Throwback Thursday - 22nd February 2018 - Gracia Rose

Hello, hello lovely blog followers.

Apologies for the lack of blogging over the past couple of weeks but important things like Birthdays, Anniversaries and visits to Gracia and Josh's new house in Newcastle have taken up my time.

I really like the contrast between the black and blue on this page.  I like the quotes and the die cut butterfly stickers. 

Reasons to be Cheerful

1.  A lovely weekend spent with David, Gracia and Josh doing little jobs on their new house and just enjoying each others company.

2.  An afternoon spent with a friend chatting, drinking tea and eating cake.

3.  Remembering how much I love simple foods - sausage, cauliflower cheese and jacket potato for tea - yum. 

Throwback Thursday - 8th Feb - Hello Gorgeous

Hello, hello lovely people.  My third post of the week! What is the world coming to?

Today I have a page from December 2016 to re-show you.  I so love this photo of my gorgeous girlie when she decided to go red.  Unfortunately, the upkeep of the stunning auburn hair was too much for a student so she had to revert back to her natural colour quite soon afterwards.  Perhaps now she is working she can return to being a hot red head, I do hope so.

I used the die cut window shape from Kaisercraft's Ohh La La range.  Carefully cut out the windows and swapped them over so that it looked like Gracia was looking out of an open window.  I then used some of the collectables to make a window box below her.  

Reasons to be Cheerful

1.  I love my new job.
2.  Homemade soup for lunch.
3.  Finding time tonight to make my page for the ATDML Scraplift Challenge. 

Show & Tell Part 2

Welcome back lovelies for part two of this week's Show & Tell.

Well what have I got to show you this time?

Several layouts and my crochet - you may recall that I was making a crocheted blanket, this one in fact but once I started it I found the mis mash of colours very disconcerting and so pulled it all out and decided to make it with wide stripes of colours  going from greens, to oranges to blues as that said autumn in the woods more to me than the multi-coloured stripes.

By tomorrow I should be on my fourth colour and am pleased with how it looks so far.

My first layout was one I made for the Silhouette UK Design Team last week.  The free file was a garland of lips - not one for decorating the house for Valentine's day I decided to make it into a circle and cut it from white card, backing the apertures with patterned paper I also cut some small lips and stitched them onto my layout to look like a garland.   I ended up covering most of these with embellishments so maybe a little bit of a waste of time!

Next I have the three pages I designed for my crop, which has the nicest ladies possible go to it.  The class was a three page class using a 6 x 6 paper pad and some embellishments. I also designed and cut a title on my Silhouette for the third class. 

On Sunday I made a layout using this page as inspiration 

and again used my Silhouette to cut the title, hearts and stars and to journal around the page.

My final layout, and by far my favourite, is one I made at my crop on Saturday - I am embarrassed to say that this took almost all day due to too much chatting and not enough scrapping.  I designed and cut the pattern for the string art heart on my Silhouette and the papers were from a Kaisercraft range. 

Well that's it for now but I may be back on Thursday as I am contemplating doing the occasional 'Throwback Thursday'.

Reasons to be Cheerful

1.  Two lovely walks with Kiera today.
2.  Tom Kerridge's Creamy Wild Mushroom Courgetti for Tea.
3.  I have spent the day playing with paper and pretty things. 

Show & Tell Monday

Hello, hello lovely blog friends.

Today's post is a little later than usual but at least it is still on Monday.  I totally forgot to blog last week - not quite into the swing of things yet.

So what have I got to show you today - well when I scrolled through my phone to see what I had made over the last two weeks it was 10 - yes 10 -layouts so rather than subject you to all 10 in one post I will show some today and schedule a post for Wednesday with the others. 

My first was using the design of the week from Silhouette from a couple of weeks ago - May Your Days Be Cosy.

I knew I had the perfect photo of Gracia and Josh snuggled up by the Aga in their pj's.

I also made a little print and cut card. 

Also, for the Silhouette blog I did a tutorial on how to make your own circle and snowflake background.

My next layout was rather self indulgent and a response to a journaling challenge on Mind The Scrap

I am so glad I discovered the Mind The Scrap kits and facebook group they have given me so much inspiration over the past few months and I am eagerly awaiting the February kit as I type. 

This one is for a year long sketch challenge I am running on the ATDML # Create Facebook page Loved the sketch I chose for January.

My final page is in response to the monthly sketch challenge on Crafters@Play - I do love a good sketch and Heather, who runs the challenge, always comes up with a good sketch.   Again I used my Mind The Scrap kit. 

My quote to live by this month is this one - I follow Amanda Rach Lee and she does a YouTube every month on how to set up your monthly planner with beautiful doodles.  I was inspired and decorated my planner page similar to her one. 

If you have gotten this far - well done and perhaps we will see each other again on Wednesday x

Reasons To Be Cheerful

1. Gracia and Josh are very happy in their new house and eagerly awaiting their new puppy in early March.

2. Sunday walks at Marks Hall have become the norm and we all enjoy them immensely, especially the tea and cake that inevitably follws the walk. 

3. The prospect of a full day's crafting tomorrow - oh how I love only working three days a week. 

Show & Tell Monday (On Tuesday - 23rd Jan 2018)

Hello, hello lovely blog readers.  Firstly, my apologies for being a day late but I spent the whole of yesterday doing David's books and then was too brain dead to sort out a blog post.

So what have I got to show you this week?

Not too much on the crafting front - some pages I like and one that I am really not sure about.

So on the Mind The Scrap Facebook group, last Monday, Emma choose Mood Boards as the creative prompt.  This seems to be a popular theme this month as the ATDML pre Virtual Crop Challenge this year is also Mood Boards.  

The first board I chose, from Pinterest, was this one

From this I drew inspiration from the colours, the legs in the top left, the landscape/seascape in the middle and the placement of the bowls in the bottom left to make this layout. 

The second one is the page I am not very keen on - not sure why but someone did comment that it was very different to my usual style so perhaps that's why. I chose this one as the colours fitted in with a colour challenge on the Crafters@Play Facebook page.

I took inspiration from the pattern of the cushions (how fortunate that I had a scrap of paper left over from a previous MTS kit that exactly matched the centre cushion.

Also on Saturday, my ATDML Virtual Crop Class for January went live.  This was a two page class using Bo Bunny Love and Lace Range.

You can find the class instructions from a link in this blog post and as you can see from Karen Leahy's stunning version you don't need to have purchased the kit to make the pages. 

For the Silhouette UK DT I made a card with the free Design Of The Week (not a design that I was particularly enamored with) - it was just the bear and I added the sentiments and sketch pen hearts.

and also wrote a  tutorial  on making some place cards.  These were originally supposed to be made using the Silhouette foil but to be honest after spending a whole afternoon trying to get it to work I gave up and printed them onto glitter sticker paper.

Lastly, on the creating front - I have a couple of sneak peeks of what is coming up at the weekend.

This one is for a Silhouette blog post

and this one is for a year long challenge that I am starting on the ATDML Facebook page. 

Now for the best news of the week - Gracia and Josh have completed on their house purchase and are now proud owners of this lovely house.

Reasons To Be Cheerful:

1. Although it means that they are staying in Newcastle for the foreseeable future, I am both sad and glad that Gracia and Josh finally have a home of their own.

2.  Going with a friend to see The Greatest Showman, for the second time, this afternoon.

3.  David bookkeeping is done for the time being. 

Show and Tell Monday - 15 Jan 18

Hello, hello lovely blog readers.  It's Monday again and time for a little show and tell.

Today, my first page for Stick It Down goes live and I am really excited about this as I love sketch challenges. 

 For this page I used  Silhouette cut files for the corner and snowflakes and cut them from some sparkly white card, which I also used for the title.  It was a fairly simple page but I love the finished article. 

Also this week I joined in with the Week 2 Challenge on Mind The Scrap, (I am so glad I came across these lovely scrapbooking kits and the lovely Emma who runs the business)which was to scraplift a page by Suse Fish.  I must admit I hadn't heard of her before but after watching her YouTube videos am a fan.

and another one using the MTS kit but focusing on using the little cards that came with it. 

The First Scraplift Challenge of the year went live on the ATDML blog on Friday and I chose to scraplift this layout from the December Gallery by Ann.  The December Gallery can be found on the ATDML shop website on the right under the Information Section. 

Ann LO5 - Joy (Mint Wishes)

I took inspiration from the photo in the letter O, the overlapping title and the horizontal stripes. 

My offering for the Silhouette DOTW, this week, was to use the 'Snow Cute' cut file as a scrapbook title and add the gorgeous stag from Nic Squirrell .  

Finally, well done you if you have got this far, I have my Woodland Blanket news.  I have crocheted 15 stripes of colour but really, really don't like it.  The colours are too random for my OCD to accept so have decided to unravel it (this is called frogging -  I am assured by Antonia that this is because ou go 'rip it, rip it, rip it :0) ) and use all the greens at the bottom going into the oranges in the middle and then to the blues and gray.  I had this idea when walking with David and Kiera, in the woods, yesterday - to me that would look more like an autumn woodland. 

Hope you all have a splendid week and I may see you again later on this week - depends on how I feel - see I am so laid back I just don't care!

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. Gracia and Josh should complete on their house on Thursday and they have already put their name down for a puppy - I will be a fur grandma soon!

2. Loving my three day week giving me a 4 day weekend to play to my little heart's content.

3. Going to relaunch Kitty-Boo Designs and get some new items onto the website.