Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Happy New Year


Happy New Year Everyone, hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and has recovered from Christmas.  I have only been back at work 2 days and it seems like 2 weeks!

I have had my blog now for just over 2 years my first post was on the 30th December 2009, it has been neglected a bit lately with the madness of work and life, but one of my resolutions is to update more often and to take part in more challenges.

I have done a fair bit of crafting over the Christmas period mainly last minute Christmas cards and thank you cards.  I also made the annual calendars for my mum and aunt.

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Have you got any scrapping bargains in the sales, I have got a fair few bits, mainly the core elements of my 2012 album, I like to document each month, I am using the Simple Stories Life Documented papers as the theme that runs through.  I also have another very special project I am going to be working on….

My lovely boyfriend as a Christmas present is taking me to America for 10 days.  So on the 16th January I will be jetting off to LA with trips to San Francisco and Las Vegas.  I plan on taking lots of photos of course and I want to dedicate a whole album to this trip.  I have chosen the Simple Stories Destination papers as the core for this album and also got a set of different divided page protectors to use as well.


I am also going to make a travel journal to take with me to complete when I am out there.  I am planning on making a bound book with a leather cover like I saw made on Kirstie’s Homemade Home.  I have the supplies I just need to find the time to make it.

I also have October – December to finish scrapping in my 2011 album so need to get a move on with that.  I recently backed up all my photos from 2011 all 4gb worth of them.  Please remember to back up your files people I would hate any of you to loose precious memories.

Well again I hope you all had a good start to the new year, I need to go get working on my challenge piece for the Bramford Crop on Saturday as the other ladies look like they have been busy!!

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Christmas Crafting

Well I have been busy crafting and seem to have neglected my blog a bit, so thought I would stop by and show you so,me of my christmas crafting exploits, its a bit photo heavy! A couple of weeks ago on Sunday one of my old school friends came around and we had a day of crafting and chatting. I managed to get a few bits done and she managed to get a few shots of my in my crafty corner in the caravan.
I finished working on the challenge from the bramford girls, I was a bit stumped but turned to one of my favourite things to make at the moment a garland. We had 3 wooden decorations (star, tree, house) to alter somehow, I am happy with the response and used some of the lovely vintage images on the Jenni Bowlin papers.
Next up was to work on the secret santa for the Bramford girls again, I went with a box, which I deconstructed and put back together with my destressed papers. I then made some tissue paper flowers and tucked a few goodies inside, I hope the lady likes it
I am also well under my way with the Christmas cards that I need to make, I have most of my images coloured in I just need to construct the cards. I love how they are turning out so far. .
Well I think that is the blog nearly up to date. I am completing the Shimelle Journal Your Christmas class again this year and will have to photograph and update the blog with that soon.
Hope everyone elses Christmas crafting is going well. Thanks for Looking

Sunday, 13 November 2011

First go at the TOFF Challenge

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I have fallen for the Octopode Factory images, and have brought myself a few digi stamps to play with. I discovered they have a challenge blog so decided to have a go with one of my new stamps, the theme this week is SWIRLS

I have used some of my scrapbooking scraps and found out an old stamp from my stash. I then used my Cricut to cut a star out and use this as a mask (yes the cricut is back out and will hopefully be getting more use!)I then took the digi stamp-annabel lee and got busy with my promarkers, I am getting more confident using them now and have some more on my crafting wish list.

I enjoyed this challenge, please go over and check out the wonderful Lily's Blog and Etsy shop.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 11 November 2011

A Mini Album...

I have only ever made one mini album before and decided that after my recent weekend away in Whitby I would make one to use some of the 200+ photos I took. I have had this scrapbook in a tin lying around in my stash for ages so decided to make use of it.

I used all old papers aswell so again a stash busting mission, I am really pleased with how it turned out and am going to tackle scrapping some of the photos from the weekend soon too.

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Thursday, 10 November 2011

A Few Recent LO's

Well the Christmas cards are still in full swing and a few more digi stamps have come my way! I thought I would show a few of the LO's I have completed recently inspired by the Paper Party hosted by Shimelle.

I have used a lot of old papers from my stash and I am trying to have a big clear out of my crafting stuff. I have however just brought myself a Big Shot so I will be looking out for lots of new dies so will not be buying any new papers for now!

I have now filled my document 2011 album up , it is an AC 12x12 D-Ring album and I am only up to August, so I am going to have to get another album to finish the year off. I also need to make my month dividers for the album too ao and the christmas cards!!

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Its Christmas!!

Well it is not christmas, but time to start thinking about it in terms of crafting at least. So it is time to think about christmas cards and Journal Your Christmas.

Christmas this year is having a gothic theme, I am going gold and dark red and black and skulls for my decorations so decided to go with gothic for my christmas cards too. I brought a couple of The Octopode Factory stamps at Ally Pally and have since invested in a few digital stamps, which is a first for me, I have also been experimenting with promarkers. Here is the samples so far:

I also had my parcel from Shimelle arrive for Journal Your Christmas and I am looking forward to the prep weekend coming up to start making my journal.

I am off to do some more crafting and will update with a few recent LO's soon.

Thanks for Looking

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Scrapbook Starting Points

I have at last had time to get on the laptop and post some of the pages I have been doing since I last posted. Scrapping has been slow as I pulled all the ligaments in my wrists in the car accident so have been been wearing a brace on it, not the most stylish thing ever!! But it is feeling a bit better now so have been scrapping to relax in the evening again.

I thought I would try out this weeks Starting point over at, I have been taking part in the Paper Party class she has had going on and will be posting some of the LO I have completed. I am loving it and actually using all the old collection papers I had in my stash, and there is enough of it.

So here is my LO for this weeks starting point, please go and check out her blog for more information.

Thanks for looking