Friday, February 27, 2015

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, 2015

...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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

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 09, 2015

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.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Friday's Fancies

I had designs on starting 2015 with some regular blog posts. My attempt at being organised. However 2015 never started out normal at all. Everything that could possibly go wrong, did. Really. 

Now we are in February - where did January go?! - I'd like to try and post something that takes my fancy every Friday morning. Please feel free to join in - if anything, for us un-regular bloggers it might mean we post at least once a week. 
Papers from Pebble inc
A while back I made a visit to TK Maxx and was surprised with the number of paper pads they had, Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins, Crate Paper...12x12 and 6x6.  Over time I've seen lots of you share your TX Maxx scrapping bargains....and yet I've never been as lucky as I was on this particular day. 

Have you had any recent scrap bargains? 

I am hoping to make a few occasion cards from some of the papers and have started out with these two.  

Wishing you all a super weekend x 
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