Exciting Times

Well lovely blog followers, I have two pieces of very exciting news this week, along with my bits and pieces to show you, which I will do in another post later.

Firstly, I was asked by Chrissy to join the Merly Impressions Design Team in February and yesterday my first official post went live.  I loved this range of papers, purple being my favourite colour and Chrissy is so generous with the kits she sends there may have been a couple of bits I paid for but mostly it is the DT kit. 

I have made three layouts so far and will show you them as they get published.  You can read about the process of making this one on the Merely Impressions blog here

My second bit of exciting news is that I have been offered a spot on the UK Scrap Addicts dt.  I am thrilled to be working alongside such a talented group of ladies and we all want to promote UK scrapbooking so have a common goal.

So that's enough excitement for one blog post!

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  Getting ready to spend a weekend crafting with my favourite, non family, people who are like family.

2.  Spending today making a little surprise, which I am excited about too - how much excitement can a girl take?

3.  Only working two days this week. 

100 Days of Scrap Therapy

Hello, hello lovely blog followers.

Today, I have started a new project called 100 Days of Scrap Therapy - if you follow suse.fish on Instagram you will know what I am talking about.  Her introductory blog post .

So, hopefully, for 100 days I will add a page to my little A5 binder and achieve the goals I have written down.

I will post on Instagram when I have made a page and hopefully remember to post on here too.

My title page (apologies for the low light photos)

Laying on top of the little A5 binder I bought from The Range and filled with extra page inserts for my 100 pages.  I am scrapping on both sides of one sheet of A5 cardstock to reduce the bulk.  Also, shock horror, I won't be able to use foam pads as I need to keep the bulk down.  I also made some sheets to practice my handwriting on.  One of my 100 day goals is to improve my handwriting.  I often use my Silhouette to write and my favourite font is called Hello Sunshine.  So I type what I want to write in this font and practice on the sheets.  At the moment I cut these into journaling strips to add to my pages but am hoping that by the end of the project I will be happy enough to write straight onto my pages. 

My mission statement

and my first page featuring the supplies I treated myself to to make a start. 

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  I have just had a fantastic weekend with Gracia, Josh and Isla.

2. Loving crafting on my day off.

3.  Making a good start on this little project. 

Show & Tell Monday - 12th March 2018

Well my lovlies, I don't have a lot of layouts to show you this week - only three, as I have been working on several projects that I cannot show yet, but here we go. (Scroll down if you don't want to see my pages for some ultra puppy cuteness)!

First up is a page I made using the Silhouette Free Design Of The Week - this was a 6 x 4 postcard and stickers.

I enlarged the postcard, used a sketch pen in my Cameo to write a postcard to Gracia from Kiera and embellished the page with the stickers and some embellishments from the latest Mind The Scrap kit.

 I added a small photo of the both of them in place of a stamp.

Next is my scraplift of Ann's page for the Scraplift Challenge over on the ATDML Facebook page.

I used Kaisercraft's Wandering Ivy for this page, writing the journaling with my Silhouette and using lots of the collectables to cluster around the photo of my two beautiful girls.

The third page I finished this week was one from a recent GoGo Dayaway event .

Now for the best bit - puppy overload!  So Gracia and Josh picked up their new puppy, Isla, yesterday and I don't think we have FaceTimed each other so much.  They are absolutely thrilled with her and she is so cute.  So I will leave you with a few photos.  BTW she has an Instagram account if you would like to follow her - isla.with.the.curls

Reasons to be Cheerful

1.  Lovely, thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts from Gracia and Josh
2.  Lots of exciting things on the horizon.
3. Lovely little Isla

Show & Tell Part 2 - 7th March 2018

Hello again, trying to catch up with my blog posts and bringing you the second part of this week's Show & Tell.

My first layout is one using a free font that was the Design Of The Week over on the Silhouette store a couple of weeks ago.  I used it to journal around the edge of the page using a black sketch pen.

Next is a page I made using the February Mind the Scrap kit and I used almost all of the puffy heart stickers.  It was so fortunate that Gracia posted to Instagram a photo of Her and josh and a love heart sweet - perfect for the puffy hearts.

I made the next one from a sketch on the Stick It Down blog using elements from a recent Mind The Scrap kit.

The Free Design Of The Week a couple of weeks ago was a pretty little flower so I used it on a handbag gift box and then used the same papers the following week to make a card, using the Silhouette Design Store free Design of The Week

Finally, I went to a GoGoDayaway event, which involved classes for 8 pages using sewing and paper piecing - I have managed to finish 4, almost finish 2 and have 2 yet to start!  

Loved this event so much that I have signed up for another one in the Summer - well worth the money as the kit was the equalivent of almost the fee for participating in the two day event. See first photograph in first layout.  That was the kit, including the carrier to keep it tidy in. 

Phew!  I feel that I have now caught up.  Hope you have a lovely rest of the week xxx

Reason to be cheerful:

David said that the best thing he has ever done was to marry me - got to love that boy of mine!

Show & Tell Monday - 5th March 2018

Hello, hello lovely blog friends.

I am not going to apologise for lack of posting as we all know - sometimes life gets in the way.  Consequently I have lots to show you and may have to schedule another post with some on for later in the week.  Don't want to be responsible for you suffering Karen Overload!

I will start with my February DT pages for ATDML.  I had the Kaisercraft Miss Betty and Romantique ranges to work with and I loved them both. 

This was my favourite layout of the month was based on a sketch for my monthly Sketch Challenge over on ATDML facebook page. I love the picture, the sewing, the gems the flowers in fact everything about it. 

I am quite partial to this one too - both made with Romatique which I think goes with almost any photo.

This was the final one made using Romantique.  I made my own string art template, on my Silhouette of course, and then it needed very little in the way of embellishment.  Just a few fussy cut flowers and butterflies and a little doily.  I am finding it impossible not to add doilies to my layouts at the moment. 

The Miss Betty range is very girly and has a sewing theme running through it.  I challenged myself to make a masculine page with this predominantly feminine range.  This page was for my monthly Scraplift Challenge - again over on the ATDML Facebook page and this month I scraplifted one of Katherines pages. 

Next up is my least favourite of the month - again I used a sketch and the free Design of The Week from the Silhouette store.  Love the papers but not so in love with what I did with them.

Finally, for today I have one I made using the patchwork paper.  I drew the faux stitching with my silhouette and cut out the individual hexagons.  I love my old Singer hand machine, a surprise Christmas present from David several years ago.  It was meant to be for show but once I discovered that it was in full working order it took over from my electric machine  for all my sewing needs. 

Words to live by - March

'You Don't Get What You Wish For You Get What You Work For'

 (seen on Mind The Scrap's Instagram feed),

Reasons to be Cheerful

1. Gracia and Josh get their fur baby on Saturday.
2  Have booked trains to visit them over Easter.
3. Finally saw the physio about my knee and we feel that although it will never be as good as it was 20 years ago there is a lot that can be done to reduce the pain and regain some of the activities that I cannot do at the moment. 

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.