Sunday, 26 February 2017

Catching up


I've had quite a busy week. I have to empty all of my kitchen cupboards ready for a new kitchen, so once again my house is upside down. To make room for moving everything out of the way I decided to finally put away all of the layouts that I finished but just hadn't got into albums. It took me a couple of hours and I have promised myself that I will put them away as I finish them from now on. This one I made at my friend Carolines I get together with a group of lovely ladies regularly. on this occasion we hired a room for a weekend at a hotel and spent three days crafting, lots of laughter and pages are always on the agenda. This  page was from a My  Minds Eye kit Caroline had got for us all, the colours were perfect for this photo taken many years ago in Sri Lanka. Its unusual for me to use such a bold background but I really like how this one turned out. 
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Im back

Well it is a long time since I posted but I have finally given in to the pressure from various sources that I need to keep the blog going.
A number of things caused my absence. A change in job that has made many demands on my time and leaked into my private time greatly. This impacted my mojo and we all know when that goes it can take some time to regain. I also decided to redecorate and have some work done at the house, why does changing one room spill over to every room in the house? This then takes almost 12 months to get back to where it should have been.

Throughout all of this I did spit and spat at my crafts and attended some classes and retreats to keep my hand in. I also continued to teach at Scrapstars and am delighted to have been asked to teach again in April this year.

So I now have a pile of finished layouts that need to be put into albums, as I go through them I will post them to keep everybody up to date.......if anybody is still out there!

I was invited to Ireland in September 2016 to teach a class at one of my friends crops. Well I couldnt resist Ive never been to Ireland. I chose the lovely Bloom and Grow kit from Simple Stories. This kit never seemdn to end and I ended up with 11 layouts from it. This was such a lovely paper range I loved working with it.
This was the layout I made, we made little seed packets that held tags for extra photos or journalling. I also included a little interactive element see the kite it moves up and down the page.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Two Ribbons

Oh no a disaster has befallen in my craft room, my Big Shot has died. I am bereft. Seriously, it has been making the most awful noises for a while but carried on working fine. Then on Sunday it just seized up and no amount of tlc or pleading would fix it.
Thankfully hobby craft have a good deal on at the moment and as I signed up to their newsletter got another 15% off. It made the loss easier.
So here is the card that broke the Big Shots back.
 This weeks Winter Wonderland challenge was to use two ribbons. thankfully I had just finished making this card, and my card box is filling up quite nicely now.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

For the boys

I enjoy creating cards for boys but it is often difficult to find good stamps that would suit a teenage boy, that was until last weekend when I visited my favourite shop The Craft Box, they had these gorgeous Woodware stamps and of course I just snapped them up. Perfect for my four nephews. I enjoyed an afternoon of colouring in front of the television on Sunday, something I am planning to do again this weekend. I'm entering these card into the Winter Wonderland challenge this week which aptly enough is boys will be boys.



Saturday, 30 August 2014

Bendi Card

I have seen some lovely bendi cards and wanted to have a go at making one. Ive also had some of the lovely images from Lili of the Valley recent Christmas stamps release sitting on my desk. Today I manged to find some crafting time and killed two birds with one stone. I was quite pleased with how the card came out  but think I need to practise a little bit more.I so enjoyed this little crafting session, if I can get all my jobs dome early tomorrow I may reward myself with a bit more craft room time.




Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Giving Wine

Last weekend I spent 3 days with my friends Caroline and Lesley. We had a great time just crafting and chatting and swapping ideas. There are never enough weekends spent doing this but I know we will do it again.
I am in full on Christmas gifts and cards mode, last weekend we all decided to make a project and share with the others how to make it. I'll share more of that later,  but when I got home I was so inspired I just wanted to carry on.
I recently got my pre order of goodies from the new Stampin Up Christmas catalogue and there is a great stamp set that I've used loads already. I decided to use them to make some decoration tags for giving wine as a present.
 I love how they turned out. I'm adding these to the Winter Wonderland Challenge. This month its anything goes.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

On the Move

This weeks Winter Wonderland Challenge has the title of On the Move, so either the image should depict movement or include a moving element on the card. This challenge was right up my street, I love pop up cards and trying to have moving parts on my scrapbook pages. I have taught a few scrapbook classes where the pages open to reveal little surprises.
I have wanted to make a swing card for some time and was considering buying on of the many dies that are on the market at the moment. I then came across this tutorial and it is surprising how easy it is to make your own.I love how it came together.
This was the card I came up with 


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