Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A little bit floral

I've still got a few christmas scraps left....and I am going to finish them off......but thought I'd have a break and use something completely different.
I think my aim this year to finish all those part used paper pads and kits.....and while sorting through them I came across a part used Craftwork Cards pack with not a lot left in it.
 I cut out all the flowers from a couple of papers....and layered them up on plain card.
I recently won a blog prize from KathyK which included a sheet of butterfly stickers......the tiny ones are perfect for these cards.....thanks mate.
The cutting was done while watching TV....and the putting together very quick and easy.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Going small

I'm still using up my Graphic 45 christmas scraps.....I'm determined to have none left.
One of the things I love about Graphic 45 is that all their pads include some lovely vintage pictures.....so my cards have all been based around them.
 some of the pictures are quite small....so some 3 x 3 cards were in order
I found some lovely grungy flowers that seemed to match perfectly with the style of the cards
So the pile of scraps is getting smaller and smaller.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Using up the leftovers

My christmas journal was almost entirely made from 2 part used Graphic 45  paper pads.I intended to put the leftover bits back in my christmas stash box......but then I actually looked at what I'd got....and it wasn't a lot.....it seemed rather a sad little pile.
So I decided to use it all up and get a head start on next christmas......if that makes you twitch at this time of year......you may want to look away now!!
Some black card.....punched shapes.....a sentiment.....and voila.......the first 2 into the christmas box. 
More to follow,I'm afraid!!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

JYC- the last few pages

Sometimes I finish at Boxing Day with Journal your Christmas....but this year I ended up with a few more photos that I wanted to add......especially as I had less than usual earlier in December.
The earlier pages are here and here.
I got a Tassimo coffee machine for christmas....this was totally unexpected.....sometimes surprises aren't the best presents.....but I love this......and have to stop myself from using it too much.
We 'packed away' christmas earlier than usual this year......the weather was cold,wet and dismal.....it just seemed like time to put it all away.
New Year's Eve was spent with friends.....a delicious meal.....plenty to drink....and some great music.....as OH is often working this day it made a really nice change.
Our girls were both working Christmas Day.......and the christmas dinners at work just didn't really cut it......so we had another christmas dinner on New Years Day.
After a pretty slow start I'm really pleased I managed to finish my journal this year....I know that I'll enjoy looking back at it......and I'm also pleased to say that no new stash was used in it.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A bit more JYC....at Christmas

Due to a very unhealthy December I'm still catching up with my Christmas journal....the pre-christmas pages are here.....and now I've got to the actual holiday pages.
A different Christmas Day for us this year as usually we have a full house.......but as both our girls were working we spent the morning with DS and family.....and the afternoon with my SIL's family.
 opening presents [great excitement]....singing and dancing and watching Frozen

lunch [and more presents] at my SIL's with 3 very excited dogs who thought ripping up wrapping paper was a great game!

family and friends at our house for a buffet and some 'photo booth' fun....and looking at the picture below I realise I've dated it wrongly....it wasn't the 26th....we had a very quiet Boxing Day....it was actually the 27th....so that will need changing!!
Sometimes I finish my journal at this point......but as it's a lot thinner than usual this year.....and we did have some 'happenings' over New Year.....I have got a final few pages left to add.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Catching my tail with JYC

Usually I prepare my Christmas Journal in advance....so only photos,journaling and a couple of embellishments need adding to each page.....this year I didn't.
Usually I don't have flu in December....this year I did....which meant I hardly went out for over 2 weeks.....took hardly any photos.....didn't feel very christmasy....and hardly touched my journal.
I could have just let it go.....but I love these journals....and wanted to do something with what I had....so for the last couple of days before I returned to work today.....I've been playing catch up.
 the cover
 Portsmouth historic dockyard Victorian christmas fayre
  the littlies 'waiting for christmas'
 our annual christmas meal out with friends 
W.I. chistmas evening
with pantomime
I always tuck in a handmade card
 the christmas tree always needs including
this year's new decorations
Now I'm working on christmas itself...........at least I have a few more photos of that day.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

So what do you do at Christmas?

Well....if you're a 'Frozen' fan.....you might sing and dance your way through the film



while your dad says it's the worst Disney film ever.....and then is the only one in the room totally engrossed in it!
you might even want to be a princess yourself

or if you're just learning to do everything yourself......you might spend ages putting your new Disney shoes on and off....even though you're actually feeling pretty poorly


if you're a golden retriever......you might have great fun spending the whole afternoon trashing all the christmas paper

or you might fancy having a bit of 'photo booth' fun

or 'snapchatting' with friends
and if you've worked a 12 hour shift......you might come home....put your dressing gown on....open your presents....and fall asleep on the sofa with man's [or woman's] best friend
and that,of course, is not to mention all the food and drink consumed!!
Hope you all had a wonderful one.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Happy Christmas

The wait is over
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Trying to catch up for christmas.....with a canvas

Having flu 2 weeks before christmas is not to be recommended......not feeling well enough to get out of bed for 2 days 2 weeks before christmas is not to be recommended......feeling exhausted for a further 3 days is not to be recommended.....so now I'm trying to catch up.....thank goodness all my christmas cards were already made!! 
I saw a handmade canvas here on Pinterest......and wanted to make something similar of the littlies for S.
I used a large canvas and 3 small ones......the large one was painted off-white with black round the sides.....and the small ones just black.....the photos were stuck on.....and then the small canvases attached to the large one......with a heat gun.....I'm just hoping they stay attached!!!
Final addition was the words....from a variety of sticker sheets.....not quite sure why the camera thinks 'giggle' isn't black!!
Now just hoping she likes it.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Waiting for Christmas

S took this lovely photo of Little A and Little S......I love it......and as soon as I saw it the title of the page just wrote itself.
It had to go in my JYC Christmas album
A very simple page made with a variety of washi tape.....actually more grey than it looks in the photo....and then the addition of that title....it may be the quickest page I've ever made.

Friday, 5 December 2014

It's that time again- Journal your Christmas

I do believe the years must be getting shorter.....I can't believe it's already time to Journal your Christmas....as usual I'm being inspired by Shimelle's prompts.....but not slavishly following them.....and this year's journal is a very old.....8 x 8 SEI cardboard album that has been sitting around since I first began scrapbooking......but it's quite thin with 10 page protectors.......so only flat embellishments allowed.....and only 20 pages to make.
I was easily able to paper over the rather brightly coloured cover......and as always I'm intending to make it with stash I already have......no spending splurges [however tempting Shimelle's kit was]
The first page is the first of our 'christmasy' activities......so actually happened on November 29th.....a visit to Portsmouth and their Victorian Christmas Fair [more details on that visit in this post].
And it's certainly not too late to join in.....you can sign up here.

Monday, 1 December 2014

A Victorian Christmas

We took a day out on Saturday to go to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Victorian Christmas Fayre......with temperatures of around 60 degrees it didn't feel very christmasy.....but was still great fun
 carol singers complete with 'snow'
a display of Victorian bikes
lots of stalls selling all manner of things......most of them too crowded to photograph.....we 'tasted' a variety of goodies......and we bought a few christmas treats....cheeses, chutney, fudge
we spent ages onboard HMS Victory and found it fascinating
 the officers' quarters were very different to the sailors'
the sick bay wouldn't have done a lot to prevent infections spreading......and I wasn't too keen on the sharp knives in evidence either!!
the boat had cannons EVERYWHERE....no wonder they sank so easily if holed
during battle each cannon had 6 men working it and were ready to re-fire in 2 minutes.
and the Dockyard is so near Gunwharf Quays Outlet Centre....it would have been rude not to take a wander there.....a few more christmas presents bought....and a treat for me from L'Occitane......I do love their products when they are at an affordable price.
It feels like our Christmas has really started now.