Saturday, January 13, 2018

Walking home- a scraplift

The challenge this week on Mind the Scrap is to be inspired by Suse Fish. I've taken her wonderful work and tried my best! 

Suse's style is lots of layers, she talks about trying to recreate a pile of papers on a desk. I didn't think I'd get to grips with it, but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I got into a groove with it.

I used lots of lovely die cuts and cards from the latest MTS kit, layered with foam tape.

The little words are from Lollipop Box Club kits, I've got a little stock of these now.

I used a little bag as part of the layers, so I thought a journaling tag would fit in perfectly.

A quick desk shot and we're done!

Thursday, January 11, 2018


In July 2017 we went to the London 2017 para athletics. Wow, did we have a good day. We saw Jonnie Peacock win Gold, my son and nephew got a high 5 from him, and we limped home on the train to my brother's house, exhausted and happy.

This photo of my son and his cousin shows their relationship perfectly, and it's a favourite.

The letters are from an old Cosmo Cricket set, they're chipboard, and outlined in black to make them pop a bit.

The quote at the bottom is taken from a 12x12 sheet I've had forever, but the words seemed to fit.

The hearts and arrows are punched from print outs from Lollipop Box Club kits, as is the twine I think! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mind the Scrap unboxing video

So. I am ever so slightly obsessed with unboxing videos on YouTube.... So much so that I had a go at it myself.

I've also been looking for a monthly scrapbooking kit to buy, and I discovered Mind the Scrap, which is a really versatile system of 3 different parts to the kit. I had the main scrapbooking kit and the extra embellishments kit too.

Take a look, see what you think!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Keeping it simple

Emma at Mind the Scrap has set a challenge- to embrace minimalism and create a simple scrapbook layout. I had a photo in mind as soon as I read the challenge- one of my brilliant boy in a taekwondo kick.

I stamped the title using a really, really old foam stamp set I've had for an eternity, and edged it with torn strips of stripy paper. The challenge allowed for a couple of types of embellishments to be used, so I went for gold stars and some black gems.

He's kinda cool isn't he?

Sunday, January 7, 2018


So 2018 is to be the year of scrapbooking. Ive not been making the time to craft over the past few months, but I have watched a lot of YouTube videos, and read a lot of blog posts, and scrapbooking is calling me!

Here's yesterday's spread. I had a free stamp lingering on my desk, and inspiration struck. I stamped and masked away for a while and ended up with this little beauty. I used a spray and drips of black ink for some contrast.

The doily, heart and paper bag are all from my Lollipop Box Club stash, oh and so is the little tag I used to journal.

I'm chuffed with how it turned out, the bright green is fab with the black and white. The picture of my little lovely is the best bit though...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lollipop box club- something new!


Anyone still out there? As you may have guessed, creativity hasn't been top of the old agenda for the past year or so. Lots of reasons why, and I haven't been entirely AWOL. Cards have been made. Stitching has happened. Paints have been opened. Just not quite as often as in previous years.

But. I'm hoping things will change a little bit. No pressure, no expectations, but I do kinda miss making stuff. I also miss getting stuff- you know, the buying, having, cooing over pretties that comes right along with crafting- papercrafting at least. So. I've discovered a fabulous thing, which everyone else probably already knows about, but hey....late to the party is still AT the party, right? It's this- a monthly subscription club (although you can buy one off boxes as well). It's a little box that comes through the letterbox filled with the cutest things. Although there are lots of unboxing videos out there, I thought I might do one in photo form to restart my blog.

It's a slim box that fits through the letterbox, so no having to pick it up from the Post Office!

One of the loveliest things is how gorgeously everything is wrapped up- there's always a double layer of tissue paper, and a note inside the box from Lisa who runs the company.

Yay, goodies! There's a theme each month- this one is pizza and popcorn party.

Cutest paperclip ever.... and attached to a tag, all reusable!

This teeny glassine packet has hearts in, wooden, red faceted and teeny little beads with stamped blue and red hearts

I should have put something in here for scale- these are tiny little pegs on an equally dinky playing card. Hello!

The yellow plastic paperclip will be going into a journal, whereas my girlie has claimed the heart patch for a shirt. It comes with instructions on how to iron it on :) I love that the backing card can be resued, arrows and all.

Wouldn't be the Lollipop Club without a lolly! There's always a pen or pencil as well, this one is a blue biro, with a bright funky design which has again been claimed by my daughter! The washi tape has half red spots on it. I also reuse the little pieces of washi that Lisa uses to secure bits and pieces in the box!

Bit of Disney magic here- a tealight candle which really does smell like the pop corn that's sold on Main Street in Disneyworld. Lisa always works with different companies to have smashing little treats in the boxes.

There's a DIY kit in each box- this one is to make a bookmark/page marker. I really like the yellow stripy bag too- it'll ge great to add to a journal page.

Each little bag or package has something different in- this cream bag has papers, stickers, a tag and tassel, printed words, hearts, gems and spotty ribbon. Smashing!

There'a s set of stickers, a card popcorn box and a paper stripy straw. Love straws in crafting! No idea how to use the popcorn box yet....

And some original art work- a postcard and stickers saying Love is sharing your popcorn. Really glossy and vibrant.

And in the bottom of the box, even more loveliness- planner sheets, papers, printouts and a frame. There's a lot stuffed into this little box!

I've got lots of ideas on how to use this gorgeous stash, but there's also a blog on the Lollipop box club site, with more ideas. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Fairy special

Oh my, it's been a while....

Lavinia fairies to show today, with a couple of birthday cards, one for my lovely Mom, one for...erm, well, not saying who, but someone extra special!

Variations on a theme, I used my favourite little Lavinia fairies, on an inked background. The edges are heat embossed with a pearl powder. There's also lots of sparkle on the flowers and fairy wings, but I didn'tpick it up on the photo.

The finished cards are 7 inches square. Kinda pleased with these two!