About Me

a cherry on top

The lovely Lea has nominated me for a blog award:

Thanks Lea, both for the award and for the lovely comments you always leave on my blog! If you’d like to check out Lea’s blog you can find it here: http://finallyscrappin.blogspot.com/, she makes cute cards and pretty scrapbook pages!

To accept the award, I have to do a few of other things. First, list 3 facts about myself, I’ve gone for some random things I don’t think I’ve mentioned here before:

1. When I got married, a donkey walked past the window halfway through the ceremony and made everyone laugh. I didn’t mind being upstaged by a donkey, as my wedding day was all about having fun!

2. I’ve done a bit of travelling, and one of my favourite days was when I went on my own to an art gallery / museum in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. There was a tropical rainstorm and I sat inside the building sketching the carved stone figures whilst the rain crashed down and swept a refreshing mist through the building (no glass in the windows). Then to find a tuk-tuk to get back to the hostel I had to wade through thigh high water in the flooded streets. It felt like a real adventure.

3. My favourite book is Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. I first read it when I was about 8, and every time I read it again it brings back the sense of magic that I had then. I can’t wait for the film to come out!

I also need to post a picture I love. I have a lot of them, but this one of my daughter is my screen saver at the moment:

Finally, I need to nominate five more people for this award. I know this award has been zooming around blogland for the last week or so, but I don’t think any of these people have received it yet:

3. Lisa

Please check their blogs out, I love them all for their mix of posts and various creative ways!

We’re having a barbeque tonight as the weather is reasonable here, so I’m off to prep! xxx

Scrapbook Layouts

my time to bloom

I’ve managed to get another layout done for The Studio Challenges crop last weekend. This one is for the 2pm ‘Delicious DIY’ challenge by Anna, which included instructions to make some spiral paper flowers.

I have recently been making spiral flowers out of felt, but hadn’t actually thought of making them from paper! They were a little fiddly but look really effective so I think they were worth it! I have used them with some other handmade flowers and butterflies. Here’s the page (click on photo to see it larger):

The butterflies were made using a Fiskars shapeboss as a stencil as well as an embosser, cutting the butterflies out and scoring either side of the body so the wings can ‘flap’.

I also added some old watch parts, to give a bit of contrast with all the floral and flutteryness:

While I was creating this page, my daughter was painting. She loves taking a white sheet of paper and covering it in one colour, and today her shade of choice was black! I have no photos to show, but it’s very goth looking. I felt like I was flashing forward to her teenage years as I was watching her create her masterpiece!

Tomorrow hubby has the day off, very unusual for him on a bank holiday monday, but I think we’re going to have to spend the day doing housework as there’s a lot piled up! xx

Scrapbook Layouts

mummy’s girl

It’s been a whole week since The Studio Challenges cybercrop, and I’ve only managed to complete one layout, though I have a few others I’d like to get done. I used the 11am ‘In the Frame’ challenge for this layout (you can see details here). I’m always a fan of Lisa’s pages so it was fun to try and emulate her style, in my own way (click on photo to see it larger):

I love this photo, but hadn’t got round to scrapping it because the colours in our coats and scaves all clashed a bit. Painting a frame was a good solution, as I could mix a colour to match my scarf and it draws attention to the pic without being too bold or taking over the page:

I hadn’t planned to put anything directly under the photo, but I managed to get a smear of white acrylic paint there and wanted to cover it up. I love it when mistakes end up being inspiring – I like how it ended up with a bit of scalloped card and a cream heart sticker in the bottom left corner of the photo.
We’ve been to the beach again this morning, and little one is just having a nap. Hopefully I’ll squeeze in some more scrapping time this evening! xx

Adventures with Auntie

I think I mentioned the other day that my sister has come to stay with us for a week. So, despite the weather, we have been managing to get out and about a bit. Monday night revealed clearer skies,so we went for a little stroll and picked blackberries, which I’m hoping to turn into apple and blackberry pie at some point:

Tuesday looked promising – the skies were bright blue and the sun was shining. Unfortunately though, the wind was blowing a gale! We went to the beach at Swanage but only managed to eat our crunchy sandy-sandwiches and build a quick castle before we retreated!

We passed a play park, so little one had to have a go on the swings:

And then we convinced her it was time to get out of the blustering wind. She approved of the shelter we chose though – a chocolate shop and cafe called Chococo. We shared this rather yummy fondue:

And then went to Durlston Country Park to try and pick more blackberries. They weren’t ripe enough there yet though, so we just had a bit of a stroll:

Yesterday the weather decided to switch back to monotonous rain again, so we went to Southampton for the day. We wandered around the shops, and had lunch in an italian cafe:

Can you tell that someone likes pasta?
The main reason we went to Southampton was to take little one to the Disney Store, as she’s not been to one before and she LOVES anything Disney at the moment. So of course she had tons of fun running around the shop and playing with all the toys on display:
I was quite impressed that she didn’t moan too much when all I bought her was a pack of knickers! (We’re potty training at the moment!)

The rain was horrid on the way home, but we got back to slow cooked lamb which I’d put in before we left, so that cheered us up. Then we continued the Disney theme into the evening after little miss had gone to bed – we played Disney Monopoly and Disney Trivial Pursuit. I lost the first horribly, but won the second, so it was all good!!

I have managed to finish one more scrapbook page, which I shall try and post later. Bye for now! xxx


wet weekend

Well, the weekend was a bit of a washout. My sister drove down really early Saturday morning, as she’s come to stay with us for the week. We had planned to go and see Bournemouth Airshow on Saturday, and we didn’t let the drizzle deter us from setting off early, with packed sandwiches and raincoats. Unfortunately, however, airoplanes are a bit more temperamental than I thought, with most of the displays being cancelled due to low cloud.

Oh well, we still had a great day out. We saw the Royal Navy display which kicked off the day:

Me and my little girl got close to a Golden Eagle:
And then she giggled a lot whilst dancing to music in the gardens:
Followed by a browse around the shops and dinner at McDonalds, before catching the train home. Actually, it was quite nice taking the train somewhere with hubby, we almost always drive everywhere, so it felt like more of an adventure!
Yesterday we barely left the house as it was so miserable, and hubby had returned to work. Me, sis, and little one spent the morning being creative – I made a card. I based it on this week’s Sketchy Thursdays sketch:
Here’s the card (click on photo to see it larger):
It features one of my five petal flowers, the tutorial for these can be found here if you missed it. I’m going to send it to my sister-in-law for her b’day next month. So at least Sunday was mildly productive. And we had a scrummy roast dinner too, so can’t complain!
Now I’m just waiting for my driving lesson. I’ve had about 10 hours of lessons so far, and sometimes it feels like it’s getting easier, other times I wonder if I’ll ever be able to get the hang of it! Fingers crossed I won’t stall today! xx

more cards!

Well, I’ve finally finished the list of cards I had to make this week, the last one was this card for my Mother-in-law’s birthday:

I had to make it pink and purple – her favourite colours! I used another of the paper flowers which I showed you a tutorial for (if you missed the tutorial you can see it here). The little deer and flower stickers were from a pack bought in Paperchase, I love their stickers!
And, because I’m on a bit of a card-making run, I created another yesterday. This one is just a ‘hello!’ card to send to someone for fun:
I posted more details for this one on the Fiskarettes blog, as I made it in response to their Monday Challenge this week – brads and ribbons. You can see my card on their site here, but you should also have a look around, there’s lots of sharing and inspiration to be found!
Now, I really should get some housework done. No, of course I won’t go and make more cards instead. Not me! xx