Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A weeee bit late!

Okay, so this is just a tad late from the weekend 'festivities'. I spent the most glorious weekend at Debden house in Essex with eleven other girls having a whale of a time, scrapping and sticking and yup, having a bevvie, or two ;)

Now, working it out, some of the girls I have not seen in years and I mean years.  Thinking about it it has to be more than 7 - which is how old Ben is this year!  Needless to say, the way time flies these days, it was just like yesterday.

Anyway, I got down to some serious scrapbooking, coming away with 18 layouts and some cards as well and renewed friendships and missing everyone as soon as I got back in on Sunday evening.


So, it's Wednesday.... my craft table looks like this....

Epic fail with clearing it away eh!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Counting down..

I am soooo looking forward to Friday, it's a weekend away with some girlie chums some I haven't seen in w-a-y too many years.  I've made a start on the packing!!

I think I am going to go with the take as much as I can and see what happens.  I have no plan on what I am going to make and will probably not use half of what I take, but you know how it goes, if you don't take it, you will need it!  One thing I do need to find, that all important thing that a scrapbooker needs, photos.  No idea what I have done with a pack of them but they can't be that far away and with any luck I'll find them while I am finding things to pack!

On the studying front, my next course is confirmed with the OU - 20th century literature: texts and debates.  I have a great reading list and have been getting the books off the tinterweb, just a few more to go then I will be done, it's quite an impressive stack!

As to the current course, nearly there, TMA4 is next.  I don't like all the hopping around with reading the study guide, reading that to watch dvds (doesn't happen!) to reading the course book, it's a bit all over the place but I'm over half way with it and then it will be the EMA and it will be done.

For now, am off to become a couch potato.


Sunday, 10 June 2012

Sunday 10 June - paper play

I've been playing along with some friends and have, so far, made a tag and a mini book.  As soon as I find my photos (tidied them up somewhere!) I'll finish off the book!

First thing I made was a tag.  This had to have specific ingredients which involved me hunting out some eyelash fibers and digging out the tub of eyelets, no idea when I last used an eyelet!

The ingredient list: to use brown, turquoise and pink.  Use a decorative punch, eyelets, brads, buttons, ink and eyelash fibres.  Much fun had in finding some of the stuff, I hardly use fibres and so my fibre box lives on a top shelf, thankfully (or is that sad) there is some eyelash fibres in there!!

The next play along has been making a mini flip album.  This is really fun to make, I did get the ribbon the wrong way round on the right hand flap but managed to rescue that and stick it so the album could actually be tied up.

 The instructions on how to make this can be found here.

And, yesterday, thankfully the weather held up as I went to the Guide Anglia region Training and Activity Centre (TAC) at Hautbois with some of my guides.  The girls did some kayaking and archery.  Kayaking was great fun, and I did get in a kayak as well.  Some of the girls - well the majority really - got wet, a couple got really wet ;)  I managed to come away just with wet knees!  

I imagine that they never would have thought that they would end up standing up in their kayak to say their name and act out their hobby nor would they have imagined crawling on their knees to the tip of their kayak to give it an eskimo kiss (to give thanks to the kayaking gods!) - one did get wet doing that!  (they were rafted up when doing the standing up and kissing!).  Thanks go to Dan and Liam for keeping the girls safe.

Archery was just as fun, I did manage to get a few arrows in to the round circle thing (and in the yellow centre bit too!) and probably had just as much fun as the girls :)  It's a real shame that no-one has come forward to come every week to help me out at Guides we get up to some great things.


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Fancy Fold Card - playing with the score board

I've been playing around with the score board & diagonal plate today (having o'deed with the mini milk cartons!). There is a great video tutorial online by Patty to make this but I also like pictures! 

So this is a little card that has two pockets, one on the outside and one on the inside. The measurements are for 8.5 x 11" paper so I have just trimmed down a piece of 12x12 dsp.

 Using your score board place your paper so it is portrait and first score at 4 1/4" 

Next, turn the paper so it is in landscape and score at 5 1/2" 

Then, slide on your diagonal plate (making sure that the arrow on the back lines up to the top of your board). You now score at the top right hand corner at the 4 1/2" mark, turn your paper 180 degrees and score again at the 4 1/2" mark at the top right.

That's the scoring done. Now, flip your paper over and fold over the 'triangles'.

 Fold your paper in half and in half again. 

There you have it, just decorate to finish off.

Have fun!


Tuesday, 5 June 2012


I'm still getting to play at the craft table. I've made a tag to join in with a Cupcake Craft Challenge, this one is to just make a tag.

I've used a framelit to make the tag, some patterned paper and some of the stamps from the Tea Shoppe set.  I've then used the tag to make a card, another one for the pile of those I have been making over the weekend!

I've also been playing with the my new little milk carton die, which is turning into making lots and then not sure what to do with them, which happened when I got the candy wrapper die!  They are really quite cute and you can stick them together to leave the little spout!

We went up to the beacon at Melton Constable last night, joining in the Jubilee celebrations.  The moon was fabulous, as last night it was at its closest and biggest for 2012, I used my phone for the pics so not as good as a 'proper' camera - the moon was mahoooosive!

Today is also the 'transit of Venus' day.  Venus makes an appearance tonight as it transits in front of the sun.  I'm intending on watching it but it will be via the websites that are tracking it online.

Right... back to the table of paper n glue supplies :)


Monday, 4 June 2012

Macmillan, Blog Candy and slapping 'n' sticking

For the month of June, I will be donating 10% of all orders placed to Chris Aldred's fundraising page, who is biking for Bullock. This is for two very good friends who lost their sister to cancer earlier this year, and also for my aunt who lost her battle within a very short time of being diagnosed last year.  Sad to say that I know too many people who are not with us today.

Chris is not far off of £3,000 and I hope that with your help and mine he can hit that fantastic figure in support of Macmillan Cancer Support and whose nurses do such great work, not just for those that are suffering but for the families too.

I've been enjoying the jubilee, watched the river pageant yesterday and will be heading out to the beacon lighting later.  As for today's activities, sometimes I just want to sit down and just slap some cards together, so that is what I have been doing.  I do like Anna Griffin and as I have one of her kits (well make that two, although it is highly likely there is another one somewhere), I sat down and did some 'slap it down and stick it' cards.  I've got the new Stampin' Up! Tea Shoppe and Sweet Cake stamps sets to play with once I have mounted them up and then will get on with more crafting on my once tidy craft table.  Oh, the dinosaur is Ben's for his holiday homework!

Also, let's have some blog candy, all you need to do to have a chance of getting this set of stamps is to follow my blog {the follow button has been a bit temperamental) and leave a comment, and remember you have to be in it to win it. Once we get to over 10 comments, I'll get one of the kidlets to pick a name out of a 'hat'. The stamp set is from the recent sale-a-bration promotion and is called fresh vintage and therefore is no longer available to order. 

For those that are celebrating, happy Jubilee.


Saturday, 2 June 2012

SU - We {heart} our hostesses & ribbon share

What a great time to be a hostess, between now and 31 July 2012, SU have increased their hostess benefits, so the more you order, the more rewards you can reap.  As you can see, you can earn products at 50% off when you place an order of £325 plus not only that, SU have increased your hostess pounds to £80.  Think of what you can get with these extra benefits, even better is, as your order goes up, so do your benefits.   Fancy having £150 to spend but getting four items at half price, that's something to aim for, think of what you can get, that big shot you have been lusting after, the selection of write markers, the colour caddy to store your SU ink pads and what about the Bigz alphabet dies.....


I've now got the ribbons in and so the ribbon share is ready to roll (no pun intended!).  This is your chance to get hold of 1m of each of the 10 ribbons in the scallop dots selection

The colours for this ribbon are:
basic black
cherry cobbler
chocolate chip
elegant eggplant
marina mist
melon mambo
more mustard
old olive
pretty in pink
tangerine tango

The cost each pack is just £9.00 and includes delivery.  I've added an order page here on my blog (for anything you may wish to order from the catalogues etc not just for the ribbons) or you can just email me and I will advise you on how to pay.  The ribbons are available in 1m lengths but I don't cut until they are ordered so you can order in multiples of 1m.  If you want 3m, you will get a 3m length, not 3 lots of 1m of ribbons - hope that makes sense.

For the month of June, I will be donating 10% of all orders placed to Chris Aldred who is biking for Bullock.  This is for two very good friends who lost their sister to cancer earlier this year, and also for my aunt that lost her battle within a very short time of being diagnosed last year.  Chris is not far off the £3,000 mark and I hope that with your help, he can hit that fantastic figure in support of  Macmillan Cancer Support and whose nurses do such great work.

Friday, 1 June 2012

1-30 June - SU Paper Party

Like paper?  From 1 - 30 June, you can get yourself a free pack of paper when you purchase any three packs (excludes speciality packs).  Great eh, time to stock up your paper shelves. 

There are several packs that you can choose from, all papers are double sided and you can choose from the following designs... a couple of which are in the new summer mini.

You can order from me by completing the order page here on my blog.  P&P is set at £4.95 and will be delivered direct to your door by UPS.

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