Thursday, 12 April 2012

Spring Fling - Scrap Our Stash April Challenge

Evening All,

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the better weather now that spring really has sprung.

This month's challenge theme for Scrap Our Stash is Spring Fling. For some reason I found this a difficult topic ... I played around with several ideas but in the end settled for scrapping these little lambs.

Some of you will recognise this as the layout lying on my desk yesterday. All around us is sheep rearing country and so every spring I look out for the first newborn lambs of the season. Snowdrops might be the harbinger of spring but when the first lamb is spotted you know it's here at last.  I love to see them gamboling and frolicking in the fields nearby, makes me smile, but they are the very devil to photograph ... their mum's are very protective and one sight of me and my camera and they usually head for the hills, as you can see in the pic on the left :)

The papers are all from Daisy Bucket Designs, three sheets from the appropriately named In The Meadow collection, and one from Perfect Harmony, another aptly named paper. I've been hoarding them since 2010 so time they got an airing.  The curvy strips were created using Kiwi Lane Designs templates, as was the journaling bracket and the butterflies. The titles are computer generated and then fussy cut, as was the 'sun flower' and several of the other flowers - the others were punched, scrunched, hot glued together and finished off with card candy. The stamped sentiment, my winter mantra, is from Sheena Douglas.

No list of materials used ... I'm being lazy tonight, but if there is any information you want, you just have to ask :)  However, I can say that everything used came from my stash mountain so this project definitely qualifies for the Use-It-Up logo.

And finally, Ochiltree is a little country village not very far from Ayr, where I live, surrounded by farms and sheep. One of the the houses in the village Main Street is called the 'House with the Green Shutters', after the novel by George Douglas Brown, who was born there. The book, published 1901, is set in a fictitious village called Barbie, but it is believed by some that the story was clearly based on Ochiltree.

For most of you this will have been a short week after the long Easter break, and some of you will have the kids at home on holiday ... I only know this because the school playground on the other side of the road from my house has been oh so quiet, the car park is empty, and the chuck-wagon has been noticeable only by its absence, as have the scary seagulls that swoop around hoping for some fall-out of the fries and ice-cream variety. Whatever, I hope you have had a great time of it and that you've found lots of opportunity for crafting.

Before I go, a quick welcome to my newest follower, Cindy, your company is appreciated.

Happy Crafting,


  1. What a delightful, colourful page :o)
    I don't know about Spring has sprung, we had the daddy of all thunderstorms yesterday and twice we had hailstones bouncing up off the roads!
    Jackie xx

  2. This is superb Elizabeth and just shouts Spring.

    Have a good weekend.

    B x

  3. Lovely page Elizabeth. It is great to see the lambs appearing. I also love to see the primroses appearing along the sides of the road.

  4. ...this is beautiful Elizabeth, pretty spring time pastels a perfect showcase for new born lambs...great pic's of a proud mum (she let you get quite close)...I'll not be doing a 12 by 12 again our craft group has gone oppersite for next month an ATC!, never done one of those either...thankyou for appreciating my humble little blog...Mel :)

  5. Hi Elizabeth

    What a gorgeous layout .. .. loving the photographs and the big flower in the top corner. That would make a fabby card all on its own!!

    I love to see the Spring lambs in the fields.

    I love Spring!

    Love Jules xx


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