Monday, 29 November 2010

All Set for December.

After a crafting filled afternoon (yesterday) I am now ready to journal  my December.
I made this for a "Something old,something new.." challenge on WeScrap.
The old - all the chipboard, transparencies, Basic Grey "Figgy Pudding" papers, letters and numbers (Papermania), Cosmo Cricket "Be Good" papers  and sentiments,inks.
The new - Echo Park "Wintertime" papers and journaling cards, Fabscraps frames, corners and sentiments, acrylic tags,stamps (Tim Holtz, Crafty Individuals), ribbons (Crafty Ribbons).

Since I took this photo all the acrylic tags and transparencies are now numbered (with stickers) and various wooden and chipboard embellies have been added courtesy of Scrapinette - I do love getting parcels! Not bad service either as I only ordered on Thursday and the parcel came from France. :)

It's going to be a rather thick journal so I may have to use the Binditall rather than the rings I was intending to use.
Now I just need to have my camera at the ready and fill my days with interesting activities!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Rocking My World Friday (and, yes, I know it's Saturday).

Another week that went waaaaaay too quickly!
I did intend to write this yesterday but when I sat at the computer last night I was enveloped by a wave of tiredness and ended up in bed at 10p.m. (as OH said," It's a bit early for you isn't it?"). This was thanks to Max who decided I should be up at 6a.m. and wouldn't stop licking my face until I was out of bed - thanks Max!

This week I am again grateful to the internet..Christmas shopping is slowly being delivered... I keep having sudden flashes of what would make a great gift for s'one and, hey presto, a few clicks later it's ordered.
Also grateful to our Town Council who arranged for the French Market to visit for three days this week - wonderful smells (shrimps and garlic, fresh bread, yummy soaps and herbs) and a new festive tablecloth in my bag.
I've been able to do lots of crafting this week (the massive steroid injection is still working its' magic). Spent a great day at A Maze of Memories last Saturday (results can be seen in earlier posts) with friends. At home I've made a couple of presents by altering clipboards (photo above of first one) and have made progress on my Dec. daily journal. Unfortunately I ran out of suitable numbers so just had to place an internet order with Scrapinette (in France) where they had some beautiful Christmas ones - I know Christina, I should have saved my pennies for next Friday (lol!) but I couldn't find these stickers anywhere else, no-one in UK seems to stock this brand.
As always I'm grateful for family and friends who keep me on an even keel - I'm prone to depression at the best of times and am not really looking forward to Christmas this year. It'll be the first without Dad. Thanks to you all - you know who you are.:)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Friend LO

As promised (even if a day or two late) here's the LO from the class I did on Saturday afternoon.

We used Bazzill cardstock and patterned papers from the "Ebony & Alabaster" collection by the Black Market Paper Society - these papers almost felt like fabric.
We used a variety of punches (Martha Stewart and EK Success) on the corners, to create the frill round the large circle and a border.
We then made Skallanders as embellies - very,very fiddly but they look good!
The originals were simply black and white but I decided to lighten my page by using a purple as close to Pat's trousers as I could get. The ribbon is from the shop at A Maze of Memories where we did the class. Finishing touches - faux stitching and a couple of purple gems. Title was cut on the Cricut.

My Christmas prep seems to have come to a stop (apart from feeding the cake) pile of Christmas reading is growing (5 books so far) and I've
 done some internet shopping on the Boots website.
Today five clipboards arrived - I have plans for those but feel I need to make some more cards before I tackle them. :(

Nothing much else to report but the week is young yet!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Mun-kee Update and Christmas Cards

Talked to DS tonight and he said that technically he no longer had the twins (i.e two of the triplets) as one was in Bristol with him and the other was in his room somewhere....I found him and that explains all the noise! He was in amongst the guitars (five at last count) and keyboards... he's now with the rest of the "family" downstairs where I can keep an eye on him!
Somehow I've promised DS a Christmas Mun-kee of his own (along with the tea bags...that's no hardship as OH and I don't drink tea!).

On a more serious (but not very) note are the cards I made this morning at A Maze of Memories. We had great fun painting on acetate,matting and layering...for the first time in ages I actually enjoyed card making ..thanks Christina!

I also did the afternoon class with Pat and Jan but will post the result tomorrow as I have a finishing touch or two to add.
Needless to say I also did some stash buying...I managed to resist the new Basic Grey collections (by repeating "I do not need ANY MORE paper even if the new stuff is lush!)..but I did buy some promarkers and a circle scissor cutter...rather Christina had my money than the taxman..but that's another story.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Rocking My World Friday

First off an apology to all you Rockettes for the lack of a post last week. I'd intended to write my post Friday evening but things cropped up that left me feeling very upset and more than a little depressed - not good when one is counting one's blessings.

So onto this week - gosh, is it Friday already? That means a craft filled day tomorrow! All day!! Yay!! I will share the results next week.

First grateful is the Internet. Without this wonder of the modern world my cupboards would be bare and Christmas would be cancelled. Friends would never hear from me and my life would be oh so dull. My crafting would be pitiful. Sites that deserve a mention....ebay,Facebook,Amazon,Sainsbury's to You, WeScrap.

Friends have played a big part in my life this week (OH went up to Scotland on Weds. and has yet to return) whether taking me out for coffee and yummy cupcakes (Pat), feeding me, wine and Max, dog biscuits (Audrey),sending me funnies (Carole) or poking me (Gill)- I love you all.

Sky Plus which allowed me to record The Apprentice on Weds. so I could watch the football - why oh why did I bother? Watched The Apprentice last night - much better than the football.

Movies 24 which has started showing the odd Christmas film. I'm still not feeling very Christmassy but I've enjoyed having s'thing to watch in the desert that is daytime TV.

And finally Max -- for keeping me company, keeping me warm at night and all the cuddles.
Could have done without the barking at and fighting with the vacuum cleaner though!

Hope your weeks have been good ones.
Sue xx

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Welcome Christmas Monkey!

This little chap arrived at our house this afternoon, looking very festive in his reindeer T-shirt.

Tonight he'll be settling in with his Dad (Sidekick), one of his older brothers (Chimp - he's a triplet but the other two have gone to Bristol) and Cristiano the Red. Just hope there's no wild partying tonight! Normally I'd join in but I'm shattered!lol

Thursday, 11 November 2010

She's Got the Look.

This was a fun LO to do - it's for a colour challenge on WeScrap.
Bazzill cardstock,patterned papers by My Mind's Eye (Bella,Bella - French Fleamarket),flock alpha,Basic Grey brad,K&CO journal. tag, Prima flowers,button and ribbons from stash.

I found the photos at Dad's. I'd heard about my mother's "look" when she was a toddler as it  became a family joke when my cousin's youngest
 started doing it too. I hadn't realised that I'd also inherited it until I came across the old photo of me.
Don't know what had upset either of us...but we weren't happy!lol

Saturday, 6 November 2010

A Wonderful Afternoon!

Had a wonderful afternoon at A Maze of Memories playing with alcohol inks etc. And no, I didn't get messy as gloves were provided - the messiness came later!
Today was a demo day with Lindsay Mason.
Lindsay showed us lots of techniques using alcohol inks and distress inks. Then Diane and I both did the Make and Take. I turned my card into a Christmas card when I got home..having bought some new stamps..and the sticky b'day season really is stash filled (I promise to do a post soon!).

We created the background and  dyed the flowers and the ribbon with alcohol inks. When I got home I stamped the tree and sentiment (using archival ink) and sprinkled glitter over dots of glossy accents. This is where it got messy - black ink and glitter is so not a good look on fingers!

Please check out Lindsay's blog, where she has lots of ideas and techniques...and a fabulous giveaway!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Rocking My World Friday

Yes, it's Friday again and time to reflect on the week just gone.
This week I'm grateful for being able to soak in the bath in warm scented water with a good book and the radio tuned to Absolute 80's . The 80's wasn't "my" decade so couldn't understand why I know so many of the songs - then it hit me - I used to listen to Chris Tarrant on Capital Radio while driving to work, either cross-country to Bletchley or down the M40 to Beaconsfield - happy days.
I'm also grateful for good books. This week I've been to Oslo with Jo Nesbo (Nemesis), Hawaii with Kathy Reichs (Mortal Remains) and Norfolk with Rachel Hore (Place of Secrets). I've been feeling unsettled in the evenings when it's got to the time I used to phone Dad so it's been lovely to snuggle down and be transported to other places.
I've been reading Kathy Reichs for years - it's her and her books that the series "Bones" is based on - word of warning - as good as the TV show is (esp. David Boreanaz)'s nothing like the books.
The Rachel Hore book is one of the selections for Richard and Judy's Book Club - I picked it up in WH Smith as part of a BOGOF promotion. So pleased I did as it's gripping. This one will be going into a Charity bag (I only keep certain books now as we're running out of space) unless someone out there would like to read it and then pass it on to someone else - I'll happily post it to you.
A Maze of Memories where I spent a lovely Saturday morning doing an Autumn LO (result in previous post). It helped ease me back into crafting (as well as allowing me to meet up with friends) and I've managed some tags,25 Christmas cards ( with my Anna Griffin kit and some bling) and another LO which I'll put at the end of this post. Tomorrow I'll be going back for a demo day with Lindsay Mason - distress inks and alcohol inks - plus a Make and Take. Diane will be there too.:)

Photos from the 70's (note the mini skirts!) taken at my aunt's house. It's my mother's side of the family with Auntie Jean, Gran and my mother, my brother and my two cousins. Bitter sweet memories as three of the people in the photo have passed on - my Gran in 1984,my mother and my cousin Ann in 2002.
Off to link this up on Vrginia's site. Hope you've all had a great week.xx
Sue xx
p.s.The usual suspects have been supportive again this week ..and girls the b'day bouquet is still going strong!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Autumn Splendour

This is the LO I made on Saturday @ A Maze of Memories along with Pat,Jan and Diane.
It felt so good to be crafting again and of course I did some stash shopping for my "birthday season".
The LO was made using Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey "Pyrus" papers,stamps and brads, EK Success and Woodare punches.
Title was cut  @ home using Cricut "Storybook" cart. and Tim Holtz/Sizzix "Vintage Market" die.
We also learnt a new technique - bleaching. You can see the result on the stamped pears.