Sunday, 20 April 2014

Gorgeous girls.....

The first ever layout I made was titled "Gorgeous Girls"  and I couldn't think of a better title for the page I created yesterday at the Papermaze crop, when I scrapped a recent photo of my daughters.

I used the April sketch by Sue over on her blog, Me and Mine and simply rotated it to fit my photo and page size.
 I was able to buy the perfect 2 shades of Bazzil at our lunch time trip to the Papermaze shop to coordinate with Amy's floral top and also bought some of the new " Sew Lovely" papers by Carta Bella, which are undoubtedly my new favourites !

Here's the sketch....

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Scrapology card challenge......freebies !

This month over at the Scrapology blog, the card challenge is to create a card using magazine freebies.....

Check out the blog for details of how to enter and of course, fabulous DT inspiration to get you started.

For my card I used some very pretty 3D butterflies that came with Simply cards and papercraft magazine, and some doily patterned paper , free with the Scrapbook Magazine.

I punched 4 large hearts from cardstock , inked, shaped and layered them to form the large flower shape and raided my scraps drawer for the text pp. A very simple and very quick card.

Hope you're inspired to have a Here to find out more .

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Layout Challenge for April...

The latest challenge for Scrapology is ready and waiting for your entries!  Right HERE.  
All the details are on the blog along with some fabulous Design team inspiration.

The fantastic and beautiful layout by Steph Devlin was chosen and had me feeling slightly faint, since it was completely out of my comfort zone. The Scrapology sketch helped me a lot and I was very happy with my interpretation in the end :) 
As you 'll see is is a far cry from the original BUT the lovely thing about a Scraplift/sketch challenge is that it's a jumping off point....why don't you have a go and see what you can create?   There's a great stash prize on offer too....

Here's my layout..which uses some patterned paper from the Wander collection by Basic Grey and journaling die-cuts from Jillibean soup.

The verse is by Dr Seuss, and is one of my favourites and I think it's quite pertinent for a couple of teenagers who are about to sit their A levels !

This is the sketch , and you can see the original layout here. You have till 5th May to enter.

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Scrapology dotty card challenge....

The latest Scrapology blog card challenge is up and running until 15th April and is all about spots !

I was delighted to be able to set this challenge and had fun searching through my lovely collection of polka dot patterned papers to make my card.

The brief is to make a card for any occasion , but you must use Polka dots and/or circles in some way.
Pop over to the BLOG for some super Design team inspiration and all the challenge and prize details.

here's my card.... lets see yours!

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Saturday, 8 March 2014

March Scrapology scraplift challenge...

You'll find all the details and super design team inspiration over at the Scrapology BLOG.

The layout is one created by our own team member Sandra Dry and was featured in an article in a recent edition of The Scrapbook Magazine.
The twist is "Use your Stash" so a great layout for those trying to be thrifty!

I chose an old piece of patterned paper from the "Wander" collection by basic grey which I've had tucked away :) The buttons were of course from my button mountain , which is now very slightly smaller . The small green tab at the bottom was the packaging from some prima pearls, which was obviously too nice to throw away.

The seafront at Felixstowe has 2 distinct and separate parts, this photo was taken over at the quieter part, no shops,amusements or roads, just steps down from the clifftops and a lovely long walk down to Felixstowe Ferry, favoured by dog walkers.

We call it Bazzil's Beach !

This is the sketch taken from the layout on the Blog.

Hop on over for a peek, you've got till 5th April to submit a photo or blog link to enter the challenge.
Good luck and hope to see you there.

Thanks for stopping by
karen x

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Using my prize....

I was lucky enough to win a scrapbook kit from Sue Aka Mini Owner and took it with me to the papermaze crop in Otley, Suffolk on Saturday.
 I also went prepared with the current sketch from Scrap 365 and after the obligatory chatting, coffee drinking and much cake eating , created this layout.

The Heidi Grace kit was beautifully put together and I've still got tons left to play with. 

The photo was taken in a Shelter on Aldeburgh beach, It looks beautiful and sunny but it was bitterly cold, and the shelter was a welcome rest from the wind and cold! My sister in law, her husband and children were visiting us from "up North" and this is one of the few photos of the grown ups!

This is the current Sketch

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen x

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

February Scrapology Card challenge.....

The  team at  Scrapology invite you to create a Mother's Day Card  or any type of special female card for February's challenge which runs from 15th Feb to 15th March.
 The challenge was set by Karen Parkhurst and all the details can be found on the blog, including Karen's lovely card plus inspiration from the Design Team.
There is of course a super stash prize .......

This is my card which I made from a piece of patterned paper from my well loved and nearly used up (boo hoo) Lucille collection by Basic Grey! The letter stickers are by October Afternoon.

The sewing pattern paper is perfect for my Mum, since I clearly remember her slaving away at her sewing machine to make me and my sister most of our clothes in the 70's and beyond....

Pop over to the Blog for all the details on how to enter your project.
Hope to see you there.

Thanks for stopping by 
Karen x

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Selfies....and Scrapology....

I know selfies are officially all the rage now, (and have been forever if you ask my 2 teenagers!) but it takes me a while sometimes to catch on....

While we were waiting outside a shop ( for the girls) in Menorca on holiday last Summer we decided to mess about with the camera (not a phone - but a proper camera)  and managed to take our very first selfies ! A bit more practice required I think :)

I used the results for my Scrapology Layout for the "X is for (e)xplosion " February challenge.
 See HERE for all the details and amazing design team creations. As always there's a Sketch and a super prize, so it's well worth having a go.

I created a rather dainty sort of explosion with die cut butterflies and the most adorable coloured crochet mats which came from this fabulous Etsy shop Raspberrytreats.

Here's the sketch..

...and the layout to scraplift is on the Scrapology  blog.

While I'm here....My scrappy pal Lou Collins has a new blog, and with it ..... A GIVEAWAY !
Pop over for a peek HERE you won't be disappointed :)  

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Platform 9 3/4....

A photo I've had tucked away for a while was this one from our trip to Orlando.
 We all love Harry Potter and never tire or watching the movies, so to see the enormous Hogwarts Express engine was a real treat!

I used the January challenge sketch from this blog by Sue AKA Mini Owner on UKS.

and ended up with this layout....

The brickwork and chevron papers are from an American Crafts 6 x6 pad, Maggie Holmes, and the polka dot was Basic grey.

 I cut out some words and images from the actual leaflet we had at the park, which reminded me very much of my childhood "scrapbooks" where I used to save all my tickets / brochures from trips out and about!

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Monday, 20 January 2014


That was the theme given to me for a recent article in The Scrapbook Magazine.
I went along the lines of autumnal colours and natural elements and picked some sprigs of leaves from a Rowan tree in my garden to use as a mask.
 Now, since I've never used a mask and misting on a layout it was a risk!
Even though the page went all wrinkly I don't think it turned out too bad :)

The rather gorgeous crochet flower was made by my friend Lynda , AND I've got loads of them!

Look out for more on future layouts, along with some I bought from THIS amazing Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x