Friday, 27 November 2009

Friday Sketchers #80

This is my take on the Friday Sketchers #80...

Love the sketch... the samples are lovely... love an excuse to use some of my lovely flowers. I have tons of them, I think I got a little carried away at some point and bought shed fulls. They never seem to go down either.
I am a total stash collector... I love to build a collection of something... which is why I have too much paper, lots of ribbon, shedfuls of flowers, and now I am starting to buy stamps for my cards for next year. I want to get a collection of promarkers too. Ssshhhhh! wouldn't want OH to hear that! He never says alot about my crafting stuff, unless I leave a mess out which isn't very often... but he gives me a 'look'.
I want to get myself organized tonight as the kids are going to a disco and OH is on nights... gives me a couple of hours to play...
Hope you are having a good day.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Challenge Up Your Life - challenge #9

I discovered a lovely challenge blog called Challenge Up Your Life and thought I would have a go at a gift bag... and here it is.
I am hoping to find something adorable to put in it and give it to my sister for Christmas... they are most definately her colours!
What a great blog... what wonderful samples... and what an inspiration... I am so happy to have started this blog and keep at the various challenges to complete my cards. It's great to find inspiration to have a go at other papercrafts too.
Happy crafting...

Mojo Monday ~ # 114

My take on Mojo Monday's Sketch #114 ...

Having started writing my cards, I discover that I am quite a few short, so need to get making some more... am hoping to post them all by a week on Friday. I need to get a move on.
My little boy has had a high temperature, and he has been off school. He has fitted in the past due to high temperatures from colds and flu type virus's so it is always a worry when he gets anything like this.
Hope you have found time to craft.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Project Tuesday - Peek-a-boo boxes

Here are my little boxes... I love these... They are from Project Tuesday ... they made Peek-a-boo boxes... I will probably make some more of these for over Christmas... I literally grabbed the first double sided PP I could find to make these... and I have no goodies to fill them with!!!!

Thank you for the inspiration... I had fun making them. The Samples on the blog are lovely.

Jamie from the X-Factor and the Christmas Lights

Well, I didn't get any time to do any crafting yesterday... but we did go into Preston to see the christmas lights being turned on. I have never done this before but the kids quite liked the idea after hearing someone mention it so we braved the weather and the crowds. It was fun actually. Jamie from the X-Factor was there. Kids thought it 'weird' seeing someone from the tv in the real... my little boy said 'he looks normal'... he was happy about this, don't know what he expected! Aren't kids funny!!!! My photos weren't very brilliant but it's all memories isn't it?

Also there was Santa and the cast from the Cinderella panto...

And lots of fireworks...
Today I am making some time for crafting... so I may be back later with some piccies if I get anything done.
Hope you are having a good weekend.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Christmas crafting - boxes

Good Morning!
Last night I had a play at making these open boxes... not quite sure what I am going to put into them yet, but I had a lovely time making them.
I used some papers and embellishments from an Anna Griffin kit I got from QVC last year I think it was... such pretty papers but have never really found much of a use for them... I think they worked perfectly on these.
Only thing is I have lost the link for the 'how to make' for the boxes and appologise... I need to seriously find time to organise things on my laptop more... I have so many useless links which is how I lose useful links...
Anyway, must get on with the housework... am hoping to play again later. The children have a special assembley today for the children in need day which had them all excited this morning... dressing in their own clothes is always fun and they dressed their teddy bears up too.
Hope you have a good day,

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Mojo Monday #113

Believe it or not, I have had that really bad cold return this week and felt worse than ever so have done no crafting for a few days... I get withdrawal symptoms, when I don't get to play with paper, do you know what I mean?
Anyway, here is my take on Mojo Mondays Sketch #113... what a fun sketch... the DT samples are brilliant this week. Thank you for the inspiration.

I have actually started to write and address my Christmas cards now. I am slowly organizing my Christmas shopping. Hopefully it will all come together a little earlier than usual...
Hope you find some time to craft today...

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Sassy Designs by Susy - new blog candy!

There is new blog Candy at Sassy Designs by Susy... Looks fun to play with...

Hugs Kim

Sunday, 15 November 2009

My UKS CC Layouts

I didn't get as much time as I would have liked to do much of the Cyber crop on UKS, but I totally enjoyed what I did manage to do. I have printed the classes off to have a go at the others this week.
This one was my take on the 'Twister & Shout by RAchel (Taniwha) and PaperArts... really enjoyed making this ... used some Basic Grey from the Two Scoops collection.

Then I had a go at 'Dare to Dream by Tracie (traciedoodles). I don't tend to doodle and don't know why after doing this LO, it was fun!!!
Here was a challenge - a LO about things that were popular with me... I actually used up paper left from the other classes...

The last one I did was a kit from Shimelle. The class was called 'Take No Notice of the Man behind the Curtain by Shimelle', I really enjoyed this class, it was an idea that I know I will use in the future when I have multiple photos as it opens up...

Wish I had had time to do more but 'life' has a habbit of taking over ... just grateful I got to do these. I love the glitter thickers alphabet... aren't they wonderful?!!! I am so glad to have managed some LO's hope my scrapbooking mojo is back now...
Well, am off to watch the X-factor!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Friday Sketchers #78

Well, I really was the early bird this morning... due to lack of sleep the night before I went to bed early last night... so I ended up really early this morning. And I made a Christmas card... using Friday Sketchers #78 Sketch... what a great sketch it was too.

I really enjoyed making it, I think it was because I was so relaxed that I didn't have anything that I should have been doing instead, do you know what I mean?!!!
Need to get my stash sorted today for the CC on UKS. Hopefully I will find some stash I've forgotten I have and my scrapbooking mojo will return.
Have a lovely day...

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Mojo Monday #112


Another Christmas card take on Mojo Monday's Sketch 112. Have been dying to use this Christmas tree paper, it's so cute! The DTs samples are really lovely!

Well, this week I feel better... but of course my daughter has it now and OH is getting the starting symptoms... God help all of us!!!!

On UKS there is a Cyber Crop this coming weekend, I am hoping to at least do a few classes and challenges. I am going to do the pre-crop challenge this afternoon... I feel abit nervous about it, which is ridiculous, but I haven't done any scrapbooking lately and I need to do a LO about things that make me feel at home. I seem to have lost my scrapbooking mojo... lets hope the CC can help me get it back. How do you find your lost mojo?

I have 2 Martha Stewart punches to play with... Fall Leaf Corner Punch and the matching border punch. I don't use punches much... but love the look of these.

The other thing I need to do today is soak the fruit for my Christmas cake. I used to decorate cakes for a job. I loved that job, but gave it up to move up here with OH. Now the only cakes I make and decorate are my Christmas cake and my childrens birthday cakes. We used to make truffles at Christmas... I say every year I am going to make my own truffles but I never have the time.

Last year the children helped me decorate the above cake... we make snowmen and snowballs! They were very proud of themselves...
Anyway, better get a move on...
Hope you have a lovely day!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Sketch & Stash Challenge #23

I found the sketch #23 at Sketch and Stash very inspiring... The samples are wonderful too.

I have used new Bazzill 'Just the Edge', the papers were bought new especially for my Christmas cards and the snow flake in the middle of the flower is actually old... I found a half used pack of them in a box at the back of the cupboard with some other delightful discoveries to use on my Christmas cards... isn't it lovely when you do that??!!!
I feel much better this week... the sun is shining (although its very cold) and I am determined to get my cards all made now by the end of the week...
Hope you find some time to craft today...

Friday, 6 November 2009

Friday Sketchers - 77

Here is my take on the Friday Sketchers #77... I enjoyed making this one...

Am planning to craft this eveing... make some cards and little boxes, I think... I wonder what will come along to make me stop... something usually does when I have a whole free evening!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Tri-Fold Card

Last night I also had a go at making a tri-fold card... I enjoyed it, but was not very organised and took ages to make it... Thats the thing with crafting... you live and learn. It makes a nice special card, I think. I can't see me making too many of these - I'd be just about done next christmas... lovely idea though.
The weather here is still dreadful. Very depressing.
Keep smiling.

My Christmas Diary - A work in progress...

here are the promised pictures of my Christmas Diary for 2009... I am still working on it... I am encouraging my children to pick embellishments to go into it too and it still needs more tags...

I have left room for me to add photos, and I will write on tags and journal squares...
Last year I didn't do enough preparation in my diary which is why I didn't get around to finishing it... I think you have to have very little to do to keep it up over such a busy time.

I have tried to vary the pages abit and have left pockets to add more tags etc if needed.

I have to say a huge Thank You to Ali Edwards for the inspiration for making the diary...
Hope you find some time to craft today.

Project Tuesday - Triangle box

Last night I discovered Project Tuesday. What a great challenge blog... I really enjoyed playing along.

I have been playing around with different ideas for teaching gifts and these are perfect... I am going to fill them with some nice choccies... wonderful idea and easy to make... Thank you for the inspiration!

Here is a link for a 'how to' guide if you fancy having a go.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Mojo Monday - 111

This is my Christmas take on the Mojo Monday Sketch 111. Is it a sin to admit I used a peel off? I couldn't find any silver ribbon...

I love all the different colour schemes that make up christmas cards these days... There is so much choice these days in Christmas paper, it is hard to make a decision on what to buy. I'd love some new ones for my Christmas scrapbooking pages this year but I honestly can not make my mind up which I like the best... does anyone else have this problem? I just keep browsing and browsing!!!!! And then I find another new one....

I am hoping for a crafting evening tonight... I still have this dreadful cold... I do feel a bit better, but my head is killing me... the painkillers I have taken haven't touched it this morning. I am one of these people who try to ignore it and hope it goes away... not happening today though!

Hope you find time to craft today...

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

A beautiful and inspiring blog with Candy too!

Here is a blog that you should visit:

The prize looks like great fun... the blog is even more fun and inspirational to look around. Some of the most beautiful holiday things I have seen...

2S4U - 38

Here is my take on Sketches 4 U -38.
The sample on the blog are lovely as usual and I love the sketch.

I haven't made cards over half term... before half term I managed to start my Christmas Diary... When I have done some more to it I will take some pictures. Unfortunately, I didn't quite finish last years, and ended up sticking photo's on the days that I didn't get to write in... I am hoping this year as I am only leaving small spaces to right, some pockets and small spaces for photos so that I don't have to spend so much time on it, this way I may finish it!
Anyway, having made a proper list of who I need to make cards for now... I need to get the rest made!
Hope you find time to craft.... oh, and that the weather is better where ever you are... it's dreadful here today.