Spaghetti Western Orchestra scrapbook pages




this photo looks very yellow but is is in fact the same brown as the one above

I just LOVE the music to the Spaghetti westerns by Ennio Morricone and when I saw the Spaghetti Western Orchestra (SWO) on the Jules Holland’s show I knew I just had to see them live if they ever came to Edinburgh.  Well they did and I wasn’t disappointed – they were fantastic!
On the first page you can pull the tabs at the side to reveal the tickets for the show and a newspaper clipping.
As I don’t tend to take photographs of the actual concert I used the official photographs from their website (if you scroll down in their website you can watch a couple of clips) and traced the shooting cowboy silhouette from the CD cover.
I did try to do some image transfers from photos I took of a Wild West street Edinburgh but they didn’t work that well but it didn’t really matter as most of the images were going to be covered up.  In real life these pages look a nice warm brown colour but try as I might I could not get my photographs to look the same.

Inks:  Distress inks Brushed corduroy, Vintage photo, Wild honey, Spiced marmalade, Rusty hinge, Black soot, Fired brick, and Frayed burlap, Memento Tuxedo black, Adirondack Denim, Versafine archival Vintage Sepia, Dylusions Worn leather spray mixed with Distress Pumice stone re-inker (diluted)
Card:  The back pages from a scrapbook paper pad, yellow Stampin up textured card, glossy photo paper, Heritage paper alphabet and header strip, orange vellum, scraps of ivory card and leather look brown card,
Stamps:  Waltzing mouse stamps: Way out west and Back in the saddle, Tim Holtz Wild west and Urban tapestry, Oxford impressions Steampunk
Other:  gun charms, horseshoe charms, image transfer of own photos of saloon, Distress stickles Vintage photo and Clear rock candy, Diamond glaze, saloon die cuts, mini brads,

Altered Harry with a pigeon scrapbook page.

As some of you may be aware I have been mucking around with printing onto fabric. This is a photograph of Harry in the botanic gardens feeding a pigeon (peanut in his mouth). I altered the colours and made it negative (I think – I altered it so much that I can’t remember what I did!) then printed it onto cotton poplin photo fabric. This was cut out, frayed, tinted around the edge, ironed onto interfacing along with some fusible fibres. I found the self adhesive Fozz felt flower border a real pain to use as the backing paper came off in tiny bits rather than in one piece.
I could probably have just used the freezer paper ironed onto fabric for this as it does not need to be washable but I am just dabbling in new techniques just now.

Here is the original photo:


And this is how it looked on the screen before printing onto fabric:


It looks sooooo bright here but it fades a lot once it is printed.
Inks: green ink for around the fabric border
Card: Doodlebug Pastel plaid, BoBunny My darling cut out and My darling Bella
Other: Cotton poplin photo fabric, iron-on interfacing, fusible fibre, green/gold mesh, Kaisercraft Fozz felt Flower power lime, fabric flower trim

Hello butterfly scrapbook page

Irene Tan has very kindly given her permission for us to use her beautiful scrapbook page  to scraplift for our crop’s February scraplift challenge over at ukscrappers. Check out her fabulous blog – she is very talented and shares her ideas and tutorials. You will find this original page under 100%concentration in October 2009 with her description of how she put it all together.

I love all of this page: the colours, the layout, the bling, the photo…..all of it! I kept the colours and some of the general layout, I used mostly stamps rather than rub-ons (only 1 rub-on in the corner of my photo), I used some bling and butterflies, added one bloom but left out the lace and some of the smaller flowers and I didn’t rip my photo.
Here is my scraplift version- Ceara has just had a butterfly land on her nose!
The other butterflies were made using the napkin technique onto acetate and cut out which means they maintain a fragile look and you can see the colour of the background through them.

Hello butterfly (my scraplift version of Irene Tan’s page)

Inks: Distress inks: shabby shutters, peeled paint, scattered straw, black soot and vintage photo, Black document ink
Paper: Magenta Printemps passion collection – Robins nest, K&co Toscana swirls embossed vellum, 7 gypsies Karma, black vellum (punched fern), acetate, napkin
Stamps: Autumn leaves On the edge (Katie Pertiet), Venaissance Llewelyn-Bowen, Basic grey Flourish corners, Inkadinkado Hello hummingbird, Aspects of Design Butterfly, Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry
Other: flat backed pearls, paper blooms, pieces from old ear rings, BoBunny Bella Journee corner rub-on, clear zoomz

Edinburgh croppers scraplift challenge January

At the Edinburgh scrapper’s crop on Saturday I managed to finish my scraplift page for our Scraplift Challenge 2010.  Each month someone from the group chooses a scrap page for the group to scraplift from.
Pauline chose our first one: ‘End-of-a-perfect-day’ by gwyneth123.
and here is my interpretation: ‘Dig, dig, dig’ – the journalling says – ‘Gardening:  A leisure time activity involving a lot of  time and little leisure.’
Inks:  Colorbox fluid chalk Lime pastel, Memento Rhubarb stalk, Distress inks:  Frayed burlap, antique linen and peeled paint.
Card:  papers from Bo Bunny My darling collection and Lily bee French Couture
Stamps:  Stampin up Sense of time (clock), Hero arts Four dolls (flowers on the arrow)
Other:  embellishments left over from other projects, bottle cap, Green acetate frame from Fancy pants, acetate arrow, brads, elastic band, note paper, tiny watch pieces

Garage scrapbook pages

Here are a couple of 8 x 8 inch scrapbook pages based on a layout posted by Sue for a CBC challenge. We demolished the single garage and had a double garage built on that spot. It used to house the motor bike and a car but now is more like overspill from the house. It has no heating in there so gets really chilly and damp in winter.

Inks: Black document ink, Colorbox fluid chalk inks
Card: Cosmo cricket
Stamps: Stampin up Loads of love (pick-up truck) and totally tabs, Dimensional fourth (bike)
Other: coloured pens for the wavy lines

New home scrapbook page


8″ x 8″ is a new size for me to work with so this is my first page for Sue’s grown ups challenge over on CBC. Sue gives a recipe and measurements to make it nice and easy and I just added the number 36. My theme for this scrapbook are some of the before and after photos when we had the builders in way back when we first bought our house in 1990.
My layout uses Cosmo cricket card, small letters and numbers, grunge board New Home letters painted in crimson acrylic paint, a couple of blooms, punched leaves, embellishment. The number 36 is a square of card with card board numbers stuck to it. I covered the front with aluminium tape and I used an embossing tool to press the foil close to the numbers. I then scribbled on top then rubbed black acrylic paint over it then crimson. I wiped most of the paint off leaving little bits on to highlight the numbers and scribbles.


Here is my entry to Carolyn’s challenge – cafe culture. The photo was a strange colour in the first place as it was a very bright sunny day and we are all sitting outside a Belgian cafe. The Grand Prix circuit at Spa-Francorchamps is situated in beautiful surroundings and the riders have to contend with steep hills and forests (creating dark and bright areas) and it uses part of the main road too. We had wonderful weather, race day was especially glorious, and we had a fabulous holiday but this is the only photo I have to remember it by.

Inks: Adirondack woodlands, Versafine onyx black, Brilliance pearlescent ivy
Card: white, Bo-Bunny Beau jardin bleu, dark green
Stamps: Dimensional Forth Ltd. Motorcycle racers, stampin up Loads of love (tree) and background sanded
Other: images: Stella Artois and circuit map from web, ribbon and brads

Drastic Fantastic


It was October 2007 when Harry and I saw KT Tunstall live at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh and yes she was FANTASTIC! I wanted to make a scrapbook page using my concert ticket , the CD cover (inside) and a few photos. I am hopeless at taking photos at these kind of events so I had to go on the scrounge. Many thanks to Martyn who very kindly gave me permission to use a few of his fabulous KT photos.
As I am setting this week CBC challenge – the theme is ‘just the ticket’ so pop in and join in with the challenge.

Inks: Distress inks fired brick and peeled paint
Card: Bo-Bunny’s back to backs My darling blooms and Ella precocious, scan of CD cover, white
Stamps: Elusive images Funky doodles fresh
Other: Tim Holtz hinged clip and grunge board flourish, stickles, domed embellishment, concert ticket and photos



I also made this card as another idea for using a ticket. This card is for Stuart who will be 12 years old in a couple of weeks. The ticket is one from Carolyn’s downloads (I tweaked it a little but kept the overall design) .

Inks: Distress ink fired brick, Versafine onyx black
Card: Bo-Bunny Ella precocious, white, black
Stamps: Stampin up backgound canvas, Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry
Other: ticket, black brads

a sheer mess


I was going to be making a card for Carolyn’s challenge ‘sheer elegance’ using some sheer ribbon but Chiquo decided to go for a dig this morning! Harry had been digging the mint out that had started to spread and I hadn’t quite got around to putting the green plastic netting over the nicely raked surface so Chiquo decided to have a dig and the mud went everywhere!

This gives a new meaning to ‘the mint with a hole’. Chiquo is in the dog house now!

Inks: Archival coffee, versamark with Tim Holtz distress embossing powder weather-worn
Card: Stampin up green and brown textured, plain white, glossy photo
Stamps: All night media paw print (actually a cat’s paw print), Stampers anonymous Tim Holtz Urban tapestry corner
Other: bottle tops, sheer brown ribbon, stampin up brown gros-grain ribbon, white brads, images inside the bottle caps are from Twopeas DW bow wow