Wednesday, 26 May 2010


The window of Forbidden Planet! Love it, I want a victory Dalek poster.

Not that I have anywhere to put it...

Monday, 24 May 2010

Twisted Sketches #50

I loved this sketch and it worked really nicely with an 8.5 x 11 layout.

This is one of the Oldest Inns in Nottingham - the twist was for "old", so I hope 1240 is old enough!

I love October Afternoon. This Thrift Shop is so beautiful.

Road Trip... again!

Last week's challenge at UKS. I did get it done on time, I just didn't upload it to my Blog on time.

Layouts for No Reason

I do keep making layouts for challenges and never seem to make them just for myself. The Paperclipping Roundtable seems to think that this can sometimes be bad for your personal creativity, so I've made up a few that aren't sketch based. I'm also loving 8.5 x 11 as a size at the moment, not that I have any albums of this size, I just like the rectangularliness of it.

This first one is Melman at Risby Barns in April. John took the shot of me standing by this giraffe print, Puppet on hand, looking silly. Not one person looked as us and the cafe was packed. Oh well, so much for being embarrassed.

I bought a piece of Three Bugs paper on purpose as it had giraffe and lion strips on it. I've already used the Lion strips. I took some elephant pictures earlier this month, so now I have to keep hold of the elephant strips! First use of my new giraffe stamp.

This next one is another of my old pictures from the hot air ballooning days. This was taken on a trip to France, we'd landed in Farmer Lambert's field and they invited us it for coffee and a drink (it was about 10am, time for a Mirabel).

I was penpals with the girl in green for a while. The farmer kept his guns in the downstairs toilet and the fly papers were so full of flies that they were fighting to get a leg on. Good fun had by all. :)

Friday, 21 May 2010

Project 12 - April

{click to enlarge}

April is represented by:

  • Melman in Lizzy's Cafe, Risby Barns
  • John being happy that we have started to clear out the garden ready for the new turf and new pond.
  • The Oldest Inn in England, Nottingham - beautifully huge Sunday dinners!
  • La Roux concert
  • An old Bus at the Nene Steam Railway
  • Tatty 2 and Tatty 1 in the flowering "Tat's Money"

Each month I do try to use new paper stash from that month. Of course, I really shouldn't have so much new paper stash, but heyho!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Twisted Sketches #49

This week the Twist is "colour", here's my take:

This is Tiddles. He was one of the cats that lived next-door-but-one when I was little. His real name was Linus, but I wanted to call him Tiddles.

One day my parents told me that Tiddles had moved house and gone to live at an old people's home... of course, that's not what had happened to Tiddles. :(

Monday, 10 May 2010

Diana Vickers

Excellent concert!!!

Sketchy Thursdays & The Mill Pond

The local cheapy shop is suddenly stocking a whole bunch of American Crafts products and on Saturday I bought myself one of their albums that came with some of the Travel range. This is one of the lines that I bought pre-Road Trip so I'd be ready to scrap it when I came home. I'd actually run out of it, although I'm not the biggest fan of AC papers, so I thought some more wouldn't hurt.

Of course, it's the cheapy end of their ranges and is single sided and thinner than the papers I originally bought. This makes me want to pop them away and ignore them! So I've attacked them straight away and done a couple of layouts from them using as -yet-unscrapped Road Trip photos.

This first one is for Sketchy Thursdays 5.6 - The Scenic Route.

Valley of Fire State Park, Daddy and the beautiful hire car!

I then went right outside the box with this one for The Mill Pond's latest Write It Challenge. The task was to incorporate your title within your journaling and try something different with your title and or journaling that you personally have not tried before. Well, I've certainly done that! I've never done such a large title and I've certainly not stamped and cut out such a lot for a title before either. My journalling is between the lines of the title:

I'm not happy with the large balloon, but I'd stuck it down before I realised that I should have folded a piece of paper and just done half a balloon (like paper dolls). I rectified that for the tiny balloons and you can see the lines up their middles! I do enjoy making that grass, although it is time consuming.

A close up so you can see the journalling / title / grass and balloon.

I'm not sure the journalling is visible in the picture, but the gist of the story... Mark is a friend of my Dad's and we knew he'd be at Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta. We hadn't arranged to meet up, but after the mass ascension on the second day we were there he just found us on the field! It's a BIG place and it was amazing how he managed it. A little bit of home in the middle of America.

Official 2008 Balloon Fiesta Gallery.

EDIT: I won!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

The Studio - April 18th

I actually didn't do this layout with The Studio challenge in mind, but could've sworn I'd seen a challenge recently which involved scrapping an event that had no photos.

I went ahead and made the layout on Monday. This afternoon I suddenly realised that I hadn't updated the new link to The Studio blog, so it wasn't coming through correctly on my feeds reader. That's when I realised where I'd seen the challenge before... luckily the deadline has been extended to May 9th, so I'm not too late to enter this.

I've used a bit of Halloween paper, as well as cutting up and distressing the paper bags from the gift shop. Then I included the tickets from the performance and a little tag that I cut up that was attached to the bag I bought. The background is red-spattered (but that might not show up well in the picture)which echoes the blood-spattered set.

Funnily enough, the three Witches were wearing distressed versions of the aprons that the Globe staff wear. It has the same logo on that you can see on the distressed paper bags on my layout. Well, I was amused by them.

I've never done so much journalling before I can see how wonky my handwriting is!

Also using this as my May inter-team mojo challenge entry - reusing and recycling. Plenty of that here!

Sketchy Thursdays 4.29

Getting at the last minute with this one, although I made it last week. Forgot all about it in my layout tidying session and filed it away. These are a couple of the pictures my father took as slides way back in my childhood and as recently had made up into digital copies so they can be printed off as 'normal' photos.

This layout proves that there was a time when I was able to run races, win them and wear leotards. Those days, however, are looong gone!

Have started using Glossy Accents more now that I'm figuring out how to use. There's a pleat in the strip across the bottom and I've GA'd the flower element and stuck it on for height. Should've taken a close up of it as it looks a lot better in real life.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Layouts from Today

Finally got some of the pictures back that I took of Alex in London. Really not impressed with the service from Snapfish, but at least they were free. The pictures aren't of the same quality that I've been getting from Photobox either. Shan't be straying from there now, freebies or not.

I'd bought myself a piece of this 3 Bugs paper because it features lions and giraffes. I'm still waiting for my giraffe stamp from Scrap Shed so I can use the giraffe strip. Of course, I'm still waiting for that as well and it's been over a month. Great. Somewhere else that won't be getting a return order.

This is the weekly challenge layout, not completely happy with it - probably should have deviated from the sketch a little bit more.

All my Stash

This is my stash. All of it that isn't 12 x 12 patterned paper.

It lives on two shelves and my desk top. A small amount is out of
shot, but very little.

All my Paper

This is all the paper that I have. It sits in this one box, mainly
sorted by brand. Each collection in it's own 12 x 12 plastic wrapper.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Meadow Brown 2

My butterfly layout won Challenge 4 at Creative Craft World!

I knew there was a reason for taking pictures of things even if I should have been thinking about rocks! :)