Sunday, May 30, 2010

Celebrate....being 40

Last month I celebrated a birthday, usually I love birthdays, this one though I really didn't want to celebrate. So instead of throwing a party, I did toy with the idea........we went away..... I was secretly hoping that if we went away I wouldn't turn 40! What a sorry state to get yourself into!!

Needless to say I had a lovely day, the one good thing about being 40 was all the pressies.......I don't think I've had such a fuss made in years.

Its not very often I scrap about myself, so while I'm still able to remember my 40th I put together this 6x12 mini book. This book was inspired by one of Shimelle's online classes and you'll see I've used some of her down loadable accents.

(Remember the flower I made here)

MM 8x8 papers, ribbon from a present and birthday cake. Shimelle journalling card.

To finish off my birthday, my good friend Nicola arranged a "SURPRISE" evening out with all my lovely friends....and to think that 5 years ago, before we moved to the country, I never knew any of them. I had no idea at all, not even an inkling, it really was a complete surprise, I still can't believe they all kept it so quite!!.....and you know being 40 really isn't that big a deal......I don't feel any older......just look it....hahahaha!!

So there it is, a book made "something from almost nothing" my only purchase was the MM patterned papers which were 8x8 and I split the pack with a friend, so even more money was saved.
One last thing before I go if you haven't been following Christine Middlechamps tutorial over on her blog, you might wish to have a look. This project I love and I can't wait to get some dollies so I can put my 12 x12 frame to good use.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cake, chatter and ....

.....a little scrapping time....I think Sundays scrap day was a great success... I say "I think" as its hard to say what everyone else thought of the day when you organise it, but judging by the completed challenges and the layouts created, "I think" that it was a relaxing and eventful day. So......thank you to all you ladies that came along and made the day.

And it wouldn't be a scrap day without the obligatory photos.......

So what did we get up to....... there were two challenges. The first one was to use the following supplies:

  • Bazzill Swizz Dot Cardstock
  • My Minds Eye Patterned Paper
  • a Journaling Spot
  • and a Metal Square.
Here are fabulous layouts created. I hope you can see these photos....

The second challenge was to scraplift one of the three layouts I created for the day:-
1.
(DCWV patterned paper, Bazzill Cardstock. MM Ribbons and Alpha, a green metal circle, Tim Holts ticket)



The stars were cut using a sizzix die and an old pair of Stanley's jeans......jeans (with big holes in the knees!) that sat on the side for a couple of weeks as I couldn't bring myself to chuck them out......very sad!!
2.
(Bazzill Bling Cardstock, DCWV Patterned Paper and some odd scrap bits, MM Ribbon. Tim Holtz Tickets, American Crafts Alpha...OH and some embossed, distressed metal)


The metal embellishment was created from Green coloured metal, the circle was cut using two nestability circles and then placed in an embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.
3.

(Bazzill Bling Cardstock, Love Elsie and MME Patterned Paper)
The large fabric flower was made with a long thin strip of fabric carefully gathered onto a cardstock circle and then another thin long strip of fabric twisted onto a smaller circle of cardstock. The smaller twisted flower was then placed on top of the gathered one. There are lots on videos on You Tube that show you how, you'll be spoilt for choice. The felt circles were cut with the circle nestabilities and stitched to give a more layered feel. Notice Shimelle' s butterfly from her something about almost nothing class.

Here are amazing layouts from the scraplift:
Well done to Sarah and Charlene who won the challenges and to everyone else for taking part and trying something new. Roll on the next all day crop.
Thanks for stopping by xxx

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Where has the sun gone....


(Bazzill cardstock, DCWV pp...i think!! MM epoxy embellies, American Crafts alpha)

It's been rather cold and wet here this week....I'm so craving some nice hot sun!! To remind me that we did have some hot summer days last year I hooked out three photos of the boys clowning around in the garden last May. So the title isn't strictly correct.... we weren't quite into summer....but hey ho, us Brits really do have to make the most of the little sun we do get!!

Notice the crimpled stripe, while making the Anderson Shelter I hunted my little crimpler (i have no idea what the technical name for it is!) out, and I think I need to use it a little more now....loving the effect.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

An Anderson Shelter

A few posts back I promised you some photos of Jacks Easter Holiday school project.....his very own Anderson Shelter. (Sorry about the rubbish photo!)

And here's the proof that that Jack really did make this shelter with only a ((((very)))) little help! LOL!

.....I'm wondering if this shelter will last long enough for Stanley to take to school so we don't have to make another one!! (tut tut mum!!)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

An apple a day..........

Yesterday was National Scrapbook Day and at first I didn't think I'd manage any scrapping. Eventually late last night I did a little and produced this LO. The layout was inspired from a sketch I drew for Fridays class.....so ladies....better late than never here's my interpretation!

(patterned papers DCWV, letraset rub-ons and American Crafts alpha stickers)


Circle Nestabilities...

I came across this post at Lollychops, showing you how to use your circle nestabilities to make one of these:-


This flower looks so much better in the flesh!! and it was so so easy to make. I wish I could show you how I've used it but you'll have to wait a couple more weeks until the whole book is complete. Pop across to Lollychops, she really does show you how to make some fabulous things.
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