Sunday, 31 January 2010

Been a While

Havn't felt like crafting over the last two weeks, but I pulled my finger out yeaterday and altered these two little mini blackboards. I picked them up in the sale a few weeks ago for the bargin price of £1.95 each! I got them from my most favorite shop called My House.

I wanted to make a little scrapbook page for both my kids and put them inside the frames. I used My minds eye papers, flowers, stamps, buttons, fabric brads and ribbons.

I love the way they have tuened out and I have hung them up in my craft room. Might see if I can get a couple more....!

I did this LO last week. Its of my Daughter and her two friends after their very first performance with Fusion Arts. They all do Hip Hop level one. I was annoyed that I wasn't allowed to take photos during the show but I managed to get this one after they came off stage.
The papers are October Afternoon on Kraft c/s.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Crafty snow days

The snow finally seems to be melting but the weather reports say we will get more tonight. I really hope not, I must be getting old as it was fun for a couple of days but now its peeing me off!
I have had more time for crafting though so thats a bonus. My sister dragged her wheelie tote of craft stuff all through the snow and ice on Saturday to come and do some crafting with me as we had to cancel our crop. We were looking through the Handmade magazine and saw a little banner that said NEST so we thought we would have a go at making our own versions.
I made this one for my craft room and have hung it on my cupboard door.
I used cardboard as the base, scraps from my scrapbox, bits of corragated card, stamps, primas and gems. I cut the letters on my Slice and hung a little chipboard heart from one of the tags.

My daughter loved it so on Sunday I sat down with her to make one for her bedroom. She chose all the papers and embellishments and helped to ink it and stick everything on.

Then my son, feeling left out wanted one as well. This was a bit of a challenge as hes nearly 13 and all my embellies are girly! My sis had given me some wizard embellishments so we used these as he loves magic and fantasy.
I am pleased with how well they have turned out and they look great hanging above the doors of the kids bedrooms.

I did this LO today with a photo taken last wednesday of us (the Scott family) in the snow. Ladybird came up with the title as soon as she took the photo!
I used kraft c/s and leftover PP from my JYC which was cosmo cricket, jolly by golly. A little snowflake from paperchase and an october afternoon journalling card finish it off.
Thanks for looking x

Thursday, 7 January 2010

And then there were two!

We woke up this morning to find that another snowman had mysteriously joined the first one! I think shes actually a snowwomen!
I woke up at 3.30am and looked out the window and their were my mad neighbours building a girlfriend for their mamouth snowman. Shes not quite as tall but just as spectacular.

I'm wondering if tomorrow will bring a son or daughter snowperson!

I brought the new crochet magazine that came out last month. The members of the friendship group that I run wanted to learn crochet so I found someone to come in and teach us but I thought I'd get a bit of a head start with this mag. I have been practising for the last week and I think I'm just begining to get the hang of the simpler stitches.

I want to be able to make crochet flowers for my scrapbook pages so I got some books out of the library, but they are not so easy to understand!

Heres my first attempt though! I didn't really understand the directions so I just went my own way with it and I don't think it's turned out too bad!
Thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Isle of WHITE!

Well, it started snowing here at 5pm yesterday and has only stopped for a few hours in between. The Isle of Wight NEVER gets loads of snow and I can only remember once in my 35 years where the snow lasted for more than 2 days.
We took the kids out in it last night for a play as we were worried it would all be gone by the morning but it was still here and its still snowing now. The only problem is the Island comes to a complete standstill. It had only been snowing an hour when the bus service on the Island was cancelled, leaving 50 people stranded at the bus station last night! Cars were being abandonded all over the place and there were 3 pretty serious accidents on the main Ryde to Newport road all before 7pm.
When I went to bed at midnight last night, I looked out of the window(to check the snow was still there!) and my neighbours across the road were outside building a mamouth snowman(Adult neighbours mind you!). I watched them for an hour and when they then produced a step ladder so they could put the head on it I had to go out and get some photos! So theres me in my PJs and wellies, in the street, in the snow, taking photos of my mad neighbours at 1.00 in the morning! They were having so much fun and I just thought how great, to keep that childish innocence when it comes to playing in the snow.
The photos were not great as it was dark....
This is Shay with his shovel, the other pics didn't come out well at all because Paul his Dad was wearing a reflective jacket which just kept bouncing the flash back at me, so this is the only good pic from last night, but....

this was the snowman at 8am this morning. Complete with scarf, carrot, buttons and a black bucket for a top hat! With the hat he is over 7 foot tall!

What a wonderful surprise for all the kids in the neighbourhood to wake up and find this giant snowman had materialised in the night!

Caleb playing in the snow


Willow and Diggory with their snowball legs.
Poor doggies, I didn't realise that the snow would form these huge clots on their legs. At one point willow couldn't walk properly she was so weighted down. We kept trying to get them off and they would just build up again so we cut our playtime short and brought them home and put them in a warm bath, a warm blanket and some food and they were fine. I don't think i will walk willow tomorrow even though she had so much fun leaping about.
I hope you are all having fun in the snow and keeping safe, thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Mushrooms and bugs!

When Paige kidnapped me on my birthday (to get me out the house while my sister made me a surprise dinner) we went to her house and made these little mushrooms. They were from another blog, sorry I don't know which one but you can probably find it on ladybugs blog. I thought they were really sweet and it got me thinking......

Could I make a ladybug for Paige? So last night I sat down and drew a pattern out, cut the pieces from felt and dadah....

A little lovebug ladybird for Paige!
I stuffed each black spot on her back and added a little felt heart to just to personalise her. The eyes are felt with a little black bead sewn on each one. I wanted to add her antene but felt didn't work for them and I only had white pipe cleaners, so she has no antene or legs, but she looks happy enough!

I am going to Paiges in a minute so I will take her along and hopefully she will cheer her up as Paige has a poorly shoulder at the moment.
Thanks for looking x

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Warning..heavy photo post!!

I have not blogged in a long time what with Xmas and all and now I am in trouble with Ladybird (Paige) for not keeping my blog updated! So this post is a tiny bit photo heavy and some of those photos are blurry but I couldn't be bothered to do them again!

I will start with my JYC. This year its more a diary of December, only using prompts from Shimele when I didn't do anything particular that day.

Front cover

First page, a list of Xmas goals and our family values

1st & 2nd dressing the tree and the Tesco advent calender

3rd & 4th making lanterns with the friendship group and winter weather

5th lantern parade

5th & 6th wreath making and dog walking

7th & 8th my sons Xmas fete and business enterprise and the perfect Xmas

9th & 10th celebrating Xmas and Eid at the friendship group and cards

11th my daughter and Minnie the puppy

(sorry blogger lost the photo when I was spacing everything and I can't get it back!)
12th & 13th last crop of the year and getting organised

14th quiz night at the kids school (we came 3rd!)

15th my daughters xmas play, the envelope holds the programe, carol sheet and the quiz sheet from quiz night

16th a photo I took for the leaflets for the friendship group

17th - the gingerbread house my sister and me made.We ran out of icing so we made some more up but it was to runny and there was no more icing sugar, so my sis said "lets just add baking powder as thats white". It seemed to work, it made it thicker so we slathered it all over the roof. 10 minutes later it had gone like shaving foam and started sliding off the roof! We had to scrape it all off and go to the shop for more icing powder. It turned out all right in the end though!
18th-this page has an acetate front(taken from a gift box from a Thorntons mug) with thickers on......

covering this card that one of my sons teachers gave him. I included it because the teacher has written a long message inside saying what a wonderful child my son is, how pleased she is to teach him and thanking him for just being who he is. I was so proud of this that I wanted to include it in my JYC.

19th & 20th Xmas past and visiting the light displays on the Island

21st &22nd Yule (mid winter solstice) celebrated at dawn, in the rain, at the Long Stone and a clear pocket with a voucher from my kids saying they will be my helpers all day and a song written by daughter for me for my birthday

22nd my present list and my surprise birthday meal

23rd & 24th the xmas food shop, including how much my share came to and traditions we follow on xmas eve

24th more traditions

25th the kids opening their gifts and surprise presents for me and my husband. I bought my hubby a brick at the stadium of light (football stadium) in sunderland. You pay your money and get one of the bricks of the stadium wall engraved with your name and message. So to show him what I had bought him I wrote the message on a normal house brick and wrapped that up for him! He was a bit bewildered at first but then I gave him the certificate and it all became clear! He surprised me aswell, I had already had my gift from him before xmas, an I pod Nano, so I was not expecting anything else. When all the gifts were done he appeared with this big box for me and when I opened it it was a CD Hi Fi with docking station for my I pod!

25th xmas dinner and clear pocket with receipts and gift lists

Thats it for the JYC. I am quite pleased that it is more a diary this year otherwise it would have been the same as last years one as there is only so many times you can document your traditions, cards, decorations etc in an interesting way!

Right, on to Scrap like you mean it

Wk 36 scrap something magical

This is my sis Zoe, Paige and me just before we went to see New moon, check out the twilight T shirts! And NO we are NOT sad!!

Don't know what PP this is as Zoe gave it to me, c/s is Brazzill swiss dot and I painted a little chipboard apple and glossed it.

wk 37 scrap with metal

My kids and nephew being silly in the garden

Cheated a little as I used metal in the title although I did find 2 little metal stars to put on it.PP is Fancy pants rough & tough, Rusty pickle chipboard & PM and Adorn it alphas.

wk 38 scrap a lesson learnt

Glastonbury trip when the mini bus broke down

Kraft c/s,PP & rub ons are Crate paper lillian collection, alphas are PM and some chipboard ones I bought at our retreat.

wk 40 (already posted wk 39 in an earlier post) scrap in autumn colours

My son at Newtown nature reserve

PP and stamps are Crate paper lillian collection, MM chipboard frame, PM and Doddlebug alphas and stitching

Wk 41 scrap a birthday

Willows 1st birthday

PP is My minds eye, Basic grey rub ons, primas and Thickers

wk 42 scrap right now

Me at the WCC's first retreat in Totland

PP We R memory keepers white out collection (flock), Penny lane sophie ann & Crate paper scribbles, glitter thickers and Doodlebug mini alphas, MM chipboard frame, Technique Tuesdaay stamp

wk 43 scrap with flowers

My daughter with me reflected in her sunglasses

PP is Abbey road My minds eye, October afternoon stamps, Brad & ribbon My minds eye, lettering The slice handwritten fonts cartridge

wk 44 scrap something that scares you

my kids growing up too fast

PP & chipboard is MME abbey rd whirly bird, alphas are Adorn it, Doodlebug and Slice basic card 3

wk 45 scrap something you want to remember

Me and my family at a friends wedding

PP is Doodlebug & Kaisercraft airy fairy, MM rubons, Thickers, primas, dewdrops buttons and ribbon

wk 46 scrap a thank you

My sister and me at the WCC's first retreat in october

PP,stamps,fabric brads, ribbons & buttons all MME, thickers and PM alphas, primas & gems

wk 47 scrap with leaves and trees

My son in the marshes at the Duver

PP is Jillibean soup and my little shoebox, journalling spot october afternoon, stamps are craft paper my little sprout & MME bloom & grow

wk 48 scrap minimal

Paige at the Duver

PP and die cuts are october afternoon, title cut on PAIGES NEW CRICUT!!!

wk 49 scrap from the sketch

(I flipped the sketch if your thinking it doesn't look like the sketch!)

My kids at Robin Hill

PP isMME Bloom & grow, alphas adorn it and slice basics card 3

wk 50 scrap a receipe

Jo & richards wedding

The printed words are a song called receipe for love, the PP was a piece given to me by a friend, MM chipboard frame and the title was cut using PAIGES NEW CRICUT!!!

wk 51 scrap a family

Photo from a photo shoot we had done at a studio last January. The shoot was good fun but we were all really disapointed with the quality of the photos.

PP is Love Elsie, sticker is october afternoon, title was slice handwritten font cartride (Paige had gone home and taken her cricut with her at this point so I had to use my slice. I was worried she wouldn't work as she had been sat next to the big cricut all day and was getting a little intimadated, but with a little bit of sweet talking she worked fine!)

wk 52 Scrap 2009
Sort of scrap lifted from Shimmele!
One photo from each month of the year.
Kraft c/s, PP for the 2009 and a Hambley studio rub on.
There, thats it, finally, its taken me over 3 hours to post this!!
Happy now Paige, its all up to date?!!!!
Hopefully I wont let it get so behind this year!
Thanks for looking x