Sunday, 1 March 2015

Year 6

Looking at this photo I can't believe how sweet my boy looked back in Year 6. 

He was the last of mine to leave Holy Family, so this photo was quite a poignant moment, and deserved a scrapbook page!

The papers are Teresa Collins, and the inspiration was a challenge on UK Scrappers.

He certainly looks very different now!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Away in the East Midlands.

We had a few days up in Nottingham seeing Hannah, and took the opportunity to travel out and about to visit National Trust and English Heritage properties.

On Tuesday we went to Bolsover castle, high on a limestone escarpment it was the perfect place for a defensive building, first put there by the Normans,

 and later rebuilt by Sir Charles Cavendish (son of Bess of Hardwick)  as a country des res to entertain royalty,

with amazing views over the Derbyshire peaks.Unusually for an English Heritage building, much of it had a roof, and the small castle has fairly well preserved interiors:

including a fabulous painted plaster starry ceiling. We had fun making crowns...

and dressing up :)

From there we headed to Scarsdale Hall, a roofless ruin which had been stripped of its interior in the early 20th century after the owner became bankrupt, the interiors were sent to America.

 Today the place is still beautiful and retains a few plaster mouldings on a ground floor room.

It does have amazing views of Bolsover Castle, glad I had my long lens for this shot.

Finally on Monday we headed for Rufford Abbey, owned by Nottinghamshire council.  It reminded me of how Coombe Abbey used to be before Coventry council ran out of money and had to sell it.

 Hannah got to hold a snowy owl: much to her excitement.  She couldn't resist texting Katie to tell her all about it. Harry wouldn't hold it as he was scared it would "bite him"!!

 The grounds were lovely, with carpets of snowdrops in places.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Two birthdays today.

My daughter and her boyfriend both share the same birthday, he is just a year younger.
Their cards are worlds apart in appearance though!

For Hannah I went with a girly Anna Griffin card, embossed frames and greetings, roses and butterflies cut out from Papermania floral papers.

Ribbon is Anna Griffin, as is the die cut bird.

And Chris gets a far more masculine card (although they are both scientists!) Papers were Tim Holtz, and Graphic 45, and the sentiment was Anna Griffin, embossed and sanded. Shame I forgot to take a photo!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Out and about in Derbyshire

We visited Hannah earlier this week, and spent the day at Hardwick Hall yesterday.

The Hall was home to Bess of Hardwick, one of the wealthiest women in Tudor England.  She built the Old Hall, and only three  years after it was complete started on the New Hall.  Today the Old Hall stands a ruin, it is the New Hall that remains complete.

The Old Hall can be seen from the M1 as you drive north just before Chesterfield, English Heritage manage it and you can ascend to the second floor, where the state rooms would have been, to enjoy amazing views over the valley below.

Some of the plaster fireplaces and wall decorations are still in place: the best are to be seen on the walls of the Great West Chamber, which would have been used in the evening as the setting sun lit the room.

The New Hall is managed by the National Trust, and some of the furniture that was originally in the Old Hall is now to be found within its walls.  The building is unusual as it was not really used as a family home for long after it was built, the Duke of Devonshire inhertited it, but preferred Chatsworth to be home, the Hall was used for holidays or hunting. Because of this, the Hall is little changed since Elizabethan times, unlike many country houses which were later modernised in the Georgian style.

Inside, the decorated plaster walls that were apparent in the Old Hall are here in the New, just on a greater scale, and the Long Gallery is fantastic to see.

The chairs under the canopy came originally from the State rooms of the Old Hall.

The house was last inhabited by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire into the mid 20th century, and then passed into the hands of the National Trust.

A fantastic place to visit!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Project Life 2015

Here is my cover page for this year's layouts.

After buying a Crate paper grungy/chalkboard kit, this page has a very different feel to earlier ones.  Photos are B&W again (as on last year's cover page) and the date is stamped.  I will stick to this stamp throughout the year for my dates. Can't guarantee this is how it will look all year, as I do like the odd pop of colour!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Project Life Catch Up.

Although I had my photos together for PL at the end of last year, work after half term was so busy I didn't manage to catch up until the Christmas holidays.  Once I got going, it didn't take long (that's the beauty of PL) and I did manage to get a number of pictures scrapbooked.

In October I watched a lot of Strictly, the garden looked gorgeous as we had a late autumn and all the trees changed colour at the same time, and I had to carve the pumpkin.

November was the month when Hannah left home for her job in Nottingham, we had a day at the NEC christmas craft show, skittles in Nuneaton, shopping in the German market with Pauline and silly hats on Harry.  Not as quiet as October!

The December page is always small as I journal daily in my Christmas journal, but it is useful for any left over pictures that didn't make it into the journal. Christmas decorations in the city centre and dressing up at work made for this month.

The page is 6x8 ( another journal leftover) and I used both sides for the festive season.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

An early valentine

I busied myself making a valentine card for my husband (who else?!) today.

I had put together the typewriter a while back using a Tim Holtz die and a number of pieces of inked card. When I saw this card on the Paperchase website, it gave me the idea for his Valentine card.

As you can see, I've gone for a grungier look, to suit a masculine card, and added a few other bbits from my stash.  The stamps are a small set of typeface with a tiny punched heart at the end of the message.  Frames are embossed and cut out (new Anna Griffin set shown on QVC this week; couldn't resist) and the chalkboard messages are also Anna Griffin stamps.

Hope he likes it!