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.

Thanks for looking

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!!

Thanks for Looking

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

Monday, 10 October 2011

What a Week!!

Well it never rains but it pours! After a nightmare beginning of the week at work it got dramatically worse on Thursday when some charming woman decided to drive 25mph into the back of my car at traffic lights!! Yes Kitty Car 2 looks like it has bitten the dust, still waiting for the finial say form the insurance company but it does not look good..and neither does my back!! Yes cue whiplash and a return of my problem back, not impressed!

Despite all that I managed to get away for the weekend to Whitby, it was a very welcome break at the end of a horrible week. I took my camera and tested it out with 200+ photos. I will definately be scrapping a few of them, I love shooting in black and white mode, worked great with the ruins.

Well I am hoping to get some scrapping time in tomorrow night as now home and very stiff and achey, am off to the doctors tomorrow to see if he can give me something for the pain.

Will be back with scrapping and less moaning soon!


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Bramford Crop Challenge

Each month at the Bramford crop a group of us set each other a challenge, this month it was to use 3 pieces on T/H diecut chipboard from Janet, on the theme of Halloween. I struggled with this to start with, but after, painting and staining etc, I decided to go with what I do best, layers of pretty paper.

I had picked up a few bits of Halloween themed paper at the crop a couple of months ago and decided to use them and create a banner/bunting effect. I am happy with how it turned out, and looking forward to seeing what the other ladies have done.

Thanks for Looking

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Disaster LO!!!

Well I have managed to find some time to scrapping between the early mornings, early nights and 12 hour days! I think my tiredness is what caused my near disaster on my last LO. I decided I would have a go at creating a LO similar to the one that is my current fav, it was going well and I liked how it was looking. In my wisdom after nearly finishing it, I decided to add a few sprits of glimmer mist, well it was all going great till I knocked the bottle over my LO!!! I must point out that I take the sprayer out to get blobs of mist, well from now on the open topped bottle is not staying on my scrapping desk!!

Well I think that the quick action of attacking it with paper towel that I have not ruined the LO, of course it is all I can see when I look at it. I enjoyed the process of adding lots of layers and bits and will be doing lots more of this type of thing on LO's. I am luckly getting to go to Ally Pally next weekend, as there is a spare seat with my crafting buddies, so will be stocking up on lots of little elements and bits to carry on this style.

Thanks for looking and hope the disaster is not to obvious!!

Monday, 5 September 2011

My New Favourite LO

I have a new favourite LO!! I have a frame on my mantle piece which I put my current favourite LO in, the one I created at the crop in Bramford is now in the frame. I only completed one LO on saturday, but it has lots of detail on, and thanks to Karen lots of 'fiddle titting'!!!

I am loving the brand Sassafras at the moment, I brought a couple of cheap 12x12 pads from the craft superstore and I am loving them, even though they are old collections. I am also embracing the idea of adding lots of layers and textures on the LO.

I am going to try a few more LO like this in the future, although they are not speedy I think the effort is worth it.

We also got our challenge pieces for the next 3 months in our group at Bramford, got my thinking cap on for all of them, will post as and when they are completed.

Thanks for looking

LSNED Days 1-5

I have been enjoying a daily bit of crafting doing these pages fro my LSNED album. I thought I would update my blog with pages 1-5, it is intersting that the start of term for me has many of the same lessons.

I will do regular updates of this project each week.

Thanks for looking

Monday, 29 August 2011

LSNED Base Album

I have made a start on my LSNED album, I have had this album for a while, it did have chipboard pages in, but I will replace these with the cards I am still to make. I am going to try and use up some old stash, although I did by the kit from Shimelle to do this class. I am in love with many of the new American Craft papers, but I am trying to resist.

This is totally different from my album last year, but I am so excited to see what this month has instore, just looked through last years, and it is crazy how much can change in a year.

Well I will try and blog regularly about this project, but what with 2 new centres opening at work it is going to be manic and I will be spending at least 3 hours a day on the road, which one good thing means I can indulge my love for Radio 2. I am hoping that I can document this hectic month and have something brilliant to look back on.

Thanks for looking.


Weekend Crafting

I have had sometime after a manic week to get some crafting in, it has been a welcome break from the craziness of the week.

I have completed one LO and also completed my challenge for the Bramford Crop next weekend. I have also started to do the prep work for the LSNED class ran over at, I completed it last year and love the mini book that I completed that can be seen here.

This is the coaster that I altered for the Bramford Crop.

This is the box that I altered for the Bramford Crop. I had real problems with this and it has gone under many different transformations, till I am now happy with it.

This is a LO which I completed with some hybrid elements free from the online crop at

I will be doing another blogpost later when I have completed my LSNED album for the 1st September start.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Tackling a Kit

I have had a page kit form the bramford crop in my scrapping bag for a long while, but always struggle with kits as I am not very good following instructions!

I have made 2 pages from this kit and added lots of embelishments to the second one of them. I had lost a few of the bit from the kit, but am happy with how it looks. I need to add a title to the first one but I need to get myself some more thickers.

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Couple of Other Pages

Here are a few of other LO made this weekend using different bits of scraps I have been stashing for a while. I printed about 50 photos out so lots more scrapping to be done.

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A Successful Weekend

Well after my scrapping mojo got back on board last week I had a very successful weekend of scrapping. This was helped along by my first Bramford Crop I have been to in 3 months.

I managed to get 3 layouts completed and to sell a few bit of my old stash. I also was very organised and had picked paper out in colour selections ready so I knew I was ready to go wen I got there.

It was lovely to see everyone again and spent alot of time gossiping as well as crafting. I am looking forward to taking part in the challenge for next months crop as well, have to put my thinking cap on for that ladies.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

New LO's

I have actually found some time to scrap!! Here is a couple of LO's that I worked on this week. I have had a huge sort out of my stash and donated lots of stuff to a friend who is starting out in crafting.

I am looking forward to heading to the Bramford crop this weekend, it has been way to long.

Thanks for looking

Monday, 18 July 2011

Explore Playbook

I have been creative at last!! I got my first prompt today in my email tray and decided to get cracking as soon as I steped in the door, otherwise I would sit down and the day would catch up on me.

Here is the play book I made, I went with Pink and Brown as my theme and am happy with it, which is suprising as the last few scrapbook pages I have done have felt a bit off.

I have completed the other parts of the challenge but have not photographed these or put them on my blog as they are a bit personal.

I am looking forward to seeing what tomorrows prompt brings.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

New Class Starts Tomorrow!

I am really looking forward to tomorrow as I have signed up for the new Shimelle Laine online class EXPLORE, which starts tomorrow.

I have not scrapped for ages, but have loads of photos that I keep taking, so I am hoping that i will get the scrapping bug again and also that my neglected blog will not be so neglected.

Keep Well


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Birthday Card

I had to get around to making a card as it had to be in the post this week, I decided to opt for simple and quick as am really tired after heading back to work.

I used one of the punches I picked up at the Crop a few months back and also one of the rosettes that I cut from the lovely Janet's die, which have been in my stash box for a few months. The papers used were also all scrap pieces so am being good at using bits up.

I am not really a card maker but am happy with the result and I hope the person likes it too.

Thanks for looking


Sunday, 22 May 2011

Never rains but it pours...

Just as I thought I was getting back to normal with finding time to craft I ended up laid up at home for 2 weeks ill. I am hoping to get back to work tomorrow and then it is the doctors and the hospital later in the week to hopefully get myself sorted.

I have however this afternoon done some scrapping (8/20). I did break my challenge of no stash, well I did not buy any patterned paper, and I am still working through my extensive stash. I did get myself a new punch, a butterfly, it seems I am using them more and more on my LO's these days.

I have printed out 30 new photos to scrap so hopefully I will get my scrap on this week.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

When life catches up.....

Well after my creative week last week and a busy weekend, more on that in a moment, I have been struck down by every type of lurgey going. I have slipped a disc in my back, I suffered bad with this 2 years ago and ended up having it operated on so not happy, I also have sickness and dizziness and a cold, so generally feeling naf. I have been off work for 4 days and done nothing but lay in bed feeling sorry for myself, am off to the doctors later so hopefully can get drugged up and on the mend.

I was happy to see when I looked at the blogs I follow that my LO was picked and feature by Shimelle over on her blog, it put a smile on my face.

As I mentioned I had a busy weekend, it was my dad's 60th and we arranged as a family to go on a boat cruise on the Noffolk broads, it was a lovely day for it. My new bf even came down and met the family and spent the day with us. I took about 100 photos using my new camera so will have lots to scrapbook when I feel up for it. It was a good weekend but did mean I missed the NSD Bramford Crop and also time to work on all the NSD challenges online. I am hoping I have time to catch up on a few before the closing dates.

Hope everyone else is fighting fit and I will be back with some scrapping soon I promise.