Thursday, 28 July 2011

Crafting with children

I am in a bit of a funk today, I am so bored and cabin fevery and yet too lethargic to do anything about it! I am mooching from one room to the next, sighing and then moving to the next room to repeat it all over again!

The reason for this is because its my birthday tomorrow and I am going out for birthday drinks and curry tonight with some friends who can't make it tomorrow night, and so I am in full on 'its my birthday' mood and am wondering why there is no body here to celebrate with! The kiddos went off to their dads a couple of hours ago and I am left wishing the hours away until Jason gets home. On my actual birthday we are off to lunch in a lovely pub that we had our anniversary meal in and then on to the local pubs for drinks and to meet up with various friends and I think even my sister may pop her head in! Happy days!!

Yesterday I insisted that the social whirlwind that is my daughter stay in and recharge, she was not happy but that girl was knackered and for Jess with tiredness comes illness and so I MADE her relax! We crafted long and hard and made this cute little mini album documenting Jessica's leaving party!

We have yet to decorate the box - time ran out on us!

Jessica choose what went on each page herself, I just gave her a few pointers.

She told me what to type, and its her journaling in her words!

She is very pleased with this little project, we got a lot done in one day!

I did manage to sit still long enough to make this little card, the colouring in took a while and wasted a good half hour or so!

Right I think Bruno might be in for a very long walk this afto! And I will be back on Monday after my Loooooong weekend - think we are going to Longleat on Sunday so more pics to scrap!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Fun with Mirrors

Its my last ever design for Twisted Sketches this week, pop on over to see the sketch - here is my take on it:

I have Jess home with me today, she spent a full 48hrs at various friends house and sleepovers, its nice to have her back - she is hating it but I am saying that she needs to recharge and regroup and spend some time with me. We started a mini album together this morning and we are going to get back to it after we have had a nice cup of tea and a few games of charades.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

A Ticket to Ride

Its amazing that the kids are home and yet I seem to have more time than normal for crafting. Jess has been home for just 5mins of the last 24 hrs, just to pick up an overnight bag. Joe pretty much looks after himself now and is up with the xbox in his dark room!, I just make sure he gets at least 30 mins outside each day so I know he is not actually a vampire!

Yesterday we had flying ants swarming in our part of town, I am scared silly of flying ants, I know they can't hurt me but I HATE the way they look and so I stay in on flying ant day.

Here is another layout to share, another one of Jessica on her leaving party, posing next to the London double decker we hired to take them on a tour before the party. This is bluer in realy life not the purpley colour it seems to be here.

And yesterday I made this card, totally inspired by this months released at Papertrey ink, I didn't buy their die as I can make the same with my craft robo. I stamped a polka dot design on my tag. The polka dot stamp is now lost, one of those very annoying occasions were something just dissapears into thin air. I left it to dry on a tea towel after cleaning it and when I went to put it away 30 mins later it wasn't there! No one was in the room but me and its just vanished!

I wish my photography skills were better!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Belle of the Ball

Hello, Hope you're all having lovely weekends.

I've managed a bit of scrapbooking today, a major feat as scrapbooking has been alluding me lately and lets not forget its Sunday and my pass time of choice would be enjoying a cider down the pub! However we had charge of the children this Sunday, so a spot of shopping (I am in desperate need of new jeans) and then home to re-charge and regroup.

This pic is of Jess on Thursday night, when she had her primary school leaving party for the year 6's. She looked stunning and we picked a lovely dress that was modern and beautiful but not too grown up or tarty.

I'm pretty pleased with this one, a different sized photo has really inspired me, I must stop automatically reaching for a 6x4.

I have a nice week planned, on Thursday we are going for a curry with some friends and then on Friday its my birthday so Jason is taking me out to lunch and then we will meet more friends for drinks after - it may get messy!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Funky Monkey

Afternoon, I am currently enjoying my last half hour of childlessness until my house is beseiged for the summer hols with 2 messy, noisy children - sigh.

I've made a few cards - first up this space monkey card, the blue background is embossed with my new cuttlebug 'tiny bubbles' embossing folder and then inked in black

I also made this, which I am afraid I had a complete dumbo moment on, I had it on grass at first, and then I realised he was a snowboarder and not a skateboarder so that had to be changed, now I realise that I have a night background of stars and yet a sun! hmmm I think I need to step away from the craft table!

And finally this pirate card, the clouds like the sun and the snow in the previos card are hand cut and the flocked! Gives it a lovely look and strokeable texture to it.

This evening Jessica has her leavers party, I really hope the rain holds off as she has a bandeau dress and a coat will really spoil the look. They are having a big red double decker bus to give them a tour around Keynsham before they get dropped off at their party. Then Jess is going to a friends for a big sleepover (I think there are 9 girls going) pity the poor mum!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Cute Boy

Its my teams turn over at Twisted Sketches this week, the twist was buttons. Pop on over and have a go! Here is my take:

Monday, 18 July 2011

Passport to the World

Good morning, last week of school here, complete chaos will reign for the rest of the summer once school stops on Thursday!

I am in a bit of a scrapping funk at the moment, I can't get going and will just sit and stare out of the window when I could be creative. I am also a bit bored of my own style and I think I am going to have to mix it up a little. That being said I did make a layout today, its alright but its very me and I think I am bored with me at the moment! Here it is: (colours are a bit faded, but you can't really expect sunny weather in July can you!?)

We had a lovely weekend, spot of shopping on Saturday morning and then a nice night out on Saturday, and on Sunday our friend Ray took us out to a lovely little place in Bath for breakfast, it was a small little shop that had flight after flight of stairs and little rickety old rooms and nooks for you to find a seat in. The breakfast was superb and we will definaltey go there again! We then helped Ray with some computer issues and then on to the pub for a relaxed lunch drink.

Busy week ahead with various school events/parties/performances and picnics. I will be back on Wednesday with a Twisted Sketches layout!

Friday, 15 July 2011

A sweet baby has arrived

Just a quick card to show today, I just finished making it and realised that it qualifys for the Passion for Promarkers challenge so I have entered this one as well (I think I can enter more than once?)

My friends brother and his wife (who I know also) have just had a baby and so I thought I would send them a card, little musings patchwork cow works so well on baby cards and I love to colour it so thats what I used!

Jessica is on a day trip to London today, we had to get her to the school for 6.45am - TOO EARLY! I had to get up to wave her off because I had a little bit of a meltdown with her last night and the state of her bedroom and the way she scrunchies her school uniform up, I lost my temper and it wasn't pretty! Still she hopped off to school quite happy this morning. She will be so knackered tonight when she gets back though, might be her turn for a meltdown!

Also I have the frustation of 'happy' post that I cannot open! I ordered lots of lovely inks and background stamps for my birthday and they are starting to arrive now, but they are not to be opened until the day :(

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Card Bonanza

Hiya, I have some cards to share today, first off one that I have made for this weeks challenge for passion for promarkers, the challenge this week was 'gingham' and I used the recent offering from little musings the 'button buddies' owl, here is my take:

The I made this card which is my favourite of the 3, lots of craft robo useage on this one, the seed packet, the leaves and the vine all cut on the robo and I used promarkers to colour in the leaves and vines.

Finally this that I made yesterday, with my ever present butterfly!

I got my ink in the post so I should be able to scrapbook again fairly soon!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Great Outdoors

I've wanted to scrap the last couple of days but I need to print out some photos and I am waiting on an ink cartridge! I keep sitting down to craft and then remember that I still need that ink - pah! v frustrating.

I do however have something to show - I couple of layouts I have made for a DT tryout. This one is my fav - its quite clean and simple and I love the little musing stamp on it!

And this is a nice layout but the colours are a little washed out, I am really hoping we get a bit more sunny weather this summer, I bought a maxi dress and I would like the opportunity to actually wear it!

I took Jessica shopping at the weekend as it is her Last Year Prom next Thursday, she has picked a lovely dress, she looks stunning in it, its a bandeau maxi dress in neon colours with a black background (sounds yuck, looks lush!) and she looks so elegant and fun in it, she will be the belle of the ball, can't wait to get the photo

Friday, 8 July 2011

Button Buddies


Pop on over to Little Musings to download this weeks digital stamp set 'Button Buddies'. They are so cute, the little cow was my favourite and so I set to the outline with my promarkers (and my new ultra fine nibbs, which by the way are AWESOME!) and this is what I made:

I am a little in love with this cow truth be told and I have already coloured in another one!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Family Shot

Well thank god for Twisted Sketches this week or I would have nothing to show on this blog at all!! Pop over to see the sketch and join in! Here is my take:

I have been very busy this week organising my home, I took a good look around and realised that things needed a major spring clean, and so yesterday was the kitchen, I moved appliances, put some in the garage, cleaned, scrubbed and sorted cupboards! Today was the laundry cuboard, and now I have 2 large binliners of clothes to recycle and a lovely clean and organised space. Its one room at a time and I am going to eventually have a super organised house, with storage and things not just thrown in drawers. With 4 of us and 2 pets our 3 bed semi needs to have less in it - it feels good to throw out clutter!

I have just managed an hour of lovely crafty time as a reward and I have made a card for this weeks little musings which I can show you on Friday - MEGA CUTENESS in the digi stamps this week!

Monday, 4 July 2011

Lots of nothing

I've had a fab weekend but I am suffering a bit for it now, I was hoping to get lots done today but it has become apparent that I am not going to do too much more than sit on the sofa with copious cups of tea.

On Saturday we had a lovely lunch at a new restaurant in Keynsham, we were the only ones in there for a while and the service was very snappy, which surprised us as we have heard that they have had a few teething problems. However the food was top notch and the decor and atmosphere of the place was nice too. I could have done without the worlds biggest moth coming to say hello, I just about managed to stay calm as something the size and fuzzyness of a blummin rabbit flew about. Nice waiter man caught it for me in the end!

Yesterday we had lots of birthdays to celebrate, out at 12.30pm and back home at 11pm, it was all a bit messy! fun but messy!

Today I am grateful for left over pizza that Jason and the kids had for tea last night, and also after a lot of looking around I have been able to order the promarker ultra fine nibs which is very exciting!

Right sorry for the lack of craft related stuff, I'm now upstairs to get the fan as it is getting hot in here!
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