Monday, 30 May 2016

Over a week without blogging?

What was I thinking of?  Well, now half term is here, I have had time to catch up with taking photos of the things I have been making, and to try and get my posts up to date.

My first layout is made using a set of Anna Griffin papers called Madison. They are mainly red, white and blue, so suited a page about the celebration of VE day at Upton House earlier this month.

There was a forties style pop-up pub, so we had a lovely time (especially Harry!) sitting in the sunshine with a beer before visiting the house and garden. The title was cut out using an XL Sizzix die by Tim Holtz in a typewriter font from adhesive backed glitter paper.

I still have quite a few photos from the day we visited, so might use more of these pretty papers again.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Another National Trust house

On the same day we went to Upton House, we called in at Coughton Court near Stratford on our way home.

 The house was owned by a catholic family related to many of those involved in the Gunpowder Plot and had remained in this family for hundreds of years.

Access to the roof could be gained by one of the turrets, there was also a priest hole within the rooms.

The views from the roof in all directions were glorious, lime green trees, blossom and yellow rape in bloom.

Inside, the entrance hall was beautiful from the staircase, with glamorous chandeliers, oak floor, stone fireplace and many of the family's personal possessions still in place; as if they had just stepped out for a minute.

The end of a lovely Sunday out together.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Outside the Louvre

A very cold day at the beginning of April saw us sitting atop of an open top bus in Paris to see the sights.

We used the trip to take photographs of the city, including this one of outside the Louvre.

I made the banner using a stitched die set by Simon Says Stamp, the papers are from an 8x8" Parisian paper pack by Dovecraft.  Another Paris page done.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Childhood Exhibition

Last summer, our local museum held a temporary exhibition of children's television characters, so we went along.  It was lovely to see both things from my own childhood (looking a little moth-eaten due to their age!) along with some more recent characters that the children remembered.

 So, from my childhood were Humpty and Little Ted from Play School, and its replacement gave us Peggy Patch and the Why Bird, both fondly remembered especially by the girls.

To make the page I used Shimelle's True Stories, some chipboard by MME, washi tape geometric capsule collection by Papermania and I die cut the title using an XL Sizzix die. the rest of the title was handwritten using brushscript.

Monday, 16 May 2016

UKS Challenge

It is my turn this week to set the challenge on UK Scrappers.  As a teacher, I decided on an alphabet style challenge, devising a crafting AtoZ, and then challenging scrappers to choose a favourite word of 6 letters or more and use their chosen stash from the alphabet to make a page using the corresponding AtoZ items.

My word was WEYMOUTH.
W for wood
E for enamel dots/shapes
Y for yellow
M for more than one photo
O for overlay (transparent or vellum)
U for unloved stash
T for tape
H for handwriting

I managed to use all of the items the transparency is the typewriter overlaying a piece of K&Co cardstock used to back the layout too; it must be over 6 years old so I think it qualifies as unloved!

Most of the stash I used comes from the Simple Stories 'Say Cheese' range, I'm just finishing off using a huge kit leftover I had after teaching a scrapbook class last November.

So, if you would like to have a go at this challenge yourself, take a look at this page on UK Scrappers where you will find the full AtoZ!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Remembering VE day

Last weekend we went to Upton House, a mansion in the south of Warwickshire run by the National Trust.  it was a gloriously sunny day, the first true summer weekend, so we took a picnic with us to enjoy the day.

 On arrival we discovered the house was celebrating the anniversary of VE day with lots going on.

The Home guard were there in uniform, looking authentic with WW2 kit including radios, replica guns, and even a basket of 'pigeons'!

There was even a pop-up forties pub...

..with traditional warm beer on sale (Harry enjoyed that part of our day out!)

The house was set up as it appeared during the war, when the owner moved a group of bankers from the City of London in order to evacuate them from the blitz.

A long gallery was full of desks, with typewriters we could try out, and an old fashioned accounting machine.

Outside the house, a swing band were playing to people sitting on the lawn, many with picnics like us.  We were even treated to a speech by 'Churchill'!

It was funny to see him about half an hour later on standing off to one side using his mobile phone, this really got me thinking how much things have changed in the last century.

The gardens themselves were absolutely beautiful, at the peak of the spring flowering, with the trees just about coming into leaf.

I absolutely love this time of year, just hoping it is a forerunner for more warm weekends to come...

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Eiffel Tower

After looking at this page and the photos I still have not printed of our visit to Paris, I know that the Eiffel Tower deserves at least two more layouts!

The photos are of the iconic tower itself, and Kev and I standing at the very top. I couldn't believe how calm it was up there; hundreds of feet up in the air and almost no breath of wind!

I used a mix of stash on the page: some die cuts by MME; love themed word stickers by Ali Edwards; travel project life style card by Simple Stories (I cut up a couple of these to make the suitcases and flags) along with a triplet of metal embellishments.

I added these first to use them, but also as they were part of a challenge on UK Scrappers to add metal to layouts. After filling them with paper cut to sie and stickers saying you and me I filled them with Glossy Accents to make my own enamelled embellishments.