Saturday, August 22, 2015


Ok, I just got home from work so I'm a little later than expected with this post but it's worth the wait!

I get to blow my own horn a little as a couple of months ago I surprisingly (more like totally astonishingly!!) won the monthly challenge over at Scrap Around The World!!!!

I don't know if you're familiar with this challenge blog but I drop in pretty regularly to ooooh and ahhhh over the DT creations and equally awesome entries from scrappers all over the world and occasionally, when I have the time I'll link up my own effort.

The first time I entered I managed to snag an 'Honourable Mention" which believe me pleased me no end, but the second time I actually won!

After my initial disbelief, then happy dance, came the reality that I'd be invited as a Guest Designer, and that's when the panic set in.

The SATW blog is constantly full of the most amazing creations which are totally inspiring, so my only hope is that I wouldn't embarrass myself! Lol

Anyhow, here is the current Mood Board I was given for inspiration:

Gorgeous it is too.

I could have gone so many routes with this, but in the end I decided to take a little from each of the photographs.

Here's my interpretation:

Lots of layers behind the photo's including paper, die cuts, embossed chipboard and thread, and just to mess up that gorgeous 'map' background paper a little, I added texture paste through a stencil and inked coffee mug stains.

A vintage style photo slide seemed the perfect place to tuck a little wooden bicycle.......

.........and the title was created by using my Cameo to cut 4 layers of cardstock, glue them together for a little extra dimension then inked to match the colour scheme.

Finally, a great little quote in the top corner which I've always liked, and I thought it would be fun to place it on 'signpost' style strips.

I think that's about all and I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome.......think I can hold my head up!

There's still time to join in with this months Mood Board Challenge so feel free to link up your own interpretation......there's always a whole bunch of fabulous prizes up for grabs.

A big thanks to the SATW team for the honour of winning and the awesome Guest DT opportunity.  I'll definitely be stopping by on a regular basis for my dose of inspiration.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you next week,

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sketchy Friday at Scrapmuch? - The Deep

Good morning!

I can't quite believe how fast the weeks turn around these days, but yes it's Friday again and time for another Sketch Challenge over at Scrapmuch?

My page this week showcases a couple of photo's that make me smile, from a day trip to Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto earlier this year.

I think it's the look of combined terror and joy from my eldest daughter that draws a chuckle from me.

The Deep

And here's the Sketch it was based on:

I stuck with it for the most part, just tweaked a couple of elements and changed up the number of photo's obviously.

The background started with texture paste and a stencil, then a little Gesso sponged messily around the edge of the page.

A section of chipboard received the same Gesso'd treatment and was then layered with a couple of die cuts, sticker and starfish embellie.

Finally, a simple title cut using my Cameo, and a touch of doodling to finish things off.

Why not play along with us this week as the sketch is pretty versatile.....lots of scope to change things up however you please!  Don't for get to link up over on the Scrapmuch blog and check out the creations from the rest of the DT.

That's it from me but I'll be back tomorrow with a special, blow my own horn kinda post.......they don't happen too often so indulge me! Lol

Have a great Friday,

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mmmm Hot Chocolate

How's it going?

Just dropping in with another well overdue (to be blogged anyhow!) layout!

This one is the second from my Two Scrapbook Friends DT Kit using the Cozy collection by Authentique so as you may guess, it's a Wintery kinda page.  The title sort of gives things away, and although I'm guessing most of us wouldn't settle down with a steaming hot mug at this time of year, in my book, you can enjoy something sweet all year round.

So here we go:

Mmmmm Hot Chocolate

The background started off with a layer of clear Gesso, then mist smudged with a watery paintbrush.

There's also texture paste stencilled on there and some stamped coffee mug stains.  A little collection of embellies in the top corner, and I do love that 'knitted' print paper.

More layers of punched papers and Gesso splattered chipboard behind the photo's, and a little journalling printed onto vellum.

Finally, a small cluster of flowers and chipboard snowflakes.....all dabbed with more Gesso.

That's about all folks so I'll try to get back again over the weekend with another page.

Have a good week,

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sketchy Friday at Scrapmuch? - It's All In The Smile

Well hello there!

Another week has flown by but I have finally finished work for the day, so it's time to catch up on this weeks Sketchy Friday challenge over on the Scrapmuch? blog.

This weeks sketch is a beauty and I definitely see myself using this one again sometime.  Here's my page for this week:

It's All In The Smile

And here's that sketch I mentioned:

So, obviously I flipped it 90 degrees to accommodate the proportions of my photographs, but I do love working with smaller prints so this sketch suits me perfectly.

I started with a fabulous wood grain patterned paper from MME for my background (can't go wrong with a wood grain in my book!), then continued with a Tim Holtz stencil and some Martha Stewart Texture Paste for the sunburst element.

A single flower flourish and a looped/stapled strip of paper for embellishment.

I love that some of the most effective embellies, such as this simple curled piece of paper, happen to be the cheapest and most accessible!

Finally, a little random stamping to complete the look.

That's me done, but I know you're dying to create your own page with this weeks Sketch so go ahead!  Just don't forget to link up over on the Scrapmuch? Blog to be in with a chance of winning this months prize.

I'm off to go see what the rest of the Team has been up to so have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

True Happiness

Well hello there!

So let's catch up shall we?  There's been far too little blogging around here recently and as I still have Winter pages to post, I think I'd better get moving before this Winter decides to make an appearance.

You'll have to forgive grammar and spelling today as I'm not moving all that quickly.......the results of a Birthday sleepover for my eldest last night.......5 girls, lot's of food, movies, chatter and a full on pillow fight complete with war paint at one point - but it was all good fun and we did sleep.....eventually!

So, today's page is from what feels like eons ago (because it was!) and was part of a DT Kit from Two Scrapbook Friends......the Cozy Collection by Authentique.

This first page uses some treasured photo's of my girls when there were small.....I just love the expressions on their faces, but I have been told by certain people (you know who you are!!) that this is not a 'Jayne' page at all!

Not sure why but I guess you can decide for yourselves:

True Happiness

It starts with a fab little background cut from 'Birch' grain paper on my Silhouette and layered on top of Kraft.

There's also a textured white embossing powder dabbed here and there for a snowy effect.

A few layers of stickers, paper and thread hold the photo's, and I do like those brass mittens and natural hemp. 

Finally the action shots......framed with Kraft, photo corners and a little white Gesso around the edges.

The title was also cut using my Cameo.

There we down......a few more to go!

Have a wonderful day enjoying the sunshine I hope and I'll see you in a couple of days,

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sketchy Friday at Scrapmuch? - Family

Well hello there......remember me?!

I am trying to get back at it - the crafting/blogging that is now that my In-laws have returned home to England.  It's not that I don't want to scrap whilst they're here,  I just like to make the most of it when any of my family's amazing how much you can miss general adult conversation! Lol

Anyhow, it's time for another wonderful Sketch Challenge over on the Scrapmuch? blog and as I took a hiatus 2 weeks ago, I thought I'd better get back at it this week.

In keeping with the whole 'family' kinda conversation, here's my layout for this week:


There's nothing subtle about those background colours now is there.....Good Day Sunshine from Simple Stories.

Here is this weeks Sketch from Laura:

So for my page, I decided to flip the sketch horizontally and change up those background circles a little by using Viewfinder die cuts instead.

Various layers here and there including a few carefully placed stickers to interpret the top panel in the Sketch.

I also used a fine line brown marker to doodle a few lines around the photo a little more definition to that group.

Finally, a simple title cut using my Cameo, and a scattering of wooden and enamel dots.

Another page and another trip to Niagara Falls completed....bring on the next!

Why not join in with this weeks sketch and link up over on the Scrapmuch? blog to be in with a chance of winning a prize?

There's also a bunch of inspiration there too from the rest of the DT.

I will be back on Monday with the start of my new regime to get back into the swing of things......there are layouts to be blogged including 'Winter' pages so I think I'd better make a start!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you then,

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch? - Lucy

Well unlike the title's obviously not Friday, but as usual I seem to be playing a game of catch-up for the current Scrapmuch? sketch challenge!

Relatives arrived from England a few days ago and are staying with us for a month which pleases me no end, but means the house is generally busy (crazy at times) and quite often loud!

I am going to try and carve out my own little crafty time, but find myself drawn to the adult conversation and goings on in the house (Lol) post this week is late.....apologies!

The sketch this time around however was another lovely little bit of inspiration, and I decided to go the vintage route.

I dug into a tattered envelope of old photographs my FIL had brought over a few years ago and found a beauty of my husbands Grandmother (or Nan as we like to say).


I believe she was around 18 at the time and this photograph I'm guessing, was probably in a small oval frame on a mantel or some such place, as it was quite jaggedly cut by hand.

I cut a vintage style frame using my Silhouette to hide those edges.

Layered papers, flowers, glittered chipboard and mesh ribbon.......

Here's Laura's sketch before I forget!

As you can see there is a larger panel in the background of the sketch, which I felt would probably overpower my page.  I wanted to keep some of the white space, but needed a little something.

If all else fails......doodle I say!

OK so this was the final Scrapmuch? sketch for the month of June, but we'll be back this Friday with another round of inspiration for you.....feel free to play along for a chance of winning a prize.

Have a great day,

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sketchy Friday at Scrapmuch? - So Loved

Good morning!

It's time to get your craft on with a brand new Sketch and Challenge over at the Scrapmuch? blog.

I haven't had much time myself for crafting recently, so I thoroughly enjoyed carving out a little time for this one.

Here goes:

So Loved

And here is this weeks wonderful Sketch:

I decided to condense most of the design to the central area of the page, used smaller photo's and therefore left a larger area of white space.  It always amazes me how sketches can produce such different results each time, even when all the basic elements are there.....just by altering a few  minor details.

The starting point for this page (other than the sketch!) was my burning desire to use my new Prima stamps.  The dripping paint effect has been a long fave of mine, but to be quite honest I'm far to lazy to try to recreate it!  Along comes a set of stamp that takes away all the hard work!

This time around I used pastels to blend with my choice of papers (I Am by Simple Stories), but I look forward to experimenting with more vibrant colours in the future.

There's an eclectic mix of Washi tape, paper strips, messy thread, pencil circles and chevrons (using a brayer and gold paint) lurking in the background.

And more layers provided by die cuts, vintage style photo slide frames, and of course.......a pin button - can't go without one of those now can we?!!

A modest sprinkling of enamel dots and that's about all from me.

We would love for you to join us with this or any of the four sketch challenges provided over on the Scrapmuch? blog.  There's always a chance to win a fabulous prize and a whole bunch of inspiration there too from the rest of the DT.

Have an awesome weekend,

The colours, chevrons, and touches of gold on this page were totally inspired by the gorgeous mood board over at Scrap Around The World this month.  However, when I completed and posted the page on my blog, I somehow thought I'd missed the deadline for entering this months challenge!

Duh.....I just realised it's still open till the end of the month so this baby will be heading over there.

Here's the mood board:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch? - Everyday Snapshots

Good morning!

It's time for a brand new Sketch Challenge over on the Scrapmuch? blog, which means it's about time for a page on here from me!

Here's this weeks effort:

Everyday Snapshots

........and of course the lovely new sketch from Laura:

I pretty much stuck to the sketch, just added an extra 'wallet' sized photo on there.

I also decided on a 'peek-a-boo' kinda thing by folding the corner of my paper, then tucking embellies behind.

Layers and a couple of my faves here......flair and thread!

My title was cut using my Cameo, and the circle element is a chipboard frame from Creative this company and always reasonably priced!

Finally, a scattering of enamel dots together with a good measure of my signature 'faux' stitching here and there and we're done.

This is the part where I now tell you to run to your scrappy hideaway, get creating so that you can create your own masterpiece,  then link up over on the Scrapmuch? blog to be in with a chance of winning a fabby it?

Glad we're on the same wavelength but whilst you're there, check out the inspiration from the rest of the team.

Have a great weekend,

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sketch Challenge at Scrapmuch? - Everyday Moments

Hi there, I hope you have some glorious weather wherever you are and are able to enjoy a little this weekend.

We do (about time too!) and I've just finished work so I'm of out to make the most of it but before I do, time to catch up on yesterday's Sketch-y Friday Challenge over at Scrapmuch?

There's a lovely new sketch up on the blog for you to play with so here's my effort:

Everyday Moments

and here's the sketch:

I changed up the bracket shape for some chevrons to keep with the clean modern feel.  I also added some interest to the background with a little texture paste, Glimmer mist and doodling.

The journal strips were printed using my Cameo and of course, I had to get a pin badge in there.....always space for a little flare!

Finally the title which was super easy......don't you love these new puffy title from Queen & Co?  A little embellishment with a paperclip from Maya Road and we're done.

Now it's your turn - head on over to the Scrapmuch? blog and choose this or any of the sketches provided for you this up your creation and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize!

The DT have a whole load of inspiration waiting there for you too.

That's all from me so it must be time to enjoy the sunshine.

Have a great weekend and I'll be seeing you next week,
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