Friday, 20 October 2017

Die Cut Cards

I made a start on a few Christmas cards last weekend using a couple of sets of dies and some fun foam. 


The papers are also by Sizzix, a bargain set of 6x12 papers by Brenda Walter I picked up in their sale last year. 




The sentiment dies are by Altenew, I also added gems and enamel dots to finish them off. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Another Old Photo

I found this photo of an evening out for my sister's birthday when we were in our thirties. 


I recognised the place, a local pub called The Greyhound that overlooks the canal at the junction of the Coventry and Oxford canals called Sutton Stop.  As the photo was another from my pre-scrapbooking days I couldn't recall the date, but I do remember really enjoying the evening, and love the family photo; even I am in it!


I used Shimelle's Glitter Girl range of stash to make the layout, the cameras are cut from one of the papers, as are many of the other embellishments.


A few large enamel dots, stickers from the paper pad and the page was complete.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Apple Day 2017

Castle Bromwich Hall hosts a day to show the harvest of the gardens every year, we didn't make it last year as the weather was so bad, but this year it was a lovely autumnal afternoon.


There were pumpkins galore;


a pumpkin patch;






trees with apples still on them;



(and the kids relieved them of their harvest with a bit of cheeky scrumping!);


 a traditional Green Man;


and you could take along your own apple harvest to have the juice pressed.



A lovely day out for us all.

Friday, 13 October 2017

A Pre-Scrapbooking Photo

I had a sort out of my old photos a while back and found this old one of mine taken back in 2000.  I didn't start scrapbooking until 2003, so the photo is a really old one!


We had gone away for  few nights for our tenth wedding anniversary, it was the first time I had left all three children overnight, my youngest was only one at the time.  I remember the room was furnished with antiques and had a claw foot bath in the corner, along with an open fire.  Needless to say we had a lovely time.


I used the vintage looking Maggie Holmes papers to make my page.


The flower and doily were cut from the papers , I added some of the stamps from Altenew sets (Calendar and travel mini stamps).


I added wooden shapes, sequins and Docrafts and Tim Holtz washi tape, and the title is stamped with Versafine ink using a set by a UK stamp designer Toni Darroch for Stamps by Me.
Can't believe how young we both look in this photo, mind you, it is over 17 years old!




Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Girls Night Out

I've been loving the Papermania Capsule Pigment collection, and used it to make this layout about our summer holiday.


I went out with my sister and two daughters for cocktails on one of our nights down in Dorset. 


I love the large wooden letters and used them to make a huge title for my page along with smaller ones from the range. 


The layout was embellished with washi tape and bright adhesive spots and I finished it off with stamping: a large year stamp by Altenew, a little camera and words from an Amy Tan roller stamp.
Now we are properly into Autumn, the fun days of our summer holiday do seem so long ago.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Hardy's Inspiration

While wandering around Dorchester back in August, I noticed a blue plaque on an imposing Georgian house.


On reading it, it seems that Thomas Hardy was inspired after seeing this house to write that the Mayor of Casterbridge lived here. It certainly is an elegant building.  I used the Papermania Capsule Pigment range as the background papers and the washi tape.


The little shapes (that seem to go so well with the Papermania papers) are Paige Evans Turn the Page 2x2" card squares.


I fussy cut the birds and the flowers are from the sticker book.  The title stickers are Thickers along with some older tile stickers.
A shame the house is now a bank, but at least it is still in use!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Gilded Teapot

In Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, there is a quaint little tea shop selling loose teas and coffee.


Katie loves to drink tea and buys her leaves online from this shop, so it was lovely to visit it in person.  It was decorated in vintage style with old tea caddies, suitcases and teapots.


I broke into my new Paige Evans kit, Turn the Page, to make the layout. When my paper pad arrived, I took a few of the pages and fussy cut out elements: stars,  tea cups and birds.  The all appear in clusters on the layout, along with a few of the puffy stickers.


I added a geometric clip by Papermania and a title using stickers from the sticker book and pink glittery Thickers.  Loving this range, especially the 2x2" books, so I can see me making a lot of layouts from it.