Wednesday, April 16

Misting a Grid Design

I found myself up very early one morning last week.... the whole house was snoring...even the furry one.  There is something about the tranquility of a house full of sleeping beauty's.

With an hour or so to myself,  I made a cuppa and disappeared into my little room. Remembering a video I had watched the night before over on Nina Christensen's blog I pulled out an old 6x6 template and some mists. Before I knew it an hour had flown by.

I started off with an old 6x6 template and sprayed a grid design onto my cardstock. This is what it looked like (after I'd stuck down the title).
Papers from SJ Crafts March Kit 7 Dots Illumination collection and Amy Tan's Plus One Collection.
Several layers were used under the photo, mainly leftover scraps. I have a thing about having to use up scraps and find that using several layers to matt a photo helps.
  Can you see that I added my journaling to one of the layers, so it's hidden away under the photo. 
The triangle stamp you see on the page is from Nina's shop, Stromsvig.
By now an hour had passed and still there was no sign of any she reached for her "to scrap" pile of photos and started to put together another layout. Oh don't you just love the school holidays :). 
Thanks to Nina, her video and grid challenge for inspiring this layout.
Other Supplies

Monday, April 14

Amy Tangerine's Stickers

Well hello there, thank you for your kind words on my previous post. Unfortunately they lost there game against wasn't an easy win for Portsmouth by any means and our lads gave them a really good game. In our defense we were up against a team who had to borrow players from the age group above. With another year of growing and training for these really do notice a difference. 

Today...has nothing to do with Rugby ( know me too well, there may be something slightly Rugby related here somewhere) ....It's all to do with....

Only......... you'll have to pop across to SJ Crafts to see..... how I used my leftover sticker sheet :)

The post features both layouts and cards....
I look forward to seeing you over there x

Thursday, April 10

One Photo Twenty Words

  Boys Rugby Tour. Portsmouth 2014.
He takes everything in his stride. 
Ginger wig. Big smile. Good sport.
 Love this boy.

Wednesday, April 2

SJ Crafts April Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at SJ Crafts....using a mood board as inspiration. 

Here's the layout I made using a rare photo of me and my little men!

  Using the composition of the mood board 
Along with supplies from the Teresa Collins Family Stories Collection.
For more inspiration pop across to SJ Crafts to see how the other Design Team members were inspired by the mood board.

 As the Easter holiday's approach you'll all have time to join in with the challenge I'm sure:)

 SJ Crafts is offering a Small Spring Surprise for one winner picked at random who links up to this challenge. Good Luck.
We have a little mystery "Spring themed" prize this month for one entry picked at random from all those who link up! - See more at:

Friday, March 21

Amy Tangerine Plus one Collection

Hello Hello Hello, how are you all on this bright and sunny Friday afternoon? 

Spring is in the air and I'm feeling good. We had birthday celebrations yesterday, No3 son is now in double figures. Tonight is cocktails, tomorrow is a 40th big family celebration, Sunday is Rugby (of course) and a family birthday meal. All in all a fun packed weekend, spending time with the people we love.

Today I'm here to tell you that SJ Crafts are sharing my post using Amy Tangerine's Plus One Collection.
 I used photo's of me and hubby, taken when I first joined Instagram. We were on our way out and I was trying to get a selfie of us both.
It's such a bright, fun and funky collection. Please pop across and have a look.

Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely weekend x
P.S. If you are a facebook user SJ Crafts have a giveaway running at the moment that might interest you.

Friday, March 14

A World Showcase

I've had this draft post in my blogger for a while now......I had completely forgotten about it...until last night when Julia linked me into her recent Epcot post. 

It is lovely to see how my layout inspired Julia to scraplift it....making changes to it that make it very much her own. A very gorgeous layout it is too. Thank you Julia

My Florida album is still very much a work in progress, although I am now down to the last few planned pages. It is, by far my most favourite album, the first one I have ever done from the beginning to the end of a holiday. Something I will definitely do again...... and again.

Here I used pocket pages ('s the way to go when you have lots of photos to include and record...) to showcase the World's we visited in Epcot. I kept it simple using a few scraps of paper, a chevron washi tape, cork arrows and Alpha's (sorry I can't remember which ones).

A stroll around England made me smile. The red telephone box, the postbox, the tea rooms and...... the Rose and Crown. I grew up and had my very first drink a "Landy Sharger" (no please...don't ask!) in our local pub. The Rose and Crown.

What was/is your local pub called? 
If you've been to Epcot was there a part of your country that made you smile?

Thanks for stopping by....have a lovely weekend and wherever you are I hope the sun is shinning x

Sunday, March 9

One Photo Twenty Words

Here the sun is shinning, the patio doors are open, dinners in the oven and we are all watching the England vs Wales Rugby game.
As I type we have scored our first try! whoop whoop! 

We have already had a morning of Rugby with two match wins for No3 son, a loss for No2 son with him being presented with man of the match trophy..... (for the second week running - what a star!)   No1 son had a nail biting brilliantly played league game which they lost in the last two minutes down to a penalty...sob sob!!  All in all a lovely morning.

Today I'm joining in for another month with Abi at Creating Paper Dreams

A Friday afternoon lunch with six fabulous girls where we continuously laugh is a great way to end the week.

Tuesday, March 4

SJ Crafts March Challenge.

The March challenge over at SJ Crafts is to use this photo college as any way you wish.
 When I first saw this photo college it made me think of the "weather". I'm sure that's because of how the weather has been affecting the coastlines recently. Sitting on the top of my "to scrap" pile were some photos from our Florida trip of Hurricane Sandy. 
The blue sky and clouds was another thing I took from these photos.....
I was having a it's just now typing this that I've noticed that Hurricane Sandy was Oct 12 (Doh!!!) not 2013 as shown in this photo. I will be picking off the 13 first thing tomorrow morning!!

So...what were your first thoughts when you looked at this photo grid?!?
Have you taken something from it that has inspired you to join in with SJ Crafts Challenge? 
I hope you have.

P.S. SJ Crafts New Design Team member Annie has kindly offering a prize this month to celebrate joining the S J Crafts team. She will select one person at random from all those who link up to the challenge to win a small prize! 

Sunday, March 2

Mulberry Paper Roses

 Happy Sunday to you all.

We all love flowers don't we. There's nothing nicer than a vase or two of pretty flowers to brighten up the house.  Recently it seems, I can't get enough of these kind of flowers....tiny itsy bitsy ones of the paper variety.

I wanted to use some on Birthday cards.  
 I kept the cards very simple...too simple maybe? 
and I couldn't decide whether I preferred a frame, or not to frame.
How do you use your paper roses?

Friday, February 21

The tree of life

The sun is shinning today, but my... is it chilly.

It's half term here this week and thankfully the week hasn't been a complete washout. This afternoon the big one has disappeared to play in his garage. No1 and No3 son's have decided to have an xbox hour...or two and No.2 son is out making a video with his friends.This makes me smile as later we'll have to wait while his friend edits the footage (with his editing software I'm told) and puts on the appropriate music overlay. Then we are allowed to watch. It amazes me how good these little video's are.

Me, I thought I'd share a little layout and a 4x6 page pocket while I wait for a friend to turn up for tea, cake.(we are trying not too!). and a chinwag.

Animal Kingdom and the Tree of Life.
The 4x6 pages share some of the stories from the day including the one where No.2 son, who is my smallest, sits next to a really huge man, so much so that we cannot see him as he is nestled somewhere behind this mans side, shoulder and arm. 

We were in a rubber ring on the River Rapids and over the waterfall edge we go. The rubber ring spun around so the heavy man was the first to hit the water below. All I can say is.....I have never laughed so much....I'm even laughing now recalling the moment.  

The biggest wave came over the top of the ring and the man and Jack got drenched...head to foot....really really drenched. There was not one dry spot on them. So much so, that Jack had to strip off after so that we could wring his clothes out. 

Jack's face was a picture of shock and horror.
He was not amused. 

Do you have any moments like these that have yet to make it into an album? I'm glad this one has been recorded now, although I think it's one of those moments that none of us will ever forget.

Sunday, February 16

I love you.....

Some celebrate and some don't. 
Valentines day that is. 
For us it's always a little hit and miss. 
Some years we get each other a card.
 Some years we don't. 
Over lunch with the girls...H showed us all a cake she loved.....they all said how good it would be on a card. (I had to I am always getting moaned at for continuously looking at my phone.) Somewhere amongst this conversation I was nominated to turn this cake into a valentines card.
Twine and mulberry rose from Crafty Business4u. Papers and wood veneers from SJ Crafts
I made four variations of the the awkward one wanted a big red heart :) 
My husband opened his card on the morning of 14th Febraury....
 he laughed and said "no you don't!"

So how about you? 
Did you celebrate valentines day with a handmade card?

Sunday, February 9

One Photo & Twenty Words

Joining in with Abi at Creating Paper Dreams

Someone is happy with his new t-shirt. He loves Fast and Loud....the Gas Monkeys, the cars and the beard!
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