Monday, 9 January 2017

Cherish Family Time Together

This is a LO that I did for the January week 1 challenge on UKS using one of the prompts from the Winter Snap Challenge - a hand addressed letter.

I scrapped my internet Sis Susan's annual Christmas card photo of her and husband John with their four lovely grandchildren.
I layered the photo on top of the envelope and some cardstock and added a hidden journaling card describing five of my current favourite things.
Spiced gingerbread, (baking);
The Island - Victoria Hislop (book);
Mosaic Mondays (the weekly photography meme that I host on my Normandy Life blog);
Sherlock (TV prog.with the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch)
and finally
Orlando Theme parks (we're planning a trip to Florida in July and there's so much to read about what to do and where to go)

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Winter Snap Challenge!

Sue and Alison two wonderful ladies who do so much to keep us all scrapping and chatting over on the UK Scrappers website have come up with a great Winter challenge to get us thinking out of the box when taking photographs to scrap.
I enjoyed their Summer Snap Challenge last year and can't wait to get started on this list

The 1-20 list …
1. a clock at 12
2. green or red or gold
3. a shop window
4. winter trees
5. baking
6. shadows, reflections or a silhouette
7. lights
8. chocolate to eat or drink
9. a bridge
10. a cone
11. the holly and the ivy (one or both)
12. anything frozen, icy, glistening
13. lambs, snowdrops or any sign of spring
14. foot prints, crunching
15. bedtime
16. cosy socks or mittens or hats or scarves
17. a hand-addressed letter
18. a house number the same as your birthday
19. a cobweb
20. a street busker, playing

And your A-D Substitutes list
A a favourite from Christmas
B film or book
C your handbag
D hands

And don’t forget the photo of you!

In fact so keen am I that I've started already!!
#17 a hand addressed letter

from my lovely friend Susan who lives in Dallas, TX. Her annual Christmas card of her and her husband John with their 4 gorgeous grandchildren.
Two shots of Fleur taken on a morning walk. Taking care of # 6 & 12.

3 more to cross off the list 
winter trees # 4

silver birch trees in our garden
# 5 baking

spiced gingerbread (Hairy Bikers recipe)

# 18 a house number the same as my birthday

it's my birthday!
I photographed this bridge in Port en Bessin after a great lunch of moules a la crème and frites.

# 9

On a weekend walk I spotted some fallen pine tree twigs and cones on the ground, casualties of the terrific gales and wintry weather we've experienced recently.

# 10

Friday, 12 August 2016

UK Scrappers August Tag Swap. Theme - Nautical.

The theme for the August Tag Swap is Nautical, so I downloaded a drawing of a lighthouse by the sea which I resized before printing off..
To add to the look I distressed some Tim Holtz Kraft Resist paper with chalk paint, then layered it onto a black Ranger tag and added a band of red and white cotton tape.
Next came a layer of corrugated paper on top of the tape followed by the lighthouse picture mounted onto lightweight dark blue cardstock.
A pink and white seashell picked up on a local beach, some rough twine as a hanger and voila!
Ship Ahoy!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Summer Snap Challenge 6 photo layout - AWAY.

One of the Summer Snap Challenges is create a page using at least 6 photos, so I gathered together some of my favourite snaps from our trip to the Dordogne last month and made this layout.

al fresco; ducks; umbrellas.

horse drawn vehicle; hats;
something that typifies your holiday destination
I've really enjoyed the SSC this summer and the way
I had to think outside the box to find the images.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Summer Snap Challenge

Sue and Alison are two ladies who work very hard over on the UK Scrappers website keeping everyone taking photos and then of course scrapping them.
Throughout the year they set many individual challenges and now, for July and August only, they have joined forces and come up with..........................
To score a whole bunch of points click here to see the full story.

Me and Mr. Latour-Marliac
creator of the hybrid water lilies which inspired Charles Monet's garden @ Giverny.

Here’s my 1-20 list …

1 vapour trails or clouds

wonderful clouds forming over Castelnaud

2 a horse drawn vehicle

Horse drawn cart spotted outside a Brocante in Eymet

3 flowers in bloom

a shady corner, Eymet

4 a summer job in the garden

strimming the potager borders on Bastille Day 2016

5 something typifying your holiday destination

blue shutters of Perigord

6 hats

hats on sale, Eymet

7 ice cream
ice cream parlour @ Beynac- Roque on the beautiful Dordogne river

8 kites or balloons - substitute C. G & T cake
9 bubbles

"come quickly I am tasting the stars!"
Dom Perignon (quote)

10 ducks, swans or seabirds

catching ducks, Eymet night market

11 summer sunrise or sunset

July 18th. 5. 43 am.
St. Marcouf du Rochy sunrise.

12 eating al fresco
guacamole tapas @ Andine
great Peruvian restaurant, Eymet night market

13 somewhere you would only visit when the sun shines - substitute E. just girls.
14 flags or bunting

outdoor church service in a tent, Trevieres Aug 7th.

15 summer shoes

my "go to" sandals this year

16 fruit growing, in the garden, on a tree, or in the hedgerow

All that was left of my golden raspberries
this morning after the birds had enjoyed them for breakfast

17 water
Chateau des Milandes, former home of Josephine Baker.

18 umbrellas

Castle tea shop & restaurant
Chateau des Milandes.

19 glasses

20 fete, fair or festival

fun fair, Trevieres, Aug 7th

A-E Substitutes list
A Play
B Anything in your favourite colour
C Something that made you smile

Gin and Tonic cake with strawberries & ice cream

D Friends
E Just girls or Just boys

two expectant heifers moved into the field next door yesterday
Finished, yay!!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Bloody Royal Mail or is La Poste to blame?

The tags I showed you in the previous blog seem to have gone astray between Normandy and UK.
The deadline for the May Tag Swap is fast approaching
 and just in case they don't arrive at Jill's house in time
 I quickly did three more tags this afternoon.

I'll take them to La Poste in Trevieres in the morning
(the previous tags went from St Clair sur Elle).

Trevieres is situated 20 kilometres closer to the English Channel,
perhaps that will make all the difference and they will save the day!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Tag swap - May.

The theme for our tag swap this month is "no theme"!
The choice is ours and Jill has encouraged us to do whatever we like.
As I've mentioned before the main reason that I enjoying creating tags is the freedom it gives me to try new things like using gesso, gelatos and other mixed media processes that I wouldn't normally include on one of my scrapbooking layouts.
Let me say here and now I Love Pinterest!
I could (and do) spend ages looking at boards and pinning away, mainly recipes and scrapping inspiration.
For my tags this month I chose to include ideas inspired by about 3 or 4 of the tags on my board.

I used pages from an ancient French school book, scraps of antique lace and buttons still stitched to the original card, all picked up for centimes at a local flea market to create a monochromatic vintage décor.