Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Christmas everyone

Hi Everyone
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year.  I have had a lovely one which I'm surprised about as I'm not a great lover of Christmas.  I did no planing - in fact I thought I would just see my two children and grandchildren to open presents and then everyone would be off, but I was told by my daughter only a few days ago that 'of course they'd be coming to me for Christmas lunch'!!  Anyway no panic - I couldn't be bothered to get worked up so I just did chicken, vegs etc.  I already had everything in so didn't need to do the horrendous Christmas shop.  The family had decided to do Secret Santa for the adults so I only had to think of one present, and my daughter sorted that out for me!

I am taking my daughter and grand daughters to Australia in February, so that's their birthday, Christmas and birthday presents all rolled into one - obviously my daughter knew but the girls didn't so we did a Treasure Hunt around the house ending up with labels I'd made giving them a return 'ticket' to Australia.  This is the moment Chloe realised what she had found -


When Emily realised too her reaction was just as good:

Emily said "I've always wanted to go to Australia Grandma"  Just as well really!!

I made them some thank you cards for them to send off, which I put under the tree - I'd seen the idea on C & C with Sara Davies, Crafters' Companion, and used my Cute Companion stamp and CDs, no change there!!  This is Emily's

This is the box:

Here are the cards with inserts and matching envelopes. 

And these are Chloe's:

I think they quite liked them.  I know Kate, their mum, did!!

Right off now to top up my glass (hic)!  Enjoy the rest of your day and what's left of the holiday!
Love xxx

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Christmas dinner with new doctors

Last night I went to my first Christmas Dinner of the year.  All the new Foundation doctors were invited with their consultants too.  We had it at the Beachy Head Hotel - very nice but a bit spooky on a dark and foggy night!  There were about 30 of us and we had already chosen our meal.  That in itself was a nightmare as none of us could remember what we'd chosen!!  Luckily my Foundation Administrator, Anita, had the foresight to make a list and also gave one to the waitress.  Good thinking.  

So we all turned up (well most of them anyway!) and our first course arrived - I had pate, which was OK but someone didn't turn up and they'd ordered Prawn Cocktail, so I had that instead!!  (perogative of being the Manager!).  Then the fun started - Graham had brought along two face masks - one of Maggie Thatcher and one of Tony Blair.  He divided the doctors into two teams - A - M and N - Z.  They each chose someone who had to wear a mask and say why they should go to Heaven and not Hell.  the idea was to have a debate and the best one chosen would win the point for their team.  Well it wasn't very intellectual and Tony Blair won because it was a female doctor wearing the mask and she looked better than Maggie Thatcher!!

The next challenge came whilst we were waiting for the main course - I had venison pie - very nice I must say.  This time two members from each team had to wrap up a parcel, each one using one hand only and then tie a bow!  You can imagine the cheating that went on and I had to choose the winner!  Well the N - Z team who had our Clinical Tutor, Salim, in it made a terrible effort so I had to award it to the A - M team, but I believe there was some skull duggery involved, but I didn't actually see anything!  Unfortunately I only took a picture of the losing one, but you can see how terrible it was!!

So after main course (you can imagine the poor waiters, but they were very good) Graham bought out some bananas.  Anita and I knew what was coming next !  - Four members of each team were given a knife and banana and told they were to perform a circumcision on the banana!  Our Director of Medical Education, Scarlett had to have a go!  Her excuse was it was a vey long time since she'd had to do this!  Believe you me, you could tell!  Well I'm glad I'm not a man!  Our trainees definitely need more training which I shall have to organise!!  Some of the bananas lost the whole tip, others broke, others were too drastic - the pictures are very dark I'm afraid, but if you look carefully you can see the winning banana.

They then had to put a condom on the bananas.  That was the last straw as they nearly all broke!! I didn't get any pictures of that.  Then after desert (I had cheese and biscuits) two more doctors were chosen from each team.  One of them was blind-folded and the other had to sit on a chair with a pint glass between their legs.  The blind-folded one had a bottle of beer with 1/4 of water in it between their legs.  The idea was for the seated person to talk the blind-folded one to come towards them, keeping the bottle between their legs, no hands, and pour all the water into the glass.  It was a very clever and entertaining party trick.

Finally at Graham's request we had downloaded the Poges Christmas song onto a memory stick.  He had printed out the words.  He was the man and one of the other doctors was the female and we were all the chorus.  B that time there were not many people left in the Hotel, which was probably a very good thing.

It was a very good meal and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  I would certainly recommend the Beachy Head Hotel - not just for Christmas meals but all year round.  I believe the food is very good and reasonable.

I'm here again

Can't believe this is my first posting in December.  Where has the time gone?  I have been busy honest! 

First of all had a brilliant time at Jill's (Cardinal Colours) crop on Saturday.  Linda brought everyone a yummy scrummy bag of chocolates, See pictures on Linda's blog 'Linda's Cards and Pages' to see how busy she's been.  Lynn made everyone a stunning 'sand' bag to hold all sorts of things in.  Look on her blog 'A Moment in Time' to see them in their glory.  Anita made everyone crackers which had individual jewellry inside for each of us - I can't believe we didn't take pictures before we pulled them apart, Anita!!  Anita also made her Raspberry-offi Pie - its to die for, believe you me!!

I made a few cards for my friends at the crop and also for my work team.  I wasn't sure what to do but when I opened up the Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine they showed some cards using stamps which I already had!!  It was meant to be - so I used Christmas Bunnies stamps - Robin and Post from Lili of the Valley together with Basic Grey Wassail paper pack.   I was very pleased with the result.

Then at our last class with Anita at Jill's she showed us how to make a surprise tower.  I overheard one of the ladies saying that someone else had said the little drawers would take three Sprinkles bottles perfectly and there was my next solution to a Christmas present!  My friend Sue is just started to concentrate on wrapping parcels and presents and is looking into doing it commercially.  Obviously she needs lots of goodies so I decided to fill a surprise tower.  This is what I came up with.

Hopefully she will be pleased with that.  I also always make a special card for both of my friends, Sue and Sandie and again I got my inspiration from the same edition of the Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine using - surprise surprise - Cute Companions stamps!!  I couldn't come up with two different ideas, so I did the same, but changed the colour!  Well why not.  What do you reckon?

This is the red and gold one and the other one I did was in green and gold.  They're both identical.  The top plate opens up and the two sides open to show a central snow scene and two verses on each side plate.

Of course, being an idiot, I didn't work out how large the card would be until I made it  Didn't have an envelope to fit it, did I so I had to make boxes instead!  I ask you talk about making extra work - anyway I was quite pleased with the result:

I can't believe how much I've rabbited on and I've still got more to tell you all, so I'll close this one down and start again!  Sorry but you can't stop me!!! Bye xxx

Sunday, 22 November 2009

What time do you call this ??

As you may know my eldest son Chris lives in Australia.  Every Sunday morning we Skype each other and I get to see my other grandchildren getting ready for bed.  Unfortunately now the hour has gone back their bathtime is 7pm which makes it 8am our time!  As I've said before I don't 'do' early and because I can see them, they can see me so I've got to look at least reasonable and also be dressed!  Well this morning I overslept a bit and it was 7.45 before I got up!  So I've been rushing around like a blue a***d fly - even managed to get a cup of tea ready to bring upstairs.  Then a text - 'sorry mum we've lost the camera, can't find it anywhere.  we'll speak next week instead'!!  You can imagine the words I said.  So here I am at 8.30am (such an unearthly hour for me!) with nothing to do!  Hey ho, back to the cards then!

You'll know now we didn't go ahead with the card class, too much short notice, but I'm probably showing the acetate card for those who want to see it at the next crop.

Last Christmas I had some Christmas cards left over and although I am enjoying making my cards I'm certainly not planning to send everyone (50 -ish) one of my own cards!  But can I find these left over cards?  I flippin' well can't.  Where the heck have I put them?  I'm going to have to buy some more as I'm running out of time.  I've printed off my labels but must write them. 

I'm not a great lover of Christmas - I love the kids' faces and all that but the commercialism of it all really gets to me. 

I've done quite a few more cards over the last week - with the weather being so foul, I've enjoyed playing with the cards. 

This card I borrowed the idea from a card I saw at Ali Pali last year.  It uses the Creative Expressions Christmas tree and I've added the Cute Companions mouse, presents and flower pot.  I used Brushed Corduroy distressed ink and then water coloured the outline. 

This card I was pleased with.  I bought some Hero Arts' stamps from my friend and thought I'd have a play.  I embossed the stamps in gold and silver embossing powder and then matted them on alternate silver and gold shiny board.  You can't see it very well but I've covered the card with some gorgeous Mica Pearl Papers I bought at the workshop I went to and finished it off with very fine gold peel offs.

And finally, this one I thought was quite cute.  I used free templates from one of the magazines, some card blanks I'd had from last year which I cut down and voila!!  Quite a cute card which cost me nothing.  Happy with that.

Right I'm off now to do some more cards - actually I might go via my bed first, but we'll see which has the stronger pull!  Speak soon.  Byeee xx

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Oh well !!

Morning all!  What horrible weather we're having at the moment - all the more excuse for staying inside and playing!! 
As I mentioned in my last comment on my blog - Jilll (Cardinal Colours) and I decided we wouldn't do the card class next week - although we had initial interest I reckon it was too near Christmas and too short notice and people had to drop out..  Maybe next year!  Bit of a shame cos Jill had ordered lots of stuff for the class but she hopes she can sell it anyway.  Anyway gives me a chance to practice a bit more!!
I mentioned earlier that it was my granddaughter, Emily's, birthday on Halloween and I had made her a 'book' card.  Stupidly I forgot to take a picture of it so my daughter brought the card back so I could take pictures.  Rather than bore you all with every single page just thought you'd like to see the front spelling out her name.  I used the Funky Word Books CD (http://www.funkyhandcom/) for the basic letter shapes but the colours didn't fit into Halloween so I traced the shapes onto black card stock and then onto the paper stock!  Bit of a labour of love.  All the other pages were covered front and back with halloween papers and rub-ons.  I used Basic Grey Eerie for all the papers and the rub-ons were also Basic  Grey.  I also used the Bazzil Basics Cardstock strips Halloween.  The ribbons were from my stash. 

I have also made this Christmas card from the Cute Companions Winter Tale CD - very simple but I think very effective.

The door opens and show this inside scene

Have a nice rest of the weekend (weather permitting!).  Byee xx

Monday, 9 November 2009

Have you ever heard anything so silly?

Can you believe it?  I went to Jill's (Cardinal Colours) on Saturday for the scrapping day - absolutely smashing time.  Then Jill has to spoil it by MAKING me agree to do a card making class in a couple of weeks!!  Me!!  Who can't teach a rice pudding to make a skin!  I don't do teaching!!  Jill chose a couple of the cards I made when I went to Jayne Nesterenko's workshop last month, so that's it!  She won't take no for an answer - in fact Jill totally ignored all my protests.  I have to say though the others at the crop didn't help either - encouraging me too.  You'll be sorry I tell you!!  Anyway that's it - I've now got to plan what to do.  He he!!

Thought I'd show you a card I made using Hobby Art stamps - I saw them demonstrated at the Glitter Pot last month and thought I'd give them a go.  I was quite pleased with it.  x

Friday, 6 November 2009

The Things I do ....

........ as a Grandma.  "Come to my Fireworks Party at school" my eldest grandaughter, Chloe said.  "Its tonight at 6.30pm".  Seemed like a good idea yesterday as the weather was so nice.  So I arranged to leave work early as I had an appointment at 5 pm.  My daughter, Kate, had forgotten the keys to my house so she borrowed mine, "as we'll be back long before you are, mum.  Chloe's swimming is only from 4.30 - 5pm."  Sounds good, doesn't it?  Well that would have been OK but my appointment finished early, I was back outside my house by 5.30pm - no daughter!  It is now persistently raining - so I'm sitting in my car like a wally.  Rang Kate, no answer so left a message.  She then rang me back, but I missed the call.  So she left a message.  It took me ten minutes to find out how to listen to her message on my mobile!  Well I'm not that used to it, am I?  Eventually worked out swimming was for an hour, not half an hour, so they turned up at 6pm.  Anyway we get changed, bundle back into the car and arrive at school just before 6.30pm.  By then it has stopped persistently raining, just falling down, instead.  Couldn't park car near school, so walked in pouring rain and blowing wind.  Got into school, absolutely crowded - band in assembly hall, crowded and boiling hot.  Disco in Chloe's classroom - so dark and noisy couldn't even lip read, and the flashing lights - my lord - didn't stay long in there.  Food for sale everywhere and drinks.  Full of very damp, hot, pushy adults with pushchairs that aim straight for the ankles!!  Anyway time for fireworks - everyone outside - very fine drizzle rain that gets everywhere!  Manage to stand just by entrance to school, under cover slightly but right by the door everyone is using to go in and out.  Never mind.  Fireworks lovely but younger grand daughter, Emily, has bad ears and has grommets in one, and the bangs started to hurt her, so we left the display.  Anyway after fireworks girls wanted to go to disco so Kate and I sat outside under partial shelter, right by the speakers but at least it was not too hot.  Eventually got home about 8 pm - completely drowned but the girls seemed to have enjoyed it, although Emily was sound asleep by the time we got home.  Ah the pleasures of being a grandmother!!

I'm going cropping at Jill's (Cardinal Colours) tomorow - can't wait!  A whole day just doing my own thing and no interruptions - yippee!  Bye xx

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Back again ...!

Well I'm back again, just about recovered from yesterday.  Had the chance to upload more cards and ideas from the workshop I went to.  Thought you might like to see some more:

This one I have made making this slightly differently from the sample at the workshop.  I just loved the colour.

Now this is one I've done.  Jayne Nesterenko's sample was darker than mine but I couldn't get the paper to print just the correct colour, but I do like mine.

This is one of the cards I actually made at the workshop.  This is the front of the card, opening up to show:

It is a very classy card and I loved making it.

Hope you like them.  xx


What a day yesterday!  It was my grand-daughter Emily's 5th birthday yesterday.  My daughter (her mum) came out of hospital on Friday after having her sinuses 'stretched'!!  My daughter, Kate, stayed at my house Friday night so I could keep an eye on her.  She wanted to see Emily and her other daughter Chloe on Emily's birthday so they all stayed with me, including my son too!  We had a lovely time opening Emily's presents as you can see.

I thought the obvious card for me to make for Emily would be a Halloween one, which I did.  When we asked Emily what type of party she would like she decided on a Princess and Pirate party!!!  So much for my Halloween idea - anyway that's what she got!  She did seem pleased with it.

My son bought her the fairy outfit - as you can see she was tickled pink.

Obviously with Kate being unable to plan too much it fell to me to sort out the food and we prepared it all Saturday morning before going to the Church Hall where the whole of Emily's class were coming from 11 - 1pm!  All 30+ of them!!  It was quite funny when we got there and a little girl was already there.  I said to Emily to go and say hello and Emily said 'no' cos she didn't know who she was!!  Great!

Anyway the party went off very well.  Kate had planned things well in advance and had ordered some wall hangings of pirates and fairies which looked brilliant in the hall and really set the scene.  Kate had put all the party bags together before her operation and my son and I blew up all the balloons - which kept going bang the whole way through the party! 

Finally it was over - I popped Kate back home to have a well deserved sleep in peace and quiet.  The girls went off with their dad for four days so she'll have time to recuperate and I finally came home to sleep!!

I think a good day was had by all!  x

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Christmas card workshop

I've just finished this card off tonight.  This is one of the class cards we did at the Workshop I went to on Sunday.  It is a 3- card with the sparkling Christmas tree printed off from the Winter Tales CD, then cut out, glittered with Pee Wee crystal and Polar White flower soft,  fixed on the last step with foam pads.  The reindeer is stamped using the Cute Companions Christmas Cheer stamp, painted with H2Os and glittered with Pee Wee glitters fixed on the middle step. The sleigh also stamped from the same stamp set onto red and gold mirror board using gold embossing powder and glittered crystal glitter again.  The background is a paper from the same CD.  The whole card is then put into a 'glass bubble' made from thick acetate.  Very effective, don't you think?

I've got another couple of cards I did at the Workshop to show you but I'll upload those later, so you're not inundated all in one go!!

Byee xx

You'll never guess where I've been!!!

Hi all
I'm back! I've been to a workshop in Rugby with Jayne Nesterenko - my guru! The workshop was all day on Sunday so I had to travel up on Saturday afternoon and come back yesterday lunchtime. Do you know it takes longer to get to London from Eastbourne than it does from London to Rugby? Unbelievable.

Anyway had a really good time and everyone makes you so very welcome. There were about 20 of us and Jayne did the workshop helped by her husband, daughter and her friend. Very well organised and the cards - absolutely brilliant. When I get home tonight I'll upload a couple of the samples I've made - so very effective.

Glad I went but not sure I'll do it again - it is such a long way to go and quite expensive when you count the workshop fee, travel and hotel. But I'm glad I've done it once anyway.

I'll be back later xx

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Here we go again part 2 .....

Third page:  opens from middle sideways

This is still the third page,  to give a bit clearer idea of how it  works.

And here's the last page


This opens up from the middle upwards and we're back to the beginning again.  Clever isn't it?  All the papers are from the Cute Companions Christmas CD and the little 'people' are from the Winter Tales' stamps from Jayne Nesterenko.

Here we go again ...!

You'll be sorry I managed to get my camera attached at this rate!! 

This is my interpretation of the 'never-ending' card.  It is very easy to make but the decorating took forever!  But I'm pleased with the outcome.  Not sure I'll do any more though as I'm not sure people will realise what they have to do when they receive it!

First page - open from the middle sideways.

Next page - open from the middle downwards.

This is ridiculous.  I'll start another blog.  Not sure it should take so long to upload.

Connected again, at last !!!

Well its only taken about 10 days to get sorted.  When my son arrived on Sunday and I showed him what I needed he said, oh I didn't realise you meant that lead, I've got five spare ones at home (he lives in Brighton!).  So I had to give him a stamped addressed envelope and he gave it to his dad to post (he goes past the end of my road nearly) and I finally received the lead today!!  Any way I've downloaded my pictures from 'that' concert so I can upload some for your delectation!

As you can see we were quite high up but the big screen gave us a good view.  The pictures are all pretty much the same with just different coloured lighting, but he was singing different songs too!!!

Here's another picture and then enough but I think you get the idea.

I'll be back in a minute to show some of my cards I've made but my system slows right down when I upload more than a couple of pictures.

Bye for now xx

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Scrapping tonight!

Hiya all
Going to Anita's scrapping class tonight!  Yippee - whole two hours of peace:o))  What an awful night though - piddling down, although we do need the rain, but not when I'm going out! 

My son has now been in touch and reckons I can use the scanner lead - haven't got one!!  Oh well he says you can try the printer lead instead - that should work!  I haven't even tried that yet - it means grovelling around on the floor following the leads all over the place and then getting a mirror so I can see behind the computer flat screen!  For goodness sake - he can flippin do it on Sunday!

Here's a double lay-out I did of Emma when she was a lot younger, 'shopping' in Brighton.  Some of you will have seen them already but I've not taken many pictures of my scrapping pages.  Must do that when I get my camera connected - grrrr!!!

I know the papers were called Chloe because that's the name of one of my other grand-daughters, but for the life of me I can't remember who made them.  The letters I used were the Basic Grey alphabets and some Bazzil plain card.  Bearing in mind I made this when Emma was only one and now she's three, I think I've done very well remembering anything about this page!!

Well I'm off to pack my bag for tonight.  Byee xx

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Bit lost!!

Hi guys
Bit lost at the moment - Think I've found out why I can't get pictures to transfer to computer - some b ***r (one of my kids, it must have been) has walked off with the lead that connects camera to computer!  For goodness sake - it can't have been me!  Of course I don't know what sort of lead I need, and No 2 DS won't answer my texts and didn't turn up for Sunday lunch so I can't show you the pictures I've taken of the concert nor the new cards I have made.  I'm fuming!  Oh well I'm sure I'll sort it eventually.  Anyway I shall have to load up some more of my older cards etc  for your delectation!

How about this for a sad picture though?

How sad does she look?  This is my grand daughter in Australia - she and a friend were climbing on a bookcase, despite being told not to, and they pulled it over onto themseves.  This was the result.  Poor Emma had to go to hospital but luckily she only had bruising.  She's only just 3 and hopefully she's learned her lesson - probably not!!  Bless her though - doesn't she look sorry for herself?

These were two stamps I bought from Lavinia Stamps (  I love their stamps as I'm a bit of a fairy nut!  Their website is rather stunning too - the examples they show you are brilliant.  I used paper in my craft box and finished off with different colours of pearly doodles.  Must use this stamp more often.

One more then I'm off for tea.

I think this stamp is so versatile.  This is from Elusive Images and can be made into the four seasons tree.  Obviously in this picture I've made it a winter tree and put Stickles on the branches for frost or snow.  The stamp comes with leaves and flowers too so you can change it as you wish.

Fed up now.  The computer is playing silly devils and keeps freezing.  Can't be bothered to wait five minutes between every flippin' word typed!  I'm off.  I'll be back though xx

Thursday, 1 October 2009

My first concert!!

Well I went! My daughter and I set off from Eastbourne at 10am off to London. We went to Covent Garden and wandered around looking at the various shops and performers - talk about working hard for the money! Fancy standing there and having to drum up custom and then keep them entertained for about 20 mins. My goodness did they work hard. We had a lovely lunch and then after wandering about a bit more, we decided to get the tube and move nearer to O2. That's where things went wrong - we were talking too much and missed the way to Covent Garden tube and then turned the wrong way down the Strand and ended up walking over Westminster (or was it Waterloo) Bridge! My poor feet. We finally got to a tube station but I was flippin' shattered by then!!
Anyway we got to O2 and got there just as the show was starting. We were in seat number 546!! Right up in the gods but a brilliant view. The steps up to the seats though were almost sheer! Bit frightening I have to say.
The O2 was completely packed, and had been for the previous two nights as well. Absolutely stunning seeing that number of people. Then the curtains went back - I have to say Cliff was pretty darned good - he sang quite a few of the old songs, not many new ones, but we could all sing along with them. He went off a couple of times to change his outfit and probably have a rest, but the Shadows stayed on all the time. They were absolutely brilliant - played all their well known tunes and the sound - wow! Just the same as on the record. They were really good.
We had ordered a shuttle bus to get us to Victoria station in time to catch the last train to Eastbourne, and we just made it with minutes to spare. We finally got in at 2am! I slept very well that night but in the morning I was so stiff! So I didn't go into work and had a lazy day at home. Slept really well that night too.
But it was a memorable day and I am very grateful to my daughter for buying the tickets and also taking me to my first concert ever at the age of 60!!
Wonderful xx

Friday, 25 September 2009

Friday, 25 September, 2009

Here I am at work. No.2 son has 'borrowed' the car to get some furniture from Ikea so I'm stuck here til he collects me! He's promised he'll be back before 5pm but we'll see!! Everytime my kids do this to me I vow it'll be the last time, but you can't say no really can you?
For my 60th birthday in January my daughter bought me tickets to see Cliff Richard at the O2 on Monday! I've never been to a live concert in my life so now's as good as any, isn't it? I'm just a bit concerned as to how good it'll be - for goodness sake he's nearly 70!! I can't believe my first concert is to see a 70-year old singer!! Anyway he's always been an idol of mine, so we'll see. I'll let you know what it was like. I might even get some pictures and I'll bore everyone with them!
I'll be back later xx

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

I'm back!

Well no 1 son has gone back to Australia now!  Bit sad to see him go but I'll see him again in February so not too far away.  We had a lovely time - very hectic 5 days - but he saw everyone he wanted to, so that was good.  Consequently not done much card making but have been having a bit of a play with my new Cute Companions stamps.  Not quite got the hang of them, so nothing to show just yet.
However, I've got pictures of other cards I've done so I'll get some of them together.

This a card I did for my ex-husband's 60th birthday (don't ask!).  I put in the shrink plastic pair of slippers as a sarcastic gesture which I'm sure was lost on him, but I liked it, especially as he's older than me!  Again it is good old Cute Companions number stamps which I do like and some of the Christmas stamps too.

This is one of those hidden cards where you pull each side and get three cards in total and use a plastic bag for the mechanism.  I saw it demonstrated a while ago on Create and Craft.  This is how it looks when you get it:

and then this is what you get when you open it.  Cute isn't it? 

I've used Little Claire duck stamps and coloured with sakura glaze pens and used yellow flock for texture.  I was quite pleased with it. 

I'm off now to have a mozey around.

Back later x