Thursday, 31 December 2009
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
I was having difficulty working out how to get all these pictures onto one page. A quick visit to Page Maps and I was sorted. Not that they had anything quite like this, but just looking at those skethes gave me enough ideas to work out how to fit them in!
Papers are 3 Bugs in a Rug 'Oh what fun'
LIttle stickers came from Accessorise last Christmas
Title letters are from a digi alpha by Ellie Lash which I printed and cut out.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
The second page shows me and DH out and about on the 19th December. Snow had fallen late on Saturday 18th and we thought it would be gone by very soon, however we still have the snow an ice today 29th December and it is not showing any sign of leaving.
Monday, 28 December 2009
Outside my window... frozen snow and lots of ice
I am thinking... about making my Christmas Book, photos printed just need to get on with it now!
I am thankful for... everyone having travelled safely over Christmas.
I am wearing... the usual cords, big woolly sweater and angora socks.
I am remembering... how nice it was to spend time with my boys.
I am going... to take my MIL to the hairdressers tomorrow, if I can get the car out of the yard.
I am currently reading...The Pioneer Woman Cookbook
I am hoping... that the ice will thaw tomorrow.
On my mind... whether we will be able to visit our relatives on New Year's Day, they live up a farm road and we might not be able to get up there.
Noticing that... I am enjoying having the house a quiet day at home.
Pondering these words... A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~Author Unknown
From the kitchen... Delia's Bubble & Squeak with sliced ham
Around the house... It's nice not to have much housework to do as everything was tidied up before Christmas.
One of my favorite things... Christmas cake
From my picture journal...
I made a thank you card with a Kathy Black, Sloppy Poppy and some Tim Holtz distress swiping!
I hope the sun shines on you wherever you are.
Sunday, 27 December 2009
This week the Soartful challenge gave us the image of a 'chaise' to alter, I thought I'd give it a colourful makeover with a touch of magic and rainbow colours.
Image of girl and background by Art Freebies
Stars, 'curtain' & bird by Irene Alexeeva
Thursday, 24 December 2009
As we are coming to the end of the year and fast approaching the start of not only a new year but a new decade, I’d like to see some cards celebrating something new.
It could be the New Year, a New Home, a New Addition to the family or even a New Day.
The stamp came in a swap, I think it is a Crafty Secrets stamp sent by Angelnorth.
Coloured with copics, text created in PSE.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Outside my window... blue skies, bare branches, frozen snow.
I am wearing... lots of layers and my red cashmere cardigan.
I am remembering... the time when we were snowed in for a week and had no electricity for three days :o
I am going... to check the weather before I travel tomorrow.
I am currently reading... The Lover of the Grave (a Lydmouth Mystery) by Andrew Taylor
I am hoping... that the weather will be kind and my mum, sister and great-aunt will be able to travel to us for Christmas.
On my mind... the weather!
Noticing that... we had three Redwings on our holly bush yesterday. They are a type of Thrush that comes to our country from Scandanavia for the winter and they love to eat berries.
Pondering these words... "There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions." Bill McKibben
From the kitchen... I bought my turkey this morning and I need to make the second batch of Stem Ginger ice-cream tonight.
Around the house... must finish wrapping the presents tonight.
One of my favorite things...cashmere ;)
From my picture journal...
Sunday, 20 December 2009
I don't mind snow when I don't have to go out in the car, but hope it starts to thaw tonight as the roads will be treacherous otherwise. Hope you are all keeping safe and warm if you have snow.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
I've created an LO showing my dining table before everyone arrived and some pictures of some of the food we ate, with apologies to my veggie friends.
Papers - La Cucina
Snowflake Elements - Ellie Lash, Winter Wonderland
Template - By Sine
Saturday, 12 December 2009
This is the lovely image provided by Soartful Challenges and the theme is Dancing with Joy
I used a lovely kit by Ellie Lash 'Pixie-mini' which provided the word art and the wings. The other papers and elements come from Ziggle Designs.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Page 1 features my Secret Santa Advent parcel from Bubbly Funk Forum. We were all allocated a forum member to send a 'crafty' advent calendar and we have a lot of fun every day telling each other what we got in our little parcels and trying to guess who sent the
m! They are small things like buttons, gems, die-cut shapes nothing too expensive but it's just great to open a little parcel every day. My Advent parcel came beautifully presented in a box lined with vintage images and every little package made from folded gold paper with a red tag. I included the first tag in my page. There is a journallying tag tucked under the photo explaining about the swap.
Page 2 is about my Christmas Tree which is an eclectic mix of ornaments that I have chosen, made or have been given as gifts and there are a few that the boys made too. When I considered my tree I was very aware that it leans towards a 'folk art' style with a bit of bling thrown in, which probably sums me up too lol!
I wanted to show some of the tree decorations, so I made a little concertina book. Mickey and Goofy came from the Christmas Shop at Epcot in Disney World, my Mum gave me the rag doll angel last year and my crafting friend Tracey R gave me the gorgeous glittery shoe dec when we met at the NEC in November 2008. The one Karen gave me is on the tree too, but I couldn't take pics of them all or there would have been nothing but tree ornaments in the book!
On the back of the concertina, I have a pic of a salt dough wreath that I made about 15 years ago, I resurrected it this year as it hasn't been out for a while. The last pic is of the holly branches and pine boughs that I cut from the garden, they are soaking in a bucket of water....but you will have to wait and see what I did with them next, hee hee.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Anyway, I decided that I would just play it by ear and not be driven by a fixed plan, this seemed to work with my stated 'values' of being more relaxed about Christmas (not something I find easy). I decided to make a paper bag book after seeing the one made by Sarah on Bubbly Scrumptious blog, I left mine full bag size rather than cutting it down to 6 x 6 the way Sarah did.
I have done two pages so far, I'll let you see them soon.
Papers are Dream Street, label is digi by Ellie Lash.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
I had to make my own candy canes and they are probably the thing I am least satisfied with, however, they are recognisable as candy canes.
Here is the opposite side of the cottage. I am most pleased with the roof which is simply made with punched circles of different coloured brown card. The 'snow' is made with the 'velvet' pen I bought last year at NEC, you use your heat gun and it puffs up.
The little hearts came with the cottage set and the charms were in my stash, I remember I bought them for the Recipe card swap we did on Bubbly Funk and I did the gingerbread man recipe.
Finally, the lid lifts off and there is a little book which you can make up and put inside. Of course, you could fill it with yummy treats!
It's Daring Card Making time again and this week the dare is:
Background: download from Stampington
Text paper: K&Co Verbena
Watch image: Last Door Down the Hall
Vintage Lace/flowers/brads etc : from my stash
Oops forgot to say that I used Kathy Black's latest sketch (#17 ) for this card.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
I would rather remember her when she was plump and sleek with her beautiful pink nose. Here she is sitting on my paperwork with a self-satisfied look on her face in April 2008.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
I've been looking at all the easel cards that people have been making and wanted to have a go. I made a little circle of mirror card and stuck on some glitter thickers for 21, I had to make a little tab for the easel as I wasn't convinced it would stay up without it and didn't want the thickers to come unstuck with the pressure of the card.
Papers - Papermania, Touch of Teal
Stamps - Cornish Heritage Farm, car is 1955 Corvette and registration plate from Camaro Style.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
I have to share 5 facts about myself and then pass the award to 7 other deserving people so that we can find out a little about them as well.
Hmm, now I wonder what I can share with you without incriminating myself lol!
1. I used to work for a Member of Parliament.
2. Samantha from Bewitched is my role model (wish I had her powers).
3. I've met Prince Charles and Princess Anne and been to the Royal Garden Party at Holyrood in Edinburgh, where I didn't meet the Queen (they are all very short, in case you were wondering).
4. Two days a week I drive 100 mile round trip to work.
5. I gave up alcohol for a month, but I couldn't give up coffee.
I'm not sure I know 7 deserving people but I'll pass this on to a couple of Trac(e)ys
Tracey - Searching My Art
Tracy - Crafty Me
I used a round punch to cut a circle then inked up with Distress Inks in Red Lipstick & Peeled Paint, stamped a design from a Tanda oriental stamp in Silver Brilliance. I stuck it in the brooch blank with glossy accents then more GA round the edge and embedded some silvery beads in it, filled in the middle with more GA and left it to dry overnight. There were a couple of bubbles in the GA so it's not perfect, but I'm thinking that I may have another go with a collage style print.
If you have alcohol inks they would work well for colouring the metal brooch setting.
All in all I had a great time making this, it's not for anyone, it's not a challenge, it was pure indulgence!
Saturday, 28 November 2009
The Snowmen image came in an image swap, the Joy sentiment is a Studio G stamp which I use a lot. Paper is from Colorful Christmas (My Mind's Eye).
The Snowflake stamp came from a magazine I used to buy in the 90's called 'Insirations' and Joanne will be pleased to know that I managed to use my cuttlebug to cut and emboss the circles - hurrah! Sentiment is a Personal Impression stamp.
The Pink Christmas Tree looks better than that, it is embossed with holographic embossing powder and the stamp is from the same Personal impressions set as the sentiment. Paper is Colorful Christmas again.
I want to see Christmas cards that are mainly white with just a hint of colouring on your embellishments or stamped image. I can't wait to see the cards you all create!
I used the Cuttlebug Christmas Tree embossing folder, swiped it with Dazzle Versamark and heat embossed with holographic powder. Then there's a bit more of that Tesco ribbon!
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. While perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.
The date and location of the first Thanksgiving celebration is a topic of modest contention. The traditional "first Thanksgiving" is the celebration that occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621. The Plymouth celebration occurred early in the history of what would become one of the original thirteen colonies that became the United States. The celebration became an important part of the American myth by the 1800s. This Thanksgiving, modeled after celebrations that were commonplace in contemporary Europe, is generally regarded as America's first. Elementary school teacher Robyn Gioia has argued that the earliest attested "thanksgiving" celebration in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida. Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members and friends. Wikipedia
Monday, 23 November 2009
I signed up for Jessica Sprague's free class Holidays in Hand which aims to "refocus you on what matters most to you in your holiday celebrations as you go through them this year, and also to help you create an album for recording your stories of holidays past."
I haven't got very far, what with being away in Newcastle and then in London, but I did manage to print off the prompts last week and when I saw the lovely Christmas Pledge Bauble wall hanging that Ruth made on Bubbly Scrumptious I knew I had found the perfect display for my prompts!
Papers are Colourful Christmas and the ribbon is Christmas wrapping ribbon from Tesco last year.