Thursday, 26 June 2008

My First Baby Card

One of my team mates, Vix aka Chunky Munky over on UKScrappers gave birth to a baby girl called Molly on Tuesday evening and so I just had to make a pretty pink baby card to welcome the new arrive to the world of paper crafting.

I started with a pink card and matted on some Basic Grey Sugared patterned papers...I adore the one with the giraffes on, its so cute. I was going to use a Magnolia stamped image of Tingla but I matted the paper too far down and couldn't fit her sitting on the ribbon without her head popping over the top lol so I gave up on that. Instead I stamped the greeting 'Congratulations' Circle of Friends stamp set from Stampin' Up and matting it several times on co-ordinating paper and card stock using my beloved scallop punches, ran a velvet ribbon across and tied a little bow with a white safety pin through the knot for a finishing its just got to be posted and weighed because its a little chunky with all my layering and you never know nowadays with Royal Mail!!

Until I craft again xxx

Tuesday, 24 June 2008


My youngest son loves nothing more than playing on the PS2 but on those rare days you might also find him doodling in Paint on the computer and this was on one of those occasions.

October 2006 and it was howling down with rain and hadn't stopped so off he disappeared and was very quiet, always a bad sign lol, so I went to investigate and he'd been creating a picture of our two cats at that time, Pablo and Lacie...I immediately knew it was going to be one of those moments that would be scrapped eventually and here we are June 2008 and I've finally got round to making a page about it.

I didn't want to change the photo to black & white but I really didn't have any papers to match so I foolishly decided to colour in some Doodlebug paper, well I started at 9pm thinking it wouldn't take me long...oh how wrong was I and was still colouring in at 10.30pm but I stuck with it and eventually loved the overall feel that the colouring produced.

I kept to the doodling theme by adding a border around the edge with the Marvy Le Plume pens in the red, orange and blue and doodled my own title...I choose the colours to match with the cat bows and his name. I added three brads in opposite corners again in the three colours, added a Doodlebug frill for the date and a crayon button at the end of the title. Printed off his picture and a smaller scale and used a paperclip to anchor to the page, I also used to the Spiral Bound punch for Stampin' Up to look like it was ripped from a book and after a hard nights scrapping I'm really pleased with how its turned out and not a blossom in sight...amazing lol.

Take care xxx

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Snow Dome!!

OK steady yourself, I know we're in June...albeit we might as well be in December weather wise but this is a layout I did of Kyle when we went to the Snow Dome in Tamworth back in 2006. I have to say it cost a fortune and while they did get to play in the snow, it wasn't for very long with folks hurrying you along and so for £60 we had all of 15 minutes in the snow and then we had to sit through two episodes of if ever there was a kids programme I refused to have on in my house it was that so at this point I was really wet, cold, and bloody annoyed I had to sit and watch it (they could have left me in the snow lol)...anyway I did manage to get this shot and thought I'd better scrap it to be a constant reminder never to suggest going again lol.

I used Bazzill card stock, BG Blitzen & Flourish stamps, Thickers vinyl alphabet, KI Memories Ice Candy, Jolees snowman, MM Snowflakes eyelets and some opal Liquid Pearls to hide the fact that again Heidi Swapp rub-ons let me down and I had to make amends...getting really brassed off with naff rub-ons, anyway its finished and I like the end result even though I didn't like Snow Dome!!

Until next time xxx

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Design Work for GottaCraft

OMG right now I'm having cavity wall insulation installed and boy oh boy it's noisy and rather off putting as all the mortar drops between the cavity making me wonder whether the house will still be standing at tea time lol, and I so wish you lot could see my cat...her ears are that far back because of the noise she looks like she's done a stint in a wind tunnel, so funny :)

Anyway here are a couple of layouts I did with June's kit with papers and embellishments from Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl (sadly now sold out). I have to say when my lovely friend Sandra (shhh don't tell her I said that) said it was Dutch Girl, I was stunned into silence having two boys my obvious thought was...has she gone bloody mad, but then I decided to see if the papers really would work with a boy photo and guess what they do!!

Firstly is a layout featuring my Gran as a young lady and wow what a stunner she you know where I get from lol lol, I angled the photo against one of the journalling cards, added some AC Thickers for the title and my obligatory blossom, I also used a blanket stitch down the side in keeping with the age of the photo which was distressed a little with sandpaper.

Next is the one layout I hated and had so much trouble with it...hmmm what was I thinking a layout featuring my boys...but I stuck with it and now I actually quite like it, I ripped off a quarter of the patterned paper and matted onto card stock curling the corner over and secured with a brad, lots of the button chipboard and die cuts all sanded for a cleaner finish, the title was cut on the Robo and mimicked the journalling card sentiment that was cut in half and matted back onto itself and hey presto a boy layout from girl inspired papers...god I'm good lol!!

Just a quick one of Kyle on his 1oth Birthday with his new MP3 player which apparently has to be updated now for an iPod, bless. I cut a circle and added the journalling around the edge, used 7 Gypsies & Autumn Leaves For The Record stamps for extra journalling about dates etc, AC ribbon and an off cut of a Doodlebug frill, some brads and a button and its done.

Here's a little card I was just messing about with while waiting for something else to dry.

And finally an acrylic bookmark for my youngest son's teacher at the end of half term hence the initials RA in the corner, a Hero Arts Dandelion stamped with Staz-on, a covered chipboard heart and added to the bookmark, which for now has stuck in place but I don't hold out much hope once all the little kiddies have man handled it lol.

OK folks, take care whatever you are doing xxx

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Father's Day Card

Clues in the title lol, I'm not a natural card marker in fact I find it very difficult to create something I'm happy with but this card I made for my step-dad is my exception. Even though it took me the best part of 2 hours to make (I know, I'm very slow) I was really happy with the outcome.

Now Roger (my step-dad) enjoys pottering about in the garden as do I and my Mom so I thought these garden image stamps from Woodware would be perfect. I stamped the apron, watering can and wellies onto WHS Watercolour paper and coloured them using Derwent pencils and my aquaflo pen. Mounted them onto papers from Basic Grey's Archaic range, added some brads and popped onto the front of the card. The 'For Father's Day' sentiment was done with my Crafters Workshop template, Joyful Letters and made to look like they were falling from the watering can.

Right, time I wasn't here as I promised my youngest son that we could go on a bike ride through the park and no doubt on the way I'll be stung for pennies at the shop :) xxx

Thursday, 12 June 2008

What Makes You Smile?

Is the title of the CJ that I have this month. Now the first thing that comes to mind being a parent is my little darlings and indeed they do as well as making me bloody mad all in equal measure!!

But I always scrap about my boys and didn't really want to feature them this time, all together now awww, enough of I sat and thought about what really makes me smile, the answer is my jokes, I do love a good joke whether it be good or bad as long as it makes me laugh I don't care. So with my decision made it was time to find some jokes, one of my favourites is Grumpy At The Vatican so of course that's included (for all those wondering its one of my older posts) and I received one about a little girl and her fire truck which had me in stitches, probably because I am owned by a cat, which I will share with you in a I only hope that it gets the seal of approval from its owner when it finally arrives home next year.

I wanted the layout to be bright and funny so the first thing that came to mind was BG Colour Me Silly, added a few bright blossoms and its done, I really like the zingy feel it has, now this joke....

A firefighter was working on the engine outside the station when he noticed a little girl nearby in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the sides & a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle.

The girl was wearing a fire fighter's helmet. The wagon was being pulled by her dog & her cat.

The fire fighter walked over to take a closer look. 'That sure is a nice firetruck,' the firefighter said with admiration.

'Thanks,' the girl replied.

The firefighter looked a little closer & noticed the girl had tied the wagon to her dog's collar & to the cat's testicles.

'Little partner,' the firefighter said 'I don't want to tell you how to run your rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go faster.'

The little girl replied thoughtfully, 'You 're probably right, but then I wouldn't have a siren.'

Now isn't that was makes you smile xxx

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Blogging Something...finally!!

Well its been sometime hasn't it, sorry, I've been busy with Design Team work so I couldn't show anything...but I do have a sneaky peep for you.

Gotta Craft's June kit is available from 9pm tonight and its lovely, I really enjoyed working with this months and I've got loads of different things I've made including a present for my youngest son's School teacher to share with you, but only when its sold out so go on buy one, you know you wanna lol.

Enjoy the blistering sunshine, how lovely is it to sit outside finally and soak up the atmosphere with a glass or two of bliss xxx