Thursday, 30 June 2011

Creative Scrappers

Here’s my effort for this weeks Creative Scrappers Challenge.

Here’s the sketch

And here’s my layout


Here is the flower in more detail. I saw a tutorial on then internet on making these flowers but I can’t remember where I saw it!


The papers are from Echo Park – I love everything they do!!!

The photo perhaps needs some explanation – a group of us are doing our own “Come Dine With Me” competition and on this occasion the theme was a Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge

This week the challenge theme is “Summer Fun”


I used a Sugar Nellie stamp (there may be still some of these in the shop) coloured with Copics. The papers are from My Minds Eye and I also used Papermania stamps and a Woodware butterfly punch.

Just a quick post from me tonight but there should be another tomorrow night.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Less is More

It’s a quick post from me today as my craft room is a little conservatory and it’s too hot to be crafting for very long in there today.

Here is the sketch from this weeks Less is More challenge

and here is my card


I have used different papers from my scraps box and a stamp from the cover of Craft Stamper magazine.

I stamped the balloon onto a strip of white card and then onto different patterned papers which I cut out and stuck on. I then mounted it on to strips of the orange and green spotted paper.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Anything Goes

This week at Scrapbook Sisters the theme for the card challenge is Anything Goes. I decided to use the free stamp that was on the cover of the last issue of the Creativity Magazine.


I coloured this little teddy with my Copics using 3 shades of grey and Frost Blue for his nose. The papers are a mixture of The English Paper Company and Papermania Sweet Nothings. I added a piece of blue cotton lace with some little Papermania Capsule Collection buttons on top.

Why not check out the card challenge this week and enter your card?

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Sketchy Thursday

Here is my first layout at Sketchy Thursday which I found when I was visiting Louise’s blog.


I broke into my stash of Basic Grey and used 3 sheets of the Urban Prairie range, Basic Grey swirl stamps and American Crafts Thickers.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Blog Candy


For the chance to win the lovely goodies in this photograph take a little visit to Scrapbook Sisters and leave your name.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

I seriously adore……..

……….beach huts! Beach huts often figure in my scrapbooking and I seriously would love to have one but honestly do you know how much they cost. Once you have bought one and to be perfectly honest it is only a shed there is still council tax and ground rent etc to pay annually to the local council – they are not cheap……..but I still adore them!

This photo was taken on West Beach in Whitstable and it was all set up ready for a party with deck chairs and bunting. I especially love the little wooden pull along card in the bottom left of the picture.

I have followed Shimelle’s Sketch of the week


Here is my layout;


I have used papers from Creative Imaginations and The English Paper Company, American Crafts Thickers  and the beach sign is a printable from Scrapbook Printables. Although you can’t  see  much of it the punting is attached to red and white bakers twine – I’ve nearly run out and must get some more!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Bunting and Banners

This week at Scrapbook Sisters card Challenge the theme is Bunting and Banners. Here is my card


I have used different scraps of paper to make this card. The bird stamp is a freebie from a card making magazine and the alphabet stamps are from Scrapbook Sisters.

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges;

Bearly Mine – anything Goes

Creative Stamp Friends – Birthday

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Sketch of the week



Well, I think that I have entered this weeks challenge by the skin of my teeth as I am so late in making my layout and I would hate to miss one!

Tonight's layout has been a very speedy one for me, created in less than an hour. I have used two photos from last years Halloween celebrations at Scrapbook Sisters. We love to dress up and take hundreds (literally) of photographs. On this occasion I was Cruella DeVille  but in the past I have been a witch and a Black Widow with a huge spider on my hat!

The papers are the Haunted range from My Minds Eye. I hope that I have got enough left to finish off the mini book that we started in class! I also used American Crafts Foam Thickers and Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type. Usually I agonise for ages over the titles of my pages but tonight it was a case of the first thing that came into my head and that fitted the alphas that I had left on the sheet – why are there never enough e, r, s and t’s in alphabet sticker sheets!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Mojo Monday

Here is my card for this weeks challenge at Mojo Monday



From this sketch;


I used free papers from a cardmaking magazine, a strip of paper punched with a Martha Stewart punch, a piece of lace and a Marianne die-cut butterfly with a few pearls. Nice and simple made with my friend in mind whose birthday was yesterday.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Less is More–In the Frame–Card 3

Here is my 3rd card for the Less is More Challenge. Please scroll down to see the other two. I think this one is my favourite. I have used a Prima Frame stamp and Colorbox Chalk Inkpads. The type with eight individual ink pads that each lift out. The word stamp is from Kaisercraft.


Finally, here is the card that does not comply with this weeks challenge – it has a die cut frame so it does not meet the single layer criteria – but I like it anyway!


Simply Less is Moore–In the Frame–card 2

Here is card 2. I thought I was on to a winner with this stamp as it already incorporates a frame. I masked up a background with Distress inks and then stamped the little Birdy stamp in black Memento ink. After stamping I decided it needed something else and added a hand drawn frame. At first I didn’t like it but it has grown on me.


Less is More In the Frame–card 1

Get ready for lots of blog posts here from me. I have been trying to make a card for the Less is More Challenge all day but have not come up with anything particularly successful as I think my mojo has gone walkabout.I think it may have something to do with the “several” glasses of rose wine, the Kir Royal and the Limoncello last night at a fabulous dinner party or was it the fact that I didn’t get to bed until 1.40am. Anyway, enough of my bad behaviour and on with the first of three cards ( although I have made four cards, I had to delete my blog post after I realised that this week the challenge calls for a single klayer card and mine wasn’t! Perhaps I will show that at the end.)


This is a simple little card. The frame is from Prima and is stamped in black Memento Ink and the work Love is stamped in Lady Bug red Memento Ink. I rounded the corners with my old faithful corner rounder.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

4x6 Photo Love

We are now at month five of 4x6 photo love, this time with five 4x6 photos – 4 landscape and 1 portrait on a double layout.


I have used photographs that I took a couple of weeks ago when we walked from Gillingham to Chatham over the Great Lines to Fort Amhurst  which was built during the Napoleonic Wars by French prisoners of war. There are so many places in the Medway Towns where you can see examples of the areas military past.

I have used papers that I bought a couple of years ago in Costco – you know one of those bargain buys that you have to have when you see them but later regret that impulse! – but saying that they do match quite nicely. I’ve used fabric Thickers from American Crafts and I made the embellishments from a Woodware scalloped circle punch, an EK sucess label punch and K  & CO journaling labels finished off with a large brad.`

I am quite enjoying making these little embellishments!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

In an English Country Garden

……..that’s the theme for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge. I decided to go back to an old technique that Karen taught us in Scrapbook Class nearly six years ago when the shop first opened, using punches to make flowers.


I used a greenhouse die-cut that I have had in my stash for years and then I used off cuts of patterned papers to create the flowers which I shaped using a paper shaper tool and a foam mat. The swirly corners at the top are cut with a Sizzix die.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Less is More–Monochrome

The challenge this week at Less is More is to make a monochrome card, so here is mine;

come dine with me - Karen 078_crop

I have used Versamark Wild Berries stamp pad  - the type with 5 little blocks of different shades of the same colour – and the agapanthus stamp from Stampendous. I added little dab of White lace stickles to the centre of each flower. The stamped image was layered on to lilac and then mauve cardstock with 2 strips of the same colours punched with a Fiskars punch.

Thanks for all your great comments last week, unfortunately because of blogger mis-behaving last week I was struggling to reply to many of them. I think this week I have now sorted it out and hope that I will be able to leave comments this time!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Sketch of the Week

Here we are again with Shimelle’s  Sketch of the Week. Here is the sketch to follow;

scrapbooking sketch and page ideas

And here is my layout.


I have used a couple of photos that I took earlier this year when we went on a walk at Gillingham Riverside Park. I was experimenting with my photo taking and used a couple of interesting scenery shots.

I have just used Papermania Kraft paper for the background and Cosmo Cricket Earth Love for the layout. I must have really liked this range when it came out as I have two sheets of each paper and I know that I have already made other layouts with these papers.The embellishments are all made from the papers too with the exception of the Hambly Rub On for the journaling.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge–week 38


The theme this week is “A Man’s World”so this is one that I made with my dad in mind. He loves the sea and the coast as much as I do and as he and mum are off on their hols at the weekend I am sure that he is thinking about a trip to the beach too!

I used a Hobby Art stamp that was an auction site bargain but I must admit that it is a bit smaller than I had imagined – there is nothing quite like going to the shop to feel (carefully of course!)the goods before you buy them.

I stamped in Denim Blue Adirondack ink and then used a damp brush to pull out some of the colours from the stamping to shade the sea. I also used Cloudy Blue Adirondack in to paint in some clouds but they seem to have faded away in this photograph!

I used a little scrap of paper which reminds me of pebbles on the beach and stamped a border with Denim Blue again using a Penny Black stamp. I finished it off with a button and 2 tiny tags punched with one of the tiny Woodware orange punches and some faux with stitching around the edge.

If you leave a comment I will do my best to visit your blog too although I am getting quite frustrated that blogger still appears to be behaving badly!