Monday, 24 July 2017

Eurovision Snacks

So since my craft filled week of 3 layouts and 1 card made in a week i have since made...nothing! Yep normal service has resumed with work, etc so I've not had a chance to sit at my desk other than to watch a couple of episodes of Pretty Little Liars on Netflix in the morning when I've been on a late shift! Before I go one to share one of my recent layouts, has anyone seen Pretty Little Liars? Oh my god I love it but I cant keep up with the twists and turns! I could write a whole blog post about the programme and my theories but I wont! Instead this os the first layout I made during my return of the mojo week. 
This layout was for the March mid month challenge over on the Sketchy Scrappers group on Facebook. The challenge was simply to get messy with mists, scraps, etc. I had this photo of my posh (but cheap) Macaroons which served as our Eurovision snack during last years Eurovison. I made a messy background with some mists and stamps which I then went on to mainly cover up! All the papers, except for the base, were scraps from my basket and to stick with the messy theme I went around and outlined everything. 
I embellished with some oddments i had in one of my bowls which I have on my desk, some wood veneer hearts and the perfect diecut from Paige Evans. 

Friday, 21 July 2017

What did the fox say?

I had a productive week crafty wise last week, completing three layouts and one card! The card i made was for last weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge which was to make a great outdoors, woodland inspired card. I immedietly thought of woodland critters and remembered some diecuts I had from Fancy Pants True Friend collection. 
I decided to use this super cute fox and teamed him up woth papers from American Crafts Autumn Crisp collection plus a couple of scraps from my scrap basket. 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Everything comes in three's

You know how you're waiting for a bus and then three arrive at once? That's how it is with birthdays for me at this time of year, I have noone to make birthday cards for then three friends decide to have their birthday's within a week! I managed to find time a few weeks ago to get organised and make some cards for them.  This first card was for my friend Kelly. For this card I used papers and die cuts from Paige Evans On My Heart collection.
Next up was a card for Gemma, whose birthday is the same day! This was a smaller 4x4 card using papers from Dear Lizzy Daydreamer collection and die cuts from her Fine & Dandy collection. 
Finally was a card for my friend Nicola who was celebrating a certain big birthday. She didnt want to draw attention to this so I decided not to put this on the card and instead used a Studio Calico Project Life card which is perfect for Nic as when I worked with her she loved the Jellycat Bunnies we used to stock. I teamed this with papers from Dear Lizzy Neoploitan collection. 

Monday, 3 July 2017

The weekend that was...

Monday rolls around again, the weekend is over. This weekend was a weekend of car shows, racing and one last training walk before my sponsored walk on friday.  On saturday we went to Japfest at Donington race circuit to watch another round of Time Attack. I dont think I've been to Donington since i was a kid, unless you count going to a sunday market there one time after a friend had passed her driving test! It was nice and easy to get to only an hour and a half down the M1 and all in all it was a good day deite it feeling some what more rushed than normal so they could evict the boy racers before a bunch of screaming girls came in to watch Little Mix who were playing there that evening. I'm not going to lie i was tempted to hide in the loos so i could sneak into the concert! Yes I admit it, my name is Jess and I like Little Mix! A Little Mix fan who was finally part of the JDM club as i finally managed to get my hands on a Bride rucksack complete with racing harness straps! Trust me when you go to these shows you see these everywhere! 
And I'm a Little Mix fan who thought this was the cutest car there! 
Then on Sunday i did my last training walk around Scammonden water ahead of my sponsored walk on Friday, eek!  Not alot has happened on the crafty front since i made a batch of birthday cards last weekend for my friends with July birthdays. I'll share these once they have had their birthdays just in case they are reading this! I've either had no mojo or when I have felt like doing something Ian has moved everything off the desk to clear space to take photos are bike parts he's wanting to sell! I have got one last project I can share woth you though. A few weeks ago my sister in law sent up a 6x6 paperpad from American Crafts Shoreline which she got ages ago in TK Maxx. To say thank you i deciced to make her a card using some of the paper. 
The boat paper was from thr Paper pad while the red paper was a scrap from Amy Tangerine's latest collection. I used an anchor embosing folder from X Cut and a little boat die I brought recently from Sizzix. I then used a scrap scallop circle and a Dear Lizzy cut apart I had in my bowl of bits on my desk, and a Studio Calico wood veneer. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Are you sure exercise is good for you?

Happy Monday everyone! How is everyone one today? I hope you all had a good weekend. I'm feeling a tad achey today following a 9 mile walk in on and off heavy drizzle showers, preparing myself for my sponsored walk next week. The past few weeks I've been walking the odd lap here and there around nearby Scammonden Water to build up my fitness ready to walk just under 10 miles along a disused railway line in the Peak District next week for charity. I had managed walking two laps on a couple of occassions which is about 6 miles but yesterday decided to push for one more as it was close to D-Day and walked 3 laps in soggy but refreshing conditions for 9 miles which means today I've been sounding like an old lady (no cheeky comments thank you!) everytime i stand up! If exercise is so good then why does it have to hurt!?!  In my last post i mentioned I had a couple of crafty projects to share with you which i had made before my crafty drought, which by the way is now broken as I had a cardmaking spree over the weekend. In May the Lottie Loves Paper Facebook had a week of sketches to inspire us. I only managed one sketch and started another which is still sat on my desk unfinished. 
I liked this sketch as it had one landscape and one portrait photo. I often have photos from the same occassion but different orientations and struggle to know how to use them together on a layout. I chose 2 photos I've had for ages of the Lovers statue in St Pancreas station which have been hanging around for this reason and scrapped this layout. 
I decided not to angle my papers and photos as i really wanted to use the teal coloured paper which was a scrap and was the wrong size to follow this part of the sketch. The scrap and the background paper were from a paper pad my sister in law split with me and the polka dot paper is from Dear Lizzy Charmed collection. 
I then embellished with some random bits I had hanging around. I used a postcard cut apart as it fit in with the travel theme and decided to use a moustache as it reminded me of the old school goodbyes at train stations you sae on films like Brief Encounter (you see what I mean when I say I'm a bit random sometimes!) 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Are you still out there???

So its been nearly a month since my last blog post...oops! Life has just gotten in the way lately. Work has been busy and now summer is here so is car show season which means most weekends have been taken up with going to those (great?!?!) 
Things have been a bit dry in terms of crafty goodness too as I've been too busy and when I do get a moment my mojo decides to go on holiday, I have got a couple of things i can share with you though so i'll share those in the next couple of posts.  Talking of holidays, we went away for s long weekend camping to Shell Island for my birthday. 
It was to get away for a couple of days and chill. In typical Wales weather it was windy when we arrived with 20mph winds while we wrestled with the tent. But then it cleared and after a cloudy day for my birthday we had gorgeous warm, sunny weather. 
Being a scrapper with a new iphone 7 (birthday pressie to myself thanks to my upgrade) I took oodles of photos!  So thats me. I hope there are still people reading this, if not i'll carry on posting and talking to myself! 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Sail Away With Me: NSD 2017 Layout

The final challenge i took part in for National Scrapbook Day was to scraplift our first layout. Thats right, it was time to take a trip back down memory lane and scraplift the first layout we ever scrapped. I both cringe and enjoy looking back at my old layouts as it shows my scrappy journey, how my style has changed as I've learnt new techniques, etc. I originally started scrapping as I wanted to document a recent holiday to Wales where we climbed mount Snowdon for Ian's 30th birthday, but the first layout I scrapped was not of the trip but of my adopted niece Ruby. 
Just look at the shaped photos, admit it you did it too when you started out! This was back in the day of limited stash, a problem i no longer have, so I used some free papers from a Scrapbook magazine and some chipboard alphas I brought from QVC. This was how I scraplifted it. 
I stuck with the same design of having a photo in opposite corners but refrained from shaping them! I used a background paper from Studio Calico Atlantic collection to stick with the nautical theme, and some scraps from my scrap basket. 
I carried on the nautical theme by using a cute sail boat I recently brought from Sizzix, a yacht wood veneer and some anchors cut from another sheet of Atlantic paper.