Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Altenew Cards

After going to the class run by Altenew I was inspired to make a few cards using stamps.

At church, our Parish Priest had an idea to give us £2 so we could take it away and make some money to support the parish.  I spent my cash on a set of blank cards and envelopes along with some plastic card bags.  I then took the made cards into work and sold them to raise money.

They were popular with my fellow teachers, I liked the silhouette leaves stamped in very pale colours...

with added sequins and a sentiment to complete the card.

My favourite card took the longest, stamping a series of layered flowers to make this floral spray...in fact, I liked it so much, I left this one at home in my own card stash to give to a friend or member of the family.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Altenew Class

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a class run by Altenew and came away with a few cards and this layout designed by Lilith Eeckels.

The team brought along an Instax camera, so we all had a photo to add to the page.  Lillith scrapbooks in A4 size, so I added the finished page to a star paper by Paige Evans I found in my stash; it went well with the star embellishments die cut at the class.

I love the background to the page, we simply used the square ink pads and pressed them onto the cardstock. I added a doodled line around each square too.

We made  simple tag from left over card, stamping a layered flower, I put mine on the left of the tag to allow room for the journalling.  The title, tag and small words were stamped in black Altenew ink.

Friday, 13 July 2018


It is almost twenty years since I was expecting my youngest child; now he is a 6ft tall man, daily going out to work as an engineering apprentice.

In this photo I am relaxing on the beach in maternity T shirt and shorts (it was all baggy back then) on our holiday to the Dorset coast.

Another page part-made using Box of Crayons, along with lots of word stickers from the Shimelle book alongside the photo.

I used a few stamps from the recent Ali Edwards stamp set, including the one for the title.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


An old photo here of Kev and the girls (as both are now well into their twenties).

The title refers to the silly plastic teeth two are wearing, always fun to play with. 

This is the first page I made using Shimelle's Box of Crayons range, the background papers are from another older Amy Tan kit (Yes Please), but the random embellishments are from the stickers and chipboard alphabet.
I do love the bright colours, they go so well with the summer clothes from the 1990's.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

More Old Holiday Photos.

Here are a few pictures of Katie taken back in the noughties, she looks so cute that it's ahrd to believe that she will graduate in a few weeks time.

More old papers (Trimcraft I think) from a tropical set.  I also used cut flowers from the papers and some other bits and pieces from Teresa Collins papers. 

The title letters are ancient Amy Tan vellum letters, so useful for a quick addition to the page and I love that you can see the background papers underneath.

The letter K is from a tropical die cut set (manufacturer unknown) as is the flamingo.  Enamel dots and butterflies completed the page.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Go By Steam

An unusual double layout today!

As I had so many photos of our ride on the Rheidol Valley steam train I filled the right hand page with the majority of them, and added the pictures of us on the left hand page.

It didn't need many papers as much of the layout is covered with photos, those I used are from the Maggie Holmes Carousel set along with an old Martha Stewart border punch.

The tickets are stamped, coloured with pencils (Muji) and die cut (Tim Holtz) and used on both pages.

I used another Tim Holtz die to cut the pockets that the tickets are held by, the pocket also has the original train ticket tucked behind it too. Great to use original ephemera on a layout...and to include so many photos!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Crazy Hair Contest

When the children were smaller, we used to take them to a caravan owned by my aunt and uncle.  The site had a club which had competitions for them; on the night in these photos it was a crazy hair contest.

They look so cute in their wigs, plaits and coloured sprayed hairstyles.  I scraplifted a design by Shimelle with the photo and all the embellishments in a central line.

The wooden word is from a set from The Works (bargain!) and I added an Amy Tan sticker underneath.

I think the papers are by Simple Stories and I added lots of stickers from the American Crafts books and a metal gem by Papermania.