Sunday, 15 November 2015

Frosty Festivities Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Frosty Festivities blog hop organised by Jennifer Grace - it starts and ends with her blog and as always there is an opportunity for a prize including a set of a Lawn Fawn stamps and more - enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Frosty Festivities 2015 hop! The giveaway closes on Sunday the 6th of December at 10pm GMT, and is open internationally.

For my frosty post I went with a summer picture of the beautiful mountains in Chamonix.  I started with a white ink pad and a pencil with a rubber on the end and stamped some snow.  I then punched several vellum snowflakes too.  The papers are a mix from Crate Paper from their Wonder, Notes and Things and also Confetti ranges - yes one of each!  I used an October Afternoon chipboard heart that I covered in glossy accents and a little Hobby House snowflake with some golden washi tape.

Here is a picture of the prize pack

Here is a list of everyone taking part in the blog hop

You are here >>> Katherine -

Your next hop is to Leslie

Friday, 13 November 2015

Mel's class with Glam Factor

This was the 2nd class I went to at the ATDML Retreat and I put it on my list as these papers are just beautiful - I love the gold (Teresa Collins' Glam Factor).  Mel had us cutting out the white bits between the sunburst, offsetting it and mounting it on black.  We then just added a few little decorations.  I used some photos of me and my youngest - I am trying to use more pictures on my pages...I have a huge box full that I need to use!

The next page was another lovely multi-photo layout so I used a few more beach shots from our holiday.  Mel had cut out the black cardstock for us so it we only had to mount all the bits on the back - no worrying about whether it was straight or not, so it gives a beautiful finish.

I still have more from the retreat and look out for me on the Jennifer Grace Frosty Festivities blog hop on Sunday - she's having a give away and a whole month of tips and ideas on her blog - you can find out more here.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

We R Family with Karen

Here are my 3 pages from Karen Moss' class at the ATDML retreat, they used the We R Family papers by Simple Stories and she actually didn't use that much paper...only a few sheets and then stickers and chipboards, and of coarse a huge amount of foam pads (I did use less!).  The first page is the bonus page from the kit, mine is a little different to Karen's, but not that far off.

 Karen does a monthly double page spread with a main page and then a project life style page, so here is the main page...with a gorgeous woodgrain piece of cardstock...yes lovely family photo - there is always one :D

Here is the 2nd, project life style page which documents more of our holiday in France, there is loads of chipboard and some lovely heart clips in there to.

I have more of the fantastic classes coming up over the next few weeks, and lots of the challenges too....I think I made it back with 11 completed pages, and only had to finish a tiny bit at home.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

ATDML Retreat with Pink Paislee Cedar Lane

Last weekend we were at the A Trip Down Memory Lane Autumn Retreat - I love it and it's a real treat!  I taught 2 classes one with Kaisercraft and this one with Pink Paislee's beautiful Cedar Lane line.  In this range Pink Paislee provide a huge embellishment kit full of glitter and acetate, tags and words so I made the most of all the embellishments on each of my pages. There is a subtle autumn feel to the papers with lots of leaves and woodgrain and beautiful colours.

I'm trying to use more photos on a page so for my first page I used a series of 3 photos of my kids, when we are just trying to get 1 nice photo!!

My next page was very geometric and again I used more than one photo - this is from my sons birthday - after his party  he laid out all the cards around him and then carefully worked his way around the circle (most of them had money in as he was hoping to be able to buy a kindle...which he did manage to get :))

My final page used up lots of the bits and pieces we had left over - including the paper strips that are on the bottom of the papers and I used it to document my son going off to PGL.

I'll be back soon with some of the classes that I went to and the challenge layouts I made - I ended up with over 10 pages done in a weekend, which isn't bad, and I got all my bits for my December Daily album too!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Sea Love

Here is another of the pages I did at Scrapmates.  I'd picked up a pack of MME Cut and Paste papers from Home Sense and they came with all sorts of lovely stickers and chipboard so I decided to dig into them.  I started the page with a wash of silver distress stain, and then layered up lots of papers - I found my bag of lovely left overs from the last ATDML retreat so dipped into there to use some of the Crate Paper Pretty Party and Craft Market stickers and papers.  There is also another one of the Simple Stories frames - love those, and a prima bark heart (I like that you get to different sides with these and I went for the back which is that gorgeous golden brown).  I cut out the arrow stickers as they were all on one sticker.  Added some of the MME enamel shapes and a little chipboard mason jar.

More summer photos - I will probably have an album full of body-boarding pictures as that is where the kids spent most of their time when we were at the beach!

Friday, 16 October 2015

My class for Scrapmates

So I showed you Ann's class last time, here is my class using We are Family by Simple Stories.  Both the pages use a 6 by 6 pad, so for the first one we cut lots of triangles and then added some of the smaller  details in the papers.  I love the colours and the quotes in this range.

I used a shot from the Summer holidays when we went to visit my husbands parents in Cornwall.

For the next page I used a bit of mist - from Marion Smiths color lab - I still love this product as you can make so many colours from the powders (it is a little messy) but having had it for over a year now the mists still all work and there is no gunking issue with the sprays, I don't need to clean them out, and they have a handy lock so when you transfer them around you can look the plunger so it won't go down and spritz anything you don't want it to. This is my favourite colour which just use the basic blue in the kit and a little bit of sparkle.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Scrap mates with Ann

It was Scrapmates 10th anniversary last weekend and we had 2 paper packs to play with - here are the pages that Ann created for us.  I was meant to use less gold ink, but you know when you use an unfamiliar spray....and anyway I added a bit more gold when I got home!!  The papers were by MME and have some lovely foiling.  The first page had the misting and we stamped the scroll leaves, lots of layering and some beautiful golden washi tape too.  The photo is from France and our visit to Puy du Foy with a quick ice-cream stop on the way.

This was the 2nd page, I love grid designs and we had a beautiful foil heart to stick on the cardstock too.  Lots of layering and cutting.  The photo is from Blenheim palace where they have an amazing maze that the kids loved! 


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