Saturday, 14 October 2017

Hello Again

Well, good evening, we are on the eve of the Birmingham Marathon!  Good luck to everyone and especially my daughter Karen and son in law Marc who are taking part for the first time! So scrap booking has been keeping me busy. First of all photos from the zoo back in June. This is Karen getting her face painted has a giraffe. Yes there is a letter "a" missing on the page. It must have come unstuck and when I get the cricut out again I  will cut another! I used the cricut to cut the giraffes, which I thought looked cute. I have added a close up of those

Below is a page for a up coming challenge on UKS, the lady hosting is doing All Saints day, so a photo of a loved one passed on. :( a huge title or embellishment and something stamped.. So, hard one to do for me because we are very near the anniversary of when we lost our special person.I rubber stamped on craft card and onto the tiny squares. And added a saying.

Now DISNEY! whoop! Thanks to Pol Prince for cutting the cut files for me. She really is a kind lady and very talented. First one is me standing my the castle and I did a little experimenting here. I sprayed some spray  glue onto the page then added glitter. Then I had to lightly scrub some of the glitter off. I think it kind of worked not has well has I had hoped but I'm quite happy with it.

Me again, I mean how does anyone keep calm when they go to Disney. And its a surprise trip to boot. 

Next is the castle by night! Just love those Mickey hands!

Bit of parchment of finish off, a Christmas card which is a design by Anne Quinn. Glitter and more glitter LOL. I  made the topper 3d.

well folks that's it for now. Remember be kind out there, smile, be happy and think positive! until next post byeeee

Monday, 9 October 2017

hello again

Good evening everyone,
I hope everyone is keeping warm and dry. The nights are drawing in ever earlier. I have been busy. Parchment craft and scrapping this time.   first scrapping, the first page is of my good self. Photo was taken by my granddaughter before we left to go to my birthday meal. I wanted the papers to look like a cake. The 65 was on top of the  real birthday cake   my daughter Karen made for me so were the candles. I HAD SUCH A GREAT BIRTHDAY. I was sent to Disney Paris by my family, and spending that time with family was amazing. Go people go! to Disney its pure magic, you can't help but feel it and smile all the time you are there.
Below   Emoji papers are used. This is son in law Marc at Disney USA having fun with the Simpsons.

Now the first of Disney Paris pages. The Princesses. I used a paper by Scrapberry and their Juliet collection. I added a jeweled branch and hung charms from the branch.I also used a 3d Cinderella and some extra flowers.Behind the photos I used some tulle in blue. The light blue perspective is from Bramblefox. They are so light to use, easy to glue and make excellent additions to pages. And they are a very reasonable price and they are adding to their collections all the time. check them out at there will be heaps more pages from my trip in  later posts. So watch this space! or blog! LOL

I have added to close up of that prospective and the branch and charms. You can see the tulle and 3d item too. The tulle is very delicate and just right for a princesses page.

Parchment. Christmas and lessons. The lantern is a new design by Judith Maslen. The bauble is a older pattern from a old version of Parchment craft magazine. the bauble could be removed from the card and hung on a tree.

                                            Close up of the bauble. coloured in blendable pencils.

Last of all a free pattern by Adele Griffins. Traced in pearlized ink and embossed.
So, that is all I have to show you this post.I hope you like what you see. I love crafting I find it relaxing. So, remember to spread the love, smile and give a helping hand where needed if you are able..everyone needs someone! Until next post.. byeeeeeeee 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Hello Autumn

Hello Everyone, Autumn weather is here windy and cold and wet! and early dark nights and    darker  mornings. I have some parchment and some scrapping to show you. I have had a fab time away at Disney Paris, a surprise birthday treat from my awesome family. and I will be scrapping the photos for ages I have so many! But that is for another time.
Below is a pattern by Dorthy Holness something a little different. When it stands its like a tall square.But it will fold flat for posting. I painted the flowers with felt tips and a damp paint brush . doing a few layers to build up colour. The lace panels are worked separate and sewn onto card then added to the main piece, they hide where the flowers have been released from the main parchment at the folds. there is a close up up to show the panels

Scrapbooking. I am still catching up scrapping events. 
First is granddaughter Chantel. a couple of snap chat shots. I loved these so I just had to scrap them. I used my minc machine, first time in ages to add foil detail to the square tag. I managed to be able to use the negative of that  too behind the main square.

Below is a close up of the minc foil. the stars are snip art. I have a square of thin chipboard stars and has the name suggested I just used scissors to snip them up into the size I wanted.

 The Zoo in July. Chester Zoo was brilliant.  Wide huge enclosures for the animals, a boat ride, and a bat walk, Which I will never do again, yuk. dark and smelly and bats nudging your hair!no thanks!lol
I took this close up to show that once the arrow paper clip is removed and map still opens

Well that's it for this post. I hope everyone is well and happy. Thought for this time....
"If you are looking for a friend without faults..then you will never have any friends!"
worth remembering, we all have faults, no-one is prefect... so lets enjoy people has they are instead of trying to change them into what we want them to be!
take care out there and see you all next post..whenever that will be!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

last post for September

Hello everyone, this is the last blog post for this month. I'm going to be busy spending some time with some very important people, well they are to me! my Family! Soon its my birthday and I'm going to celebrate turning 65yrs...gosh how did I get that old! LOL
so, I'll start with the one scrapping page. Its of my eldest daughter and myself taken in June  after a group of us had enjoyed a afternoon tea. I have added a close up of the flower it is chip board and I painted it with gesso and acrylic paint. There are more scrappy pages in progress. Just not finished...yet!

So, parchment. still working on Christmas Cards. Below is a Tina Cox design. I seem to have a small addiction to sticky ink! I have used it quite a lot on cards this year.
Anne Quinn is a lovely designer and she is so kind and shares a lot of her designs free! You get a basic pattern and you do your own version! Simple. below are some of Anne's designs

Baking! I discovered Russian piping nozzles! I still need to get the hang of getting two tone colours but I had great fun trying. not to mention a bit messy I have never picked up a piping bag before in my life! My eldest daughter bakes and I'm hoping for a pipping lesson!

Another of Anne Quinn's designs its a lovely tree design which can be parched many ways

. Snowflakes Peace On Earth is also a Anne Quinn design. Thats a nice thought isn't it? Peace On Earth...hopefully one day everyone will wake up and realize that bombs and guns are not the answer! talking and discussing it..may take longer but its better!

 Love these penguins! same design (Anne Quinn again) done two different  colour ways goes to show how changing colours can make a card look totally different.
Well, that's it from me. It is certainly getting chillier, so time to pop on the electric blanket , make a hot chocolate and snuggle down with catch up telly. 
So just remember we are all different, it is a joy discovering new people and what makes them special. Think how boring life would be if we were all the same, had the same ideas  liked the same things. Were good at the same stuff???? So differences make life interesting! Embrace it, enjoy it, celebrate it! But allow everyone to be their own brand of special and accept people for who they are...
spread the love, see you in October!

Friday, 8 September 2017


Good evening, I seem to have found some scrappy mojo! It has been missing for a week or two. So I thought I would update my blog and show you the results! Afternoon tea and one of my granddaughters are the subjects this time. I have so much to need scrap and I need to catch up!
Below, well the Cresswell ladies know how to strike a pose for sure. These pictures  were taken after our afternoon cream tea.
I stamped on the saying the words   seemed so right.

Below is a double lay out. It as taken at the afternoon tea. Being asked to smile while you have a mouthful of cake is not easy!

 I thought I would show each page  on its their own. I used Kaisercraft tea time collection. A Very chintzy and olde worlde charm feel to it.

Below, is granddaughter Chloe. She was going to a 50's evening at Uni. so is all made up to impress. As always she is beautiful!

little bit of parchment next.. Judith Maslen is the designer of the first card. Great for a man's birthday. Men's cards are never easy. There just isn't the same variety of designs available. This is one based on Pembroke Castle.

Next and last is a design by Kay James which was published in Parchment craft magazine in 2014 I had to dorse the parchment for this one.

So I hope you have enjoyed looking. I have enjoyed getting back my scrapping mojo and also having a break from Christmas craft.Please remember people to spread the love. We are all different in one way or another and the world is a better place if we can all get along together accepting each other for what we are. Tonight I am thinking of friends in USA facing Hurricane Irma. Hoping they will be safe and come through the storm. Sending them love and prayers  So take care and be grateful for simple blessings.
until next time byeeeeeeee

Sunday, 3 September 2017

parchment post

Good evening everyone. I hope everyone is well and happy. Rather wet here in Cumbria and windy too. I hope the weather is better where you are. So, Christmas Parchment craft is under way. Parchment takes time, it certainly isn't a quick craft. So, I have started Christmas cards early. Here are the ones I have made so far. Below is a Judith Maslen pattern of a Victorian girl. Coloured in blendable pencil.
Below are two colour versions of the same pattern. A insert of blue parchment is added and a gold gel pen used for the writing I have added a close up.

This pattern can be found along with the three wise men and others in Parchment Craft Magazine.A monthly magazine which is reasonable in price and offers lots of patterns for various skill levels.
I use liquid pearls and gems in the top of the design which is traced in pearlized  ink.I used sticky ink to add the glitter outline on the angel. I changed it a little from the pattern printed in the mag, but it's fine to let your imagination loose.    Again I have added a close up.

Below is a Mary Kerr pattern Simple but smart I feel. I have added flat backed pearls onto the tree. Well, it will be for Christmas so we do need bling and glitter don't you think! LOL
below is a close up of the tree. Green parchment is used on this card.Has well has the plain type.

Below is a Tina Cox pattern. Quite a modern design and fun to make. Glitter added to the berries of course ! 

So, I hope you have enjoyed having a look at what I have made so far. Any questions about parchment craft please ask I'll do my best to answer. I am a PCA tutor. 
Well, take care out there and be happy and remember folks spread the love and make the world a better place! Until next post...byeeeeeeee

Thursday, 24 August 2017


Good evening everyone. Please be aware that on this short video that there will be some flashing tea lights I know some people have a problem with that type of thing. Its been a bit of a problem uploading has I have had to trim the time for the video and I have never had to do that before I hope it all comes good in the end! Fingers crossed. The video is of parchment angels. I have made them out of coloured parchment and popped a tea light under each one that flashes and changes colour. I have used sticky ink to add the glitter and liquid pearls for other decoration. I have also added some still photos of some of the angels..

below are two scrapbook pages. the first is a photo of my son and his wife. I have used vellum's behind the photo, the page was made for a challenge over on UKS

Below is a very old photo of  one of my granddaughters, being the cutest Christmas fairy ever. I used a stencil and Dazzlers texture paste to add starts onto the patterned backing paper.

Well folks this is a shorter posting. I am hoping the video will upload but it is taking quite a while!   yay, it seems to have worked! windows update the other evening took ages and now the laptop does different stuff but more confusing stuff!  Well it is to folks like me who are not technically minded! 
so spread the love and be happy people. The world is a better place when we can learn to live together and live and let live enjoy the bank holiday Until next time..byeeee