Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Thank you cards

As the end of the academic year arrives for me today, I gave out some home made cards to the TAs I worked with this year along with my Year 5 colleagues.  I am moving to teach Year 6 next year(not really looking forward to the extra workload) so will be working with other staff.
I got out my Altenew stamps again to make this set of floral thanks.

Firstly, these are stamped with the freesia stamp in grey Memento ink, and coloured with Letraset alcohol pens.  I'm not the best at colouring, but was happy with how these turned out.

Next are a random set of floral cards, from the left: I stamped the first one using the peony set; the oriental looking card uses the vintage flowers and on the right the brush art floral set.

Finally, my favourite cards are these from the Vintage Flowers set.  I especially like the look of the blue roses. As a final touch i added sequins to each card; can't beat a bit of bling!  I made so many, as once Kev realised I was producing these, he asked for a couple for his TAs too.
I hope my friends like them too.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Lorraine's First Communion

At a crop last weekend, a friend Anne brought along a set of scrapbooking kits she had made from old stash, mainly Cloud 9 papers and embellishments. We have been producing these kits from stash we want to share for the past 3 months, and it has gone really well.
It mean we empty out some of the papers we no longer want, and get to scrapbook with papers we didn't have in the first place!

This page makes use of an original seventies photo taken at my sister's First Communion.

 I am around about seven in the picture, and we are standing with my brother, two cousins and our teenage aunt standing at the back.

The title was cut from DCWV corrugated card in orange from a Tim Holtz typo die  I probably wouldn't have chosen these papers, but they were the perfect choice for this photo with its warm tint.  Looking forward to the next kit in the autumn.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Seventies Style

I opened up my own scrapbook at a crop today, to make layouts for the photos scattered through it that don't yet have a page.  The ones I picked were old (and original) but that doesn't mean they weren't worth scrapping.

I picked up the photo on this page at a sad family event; a funeral, but it did mean that I managed to get copies of photos I had never seen before.

The photo was taken back in the 70's at a family Christmas down in either London or Kent. I used MME papers and a few scraps from my current scrapbooking box. The title was die cut from cork with additional letters from the MME set. Still lots of seventies photos to go.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

The Tale of the Nentytrump

Another page from our early Dorset holidays when the children were small.  These photos were taken on the beach on Hannah's first holiday, and the inflatable elephant was called a "nentytrump" by her as she was only just learning to speak at 18 months old.

The papers are again Amy Tan along with some from a 6x6 Shimelle True Stories paper pad. I stamped the main part of the title using a very old alphabet stamp set by Papermania from the Boofle range.

 A few more embellishments from the Starshine range and the page was finished.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Memories of Weymouth

I made a start on my Weymouth albums at the weekend at a crop. If you look at this post from a couple of weeks ago you can see how I decided to get my scrapbooks organised, and to include my older pre-digital photos from when the children were small.

This page is the opening layout to my family holiday albums in Dorset, with a very rare photo of all five of us together on holiday.

I used papers from Amy Tan Better Together and Shimelle Starshine to make the page.

 The title is die cut using funky foam, I didn't add too many embellishments as I wanted the photo to take centre stage, but I did include a coloured, stamped image just below the photo.

Monday, 4 July 2016


A couple of weeks ago my son's rugby team had a fund raising day.  Unfortunately, it poured almost the whole time we were there, but there was a good turn out on the day.One of the stall was a lady doing henna patterns, he made a fabulous job of this one on my hand.

My class were fascinated with it over the next week, it lasted for ages as she used really dark dye. I just need to print off a photo now for my scrapbook.
... and apologies by the way for being missing online recently; work is always so busy at this end of the summer term and I was away with the children on a residential trip for most of last week too.  Just can't wait for the summer holidays to arrive!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Old stash challenge

At a recent crop a friend of mine had a selection of very old papers by MME in her kit that she didn't know what to do with. She didn't know what to do with them, so I suggested dishing them out to members of the crop as a challenge, so that we could make a page using them, ready for our next meeting which is today!

The papers were very bight, shocking pink, yellow and green; difficult to use, so I toned them down with sprays of brown mist, and inked the edges. On the positive side, the kits did contain little min-books, I used mine to add extra photos and my journalling.

The title was cut using a typewriter die by Tim Holtz and brown foam.

 I wonder how the pages of my friends turn out; we have decided to share old stash over the next few crops and see if we can each make a dent into each other's paper mountains!