Thursday, 22 January 2015

Mixed Media Tags = Messy Fingers

Oh's a messy one today.

I've had fun creating these ATC tags over at Papermaze today.


I've put together a whole step by step tutorial.
Lots of photos and techniques.

Please stop by here to see.

Thanks xx

Monday, 19 January 2015

Shimmer & Shine

Today I am playing along with the sweet Marie's challenge blog.
Words & Paintery.

I created this page here.

I really loved this pretty colour combo.
You can view the colours and challenge here.

I love this photo.
Brings back so many happy memories.

Enjoy your day xx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Hello 2014 - A Years Review

A little bit of Mixed Media fun today.
It was nice getting messy fingers again.

I like to make a final LO for my yearly scrap albums each year.
It's a nice way to say goodbye to the year.

This year I made up some mixed media tags to display my photos on.
I used my January Cocoa Daisy Kit.

The LO was rather colourful and I needed the white to break it up abit, so I printed my photos off with wide white borders and added some white ribbon to each tag.

The chipboard alphas were wood vaneer, so I sanded them down so they appeared white.

There are a few more of these wonderful kits left if you fancy grabbing one.
I'm just left with a few scraps now. It's a great kit.

Have a lovely Saturday xxx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

1st Breakfast of the Trip & a Sketch

This LO brings back such happy memories to me.
It was only 3 months ago and yet seems so so much longer ago : (

It's that excitement of the first morning of your holiday.
Waking up to hot sunshine and 3 weeks of Orlando ahead of us.
Who could not be in the best of moods??!!

We started our holiday with an early morning dining reservation at the Crystal Palace restaurant in Magic Kingdom. These things are like gold dust. I'm talking booking on the minute 180 days ahead of time. I was there 10 minutes early (just incase) I wanted a booking for 8am which was the earliest and still didn't get one until 8.30am. That's how crazy the whole thing is.
We were happy with this though and it meant that we got in to the park early before it opened and were able to enjoy an empty Main Street and no one infront of the castle.

We would definitely do that again next time.

The food was amazing in the restaurant. We got to meet Pooh and his friends and our table looked out to the castle.
It couldn't have been more perfect.

I used this months Cocoa Daisy sketch to inspire me.
You have until January 22nd to play along.
Have fun xxx

Friday, 16 January 2015

I like to SING her praises - OLW #91

This months word over at OLW is SING.

Marsha got us started with a beautiful challenge this month.
Take a look here.
Her words are so inspiring and I just love her work too.

Here is my DT piece for this challenge.

She's a good girl.
We've had our ups and downs as expected when you have a teen, but looking so back so far, it's been a pretty good few years. If the remainder of her teens are like this then we have nothing to worry about.

I used mostly my January Cocoa Daisy Kit on this page with a few older kits bits thrown in too.
I love this photo that I took of Hollie. We were waiting for the boys who were still in the restaurant restroom. There was a little archway which framed her perfectly with the Disney castle in the background.

I really wanted to use these wooden alphas. They were perfect, but I didn't have a 'g'.
So I used an upside down 'd', chopped off the bottom and then cut a flower from a piece of BasicGrey paper to finish it off.
Did I get away with it????   : )

So there you have 'sing' LO for this month.

I hope you want to play along with us too.

Lisa x

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Busy Papers


I'm designing for Papermaze today.
I've been having fun with these gorgeous Carta Bella papers.
They were abit on the busy side for my liking to start with so today over on Papermaze, I'm sharing some tips on how to work with busy papers so they work with your photos and not take over the LO.
You can read the post here.

Here is the finished LO.

I've included some tips with using the matching sticker sheets too.
Papermaze also has 20% off everything right now.
Grab yourself a bargain!!

Lisa xxx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Pajama Time Stories

Hello and a very Happy New Year to you!!
I hope you've had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed all the festivities.

Today I am spending the day trying to catch up.
PC problems have unfortunately taken a huge chunk of our day : (
My Cocoa Daisy January Kit finally arrived between Christmas and New Year so I've been enjoying a little scrappy time these past few days.

The first LO that I made this month is this one here.
With the whole kit being called 'Pajama Time' I just had to tell our Christmas Eve pj story.

I just love the Cocoa Daisy exclusive papers this month. They are my favourite so far. The teal circles and the white heart paper. I love them!!!
I've also used a few pieces from the 'day in the life kit'.
There are a few of the main kits still left which you can see here. It's the perfect kit to start us off this year.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy New Year xxx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Release and Let Go

The word this month over on the 'One Little Word' challenge blog, set by Jessica is :


This is something that Louis really struggles with.
Releasing and letting go.
He gets very attached to items, routines, schedules, traditions.

Take his Disney balloon as an example.
This is the story for my word this month and my LO.

We bought it early in the trip with the idea of releasing it on the last day. He's had it next to his bed and grown attached to it. So on the last day was upset about letting it go. We finally talked him around and we all stood and watched as he let it go and it floated up and up and up. Past the roof. Then it slowly came down and down and down, back in to his hands. You should have seen his face. What were we supposed to do???
We burst it and packed it and bought it home.
He's a lucky bunny!!
There are some amazing pieces of inspiration over on the OLW challenge blog here this month.
We'd love you to play along with us too.
 All you've got to do is scrap or make something using the word 'release'.
Have fun : )
ps.... I have another story similar to this but with a big green swim noodle.
I shall save that for another LO.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Life Together Sometimes Looks Abit Like This

We found a photo booth in Magic Kingdom and spent quite some time making silly photos.
There was a screen on the outside of the booth so the ones that weren't in the booth could see what was going on. We had so much silliness and fun.

I used this months Cocoa Daisy sketch.

The challenge runs for another week, so there's plenty of time to play along. Check out the Cocoa Daisy post here for full details and to see how the other girls used the sketch.
 Life has been slowly getting back to normal this week.
My Mum had a knee replacement in November and I needed to help her out for a while as her hubby works away during the week. She lives an hour away though so it's been tricky balancing with work and the kids and I fell behind with work and then last week when I was hoping to catch up I got a really horrid cold. I lost my voice completely on Monday and it didn't start making a come back until Friday. I ached all over and just felt so lousy. I really wanted to call in sick. Not possible when you work for yourself though : (   So this week I feel so guilty that I'm not over in Swindon helping Mum but I'm trying to play catch up with work as I have so many deadlines before Christmas.
So that's what I'm about to do now....get back to work.
Thanks for stopping by xx 

Monday, 8 December 2014

What have Circles, a Pineapple, Houses and Blooms all got in Common?

That was my question over on the Cocoa Daisy Blog today.
And the answer is.....The Cocoa Daisy December Stamps.

They are so much fun this month and the dt shows a whole variety of ways in how to use them.
I made these little new home cards using the cute housie stamps from the main kit.

The full cd blog post is here and it's full of fun ideas.
Enjoy xx