Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Elegant Liverpool

This is the first layout in my scrapbook for the trip we took to Liverpool back in February.  I used my photos of the Three Graces; the most iconic view of the city to open my album.

I used Paige Evans 'Oh My Heart' range as the backing paper (the mustard coloured ledger paper).  Most of the rest of the layout is made using an older Trimcraft range called Manmade,

The title letters are from Shimelle's Go now go along with the sticker embellishments.

 I even got out one of my old Martha Stewart border punches out to make the scalloped border.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Mother's Day

To make the cards for my mum and Kevin's mum, I used a die set by Anna Griffin, along with some of her stamps.

The dies come from the flip card kit, I decided not to make up one of the more simple pre-cut cards, but to make mine from scratch.

 I do like the sentiments, and that they fit exactly into the die cut images. The ones on the outside were stamped using my MISTI as the frame and sentiment were separate, then cut out.
I hope they like them.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Go Somewhere New

This layout is about Lime Street Station in Liverpool, I loved the building and was surprised on arrival to hear the seagulls inside the station of a large city; coming from far inland it seemed odd to be close to the sea in a big city.

I used Shimelle's GoNowGo papers, they seemed ideal for a travel layout.

The title is cut out from one of the paper, The arrow background is a MME Jubilee paper, but went really well with the rest of the stash I used.

Almost everything else on the page is from Shimelle's range, except six flocked brads...I found them lurking in my stash and love them!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


I saw this set of stamps and positioner that was shown at Creativation this year, nd thought I might have a go.


The stamps layer, but they give an almost cartoon style shading method using dots of coloured layers to form the image.

They come with a frame to help line up the stamps, but I found thi more trouble than it was worth so I simply lined up the stamps by eye. Here are some of the cards I made.

I loved this typewriter stamp, I do think the sentiment could be changed using a small die cut or banner too.  The woodgrain star sequins are by Studio Calico.

Another favourite stamp is this camera, amazing to think the brown colour is made up of black, magenta, cyan and yellow inks!

These two cards with the gifts were the simplest to make, I can see the stamp being useful at Christmas too.  The sentiments are by Altenew.

 My favourite stamp from all the sets is this 'Happy and Bright' paint swatch image. On the first I used a Tim Holtz stitched rectangle to cut the card I stamped onto, the second has  Sizzix die cut polaroid frame under the image.

 The stamps were not the easiest to use, but after a bit of practice, I am really pleased with how my cards turned out.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Richard Garay and Altnew Cards

I picked up a set of Origami stamps, dies and scrapbook papers by Richard Garay back in January, and used them (along with watercoloured backgrounds) and some Altenew stamps to make a set of cards.

This first card has a stamped start lower third, the rainbow strip is left over from the rainbow cards I made here. I stamped and die cut the large stars, using Altenew Halftone Circles to add the dotty background colour.

The next two cards have Altenew Halftone Circles stamped backgrounds with the lovely new ink colours; I especially like the new greens and oranges! The butterflies are stamped onto leftover card made from the post mentioned earlier and have a glittery finish you can't see in the photos.  I used my MISTI as stamping onto watercolour paper can be tricky. I added an unusual Altenew sentiment onto a handcut and doodled banner to finish this one and sent to a colleague who had supported me over my recent illness.

This card is similar to the one above with a different colourway.  The sentiment is stamped onto a punched shape from a favourite EK Sucess punch of mine.

A similar card to the one above with a cute stamped and diecut flamingo.

And my favourite card to finish.  this one was inspired by one I saw by Altenew design team member Lydia Evans...I used a mix of inks in rainbow order from Simon Says Stamp; Altenew and Stampin' Up. it is a one layer card, the splat stamp is by Altenew, a stitched rectangle diecut covers the front of the card and the sentiment is by Richard Garay.

I was tempted to add a sequin or two, but I did resist for that clean and simple look.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Cathedral Page 2

Here is the second of the double layout about the catholic cathedral in Liverpool.

I loved the view of the church as we walked up the road towards it. The journalling on the page is about the unusual design of the church, with the altar in the centre of the congregation.

I used the same papers as for the first page of the layout, just a pity we didn't have time to attend Mass there.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Liverpool Cathedral Page 1

Kevin took me away at half term to help me on the road to recovery from an illness, it was nice to get away for a couple of nights as I had not visited Liverpool before.

On the second day, we visited both cathedrals, finishing with the modern catholic building.  The organist was practising as we went in, but as the weather was poor there were few people who had bothered to go out, so it was quiet inside.

I loved the modern style of the church, the altar in the centre must make it a wonderful place to attend Mass.  The windows were geometric in style, a little like those in my own church.  After being unwell, I hadn't scrapbooked for a while so a sketch from Michelle really kick-started me into getting the layout done.

Do visit Michelle's blog, she regularly posts sketches most weeks.I used a really old set of stash with geometric patterns on it from MME Jubilee.

I made a double layout from the photos taken on my visit; using the patterned papers on both papers so the pages would co-ordinate. This is the first of those pages.   I also used the same set of chipboard 'Thickers'... I picked these up at B&M Homes for £1.49 a pack.  They had letters in 3 different styles from about 3 years ago. Needless to say, I picked up a good few packs!