Tuesday, 25 August 2015

~ Oh So Lovely! ~

On my return from London I found the most gorgeous kit from Like For Ever full of Crate Paper Wonder collection. I have found this collection so inspirational. I have managed to creat 3 layouts that I'm really pleased with.

The papers really worked well with a couple of my photos from a trip to Vietnam a few years ago. I'm desperately trying to finish this album.

Whilst in Vietnam we did a cookery class. We made lots of lovely food, including these gorgeous summer spring rolls. The kit had some cute puffy stickers which aren't really my style but look really sweet on the layouts. I love how the kit makes you use things you wouldn't normally buy.

Whilst cruising down the Mekong Delta during our trip we stopped off at a lovely hotel for lunch. It had gorgeous gardens that we were able to walk round. There was also traditional items for us to pose with. I fussy cut all the flowers out from one of the patterned papers.

I'm completely amazed at how a collection can create completely different types of layouts. This is so cute. Oscar spends most of his evenings laid on my knee snoozing. I love the cat related embellishments in this collection. They are cute and not over the top.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

~ Best ever orange juice ~

Good morning! This is another page using a photo from last years holiday to Tunisia. I love these travel inspired papers but don't have much left now so I have added layers to a Kraft card stock which has been splattered with white mist.

Every time I have been to Tunisia one of the favourite things I enjoy is the freshly squeezed orange juice. During this trip we were also able to have strawberry juice too which was amazing! 

It's very sad to see what happened in Tunisia earlier in the year. I have always felt very safe and found the majority of Tunisians to be friendly and helpful. My thoughts go to those innocent Tunisians who are going to be affected by the lack of tourism there this summer.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 10 August 2015

~ Choose Joy ~

Wow, what a beautiful day! It really feels like summer might have arrived. I'm still ploughing my way through the large pile of Photos from our trip to India. This page has been made using the Pinkfresh Studios Happy Things collection. I received these in the July Like For Ever kit.

I used gelatos on a white card stock background to create a colour wash effect. 

The photo is of an offering that Hindu's give to the god being worshipped at their chosen temple. Throughout India you can see these being sold outside temples. Religion is such a massive thing in India and different religions generally manage to live harmoniously together.

I'm trying to get my draft room in check as it's rather messy at the moment. I recently purchased an ikea Raskog trolley which I need to fill. 

Happy Crafting!


~ Stick It Down - August Challenge ~

The August Stick It Down sketch challenge has been set! Head over and join us. I can't wait to see your interpretation.

Here is my layout using this months sketch:

This layout documents the super cute fox we saw on the edge of the Sahara. During our travels we saw a few of these as pets being used to make money for people by tourists taking photos. This one was with a group of men but they didn't attempt to get money from us.

Again I have used my love of layers to draw focus to the photos.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

~ Hello cutie! ~

Good morning!

Well my original plan was to share this layout with you last week but unfortunately it was rather hectic! 

Friday we travelled to Warrington to watch Leeds Rhinos play in the challenge cup semi final via a cheeky few hours at Quarry Bank for a picnic.

So now I'm here sat in the hairdressers blogging away. I'm usually here a good few hours getting my highlights done. This time I'm getting ready for my friends wedding on Friday where I'm a bridesmaid.

This layout is using up the last of my Like For Ever March kit. I loved all these papers. These are very much my favourite colours and style.

I had lots a small bits of patterned paper left so I used them to create a tile effect background on Kraft cardstock. I love using Kraft. It is probably my favourite background as it is so versatile.

This photo is another from the Water Aid charity ball we attended in March. I love getting dressed up once in a while.

Hopefully I should be back early next week with some more layouts to show you.

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 26 July 2015

~ A long engagement ~

So we got engaged in October 2013 and I can't believe it was so long ago. We still haven't got married or even set a date as neither of us can decide on the type of wedding we want and don't feel in any rush to at the moment. I was shocked when I realised I hadn't scrapped this photo of us as it is one of my favourites from the trip. After he proposed we went ring shopping but he wouldn't give it to me until the right time. This happened to be a cute bistro come wine cellar in Bergamo, Italy.

I really seem to have found my style recently and it involves lots of layers! Whether it be die cuts, patterned papers or stickers I just can't get enough. 

This was the last full piece of paper I had from the Maggie Holmes 'confetti' collection I had left and I love it. I've gone mad for layering all the die cuts. My journal,long is hidden on the tag inside the pocket as it's quite a personal page. I absolutely love all the colours in this collection.

Why is it that your mojo hits when you really should be doing something else?! Note to self - do your essay!

Happy crafting!


Saturday, 25 July 2015

~ Post night update ~

This week seems to have flown by but it always does when I'm on nights as I literally just have time to sleep and go to work. I'm looking forward to a good couple of weeks off especially as I'm bridesmaid for my friend next week. 

This layout was treated using American Crafts Shimelle 'True Stories' paper and embellishments. I stuck with the triangle theory for focal points on this layout and the diagonal lines directing the eye to the photo as main focus.

I'm not keen on this photo but it was great for documenting the effect the humidity had on my hair. I can't believe I was actually that blonde! It was awfully frizzy!

I'm hoping to get some more crafting done this weekend. We are praying for good weather this weekend as we are BBQing.

Happy Crafting!


~ Dream Big ~

So this morning I went to the post office to collect the July Like For Ever called 'Dream Big'. It is full of lovely Pinkfresh 'Happy Things' collection papers. This is definitely a collection I wouldn't normally buy as I'm usually more in to florals than geometric designs. The quality of the paper is fantastic.


I used Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist 'Teal' on the background then layered with patterned paper and acetate patterned triangles. I'm really pleased with the outcome of this layout. The photo is one from when I went to the House of Lords for my official Girlguiding UK Queens Guide Award celebration.

I've had a productive afternoon and made another layout which I will share later in the week. I'm just sat watching TV after cooking dinner for my parents. 

Happy Crafting!


~ Let's eat cake! ~

Good morning, as you read this I should be sweating my ass off at a body combat class. I have really enjoyed going to the gym recently, just a shame work sometimes gets in the way. I certainly would love to be a kept woman. 

So whilst I was tidying my craft room I came across some photos from a couple of years ago that I didn't get round to scrapping. These photos are of my friend when we went to a cupcake decorating class. We had such a great time.

I really wasn't sure if I would use the candle patterned paper from the 'Fine & Dandy' collection. I expected that I would end up using the B side pattern as it is a little OTT for my liking. However, it fitted in perfectly with these photos and I think it worked well with the 3 6x4 photos on the layout. 

I hope you are all have fab plans for the weekend. We are off to the rugby at Headingley on Sunday afternoon but I'm hoping to find some crafty time.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 23 July 2015

~ Fine & Dandy ~

Good morning, I'm hoping for a nice crafty afternoon if I can manage to get my essay written. So there should be more posts from me over the next few weeks. 

I have again dipped in to the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy collection for the majority of this layout. I used the self inking stamp to add abit of texture to 2 corners of the photo matt. I love these flair badges which I have picked up from Hey Little Magpie.

I cut up the fine & dandy die cut to layer it under the photo. I added an acetate bow on top of the die cut bow and secured it with a co-ordinating brad from my stash. I really like how this adds depth and altered textures.

I absolutely love this photo of my fiancé with his niece. It was a spur of the moment iPhone photo that I took after a family meal out and then enhanced in Instagram. I've waited ages for the right papers and this suits it brilliantly.

Happy crafting!


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

~ Family Time ~

When I first received my July Like for Ever Kit I wasn't sure it was my kind of style but once I started to use them I really love them. The washi tape booklet is amazing. I love washi tape but sometimes find a whole roll too much.

The American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy collection is full of pinks, red, blues and greens. I started creating this layout from a scrappy Sunday challenge sketch over on the kit subscribers Facebook group but then came back to it after and completed it without going back to the sketch.

This is an unusual family photo as it isn't too often that I see my cousins in Peterborough. We went as a family to visit Kirby Hall. I didn't think I would use the dog diecut but it works perfectly with this layout.

I'll be back on Thursday to share another layout.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

~ Scrappy Sunday ~

Good afternoon, over in the Like For Ever Kit subscribers facebook page we have an alternate week scrappy sunday challenge. The last one was to use one of the sketchs provided to create a layout. So here is my version using American Crafts Shimelle 'True Stories' Collection. This was agreat way to use up any scraps of paper I had left.

The photos used are from my trip to India in August 2013. We got up early to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. It was a beautiful sight and we were able to have photos taken on Diana's Bench. I love how I have been able to incorporate small photos but it doesnt take away the focus from the main picture.
I really love this collection of papers even though I probably wouldn't have bought it myself. It is adaptable for so many different themes. I hope you are enjoying your weekend, I intend to get in my craft room this afternoon.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, 6 July 2015

~ Stick It Down - July Challenge ~

Hello there.
Here is my contribution to the Monthly Single Page Sketch Challenge over on the Stick It Down Blog.
Although this photo is quite dark I was desperate to document this part of our holiday. When we went to South India we did a 2 week tour. It was an extra tour put on by the company so they don't usually have groups in Mysore on a Sunday Evening. But we were, which meant we were fortunate enough to see the lighting of Mysore Palace which only happens once a week. This is Sunday evening between 7-8pm (approxiately).
I thought these Shimelle 'True Stories' collection paper and embellishments really fitted in with the photo theme.
Why not pop along to see this months sketch and join in?
Happy Crafting!