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.