Monday, 14 August 2017

Stick It Down

A super simple layout today using this month's Stick It Down sketch...

Pretty much a straight forward copy of the sketch too...

I've used Daniel Smith watercolours and Moonshine Delight sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.

Here's the video...

I hope to see you join us over at Stick It Down - card and double page sketches available too - we've got you covered!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Ribbon Embroidery meets Scrapbooking - take 1!

There seems to be a real trend for ribbon embroidered flowers at the moment.  I have no experience in this but thouoght I'd try to combine it with my love of scrapbooking.  In hindsight I should have learnt the art of ribbon embroidery first before attempting to do it on cardstock and over a photo.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

Any how it turned out OK in the end.  The photo is of blooms way past their best so I added some brown watercolour to my silk ribbon flowers to make it look like they had turned too.

You can find some ribbon embroidery kits from Crafty Ribbons (with good clear instructions) here and a huge stash of silk ribbons here.  I have used pieces from a scrap bag which is a great way to get started.

Despite the trickyness and frustration it is safe to say I will be trying this again.  I'll be stocking up on silk ribbon too, as they are lovely to work with!

I added some spotty tissue paper and sequins too.  I don't seem to make anythnig without tissue and sequins these days!  The sequins are mainly from the Black Tie Event mix from SpiegelMom Scraps.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 10 August 2017


I'm on the UK Scrap Addicts blog and YouTube channel today... be sure to pop over for the full layout.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Perfect Imperfections

I love tulips.  I especially love the petals that are a little bit wrong!  Let me explain... the petals that have had a hole eaten in them by a caterpillar, the petal that got bruised it transit and is a different colour to the others, or the petal that has a streak of green in them like the weren't sure if they were meant to be a petal or a leaf!

So that is what these photos are!  The layout is a combination of challenges.  It fits the Mind The Scrap summer challenge but I was working with the Cuts2Luv challenge in mind.

I've used 2 of the same photo, chevrons and the sketch... loosely!  And of course some of their flair.

I've also used sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps, and a tonne of pink hearts from my stash.  Sometimes I have to put all the pink on one layout to use it up!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 7 August 2017


I caved and bought a 12x12 MISTI.  I suck at stamping - really awful!  Hopefully I should improve with a MISTI in my arsenal.  I have learned already that you do need to realign your card to the corner after each stamp impression if you are double stamping.  Even if you have used both magnets it can move slightly.  You'll see in the video below...

The stamp is by Concord & 9th.  It is beautiful!  It must be as I bought it before the MISTI and it prompted me to take the plunge!

I've water coloured with my Daniel Smith's and added thread, sequins, ric rac, enamel dots and vellum shapes.

It's fair to say this is one of my favourites.  Perhaps I need to do more stamping?

Sunday, 6 August 2017

est 2002

I've just got my hands on some of Ashley Horton's Wish You Were Here collection from Pretty Little Studios.  It is lush!  I wish I had bought more than I did!

I got the 6x6 papers and knew this stripy paper needed to be cut up and stuck back down spaced out.  I added a tonne of mixed media and some stitching.

I can't wait to make more with this collection.  There are some aeroplanes which I'm itching to use!  My grandfather (and my uncle) was a pilot so I need to find some photos of him to print off.

Thanks for looking!

Crafty Ribbons DT Call

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Scraplifting Kat

This week at SpiegelMom Scraps we are scraplifting Kat Benjamin.  I found a layout I loved and set to work...

As Kat is a member of Pretty Little Studios design team it made sense to pull a few of my PLS goodies out too!  I have used some labels, alpha tiles and printed acetate.

The grey patterned paper is from Pink Fresh and I have been hoarding it!!

I added a few felt hearts and some Honour Guard sequins from SpiegelMom's.

And finished it off with the perfect flair from Bramble Fox!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


I indulged in a little Cocoa Vanilla playtime... Colour Me Happy is so hoardable that I haven't used much so far!

Fussy cutting was the order of the day, plus the usual - Shimmerz sprays, SpiegelMom sequins, enamel dots.  I also threw in some teal lace.

I added some subtle glitter with Shimmerz Paste-eez in Puttin On The Glitz.

The sequins are from the Black Tie Event mix.

Sunday, 30 July 2017


This is the second layout I made for SpiegelMom Scraps for Missy Whidden week...

This one uses Shimmerz products and the Purple Rain sequin mix.

This layout came about from the original stencilling.  I didn't love it as it was so I cut out each section and pieced them back together.  I'm much happier with the final result!

Again I channelled Missy with sewing, threads and tissue behind the photo.  I also added a layer of tulle for extra texture.

I got lost on Pinterest for a while but eventually came up with a title and I'm quite liking the look of the quote - Laughing with a friend is the best kind of laughing there is.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 29 July 2017


SpiegelMom Scraps are having a scrap-lift-a-thon!  Well, we've been given different scrap artists to lift over the next month or so.  First up is everyones favourite - Missy Whidden.

I got a bit carried away!  I made two.  You'll see in the video...

I'll share the second in a separate post tomorrow.

A few things that shout Missy to me are Shimmerz products, machine sewing, stencils, torn washi tape and tangled thread.

I won't lie to you - I have a hard time covering up my mixed media!  I opted for a longish spread out title as this didn't cover too much of the stencil and sewing work.

Of course I added sequins - these ones are Sparkle Power and Star Spangled.  If you shop at SpiegelMom's don't forget to use my code Laura15 for a discount.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


I'm taking part in Mind The Scrap's Summer Challenge to try and kick start my scrapping.  I'm starting with this one - less pressure and more freedom for this as it is not an important photo.

I've incorporated turquoise and journalling to earn some points for the challenge.

I've thrown in some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, washi from my stash, clear alphas from Pretty Little Studio and some Shimmerz from SpiegelMom Scraps.

I just let loose and tried not to think - good for the soul!

And it is another story down on paper - big cheer!

I'm hoping to get back to a happy scrappy groove now...

Friday, 14 July 2017

Wonderful You

The theme at SpiegelMom Scraps this week is sewing.  I started sewing a background in April last year and this was the push I needed to finish it!

I used some Shimmerz mists and Paste-eez to paint in some of the Swiss crosses.  Puttin' On The Glitz, Snow Storm Vibez and Before Dawn Vibez did the trick nicely.

The title was pieced together from left over letters.  The N was a trimmed down W, the R was a B cleverly cut, the F was a T with it's arm moved and the U was a zero and X mashed together!  I can get one more word from the alphas (C0C0A) and a few J's to use as initials on Jesse's pages.

I stamped up some patterned paper with Distress Oxide and a turnabout stamp from Concord and 9th, then layered it in behind my photo and title.  I finished off with Black Tie Event and Moonshine Delight sequins and called it finished.

(By the way, these turnabout stamps are amazing... and I don't really 'do' stamping!!)

So 15 months for a layout has to be a record?!  I'm due my next hand sewn layout in October 2018, don't hold your breath!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

. Happy Snaps .

 I took part in Mind The Scrap's Chinese Whispers.  This was the layout that I made to start of my round...

It's all Cocoa Vanilla goodness!

I love how it turned out - and look!  I used a patterned paper background!!  Go me!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Neon Nails

Here is a bright fun layout I whipped up for a like for ever family challenge.  The criteria was bright colours with at least 10 layers.

I went through it with the background.  This is take three!  I kept trying to add more (black ink splats?  What was I thinking?!) and ruining the effect.  Mark III is made up of at lest five layers of neon watercolour and two layers of texture paste through a star stencil.

I've then pulled out all my neon stash (and had a gleeful 10 minutes playing with it all!) and added a few black and white bits to set the neon colours off.

Minus the two ruined backgrounds, I really enjoyed making this layout.  Here's the video if you want to watch...

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Chuckles (SID)

This month's sketch at Stick It Down is by my new team mate Lorraine.

I have interpretted it in my minimal/white space style...

I have made a large-ish shaker pocket filled with two sequin mixes from SpiegelMom Scraps (Wedding Bells and Green Acres.)

And added a few word stickers - some hand written.

For something extra, each word sticker is backed with either tulle or zigzag acetate.

I hope you can join us over at Stick It Down this month!

Here's the process video:

Loving This

I'm on the UK Scrap Addicts blog/YouTube channel today... here's a sneak;

Hop over for the full shebang!

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