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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.

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

Selfie

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

Ding-a-Ling



















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.



Autumn Song

Don't you just love it when you have the right piece of 12x12 paper in your stash for those special photos?

This page is done on a BoBunny paper called Autumn Song.

Firstly it depicts the Harp Concert I went to last October which was a charity event raising money for Wheels for the World.


The owl embellishment is significant as the organiser's wheelchair bound brother made a film about barn owls which was very special.

Secondly when Pilgrim Harps came to Reigate's Piano Workshop last December and I got to try out some harps. I was a little outdone by a young girl playing some wonderful music on a concert harp on the other side of the room though!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Seas of Red

I have just scrapped some of photos from our day out at The Tower of London last October.




A couple of photos are from the internet as I didn't have a helicopter or drone to get the aerial shot and we didn't actually make it to the Tower Bridge side either.

First we took photos of each other on the train from Tattenham Corner to London Bridge, then our walk along the Thames to the Tower.

The Shard is a big feature now, however we didn't realise it is built over London Bridge Station! I noticed this as we walked back as I spotted a sign and looked up! Shock horror we were right beneath it, so I told the lads to stop and look up too. They were just as amazed!

The poppies were a lovely sight to behold on such a sunny day too, loads of photos were taken so it was quite a job to select a few to scrap!

Finally a couple of snaps inside the Tower grounds. I used the tops of the tickets on this page and the bottom of one as well. What an exhausting day but well worth it. 

I wonder where our poppy was?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Valentine's / Birthday Weekend

I got loads of flowers for Valentines.

And some more for my Birthday.













I got my small harp for my birthday last year and treated myself to the big one this year. I got the tiny model to make this year too, so I now have a set three!





We'd received our Tower of London Poppy a few weeks back but opened it together on Valentine's. Ours is decidedly muddy and not sure whether to clean it up or not?




For once, my husband wasn't away on business and both days were over the weekend and we could leave our teen "home alone", so we went out on Valentine's for a spot of country air and geocaching.

I was taken to the quaint little village of Shere close to Guildford, where the St James's Church geocache took us to the plaque of "John Wesley's Rule". Unfortunately The Millenium Stone was covered up, probably to protect it from frosts.






Our geocaching search then produced a hide at Albury Saxon Church not far away. The write-up said how it featured in the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (I love that film) so how could we resist a visit.

We finished off a lovely day by watching the film too.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Scrap the Everyday

I scrap the everyday things of life and am only a few months behind as these were back in October last year.

First the collection bags from church which were getting rather holey, before, during and after their make-over. I did 4 in all, it took about 5 hours done over a few days.

Then my latest visit to my Mum's in Wales. The boys got to go down to the sea for some stone skimming whilst I stayed behind knee deep in yarn for my crochet classes.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Even More Scrapping

The end of my 10th album. As I have 30 pages in each album and there are 2 layouts per page, that's some 600 layouts!!

Of course some geocaching in Merstham.

There was a matching phone box top the other side of the drive and I believe the drive goes to a place where phone boxes go after use (as seen from the train by a friend)


Then the start of my 11th album with the Crochet Classes I did last year.

Just a snippet of the projects we covered in the 6 weeks.









Lastly the Electrify Course from Futurelearn and
my husband doing the Palace to Palace Bike ride.

And if I am in October of last year, I have nearly caught up - horrah!

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.










 






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