Finished Mini Book and a Scruffy Little Cat

Afternoon all and thanks to everyone who had a nosey and left me a comment on my last post as part of the blog hop/tour.

Apart from keeping Project Life upto date I havent done any crafting at all in the last couple of weeks. However as we have had a day at home today and the weather hasnt really been suitable for sitting outside I decided to finish a mini book that I started a few months ago (which means DH didnt get it as a anniversary present last weekend!!). The book was a kit that I got from a shop called Scrappin Time while we were on holiday last year. Sadly I have heard that it has now closed its doors which is such a shame as it was a fantastic little shop with really friendly and helpful staff, it was also the very first scrapping shop I ever went to in the US. Anywway here are the pictures of the completed album....

We have been to Las Vegas 5 times now so this little book was just the right size...all of them
embellishments and papers came in the kit, I just added some numbers for the years and a little bit of journalling. I have just shown it to hubby and he likes it so that is an added bonus.

Last week my friend Cath came to visit and as is usual when she is here we have a little look at Create and Craft...usually nothing much catches our eye but this time we were both taken by a number of stamps but as I am pretty anti buying anything from them since the fiasco that was the Cricut Imagine that stopped working I decided to look elsewhere. The stamps I was most interested in are by Scruffy Little Cat and they are images of big eyelashed, big haired and big boobed girlies... :lol: as usual Ebay came up trumps and I found the exact stamp I wanted - Jessica, there are a couple more on my watch list too!! If anyone is interested in them here is the link to the Ebay seller I used. I stamped her up today using a Versafine ink pad and she came out beautifully, lovely sharp, crisp lines.

I then coloured her in using my Copic Ciao pens which I still love even after trying a few other brands. I do have a few Promarkers in my collection, but I much prefer the flexibility of the Copic brush nibs. I have used quite soft colours for this image but i think she would also look good i some brighter funkier colours...

All I need to do now is turn her into a birthday card..

Thanks for stopping by, love and hugs,


My First Blog Hop/Blog Tour

Last week I was invited by my friend Sarah to participate in a blog hop tour. You can see Sarah's post and her blog by clicking on her name above. Sarah has asked me to answer the following four questions:-

1. What am I working on?
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
4. How does your writing/creating process work?

1. I am not really working on much at all at the moment, I have been making tags and I have just finished making 2 Exploding Boxes that were made to order for a colleague at work who is getting married soon. Originally she wanted them as gifts for her Bridesmaids but when she saw them she decided that they would be perfect for her and the Groom's Mums instead. I have to say I wasnt overly keen on the colours but once the boxes were made up and embellished I loved them. I had also forgotton just how much I like making these pretty little boxes, think I could be making a few more in the coming months. To ne honest I havent really been scrapping much at home recently, most of my scrapping has been at the Kingshill Crop that I attend once every two months. I have however been keeping upto date with Project Life, its nice and simple and so easy to update. Its my go-to Sunday morning job, I make a coffee and head to my room for an hour or so to update that weeks page and prepare for the next week. Below are some pictures of the boxes and my more recent PL pages...I would love to know what you think of them?

2. I think that I have a certain style of scrapbooking and its a style that I tend to stick with about 90% of the time. Most of my layouts are very simple and clean with fairly straight lines and just a little bit of journalling. I subscribe to the Basic Grey Page of the Month Kits and I love doing these, they always push me out of my comfort zone just a little as there is often a lot of elements to them. I have also been getting inky recently making some vintage/distressed type tags (pics in previous post).....again this is really out of my comfort zone as I dont usually do the inky fingered kind of crafting!! Saying this though I absolutly love, love, love making them and am on a mission to add a mix of colours to my ever growing stash of ink pads. One thing I want to start making more of this year is mini books, below is a Vegas themed one I made up using a kit I got while we were there last year, I just need to print off some pics to add to it (and if I can do that this week the book can be a anniversary pressie for hubbie next weekend). I also want to get on and complete the two items below...not sure yet if I will paint/ink them, or cover them in pretty paper. Think it will probably end up being a combination of the two, but whichever I choose I will make sure that I take some pictures and add them here.

3. I have always been a crafter, even as a child I had 'making' things as Christmas and Birthday gifts. I have tried knitting, rug making, flower arranging, glass painting, decoupage and probably a lot more that I have long forgotton about! I was an avid cross stitcher until I discovered scrapbooking (which I was introduced to by a friend who no longer scraps). I bought a starter kit at a craft show and was literally hooked overnight. Despite the fact that hubby and I have no children I never seem to have a shortage of things to scrap. My main subjects are my nephew and niece.....and they are the ones that I really scrap for, I want to create a whole load of memories for them to share with their children and grandchildren one day. As a family we have inherited from our grandparents and other family members so many old photos of family and friends but we have no idea where they are or who they are with in most of them. I hope that by creating scrapbooks future generations of our family wont have the same problem and they will be able to look back and see what we were doing and where we were going etc.

4. My 'layout creating' process starts with my photos, although as a lover of 12x12 paper I have been known to take (insert the word stage here) pictures that will co-ordinate with the paper. I get my inspiration from all sorts of places...other blogs, sketches, Pinterest and of course UKS. Although most of the time I just tend to follow my instinct and go with flow.

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at my blog and a big thanks to Sarah for nominating me. For the next part of the blog hop I am going to tag/nominate my fellow blogger Sandra Please stop by her blogs next week to see her post.

Love and hugs, Jane

Lots to Share

Evening all and apologies for not posting in nearly a month! No excuses either...I have been meaning to post for ages but I just keep putting it off. Decided tonight that I really needed to do it as the layouts I wanted to share with you were starting to gather dust where they have been sitting on the side in the craft room waiting to be photograped.

I will start with a little catch up...its been a lovely few weeks here for us. Nothing major has happened, we have just had a nice few weekends chilling out and pottering about doing odds and ends. We have updated our little bit of outside space, gone are the cracked, split and dirty looking old pots and in their place are lovely looking, neat and tidy borders. It was a fairly easy transition, it just needed several trips to B&Q for more plants to fill the gaps and make everything look nice and lush. So far all the plants seem to have settled in well, some have even started to blossom and bloom which is adding a lovely splash of colour. Even with all the new plants my favourite is still my jasmine - its beautiful perfume reminds me of holidays to Spain where it grows in abundance and its scent hangs heavily in the night air. Next time I blog I will try to include some pictures of how its all looking, hopefully we will get some sun back soon so we can sit outside and enjoy it all.

The weekend before last was a Bank Holiday (just love that extra day off work), even better for me it was a Barry Manilow weekend!! I was lucky enough to get tickets to go and see two of his shows, one in Southampton with my gal pals Sally and Sharon and one at the O2 with Tom. Both shows were fabulous(despite the cold and rain in Southampton)and I have to say of all the times I have seen him these shows have to rank as a couple of the best. His Weekend in New England at the O2 was pitch perfect, so much so it gave me goosebumps and bought a tear to my eye. I know Bazza is not to everyones taste but he is a true showman and puts on a fantastic show for his adoring and ever faithful fans - I hope its not too long before he is back here entertaining us again. Just for fun I am sharing a pic from the show with you, this was taken while he was singing Copacabana - the one song that got just about everyone in the arena on their feet and dancing!!

I had a Kingshill crop this month that was fairly productive, think I managed about 6 or 7 layouts, 3 of which I am sharing with you..
Two of the pics from Vegas last year and one is of my sister and my nephew George. I cant remember exactly what papers I used for the layouts, think they were a mix of Studio Calico kits, Kaiserkraft and Bo Bunny papers. Finally I blow off the dust and put them away in their albums.

I dont seem to scrap much at home these days, Project Life is upto date and I try to make sure its done each week so I dont get behind. As I complete each week I try to prep my page for the following week so all I need to add are pictures and journalling. I am trying to push myself a little bit craft wise and try some different things, so I thought I would have another go at making some Vintage/Distressed tags. I am really pleased with the results, am loving using my Inkylicious ink dusters to layer and brush on colour...think there could be a lot more of these tags making an apperance over the coming weeks. Below are the ones I made this weekend.

I think thats about all my news for now, thanks so much for stopping by and having a read and a look. If you like what you see please feel free to leave me a comment. Its so nice to check up on my blog and read your lovely comments..makes it all seem worthwhile if you know what I mean.

Love and hugs, Jane