Sunday, 15 May 2011

This might be a long one!!

Wow I cant believe its been so long since I blogged! Life taking over and all that... but here I am with LOADS to share!!!
Its been a long few weeks with ups & downs but the Ralph girls always bounce back!!

Ok so here's what I have to share;
- some layouts; finally!!!
- some cute pics
- the story of our family circle journal craft club!!!

So layouts first.....

This is one I've wanted to do for ages; 2 very special people no longer with us & missed every single day...., this layout took me days & days!!!

 not a great photo for some reason, a couple of closeups;

And another layout; this is using the lush new BoBunny papers;

I just love this photo of Tig, she looks so naturally happy :) and love all the bits on these papers that I can chop into!!! Pretty colours too!!! I added some Prima lace, prima flower & some A line flowers sprayed with teal mica mist.

Couple of close ups:

 a third layout....

I'm really pleased with this one.... it took ages!!! I used Tim Holtz masks, lots of mists, made the cogs from cardboard (using the masks as a template); I inked them with Rangers distress inks... I did try to use UTEE but think my embossing pad must be a bit dry as when I heated the UTEE with my heat gun it blew all over the kitchen worktop & melted there instead of on the cogs!!!

I think I will be using these papers a lot...Bobunny timepiece.... LUSH!!!!!
couple more closeups:

So many layouts!!! Well for me 3 is a lot!!!

Here are a couple of cute pics Ive taken lately;

3 little girls very excited and tired after an afternoon crafting!!!

Maddy is an odd child.... she found some of my old pop socks.... yes i have some i'm afraid!!! |& wore them as stockings on the trampoline!!! Not sure if I think this is horrid or cute but funny all the same!!!

Finally we started a family circle journal yesterday Mads, Tigs, Mum, my gorgeous niece Alisha & I.... but its more than a CJ... its a family saturday crop... a time for the girls to spend time together... a time for me to craft with mum (a massive rarity!!!) and a time for Alisha to have some girly time away from her two stinky (just kidding boys :) I love you both!!! ) brothers !!!

We made our covers & the girls did their front pages..... I really did have the best time & hope the girls did too! Here's our efforts...

Mum's as always was fab but I think Tiggy might pose some competition as she get older... check this out... she did this on her own & she is FIVE!!!!

Cool eh?

It was Alisha's first attempt at scrapping & I think she loved it!!! Bring on more family crafting!!!

There you have it.... told you this was a long one....

Hope you've had a fab weekend
C xxxx


  1. Some gorgeous LO there and I love the way you are all crafting together.

  2. Hi Claire Good to see you back blogging. Might be a long time but those LOs were definitely worth the wait! They are absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    Great idea to do that family circle journal, sounds as its going to be a lot of fun.

    I know I am wishing my life away here but looking forward to meeting up again at the Retreat next March, hope we can manage to behave in the dining room this time !!!!!

    Jill x

  3. Good to see you back Claire! Lovely work xxx

  4. Love the layouts. all so beautiful. I agree Tiggy did an amazing layout for her age. She'll be in your stash soon!

  5. those pages are gorgeous, you have been busy, loving all your work as always also loving the idea of a family circle journal! Hope you're having a good week!


  6. These layouts are gorgeous, they have such a classic look - truly beautiful.
    Tkae Care - Ju xxx

  7. Uhooi,,
    Waw,, It works very good, creative and beautiful,,