Friday, May 22

Under the Stars

Happy Friday to you all.

Another week has passed and what a week it's been. Jennifer kicked off last weekend with her Focus your craft and soul blog hop. I 'd like to thank everyone for leaving such lovely comments and it was good to read that our projects inspired you to create. Jennifer's weekend extravagansa was packed full, unfortunately I  haven't had the opportunity to play along this week, I 'm hoping to rectify this over our long bank holiday weekend...

We are currently in the middle of GCSE's. The build up here was overwhelming...for me at least. I think we are worrying more than him. A stay calm and revise postcard came through the post from the school. There was a message from the headmaster and his deputy and a handwritten paragraph from his form tutor. She has been with him and his class mates for five years and reading her lovely words turned me into a blabbering wreck.

Needless to say I'll be pleased when they are all over and he comes out of his room. He's such good company and yet we haven't seen him for weeks now. He has stayed on late at school (there's no study leave here for students) gone in early and has had his head in books every minute.

It's....8 down 15 more to go. This morning is English Literature and i'll not be able to relax until he's home and he can tell me how it went.  Half term next week will be a welcome break.

...and because a post wouldn't be right without a photo, here's a card using a Clearly Besotted Die 

Have a super weekend x

Friday, May 15

Focus Your Craft and Soul Blog Hop

Welcome to Jennifer Grace Creates Blog Hop Event Focus Your Craft and Soul.
It's good to see you.

Jennifer Grace is giving away the following WRK Insta Album Kit - you can enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Focus Your Craft & Soul hop! The giveaway closes on Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST, and is open internationally.


Now onto my part of the hop. I have a layout to share with you today... 

I imagine there are many of you who play a sport or have someone in the family who does. 
Whether it's football, tennis, gymnastics ... or Rugby, as in my case. 

The season has ended for the boys now and it's lovely to get our evenings and Sunday's back for a few weeks...before pre-season training commences, that is. I will be taking this extra time to catch up on scraping some of the hundreds of rugby photos I have. Like these ones.

I am told that playing rugby isn't just about running around with a ball... it's all about watching the game play, anticipating the next move, setting up the passes and working as a team to achieve them. It takes a lot of concentration and you have to be focused to avoid, not only injury, but giving away opportunities.

These photos show how no.3 son's focal point was set on that try line and his sheer determination (through gritted teeth gum shield ) pushed him through five boys to get there (he told his brothers it was nine.. i wasn't going to stand in the way of a good story, was I :) !! ) 

I used lots of patterned layers to build up a background, after applying textured paste through a stencil. A little green ink was added to the paste....I didn't mix it to well which has given it an uneven colour overall I kinda like.

How do you like the acrylic shapes that are popping up? Have you used them? I've used a few now and they really do give dimension to your project. I used an acrylic title at the bottom on the page. It was hard to photograph, it reads "the story of today"

 and another quick close up photo.

Thank you so much for stopping by.... to continue the hop head on to Leslie, if you get lost head back to Jennifer Grace Creates

Remember Jennifer has a whole weekend of fabulous blog posts to share with us :) Have a lovely weekend creating. 

Saturday, May 9

One Photo and Twenty Words

It's the 9th of the month which means it's time to join in with Abi's meme.
One photo and Twenty words

Is there a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon? 
Watching your team win with your boys. 
Saints v Saracens 

Friday, May 8

Friday's Fancies

Good morning to you all, I can't believe it's Friday again today. Where has the week gone. 

Still I have had no time to scrap. Sob. And no time for much else either, aside from work. Sob. 

So it's another card .. or two.. to share with you.

This card was made for a recent card class and uses the oval stamping up chevron stamp. I liked that it could be easily adapted for a girl. We had a variety of colour combinations and numbers...and I am thinking with a couple of wedding anniversary's coming up it could be adapted again. 

This next card you may have seen on Instagram. It uses a Happy Scatter Triangle stencil and a little chevron washi tape. 

Have a super weekend. I will get to scrap something soon and will be back to share it with you. 

Friday, May 1

Friday's Fancy

Good Morning, I hope the sun in shinning for you all this morning.

It's been a busy week here and sadly there has been no time to I'm sharing a card with you all today.

Have a lovely long bank holiday weekend and i'll see you all soon x 

Friday, April 24

Sweet 16

You must have heard me say a million times before, Rugby plays a huge part in our live's.

The older the boys get the more involved they become. For the best part of the season it's been three evenings a week and our Sunday's. In Sun, Wind, Rain and yes on occasion Snow.

Friends of ours, say "they don't know how we do it" and yet it's not something I think about. I couldn't imagine not wanting to be a part of what they love.

Not only is it good for their fitness, it's teaches them discipline, respect, teamwork and sportsmanship. 

Most of all, it's something they want to do and something they all enjoy. There's none of this pushy mum/dad stuff, they play because it's want they want to do.

At times, it can be scary to watch. It's not for the faint hearted. Watching it on TV is completely different to standing next to a pitch and watching your own boy play. Especially when they play against a team who have huge boys. A couple of weeks back...No2 son played a team where the coaches asked a lad from the opposition his age. He was massive. I mean Really Massive.... so much so, after the game No2 son (who's 12) said
"there's no way that boy's 12 he has a beard and everything"!

Now, the reason I'm writing this post today is because the boy who started us all off along this Rugby road was 16 this week. 16....sadly I am old enough to have a 16 year old.

He has always been my good boy, he's smart, funny, very chilled and takes everything in his stride.

(Apologies if you've seen these photos on IG)

And here's the photo of him, in action, which I scrapped in a post last week 


Friday, April 17

Friday's Fancies - a Ferris Wheel

The town I grew up in held an annual Carnival. Did yours?

I remember going every year with my parents and grandfather...later on I went with my friends and then my own small family. It was always a lovely day.

We'd line the streets to wave furiously at the parade of decorated floats, we'd  listen to the bands play and then we'd walk to the park to enjoy the many stalls.

Later on we'd venture across to the far side of the park where my dad would take us on the fair ground rides. The big wheel, the twister, the bumper cars, the ghost train, the waltzer was my favourite.

This clearly besotted stamp set reminds me of our carnival days.
The only thing missing is the candy floss!

They'll be a few more cards coming soon using this stamp set, i'm sure.

Happy Friday to you x 

Tuesday, April 14

Your try scoring run

It's back to normal here today, after the holidays. We are fully into GCSE revision mode. His only outlet being his rugby. He's working so hard he needs a little rugby to keep him going.

...and me, I needed a little scrapping to keep me going :)

Some of you may have seen this photo on IG. I wasn't able to watch the game in which it was taken. I was with No2 and No3 son watching them train and play. Another mum, she has her own photography business, took it and I'm thankful that she got such an amazing shot.

His arm comes up -  to hand-off the opposition...and he sores a try.

Using Scraptastic Club Kit 
It is my aim this year to scrap some of the many rugby photos I have of them all. I've made a good start and hope to keep it up.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week x

Friday, April 10

Friday's Fancies - One photo and twenty words

Today I am  joining in with Abi's One Photo & Twenty Words 
  Meet Norman, the newest member of the family. 
He's small, he's cute, he's loved
but my.... he is very noisy.


Friday, April 3

Friday's Fancies.....all together

Happy Easter to you all, wishing you all a lovely weekend. 

 The weekend will be fun filled with family, friends and birthday celebrations.... 
and I mustn't forget all the chocolate egg eating.
So before I get all wrapped up in our weekend I have a layout to share with you. 

It's not very often I have the opportunity to create a girlie layout so I enjoyed putting this one together. It's a reminder of a day I spent with my two lovely sisters
 (and brother, but he's not in this photo).
All papers and embellies from Scraptastic Club Kit 

The title and pink flowers are from Heidi Swapp's Colour resistant die cut shapes. I wasn't sure what to do with them at first, so I had to google it. Mostly they appear to be used with my history with watercolours it's too good .... I used Tim Holtz distress inks instead. It worked. The thing I like most about these die cut shapes is you can colour custom them to any layout. 

Have you used these die cut shapes? If you have i'd love to know how you got on.  

Friday, March 27

Fridays Fancy - Still in use

Sian got me thinking the other week with this post.  She asked "what is the oldest thing you have made which has been in continuous use since it was formed"

.....and you know, there isn't a thing I've ever made still in use.....that I can think of. 

My mother-in-law still has the clock, my husband made when he was at secondary school, hanging in her hall. It's next to the key ring holder his brother made at the same age. Around 12 years old. I must get a photo next time we visit!

I have kept many items the boys have made over the years, a little clay pot No1 son made in primary school which did hold loose change....until it was dropped last year!!! 

Recently No2 son made a charm, a rugby ball....what else! 
He gave it to me so I plan to use it as a key ring.

Now this isn't strictly something in use...although I suppose you could hang a few things on it :) ...
...No 3 son made it from Mod Rock. It's a roman man with a spear through him. He's wasn't amused when someone in the house said it looked like a man with a big willy!! 
apparently the spear did go through the man...but the end snapped off.....which would make more sense....phew!

So have you shared something you've made which is still in use? 

Friday, March 20

Friday's Fancies - Red wigs

In my last post I shared the base of a layout I prepared using inks, mists and stencils. Today i'm back to share the finished layout.
Circle and Triangle stencil from Happy Scatter Shop. Star stencil Tim Holtz 
I have a series of photos of No1 son in a red wig. This one being my favourite. The story behind this wig wearing is journaled on the tag underneath the reads...

Dick of the Day (apologies) was awarded to you for kicking the rugby ball back into a mud berth after J jumped in and threw it out. said to didn't kick it back in, it hit your leg and bounced off when he threw it out. took it all in your stride, game for a laugh, and a wore your new wig, with style, for your game against Portsmouth the next morning.

This photo was taken as you came out of the changing room..B (the other handsome in the photo) is looking back at you admiring his handy work. He used his blue sock tape to put your gorgeous red curls into a ponytail.
Papers and embellies from Scraptastic Club kit

Today we are celebrating No3 son's birthday...this evening will be complete and utter madness.
Happy Friday to you - enjoy your day. 

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