Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 62

It's a grizzly day outside, so perfect for crafting up a storm. I've got a couple of projects on the go and I'm definitely thinking of starting a new layout as I've got quite a few pics that the Inspiration Interrogation questions have drawn my attention to.

So for those of you like me who have got a layout brewing, here's this week's sketch to maybe help it along the way.

I love clocks so it was about time - get it! - that I based a design on a clock face. These are so easy to create, just a circle with some little blocks for the hour markers, unless you're lucky enough to own a die or electronic cutter in which case you can get a little more detailed.

So, now we've taken care of the layouts here's some pics of one of my older mini albums.

If you'd like to make your own version just take some scrap chipboard and ink around the edges, Use a brush to roughly apply glue to the centre of the chipboard and drag outwards, but not to the edge of the page. Apply your paper and leave to dry. Once dry carefully tear your paper up and away from the chipboard, this give a rough edge where it has stuck to the glue. Have a little practise with some scraps till you get the knack, it really is a quick and effective way to create a mini. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Inspiration Interrogation 2

Firstly let me say a big thank you for all who visited and took the time to read the first Inspiration Interrogation post, but especially Soojay who joined in with a great answers post on her blog. Let me know your address Soojay so I can send you your crafty prize.

I've been using the questions last week as inspiration for a new project. It's not finished yet, but is well on the way, so this approach seems to be working for me.

Now for the second set of questions:-

1. What was the last meal you cooked?

     That would be tonight's dinner, Easy Sesame Chicken from the Budget Bytes website. It's really quick, easy, tasty and fairly cheap, so great for a week day meal. I serve it with stir fry vegetables and noodles.If you like the sound of it you can find it here along with lots of other tasty recipes.

2. What's the last movie you watched?

Last night we watched The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. I have the DVD, it was a stocking filler from Ray. It's a love story with a kind of fantasy twist and well worth a watch if you haven't seen it. The cover quotes don't reflect the film for me at all, so don't let them put you off.

3. What's your favourite all time present?

Many years ago Ray bought me a silver charm bracelet and every Christmas I get a heart charm to go on it. He really goes all out to find a unique heart for each year and I just love it. I create a 6" x 6" layout for each charm and you can see the latest at the end of this post.

4. You have a free day, where do you go?

For me free days are always spent with Ray and generally, if it's not a nice day, off we trot to the cinema (a real bargain now I've taken advantage of the Meerkat Movie deal) and a tasty lunch out. If it's a nice day we always go to a park and grab a couple of baguettes for lunch on the grass.

5. What was your favourite childhood TV programme?

This is a tricky one, I used to rush home for Little House on the Prairie, but the all time fav TV was The Twilight Zone and I still love them now. Sci-Fi is definitely my thing and always has been.

If you'd like to join in with an answers post of your own just add your link.

Happy Scrapping. 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Project 365 update

So we've had more good weather than bad this week, which for me means lots more walks around the local park and nature reserve. The bees seem to be out in force so it was easy for me to pick this week's photo. 

This one was taken with my compact Panasonic Lumix TZ35 on sport mode. I often have my compact camera on sport and burst mode when out just walking around, it just gives me a better chance of catching something on the pun intended! 

Happy Scrapping. 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sketchy Sunday no.61

It's inspiration time again and here we are with sketch no. 61. I've gone for a grid based sketch this week, with room for a grand total of 12 photos or you can stick with the sketch and use a few squares for embellishments.

If you'd like a little help with the layout subject, check out the Inspiration Interrogation post for the first round of questions to give you a crafty prod. The chance to win the crafty bundle has now closed, but that's no reason not to have a peek and pop by Thursday for the next round of questions and another chance to join the hop. 

Now for a little crafty catch up. This matchbox project was a real hark back to childhood for me as I was always trying to create dolls houses out of boxes and filling them with matchbox furniture. This really was a fun and satisfying project and looks so cute sitting on my work desk. 

If you'd like instructions on how to make your own you can find them here.

I was also having a mini book sort out so here's one I don't think you've seen before. A really simple folded flap book covered with bright papers in a simple design. I remember this was when Ray bought me my Craft-robo so all those flowers were some of the first elements I cut.

Happy Scrapping.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


My usually neat little desk....well, okay fairly neat..,.,a little messy..... a complete bombsite lately, it's struggling to contain a lovely bundle of new product. I've completed one mini book with this pile so far and have plans for the little Ikea frame dumped on top involving mini owls. I really must try to use more stamps, so the owl set may come in for a little experimentation. I think I need to sort out a draw specifically for new kit so I can keep it all together and know what I have to use without leaving it all over my desk, that way I might be able to actually craft at it.

Have a little scout round if you have time and if not thanks for visiting, even if it's just for the hop. 

If you'd like to join the hop check out for details.

Happy Scrapping. 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Project 365 update

Time to reveal the greatest burger I've ever eaten and how better to reveal than in a photo. For those of you who haven't tried it, check out Gourmet Burger Kitchen. I have this panko crumb chicken, bacon and avocado burger, add a generous portion of skinny fries with Hei Hei salt and I'm in burger heaven.

Taken with my \iPhone

I have this marked for another trip in a couple of weeks as, with their reward app, I've earned a free burger......and we all know free food tastes even better, if that's possible.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sketchy Sunday no, 60

The numbers are creeping up and here we are at sketch no. 60. I've gone for something a little different this time around and maybe you could use the Inspiration Interrogation questions posted previously to further inspire you to make use of this one.

So without further ado, here we have sketch no. 60.

And just to keep you posted on my recent makes here's a pic of a little sewing kit I made recently. I used the Thread Effect download papers which you can find on along with my instructions.

Finally, for the bargain hunters among you here's my latest find. A small wood mounted set of alphabet stamps. Each stamp measures about 7mm square, perfect for cards and layouts alike. 

This is just one of the sets available, I shall be popping back for more...there were about ten different ones to choose from at The Range and at just £1 per set you could get them all fairly guilt free.

Happy Scrapping. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Inspiration Interrogation 1

How do you decide where to start with a layout? Obviously when there's a family celebration or a fun day out it's guaranteed scrappy material, but I'm talking about those everyday photos. For me it's usually when I'm backing up my photos and I spot one that I just love, but trawling through my ever growing photo library can swallow up valuable crafty time, a solution is definitely needed.

So, I've decided to use questions. I'm going to set myself or the ever suffering, but willing Ray five questions every week. Some I'm sure will inspire layouts or mini books and far be it for me to keep this exercise in inspiration to myself, so I'm going to start a new regular post. I'll post my questions and answers along with any projects they inspire.....eventually! You know by now it can take me a little while to finish a project.

It would be great to get a weekly blog hop going for everyone's answers, so if you're interested in joining in add a link to your blog below and create a post answering the five questions in as little or as much detail as you're comfortable with. I'll kick off with my own answers.

To celebrate the start of a new, hopefully regular post, one of the links will be pulled out of the hat to receive a small crafty bundle.

And here are the questions:-

1. What was your favourite childhood sweet?
We didn't get pocket money as kids, instead Dad did a weekly trip to the sweet shop where he bought quarters of all the sweets we and he fancied, within reason. I loved sweet peanuts and liquorice logs, those are the ones with fondant filling down the middle and I still lust after them when I visit markets, they always have them on sweet stalls.....I've resisted so far, but for how much longer!

2. When did you last dance?

Ray and I tend to dance a lot, so it was probably in the kitchen to something on the telly. Party wise it was a family wedding last year and we hit the dance floor big time.

3. Who was the first person you spoke to or texted today?

Ray of course on both counts.

4. What are your favourite three books?

I'm an avid reader so this one's quite tricky. The Stand by Stephen King, I'm a huge King fan and reread his novels and short stories time and time again. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham and World War Z by Max Brooks, I love the film as well.....I mean, Zombie outbreak, need I say more.

5. When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably?

I'm a bit of giggler, so not sure when I last laughed uncontrollably, but I watched 22 Jump Street recently and the scene when Channing Tatum says 'my name is Jeff' slaughtered me, I was crying with laughter. The worst time for giggling is at the gym, now and again I get into a bit of a giggle fit while exercising which doesn't exactly go down that well, but what can you do when the giggles strike.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Project 365 update

Okay, it's a day late, but let's be honest the Monday post only has a 50% chance of being on time so as an average it could be worse.

The pick of the bunch from last week was actually taken late in the week on a lovely Sunday afternoon walk. I know I said last week the double pic post was a one off, but despite a good while staring at the two photos I just couldn't decide and as Ray said it's my blog so I should just put both up...he is wise beyond his years.

My arty pic. 

The classic pic.

Both of these photos were taken with my compact Panasonic Lumix TZ35.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 59

Ir's that time of the week again and here we are with the latest sketch. After my little trip to the park last week I took quite a few photos of the same subject matter and as I like a lot of them I wanted a sketch that would show off a number of them, as well as my favourite. 

Sketch no. 59 fits the bill, with a couple of photo strips for the smaller images and still room for that feature photo as well as plenty of journaling space. 

On the subject of inspiration, I'm starting a new regular post on Thursday's with a different kind of inspiration or maybe just a little fun, so pop by if you have the time. They'll be a giveaway to kick things off.

Happy Scrapping.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Project 365 update

I really want to get back into getting to grips with my Nikon D5000, so I booked Friday off  last week and we decided to visit one of the many local parks in our area. This park has a small collection of animals, but the stars of the show are the three meerkats. Now you would think that it made for an easy photo choice, but a particularly vocal cockerel actually proved the focus - just about - of my favourite photo of the week. The master of the harem was penned with his paramours so it was a tricky manual focus shot, as he gave no warning of when or where he would throw back his head in full voice.

I love how this photo turned out, the slight softness from the constant movement I think adds to rather than detracts from the image and the vibrant colour really makes it pop.

But I couldn't leave it at that, not when a particularly toothy meerkat was about, so here's a little extra just for this week. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sketchy Sunday no.58

Can you believe how quickly this year is flying by? I don't know if it's because things have been changing so much or if time is really speeding up, but either way we're heading towards the middle of the year at a supersonic rate. So, time to slow it down, carve out a bit of crafty time and maybe find a little inspiration in sketch no. 58.

Now for bargain watch. On my travels this week I came across some ribbons in my local Tiger - checkout their website for your local store here Tiger. This shop is a bit of a disease for me, as I can't seem to leave without picking up something. 

These velvet spools are just £1 each, but they only have a few colours.

The gingham are also just £1, but with lots more colours available. 

Happy Scrapping. x