Saturday, 22 March 2014

Finally

I'm here again. I've been all over with work, Greenwich, Yeovil and Devon, meaning that I haven't had chance to do any crafting it has been one endless round of packing, travelling, unpacking washing, ironing and repacking. 
Today I was determined to have some me time and make a card for my bestie's husband. He is 60 this week and I needed a very manly card for him. No cutsie stuff he's a mans man. 
This is what I came up with
Its a large card 8x8 but you need something this size for a special birthday. Tomjorrow is our monthly scrapbooking class at the Craft Box and we have a lovely beach themed page. Come back tomorrow to see it.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Where have I been?

Well nowhere really, it seems my mojo has left me and taken a little holiday. Truth be told I've been having a little bit of a stressful time at work but its is all settling down and will be over with soon. The thing is when I get  stressed I also get exhausted, so most evenings it has been home, tea and bed.
This weekend It was time to get back in the craft room and forget everything. I recently ordered the Karen Burniston pop n cuts house die. I hate putting things away without using them first, so I fished out some Christmas paper stacks and have made my first Christmas card for this year.

I can promise I will not be making these for everybody this year, but I love how it turned out.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Scrap Whispers

This week the latest round of Scrap Whispers layouts were revealed, I was third in line and followed my friend Lesley. I loved the page that was forwarded to me. This was my favourite lift of all of the games that I have played.
 
I chose a picture I had taken of my street a couple of winters ago, thank goodness we haven't had snow this year so far. I am praying we will be lucky and not get any.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Year

A New Year begins with a new calendar, its funny how lost I feel if there isn't a calendar around. I don't need them to write down events or as a reminder. I am pretty good at remembering dates but use a diary just in case. I just need a calendar. So I made a quick desk calendar all from scraps and washi tape, just for those moments when you need to sort out a date.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Still on Christmas

So as a scrapbooker once the decorations are down and away, the house has been cleaned from top to bottom, there's only one thing left. That is to scrapbook the photos!
I signed up last year for Shimelle Laine's Journal Your Christmas prompts and am sad to say I didn't do it. Same story this year but my friend Caroline last year had the idea of getting all her Christmas memories into one album rather than recording just one year, or doing it every year. Then this year another friend Lesley decided she wanted to record a memory from every day through out December. Along with this the fabulous inspiration that you can find on Pinterest made me get some photos printed off and look at some of the prompts. I like Caroline's idea of gathering all my memories and it has finally got me started.
I was invited to Lesley's for a crafting day so we sat and chatted, ate and made some pages for our albums. Crafting with a friend always inspires you to pick up the paper and glue again.
This page was inspired by this fabulous layout, my book is an 8x8 album so that it wont take much filling. Here I recorded all the baking I do at Christmas
 this page was inspired by the first layout on this post.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Catching up with my ideas

Today has been a very lazy day for me, I haven't even got dressed. Instead I've abandoned everything to bring to life an idea that has been kicking round in my head. I really love the Lili of the Valley nativity scene stamps, they are so very cute.
I wanted to create a nativity scene using the stamps, as all of them have a sheet for a background I decided to make them their own 'theatre'. It has taken me all day to make it and light it up but thank goodness it worked out just fine. You know what its like when you start something you've imagined and then it just doesn't work. I'm entering thins into this months LOTV Challenge which is to create anything but a card.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

From my house to yours

I hope everybody is spending their Christmas just as they want to. I am full of Christmas dinner and desserts so now need to nap before Downton Abbey comes on TV. Before I do I wanted to show you the little configuration house I made last week. I was invited to my friend Carolines along with 4 other crafty ladies. Up until then I hadn't felt very Christmassy, yes I'd done the decorations and sent the cards out but it still didn't feel like it. Until our crafty day. Caroline gave each of us a house box that had been left over from a previous Scrapstars retreat, we were then left to our own devices to do what we wanted.
For a couple of weeks we had all been raiding our Christmas ornaments and the local pound shops and on the day we had a mountain of goodies on the table. We also all took food along for our lunch. It was one of the most relaxing and nicest days that completely turned Christmas around for me. Here was my house
The box had to be painted first, I was a bit adventurous painting it green but then the facing edge I painted in gold. Nobody was more surprised than me when it didn't smudge or run at all. I had taken the nutcracker soldier from my tree because for some reason, and I don't know why but I always think of Christmas when I see these soldiers. Each 'room' then needed a pit of paper at the back to add some interest.
He didn't need anything doing to him apart from cutting the string from his head.
At the top of the house I put some winter flora and fauna, poinsettia, mistletoe, berry branches and an acorn. I have just remembered I had holly to go in here as well but had forgotten to put it in. That's the beauty of this project you can keep tweaking it until its perfect.
I then wanted to do a 'room' about snow, although we haven't had any for Christmas this year the association is still there.
Below that I put a little light, its a battery operated snow ball light and I made a wrap for it using a Tim Holtz on the edge die. This represents all the greetings that go from house to house. I saw something like this on Pinterest and knew I had to use it in my house.
On the ground floor we had  a bell with a big satin ribbon, Santa has them on his sleigh
then the big man himself, it wouldn't be the same without him
then the last 'room' in the box was filled with presents. These took me ages to make, I wanted them to fill the space but Oh my goodness what do you wrap? So I made the boxes then wrapped them.
That left me with a problem, where did the Christmas Tree go? So I built an extension to house it.
On the outside the roof as covered with felt and so that Santa knows where to land his sleigh, I put a string of lights under the felt. These were a real bargain Poundland had them and they are battery operated, I loved them.
So there you are a tour of my Christmas house

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