Sunday, 29 June 2008

Daughter is Now Half Way Across The World

So Thursday morning (very early, 3.15am to be exact) my alarm went off so that me and DS could take DD to Heathrow to catch her plane.... to Australia. She was so nervous, but she survived and is now at her step-grandparents house... she seems to be having a great time.... (me jealous... nah) and we spoke on the webcam on Saturday morning (evening there, 9 hours ahead) and she told us about the spider on her bedroom wall, she is terrified of spiders and today she rang with great news... she is at Uni training to be a doctor and a Doctor over there has given her the opportunity of shadowing him, she is over the moon, it is just what she went over there to do, so she starts Tuesday week, this week she is very busy with a party, cinema, theatre and probably more!!

Here is a card I made a couple of weeks ago using a Sugar Nellie Sweet Ebony stamp (

I am about to become a Demonstrator of Stampin' Up, well actually I am now a fully fledged Demonstrator just waiting for my kit to arrive (although I must own most of SU already), so if anyone is interested in anything I might sell just drop us an e-mail...

I have started an SU blog here just for things made entirely of SU items.

I am now 2 weeks late with my card order for this month.... have been busy with cards and my mini album for MIL in Australia, so that has taken all my time lately, plus 2 sports days at school last week and a dentist appointment, then the airport.... didn't stop last week and this week looks no different, so will have to switch off the comp and get making. Will post pics of the mini album this week as I need to edit them slightly and upload them to photobucket too....

Here is my SU card:-

For more details see my other blog.

Have a good evening all xx

Monday, 23 June 2008

Busy Busy Busy....

I have been very busy, DD is going to Australia on Thursday for 10 weeks and she is staying with the inlaws out there. I am now very busy trying to put a mini album together with some photos in (hopefully will post more later this week) and then need to make a couple of cards.... will be back once I have finished with some piccys. Here is one to be getting on with.

Card shape cut using my expression and SCAL software. Image the new Magnolia Tilda Paddling, coloured using my new Nick Bantock inks, flowers, gems from stash, oval shapes cut using nestabilities dies. Celebrate printed using a dymo machine.

Very exciting news too, I am about to become a Stampin Up demonstrator so will be setting up a dedicated stampin up blog very soon, so anyone interested in purchasing any stampin up goods, just let me know.

Have a good evening all xx

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Aaaargh I did it again.

Bad blogger yet again, was busy making a boy and girl card for DD to give away, and when I had finished I forgot to photograph them..... doh!!

So here are 2 cards that I have made...

Sweet Ebony stamped image (from coloured with copic markers, Crate Paper patterned paper, leaves cut with Quickutz die, ribbon, brads, gems flowers from stash, sentiment printed on computer.

Scenic Route paper, stars cut with cricut, brads and eyelets from stash, orange card embossed with swiss dots cuttlebug folder. Thank you sentiment free with card magazine.

Got some new Hero Arts Cupcake stamps today (from, have yet to use them tho, have also ordered some new bits from US, DH's Fathers Day prezzie turned up yesterday and am in the process of making him a card which I cannot show yet incase he reads my blog.

Have a good day all xx

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Ooops missed a day again....

Had to make a card in a rush yesterday, DD's friend turned up about 5 minutes before they had to leave for school and asked if I had a boy card, I didn't have a suitable one, but managed to make one up in about 10 minutes.... here it is..

Magnolia Edwin image coloured using copic markers, star shape cut using nestabilities die and then embossed using swiss dots embossing folder, ribbon, sticky cheap stuff from stash, Happy Birthday rub on, Basic Grey, and the white circle shapes were stamped around the image using a Stampin Up set plus white brilliance ink. Finished and ready for school, she seemed to think it was okay, and definately a record for me, it usually takes me a few hours to make a card!! lol

Anyway, my 6 sets of stampin up stamps arrived from US, they are absolutely gorgeous, and were only posted on Monday and arrived Friday, so super speedy postage too. Obviously I buy the UK sets from UK but US sell many more sets that they dont sell over here, so I have to buy them from US too. So that is the last of my packages until my monthly US kit arrives around the 17th, ooops and the Magnolia stamps I ordered from Magnolia today.... rofl

Took a trip to The Range this afternoon as the boys asked me.... "why do you have all this crafting stuff and all I have is a glue stick and some card".... guilt trip I know, so we went out to buy them some bits, and some fell into my basket too... but I was really good, normally end up spending around £75 when I go there, but today it was only £22 so I was on my best behaviour, nearly put more paper etc in my basket but I could honestly set up a patterned paper shop here as I have so much!!

Went to Wetherspoons for lunch yesterday as it is just sooooo cheap there and as we dont get to eat until around 9.30pm because we are working it is nice to have something filling for lunch and it doesn't cost much more than a sandwich in Tesco.

What is it with the weather recently, cannot believe it is June already, it has been pouring down here all day, and has finally stopped (I think) but is just so wet everywhere, the grass grows so quickly and needs cutting all the time and I just want some sunshine and constant warm weather. Only 14 days until the longest day of the year, can you believe that.

Anyway, off to get ready for work, have a good evening all xx

Thursday, 5 June 2008

My Parcel Has Finally Arrived.....

Woohoo at 3.20pm this afternoon my parcel arrived from France.... excellent. Just need to mount my stamps on a sheet of kling on (that I saved especially) (or actually get DH to do it) and try out these Nick Bantock inks. Nice bright colours, too exciting for a boring Thursday afternoon, but at least the weather is nice and it isn't raining.
Here is the card I made today..

Penny Black image stamped for me by Clair (her blog is she is doing a Penny Black swap, you pick 10 images you want her to stamp for you and you send her a parcel of stash back, hope she likes what I sent her, will keep checking her blog to see if she uses any of it. So that is 1 image down and 9 to go. Junkitz pattered paper, sentiment from stampin up mounted on nestabilities die cuts, image coloured with copic markers, gems ribbons and brads from stash.

1 more card for today....

Now I normally use patterned paper on my cards, but thought I would try without it this time, so image from stampin up coloured in using my Marvy Le Plume markers, sentiment is from Hero Arts, gems and ribbon from stampin up and cardstock from Papermill Shop. Nice and simple, something that I dont do too often!!

Well off to have a play with my new inkpads, have a good evening all xx

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

More cards....

Have been rather busy over the last two days and have managed to make 3 more cards.

Used Laura Ashley Papers, Hanglar and Stanglar image, scallop cut with Fiskars Threading Water border punch, ribbon is American Crafts, Sentiment printed on computer, Scallop square and rectangle cut using nestabilities dies, green leaves cut using a punch, flowers, and pearls from stash. Image coloued using copic markers.

Hanglar and Stanglar image coloured using prismacolour pencils, sansador and paper stumps. rectangles cut using nestabilities dies, sentiment from Stampin Up set, flourishes cut from Home Accent cricut cartridge, large flowers from petaloo dahlia box, gems from banana frog, ribbon and metal embellishments also from stampin up. Paper is Collage Press "fresh".

Image is from funky kits ( and is a sugar nellie Sweet Ebony stamp. Coloured uing copic markers. Mounted on scallop circle using nestabilities dies, paper is Daisy Ds, Stamp sentiment is again Stampin Up, gems, flowers and brads from stash.

The great news is that funky kits are going to start producing and selling Hanglar and Stanglar stamps to UK and worldwide. Hopefully the first lot will be ready for purchase in July/August, so keep checking their website and blog for details.

Have heard that my Stampin Up sets are winging their way here from US, so fingers crossed they will be here within the week, plus my new inkpads and stamps from France are underway too, although it seems to be taking quite a time from France to England, reckon I could swim it quicker.... lol

Think I will start making some thank you cards for the children's teachers, they seem to get more and more each year, so will start early this year, have made a couple of Father's Day cards already but need to make a couple more too, so busy busy busy for the next few days.

Have a good evening all xx

Monday, 2 June 2008

My Band Pics

Went to see Boyzone last night at Wembley, had brilliant seats and could actually see them on stage properly, then as a finale they got on a moving platform and went past us so close by that we could almost touch them. Unfortunately my small camera has gone wrong and although my phone camera is supposed to be 6 million pixels it doesn't take a brilliant photo, so here is a taster of my evening with Boyzone...

Last went to see them in October (or may have been November) 1999 and they were just as good last night as they were then, maybe even better, hope they stick together for a while and do another tour next year. DD who is 20 came with me (cant let you go on your own Mum but everyone will take the mick) but she also loved it, said she would definately go see them again and even told her Uni friends where she had been and what a great time she had had.

Last Thursday we went to see the Rubettes (you know, Sugar Baby Love etc) and they were surprisingly good, they could play their instruments really well (something that is lacking with today's bands) and were very entertaining...

Next on stage were Sweet, remember them, Blockbuster, Ballroom Blitz etc.... well I didn't know that 2 of them were dead and there was only 1 remaining original member of Sweet, Andy Scott, but it was still good....

And last but not least came Showaddywaddy, still in their "Drapes and Crepes" and they used to be called and they were very entertaining too, I remember seeing them 15 years ago at Butlins in Skegness and they were absolutely brilliant entertainers.

So there we go, super busy week and now I am worn out and tired, so need to catch up on some sleep as my mojo seems to leave me when I am exhausted, and the awful weather does not help, when is our summer going to arrive.

Anyway, will leave you with a couple of cards I have made recently...

The idea for this one came from Monica's blog, a card that she had made with the same images and the scallop border. Patterned paper is Scenic Route, the images are from the Stampin Up Touch of Nature set and coloured in using copic markers. The pink card has been embossed using the cuttlebug swiss dots and the distressed look embossing folders, ovals were cut using my nestabilities dies, the sentiment was printed using my computer. The holey scallop border is made using the Fiskars border punch Threading Water. The photo corner was made using a doodle doo die.

The cardstock is hammered ivory card from the Papermill Shop. The "grow" swirl is from (I think) the Home Accents cricut cartridge, the flowers are from Walking in my Garden cricut cartridge. Doodles hand drawn around the edge, sentiment printed on computer and matted with cardstock, gems from stash.

So off to have a quiet night at home (after Beavers and Guides have finished at 8.30pm) first night in since last Wednesday.... hooray. Have a good evening everyone. xx