Thursday, 8 April 2010

Crafting!

I have had the past couple of days off work to recover from the travel and lack of sleep over the weekend and catch up on the housework. Alex has been in nursery and loving it, leaving Tim and myself free to catch up at home.  The house is now looking spick and span and I have had time to craft!  In the evenings Alex has been enjoying playing with his birthday presents, especially his quarry set which is the current favourite.
Crafting wise I have been focussing on scrapbooking and have made two layouts following the Crafty Cardmakers theme of 'Challenge yourself'.  I decided to challenge myself to do some free-hand doodling, which is not something I normally do, other than a brief line of hand-drawn stitching!  For this first layout I doodled some swirly lines around the edge of the central panel and then some circles and dots (not very adventurous I know but it is a start!).  This layout follows this weeks Unscripted Sketch and also fits with the MTTC on the spot challenge (spotted paper and hand-drawn spots), the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge of 'one for the boys' as it features Alex, Practical Scrappers as I used my Whispers marker pens for the doodling, Daring Cardmakers diamonds theme (there are quite a few little diamonds scattered across the layout), and Magical Crafts 'animal antics' theme (I'm assuming fish count!). The journalling reads 'Alex really enjoyed his first trip to the Deep in Hull and was fascinated by the fish swimming around, especially the big ones and was still talking about seeing 'sharks swimming in big tank' weeks later!'
The second layout is entitled 'Waiting for the train' and follows this weeks Pencil lines sketch.  I got a little more adventurous with my doodling this time, freehand doodling the central frame and the title word 'Train', again using my Whisper Marker pens (fitting with both Crafty Cardmakers and Practical Scrappers themes). This also fits the OCC theme of 'buttons'. The journalling reads 'Alex having a cuddle with Grandma and finishing her ice-cream while watching the steam train puff along the top of Blue Anchor beach. Aug '09'
Finally I completed a layout of a Peacock butterfly that I took in the park last August, which fits with the Stamp, Scrap and Doodle challenge of 'Wings', and follows the Stamp with fun recipe of 3 papers, 3 flowers (I am counting each flower stack as one flower) and 2 buttons (can you see my tiny little buttons to the right of the photo!). The stamps are a mixture of Crafty Individuals, Tapestry and Stamps away done using distress inks. I hope you all have a great rest of the week and a lovely weekend and I look forward to reading your comments.
Love,
Caro
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18 comments:

Carol Ann said...

Lots of lovely layouts there Caro I love the one with your son watching the fish! Thanks for playing along at Magical Crafts.
Carol Ann xx

Sarah Gough said...

Great layout! Thanks for playing along at Our Creative Corner this week!

The Crafty Den said...

What a lovely layout. The butterfly photo is stunning. Thanks for joining us at stamp with fun this week. Hugs, Denise x

dstandard said...

Wonderful pages! Thanks for playing at Unscripted Sketches!

Linda L said...

Beautiful butterfly! Thanks for joining us at SSDS this week.
I am having at celebration at my blog and I would love to have you join in the celebration.
{{Linda}}
http://cardsbylinda.blogspot.com

itsabrt said...

These layout are just amazing, I love the aquarium pictures it's like he's standing in front of a different dimension! Thanks for playing along with Unscripted Sketches! Beth aka BR-T

Kim E said...

Wow! These are fantastic layouts. I love the pictures of Alex looking at the big fish. And that peacock butterfly is gorgeous, as well as the layout you created. Thanks for playing with us this week at SSDS.
Hugs,
Kim

Tineke said...

Great scrappages..love thebig fish.Thank you for sharing it with us at SSDS this week.
Tineke=)

Jamie Lane said...

Great layouts! Thanks for joining us at Practical Scrappers!

Erin said...

great pages! thanks for playing at Practical Scrappers!

Dana Grothaus said...

What great layouts ! Thanks for "breaking out the buttons" for this week's OCC challenge!!!

Lisa Jane said...

what wonderful layouts. Love the one with yur little boy watching the fish
lisa ;)

Julie - Kewlstamps said...

fun...Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner this week:-)

Crafting Joanne said...

All wonderful pages Caro.

Thanks for joining us over at Magical Crafts.

Hugs

Joanne xx

Maria said...

Love your layouts and the gorgeous pics. Your son is just adorable. Thanks for playing along with us over at A Spoon Full of Sugar. Hugs, Maria

Pat said...

Great layouts, super photos. Thanks for joining in at MTTC.

Pat xx

Vixykins said...

Great LO's Caro, your doodling is really very good indeed, very tidy :)

Thank You for challenging yourself at Crafty Cardmakers x

LazyKay said...

Excellent layouts - I particularly like TRAIN.

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