Friday, 26 October 2007

Just a quick card

Here is a Christmas card I threw together last night. I made the snowflake on Sunday though. The snowflake is one the Chippies out of my challange prize. I used the snow writer too and drew lines which I then covered in silver glitter. Once that had dried I used white holographic glitter glue to go round the rest of the snowflake. Love the finished result. I then chose navy blue card and some snowflake paper from Papermania. The snowflake is on 3D foam and a piece of blue glitter thread added. Just one last thing, a silver peel off saying Merry Christmas. Job done. Shame the glittery look doesn't show up well. IRL it is all shimmery and glittery.

Thursday, 25 October 2007


I decided yesterday to send photos of the wedding book to it's intended receiver. Thought I'd give her the head up that I'd made it too. Caught her at home making dinner but she ran to her pc to get the email.

She loved the whole thing, but had to tell me that a while ago they bought a guest book and she put it away and then forgot about it. It was her OH who reminded her about it. Having discussed it with her OH they thought it would be perfect to put their reception photos in. Hmmmm, just one problem there. It's only 4" x 4" so they'd have to be mighty small. Not really suitable then. I suggested that it could be used for family and friends who weren't able to attend the wedding, so they could send them a message in it. A sort of alternative guest book. That idea went down well so now it would look as if that is going to be it's purpose.

So with the little wedding guest book and box made, I turned my attention to the CJ I have been working on and finished my LO last night. DH has got into watching some silly american police show about the daft things people do in their cars. Yawn !!! seen them so many times before they bore me now. Mind you I can watch my recorded craft shows over and over again and not get remotely bored. I got so many things out to try on the LO and ended up having to tidy as I went. Wasn't sure about the end result last night as I always have quite a full page normally and this is much more minimal than I regularly do. This morning however I looked again and think it is fine. I like it just the way it is. It doesn't need anything else so it is staying that way. Going to get the girls to do theirs next. Can't post pics as it could be seen by Lizzie and that would be a no no until it gets in her hands. Not long now to wait. So exciting to get them back and see everything.

This morning in chatting with my other niece, bride to be's big sister, I might now be making a 2nd boxed album. It is soon to be her 40th birthday. 40! That puts her in my decade again ha! Only thing is that she is having about 100 people to the party she's throwing. Not sure that my mini album would hold enough room for so many people to sign anything but she has thought about doing a book herself so that 2 could go round. Now that work, so long as people only sign the one book that is. Who knows what happens with a bit of alcohol inside some people. (BTW It's a fancy dress party with the theme of childhood villains and heroes. Now shall I be bad or good?) Think I'll go and check out my supplies and have a think.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Oooh She's a one

So the Pinkster got me with the same tag that Karen did. (Karen tagged her when she did me.) I failed so badly last time round too with the smile award and only found 2 people to tag on to. Even with adding a couple of friends to my list, I still have no new people to tag for the questions, because they have all been done. This also means however that I have answered the tag before so I'm sure my answers can stand for this go too. Lol well they are so there !!!!

Gotta go, got crafting to do and hopefully finish so I can post it here tonight.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Finished it

My stash arrived today so I could get on with the wedding guest book I am making for my niece. She gets married at Gretna Green on 9th December. It was meant to be a wedding at home next July, but after going to a friend's wedding in Gretna earlier this year, they found it to be everything they wanted in a wedding. So they pulled out all the stops and brought everything forward to go for their dream wedding. Hope it's not too cold for them, but I've suggested fur lined knickers might be advisable if it is. Lol.

Unfortunately we can't go to the wedding, too many things against us for it, but to be invited was nice. I've never been to Gretna or Scotland for that matter. Well unless you count standing on Hadrian's Wall many years ago. One day maybe. ?????
Anyway I was aiming to finish off the CJ I began yesterday but the guest book called me louder. (Sorry Lizzie but don't worry it will be done in time.) I decided to use the 7 Gypsies small boxed accordian book. There are only about 40 people invited I believe, so this is hopefully perfect for the guests to sign.

I thought about it before starting and went through my papers deciding to use my K & Co Bailey papers. Not exactly wedding like but oh so lovely. I decorated the outside of the box before putting it together, but I forgot to decorate the inside first too. Luckily I bought a 2nd kit just in case, so I took a template from it and carefully added it to the first box. With that sorted I was in full flow so I moved on to the book. I decorated each page with more Bailey papers and then added a white square of paper, rounded at each corner, for the guests to write on. Embellishments had to be fairly small so as not to take up too much room. I used peel offs and Prima flowers with adhesive gems mainly, with fibres between the folds. Alphabet letters are from Basic Grey, Mellow Maude.

The whole thing took me about 3 hours from start to finish, in between doing the washing and checking on the girls every so often. I really like the end result and I hope my niece will too.

Photos were taken tonight so aren't best quality. I will replace them with daylight ones next time I'm here.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Another one

I've been tagged again. This time by Karen. Thanks XX I'm going to have to put my 7 facts on later as I'm 1/4 way through finding my craft table and DH has just returned from walking the dog. Can't be sat here for long or he'll be moaning at me. (The pc is his baby) Also the washing has just finished and so has the tumble drying load. So it means only one thing. That H word for a bit. And I so wanted to play some more with my prize goodies. So what if I have glitter everywhere, and the snow writer comes off. Hmmmm? It says it does. !!!!!!

Okay then Karen I'm back to finish what you started.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs

1. Done

1. I was born and raised in Brighton.
2. Uncooked bananas make me sick (since having DD2)
3. I speak 3 foreign languages. French, Swedish and German. (Sometimes in the same sentance lol)
4. I am a chocoholic.
5. My stash collection seems to grow faster than I can use it.
6. I give up 3 afternoons a week to help out in school for my 2 DD's classes. (I also work at school over the lunch time. Must be mad)
7. I'm a true Sagittarian. If I have money in my pocket or purse I have to spend it. I also love to travel.

Now on the 'tag 7 others' front I don't have that many people I follow that I can tag. Plus those I do follow I think have been tagged already by at least one of the others. So I will have to come back to this bit when I can see who hasn't been tagged.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

You make me smile award

I forgot to shout about my award. My lovely friend Lou awarded me the you make me smile award. My blog will wear it proudly. Thanks Lou XXX.

I have to find 10 people to award this on to. Hmmm DO I know 10 people who blog? LOL. Well, I'll sleep on it and do something on that tomorrow. (Before crafting. )

Well having looked around I can only find 2 to tag at the moment. So I wil do them .... for now and in no particular order.

Karen (got you back matey)

Just copy the award and post it on your blog along with links to your ten people that make you smile.

Challenges prize

Today I got home from visiting my family in Brighton, to find a package in my outside cupboard, left there by my postie. It was even more of a lovely package than normal as it was my prize for being one of the winners of the Charmed Cards and Crafts challenges (set by the forum members over the past year). Well done to the other two winner, Tee and Carmen. We each had 386 points and did every challenge going.

I am now itching to get to play with my fab prize of lush Christmas goodies. But for now am happy to look at them and get them out to admire. (Well it is late now) I scattered a box of die cuts everywhere and had a good rummage through. They are so lovely and there are so many options with them too. Ideas are already forming in my head.

The best thing for me is that it's half term next week so I can play all week. Just 'a bit' of housework to keep things under control, but it will be 'Playtime'., and that starts tomorrow afternoon. Yay!!!!

Friday, 19 October 2007

Oh dear!

Well the intention was there to get something done this week. DH sorted the pc out but not until Tuesday evening and then the Light magenta ran out. Doh!! I'd hoped to print out some of his photos and scrap some of them, but they will have to wait.

I must admit that I took most of Wednesday off to watch that shopping channel for craft day. Any ideas are helpful I say. I help in my DDs classes 3 times a week now in the afternoons and that means 3 craft sessions missed! Then with the lord and master back, I have to do a bit more of the 'h' word too so I've done nothing this week at all. Nothing for the CC on UKS and nothing for the CJ I have sitting on the table. In fairness though I decided that maybe in all the paper I had, I didn't quite have what I wanted for the CJ. I have now. (Twice over lol) just have to choose which option I'm going for that's all. One set of papers and embellishments have already appeared in the book. Hmmm! The girls are working in this book too so I'm sure they will try to swipe some of my new stash. I will have to hide it or keep my eyes open.

It's off to see my family this weekend, so I lose Saturday afternoon for playing too. I'd better get on with something on Sunday I think. I will find the time for something. Honest! COme back next week to check out if I managed it.

Monday, 15 October 2007


So there I was all set for the 2nd weekend of the CC on UKS and the pc refused to load adobe reader properly to enable me to download the classes in their pdf format. *eek*. I tried everything I knew, (not that much really) but it refused and wouldn't budge. I uninstalled it and tried to install it fresh. Nope, it wasn't playing that game either. It refused to install and said it had a bug on it. Hmmmm. Well that was it I didn't know where to go on that, so I figured that DH was home on Monday evening and working from home on Tuesday so he could fix it. He's so lucky. lol. I can scrap the things I fancied doing during the week and still get them uploaded before the deadline of Sunday at 1pm. Well as long as he gets it sorted.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

CJ time

Here is DD1's first page LO for the CJ with my local friends. This one is about favourite things.

She chose 3 things from Florida. Jo Jo and Goliath at MGM, the family shot of all 11 of us that went on holiday and the cuddle with Halloween Pooh at Animal Kingdom.

Papers were DCWV, BG letters, Creative Imaginations stickers.

Page 2 of her LO is about family. Including her beloved Lionhead rabbit, Buttons (Buts), a family outing with a fair few of my family and herself face painted at a birthday lunch last year (TGIF are the best inher books)

Papers DCWV, BG letters, flower - craftime, 2 heat brads and sticky gem butterflies -Papermania.

DD2 is absolutely mad about Eeyore so her LOs are entirely about him (/ her in our case too). These 2 pics are from MGM and Animal Kingdom in 2005. She was amazed that she could cuddle a huge Eeyore like that. Don't think it dawned on her that it was just somebody in a suit to start with. Bless.

Papers are DCWV and Sandylion (?) Flowers from MM.

These photos show all of her Eeyore collection (she has more now!!!) along with her absolute favourite and first Eeyore - named Donks as she never called him Eeyore to begin with. We now have them called Fluff E, Cuddl E, and other similar variations to help know who she is on about.

Papers and flowers as before. C/S sticky letters Making Memories too.

Friday, 12 October 2007

More cyber crop pics

This is my LO for the Dotty about you class on UKS CC. I didn't have the dotty doodle template so I used a variety of plates to create my circles and then draw the dots. I coloured them in with a dark pink Whispers pen and placed tiny Dredd it up buttons around the circles. Chipboard letters made the title and for the journalling 'stamp' I drew round a small glass dish as my Lil Davis stamps are rectangular in shape. My friend didn't realise it until I confessed. LOL.

Here is the LO I created for the Always fair weather class. I used a variety of K & Co papers from the Citrus Neopolitan scrap pad to go for the rainbow and sun. A selection of brads, some Prima flowers and a gel pen to imitate the stitching. Sticky alphabets by BG.

This is the True love class LO. Again it uses K & Co papers from the Dollhouse scrap pad to go set this time. Felt in pink, white and yellow used as a mat, journalling pocket, letters for the title and sets of 2 sizes of circles placed randomly over the LO. Each set of circles has a button on top. Prima flowers with tiny star sticky gems in the centres. A Papermania tag and piece of ribbon for the journalling tag finish the LO.

This isn't my favourite LO and I'm not sure I would use so much felt on a LO another time. It was different to do though and out of my comfort zone definitely.


Here is my take on the Wishes ribbon class from the UK Scrappers cyber crop. It contains loads of Bazzill Bling, Junkitz papers with party hats and cupcakes on (hidden doh!) , Papermania ribbons - birthdays, white brads, silver eyelets and rub ons. Plus DCWV self adhesive ribbon - dotty . Not my usual size of LO but I quite like this size. Now I just need to get me an album that size for this to go in. Hmmm might need to go to my loacal farm this weekend. Not for fruit, veg, plants etc but to their very nice craft section. So handy being on my doorstep @ just 5 mins away but oh so tempting too. And I can never get just what I went in for.

I have been crafting, honest!

I have made 3 12" Los for the 5th Birthday Cyber Crop on UK Scrappers so far and had plans for more along with a couple of the challenges but, with DH away in Japan still he has the better digital camera. It's also the one the pc recognizes immediately. I have been left with the old brick sizes Kodak digital camera that you have to look through the viewfinder for to take the pic. I took the pictures yesteday in the garden on a lovely sunny morning but I can not get them off the camera no matter how hard I try. And I have tried on and off yesterday for most of the day!! So there's nothing to see here yet, but it will be coming soon. I have given the LOs to my friend to take pics for me and then she is going to email them to me to upload on to UKS and here. Yay for my friend!!!

Thinking about it though I will not be beaten, I'm going to switch to a different size. Now shall I go with 11" X 8 1/2" or 8" X 8"? Hmm will need a new album if I go with the first size but does that matter really. Nope, not in my world. LOL. I can then just scan my LOs and upload then as before. Sorted then and I can carry on crafting today and this weekend. Well today after the dog has had her walk. Poor thing is missing her treks through the woods with 'her dad'. She's having to make do with a walk from me when I can fit it in between everything else. Not always easy.

Friday, 5 October 2007

Plenty of crafting time ahead.

Hopefully that is. My DH has gone off to Japan for 10 days to 'play' with the boys. That's karate style play. A group of 10 of them have gone for a master class, and should result in DH being awarded his black belt. Good luck with it.

It means the only male in the house is the rabbit at the moment and he's not even in the house really. He's relegated to the shed at the bottom of the garden poor boy. But it's dry and warmer than being out in the garden all the time. He's got the guinea pig for company this year. Mind you she's a noisy thing.

Anyway with DH gone away, the girls and I have peace in the house (as long as they don't fight) and time to craft as much as we want to, or I want to that is. The girls have LOs to do in my local friends CJ still. Those will be tackled this weekend I hope. The out laws are going to visit us possibly, but you never know things might change and they will be busy. (Whistle)

I have stacks of photos to get on with but have found it hard to find the time of late. Must do better now I have the chance. Had hoped that today I could spend the day doing what I wanted as I went to the dentist on Tuesday and it is an inset day, but no I have to go back today to the dentist for the work to be done. Whatever he'[s doing. Oh well it's only one day lost.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

I'd quite forgotten

Over the summer I created loads of LO's. (still have some to have 'a finish off' too) and some of them I simply stacked up in a pile and forgot about. Doh!!! I found them out yesterday and put them away in their appropriate albums but thought I'd share this one with you all on here.

This is DD1's beautiful rabbit. He's a Lionhead rabbit called Buttons. Here he is having a bath after a slight accident. (Say no more !!!) He does enjoy his baths most times and the cuddles after, but I never thought he'd pose for a photo when he was in the bowl. Daft thing.

Christmas is coming

My eldest DD counted how many days to Christmas today and it was 82 days too long for her to wait. Bless.

I have made lots of Christmas cards already but having got the latest Do Craft goodie bag, I found a leaflet and the equipment to make a very nice card in the bag. Well I liked it. It's very simple too which suits me down to the ground.

All the elements are DO Craft related.

Inspired by that I decided to have a go with a similar card from the original collection of designer cards from Papermania. Now this is all my own work, and idea, and I really like it. Especially the holographic glitter tracks. Just need to decide what seasonal message to put on and where to put it. Hmmmm !

In the end I found a small silver peel off saying merry christmas and added it on to the peach strip just to the left of the bottom of the flower. IYSWIM. The blue flower and green leaves btw come from the Papermania christmas flowers range. (also has lilac in the pack) I think they make great alternative christmas colours plus the go with the christmas paper stack I bought too. Yay !!!!

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Ouch !!!

I have had a niggling tooth for about 10 days now and on Sunday night it erupted into full raging toothache. On Monday I rang my dentist and managed to change my appointment from Friday to today. What a waste of time. He did nothing apart from take an x-ray. Now I have to go back on Friday for the treatment. !!!!!

Maybe I should have tried to persuade him to do it there and then. Trouble was I said that the pain had lessened and I had the last appointement of the day today. It was me and the staff doing the filing when I left.

Anyway I have only managed to make a couple of things since the weekend. One LO which I need to take a photo of and a christmas card (following a Do Craft make it sheet). Damned proud of the card though and I would make mmore of them for sure. I'll post them later though. Have recorded crafting to watch now as DH is out at karate and the girls are in bed. Ah peace and quiet. Yes!!!!