Oct 29, 2012

The Look

This is my LO for the Creative Craft World Challenge this month. This is the first time I have played along with the challenge and I found out about from my UKScrappers teamie Heather when she won the challenge last month. Pop over here to see her lovely page as guest designer this month.

We all know ‘The Look’ dont we, the one the kids give us when they are fed up of us mum’s pointing the camera at them 24 /7 to capture every moment for our scrapbooking ?  Tony’s look says it all really!

This is the sketch we had to work with and my LO . . . . .

Scrap Map Oct[12]

I substituted the four photo’s for just one and set about playing with gesso and inks. I used the Its A Boy’s Life papers from Echo Park as they matched the colours in the photo perfectly but they were too bright and I wanted the photo to be the main focus so with a coat of gesso over the top it toned everything down. I got carried away with the gesso and even painted straight onto my photo!  I know, scary stuff!  I love the way it turn out.


Even the alpha’s had a bit of a make-over. The plain white foam Thickers looked too clean and crisp so I doodled around them with a brown journaling pen.


Pop over the the Creative Craft World Challenge blog to see all the other entries this month.

Oct 25, 2012

Introducing . . . . .

Eli, Mo and Ethan!

Remember the orphaned kittens I was telling you about in my last post ?  Well, these are the furbabies in question. Eli and Mo are the black kittens and the cute little tabby is Ethan. They have settled in really well and after only 2 weeks you would never believe they were feral, all of them love a cuddle and play. Ethan would be the most shy of the boys and Mo is definitely the most mischievous !  They will be here for a fair while yet so no doubt they will be making a few more appearances on my blog.


Oct 22, 2012

Im Backkkk!!!!!!


Phew!  What a fortnight I have had. First stop was my retreat at Loch House Farm with some of my teamies from UKS and what a blast we had. Laugh, chat, eat, sing and scrap . . .  basically we had a ball. I managed 10 LO’s and a mini book whilst I was away (I know . . .  crazy productive … lol)  The mini book is constructed awaiting photo’s so once they are in I will share that in a separate post, but for now here are just some of the LO’s I did (some I cant share just yet)

The twins with their chicken pops back in 2000 -


Tony doing ‘you know what’ in the bath tub -


All three of our munchkins enjoying the hot tub back in 2002 -


And Joe aged 2½ giving me the biggest bestest smile face ever! -


Joe looking rather dapper in my sunglasses this summer -

This Boy (1 of 1)

And finally, Joe showing off his catch of the day!


I’ll share the rest over the next few days as one or two of them just need a few finishing touches.

So after 5 wonderful days with the girls I flew home to recuperate before the next retreat. Well, that was the idea . . . but oh no, it never quite works out as we plan does it. After a good nights sleep in my own bed on the Monday night I woke on Tuesday feeling just a tad tired but that was OK as I had nothing much to do other then sifted through photo’s ready for the retreat coming up that weekend. The phone rings. Its my vet. Three orphaned feral kittens have been brought in to be destroyed  . . . .  the rescue shelter cant / wont take them (apparently because black kittens are so hard to rehome!)and my vet is having a hard time putting these babies to sleep as they are so clean and healthy and thriving. Will I take them ?   . . . . .  oh course I will!!  I immediately set to work erecting the kitten pen then went off to pick them up. They are doing great!  They are so cute and I will introduce them to you all in a separate post dedicated just to them.

So, back to the plan. Of course having 3 babies in the house is just a bit distracting so getting my stuff ready for the retreat went a but haywire. Friday came around and I was jetting off again, this time to Coventry to attend the Creative HeART and Soul Retreat. Wow!  What a retreat. Debbie and Tracie the organisers did a fabulous job. Everything was wonderful and all the little ‘extras’ they put on for us were delightful.  Our teachers for the weekend were Erin & Laura fco-owners rom Glitz Design, Jody Sanford the co-owner from Fancy Pants and Tracie Hudson who taught the Authentique Classes. I havent finished any of my projects from the classes yet but I will hopefully get them done during this week. Its mostly finishing touches and adding photo’s to mini books.

And breathe!  So, just a bit exciting, just a bit tiring but a whole lot of fun.  I dont have time to sit back and relax though . . . . over on UK Scrappers there is a cyber crop starting this Friday to celebrate its 10th birthday and a few months ago I was contacted by MaryAnne and asked to do a class. I was so honoured to be asked, its my first time at doing a class for such a wide audience (I have only done one for my teamies in the past) and Im just a bit nervous about it all. My class goes live at 3pm this Friday and its a mini book class . . . pop over and join in the fun, there are going to be loads of great classes going live over a 10 day period and everyone can join in.

Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 1, 2012

Windswept Sookie

Its the first of the month so time for the reveal in my Scrap-A-Sketch group!
This month was Lisa’s turn to choose our sketch and she selected this one from
Dusty Attic. Its not one of my favourite sketches but there were elements
of it that I did like so I decided to use those on my LO.

You can see from my finished LO that the lacing effect is there, the photo placement
with the strip at the bottom and the tag, although I chose to put my tag at the top of my photo instead of at the side.

The photo is of our adorable Sookie taken during her first trip to the beach. She absolutely loved it!  She was not in the least bit bothered by the crashing waves of the ocean and she loved the sand.



Notice the ‘Love It’ in the centre of the heart ?  Its from the bottom of the Coordinations Cardstock!  I was trimming off the bottom strip when I spotted it – ooh perfect to go onto my LO!  I removed the button from the centre of the Prima bloom and relocated on the tag. To go in its place I used a chipboard heart in the centre and then popped the ‘Love it’ piece of card on top.


The tag serves well for the journaling and then tucks behind the photo neatly:


The paw print brad was a must!  I have a whole packet of these that are slowly getting used on various furbaby LO’s:


I am so excited to finally be in October!  This is set to be a great fun month for me. In a few days I am heading off to bonnie Scotland to meet up with some wonderful friends for a 5 day scrapping fest then its home for 4 days to get refreshed and refuelled before jetting off to another scrappy retreat with friends at the Creative Heart & Soul Retreat in Coventry. Spoilt ?  Yes you might say that! With all this creative gathering I should have plenty to share on my blog during November.

Towards the end of the month there are a few fun things planned too but more of that later on!

Thanks for stopping by today x