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LSNED catch up

I’ve fixed my LSNED book, adding in a page and moving stuff about, so that I could fit in the 21st of September that I’d missed out! It means that tuesday became a double spread, but that worked out okay! Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

I spent a few hours on tuesday last week looking for quotes to put on our Creative Creatures website, but the quotes were inspiring me too, especially the one on the right. It’s about not worrying about whether you are original or not, if you just create without thinking about it you will be original. This is something I always worry about, and it’s silly, because really I know everything has my unique style stamped on it.
My daughter was feeling a bit ill on Wednesday, but watching TV in bed for a bit cheered her up!
I can’t manage to do an online food shop without forgetting to buy lots of things I need!
My mum and stepdad came to stay, it was lovely to see them, and my daughter loved all the attention she got!
I used to always draw with pencil, though I often went over it with pen afterwards. Lately I’ve been drawing straight with pen, and I’m loving it. I think it makes my pictures a lot more lively and confident. I got some new drawing pens on Saturday so let loose with them on this page!
That’s it for today. Me and little one are still in our PJ’s and it’s nearly 11am so I’m thinking we should really go and get dressed! Hope you have a good day! xxx

weekend pics

Sorry I’ve been absent for a few days. I know I said I’d be showing you some more LSNED pages, but I had a slight problem with my LSNED book. I suddenly realised that I had missed out a page, and done all the pages since then with the wrong dates (four of them). I’m the kind of person that it would drive me crazy if I just left it, so instead I’ve been ripping out bits, sticking in new pages, and changing all the dates. Now I’m waiting for some PVA glue to dry before I can scan all the pages and show them to you!
I’n the meantime, I’ve also been busy having fun the last few days, with a visit from my mum and stepdad, and a day out to Kingston Lacy House with hubby and daughter. Some photos:
A walk to collect some blackberries….

… and to feed the ducks!

Little one got her facepainted at the Hobbycraft birthday celebration.

Sunny poses in the Kingston Lacy gardens.

Even the butterflies felt like posing!

The house is quite impressive.

Little one behaved most of the way around and was rewarded at the end, with a room that hhad toys to play with!

So that’s what I’ve been up to this weekend! I also got my next DT project done for the Fiskarettes blog – these autumnal cards:

Details on how I made them can be seen on the Fiskarettes blog here.
We’re off out in a minute, to pop to some shops. Hubby wants to buy a wine making kit, as a friend of ours has one and hubby is jealous of the cheap wine! So he might be getting into homebrewing!
Bye for now xxx
Scrapbook Layouts

The Paper Variety and LSNED

There’s a new challenge blog called The Paper Variety, and today I finished a layout for their second challenge. It’s a recipe challenge to use borders, autumnal colours, and inspiration from a movie for your title or journaling. Here’s my layout (click to enlarge):

I made a border for the whole page by making a crumpled paper frame. I took a 12×12 piece of Urban Rhapsody ‘Points of Interest’ flat paper by K&Co, cut an 8×8 square out of the middle, and then spritzed it all over with water. Then I gently crumpled it all up, and flatened it again a bit, shaping the paper how I wanted it to be when dry. I let it dry almost completely – then I finished it off with a with a heat gun! Once dry I handstiched it to a piece of ‘carob’ Bazill Basics using wool of the same shade as the hat in the photo. I quite liked the frame, but the page was a bit too brown, so I cut a thin strip off the edges of the carob cardstock and then mounted it onto pink Papermania cardstock, but you can’t see this very clearly in the pic as it’s only a narrow edge.
We’d been watching Mulan just before I saw the challenge so I used a quote from there: “The greatest gift, and honour, is having you for a daughter.” And as my daughter is wearing the hat that was a gift from Sian, I talked about this too – as it’s a treasure to know that there’s lovely geneous people out there in the world (and a lot of them are bloggers / crafters!)
You can see the challenge here, they have this fab kit up for grabs from The Treasure Box Club:
I also have some LSNED pages to show you, I’m catching up a bit, but still have a few to do! Click on any to enlarge:

Finally (blimey, I had a lot to show you today), my layout for my second Fiskarettes DT project:

Using lots of Fiskars stamps and inks, and their self-inking stamp press. If you want more details on how this was put together see here.

I shall try and post a couple more LSNED pages tomorrow! xx


photos from the weekend

I’m lucky that my best friend Rosie’s family are very welcoming, they treat me like one of their own. Me and my little girl went with Rosie to visit them at the weekend. Here’s some photos:
Rosie’s step-dad carrying my little girl after I was tired out!
Rosie carrying my daughter after her step-dad was tired out!
A funky hat – a gift from Rosie’s Mum
It was a bit more blustery the next day!
I had a lovely relaxing weekend, so thank-you to Rosie for taking us, and to her mum and step-dad for welcoming us into their house.
I’m now quite behind on LSNED, but I’m trying not to let myself get too stressed out by this when I have a million other things to do! xx
Get Crafting

making and baking

We had a day of wandering around some shops on Wednesday, looking for a few wedding bits for my friend Rosie. It was a little depressing as I have absolutely no money to spend and kept seeing stuff I’d like, but hey-ho, I just have to hope I won’t be broke forever (click to enlarge):

On Thursday night Rosie came round to make some mock-ups of her wedding invitations, which was lots of fun (click to enlarge):

And we also made this super yummy chocolate cake:

Me and my daughter are going away with Rosie for the weekend, to visit Rosie’s family, snoop around her wedding venue, and go for some nice walks. So our bags are packed, my daughter has her hair in bunches, and we’re ready to go:

I’ll be back on Monday! xx


LSNED catch up

Sorry I’ve been a bit behind with showing you my LSNED pages. I still haven’t done yesterdays, but here’s the 9th through to the 14th for you to see. Click on any photo to see it larger, or click here to go to my online album to see the book so far in case you missed any.
I haven’t got much to do today other than housework and playing with little one, which I’m quite looking forward to. And this evening Rosie is coming round to try and make some invites for her wedding, so that should be lots of fun! Bye for now, xxx
Scrapbook Layouts

beautiful people

I am lucky enough to know lots of people who are beautiful inside and out, and I’ve been making layouts about a couple of them. The first is about my best friend Rosie (click to enlarge):

(Supplies: Papermania light yellow cardstock, Daisy D’s Beacon Hill ‘Bull & Finch Pub’ paper, Collage Press journaling card, Papermania doiley stamp, Studio G flower stamp, American Crafts ‘Vera’ vinyl pink letter stickers, Papermania brad making refill kit, book paper, envelope paper, Bunty annual, Alice in Wonderland playing card, handmade paper, lace trim, old key, bead from a bracelet, heart earring, white ribbon cut from inside t-shirt, Magnetic Poetry word bead, pink and blue acrylic paints.)

I followed Sketchy Thursdays October GDT challenge sketch:

As the sponsor this month is Gauche Alchemy, I decided to go with their ethos and try to use lots of upcycled items. I met Rosie when we were on a literature and writing degree, and now we have a business running creative writing workshops, so a lot of the items were book related! I particularly like the Alice in Wonderland playing card, which is from a card game I bought about 7 years ago and have never played, so I decided the pack would be put to more use if it was integrated into my stash:

You can also see in the above pic a bead and a key – I have a box full of old jewellery bits that I can add to projects (the heart earring on top of the journaling card is also from this box), and they’re tied together using white ribbon cut from inside a t-shirt (the bits you’re supposed to use to hang it up with). There’s some lace trim I bought at a car boot sale stitched onto the page underneath them. The comic strip looking paper in the background is from an old Bunty annual, I scanned the page in and then applied a sepia effect before printing it so it fitted my colour scheme.
To keep with the literary theme I made two flowers out of book paper. As we also run a business together I made the other two flowers out of envelopes – the kind you get statements and bills etc. in – have you ever noticed the cool patterns some of these have inside? A friend pointed it out to me recently and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t realised it before!
The strip of paper that’s tucked behind the flowers was handmade by Rosie, and the brad on the left was given to me by her for my last birthday, so this page is about her in more ways than one! She saw the layout this afternoon and I think she likes my ode to her!
The other layout I have to show you is of my sister Katy and my daughter, looking all glamorous on Swanage beach even though the wind was blowing sand into their faces (click to enlarge):

(Supplies: Papermania black, pink and blue cardstocks, Thickers ‘Roller Rink’ glitter white letter stickers, Fiskars ‘Everywhere – Square’ punch, Fiskars ‘Christmas 2’ and ‘Scrapbook’ clear stamp sets, Papermania foam swirl stamp, Fiskars ‘Christmas’ shape template, Sakura moonlight blue Gellyroll pen, Papermania blue shimmer dots, Collage Press journaling card, pink and white acrylic paints, Brilliance white ink pad, pink button brads, lace trim.)

I feel a bit drab when I’m with them, they always look like movie stars!

This was my first DT project for the Fiskarettes blog, you can see details on how I put the layout together here. The harlequin style diamond pattern was made with a brand new punch they sent me – not even available to the public yet – makes me feel special! It’s a magnetic punch that can cut windows anywhere on the page. It will come in really handy for aperture cards.

I have a lot of LSNED pages to show you, I’ll post them tomorrow. I’m going shopping in the morning with Rosie, to find a few bits for her wedding next year, very excited!