Friday, 31 July 2015

Finished at Last!

We were some of the latest schools to finish this summer, only ending term on Tuesday.
A few people moved on from our place, some to new jobs, others retiring.


My own TA didn't leave our school, but she has switched years to work lower down the school, which is a pity as I have really  enjoyed working with her. I made her a card to say thanks for all the help she has given to me and the children over the past three years.


The sentiment is a Tim Holtz embossed and sanded one, a new purchase! Paper is a very old Graphic 45 one.  Looking forward to a rest (after the decorating is done).

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Home decor decoupage.

Decoupage means to cut out. I decided to make use of this old craft to decorate a set of drawers I use as a jewellery box using things cut out from the wallpaper that has been newly hung in my bedroom.


The drawers are old ones from Ikea, I painted over the previous design in eggshell paint.


Once this was dry, I cut images from the wallpaper, they curled a little, so I flattened them in a heavy book.

I then used wallpaper paste to stick them to the drawers, cutting the bird in places so it would stretch over the front  of  the  drawers but still allow me to open them.


A coat of satin varnish to make sure the papers will be hard-wearing enough, job done.


Friday, 24 July 2015

Garden photos

On such a miserable July day when it has rained from ten until tea time I had a look back through some of the photos I took of the garden earlier in the month, you remember?  When it was really hot and we didn't stop moaning?!

 First of all, we have had an amazing gooseberry harvest this year, not done anything with these yet, they are in the freezer.

This is a little rose that came from my Grandma's garden.  It can be a little temperamental, some years it flowers, others not, but this year it has been worth the wait as the blooms are gorgeous.


So pretty, even the cat likes them!


And finally, the hanging baskets.  Spring was cold and dull, so I didn't feel like planting them, but looking at how they turned out I am so glad I did!


When I look back at a page with these photos on in the dead of winter, they are certain to cheer me up.

Monday, 20 July 2015

This Sceptred Isle

The challenge on UKScrappers last week was to use a quotation from Shakespeare as a title.


I found plenty of quotes I  liked, the tricky part was to match them to a photo.



 In the end, I  went with this picture of a clifftop meadow at Portland Bill down in Dorset overlooking the sea, full of  native British plants; it seemed to fit my title well.

Other parts of the challenge included using patterned papers as a full background, and to add stars, I used punched ones.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Three Little Chicks

My sister had a big birthday at the end of June and our little brother (who isn't too far behind us as there are less than four years between the three of us) posted this photo of the three of us at the end of the 1960s on Facebook.


 Once I saw it, I had to scrapbook it!


The papers are an old set by Papermania (Mme Payraud) and I added transparency frames over pieces of the papers too (Crate).


Title is stamped and punched out with added Glossy Accents on top.  I also cut out three little birds from the patterned papers too.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Neon cards

I used my Docrafts winnings to make a few cards last weekend.


A larger new die cut alphabet almost fills the front of the card, along with a few punched stars.  I added a few drops of mist under the die cut letters.


The floral and balloons cards also include die-cut shapes, this time I added hand written sentiments to the stems and strings.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Moving In.

After she moved to our second city I took a couple of snaps of Hannah at the door as we left to return home.

I made this layout at my local crop using Simple Stories I Am collection of 12x12 papers (love these!)

 The title is pierced and stitched,


I used a WRMK Sew Easy script template, it didn't have the words I wanted, but it did have most of the letters I needed.


 I just combined these from the ones available in the words, and converted a 'y' to a 'g'.  The last time I saw them, they seemed happy and settled in their new abode.