Friday, May 27, 2011

Finally a Layout

I did get to the crop last night, and it was loads of fun. I broke my stash diet to buy a page kit, LilyBee in my beloved turquoise and red combination, so it will definitely get used up soon.

Packing at the last minute meant that I threw a few bits into my bag with these older photos that DD took at her Brownie camp several years ago. I fell in love with the MME paper, and used it to cut my bunting (liberally used I know!), then added some embellishments and a brownie brown title. Stickers by Scenic Route and 7 Gypsies, a couple of charms from Ally Pally and some gorgeous little butterfly brads, also from 7 Gypsies. Finished off with a couple of MM butterflies and a Maya Road velvet bloom.

The look is a lot busier than a lot of things I do, but I enjoyed myself a lot, doing it, and even started another - rather plainer LO - which I have yet to finish.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

More cards, but there's a crop tonight so....

I might get to do some scrapbooking for a change.

At least I get to use up more scraps. This time it's teacher cards - very disorientating as it's not the end of term, but DS1 gets to leave officially tomorrow, halfway through his exams they have this leavers service and he says goodbye to the teachers. In his opinion, 3 of them deserve my handiwork, the others get bought cards!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Adam's birthday card in all its glory - I was really pleased how this came out, after blogging my excitement about finding the kit. I will probably make versions of this all summer as all his friends have birthdays too.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A crafty weekend

Following on from my card making bonanza last weekend, this weekend was the same, with the added bonus that I finished off my birthday card reminder book and bound it (photos to follow).

I also made four cards, using up scraps, which is my remit at the moment as I have more than plenty! The results were as shown below - lots of fun to make, but still quite simple.

The plan is to pay myself for making the cards and then buy new stash with the proceeds - a win win situation as I save money that I would have spent buying cards (my rate is much lower!), I use up the bits that I have lying around, and I get a limited amount of new treats = less clutter!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Another School Trip

Nat and I went to the London Wetlands Centre today. Under grey skies and constantly escaping from crowds of marauding schoolchildren, we had a lovely time and got to see some birds we'd never seen before - a redshank, baby coots, reed warblers and reed buntings - and quite a few we had! My camera isn't up to telephoto lens standard so none of the above (apart from the coot) made it onto the photo gallery, but they were all so beautiful and it was fabulous to hear the birdsong, albeit interspersed with planes coming into Heathrow - but hey, that's urban wildlife for you.

Now resolved to find out more about birdcalls so I can identify more than the basic ones - duck, blackbird, robin, moorhen!

Now for the LOs :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I love our Crop

National Scrapbooking Day last Saturday was spent with the lovely people at the North Cheam Crop. I so love this group of people, and everyone was there if only for part of the day. We started about 4 years ago, or maybe 5, and without exception everyone who has come to the crop has been lovely and fitted into the group and it just gets nicer and nicer.

We make noise, have fun, share stories and stash, critique and suggest ideas to each other, and eat delicious cake - Gaye's Strawberry and Cream sponge was to die for - yum!

The latest crop purchase - a scarlet sewing machine - with ready threaded bobbins - bliss! inspired me to use it on one of my LOs, something I haven't done for ages.

Today I've mooching around a few blogs and came across the perfect thing for Adam's 16th birthday card. I've not done much digital, but thank you Sarah Jane Dowsett for the perfect inspiration to try - and all for the price of a card on the high street! I will post if I get it right :) I have until Saturday so you never know - it might work!

The kit from Little Musings looks like this:

He loves high tops and has headphones permanently glued on so I think it will go down well.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Old Photos

Serendipity - does sometimes happen. I had an idea for my Sketchy Thursdays LO but no photo that matched my idea. I was looking for something else at the time when I accidentally pulled out a photo album from the Eighties and bingo! the perfect photo for my plans, and one I probably would never have got round to scrapping had it not been for this - big smiles all around.

And this is it - the sketch was the inspiration and is sort of mirrored and only has one photo etc etc. but hey! I am pleased with the result and enjoyed using my paint for the first time in ages.

I've also been sticking to my stash busting goals - not buying and trying to use up some of my stash - especially papers. I have started an envelope book to use as a birthday reminder and card holder book, and I have made a smash book (a la K & Co) using up papers I probably won't ever scrap with. My stash is also looking a lot more manageable at least on the paper front, although thanks to UKS Mary Anne, I came to the sad conclusion that I have an awful lot of coloured Bazzill and am veering more and more towards neutral backgrounds :( - needs a rethink as to how I might use my (much less than a foot) pile of Bazzill and other cardstock.