Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Frosted Designs Sketch #29


another gorgeous sketch from the lovely Karin :0) I really enjoyed playing with this one. I also forced myself to try out a coloured background and, for once, I am quite happy with the result!

Here is the sketch:

and here is my take using more of our holiday photos:

The background is Basic Grey and the rest of the papers are October Afternoon

I cut the hearts using the Cricut George and Basic Shapes and then embossed them in the Cuttlebug.  The buttons are Basic Grey - I do think they make the nicest buttons!
Do give this sketch a go and upload it to Frosted Designs, we love to see what you do :0) Check out what the rest of the design team did - the samples are amazing!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Ali x 

Saturday, 26 November 2011

A busy little bee :0)

Hello all,

it's been a while since I posted anything but that's not to say I haven't been crafting!

I have had three commissioned albums (one of which I shall share today), I have finished the gold sample of the Christmas Album. I would have said that I was a sliver girl but now I am not so sure!

I have also been making loads of cards - it's been a busy time here! Engagement, congratulations, loads of birthdays and of course Christmas!! Plus my Mum has been ordering  cards left, right and centre! I wish I had the time to get them all photographed, if only so I could remember what I had done!

Anyway, here are a few of the things I have been up to:

9" x 7" pocket book for storing all those wedding ideas.

Thanks for stopping by, hoping to get some lo's done soon, I can't remember the last time I did a scrapbook page!!

Ali x

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Frosted Designs Sketch #28


another lovely sketch from Frosted designs, the talented Karin this time :0) Hop over to their blog and join in the challenge for a chance to win goodies from Vintage Market Street -  I think I may be doing some shopping!

Here is the sketch:

and here is my take of me and GD doing a bit of Turkish dancing and GD's feet after she had finished dancing barefoot - well, one dirty one, the other had been washed before DH grabbed the camera!:

Papers and embellishments are Anna Griffin (quel surprise!!) the doily thing was cut on the Silhouette and the little flowers are from

Thanks for stopping by,

Ali x 

Monday, 14 November 2011

Silver Christmas Album


I am determined to get Brown Paper Crafts moving before the year is up! Yesterday I designed my Christmas Album and then thought 'why don't I see if anyone is interested in buying one?' so this is now going into the shop and I will be taking orders rather than making a bunch and using them for the next 20 Christmases!!

So, here goes, hope you like it :0)

This is a brown paper bag pocket album with a chipboard cover that fastens with velcro. Papers are Anna Griffin 'Cecile'. The stamps and bits on the tags are from my stash.

If I get any orders I shall make a tutorial of the next album so that you can see how easy it is. Hmm as I type this I am thinking I shall make one in Gold so will try my best to photograph it for you :0)

Thanks for stopping by,

Ali x

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Page for Sue's Album - Get Picky Inspiration Challenge #13

Hello again!

Yes I am now dressed and DH has picked up most of the jobs so I was able to go back to my haven and complete another lo for BF's album.

I came across another lovely site who are currently holding a colour inspiration challenge:

Stunning colour combo and thought it would make a nice change to have a bright page in BF's album as most of the lo's are quite vintage.

I used the current sketch from

and here is my layout of BF as a very young girl and her Dad!

Due to the fact this is not my normal colour palette I managed to find an old K & Co 6x6 pad that fit the bill nicely! Most of the embellishments are old K & co bits and bobs with flowers and buttons from my stash. The rub on behind the photo of the two of them together is a really old Basic Grey one. Don't you just love it when you finally get around to using something? I masked the circle and gave the paper a quick spritz of Cosmic Shimmer, the chipboard butterfly has also had a douse of glimmer - a theme appears to be developing in my lo's, lol!

Thanks for stopping by, really pleased to have found another creative place to go :0)

Ali x

Total Scrap Lift!!

I was trawling through the Scrap Paper Scissors blog having recently discovered them and came across loads of inspiration :0)
I don't normally copy directly (or at least not for a long time!) but the layout from Wendy is simply stunning and I couldn't resist!! I would put a link up but I have had a quick look for it and can't find it at the minute! In all honesty just go and have a look at any of it - it's all gorgeous :0)

Thanks to Wendy and to you for stopping by to view my theft, lol!!

Ali x

Pencil Lines Sketch #258

I am typing at the speed of light so that I can go and get dressed and start what should be a very busy Saturday......keep getting the third degree as to how long I will be!!!!

This week's sketch from PL is really unusual - wasn't sure about it at first but gave it a bash and am really happy with how it turned out :0)


Here is my take with GD valiantly trying to create a sandcastle out of tiny shells on the beach in Turkey - really tricky with no sand and very hard on the feet too!!

Papers are MME Fine and Dandy (didn't even know I had these!) with various bits and pieces I found in a drawer :0)

Love the texture on this paper.
Just one more post and then I am done.....for the moment!! Thanks for looking.

Ali x

Sketchy Thursdays 11.10

Super quick post today as it's 11.23 on Saturday morning and I am still in my pj's!!!!

I was so keen to do some scrapbooking that I got up at 7 and finished off this layout and then did another one that I shall post in a minute. There is so much going on at the moment that my Turkey scrapbook has been on the back burner for far too long so I am on a mission to get it completed before the engagement party photos take over!

This week's sketch from ST is another corker :0)

11.10 sketch challenge

and here is my take:

Papers are October Afternoon - primarily Sidewalks. The chipboard bird is GCD Studios and has been glittered with MS glitter.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Ali x

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

October Afternoon Fest :0)

Helloooo again,

thought I would share some of the things I have been doing with my scraps - my mission continues to use up collections I have started and never seem to finish!

It was tricky to get a good photo of the shadow bow because of the acetate - it looks much nicer in real life, lol.

For some reason all these candles had got wierd dents in them - think they must have been  too warm ! Still they look prettier now :0)

Saw this idea on Pinterest and whizzed up into the loft for an old frame. Rubbed it down added some dabbers  on the frame and the back board and cut the birds using the Silhouette - easy peasy :0)

Thanks for stopping by, off to Ikea this morning for some new candles :0)

Ali x 

Sketchy Thursday 11.3 Challenge


before I start
*****SUE DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER*****!!!!!!

My BF has asked that I make sure she knows not to look at any posts that show photos of the layouts for her birthday album - I think that's clear enough!!

This week's sketch and the GDT challenge sketch are both delightful :0) I have used the GDT sketch but I am not entering it as although I am more than grateful for my BF and her friendship throughout the last 22 years I haven't made a reference to it on the layout itself .


This layout is of BF's sons about 17 years ago. They are playing in the park that we have all spent many happy hours in. I am loving this trip down memory lane using photos that I haven't necessarily seen before. I did smile when going through the photos BF had chosen. This album is supposed to be about her and yet 75% of the photos she has chosen are of the boys - I guess we are all the same, it's so much easier to choose photos of the ones we love rather than ourselves :0)

Papers are Anna Griffin Darcy collection - thought the mustard was a perfect match to  my godson's coat :0)

Anna Griffin again! This time it's from the collection with the flocked butterfly paper (don't know the name as it came from QVC and doesn't have a cover) I used one of the Spellbinders dies to cut out the frame. The letters are from the Cecile wedding collection and the butterfly and flowers are from The stars and rubon are from my stash. Our hair may be lighter, the wrinkles have moved in and the pounds have crept on but we are still BF's forever!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Ali x

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Creative Scrappers #180

Hello all,

I had to have a break from making banners.......still got 20 yards to go :0( but it will be worth it as the rooms will be bedecked in loveliness for the engagement party :0)

I was trawling through the blogs that I follow and I found Creative Scrappers on someone's blog (not sure who, but I owe them!) Beautiful sketches and inspiration layouts.

Here is this week's sketch

My take is using photos of my BF and her parents. She is going to be 50 in February and wants a scrapbook of her life, fine with me, I love vintage photos!!

All the papers are Anna Griffin's 'Francesca' as is the rosette and banner,  which has been stamped by curling the  acrylic stamp round to match the curve of the stamp. The butterflies have been cut with a Tim Holtz die or punched with a Martha Stewart punch. The butterflies have also had Perfect Pearls in Opal White added to the middles.

They say 'delight in the detail' and I love the formal photo, but no-one thought to move the milk bottles!! Lovely :0)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Ali x