Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 88

These weeks are rolling by and Christmas is on the horizon, so I couldn't help it, I just had to add a festive twist to this week's sketch in the shape of my favourite snowflakes.

Just add your favourite snowy story and if snow days aren't your thing, swop those snowflakes for stars, flowers or your go to shape. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Joy To The World

It's no secret I love all things festive and, luckily for me, Ray is exactly the same. We're in prep mode at the moment, first task on the list was to stock the advents, yes there's more than one and this year we have a mix of After Eight Mints, a mint chocolate selection and Liquorice Allsorts...a nice little mix as far as I'm concerned. This will be closely followed by tree day, which is serious business as it has to be the biggest and best we can shoehorn into our apartment - and that's just the beginning!

Along with home preparations you may have noticed my photo box project, I've also put together a mini book ready for all those extra festive pics that don't make it onto a layout....... there's always loads of those. 

Embellishment clusters flow towards the tree decoration centre

A half parenthesis die-cut makes a shaped tag pocket

Self adhesive glitter paper makes a sparkly die-cut snowflake

A die-cut pocket holds more die-cut tags in place

Another die-cut tag makes a cute co-ordinating pocket

I went for a tried and tested pocket page mini with lots of tags and plenty of room for embellishments. The flaps are actually large tags that pull out from the top loading pockets.I based the album cover on my sketch 55. The Joy To The World tree decoration was a sale purchase last year and I always meant for it to be an album cover piece. I'm very into the embellishment clusters at the mo' and always come back to add a few extras at a later date, but this one might be done for the front....although the spine is fair game. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 87

Winter has definitely arrived and my thoughts have turned to preparing for Christmas. Today's plan is to clear some cupboards and do a spot of decluttering followed by a reward of a bit of crafty time. I've got a new Christmas mini album to finish off and then I have designs on the new shadow box I received in my Docrafts kit, but in the meantime I've drawn up this sketch for those of you looking for a little scrapbooking inspiration. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Matchbox Madness goes large

As part of my Docrafts PDT kit I was lucky enough to receive some of their new Bare Basics large matchboxes. These sturdy little beauties, priced at £2.50 for three, came just when I was in the grip of matchbox madness....which, let's face it, seems to be most of the time lately. Anyway, I decided to see if I could make a larger version of my altered matchboxes using the same techniques, including creating an art plaque to fit inside with an easel.

I'm really pleased with how it came out. I used papers from the Wellington Christmas paper pack to cover the matchbox and a plethora of shiny, jingly and varied embellishments to adorn the top and sides. I topped it all off with a couple of tags and used some wooden beads as feet. Next for the plaque. I cut a piece of mount board to size and covered it in gold glitter. I cut a few triangles of paper from the Wellington paper pack and glued them to the plaque in a naive Christmas tree shape with a little trunk piece. Loads of small adhesive gems as ornaments give it an even more festive touch. I added my printed word pieces and smothered the whole thing in an even layer of 3d gloss. After drying overnight....I've learned to just leave it to dry and not poke it the same evening.....I covered the back in a Wellington tag. Lastly, I cut a small easel from the packaging of one of my embossing folders - it's the perfect thickness of plastic for these.

Next on my shopping list will be the medium sized boxes which come in a pack of four, perfect for a mini chest I'm thinking. 

If you've been gripped by matchbox fever do post a link and go have a little lie down in a dark room.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 86

Sunday rolls around and that means it's sketch time, so here it is sketch no. 86.

I've gone back to a single image for this one and I think it would work beautifully with a mix of patterns for a festive themed layout, but then I'm getting my Christmas on....I can't help it, the shops are playing Christmas songs and there's gifts galore being thrust boldly forward. I've not even started shopping yet, but the list will be drawn up shortly, the bank manager put on guard and the car boot
emptied in readiness.

Now, just to finish off my crafty catch-up. Here's the last of the Gorjuss cards using the Tweed Collection.

I love a layer and cluster on my scrapbook pages and it seemed only fair to apply this to a card too.

The photo doesn't show this clearly, but the portrait is on the inside of the card with the frame mounted around an aperture cut into the card front. 

So, that's it for today...I'm off for a little TV time, Suits is calling. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Crafting with sole!

Wednesday was an odd day, let me explain....I had a pain in my foot for ages, it got really bad just as I was diagnosed with cancer Christmas 2013 and call me daft, but I thought let's get the cancer sorted first and then worry about the foot. Now, cancer kicked into touch the foot thing started to nag at me again, but as time had gone on the pain had subsided somewhat and flatties and boots were getting worn more often than my favourite heels, which probably helped. Anyway, off to the docs and an x-ray duly organised. I phoned the docs to check the results as I received another appointment for a scan. I was told the X-ray was clear and it was just a make sure kind of thing. So off to the scan where the doc asked me what my GP had said, he looked confused when I said the x-ray was clear and said "yes, it's clear, clear what's wrong with Ĺ·our foot! There's a half a sewing needle in it!" . He then showed me this, pretty obvious sewing needle and I know exactly when it happened, some 20 years ago!

The needle actually went into my heel and I thought it was just a half needle I'd trodden on, but it turns out the reason I only found half a needle was the other half had broken off in my heel - no wonder it hurt for ages! Anyway, it has worked its way around my foot, hence the wandering strange pains. So, now I'm waiting for the operation to have it removed and then I will be tottering around in my fave heels on a more regular basis.

Now, for those of you interested in my crafty news, rather than tales of my foot issues, here's a few of my recentish Docrafts makes using the Santoro Gorjuss collections.

This first project is a decorated Bare Basics bag to which I added a small pocket and popped in a tag mini book made from 6x6 cards from the same collection.

The brief for the cards was to keep the designs simple, but I don't think they're any less effective for that.

Have a happy scrappy day and a big thank you for taking the time to visit. 


Wednesday, 11 November 2015


Hi fellow desk travellers. Just a quick post from me today as I'm busy doing a little crafting and we all know how precious those moments are. 

So, here it is! Not my usual desk, but my dining table as I'm keeping hubby company with a bit of telly in the background. 

I'm playing with the Papermania Bare Basics large matchboxes at the moment, I have a bit of a thing for matchboxes lately and these are no exception. 

If you'd like to join in the hop you can find more info. here.

Enjoy the hop and Happy Scrapping. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Snap, Jingle and box!

December is on the horizon and I fancied a change from my usual Christmas mini album and with my penchant for decorated boxes it was always going to go this way at some point. So, here it is my Christmas 2015 photo project box.

I've used Papermania's Folk Christmas to cover a medium nested box from the Papermania Bare Basics range. I then made 25 mini envelopes to which I added a black die cut shape and Anita's Glitterations numbers, labelling them 1 - 25. I decorated the lid with buttons, bells, gems, charms, glittered wooden numbers, hearts and a Gorjuss book plate, all on top of a red label die-cut. Lastly I added wooden beads to the base of the box as feet.

I cut a photo mat for each envelope and my plan is to take a photo a day in December to add to the mats. It's a pretty Christmas project and as a bonus the box will look great on a shelf for the festive season. 

The lovely thing about this project is you use any size box and just adjust your envelope sizes to fit. You could just as easily make this as an advent calendar with the addition of your favourite wafer thin mint or for the dieters among us a sweet Christmas quote on each tag. 

Go on....get your festive on!

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Sketchy Sunday no.85

Well, time is ticking on and I'm sure you're all neck deep in Christmas crafting - me too! So it seems only fitting that this week's sketch has a somewhat festive theme. I love snowflakes and I'm lucky enough to have the Xcut Snowflakes die set (XCU 503923) along with a smaller Xcut snowflake die that came free with a copy of Creativity magazine. They will definitely come into play for this sketch and I've already earmarked some photos from a snowy day, so if I can just get my act together you might see it before Christmas, but no promises. 


Now for a little crafty catch-up. These projects were fairly recent commissions:  first up we have a waterfall mini book that was made from a 6 x 6 card. 

Next is a card, using one of the Gorjuss girls stamps which I put together using a decoupage technique. 

So that's me for today, but pop by tomorrow to see my latest Christmas project and don't forget the Inspiration Interrogation prize is still up for grabs, so why not join in the fun here.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 84

OK, the spooking has been fun, but now the cobwebs have been swept away and the Halloween deccies are back nestled in their cardboard box which means it's time for a new sketch. 

I love a mixed cluster and this one incorporates all my favs, but of course make it your own and use your favourite elements. 

Happy Scrapping.