Thursday, 2 October 2014

L is for Labels...... Scrapology.....

The new challenge at SCRAPOLOGY is now running till 5th November.... Hop over there to find all the details of how to enter your layout and take a peek at the super prize up for grabs.  

The Design team have been busy  too , to provide some fabulous inspiration to help get you started.....

As usual I rotated the sketch to fit into my 8.5 x 11 layout, and dug deep into my Basic Grey stash to find these perfect papers from the Wander collection....

...and here's the sketch....

You can use the sketch or the featured layout as your starting point or even a mix of the two, It would be lovely to see what you create.  

All projects submitted are published on the blog, so don't forget to share what you've made with us, we love to see how varied everyone's work is.....

thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Monday, 22 September 2014

Anything goes....

That's the current card challenge on the Scrapology BLOG, what could be easier??

Check all the details for the challenge, the DT inspiration and the prize for one lucky entry on the blog. 

Send us your links or emails and you'll be in with a chance - all the cards submitted are published on the blog too :)

  Here's my offering featuring a folded flower made from punched circles.

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Monday, 1 September 2014

T is for Trio.......of photos......

This is the latest scrapology challenge now starting over at the BLOG. You have until the 5th October to submit a scrapbook page which has been inspired by the featured layout , sketch or Design team layouts.
Pop over to the blog for all the details and check out the super prize just waiting  for one lucky entry.

I rotated the sketch in order to fit my 3 photos on my smaller scale layout....
All the papers are from the Crate Paper - DIY shop collection. The tiny chipboard camera is from a set from Dusty Attic, and there are still 11 more to use...Yay!

......and here's the sketch.....

I hope that once you've seen all the DT inspiration  over at Scrapology, you'll be tempted to have a go.

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Die Challenge... !!

The latest card challenge has been set over at the SCRAPOLOGY BLOG and features the work of Sue Wilson.  We would like you to create a card with die cuts as the focal point or use them in an unusual way. Sue has donated an amazing prize for the winner and all the details and super Design team inspiration can be found on the BLOG.
You have till 15th sept to submit a card......

As I only have a few basic sets of dies my card was created very simply.  I used a heart to make the flower and circles to make the rings.

I hope you join in and send us a card or two !  It's great to see how everyone interprets the challenge in their own way :)

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Sunday, 3 August 2014


What is the fascination with cardboard boxes, especially with children or in this case big hairy dogs?

I thought this photo would suit the layout for the newest challenge over at Scrapology.........

"E for Exposed" and using a layout by Ingvild  Bolme as a starting point.

All the patterned paper, including the eyeboggling black and white paper comes from the Happy Days collection kit from Echo park.

Rather than tearing the aperture for the photo, as in the original layout (see below) I just randomly cut into the paper and folded the pieces back.

Pop over to the Scrapolgy blog to see the details of the challenge, all the amazing design Team layouts and details of how to enter your project. As always we have a super prize for the winning layout.

This is the original layout  by Ingvild Bolme and our sketch....

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Dreams and Delights....

That's the theme for the latest card challenge over at the SCRAPOLOGY BLOG.....which is being sponsored by Tracy Dutton of Lavinia Stamps.

Now I'm not a great stamper as you may have noticed , however I was lucky to see a set of very pretty Lavinia stamps free on the cover of Papercraft essentials Magazine !

So armed with a silver ink pad, ribbon , black glitter paper and some little letter stamps, I made this....

If you'd like to see how the rest of the Design team got on with their challenge, all the details for entering your project and prize details pop over to the BLOG x

                                                           Good luck

                                                  Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

P for Punch outs......

This is the new challenge set by the Scrapology team for this month. 

The layout to scraplift is by Stacey Cohen and the sketch from the LO, Design Team inspiration and ALL the details of how to enter your project can be found right HERE

My layout, uses mostly cardstock and a tiny bit of blue floral patterned paper from the Echo Park - for the record 2 - collection. The cute little clothes peg stickers were also in the collection. I used my beloved glitter A/C thickers and raided my stash for the rest.

I loved this challenge, but as you can see I was limited with space for the actual punchouts! Given the size of my layout and photo :)

This was the sketch

This is a really fun challenge, and it will be lovely to see just how many different  shaped punches will be used on your projects.

Look forward to seeing you over at Srapology. The current challenge runs till 5th Aug.and as always there's a great prize for the winning layout.

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sketch N Scrap #58

I've had some very sweet photos of my niece and nephew sitting in my photo box for a few years now......and have finally managed to complete a layout with them. ( They 're both teenagers now so probably won't thank me :)  )
I 've used one of the super sketches from the Sketch N Scrap blog can see all their  June challenges HERE.  

and here's the layout...using American crafts papers . 

I made this and another layout in the company of some lovely ladies in Bradfield yesterday, so big thanks to Kerry for inviting me, I had a great day :)  
The black camera was cut using Kerry's sissix die --- It was so cute I just had to cut a few more for future use!
I will add some journaling to the back of the layout and the date to the front when I can work out when the photos were taken :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen x

Sunday, 15 June 2014

All about Fay .....

I have 2 projects to share today, both recording my eldest daughter's 18th birthday :)

Although I missed the deadline for the Scrap365 sketch challenge, I did use it to create my 8.5" x 11" double page!  I think I've only done 3 double pages in this size, but I wanted to use lots of photos.
 I've seen this done on a couple of blogs I visit...I'll add the links when I've found them!

Here's the original sketch :)

The next project is the New Scrapology Card challenge which launched today and is open till
15th July.  Check out the blog HERE for all the details of the challenge, fabulous Design Team Inspiration and a look at the amazing prize bundle.....

Our Challenge this month was to create one of the very popular "Card in a box" folding cards.

Mine turned out slightly differently as I wanted to include  photos....

This metric sized version was demonstrated to us at the papermaze crop by Karen Curd, who is an independent stampin up demonstrator . You can find her here x

So, get sticking and enter your card over at scrapoplogy . Good Luck x

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Monday, 2 June 2014

Blog Hop with a difference....

Last week I was invited to join a Blog Hop Tour by Mary Anne  of UKScrappers fame :) It's a different sort of blog hop than you generally see and the idea is to answer a few questions and then pass the batton on to 3 more  friends for the following week so it spreads out as it goes week by week... So, here goes...

What am I working on?

I always seem to have a few different things on the go at once. This week I'm dividing my crafty time between my design team commitments for  the Scrapology challenge blog, which is a card and a layout every month (which I can't share!), my pocket album, which is a page a month, and making all kinds of papercrafty goodies to sell on my shelf at The Thrifty Thistle. (The Thrifty Thistle is a fabulous shop in Felixstowe where crafters, not just papercrafters, can rent a shelf to sell their handmade items). I'm making peg notice boards, pencil pots, gift boxes, peg magnets and lots more!

It's amazing what you can make with a baked bean tin and some scrapbook papers!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well I guess the obvious difference is that I choose to work in the American A4 size, 8.5 x11" and always in portrait. The majority of Scrapbookers work in 12x12, which I now find incredibly difficult.
I don't buy huge selections of ready made embellishments for my pages, although if some come in a kit, I'll happily use them!
Most of my pages have a 'home made' look to them, I don't use lots of fancy complicated techniques or tools, and I love to recycle found/saved trinkets,tags and momentos. Cutting and sticking is what I love....
I make the patterned paper work very hard for me, and nearly always let the photo dictate my colour combinations.
I love pretty patterns and my work has to be NEAT and coordinated.....  I'm hopeless with inky, splatty, art-journaly or ecclectic styles!

Why do I create what I do?

I'm like alot of other scrapbookers that I've met in person or through blog-land, who say they've always been crafty.  It wasn't till I discovered Scrapbooking in 2006, that I actually felt at home. I've always kept photo albums, and loved my sugar paper scrapbooks, but had never combined the two.
Scrapbooking for me is FUN, its what I love to do....well it beats housework every time:)
Of course, I'm preserving memories and satisfying my creative side at the same time with something I can KEEP.
My latest layout is always my most favourite, and I stick them high up on the wall in my craft room untill there's no room left and then they have to go in an album.
If my layout doesn't have much in the way of journaling on the front...then I always write all the details on the back for future reference.

How does your creating process work?

My starting point these days is more often than not a sketch. It really means that the hard work of designing the page is already done and I can concentrate on the fun stuff .
I rarely stick completely to the original and always try to do something a little different. I pick a photo, choose my colour combinations, and dig around in my stash till I'm happy.
If I'm honest, my finished layout doesn't end up how I imagine it in my just evolves.

Sometimes I get stuck with a title if it's not obvious, and that's one of the really great things about attending a monthly crop. You can bounce ideas around with other like minded folk and not just your long-suffering family!!

So, that's all from me for now..

Next week it's the turn of  Sadie  and  Elaine. Click on the names to visit their blogs... and pop back on Monday 9th June.

Sadie is one of my Scrapbook buddies at the monthly Papermaze crop in Otley. She hasn't been posting lately on her blog but I get to see her work in real life!  She is a lovely, kind hearted , fun loving family person which shines through on every layout she creates :) She takes some fabulous photos, and clearly loves creating, on and off the page.

Elaine is a fabulously busy scrapbooker who I  know from UKS and blogland. She loves challenges, is never afraid to try something new and tackles some fairly scary looking sketches whilst managing to make it look easy! She so obviously loves scrapbooking; every post on her blog is like a mini tutorial, always full of hints and top tips so it's well worth a visit.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to pop back next week to see what Sadie and Elaine have to share.

Bye for now
Karen x