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Sunday, 31 January 2010


For the birthday of my God-daughter and her twin sister I have been busy with my new Kraftin' Kimmies Stamps from Quixotic Paperie.

For Jessica I have used this super girl called 'Posy' and some Cherry Hill papers from October Afternoon, as she has tiny cherries on her pockets. I used red flowers and some ribbon roses to tie in with the posy of roses she carries. I curled he wire stems. There is also ribbon, chalk ink and Promarkers in use here.

For Jessica's sister, Holly I used this curly girl called 'Charlotte'. Each of these stamps come with a small accessory stamp and I used the extra doll and placed her at Charlotte's feet.

The papers for this card are from Basic Grey. The flowers, ribbon, gems and brads are a selection from my stash.

Saturday, 30 January 2010


Have been busy with another of my lush new stamps from Kraftin' Kimmies. via Elaine at Quixotic Paperie. This one for Alex, my daughter's boyfriend as he was dressed like 'Chester' for a recent Cosplay event. I used more Basic Grey papers, this time some very old Vagabond scraps. I coloured Chester with Promarkers. I added a fine string to his eye, and with a drop of Diamond Glaze he is now the proud owner of a monocle.
Happy Birthday Alex!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Snow Girl

Treated myself to some Kraftin' Kimmie stamps from Quixotic Paperie and tried this one out with some Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses papers. Lots of stickles, snowflakes, ribbons and lace. Great fun, and maybe not too Christmasy for a January birthday, especially when it snows!

Thursday, 28 January 2010


52 walks with my camera in 2010 - Week 4

Today I had an appointment at the hospital in Sidcup, so Alan and I decided to go for a walk on Chislehurst Common before we needed to be at the hospital. The lovely place we planned to photograph was clogged up with too many parked cars for good photos. We spotted St Nicholas' Church and headed there for a look around. We ended up with plenty of photo opportunities:

Interesting guttering on the lych gate

This tree persists in growing through the grave!

View from the porch:

There were many of these angels inside the church:

In response to this weeks challenge, here is my bench photo. This resting place is inside the church porch. The seals lift to provide storage space.

We had time to spare before the appointment. So, went into the Tiger's Head for warm soup and bread, followed by rhubarb crumble with ginger, just what we needed on such a cold day.

Log - 52 Walks with My Camera in 2010 so far: 1. Bexleyheath 2. Woodbridge 3. Hall Place 4. Chislehurst

Monday, 25 January 2010

Happy Birthday Holly

Had fun today making this card for Catherine's good friend Holly. I have admired the cards my friend Anita has been making and she gave me this stamped image. She is coloured in with promarkers to match this selection of papers from Basic Grey's Lollipop Shoppe papers. I added some machine stitching and lots of blossoms, gems and pearls. To finish off I added several different colours of stickles. Will take a better photo in the daylight.

So Happy Birthday Holly!

First year

Happy Birthday to Oliver, Hannah and Lucy!!

Last week the triplets were one year old, and we a few days later.

Here is Oliver:


and a series of pictures of serious little Hannah, studying her book!

A few scrapbook pages about to be created I think.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Exciting News from Cardinal Colours

Exciting News from Cardinal Colours - A Seaside Retreat

As Jill says on her blog:

" I have been trying to organise a retreat. It has caused some headaches and sleepless nights but I think I am on the homeward stretch.I managed to find the venue quite easily, as my grandaughter Natalie is Head Receptionist at the Chatsworth Hotel in Eastbourne. Finding teachers was more difficult. But after burning the midnight oil I think I have found some cracking tutors. Firstly Karen Burniston has offered to design a class page for me. I love her work and as she is an engineer by profession her pages always involve some pop-up items. I am meeting up with her when she is over here in February to finalise the details, or brainstorm as she puts it, and she will then go home and finish the design.Then I have Zoe Pierson. You may know her from Stamping Up. She will do some cards and show her products from Stamping Up. Then there are two others, but at present they are contracted to someone and won't be free until February, but then I can reveal who they are. Two well known and published scrappers and I'm sure that you will be pleased when you hear who they are.Then we have Shimelle. She needs no introduction. Its a bit like saying Madonna or Sting in entertainment, everyone in the scrapping world knows Shimelle. Last but not least, and a very important part of the weekend, we have the lovely ladies who have agreed to do Make and Takes, and Demonstrations for me. They too are very talented and are bound to come up with some good ideas. Thank you Anita, Lynn and Linda. So here are the preliminary details with prices in case you know of anyone who would like to attend. Any plugs on your blogs will be gratefully accepted lol.

Cardinal Colours is absolutely delighted to invite you to our very first retreat on the south coast. We are having a crafty weekend with something for both scrapbookers and cardmakers alike. In fact anyone fancying a relaxing time away with like minded, crafty individuals will have a great, fun break.We will have the run of The Chatsworth Hotel, right on the seafront at Eastbourne, from 2.00 pm Friday, 17th September through to 4.00 pm Sunday 19th September. What an ideal time to recharge your batteries if you’ve exhausted yourself looking after children in the school holidays.

All meals and refreshments are included - full English breakfasts, buffet lunch on Saturday and roast lunch on Sunday, two 3 course dinners and teas/coffees mid-morning and mid-afternoon. There will be a vegetarian option available too.We have a full timetable of classes, with separate ones for scrapbooking and cardmaking, demonstrations and make & takes running from the Friday afternoon right through to Sunday.The fabulous Karen Burniston will be designing a class especially for us and you can get a feel for her work on her blog www.karenburniston.com You will have the choice of 3 classes with kits being provided and there will be raffles and games throughout the weekend too, with the Grand Raffle Prize being a Cricut Die Cutting Machine. It’s a free draw so any guest will have the chance to win The cost for all this is just £259 per person for a twin shared room and £289 for a single occupancy double room We do have a limited number of small single rooms at £239 per person . We also have 3 twin rooms with an extra bed so 3 people could share at £245 per person You can reserve your place on payment of a £39 non-refundable deposit and payment terms are available. Some places have already been taken so to express an interest and find out more about the classes and teachers, please contact me at

We are really looking forward to seeing you. Teachers and classes will be confirmed soon but we are proud to say that Zoe Pierson and will be amongst our talented teachers."

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Our Lovely Little Monster

At Jill's crop on Saturday I made this layout of my nephew Oliver. I saw a layout in the scrapbook magazine, a little like this idea with the circles and strips designed by Angie Woolfall. Mine has totally different colours and I added the tiny monster circles along the bottom. The patterned paper is Fancy Pants, Trick or Treat - Monster Mash.
The card stock is Bazzill and the circles are scraps of Scenic route. I added lots of stitches by drawing them on with a fine marker pen. The letters are American Crafts Thickers. I'm off to see this little monster and his sisters tomorrow as they all reached the great age of one year old last week!

Monday, 18 January 2010

Birthday Trio

I cannot believe that it is a year since our niece Heather's triplets were born. At the weekend I made a card of each of the babies.
All three cards were made with Woodware stamps by Francoise Read and coloured with Promarkers.

For Oliver I used Scenic Route papers.

For Lucy I used Making Memories ......

..and for Hannah I used October Afternoon papers.

Christmas Layout

Cardinal Colours Crop

We had a belated crop at Cardinal Colours on Saturday, due to the snow the week before. What a lovely day we all had. We celebrated both Liz and Wendy's January birthdays. Several of us worked on a layout designed by Anita. The blue card stock is Bazzill Bling and the red is Dotted Swiss. The patterned papers are Imaginisce, Polar Expressions double sided papers. My photo shows my son Andrew and me Christmas 1994 when he was just 2 1/2 years old.

The tree is cleverly made with five squares of paper and some origami folds.

Lots of circles punched from the patterned paper to make the arch over the photo.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Hall Place

52 Walks 2010 - Week 3

Today I went for a walk to Hall Place in Bexley, just a short way from where I live. Took a walk around the amazing glass houses. Another week I will take my camera for a walk around the grounds and house.

Log - 52 Walks with My Camera in 2010 so far: 1. Bexleyheath 2. Woodbridge 3. Hall Place

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Just Jessica

Here is a layout I did in response to Wendy's sketch challenge. The sketch was three interlocking rings and three embellishments with two photos journalling and a title.
Used up lots more old papers here. My great niece Jess last summer. lots of liquid pearls, and cutting with the Cricut and CM circle cutters.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Woodbridge in Winter

52 Walks 2010 - Woodbridge in Winter

Log - 52 Walks with My Camera in 2010 so far: 1. Bexleyheath 2. Woodbridge

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Rumble in the Jumble

A new layout made in response to Karen's New Year/ Old Year Challenge. To use some of your oldest stash or our newest stash.

Between Christmas and new year 1997 in Old Town, Hastings the children were fascinated with this junk shop. They spent some time examining all the books and toys, and no doubt we came away with a few treasures.

This layout was created with Basic Grey, Eskimo Kisses papers and stickers (the most recent papers I have purchased from Basic Grey). Chosen because they were the perfect colours for the photos rather than a Christmas subject. As these photos could have been taken during any winter month really. The white letters in the title are American Craft Thickers, and the small button letters are from Doodlebug Designs ( I have had these in mys stash for many years). I was inspired by one of the January 2010 page maps as a start for this page which I called 'Rumble in the Jumble'.

In addition I used some large paperclips decorated with felt flowers (not sure where these came from, but they have been in my stash for a long time). The beautiful deep red velvet ric-rac has also been in my stash for a while.

Not the best scan of the layout, I will try to get a good photo of it in the better light tomorrow.
The stitching the two halves of the layout on the scanner cuts off the extreme right edge and bottom of the layout so here is the detail in the right hand corner:

Thursday, 7 January 2010

52 Walks with My Camera 2010 - Week 1


I have been very impressed with the photos taken by others working on the 365 challenge last year, and by the time I thought of joining in it was nearly at a close. Then I saw this new challenge on Karen (KazC), Pam (Wombat) and Karen's (Scrapdolly) Blogs. A weekly challenge for this year. A walk with your camera for each week of the year. I have made a start with week one. See details on UKS

Staying local for this first week of the challenge, due to the weather and with help from my daughter Emily. Used the Fuji compact rather than the big Olympus, but I'm sure both will feature in the challenge as the year progresses.

Here are some Early morning photos taken in and around Bexleyheath - 07/01/10

Starting in the drive with the animal and human tracks:
The car stayed in the drive, which is steep at the best of times, and leads out onto an equally steep hill.

Thanks for taking a peak, and thanks Emily too.

Log - 52 Walks with My Camera in 2010 so far:1. Bexleyheath

For Next Year

Better late than never, several years ago this calendar was purchased from B and Q in a sale with the intention of altering it for that Christmas. Well I found it in the loft when getting the decorations out this year and finally got around to altering it.

The original box:

I used Wassail papers form Basic Grey - I love the colours of this line.
Then cut numbers on the Cricut.Decorated the doors with stickers, glitter, gems and pearls.

All ready for next year!