Friday, 31 December 2010

Lace Pattern Freebie

I used some patterns from "Dover" to make 3 little lacy pattern files. They come as 3 .pngs and are white on transparent background. Use them as you wish- for personal or CU. I have included brief instructions of how they can be use in PSP. PS people will have to do their homework!
Here is a sample page of them:


Saturday, 4 December 2010

Friday, 3 December 2010

Still wading through holiday snaps.

Here are the last two collages from our trip to SW France. The first is of Castres, showing old tanner and weaver houses overhanging the River Agout.


This one if of Albi- a magnificent city, mainly brick-built. It is a World Heritage site. 

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking Freebies

Today is the day! Hope you all have fun chasing the goodies.
Here is my kit: "Christmas Joy"
I have gone for quiet colours this year by way of a change.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and thanks again to Antoinette for organising this popular event.


If you are a book lover, check down the page to 6th November for freebie kit with a book theme.

Saturday, 27 November 2010


I'm making slow progress with my holiday photos. It took most of the afternoon to do this collage of Carcassonne- such an impressive walled city.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Christmas is coming

I'm joining in Antoinette's blog train "Christmas Scrapping Freebies" again. She puts in a lot of effort so I wanted to support her. This year, I found it really hard to think of anything different, but have come up with something with quiet colours called "Christmas Joy". There is word art, stamp frames, music notes etc. I'm sending her my preview now.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Cordes sur Ciel

Another page of photos, this time from the the fortified, hilltop village of Cordes sur Ciel. It dates back to 13C and was a Cathar stronghold. Here, the inhabitants prospered and evidence of this is seen today in large town houses built around an inner courtyard.

Freebie, I Love Books

Sorry to those who tried to get this kit yesterday. I am guessing 4shared was overwhelmed.
Please go back to yesterday's post for a link to the new upload of "I Love Books"

Saturday, 6 November 2010

I Love Books- a new freebie

A new kit! Once again, I have collaborated with Tora- she produced the lovely word art. I'm really not much good at that. The kit has some grungy pale backgrounds "marbled" papers, leather etc. I hope you like it.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Pont Valentre

Another in the series from SW France, this time, it shows views of Pont Valentre, a 14thC fortified bridge. It guards the river crossing into Cahors, shown in the rest of the photos.

Monday, 25 October 2010


I'm still sorting through my photos of SW France. Here is a page of photos showing the 12 Century "Chateau de Beynac". It is still inhabited and is maintained, but has been left un-modernised.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

La Roque-Gageac

Another of the beautiful French villages. This is La Roque-Gageac, situated on the Dordogne. We went for a ride on one of the traditionally shaped boats and saw some of the troglodyte dwellings.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

More from France


Such a pretty village, perched high on the hill above the River Lot. The views were stunning


We vsited on market day. It is a fine town with much to see. We managed to find some quiet streets away from the crowds.

Friday, 1 October 2010

South West France

Just back from a wonderful trip to S.W. France.
Here is a composite of Collonges La Rouge. It looked like something from a fairy tale.

The next one is from Rocamadour. This village certainly has the wow factor. It is perched on a cliff rising from the Dordogne valley and extends several levels down. At the top is a chateau, the next level down  is a church and monastic buildings, and below that (over 200 steps), the village shops and dwellings. 

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Sunday, 22 August 2010


I put a little kit together today (300ppi) "Quiet Thoughts"


Monday, 9 August 2010

Freebie from the jungle.

Here is a freebie kit for you (300ppi) which I made in collaboration with Tora. There are a couple of overlays included, which are not shown on the preview.

Sunday, 1 August 2010


Here is a template for you. It is for a cupcake wrapper. There are plain templates avaiable, but I decided to do one with a decorative edge. It is at 200ppi and two fit on an A4 page. There are brief instructions with the template.


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Hi Elisa

Hi Elisa- thanks for dropping by and welcome to my blog.

Thursday, 22 July 2010


Here is a new little kit for you. It is at 200ppi, and just over 6mb, so is suitable for folk on slow connections.

Here is the link:

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Studland to Swanage.

From time to time, we enjoy the walk from Studland to Swanage, passing Old Harry Rocks. Today the stunning views were clear and spring flowers brightened the grassland. Skylarks were singing and the only downside was that this walk seems a little longer each time we do it.

Monday, 14 June 2010


At long last, I have got around to making a kit "My Little House".
Here is the download link:

Download from 4 shared

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Wimborne Folk Festival

Yesterday we paid our annual visit to the Wimborne Folk Festival. Drums beat and ankle bells jingle; everywhere there is movement and colour.

Saturday, 12 June 2010


We spent last weekend in the Cambridge area and visited Anglesey Abbey. The beautiful old house is full of interesting objects and the extensive grounds and water mill kept us occupied all day.


Friday, 7 May 2010


Here is a collage of the black and white timber-framed buildings of Herefordshire. We have just enjoyed a few days there.

Thursday, 1 April 2010


Hi Chele, welcome to my blog. I haven't done much for a while- life has caught up with me, but i hope to add some more freebies soon.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Leather Textures

Here are some leather textures for you. I took photos of 9 leather samples and each file is 6x6 inches @300ppi. CU OK on these. I have not made them tileable. I hope you can find a use for them.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Don't Miss Out

Isabella has a really beautiful kit available for free "Hey Mr Groundhog". Gentle colours and interesting elements make it very user friendly kit. The link is at Lotsofprettythings and is part of a "Stuff to Scrap" Blog Train- starting today.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010


Hi Raven38- welcome to my blog. I wondered who you were and then visited your blog and recognised all that Alabama work you did:)

Sunday, 24 January 2010


A new challenge has just been posted at Sunday Scrappers
It has a pop art theme and there will be a posting bonus.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Buttons for you

I have scanned some buttons for the course I'm doing. They are mostly from my button box with buttons from about 1920s onwards, one was made digitally.

Monday, 18 January 2010


Welcome Connie and Jenni and thanks for looking at my blog. I hope you find some things of interest from time to time:)

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Isle of Wight

We have just returned from a short break on the Isle of Wight. There was still a bit of snow around, but we visited Osborne House (home of Queen Victoria) and Carisbrooke Castle where donkeys demonstrate the treadmill which provided water for the castle.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Rolled Background Preview

Instructions for “Rolled Paper Preview”, using PSP.
I was asked yesterday about how backgrounds can be presented with a "rolled" look.
Hoefully, you can follow this in other programs. This is how I do it:

Open a new file at your usual page size e.g.12x12” @300ppi.

Fill with a black to transparent gradient (with the black running vertically)
With your pick tool, drag the fill to the centre of your page keeping the black at the page edge. Duplicate the layer and mirror the new layer. “Merge down” the upper layer. You now have black at each edge and transparency in the middle.

However  many paper rolls you want, divide 12” by that number. Let’s say you want to display four backgrounds. Each roll would need to be 3” wide. Again with the pick tool, drag the gradient across the page until it fills 3”.

Select the blank part of the page (selection tool) and then invert the selection. Edit, copy,  then edit paste “as new selection”. Repeat across the page. Merge layers if you need to, but in PSP using “paste as new selection” you will not need to.

When using this gradient, have it as the top layer, with your backgrounds stacked below. Taking the appropriate selections from the gradient page, select each background layer in turn, deleting the unwanted parts.

You may need to lower the opacity of the gradient and try “overlay” and “hard light” to see which gives the better result.

Friday, 8 January 2010


I did a new kit today called "In the Dark"! for the challenge at Hummies World.
Here is the link

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Green Woodpecker

I get great pleasure from watching birds. Today a green woodpecker came to the garden. From time to time it searches in the same small spot for ants, but this morning he was unlucky! It is a scraplift of work by Sailing Sue, who is a real expert on bird photography and has some amazing LOs. Here is her gallery.

Monday, 4 January 2010


Hi Beth- welcome to my blog:)

A new challenge has started at Sunday Scrappers. It is something a bit different as it has an educational purpose and involves scrapping about your local area. Lisa, my co-host at Sunday Scrappers chat, has set this one up. It will be exciting to see contributions from around the world. Read all about it HERE. Oh yes, and there is a pretty, wintery page kit as a posting bonus, kindly donated by Shana.
I'm not sure yet what my contribution will be, but as I live by the "Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Site" I think I shall have to include a dinosaur or two.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Some Scrapping

I actually found time today to do some scrap pages. Here they are, all using products from Club Digital at DSP and photos taken around Somerset.