Friday 30 April 2010

Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper

Choosing paper from a catalogue is always difficult. I quickly turned the page of the new Mini Catalogue when I saw the Autumn Meadows DP, dismissing it instantly. I was then talking to Rose and she told me how much she liked the paper, she assured me that I'd use it and love it. Well I have used it and I do love it. I was surfing the net yesterday and found a really nice card made by Michelle Zindorf. I spotted the DP straight away and with me now wanting to sponge everything in site, it fitted in with my new style and I couldn't wait to have a go and use her card as inspiration. This is the card - hope you like it:

I enjoyed making it so much that I made another:

I used white shrink plastic to make the shells on the cards. The other products used were: Autumn Meadows DP, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White & Chocolate Chip CS; More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Tempting Turquoise, Taken with Teal & Chocolate Chip ink pads and a piece of old string! The white dots on the cards are added using a white gel pen.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend.


Tuesday 13 April 2010

Catching up with my pages!

I often design scrapbook pages and layouts to show at my crops, but don't always manage to actually finish them! I have spent the afternoon sticking and glueing and feel that I have really accomplished something!

I was inspired to finish this first double page spread with my latest favourite technique of sponging edges. I gently sponged the edges of everything in sight, just go gentle with your sponging, start off the page and gradually/lightly sponge in a circular motion. You can always add more!

This next layout you will also see a very small amount of sponging, but it was my new Stampin' Up Extra-Large Two-Step Bird punch that inspired me to finish my double page spread. I was teaching the block background and just threw on these photos at one of my crops to show, but felt the trains were a little boring!!! Now with the addition of my newly acquired punch and using my old friend "Colin the Cricut" I am pleased with the final result.

Why don't you catch up on some unfinished projects?

Happy crafting.


Friday 9 April 2010

Should I have been a cook?

Hey ladies,

Most of my regular ladies do know that I do like to cook, when I get a chance that is! lol

For our Easter Sunday roast I decided to try the well advertised Chicken dish from Delia/Waitrose. You all know I just love to shop at Waitrose, my excuse is that it is my most local supermarket and I don't spend too long in there at a time and time is money!

Well we all really enjoyed the meal, in fact it was the best Chicken dish I had ever cooked the only problem was that the house was full of smoke, one of my tops was ruined (oh no, what will I wear now!) with the splattered fat as it came out of the oven and of course the oven, well you have never seen such a mess! I pride myself with a clean oven, in fact I clean it every time I use it - check it out next time you are here. I hate dirty ovens, the one that I had had before was here for 20 years and was still in prestine condition, looked liked it was unused and I was sad to see it in the skip.

Well back to Delia's lovely chicken, we decided to write a comment on the Waitrose website, I half rememeber Kim writing it and checking it was OK, I don't know where the name came from "Stressbunny", obviously how I was feeling at time with the site of my splattered top and oven! I still recommend this recipe check it out, you can print it out with my comment to remind you if you like!,_grapes_and_tarragon.aspx

Happy cookin'

Must do some craftin'


Friday 2 April 2010

I'm back!

Hi everyone, I'm back from my travels. Who else would drive 307.2 miles to go and clean out a fridge, take an elderly gentleman shopping, cook 3 different meals (3 of each), help change a bed (oh and manouver a special matress around the place) and run the Dyson over? If only I did jobs like that at home! Good job I do really love this couple! It took me a couple of hours to recover when I got home, the traffic was pretty bad and it tires me out driving a long way, but thats enough of all of that, this is what I've just made:

Its Sarah's friends birthday tomorrow and Sarah asked if I could make a card for her and as this young lady is celebrating her birthday in Australia, I thought a beachy type card would do nicely. During a class last week we were making tags the Tim Holtz way (trying to use Stampin' Up ink) and this is one that came out really well. I am pleased with the final card, I love this stamp set - "Life's a breeze", I had sold mine sometime ago and decided to get another set to play with.....I am dreaming of sunshine and holidays at the moment. Must get one booked!

Enjoy and happy stampin'!

Have a great Easter.