Monday, 24 September 2018


The challenge at Unstampabelles is to use washi tape and buttons.

While in Canada we visited a maple syrup farm .It was set in a forest of maple trees and we ate lunch in their homely restaurant.
 All the foods were maple in some way. There was maple cured ham with crackling, pancakes with maple syrup, taffy to try, even maple sweetened tea. It was a very sweet day.
We learned to play the spoons

I made a layout about this and have used a Bella timber paper as my background.
I've layered printed kraft, hessian, corrugated card and a strip of paper.
Also in Canada I bought some embellishments which included the maple leaf washi tape.
The buttons are from my stash.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Scrap our stash

At Scrap our stash September challenges, here is the blend a sketch

I'm recently returned from a holiday in Eastern Canada and New York so I decided to make a start on some photos. We visited an area known as Graffiti Alley.

I decided to use bright papers on this as my photos are just that.
I started with the left hand sketch but added the central vertical strip and title placement from the right.
There are 2 flairs on this, one says Dream big and the other says amazing.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Christmas cards

The merry Christmas challenge has anything goes for Christmas
Watercooler Wednesday has all about occasions (Christmas)
I made a card using green liquid pearls as an accent plus the sentiment is my main focus

ABC Christmas challenge has snow and teal
I've used liquid pearls to add snow on this sleigh card.

Try it on Tuesday says splash it on.
I used mist and flicked it over the card adding to the berries found in the top left hand corner. The card looks Christmassy without any pictures etc to specify it.

Lastly this card has bling around the wreath in red rhinestones. The washi tape across the bottom is also sparkly.
Li'l red wagon asks us to bling it on.

4 cards from one sheet of scrapbooking paper,that's economy!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The scrap room jump start challenge.

I'm joining in the fun at the scrap room jump start challenge.
Because my layout is about Niagara falls I tried to add a softness to my layout. The doiley added a romantic feel as does the satin ribbon. The colours I chose are muted and I added lots of splashes of mist to resemble the water.

I went there recently and it fulfilled a lifelong dream to see it, hence my title.
The horn blower cruise was great fun and yes you get wet but it is part of the thrill.

This sketch works well, I might use it again.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1 Use red,gold and purple on a layout.

Well, I'm back from my recent trip to Canada and decided to make a start on my photos.
One of the places we visited in Ottowa was the Canadian war museum.
Here is a picture of the inside
AS you can see it is ultra modern.
This corridor is designed to make you feel like you are in the trenches.
It certainly was cramped.

In the foyer was a 3D wall featuring a circle.(See photo on my layout top right.)
On closer examination you discover that the whole thing is made of nails. They are sculptural and you can feel the texture.

I've used all 4 photos on the layout.
The background paper is pale yellow with purple swirls. I used red background mats and gold washi tape strips.
Because of the 4 photos, I kept it simple with black alphas.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

September mini kit.

This is the kit from


Several months ago I started a smash book for USA.
It was used for my trip to Phoenix, Monument Valley and Las Vegas. As there are several pages left, I have decided to prepare the remaining for my current trip to Eastern Canada and New York.
(As you read this I will be away travelling.)

I have chosen some elements ideas from the kit to make my mini kit.
There are orange and yellow papers, leaves, pumpkins, butterflies.

Close ups :The border strip features Autumn leaves.The circles are wood grain.

The Flourish with a bling fences will add a cute page detail.

Now here's what I have made using these elements.
The journaling and photos will come later but I have left spaces for them.
You will need to use your imagination somewhat.

Left journalling, right photo

Left photo, right journaling plus small photo
                                              Left hand page is on brown background. Both pages photos.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Whimsical Musings #299

I used this sketch from Paper Issues to construct a layout for Whimsical musings #299 which is be inspired by passports.
I had a tale to tell, as 2 years ago I lost my passport just before travelling.

I used a Bella cardstock featuring tickets as my background then a co-ordinating (to the photo) paper from last month's Counterfeit kit.
Instead of arrows I used planes and kept to the aqua tones for the rest.

Jingle Belles & Merry Christmas challenge

At Jingle Belles there is a sketch

I used red check background then 2 polkadot papers on my card.
There is a strip of reindeers galloping across the bottom too.

I'm also entering this on the Merry Christmas challenge

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Using up 8x8 papers

I've had this HOTP 8x8 pad with die cuts for years.
I decided to use it up as I had already finished my Counterfeit kit and I'm going overseas on Monday.

I managed to make 5 cards and still have a couple more sheets of the red check.
Here they are!
At Water cooler Wednesday they want masculine cards.
I think any of these would qualify except maybe the red check with roses on it.
I'm entering this suite of cards on there.


The challenge at Unstampabelles is to emboss plus make a card for a male.

I've used plain vellum and put it through the cuttlebug to emboss it.
The sentiment is one of those strips you cut off the bottom of scrapbooking paper.
I added a blue star rhinestone as a finishing touch.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Feeling sketchy

Here is the sketch at Feeling sketchy #199

I have an 8x8 pad from hot off the press named home grown, so I have used it to make this card.
It just says best wishes so it could be for birthday or get well etc.

Monday, 13 August 2018

613 creates & addicted to CAS

At 613 creates they have an anything goes challenge with a twist of magical or fantasy.

I have used 3 FWAB toadstools and the word wish on my card to add a fantasy theme and the green background has been dry embossed.

I can see a fairy under those toadstools, can you? Ha ha.

At Addicted to CAS they want a masculine card.
I've made a PA card for Fathers Day, keeping it simple and clean


Sunday, 12 August 2018

Last page for this month.

I had the orange paisley paper from MME left in this month's kit.  It worried me because it was so busy.
Then I found a sketch on facebook that meant I could partly cover it up plus use up some scraps.

I had to start a new pack of alphas, you can imagine why!
I managed to get the souveneir ticket on this layout plus a few embellishments.
The orange border strip went well here too.
Here's the sketch I used.

Challenge #1 Put it on an angle.

Our first challenge at Counterfeit kits is to put it on an angle.

I started with a wood look paper from Bella.
Next I layered a strip of gold stripes with some 8x8 paper I had in my kit.
I adhered my 2 photos then added a border strip below the photos.
One of the reasons I did it this way was to use the chipboard letters that I found.
They matched well to the background and the spotted pattern on the orange paper.
The big title is the feature(other than the photos.)

Did you notice my cluster on the right hand side?
They surround my journaling.

The cork V shaped border trim was a short piece I had left but it was perfect on this.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Let's get sketchy

Here's the sketch at Let's get sketchy.
Great I thought because I get to use up strips of paper that I keep for cards,layouts etc.
This used up all the oranges, golds, and cream tones.

These are articles from famous musicians, Roy Orbison's guitar, ELVIS's suit and John Lennon's piano that he wrote Imagine on.

It even included a quote which fits my theme. "I will be by your side in high tide and low tide".
I'd like to think those dead musicians are watching over me.
Challenge #2 at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to use Mixed alphas as strangely enough I ran out of M.
All papers on here are from this month's kit.

Friday, 10 August 2018

August Jump start challenge

The scrap room has this August Jump start challenge.
I used 2 Prima papers from my Counterfeit kit plus some smaller scraps I had as edging. The oval was from a set of frames, also in my kit and the alphas match.
My 2 photos are of a horse that lives next door to my cousin. We were sitting outside and it came near us.(For company I think).

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Challenge YOUrself challenge

 I started by using the Dear Lizzy Wonderful Wrap from Polka dot party range.
I lightly misted through a chicken wire
Next I matted on Pebbles Loveseat which is pale pink.
This became the theme of pinks and blues.
I was inspired to use ribbons and made a rosette from already gathered ribbon.
Next I added the 2 resin birds and some Heidi swap bow stickers. My journalling was done on a tag which was covered with a transparency that says Hello.
I added some extra journaling which says Mother and Daughter, so much alike.

My blogger is doing weird things with the fonts hence the size changes, sorry.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Water cooler Wednesday & sugar pea designs

At Watercooler Wednesday  it is anything goes female.

I've made a card using washi tape and a fussy cut picture with a pale pink polkadot background.
My niece turns 13 soon, so I will use this for her birthday card.


Next card is for Sugar Pea designs.
I've incorporated both the sketch and the pattern/colour.

CAS(e) this sketch

Here's another sketch for a card, this time it is Case this sketch.

I'm still on Christmas cards this afternoon, so here's my effort. The grey strip across the centre is actually white and sparkly paper. It matches the glittery snowflakes.

Lil red wagon

Li'l red wagon wants us to choose a sketch then make a card from that sketch.

I used to love Mojo Monday sketches so I have chosen this one.

Mojo 463 Sketch

My card is using the colours red and green mainly plus a piece of ribbon that has a slight gold thread through it.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

3 Amigos & 4 crafty chicks card challenge.

At 3 Amigos card challenge  they ask us to go back and do one of the previous challenges.

I flicked through until I came to a food challenge in February.

I'm starting on Christmas cards and had this paper featuring gingerbread men.
I've simply cut it to size and adhered my sentiment.


At 4 crafty chicks they want music.
I used music as my background on this Christmas card.
The little trees are stickers and there is tree washi tape down the left hand side :)

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Forgeries on the 4th.

I hadn't added any forgeries to my kit for the reveal on 1st but was inspired today when I remembered I owned a bee stamp.

Using yellow striped paper I have added a stamped bee to the corner of each pocket card.
Also searching I found 2 others that resemble those in the kit.
Finally, I made a tag by adding a sticker then blowing yellow paint through a straw, which provided an interesting background.
Consider these add ons to my kit.

Scrap room Freaky fast formula.

Here's the Freaky Fast formula at the Scrap Room for August.
I like doing these because it enables me to use smaller pieces from my kit.
I started by misting the background of the plain orange paper "Old king Cole" collection from Piggy Tales.
The other papers were cut from the Peachy keen range from Kaisercraft, except the floral which is a scrap I had.
I added a chipboard ampersand and a circular paper clip plus 2 smaller co-ordinating tags.
Finally, I added a strip of washi tape along the bottom.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Fluid intake

I was stumped for an idea to use the 6x6 pages so I looked at my fellow Master Forgers.
Susan had a solution!

I'm not scraplifting it exactly, but using some of her ideas.

I started by adhering the 4 papers. The photo and lace doiley top left are the same idea.
The yellow stitching goes right around the edge and secures the 4 squares together.

From there, I branched out and made it my own.
The title arose because I was using up alphas.
The touch of copper behind the tag bottom right added a certain sparkle.
2 blue nylon flowers are re purposed from a coathanger I recently threw out. I think Mum might have made them.