Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Savor the Sweetness every day

This is the LO that I did for Sarah's Blue LO challenge during the Blue Brads 1st Fun Night last Wednesday.

This week is flying by and so it wasn't until this morning that I had the chance to get to it. Luckily I'd already got the photo's printed, waiting for the right scrapbooking theme to present itself, so, I was good to go.
A few bits and pieces from stash and there it was.
I think this is the quickest page I've ever done, 30 minutes, tops!

Thanks for looking.

Joining Miss Jenny @ off on my tangent
for this weeks Alphabe-Thursday
where the letter S is the Star of the Show
Jenny Matlock
click on the link above to see who else is in class this week.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Blue Brads House - Fun Night.

Last Wednesday evening Sarah & Leanie from the Blue Brads House hosted a Fun Night for us all to enjoy.
Sarah kicked things off with an exciting game of Bingo! Trust me, you had to have been there! At the end there were 4 of us waiting for one word "washi". Sylphraven yelled BINGO first and won the game. The rest of us were just grateful for the chance of a comfort break, IYKWIM!
Once we were all comfortable again, with snacks, wine, tea, someone even brought a jacket potato (!) it was time for Leanie's challenge. Make something BLUE,  right here, right now and get it uploaded tout suite.
Luckily, I was only inches away from my craft table and was able to make a tag in about 5 minutes flat.

Yea! I won!
More challenges from Sarah (blue LO) & Leanie (a niche book, with tutorial) followed, the deadline to have these completed is Wednesday 26th, which is a good thing as by then I was fading fast and pining for my bed.
It really was an excellent social evening, some of us even learned something during the Bingo and we hope to repeat the event every four weeks or so from now on.

I made this tag as a gift for Sarah

If you're a Blue Bradette be sure to check the SG thread so you don't miss the next evening which is provisionally set, I think, for the 10th October.

and this tag as a gift for Leanie 
As a small thank you I made a couple of tags to send to Sarah & Leanie for all the hard work they put into making the first BB fun Night such a great success.
Thanks girls!

Monday, 17 September 2012


Helen & Nina at It’s Crafting Time recently sent me the Tim Holtz mini compass mask to play with, this is what I did with it!

I spread a thin layer of gesso over the paper, (TH idea-ology Destination range), blotted it with a paper towel to dry then placed the mask randomly on the page misting with Adirondack Color Wash, in Denim, then with Perfect Pearls mist, Perfect Copper. Using a blending tool I added some Distress Ink, Fired Brick.

Then I started layering.
A page torn from a vintage French schoolbook, over that, two photographs of the schooner Peacemaker, which I took when she was docked in Savannah, Georgia, 2010.
Then a variety of embellishments from stash.
To finish the layout I stamped “The Journey awakens the Soul” & flying birds using Archival Ink, Jet Black.


click on the link above to visit the blog
there you will find a link to the online store.
 They stock thousands of wonderful craft supplies, 
including the mini compass mask that I used here.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

September Trendy Tags

These are my tags for September's Tag Swap over on UK Scrappers.
Peacock(s) is the theme and I found this wonderful peacock on the Graphic Fairy's blog to download.

The backing paper is Basic Grey, the ribbons, heart & star buttons are from stash & the final touch a Tim Holtz sentiment plaquette attached to the ribbon band across the bottom of the tag.

Friday, 14 September 2012

August Tag Swap - Pink!

Canvas was the theme of the August Tag Swap hosted by Leanie on the UK Scrappers web site 
and I was lucky to receive these three beautiful tags in the swap.

Scrappyyo created this tag using a Stampotique
"Dance Party Break - up" stamp.

RosieMac created this tag to celebrate Sir Chris Hoy's Olympic success

Chris a.k.a scrapnanny
created this beauty.

close up of
Linking this post to Beverly's Pink Saturday blog hop,
@ How Sweet The Sound. 
click on the link below to see who else is in the pink this weekend.

Friday, 7 September 2012

White pumpkin & berry wreath

UKS September week1challenge called for Autumn themed photos & colours and leaves.

The embellishment cluster is made up of a tag from Graphic 45's  Steampunk Debutante collection;
 a bingo sticker from TH idea-ology; 
a small manila tag misted
 with Butterscotch Adirondack Colour Wash,
 stamped with a leaf stamp from PaperArtsy
 and a chipboard & and flowers from K & Company's Wild Saffron range.

bon weekend!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Learn Something New Every Day

This month I've joined Shimelle's annual Learn Something New Every Day class for the first time.

Here are pix of the front cover and inside cover of my 20cm x 20cm album that I decided to use, a little smaller than my normal sized LO's but just as challenging.

It's not too late to join the class, click here for more details.

Inside cover, with hidden journaling tag.

Shimelle provides ideas and prompts to get you thinking and I've been jotting down notes each day, in a small notebook, they will be the inspiration for my daily LO's.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Sepia Tones & Cream

My latest LO for It's Crafting Time follows the theme "Sepia Tones &Cream" and who better to model  these beautiful soft shades for me than my neighbours cows?

Visit the It's Crafting Time blog here for more details and why not check out their online store  (with over 3000 items) whilst you're there?

Nina & Helen just stocked up with washi tapes in fab colours and designs, if you don't see what you're looking for online just contact them to ask if it's in store.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

UKS August Week 4 Challenge

The week 4 challenge called for photo's of a place; metallic colours and circles.

I used cratepapers's "Portrait Collection - June" for the background paper and lilybee design's "handmade running stitch" patterned paper to represent the waves on the beach in beautiful Hilton Head, our favourite place to go for R&R.

From my stash; metallic strips and alphas from Mrs Grosman, silver & gold buttons discovered in my button tin, other card stock embellishments and a Tim Holtz idea-ology mini compass mask finished off the LO.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

j'adore Dior Scrap a Sketch August challenge

This is my take on the Scrap a Sketch August challenge.
It features the scrumptiously pink Dior Museum (his childhood home) in Granville, Normandy, 
which we visited recently.
Click here to read about the visit on my other blog Normandy Life.