What a Scrappy Life


Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter

This is my Easter Card that I sent out this year.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter, hope you all have a relaxing time and get at least one Easter egg.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Sarah's Card Retreat - March 2013 - Part 3 - layouts

The last post about Sarah's Card retreat.

I did this for the sketch challenge, I normally love sketches but I had a nightmare with this one, so much so that I just couldn't think straight, I started this several times, different photos, different papers etc, and just  didn't 'feel it'.  But on the Saturday morning I got this idea, then when I eventually did this one it was different from the sketch I had the main elements of the sketch, but I did change it around.  So in the end it wasn't a complete repelica of the sketch but it worked for me.

Take Note - Sketch Challenge

I stamped these frames onto patterned paper and cut out the middle and inserted some small photos.

Love you more 

A Close Shave 

Love this cameo die cut.

A Son is a Gift

Close up of the Amy Tangerine stitch template.

A final picture of Sarah & Leanne - they had announced that this was going to be their last retreat for a while, they want to concentrate on the shop.  So we did a collection of got them flowers and a bottle of champagne each.

I will miss these retreat and would like to thank Sarah and Leanne as well as all the DT team for their hard work over the weekend and for the past retreats.  Heres hoping that the break is not too long and that we can meet up again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sarah's Card Retreat - March 2013 - Part 2 - Class Layouts

 Here are my class layouts, which were all designed  by the DT team and each one has given me something that I could use on my future layouts.

Photo Call - designed by Jen - using Pebbles collection.

 Jen showed us how to put a layout together using a multi pocketed page protector

Loved this added stitched detail.

So with the left over I did a facing page

These are the two pages together

Crafty Buds - designed by Tracey using Simple Stories 'Sn@p' collection.

Mon beau fils Design by Claire - using Basic Grey collection.

We even made this bow out of some of the patterned paper

Claire had added her title in french so I decided to do the same.  I also added an extra photo

which means My handsome Son

My Son - Designed by Ifa - using My Minds Eye Collection

Loads of techniques on this one, including embossing on vellum, covering a wood veneer shape with paper

We even made our own buttons

James at 5teen - Designed by Helen - using Studio Calico papers

There used to be a time when I stitched on most of my layouts, and loved it so this was really enjoyable and very relaxing.

Mr Cool - Designed by Louise - using Notalagia collection.

I will be back with my layouts that I managed to complete over the weekend.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Sarah's Card Retreat - March 2013 - - part 1

Me and Julie made a quick trip up the M6 to warrington. 

Of course we had to stop for a coffee or in my case a pot of tea. 

Then we headed to Daresbury to a pub we found last year, 

I love the library in the phone box outside the pub - what a great idea.

We had lunch which was yummy ! Streak and onion sandwich with homemade chips.  

After we booked into the hotel we waited patiently for the crop room to open

On our tables we were greeted with a fab goody bag full of lovely stash as well as a chocolate bar

After a quick look through the goody bag it was on to the shop - well I did wait 10 minutes - lol x

The shop did not disappoint.

love boiled sweets to keep us all going throughout the weekend.

OMG - Washi tape

The hotel seems to be going thought some major changes so the standard / service / availability of staff etc wasn't as expected, but it did't stop the enjoyment of the retreat.

The main thing that seams strange was that we had a Carvery every day, now I love a roast but it would have been great to have another meal on one of day, and the desserts where onces they had gone, that was it.

This the lovely Helen on this Mike, which she really enjoyed, not sure whether it was the mike or the red wine, but she did a great job with the quiz.


The DT Team

Blue tongue girls 

Sarah & Leanne

I'll be back later with the class layouts and my other layouts.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Holiday Mini Books

In a few weeks time my In-laws will be going on holiday to New Zealand, so I did 2 mini books for my niece and nephew - I not sure how much time they will have so I did a simple version that they can just add a word or two each day.  Here is what I made

This album is for my 8 yr old nephew, I used a Maya Road album that I had.  I did the title myself on my Cameo and the cut file of NewZealand was supplied by Studio Calico in one of their classes.

I did several pages that fold out, where he can add a postcard, journalling or a photo

then I added some envelopes, that I stamped, these are for him to add any bits and pieces he might pick up on the way

Accompanying this album, is two plastic wallets, the first is small

and it contains : jounralling cards, a mini pen, washi tape, 

A close up of the journalling cards

and some fancy paper clips.

the 2nd one, is this one

and contains a mixture of die cuts from my cameo, a set of mini alphas.

and these A5 sheets, as you can see I've stamped the days of the week at the top and he can use them to  add more journalling, and insert them into the envelopes at the back of his album.

And this is the one I did for my 4 yr old niece, I also did the same plastic wallets for my niece.

This is a simple 6 x6 version- cardstock stamped and room to add photos, postcards etc.

the stamp on this page is a CoCoDaisy one that I borrowed from my friend Sue.

I hope they like them and that they can find time to add a few notes along the way  about their amazing adventure.