Monday, 27 December 2010
On this day, two years ago I started this little old blog. I was nervous about whether I could cope with the technology or if I would be able to make it interesting enough for anyone to read. For a while I was basically talking to myself, then last Christmas I joined UK Scrappers as I needed something to keep me sane while recovering from an operation. (I was under quarantine!!). There I met some very friendly people, visited some UKS members blogs and joined a newbie blogger group.
Then I began to get fellow bloggers/crafters/nice people leaving me friendly comments. I made some online friends with some very talented people and even met a couple.
This blog opened up the crafting world to me, made me believe in myself and gave me the motivation to keep crafting.
So I just want to say thank you for each and every comment that has been left and for sharing my craft world with me.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
We will be having a quiet Christmas this year, just the three of us. But quiet is good, a time to re-charge those batteries, chilling out playing some board games and generally doing as we please. I do like a board game but nothing too long. Rob likes Monopoly but after once playing for 5 hours, I lost the will to live (and the game). Blokus is much more up my street, 20 mins max per game and I am crowned the Queen of Blokus.
Anyhow, back to the crafting......getting sentimental......that's all about the Christmas card I made for Nigel. He rolled his eyes when he read it (but I know he loves it really). Just a few carefully selected words can make a simple card and this card was really easy with this download from the Little Musings blog, a heart pin, a handmade cardboard button and some gingham ribbon. I loves gingham!!!
I hope you like the chrissmassy photo shoot, that's my garden in the background, looking so much better covered in snow. If you look closely you can even see my little blue shed. Want to know the story about the little blue shed? Then look at the first ever post back in 2008.
Monday, 20 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
We have the coughs in our household at the moment. It was started by Rob who unfortunately had his GCSE mock exams during the worst of it, then it was passed to Nige and now me......how I managed to crawl into work and host children's Christmas parties is a miracle itself. But now I have just got home, school has finished, my slippers are on (with 3 pairs of socks as I get very cold feet), fleecy blanket tucked around legs and hubby is preparing lunch.
So I am looking forward to catching up with you all, sharing some projects and reading some blogs.
Here's the projects I made as my stint as a guest designer for the Chicken Soup blog.
I used Tim Holtz distress ink to stamp images for both projects and then brushed over perfect pearls powder. This left a lovely bronze shimmery image. On the card I also used a good measure of stickles and glimmer misted old sheet music as background paper.
Well, I'm off to have a play with something I created earlier. But don't worry I shall be back to share soon.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Traditions.....What Christmas traditions do you have? One of ours is making sure that my sons Ist Christmas bauble goes onto the Christmas tree each year. I made it myself and now it is on it's 15th year. It reminds me of when I was little and we had the same tradition, though not a bauble but a little silver bell that apparently was from my Nan's sisters wedding cake. Why it ended on the tree I don't know, but sometimes traditions just happen, with no real reason. But it is still a memory from my past, one that we follow and I hope my son will follow.
I used a great technique for my layout that helps you use up lots of those scraps we crafters seem to keep. Just choose the colours and place random rectangles or squares of paper around your photo, layering as you go. It works for me. The main paper was from K&Co, though not very christmassy, the pattern seemed to fit. As the subject was about baubles.....and they go on Christmas trees (stay with me here) I die-cut a couple of sissix trees and glittered them with stickles.
So now the project fits Day 3 of the Chicken Soup Challenge and Sian's 'Christmas Club'. Don't know about either projects? Then hit the link buttons and find out what your missing.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Brrrrrr!, it's far too cold to go out at the moment. We only had a light covering of snow here but those of you who are snowed in don't need an excuse to spent a cosy afternoon indoors crafting. Need inspiration? Then check out the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge at The Chicken Soup Blog.
Each day a new inspiration will be posted with ideas from the Chicken Soup designers. You have until the 6th January to link up your crafty offerings to their blog. There will be giveaways for the entries and post on your blog too and you may receive a random prize. Guess what? The news just gets better. They will be featuring guest designers too.......and I'm one of them....... WooHoo!
So wrap up warm, crank up the heating, get a mug of hot chocolate ready and get over to The Chicken Soup blog now.......and get inspired.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
We all have a favourite Christmas memory or story don't we? Sian over on her blog 'High in the Sky' has been encouraging everyone to share theirs. Sian has a friend who somehow encouraged her to dress as an Elf! By Sian's description of her friend I have one just like that as well!
Picture the scene.......'Can you help me put on a little Christmas magic show for my infant class' .......two weeks later after many hours of making props and practising our routine, there I am standing on stage, in front of the whole school (including the teachers), dressed as a fairy (Holly Berry) climbing into our handmade cardboard vanishing cabinet while Jackie (Mary Christmas), dressed as Mrs Christmas is about to magic me away. I disappear (I can't tell you how as it's a secret) and our school caretaker appears in my place. Ha! that even surprised the cynical Year 6's.
I managed to return to continue our show that included toy rabbits from hats, a teaching assistant choreographed dance and a 'I'm a teacher get me out of here' bush tucker trail (retrieving a plastic reindeer in a plate of jelly and cream without using your hands, and donut on a string eating)
HOW DID ALL THAT HAPPEN?
Jackie happened, that's what!
Now do you want to hear the story about the time we organised the 'Gunge the Teacher' at the summer fair and got a bit out of hand?.......or the time we were rap stars and I slipped and had to steady myself by grabbing the Headteachers leg? But they aren't Christmas stories so you will have to wait for another time to hear them.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
I blended distress inks over the tag before stamping a swirl pattern and then brushing over bronze Perfect Pearls. I then decorated it with various K & Co embellishments ( a birthday present from my lovely hubby) and stamped butterflies.
By the way......it's official, the glittering season has started. I glittered and glimmered my desk while getting a display ready.......but officially the season isn't in full swing until the children are allowed it and we will all sparkle and shimmer together. It really is disconcerting when you look like you have been to a 70's disco while in the supermarket......though I would love to roller skate around Morrison's in a bright pink Afro, satin jumpsuit while Donner Summer 'Lost in Music' played. Now that would be fun....
BTW, come back here on the 2nd of December for some exciting crafty news......
Friday, 12 November 2010
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Over on UKS my team have organised a weekly scrap lift challenge. So here is the first weeks challenge based on a sketch by Jana Eubank, her sketch blog is here. Due to time restraints (dam you work) and still recovering from my trip (folding up my Baywatch swimsuit ready for next year Sandra), it has taken me all week. I used some October Afternoon papers and journalling cards. Also a K&Co decorative border for the title. It features a photo of Rob being cuddled by his mum (yes in broad daylight) and the journalling tells of his fondness for cuddles.....but not in public.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
I survived......and that's just the wetsuit! Yeah I rocked the look, surfing the waves on the Devon coast, sleek, cool and hip.....*cough*.....ahem......well maybe in my fantasy world!
Anyhow back to reality.....washing, ironing and a little scrapping. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY like this one. I love the photo of Rob slurping his milkshake in an American Style Diner that we stopped for lunch in Gt Yarmouth. I used Jenni Bowlan papers, polka dot felt, Thickers Alphas and American craft buttons stitched to the page.
Just off to dream of hot instructors in wetsuits!
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Tomorrow I will be up early and joining forty or so Year 6 children for a six hour drive to Devon. Then spending the rest of the week surfing, kayaking, climbing, abseiling and jumping from great heights from wobbly telegraph poles. It's going to be tiring and cold (especially while surfing in a wetsuit) but great fun. So while I am away I am going to keep my eye on you lot.
See the eye on one of my Zenty Doodle ATC's? Creepy eh? But I kind of like it. I hope who ever receives it in the UKS Zentangle ATC swap likes it too. It is going to be fun to see all the different styles the ladies at UKS are going to come up with. Although not on purpose I think mine have defiantly a bold graphic feel to them.
So behave yourselves while I'm away and I will check in on my return just in case your worried that I may brake something on my adventures.
Monday, 27 September 2010
This is the day I shouldn't of tried to make this layout. When the idea popped into my head to make a layout about a particularly disastrous day trip I thought what a good story it would be to tell.
It all started when Nigel wanted to go to the British Museum to look at some Celtic Art that he had seen on a TV programme. Now I could be here all day explaining the whole days events and no doubt you would get bored and fall asleep. So here's the edited highlights:
- Missed buses and trains
- Rescheduled trains and underground routes due to maintenance work.
- Evacuated from British Museum due to gas leak scare.
- Took two hours to get home when usually it takes 20 minutes.
Yeah, and then it rained when we walked home as buses are non existent after six in the evening in our town and got drenched.
And the layout.......I smudged ink (made a feature of it in the end), got glue stuck on Nigel's face(had visions of me squidging glue in his face when I wrote that but I meant on the photo), Got bits of fluff stuck on embossed letter so disguised it with more ink, had to trim the photo border (which I like to keep) as drew on it and it looked pants and generally I wasn't feeling the love from this layout.....still don't like it. But it's still a good story.
Monday, 20 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
When I first saw this photo I instantly fell in love with it. I love how the sand draws you towards the three teens, galloping towards the sea, their arms embraced with the azure sky above, not a care in the world. Their life ahead of them, waiting to spread their wings, new adventures await.
I used some gorgeous My Minds Eye papers with Glimmer Misted splodges. Inked, Crackle Glazed and Cosmic Shimmered butterflies flutter and fly. The Journalling reads......'flutter your wings and fly far'.
Inspiration was found at the Chicken Soup site ( gives visual therapy to poorly mojo's) here.