Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Summer dresses

As the better weather has been upon us just recently Charlotte had decided to go to school in her summer dress today. Oh she looked so sweet just look at her here.

Just look at those plaits and those little socks with red bows on.

I went to the hairdresses this morning and I'm really pleased with how she has cut it, and it feels so much better to.

I'm really enjoying Cheryl Johnsons photography course it really does make you think out of the box. We are learning all about composition at the moment, really good fun and have even managed to get my camera manual out too!!.
Been a busy couple of days and haven't managed to get any crafting done at all. Charlotte has an inset day on Friday so I'm hoping to get some crafting done then. In fact I asked Charlotte what she wanted to do and she replied 'maybe you can do your crafting and I'll do mine'. Sounds like a perfect day to me. :)

I'm gonna have to dash as I've got to collect missy from school and let the carpet guys in to lay our new carpet. yay.

Take care of yourselves.

Monday, 26 April 2010

British weather

What a great weekend, with the weather being really warm on Saturday. We spent most of Saturday afternoon in the garden giving it a bit of a spring tidy. With the hard winter and heavy frosts that we have had this year a lot of things have died off so I need to get some bedding plants to brighten it up a bit.

In the meantime I have really been struggling to get this layout finished but was determined to get it done so I can claim so more points for the Crafty Magpies.

I love these little clear dewdrops, perfect to look like water droplets.

I have a busy day tomorrow as I stay on at school after doing the lunchtime duty to help out in year 1. Wednesday I'm off to get my hair cut, which is well overdue so I'm looking forward to that. I really must think about putting a colour on it as the old grey is starting to show through!! Then in the afternoon we are having our carpet laid in the living room. Finally after 6 months the living room will be complete.

Will be back with hopefully some more layouts to share later in the week.


Saturday, 24 April 2010

100 Posts

I can't believe that I have reached 100 posts on my blog, time certainly flies by. Anyway I promised you a layout earlier in the week and this is what I have come up with, if I'm honest I've been lacking in creativity this week but have managed to get this one finished. Again it's not what I had hoped it would look like but I'm fairly happy with it, the papers and embellishments were from this months Scrapagogo's kit which were lush. The embellishments were right up my street with pins and vintage buttons from Jenni Bowlin.

Not a great photo as there are lots of shadows, though I'm not complaining as the weather has been lovely hasn't it?

Since I was a little girl I have loved taking photos and can remember for my 8 or 9 Birthday my Dad buying me a camera. I loved that little red camera and had it for many a school trip and for family holidays. So last year I was lucky enough to purchase a Nikon D60 (thanks Mum) but haven't really got a clue about using it to its full capacity, for some reason I haven't ventured past auto (I'm sure I'm not the only one)!!!!. So I thought it was about time that I found out how to really use the thing. I have enrolled on Cheryl Johnsons Basic Photography course which runs for 4 weeks. I guess you need to start with the basics so that you can progress on further. I will let you know how I get on, but will leave you with this picture of my bleeding heart plant from the garden.

And of course my post wouldn't be complete without a picture of this little cutie.

Right my bed is calling.

Thanks as always for your comments they are appreciated.


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Touchy Touchy

The new Twisted Sketch has gone live and here is my interpretation of the sketch. This week the twist was touch, which if I'm honest I struggled with but ended up putting the word into the title. I love the new October Afternoon papers and I'm working my way through them.

Not much else to report, have been busy completing CJ for my Magpie friends (which obviously I can't share with you) and have a layout which is work in progress, so I will share that once I've got my act together and finished it off.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, 18 April 2010

Bad blogger

I've been away for the past week at Mum and Dad and it's been great. I've hardly done any crafting, haven't been online much but everytime I did manage to a little voice would say 'is it my turn now?' The weather was kind to us last week but it was really windy and quite chilly at times, but we enjoyed going out and about. I saw my Nephew who passed his driving test a couple of weeks ago and he came to show us his car, it doesn't seem five minutes ago I was pushing him around the garden on his tractor!!.

I did manage to complete this weeks weekly challenge over on UKScrappers. I'm rather proud of the fact that I'm managing to use up lots of old stash, which is just great cos now I can justify buying new stuff!!!!.

This little one got spoilt rotten by Nanny and Grandad and of course lots of this....

I have to say that my Mum is looking fab she has lost over two stone in weight and is doing so well. Keep it up Mum I'm really proud of you, because I know that it's not easy.

Right I'm off to do a bit of blog hopping now.

I'll be back later in the week.


Saturday, 10 April 2010

Use it up challenge

Firstly I must thank everyone who has sent me sweet messages regarding Toby, I'm feeling much better now knowing that he is not suffering anymore.

I haven't taken part in Sarah's Cards challenge in a while, but when I saw that this months challenge to use old stash on a layout I thought I really had to have a go, I have so much stuff to use up. This is what I came up with and I must say that I really did enjoy making this and looking back at the baby photo's of Charlotte.

A little close up shot. I used beads for the centre of the flowers, along with beads on the little tags. The little silver charm I have had for an age so it was great to use them on a baby related layout.

I hope you are all having a good weekend so far. I'm off to pack a bag because I'm going to spend next week with my parents.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 8 April 2010

What a day........

It's been a real mix of emotions. I've had to take Toby our hamster to the vets today to be put to sleep. He had been going down rapidly since Christmas and whilst he could get about and eat and drink I justified his being. What a tough decision to have to make, to say that I'm gutted is an understatement. I will miss this little fellow, he had a great character and was really tame and quite happy to be handled. Charlotte has dealt with it really well, a child's attitude is so simple she turned to me in the vets and said 'can we have some of Uncle Paul's fishes now'?!

Anyway on a lighter note it's been a beautiful Spring day today really warm and Charlotte has been playing out side for most of it. Just look at this silly sausage, how could you not love her???.

Right I'm off to put the kettle on.

Thanks for listening.


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

The Tangerine Army

The Twisted sketch #44 has gone live and this is my interpretation of the sketch. This weeks twist is to use orange. This photo is a rare one, of me and my family and there is a story behind it. My Dad has been a Blackpool football supporter since he was a young boy, when they won the FA cup in 1953. He had never been to a home match so for his 60th Birthday we organised for him to go to Blackpool for a long weekend and for the 'boys' of the family to go and watch the footie. The girlies went shopping and had to carry everyone else's shopping back to the B+B. Just as well there was a pub along the way!!! hehe. I called it The Tangerine Army as that is one of the clubs nick names.

I really enjoyed cutting the flowers and layering them up and then adding diamond glaze to add a bit of dimension.

The top corner looked a little bare so I thought I would add this little detail, to make it more balanced. I'm so pleased with this layout and really like the way it turned out.

Thanks as always for popping by.


Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter

I am just taking a break from decorating the living room, waiting for the first coat of paint to dry off. The place looks like a tip but it will all be worth it, Les has now ordered the carpet which will be put down in a couple of weeks. It should look really good once it's all complete.

So I came down this morning to find these from my hubby, it seems he really did read my last post!! :) Did you all get eggs this morning?? The chocolate chick is from my best friend, so thanks Nat.

Yesterday was spent at the Bromsgrove crop with a great group of ladies. It was quite a productive day as I managed to complete this layout I had been working on all week.

I took part in Debs card class at the crop and here is the finished result. I'm really enjoying making cards at the moment, and Debs is a real inspiration, she made the most amazing Tilda card yesterday.
This was this weeks weekly challenge over on UKScrappers. I flipped the sketch slightly and added squares of paper rather than photos. I still love that range of October Afternoon papers, so bright and vibrant.
Anyway I've got to dash.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

A quick post

as it's been a bit of a week here, but I shall not bore you all with it. I've made another Tilda card which I thought I would share with you all. I really am enjoying these stamps but once I've made the cards I don't want to give them away!!. I think that's why I took up scrapbooking at least I can keep the finished layouts.

I'm so glad that the Easter Holidays upon us, we are all in need of a break. We are off to Cheltenham to the cinema to watch Nanny Mcphee tomorrow which we are really looking forward too.

I have ordered the new October Afternoon ranges which are now available at Craft Emporium which look just lush, can't wait to get my hands on them and have a play. I haven't had much chance to create this week but I'm hoping over Easter to have some time to myself.

Anyway have a lovely Easter everyone, don't eat too many chocolate eggs!!. If you are reading this hubby I don't mind which egg I get as long as it's Cadbury's!!! :)