Sunday, 30 December 2012

1 sketch 2 cards

Playing around with my Day1 @onlinecardclass Pattern Play, 3 patterned papers, and they’re ok, not great but ok…
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, vellum - Stampin’ Up
Embellishments: Jute twine - American Crafts, Gems - Doodlebug Designs, Rub-ons - Pebbles
Other: Martha Stewart butterfly punches
Thursday, 27 December 2012

blast from the past

Sometimes a layout comes together in a way totally different to what you were aiming for, and the shear quantity of pink on this layout of A is a case in point.
It’s a tale all about a ‘Mint Feast’ ice cream that he had at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, it was a blast from the past for us both, I don’t think I’d seen one in at least 10 years, and on that cold, blustery, drizzling day we enjoyed those ice creams as much as we had done the same ones in our childhood.
Papers: Basic Grey, American Crafts
Embellishments: Basic Grey, Studio Calico, Doodlebug
Stickers: Basic Grey, Doodlebug, American Crafts (thickers), October Afternoon
Ribbon: DCWV
Sunday, 23 December 2012

silly numpty

I’m definitely in a place where I’m happy to stick stuff down onto layouts that I’ve been hoarding for years, like the doodlebug heart button (too precious to use for 8 years), and the Bazzill ribbon flower (saved for best since 2009).
I’m also glad to be using up stash so that I can actually justify buying more rather than it just getting lost in the piles. I know my layouts are no works of art, but I find the process very relaxing and a polar opposite of my work.
This is a generic layout, from the Northern Ireland album, but features how silly A and I are….
Papers: Basic Grey, Simple Stories Sn@p, Papermill, unknown (green vellum)
Embellishments: Doodlebug, Bazzill Basics Paper, Papermania
Stickers: Basic Grey, October Afternoon
Other: Memory Box dies, Martha Stewart punch
Wednesday, 19 December 2012

homeward bound

I’m still working through the photos from our trip around Northern Ireland, and I’m still merrily working with the two kits I made up.
It was such a good idea to mix together stash I would never have thought of combining. I’ve never subscribed to a kit, but if I ever run out of stash (yeah right) I would definitely go down the kit route.
Papers: Basic Grey, American Crafts
Embellishments: Doodlebug, Simple Stories Sn@p 4x6 pad
Stickers: American Crafts (thickers), Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey
Ribbon: Maya Road
Other: Martha Stewart punches
Sunday, 16 December 2012


I had started making up another kit based around the Lemonade collection from Basic Grey, but I fell ill when I was last at home with my stash and only put a few things together. Wanting a change from the earth tones though, I grabbed the bits I’d put together and worked up this page, featuring A with his head chopped off and just a few of our many cameras.
Papers: Basic Grey, Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, Simple Stories Sn@p, (unknown on the handmade paper), Papermill
Embellishments: October Afternoon, Pebbles, Papermania, We R Memory Keppers, unbranded
Stickers: Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket
Ribbon: Amy Tangerine for American Crafts
Other: Memory Box dies, Martha Stewart punches, Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

wild & free

I’m working with the kit I made still, and I’m really amazed at how stuff I would never have thought is going together really well. This page has papers from both autumn and Christmas collections, as well as embellishments from a baby line! It all works though with this picture of the Antrim coast.
Papers: Lily Bee Design, Crate Paper, Flair Design, Simple Stories Sn@p
Embellishments: Maya Road, Bazzill Basics Paper, Craftwork Cards, Tim Holtz, American Crafts, Papermania, We R Memory Keepers, Doodlebug, unknown
Ribbon: American Crafts
Stickers: Crate Paper, Kaisercraft
Other: Martha Stewart Punches
Sunday, 9 December 2012

don't look down

Another using that kit I made up, and again it’s a hodgepodge of all ages of my stash.
Not the greatest photo, I didn’t have more than half a second to focus and take and no chance of a reshoot with the queue of people behind me, but it does give a little of the vertiginous feeling of the rope bridge.
Papers: Fancy Pants, Crate Paper, Best Creations
Embellishments: American Crafts, Kaisercraft, Studio Calico, Doodlebug, We R Memory Keepers, Prima, Tim Holtz
Stickers: October Afternoon, Making Memories
Other: Martha Stewart punches
Monday, 3 December 2012

december daily day 2

I’ve had a crazy few days beeping really busy at work and with no spare time to think, craft or sometimes even eat I got out of the rhythm of blogging. I’m going to try and get back into the swing of things again by sharing the facing page of Day 1 of my December Daily, pictures of A opening his advent calendar (the gloves because its cold in the university on a weekend).
Patterned papers: Kaisercraft, Simple Stories Sn@p
Die cuts: Kaisercraft
Stickers: Cosmo Cricket, Kaisercraft
Sunday, 2 December 2012

december daily day 1

I had managed to prepare some of the bare bones of my December Daily 2012 back in November I think, but not having access to a way to get my photos printed meant that much of the album building actually got done between Christmas and New Year.
I had endeavoured to keep notes each day about what I had done, how I had felt and I have to say that in all I found this system worked really well for me. I think that this is the system I will continue into this year.
December 1st this year fell on a Saturday, so the album starts out in festive spirits with a shopping trip to White City and a fun band that was playing outside really put me in the Christmas mood.
Patterned papers: Kaisercraft, Simple Stories Sn@p
Tag: Kaisercraft
Stickers: Kaisercraft, My Minds Eye, Cosmo Cricket
Sunday, 25 November 2012

december daily 2012

Front cover of my 2012 December Daily I’m finally at the point where I am just finishing this off and adding the final finishing touches…. I used a sn@p album with an assortment of the page protectors. In general I used Kaisercraft’s ‘Mint Twist’ collection, with a few extras from elsewhere. I found though that I was disappointed in this collection though, I will have to think more carefully what I want in my stash for this year. Patterned paper, die cut, pearls: Kaisercraft Letter stickers: Lily Bee
Sunday, 18 November 2012


It’s been a while since I’ve managed much scrapping, but I did manage to pack a couple of ‘kit’ boxes,which included the entire contents of this page.
The location is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland, and the supplies from about 10 different companies! Including an Easter collection from Rusty Pickle and the fantastic Lemongrass collection from Crate Paper one of my first purchases ever (metal rimmed tag from the American Craft Simply Chic collection) and the last of about 8 packs of these amazing cork letters from Making Memories.
Patterned papers: Rusty Pickle, Crate Paper, Simple Stories Sn@p, Best Creation, Stampin’ Up!
Stickers: Making Memories, October Afternoon
Embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle, K&Co, American Crafts, stash
Ribbon: American Crafts
Other: Martha Stewart punches
Sunday, 11 November 2012


My interpretation of Shari Carroll’s card from Day 3 of Online Card Classes ‘Clean & Simple 2’ and I’m really pleased with it. It was super late when I was making this card last night and I must have spent 20 minutes trying to decide if to add another chevron strip (I didn’t) then more time faffing about whether to included a white dashed line Round the edge….
In another note, can I just say how cute I find these flowers, I picked them up in a bead shop in Aberdeen with no idea how I would use them, but they made it onto this card so it was totally a worthwhile purchase :P.
Patterned papers: Dear Lizzy for American Crafts Gems, twine: Doodlebug Designs Sentiment: Printed from my computer Card stock: stash
Sunday, 4 November 2012

simple washi card

My adaptation of Jennifer’s card from day two of Online Card Classes ‘Clean & Simple 2’. I’m really not much of a stamper and those stamps I do have are not in the supply kit I currently have, but the inspiration I think is clear…
The sentiment was printed on my computer, the rest is just washi and a few scattered gems.
Washi, gems: Doodlebug Designs
Card: stash
Monday, 29 October 2012


My card, based on a sketch somewhere between Kristina’s and Julie’s it definitely started out based on Kristina’s sketch… from day one of Clean & Simple 2.
Looking back I think the pinwheel is too big, but I was tires last night and didn’t spot that last night.
Twine, patterned paper, gems: Doodlebug Design
Sentiment: My Minds Eye
Card stock: stash
Monday, 22 October 2012

really bad lighting

I really wasn’t happy with this card, I think I cut the dotty paper a bit short… I didn’t want to abandon it and kept on adding and adding and I suppose it’s ok, but I’m not that pleased with the end result. In the other had it is a use of a seasonal paper in a nonseasonal setting. Paper, stickers, washi, bakers twine, paper trim: doodlebug designs Ribbon: Amy tangerine for American Crafts Card stock: papermill
Monday, 15 October 2012

catching up with older stuff

So I’m in the city without any paper supplies, but was putting together a CHA wish list in my head and looking through old projects to look at the supplies I actually use…
My wish list, as always, includes a lot of Doodlebug Designs (I just wish it was easier to get in the uk), SN@P from simple stories, some of the Pebbles basics, but on the whole I’m planning on a bit of much needed stash busting!
With that in mind I’ve been making a few cards this one I made a few weeks ago but didn’t share:

Patterned papers: American Crafts Dear Lizzy
Embellishment: divine twine, studio calico and doodlebug
Card blank: stash
- F

Monday, 8 October 2012

fun with washi

Off into the city for the day, so I’m relaxing and getting to see A, but not really warming up for the online card class I’m taking…

Last night however I did manage to make another card using my washi tapes from doodlebug, this time a 4” square card, but I continued to use the ‘lovebirds’ stickers.

Stickers, washi: doodlebug designs
Card: stash

Now I’ve got a weekend of fun on the cards and so will hopefully have a few images to scrap soon. I’m just waiting for good conditions to photograph my December daily and then I will share that too!

- F
Monday, 1 October 2012

playing with washi

I’ve had washi tape in my stash for a while but I’ve mainly used it as a temporary adhesive or along the edges of my silhouette cutting mats after they’ve been reconditioned. However when Doodlebug released their polka dot washi with their new ‘Lovebirds’ collection I thought I’d give it a go in my crafting… This is the first of the results from the 10 minutes of spare time I’ve managed this week.

Washi tape and stickers: Doodlebug Design
Sentiment: printed from my mac, font ‘everytime I miss you’
Card: from stash

- F