Monday, 28 November 2011

First Pencillines layout

This weeks Pencillines sketch was designed by the lovely Karen Shady. It was a really sweet sketch to work with... I seem to have a bit of a thing for bunting at the moment.... I know, late to the party!

My layout features a cute photo of Liv on our yurting holiday this Summer - we stayed near Ambleside and was recommended of a tea rooms that was to die for... as was the price, so sadly we only went the once!

I'm having a bit of a thing with October Afternoon at the moment and picked up some pieces from the Sidewalks collection at the ScrapaGoGo getaway. Unlike my usual trait, I actually don't have that many bits left from it... still any excuse for more stash shopping!

Friday, 11 November 2011

I've got some news...

And no it isn't that I'm eating for two or anything like that...!!!

I've been asked to join the lovely Pencillines DT team, hooray...

This was my DT submission based on the sketch

I am really pleased to have been asked, and being on Pencillines will be so different to being on the fabulous ScrapaGoGo DT team...

Being on these two DT teams, I reckon I've got the best of both worlds!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

And my final ScrapaGoGo classes....

My last class on Saturday was called 'Layered Lovelies' and boy was there some layering!

Using traditional decoupage as a starting point, we created a set of unique hybrids to create 3D blooms and butterflies. After a serious amount of cutting, the end result was well worth it and the ladies layouts were stunning...

I love to see the finished results, especially if I get chance to have a mosey at the photos each lady is using on her layout - they are always such different images, each working equally as well!

'Set Sail" was my final class at the ScrapaGoGo retreat. Remember vellum, I'm sure you'll have some in your stash.... well with this class you'd love it again!

The photos were taken on Crosby beach, where the famous 100 Andrew Gormley statues reside... what an amazing place. I twisted Harvey's arm to visit it this Summer, having read about it on Kirsty Wiseman's blog... and it didn't disappoint!

Note to self... must visit the Angel of the North!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Over a week ago!!!

I can't believe it was only a week ago that our fantastic ScrapaGoGo retreat was over... I really miss you ladies, we have such a giggle and this retreat was no exception...

So on Saturday morning I taught 'Branching Out' using some gorgeous Websters Pages papers, along with floristry bits and bobs to create the floral cluster embellishment. I adore intricate cutting and Websters makes this task so simple with their many elements to choose from...

The photo was taken on our yurting holiday... Nina took some time out to sketch and draw on one of the two days when we had great weather! She needed red wellies and thank goodness she did as they were perfect for both our many wet days and to tonally work with this layout!

On Saturday after lunch I taught 'An Open Book', using watercolours to paint a beautiful image and incorporate onto a piece of bookplate paper. The class kit contents consisted of a selection of 6" x 6" papers which when cut into smaller squares create a fabulous patchwork effect.

This class just goes to show it's worth saving all those leftover pieces of paper to create your own patchwork background.

I'm off now to watch Strictly and X Factor results and continue with my first crochet mug cosy courtesy of Mollie Makes...

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

How time flies....

It's less than a week since we were at the ScrapaGoGo getaway, but somehow it seems so much longer!

I had an amazing time, met some lovely new ladies, caught up with some old friends and had a good old fashioned giggle... not to mention teaching five classes, all of which I throughly enjoyed.

The first was Snippet, which used a mix of fabrics, papers, ribbons and cool random embellishments such as ladybirds and the cutest coca cola bean can!

Check back over the next few days for class number two "Branching Out".