A Little Bit of Craftiness.

Well during my absence from blogland I spent many, many hours making stuff (as David calls it) and feel that it is about time I showed you a little.

A couple of weekends ago it was the ATDML Cybercrop and I made pages for two of the challenges.  As it was music themed I chose:-

Black and Gold (Sam Sparro)

A photo of my mum and her brother taken 85 years ago!

and Yellow (Coldplay) although this challenge was to use a long title on a page.

Apologies for the bad iPhone photo.

I also taught two classes but I will save those for later in the week.

Reason to be cheerful:

Spending a happy half hour catching up with blog posts from this week.  I had quite forgotten how much I enjoy doing this.


Well, I have certainly been Missing In Action of late and cannot believe that I have genuinely not had the time to blog or to read blogs.  I went onto my Feedly account today and was shocked by how many posts I had waiting and made the decision to mark them all as read and start again.

This year has really been a majorly busy one and I have had to make some tough decisions as to how I can claw back some time and one of those was that I closed my Rainbow pack at the end of the summer term.  I was really sad to do so but felt that I couldn't run it any longer as numbers were dropping and although I had a friend who came along and helped each week the administration and preparation was all down to me.

Also, when taking on the DT position for Silhouette UK I had greatly under estimated the amount of time it would take to prepare projects and write up the blog posts.  I don't regret for one second taking this on as I have met some wonderful, talented ladies who never cease to amaze me with their creations and are always so willing to help with sharing tips and tricks and also will give their advice so readily.

As it is the start of the school holidays and I am supposed to have six weeks off (although I am working for most of next week to try to get ahead for September) I will try to get into the swing of blogging again and more importantly reading blogs again, I have missed my cyber friends and fully intend catching up.

Reason To Be Cheerful:-

Seeing my projects on Create & Craft TV when it was the Silhouette shows.

ATDML Retreat Classes and Silhouette Design of the Week - 12th April 2016

Well, Hello, lovely blog followers.  I hope today finds you fine and dandy.  I wanted to write a post all last week but just couldn't find the time. 

During the first weekend of April I was teaching a lovely bunch of ladies at the ATDML retreat, I had a class on Friday and a class on Sunday.

My first class was a double layout that documented Gracia from two weeks old until she was 16.  A layout I had wanted to do for some time.  For this I used Bella Blvd She Blooms and the title of my layout was aptly She Blooms.

I had enough left in the kit to make a bonus class page too. My love of foam pads came to the fore in this one as some of the layers are 4 layers high.

My Sunday class used the absolutely gorgeous Bo Bunny Believe range.  I was instantly drawn to these papers by the bright, bold colours.  This was a three page class. 

I hand cut the clouds and tucked some of them under slits I made in the sunbeam paper. I also used my beloved Silhouette to make the title. 

Just look at the colours on this paper - to die for I would say.  I loved that it looked like a messy painty page without any of the mess.  These photos were really poor quality but looked just fine as small ones on this page.

I used quite a few elements from the foiled vellum on this page and really like the Art Deco feel the burst at the top gives it.  

This week's free DOTW from Silhouette is called Modern Triangle Printable Pattern and its "what it says on the tin"!  A black and white pattern made out of triangles.  I used it as two six inch squares to add interest to the background of this page.


For the page I printed out the pattern for the top left and bottom right quarters of my page.  I also used a black Silhouette pen to draw a border around each section and also to draw a border around the title, which I cut out of paper and adhered inside the drawn words. 
The supplies for all of my pages are from ATDML.

Why don't you pop on over to the Silhouette UK blog to see what the other DT have made with this shape?

So there we have it, a post that was a week late in places. 

Hope the rest of the week treats you well.

Reason to be cheerful:

Overhearing someone, who didn't know I was behind them, say to her friend that my Bo Bunny class was their favourite one of the weekend and their friend agreeing with them - I think that counts as a 'This Little Light Of Mine' moment!

Free Design of the Week - Folk Heart 3D Basket

When I saw the Free Design of the Week for this week I knew that the little tag embellishment would be perfect for a mini album I had made for ATDML's March DT. (More details here.)

It went perfectly with the Bo Bunny - Love and Lace papers and stickers and the Silhouette Faux Leather paper was ideal for my album covers.

Reason to be cheerful:-

Making this little book made me remember so many happy days spent with David.

Silhouette files used:-

A Clean House - Free Silhouette Shape of the Week - 21 March 2016

Now anyone who knows me will know that I hate housework with a passion.  Don't get me wrong I do it and I love a clean and tidy house but the process involved in getting there is one I find tedious and a waste of time.

When I realised that the shape of the week was a quote that said 'A Clean House is a Happy House' I knew I would struggle to relate to it but I decided to make it into a little new home card.  

When David saw the card he said that I had got it wrong and it should say A Clean House is a Cr*ppy House.  He knows me so well. 

Reason to be cheerful:

My lovely boy who lives with all my domestic failings and loves me despite the fact he likes a clean and tidy house. 

Free Silhouette Shape of the Week - Butterfly Purse Box

Hello, hello.  I can't believe that another week has flown by and it's time for the free shape of the week.

This week it's a 3d shape - a Butterfly Purse Box.
I used the butterfly part of this design to make some embellishments for a layout.  I cut solid ones out from patterened paper and then lacey ones from some Silhouette vellum.

Reason to be cheerful:-

It's almost Easter and Gracia will be home soon.

Free Shape of the Week - 8th March 2016 - Daisy Brush Letter Set

A quick card using the free shape of the week and a sketch.  Made with a special girl in mind!

Apologies for the bad early morning iPhone photo

Plus a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Hobbycrafts Show at the NEC on the Silhouette UK blog.

Reason to be Cheerful:-

She will be home in less than three weeks :0)

Memorandum Monday - 7th March - Girls Just Wonna Have Fun

I was reminded on Saturday just how much I value my friends.  I spent the day with my two most favourite female companions (there were 16 other ladies there too but I will just talk about these two) at my crop.  My two absolutely best friends Eileen and Denise.

Eileen had been exiled living in Scotland for several years as her husband's job took them there but he has now relocated much closer to home and she was able to come along.  Our friendship started when our daughters (both only children) became friends at school.  Up until Eileen I didn't really do girlfriends as such I had friends who were women but none I would say I was really close to.  But Eileen persevered with my slight indifference about female friends and showed me the joy of having a best female bud.  

I met Denise through scrapbooking a few years ago and liked her immediately she is kind, funny and very talented, as is Eileen who is my scrap hero.  Denise and I are quite similar in many ways and we share an immense love of our family, Denise's love for her husband and boys shines through every page she makes. 

So on Saturday I relearnt that there is no better way to spend a Saturday than in the company of your two BFF's.

Reason to be cheerful

That Eileen persevered and showed me that having a girlfriend is one of life's essentials and that I had my friendship with Denise to rely on when Eileen was away.

Look out world the Three Musketeers are back together!

Joining in with Sian's Memorandum Monday. 

This Little Light of Mine - Part 4 - Guest Designer for Shimelle.

Ohhhh! That would be me then.

See it here

Reason to be cheerful:

Loving how this year is panning out so far. 

Free Shape of the Week - 2nd February 2016

Hello, hello - Karen here and today I am sharing with you a frame I made using a custom background paper and vinyl for the Silhouette UK blog. I have never used vinyl before and believe me it cuts like butter and goes onto the glass of the frame so easily.

If you would like instructions on how I made this pop over to the Silhouette UK blog but be quick as the shape of the week is only free until next Tuesday when it will be replaced by another free shape.

Reason to be cheerful:

Discovering a love of vinyl!