Monday, 25 August 2014

Beat the Christmas Rush August 25th

Christmas Card Tally 41

8 Aug

Late again! I’ve had it in my head all day that tomorrow was 25th August. Anyway, here are my Christmas cards for this month. I’m rather pleased with these step cards.  There are loads on Pinterest and a video on Deb Valder’s blog here. They look much more complicated than they are to make and they fold flat to fit in an envelope.

So what’s BtCR all about? I have been making 5 a month since January and will have at least 50 Christmas cards all ready for the festive season beating to Beat the Christmas Rush. Why not join in our monthly linky? You’ll be glad you did! I’ll publish a new linky each month on the 25th and feature my favourite card from the previous month’s entries …

8 Aug Viv

I keep seeing examples of zentangles on blogs and, as an habitual doodler, think it’s something I’d like to have a go at. I was very excited to see this fab card on the Wear Crafts blog made my DT member, Viv. Just lovely!

The small print … please only link new cards. Up to 5 links allowed per person per month. Mention my blog in your post(s).  It’s not necessary, but I’ll be thrilled if you join my blog as a follower. If you miss a month it doesn’t matter, come back next month … or the month after.


Monday, 18 August 2014

Treat Boxes

Today I have been making little treat boxes for the Littlegreen Croppers later this week.


I followed a super tutorial and video by Ginger on her blog Gingersnap Crafts. It is the first time I’ve taken my WRMK envelope punch board out of its box and I am thinking it is going to get a lot of use from now on - these were so quick and easy to make and each one only uses a 6”x6” piece of patterned paper or cardstock, glue and a length of ribbon.



Sunday, 17 August 2014

Pop up box card

During this last week it was our 33rd wedding anniversary and I made this pop up box card for Michael.

pop up box anniversary

There are loads of ideas for pop up box cards on Pinterest and the lovely susibee gave us a tutorial at a retreat we were on earlier in the year. I brushed up my memory by following some clear instructions by Split Coast Stampers which you can find here.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Photography Scavenger Hunt

Yay! I’m done! I have all the photos ticked off in Rinda’s Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt. I don’t know why I said ‘yay’ I’m really quite sad to have finished – the fun has been in the chase. Thank you Rinda.

You can still join in – Rinda’s challenge closes on 23rd September. Smile

The July linky is here.

So here are the photos I took last month well the final couple were in August

  • 1 sign welcoming people to Emsworth
  • 3 birds on a wire
  • 6 an urban street scene
  • 8 a tattoo on a person
  • 12 a mascot
  • 13 a sunrise
  • 14 a parade
  • 15 a juggler
  • 16 a sign in a language other than English
  • alt b a birdhouse

My June photos are here.


Saturday, 2 August 2014

CUASMS August Sketch



This month’s Come Up And See My Sketchings group sketch was found for us at Sketch Support by Alison. Thank you, Alison.

CUASMS August_Sketch


The sketch did exactly what a sketch is designed to do – provide a starting point. Using a sketch helps to get you started and prevents that tedious for me anyway bit of scrapping where you shuffle elements endlessly around the page. For my layout I substituted the three photos with one wide landscape picture. I did toy with the idea of chopping the phot100% boyo into three sections but couldn’t bring myself to cut across little Joseph’s legs. I embellished the page with images cut from the Cricut Boys will be Boys cartridge, more suited to my subject than butterflies. And here’s my finished page, recording four-month-old Joseph on the point of crawling.


Friday, 1 August 2014

August Sketch Challenge

2 of a kind
sketch scanned
I hope you've been enjoying our beautiful summer – time in my craftroom has meant dragging myself in from the garden so there’s not been a huge amount of crafting going on. I did, however, make time to scrap these two photo of Leo and Sophia – can’t help but smile at them! I was aiming at some symmetry on this page to reflect the title, which I had in mind from the start – unusual as my normal MO is to decide on a title when everything else is finished.

On with the challenge - just use the sketch as the starting point for your scrapbook page then link me up to your blog, gallery or FB page, via the linky thingy below. Please be sure to mention my challenge in your post or gallery text box and be nice and only enter new projects. I’ll choose my favourite and send the winner one of my crop kits you can see them on the page tab atLesley the top of my blog.

I was thrilled to have 13 super entries for last month’s challenge - thank you. I chose this gorgeous colourful page by Lesley G...

Lesley – please have a look at the kits on the page tab above and choose one from kits 4-17 for your prize then email your address to sue at suehr dot fsnet dot co dot uk
The small print … please only link new layouts. Mention my blog in your post(s).  It’s not necessary, but I’ll be delighted if you join my blog as a follower.

ETA If you are linking from your gallery on UKS, please copy and paste the URL address at the top of the page which starts … not any of the links below the text box.