Inspiration Showcase

 I’v e recently taken the Inspiration Showcase class run with Jennifer McGuire, and I LOVED IT !!

The goal of the class was to create a canvas with specimens of the different techniques you could use in card-making, scrapbooking etc  – oh, what a rubbish explanation, watch the promo video !

And here is what I created ! 

 It’s a wee bit different from Jennifer’s – something the OCD part of my brain is not happy about ! We were encouraged to use our own supplies, rather than buying everything – I did buy a couple of things, but they would have been bought anyway ! I also added a couple more techniques that I ahve seen recently and wanted to try. Eventually, I had to slap down that OCD synapse and just did my own thing, resulting in a canvas that is truly mine and that I am THRILLED with !

I think it’ll make a gorgeous addition to my craft space, being both useful and beautiful! And it has certainly shaken me from my card-making rut of DP, embossed cardstock and a coloured image – I am fizzing with ideas !

The class was a snip at around £12 – but I think they are going to do a cheaper, less interactive version, so check out Jennifer’s blog for that ( stalk her anyway, she rocks ! ) 

I’ll finish with two close-ups of my current favourites ! 


January’s birthdays

This is the last card I need for January, and then I’m on to March 2012 !!

Yay !! I like being organised !!

I chose to CASE one of Jessica Witty’s posts from the recent release. I love her style and her chat !

* image is Do-crafts or Papermania – not sure !! Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens

* Mat is Mat Stack 3 by Papertrey Ink

* all else is stash!

I am entering this for the A Passion for Papertrey challenge !


I remember where I was.

I was in my second year of teaching, in a school where I was very happy. I think I was teaching P6.

When I first heard, I remember thinking what a terrible accident it was – I didn’t realise it was deliberate.

I remember discussing with the rest of the staff whether we should tell the children. We decided not to.

I remember crowding around the school’s TV at the end of the day to watch the footage, hearing about the second plane and realising it wasn’t an accident.

I remember watching tiny figures jumping and feeling sick with the horror.

I remember going home, and thinking that this was a pivotal point in history. And the world was changing into something darker.

A lot has changed in 10 years but I am now teaching P6s again. 10 yr olds who have never known a world without those images. I’m not sure we have moved very far from them at all. And I’m not sure that this is a good thing.

I believe we have to remember when evil happens. A society that does not remember it’s past is doomed to repeat it’s mistakes. But we must be defined by more than our tragedies – and evil flourishes when more importance is placed in remembering it’s actions, than the acts of bravery, compassion and love that surpassed it. To me, the war memorials that stand in every collection of houses in the UK – from hamlets to cities – are not simply a record of lives lost, but also of lives that held firm against wrong and transformed it. I often doubt at this time if I could be as brave as those whose names are etched.

It is easy for me to wish the anger, revenge and hatred that swirl around this date would dissipate – no-one I know was directly involved. Another memory that stays with me from this period is watching brief reportage on the BBC from the funerals of people killed on that day and being amazed to recognise an upbeat worship song being played, a song defined by it’s writer as a song of hope – these people were clearly worshipping God in what could only be the worst period of their lives. Incredible. Again, I wonder if I could be faithful enough to put aside the feelings of hatred and anger and embrace the forgiveness my God would ask me to.

In a world that perceptibly darkened on that day, some had the imagination and foresight to recognise that the symbolism of light takes us beyond our darkness and points us upwards and beyond.

At this point in history, where much of the world is at war, where great evil is still ongoing, and where even the earth itself seems to be displaying her unease through hurricanes and earthquakes …even in this time, I am ” Counting on God’s Rule to prevail,  I take heart and gain strength” (Habakkuk 3:18 – Message)

For what else have I ?


“Don’t try the cake, go for the icing” Liam Holland 8 yr old

I love cake. And cookies (c-o-o-o-o-okies….. ) Perhaps a little too much….

And I love baking them. And making cards with them on (er… not real ones, of course. Stamps, embossing folders etc…) So this card from Maile Belles called to me ( make c-a-a-a-a-rds)

And cards have zero Weight Watchers points, right ?

* image is Signature Series:Cupcake from Papertrey Ink

* words in background are an Elzybell stamp

* Mat is Mat Stack 4 from Papertey Ink

Again, I’m entering theis for the A Passion For Papertrey challenge

Autumn Blessings

Another CASE from Maile Belles for A Passion For Papertrey’s latest challenge – and a lovely, quick, simple one too.

* leaf images are from Masculine Motifs

* sentiment is from Autumn Abundance

All stamps are from Papertrey Ink.

I spritzed the base card with Aspen Gold Glimmer Mist to take off the starkness.

DH’s cousin got married yesterday and the theme was Autumn – such BEAUTIFUL colours, and such a love filled day ! I thought I might send them this card just to give them a boost when they get back from honeymoon. Pretty post is such fun, right ?!

Maile Belles – I love your style !

The latest A Passion For Papertrey challenge is to be inspired by a Papertrey Design Team member. As the PTI releases and the girls blogs are SOOOO inpiring, the hardest thing is choosing the team member !

Someone who’s card style I really admire is Maile Belles ( and I love her name !!) Her cards are charming and often full of little details. I chose to CASE this card from a post in May, so here’s my take on it !

* wreath is from A Wreath For All Seasons

* bird is from Through The Trees

* sentiment is from Masculine Motifs

All stamps are from Papertrey Ink.

I attempted this resist technique by another Papertrey Design Team member, Betsy Veldman. I cut an aperture using Mat Stack 4 in a panel and then cuttlebugged an embossed design using the Cuttlebug Bird and Swirls folder before crayoning and inking – it didn’t work great for me, but I like the effect anyway !

Naturally, this is for the challenge at A Passion for Papertrey.

I’ve been very busy recently (maybe a wee bit too busy as I’m very tired today and am just …running … at… snail’s …pace …. ) Last weekend DH and I went to an event in Perth called The Upside Down Kingdom Tour with Shane Claibourne. Challenging. Inspiring. I want to read his book now, and spend some time meditating on it all. The worship was led by a Northern Irish band called the Rend Collective Experiment and they were just great. A real fresh sound  – check out a couple of their songs below ( esp. Movements)