Friday, December 10, 2010

Paper Secrets Holiday Blog Hop

Please see the larger photos below.

I hope you enjoyed my project, but keep hoping to check out what everyone else has been up to and made

Don't forget to leave a comment on all 25 blog posts & in our forum for your chance to win 1 of the 3 gifts Paper Secrets is giving away.

Your next stop will be Shirleys's blog

In case you get lost, you can find a complete list of participating blogs here...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Little Buddy

I was kindly given this fab paper from a scrapper I admire (and whose work I was admiring at the time when she used this paper) Natalie @ Scrapbook Challenges

To put this layout together I used Bo Bunny - Hip Hip Hooray Primary Number Paper which I dry brushed with blue acrylic paint around the edges.

I then painted a oblong of white paint just above the middle left of the patterned paper and stamped some uneven dotted lines on this once it was dry. Around the edge of this box I added a border of Liquid Pearl in mint green. I also stamped a newt in green ink and added glossy accents before it was dry to give it a mottled effect.

I embossed some red mulberry paper using a pebble pattern fiskars plate and placed the photo of my gorgeous grandson on the top of this, to which I added a border of red Liquid Pearls.

After this I added some butterflies with gems, a big arrow, a paint splodge and buttons.

I wanted my title to stand out so I used a old webbing belt as a background and used white Thickers letters. I dry brushed letters with red & blue paint then used a permanent ProMarker in bright yellow to fill in the gaps.

I love this layout as it is bright and fun.

Thanks for looking


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First Digital Scrapbooking Attempt

This is my first digital scrapbooking attempt. I am quite proud of it and I am keen to do more.

Hope you like it.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

On the Catwalk

The photo was taken while we (my son, my hubby and myself )were on our first holiday abroad together. We went to Lanzarote and stayed at the resort of Los Pocillos.

We went out for the day to the capital of Arrecife and we looking around the many shops. We went into a leather shop amongst some other people and they put on a little fashion show. They asked my son and another child to model for them so they could show off their childrens leather clothes. So I have a lovely memory of Jason (my son) walking up the catwalk and smiling and enjoying all of the attention. I am glad I have scrapped it at last.

1. I started off by using the negative from a 12 x 12 card of some chipboard peices I had bought and used Cosmic Shimmer sprays to give a postive image. I can let you know which colours if you need to know.

2. I then adhered a block of embossed cardstock which I had rubbed over with red and blue chalks. (Craftybitz – Embossed cardstock – Paisley PD018.

3. I had earlier blanked out the rest of the photograph with red acrylic paint and when this was dry I stamped stars on top of it in black permanent ink. I adhered the photograph on top of the embossed cardstock and then I cut strips from Collage Press’s 12×12 sheet called ‘ Crafting Strips’ in Knave and adhered them underneath and the the right of the photograph.

4. I cut some circles from the Sassafras Lass – Sweet Marmalade paper and inked the edges and placed these ‘curve down’ above the photograph.

5. I attched the ribbon to the layout underneath the rest of it about 2 inhces. I overlapped the ribbon and stapled down the middle to give a pleasing ‘bunched up’ effect. (make of ribbon unknown)

6. I added epoxy shapes (boy primary) by Making Memories to the bottom right of the photograph, and to the top right & bottom right of the layout.

7. I finally attached the title using Thickers – Rainboots -in black and drew around some of the bigger shapes that I had misted on the layout with a black fineliner. I will be using these to journal in, although I hadnt got around to that when I had taken the photograph.

A day without scrapping is like a day without sunshine!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Meall an-t-Suidhe/Ben Nevis

This photo was taken at Corpach which is were the Caledonian Canal starts.

Behind Paul is 'Meall an t-Suidhe' with 'Ben Nevis' disappearing into the clouds behind it.

Paul is actually standing on a bridge which is on top of the loch gates.

Paul and I have been here a few times on our own as well as with his parents. You always seem to get a nice view.


This breed of cow did not look at all impressed to see us and went straight back to munching its grass!!


Lighthouse at Corpach, which is quite near our b&b where we stayed on our first night. This is the start of the Caledonian Canal.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Youth Hostel

This is a lovely looking youth hostel which is somewhere in between Glasgow and Fort William.

Another train, another train station.

Another train, another train station. After 3 trains, 7+ hours of travelling I lost count of how many stations we might have passed!

Monday, September 27, 2010

So far so good!

This could be school as well as a train station!

Off to Fort William today. My hubby and I are walking to Inverness along the Caledonian Canal. Made it to Glasgow station on time. This is my hubby dashing for the train! The other photo is of Edinburgh station. I will keep you posted as we go along.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I won the Blog Candy

Look at the fantastic blog candy I won!!

This was one of the prizes available for leaving a comment and following on My Creative Therapy.

Check out her blog, she is a marvelous designer!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Little Podder Layout - Creative Scrappers Sketch 117

This is another layout about my grandson. The layout is about when we used a Camping Pod to stay in for a weekend.

If you are interested to know what they are all about then click on this link: Camping Pods

I used sketch 117 from CreativeScrappers as inspiration (see left) and I love this sketch as it was a little different to other ones I have used as it used a few little photos.

For this layout I used paper fromSassafras Lass, a postcard from Beau Modes and an old thin brown paper bag, Tim Holtz mask - Borderline, Cosmic Shimmer mica spray, clear stamp - stitches and I used AC Thickers - Cream Soda alphas to draw around so I could create these fab letters that co-ordinate.

I sanded the edges of my photos and for the journaling I used photo paper which I had used to pick up the mica spray which is left over after you spray and stamped on this using a Banana Frog journaling stamp.

I love how bright and colourful this layout turned out and I hope others like it too! Thanks for looking!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mr Cool Layout - Scrapbook Challenges Sketch 217

This is the sketch from Scrapbook Challenges - #217 and below is my take on it.

For this layout I used:

Cream 12 x 12 base cardstock
Four different sheets of cardstock from MME - Laundry Line range
Journalling sheet - unknown
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Brushed Corduroy & Faded Denim
KI Memories lace cardstock

The title is actually an ATC I got as a swap and I have used it with permission from Purple Hat over at the Trimcraft website. Thanks Purple Hat.
I also used two clear stamps, but I cannot remember the make.

I really enjoyed taking part in this challenge and the sketch was ideal for this photograph of my husband.

Would love your feedback. Thanks


Happy Birthday card for my brother

This is the card I have made for my brothers birthday. I love this stamp it is so cute. The stamp is by docrafts Papermania - it is part of the Nostalgia range by John Byars and there is about 5 or 6 in the range.

I stamped the image using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Brushed Corduroy and used a little water and a brush to bring in some of the colour from the edges.

The base card is a A5 white card which came in a pack of 10 by Anitas. The patterned paper is by My Minds Eye and is part of the Laundry Line range.

I title and strips were stamped with an Anita's stamp that has 'happy birthday' all over it. For the darker happy birthday sentiment I used a free clear stamp that came with one of the craft mags I get.

Anyway, I hope you like it, I would love some feedback so please leave some comments.


Bus Drivers Box

Todays photograph is of my husbands uncles box which stored th bits and pieces he needed to do his job when he was a bus driver. It sure looks well made!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Project 354 - Day 5 - Front Garden Spider

I saw this spider on a huge web in my front garden and couldnt resist taking a picture of it, even thought it gave me the shivers.

Check out my other project 365 posts for other photographs!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Project 365 - Day 4 - Postbox

This is day 4 of my Project 365. This is the postbox I pass on the way to work every day and thought I would give it a mention as I faithfully holds my letters and postcards until the postman comes to pick them up.

To see other pictures I have taken for my project you can either check my earlier post or follow this link here.

Tunnel Vision

This is the long tunnel that joins up the buildings were I work. Kind of gives you tunnel vision doesn't it! Lol

Monday, September 13, 2010

Project 365 - Day 3 - Tomato Sauce Twirl

I took this photo in McDonalds today. I liked the way it kept it 'twirl' shape and how the light caught it.

We then proceeded to dip our fries into it!!

Look out for my older photos for Project 365 here!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

1st Birthday card for my Grandson

This is the 1st birthday card I have made for my grandson.

Although I have set up this blog for my scrapbooking efforts there will be from time cards I have made for close family friends.

I occasionally make mini books, so they will make an appearnce from time to time as well.

Anyway to put this together using a piece of 12x12 bazzill dotted swiss cardstock, elements from a Hot of the Press birthday kit and glitter Thickers. A simple card but nice and colourful and effective I think.

Together Layout

This layout is put together using a Brenda Pinnick kit I bought via QVC. I have used quite a bit of it and still have loads left so it was definitely a bargain.

The photo was taken in Dumfries Scotland on a beautiful sunny day .

Grandson layout - One of many to come!!!

This is my gorgeous grandosn. I put this layout together using a kit I bought through Folksy. My favourite part of it (beside my grandson of course) is the printed doiley, I love the little mushrooms on it.

Project 365 - Day 2 - Big Water Nature Reserve

Todays photo was taken a Big Waters Nature Reserve - OS Grid ref: NZ227734

Big Waters is one of the largest subsidence ponds in South East Northumberland. Surrounded by fen and carr the land around the lake is generally flat, rising to the Northeast. Big Waters covers an area of almost 50 hectares, which includes the lake, stream, ponds, marshland, grassland and woodland. There are facilities for walking, picnicking, fishing, bird watching and nature studies.

We took my grandson there in the childcarrier for a bit of fresh air and to feed the ducks and swans. We tooks soom sandwiches and crisps,etc for a bit of a feed ourselves then had a bit of a walk. I have never been to this reserve before but I am glad I did as I enjoyed it.

Look out for my older photos for Project 365 here!

Bye for now and happy snapping

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Project 365 - Day 1 - Blue Nose Friends

This is day one in my Project 365: Blue Nose Friends.

These cute little fellas sit on top of my PC at home and cheer me up. I have put some more on my Christmas list as stocking fillers.

You can check out others project 365 photos @ Project 365

365 Project

What is the 365 Project?

The 365 project aims to collect photos documenting 1 year of your life. We want to build a picture of the little day to day things that make your life so special and unique. Everyone can take part and join in! All you need is a camera.

So I am starting today with my 3 furry friends!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Little Goalie

This layout is of my son aged 8 in his Newcastle United goalie strip.

For this layout I was trying to use items I wouldn't normally use on a scrapbook page, such as stripy electricians tape a sticking plaster, stamps and bits off trophies.

I put the layout together using Sketch 120 (shown below) over at Creative Scrappers:

I also used Glimmer Mist - Slate
Green Base paper - Papermania
Patterned paper - Sassafras Lass - Amplify Ziggy
Large Alphas - American Crafts - Flirty BL
Small Alphas - don't know brand, from a friend
Dictionary page - free with ATCs sent by Anji Clements (alteredscraps) over at
Star Chipboard negative, from a pack - I sanded away the orginal colour and sprayed it with the Slate Glimmer Mist.

Hope you like it.

Just signed up for mobile blogging and had to give it a go immediately!

I took this picture today of someones handiwork! Nice huh!

Friday, September 3, 2010


Well, its the weekend, Yay!!

This for me usually means seeing my gorgeous grandson on a Friday night when he sleeps over and some quality scrappy/crafting time and some houswork. Usually in that order.

I will hopefully be updating my blog so come back and check out what makes I have uploaded.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Isn't she Lovely

This is a layout I put together using sketch 215 from Scrapbook Challenges. See below.

I used bits and pieces from various kits that I got from Gauche Alchemy.

I was trying for an eclectic messy sort of look with this one as I normally put together more ordered layouts.

I also used a prompt from the 'Scrap it with a Song' site. The prompt this week was using the lyrics from song 'Isn't she Lovely by Stevie Wonder.'

Would love to know what you think.

A day without scrapping is like a day without sunshine!


Plastic Paper @ Blog Tiffany

Hi gals

Take a look at what they are doing over at Scrap Tiffany. Making 'Plastic Paper' from old carrier bags.

Way cool. Follow the link: Plastic Paper

I am really loving this and cannot wait to try it myself!!

A day without scrapping is like day without sunshine!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hi guys

I have never put together a video before so this is my first attempt, which you will probably be able to tell.

Try not to laugh to much. I would love some pointers for future videos from those of you who have done a few yourselves.

Anyway there you go.

He he


Thursday, August 19, 2010


This is a layout about myself (for a change) and the flat top haircut I decided to have (somewhat unwisely) when I was about 17 years old. Unfortunatly the quality of the photograph isnt very good, but I still wanted to scrap it.

I think the photograph was taken on Tynemouth Longsands but I am not 100% sure.

I used sketch 110 from Creative Scrappers which was my main inspiration.

I used:

Bazzill Basics in two different colours (sorry I don’t know which)

Patterned Paper by Kaisercraft – Sweets – Raspberry Cream & Creme Caramel

2 paper strips from Simply Cards and Papercrafts – Free Kit – The Never Not Collection.

A journalling block from a free paper pad from Cardmaking and Papercraft – MME – Quite Contrary.

Chipboard flowers.

Thickers in Rainboots – Colour Powder.

Kaisercraft Rhinestones – Amber coloured.

Liquid Pearls in Mint Green.

Ooh, I nearly forgot – I Cosmic Shimmers on the chipboard flowers after embossing each of them with different pattern using my Cuttlebug.

I had fun scrapping this photograph as it brought back memories long forgotten. I was going out with this lovely guy at the time and he had a ‘flat top’ haircut and I remember thinking ‘I should have my hair like that’. Well I don’t really think it was the best style for me.

Hope you like it.


Feel better soon card

I made this quick Feel Better Soon card today for someone I work with who also happens to be the wife of someone my husband works with!

I would love to know what you think of it.