Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Good morning to all, here is a layout I have just done using a Sketchabilities sketch No. 80 for my inspiration. I also used the colour scheme from C.S.I. I'll put the links in at the end.
For this one I chose my cardstock and layered up the page as per the sketch.
I distressed all my edges using a Prima distressing tool, but the edge of your scissors would do the job.
I then used some of the freebies at C.S.I. for the word, numbers and sayings and the  banners.
I used a stamp for the mini banners and cut them out of green cardstock.
I used a circle punch to punch out the numbers.
I added my journaling story inside a little envelope that I attached with a small button and  some rafia.
I added some rik rak ribbon,  flowers and a leaf.
I also added one of my hand made stick pins.
I then die cut the title using a Tim Holtz alpha die.
I hope you like it.

Bazzil cardstock
C.S.I Freebies
Circle Punch
Mini Banner Die - Sizzix
Tim Holtz Alphabet strip die
Mixed flowers
Handmade stick pin
Rik rak ribbon
Mini envelope
Mini button and rafia

Wednesday, 12 December 2012


Hi everyone, here is a card I have just finished using my last layout as inspiration for the colours, and a card sketch from Stuck On You Sketches for the design.
You can find the sketch by clicking on the link below.
I used the Bookprint paper pack from Papermania for the background and the tag and decorated as per the sketch. I added a lovely velvet brad to hold the tag down, ric rak, mixed flowers, sticky back pearls, a die cut butterfly and some bazzill cardstock in pink and black. Hope you like it and give it a go. BFN


Monday, 10 December 2012


Hi to all on this sunny Monday morning.
Here is a layout I have just finished using a sketch from Once Upon A Sketch as my inspiration.
For this layout I used a 1920s party photo for inspiration.
I took the pink from Jessies skin tone as my background colour, and mixed it with black and white.
I used a 1920s style script for the paper layers and the title.
I made a die cut clock face with hands and added pearls.
I added some pretty lace, some pretty flowers and a photo negative border.
The journalling block is behind the title with  details of the party outfit and party.
I hope you like it.
Pink cardstock
Lacy pretty paper
Script papers x 3
Pretty pink paper
Pink journalling block - Prima
Pink and white pearls
Pearl string
Large pearl brad
Selection of flowers
White pearl stick pin
Tim Holtz die cut clock with hands
Part of a black pearl swirl
Mini photo neg strip
Bling gem strip
Pretty white lace.

Friday, 7 December 2012


Hi everyone, here is my very first layout as a designer for STUCK ON YOU SKETCHES.

For this one I used some pretty wintery papers from My Minds Eye and added a little pink cardstock to match Jessies outfit and make the page pop.
I used a circle cutter to cut out the photo and matted it in pink.
I added my other matts then glued the photo on top.
I added a small vellum tag and a sparkly white tag.
I cut out 6 snowflakes using a sizzix die.
I then started to decorate.
I added silver ribbon to the snowflakes and added a central pearl.
I stuck my two tags on with snowflake silver brads.
I  added lots of flowers and pearls.
I made a small bird on a branch from some air dry clay from a kit.
I added the title and there you have it a wintery delight! I hope you like it and give the sketch a go.

Bazzill cardstock
Pretty papers
Snowflake die from Sizzlitts
Sticky back pearls
Mixed selection of flowers
Air dry clay bird (Martha Stewart kit)
Snowflake brads
Silver gem trim
Silver ribbon
Alphabet die

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


Hi scrappy friends, here is a layout I have done using a sketch from SKETCHABILITES No. 79 for my inspiration and pictures of our new puppy. Hope you like it.
For this one, as I have used three photos, I didnt use any patterned paper ,as I thought it might all be a bit busy.
I used four different colour cardstock, and kept it quite simple.
I matted my photos and adhered them onto the coral cardstock then double matted this and glued these onto my background card.
Then it was time to embellish. I cut out three arrows and matted them onto some brown card.
I die- cut three hearts and glued these down.
I started to add my flowers, leaves and branches.
I used some of my homemade paste and a honeycomb mask for the corner.
I then die cut the title - and there you have it. Why not give it a go.

Bazzill cardstock
Sizzix heart dies
Sizzix Branch die
Woodware medium branch die
Tim Holtz alpha die
Homemade modelling paste
Assorted flowers
Sticky back pearls
Scalloped scissors
Prima honeycomb mask


How to Photograph a New Puppy
1.      Remove film from box and load camera
2.      Remove film box from puppy's mouth and throw in trash
3.      Remove puppy from trash and brush coffee grounds from muzzle
4.      Choose a suitable background for photo
5.      Mount camera on tripod and focus
6.      Find puppy and take dirty sock from mouth
7.      Place puppy in pre-focused spot and return to camera
8.      Forget about spot and crawl after puppy on your knee's
9.      Focus with one hand and fend off puppy with the other hand
10.  Get tissue and clean nose print from lens
11.  Take flashcube from puppy's mouth and throw in trash
12.  Put cat outside and put peroxide on the scratch on puppy's nose
13.  Put magazines back on the coffee table
14.  Try to get puppy s attention by squeaking toy over your head
15.  Replace you glasses and check camera for damage
16.  Jump up in time to grab puppy by the scruff of the neck and say no, outside, no, outside
17.  Call spouse to clean up mess
18.  Fix a drink
19.  Sit back in a Lazyboy and resolve to teach puppy sit and stay the first thing in the morning

Monday, 26 November 2012


Morning lovely scrappers. Here is a layout I have just finished with photos of our baby puppy.
For my inspiration I used a sketch from Stuck On You Sketches.
For this one I chose the colours from the photos and just followed as per the sketch.
I matted my photos in tan cardstock, then I cut down 4 other layers and distressed the edges with a distressing tool.
I stuck all this down then made the side layers and distressed the edges of all three.
I used my squiggly scissors to cut out two circles and added these.
I die cut the title and date.
I added a butterfly and lots of flowers with pearl centres.
I then added a journalling block with my journalling. I hope you like it and give the sketch a go. BFN
See sketch below.


Bazzill cardstock
Fabscraps pretty paper - organic lace
Script paper
Journalling block
Prima butterfly
Mixed flowers
Sticky backed pearls
Handmade stick pin
Handmade dry air clay mini frame (Martha Stewart Kit)
Prima distressing tool
Tim Holtz alpha dies

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Morning all - here is the new addition to the family. Here he is brand new with his eyes still closed!
I chose pink for his little pink nose and pale pink for his face. He is one day old. So new we do not have a name yet.
Anyway the background cardstock is taupe which sort of blended well with the pinks and his fur.
I used a sketch from Once Upon A sketch for my inspiration and just kept adding flowers really!
I matted the photo in pale pink and lay that on to dark pink cardstock, which I matted with some brown.
I used my honey comb mask and some home made paste for the white paint effect.
I cut out a pink clock face from a tim holtz die.
I used some Dusty Attic chipboard and added a few pearl.
I punched out some leaves and die cut some fronds and branches.
I used a Donna Salazar Spellbinders die set for the two hand made flowers.
I die cut a little bird.
I added lots of flowers and die cut the title.
Secret journaling card (behind clock face) reads    -     
 'We are so thankful to our vet who performed an emergency c section and saved both Mum and puppys' lives!'
 Hope you like it. See sketch below. BFN caroleanne.

Bazzill cardstock in 4 different colours
Home made texture paste
Dusty attic chipboard
Tim Holts alphabet die
Sizzix branch die
Woodware leaf die
Woodware frond die
Tim Holtz bird die
Tim Holtz clock die
Spellbinders - Donna Salazar design flower die set
Honey comb mask

Friday, 9 November 2012


Hey at last its Friday, hope its a good one.
My computor is still playing up so I havnt been able to post for a while but am back at last.
For this page I used a sketch from Stuck On You Sketches for my inspiration.
I chose the colours from the photo, and kept it all quite simple as I wanted to focus on the picture.
I matted my photo is black cardstock then used a cream and black scalloped paper from Jenni Bowlin.
I stuck this onto some beige cardstock then added the matted photo and a peice of dotty cardstock which I inked.
I then made the tags using some Prima freebies (you can find these on one of my posts).
I added these then used some of my dusty attic honeycomb chipboard for the corner.
I added blue and cream flowers and a few pearls and there you have it. Hope you like it.

Bazzill cardstock in black and beige
Scalloped cardstock - Jenni Bowlin
Prima freebies - tags
Black alpha stickers
Dusty attic chipboard - honeycomb
Blue and cream flowers
Sticky back pearls

Monday, 29 October 2012


Happy Monday everyone. Here is my latest layout using a sketch from Creative Scrappers for my inspiration.
For this one, I chose the blue from the water and yellow from the little bumper boat.
I matted my photos in blue then white, then matted this onto yellow then white cardstock.
I attached this to some blue netting I found somewhere. I glued this onto my backing cardstock.
I used a scalloped ruler to cut out the yellow border, and a circle cutter to cut out all my circles.
For the largest circle I used a compass.
Then I used a Tim Holtz die for the title. Nice and simple and very easy, why not give it a go.
P.s. This is a great page for a layout on a small budget.  BFN

Bazzill cardstock in white, blue and yellow
Blue netting
Scalloped ruler
Tim Holtz alpha die set

Friday, 26 October 2012


Morning lovely scrappers. I love pink and have entered this into a challenge over at Scrap That.
Ive also used the October sketch from Stuck on you Sketches.
Ive used Dovecraft patterned paper for the background, and some silver grey and pink Bazzill cardstock for the matts and borders. I used scalloped edge scissors and a large scallop edge ruler  template. I glued my photos and borders down and added some pink ric rak ribbon. I also used some dusty attic honeycomb chipboard. I hand made the banner using some sizzix dies and also die cut the hearts. I attached the banner with small grey brads and added some pink fibres to each one. I added flowers and punched out leaves and a hand made stick pin. I added a lovely prima butterfly and die cut the title using a sizzix die. And there you have it, a very pink page.

Scrappy Stash
Patterned paper
Bazzill cardstock
Honeycomb chipboard
Prima Butterfly
Ric Rak ribbon
Pink fibre ribbon
Sizzix heart die
Sizzix banner dies
Sizzix alphabet die
Woodware leaf punch
Scallop scissors
Scallop edge ruler

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Happy Wednesday to you. Here is my layout using a sketch from Stuck on You Sketches Oct 12th for inspiration.
I also used the colours from the C.S.I Color Story Challenge Blog.
For this challenge I used all 5 colours from the colour scheme section , flowers and polka dots from the evidence section and from the testimony section I used the prompts from the freebies from the CSI site. Be the Best Version of You - Good things come in small packages and The best dreams happen when you are awake.
So this is how I did it.
I chose all my papers and colours then matted up my photo in white then rosy red.
I then chose three paper layers to go underneath and I distressed all the edges and inked them up.
I used scalloped scissores for the back aqua layer.
I then adhered this to my polka dot paper.
I  hand cut some roses from one of the freebie papers and glued these down.
I added a little fence that I painted white, which I thought mirrored the fence in the photo quite well.
I die cut the banners. I then added the lacy borders anda scalloped edge border.
I hand cut out the tea cup from some Websters paper. I added some flowers and pearls.
I cut out two pretty butterflies and added beads and antenea.
I cut out journaling prompt  freebies, glued these down and added a secret journaling block at the top.
I added one of my hand made stick pins and die cut the title.
And thats it, why not give it a go.
See details below.

Bazzil cardstock
My Minds Eye polka dot paper
Websters Pages paper - garden gala
CSI freebies
Flowers and leaves
Wooden fencing
Glass beads
Black wire
White paint
Hand made stick pin
White lace

Tuesday, 23 October 2012


Morning all, here is a layout I have just finished using a sketch from sketchabilities for inspiration.
I chose the blues and peach from the photo and double matted my photos.
I then matted another blue onto my 12x12 peach backing card.
I chose a darker blue and cut it down to 10x10 and used a honeycomb mask and some texture paste to decorate and added a little white paint in the corners.
I adhered my photo onto this and added a small doily in one corner. I then made some banners and glued these down. I added the extra photos and a journaling block. I die cut some butterflies and punched out a couple of small branches. I added two small circles, one from Prima packaging. I then added the flowers and pearls and added a die cut title. I used blue stickles on the butterfly bodies.  Thats all for now, have a lovely week everyone. (See sketch below).


Bazzill cardstock
Small doily
Texture paste
Journaling block, Prima, plus packaging
Branch punch
Butterfly die
Alphabet die
White paint

Thursday, 18 October 2012


Morning lovely scrappers. My computor has been up the creek again, so I havnt been able to post for a while, but its seems a bit happier today. Here is my latest layout of Jessie having fun.
For this page I chose the blue from the water and kept it monochromatic, just adding white.
I matted my photo twice in two different blues. I double matted the background cardstock, and adhered this to my 12x12  blue card. I added a doily and die cut a tim holtz clock and added these. I painted the little wooden fence white and added this with some glue dots. I added a tim holtz die cut swirl in white, added some flowers with brads, punched out two little branches and sewed on a little blue button to one of the flowers. I die cut some small butterflies in white and added blue stickles to their bodies. I added the date onto the inner part of the clock die. I added some doily lace packaging from Prima and printed up the title, as well ad die cutting the word speed using a sizzix sizzlits alphabet die. And thats it. A nice easy page. I used a sketch for my inspiration from The Scrapbook Store. See below. Happy scrapping everyone. BFN



Bazzill cardstock
White doily
Blue flowers
Brads and a button
Mini fence
White paint
Cheery Lyn butterfly die
Tim Holtz clock die
Tim Holtz flourish die
Branch punch
Sizzix sizzlits alphabet strip die
Prima packaging

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


Hi everyone, here is my latest layout using a sketch from Scrap That  - October and an all white challenge at the Flying Unicorn for my inspiration.
The trouble is because everything is white its hard to pick out the details!
Anyway, here is what I did,
I started off with some white bazzill cardstock and used it for matting my photos and for the background.
I then used some home made paste (I will share the recipe later) and a Prima honeycomb mask and I masked up the four corners of the page. I was quite pleased with the results as the honeycomb came out really well.
I adhered a large doily and added the photos.
Then I die cut three small retro hearts and three small butterflies plus a larger butterfly.
I made a scalloped border (unfortunately you cant really see it, and  stuck that down. I used some ric rak in white on top and I painted some holey border in white for another border.
I then started to add my flowers and pearls, and a hand made stick pin in white pearls.
I added a title and the date and there you have it, an all white page. Why not give it a try. See sketch below.

Here are some close ups


 Scrappy Stash
Bazzill cardstock - white
Sizzix retro heart die
Cheery Lyn Butterfly dies small
Ric Rac
Mix of white flowers
Stick pin
Border with holes (it was sticky backed on a roll, cant remember what you call it, Ive had it for years!)
Scalloped scissors large
White paint
White texture paint - homemade see recipe below

One airtight container
One wooden spoon to mix
2 tablespoons of white acrylic paint
2 tablespoons of white PVA glue
2 tablespoons of talcum powder or
2 tablespoons of baking soda for a thicker mix
Start with the paint and stir and add each ingredient one by one.
Make sure you keep it in an airtight container.
If you want a thinner mixture just add a little water.
To make it thicker, add more talc.

Monday, 8 October 2012


Hi everyone, hope you all had a great week end. This is what I did on Saturday!
This layout was inspired by a sketch from Once Upon A Sketch - October and a challenge over at the Flying Unicorn to use black, red, a chippie and no pretty papers. So here is how I did it;
I matted my photo in some red bazzill cardstock and used the red for the background.
I then used a template to cut out my black card and used a white sakura gell pen to put the faux stitching on.
I adhered this to the red background card and cut out two other matts, one in white and one in red.
I used a Prima brick stamp and stamped on two peices of white card-stock and adhered these to the corners of the red card matts.  I adhered all this to my black shaped card and added the matted photo.
I then die cut some chipboard and cardstock using a tim holtz clock die and stuck these down. I added the clock hands with a carnation brad.
I filled in the centre of the clock with white flowers. I added more white flowers to the opposite side and added pearls.
I made a small vine & added some green leaves. I added two little buttons and three mini roses.
I then attached a black zip with glue. I have been wanting to add a zip to a page for ages as I have a box full of them and it just seemed to work here. I added the title using a sticker and thats it  page done.
See details below.

Scrappy Stash
Red white and black bazzill cardstock
Large scalloped template
Prima brick stamp
Black zip
Tim Holtz clock die
Black carnation brad
Two small white buttons

Friday, 5 October 2012


Hi everyone, yay its Friday, where did the week go?
Here is a layout I had fun with, I used the C.S.I Case File no. 39 along with Once Upon A Sketch for my inspiration. These colours are so summery together.
So I chose my papers first and then matted my photo.
I chose orange for the background cardstock and gutted the centre so I could make another layer which I matted onto some blue Bazzill.
I found a lovely greeny/blue paper which I used for the backing that I hand- cut using a template and some wiggly scissors, which I then inked.
With my background all ready, I started to embellish.
First I made the concertina flower using a tim holtz die, then added a button to the centre.
I then added more flowers, some leaves (from the C.S.I freebies), and some skeleton leaves.
I added a small journalling block from the freebies also- (expand your horizons).
I then added a tim holtz die cut swirl and one of my stick pins.
I then added some blue and yellow flowers to the other side, some brads, a pearl and some tags from the freebie set.
I cut out a lovely little bird from the set and punched out a little frond for its beak.
I painted some picket fence with crackle paint in white and added this for the bird to sit on.
I found some blue hessian netting and crinkled this up and glued it down.
I hid some shells in amongst the netting.
I added some journalling and some butterflies, with hand made beaded bodies.
I then added the title using some alpha stickers. Hope you like it and give it a go. See below for details.


Scrappy Stash
Bazzill cardstock
Patterned paper
Prima flowers
Sizzix paper rossette by tim holtz
Small frond branch punch
C.S.I freebie No 39
Picket Fence
Range crackle paint in white
Shell stickers
Hand made stick pin
Flourish Die by Tim Holtz.

Friday, 28 September 2012

An EASY life

Happy Friday everyone, even if it is pouring with rain a the moment, just means great scrapping time!
Here is a layout I have just finished using ONCE UPON A SKETCH and C.S.I for my inspiration. (See below).
For this one I used the sketch and all the colours from the scheme.
I used branches, birds, flowers, and newsprint from the evidence elements.
I did my journalling about how we would love to be on holiday every day, and the title Easy is from the Lionel Richie song of that name.
So -  first of all I gathered up all my papers that fit the colour description and matted my photo.
I loved these colours as they really picked out the colours in the photo.
I then matted my newspaper print paper (freebie from C.S.I) and inked the edges.
I adhered this to my background paper, (My Minds Eye I think), and adhered my matted photo on top.
Then I used some card-stock using scalloped scissors for the backdrop.
I then started to add my flowers and other embellishments  and used some journaling boxes from the freebies.
I added some journalling and some secret journalling on the side and hidden underneath.
I added some muslin and a gorjuss dewdrop bead (from the Scrap That kit for August), and added my title using some alphabet stickers.

Card-stock and pretty papers
Freebies from C.S.I
Beaded swirl from Scrap That August Kit
Flowers from Prima
Scalloped edge scissors
Sizzix branch die
Small branch punch
Dewdrop jewel
Alphabet stickers
Muslin also from Scrap That August Kit


Friday, 21 September 2012


Hi lovely scrappers, its that Friday feeling.
Here is a layout using the sketch from Once Upon A Sketch - and Colour Stories Inspiration, for the colours.
I used a brick template from Prima and some white acrylic paint for the blue background.
I matted this onto the wine background cardstock.
I double matted the photo in blue and white.
I added two border peices one in white and one in the blue circles from the C.S.I freebie page.
I added the doily and some printed paper from the freebies.
I then used a little picket fence I picked up somewhere, not sure where, and painted it white.
I added flowers and little branches, pearls and a butterfly, and one of my stick pins in blue.
I added the title using another of the freebies and  a couple of freebie tags.
Hope you like it and give it a go.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012


Good morning scrappers. Here is a  layout i have just finished, I have used a sketch from SKETCHABILITIES for my inspiration.
For this one, I wanted to use the colours from Jessies top and jacket.
 I matted the photo is some Bazzill cardstock and then gathered together all my papers of similar colours.
I used a Prima background paper and some book paper, music paper and plain cardstock in off- white.
I cut the centre panel in apricot cardstock to 9x11.5 inches and adhered this to the background paper.
I used a martha stewart punch for the 2 doily borders in white cardstock and added these.
I then cut the music paper to 11 x8 inches and added this on top.
I carried on cutting down the papers by a small amount, inked all the edges and glued them down.
I added my matted photo and a doily.
I hand-cut four squares for my journaling, matted them and glued them down. (Using scalloped scissors).
I then made two double matted banners for the corners.
I used a sizzix die to cut out the hearts and matted them onto white cardstock and stuck these down.
I punched out some large leaves and some small branches and glued these down.
I hand punched a flower, inked the edges and added a pearl centre.
I added more flowers and mini roses and mini rosebuds.
I die cut three double layered buterflies and added pearls for the bodies.
I added one of my small  hand made stick pins and the title.
I hope you like it and give it a go. See sketch below.


Monday, 17 September 2012


Morning all, here is a layout I have just finished using a sketch from STUCK ON YOU SKETCHES
as my inspiration.
I have used colours from the photo and lots of circles for this one.
Here is how I did it.
I used a circle cutter to crop my photo, then I cut out lots of random circles in various blues and tan.
I matted my photo and started to layer up all my circles onto the dotty brown background card- stock.
When I was happy with the layers I inked up all the edges and  glued everything down.
I then made a double  mat in ovals for my Fairy Belle journaling box and glued this in place.
I then found some string to continue the boat rope onto the page and glued it down.
I found some cheesecloth peices to add some texture and stuck them down with some gesso that I had made. I also painted some of this randomly on the page.
I started to decorate with flowers and gems and made some butterflies with glass beaded bodies.
I found a button and twine in the lovely tan colour and added this to the page and a few other embellishments including a wooden banner, a brown leaf, two mini bird stickers, a compass, two hand made stick pins, a small metal shell and a string bow  to finish off. I used stickers for my title. I just need to add some journaling in the box and thats done. See sketch below.


Friday, 14 September 2012


Its Friday yay, and the last day to get my Scrap That Sketch Challenge in.

These are 2 - 4 colours that sit next to each other and therefore blend really easily together, I hope you like the scheme.
For this layout I chose red-orange, orange and yellow- orange from the photo.
So,  I chose my papers and matted my photo.
I used some Basic Grey yellow-orange pretty paper and cut that down to 9 x 10 inches and matted it onto the background cardstock.
I then cut down a red-orange peice of cardstock to 7x8inches and adhered this down.
I added my matted photo.
I then added a small doily and a small dotty circle on top in the red- orange colour.
I added three border peices of cardstock in the various colours.
I inked the edges.
I then decorated with flowers, pearls and a gem brad.
I added some swirly flourishes cut from a die.
I added 2 hand made butterflies with hand beaded bodies.
I added a small sunshine face.
I used alphabet stickers for my title.
I added a hand made stick pin.
And added the date.
A lovely sketch to work from, hope you give it a go. BFN
see sketch below.

Bazzill cardstock x 2 sheets
Basic grey cardstock x 1 sheet
One small doily
Scraps of card in various colours to match
Pretty flowers, pearls and gem brad
Butterflies x 2 + beads and wire for the bodies
One stick pin
Alphabet letters
Tim Holtz flourish die.