Saturday, 12 November 2016

Birds Nest Fun (12.11.2016)

Good morning bloggers

This is my layout for Mercy Tiara's 27 Day Scrappy Challenge for November over on Facebook.

It's called Birds Nest Fun. My dog Elvis loves his toys. He was so focused on his toy that he didn't notice my husband had put a pile of grass on his head!

The challenge this month is to use two photos, the colour purple, texture (raised elements) and for the theme to be something funny or silly.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

October Ice Cream (09.11.2016)

Good evening bloggers

I've created this layout for Shimelle's weekly challenge to use red on a layout. 

This is no hardship for me as red is my favourite colour.

This layout came together very quickly in less than an hour. 

Thanks for looking

Helen xxx

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Stamp the Plan - July 2016 monthly spread (02.08.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

This is my monthly spread for July 2016.

I plan to do my monthly spread at the end of the previous month and then leave it at that.

If anything changes, I won't be making changes, as daily stuff will appear in my weekly pages.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Monday, 25 July 2016

Stamp the Plan - 27th June to 3rd July 2016 (26.07.2016)

Good morning bloggers

My latest crafty project is planning in my MAMBI Happy Planner and this is my first weekly spread.

I'm a stamping gal not a sticker gal and my planner is going to be more of a memory album than a plan ahead diary. A bit different to most planners out there, but I like that!

My stamps are being stamped!!

This is another fun and fabulous method of memory keeping and it's got me hooked!

Happy Tuesday all - I'm off to the dentist for a check up!

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Monday, 27 June 2016

You're a Lifesaver (27.06.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers!

It's been a while since I did a 12x12 layout as I've been concentrating on Project Life since April, but these photos were crying out for a special layout!

As always, I've used older products from my stash as well as newer stash.

The gems, alpha stickers, word stickers, dog sticker, red glitter card and twine have been in my stash for a while.

The 12x12 sheet, PL compass card and silver geotag are newer. The roller stamp and tiny attacher stapler are new. The star punch is my newest acquisition as I only got that this week.

I purchased the RNLI magnet from their shop.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Sunday, 17 April 2016

I love Cath Kidston! (17.04.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

I created this layout today for Shimelle's weekly challenge to use numbers. It has taken me all week to come up with an idea for a layout as I just couldn't think what to do. However, when I was ordering my latest Cath Kidston skirts for my birthday treat, I suddenly thought I could do a layout based on my Cath Kidston skirt collection, which is rather large!!

As with all my projects, I try hard to use neglected stash as well as new stash and this layout fits in well with that ethos! 

I am particularly pleased to have used my Quickutz metro alphabet and skirt dies. I have had those for years and barely touched them! 

I also like to try and use new techniques and writing my journalling directly onto the layout is a brave step for me! This is, of course, influenced by Shimelle who does it with ease. My use of washi tape is also influenced by Shimelle. I confess to not really getting the washi tape thing before but now I can't get enough of it!

The 12x12 background sheet is DoCrafts Lovely as is most of the washi tape. I think the camera washi tape came from The Works. The 6x6 numbers sheet is from a basic grey cupcake pad from 2008.

The dimensional stickers are Pandoro Hobby Tilda and were an Easter gift from my mum so they are very new. The rub ons are Renae's House and I've had them for a long time. The badge is Cath Kidston. The pearl gems came from The Works. 

The heart die cut, Core'dinations red card and bubble sticker came from my stash.

I used my Amy Tangerine and October Afternoon rotary phrase stamps with an Impress Poppy Red dye ink pad. I've written the journalling using a Grant Studios La De Dah glitter pen.

I've used my Xyron sticker maker and my new Xyron mega runner as well as silicone glue and foam pads.

Thanks for looking. 

Helen xxx 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Ready for take off? (09.04.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

I created this layout today for the Oh Boy challenge at Mercy Tiera's 27 Day Scrappy Challenge for April.

I was originally going to keep this layout simple but I got a little carried away. I have never really used washi tape too much before but have been inspired by Shimelle and there's no stopping me now!

The 12x12 background sheet is Echo Park Little Boy "In the Clouds" from 2010. It cost 90p and has been in my stash for a long time. The Enjoy your flight 6x6 sheet is WRMK travel light paper pad which came free with a magazine. The Bon Voyage, Weekend Away and ticket tags are all Docrafts Papermania All Aboard.  The air hostess sticker and washi tapes are from my stash.

The black alphabet stickers are Papermania Capsule liquorice Sherbert from 2011. The question mark sticker is AC remarks Smokey Joe's from 2006. The black alpha rub ons are Doodlebug Design Inc all mixed up beetle black. The enjoying the ride banner is Sn@p Simple Stories I Am.

All the wood veneers are Studio Calico. The large eyelets are WRMK. The aeroplane paper clip is from my stash. The large map flair pin is MME Jubilee. The small brads are Sn@p Life Documented. The heart gems and twine are from my stash.

The inks used are Impress red dye, Ranger black Archival, Dew Drop Memento Summer Sky and Versacolor mini Canary.  I used a Grant Studios La De Dah journalling pen. I also used Amy Tangerine and October Afternoon phrase stamps.

I used silicone glue, double sided tape and foam pads.

I am pleased with this bright fun layout for such a lovely photo of my Billy boy. It's a wonderful memory of my special boy as he passed away unexpectedly in January and we miss him terribly.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Friday, 8 April 2016

My Routine (08.04.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

This is my latest layout and, to be honest, I am pleased it's done! I attempted too many challenges on one layout and it was hard work!! I don't think I am entirely happy with it and I shall keep things more simple in future. However, I persevered with it so here it is!!

The original idea was to use vellum for the weekly challenge at I don't have alot of vellum so gathered together what I could find and decided on the star theme. I was also following the April sketch challenge at For the love of pretty paper (UK Scrapbooking Group) and also incorporated their everyday routine challenge. I had been thinking of scrapping a layout about Elvis & his routine and had already printed the photos so it fitted in nicely with these challenges.

The 12x12 background sheet is Sn@p Simple Stories Say Cheese and most of the ephemeria on the page is Simple Stories. The vellum is from my stash as is the washi tape, the star paper chain, the star stickers, the journalling paper and the 8x8 scalloped page.

The frames are from The Works. The journalling pen is Grant Studios La De Dah.  I have used Stazon Midnight Blue and a blue ink from my collection. I have used my Trodant office date stamp.

The alphabet is Jillibean Soup red celebration from 2008 and I have had those for a very long time! !

I used double sided tape as an adhesive.

I hope you like my layout. I am exhausted now!!

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Easter Egg Hunt (31.03.2016)

Good evening bloggers

This layout is for the weekly challenge at Shimelle. The challenge this week is to follow a sketch.

This layout is a bit of a stash buster as I've used up some stash that I've had for a long time. The crochet Easter bonnets have been waiting to be used for ages. The egg paper has also been around for a while as have the green peel off dots.

The 12x12 background card and the yellow card is AC Primaries. The Easter egg paper is AC Dear Lizzy. The livin the good life sticker is a K&Co KP Blossom Phrases grand adhesion. The bird chippies came from The Works as did the fabric daffodils and buttons.

The crochet circles are Crafts Too and the resin daisies are Docrafts. The crochet Easter bonnets came from my stash.

I used a green Ink it Up mini ink pad. The journalling was done using a Grant Studios La De Dah pen. I used my Trodant office date stamp.

The adhesives used are double sided tape, foam dots and silicone glue.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Flat Cap Fun (31.03.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

Today's layout is for Shimelle's weekly challenge. I was busy with family, friends and rock n roll over Easter so am a bit late with this layout. I had struggled with finding a suitable photo to scrap in black and white but luckily I took these photos at the weekend and they fit the bill perfectly!

The 12x12 background sheet is Crafts House Allsorts Licorice and has been in my stash for a long time. It is another 12x12 sheet that has been used thanks to my new filing system. I was going to use grey or black but I like this better. It cost 65p.

The Oh Yeah and Hello pieces are Snap Simple Stories Gold. The On my Way piece is Simple Stories I Am. The boy and dog chippie tag is Graphic45 and I'm sure it came free with a magazine. The alphabet post it's came from The Works and I only purchased them this week. They could become a firm favourite. The kraft tag is from my stash.

The screw brads, Guinness bottle top and ribbons are from my stash. The mini buttons are Docrafts Simply Gorjuss and I'm sure they came free with the magazine.

The vintage hand stamp is My Minds Eye Lost & Found from the 2010 Union Square "Perfect" acrylic stamp set.

I used a Stazon Jet Black ink pad and a Papermate pen for the journalling.  I used my Trodant office date stamp.

I used my Crop-a-Dile and my new Ranger mini ink blending tool. I thought it was about time I purchased a blending tool after watching Shimelle use one regularly. It also protects my ink pads from damage so is a good investment.

The adhesives used are double sided tape and foam pads. I also used my Xyron quick sticker maker for the Hello piece.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Perfectly Perfect (20.03.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers.

A quick and simple layout to share with you today.

The background sheet is from The Paper Boutique scrapbooking kit called new seasons.

The perfectly imperfect square is Simple Stories I Am. The butterfly chippie is My Minds Eye Sherbert Peace. The badge is October Afternoon Under the Tree Tin Pins. I've used my Trodant office date stamp.

The gems are from my stash.

I've used a Versacolor Violet mini ink pad and a Gelly Roll pen.

I used an adhesive tape runner on this layout.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Cape Daisies (19.03.16)

Good morning bloggers

Have you ever gone to bed and then got up again because you just had to create a layout that was spinning around in your head? If so, you will understand! Luckily, this was a simple layout. I placed the pieces down very quickly and then went back to bed! !

I have always had this photo in mind to create a layout at some point and today's the day. It's inspired by Glitter Girls video on using girly products on a boy layout. I think it fits perfectly with the floral theme.

Billy and Elvis are pooches not boys, but they are male, and it also took me away from my pooch related stash!

The entire layout had been created using a scrapbooking kit from Paper Boutique Dena Designs called new seasons. I believe it's from 2010 and that is when I received it as a gift from my US friends.

The only other items used are a green Ink it Up mini stamp and a green Gelly Roll metallic pen.

I used double sided tape for the photo, everything else was sticky!

Super simple and super cute!

To think, I always say I'm not a kit kinda gal! !!

 Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Friday, 18 March 2016

Lemon Tree (18.03.16)

Good afternoon bloggers.

This layout is for Shimelle's weekly challenge to use letters.

These fun photos were taken in Corfu in 1993 when I saw lemon and orange trees for the first time. It's not something we really see in England!

The 12x12 background sheet is s.e.i. Poppy. It's been in my stash for a long time and cost £1.15. I don't buy single sheets of 12x12 these days but I did when I first started scrapbooking.

All the lemon related pieces are Kaisercraft Nan’s Favourite.

The Good Stuff card is Sn@p Life Documented. The spreading my wings banner is Simple Stories I Am. The awesome chippie is My Minds Eye Sherbert Peace. The arrow and @ wood veneers are Studio Calico. The tag is recycled.

The hand paper clip is from my stash. The gems came from Vietnam. The embroidered brads are DoCrafts Papermania Happy Days. The 1993 stickers are from my stash. The letters are DoCrafts.

The yellow ribbon is recycled. The dot ribbon is Gisela Graham.

I have used my Amy Tangerine rotary phrase stamp and my October Afternoon Daily Flash Catchphrase stamp.

The inks used are Ink it Up orange, Versacolor yellow, Impress Poppy Red and Versafine Vintage Sepia.

I used double sided tape, silicone glue and foam pads.

Thanks for looking.


Friday, 11 March 2016

Static Boy (11.03.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

I have done another layout for Shimelle's online crop from last weekend. This is for the circular challenge.

My Elvis is known to have a bad fur day every now and then and this photo shows his static after being brushed the other day!

The 12x12 background card came from my stash and it's not marked with a design name or manufacturer. I thought it looked like static! 

The photo mount is scrap card and I trimmed it using my Woodware Victorian blade, which doesn't usually get much use!!

The title chipboard letters are My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus from 2009. After watching Shimelle's video, I was inspired to use a large title. These are the largest letters I have and I originally intended to ink them in silver. However, when I placed them on the page I really liked the look so went with it. I was short of a couple of letters so trimmed others letters to create the ones I needed. I then inked the edges in sliver to match the others.

The chippie brackets, scalloped piece and curved arrow are from my stash and I inked the arrow in silver. The straight arrow and heart wood veneers are Studio Calico. The silver dot is cardboard and recycled from a box.

The camera and Perfect Moment banner are from my newly purchased My Minds Eye Jubilee Sherbert “ Peace ” chipboard element set.

The star badge is Cath Kidston. The striped gromlet is from the WRMK Summer set. The red glitter brad is from my stash. The blue button is the newest item on the layout from a button set that my mum sent me this week.

The stripe and chevron embroidered brads are Docrafts Papermania Happy Days and the flower embroidered brad is V&A.

I used my Amy Tangerine rotary phrase stamp and my new October Afternoon Daily Flash Catchphrase "Everyday" phrase roller stamp. I also used my Trodant office date stamp. 

I used Crafters Companion Silver spray and shine. 

The inks used are Distress Broken China and Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver.

I used foam pads, double sided tape, a tape runner and silicone glue.

I adore this photo of Elvis and am really fond of this layout. It is going to be framed on the wall, for sure.

Thanks for looking. 

Helen xxx

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Fly High (09.03.2016)

Beach Boy (08.03.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

Today's challenge over at Shimelle is to create a layout using three photos.

Well, if there's one subject I have many photos of, it's my pooch Elvis playing on the beach! He absolutely loves playing on the beach and he can usually smell the sea air before we even arrive!

This has been a real stashbusting layout and I am really pleased with what I have achieved here. I just got myself a cropper hopper storage rack for 12x12 sheets. Although, all my themed 12x12 sheets go into themed boxes, all the plain ones have been in a plastic box on my desk. I also have a box for patterned 12x12s that don't follow a particular theme and it's these ones that tend to get forgotten. I'm hoping that will change now as they will be to hand.

The 12x12 sheet used here came from my new system! It's from WRMK White Out Collection 2007 and is called Explore-Roam. It's fabulous and I can't believe I haven't used it before! !! 

The stamped card mounts are Core'dinations The Whitewash Collection 6x6 pad. The pebble card and white card came from my stash. The journal tag is Kaisercraft Seaside Collection. 

The stamps I have used are:-

Impression Obsession clear stamp set - Life's a Beach
Hobbyart Stamps - Beach Hut
American Crafts - Love you to the moon and back
Bladerubber - Shell
Stampendous - Retro Alphabet set (2006)

The inks used are:-

Stazon Midnight Blue/Blazing Red 
Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Impress Spring Green dye ink
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Ink It Up mini orange

I used a fine blue marker for the journalling.

The flat eyelet is WRMK. The wood veneer arrows are Studio Calico. The shells and gold metal embellishments are from my stash. The silver sun metal embellishments are American Traditional Designs Lil' Charms. The Crab paper clip is Sainsburys Summer Sundae set. 

I have used double sided tape, tape runner, foam tape and silicone glue.

I am really pleased to have used some of my stamps on this layout as well as embellishments that I've had for a long time.

Thanks for looking.


Monday, 7 March 2016

Elvis & his toys! (07.03.2016)

Good morning bloggers

I have completed another layout for Shimelle's online crop weekend. This one is for the scrapping a larger photo challenge but I also challenged myself to scrap from a kit.

I first decided on the grey background and then thought I would try and create the layout using just the Sn@p Simple Stories Gold cards and squares pack that I purchased very recently. I resisted the temptation to grab my doggy themed stash box!! I really like the way the simple muted colours have come together on the layout. 

The 12x12 grey background sheet is Core'dinations Reminisce. The black photo mount is American Crafts Primaries. The white photo mount is cut down from a 12x12 sheet that came with an album.

I have used a Versacolor mini black ink to ink the edges. The journalling has been done using a white Gelly Roll pen. I had a little trouble with the pen but managed in the end. 

I have used double sided tape, a tape runner and foam pads. 

I like to think that this is quite a sophisticated layout and I'm sure it will find its way to be framed on a wall at home somewhere! !

Hope you have a good week.

Thanks for looking,

Helen xxx

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Ice Cream Bliss (06.03.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

I am continuing with Shimelle's online scrapbooking weekend and was quite excited to see the Gallery inspired frames challenge for a scrapbook layout. I love framing my layouts and have many of them displayed at home so this is my inspiration for this layout.

I purchased a fancy frame from The Works sometime ago and I knew straight away that it would form the basis of my layout. I also purchased a pack of small polaroid frames from The Works on Friday so I have used those, too. Perfect timing!!

The 12x12 background sheet is Core'dinations Nostalgia. This card pack is a staple in my craft stash but I don't dip into it very often. 

The ice cream themed layered stickers are K&Co Citronella Ice Cream grand adhesions and I actually finished the pack for this layout so it's a bit of a stash busting layout, too! The ice cream brad is Creative Imaginations. All the gems and ribbons are from my stash. The coolest thing ever cut out is from DCWV The Mod-Retro stack. 

I have used the Stazon Cherry Pink ink pad to ink the edges and to stamp the I Scream stamp. I also used this ink to stamp Something Sweet using the Amy Tangerine rotary phrase stamp. The I Scream stamp is from the Woodware Ice Cream Parfait clear stamp set. I used the Gelly Roll Red Star pen for the Date and Location. All these items have been in my stash for quite some time.

All the chipboard pieces came from MME Just Sayin’ and MME Jubilee Sherbert “Peace” packs. The cards are from the Sn@p Simple Stories Life Documented Day to Day card pack. These are the other new items purchased on Friday. I really looked through these new purchases to find pieces to use on my layout, and that's not something I usually do, as I almost always craft by theme. They are all so lovely that I wanted to start using them straightaway! 

I used double sided tape and a tape runner for the non sticky items.

It's another busy layout as I just kept going with it.

Thanks for looking, 

Helen xxx

Saturday, 5 March 2016

A little treat just for you! (05.03.2016)

Good evening bloggers

I am taking part in Shimelle's online crop weekend. This is my layout for the warm up challenge. I've gone with hearts and mixing old with new. I've only managed this one layout so far but it's a very special one for a couple of reasons. This is actually my 100th 12x12 layout and the photo is very special to me.

Billy & Elvis are enjoying a rare iced treat on a hot day. We missed the ferry that day so sat in the park and enjoyed the sunshine with our treats.

The 12x12 background sheet is WRMK 72&Sunny “Summer” from 2010. The ice cream paper and red glitter card are from my stash. The tag is recycled from a clothing purchase. The sweet treats adhesive chipboard is K&Co Summer Fun Picnic. The striped eyelet is WRMK. All the gems and ribbon are from my stash.

I have used red glitter glue to outline the red wording and in the centre of the flower gems. I have used Stazon Blazing Red to ink edges and I stamped the A little treat just for you! using this ink. The stamp is from the Woodware Ice Cream Parfait clear stamp set.

I have used silicone glue, double sided tape and foam tape.

The new items on this layout were purchased yesterday! They are the Oh Yeah! clip and the cards both from Sn@p Simple Stories. The sunny wood embellishment is from the Works. The foam tape was also purchased yesterday.

The only part of this layout that I am not completely happy with is the WRMK striped eyelet on the red glitter card. Part of me thinks I could have left that space blank but I really wanted to use the eyelet so I went with it!

I hope you are all enjoying a crafty weekend. I have told myself that I shall be sorting and properly filing my layouts so we shall have to see how that goes!

Thanks for looking,

Helen xxx

Friday, 4 March 2016

The Little Island (04.03.2016)

Good evening bloggers 

The Shimelle week 5 challenge to use maps or globes as a theme got me thinking. I knew I had a chronology globe stamp so that was a starting point. The first thing to mind would be a holiday layout but then I remembered my photos from when my friend Claire visited in October 2010. All visitors to the Isle of Wight have to pay a visit to the island shaped paddling pool at Ventnor, it's a must do! Of course, this also covers the map as well as the globe idea.

It's quite a busy layout as, once I started, I just kept going with adding things! It was quite a stash busting kit, too, as I used lots of things that have been in my stash for a long time.

The 12x12 background sheet is Papermania Docrafts Happy Days. The red photo mounts are from a 6x6 mini deck Cosmo Cricket pad from 2009 called The Boyfriend. The Travel Notes journalling sheet is Papermania Docrafts All Aboard and the ribbons and Best Places to See tab are the same collection. The shaped tag is a Kaisercraft Seaside Collection journal tag.

The Isle of Wight shaped stamp came from eBay. 

The button brads are Hot off the Press.

The anchor is recycled from a set of string lights. 

Most of the wood veneers are Studio Calico. The beach hut is from my stash. 

The lobster and metal embellishments are from my stash. Most of the other embellishments are from my stash and some came free with magazines. 

I have used Stazon inks in Midnight Blue, Blazing Red and Saddle Brown.

I used the Amy Tangerine rotary phrase stamp and the mini alphabet stamp is Hero Arts Printer's Lowercase from 2002.

The globe stamp is from a Docrafts Papermania Chronology set that came free with a magazine. 

The ribbons are Crafts Too Vintage, My Mind's Eye and Docrafts Papermania pastel blue floral. I have also used bakers twine.

I also used Rangers glossy accents and my mini stapler. 

The journalling has been done with a Gelly Roll Red Star pen.

I have used double sided tape and silicone glue. 

Thanks for looking. 

Helen xxx

Thursday, 3 March 2016

What a Treasure (03.03.2016)

Good evening bloggers,

I popped up to my craft room late this afternoon and whipped up this layout in record time! It took less than 45 minutes from start to finish including writing the layout info on the reverse side.

I never buy scrapbooking kits. I usually purchase 12x12 paper pads either plain or in a style that I like. I do the same with embellishments. However, this kit was sent to me by my American friends quite some time ago and I do make use of it from time to time. It's Paper Boutique Dena Designs 2010. I think it's called New Seasons.

Everything on the layout is from the kit apart from the Laugh out Loud sticker which is from the K&Co Kelly Panacci Blossom Phrases grand adhesions pack. I am a huge fan of K&Co.

The journalling is done with a Gelly Roll copper star pen.

I have used my Trodant office date stamp and the Amy Tangerine rotary phrase stamp with a Stazon saddle brown ink pad. I inked the edges of the page with a mini Ink it Up gold ink pad. I inked the edges of the journalling tag in brushed corduroy distress ink.

Thanks for looking,

Helen xxx

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Remote Control! (02.03.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

I saw the MercyTiara’s 27 Day Scrappy Challenge to use some stash that I have been hoarding so I had that in my mind when I came up with the idea for this layout.

As first, I couldn't think what I might use, as I don't generally hoard my stash. I do like to see fabulous things put to use.

However, this 12x12 CherryArte Arcade Retro Realm background sheet from 2007 has been in my 1950s themed stash box for some years. It sprung to mind when I was printing photos and realised that I had similar photos of my pooches lying on the sofa with the television remote control.

I don't think I would have expected to use it in this way but that's the delight of a challenge. We have to think outside the box!

I also spotted the furry leopard print paper and I have definitely had that for a long time! The price tag tells me it cost £1.40 for an A4 sheet. The glittered leopard print card is also precious. I am so pleased to have finally come up with a project that makes use of these special items.

The violet card mounts are from Core'dinations Reminisce. I love this set so much that I bought three packets when I first discovered it and it's still my favourite. The Quality Time topper is cut from DCWV The Mod-Retro stack, another all time favourite.

The pooch themed stickers were sent to me by my American friends a few years ago.

The heart gems and glittered bones are from my stash. I absolutely love the glitter bones! The House paper clip is Webster's Pages. I love paper clips! The chippie circle is from my stash and I've stamped it with the Paw stamp from Bladerubber using a mini Versacolour Violet ink pad,

The mini alphabet I used is Studio G series 4 and I stamped this using a Brilliance Archival ink pad in Moonlight White. I also heat embossed the title using white embossing powder.

I also used the Amy Tangerine rotary phrase stamp with the violet ink pad.

The adhesive used is silicone glue.

I absolutely loved doing this challenge and this layout came together completely in about an hour.

Those who follow my blog will know that our precious pooch Billy passed away in January (Billy is in the photo at the bottom of the layout) and it's very painful for me. However, crafting is helping me get through this and it's another way to remember him. We still have our precious pooch Elvis bringing us joy every day (Elvis is in the photo at the top of the layout).

Thanks for looking,

Helen xxx

Monday, 22 February 2016

Rock n Roll Ruby (22.02.2016)

Good morning bloggers

I hope you all had a lovely crafty weekend. I've got three unfinished layouts in my craft room all of which I started to put together over the last few days. However, when I saw the new weekly challenge from Shimelle this morning, I knew I had to give it a go!

The challenge is monochromatic using your favourite colour.  My favourite colour is red red red, always has been, always will be!!

I looked through my photos to see what I could find and I came across some photos from a Rock n Roll dance at Christmas time in 2013. I was wearing my red taffeta silk party dress and instantly came up with the title Rock n Roll Ruby. A great rock n roll song and I particularly like Johnny Cash's version. This song was spinning around my head as I created the layout.

The red theme goes well with anything Christmassy, of course, and if you can't use glitter at Christmas, when can you?

As the challenge is to just use one colour, I thought it would be a good idea to have several red mounted photos filling the space and telling the story thereby I didn't have to add too much else. Having said that, I can always find red embellishments, but I already had in mind the red gems from my stash and really wanted to use those as they are so glitzy and could be rubys!!!

The 12x12 background sheet is Doodlebug Design Inc. ladybug daydream. I'm pretty sure I was sent this paper for having a layout printed in Scrapbook Magazine so it was free. The red glitter card came from Tesco a few years ago. I bought loads in the January sale! The red card used for the photo mounts is American Crafts Primaries, a more recent purchase.

I was going to use the red card for the background and the glitter sheet as mounts, but when I started putting the layout together, I preferred the look of the glitter card as the background.

The red card under the title is from my scrap paper stash. The alpha stickers are Docrafts Papermania. I sprayed the title with Crafter's Companion spray and sparkle gold as it just needed that extra something.

The fabulous gems were given to me by my aunt. She brought them back from a trip to Vietnam.

I have used Docrafts Stick It silicone glue adhesive for everything on this layout, nothing else works when glitter is involved!

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Monday, 15 February 2016

2006 Cutie Pies (15.02.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

Today's layout is once again for the weekly challenge over at Shimelle. This week's challenge is to create a layout using both old stash and new stash. This is perfect for me as I consciously do this for all my projects anyway. I do like the satisfaction of using something that's been around a while but, of course, I love getting new goodies, too!

I keep all my crafting stash stored by theme so old and new stash is always together. I tend to always scrap by theme and this way I can choose what I need from one place so nothing gets forgotten.

My layout is titled 2006 Cutie Pies and features photos of my dogs from when they were puppies. We lost Billy in January but we remember him daily and Elvis still brings us joy. It's funny because Billy's photo was taken a week before the photo of Elvis and I can see how grown up Elvis had become even after just one week.

Almost everything on this layout is old stash and particularly all the pooch related items as most of those came from a scrapbook kit sent to me by my American friends for Xmas 2010. The new products used are the ribbon which is Crafts Too Vintage, the tags which are Docrafts Papermania Bare Basics eyelet tags and the glitter alphabet and number stickers which were a recent gift from a close friend.

The 12x12 background sheet is Amy Tangerine Sketchbook. The journalling card is a Docrafts Daisy & Dandelion Hawthorn & Bramble notelet.

The inks used are Tsukineko Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold and Ink it Up Kelly Green pigment ink. I used the gold to stamp the images. Penny Black Butterfly Surprise stamp and VivaLasVegas Dog on Fence stamp. I have had both these stamps for many years and purchased them originally as they resembled my pooches. Billy loved chasing butterflies. I used the green to ink the edges of the tags.

I used a Gelly Roll Metallic pen in green for the journalling.

The string is recycled.

The adhesives used are double sided tape, raised dots and silicone glue.

Hope you like my layout.

Thanks for looking.

Have a great week.

Helen xxx

Monday, 8 February 2016

Magic (08.02.2016)

Good afternoon bloggers

I've been busy with a challenge again, there's no stopping me now!

I'm not the kind of crafter who ever loses their crafting mojo (I know, it's sickening!) and I've always got ideas circling around in my head. However, I do like to do a challenge and particularly a simple one with not too many rules!

This week's challenge at Shimelle Laine is a layout using hearts so here's my effort.

I've been wanting to scrap this photo for a while and the heart theme is perfect.

My husband broke his leg last January and we were housebound for a few months. This photo was taken at the first rock n roll gig we managed to get to on the mainland following his recovery.

The 12x12 background card is Simple Stories Say Cheese.

I made the red hessian heart last year for another project but never used it. The buttons are all recycled or vintage from my collection.

The 'love' card is a Simple Stories 'Sayings' snap card.

The 'limitless' card is from DCWV The Mod-Retro stack. An all time favourite of mine.

The 'Crown' ribbon is from the Crafts Too Vintage ribbon set.

The 'love' wood veneer is from my stash possibly Studio Calico.

The heart stamp is PSX stamped using Brilliance Archival Moonlight White ink.

I have inked the edges using Versa colour black ink. The date stamp is my trusty Trodant office date stamp.

I used double sided tape and silicone glue. The mounts are from my scrap paper stash.

I am pleased with this layout and I think it might even make it into a frame!!

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sticking Together (07.02.2016)

Good morning crafters!

I've not been here in a long while! Life has been hectic!!

I didn't think I would ever craft again after losing our dog Billy on 7th January. It was sudden and unexpected and I've lost interest in most things that I usually take pleasure in.

However, I saw the selfie layout challenge from Shimelle Laine and something clicked.

We still have our precious dog Elvis and my husband, Elvis and I are sticking together to get through the terrible pain of losing Billy.

It was a very hard layout to create and I shed many tears but it's a start.

The brown 12x12 background card is American Crafts Primaries. The heart paper is American Crafts Dear Lizzy. The alphas and post its are DoCrafts. I have used my Trodant date stamp, paw embellishments from my stash, Gelly Roll pens.

I took a great selfie with Billy in January last year at our favourite beach. This was the day my husband went on to break his leg hence my absence from blogland!

We went back to Yaverland beach with Elvis three weeks to the day after losing Billy and we took a family selfie through our tears.  It's not easy to take a selfie with Elvis and it's a bit rubbish but it's very meaningful to me and I treasure it.

He left his paw prints on our hearts forever more.

Helen xxx