Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Happy Tuesday

Hi folks,

How was your weekend? And what happened to Monday? I was all fired up to post this yesterday and suddenly .... TUESDAY!

As you have probably already read, we had a busy weekend what with heading to Plymouth on Friday and then back to go out again on Saturday with my pal and my cousin. Well, Sunday saw us heading round to our neighbours as surrogate grandson was celebrating his ninth birthday - we took a card and a gift voucher for him to put towards his new lap top! So, there were three grandmothers there (two real ones and me!). Harry was doing well for presents including boots, trainers, Calvin Klein pants (!?), a painting kit and (of course) the new lap top. We stayed long enough to have a glass of wine and a piece of Harry's Doctor Who cake before leaving them to their family celebration but it certainly looked like a good time was being had by all.

I did some crafting but can't show you that just yet .....

Nothing on the TV all day - unless you count Poirot weekend! So, it was reading and doing the crossword with a little trawling on t'internet and crafting thrown in for good measure!

Anyhoo, this morning dawned cold and frosty and now, at 3:00 pm, about the warmest part of the day the temperature has risen to a balmy 2°c!!! Yikes - where did I hide my thermals!!!

I have finally managed a little ATC using up some scraps from one of my little IKEA boxes where I keep my ATC sized scraps ..... and then promptly forget to ever look there!!! Hmmmm - there must be some logic in there somewhere but I'll be darned if I can see where.



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card scraps x
  • Beige ribbed scrap, distressed using a Tim Holtz distressing tool
  • Gold metallic scrap stamped with a Stampers Anonymous check image inked with versamark ink and heat embossed with Sparkle n' Sprinkle purple glitter
  • Lost Coast Designs crow inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white card scrap and then cut out

Hope you like it - that would appear to be about all I'm going to get time for today - will try harder for tomorrow!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekends as much as I did - plainly so busy that I blinked and missed Monday!


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Morning and welcome to Sunday morning

Hi there,

Over on Craft Mad and Loving It a themed challenge has been set by Rosie and it is ...... THINGS WITH BIG EARS and she's attached a photo for inspiration. Now, Lauren and I are wondering where on earth Rosie found the photo of the two of us, mucking about, in the Disney Store in Florida but hey ....... we are indeed "things with big ears"!!!!

Taking my inspiration from Mouse Ears here is my entry!



Materials used:
  • 8" square 300 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • Red card
  • Yellow card
  • Rubber Stampede image inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Pro markers and marvy alcohol markers used to colour image
  • Red and white dotty satin ribbon
  • Inkadinkado sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black, directly on to my base card
  • Martha Stewart corner punch from a PATP set
  • Faux crystal gemstones to embellish

Last night saw me out to dinner (wot! AGAIN?!!) This time with a cousin and a pal - the three of us chose a small restaurant not a million miles from home and met there. It's a 17th century barn and finds itself now slap bang in the middle of an urban rabbit warren of a housing estate! Good grub though and not expensive. I had the chilli and very tasty it was too. For dessert we took ourselves back to school with chocolate crunch! MMMM

Liz inspecting her handbag! and my cousin, Debra - at the Langley Arms

Got up this morning with an idea for the Simply Less Is More sketch this morning .....



Materials used:
  • 300 gsm scallop edged white C6 card and matching envelope
  • Double sided (low tack) tape and scrap paper (to mask)
  • Post it cut in to shape of my image (to mask)
  • Blue chalk
  • Cats Pyjamas image inked in Memento tuxedo black and stamped twice (once on to my base card and once on to my post it mask)
  • Paper Mania sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black, directly on to base card
  • Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens (in red and blue) to highlight thermometer and ice pack!
  • Scoreboard and tool to score lines either side of chalked panel
Hope like it - also hoping that you're all having a fabulous Sunday - ENJOY


Saturday, 28 January 2012

2nd post of the day - please scroll down to read earlier post

Afternoon,

Here I am, back from sunny Plymouth - though we didn't expect it to be anything but wet - if the journey was anything to go by! Chucked it down much of the journey south.

Hotel was "interesting", never stayed in a hotel where the bathroom floor flooded when you too a shower! Why WAS this I hear you ask ..... because the shower curtain was a good 6" short of meeting the shower tray! YIKES On the plus side, the hotel WAS right in the heart of Plymouth and it WAS cheap £29 for a double room. Wynneth and Tom picked me up around 6:30 and gave me a quick guided tour of Plymouth before parking up for dinner at the Wet Wok! (no, honestly, that's what its called) and very nice it was too.



And here we are - seen enjoying our evening




Over on Simply Less Is More there is a sketch this week and Chrissie and Mandi have added the following stipulation:

We would like the card to be
  • rectangular
  • in landscape orientation
  • with the band remaining in a vertical position
  • As it's a very simple sketch, we would like it to remain as is without any rotation of either the card or the vertical band.



Hope you are having a very pleasant Saturday



Morning and welcome to sketchie day!

Morning,

The purple princess is away from her desk today .... well, if I'm honest I'm probably actually on my home at the moment. Hubby and I were in Plymouth last evening, he was out for a boys curry night out with some ex colleagues and I decided to go with him in order that I could meet up with Wynneth and Tom, our pals from Saltash. They were picking me up from our hotel at around 06:30 and we were planning a walk along the Ho followed by dinner at a restaurant they are familiar with. I'm absolutely sure it will have been a blast.

Anyway, over on craftbubble there will be a new sketchie challenge this morning, set by Rosie, and with the added theme of "STANDING UNDER" - another member of the Design Team has recently moved and is still unpacking boxes so I'm standing in for her for a second week - it's my privilege matey!

Here is the card I made from the sketch ....


Materials used:
  • 8" square 300 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • DCWV patterned card stack, cut slightly smaller than the base card and corners rounded
  • DCWV bronze metallic panel run through my big shot inside a cuttlebug embossing folder and then sanded lightly to reveal the inner core.
  • A4 piece of a buttery cream card used to layer the embossed bronze panel, the sentiment and (die cut in to a fancy rectangle) to layer my image on.
  • Stampers Anonymous check image inked in Versacolour umber on to the buttery cream fancy rectangle
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black - opposing corners rounded
  • Paper Mania orange ribbon adhered with Stix2 double sided tape
  • Sugar Nellie image inked on to a white panel using Memento tuxedo black, coloured with pro markers and then die cut in to a fancy rectangle using a Go Kreate die.
  • Glossy Accents to simulate the water droplets
  • Three white silk flowers coloured using pro markers and one punched with a Martha Stewart punch, attached to the base card using a pokey tool and three brads.
And Rosie's lovely sketch:


Have a fab Saturday - I may be back later, possibly with photos!!



Friday, 27 January 2012

Morning and TGIF!

Morning all,

Friday again, another weekend - yippee! Got plans? Me? I'm in Plymouth, meeting up with a fellow crafter today - it'll be a lot of fun. I'm hoping I'll have remembered to take my camera - in which case there are BOUND to be photos! If not, then that'll be a nooooooooooooooooooooo!


Yesterday we had rain, torrential rain, more rain and ..... just for a change - SLEET and HAIL! Fantastic - perfect excuse to stay in and craft so, once my daily constitutional was out of the way I set down to sort out an ATC with duplicate materials to mail to my Isle of Skye trading card buddy. So, here's what I'm sending her ...




Materials:

  • One ATC blank
  • Paper Artsy hedgerow inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Tim Holtz birds and sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Hero Arts bird inked in Versamark and then heat embossed using the wonderful AGATHA by Sparkle 'n Sprinkle



And here's what I made with the same materials (list of additional items below)



Additionally:

  • Neocolour II water soluble wax crayons and a baby wipe


And now for the Friday Funny, t his week provided by our pals in Gloucester, Sandra and Brian - thank YOU! - ENJOY! It's entitled Baptising and Irishman! - I hope that no-one will be offended


An Irishman is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he comes upon a preacher baptising people in the river. 
He proceeds into the water, subsequently bumping into the preacher.
  The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, hereupon, he asks the drunk, "Are you ready to find Jesus?"
  The drunk shouts, "Yes, oi am."
 
So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water.

  He pulls him back and asks, "Brother, have you found Jesus?"   The drunk replies, "No, oi haven't found Jesus!"
  The preacher, shocked at the answer, dunks him again but for a little longer.
  He again pulls him out of the water and asks, "Have you found Jesus, me brother?"
  The drunk answers, "No, oi haven't found Jesus!"   By this time, the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk again -- but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds, and when he begins kicking his arms and legs about, he pulls him up.  The preacher again asks the drunk, "For the love of God, have you found Jesus?"    
  (get ready for this.....)
 

   
   
  The drunk staggers upright, wipes his eyes, coughs up a bit of water, catches his breath, and says to the preacher,    
   
  "Are you sure this is where he fell in?"



Have a great Friday and a splendid weekend



Thursday, 26 January 2012

Hi there and welcome to a soggy Thursday!

Hi folks,

Thursday again - soon be the weekend! No idea what your weather is like today but we've had rain, rain and (for a change) sleet!!! FAN blooming TASTIC!

One good thing about this weather though, is that it's the perfect justification for staying in to craft!! Yee Haa indeed.

I've had several letters arrive this week, from ATC swap buddies and this (of course) means I need ATC's to swap!!! Looked in my ATC box only to discover ....... TWO!!! TWO? Not enough to go round four letters anyway never mind the fact that some swap more than one at a time! You've already seen the swap materials and what I made those in to, I also have to make an ATC challenge to return, and send the duplicate materials back to her ..... reckon I need a dozen or so.

This morning I set myself the challenge to crack on and make some, I thought I would make a couple of simple ones, which I could then make two or three in similar fashion - which would batch make quite a few as I've four people to send to and I don't believe they all know one another (though two coincidentally, are Sisters in law!!! - go figure!).

Anyway, here are the first two of the batch make ......
1)

Materials used:
  • ATC blank coloured using Versacolour marigold all over
  • Stampers Anonymous sun ray image inked in Versacolour gold
  • Stampers Anonymous check image inked in Colour Box heliotrope
  • Lost Coast Designs image inked in Memento tuxedo black
2)


Materials used:
  • ATC blank coloured with Versacolour split pea all over
  • Stampers Anonymous check image inked in Colour Box heliotrope across the top
  • Paper Artsy line image inked in Versacolour gold across the bottom
  • Lost Coast Designs music image inked in Memento tuxedo black

Whaddya think peeps? Anyway, best get off and have some lunch and then crack on and make some more!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

hi there and welcome to another Wednesday

Hello there folks,

Busy old day for me today - it's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday and I have materials to play with. Some of you will probably recall my ATC materials swap with a crafting pal based on the Isle of Skye ..... well a letter from her arrived yesterday and contained her make from the materials I sent her last letter along with her own challenge materials for me - hmmmmm, check below and see what I came up with!


Right then, what would you lot make with these two items?????


PLUS, this afternoon my pal, Sue, and I are heading to the Bristol home of a Design Objectives (DOcrafts) demonstrator who is also a Craft Superstore at home demonstrator. Michelle is hosting a workshop this afternoon and we're heading along to hers for 14:00 - NO IDEA what this involves but .... I should be able to let you know but only once I've been. I shall be taking my camera but we'll have to see whether a photo opportunity presents itself!

I've also been working on a little project but can't post it on my bloggy till Saturday - otherwise it will spoil the surprise ..... and we wouldn't want that now, would we?

I've started working on my ATC challenge materials .... perhaps you can see the clues on my work desk ...


And here's how it came out ...


Materials added:
  • ATC blank coloured with Versacolour hyacinth
  • Piece of white card coloured with marvy alcohol marker YG645
  • Dimension Fourth foliage inked in Colour Box heliotrope
  • Quickie glue applied (in stages) to the butterfly and gold foil sheet added to the body, silver gilding flakes, lilac translucent glitter and then lime glitter applied
Hope you approve of the changes ... hope Pam will too. The photo, sadly, doesn't do it full justice as the silver gilding flakes have been burnished and are quite shiny and bright, as are the glitters but it's such a dull grey day ..... sorry!

Due to lots of problems with commenting on the blogs of others (particularly when trying to zoom around the fabulous entries over on Simply Less Is More) I've downloaded (when I say "I" what I actually mean is my I.T. department, aka HUBBY) did it for me) Google Chrome. Anyone else use it? Whilst I find I can once again use my smileys on craftbubble (absent since the advent of IE VIII) I don't find it as user friendly as I.E. - or is that just me? I've lost the cut and paste from my blog in to the CB forum (I know, totally irrelevant for those non CB folks out there!) which was sooooooooooooo handy so, at the moment, I'm still using I.E. VIII for most things and Google Chrome just for blog hopping!

Have a fabulous Wednesday - catch you all again soon!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Hi there and welcome to the start of another week

Hi there,

This morning saw me dashing off to meet up with a pal, Andrea (with whom I've been friends since primary school!!!! and THAT'S a long time!). We normally meet at a local retail park and we chat over coffee before a little light retail therapy - today, she headed off to grocery shop but I came home with a black and white top!! Hmm - not sure I NEEDED a new top but hey - I'M WORTH IT!

I got a text from a pal to say she's full of cold today - better this week than next matey as it IS craftathon and you DON'T want to be missing that! It's not long now! Must remember to ring the lady who keeps the diary for our venue and just confirm the arrangements and I need to book tables for dinner too.

So, with that and overnight guests on Saturday and the resulting fall out (washing up and laundry) I didn't get to do much crafting yesterday at all. Just this one, solitary, ATC ..... hope you like it.



Materials used:
  • ATC blank coloured using Versacolour Topaz
  • Inkadinkado blot image inked several times in Versacolour Topaz
  • Stampers Anonymous diamond design inked several times in Versacolour Cinnamon
  • Magenta 23640-H (dot flora) inked several times in Versacolour Ash Rose
  • Paper Artsy line image inked in Versacolour silver
  • Stampscapes "palm trio" image inked twice in Brilliance chocolate
  • Kaisercraft sentiment inked in Brilliance chocolate


Have a fantabulous Monday everyone


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Afternoon and welcome to Sunday

Hi there and welcome to Sunday,

Over on Craft Mad and Loving It I am the Guest Design Team Member this week and it falls to me to post the Sunday themed challenge and, this week, I've picked WHEELS - for my fellow CMLI-ers to make of it what they will! I had originally planned on transport but, if my memory serves me well, I think this topic may already have been used. With wheels I DID think that the more lateral thinkers could include ferris wheels (or the London Eye by Crafty Individuals for those lucky enough to own that image!) or even cog wheels ....... I'm sure there are even more - the World is your lobster!!!! If you fancy having a go then do pop over (you'll have to join craftbubble if you haven't already) and check out everyone else's entries.

On the Simply Less Is More blog the ongoing challenge (posted yesterday) is "CUT IT OUT" and I have yet to have a go at this challenge as yesterday was a bit busy.

So, this mornings make actually encompasses both challenges as it has wheels AND an aperture!


Materials used:
  • 12.5cm 300 gsm scallop edged white card and matching envelope
  • 4.5cm circular die used to cut aperture in the front of my base card
  • Dimension Fourth image inked in Memento london fog once on the inside of the aperture and once in Memento tuxedo black on to white card and cut out
  • Pro Markers and Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens used to colour image
  • Kaisercraft sentiment inked in Memento london fog


The above image and sentiment was also inked on the envelope and the sentiment used again inside the card to co-ordinate - Voila! A masculine card!! Hope you like it.


We had guests coming to dinner and staying overnight so there was frantic primping of the purple palace in readiness. Our friends had been away on a cruise, over Christmas, taking in sights of Thailand, Vietnam and China and we wanted to hear ALL about it. We do love cruising and hope that this dreadful tragedy with the Costa Concordia won't deter us from taking another at some point. Dinner was a mild curry as our friend Sandra has only recently agreed to try this style of cuisine - she LOVED IT!!!! Mr K served a very mild chicken korma with poppy and sesame seeds - yuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

 
We also exchanged our Christmas gifts so now Mr K has his very own breadmaker and I have a gorgeous silk scarf and robe (bet you will NEVER ..... EVER guess what colour it might be!?) as well as a silk purse and some fancy Liz Earle toiletries.

Hope you are all enjoying a fabulous Sunday. BTW, I heard from the pal who's at Littlecote and she's having a great time - she was just about to take in a wine tasting session when I got her text!


Saturday, 21 January 2012

Morning and welcome to sketchie day!

Morning,

Yesterday my aunt and uncle came a calling and they always come bearing gifts ... this time it was walnut cake for hubby and Fry's Turkish Delight for me (BOGOF too - even better!). Uncle Pete's been having trouble with his lappy so the I.T. department (complete with cape and underpants on the outside of his tights/pantyhose in true Superman styleeeee) swung in to action - is it fixed? Nearly but they had to go home before it was properly fixed so it was admitted to the I.T. hospital - it's sharing a ward with surrogate daughter 2's lappy which didn't quite survive a walk-on part by the cat!!! but I.T.man CAN (and will) fix them both! Those of you who remember that my CD laser arrived before Christmas will probably be assuming that it's been fitted by now ...... but (sadly) you would be wrong! ho hum - at least I can play CD's on my PC or DVD player if I feel the urge!

Some of you dear readers will also have notice my new (new) profile photo. I posted a Christmas-y one and when I removed it I thought I would like a change. I tried a couple but didn't like them, then hubby took a better one but ...... still not quite right. Whilst scrap booking this week I was working my way through my photos on the PC and I stumbled across one taken on the cruise - it didn't show too many chins - a winner I thought!! HOWEVER, I loaded it and it still didn't look quite right so it gave me the excuse to head on over to photobucket and have a bit of a play - I tried all sorts - some were just too weird but I happened to quite like this one version - it's title is COLOUR ROTATE!! it came out way purpley though my glasses (which are ACTUALLY purple) came out green - I loved it!! All it needed then was a purpley pink frame and I was all set - mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, wonder how long I'll keep this one for!

Is it me or is everyone else getting bogged down with spam too? I don't want to have to put word verification on my blog comments as I know how annoying it can be if you are visiting a lot of blogs ...... SPAMMERS BE GONE! or (in the words of Princess Anne) "NAFF ORF"!

Not quite up with the lark this morning but ....... over on the craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It it's the turn of a Guest Design Team Member to present challenge #77 and, this week, it's ME!!! Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE to enter the sketchie challenges and miss them when they are "resting" but it's lovely (to say nothing of it being a bit of a privilege) to have the opportunity to design and present my own sketch ........... so, without further ado, here is my card and the sketch for this week!! I had thought of the added twist of "See no, Hear no" (you know how it goes) ..... but found I wandered off topic myself so will just leave it to my fellow sketchieholics to use their own imaginations. Being such a fan of Clean And Simple I have chosen the "lots of white space" option which I'm sure that Chrissie and Mandi of Simply Less Is More would approve of!


Materials used:
  • 8" square 300 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • Go Kreate fancy rectangle dies in two sizes, cut once on plain white card and once in purple holographic card
  • 8" White card strip
  • Distress Ink Victorian velvet and Tim Holtz blending tool to colour strip and small white panel
  • Hero Arts floral image inked in D.I. Victorian velvet on to small panel
  • Hero Arts background grid image inked in Victorian velvet on to the strip of coloured card
  • Go Kreate oval die cut on white card
  • Fiskars sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white oval and then the oval edged with D.I. victorian velvet
  • 3 x 2" dia white card circles cut
  • 3 x 2.25" dia purple ribbed card circles cut
  • Hero arts shoes images inked in Memento tuxedo black on to the white circles and coloured using pro markers and Zig Wink of Stella glitter pen
  • 4 crystal "water droplets" applied one to each corner

Hope you like it - fancy having a go? Then pop over to the craftbubble group site using the link above ...... ENJOY

And here's my colourful sketch!
 
Or there's always the new Simply Less Is More challenge ..... a Clean And Simple card with the theme of "CUT IT OUT"!, your entry must feature some kind of aperture in your card!

Have a fabulous Saturday whatever you have in store - one of my crafting buds has gone to Littlecote so here's hoping she's having a splendid and relaxing weekend. Another is still recuperating from her operation just before Christmas - so hoping she's feeling better every day and another moved last Friday so let's hope she and her family are starting to get straight in their new home too. As for me .... I'm off to do battle with the vacuum and washer!! Yee Haa indeed! How I hate domesticity!


Friday, 20 January 2012

Hi there and welcome to the Friday Funny!

Hi there,

Hope you've all enjoyed your week, we had a new combi microwave delivered last evening - bought it on e-bay for half of the price of a new one .... and it's still in its sealed box and comes with a warranty! Woo Hoo indeed. It's exactly the same as the old one which kind of blew up before Christmas and that was going to cost only £40 less to repair ..... it was three years old. This seems like the perfect solution. Hubby's job for today? Plug it in, set it up and get it working! YAY

Meanwhile I decided to make another card - this one could be for ALMOST any occasion - I can see a couple it wouldn't be too appropriate for and I bet you can too!!! It's KIND OF Clean And Simple and yet so not when you read the list of materials ..... anyway, hope you like it.



Materials:
  • C6 300 gsm scallop edged white card, matching envelope and insert. All of the below were also inked on the envelope and insert, to fully co-ordinate
  • Stampers Anonymous diamond image inked multiple times in Memento angel pink
  • Paper Artsy line image inked multiple times in Versacolour silver
  • Inkadinkado splodge image (it was in a Joann's dollar bin and also came with a sort of candlewax drip image for this dollar!! - BARGAIN) inked in Versacolour raspberry but stamped off once before stamping on to my card.
  • Lavinia floral image inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Kaisercraft sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black ....... phew, so much for CAS huh?!

And now for the Friday Funny, this week forwarded by my dear hubby - ENJOY!!! - It's entitled "CARDIO VASCULAR EXERCISES FOR THE OVER 50'S"!!! Hmmmmm


ITS NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS


Pass to all 50 yrs and older. Cardiovascular Exercise

The older we get the more important it is to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. This is necessary to maintain cardiovascular health and maintain muscle mass.

If you're over 50, you might want to take it easy at first, then do more repetitions as you become more proficient and build stamina. Warning: It may be too strenuous for some.

Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program!

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That's enough for the first day. Great job. Have a glass of Wine.


Have a great weekend all


Thursday, 19 January 2012

Hello and welcome to a sunny Thursday!

Hi folks,

Thursday already - soon be the weekend - and the sun is trying its best today - such a change from the miserable day we had yesterday.

Got up this morning full of enthusiasm for scrap booking and set to - even managing to recycle some pretty gift tags so I can enter these for the January challenge over on Craftbubble.


Whilst it doesn't show in the photo, this paper has a light pattern to it.

Materials used:
  • 12" x 12" papers (3 sheets)
  • A4 dark green card
  • Red/white satin and green satin ribbon
  • Recycled gift tags
  • Crystal gemstones (to fill in the space where the hole for string is on the tags!)
  • Plastic crystal "droplets"
  • Image and sentiment by The Cats Pyjamas
  • Various stickles and pearls to highlight the image
  • All Night Media foam stamp of a Christmas hat inked in Brilliance poppy
  • The photos were manipulated within word and the borders added there before printing
  • Journaling on the PC in word too

Enjoy your Thursday



Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Hi there and welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday!

Wotcher peeps,

This morning started slightly earlier than planned as it would seem that one of our neighbours is having their drive ripped up and a new one laid. This drive's about 100' long and they're on their third skip (dumpster) already! It's a bit noisy and has been since 07:30!!! At least it got us up nice and early so we've done a fair bit already.

I thought I would do some more scrap booking and, further to a question raised by a fellow crafter yesterday, I uploaded some photos in to photobucket and played about a bit with different effects before saving back on to my PC. Of course, wouldn't you know that when I went to print my printer ran out of ink too - nothing's ever simple in this world is it? As  you can see, the very first photo printed out OK but the rest were unusable! BUM! Luckily, we had the cartridges ready so changed yellow and magenta - the cyan's low so what's the betting that'll go next time I want to print some more photos?



At least it's warmer today, at 11°c (yesterday it didn't get about 2°'s all day) and feels positively balmy - I guess the workmen across the road are pleased that it's warmer today too.

Anyway, scrap booking's on the agenda this afternoon as, sadly, is a trip to Sainsburys or Tescos for food.

Here's how my work desk is looking today then .....

My photos AFTER changing the cartridge but before scrapping!


Have a great Wednesday


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Hi there and welcome to Tuesday!

Hi there,

Having promised myself some time to scrap our 25th wedding anniversary cruise and after I printed off some photos yesterday ........ crafting at the speed of light ........ I produced the following layouts. Now I would LOVE to be able to scrap like my pal, Jacky, who produces lovely (LOVELY) layouts but I just seem to gravitate more to minimalist layouts - or am I just a lazy scrapper? I don't know the answer to that one ..... or am I just too mean to use the embellishments? It CAN'T be because I don't have any! Anyway, We bought one of the cruise photographs (well actually, it was like an anniversary gift from Cunard!) and I had brought home some memorabilia so this formed a couple of pages ......







For the last couple of days people in the know have been blogging about a fab TSV on QVC this morning. I've checked it out here, it does look fab but I don't think it's for me - bet they will sell a lot though, have you had a look yet? I'll probably swing by again and see what else is going on. There was a rumour going around that QVC might be giving up on craft now that Dawn Bibby has "defected" to C&C but it looks like that's a no.

Being up earlier again this morning as hubby's off to Shepton Mallet with some radio controlled plane "thang" I had the opportunity to catch this sunrise - who knows? it may make a scrap layout of its own sometime - once I've caught up!



Have a great Tuesday


Monday, 16 January 2012

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another week!

Hi folks,

Cold and frosty start to the day today AND we had to set an alarm as we both had an early (for us) dental appointment. The plan had been to walk to the appointment but with the risk of slipping we decided to take the car instead. It was a bit like the photo below when we looked out this morning (although this photo was actually taken in 2010) but the sun is shining now and the temperature has risen (not speedily enough though) from -1° to a balmy 0°C!!!


Back from the dentist and, happily, no treatment required so that's that for six months!

Decided it was time to do some scrap booking as I have a lovely cruise, Christmas and a few other bits and bobs just waiting for me to get creative with! So, this morning I trawled through and selected a couple of snaps to scrap ..... printed them off and I'm ready to rock and roll - just as soon as the inspiration takes me.



Yesterday my drawers were annoying me - drawers being of the storage variety - HONESTLY!!! So I headed off in search of some clear boxes, with a view to putting my unmounted stamps in to those instead of the IKEA drawers which are currently fit to burst in a couple of categories! So far I have taken out the unmounted images from my people, animals and foliage drawers and this is what I have ........ FYI, the coloured boxes inside the bigger boxes contain my small single images - those which might otherwise get lost beneath the sets!! The storage those images are inside came from IKEA but I couldn't face IKEA on a Sunday afternoon I'm afraid!



Hurrah, I can once again see all my wood mounted images in the drawers. Hmmmm - wonder how long it will take me to file those up again and, in the meantime, where the heck am I going to keep these new storage boxes since I craft cramped in a space behind the couch! Wish me luck ..... and a prevailing wind!!!

Happy Monday - what's on your agenda?