Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mornin' Sunshine!

At least the sun has returned this morning.....looks like a gorgeous day out there.

Just stopping by with a layout, before we head out to look at more cute, cuddly bundles of fur........there's a puppy out there waiting to come home with us........not sure who's more excited about that, myself or my girls!

Anyhow, today's page is the final scrapbook layout using my recent DT Kit from Two Scrapbook Friends.  Again it's using the 'Bumble' collection by Adorn It and I LOVE the background paper I used for this one.

Here's Mornin' Sunshine:

Most of the background work is done for me, but I did add a couple of inked clouds and some messily scattered Bakers Twine.

There's also some Martha Stewart texture paste used in combination with a hexagonal stencil, and I inked over top with a little Distress Ink.

The layers are made up of a combination of the patterned papers, die cuts and stickers all available in this collection.  Oh.....I almost forgot the quirky affection I have for adding a little white out around the edge of photographs!

That just about covers everything for today.

I'll be back tomorrow as it Wednesday.....Little Red Wagon Day!

Have a good one and I'll see you then,

Friday, July 26, 2013

Bees.....what else can I say?!

Hellooee! How's it going?

I probably should warn you that if you have an affliction toward 'bees' in any way, shape or form you may not want to continue reading today's post!

I am not a 'bee lover' myself as such, but when I'd completed 80% of the projects from my last Two Scrapbook Friends DT Kit, using the 'Bumble' collection by Adorn It, I was left with a rather excessive number of bee stickers and die cuts.

What's a girl to do?

Why......what any normal girl would of course, and make yourself a mini hive!

So that's what I did.

Got myself a quaint little paint can from the $$ store and got to work.  Here's the front showing a couple of labels, fussy cut from one of the sheets of patterned paper.

A slightly areal shot showing the pretty lid........

Full on shot of the doilies and pretty die cut flowers........

and........that's where the prettiness stops!

Now we get downs to bugs business.

I stuck a little hive in the Spanish moss there (it's actually a wooden hive shape that I covered with more PP).

Stuck most of those leftover stickers on the outside of the can..........

and the teeny bee die cuts are suspended on thin strips of acetate so that they 'float' as you move the can.......as if things weren't creepy enough!

OK, so I hope I haven't creeped you out completely........points for originality at least please?

I guess there's a first for everything and this is definitely a first (and last) for me.......I can't say I didn't enjoy it though.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday for crafting of the more 'normal' variety!

Bye for now,

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Little Red Wagon #195.....Tag you're It!

Good mornin'!

I'm being a very responsible 'Blogger' right now so here I am, on time for once with my Little Red Wagon post!

It's Regan's turn to host this weeks challenge and she'd like to see a 'tag' somewhere on your creation.

Here's my effort :

Ever look back at a card you've made and can't quite decide if you actually made it, or an overly energetic kindergartner dived in at the last moment and did the deed?

This is one of those cards!

Add to the fact that I've probably created a new card size.........this is the 5"x6", you know that common card size that everyone has an envelope for.  It began as a 5"x7" whilst I was sticking everything on there, then decided I didn't like it and chopped off the top!

Oh when am I going to learn that when you begin a card, then leave it half finished so that you're forced to complete it the following night at 11.00pm after a work shift, and it just happens to be the night before your daughters Birthday, which incidentally you need the card for...........the 'mojo' has an entirely different plan as to how the evening is going to pan out!

At least there's an abundance of tags on there.

The stamp (yes, stamp!) is from the Greetings Farm and coloured with Copic's.

Papers are For the Record 2 by Echo Park and the layout was inspired by last weeks sketch over at The Deconstructed Sketch.

Thanks for stopping by, why not go check out what the rest of the Girlfriends created over on the blog........you might even have an easier time with your own 'tag' adventure!

Enjoy the day and I'll be seeing you Friday,

Challenges entered:
The Deconstructed Sketch - Sketch #110
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - #97 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Bling It On
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - #56 Blue
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Birthday
LEJ Designs - #63 Cute
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Monday, July 22, 2013


Hi there.

A layout today I think.

It feels like this one was completed eons ago, as I've been so sporadic with my blogging!  It was actually one of the creations from my previous DT Kit from Two Scrapbook Friends using the 'Bumble' collection by Adorn It.

This page is fairly vintage, completely different from the first page I produced, which you can check out here.

The background paper is not my usual taste and one I would normally have skipped right past and probably used the reverse, but when I saw it I knew I had the perfect photo to pair with it........one my In-laws had left with me during their visit last Christmas.  It captures the youthful image of my hubby's Nan around the age of 18 or 19, circa 1935!

Scrapbooking these types of photographs makes me nervous, even though I love the history involved and feel they're always guaranteed to be pretty cool.........no pressure huh!

Anyhow, enough chit-chat:

Elizabeth Kinsey Fieldhouse.

This collection includes a great co-ordinating set of die cuts, so I put the flowers and foliage to good use, together with one of their stickers and some bling from my stash.

I layered up some more embellies over a piece of cheesecloth..........

and I was so glad to finally be able to use these cute 'pennant' Thickers I've been hoarding!

The inked doily fits in nicely with the vintage theme and the lacy border around the photograph if fussy cut from another sheet of patterned paper, then hand stitched on there.

This one will definitely be entered in the album as I'm not gettin' fussy with it no more!

Have a great day and I'll be seeing you around the middle of the week.

Take care,

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Dad!

Good morning.....here I am bright and early for a change!

Sheesh did we get a nice little storm yesterday, and a power outage to match.  You can guarantee these things always seem to happen around dinnertime!  Yesterday's 4pm till 9.15pm was no exception so by 7.30pm we were dining on sandwiches for dinner.......couldn't even brave the thunder/lightning and winds to crank up the BBQ. 

Anyhow, hopefully it has cleared the humidity a little.

The reason I'm here on this bright, early Saturday morning (well actually I'm still probably lying in bed........you know very well I scheduled this post!) is to wish my dear Dad a very Happy Birthday........the BIG 70!

Couldn't let the occasion pass by without some recognition, and of course a card posted on here, so here goes:

Another 'Maurice' image from Pollycraft - I can't resist him when it comes to male cards!

Papers are from Pebbles Inc. and colouring is of course with Copic's.

That's about it for today - short and sweet.

Happy Birthday Dad........have a fabulous, relaxing (toothache free!!) day.......love ya!

See you all soon,

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Happy Anniversary!

Hello again.

Tuesday marked the 47th Anniversary of my parents Wedding Day.....not bad eh?

Unfortunately it was also the day we waved them off over the Atlantic, back home to England.  I tell ya, I loathe that drive home alone from the airport........just makes it very apparent that I've driven a full car load for a month, then suddenly on that return trip home......there's me!

Oh well, I have to look forward to next year when we can once again have fun, laugh with (and at!) one another and generally drive each other crazy as families do.........worth every moment!

In honour of their special accomplishment, I thought I'd post on here the card I made for them, a few days after the fact I know, but at least for once, they did actually receive it from me on time!

Happy Anniversary!

A Mo Manning stamp (Jack and Ginger) came through for me on this one, together with a crafty friend.....thanks Dee!

I wasn't sure if I might get a flip around the ear when my parents saw this, as despite the 47 years, they are not actually this advanced in age........hence the sentiment to soften the blow!

I couldn't resist though, as it's such a sweet image - perfect for the 47 years of marital (ahem) bliss I'm sure we can all imagine and aspire too!

Jack and Ginger are coloured with Copic's - dusted off for a second time in as many weeks, and papers are from an MME 'Breeze' 6"x6" pad.

The layout was also loosely inspired by this weeks Deconstructed Sketch.

Have a wonderful day.......I'm hoping that each and every one of us gets to achieve our 47 year status, but more importantly.....be sure to enjoy the journey!

Take care,

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Little Red Wagon #194 Project Makeover!

Hello, how's it going?

It's time for another challenge today over at Little Red Wagon.

 This week Tammy would like us to 'makeover' a project we've made that we're not completely satisfied with.

I'm sure we've all had a few of those in the past, and to be quite honest I was dreading this challenge!

No........not because I have a perfect collection of crafty creations.....far from!  It's more the fact that I'm pretty anal or some might say picky, definitely a procrastinator and probably too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my projects.  Maybe I'm never completely satisfied with anything I create, or think I can always do something better, but it's a fact that scrapbook pages for sure never get admitted to 'The Album' until they've been scrutinized, picked over, fussed with etc. etc.

I have to remind myself to just enjoy the process a little more.......relax, chill out, but to be quite honest, I think this is the part I secretly enjoy and it works to motivate me and get me to  my happy, satisfied, finished page state!

Like I said.....anal!

Anyhow, on to today's project.  I did manage to find one.  This was a scrapbook page I completed a couple of weeks ago at an all day crop.  I thought it was finished until the other day, I started the process of transferring from my bag to 'The Album'.

It didn't make it!

Here's the page:

Definitely a little too.......what's the word......BLAH!

I blame it on the fact that it was the last creation of the 12 hour day (I hope!), as it sure needs a little more dimension on there.

I got to work last night folding a paper airplane, as you do!

Added a few more stickers here with foam dots for depth...........

And finally, more here, together with a few brads.......

At last........a finished project!

Not an astounding makeover I'm sure, but at least I'm satisfied that I won't be picking at it in the near future, and it's resting happily in 'The Album'!

Let's see what you can do with your own makeover.....I'm sure you'll find some unsuspecting project stashed somewhere, if you look hard enough.

Don't forget to link up over on the Little Red Wagon blog and check out the creations from the rest of the girlfriends whilst you're there.

Have a great day and I'll be back here soon,

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Life lesson 101........Always stop to smell the flowers!

Hello again, hope you're all experiencing a happy sunshiney day like we have here.....beautiful!

Yesterday the family and I enjoyed a sand between your toes and ice cream in your tummy, on the beach kinda day, followed by a fish supper by the water - does it get any better?  Much fun had by all.

Today however, looks like there's a little work on the horizon as my hubby is power washing the deck as we speak........I'm thinking there will be stain and paint brushes involved a little later, so I may just stay right here or retire to my crafty closet and hope no-one notices!

As I'm making the effort to catch up on my lack of blog posts recently, I thought I should post a layout from a couple of weeks ago.  This one was the result of a Two Scrapbook Friends "5 For 5" challenge which translates to 5 Designers being given 5 scrappy items to play with and somehow work their magic.

You can check out the full reveal of everyone's creation over on the store blog here, but as far as my efforts go, I decided on a layout this time round.

Here's a snapshot of the five items we were given:

........a retro style photo frame, one stencil, 3 mini fabric covered camera's, a piece of jute/hemp and one sheet of patterned paper.

Here's my page, which could possibly win the award for the longest title I've ever used!

Here goes:

The plaid patterned paper is obvious there......I just added a piece of Kraft Core cardstock to the center.  There's also the retro photo frame, under which I layered a little cream burlap.

There's stitching of course.......

and a little wood - can't seem to create anything these days without a little wood!

 I like that the key adds to the title perfectly, so I have to do the obligatory mention for my crafty girlfriend.......thanks Carola.........for donating to my stash!

I spritzed the fabric camera's with a couple of shades of mist and ink to blend in nicely, and added a few brads to the centers.........

The stencil I was given was a chevron/tire track kinda thing that has a million pieces to push out.  As I was doing this I figured it might be cool to use the actual pieces as opposed to the stencil itself.........so that's what I did.

Three hours, half a dozen buttons and some very inky, sticky fingers later I had myself six pretty little flowers.........oh the dedication to my craft!

Not bad!  Plus I get to use the stencil again whenever I please.

Nothing went to waste on here as the teeny circles are actually the centers of the fabric camera's also.

Well I think I've covered everything there.  You can of course find these products at your favourite local scrapbook store.....Two Scrapbook Friends, so go get your craft on!

I'll see you Monday.....more crafty things to show.

In the mean time, I'm off to avoid any heavy duty work me thinks!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon,

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Little Red Wagon #193 Monochrome


Did you miss me......again?!
Apologies for not being around a lot recently, or rather, at all!  The last few weeks have been a little crazy busy as I have my parents here visiting from across the pond.  We've been making the most of our time together.....only happens once a year, so I'm afraid you'll just have to forgive me.

Yesterday we had a fabulous day, a trip into Toronto to see the current musical production of Cats.  Everyone enjoyed themselves no end, and as I speak my girls are wearing their newly acquired 'cats eye' t-shirts, scarves attached to their nether regions as tails, and with a little help from Mommy's eyeliner, a nose and whiskers........I'm sure they'll fit right in down at Walmart! (lol)

Anyhow, it's all back to business now as I have plenty of crafty creations to be blogging, just haven't had the time to make an appearance on here!

Unfortunately I've skipped out on the last couple of weeks over at Little Red Wagon (apologies to the ladies over there and our loyal followers), but I've finally caught up and hope to keep things back on track from now.

Sooooooo, without further ado, today yesterday over at............

...........it was Jan's turn to host and she chose Monochromatic as our theme.

Hmmm what colour to choose is the real question?  I figured I'd rifle through my stash of paper pads (I'm known to have maybe one or two!) and pick one that had plenty of shades of one colour.

Blue seemed to be the winner, so here's this weeks creation using a little 'Authentique' paper goodness:

The stamp I used seems to fit right in with our 'showery' weather we've had recently!  It's one that's sat in my stash for the last 3 to 4 years, so long that the wrapper is long gone and I can't remember for sure who designed it.  I'm guessing 'The Greeting Farm', but I'm sure someone out there will know more than me.

Colouring is with Copic's.....had to blow the dust off as I haven't used them in so long!

Well that's it from me for today, hopefully you'll get a chance to check out the creations from the rest of the girlfriends or better still, join in with this weeks challenge over on the blog.

Have a great day and I'll see you again SOON!
Take care,

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