Sunday 5 May 2024

Too Cute to Spook

My blog is evolving again, and is now less of a chore, so I've decided to split out my DT pages for Twilight Crafts into their own posts, unless the page is part of a set.

First up this month is a Hallowe'en page using a photo from 2003 that I recently acquired. The quality isn't great but it's all I have. 

I used the Too Cute to Spook 2 cut-file as my title, cutting the whole thing once and just the pumpkins a second time. I then doodled on the pumpkin pieces and layered them up over the base cut-file which I backed with a polka dot paper.

I don't generally buy Hallowe'en papers but I had a couple of sheets and some stickers in a mystery box so put them to use as my background here. I then layered the photo up with my last scraps of October Afternoon paper, which I originally bought for my Harry Potter Studio Tour album. Finally I punched a few circles, placed them in a line top and bottom,  and stitched them in place.


Supplies: Cardstock - Papermania; Paper - Pebbles Spooky, October Afternoon Witch Hazel; Puffy Stickers - Pebbles; Enamel Dots - Doodlebug, Eyelet Outlet

Disclosure - I receive digital cut-files free of charge from Twilight Crafts as part of my DT role. All other supplies are my own.

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Tuesday 30 April 2024

April Pages

I have fewer pages to share this month as I've also made a mini-book and a selection of cards for a friend who is going through chemo. A group us of put together a box of cards and gifts so that she has something to open every day of her treatment.

I made her this book based on the "Bird Song" book by Cal Summers in her Paper Scissors Story Facebook group, though I adapted it in places, using techniques Cal has taught us from other books. 

These were my cards, the first two of which use Jenny Wren Cut-Files from Twilight Crafts and were my DT post this month.





Back to my scrapbooks, I've made all the Helsinki pages now for our Scandinavian cruise:

31. Supreme Court/Presidential Palace/Helsinki City Hall
My first page from Helsinki featuring a run of three public buildings. It had to be 12x12 as it's on the back of my subtitle page for the city.


Supplies: Cardstock - Craft UK, The Craft Place; Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Out and About, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now; Letters - Tim Holtz; Enamel Dots - Carta Bella

32. Parliament House/Central Station/Kamppi Chapel
Three more buildings, in a divided page protector this time, which is what I'm using most of the time in an attempt to include more photos in less space.


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill; Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now, Pinkfresh Studio Out and About; Letters - Studio Calico, Elle's Studio, Doodlebug; Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio; Glitter Tape - Unknown; Enamel Dots - My Mind's Eye

33. The Rock Church
One of two things on my must-see list for Helsinki, the Rock Church is literally carved into the ground, and topped with a copper roof.


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill; Paper - Amy Tangerine Shine On, Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode; Letters - Pinkfresh Studio, Creative Devotion; Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio; Glitter Tape - Unknown; Enamel Dots - Pinkfresh Studio, My Mind's Eye

34. National Library of Finland
The other must-see, a veritable cathedral to books and reading, and free entry.


Supplies: Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now; Letters - Heidi Swapp; Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio; Filmstrip - 49 and Market; Enamel Dots - Pinkfresh Studio

35. Helsinki Cathedral/Uspenski Cathedral
Finally, the real cathedrals, one Lutheran and one Orthodox.


Supplies: Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode; Letters - Shimelle; Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio; Acetate - 49 and Market; Glitter Tape - Unknown; Enamel Dots - 49 and Market

36. A Scandinavian Marathon
Jumping to the end of the album and another 12x12 page, my husband ran 10km in each capital city, and added a bit more to take him up to a marathon in four parts.

Supplies: Cardstock - Crafts UK; Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now; Letters - Heidi Swapp; Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio, 49 and Market, 7 Gypsies; Enamel Dots - Pinkfresh Studio

I also made a single and a double for my 2021 album, and I'm sharing an earlier one now too as they fit together. These are all from my 50th birthday when we were still facing Covid restrictions, so the best celebration we could manage was a day at the coast:

37. Explore Walton-on-the-Naze
I actually made this one in February for a sketch challenge from Hey Little Magpie.


Supplies: All 49 & Market except the letters, which are Anita's Glitterations.

38. The Naze Tower
I tried to keep a similar style for this page.


Supplies: 49 & Market again, with letters from Anita's Glitterations and Creative Devotion.

39. & 40. Wander Around the Naze
And finally, a double for our walk around the Naze, a headland surrounded by water on three sides.


Supplies: More 49 & Market, with letters from American Crafts

Disclosure - I receive digital cut-files free of charge from Twilight Crafts as part of my DT role. All other supplies are my own.

Sunday 31 March 2024

March Pages

Happy Easter!

It's time for my March round-up of pages, and this month I've concentrated on my Scandinavian Cruise album from last year, which is a mixture of 12x12 pages and pocket pages. I'd done two ports out of six before Christmas so it was far from finished.

20. Bolette
I actually made this one in February, but it was to be my first March DT page for Twilight Crafts, using their Arrows Where Shall We Go? cut-file (with the wording removed). It will be the final page in the album and has a large pocket to hold our cruise log.


Supplies: Cardstock - DCWV, Craft UK, The Craft Place; Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Simply the Best, Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Route, Studio Calico South of Market; Letters - Pinkfresh Studio; Puffy Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio; Filmstrip - 49 and Market; Enamel Dots - My Mind's Eye

21. City of Roses and Ruins
This is Visby, on the Swedish island of Gotland, a walled medieval city with the ruins of about a dozen churches which were abandoned after the Reformation.


Supplies: Cardstock - Craft UK, Bazzill; Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Out & About, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now, Studio Calico South of the Market; Numbers - Jillibean Soup; Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio; Gloitter Tape - The Works;  Enamel Dots - Pinkfresh Studio, Freckled Fawn, My Mind's Eye

22. Drotten
The first church we visited. (The photos on the other side determined which style of page protector to use.)


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill; Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Out & About, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now; Washi Tape - Unknown; Enamel Dots - My Mind's Eye

23. St Lars
Another church - St Lars or St Lawrence. I titled the pages with the Swedish names but used English names in my journalling.


Supplies: Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now; Letters - Pinkfresh Studio; Label - Tim Holtz; Puffy Stickers - Bella Boulevard, Pinkfresh Studio; Glitter Tape - The Works; Enamel Shapes - Doodlebug

24. St Clemens & St Nicolaus
Two more ruined churches share the next page.


Supplies: Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now; Letters - Elle's Studio; Enamel Dots - Altenew, Hey Little Magpie

25. St Olaf / Botanical Garden
The last ruined church that I am recording, and a couple of photos of the Botanical Garden that it sits within.


Supplies: Cardstock - The Craft Place; Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now, Pinkfresh Studio Simply the Best, Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode; Letters - Pinkfresh Studio; Glitter Tape - The Works; Enamel Dots - Pinkfresh Studio, My Mind's Eye

26. Sankta Maria Domkyrka
A page for Visby's Cathedral.


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill; Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Echo Park Capture Life; Washi Tape - Unknown; Enamel Shapes - Obed Marshall, Maggie Holmes, My Mind's Eye, Carta Bella

27. Visby Ringmur
The last page from Visby is our walk round the city wall.


Supplies: Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Tourist Mode, Pinkfresh Studio Brighter Days, Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now; Puffy Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio; Label Stickers - Teresa Collins; Glitter Tape - The Works; Enamel Dots - Pinkfresh Studio

28. This Could be the Last Time
This was my second page of the month for Twilight Crafts, using their Bauble Border cut-file. I used two copies and flipped one design over to make a column of six baubles rather than the three on the original cut-file.


Supplies: Cardstock - DCWV; Paper - Ha-Pi Little Fox Un Conte Nordique; Enamel Dots - Simple Stories, Carta Bella


29. & 30. Freddie Mercury - A World of His Own
A double page from last summer when Sotheby's put on a public exhibition of Freddie Mercury's possessions, before they were auctioned. I used the double page sketch from Stick It Down.


Supplies: Cardstock - The Craft Place, American Crafts; Paper - Heidi Swapp Hello Today, Stampin' Up!; Washi Tape - Unknown; Enamel Dots - Papermania, Eyelet Outlet

Finally, I made a card for Mother's Day, also using the card sketch from Stick It Down.


Disclosure - I receive digital cut-files free of charge from Twilight Crafts as part of my DT role. All other supplies are my own.

Thursday 29 February 2024

February Pages

Time for my round-up of this month's pages. I started February with the intention of completing my 2023 annual album, but I had to edit and order another batch of photos first. That lead to me tackling the backlog in my 'Parkrun Continued' album while I waited for the prints to arrive. This album is 8x8 which gave me a quandary for page numbering this year. Should they count as whole pages when they are less work than their 12x12 brethren? I decided to count them as half-pages as their total surface area is 64 square inches while a 12x12 page is 144 square inches; less than half the surface area but they still need all the elements to be a finished page. Six parkrun pages later, and half-way through the month, I picked up the 2023 pages again (but still haven't quite finished the album).

12. Walking with The Snowman
Technically this was from the first weekend of 2024, but it's probably going in the 2023 album as it feels like it belongs with Christmas 2023.


Supplies: Cardstock - Papermania; Paper - Vicki Boutin Color Study, Pebbles Merry Merry; Letters - Doodlebug, EK Success; Wood Veneer Stars - Studio Calico; Paper Tape & Enamel Dots - Unknown

12.5 V25
My first February DT page for Twilight Crafts, using their Triangle Arrows Background cut-file to mark the 25th time we volunteered at our home parkrun.


Supplies: Cardstock - DCWV; Paper - 7 Dots Studio Illumination; Letters - American Crafts; Enamel Shapes - My Mind's Eye; Cut-File - Twilight Crafts

13. North Yorkshire Water Park
A spot of parkrun tourism, made using scraps.


Supplies: Cardstock - DCWV; Paper - My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus; Letters - EK Success; Enamel Heart - Marianne Designs

13.5 Parke
Following a challenge in the Snap Scrap Repeat Facebook page to use a black background, mixed media, yellow, patterned paper and a heart.


Supplies: Paper - Craft Sensations Chalkboard, Make & Create Moments; Label Sticker - Tim Holtz; Journal Card & Washi Tape - Unknown; Enamel Heart - Marianne Designs

14. Killerton
More parkrun tourism and more scraps, using the February sketch from For the Love of Pretty Paper.


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill, Papermania; Paper - K & Co Studio K; Letters - October Afternoon; Gems - TPC Studio; Puffy Stickers - Unknown

14.5 We're Back!
Going back to 2021 and the first parkrun after Covid restrictions were lifted, with a tic-tac-toe challenge from Snap Scrap Repeat where I chose arrows, rainbow and green.


Supplies: Paper - Unknown Stripe; Numbers - Fancy Pants; Letters - Simple Stories; Border Sticker - Ruby Rock-It; Rainbow Die-Cut - Heidi Swapp

15. Milestones and Tourism
This is the opening page of my 'Parkrun Continued' album and uses the Bike and Tree cut-file (without the bike) from Twilight Crafts as the tree is a lot like the one in the parkrun logo.


Supplies: White Cardstock; Paper - Simple Stories, Unknown Green; Cut-File - Twilight Crafts

16. Slices of the Southern Upland Way
Documenting my husband's 6 day walk on one of Scotland's Great Trails.


Supplies: Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Good Times, Pinkfresh Studio Happy Holidays, Jen Hadfield Warm & Cozy, Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams; Letters - October Afternoon; Word Sticker - Studio Calico; Enamel Dots - Carta Bella, My Mind's Eye 

17. Cruise Scandinavia
A summary page for our summer holiday (which has its own album too). This was my second DT page of the month for Twilight Crafts, using their Covid Memes Polaroid cut-file with the wording removed.


Supplies: White Cardstock; Paper - Studio Calico Heyday, Amy Tangerine Stay Sweet; Letters - American Crafts; Stickers - Tim Holtz, Studio Calico; Unknown Washi Tape; Pearls - Mark Richards; Cut-File - Twilight Crafts

18. & 19. South West Coast Path 11
A double page for the final instalment of my husband and father-in-law walking the 630 miles of the SWCP (which they started in 2008). 


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill, DCWV; Paper - Craft Creations, Flair Design; Letters - American Crafts, Glitz Design; Phrase Stickers - Tim Holtz; Pearls - Artoz; Enamel Dots - Freckled Fawn, My Mind's Eye, Carta Bella

I've also made a couple of cards, both based on this month's card sketch from Stick It Down,


and finally, a cute little box which I made following a video by Helen Ding for Hey Little Magpie.



Disclosure - I receive digital cut-files free of charge from Twilight Crafts as part of my DT role. All other supplies are my own.

Wednesday 31 January 2024

January Pages

Well, I was stopping blogging, but I've decided on a monthly round-up post to record what I've made, all in one place and I'll be numbering the pages through the year to keep track of the total (counting doubles as two pages). Starting from the beginning of January, these all belong in my annual album for 2023:

1. Chartwell
Churchill's home in Kent


Supplies: Cardstock - The Craft Place; Paper Heidi Swapp Hello Today; Letters - Crate Paper; Enamel Dots - AC/Obed Marshall

2. A Flying Visit
A visit from my cousin who lives in the US, using a sketch from Stick It Down


Supplies: Glitter Cardstock - DCWV; Paper - Basic Grey, Craft ID Travel the World AC/Vicki Boutin Fernwood; Letters - American Crafts; Journal Card - Heidi Swapp; Stickers - Fancy Pants, American Crafts; Enamel Dots - Simple Stories, Ebay

3. Christmas Parkrun
DT page for Twilight Crafts using the Large Star in Sections Cut-File


Supplies: Cardstock - Craft Sensations; Paper - Simple Stories Very Merry, Fancy Pants Merry Little Christmas; Letters - Simple Stories; Stickers - American Crafts, Simple Stories; Enamel Dots - Simple Stories; Thread - DMC; Washi Tape - Little B; Cut-file - Twilight Crafts

4. & 5. Explore Antwerp
A weekend cruise to Antwerp for the Christmas markets, using another sketch from Stick It Down.


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill, American Crafts, DCWV, The Craft Place; Paper - 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Butter, 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Anywhere; Letters - October Afternoon; Die-Cuts - 49 & Market; Stickers - Fancy Pants, Freckled Fawn; Enamel Dots - Eyelet Outlet, Hey Little Magpie

6. Beatrix's Christening
I finally used up a 'starting point' page that I made back in 2018.


Supplies: Cardstock - American Crafts; Paper - Pebbles New Addition, AC Dear Lizzy Neapolitan; Letters - MAMBI; Stickers - Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes; Enamel Heart - Freckled Fawn

7. Ladies Who Lunch
I used the back of my Antwerp page because the pattern was too pretty to lose, and 49 & Market papers are thick enough for it to work.


Supplies: Paper - 49 and Market Vintage Artistry Butter; Letters - Tim Holtz; Ephemera - 49 and Market; Word Stickers - Tim Holtz; Washi - 49 and Market; Enamel Dots - 49 and Market

8. Summer Fun
Completing another 'starting point' page with photos from a summer barbecue.


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill, DCWV; Paper - AC Shimelle Sparkle City; Letters - American Crafts; Washi Tapes - AC Shimelle Sparkle City; Stickers - AC Shimelle Sparkle City

9. & 10. Morph in the City
Thirty-one photos on a double page for Morph's Epic Art Adventure, a sculpture trail in London.


Supplies: Paper - DCWV Romantic Life; Letters - American Crafts; Stickers - AC Paige Evans #Stickerbook; Die-Cut - 49 and Market 

11. Endurance
Recording my husband's epic 50km walking challenge using a sketch from Scrap a Sketch.


Supplies: Cardstock - Bazzill; Paper - Photoplay Paper Boarding Pass; Letters - American Crafts; Stickers - Photoplay Paper; Enamel Shapes - My Mind's Eye

Disclosure - I receive digital cut-files free of charge from Twilight Crafts as part of my DT role. All other supplies are my own.