Saturday, 2 May 2015

Always Snooze O'clock!

Wishing you a very Happy National Scrapbook Day!
Over at Sketch N Scrap we are celebrating with an extra sketch challenge.


Here is the sketch designed by Lisa Hidy.
We hope you will find the time to play along with us.


Here is the layout I created using the sketch, starring the cutest cat on the block; Ginger!
I added some masking down the right side before adhering my Crate Paper The Pier papers.


A couple of printed embellishments. 


Don't know what happened with my photography here it is all on the wonk! I promise it's straight in real life!

I hope you are going to be able to spend some or most of your day getting your scrap on and celebrating NSD and I hope this sketch will give you some inspiration!  Now what's a challenge without a prize?  For every one who completes a layout based on this sketch you will not only get ONE entry into our regular monthly prize drawing for our awesome chipboard stickers but you will also get ONE entry into our drawing for this awesome We R Memory Keepers Spring kit!!!
To see the rest of the DT's awesome layouts based on the sketch and to check out the details of this and yesterdays challenge head on over to the Sketch N Scrap blog HERE.

Hope you manage to find a little (or alot!) of time today to craft, hopefully I will join you later after I have set lots of seeds.
Toodles. xx  



Sunday, 26 April 2015

Fun Lunch.

I couldn't resist playing along with this months challenge over at  Sassy Scrappers, this beautiful mood board that feels so soft and calm.  




I came across this spotty paper which was part of Heidi Swapp's Serendipity line and it reminded me of  the pots of paint in the mood board. Then I added a blue background and some other pastel papers with a touch of gold in the form of stripey washi tape.
The photo is of us on holiday in Disneyland Paris last year enjoying a last lunch before the long drive home. It ended up being the best meal we had there, with great food and good laughs.


I love the look of thread on layouts so I gathered some behind my fussy cut flowers.


Another little touch of gold in the form of this heart simply punched from some card and added to the cluster by the PL card.

This beautiful mood board challenge runs until the end of the month so you still have a few days to play along.
All the details and the awesome DT examples can be found on the Sassy Scrappers Blog HERE.

Thanks for visiting with me today and enjoy the rest of your weekend. xx

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Monumental French Icon.

Hello and welcome to my blog.
I'm finding blogland a tad quiet at the moment, not as much scrapping going on around the world. Perhaps like me you are all busy with the jobs in the garden now that Spring has sprung.
I squeezed in a day crop last weekend and managed to play along with 123 Get Scrappy this month.

Here is the challenge for April.
I chose the diagonal option of clouds, zig zags and wood element. 


Here is my layout using various Teresa Collins papers. 
We visited Paris last summer and it was the first time any of us had seen the Eiffel Tower up close and personal. We didn't manage to go up as the queue's were hours long and as we were just there for the day we decided to sight see a bit more.


This close up incorporates all the elements I chose from the challenge. The clouds are in my photo, I used zig zag paper and for the wood element I used a cute frame and wooden letters for part of my title.


I added a little wooden frame near the bottom of my layout too.


 Just one more close -up.

This wonderful challenge at 123 Get Scrappy runs until the end of April, so still a few days to get your scrap on and play along.

Thanks for taking time out to visit with me today.
Have a great week. xx

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

But First........

The layout I am sharing with you today was based on a sketch over at The Memory Nest where Leslie sets challenges called Make It Monday
The one I used was number 37.


Here is the sketch and I used it to make the first page of a double pager, I also turned it to accommodate my photo's.


Here is my layout, I had lots of great selfie's that my daughters and their friends took in Paris last summer.


For my title I used the words from the song by The Chainsmokers called #Selfie, which I'm sure you have all heard of! The girls took forever standing with the Eiffel Tower behind them taking photo's!


I used these beautiful Teresa Collins papers that I adore and as I have bought several of this flowery one I thought I would indulge myself and use a big chunk down the side! Normally I would only use these sorts of papers for fussy cutting, I don't know what came over me!! 


I have a mask that was cut using my Silhouette that I thought would be perfect for the background as reminds me of the Eiffel Towers structure.


Here is a close up of the masking, I wanted it quite subtle so used a Mr Hueys mist called Splash that matched the blue paper.
 My title was made up with a combination of Thickers and Sizzix die. 


This lovely tag was on one of the patterned papers and the thin strip at the bottom was part of the cut off strip (waste not!).

This challenge runs until 1st May and there is another awesome sketch Leslie has posted this week too. So head on over to The Memory Nest blog HERE for more details, 

Thanks for stopping by. xx




Monday, 20 April 2015

Love This.

I had great plans to scrap until I dropped this month but here we are way past the middle of the month and I am just getting started on some of the challenges I wanted to enter!
Luckily I had a day crop organised this past Saturday so I did manage to make a start on my challenge list. 


Stuck's first sketch challenge of the month is where I started with my scrapping and due to the photo I changed the orientation of the sketch.


Here is my take on the sketch which I kept to almost exactly, but when it's a great sketch I usually do. I played around with some new masks that I bought this month, getting messy with ink in different ways.
I love this photo of me posing with my youngest daughter with my eldest daughter photo bombing in the background!


A close-up of the top cluster.


I am always a bit nervous about using masks (doesn't stop me buying them though!) the results can't always be predicted especially when using mists as well. 
With this Tim Holtz mask I used a Distress Stain which ran a little under the mask, the edges are less sharp than they would have been using mists but by the time I splatted, inked and stamped over the rest of the page I quite liked the less formal effect.

Thanks for stopping by today and if you want to play along with this challenge you have until 29th April to link your layout on the Stuck blog HERE.

Toodles. xx


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Birth of a Dragonfly.

I am always in awe of Mother Nature, Spring brings new life and new beginnings for my garden and it's wildlife. I love seeing the new shoots push out of the ground and seemingly dead shrubs producing vibrant green shoots and leaves!
We have a very small pond in our garden and it was teaming with life just a few short month's after we built it a couple of years ago. Last year though we couldn't understand why our tadpoles were going missing, we ended up with no little froglets at all.
Then one summer evening I spotted the ugliest, huge bug I have ever seen clinging onto one of the pond iris stems. Fascinated by the creature I called my hubby and girls out to see it too and as we stood wondering what it was the body started to split open!
The ugly bug turned out to be a dragonfly larvae and over the next couple of hours we were spellbound into watching the new dragonfly come to life!  

As it's mid-month we have a new challenge reveal for you over at Sketch N Scrap and I used the sketch to scrap (some of!) the photo's I took of the dragonfly emerging.


Today's sketch comes courtesy of Kelly Holifield. 


Of course I needed to spread the photo's over two pages so I adapted the sketch to make a double-pager. The right hand side is based on the sketch.


Here is the right side on it's own. As you can see from the photo's the dragonfly is so much larger than the larvae shell that it's amazing to think that it was squashed up inside!


The left side and the first photo shows the head emerging as the shell splits open!



These Thickers worked perfectly for the effect I was after with the title.


I kept the page very simple as the photo's are quite detailed, with just a few paint splats and a couple of understated clusters.

From just the larvae that we counted we estimated we had more than fifteen in the pond feeding on our poor little tadpoles. No wonder we had no survivors! 
I wonder what will become of them this year!

I hope you enjoyed my little story today,
Don't forget to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap.
All the details can be found on the Sketch N Scrap blog HERE.


Sketch N Scrap is so excited to announce their THIRD annual Birthday Bash beginning May 1st! There will be lots of fun challenges, lots of inspiration and best of all LOTS of prizes!!!!  
So make sure and join Sketch N Scrap everyday in May and be ready to be inspired!!!



Saturday, 11 April 2015

Take A Nap!

Finally winter is officially over in the UK and we are all enjoying going outside without bundling up in coats and gloves!
With Spring comes the flurry of pretty flowers and the rushing around of small critters.
Except in our house!
My cats have decided that the appearance of the sun just means basking in the warmth, no rushing needed!


The Studio Challenges have a photo prompt challenge this month and it is so pretty I couldn't help but play along!


Here are all three of my kitties enjoying the sunshine in a way that involves not moving much!
I used all American Crafts papers, I couldn't resist using the cute cloud paper as my background.


I have a birdhouse cut file & I had already cut some out  in white so I just re-coloured one to co-ordinate.


I placed my title on a Project Life card.


This tag needed some TLC so I stitched a heart on it and then added a couple of banners and some flowers. The bunting was cut from a sheet of patterned paper.

I have entered by the skin of my teeth but if you are quick there are still a few hours left to play.

Thanks for dropping in.
Hugs. xx