Saturday, 28 January 2012

To the one I Love...

Happy Weekend :) had quite a productive day and managed to get the first coat of paint on the canvas for my nanna and grandad - so just need to decide what I'm actually going to do with it, I think I'm going to order some new papers and get my rolled flower die out.

Anyways here are this year's Anniversary flowers, I'm glad I took pictures on the first day cos I think I managed to kill them but I'm not exactly sure how lol. And then we had a lovely meal at Gusto - Garlic Pizza Bread, Tiger Prawns in Creamy Tomato and Garlic Sauce, Seabass cooked with lemon and herbs and in Sea Salt with Garlic Potatoes all followed up with a Nutella and Mascaponie Calzone mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm want it all again lol.

I was abandoned yesterday cos Ian and his mate went up to Manchester to see the wrestling (yes dear lol) so I went round to Emma's so had a night of pizza and dough balls and episodes of 'Don't Tell the Bride' (Emma is getting married next year). 

And today I managed to get a couple of scrapbook pages planned - will have to stick them all together tomorrow or monday, really need to start going on my scrapbooking and my resolution to try and use up my paper scraps - I've got several boxes full and I won't have much storage once I have a job and we can get a house. So anyway I managed to get Ian's Valentine's Card finished - and unfortunately I'm safe sharing it this early cos he's already seen it - that'll teach me not to put it away straight away lol. Something different for me cos there's no stamped image - Ian said he likes it though, but I'm not so sure lol

And a close up of the 3d heart - my first attempt and I think there's going to be a few more appearances on cards and pages.

Supplies: 'Crazy Love' Paper by Bo Bunny, Mini-Ticket Die by Whimsey, Love Mini Ticket Stamps by Whimsey, Heart Embossing Folder, Heart Die by X-Cut, Heart Pin, Red Card, White Card, Red Ribbon, Red Ink Pad, Shimmer Chalks by Pebbles Inc

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges...

Allsorts Challenge Blog - One or More Hearts

Anything Goes Challenge 59 - To the One I Love

The Pink Elephant Challenge 132 - Photo Inspiration

Right off to get some tea and then thinking a film before bed. Tomorrow I best get back on the wii cos I haven't been on it for a few days because I've been over at Ian's, and then try and get some scrapbooking done in the afternoon. XOX

Monday, 23 January 2012

January Birthdays

Just a quick post cos I need to go and get a shower - been a good girl and been on the wii fit and then had a first go of the Zumba - and am knackered (just need to cool down before get in the shower). And have just ordered another wii fit game, got to lose the 1 stone 13lb I've put on since I was last on it. Managed to lose a stone last time so lets hope I can do 2 this time.

Anyways have ordered a set of stamps and die, can't wait for them to arrive, hoping their going to come in useful for scrapbooking as well as cards :) will show you when they arrive.

Well have only had to do one birthday card this week so here it is... looks very christmassy lol but I love that paper - pretty blues and whites. And got to finally ink up my Me to You stamp - stamped so clearly that doesn't look like I've done it lol. I added lots of glitter to the star and some shimmery blue ribbon to the image and then some of my favourite satin-y ribbon (next project is to get some of onto scrapbook pages otherwise I won't have any to 'keep' lol).

Supplies: Stamp by Me to You, Paper from Stash (sorry can't remember the brand), Ribbons from Stash, Blue Ink Pad, Promarkers, Sugar-Coating by Doodlebug

Hope you like it - got a few more birthdays coming up so will have to get going with them - got a feeling that Wine-Stool Nikki and Martini Nikki will be making an appearance... I would like to enter this card in the following challenge...

Right off for my shower and then might have to get my craft stuff out otherwise will end up falling asleep infront of a DVD XOX

Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Bears are Back

Hello, wow can't believe it's Sunday afternoon already, the weekend seems to have flown by, Friday I had a meeting with one of the agencies about a couple of jobs that are coming up - fingers crossed I get one of them cos it sounds ideal and would mean that I could start saving for a house but really don't want to get my hopes up have done a few times over the last few months and just end up feeling worse, but anyway nevermind that. We headed over to near Manchester later in the day with a couple of friends, had got a cheap hotel on Groupon. So we got over there and checked in, (btw how come hotels all have high beds that you have to climb onto - I love it it's like being a kid again - but I've never seen any that high in the shops (and believe me I've looked lol)). So anyway we checked in and headed down to the pool, Ian headed off to the gym and Neil to the sauna so me and Steph took Tilly for her first swim. Had a really nice meal afterwards pan-fried chicken with silverskin onions and button mushrooms in a white wine and mustard sauce - mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. 

And then on the way back yesterday we called into Lady Heyes Craft Centre near Frodsham so I treated myself to a couple of papers and a new scrapbook magazine (Scrap365 - flicked through it yesterday and have to say at first look not overly taken with it but will have to give it a chance since I think there's only one other on the market here) and also called in the candle shop there and got a couple of yankee candles to go with the shade that my mum had got me the other day because I was stressing about interviews and things bless. 

Anyways enough waffle, onto the card, using my favourite Penny Black Bear Blanks - so glad I managed to track them down, they're just so versertile - I think I've used them on almost every type of card, although I do need to think of some new ways to colour in the bears, I've only ever done them in brown and think I need a change. The card blanks and the red card were bargains at half price and the red and white heard paper was a scrap left over from another project. And of course the bears have been used so much that they have more than paid for themselves :)

Supplies: 'Bear Blanks' Stamps by Penny Black, 'Forever Friends' Papers, Red Card and Card Blank from Craft Shop, Promarkers, Copics

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges...

Ruby's Rainbow Challenge 20 - Valentines or Red & Black

Right I best go and see if I can have a tidy up and find something to wear for meal-out tonight :) XOX

Saturday, 21 January 2012


Back again, trying not to neglect my blog - but have just got a new scrapbooking magazine that want to have a quick look at :)

Anyways this is this week's creation, my first ever scrapbook page on acetate, and finally got to use up some of my Bo Bunny Diecut sheets and Sticker Sheets :) love Bo Bunny one of my favourites, and have managed to mix up two ranges by them in my favourite colours :) nice and girly, pink and brown. Really pleased with this one... hoping to get some more layouts done tomorrow - can't wait till we get longer days and have more time to get projects done.

Hoping to get a canvas done for my Nanna and Grandad's Anniversary, not sure on the picture though, but we've found one with them and their 3 kids on sat in the garden so thought it would be nice in cream with lots of flowers on it. Anyways here is todays page...

And a little piccie of it to show the acetate :)

Supplies: Acetate by Papermania, 'Crush' Heart Die-Cut by Bo Bunny, 'Crazy Love' Stickers and Paper by Bo Bunny, White Acrylic Paint, Black Ink Pad

I would like to enter this layout in the following challenge...

The Pink Elephant Challenge 131 - Favourite Colour(S) (Pink and Brown)

Anything Goes Challenge 58 - Anything Goes

Hope you like it, know it's a photo that you've seen before - I have scrapped it on a canvas previously (posted here) but I wanted a copy in the scrapbook too cos it's one of my favourites.

Right I'm off to read my new magazine :) XOX

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Back to Cards

Morning, well afternoon now (how did that happen?) lots to get done too, cards, a frame and a couple of scrapbook pages that I have started and so far not managed to stick a thing down on them - wish me luck.

Anyways here is today's creation - not used the Penny Black baby images in ages and ages, and not got a clue why cos they're sooooooo cute love them. Also found a bit of the clothes line paper left (well got a sheet of the boy and the girl that I'm keeping for myself lol) love that paper and some of my yummy satin ribbon sooooooo lovely and so glad that I can tie bows :) I didn't realise that not everyone can till I got a friend hooked on card-making and then scrapbooking and watched her try lol bless. But anyways really pleased with the card :) now best get a move on - need to get the rest done...

Supplies: 'Bundle of Joy' Stamps by Penny Black, 'Audrey's Clothes Line' Paper by Flair Designs, Double Dot Card by Bo Bunny, White Card, Pink Ribbon from Stash, Copics

 I would like to enter this card in the following challenge...

Right I'd best get on still not found the stamped image, so need to go through the box of paper I was sorting - pretty please let it be near the top lol. And also got to think about birthday card for my mum and a Valentine's card too - lots to get done XOX  

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Fave Lili of the Valley

Just a quick post now, I spent nearly the whole afternoon sorting out my scrapbooking papers - as best as I can cos I've ran out of storage and can't find more of the ones that I have doh. Anyways here is quick card, I can't remember who the papers are by they were just lose in my stash but the stamp is one of my favourite Lili of the Valley Stamps and think it's definitely my most used - perfect for birthdays and retirements for those awkward men lol.

Supplies: 'Zooming Along' Stamp by Lili of the Valley, Sentiment Stamp by Ladybug Crafts Ink, Buttons & Papers from Stash, Ink Pad, Sugar-Coating by Doodlebug, Promarkers

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge...

Lili's Little Fairies Challenge 2 - Use your Favourite LOTV Stamp

Right off to see if I can fix the mess I've made... XOX

Genuine Fakes

Back with one of my favourite layouts this time - I love it - the papers came free with Scrapbook Magazine and I couldn't wait to use them. I love the bright colours on the white background, I only added the lettering - some felt letters that I'd had for years and years and some thickers left over from another project and a couple of gems. The other embellishments were cut from the elements page that came in the paper pack, I added glossy accents to the buttons and to the flashes and lenses of the cameras and voila...

And a close-up, was trying to show the glossy accents on the lenses and flashes of the cameras but of course it won't show up lol

Supplies: Papers by Nikki Sivils (free with Scrapbook Magazine), 'Jewellery Box' Chipboard Thickers, Felt Letters by Papermania, Gems by Doodlebug, White Card, Black Paint Marker, Glossy Accents

I would like to enter this layout in the following challenge...
For Fun Challenges - Anything Goes

Right I'll be back in a mo with one of my cards, then I'm off to try and decide what to do with the mess I've made of one of today's layouts lol XOX

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Showing Off Now lol

Back again, good to get back doing challenges - definitely helps get past that rubbishy Scrap-block. Anyways Scrapbook Sisters have a Challenge to Scrap Christmas - I have loads and loads of pictures of Christmas's through the years but they're all packed away in boxes and I'm not allowed near them till I finish my Australia Album (I've set myself the challenge of only being allowed to scrapbook recent photos or Australia photos before I start tackling all the photos from when I was little). 

So anyway instead of scrapbooking Christmas Day or the decorations I've chosen to use these pictures of my and my boyfriend enjoying the food at the Christmas Markets in Manchester. Ian had cherry Strudel and Custard and I had a crepe filled with nutella mmmmmmmmmmm now I want pancakes lol.

I sanded the dotty Co-ordinations cardstock and then used the fabric 'paper' so there's different textures, and then used the rub-ons with the thickers to mix up the textures again there.

Supplies : 'Noel' Fabric Paper by Love Elsie, Card Stock by Co-ordinations, Jewellery Box Thickers by American Crafts, 'Magic' Rub-ons by October Afternoon, Snowflake Stickers by K & Ko, White Paint Marker

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge...

Hope you like it XOX

New Year... New Stash...

Hello, I'm back - doing better this month already than in the last few months - having a craft day today to make up for not having done an awful lot lately (lots of planning and hardly any cutting and sticking lol). 

Anyways a change from the cards... Ladybug Crafts Ink's Challenge this week is to Use your new Stash - I thought I was going to have to cheat and use the new old stuff that I found when I had a little tidy up but then I found a bag of stuff that I bought just before Christmas and hadn't even unpacked - naughty I know! So I had some new colours of my favourite pearly paints and some more mini canvases... here is what I came up with...

A set of 3 mini canvases for my wall, they are actually purple, lilac and a very very very pale lilac but the 2 lighter ones look very similar on the pictures, I then decorated them using Purple, Lilac, Clear and Aurora Gems :) 

Trying to show the sparkle

 I drew the heart by hand (wishing I'd done it last so could have made it the same size as the others but never mind)

 I used a stencil for the flower and butterfly to save time otherwise I would probably still be drafting the shapes now....

Supplies: Mini Canvases (these are just over 2 inch Square), Purple Acrylic Paint, Pearly Lilac Acrylic Paint, Pearly Pearl Acrylic Paint, Lots of Gems & Stencils (the butterfly and flower - I think were making memories, the heart I drew by hand)

I would like to enter these in the following challenge...

Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge 51 - Use your New Stash (Paints and Canvases)

Hope you like them, off to get a similar canvas done now - trying to decide if should keep the set of 3 or the bigger canvas and the other will be a present... decisions... decisions...


Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Brrrrrrrr am freezing - how cold and wet is it today, am bored of it now - don't see the point in winter if we don't get any snow out of it lol. Just a quick post today cos going to try and get some things finished up today cos been over at Ian's and just got back.

Anyways this is a card that one of my friends requested, I had a bit of a nightmare trying to find a golf stamp that wasn't an old man or old fashioned and eventually managed to track down this Lilyboo Design Digi Stamp. And I love the Say it with a Smirk paper

Supplies: 'Golf Boy' Digi Stamp by Lilyboo Designs, Say it with a Smirk Paper, Card by DCWV, Gems by Doodlebug, White Card, Ink Pad, Promarkers & Copics

I would like to enter this card in the following challenge...

Well I'm off to attempt to get something done - not sure what... card, scrapbook page, finish book, go on the Wii fit (but I'm putting it off cos I know it's going to shout at me cos I've not been on it for ages lol) or something else lol. Really want to just get into bed and pull the blind down and ignore the icky weather lol XOX 

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Top 5 Scrapbook Pages of 2011

And now for my favourite 5 Scrapbook Pages of last year....


I love this page, I used the same layout as for the card in the last post - this time featuring my valentines flowers from this year :) I love the clean colourful layout

Canvas this time - love been able to get my scrapbooking up on the wall and on show - very messy layout with lots of paint :)

Another of my favourites - one of my favourite photos and some fab red dotty paper - love the way the colours work with the kraft coloured card

Some nice bright colours this time - taken from the colours on the postcard and accented with wooden stars and mini license plates

And finally a nice Christmas layout with photos from when we were little and used to go on the Santa Special in Haworth - love the colours of the October Afternoon paper and the sketch used.

Right on to plan some more pages to get a kickstart on this year's scrapbooking so can have more to choose from at the end of 2012 XOX

Top 5 Cards of 2011


Thought I'd start with a quick post of my favourites from last year, first up cards...


Birthday card, love the My Minds Eye paper and the gems, glitter and gloss

Anniversary card for my boyfriend - love this card and layout (so much that I also used it on a scrapbook page) I used pretty forever friends papers, gems of course and then a duplicate photo of the flowers my boyfriend had got me for Valentine's Day last year :)

Valentine's card, featuring cute little Magnum and some black and white papers that I love

 New baby card for Ian's cousin's to celebrate the arrival of their little girl, Evie, lots of embossing using my new Cuttlebug

And lastly a 30th Birthday card for one of our friends - love all the shimmer and glossy accents

Hope you like these, what are your favourites? XOX