Wednesday, 30 November 2016

How Long Have I been Missing?

Almost 4 weeks since I posted, the longest pause since I started my blog back back in 2008. The reason I have not been posting is that I have not been crafting either.
All of my crafty stash has been boxed up for the past month in the spare room while my kitchen has been refurbished.  I normally craft in there and store my craft materials there too.  Now the kitchen is nearly finished, and much of my stash is away, I am almost ready to begin crafting again.
As it is almost December, I thought I would share my materials that I will be using for my Christmas Journal.  Number 9 this year!!

 I have it all crammed into a 12x12 RUB in an effort to keep everything under control this year!

There is a tray on top for embellishments, and papers, stickers, stamps and letters are underneath.

I will be using a random selection of letters..

lots of stamps (some old, some new)...

Papers by Basic Grey (25th and Pine; one of their final Christmas kits)

dies to cut out my numbers (Can't believe I haven't prepared these yet)

and stickers that match the papers.

My journal will be a Simple Stories 6x8 like last year, but it isn't ready yet.
Hope the kitchen gets finished next weekend so I can get started on time.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

A pause in transmission...

Things are going to be quiet here on the blog over the next few weeks, as we will be having a new kitchen fitted. You may wonder why that would affect my blogging and crafting, but as all my crafty stash lives in the kitchen, it has been packed away until the new cupboards which will home it are fitted. I'm hoping normal service will resume by the end of November. After all, I need to be starting my Christmas journal by then!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Halloween House

Last year, Hannah and Chris decorated a gingerbread house with lots of Halloween cake decorations...made for a perfect photo!

 I used a Graphic 45 papers (I love their Halloween ranges).

The title is partly stickers, and the rest is stamped and cut out; a really old set by Autumn Leaves.

 I finished it off with a journalling block and a vintage key.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Hannah's First Holiday

Another golden oldie from the photo records here, Hannah with us in Margate back in 1992.

My sister lived in Margate at the time, as I had just finished maternity leave and money was tight, we stayed with her.

The papers are by Anna Grifin (Seafarer) perfect for seaside pages.

I did follow a Pagemaps j ournalling strips made a reappearance ...I hadn't used them in ages!

Friday, 21 October 2016


I made this page at a crop a couple of weeks ago, using photos I took of the street scenes on our journey home from the south coast.

I had to laugh when one of my fellow crafters asked where I took the photos!

The papers are Shimelle's first the heart vellum. The title is cut out from chipboard covered in the papers using a Sizzix die.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Devon Honeymoon

As I was searching through old photos I found these two of us taken on honeymoon back in 1990.

We had very little money, and with interest rates being so high back then, we didn't want to run up more debt, so had a few days in Devon together.

I used a PL style card for the sub title, and cut lots of flowers from the papers.
Looking back, I can't get over how young we looked!

Monday, 17 October 2016

No more babies...

My youngest reached 18 today, so our house is now officially child free. I do feel qiute sad really, the end of an era.

I did make my boy a card to mark the day.

The Earth is a layered stamp by Altenew, and the background is inked with Distress inks.

  I stamped the sentiments inside and out with a variety of Altenew stamps.