Monday, 24 August 2015

Snap Happy.

Happy Monday crafty friends!
I have been playing with my Silhouette today and doing a little scrapping, definitely a Happy Monday for me!
I finished a layout today that I am entering into Scrap The Girls August mood board challenge.

Here is the mood board and what a beautiful selection!

When I saw the mood board I knew I had to play along but I didn't have any salmon pink papers so I had to choose papers with a more pink than salmon shade.
I created a double page as I just couldn't leave any of the photo's out!
The photo's show my girls and their friends taking selfie's whilst waiting for the cable cars to take us up a mountain in France last summer.

A close up of the left page. 
All the papers are part of the Heidi Swapp Hello Today line. 

The right hand side with more fussy cut flowers from the paper stack.

just a few more close up's.........

Hope you enjoyed seeing my take on the mood board (if loosely!).
For all the details on how to play along this month with Scrap the Girls check out their blog HERE.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you had a lovely Monday too. xx

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

My first kit!

Hi, I am excited today as I can share a couple of layouts that I have made using my first kit from Like Forever Kit Club that I joined last month.
I have never subscribed to a kit before as I worried that they would not be to my taste. Then I heard about Like Forever, looked into it, bombarded the owner with lots of questions and took the plunge!

Here are the contents of the kit, papers and embellies from Pink Fresh Studios.
I ordered a couple more sheets of some of my favourite papers but no other add-ons.

And here is a layout using the kit. 
The Rustic Triangles/Happy Things paper to the left of the page is my favourite of all the papers and the acetate triangles are such fun!

The bird and cloud were cut from the Big Dream,Happy Things sheet of paper. Others will probably be shocked that I ruined a whole sheet of paper just for the cute birdie but I struggle scrapping with those types of papers so I was happy!
I cut the word Summer for my title with my Sihouette in white and re-coloured it with a Promarker to give it the same distressed effect as the patterns in the papers.

I created a tag and fussy cut the leaves from a couple of other papers.

This layout incorporates some of my own stash. The pink cardstock matched the colour in the patterned paper perfectly and the Lovely Day card was cut from another sheet. 

I was really pleased how this embellishment cluster turned out. Sometimes I struggle to group embellishments together and it can be quite frustrating! The Flair badge is from the kit but the rest is stash.

The packet of wooden shapes in the kit are just adorable!

I designed the title and cut it out in gold card with my Silhouette. I would one day love to be able to share my cut files with you and as soon as I get chance I will look into websites that allow this - unless you can recommend any?

As I have been away on holiday my Like Forever kit has not had much play time and this months is due to drop through the letterbox this Friday so I hope to get time to cut into this one a bit more this week.

Thanks for stopping by today. 
Kerry. xxx

Monday, 17 August 2015

I'm Back!

Hello scrappy friends! 
I have been conspicuous by my absence here lately as I have been on holiday in the South of France for two weeks. Then of course there is the manic preparations before you leave, the unpacking, washing and catching up to do when you come back - making it nearly a month since I have blogged.

Here are a few things we got up to on holiday.

Canoeing down La Dordogne river near Bergerac. 
Didn't meet another soul until the pick up point!

Taking in the beautiful old towns. This one is Bergerac.

Beach combing.

Surf School.

Meeting the locals!

I  hope to be back soon with some actual scrapping to share. I managed to get a couple of layouts done last night with the kit from the Like Forever Kit Club that I joined last month. 
So great to be cutting and gluing again!

See you soon. xxx

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Pretty as a Picture.

Hi scrappy friends!
I am running in to post a layout I made for a UK Facebook group For The Love Of Pretty Paper.
The challenge was a tic, tac toe and the elements I chose were Washi, Doily and ink splats.

Papers and embellishments are from different manufacturers.
The photo is of my eldest daughter in front of a huge picture wall for the Disney film Ratatouille in the Paris park.  

A few close -ups of around the page.

I have to go and get ready for work now but I have a weekend crop this weekend so plenty of time to play - Yah!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week. 
Kerry xx

Monday, 20 July 2015

The Louvre.

I am having a purge of my stash and I am feeling a lot more positive about scrapbooking because of it. I'm amazed at what rubbish I have accumulated over the years with the idea of 'it might come in  handy' or 'what a bargain this sale item is'! 
I am determined to be less of a hoarder and make a huge effort to 'use it or lose it'!
Today I have a  double page to share with you using just Heidi Swapp Hello Today paper and a stencil that matches the line.

The photo's are from a day out in Paris at the end of our France/Switzerland holiday last year.
We couldn't possible see all there is to see in a day so when we stopped off at The Louvre we just had enough time to walk through the grounds (and take photo's of course!).

On the left side of the double layout you can see the pattern from the stencil that I used. I only wanted a subtle effect to give a bit of interest to the 'white space'. 

In front of these glass pyramids there are posts for you to stand on so that you can take awesome photo's!

A few close up's of the embellishing.

The obligatory fussy cut flower!

I enjoyed stitching a heart to make this circle more interesting!

I still have a few layouts to share with you but I will have to post them when I get some more spare time.
Hope you are enjoying your summer so far, the school holidays started on Friday so I have less time to myself now but at least there are no school runs for a while.

Thanks for stopping by.
Kerry. xx

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Friendly Challenge - Summer.

Bad blogger here!
Life is a bit overwhelming at the moment and my poor blog has suffered because of it, but I had the most delightful day visiting my dear friend Helen yesterday and I think I have come back recharged and optimistic. Nothing like chatting to a friend to get your life back on track!

So for those of you that have been following me for a while (thank you!) you know that Helen and I get together about once a month and spend the day scrapbooking in her craft cabin.
Each time we meet up we share a challenge that we set each other the previous month and last month we set the challenge of scrapping about a season.
Both of us had chosen summer - I think everyones favourite! 

Last August we were visiting the Swiss Alps and traveled up to the top of  the Jungfraujoch where it was actually snowing! So my layout about summer has the little twist of being about the white stuff normally reserved for winter.
This layout has watercolour, stamping and glitter of course! The patterned paper is Basic Grey - which I haven't used in years but called to me when looking for suitable paper.

Some of the splats on my page look like paint but are in fact a borrowed stamp with tiny hearts.
 and you can't have a summer page without a butterfly and glitter!

This little sticker seemed to be perfect for my photo as we were excited to be out in the snow and enjoying making snow angels and throwing snowballs!

The photo I took of Helen's  layout doesn't do it justice - it is simply stunning! She had also chosen summer but gave herself the additional challenge of using a combination she had not tried before - pink and gold together! I think you will agree that the combination is beautiful and allows the great photo's of her daughter to take center stage.

Lots of pink and gold embellishment goodness - star brads, jazzed up wooden camera and her home-made melted beads dots! Oh and glitter of course!

I loved the bottom corner where a printed card and extra embellishing matched in with the rest of the layout perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed this month's friendly challenge, next month I have set the challenge of creating a layout WITHOUT using our trimmers!

Thank you so much for stopping by and why don't you get together with a crafty friend and set each other a challenge, it is quite fun!

Kerry. xx

Monday, 13 July 2015

Selfie Bombing!

Another layout for The Memory Nest today as Guest Designer for July.

Today's sketch comes courtesy of Leslie Germain.

A fun and bright layout from me, substituting the third photo for a PL card.
I don't know about you but I have far too many PL cards and I picked this one as it seemed perfect for the photo's ( taking fun selfie's in the Swiss Alps with glaciers in the background!!).

I picked papers that matched the colours in the PL card as the photo's were quite colourless.
I always grab my American Craft paper box when needing bright papers and I selected from various lines for this page.

Stamping straight onto a layout is one of the techniques I rarely attempt as I am always aware of the permanency once the ink makes contact! 
This stamped arrow was obviously done in a moment of complete insanity!

I hope you will be able to find time to play along with us at The Memory Nest this month. For details of this challenge head on over to TMN blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. xx