Found Art with the CKC Blog Hop


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:


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.



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:


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.

Vintage and Autumnal Flowers


I’ve been busy with my Krafty Florals kit.  The colours felt autumnal to me and were perfect for scrapping these photos I took of the Pagoda Fountain at Alton Towers – especially the kraft card stock printed with garlands of paper lanterns:


We went for a couple of days in autumn half term in 2012.  I remember visiting on a school trip when there were far less rides than there are now.  At that time the gardens were an important part of the attraction, but they are much less so now that it is a theme park.

The other photo which was perfect for scrapping with tis kit was one taken at my dance school.  Brown was very much ‘in’ when I was at school, as were floral maxi dresses and a gypsy dress with a lace underskirt showing below the hem was the height of fashion!  And the title is from a popular Abba hit from the time.


I used the doily print pp for the background and an old Shimelle sketch from my Pinterest board. I added some splatters with pink shimmer mist and gold ink.  I would really like to know how to get larger splatters – mine seem to turn out such small dots of colour.

My third page is done and I’ve signed up for the members blog hop at the Counterfeit Challenge Kit – I hope you’ll join us on 24 August.

School’s Out


I didn’t intend it to be so long since my last post, but better late than never here’s the page I made with my late find Soduku print paper and what was left of my July Counterfeit kit. I used the 1 August sketch from Stuck?! but with one landscape 4X6 photo rather than the two square photos in the sketch.


It had to be a school photo with all those numbers on the background paper and I had a photo printed from Puddle Duck’s last day at Primary School.  I’ve been dying to use that title for ages!

I went into my collection of school themed stash for some extras.  I had some small Jolee’s Boutique stickers so I decided to add them to a scattering of stars diagonally across the page.  I also had a pack of chipboard stickers and I managed to work in the classmates piece – the colours are a pretty good match so it doesn’t stick out too much.

I never thought I’d be able to use the yellow US school bus on a page, but one featured in the end of term school play so it won’t be too out of place once the page fits into the whole story in the album. I was on a bit of a roll so I decided to scrap the set of the photos from that lunchtime, starting with an old Citrus Kits sketch I’d saved to Pinterest and a sheet of aqua paper which was with my school stash (it’s the B-side from Fancy Pants’ Back to School collection).


And then a pocket page to go with it:


So that’s that kit just about used up.  I’ve already scrapped some photos from the party they went to after school so I’ll do the back of the pocket page to match that LO.  I like this idea of scrapping in album sections rather than random pages.

Krafty Florals


Another month and time to shop my stash for another kit, brought to us by Lisa at CKC.  But first, I have to tell you, during my search for kraft and neutral prints I found the perfect sheet for last month’s kit!  I knew I had a couple of sheets of a soduku print somewhere but I didn’t know where to look for it, so I missed it out of last month’s kit.  I’ve got some scraps left so I’ll be showing you how I’ve used them up with my new find in my next post.

Now where was I?  Oh yes, a kit for August.  They’ve gone all Continental over at CKC and there’s a neutral kit, brightened by some florals to inspire us this month:

And here is my version, Krafty Florals:


Lots of craft and neutrals as per the original and two Florals from MME’s Market Street ‘Nob Hill’ to add some colour.  I had some co-ordinating bits left from recent kits and a Studio Calico sticker sheet I thought would work.  They haven’t shown up very well but the die cuts are actually gold.

Here is a close up of the papers – I noticed that one of the die cuts in the original kit was a pair of giraffes, so I just had to include that flamingo and giraffe paper from Basic Grey’s Sugared collection.


Four of the papers were double sided, so if I turn those over and include some chipboard pieces and some kraft tags; here’s my add on kit:


And finally some alphas – I bought a pile of brown alphas recently:


There’s a felt cover and ring binder included in the original – to make a mini album.  One of those papers has been begging to be turned into a mini album for so long – maybe now is the time.  And I could make a felt cover for it.

Before I go, I just wanted to show you the revamp on the Christmas Party LO from my last post.  I added some teal below the title and a few butterflies to emphasise the visual triangle.  Here is version two:


You can see version 1 here.  Do you have any pages which you feel need ‘finishing off’?

One Kit and Three Pages in One Weekend


And some random fandom….

It’s not very often I have a day out at the weekend AND manage to get some scrapping done, but this weekend I managed it.  Mind you, there was absolutely no housework or gardening done and cooking was kept to a minimum.

We went to Manchester on Saturday to Comicon.  Puddle Duck wanted to see Jellie Bee – her second favourite You Tuber.  Jellie was so touched that she’d traveled all that way to see her and saved her pocket money to buy her sketch book on Kick Starter, that she did her a special speed sketch of her favourite Steven Universe character as a thank-you.

The rest of the weekend was spent with me scrapping and Puddle Duck drawing while we watched The Big Bang Theory on Netflix. I got three pages done – I put it down to the speed technique I tried for the first time last year – working on three pages at once using the same set of supplies.  It cuts down on the length of time sorting through papers and embellishments and dithering over whether to use something now or save it for something else.

I’ll start by satisfying Lesley’s curiosity and show you my page using my bee paper:


This happened at the start of July, so the timing couldn’t have been better with that bee paper in July’s Counterfeit kit.  I wasn’t at home when the bees swarmed.  The Grandma and The Grandad couldn’t get onto the drive when they arrived to collect Puddle Duck after school.  By the time I got home that evening it was too dark to see properly but this large nest is what I found the next morning – in the tree at the bottom of the drive.  I phoned the British Bee Keepers Association and they were gone by lunchtime.

My next page is perhaps an odd choice of subject for a summer kit – Puddle Duck’s school Christmas Party from 2011!


I used a couple of chipboard pieces from June’s kit.  I’m thinking I need some embellishment below the title – to bring that teal/green down to the bottom, but I’m not sure the best way to do it.  So I’m calling it done for now and I reserve the right to revisit it if inspiration strikes.

For my third and final LO I had a photo from shortly after Puddle Duck’s second birthday, when we went to the Lake District.  And you can’t possibly go to the Lake District without visiting The World of Beatrix Potter. I’m not sure she was supposed to go into the exhibit, but a photo with Missy Tiggy Winkle was too good to miss!

I had my papers picked out when I went to bed on Saturday night and awoke to find a Shimelle sketch challenge on her blog on Sunday morning.  It certainly saved me a lot of thinking time.


I fussy cut flowers and clouds from papers in my kit for the scattered embellishments. I’m not sure about writing directly onto such busy patterned paper – it makes the journalling hard to read.  And I’m not sure how best to fix the title – it was only writing this blog that I realised the I got the name of the museum wrong.

Oh well, back to the drawing board!!!

EPCOT – Inspired by a Beautiful World


So July is almost over and I have just about used up my June Counterfeit kit.  I had a lot of frames left so I was delighted to see this sketch at Stuck?!

And I had the perfect photos from our sushi dinner at Tokyo Dining, Epcot last August.  We had a great seat next to the window and watched the fireworks from our table, which provided me with the page title – Sushi & Fireworks.


I had some more photos from the restaurant and fireworks on the walk back through the park, so I made a 12X6 page to go with the one above and included the wrapper from the chopsticks:


And then I did a page featuring Spaceship Earth which will serve as the title page for this section of the album:


I used the last full sheet from my June kit and the rest of the decent sized part sheets.  The stars and flowers are reminders of The Land and Space Mission ride.  That left me with two things left to scrap from our day at Epcot – Puddle Duck meeting Mulan and meeting up with my old school friend and her family.  I decided to use the park map and did a 12X12 and a complementary 6X12 page:


I added a little Mickey sequin to mark the position of the restaurant in Japan and a chipboard arrow from the kit to point from the location in China to the photo of Mulan.  I needed a strip to ground the map and photo, but I had nothing long enough left in my kit, so I cut a strip off the floral paper in my July kit. The space below the photo of us all together is for some more journalling and the cluster of embellishments was pulled together to echo the ones at the top left of the main page. You may notice the Mini and Mickey heads – I cut those using some Minnie Mouse dies bought from The Range.

And this is how they work together in the album:



So that’s June’s kit used up – time to start on July’s and I have just the photos for that bee paper……….