Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Inky fingers

Today I took the hour and a bit trip to Harrogate again to do one of Dyan's excellent classes at Art from the Heart. Christmas cards using Tim Holtz and Dyans Blonde Moments products. What a fantastic time I had. A really nice group of ladies, lots of coffee and came away with 5 cards and very inky fingers.

Our class

The first 3 cards done and dusted

Looking forward to going again on the 19th November to do the Tim Holtz style Tags day.

Only downside of today was that I have some kind of eye infection at the moment and the left side of my face is all swollen. So I look like something from a Halloween movie and can't see so good out of the eye. Made driving to Harrogate fun I can tell you and trying to thread ribbon even better!! A few days of anti biotics should do the trick and full vision will hopefully be restored in time for the Golborne Pink Boobies crop this weekend.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Wey Hey I'm a Winner - It's official

Fantastic news on checking the blog today. A message from Heather Robinson who has the most fantastic blog, Creative Solace, on her altered art projects. Seems I have won one of her amazing altered art journals and just for leaving a comment on her blog. How easy is that?

I wanted to join a UK Scrappers altered CJ but never having done one and not knowing where to start didn't dare. Looking for inspiration I stumbled across Heather's blog and well, I haven't done one yet but with Heather's inspiration I am definitely going to have a go. Sadly this means I may have to do a little shopping but it's all in a good cause.

Will post a pic when it arrives but it is coming from Canada so may take a little time.

P.S Update on mouse - humane traps down, laced with more cadbury's chocolate and still no sign of the furry critter

Thursday, 17 September 2009

House sitting

Crack of dawn this morning took the Olds to Manchester airport to catch a flight off on their hols. 3 weeks in China - lucky devils ....... which means I am the official house and cat sitter at Rough Hey.

Didn't get off to a great start last night. Sophie poppet brought a mouse in and Dad managed to get her to drop it in the back porch. So armed with fishing net (like the ones I used to catch tiddlers and crabs in as a child) I tried to catch little mousey and successfully too, until it jumped out of the net and ran into the kitchen and straight behind the boiler, which doesn't pull out. Moved the dishwasher next to it but couldn't see it so have put a piece of Cadbury's apricot crumble chocolate on the floor behind the dishwasher to keep mousey sustained until I can find the humane traps I lent the Olds and try to catch little critter.

So, no heating on in the house till mousey is caught and released back into the wild. God I hope it doesn't get any colder in the next 3 weeks!

Sophie 'As if I would' Poppet

MP is in charge of our house and boys and I'll be popping round at regular intervals for unannounced spot checks just to make sure all is in order! So If you read this MP - BE WARNED.

Last Saturday was a glorious day and made even more enjoyable by the Golborne crop run by Ally and Sonja. Weren't as many there as normal as it seemed the attendees were struck down at the 11th hour by a variety of bugs including mummy dearest but Kathb and I made it along with several others to have a great and productive day. This was the practice run for the 'Pink Boobies 4" in October, a full 24 hours of scrapping to raise money for breast cancer - bring it on.

Ladies who scrap - Golborne crop (Kathb nearest the camera)

Saturday, 12 September 2009

I Love Mugs!!

I do ...... my cupboard is a variety of different ones, my Julie mug I have had since my nurse training, ones advertising a range of medically related topics (freebies from conferences), MP's work related mugs (including one with the Ford logo on) and numerous Christmas bran tub mugs (mostly cats) from over the years.

So when I saw this one .............. I couldn't resist adding it to my collection.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

The album

I decided to give one of my American Crafts albums a makeover, so inspired by Liannes, from Sarah's cards I set to.

One plain album

Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Papers
Matching cardstock
Bazzil edges or edge puncher
Paindabber in Pitch Black
American Crafts ribbon
Chipboard letters
Glue stick
Black ink pad
Sanding tool
Flat varnish

1. Cut patterned paper into 3 inch squares
2. Ink edges in black
3. Lay out squares onto album cover until happy with effect
4. Cut a 12 inch by 3 inch piece out of matching cardstock
5. Glue down

Front cover

6. Trim the edge of the cardstock and top of album (for some reason there was a gap) with Bazzil edges or black cardstock, edged as you like
7. Sand/smooth edges
8. Ink edges of album using paint dabber

Back cover

9. Painted 'ME' chipboard letters with paint dabber (you could use Thickers etc)
10. Cut out the 'All about' letters from black cardstock using cricut
11. Two coats of flat dry varnish

12. Maya Road chipboard hearts covered in the patterned paper and edges inked with paint dabber
13. Length of ribbon to cover the seam

One finished album and happy with the effect. Now only 2 more to go!