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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. I run a UK based on-line papercraft group.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Germany & Box Hill

It would seem I am up to date with my scrapping. Horrah!

My husband's latest business trip to Germany from last month. 

Typically I labeled the photographs incorrectly, so ended up moving the photos round to match the writing!

Our latest geocaching trip to Box Hill a couple of weeks ago. At last we've been to the folly of Broadwood Tower, it was a jolly steep climb up there.

Making a Box Card

As I seem addicted to making Box Cards and that UKPapercrafters will be doing them for our SWAP next month.

Here's a little tutorial.

I have only made my boxes up from A5 card so far, they fit snugly into C6 envelopes.

Firstly, from the shorter side of your A5 card score at 2", 4", 6" and 8" which will leave a little flap to make up your box with.

From the longer side score in at 2 3/4" (leave the section next to the flap unscored as this makes the upright back of the box - although if you forget you can always glue solid card on both sides afterwards.)

Cut into your initial score lines up to this new score line and snip off the top piece of the flap at an angle.

You can round the corners if you like, I quite like them rounded.

It's best to decorate the outside of your box BEFORE gluing it into a box shape.

Inside the box top opening are glued two 1/2" x 3" strips of card scored 1/2" from each end and folded into a "Z" shape. It you use wet glue and squash your box flat whilst the glue dries, you'll know it will fold flat afterwards.

Choose which way you wish your box to fold flat and stick with this as it will dictate how much you can extend the internal items over the edges with them still being within the folded shape to fit in the envelope!

You can now add all your items

Have Fun.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Shells & Strawberries

Our 2 latest outings scrapped.

1) Margate Shell Grotto for our Anniversary

2) Strawberry Hill near Twickenham

Far too many photos printed yet again, I must get more stringent in choosing....

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Valentine/Birthday Weekend

On Valentine's Day, my husband took me to Shere for a bit of geocaching.

Then the Geocaching App found this old Saxon Church in Albury Park nearby for us.

Great find - it featured in 4 Weddings and a Funeral.

Guess what we watched in the evening?

I am certainly getting caught up with  my scrapping.

Well after a visit to the local craft shop and getting lots of new papers it is always easier to get inspired isn't it?

Here's all my Valentine's and Birthday flowers and harps.

My husband got me the tiny gold diecut harp (x5) and the wooden mini "make your own" model harp. I had the small proper harp last year for my birthday and treated myself to the big one this year.

(been playing it in the garden this afternoon as it happens).

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Time for Dinner....

I laid out a scrapbook page yesterday but something wasn't quite right so I slept on it (not literally or I'd have crumpled it!)

Then it came to me, it wasn't Dinner! but Dinner Time!

Yes the BELL which has solved all sorts of anguish in our household.

No more shouting to announce mealtimes.

No more being accused of sounding angry.

No more smashed plates in frustration!

I got it from Amazon - it isn't quite like the photo they show, but in my opinion much better.

Mushrooms & Vitamin D

A surprising fact was gleaned from the BBC programme, "Britain's Favourite Foods" last night.

Where we can synthesize Vitamin D in our skin, when it is exposed to sunlight, apparently so too can mushrooms even after they are picked!

Mushrooms are grown in the dark but when exposed to sunlight they synthesize vitamin D.

So what did I do today? Yep, popped out bought some mushrooms and left them in the sun for an hour. Excellent to feed son who hates going in the sun. Mushrooms on the menu tonight then!

Monday, 13 April 2015


Our Magnolia tree is in full bloom now.

Next it will be the Wisteria...

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Walks & Music

Just got on to 2015 scrapping.

First a geocaching walk back in January.

The the day the guy from Teifi Harps brought 2 harps for me to try out.

Considering I live near London and Teifi harps are in Mid-Wales no mean thing!

My Harp teacher came to help me decide and I bought one too. Love it

Lastly, the day in February that my son got his double drum pedal plus his offer of a place in Reigate College.

April Showers...

...May Flowers, as the saying goes.

This month's SWAP theme is "April Showers". We did the same back in 2009 and I even had a few bits and pieces left over from that time!

Following on from my new found love of making 3D box cards I made one for my SWAP.

I used the leftover umbrellas (die cut circles cut in half with decorative scissors).

Various rain drop shaped pieces from other dies (how fortunate).

Plus a few flowers of course.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Easter Boxes

With my new found love of little 3D boxes, I made a couple for Easter.

The orange one reflects the dark day of Good Friday.

The turquoise one the joy of Easter Day


Saturday, 28 March 2015


I was tidying my "man drawer" yesterday. You know the drawer with lots of strange stuff in it from hammer to spare crafting items. Fluorescent stars to tape measures.

Well there was the bunch of hair I had cut off back in March 1997.

Gosh how my hair has changed the in 18 years since getting married and having a son! There were grey ones even then, in fact I'd had the odd grey since I was about 12 years old but not quite so many as I have now! I have never permanently coloured my hair, so this is all me.

Box Cards

Actually made it to Craft Club this month, first time this year.

They were doing pop-up box cards and it was my first time making one of these fun little boxes.

Here's a blog tutorial I found since explaining Box Cards, if you want to make one too.

We used A5 card which makes a neat little box which fits into a C6 envelope. My first one was in a floral Spring like theme.

I made another one today for my son who plays the drums just to show you can do any theme whatsoever with the basic template.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Ceiling Rose

I'd wanted one for ages so I popped up to Streatham before Christmas to get one.

I went with the floral one and my husband fixed it in place on Boxing Day for me. Not the most traditional of Boxing Days!

Really pleased I thought of making a floral wreath from diecuts for the page, took ages to stick!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Sunset @ BoxHill

Just got around to my Christmas Day Scrapping.

I had two quite different sets of photos, morning present opening and then a walk on Box Hill to take in the sunset - it was freezing cold!

Somehow I managed to make them into a double layout using the same backing paper half rotated. I had a look through my Christmas box for embellishment inspiration. One of the tags I had made for the 12 days of Christmas with Tim Holtz back in 2011 did the trick. I cut it in half and made up additional embellishments to match.

Nearly finished 2014 now....

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


I was chatting to my Mum on the phone last Christmas Eve, discussing how to do a selfie with her tablet.

I showed her how to change the camera round whilst doing the same on my tablet and in the process took a couple of selfies!

The stripy paper was the same colour as my top, toned down with coordinating solid card stripes. I then just added lots of special embellishments.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Woodland Management?

Just before Christmas last year, after seeing a post on Streetlife wondering what was going on in a local woodland area, we went to have a look ourselves.

All the undergrowth brambles had been cleared away and I guess all the smaller trees had been felled too. Major woodland management methinks.

Also a layout from Advent time last year, getting the decorations ready and a bigger harp to try.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

17th Anniversary - SHELLS

Since seeing a list of traditional wedding anniversary themes in our wedding book, we have been trying to buy or do something appropriate for the year. Themes get a bit patchy after 15 years but we found a site on the internet to help out.

Anyway, for the 17th the theme was SHELLS and as we had seen something on TV about the Shell Grotto in Margate this was just the ticket for this year.

It was extremely windy in Margate but we managed a few snaps with the "Shell Lady" statue at the end of the harbour arm then we went to the Grotto.

We met the Grotto's owner, Sarah Vickery and she kindly gave me some shells as a gift to mark the occasion, how delightful, and took our photo too.

And despite the weather, (extremely windy and light rain all day!) you just have to have chips on the seafront when at the seaside!

We also popped into the Turner Contemporary and bagged a geocache outside there too.

Quite a memorable day all in all.

Thursday, 26 February 2015


Bought a bell from Amazon to save all the hollering for the lads to come for their meals.

It's a bit bigger with a lower sound than the little Welsh Lady bell I had been trying the past few days.

Hope it does the trick.