Thursday, 21 August 2014

Love Life.

Whilst happily enjoying the delights of France and Switzerland on my holidays the rest of the world and in particular blogland carried on without me and so today I am still trying to catch up on past scrapbooking reveals.
Today I am sharing the page I created for Sketch N Scraps 15th August sketch.
This fun sketch was designed by Kelly Holifield.
Here is my page and I substituted two photo's for the three in the sketch but otherwise stayed pretty much true to the design.
I managed to squeeze these flowers from a remaining piece of ancient papers in my attempt to use up the old stash in my ever growing paper hoard!
Lots of fussy cutting used up the remains of this cute sheet of paper. Long forgotten the name of the manufacturer!
Hop on over to the Sketch N Scrap Blog Here to see whats happening with all of this month's sketches. There are three layout and two card sketches to play with and until the end of the month to submit them for a chance to win the prize- a $20 gift certificate to from our awesome sponsor:

Lissa is excited to sponsor this month's prize giveaway: a $20 gift certificate to She also has a special bonus to share her love of Origami Owl -- a free Charm giveaway for new subscribers and Facebook followers for August. Visit MightyCrafty to find out more and enter to win!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Playing Catch Up.

Hi crafty friends, I have a card to quickly show you today that I made using the card sketch from 5th August reveal at Sketch N Scrap.
I am not on the card design team but had masculine card to make and used the sketch as inspiration.
Here is the sketch designed by Kelly Holifield.
I loved the quote that I put on the front - perfect for a Fathers Day card.
I love layers on cards and as this one was not going in the post I could add more chunky embellishments too!

Hope you can play along with us at Sketch N Scrap with this sketch and/or the new one that was revealed today, you can never have enough cards stashed away for a rainy day!
Back tomorrow with a layout. xx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Holiday Snaps.

Hi everyone,
I have just arrived back from a awesome holiday that didn't allow me any access to a computer so I have missed lots of creative goings on!
I hope I will catch up in the next few days but until then here is a little of what I have been up to (not a drop of glue in sight!).
First off, a week here in beautiful Annecy, France.
Where I swam (briefly!) in the glacial mountain fed lake.
We climbed!
Some of us were not so happy with the climbing part!
But  so worth it!
Sampling the local drink whilst watching the para-gliders jump off the mountain.
(yes it was only lemonade - but I was driving that day!).
This is me trying to convince hubby that he could fly!
Oh No!
We did have to queue for the cable car to take us up one mountain!
Said mountain - Aiguille Du Midi, part of the French Alp range - complete with glacier!
Here we are 3842meters  above sea level!
Another country this time - Switzerland. More awesome scenery on the drive there!
A quick stop off at a Swiss Chocolate Factory on the way to our next destination.
Arrived in time for the children to have a twilight swim in lake Thun. I got as far as my ankles - gosh the water was cold!
Someone had left this frame just lying around at the top of  Schynige Platte!
Catching a train this time to take us up the mountain.
A game of cards half way up????????????
Rebecca decorated her hair with Alpine flowers on the walk down.
I could never get tired of seeing waterfalls!
Lunch with a view!
Me in the snow on top of the Jungfraujoch mountain!
At 3,466 meters above sea level, this has the highest railway station in Europe!
There might have been one or two selfies taken on this holiday!
For the last five days a complete change of pace!
No snow at Disneyland Paris!
No reality here!
We did take a day out to find some culture!

Wow, sorry for the photo overload! 
But I hope you enjoyed my little run through our holiday and no doubt these photo's (and MANY more!) will be seen in the coming month's on my scrapbook pages!
I hope you have had an awesome summer too (feels decidedly Autumnal outside for the middle of August!). Back to school here in the UK in a couple of weeks so we are off to town today for shoes, books and new uniform!
Until tomorrow. xx 

Life is Fabulous!

Life certainly has been fabulous for me lately as I have just returned from an amazing trip to France and Switzerland. A fortnight of stunning views with no internet access to keep me from enjoying them!
So as I have been incommunicado for so long there is lots to share with you and plenty of catching up to do!
I will start off with the fact that I am guest designer over at The Studio Challenges this month and I have the page I designed for the first of their challenges to show you today.
The challenge was simple enough - to use buttons on your layout. 
The buttons around the stitched circle were incorporated on the way round.
Yes, I am still trying to use up my old stash and these fun papers just shouted summer at me!
Do you use products or techniques that you have not used in a while and then think 'I should do this more often'?  I hardly ever use buttons on my pages anymore but I will  definitely be changing that trend.
Fussy cut embellishments from the patterned papers.
I love adding little strip quotes and have sheets of them typed out and ready to use - handy for finishing touches.

The Studio Challenges (there will be three this month) run until 14th September so plenty of time to play along!
For all the challenges and the awesome DT layouts check out their blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today and I will share another layout with you tomorrow. xx


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Young at Heart.

Challenge YOUrself blog has revealed the August challenge today and because it is owner Lynn's Birthday month we are challenging you to scrap about YOUR AGE!
I am quite a positive person about my age, with my glass half full (most of the time!) so this challenge didn't make me jittery. Plus I had some pretty new papers to play with which always helps my mojo!
I couldn't resist these Teresa Collins papers and even paid full price for them!! But with all the gorgeous flowers that were just crying to be fussy cut how could I turn them away?
Well if you didn't know before I am 49 next month and that can only mean the BIG 50 next year! But I have decided that I am only half way through my life, yes I will live until 100 as I want a Birthday card from the Queen, oh but by then it will probably be the King!
My title sums me up!
Happy scissor time with this flower!
Although the sheet of paper with these flowers on has a different style to the one above they are in the same line and so they got added too!

So are you cringing at the thought of  announcing your age to the world or are you going to shout it from the rooftops (at least share a layout about it!). Why not scrap about YOU for a change instead of the rest of the family/world and link it to us at Challenge YOUrself HERE. 
Don't forget to head over to the CY Blog and see the pages the rest of the DT have created to celebrate their age.

Thanks for stopping by.
Kerry. xx 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Explore The Old Town.

I am on a mission to use up my old stash at the moment, all those papers that I don't love quite so much anymore but am unwilling to just throw away! All those half (or less!) sheets of paper that I've tucked back into my paper storage and the products I've purchased and never used!
I see all the lovely modern papers and fall in love with them and know I must hold back on buying anything new until I have made some headway into the old stash.
So I am searching out the old papers for my projects first and using them one last time before recycling the leftovers. This way when there is a new paper line I just can't live without I won't be feeling quite so guilty about buying it!
The papers I used on this double page are by Scenic Route and there was little of it left after I had finished so in the recycling the scraps went without a guilty pang at all!
The inspiration for the right hand page came from the first layout sketch reveal for August at Sketch N Scrap.
Here is sketch #62 designed by the wonderful Lisa Hidy.
Here is the page up close and personnel with just a little tweak on the placement of my photo's.
Ibiza town is a mix of modern buildings and stunning picture postcard old world charm. This layout shows some of the quaint cobbled streets leading up to the castle that overlooks the harbor.
And now for some close-ups.

I hope I have not only inspired you to use up some of your older stash but to hop over to Sketch N Scrap and play along with this month's sketch's.

Thank you for stopping by. 
Kerry. xx

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Creative Life.

My favorite layout from my scrapbook weekend was one I created with a photo of us girls from our last crop in May and I had found the perfect quote to accompany it.
I am entering it into the Scrap365 sketch challenge which is open until 10th August.
Here is the sketch.
Here is my layout. 
I had two copies of the photo because I knew I wanted to cut one out and place into a Polaroid frame on top of the other. I had been given these glitter Thickers and they had the perfect look I was after to add a punch to the title. 
This flower was cut from the Polka Dot Party - Flourishing Flowers paper and it is one of my favourite sheets this year.
Here is the title that I used and I thought it sums up a few of us girls at my crop weekends as we will put up with camping out in the hall in order to get extra hours of craft time!
The top corner of the page- the first time I have added a cotton swirl to my page but I love it! 

I hope this weekend will be crafty for you, I will be back on 1st Aug with a double page to share with you.
Kerry. xx