Friday, 30 May 2014

Creativity Club Design Team blog hop

Loud fanfare........So here it is my first ever blog hop...woohoo.....If you've arrived here from Nikki's blog ( then you're on the right track. If you just happened by then you picked a good day to drop in. If you're a regular then big thanks for popping by again and maybe you'll continue on the path and visit my fellow team members to see what they've been up to.

We've all been busy creating with the latest products from Docrafts and here's my effort. I was in dire need of a noticeboard but nothing too big, I haven't much wall space available as my craft area is in the eaves.

Prior to hanging

Button Pins

In situ

In case it's not immediately obvious, it's an altered magnetic noticeboard. Here's a piccie of it in it's rather utilitarian original state. I definitely prefer my prettied up version.

Now if you're interested in how I altered the board here's a brief yet informative how to.


One noticeboard ripe for altering.

Papermania 12 x 12 Midnight Blush Paper Pack
Papermania Adhesive Crochet Border - Oyster Blush
Papermania Dome Stickers - Silver
Papermania Spots and Stripes assorted buttons
Papermania Chalkboard Pegs

Anita's Tacky Glue
Anita's 3d Clear Gloss

Take a cheapie magnetic notice board, I used an Ikea board (202.174.33) priced at £3.

Cut paper to fit magnetic board section and cover in tacky glue right to the very edge. Adhere to the board, smoothing out any bubbles. Let dry. ( If using a board over 12” cover in equal sections and cover paper joins with crochet edging.)

Cover the board edge using Adhesive Crochet Edging, leave slightly long at the corners and trim once stuck down to ensure a clean edge.

Take six plain drawing pins and adhere a button to each pin using the 3d gloss. Top each button with a shimmer dome sticker or gem. Leave to dry.

If your board comes with magnets decorate them with letter sticker or gems.

Make a small paper bag or cone using co-ordinating paper. Cover small pencils with paper and pop in the bag.

Adhere magnets to chalkboard pegs. Pop onto the board once dry,  using one to hold the bag of pencils.

Taadah! Stand back and admire.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit and had time to browse around before hopping off along the path, just click on the links below to visit the next blog and see the latest creations by the team. If you have the time maybe leave a comment, I know it's always appreciated.

Now you know where I am I hope you'll pop back for a visit, it's always nice to have a little company and maybe you'll see something that inspires you to create. 

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Young(ish) Guns

At long last, I've completed a layout for sketch no.4.....taadah!

 I really couldn't wait to get cracking on this one as the sketch really appealed, I even had my photo sorted as I'd decided to use just one, unlike the sketch, so why on earth did it take soooo long? Well, you may have guessed I'm not the speediest of scrappers. I actually got the basics of the layout down quickly but once that stage is done I like to live with it a while before adding the final touches. So, the layout gets propped up somewhere prominent , usually in the living room, so I can glance at it regularly. Then I add various embellishments, decide on journalling and generally finish it off.

As you may have noticed I don't stick rigidly to sketches but I treat them more as a jumping off point and then just go on my own merry way. Sometimes the resulting layout is very similar to the sketch but other times it takes a little bit of a closer look to see the bones of it's origin, so for those of you who say 'but mine doesn't look anything like the sketch' don't worry the whole point is you created a layout not the how.

Now if you're interested in the products I used they are all from Docrafts and the paper pack was the Midnight Blush collection. I love using the new mini pegs as banner/title holders, so cute.

Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

Monday, 26 May 2014

Frosty the snowman, you know the rest......

Well here it is, the much heralded mini advent house no.6.

I think this paper is from an old Dovecraft 6 x 6 paper pack and the number is a cheapy from The Range, liberally covered in Anita's 3d gloss finish and silver glitter. I added a Papermania snowflake brad that I chopped the legs off and the trees and snowflakes on the paper I covered in Glitz It glitter glue.

I'm now off to try and track down some frosty Christmas paper as that was definitely my last piece and as I''ve now got the covering technique down pat I want to get as many done as I can while I have a little time.

Enjoy the extra days break and make a little time for yourself to do what you love, we should all do more of that whatever it may be.

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sketchy Sunday no.9

It's bank holiday weekend.....woohoo.....and that means we have a little extra time for crafting, theoretically. So if you have managed to put aside a little me time and are looking for some inspiration, here's sketch no.9. I decided to go with a multi-photo one for today but if you're a single photo scrapper then you could easily substitute the smaller pics for embellishments. I love sketches like these for those family days out or the, dare I say it with the current weather, family BBQs when I have too many photos that I love. I'm not a double page scrapper, that's just not a style option for me and I don't always fancy making a mini book, so a multi-photo layout is the way to go.

Just a thought, if you're doing a 365 project try squeezing another smaller picture in to give you a week to a page. Rotate the sketch and you then have several options for documenting the weeks ahead.

Anyway, that's the sketch for this week and I hope it inspires you to dive into your stash. Just a short post today as I'm eager to finish a couple of projects. Check back tomorrow for mini advent no.6, just one of the things I'm working on. 

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Liebster Award

The lovely Katie Lamb (, a fellow Creativity Club Design Team member, has nominated me for a Liebster Award. It means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome in German. This blog award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers (I more than qualify) and helps to raise the blog's profile among the blogging community, all good in my book.

There are a few expectations on receiving this award:-

1. List eleven random facts about myself - mmmm I'm trying to attract an audience not alienate it.
2. Answer eleven questions set by my nominator - I knew there was a catch.
3. Set eleven questions for my nominated bloggers (max eleven) - eek!
4. Warn the nominated bloggers of the impending interrogation - this could be interesting

So here we go, let's forge forwards and hopefully garner some interest with my oh so eclectic questions and answers.

Firstly I'd like to nominate these talented bloggers.

Jennifer -

Ann -

Svjetlana -

Diane -

Sarah -

My questions to you my nominees, should you choose to accept the award, are as follows...

1. When was the last time you cried with laughter?
2. What's your favourite takeaway?
3. When did you last sprint?
4. What's the one thing you'd save if the house was on fire (excluding people and pets, they're safe)?
5. High heels or flats?
6. What's the worst thing you've ever eaten?
7. What's your favourite luxury treat?
8. If you could have a super power what would it be?
9. If you won the lottery, not £10 but a BIG win, what's the first thing you'd do?
10. What animal best reflects your personality?
11.What's the last meal you cooked from scratch?

A diverse mix I think, I do hope you'll respond but no pressure if it's not for you.

Now for my answers to Katie's questions....prepare yourselves.

1. What are you watching at the moment?
I'm plowing joyfully through my House box sets, Hannibal, The Tomorrow People, The Mentalist, Elementary and Blacklist. This makes it sound like I'm always watching telly but I do sleep as well.

2. What is your favourite movie?
This one's really difficult for me as I love so many but if I go by one I've re-watched the most number of times recently, it would be World War Z.

3. If you were stranded on a desert island what would you bring?
Obviously Hubby but if you mean a thing I'd go for the SAS survival guide book for practicality but I'd really want to bring a portable DVD player and all my box sets, if only there were a socket for the plug.

4. What is your favourite colour?
A nice light blue.

5. Name a song that is stuck in your head?
Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader

6. What is your dream job?
Animal Psychologist, for which I have zero qualifications.

7. Name your greatest achievement so far?
Finding true love, soppy but true.

8. Name a crafting item you can't live without?
My trimmer (and every other piece of stash I can lay my hands on).

9. Name a favourite place?
Santa Monica LA, I got married there on the beach at sunset, altogether now aaaaahhh.

10. What inspired the name of your blog?
My love of reading anthologies.

11. What is your favourite musician?
Van Morrison

Looking at my answers it seems I'm obsessed with Hubby (true) and American TV shows (also true) but nothing too worrying. Now for my random facts about me, this could be a little more disturbing.

1.  I have a soft spot for anything heart shaped and Hubby buys me a silver heart for my heart covered charm bracelet for the start of every year together, it's my favourite piece of jewellery.

2. I worked on the movie Dark Corners as video assist operator, I'm on the credits honest.

3. I once tried to get out of a moving car when a spider dropped down from the sun visor onto me. I am terrified of spiders, especially the quick ones.

4. I have size 2 feet which makes buying shoes an absolute nightmare as I love high heels.

5. I've watched the sun come up in the Sahara Desert (on a film shoot) and heard the scorpions clicking their claws in the dark.

6. I can sprint but I'm completely rubbish at distance running. Note:- this does not mean I am quick.

7. I cry at sad movies, happy movies, even adverts and the's pathetic.

8. I run a film production company with my husband.

9. When I have fish fingers for dinner I have ten and I don't share food, think Joey in Friends.

10. Whenever I cook for guests it is an unmitigated disaster but Hubby says I cook the best spaghetti  bolognese he's ever tasted.

11. I do more dips and chin-ups than most men at my gym.

....and exhale, so that's a little more about me. Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you'll pop by again soon, if I haven't bored you too much. While you're here take a look around, it's a fairly new blog but I'm updating regularly and feedback is always welcome.

Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Beading bargain

As promised I've been bargain hunting for supplies for those of you who want to try making your own bead sprays, like the one below from my last tag mini shown on the previous blog post.

I use 28 gauge beading wire and whatever beads, crystals or small buttons I fancy but pearls are one of the staples. So, I've tracked down some pearls for you at the bargain price of 99p from Hobbycraft (check out for your local store) and some 28 gauge wire also at 99p from The Range ( . The wire is available in various colours and the pearls are a multi-coloured pack so there should be something for everyone.

For this wire gauge you don't need wire cutters an old pair of scissors will cut through it no problem. Here's some very basic instructions how to create the spray but you may find it helpful to check out Youtube where I'm sure there are a myriad of tutorials.

Cut a piece of 28 gauge wire approximately 20” long. Fold at approximately 5”, keep hold of the shorter end of wire in your left hand and thread on a bead to the fold point, twist the bead to create a stalk of about ¾”  then make a couple of twists of both long and short sections of wire to secure. Make a fold approximately ½“ from the final twist on the long piece of wire, thread on a bead and twist to create a stalk, make two twists using both wires. Continue using the same technique making folds longer or shorter as required, once your spray is complete twist the remaining wire to secure. Shape the spray. 

I can see myself making a lot more of these as they're a great simple way to add an extra dimension to any project but my favourite beads to use are still the Cousin brand, for sparkle and lustre they're hard to beat.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Sketchy Sunday no.8

The sun is shining and it may not be the day for you to sit inside crafting but that's no reason not to post a new sketch. Let's face it we know they'll be plenty of rainy days when we're looking for inspiration.

So here we have it, sketch no. 8.

I love multi-photo layouts so this sketch is one I'm eyeing up for a new page in the near future.

Now for something a little....well, little. I created this tag mini using the Oyster Blush paper line and a single sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock. The photo doesn't quite capture how shimmery the mini is. The paper has a subtle glimmer, add the satin ribbon and pretty crochet border and it makes a shimmery sweet gift album.

I've recently been adding homemade bead sprays to projects, just for a little extra dimension and sparkle. They don't take long to make and you can pick up the beads quite cheaply. I'll make it my mission to track down the necessary bargain supplies so you have a go at making your own without breaking the bank.

Well that's the post for today now I'm off to replace some fencing panels.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Happy Scrapping

Michelle x

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Appy Scrapping!

Let's be honest a lot of us have phones and/or ipads that are never far from our crafty space. With my fellow app addicts in mind I thought it might be helpful to let you know the scrappy apps I have installed on my iphone.

Firstly the one I've mentioned in a previous post and probably my favourite scrappy app, it's (fanfare) Project 365 Pro. For the princely sum of 69p you too can be addicted to taking photos everyday of the year and keying in your daily musings to match. It's a great little app well suited to Project Lifers as well as those of you who just want the daily pics. You can export a single image for the month made up of all the snaps taken. I'm going to use this next year for a new 365 album.

Next up a fairly new one for me is WordPack, another 69p well spent as this one allows you to key in words and then select a desired shape into which it will then form the words. Great for unique tags, embellishments or a gift of framed word art.

QuoteZilla is an app I refer to a lot for title inspiration or word art embellishments. It's £1.49 for the all singing and dancing version or you can get the basic version for free.

The popular Layoutaday is great for inspiration if you're feeling a little blocky or just want to do something different. Each day you get an inspiring prompt for a layout and it's free.....yes free.

Talking of free, the last of my apps are both freebies.

Aisu Sepia is a great little app for creating sepia versions of your existing pics or for taking new pics using the in-app camera.

Moldiv is an easy way to create multi image pages using the in app templates. Just add your selected images to the sections and save the completed template to the camera roll. I've used this in the past for my 365 album to enable me to print a single page with all my images. This one can be expanded with an in-app purchase for extra templates.

I hope this helps in your scrappy app searches. If anyone has any recommendations then please post a comment and share your finds.

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Snowflake overload!

If you've been following my altered advent houses then you'll know that I'm currently desperately searching for co-ordinating papers. This house is covered with paper from a very old pack I dug out of my stash and I think I'm now at the point where I really need to find some new ones. So I shall be trawling the internet in search of festive papers and hopefully can then get back to decorating the rest of the houses.

 In the meantime, till I get some more papers, here we have it, house no.5 with just a few snowflakes.

I'm really enjoying this project and it's making a decent sized hole in the older stash pile. It's also inspired me to look at other alterable items....more on that soon!

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x

Monday, 12 May 2014

Monday madness...

It's  #docraftsmonday on Facebook and this weeks offering is one of my rare forays into card making.

The photo doesn't quite capture just how twinkly this is in the flesh, it's so girly. Check out the Docrafts Facebook page for more #docraftsmonday projects.

As promised I've also completed a layout based on yesterdays Sketchy Sunday no.7 sketch.

I kept it very simple as the photo is so striking. I used the Papermania Capsule Midnight Blush paper line and grungeboard letters that I glittered up for a bit of sparkle. A strong base colour stops it sinking into blahness.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Sketch no. 7

If you haven't visited before then welcome to Sketchy Sunday and if you're a regular then glad you found time to visit again.

This weeks sketch is quite a simple one but with enough layers to add interest, try mixing patterns to make it even busier.

I'm going with a restricted colour palette with this one to highlight my photo, which is one of my favourites......forgive me for the attempt to build intrigue.

So anyway enough of what I'm planning here's the sketch and I'll be posting my effort tomorrow.

Enjoy a scrappy Sunday.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Santa Claus is coming to town.

Just not today.....but he is coming and so my preparations continue with the advent houses and here's no.4.

I added a small metal Christmas tree charm to this one along with copious amounts of glitter glue. I used wire cutters to remove the loop from the top of the charm and adhered using my fav 3d clear gloss finish, so this one isn't moving.

The 4 is a grungeboard number coated in 3d clear gloss and silver glitter. Once dry I gave it a good brush with a soft toothbrush (I keep one in my stash for removing paper from dies) so it won't shed glitter all over the place.

The charm is from a bead shop in London. Occasionally I pop into town with Hubby to meet friends and check out Covent Garden market. There are a couple of bead shops in the area and they have loads of beads and charms ranging from 25p upwards and as you can buy them individually it makes for a cheap way to get a variety. Although it's not worth a trip just for that alone, if you're in town anyway it's definitely worth a look. Check out their website for the address ( I can't remember the name of the other one I visit but it's in the same area.

Happy Scrapping.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

No Clouds.....

Those of you who are regular visitors will have noticed my recent flurry of Christmas advent houses so you won't be surprised to see house no.3. I'm making steady progress with these and it's fun to be able to complete something so quickly, I'm speeding up with the paper coating it's definitely a technique thing. Now I'm just on the hunt for co-ordinating papers and another bucket of glitter glue.

As part of my Sketchy Sunday series I'm trying to post layouts based on the sketches and this layout was the result of sketch no.6.

I view this as a important positive moment in my life, three days previous I had been diagnosed with tonsil cancer. I am lucky in that my cancer was diagnosed very early and due to a healthy lifestyle I was fit and strong enough to deal with the treatment. I am a positive person by nature and I truly believe that this helped dramatically in how I dealt with the treatment and the speed of my recovery, which has been deemed amazing by my doctors.So for me this is a happy layout, it's how I choose to view what some might consider a dark time and I wanted to document just how lucky I am. 

Happy Scrapping.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Better late than never....

Yes, it's Tuesday and yesterday was #docraftsmonday and although I managed to get my project loaded on Facebook in time (just) I didn't load it apologies to anyone who came here it is finally.

This quick to make mini album is to document my favourite books and to my fellow Stephen King fans out there you'll probably recognize the title. The album is made using mini envelopes and a couple of chipboard scraps covered in the Gorjuss paper line. I used my bind-it-all to bind, as I do on a lot of my albums, as it keeps the pages lined up so well. It's a great tool for anyone who likes to make minis.

Check out the Docrafts Facebook page for loads of inspiring projects.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Sketchy Sunday no.6

It's inspiration time again and here it is in all it's sketchy glory no.6.

I have a layout ready for this one which I will post during the week. I've got tentative plans for a little catching up on the layout side of things so hopefully more to follow soon.

I blame my layout drought on becoming a little distracted with my altered advent houses, it's fun to make each one different and it's also inspired me to work on something a little bigger.....but more of that later.

I hope you managed to set aside a little crafty time yesterday to celebrate (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day.  I finished one advent house, covered a second in paper and glittered half a dozen roofs, so got quite a bit done.

What I really must get done is a bit of crafty organizing, it's all getting a little fragmented but I do know where everything is it's just getting to it is not as easy as I'd like. It must be really lovely for you lucky few who have a dedicated craft room. I do have a decent space in the study purely for crafty stuff but it seems to be shrinking! or maybe it's the extra goodies I stuff into it on a fairly regular basis......probably.

Happy Scrapping.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Happy (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day

I hope you're going to set aside some scrapping time today because yes it's (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day. Ok, so this is mainly a US thing but I don't see why we can't adopt it, any excuse to scrap more has got to be good.

So whether it be a layout, an altered project or just a stash stroking session do something scrapping related today.

To kick off I've just finished advent house no.2 a vision in pink, lilac and glitter. 3,4 & 5 are coming on a treat so I'll be posting those soon but I am in desperate need of co-ordinating Christmas paper so let me know if you see any around, I'm a little early I think.

Happy Scrapping.