Friday, 25 November 2011

Friends Come Rain or Come Shine

Another Pretty Paper Party piece! This one is part of my first ever "Creative Stash Dive." It's a great way of pulling out papers you have but don't manage to use and get them on pages!! I had a blast with this Creative Stash Dive and I will be doing more. But for now, the following pages (until I say otherwise) were the result of this Dive. :)

In this photo are me and the other two Musketeers- from left to right, Aroma-Miss (Karen), All-Those (Wendy), and Portly (me). Missing is the fourth Musketeer, Dartan-Lyn.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

She's Barking Mad!

This layout was done as part of Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party. (See below for link.) I got brave and took different patterned papers (I even mixed manufacturers) to make this! Not a solid in sight!! Usually I stick to one manufacturer for my paper-matching but I added two sheets from elsewhere into the mix and used both sides of one.

Most of the patterned paper is Bloom and Grow from My Mind's Eye. The rest.... who knows???

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Art of Crochet Square 87

Could it be??? Could I have properly centred a cross-stitched design on one of my squares?

It certainly looks like I did...

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Birthday Bears

I can't remember the font I used for this title, sorry... could be Elephants in Cherry Trees, but then again, maybe not... sorry. Something has to fall out of my brain eventually and this time it was a font. Oops.

I rarely do a DLO but there were a few pictures for this event and one was large, so... on it went. :) Again, stunning lack of embellishment. Fascinating!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Brollly Dollies

I love this quirky umbrella paper. Keep your eyes peeled because I used a bit of it in a few upcoming pages!

This time, however, I used it for an umbrella-themed page. The rest have nothing to do with umbrellas.

The title was die-cut using my Craft Robo, the Marketing Script font, and the Weld function in Silhouette Studio. Hooray! It works!

Sunday, 6 November 2011


It's Pattern-tastic!

This is what I do when I come to the end of a paper collection: I just lob a bunch of my favourites together to make up a background of sorts. The title was scribbled with a black Sharpie.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Brighton Belle

More BasicGrey loveliness and my new Papermania stamps.

I don't know why but I just didn't feel like doing much on the embellishment front last month. Sometimes I do just "phone it in." I don't think every page has to be an all-out mega effort really. Just keeping it simple.

Friday, 4 November 2011


Thank you Basic Grey for making the perfect background to make this layout just a little disturbing. :) The title is die-cut with the Craft Robo using Chintzy CPU font.

No Daleks were harmed in the making of this scrapbook page.

Thursday, 3 November 2011


Another outing for Basic Grey's Oliver collection and matching Bazzill cardstock, simply does it.
A first outing for my new papermania stamp set, it's a set of ribbons and greetings that are meant to fit inside. I skipped the greetings and wrote inside the ribbons myself.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Art of Crochet Square 86

In different light, this lilac colour looks a bit like baby blue! I loved this textured square. I had a bit of tension trouble on the bottom but I think it's due to the fact that the stitches are done alternately in the back loop then front loop etc. It will compact the row and make the original chain look a bit bulky. It should be fine once it becomes part of the throw.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


More pictures of my babies at the railway exhibition. This one takes full advantage of a bubbly BasicGrey patterned paper background and some cardstock mats, borders and die-cut title. Ta-Da!!

Monday, 31 October 2011


This paper was already a collage-style layout so I just added the photos with white mats to make them stand out a bit and cut around certain elements, tucking the photos underneath.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

She is Small and Very Funny.

I just love these pictures of my two babies making each other laugh.

There's not an embellishment in sight on this simple page. Just the use of a border punch and that's about it.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Art of Crochet Square 85

Hmm... it still looks like a kid did it.. but I think I'm just getting the hang of chain stitch.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Angel Sketch Card

There were two scrapbook sketch challenges at the retreat and two card ones. This is the second card sketch. I used an angel stamp that I had bought that day, my ocean depth chalk ink, two flower punches, bling, some squares of scrap and that's just about it!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Birdie Sketch Card

Aww, isn't it sweet? I think it is anyway. It's a card that I made for a sketch challenge that was provided in our welcome packs from the retreat. It has on it some swirly stamps in Jumbo Java chalk ink, some Basic Grey birds stamped in Ocean Depth chalk ink, and some scraps of Basic Grey cardstock I had lying around. I punched a pair of flowers too, curling the top one up a bit, and putting some bling in the middle. Add three more giant bits of bling in the top and there you go. My sketch entry!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

My class with Zoe

This was the Artistic Etchings class from Zoe Pierson at the Cardinal Colours retreat. I really enjoyed this one too. Zoe's cards are clean-looking but usually show a new and different technique. This one was great. We layered punched border strips, made stripey butterflies, even ruffled ribbon-- and feathers!!! The feather-ruffling came when the ribbon-ruffling wasn't going too well. Some of us (no names!) were swearing like troopers! Fun!!! Zoe Rocks!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Botanical Cards

This was one marathon of a class-- quite fast-paced. I needed to get the extra couple of cards done in my spare time during the retreat!

I rarely use kits, but this paper set from Craftwork Cards really is gorgeous, and adding a splash of colour with Promarkers was a breeze too. So much fun!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Here, Kitty Kitty...

This little kitty blanket was featured in Art of Crochet magazine, the partwork I've been getting for well over a year now. I really enjoyed this blanket. It was done in the round, and started with a chain. All I had to do was keep going round in an oval and then add ears and go round again and again and again... six times. A few embroidered features and that's it!

I made the blankie for Miss Murtle (yes, spelled like that), my friend's kitty. Last time I saw her, she was eyeing it with uncertainty. Perhaps she will make friends with it one day.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Art of Crochet Square 84

Another granny square. :) There seem to be a lot of these. It's really nice though-- they are laid out on the throw in a diagonal line. It gives form to the throw. Cool.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Two Title Pages

Here's two title pages I made for my scrapbooks. My title pages have evolved over the years, but they always have the same words on them: Our name, the year, and the months of the year covered in the scrapbook. I don't like my books to get too huge and unwieldy, so I used to divide my years into 4 albums, but now I can fit them into two. I haven't got babies anymore, and sadly I'm not as snap-happy as I once was. Hopefully, this is just a phase and I will start taking more photos.

Title pages are a great opportunity to keep it simple and just add a minimum of decorations just to punch it up a little. On both of these, I used border stickers, my Robo cut font and not much else. I left room on the 2011 one to put months in if I need to. I'm not sure yet how many albums this year's pages will be in.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Touch of Class

This was a great class by S-J. It was meant to be a class on White Space, but S-J said it kinda got away from her. I know exactly what she means! That happens to me all the time. I love the result of this class and I will be doing this type of LO more often for sure.

Sunday, 16 October 2011


This page was made in Anita's Fun in the Sun class at the Cardinal Colours retreat. I took this picture on purpose because I had seen in the sneak peek that there were ice cream motifs in the page kit and we had found a Baskin Robbins locally. I was thrilled that the wallpaper in there matched the paper too, so this was actually a photo taken on purpose to make a layout. I loved this class, and I love the paper and stickers. I have loads left over too. I mght make some cards with the rest, for summer birthdays.

Saturday, 15 October 2011


This was made using another sketch given out at the Cardinal Colours retreat. This was a great way to use those diddy little scraps that I wanted to make the most of. The title was written free-hand with white Enamel Accents and a circle of pearls was put around it. The journaling was hand-written.

Friday, 14 October 2011


This was Cameron's birthday cake-- a bought Tesco one with a plastic train full of candles. I used Basic Grey Sugar Rush scraps to make this LO and I followed a sketch that was given out at the Cardinal Colours Seaside Retreat. The title was stamped using a Papermania outline alphabet stamp set and filled in with black Enamel Accents by Ranger. It makes them look a bit like Thickers without actually buying a set and having leftover letters... my pet peeve. Other times, if I want a Thickers look, I will cut several identical titles out on the Robo and layer them up to give them the thickness. This method's good for on the go, as long as you have a place to let the page dry. I took this page up to my room to dry to keep my scrapping space clear.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Tandoori Nights

The paper and card for this had been lingering at the bottom of my scrap box for ages. I was deliberating over the perfect font, then I forgot about it.

The light wasn't great when I photographed this layout, sorry about that. :(

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Art of Crochet Square 83

I still need some help on doing cross-stitch on crochet fabric. I think it's a great way to decorate the fabric, but if you look at the top, the design is angular, and at the bottom it's straight. This design should be angular. I don't know what happened there... Hmm. And no matter how hard I try, I can't get the design centred on the square either!

And by my calculations, I have precious little time to improve my skills before my throw is done!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


These pictures were quite dark, so I needed to use some dark paper so as not to make the photos look even darker than they were!

I drew around the photos and added a little bit of contrast with a white photo marking pencil. It looks a bit like chalk! The title is cut on the Robo and then outlined. I broke up the vast background by adding a border sticker. Simple again!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Lego Aircraft Carrier

Continuing on with the simple theme, this double layout is made with two sheets of patterned paper stuck together by the strips that identify them when you buy them. This gives a continuity across the layout. I simply stamped the title (a bit unevenly now that I look at it) and laid the photos out and that's it.

Sometimes I tend to try and blow through layouts with pictures of things I'm not particularly interested in. I've got nothing to write about them in the journaling and I just don't find the photos that inspiring, but I know that the photos were taken because they do interest some people in the family. So I really do need to pay them some attention and get them into the album. So I soldier on.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.. or is it?

This is one of my first ever font stamp sets. It's quirky, but I wasn't expecting it to change my title just by being the way it is... it looks like Chippy Chippy Bang Bang! Ah well...

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Mouse Mask

I only had one not-very-good photo of this, and I thought it was so cute, so I had to use it! The patterned paper under the photo says in several places, "I love you for who you are." I wanted to show this part of the paper off and use it as journaling. The title was stamped in an outline font to let the striped pattern show through. Simple as.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Bathtime Bears

When I was looking through the photos I got off of Matt's phone, this one was a must-print. Someone bothered to go to the trouble of setting up all the "monsters" (that's what we call the stuffed animals) around the bathtub! I thought I'd use the seahorse paper that Karen gave me and keep it fairly simple. I stamped around the photo with a swirl border. I tore the edge of the bottom piece of paper but I've done that to death lately so I decided to roll bits of it to different lengths like I've seen on other people's pages. I like it. :) Simple stamped title, a line of journaling along the page width and that's really it. Another simple one.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Go Baby Go Baby Go!

Here's my daughter riding her bike. She got so confident that Nanny had to run after her!

I used Two Scoops paper and a sheet of Bazzill, keeping it quite simple. For the title, I cut a rectangle into triangles and wrote the title out banner-style. Two tiny journal spots from my papermania set and that's it. I think it's ok not to make your pages elaborate. It's the memories that matter and I'd rather get the pages in the album and done, ready for the next ones. The kids love looking at their scrapbooks and it's nice if they can talk about things that happened quite recently whilst looking at the photos in the album.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Art of Crochet Square 82

I love this pattern-- it's an eyelet square. It's basically got holes in it, and you do a blanket stitch around the holes, so that the "top" of the blanket stitch goes round the hole. I loved making it. I might do a scarf in this, it looks like it'll be fun in a chunky yarn!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011


This one was a plain and simple, yet effective layout. It uses a solid coloured Basic Grey sheet as a background, some monograms for the title, hand-outlined with a Sharpie, and I stamped the corners with a swirl stamp. The design didn't pick up fully on the bottom right corner but I think it looks distressed (much like I did when I saw it didn't print) and I think it's fitting.

The pictures are of my two babies planting cherry tomatoes. Stay tuned for the result photos.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Little Miss Attitude

I took a look at this photo that Daddy took of my daughter at a railway exhibition and thought, "Look at Little Miss Attitude!" So the title was born.

I used some paper that was given to me by Karen. Go show her some love by visiting her blog. She makes gorgeous things.

I used my large Martha Stewart daisy punch to make two borders, added some flowers and bling, and for once in a long time, I decided the title would look best in a font I had on my computer, so I dusted off the Craft Robo. I did miss my robo terribly, but usually I like to finish what I start where scrapbooking is concerned, and that means stamping out a title or using my QuicKutz. I held on for a bit and waited until I got home and cut the word "Attitude" out using Marketing Script, one of my new favourite fonts. It welds well. If you use the Robo, you'll know what I mean.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Mission Control

This lovely paper is from the Basic Grey "Oliver" range. I love it! I am now making my way through this paper, so watch out for the rest of it shortly.

I took advantage of the double-sided nature of the paper by cutting out a polygon and folding the triangles outward. Basically you mark out a circle and make pizza-style slicees in it. Then you fold it out. You can stick the triangles down however you wish, in the end I don't think it matters if it comes unstuck because by the time it does, it will be in a page protector and that will hold them down.

The photos are of Victoria's multi-screen bedroom. Her computer and telly are arranged so that she can see them both, like working in Mission control. Hence the title.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Maxine and Me

I've carried on using my leftover BasicGrey scraps in this one. I doodled the flower and stem on the reverse of the patterned paper, cut it out and re-drew the line on the other side. Why? Because I don't trust myself to get the shape right the first time. :) I used a Papermania stamp set to make the tiny journaling spot in the corner of the photo. The bird is in the set too, along with a cage and a bird that faces the other direction. Useful.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Nanny and Vix

This LO is a good way to show off and use up little odd bits of your favourite collection pack. I cut a motif out of one scrap and stuck it on a solid coloured scrap, used another for the title, and with the other two, I put a little cut-out motif and drew on little stitches. Next time, I may use real stitches. :)

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Art of Crochet Square 81

I love this colour and texture... lovely square. Next!!!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

My Crazy Kids

These photos are of my kids putting their t-shirts over their heads, impersonating a Beavis and Butt-Head moment. I used paper from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush Collection (I think!). I punched some edges of paper and intersected them to make a space for the QuicKutz title and to break up the background a bit. Add a couple of tiny journalling spots from a Papermania stamp set, and voila. Page done.

Friday, 23 September 2011


This is my first use of the Basic Grey Oliver collection. I love the colours. Perfect for boys. There are also some train motifs hidden in there, which is quite useful for us as a family full of train lovers.

The photos are of my son using a touch-screen control on his Grandad's model railway.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Wils and Kate

Yes, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, has a brand-new spelling of his nickname due to my refusal to stamp it in two goes. I only had one L, so I only used one L. So there.

The kids made crowns to wear to school. Well, actually, I made the crowns. But they proudly wore them to school.

The page makes a lot of use of the Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch. I also took advantage of my Fiskars border stamps and border punch. The title is stamped with a Stampendous alpha. I've lost track of which Basic Grey I used with this, but it could be Lemonade.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Art of Crochet Square 80

Another nice, solid square with cross-stitches on top. :) The completion of square 80 signifies that I am 75% finished with this partwork! Exciting.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Art of Crochet Square 79

Another little embroidered person. I'm getting a little better at this one... just in time to not need to make it anymore. :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Art of Crochet Square 78

I like a bit of mesh. This one's fun, fast, and flexible, and all chains. I'm thinking I might have a use for all that decorative yarn after all... I can only make chain-stitch with it because it's so hard to find where to stitch into if you do any further layers, but this one shouldn't be too difficult as it is mostly chains and then working into chain spaces.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Scrapology August Scrapbook Challenge!

I'm scooting in at the last minute for entering this month's Scrapology challenge. Here's my page. I loved the sketch and I'm glad for the opportunity to take part.

I used a pink and grey organza ribbon for the ribbon circle, stitching a "channel" around it as I went so that I could do some tweaking after I got the ribbon in. The title is stamped with a Papermania alphabet set and I went over it with black Enamel Accents to give a bit of a "thickers" look to them. The flower and cherry embellishments were hand-doodled, cut out, then re-outlined before being layered up and put on the layout. The paper is all Basic Grey and Bazzill, but I can't tell you the specifics. I think most of it is Lemonade and there's a bit of Euphoria in there too... the solid colour pink is Vintage Pink by Bazzill. I used a Martha Stewart loop border punch on that. :)

Thank you Scrapology for yet another great challenge!!