Me with my very battered and scratched sun glasses - they've had a lot of use this summer. I think i need some new ones!