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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, if you would like to join, please e-mail me. New members always welcome.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Happy Scrapper

Just finished scrapping my current set of prints to find I only had one side left in my current album of 60 layouts! I have since sorted out my new album, kindly given to me by a crafty friend, and ordered a further 113 prints which will take me from the end of September last year to earlier this month. So nearly up to date, but as life carries on so does the scrapping. A woman's work........and all that!

So here are my latest:-

Some more geocaching, with some caches hidden in unusual receptacles. There is a close-up of my new diecut which I used mirrored and added my wheatsheaf cut in purple as the lavender flower! Love it when a die can be used in different ways. Original photo here.

Then there is Cane Hill, an old abandoned Victorian Asylum, which was the start of the cult of Urban Exploring in the 90's. Although now most of the buildings have been demolished, except the chapel and water tower which hopefully will be incorporated in a new development but as it is on the green belt it has been dormant for decades now, pending planning agreements. Original photos here.

Lastly, some scouting and even more geocaching. Don't mention puzzle caches - not our favourite to work out but the walk was great and done directly from home to places we'd never explored before. Some original photos here.






Oh and the 50th birthday card I did for my friend, and the 16th for my son, well you have to include those don't you?

Monday, 12 January 2015

How Old?

It was my Mum's birthday this week so I made her a card, I wonder how old she is?

My Journal for January

My small Dylusions "Take Me Deeper" journal is still teetering on the brink of getting started. I have added to the inside/outter cover using my new die and some flowers kindly given to me today in my craft club.

I have sectioned the journal into 12 (blue post-its) so I can do a calendar page each month and the weekly devotionals as and when in the pages in between.

I have done my January calendar page using some freebie star stamps from a magazine before Christmas. I have added the "Transform" theme from the tab printable plus a couple of dictionary/thesaurus definitions.

The inside/inner cover & first page I have devoted to my "Logos 365" word JOY. I gessoed the inside of the cover as it was grey then painted both with distress paint.

I have added my music to "The Ode to Joy" by Beethoven, reduced via the photocopier.


Plus the words to the Hymn of Joy which is set to this music. Also the words to the 2nd verse of "Joy to the World" which is based on Psalm 98. In fact I think they both are based on this psalm.

I still have the first 2 weeks of devotionals to get done. I have printed out the verses from the website but that is as far as I have got.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

JOY!

I bought the small Dyan Reaveley Journal some time ago and I guess I have been saving it "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14).

I'm about to embark on some year long journaling challenges from the "His Kingdom Come" site. Namely "Logos 365" where you chose a word for the year, and "Take Me Deeper" which is a weekly devotional.

I have chosen JOY for my word and have started collecting bits and pieces for the word, including the lyrics to the song, "Joy to the World!" which I can play on my harp, and is based on Psalm 98. Plus I have nearly mastered Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" on my harp as well. Oh Joy!

I'm on my way...

Getting Some Scrapping Done!

Looks like I have managed  quite a few scrap pages over the Christmas Break so far and still a few more days to go.

A July Birthday and the garden. The Loom Band Craze and the Start of the Summer of Geocaching... Plus my husband and a mate's bike ride to Brighton and back.










 






Just click on the photos to see larger versions.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Dec the Halls



I received this lovely felt fox banner from a friend.

He is definitely deccing the hall along with one of my crocheted robins.












My newly décopatched reindeer is posing on my tree.


Reindeer and Scrapping

Managed to get back into my scrapbooking. I had the last lot of photos printed yonks ago, for April through to August this year.

Back in April/May time I did my first FREE on-line course with Futurelearn - Kitchen Chemistry, this is some of what I got up to.

I took a couple of photos of my harp in the garden in May.

The caterpillar was seen in August but fitted on this page.



Then there's my desk yesterday after raiding Hobby Craft.













I love a bit of décopatch to while away the time so I just had to cover him today.

I didn't have any "natural" type papers so just went with my favourite.

I might add a few adornments but for now he is drying.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Poinsettia

I used my poinsettia die for my last craft club this year, then I just had to give it a go with a non Christmas colour and created a sunflower!

DLP

My Documented Life Project (DLP) book is now nearly full.














Can't say I followed all the DLP prompts, I gave up on most yearly challenges back in May/June time, but I have managed to fill my little diary one way or another.

I have mainly made the last few pages like little Christmas Cards of designs I did this year.
However I have followed the Journal 52 prompt of "Sparkle and Shine" this week.

Monday, 8 December 2014

I seem to have a thing for BIRDS!



Here are my latest additions to the birdie flock!

Then some owls

Then some robins - work in progress here trying to make up the pattern myself!!



Saturday, 22 November 2014

A Flock of....

....Sheep.

I managed to knit half a dozen sheep for the knitivity this year.


...Birdies.
I completed my challenge to crochet a birdie for all the members of my on-line craft group UKPC.







...Christmas Cards.

Did some Christmas cards in between too!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Dozen Christmas Cards

Thought I better make some Christmas cards!

I started with the design I made for craft class last week, I also pondered the cards the ladies had made with the same pieces but all different.

I came up with a slightly different design which was easily reproducible and not too bulky.



I used some old Christmas Cracker tubes for the baubles. Always a considered buy as I look to see if I'll be able to use them after the day.

I went with peel-offs instead of die cut words, as I seem to have quite a few left and it is much quicker.











Also sticky backed holographic ribbon as a border and the tops of the baubles. I didn't really wish to make 24 bows and they are often too bulky for standard postage here in the UK.

Still it took quite some time to make all 12.

I also made a page for my DLP too. Think I need a lie down!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Ashtead Challenge


The Ashtead Card Making and Craft Club year long challenge is coming to an end this week.

Did I have the minimum of 10 A4 pages completed?
Simple Answer NO!

So I finished up my day yesterday getting inky fingers creating.

A page to the Seasons
A page using the initial of my surname. And a page of a never ending line.

Here's the cover of my Challenge folder too. I used various items I have made/used throughout the year.