Sunday, 22 May 2011

Here comes Summer !!

Grey sky, blowing a gale, spots of rain and the sun trying desperately to peek through.  Good old British weather.  I have already rescued a sheet from next doors garden this morning after it took off like a parachute from the washing line. 

Can someone please explain to my other half and offspring that wearing flimsy t-shirts is not an excuse for putting the heating on when it turns a bit chilly!!  I refuse to put the heating on, afterall, thats what jumpers were made for wasn't it? 

Am I the only person who doesn't pack away their winter wardrobe in preparation for sunnier days?  My woolley jumpers and thick socks stay on their shelf and or in their drawer all year round, ready for days like this.

Anyway, enough of all that.  I have been busy making some more layouts for DD's 21st Birthday Album.


Kelsey and her best friend decided that they would like to do Ballroom Dancing.  So after numerous lessons in Various dances they took their first exam.

Their tutor normally partnered all the girls in front of the examiners.  Little problem, that Kelsey towered above her tutor.  So her husband was roped in to do the honours and partner Kelsey for the exam.  Even at 5'10" he was still only a tad taller than Kelsey, who had reached 5'9" at the age of 11.

The girls both passed the exam with Honours !!

Papers and flowers from stash
Library card a freebie download from
Title - Sissix - Catty Corner die cuts.

I enlarged the Honours Award from the certificate, printed and covered with 3d glaze, then mounted onto a nesties scalloped circle die cut from gold card.  Mounted on layout with foam pads to give it a lift.

Doing the Cha Cha

Kelsey and Jade, mucking around before the exam.


I couldn't do an Album without recording the day Kelsey moved into her own place could I?

The title comes from something Kelsey said when we had finally unload everything from the car and it was time for me to leave and go home.

After lots of hugs and a few tears, she looked at me and said
"I've got to be a grown up now !"

I painted a block of white onto the centre of the Card stock with Acrylic Paint
Backing Card - Papermania Kraft
Patterned papers are from paper bags.
Flowers from Stash
Brads - Papermania
Sequin waste and broken glass stamps - Tim Holtz
Corners - Sissix Decorative Accentt 655221
Check List stamped with Studio G - Alphabet Stamp Set
Key and Key hole - Tim Holtz Grunge Die Cuts, emossed with Distress embossing powder in Walnut Stain and a bit of Copper Glimmer Mist spray.
Title - American Thickers.  They were originally pink, so I coloured them with Fired Brick Distress Ink and grunged with a bit of Soot Black Distress Ink.  Although they took two days to dry completely !! [Is this because they are foam I wonder?]

All important Check List.

The much loved and much worn purple Doc Martens.  Looking a bit worse for wear now, although still really comfy, so I am told.

Stash Flowers and Tim Holtz embellies.

Colour changed and grunged American Thickers foam letters.


Kelsey does not want a big party for her 21st, she just wants family and a few friends round for a BBQ. 
This is the invite I have made to send out.

Pre-made card from Hobby craft
Patterned papers from stash [very old]
Ribbon from Stash
'She's gonna be' done on computer in Word Art, printed onto white card.
Glittery '21' - Sissix die cut - Twang, mounted on die cut shape - Nesties Labels 4
Photo taken when Kelsey was about a year old.

 Well, thats it for now, thanks for looking and all your previous kind comments

Take Care


1 comment:

  1. Lesley, I can only be blown away and totally inspired when I see your awesome creations. the dance exam layout is fantastic, love the library ticket and the combo of colour and B & W photos highlighted with the flowers. I'm all grown up is just fantastic, the to do list is fab, and the colours and textures all focus on the main photo so brilliantly. The 21st invitations are beautiful and the photo is so cute! happy 21st Kelsey, hugs, Fi x