Saturday, 19 May 2012

Candid Camera

I wanted to try another "thrown together" page but this time I went with no sketch and no colour theme but used the requirements for the May week 2 challenge on UKScrappers which was to have a Before and After theme, use a frame, use fussy cutting and have something hidden. Here is my finished LO which apart from the wonky lettering (oh I wish I could blame it on a kid but no it was me lol) I am very pleased with;

I used the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Sketchbook range and some misting. I used the frame stamp and a white journalling pen to frame the earlier picture of Dylan;

I fussy cut some of the camera's from the bright camera paper;

and the journalling is hidden on this card tucked behind the more recent photo;

It is funny to think that between these two photo's Dylan went from an 18 month old little brother in nappies to a 7 year old big brother to 2 who thankfully was no longer in nappies lol. Dylan is amazingly photogenic and always looks lovely in photos.
Thank you as ever for popping by and leaving all the lovely comments you leave for me when you can I really appreciate each and every one of them x

Craftymess christmas in May

Well let's face it the weather certainly is more like our gloomy December's than May lol. This fortnight at Craftymess our challenge set by the lovely Shirley-Anne is to make a Christmas (card) in non-traditional colours. I don't generally make many cards so I scrapped and here is my layout;

I used My Mind's Eye wonderful 12 days of christmas range which uses pink, bright red, lime green, white, aqua and a touch of pine green instead of the more traditional deep red, dark green, cream and gold. 
The page shows my eldest in his first nativity aged 3 (he is in the orange) and even though the photo is terrible (the hall was not condusive to good photography and all but this one pic came out very dark) I wanted to record the memory of my little shepherd :)
Thanks for popping by please do have a go at the challenge x

Monday, 14 May 2012

Dandan's boy

I set myself a little challenge today, I wanted to scrap but have a poorly 3 year old at home and so not a lot of time so I gave myself an hour's time limit whilst the little guy sat beside me colouring. To make sure I stuck to my time I used the sketch from Sarah's Cards May Challenge and the colour combination from May's UKScrappers house challenge. This is the result;

The colour combination was deep red, yellow green and brown and instantly made me think of the papers I had from Crate Farmhouse and so that was all I got out and the Sarah's Cards sketch called for 2 photos which meant I could finally scrap these pictures of my eldest aged 4 in 2004 with my Dad luckily the colours and sketch suited the pics :)
The photo's were from when my parents came and looked after Joel and Dylan while Phil was in the hospital with me laughing at my pain as I gave birth to Kari (and yes he did laugh the git!). Joel was always a Dandan's boy and indeed was the one who named him Dandan when he couldn't say grandad.
I will have to try this time limit scrapping again I might actually get caught up on my photos :) Thanks for popping by x

Su's entry to CCW scrapmap May

I am a member of a local scrapping group and as part of that I run a weekly challenge on our facebook group. Last week I challenged the ladies to follow the CCW May Scrapmap and this is Su's finished layout;

Su has only been scrapping for a very short time and I am sure you will agree has produced a gorgeous layout here :) I am posting this for her so it can be entered into the CCW challenge as Su doesn't yet have a blog or online album. I hope that my lovely followers will show Su some love x

Saturday, 12 May 2012


I have been waiting and waiting for this month's kit from Sandra at Gottacraft as I knew it contained one of my favourite of the recent CHA releases- Buttercup by LilyBee. I have been in love with LilyBee ever snce my last Gottacraft kit with the Memorandum papers in and so had to cut into the kit and do the LilyBee sketch challenge with it right away;

I had already bought the LilyBee Buttercup stamps and a 6x6 pad in anticipation of the kit so could use those to add to the layout whilst being on the same theme and colour scheme. I have been waiting for months for the right setting for this cherished photo of me with my Nan and Gramps when they took me to Jersey in 1982 and this was it not too girly but feminine enough. I hope you like the layout I am in love with it at the moment as the photo is so very special to me. Thank you for popping by xxx

Our first Christmas

Over at My Mind's Eye this month they challenged us to use our MME brads in unique and inventive ways. I won a parcel of "The 12 days of Chrictmas" goodies from them last Christmas and instantly thought of christmas tree baubles;

Everything on the layout apart from the lettering is from the range and I was so pleased to see one of the brads had a star on it for the top of the tree :) The photo's show my little sister-in-law Kayteigh who as you can see adores her biggest brother (my husband) :D

Thanks for popping by x

Friday, 11 May 2012

Storytelling Sunday 2 (slightly delayed)

For storytelling sunday this month I wanted to celebrate the other girl in our family of 6 my daughter Kari.

My Doppleganger

Nearly eight years ago our family of four became a five and I had another girl in the family at last :)

Now I am facing a little madam who is about to turn 8 later this month but is rapidly turning into a teenager already

I would like to be able to say that I have no idea where she gets her extreme stropiness and argumentiveness from but as you can see she is very much her mother's daughter

It is scary not only how much she looks like me but how much in character we are alike. At least my mum's wish that I had a daughter just like me to "see how I liked it" came true as maybe that means now that I say the exact same thing to my daughter it will come true for me too!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Oh boy!

I was all about favourite photo's this weekend. As you may have noticed my scrapping has died off a little of late as I have had so much going on and it has effected my "mojo" so this weekend at the crop I concentrated on using some photo's that I truly loved.
As luck would have it this month's SJ Papercrafts challenge is to use a favourite and so this third layout is perfect for their challenge. The picture shows my littlest guy Alex when he was a couple of months old, none of my monkeys have had dummies but we had muslin cloths for the inevitable milky sick ups and Alex took to keeping hold of one and chewing on it (a clean one I may add lol). The photo shows Alex impatiently chomping down on his cloth as my hubby grabbed it and the cloth was in the mouth hubbies thumb an all :)

Papers, chipboard and stickers are from Echo Park This & That Charming, ribbon and trims from my stash and the button, heart and hessian flower from Purple Pumpkin;

I added a bit of stitching using the WRMK stitching tool and some twine from MME;

Thanks for dropping by and please go have a look at the challenge too :)

Sunday, 6 May 2012


As you know my husband is in the British Army and he is most definately a hero and absolutely my hero :) I have several in uniform photos and recently Purple Pumpkin had some great jumbo buttons of Army men so for their challenge this month I finally got to scrapping my hunky soldier :)

I used Crate toybox and as well as the fab army button I used one of the heart ones;

and a star covered button

Here is the sketch for their challenge this month why don't you pop over and give it a go yourself?

Thanks for popping by x

Days like this

The May Scrapology challenge C is for Charms is up and it is to use charms and follow this sketch;

Here is my Layout for it using Webster's Pages Sunday picnic and a key charm from a bracelet;

This photo is one of my favourite ever photo's and shows Phil holding Kari when she was only a few days old and we had taken her to visit my Grandparents. I used a lovely charm from a bracelet that I bought solely to use for scrapping lol and a selection of bloomers with a few snipped gems from a gemstrip;

I left the rainbow edge unstuck so that I could slip a journalling card under the edge and added a cameo pin to the orange bloomer;

I cut some of the motifs from their new Perfect Motifs pad;

And used some of the trims tucked in to highlight the layers there was a lot of foam tape used on this LO lol;

I am very happy with the finished product and thanks for popping by x

CCW May Scrapmap

We had a fab sketch for this month's scrapmap and I thought straight away that I wanted to use it to make a canvas of me with my grandparents on my wedding day :)
I loved making this using Dylusions spray inks, masking and gesson and some Glitz Dance in Sunshine papers;

I made a small heart canvas with some stamping and a Tim Holtz die cut;

Why not head over to Creative Craft World and have a go yourself with the chance to win one of our fabulous sell out kits?