Sunday, 22 September 2019

hello stampurr

Hello. I have gone for a monochrome look today, maybe I have been influenced by the grey day outside! The background paper is from an Altenew pad called Essential Rock Collection and the white piece of cardstock was embossed using an Echo Park embossing folder called Pirate Spots.

The images are from two Waffle Flower sets - Hello Stampurr and Favourite Hobby. This card will be winging it's way to a crafty cat loving friend very soon!

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

I'm Late!

Hello. Today I'm sharing my regular make for Seven Hills Crafts. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite books, I have a beautifully illustrated version my hubby bought me a few years ago. One of my most treasured possessions. So when Stamping Bella brought out 'oddball' versions of the characters I knew I had to treat myself.

I created my two background panels by stencilling ink through the Buffalo Plaid Builder Stencil by Altenew. To give me lots of dimension I popped them on to the card using foam tape. I then coloured the Oddball White Rabbit using marker pens, the matching die for the white rabbit is available here.

I have used the sentiment that comes with the stamp set, perfect for belated birthday wishes. But it could easily be switched to any sentiment for a more general card.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Magazine Giveaway - winner

Hello. The draw has been done and the lucky name out the hat is - 
 Please email me your address (
and I will get your magazine off to you.
There will be another giveaway soon, so stay tuned.

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I have a brand new copy of  'Cards and Crafts for Christmas' (115 page complete guide to Christmas crafting) to give away to one lucky blog follower. It comes with a luxury foiled cardmaking kit.
This is hot off the press and is packed full of inspiration, including my article all about making cards with the kit.

 Simply leave a comment here and I will randomly pick the winner on 
Sunday 15th September 2019! 
Good luck - and spread the word!

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Coffee Journal - part 2

Hello. Here are the next two entries in my coffee journal. The Coach House at Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. It's in a beautiful spot which obviously means it gets super busy with tourists! But it's a decent size and the service is great. And Mesa, this was a new place on us and so far we have only been once. But, as hubby has said in his review, we will need to go again, for research purposes, of course!

Coffee Journal - part 1 is here.

Have you commented on my Magazine Giveaway? All the details are here.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Picture Perfect

Hello. Today I'm sharing my regular make for Seven Hills Crafts and it's a scrapbook page. I scrap in albums that are 6"x8" with a mix of pocket pages and cardstock pages, like this one. I chose to use my favourite paper pad Simple Vintage Botanicals as the colours in the papers pick up the colours in the photograph. To add interest to the background of the page I decided to weave strips of the papers and plus I don't have much of this pad left!

The fun selfie stamps in the Picture Perfect set are a great fit for any scrapbook page that features a cat or dog! I simply stamped, coloured and trimmed around. The sentiments in the set can also double up as headings for a page. I stamped them onto snippets of the Vintage Botanicals papers so that everything on the page works together.

And that's another happy memory recorded! Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting!

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Nature journal - part 8

Hello. The season is definately changing to Autumn and so is my nature journal. This page to mark September has a picture, taken in our local park, of some toadstools. And I have the perfect toadstool stamp for the opposite page. The cute stickers, washi and background papers are all from Paper, Pen and Plan.

My previous blog posts about this journal are here -

Nature Journal - part 1
Nature Journal - part 2
Nature Journal - part 3
Nature Journal - part 4
Nature Journal - part 5
Nature Journal - part 6
Nature Journal - part 7 

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

24 Carrot Friend

Hello. Today I'm sharing my regular make for Seven Hills Crafts. As well as super cute characters I do love a punny sentiment! This 'Rooting For You' set by My Favorite Things ticks both those boxes. There's 'I Carrot About You', 'I Dig You', 'Thanks Bunches', 'I'm Rooting For You', 'I Love You A Whole Bunch' and, of course, the one I used. All perfect for a fun card.

The background papers are from the 'Simple Vintage Botanicals' pad, I love this pad so much. I think it might be the first time ever I will use up a whole paper pad! The aperture was die cut using the 'Garden Fancy' die by Hero Arts. I was tempted to ink a little colour round the edges but decided the white looked good against the papers.  I simply did some wonky stitching to add interest instead. I coloured the cute character with alcohol markers, the matching die for the stamp set is available here, and popped him on the card using foam pads.

Oh, and I happen to know this stamp set and matching die is on special offer at the mo', a real bargain! 

Friday, 30 August 2019

111 Places - part 9

Hello, I've been out and about again visiting places listed in my 
'111 Places In Glasgow You Shouldn't Miss' book.
Two more, that are next to each other, number 36 - Police Box and number 62 - King Billy Statue.
The police box is listed in the book as Empire Coffee but any time we have passed it is closed so not sure if it is still operating. Which is a pity 'cos it was a cool idea! 
The statue was moved from Glasgow Cross and is now near the Cathedral behind a big iron fence! The horse's tail is articulated and sways in the wind. 

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Pumpkin Recipes

Boo! I know, I know, it's only August! But the September Sweet Treat Box from Paper, Pen and Plan popped through my letter box the other day and I couldn't wait to have a play with all the Autumn/Halloween stash that was packed inside. And, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. A couple of weeks ago I treated myself to a new bit of kit, a bookbinding tool by We R Memory Keepers. After an initial go with some scrap paper I was off and running!

Everything I used to make my Pumpkin Recipe book came in my Sweet Treat Box (apart from the recipes which were googled and printed). My new bookbinding tool made it easy to use the patterned paper to make a little booklet. I then decorated with the cute stickers.

Inside each page has a picture and the recipe. Mmmmm, creamy pumpkin and lentil soup, looks delicious.

As well as the stickers I used diecuts, also from the box, to decorate.

Pumpkin Pancakes, will definately be trying these!

And final one, Pumpkin French Toast. I'm going to add a second book for apple recipes - toffee apples etc. This was really easy to put together and I'm so pleased with the way it has turned out.

I have filmed a short unboxing of the September Sweet Treat Box and you can find it here. My little booklets fit perfectly into the felt cover which is from Jaine over at Basement Studio

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Old Friend

Hello. Today I'm sharing my regular make for Seven Hills Crafts. I love Waffle Flower stamps, there's something about the quirky style that always makes me smile. This one is 'Plant Kindness', you get the main image and eight mix and match sentiments. The image is fairly big, great for some colouring practice and it fills the space on a larger size card base!

I stamped onto watercolour card using my Versafine ink pad. Then I used my watercolour paints to colour. Once the first layer of paint is dry I like to add a second layer highlighting parts of the image that would be in shadow, like along the top of the cup.

The background white card was diecut using the 'Circle Texture Die' also by Waffle Flower. I use this die alot. It adds subtle texture and pattern when your main image is quite busy. 

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting! 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Coffee Journal - part 1

Hello. I have started another journal! This one is recording our frequent visits to various coffee places. The front cover was already printed so all I had to do was add some coffee related die cut ephemera. On the opening page I stamped and coloured some coffee stamps and added bits of washi tape. On the right hand side I covered the page with patterned paper and found the perfect tag for the centre. 

The journal pages are pretty much following the same layout as my '111 Places' journal. A heading, a picture, a bit of journalling and some decoration. The super cool heart washi was in this months Sweet Treat Box from Paper, Pen and Plan.

Although I do love coffee I'm pretty much a latte girl, my hubby is really the big coffee drinker so I managed to persuade him to do the written reviews for each page. I think he's done a fabulous job!

These are the first two entries. The Kelvingrove Cafe and Cottonrake, both in Glasgow's West End. There will be plenty more entries coming soon! 

Here is my stack of Travellers Notebooks. Each has two journals inside. The pink and grey floral has my Nature Journal and '111 Places' Journal. The hearts has my Snippets Journal and Watercolour Journal. And the dotted one has my new Coffee Journal and another new one that will be revealed soon!