Thursday, 29 September 2016


It's been a while since I spotted a really lovely bargain, but today was that day. These metal frames are beautifully detailed and I can see me picking up several packs at £1 each from one of my favourite shops, The Works. Because the frames are quite flat and light you could even use them on cards. 

As I'm sure you'll be hot footing it to your branch soon, you'll also be interested to know they have a lovely lot of Trimcraft products in and a great range of Christmas, go on, treat yourself!

Now for my latest commute creation. These layouts have really made it much easier to catch up and use multiple photos. If you haven't tried the Project Life app I highly recommend it.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.130

It's my little brother's birthday today, hence the late post as we did a pressie run to drop off his gifts. We got him a Darth Vader cookie jar as he's a huge Star Wars fan, but then aren't we all, which is why there's a Deathstar cutting board in my kitchen! As a little extra gift we also picked up a large pot of Poppycock for him as he's also a huge popcorn fan and I recently discovered he hasn't tried Poppycock which is, in my humble opinion, the best popcorn known to mankind - if you haven't tried it you haven't lived! 

Anyway, enough waffling, here's the reason you probably stopped by: Sketch no.130. This one is for two 6" x 4" prints and makes use of those strips of patterned paper I tend to accumulate. 

Happy Scrapping

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Terrifying Titfer

Halloween has become one of our favourite nights of the year. We decorate the living room with webs, spiders, skulls and candles as well as Ray's traditional carved pumpkin. Talking of traditions, we've developed quite a few - Ray makes a pumpkin pie, not with the fresh pumpkin, he uses canned puree from our local Waitrose as recommended by our American friends. We have a spooky style dinner, ghoulash has proved popular and then we settle down for an evening's viewing of horror movies.

So, as the Halloween bits started to appear in the shops I was spookily inspired to create a decor piece to nestle in amongst the webbing. I started off with a top hat cut using the Silhouette 3D Top Hat pattern. I added a simple hat band cut from the First Edition Fallen Leaves paper pad. Next, I cut some bats then covered them in glitter and attached them to acetate strips before attaching the strips to the side of the hat at different levels. I chopped the back off a plastic skull and glued it to a piece of card. A Trimcraft frame covered in silver glitter frames the skull and I filled the frame recess with Dovecraft purple glitter glue which as a bonus hides any gaps where the skull is glued to the card. A simple gravestone shape, feathers, a glittered rubber spider and some skull beads complete the Halloween titfer. The hat looks great balanced on one of my glass lanterns and with a battery operated candle will be part of the Halloween display this year.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.129

Well, the weather has changed and it's now taken a definite turn for the autumnal. With the browning leaves and the quilt back on the bed, my crafty creations are now somewhat spooky....I love Halloween! More of that in a later post.

Enough talk of creepy creations, it's Sunday and that means it's Sketch day. So, here we have it, sketch no. 129.

Happy Scrapping.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Love Actowly

Love knows no bounds...even across species! This Project Life app layout is one of my catch-up pages with photos from 2014. The gorgeous Jasper was part of the flying display at Tropical Wings and although still a youngster had already got the hang of playing to the crowd, if only to please the love of her life, her keeper.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.128

I'm a big fan of hearts, on paper, decor pieces and jewellery Ray well knows. So, they often crop up on my layout designs and in an effort to spread the love, this week's sketch is one big heart design. I used flowers in the sketch, but it would work with any shape.....even hearts! Grab those odd embellishments and stickers that have been languishing in your stash and mix and match to create a heart to frame your photo.

This design uses a 5" x 5" photo. I've been having a few printed at Costco lately and they're a great size for layouts. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

The Witch - surreal supernatural historical drama
Hardcore Henry - first person shooter style Sci-Fi
The Stanford Prison Experiment - disturbing true story
Patch Adams - Touching true story 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Bee Happy

Nothing beats a walk through the park to shed the working day's latest woes. I love to breathe deep and keep up a brisk pace to really leave the office behind.

We're no strangers to our local parks. Flowers, trees and 'wildlife' ranging from meerkats  to bumblebees are always welcome fodder for my ever hungry camera. 

Today I'm sharing a Project Life app layout, more commonly known as a bus layout - my daily commute has become scrappy time too. This one features some of my favourite bee photos. All these were taken with my Nikon D5000 and a 50-200mm lens. It's not the most expensive lens, but a great one to have in addition to the kit lens.

I used a filler card from the Capture Life themed card set.... I love those little cameras.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.127

Time for another sketch and after finding out Costco now do 5"x5" prints, at a very affordable 15p each, I had to go for a square photo. Make a hole in your scraps collection with this mix and match layout. Use strips of paper, card and throw in a strip of glitter paper to really add a pop and make it just that little bit different. For a girly option use lace and vintage style fabric mixed in with your papers. 

As always I'd love to see your versions, so let me know if you've been inspired to create. 

This week's photo share may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love's a slug! This fellow was making his way across the path when I spotted him and I just liked how he looked against the gravel and why shouldn't he have his photo done... in slug terms he might be Brad Pitt!

And for those of you not as keen on Mr Pitt, here's another of the local park's inhabitants I happened across. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watch this week:

Midnight Special - indie Sci-Fi thriller
The Producers - comedy, watched in tribute to the great Gene Wilder
The Guest - quirky thriller
Chain Reaction - thriller 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Scrapped Papercraft Challenge

You can imagine how flattered I was that the new Scrapped Papercraft Challenge, launched on Facebook today, chose to use one of my sketches. Of course, I joined in the fun with my own layout based on the sketch and the other talented crafters have each given it a unique and cool spin.

Here's my effort. I struggled with matching papers to the photos, mainly because they were Christmas photos and really colourful, but very different tones. I switched them both to black and white and it came together really quickly...I do love a black and white image, they always match everything.

The background paper is so old, I have no idea who made it. All the paper strips except the blue one are from Trimcraft's Rose Garden stack, as are the cute little tags and photo mats. The green frame is another Trimcraft product and is available in packs of various colours. I've used these a lot for titles on mini books and shaker boxes. The bling was a Hobbycraft bargain (50p), I picked that up in red as well...who wouldn't at that price?

Now for the rest of the gang.....Here's Emily Grant's version - a lovely, bright, fun layout. 

Heather Mitchell took it in a different direction with this sweet card.

Great minds think alike as Mags Woodcock went for a card creation too, this one using Gorjuss products.

Join In the fun at Scrapped Papercraft Challenge.

Happy Scrapping