Scraplifting with Amanda


If you are here for the CKC blog hop, that was my last post, which you’ll find if you scroll down – but please don’t rush straight off.  I have one final LO from June’s kit to show you, which makes it 7 from last month’s kit.  Back in April I took up Amanda’s scrap lifting challenge and she picked my LO to win a prize and asked me to be her Guest Designer for July (I know how crazy is that? – two Guest Design spots in one month!!) So here’s the LO Amanda sent for me to scrap lift: Image 5   And here’s my scrap lift: DSC_0561 I’m very happy to get these photos scrapped.  You can see that they have faded quite a lot so I hope that will slow down once they are in the album.  I stuck with two photos, an oversized photo mat, a strip to the left of the photos and a couple of journalling cards.  I changed the position of the embellishments and if you have come here from Amanda’s blog and are observant you may have noticed that I have added some tiny punched apples.  I like to top buttons on a LO and it felt like I had some trapped white space by my journalling.  Apple punch to the rescue! I hope you’ll join in with Amanda’s challenge this month – I’d love to see your take on her page.

CKC July Kit Blog Hop


I was so delighted to receive an e-mail asking me to be the July Guest Designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are Counterfeiting the Scrapabilly March 2015 Kit, which you can view on the CKC blog or via the link.

It’s full of aqua, black, neutrals, frames and weathered wood. My version has a little more colour to it, although I have tried the stick as closely as possible to the original papers.


And here’s a closer look at the 12 X 12 papers:


The papers are, from left to right, top row first:-

Kaiser Craft, Base Coat Collection, Distressed

Me and My Big Ideas, Mambi Sheets

MME, Now and Then,  Milo ‘Friends’, Fallow

Dear Lizzy, 5th & Frolic

Pebbles, Homemade

Pebbles, From Me to You

Crate Paper, DIY Shop

Dear Lizzy, Polka Dot Party

Maggie Holmes

Dear Lizzy Neapolitan

MME, Now and Then, Milo ‘Inspired’ Trees

It all looks a little washed out and calm so I think I’ll call it Driftwood.  I stuck quite closely to the papers in the original kit, there were some I couldn’t match but I’ve made up for that in my add on kit, which I made up using things I thought would work but aren’t a direct match to anything in the Scrapabilly kit.


The papers are:-

Me and My Big Ideas, Mambi Sheets

Studio Calico, Wanderlust

Crate Paper, DIY Shop

Maggie Holmes (this is a great neutral background sheet with big rosettes)

Pebbles, Homemade

Studio Calico, Wanderlust

Amy Tangerine, Sketchbook

Maggie Holmes

Dear Lizzy, 5th & Frolic

Alphas are; Basic Grey, Marjolaine

I sometimes find that I run out of background papers and have to pull in some extra sheets to finish the kit – I’m totally off plain card stock as a background these days.  Hopefully the add on will guard against that happening this month.  The original kit looks as though it would suit vintage and mixed media scrapping which is far from my style, so I hope I’ve pulled in enough here to create a kit I can make work for me.

I had these scraps left from previous kits (the frames are the other side of the stripes from June’s kit). I will probably do some fussy cutting to make some embellishments. I also have some wooden frames to throw in, which I forgot to photograph.


And these 6X4 cards are from Dear Lizzie 5th & Dime, plus a piece of woodgrain from a previous kit, which will be part of my forgeries.  Visit the CKC blog on 4th July to see what the Master Forgers have made.  I have some ideas and hope to get mine posted around the same time.

DSC_0555Your next stop on the blog hop is Lisa – I’m sure she’ll have an amazing kit to show you.  In case you get lost along the way here’s the full running order for the blog hop.

Happy Hopping.


Killing my June Kit (with a Little Help from a Hitch Hiker’s Guide)


So here we are at the end of June and I’ve just about killed June’s CKC kit.  I must say that it was greatly helped by watching Shimelle’s videos in her Hitch Hikers Guide to Scrapbooking course.  As with all that she does it is truly awesome and available to buy on-line at her blog.

This kit has been very good for scrapping older photos.  This is one from my A-Level Physics class, circa 1982/3.  I took up the one side or the other challenge from CKC with a sketch from (the now closed) Creative Scrappers website, which I used last year.

DSC_0558Then I did another couple of pages for my Eden Project album:


This photo placement is a Shimelle staple and one I have used before.  The next one is something new (or new to me at least) from the Hitch Hiker’s Guide.


I thought the statue was a man until I found something about it on-line.  I think it’s because the dead leaves cover the form of her body and we visited at the end of October, so her usually lush hair had died back to a few whispy strands.

Finally we come right back up to date with a photo from Puddle Duck’s Confirmation at the start of June.


As soon as I saw the ‘My Name Is’ die cut I knew I wanted to use it on a page about how she chose her confirmation saint. It was so funny when she was told that she was supposed to live her life true to her Saint. ‘But I don’t want to join the French Army and fight England.” she said.

I had to pull in a few extra background sheets, since I didn’t have enough in the kit I made up, but it means more photos scrapped and more stashed used up, so it’s all good.

I do have one more page to share from this kit, but that will have to wait, because it is my Guest Designer page for Amanda’s scrap lift challenge.  June has been an uber busy month, so I will be back soon with my Project Life Light pages for May and June.  Now where did I leave that glue stick?……..

June Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop


Welcome to Junes’s Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop. If you didn’t arrive here from Leslie’s blog, why not hop back to the CKC blog and start from the beginning?

The challenges this month were:

Challenge #1: Patterned die cuts

Challenge #2: Transportation challenge

Challenge #3: One side or the other

I still had some transportation themed die-cuts left in my kit and the layered embellishments from my last post, so I have a LO for both challenges 1 and 2 AND getting my forgeries on a page – Go Me!


I decided to use the 3X4 cards to make a 3X3 grid. When I first pulled the ‘Just the 2 of us’ card for the kit, I thought I would do a page about me and Puddle Duck but I had this odd photo of me and L’il Bro in our back garden which was just perfect to put in the middle of the page. (and which gives me another opportunity to link up with Challenge YOUrself.

I’m not sure who took the photo. It was obviously taken from our next door neighbours’ garden.  I used to spend ages chatting to ‘Uncle’ Norman over the garden fence.  He died when I was still quite young and ‘Auntie’ Betty stayed on in the house alone, until she passed a away a couple of years ago.  When she died her son-in-law said we could take what we wanted from the house before before it was cleared out. Her dining table and chairs are sitting behind me as I type – covered in piles of pretty paper, embellishments and finished scrapbook pages – including the one above.

Next on the blog hop is Karen. Happy hopping.

Oh the Places We’ll Go


June has been such a busy month, we have two birthdays and Father’s Day, but this year is also Puddle Duck’s Confirmation and her last year at Primary School, with The Virgin Money Fiver Challenge and the school play to rehearse for.  It’s been pretty hectic but with her doing extra rehearsals for her show in London next month I’ve had some time to scrap too. My first page uses the map paper from this month’s Counterfeit kit and a selfie of the two of us taken by Puddle Duck last month. As a rare page with me on it i am linking up with the Challenge Yourself blog, who’s only criteria this month is to use a photo with yourself in it. DSC_0543 I wanted the map paper to show through so I abandoned my usual style of large layers of pretty paper and went instead for a scattering of die-cuts.  With all those transportation die-cuts and journalling about our travels, this is perfect for Challenge 2 at CKC – even though I finished before the challenge went live.  I had intended it to be a bucket list of all the places we had been and wanted to go but somehow the LO didn’t seem to lend itself to a list.  Maybe I’ll do that as an accompanying 6X12 page. I originally started this based on Challenge 1, but my patterned paper die-cuts aren’t layered so I thought I would make some for this month’s forgery challenge: DSC_0545 I also forged the alphas from the original Basic Grey South Pacific kit to make a simple Father’s Day card. DSC_0547 Make sure to join in the CKC members’ blog hop on 24 June to see those embellishments on a page.

June in the North Atlantic


So it’s June already. How did that happen?  June’s always a busy month, with two birthdays and fathers day and the end of school term and summer holidays coming up fast.  This year is also Puddle Duck’s confirmation – tomorrow in fact. It’s also the start of the summer photo scavenger hunt (but I’ll leave that for another post).  Summer has seemed a little slow to start here – we’re still having some quite chilly days.  I’ve been compensating with some summery scrapping.

DSC_0515These photos were taken at the Eden Project and I used scraps left from other pages which will be near it in the album.  I used the sketch by Shimelle from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog International Scrapbook Day challenge.

DSC_0514And then there’s the scraplift from Amanda King’s scraplift challenge.  The original has a stitched circle, but I decided to use a background paper with  a circle from my February Counterfeit Kit, with the scraps left from that kit.  I lifted the embellishment – replacing the brads with yellow buttons topped by red butterflies and a single yellow bottle top topped with a larger red butterfly.  Such a co-incidence, since Daphne has challenged us to use yellow this month, with her gorgeously bright page.

Amanda was kind enough to choose my LO as her winner for May and I will be her guest designer for the scraplift in July.  So excited to see what she chooses to scrap lift next month.  And now I can give you a sneak peak of the kit I will probably be using – my June Counterfeit Kit.


This month’s challenge was to base the kit on one of Basic Grey’s new collections.  I picked South Pacific, since I recently bought some My Mind’s Eye Now and Then paper packs, which included a lovely map print.  From left to right the pears are:

MME Now and Then:

Izzy ‘Smile’ Bloom paper,

Izzy ‘Boys’ Dapper paper,

Mildred ‘Girls’ Garden Paper,

Mildred ‘Hello’ Framed paper,

Izzy ‘Happenings’ Frolic paper,

Izzy ‘Good Times’ Journey paper,

Maggie Holmes,

Teresa Collins,

DSC_0513The floral prints have pink and green polka dots on the reverse.  I added some Mildred and Izzy stickers, die cuts and 3X4 cards for embellishments.  It looks bit more North Atlantic than South Pacific, but it’ll do for me and I’m itching to get started on my first page.

Focus Your Craft and Soul


Last weekend Jennifer Grace organised a wonderful craft event on her blog. Today is the last chance to link up so I’m back to share how I was inspired. I decided to focus on completing. I finished a page I started from a sketch on a Face Book page, using my Counterfeit Kit for April. I loved the way Annie had doodled around the edges of her layers on the event blog hop, so I gave it a go and love the way it turned out. DSC_0504 Jennifer also prompted us to focus on the everyday, which gives me the perfect opportunity to share my Project Life Light pages for March and April: DSC_0387 March started with World Book Day (Puddle Duck went to school dressed as Opal Plumstead, but I have no photo), Red Nose Day and Mothers Day.  I went to Edinburgh for work and they put me in Room 101 (Gulp).  Then we had a solar eclipse, Easter Assembly at school; where Puddle Duck won a chocolate bunny in the raffle, and I took Puddle Duck and two friends to see Cinderella at the cinema. DSC_0388 In April, Puddle Duck cooked tea for the first time – to her own recipe, then it was off to That There Fancy London for our annual trip.  This time we went to The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, did some of the Shaun in The City trails and found the Moomin shop in Covent Garden DSC_0390 We also had a day out at Warwick Castle with Puddle Duck’s friend. I finally persuaded her to go into the Dungeons and she giggled the whole way round. DSC_0391 Well that’s me for now.  Thank-you Jennifer for a lovely crafting event.