Thursday, 6 August 2015

Trolley Dolly

Sue's August sketch challenge is up and it's a super one this month.

I loved this picture of Erin-Rose and couldn't wait to scrap it and the sketch was perfect.  I made a journalling card instead of using two photos.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Erin-Rose is one!

Tomorrow, it's our little cherub's first birthday - how quickly the time has gone.  It doesn't seem 5 minutes since Chris, Holly, Gracie and I got the news that a baby girl had arrived and we raced to Asda to buy some pink clothes before going to the hospital!

She has grown into such a cutie and she is so clever - I can see we are going to have our hands full in the coming months.

Ages ago we bought this mouse to put away for her first birthday

so I wanted to make a card in a similar vein and my lovely friend Sue, said she would send me some mice she cut out on her Cricut so this is the end result.

I added some fabric to the inside of her ears and front and  a bow to match the dress I have made for Erin-Rose and that was it, a very easy card, thanks Sue :D

I also made a gift tag using a smaller mouse Sue also sent.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Birthday cards and other bits and bobs

June is a busy time for me birthday wise and here are a few cards I've made so far this month.

Some new papers and the in colours for 2015-2017 from Stampin Up.

This is the inside.

A card for my brother in law's 60th birthday.

The bags I made for Adam and Lucy's wedding anniversary gift of matching aprons.

A few post it notes for my neighbour

and finally a card for my friend Pam's step daughter's 40th birthday.  We are going to her BBQ tomorrow and the invite said no gifts so I thought I'd do a special card instead.

It's another easel card with a drawer full of note cards.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Maria's birthday card with note cards.

I wanted to make a special card for my friend Maria's birthday and I saw this ages ago and really liked it but never got around to making one.  Anyway I thought it was perfect for what I wanted with a little tweaking - I wanted to put some 4" x 3" notecards and envelopes in the drawer so made it bigger.

This is the result:

This is the box

and the box open

the easel card inside

and the little drawer showing the note cards.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Penguin card in a box

I was asked to make a card for my friend's step daughter's 40th birthday.  She wanted penguins, Robbie Williams, Take That, Olly Murs, New Kids on the Block and Taylor Lautner.  Oh yes and the colours of Aston Villa, her favourite football team!

This is what I came up with:

It all folds flat to go in an envelope too.

I just hope she likes it.

Monday, 11 May 2015


My friend Maria has started a swap group on FB for our UKs team the Bijoux Belles.  Last month, the theme was tags - make two and send them out to whoever Maria drew out of the hat for you.  I didn't take part and when I saw the photos of all the lovely tags, instantly regretted it so this month when matchbooks were mentioned, I decided I would join in.
These are what I came up with:

I though a box would be a good idea to put them in :)

Friday, 1 May 2015

Slippery when wet

I love a good sketch and this one on Sue's blog  is no exception - it just makes life so much easier Lol!

I chose to scrap a cute picture of Erin-Rose with bubbles on her head and this is the end result.

Look at these divine buttons - they are so gorgeous I could eat them!

If you fancy using Sue's sketch, pop over to her blog for all the details - you could win a prize :)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Learning to Walk

Erin-Rose is growing up far too quickly and at 8 months is trying to walk using her walker and I thought this picture was perfect for the weekly challenge on UKs - part of the criteria was to scrapbook about new beginnings and I am sure that her walking is the start of a new chapter in her short life :)

If you scan the QR code (below) there is a very short video of her walking which I am hoping in years to come she will enjoy looking back at.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

You are my sunshine

I like to use a sketch - it saves me such a lot of faffing around and the first place I turn to is Miniowner's blog for her monthly sketch - not only are the sketches brilliant, but there are prizes on offer too :)

April's sketch:-

and this is what I came up with.

Pop over to Sue's blog for all the details on how you could be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Beat the Christmas Rush cards - March

This months cards are in a similar vein to last months but look more grungy than elegant - I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not!

Anyway, very simple to make using dies (I'm loving the word die from Stampin Up) and another 5 to add to my total.

Do you want to join in with this challenge and have loads of Christmas cards ready to write at the beginning of December?  Pop over to Sue's blog for all the details.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Playing catch up

Just a few things I wanted to share on my blog today:

Some birthday cards - simple and quick which is unusual for me :)

and a few layouts I made at my recent scrapbooking retreat.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A very small visitor

I had a small visitor last week called Flat Susan.  She has been travelling around the world over the last few months experiencing different ways of life and now it’s my turn to show her my little corner of England.  She arrived just before I was going on my annual girly scrapbooking retreat to Olney (famous for its annual pancake race) so was thrown in at the deep ending meeting all my friends.

The pancake race has been going since the 1400s and is the oldest in the world - only ladies who live in Olney are allowed to take part.  There are some wicker ladies carrying pancakes in one of the gardens in the market place where the race starts and Susan wanted to have her photo taken here.

Here she is outside the house we stayed in.

 The house is quite quirky – two sets of stairs, a shower in the laundry room and two bathrooms half way up the stairs.  Half the time Flat Susan ended up going in to the crockery cupboard instead of going up the stairs as there are two doors next to each other and it was very easy to get confused.  She enjoyed the garden with all the lovely spring flowers and one day I found her hiding beneath some pretty primulas.

An enormous amount of chocolate is consumed on our retreat and Flat Susan certainly took a shine to some Cadbury Creme Eggs.

I had to keep my eye on her as she always seemed to be up to some mischief - I found her in one of my bags 

on the top of my water bottle

and playing on a tractor which was waiting to go on a scrapbook layout.

She enjoyed the company of Tuppenny Wee, my little dog who goes everywhere with me.

We don't tend to venture very far while we are away but we did take a trip to Milton Keynes and had a cup of coffee in Costas

before going in to Hobbycraft to replenish our supplies and here I handed Flat Susan over to my friend Sue, who was going to be her host for the next few days.