Sunday, 25 June 2017

Grand Roques

Hello again,

So my second challenge to solve as a CSI special investigator is case file 232.
This challenge with its outdoorsy theme lent itself well to the photo of my two girls on our first visit to Guernsey. 

In 2007, we were given the opportunity to relocate to the little island of Guernsey....a place I never knew existed. During the school holidays, we took the kids on a week long visit before we made the final decision to move. 

Coming from the city life of London it was refreshing to be able to walk in nature and take in the sights of sea, sand and cliffs. We all loved it and it was such an amazing sight to see the girls wander over the rocks....

Our decision was made...and we lived there for the next 5 years. And the two girls in the photo still live today...adventure turned life changer for them.

The Evidence:
I normally don't use wooden backgrounds in my scrapbooking, but this time I thought I'd push beyond my comfort zone and use the one wooded floor design page from my stash. I included wooden heart pieces, foliage, labels, enamel dots. I created a pocket and stitched around it...even though my stitching is a bit 'not straight'...😂

I added a stitched 'faux' leather belt and fastened with a buckle. 

I used a honeycomb mesh stencil to add some dimensional paste to the background.

The CSI challenges are always fascinating to me...and this one is no different...always thoroughly enjoyable. You too can have a go at solving the challenges. Just visit CSI blog where you can find monthly challenges and inspiration too. 

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I will see some of your designs.

Take care

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Queen of my Heart

Hello again,

Well, this month is very special for me....

Firstly, I was selected as a guest designer or 'special investigator' for I'm very excited about that....yay!

Secondly, the major case file this month is all about everyday super heroes which is perfect since my super hero celebrates her 79th birthday today (11 June)...

So when I read the testimony prompt to consider my super power....I immediately thought about my mum. She is the real super hero in my story. It's because of her love, sacrifice, tough discipline and spiritual guidance that I am who I am today. She has given me everything I needed to bring me to this point. And when I think of all the efforts she has made for every one of her children and grandchildren, she is more than a wonder mamma to me...she's the queen of my heart and all time hero!

She is the strongest woman I know, both emotionally and spiritually. She will give of her last in order to assist others, she's always putting the needs of others ahead of her own which, if I'm honest, sometimes makes me mad because there are some who take advantage of her generosity and kindness.

But like she always says, 'I came into this world with nothing and I will leave with nothing!'
So you can see....she's strong willed as well....she knows who she is, what's important to her and can make you pee yourself with laughter sometimes....especially when she tickles you to the point of no return...

And so today, I want to honour her for the woman she is and always has been, I share my take on the major case file 231...
Happy birthday mum!

Evidence & Testimony: 
First, I flipped the sketch. Then started on a white background and included all five colours in various forms from paint splotches, coloured card stock and decorative papers to embellishments. Some papers sporting starbursts and stripes. 

I journaled in a speech bubble and used punctuation marks and stars as decorative elements on the page. My puffy stickers included a crown above the Q of the title and the hearts. I finished off the page with some stitching because she's a seamstress and always loves to sew....

I really enjoyed creating this was so thought provoking...
Thank you CSI for the challenge...

Thanks for stopping by to share in my meraki moments...

Take care 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Flower Power


Every April and September, Alexandra Palace is buzzing with creative beings coming to get our fill of inspiration and crafty goodness. 

Now, I have been attending these craft shows since about 2002...and I always try to make sure that I am free to go...but over the last few years I have been finding it difficult to get there....just because of timing and other things going on...
But also because it's changed over the's not as great as it used to be... #sadscrapbooker

This April I attended after a long while...and I'm glad I did! 
I met some lovely ladies, chatted to like-minded individuals, got so much stuff....not like I need it...of course I do...but most importantly was the inspiration and new techniques I had picked up...amazing!

One of the things I've learnt was how to make flowers of a material called foamiran....
I have never heard of foamiran before...but it sure does make beautiful flowers....

As I was browsing the various stalls, I came across this lovely lady showing her beautifully crafted flowers using this stuff. I took one of her make and take sessions and I was thrilled with the outcome of my first attempt...

On this one, I added some colour to the petals with gelatos and finished off with glitter paint.
The flower I made as part of the class
And obviously, after the class, I bought a whole lot of this foamiran stuff so that I can make flowers galore. Of all my purchases, this is one that I had to try when I got I couldn't help myself but get started on the whole flower making trip.
For this one, I left the petals colour added...I guess I wanted to see what it would look like without added extras...

My trial when I got home...
I'm not sure which one I like better....I think they are both pretty...but maybe the colour adds some shadows and depth to the flower, making it a bit more realistic.

YouTube is one of my favourite sources of I searched to see how others were making flowers...and surprise, surprise, I found Emilia's channel...she's the women whom I met at the show and who taught me....boy was I excited!
Now you too can learn how to make these beautiful creations. 

These are so much fun to make...and actually are quite quick to create...

Thanks for stopping by...

Take care
Penny xxx

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Best Friend

Sometimes people come into our lives and just make it sweeter.

As a  mother, my scrapbooking is mostly almost about my kids...and very rarely have I created a page about my husband (except, of course, when he was included in the kids' scrapbook pages)...
So when I saw one of the testimony prompts for CSI Case 228 was to 'journal about your husband' made me realise how I rarely scrapbook about him.

Our journey began almost 28 years ago when two independent beings with strong personalities collided. So it isn't any wonder that there are times when we drive each other insane....I think me more than him...but who's counting?

Although we have our moments, we are actually great together. He is my best friend and the one person in the world that knows me better than anyone else. He always jokes about saying how he knows me more than my mother does....and he's not wrong!

And so today through Case file 228, I celebrate him for the wonderful person, father, husband and friend that he is.

I was excited about the colour choices in this case challenge....especially the blues because blue is one of his favourite colours...

For my evidence I used a solid background, frames, chevrons, flowers, silver metal and puffy stickers. And besides journalling about my husband for the testimony, I also used the inspiration of home.

I had recently purchased a FabScraps kit which had a bunch of awesome chipboard words and frames, which were perfect for this layout. I used the word chipboard piece as my title and cut one of the house shapes from the other chipboard piece to create a frame. I covered these with gesso, then mixed some grey mica powder with embossing paste and covered the chipboard to create some texture on the chipboard. I really like how it turned out.

My title and frame during the gesso process

A close-up of the finished version of my title

I really enjoyed doing this challenge and look forward to the next one.

Thank you for stopping by...

Take care

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy Mail

Hello friends,

Now who doesn't like receiving happy mail...especially when you've just returned from holiday....

Happy mail sure does have a way of making us go a little bit crazy and beaming with excitement...or is it just me? Well, this lovely parcel greeted me when I got home and boy was I excited to get that paper ripping so I could see what was inside?!

So this altered shoe swap was hosted by the lovely Jessica at MSR ( and she was also my swap partner. 

She altered this shoe so beautifully and I love how she 'blinded' it up...
Have a look to see what she sent me...

Love me some happy mail....any day!

Thanks for stopping by and checking this out...

Take care and craft on...