Saturday, 1 June 2013

Design House Digital June House Party Blog hop

So hope you are all well and scrapping, SORRY TO EVERYONE who has been effected by my missing images for the links all corrected now! Would have sorted it yesterday but have been really il in bed

This month Design House Digitals House party is called Whimsy and its as per usual a stunning range of co ordinating kits by DHDs fantastic designers.

We are also running the inspirational blog hop again 

Anyway my inspirational post this month will start with the two layouts I have created with the House party kits. I love all the kits and the colour scheme is great for summer. There are so many lovely papers and elements that you will be truly spoilt for choice , as I was

 This layout was of our great day out at Churnett Valley Railway this weekend . With my daughter and grandson. We had so much fun. Sam and Jake got their faces painted by one of the most amazing facepainters.
This layout is of my daughter and her friend at one of the pagan festivals that they go to , They always dress up as fairies.

So for my inspiration I am giving you two free papers designed with the Whimsy theme in mind

You can download the freebee papers here

Sunday, 5 May 2013

A few layouts , a hybrid sewing project and a freebee

Welll its all been amazingly hectic, and great fun. With loads of new kits coming out at Design House Digital the decorators have been busy busy busy. The smell of burning hard drives everywhere . But one thing I love about being paprt of a design team is that you get a lot of scrapping done.

Layout Tracey Allen Kits Sarah Sullivan at Design House Digital

My 1st layout is of my grandson when he was lucky enough to be invited onto the footplate of a steam engine at Foxfield Railway. The kits used are the Boys things kits and Things that Go  all by Sarah Sullivan

Pictoral alpha by Tia Hoffman Design House Digital paper by Rattytatty Designs

My next layout is All about my wish to travel back in time and go to the great exhibition and features this stunning pictorial alpha by Tia Hoffman Shadow Art Alpha The Font is the art of illustration and the paper is mine

Scrap n art Magazine subscription kit May, kit by Design House Digital designers

The next layout is our family day out at Churnett Valley Railways 40's weekend The kit used is called Family Time and is a collaboration by  the Design House Digital designers and is for the May issue of Scrap 'n Art Magazine. Subscribers will get the kit

Kit Isobel by Angie Hinksman available at Design House Digital

Next layout again features my neice Morgaine who is a beautiful girl and shes not just a pretty face, she  is teaching herself japanese these pretty papers have a hint of the oriental about them The kit used is Isabel by Angie Hinksman whos kits are now available at Design House Digital

Summer Dreams kits by Cheryl Ann Kammerer Design House Digital

My last layout for todays post features some of my photos of Spey bay, Love Spey Bay in Scotland. Kits used are the Summer Dreams kits by Cheryl Ann Kammerer at Design House Digital

A quick pick of my Hybrid sewing project on Design House Digital 

Must admit Im not a great seamstress but so wanted to make something more substantial with the May house party kits for the Inspiration post today a tutorial on this Jasmine bag

Freebee Digital download

Here is todays freebee Doiley Paper Download , plus preview shows my new logo I think its much better than my old one

Want this post as a PDF CLICK HERE
Thats it for today 
Night Night 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Design House Digital Inspiration Blog hop and May House party

Hello to all visiting my blog.

If you have found your way here whilst on the Design House Digital Inspiration blog hop. I'm the last blog on the hop and you will find the Inspiration post  below. Also you will find a FREE March House Party themed Word art kit designed by myself .

To all of you who have found your way here from elsewhere. I.m sure that you will find my inspiration post and freebee just as interesting and I know that you too will enjoy our hop .

This month, our House Party at Design House Digital is being extended to a blog hop! Some of the Design House Decorators have prepared great  inspirational blog posts for you, full of layouts and ideas.  Our theme is “Romantic,” and the color scheme is gorgeous.  We’re sure you love the kits, ideas, and blog posts as much as we do.  
The House Party kits are on sale, 30% off, through May 5.  As it happens, the rest of the store is on sale this week as well, for iNSD.
We want to see the pages and cards you make using House Party kits! Post them in our Color Swatch Challenge, to share them with us!
To start the hop Click on the arrow which will take you to the 1st post on the Design House Digital Blog
May House Party Layouts

Official House party layout  The happiest day of my life

I love you and all your faces

This is an amazing and stunning set of kits so many wonderful papers and embellishments . I have been a bit carried away with playing with these kits. I am doing a hybrid project on the Design House Digital Blog on the 7th also using these amazing kits. I'll be making a Jasmine bag Like a lavender bag only with Jasmine.

Anyway those were my May House Party Layouts

So to my INSPIRATION POST (which is quite long but I hope you will bear with me)


We all fall into a rut now and again , and don't break out of the box of what is normal or expected.   Photos are the usual basic starting point for a layout, or sometimes we will take photos to match a specific paper (who isn't guilty of that). But how often do we actually make layouts with no traditional photos.

Either having absolutely no photos or  using your photos in a completely different way.

My 1st 2 examples are paper layouts , they were made to explain complicated feelings or stories. The 1st is a layout about My daughters and my story, its a complicated story and a story that was and is a huge part of our lives. There are bits that are really sad, and you could say horrific, how could I do scrapbooks of our lives and not tell the story.

How do I tell the story without it being graphic and upsetting.

Here is my solution,

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So that was my 1st photo less layout and it made me realise that Scrapbooking should not just be about the fantastic things in our lives, its about our lives.

My second example of a photoless layout again was to record something complicated. At the time the man my daughter was with the very very wrong for her, he had caused trouble between us. I found out she was going to marry him in the August and I wasn't to be invited because he didn't want me there. This layout was about my feelings about all of that

The gold panels are metal that I have embossed in the same way that I did in my last Hybrid tutorial on Design House Digital 

Fortunately the wedding did not go ahead, the man is no longer in my daughters life and our relationship is now amazingly strong. My daughter has seen and read this layout and it made it so easy for me to explain how I felt at the time.

My next layout has no traditional photo. I did use a photo to create a digital stencil or mask, and this time its a happy happy layout

Goodnight Beautiful

So this is my Knight in shining armour, and he truly truly is. The "I'll love you" quote and all the papers used are from the May house party kits , the layout also features one of my pieces of wordart from my freebee word art kit

So this is my freebee kit . I hope you like it and will find it useful . If you would like it you can download each piece seperatly FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Want this post as a PDF CLICK HERE

So that's it for me today.

However I will be posting a couple of posts over the next few days so pop back. You never know what you might find.

Monday, 29 April 2013

A hectic week on my blog and on Design House Digital

Well its all go go go this week at Design House Digital and with iNSD this week what more can you expect.

With loads of things happening this week its worth your while dropping by

Today I have a layout that I did for todays 29/04/203 Design House Digital 4play challenge,

The pics were taken at Catalyst Science Museum . Jake had loads of fun making the bubbles in the bubble tube. I had loads of fun photographing him and making this layout with the 4play kits, 

Bare Necessities – Fasteners & Flowers
Kraftsy Chic Paper Pack
Purity Digital Alpha
Cute Basics : Borders

Three of the kits are $1,and the other is FREE, but the  is today through Wednesday (May 1).

I also have another layout today something a little OFF THE WALL

Using Jennie Schoenberger's great HALFPIPE kit  a fantastic skateboarding kit. As you can see I  had a bit of fun with this kit.

So thats it from me for today look out for some freebees over the next few days.

Want this post as a PDF CLICK HERE


Friday, 26 April 2013

Quick layout and another freebee

Another busy week, looking after grandson, working in my antiques business and teaching myself design LOL

But I have managed to do a quick layout and here it is

I love this picture of my grandson and Mary Moseleys Kraft Paper kits just went so well with it that I just had to use them .

So I have been playing around designing odds and ends, and one of the results is  todays freebee paper

and you can download my FREEBEE HERE if you like this my next freebee will be a matching paper

Want this post as a PDF CLICK HERE

So thats it for now

Monday, 22 April 2013

A card a layout and a freebee

Busy busy busy, but I have managed to set aside some time to do a little post and make a little freebee for you all.

Well I'm hosting the Design House Digital 4 Play challenge today. Available Uk 24 hour clock 12.00 and USS 6.00. You can buy all 4 of the kits I used for the grand total of $3.00 on the 22nd April Only  
I had to pick 4 kits from DHD to play with, well thats a really hard job as there are loads of great kits to play with. 

I picked some lovely Mattes by Vanessa Fenton and some amazing papers by Mary Moseley to start with as they were both kits I love and had already decided I wanted to use, but I decided to challenge myself and pick a template as I hardly ever use one. The one I chose is by Tisha Chestnut and I think it offers loads of scope for playing with. The last kit I chose was by Kristin Damon and has some stitches in that I really liked and papers and a journalling block that  I thought would work well with my other choices. I avoided picking embellishment kits as I tend to use a lot of embellishments.

Anyway here is the layout that I made from the kits. Couldn't help myself and cut out one of the flowers from the background paper to make the flower embellishments, 

I also made this card using the same template and kits,

 I think you could give this card to either a man or a woman and its gone into my emergency I'm an idiot card stash , for those times when time just gets away from you and the next thing you know its .......s birthday tommorow and you need to get the card in the post.

Anyway if you want to play along with the challenge or just buy one or two of the kits you can find out more on the 4play blog post

So as promised here is my freebee. Hope some of you find it ueful

you can download this freebee paper here

So that's it for me for today
BYEE for now

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Why I love words, another layout and

Well I have been inspired this week to do a layout about why I love words. I write the odd poem and read loads and loads. I am dyslexic and was unfortunate to change areas at a key stage in a childs reading ability. I could read fairly well early, however I went from one area to another and they used phonics and made me start again. I didn;t really manage to read fluently again till I was 11 . I went to secondry school and we did the 1st world war in history and I read some of the war poets poems and that was it . I was moved and inspired by the sheer depth of feeling they could inspire with so few words. If you haven't come across their poetry you should take a look. Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen both died in the war and I have represented this by changing the center of their poppys to the watch face to represent their running out of time.

So here is my layout

I also fell in love with Vanessa Fentons Two new kits Moody Blues stunning arty papers Ill be using all of them they are moody and magnificent  and Haven a fantastic gothic alpha. They are so up my street. So here is my layout featuring them. It also feature one of Vanessa;s fantastic floral brushes.

Anyway I have also been doing a little designing and put together the two papers below

If you like them you can download my freebee papers here

Well thats it for me today. Have a great day!

TTFN Rattytatty

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Hi all well the weather here in the UK is GREY and more GREY, but fortunately for us crafters we can put colour back into our day by playing with paper whether that is paper or digital papers. So here are a couple of projects that I have played with over the last few days.

1st is a slider card that I have made for a tutorial on the Design House Digital Blog I hope you like it

Hybrid Slider card tutorial

I love these sliders they are great for cards and also a great way to hide journalling. If you would like to learn how to make this card, or how to make your own sliders or want to find out about the lovely digital papers I have used you can go to the Design House Digital Hybrid Tutorial.

At the weekend My husband daughter and grandson Oh and me too went to Catalyst Science Museum in Widnes. We had a lovely time. Whilst there my grandson had a lolly and I just had to do a layout as soon as I came home.

I used 4 kits from Design House digital they are Noted doodle stamps I love these stamps they are so useful and great for all sorts of layouts.  I used Vanity Fair Grunge squares  on either side of the layout, these are so adaptable. The papers used were from  Baby Boy Papers and finally I just had to use the  Sweet Shoppe Embellishment kit it was perfect for this layout.

So that's it for today hope you have a fantastic day.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Just dropping in for a quicky

Well its 23.48 have been really busy again and a bit under the weather, but definatly wanted to do a quick post.  And its going to be really quick as I have to print of a voucher to go to Catalyst science Museum in Widnes tommorow with my grandson. I also have to Put my camera batterys to charge and make sure I have a clear camera card and get some sleep.

Just a quick layout and possibly tommorow I may post a pic of a card I made for my Neices birthday

this layout is of my grandson in the bath. He is really really the apple of my eye, I love him so much . I loved theis picture of him he is so cute. The kit I've used is Candy Melon by ImagiNation at Design House Digital. I love the ribbon apple its so cute and the button tree.

I'm hoping to get somne good photos tommorow although if I can't get my act together I won't be ready to go in the morning.

Bye for now

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Just a couple of layouts and a free download

Hi All

Been rushed of my feet for the last week and despite many efforts to find time to do a post, I really struggled to find 5 mins. What with trying to learn illustrator, being unpaid taxi for my 27 year old daughter and grandson. A few family commitments etc. I hardly had time to breath.

I have managed a couple of layouts

This is called my Sam, I used Diane Rooneys Meadow Walk kit and the corresponding kit Mary Mosleys Meadow walk kit  Great kits and I liked playing with them. I made the ribbon rosetes with the ribbon in the kits but I stretched it made crosses of each colour then layered them up. Ill be using ribbon rosetes again.

The other layout

I just love this photo, when Jake my grandson was a little under the weather and had Jack the teddy (The school teddy) to stay he insisted on giving Jack a birthday party. I think its a great story to remind him of when hes all grown up,

The kits used were Amuse by October Dawn and Inkling and Wits corresponding Amuse kit

Don;t forget that you can collect a huge free kit from Design House Digital Join the blog hop treasure hunt and you can collect the kit below

It is a lovely kit and you can see what I did with it on my blog hop post where you can also download a freebee, Oh talking about freebees

Here is a freebee for today its a simple wooden plank paper I hope someone finds it useful

you can download it HERE

Thanks for popping by,
see you soon

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Just a couple of cards and Los

Hi everyone

I have been doodling about doing this and that, and here are some things that I thought I would post

1st is a couple of cards made with Spellbinders embossing foldersthe 1st uses a Magic stamp foam block. Magic stamp mouldable foam works so well with the embossing folders and the dies. Anyway here are the results

I used D-lites Fantastic flourish 1 and the mouldable foam and Scattered straw Distress ink I heated the mouldable foam then pressed it onto the cutting side of the die. Then inked the result up  in scattered straw. Stamped onto whie card. Then I embossed it with the M-Bossabilities Flora folder Then heavily inked with scattered straw to create the back ground. To create the ribbon I used the Magic stamp and the other side of the embossing folder. I can't wait to try mixing and matching dies and embossing folders.

This card I embossed gold glitter card with the Flora folder then inked with stazon. I love the two colour glitter.

Design House Digital has loads of new releases today and the above layout was created with one of them. Sarah Sullivans fantastic Fly Away with Me kit I love the kites and hot air balloons and the colour scheme is great for boys.
The second kit I have used is the Wonderful Fairy Dust kit by Kristin Damon
There are also a few more releases which I will be playing with in the near future

Bay Dreaming - Set Sail Digital Paper Set by Tia Hoffman  I love this kit can't wait to go on holiday will have to try and cadge a lift on a sailboat so I can all of use this. Don't think the rib we go dolphin spoting on will be quite right LOL

and some amazing glimmer  and glitter mist brushes called Glitzy splats and mists by Vanessa Fenton I know I'll be over using these I adore mists and glitters

So that's my blog post for today.

See you soon