Thursday, 31 March 2011

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge Number 29

This weeks challenge at Scrapbook Sisters is to make a card for Mothers Day or For A Special Lady.


Here is my card – bright and simple. I have made this type pf card before a couple of times and it is something that I really enjoy doing. The tree trunks are hand cut from brown card stock and I took advantage of a circle pattern on an odd piece of Crate Paper to make the tree tops. The birds are stamped onto yellow paper with an Inkidinkadoo stamp and the bunting is stamped onto a piece of stripy My Minds Eye paper with a set of Banana Frog stamps that I won. this is the first time that I have used the stamps but I rather like them so I am sure that I will be using them again soon. I have also decorated the inside again.


I used my favourite Woodware Chippies as a template to make the centre piece and added more birds and bunting here as well.

I had barely finished this card when hubby said “That’s nice! Can I have it for my mum?” – so it will be going to a good home.

Monday, 28 March 2011

More Class Layouts

We had more fabulous papers for our recent classes at Scrapbook Sisters – these Prima papers are just so pretty!.


I loved these papers so much that this was all I had left at the end of the class.


Saturday, 26 March 2011

Creative Scrappers Sketch #148

I’ve just finished this weeks Creative Scrappers challenge and I’m ready for the new one tomorrow. I’ve got lots of cards to make but somehow I keep making scrapbook pages instead.

Here is this weeks sketch



Here is my layout;

riverside walk egerett 018

I have used just two patterned papers from Prima from the “Tea and Silk” collection. I used lots of Glamour Dust added to the flourish at the side2 of the page. I outlined the bird in white pen but it still was hiding in the background so I painted over it lightly with some white acrylic paint. I also used a Crafter’s Workshop template and a Quickie Glue Pen to add some swirls of Glamour Dust around the circle. The title is American Crafts Thickers.

Now me, the craft room and the cat are all covered in glitter – mainly because when I came back to the craft room after dinner I found the cat sitting in my Tidy Tray full of Glamour Dust.

Friday, 25 March 2011

4x6 Photo Love–Month 2

Here is my layout for Shimelle’s 4x6 Photo Love Challenge.


The challenge is to follow a sketch using 2 4x6 photos this month. I have used a variety of papers on this one including Crate Paper and Basic Grey and the embellishments are also from Crate paper. I found them tucked away in my stash and they were really my inspiration for my choice of papers.

The photos were taken at Gillingham Riverside park last summer on an exceptionally hot day. I was at the time doing C.J.’s Not Going Green Photography Course so had been practicing my photo taking and managed to take the lovely photo of the tree in the foreground with the boats in the distance and I think it captures the feeling of a summer’s day.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Less Is More

Here is my card for this weeks challenge at “Less is More”. The theme this week is masculine which is always a difficult one.


I’ve kept it really simple this week with an image stamped in green Memento ink, mounted onto matching green card and then a Happy Birthday stamped in green in the corner.

I really like the simplicity of this one and I am much happier with it than last week.

I would like to enter it for the following challenges;

Less is More – masculine

Stamping B’s – masculine

Make It Monday – anything goes

One Stitch at a Time – one for the boys

Anything Goes

Whoops …..I’m running late both making my card and also posting it here. My organisational skills seem to have failed me this week and I am stumbling from one thing to the next. There is only one thing for it………I need to make myself a “to do list”  to get myself back in order!

Here’s my card for this week and the theme this week at Scrapbook Sisters is

                                anything goes”


I used one of Gayle Bonds digi stamps see here which I coloured using Copics. I love the new E000 shade which gives a really light skin tone so my little girls don’t look they are wearing too much foundation! The backing paper is K&Co with  a little added Glamour Dust. In the corner is a stamped greeting and a little bunch of flowers.

If you would like to leave me a comment to say hello then I will visit your blog  and say hello to you too!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Class Layouts

Recently in our Scrapbook Sisters fortnightly scrapbooking classes we had as our kit the most beautiful Creative Imaginations papers. These papers have some lovely tattoo designs on them and as soon as I saw them I knew that they would make some great layouts.




The first layout is a copy of the class layout and the rest are my own design. The last layout is using all the offcuts that I had left and couldn’t waste.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Same papers, different layout

Well, it would be a waste wouldn’t it…….just to put the left overs from yesterdays layout in to my scrap drawer? So I have whipped up another layout this evening – working on the coffee table while I watch Comic Relief, in fact if I wasn’t watching comic relief I would have made it in half the time.

This layout is for Shimelle’s sketch of the week – and here is the sketch;

scrapbooking sketch

Here is my layout;


Again I’ve used the Jenny Bowlin papers, American Crafts alphabet stickers and on this one I have used a few 7 Gypsies stickers too. I wasn’t sure about the colour of the background cardstock as I usually prefer to use white but now it is finished I’m happy with it!

EDIT -you know when you go to bed and ba little nagging thought pops in to your head? Well that's what happened to me and when I checked this morning I realized that I had spelt the title wrong, so here is the corrected version.

Incidentally, Samphire Hoe is near Folkstone in Kent (UK) and it is a strip of land along the coast that has been made with the earth that was removed in the digging of the channel tunnel. It is now a favourite place with fishermen and a nature reserve.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Flapper Girl

I have been intending to scrap these photos for a while now but the colours on the original photos weren’t good as they were taken inside at night and they looked very yellow. Using the very useful Picassa program I converted them to sepia which looks much better and quite appropriate for the photos.


I used Jenny Bowlin papers which I have been stroking for far too long and needed to be used! I used a Martha Stewart punch and an EK Success punch to make the two punched strips and then added a strip of lace with blue gems in the centre. I bought the gems from Poundland and they vary in size these being the smallest – the rest are red and dark blue and a bit gaudy The flowers are Prima and the alphabet stickers are American Crafts.The layout is made from this weeks sketch at Creative Scrappers.

I would like to enter it for the following challenges;

Creative Scrappers – sketch

Southern Girls – flowers

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Keeping It Simple

It goes without saying that Japan has been in all our thoughts over the last week and that must be my inspiration for the Japanese Cherry Blossom on my card for Scrapbook Sisters 27th card challenge.


I used my Basic Grey Grow A Garden stamp to stamp the branch on to the pale blue cardstock with brown Memento inkpad. I then punched 9 flowers from white cardstock with a Woodware 1” flower punch and then punched the pink centres with a little Tonic punch that was free with a magazine. I used an embossing tool to shape the white flowers and the pink centres then I added a few lines with a sparkly gel pen.


After layering the blue onto black cardstock I stamped Happy Birthday with my favourite Papermania greeting and again mounted it on to black.

This was a really quick card to make and I have already made a second one as a thank you card.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Welcome Spring !

This month’s challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts is Welcome Spring - so I have used my gorgeous hedgehog stamp with the little hedgehogs waking up from their winter sleep.

005I coloured the image with Copics and used Basic Grey Delish and Growing Green patterned Papers. The corner embellishments are from a Basic Grey sticker sheet and the ribbon is one of a new selection at Scrapbook Sisters at great prices too! I also added a charm with a flower and a metal ladybird charm.

I have also decorated the inside of this one


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

Basic Grey Challenge – wings (ladybirds)

Penny Black at Allsorts – welcome spring

Kaboodle Doodles – Happy Birthday

Make it Monday – anything goes

Squigglefly – spring theme

Monday, 14 March 2011

Not as easy as it looks!

I decided to try something a little different in the way of challenges this week. I have been lurking for a while watching the “Less is More” challenge blog and decide this week to give it a go!

The challenge is to make a one layer card with the theme “Off The Edge”.


I’m not sure that I am entirely happy with the card but it is my first attempt for this challenge and I think perhaps my style will improve with practice. The trees and the sentiment are all from Darkroom Door.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Creative Scrappers–sketch 146

This week I’ve been painting, sanding and tearing paper but on a larger scale than usual as we are decorating our stairs because we have a new carpet being fitted on Monday – so sadly this week my craft room  has been a bit neglected by me. I have however made a layout for the Creative Scrappers challenge doing 10 minutes here and there.


The paper started like this;


…but I decided it was a bit too bright so I knocked the colour back by dry brushing the paper with white acrylic paint. The paper is Sandylion Boardwalk and the paper under the photos is Sea Glass by K & Co. The circle sentiments are Sandylion stamps which I stamped with black Stazon on to acetate – I wasn’t brave enough to stamp straight on to the paper.


For the title I stamped onto Woodware chippies using a Kaisercraft stamp which looks like bubble wrap.


I’m not entirely happy with the title – I think that it doesn’t really stands out enough – more experimenting needed I think!

Easter Animals

The theme this week at Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge is Easter Animals and I must admit I didn’t seem to have much to fit the challenge. I settled on using a set of Kars stamps which are in fact an Autumn set of stamps


I stamped the trees onto the card. I then stamped a rabbit in the foreground. For the next two rabbits I made a mask of the tree on a post-it note and then stamped the other 2 rabbits peeping out from behind the till. I then coloured with Copics of course! The patterned paper is called Butterfly Flutter by Chatterbox. I made the flowers from circles cut from the paper, crumpled them and added a brad in the centre.

Why not enter a card in the challenge for the chance to win some great digi stamps in the half - yearly draw.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Look Out…..It’s Behind You!

Shimelle’s Sketch of the week this week uses two 4x6 photos side by side which works quite well with these 2 photos as individually neither is a particularly good photo but together they work quite well.


The photos were taken a couple of years ago at Wookey Hole in Sommerset which we visited on holiday a couple of years ago.

I knew straight away that I was going to use my Basic Grey Archaic papers for this layout and I still have lots left.


I cut a border across the page and then I cut out the different strips within it and layered it up with foam pads. The star shape is from the sticker sticker sheet backed on to brown card and the alphabet stickers are also from the BG Archaic alpha sticker sheet. Finally I added some details with my Dymo Machine.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Spring……is it really?

Well, spring is the theme of this weeks card challenge at Scrapbook Sisters but it really doesn’t feel much like spring in this corner of England after a few slightly warmer days we seem to have returned to winter. I am really looking forward to some warmer sunshiny days.

I decided to make my card using clean fresh greens to make my spring card.


I cut an green oval and larger white oval shape on the Cricut and then stamped on the green card which is unusual for me as I usually stamp onto white or cream. I rummaged in my stash for my gel pens which were my favourite colouring materials before Copics and coloured the image with white, a sparkly green and a olive green. I have no idea where the stamp is from – I have a feeling that it may have been a impulse eBay purchase but I don’t know who the manufacturer is. I used a Fiskars border punch and a piece of green gingham ribbon. The finishing touch was the Sizzlet die cuts in the corners.

If you would like to enter the card challenge have a look at the Scrapbook Sisters Blog for the chance to be entered in the draw for some lovely digi stamps.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

I’ve Been Framed!

There is a new challenge today at Scrapbook Sisters and it’s a scrapbook challenge. The card challenge has been really popular and is still continuing but now it’s time to start something new and today is the introduction of Scrapbook Sisters Scrapbook Challenge which will be a monthly challenge. The first theme is


Julie and Karen kindly asked me to be on the design team so here is my first layout.


The frame is cut from a We R Memory keepers die cut sheet and the yellow and blue dotted paper is Bo Bunny and are all in stock in the shop. The other papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Snorkel range and are left overs from my scrap drawer. I’ve used Woodware punches, Nestabilities and a pudding bowl for the circles and then used white and black journaling pens to outline the different circles.

So check out the challenge and have a go – you’ve got until the end of the month to enter.