spoonful of sugar

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Marshmallow cake and canoe !!

Since it is raining outside and I will soon need a canoe to leave the house...

(And yes I know, I need to do some weeding but the chance to go outside looks remote !!), Amelie and I made a lovely chocolate and Marshmallow cake...

As you can see there is not much left ( diet will have to start tomorrow !! )

Yesterday, I had the chance to spend the whole day scrapbooking with my friends. The lovely and very talented Lisa, taught us through a messy and colourful lay out. As usual, it took me a while to get into the mood and I even had to trash my first attempt, but with perseverance and faith ( and very encouraging words from Lisa !! ) I kept at it and finished a page, very different from my usual style but ever so great ! I really love it, I love the colours and the texture. I mostly love the idea that scrapbooking isn't just about buying the newest products and embellishments but mostly about creating your own art and using plain paper. So here is my page...

I also got the chance to make a page for the Studio Challenges ( first time ! ) where you had to scrap a page using a song title. I found this cute picture of my sister feeding me when I was little and I had to use the title. We Are Family by Sister Sledge.

I love the page, I like the journaling and the colours, I hope my sister likes it too !!

Well, I shall go and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Happy scrapping every one.

Anne XXX

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Scrap 365

There is a new challenge over at Scrap365, and you know how much I like challenges so I decided to give it a go. I like the sketch very much and it was perfect to scrap one of the hundreds of pictures I took of the kids while on holiday in Brittany. For once I decided to stay close to the sketch and I am pleased with the result. Clean, simple but I didn't have the time or the inclination to make a mess today so here is what the sketch looks like ...

and here is what I made..

What do you think?


Monday, 23 April 2012

Sketches in Thyme and Bird is the Word

Quick one today, still feeling a little tender after too much partying at the weekend, think 80's, punk outfit and dancing all night and you will understand !
I still managed to create a lay out today, not my best ever, I will admit, rather messy and unbalanced but hey, you can't love everything that you do !
I used the sketch challenge over at Sketches in Thyme  and turned it side ways,

And a prompt over at Bird is The word

We have a new word today (well, two words)! This challenge is an either or challenge and the words are LOOK / SEE. When you work on your layout for this challenge you have the option of using Look, See or both words on your project.

And here it is...

Hmmm, told you, I still have a headache and I must have trouble looking at colours !!

Have a good week !

Friday, 13 April 2012

Easter Lay out

Just a quick one today, the weather is nice and I should really take the children out while it lasts.

I made a lay out last night, very clean and simple. Not really my style recently, but I wanted to put the emphasis on the pictures this time. Funnily enough, this page took quite a long time to do, because of the calculating and trying to stick things straight !

We were in Brittany for Easter where the Flying bells come during the night to drop off some eggs. We tend to go there every year as my parents have got a lot of land and the search keeps my kids ( and my dad!!) entertained for hours !

So here is my page, and no, I didn't enter any challenge for this one. I did it just for fun !

take care


Thursday, 12 April 2012

Sketches in Thymes and Creative Scrappers

Happy Easter everyone, if only a little late !!

I am back from Brittany where the children and I had a nice break. The bells, ( yes, in  France magic flying bells, and not a Bunny, bring chocolates to kind children) were very generous as usual and I have now started yet another diet !!

I have hundreds of great pictures to scrap now and so I have no excuse !

There is a Design Call over at Sketches in Thymes. If I am perfectly honest, I am not sure I am ready to be a designer ( but then again, why think about it when I haven't even been offered the job !!), but I like the sketch anyway, I often play on their challenge site and the designers are always very complimentary so I gave it a go. Here was the brief..

A Sketches in Thyme Design Team Call!!

I'm a Sketchy Maven at Sketches in Thyme!
Would you like to be a Sketchy Maven? The 6 month term for our talented Mavens is drawing to a close, and while some will be staying on, we are looking for new members to join our Sketches in Thyme design team! If you enjoy creating layouts from sketches, participating in blogs and motivating others to take part in challenges, this might be your chance to be a part of our Design Team! Your term would run May-October 2012, and you would be asked to complete 2 layouts per month. If you would like a chance to be considered, here's what you need to do:

1-Create a new layout based on our sketch below.
2-Post about our DT call on your blog, along with your take on our sketch.
3-Leave a comment here telling us that you would like to be considered for the DT, along with a link to your blog post. Be sure to include your email address so we can get in touch with you!!

And because I like joining a few challenge sites at the same time, I also took inspiration from the sketch over Creative Scrappers.

and here is my take...

I have been thinking about doing Appliques to my pages for a while and I was all ready with my ideas when I realised that in fact I will need to order a special foot for my machine, or may be wait for a generous soul to buy me one for my birthday !! ( that was a hint aimed at a few loved ones !! ). So anyway, I still wanted to add some stitching to my page and so I made an apple and some pretty leaves and stalks for my flowers. I had also kept a page from a Lady Bird book with the word Apple and a few badges which I knew would go well with my page. I don't often plan pages so far ahead but this idea came to me a long long time ago and every time I found something that would go with the title, I put it aside and all I had to do was to wait for was a nice picture of Amelie. I like the end result, busy but pretty and I hope you like it too.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays,

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Made me laugh !!

My sister sent me this little cartoon, it made me laugh a lot so thought I would share it ! Shame if you can't speak French, but then may be you should consider coming to my adults evening lessons !!

Enjoy half term if your kids are off school, we are !!