Monday, 17 September 2012

Scrapology - September Card Challenge

The theme of this months card challenge on Scrapology is 'An Unconventional Charistmas' and the challenge was set by Natalie O'Shea from Stampin' Up. Natalie set the challenge to create a Christmas card using products or tools not normally associated with Christmas. Not an easy challenge! 

I decided to make an easel card.

I used square card blanks, red patterned paper (unknown brand), 'Star Fairy' digital stamp from Pollycraft which I coloured with Promarkers, Queen and Co. Felt Fusion, Martha Stewart eyelet lace & branch leaf punches, paper flowers by Impex & Wild Orchid Crafts, Stickles, Hobby Craft self adhesive greeting and Hobby House self adhesive pearls.

Please hop on over to Scrapology to see all the teams cards and have a go at creating a card yourself.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

With Silver Bells .......

Today is our Silver Wedding Anniversary. I can't believe it's 25 years since Wayne & I were married. We had all sorts of ideas of how to celebrate - a weekend away, a party.....? In the end because so much is going on at the moment (Christopher off the Uni in 2 weeks, Steven and Lara back to school tomorrow and Wayne facing back surgery again) we decided that celebrating in a big way wasn't a priority and decided instead to spend the day quietly, with the children and have a day at Cambridge. Cambridge is only a 45 minute drive away and we've never done the 'tourist' things so Wayne took the day off work and this morning after opening cards and presents we went off to Cambridge.

We walked round several of the colleges and the backs. We saw such stunning buildings and gardens.

A passer by kindly took a photo of us all at Emmanuel College. I think he was concentrating more on photographing the building than us though LOL!

We sat by the river and ate a picnic and watched the punting.

We were very surprised whilst eating out lunch to see this heard of cows come walking along the riverside. Cows in the City Centre! How absurd!

My parents had a lovely cake made for us so when we returned home they came round and we had some cake and a glass of bubbly
Happy Anniversary Wayne. Love you. x x

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Scrapology September Layout Challenge - H is for Hexagons

This month on Scrapology we are scraplifting the work of Katherine Sutton and the challenge is to incorporate Hexagons into your layout. 

I decided to use a photo of Lara taken at Weymouth. Dorset on Carnival Day in 2007. I thought the My Minds Eye - Follow Your Heart papers co-ordinated perfectly with the photo and had the added advantage of having hexagons printed on one of the sheets of paper (Follow Your Heart "Be Happy" Honey Pink).

For the layout I used  My Minds Eye - Follow Your Heart patterned papers, string, a brad, some alphabet stickers and some acrylic paint. The paint was watered down slightly and used to add some 'splatters' to the layout. The bunting was stamped using the Technique Tuesday Message in a Banner stamp onto some My Minds Eye paper and then cut out. The title was made with some tiny alphabet stickers and some chipboard letters.

Here's Katherine's original layout

Here's the sketch which Katherine based her original layout on which was drawn by Valerie Mangan (who in turn based the sketch on a page by Jules Dix)

Victoria Pendleton's Golden Postbox

Yesterday we went in search of Victoria Pendleton's Golden Postbox.

Victoria Pendleton who picked up a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics by winning the Women's Keirin final in the velodrome was born at Stotfold which is just a few miles down the road from where we live and also where Wayne's business is based. Royal Mail are changing the colour of postboxes from red to gold in each gold medal winner’s home town and so a Stotfold postbox has been painted gold in Victoria's honour.

We found the postbox in Hitchin Road and took a couple of photos on the phone.



Summer Holiday Crafts - Day 13

I'm a little behind in posting about our summer holiday crafts but I'll try and catch up soon.

Last Thursday I showed Lara how to make Maze Books. I was first shown how to make these books about 9 years ago when I first started scrapbooking. They are made from a single sheet of paper (we used 12x12) and the paper is folded and cut to make the pages. 

There is a good video tutorial on the's You Tube Channel.

Here are the finished books.

And here's what they look like open ready to fill with favourite photos.

Fun to make from very few supplies and very easy for a child.