Sunday, 20 August 2017

Holiday Photos

You probably guessed that I have been away for a couple of weeks as blogging has been very thin on the ground.  We headed south to Dorset (as usual) and although the weather was mixed, we did get to spend a few days on the beach.

Although all the kids are now grown up, they still came along with us, along with my sister and her family and my Mum and Dad. They may be adults, but are never too old to make sandcastles!

The summer clouds in the skies did make for lovely pictures of the beach.

Mum and Dad had bought an inflatable canoe, so the lads made full use of it.

...and although the sea looks deep here, it was only about waist height (just shallow enough for me to get near and grab a shot).

My sister's son had a birthday while we were away.

It was a dull day so all twelve of us went ten pin bowling.

My Dad (who is 78) was the winner!

We had fun at the amusements...

...on the bumper cars,

and my favourite, the carousel.

We had two boyfriends along this year, Matthew with Katie, and Hannah and Chris (so grown up now) rented a beautiful flat for themselves with a glorious view over an SSSI salt wetland to the sea. 

On another poor day we headed to Portland with Chis (our friendly geologists!) along to help us.

One of the huge flat slabs at the Bill had slipped down last winter due to it being undermined by the waves, strange to think we had been walking on that for the past 40 years visiting the Isle.

 Hannah and Harry under the lighthouse.

Hannah and Daddy looking out to sea.

Hannah and Chris at Pulpit Rock.

Not all the days were dull, these final photos show the blue skies we are more used to in Weymouth.  The Tudor House;

Katie and I spent a sunny morning in the Nothe Gardens

On the way back to the beach we chose to take the ferry as a shortcut across the harbour.  Now, this ferry sounds a fancy affair, but it is just a pair of rowing boats that cross the water for £1 a head.

On a lovely day, the trip does give a lovely view of the harbour.

 While away I did make a couple of scrapbook pages, so will share them later in the week.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Unlucky Fried Kitten

Ever since I have known Kevin, he hasn't been keen on fast food.  Unlucky Fried Kitten has always been his name for KFC!

When Hannah's rescue kittens decided to explore our brand new barbecue a couple of years ago, I knew this would be the perfect title for a scrapbook page.

The layout was made using a kit from one of the last that Basic Grey released, I added a few stamps dotted around the page, along with a cute set of kitty washi tapes from Hobbycraft.

The title is a mix of Thickers along with alphabet stickers from the Basic Grey set. I added a couple of Sizix die-cut cats by Katie Skilton to finish off the layout.

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Castle Hotel

When in Aberystwyth back in May, we stayed in a hotel above a pub.  The building had been recently refurbished and we had one of the best rooms in the place,  Up on the second floor, with a little circular window, our room was far enough from the pub below to be quiet, and positioned to get a lovely view of the sea.

I took a few photos of the Victorian pub, the orange bricks went really well with these Citiscape papers designed by Kelly Purkey for for Basic Grey.

I really loved the geometric grey and orange... so much so that I didn't use all of it!

I stamped the title using an old Tim Holtz alphabet (Circus I think) in Fired Brick ink by Altenew. The vintage look seemed perfect for the theme of the page.

 The embellishments are by a bargain set picked up in Hobbycraft. A bit of washi tape finished the page off.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Not More Cocktails!

Cocktails are so popular at the moment that I have taken many photos of them, and made more than one layout.

The current trend for all things tropical made for the ideal background for this page.  Most of the flowers are cut from Trimcraft Paradise Crush (I sent an afternoon sitting in front of the TV cutting out flowers, birds and butterflies!) and the papers are by Maggie Holmes and Trimcraft.

I loved the floral vellum added to the bottom of the page, it is one of those papers I preferred to just look at, not to use.

The title is a Dear Lizzy set picked up as a bargain from Hobbycraft.  Really pleased with how this one turned out.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Another Powis page

When we travelled to Wales back in May, we took along Kevin's mum and dad for the short break. It's been ages since we had a few days away with them; when the children were small they came along to Weymouth with us a few times. Seems so long ago now.

On this page, taking centre stage is the photo of John and Kathleen, with the gardens of Powis behind them. As the castle is high on a hill, the wisteria is much later coming into flower and so was still in full bloom.   Smelled gorgeous.

To make the page I used more really old stash, a set by WRMK that must be over 10 years old.

 The stamp is by Altenew, embellishments are partly chipboard some wooden ones and a few enamel dots to make it look more up to date.

Saturday, 5 August 2017


I rarely begin preparing for Christmas so early in the year,  October is my usual starting point, but this year I felt the urge to get ahead. I had picked up a few Sizzix dies in the sale last year, a nd saw them being used on the TV, so got cutting myself.

I love this Father Christmas by British designer Pete Hughes.  He makes for a lovely clean and simple card design, the only thing I needed to add  was  a few sequins for some extra sparkle.

The angel is also one of his designs, after cutting in a variety of different types of card (rose gold ,  textured and glitter ) I spent an enjoyable afternoon snipping and paper piecing them together.

Simple stamped sentiments by Tim Holtz and again a few sequins completed the cards.

Twelve down, a few more to make!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Below Stairs

Whenever we visit old houses, one of my favourite places to visit is the servants quarters. We went below stairs in Powis Castle to find a Victorian kitchen, along with clothes to dress up as servants. We were delighted to find that (for a change) they were not only for children,  but fit adults too!

The  Caldwells have never been known to pass up an occasion for fancy dress, so Kev and both his parents donned 19th century garb as I took a few photos!

The page was made using vintage looking papers by Crate,  more old stash that I'm trying to chop my way through.

It would work too, if I didn't keep seeing (and more to the point buying) new stash 😁 The embellishments are cut from an old fifties style kitchen range of papers. A few splatters of Smooch gold spray and the page was done.