Friday, March 27

Fridays Fancy - Still in use

Sian got me thinking the other week with this post.  She asked "what is the oldest thing you have made which has been in continuous use since it was formed"

.....and you know, there isn't a thing I've ever made still in use.....that I can think of. 

My mother-in-law still has the clock, my husband made when he was at secondary school, hanging in her hall. It's next to the key ring holder his brother made at the same age. Around 12 years old. I must get a photo next time we visit!

I have kept many items the boys have made over the years, a little clay pot No1 son made in primary school which did hold loose change....until it was dropped last year!!! 

Recently No2 son made a charm, a rugby ball....what else! 
He gave it to me so I plan to use it as a key ring.

Now this isn't strictly something in use...although I suppose you could hang a few things on it :) ...
...No 3 son made it from Mod Rock. It's a roman man with a spear through him. He's wasn't amused when someone in the house said it looked like a man with a big willy!! 
apparently the spear did go through the man...but the end snapped off.....which would make more sense....phew!

So have you shared something you've made which is still in use? 

Friday, March 20

Friday's Fancies - Red wigs



In my last post I shared the base of a layout I prepared using inks, mists and stencils. Today i'm back to share the finished layout.
Circle and Triangle stencil from Happy Scatter Shop. Star stencil Tim Holtz 
I have a series of photos of No1 son in a red wig. This one being my favourite. The story behind this wig wearing is journaled on the tag underneath the photo..it reads...

Dick of the Day (apologies) was awarded to you for kicking the rugby ball back into a mud berth after J jumped in and threw it out. However...you said to me....you didn't kick it back in, it hit your leg and bounced off when he threw it out. Still....you took it all in your stride, game for a laugh, and a wore your new wig, with style, for your game against Portsmouth the next morning.

This photo was taken as you came out of the changing room..B (the other handsome in the photo) is looking back at you admiring his handy work. He used his blue sock tape to put your gorgeous red curls into a ponytail.
Papers and embellies from Scraptastic Club kit

Today we are celebrating No3 son's birthday...this evening will be complete and utter madness.
Happy Friday to you - enjoy your day. 



Wednesday, March 18

Cutting, Sticking and lots of Cake..

Just over a week ago I was preparing for an all day crop.


with these lovely ladies....

It was a lovely relaxing day and for once I managed to chat less and stick more.
Circle and Triangle stencil from Happy Scatter 
Here's the start of the first layout I completed.

I'll be back to show you the full layout soon...just need to photograph it :) 

Friday, March 13

Friday's Fancies - On a Sunday morning

Lionel Richie's I'm Easy Like a Sunday Morning is the song going around in my head right now and I blame this layout I'm going to share with you today.

My Sunday mornings are far from easy!! They start by ensuring:-
  • the boys are up and are all wearing the right kit with plenty of layers 
  • they have all packed their gum shields and rugby boots - the two most essential items.
  • they have packed their Number 1's, if they have a match (plus a towel and shower gel)
  • or packed a change of clothes if they haven't - for on the way home, so they do not cover the car in mud.
  • his legs are tapped up, if needed, with his lifting blocks
  • I have the right directions if we have an away game
  • my husband knows where he's going and with what son.....I know I know!!
  • I remember my camera..unless it's raining then I leave it behind.
Then I stand on a freezing cold, muddy field/pitch. Often in the rain. Sometimes walking between three pitches or wondering how the others are getting on if they are at a different club. 

While I'm on that muddy pitch I do like to get a few photos and I am thankful that I am not the only one with a camera. This photo was taken last year when I went on tour with No1 son as my husband couldn't get the weekend off work. It was lovely to have some one to one time and to see all the camaraderie between the squad. A lovely bunch of young lads. 

Onto the layout. I used Jennifer's scattered triangle stencil (the large wood veneer camera is from her shop too)  Mixing some Texture paste with Heidi Swapp shimmer mist and applying this to the layout through the stencil.
Can you see the depth and texture...I love it!!

Note to self...I must get a small spatular instead of using whatever comes to hand, 
(bone folder or this time a pencil) to apply this paste.
... here you can see the full layout and me with my camera in hand.

So...are your Sunday Morning's easy?

Monday, March 9

One Photo & Twenty Words

Abi says find one photo and choose Twenty words to tell its story. 

I'm so pleased Abi's meme came today after a superb win for No 1 son yesterday in the Plate 
Semi-Final. 

One Photo and Twenty Words.




An intense game to watch
so brilliantly played
they deserved to win
Yay ... they are through to the plate final. 

Friday, March 6

Friday's Fancies

It's been a busy week here this week, with work, a school trip, two parents evenings, birthday organising, three evenings of rugby training ...and..preparation for an all day crop tomorrow. 

If all is well there will be quite a few of us so I'm looking forward to tea...cake...good company...and  a little cutting and sticking.  
Today I'm sharing with you a card I've made as a sample for tomorrow. I was asked by some lovely ladies if I would put together some card kits for them to work on. 

Lets hope they like the designs I've come up with.....fingers crossed :)

Have a super Friday and enjoy your weekend x

Friday, February 27

Friday's Fancies

Someone once said to me " an Xbox is a good baby sitter." You know she had a point. 
If my three are playing on their's I could easily not see them for a few hours. 

It's the way of the world these days when you have children. I haven't a clue how to work them (I leave all that to hubby) and I really do not see why you would want to spend hours playing them. 
They say the same to me...why do I cut and stick for hours! 
using a Tim Holtz stencil and distress ink

With lots of boys birthday's during the year I am always needing boys cards, so when I saw this xbox controller stamp  I knew it would get a lot of use.

I am thinking that I should make a batch! 

Are you a parent of an xbox / playstation child? 

Have a lovely weekend and i'll see you next week. 

Monday, February 23

...from the sidelines

Before I share today's layout with you I'd like to say a big thank you for all your lovely comments on my previous Rugby Rules post. It was great that you took the time to share rugby related scrap product links with me - even if I don't purchase all of the items, they sure have given me lots of ideas.

Inspired by one of the links, I was reminded that I have a rugby ball stamp and decided to try and re-create a rugby ball background.

Now you need to bear with me. I wasn't sure where I was going with this background when I started stamping. After scattering some stamped balls onto the patterned paper I used Jennifer new scattered triangle stencil to add some shape...followed by Mr Huey mist splats.

At this point I did think hmmmm....what now!

The thing I like when creating a background is you can... add more or cover up those little arrears that you are not too keen on and generally you really can make it work for you.
Here's how the background paper looked when the layout was completed. 

I think I made it work and you know what.....I kinda like the look achieved. 
What do you think?

The photo I've scrapped may not look like much...to me it captures an element of Rugby that doesn't happen often. These boys very rarely get to watch each other play. This particular Sunday No2 son's game was late starting and No1 son came and watched the last quarter. In his usual stance... hands on hips.... he stood next to his dad and shouted  offered advise from the sidelines. He really tried to help his brother. They talked tactics after the game and it was really nice to listen to them.

Have a super week and i'll be back on Friday with this weeks fancy.

P.S. On my previous rugby rules layout some of you commented on the background. It's Tim Holts faded dot stamp stencil used with some texture paste. It seems that this textured paste could be my new favourite thing. What's yours?

Friday, February 20

Friday's Fancies

Hello....Friday. 

Normally I'd welcome Friday with open arms. Friday this weeks means half term is nearly over and there'll be no more lazy mornings for another six weeks or so. Sob!

This half term I've spent some time with my sizzix machine. How many of us have one gathering dust? I've recently been through all my dies and decided to put some to good use. Why not try it?

Have a super Friday and i'll see you all soon x

Wednesday, February 18

Rugby Rules

I'm sure most of you are aware that Rugby plays a large part in my life. I take tons of photos of the boys playing - it can be a little hit and miss. For every hundred photos I take I may end up with one or two shots that I love. 

I felt it's about time I scrapped some of these hundreds of photos. I had a whole batch printed in 4x6 and have been inspired by Shimelle's  4x6 photo love class she blogged a while back. 


Two photos, some patterned papers and large letters = one completed layout. I just need to work backwards now to find out who they were playing and when. I figured i'd make a few more pages and look them all up together. 

This is No.2 son...my little scrum half. 
I used some wood veneers from Jennifer's Simply Life Everyday collection  and found an american football amongst my chipboard stickers. I really need to find some Rugby related items. If anyone has seen any could they point me in the right direction please. 

It's half term here and i've finished my working week, so at some point I am hoping that I can scrap some more. 

Friday, February 13

Friday's Fancies

Good morning to you all,

I remembered to return today with a little project for this weeks Friday's Fancies.

Over a year ago I made some heart pictures frames using these little mulberry flowers. A while back I was asked by a friend if I could make her a picture frame using the same flowers to spell out her daughters initial. 

Oh yes! I love a little challenge.

The finished frame sat on the side - No.3 son (who's 10 years old) was  inspecting  admiring it.

"Mum....." he said "could you make one with a H"
I was so chuffed I gave him a big hug!!
It's not often, if ever, these boys of mine, admire my handy work.

His little girlfriend (of nearly two years - they start young these days) loved it.


What takes your Fancy this Friday? 

Monday, February 9

One Photo & Twenty Words

Joining Abi today with One Photo & Twenty Words. 
(ok...a series of photos)

Size doesn't matter if you tackle the right way - they all fall down. 
My little scrum-half loves his Rugby.

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