Saturday, 30 July 2011

Holiday Crafting

Well I am blogging from Beadnell where I am resident in my parents caravan. I arrived on Friday morning and my lovely son Fraser and his lovely girlfriend Emma came along for the weekend.

We have been blessed with fantastic weather so far so have been sitting outside reading, having a bbq and lovely walks on the beach which if you read my blog will know is my favourite thing to do in the world

In between reading in the sun I managed my first layout today. I scraplifted it from one called The Big Day by the talented Rachael Elliot so I hope she doesnt mind

In 2008 Fraser was a patrol leader at the Scottish International Scout Jambourette held in Blair Atholl. As part of the hospitality for foreign Scouts we had to host one of them for a week after the camp. Fraser befriended Alex who was from Gibraltar and brought him back for the week. We took him to the caravan at Beadnell and on the way home Fraser wanted me to stop at the English/Scottish border so that him and Alex could get their picture taken. I used Echo Park Dots and Stripes papers and craft card which I got at a recent crop from the lovely Angela fromm Angel Crafts. Hopefully this will be the first of many layouts from my week long break

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Oooooohh Look What the Postie Brought!!!!!!!!!

I recently suscribed to Quirky kits and when Leo posted that the first kit I would get was to be reminiscent of vintage seaside I couldnt wait to get my sticky mitts on it.

I am not usually a fan of being rudely awakened from bed by a knock on the door at 7.30 pm but on Monday it was the postie bearing a pizza box.

Look what was inside. The kit itself was wrapped up in this adorable pink and white polka dot tissue and all tied up with bakers twine. It looked almost too good to open.

Once inside though I was delighted, the papers are lush, the embellies are fab and I just love the seagull pin and the seaside badges. It will be a thought to cut up those lovely papers but I am already planning in my head what I will do with them. I have some black and white piccies of me on the beach as a wee girl in my beloved Beadnell and I think a layout with them could well be on the cards. I also bought one of those lovely 7 gypsies atc type trays and plan on making a seaside themed display in it.

I am off to the caravan next week so I think the kit will be coming with me so watch this space for some creations.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

A Vintage Card

I made this card at the EK crop last week. Angela from Angel Crafts brought along some vintage scraps and small cards and challenged us to make a card using them. I used some For the Record papers, some lace and a punched out butterfly inked with brushed sage distress ink with another one layered on top.from an old book page, again inked with brushed sage. I trimmed roundbthe floral scraps and layered them round the vintage scraps.  For a final touch I added a brass clock charm.  I was quite pleased with the result.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Just A Simple Wedding Card

Just a quick post from me today with a simple wedding card for a friend at work. Some Echo Park Be Mine papers with a bird and bird cage cut for me by my friend Heather on her new cricut.  Simple but classy I think.  All the best for Monday Lauren and Aengus can't wait to see you at your reception at Loch Lomond.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

EK Crop & Craft Update

I just realised that as my poor wee blog has been neglected for so long until I posted the cj pics yesterday I hadnt updated on how the new crop went.

Audrey and I were delighted as 18 people turned up to both the June and the July ones and in fact not the same 18 for both due to holidays etc. We could not believe the response. Its fab. They are such a great bunch of crafting girlies and we have been told that there is such a friendly atmosphere which is exactly what we wanted to achieve. After paing the rent the profits from the June one were passed on to Karen (one of our members) who is running a series of charity crops this year to raise funds for Arthritis care as her daughter suffers from this badly. Audrey and I felt that was a fitting way to start what we hope will be a real community group. The profit from the July crop has gone to buy some second hand trestle tables so that we can accomodate more crafters in months to come. We hope the club continues to go from strength to strength and are delighted to have the support of Angel of Angel Crafts who comes along to crop but also brings along her yummy shop to tempt us all with crafting lovlieness.

I am hoping to blog more regularly once my blog has a makeover courtesy of a lovely teamie on a cj I am doing on UKS at the moment. I just need to get my ideas to her. I know exactly the look I want in my head but translating that into something written down is proving more difficult.

I will leave you with a couple of recent layouts as its ages since I posted any here

This one is of my Mum aged four with my grandparents. I have used Lily Bee Papers from the This and That range from a recent Gottacraft kit - you cant really see from the photo but the flower has been made from a circle of cream tulle gathered up with a flower made from black lace on top. I think this is my favourite layout I have done for a while

This next one was done for a recently weekly challenge set by Jo (Wonky) and is a picture of Tynemouth Priory which I took the first weekend I stayed with my friend Heather.

and the final one for now is one of my daughter and her friend when they were carrying on posing for funny photos at the caravan a few years ago. I used glimmer mists on the background paper but the camera hasnt picked these up very well.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Take One Sketch CJ

I have just embarked on another cj on UKS. This one is a sketch one and I am hoping that mine comes back and fills me full of inspiration.

I wanted this to be a wee bit different to my other cjs so I have made the pages with C5 manilla envelopes so that the right hand side of ,a double  page will form a pocket to hold the sketch and sign in instad of a tag. .

I have attached a few piccies of it.

For some reason the picture of the front cover has gone all yellow which it isnt really in real life.