Yearly Archives: 2018

Creativity Continues…

Now I have retired and closed A Maze of Memories I have decided not to post on this blog in the future. It will remain visible for another year so previous inspiration can still be searched.

I have however started a personal blog that will feature my new creative adventures – in the kitchen, garden, craft room and travels. My first post is about making home made ice cream!

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“Glacier Bay”

With so many memorable moments on our holiday choosing the best is difficult, but if I could only choose one day it would be the day we cruised into Glacier Bay National Park. Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe the experience.
I used a piece of blue ombré 12×12 patterned paper for my background which picks up the colours in the photograph. The layout came together quite easily.
I die cut the title and added some white glitter along the tops of the letters, plus added some hearts and a die cut pair of binoculars. (Cheery Lynn)
I added die cut and printed words as details, and an Alaskan journaling card. We saw loads of sea otters in the water so this little sea otter embellishmentswill remind me of those marvellous creatures.
I hand cut and glittered the ice bergs. We were fortunate to see two large glacier calving’s whilst in Glacier Bay, and although it was very, very cold the sun  was shining. Truly an amazing day!


After hiking to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, Banff in British Colombia, Canada in beautiful sunlight the weather suddenly changed. We were showered with painful hailstones. But driving wind and hailstones couldn’t take the huge smiles of our faces. The 360 degree views of the Rockies were incredible!
Starting with a piece of plain white cardstock I found various circle stamps in my stash and stamped a border before randomly adding colour with my paints. I then added small brads, gems, sequins and candi to embellish some of the circles. I added pattern to the background using a splat stamp, a mask and with random splatters. A couple of punched blue borders and a title and the page was finished.
Supplies: Woodware and EK Success border punches, various circle stamps, Gansai Tambo paints, Confetti mask, blue and black ink.


I’m rather pleased with this scraplift of my previous layout. The photo was taken on beach one at Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada. Not a beach as we know it, or the pacific ocean which is behind me as I have imagined it! We spent a lovely day exploring the park and walked 14 miles.
I thought the packaging from the Kaisercraft papers was too nice to throw away so die cut the patterns with this small stitched scalloped square. Not much wasted.
I created a border to frame my photo with a selection of stamps and dies. I have added some colour to the shells with promarkers. Journaling can be added to a tag behind the photo.

Supplies used: Scalloped square die from the Karen Burniston Spinner Square die set, crab is also a Karen Burniston die. Shells and Coral are by Stampendous. Quote next to the title and the anchor from  Woodware stamp sets. I also used some old travel stamps for the circular elements.

My original layout I have scraplifted:

“Relaxed & Retired”

I made this layout just before leaving for the airport! I have die cut thirteen scalloped squares from some DCWV packaging and arranged them around my photo. I love the foiled accents on the papers. The card stock weight patterns are still acid free and show a smaller version of the larger 12×12 papers in the pack. A couple of scalloped borders top and bottom plus the title and the page is almost finished.
I added a floral embellishment using Cheery Lynn dies, a sprinkling of pearls, and added some gold lines for my journaling. Done!
Supplies used: scalloped square from the Karen Burniston Spinner Square die set, scalloped borders lawn fawn die, Cheery Lynn fern, build a flower and baby’s breath dies.

Just Wanted To Say…

I have had fun creating a birthday card for my niece Gemma using a selection of different dies.
As the card opens the inside is revealed:
The card when fully open. As an owner of two beagles I thought Gemma would appreciate these little chaps!
Supplies used: lawn Fawn pivot die with decorating dies, Karen Burniston cat and dog die set. Creative Expressions word dies, Woodware decorative edge punch. Marianne Balloon die, Squares used or personal greeting on the inside of the card from the Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up die set.

Happy 50th Birthday

A special friend has a special birthday today and this is the fancy fold card I have made for her.

The card measures 6″ x 6″ and I have used a kraft, cream and white colourway which I always think looks very elegant.
The fancy fold is easy to achieve by scoring and folding the front:
All the flowers, foliage, birthday wishes and doilies were made with selection of Cheery Lynn dies. The inside of the card is decorated to coordinate with the folded front.
Happy birthday Nina. I hope your day is very special.

Popping Out To Say Happy Birthday

It’s my youngest daughters birthday today so I wanted to make her a card that would make her smile. The outside of the card has a window through which a simple scene can be viewed:
As the card is opened something pops out from behind the scene:
A little black cat is saying happy birthday!
Supplies used: Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up die set, Cats and Dogs die set, little scene created with dies from the lawn fawn pivot card die set, Marianne balloon die. Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6×6 paper pad.

“First Selfie”

My latest layout. Capturing my first attempts at taking a selfie with my new phone with hilarious results!
I dry brushed white gesso onto patterned paper, then swooshed on some pink distress inks using the packaging technique. Photos matted and layered with some fussy cut flowers from another patterned paper. Added some stamped words to the background. Title stamped and die cut. Journaling written directly onto the page.
Supplies used: Little by Little by Shimelle American Crafts 12×12 paper pad, Title a combination of  Stampendous Brush Alphabet stamps and selfie die cut with Cricut, small words: Click Photo Sentiments stamp set by Marion Emberson.

“A Stunning Dress”

As I had lots of beautiful photos of my niece getting ready for her wedding I have made another double layout.

I have used the same floral cut file I used on my previous double layout but cut in pink and glued directly to the background. I added tiny stamped flowers. 
Here I have used pieces of the floral cut file and backed it with patterned papers.  I used a large decorative edge punch down the side backed with plain white card. The pink stamped flowers and pink pearls link the two pages together.
Such a stunning wedding dress and my niece Gemma looked radiant and so happy.