Sunday, 28 August 2016

Good Weather

...and the excitement of the Olympics in Rio meant very little crafting has gone on here. I made an 18th birthday card for my nephew on Friday...but have even been too lazy to sort and print my holiday photos :I  Well, here is my card.

A little die cutting,  camera an Altenew stamp, little words by All Edwards, text paper Anna Griffin and Kraft paper and banner by Papermania.
A real stash dive for this one!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

UK Scrappers Summer snaps challenge.

On UK Scrappers this season a challenge has been set to take the following photos and then to scrapbook a few (of course!) I'll be collating mine here as I go along and then hopefully post the final outcome at the end of the summer.
Challenges not yet met are marked in red.

1 vapour trails or clouds on Weymouth Promenade.


2 a horse drawn vehicle, a barge that was originally pulled by a horse.

3 flowers in bloom; wild marguerites blooming in a Portland quarry

4 a summer job in the garden

5 something typifying your holiday destination,
My daughter lying on the beach shaded by her hat.

6 hats
Dad in my sister's hat!

7 ice cream
8 kites or balloons
9 bubbles
10 ducks, swans or seabirds

11 summer sunrise or sunset
Sunset over Portland, the view from our caravan.

12 eating al fresco
Fish and chips from the paper at the Black Country Museum

13 somewhere you would only visit when the sun shines
Weymouth beach

14 flags or bunting
In Greenhill gardens

15 summer shoes
on a typical British summer's day?

16 fruit growing, in the garden, on a tree, or in the hedgerow

17 water
A view of the Fleet

18 umbrellas

19 glasses
Cocktails :)

20 fete, fair or festival

And your A-E Substitutes list

A Play
My nephew putting

B Anything in your favourite colour

C Something that made you smile;
my daughter having afternoon tea.

D friendship
My daughters, window shopping at the Black Country Museum.

E Just girls or Just boys
My sister, daughter and me on the harbour wall.


Just another excuse to take lots of photos!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Congratulations Max!

My lovely nephew picked up his A Level results today...two Bs and a distinction * for a BTec in business. I made him a card using the Altenew Trophy set and Kraft card.

I stamped pigment ink in white first then grey on top so the image sits on top of the Kraft. The card was finished with star sequins and Studio Calico chipboard.
Hope he likes it!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

A Woodland Wedding

The daughter of a good friend of ours, that we have known for over 30 years, gets married today.  She is the first of her generation among our friends to marry, the same generation as my own children.

Claire and Marc are marrying in the woods, close to dusk; their 'reception' will be around a large open camp fire and guests will camp under canvas among the trees.


Sadly, we will be returning from holiday on the day of the wedding, so will be unable to join them.


 Kevin made a special ring box in the shape of an acorn, and I made a card stamped with Altenew daisies.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Thank you cards

As the end of the academic year arrives for me today, I gave out some home made cards to the TAs I worked with this year along with my Year 5 colleagues.  I am moving to teach Year 6 next year(not really looking forward to the extra workload) so will be working with other staff.
I got out my Altenew stamps again to make this set of floral thanks.



Firstly, these are stamped with the freesia stamp in grey Memento ink, and coloured with Letraset alcohol pens.  I'm not the best at colouring, but was happy with how these turned out.


Next are a random set of floral cards, from the left: I stamped the first one using the peony set; the oriental looking card uses the vintage flowers and on the right the brush art floral set.


Finally, my favourite cards are these from the Vintage Flowers set.  I especially like the look of the blue roses. As a final touch i added sequins to each card; can't beat a bit of bling!  I made so many, as once Kev realised I was producing these, he asked for a couple for his TAs too.
I hope my friends like them too.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Lorraine's First Communion

At a crop last weekend, a friend Anne brought along a set of scrapbooking kits she had made from old stash, mainly Cloud 9 papers and embellishments. We have been producing these kits from stash we want to share for the past 3 months, and it has gone really well.
It mean we empty out some of the papers we no longer want, and get to scrapbook with papers we didn't have in the first place!


This page makes use of an original seventies photo taken at my sister's First Communion.


 I am around about seven in the picture, and we are standing with my brother, two cousins and our teenage aunt standing at the back.


The title was cut from DCWV corrugated card in orange from a Tim Holtz typo die  I probably wouldn't have chosen these papers, but they were the perfect choice for this photo with its warm tint.  Looking forward to the next kit in the autumn.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Seventies Style

I opened up my own scrapbook at a crop today, to make layouts for the photos scattered through it that don't yet have a page.  The ones I picked were old (and original) but that doesn't mean they weren't worth scrapping.


I picked up the photo on this page at a sad family event; a funeral, but it did mean that I managed to get copies of photos I had never seen before.


The photo was taken back in the 70's at a family Christmas down in either London or Kent. I used MME papers and a few scraps from my current scrapbooking box. The title was die cut from cork with additional letters from the MME set. Still lots of seventies photos to go.