Friday, 31 December 2010
1. Clear the clutter and make some money in the process - We sold so, so, so much stuff on Ebay during 2010. You name it - we sold it. It was a bit of a joke in our house that if something didn't move it got sold! Seriously though, we have got rid of lots of unwanted 'stuff' and made quite a bit of money in the process but where the money went or where the space created by selling the stuff is I don't know
2. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle more - Yep, I have been doing this. Our recycling bin if used far more than the general waste bin and I have been taking glass bottles, etc to the bottle banks and clothes (that can't be sold on Ebay or passed onto friends) have gone to charity shops. I have swapped 16 books on Read It Swap It this year and made good use of the library rather than buying books.
3. Scrapbook more e.g. one page per week - Hmmmm. I failed on this one. I'm not scrapbooking as much now as I used to but when I do get time to scrap I enjoy it and that's the main thing. Being on the DT for Scrapology is making sure that I do find time, at least once a month, to scrap.
4. Pass my CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) - I managed after two years of hard work to finally pass my CiLCA in March. A relief to get it out of the way.
5. Remember to take reusable shopping bags to the supermarket - Hmmmm. This is another where I have failed more than succeeded. Even putting a supply of reusable bags in the boot of the car hasn't helped because I still forget to actually take them into the shop! Having said that, I do my grocery shopping online a lot and have it delivered and by handing the plastic bags back to the driver when he next calls I feel I'm doing my bit
6. Bake every week - Unfortunately another failure. I do bake - but not every week. It a shame I failed on this one because everyone loves homemade cake. I will try harder next year.
So, 3 out of 6 resolutions kept. LOL
1. Introducing Tuxedo
2. Naturally Pretty
3. When You Photograph In Black And White (a rare photo of Christopher)
5. The Great Escape
Friday, 24 December 2010
They all used the same Magnolia 'Tilda as an Angel' stamped images coloured with Promarkers.
Some were pink ...............
Those silver snowflakes were I think from Matalan.
I used the Bazzill Tulle on several of the cards to make lovely floaty bows. I also used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts on some of the cards.
Some were blue ...........
I can't remember what make those glittery snowflakes were but they really sparkle in real life.
And, some were brown ..........
The gold stars on this car were also from Matalan and I think the ribbon came off of a Christmas gift box last year.
Thursday, 23 December 2010
First is this gorgeous flowery, tulle-y (I know that's not a word but it seems right LOL) card from Maria. Maria used some Bazzill tulle on my birthday card a few months ago and as I loved it I went out and bought some too and used it on some of my Christmas cards too he he.
This next card is from Lynn. I'm not a stamp expert but I think the stamp is one of Lynn's Kraftin' Kimmies. Lynn is such a great card maker.
Next was this paper folded card from Anita. That Christmas tree is so clever.
Sue sent me this cute layered bear card - so sweet.
This final card arrived yesterday from Deirdre. I love the stamped elves - so simple in design but so effective.
Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow to show you some of the cards I made and sent this year ....... hopefully the recipients have received them by now.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Rather coincidentally, when the challenge was launched much of the country (apart from where I live!) was in the grip of snow although when I created the layout there was none. I used photos of Lara taken almost a year ago when we had snowy weather.
Monday, 1 November 2010
The layout we lifted was by Cindy Schneider. Cindy's layout was a digital layout and here it is.
And this is the sketch to go with the layout.
For my layout I used photo of Lara taken at Halloween a couple of years ago. I used Bazzill Card stock, Rusty Pickle Pirate Princess Papers, Queen & C0 Sassy Sequins, Prima Flowers, Buttons, gems and Doodlebug Adhesive Transfers and glitter.
Please drop by Scapology - Adventures in Scrapbooking to see all the teams layouts. You'll be glad you did.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
First is this beautiful pink flowery card from my lovely friend Maria. We met on UK Scrappers and have been cyber-friends for a few years now.
Next, is this Mermaid card from Lynn. I also met Lynn via UKScrapper where we were 'Blossom Babes' team mates and then design team members from Crafty Pastimes, Mojo Holder and now Scrapology.
And finally is this really bright and cheerful card from Anita. Another friend from UKScrappers who is also now a design team member on Scrapology.
I am so lucky to have received such wonderful cards and also so lucky to have such wonderful friends.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
This first layout is of Lara and her friends at their school sports day in 2009. Not sure if the other parents would want their daughters faces on the internet so I've hidden them and also the name of their school. I used papers, sticker and a journalling card from the October Afternoon 'Report Card' Collection (really liking October Afternoon at the moment), a Bazzill 'Just The Edge' cardstock strip, Prima Flower, Epoxy Brad from Imaginisce, Ribbon and the letter stickers are BasicGrey stickers that I've coloured red with a Promarker.
The second layout was a scraplift of a layout by Suzanna Lee. The photos I used are of Lara on Christmas Day 2006 and like Suzanna I used My Little Shoebox Papers. I bought so many of these My Little Shoebox papers several months ago but have really struggled to use them so when I saw Suzanna's layout I just had to scraplift. The Title letters are BasicGrey and the journalling at the bottom ProvoCraft.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
I managed to put together 4 layouts including this one which used a sheet of Prima Wink 'Little Miss Paper'. The paper was so pretty that I didn't think it needed too much embelishment so I just added some flowers and leaves, some swirls using Liquid Pearls and a title.
I used an assortment of flowers from Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts and also made some fabric flowers using a tutorial from Gabrielle Pollacco's blog. They were so easy to make using just a few scraps of cotton fabric and some pretty pearl brads. The leaves were punched from left over packaging - it was just the right colour so, waste not want not.
Monday, 4 October 2010
The layout we lifted was by Lynn Biermann, her blog is called Pretty Paper Swirls. This was Lynn's layout
And this was the sketch to go with the layout.
I decided to be a bit different and rather than use 8 circular embelishments, I used 8 circular photos of Lara showing her 8 summer holidays. For my layout I used papers from Fancy Pants, alphabet stickers from BasicGrey, tiny alphabet stickers from Adornit, Swirls cut on my Craft Robo, self adhesive pearls and flowers punched with my Nellie Snellen punch (love that punch!)
Please do pop along to Scrapology and have a look at all the teams layouts and maybe have a go at the layout yourself with the chance of winning a prize.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
The original layout was this amazing layout from Alison.
And here is the sketch.
Please do pop along to Scrapology and check out all the other design team layouts as well as readers layouts and if you have a go yourself you may be the luck winner of this prize kindly donated by Cardinal Colours.
Sunday, 29 August 2010
* Thank the person who gave it to you...... Thank you Anita.
* Tell seven things about yourself...... see below
* Pop the given award onto my blog..... Done
Friday, 16 July 2010
We have also had Gold Finches visiting our garden this year for what we think is the first time. We have certainly not noticed them before this year. Early spring we were given a finch feeder and some niger seed to put in it and ever since we have had these beautiful little birds in the garden. Sometimes there's just one , sometime two and on one occasion there were five all trying to get at the seed. Unfortunately the only place to hang the feeder in the back garden where it is in view from the window is on the rotary drier!