Friday, 6 May 2016

A hand made gift

My lovely mother in law made me a patchwork table runner for our very long table in the dining room a couple of years ago. Being a little contrary, I decided to change the decor in there this year, so the old table runner no longer matched too well.

Luckily, Kathleen didn't feel put out; instead she collected some pieces of suitable cotton to patch together a new runner.  (The fabric came from my another family member running a fabric business in France; always good to keep it in the family!)

The new runner is so beautiful I made a card to thank Kathleen.  Hope she likes it.

And for those worrying that I am being wasteful with a hand made item it will reappear during the festive season as the runner will go perfectly with our Christmas tree!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Another Altenew card

A friend of mine is leaving our school at the end of this term to train to be a teacher.  She is a graduate, and has been working with us for three years now as a TA, so has decided to train to be a teacher (despite me warning her against this!)

I used the teacher set of stamps by Altenew, and decided just to make a really simple card, stamping the apple using different colours of inks for the fruit itself and the leaves.
The label message comes from another set by Altenew, and I added a message about good teachers teaching from the heart, not the book inside; shame the government don't appreciate this sentiment.

Hope she likes the card and doesn't regret becoming a teacher.

Sunday, 1 May 2016


I have been sort of hoarding the papers from the Shimelle Starshine paper range since buying them (as they are out of stock almost everywhere), but have decided that I really do need to make inroads into them.

 This page about the Pompidou centre in Paris, such an interesting building with all the services, including the escalators, on the outside; leaving plenty of room for the exhibitions inside.

I absolutely love this large chevron I have used it I think I might need another piece! The banners, card, camera and globe are all cut from 12x12 papers.

I also added a little piece of the heart vellum I had left from the True Stories range...only a tiny piece of this left now, and some Nuvo glitter cyrtsal drops in navy to finish off.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Memories of the Louvre

I took these photos of the sumptuous interiors of the Louvre museum in Paris that Napoleon used for his state apartments while in the capital.

 As he felt that 'more was more' with interior decorating (or I assume he did looking at these rooms!), there was only one paper range that I thought would be appropriate.  The Anna Griffin 'Grace' range along with a 6x4 Amelie journalling card really set off the pictures.  I also used a little yellow from a Papermania floral range to back the photos and as a punched border to the roses paper.
Although the papers are very busy, the amount of detail on the photos still stand out.

To make the title I used two die cuts layered, and added a little brush script under the flag to match the rest of the font used on the layout.

I finished off with layered roses, some gold die-cuts and gold glitter Nuvo crystal drops.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The arc du Triomphe

I have, at last, got round to scrapbooking my Paris photos.

 This page was made using MME Jubilee papers and embellishments.
I made the title bunting using Docrafts essential banners, topped with the multi-coloured Thickers that match the Shimelle Starshine paper range.

I made the journalling block from a 3x2 travel card by Simple Stories, along with a small amount of stamping on top.

To finish off, I added glitter dots using Nuvo glittery crystal drops in navy blue.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Altenew goodies

I was very lucky to receive a set of Altenew stamps and inks  for my birthday (along with lots of other goodies!)

 I had a little play with them on Sunday evening and this is my first attempt with a rose set.

I can see me wanting to get a few more sets of these lovely stamps!  The way they layer up is great for making single layer cards.

They work well with Stampin' Up dye inks too, I do have a couple more sets on their way too.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Birthday fun

It was my birthday at the weekend,we had a lovely day out at the National Trust Packwood House.

The lambs had fun, frolicking in the fields,

the grass was too soggy for us to get close to the clipped yew trees in the gardens

but we made do by looking at the beautiful borders..

visible from the Tudor house..

and the lovely kitchen gardens.

The day was sunny and cold, we had fun in the woods (although it was a bit muddy!)
Funny to recall that the last time I had been to Packwood was on my 40th birthday. Can't believe those 12 years have flown by.