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. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

100 Days of Happiness: Week 10

Another week has flown by which unfortionetly means I've come to the end of my holiday. But I'm not going to dwell on that too much and get one with showing you week ten of my 100 Days of Happiness. 
The week started with coming home from Dukes Farm. I had a fab time as always but after a long drive home I was glad for a cup of tea. Tuesday was back to the housework and after washing up in the morning I spotted a heart in the soap suds on the worktop. I love spring flowers as they are so bright and cheery and they don't set my hay fever off so I was happy when the daffodils I'd brought the day before started to open up. On Thursday I faced the walk of shame after a weekend (and a bit) of naughty eating and found I maintained which I was chuffed with, I also treated myself to the new cookbook. 
On Friday I did my first bit of crafting since Dukes Farm by making a card for a friend which I'll share in the next post. On Saturday we took a road trip to Barmouth to bed in the new big brakes on the car. Even on a grey day I love this place, the scenery is stunning and dramatic and doesn't stop us from having an ice cream from Knickerbockers on the harbour. On Sunday I had the back to work blues, which actually started Saturday evening, which meant it was time for a lazy day sitting in the slobby clothes. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

100 Days of Happiness: weeks 8 & 9

I must been on total holiday mode as I forgot to blog week 8 of my 100 days of happiness! But fear not as it means I get to share two weeks of happiness with you now in one post! So this week 8
The week started with a crazy day at work as we had no systems working until lunchtime so we're unable to take any calls. Needless to say I was glad to get home to a cup of tea! On Tuesday I was glad that the heavy rain held off until I was driving home, the drowned rat look is never a good look! By comparison on Wednesday we had beautiful blue sky, a sign of the coming spring. On Thursday I collected my travelling companion, Otis the bear, for my upcoming scrappy break. I also had a small gain at Slimming World but I'm putting this down to the fact I was wearing jeans for dress down day at work! 
Friday was my last day at work for two weeks so I was happy to pop my out of office (complete with spelling mistake) on my emails. On Saturday I managed to grab some bargains from Morrisons, Fibre One bars for £1 so I got stocked up! On Sunday I was being super lazy and had nothing planned for tea so we had Slimming World friendly all day breakfast complete with yummy Linda McCartney rosemary and red onion sausages.  Now onto last week, week 9. 
On Monday I started my scrappy packing ready for my weekend at Dukes Farm, I enjoy the break but not the packing! Tuesday was pancake day and mine were a disaster! I've since found out it was a combination of using Fry Light and not proper oil and not having my pan hot enough! After a mini strop I was happy to receive a last delivery of my snack bowl I'd ordered from Kirsten & Belle. On Wednesday I traveled back down to Stamford as I had dentist before going away for the weekend so I had a chance to catch up with a mini crafter in the making! On Thursday before the dreaded dentist I went for a walk into town and the weather was gorgeous! 
On Friday, Saturday & Sunday it was finally time for my scrappy break to Dukes Farm, the moment I look forward to all year as I can scrap, chat, eat cake and drink wine to my hearts content! We all chat on Facebook, etc during the year but when we get together it's like we've never been apart! 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Happy Place: Sketchy Scrappers Feb Sketch

As I was tidying up my desk before trying to pack for a crafty weekend away next week I realised I hadn't shared I layout I made a couple of weeks ago for Sketchy Scrappers. The February sketch was created by Sue. 
I tend to struggle with sketches that use multiple photos as they either need to be printed smaller, which I never do, or need to photos you can trim down. I looked through my photos and found some of Port Meirion in Wales. We always stop by here when we go away which means I tend to take photos of the same thing each time so cutting them down from 6x4 to approx 3x3 didn't bother me. 
I picked some papers from Shimelle, Heidi Swapp and Jen Hadfield which would pull the bright colours from the buildings. I used some diecuts from Heidi Swapp and Thickers from Dear Lizzy and Amy Tangerine for my title. 
To recreate the banner on the sketch I used some tags I'd gotten for Christmas and decided to use these for journaling for something a little different. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

100 Days of Happiness: week seven

Well I'm officially halfway through my 100 days of happiness challenge! I still can't believe I've managed to keep it up! So this was week seven. 
The week started with a pretty envelope to pop in the post to a special birthday girl, I like to share a little bit of happiness. Tuesday was Valentine's Day and I was lucky to receive a lovely card and some chocies from Ian. Wednesday brought some happy mail with a payday order from Hey Little Magpie, granted it was ordered before payday but it arrived on payday so that counts right? Thursday was Slimming World and another maintain which I was happy with as I may have had a sneaky KFC on Valentine's Day! 
On Friday another sign of spring appeared as it was still light when I got home at 5:30. On Saturday I finally got my hair done, I'm gradually going blonder and fingers crossed I may have found a hairdresser I like up here. Finally on Sunday I decided to try another recipe from the Slimming World magazine, Sausage and bean pasta bake. Admittedly it didn't taste fantastic but it looked nice and bright in the pan! 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

100 Days of Happiness: week 6

Another week of happiness has flown by. This was week 6. 
The week started off with a gorgeous sunrise, it looked as though the fog had finally lifted. On Tuesday I was happy that I managed to find a parking space pretty quick at work as it meant I had time to do some reading before I had to go into work. On Wednesday the weather started to turn colder so I was happy to get home and put my slippers on, one downside to wearing flat shoes for work is cold feet if the ground is cold. As I worked a late shift on Tuesday I had to go to Slimming World on Thursday and was rewarded with a 2lb loss. 
On Friday I only worked until 12pm so I went via TK Maxx on the way home and snapped up a couple of crafty bargains, even though I need paper like a hole in the head! On Saturday we were threatened to have a day of snow but luckily this was the only snow we had which was gone by lunchtime. Unfortionetly the snow came the next day with snow nearly all day but again it was gone by Monday. With Sunday being a snow day I managed to do some scrapping in the morning while watching Gotham on Netflix. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

100 days of happiness week 5

Well we've made it to February and I'm still managing to keep up with my 100 days of happiness, whoop whoop! So this was week five. 
On Monday I was on a very quiet late shift and I was grateful that I had planned ahead and put my kindle in my bag. Tuesday was Slimming World day with a maintain this week. Not going to lie I was pretty bummed by this but it's better than a gain and I managed to stock up from the shop too. Wednesday I was cheered up by Ian having a cup of tea waiting for me as I walked in the door, he's well trained! On Thursday I had my first early shift in ages so I was happy to be goin home in daylight for a change! 
On Friday after having thick fog practically all week it was a lovely and refreshing change to see blue sky! On Saturday while Ian slept in I managed some morning scrapping while watching Sherlock on Netflix. Then on Sunday I was probably a bit too excited to finally find the Thins biscuits! Everyone in Slimming World have been raving about these as they are only 1.5 syns a biscuit! 

Sunday, 5 February 2017


After finally managing to scrap last weekend my creative juices were back so I scrapped another quick layout yesterday morning while watching Sherlock on Netflix. Over on the Scrap Our Stashblog they have got a tic tac toe challenge going on. I love these challenges as all you do is pick a row, column or diagonal and make sure those items are in your layout. 
It was a hard choice but I went for the diagonal line and used a doily, hearts and a tag to make this layout of Boo watering nanny and Grandad's pots. As you tell by the photos most of the water went over her rather than on the plants! 
I used papers from Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection. One of the papers in the collection has cut apart tags, perfect for the challenge. For my hearts I used wood veneer hearts and some heart vellum. I had run out E's for my title so in the spirit of using up your stash I flipped a 3 and used this. 
Make sure you pop over the blog, there's still time to enter.