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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an eclectic kind of crafter delving into many pots. I am just about managing to keep up my Scrapbooking Diary (usually about 6 months behind), plus any cards as required. I have a new found love of Watercolour and Bible Journaling plus recently Faith/Art Journaling too. I've challenged myself to make an art journal page a day for this my 60th year. Previously I've also dabbled in ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Mixed Media, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband, our son has left home now. For exercise I usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I also like walking/Geocaching and sometimes do a bit of Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I have been learning to play the harp for the past 10yrs. I am now officially retired. I am a born again Christian, currently worshiping at my local Vineyard Church.

Thursday 30 April 2015

Charlotte In Spring

Here's my rendition of a grade one harp piece called "Charlotte in Spring". I only started learning this on Monday. Wouldn't it be a great tribute to the new royal Spring baby if it is a girl named Charlotte!

I started learning the harp in February last year when I got a small 19 string Welsh Folk Harp for my 50th birthday.

After nearly a year of lessons I treated myself to this new 34 string lever harp from Telynau Teifi in January.

Saturday 25 April 2015

Germany & Box Hill

It would seem I am up to date with my scrapping. Horrah!

My husband's latest business trip to Germany from last month. 

Typically I labeled the photographs incorrectly, so ended up moving the photos round to match the writing!

Our latest geocaching trip to Box Hill a couple of weeks ago. At last we've been to the folly of Broadwood Tower, it was a jolly steep climb up there.

Making a Box Card

As I seem addicted to making Box Cards and that UKPapercrafters will be doing them for our SWAP next month.

Here's a little tutorial.

I have only made my boxes up from A5 card so far, they fit snugly into C6 envelopes.

Firstly, from the shorter side of your A5 card score at 2", 4", 6" and 8" which will leave a little flap to make up your box with.

From the longer side score in at 2 3/4" (leave the section next to the flap unscored as this makes the upright back of the box - although if you forget you can always glue solid card on both sides afterwards.)

Cut into your initial score lines up to this new score line and snip off the top piece of the flap at an angle.

You can round the corners if you like, I quite like them rounded.

It's best to decorate the outside of your box BEFORE gluing it into a box shape.

Inside the box top opening are glued two 1/2" x 3" strips of card scored 1/2" from each end and folded into a "Z" shape. It you use wet glue and squash your box flat whilst the glue dries, you'll know it will fold flat afterwards.

Choose which way you wish your box to fold flat and stick with this as it will dictate how much you can extend the internal items over the edges with them still being within the folded shape to fit in the envelope!

You can now add all your items

Have Fun.

Thursday 23 April 2015

Shells & Strawberries

Our 2 latest outings scrapped.

1) Margate Shell Grotto for our Anniversary

2) Strawberry Hill near Twickenham

Far too many photos printed yet again, I must get more stringent in choosing....

Saturday 18 April 2015

Valentine/Birthday Weekend

On Valentine's Day, my husband took me to Shere for a bit of geocaching.

Then the Geocaching App found this old Saxon Church in Albury Park nearby for us.

Great find - it featured in 4 Weddings and a Funeral.

Guess what we watched in the evening?

I am certainly getting caught up with  my scrapping.

Well after a visit to the local craft shop and getting lots of new papers it is always easier to get inspired isn't it?

Here's all my Valentine's and Birthday flowers and harps.

My husband got me the tiny gold diecut harp (x5) and the wooden mini "make your own" model harp. I had the small proper harp last year for my birthday and treated myself to the big one this year.

(been playing it in the garden this afternoon as it happens).

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Time for Dinner....

I laid out a scrapbook page yesterday but something wasn't quite right so I slept on it (not literally or I'd have crumpled it!)

Then it came to me, it wasn't Dinner! but Dinner Time!

Yes the BELL which has solved all sorts of anguish in our household.

No more shouting to announce mealtimes.

No more being accused of sounding angry.

No more smashed plates in frustration!

I got it from Amazon - it isn't quite like the photo they show, but in my opinion much better.

Mushrooms & Vitamin D

A surprising fact was gleaned from the BBC programme, "Britain's Favourite Foods" last night.

Where we can synthesize Vitamin D in our skin, when it is exposed to sunlight, apparently so too can mushrooms even after they are picked!

Mushrooms are grown in the dark but when exposed to sunlight they synthesize vitamin D.

So what did I do today? Yep, popped out bought some mushrooms and left them in the sun for an hour. Excellent to feed son who hates going in the sun. Mushrooms on the menu tonight then!

Monday 13 April 2015


Our Magnolia tree is in full bloom now.

Next it will be the Wisteria...

Saturday 11 April 2015

Walks & Music

Just got on to 2015 scrapping.

First a geocaching walk back in January.

The the day the guy from Teifi Harps brought 2 harps for me to try out.

Considering I live near London and Teifi harps are in Mid-Wales no mean thing!

My Harp teacher came to help me decide and I bought one too. Love it

Lastly, the day in February that my son got his double drum pedal plus his offer of a place in Reigate College.

April Showers...

...May Flowers, as the saying goes.

This month's SWAP theme is "April Showers". We did the same back in 2009 and I even had a few bits and pieces left over from that time!

Following on from my new found love of making 3D box cards I made one for my SWAP.

I used the leftover umbrellas (die cut circles cut in half with decorative scissors).

Various rain drop shaped pieces from other dies (how fortunate).

Plus a few flowers of course.

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Easter Boxes

With my new found love of little 3D boxes, I made a couple for Easter.

The orange one reflects the dark day of Good Friday.

The turquoise one the joy of Easter Day