Monday, 24 January 2011

How cute!

Well believe it or not, here's another layout!  This one is one of Anita's layouts - to my shame I've got it dated March 2009!  How bad is that?  The papers are BoBunny Teen Chic which Anita chose and the letters are from Stickoppotamus.  I'm very pleased with the layout - Anita is very clever.

The photo is of my youngest grand-daughter in Australia.  Its a picture taken by her pre school in Tulip Street which is just round the corner from where my son and daughter-in-law live in Cheltenham, Melbourne. xxx

My kind friends


19 January was my birthday and I was very lucky.  At the monthly crop I go to at the beginning of January I was given lots of lovely cards and presents.  I am a bit supersitious so didn't feel I could blog them til after the day!  So first of all here are the beautiful cards I was sent by my crafty friends.

                                          Sarah and Lynn

                                                           Jill and Linda

                                                        Chris and Anita

                                            Wendy and Sue

I was also lucky enough to be given some pressies too - thank you so much Linda, Lynn and Anita.  You are very generous.

I had a lovely birthday - I saw my two great friends Sue and Sandie and we also came to the Grand Opening Day of Jilly's new shop - Cardinal Colours and saw lots of my crafty friends too.

I went out for a scrummy meal in the evening too.
When I got back from the meal there was a gorgeous flower bouquet from my family in Australia.

Friday I had another birthday because my son and daughter with grandchildren came over for a take-away meal. We had such fun and again I was very lucky. My son bought me a beautful bouquet of flowers and card, which he assures me he chose all by himself!!. My son and daughter also bought me an exercise machine which, I must admit I do need to use, so I was velry pleased with it. I have religiously been using it each day, trying to build up how long I use it for. Not doing too badly. Mind you I have already fallen over it! Did that this morning carrying the dirty clothes to the washing machine! So now I've got a bruised knee, elbow and all my pride!!

My grand-daughters gave me some chocolate and biscuits (the non-naughty sort, of course!) and some lovely fridge magnets for 'Grandma'.
So how lucky am I? x

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Well I never!!!!

Well blow me down!  Another double layout and its only the second week of January!  At this rate I may get my old layouts done!  Let's see how I get on later on in the year :o(  This layout was using Anita's monthly page which later went on to be a Scrapology scrap lift.  Because I had a few photos I made the layout into a double lay out although the original layout was only a single page.  I am afraid I don't know the name of the paper (and Anita couldn't remember either).  I've used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch and made some glittery flowers from my stash and stickles and finally added some jewels.

These pictures were taken when my middle grand-daughter, Emily was about a year old.  She is actually sitting in a large cardboard box and surrounded by cushions and different toys.  Her face looking at the 'bee' was such a picture, hence the title - What is that?

Then as with all babies, straight into the mouth.

Thank you for looking.  xxx

Monday, 10 January 2011

Double Trouble

My New Year's 'Intention' was to do more scrapping using the many layouts I've collected going to Anita (Inky Blossoms)'s monthly classes.  Well, I've done a double layout but unfortunately its not using one of Anita's layouts!  What am I like?  Instead I've used the Scrapology January's competition template.  So I'm entering it into the competition but I reckon it also can count towards my 'intention' to do more scrapping, don't you?

I used the DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl and Baby Boy papers and some of my own Bassil card stock.  I used the Cricut and the George and Basic Shapes cartridge for the title and also for the circle.  And that's your lot!! x

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

New Year Resolution (well Intention anyway!)


Tonight I'm off to Anita (Inky Blossoms)'s scrapping class at Jill's (Cardinal Colours website) for our first class of the new year.  Looking forward to it.  I never have any photos ready but promise myself I will add the picture when I sort the photos out!  I never get round to doing that and don't always finish the page either.  The other day I was sorting out my work room (as you do!) and to my horror I have found a hugumous (well very large) pile of class pages still to be finished.  I reckon I could fill a complete scrapbook with them all.  So that is what I'm hoping to do - populate and complete each and every one of my pages that I have done with Anita.  I'm not giving myself a time limit - actually perhaps I should.  I'll say by the end of the year!  I'll try and blog how I'm getting on.

There, I've publicly challenged myself so I'll have to do it.

Bye x

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year !!

May I wish you a very Happy New Year for 2011?   I hope it brings you all you want.

I had a very quiet Christmas but it was nice to see the children and grandchildren.   After all Christmas really is for children.  I was able to watch lots of programmes I had wanted to see and listened to lots of plays whilst making some cards.  It was blissful.

Here are some of the cards I made this week

I got inspiration for this card from the Christmas card Anita (Inky Blossoms) gave me.  I've used those little stamps from Craft xtensions in different colours and the dandelion mice are 'make a wish' stamps from Penny Black which I coloured in with water colour pencils.  Bit of glitter and card candy and we're done!!

This is also using the Penny Black 'make a wish' stamps.  Again I coloured them in using water colour pencils and the Martha Stewart lace punch.  I 'doodled' around the picture using dots and dashes.  I silver embossed the Victoria's Secret 'Happy Birthday' stamp which I bought in Australia.


These two pictures are not very good.  I took them at night and the light makes them look very 'brown'!  Both of these cards use The Jayne Netley Mayhew Collection CD.  The top one I printed off two toppers, matted them and added the greetings and a little orange flower which I sprayed using Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle and added a little gem.  Simples !!

The rabbit printed off as a black and cream sketch.  I water coloured some of the flowers and grasses, added a bit of glitter on the grass heads and then just matted and layered it, using the same greetings stamp.

I'm pleased with this one - I bought this Giordano Christmas Lambs stamp in Joanna Sheen's sale - £2.75!!!   For the first time I also coloured it in using some of my Pro Markers!  Still a bit scary but I'm pleased with the result and shall carry on practising.  I used two sheets of Basic Grey Wassail papers to matt and layer, using deckle edged scissors, some card candy and cream organza ribbon.  Although it is called Christmas Lambs, I reckon this stamp could be used for birthdays or even, which I'm going to do, as a New Year card.

Well that's it for the moment - going to sort out my roast chicken - it smells beautiful!! 

Bye xx