Monday, 30 June 2014


Morning all Monday already, blink and the weekend disappears I tell you.

But we've woken to blue skies and so I've a line of washing waving on the line, something that I only managed briefly over the weekend.

So thinking of blue skies I thought I'd share a layout from our day trip to Alnwick gardens last year. The water displays are simply beautiful and breathtaking.

Hope your weekend has been fun and full of family and friends, I shared most of mine with my sister, keeping fingers and toes crossed for her results today.  Have a great day.

Sunday, 29 June 2014


Morning all, well time for another couple of layouts from the 12 pledges Enthusiasm kit from Wear Crafts - for £5 you get some gorgeous papers and add on elements to create layouts - what more could you ask for.  As suspected they fly out of the doors so don't be too long considering before you head over to visit Jen at Wear Crafts to get yours ordered. Here is the link to the kit page 

This layout documents a walk we recently did along 5 Weirs.  The walk way under the bridge has some giant metal spiders on it which I hadn't seen before. I used some of the fabulous wordy elements from the papers to create this layout.  Each of the rectangles measures 3.75" x 2.75" thus meaning I can get them onto the 12 x 12 with a little edge around them!

Up close you can see, die cut circles, raised words on foam pads and the odd dot of glossy accents.

Then this layout, very simple but I like it, again from that walk (I can't believe how many layouts I've created from just one walk).  I added some inky splats behind, some stamped stars and then cut elements out to make the page pop.

If you want to see more layouts then check out Lesley's post from yesterday here she'll also be sharing more tomorrow so don't forget to check back to her blog.  Then Jen's blog post here with lots of lovely fussy cut elements - simply gorgeous.

Saturday, 28 June 2014


Ooh I've had fun with this weeks colours if I'm honest.  However, it does seem to have taken me all week in which to finish them off, not sure why.  I did the gelli prints on Monday and then I've been playing with them since.  So without further ado eyes down starter for ten

Bluebell woods earlier in the year, this layout was part of a UK Scrappers challenge for this week.

Next up a welcome beer after the wall walk around York recently.  Gelli print, mounted on cardstock and then additional elements added.

Then the only wood distillery for lavender oil in the country - the places we find!

These photos are from some textile art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park that we saw recently, I loved the detail, even if some of the items used were a bit gruesome (animal intestines - don't ask).

Then the stealth F35 plane we found at the Yorkshire Air Museum - get it?

Next up the anniversary bowl created by me and hubby at a paint the pot place earlier in the year.  It was a wedding anniversary activity, rather than just a gift swap!  Much more meaningful and lovely memories.

Then me and said 13 year old at the top of Clifford's Tower in York, you can see York minster in the background.  The main thing is - how tall is said 13 year old!

Are you bored yet?  No - you lot are mad, maybe even as crazy as me.

Next up me and hubby at the paint a pot place, painting the pot!

Then I've done a series of mail art/art pieces, most of which will be winging their way to Sarah for her free art Friday in Swindon which is happening later on in July.  Most of these are A5, with either magazine images on, with the addition of stamping and oil pastels, or hand painted elements, or a mixture of both!  Do you have a favourite?

And this is this week's creations on my stairs, not well lit unfortunately, but I love to see it all together!

And that my lovely people is it, I'll be back tomorrow to share another layout from the 12 Pledges Kit from Wear Crafts.  See you then

Friday, 27 June 2014


Good evening well we find outselves on the last Friday of the month which can only mean one thing - the release of the next kit from Wear Crafts and at only £5 for the kit - what are you waiting for!!!  I love these kit that Jen puts together because they are so very different each month, last month we had pastel colours, this month we have a powerhouse of colour.  If you want to get your paws on one - then head over to Wear Crafts Link here So without further ado - this is what I've been creating with it.

This month I wanted to max the kit and show you it's versatility.  So I did lots of die cutting and dry embossing.  I started off cutting the page into 9 squares of 4" x 4" pieces, then I die cut the circle in the centre.  With some of the green card stock I ran it through an embossing folder and then highlighted the design with a little white paint.  With others I folded the circles to create squares.  I matted my photo added some lovely little wooden embellishments.  So what's the photo you might be asking, it is what we saw when we looked up when we wandered into Sheffield Cathedral.

Up close you can see the embossing and the cuts from the die cutter.

Then the next page, I kept with the gesso look, using it through a mask on the background, then I added some stamped stars and then strips of paper which I rounded at the edge, using some clothing tags that came off a recent purchase for said 13 year old! Punched hearts and a little doodling around the edge and the layout was really coming together.

The photo is of three of the Easter eggs we had to find, on our way around Wentworth Castle at Easter on an Easter Egg hunt, neither niece or said 13 year old were overly impressed, until they realised there was a prize - which turned out to be chocolate, you can imagine that they were much more impressed then!

Up close you can see how a little bit of gesso can really make the difference to plain backgrounds and then hand doodled hearts.

So head over to Jen's place now to get your hands on the kit, remember they sell like hot cakes!

If you want further inspiration then check out my fellow design teamie Lesley's post tomorrow which you can find here


Morning all - Friday again, I swear these weeks are really speeding up!  So it's Rocking Your World Friday once again, time to take stock and look back, reflect and find the happy positive moments that have made a difference to the last seven days.

Lining paper - I know it's a strange grateful, but I found a roll out from under the stairs and put a huge piece on a door in the kitchen and started adding things to it, a mantra for the week, rocking moments as they happened, jobs to sort, said 13 year old's jobs to do as well.  Lots of things during the week, it's now looking fairly full and has been really worthwhile doing, I know we could buy a chalk board but that would create dust.  Or a white board, but I'm not sure of how much it would be used, so for now my extra large piece of lining paper is working just fine.

Kristin for hosting the Summer of Colour challenge again, I love love love this challenge and I'm loving this weeks colours, lavender, grey and a splash of plum - fabulous stuff.  I'm still creating at the moment with them and having the most fun!

Said 13 year old for cracking on with his homework, there has been a definitive shift recently where he's just - well growing up, he gets on with the homework, is happy to help out when I ask, doesn't whinge moan or complain and is a pleasure to be around - can't ask for finer than that now can you!

Fresh air - Tuesday morning, I opened the window as I was putting my make up on and the fresh crisp air smelt lovely - made be glad to be alive enjoying another day on this beautiful planet!

Herbal tea bags, I've not always been a fan but recently at work I've been drinking blueberry and apple ones and they are yum.

Speaking of which, work is definitely another grateful, being appreciated, I hadn't realised how much as humans we value it.  Having time to work on things, doing a good job and then being thanked for it - simply lovely!

Hubby - as well as all the usual stuff, being happy to help my sister sort out a leaking bath and hanging an electric fire on the wall in her living room, has made her life a bit easier and reminds me of what a star he is!

The Wednesday Whine girls for being themselves, chatting and supporting as we go!

Finally a group of parents at school getting to grips with a new group I've created to get us talking more and getting to know each other.  It stemmed from a chat with other parents in the group who were at  a car boot sale that we organised last week there was a fairly poor turnout but it was lovely to get to know them better!

Now I'm also going to put out a plea, my son is involved in a group that is going on an expedition to Lesotho in Africa at the end of next year.  We are trying our very best to raise as much money as possible so we can help a community in Lesotho and in particular the school there.  It is hoped that we will raise enough money to improve the toilets, re-roof the school and redecorate it.  We have a big fundraising task ahead of us.  As part of this I've volunteered to make some cards to sell in parishes and at fetes etc and knowing how many of you lovely people make cards (and that yours will no doubt be a lot better than mine) I thought I'd put the plea out.  If you (or your friends family etc) have an over abundance of hand made cards that you would like to donate to me so we can raise funds to help this community then let me know.

Right you'll have noticed the lack of photos - slapped wrists I've not been as good this week, however, I did take one photo of a late night craft session.  Said hubby came home the other day announcing the retirement of a colleague that was occurring the following day, he's been mentioning it off and on for a while.  I asked him what they'd got as a retirement gift - reply was that nobody had organised anything.  I remember leaving my job earlier in the year through redundancy after 9 years and not even getting a leaving card.  So I decided to do something about it.  This is what I made, I was really pleased that I managed to do it in the 3.5 hours that I had that evening.  Apparently Tony was most impressed, although hubby telling me a work colleague had had a 'go' at him for not organising anything (bearing in mind he's been with the section for the least amount of time) somewhat riled me but we won't go there!


I'll leave you with a layout documenting a visit to Portmeirion last year!

And of course Mr Linky, if you fancy joining in, pop a blog post together, pop back and link up and we will come and visit.  The therapy of reflecting and finding the grateful moments is something I can highly recommend.

Thursday, 26 June 2014


Morning all, well I'm relieved to see blogger dashboard back to normal this morning.  It was driving me insane having to guess who might have posted since I last looked, but all is calm with the world again. 

Tis Thursday - crikey blimey o'trousers how did that happen! 

I thought I'd share a couple of things this morning, first up a double page layout from our now annual trip to Chatsworth Country Fayre last summer, it's always an amazing day out. 

Up close you can see said 13 year old checking out the Police Tractor (which made us giggle).

And the dancing JCB diggers as well as the mounted horse games which are always amazing to watch!

Then the final installment in the stay at home journal, the theme for this was rust, cogs and wheels.  So that's what I did, I found a tutorial to create a rust effect with paint and had a great time.  I tend to take these themes literally which is quite funny when I look back at them.  It really has been a fabulous journal to take part in too.  Sadly we are waving goodbye to Collaborart at the moment, it has been much fun, you never know it might get resurrected in the future.

Hope Thursday is treating you well.  Happy Scrapping 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


Well this is the final counterfeit challenge kit layout for the month of June, the kit bag is empty (twice over).  It has been a blast.  I loved the blog hop and the fact I managed to create loads out of my existing stash using inspiration from the blog, you girls really are awesome - thank you.  Can't wait to see what July has to offer.  

This photo is of said 13 year old stood next to the Shaun the Sheep Land Rover, at the Midlands Car Museum.  You are probably thinking that there isn't anything really special about that.  However, apparently the makers of Shaun the Sheep never used an original design of a Land Rover, rather used elements of lots of different ones.  And the fabulous people at Land Rover decided to take the design and make a full size one - how fab is that - hence the layout name 'Crazy'! 

I loved this paper but it really is 'almost' done before you start and I do find them difficult to use.  However, I added a strip of paper at the top and down the right, punched some hearts out and then hand stitched around them in two different colours, title on the photo a bit of hand journalling and the layout was complete! 

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Good morning well after lots of fighting with emails and thankfully having the fabulous Lesley from the CKCB design team to help me out, I got the email so I could join in with this month's blog hop.  It would appear that there have been some email issues and despite searching for why - I've not found anything that would prevent me receiving them grrrrrrrrrrr.  So if you've sent emails to which I haven't replied I can only apologise and say - it's because I never got them.

But I digress away from the subject of the blog hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous aforementioned Lesley's blog These hops are lovely to see how everyone interpreted the challenges there were three challenges in total so here is my take on the challenges.

Challenge #1 - Tone on Tone challenge, using tones of the same colour on your background, I had loads of fun with this one using up lots in the kit too!

This photo was of an art installation at Cragside that we saw last year, it was fabulous, a projected image inside a glass like vase, the installation had sound effects including rain and lightening that it went through in a cycle!

Challenge #2 - Was a sketch challenge - and if I'm honest I really fought with this one - no idea why!
It isn't perfectly the same as the sketch but it generally looks like it should if you know what I mean.

The photo was of the chapel windows that we stayed in last year, I loved the reflection!

Finally Challenge #3 - Line it Up

Arranging embellishments in rows, I lined up the hearts on the layout.

This layout shows hubby and said 13 year old when we visited Portmeirion last year, it's one of those repeat in later year photos, I've got a picture of said 13 year old when he was about 4 in the same position and pose!

Now off you go on your hop to see Cindy's creations

And this is the rest of the list in case you get lost.  Thanks for looking 

CKCB    http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.comJemma       http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.comMargie Lesley    http://www.cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.comLisa

Monday, 23 June 2014


Morning all tis Monday which means we are off into a work week again as the weekend has flown by, I'm still sharing counterfeit kit layouts with you for this month here are numbers 22 and 23

This first one was made up using lots of scraps leftover in my kit.  Using the Simple Recipes ideas from earlier in the year.  It documents said 13 year old and niece admiring the crazy mosaic octopus at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

And then I'm hoping I've not shared this one with you yet.  This one is documenting a gorgeous cottage we stayed in last year in Northumberland.  It had this upstairs veranda which came out of the living space.  We really enjoyed spending time sitting out there, albeit that the space wasn't very big! The background is a summer of colour paper and then the add on elements are from my counterfeit kit.

Hope you are having a grand Monday - happy scrapping.

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Well I did the papers at the beginning of the week, but then couldn't pull together what I wanted to do, most frustrating.  Anyway seen as I was up at 5.30am this Sunday morning I decided to get them finished before week 3 goes live.

So first up scrapbook pages.  All of these have use a gelli print, I did them using the biggest gelli plate I have which despite it's advertisement stating it was 15" x 12" doesn't actually measure 12" along that side so I can't get a full 12 x 12 out in one go - which frustrates me because if I'd have known I've have continued with my smaller gelli plate and never gone for the bigger one, but I digress.

The colour combination felt a bit of a challenge, but that's the idea isn't it.  I had to make up both the colours as I owned nothing near.  So at times it was verging on two orange (rather than coral) and at others too red.  But battling on I pulled some pretty good monoprints.

This layout is said 13 year old sat on a Celtic carved throne at Bamburgh Castle which had been created during a Time Team dig, hence the title.

Next up is a photo of a dress design for A Midsummer Night's Dream that were on show at the RSC when we visited last year.  The dress had soft leather gloves hand sewn onto the bodice and was amazing!

Then said 13 year old in front of an autumnal display of cakes, I can't help it, the colour combination of his hoodie and those autumnal colours were begging to be photographed.  Despite me assuring him I had the 'perfect' paper at home, it's taken almost 12 months to scrap and I didn't use 'that' paper after all!

The glass window at Coventry Cathedral, you can see the old ruined shell of the previous Coventry Cathedral that was bombed during World War II.

Then there is the trip to Cadbury's World and wandering around the Amazon jungle explaining the story of chocolate.

And finally the layout duly named 'Two and a Half Hugs', when we were trying to appreciate the perspective of the tree, said 13 year old checked it out and worked out it's circumference was about two and a half hugs, who were we to argue!

Then the mail art/art that I've created with the A4 cardstock that I printed, I cut them in half to create A5 backgrounds and then set to work.  Once again I'll be bundling some of these up to send to Sarah for her Free Art Friday in Swindon, the rest will be used for mail art over the next year (in line with last year's summer of colour challenge which provided mail art for the last 12 months!)

All set now for week number 3 - I can't wait!