Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Scrap365 magazine May Sketch Challenge - Wondrous Place

Good afternoon, 

Well, I just couldn't resist creating another layout based on the Scrap365 May sketch challenge! There's no stopping me with this one - this is my fourth layout based on this sketch. 

The photo was taken at the Billy Fury statue alongside the Albert Dock, Liverpool on my recent visit to the North West.  The photo is a bit rubbish really but I am with Billy and that's all that matters! I love Billy and he is best British rocker, ever!!!

The yellow background card is Core'dinations Reminisce. My favourite card pack ever!! I have also used plain white card and silver mirri card. The musical notes masking tape is Crafts Too. The metal harlequin star is WRMK. The other stars are from my stash.  The paper clip is from a stationery store. The wood bird is from a craft fair.  The metal nautical charms are Card Charms. The coloured brads are from my stash. The "I love Billy" embellishment is a decorated chipboard circle.

The heart stamp is PSX. The mini alpha stamp set is Studio G series 4. The ticket stamp is Papermania Urban Stamps.

I have also used a green Gelly Roll pen, a date stamp, Blazing Red Stazon ink, red Impress dye ink, Midnight Blue Stazon ink, Encore! Ultimate Metallic Gold ink, red glitter glue and Crafter's Companion Gold Spray & Sparkle. I printed the song lyrics from the Internet.

I have included the nautical elements to reflect the seafaring history of Liverpool and it's historic docks, but also to reflect Billy's early line of work on the tug boats. The colour scheme comes from my t-shirt which is the Billy movie "Play It Cool" directed by a young Michael Winner. The stars come from the song lyrics and, of course, Billy will always be a shining star. Wondrous Place is another Billy song.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Scrap365 magazine May Sketch Challenge - Sunshine Bed

Here I am again!

Another layout created from the lovely May sketch challenge at

We were lucky enough to move to the Isle of Wight at the beginning of 2012. On the very day we moved into our house, my dog Billy picked his favourite spot! He does like a sunny spot and this area is just inside the patio doors where the sun comes round in a morning! His bed is there and it is now known as his Sunshine Bed! My other dog, Elvis, quite likes the spot, too!!!

The 12x12 background sheet is Dear Lizzy by American Crafts. The alpha card is a report card from October Afternoon. The picket fence and home sweet home papers were all free with magazines.  The arrow came from some packaging.  The smiley face button and yellow button came from a button shop. The Hi brad is Papermania Happy Days. The sticker words are Bazzill Basics. The home sweet home metal charm and wooden dog came from a craft fair. The Green twine is bakers twine. The paper clip is from a stationery store. I paper pieced the little house from scraps.

That's all from me today!

Helen xxx

Scrap365 magazine May Sketch Challenge - Don't mess with Texas!

Good afternoon blogland!

Here is my second creation using the May sketch challenge over at

You know those holidays that really stand out from all the others? Our trip to Texas in 1998 for the Buddy Holly Festival was one of those holidays!! An amazing holiday and an amazing experience!!! Of course,  since they opened the Buddy Holly Museum in 2000, loads of people have been, but we were the trailblazers!!!

This layout is entitled "Don't Mess with Texas!" as that is kinda their slogan!

This photo was taken on Buddy Holly Avenue! I know, how cool am I?? Actually, I was probably really hot because it was about 100°f when we were there, even in September!!!

The background is 12x12 dark blue card. The postcard came from Texas. The mount for the glasses is artists card. The journaling card is Papermania Happy Days. The silver stars came from my stash. The "Buddy Holly" glasses brooch and cowboy boot earring came from Claire's Accessories. I love using jewellery in my crafting! I buy it in the sale!! The guitar is from Card Charms. The cactus and yellow star are K&Co Rough & Tumble Western grand adhesions. The number stickers are from my peel-offs stash.

I have stamped and embossed the guitar using brown ink and brown embossing powder. The blue wording has been stamped in blue ink using the Studio G mini alphabet stamp set Series 4. All inked edges are in blue or white ink.

Again, I have stayed true to the sketch,  but have turned it around. Very adventurous!

Happy crafting,

Helen xxx

Scrap365 magazine May Sketch Challenge - Beside the Seaside

Good afternoon blogland!

Phew, what a busy month! I always consider the month of April to be my birthday "month". One day just isn't enough!! It sure has been a busy month!

A fabulous friend's fabulous 50th birthday party in London. A road trip to the North West taking in some rock n roll in Preston, Eric Morecambe in Morecambe, Billy Fury and The Beatles in Liverpool and some family time in Derbyshire! A nasty cold bug hit the family so my birthday weekend (Easter) was spent at home on the Isle of Wight (I know, there are worse places!) feeling sorry for myself, but I shall make up for it later on! Luckily, I was up to date with crafting!

I really love the May Sketch challenge over at Scrap365, so much so that I have created three layouts from the sketch! This first one is "Beside the Seaside". I took these lovely photos of my husband and dogs at Yaverland beach on the Isle of Wight. It is a fabulous all year round dog friendly beach and we love going there. I like that my foot can be seen in the photo showing that we are all together on the beach!

The 12x12 glittered background sheet is Dear Lizzy by American Crafts. All the other card is from my stash. The delightful beach postcard is vintage and the Beside the Seaside postcard is from the Seaside! The embellishments are Dress It Up, the mini licence plate is Karen Foster Designs, the word stickers are Bazzill Basics Summer and the gem stickers are Pinflair. The paper clip is from a stationery store. The brads are from my stash. I inked the edges of the postcards and stickers with blue ink. I wanted the delightful vintage postcard to stand out so raised this using foam pads.

This is a fun and colourful layout and I am really pleased with it. It is now framed and on the wall in my little beached themed guest room. It is also quite rare to get a photo of my husband so that is an achievement in itself!

As always, I have stayed true to the sketch.

Keep crafting,

Helen xxx