Friday, 25 July 2014

Bear with me......

Here on the iPad......bear with me as it's been a very hectic three weeks with illness, school musicals, and end of term. 

I still have the kit and the giveaway is still happening and I still have the 4 Los to share........stay tuned. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

more blog hop....

and more prizes!! How exciting :)

I have the most current paper kit "Lucky" by Sarah Hurley to give away! Look at those gold doileys and the lucky lucky lucky stamps........are you lucky? 


well are you? As promised ONE lucky winner will receive this kit. What do you have to do? All you have to do is comment on all FIVE of my posts (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday).

Sooooooooo back to Quirky Kits......I made a card this time using the grey card from the Lite Kit and embellishments from the embellishment kit (which i sub to because it is just DIVINE).......


Hope you like my card and scroll down for the blog hop to WIN a QUIRKY KIT from LEO!! :)

Saturday, 28 June 2014


Hello hello! In today's instalment of arty farty we have a BLOG HOP!!! The Quirky Kits girls have teamed up with us at Scrap365!!

You can visit the Quirky Kits Blog to see what Leonora and the design team are making with the current kits. 
There are three bi monthly kits to choose from which arrive in the cutest wee bags!!!!!

First off we have the Main Kit:

Looking for something a little smaller? Why not try the Lite Kit:

Don't need paper? Well, QK have just the thing for you!! The Embellishment Kit: 

All of the kits are sent out bi-monthly, so no stash overload!! They are beautifully packaged in paper bags, perfect for keeping your goodies neat and tidy; and the Embellishment Kit comes in a cute little box! Leonora and her team have a ton of ideas for you on their blog  and they regularly pin sneak peeks of future kits on their Pinterest boards.

We'd like you to join in and create with us using the sketch as a starting point. It doesn't have to be with quirky kit goodies but if you do use them let us know :-) 


Here's a list of all the gals that are playing along today; please make sure that you leave a comment on every hoppee's blog, like Scrap365 on Facebook and follow the Quirky Kits blog so that we can put you into the draw to win the MAY/JUNE 'It's My Party' Main Kit. 

We will be doing the draw and announcing the winner on Friday, 4th July at 9am.

HOP LIST - Ali - Leonora - Sian - Eila - Kristin - Lythan - Sanna - Natalie (you are HERE) - Steph

I sub to the main kit and I love it. I love stash. I love quirky stash. I love being able to get a kit that's different, filled with stash I wouldn't normally buy or can't buy in the UK, and I love that's it's bi monthly!! 

So I was given the lite kite to create with: 


I went all fussy cutting on that floral paper! I cut geometric shapes from the papers and painted the dotty paper with watercolours. I can't create without inks so I used them to create my background. 
That huge ampersand is fussy cut out as are the hearts and I used the sayings stickers as part of my title. The alphas are black and white stickers that I coloured in with sharpies. 



Some close ups for you. 

Now, I have FOUR more layouts to show you so come back everyday to leave a comment and I will put your name into a hat to win a box full of goodies from me. 

Off you go to Steph :) - Steph

Enjoy the hop!!!!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

EnGuess what? I was chosen to be on the Scrap365 Magazine guest team chosen to celebrate the fabulous Scrap Around The World's EPIC ANNIVERSARY!! Just how exciterific is that? 

There is a cornucopia of wonderful inspiration, challenges and prizes to be found over at their blog here. So do yourself a favour and pop along and join in with all the fun :D

Here is the amazing mood board Helen gave us to play with: a

And here is my take on it.......a excuse to use gold!! 
I cracked open the December Quirky Kit for this layout :) mmmmmm gold!!!

  Enjoy :  

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Another colourful blog hop.........

Hey hey scrappy friends :) guess's time for a spectacularly colourful blog hop!!! 

Joining us on this hop are the lovely ladies from the Pan Pastel UK design team who work with these glorious dry pigment colours on a daily basis. 

Premium Craft Brands Pan Pastel UK Challenge Blog

Premium Craft Brands have donated a fantastic set of Donna Downey Pan Pastels for the lucky winner of our Blog Hop prize draw. Lush!!!!!

So let's get this hop under way!

Here is the list just in case you get lost:

Scrap365 and Ali's post - HERE!
Nikky Hall -
Riikka Kovasin -
Lou Sims -
Sandra Przbylska -
Tracy Easson -
Lisa Saunders -
Terry Wietma Gerbes -
Tracee Provis -
Claire Chapman -
Natalie Macdonald -

RETURN to Scrap365 -

All we ask for you to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic set of Pan Pastlels is to like us on Facebook, follow our blog and leave a comment below :) Winner will be announced on 20th March 17:00 GMT.


Just before you pop off to see what the lovely Nikky has in store for you. I wanted to share my layout with you. It was so hard to choose from all the delicious colours from the Pan Pastel range so we decided that we would all choose a palette from The brief was that we had to step away from our 'comfy' colours!!
Well, if ever this was a challenge!!!! I chose colours out of my comfort zone and here is what I created: 

I used a chevron stencil and used Permanent Red, Orange, phthalocyanine Blue, Rich Gold, Turquoise,  Magenta and Phthalo Green with the small applicator. I fixed the pastels with a quick spray of hairspray and created the rest. 

Thanks for stopping by, now head on back to Scrap365 HQ blog! Good luck :D 

Friday, 7 February 2014

New challenge.....

New challenge over on Sarah Hurley 365 :) 

Use one shape as your embellishment........I chose circles. 

The photo may be a tad small - written this on the iPad for the first time.....oooooh :D 

Enjoy and hope to see you enter the challenge!! 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Scrap365 Autumn Blog Hop!!

It's a beautiful autumn morning here in Derby, England (this is a scheduled post, but I am awake and I is frozen but the sun is peeking through the clouds) but it's make yourself a hot drink and have some FUN with us on this AUTUMN BLOG HOP!! I am Natalie and i like to make things with paper and ink :)

If you have just joined the hop, then off you go back to the beginning:

I love Autumn! For us it's a time to explore the woods and hunt for chestnuts or just get out in the crisp air for an adventure that makes us smile! 

A little page using Sarah Hurley Chevron Basics and Documented 365 Kits!

And of course some ink! It wouldn't be the same without ink and i am IN LOVE with this cabbage flower stamp from Jenni Bowlin!

The inside. Some Sodalicious stamps and random mini alphas.

 This was 2 years ago when Mr T was too scared to climb up a tree stump and jump off!! These days he can climb up a 30ft climbing wall and has come so i made a page remembering how brave he was that day in the woods!

Now, back to the rules and PRIZES of this hop:

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize is:

1. Follow the blog hop and collect a word from each of our Design Team.Please leave some blog love for our DT, they love to hear from you!

2. Like us on Facebook. Message the team with the secret phrase.

3. Follow our blog.

4. Then, when you have done all that, return to the Scrap365 blog and leave a comment to let us know you're finished.

Just in case you get stuck, here is the blog hop list:
Natalie: <---- YOU ARE HERE!!!

and last but not least........A PRIZE WOOOOOO!!!!!!

look at that for a whopper of a prize.....can i win it too? LOVE those thickers!!  My wiord is underlined and in bold somewhere in my post (I won't make it too easy for you!)

You have until the 16th November to follow the instructions and be in the running for that awesome prize!! Winner announced on 18th :D

Now, off you go to Lizzy: 

Happy Hopping!! 
Nat xx

Monday, 28 October 2013

Paper Secrets!!

Good day readers! It has been a while since I frequented blog land! I have been super busy being a "rugby" mum and being back at work full time.

There have been some creations in the past month and certainly loads to come in the future (can't wait to share with you my Sarah Hurley Lookbook creations!!) but on to the news!

This month, I have been guesting over at Paper Secrets run by Kristi !  Exciting stuff :)

 I was sent this amazing collection of chipboard and papers by FarmHouse which literally arrived in the UK the day my project was due!!

Here are the layouts I created for Paper Secrets:

from this sketch:

with the twist being to use alpha stickers!! That was quite hard because I'm not a fan :)

My next LO was from inspired by this sketch with the twist to use spots and stripes.

and here is my page:

You know i like to squish up my sketches!! More creativity soon and I do hope you are all well! Nxx

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

New challenge up at PUNKY SCRAPS!!!

Would love to see you there!!! (Also FROG DOG STUDIOS IS SPONSORING)!!!!!!! 

Monday, 19 August 2013


Well what a lovely scrappy month July and the start of August has been!! 

I've actually had time to relax and get creative and enter some challenges and I've managed to collect me some prizes and badges! Lol :-) 

For this page: 

Oooh!! Thank you so much Chrissy and the team :) 


For the same layout and this LO

How exciting!! I also won the July challenges over at CSI (but I think I blogged that already). 

Happy me :-) school holidays are l nearly over so it's back to the daily grind but that means more craftyness when I get stressed out! 

Happy Monday :-) x

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Punky Scraps!!

New challenge up in the blog!! 

Special guest Riikka Kovasin (oooooh!!!) and a beautiful mood board of greens, teals, pinks, and purples!! 

Hope you'll join us :D

Here is what I created: 

The challenge was to use the mood board and show us how you use your chipboard. 
I like to mix mine up - use naked chipboard and chalked chipboard. 
The mint green rise I made myself. 

The stencils are Sarah Hurley Chevron stencil and the stamp on the dream chippie is Sarah Hurley's background stamps. 

Hope you play along and thanks for reading. :) 

Monday, 12 August 2013


I won stuff!!!!! Wow :-) here's my winning layout: 

Lemon Owl papers and a picture of me as a child. Yay! 

Here's another page I made too. It's the first time I've ever scrapped my sons story about his eczema and allergies. 

The journaling is written on tags hidden  behind the photo :) 

Loving getting the chance to be creative again :D  

Monday, 5 August 2013

Scrappy fun!

The heatwave is truly over and it ended with a lovely trip to the zoo! It's rained for the past few days so i have decided to create a page for CSI and Merly Impressions summer challenges. I got messy - with modelling paste, paint (lots of paint), inks, distress inks, stamps, doodles and Lemon Owl - Around The Corner Collection....oh it's yummy! And there is a silly playing card from Paperchase in there too!


 And some close ups:

close up of journaling, stamps, splats, doodles and modelling paste.

More stamping with stamps from Stromsvigt and Banana Frog and masking using Sarah Hurley Stencils. 

Paints splots. There must be paint splots! :) 

 A close up of the main design: peek a boo photo out of the window, hand paperclip, wooden arrow and heart from Sarah Hurley, washi tapes, frames and peg :)

Loads of fun was had making this - mojo is coming back.

Thanks for visiting! : - )


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Soooo excited!!!!!

I am Natalie Jane and am absolutely ecstatic to be guesting with We R Memory Keepers this month. Welcome to my blog :-) 

Here’s a little about me just incase you missed that bit ;) :)

Am a 31yrold mother of 1…..and maid, cleaner, cook, lecturer, teacher, fun-pal. By day, I am a full-time Chemistry Teacher and by eve I can be found in my study creating, reading, or tidying the never-ending mess. I live in England and spend most of that wishing I could move to my homeland of Scotland.

I was introduced to scrapbooking in 2006 then it became a full on obsession (read Hobby) in 2009. I find it cathartic. You can currently find me in Scrap365 Magazine, Sarah Hurley Designs and my challenge blog – Punky Scraps (

I love colour so this particular collection was lovely to work with, so lovely, in fact, I made three projects. (See my blog for details of them).

I wanted to use all the papers and so I cut out squares of each paper. I mounted some squares and used the others to create windows. I accented the windows with faux-stitching to make them stand out. Used the cardstock chipboard as an embellishment for the title.


I like to cut out shapes to add to a cluster of embellishments and We R Memory Keepers Feelin’ Groovy paper was perfect for that.


Close up! Love clustering bits together! This twine looking stuff is paper twine from the pound shop! 

6_17_brave close up

Flair is from Ormolu! 


Loved these colours that much I made a card!! Used distress inks to make the yellow splats :) 


Another layout using acrylic inks and paints and of course stencils! 

The chipboard stickers I cut up to give a little more texture. 


Thanks for reading and I've loved working with this collection!! 

Monday, 10 June 2013

a very merry (un)birthday.....

to you!!

Wishing you a very happy birthday Miss Hurley! Have a wonderful day :D 

Now hop to JAINE