Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Sewing Box Envy

I've seen this lovely sewing box on the Cath Kidson webpage. It is so lovely, I really want it but at £40 it does seem a little excessive when there is nothing actually wrong with the one I have already, maybe it could double up as a handbag...hee hee.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

21st Birthday

It was my eldest son's 21st birthday on Friday. Here he is between me and his Dad. We went out for a Thai meal on Friday night and then visited family on Saturday, when this picture was taken.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008


On Wednesday morning, we had the most glorious sunrise, a lot of shepherds must have been worried! I've digi-scrapped it using the free download from New Life Dreams, Dazzling Evening. Unfortunately, we haven't seen the sun since then as the rain has been pouring down since then.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

How to make the Exploding Prism- Thanks Sara

Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments on my exploding prism card. As one or two people have asked how this is done, I realised that I should have credited Sara Sandberg at Time for Crafting I have linked here to the instructions for the Exploding Prism where Sara has generously shared her PDF templates (which I used) and GSD files for anyone with a Craft Robo. It was really a lot easier to make than I thought it would be.

Saturday, 19 January 2008

DCM Dare and Rosie's Blog Candy Challenge

The closed Prism One side of the prism says Happy Birthday The other two have 2 and 1 for 21 on them
Inside the exploding prism
Another view of the inside.

This is a 21st card for my eldest son, Steven. It also fits very nicely with the following two challenges:

Rosie (Freycob)'s Birthday Blog Candy. It's far too near to my 40th Birthday for my liking! To celebrate, I'm offering some blog candy for anyone who wants to make a card for a milestone birthday.

Make your card, add it to your blog and leave me a comment so that I can go and find it

DCM Dare - Okay, for my dare we're heading to the playground for a game of
Hide & Seek
I'd like you to make a card which has a hidden component of some sort.
The hidden part could be a tag, a concealed photo, message or something along those lines, maybe a pull-out or pop-up.
Anything goes as long as there's something extra for the recipient to find on your card that's not immediately visible when they open the envelope.
The Design Team have made some fab cards to help get you thinking - but you'll have to visit their personal blogs to see the hidden extra!

Friday, 18 January 2008

Yay, Rosie has joined the Craft Journal Team

I've been writing occasional craft articles for Craft Journal for a little while now. Lisa, who runs Craft Journal has been looking for some new team members and Caroline on Bubblyfunk was kind enough to let me post a request on the forum. The result of this is that Rosie Guthrie has joined the team. This is really exiting as Rosie is a very talented crafter - you can see some of her work on her blog HERE I'm looking forward to seeing Rosie's projects on Craft Journal, I hope you will have a look too.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

The Recipe for Janice

The Recipe For Janice

3 parts Intensity
2 parts Seductiveness
1 part Success

Splash of Giddiness


Saturday, 12 January 2008

Found some photos I forgot to blog

I took these just after New Year, when I went looking for the wild ducks in our flooded bit of swamp. The ducks flew off as soon as I went near, so I had to make do with some rather wet looking pictures. The one above is my tree and this one will be going in the digi journal I am going to make of the tree over the year.
This is the back of the willow patch that grows along with the reeds in the field next to the house known as 'the side o' the hoose' field - we are nothing if not literal!

This is the side we see from the house, another lovely tree in the background, it's a Scots Pine and we have had buzzards nesting in it in the past. As well as the ducks we have a pair of herons which frequent this flooded bit of land and one year there was a baby. It's like living in your own wildlife sanctuary.

No pictures

It is very frustrating to be crafting and taking pictures but not posting. I don't want to put my scrapbook LOs on my blog just in case, Steven decides to have a look. Not very likely, but he knows I have a blog and it wouldn't be that difficult to find it. I'll do the whole lot after his birthday.

I have posted on my Farmersgirl Kitchen blog, a dessert with Pears, Chocolate and Cinnamon for a challenge on The Cooks Journal, it came out rather well.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Birthday Card

My MIL asked me to make a card for a friend's little girl. The paper is from Carol Ann Studio, Patchwork Petals CD which I stitched round the edge. I was very pleased with my letters as I created them by uploading the spotty paper from the same CD onto Photoshop Elements and then created a new layer on which I typed an 'open' font, so the paper showed through. I stuck them on cardboard and cut them out then inked the edges. I didn't do that with the '3' though, it is chipboard from Bubbly Funk Shoppie which I covered with the same paper.

Friday, 4 January 2008


I've posted these snow pictures in chronological order. When I got up this morning it was white everywhere, I took the picture of 'the tree' at about 8am when it was barely light, so it's not a great picture, but I wanted to get it with the snow.
By the time I crawled along the roads to work it was 8.50 when I arrived and I caught this lovely sunrise over the snowy bushes. Yes, this is where I work - I am not a parkie, but work at what used to be a Victorian lunatic asylum (no jokes please, I've heard them all) then psychiatric hospital but with care in the community the buildings were not being used, so they were refurbished and house a variety of different organisations. However, all this means that we are in beautiful sandstone buildings set in glorious tree-filled parkland, very suitable for dog walking!

William loves the snow and was rolling in it later. The stuff here was a bit wet as it was on the playing fields and lots of people had been out with dogs earlier and been rolling big snow balls too. He was running about but also posed for me - he does love lots of attention and knows that I have treats for him in my pocket.

This one is especially for Maisy!