Sunday, 7 February 2016

My lovely sister

I am very lucky to live within a mile or so of both my sister and my Mum and Dad.


 The children have befitted from living so near to their extended family, being close to their cousins, spending many family holidays all together and always sharing Christmases.


These photos were taken of my girls just before Christmas with their 'Aunty La'.


As Hannah couldn't pronounce the name Lorraine when she first started to speak, my sister became 'La' and has remained so ever since.
The papers and embellishments are all those left over from the kit I bought from Shimelle to make my Christmas journal.  I have some bits of this stash left, so need to put together a few more layouts to help to clear it!

Friday, 5 February 2016

A Festive Selfie

I know selfies are very popular, but I have problems managing to take them.


 I am short, and my arms are not long either, so I can never usually manage to take a good shot.


 The title and journalling on this layout are all about this problem and my solution which is usually to ask Kevin (with his long limbs) to take the photo.


It also meets a weekly challenge on UKScrappers: to use some old stash (the dotty paper); new stash (Christmas Magic); a borrowed page (scraplifted from Maggie B) and blue in the stripy paper.


After feeling very ill for days on end with sinusitis my headache is at last beginning to fade, enough to upload this page.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A turned gift.

Our parish priest, who had been with us for almost 12 years was moved by the diocese a couple of weeks ago, and Kev got busy turning to make him a special gift.


He turned a chalice and communion plate, coating the inside of the chalice with gold leaf, and simply waxing the outsides to show the grain.


I hope Fr Des liked them.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

12x12 again!

This is my first full-sized scrapbook page since I finished my journal; I always find it difficult to get back to 12x12" after taking time working on smaller sizes and this year seemed worse than ever.


To help me out, I used a sketch featured on UKScrappers from Sketchy Thursday, I'm really pleased with how it turned out!


I decided to get started on my full size Christmas photos to get them in albums at last.


It also helps me to use up the left over JYC stash!


The bunting lights were stamped, cut out and glossy accents added over the top.


I have about 6 more full size pages to make now I have sorted my photos, so time to get scrapping!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Birthday Tea

My aunty (and godmother) is celebrating a big birthday this month, and has organised afternoon tea today for a few female friends and family. My mum is organising floral centre-pieces for the tables and I was asked to make name labels.


As the flowers will be pink and purple,  I decided to decorate them with quilled flowers made using scraps and some leftovers of  Graphic 45 papers.


 I used a really old set of Docrafts dies to makes the paper strips to quill, along with a trusty glue gun.  The names were added using my new brushscript pens; hope Aunty Margaret  likes them!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Happy 80th birthday

I never forget my Aunty Margaret's birthday as it falls on Burns Night.  This year is a special birthday, so I made her a special card. She has a great fondness for purple, so I used purple cardstock from Natures gallery A4 pack (Papermania) to emboss with an Anna Griffin folder.


The background paper is by Graphic 45, as is the bird and nest image.  I made the flowers using an ancient Xcut quilling die, rolling up the strip the die cut and gluing with a hot glue gun.
The age is stamped, and I added two stamped sentiments inside.


I added a metal snowflake for this winter birthday:I hope she likes the card!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

More Anna Griffin cards

Here are more of the cards I made at the weekend.
The tag is from a set I picked up in Ikea, the butterflies are decoupaged and the setiment is from an Anna Griffin set.


Some are more suited for men.  The papers are from a set from a magazine, more Ikea tags and the rest of the images were stamped and cut out.  Sentiments are from the chalkboard set (one of my favourites)


Now my card box is full again I need to get back to scrapbooking.