Beware of the Teenager

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Puddle Duck became a teenager last weekend.  I remember the tales of doom recounted by a friend ‘Remember the first episode of Harry Enfield’s teenagers – when the perfectly sweet Kevin turns into a teenage monster on the stroke of midnight?  It’s true.  It happened with mine!’  To be fair Puddle Duck has been exhibiting teenage tendencies for a couple of years and, if anything, she actually seems to be starting to be more grown up lately.

As this milestone approached I realised that I hadn’t scrapped many of her birthdays.  I did pages for her 7th and 8th birthdays and more recently her third.  Her 11th was documented in my 2015 Project Life Light, but that was it; just one third of her birthdays in albums!  I resolved to correct that and here they are:

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This was the start of her first birthday celebrations, taken at nursery.  They used the band from the cake to decorate her hat. Needless to say, cake will be featured a lot in this post – she had three this particular year!

For her second birthday we went to the soft play centre in Elsecar with her friends from nursery and Rattle and Rhymes.  I don’t have many photos and those I do have aren’t good quality, so I compensated with a small photo and busy background:

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By the time she was 3, we had moved from Barnsley to Dudley and she had a Princess Party at Grandma’s house; complete with a fairy tale castle cake.  That was my first and last attempt to make her birthday cake myself!

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Her fourth birthday was at another soft play centre, with friends from nursery and dance class.  The pink phase was well and truly over!

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I used a sketch from January’s challenge on a Facebook group: I love that photo of her.

For her fifth birthday we had a party at home with a few school friends and I have no photos!!! I have very few from her sixth birthday either.  We hired a hall and had a teddy bears picnic with most of her class.  I used this month’s Stuck?! sketch:

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We went back to the same hall for her 7th birthday and had a Pirate Party with the whole class and other friends.  This time I had loads of photos – I asked my good friend Beth to take some for me.  This was the party where she started designing her cakes herself; a treasure chest. And I baked a rum cake for the parents.

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Her eight birthday was a Doctor Who themed sleep over, with themed food and a TARDIS cake;

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For her ninth, she went with a Monster High theme and we went ten pin bowling with friends and family.  Isn’t that a fab cake she designed.

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Turning 10 was a big deal ‘I’ll never be a single figure again’ she said. I blogged about it here.  But her party was more low key with a trip to the cinema to see Mr Peabody and Sherman, followed by pizza at Pizza Hut.  This year she insisted on making a cheesecake instead of having birthday cake and we had to get creative with a recipe.

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Her 11th birthday was a Madeline Hatter Tea Party, with all the guests dressed as characters from Ever After High and decorating their own cupcakes.  Another great cake design by Puddle Duck.

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That was the last year at Primary school and the move to Secondary school brought new friends and a more grown up party for her 12th.  A murder mystery luncheon!

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This year we went to Midlands Comic Con.  I’ll be back when I’ve turned this photo into a scrapbook page.  And now that she is 13 and has her own internet identity, maybe it’s time to put away Puddle Duck and welcome Strawberry to the stage.

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Bloggers the Fifth, Pass the Page Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to this years pass the page blog hop.  Pass the Page has become a bit of a tradition since our first Bloggers weekend away 6(?) years ago.  It’s Chinese Whispers for Scrapbookers.  Each person in the line receives a photo of a scrapbook page, takes whatever inspiration they wish and then sends a photo of their page to the next person in line.  The evolution as the page passes from scrapper to scrapper can be quite amazing.

This year I started with a spot of inspiration from a previous Bloggers’ weekend.  I was wearing this T-shirt and Lizzie said it would make a good scrapbook page.

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Well, Lizzie here you are – from T-shirt to Page:

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I wanted to keep the embroidered elements from my T-shirt, so I tried sewing with ribbon around the acetate circles and running stitch on the printed vellum.  Stitching through acetate was quite a challenge, even with holes pre-poked.

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There are a few new members this year and a couple of non-bloggers, so some stops you will have two pages.  If you get lost along the way please come back and you can pick up from the list below:

Julie https://jsquaredscrapspot.wordpress.com
Jacky http://scrappyjackylive.blogspot.co.uk
Alison http://alisonslife-in-the-slow-lane.blogspot.co.uk
Jemma http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Missus Wookie http://mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.co.uk
Lesley http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk

So now hop on over to Jacky to see where she went from here, I think you’ll be quite surprised………

CKC September Blog Hop

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Welcome to September’s CKC blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Susanne.  If you didn’t and would like to join in, hop back to the beginning at the CKC blog and I’ll see you back here in a while.

I signed up for the hop as soon as I saw challenge 1 to use a Shimelle sketch.  I was off to a weekend retreat  with my Counterfeit kit and I have loads of Shimelle’s sketches on my Pinterest board so there was no way that wasn’t going to happen, right? WRONG!

It wasn’t until I remarked that I hadn’t touched my kit that Jemma reminded me that I had signed up for the hop and it was this Saturday!  That gave me less than a week, but no worries I got cracking when I got home on Sunday and I now have not one, but two Shimelle sketches to show you.

I started with this sketch:

My LO was inspired by Diana Waite’s interpretation of the sketch on Shimelle’s blog. Before I went on the retreat I matted 9 photos in a grid – that grid with one of the Polka Dot Party sheets in my kit only needed a little embellishment to complete a page:

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I was quite pleased with how my alpha forgeries turned out.  I started with Amy Tangerine kraft alphas, then added two coats of gesso before finishing off with pearl shimmer embossing powder.
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The edge isn’t perfect but I think it’s good enough.  I made a bit of a mistake when I did the alphas for my next page.  I had already inked and powdered two letters before I realised I’d picked up the wrong powder – clear gloss instead of pearl glimmer.  Take a look: can you tell which ones they are?

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I used this sketch to scrap photos of Puddle Duck at her niece’s 5th birthday party.

So that’s me done for now.  It’s time to bid you a fond farewell and send you on your way to Tina, who is next on the hop.  Hope you’ll be back soon – I have lots more scrappy goodness to share form that retreat (2.5 mini albums, 2 12X12 LOs and 2 pocket pages!)

Farewell to August and Hello September

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CardIt’s that time of year when the heady, sunny days of summer slip into the autumn glow of a new school term. We’ve got everything ready for Puddle Duck going back to school on Thursday and the three days I had booked to take her places with her friends will be spent much more quietly as plans didn’t quite work out.

It’s been a much quieter, less eventful summer for us this year, with a couple of trips to London and a meal out yesterday to celebrate 56 years of wedded bliss with The Grandma and The Grandad. I made them a card using my August Counterfeit kit. That chipboard kit has been in a couple of kits now so it’s good to get it used up at last.

The kit is now about finished with a new LO using the September 1 sketch from Stuck?!

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I fussy cut a big flower cluster to put on top of the circle, instead of smaller clusters around the photo. Then I decided that there wasn’t enough of it showing, so I cut it apart and added additional fussy cut elements.  Here’s the sketch, why don’t you have a go and join in at Stuck?!

Although I say the kit is about done, there’s a mini album part made, but I have a house to get tidied and straightened and a scrapbook weekend away to prepare for.  My September Counterfeit kit is ready to take along:

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Since the sample kit is called Felicity Jane, I’ll call mine Sarah Jane, in honour of the Doctor Who spin off programme which was a favourite of ours and made us happy.  My first thought at seeing the original was ‘Dear Lizzie Neapolitan’ and then I saw some of the Master Forgers’ kits and realised that ‘Polka Dot Party’ had a better aqua than Neapolitan’s green. One collection is white and the other more cream so it will be a challenge to balance those on my pages.

I will add a dipped effect to the alphas as I do the titles – there are a number of different methods on the Counterfit kit blog to provide some guide to the best technique.  I have a lovely ‘colour yourself’ wash tape with flowers and carousel horses to use – I’m excited about trying that out!

I always seem to be running out of background sheets, so I made sure that I had 4 in the kit.  Here are the full sheets with my die cuts out of the packet:

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I used a 6X6 sheet of woodgrain and a Martha Stewart edge punch to counterfeit those strips from the Felicity Jane kit. It’s all looking a bit pastel and there’s a distinct lack of a heart print, but fear not – that is rectified in my add on kit, which has the two B-sides from the main kit and some scraps from past kits:

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I also have some die cuts left from last month and some 3X4 cards to decorate, which aren’t shown. So now I have the choice of soft and restful or bright and bold pages – my perfect kit!  I wonder if I will finally get round to using those paper windmills?

And because I’ll have two whole days of scrapping I will throw in some 6X6 pads and will make some 3X4 cards to go with the kit:

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I have a small scrapbook I bought in Tiger to make an album of this years Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt and I think these will do nicely for that.  So that’s me done for now.  I’ll get on with sorting and tidying and cleaning and I’ll be back towards the end of the month to share my weekend scrapping.

Farewell to August

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So another month draws to a close and I’ve squeezed two more pages from my August Counterfeit kit, by bringing in a couple of background sheets from last July’s Counterfeit kit.

First up is one to finally use that gorgeous Basic Grey paper with the flamingos and giraffes.  It really is a paper for a lovey dovey couple photo, so I picked a photo of The Grandad and The Grandma taken at a restaurant on the outskirts of Birmingham, after they had been champagne tasting for The Grandad’s birthday this year.

I used this sketch from Sketch n Scrap, so that I could have a lot of that paper on show without it being the background sheet:

I kept it clean and simple and used a few phrases cut from the scraps of July’s kit:

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For my last LO I used the 15 August sketch from Stuck?!

I twisted it 90 degrees to use this photo of The Uncle holding Puddle Duck on her visit to The Grandma and The Grandad. It was in a frame in her bedroom, but she’s having a clear out and I wanted to make sure it was scrapped and not put in a box.

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I did a bit of doodling with my white pen, including some faux stitching.  I’m linking this one up with Shimelle‘s weekly challenge – to use lots of layering.

Found Art with the CKC Blog Hop

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Welcome – if you’re on the CKC Blog Hop you should have arrived here from Lisa’s blog.  If you didn’t and would like to join, go back to the CKC blog and I’ll see you back here in a mo!

It’s a daunting proposition following Lisa in a blog hop – she’s such a hard act to follow!  But here goes:

The three challenges this month are:

I went with challenge 1.  I know I have some photos somewhere of some amazing sandcastles from a Christmas holiday in Benidorm one year, but I can’t find them anywhere.  Instead I used a photo of Puddle Duck laying on the beach making art from found objects.  We had taken her out of school to help The Grandma and The Grandad celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on a Caribbean Cruise. Her class homework was to create a picture from found natural objects; I’m not sure beach art was quite what her teacher had in mind.

I used a sheet of Memory Box printed kraft card stock from my Krafty Florals kit called ‘Bill of Sale’, which is nearly as old as the photo.  I matted the photo, made a banner from the chipboard pieces and then went to town merrily fussy cutting flowers to add embellishments.  Finally I took inspiration from the second challenge and added some string and torn handmade embossed paper to the embellishment clusters.  And here is the finished article:

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So, happy belated Sandcastle Day to you.  Your next stop on the hop is Leslie, who will have one of her wonderful LOs to share with you.

Belle

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Hello there, a quick post this one, because I know I am unlikely to get chance to share this LO with you for a while.  I have a week off work and instead of the nice relaxing time I need it’s likely to be jam packed with things I need to get done.

This is my third LO to share from my Krafty Florals kit:

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A very simple page with some photos of Puddle Duck and The Niece both dressed as Belle.  She’s never been a huge Disney Princess fan, but Belle has always been one of her favourites (now replaced by Mulan in her affections).

I kept it simple with a gold doily and some chipboard embellishments.  I’m glad I included two sheets of that Dear Lizzie woodgrain zigzag paper – it’s proved to be very versatile.

I have at least one more page and a mini album to to make from the kit (the mini is started) and of course the blog hop on Wednesday.  See you then I hope.