Monday, 31 March 2014

~ Day 3 of GogoGetaway ~

Sadly, the final day of the Gogogetaway weekend came round all too quick! We had a fantastic time!

The Classes

Fussy cutting seems to be on trend at the moment with a lot of the classes including at least some. The class above had lots of cutting. We had to cut out all the flowers from patterned paper. I have quite a lot of patience but it was a little tedious, but I love the effect.

I love this layout! There are lots of embellishments stuck all over it. We made tree embellishments from cinnamon sticks and paint sample guides. I just need to add some journaling.

The Challenges

This was the final sketch challenge that I needed to complete in order to have finished all challenges for the weekend. I love this layout, it documents how Helen and I took to wearing our hair in a French plait whist in India as it was more comfortable.

I was one of 4 people who managed to complete all the challenges at the weekend and I won a scrapbook as my name was pulled out. I also won a paper stack as my name was also pulled out for one of the challenges. 

On the Sunday one of my friends who had been at the last 2 retreats came to visit and do some shopping. She had a baby about 11 weeks ago so we got to meet Nathan and have a cuddle.

Hope everyone at the weekend enjoyed it as much as I did! Big thanks to the GogoGetaway team x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

~ Happy Mother's Day ~

Happy Mother's Day!

What a fantastic thing to be away with your mum for the weekend on today of all days. It wasn't planned that way as we have been coming to March Gogogetaway for a few years now. I have treated her to some lovely stash from the Sarah's Cards shop which is here.

Here is the card-a-lope I made for her:

I've not made one before and it was so simple using the Stampin' Up Envelope punch. I'm sure you will see more of these over the next few months. I love the inside too.

Hope you are treating your mum to something lovely today as they deserve it. 

~ Day 2 of GogoGetaway ~

So after only 5.5 hours sleep I'm up back ready and raring to go! We have done 4 classes today and I love them all.

The Classes

Busy day with the classes but I must say Janice's Class tonight was very steady and laid back. Lived it.

Sheena's class above was very sticky indeed! We created lots of felt flowers for our layout. (Note: Bostick glue removes nail polish!).

This class by Sam included lots of fussy cutting which was hard going at times. We created this ombré background using beetroot juice, it will change colour as it dries.

I love this piece of home decor created in Eileen's class.magain lots of cutting out by hand in this class. I was ready for a glass of wine by the end.

This class by Janice was lively and laid back. Gentle cutting and sticking. We made our own bobby pin embellishments to adorn the page. It's not a brilliant photo as it was taken on my phone but it suited the layout perfectly.

The Sketch Challenges

So today I have done quite a few sketch challenges and I have lost track as to which design team member they belonged to. So here we go.

I'm really pleased with everything I got done today. I tried to aim to get all the classes and challenges done over the weekend. I love working from sketches, it always gives me inspiration. I was up until 1.30am again (technically 2.30am with the clocks going forward) Saturday night crafting away with some lovely ladies.

Place booked for next March's GogoGetaway! Yey!!!

~ Day 1 of GogoGetaway ~

So the fun begins!

I can't believe how creative I feel when I'm here. I suppose it's because I don't have to think about all the household stuff.

So here is tonight's class:

'Take Two' 

I have used a photo from our trip to the Harry Potter Studio tour that Pete and I went to back in November. We made the clapper board using chipboard and patterned paper.

Sketch Challenge - Sheena

I have been wanting to scrap this photo using this paper for ages but not had the inspiration. Sheena's sketch challenge was just what I needed. The photo is of a monk in Cambodia hitching a ride to the temple in Siem Reap on a motorcycle.

Sketch Challenge - Janice

Last year mum and I went strawberry picking at a local field and then had a cream tea at the cafe there. They used the strawberries to make homemade jam which was delicious! I'm feeling really pleased with myself as all the papers used had been in my stash for ages!

Make & Take - Journal Jar

Final last night I decorated a mason jar and filled it full of challenging ideas for if you get scrapbook word block.

We finally decided to call it a night at about 1am.

Monday, 24 March 2014

~ The Day has finally arrived! ~

We have finally arrived here at Theobalds Park for Gogogetaway, the excitement in the car on the drive down was off the scale! But the traffic was rubbish.

So here we go, full photos of all the pre-getaway challenges:

Challenge 1 - 12 elements sketch challenge 

Challenge 2 - 2 pretty tags using Gogogetaway colours

Challenge 3 - 'Sublime' layout

Just having a drink in the bar waiting for the weekend to start! 

~ Final pre-getaway challenge ~

I must say I am really pleased with myself having completed all 3 pre-getaway challenges. The final challenge was as follows:

Pre-Getaway Challenge No. 3

In Mathematics, the No. 12 is a Sublime Number - so we feel it fitting to celebrate our 12th GoGoGetaway with a layout about something that you feel is 'Sublime!' and we would like you to use the word Sublime for your title.

The English Oxford Dictionary defines that 'Sublime' means:

Of very great excellence or beauty.

Producing an overwhelming sense of awe or other 
high emotion through being vast or grand.

No other rules! Just wow us with your 'sublime' layouts!

Here is a sneak peek of my final challenge:

I really enjoyed doing this challenge. I'm trying desperately to get my Vietnam/Cambodia scrapbook completed. Hopefully a few more layouts will be created at the weekend too! I can't wait.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

~ Gogo is getting closer! ~

Good morning!

This time next week I will be in full Gogogetaway mode. We will be working away in the first class of Saturday morning, I can't wait!

So the second pre-getaway challenge has been posted. We need to create 2 tags, one to keep and one to swap at the retreat. The only rule is that we need to use Gogogetaway's colour palette of pink, orange, green and brown. I'm really pleased with how mine have turned out. Here is a sneak peek (I will post photos in full on Friday when I arrive at the retreat).

I can't wait to have a whole weekend crafting. Mum and I are having a day together on Monday to complete challenge no.3.

We've had a fantastic weekend so far in Leeds at a charity ball for Water Aid run by Yorkshire Water. The theme was a midsummer nights dream. Hoping for a nice bit of retail therapy at Trinity Shopping a Centre shortly.

Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

~ Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrators ~

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Feel free to browse the online catalogue on their Website (website) and drop me an email ( or call (01709 612660) to order some super products. If you are unsure what you might like then why don't you host a little workshop for your family or friends! I will come along and show you some of the products available and provide a 'Make and Take' project. You could even earn free or discounted products! It's a great way to get people together.

Please contact me for more details.



Wednesday, 12 March 2014

~ Getting all grungy ~

This is the first project I have cased recently, however I sorry I can't remember where from so can't credit the original design. I have altered it slightly, including the colour scheme. I've made 2 similar cards but with different colour variants.

I really like the result of these 2 cards. Simple in technique but love the grungy effect with feminine colours. I used the 2013-2015 in colour scheme from Stampin' Up. I've fallen in love with their natural white card stock which has specks of brown throughout and isn't quite as bright.

I'm loving sitting in my craft room on a sunny afternoon, just need some inspiration to strike.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 10 March 2014

~ It's that time of year again! ~

It's that time of year again! Count down to Gogogetaway. 

Here is the first pre-getaway challenge:

It's the 12th getaway so the challenge was to use the sketch below using only 12 elements.

I have created a layout using the sketch and here is a sneak peek. 

I will do a full reveal on Friday 28th March when Gogogetaway starts. It's gorgeous weather at the moment and I'm just hoping it lasts until getaway. They usually have the most gorgeous daffodils in the grounds of the hotel. However last year we had a lot of snow fall over the weekend so fingers crossed!

I best go and get ready to Zumba now x