Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Sure David's American family will love seeing these.
A beautiful warm sunny day and I did manage to get to the park and feed the geese and a few ducks. It was warm enough to sit without a jacket on for a while.
Must go and try make a card for the Chinese whisper challenge.
Thanks for looking
I thought I'd do this quickly whilst I'm having a break and having some breakfast. As most of you know we start work really early - around 5.15 am and finish between 1 and 2 pm - I enjoy having the late afternoons at home especially if the weather is fine and I can get to the park where there is a lake and bird sanctuary.
Today I thought I'd show you a couple of my favourite LOs I created this month. The photos were taken in Cheshire last year ... oh dear I cannot upload photos from the work PC, sorry it'll have to wait until I get home (the work PC doesn't allow attachment pop-ups) - shame that, the photo of David is my favourite. Hope you'll come back later for a look.
In the meantime, I'll leave you with a few words which are on my desk calendar:
Dreams are the touchstones of our character - Henry David Thoreau
Sunday, 20 April 2008
I managed to finish the coaster box and must admit I'm really pleased with it (I know I'm biaised LOL), wish I could keep it but I've put the recipient's name on it. Unfortunately I cannot show you until my UKS team mate receives it towards the end of April. I promise to upload photos of it then (along with the card I made her today) as I can't wait to show it off, my first coaster box.
I made a few cards but cannot show them all. I made two RAK (random act of kindness) cards and a secret sister card ready to send to cardmaking forum friends in May, also a birthday card for a UKS friend.
I can show you a couple of cards I made using the new Laura Ashley stash:
This card uses the contemporary patterned paper which I've edged with lipstick red colorbok chalk ink and a Bazzill flower with a Laura Ashley contemporary brad. The image is by Penny Black and is called Shy Surprise (code 1730E).
This card again uses the contemporary patterned paper, as well as contemporary ribbon and brad. Not sure where I got those flowers from but they seem to work well with the card colours. The pattern down the right hand side is made from the Impress die cut stencil - Lattice border.
Back to work tomorrow :( still only a 4 day week for us as we're off to Suffolk on Friday to visit Mum. I hope to bring you more creations next weekend.
Thanks for looking
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Back to crafting, I enjoyed my session this afternoon. I created my third snowy LO. Here it is:
I used Daisy Bucket patterned paper, Bazzill pink card, Prima flowers, large Doodlebug sugar brads and Papermania white glitter brads (which are smaller than the Doodlebug ones). This was for a layout sketch challenge on the cardmaking forum.
Then it was on to cardmaking. I made 4 cards in total but will show my 2 favouries here. The first was for the card sketch challenge, again on the cardmaking forum.
It's my favourite, I love the colours. I used Mary Hughes patterned paper (thanks Linda for the paper pad), Magnolia Tilda in nightshirt with the Magnolia steps, Cuddly Buddly round sentiment and ribbon. For the edges of the paper and the sentiment I used Colorbok chalk ink in ice blue and orchid pastel.
Here's the other card. Another challenge on the cardmaking forum, we had to use "old" stash. Everything I used I'd had for well over a year and a half (well apart from the Spellbinders nestabilities and the chalk ink).
The patterned paper is by K&Co Juliana pad, the image is an EZ rub on transfer, and the flowers are Prima Got flowers. The sentiment is a rub on by The Scrapbook House. I used Papermania adhesive stones (lime) in the centre of the flowers and edged the patterned paper and image with Colorbok chalk ink in lavender and olive pastel. I seem to have a thing about edging paper and images at the moment and love my Colorbok queue inks.
I finished off this afternoon with covering some handmade coasters with patterned paper ready to make into a coaster box for a team swap on UKS. Now I have to decorate them and then finish the box off ready for sending w/c 28th April.
A card for my good friend Chitra who retired last month:
Made using a Penny Black stamp (Furry Love-3102J) and the gold background is made on my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Prima flowers and Doodlebug glitter brads finish the card.
An anniversary card for my best friend Susan and her husband Gordon:
Another Penny Black stamped image (which I was given) and Cuddly Buddly round sentiment - just love this card. The sketch was from a challenge on the cardmaking forum.
A "with love" card for my lovely sister Yvonne:
I love my Magnolia Tildas! This is Tilda with Cross and the Signpost which is perfect for putting sentiments on, I coloured both with Derwent watercolour crayons using a waterbrush. Tilda's background was made with the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder and cut with the oblong Spellbinders nestabilities, the patterned paper is from K&Co.
A birthday card for David's colleague Steve:
Using a Papernation decoupage sheet, the Cuttlebug distressed stripes embossing folder and Harmony Designs patterned paper.
And finally, a general happy birthday card made for a card challenge on a cardmaking forum:
I love this one using Tilda with Patch, she's so cute. Tilda is sitting on a round scalloped circle made using the Spellbinder round Nestabilities and edged with Colorbok chalk ink. The patterned paper is Imaginisce, I made the scalloped edge using the Quickutz Revolution 12 inch scalloped border die, some adhesive lace and Papermania gems.
Life isn't too bad. I've had some Congnitive Treatment Therapy with an assessor helping me and I can actually get out at work now though using the stairs is still difficult but I'm getting there, I have to practice my goals constantly. I can also get to the park near home which is a huge step in my fight against agoraphobia and social phobia. It has been a hard struggle but I can finally see how far I've come in the last few months, thanks to my family and friends who have supported me, all those texts - they're a huge help. David is fairly well, apart from his knees. He's got teeth problems at the moment and is on penicillin and having treatment at a dentist. Mum has been in hospital a couple of times this year but at the moment is fairly well.
Work is very busy for us both. I am now PAing for another person as well as my boss, although enjoyable, it's made life extremely busy and a bit stressful. We're busy looking into moving to Suffolk to be closer to Mum, we hope to move within the next year.
Here's that other snowy layout I created recently,
and the goodies I bought from The Range on Thursday:
Thanks to Clare for explaining how to upload multiple photos.
Looks miserable outside but we have to do the weekly shopping and I hope to pop into Staples to buy some more Really Useful Boxes for my chipboard alphabets.
Will be back later!
Friday, 18 April 2008
I thought I'd show you a scrapbook layout (LO) I created yesterday for the April week 3 UKS challenge. Back on 6th April 2008 we had quite a bit of snow and I've decided to create a snowy 8 x 8 inch scrapbook album. This is my second layout
I'll show you the first LO another time, since I think I can only add one image to each post. Does anyone know if I can add more than one please?
I received my Scrapagogo Create kit today and boy is it lush. I also subscribe to their cardmaking kit which arrives towards the end of the month, it's lovely having those yellow pizza boxes to look forward to :)
Popped to The Range yesterday to look for Laura Ashley stash and woohoo I found some, so bought the Traditional and Contemporary 6 x 6 paper, the brads and ribbon for each set. I think they'll look great with Tilda stamped images on cards.
Had today off work and managed to get most of the horrible housework done so hope to have lots of crafting time this weekend.
That's it for my first post, hope you've enjoyed reading this.