Saturday, 31 October 2009

The Best Day

I have had the best day ever. The calendar workshop I went to today was fantastic. The 2 Scrap Ladies (http://www.2scrapladies.blogspot.com/) had worked really hard to make it such a brilliant day for us.

The calendar we made has a 12 x12 layout for each month of the year and Julia's husband had made lovely magnetic frames for us to display our layouts month after month. Julia and Ally had each put together a 12 layout pack which we could choose from for our calendar. The nice thing was that we didn't have to just choose Julia's or Ally's pack, but we could choose month by month which layout we wanted to pick. I think I ended up with six months from each ladies pack. The layouts were all so lovely, the most difficult thing was choosing which one to do. I haven't had chance to photograph the layouts I did yet, but I'll do that tomorrow and let you see them. Thankfully, we were given the opportunity to buy the packs that we didn't do today, so I have another full calendar to make.

Added to that, we were given a Trick ot Treat basket full of sweeties, we had a game of bingo (in which I won another lovely pack of 12 x 12 paper), lunch was provided and was cooked and served by Miss Dunnit's boyfriend's mum, she was brilliant and kept us supplied with drinks and eats all day.

Ah! back to the birthday presents from yesterday. My "big" present from my darling man was a wooden garden bench, just what I wanted. I've no idea where he hid it, he wouldn't tell me. Maybe he's planning on using the place to hide more big presents! I don't think I'll put it out in the garden until next spring, it won't be nice enough to sit out I wouldn't think anyway. My little girl (well, not so little, she's 17!) gave me a lovely watch, it's really funky with an Elma Elephant pattered strap - it hasn't got elephants on it, but it's a coloured patchwork design. It's lovely.
Right, I'm off to do a bit of blog hopping before bed. See you later.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Photos, hopefully!

I tried to put these pictures on here yesterday but I was having computer trouble. Here I go again!
Here are some cards I made using my stamps, copic pens and some techniques I learned from my friends Julia (http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/) and Ally (http://serendipitypapercuts.blogspot.com/), they are both brilliant crafters.





These cards were made using images from WWW.digistampboutique.co.uk.







Today is my birthday and I'm all alone! "Awe", I here you cry. It would have been nice to have had some company but my inlaws are calling by later to take my out to dinner so that will be nice. Both daughters are off doing their own thing, you know what teenagers are like! My eldest is coming over on Sunday to have lunch with us, she's at uni in Bristol so I don't see her as much as I'd like. Goodness knows when I'll see my youngest. She stayed at a friends last night, going to a party tonight, staying at her boyfriends tomorrow, so I may see her briefly on Sunday when she comes home to get changed for work.
My darling husband gave me a leaf blower/hoover for my birthday so I've been out and cleared the leaves. I'm not sure it's any easier than using the leaf rake, but it shreds them down so I can put them straight on the compost. He said he's got me something else but it was too big to hide in the house so he's going to give it to me later (hmmm!), no idea what that might be, you'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out - if you're interested.
I went to my local craft shop today where I managed to spend *quite* a lot. Well, it is my birthday, and I am alone! I bought myself a new cutter, there's nothing wrong with the two cutters I have already, but I'm going to an all day workshop tomorrow (http://2scrapladies.blogspot.com/2009/08/big-huge-enormous-announcement.html) and I really need a 12" cutter, my existing one doesn't fit into my tote as the handle is too long. Well, if I needed an excuse to buy a new cutter, that's all I could come up with. I also bought two border punches and some snowflake nestabilities (I think they're shapeabilities in fact) which I'm just about to try out.
So, I think that's all my ramblings for today. Hopefully I'll have enough energy when I get home tomorrow to tell you about the workshop. Until then, take care.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Oh dear.

Well, today I tried to post a picture of some Christmas cards I've made but my computer was playing up and I got frustrated with it. I've just tried to put a slide show of some craft stuff on here and I can't do it. Not having a good blogging day really. Never mind, I'll try again tomorrow. Goodnight all.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

WOYWW

I remembered! I usually think about WOYWW on about Friday, I must be getting better. Don't hold your breath though, I am on holiday this week.

So, here we have the usually bottle/glass of coke getting nice and flat. My lovely big Asda cup for my coffee. My wonderful Cuttlebug, and what you can just about see on the very right of the picture are the Winter Borders embossing folders that my friend Ally gave me yesterday. I've been trying them out and I must say, they are wonderful. I expect I will be using them quite a lot. You can also see one of the Christmas cards I've made using images from www.digistampboutique.co.uk and my copic pens. I will try and take a picture of the cards I have made up to now and post them later.

I'm just about to make my Christmas cake. I've had the fruit soaking in brandy for a few days, so it's nice and plump with the alcohol it's absorbed. I made the puddings yesterday, so I'm getting there.

Right, I must get on. I'll be back later I expect.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

That's better.

I'm not sure what happened to my blog but when I came back to it today it had changed! Eeeek! Anyway, I've done a bit more work on it and I think I'm getting there, I like the blue and pink. Maybe it will be different again tomorrow!
I've found some nice blog templates but I don't know how to get any of them. Maybe I will learn that during Shimelle's course.

Monday, 26 October 2009

More work on the blog.

So. we're getting somewhere now with altering the blog. I've managed quite a few things, but I can't do the "adding a background image" I keep trying but nothing seems to happen. I did remember to save my original layout today though, so all is not lost like it was yesterday. However, the picture I've got at the top doesn't seem to fit the space properly so that may have to be altered.
I'm out tomorrow evening so unless I can do some more work here during the day, it will be Wednesday when I get back on here. Then it will be WOYWW day, maybe I will remember this week.
Till then, goodnight.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Blogging for Scrappers.

Well, I've been fiddling with the instructions from Shimelle for setting up a blog. As I've already got one (!), I thought I'd change it a bit. I'm not sure quite what I've done, I seem to have a picture in the title bit, but nothing much else. I did forget to save the original layout of the blog before starting to fiddle - that was the one thing Shimelle said to remember to do, so I've failed at the first hurdle!

I'm off to bed now, so I'll do some more tomorrow.

Look at these.

Yesterday, my good friend Ally recommended this website to me - www.digistampboutique.com , and there are some lovely digital images on there. These are just some that I couldn't resist. I've just spent a wonderful afternoon colouring them in and I'm looking forward to turning them into Christmas cards.

I've got quite a few of my cards done now and when I've cleared the kitchen table I will display them all and take a photo.

I have started to soak the fruit for my Christmas cake and the mixture for the puddings is festering in a bowl to be steamed tomorrow. Hmm, I'm feeling quite organised. LOL

I can't see me getting much else done during this half term holiday, but what better way to spend a few days off than preparing for Christmas.

Lilly and I are going to Reading tomorrow. Lilly wants to buy her friend a birthday present. I may even start looking for some Christmas presents.

Right, I'm off to slob in front of the TV now. I'll watch Top Gear then X-Factor then Doc Martin. Heaven! Maybe I'll have a bar of chocolate too.

Bye, see you again soon.

Friday, 23 October 2009

A New Workshop

Yes, I couldn't resist Shimelle's new workshop, Blogging for Scrapbookers. I'm such a bad blogger and I've no idea how to organise this space so I hope to learn something. Anyway, I'm going to give it a go.

I'm wondering if to finish the Journal Your Christmas workshop that I started last year. I think I got to about the 17th or so. Maybe I will get further this year. I was away last Christmas so it was an ideal opportunity to scrapbook something different, pity I didn't!

Well, I didn't get round to posting my WOYWW pictures, so they're late again, as they are quite often, told you I was a bad blogger.

However, I have been busy. I've stamped lots of Christmas images and this week I've been colouring in. I love colouring in! I don't know if you can see the angel on the top of the Christmas tree, it's a little bear, but it looks like a man with a big black moustache! I think I may have had too much ink on the stamp. I coloured one of the trees green but I think I prefer the white one.

I'll have to get some inspiration for putting the cards together now! I'll post pictures of the finished cards here when I find that inspiration.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

WOYWW

Here's my desk today. I'm working on a layout for a teacher I worked with last year. She got married in August and I said I would do a framed layout for her wedding present. I'm having a lovely time working on it. When it's done I'll put it on here.

Not very chatty today as I'm not in the best of moods, but doing to layout is making me feel better.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

WOYWW/T

Sorry this wasn't a WOYWW, I lost the photo while trying to upload it to my computer. Anyway, it's found now so I'm a day late!

I don't know if you can see the small squares on my desk, I cut up a photo into 36 inch squares (inchies) to do a LO at the crop on Saturday. I was ever so careful while cutting them out to keep then in the correct place.

Well, I suppose you can guess what happened, they all got knocked out of place - I've no idea how. It took me about an hour and a half last night to get them back in the right place. They are now all numbered!






















This is the picture I used for my inchies. It's a clematis seed head, isn't it beautiful? And here is the clematis in bloom. I'm so lucky having such lovely plants in my garden.

I'm so lucky having such beautiful plants in my garden.