Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ancient Yew

On our recent trip to see Katie in Wales, we stopped off at Powis Castle on the way.  In the gardens were many amazing yew trees, knowing how slowly they grow I think they must have been extremely old.  Some were so ancient  that they had hidden shady dens inside.

The trees formed a strange lumpy hedge below the castle keep within the beautiful gardens.  I made use of some very old stash to make this layout...I love it when I make a dent into it.

The page formed the second of a two page layout, so I used similar papers to form a DLO. They were by Amy Butler, I think I bought them around 10 years ago!

Washi tape, wooden buttons, Thickers and enamel dots brought the layout more up to date.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

I get my life back....

Enough said. 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Old College

Aberystwyth University began its life in a gothic building on the seafront called The Old College.  It was originally built as a hotel, but was sold on to the University of Wales in 1872, later becoming Aberystwyth University.

The building is fabulous, now Grade 1 listed as an important example of gothic revival buildings created by the Victorians. It has suffered on the seafront, but lottery funding is allowing for its renovation.  Because of this, the building has not been open to the public during our recent visits.

I used Graphic 45 Halloween papers, the buildings do have a look of Hogwarts about them and the Halloween papers (especially the ones with the books upon them) seemed an ideal choice.

I cut the title from purple corrugated card using Tim Holtz dies, and most of the embellishments are cut from the papers.  Maybe renovation will be complete before Katie finishes Uni and we will get to have a look around inside.😉

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Three years ago, Katie stared university in Aberystwyth and we took her down in the September of 2014.  It was a lovely warm weekend, with the real feel of an Indian summer, so we took a day to visit Barmouth before returning home.  To get to the seaside town, we had to take a ferry from the headland near Fairborne, to the harbour of the little seaside town.

The small ferryboat 'Emily' took us across the estuary, viewing the single track wooden Barmouth viaduct on our journey.

I used the lovely Anna Griffin Seafarer papers and embellishments to make the page along with another nautical rage by MME.

Nuvo drops in red and a few Thickers finished off the page.  Now Katie has one more year to go at university before graduating.  Not sure what she wants to go on and do then.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Fruity Cards

I bought a lovely set of stamps by Altenew called Simple Fruits and had a play with them last weekend.

For my first card I was inspired by citrus fruits.  Although the stamp I chose was actually a  watermelon, when stamped in yellow, green and orange I thought it had the feel of lemons, limes and oranges.

Next, I decided to do a little masking to make a fruit bowl towards the top of the card.  I also masked the lower two thirds, and so ended up with a clean line below the fruit.  A line of gingham washi and a sentiment finished this one.

I finished the cards with this kiwi fruit congratulations card.  I stamped in Altenew parrot with a little mocha around the edges, and drew in the seeds by hand. The sentiment comes from Label Love. My daughter Katie loved this card so much that I gave it to her for doing so well in her second year undergraduate exams.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Knitty Gritty Volume 1

My daughter Katie continues with knitting the over 2000 swatches of varied knitting stitches and storing them into hand made books.  She finished the first volume of 36, but the book was groaning at the seams.  We dismantled it and I found some large book rings to flatten it.

I then helped to die cut the cover letters and I even found a little ball of yarn die to decorate the book.

More information on her blog here.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Water colour card

A friend of mine (another teacher) has been off work recently with stress; I made her a card to let her know I am thinking of her.

The background was coloured with glitter pens in rainbow order onto water colour card; I then took a brush of water and allowed the colours to blend together.  I used the water to move the paint around to make the moon.  The die cuts silhouettes are Wildflowers 2 by Tim Holtz, and the black heate embossed sentiment is by Altenew.  Teaching is a tough job... I should know. 😟