Friday, 25 April 2014


Morning all, tis Friday, let's see what's been Rocking My World this week

Oh aren't bank holiday weekends lovely, why aren't all weekends that long!  I was off last Thursday but with a work based appointment in the afternoon we ended up with a busy but relatively lazy day.  Hubby was off too so we had time with each other which was bliss.

Good Friday meant a trip out, not only enjoying the blue skies, but also celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary - how on earth did that happen!  I'm grateful for the blue skies, for an amazing family, for a husband who I adore more each and every day.

Me said 13 year old, my sister and my niece on the Easter Trail at Wentworth Castle!  It was a lovely day out which I'm really grateful for, even if we had one of the teenagers on our hands who was a little grumpy - strangely enough the grumpiness disappeared on completion of the Easter trail and a winning chocolate egg!

One of the 'eggs' that had to be found - some of these made me giggle and raised a smile - another grateful!

The view of the house on the day with a giant triple wig wam - there was apparently a wedding being held on the day - being able to visit such amazing places is always a positive

And me and hubby 16 year on - grateful for sister capturing this shot of us!

Saturday found is venturing to Temple Newsam - I'd never heard of it, but it's only half an hour up the motorway from where we are.

Panorama of the house, it's lovely inside with loads of items to look at and enjoy and currently has a Rembrandt exhibition, but we weren't allowed to take photos even without a flash which is a shame, it's a greater shame that we heeded the request whilst others continued to smile for the cameras they had with them!  So grateful for local historic houses!

Grateful for hubby capturing a photo of me and said 13 year old that I actually like - how tall is he getting!

Sunday we ventured a whole mile down the road to a Vintage Car rally - I really wish they'd open this house up more to the public!

And this is one of my favourite vehicles from the day! A chopped down mini - because what a mini needs to be obviously is smaller! 

Grateful for the fun said 13 year old had trying to locate chocolate eggs - however, you can tell it was mission accomplished.

Grateful for family catch ups, for lovely conversations, for chilling on the sofa, enjoying family films, for a long weekend, for the WW girls, for the Wear Crafts Design Team and in particular Jen and Lesley, for the team mates on UK Scrappers, for having time to craft.  For enjoying my new job, for a dry day on thursday to sort the washing for another long weekend in front of me.

Plenty of gratefuls there, I'll pop on a layout from another day out from last year that we did.

This one documents the day we had at Harewood when they held their 'Play' festival and hubby and said 13 year old learned how to sculpt sand!

Up close you can see it's a relatively simple layout, the photos made this layout if I'm honest!

There were loads of dolphins to look at on the site they were, great fun and fab photos!

Mr Linky 

Thursday, 24 April 2014


Good morning, well this is the monthly challenge hop courtesy of the Counterfeit Kit Blog which can be found here

This month (as previous) there were three challenges to play along with, the first was to be inspired by one of the design teams blogs to create a layout.  I had lots of fun visiting everyone's blog and was attracted by the fact that three of links (Julene, Lisa and Lynnette) had a polka dot background.  So I went in search of the perfect paper to no avail, so grabbed a paper, a stamp and some inks to create this layout.

I like the fact that the dots weren't perfect.  The white paper was a cut piece from another page that I'd taken the shaped borders off from top and bottom. I used a simple 3 x 4 card on the page, created from a previous kit (and in line with a challenge set later in the month) Cut out labels from some A4 paper that I put eyelets through and added some organza ribbon.

The page documents a geography project made by said 13 year old.  Yes I did say geography project, he made a volcano cake!

The next challenge was to utilise a pocket page type card on the layout.  Now since I did the Simple Recipes challenge on UK Scrappers in February, I've become slightly obsessed with making these mini cards as embellishments and creating them into full layouts.  As my counterfeit kit was getting a little on the thin side (finally) I ended up with these two layouts.

The cards were made with scraps of paper measuring 3.75" x 2.75" and then added a piece in front of them 3.5" x 2.5" and then added the embellishments.  I had cut the butterflies out from an offcut I had and then added, flowers, brads and chipboard to the others.

The photo documents our trip to Chatsworth last year at Christmas when they converted the ground floor into the Land of Narnia!

Next up another Narnia photo, this time the trees and woodland areas.  The cards on this one measuring the same as previous, some of the embellishments are up on foam pads, which you can't really see from this photo!

Final challenge is the Big Title page, now I've seen a few recently where people have created big titles by hand drawing and cutting out the lettering and it definitely appeared in a recent craft magazine, so I thought I'd join the trend and have a go. The photo is from Wallesdon Manor which we visited last year.

I'm quite pleased with the overall effect of the title (including using up those scrabble letters that I've had forever!

The page didn't feel quite right before the addition of the flowers because I felt the cream mid section clashed with the white lettering and journal block.  However I felt it brought it together with the addition of the flowers.

So there you have it more layouts from my counterfeit kit, I've adored the kit this month, definitely very 'me' in the colour scheme, can't wait to find out what we've got to play with in May.

In the meantime you should be on a hop. Which means you should have arrived from Kate's blog and be on your way next to Kim's blog the full list of the blog hop is below.



Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Morning all another layout from my counterfeit kit this morning, this being layout number 26, ooh I'm loving using up this stash.

This layout is prompted by a sketch on the counterfeit blog this month chosen by Julene, which is a Becky Fleck sketch she found on pinterest, the link to which is

It documents an amazing lady wandering around at Kelham Island last year on stilts wearing an amazing dress, she posed for said 13 year old when he wanted to take a picture.

The sketch is

The background paper was created an age ago on my gelli plate and has a giant cog on it, which falls in line with the industrial background of Kelham Island.

Don't forget to pop back tomorrow as I'm part of the blog hop for counterfeit kit blog!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Morning all, well I'm nearing the end of the counterfeit pages I've made this month, this one is layout number 25 and documents us going to see the Two Cellos in concert.  

I'm really pleased with the layout which comes from a sketch on the counterfeit kit blog this month, I didn't actually think I'd find a way to document the photos as they are phone photos and of a rather poor quality if I'm honest.  But hey, a good sketch and they are now down on paper!  Yay

I added some stitching around elements on the page to get the elements to pop a little and am overall really pleased with the layout! 

The sketch was chosen by Lisa and comes from 

This is the sketch

Hope you are having a great day! 

Monday, 21 April 2014


Good morning, well it's Easter Monday and my last day off before returning to work, had a bit of a lie in which is always lovely and now I'm here sharing some more layouts from my counterfeit kit this month.  This one is a double page layout being layouts 23 and 24 and yes before you ask I'm still creating with the kit (I did have to top it up mid month).

This layout documents the Mad Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon, recommended to us by Sarah - thank you Sarah it was a fabulous trip.  They had apparently just moved from their own premises to their new premises when we ventured in.

Given that we took an awful lot of photos it seemed sensible to do a double page to document some of the amazing items in there.  I also used the photo of the sign as my title, something I often do.

Up close you can see the 'title' photo, my journalling, a little hand stitching using up a square of papered chipboard that I've had forever and two of the amazing contraptions in there.  I love the typewriter that was attached to the bottles and made musical notes when you typed!

I also love the perpetual sand turned that imprinted the words 'that is it' in the sand before raking over it and starting again!

The background paper is one from a stack I've had a while and rather than cutting out the square from the centre of a page to create a border I simply cut strips of paper and put them along the edge. 

The original page comes from a sketch chosen by Angela on Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog when they covered sketches earlier in the month - which can be found - here and the original sketch comes from page maps which I've only just discovered there link is - here

Hope you are all managing some crafting this weekend! 

Sunday, 20 April 2014


Morning all it's Easter Sunday and it's as promised very grey and overcast here this morning, said 13 year old is still fast asleep in bed, but the Easter bunny has been and left lots of eggs hidden around the house, just hoping the Easter bunny remembers where she hid them when he gets irritated later at not being able to find them LOL! 

It seems apt to be sharing two further layouts from our visit to Coventry cathedral last year.  

The first one is the same statue I documented yesterday but from an angle and minus me and said 13 year old in the photo.  The paper behind is from a paper stack that I've had an age and the rest is Tim Holtz paper that I've not used as it was the sheet with 6 x 6 squares on or the one with strips of paper. 

The photo is once again St Michael and the Devil which adorns the outside of the new Coventry Cathedral.

This leads me to the next layout which I'll apologise for cropping badly - the green border is also visible at the top as well - grrr.  Anyway I digress, this was a prompt from UK Scrappers, something that documents a change in your life, plenty of white space and using something more than 4 years old (which is the scrabble letters).

The photo is of the cross created out of two pieces of burned timbers from the bombing of the cathedral that stood in Coventry during the second world war and the words that were scrawled on the wall by a priest at the time which was said to be controversial in that he wrote the words 'Father Forgive'. 

Hope you all have a great Sunday.  

Saturday, 19 April 2014


Good morning, well it's Saturday morning and I thought no finer way to start it than to share more layouts.

Both of these were inspired by the sketches the counterfeit blog design team shared recently. Now I've had the paper in the background forever and never thought it would get used up, it was part of a blue paper pack which I loved so much I ended up with two packs, but there were a couple of pieces in the pack that I struggled to use, strangely enough when I came to putting this layout together I found it easy!

I hand cut the tags out of spare items in the kit and used up some of the metal brad type things in the top of each one, I don't have the tool to actually put these  through properly so tend to use a hole punch to make a hole big enough and then I used a little hammer on the back to flatten the pins.  

A couple of hand stitched buttons and it was coming along.  I used a circular die as a template to punch holes around and did a circle of stitching on the bottom right and then I wrote the journal above that stitching and on the left hand side. 

The picture is of Aslan from the Narnia tales and was at Chatsworth last year in their Narnia themed Christmas event.  The actual item had little mechanical mice biting at the ropes as well as Aslan appearing to breath.  

This sketch came from the guest designer Maggie this is the sketch and this is the original design source if you click here

Next up a layout  shared by Jemma which comes from the Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch challenge - which can be found here

The photo documents our first visit to Coventry Cathedral, I wanted to see the statue on the outside of St Michael and the Devil for an age and as we were holidaying nearby it seemed like the perfect time.  We took plenty of photos of the statue and I have in fact up to now scrapbooked two photos of it, one with me and said 13 year old in front of it and the other of just the statue.

This is the sketch in question, I loved the swirly title element on the sketch but was feeling lazy so I hand drew the word on my layout and then punched holes and stitched it and overall I'm quite pleased with it!

I've loved all the layouts shared on the blog post over on the counterfeit kit team - if you want to have a nosey yourself click here