Monday, 26 June 2017

Are you sure exercise is good for you?

Happy Monday everyone! How is everyone one today? I hope you all had a good weekend. I'm feeling a tad achey today following a 9 mile walk in on and off heavy drizzle showers, preparing myself for my sponsored walk next week. The past few weeks I've been walking the odd lap here and there around nearby Scammonden Water to build up my fitness ready to walk just under 10 miles along a disused railway line in the Peak District next week for charity. I had managed walking two laps on a couple of occassions which is about 6 miles but yesterday decided to push for one more as it was close to D-Day and walked 3 laps in soggy but refreshing conditions for 9 miles which means today I've been sounding like an old lady (no cheeky comments thank you!) everytime i stand up! If exercise is so good then why does it have to hurt!?!  In my last post i mentioned I had a couple of crafty projects to share with you which i had made before my crafty drought, which by the way is now broken as I had a cardmaking spree over the weekend. In May the Lottie Loves Paper Facebook had a week of sketches to inspire us. I only managed one sketch and started another which is still sat on my desk unfinished. 
I liked this sketch as it had one landscape and one portrait photo. I often have photos from the same occassion but different orientations and struggle to know how to use them together on a layout. I chose 2 photos I've had for ages of the Lovers statue in St Pancreas station which have been hanging around for this reason and scrapped this layout. 
I decided not to angle my papers and photos as i really wanted to use the teal coloured paper which was a scrap and was the wrong size to follow this part of the sketch. The scrap and the background paper were from a paper pad my sister in law split with me and the polka dot paper is from Dear Lizzy Charmed collection. 
I then embellished with some random bits I had hanging around. I used a postcard cut apart as it fit in with the travel theme and decided to use a moustache as it reminded me of the old school goodbyes at train stations you sae on films like Brief Encounter (you see what I mean when I say I'm a bit random sometimes!) 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Are you still out there???

So its been nearly a month since my last blog post...oops! Life has just gotten in the way lately. Work has been busy and now summer is here so is car show season which means most weekends have been taken up with going to those (great?!?!) 
Things have been a bit dry in terms of crafty goodness too as I've been too busy and when I do get a moment my mojo decides to go on holiday, I have got a couple of things i can share with you though so i'll share those in the next couple of posts.  Talking of holidays, we went away for s long weekend camping to Shell Island for my birthday. 
It was to get away for a couple of days and chill. In typical Wales weather it was windy when we arrived with 20mph winds while we wrestled with the tent. But then it cleared and after a cloudy day for my birthday we had gorgeous warm, sunny weather. 
Being a scrapper with a new iphone 7 (birthday pressie to myself thanks to my upgrade) I took oodles of photos!  So thats me. I hope there are still people reading this, if not i'll carry on posting and talking to myself! 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Sail Away With Me: NSD 2017 Layout

The final challenge i took part in for National Scrapbook Day was to scraplift our first layout. Thats right, it was time to take a trip back down memory lane and scraplift the first layout we ever scrapped. I both cringe and enjoy looking back at my old layouts as it shows my scrappy journey, how my style has changed as I've learnt new techniques, etc. I originally started scrapping as I wanted to document a recent holiday to Wales where we climbed mount Snowdon for Ian's 30th birthday, but the first layout I scrapped was not of the trip but of my adopted niece Ruby. 
Just look at the shaped photos, admit it you did it too when you started out! This was back in the day of limited stash, a problem i no longer have, so I used some free papers from a Scrapbook magazine and some chipboard alphas I brought from QVC. This was how I scraplifted it. 
I stuck with the same design of having a photo in opposite corners but refrained from shaping them! I used a background paper from Studio Calico Atlantic collection to stick with the nautical theme, and some scraps from my scrap basket. 
I carried on the nautical theme by using a cute sail boat I recently brought from Sizzix, a yacht wood veneer and some anchors cut from another sheet of Atlantic paper. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

My Girl: NSD 2017 layout

The second layout i did for National Scrapbook day/weekend was for a challenge where we had to use a tv programme, song title or lyrics for our title. I love challenges like this so i pulled this gorgeous photo of my niece Boo taken last summer and scrapped this layout. 
I decided use a background paper from Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection and cluster some cut aparts from the same collection around the photo. In one of my use it up bowls i have on my desk I had a scrap of blue lace which i decided to use up on this layout. 
I was torn between two titles; "Whose that Girl?", inspired by the hat she's wearing which reminded me of 80's Madonna, and My Girl which i eventually went with. For my title i used Thickers from Paige Evans. 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Vacay yay: NSD 2017 layout

At the start of the month was the day all Scrapbookers love, National Scrapbook day! We say day but in truth its kind of expanded and now takes over the whole weekend! There are always challenges going on eveywhere during the weekend and over on For the love of Pretty Paper on Facebook there was a weekend of challenges to join in. There were twelve in total and i managed to finish three which i was pleased with.  The first challenge i did was to scrap a spring or summer photo. I looked through my photos from our trip to Wales last year and scrapped this layout of one of the gorgeous sunsets we had.
To keep with the bright summer feel we were asked to create I used some 6x6 papers from Amy Tangerine On a Whim and Crate Paper Oasis along with a bold yellow and white stripe paper i had in my stash. I also used some die cuts from the Oasis collection and a scrap of Studio Calico vellum to break up the different patterns. 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Fabulous work of art: Daring Cardmakers challenge

This weeks challenge on the Daring Cardmakers blog was to make a card using two, yes only two, colours! I decided to make a card different to the normal white card base card i make, as this would count as one of my colours. While sorting my Raskog i found a package from Stampin Up Gemma got me for my birthday last year and in this wwre a couple of pre scored card bases in pink and a collection of pattern papers which included pink, black and gold. So i decided to be completly daring and made a black and pink card. 
This challenge wasnt as easy as it sounded as the patterend papers i picked were black and white patterned which meant i would go against the brief by bringing in another colour! So i decided to for go using any paper! I used a wooden Flamingo from a confetti pack i brought a couple of years ago in Paperchase and thought the sentiment stamp from Stampin Up went perfectly with it! I admit I'm not entirely sold on the black doily at the top, i think i might go back and change this by duplicating the washi strips i used at the bottom. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Super hero fun: Daring Cardmakers challenge

This weeks challenge on the Daring Cardmakers blog was in honour of National Superhero day. I admit I had to really rack my brains for this one as I can't say I have anything that screams superheroes. But after looking through my stamps I found something that may work. 
I kind of bent the rules of the challenge and decided to use a knight in shining armour as my superhero and used a CC Designs stamp. After colouring the image in I found an old Elle's Studio flag which matched the feather and shield perfectly. I also managed to use some more scraps from my refusing to go down scraps basket! 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

April Sketchy Scrappers Layouts

How are we in May already?? It's scary where the year is going! I thought I'd share a little scrappy catch up with you today. I didn't manage a lot of scrapping during April, I only managed two layouts for both of the April challenges over on the Sketchy Scrappers Facebook group.  The first layout I scrapped was for the sketch challenge. This months sketch was set by Nikki who gave us not one but two sketches to choose from. I chose this sketch
I originally ruled this sketch out due to the fact that it would need more than one photo. But then one Saturday evening I had a brain wave (don't all fall over at once!) why not use project life cards instead of photos? I have loads of PL cards and I don't even do project life! With that in mind I scrapped this layout
I had a go at replicating the messy background. I used some mist and did the packaging technique to give a watercolour effect and then used some stamps from Stampin Up. I used some project life cards from Simple Stories, choosing the bottom one to be my title. I'm really pleased with how this turned out, so much so that I decided to frame it instead of popping it into an album.  For the mid month challenge I set everyone a colour challenge, asking them to scrap a layout with this palette using at least two of the colours from it. I chose this palette because it had an Easter theme. 
I picked out the green, cream and light brown colour which reminded me of the in laws dog Skip and scrapped this layout. 
I decided to use a Kraft card stock for the base and used papers from Dear Lizzy, Crate Paper and Teresa Collins. I pulled some embellishments from the little bowl I have on my desk and added some wood veneer hearts from Cosmo Cricket. 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Five times the fun: Daring Cardmakers card

I've not had the chance to join in with the Daring Cardmakers blog recently but I've realised I need to start using my scraps more as my basket is filling rapidly, so when I saw the challenge this week was to use five pattern papers I jumped at the chance to join in. 
My intention was to use five different papers from my scrap basket. How many did I use in the end? Two, the floral paper was from October Afternoon and the pink paper from Maggie Holmes Flea Market. The other three papers came from a WRMK 6x6 paper pad. I then used a sentiment from a Studio Calico stamp set. 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Birthday Ian!

Today it's Easter Saturday and it's also Ian's birthday. I was actually organised this year and made his card a couple of weeks ago. 
 I wasn't too sure what to do for his card to be honest. So one evening I looked through my stamps to see if anything inspired me and found what seems to be my go to camper van stamp from Hobby Craft. I wanted to try and do something a bit different so dug out my Amy Tangerine On a Whim 6x6 paper pad as it was nice and bright and not the duller, more muted tones I tend to go to when I make male cards. I spotted the You're straight up awesome on a cut apart sheet and by pure fluke the stamp fitted on it perfectly so I decided to make this my topper. I struggled having two different, bright patterns layered together so used a black and white scrap to help break them up a bit. 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

100 Days of Happiness: the final week!

Welcome to week 14 of my 100 Days of Happiness challenge which is also the final week. That's right folks I've actually completed a challenge for once! I really enjoyed taking part in this challenge this time around and I think after a short break I might try doing it again starting on my birthday in June, what do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know.  So without further ado this was my week and a day! 
The week started, and continued, on a sunny theme as the weather turned and it felt like spring was finally starting to spring. On Monday I noticed that the garden was starting to come back to life as the flowers started to open, adding some much needed colour. Tuesday was another sunny day where I could actually wear my sunnies on the drive home. On Wednesday we popped into Asda for a couple of bits and I picked up some cute Easter crumpets. Yes I know they taste the same but I had to buy them as they were cute bunnies! Thursday was another sunny evening with beautiful blue sunshine as I washed up. 
Friday was another Fat Friday in the training room (i'll be glad to get back to normality!) and this week we had Dominoes which meant we had extra dip which we didn't use so I was able to bring it home! On Saturday after collecting my new glasses we popped to the Farm shop as they had posted on Facebook that they had punnets of strawberries for 99p, which was a bargain especially as they were huge strawberries! On Sunday we went to Harewood Hill Climb which is basically cars going fast up a hill! It was a glorious day and I even managed to come home with random patches of sunburn! Then finally on Monday I reached day 100 which made me happy as it meant I actually completed the challenge! 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Dukes Farm Layouts Part 3 plus a bonus

Yay I've finally caught up on my projects to blog! These are the last two layouts I made at Dukes Farm a month ago plus a bonus layout I made a couple of weeks ago! 
This layout is about one of my old haunts, The Bull & Swan, where we would spend a whole evening in the summer in the beer garden drinking and having a laugh! (I've noticed that most of my layouts lately have involved pubs and drinking!) I used papers from Jen Hadfield and went for a bright colour scheme as the photos were quite dark. 
This was the last layout I scrapped at the retreat. These photos were taken at my second Bon Jovi concert at Milton Keynes bowl. I went for a grey and yellow colour scheme as the photos were quite dull but the yellow picked up on the sky scrapper above the stage. I used papers from Studio Calico and minimal embellishments as I was starting to lose my scrappy mojo!  Now for the Brucey Bonus I scrapped a couple of weekends ago when I had the weekend to myself! 
This layout is about my friend Dan who I became good friends with one Christmas when we both worked at HMV. He was something of a character but always a laugh. The last I heard he was living down in Brighton and was a freelance writer for Kerrang magazine. I decided to try and use some of my scraps for this layout. I would say my basket has got a huge dent in it now but I'd be lying! I think the papers are Jen Hadfield, MME, Echo Park and Basic Grey. I'm determined to get through my scraps so I'm going to try and delve through my basket before cutting into new sheets of paper for the next few projects. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

100 Days of Happiness: Week 13

My 100 days of happiness are slowly drawing to a close and I can't believe how fast the time has gone! This was week 13. 
At the start of the week I was able to do a bit of scrapping, finishing a layout I started over the weekend. On Tuesday Ian came back from a couple of days away in Stamford. While he was there he went to the mid lent fair which was in town and brought me some naughty sweets back. On Wednesday the first of my happy mail parcels arrived with my parcel from Craftie Charlie landing on my doorstep. Thursday was the second of my live learning days for my training. Both days went well but I was still glad to get home to a cup of tea. 
On Friday and Saturday I had more happy mail arrive. On Friday my cute sign from Kirsten & Belle arrived, and on Saturday my Stampin Up order from Fiona arrived. On Sunday I was super organised and had done the supermarket shop and my jobs by lunch which meant I good chill, do some reading and watch the BTCC on the telly. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Dukes Farm layouts: part two

So better late than never I thought I'd share some more of the layouts I made at Dukes Farm. These layouts are again using some of the old photos I found at my parents house so prepare to cringe! 
These photos were taken when I went to my first ever Bon Jovi concert which was also the last ever concert to be played at Wembley Stadium before the pulled the two towers down and rebuilt it. I used papers from Amy Tangerine Stitched collection and a random scrap from Gemma's box of scraps. I used my Stampin Up camera stamp which I love to use to make embellishments, a Stampin Up doily, stars from Studio Calico and letter stickers from Elle's Studio. 
These photos were taken from my second year ball at uni. It was also the year I thought it would be a good idea to cut my hair short, cringe! I used papers from Pebbles and embellishments from Jen Hadfield. 
This is a silly layout about the giant wine glasses I used to have. This was how I used to spend my Saturday night...who am I kidding this is still my Saturday night! I decided to pick up on the yellow and blue from my busy wallpaper, and used a mixture of scraps from Studio Calico. The fun die cut is from Amy Tangerines new line, the delightful I've had in my box of bits for ages.  I've still got a couple more layouts to share but I'll pop those in another post! X

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Mother's Day Cards

So last weekend it was Mother's Day. I did the good daughter/daughter in law thing and arranged for some flowers to be delivered and made a couple of cards. 
I used papers, including the sentiments, from Paige Evans and die cut flowers from Jen Hadfield. I originally thought about using an embossed background so I used a heart embossing folder from Stampin Up, but I couldn't get it to work so ended up just using a tiny slither. Why is it how you picture things in your head never come out right on paper? 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

100 Days of Happiness: Week 12

So I didn't quite make it to having a blog post a day up last week. Ian went down to Stamford for a couple of days and took the iPad so I had no access to my blog. But I'm back now to share week 12 of my 100 Days of Happiness. 
Last week I started my Upskill training to be able to take mortgage calls so on Monday I was glad to have survived my first day as there was a lot of information to take in. Tuesday was weigh day again and while I was bummed to have put in 1lb I cheered myself up with the latest issue of the magazine for inspiration. On Wednesday I had texted Ian before I left work asking him to prep the veg for tea so I was happy when I got in and found he'd listened to me for once! Thursday was an information overload day in training so I was happy to have someone who was organised enough to bring teabags with them! 
It was decided at the start of training that friday's would be fat Fridays, not exactly Slimming World friendly but very naughty and delicious! On Saturday I took myself off shopping looking for new clothes. I didn't buy anything but did spy an inflatable flamingo, if only I had a pool! Finally on Sunday I decided to treat myself to some of my favourite flowers. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Dukes Farm Layouts: Part 1

Today I thought I'd start to share the layouts I made at Dukes Farm. As I've mentioned in previous posts I took away with me some older photos from by Uni days and decided to make an album of these. Some of these photos are a little bit cringe worthy so no laughing! 
The first layout I made were photos from a girly night out in a restaurant called Panama Joes which used to serve yummy South American type food. I used papers from a Jen Hadfield paper pad I'd picked up in TK Maxx. I also used acetate embellishments from Heidi Swapp and some die cuts from Page Evans. 
The next layout I scraped was of me and my friend Anna. Anna was one of the first people I spoke to and made friends with at uni as she was in the room opposite my in halls, and we remain friends to this day. The photos were taken in our first year and then in our last year. I used papers from an old Studio Calico collection and dies cuts from Page Evans again. 
The last layout I'll share today is of my brother jumping over a wall in a beer garden at the end of a booze night out, forgetting about the large drop the other side! As the photo was quite dark I went for a fairly monochromatic colour scheme with a little pop of Aqua. Papers are again from Jen Hadfield and a scrap from Gemma's overflowing scrap box. I also used a mix of embellishments from Fancy Pants, Dear Lizzy and a really old cut apart from Echo Park. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Music on the Meadows: Sketchy Scrappers March sketch

What's this? Blogging three days in a row? That's right I'm back with another blog post. While away at Dukes Farm Gemma set the March sketch for Sketchy Scrappers. It was fun as there were four members of Sketchy Scrappers away at the retreat and we all interpreted the sketch slightly differently. This was the sketch: 
I decided to scrap a photo of my and my best friend at the time at Music on the Meadows in Stamford probably about 12/13 years ago. Music on the Meadows was a local music festival held during festival week in Stamford where local bands could play. 
I used some older papers from Studio Calico and Crate Paper. Luckily while we were away someone had a hexagon punch so I could punch lots of hexagons out. I didn't want to embellish the page too much as it had the hexagons sweeping across the page so I kept it simple by scattering some wood veneer stars.  Will I make it four days blogging in a row? You'll have to wait and see! X

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

100 Days of Happiness: Week 11

Blimey another week has whizzed by and I'm nearing the end of my 100 days of happiness challenge. I'm surprised I've managed to keep it up and to be honest I've enjoyed it. I'm even contemplating carrying on for another 100 days, what do you think? If you'd like to see me carry on with the challenge leave me a comment. So without further ado this was week 11
On Monday it was back to work which was a bummer but my day was brightened with an email I'd received while I was away confirming how much my bonus was. Tuesday was weigh in day and I was surprised with a 1.5lb loss especially as I had only weighed  four days earlier on Thursday, guess being at work has its uses! On Wednesday evening there was a gorgeous sky outside as I washed up. I love the spring as the lighter evenings mean that the sunsets are as beautiful as the sunrises. On Thursday I managed to use some of my holiday hours and finished work at lunchtime which meant I could take a detour via TK Maxx on the way home TK see what little bargains they had. Unfortionetly they had no crafty bargains but I did pick up these cute bowls for £2.99 each to put on my desk with odd embellishments in. 
On Friday I received an unexpected email from Sky. For the past 12 months we've been in a deal where we've had free broadband and have only had to pay the line rental. I knew this deal was coming to an end soon and to be honest I was getting ready to shop around for a deal elsewhere especially as Sky had recently increased their prices, so to receive an email saying they were going to extend the deal for another 12 months was great! On Saturday we went to Asda to do the weekly shop and I spied that Prosecco was on offer and was cheaper than my normal bottle of wine so I treated myself. Finally Sunday was a lazy day was the weather was pants so while I got on with housework the slow cooker was on with a Slimming World Beef Ragu I'd seen online and it was absolutely delicious! 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Doctor T's

When I went to Dukes Farm I took away with me some old photos I had found at my parents and decided to make an album. I've not had the chance to share the layouts I made on her yet but the good news I have photographed them and will be sharing them shortly. One layout I can share though is one I made this last weekend for the Scrap our Stash sketch challenge. This was the sketch with the added twist of using elements to spell out the word CHARM. 
And this is the layout I scraped. I chose photos from a night out for my birthday to one of our old haunts Doctor Thirsty's, or Doctor T's as we called it. 
I used: C- Cardstock, Chevron paper from the Cut & paste collection H- Heidi Swapp star and ticker embellishments, Hearts A- Amy Tangerine thickers, Acetate embellishments R- Red M- Mists, MME papers Make sure you hope over to the blog to join in! 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Recent Card Makes

While sorting through my photos on my iPad, freeing up some space so I could photograph the layouts I had made at Dukes Farm, I realised I hadn't shared some cards I had made recently. These were cards for MIL's & my brother's birthdays, which have both passed so there'll be no surprises, and a just because card to go in a package to Gemma.  So first of all this is the card I made for MIL's birthday. 
I had just received an order from Hey Little Magpie with some lovely bits from Paige Evans Fancy Free collection, so I dived into this to make this card. I wasn't sure how to use some of the lovely embellishments in the pack as they seemed a bit random IYKWIM, so I layered them up into a cluster and it seemed to work. 
This card I made for my brothers birthday. I brought a cute sugar skull stamp from the Range thinking it would be nice to stamp it and colour it in. But while sitting at my desk watching Netflix one morning I though I'd experiment and see what it looked like stamped onto a tag. I liked how it turned out so grabbed a Stampin Up set which included a chevron border to finish it off. I layered the tag onto papers from a Simple Stories 6x6 pad and a scrap of October Afternoon paper.  This last card I made to go into a package I was sending to Gemma. Before Dukes Farm I asked if she'd like anything picking up from IKEA and she said a bag of mini Dime bars. Not a problem because I could just dive in the exit, grab them and go. But alas when I got going along the motorway I was blocked into the middle lane, missing the junction for Ikea and the Dime bars. I didn't hear the end of this all weekend so I thought I would surprise her and post some down to her! 
I have a little bowl of bits on my desk and when I saw the Sweet, Sweet, Sweet cut apart in there I knew it was perfect. I cut a flamingo with a die I had gotten with a magazine last year and used a background paper from Amy Tangerine Plus One and a Stampin Up scrap to make the banner.