Thursday, June 25, 2009

Father Mini Book

To continue with the theme of Mini Books - here is one I made last year for Cricut Club - dedicated to My Father - George. Love you Dad xx

The pages are cut from Accent Essentials at 5.5 inches. With the smaller frames cut at 3", 2.5" and 2.25"

The little blue bird is cut from Home Accents at 2.75"

This is Dad at work in Singapore. He was in the Royal Air Force and served nearly three years there in the late 60s early 70s. I have vivid memories of half days at school and long hours in the pool. Very humid weather, no air conditioning and ceiling fans everywhere.

The little frame is cut from Accent Essentials at 1.5"

This is one of my all time favourite photo's of Dad. It was taken back in 1974 when we had a family holiday in the Isle of Man (a little island off the west coast of England).

Moving into the 80s, Dad looks so happy here. The brown scallop mat is at 4.5" from New Arrival, the blue mat with oval aperture at 3.75" from Beyond Birthdays and the word DAD at 3.5" from Beyond Birthdays.

Again the blue scallop mat at 4.5" from New Arrival and the aperture mat with the leaf cut at 2.75" from Stretch Your Imagination.

The decorative frame on this page is from Joys of the Season at 4.5" stretched to 6" wide on Design Studio.

Another favourite photo, my Graduation. Dad is wearing his favourite tie, so couldn't resist the wee scottie dog - one of those iron on patches you get from the haberdashery department - too cute.

The decorative leaves border cut at 1.25" from Accent Essentials.

The oval on this page cut at 2.5" stretched to 4.25" wide on Design Studio from Christmas Cheer cartridge.

The flourish from Joys of the Season at 1.25" (sorry, cannot seem to be able to put fractions for half, quarter and three quarters on blog!!!)

Two more recent photo's. Top one at my wedding here in Australia in 2007, and the bottom one at Glasgow Airport when I was returning to Aus from a holiday back home.

The back page says it all........

Thanks for dropping in

Jane xx

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Love Letters

This was an off the page project I made for Cricut Club back in February.....

It's a little book - but no ordinary book....

A close up of the stitching. Yes, I stitched the pages into the spine.... That was a bit fiddly, but well worth the extra effort. It did originally have rings, but they really didn't suit the style I was trying to achieve....

It's a Book of Envelopes.....

And each envelope contains a Love Letter.

Now, as you've probably realised, I've been married twice.... Have I EVER received a Love Letter? Nope....

So - What to put in the envelopes?

I reproduced famous Love Letters from history.....

This first one is from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn (before they were married) in the summer of 1528, WOW, the language is amazing (no, not swearing!!!!) the use of the English language is so eloquent, and definitely from a different era.

The second letter is from Robert Burns (the Scottish poet) (GO Scotland!!!) to a lady friend, known only as Dear Madam, he was a known womaniser. The letter is from 1785 and again the language is a pleasure to read, and it's written in straight forward English, not the usual style of Burns text, ie. "wee sleekit coorin' timrous beastie" .
Letter #3 is the first of two letters from Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine. December of 1795, before their marriage, what a beautiful letter....

Letter four is again from Napoleon to Jospehine, in Spring 1797, just two years later, now married, the letter is quite different from the first. In letter #1 he writes to My Dearest Jospehine, in letter #2 he writes To Josephine..... Google them to read them in full, amazing.....

Letter number five is from the most famous literary couple in history - Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Robert Browning. Written in January 1846, before their marriage. What an amazing love story theirs is, made famous in the old film 'The Barretts of Wimpole Street" - love that movie.

And, finally, letter #6 is from Tsarina Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas II in December 1915. This letter is from a wife to her husband before he goes off to war (WWI). The letter is all the more poignant when you know what was to happen to them during the Russian Revolution.

They would be taken, along with their four daughters and young son by the revolutionaries (the people) and be assassinated. Thus ending royal rule in Russia - we all know what came next....
What amazing pieces of history, so glad I made this wee project....

On to the technical stuff - the envelopes were cut from Wild Card cartridge at 6" and the title from Blackletter cartridge, so perfect for this project. The papers used are K & Co 'Life's Journey', again perfect for this.

Thanks for dropping in

Jane xx

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wee Peek

Just a wee sneak peek for tomorrows post....

Trying out a new layout for my posts.....fed up with the way blogger squashes up the text, no matter how I lay it out....let's see if this improves things!!
Still waiting to hear from Sheralee to claim her blog candy....
See you tomorrow
Jane xx

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Last Cricut Club Creations

Here are the layouts I made for my last Cricut Club at Scrapbooks From The Heart........

All the cuts are from the Home Decor cartridge - love that cart......

"Adore" and flourish cut at 3"

Chandelier at 10" and Fleur de Lys at 3"

Chandelier at 5" and Flourish at 3"

Thus another chapter closes. I will miss working at the shop, but on the bright side, hoping to save myself a small fortune.
The only disadvantage of working in the BEST shop in Perth - I got to see all the goodies as they were delivered and couldn't resist buying most of them - if I live to be 100, and scrap a layout EVERY day I still wouldn't get through my stash......

The good news is - Cricut Club will continue without me - the beautiful Kaye is taking over the helm - her work is beautiful - can't wait to see her creations.....
I still have lots of Cricut stuff to post over the coming weeks that I created for the Club, so pop back soon

In other news - still waiting to hear from Sheralee to claim her Blog Candy

Thanks for dropping in


Jane xx

Monday, June 8, 2009


We have a winner.............

All names in the bowl..........

DH did the honours.............

The tension rises.............


Congratulations Sheralee - send me your snail mail address at and I'll get your goodies in the mail to you.
Back tomorrow with the layouts from my final Cricut Club at SFTH.
Jane xx

Monday, June 1, 2009

Blog Candy

Here I am at last with the promised Blog Candy to celebrate my Blogoversary (day late, as usual).

DCWV La Creme Paper Stack - 48 sheets of gorgeous paper with flocking
ProvoCraft Paper Trimmer - with fold out arm measuring 15 inches
Rubit-Scrubit stamp cleaning pad - I'd be lost without mine
Bag of luscious Blooms
Creative Imaginations Word Clips
Kaiser pack of blank cards with envelopes
Kaiser Rhinestones x2
Kaiser Pearls - Hot Pink
Kaiser Brads - Waterberry
AMM Crystal Pulls
Paint Brushes x3
DMC Threads x7

All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. I will draw a winner on Monday 8th June (Aus time). I will post internationally, so good luck to all.
And here is DD, DGD #1 and DGD #3 - Baby is much pinker now, and what a beautiful baby she is....

Jane xx