Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Just thought I would let you all know that I have moved into my new place, all settled in and straight (at last!). Still a few bags and boxes to unpack (mainly craft stuff as I have nowhere to store it at the moment) but will get to that eventually no doubt.
First week in the new place is over and we're all set for Christmas. That was one of the first things I purchased, a Christmas tree! We bought a lovely shiny black one and put black roses on it and twinklies etc, it looks fab!
Lianne and Lewis have settled in although Lewis is missing his daddy terribly so I try to make sure that they get to see each other as often as possible so that neither of them feel like they are missing out. I have been missing Steve, but I am sure that it is a natural feeling, after spending so long together, and that things will get better with time.
I just wanted to add a thank you for all of your lovely emails and cards wishing us all well and to thank you all for your kindness and support, it certainly is true what they say, you find out who your real friends are in times like this.
Love to you all and I hope to post another message soon, but if not, Merry Christmas everyone and a very happy, healthy New Year.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I think I may have found somewhere to live, don't ask me where as I don't want to put the mockers on it, but if all goes well I could be moving in as soon as the end of THIS month (and THEN I can start crafting again YIPPPPPEEEEE!!!)
Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed for me xxx
Monday, October 20, 2008
I now have the hard task of nominating 5 people to receive this award from me. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to nominate people who have also been nominated by Vonnie, which is a shame as they're all so great. Saying that there are so many blogs I love to visit so choosing just 5 of them was really hard for me, but choose I must and I have selected the following 5 people as their blogs have inspired me and giving me lots of ideas when I have struggled to keep going in the past. Thanks girls.
- http://www.holliescorner.blogspot.com/ Hollie is 10 years old and I think her cards are absolutely amazing (and so does my 11-year-old daughter). She offers great, fresh and new ideas on colour and design. Keep up the good work Hollie, love your cards very much.
- http://www.papercraftsbyrach.blogspot.com/ Again, another blog I love to look at as the colour co-ordination and card themes are bright and inspiring. A lovely blog to look through on a dark, cloudy, dismal day, definitely one to make you smile.
- http://www.debbieeastmancardsimake.blogspot.com/ A great blog to visit for innovative ideas for gifts etc beside cards.
- http://www.kraftinkimmieskorner.blogspot.com/ Love this blog, she has fabulous cards and just offers great ideas for colour co-ordination and layouts. Another great blog to look through on less inspired days.
- http://www.allenjeni.blogspot.com/ For her colour schemes and inspiration. A fabulous blog, full of fabulous cards and ideas.
Keep up the good work girls. Love all of your work and many many more besides.
Lots of Love x
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Sarn has recently set me a challenge to make a monochrome decoupaged card, so I will be making this and posting it very soon to see what you all think.
Take care of you... miss you all loads.
Lots of love x
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
In order to sell my house, I need my kitchen to look like a kitchen and not a franchise of HobbyCraft, therefore the computer and all my crafting stuff will have to go into storage for the foreseeable future. I will still try, where possible to leave new card pictures and messages for you all at the weekend, when I am able to pop round and see my parents. I'm sure my lovely daddy won't mind me taking over his office for the few hours I get to see him.
Also, belated birthday wishes to my lovely mum. She was SIXTY on Monday and we all went out for a lovely meal on Friday evening. Family and friends gathered, and danced, and were merry (mum especially). It really was a lovely evening, thanks mum! Hope you had a lovely time at the meal and also on your actual birthday, despite watching the children for me when I returned to work. Thanks for everything.
Lianne starts secondary school tomorrow. It seems like only yesterday she was crawling through the back garden on her hands and knees, stuffing her face with everything she could find and filling her nappy. Now I find that I am standing here ironing a secondary school uniform and she's getting ready for her first big day and a new big challenge. Yet another milestone, I wasn't quite prepared for...
Good luck Lianne, I'm proud of you, every day, I love you so much.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I made a really, quick simple card by sticking them on the cardstock with sticky foam pads and then added the 'Birthday' greeting.
We had a great time and Lianne went on almost every roller coaster ride there. Despite the huge queueing times, me and Lewis waited with her in the queue until it was almost time for her to go on and then we raced back to the ride to watch her go around all the loops and twists and bends and curves. She had great fun. There was lots for Lewis to do there as well (although I was a little worried that he might get bored waiting for Lianne all day) but he went on a few rides with me, not quite the rollercoasters Lianne was used to but he had a good time.
Later on in the day, when the queue waiting time had dissolved quite dramatically, I even managed to get on STEALTH. Boy I wish I hadn't but was glad I did in the end, it basically goes in a straight line from 0-80mph in about 2 seconds and the g-force holds you firmly in your seat as it then goes up vertically, twists slightly to go over a loop and then twists again to come back down in a vertical drop! The whole ride is over in about 10 seconds but was worth the experience just to say I'd been on it!
Thanks to everyone who kindly gave us vouchers (Julie, I'm pleased to say that your vouchers arrived literally moments before we walked out the door - thank you). They will all be put to good use as they can still be used over the next school holiday... Alton Towers here we come!
Monday, August 25, 2008
I then wondered what on earth I was going to do with it. So I came up with the idea of making a dog card with the die cut images I had just bought and that part of the belt could be used to resemble a 'dog collar'... good idea or what? You tell me... do you like?
'Dog Treat' from Autumn Leaves
Embossed Die Cut Embellishments from Poundland
Belt, Artists own
This is a couple of photographs of the red elephant and the giraffe we spotted on the first day of our Safari. The leaves are stamped images from Whipper Snapper Designs and the Jeep is from a collection at Jolee's Boutique, coupled with the brown and the African background papers. Photo 2
This is one of the red elephants we saw. They are called red elephants because the dust on the ground here is so red and when the elephants wash, they roll around in the dust, which makes them appear red also. The metal embellishment says 'Make a Wish...' I added this because never in a million years could I have ever wished to see such a thing, it truly was tear-jerking to see such an amazing creature, so untroubled by our presence, and yet so graceful and beautiful.
These are the zebra we encountered on the side of the road. They just stood looking at us as if to say, 'You're the funniest looking creatures we've ever seen!' Over in the distance, we could see them running around and playing, like wild horses do, it was really lovely to see them like this. Our guide explained to us that the zebra stripes are like a fingerprint, no two zebras have identical stripes, not even twins!
This is Steve and a couple we met while on safari having a look through the telescope within the grounds of our hotel, which overlooked a vast landscape. We managed to find a herd of elephants at a watering hole, a family of giraffes grazing, some lions and some water buffalo.
This is the final page of my safari scrapbook and this has the most amazing coloured lizard featured at the top. Together with a picture of Kenya at sunrise and Kenya at sunset. It truly has some of the most breathtaking sunsets you've ever seen and the red dust roads are in themselves a sight to see. At night, the hotel staff spray the thatched roofs with some form of bug spray and in the morning when you come down for your breakfast, there are literally hundreds of these scorpions lying around on the ground and in the flowerbeds. This one was about the size of the palm of my hand, and we were informed that he was not one of the largest species in the area. Believe me, there was no way I would've photographed this bad boy if he hadn't already been dead!
Hope you enjoyed looking at my memories book of Kenya, one day...I'll be back!
This is my FIRST christmas card offering today and I'm really pleased with it.
Lots of different elements to this card. Please see materials below:
Christmas Tree stamps, Unknown (a stamped image swap from Linda)
Snowman from Whipper Snapper Designs 2008
'Twas the night before Christmas... puchased from Ebay, no details
Christmas blue polkadot ribbon, a freebie from a craft magazine
Christmas background paper, a gift from Sarn
Button purchased from local craft shop
Everytime I use this image it just makes me smile, because they all look so uncomfortable yet sooooooo comfortable at the same time...does that sound weird? I think you KNOW what I'm trying to say?? Anyway, enough rambling Fae...shut up!
This is another one of Katharina's great sketches was used for this card to which I added the background paper, stamped image, which I decoupaged and mounted onto brown card, then I simply added the ribbon and the flowers.
'Doggy Pile' by Whipper Snapper Designs
'Dog Treat' Background paper from Autumn Leaves
Cardstock Sticker wording by the Paper Studio
Large Flower and Metal Embellishment by Paper Mania
Small Flower by Prima Marketing
Ribbon and Gemstones from local Craft Shop
This is a card I made for my friends' son, Loren. He really loves Japanese style cards and although I was trying not to make this card too 'girlie' I still decided to go for just plain black and white with a hint of pink. You can't really do cherry blossom in any other colour...can you?
Anyway, I like it and hope he will when his birthday comes around. A friend sent me the stamped image (sorry I don't kn0w who makes it) which I then cut out and mounted onto a white linen base card and then took the stamped image of the cherry blossom and carefully cut around all of the image leaving just a thin white border around the edges. This I then decoupaged with foam pads to give a 3D effect.
I coloured the flowers very carefully with watercolour, building up the colour gradually so that it would have a washed effect but making it quite dark in the centre, again to give the effect of depth. I then added the black and pink flower which I fastened with a pink brad.
Here is a close up of the image so that you can see the beautiful effect of the flowers, which, once coloured, I highlighted with a white gel pen
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thanks again everyone xxx
Friday, August 22, 2008
The reason why I am asking is because Sainsbury's offer a 2 for 1 voucher at the checkout for various attractions (including Thorpe Park) and I only have one of these. Which means that me and one child can get in free. I am planning to take another friend with me and was wondering if anyone had a spare of these vouchers. This way we will only have to pay for two adults and the children can go in for free. It would be very much appreciated.
If you do have a spare one of these vouchers, and you are able to post it to me today or tomorrow, I would be happy to reimburse you any postage costs. Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanking you in advance.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Occasionally, I have been known to design tattoo's for friends and friends of friends (through word of mouth) and I really enjoy doing this as it also gives me the chance to show off my creative skills and my own individuality too. It's especially appealing to see my one off, original artwork on someone else's body. I have two tattoo's of which were both my designs and over the last couple of weeks, through careful thought and consideration I have decided to get another tattoo, my third. This one will be in the lower part of my back, just on my waistline. I spent a long time last night, designing this to get every little aspect of it just right and this is what I came up with.
The triangle represents Lianne, Lewis and myself. The heart represents our unity, the fact that me and my children will always have a connection which is why the heart goes through the triangle and the wings represent my protection of them.
I always get my tattoo's done by Andy at Pointed Image, and I recommend everyone who asks me to design something for them to go and see him. He's brilliant at taking a piece of artwork and transforming it into something fantastic! He's brilliant at shading as well, which is, as far as I'm concerned quite difficult to do without a pencil, ha ha ha! Anyway, Andy has kindly agreed to do this for me... watch this space. I'll get Lianne to photograph it once it's done.
I'd love to know your thoughts... What do you think?
The blog candy giveaway deadline is soon as she will be announcing the winner on Sunday 24th August. Good luck everyone.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Take a look at the 'A Spoonful of Sugar' blog to get the sketch design and see what you can come up with. I decided to follow a lilac, purple and silver theme. The stamp is from Whipper Snapper Designs as the ASoS team have agreed that you can now use any stamp designs on their challenges, which is all good.
Wish me luck and good luck to anyone entering the challenge who heard about it through my blog.
I used one of Katharina's sketches to design the card layout but instead of using a single message to the left of the card i decided the add the casts, bandages and other relevant things... thanks for the inspiration Katharina.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This is a close up of the decoupage so that you can see it in more detail and so that you can see the layers involved. For this image I only actually used three of the five layers because I was getting tired and a little bored (I have to admit) of all the cutting involved. Well... I did say earlier that decoupage wasn't my most favourite 'craft time' past time.
And another close-up from a different angle. I couldn't resist using this little wooden mouse. I've had him for what seems like ages and just couldn't find the right card to use him on, well on this one, he's watching Charlotte cut down the trees, so I guess he's a field mouse. Do they have forest mouses??? Anyway, I thought he was the perfect finishing touch, so he's staying!!