I got the basic idea from a magazine, and used it as inspiration for this layout, but when I went into the detail, the dimensions in the magazine were wrong, so the stamped image didn't fit with a frame round it, which is why I decided to put it on at an angle. I enjoyed making it, though, as the backing card is brayered with Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters ink (which I thought was going to be blue when I bought it, but love the colour of it now), layered up with MME papers. I think I'll have to buy another pack of these, as they're so versatile. The flowers were a free digi image, coloured with Promarkers and then shimmer paints. It's meant to be a stencil, but I wasn't happy with my colouring so I cut the top flower out and stuck it back in place with sticky fixers, to give it a bit of dimension. I've been watching some very inspiring You Tube videos, so it's 'all systems go' this week.
I'm off to do some blog hopping, to see how you're all doing.
I decided to join in with Cori Spieker's Faithful Listers Club as well this month. I've started making my own travelers notebooks and have actually bought a long arm stapler, which I think will make it a lot easier. I think it will be a good way of using up some 12x12 paper as well, as I've still got far too much. I've actually put a blanket ban on buying any more and I've been true to my word and not bought any for about 18 months, as I don't make cards any more and I don't scrapbook, so I have no excuse!
I've seen so many ways of using a TN and I really like the look of them. I've sort of ground to a halt with this though as I find the size is too big so that I spend ages decorating, when I don't really have that much time. But here's how they're turning out:
I've used the Simple Stories Cabin Fever range, picked out Stampin' Up inks that match, and the flowers are a set from Lawn Fawn, which I am in love with. …
Much to my surprise, when we got in last night, John started moseying
about on the internet and found a hotel in Folkestone, and promptly booked us in for 2 nights!
We were up at the crack of dawn to set off, and had decided to go straight to Leeds Castle, as it's on the way down.
I have been wanting to visit this castle for a very long time, as it looks absolutely beautiful. It certainly didn't disappoint.
Here are some pics:
The whole place was fascinating. So many kings have owned the castle down through the centuries, then it was bought by Lady Baillie, who seems to have been quite a character. Her private rooms were exactly like the ones in the Villa Ephrusi de Rothschild, and as lady Baillie lived in France as a child, it wouldn't surprise me if they were contemporaties.
Lady Baillie died in 1974 (after 3 marriages!) and the Castle was put in trust for the nation. It really is a fabulous place.
The castle originally belonged to a long line of Queens, starting wi…
We've had a fabulous day today.
We've been to the Peak District to go to the Blue John Mine. Had such an adventure getting there as dear old Satnav definitely preferred the scenic route!
The cave is 115m deep and there are loads of steps. Blue John is a semi-precious stone, which looks a bit like amethyst in the ground, but is a deep, dark blue when it's polished. The jewellery's quite expensive though.
I am actually scared of heights, so it amazes me that I can go down and down and not be bothered. As far as I know, I'm claustrophobic, so I was pleased I was fine to be so far down in the ground. It wasn't a warm day on the surface, but it was pretty cold down there, I have to say (around 7 degrees I think). It is a fascinating place, though, and I'm so glad we went. We haven't been since the children were quite young.
After that, we drove on to Eyam plague village. Basically this village was hit by the plague in 1665 and the powers tha…