Tuesday, 29 September 2015


This layout is a lift of Missy Whidden for My Scraps and More.

I played with the free cut file until I had it how I wanted it...

Backed my hexagons with pieces of paper from August's Like For Ever kit.

I added a doiley from Spiegel Mom Scraps and some of my favourite Crafty Ribbons lace.

I love these gold shaped paper clips.  And I'm quite fond of these white star sequins too!

My mixed media work was done with Shimmerz paints, mixed with a little Inktense to get the right shade.  I finished off with a splattering of gold acrylic paint.

I do like the effects of the Shimmerz... I'm still unable to capture it's true beauty on camera!  I'll keep trying though!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

4 Shapes

Like For Ever's Scrappy Sunday challenge this week is to use four different shapes on your project.

Autumn Days

I've made two layouts, first up using September's Acorn Avenue kit...

The colours in the kit are stunning - but you could just as easily make a neutral layout using the b-sides too.  I went brighter for this first layout.

The ephemera pack is, well, packed!  I picked out some hearts and acorns and made a garland.

These thickers didn't shed any glitter, which was a relief as last time I used glitter thickers I got a bit of glitter in my eye.  Ouch!

Adding to the hearts and acorns, I used squares of patterned paper and circular sequins.  Four shapes easily achieved - to think I worried it would be tricky!


This is my back up layout using August's kit in case September's kit arrived late, or arrived on time but I wasn't well enough to get a layout made!

 I chose square, triangle, heart and circle for this layout.

I love using these gold glitter stickers.  I sacrificed one square sticker and the covered part of a circle sticker and punched out some smaller circles to scatter around.

I added enamel dots and tiny enamel hearts.  This dark enamel dot balances out...

this dark triangle.  These triangle stickers are my new favourite... I'm a bit sad to use them!!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Egg Cosy

It is challenge time at Crafy Ribbons Challenges.  The Team Boss Carol picked the theme of 'lace' and I have whipped up an egg cosy...

Hiding under it is my Beatrix Potter egg cup that I had as a child!  Happy memories, I loved Mrs Tiggywinkle.  Anyway, getting back to topic... I have used the chicken ribbon from the Summer Festival range.  I trimmed them bottom with Morlaix lace.

If you make anything with ribbon and lace over the next two weeks be sure to link up at Crafty Ribbons Challenges!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Dream Catcher

Well this is the most enjoyable project I have made in a while!  Isn't it fun?!

 To make one you'll need a selection of ribbons and the inside of a roll of sticky tape!

I added strings of buttons and lace to my ribbon dangles.  I added some vellum feathers to the end of some of the ribbons.

The tape roll (I used the inside of a 3mm double sided roll) is simply wrapped in ribbon until it is covered.  Then to make the web I followed some instructions I found online.  It is quite simple when you get going, but describing it is pretty tricky!

Here is a list of the ribbons and laces I used - all from Crafty Ribbons.

Chantilly Anna Lace
Chantilly Mollie Lace
Organza Swiss Dot White/White
3mm Island Blue
3mm Petal Peach
3mm Peach
3mm Blue Vapour
Swiss Dot Blue Vapour
Swiss Dot Island Blue/Peach
Heart Buttons
Basic Buttons Pastel
Basic Buttons Mixed
Basic Buttons Baby Blue

Now, that is quite a list - you can make one with any ribbons you have - but I am blessed with an enormous ribbon stash!!

If there is enough interest I will put together a step by step guide... just leave me a comment or contact me through social media!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Little You

This layout is made from pieces from my Like For Ever kit from August.  All the pieces were cut for previous layouts or were left overs from previous layouts - I used no scissors to make this!

I had some mixed media fun on the background using my Derwent Art Bars and Shimmerz inks.

The 'B' tab was minty green and was just not working, so I pressed it on to a navy ink pad.  A little of the green shows through which is nice, and then I outlined it with a gold pen. 

Lastly I strung some Studio Calico woodgrain star sequins on some navy thread and draped the down the edge of the photos.

Thanks for stopping by today

Linking up at Inspire Me Mondays

Sunday, 20 September 2015

LFE: Sunday Sketch

Sunday means Like For Ever have a challenge.  It a just for fun thing and alternates each week between a sketch and a general challenge.  This week was a sketch...


And here is my take...

I've used my Like For Ever kit from August (although you don't need a kit to join in with us.)  I'm very excited as September's kit will arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday.

I negotiated with the letter stickers... I had an E left but it was the wrong colour so I add part of an exclamation mark to an F.  I had run out of T's but made one from a 4.  A few strategically placed dots of gold paint conceal the joins.

Having followed the sketch pretty accurately, albeit mirrored, I found my layout needed something more to the left of the photo.  After consulting with the boss (a.k.a. Mum a.k.a. My Pet Crocheter) I added some stitching and a small gold triangle.  Mum isn't a scrapbooker but she is jolly handy to have as a second pair of eyes...

Pretty pleased with this.  I love this photo so much!  These feet are growing so quickly and are now walking every day.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Do More In October

I've just discovered Fab at Snail Mail Love via Ashley.  Fab is running an initiative called Do More In October and I've decided that I'm going to play along.  It isn't a blog-every-day-list, it's pared back to three times a week...

Oct 1st - Meet the blogger (A few or a lot of things about you)
Oct 3rd - Your inspiration (fave blogs + IG accounts.. etc)
Oct 5th - Something you love at the moment
Oct 8th - Favourite books
Oct 10th - Your playlist of the month
Oct 12th - One of your favourite quotes (illustrate, make a poster.. etc)
Oct 15th - Your winter bucket list
Oct 17th - Your wishlist
Oct 19th - Teach us something! (A tutorial, a DIY, a recipe.. etc)
Oct 22nd - A day in the life (Share a day in your life through pictures, drawings.. etc)
Oct 24th - Desk tour (A bit of workspace porn never hurt nobody!)
Oct 26th - Something you collect
Oct 29th - Your pets
Oct 31st - Free day, write/share about anything you want!

Not only does it look fun, it looks managable too. 
Will you join us?

Friday Smiles

Linking up with Annie

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Scrapping Away

I did manage to do all the things I needed to do yesterday - woo for me!  So todays reward was a little scrappy time. 

I've used my Like For Ever kit for August that has been sitting a little neglected.  It's a lovely kit though.  (Hoping for some more energy to get some more layouts made.)

At the end of last month I cut a whole load of files on my cameo.  Because I was switching between different types of cardstock one file got cut on the wrong settings.  I think I made it work though...

The sections that cut properly were few and far between - again totally my fault with the settings - so I selected a few ad finished off the cutting with my craft knife.  I went with more cut outs in the bottom corner and tailed off diagonally.  Then I grabbed all the non-pink papers, cutaparts and ephemera from my kit.  The cut file is from The Frugal Crafter.

I ended up with a lovely mix of green, greys, creams and blacks.  I randomly backed the semi circle shapes with small pieces of the card.

Some more of the ephemera pack was used to make a mat for the photo.  There were a few pops of mustard and a coral-ish colour and I knew I wanted to use a gold paper clip too.  Bearing these colours in mind I picked out some 3mm ribbon to use in the tags.  I struggled for exact matches so I pulled out my promarkers and boom - perfectly matched colours :)

I used the colourless blender first to saturate the ribbon and then added a little colour.  Then I went over again with the colourless blender.

I needed a little more gold so I popped a staple through the ribbons and coloured them in with a gold marker.  I really need to pick up some gold staples!  Enamel dots finished off the layout.  After what seems like ages without making a layout I am really pleased to be back making!

The reason for the break is Crafty Ribbons have been releasing their Christmas designs and getting ready for show season.  As part of my DT duties I have bee making samples to decorate the stand - it's all very exciting!  You can see all the new releases here (there are still more to be released), and stay tuned to my blog over the next few months to see my samples.  If you are going to any of these shows make sure to stop by the Crafty Ribbons stand.

24 - 27 Stitching Sewing and Hobbycrafts - Exeter - Westpoint - Stand A18

07 - 11 Knitting and Stitching Show - London - Alexandra Palace - Stand E34
22 - 25 Hobbycrafts - Glasgow - SECC - Stand B22

05 - 08 Hobbycrafts - Birmingham - NEC
18 - 22 Creation Savoir Faire - Paris - Porte de Versailles

Thanks for stopping by,
I'll be back tomorrow with a smile

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Today is officially get butt in gear day.  I will blog instead of thinking about blogging.  I will desk instead of thinking about desking!  I will finish off the things I've said I will make and post them off...

There is a box of unfinished keyrings - they'll be finished by lunch time.

A bottle of Jif (I won't call it Cif!) because I cleaned fabric glue off my glass cutting mat yesterday.

The 'widger' because I've got Tipping Point on in the background.

A half done layout because this is what I'd be doing if others things didn't need to be done!

It could do with a bit of a tidy... but I've got things to do ;)

Thanks for stopping by, see you at your desk!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Scrappy Sunday #9 at Like For Ever was to take inspiration from one of your scrap crushes and retain 1 colour and 3 design elements from their layout.

This is a lift of Vickie... her layout was, in my eyes, perfect.  Mine is not.  Maybe because I started out with Vickie's beautiful black white and red in my mind I became disappointed with the blue on my version...  I'm not sure.  Let me take you through it;

Perhaps it is the black swiss crosses are too bold...

I knicked the layout, the gold, and the black white and one other colour scheme from Vickie.

The gold alphas are from a Like For Ever kit months back.  I only have a G and an O left now... pretty impressed with that!  I use an anagram finder, add the letters I have remaining and it generates words for me.

The journalling and "quotes" are pretty self explanatory.  Nephy Dude says NO.  A lot!

I love the gold glitter stickers... they were an add on to this months Like For Ever kit.  I've used the circles but cut them in half.  I'm a bit stingy, there are plenty of them but they are just so lovely I want to keep them for ever!
The black washi is nice, but I'm not sure how often I'm going to be able to use it. 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015


This mint lace from Crafty Ribbons is quickly becoming my go to lace.  It seems to match perfectly with every scrapbooking collection I've been playing with recently.

Ans yes, a whole 12x12 layout about cheesecake.  Cheesecake is big in my life!

I sometimes get 'full-kit-itous' and 'un-cut-sheet-wobbliness' - you know when all the goodies are so perfect that you don't know which to play with first?  And making the first cut in to a page is so hard?  All the paper on this layout is from one sheet, and I had used a large chunk of it on a secret project that can be revealed after Christmas.  When I had a pile of cut bits in front of me everything started flowing... no 'oh I can't cut this, I might need it later', no 'there's no point in cutting in to this sheet for that small amount'.  So this layout pretty much made itself and then the next one, and the one after!

I had a string of semi circles sitting on my desk that I coloured up to match using some Shimmerz, Inktense and gold acrylic paint.  (This may be my new thing!  All of the 'bits' from Cameo cut files whizzed through the sewing machine to make a string of bunting.  It makes all the little bits instantly usable, and I love the result.)

This layout is made using my Like For Ever kit- Oh So Lovely, and some Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and lace from Crafty Ribbons.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Friday Smiles

It was grey and cloudy,
a tad chilly.
It started to rain
big fat drops that thud as they hit the windscreen.
But it was a good day,
such a good day.
I was outside.
Yes, just sat in the car.
Four different car parks,
nothing fancy, but outside.
First time since July.
It was a good day.
Such a good day.

Linking up at Friday Smiles.

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