A Little Graphic 45 Love - August DT Projects

07:00 Karen 1 Comments

I am always worried when it is time to design with Graphic 45 as my ATDML DT kit.  I know that many of the ranges I would struggle with, know that there are designers on the team who absolutely love G45 and worry that I wont be able to come up with something that does the papers justice.

For the August DT I was given two G45 ranges to work with - Safari Adventure and Enchanted Forest.  I can only say that Jill must have really thought carefully about what to send me as I loved them both, especially the romantic Enchanted Forest.

So I set to work and first made an mini album for a friend (more details here) with the Enchanted Forest.

I then used the Safari Adventure to make some layouts - love the way this range looks so different when used on white cardstock.

and finally used the remains of the Enchanted Forest, along with some Project Life chalkboard stickers and cards, to make another layout.

More details of these projects can be seen here.

Reason to be Cheerful:-

That Jill takes so much care to choose kits for the DT making sure everyone gets supplies they love to work with.


Memorandum Monday 29/8/16 - Missing My Girl

07:07 Karen 4 Comments

Hello, hello lovely blog readers.  Today, I am joining in with Sian's Memorandum Monday - telling tales of what you learnt at the weekend.

What I learnt, is nothing new, something I knew would happen and the thing that it surprisingly constant.  What I learnt is that even though she has lived in Newcastle for the past 5 years after spending a fortnight together missing my girl is inevitable, hard and will always happen when she goes back.

The four of us, well five if you include Kiera and we always try to include Kiera, spent a week walking in the Lake District, earlier in the month.  We had such a fabulous time, the sun shone for all but one day and when I say shone it was sun hats and sun block hot.  We walked round lakes, climbed hills, fell over in the mud (in my case, much to the amusement of the others), swam in the becks (not in my case but the others did) and ate well, but sensibly.

Then Gracia caught the train home to us (not enough room in the car for us to bring her back) and spent another week here.  We went to London to chase dreams

to the zoo to find our favourite animals

went pig hunting in Ipswich 

and made a proper afternoon tea.  

Every day was filled with fun and laughter and now she has gone back our little house echos with emptiness.  

I am sure she will be back very soon and she starts on the final year of her medical degree tomorrow, almost there!  After that she has two years as a junior doctor in a hospital and three further years GP training but after this year we can close the bank of mum and dad as she will be earning.

Reason to be Cheerful:-

Missing my girl indicates that we have had a lovely time and are looking forward to next time she is home.  If I didn't miss her it would mean that I was glad she had returned to Newcastle!


I Believe In ......... Happily Ever After - G45 Mini-Album

07:18 Karen 1 Comments

Hello, lovely blog readers.

Well it has been a lovely month and I have failed to post anything for a couple of weeks, yet again.  We have had a fabulous walking holiday in the Lake District with Gracia and Josh and this week Gracia has been home and we have had several days out - making memories instead of scrapping them.

For my ATDML DT kit this month I had some Graphic 45 - not my favourite paper manufacturer but I did like the projects I made with it.  The first was a mini album for a friend who got married earlier in the month.

Part of my kit was from the Enchanted Forest range which I thought it would be ideal to make a little mini book, for Michaela, as she is a drama teacher and very romantic.  We had just worked together on several Shakespeare plays and the characters on these papers reminded me of those.

In my box of goodies I also had some G45 Policy Envelopes which I decided to incorporate into my album.

I used my Silhouette to cut the pages, cover and bindings and then set to making my album.

Michaela was delighted with her little keepsake book and strange to say, as someone who says they don't like working with G45, I loved making it.

Reason to be Cheerful:-

My Gracie Girl is home and we have yet another adventure planned for today. 


Our Golden Girl - Free Shape Of The Week, Medals

11:47 Karen 0 Comments

When this Free Shape Of The Week popped up on the Silhouette Design Store I wasn't totally convinced I would be able to use it, in fact I first thought it was bottles of nail polish - foolish girl that I am, but then I remembered how well my gorgeous girlie had done in her recent exams and it was obvious to me that she deserved a gold medal!
So I decided to use my Sketch Pens (without a doubt my favourite tool to use with my Silhouette) and make a border of kisses and to write the journaling (I used Hello Sunshine sketch font for these).

I then used Scrappy Stencil font to write my title, cut it out and backfilled with gold card.

Next I welded the word 'GOLD' to the scalloped shape and resized this and the medal shape.  I cut out the scallop and medal from gold card.  

At this point I must point out that the only card I had was cheap card from The Range and it didn't cut out very well - a reflection on the quality of card and not the cutting expertise of my machine.   

I backed the scalloped shape with black and attached it to the medal with foam pads and made a 'ribbon' with two pieces of patterned paper.

I finally drew a black line around the outside of my page with a ruler and a pen - not as successful as I would have hoped.  

Do I like the end result?  I do but think it could be improved.

The DOTW is free until next Tuesday 16th August.

Reason to be Cheerful:-

My lovely Gracia always tries her absolute hardest in all that she does and it really pays dividends!  She is our Golden Girl in every way.


Enjoy The Ride - Free Shape of The Week

06:00 Karen 3 Comments

If I am being honest I haven't been very inspired by the Free Shape of the Week from Silhouette America recently.  Unfortunately we have to work with their choice and as their blog has been down since the beginning of June I don't think their hearts are in the choice of free design.

This week they were back on form and I really liked the one they have that will be free until Tuesday 9th August when it will be replaced by another design.

I decided to make a layout using it and on my Silhouette used the trace facility to create an outline of the shape.  I then used the bicycle to make a border.  I also used this shape, enlarged, to go either side of my title.

Next I wrote my text and used a silver Silhouette Sketch Pen to draw the border, journalling and larger bicycles.  I cut out the title and back filled it with a paper that complimented the design.

Finally I printed out my photo and the whole design (which I reduced to 3 x 4) and added them to the page.  

This may well be one of my favourite layouts this year!  So glad I decided to have a go with this weeks design.

Reason to be Cheerful:

That I was chosen for the Silhouette DT and that I get to work with such awesomely talented ladies. 


Holiday Mini Album - Silhouette Blog

12:33 Karen 0 Comments

On the Silhouette UK blog today I have a tutorial about how I made a little mini album ready to fill with summer memories.

Reason to be Cheerful:-

So far today I have made a layout and an HTV T-Shirt - on a roll with the crafting but not with the jobs that need doing.  Well there is always this afternoon!


Stars Shining Bright Above You

09:22 Karen 2 Comments

Hello, hello - I'm back again with another class from the ATDML Cyber Crop.  This time I used Simple Stories So Rad range.  This is definitely a boy themed range and I chose it to challenge myself by using it without making any boy themed pages.

As the theme of the cyber crop was music and taking account of all the stars on the page I decided to use a line from the song 'Dream a Little Dream of Me' - love the Louis Armstong version.  I designed and cut the title on my Silhouette (no surprises there then) and the page came together very quickly after that.  

Next, I made Teenage Superstars because I came across these photos of Gracia and Josh from six years ago and they seemed perfect for the papers.

 My third page was inspired by all the times the word 'Awesome' appeared on the papers and I used this photo from about nine years ago which was perfect as it is my feisty Gracia giving it some attitude.

Finally, I used up the remainder of the kit to backfill some stars that I had used my Silhouette to cut and added a little bit of doodling and three of the cut out stars for a page showcasing a photo David took when we were at a beach 19 years ago!

I loved the challenge of not doing boy pages with a predominantly boy themed kit.

Reasons to be Cheerful:-

1.  It's the school holidays and I have set aside this week to get all the jobs done that have been waiting for the last couple of months.

2.  The sun is shining, the birds are singing and Kiera and I went for a 2.5 mile walk at 6:15 this morning (not one to waste the day lying in bed)!

3.  All is well in my little world. 


Three Is A Magic Number

07:29 Karen 1 Comments

Hello, hello - can't believe that I am back once again!

This time I have one of the classes from the ATDML Cybercrop and as I said previously, the theme was music.  So I chose one of my favourite songs to sing with Gracia when she was little .........

Three Is A Magic Number

For both classes I used Crate Paper's Confetti range.  Just look at our happy darling she always had a smile on her face from the moment she learnt how to smile.

The second page celebrates the fact that we still do so many things together as a family of three (but sometimes four if Josh joins in the fun).

I really love this paper range and have used it on several different layouts but that's for another day.

Hope the day treats you well xx

Reason to be cheerful:

Gracia (and often Josh) still like spending time with us.  Even yesterday they asked when we were going to Newcastle next despite them meeting us for a holiday together later in the summer. 


A Little Bit of Craftiness.

22:09 Karen 4 Comments

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.



22:10 Karen 2 Comments

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

06:30 Karen 1 Comments

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

06:30 Karen 0 Comments

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:-