Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.157

This week's sketch is one that has already sparked for me. I intend to get to grips with this one as soon as I have some crafty time and I aim to use up those odd embellies I have lurking around in my know the ones I mean, the odd blooms, charms and gems that have somehow fallen from their packaging and end up in the bottom of whatever tote or box you happen to have close at hand. 

Anyway, I hope it inspires you to scrap your latest pics. I've been catching up with a few DT projects and have put together some simple cards using the new Dovecraft Neutral Goody Bag. Here's a couple of my favs.

I added a little pink cardstock to the Goody Bag contents to complete this one and a piece of glitter paper for the Thank You card. The stamp is a Dovecraft clear stamp and I stamped it with Cocoa Brown ink. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - entertaining children's Fantasy adventure
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -  a magical romp
Alien Covenant - from the world of Alien great Sci-fi sequel to Prometheus. Pick of the week
Blood Father - Mel Gibson delivers in this action flick.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 156

It's been a busy weekend of loft clearing and crafting, although really I should be looking at doing a bit of crafty clearing as well.  Project wise I've got another micro mini album on the go and I'm working on a set of cards using a Trimcraft Goody Bag. As with last week's sketch this week's is also based on one of my card designs. Now I'm going to look at my older sketches and see how many I can use for my cards, I can already see a few obvious one and it's something I haven't done before. Anyway, enough of my blathering, here's this week's sketch no. 156.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Upside Down - quirky Sci-fi love story
Stakeland 2 - low budget vampire horror
Van Helsing - great fun entertaining monster romp. Pick of the Week
The Void - 80's style Lovecraftian horror 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Mini Makeup Make

I've been catching up with a bit of Trimcraft DT crafting, some cards, minis and the like. This easy, single sheet flap pocket album is proving to be one of my fav projects, along with the Sweet Nothings  one I made recently.

I used Dovecraft Kiss & Makeup Dimensional Stickers to decorate the front, layering them up with foam pads. The stickers are chipboard, sturdy enough for the front cover and able to stand up to handling. 

It's a deceptively roomy album thanks to the 1cm spines which allow plenty of room for pockets and tags. The scalloped semi-circles allow tags to be tucked behind adding extra room for those fun quotes or pics. 

It all folds up into a neat shape making it a lovely gift album and with these papers perfect for a real makeup fan. If you'd like to make your own version here's the cut file diagram, the black sections are 1cm wide spines and you can find full instructions on the project here on my gallery at The Craft Blog. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 155

A little later than normal, but today I've been making a few cards with a new goodie bag from Trimcraft. Inspired by one of those cards I've gone with a central photo sketch with a cluster of embellishments in one corner. This design is one of those fail safe ones for me, great for cards or classic layouts with either a clean and simple version or mixed media.

So, here we have it sketch no. 155.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 - so much fun and my pick of the week
The Light Between the Oceans - emotional drama
Don't Blink - interesting low budget sci-fi

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.154

A Bank Holiday weekend can only mean one thing, extra crafty time and if you're searching for a nugget of inspiration here's this week's sketch, no. 154.

This sketch was inspired by a new mini book I put together using the First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad. It's a single sheet mini and you can find the instructions on my gallery here.

The papers are a really nice heavy quality, some with a subtle sheen like the flowered pattern on the front of the album.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday tomorrow and those extra crafty hours.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople - sweet comedy drama
I am not a Serial Killer - surprising sci-fi horror - Pick of the week
Star Trek (the remake) - (repeat viewing) great sci-fi adventure starring Chris Pine
Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves - (repeat viewing) enjoyable historic romp
Captain America, Civil War - (repeat viewing) superheros square up in entertaining fashion

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 153

Another sketch and this week it's a single image that takes center stage on this simple, story based layout. That's not to say this sketch couldn't be softened by some blooms and a little distressing. The title treatment is inspired by illuminated text, with the first letter given some 'look at me' treatment.

Now, I've been doing a little catching up with my Project Life app layouts and here's the latest creation from my daily commute.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:
Moana - beautiful and funny Disney feature - Pick of the Week
Pandemic - just about watchable virus outbreak thriller
The Legend of Tarzen - second viewing and still a little disappointing, but entertaining enough
Bridget Jones Baby - funny sequel in the Bridget Jones series

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Boxing Blooms

If you're a regular visitor you'll know I can't resist covering anything that sits still long enough in paper. This blank wooden box was one of my bargains from The Works and obviously as a stationary object was a prime candidate. At £1 it was cheap enough to experiment with and if that experiment proved a success I thought it would make a great gift box for a special pressie, or a photo strip album or mini album.

This box fell prey to my current fixation with the shimmery Dovecraft Painted Blooms paper pad. Admittedly this was in my Trimcraft DT kit, but had it not been it would definitely have fallen into my basket, I don't mean shoplift, I would have paid for it.....honest! Anyway, this legally obtained paper pad is such lovely quality, which makes it perfect for creating those crisp edges. Add to that a scattering of pearls and flowers, one cut on my Cameo and one cut using the new Dovecraft Mini Die Flower set and it was pretty much done. I'm intending to make a little pocket mini book to go inside this one, that's another thing I can't get enough of....but more of that later. 

Now, a quick shout out to Trimcraft for another gorgeous kit....Yes, I know how lucky I am. Here's a look at their latest goodies. 

Those new paper pads are really lovely and the Kiss & Makeup album is great fun too. Check out the new goodie bags for a little bit of everything. 

Have a lovely crafty weekend.

Happy Scrapping

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Time to craft

I'm always on the look out for possible crafty projects and last week I was in The Card Factory shop and they had some clocks on sale for £1. I bought a couple as prime altering projects and for the first one I decided to use the shimmery Painted Blooms harlequin paper with a subtle green and white paper from the same pack for the sides.

When I cover projects like this I always leave a little border around the item and use an emery board to remove the overlap, filing in a downward motion only. This technique gives a really precision finish and a slight bevel to the edge. I added pearls at each quarter point and it was done.

I also managed a quick card using the First Edition Craft a Card die with pink paper from the same paper pad and some brown cardstock, gems and pearls.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 152

Happy Easter and a glorious chocfest to you all. In keeping with the choccy season I made this quick project using up some mini eggs that I had in the fridge.

It's a really simple one that is suitable for all seasons with just a change of papers and embellishment. For this version I used the new Trimcraft Blooming Lovely papers.

So, on with the main event. Here's this week's sketch no. 152. This is a great one if you have a slightly longer story to tell, with a couple photo mats taking over the center of the page and my go-to stars as embellishments. For a feminine take on this sketch a cascade of flowers instead of stars and a misty softening of the background with some distressed edges would work really well. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

War of the Worlds - the Cruiser works his magic. Pick of the week. 
Morgan - Sci-fi horror with a familiar feel
The Goonies - 80's classic
Ben Hur - epic and brilliant Easter staple. 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 151

Spring is in full swing and the flowers are in bloom. So, it's not surprising that's where this week's inspiration for my latest sketch has come from and here we have it, sketch no. 151.

Anyway, I've been doing a little scrapping among other crafty stuff these past few weeks. This layout is based on my sketch no. 147 and uses Trimcraft's Sweet Dreams papers. I kept it simple as I wanted to keep the story as the main focus, much as I try to fancy up my scrapping I tend to veer towards the clean and simple style. 

Project wise I've been using Trimcraft's Simply Creative Kraft Keepsake papers for a file style album.

This year themed album, with symbols to represent the seasons, has plenty of room for tags and ephemera. You can find instructions on how to make your own version here.

And for those foodie photos that we all seem to accumulate, I put together a simple chipboard mini with the First Edition Storyteller papers. 

And if you're wondering what happened to those Haribo? That's right, I ate them... and I'm not even sorry!

So, that's the latest for today, I'm off for a spot of telly. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Inferno - long winded sequel to Angels and Demons
The 9th Life of Louis Drax - interesting thriller starring Jamie Dornan
Rambo 11 - an eighties classic

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.150

It's time for this week's sketch and I have to mention that another milestone has been reached here on Scrapthology with the number of sketches available now at a HUGE 150. So, with that being said here we have it Sketch 150.

This sketch lends itself to mixing patterns really easily or try adding those leftover embellies instead of some of the squares to create more interest. 

If you've any requests on the sketch front, please leave a comment with some details and I'll try to come up with something suitable and if you'd like to see a few of the sketches in one spot you can also check out my Sketches board on Pinterest. There's links to my boards on the right. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

War Dogs - true story drama with dark humour. Pick of the week
Life - visceral alien horror
Bleed for This - true story boxing drama
Rogue - surprisingly good croc monster movie

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 149

With it being Mothering Sunday, today's sketch is a little late as I've been visiting my own lovely mum. Not wanting to leave my equally lovely dad out and my little brother who was visiting too, we all headed off for a slap up was delicious. 

So, with a great day's visiting....and eating....done, it's time to catch up with this week's sketch and here it is, sketch no. 149.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Don't Breath - horror thriller
Prometheus - sci-fi alien horror 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Dare to Dream.....small

I've been a terror for hoarding my projects and judging by my diminished desk space it was time to tackle something smaller. I love little box projects, so an altered matchbox fitted the bill.

I say matchbox, but this was actually a wedding favour box. Using this originally kraft coloured box meant I could skip inking the cover edges, always a little messy for me.

The balloon papers from the Simply Creative Around the World paper pad inspired me to go for a floating diorama. This was so easy to do, but really effective. I'd previously made a dinosaur diorama with StickerKitten's Birthday Dinos papers and that one was a real matchbox.

So, here it is the finished piece, standing on red pearl feet and, thankfully, not taking up loads of room... as I obviously have to keep it!

If you're better at parting with your makes and you don't fancy making another card, why not make a mini personal diorama, but be warned they're addictive.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 149

It's time for another sketch in the Sketchy Sunday series and as I've been playing with some new Craft a Card dies I took inspiration from one of those to create this week's inspiration. So, without further ado here we have it Sketch no. 149.

This would be a great way to use up odd 6"x 6" papers that maybe wouldn't normally make it onto your layouts, I'd love to see what you come up with, so please post a link in your comment if you're inspired to create. 

I've been crafting a few gifts lately, with a teabag envelope and coaster set made using the First Edition Black Out paper pad. You can find instructions for this project on my Trimcraft gallery here.

I also altered one of my fav domino boxes using the Dovecraft Painted Blooms paper pad with the idea of a Mother's Day gift of a basic nail care kit. These boxes are perfect for a few emery boards, orange sticks, clippers, nail art gems and glue or other manicure essentials. 

My local The Works has stocked up on these and the Pick-up-sticks boxes which are another fav. At 59p each they're just a great way to experiment to see if altering is for you. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Kong, Skull Island - disappointing adventure movie
Deepwater Horizon - Tense true story of an oil rig disaster
The Magnificent Seven - Enjoyable remake of the classic western
Mechanic Resurrection - watchable action thriller starring the Stath
Robots - animated android adventure

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 148

Just time for a quick post today and as it's Sunday, of course that means it's sketch day and here we have it........Sketch no. 148

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Deepwater Horizon - Oil rig disaster true story
Logan - Wolverine sequel - Pick of the week
The Girl on a Train - thriller based on the best selling book
Dr Strange - superhero sci-fi

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 147

It's inspiration time again, another sketchy Sunday. I've picked a multi-photo layout this time around and I'm already using this one, so I hope you find it inspirational too.

I've also put together a quick Project Life app layout showcasing some of my latest Trimcraft projects, I love the idea of a photo book for these project pages, but it's going to take me some time to make enough to fill a book. 
If you'd like to see these projects in more detail or view the instructions to make your own versions, you can find them at Trimcraft.

Movies watched this week:

The Secret Life of Pets - fun cartoon - pick of the week.
Lights Out - cool horror film.
Purge: Election Year - horror action thriller sequel.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The Big 50

A quick post today to share a Project Life app layout to document Ray's birthday. These layouts are so easy to put together and I still often create traditional layouts with some of the same images, but this way I never have to rush to feel 'caught up'.

I used cards from the Ready Steady Go digital kit and a font that comes with the app.

Now, an image to make you drool.....Trimcraft sent me this lovely tote full of goodies to celebrate the launch of their new website, The Craft Blog.

It's packed with loads of goodies. I love those mini dies, bottom left and the Wild at Heart paper pad was on my wish list. Thanks Trimcraft. 

Happy Scrapping

Monday, 27 February 2017


Trimcraft are really spoiling the team with another fantastic kit just arrived. I've already succumbed to the gorgeous Craft a Card die and the Painted Blooms paper pads are stunning.

Here's a glimpse at the new products available

And this is the card I made using the die and the gorgeous twinkly Storyteller paper pad from my last kit.

I think I'll be using this die loads as I love how this card turned out. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 146

Yes, I'm back from a little break from blogland, so of course it's time for a Sketchy Sunday post. I love a multi-photo post and photo strips are one of my fav ways to include a series of pics.

I've stuck to a simple strip for this sketch and added a few layers to bring in those extra patterns and textures.

Now for a quick project catch-up. I altered this cheapie moneybox with the new Jour du Couture paper pack and some Dovecraft embellies. 

These little Valentine boxes were made using the Kraft Keepsake paper pad. 

So, I'm back in the crafty saddle and I do hope you'll pop by to see what I've been up to later in the week. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies I've watch over the past couple of weeks:-

Hacksaw Ridge - true story war drama - Pick of the week.
Lights Out - ghost/horror story
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot - true story war drama starring Tina Fey
Event Horizon - Sci-fi horror

The Wonderful Emilia.

I've been missing from blogland for a couple of weeks and my regular sketch post has had to go on hiatus and this is the reason why.....Sadly, we lost my wonderful mother-in-law this month after a short, but intense battle with lymphoma. I just wanted to share this amazing woman with you.

She was a Spanish fisherwoman who some 50+ years ago came here to the UK to build a better life. She worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse and met the young handsome Norman to whom she has been married 51years.

An amazing cook and great storyteller, we are all better people for having known her and will miss her every day. 

Friday, 10 February 2017

Love is in the air..

I don't make many cards, but now and again I get inspired to try my hand. Trimcraft recently published a Valentine card article and I submitted this little number.....Tom and Renee would approve.

Checkout the whole article here.

Feeling the romance I also decorated this jar and filled it with jelly lips for a Valentine jar full of kisses.

Both of these projects were made with papers from the First Edition Black Out paper pad. It has some beautifully textured designs, the crackle is my favourite.

Happy Scrapping