Santa Claus

I’m really happy with this layout showing photos of my daughters taken on Christmas day this year. I have used a free cut file from the internet, and drawn the design onto my backing paper before cutting out the letters and shapes.


I have cut the washing line from white card and then coloured the clothes with promarkers. I have also matted the blue layer onto brown card and added a subtle doodled border.


A journaling tag pulls out from behind the photos.


I enjoyed creating this layout and also learnt how to selectively use the contours button on my Cricut.


Still Lookin’ Sharp

Yesterday was my husband Pauls birthday and here is the card I made for him. I used my home made mega wreath builder and a 6″ x 6″ piece of white card for the stamped cactus ring. I have made a 7″ square card base from burnt orange card and matted the stamped layer.


The images have been coloured with promarkers.

I have stamped a greeting inside and more cactus to coordinate.


Supplies used: pink & Main stamp sets: PM0236 Sticky Note & PM0234 Llamas, Hero Arts clear stamp set Birthday Exp CL222, Promarkers.

Lets adventure, alpaca my suitcase

This is the birthday card I made for my friend Dawns’ birthday yesterday. We are all about to jet off to South America for another adventure so I have made a card to reflect our new destination.


Side views:

You can see the layers inside the diorama from above:

There is space for a personal greeting on the back:


And a close up of the llamas that I have stamped and coloured with promarkers. I cut the mountains free hand. I hope the card makes Dawn smile.


Supplies used for the card: Marianne Craftables CR1374 card base die set, pink & Main clear stamp set PM0234 Llamas, Promarkers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Spellbinders die Hip Llama S3-319, Amy Design Daily Transport, Through the Air plane die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Tree Borders LF1236 Woodware clear stamp set FRS630 Celebrating You.

2020 Calendar September to December

Here are the final four pages in my daughter Sarah’s calendar:


September showcases a photo from our lovely holiday in Cork last September with my mum. I have used a patterned paper for the base and then a Martha Steward corner punch on the green layer, plus a “Punch anywhere on the page ” punch to cut out the hearts to create the cascading border.20200103_152016 The flowers were a stamp and die set “Bloom”  from issue 191 of Simply Cards and Papercraft  magazine.20200103_152050(1)

October: dressed up for a Halloween party as characters from Fleabag.


The splats are a Tim Holtz die that I also used to create a stencil for the background:


November: a photo of Sarah with baby Hana. I have created a stamped frame using a home made mega wreath builder inspired by an idea from Gina K Designs.


 The set of toy stamps are from Inkadinkado Welcome Baby 60-30108. After stamping the design I paper pieced every image which was a labour of love! The stitched hearts were an image from Woodware FRS118 Baby Patch Elephant.

December: a photo of Sarah and Jack visiting Covent Garden.  The title (a Cricut freebie) was first drawn onto the background and then I cut out the words to glue on top. I used this title on a full sized 12×12 layout last week.


The parcels have been made with Sweet Dixie dies. The trees are part of a Paige Evans cut file, the other part I have used on Jack’s calendar.

I enjoyed creating this years calendars but my new years resolution for 2020 is to create the 48 8×8 layouts that I will need for the four calendars throughout the year so I’ll be ready for next Christmas!


2020 Calendar May to August

Here are the next four 8×8 layouts in my daughters calendar:IMG_20200105_131729

May: a visit with friends to the Natural History Museum. I have already scrapped this photo but Sarah wanted me to use it again for her calendar.20200105_131020The title was cut electronically and I couldn’t resist adding some cute characters made with Karen Burniston dies.20200103_151713

June: feeding a monkey whilst travelling in India. All her travel vaccines were up to date including rabies!20200105_130936The frame is a combination of die cutting and stamping. The monkeys and sayings were from issue 145 of Paper Craft Essentials magazine: Safari Friends. I have added Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss to the edge of the embossed photo mat for some sparkle.

July: After six years of hard work Jack graduated. I used a die cut frame and added other elements such as the stethoscope and syringe to embellish.


August: a photo of Sarah and her friend Sophie at Brighton.


This layout took a lot longer to create than the others because of all the stamping and colouring in, but it was fun to do and I love the finished effect. I used two sets of Hero Arts stamps and matching dies.

Although not obvious in the photo I have also used Sakura gel pens and glaze pens to parts of the images so they shimmer and shine.

I have rather enjoyed using some products that had remained unused in my stash!



Merry & Bright

Boxing Day 2019 was super busy but I did manage to get a photo as we all sat down for dinner!20200108_083628The title is a current freebie from Cricut. I drew the design onto my background using a coloured Cricut pen and then cut some of the words out in coloured card and glued on top.20200107_150049The background has been coloured with distress oxide inks using the packaging technique. I then used the exact same coloured inks to stamp onto the background using Woodware clear stamp set FRS622 Santa Post Elements designed by Francoise Read.

A large journaling tag pulls out from behind the matted photo with journaling. I used the Karen Burniston’s Agatha Edges die set to create the shaped end.

The main decorative element is the row of Christmas baubles, a free cut file from the internet. I have added star gems and some sparkly numbers to record the year.


Supplies used:

20200107_145326This was a lovely page to create and captured a fun festive day with our family.

2020 Calendars

Every year I make a personalised calendar for my mum, my daughters and Jack. I thought I would share the 8×8 layouts in my daughters 2020 calendar over the next few blog posts. Here are the first four months:IMG_20200105_131706January: a photo of Sarah sitting in front of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Her group arrived at 4.30am and as you can see from the photo – no-one else is there!20200105_131434I used a Tim Holtz die for the cut out pattern and a Cheery Lynn die to create the words with a faux embossed look: 20200103_151338The title is a cut design backed with patterned paper:20200103_151328February: a photo taken at Jacks celebration medics ball last year.20200105_131231I have created lots of texture by threading twine through small holes and added die cut shapes to the background.20200103_151430March: another celebratory photo of Sarah with her fellow law students at her firms party.20200105_131149I have stamped glass marks onto the background using antique linen distress oxide ink and added a Sweet Dixie bottle and glass, plus lots of punched stars for decoration.20200103_151517April: A photo of Sarah taken whilst traveling last year.20200105_131110Lots of techniques on this layout: stamping, stencilling, doodling and die cutting. The compass has been stamped twice to layer (a Woodware stamp designed by Francoise Read)20200103_151613

In the early days I used to use a kit from Basic Grey. The pre-planned pages were limiting and the kit was expensive. When Stix2 bought out their blank calendars I was delighted but unfortunately they were only manufactured for a couple of years. I now make my own A4 size from scratch which gives me total flexibility for my designs.

I have kept the front of the calendar simple with a die cut 2020 that I designed on my Cricut plus punched stars. When the calendar is finished the layouts go into an 8×8 scrapbook album to be enjoyed again in the future.