Friday, 28 February 2014

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY

Oh morning everyone, I'm trying to do this whilst not at home, for which I apologise, no fancy photos to put on I'm afraid (updated back home photos to be added).  I hope you've all had a fabulous week and are ready to count those blessings from the last seven days.



So let's see what are mine for this week?

6 Nations Rugby, three fabulous games last weekend and it meant I got lots of scrapping done - yay!

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, has kept me so busy this month using up my own stash it's been fantastic, can't wait to see the new kit.

A break away from home, taking stock and enjoying the simple things in life.  Photos hopefully tell it all!

Blue skies, trees and the lake




Me and hubby enjoying an early morning walk!


Wildlife all around




 Ever wonder what squirrels do when it rains - apparently they get wet!



Spending five days away from home, in a lovely lodge in the middle of a forest, we love Center Parcs.

A romantic meal out with hubby, absolutely fantastic, enjoyed it so much I really did.

Time with my Mum and my niece and most definitely said 13 year old.

Watching said 13 year old really enjoying himself on his bike etc.  He has loved the additional freedom he gets as he gets a bit older.




Badminton, table tennis, squash for us all and field archery for the boys fab stuff.

Bringing papers away with me to play with and managing some layouts - win win, normally I take things away and nothing happens but this time I managed some layouts, sat scrapping with my Mum at the beginning of the week twas lovely, she was making cards and I was scrapping. In fact I managed to put my layouts together for Jen's fabulous 12 pledges Kit from Wear Crafts for February, I'll be sharing more of what I created over the weekend.

Log burning fires and marshmallows toasted on the same.

A time to read yesterday when we were at poolside, great fun and thoroughly enjoyable.

I hope you've all had a great week, I'll update this later with photos and Mr Linky, but if you happen by here before that happens, leave me a message and I'll find and link you up later.  I hope your week has been just as awesome!

Mr Linky


Thursday, 27 February 2014

COUNTERFEIT KIT LAYOUTS 18, 19 + 20 THE FINALE!

Yes that's right these are the last three layouts from my counterfeit kit this month, I can hardly believe it either and I have every intention of making my kit for March even bigger if I possibly can because I actually finished using the kit around mid-month!  

Now this first layout was following a successful go at the Simple Recipes challenge on UK Scrappers this month, the original layout was subtle soft colours, but what I discovered through the challenge is the way of using up those tiny scraps to still create a great layout! 

This was taken at York Castle Museum and by cropping the photo and getting rid of the surroundings it keeps it's comical look! 


Next up the impossible task of filling a teenager, it doesn't matter how recently they ate, or how much food they recently consumed, the sub-tropical pool always leads to these two needing food from the coffee bar! 


Up close I managed to ink up a chipboard heart and stick to one of the cut elements from a sheet within my kit, hand stamp the word 'drinks' and add a little turquoise stitching!



And finally this one.  Documenting us finding the new Buddha statue at YSP last year, only to discover that we'd come across the same statue a few years earlier at the Beyond Limits Sculpture show at Chatsworth when it was 'for sale'!


This layout really was using the very last elements of my papers in the kit. The pink strip across the top had the hole punched in it ready for hanging the pack for selling so I put the 'Found It' statement over so I could incorporate the strip in the layout.  

The stars I cut out and used on other pages and then rounded the corners and stuck it down (normally this would end up in the waste bin), a bit of washi tape and a couple of hand cut 'flags' and we were finished

Phew is about all I can say.  Can't wait to start the March kit! 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

COUNTERFEIT KIT CHALLENGE - LAYOUTS NUMBER 16 + 17

Morning all, well more layouts courtesy of the counterfeit challenge kit, the first one is based on a sketch from week 2 of the UK Scrappers challenge this month, so win win. 

I got some plain copy paper and folded a sheet in half, drew half a heart on the same, cut it out and then unfolded it, I then used this template to create the large heart at the back. 

The layout was taken when we were at Center Parcs whilst we were in the subtropical pool area, it's unusual to see hubby without his glasses these days so I wanted to scrap the photo! 


I used up one of the small journal cards I made using Lesley's inspiration behind the photo at the top left. if you want to see Lesley's original post on these click here

I cut out circles with my Big Shot and hand cut the tags.  I tried the layout initially on a patterned background but to be honest it got 'lost' so popped it onto white.  I used up the hand stamped Love and the Always and Forever sticker.  I hand stitched the red crosses onto it.

Next up I hand stamped the black cardstock with white hearts (forgotten how much I love white ink), then attached the red rose paper to the front (I gutted the black card, couldn't help it, it's my frugal scrapping).

I then 'filled in' some of the hearts with glossy accents.  I stamped the heart journal blocks and cut out and used another of the cards inspired by Lesley above the top right of the photo to lighten the overall look of the layout.


This photo was taken looking out over Wenlock Edge which was immediately in front of a holiday cottage we were staying, the view changed as the week went along as we arrived when the fields were covered in snow, hubby enjoyed watching the view change as the week progressed!

Close up you can see the glossy accented heart.


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

SCRAP365 - MARCH SKETCH CHALLENGE TAKE 2

Morning all, well I did do more than one take of the Sketch Challenge over on Scrap365

This is my second layout, this one when I was sat on the sea wall at Barmouth chatting with my sister, photo capture by hubby!

I used a combination of papers but they were predominantly the Papermania papers released last year with a nautical theme.


I did manage to add a bit of washi tape, as well as some tiny punched tags and a navy heart that I've had lurking on my desk for ages!


A little bit of bling on what I've now realised is a bit of a blurry photo!

If you fancy joining in check out their blog here

And this is the lovely sketch that the above layout was based on.

Monday, 24 February 2014

CKCB - FEBRUARY BLOG HOP LAYOUTS 14 + 15

Good morning one and all, welcome to my part in the CKCB members' blog hop, if you are blog hopping then you should have reached me via

Susanne's blog which can be found here

So which challenge am I going to show you?

Challenge 1 - the Ugly Sweater challenge or perhaps, challenge 2 the angled background challenge or could it be the final challenge which was the 10 minute craft dash.  Well not wanting to do anything by halves - I've done all three.

First up Challenge 1 - The Ugly Sweater Challenge

The heart sheet was ideal for hand cutting (yes no ruler was used in the creation of those zig zags) the zig zag elements top and bottom.  Photo of hubby when we were cooking outdoors last year, glass of wine in hand!


Punched some little hearts and threw them on the page confetti styley stuck them where they fell!  Double matted photo and one of those stickers and it was done!


Challenge 2 - The Angled Background Challenge, this layout documents one of the few 'reasonable' phone photos we got when we went to see X-Factor live last year!


And Last but Not Least the 10 Minute Challenge - by this point supplies were in running low, so I made a very quick card!


I honestly can't believe how much creativity I've had out of one kit

At the beginning of the month the kit was put together and looked like this


As I type this up on the 20 February ready for the blog hop - the kit now looks like this!


Will I be joining in next month?  Definitely

Right off you go now to the next participant on the hop which is Cindy

click here  before you go though don't forget to say hi!

If you've got lost on the hop, or got here from other means and fancy going from the start the blog hop list looks like this.

CKCB          http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com
Jemma      http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Julene       http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au
Tina           http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Annie        http://www.artyfartyannie.com
Lesley        http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk
Maggie      http://maggiebscrapblog.blogspot.fr
Chrissy      http://craftychrissycreates.blogspot.co.nz
Leslie         http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com
Elaine        http://chidkids26.blogspot.co.uk
Karen        http://www.karenscorneroftheweb.blogspot.com
Susanne    http://snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com
Virginia     http://celtichouse.blogspot.co.uk
Cindy        http://www.cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.com
Lisa           http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de


Sunday, 23 February 2014

SCRAP365 CHALLENGE

Well I love the sketch on the Scrap365 challenge blog - click here to see this month's post

This is the original sketch


And this is my first take on the sketch (yes I liked it so much I did more than one layout but I won't share them all at once).

First up "I Lost My Hat" - Literally it fell in the water when we went to an underground mine which you had to get to by boat, I nudged the back of my hat on a bar and it flipped over and fell in the water.


Thankfully it wasn't very deep and my niece was able to scoop it out - I was reluctant to put it back on though!


Up close I finally managed to use some of those office supplies on my page!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

COUNTERFEIT CHALLENGE LAYOUTS 12 AND 13

Morning all, well here I am sharing a little more of the counterfeit challenge that I've enjoyed this month.

First up me and him on a bench at Alnwick Gardens, I used some of the gorgeous DCWV paper stack that I've got as the main red band across the page.  Did quite a few layers behind the photo and managed to use up some stickers  in the process.
Then said 13 year old and niece and the jelly mould they found when we were away, it took two fully jellies and they managed to eat it in one sitting!  I give up!  Strips of paper, heart punches, simple photo matt, thickers for title and hand journalling!
I really have had the most amazing amount of fun with this kit.

Friday, 21 February 2014

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY AND MORE CKCB LAYOUTS 10 + 11

Morning all 'tis Friday which means it's Rocking Your World time, ready to take stock and look back over the last 7 days!


Top of the list - my amazing hubby - he is amazing, I don't know if I tell him often enough but he is.  He is currently having to 'put up with' the "why don't I have a new job yet" attitude which he keeps getting from me.  Thankfully he keeps telling me to calm down and stop applying for random jobs I don't technically want, apparently there is a perfect role just around the corner or so I've been told by him on several occasions this week.  So here is to hubbies who 'get' who we are! In fact here's a layout using my CKCB kit of hubby!


Up close you can see one of the mini cards I created inspired by a post I saw on Lesley's blog as part of the counterfeit kit ideas.  In turn I used it as an accent to the page as well as somewhere to add a bit of hand journalling!


Next up said 13 year old, he really is so very grown up, he doesn't throw strops or have moods (yet), he is kind and considerate and happy to help.  He still occasionally asks for a hug (which is lovely) and he has an awesome sense of humour.  He doesn't moan about homework but has come to realise it's easier just to get on with it.  Watching him chatting with his cousin recently made me realise that these two young people really are turning into awesome young adults!  Long may it continue.

Next up blue skies - shall I say that again BLUE SKIES - yes I went out for a walk this week and this is what I saw apparently that huge ball of fire in the sky is apparently the sun and that blue stuff around it is the sky - haven't seen it in a while, wasn't sure if it was still there!

Photo: Sunshine

Then there is my walk, from my house I can do a nice 1.5 mile circular walk which takes me about 30 minutes, it has been lovely this week to put my headphones on, grab my keys and my phone and just walk. 

On this circular walk I can see the Church in the next village


And two of the follies linked with Wentworth Woodhouse.  This is the one closest to us called Keppels Column 


So here's to more blue skies, more crafting (mine is still out of hand but I like it that way).  

Next up parcels from Jen at Wear Crafts, I was so giddy to pick this up from the sorting office as I bought two add on kits this month.  I got home, made myself a cuppa and then opened the box up. Ooh my the kits for February, March and April for the 12 pledges are beautiful, the add on kits are amazing!  

Fun family nights out, we went out on Valentine's Night (now before you all say ahhhhhhhh - it's my Mums and hubbies birthday on Valentine's Day).  We booked for a local pub which has a lovely conservatory attached to it but you know when it's going to be 'one of those nights'.  We got there to see a guy setting up his guitar and speakers - mmmm doesn't bode well.  Live music on a Valentine's night out?  There were quite a few couples in there that were trying to go for the romantic edge - not likely with him strumming away over the top of pre-recorded music - I think it was the point when he started singing "Morning Has Broken" that we really started to lose the plot!  Although my sister sat singing along and embarrassing her daughter was highly amusing, the fact my sister new most of the tracks from films like the Wedding Singer, can only lead you to imagine the hysterics she had us in! 

They didn't have any soup for starter or any of the other starter we wanted so we abandoned that idea, the meal was OK, but apparently there was only one dessert left to fight over so we declined.  Then the icing on the cake was when we were told at 9.15pm that kids had to be out by 9.30pm - welcome - not really LOL, but it was a lovely night with family which is the main thing and well we can laugh about it now! 

Right my lovely people you must be bored by now of me waffling on, if you fancy join in pop a blog post together, pop back link up with Mr Linky at the bottom and leave a comment, we'll come and visit. 

I'll leave you with another counterfeit layout that I've created using my kit. This one of sister, niece and said 13 year old on the Japanese Bridge at Portmeirion. 


Mr Linky 




Thursday, 20 February 2014

MORNING ALL MORE COUNTERFEITING LAYOUTS 8 AND 9

Good morning, well I've been using up that counterfeiting kit since I started this challenge at the beginning of the month, I've now officially run out and will definitely be making my kit bigger next month.

Now another fun layout, the giant rose has been on my desk for quite literally months and because I had only one and it was stupidly big I didn't honestly think I'd be able to use it, however chopping it in half and splitting it over the layout means that finally (fanfare please), it is used!
The strip of red uses my gorgeous celtic border punch that I got in my Secret Santa gift from Carmen as part of her swap at Christmas, I adore this punch!

The story behind the layout is just another shot of Portmeirion when we were there, it's such a fabulous place to visit.
I also inked up a chipboard heart and used some of the alphabet that I'd printed using publisher, but my favourite element to this page is using one of my huge wood mounted stamps and some white ink to create the love stamp between the flower and the Celtic border that you can see above, I'd forgotten how much fun white ink can be on black cardstock!

Next up using the 'negative' from a die cut, I'd cut three square bracket shapes out of my kit to use elsewhere and realised as I'd cut them relatively squarely (unusual for me) that I could use them to put the component parts of the layout, a photo, paper for the hand written journalling and a quote.
The title is the publisher alphabet again, the stripey black strip with the heart on is actually the offcut from the top of the page, which had the whole for the pack to be hung in a shop in the centre - hence the heart to cover it up.

This photo was taken in front of the area where the original Hagrid's Hut was filmed at Alnwick Castle, the title is strategically placed to cover up the bright red bags of Harry Potter goodies we'd bought whilst in the castle shop!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

WOYWW - CRIKEY IT'S A LONG TIME SINCE I JOINED IN THIS

Good morning fellow WOYWW - hope you are all well, I've seen a few posts this morning which prompted me to join in for a change.

First up my desk (which is it's usually untidy affair if I'm honest).  You can see the last layout I squeezed out of my counterfeit kit this month on my desk from last nights scrapping.  My favourite heart hole punch, my tally sheet for my UK Scrappers layouts.  My diary, my pink foam pad I use behind my layouts when I'm punching holes ready to stitch, the TV remote control, a huge box of photos I'm still working on and this mornings parcel that I picked up which is in the blue paper from the lovely Jen at Wear Crafts!
Through in the pool room a much more sensible usage of the pool table don't you think, paper pack after paper pack lined up together with a few layouts, an unfinished jigsaw and said 13 year old's cycle helmet!
 Finally a glimpse of my paper problem!
I won't show off my rather untidy craft cupboard this morning as they make me want to 'run away run away!' Happy WOYWW people!

Fancy joining in check out Julia's fabulous blog - click  here

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

COUNTERFEITING AWAY

Morning all, well this counterfeiting malarkey is such fun - I couldn't believe just how much fun I've been having, I'm gutted that my kit is almost fully depleted if I'm honest.

I might have to make a bigger kit next month!

This one incorporates some of the turquoise paper, based on the black card stock, I added buttons which I stitched to the paper.  I even managed a bit of stitching on the corner.


Up close you can see the hand stamped title; yes that does say Viking Flatpack.  This was the ultimate in DIY kit's when we were at Bamburgh Castle, apparently when the Vikings came over they brought furniture that could easily be put back together again, hence my title.



Monday, 17 February 2014

SCRAPOLOGY AND COUNTERFEITING = A GREAT COMBINATION

Good morning, well today I'm sharing a layout that uses the Scrapology sketch for February, linked with the counterfeit kit I put together for February!

It's a really unusual sketch and definitely not in line with my 'normal' style but was fun to work outside the box as it were.

The layout documents one of the amazing sculptures at the Beyond Limits exhibition last year at Chatsworth!
I used a blend of ink blobs, stamps and confetti pieces that I punched out of my little heart punch.  All in my Counterfeit kit box for the month!
I used one of the tags that was on one of the sheets in my kit for the title and added a large heart.