Tuesday, 29 March 2011

March GoGoGetaway

I simply cannot believe how fast a this weekend has gone - they do say time flies when you're having fun and there's no disputing there was lots of that!

The weather couldn't have been better and was just perfect for our GoGoGetaway group photo taken on Sunday...

Spot anyone you know?

So with every downside (the weekend is over) there is always a positive! Along with great memories I can now reveal the four classes I designed and taught...

Facets and Fancies was my 1st class taught on Friday night... I loved the intricacies of this class and think that everyone shared in the love for it!

My 2nd class and the first class on Saturday was A Touch of Glass, funnily enough I loved this one too!

SWALK was on Saturday night... Bless, such a lovely class to teach... everyone had to make their own postcard - totally cute xxx

Sunday afternoon was The Stationary Cupboard, and although everyone was starting to feel a bit weary, most completed this class.

Big, big thanks to Lorraine, Janice and the DT team for making this weekend such a joy to be part of, and especially big thanks to all you guys who came to the Getaway. I cannot believe how many of you have already booked for next year!

Each and everyone of you has made my weekend FANTASTIC xxx

Thursday, 17 March 2011


OMG, by the time I teach this class on Saturday night, the GoGoGetaway will be over halfway through (boo-hoo xxx) but hey ladies, on the bright side you still have two more classes to do on Sunday (HOORAY xxx)

So here is a sneaky peek of SWALK, which is simply adorable... I love the "tweetness" about it...

'Put pen to postcard for expressing the state of the heart with an old fashioned 'tweet'. No need to be coy as Sam makes it a lovingly easy thing to do with this adorable 12x12 LO concept that will send your love meter soaring!'

So if you're not lucky enough to be GoGoGetawaying this year, get your skates on and grab one of the last few places on next years' retreats...

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

What did you get up to at the weekend?

I know, I know... the weekend has well and truly been and gone! It's Wednesday tomorrow, halfway through the week and I'm already ready for next weekend!

Harvey is away on a sailing course, doing his day skipper practical in Minorca, so although I'll really miss him, I do love the occasional weekend when I'm on my own.

And as he comes back on the following Friday, like ships in the night we'll miss each other, as I'll be at the GoGoGetaway!

So I went to my local crop last Saturday and it didn't take me long for me to be persuaded into buying these BoBunny papers... and although I'd taken loads of stash, very little even came of of my box, let alone made it onto a layout!

I gutted the central area of the frame and mounted my photo behind the paper. I used washi tape as a striped detail (never really got my head round that stuff, but I'm really pleased with the results when used in a strip) and I threaded beads onto wire to add to the striped detail.

I finished the layout by clustering around the photo, and included a gem type button that I recently cut-off a cardigan! It was too good to throw away!

I managed to start a second layout, but didn't get very far. My youngest step-daughter Nina has been coming with me to crops recently and I'm conscious when she's struggling with a layout and may need guidance, so my productivity has taken a nose dive! Still I wouldn't change it for the world xxx

I did a bit of distressing on some of the papers and included a mirrored bird by Heidi Swapp that Nina found in my spare stash. I felt a tad guilty as I'm sure she was after it for herself... I told her that she was wonderful for finding it and that I'd been hunting for it for ages!

I shouldn't feel too bad should I?

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Are you postie stalking?

So March ScrapaGoGo kits have left HQ and are winging their way to your doorsteps. And are you in for a treat!

'What a Picture' is a stunning kit featuring a multitude of manufacturers including Jillbean, KI Memories and Basic Grey. Check out the DT gallery for ideas and inspiration.

The add-ons are always lovely and Slideshow was no exception! I ended up using elements from it over all three designs below!

My first layout"You make me..." focuses on the KI Memories pocket, which I cut down to suit the size of my photo and used a smooch brown mist to bring in the chocolate cardstock.

The second layout gave me the opportunity to scrap photos of our trip last year to Florida and our day at Discovery Cove. I cannot stress enough to anyone going that you have to visit... it's one of the most special experiences that I've ever encountered.

My third layout uses some 'blast from the past' photos.

Some of you may be aware that my other half is a photographer and so trying to get great photos of my step-daughters without him knowing isn't always simple.

I ended up getting one of his colleagues to take a photoshoot at our old house. The striking branches of the Robinia tree were perfect with the limes and ochres in this kit. I used a punch to give me a channel for lacing some Jillibean twill around the Journalling Sprouts, embellishments and photo.

So sit tight and wait for that "knock, knock, ring, ring" and who knows what might appear xxx

Thursday, 10 March 2011

A touch of glass

So my second class for the GoGoGetaway is 'A touch of glass' and it is so pretty.

'Encapsulate and protect your precious memories in this pretty and delicate 12x12 LO class. The pressing nature of this lesson will certainly get your attention however don't be foiled by how hard it appears just enjoy preserving your mementoes, lost and found.'

I adore using non traditional scrapbooking supplies on layouts and I can't wait to teach this class.

So without giving anything further away, I'll say bye for now!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

GoGoGetaway classes

So the GoGoGetaway is now only just over a fortnight away... and OMG do you have some gorgeous classes to get your mitts on!

Sixteen lovely ladies have opted to take 'Facets and Fancies'
my class
which takes place on Friday evening from 9pm until 10.30pm. I am so pleased to be opening with this class... it is simply divine, so pretty, I loved creating it and am certain that you will love it too!

I mean, even before you see the close up image, the description gets your creative juices flowing...

'Fancy swinging from the chandeliers then this elegant 12x12 LO class is for you! Clear a surface ready for a some eclectic alteration whilst designing your very own bespoke adornments. Cut gems, filigree and colours that represent the iconic little blue box all make for a diamond of a class!'

I simply cannot wait to see your finished layouts, from this class and Lorraine's and Eileen's, both of which are happening at the same time as mine...

Roll on March 25th xxx

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Cameos and roses...

Hot on the trend for silhouettes, sneak peeks of Aprils' ScrapaGoGo kit are emerging...

Check out these stunning stamps, I simply cannot wait to get my hands on these pretties xxx

And keeping on this theme, the bespoke cards this month echo the lushness of both the stunning designs and the adorable colour palette of aqua, soft ochre and regency cream.

And if you needed more convincing about this divine kit, how about these vintage trinkets... I think they speak for themselves!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Chinese whispers...

By now I'm sure your heard of the Chinese Whispers CJ going on over at the ScrapaGoGo CH...?

Anyway, I didn't put myself forward to join (much to my dismay!), and if like me you're wishing you had, you don't need to feel left out!

I was especially taken by the gorgeous layout Rebekah did of her son Connor, so decided to scraplift it.

So here's my take on the layout, which itself was a scraplift of a layout by Larissa Albanez.

Nina, my youngest step-daughter, whose 11 made the beautiful flower for me. She's just started coming to crops with me and did her first class which was a canvas. She learn't how to create these pretties, so I asked her if she'd make me one.

Now I just need to learn how to make it myself!

So, I'll sign off now and wish you all a happy Saturday. I've been out shopping, I needed some hair dye, but ended up visiting Asda and coming away with two pairs of jeans, two tops and a cardigan style wrap, not to mention my new PJ's, ready for the GoGoGetaway xxx

If you're going and haven't heard, we're having a pyjama party on the Saturday night 11pm till midnight... yippee! And we get an extra hour in bed so no excuses for anyone to def out LOL xxx