Monday, 29 April 2013


Super quick as I really need to get in the bath....but you really didn't need to know that...erm, when I say need, I mean need because I should be in bed as I am up early in the morning...not need because I am a grubby little oik!! Enough now, I am waffling!

Let's Get Sketchy have done it again....yet another super sketch :0) out came my March CKC Kit (only because I was beginning to get bored with the April one!!)

forged Glitz Design paper :0)

journal card tucked behind photo

Stash Panache button guessed it...the Silhouette created this!! plus a Scraptastic Kit Club stamp. SC kraft hearts....a happy find..forgot they were in this kit bag :0)
Here is the sketch if you want to play...but be quick!!

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x 

I have bitten the bullet!

Ok so I am jumping on the Bloglovin bandwagon as I don't want to be the proverbial ostrich.....thanks for the push lovely Lizzy :0)

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Hope this works out, LOL

Ali x 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Me & You

I almost forgot to play over at Sketchbook365 this month....which simply would not do....especially now that I am on the DT (still pinching myself!!) :0)

I have spent most of the day in my craft room as my knee has been really playing up, I apparently have a cyst, although an x-ray will confirm it's that and not arthritis!! Anywho, my family ordered me to take a day off and relax.....well what better way to relax then playing with paper???!!

My take on the sketch is a photo of my two Grandies :0) My DGD is loving being a big cousin but is not loving having to share her Dudie and me.....I think it finally dawned on her after his arrival that he will also be a beloved grandchild, LOL. It's still early days but she's getting there :0)

still using my CKC April it!

you would be forgiven for missing the circle of splatters...but it is there...honest!

Silhouette put to work again!

my forged MME sticker that has been knocking around for ages!!

There is still plenty of time to play along with the sketch:

Thanks so much for popping in today,

Ali x 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Friendly Love

Hello, hello!!

I had a couple of spare hours today and was desperate to play along with ScrapFriends' latest sketch (they are, quite simply, the best!)and I also spotted The Studio Challenge's latest challenge was to use masks......brilliant!

So without further ado, here is my take with a photo of DGD and her bestie as Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder at her Tangled themed birthday party :0)

I love this sketch...sigh

washi tape, texture paste, a mask and the Heidi Swap Color Shine (definitely my new fave!) stamp is MME

papers are Simple Stories Vintage Bliss, the button is an old Pink Paislee one

and here is the sensational sketch:

go and have a play with either or both challenges :0)

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Hip, hip hooray!!

I have nothing more to share with you than wonderful news!!

I was super excited to get an email telling me that I am part of the new Sketchbook365 Team :0)

There is an amazingly eclectic mix of styles in the team, but there are so many ideas to be had .....go and take a look at the talent here.

Hope your day is as happy as mine is :0)

Ali x 

Thursday, 18 April 2013


OK so time to 'fess up!!

You may note that there is no longer a x/100 in the title.....I tried, I really did, but that pesky Create and Craft went and had a birthday with free p&p and all the Heidi Swapp and American Crafts stuff in the sale.....what's a girl to do?????

Soooo.....I will at the very least continue with my CKC kits and TRY not to spend too much!! On a positive note I have been a lucky little crafter and won some beeeuoootiful stamps from Skissedilla and found out this morning that I have won a prize at CCW :0)

This time I am back to play with Lets Get Sketchy I am loving their sketches this month :0)

Another lo for DGS' scrapbook, this time with his adoring aunt and when I say adoring, I mean totally in head over heels in love:0) 

using more bits from my lovely CKC April Kit

circles are misted with Tattered Angels and Color Shine. You can just about see LOVE using one of my new embossing folders

ombred Heidi Swapp letters with this!!

PLS card, SC heart and a leaf die from Marianne (I think)
Here is the lovely sketch if you want to have a play too :0)


Thanks so much for popping in today,

Ali x 

Saturday, 13 April 2013

9/100 'Hello Sweet Baby'

I haven't played at Let's Get Sketchy for a while but when I saw this sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to use!

I bought the Ali Edwards new baby brushes a while ago and converted them to SVG files with the intention of making new arrival cards for DD#2....sorry to say, what with everything else on my plate, it didn't happen!! So I now need to do something with them to justify the buy :0)

Ta da!!! DGD and DGS meeting for the first time....bless :0)

used more of my CKC Kit ....yay! It really does make scrapping life sooo easy :0)

the embossed heart is one of my new bargain Sizzix folders!

I adore Ali Edwards' work that the lines are wiggly woggly!

Basic Grey fabric thing....I wasn't really sure what to do with I chopped it in half!!
Here is the lovely sketch that got the old creative juices flowing:

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

8/100 '@4'

I have managed to squeeze one lo out during my crafty so carried away with reading what everyone has been up to that time just flew by!! LOL

There is another lovely sketch over at Creative Craft World that I really wanted to play that's what I did :0)

The sketch has lots of rectangles...I guess for photos or otherwise. I liked the idea of taking 4 journal cards and writing 4 things about DGD at four! I then layered them up under the photo of her at her party.

More lovely bits from my CKC Kit as well as some new little papers that arrived the other day....Crate Paper's Fourteen....delish!!

Hearts cut on Silhouette, Heart Mask misted and splatted with Mr Hueys

Clay embellie, MME tiny word sticker, OA letters, @ was cut on the Silhouette

all of these journal cards were freebies from Pinterest

Here is the afore mentioned sketch:

Apr sketch

see what I mean?

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x 

Monday, 8 April 2013

7/100 'I'm Reviewing the Situation'

Another beaut of a sketch at the fabulous ScrapFriends.....oh how I love them :0)

Another lo for DGS' scrapbook and an homage to his great great grandfather who starred in Oliver!.....hence the title :0)

This little man fills my heart with pure joy. I am so lucky to have him living with me in these early weeks. Our bond is getting stronger and stronger.....and best of all???? He thinks I sing like an angel!!! For those with a more discerning musical ear it is like a cross between a yowling cat and fingernails on a blackboard but both my Grandies think I am a marvel when I belt out a show tune or two :0)

More loveliness from my CKC kit

stamp is Scraptastic Kit Club, button is American Crafts (v old) Journal card was cut on my Silhouette and matted onto PP Portfolio paper and typed on! Arrow is painted SC wood veneer

chevrons were cut on Silhouette, more painted SC wood veneers. The rubber love tag is soooo old, it feels great to finally be able to use it!!
I really enjoyed creating this layout. Lots of fiddling with bits and bobs :0)

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

6/100 White with One Challenge

Finding new places is becoming a habit!!

I have seen White With 1 on a few of my friends' blogs and as I love white (no, really?!!!) I thought it would be a good place to go to for inspiration :0)

I was not disappointed!! Not only do they have a sketch to inspire you but the colour combo for April is White and Yellow....delicious!!

So without further ado here is my brand new DGS minutes (if not seconds) after his arrival into the world....yay!! I have been very blessed to have been at the birth of both my grandchildren and both my Godchildren too....getting to be an old hand at this labour lark :0)

Nearly everything came from my April CKC kit

I cut this tag on the Silhouette and then stamped it with a Hero Arts baby boy set

stamp is from afore mentioned Hero Arts set
 I have been watching Create and Craft today and they have the Melting Pot on a few of their shows....hang on a minute...I have one!! Let me blow the dust off it and make a few little doodads :0) This one is yellow UTEE with a bit of gilding flake chucked in for good measure! Erm...I think I may be playing with this for a little while LOL

Title was a freebie card from Pinterest. The big epoxy button was a recent purchase....Jillibean Soup maybe??? Crate Paper was embossed with a Sizzix folder.

MME sticker and a journal stamp. The little triangles are the positives from the tag :0)
Really, really loved making this one.....aaah white, you just can't beat it!!

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x 

Friday, 5 April 2013

Layout 5/100 '& baby makes 3'

This layout is using my CKC kit...yay, for the second time this month!! and also the sketch over at Sketchbook365.

This is the first layout for my new DGS' album :0) and is also one of the first photos taken of his arrival :0)))

journal tag is tucked away into the glassine bag

circle cut on Silhouette, the house stamp is super old

I punched all the hearts to make the 'tiles', the stamp is my fave MME

Studio Calico wood veneers and Pink Paislee really old chipboard number

It was such a fun idea to 'build' a house around this new little family :0)

Here is the sketch:

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x 

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Counterfeit Kit for April 'Sunshiny Day'

I didn't get to use much of my kit last month, but I have kept it all together so that I can go back to it when I have more time.

I had to play along this month as the divine Gossamer Blue kit for March was the one chosen to be forged and I, along with many others I suspect, had drooled over it longingly!! I did even contemplate signing up but remembered that I am not supposed to be buying....although that rule got broken today as there is a brilliant bargain on embossing folders at Cutting Edge Crafts..there £1 each, people...I had to!!!

Anywho, on to my version of the kit. I do have quite a few of the papers in the kit (albeit in mini versions) but decided to go along with the idea of CKC and find alternatives from my stash :0)

*** photo heavy post coming up***

so this is it in it's glorious completeness, so now let me show you in more detail!

I started with the cardstock and then picked and chose papers that had a similar feel or colour to the original.

Embellies are a mix of Silhouette cuts, free printables, some really new bits and some terribly old ones!!

I don't know how much time I will have to play but I am trying to give myself one evening a week in my haven :0)

Thanks for popping in,

Ali x