Saturday, 16 June 2018

Ephemera ....

Today I've been making my own Ephemera, when you consider all the punches and dies we own, why are we buying these little packets of Flowers, Butterflies and Leaves ! I made a simple background using the wet wipe technique a bit of spritzing and some "flicks" of paint (you could use water colours, and packaging technique, anything goes really). As you can see my background doesn't look very impressive but once it is die cut or punched, the results are great :)




Friday, 8 June 2018

Stampin Up girls ......

So a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting my Stampin UP buddies, we had a fun filled few days, yes they booked themselves in to the Premier Inn  up the road, so we could spoil ourselves with two consecutive days of uninterrupted crafting. We had great fun, a good old catch up and threw ourselves into our crafting. Sharon is always so organized and knows exactly what she is doing in order to prep for her classes, or making gifts and cards for up and coming events. Yvonne brought along her jelly plate, something I have been wanting to have a play with for some time, and she made back ground after background for a whole stack of cards, and also made a beautiful card for her daughters birthday. Jane sewed and challenged me to my second sewing challenge since I left school (a couple of years ago I made some rabbits, but it was a massive challenge for me), and now Jane wants me to sew freehand!  Ginnette made beautiful jewelry, and Sally Jo and I jumped around between everything LOL.
something SJ and I did between us,
 I wanted to mess around with Gilding Flakes
My effort at embroidery, my squirrel is
rather large ! 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Scrapstars 2 ....

Not to leave anyone out and also in recognition of the very talented delegates own work, here are just a few examples of the layouts the ladies made for their pre-retreat challenges. These are pages that people do at home on a theme set by me which we enter in to a little prize draw .... Usually one of the challenges is a little "getting to know you" type theme, and we have had all sorts in the past for instance irrational fears, hidden talents, and guilty pleasures. This year we went for "Heroes" and here is a small selection of the entries made ....
by Christine O'Kelly

by Isobel Kerr

By Caroline Lovett

by Chris Bardsley


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Scrapstars ....

Another fabulous weekend, of fun, crafting, great company and lovely delegates and teachers who make the event such a pleasure to organize each year. I love this group of ladies so friendly and warm, and totally passionate about Scrapbooking (like me). :) we were blessed with fabulous kits using products from Simple Stories, Prima and Echo park to name a few and the classes were so inspirational as always with a variety of styles to challenge everyone and help us out of our comfort zones, From Interactive, to fussy cutting to inky and painty, there was something for everyone ......
Julie Taylor "I Am"

Kathy Rogers (interactive with slider on the front)

Morag Cutts shower me with love using Bramble Fox perspectives.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Busy Times ....

Oh my gosh, I need to get back into my blog habit, i feel bad for not keeping up to my posts. Busy times but i still always manage to fit in some crafting. I had the build up to Scrapstars my craft retreat throughout January - March and managed to squeeze a holiday in their too. We had a week in Cape Verdi (our first visit there). I was trying to avoid a long haul flight just for a weeks holiday, (which we often end up doing because of the times of year we seem to book our holidays), so I thought we would give Cape Verdi a try (which still ended up being 5.75 hour flight)!  I liked the little town we were next to Santa Maria, and our hotel was beautiful and really clean, but boy the wind drove me mad. Too windy for me on some days however, I did manage to sit in the sun a little bit more, well more than my normal whole week underneath an umbrella! Here's a picture ....


My gorgeous mermaid toenails that Robyn did for me. x

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Snow Day ....

Love a good snow day, can't get out of the drive so a great excuse to sneak in my craft room. Better late than never finally scrapping my Halloween photo's with a bit of Graphic 45.












Saturday, 24 February 2018

Sweet Soiree ....

bit more scrapping with some swipes of ink for background ....



also my first attempt at a large paper flower, very rough just done whilst watching telly :)